Monday, August 21, 2017

First Contact - Eclipse Mania


Photo:  Pixabay 

This morning, the new moon will pass between the sun and the earth over the continental U.S. and certain states will experience a total solar eclipse.  Our state of Oregon is one of the lucky ones.

The eclipse first hits the Pacific coast this morning & travels through Salem, Oregon which is about 60 miles north of where I live.

Photo:  NOAA

From our home in Eugene, we will see 99 percent totality at about 10:15AM.

Photo:  Getty Images

Although over a million tourists have gathered in state parks to view the eclipse, we will stay home and enjoy the festivities with neighbors.

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On another happy note, we placed an offer on a small house and the offer was accepted. 

Our deadline for packing and moving to Washington state was August 31, but it looks like we're staying here a little longer.

We have a home inspection coming up this week, so we'll see how that goes.  Unfortunately, there is no studio space in this small house other than an extra bedroom, but that will do until we can build a simple workshop structure in the backyard in the Spring.  Or maybe that will just do.

Fingers crossed...



33 comments:

  1. An exciting event for you today! When the sun disappears, it becomes cold for a moment! In fact, 4 of my stamp friends have just flown to the US for the eclipse of the sun ...
    Ah, and a house in sight, another exciting experience!
    A great day! Regards Ulrike

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    1. You're right, Ulrike. There was an eerie kind of light and then it did become cold for a moment followed dead silence - no birds chirping. Very unusual. Hope your stamp friends had a good time.
      It is very nice about the house, too! It was a great day.

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  2. How exciting this solar eclipse has been for all of us. It has been ninety-nine years since this has happened from coast to coast. Great news about your house Chris. Will be praying all goes well. Hugs! P.S. I work out of a spare bedroom in my house. It works out just fine - I can close the door and walk away and leave things out and about. :)!!

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    1. Yes, the eclipse was fun.
      And the house - appreciate the prayer that things work out as they should. I will be happy to work from a spare bedroom studio - beats working at the kitchen table.

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  3. Yes, this is an exciting time, dear friend! And I am so happy about your house. I hope that everything goes well for you, and I will keep you in my prayers. Love and hugs to you.

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    1. Thank you, friend. Appreciate your prayers, and you are in mine.
      Love and hugs back to you!

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  4. Hello Chris,
    I have watch the news on television and saw the pictures of the special eclipse.
    It's great and special to attend this is real.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Yes, Marco, it was special to see this in person.
      I'm thankful I did not have to travel to witness it.

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  5. Hello Chris,
    I have seen this on TV, of course, is a great act.
    The picture is very vivid.
    Of course, I keep your fingers crossed for everything to work ;-)
    Greetings Sadie

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  6. Hi Chris, we had some dimness (not unusual for me-haha), but it certainly is incredible. Your cheetah is gorgeous! And I LOVE LOVE "Peace". Good luck with everything...i think about you alot and my fingers are crossed that everything works out for you and that you get your creative space to explode!

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    1. Thank you Laurie.
      I'm shocked we will stay here, but it is the most economical choice for now. Who knows what the future holds...

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  7. How exciting this solar eclipse has been.Thanks for the explanation and the photo, as they looked in the past!
    Greetings Elke

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  8. Hi Chris

    Sadly, the eclipse was not visible in India. In India we consider eclipses to be inauspicious and avoid stepping out of home that day. Congrats for the new place! :)

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    1. It's amazing how different cultures view circumstances in diverse ways. We not only experienced traffic jams, but many employers allowed their employees to stay home in the morning to view the eclipse.

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    2. that is so cool!

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  9. yay! for getting the house :D

    no eclipse here, wrong place and cloudy anyway but we did have one a few month sago which was neat :)

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    1. Thanks. We are happy about the house.
      And yes, those eclipses are pretty neat. The people about 60 miles north of us saw the eclipse in totality - the sky turned black and they could see stars...

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  10. Excited for your new house! Glad you were in a place to see the eclipse - no go here in Juneau, as it was socked it big time. We did notice that the gray got a little grayer at the eclipse moment.

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    1. Thanks, Teri.
      Too bad that you didn't get to see it. We got a real eerie colored sky about a half hour before the eclipse. It was very different. At the time of the eclipse, the birds became silent (no cars driving on the street). I'll never forget it.

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  11. Fog, fog in Petaluma. So happy you found a place to settle. A second bedroom is fine for now!

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    1. Thanks, Helen. And too bad about the fog. My brother lives near the beach in southern CA - always foggy there till late morning.

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  12. Wonderful news on the new house, I'm sure it's something exciting to look forward to. Warm greetings and best wishes.

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  13. I'm so happy for you Chris and wish you luck with the house!!!! The photos are SO beautiful and you're very lucky to live in the most perfect spot in the USA for the eclipse....I didn't see anything here in NY.....but I did feel the change of temperature outside. So now I'm enjoying everyone's photos....

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. We were out walking the dog during the eclipse & noticed the temperature change. Didn't expect that.

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  14. Congratulations on the house! I am so happy for you x

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  15. Thank you for the excellent image of eclipse my friend!

    best wishes for your house inspection

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    Al the best for the house.
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