Eclipse Monday

Here’s my best photos, taken with the iPhone.

I used the eclipse glasses to take the dark photo, at the beginning of the eclipse here in NYC.

The next ones came out blurry, then I tried to take one without the glasses. I forgot to zoom in, but you can see a little sliver if the eclipse.

It didn’t turn as dark as I thought it would be. I thought it might sort of be twilight-dark at the peak here, but there wasn’t much difference in the lighting.

As we left, I took another one. Can’t remember if this was directly with the lens, or the selfie mode.

But I see a little blue dot, with an eclipse. Is that the moon? And the bight ball in front is the sun? Still trying to figure it out … What do you think?

How was your Eclipse Monday? Got any good shots of it?

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Trying to Settle Down

Oh wow … I skipped through all of July without blogging !

I think I’m getting old … I can’t keep up with all the activities any more … I tried quick posts on Facebook and Instagram – the new technology for the year, and that worked for a while but I think even that is falling behind now …

Anyway, in a nutshell … 


We had an unexpected trip to Trinidad at the beginning of summer, and then three weeks later flew across to San Diego, California for a soccer tournament.  We stayed an extra couple of days so the boys could see more of California … 


  So our routines have sort of flown out the door, and we’re not quite ready to settle back down yet … 

Tin will be starting his senior year in high school … aaarrghhh!! really???  senior already?  Maybe I’m the one who’s not ready for it.  He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, which drives me crazy, because there’s so much to put in place before the school year starts!  And .. he’s finally got his license!  No, that’s not his car – he’s just sitting in it! 😂my stress level and blood pressure has been up these past few months, and now that he can drive out on his own, it’s double-double pressure … and no, he’s not bothered by it, because of course, this euphoria of being able to drive around on his own, with friends, anywhere, is ultimate freedom … *sigh* what to do?


 

So, I’m going to make myself settle back in a routine … and we’ll start that with working on the blog again, if for no other reason is that it makes me sit and write – or I should say, type.  There’s something about the fingers on the keys and the clicking of the keyboard, isn’t there?  Sometimes, I just want to re-type a page or two of documents just to type and exercise my fingers. Yeah, weird … 

I’ll work on a photo recap of the summer up till now .. That will also give me a chance to sort through the thousand and more photos that I took these past few months …


Have a good weekend, all !

 

 

Summer! 

Finally! Hot weather! 

Well, here in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s hot … reellll hot, as they would say. 

We had an unexpected and unplanned trip … Tin was asked to come down and try out for the national soccer u-17 team, so here we are. So far, it’s been a lot of hard work and practice in the heat and humidity, but he’s holding up. 


They had a break from the training over the weekend, so of course, that means … beach! 



And of course … a little game of beach soccer! Can’t get away from it 😏


And where was I? Under the umbrella of course … yarning! 😁

Oh yes … time to relax … 


Have a good summer, everyone! 

Grey Skies on a Sunny Morning

We were looking forward to a weekend tournament in Virginia, thinking that it would be warmer than it is here in NYC.  Wrong ….

We were out on the fields, in blustery winds and 0-20 degree weather in the early mornings … Us parents had three and four and maybe five layers on – the boys had two to three layers … And spring is next week already?  Oh wait … we came back home and there was a nor’easter snowstorm-blizzard waiting for us!  We really are having crazy weather these days, right?

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Ephesians 56:11

I dreamt about this verse, some time ago, and wrote about my first impression about it, and then stopped to analyze it a little more.  I’ve come back to it now and then, still unable to forget it as just another dream, so maybe I should meditate on it some more …

In my dream, an agitated man was questioning a second man, and trying to get past him.  The second man was blocking his way, and telling him to go to another location across the room? outside?  The first man asked, ‘Are you sure that it’s 56:11?’  And the second man calmly but insistently replied,  ‘Yes sir, it is Ephesians 56:11.  It really is Ephesians 56:11.’

This scene repeated itself, with the agitated man more agitated than ever.  And the second man still calmly insisting that it was Ephesians 56:11.

And then as happens in dreams, it wavered, blurred, dissolved, into another scene, and then I woke up.  But the “Ephesians 56:11” stuck in my head, and I had to go and look it up.

There is no Ephesians 56:11.  What?!  I looked again, and no, Ephesiansdoes only has 6 chapters.

So I looked at Ephesians 5:11 (NIV version) instead.  I quote the preceding or subsequent verses, to help me put this in context.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.  11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 

And then Ephesians 6:11 (NIV version)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

Expose fruitless deeds of darkness … take a stand against the devil’s schemes …

Was this trying to tell me something?  That I may have to expose some dark deeds and then will need to take a stand to defend myself?  Is there something going on now, or is this in the future?  Near or distant future?

I can’t see anything going on now specifically (most obvious is work and whistle-blowing, etc), but then we don’t know that, do we?  So fore-warned is fore-armed?

Reading on in Ephesians 6: 13-17:

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Or in the simplest of things, maybe it was just reminding me or trying to put me back on the right path …

Truth … righteousness … faith … salvation.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

On the flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic a couple of weeks ago, we were suddenly flying into big clouds.  And they were huge.

As we came out of another huge, wispy, fluffy cloud, I saw this …  there, on the right, just in front of the huge climbing cloud … Is that the ‘calm before the storm’? 

I was struck at how smooth and calm-looking it was, compared to the huge fluffs that we’d been flying through (and was about to fly through again).  It was a calm lake in the middle of the cloudy landscape, an oasis in the storm.

I took one last look at it before we entered the huge fluffs again …  Yep, the calm before the storm …