I took the week off for my birthday this past week. I had an opportunity to spend some time in my art studio and make a bunch of cards. That’s something that I really enjoy doing. And I do send cards but I seem to have more cards made and I can send. I often send a bunch of them to my mom and then she uses them to send to her friends. It’s a good deal because I get to make cards and she can send them and not have to pay for cards at the Hallmark store. But I seem to have an overflow of cards these days. She doesn’t need anymore. I’ve tried to give some to my sisters but they don’t usually send cards so they don’t want any. Today is national card making day which is great. But how many people actually send greeting cards anymore? I wonder? I’d be curious to find out how many people actually make cards because it’s fun. Of those cards they made how many do they actually sent? And do any of you sell your cards? I can’t imagine selling my cards because the time it takes for me to design the card and then make the card would make the cost of the card prohibitive. At least, that is, if my time is worth anything. At this point I’m happy to give them away but as I said I don’t know who to give them to. My sisters just don’t want them and my mother can’t use anymore. Just starting a discussion if anybody wants to join in. I’d be curious what you all do with the cards you make.
This week’s Diva Challenge is to use squares as the string. I also decided to use square tangles. I enjoyed creating this one.
We are also 8 getting bamboo floors in our family room and kitchen, as well as up the stairs and the hallway upstairs. So far looking good.
We saw the solar eclipse today. We started in Columbia SC. and drove north because the cloud cover was predicted to be better. We stopped in Newbury but Carl wanted to continue north. We then veered east a little closer to the line where totality would be the longest but it was a little town, more like a wide spot in the road. Not a lot going on and we didn’t see any public restrooms, so we moved on.
We ended up in Clinton. We found a dirt parking lot with a bunch of other people. There weren’t the throng of people at this small town that the news people predicted. Across the drive from where we parked were people who had driven down from DC. Near the center of the parking lot, where it was paved, there were a row of Porta-potties. People had brought their lawn chairs and umbrellas. There might have been activities going on, on the paved part but, except to go to the bathroom, Carl and I stayed by our car. We had stopped at Walmart before we left and had plenty of snacks and water. As we were waiting for the eclipse to begin, the clouds began forming.
At one point it looked like we wouldn’t be seeing anything. But then the clouds would part and we’d see the sun again. Just moments before the eclipse started a gentlemen from England, David, walked by and asked if we had any extra glasses, which we did. We also offered him water and he stayed with us until the end. Once the eclipse began the sun and clouds continued to played hide and seek. There were times when we could see the sun easily and times where we couldn’t see it at all. Just 6 or 7 minutes before totality a bunch of clouds showed up and it looked very iffy.
But as it got closer to totality the sky around the sun cleared. We could see that the light seem to get weaker and weaker. We were awed that with 95% or more of the sun covered it was as light as it was. But at the moment of totality it was like someone flipped a switch. It was dark.
We could see what looked like a high lens flare come from the edge of the sun just as totality occured. That’s what they call the “diamond ring.” The flare was unexpected and so bright. I shouted, “Can we look now?” It was incredible. And then, just like that, the sun looked like a black hole in the sky with the corona all around it.
All of a sudden we could see Venus on one side and Jupiter farther away on the other side. Everyone cheered. The feeling that came over me is indescribable. Tears welled up inside. To be able to look at the sun and see a black hole in its place and the corona around it was awesome. Full of awe.
The cicadas started singing when the sun was 90% or more covered, and could be heard at their loudest at totality. I saw a few robins fly by during totality as they headed for their roosting site. Street lights came on. “Oh my God,” and,” Wow,” could be heard from the crowd. Or maybe that was me talking. I looked around and the ambient light looked like it was an hour after sunset. But then I looked up again and I could see this completely black hole in the sky with a bright glow around it where the sun had been only moments ago. Something I’ve only seen in photos. And although I’ve seen photos, to look at a total eclipse in real life is simply indescribable. In a few short moments, just over 2 minutes it was over. A flare was emitted from the sun again, another “diamond ring” and the light returned as though someone turned the light back on. Most people stayed for only a few minutes longer. Then they started to pack up and leave. The event that brought them all to this one place was over. David stayed for quite a while with us. He was grateful to have had a chance to share this moment with someone. This was a moment that needed sharing. It was a moment that couldn’t be witnessed alone. I was glad he found us and that we had eclipse glasses to share with him.
Carl wanted to stay until the end. But when there was just a very tiny piece of the moon covering the sun Carl was ready to leave. To leave with just the end of the eclipse still visible in his mind.
There was a guest poster on the I am the diva blog post this week and she suggested that we use a heart as our string. Well I used a heart for my tangle last week but I love hearts so absolutely I’m gonna do this challenge too. I thought I’d tangle on some watercolor paper this week and I used pinks and an aqua color to color my tile. Happiness in your heart and tangle on.
This weeks challenge is to do a tangle representing your home. Your home could be your state, or city, the universe, or whatever you think your home would be. I decided that I would highlight a heart in my tile because home is where the heart is. Around the heart I tangled Angel Fish. I wanted something that looked very organic.
My husband and I had Alvin over for a birthday dinner last night. I made chocolate cupcakes with a ganache filling and seven minute frosting. Too bad I forgot to take photos. Nico joined us and it was really nice having the two of them visit.