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Project 365: Week 40 July 30, 2012

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Cleaned out the fish tank. It is a bit cloudy due to the chemical I added to increase my purple algae.


Garden is starting to produce vegetables very well.


A half moon this week! I was able to capture it in my telescope very well. This picture was taken just with my smart phone not a DSLR camera. I was impressed!


Miss Heidi Cat. I never get a picture of her. She is scared of the camera.


I was looking for the dog to put them up before I went to work. I guess they have learned my work schedule. Mom in scrubs = nap time, they were in there waiting on me 🙂


Got into my car to drive to work and this was on my windshield wiper. Yes, that is a snake skin! I about died.


This is a picture of the star Vega. It is in the constellation Lyra and is the 5th brightest star in the night sky. Fun fact Vega is 2.1 times larger than the Sun!


Welcome to My World in Astronomy July 29, 2012

I haven’t really posted anything about my new telescope primarily because I didn’t think people would sincerely care about the topic. When I first got my new scope I was so excited and had to tell everyone I knew. I would tell people “oh, hey, I just got a new telescope” I normally get the same response “that’s nice” and that is the end of the short 15 second conversion. I imagine the reason was that people actually don’t know much about astronomy and thus they are not able to carry on a conversion about it. I was amazed at how little people, including myself, knew about the universe we live in.

Once you start learning and exploring it, it becomes very addictive. When I show people images in the scope, they are astonished by what they are looking at and want to know more. Thus, I would like to start sharing some astronomy information on my blog to help people learn about the universe.

For your Astronomy 101 lesson today I would like to show you the 3 different types of telescopes.

Refractors – Probably the most recognizable to many people. This is what you think of when you hear the word “telescope.” The lens is mounted in the front. The refractor types of telescopes don’t usually require much maintenance, but can become increasingly expensive as you increase the size of the aperture.

Reflectors– These type of telescopes are for comparable apertures, are generally less expensive. Reflectors work by using a mirror located at the back of the tube and reflects light onto small mirror near the top. Maintenance is low, but ocassional adjustments to the optical alignment will be necessary. I recommend this type for your first telescope it is easy to use. Below is a picture of my first reflector. This is an Orion Skyquest iXT 6 on a dobsonian mount. Warning: reflectors can get very large and hard to carry if you are small person like me.


Compound – These types of telescopes are also known as Catadioptric telescopesThey function by using a combination of mirrors and lenses. This is takes into account both the refractor and the reflector designs.  They are relatively light in weight with a more compact type tube. Can be very expensive!

I absolutely love my new scope and hope to share pictures of the night sky with you as I learn about the world around us!


Project 365: Week 39 July 22, 2012


Finally received my cute owl earrings in the mail


I can not believe it has been 9 years since I started using eBay.


Tickets to the show!


Redbox and Popcorn. Time to relax.


Sad Day


Dollywood with the family on Saturday


Miss Maya’s new bone


Cirque de Chine July 19, 2012


Ever seen a Chinese Circus? If not, it is something to see and that is what we did on Wednesday. We have been looking for something to do that was different. Something that we have never done or seen  before and we came across tickets to this show on Living, 2 for the price of one. We purchased a total of 4 tickets and off we went.


Cirque de Chine is an entertaining two hour of music, acrobatics, costumes, and danger. The ages ranged from 10 – 30’s and everyone was very talented. I didn’t know people could bend their bodies that way or jump that high. It was pretty intense 2 hours. The show starts off a bit slow and increases with every act up to the final act which was 4 motorcycle act. I don’t want to go into to too many details for those who want to see it but all I can say is it is worth seeing.

The shows starts everyday at 7:30 pm and on Tuesday and Saturday’s they have a matinee at 2:00. The price is $32.95 per ticket without a coupon, but you can find them online. They have a gift shop, and concessions snacks, and they have a Chinese man that can write your name in animals like pandas or dragons for a small price. You are not allow to take photos due to the danger of the flash on the acrobatics but I pulled these two from their Facebook page.


My Views on a Happy Life July 17, 2012

I have started this blog out 5 different ways now and they all tend to go into a different direction every time. So plain and simple I want to talk about life. How short it is and why you shouldn’t waste it. When you step back and look at how small you are in this universe, it is crazy. Our lives are small and fleeting in the scheme of things, and yet we get caught up in our events and forget the world around us. I am one not to waste anything espically time and I want to talk about what is important in life and my views on how to have a happy life.

Hobbies: You have to have something you are passionate about. I have so many they are hard to list but my favorite hobby is writing. I love to write and tell my story. Other than the writing, I like to garden, read, bike,camp, hike, boating, astronomy, crafts,bake, and many other things.


Love You: The key to happy life is loving who you are. Loving who you are as a person inside and out. Yes I said on the outside too but if you are really unhappy about something, do what you can to improve it! Be inspired by your life, do thing that seem unachievable, be a great person. Learn to let go of hatefulness and bitterness and love people for who they are.

Friends: You can never have too many great friends. You need people to share your life with. People you can always count on to be there for you when you need them. Life is lonely when you are alone. There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.

Family: Learn to be grateful for your family.

Love Your Job: I know this is hard but it makes a world of difference in your life. If you don’t love what you do then you can’t truly be happy. I know this first hand. I worked hard in business school and landed a job in big corporation. Hated it. Went to another job and worked 60 hours a week at a desk. Couldn’t take it anymore so I went back to the job I had while working my way though college, Vet Tech, and I love it.

Never Stop Exploring: Question everything in life. Learn new things everyday. Go to places that you have never been. Say yes more than no. There is so much to see and learn in such little time. Go explore!

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
-Charles Darwin


Project 365: Week 38 July 15, 2012


Amish farm finds


Really hot peppers


These are from MY Garden. My first picks of the summer! They could be my children, cause I am so proud of them.


Playing pool at a local craft beer place. Really liked it there.


Mr. Mal and his snack.


This is my newest baby my Orion Skyquest Reflector telescope.


My finds at the Earthbound Trading Company


Brushing up on my Astronomy.


Searching for the Moonbow July 12, 2012

First of all, that is not a grammar error in the title of this blog. It indeed should say moonbow not rainbow. A moonbow is created by light reflecting off the surface of the moon rather than from the sun like in a rainbow. The place you can observe one is in Cumberland Falls, KY. There are only certain days of the year that the moonbow is observable and those are on the nights there is a bright full moon and no clouds in the sky. On July 3rd there was a full moon and we decided to pack our camping gear and go see if we could spot the moonbow.

If you plan on staying overnight you set up camp in the Daniel Boone National Forest and from there you can either drive or hike a small trail to the falls. We reserved 2 spots early due to it being a holiday week and space was limited. FYI: If you plan on camping and have more than one tent you will need to rent another campsite. As you can see in forth picture, the sites are awfully small. They do have electricity so you can plug in a radio or fan but not much because you only get one outlet per site. The price was $25 per site and you can reserve them online for a $3 fee.



We set up camp around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night. We arrived behind schedule due to the fact I had to work until 6:00 pm that day and we also had to met up with two friends of ours and their daughter that were also coming along, plus we couldn’t find our camping spots, had to stop for gas, ice, food etc. Anyways, we got delayed and had to use headlamps to set up camp. This worked out well because you can’t even witness the bow until dark.

We arrive at the falls area around 11:00 pm, give or take a few minutes, as we walked closer to the falls you could see that there large group of people waiting to see the moonbow. I mean probably about 100 or more people were sitting calmly on rocks around the falls looking up in the sky in hopes for clear weather. I honestly didn’t think that many people would have been there. You have to be careful when going at night due to the fact it is not level ground around the falls and it could be slick. That night there was a bright full moon but there were also a few clouds in the sky and a massive one was covering the moon. We waited calmly for about an hour hoping the wind would blow the cloud away and we would get to see what we came here for but it never happened.

Sad and disappointed we back to our campsites. We cooked a few hotdogs and smores on the camp fire and had a few drinks. We stayed up pretty late into the night just talking and enjoying being in the outdoors. My husband and I (plus Mr. Malachi) slept great in our tent however our friends had some issues, their air mattress went flat and had to sleep on the ground. There were hardly and bugs out and the temperature was prefect, great camping weather.

We woke up early and packed up camp then headed to the falls to see it during the day.

With the sunlight you could see so much more of the falls and how beautiful it is. There are many different places you can view the falls. The picture above is me on the lower viewing deck but the view from the top is also good. You hike along the trails in the park and you can reach the bottom of the falls. This is were you can put it if you want to kayak or float on tubes which you can rent at the entrance to the park. We had a great time and plan on going again once there is a full moon on a day we are off from work. Maybe next time we will be lucky.