The Comet

Long explanation as to why this post is what it is.

So for those of you who aren’t amateur astronomers, there has been a comet in the sky for the past few days.  I think it’s called Neowise. Mom showed it to me and on Tuesday I took the camera out and she brought out the telescope.

sunset and stars

I don’t know if you can tell, but some stars are showing in this facing North at sunset picture.

setting up the telescope

I got this picture by setting the shutter speed to really slow and setting the camera on the ground. That is Mom and B.

first decentish pic

Then the comet became visible and I decide to skip a bunch of really bad pictures that I thought at time of taking were duds and show you the first decent ish picture I got of the comet. After celebrating I went and got this set up that I actually got a picture of the next day.

my setup

 

satelite or something

So this is the first picture I got with the new set up. I discovered that my angle was wrong but I caught a plane or something, so I left it in.

 

So these two little pictures should be looked at full size, but I didn’t want to just have them one after the other as they are so similar, but the one on the right is slightly better. then I went to bed because it was late.

On Wednesday I went out and was hoping to get a picture that showed where the comet was in the sky. It’s pretty visible in the right picture, but can you find it in the left?

Finally I got these to pictures and went to bed because it was getting late. Oh and in case you were wondering how I got the pictures of the stars I set the ISO way up, set the settings to P, and set the exposure comp to +5.

In Defense Of Plastic Grocery Bags

What. This is supposed to be a Sustainable Tuesday post and I’m trying to defend a single-use plastic? Yep, nobody ever said I couldn’t so I am.

With most of my family being in New York state, I’ve managed to hear that recently New York has made using plastic grocery bags a fineable offense.

Most Tuesdays I volunteer at a food pantry and grocery bags are one of the most important things that can be donated. If you’re just an ordinary person there are two things that can be donated in a helpful quantity. Time and grocery bags. Food is also acceptable, but most people don’t have much extra.

The food pantry gets these “single-use” bags and we re-use them. Shocker I know. They are super useful for bagging up loose vegetables, fruits, and yogurts.

Sarcasm aside, we bring home some bags of food and re-use them again. As trash bags. And maybe then they get recycled. I don’t know. I’m not going to talk about that.

I’m going to talk about what plastic should be a finable offense. Unreusable plastic bags, like what lettuce comes in. Or any number of foods that come in little bags that can’t be reused.

Why is NY banning a product that gets re-used and recycled, when there is hiding inside that a much worse product?

Bucket List To Own

Bucket lists are weird. I recently read a book that was about fulfilling a bucket list and that made me think of mine. I don’t have a bucket list in the traditional sense, but I do have a list of things I would like to own before I die. Let me see if I can make this like a tag.

Dream Car

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Photo From Pixabay

As you might be able to tell from the picture above my dream car is a Model T Ford. Souped-up of course.

Dream Residence

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Photo From Pixabay

A Farm. I don’t want pigs, or necessarily ducks and rabbits, but you get the idea. I want it to be big enough for a couple of small crops, some meat, and some pleasure animals (because I don’t want to use horses for much).

Dream Out Building

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Photo From Pixabay

I’d say this is a lovely self-explanatory picture, but what I really want are those super awesome rolling/sliding shelves that some colleges have. I want to be able to lock some books away as not appropriate for young eyes.

Room In The House

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Picture From Pixabay

If my library is in an outbuilding that means I have room in the house for a sewing room. Right? An ancient sewing machine, an outer wall shelf, table, ironing board thing. Windows galore. And on the inner walls cabinets of fabric.

Dream Pet

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Photo From Pixabay

A shire. I want a big horse. A Clydesdale. One of the gentle giants. A draft horse.

I do want to tag a few people to do this.

A Barefoot Gal

Ariana’s Flying Life

Life in Kyoto

Plaid Petticoats

The Purple Skirt Blog

Updates will happen.

Blog Post #200

Woke up a bit late today, but Mom did as well so it didn’t matter. After a cold cereal breakfast, I cleared the table before listening to what my family had been doing over the week. Everyone has been busy. Then I shared what I had been doing. Last week was hectic that is why this post is only happening today.

I filmed a bit and then edited a video to go up on my BookTube channel on Monday. While the video rendered I listened to Stowaway. After a couple of minutes, my hands got bored, so I began taping the edges of my books. It helps them stay nice longer when you have neiphlings like I do.

After a Mexican inspired lunch, I finished taping the books. Then I put on YouTube and cut out some skirt pieces for the pattern I’m working on. I love the colors I’m using together. Purple and red.

Then I worked on the first page of my bullet journal.

A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.