Daily Reflections From My Window

December 22, 2020 Did Anyone See the Star?


“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Waiting is probably one of the hardest things to do, isn’t it? Remember when you were a kid (or when your kids were little), waiting for Christmas was interminable. I think that’s why Advent calendars came into being. Some mom somewhere made one so that her kids would stop asking, “How many more days?” I love our advent calendar! I got it when Jack was little and though we’ve lost a few pieces (and replaced them with our own), it still reminds me how many more days. I’ll bet you never knew that there was a pug in the manger?!

I’ve been waiting to see The Great Conjunction of Planets since I heard about it. I waited all day yesterday, thrilled to see the day start with sun! Maybe we’d see it here.

So I had lots to do until then. First to a local free Covid test. A little bit of waiting there, about 40 minutes and it was drive through. They did a nice job, all in all. The entrance sign was in the wrong place but other than that it was smooth. I told one of the members of the Covid Task Force and his response? “We didn’t choose this location, Cambria County did.” I just suggested that they move the sign from the exit to the entrance to avoid confusion, but he just said, “Tomorrow’s the last day.” As I was leaving, I noticed them pushing a car that had just been hit into a parking spot. May have happened from the confusing sign. But hey! Today’s the last day, right?! Millennials!

The kids (Jack, Madison and her brother Chandler) came by for a quick, outside, masked up, socially distant visit. Can’t wait to be able to hug them soon. Chandler hasn’t caught on yet that you always need a jacket in this part of the woods. We gave them a few gifts in advance of Christmas and Madison LOVES her new hoop. Dawn made it for her for me and it changes colors to be more intense outside for outside hooping.

They live where the skies are big and open with little ambient light so I asked them to keep a watch out and if they could see the Star to call us. We’d be right there.

Then, true to the weather in this part of Pa, I watched as the clouds rolled in, a drizzle started and no chance of seeing the Star here developed. Dang! But wait! My friend Janet now lives in Arizona! I called her and asked if they might be able to see it. Yes, she said and we planned a FaceTime call so that we could watch together. I went out several times, looked to the SW and saw nothing but clouds.

Then at about 8:15, Janet called and had her son Craig FaceTime us. There it was! Not looking like the Star in pictures, but there it was, nonetheless. Thank you for sharing that with us guys! We need to do that more often! Can you see it? It’s that tiny white dot in the center of each picture.

Tonight, Joe Murgo, Chief Meteorologist for WTAJ says that we have a better chance of seeing it in our area. The skies SHOULD be clear.

I’m back to waiting. This time for the sun to come up. I’ve been up and thinking since 5:30 and the only thing left to pop in this post is my morning sunrise photo. My Christmas lights are so mixed up. I have them set at Dusk to Dawn. Sometimes they’ll come on at 9AM and go off at 5. I think I need to readjust something. They’re on now at 7 AM. We got more snow last night and it looks windy this morning.

Everyone is still tucked in. No rambling alpacas yet.

Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!