Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The moon, Little Women, and twinkle lights...

 Full Moon taken at 7:30 pm MST

Have you been out to look at the moon tonight?  Oh, it's glorious as always, but tonight at our house there is a rainbow-type ring around it which usually means moisture is in the air or that it's coming soon.  We call it a "moon dog."  I'm not sure if it's a real term for this phenom, but I know that a sun dog is a true term for a ring around the sun.  What all of us will see near the moon tonight is the planet Jupiter and the bright star Aldebaran with faint Pleiades above.  I brought over this good picture from Sky & Telescope where I like to check out the things I see in the sky.  I love this site. 

I also like to read about the names of the full moons so here's what the Farmer's Almanac tells me:  "Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon."  We have beaver on the river where we lease some land.  It is absolutely fascinating to me how those big yellow beaver teeth can cut down great, old cottonwoods in a very little time.  They are quite destructive and it's sad to see such beautiful trees that took so long to grow destroyed.

Besides moon-gazing, I've been reading on my "Christmas Book," Little Women.  Oh, how I'm enjoying it!  Just take a listen to this part:

'What in the world are you going to do now, Jo?' asked Meg, one snowy afternoon, as her sister came  tramping through the hall, in rubber boots, old sack and hood, with a broom in one hand and a shovel in the other.

'Going out for exercise,' answered Jo, with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.

'I should think two long walks this morning would have been enough.  It's cold and dull out, and I advise you to stay, warm and dry, by the fire, as I do,' said Meg, with a shiver.

'Never take advice!  Can't keep still all day, and, not being a pussy-cat, I don't like to doze by the fire.  I like adventures, and I'm going to find some.'

Meg went back to toast her feet and read 'Ivanhoe;' and Jo began to dig paths with great energy.  The snow was light, and with her broom she soon swept a path all round the garden for Beth to walk in when the sun came out; and the invalid dolls needed air.
 Isn't that just fun reading?  I think so too.  I feel much like Jo a lot of the time.  As much as I enjoy a good book to read, I really can't sit still for very long before my hands get fidgety and my legs begin to ache for want of exercise or something to do -- mostly outdoors.  Are you more of an adventurer like Jo or a pussy-cat like Meg?  Or perhaps you are like Beth, taking care of her invalid baby dolls or Amy who is petted and spoilt by her older sisters.  Each girl has her noble qualities and each has her shortcomings, but    altogether they compliment each other and challenge one another to be better people, moving ever closer to that Palace Beautiful as told in their Pilgrim's Progress.

Ours is still the only house "on the block" which doesn't have it's Christmas lights strung  and lit.  Peach asked me why I didn't have my Christmas lights up, and I replied to her,  I had the porch light on, wasn't that good enough?  Bless her heart, she told me it was very nice, but it was not a Christmas light.  One thing Hubby and I did put up is The Star on the Barn.  Travelers-by will see it shining in the night, and I hope they think about that Star of Bethlehem.  The Littles love to go see it at dark.  It's a mile up the road to the barn so someone has to take them, just like you would in town when you want to go out driving up and down the streets to see the neighborhood Christmas lights.  Simple little things is what they love most.  Me too.  I hope your eyes light up with each strand of twinkle lights you hang and every candle you light.  You are making someone's holiday special when you do it. Every new day brings us a little closer to that Joyful Day.


  1. Beautiful moon picture, Jody. Mike and I noticed it on the way home from dinner tonight and that bright shining planet. The sky is so clear, too, and full of stars. I'm very thankful to live out far enough to see them, at least in part. We have twinkle lights up outside, but no inside decorations.......yet. :)

  2. I love Little Women. I don't think I'm like any of the girls, but I like them all. I think I'd like to be Marmie or their helper (is it Hannah?)
    I put some sparkly ornaments on my fake tree at school. It's one of those silk fiscus trees. The kids haven't noticed yet, but I'm sure they will.
    I may play around with lights and bows this weekend.
    I love thinking about the star on the barn, Jody.

  3. We've got a full moon right now too. Isn't it amazing, that although we are so far apart from each other, we are gazing at the same moon? :) xxx

  4. I have noticed in my lovely book, The Illuminated Book of Days, illustrated with Kate Greenaway pictures that Louisa May Alcott was born on the 29th November,1832. Thank you for your lovely post. I'm sure the children and folk passing by your barn will love to see the shining star. We don't decorate our home until the week before Christmas except for making the Advent wreath and lighting the Advent Candle each Sunday, and we also light other candles in these dark evenings.

  5. Yes, since you mentioned it I have been reading a bit every night. It is just lovely and I have always been like Jo. I can't sit for very long either. I have to jump up and go do something. It was a beautiful moon this November. I am glad I know it's name.
    I always wished I could be like Meg or Marmee even Beth. I always came back to the fact I am just like Jo.
    I still to this day wonder why Jo never married Laurie and as much as I liked Professor Baher I think she would have been happier married to Laurie. What do you think?

  6. I bought my star. Now all I need to do is wrap lights around it and have Dear dangerously dangle out the top window of the shop/barn and hang it half way down!! Have fun with your preparations!

  7. So lovely, Jody! I miss the clear, bright winter skies I used to enjoy every day. But rain has a different kind of feeling--a cosiness, I suppose. I love your Christmas light (porch!) story and all that you share from your heart! Sweet.

  8. I agree the moon has been breathtaking. I too don't have our Christmas lights up. We are at the end of a deadend road and nobody ever sees them but us. Still there is nothing better than coming down our road and seeing the cabin all lit up. Glad you are enjoying your book.

  9. This evening I called Becca to come see the moon...and we shared the moment. She thought she saw Orion but it was not showing up...I now think she saw the Pleides. Isn't it like the Littles to reproach us for not getting our lights up, lol :) They don't understand that sometimes other really important things are getting done, too! So glad to think of your star shining bright, in more ways than one. - Ruth

  10. When I was a girl I identified mostly with Jo, though I could sit still for long periods of time with no problem whatsoever!

    I'm on the second half of the book now, realizing that when I was a child reading Little Women I skipped over great swaths of pages, though I loved when Jo was in the boarding house where she met the wonderful Mr. Baer. Now I'm at the part where Jo has to let Laurie down for good ... so sad!


  11. Cool I did not know that is why it is called Beaver Moon!! Learn something new all the time xox Clarice

  12. I think I'm 'Jo' - always have been a tomboy. Yet deep inside I always wished I were more like Beth - sweet, kind and calm. It's taken me a while to come to the conclusion that God has created each of us different and we need to live as the person we're meant to be instead of pining over NOT being the person we're not. I still do catch myself wishing I were more patient, more calm, less feverish in my endeavours in life - I still have so much more to learn at the feet of our Saviour.

  13. I love that you tell us about the moon/moons! I will have to start a new Pinterest board to save some of this wonderful stuff.


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