Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall, Ya'll!

In just a little while Fall begins ~ so Mimi’s turning the air conditioning WAAAAY down and dreaming of sitting outside by the crackling fire, warm furry sweaters, the smell of cinnamon & pumpkin candles, pumpkin rolls, apple-picking trips, the pumpkin patch and, of course, a visit from The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

What are ya’ll dreaming of? Let me guess . . . candy apples, the fair, trips to the dairy farm and the pumpkin farm, Boo at the Zoo, trick-or-treating at the beach, basketball practice and Halloween costumes. Did I miss anything? Oh yes, silly Mimi . . . tons of sweet, sweet candy. Your daddys are dreaming of Saturday football and rankings while your mommys are dreaming of spiced apple cider and how to cram in all the fun things they have planned for you girls, I'm sure.

Now you know . . .

that with any special “day,” we have to have a “lesson” ~ guess that’s what 31 years of teaching caused besides the fact that Mimi wants all of you to be sooooo smart . . . so here it goes . . . well, before we do that, let's take a look at what Mimi found in her yard today . . . do you see those leaves turning?

October color is on its way!! Get the rakes out, Granddaddy!

Now the lesson . . . Fall or Autumnal Equinox occurs tonight at 11:09 EST in the United States; that means that this is the time when day and night are exactly the same length ~ the moment when the Sun appears to pass directly over the earth's equator.

This year it also means that the Harvest Moon (the first full moon of autumn) will be “hanging in the sky” on the same night as the Fall Equinox for the first time in 19 years. Also, according to, “if we are blessed with clear skies tonight, we’ll see an unusually bright star right near the moon which is not actually a star at all; it's the planet Jupiter at ‘opposition,’ coming closer to the earth than at any time since 1963.” WOW!!

Another quote from . . . “There's no real magic to all this, just the bodies of the solar system doing what they do as they follow the rules of orbital mechanics.”

And do you girls know who told the solar system to do this . . . who created the rules of orbital mechanics . . . YES, our Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe. Give Him the glory, great things He has done!

Do you think you can remember all of this to share with your class? Mimi's betting on it! A couple of you might not want to speak up enough to share but I know at least 2 that wouldn't have a problem with that at all.

Oh . . . it's time and, since all 5 of you are snuggled in bed with your blankets (or at least, I hope you are), Mimi’s going outside to witness all of this first hand. Yes, I’ll capture it for you with my trusty little camera. Hopefully, pictures tomorrow! For now . . .

Sleep tight my little ones.


1 comment:

  1. 31 yrs, eh? I only stuck it out for 12!!
    Great facts about the equinox and I went to your Between the Hedges post. WOW!!! You definitely have great representation with the red and black!! (even tho I'm more in tune with purple and gold!! heehee!)