My sister, who lives in the Cottonwood area (about 130 miles from us), did have the glasses and said she saw about 50% coverage of the sun. Would've been cool if the sun dimmed about 50% around us as we'd notice that. But, it was not to be.
Yesterday, we had a humdinger of a storm with more than half an inch in the rain gauge and loss of internet, power and phone. All in all, I'd say the storm was the winner for weather phenomenon around here.
On Saturday, I finally got around to using the chickens as lawn mowers. We actually have no lawn, but we have an abundance of grass coming up in the garden. It was finally tall enough for them to get a couple bites from each blade, too.
I dropped off a meager breakfast portion so they'd be hungry. I had to drop and back off as the melee was something. I find I always want to play a game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos* **because that's what they act like. Every head was bobbing and grabbing.
So, finally the gate was opened and I pulled up a chair to make sure they only ate the grass and didn't try to attack our food. I think they thought they were in heaven. After an hour... well, they all left the garden and came to sleep by me under the bushes. Kind of a letdown for me. I grew tired of sitting there, so I shut the gate and decided to try again later.
Turned out that yesterday I just decided to leave the gate open all day and they could do what they wanted. Really, only the kale is reachable and that's their food, so I didn't need to worry much. They don't jump in the squash troughs and can't get to the broccoli and Brussel sprouts, so I saw no reason to stand guard.
Now, I see no dent in the amount of grass there so I'm wondering if they will turn out to be good mowers. I may have to ask Steve to buzz-cut the place.
Yup, today the sun was the celestial "being" of the news programs. No difference in the sun up here, but I found my own little sun in the garden. One of my yellow heirloom tomatoes finally changed color today. It's not ready to harvest until red stripes appear on it, but it did add a little sunniness to our eclipse-less mountain.
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