Mike and I and Eric spent Mother's Day in Salt Lake City. We went up on Saturday, attended a play (kind of like a melodrama/musical) at the Desert Star Theater in Murray with Gayela, then had a nice barbeque dinner at Becky's house with Angela and all the family attached to those two gals. That was a lot of fun. The four of us spent that night with Gayela, and then early Sunday morning, Mike and I went to Kaylee's house where Nick and Kaylee had fixed breakfast for their parents on Mother's Day. Nick and Kaylee's ward didn't meet till 1, Gayela's didn't meet till 1, so we were able to stay and visit with the kids for a bit. (Nick and Kaylee attend a YSA ward). Kaylee's parents had to rush off to their 9 a.m. ward. It was fun to touch base with wedding plans, see her dress, etc. Things are coming right along!
Mike, Eric, Berenice and I just attended Sacrament meeting with Gayela and then headed home to Cedar City. I like traveling on Sunday because there are a few central Utah radio stations with "The Sounds of Sunday" programs that just make for nice listening on the Sabbath. I LOVE uneventful trips to the big city. Watching the news at home that night, there were three fatalities in SLC on and around Redwood Road--and we traversed that road many times during our weekend up there! So blessed and happy to be back safe and sound.
And tonight was an annular (no, not "Annual." Annular. It's different.) eclipse. We watched/viewed through a pinhole camera box in our back yard.
This is where the sun was in the sky for most of it.
This was the view from the pinhole camera box I made. We really did have a total ring of light around the moon's shadow. I just didn't think to take a photo of it at that time. Here you can see a crescent shadow on the white paper inside the box.
These photos are kind of cool. We noticed that the shadows from our tree were reflecting the crescent-shaped shadow of the sun during the last half of the eclipse. I wish we would have thought to look over at the shadows on the wall during the peak--then the shadows would have been circles dotting the house, I'm sure! Pretty cool, huh? Normally, the leaf shadows just look like globby leaf-shaped shadows. We noticed larger shadows on the house across the street, too, from more distant trees. Very interesting. Toward the end, Mike's mom dropped by, and she had some of the special viewing glasses, so we peeked at the sun through those. It looked the same as what we saw through the box, only bigger.
We live on an amazing earth.