If you haven’t heard about the total solar eclipse …..then my dear readers, you might be living under a rock! LOL !!!!
And I know you know about it.
This solar eclipse….they say, only comes around every couple hundred years, although I believe the last similar one was 40 years ago and the next one is 26 years away!
The information is everywhere and on every TV channel and on everyone’s lips.
And today is the day.
This afternoon to be precise!
Apparently, the solar eclipse can be seen in almost all of the United States, some places better than others.
And people are getting ready for this phenomena by traveling great distances or at least planning solar eclipse parties so they can all watch together as the moon passes in front of the sun!
But not I, said the little red hen.
As I said in my post yesterday….I might just curl up with a good book.
Perhaps I might at one point stand with my back to the sun and hold my IPhone in front of me and take a “selfie” of the action.
Not sure yet.
I am almost positive there will be photos galore on tonight/tomorrow’s news in case I miss something.
So no, instead of watching the whole time, I will be baking another batch of chocolate chip cookies, doing laundry and puttering, one of my favorite things to do.
I do have a bit of news.
I would like to share with you what has been happening at Villa de la Luna this past week!
Yes, we name everything and when we first moved to SW Florida, we named our home Villa de la Luna or Home of the Moon.
But that is another story for another time.
Let me set the stage.
When we bought this home, I fell in love with the open courtyard reminiscent of a Mediterranean courtyard, with 10 foot adobe walls.
At one end of the courtyard is a swimming pool with a spa on the end.
At the side of the courtyard’s tall double entry doors is a very large stone waterfall.
The other end of the pool is near the double doors of the house. In fact that whole side of the courtyard is all slider doors and entry doors.
The veranda (or lanai as they call it in Florida) runs along the front of the home and is protected from the elements by large arches.
We love sitting at the dining table at one end of the veranda or the sitting area at the other end of the Lanai.
There is not a screen over the top of the courtyard which gives a wonderful romantic ambiance in the evenings and the daylight for that matter.
Until now, almost 7 years after we bought the home.
The Captain and I decided to have a screen put over the top of this courtyard.
It was not an easy decision.
We debated a very long time…..several years, before finally closing our eyes tightly and saying yes, let’s do it…before we change our minds.
The main reason was for the mosquitos altho, the courtyard had very few flitting about.
In the past, we have from time to time played a game of shoo-fly while eating al fresco, but for the most part…we were ok with the open air.
When we decided to put the screened top over the courtyard, we were essentially providing a huge screened in Porch!
This job was completed this week and I must say I am enjoying it….as I float around in the pool.
Before, I might have had a wasp or honey bee dipping down into the pool water for a slurp of water to take back to their mud nests or where ever they went.
But not now.
And in “bad mosquito (or no-see-em days)….I might have had to swat at one or two.
But not now.
I am going to change around a few things in the courtyard
And now when we eat al fresco or simply sit on the lanai, I literally swing open the slider doors…leaving them wide open as I walk in and out of the house with no concern of flying insects entering my home.
And that my dear readers, is a good thing.
Are you going to be watching the solar eclipse?
I hope you enjoy your day, however you spend it.