Yesterday's plans were thwarted by me when suddenly I asked The Brad if he would be willing to "cut work" and go on a family outing. (Being a self-employed family, you think we would know all about taking time off of work. But, no. Yesterday however, we did toodle off.)
On the way to our destination, a little tourist town several hours away, we stopped to drop off my old dining table chairs (remember?) and guess what, the local consignment wouldn't take them! (Well I never!) So I had to take them to a local thrift store. At the thrift store, while dumping what was evidently "junk," I saw a child's size steel string guitar in the corner. For half price! ($15.) It needs a little work...but it's so wonderful! So excited to teach the girls guitar on this light and breezy little darlin'.
Then we continued by the sea and up the mountain to visit the pretty valley famous for wine tasting. We didn't wine taste, of course, with two Smallies in tow. But we had lunch and walked around, finding a big "farm antique" sale where I came across a tall stack of wonderful old chicken laying boxes. (This was almost as good as wine tasting.) I so wanted to buy the laying boxes and put them in my current coop. But, alas...it was all part of a bigger dream, a different coop, another day.
We then passed by an ostrich farm. Acres and acres of dry land- what I imagine the The Mesozoic Era (dinosaur period, I just looked it up myself) must have looked like. And seeing the prehistoric looking monstrous birds wandering around with SO much room. Oh! So much space! I nearly cried for joy. That is the kind of person I am. Happy animals always bring joy to my heart and a tear to my eye. (We want to go back and particiapte in feeding the ostrichs next time, thus getting a little closer. This time, we just looked from afar.)
Then we came back home to our little farm and The Brad set up his telescope (a recent passion of his, he is now learning to connect his camera to it and take photos.) After several nights of study and seeking, he finally found Saturn in the scope last night. It was tiny, too small to photograph with his current telescope, but it was there, clear as could be with the rings fully visible. It was kind of mind-blowing. Seeing the moon is one thing. But saturn? Seeing saturn from your backyard is kind of like seeing a very famous person in your local grocery store. After all those images you've seen all your life...there she is. And saturn is so cute. Just minding her own business as she has for billions of years.
Kind of puts things in perspective when you look at the sky, when you think about the word "billions." It dawns on you then, all the many other things you can gently admit to not understanding.
linking with baby by the sea for thrifty thursday