I slept very late this morning - I guess I was especially tired - so I did not get to the hospital to visit my brother Jeff until almost 3 p.m. The day was lovely - high 80's and light clouds. We're deep into summer weather here in southern Ohio and the crops are looking very, very green and vigorous. It is a long drive (about 2 1/4 hours) to Newark where the hospital is situated and I prefer the route that takes me through the country rather than along the major highways. The amount of time the trip takes is about the same each way (I've driven both) but the country alternative is more picturesque (to say the least). :)
Since I got such a late start, it was 7:45 p.m. before I left (Jeff was sleeping most of the time I visited today - apparently he did not get much rest last night). That meant, of course, that it was full dark well before I got back to the farm. I haven't needed to do much driving at night while I've been here in Ohio, so I found the trip a bit more challenging than usual. Also, I prefer to drive while listening to 'talk' on the radio (it keeps me attentive to the road better than music - when I listen to music, I tend to 'zone out' and auto-drive).
Sadly (for my patience), NPR is featuring the Republican Convention on all it's affiliate channels so my 'talk' listening was limited in choices. I tried for a while but lost my battle after an hour of political pablum so ended up listening to rock music (which I very rarely do any more:).
Tonight was a full moon which caught me by surprise - I don't look at the night sky much here. For one thing, we have many big trees around the farmhouse which block out the sky (even when I sit out to watch the fireflies rise and the sun set:). For another, I rarely have to be out driving at night. Unlike where I live in Maryland which is heavily populated and has quite a lot of light pollution, the area I drove through tonight was very dark. I got the best view of the full moon that I have had in years (very similar to the photo above) - with all the maria visible - and the moonlight added so much visibility to the roadway I barely needed my headlights.
Apparently this month's full moon was called the Thunder Moon by native Americans (due to all the thunderstorms in summer) or Buck Moon (as the male deer begin showing their growing antlers this month). I sat for several afternoons a couple of years ago at my store and designed a quilt to feature the various moon phases and a series of appliqués depicting the native names for moons. I should dig my design out later this year and try to make that quilt. :)
No sewing or knitting or making of any type today - except miles on the odometer. I think by far this year will see the most miles I've ever driven!