Thursday, 7 May 2020
Every morning, I start my day off with catching up on the news, post a flower photo with the day of the week to Instagram, then grab a tea, some breakfast, sit on the veranda to enjoy the sun rising and hear the birds singing.
This morning was no different, except I thought it was Wednesday and posted a Happy Wednesday greeting, along with a cute flower, to my Instagram feed. Big sigh…
I realized it was Thursday when I saw the CF Snowbirds’ post on Twitter. Today, #OperationInspiration, was flying over my city. I set a timer to remind me to get out and watch, with camera in hand. I kept an eye on the Twitter feed, seeing where they were. Oh, they were close now! Shouldn’t be long. And I waited…and waited…and waited. Did I mention how cold it was outside while I was waiting? Oh, the north winds blew…frigid arctic air…and I waited. Mom yelled “There they are” pointing to the south east as two CT-114 Tutor’s flew by.
Wow, that was cool. But I waited. Hoping for more. And waited a bit longer. Then Mom yells again, pointing to the east. All nine planes where there, in big diamond formation. Such a sight! Shortly after, two more planes flew by and then that was it. I waited another 15-20 minutes just to be sure, then my freezing body couldn’t take it anymore and I went in.
I warmed up with a hot tea, watched a movie then suddenly remembered tonight’s full moon! I checked my Photopills app for the time, then set up my tripod outside on the veranda. I was ready. But the moon always rises later here than it does in town, thanks to the tree line. I was patiently waiting but also had two online grocery orders that needed to be completed. Thank goodness for Mom, I tagged her in to keep an eye on the sky, while I finished the order before we lost our spot. God love her, she stayed outside on the veranda the entire time, shivering, watching. Just as I stepped out, she pointed to a cloud cover that had started to light up. I laughed…all this time waiting for the moon to rise and it was rising behind clouds that we couldn’t see because it was dark.
I kept my eye on the cloud and eventually the moon poked through. It was beautiful, and again, worth the wait. But also very cold!!!!