I have been watching Venus from my writing room window for weeks now. And this morning, I can also see Jupiter. Soon the moon will rise a bit higher. I'm not really seeing Mercury yet.
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Later in the month, we will be able to see 2 other planets with our naked eyes. For more on this morning's sky layout, go to this site. The moon is beautiful this morning: a slim crescent with the outline of the moon above it.
I'm reminded of an old saying about the old moon cradling the new moon in its arms. But I don't have any cameras that can capture what I saw this morning.
I was up many hours before the moon rose. I sent off 4 short stories to 4 journals. I wrote a new poem and took the skeleton of a poem from a year ago that I never finished and filled in the blanks. I made a veggie risotto (recipe here), since I had an eggplant and peppers that weren't going to last much longer.
I thought about grading papers but decided that could wait until later today.
My spouse thinks that if I set the alarm, I would sleep later; his theory is that I wake up early because I am so afraid I will oversleep.
My theory is that I wake up in the hope of having the kind of morning like I've just had.