This weekend was nice enough. We did the usual running around on Saturday –groceries, etc.– with a quick trip to the new La-Z-Boy store in North Olmsted for a look at some chairs. Saturday night was relatively clear, as predicted, so I ducked outdoors a few times to see how the Perseid meteor shower was going. I spent several minutes craning my neck and, within a couple of seconds of each other, saw two meteors. There's a possibility I saw a third, faint streak, running across the sky. Sky conditions here, south of Cleveland, are not the best on an excellent night and last night was not excellent — considerable haze and light pollution diminished the view. The shower peaks tonight (Sunday) but the weather forecast is for cloudy skies, at least until after midnight, and I must get a decent night's sleep for Monday's return to w-o-r-k. Oh well. I have to admit I'm a bit spoiled on meteor showers having witnessed the Leonids "storm" of a few years ago. Hard to beat a hundred or so bright meteors per hour for natural celestial fireworks. I am considering taking Tuesday, Aug. 28, off so that I can be up in the wee hours for the total lunar eclipse. Given clear skies and a good view to the west, the eclipse ought to be a very good show.
Mom-in-Law is comfortably recovering in the nursing home. We don't expect her to stay there for long but it's nice to have her in a facility she doesn't mind, where the staff likes her and she them, and where she likes the food.
Today we rode our bikes in southern Medina and northern Wayne Counties on a 32-mile circuit. Not long on distance but short on flat terrain. Heat and humidity added to the effort! The countryside out there is quite beautiful and the hills make for a lot of work but it's one of our favorite routes. Still, we're both glad to be indoors this afternoon, and cooling off.
P.S. 8/13/07 > The early weather forecasts were wrong and it was clear Sunday night. I stepped outside at about 11:30 for one last look to see how the meteor shower was going. Saw one moderately bright meteor. It may have been a good show under dark skies but here, in town, it was fairly lackluster during my casual look(s). My neck was sore from the aforementioned bike ride and I was very tired so went to bed a little late and without a great temptation to hop into the car and run out to the country. Just as well.