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Celebrating the 2017 Solar Eclipse (Joana Style)


One of my favorite things to do when visiting my mom at her cottage in NH is to hike up Mt. Cardigan.  Only 20 minutes away by car, the 1.5 mile hike is very easily accessible and not too strenuous.

At 3156 feet, it’s certainly not the highest climb I’ve ever done, but I think you’ll agree that the view…

(and the 360 degree panorama views) are pretty special!

It occurred to me that hiking up Mt. Cardigan today might be a great way to see the solar eclipse, and I managed to persuade my husband and two neighbors from Goose Pond to come along.  We brought along the requisite supplies – sweatshirts, hats, water, snacks, and, of course, homemade pin-hole “cameras” with which to view the eclipse.

The eclipse in NH was only at about 62% coverage.  This was what it looked like (courtesy of our pin-hole contraption):

Though interesting, the pin-hole thingy was obviously not the most sophisticated way to experience the eclipse.  However, we lucked out since a fellow eclipse-viewing hiker gave us a pair of eclipse glasses to try out.

(Here I am happily rocking my new look…)

Viewing the eclipse through the glasses was totally amazing.  The glasses not only provided the necessary eye protection, but they also made it possible to see the moon over the sun as if it were in 3D.

I managed to photograph the eclipse, too, by placing the glasses over the lens of my camera.  


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Friday’s Thought – Gardens

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”

(Thomas Jefferson)

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Friday’s Thought – Looking for the Silver Lining

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

(Maya Angelou)


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Friday’s Thought – On Beauty

“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”


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New Year’s Resolutions…

My New Year’s resolutions over the past years have become quite streamlined.  They are, namely, to drink more water, and to try and live more in the moment.  My success with keeping to both of these resolutions is debatable – my husband compared me to a hamster last week (it WAS a more hectic week than usual!), and I keep having to put New Skin on the little cuts that open up on my hands due to dry skin.  Therefore, I’ll probably end up renewing the same resolutions for the coming year.

Oh, and I also plan to laugh as much as possible.  You?



P.S.  By the way, the 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar is still available for sale in my shop at Etsy.  (If you order before December 20th, you can still get the calendar in time for Christmas.)




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Friday’s Thought – Keeping Perspective

pink daylilies

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”

(Jeremy Bentham)

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Friday’s Thought – Happy Times


“It is the season now to go about the country high and low, among the lilacs hand in hand, and two by two in fairyland.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

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