The Full Moon on a Friday 13th is a rare occurrence. The last time, we had a Full Moon on a Friday 13th, was back in October 2000. The next time will take even longer, almost 30 years, in August 2049. Today’s Full Moon is also an apogee Moon with a distance of 252,511 miles (406,377 km). This is called a “Micromoon” and looks approximately 14% smaller than a “Supermoon”. The illuminated area also appears about 30% smaller, so it might look less bright in tonight’s sky. The next Full Micromoon will occur on October 1st, 2020, and then on Halloween 2020.
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
Since it is Labor Day weekend, Katelynn and Sara wanted to do something special. Kevin wants to use this weekend to get a good rest, before he’s going back to work on Tuesday. So, we’ve decided to get the fire pit out and a good fire going in the backyard. After dinner, the girls got roasted marshmallows. They still played quite some time with their sticks in in the fire, while Kevin and I kept an eye on them. When Kevin played with the dogs, he saw the crescent Moon in the background of the house, and said: “Honey, the Moon can be seen from here. It’s just a sliver.”
It will be only four more day until we will have the Harvest Full Moon. Hopefully, the sky stays clear long enough for me capturing a photo. We suppose to get more rain by Wednesday.
Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon
The pumpkins, squash and beans are ready for harvest. And the bright light of the Harvest Moon allows us the extra time needed to finish the harvest. The leaves on the trees begin to turn color. The Summer’s sunshine gives way to the Autumn’s darkening evenings. The September Full Moon is a time to find balance in our lives, of settling into a slower rhythm after the Summer’s adventures. It is a time of giving thanks and enjoying the abundance in our lives.