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Ever since I was a child of eleven (1957), twelve, or thirteen years old I have loved to watch the sky, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Which ever year it was it was the first time I saw an eclipse. I don’t remember my exact age, but I do remember the eclipse. I can still see it in my mind’s eye.

I was enchanted.

I remember standing in my backyard with my dad watching the eclipse looking through a shoe box pinhole camera and/or two layers of silver emulsion fully exposed and developed black and white film.

It was so exciting to see the shadow of the earth on the sun. From that moment on I was hooked on the sky.

So it should come as no surprise that on Saturday, April 4, 2015 I was outside in the early morning darkness and the freezing cold weather taking pictures of the partial lunar eclipse.

This particular eclipse is the shortest of all Blood Moon lunar eclipses this century!!! However, Blood Moon is used only for a full eclipse, which could be seen in the west. Here in the Mid-west we only got a partial eclipse.

Nevertheless, I set my clock for 5:45 a.m. After several cups of hot tea I was outside by 6 a.m.

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The eclipse was set to begin at 6:15 a.m. It was right on time! You can just barely see a small piece of the eclipse on the left in the picture below.

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Then the moon ran south west across the sky. I much prefer when the moon sets in the north west sky as the view is mostly trees and moon as you can see from this December, 2011 Picture Essay Moondance.

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But this moon tracked toward the north and the shopping center and electric grid that powers my condo. Not a pretty background. But that is Mother nature for you!

About 6:30 a.m.

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Long view below

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A few minutes later. The moon is now starting to show some golden red.

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Approximately 6:35 a.m.

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Long view 6:35 a.m.

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Close up

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6:45 a.m.

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Close up of picture above.

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6:50 a.m.

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6:53 a.m.

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I was not able to get any more pictures after this one as the sun was fast rising.  The sky became lighter each minute and the moon began to fade. The moon was also partially blocked by the electric grid. So no further decent shots could be taken.

Nevertheless the lunar eclipse was phenomenal. And again I was enchanted, even if my fingers were ice cubes.

“Some times I think of the sun and the moon as lovers who rarely meet, always chase, and almost always miss one another. But once in a while, they do catch up, and they kiss and the world stares in awe of their eclipse.”

Author unknown
Quote found on SearchQuotes and credited to sandymtz

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Featured Recipe           Crusty Lemony Garlic Pork Loin Chops

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You will like this quick and easy week night dish. The thin chops is what makes it quick. It does not take long for them to cook.

The lemon just makes this recipe sparkle.

This is what you will need for 3 people

6 boneless center cut pork chops

½ cup bread crumbs

Nice handful of fresh curly parsley

2 eggs

1/3 cup flour

1 tablespoon garlic powder [Or more to taste.]

2-4 tablespoons olive oil

5 tablespoons butter

1 large lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Salt and pepper the chops.

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Wash, dry, and finely dice the parsley. Generally I use flat leaf parsley, but for some reason I like how the curly looks in this dish.

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Mix the bread crumbs, garlic powder, and chopped parsley in a shallow bowl or on a plate.

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Put the eggs in a bowl large enough to hold the chops. Lightly scramble.

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Then put the flour in a shallow bowl or on a plate.

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Now place the plates in the following order: flour first, then the egg, and last the bread crumbs.

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Lightly coat each chop first in the flour, then in the egg, and finally in the bread crumbs. Gently shake off any excess and place on a plate.

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Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium to medium high heat, depending on how your stove cooks. Add chops and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side until golden on the outside and cooked on the inside.

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NOTE: If you do not have a skillet large enough to fit all six chops keep the done chops in the oven on the ‘Stay Warm” feature while you cook the remaining chops.

When all of the chops have finished cooking place them on a platter. Melt the butter over very low heat in the skillet you fried the chops, scraping up all the crispy bits on the bottom of the skillet.

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Place the chops on a serving platter and pour the butter over the pork.

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Those of you who thought I had forgotten the lemon raise your hand.  rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-smiley-emoticon

Now cut that lemon in half and squeeze all the juice over the chops.

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Serve with potatoes and a salad.

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Bon Appétite

Cost

6 boneless pork chops         $4.59

½ cup bread crumbs           $0.76

Nice handful parsley            $0.11

2 eggs                               $0.54

1/3 cup flour                      $0.18

1 tbspn garlic powder          $0.14

2 -4 tablespoons olive oil      $0.68

5 tablespoons butter            $0.50

1 large lemon                     $0.69

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.19

Cost per person = $2.73

Quote of the Day

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Clement Stone

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8 comments to Moonstruck

  • Cindy

    So your love of the sky began that early! That is why I get NASA updates from you.
    Charming story and pictures! Thanks for giving me “first glimpse”!

    • Roberta

      Yes, Cindy. That early. I had an amazing and wonderful father. He taught me so much. And much of what he taught was often way beyond my age and grade level. 🙂

  • I love these pork cutlets. I’m sure they are juicy and delicious and full of flavor.

    I watch every eclipse I can and unfortunately the last ones have happened during cloudy, rainy skies. Your photos are great!

    • Roberta

      I watch every eclipse too, Maureen……if and when the weather cooperates. Like you the major Blood Moon Eclipses last year were not visible here in Columbus due to cloud cover and rain. Major Bummer!!!!!

  • Dear Roberta,

    I have never seen an eclipse though I caught glimpses of Haley’s comet in the mid 80s.

    Love the golden brown sear on those pork chops and the inspiring quotes.

    • Roberta

      Despite looking for it I missed Haley’s Comet. Lucky you. 🙂

      Glad you liked the chops and the quote. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Such dedication to get up before sunrise on a cold morning.

    The pictures are very good.

    I saw a total solar eclipse in Zimbabwe in the early 2000s. I was on my way to the other side of our farm on my motor bike as it developed, it got quite dark at 1:30 pm and as the sun became completely obscured, all the birds and insects became quiet.

    It was a weird sensation riding through an eery almost completely dark and silent landscape.

    It did not last long but the locals were very frightened.

    • Roberta

      Once you see an eclipse I think it changes you some how. Yes, the silence is eerie to be sure. I am sure the locals were a but unnerved. Glad you liked the pictures. Thank you, Peter.