Blue Moon in July

Writer: Donna Crumly Harvey

I know I have been quiet for a while but there have just been too many things going on for me to write and many of them would have seemed like airing dirty laundry and I just did not want to do that.  Mother only wanted clean clothes hung on the line to dry so I just sat back and have had a few articles in my bird brain.

But I just could not let this 2015, July, Blue Moon go.  Last night I had gotten up to close the shutter and what was beginning to peak over the pine tree tops into a clearing in the sky but that beautiful Blue Moon.  Oh, now I have you thinking about the color of the moon for sure.  And you may be old enough to hear Elvis singing that magical song with his mesmerizing voice.  That is just OK, just hum to yourself and others won’t even notice.  Now if you are a little less inhibited and simply sing it out loud, you will almost guaranteed of some comments, unless you are alone and then just go for it.  So I will not make you rush out to “Google” Blue Moon as Billie Crumly always wanted to know how it (the internet) knows so much.

The statement “once in a blue moon” is an age old saying and I am sure you have heard it but why did it come about.  All years have a full moon every month which means normally there are 12 full moons in one year but this year we are experiencing 13 full moons.  It is the second full moon that occurs in a month that is called a “blue moon”.   I learned from the internet, of course, that a truly blue colored moon can occur on rare occasions, according to NASA, and it is mostly seen after there is a volcanic eruption.  It further tells me that the moon on Friday, today, July 31, 2015 could be red.  This was news to me but I have very interested in “Blood Moons” since reading John Hagee’s book “Four Blood Moons.”   Anyway, it tell me that Blue moons are very rarely blue.  It simply says that most of them of pale gray and white, resembling a moon on any other night.  Now doesn’t that just make you feel better.  Anyway the reason for me writing about this is because the moon which I saw last night was simply spectacular.  Here is a picture which I took with my little, older, iphone camera and you know that pictures do not come close to the real experience.  IMG950906

The note that I found said to step outside at sunset on July 31 to check out the blue moon, and then if you feel inclined, go ahead and celebrate by doing something you only do “once in a blue moon.”  Now you have an excuse, after all.  This is one more facet of living, be it Country Living or otherwise.

Posted in Country Life – Then and Now
2 comments on “Blue Moon in July
  1. Paula Robson says:

    We have enjoyed some beautiful moons this summer. Also, so some gorgeous sunsets!!

  2. Jan says:

    I hope all is well, there! I know you all stay pretty busy with things.

    I hope Russ, and Mr. John are feeling fine.

    I’m kind of missing everyone!

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Billie & John Crumly 1945 Part of what Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation"