LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE 2019:

Practical, realistic, grounded. These are the attributes of earth signs in astrology which dominate the Skywatch in May. Hope you can get your hands into rich dirt and plant a garden this month as we see the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto all traveling through earth signs Taurus and Capricorn. It’s rare that we see six planets in earth signs at one time. This situation kicks on green lights for making important purchases and decisions around your home or office in May.

      The New Moon on May 4 is also in Taurus setting up a very good day and following a two-week period of time to plant these seeds and to convince your teenager to open a savings account for the new car she wants to buy.

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A Late May letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                                May 15, 2019

I’ve found the end of the world – get a new computer.  Way, way more buttons and clicks than I can understand. Quack, quack, quack.  However, I am blessed with a wife who can set me up and show me the way to computer heaven – my actual arrival date is still uncertain but I do know Leslie will get me there in this decade. Times change.  I remember starting to analyze data and writing the first Skywatch report on Jan 1, 1979 on a portable electric typewriter sitting on the kitchen table in San Ramon, California.  I still have some very fragile and yellowed pages from those days sitting in my files.  We’ve had a wild streak of weather and it seems like the whole country has, too.  We had a HEAT WAVE last week.  All caps due to daytime high temperature of 85 degrees in Seattle (breaking old records) that sent all the tv weather folks into a frenzy,  apologizing to listeners for the discomfort of such a difficult day. As Texans we had to laugh at that response to what would be a lovely Spring day in Austin.  But since we live at the coast, our highs didn’t get to 80 here and we had a sweet onshore breeze – making for a chamber of commerce day.  However we have learned that many locals are uncomfortable and hate temperatures  above 80, some even cooler.  Times change – it’s cooled off and now we have the rain again which the farmers need.  News is not good in the raspberry fields as farmer’s report that they have lost 30% of the berry crop due to damage to the canes from the last and late Winter storm that blew in out of Frazier Valley, Canada.  Luckily the Blueberry crop was not hurt but you can expect to pay more for raspberries this year. The sunshine and rain has encouraged a marvelous and colorful display from all of the pots of flowers Leslie has planted over the last two weeks.  Pick a color and you’ll see that face in the dozen or so pots on the back porch or the half dozen pots lining the walkway. How rare is it to have a computer wizard who also grows flowers and keeps us surrounded with color and joy?  I do feel very lucky to have Leslie in my life. And there is more color about. The entire area is blessed with huge blooming hydrangas in red, white, pink and orange walls of color.   Fabulous wisteria and lilac trees in full bloom also add color to our meanderings on the back roads.   Most of all we love driving through patches of the forest which separate farms and houses – it is a wall of green everything and dark cool moments of incredible beauty and peace  before we break out into the sunshine, pastures and open fields.  I find it really odd that we have big hills on some roads, the forests in stretches and mountains in the background of our vision but that we  will then suddenly drive out into huge patches of flat, treeless land where the farmers grow alfalfa and corn and where red barns and moo cows reign.  At a cost, the rich, funky smell of these dairies preceeds your arrival and makes you thankful that the folks who bring you milk and ice cream can live in this atmosphere.  You might not want to.  A change of seasons also means that the Bellingham Farmer’s market is back in full operation.  This is a Saturday event we love to  shop.  The same farms are there every year; our fav is Rabbit farms ( “a hop above the rest”) where we buy lettuce, leeks and anything that looks good.  All yummy and organic.  It’s like a carnival scene with performers playing all kinds of instruments entertaining the crowd and hoping for donations to their open instrument cases. Leslie and  I usually start the shopping with a cheese pretzel and an iced coffee. 

We then check out all the booths and load up our Trader Joes bag with local produce and other goodies we find.  Food choices go from wood fired pizza to BarBQ to empanadas which Leslie loves and usually gets.  The Summer fun season has begun.  We are so blessed and happy to be here. 

I need some help.  When you send me a check, please tell me what it is for.  Renewal?  Datebook?  A friend’s subscription? My retirement? And I’ll be certain to fulfill your requests promptly.  Thanks for your support and love.

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  1. Karena Mahoney

    YAY, L&L!

    I so love reading your posts. They are charming, visual, and get the other senses stirring, scents and sounds, feelings, the gamut.

    My middle son in Egypt is building an obelisk! And it’s unusually hot as hell there for May. Meanwhile, Kevin and I are also experiencing wildly variant coastal weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we are filling our formerly drought resistant yard that became a choke of weeds this year, putting down landscaping fabric and adding lovely rocks. We’re not dumb, this wonderful rain we’ve been experiencing in California will not last forever. So, family loving of rocks, the crystallized blood of Mother Earth: both here and in Africa. So awesome.

    Love and best to you both, and will be sure to add a note to my check for Kevin’s birthday reading coming up in July.

    Karena (aka K&K) 😉

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Lance’s letter, April, 2019

Friends,                                                                                                   April 16, 2019

“I’m just shocked!”  That was Leslie’s comment as we drove through the neighborhoods and back roads this week.  The reason:  Spring snuck in and pulled the blossoms on the cherry trees out into full display three weeks ago.  Daffodils are smiling now, and so lovely in the front yards of houses on nearly every street.  New leaves are covering the raspberry vines, and our maple trees behind the house are filled with light green new leaves.  It is amazing how fast Spring showed up on the Washington coast.  The forest is coming alive again and filled with new growth. And the tulips are in full glory in all colors now – we’re off to see the big tulip fields tomorrow.  It’s just an hour away and an incredible sight.  You can check it out at www.lovelaconner.org.  And friends, we are so far north, just 20 miles from Canada says the freeway sign, it is shocking how fast Winter left, and the green revival has begun.  We’ve had a week of rain, too, which never really adds up to much – just two inches in the rain gauge after all the drippy days.  Our neighbor hates this weather and takes his trailer and dog to the California desert for the Winter months – he just got back yesterday.  We don’t mind at all since the rain doesn’t really interfere with our daily activities, and we are homebodies who enjoy cooking, hanging out and feeding the birds and squirrels in our back yard.  Look out in our front yard, and you’ll see Leslie’s flowers: pansies, primroses, English daisies and more in full bloom.  I never knew how much these beautiful flowers could brighten my life.  And they do.  Thank you, Leslie.  We get the Seattle tv stations and watch the saga of the big city every morning.  The traffic is beyond horrible, and the homeless situation is worse.  Friends ask if we check out the sights there and the answer is no thanks.  We love being on the farm roads that rise and fall through the gentle hills and pass farms and pastures with spring calves staying close to momma.  Often there is nobody on the road in sight so we can dawdle and enjoy the view and count the chickens in the barnyards at our leisure.  And now the dandelions cover the vacant fields and verges.  And actually, they are beautiful. Bright golden faces, millions and billions, rise up from the dark green grass and give us another kind of Spring display.  The best thing we’ve done of late was to get a freezer full of beef from a local rancher.  We cooked a roast last week, and it was fabulous, and we don’t have to worry about baddies in the meat that can make you sick.  This man also grows asparagus, and we’ll get a fresh batch from him for our Easter meal.  Ah, life in this country is wonderful.  We both think this move was the best thing we have ever done.  It’s no wonder so many people live a long life in these parts.  I’ve been seeing a brilliant man who specializes in acupuncture and Chinese herbs for more than a year.

This situation came about from Leslie’s prompting, and she was right.  Scott has done much more for me than the dermatologist who couldn’t fix a skin problem and has helped heal up a serious infection on my leg that the doctors who saw it couldn’t remedy – they told me to put ace bandages on it, and all that did was cover it up.  I realize it’s different strokes for different folks, but I do want to report that this kind of treatment has helped both Leslie and me tremendously with no side effects.  We’ve all got a good period of time coming up for financial decisions, buying and selling and putting more bucks into our pockets in May.  Read ahead and put Venus in Taurus days ( May 15 to June 8) to good use in your life.  As times change.

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  1. Maria Jacobson

    What a lovely letter! You “paint” a beautiful picture with your words! So happy you have found a skilled acupuncturist and herbalist. I discovered the many positive benefits from acupuncture and herbs. Thank you both Leslie and Lance–love your website!

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LOOKING AHEAD TO MAY:

Practical, realistic, grounded. These are the attributes of earth signs in astrology which dominate the Skywatch in May. Hope you can get your hands into rich dirt and plant a garden this month as we see the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto all traveling through earth signs Taurus and Capricorn. It’s rare that we see six planets in earth signs at one time. This situation kicks on green lights for making important purchases and decisions around your home or office in May.

      Most helpful is that Venus, ruler of love and money, is in Taurus from May 15 to June 8. Venus in one of her home signs sets up a splendid period of time for social introductions, to get married, and to find new sources of income and profitable connections in your work. This is also a good time to buy art, new clothes and to fix up your home and property. And to plant something in your life that will grow as the days go by—Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn birth signs especially.            

New ideas and possibilities are likely to show up in your life and times once the Sun and Mercury both enter clever Gemini on May 21. Wait until these changes in the Skywatch if you need to communicate important matters or to start new procedures or situations, and it’s more likely you will be heard loud and clear.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL:

April fools for certain.  There’s an exceptionally confusing planetary pairing in the Skywatch as we begin April. Mercury in dreamy Pisces again exactly conjuncts spacey and often foolish Neptune in the heavens during the first two days of the month.

Mercury will continue to swim on in watery Pisces until April 17 when the messenger planet will finally enter Spring sign Aries.  This is a very late date for Mercury to get out of Winter sign Pisces and suggests late freezes and Winter weather holding on later than usual this year.

Mercury rules the winds, influences our weather patterns, and normally enters Aries in mid to late March.  If you’ve been confused about a matter as the month opens and hoping for some clarity in your thinking, this shift into Aries is likely to give you a fresh blast of mental energy which can help you make the right decision and see the facts without the cloudy idealistic influence of Neptune.            

The Moon trines sweet Venus in the morning on Easter Sunday—lots of chocolate bunnies will be devoured then, and you’ll be likely to enjoy family, friends and the day as the rest of the Skywatch, with the Moon in optimistic Sagittarius, is friendly and upbeat.

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A Late Winter letter from Lance…..

Friends,                                                                                               March 13, 2019

There’s still a few patches of snow left on the ground underneath the big pines and cedars and in the shadows of barns and houses out on the back roads.  Extremes in our weather have been the story here in western Washington.  After the hottest and driest Summer on record, we had the coldest February in 70 years.  The good news is that we have a deep snowpack up in the mountains which will feed our rivers through most of the Summer months and several ski areas say they will be open until July 4th.  But we are finally beginning to warm up.  The forecast high for the weekend is in the ’60s with sunshine.

And that will inspire Leslie to be out in the garden.  She’s already cleaned out the front flower bed and her herb garden yesterday and commented this morning that she is “a bit creaky” from the work, but feels good after getting her hands into the soil.  And flowers are again in a beautiful display in the entryway of our local grocery store.  Daffodils are blooming in our neighbor’s yard, and we’ll soon be heading to La Connor for the daffodil festival and sightseeing.  La Connor is a fabulous little town – check it out at www.lovelaconnor.org

There ought to be a federal agency that goes to every state and picks out the best things they do and shares those ideas with all.  And we have some good ideas here in Washington.  We have roundabouts in the neighborhoods and on the back roads at intersections.  They keep the traffic moving and according to the state troopers are much safer for drivers; the number of crashes is about the same as with stop signs and stop lights, but the accidents that do occur are not deadly or likely to send the occupants to the hospital, as most of the accidents are just scrapes and minor, instead of head-on collisions or t-bone wrecks from folks running a light.  The other great idea here is how they put eight bright red led lights around a stop sign that blink on and off.  They are powered by a solar panel and battery that keep the lights flashing day and night – no external wiring needed.  And even in the dense fog, we get from time to time, the stop signs with these blinking red lights are impossible to miss.  And in Blaine, there’s a kindness I’ve never seen before.  The note in the paper there says: “ Loads of love, Monday, Feb 18, at the Washhouse.  Laundry costs covered”.  Have no idea who sponsors this event, but this note is in the paper every month.  Our governor, Jay Inslee, is running for president.  He is an Aquarian who is in touch with the current global warming crisis and our weather extremes.  He’s a good man but not really known to the country, and I don’t know if he has a chance to win, but we would be in good hands if he does.

Here’s a new month and it’s a good one once we get past the first two days.  Time is flying.  Got our taxes done and in the mail…thankfully.  St. Patrick’s day ahead always a quiet day for me as this is the day my mother passed over years ago.

Spring will be a bit late this year, and you might have a late freeze if that’s possible.  Details in this issue.  As times change.

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  1. Karena Mahoney

    Thanks for the great share, Lance and Leslie! Always nice to feel connected with you both. Joyous Spring to you and to all SkyWatchers.

    Karena

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