The Southern Cross constellation can always be seen from the southern hemisphere but never from where I live in Maryland (39 degree latitude). It can only be seen at all from below the 25 degree latitude.
San Juan, Puerto Rico is about 18.5 N latitude so the Cross (Crux) is visible just above the southern horizon in the middle of the night (around 3:45 a.m.)
In San Juan Charlie and I happened to be staying on Calle de la Cruz (Street of the Cross) which runs north and south. So at 3:30 on Thursday morning we got up and dressed and headed down the street to the harbor. Unfortunately the sky was covered with clouds so we could not see a star or planet.
Not very hopeful we tried again the next morning which was still cloudy but intermittently so. We walked to an overlook near the harbor which is polluted with light: unfortunate for stargazing but great for safety.
It was a windy morning so the clouds kept moving, I knew Crux would not be high in the sky but would be positioned almost due south above the horizon. I also knew Alpha and Beta Centauri point to Crux and that the topmost start is red.
Just to be sure I used a compass app on my phone to check that I was facing south. One more pointer was the early morning rising of Jupiter in the south-southeast sky. I see Jupiter every morning at home so I am familiar with its positioning which also points to Crux in line which the Centauris.
We both spotted the Southern Cross from San Juan at a break in the clouds. It didn’t last long but we waited for a time until we could see it yet again, just to confirm.
Charlie’s friend had given him a wood splitter which he had taken to another friend’s house whose trees had fallen last year.
Well, we needed it back so our friend with the flatbed trailer and Charlie drove out to pick it up haul it back to The Glade.
While the men were out with the means to haul equipment (sorry, no photos it was dark and I was in my P-whammies*) they made a short side-trip to pick up this cutie.
We had seen this small cart on Craigslist for $50 to go behind the ride-on lawnmower which Charlie assures me will be very useful for cleaning up the wood from the two fallen oaks and lots of other projects in the yard. I will admit when I see neighbors chugging through the neighborhood on their little tractors pulling their loads in a little cart, I want one, too.
The final cost of the little metal cart was $40 and now it’s ours. How great would it look decorated with crepe paper streamers in the 4th of July parade next year? Let me get my spray paint out. NO! I’m joking!!!!!! Really.
Today we have a larger yard because we sold the trailer. It was a 2000 Pace 6 by 10 foot enclosed trailer with a spare tire.
I cleared out some of the clutter here. And Charlie finished.
The fellow that bought it paid me a little more than I had paid a few years ago. I posted it Saturday and it sold Sunday. The first man who left his number (and gave us the impetus to clean the thing out) never came up with the money so after waiting a couple weeks for him to call back we sold it to someone else.
I had been waiting to sell the trailer so I could move my mother’s things from Florida but we actually rented a truck for that purpose since we no longer had a vehicle that could pull the trailer.
Selling the trailer is just one more thing on my infinite list o’ things to do that I can check off. Yeah.
A few years ago I bought a trailer to store our music equipment in: keyboards, speakers, cords, cables, mics, stands, booms, etc. Since we have downsized the amount of equipment we carry and since we don’t actually have a vehicle that will pull a 6 foot by 10 foot trailer, it’s time for it to go.
My plan was to
have a yard sale,
then empty the trailer,
powerwash the trailer,
put the trailer on Craigslist and
wait for a phone call.
But, last Sunday when we came home from church, there was a business card on our back door with a number suggesting if we were selling the trailer this person would be interested in buying it.
So I have spent the afternoon clearing out the trailer which had become a catchall for things we want to keep but just haven’t found a place for yet.
This is my progress so far.
With half the trailer empty I am leaving the rest for Charlie to move out since the remainder of the boxes are either large or heavy or both. This is Charlie’s progress.
We’ll bring you up to date if this transaction does happen in the near future. For the time being it is great just to get the trailer cleaned out.