An Epic Battle

So, there I was, in the middle of nowhere, Montana, at about 3:00AM, when I see a shooting star. This is when I realized I was all alone, in the middle of nowhere, Montana and there wasn’t a light to be seen and the moon had set. I knew it would be great time for stargazing.

I pulled over and turned off the car and let my eyes adjust a bit. I was awed. I had never seen so many stars. I couldn’t even make out the major constellations right away because they were lost in a sea of stars I had never seen before. The Milky Way was so bright I could almost read by it.

Then I saw Orion. Orion is my chosen constellation and I always pay homage in my own way whenever I see him and in return he protects me when I travel. Stranger things have been believed. Tonight, however, he was different. I could see him in all his glory. His stance, his gaze, his bow drawn back for battle. I looked at what he was aiming at.

About a quarter way across the sky was Jupiter, brilliant amongst the stars. Orion had him dead in his aim. Between them there were shooting stars, I lost count there were so many. I was witnessing an epic battle. I cheered for my champion.

I was absolutely amazed. I was awed. It was the most amazing thing I had ever witnessed.

But it goes deeper than that, especially if one were to believe in astrology. Jupiter is my planet, it was in my constellation when I was born, Sagittarius, and it supposedly gives me my bad temper and my quick, sometimes too quick and disastrous, decision skills.

I had just made a major change in my life. It could be considered a quick and rash decision. I also felt as if I were going to go mad with worrying over where my future was heading. My mind was in chaos. Had I done the right thing? Am I doing the right thing? Will I do what is right in the future?

My champion, Orion, was doing battle on my behalf. He was driving Jupiter away. In doing so I am now calmer, thinking more rationally, understanding that I am doing the right thing. All because I saw this epic battle in myself reflected in the night sky.

It was about as perfect of a night as I could ask for. I think I understand the human race a little bit better now. These battles are always in the heavens and we just need to look up at the right time to see one, and if we are lucky, it will be the one we were meant to see.



As I’m getting ready to move and downsize I thought I would offer these up to family members as they have family connections. If no one wants them I’m not sure I’ll have room for them and I’ve already tried to give them to my own kids. If anyone wants these, let me know soon and we’ll arrange something.

I’m sure all the original Pischel kids will remember this book case. We’ve had since before I can remember so I’m not sure how old it is. It was next on my list of things to refinish as it does need to be stripped and varnished. I was going to refinish it to match the hutch I did (see the Shanlian section below). The false back would be great for hiding a compartment (if there’s not one already there).

This is straight from the garage of Grandma Shanlian, also known as Audrey. It’s been stripped and refinished and new hardware put on. The bottom drawer still needs some work but is passible. (Awesome 13 channel TV and VCR not included.)

These are just mine and I wondered if anyone wanted them. The hutch and table are a set but unfortunately one the chairs is gone and one of the remaining 3 is broken. The bench is from another set but matches pretty close. Hutch has pull out extension and there are lights in the main top sections.

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