Last night was a perfect night to watch the Perseids Meteor shower. A high pressure front came through and cleared all of the clouds out of the way, leaving the skies wide open. I sat out on the roof just outside my window and lay back to watch the skies. It was beautiful out. I can't remember the last time that I've taken more than just a quick glance at the sky to note that, but in any case, it's the first time in a while that I've just taken in the view. The nice thing about Vermont is the lack of light pollution (just a little bit from Montpelier and Barre, but it's mostly blocked by mountains). There's little or no traffic where I live, especially at midnight, and the only sound is the river down the road and the insects in the woods and fields. It was an overwhelmingly peaceful time. The meteors were out as well. I counted eleven before I went in, ranging from very small ones that just flickered, to several that left a trail of light across the sky.
It's the first time in a while where I just forgot about everything, and was completely at peace with myself.