Random Five Friday

Since it’s Friday, here are five random thoughts:

1.) Fire on the water? No, just the early morning sun, peeking under the clouds last Sunday.

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2.) Today is my friend, Doris’s, birthday. Happy Birthday, Doris! I’m looking forward to celebrating with you next week.

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 3.) Bride and Groom swans made a brief appearance here yesterday.  It’s probably been two months since we’ve seen them, and no, they didn’t divulge any info about where they’ve been.

4.) There’s a story behind this picture, and I’ll share it in a blog post next week.  Any guesses?

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5.) With the holidays approaching, I may be taking a day off from blogging here and there.  So if you’re a regular reader, and there’s no post, not to worry.

Feel free to share your randoms. Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Throwback Thursday

As I was composing a post-that-didn’t-happen for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop yesterday, I came across these photos.

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When I was three, I was the mascot for my late sister, Rose’s, high school graduating class.

Although I’m sure my family considered this an honor, It’s easy to see that I was not happy about having my picture taken for the event .

And in this shot, you can actually see tears in my eyes.  (And, gosh, don’t I just look evil?)


(For good reason, the first picture in this post is the one that was chosen for the yearbook.)

One of my earliest memories is that of being called a “cry-baby”. Apparently, I was a fussy infant, and that began a trend. Once I started school and had to leave my mom, my crying career really took off. That caused the other children on the bus to begin teasing me, which just gave me more reason to cry.

Thankfully, I finally grew up, the tears didn’t come so easily,  and I realized that crying didn’t solve anything. Too bad it took so long for that to happen.

~These Days Of Mine~

Wordless Wednesday: Reflecting

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“What are the best times to reflect on the course of your life? Whenever you are near water, such as the ocean, a quiet pond, or a small stream….”
~Jeff Davidson


~These Days Of Mine~

Maxxinista Sundae

Occasionally, when I have an item to be returned to a store, I’ll place the bag beside the door to remind me to take it with me on my way to the car.

Yesterday, I had an item to return to T.J. Maxx, and our little feline “maxxinista” soon discovered the bag and claimed it for her own. You know how kitties find things like that irresistable.

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She turned and wiggled and twisted to get her little nest exactly like she wanted, all the while enjoying the rustling sound of the plastic.

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 “Yes, I know I’m being all beautiful and cute and that I will be the subject of your blog post tomorrow.”

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“You’re welcome.”

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“Oh, and you may want to find another bag to put this item in to be returned. This one is now officially mine.”

~These Days Of Mine~

The Beach: Beautiful, But Brrrr…..

Our weekend included a brief trip to the Outer Banks. No, it wasn’t entirely because of my not-so-subtle hint in Friday’s post; we needed to winterize our beach house.

We squeaked in a ride up on the beach to, hopefully, see some horses. They are a little harder to find as the weather gets cooler.

Even on the dreariest days, there’s beauty to be found on the beach, but it was exceptionally nice Saturday morning. The sun peeking through the clouds made for an interesting sky.

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We almost had the place to ourselves. And the sand was as smooth and firm as a highway; no need for 4-wheel-drive except when we were crossing a dune.

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We only saw six horses, none of them in very attractive settings. I zoomed in on this one to avoid background clutter. You can tell he’s already wearing his winter woolies.

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He needed that coat Saturday morning: 38 degrees at the beach with a wind chill of 30.

However… some folks were apparently still in summer mode.

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Disclaimer: all photos were taken from the comfort of our vehicle. Brrr….

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Is it just me or are the weeks really flying by? It’s Friday again already. Let’s see if I can come up with five random thoughts today:

1.) Gypsy is demanding that I share this latest picture of her. She was being particularly gorgeous one day earlier this week. Those eyes….


2.) Our trees seem to have all-of-a-sudden realized it’s fall, and that they should be dressed in their autumnal colors.


3.) Last Friday evening, I took this picture of the (almost) full moon. Sorry for the rerun, Facebook friends!

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 4.) The supplies arrived yesterday for the Christmas cards I’ll be making. No, I won’t be sharing a photo. Yet.

5.) Motor Man, I am officially missing my wild horses….

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*Bonus: I was awakened this morning around 5 to the sound of sleet (briefly) on our windows. I hope this isn’t how our winter is shaping up to be.

I’m patiently waiting to read your randomness….

~These Days Of Mine~

Time Travel: 1969

Although I don’t participate every week in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, I’ve found that some of my favorite posts from the past have been ones that I’ve written in response to one of her prompts. So today, this is the prompt I’ve chosen:

*What was your favorite song when you were 16 years old…is it still a favorite?

 I was 16 in 1969. And I refuse to believe that was 45 years ago. As I’ve said before, that was back when music was MUSIC. It would be nearly impossible for me to choose one song from that year as my favorite. So I thought I’d take some liberties with the prompt, and just write about my memories of some of those songs.

Although there were many, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Box Tops, The Beatles and The Grass Roots were all popular artists that year, some with numerous hits.

If you were fortunate enough to remember that era, you recall what a big hit Zagar and Evans had with their song, In The Year 2525. In fact, that was at the top of the charts when our astronauts landed on the moon.  I can’t really say that it was one of my favorites, although I certainly listened to it enough. A guy that I had a crush on, and went out with a couple of times, DID like it though.  I remember cutting an article about the song out of the newspaper to give him. He wasn’t really interested in reading about it, however….

Our Glee Club (music) teacher at school ordered the sheet music to Good Morning Starshine, by Oliver, for us to learn. She said her main reason for ordering it was so she could see what the lyrics actually were:

Gliddy glub gloopy nibby nabby noopy
La la la – lo lo
Sabba sibbi sabba nooby aba naba
Lee lee – lo lo
Tooby ooby wala

Yeah, they certainly don’t write ‘em like that any more….

The silly song, Guitarzan, by Ray Stevens, brings back another memory. My mom and I were sitting in our living room one summer evening with all the windows and doors open (no air conditioning in those days). Suddenly we heard a strange, loud noise and, at first, we were at a loss to identify it. We soon realized that someone was driving down the highway (apparently with all their windows open) with Ray Stevens blaring from the radio.

Another silly song from that year was Polk Salad Annie, by Tony Joe White. We thought it was a cute song, but for a long time, thought it was “Poke Salad Annie”.

Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel, was the class song for my graduating class of 1971, although it was a hit in the spring of 1970. (It does, however, qualify for this post: I was still 16.) I was a Simon and Garfunkel fan, but that wasn’t my favorite of their hits.

On a sad note, Kenny Rogers’ 1969 song, Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, included a lyric that struck too close to home, following my sister’s murder that year. “And if I could move, I’d get my gun and put her in the ground.” Needless to say, it wasn’t a favorite song of mine or my mother’s.

I was, and still am, a big CCR fan, so if I were forced to choose a favorite song from 1969, it would probably be Bad Moon Rising. And no, I never misheard the lyrics as “bathroom on the right”.

Isn’t it amazing how listening to an old song can instantly take you back to that time in your life? And what a fun, inexpensive way to travel.

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Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~