Equal Time: Early Evening

Since Early Morning had its time in the spotlight last week, I thought it only fair that Early Evening be featured this week.

Late Saturday afternoon, as Motor Man and I were returning home after a ride in the country, the sun was setting over the soybean and cotton fields.

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A little closer to town, this little red boat house and the surrounding marsh grass were especially pretty during evening’s golden hour. (Thank you, Motor Man, for spotting this and for making the u-turn to allow me to get the picture.)

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And one more shot as we crossed a bridge before arriving back at our shop.

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This is such a beautiful time of year, and we still have fall foliage yet to enjoy.

~These Days Of Mine~

And The Wish Goes To…

One of the bonuses of writing a blog is that it provides a special way to say Happy Birthday to friends and family members.

In the three years since my classmate, Donna, and I reconnected, she’s been mentioned in several of my blog posts.

There have been many lunches, antiquing trips and feeding of horses in those three years.

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She’s the reason for my addiction to sea glass.

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Donna keeps me informed as to when the International Space Station will be visible in our area.

And she is one of the few people I know to have actually turned the tables on Motor Man and “gotten him” with one of his own practical jokes.

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Our little group, including our friends, Shirley and Linda, celebrates every chance we get.

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A very Happy Birthday to you today, my friend.

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 Here’s to much more fun in the future; beginning with lunch!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It was another quiet week around here…but I think I can “round up” a little randomness.

1.) This planter on Main Street in our little town has been beautiful all summer. I’m amazed that the petunias are still so pretty this late into the fall.

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2.) Last weekend, I spotted this boat with the bright blue sail, and went up to the balcony to take pictures of it.  Note the Canada Geese; thankfully they’re in the water and not in our yard. As much as I dislike them, whenever I see a group of them, I find myself counting to be sure there’s an even number. Since they mate for life, I’m always sad to see an odd number. (32 in this group.)

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3.) The swans haven’t been here for a couple of weeks. How do you miss an “uncuddly” animal this much?

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4.) Update to the “squirrel and biddy” story: Yesterday morning, around daybreak, I went out into our garage to get something from my car. As I was about to walk back in the house, I heard something that sounded just like someone knocking on the exterior door. Frightened, I hurried in the house, but then turned around, and, through the window of the door, saw THE squirrel up in the little planter. He was busy burying another walnut, or perhaps the same one…who knows? The sound I heard was him causing the planter to bump against the door.  At least, this time, he just moved the biddy over a little and didn’t remove it from the planter. Okay, squirrel wins, I’ll leave the walnut there.

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5.) A friend posted this little video clip on her Facebook page,  so I shared it on mine. But I thought I’d also share it with my blogging friends. It’s really cute, but I have a feeling this little fella was “put up” to this by someone… Whether that was the case, or this was his idea, his parents have their hands full with him.

Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Hiding Our Eyes

Sundae girl, why are you hiding your eyes?

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Have you been watching the news?  The economy, terrorism, ebola…

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Hmmm…by any chance, is there room under that paw for me?

~These Days Of Mine~

Early Morning

After a spring/summer hiatus from my morning walks, I’m starting to get back into the habit. Oh, it’s fairly easy now, but as winter approaches, it will really be a chore to crawl out of a nice cozy, warm bed, and pull on layer after layer of clothes to face those cold temps.

I usually walk at a fairly brisk pace for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the day’s schedule.

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Usually, I visit with a couple of our neighbors out walking their dogs. I commented once to them that I’m surprised they allow me to walk in the neighborhood- since I don’t have a dog to walk.

I don’t lug our regular camera with me on my walks, so it’s nice to have my cell phone when  a pretty early morning scene catches my eye.

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This makes getting up early easy….at least until the temperatures take a plunge.

~These Days Of Mine~

1929

Sunday evening, in our travels, Motor Man and I happened upon a man who was on his way to deliver this old truck to its new owners.

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It had been bought at an auction the day before in a town about an hour from us.

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It’s a 1929 Ford Model A pick-up truck.  This is the back license plate.

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And this is the front. I tend to think this plate might be the original.

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It even has a spare tire!

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No frills here.

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This old truck caught my eye right away.  It was even more interesting to me when I discovered that it was a 1929 model: that’s the year my parents were married. (I, of course, came along MANY years later.) 

We were told the new owner paid $8,000 for this sweet little ride. I can’t imagine how much it will cost to restore, but I’m betting it will be a beauty when it’s done.

If only she could talk…

~These Days Of Mine~

Flutterby

Oftentimes, when Bev and I are beachcombing along the river shore, we’ll spot an occasional butterfly. Sometimes it will flit along beside us for a few minutes.

Those of you who have been following this blog for awhile will recall my cousin, Lona, who passed away last year in November. She was my age and had been bedridden and a convalescent home resident for a couple of years. 

Bev also knew Lona for many years.  And earlier this summer, on one of our earlier beachcombing trips, Bev remarked that the butterfly we saw could be Lona, joining us as we looked for shells and sea glass.

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And my mom had such a fondness for butterflies, I’m always reminded of her when I see one.

Now, each time we see a butterfly on the beach, we smile as we remember those two very special ladies.

(* Although I took the above picture, I really can’t take complete credit for it. Bev’s daughter, Lacey,  joined us for a shelling trip recently. She spotted this beauty and clued me in to the photo op.)

~These Days Of Mine~