Random Five Friday

Friday once again, and time for some random thoughts:

1.) Early Tuesday morning, we had a quick shower. But then the sun came out and seemed to give our little corner of the world a “dreamy” photo effect.

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2.) I lost my watch a couple of days ago. It wasn’t fancy nor expensive, but I’ve worn it every day for several years. It was a bangle-type: easy to slip on and, apparently, a little too easy to slip off my wrist.

3.) Sundae continues to be an occasional undercover kitty; most evenings, she “asks” to be under her blankie. Sometimes, she starts to emerge, then stops and just lies there.  I took this with my cell phone, no flash.

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4.) My friend, Bev, and I managed to squeeze in a beachcombing trip this week. It’s almost November, and we were in flip flops. (The weather took a turn for the worse the next day. Our flip-flop wearing may be over for this year.)

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5.) Motor Man and I are invited to a wedding tomorrow.  We’re friends with the bride’s parents (have only met the bride once), but goodness, who doesn’t love a wedding?

Any randomness in your world today?

~These Days Of Mine~

The Duesies Were Here!

On Tuesday, our little town had some special guests. It was one of the stops on The Duesenberg Tour, Southern Style.

Motor Man and I waited for them on Main Street.

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Then followed them the short distance to Smithfield Station, our local waterfront restaurant/marina/hotel, where the drivers enjoyed a coffee break. And townfolk enjoyed the cars.

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There was an abundance of chrome and whitewalls!

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This red one was a real eye-catcher.

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Duesenbergs were luxury cars manufactured during the 1920’s and 1930’s. I’m told there are about 380 still in existence; Jay Leno owns four, and one of our local businessmen (who organized this tour) owns two.

This beauty once belonged to….. Clark Gable. I didn’t know that until the cars had left town and pictures of friends began appearing on Facebook. Pictures taken of them standing beside “Clark’s” car. Had I known, I would definitely have posed beside it too.

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Smithfield soon bid the Duesenbergs farewell and sent them on to the next stop on their tour.

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And two days later, I’m still stewing about the fact that I didn’t know that was Clark Gable’s car…..sigh.

~These Days Of Mine~

Mae And Ben

Allow me to introduce to you a sweet couple I met this week:

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This is Mae and her husband, Ben. I convinced them to take a few minutes out of their busy day to pose for me.  Ben, along with their six sons, is busy harvesting corn and soy beans.

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Farm life is busy for Mae and their six daughters, too, with all the household chores, including the daunting task of cooking three meals a day for fourteen people.

Like many folks living during the Great Depression, Mae and Ben don’t have a lot of money, but their home is filled with love, and they’re raising kind, hard-working, honest children. That’s just what you do.

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Doesn’t Ben just look so proud to be standing there beside his bride on this gorgeous autumn day?

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Any similarity between this post and my grandparents is purely……intentional.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~