Random Five Friday

Another Friday, so let’s see if I can find some random thoughts.

1. In honor of Memorial Day. I took this picture during a recent sunset; I love the flag flying from the old boat in our side yard.

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2.) Gypsy was ready for some tummy rubs when I arrived at the shop Monday morning.  It always amazes me when I catch a photo of a kitty tongue in action.

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3.) Every sunrise is different. The sun barely found an opening to shine through on this particular morning.

sunrise 5-18-2015 6-13-10 AM

4.) On a recent antiquing trip, I asked the shop owner if I could take  a picture of a vintage photograph. I think you’ll see why. The resemblance to Lily, one of our great nieces, is uncanny.  In fact, I saw Lily’s grandmother last week, and she said she showed the old picture to Lily and asked who it was. Lily replied: “Me”.

lily and lookalike

5.) Wherever your Memorial Day travels take you, I hope have a safe weekend. Motor Man and I are cooking up a little adventure: details next week. May we all remember the true reason for the holiday.

~These Days Of  Mine~

It Is A Mystery

For those of you with email subscriptions to my blog, the photos and portions of the text today will look familiar; as it will for those of you who saw the link (which I forgot to delete) on Facebook. When, oh when, will I learn to schedule my posts immediately upon choosing a title in order to avoid accidentally clicking the publish option before I’m ready.  Obviously, WordPress isn’t ever going to implement a “safety net” pop-up for their authors, asking  ‘are you SURE you’re ready to publish this post?’.

Here is today’s post, with a few edits from yesterday’s tease:

We have a couple of birdhouses along the edge of our property, including this one, which definitely qualifies as an antique.

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As I walked in that area of the yard recently, I noticed this:

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I found it to be a bit confusing….first of all, did a bird small enough to be interested in making a home in this birdhouse CARRY that huge stick to this point?  Did she struggle with it, trying to make it fit through the front door, then finally give up?

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There’s a slight chance, I suppose, that a strong wind may have blown the limb into the birdhouse? Maybe it was being transported by an osprey or eagle and was dropped and landed there?

Your thoughts on this mystery?

~These Days Of Mine~

Memorial Day At Brick Church

For many years, a memorial service has taken place on the third Sunday in May at the cemetery, near Bacon’s Castle, where nearly all my ancestors are buried.

Yesterday, Motor Man and I attended. Less than 30 minutes before time for the service to begin, a brief shower came through the area.

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I wrote about the cemetery, known locally as “Brick Church” in this post from 2011. The physical appearance of the building changed drastically when it was damaged during Hurricane Isabel. But the familiarity of the grounds is the same as I remember from the first time I stepped foot there as a small child.

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Walking through the cemetery, I pass the graves of my parents, my sister, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from both “sides” of my family.

These are the graves of my maternal great grandparents, John and Ross Anna Warren. The “anna” portion of my name is for her. Had Marshall been a girl, her name would have been Amanda Ross. My mom was twelve when her grandmother died; how I wish I’d asked her to share with me her memories of my namesake.

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Brick Church is a beautiful place with old, old tombstones, fences and gates.

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The cemetery is situated directly beside a highway: two-laned, but busy. When I was in elementary school, our bus driver, Miss Annie Rose, was an older lady who lived in the community.  If a funeral was being held on a particular afternoon, she would inform us as we boarded the bus for the ride home. She taught us the importance of being quiet and respectful. And, as a bus full of boisterous school children passed the cemetery, you could have heard a pin drop.

My respect for The Old Brick Church Cemetery was instilled upon me from an early age, not just by Miss Annie Rose on the bus, but also by my mom during our visits there.

But my appreciation for its beauty and history has  been learned through the years.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Time for some Friday randomness, this week dominated by family felines:

1.)  Marshall sent me this picture of his kitty, Snugg.  Marshall thinks a larger sofa may be in order.


2.) Speaking of kitties and silly poses:


3.) And still more:

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4.)  Admit it, we all have ’em.  That one pair of knock-around shoes that really needs to be tossed, but they’re just so comfy, we tend to hang onto them.  Allow me to introduce you to Motor Man’s: Bo and Re-bo.

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5.) Yesterday was a perfect day for yard work, and today seems just as promising.  Tomorrow, our Farmers Market may be calling my name. I’m guessing there will be some plants there that I need.

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Your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

Signs Of Spring

It’s beginning to look a lot like….SPRING! (Salvia, nearly black iris, “that ol’ moss” and a little country birdhouse.)

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A garden visitor, whose taste in plants, thankfully, doesn’t include salvia.

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My “dish garden”, a rusty mini birdbath and alyssum in a ceramic pitcher.

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Succulents in an old colander and mandevilla for the hummingbirds.

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My mom’s iris” and a kitty bearing birdseed for her feathered friends.

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 And last, but certainly not least, I finally found black-eyed Susan vines for sale and bought three for me and two for a friend. More of that ol’ moss in the foreground.

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And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to weed, water, deadhead, spray Liquid Fence and prune…. and perhaps take a couple more pictures.

~These Days Of Mine~

Our Mother’s Day

As expected, yesterday was spent celebrating with family.

We began the day with Marshall joining us for breakfast.  He came bearing garden flags, which I love.

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Later in the day, Motor Man and I joined his family to honor his mom. I thought she looked quite festive in her “spring” scarf.

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Sundae gave me a balloon.

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As did Gypsy.

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(Both kitties were scared of the balloons, and “bowed up” like Halloween cats, so we had to move the balloons to rooms that we could close off from kitties.)

And Motor Man, in addition to helping the kitties with their balloons (which he vehemently denies), also gave me a sweet card.

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There were smiles, laughter, and  good food. And we had sunshine.

There were also bittersweet memories of mothers who are gone, those who are childless (not by choice), and children who lost their moms much too early.  And we had rain.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday For Mother’s Day

A special “edition” of R5F this week in honor of Mother’s Day.

1.) The reason I celebrate the holiday:

"Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside." ~Rachel Wolchin

“Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” ~Rachel Wolchin

2.) Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death.  Losing her just a few days before Mother’s Day was especially painful. But, with time, the good memories outweigh the sadness.

"The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her".  Unknown

“The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her”. Unknown

3.) Stretching the Mother’s Day theme with this picture, but she IS a mom, caring for her five little ones.  Papa was just out of the shot.

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

4.) To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, our plans include breakfast with Marshall and lunch with Motor Man’s mom and sisters.

” You count the hours you could have spent with your mother, it’s a lifetime in itself.”  Mitch Albom

5.) And you know that I’ll have the camera ready for mother/son pictures.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

If you still have your mom, I hope you get to spend time with her (or talk with her on the phone) Sunday.  If she’s no longer with you, I know your memories of her will be part of your day.

~These Days Of Mine~