Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Today, I’m sharing something that I think is pretty amazing.

Last week, my friend, Sindee, posted this photo on her Facebook page with the caption: “Saw this beautiful watercolor on Friday. Notice the stairs and the sun shining.”

When I shared the picture with Marshall, he texted in return: “I see a meadow, with an old stone stair climbing up the left, flowers in the foreground, with a very clear sky above.  Very, very odd.  Perhaps even a little pond at the base of the stairs.”

A few minutes after the first post, Sindee shared THIS picture, with the caption: “OK, maybe it was just my imagination. Nature’s watercolor!  A piling at the JRB (James River Bridge)”. Sindee and her husband had been out in their boat enjoying an unseasonably warm November day.

I find it fascinating that, first of all, there is such beauty to be found on pilings….simply markings created by the endless rising and falling of the tide.  And secondly, I’m thankful that Sindee realized that beauty and captured it in pictures. (And allowed me to share with you.)

Marshall noticed a similar landscape on the piling in the background and thought it would be fun to create a little book with the photos.  At the end of the book, the source of the pictures would be revealed. Sindee said her husband had the same thought.

Sindee’s photo is a wonderful reminder to look for magic in even the most unsuspecting places.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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On The Rocks (Giveaway)

You may be familiar with the current craze of rock painting/rock hiding/rock hunting.  Perhaps it’s a popular pastime in your area as it is in ours.

My friend, Bev, and her daughter began painting and hiding rocks a few months ago. When Bev invited me over to paint recently, I was skeptical. There’s much art talent in my family: my dad, my sister, my nieces, as well as my son, Marshall.  But somehow I missed the boat when that talent was being distributed.

But Bev insisted that I give it a try….and now I am hooked. (Please note that I said “hooked”….not “good”.)  She and I have had several paint sessions, and Motor Man took us to our local farm supply store to buy a bucketful of rocks.

This was one of the first I painted.  Bev helped me with the hat, and I decided not to part with this one.

I really had fun with this next rock: it was Marshall’s Halloween gift. He’s a horror movie fan and actually met Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger) in person.

This was painted for my friend, Donna’s, birthday. It’s a silhouette of her sweet kitty, Dreamsicle, watching the sunset. I was inspired by a photo Donna shared on Facebook.  My sunset isn’t nearly as striking as the one in her photo: only God can paint a sky like that.

I painted this next rock for my friend, Pam, and (bravely) gave it to her during our visit last week.   Keep in mind that Pam is an excellent artist,  so I asked her to remember that this was done by a novice.  Pam is so special: she truly believes that anyone can be an artist and a poet.

Now we’re starting to work on Christmas rocks.  Most of our ideas come from Pinterest, and when I saw Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, I knew I had to paint it.

When my cousin, Lona, was in the convalescent home, I gave her a Charlie Brown tree for her room.  After she passed away, the tree came home with me, and I display it every year, always with special thoughts of her. I plan to paint several of these in the days to come and hide them in her memory.  She taught preschool at our church, so hopefully, little ones will find these rocks. I know she’d be pleased.

And I’ve decided to have a little giveaway here on my blog – if you’d like to win one of my Charlie Brown rocks, just indicate that in your comment, and you’ll be entered.  (And please remember, they’re painted by a novice!)

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mews: Profiling

Good morning, efurryone! I’m Sundae: it’s Monday.  (See what I did there?)

Motor Mommy took this picture of me recently while I was hanging out on my window seat.  It’s one of my most favorite places in the house.

I was watching five deer who were grazing in the yard.

There’s always something interesting to see from my window seat.

But…..way to get up close and personal, Mom…..

 

~These Days Of Mine~

Purrfect Furiends

Seven years ago in September, I began blogging. Shortly after that, I “met” (online) another blogger, Pam, who co-wrote her blog, One Spoiled Cat, with her ginger kitty, Sammy.

Pam and I became fast friends and began emailing each other every day. She and her husband, Dave, live about three hours from us.  Motor Man and I have met them several times for lunch and antiquing, they visited and stayed overnight in our little town several years ago, and last summer, we gave them a quick tour of the Outer Banks, including a visit to “my” wild horses.

Sadly, Sammy passed over Rainbow Bridge last December. Pam continued to write her blog, keeping Sammy’s memory alive.  When she and Dave were ready, Angel Sammy “arranged” for them to be adopted by a new ginger kitty, whom they named Teddy. And now, the title of her blog is Two Spoiled Cats: Sammy and Teddy are co-authors.

Although emailing is a wonderful means of keeping in touch, sometimes you just need to see each other in person….and share a hug. So yesterday, my Motor Man drove three hours each way so that we could visit Pam and Dave. AND…..I could meet their new kitty, Teddy.

And what a love bug he is.

Sammy was always very shy, so we never had a chance to meet him.  But Teddy certainly isn’t shy and  greeted us soon after we arrived.

I LOVE this picture of Pam, but I hate that Teddy’s eyes reflected in the camera’s flash.

We forced ourselves to leave Teddy long enough to go have a yummy lunch with Dave and Pam in downtown Warrenton.

Afterward, we toured the Fauquier County museum at the old jail, portions of which were built in 1808. It’s reportedly haunted, and although I can’t attest to that, it is….spooky.

We then returned to Pam and Dave’s for more Teddy time. (Note the red laser dot between his paws.)

I am so thankful for the friendship Pam and I share, and that our husbands enjoy each other’s company.

We’re already looking forward to our next get-together.  Hopefully SOON.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

No Surprise Here

It seems that, each week, I share photos from a trip to the Outer Banks. And this week is no different.  These are from a couple of recent trips, and if we’re friends on Facebook, you may have already seen one or two of them.

On one of our trips, the sun was just beginning to break through the heavy clouds of the early morning.  It made for some interesting scenery.  This is the fence at the southernmost portion of the 4-wheel drive beach. It prevents the wild horses from straying from their area. There’s also a cattle-guard across the highway for the same purpose.

Clouds, sea oats and a fence.

It appears this cattle egret has a secret for his horse friend.  Pssst…..

Waves and tree stumps.

As I’ve shared many times, although we love seeing the wild horses ANYWHERE, it’s always a special treat to see them by the ocean.

And near the dunes.

But, as we were beginning our return trip off the 4-wheel drive area, we spotted pelicans on the shore, and had to stop for pictures. (Thankful for a zoom lens.)

I shared this next one on my Facebook page and had comments from friends comparing this to a pastor with his congregation or a policeman directing traffic. One friend commented that it appeared the gull was attempting to shoo away the pelican.

No matter the weather, no matter the condition of the sand or the ocean, no matter how many horses we see or their location, we always enjoy our beach trips.

No surprise there.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Monday Morning Mews: The Game

It’s Monday and heeeeere’s…..Gypsy!

Hi, readers!  Motor Mommy and I recently discovered a new game at the office.

I was on the tippy top of the file cabinet, so Motor Mommy stooped down really low and aimed the camera up at me.

She seemed to think it was a lot of fun.

So I obliged.

Motor Man and I like it when Motor Mommy is happy and having fun.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

SOOCP

SOOCP (straight out of the cell phone).

This photo was taken on a recent trip to the Outer Banks. It had been overcast earlier in the morning, but the sun was just starting to break through the clouds and was reflecting in the water.

I took this (while leaning out of the passenger side window) with my cell phone, and it has not been edited in any way.

Although SOOC (straight out of the camera) shots are much preferred, I will occasionally straighten, crop, lighten or darken a picture. My edits are always very limited though.  Extreme photo-shopping makes for dramatic photos, but that’s rarely the effect I want.

Of course, we had our regular camera with us that day (and I took MANY pictures with it), but I used my cell phone for this one so I could send it to Marshall.

But, as with all my photos, I take no credit for this shot: we just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  With a cell phone.

~These Days Of Mine~