Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sunrise Saturday

This is the sunrise from June 7.

I thought the sun appeared to be playing peek-a-boo through the trees in this picture.

And no matter how many sunrises I see, there’s just something special about the sun clearing the horizon (or in this case, clearing the treeline).

Sundae Says: You Make Me Shine

Hi, everyone! Sundae here, taking over the keyboard today, because I have an announcement.

My boycatfriend, Sammy, at One Spoiled Cat, gave me a blog award!  I guess, technically, he gave it to Motor Mommy, but I know he really meant it for me.

The award is the “You Make Me Shine” award, and I think Motor Mommy and I traced it back to Bassa’s Blog. Here’s the badge.

Isn’t that a pretty picture? Yes, I realize it’s a dog, but still….

Although on the original post there weren’t any rules, a few have been added along the way. Here’s what I’m supposed to do to accept this award (other than taking over the keyboard from Motor Mommy).

  • Answer ten questions (by the time this got to me, we’d ‘lost’ 2 questions…?)
  • Nominate 10-12 (or whatever number) other blogs
  • Include the award in MY blog
  • Pay the love forward (link to the nominees and let them know on their blog that they’ve been nominated
  • Pay the love back by linking to the blogger who nominated you

Here are the questions and my answers:

What is My Favorite Color?   Since I’m a calico, I’ll just pick one of MY colors: orange

What is My Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink? Water

What is My Favorite Animal?  Cats, of course. But humans are a close second.

Do I Prefer Facebook or Twitter?  Motor Mommy does Facebook

What is My Favorite Number?  hmmm. I’ll say 4, since I have 4 paws

What is My Favorite Flower? There’s a yellow rose bush outside my window

What is My Passion?  Cat napping, blogging, begging treats….can’t I have more than one passion?

Many of our readers who have blogs have decided to go award-free, so Motor Mommy and I decided that we won’t actually name any recipients. BUT , we invite all of you who wish to accept this award to please do so.  Because…..

You ALL make me shine!

My Inheritance: A Green Thumb?

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and I chose this prompt:

3.) Do you have a green thumb? Tell us what kind of gardener you are.

You may recall I’ve mentioned that my Mom was one of twelve children.  They were a farming family, and most of them continued to have vegetable and/or flower gardens when they were well into their eighties.

Although I don’t claim to have inherited their green thumbs, I do enjoy dabbling with flowers. Many times when I’m out planting, watering or trimming, I’m reminded of the flowers my mom, her sisters and my grandma grew.

So, what type of gardener does this make me? I’m not sure, but definitely one who’s reminded of her ancestors as she goes about her little gardening tasks.

When we’re in the midst of a “dry spell”, and I’m hopeful praying for a rain shower, it’s the same feeling I’m sure they had many times. And when I smile at a perennial’s first little green sprout in the spring, I know it’s something they smiled about, too.

They, too, saw times that they were dirty, sweaty and exhausted after working outside, but knew all that work was necessary in order to avoid losing something they had planted.

With all that in mind, here’s what’s growing around here these days:

My grandmother always grew gladioli. Mine are doing well this summer…thanks to Liquid Fence. Without that, the glads would have been deer dinner weeks ago.

The little yellow vine is a black-eyed susan.  It has quite a task this summer to climb that trellis, but it’s off to a good start.

This huge flowerpot is filled with yellow portulaca and a citrus-scented geranium (mosquito plant).

Marshall gave me this hydrangea a few years ago. When he gave it to me, the blooms were blue, but because of our soil, they’re now pink. (My sweet mother called hydrangeas “high geraniums”.) The deer have enjoyed some of the leaves (top right), but left the blooms for me to enjoy.

In honor of my Mom’s family, I’m sharing this next picture, taken recently at Bacon’s Castle. This hydrangea has both pink and blue blooms on the same shrub.  Visitors to the Castle have suggested that the lime in nearby bricks may be the reason. I have to wonder if this was growing here all those years ago when Mom and her family called Bacon’s Castle home.

This is a close-up of one of the blue blooms: my very favorite. One day I’ll attempt to adjust our soil, so our hydrangeas will be blue, rather than pink. Or perhaps, I’ll have both colors on the same bush!

No, my thumb would never be that green.

Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Wordless Wednesday – Summer Storm

(June 22, 2012)

Linking up to Wordless Wednesday Again.

Blue Barn Charm

This old barn is located near Isle of Wight, Virginia, about 15 miles from us. It’s close enough to the highway that I could take these pictures without Motor Man pulling over.

Here’s a rear view. I don’t recall ever seeing a blue barn before.  It’s painted the same color as the nearby house.

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Another Early Morning On The Beach

Motor Man and I made another trip to the Outer Banks this weekend. And, although we didn’t get as early a start as we did last week, we drove out on the beach Sunday morning.

As we were driving along, we spotted this horse up ahead. As we got closer, we noticed he was pawing at the sand. We wondered why.

Then he flopped down on the beach.

And began rolling over and over.

And over again.

He stood up and resumed his walk along the beach.

As Motor Man watched and waited in the Jeep, and I took continuous pictures, the horse stopped and turned, then whinnied. I looked to see what had gotten his attention.

Aha. That would explain it.

 She joined him on his walk along the beach.

And then up over the dunes. This picture reminds me of the song: “Waitin’ On A Woman”.  I think they were going for coffee.

All told, we saw 25 horses during our trip, including this beauty, who was obviously posing for us.

And this one with a cattle egret on her back. Cattle egrets follow (or catch a ride on) cattle and horses and feed on the insects around them.

Later, we spotted this beautiful family of three.

In case you still had any doubt, that’s it. I’m done. I’m officially in love with the wild horses of Corolla. But I realize my readers might not be, so I’ll try to wait awhile before another wild horse post. At least a week.

Sunset Sunday

These photos are from June 4: my birthday. Motor Man and I went out to dinner, and when we returned home, we knew a storm was brewing. I didn’t think there was any chance of sunset pictures.

But Motor Man happened to glance out the window, and told me I should probably get the camera. I took this from our garage door, not wanting to take a chance on missing the shot.

I rarely even poke my nose outside during a storm, but this sunset was too pretty to miss.

Bride and Groom swans weren’t afraid of the storm. Guess they were enjoying the rain.

It was quite a juggling act, protecting the camera while taking pictures.

No, the storm wasn’t all that close, or I wouldn’t have braved it.

Even for a sunset.