Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Chessie

(Actually, this is more like “Wordy Wednesday”.  Last week, Marshall took this picture of his kitty, Chessie.  Just as he snapped it, she suddenly turned over. So the picture is a little blurred, but it’s so cute, I thought it was share-worthy.)

Linking up to Wordless Wednesday.


Barn Charm – Ol’ Red

Yet another barn from our trip to the mountains of Virginia last month. This one was near Strasburg.

As I was preparing this post, I wondered: do the owners of these old barns think they’re as charming as we do?

And I also wondered how long it’s been since that old truck bounced across a dusty field.

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Can You Say “Procrastinate”?

Well, that’s what I’ve been doing recently as far as blog awards go.  My dear blogging friends have nominated These Days for several awards, and I haven’t acknowledged their kindness, nor added the badges to my blog.

So, without further ado, or procrastination, let’s see if I can remedy that situation. My non-blogging readers, if you decide to just skim over today’s post, I’ll understand.

I’ve recently received two “repeat” blog awards. First, I received the Liebster Award from Mama’s Empty Nest, and within her blog post, learned that her name is Cindy!  We’ve all just been calling her “Mama”. Thanks, Mama Cindy!

Also, Hot Rod Cowgirl recently nominated me for the Shine On blog award, which I had previously been given. Thanks, HRC!

Now for the new ones (bear with me, folks, this will get lengthy…):

My dear friend, Pam and her sweet kitty, Sam, of One Spoiled Cat have given me many awards.  I’ll mention this one first, since it has no requirements:

The Family of Bloggers Award.

Not only did I receive The Wonderul Team Member Readership award from Pam and Sammy, but also from some of my newest blogging friends, Nibbles, Basil, Nutty, Buddy at Hutch A Good Life.

Here are the rules:

1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar.

2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.

3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.

4. The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates.

5. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…”

My answer:  “A great reader is one who is able to read between the lines”.

Pam and Sam also nominated me for the Bring On The Nip award, which I guess should actually be Sundae’s award.

All I need to do is thank them, link to them, and tell you all something that I want to celebrate or something good that has happened, and then I can pass the award on to anywhere from ONE to TWELVE others.

Obviously, today I’m celebrating all my blogging friends thinking enough of my blog to share these awards.

Pam and Sam also nominated These Days for The Seven Things ABout Me Award.

The rules for this one are to tell seven things about me and pass the award on to seven other bloggers. Now, this may be the most difficult task in this entire post: coming up with seven things that I haven’t already shared in two years of blogging.

1.) Through the years, I have knitted (but not well), crocheted, sewn, embroidered and cross-stitched.

2). For the past few years, though, my hobby has been hand-crafting all my greeting cards, using mostly rubber stamps, but also incorporating other paper crafting.

3.) I may have already shared this: I’ve been a fan of auto racing since I was a teen-ager, which comes in handy, since Motor Man builds race engines.

4.) I’m addicted to Diet Coke, and yes, I know it isn’t good for me.

5.) I love horse drawn carriage rides and sleigh rides.

6.) I love riding on steam trains.

7.) When I’m home alone, I love the “quiet”. I never turn on the tv, and rarely even listen to music. But don’t try to take away my computer….

And last, but not least, Pam and Sam nominated me for The Blog Of The Year Award.

And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

And now for my list of nominees. I must admit that I find it difficult to share blog awards. It seems that most of the blogs I read either: don’t participate in blog awards, already have these, or don’t give any indication on their blog as to their view of awards. So I’m only naming five, but all the awards are free for the taking.

1.)  The Farmer’s Daughter

2.) Ellie’s Place

3.) It’s All About Purple

4.) Georgette Sullins

5.) The View Out Here

WHEW! I think that’s it.  I know I probably lost a few readers several paragraphs (and awards) ago. I apologize for taking so long to acknowledge all my thoughtful blogging friends, and I’ll try to do a better job of keeping up in the future.

Sunset Sunday

These photos are from w-a-y back in September . The swans were here every day at that time. Motor Man moved one of our bird baths down to the edge of the yard, so the ducks and swans could have fresh drinking water.

Groom Swan was most appreciative.

Later that afternoon, he and his bride were here for the sunset.

She was looking especially radiant.

Enjoying the sunset while riding the wake from a passing boat.

And a seagull realized dinner was being served.

The swans haven’t visited for quite some time; they must be on vacation again. Perhaps a cruise this time….

Sunrise Saturday – Pink Fog

Today, I thought I’d have a little fun with the photos from Monday’s sunrise.

“Pink Fog”: sounds like the title of a hard soft rock band.

The lead singer?

Why, Mel Torme, of course.

Friday’s Fences – Beach Access

From a recent Outer Banks trip:

“And I’m headin’ to the beach”…

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

Blogging Buddies

When I began blogging just over two years ago, the idea of meeting other bloggers in person was something I didn’t really think about.

I’ve shared posts about my good friend, Pam, whose kitty, Sam, writes One Spoiled Cat, and how we’ve actually gotten together several times in the past few months.

I also met Michelle, who writes Belle Grove Plantation, and introduced her to Bacon’s Castle. The link will take you to a post she wrote about our visit there. (Unfortunately, I think Michelle has had some technical issues with her photos, so only the text is visible at this time.)

Another blogging friend, Patti, at A New Day Dawns, and I have also met for lunch and shopping a couple times. Recently, Patti e-mailed me and asked about us getting together again, this time to include another blogger from our area: Susan, whose blog is titled Coming East.

Yesterday, the three of us met and had lunch at Cracker Barrel in Hampton, and rather than tie up a table after we finished our meal, we drove to a nearby Barnes and Noble.  Our plans were to sit at the cafe there, have hot beverages and chat a little longer.

There was just one small problem: it was still “lunch time”, and there were no vacant tables in the cafe. So we talked as we strolled around the store. Finally, we found vacant seats:  in the children’s section. Susan’s teaching background resurfaced and, while we all chatted, she created.

And did we ever chat?! We talked about our families, our pets, cooking, our travels, where we’d be spending Thanksgiving, and of course, our blogs.

We asked a store employee to take a picture of the three of us.  She hesitantly did so; apparently B & N doesn’t really like photos to be taken in their stores. But since we just wanted a picture of US, that apparently was permissable.

By the way, we did make some purchases at Barnes and Noble, lest you think we just used the building for a place to visit.

A blogging bonus: making new friends. We’re already planning our next get-together.