Monthly Archives: June 2013

So Rare

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days;


Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,


 And over it softly her warm ear lays;


Whether we look, or whether we listen,


We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.”

―     James Russell Lowell


Barn Charming With A Friend

Saturday, I met my friend, Donna, for a morning of antiquing. She introduced me to a neat little antique shop, where we both found some goodies we just couldn’t live without. We drove a few miles to a second shop, only to find that it was closed that day.  We mumbled a few comments like: “How could they?” and “You’d think they’d be open on a Saturday!”, only to then see a little note explaining that they were closed because of a wedding.  Oh, well, that’s different; completely understandable and forgiveable.

Since they were closed, we drove a few miles further, because Donna knew of  a church where sometimes little yard sales/plant sales take place on the lawn. Nothing that day, BUT I did find a barn for Barn Charm!

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Although I spotted this from the highway, Donna knew of a way to get closer for better pics, and NO, it didn’t require trespassing.

Let’s get a closer look (good thing I had my “long” lens): hmmm…rustic….shabby chic.  But look at that gorgeous horse!

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Such a beautiful setting.

horse barn and hills

I knew the light-colored horse was a palomino. Donna, who loved horses as a child, (unlike me, who waited until much later in life) explained that the one near the barn was a bay and the one to the far right was a pinto.

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Donna is also responsible for that third photo – I was driving down the lane, back to the highway, and she recognized what a nice shot that would be.

Antiques + horses + a barn + time spent with a friend = one fun morning.

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Dads Of All Ages

During my growing up years, Father’s Day was just another day around our house. Both grandfathers died before I was born, and my dad died when I was a baby.

These days, though, our family includes lots of guys celebrating being dads.

A Father’s Day celebration took place yesterday at Motor Man’s parents’ house. Here’s Pop, waiting for everyone the great-grandchildren to arrive.


A little while later, Christian sat in Gee-Gee’s lap for a few minutes.

pop and christian

Christian with his dad, Walt.

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Josey pulling his dad, Chris, in the wagon.

josey pulling chris

Although Motor Man isn’t officially a dad, later in the day, Marshall and I presented him with a gift toy: a radio-controlled race boat. (A friend asked me if he will be “souping up” the engine……probably.)

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The weather was perfect, and it was a fun day spent celebrating our dads of all ages.

Triple Celebration

We have a lot to celebrate in our family today.

Today is Marshall’s birthday. He, Motor Man and I are planning a birthday breakfast at a favorite nearby restaurant.  For several years, we’ve celebrated Marshall’s birthday there with either breakfast or lunch.

Of course, it was just yesterday that Marshall had his first birthday. (Well, it seems that way to me.)


We’re also celebrating Father’s Day today. Although at the time, Motor Man was a family friend, I’m sharing this picture taken of him and Marshall a “few” years ago. I think Marshall was around 6 years old, and he was sitting in a race car that was part of an Open House at Motor Man’s business. (We had no way of knowing that Motor Man would, one day, become Marshall’s step-dad.)


This one was from a couple of years ago. (I love that Marshall is looking at Motor Man in both these pictures…!)

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And, finally, we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day later today with Motor Man’s dad.

jr and pop

It’s gonna be a busy day…isn’t it wonderful to have special people to celebrate?

Sunrise Saturday Returns!

Although it’s nice to have the weekends “off” from blogging, I must admit that I sometimes miss Sunrise Saturdays and Sunset Sundays.

So, today, a few recent sunrises that I thought were especially interesting.

A rather dramatic sunrise the morning of May 17.

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May 23. From the looks of those clouds, I’m thinking this may have been all we saw of the sun that day.


June 6. My mom used to call clouds like these “mares’ tails.”


And, finally, two pictures of the sunrise on June 8.  This one was taken at 5:40.


And this one was at 5:55; once again reminding us of how quickly the skies can change.


Where we live, this time of year affords us the best view of the sunrises and sunsets, and I try to “catch” as many of them as possible.

A hint about tomorrow’s post: it isn’t a Sunset Sunday….

The Many Antics Of Groom Swan

Sometimes when I’m out working in the yard and don’t notice Groom Swan waiting impatiently for food, he’ll just come casually strolling over to where I am.

groom swan walking

When the ducks are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I feed them corn in recycled Cool Whip bowls. Sometimes, Groom Swan crashes their party.

groom swan cool whip bowl

Out near the water, I have a small bird bath that’s used mainly by the swans and (unfortunately) the Canada Geese. When Groom Swan is “on land”, and I feed him bread, he takes a beakful over to the bird bath and dips it in the water to soften it.

groom swan dipping bread

Pretty clever, I’d say.

groom swan and bird bath

And just so Bride Swan doesn’t feel left out, here’s a recent photo of her. (She rarely comes up on land, but when she does, she stays close to the water.)


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Random Facts: Motor Man And Me

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. This was the prompt I chose:

1.) List 6 random facts about you and your husband.

Here are my 6 random facts:

1.) Although Motor Man and I have only been married 11 years, we’ve known each other for 42. (Of course, I was just a child when we met….)

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2.) Motor Man’s nickname for me is “DB”, and has been since 1976. They were my initials at the time.


3.) Since we’ve been together, Motor Man has encouraged me to do all sorts of things, from driving the interstate (I grew up a country girl; interstates used to terrify me), to learning the internet (you all see where that has led), to not being intimidated (THAT has backfired on him a couple of times).

4.) Not long after we began dating, Motor Man insisted on having a pilot friend of ours take us up in a small plane for my first-ever flight  – on anything. Since then, he’s had me on too many commercial flights to count, as well as helicopters and other small planes. And I still get nervous when we fly.

"Cheesing" for the camera, but I really was VERY scared

“Cheesing” for the camera, but I really was VERY scared

5.)  Spelling isn’t Motor Man’s strong suit, and math isn’t mine. We’re a team: I do the spelling, and he does the numbers.

6.) Motor Man makes me laugh. Everyday.

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