Random Five Friday

Here we are again: time for Random Five Friday.

1.) As you can imagine, my thoughts this week are mostly on the weather. We’re still covered in snow, and although it’s hindered travel for some, it’s made for some outstanding photo ops.

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2.) If you aren’t an e-mail subscriber of These Days, here’s a programming note: although I don’t usually post on weekends, there will be a special post this Sunday. And, no, it isn’t Groundhog Day related, nor Super Bowl related.

3.) Have you ever heard the expression: “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you!”? When Motor Man and I met with my friend, Pam, and her husband, Dave, back in December, Pam gave me an Amaryllis for Christmas. It’s now blooming, and everytime I walk by it, I think of her. And yes, Pam, I would definitely pick you!

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4.) This week, I’ve been thankful again for the genealogical information that I am so fortunate to have inherited.  A distant cousin (90 years old) passed away on Monday, and I’ll be attending her funeral this afternoon. How is she related to me? Her grandmother and my great-grandmother were sisters. We’re cousins, but I have no idea how many times removed. She was a sweet person, and I’ll miss visiting her in the nursing home.

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5.)  Thursday evening’s sunset was simply amazing. I trudged across our side yard in snow to the top of my boots to get this. (It was worth it.)

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Happy Friday, everyone, and I’m joining Nancy at A Rural Journal for:

~These Days Of Mine~

34 responses to “Random Five Friday

  1. Oh the amaryllis looks gorgeous! I think I spy either a second flower stalk peeping up alongside the first one OR perhaps it’s a leaf. Anyway – it’s beautiful…..you know I’d certainly pick YOU too! The photo of your yard and that stunning sunset – incredible. I’m sorry you’ll be heading to your cousin’s funeral today – that’s a dear photo of her smiling away – pretty smiles are obviously a family trait!

    Hugs, Pam

  2. The trudge through the snow was worth the pic that you snapped. Beautiful pictures all. And your cousin was a sweet, sweet lady. I’ll miss seeing her too.

  3. oh that gorgeous flower! spring is coming! yes!


  4. OMGoodness….the sunset is absolutely breathtaking!!!
    Sorry to hear about your distant cousin….but at 90 I have to think she lived a long full life. And anything dealing with genealogy is always a big plus!!! [Recently after 25 years of working on my family and my husband’s histories, I published a 300+ page book!]

  5. I’m sorry for the loss of your cousin. I like that you remember her with this lovely photo and that you think about your blogging friend when you see this amaryllis. You care so much, D.

  6. Beautiful amaryllis … I didn’t get one this year and I miss it. Beautiful sunset. Amazing how the clouds “catch” the light. Stay warm!

  7. So sad that the cousin is the last of that generation….she was a very nice person…a true lady in every sense of the word. Although the snow and cold make for lovely pictures…I’m ready for some lovely spring flower photos!

  8. Not sure which photo I liked best. The amaryllis is so pretty, the snow covered landscape very lovely, and the sunset…oh, you know how I feel about sunsets! Yep, that’s my favorite. Sorry for the loss of your cousin though. It starts to get really sad when we realize we are quickly becoming the older generations in our families.

  9. Howdy, Neighbor (I live a bit north of you in Stafford County). Your photo of Bacon’s Castle in your header is beautiful … I keep meaning to make the trek to visit there, and haven’t done it yet. Perhaps this year during Garden Week … though I say that almost every year.

  10. loved your photos! i am sorry for the loss of your cousin.

  11. Love your “randoms” Dianna…. especially love your header! 🙂

  12. Your photographs are beautiful!

  13. oh it was soooo worth it, it always is!! sadness for your loss but it’s wonderful that you had a relationship with a distant cousin!! have a wonderful weekend!!

  14. Yes, definitely, that shot of your yard in the snow was worth the trek in the cold.
    I am so sorry about your cousin. It’s difficult to give up those we care about. I ask for peace for you and remembrances of the great times you had together.

  15. A stunning sunset shot!

  16. That sunset is truly a glorious shot! And I’ve been bitten by the genealogy bug too. It’s a hobby that is so utterly consuming! But I love it. I’m sure you’ll love going through all your cousin’s information. At ninety, she probably saw it all!
    Visiting from R5F

  17. Your sunset is really gorgeous! I’m so sorry about your cousin.

  18. Another wonderful post – love the photograph of the snow in the branches – and the beautiful amaryllis!!!

  19. I’m really becoming a fan of R5F – all sorts of good topics at once! – but the first and last pics here are like winter bookends; they pretty much sum up the past few days ..

  20. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I agree with Marshall, I am becoming a fan of Random Five Friday. So sorry to hear of the loss of your cousin. Your amaryllis is lovely. A gift that truly keeps on giving.

  21. The sunset shot is gorgeous! Your cousin will live on in your memory. 🙂

  22. I love amaryllis … I usually get one every year but this year I couldn’t find any 😦 … made me sad.
    Sorry for your loss ….
    What a beautiful shot of the sunset … so lovely!
    Have a toasty weekend.
    Diane @ thoughts and shots

  23. Your pictures and comments remind me of the seasons and just like the weather and the plants we go through different seasons of our lives. Your cousin had her last winter but I’m guessing she had a lifetime of wonderful Springs and Summers. It’s all a part of life. You have a beautiful flower growing in spite of everything outside hibernating. The ducks seem to enjoy each and every season. I’m going to try to be like the ducks and enjoy whatever life throws at me. Wind, rain, sleet & snow!

  24. Wow your 1st and last shots are amazing. The snowy shot is just fascinating with it’s feathery look and that sunset, well worth trudging across the snow for. – So sorry to hear that you lost a relative, death is never easy.
    What a lovely gift your friend gave you.

  25. Don’t you just love old photos of dear relatives.

  26. How wonderful to have known that cousin and to have been close. I don’t even know the names of all my first cousins, and don’t keep in touch with any of them.

    Oh, that last shot is wonderful!

  27. createdforajourney

    I came over from Random Five and what a pleasure to meet you and see your lovely blog….Your sunset photograph is just beautiful….

  28. I can’t wait to see what you came up with for Sunday…Hmm will MM be joining you?

  29. I’m sad to hear about your cousin. My thoughts are with your family during this sad time.
    Your snow photos are gorgeous. The beauty of the snow is one of it’s aspect that I’ve always loved.
    Love your amaryllis it’s magnificent. It’s truly the quote in true life. You have a good friend.
    Wishing you a pleasant weekend.

  30. Beautiful amaryllis! I think I’ve killed my three that didn’t do anything this year. 😦

  31. Such a stunning sky photo. Thanks so much for trudging for us!

  32. Very sorry for your loss(es) Dianna. It seems like there’s been so many of late. The photos are beauties!

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