Monthly Archives: April 2014

Family Easter Sunday

Yesterday was a full day for us. Marshall had an engagement after lunch, so we had an early breakfast with him to start the day.

Then, Motor Man’s family gathered at the home of one of his sisters for lunch: 14 adults as well as five little ones under the age of five.

We had a nice lunch, and enjoyed catching up with family members we hadn’t seen since Christmas.

There were Easter baskets to be opened:

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And a piggyback ride:

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The little ones always have fun together. We were happy that all five of them sat (somewhat) still for a quick photo session.

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And we got to meet four-week-old Aaron, the newest member of the family, and “Nanny’s” fifth great grandchild.

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Parents and grandparents were busy keeping up with those energetic little ones. Motor Man and I didn’t have any responsibilities there, but we came home and took an afternoon nap anyway.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Here are my thoughts on this Good Friday:

1.) The mini-hurricane we had Tuesday night must have kept Sundae awake. This is how she spent most of Wednesday morning.


2.) Yesterday, Motor Man and I had lunch with friends: two couples we hadn’t seen in quite awhile.  It was nice to catch up, but I’m sorry I didn’t ask someone to take a picture of the six of us. The restaurant was busy, and there just didn’t seem to be the opportune moment for a photo.

3.) When we arrived home yesterday afternoon, Motor Man noticed a (recently built)  osprey nest on the breakwater at the marina.  With binoculars, from our kitchen window, we have a good view of it. I’m looking forward to watching the family and sharing photos. This picture was taken from our yard, using a long lens. If you enlarge, you can see Mama (I’m guessing?) on the nest.

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4.) I posted this picture on Facebook yesterday for Throwback Thursday, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. (Sorry, FB friends, for the “rerun”.)  My first car was a (used) pale yellow Mustang that I wish I still owned. I came across this picture, taken by my mom, recently. The date: 9/11/71.

db mustang

5.) Sunday morning, we’re planning breakfast with Marshall, then, later, lunch with Motor Man’s family.  We have a new great-nephew, just a few weeks old. We’re looking forward to meeting him and spending time with everyone.

Happy Easter, everyone.

(Update: I’ve just learned that Nancy is ending her blog, A Rural Journal. So there is no link-up at this time for Random Five Friday. I will, however, continue to have my own R5F here on These Days.)

~These Days Of Mine~

Mama’s Birthday

My mother was born April 17, 1910, one hundred four years ago today.

In honor of her birthday, I thought I’d share a few photos of her life.

I have very few pictures of my mom and dad together.  (He died when I was just an infant, and I have no memory of him at all.) There’s no date on this picture, so I don’t know if it was before they were married, before they had children?

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My mom with my sisters, June and Rose.

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With me, as a baby. Many nights, my mom and my sisters would swing me to sleep in that porch swing.

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Fast forward to the early 1980’s, with Marshall and me.

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At a family reunion, (far left) with her five sisters, early 1990’s.


And one of our very favorite pictures of her, taken on a trip with my sister, June, in Myrtle Beach, also early 1990’s.

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“You count the hours you could have spent with your mother.
It’s a lifetime in itself.”
 Mitch Albom

~These Days Of Mine~

The Prelude…

…to a storm bringing several hours of heavy rain, gale force winds, a 35-degree temperature drop in less than four hours…and sleet.

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Oh, what a night.

~These Days Of Mine~

Sunday’s Adventure – Ft. Monroe

Sunday was a gorgeous day in our neck of the woods. After lunch, our adventure with Motor Man’s mom was a ride through Ft. Monroe in Hampton.

The view of the Chesapeake Bay from the seawall:

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Ft. Monroe was an army installation until it was decommissioned in 2011.  You may read more about it,  including its interesting history, by clicking on this link.

Although the stone fort (the largest in the United States) was built in 1834, the Colonists actually built a fort at this location in the early 1600’s to protect Jamestown. The stone fort is surrounded by a moat.

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There are nearly 200 historic properties on Ft. Monroe, including Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, built in 1802.

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And this gun battery. The historic marker states that this is: “a typical seacoast gun battery from the period 1892-1946”. (Motor Man’s mom said it looked like a prison. We agreed.)

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Also located on Ft. Monroe is the beautiful Hotel Chamberlain (1920), now home to a senior retirement community.

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After our drive around the fort, we stopped at a nearby greenhouse/nursery, where I took this sweet picture of Motor Man and his mom.

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Another successful Sunday adventure in the books.

~These Days Of Mine~

Treasure Hunting: Follow-up

If you recall, in Friday’s post, I mentioned that my friend, Donna, and I were planning a busy Saturday morning.

We met at the antique shop when they opened and were their second and third customers. I had mentioned in Friday’s post that the antique shop sent out an email last week, and that there was a little item in the email that caught my eye.  The shop is only open one Saturday each month, so I knew if we got there early, it should still be there. And it was.

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A sweet little child’s vintage sand shovel. Another “find” for the beach house.

But I also found this:

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An old enamel coffeepot. (The little stool was a treasure found quite some time ago.)  The coffeepot will be perfect, filled with some of “that old moss“.

a sunny and warm Saturday morning spent with a friend, a few little found treasures for each of us and a giggle-filled lunch: fun times!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

My thoughts today for Random Five Friday:

1.) Tomorrow, my friend, Donna and I are planning a morning of antiquing, farmers’ “marketing”, greenhouse shopping and lunch.  The antique shop sends out an email with photos of new items, and one in particular has caught my eye. They don’t show prices, so I’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, I’ll have a new treasure to share photos of next week.

2.) I was contacted by email yesterday and asked for permission to use one of my photos in the creation of a web-site highlighting our county.  I’m very honored. This is the photo that they’re planning to use:

sun over smfd station lighthouse

3.) Here’s this week’s “silly Gypsy” photo. I’m  not sure exactly what she was doing with her hind legs here…

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4.) In addition to the deer, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, geese and swans that frequent our yard, this week, we saw a wild turkey.  It’s the first one we’ve ever seen here, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture.

5.) The first thing I do every morning is open the living room curtains. Wednesday morning, I was just in time.

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For more random thoughts, visit Nancy at A Rural Journal.


~These Days Of Mine~