Monthly Archives: May 2014

Random Five Friday

It’s F-r-i-d-a-y! Time for Random Five!

1.) Have you been missing the kitties on These Days recently?  Here’s what Miss Gypsy’s been up to….with her mischieveous “human brother”.

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2.) As Motor Man was leaving for the shop earlier this week, he spotted this: our backyard version of the “Tortoise and the Hare”.

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3.) Wednesday evening, I saw the first lightning bug of the season — and caught it.  I was reminded of Marshall’s childhood. After gently catching a lightning bug, he was taught to open his hand and let it crawl to the tip of his finger. “Fly away home to your family, Lightning Bug”.

4.) We had heavy storms and much needed rain Wednesday night; I won’t have to water plants for awhile.

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5.) This week, I was contacted by a reader in Florida (a native Tidewater Virginian) asking permission to make one of my photos into a cross stitch graph for her private use.  As a former cross stitcher, I can’t imagine how involved this will be. But I agreed and asked only that she send me a picture of her completed project. When she does, with her permission, I’ll share it with my readers.

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That wraps up another week!

~These Days Of Mine~

Sunset Swan, Part 1

Late last Friday afternoon, I sensed by the clouds that we’d have a pretty sunset. But then, I got busy making a card in my little studio, and almost forgot to check the sky.

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Once I glanced out the window, I was glad I still had time to get a few pictures.

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Especially since someone else was enjoying the show.

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Groom Swan is featured in this sunset, but Bride Swan will have her “day in the sun” in an upcoming post.

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And I’ll give you a little hint: it promises to be beautiful.

~These Days Of Mine~

California Stars

I’ve mentioned before what a music snob I am. I prefer anything recorded pre-1971 or so. And very rarely does any modern-day music strike my fancy.

Last week, Motor Man and I took his mom to dinner, and although I usually suffer through the “music” played at most restaurants these days, one song that night caught my ear.  I could hear just enough to know that I liked the melody, but could only make out two words of the song: California Stars.

Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?  Back home, in less than a minute at the computer, I had found that song. It’s rare that a song sticks with me like this one has. The last time that happened, the song was Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Been A Lovely Cruise”, which I first heard a couple of years ago as part of a memorial video for friend.

The song “California Stars” has an interesting history. The lyrics were written by the late Woody Guthrie, but the words weren’t put to music during his lifetime.  After his death in 1967, his daughter, Nora, discovered thousands of his unrecorded lyrics. She contacted the English folk singer, Billy Bragg, who, along with the American group, Wilco, wrote music to many of those lyrics.  The song was included in an album titled Mermaid Avenue, released in 1998.

And for those of you already familiar with this song who might ask (about me): “Where’s SHE been not to have heard this before?”…..remember, as far as music goes, I’m stuck in the 60’s.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Weekend Included Horses

Our weekend was a busy one. After I met friends Saturday morning for shopping at the Farmers’ Market, followed by lunch, Motor Man and I headed to the Outer Banks.

Along the way, we stopped to visit Aggie, who was looking especially beautiful. I think she’d had her hair done.

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The next morning, we were on the beach in time to catch the sunrise over the ocean.

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We then drove up to Corolla and out on the beach. We only saw three horses; they were  grazing on one of the dunes in the early morning sun.

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On our way home yesterday, Aggie was treated to another apple as we passed by her pasture.

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The weather was picture perfect in our area for all the outdoor holiday activities….including horse sightings.

~These Days Of Mine~


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~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, here are a few random thoughts:

1.) I never knew until I was told by a friend recently, that if you plant amaryllis bulbs outside in the spring, they’ll bloom again!

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2.) Thank you for all the kind, encouraging comments on yesterday’s post; THAT’S why I blog!

3.) Growing up, I remember hearing my Mom, her siblings and my Grandma say that a storm was “following the river”.  We lived about 8 or 10 miles from the river, and whether or not storms actually follow the river, I don’t know. But that sure looked to be the case at our house last night.

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4.) Found this “rain chime” at Tractor Supply this week.  I’m doubtful that it will actually do any chiming, and I certainly won’t be outside in the rain to hear it if it does, but I do think it’s cute hanging from the tree.

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5.) My plans for the holiday weekend include a Farmers’ Market, lunch with friends, and possibly a little ride to the Outer Banks: just Motor Man, me and about a hundred thousand of our closest friends….

Have a safe weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~


Today is Thursday; time again for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. This week, I chose this prompt:

1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…

I began writing These Days Of Mine in September, 2010. My stats show that I’ve published 1,140 posts. (Considering I’ve prematurely published a few posts, which were immediately deleted, the correct number is probably more like 1,130.)

So, after all this time, the biggest blogging challenge to me is subject matter for my posts.

Do my readers really want to read yet another post about the swans, our cats, the wild horses at the beach, our adventures, sunrises, sunsets….?

I must admit, sometimes, at night, writing a blog post for the following day has the same pressure as homework does for a student. (And those of you who have known me a long time know how little I cared for school.)  There’s often a sense of relief on Friday and Saturday nights, not having a blog topic looming over my head.

But….just when I think I’m boring everyone, I’ll “run into” a friend or acquaintance who, upon immedately upon seeing me, tells me how much he/she enjoys the blog. A few even say that These Days is the first site they visit online every morning. Then, of course, there are all the sweet comments left by my readers.

And that makes the homework all worthwhile.

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So, as we say here in the South….thanks, y’all.


Mama’s Losin’ It

 ~These Days Of Mine~