Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Shriners

If you’re like me, you’ve heard of the Shriners for years. I must admit that I  didn’t know, until I did a little research for this post, that the Shriners are affiliated with the Freemasons. They’re known for their odd-looking red hats, called fezzes, but more importantly, for the Shriners Childrens Hospitals (22 of them in North America), which help burned and cripped children.

Saturday night was “Shriners” night at our local race track, Langley Speedway,  and before the races began, they treated the fans with a parade around the track. Since Motor Man and I have track-side parking, we had a good view.

Just look at this semi.

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And take a second look:

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Aren’t they the cutest little trucks? Can you imagine how much fun they are to drive?

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There was even a mini tow truck.

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The Shriners also put on an exhibition in their mini race cars.

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Not only do the Shriners help disabled and injured children, they also put on quite a show in their miniature vehicles. We were glad for our front row seats.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Once again, time for five random thoughts on R5F.

1.)  Tuesday evening, my neighbor couldn’t wait to show me these baby birds.  The nest is in a gardenia bush in her front yard.

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2.) I had two “frights” this week in our yard. The first was Monday afternoon when something came running toward me as I was walking out of our garage door. My first thought (before I got a good look) was that it was a fox, but it was actually the tiniest fawn I’ve ever seen. It was very similar in size to this one that we saw a few miles away last week.

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3.) The second fright (my FB friends have already seen this picture) was a snake in one of my flowerbeds. I had placed the spade, the fertilizer and the box of wildflower seeds on the ground, THEN saw the snake. Needless to say, I left everything lying right there. The spade was about ten inches from the snake’s tail.


4.) For those of you who shop at Food Lion Supermarkets, may I make a suggestion? Did you know that you can register your MVP card, so that everytime you use it, a portion of the amount you spend goes to a charity? There are several charities listed, and you choose the one you prefer. May I make another suggestion?  Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It only takes a couple of minutes. Here’s the link:  (Click on “Register Your MVP Card”.)


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“Thank you for registering your card to help us!”

5.)  This weekend is the Olden Days Festival in our little town. It’s your typical small town festival: street vendors, concerts, classic car shows. This picture was taken back in 1994, during Olden Days. I have no idea who that guy was supposed to be….or who I was supposed to be? I just had fun dressing up.

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Feel free to share any randomness happening today in your little corner of the world!

~These Days Of Mine~



The Setting Sun

When I saw this prompt on Mama Kat’s list this week, I knew it would be my choice:

3.) A blog post inspired by the words: setting sun

The setting sun is a big deal around our house. (Sometimes the sunrise is, too, but if we’re at home in the evening, we’re checking the sky to see what the sunset holds in store. And, even if we aren’t home and aren’t in a location to get a good picture, we still enjoy a pretty sunset.)

I don’t recall ever paying much attention to sunrises and sunsets until Motor Man came into my life.  But I’ve more than made up for that in the past sixteen years.

Most evenings, Bride and/or Groom Swan are here to enjoy the setting sun with me.

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I’ve found that clouds always add interest to a sunset.

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As does smooth-as-glass water.

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And a photogenic, willing model is always a plus.

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Once I began dabbling in this hobby of photography, I learned about the golden hour.  It can occur at sunrise or sunset, and the lighting is amazing.

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I may have shared this quote before. It was on a poster at the convalescent center when my mom was a patient there many years ago, and it’s one that I’ve always remembered. I’m sorry that I’m not able to determine the author.

The sun setting
is no less beautiful
 than the sun rising.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

And The Answer Is….

Yesterday, I left you with a cliffhanger: did we see any horses during our weekend trip to the Outer Banks?

Why, yes, as a matter of fact, we saw a total of 39 horses.  The first one was standing in front of the restored Coast Guard Station. This picture was taken from the beach.

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Traveling around to the back of the property, we saw this family.

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Just look at this little one. (I’ve sent a message to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, asking its name, but as of yet, haven’t gotten a response. When I do, I’ll share.)

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Then, this one, who brought to mind the book Black Beauty.

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And, finally, what I always hope for: horses on the beach.

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During some of our winter trips, we didn’t see any horses, on others, we’d see a few. I guess the horses are like us humans: they much prefer the beach during the summer.

~These Days Of Mine~

Come Saturday Morning

Motor Man and I spent the weekend on the Outer Banks. (I’m never sure which preposition to use: “on” the Outer Banks, “in” the Outer Banks, “at” the Outer Banks.  It was much easier in the old days when everyone referred to it as Nags Head.

Saturday morning, we drove up on the beach. It was very overcast, so we didn’t even attempt to get there in time for sunrise. But, later in the morning, the sun did manage to break through the clouds.

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The beach is different every time we go. This was a severe….shelf? gully? wash?  We’d never seen one that deep before. Definitely not something we wanted to drive over, even in our trusty little 4-wheel drive Jeep.

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I did a little “shelling”, while Motor Man did a little unauthorized picture-taking.

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When I got back in the Jeep and glanced at him, this is what I saw.

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Hey…he may take unauthorized photos, but I’m the one with the blog.

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We traveled the “back roads”; it was a fun morning on (and off) the beach.

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Did we see horses? I’ll tell you tomorrow!

~These Days Of Mine~

Blog Hop Around The World

My blogging friend, Patti, who writes A New Day Dawns, recently asked me if I’d like to participate in Blog Hop Around The World. I’m required to answer four questions, then (with their prior consent) nominate three blogging friends to answer the same questions next Monday. Here are the questions and my responses:

How does my creating process work?

As far as creating my blog posts, I usually just sit down at the computer the night before, look through my recent photos, and select a subject.  Some nights, it’s more difficult than others. In nearly four years of blogging, I’ve only published one post without a photo. That explains why I rarely go anywhere without the camera.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Some blogs are themed: they’re about a specific subject, such as cooking or gardening or writing. Mine could almost be a photography blog, just because so many posts are based on a photo or photos. But I usually just really write about what’s going on in my life right now.

What am I working on?

In addition to blogging every week day, I’m also a rubber stamper and make (almost) all my greeting cards. (I do admit to “cheating” once in awhile and sending a store-bought one. Shhhh…)

Why do I create what I do?

Blogging allows me to share my photos and my thoughts. I don’t have a huge following, but the comments left by my readers are so complimentary, they encourage me to continue sharing.

Now, as to the three blogging friends that I was supposed to choose to participate in the blog hop: among my friends that I thought might be interested in doing this, only two were able to play along at this time. They are:

Pam, who along with her sweet ginger cat, Sammy, write One Spoiled Cat. Pam and I have met in person several times, and I consider her a special friend.


Cindy at Mama’s Empty Nest.  Cindy has been one of my faithful readers and commenters for quite some time.

If any of my other blogging friends would like to take part in this, just let me know, and I’ll add your name to the list.

And, in keeping with at least one photo in each post, here’s a sunrise shot from June 11.

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~These Days Of Mine~



Random Five Friday

After skipping last week, today, I’m back on track for R5F.

1.) I visited my friend, Shirley, recently. She lives in her family’s old homeplace, and has two peacocks, both named George. I’d visited before, attempting to get good pictures of George, but he didn’t cooperate. Last week, he favored me with a pose. That beautiful green corn growing in the background reminded me of the summer days of my childhood.

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2.) Wednesday evening, as I was out enjoying the sunset with Bride Swan, I heard a boat approaching.  I’m not good at recognizing boats from a distance, but as it was passing through the No Wake zone in front of our house, I heard a voice call out: “Hello, Aunt Dianne!”.  I realized it was our nephew, his wife and  their two little girls. I thought they might like a photo of their sunset cruise.

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3.) I think Sundae’s jealous of all of Gypsy’s publicity on the blog this week.  Here’s exactly how she feels about it.

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4.) You may recall my concern about the proximity of the “new” osprey nest to the marina. I wasn’t sure how the osprey parents would respond to all the human activity there once summer arrived. Apparently the ospreys are adapting, which is a good thing. As you can see by this picture, that is a party spot on the weekends.

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5.) We seem to be in our typical summer weather pattern already. After a week of temps in the upper 90’s, we’re ready for some rain. Yesterday afternoon brought spotty showers, while the heavier storms passed to our north or to our south. Perhaps we’ll see more of this today…?

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Meanwhile, I’m heading out to water plants…

~These Days Of Mine~