Monthly Archives: August 2014

Random Five Friday

Some random thoughts for the last Friday in August. This summer went by so quickly!

1.) Earlier this week, I came in our side garage door and noticed this. I have a bucket of shells on a table just inside the door, and something (I’m not sure what) had created a prism reflecting on one of the shells.

rainbow shell 8-27-2014 3-07-01 PM

2.) Speaking of the seashore, my friend and I went shelling Wednesday. And I found a shark’s tooth!  It’s much larger than the ones I recall my friends finding when we were kids. When you think of all the sand and all the shells at the beach, it’s just amazing to find something so special. For those of you not from this area, there are no sharks in that river now, so I can’t imagine how old this is.

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3.) Today is Motor Mum’s (Motor Man’s Mom’s) birthday.  We honored her at a party earlier this week, but will celebrate again at dinner this evening.

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 4.) And at Motor Mum’s birthday party, I took this picture of our great niece, Livy, while she was playing in the yard. I love her expression; sweet little  barefoot-girl innocence.

livy with streamers 8-24-2014 5-11-27 PM

5.) One of my blogging friends said good-bye to her sweet kitty this week, and another is awaiting test results on her kitty. It’s important to indulge in those tummy rubs whenever the invitation arises.

gypsy 8-26-2014 3-01-53 PM

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends. Be safe.

~These Days Of Mine~

A Star Is Born

Today….. a first on These Days: my first uploaded video.  A movie premiere, if you will.

A couple of days ago, I was outside, filling the bird baths. The swans were in another part of the yard, where they usually frequent. Groom Swan walked across the yard to where I was.   He was very interested in what I was doing, so I sat down on the ground and took this video with my cell phone. He was so close, I actually had to lean back to get all of him in the frame.

I apologize that the video is so large, and I have no idea how to make it a smaller size, but I wanted to share Groom Swan with my readers.  (And I have no idea why I repeated everything I said to him.)  That same afternoon, I took a video of Bride Swan, with a cameo appearance by Groom, and I’ll share that in a post soon.

Just click on the picture to begin the video.

Groom Swan’s Movie Debut  on Vimeo.

My niece, Donna, for advice
My friend, Dave, for advice
The sweet gal at Radio Shack for advice
And Motor Man for his endless patience as I worked through the challenges of uploading and posting this video


~These Days Of Mine~


Yesterday morning’s sunrise.

sunrise 8-26-2014 6-39-23 AM

And last night’s sunset (from the James River Bridge….at 55 mph).

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And a beautiful day sandwiched in between the two.

~These Days Of Mine~

Hummies And Wrens, Oh My!

To say that Sundae has enjoyed the hummingbird feeder we placed directly in front of her window seat would definitely be an understatement. She’s my little spotter, “chattering” whenever a hummie approaches.

sundae and hummie feeder 8-22-2014 12-59-47 PM

I mentioned last week that wrens had built a nest in this little used-to-be decorative birdhouse on our deck.

wren bird house 8-14-2014 8-26-03 AM

Yesterday, I heard Sundae chattering and saw that she was very intent on something just outside the living room window.

sundae looking at wrens 8-25-2014 3-02-33 PM

I watched and waited with her, and soon, we could see two of the three baby birds, ready to fly out of the birdhouse.

2 wrens 8-25-2014 3-02-24 PM

I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to catch them leaving, but soon, all three, as well as Mama Wren, were flitting around our deck.

wren on deck 8-25-2014 3-04-32 PM

 And Sundae was ready…she says: “This is WAY better than tv!”.

sundae ready 8-25-2014 3-05-02 PM

You’re so right, Sundae. What fun to watch all the birdies.

~These Days Of Mine~


Now that I have your attention…..

If you were following my blog last summer, you may recall that, for the first time, I entered the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Calendar Photo Contest. I was over-the-moon-thrilled that one of my photos was chosen to be included in the 2015 calendar.

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The deadline to enter the contest for the 2016 calendar is August 31, so this weekend, I sent in my entries for this year. And, once again, I’m having a little blog giveaway relating to the Corolla Wild Horses. Today,  I’m going to share with you the three photos I submitted, and ask you to comment on which one you think MIGHT be selected by the judges.

I’m well aware that last year may have just been “beginner’s luck” and that I may not be so fortunate in this contest. But, here are my three pictures:

This one is “Horse and Surf”. It was taken very early one Sunday morning when Motor Man and I were among very few humans on the beach. It was such a peaceful time; my favorite time of day to see the horses.

horse and surf 8-18-2013 7-48-42 AM

 Next, “2 Stallions”. This was also taken early one morning.

2 stallions 9-1-2013 8-30-017

And last, but not least, this one is “Horses in Grass”.  All the Corolla horses are beautiful, but the ones with the “blonde” manes always remind me of surfer boys.

horses in grass 8-11-2013 12-01-057

Please leave a comment on this post, saying which photo you think MIGHT stand a chance. Once the judge’s choices are announced, IF one of my photos is selected, I’ll choose a winner from the readers who chose that picture. If none of my pictures makes it into the 2016 calendar, I’ll just choose a winner at random.

Part of the prize package will be the 2015 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar, and I’ll add in some other goodies.

Disclaimer: the photos are given a random code when received for judging, and the judges have no information about the photographer. The judges for this contest were listed on the entry form, and I don’t know either of them, and doubt seriously if they’ve ever heard of me or this blog.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s Friday again, and I have some random thoughts which I will now share.

1.) In addition to the old rubber stamp set, I also found this vintage child’s chair while antiquing on Wednesday. AND the sweet little tea kettle, which I placed beside a regular sized one. They both have the same shape spout. You just know “that ol moss” will soon be planted in that little one, too.

chair and tea kettles 8-20-2014 1-42-03 PM

2.) And speaking of the rubber stamps, Marshall began researching that wooden box they were in. He’s still investigating, but it seems that it was a kit used in some sort of testing. And, as you can see by the label, it was made by the C. H. Stoetling Company. Best of all, it was made in the U.S.A.  If we find out more about it, I’ll let you know.

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 3.) The swans have been visiting us for several years, and Groom Swan is definitely the friendlier of the two.  Bride Swan has always been a bit aloof, although she does let me get fairly close to her when she’s in our yard. But one day last week, she actually took about four steps toward me. And allowed her photo to be taken.

bride swan closeup

4.) Since I haven’t shared a sunrise photo recently…

sunrise2 8-20 8-20-2014 6-54-32 AM

5.) And last (AND least, as far as pleasantries), Motor Man and I both have dental appointments today for fillings.  You just know how much we’re looking forward to that.

Feel free to share your randomness, and, hopefully, yours doesn’t include the dentist.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Stamp Set

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, one of the items I found at the antique shop Tuesday was a vintage rubber stamp set.

stamp box 8-20-2014 1-54-09 PM

When we first discovered this at the shop, my friend, Pam,  and I quickly decided that this was, most likely, not the original box for this stamp set. That was apparent because of the information on the label on the outside of the box.

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Yesterday afternoon, I began sorting through the stamps. I had mentioned in my blog post that there were both images and words within the set. I’m going to do some research to try to determine the date, but there were a few clues in the “auto” stamp as well as the “school” stamp.

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I soon discovered another clue hinting that this wasn’t the original box. As I sorted the stamps, I discovered that they won’t all fit in the box if arranged neatly.

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A reader suggested yesterday that perhaps this belonged to a teacher. As I worked with the stamps, I wondered about the person (teacher, perhaps?) who owned this set. Was she upset that the stamps didn’t fit neatly in the box?

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The day slipped away, and I didn’t have a chance to ink the stamps. Perhaps I’ll get that done today, and it can be one of my Random Five Friday items tomorrow.

~These Days Of Mine~