Monthly Archives: September 2014

Random Five Friday

Friday has rolled around again; here are five random thoughts rolling around in my head.

1.) Is there anything sweeter than kitty paws?

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2.) It probably wouldn’t be Random Five Friday without a picture of my little hummie.  I titled this one “Hummie’s tummy”. He banked just as I snapped the picture.

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 3.) I’m savoring every day that the weather is still nice enough for flip flops. Yes, I’ve lived in them all summer: why do you ask?

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4.) My “find of the week” while my friend, Bev, and I were beachcombing. Motor Man’s been busy researching online what type of bottle it might have been. There’s a tiny peeble embedded in the center.

old bottle top

5.) If you like bagels — and the spices that accompany the fall season– may I suggest?



6. Bonus!  I loved reading the comments yesterday about where you all find your quiet.

Share your randomness?

~These Days Of Mine~

Where I Go For Quiet

When I saw this as one of the prompts for Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop this week, I immediately chose it:

1.) Show us where you go for quiet.

And it should come as no surprise to my readers that my quiet place is the beach, with my Motor Man, preferably around sunrise.

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Oh, the word in the prompt was “quiet”?  Well, then, just never mind the crash of the waves against the shore.

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And disregard the “chattering” of shore birds.

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And the occasional soft clopping of horses’ hooves on the sand.

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 Or the crunching of a horse eating sea oats.

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Now that I  think about it, “quiet” can sometimes be a bit overrated.

Where do YOU go for quiet?

Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

Water Lilies

Saturday, en route to the antique shop, I saw something that I consider unusual in our neck of the woods.

Water lilies. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen them “in person” before.

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Marshall spotted these last month when he and I were in the area, but we weren’t able to get pictures that day.

These are located in a little pond beside the highway, and Saturday, on my way back from antiquing, there was no traffic behind me. So I stopped and snapped a couple of quick photos.

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Just a little info on water lilies: each bloom opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon, and they’re very fragrant. Unfortunately, I was too far away to catch a whiff.

There’s just something magical about those pretty little white flowers floating on water.  Hmmm…wonder if I could corral a little area of the river by our house and plant water lilies…?

~These Days Of Mine~

Little Did I Know

Late yesterday, I received notification from WordPress that it was my anniversary: four years ago I registered my blog. It was a few days later that I published my first post.

During those four years, there have been over 1200 posts, 23,000+ comments and more than 38,000 views  here on These Days.

Little did I know four years ago that blogging would become such an important part of my life.

One of the most pleasant aspects of being part of the blogging world is actually meeting other bloggers in person.  One of the first that I met (both online and in person) was Pam, author (well co-author, along with her cat, Sam) of One Spoiled Cat.

Pam is such an encouragement to me. We e-mail each other everyday and share things that are happening in our lives – exciting things like what we’re doing (laundry, housework) and what we’re having for dinner. We’re both Virginians, but we live a few hours apart. She and I, along with our husbands, have met in person several times, and Motor Man and I consider her and Dave great friends. Oh, and Sundae is Sam’s “virtual” girlfriend.

keens and kimmells

Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Sheila, whose blog is Grace And Space. Sheila lives in Alaska, but was on vacation in Williamsburg, and we met for lunch.

db and sheila

Earlier this year, Motor Man and I met Dorothy and Pat (aka Beatrice and Grenville Boyd), who co-write The Frog And The PenguINN.  They live in a beautiful old home on the Eastern Shore and were visiting our area.

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Another Virginia blogger is Patti, whose blog is A New Day Dawns. Patti lives in Virginia Beach, and she and I have met for shopping and lunch a couple of times.

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And, most recently, Georgette Sullins, author of a blog by the same name, visited family in northern Virginia. Georgette lives in Texas, so we couldn’t let the opportunity to meet pass us by.  Motor Man and I met her and some of her family members for lunch.

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There are several others in my blogging world that I’m anxious to meet, and hopefully that will happen.

Thanks to all of you (both bloggers and non-bloggers) for reading, commenting, mentioning the blog when you see me in person, and to those of you who just quietly visit.

Sometimes I struggle with what to blog about tomorrow, so who knows how much longer I’ll keep at this? I sometimes wonder how many more swan, kitty, horse, sunrise and sunset photos my readers can bear to see.

But these four years have really been fun, so for right now, I guess you’re all stuck with me.

~These Days Of Mine~

Our Saturday Entertainment

As planned, my friend and I had a fun Saturday morning.

We antiqued, her with a little more success than I, and we visited the Farmers Market, where we both bought a few pieces of handmade jewelry. We went to the greenhouse/nursery, where we bought gifts for upcoming occasions.

We went to lunch and talked and laughed and ate and laughed and talked. But, probably, the most fun we had the entire morning was when we stopped to give a few treats to a local horse.

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Rumor has it that he’s a retired carriage horse from Colonial Williamsburg. We don’t know if that’s true, but he certainly was showing off for us on Saturday. Just what WAS he doing?

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At first, we thought he was yawning, but that wasn’t the case. When I showed the pictures to Motor Man, he said it looked as though he was going to spit on us, but that wasn’t it either.

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He did it over and over again, almost on cue. Perhaps he was smiling at us?

Mr. Ed impression

Mr. Ed impression

And Donna and I laughed and laughed every time he did it, assuring him each time, though, that we were laughing WITH him, not AT him.

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Judging by that look, I’m not sure he believed us.

~These Days Of Mine~



Random Five Friday

Another Friday; another five random thoughts.

1.) You may recall my post a couple of months ago about my friend, Shirley’s, peacocks.  I learned last week that one of the peacocks, who had been in Shirley’s family for many years, recently died.  This is in memory of George.


2.) My little hummie is still visiting. I sure am going to miss him when he migrates south. Safe travels, my tiny friend.

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3.) Monday morning, it began raining in our area, and when it stopped on Tuesday morning, we’d had over 12 inches. Many county roads were flooded, and classes at the public schools were cancelled for the day.

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4.) But, Wednesday morning, the sun broke through those clouds, and gave us a beautiful day.

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5.) Tomorrow, my friend and I plan to go antiquing, have lunch and visit a local greenhouse/nursery. After seeing this why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-this-before idea on Pinterest, I’m ready for pansies and pumpkins.

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

Your random thoughts and plans for the weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~

Depression Glass…Sea Glass

Recently, Motor Man bought this wonderful book on sea glass for me. My friend, Donna, had loaned me her copy a few months ago, but since it was a loan, I felt that I should return it to her in a timely fashion. (I have Donna to thank for this sea glass obsession I now have.)

seaglass book

Yes, those are a few pieces of sea glass from my collection.

When I had Donna’s copy, I didn’t notice this article, featuring a Depression Glass Cookie Jar in the Princess pattern, circa 1935.

depression glass page in book

It just so happens that I have one exactly like it that belonged to my mom.

depression cookie jar

Over the years, I’ve looked in antique shops wherever I saw Depression Glass, but have never seen one like it.

Who would have ever thought I’d find information about it in…a book on sea glass?

~These Days Of Mine~