Monthly Archives: April 2015

Blogging Breaks Are Overrated

Just when you thought I was taking a blogging break, here I am with a new post.

I can’t help it: I love blogging. The only downside happens on those days that I just don’t have anything of interest to say. But when I don’t post, I miss the interaction with my readers.

And just when I needed a little extra encouragement, I received this message Monday evening in an email:

I have so much enjoyed your posts and have forwarded many of them to my sister in Huntsville, Alabama.  She is a naturalist and loves your outdoor photos.  She’s also a horsewoman and loves your horse photos, and a cat-lover as well.  I always read your posts with a big smile on my face, so you can rest assured of the pleasure and interest you bring to other people’s lives. “

This was from a gentleman in Georgia who is researching his genealogy and discovered my blog as a result of that research. (I shared his first contact with me in this Random Five Friday post). He now believes with some certainty that he and I are distantly related, and promises to share his manuscript with me once it’s complete.

Every comment/compliment regarding my posts is much appreciated, whether it’s left here on the blog, on the Facebook link or from those people I see in person.

So, I’m back to blogging after what may be the shortest break in history. But, don’t be concerned if there isn’t a post everyday.


evening's golden hour, taken while on my brief blogging break

evening’s golden hour, taken while on my brief blogging break

A little break now and then can be refreshing.

~These Days Of Mine~

Break Time

I’m taking a little blogging break. Everything is fine here; things have just been a little quiet as of late, so nothing interesting to share with my readers.

Sunrise - April 11

Sunrise – April 11

I’ll be back soon with more pictures of kitties. Or sunrises. Or sunsets. Or flowers….

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Another week has come to an end, and with it, five random thoughts:

1.) We had a cold front breeze through our area Wednesday evening. I was outside, taking pictures of the sunset. I think we had four drops of rain, and a rainbow!

marina and rainbow 4-22-2015 7-13-31 PM

2.) This from Motor Man regarding Sundae’s post on Wednesday: “The law firm of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe” representing Sundae, announced that a flea bargain has been made in this case.” (I can hear the groans from here….)

3.) Last year, my friend, Linda, gave me a white hydrangea for my birthday. I was concerned about it surviving the winter. Not only did it survive, but it’s covered in blooms. Thanks again, Linda!

white hydrangea1 4-21-2015 6-26-44 AM

4.) My hummingbird feeder has been up for about 10 days, and Wednesday, I spotted the first one of the season.  Last year was my first time to feed the hummingbirds, and I’d forgotten what a thrill it is to see those tiny beauties. I’m glad they’re back.

1st hummie 4-22-2015 6-49-39 AM

5.) Motor Man and I had dinner with friends last night. Laughter was involved.

4 of us 4-23-2015 7-34-43 PM

I hope there’s laughter in your weekend.

~These Days Of Mine~

My Spring Must-Haves

One of the prompts for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week is:

1. Write a list of your top Spring must-haves.

And, as usual, my must-haves for spring all involve plants.  I’ll limit the list here to five:

1.) Mexican petunia, sweet potato vine and “whatever-that-little-vine-is-with-the-tiny-yellow-flowers”.

mexican petunia

2.) My beloved Black-eyed Susan vine:

real black eyed susan

3.) Purslane.

hanging purslane 8-9-2014 12-41-03 PM


…which, by the way, I like so much, I’ll probably have it in more than one place in the yard.

purslane in coffeepot and mini birdbath 8-9-2014 12-47-22 PM

4.) This gorgeous plant with tiny red flowers. (Sorry, I can’t recall the name.)

red flower vine 2 8-9-2014 12-48-18 PM

5.) And, finally, I’m going to, once again, try to grow nasturtiums.  My mom planted them in window boxes, and I remember how pretty they were. My only attempt was in 2013, and shortly after I took this photo, this one died.  But a friend has offered to give me pointers, so I’m trying again, hopefully with more success this time.



So,  if you’ll excuse me, I’m commandeering Motor Man’s pick-up this morning and I’m off to the nursery.

Mama’s Losin’ It

 ~These Days Of Mine~

Ladies And Gentlemen…

…of the jury. I am Sundae, the calico, and my job today is to convince you that a mature kitty can be just as adorable as a younger one, namely a certain “Miss Gypsy“.

Allow me to present Exhibit A. (Please note the sweet position of the front paws.)


And Exhibit B. (The uplifted chin is a definite sign of cuteness.)


 And Exhibit C. (No explanation needed.)


I rest my case.

Respectfully yours,

~These Days Of Mine~

Gypsy, Our Entertainer

Some of my favorite pictures are those that I get quite by accident.

As in the case of this one I took Sunday afternoon of Gypsy.


She had jumped in my lap and curled around to get comfy. Then she turned on her back with her head hanging over my knees. I wondered what she would do if I stretched out my legs.  She was completely content, so Motor Man took a picture with his cell phone. (It was a rainy day, and we were only at the shop for a few minutes, thus my rain coat.)


 I decided to use my phone to take a shot from a different angle, and just as I took the picture, she raised her head and her front paws.


Thanks for the smile, Gyp-Gyp: this is one of our favorites.

~These Days Of Mine~

“A Beautiful Spectacle”

Yesterday morninng, when I opened the curtains, I immediately went for the camera. Rather than write a description for each photo, I’m just going to caption each one with the time it was taken. This will show how quickly the sky changed.


sunrise1 4-19-2015 6-42-12 AM


sunrise2 4-19-2015 6-42-43 AM


sunrise3 4-19-2015 6-43-04 AM


sunrise4 4-19-2015 6-44-17 AM


sunrise7 4-19-2015 6-45-23 AM

It’s a perfect example of why I love to get up early, and a reminder of a quote that I recently discovered:

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”                ~John Lennon

~These Days Of  Mine~