Monthly Archives: September 2017

Some Happy, Some Sad

Those were the feelings that Motor Man and I experienced yesterday.

Our happiness was in celebrating the 60th wedding anniversary of my cousin, Betty and her husband, L.D.

Earlier in the day, we attended services for our friend, Alan. We were touched by the words of his son and remembered what a fine man we had the honor to know.

Today, I’m sharing a recent sunset in memory of Alan.

I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory –
some happy some sad*

*Come Sail Away, Styx

These Days Of Mine~



Seven Years And Counting

Today is my blogging anniversary. Seven years ago today, I published my first post.

In my previous anniversary posts, I’ve shared how much blogging has meant to me, the friends I’ve made through blogging, the bloggers I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in person, and the struggle with blog topics. Blogging has even introduced me to very distant relatives.

So here are my blog’s stats to date:

I have published 1,748 posts
My blog has 1,033 followers
There have been 330,425 views of my posts
Readers have left 31,641 comments (thank you)

As in the past, I’m thankful to Motor Man for putting up with this time-consuming hobby of mine, and to both he and Marshall for reading every post and alerting me to possible blogging opportunities.

And to all of you who stop to visit and read my posts.

Now, who’s ready for more adventures with family and friends, and pictures of kitties, deer, ducks, sunrises, sunsets, wild horses and beach trips?

We sure are!!

~These Days Of Mine~




My “Little Brother”

This was an incredibly sad weekend. Saturday, we learned that the husband of a dear friend suddenly passed away the night before.  Later that day, news came that the mother of one of Marshall’s classmates lost her battle with cancer. Motor Man heard that the wife of one of his racing acquaintances passed away from a health issue.

And yesterday afternoon….. I received the call that Eddie, my oldest nephew, born when I was just two-and-a-half, had died of natural causes.

When Eddie was born, my sister, June,  and her husband lived in Syracuse, New York.  While researching old photos for this post, I discovered one that I’d never seen before.  It was on a thumb drive of files from June’s computer. I’m guessing this is Eddie as a newborn. (It could possibly be his brother, John, born just ten months after Eddie. But the parents sure have that “smitten with our first baby” look.)

Soon after that, June and her family moved to our area, and it was then that Eddie and I became like sister and brother.  They lived in our little town so we visited quite often.

A few years later, June and her family (which by then included Eddie’s siblings, John, Donna and Barb) moved several miles away. So we didn’t see each other quite as often, but we still had frequent family visits.

That’s Eddie,standing by his mom

We celebrated birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and often just visited for no reason.

Sometimes for my school recess or PE, we’d be required to play softball. I was taunted (and always the last one chosen for a team) because I could never hit the ball. On weekends, Eddie would try to help me.  Neither of us had a ball and bat, so we used a stick and black walnuts to practice.  Surprisingly, I managed to connect with those black walnuts much more often than I ever did a softball. Perhaps it was who was pitching to me?

Many summer afternoons, we watched Dark Shadows and were scared terrified together.

In our adult years, we saw each other less often, so those family gatherings were even more special.  This was taken during a Christmas visit from Eddie when Marshall was six months old. My sister, June (Eddie’s mom) is to the right.

At a more recent family gathering in our yard a few summers ago,  Eddie  is obviously enjoying time with his nephew, Ray.

And that’s how I shall remember “my little brother”….relaxing, smiling and happy.

~These Days Of Mine~





Random Five Friday

Once again, it’s time for five random thoughts to end the week.

1,) On Labor Day, Motor Man and I drove our little yellow ’32 (Vicky) to a nearby 50’s-type drive-in for lunch.  On the way, we passed the War Memorial Museum in Newport News and took a little drive around the premises. Motor Man commented that our car is older than those tanks. It’s certainly brighter…

2.) The butterflies continue to enjoy my zinnias. And I continue to enjoy the butterflies.

3.) Earlier this summer, I rescued this hibiscus from the “orphanage” at Lowe’s.  I do believe it’s happy here in its new home. Since the deer find hibiscus yummy, I’m planning to bring it in for the winter and hope it survives for next year.

4.) A sunrise from a couple of weeks ago.  It almost looks as though that one area is being spotlighted.

5.) My friend, Bev, asked if she could come to our house last night to have me help her with something on the computer. She and her daughter, Lacey, enjoy painting rocks and leaving them in public places as inspiration for others. So Bev asked Lacey to paint a rock for me in appreciation for my help.  I love it.

Care to share some randomness from your world?

~These Days Of Mine~



Wild Horse Wednesday

Today, I thought I’d share some photos from our recent outings to the Corolla area of the Outer Banks.

Is it any wonder that this is one of our favorite places for a day trip? On the other side of this dune is the ocean.

Safe to say, the scenery is pretty enough as is, but it’s greatly improved when wild horses are included.

I’m not sure what was happening in this next picture, but I thought it was an interesting shot. (Once again, my photos are taken with a “zoom” lens, then cropped once they’re downloaded.  I’m not nearly as close to the horses as it appears.)

We saw these two up on a dune with quite a congregation of cattle egrets.

Back by the ocean, Motor Man had stopped so I could take pictures, when this beauty came strolling by us.

Ah…..’nuff said.

~These Days Of Mine~





Monday Morning Mews

Hi, furriends, Gypsy here with this week’s mews.

Today, I thought you’d like to see how my pawrents work together when the time comes for me to have a pawdicure.

Motor Man holds me in his arms, because he and Motor Mommy both know that I will completely relax there.

Motor Mommy comes over with those little nail clippers and gently clips my claws. I’m always a good girl for them.(And she apologizes for “cutting off the top” of Motor Man’s head in this next pic.)

Aren’t I a lucky girl to have pawrents to love me and take such good care of me? I certainly made the right decision when I adopted them.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Actually, my thoughts today aren’t really random. Today’s post is all about nature.

1.)  I’ve posted recently about the huge zinnia plant we have (currently up to 6 feet), but I also have a few miniature zinnias, compliments of seeds from my friend, Donna. Isn’t this precious? It’s the only way I had to show the size of this sweet little bloom when I discovered it.

2.) And  now, a few duck randoms.  They were here for dinner on a recent evening during golden hour: my favorite time for photos. I’m sharing this one although it isn’t perfect.  Our little dock is all cattywampus from recent high tides. But I loved the one duck strolling on the dock and the fact that I caught another one taking flight.

3.)  The two babies are still visiting.  They’ve really grown, but still so cute.

4.) I submitted this next photo to our local paper and was honored that it was chosen to be printed in Wednesday’s paper. Mama Duck: “Does this golden hour light make my tailfeathers look big?

5.) And lastly, I captured this video (also on Wednesday) of a species of butterfly that I really don’t recall ever seeing before. Based on my online research, I believe it to be a Great Spangled Fritillary.  I find this little video rather relaxing.

And we certainly need a little relaxation right now. Praying for safety for those in Irma’s path as well as those dealing with the wildfires in the west.

~These Days Of Mine~