Monthly Archives: September 2018

Random Five Fall Friday

Last Friday of September, first Friday of fall: I think this calls for five random thoughts:

1.) It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen a hummingbird; perhaps they’re winging southward. I sure will miss those little flutterers until they return next spring.

2.) Although the calendar says fall, the warm temps still say summer. And this petunia agrees.

3.) Things that make you go hmmmmm. How did that squirrel get that huge black walnut in this hanging basket. Wouldn’t it be fun to have that on video?

4.) It’s been a while since I’ve shared any photos of “my” wild horses at the Outer Banks. So here’s one from a recent trip. This is Valor, a little filly born earlier in the summer.  The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who oversees the horses, commented on one of their Facebook posts that she just can’t decide what color she wants to be.

5.) Tomorrow is the Autumn Vintage Market on Main Street in our little town.  My friend, Donna, and I are planning to take it all in…followed by lunch. The forecast: “times of sun and clouds, high 79”.  Ah….

Happy Fall, y’all!

~These Days Of Mine~

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When You Just Don’t Wanna Do Your Homework

In a blog post last week, I commented that, sometimes, writing a post seems a bit like having to do homework. That was my feeling last night. So I’d resigned myself to just not having a post today.

But, then I remembered this picture Marshall texted to me yesterday afternoon of his sweet Sibyl (Sibs) as he said: “Doing some sort of horse impression”.

Now that’s the best of both worlds: kitties and horses.

So, Marshall for the save: today’s assignment completed and “turned in”.

~These Days Of Mine~

Friday, Felines, Fall

Sundae and Gypsy have mentioned recently that they feel that they’ve been neglected on the blog.

So, here’s a picture of Sundae being beautiful on a quilt made by my late Aunt Martha. (If you’ve started following the blog in the past couple of years, you may like to read about how I came to have this quilt.) It’s on the bed in our guest room and it’s one of Sundae’s favorite places to nap. I think she senses that Aunt Martha was a kitty lover.

And Miss Gypsy, in one of her favorite spots….loving up on Motor Man.  When she wants attention from him, she sits on his desk with her back to him, staring at the wall.  No matter how busy he is, he usually caves in. She started this when she was just a kitten, and although she’s five years old, still just wants to be held like a baby. (But only by Motor Manthey do have a special bond.)

Sundae, Gypsy, Motor Man and I wish you a good weekend. And, as we say here in the south: “Happy Fall, y’all!”

~These Days Of Mine~

Eight And Counting

Eight years ago tomorrow, I published my very first blog post. If you’d like to read it, click here. From my first thoughts of having a blog, I knew my initial post would be about Bacon’s Castle.

So to celebrate my “blogaversary”, I thought I would post eight thoughts about blogging:

1.) In the beginning, I blogged seven days a week. Looking back, I don’t know how I came up with that many topics. Some weeks now, I struggle to write three posts.

2.) At one time in my blogging career, I had an average of 30-40 comments per post. But I think many of those comments were left by fellow bloggers, many of whom are no longer blogging. (And apparently, no longer reading my blog.)

3.) On average, on days that I publish a post, around one hundred people read visit my blog. On days that there is no published post, that number is around fifty. But apparently, these are VERY shy folks, because comments usually range around ten per post.

4.) Blogging about Bacon’s Castle has reconnected me with at least one long-lost relative. Those posts have also brought me in contact with some distant relatives whom I would never have known if not for blogging.

5.) I’ve met several bloggers in person: a few who are fellow Virginia residents, but also blogging friends from Michigan, Alaska and Texas. Those out of state gals were visiting Virginia at various times and for various reasons, and we were able to meet.  There are still a few more bloggers on that to-meet list.

6.) Although my comments are few in number now, I do have faithful readers who comment on every post.  And I look forward to their input on my posts. And it’s always fun to run into friends and acquaintances in town and hear them say: “I love reading your blog!”.

7.) There have been times that I kept a close eye on my “stats” showing how many times each post has been viewed, but I really don’t give that much thought these days. In fact, I had to research to find the info for item # 3 above. Although sometimes writing the blog feels like homework, I’m planning to continue posting.

8.) Through these eight years, there have been many posts that have special meaning to me. But, I think, this one is my very favorite.

And just for the record, today’s is post #1897.

Thanks for joining me here at “These Days”. Here’s to at least another 1897!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Trusting Our Wings

Although I shared this little video with my FB readers a couple of days ago, I also wanted my blog readers to see it. I never knew until earlier this summer that you could buy swings specifically for hummingbirds. (The preview appears “sideways”, but the video plays correctly, and there is no audio.)

In gusting winds, throughout the storm,
a tiny bird still swings;
proof, no doubt, he has no fear
because he trusts his wings.

 

Safe travels south when the time comes, little one. See you next year; your swing will be waiting.

~These Days Of Mine~

Just For Fun Friday

Our area of southeast Virginia has, once again, dodged a major hurricane. We are having some wind gusts, probably in the 30-35 mph range, very little rain, and the tides are a bit higher than normal.  But, all in all, a much better situation than what was being forecast for us earlier in the week.

So, because of that relief, I thought we’d just have a fun blog post today. I shared this photo of Wednesday’s sunset on my Facebook page. It wasn’t until I uploaded it that I realized that it looks like an animal rising out of the water.

Several of my friends commented with their opinions, so I thought I’d post it here for my readers. (Sorry for the repeat, FB friends and Marshall.)

Most folks guessed the same animal, so let’s see if you agree! I look forward to reading your thoughts.

And for those of you in Florence’s path, prayers and good thoughts for you.

~These Days Of Mine~