Monthly Archives: February 2020

Poetic Thursday: Shall We Dance

Another week has flown by. Once again, it’s time for poetry with Pam and her boys at Two Spoiled Cats.

Well, just as last week’s poem came easy for me, this one was a stretch, since I am no dancer.

Here’s my poem:

Shall We Dance

Since she was little, she’s wanted to dance;
waiting for the day she’d have her chance.

Years of practice came easy to her.
She’d get her big break, of that she was sure.

Her hard work paid off, she commands the floor,
always leaving her audience wanting more.

She and her partner complete each other;
neither can imagine dancing with another.

Strong, yet elegant, their talent shines through,
it’s obvious to all that they love what they do.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

One Word Wednesday: Halcyon

HALCYON

~These Days Of Mine~

Majestic Monday

The most often used word to describe eagles would likely be ‘majestic’. (For those of you who saw my Facebook post about the eagle in our yard, please read on: there are new photos in this post.)

Last Wednesday evening, Motor Man and I were sitting at our kitchen table, having dinner. Something outside the window caught our attention, and we soon realized we had visitors in a nearby tree.

At first, there were two: one on the branch above this one, but that one didn’t stay but a few minutes.

Knowing he would fly away should I open the door, I took pictures from the kitchen window. I soon discovered that an upstairs window provided  a better opportunity. (I wonder if his ‘eagle eye’ spotted me?)

I took lots of pictures, and can’t decide on a favorite.

Then I decided to venture outside to try to get a better shot. I was doing okay until I stepped on a twig, and off he went.

Yesterday afternoon, Motor Man and I arrived home, and he glanced out our kitchen window. He whispered: “Look at that!  Get the camera!”.

We were happy to see him back in our  yard, and hope that’s a sign of things to come.

But, almost immediately, we wondered if he may be injured.  I opened our back door and, intentionally, wasn’t quiet about it.  He quickly put our minds at ease. (Later, I researched and learned that eagles DO “sit” on the ground, apparently for long periods of time.)

I apologize for disturbing you, our majestic friend.  Please visit again soon, and stay as long as you like.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Poetic Thursday: Waiting

Thursday! Time again for poetry with Pam and her boys at Two Spoiled Cats. I’m so glad I began participating in this meme and look forward to it each week.

Here’s this week’s photo inspiration:

You can probably tell from the length of my poem that I thought this one was fun:

Waiting

Don’t be sad, I’m just hanging out for a while
til the day comes when I can make someone smile.

My days of hard work are over and done,
and now it’s time I have a little fun.

I’m nice and cozy in my grassy bed,
but the time will come when I turn someone’s head.

Just scrape off the grunge, right down to the rust.
And my dents and dings, well, they’re just a plus.

Replace a few parts, okay, more than a few.
Give me four new shoes, and that oughta do.

My looks won’t matter, it’s what’s under the hood:
one of Motor Man’s engines, that would be good.

A ‘rat rod’ I’ll be my second time around:
classic car shows and Sunday drives around town.

That rumbling you’ll hear is me coming through.
Remember, they don’t build ‘em like they used to.

If you’re wondering what a rat rod is, this link to one of my previous posts will explain it.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

One Word Wednesday: “Goggie”

“Goggie”

 

~These Days Of Mine~

Once Again: Romance At The Castle

You may recall my posts from previous years about a Valentine’s event, Romance At The Castle, which is held at Bacon’s Castle. Guests enjoy wine and food samplings and a tour of the house.

This year’s event was held Saturday, and once again, I was asked to speak about my family’s history there at that beautiful old structure.

I have countless photos of Bacon’s Castle, but I rarely go there – or even drive by – that I don’t take another.

I do enjoy sharing the story of my grandparents moving into the “Castle house” in 1923, along with their 11 (at the time) children. And that their 12th child was born there two years later.

And that I was a guide there in 2000, then portrayed my grandmother during a ghost walk in 2010.

And that Marshall was a guide there for ten years and appeared in a PBS tv episode.

And that Motor Man and I were married there in 2002. We still have our picture taken together whenever we visit.

Motor Man videoed my speech, which I’m sharing. For those of you who’ve seen the previous videos, it’s basically the same every year, since, obviously, you can’t change history. I apologize for the low volume (we were trying to be discreet about filming.) Watching in full screen seems to help, for some reason.

 

We were happy that the event was well attended (sold out, in fact). It was a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Better Than A Hallmark

Motor Man gave me my Valentine card a couple of days early this year.

I think he covered just about everything: our kitties, Valentine’s roses, the ducks that I feed on a daily basis, “my” horses, the two of us in a convertible (?): he says that’s us at the beach, and us with heart-shaped balloons. By the way, his nickname is “JR”, and his nickname for me has been “DB” for over 40 years.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Motor Man, and thank you for my very special one-of-a-kind-card. I’d say you know me well.

~These Days Of Mine~