Monthly Archives: April 2020

Poetic Thursday: The Contest

Welcome to the last Thursday in April. Today, I’m joining Pam and her boys, Angel Sammy and Teddy, at Two Spoiled Cats as I do every week for Poetic Thursday.

This is the photo Pam gave us for this week’s inspiration:

And here’s my poem:


“Step right up, ladies and gents:
here are today’s contestants.”

Trophies were given, we don’t know for what.
But don’t those swimsuits look awfully hot?

If those gals caught a glimpse of today’s swimwear,
they’d fall victim to the vapors, I do declare.

~These Days Of  Mine~

One Word Wednesday: Quarantine


~These Days Of Mine~

Just For Fun Monday

This morning,  some recent fun photos of a few of our furry and feathered friends. And who isn’t in need of some fun right now?

So, in no particular order:

1.) Those of you who follow my Facebook page know that we are loving the bluebird pair, Benny and Bonnie, that have chosen one of my hanging geraniums for their home this spring.  Their feeder is near this decorative post, outside our bedroom window. Sometimes it seems they’re looking right at us.

2.) Our kitties continue to help us cope with this quarantine. Marshall recently snapped this picture of his kitty, Sibs, from outside a window. She is so pretty.

3.) And here’s our Sundae, coping with isolation. Oh, wait, it’s just another day in her world.

4.) Although we don’t care for the dozens of Canada geese who frequent our yard in the spring/summer, I have become quite fond of one of them. This is “Gimpy”, whose wing was recently broken. He has apparently adopted me and greets me every morning for breakfast.

5.) Was this bird feeder advertised as squirrel proof?

6.) As you can tell, the geese have been hanging out on this little dock, and yesterday morning, Motor Man caught a glimpse of this heron taking in the view watching for breakfast.

Our pets and the wildlife are keeping us entertained, perhaps even more than usual right now. How are you coping?

~These Days Of Mine~



Poetic Thursday: Abandoned

Welcome to Thursday…. in case you’re like most of us, and aren’t sure what day of the week it is.

As usual, I’m participating in Poetic Thursday, hosted by Pam and her boys at Two Spoiled Cats.

This our photo inspiration for today:

And here’s my poem:


It seemed a good idea: the development was a “go”;
each home to resemble a French chateau.

But then, the unexpected happened,
and now the property sits abandoned.

Perhaps there will be a day
when somehow, new life comes its way.

Homes no longer empty, neighbors as friends;
needed: an investor with billions to lend.

Pam gave us some info on this ‘ghost town’, located in Turkey. It’s fairly new, just built in 2018, but it seems the developers ran into some financial difficulty after building this $200 million project. If you’d like to read more about and see additional photos, click here.

Have a good weekend, everyone. ‘Stay healthy, take care of your selfie’.

~These Days Of Mine~


One Word Wednesday: Patriot


Motor Man’s dad, “Pop:”

~These Days Of Mine~


Keeping Our Distance…

….from everyone else, but not each other….

Yesterday, Motor Man and I took a drive to Mathews, Virginia, located on the Chesapeake Bay, about an hour from us.

Motor Man has shared with me before that, when he was 14 years old, his parents looked to buy this house and property, located in Mathews.

Then, with his wonderful sense of humor, referring to how things don’t seem to change much in that area, he adds: “If we had moved there, I’d probably still be 14.”

We had our tripod, so we stopped to take pictures with the New Point Comfort Lighthouse in the background.

Need I add that the wind was gusting quite strongly?

Bay hair: don’t care

Marshall had told me years ago about a haunted wooded area near Mathews, so Motor Man and I sought out that little country road.

Hmmmm….glad it wasn’t nighttime.

It was a beautiful day for a drive, prior to possibly severe storms predicted for today.

~These Days Of Mine~

Poetic Thursday: Playing

Thursday has come around again, and as usual, I’m joining Pam and her boys for Poetic Thursday over at Two Spoiled Cats.

Here’s this week’s photo inspiration:

And this is my poem:


I’m sharing something that I’ve been told,
and it’s quite an appropriate saying:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old:
we grow old because we stop playing.”

What a fun picture, and credit for the last two lines of my poem goes to George Bernard Shaw. I first learned of this phrase when I saw it on a rubber stamp a few years ago. I’ve since used it on some of my greeting cards  and also previously here in a blog post.

It’s a good one to keep in mind.

~These Days Of Mine~