Category Archives: Days at Home

With Thanks

The following quote seems appropriate today as we honor our veterans.

“For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do, so we can safely do what we’re free to do.” 

(Unknown)

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday: Welcome, November

Five randoms for the first day of November:

1.) When I was a teenager, I somehow became interested in post-season baseball. I watched every playoff game and every World Series game.  It’s been many, many years since I’ve watched a game, but Motor Man and I came on board beginning with game 4 of the World Series this year. We were hooked, and watched the remaining games in their entirety. We rooted for the Nationals for two reasons: one, they’re the closer to us team. And also in memory of a friend  who passed away recently who was a huge Nats fan.

internet photo

2.) I do like getting dressed up for Halloween, something I never really did as a child. Motor Man and I got in the spirit just to go to dinner last night.  I was a stray kitty, and he was the animal control officer. (The belt was around my arm…. to “take me in” to the pound.) “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

3.) This weekend, our little town hosts a Holiday Open House with several shops participating. The forecast is for perfect fall-like weather. Pictured below is one of the rooms at Wharf Hill Antiques, always a beautiful shop.

photo courtesy of Visit Smithfield VA

4. Our weekend might also include a day trip and perhaps a little balloon chasing. Conditions should be favorable.

5.) This is a recent picture Marshall sent of his kitty, Sibyl.  She can’t wait for him to get home in the afternoon. That’s the sign of a happy kitty.

How will you spend the weekend? Any fall foliage in your area?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Halloween Tradition

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I share a certain video each year at Halloween. The video was one segment in the series, Halloween Haunts, produced by WHRO, our local PBS station, in 2007. The series aired during the last two weeks of October.

These next two paragraphs are for readers who are new to the blog. The video, whose link I share below, was filmed at historic Bacon’s Castle (1665), located in Surry County, less than twenty miles from where Motor Man and I now live. My maternal grandparents and their twelve children (including my mom) lived in the house from 1921 to 1940. Although they moved from there many years before I was born, I remember them sharing stories of seeing “The Castle Light”. Their descriptions of it, however, were quite different from its depiction in Halloween Haunts.

My son, Marshall, became an interpreter (guide) at Bacon’s Castle in 2000. He was employed there several years, and gained a wealth of knowledge about the history of the house, its architecture and the families who made it their home. My mom and most of her siblings had passed on by this time. But two of those who were still living at the time (then in their 80’s) re-visited the Castle, and shared first-hand with him their childhood memories of the house and property.

I know my mom and her family would think it fitting that Marshall had the opportunity to participate in this video filmed at their homeplace.

 

Happy Halloween!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Rainy, Sunny Sunday

Motor Man and I hadn’t been to the Outer Banks for a few weeks, so even though yesterday’s weather forecast was iffy, we took a chance.

And we had a very interesting day.  First we had menacing clouds over the ocean.

But, then we had some blue sky.  There would be rain, then some sun, then rain again, then sun again.

We saw fourteen horses. Not a huge number, but not too shabby for this time of year.

Something had this handsome guy’s attention.

And, after a very changeable weather day, we came home to this amazing sunset.

The weather: it was a-changing…all day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Poetry Thursday: Two Little Heroes

It’s Thursday: time for poetry. Once again, I am participating in Pam’s Poetic Thursday over at Two Spoiled Cats.  Please visit Pam and her boys to read the poems submitted today.  Here’s the photo they provided us last week for inspiration:

And here is my poem:

Two Little Heroes

The little girl said, “Just look at him, he’s so very mean;
he’s the biggest bully I’ve ever seen.

Making fun of her and calling her names,
laughing at her when we play games.

It hurts my feelings when he makes her cry.
Why does he do it? Do you know why?”

“No, I don’t,” the boy replied. “It makes me sad,too.
Do you have a plan? What can we do?”

“I know!” said the girl. “Let’s just be her friend.
If the others do that too, the teasing might end.

Let’s stand up against him and show him he’s wrong.
If we do this together, we can be strong.”

“Yes,”  said the boy. “Let’s give that a try.
She shouldn’t be bullied just ’cause she’s shy.”

So the tables were turned on the bully that day,
and two brave children led the way.

They made a change in their corner of the world,
and life was better for one little girl.

If only.

~These Days Of Mine~

Furiday

Today seems a good day to share recent kitty pictures.

Marshall sent me this of his sweet kitty, Sibyl/Sibs/Sibby “chilling” on an old dresser.

This is Marshall’s kitty, Snugg, posing by a flowerpot of pansies.

Marshall has two other kitties, Chessie and Scream, but he hasn’t sent any recent pictures of them.  Maybe we’ll feature them in the next kitty post.

Our shop kitty, Gypsy on Motor Man’s desk. Caption: “life is good please rub my tummy “.

And our “home” kitty, Sundae.  Whenever she lies on our bed, it’s always on Motor Man’s side. Hmmm..

The kitties here at These Days wish you a purrfect weekend. The humans, too.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

That Ol’ Moss And Ms. Addlee

This post was originally published in April of 2011. I’ve italicized the original text.

“That ol’ moss” was given to me by a sweet lady named Addlee. I only met her a couple of times, and hadn’t seen her in several years.  Last week, I read her obituary in our local paper. She was 90.

When I was growing up, my mom had a plant growing outside in an old enamel dishpan.  It required very little care and it “came back” every spring. By the end of summer, it was trailing down the sides of the pan. Mom didn’t know what it was,  and I never knew how she came to have it. But I always liked it.

Whatever happened to the old dishpan and the plant, I can’t say. Looking back, I wonder why I never asked Mom for some of it for myself. I’m sure she would have shared.

Through the years, I had always kept an eye out for it. I never saw it at any greenhouses or nurseries and never saw it growing in anyone’s yard.

Until about five years ago.  I took an elderly friend to visit a neighbor, and I spotted it. She also had hers planted in an old dishpan. (Maybe it should be called the dishpan plant?)  She probably thought I was a crazy person, the way I ran from the car to get a closer look at it, then ran back to her asking what it was.  She said: “you mean that ol’ moss? I don’t know what it’s called”. Her name for it was ‘that ol’ moss’.

But she had lots of it growing around a couple of trees. (Guess you don’t HAVE to grow it in a dishpan.) And she offered me all I wanted. I was so excited to finally find it.

Now I have it growing in areas all around our yard. This picture was taken a little over a month ago.

This picture of the same area was taken yesterday.  That ol’ moss is fast-growing stuff. It makes a great ground cover, and in a few weeks, will briefly have tiny yellow flowers.

And yes, I even have some growing in an old enamel dishpan.

That ol’ moss is now growing in several areas of our yard, and I’ve shared “cuttings” of it with many of my friends. (I’ve even sent some to Texas to my blogging friend, Pix.)

I’m sure this sweet plant will continue to remind me not only of my mom, but also Ms. Adlee.

~These Days Of Mine~