Category Archives: Days at Home

Monday Morning Mews: Lock Screen

Hi, readers! This is Sundae, bringing you today’s mews.

In the evenings, when Motor Mommy relaxes in her recliner, I sometimes make my way to her lap.  A few days ago, she was checking something on her cell phone, and, while looking over her shoulder,  I discovered something that made me quite a happy kitty.

A picture of me!  Motor Mommy has this picture of ME as her lock screen photo – whatever that is…..

She thinks that’s a cute picture of me. Truthfully, I think I was in the middle of  a bath. (I ask you: can’t a kitty have any privacy…?)

Anyway, Motor Mommy must really like having a picture of me wherever she goes.  I bet she even shows it to strangers if the subject of kitties arises.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Christmas Year Round

I don’t do a lot of decorating for Christmas…just the basics: a slim “pencil” tree in the living room, candles in the windows, a fresh green wreath on the front door, and a few special things placed here and there inside our home.

But, there are three Christmas items that I leave up year-round.

The first is a “beachy” Santa that I bought many years ago at a craft show. He’s in our foyer, and fits so perfectly in that spot, I decided to just let him remain there all year.

A couple of years ago, I discovered this resin Nativity in a catalog and knew that it would be a perfect gift for special friends.  But I thought it was so sweet, I decided to order one for our home too.  It’s only about two inches wide by eleven inches tall. I love how it progresses from the angel at the top to the Holy Family, the Magi and the animals.

And last year, another special friend gave me this sweet Nativity scene that she made with a shell, some sea glass and extra embellishments.  I decided to keep this on our mantel all year.

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
 Charles Dickens

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a RFF, so I thought I’d start off the month of December with some random thoughts.

1.) For Mother’s Day, 2011, Marshall gave me this pretty potted mum.

It has definitely “gone forth and multiplied”.

2.) For the past couple of years, my friend, Donna, self-proclaimed “bird nerd”, has inspired me to feed our feathered friends. It IS fun to glance out the window and see them fluttering around the feeders.  Oh, and the snowman feeders was  a Christmas gift from Donna a few years go.

3.) We aren’t sure what the commercial fishermen were “harvesting” in our nearby James River, but Motor Man nor I had ever seen so many work boats as we did earlier this week.

It was difficult to get a good picture (we need a helicopter). This doesn’t really show the extent of the boats, they were upriver as far as we could see.

4.) Early morning is such a pretty time of day. I had to make a u-turn to go back for this fog-on-the-water shot.

5.) I’m sure if you were following my blog earlier this year, you know that I’m a fan of April, the giraffe.  Now, I’m not usually one to wear novelty clothing, but I saw this top recently and just couldn’t resist. Sweet April putting the star on top of her tree.

Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews: The Winners

Hi, readers, it’s Sundae with this week’s mews.

Today, I really have special NEWS to share: Motor Mommy asked for my help in announcing the winners of her Charlie Brown Christmas tree painted rock contest.

She decided that, rather than just give away ONE rock, she would have Motor Man draw a winner from the list of bloggers who asked to be entered in the contest and another one from the list of non-bloggers. But first, she put all the slips of paper with names on the floor by the rocks, so we could have a photo-shoot with moi.

The blogger whose name was drawn is Cindy, the author of Mama’s Empty Nest. And the non-blogger is Joyce F . Motor Mommy wanted me to let you know that your rocks will be sent out to you in the next couple of days.

Concats to the winners!  Now, wasn’t that fun? We should do it again soon!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

On The Subject Of Squirrels

It was unseasonably warm here yesterday, so I took the opportunity to fill the bird feeders.

And no sooner than I came back inside….

I really don’t mind the squirrels having some of the bird seed.  Thankfully, I learned long ago to attach the feeders to the tree limbs with zip-ties.

So far, at least, the feeders are remaining in place.

And the squirrels are entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, Baby Blues is one of my favorite comic strips. This was Monday’s offering, and as usual, it brought a chuckle.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

On The Rocks (Giveaway)

You may be familiar with the current craze of rock painting/rock hiding/rock hunting.  Perhaps it’s a popular pastime in your area as it is in ours.

My friend, Bev, and her daughter began painting and hiding rocks a few months ago. When Bev invited me over to paint recently, I was skeptical. There’s much art talent in my family: my dad, my sister, my nieces, as well as my son, Marshall.  But somehow I missed the boat when that talent was being distributed.

But Bev insisted that I give it a try….and now I am hooked. (Please note that I said “hooked”….not “good”.)  She and I have had several paint sessions, and Motor Man took us to our local farm supply store to buy a bucketful of rocks.

This was one of the first I painted.  Bev helped me with the hat, and I decided not to part with this one.

I really had fun with this next rock: it was Marshall’s Halloween gift. He’s a horror movie fan and actually met Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger) in person.

This was painted for my friend, Donna’s, birthday. It’s a silhouette of her sweet kitty, Dreamsicle, watching the sunset. I was inspired by a photo Donna shared on Facebook.  My sunset isn’t nearly as striking as the one in her photo: only God can paint a sky like that.

I painted this next rock for my friend, Pam, and (bravely) gave it to her during our visit last week.   Keep in mind that Pam is an excellent artist,  so I asked her to remember that this was done by a novice.  Pam is so special: she truly believes that anyone can be an artist and a poet.

Now we’re starting to work on Christmas rocks.  Most of our ideas come from Pinterest, and when I saw Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, I knew I had to paint it.

When my cousin, Lona, was in the convalescent home, I gave her a Charlie Brown tree for her room.  After she passed away, the tree came home with me, and I display it every year, always with special thoughts of her. I plan to paint several of these in the days to come and hide them in her memory.  She taught preschool at our church, so hopefully, little ones will find these rocks. I know she’d be pleased.

And I’ve decided to have a little giveaway here on my blog – if you’d like to win one of my Charlie Brown rocks, just indicate that in your comment, and you’ll be entered.  (And please remember, they’re painted by a novice!)

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mews: Profiling

Good morning, efurryone! I’m Sundae: it’s Monday.  (See what I did there?)

Motor Mommy took this picture of me recently while I was hanging out on my window seat.  It’s one of my most favorite places in the house.

I was watching five deer who were grazing in the yard.

There’s always something interesting to see from my window seat.

But…..way to get up close and personal, Mom…..

 

~These Days Of Mine~