Category Archives: Sunrises/Sunsets

Blogging/Facebook Friends

Several of my Facebook friends are gals who also write blogs. And that’s really nice that we’ve connected in that way, since most of us don’t blog everyday.

But there’s one aspect of this that bothers me a little.  Whenever I post a picture on Facebook, I hesitate to include that photo in a blog post. Because I feel as though I’m forcing my blogging/Facebook friends to “sit through a rerun”.

Such is the case today. I shared the last photo in today’s post on Facebook earlier in the week.

Monday had been an overcast, dreary, drizzly day in our area. But the skies began to clear late in the day.  As my mom used to say: “The sun came out in time to set”.

However, there were still clouds.

I thought the photo above would be the extent of photo ops with the sunset. But, later, I glanced out the window and saw the most vivid pink sky I can recall.

This was the best picture I could get with our camera. (I still don’t understand all those camera buttons. I’m just an “auto setting” kinda girl.)

BUT, this one was taken with my trusty little Android phone. And it captures the colors in the sky perfectly.

And, of course, I had to immediately share it on Facebook.  Thus the reason some of you are sitting through a rerun today.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Random Five Friday, so today’s the day!

1.) With Easter being this Sunday, I thought I’d share a picture of Marshall, taken at my Mom’s house the Easter Sunday he was five.  That’s a superhero action figure he’s holding; most likely it was in his Easter basket.  (I’m guessing he’ll say which one it was in his comment on this post today.) And although I’m not a seamstress by any stretch, let me just say that I made his white slacks AND the navy jacket.

2. Have you ever seen a deer stand at attention?  Neither had we until recently. We never did determine what had his interest.

3.) Yesterday morning’s sunrise with a sky full of contrails.

4.) Speaking of sunrise, Sundae was creeping down the hall a few mornings ago (it’s a game she plays sometimes with Motor Man. When he’s not looking, she’ll slowly move toward him. Then when he looks at her, she stops dead-still, as if she’s invisible if she’s not moving.)   Motor Man commented on how the early morning sun was causing her reflection on the hardwood floor. Thankfully, the camera was nearby.

5.) Have you been missing pictures of the Outer Banks horses? Yeah, me, too.  So here’s a beauty from our trip a couple of weeks ago. We’re looking forward to warm weather when the horses will be out and about and easier to find. We’ve really had to search for them on our past few trips.

Happy Easter weekend, everyone.

~These Days Of Mine~

A Photogenic Evening

Wednesday evening was just gorgeous.  I took lots of pictures, and I’m sharing several of them with you today.

It had been very overcast earlier in the day. As it so often does, when the sun came out late in the day, it made for an interesting, changing sky.

This first caught my eye around 5:30.

Meanwhile, I took this from the other side of our yard.  Those two black dots in the upper right corner of the picture are military helicopters. (I had my very own personal fly-over.)

It was one of those days when I’d look outside, be amazed at what I saw, run out to take pictures, come back in, look outside a little later, be amazed at what I saw, run out to take pictures….and repeat. This was about 15 minutes later.

A few minutes later…

Still later…

Getting close to sunset.

And closer…

Many times, when we are out and about in the evenings, we’ll see a breathtaking sunset, and I’ll wish I was at home to get pictures.

I’m  glad I was there for this one.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Five random thoughts for the first Friday of March:

1.)  A recent particularly colorful sunrise with reflection.

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2.) And a few minutes later, that beautiful morning golden light on the trees in our yard.

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3.) Yesterday morning’s sky just after sunrise.  I’ve mentioned before that Motor Man enjoys the web-site “Flight Aware”, and after checking that, we determined that this flight departed JFK and was en route to the Dominican Republic.

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4.) Whenever I pass by someone’s yard and see those Canada geese “statues”, I think:  I’ll trade ya.

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5.)  Last weekend, a quick storm moved through our area.

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And left us with some of this.  Thankfully, no damage, but a STRONG scent of pine after the storm.

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Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

“Falling” For A Pretty Sunrise

Monday morning, as Motor Man and I were opening the curtains, we noticed how pretty the sunrise sky was.

I grabbed the camera and headed toward the back door.  Since I keep a pair of flip-flops by each door, I slipped those on and went out on the deck.

After taking a picture….

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….I turned to go back inside.  And that’s when my foot hit the patch of frost.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly and how hard we can “be seated”? Thankfully, nothing was broken or bruised.

And since no one saw me fall, even my pride was spared.

~These Days Of Mine~

And What Is So Rare…

…as a day in….January?

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These pictures were taken Wednesday around sunset.  Temps were in the upper 60’s, and I was in shirtsleeves.

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Yesterday, a cold front blew through, and I do mean BLEW.  The wind actually blew one of our heavy wooden rockers off the front porch.  This morning, it’s 20 degrees cooler than yesterday morning at this time.

Such is Virginia weather….in any month.

And how is your weather?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Today’s post is the final Random Five Friday for 2016. So difficult to believe that, in a few days, we’ll be writing 2017.

1.  AND, on that first day of 2017, my sweet Motor Man will be celebrating his birthday.   Happy Birthday, MM.  Love you SO much! Photo credit to our dear friend Pam, One Spoiled Cat. We were having lunch with Pam and her husband, Dave,at historic Hanover Tavern in Hanover, Virginia, parts of which date from the 1700’s. (Pam took this right after Motor Man commented: “Can you imagine how many drunks have stumbled up those steps through the years?”)

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2.) A couple of years ago, my friend, Bev, and I decided that, rather than exchange gifts at Christmas, we’d each just each fill a stocking for the other. We’ve bent the rules a little, though, and now, rather than stockings, we use pretty totes, decorative boxes, etc.  It’s fun to be on the lookout all year for little things we know the other one will like. This year, Bev filled one of those pretty boxes for me with all sorts of useful, fun items. And, a very special gift that I will cherish. You may recall that one of Bev’s and my favorite past-times is walking along the shore, looking for treasures. Unlike me, Bev often uses her findings to create pretty little pieces of art. And then she shares them with her relatives and friends. In the nativity scene pictured below, the shell was purchased, but the sea glass is some that was found on our walks on the beach.  Bev said she had used all the pearls in her craft supplies on other nativities, so she went to the thrift shop and bought a cheap inexpensive pearl bracelet to finish mine.  The little findings for the star were also from old jewelry. Notice the halo for Baby Jesus, crafted from jewelry wire. Thanks, Bev. This is an easel I just happened to have on hand; after finding a more suitable one, I think this will be on display year-round.

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3.) Earlier this week, I downloaded all the pictures off Motor Man’s flip phone:  all 364 of them.  It had reached the point that he had such little storage space left, he couldn’t receive texts. And in the motor world, receiving texts from other engine builders is vital.  And of the 364 pictures, the subject in 223 of them was….um, not motors, but rather?

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4.) Late yesterday afternoon, a cold front came through our area, bringing strong winds and amazing clouds. It also made for a gorgeous sunset sky,

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…which dramatically changed over the course of about 30 minutes.

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5.) Oh, and what’s that sound?  That would be the beach, calling us for one more 2016 trip.

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Happy 2017. May it be a happy, healthy one for us all.

~These Days Of Mine~