Category Archives: Sunrises/Sunsets

“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….


….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?


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


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?”)


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.


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?


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,


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


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


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

~These Days Of Mine~

Heaven And Nature

Joy to the world, the Lord has come….


Let earth receive her King.


Let every heart prepare Him room…


And heaven and nature sing.


Merry Christmas, everyone, from all of us here at These Days.

Dianna, Motor Man, Marshall, Sundae and Gypsy

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Friday again, and time for some randomness:

1.) Motor Man and I went to Indy last week for a racing industry trade show.  It’s a 12 hour drive for us, and we’ve driven it “straight through” several times over the years. This year, we broke up the trip going out there by stopping overnight in Kentucky.  I just love driving through Kentucky with its rolling hills, miles and miles of fencing and, of course, horses. This picture was around the time of sunrise.


2.) We passed through Versailles, and I had to get a picture of the town’s beautiful sign.


3.) It began snowing the night before we left Indy to come home, but thankfully, the roads weren’t affected. Since we were driving the 12 hours in one day, I helped Motor Man drive a few times. But, when he was driving, I managed to snap some pictures along the way – at 70 miles per hour.


4.)  It was imperative that we get back from the show Friday….I had a Christmas Craft Show date Saturday with my friends, Shirley and Donna. We entertained the other shoppers with our Santa hats.


5.) My Christmas preps are coming along slowly, but surely.  Christmas cards were mailed yesterday, most gifts have been bought (but not yet wrapped), and hopefully, the tree will be up and decorated this weekend.

What’s your randomness today?  Ready for Christmas?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Happy Friday! Time for randomness:

1.) The other evening on our way to dinner, Marshall spotted a sun dog in the western sky. (Just one more thing my son has taught me….)


2.) I do believe that I have my first photo entry for the 2019 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar contest.


3.) On a recent trip to Clarksville, VA, Motor Man and I discovered yet another LOVE sign.  Virginia’s state motto is “Virginia Is For Lovers”, so signs spelling out the word LOVE are scattered over the state.  Clarksville has many recreational activities related to its lakes, and the land was once home to the Occoneechee Indians (thus the dream catcher) . We thought this was a very original sign.


4.) Another busy weekend ahead: antiquing and “live” wreath-shopping with a friend tomorrow. We aren’t tackling the horse-head wreaths again this year. We had a fun time making them last Christmas, but it was a LOT of work.

donna db aggies wreath2 12-12-2015 5-07-59 PM

5.) Santa is scheduled to be at Bacon’s Castle tomorrow.  I may just have to stop by to take photos.  (Any excuse to visit the Castle… )


Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

A Weekend “Out West”

Not the “wild west”, but the western part of Virginia.

Motor Man and I got a very early start on Saturday: a beautiful morning with just the right amount of fog at sunrise.


There’s just something about a sunrise with fog over a cotton field. Since, as I mentioned, we were traveling west, Motor Man made a u-turn so I could get these pictures.


We dipped below the state line for a quick visit to Reidsville, North Carolina for their annual classic car show and street festival.


Then we crossed back over the state line and went to Martinsville, VA to get our credentials for The Valley Star 300, the “Super Bowl of Late Model racing”, which took place Sunday.  Two of Motor Man’s engine customers were entered in the race as well as several other drivers that we know.

We stayed overnight in the area, and returned to the track Sunday morning.  Our seats for the race were high in the grandstands with a great view of the track.


We sat with friends of ours who live not far from Martinsville (one of Motor Man’s engine building buddies and his family). Their son-in-law took a picture for us.


Noise-muffling headset: check.  Pit pass wrist band: check.  Sunglasses: check. Motor Man’s hat….huh?


It was a beautiful weekend: sunny and temps in the 70’s.  One of Motor Man’s customers finished 25th after having some difficulties. The other ran in the top ten all day, and was about to take third place on the last lap…..and ran out of fuel. So disappointing for his team, but we were proud of the great job they did to have a good run in such a competitive field .

After the race, we drove home, arriving just before midnight.  We had the Full Harvest Moon as our view all the way. And although this isn’t a great picture (moon pictures are tricky for me even when taken with a tripod, much especially from a car window at 60 mph), I liked the softness of it.


It was a fast-paced weekend, but nice to enjoy such pretty scenery, “root on” our engine customers and spend time with friends.

~These Days Of Mine~