Category Archives: Sunrises/Sunsets

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted five randoms on Friday, so today’s the day:

1.) Motor Man and I hosted my family reunion last Saturday. My earliest memories of that event were when I was a child, and the family met at my uncle’s farm. We all brought wire coat hangers and roasted hot dogs over an open fire.  Over the years, there have been reunions with more than 70 people in attendance. This year, we had 14. But the weather was perfect, and we all had a great time.

2.) Last night, for the first time ever, I put a cat in time out.  Sundae has bitten me on the arm three times this week – all unprovoked and “breaking the skin” each time. Every time that it’s happened, I’ve been sitting at my computer, not paying any attention to her. Perhaps that’s the problem. I think she knows what she’s doing is wrong, because she immediately runs from the scene.  Last night, when she ran from the room, I closed the door, leaving her in another part of the house from Motor Man and me.  I’m open to suggestions….

3.) I took this picture on our most recent Outer Banks trip to see the wild horses. It wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to the computer that I noticed the neck-scratching taking place.

4.) I’m sharing a sunset picture from earlier in the week. It was at the end of an overcast day, and I had to wait for the sun to clear the clouds. So worth the wait.

5.) I recently purchased a “super size” external hard drive, and Marshall came to transfer all my photos off the computer. (YIKES….the idea of doing this is keeping me awake at night, even though they’re already backed up on another hard drive.) When we connected the hard drive to the computer via USB, we expected it to be assigned a drive letter.  But that didn’t happen. So, unless we can figure this out, I may be returning that hard drive for a more user-friendly one. Searching for solutions online has us even more confused. We aren’t IT folks: just regular people. Again, I’m open to suggestions….

Have a good weekend; looks to be a rainy one for us. At least, we have no family reunion planned.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

Five randoms for a hot, humid July Friday.

1.) In our area, the heat index has been over 100 for the past few days.  Early morning is just about the only time to do anything outdoors when that is the case. Bonus: that’s usually a gorgeous time of day.

2.) One of my outdoor chores recently has been trying to cover some of my plants in netting to protect them from these critters.  The deer repellent sprays I’ve been using in the past seem to be ineffective these days. (Yes, the deer are very charming.  And equally as destructive.)

3.) Bacon’s Castle is always beautiful in my eyes, but on a recent day, the white clouds in a perfectly blue sky made for an amazing backdrop.

4.) I think this weekend will be spent purchasing a new computer. “Someone” has so many pictures on this one, it’s running low out of storage space.  That same “someone” is dreading the change.

5.) This post began with a sunrise, so it’s only fitting that it end with a sunset.  Last week, my niece and her son visited, and they joined Motor Man and me for a sail on the tall ship, Alliance, out of Yorktown.  That is the George P. Coleman bridge in the background.

Happy weekend, stay cool and feel free to share any randoms you may have.

~These Days Of Mine~

Nothing But Sky

Yesterday morning’s unusual sky:

And last night’s sunset:

Bookends of a wonderful day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

I’d like to report a missing month: exactly what happened to June?

1.) During this (very quick) month, we celebrated my birthday, Marshall’s birthday and Father’s Day.  It may be a short month, but it’s a very busy one.

2.) Recently, I purchased a chair for my sunset evenings. It may not be too comfy, but I like it. My mom, the butterfly lover, would approve.

3.) Although we see lots of deer in our yard, we rarely see a buck.  Check out those little antlers. I’m far from being a deer expert, but I think during this time, they’re said to be “in velvet”.  (Repeat after me, little guy: I must not eat flowers, I must not eat flowers…)

4.) Speaking of which: so far, so good.  I’ve never known the deer to eat Angelonia, so that’s what I planted in my old bicycle basket bucket.

5.) What are your plans for the long holiday weekend?  I’m looking forward to putting up buntings  on the deck railing and these “column flags” on our front porch.

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

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~