Category Archives: Sunrises/Sunsets

Take Two Aspirin And…Watch A Sunrise

It’s rare that I have a cold, but that was the case last week. Although I slept fairly well during the night, I was awake very early every morning, and headed to the kitchen for a cup of hot tea to ease my throat.

That meant I was able to catch some pre-sunrise skies. I’ve often said that early morning is my favorite time of day, and here are some reasons why.

This first picture was taken October 22. It was well before sunrise, and sometimes those pictures  are the prettiest.

And later….and an egret had arrived in search of breakfast.

Still later that morning, I took this with my cell phone from the car window as I was leaving home.

The following morning, I was up – once again – drinking hot tea before daybreak. Add in a little fog for interest.

And a few minutes later, when things took on a pink glow. (Pink fog?)

I’m thankful to be feeling better, and able to sleep a little later in the morning. (But….I still don’t mind being awake before the sun if it means catching an interesting photo.)

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Morning, (After)noon And Night

Last Saturday was an interesting day to watch the skies. As you probably know from my pictures, that’s something I do quite often.

This was the sky just before sunrise, perhaps my very favorite time of day.

During the morning and early afternoon, we had showers, but the sun came out later.  When that happens, the sun on the white boats with the dark cloud in the background always makes for dramatic photos of the marina.

And….we had a misty soft sunset.

But, wait….there’s more.  Not to be outdone, the moon also put in an appearance later in the evening.

The day certainly kept my camera busy.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Hope And Peace…….And Trust

Several years ago, I saw a quote that has been a favorite of mine since that time. The quote is:

Every sunrise brings us hope,
every sunset brings us peace.

Monday morning, shortly after learning of the tragedy in Las Vegas, I took this picture of the sunrise.

That evening, after a day filled with thoughts and prayers for all those affected, I took this of a beautiful sunset sky.

As for the quote, I’m not really sure the sunset, although tranquil enough, really brought me peace.

But, as difficult as it is to do, we just have to trust that there’s a plan in place by Someone greater than any of us. And it’s my personal belief that we aren’t meant to understand why things happen as they do; it’s just all part of that plan coming together.

~These Days Of  Mine~

 

 

Random Five Friday

Once again, it’s time for five random thoughts to end the week.

1,) On Labor Day, Motor Man and I drove our little yellow ’32 (Vicky) to a nearby 50’s-type drive-in for lunch.  On the way, we passed the War Memorial Museum in Newport News and took a little drive around the premises. Motor Man commented that our car is older than those tanks. It’s certainly brighter…

2.) The butterflies continue to enjoy my zinnias. And I continue to enjoy the butterflies.

3.) Earlier this summer, I rescued this hibiscus from the “orphanage” at Lowe’s.  I do believe it’s happy here in its new home. Since the deer find hibiscus yummy, I’m planning to bring it in for the winter and hope it survives for next year.

4.) A sunrise from a couple of weeks ago.  It almost looks as though that one area is being spotlighted.

5.) My friend, Bev, asked if she could come to our house last night to have me help her with something on the computer. She and her daughter, Lacey, enjoy painting rocks and leaving them in public places as inspiration for others. So Bev asked Lacey to paint a rock for me in appreciation for my help.  I love it.

Care to share some randomness from your world?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Friday

First of September random thoughts:

1.) Motor Man and I attended a fiftieth anniversary party for friends a few weeks ago. Someone had apparently been designated to take pictures of all the guests. This week, we received this photo in the mail; we thought it was a very sweet gesture.

2.) Sunset on Wednesday evening.

3.)  Remember the three ducklings from a few weeks ago? The last time we saw them, there were only two. That was probably ten days ago.  But….they returned yesterday morning!  Motor Man noticed them first – swimming our way with Mama Duck. We had been worried that they had met with a sad fate, so were so happy to see them.

4.) My niece, Donna,  and her son, (Connor) Ray, live between Houston and Galveston. Although there was flooding in their neighborhood from the hurricane, thankfully, they and their house came through with no problems. Ray’s school district is closed through this week, so yesterday, he helped friends whose home was flooded.

5.) The ocean along the Outer Banks of North Carolina was still showing effects of the storm just a couple of days ago.

Have a happy, safe weekend. We’re praying that Irma hangs a sharp right and heads out to sea.

 

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Randomness for the final Friday in August, and I’m reminded of the quote “August is the Sunday of Summer”.

1.) Motor Man and I hadn’t gotten caught up in the excitement of the eclipse, even though my friend, Donna, had given us two pair of glasses. On my way home that afternoon, I spotted our 80-something year old neighbor, out in his yard, looking up at the sky.  I pulled in his drive and he was so excited about the eclipse, I decided that we’d take a look. Friends had posted a selfie of them in their eclipse glasses, so we took the tripod out and captured the moment.

2.) Sharing a sunset from earlier in the week.

3.) And this has to be one of the silliest things I’ve ever shared on my blog. You know how you get those little wind-blown pieces of debris (leaves and such) on your windowpanes? One recent morning, I saw this on a window when I opened the curtains and thought it looked like a comical little cartoon kitty. Wearing sunglasses.

4.) Back in the spring, my friend, Donna, gave me a couple of packets of zinnia seeds. (She’s a very generous friend.)  One pack was an old-fashioned speckled variety. This is my first bloom. Look at those tiny little “starfish” around the center.

5.) Keeping everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey in thought and prayer, especially my niece, Donna, her son and their friends. She texted yesterday that they aren’t in the direct path, but will be on the “dirty side” and are expecting some flooding.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~