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Random Five Friday

This and that thoughts and photos for this last Friday of June.

1.) Pinterest comes through once again. I saw this simple-to-make bird bath, decided to try it, and in less than an hour of putting it in place, there was a gorgeous “golden” visitor. (The black stakes are actually garden hose “guides” that I used to, hopefully, keep the deer from knocking over the bird bath. So far, they’ve worked .)

2.) Speaking of gold finches, for my birthday, my friend, Janet, gave me this adorable feeder on a stake. Again, the birds took to it immediately.  I think his little legs, hanging on, are so cute.

3.) My “gypsy garden” continues. You may recall my ongoing efforts to save certain plants from the deer, and how creative I have to be with barriers. So far, I’ve managed to save a couple of volunteer sunflowers, but you can tell the deer enjoyed dining on most of the leaves before I put the netting in place.

4) And my ONE garden phlox that has survived, thanks to the cage Motor Man made for it and some cross piece deterrents across the top. I have hopes for the buds on the others.

5.) Sundae girl, on her window seat at sunrise, waiting on a hummie.

Bonus: this weekend is our small-town festival known as Olden Days. Main Street is closed off for a car show, live music and craft booths, and a raft race takes place on the Pagan River. This popular festival was started back in 1991, and I always look forward to it.

Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Random Five Friday

Some randomness to close out May…this year is quickly slipping away…

1.) A few weeks ago, Motor Man and I took a day trip to the South Boston area of Virginia. I found this “gate” made of old tobacco wood at an antique shop and bought it,  not knowing what I’d actually do with it. I think we found a good spot. Thanks, Motor Man, for fixing it in place for me.

2.)  As a lover of bacon (and ham), this recent Bizzaro comic  made me chuckle.

3.) Yesterday’s sunrise.  I hadn’t been up but a few minutes, opened all the curtains, and that big orange ball caught my eye.

4.) Hoping for a pretty day tomorrow, so I can stop in at our local Farmers Market. There are two vendors that I particularly enjoy: one is a couple who sells beautiful cut flower bouquets. The other is operated by twin sisters, a bit older than me, who make and sell handmade jewelry.  My friend, Donna, and I affectionately refer to them as “the Baldwin sisters” (The Waltons tv show), only these sisters sell jewelry, rather than “the recipe”. These are three of the necklaces I’ve purchased from them.

5.) Last Sunday, the weather cooperated, and we were able to have our Memorial Service on the grounds of “the old brick church; such a sacred, special spot for so many of us who live in the area.

And may we all pause to remember the real reason for the holiday.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Around The Yard This Week

Today, I’m sharing some recent photos taken in our yard.

Yes, they leave a horrible mess, but there seems no way to get rid of them persuade them to go elsewhere. So it’s only fair that Canada geese would occasionally provide a photo op. At last count, we had several couples with many, many babies, who are growing by leaps and bounds. If they all return to the place of their birth, we are in serious trouble in years to come.

We have seen so many turtles in the past few days, including this biggie in one of our flowerbeds.

I thought she may have been laying eggs, but she walked away, leaving this hole uncovered.  Perhaps some of you turtle experts can advise?

Recently, I glanced out the kitchen window (thus the poor quality photo) and caught glimpse of this VERY unwelcome visitor. I had always thought the birds were protected by the tree branches while they were at the feeders. Thankfully, this has been the only time I’ve seen that hawk.  Hopefully, all the racket I made when I opened the door scared him away permanently.  (Wishful thinking, I’m sure.)

Are you familiar with Carolina Sweet Shrub?  Years ago, Marshall’s paternal grandmother had one at her front porch. I always admired it, but never was able to grow it from the cuttings she’d give me. Finally, I’ve had success.  Those dark red “blooms” have a very sweet aroma if you crush them between your fingers.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that my garden phlox foliage was visible.  Normally the deer devour them right away, but this year, I rigged up a “blockade” with stakes and netting.

AND…that has paid off.  Well, I have flowers blooming, but they aren’t phlox. I posted this picture yesterday on FB, asking for help identifying the yellow plant.  My schoolmate (and birthday twin), Marilyn, came through for me and said it’s a primrose. I don’t recall planting THAT, but what a beautiful surprise. Now, hopefully, the plants on the left are my phlox.  And my netting is at top capacity, so if this foliage grows any taller, I will have to revamp my blockade.

And, after what seems like WEEKS of rainy weather, the sun came out late Saturday and treated us to a beautiful sunset.

What’s happening in YOUR yard?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Five Friday

For the last Friday in April, how about some randomness?

1.) Yesterday morning, when I opened the curtains, I knew the time for a sunrise picture would be very brief. Sure enough, a minute or two after I took this, the sun was behind the clouds.

2.) The hummies are back! Time to stock up on sugar.

3.) Also time to plant flowers, and I’m hoping the deer haven’t yet acquired a taste for marigolds. In the background are garden phlox. If you look closely, you’ll see that they’re covered in netting, because, apparently phlox are considered a delicacy in the deer world.

4.) You may recall that, back in December when Motor Man and I were in Indianapolis for a racing industry trade show, I was able to meet Matthew and his mom, Mary.  Matthew is a very talented artist and is inspired by some of my  photos here on the blog.  Next week, I will share some amazing news about him and this sketch that he did from one of my pictures of the Corolla Wild Horses. (Yes, I’m a bit teary-eyed in this photo taken in December.)

5.) The multi-year class reunion that I posted about a few weeks ago is this weekend. Let the memories begin. (No, I wouldn’t want to go back to that time, but I also wouldn’t mind being this wrinkle-free once again.)

What are your randoms today?

~These Days Of Mine~

Triskaidekaphobia Random Five Friday

How about five randoms for this Friday, the 13th? Did I stump you with the title of today’s post?

1.) While looking through photos on my computer, I happened upon this one, taken in January, of the early morning sky.  There is a LOT going on in this picture, so much so that it was difficult for me to determine whether I needed to straighten the image or not.

2.) Marshall was at our house Monday morning, and spotted the harbor seal at the marina. We stepped out on the deck, and I whistled to get the seal’s attention. Marshall asked if I were prepared with fish to feed him if he decides to pay us a visit.  And Marshall had a suggestion for a name, should we determine (?) that the seal is a female: “Lu-seal”. My friend, Pam, also suggested “Ce-seal-ia” or “Seal-ine” as in Dion.

3.)  April, the giraffe’s son, Tajiri, celebrates his first birthday on Sunday. Animal Adventure Park, home to April, Taj and dad, Oliver, is planning a birthday party for him that morning at 10. It will be shown on the April the Giraffe web-cam. You may remember that Motor Man took me to AAP last June as part of my birthday celebration. I thought Taj looked like a stuffed animal in this pic.

4.) Every two weeks, my niece, Barb and I meet for lunch, and we did that yesterday. We always enjoy our visits; we chat about what’s going on in our lives and sometimes share memories of family members no longer with us. It’s a tradition that we started after my sister (Barb’s mom) passed in 2015, and one that means a lot to me.

Barb and me….a ‘few” years ago

5.) This weekend, our little town is having its first “Pickers’ Market, which is scheduled to be a monthly event. My friend, Donna, and I are planning to attend to see if we can find any treasures. The weather looks to be great.

Care to share your randoms?

* Triskaidekaphobia: the fear of the number 13

~These Days Of Mine~

 

The Sky At Sunset

A couple of weeks ago, the sky at sunset was definitely photo-worthy.

Motor Man and I had run an errand in Newport News, and thankfully, I had thought to bring my camera. On the way home, he stopped me at a park by the river  to take pictures.

As we traveled across the four-mile-(plus) long James River Bridge,  the sky became even prettier. Traffic was fairly light, which allowed Motor Man to slow down just a bit for me to get this photo.

Even after sunset, the sky remained colorful.

So, I kept snapping pics as we continued our trip home.

Although I try to take the camera with me everyday, that doesn’t always happen. I would really have been disappointed not to have it with us on this particular day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Friday

Since it’s been a while, I thought that today, I’d share a R5F post:

1.) Early Wednesday morning, I went out to fill the bird feeders. As I came around the corner of the house, this was my view.

2.) Speaking of bird feeders, the tiny goldfinches may be my favorite birds to watch as they enjoy the feeder sock.

3.) My niece, Donna, shared this photo of her son, Ray, at a recent track meet. It was taken by his coach. I know nothing about track, but I think this is just an amazing picture.

4.) An especially striking sunset from one evening last week.

5.) Last night, I went out to once again fill the bird feeders, and thought I’d share this little video of my outing. There is sound, whistling by me and quacking by one solitary duck. She later came up in our yard, and when I threw corn out to her, she flew away. The deer always seem curious when I whistle to them. In the background, you can see their entry way into the marsh grass.

~These Days Of Mine~