’round Sunset

If we’re home ’round the time of sunset, and the weather is nice, there’s a pretty good chance that I’m outside.

Such was the case Monday evening. The day had been cool, damp and drizzly, but the sky cleared shortly before sunset. As Mom would say: “The sun came out in time to set”.

I took this picture with my cell phone and sent it to Marshall with a note that it was shaping up to be a pretty sunset.

But, then, as so often happens, the clouds stole the sunset.

However, the reflections were still rather impressive.

And one of the resident goose families paddled by while  I watched the sunset.

Swimming off into the sunset….to return the next morning.

“round sunset sure is a pretty time of day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Monday Morning Mews: Peace Offering Pillow

Hi, readers. I’m Sundae, and this week, it’s my turn to bring you the mews.

You may recall that, a few weeks ago, my pawrents completely furgot about my “gotcha day”….the day I adopted them.

I think they really were sorry that the date slipped up on them. So on a recent outing, they bought me something!

My furry own pillow…..

Isn’t that sweet?  They thought about me and brought me a present.

Okay, Motor Mommy and Motor Man, you are definitely furgiven!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Five random thoughts to start of the month of May:

1.) Remember the carved LOVE sign that Motor Man and I happened upon a few weeks ago?  We now know its permanent location. It was placed near the Chesapeake, Virginia courthouse. Motor Man was watching a local tv station recently and caught a glimpse of it just before a commercial break. So I contacted the station to ask the location. Of course, we had to stop for a visit the next time we were in the area. We didn’t have the tripod with us, and no one else was around, so we did the next best thing…

…took pictures of each other. (I love this one of my Motor Man).

2.) Earlier in the week, one of the “duck couples” who frequents our yard brought us a surprise: 12 adorable ducklings. Sadly, a couple of days later, the parents returned with only four. And the past couple of days, the adults have visited…with no babies. There are just two many predators for those sweet little ones to survive.

3.) Plant shopping for the season has begun. I always forget what a chore it is to keep everything watered when the heat of summer arrives. Earlier this week, I discovered this beautiful petunia; I’ve never seen the variegated foliage variety.

4.) Last weekend, Motor Man and I attended a multi-year class reunion for the school I attended. There were probably around 200 people there, and it was really a fun time. Next month, we plan to attend a reunion for his class.

5.) This weekend, there’s a HUGE vintage market just outside of town.  My friend, Donna, and are planning to attend. We love shopping for vintage treasures, and the weather looks to be perfect.

Happy first weekend of May!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

“A Mother’s Love”

As promised in last Friday’s Random Five Friday’s post, today I’m sharing exciting news about my friend, Matthew.

If you aren’t familiar with  Matthew, please read this post for some background.

Last week, I received a Facebook message from Mary, Matthew’s mom. In it, she shared this photo with me:

This was her message that accompanied the photo:

The beautiful mom and baby horse drawing that you saw in December won honorable mention in the international disabled artist competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week. There are 6 art categories with 1st – 3rd place and honorable mention. So 4 awards in each category. There was also a grand prize winner tonight. Out of 165 entries, Matthew won one of the 25 awards. I am so glad that you were able to see the drawing in person in December as it also sold in the 1st forty minutes of the show tonight. He says you can share this victory on your blog if you would like.

Matthew titled his sketch “A Mother’s Love”.

Mary also mentioned that this is the first ribbon that Matthew has ever won.

Wow. As I’ve said before, I am so honored that Matthew is inspired by my photos. Among other’s, he’s sketched a bluebird, Sundae and many of the wild horses from my pictures.

And, now, here’s the picture that inspired Matthew’s sketch shown above.

This was taken September 10, 2015.  Our friend, Bev, had ridden to the beach with us to see the wild horses. I remember Motor Man and her being so patient as we waited….and waited…and waited for the horses to move into position for me to get the “perfect” shot of this sweet scene.

AND….this picture was one chosen in the Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendar contest and appeared in the 2017 calendar.

So, I have been doubly honored by this photo.

Congratulations, Matthew. I am so proud of your accomplishments!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Monday Morning Mews: “That” Look

Happy Monday! Gypsy here with the mews.

Today, I just have a photo to share with you.  Motor Mommy snapped it one day last week. I was in “my spot” on Motor Man’s desk, and he was busy…I can’t recall if he was researching horsepower on his computer or on the phone talking with someone about horsepower or thinking about horsepower….but he wasn’t paying any attention to ME.

Now, you may wonder why Motor Mommy didn’t just rub my tummy. Well, that’s because HER time to rub my tummy is when she first arrives at the office. I won’t even let her walk, because I lie down on the floor right in front of her.  Then she usually stoops down to rub me, or sometimes she even sits down on the floor with me.

But, after that, it’s Motor Man’s attention that I’m seeking. And, on this particular day, at this moment, he had horsepower on his mind, not Gypsy.

So, I just had to give him “that” look, and he knew that I really, really, really needed a tummy rub.

Works every time. (wink, wink)

~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~

Caption This!

I’ve mentioned before that, when we look out a window here at home, we just never know what we might see.

There are…..birds, ducks, rabbits, geese, deer, raccoon, squirrels, egrets, osprey, eagles, a harbor seal and on rare occasion, dolphin. The list goes on.

A couple of days ago, this was the sight right outside our bedroom window.

I shared it on my Facebook page, which resulted in some interesting comments from my friends.

So I thought I’d give my blog followers an opportunity to weigh in with their own captions.

And…..go!

~These Days Of Mine~