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8 Photos Of Happiness

Today, I’m participating in the blog meme: “Eight Photos Of Happiness”. I’m not playing entirely by the rules, but the idea is to post eight photos – the photos can be anything that represents  a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy AND a brief description of why you chose it .

So here goes!

1.) It should come as no surprise that spending time with my two guys make me very happy.

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2.) My extended family makes me happy, and yes, so do memories of good times with my late sister, June.

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3.) Bev and I became friends 35+ years ago.  A friendship that lasts that long has seen lots of happiness.

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4.) Shirley and Donna (on either side of me) are former classmates. We lost touch for many years before reconnecting.  And Linda is a former co-worker and  mutual friend.  We’re happy!

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5.) Our kitties bring Motor Man and me happiness: Sundae for 4 years now.

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6.) And Gypsy for two years.  This face could make anyone happy.


7.) “My” wild horses at the Outer Banks… (sigh).

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8.) And, last but not least, I never really paid sunrises and sunsets any mind until Motor Man and I were together, but now, I know how beautiful they can be.  Seeing a sunrise at the beach is just icing on the cake.

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The rules for the “Happiness” meme require naming ten bloggers to participate, but I’ll just leave it open for anyone who’d like to play along. You should try it, it’s fun to think of people, places and things that make you happy!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Another week has come to an end, and with it, five random thoughts:

1.) We had a cold front breeze through our area Wednesday evening. I was outside, taking pictures of the sunset. I think we had four drops of rain, and a rainbow!

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2.) This from Motor Man regarding Sundae’s post on Wednesday: “The law firm of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe” representing Sundae, announced that a flea bargain has been made in this case.” (I can hear the groans from here….)

3.) Last year, my friend, Linda, gave me a white hydrangea for my birthday. I was concerned about it surviving the winter. Not only did it survive, but it’s covered in blooms. Thanks again, Linda!

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4.) My hummingbird feeder has been up for about 10 days, and Wednesday, I spotted the first one of the season.  Last year was my first time to feed the hummingbirds, and I’d forgotten what a thrill it is to see those tiny beauties. I’m glad they’re back.

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5.) Motor Man and I had dinner with friends last night. Laughter was involved.

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I hope there’s laughter in your weekend.

~These Days Of Mine~

Williamsburg In The Fall

You may recall that, in last Friday’s Random Five, I mentioned that I was planning a trip to Williamsburg on Saturday with friends.

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The Farmer’s Market was well-attended, but, as you might guess from the photos, it was blustery, chilly and overcast.

It was my first time at this Farmer’s Market. There were vendors with everything from dried wreaths to baked goods to dairy items, veggies, meats and seafood. This booth offered succulents planted in gourds and pumpkins, as well as topiaries.

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This sweet banner caught my eye. When I asked permission to take a picture, the vendor said the inspiration was Beatrice, one of the cows on their farm.

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After leaving the Farmer’s Market, we shopped, had lunch, then shopped some more.

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And all along the way, we laughed and talked and enjoyed  each other’s company. Did I mention that we talked?

It would take much more than a dreary day to dampen our spirits.

~These Days Of Mine~

Barn Charm: Gift On A Gate

Every spring, as I’m browsing local nurseries and greenhouses, one plant that I’m particularly looking for is thunbergia, also known as black-eyed susan vine.

This year, I bought one for my friend, Donna.

She planted it to grow on an old gate in her yard, and last week, she texted me with a picture and these words: “your gift on my gate”.

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I love that her old barn, which I shared in a Barn Charm post last fall, is in the background.

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You just never know from whence will come Barn Charm material!

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Well, Hello, Little Baby

You may recall that I’ve mentioned my friend, Bev, before. She’s a few years younger than me, and we’ve known each other since she was in her teens.

Two years ago, Motor Man and I were honored when Bev’s daughter, Lacey, asked to be married in our yard.  (Here, she and her groom, Joe, pose with another “bride and groom”.)

Last week, Lacey and Joe welcomed Baby Tanner into their world. My friend, Bev, is now a grandmother.

Last night, I met that sweet little fella. And I’m already looking forward to baby-sitting.

You tend to forget how tiny newborns are. They seem especially so in Dad’s arms.

I wish all babies could know this love.

Welcome, Baby Tanner. Your Nana and I are ready to begin the spoiling.

Shall We Have Tea?


Yesterday, three friends and I met for lunch.  The four of us have been friends for around ten years or so, and we’re all connected through racing.

Allow me to introduce them to you.

Phyllis is on the far left. She and her husband own a race car. Karen is in the pink. Her son drives the car that Phyllis and her husband own. Doris is in the blue, and her husband is crew chief for the car that Phyllis owns and Karen’s son drives.  That’s me on the far right, and at one point, when Karen’s son drove in a different division, my Motor Man built his engine.  

We had lunch at the First Lady Tea Room in the Port Warwick section of Newport News.

I can’t really speak for the others, but I almost felt as though I was a little girl playing dress-up. See this beautiful condiment tray? I didn’t know that was raw sugar in the container with the spoon until the others clued me in. (Country girl has arrived in the city!)

My choice for lunch was the quiche and mixed greens. Nice pree-sentation.

To sum up our lunch: the tea room was lovely, the food was delicious, the friendship is special, and now I’ve seen raw sugar.

Ain’t life grand?