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The Best Part of Blogging

Since I began blogging in 2010, I have made some very special friends in the blogosphere. And I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person several of those bloggers.

Last week, I added another one to that list: a very special one.

Beth Ann is the author of the blog “It’s Just Life“.  Through her “Comments For A Cause”, she has a wonderful way of using her blog to give back to worthwhile charitable organizations. Each month, Beth Ann chooses a charity that’s special to her. At the end of the month, she and her husband, Chris, donate 50-cents to that charity for each comment left on her blog.

You may recall that a few months ago, she chose The Corolla Wild Horse Fund as her charity after reading about “my” wild horses on my blog. You know how much that meant to me.

Last week, Beth Ann and Chris visited the Corolla area of the Outer Banks. And, yes, the four of us met in person. Although they had taken an “official” horse tour earlier during their visit, Motor Man and I  invited them to ride on the beach with us. We were happy to see so many horses and to take them to parts of the beach their other tour didn’t cover.

She and I were thrilled to see two of the new babies born so far this season.

After the tour, the four of us enjoyed a leisurely lunch.  The conversation and laughter never stopped.

Beth Ann brought me a sweet little gift bag with items from the town of Brevard, NC, where they’ve lived for several years. Apparently white squirrels are very prevalent in Brevard: who knew?

Beth Ann has a huge collection of tea pots, and since it was her birthday week, I thought a tea pot would make a nice gift. I brought her one from the Bacon’s Castle gift shop. And of course, a calendar of some of my wild horse pictures.

Motor Man and I so enjoyed our time spent with Beth Ann and Chris. On our way home, we agreed that, if we all lived in the same town, the four of us would probably be good friends.

We look forward to visiting their area in the future, so they can show us around their town. Maybe we’ll get to see those white squirrels.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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The Beauty

Our weather has been so nice recently.  The low humidity has made for beautifully clear skies. So I decided to share a few of my favorite photos of late.

Sunrise at home a couple of weeks ago.

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Amazing reflections at the marina just after sunrise yesterday morning.

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On a recent trip to the Outer Banks, Motor Man and I were amazed at all the contrails. We always enjoy our rides on the beach, but having such a pretty day was a bonus.

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Returning from the beach, we drove through the tiny village of Duck and stopped to get this picture of an anchored sailboat at sunset.

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I had finished writing this post last night, when I read one just published by my blogging friend, Beth Anne (It’s Just Life).  In her post, she mentioned the tragedy in Paris, but wrote that, in events like that, she looks for those helping the ones who are hurt. Although there is much evil in our world, we need to remember that everything isn’t bad. She has hope, and she chooses to focus on the good.

After reading her post, I wondered if, subconsciously, that’s why I decided to post photos of clouds, sunrises and sunsets today.  Perhaps, without even realizing it, I chose to share a little beauty, in contrast to the sadness of recent events.

~These Days Of Mine~

Five Photos, Five Stories – Day 1

When my friend, Dor, author of Virginia Views, nominated/challenged me to the Five Photos, Five Stories meme here in the blogosphere, I thought “easy-peasy: lemon squeezy”. After all, with the thousands of photos I have on my computer, selecting five and writing a little something about each one shouldn’t be difficult at all.

I was mistaken.

It seems that I’ve shared most of the photos before, either here on the blog or on Facebook. But I accepted the challenge, so here is today’s photo, taken Saturday during evening’s golden hour:

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My story is about the old wheelbarrow.  When I was a little girl, my mom still had the wheelbarrow that my dad had made before I was born. One of the things that I thought was really neat about it was that the sides were removable. My nieces and nephews and I used to push each other around the yard in that old wheelbarrow. (And I can remember Mama correcting me, at a very early age, that it wasn’t a “wheel barrel”.)

Several years ago, Motor Man and I were in North Carolina en route back from a race and stopped at an antique mall.

I spotted an old blue wheelbarrow, so similar to the one from my childhood.  But, I decided that I didn’t want to pay the price they were asking, so we left it there.

Fast forward to a year later, we were on our way back from the same race, stopped at the same antique mall, and there was the old wheelbarrow….waiting for me. We decided that it was meant to be, but we had one small problem:  we were driving a Chrysler Sebring convertible.

But, as is usually the case, Motor Man came to the rescue.  He borrowed a couple of tools from the owners of the antique mall, and took the wheelbarrow apart to the point that we could fit it in the car.

It’s been a fixture on our front porch ever since, and is a sweet reminder of the carefree summer days of my childhood.

The rules of Five Photos; Five Stories are to post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph.  Oh yes, and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.  I nominate my blogging buddy Beth Anne of It’s Just Life.

~These Days Of Mine