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Random Five Friday

Just ’cause it’s been a while since I’ve shared random thoughts:

1.) These pics were on my Facebook page, but thought I’d also share them here. My Mother’s Day was wonderful: breakfast with my two guys and special gifts from both of them. Marshall’s gave me one of his 3D shadowbox designs that he created just for me.

Motor Man’s gift was a hummingbird feeder, which now hangs right in front of our kitchen window.

2.) Remember this picture I shared in a previous post of Motor Man taking his “physical therapy”?

Evidently that therapy must have been just the “ticket”. I’m happy to report that he was released from the orthopedist this week. We’re thankful that his broken shoulder didn’t require surgery.

3.) We made a trip to the Outer Banks earlier this week to visit with some friends who are vacationing there. The four of us went riding to see horses, had lunch and spent some time catching up. It was a good time. My apologies to my FB friends for the repeat photos today.

4.) The annual Memorial Service is this Sunday at the cemetery in my little home town. This tradition goes back many, many years.  It seems the weather that day is either very cool or extremely hot. The latter seems to be what we’ll have for this year’s service: Sunday’s forecast is for temps around 90. We’ll definitely be seeking a shady spot to set up the chairs.

5.) Our home computer is just about out of space….that’s understandable, considering all the pictures I take (mostly of horses).  So, Motor Man and I recently went “window shopping”, and we think we’ve chosen a replacement. I’m so nervous about taking the old computer to the experts to have everything transferred to the new one. Silly? Maybe. But just think of all the room I’ll have for….more pictures!

So, if I’m missing from blogland for a few days, I’m just waiting to bring home the new computer. (Or trying to figure out how to use it….)

~These Days Of Mine~





Random Five Friday

As they all seem to do, this week has flown by, and it’s time again for five randoms.

1.) Last weekend, my friend, Donna, and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo while atttending our local Vintage Market. We had a great time, got lots of comments on our sombreros and found a few neat items at the market. Afterward, a visit to a couple of shops on our Main Street and lunch.

2.) In our travels, we passed by this alpaca farm, and had to stop for pictures. We thought the field of buttercups made for an especially nice photo op.

3.) Late yesterday afternoon, a strong storm moved through our area. This is a column of rain off to our west right around the time of sunset.

4.) And the storm snapped a tree in our yard. So thankful it didn’t damage our house or our neighbors’.

5.) Motor Man and I plan to attend a funeral this afternoon for a hometown girl who was just a few years older than me. My mom babysat her boys when they were toddlers (back in the mid-late 1960’s). I have many fond memories of those days when I was a teenager and helped my mom entertain those little curly-haired boys. My heart is heavy for them as they grieve the loss of their mom, especially sad so close to Mothers Day.

And speaking of Mothers Day, Sunday will be an emotional day for many: those whose mothers have passed on (recently for Motor Man’s family, as well as Marshall’s father’s family), those who wanted to become mothers but didn’t for various reasons,  those who didn’t have loving mothers, those mothers who have lost children,.  If you fall into one of those categories, I wish you the strength to get through the day. For those of you who still have your mom and/or your own children to help you celebrate, enjoy your day.

~These Days Of Mine~


Random Five Friday

The end of another week, which means it’s time for five randoms:

1.) Yes, I told myself a few weeks ago that I wasn’t going to buy many flowers this spring. Allow me to introduce you to the first batch.  I’m waiting for the rain to subside, so I can plant them.

to be planted 5-5-2016 3-05-30 PM

2.) Sundae has an appointment Monday for her check-up. (Shhhh, she doesn’t know yet.)

sundae on quilt 5-5-2016 10-21-11 AM

3.) It’s only fitting that some of my randoms this week pertain to Mother’s Day.  This picture was taken on my first Mother’s Day as a mom.  I’m wearing a red rose for my mother, and Marshall’s red rosebud is pinned to his hat.

marshall mom mothers day 11-8-2001 8-31-12 PM

4.) I don’t think I’ve ever shared this photo of my mom and me. She was 43 when I was born, then my dad died when I was just eight months old.

mom and dianne 1-22-2010 8-19-28 PM

A favorite picture of Motor Man and his mom.  This quote seems appropriate: “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” ~Irish Proverb

jr and mom2 10-25-2015 12-10-19 PM

5.)  And, finally, several folks close to me have lost their mothers since last Mother’s Day.  The first one hurts the worst, but the holiday is never quite the same once she’s gone.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday For Mother’s Day

A special “edition” of R5F this week in honor of Mother’s Day.

1.) The reason I celebrate the holiday:

"Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside." ~Rachel Wolchin

“Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” ~Rachel Wolchin

2.) Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death.  Losing her just a few days before Mother’s Day was especially painful. But, with time, the good memories outweigh the sadness.

"The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her".  Unknown

“The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her”. Unknown

3.) Stretching the Mother’s Day theme with this picture, but she IS a mom, caring for her five little ones.  Papa was just out of the shot.

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet

4.) To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, our plans include breakfast with Marshall and lunch with Motor Man’s mom and sisters.

” You count the hours you could have spent with your mother, it’s a lifetime in itself.”  Mitch Albom

5.) And you know that I’ll have the camera ready for mother/son pictures.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

If you still have your mom, I hope you get to spend time with her (or talk with her on the phone) Sunday.  If she’s no longer with you, I know your memories of her will be part of your day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday For Mother’s Day

Random Five in honor of Mother’s Day.

1.) “…  I am first and foremost me, but right after that, I am a mother. The best thing that I can ever be, is me. But the best gift that I will ever have, is being a mother.” ― C. JoyBell C.

mgb mom

2.)  “But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.”   –Mitch Albom

dianne mom

3.) “Being a good mother is being a hero. Right?”  –Francesca Lia Block

jr and mom 11-10-2013 3-46-28 AM

4.) “A Mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and her children sleep soundly in them” – Victor Hugo. (Celebrating her very first Mother’s Day this year, my great niece, Gail, and her son, Jase.)

gail and jase

5.)  “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”  –Gail Tsukiyama

baby and mama 5-3-2014 1-50-17 PM

~These Days Of Mine~

Mothers And Sons

This began as a Wordless Wednesday post, before I realized I had so much to say about the photos.

These first two are of Motor Man and his mother. She was 18 when he was born.  I’m not sure of the date of the first photo, but it was taken during the time that Motor Man’s dad was overseas during World War II. We celebrated Mother’s Day Sunday by having dinner with her and Motor Man’s dad.

jr and mom combined photos

The next pictures are, of course, of Marshall and me. The one on the left was taken on my first Mother’s Day; Marshall was not quite a year old. And the photo on the right was taken Sunday.

marshall mom flag combined

Just in case anyone needed a reminder of how quickly time passes.

For Mother’s Day

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite “mom” photos.

Motor Man and his mom. We’ll be celebrating with her later today.

My first Mother’s Day (1981):

When did he grow up?? And grow a beard?! All kidding aside,  I’m honored and proud to be Marshall’s mom.

And today, I’m remembering my mom.

If you’re a mom, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. And for those of you who find the day difficult, for whatever reason, I’m hoping that something will happen today to cause you to smile.