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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~


God’s Work’s Going On

I can’t say that I’ve ever been particularly fond of thunderstorms.

When I was a child, Mom and I would sit out on our little screened-in back porch and watch as a storm approached.  She would tell me that, although her dad was a hard working farmer, when a storm came up, everyone left the field and went inside. The women didn’t sew, the children didn’t play. Everyone sat quietly; quite a feat considering there were twelve children.  “Papa” would say: “Sit down and be still. God’s work’s going on.”

Last summer, a house just two streets from us was struck by lightning. From our window, we could see the flames.  The house was completely destroyed.

Since then,  I find that I care even less for storms.

Monday evening, we had our first “good” storm of the season. As I took these pictures, I could hear thunder rumbling in the distance.

storm clouds 5-2-2016 5-41-29 PM

One of our goose families kept a watchful eye on the weather too.

geese and storm2 5-2-2016 5-41-00 PM

Yup, just about time for me to head to the house.

storm 5-2-2016 5-42-36 PM

Later, during the storm, our electricity blinked off for a few seconds.  When it came back on, it caused the doorbell to ring, which scared Sundae, and she ran under the bed.  I was tempted to join her.

We heard of downed trees and transformers on fire not too far from us.

And so, the season begins….

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Once again, it’s time for some Friday randomness:

1.) On Wednesday of this week, I missed a very “impawtant” milestone:  the 2-year anniversary of the day Gypsy came to live with us. Yes, she still loves to cuddle on Motor Man’s chest, but it’s a little more uncomfortable for him than it was at one time.

gypsy lying on jr 9-8-2013 4-05-10 PM

2.) Some folks have a dog waiting for them in the yard when they get home…This is what sometimes awaits us.

swan 8-17-2015 1-27-55 PM

3.) Easiest cake ever: one box angel food cake mix and one can of pie filling. Stir together and bake in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. When I make it with apple pie filling, I top it with walnut pieces before baking.

apple cake 8-7-2015 8-58-53 PM

4.) A storm moved “down river” late yesterday afternoon, giving us minimal rain, but impressive scenery.

storm clouds 8-20-2015 7-28-02 PM

5.) Yes, I’m still peeved that they’ve destroyed nearly all my plants, but this is, perhaps, one of the sweetest deer pictures I’ve ever taken: baby nuzzling mom.

baby deer nuzzling mom 8-19-2015 6-49-29 PM

Farmer’s Market tomorrow with friends.  Your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a fairly uneventful week around here, so today’s Random Five are just photos from yesterday.

1.) It was a gray, drizzly, breezy day, but our crape myrtle is still providing us with a little color.

crape myrtle foliage 11-6-2014 3-22-03 PM

2.) Late in the afternoon, I noticed a deer grazing by the marsh. I quietly opened the door and stepped out on the deck to take some pictures. From the looks of that tongue, something must have been tasty!

deer1 11-6-2014 4-14-26 PM 11-6-2014 4-14-26 PM

3.) Yep, I’ve been spotted. I understand that hunting is an evil necessity, and they do aggravate me when they eat my flowers, but I’m so glad these beautiful creatures are safe in our neighborhood.

deer3 11-6-2014 4-14-58 PM

 4.) As we were going to dinner, a storm was approaching our area. Skies were threatening, but beautiful shades of blue.

The "Lighthouse" at Smithfield Station

The “Lighthouse” at Smithfield Station

5.) And just a little later and a few miles away, those clouds weren’t nearly as pretty. Thankfully the heavy rains didn’t quite make it to where we had dinner and ran errands.

storm clouds 11-6-2014 5-49-07 PM

So, was your week more eventful than ours?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, here are a few random thoughts:

1.) I never knew until I was told by a friend recently, that if you plant amaryllis bulbs outside in the spring, they’ll bloom again!

amaryllis 5-16-2014 12-53-00 PM

2.) Thank you for all the kind, encouraging comments on yesterday’s post; THAT’S why I blog!

3.) Growing up, I remember hearing my Mom, her siblings and my Grandma say that a storm was “following the river”.  We lived about 8 or 10 miles from the river, and whether or not storms actually follow the river, I don’t know. But that sure looked to be the case at our house last night.

storm clouds 5-22-2014 8-02-42 PM

4.) Found this “rain chime” at Tractor Supply this week.  I’m doubtful that it will actually do any chiming, and I certainly won’t be outside in the rain to hear it if it does, but I do think it’s cute hanging from the tree.

rain chime 5-22-2014 7-28-10 PM

5.) My plans for the holiday weekend include a Farmers’ Market, lunch with friends, and possibly a little ride to the Outer Banks: just Motor Man, me and about a hundred thousand of our closest friends….

Have a safe weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

The Prelude…

…to a storm bringing several hours of heavy rain, gale force winds, a 35-degree temperature drop in less than four hours…and sleet.

old boat 4-15-2014 6-14-053

Oh, what a night.

~These Days Of Mine~


Our view here at home is ever-changing.

Sunrise, January 31, ice on the water.

icy marina at sunrise 1-31-2014 6-58-36 AM

February 12, a snowy afternoon.

deck 2-12-2014 4-31-48 PM

February 21, severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch. Yes, that’s wind on the water.

storm clouds 2-21-2014 1-04-37 PM

February 25, a lavender sky at sunrise.

lavender 2-25-2014 6-40-10 AM

(Although beautiful in their own way, I’m ready to replace the winter views with spring ones.)

~These Days Of Mine~