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Random Five Friday

Since it’s been a while, I thought that today, I’d share a R5F post:

1.) Early Wednesday morning, I went out to fill the bird feeders. As I came around the corner of the house, this was my view.

2.) Speaking of bird feeders, the tiny goldfinches may be my favorite birds to watch as they enjoy the feeder sock.

3.) My niece, Donna, shared this photo of her son, Ray, at a recent track meet. It was taken by his coach. I know nothing about track, but I think this is just an amazing picture.

4.) An especially striking sunset from one evening last week.

5.) Last night, I went out to once again fill the bird feeders, and thought I’d share this little video of my outing. There is sound, whistling by me and quacking by one solitary duck. She later came up in our yard, and when I threw corn out to her, she flew away. The deer always seem curious when I whistle to them. In the background, you can see their entry way into the marsh grass.

~These Days Of Mine~



Ice, Ice Everywhere!

You may recall that our area was in the path of the “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm last week. Since then, we’ve had warm temperatures and most of the snow is gone.   There was quite a bit of ice on the river, though, and some of that still remains.

It made for some nice photo ops, and I’m sharing some of those pictures today.

Sunset, ice and a contrail Tuesday evening.

The setting sun was reflecting on a thawed area of the river, and some of “my” ducks were enjoying their little swimming hole.

Others were doing a bit of ice skating nearby.

The deer heard  there was a photo op and cooperated by paying a visit.

I took this short video yesterday morning just before sunrise. The roar you hear in the background is that of a work boat heading out to the James River.  There’s also some duck “chatter” with one rather boisterous one. I think he was demanding that I stop videoing and feed them breakfast corn.


Pretty scenery indeed, but is anyone else ready for spring?

~These Days Of Mine~







Random Five Friday

First of September random thoughts:

1.) Motor Man and I attended a fiftieth anniversary party for friends a few weeks ago. Someone had apparently been designated to take pictures of all the guests. This week, we received this photo in the mail; we thought it was a very sweet gesture.

2.) Sunset on Wednesday evening.

3.)  Remember the three ducklings from a few weeks ago? The last time we saw them, there were only two. That was probably ten days ago.  But….they returned yesterday morning!  Motor Man noticed them first – swimming our way with Mama Duck. We had been worried that they had met with a sad fate, so were so happy to see them.

4.) My niece, Donna,  and her son, (Connor) Ray, live between Houston and Galveston. Although there was flooding in their neighborhood from the hurricane, thankfully, they and their house came through with no problems. Ray’s school district is closed through this week, so yesterday, he helped friends whose home was flooded.

5.) The ocean along the Outer Banks of North Carolina was still showing effects of the storm just a couple of days ago.

Have a happy, safe weekend. We’re praying that Irma hangs a sharp right and heads out to sea.


~These Days Of Mine~


Random Five Friday

Five randoms for a hot, humid July Friday.

1.) In our area, the heat index has been over 100 for the past few days.  Early morning is just about the only time to do anything outdoors when that is the case. Bonus: that’s usually a gorgeous time of day.

2.) One of my outdoor chores recently has been trying to cover some of my plants in netting to protect them from these critters.  The deer repellent sprays I’ve been using in the past seem to be ineffective these days. (Yes, the deer are very charming.  And equally as destructive.)

3.) Bacon’s Castle is always beautiful in my eyes, but on a recent day, the white clouds in a perfectly blue sky made for an amazing backdrop.

4.) I think this weekend will be spent purchasing a new computer. “Someone” has so many pictures on this one, it’s running low out of storage space.  That same “someone” is dreading the change.

5.) This post began with a sunrise, so it’s only fitting that it end with a sunset.  Last week, my niece and her son visited, and they joined Motor Man and me for a sail on the tall ship, Alliance, out of Yorktown.  That is the George P. Coleman bridge in the background.

Happy weekend, stay cool and feel free to share any randoms you may have.

~These Days Of Mine~


Nothing But Sky

Yesterday morning’s unusual sky:

And last night’s sunset:

Bookends of a wonderful day.

~These Days Of Mine~


Heaven And Nature

Joy to the world, the Lord has come….


Let earth receive her King.


Let every heart prepare Him room…


And heaven and nature sing.


Merry Christmas, everyone, from all of us here at These Days.

Dianna, Motor Man, Marshall, Sundae and Gypsy

~These Days Of Mine~


Random Five Friday

Today’s five randoms:

1.)  On this Veteran’s Day, we honor those who are serving and have served our country, and we remember those veterans who have passed on. Sadly, I think we tend to take our freedoms for granted in this country.


2) Today, I’m also remembering my cousin, Lona, who passed away three years ago today. I think of her often and still miss her so much.

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3.) Motor Man and I were recently, once again, invited to the Blessing of the Hounds prior to a fox hunt at Bacon’s Castle. I, of course, took many, many pictures, some showing the dozens of horses and riders who participated.  But this is one of my favorites.


4.) It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a sunrise or sunset picture.  So here’s one of a recent sunset from our yard, complete with an anchored sailboat in the distance.


5.) Tomorrow is the Autumn Vintage Market on Main Street in our little town, rescheduled from last month when Hurricane Matthew paid us a visit.  My friends, Donna and Shirley, are planning to come to attend. It’s become a huge event with live music, antiques and just “vintage” items. We’re hoping to find some  new-to-us treasures. And if not, we’ll still enjoy browsing and lunch afterward.

Care to share your plans for the weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~