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Random Five Friday

Since it’s Friday, here are five random thoughts:

1.) Fire on the water? No, just the early morning sun, peeking under the clouds last Sunday.

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2.) Today is my friend, Doris’s, birthday. Happy Birthday, Doris! I’m looking forward to celebrating with you next week.

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 3.) Bride and Groom swans made a brief appearance here yesterday.  It’s probably been two months since we’ve seen them, and no, they didn’t divulge any info about where they’ve been.

4.) There’s a story behind this picture, and I’ll share it in a blog post next week.  Any guesses?

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5.) With the holidays approaching, I may be taking a day off from blogging here and there.  So if you’re a regular reader, and there’s no post, not to worry.

Feel free to share your randoms. Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s time for another Random Five Friday! Here’s the list for this week:

1.) We’ve had warmer than normal weather this week with a couple of foggy mornings. This picture was taken just after sunrise Sunday morning.  Groom Swan was here for breakfast, and I grabbed the camera before heading out to feed him.

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2.) Speaking of swans, this was the scene in our yard when I came home from the shop yesterday.

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It makes me feel special that Bride Swan allows me to get so close to her, and that Groom Swan comes right up to me. They trust me. (And they know I bring food.)

3. Gypsy continues to be a little love bug. I’ve promised her a blog post of her own soon.

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4.) This Christmas cactus continues to amaze me every year; it’s always full of soft, peach-colored blooms.  I think the key word here is “neglect”.

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5.) “Candles in the windows”, the Christmas tree is decorated, and Sundae is leaving it be…for the most part.  After I set the camera up on the tripod and clicked the shutter button, she politely invited herself right into the picture.

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Random thoughts this Friday from your neck of the woods…?

~These Days Of Mine~

Feeding The Stock

My sister, June, who’s a few years’ older than I am, remembers visiting our grandparents and hearing our aunts and uncles, who owned nearby farms, saying they had to go home to “feed the stock”.

She remembers wondering what “stock” was.

Now, I laugh and tell her that I’m feeding the stock at our house. We’ve been feeding the swans for a long time, but recently, we’ve added some other breakfast, lunch and dinner guests.

A month or so ago, I began feeding corn to a few ducks.

I even sprang for fine china for them, so they wouldn’t have to eat off the ground.

Apparently, word spread quickly among the duck community.

And I had to increase their number of place settings.

Sometimes they have a dinner guest.

Hmm. I wonder if they ever get the feeling that they’re being watched?

Wordless Wednesday – After The Storm

Friday afternoon, July 27.

And my favorite…

Linking up to Wordless Wednesday Again.

Linking up to Wordless Wednesday Again.

June To-Do List

For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, I chose this prompt:

1.) Ten To-Dos in June

June is a super-busy month for us. The first three items on my to-do list are now on my “done” list.

1.) Celebrate my friend, Bev’s, birthday.

2.) Celebrate my birthday, which is the day after Bev’s.

3.) Celebrate my in-law’s 70th wedding anniversary, which I posted about yesterday.

4.) Welcome my niece, Donna, her son, Connor, and their friends, who will be visiting next week from Texas. This will be their friends’ first trip to our area, so we’ll be busy showing them around. Wondering about the background in this picture? It’s the framework of the monster truck, Gravedigger. His shop is about an hour and a half from us, and a few of Connor’s trips to Virginia in the past have included a visit to Gravedigger’s Dungeon.

5.) Have lunch and catch up with a relative (distant cousin) that I haven’t seen since we were children.  She lives in New York now, and will be in town next week. We plan to have lunch and fill each other in on the last ** years.

6.) Celebrate Marshall’s birthday (June is THE month for birthdays around here).

7.) Celebrate Father’s Day.  My dad died when I was only eight months old, but we’ll honor Motor Man’s dad. And of course,  Marshall will celebrate with his dad and with Motor Dad.

8.) Head to the beach.

8.) Enjoy downtown Smithfield during Olden Days.  This is a small town festival, held each summer. It features classic cars, crafts, entertainment and lots of food.

9.) Be at our local short track for Saturday night racing.

10.) And last, but not least, capture as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.

Our family sure packs a lot into a short month….

Linking up to Mama Kat’s.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Full Wolf Moon

Today, I’m sharing a few pictures we took of this week’s full moon, also known as the Full Wolf Moon, or Old Moon.

This was the moon on Saturday, shining over Bride and Groom Swan as they took a sunset cruise. I named this picture “Moon River”.

“Two drifters, off to see the world,
There’s such a lot of world to see.”

You may recall yesterday’s barn post. This next picture was taken Sunday during that same stop – directly across the highway from the barn. Motor Man and I both took pictures during this stop, and we believe he took this one.

And just a little further along, the moon was shining over this cow pasture, near Motor Man’s parents’ house.

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.                Mahatma Gandi

The Bluebird Of Unhappiness

Excuse me, ma’am. Do you realize how old the water is in this birdbath?

Honestly, when WAS the last time you cleaned this?

There’s a reason it’s called a birdBATH, you know. How am I supposed to bathe in this old dirty water?

Yes, I know: “it’s been a long, cold lonely winter”, and all that.  That’s really no excuse. The swans have been bragging that you fed them all winter – even when you had to trudge through the snow!

So what does a poor little bluebird have to do to get a little fresh water?