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Thanksgiving, Throwback Thursday And Mama Kat’s

I agree: that’s quite a title; today’s  is a busy post here on These Days. This is the prompt I chose for today’s Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop:

1. Write a post, poem, or story about something you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.

This is the Throwback Thursday portion of the post:

Marshall’s first Thanksgiving 1980

And this is the giving thanks part:

We are fortunate to have the basic essentials necessary for life: food, shelter and clothing. I would also includ “love” on that list. I am thankful to have never NOT known the love of family and friends.

And we have the extras: pets, transportation, technology (which enables us to blog), hobbies, entertainment…that add so much to our lives.

But there’s one thing that I’m especially thankful for today, and that is good health.

Some of my friends have had health scares during the past few months, one even being in ICU on life support for a few days. But, thankfully, all the scares were just that: scares. My friends are all, thankfully, doing well now.

And, just in the past week, a close family member received good test results on an MRI.

Many years ago, I read this quote, and it’s stayed with me. I wasn’t able to determine its origin; Google let me down on that one.

Good health:  rich man’s blessing, poor man’s wealth.

I hope good health is one of your blessings this Thanksgiving day.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~


Throwback Thursday

As I was composing a post-that-didn’t-happen for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop yesterday, I came across these photos.

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When I was three, I was the mascot for my late sister, Rose’s, high school graduating class.

Although I’m sure my family considered this an honor, It’s easy to see that I was not happy about having my picture taken for the event .

And in this shot, you can actually see tears in my eyes.  (And, gosh, don’t I just look evil?)


(For good reason, the first picture in this post is the one that was chosen for the yearbook.)

One of my earliest memories is that of being called a “cry-baby”. Apparently, I was a fussy infant, and that began a trend. Once I started school and had to leave my mom, my crying career really took off. That caused the other children on the bus to begin teasing me, which just gave me more reason to cry.

Thankfully, I finally grew up, the tears didn’t come so easily,  and I realized that crying didn’t solve anything. Too bad it took so long for that to happen.

~These Days Of Mine~

Throwback Thursday

And this week, we’re going throwing WAY back with this picture.


Yes, that’s me, at two years old, holding a chicken, and staring lovingly at it.

I’m really hoping my sister, June, can shed some light on this picture.  Was this chicken a pet? Since I was afraid of EVERYTHING when I was a child, why was I not afraid to hold said chicken?

Speaking of my sister, here’s the comment she made regarding the lamp I wrote about in yesterday’s post:

” I think I can solve the mystery of where the lamp came from. If I remember (and this was a LOOOOONG time ago!) Mama asked us to go and buy her a lamp. So Daddy took Rose and I to buy the lamp. Mama was not really pleased when we came back with this one. She wanted a large full-size lamp and to her this did not fit the bill. So I’m a little surprised that she kept it for so long. ..”

I know why she kept the lamp for so long: because her husband and daughters bought it for her.

Now, June….what do you know about that chicken?

~These Days Of Mine~

Thanksgiving And Throwback Thursday

This “vintage” photo seemed an appropriate one to share on Thanksgiving Day.


This was taken in 1994 during the Olden Days Festival in our hometown.  I had dressed up for the occasion, and apparently, so had this gentleman. I don’t know who he was (George Washington, perhaps?): someone just thought we should have our picture taken together.

On a more serious note,  I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Motor Man and I are grateful to be spending much of the day with family.

To give thanks in solitude is enough.
Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.
Your  prayer knows much more about it than you do.
                                                                          ~ Victor Hugo

~These Days Of Mine~

Throwback Thursday

If you’re on Facebook, you may have noticed a recent trend known as “Throwback Thursday”, where folks share pictures from years ago. I’m going back more years than I care to remember with these photos.

Mary Tyler Moore was one of my favorite tv shows at this time, and I desperately wanted to be her. There were a couple of similarities: I worked as a secretary, and I had long dark hair. But I could never get that tam to sit “just so” on my head. Believe me, I tried.


Christmas, 1974, with a kitty named “Boo”.

db and boo

Goodness….just look at that hair.

~These Days Of Mine~