Sunday Morning Visitor

Sunday Morning Visitor

Sunday Morning Visitor

Growing up in the South, my favorite Sunday activity was to visit with neighbors, family and friends. After church and our usual fried chicken dinner, we would either crack open an ice-cold watermelon or get out the ice cream churn. I remember taking turns at the handle while my Dad layered rock salt and ice until the ice cream began to harden. When the handle was too hard for us girls to turn, Dad would take over. Once he couldn’t turn the handle anymore, we would put towels over the whole thing and wait about 30 minutes. That was the longest half-hour of the week, but well worth it. Fresh peach ice cream, so soft, tart, delicious along with the brain freeze!

On this Sunday, I’m working on photography. As I was sitting at my Mac and learning about Lightroom 5, I turned to my right and saw our frequent visitor through the front window. Luckily, my Olympus XZ-l was sitting on my desk and I have just recently learned how to do HDRI shots with it. And the deer was kind enough to stand still!

What is your favorite Sunday memory?

22 comments on “Sunday Morning Visitor

  1. clumsyfool says:

    A very nice post and a beautiful photo! 🙂

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  2. ShimonZ says:

    Beautiful memories, and a great picture too. Good thing you had the camera ready.

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  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Interesting how Sundays have changed through the years. I’m glad I grew up in an era of Sundays with mostly closed stores, family dinners, families visiting one another, and community events. Oh …. nice photo catch!

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  4. Mmm, peach ice cream sounds great. My boyfriend made chai ice cream today, and it was great too. My favorite Sunday memory is getting doughnuts with my mom after church when we lived together alone, and scarfing them down in large quantities. Bear claws, maple frosted, and jelly. Now THAT was a religious experience. 🙂

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Jennifer,
      I could not agree more. Doughnuts are truly a religious experience. We used to get warm Krispy Kremes in Atlanta and just the plain glazed ones were heaven! I must admit, I’m partial to the chocolate frosted ones myself. And chai ice cream sounds wonderful! I love the spices in chai – that would make a great ice cream!
      Cathy

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  5. marydpierce says:

    Mule deer? I love how the HDRI makes him look metallic, like a statue.

    Oh . . . and peach ice cream. Mmmm. When I was a kid my great uncle owned a dairy farm. At family gatherings he’d always make peach ice cream. I loved it. Thanks for the resurrection of that memory!

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  6. vastlycurious.com says:

    What a great picture! How nicely the young buck co-operated ! My favorite memory is waking up within walking distance of the beach at dawn and taking a long walk.

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  7. The Hook says:

    Super cool shot!

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  8. What a sweet, lucky picture. He came by to say hi. I think my best memory of Sundays is that my family usually had dinner together at the table. During the week, we often didn’t because our schedules were hectic. But Sunday was always a sit down dinner. They say it’s so important to do that with your kids. I’m glad my parents gave me that opportunity.

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  9. I agree with Mary that that deer does look metallic. Very cool shot, Cathy. Having just been out west with my family, I was with my father last Sunday, Father’s Day. He still lives in the house where I grew up, but now, it’s just him, alone. When I was a kid it was bustling with energy with six people and an always barking dog, Mean Streak. Sundays was when my siblings and I played Yahtzee with our Dad. My sister always kicked ass, or my dad won. My brother and I hardly ever won, but I’m sure if we played it again last Sunday, either my sister or my dad would have once again slaughtered my brother and me. Some things never change. I’m glad we didn’t play.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Great memory, V, especially since you were just there. Hope your visit was a good one highlighted by the fact that you didn’t get your ass kicked! Ah yes, Yahtzee – a game I love and hate simultaneously. I, too, rarely win at it. My favorite game, these days, is Mexican Train Dominoes. Peter and I play it fairly often and the good news is that, because of the randomness of it, our wins and losses are close to 50-50. Thanks for sharing your Sunday memory!

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  10. Professions for PEACE says:

    Thank you for sharing not only your delightful talent in photography but also a lovely childhood memory. From turning that crank to waiting half an hour, I could almost taste that ice cream! Also, it’s wonderful and amazing to have wildlife such as deer so close to one’s home. I love it! Awesome photo. Thanks so much for sharing this Cathy. Hugs, Gina

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks so much, Gina! That deer was quite the gift on a Sunday Morning. I think it has been hanging around our neighborhood recently as I’ve seen it several times. We also have coyotes, eagles, hawks and lots of birds. There have been little goldfinches on our deck – so cute and colorful! Thanks for the comment!
      Hugs right back!
      Cathy

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  11. Now I want peach ice cream. Thanks a lot. 😀 Those must be such nice memories. We didn’t have any Sunday traditions when I was a kid, we weren’t churchgoers and Sunday dinners weren’t a thing with us, so Sundays were pretty much like Saturdays. I love hearing about other people’s childhood memories about Sundays, though.

    Also, what a sweet deer, and what a kind fella he was to pose so patiently for you!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Saturdays are good…I’ve been wanting some peach ice cream since I wrote this post! I think it’s time to get out the Donvier. That deer was amazing. It stood there motionless for the longest time.

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