Random Five Willy-Nilly Friday

It’s the end of another week and time for five random thoughts.

1.) Last Saturday, as we came home and drove in our driveway, I noticed a hawk perched in one of the pine trees.  I snapped a quick photo of him on the limb, then this one as he took flight. It was nearing sunset, thus the soft golden hour glow.

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2.) Yesterday, I cleaned out two closets. I’m trying not to think about how many more I have to do. How does all that STUFF accumulate?  Oh, and I had some help.  Get ready, thrift shop, here I come!

sundae and closet

3.) The colors of the sky during yesterday morning’s sunrise were quite unusual. Soon after I took this picture, the sun disappeared, leaving us with showers for much of the day.

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  4.) Tuesday evening, I transferred the photos from Motor Man’s flip phone to the computer. I’ll have a blog post next week about that, but this was one of the many photos I discovered. It was taken last April. Gypsy’s apparently very trusting of Marshall.

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5.) Learning how to transfer those photos required that I visit our local Verizon store. The manager offered us a sweet deal: a new phone, a new tablet and more data….for less money.  That sounds a little too good to be true; I have a few questions before we agree to that.  PLUS, I’m not looking forward to learning a new phone.

Your randomness?

Around Roanoke

~These Days Of Mine~

Right Click And Paste

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. The prompt I chose was a challenge to open a blank blog post, then right click and paste.

I wasn’t sure what would happen, but here’s the text I pasted:

Thanks in advance for your consideration.”

And that actually leads to a blog post that I was planning to write in the near future anyway. That sentence was part of a letter I wrote yesterday to the Dare County (N.C.) Water Department. I had edited the letter and moved that sentence to the end, thus the “right click, cut, copy and paste”.

Here’s what happened:

As some of you know, Motor Man and I own a beach house in the Outer Banks. We had been down there the last week of December, and didn’t go again until the first week of March.

We knew the thermostat was on the lowest heat setting, so we weren’t too concerned about frozen and burst pipes.

But, when we got there, we immediately heard water running down the sewer pipe in the garage, and we thought “uh-oh”.

As we headed upstairs, and checked the bathrooms, there were no problems.

Until we opened the door to our bedroom. And heard water running.

When we walked in our bathroom, we saw that the suction-cup magnifying mirror (a necessity for me to put on make-up, put in my contact lenses, etc.) had fallen off the vanity mirror.  As it fell, it struck the faucet handle, turning on the water.

Thankfully, nothing had blocked the drain, so none of the water (for however long it had been running) had flowed over the basin.

Dare County only sends out water bills every three months, so, although we had no physical damage,  we waited to see how much financial damage that little mirror had caused.

The bill arrived earlier this week.

obx water edit

So, we’ll wait to hear Dare County’s reply to my letter, and I’ll let you know how this ends. Even if they don’t offer us a discount,  we’ll just look at it as a funny $419.87 story that we can share.

I thought this was a great writing prompt, so let’s have a little fun. When you leave your comment (you ARE planning to comment….?), right click and paste to see what appears. Explain if you like, or just leave us wondering.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~



Sun-Puddle Sundae

Sunday afternoon, we came home to find Sundae basking in a sun puddle on the dining room floor. (Sundae: what in the world are you doing down here on the floor, Motor Mommy?!)

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“Sun puddle” is a term I first read in the blogosphere. I wish I knew who coined the phrase. (More pictures, really?)

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It just perfectly describes the scene when a kitty is enjoying the warmth of the sun shining through a window. (Are we done, yet?  You’re interrupting my basking.)

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I don’t think Sundae gives much thought to what it’s called. (Purrlease don’t share these pictures if this angle makes me look fat.)

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She’s just too busy enjoying it…..at least when I’m not annoying her with the camera.

~These Days Of Mine~

Dear Deer

Here’s the latest post featuring “our” deer. I’ve decided that I’ll just enjoy them and try not worry about all my shrubs they’ve been munching on all winter.

This was Friday evening. We noticed them from our bedroom window, and I quietly slipped out on the deck to get photos. Obviously, I wasn’t quite as stealthy as I thought.

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I love how they seem so interested in what I’m doing.

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Is it just me, or does that little one resemble a llama? His legs just seem a little short….

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But, as I told Motor Man years ago when he mentioned how short MY legs are: they DO reach the ground!

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The little one was so curious, he looked as though he would have liked to come closer, but didn’t.

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There were eight in our yard that evening.

Dear Deer, please just munch on the grass, preferably the weeds.  Those pretty shrubs (called hydrangeas, by the way) are really not good for you. Thanks.

~These Days Of Mine~

It Was Vintage

Spring sprang Saturday in Smithfield, just in time for the second annual Vintage Market. Sunshine, no wind and temps in the upper 60’s made for a perfect day.

My friend, Donna, and I arrived shortly after the market opened at 10 and found it packed with shoppers. The first booth we saw had delightful vintage architectural elements, such as this beautiful wooden door.  We persuaded a fellow shopper to take our picture.

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There were vintage toys for boys:

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And girls:

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There was much to “catch the eye”;  for instance, this repurposed window, decorated with “marbles” and lids from dishes.

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And this charming little table featuring old love letters:

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Although a few folks brought their dogs to the market, we also spotted this little cutie. It wasn’t until I uploaded the photo that I noticed her “nail” polish. (I sure hope her owner didn’t tell her that she was in the ham capital of the world...)

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But, this….this was the THE moment.  My friend, Donna, discovering, for sale, burlap bags from her late father’s peanut business.

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She bought a few for herself and family members. And I bought one, just because.

We browsed and shopped for about 90 minutes.  Although the market was open until 2:00, many of the vendors (including those selling food) had sold most of their wares by the time we left.

Before our adventure came to an end, Donna and I had a nice lunch (seasoned with laughter), did a little more shopping and had a visit with Motor Man and Gypsy at our shop.

It was a fun day.  It was vintage.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five/Willy Nilly Friday

Another Friday, another dose of randomness.

1.) Can you stand another sunrise photo?  The water was as calm yesterday morning as you ever see it.  Today’s view is much different: rainy and gloomy.

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2.) Tomorrow,  a couple of my friends are coming to join me at the Vintage Market on Main Street. The weather forecast is for sunny and temps around 60. Vintage shopping followed by lunch: sounds like a fun day.


3.) When we visited Bacon’s Castle last weekend and walked across the mill stone at the entrance of the house, I mentioned to my friends that I had an old photo of my aunt standing on that stone. Here is Aunt Lucille, my mom’s sister, in 1940. (The front of the house looks nothing like this now; the porch has since been removed, but the stone is still there.)

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4.) Silly Sundae.  She had been lying on my stomach under her blanket, then decided to emerge. She definitely has the attitude going…


5.) And speaking of attitude, I’ll get the full benefit of that today, when I take her for her regular check-up.  Your thoughts would be appreciated around 10:45, as I’m attempting to persuade coax coerce drop her unceremoniously (but gently) bottom-first into the carrier.

And what fun randomness is happening in your world today?

Around Roanoke

~These Days Of Mine~

Happy Birthday, Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

2015 seems to be the year for celebrating special dates in the history of our area.

Tuesday, Motor Man and I attended a gathering to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the ferry which crosses the James River, connecting Surry County (my “home” county) and historic Jamestown. “Scotland” refers to Scotland Wharf, the dock on the Surry side of the river.

The ceremony, which began in Jamestown, concluded at the Surry Historical Society. Guests there were treated to a preview of the restored 1925 ferry, the Captain John Smith.  The original ferry:

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rootsweb ancestry.com photo

 It wasn’t until the late 1990’s, when I went to work for a Surry business,  S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, which specializes in country cured hams, that I learned the complete history of this ferry.  Captain Albert Jester had the idea for the ferry in 1923. The boat, the Captain John Smith, was built in Battery Park, Virginia, located about 25 miles from Surry. (Battery Park is a tiny waterfront town, practically in sight of where Motor Man and I now live.)  The ferry, which could accommodate 16 Model A cars at the time, began operation in 1925.  It was the first boat to transport vehicles across the James River.

Captain Jester’s son-in-law, S. Wallace Edwards, Sr. worked alongside him on the ferry.  Since there were no restaurants where motorists could stop for a meal, Mr. Edwards began selling ham sandwiches to folks traveling on the ferry. The ham was cured by his family on their nearby farm.

Demand grew for the ham, and ultimately lead to the creation of Edwards Ham Company. 

One of my jobs at Edwards’ was to give tours of the plant, and the history of how the ham company came to be – because of the ferry – was included in the information shared with our visitors.  Third and fourth generation Edwards family members now operate the company.

This is the restored Captain John Smith, located on the grounds of the Surry Historical Society.

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After it was retired as a ferry, the deckhouse was sold. In the 1940’s, it was given new life as a summer house on pilings in the Elizabeth River, another of our southeast Virginia rivers. This photo was taken in the 1980’s.

ferry as cottage

rootsweb ancestry.com photo

In recent years, the deckhouse was recovered and donated to the Historical Society. Through donations and grants, restoration work began, and is now, nearing completion.

Years ago, the ship’s wheel had been donated to Mariners Museum in Newport News. Upon learning that the Captain John Smith was being restored, the museum gifted the wheel to the Surry Historical Society in 2012.

My friend, Linda, an Edwards employee, whom I first met while working there, accompanied us to the ceremony on Tuesday.

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And took a picture of Motor Man and me. (No captain nor first mate material here, I’m afraid…)

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As a Surry County native, ferry traveler and friend (and former employee) of the Edwards family, it’s heartwarming to see the Captain John Smith being restored.

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I hope she has many visitors at her new location.

~These Days Of Mine~