Bookends

Yesterday morning’s sunrise.

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And last night’s sunset (from the James River Bridge….at 55 mph).

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And a beautiful day sandwiched in between the two.

~These Days Of Mine~

Hummies And Wrens, Oh My!

To say that Sundae has enjoyed the hummingbird feeder we placed directly in front of her window seat would definitely be an understatement. She’s my little spotter, “chattering” whenever a hummie approaches.

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I mentioned last week that wrens had built a nest in this little used-to-be decorative birdhouse on our deck.

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Yesterday, I heard Sundae chattering and saw that she was very intent on something just outside the living room window.

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I watched and waited with her, and soon, we could see two of the three baby birds, ready to fly out of the birdhouse.

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I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to catch them leaving, but soon, all three, as well as Mama Wren, were flitting around our deck.

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 And Sundae was ready…she says: “This is WAY better than tv!”.

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You’re so right, Sundae. What fun to watch all the birdies.

~These Days Of Mine~

Giveaway!

Now that I have your attention…..

If you were following my blog last summer, you may recall that, for the first time, I entered the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Calendar Photo Contest. I was over-the-moon-thrilled that one of my photos was chosen to be included in the 2015 calendar.

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The deadline to enter the contest for the 2016 calendar is August 31, so this weekend, I sent in my entries for this year. And, once again, I’m having a little blog giveaway relating to the Corolla Wild Horses. Today,  I’m going to share with you the three photos I submitted, and ask you to comment on which one you think MIGHT be selected by the judges.

I’m well aware that last year may have just been “beginner’s luck” and that I may not be so fortunate in this contest. But, here are my three pictures:

This one is “Horse and Surf”. It was taken very early one Sunday morning when Motor Man and I were among very few humans on the beach. It was such a peaceful time; my favorite time of day to see the horses.

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 Next, “2 Stallions”. This was also taken early one morning.

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And last, but not least, this one is “Horses in Grass”.  All the Corolla horses are beautiful, but the ones with the “blonde” manes always remind me of surfer boys.

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Please leave a comment on this post, saying which photo you think MIGHT stand a chance. Once the judge’s choices are announced, IF one of my photos is selected, I’ll choose a winner from the readers who chose that picture. If none of my pictures makes it into the 2016 calendar, I’ll just choose a winner at random.

Part of the prize package will be the 2015 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar, and I’ll add in some other goodies.

Disclaimer: the photos are given a random code when received for judging, and the judges have no information about the photographer. The judges for this contest were listed on the entry form, and I don’t know either of them, and doubt seriously if they’ve ever heard of me or this blog.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s Friday again, and I have some random thoughts which I will now share.

1.) In addition to the old rubber stamp set, I also found this vintage child’s chair while antiquing on Wednesday. AND the sweet little tea kettle, which I placed beside a regular sized one. They both have the same shape spout. You just know “that ol moss” will soon be planted in that little one, too.

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2.) And speaking of the rubber stamps, Marshall began researching that wooden box they were in. He’s still investigating, but it seems that it was a kit used in some sort of testing. And, as you can see by the label, it was made by the C. H. Stoetling Company. Best of all, it was made in the U.S.A.  If we find out more about it, I’ll let you know.

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 3.) The swans have been visiting us for several years, and Groom Swan is definitely the friendlier of the two.  Bride Swan has always been a bit aloof, although she does let me get fairly close to her when she’s in our yard. But one day last week, she actually took about four steps toward me. And allowed her photo to be taken.

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4.) Since I haven’t shared a sunrise photo recently…

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5.) And last (AND least, as far as pleasantries), Motor Man and I both have dental appointments today for fillings.  You just know how much we’re looking forward to that.

Feel free to share your randomness, and, hopefully, yours doesn’t include the dentist.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Stamp Set

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, one of the items I found at the antique shop Tuesday was a vintage rubber stamp set.

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When we first discovered this at the shop, my friend, Pam,  and I quickly decided that this was, most likely, not the original box for this stamp set. That was apparent because of the information on the label on the outside of the box.

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Yesterday afternoon, I began sorting through the stamps. I had mentioned in my blog post that there were both images and words within the set. I’m going to do some research to try to determine the date, but there were a few clues in the “auto” stamp as well as the “school” stamp.

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I soon discovered another clue hinting that this wasn’t the original box. As I sorted the stamps, I discovered that they won’t all fit in the box if arranged neatly.

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A reader suggested yesterday that perhaps this belonged to a teacher. As I worked with the stamps, I wondered about the person (teacher, perhaps?) who owned this set. Was she upset that the stamps didn’t fit neatly in the box?

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The day slipped away, and I didn’t have a chance to ink the stamps. Perhaps I’ll get that done today, and it can be one of my Random Five Friday items tomorrow.

~These Days Of Mine~

Friends, Kitties And Treasures

You may recall that a few weeks ago,  Motor Man and I met my blogging friend, Georgette, and members of her family in Hanover  Va, for lunch at Hanover Tavern.

That day, Motor Man also stopped me by Through The Garden Gate Antique Mall, located just a few miles from the Tavern.

I mentioned all this to another blogging friend, Pam, mom to Sammy, One Spoiled Cat. Since the distance to Hanover is about the same for Motor Man and me as it is for Pam and her hubby, Dave, we decided that it would be a good destination for a visit. And yesterday, we did just that.

We met in the parking lot of the antique mall, arriving a few minutes before they opened.

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Pam and I meandered around together, while the guys (as guys will do) made quick work of the mall. Motor Man quickly returned to the area where Pam and I were browsing when he heard us “oohing” and “aahing” excitedly. He knew that I was responsible for most of the oohs and ahs. THIS was what I had found (this picture was taken in the parking lot after my purchase):

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A vintage rubber stamp set, with LOTS of stamps…some images, some words, in a neat old wooden box. I can’t wait to try them with my ink pads. I bought a couple of other small items, which I’ll tell you about in a future post. Pam and Dave bought a picture that reminded them of their kitty, Sam.

We then traveled the few miles to Hanover Tavern, where we enjoyed a yummy lunch and had a very nice visit. Pam asked for a picture of us.

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And I returned the favor by taking this one of her and hubby, Dave.

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 And, of course, we had to have one of the four of us together.

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Pam has been a good friend for several years (ever since we “met” in this wonderful blogosphere). We don’t get to see each other in person too often, but when we do, it’s always a good time.

And then, we all went home to our respective kitties and answered to them for our whereabouts all day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Gotcha, Gypsy!

One year ago this evening, Motor Man found a tiny, quivering gray ball of fur behind our shop.

This was the first picture we took of her.

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 Since then, I’ve shared many photos of our sweet Gypsy girl, including this one, which made it into our local paper.

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Due to a “scheduling conflict”, which prevented us from celebrating today, we had a little Gypsy’s Gotcha Day party yesterday. The humans had cupcakes, and while Gypsy didn’t have any, she was required to inspect and approve of them.

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Pictures with her humans were taken, including an attempted re-enactment of the one with her and Motor Man.

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With her buddy, Marshall.

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And her Motor Mommy.

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Our Gotcha Day gift to Gypsy was this little goldfish, which, when batted around, makes what is supposed to be a “glub-glub” sound. (Gypsy’s three humans decided that it sounded more like an engine trying to start. Purrhaps we should call it the Motor Fish.)  Gypsy agreed to have her photo taken with it.

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And even gave in to temptation to play with her newest toy.

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Happy Gotcha Day, Gypsy!  You’ve made lots of friends this year, and we’re happy to have you as our official shop greeter and member of our family.

~These Days Of Mine~