The Mischief Of Motor Man, Part I

My Motor Man was, apparently, a very mischievous child. He has told me many stories of his childhood, so I thought I’d do a sort of “mini-series” here on These Days and have him relate some of that mischief to my readers.

In today’s inaugural episode, Motor Man shares his early attempt at rocket launching.


Those of you who know Motor Man personally know that mischief has continued to follow him through the years, so trust me, there’s no shortage of material for this series.

Stay tuned.

~These Days Of Mine~


Monday Morning Mews: Twins!

Good morning, efurryone! Another Monday has rolled around, and it’s Sundae, here to bring you this morning’s mews.

We had some excitement around our house a few days ago.  Motion outside the bedroom window caught Motor Mommy’s eye, and when she realized what it was, she was so surprised.

Tiny twin fawns!

She apologizes for the poor photo quality: these were taken through the windowpane.

Motor Mommy said those babies aren’t much bigger than me. (Look at that cute little face.)

I could tell that it was something that definitely needed my attention, too. So I quickly made my way to the window and jumped up on the sill for a better look.

Yes, Motor Mommy realizes that those babies will be eating her plants, but she just couldn’t help but think they’re so cute.

I plan to do my best to alert Mom whenever they’re out in the yard by “chattering” at them.  Of course, I do that when I see squirrels…or birds…or rabbits…or hummingbirds.  Maybe I could come up with a special “baby deer chatter”, sort of like a special ring tone?

~These Days Of Mine~


Celebrating Marshall

Birthday month continues in our family, and today, we celebrate Marshall.

When the birthday of your adult child comes around, I think it’s only natural that your thoughts travel back through the years….from the very first birthday to all the childhood birthday cakes: Smurfs, Tom & Jerry, Batman, General Lee, dinosaurs.

And all those old sayings ring true: “they grow up so quickly, where does the time go….”

Today we’ll celebrate with a meal at one of Marshall’s favorite restaurants, and, in place of birthday cake, he’ll probably be presented with a complimentary slice of their famous pie.

Last year’s birthday

Happy Birthday, Marshall!

~These Days Of Mine~





April Love

There are probably very few of you who aren’t familiar with April, the giraffe. For those of you who may not know her story, here it is in a nutshell:

April and her mate, Oliver, live at the Animal Adventure Park in New York state.  The local residents knew that April was expecting a little one, and last winter, they began calling the park (during its off season) to inquire about her condition.  The park’s owner, Jordan Patch, decided to install a simple web cam to allow her nearby fans to keep check on April.  The media caught wind of this and announced that April was due to give birth “any day”. Giraffes are pregnant for around 15 months, and the park staff didn’t know exactly when April was due.  So it seemed that the entire world waited forever for her to give birth.

A Facebook friend of mine posted the link to April’s web cam in late February, and I became a follower.  I wasn’t glued to the computer, but I did check in frequently, and happened to be at home that Saturday morning, April 15, when April gave birthday to her baby boy, later named Tajiri.

A few weeks ago, Motor Man and I began entertaining the idea of traveling to the park (as part of my birthday celebration), so I could meet April, her family and the staff.

The morning of our visit, I awoke very early and was so excited, Motor Man said to me: “Little girl, is this your first Christmas?”

We have seen several interviews with Jordan, and we are impressed with how at ease he is speaking publicly.  We also admire him for what he’s doing to spread knowledge about different species of animals, not just giraffes. I was thrilled to meet him; he’s so personable and willing to have his picture taken with any guest who asks. (You just have to catch up to him: such a busy guy!)

Soon it was time to head to the giraffe exhibit and meet April.

Is my excitement showing?

Our friends that have seen this next picture are surprised when I tell them that she never touched my face…she just curled her tongue around that carrot stick, and it disappeared.

Check out that tongue!

Motor Man was ready with the camera when April agreed to pose with me.

And then, there was adorable Tajiri (“Taj” for short).  He was running around the giraffe yard to the delight of all his fans. Notice the windows in the barn: those are in the space that April and Tajiri share.  April looks out of those when she’s inside; Taj has some growing to do before he’s able to do that, although he’s already 7 feet tall.

April and Taj are out in the yard during the morning, then they’re coaxed back into the barn, so “dad”, Oliver, can enjoy some outdoor time. In this picture, Oliver is on the left, peering around the corner from the stall. Since Oliver is a bull and Taj is still young and small, they aren’t allowed to be in the same area. They do, however, touch noses through the wire separating their spaces in the barn.

Here’s Oliver, making his appearance in the yard. That’s Corey, another of the keepers that we came to know through the web cam.  Corey juggled the giraffe family from barn to yard, etc. Notice that the staff members don’t get too close to Oliver.

Motor Man didn’t rush me at all, so we spent about four hours at the park, and although we saw some of the other animals, most of my time was spent at the giraffe exhibit. I couldn’t seem to drag myself away…

AAP is such a nice place,  special people, special animals. I’m so grateful to Motor Man for making our visit happen.

~These Days Of Mine~









Monday Morning Mews: I’m Four!

Hello, faithful readers: Gypsy here with the Mews and an announcement.  My birthday is this week!

The first time my pawrents saw me was a summer night in August, 2013. When they found me at the back door of their shop,  I was tiny, scared, alone and shivering. But they took me in, and Motor Mommy held me. Look how little I was!

They spent a couple of days calling all the vet’s offices and the animal shelter and putting up “found kitten” notices in our neighborhood. When they got no response, they decided that I was officially theirs and took me for a check-up at the vet.  He said that, since I weighed two pounds (two whole pounds!), he estimated my age to be two months.  So my pawrents gave me the birthday of June 15.

(June 16 is another important date in our family, and Motor Mommy will post about that on Friday.)

And guess what? Someone already brought me a birthday present! This is our friend, Bruce.  My pawrents met Bruce through the racing world, and he loves kitties.

He stopped by our shop last week (on racing business), and he brought me a present!  A cute little toy ball with feathers attached. Of course, he didn’t really know my birthday was coming up soon…. he just brought me a toy ’cause he’s so nice.

It’s really fun to play with; I’ve been batting it all around our office. Bruce actually brought me two of these and told Motor Mommy to save the other one in case this one gets broken. (I think his actual words were: ‘here’s an extra one in case she tears up the first one.’ Wonder what he meant by that??)

Thanks for the prezzie, Bruce! You can come visit me anytime…..and you don’t even have to bring me anything.

Happy Birthday to me!  

~These Days Of Mine~



Last summer, when Motor Man and I took the helicopter tour of the Outer Banks, we noticed that they also offered bi-plane rides. (I must admit that this was higher up on Motor Man’s list of adventures than mine.) But for various reasons, we didn’t get to have that experience last summer.

Recently, on a gorgeous day, we called and arranged a flight. If you’re ever in the Outer Banks and want an air tour, we can definitely recommend these folks: Coastal Helicopter or OBX Bi-planes.

Before the flight, our pilot, Larry, took a picture of Motor Man and me.

He helped us with our “soft helmets” and seat belts, and it was time for another pic just before take-off.

We saw shipwrecks, dolphins and fishing boats. We flew over the little fishing village of Wanchese.

Then on to Rodanthe and by Bodie Lighthouse.

Although we’ve taken several helicopter tours and been on both commercial airliners as well as smaller planes, this was our first time in an open cock-pit. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I had thought it might be.  Windy, yes. Loud, yes. But not scary.

The folks at OBX Bi-planes condensed our trip into a little you-tube video.  If you’re interested, here’s the link. If you have the option, clicking on full-screen gives you a better view.

Motor Man has definitely brought out the adventurer in me.

~These Days Of Mine~







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About that money-back guarantee:

(Volume up)


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~These Days Of Mine~