Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sundae: Rug Enforcement Agent

Hi, efurryone. It’s Sundae, posting today.

Recently my pawrents brought home a new braided rug for the dining area of the kitchen.  Since it had been rolled up, Motor Mommy laid it out on the floor in the living room, so it would flatten out.

I realized immediately that this would require my assistance.

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This job was tougher than I anticipated;  I had to use teeth!

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Then I had to stop for a rest.

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Whew! I think my job here is almost done.

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Now,  in payment for my work, I’m thinking maybe a little grilled chicken treat?

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Treasure Hunting Sparks A Memory

Saturday, my friend, Donna, and I set out early for a day of antiquing, chatting and lunch.

In one of our favorite antique shops, we spotted a bottle of laundry bluing, similar to this one that I have.

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This is the memory it brought to mind:

My sisters, June and Rose, were teenagers when I was born. Although I’ve always known how much they love me, I’m sure there were times, as I was growing up, when I was an aggravating little pest.

Once I remember saying to Rose: “Whatcha doin”?  And she replied: “Doin’ bluin’, wanna buy a bottle?”. That was probably a popular, snappy little comeback in those days, but I remember that it made me mad, and at the same time, hurt my feelings. I’m sure I went crying to Mom. I don’t recall what Mom’s reaction was.

It’s amazing how an empty little bottle can bring back a memory from so long ago.

Barn Charm – Mom Would Be Smiling

Saturday, as I passed my childhood home, I glanced (as I usually do) at the dairy barn that sits across the highway.

I immediately made a u-turn, found a safe place to pull over, and grabbed my camera from its usual spot under my seat. Since the last time I’d been by there the barn, the owners had added something new.

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In my Mom’s later years, she would occasionally see a pick-up truck pass by with an American flag flying in the back – “straight out” in the wind. This pleased her to no end.  She would have loved to look out her front windows at this huge flag on the old silo.

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(Not to be the “flag police”, but I just wish the owners had hung it with the Union [blue] to the left.)

Linking up to Barn Charm.

And So It Grows….

You may recall that one of my favorite  plants is Black-eyed Susan vine (thunbergia). After discovering it a few years ago, I look for it every spring. This year, I bought several to plant in different areas of our yard. One of my favorite places to plant it is on our deck, where the plant can grow up this old-looking weathered white trellis. This photo was taken on May 19.

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This one was taken on June 11:

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And this one was taken on August 2:

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Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks this is a good location.

Friday’s Fences…On The Dunes

…and, it should come as no surprise, a horse!

These pictures were taken last Sunday on our trip to the Outer Banks.

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Although there isn’t too much left of this sand fence, it does qualify!

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(Motor Man, my stash of fence pictures is precariously low. We need a road trip soon, so they can be replenished…)

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

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Buy Boats Visit Smithfield

If  you aren’t from the Virginia/Maryland area, chances are you’ve never heard of buy boats. And I must admit that, although I’d heard the term before, I didn’t know much about them until recently.

In years past, buy boats were used to haul cargo, usually seafood, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Primarily, watermen would pull up alongside a buy boat and sell their oysters directly to its owner.  This saved the watermen time, enabling them to keep working, rather than having to take the oysters to be sold.

Last week, about a dozen buy boats visited the town of Smithfield as part of their yearly tour of ports in the Chesapeake Bay area. They stayed overnight at Smithfield  Station Marina. The “Station” is also a restaurant and hotel, and the owners are friends of ours. They invited Motor Man and me up to the “Crow’s Nest” to have the best vantage point for photos.

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It was a gorgeous day, and I seized the opportunity to take LOTS of pictures of the scenery while I was up there.  I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of those photos in future posts.

Most of the buy boats on the tour are no longer in service, but have been repurposed as pleasure boats. The “Poppa Francis” is the exception. We were told her captain is 85 years young and works everyday.

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As it turns out, Motor Man knows the captain of another of the boats. His name is Bill Hight, and his boat is the 55th Virginia.  We were invited on board, and Motor Man took a picture of me in the wheelhouse with Captain Bill.

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A view of some of the boats at the marina with Smithfield Station in the background.

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The next day, the boats left Smithfield and sailed by our house en route to their next stop, Waterside, in Norfolk.

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Here’s Captain Bill’s boat. By the way, it was built in 1971, so it’s one of the newer boats.

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The beautiful Nellie Crockett, built in 1925:

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And the Samuel M. Bailey, built in 1957.

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My knowledge of watermen, oysters and buy boats is still very limited, but it was a treat to be able to see these boats and learn more about their place in history.

(Treasure Hunting): Treasure Received

Today’s post will show that, sometimes, treasures are delivered right to your mailbox.

Nancy is a distant cousin on my father’s side of the family.  She lived an hour or so away when we were children, so we rarely saw each other. (Travel then wasn’t as frequent nor as easy as it is these days.)  Through family circumstances, we reconnected a couple of years ago – first through snail mail and then by e-mail. She now lives in New York, and we’re hoping for an in-person visit soon. Nancy’s late mother researched the genealogy on my father’s side back to when my great-great-great grandfather, Duncan McGuriman, arrived in the United States from Glasgow, Scotland in the 1700’s.  I’m fortunate to have a copy of the family history she researched.

A couple of months ago, on my birthday, a package addressed to me from Nancy arrived in the mail. I wondered what it could be? Was it a coincidence that it arrived on my birthday? Then I remembered that she has the family history, too, so she would know my birth date.

I hurriedly opened the box and found two framed documents.  The first was a copy of the marriage bond for Duncan McGuriman.  (In “the old days”, following a marriage proposal,  the perspective groom went to the courthouse with a bondsmen, usually the father or brother of the bride, to obtain a marriage bond. No money was paid at that time. But if the marriage couldn’t take place, because of circumstances pertaining to the groom, he was required to pay the amount of the bond.)

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The bond reads: “Know all Men by these Presents that We Duncan McGuriman And John Judkins—-are held firmly bound unto his Excellency Benjamin Harrison Esq. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Sum of Fifty Pounds Current Money to be paid to the said Benjamin Harrison esquire or to his successours We bind ourselves our Heirs Executors & Administrators firmly by these Presents Sealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of February 1783 and in the Seventh year of the Commonwealth of Virginia ~

The Condition of the above Obligation is such that if there be no lawful Cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized according to The Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England under the CommonWealth of Virginia between Duncan McGuriman & Elizabeth Kerr——that this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue~

Sealed & delivered                                                               Duncan McGuriman, L.S.
In presence  of                                                                      John Judkins, L.S.
J. Faulcone

The second (smaller) framed document Nancy sent was a copy of the exterior of the marriage bond, as it was folded.

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Duncan McGuriman’s
Bond for Marriage 
Licence Feb 26, 1783

 “In the Seventh year of the Commonwealth of Virginia”: it’s amazing to me to realize that this document was written just seven years after the American Revolution.

Thanks, Nancy, this is a special gift, and  I will treasure it.