Monthly Archives: August 2014

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.


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~

“Bloom Where You’re Planted”

The title of today’s post is one of my favorite quotes and seems fitting for my annual post, sharing photos of this summer’s flowers in and around our yard.

This old wheelbarrow has been a fixture on our front porch for several years. As usual, a sweet potato vine is part of this summer’s display, along with a gerbera daisy, blooming proudly.

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I love to shop the plant clearance aisles at Lowe’s or Home Depot. This orange zinnia was on sale earlier this summer for a couple of dollars. It just needed a little love.

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Another sale item: this gorgeous petunia. (It was rather sad looking when I brought it home. I think it’s happier on our deck than it was on the clearance rack at Lowe’s.)

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I’d never thought of planting purslane in a flowerbed rather than a container until I saw it at the entrance to a business in town. (The yellow lantana, vinca and zinnia were planted last year; I’m happy they’re back.)

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Speaking of purslane, I love this variegated one that I planted in an old enamel coffeepot.

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A friend gave me this huge hanging begonia for my birthday. I don’t have anywhere to hang it, so it will have afternoon shade. But it seems content on the deck.

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And, last but not least,  “that ol moss”, planted in an old tea kettle that I found recently at an antique shop. It’s mine for now, but, in the future, could be a gift for a friend.

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I’ll miss all these blooms when summer’s over.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a rather uneventful week, but maybe I can come up with five random thoughts today.

1.) A wren has built a nest in this little birdhouse perched on a rustic old stool on our deck. I think she’s finally getting accustomed to us walking by her home.

wren bird house 8-14-2014 8-26-03 AM

2.) Speaking of birds, here’s this week’s hummingbird photo.  I’m not sure why, but he looks HUGE! I think I still have just the one hummie coming to my feeder.  Once in awhile, I’ll see two, but they always seem to have a little show-down,  and then they both fly away.

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3.) Last week, I walked too close to the recliner, resulting in what I think is a broken little toe. (I’ll spare you a photo of that.) You know: the one who cried “whee, whee, whee” all the way home”?  Well, mine’s just crying.

4.) Marshall sent me this picture of his kitty, Snugg. I think Snugg’s a little camera hog, and I think Marshall has an eye for a nice photo.

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5.) And lest Sundae be jealous, I’ll share a photo of her showing off entertaining us when my niece and her son were visiting. (Gypsy will have her time in the spotlight next week.)

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And that’s it for my random five this week.  What randomness is happening in your world?

~These Days Of Mine~

Evening Sky

Tuesday, there was an 80% chance of rain for our area. Most of the day was rain-free, but we had a brief shower in the early evening while  Motor Man and I were at dinner. When we arrived home and looked out over the river, this is what we saw.  You may want to click to enlarge: there was a dark odd-shaped cloud to the left, and a portion of a rainbow to the right.

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 A little later in the evening,  the sky was such pretty shades of blue.

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Groom Swan was here.

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And so was Bride Swan.

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 Dramatic skies and “my” swans…

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…we thought it to be a perfect evening.

~These Days Of Mine~

Portulaca: It’s What’s For Dinner

One evening last week, I started out with my camera to take pictures of the sunset. As I stepped outside, though, I found a different photo subject in one of our flowerbeds.

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I very slowly took the camera strap from my shoulder and aimed in the direction of our little visitor. He obviously didn’t realize that eating the portulaca is a no-no.

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 “Uh-oh, am I in trouble?”  Well, you would be, if you weren’t so cute.

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“Well, just the same, I think I’ll be leaving now.”

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(Shhh, don’t tell little fawn, but after he left, I sprayed the portulaca with Liquid Fence.)

~These Days Of Mine~

Disappointed In NatGeo

I normally steer clear of any controversial subjects, but this shocked me to the point that I really felt the need to post about it.

Yesterday afternoon, when Motor Man came home from the shop, he sat down to relax and turned on the tv. He was flipping through the channels, as usual, and I was in and out of the room.

He landed on an episode of “Going Deep” on National Geographic, and the show was about paper airplanes. I was half listening to it as I checked my e-mail.

I wasn’t familiar with that show or the host, David Rees. I could not believe what I was hearing when he made a comment about how the ratings for that particular episode should be exceptional and used God’s name in vain in the sentence.

And if that weren’t bad enough, he said the same thing later in the show.

Okay, remember that this is National Geographic. Is this not considered educational tv? And is this show not taped? So that phrase could certainly have been cut from the show,  or at least “bleeped”.

I posted this as a status update on my Facebook page, and one of my friends commented that I should ride the school bus and listen to the language there. Agreed. BUT, those are CHILDREN, using bad language to make themselves feel like grown-ups.

David Rees is an adult….on a tv channel whose purpose is to educate. He should be leading by example. If he must use that language in order to express himself, in my opinion,  he’s the wrong person for the job. And yes, I fired off an email to NatGeo, letting them know how I feel. And Motor Man agrees; we most likely won’t be watching that channel again.

I realize that I’m a fuddy-duddy old lady. And I’m sure I’ll have readers who disagree with me, and that’s fine. I just can’t see any reason why obscene language belongs on afternoon tv, much especially National Geographic. 

~These Days Of Mine~