Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gypsy’s Journal – Page 8


Hello, Mr. Shop Visitor. From my extensive research, I have determined that you have a kitty at home.

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Mmmmmm…..better than catnip.

~These Days Of Mine~

Surf, Sand, Sunrise….And A Horse

The last photos I shared of the beach were taken on a frighteningly foggy morning.

Our most recent trip was much more pleasant.

We were on the beach before sunrise.  (Golden hour contrails.)

contrails 3-24-2016 6-49-42 AM

Here comes the sun!

sunrise 3-24-2016 6-59-42 AM

There weren’t many folks on the beach that time of day, but shore birds were in abundance.

birds and sunrise 3-24-2016 7-22-06 AM

We only saw one horse; the consensus of the experts seems to be that, with springtime greenery sprouting, the horses are spending much of their time in the brush.

horse 3-24-2016 7-28-21 AM

It would have been nice to see more horses, but with a morning this beautiful…

sun over dune 3-24-2016 7-11-56 AM

…we have no complaints.

~These Days Of Mine~

Sundae Says: “I’m Glad I’m A Cat”

“You know how it is when you have guests over in the evening, and they stay…and stay….and stay.

sundae1 3-22-2016 8-37-50 AM

And you just get so sleepy, you’re trying to stifle a yawn? (If you’re a human, that’s what happens. If you’re a cat, you just go with the yawn.)

sundae yawn 3-22-2016 8-37-53 AM

When my pawrents’ friend has guests that linger late into the night, he just says to his wife: “Honey, we should be going to bed: these folks might want to leave.”

sundae sleeping 3-23-2016 8-56-28 AM

Sigh…. I’m just glad I’m a cat. Things are so much simpler in our world.

~These Days Of Mine~

One Picture: Lots Of Memories

Last week, our local paper published an article about the library and included a picture of a group of children at story time.

That brought back memories of a library-related newspaper article  when Marshall was a young boy.  So, for “Throwback Thursday” on Facebook last week, I shared the picture that appeared in that article.


“Marshall, 8, looks for one of four books he’s allowed to check out, as his mother looks at his earlier selections.”

It was July, 1988. At that time, our library was located in one of the old homes in town.  There was a shortage of books, especially so during the summer reading program, which was the subject of this article.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Marshall is just one of the 254 children participating in the reading program.  Sitting cross-legged on the library floor, his mother peruses the thinning shelves of children’s books, hunting for just the right selections for her 8-year old.

His last choice, “All About Mars” with a picture of the red planet on the cover, satisfies him, and Marshall carts his heavy booty down the well worn stairs. This stack will replace the pile he laid on the counter when he came in.

The reading club alleviates some of the summer boredom, parents say. ‘This gives him something to look forward to,’ (Marshall’s mom) says. ‘When he gets tired of playing outside, he comes in and picks up a book’.”

And here’s a thought that jolted me when I found this newspaper article last week:

When this picture was taken, I was the age that Marshall is now…..

~These Days Of Mine~

In A Fog

In Friday’s post, I shared this photo of a recent sunrise.

sunrise 3-17-2016 6-13-11 AM

It was taken the morning of our most recent day trip. Motor Man and I both woke up very early that morning (before 4:30; still adjusting to the time change, I suppose).  We decided to just get the day started, and left early for the Outer Banks.

Although the weather had been nice during our two hour drive there, just as we were going onto the beach, we began to see fog.

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Visibility was the worst I’ve ever experienced – no more than three car lengths in front of us.  We drove along at a crawl,  both of us straining to see possible oncoming vehicles, pedestrians or horses. Thankfully, the few vehicles we saw on the beach were also driving cautiously.

truck on beach 3-17-2016 10-26-01 AM

We did see two people walking along the beach, and it was a bit frightening how close we were to them before we actually saw them. I don’t think they realized the possible danger of walking on the beach in those conditions.

I trust Motor Man with my life, and I KNEW that we were driving parallel to the ocean, but the fog was so disorienting that it was easy to imagine us driving INTO the water.

ocean 3-17-2016 8-29-19 AM

It was a relief when we were finally able to drive over the dunes….away from the ocean.

I’ve shared photos before of the old Wash Woods Coast Guard station on the beach.  No matter the weather, she’s a beauty: eerily so on this trip.

lifesaving station 3-17-2016 8-56-49 AM

Unfortunately, even after a potentially treacherous trip, we didn’t see any wild horses this time. We spent quite a bit of time driving around all the places we normally see them, but they weren’t to be found.

And by the time we left the beach, the sun had burned off nearly all the fog.

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Needless to say, the trip leaving the beach was much more pleasant than our drive earlier in the morning.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Closing out the week with five random thoughts:

1.)  You’re never too old to daydream. Nearly three years ago, friends of ours introduced us to friends of theirs who own a Gypsy horse farm. After we visited, I began following them on Facebook. Yesterday, they posted that they’re offering this 3-year old colt, named Bolt, for sale.  Alas, it’s only a daydream: I’m too old, have nowhere to keep him, no time to take care of him…. but isn’t he one of God’s most beautiful creatures?

colt for sale

And, he has blue eyes. Sigh…….a girl can dream…..

bolts blue eyes

2.) The weather recently has been unbelievably nice. And the sunsets beyond gorgeous. This one was March 9:

sunset sooc 3-9-2016 6-14-20 PM

And this was Wednesday evening’s.

sunset 3-16-2016 6-18-24 PM

3.) Next week, I’ll share a post about our most recent day trip. It involved an early morning; we were about an hour from home when we caught the sunrise.

sunrise 3-17-2016 6-13-11 AM

4.) I’m still adjusting to the time change, waking (for some reason) every morning between 3 and 4 am.  Thankfully, most mornings, I do catch another couple of hours of sleep.  I remember when I was a child, and Daylight Savings Time began, my mom and grandmother would often say: “Well, it’s only {for example} five o’clock by the sun.”  Now, when I compare the actual time to what time it is by the sun, I think of them and smile.

5.)  Motor Man is always sharing funny stories from his childhood with me.  This past week, he shared one I hadn’t heard.  When he was a young boy, he lived on a fairly busy street.  He and his buddies partners-in-crime would occasionally crouch down between parked cars and when a car would pass by, they would make the sound of a police siren.  Well, of course, I had to get him to re-enact for me.

Your randoms today?

~These Days Of Mine~

I Must Confess

You probably recall the post from last month when I shared Motor Man’s and my celebration of the anniversary our first date.

To recap: the restaurant where we’d gone on our first date closed a few years ago, the building was demolished, and just recently, a new Krispy Kreme donut shop has opened on that site.  So that’s where we went last month to celebrate.

But, now…..I must confess.  Our first date was ACTUALLY on March 13, not February 13.  I realized that a few days after I published that post.

When I mentioned that to Motor Man, he said that something just didn’t seem right; he didn’t recall our first date being that close to Valentine’s Day.  But, he says I’m better about remembering dates than he is, so he didn’t question me.

We discussed it with Marshall a few days later, and he said that he knew the date was March 13, not February. (He had joined us on the first date.) But he was too much of a gentleman to call me on it.

So, what to do?

Of course!  Motor Man and I were forced to return to Krispy Kreme Sunday evening to celebrate the real anniversary of our first date.


Now, I wonder what excuse we could come up with to go to Krispy Kreme next month??

~These Days Of Mine~