Monthly Archives: December 2016

Giddyup, Jingle Horse

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Christmas videos, guaranteed to get your toe tapping.

Motor Man and I both thought I’d included this in a post during a previous Christmas season, but I can’t find any record of it.  And, even if so, I think it’s worthy of a rerun encore performance.


Wasn’t I right? Toes tapping?

Feel free to replay. (And to sing Jingle Bell Rock — all day. You’re welcome.)

~These Days Of Mine~


Monday Morning Mews

Hello, readers: it’s Gypsy with this week’s “mews”, coming to you live from high atop the file cabinets in our shop.


I have easy access to this location by way of Motor Mommy’s desk. Her printer, conveniently located right beside the file cabinet, makes for  a convenient launch pad.


This site allows me to observe everything that happens in our office and keep a watchful eye on the humans.


Motor Mommy once read a quote about kitties preferring to be up high enough to look down on all other creatures.

And, according to the quote, that’s the reason we’ve never really cared for birds.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Happy Friday! Time for randomness:

1.) The other evening on our way to dinner, Marshall spotted a sun dog in the western sky. (Just one more thing my son has taught me….)


2.) I do believe that I have my first photo entry for the 2019 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar contest.


3.) On a recent trip to Clarksville, VA, Motor Man and I discovered yet another LOVE sign.  Virginia’s state motto is “Virginia Is For Lovers”, so signs spelling out the word LOVE are scattered over the state.  Clarksville has many recreational activities related to its lakes, and the land was once home to the Occoneechee Indians (thus the dream catcher) . We thought this was a very original sign.


4.) Another busy weekend ahead: antiquing and “live” wreath-shopping with a friend tomorrow. We aren’t tackling the horse-head wreaths again this year. We had a fun time making them last Christmas, but it was a LOT of work.

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5.) Santa is scheduled to be at Bacon’s Castle tomorrow.  I may just have to stop by to take photos.  (Any excuse to visit the Castle… )


Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

A Horse, A Carriage, A New Little Friend

Our little town really comes alive this time of year with all the Christmas festivities.  Saturday, there was a Christmas Craft Market, an antique show and sale as well as a homes tour.

A couple of friends and I toured the homes, then Motor Man met me downtown for a horse and carriage ride. We’ve done many carriage rides in other areas, but had never taken one in Smithfield.

The horse was a Percheron, and his name is Casey.  Does he look especially tall to you?  According to our driver, Casey is the second tallest horse in the world.  19 1/2 hands.


It was a beautiful day for a ride through our historic town.


After the ride,  Casey agreed to have his picture taken with me.


And with Motor Man, too.


Along with Motor Man and me on our ride was a mom and her little girl. And this little girl does love her some horses….

I took soooo many pictures of her, and her mom graciously gave me permission to share.  I ask you: is this love?


I’m glad I don’t have to choose a favorite, but this one would be in the running:


Casey was enjoying the hay she was giving him.


And the nose rubs.


I told Motor Man later that this was so much fun, perhaps I should consider childrens photography.

But only if Casey would consider moonlighting as my ‘prop’.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Good morning, readers: Sundae here.  It was my sisfur, Gypsy’s, turn to write the post today, but she graciously allowed me to write instead.  She’ll return to the blog next Monday.

The pet blogosphere was so sad when we learned the news on Friday that our dear furriend, Sammy (One Spoiled Cat), had crossed over Rainbow Bridge. Sammy would have been 17 years old in a few weeks, and his body was just tired. If you’ve been a long-time reader of These Days, you may recall that Sammy was my “boycatfriend”.

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Sammy and I “attended” many social events together: parties, picnics, dances….


Valentine’s Balls….


Isn’t he handsome? And such a gentleman.


I am so very sad, but we are all happy to hear from Sammy’s Mom, Miss Pam, that his blog will continue.  We’re looking forward to posts from “Angel Sam”.

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Sammy,  I miss you, and I was always honored to be your “girl Sundae”.

~These Days Of Mine~

Come Fly With Me, Sammy!

Today, we are participating in a VERY special blog hop to honor our dear friend, Sammy, One Spoiled Cat.

For those of you who aren’t bloggers (or aren’t familiar with Sam’s blog), Sammy is a senior kitty (nearly SEVENTEEN!), who has been blogging for several years. Recently he began having some serious health issues.  All of us in the blogging world who know Sammy and his mom, Pam, just love them.  They have fans – really – all over the world. And we all wanted to show them just how much they mean to us. After all, Sammy is Sundae’s “boycatfriend”.

Sammy’s blogging friends, Madi and Easy, are responsible for this wonderful idea.  Sadly (and suddenly), Easy passed over Rainbow Bridge earlier this week, and his blogging friends are devastated and in shock. But his Mom knew Easy would want this blog hop to take place as planned. Rest easy, Easy, we are carrying out your wishes.

 So, today, we are to share a photo of a place in our neighborhood/city or state that we think Sammy would like to visit. This is a different take on Sammy’s famous “Tuesday Teaser”.  Each Tuesday, Sammy and his mom post a photo -taken somewhere in the world – for his fans to try to identify.

We, of course, chose Bacon’s Castle. Those of you who are familiar with my blog  already know all about it. But, since there may be some new visitors today for this special occasion, here’s a short paragraph to describe it:

Bacon’s Castle is located in Surry County, Virginia, and was built in 1665. It is the oldest datable English built brick home in the U.S. My mother, along with her family, lived in the house during her teen years when it was a private residence.  It’s now open to the public, and my son, Marshall, was a guide there for several years. Motor Man and I were married there in 2002.

And it seems especially appropriate since, as all of Sammy’s friends know, he does love his bacon.

So, Sammy, Sundae says: “Let’s you and I hop in our hot air balloon and enjoy a slow, leisurely ride to “the Castle” and I’ll show you around this beautiful old place that means so much to my mommy.


Thank you for always being such a wonderful gentleman friend, Sammy. You know you have my heart.”

Love, Sundae


To see all the other places Sammy travels today, click here.

~These Days Of Mine~