Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Facebook Concert Meme

There’s a current Facebook meme making the rounds in which you list ten artists and state that you’ve seen nine of them perform in person. Your friends are asked to choose which one you have not seen in concert.

Yesterday, I decided to play along.  Although I’ve been to many other concerts, this is my list for the game:

1.) Chicago
2.) Hank Williams, Jr.
3.) Elton John
4.) The Oak Ridge Boys
5.) Elvis Presley
6.) Fats Domino
7.) Jimmy Buffett
8.) Lynyrd Skynyrd
9.) Alan Jackson
10.) Brooks & Dunn

Many friends shared their guesses and some posted their own list.

I decided to stretch the fun out a little longer, write about some of the concerts I’ve attended and reveal the answer to my Facebook post on today’s blog.

CHICAGO was my first concert experience.  It was the summer I was eighteen, fresh out of high school. I drove my ’64 yellow Mustang with black interior and 3-speed on the floor.  My nephew, 2 years younger than me, and a buddy of his went with me.

 HANK WILLIAMS, JR. I must admit, the only reason I saw Hank live back in the mid 80’s was because the group Sawyer Brown opened for him, and I was (and still am) a huge Sawyer Brown fan. Hank’s crowd was a bit too rowdy for me.

ELTON JOHN.  A few months after Motor Man and I began dating, we went with another couple to an Elton John concert at an amphi-theater in Virginia Beach.  The concert was outside, following days of rain, and it was COLD, so it wasn’t the most comfortable of venues. Elton put on a fabulous show, however.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS. My friend, Bev, and I became fans of this group in the early 1980’s. Marshall, then a toddler,  associated William Lee Golden, the group’s member who had long hair and a longer beard, with their hit song “Elvira”. One Sunday morning, a man with long hair and a beard walked into our church, and Marshall said (out loud): “Look, Mom! It’s Elvira!”

ELVIS PRESLEY.  Yes, Marshall’s dad and I went to see Elvis in the early 70’s before we were married.  Of course, our seats were so far away, he was just a tiny speck on the stage.

FATS DOMINO.  Ah, Fats. Marshall’s dad and I saw Fats in concert, also in the early 1970’s, and we had front-row center seats.  What a great performer. Sadly, I had camera issues that night, and did not get any photos. Whenever Fats saw someone standing at the stage with a camera, he flashed the biggest smile you can imagine.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD.  For many years, a friend of Motor Man’s and mine participated in the Kyle Petty cross-country motorcycle trip. This friend wanted his young daughter to be part of the festivities when the group returned to Kyle’s farm in North Carolina following the 2001 ride.  We agreed to bring his daughter to the event, and in turn, we were given tickets to attend. And, Skynyrd was performing. But, did I get pictures?  No….however, this was the crowd attending.

BROOKS & DUNN.  On the spur of the moment, Motor Man and I went to see B & D in concert in 2004, and had fairly good seats for the show.

The artist from that list that I have not seen in person is Jimmy Buffett. Motor Man and I both like his music, and he does come to our area occasionally.  But we’ve never attended one of his concerts.

And now….a HUGE confession, and this is so very embarrassing.   I  named Alan Jackson as one of the artists on my list.  Well, I’ve never seen him in concert either.

The country singer I had in mind was Tracy Lawrence, who appeared in concert at our local racetrack several years ago.  Motor Man and I attended, and I took this picture of Tracy with one of his young fans.  And by the way, that little fella knew every word to every song.

So I apologize to my Facebook friends (and to those of you reading this post  who were also guessing).  There are, in fact, two artists on my list that I have not seen live in concert.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wipe the egg off my face.  And sing a little “Elvira”.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

And The Winners Are

Last week, I announced a giveaway in honor of April, the giraffe’s, new baby boy. The prize is this adorable children’s book.

Normally the word “giveaway” in a blog title brings entries from far and near. Not so this time.  I only had three fellow bloggers comment that they wished to be included in the giveaway, and seven non-bloggers.  So, I decided to give away two books: one to a blogger and one to a non blogger.

Sundae picked the winner in the blogger division.  The name she chose (by a nose) was Pam, who co-writes “Two Spoiled Cats” along with her kitties, Angel Sammy and Baby Teddy.

And the non-blogger, whose name was drawn from a hat by Motor Man, is my friend, former classmate and loyal blog follower, Shirley Dunn.

Thanks, everyone, for reading and commenting.  Enjoy your books!

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Good morning, friends! This is Gypsy reporting this week’s news with you.

Motor Man took this picture recently of Motor Mommy brushing my forehead with my very own kitty brush.

I guess you humans can compare it to a massage, or in Motor Mommy’s case, a pedicure.  (Sorry for the blurry pic: Motor Man hurried to get it because I was being so cute.)

Ah….thanks, Motor Mommy…for spoiling me. I’m so happy I adopted you two for my family.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Just Horsin’ Around

Motor Man and I took advantage of a beautiful spring day recently and headed to the Outer Banks.

The past few times we’ve been, we haven’t seen many horses, but this time we saw 14, including this one enjoying a stroll along the beach.

A few were hanging out on the dunes.

And this one was channeling a Friesian.

Tis spring, so the young bucks are a bit restless; we witnessed much whinnying, rearing up and running.

And this one was apparently looking to check into his accommodations for the week.

~These Days Of Mine~

Celebrating April With A Giveaway

Confession time: I am one of those hundred of thousands of folks who has been watching the April the Giraffe web-cam at for the past couple of months.  I wouldn’t say that I am obsessed (although Motor Man may tend to lean that way), but I check in on her several many times throughout the day. (And sometimes during the night.)

To say that I was thrilled to be at home and watching Saturday morning when it became apparent that labor had begun would be an understatement. Although I grew up in the country, I didn’t actually live on a farm, so I’d never seen the birth of any animal.

Using the word “miracle” to describe the event would not be an exaggeration.

Since Saturday morning, it’s been fun watching the little guy romp around the pen, making laps around his mom. The web-cam will be turned off at the end of this week, with perhaps sporadic viewing available after that.  Word is that a permanent camera will be installed in the giraffe yard after the park opens for its season in May.

I’ve learned quite a bit about giraffes in the past 2 months: they only sleep about 30 minutes a day, those “things” on their heads are called ossicones, their hooves are the size of dinner plates, and their tongues are dark purple to prevent sunburn while they’re eating leaves from tall trees. Sadly, I also learned that their numbers in the wild have been steadily decreasing. Hopefully, April and her family have helped draw attention to that fact. Some of the donations that have been made to the park during this time will be shared with the Giraffe Conservancy Fund.

These days, I find myself noticing everything giraffe-related, including this adorable children’s book I bought last week.

So, to celebrate April and the birth of her baby (as yet unnamed), I am having a giveaway, and the prize will be this little book. I only wish it had been around for bedtime stories when Marshall was a little boy.

Just leave a comment and let me know if you’d like to be included in the giveaway. It’s a sweet book (even if you don’t have any little ones), and/or would make a nice gift or donation to a library.

Oh, and you have a day or two left to see the web-cam, if you want to take a chance on becoming addicted. Note: Baby Giraffe’s favorite spot is in a corner, so he’s not in camera range all the time.  Click here……and you’re welcome.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Greetings, efurryone! Sundae here with the mews today.

 

You may recall that, a couple of weeks ago, my step-sisfur, Gypsy, was featured in an interview on the blog Piglove, written by our new buddy, Bacon. Well, Bacon also offered me that same opportunity, and my interview appeared on last week’s Spotlight Thursday, which you can read here.

Don’t worry: Gypsy and I have agreed not to let the fame go to our respective heads. We’ll still be the same down-to-earth-girls you’ve come to know and love.

Thanks, again, Bacon!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Random Five Friday, so today’s the day!

1.) With Easter being this Sunday, I thought I’d share a picture of Marshall, taken at my Mom’s house the Easter Sunday he was five.  That’s a superhero action figure he’s holding; most likely it was in his Easter basket.  (I’m guessing he’ll say which one it was in his comment on this post today.) And although I’m not a seamstress by any stretch, let me just say that I made his white slacks AND the navy jacket.

2. Have you ever seen a deer stand at attention?  Neither had we until recently. We never did determine what had his interest.

3.) Yesterday morning’s sunrise with a sky full of contrails.

4.) Speaking of sunrise, Sundae was creeping down the hall a few mornings ago (it’s a game she plays sometimes with Motor Man. When he’s not looking, she’ll slowly move toward him. Then when he looks at her, she stops dead-still, as if she’s invisible if she’s not moving.)   Motor Man commented on how the early morning sun was causing her reflection on the hardwood floor. Thankfully, the camera was nearby.

5.) Have you been missing pictures of the Outer Banks horses? Yeah, me, too.  So here’s a beauty from our trip a couple of weeks ago. We’re looking forward to warm weather when the horses will be out and about and easier to find. We’ve really had to search for them on our past few trips.

Happy Easter weekend, everyone.

~These Days Of Mine~