Monthly Archives: November 2017

Best Escape

Although Motor Man and I have been to the Carova 4-wheel drive area of the Outer Banks when the weather wasn’t perfect, we usually try to plan our trips for pretty days.

Our most recent visit certainly qualified.

I’ve mentioned before that the ideal place to see the horses is by the ocean. Second best is on the dunes.

Horses, dunes and sand fences make for an interesting photo.

This beauty was strolling down one of the “streets”.   The horses have really started growing their woolly winter coats.

Lunch time.  I think I’ll have a side of shrubbery.

This next picture was my favorite of the day. It was taken from inside our vehicle (Motor Man lowered his window) with my zoom lens.

Folks visit the beach for various reason: to swim, fish, sunbathe, look for seashells.  Obviously, Motor Man and I have an entirely different reason for our trips, but my favorite acronym certainly applies to us:

BEACH: Best Escape Anyone Could Have.

~These Days Of Mine~



Monday Morning Mews: The Winners

Hi, readers, it’s Sundae with this week’s mews.

Today, I really have special NEWS to share: Motor Mommy asked for my help in announcing the winners of her Charlie Brown Christmas tree painted rock contest.

She decided that, rather than just give away ONE rock, she would have Motor Man draw a winner from the list of bloggers who asked to be entered in the contest and another one from the list of non-bloggers. But first, she put all the slips of paper with names on the floor by the rocks, so we could have a photo-shoot with moi.

The blogger whose name was drawn is Cindy, the author of Mama’s Empty Nest. And the non-blogger is Joyce F . Motor Mommy wanted me to let you know that your rocks will be sent out to you in the next couple of days.

Concats to the winners!  Now, wasn’t that fun? We should do it again soon!

~These Days Of Mine~


On The Subject Of Squirrels

It was unseasonably warm here yesterday, so I took the opportunity to fill the bird feeders.

And no sooner than I came back inside….

I really don’t mind the squirrels having some of the bird seed.  Thankfully, I learned long ago to attach the feeders to the tree limbs with zip-ties.

So far, at least, the feeders are remaining in place.

And the squirrels are entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, Baby Blues is one of my favorite comic strips. This was Monday’s offering, and as usual, it brought a chuckle.

~These Days Of Mine~





Monday Morning Mews

Happy Monday, readers! Gypsy here with a crazy picture for you.

Isn’t that hilarious?

Here’s how it happened:  Motor Mommy’s cell phone was lying on her desk (face up).  I had placed my paw on it, and she thought that was sooooo cute.  She reached over and turned on her phone, clicked on the camera icon, and right that second, I moved my paw.

But she did manage to get a picture of my whiskers…and my chin…and my mouth… and my nose leather! Did you know that kitties have nose leather? To quote from the internet: “the naked skin around a cat’s nostrils is called “nose leather.” And the color of our nose leather is directly related to the color of our coat.

Well, that’s it for today. This has been Gypsy, “up close and personal”, with today’s mews. Purrhaps next time, I can bring you another interesting kitty fact.


~These Days Of Mine~




Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Today, I’m sharing something that I think is pretty amazing.

Last week, my friend, Sindee, posted this photo on her Facebook page with the caption: “Saw this beautiful watercolor on Friday. Notice the stairs and the sun shining.”

When I shared the picture with Marshall, he texted in return: “I see a meadow, with an old stone stair climbing up the left, flowers in the foreground, with a very clear sky above.  Very, very odd.  Perhaps even a little pond at the base of the stairs.”

A few minutes after the first post, Sindee shared THIS picture, with the caption: “OK, maybe it was just my imagination. Nature’s watercolor!  A piling at the JRB (James River Bridge)”. Sindee and her husband had been out in their boat enjoying an unseasonably warm November day.

I find it fascinating that, first of all, there is such beauty to be found on pilings….simply markings created by the endless rising and falling of the tide.  And secondly, I’m thankful that Sindee realized that beauty and captured it in pictures. (And allowed me to share with you.)

Marshall noticed a similar landscape on the piling in the background and thought it would be fun to create a little book with the photos.  At the end of the book, the source of the pictures would be revealed. Sindee said her husband had the same thought.

Sindee’s photo is a wonderful reminder to look for magic in even the most unsuspecting places.

~These Days Of Mine~




On The Rocks (Giveaway)

You may be familiar with the current craze of rock painting/rock hiding/rock hunting.  Perhaps it’s a popular pastime in your area as it is in ours.

My friend, Bev, and her daughter began painting and hiding rocks a few months ago. When Bev invited me over to paint recently, I was skeptical. There’s much art talent in my family: my dad, my sister, my nieces, as well as my son, Marshall.  But somehow I missed the boat when that talent was being distributed.

But Bev insisted that I give it a try….and now I am hooked. (Please note that I said “hooked”….not “good”.)  She and I have had several paint sessions, and Motor Man took us to our local farm supply store to buy a bucketful of rocks.

This was one of the first I painted.  Bev helped me with the hat, and I decided not to part with this one.

I really had fun with this next rock: it was Marshall’s Halloween gift. He’s a horror movie fan and actually met Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger) in person.

This was painted for my friend, Donna’s, birthday. It’s a silhouette of her sweet kitty, Dreamsicle, watching the sunset. I was inspired by a photo Donna shared on Facebook.  My sunset isn’t nearly as striking as the one in her photo: only God can paint a sky like that.

I painted this next rock for my friend, Pam, and (bravely) gave it to her during our visit last week.   Keep in mind that Pam is an excellent artist,  so I asked her to remember that this was done by a novice.  Pam is so special: she truly believes that anyone can be an artist and a poet.

Now we’re starting to work on Christmas rocks.  Most of our ideas come from Pinterest, and when I saw Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, I knew I had to paint it.

When my cousin, Lona, was in the convalescent home, I gave her a Charlie Brown tree for her room.  After she passed away, the tree came home with me, and I display it every year, always with special thoughts of her. I plan to paint several of these in the days to come and hide them in her memory.  She taught preschool at our church, so hopefully, little ones will find these rocks. I know she’d be pleased.

And I’ve decided to have a little giveaway here on my blog – if you’d like to win one of my Charlie Brown rocks, just indicate that in your comment, and you’ll be entered.  (And please remember, they’re painted by a novice!)

~These Days Of Mine~






Monday Morning Mews: Profiling

Good morning, efurryone! I’m Sundae: it’s Monday.  (See what I did there?)

Motor Mommy took this picture of me recently while I was hanging out on my window seat.  It’s one of my most favorite places in the house.

I was watching five deer who were grazing in the yard.

There’s always something interesting to see from my window seat.

But…..way to get up close and personal, Mom…..


~These Days Of Mine~