Monthly Archives: November 2017

Purrfect Furiends

Seven years ago in September, I began blogging. Shortly after that, I “met” (online) another blogger, Pam, who co-wrote her blog, One Spoiled Cat, with her ginger kitty, Sammy.

Pam and I became fast friends and began emailing each other every day. She and her husband, Dave, live about three hours from us.  Motor Man and I have met them several times for lunch and antiquing, they visited and stayed overnight in our little town several years ago, and last summer, we gave them a quick tour of the Outer Banks, including a visit to “my” wild horses.

Sadly, Sammy passed over Rainbow Bridge last December. Pam continued to write her blog, keeping Sammy’s memory alive.  When she and Dave were ready, Angel Sammy “arranged” for them to be adopted by a new ginger kitty, whom they named Teddy. And now, the title of her blog is Two Spoiled Cats: Sammy and Teddy are co-authors.

Although emailing is a wonderful means of keeping in touch, sometimes you just need to see each other in person….and share a hug. So yesterday, my Motor Man drove three hours each way so that we could visit Pam and Dave. AND…..I could meet their new kitty, Teddy.

And what a love bug he is.

Sammy was always very shy, so we never had a chance to meet him.  But Teddy certainly isn’t shy and  greeted us soon after we arrived.

I LOVE this picture of Pam, but I hate that Teddy’s eyes reflected in the camera’s flash.

We forced ourselves to leave Teddy long enough to go have a yummy lunch with Dave and Pam in downtown Warrenton.

Afterward, we toured the Fauquier County museum at the old jail, portions of which were built in 1808. It’s reportedly haunted, and although I can’t attest to that, it is….spooky.

We then returned to Pam and Dave’s for more Teddy time. (Note the red laser dot between his paws.)

I am so thankful for the friendship Pam and I share, and that our husbands enjoy each other’s company.

We’re already looking forward to our next get-together.  Hopefully SOON.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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No Surprise Here

It seems that, each week, I share photos from a trip to the Outer Banks. And this week is no different.  These are from a couple of recent trips, and if we’re friends on Facebook, you may have already seen one or two of them.

On one of our trips, the sun was just beginning to break through the heavy clouds of the early morning.  It made for some interesting scenery.  This is the fence at the southernmost portion of the 4-wheel drive beach. It prevents the wild horses from straying from their area. There’s also a cattle-guard across the highway for the same purpose.

Clouds, sea oats and a fence.

It appears this cattle egret has a secret for his horse friend.  Pssst…..

Waves and tree stumps.

As I’ve shared many times, although we love seeing the wild horses ANYWHERE, it’s always a special treat to see them by the ocean.

And near the dunes.

But, as we were beginning our return trip off the 4-wheel drive area, we spotted pelicans on the shore, and had to stop for pictures. (Thankful for a zoom lens.)

I shared this next one on my Facebook page and had comments from friends comparing this to a pastor with his congregation or a policeman directing traffic. One friend commented that it appeared the gull was attempting to shoo away the pelican.

No matter the weather, no matter the condition of the sand or the ocean, no matter how many horses we see or their location, we always enjoy our beach trips.

No surprise there.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Monday Morning Mews: The Game

It’s Monday and heeeeere’s…..Gypsy!

Hi, readers!  Motor Mommy and I recently discovered a new game at the office.

I was on the tippy top of the file cabinet, so Motor Mommy stooped down really low and aimed the camera up at me.

She seemed to think it was a lot of fun.

So I obliged.

Motor Man and I like it when Motor Mommy is happy and having fun.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

SOOCP

SOOCP (straight out of the cell phone).

This photo was taken on a recent trip to the Outer Banks. It had been overcast earlier in the morning, but the sun was just starting to break through the clouds and was reflecting in the water.

I took this (while leaning out of the passenger side window) with my cell phone, and it has not been edited in any way.

Although SOOC (straight out of the camera) shots are much preferred, I will occasionally straighten, crop, lighten or darken a picture. My edits are always very limited though.  Extreme photo-shopping makes for dramatic photos, but that’s rarely the effect I want.

Of course, we had our regular camera with us that day (and I took MANY pictures with it), but I used my cell phone for this one so I could send it to Marshall.

But, as with all my photos, I take no credit for this shot: we just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  With a cell phone.

~These Days Of Mine~