Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Very Special Meeting

Many of you will remember my previous mentions here of a young man named Matthew. A quick refresher: my late sister, June, was a member of an online knitting forum and became fond of many of the others in the group, one of those being a sweet lady named Mary.  Matthew is Mary’s son.  He is an amazing artist and a few years ago, asked permission to sketch from my photos that June shared through my blog and my Facebook page.  Oh, and Matthew is autistic.

Mary and I became Facebook friends through June, and Mary learned that Motor Man and I usually attend a yearly racing industry trade show in Indianapolis. She asked that I let her know the next time we planned to be in that area, and she would drive there so we could meet.

That happened last Thursday on a cold, windy, snowy morning.  We met at Connor Prairie, a settlement museum just outside of Indy.  My first thought was of June and how pleased she would be that we actually met in person. In fact, silly me was a little teary-eyed.

Matthew brought a couple of his framed sketches to show me, because snapshots just don’t do them justice. This is a sketch based on one of my wild horse photos.

Mary had previously given me a few pointers on interacting with Matthew, since I don’t know anyone affected by autism. She asked me to convey to you that Matthew’s lack of a smile doesn’t mean that he isn’t happy.

We exchanged gifts. I took Matthew a painted rock (a horse), some treasures that I found while beach combing and some cotton from a field, since I knew that wasn’t a crop grown in his home state of Michigan. (Not a flattering pic of me, but I love the candidness of us talking about the cotton.)

Matthew gave me my choice of a beautiful ceramic shark or a pottery bowl, both of which he had made. I liked them both, and chose the bowl.  Mary brought me several things. One is a sweet handpainted (by a friend of hers) magnet with a scene of the sunrise by the ocean. It was in that beautiful origami box that Mary made. There was also a cute little mouse ornament, an assortment of dish towels and a hand knitted (by Mary) hanger to attach them to a cabinet or oven door.  The light blue square object under the towel is a hand-knitted “scrubby” for dishes. I didn’t realize that there’s now a special yarn to make scrubbies.

The three of us enjoyed walking through the museum, although the outdoor activities were closed for the season.

And we had a little fun in the gift shop. No, I didn’t buy the hat, but those warm cranberry-colored mittens were impossible to resist, and I added that Connor Prairie mug to my collection.

We posed for pictures in the beautifully decorated lobby before enjoying lunch at a nearby restaurant.   Then Mary graciously offered to drive me back to the hotel in downtown Indy, saving me cab fare.

Oh, and by the way, Mary drove over three hours each way from their home just to make this meeting happen. I am so humbled that she and Matthew went to that extreme.  And I know June was smiling the entire time.

And, just a little coincidence: tomorrow would be June’s birthday.

~These Days Of Mine~




Monday Morning Mews: Lock Screen

Hi, readers! This is Sundae, bringing you today’s mews.

In the evenings, when Motor Mommy relaxes in her recliner, I sometimes make my way to her lap.  A few days ago, she was checking something on her cell phone, and, while looking over her shoulder,  I discovered something that made me quite a happy kitty.

A picture of me!  Motor Mommy has this picture of ME as her lock screen photo – whatever that is…..

She thinks that’s a cute picture of me. Truthfully, I think I was in the middle of  a bath. (I ask you: can’t a kitty have any privacy…?)

Anyway, Motor Mommy must really like having a picture of me wherever she goes.  I bet she even shows it to strangers if the subject of kitties arises.

~These Days Of Mine~

Christmas Year Round

I don’t do a lot of decorating for Christmas…just the basics: a slim “pencil” tree in the living room, candles in the windows, a fresh green wreath on the front door, and a few special things placed here and there inside our home.

But, there are three Christmas items that I leave up year-round.

The first is a “beachy” Santa that I bought many years ago at a craft show. He’s in our foyer, and fits so perfectly in that spot, I decided to just let him remain there all year.

A couple of years ago, I discovered this resin Nativity in a catalog and knew that it would be a perfect gift for special friends.  But I thought it was so sweet, I decided to order one for our home too.  It’s only about two inches wide by eleven inches tall. I love how it progresses from the angel at the top to the Holy Family, the Magi and the animals.

And last year, another special friend gave me this sweet Nativity scene that she made with a shell, some sea glass and extra embellishments.  I decided to keep this on our mantel all year.

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
 Charles Dickens

~These Days Of Mine~


Busy Weekend

‘Tis the season….for busy weekends.

Saturday, we met friends for lunch at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.  The Jefferson, built in 1895, is beautifully decorated for the holidays.  The folks you see in this picture were attending a private gathering to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The five of us posed on the balcony overlooking the tree. (Motor Man jokes about him being in the company of four women…)

And, of course, Motor Man and I had a picture taken of the two of us.

Each year, the Jefferson pastry chefs and their elves create a gingerbread masterpiece. This year it was a “Flying Santa” in his airplane, made from over 200 pounds of gingerbread and various icings and candies. (I wonder how many hours of work? The posted sign didn’t say.)

Also this weekend, our little town celebrated Christmas in Smithfield.  The weekend included an antique show and carriage rides, featuring Roxanne the horse. Motor Man knows how I am about horses, so if there’s a carriage ride available, we’re  usually there.

And so begins the busy month of December. It’s off to a good start!

~These Days Of Mine~



Monday Morning Mews: Crinkling And Purring

Hi, readers. Gypsy here – and today it’s my turn to post.

One of the toys I have in our my office is a “crinkle tunnel”.  It is SO cool; I really love the sound it makes. It rattles like paper.

Motor Mommy took this picture of me in it. Oh, and you can see my little springy toys too. They’re really fun to play with; they’re so light, they practically fly around even if I barely touch them with my paw.

BUT, Motor Mommy also took a very short video of me…you can hear the sound of my crinkle tunnel.  Listen carefully:


Did you hear me purring my motor running?   But of course: that’s ’cause I am a Motor Kitty!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a RFF, so I thought I’d start off the month of December with some random thoughts.

1.) For Mother’s Day, 2011, Marshall gave me this pretty potted mum.

It has definitely “gone forth and multiplied”.

2.) For the past couple of years, my friend, Donna, self-proclaimed “bird nerd”, has inspired me to feed our feathered friends. It IS fun to glance out the window and see them fluttering around the feeders.  Oh, and the snowman feeders was  a Christmas gift from Donna a few years go.

3.) We aren’t sure what the commercial fishermen were “harvesting” in our nearby James River, but Motor Man nor I had ever seen so many work boats as we did earlier this week.

It was difficult to get a good picture (we need a helicopter). This doesn’t really show the extent of the boats, they were upriver as far as we could see.

4.) Early morning is such a pretty time of day. I had to make a u-turn to go back for this fog-on-the-water shot.

5.) I’m sure if you were following my blog earlier this year, you know that I’m a fan of April, the giraffe.  Now, I’m not usually one to wear novelty clothing, but I saw this top recently and just couldn’t resist. Sweet April putting the star on top of her tree.

Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~