Monthly Archives: January 2018

Monday Morning Mews: My Gift

Hi, efurryone: this is Sundae, and do I have some mnews for you today!

As you may know, I have a kitty seat which rests on the sill of one of the windows in my pawrents’ bedroom. And, last week, Motor Mommy bought me………my very own….bird feeder!

She placed it on a shepherd’s hook right outside MY window.

It didn’t take long for the birds to discover it.

I am having the furry best time watching and chattering at those birdies when they come to feed.

Motor Mommy tried to take a picture of me while some birds were on the feeder, but that didn’t go as she’d hoped.

Needless to say, I am loving all my new entertainment.  Thanks, Motor Mommy! You and Motor Man are the furry best pawrents any kitty could have.

~These Days Of Mine~



Leave My Patterns Out Of It

Some of my earliest memories are of my mom sitting at this old Singer treadle sewing machine, making nearly all her clothes, my clothes and tiny dresses for my dolls.

Later, when I tried my hand at sewing, I found that clothes weren’t really my strong point and focused instead on making fabric “rag” dolls (Raggedy Ann, etc.)

When Marshall’s dad and I owned the local Ben Franklin store, sewing patterns were a popular item. Since I was in charge of the sewing department, it was my job to update the pattern cabinets…..quite a chore when the company would send us a new pattern whose number fell in sequence in the middle of one of the drawers. Several years ago, the building was sold, as well as most of the fixtures.  The pattern cabinets, however, had no takers. I took this picture just before the building was demolished.

So, when I saw this book while shopping recently, I thought what a clever, CLEVER idea: give captions to those vintage sewing pattern images.

I thumbed through a few pages, and the captions I read were quite humorous. So I purchased it and, later, when I had a few moments, sat down to read it.

I began to think that this book would be a nice gift for a dear friend who does quite a bit of sewing.

But, then the sub-title of the book, “the seamy side of fashion”, came into play with this obviously racial caption.

And this, with its sexual innuendo.

There were several other racial and sexual references. And a caption for a pattern for little boys clothes, referring to “dank weed”.

Upon reading the info provided on the book’s author, I find that she’s a comedian. Well, I’m sure some might appreciate the humor, but it didn’t “cut” it with me.

The book will be in my next bag of give-aways heading to the thrift shop.

Yes, I’m a fuddy-duddy old lady, but I find it sad that what could have been a truly fun book instead includes racial and sexual content.  The author dedicates the book to her “mom and gram and grammie and grums”.

They must be so proud.

~These Days Of Mine~













Morning Rainbow

As quickly as it came, it was gone;
I was out there alone.
Could it possibly be
that it was meant just for me?

A comforting thought
at a stressful time,
that God would send a rainbow
that I could call mine.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews: It’s A Box!

Hi, efurryone! It’s Gypsy here, and I have a fun Monday Morning Mews for you.

My pawrents always have a huge wall calendar in our office, one of those that shows the entire year.  When the 2018 calendar arrived a couple of weeks ago, Motor Mommy put the empty box on the floor, just to see if I would notice.

Then she took this video of me. It starts off a little shaky, but improves after a few seconds. Motor Mommy thought we shouldn’t edit out the shaky part, because she wanted you to see me pushing the box across the floor.


Did you see me jump just a little when my nose touched the file cabinet?  A little electrical shock there; that’s what happens when you play on the carpet and then touch metal.

So, what do you think? Did I do a good job inspecting that box?  I still don’t understand why I couldn’t fit inside it. They obviously just made it too small.

~These Days Of Mine~


Ice, Ice Everywhere!

You may recall that our area was in the path of the “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm last week. Since then, we’ve had warm temperatures and most of the snow is gone.   There was quite a bit of ice on the river, though, and some of that still remains.

It made for some nice photo ops, and I’m sharing some of those pictures today.

Sunset, ice and a contrail Tuesday evening.

The setting sun was reflecting on a thawed area of the river, and some of “my” ducks were enjoying their little swimming hole.

Others were doing a bit of ice skating nearby.

The deer heard  there was a photo op and cooperated by paying a visit.

I took this short video yesterday morning just before sunrise. The roar you hear in the background is that of a work boat heading out to the James River.  There’s also some duck “chatter” with one rather boisterous one. I think he was demanding that I stop videoing and feed them breakfast corn.


Pretty scenery indeed, but is anyone else ready for spring?

~These Days Of Mine~







Monday Morning Mews: The Giraffe Shirt

Hi, readers! Sundae here with this week’s mews.

You may recall that Motor Mommy became a huge April, The Giraffe fan last year.  Motor Man even treated her to a trip to Animal Adventure Park in New York in June for her birthday so she could meet April and her family. If you missed her post about their trip, click here.

Motor Mommy is a member of a couple of Facebook groups pertaining to April. Back in November, while shopping at Macy’s, she discovered a holiday shirt with the image of a giraffe placing a star on a Christmas tree.   She bought one and posted a picture of it on one of those FB pages.

Her fellow members just LOVED it. But many of them didn’t have a Macy’s near them (or their Macy’s didn’t have any of the shirts).  And it wasn’t available online.  A couple of the members offered to pay Motor Mommy to buy and send the shirts to them.  So Motor Mommy went to every Macy’s near us and bought the giraffe shirts they had for sale. THEN… she and Motor Man went on a business trip to Indianapolis, and they stopped at several Macy’s stores in West Virginia, Kentucky and Indianpolis to buy those shirts.

I think she probably mailed out about 30 of them all total. After the members began receiving their shirts, they posted pictures of themselves wearing them. So Motor Man took a picture of Motor Mommy wearing her shirt.  AND I got to be in the picture!

That’s all fine and well, and I was quite honored. But, I just have one question: WHY is she not a member of any calico kitty FB groups???   Hmm????

~These Days Of Mine~