Monthly Archives: January 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon (Almost)

Is it just me, or does it seem that we are having quite a few “super moons” these days?

Admittedly, we don’t have too many “blue moons” (two full moons in the same calendar month), and a Blood Moon (full lunar eclipse) is rather rare. And that “trifecta” happened in the wee hours of this morning, the first time in over 150 years.

Sadly, it was best view in the western part of the country.

So, here’s the next best thing: the almost Super Blue Blood Moon from last night.

I did make an attempt to capture the moon this morning, but we had serious cloud interference.

Thanks, Motor Man, for driving me out “on the point” at 6:30 this morning; we gave it our “best shot”.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews: What I Do Best

Hello, efurryone! Gypsy here with this week’s mews.

Recently, Motor Man has been in need of some de-stressing.  You may not know it, but that’s exactly what some kitties (including me) do best.

When I know that Motor Man needs me, I jump up on his desk, go over and sit by his phone and stare at the wall. That’s my signal for him to pick me up and hold me.  Once in a while I do this when Motor Mommy is there at the shop with us, but most of the time, it’s when Motor Man and I are there alone.

Oh, and notice the back of the chair behind Motor Man’s head?  Yep, that’s something else I do pretty well, too. Even though I have two scratching posts, sadly, I prefer to use the office furniture.

Sometimes, along with the good comes a little “bad”.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Just for fun: five random thoughts for the final Friday in January.

1.) This little shrub is in a neighbor’s yard.  We can’t decide if it looks more like a Hershey’s kiss or a Dairy Queen ice cream cone.  During our recent snow event, we decided it look like one of the “Sno-cap” candies.

2.) Another photo op around the time of sunset on Wednesday.

3.) Marshall’s kitty, Snugg, enjoying the morning sun a couple of weeks ago (traces of remaining snow on the steps).

4.) This squirrel should soon weigh 200 pounds, as much bird seed as he’s devouring.  He’s resting up and planning his attack on that freshly filled bird feeder….

5.) Speaking of birds, I recently purchased this birdseed bell, and just placed it on an old bench near our kitchen window. Motor Man had called to tell me he was on his way home, so I grabbed the camera, cradled my cell phone on my shoulder and got a pic.  We rarely see cardinals in our yard, so this was a treat.

Looking over this post, I don’t think it’s very “random” at all.  Perhaps the title should have been “Nature Five Friday”.

Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~



One Picture, Many Memories

Sunday evening, around the time of sunset, I glanced out and saw a photo op. Not taking time to search for our “big” camera, I just snapped this with my cell phone.

The phrase that came to mind immediately was: “On a clear day… can see forever”.

And that thought brought about SO many memories.

When I was almost a teenager, my late sister, Rose, took a trip to New York City. While there, she went to the Broadway play, “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”.  I wasn’t quite sure what year she made the trip, but thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered that the play only ran from October 17, 1965 til June 11, 1966. I’m fairly certain Rose went in April, so that narrows it right down.

One of the souvenirs she brought back to me was the sheet music to the title song. And I’m guessing that I have it here…somewhere…packed away.  I found this image on the internet…yep, this was it.

She also brought back a burgundy sleeveless top for me that she bought at Ohrbach’s.  If you (or your moms or grandmas) ever watched the soap operas, you may recall the phrase “fashions by Ohrbach’s” at the end of some of those episodes.  I thought it was SO cool to have an item of clothing from a shop who provided “fashions” to the stars on tv.

So, because of that one picture, all those memories came to mind.

Not sure of the date, but around the time of Rose’s NY trip

Just like it was yesterday.

~These Days Of Mine~


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~