Monthly Archives: March 2018

Monday Morning Mews: Paperwork

Good morning, readers! Gypsy here, and it’s my turn to bring you the Mews this week.

Motor Mommy has been very busy working on all the tax paperwork to take to the CPA’s office.

AND….I’ve been helping!

What’s that?  You say that I’m really not helping?  Well, now that you mention it, she DID need that file folder upon which which I was sitting.

And after she snapped my picture, I decided to slowly move to the other side of her desk.

So, I really did help.  Eventually. But that’s just how we felines roll.

~These Days Of Mine~


Matching Two Pieces Of History

I grew up in Surry County, which neighbors the county where we now live. And I am a member of the Surry County Historical Society.  Last week, as I was reading their quarterly newsletter, one article, in particular, caught my eye.

It seems that, last year, for her 90th birthday, a county resident was given a high school diploma belonging to her mother.  It was dated 1915, and was from the Joseph E Johnson High School in the Bacon’s Castle area. (I blurred out the last name of the graduate, since I didn’t ask permission to post this.)

The article was asking for possible information anyone may have regarding where the school was located, if the building is still standing, who the teachers may have been, etc.

The name of the school immediately rang a bell with me, so I went searching in the “historical” drawer of my old desk.

Sure enough, back in 2005, this postcard was up for auction on E-bay. I don’t recall why I didn’t win it: perhaps the selling price was higher than I wanted to pay, perhaps the auction slipped by without me bidding?  But I made sure to print a copy of it for my records.

Marshall and I made the 30-minute trip to the Historical Society earlier this week to give them a copy of the E-bay listing photo. They were pleased to learn the location of the building and that it’s still standing.

Its location is between my childhood home and my Grandmother’s house. I can’t begin to imagine how many times I’ve passed this old building through the years. When I was a young teen, I remember a family living there, and Mom and I visiting a few times.

My Mom’s family lived all around Surry County (as well as neighboring Isle of Wight County) during her early years. BUT, they moved to the Bacon’s Castle  area in 1923, when my Mom was 13. So, most likely, she attended this school.

Oh, if only she were here for me to ask….

~These Days Of Mine~


Winter Storm Riley

Last week, winter storm Riley breezed through our area.  Thankfully, its effects on us weren’t as bad as they were for others.  We only lost electricity for a few hours one evening, not for several days as some folks did.

The wind wreaked havoc with my bird feeders. I foolishly thought they’d be safe since they were attached to the tree limbs with wire ties (cable ties). But the wind was so strong that it actually twisted those cable ties in half. Thankfully none of the bird feeders were broken, but the birds and SQUIRRELS were inconvenienced and HUNGRY for a few days, until the conditions allowed me to replace and refill the feeders.

We also lost a substantial branch off our old cedar tree out on the point.

Thankfully, our old boat was spared.

We knew the beach at Carova would be impassable, but we took a drive to the Outer Banks Sunday, just to see the ocean. As Motor Man says: “She was angry”.

I tried to take some video to give you an idea, but the wind was so strong, I was having a difficult time standing, let alone holding the camera steady.


We’ve seen photos and videos on Facebook of the damage on the beach at Carova and know that the landscape there will be very different when we’re able to visit that area again.

~These Days Of Mine~


Monday Morning Mews: Critiqued

Happy first Monday in March, efurryone. Sundae here with the Mews.

Without my knowledge (nor permission), Motor Mommy snapped this photo of me last week.

Now, I ask you: doesn’t that look like a sweet kitty, napping on her window seat? Well, I overheard Motor Mommy talking to Motor Man about this picture, and she said it looked like my “rumpus” was up in the air….like I had “highjackers”, whatever that is. I think it’s an old “car” term.

It seems that a kitty can’t even enjoy a comfy nap without being critiqued about her sleeping style….

Oh well, I must remember that they’re just humans and love them in spite of their weaknesses.

~These Days Of Mine~

Summer In February

Last Sunday, Motor Man and I took advantage of the AMAZING weather and headed to Carova Beach.

Temps were in the low-mid 70’s (yes, 70’s) and although there were some clouds, we also had quite a bit of sun. The rain waited til later in the evening to move into the area.

We saw a total of 13 horses: not bad for this time of year. These six were enjoying lunch.

You may recall a post I wrote a few months ago about the radio station of my youth “returning” and playing songs from the 50’s and 60’s (and a few 70’s).  It’s an AM station, but the reception is great in the Outer Banks. When I was taking this picture, the song “Sister Golden Hair ” by America was (appropriately) playing on the radio.

Storm clouds in the distance made for a pretty backdrop.

At one point, we were driving down near the ocean and caught these gulls in flight. It was nice having the windows down as we drove along the beach.

This is an outbuilding and lookout tower to the old Wash Woods Coast Guard Station.

Hmmmm….looks like it might be time to head for home.

“...what is so rare as a day in”…..February?

~These Days Of Mine~