Monthly Archives: October 2018

Random Five Friday

It seems like a nice day for five random thoughts:

1.) The weather is finally beginning to feel like fall.  Although it will soon be a hassle to bundle up every time we step outside, it’s nice to wear a lightweight sweater right now.

2.) Some of summer’s flowers are still in bloom, including this giant zinnia. It’s MUCH taller than me (which isn’t saying much).

3.) My orchid cactus is brightening this little corner of its world our kitchen. It was a tiny cutting when I bought it from a nearby greenhouse/nursery a few years ago. It thrives on very little attention, which seems to be a good working arrangement for both of us.

4.) I apologize for boring those of my Facebook friends who also follow the blog with repeat photos. This one was taken on a recent trip to the Outer Banks.

5.) And, finally, a tip of the hat (her hat, by the way) to wish my dear friend, Donna, a very Happy Birthday tomorrow.  More about that in a post next week.

Have a great weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~




Winner, Winner

Racing has been part of Motor Man’s life since he was a young boy, “souping up” go-kart engines. By the time he was in his late teens, he had begun building race engines for stock cars, drag cars and hydroplanes (race boats).

He has no idea how many races his engines have won through the years, and his engine customers have won several local short-track  and hydroplane championships.

Yes, I’m bragging on him…wives can (and should) do that from time to time often.

This past Saturday night, Danny, one of our customers, won the 2018 track championship at Langley Speedway, our local short track. For those of you familiar with stock car racing, Danny races in the Late Model Division. This is Danny’s sixth championship, three of those with Motor Man’s engines. Only one driver (now retired) has won more at seven.

Danny and me with “our” Motor Man

There are lots of great folks involved in Danny’s racing. It’s a great team, and Motor Man and I are proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations to Danny and his team…including my Motor Man. Now, onto the 2019 season!

~These Days Of Mine~



Each Trip Is Different

As most of you well know, driving to the four-wheel-drive beaches of Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a favorite day trip for Motor Man and me.

Some things are constant, but yet different each time:  we’re going to be driving along the ocean. But what will her temperament be on that particular day? Sometimes she’s smooth as glass, other time’s she’s very angry.

And each time,  we’re driving ON the beach, but the condition of the sand varies from trip to trip. Some days, it’s like driving on the interstate, and, at times,  we don’t even have to use our four-wheel-drive.  Other times, the sand is so deep and soft, and the ride so rough, we fear losing our teeth…. and getting stuck.

It’s rare that we don’t see wild horses, but how many and where we’ll see them changes with each trip. It’s especially nice to see them by the water.

But even if we only see them from the “back roads”, we’re good.

They’re beautiful regardless of their particular location.

But, one thing we find just happens by chance, and that’s the folks we meet while on the beach.

I’ve shared posts before about Renee and Mike, a couple we met on the beach a few years ago. The four of us “hit it off”, and since then, we’ve arranged a get-together whenever they visit the area.

On one of our recent trips, Motor Man stopped so I could take pictures of the horses on the beach (second one in this post). I noticed three people nearby, taking pictures of each other with the horses in the background. So I asked if they’d like a picture of the three of them together.

They were so friendly, and we began chatting. I learned that the couple, Caty and Jon, had just gotten married the day before in an oceanfront wedding in nearby Kill Devil Hills. Caty’s mom, Cathy, was with them and excitedly shared that happy info with me. I just happened to have some 2018 Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendars in our vehicle, and one of those was my wedding gift to them. And, I couldn’t leave out the mother-of- the bride.

They weren’t from the area, so Motor Man asked if they’d like to follow us, and we’d take them on the back roads in search of more horses. They agreed, and off we went.

We did see more horses, but further up the beach, our new friends were in for another treat. I’ve shared posts on here before about the Gypsy Queen. Yes, the newlyweds (and Mom) were treated to a tour.

Cathy later sent this photo of Caty and Jon on their wedding day and gave me permission to share it here. (I think she looks like a princess.)

Beautiful scenery is a given on our beach trips, and seeing horses is a norm. But chance meetings with friendly folks is definitely a bonus.

~These Days Of Mine~



How Much Is That…

…doggie in the window?

Motor Man and I saw this in our travels over the weekend. That doggie had a long trip home –  while looking back at where he’s been. (We’re in Virginia, and the truck had Pennsylvania license plates.) He looks a little sad to leave, doesn’t he?

When we saw this, Motor Man was the first to make the “doggie in the window” connection, which immediately led to the blog post idea.

I remember hearing this song through the years, but never heard it in its entirety. Very cute lyrics: they sure don’t write (or sing) ’em like they used to.


And, folks, there’s your “earworm” for the weekend! (You’re welcome.)

~These Days Of Mine~



Friends, Fun, Lunch And Goats

Last Friday, a group of six of us “Surry” girls met for lunch. Four of us are former classmates, and we’ve adopted the other two. A couple more girls from our class had planned to join us, but weren’t able to for various reasons. L to r, Judy (an adoptee), Donna, Cathy (an adoptee), Rita, Liz and me.

After lunch, five of us traveled a few miles to our local winery. After a wine tasting for those interested, we went out to visit the winery’s resident goats, including a few babies. These are two of the three babies who have successfully learned how to escape their fence enclosure  Apparently, they heard we had bought goat food pellets while inside the winery.

We had the MOST fun feeding and playing with those baby goats.

It wasn’t long until some of us (who shall remain nameless) lost our balance from the force of baby goats and landed on the ground.  No matter: they just crawled all over us, and we didn’t care.

My friend, Donna, took this picture. When she sent it to me, she commented: “You’re covered in goats!”.  It’s true: I AM under there somewhere.

But then I decided to “share” the babies with Donna and Liz. In the background: The Hampton Roads Winery boasts the world’s tallest goat tower.

There was so much laughter, smiling and picture taking.

What a dilemma: how to play with the goats, feed them and take pictures of them at the same time?

This was one of the goats that remained inside the fence.  Just look at those amazing eyes.

The goats made short work of the pellets. And that was probably a good thing, or we would have stayed the entire afternoon.

Obviously a great time was had by all.

We’ve already planned our Christmas gathering, and we’re looking forward to that, hopefully with more of our classmates joining us.

(But, I have to tell ya: those baby goats are going to be a tough act to follow….)

~These Days Of Mine~



Through The Looking Glass

Sweet Sibyl girl, gazing in the mirror,
I’ll tell you a secret if you come a little nearer.

Don’t be concerned about that kitty who
seems to be looking back at you.

That’s no stranger, Sibby, it’s just your reflection,
a tiny sample of feline purrfection.

Thanks, Marshall, for the interesting picture of your sweet Sibs.

~These Days Of Mine~

Beach Days…Still

Our local meteorologist mentioned this week that September was the warmest one on record for our area.  And October is continuing along the same lines.

So on our recent trips to the Outer Banks. we’re still seeing quite a few folks enjoying the beach.

As well as a couple of canines. This picture just makes me smile.

But, as you know, this also makes me smile.

This was a stallion and his mare.  Why, I do believe she’s curled her mane hair for this date…..channeling her inner Farrah Fawcett.

We also saw the stallion “snaking” her. On our tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund many years ago, our guide explained that snaking is the stallion’s way of herding his harem in the direction he wants them to go.

We didn’t really know what was happening between these two: we were just watching from the safety of our vehicle and taking pictures. They briefly put on quite a show for us.

But they soon worked everything out and were back down by the ocean, our favorite place to see them.

In the off season, the horses prefer the shelter of the thick brush behind the dunes, and we’ll see fewer of them on our trips. (Although there is video from a few years ago of them walking along the water’s edge during a snow storm.)

Just like humans, they prefer warm weather for their trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~