Monthly Archives: March 2019

Horses, Pigs And Bad Decisions

Or, in other words: your weekly beach report.

Yesterday, during our time on the beach at Carova, we saw seven horses, including this one:

“You looking at me?”

And this beauty:

We also saw this group, which included the beach’s resident mule, Raymond. He’s the dark colored, right front.  “Everybody loves Raymond.”

But, here’s something we’d never seen at the beach before. She was hanging out with a buddy, who slipped into the shrubs before I could get a picture. We’re pretty sure they belong to the folks who live at a nearby house.

And then this:

Yes, someone decided to drive their Challenger right by several signs reading: “4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT“.  Facebook posts indicate they were able to free their vehicle and actually drove further down the beach.

Just another interesting day at Carova. It’s never boring.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Just Because

My niece, Barb, and I are friends on Facebook, so we usually message each other at least a couple of times a week. We also meet every other week for lunch and to catch up in person with what’s going on in each other’s lives.

We exchange gifts for Christmas and our birthdays. And, every once in a while, there’s a little “for no reason” gift, just because.

You may recall my interest in April, the giraffe, beginning two years ago. April lives at Animal Adventure Park in New York, and became known worldwide when she was about to give birth. I was among the 1.2 MILLION watching when her calf was born on April 15, 2017. When Barb and I met for lunch a couple of weeks later, she gave me this tiny stuffed giraffe, which she ordered from Animal Adventure Park .

Last week, when we met, Barb gave me another one of those “little” gifts: a photo book she’d had printed of some of her favorite pictures that I’ve shared on Facebook. On the cover: the title “All You Need Is Love” and a picture of my Motor Man.

Among the pages in the book: celebrating Motor Man’s birthday.

My two favorite guys in the whole world and one very spoiled cat.

Our other very spoiled cat…and Motor Man and me sharing a silly moment .

And, to close out the book, one of my favorite pics of us, taken by our friend, Donna.

Thanks, Barb; I treasure this “little” gift from you and look forward to our lunch and visit next week.

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver….”    ~Seneca

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Sawyer Brown

If you were listening to country music in the mid 1980’s, you probably remember a band by the name of Sawyer Brown.  They appeared on the tv talent show “Star Search” in 1983, winning the Vocal Group category that year. Do any of these song titles ring a bell: “Step That Step”, “Betty’s Bein’ Bad”, “The Walk”, “I’ll Take The Dirt Road”, “Some Girls Do”, “Cafe On The Corner”, “All These Years”, “Smokin’ In The Rockies”? Obviously they’ve had many hits.

I don’t recall how I first came to know about them, but saw them in concert at Harborfest in Norfolk in 1986.  The following year, I saw them at Hampton Coliseum, when they opened for Hank Williams, Jr.  The afternoon of that concert, they appeared at a meet and greet at a local record shop (remember those?).

Marshall and I attended that meet and greet. I still remember little Marshall’s comment to Mark Miller, the lead singer: “I like your music.”

I forgot what I said – I’m guessing I was a bit more stage struck than Marshall.

I also went to a couple more of their concerts, the last one being probably 1995-1996.

Recently, I learned that they would be performing at a theater about an hour from us.  Our tickets to the concert were part of Motor Man’s Valentine gift to me.

The venue was The Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Va. The Beacon was built in 1928, and was originally a silent movie and vaudeville show theater.  It was abandoned in 1981, and sat vacant for many years until a renovation project began in 1999. The theater reopened in 2015. When we stepped inside last Friday evening, I recalled that the last time I was in that building was in 1967, when my late sister, Rose, took me to see the movie “To Sir With Love”.

Motor Man and I had purchased passes for a meet and greet prior to the concert. Sadly, we weren’t able to take our camera in the theater, so cell phone pictures would have to do.

Mark was as personable as could be, as were the other band members.

I took with me the photos from 1987.  All the guys seemed to have one comment at seeing those: “Wow”.

Since I’d kept up with the pictures all these years, I thought it appropriate to have them autographed.

For those of you who remember Sawyer Brown, I thought you might like to see this video I took during the concert, again with my cell phone.  As you can see, we had great seats, and the show was as much as fun as the ones I attended years ago.

 

Motor Man enjoyed the concert almost as much as I did, so I’m thinking that, the next time Sawyer Brown returns to our area, you just may find us in the audience.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

On The Wild Side

Yesterday, as we often do on Sundays, Motor Man and I made a trip to Carova, NC in search of wild horses.

By the way: yesterday just happened to be World Wildlife Day.

It took a while, but we finally saw horses.  They did a good job of hiding from us, and we thought we may end up with a “zero day” before we came upon these four having an early dinner.

As we were driving along the beach, we spotted a cordoned off area in the sand. We’ve seen those before to protect places where sea turtles have laid eggs, but as we got closer, we realized this was for another reason.

A seal had come up on shore to rest.

I had recently seen a video posted on one of the Carova area Facebook pages that I follow. It was of a seal making its way back to the water after having rested a while on the Carova beach.

It was quite exciting to see this one so close.  There were a few other folks also looking and taking pictures;  of course, we were all well outside the perimeter set up for his safety.

He put on quite a show for the little video I took. There is sound (wind and waves), and you should be able to view it full screen.

 

Just as with the wild horses, I used my zoom lens. “Hello, you looking at me?”

Such an interesting looking little creature. I sure hope he stays safe.

Wild horses and this cute little seal: Motor Man and I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate World Wildlife Day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Creamy Or Chunky?

Are you ready to celebrate? Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. I certainly hope that you have a jar handy, (providing, of course, that you don’t have an allergy).

I actually celebrate peanut butter nearly everyday. For the past several months, there have been very few days that my breakfast hasn’t been a Peanut Butter Mug Muffin. It’s easy, quick and yummy, and today, I’m sharing the recipe with you.

Ingredients:
1/2 Tbsp Butter (I use Kerry Gold)
1 Egg
2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter (I use Smuckers Natural)
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1-2 Tbsp sugar equivalent (I use Truvia)
Cinnamon to taste (optional)
Chopped pecans (optional)
Dark Chocolate chips (optional)
*Yes, that’s correct: no flour of any type in this recipe. It’s magic!

Melt butter in a mug in the microwave.

In a small, bowl stir/whisk egg completely, add all other ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Microwave for 90 seconds, allow to sit for another minute.

Slice, spread with butter and enjoy!

This song is very appropriate for today’s celebration. It’s by The Marathons, 1961. I was too young to remember it being played in its day, but I’ve heard it on oldies radio stations. And although the video is by the Georgia Peanut Commission, the first peanuts grown in the United States were grown here in my home state of Virginia, not far from where we live. (Sorry, Georgia.)

Will you be celebrating today?  Creamy or chunky?  What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter?

~These Days Of Mine~