Category Archives: Days at Home

Weekend Updates

Just to update you on some things mentioned in my Friday’s “random” post:

My friends and I had a wonderful lunch and visit on Saturday, all decked out in our greenery. (I was desperately in need of my sunglasses....)

And April, the giraffe, did indeed have her calf this weekend, on Saturday to be exact.  She timed it to coincide with our lunch.  And I am so thankful for those understanding friends. I propped my phone up in front of my plate and (hopefully) discreetly caught glimpses of April as we ate and chatted. And I was fortunate enough to actually be watching just as the baby was born.

If you’ve never watched the April cam, here’s the link.  Warning: VERY addictive. Oh, and April and son are both doing fine. By the way, her “baby” was 5’11” and weighed 139 at birth. Wow.

My Motor Man and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday with yet another trip to the Outer Banks in search of horses.

Speaking of the Corolla wild horses, tune in Wednesday for some fun news and a giveaway!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Random Five Friday

How about a little randomness?

1.) Last weekend, Marshall attended a “Monster Mania” movie convention.  I’ve mentioned before that he likes to go to those and meet some of the stars he sees in movies. You may recall that I posted a couple of years ago about him meeting Robert England,  who played Freddy Kruger in the Nightmare On Elm Street movies. Last weekend, he met Christini Ricci, “Wednesday” in some of the Addams Family movies. (Just between us, he had a crush on her in the 90’s.)

He’s also a big fan of the Soska twins. Sylvia and Jen. Last weekend, he participated in a “bloody photo op” with them. The Soskas began the bloody photo ops to bring emphasis to their work involving blood donation, definitely a worthy cause. I told him later that he was the happiest looking bloody man I’d ever seen. (Not sure if you can enlarge the picture, but he has “blood” all over his face.)

2.) Yesterday morning’s sunrise, taken with my cell phone.  When I posted this on Facebook, my friend, Donna’s comment was: “Tangerine delight!”.

3.) Yesterday was Sundae’s “gotcha day”. She adopted us 8 years ago.  She’s feeling better, but still is not making it easy for us to give her the meds. At least she isn’t holding a grudge.

4.) You’ve probably heard that April, the giraffe, is expecting another calf any day now. Yes, I’m a fan, and have been watching the live cam quite a bit, hoping to see the birth as it happens. We’ve been to visit April twice at her home at Animal Adventure Park in New York and are planning another trip this summer.

5.) Some of my former classmates from school are meeting tomorrow for lunch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  We’ve dubbed our group “The Surry Girls”, and we have our greenery all ready. Will you be wearing green this weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Forgiving

My Facebook friends know that our kitty, Sundae, paid a visit to the vet last week. Sundae had been experiencing some tummy issues, so last Friday, it was off to the doc.

Motor Man offered to go with us, but he’s up to his eyeballs in race engines (first race is a little over two weeks away), so I assured him that we would be fine.

Our previous kitty, Beezy, was such a gentle soul, when it came time to put her in the carrier, a tiny, encouraging shove was all that was needed.  Not so with Miss Sundae.  I have to put the carrier on its end and attempt to “drop” her in – feet first. It’s at that time that she seems to quickly grow ten extra hind legs, all going in different directions.

After about a half dozen tries, she was safely in the carrier and began to sing the song of her people.

When we arrived at the vet’s office, there were two huge dogs in the waiting area singing the song of THEIR people. At that point, Sundae decided to remain silent.  And, as upset as she was with me earlier, she nuzzled my hand through the door of the carrier while we waited. That’s forgiveness.

In the examining room, Sundae was as good as could be. We were left alone for a few minutes to await test results. So, we did what most folks do in those situations: we took selfies.

I stood close to the examining table and cradled her in my arms. And she never whimpered.

The vet’s diagnosis was a bacterial infection, and we were given a prescription for liquid meds.

Now, if we only had a video of Motor Man and me actually trying to get those meds IN Sundae:  that would be interesting indeed. Two words: tag team.

And, as upset as she is when that takes place, a few minutes later, she comes back to us to be loved.

That’s forgiveness.

~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~

How Our Kitties Are “Surviving” Winter

You may have been wondering just how the Motor Kitties are doing.

Well, Gypsy continues to adore “her” Motor Man. I just wish she could relax a little. And, no, he wasn’t asleep, just taking a short break from making horsepower.

Sundae is very thankful to be an indoor kitty with a nice soft, cushy bed, which just happens to be placed directly over a heat vent.

And, as for Sibs, Marshall’s kitty, could she possibly BE any cuter if she tried? Speaking of warm, cushy spots: her favorite is on a sherpa throw.

When Marshall sent me the next picture, his text read: “Gonna email Kellogg’s…somethn rotten in this most recent box…”.

So that’s how our kitties are staying occupied during this cold, rainy weather.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all kitties (and pups) could be safe and warm in loving homes?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Friday

How about five randoms to close out this first week of February?

1.) I captured this picture of a recent sunset….through Motor Man’s car window, at probably 55 miles per hour. It’s surprising that I was able to get a photo with no utility poles.

2.) Marshall sent me this picture yesterday of his sweet little Sibs, eyeing a cardinal through the window.

3.) And our Sundae, perched on the steps. I don’t recall what had her attention at the moment.

4.) A few weeks ago, I visited my cousin, Betty, who lives within a couple of miles of us.  As I was leaving, her beautiful horses were enjoying a run in the pasture.  I love how the afternoon sun lit up their manes and tails.

 

5.)  I’ve been asked to take part in an event this weekend at my beloved Bacon’s Castle.  Perhaps I’ll have a post about it next week. I always look forward to visiting that old house.

What are your random thoughts today?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Winter’s Bright Spots

My friend, Donna, is responsible for the many squirrel bird feeders that I’m now attempting to keep filled. Donna is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd” and encouraged me to begin feeding our feathered friends.

Motor Man and I, as well as Sundae, certainly enjoy seeing the activity around those feeders.

Although most of our visitors (other than the squirrels) are red-winged blackbirds, who come in droves, we do occasionally see other birds.  It’s always nice to see these sweet goldfinch, even in their drab winter colors.

And the cheery red of a male cardinal always catches the eye. This one was nice enough to stay in that feeder long enough for me to get my camera.

Although it’s difficult to see, there IS a bright spot in this next picture, too: that tiny flash of red on the wing of the blackbird on the back side 0f the feeder.

Are you a casual bird feeder like we are?  Or a bird nerd like Donna? What birds are you seeing in your area?

~These Days Of Mine~