Category Archives: Days at Home

Happy Birthday To My Motor Man

Today is special in many ways: a new month, a new year, a new decade…

And, it’s my Motor Man’s birthday.

So, from your Gyp-Gyp:

Your Sundae girl:

Your stepson, Marshall:

And me, your Mrs. Motor Man:

We wish you a VERY Happy Birthday.

Let’s celebrate!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Motor Man and I have been celebrating the holidays for a few weeks now.

At Bacon’s Castle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus:

In Indy with Penny, the carriage horse:

At a nearby farm during their “winter wonderland” (sans snow) event with Bonnie & Clyde, the miniature horses.

And, outside our shop by the photogenic holly tree:

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Thankful

Squeezed in between Halloween and the full-out Christmas season is  Thanksgiving.

There are several memes right now on Facebook relating to being thankful. Some remind us to pay a kindness forward, others challenge us to post that for which we’re thankful, still others give us a different task to perform daily to help us remember to be grateful.

And they’re all good reminders.

Growing up in church taught me to be thankful with every prayer I pray. I know I fall short of thanking the Lord for all the many blessings He provides for me.

But I do try.

One of the things I’m most thankful for every day is my family.

On this Thanksgiving eve, I thought I’d invite you, my readers, to comment on this post and share one blessing (or more) that you’re thankful for in your life.

~These Days Of Mine~

Wild “Woody “Wednesday

Although our bird feeders have been filled with seed, I’ve seen very few birds recently.

Yesterday morning, as I passed by the kitchen window, I saw something I don’t recall ever seeing before.

When I went for my camera, he was gone, but soon returned.

I love his tiny claws hanging on to the edge. It’s nice to see that he’s sharing the feeder with a little friend.

I just always thought woodpeckers got their nourishment from boring into tree trunks. Interestingly, I assumed this to be a red-headed woodpecker, but upon research, learned that it’s a red-bellied woodpecker.

You’re welcome any time, my handsome feathered friend.

And thanks again to my longtime HUMAN friend, Shirley, for the gift of the beautiful bird feeder. The birds are certainly enjoying it.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

With Thanks

The following quote seems appropriate today as we honor our veterans.

“For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do, so we can safely do what we’re free to do.” 

(Unknown)

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday: Welcome, November

Five randoms for the first day of November:

1.) When I was a teenager, I somehow became interested in post-season baseball. I watched every playoff game and every World Series game.  It’s been many, many years since I’ve watched a game, but Motor Man and I came on board beginning with game 4 of the World Series this year. We were hooked, and watched the remaining games in their entirety. We rooted for the Nationals for two reasons: one, they’re the closer to us team. And also in memory of a friend  who passed away recently who was a huge Nats fan.

internet photo

2.) I do like getting dressed up for Halloween, something I never really did as a child. Motor Man and I got in the spirit just to go to dinner last night.  I was a stray kitty, and he was the animal control officer. (The belt was around my arm…. to “take me in” to the pound.) “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

3.) This weekend, our little town hosts a Holiday Open House with several shops participating. The forecast is for perfect fall-like weather. Pictured below is one of the rooms at Wharf Hill Antiques, always a beautiful shop.

photo courtesy of Visit Smithfield VA

4. Our weekend might also include a day trip and perhaps a little balloon chasing. Conditions should be favorable.

5.) This is a recent picture Marshall sent of his kitty, Sibyl.  She can’t wait for him to get home in the afternoon. That’s the sign of a happy kitty.

How will you spend the weekend? Any fall foliage in your area?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Halloween Tradition

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I share a certain video each year at Halloween. The video was one segment in the series, Halloween Haunts, produced by WHRO, our local PBS station, in 2007. The series aired during the last two weeks of October.

These next two paragraphs are for readers who are new to the blog. The video, whose link I share below, was filmed at historic Bacon’s Castle (1665), located in Surry County, less than twenty miles from where Motor Man and I now live. My maternal grandparents and their twelve children (including my mom) lived in the house from 1921 to 1940. Although they moved from there many years before I was born, I remember them sharing stories of seeing “The Castle Light”. Their descriptions of it, however, were quite different from its depiction in Halloween Haunts.

My son, Marshall, became an interpreter (guide) at Bacon’s Castle in 2000. He was employed there several years, and gained a wealth of knowledge about the history of the house, its architecture and the families who made it their home. My mom and most of her siblings had passed on by this time. But two of those who were still living at the time (then in their 80’s) re-visited the Castle, and shared first-hand with him their childhood memories of the house and property.

I know my mom and her family would think it fitting that Marshall had the opportunity to participate in this video filmed at their homeplace.

 

Happy Halloween!

~These Days Of Mine~