Category Archives: Family

Friday’s Feature: Felines

Our kitties, as well as Marshall’s, have been especially photogenic recently. So today seemed like a good day to share some feline photos.

Sundae has become quite the lap kitty, especially in the evenings. That’s my time to relax in the recliner with the newspaper. A kitty in your lap while reading the paper can be quite a challenge, but we manage.

Meanwhile, shop kitty, Gypsy, is perfecting her position as incoming package inspector. Purrhaps she needs a more stimulating job?

Marshall shared a couple of photos of his kitties with me this week. This is Sibyl, being cute while showing off her unique coloring.

And her “aunt and uncle”, Chessie and Snugg, enjoying a golden hour sun puddle.

Programming note: there isn’t a blog post scheduled for Monday. Have a great first weekend in November and tune in again next Wednesday.

~These Days Of Mine~

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It’s A Halloween Tradition

Being the proud Mom that I am, each year, on Halloween, I share a video. Not just any video, but the one that was filmed at Bacon’s Castle, and features my son, Marshall, who was an interpreter there at the time.

Here’s a little background for those of you new to the blog:

In 2007, just in time for Halloween, our local PBS station, WHRO, planned a series of video vignettes about supposedly haunted places in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. 

The folks from WHRO visited Bacon’s Castle and decided that a video about the “Castle Light” would be part of the series.  The video would be just a few minutes in length, and would air with other videos in one of two thirty-minute shows.

WHRO staff members visited the Castle a few weeks in advance and, while there, met Marshall. They asked him on the spot if he’d play the “male lead”, and he agreed.

Of all the stories, pictures and events involving my family and Bacon’s Castle, the two most special to me, by far, are my wedding to Motor Man that took place there in 2002, and Marshall appearing in this video.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Halloweens Present and Past

We don’t usually do much in the way of celebrating Halloween at our house.  There aren’t any parties to attend, we don’t have little ones to take trick-or-treating. We don’t even give out candy on Halloween. Guess we’re Halloween scrooges.

Motor Man and I did participate in a “Trunk or Treat” for classic cars/street rods yesterday at our local Sonic’s. He threatened to cover the word “good” on my shirt with black electrical tape.

Saturday, my friend, Donna, and I attended the Trick or Treat Farmers Market. We wore our witch hats (again) and handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Our little yellow car (Vicky) was in a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s event, so it was a good photo op.

The remainder of today’s post is a repeat from 2010, when I shared photos of some of Marshall’s Halloween costumes through the years.

This first photo is from the year he was 4. He was Tom the Cat, and I made his costume. Too bad we took this picture before we applied his (black eyeliner) whiskers and nose. His friend was Jerry, the Mouse, and they won best costume(s) at our local McDonald’s that year.  Marshall was very upset because one of the boys there kept stepping on his tail. I guess that would be a cause for concern. The costume was made of gray sweatshirt-type fabric. And as I recall, the weather was VERY warm that evening.

This next one was the year Marshall was a scarecrow. I’m thinking he was 5 years old, but I’m not sure.

The Halloween that Marshall was eight, he was a pirate. Don’t those tube socks and hi-top Converse All Stars tennis shoes just complete the whole pirate ensemble? There’s the black eyeliner again – this time it’s the mustache and beard stubble. Yep, I made this costume too.

One year, he had to dress in character for a book report at school. Luckily (for me, anyway), this was just before Halloween, so his costume that year did double duty.  He was Davy Crockett.  Once again, I made his costume, and let me tell ya, that coon skin cap was quite the challenge. Too bad it doesn’t show up in the photo.

Creating his costume each year was a combined effort: I did the sewing, and Marshall was the technical adviser. I only wish we had pictures of every costume.

Guess I wasn’t a Halloween scrooge in those days.

Boo-humbug!

~These Days Of Mine~

…Bring Me Flowers

Several months ago, Motor Man was searching on the internet for a replacement faucet for an outdoor water spigot. He came across this photo (most likely from Pinterest):

He knew I would like it, so he sent the picture to me. And thus began the search for an old watering can, vintage faucet handles and various and sundry quirky little gadgets for the tops. In our case, that was wing nuts, drawer pulls and a used spark plug from a race engine.

So I can never sing: “You don’t bring me flowers” to my Motor Man.

~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~

Make Your Voice Heard

Now, doesn’t that sound official?

As I mentioned recently,  it seems that writing my blog sometimes seems like homework “these days”.  I’m contemplating perhaps going to no schedule and just posting at will.

So I thought I’d conduct a little poll, my first ever, I believe. If you would, please select what subject you like to see MOST here on the blog.

 

Hopefully this will give me the little push I need, so that blogging will be more fun than “work”. Writing is easy: it’s the subject matter that’s tough.

Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Monday Morning Mews….Returns

Hi, efurryone….Gypsy here. You remember me….the shop kitty….the boss lady…the one in charge?

Well, I have to tell you that I think Motor Mommy’s blog has gotten pretty boring lately. There just hasn’t been enough about us kitties: Sundae and me. So we’ve  decided to bring back Monday Morning Mews, at least occasionally. Today, I’m sharing some pics of what I’ve been doing lately, just to liven things up a little around here.

First of all, you probably know that Motor Mommy is somewhat obsessed with giraffes (and horses). The other day, this very interesting box was delivered. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside, thinking that it surely should be something for me. But no…it was this silly-looking thing.  (And to add to the humiliation, Motor Mommy couldn’t even take a decent picture of me looking at it.)

And, then there’s this.  Speaking of humiliation:

Once in a while, I just have to be silly to entertain my pawrents.

But, as you know, everything I have to endure is worth it….for this: my favorite place in the world.

My step sis-fur, Sundae, will probably write a post soon, just to keep us kitties in the limelight around here.

~These Days Of Mine~