Category Archives: Family

Two, Two, Two Holidays In One

We’re back from our Christmas blogging break!  It was a wonderful holiday week spent with family, and I’ll share more about that in future blog posts.

Our celebrating continues this week…

New Year’s Eve is a quiet one for Motor Man and me; the usual evening at home. This year, however, something new will be added to our evening, and I hope it will become a tradition. Details in Wednesday’s blog post. Here’s a little hint:

But, New Year’s Day  is also Motor Man’s Birthday. We won’t really celebrate that in a BIG way, either; probably just dinner with Marshall and perhaps a special dessert.

So, Happy New Year, everyone, and to my Motor Man, a Happy Birthday wish for tomorrow.

Perhaps we can stay awake to share a kiss at midnight.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Christmas Wishes

My Christmas wishes for you are being shared a bit early this year.

We have family coming in tomorrow to spend Christmas with us.

So I’m anticipating a busy week.

But Motor Man, Marshall, Sundae, Gypsy and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas…

…and we’ll “see you” on New Year’s Eve.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Meowy Christmas

Hi, efurryone. This is Sundae, and I FINALLY wrestled the keyboard away from Motor Mommy. Do you realize how LONG it’s been since I have been able to post?

Anyway, today’s update is about…Christmas!  Being a kitty, I don’t really understand what it’s all about, but Motor Mommy has been super busy the last week or so. She keeps going to this one closet upstairs,  and taking out all these things I only see once a year.

I LOVE it when she puts up a tree in the living room. Really?  A tree? Just for me to lie under; how thoughtful. (But why doesn’t she leave it up year-round? She has to know how much I love it.)

Not only do she and Motor Man put up this tree, but then they hang all these little trinkets all over it. I notice that most of the shiny ones are really high up on the tree.  The lower branches have softer pretties on them. While Motor Mommy was decorating, she thought I might want to play with some of the pretties before she put them on the tree.

Yes, these photos are a little incriminating…. we kitties are supposed to be aloof….disinterested…But I really wanted to show my pawrents how athletic I am. (Just look at me: “measuring” that candy cane ornament.)

Soon, Motor Mommy finished trimming the tree.  I couldn’t wait to claim my spot under it.

What’s that?  Why is that little stocking on the floor instead of on the tree?

I’m sure I have NO idea.

~These Days Of Mine~

Christmas Memories

Today, a group of “gals”, former schoolmates, are meeting for lunch. One of those “gals” would be me.

Donna, one of the other “gals”, posted this in our private Facebook group: “bring something from Christmas past, a story, something that triggers thoughts and memories past. Pictures are great!!”

The pictures below will be the ones I take.  There are so many memories that come to mind from these pictures.

The tinsel on the Christmas tree is visible just to the left. Mom always had a live cedar (cut fresh by my brother-in-law when he went to get one for his family).

You can barely see the bottom of a Christmas card to the right of the tinsel. Mom always taped all the cards we received around the window and door sills.

I remember that little black and white tv in the far upper right corner. That brings back memories of all those great tv shows from that era. Three channels, and there was such a better variety than what we’re offered today.

That’s a little metal trash can just beyond my left elbow.

And I do believe that’s a “fever blister” (cold sore) on my bottom lip. I always seemed to have one during my growing-up years.

And, the box in front of me? I can’t say for sure, but it might be a little aluminum cookware set. I recall Santa bringing me one of those for Christmas one year.  There is a photo showing the little pots and pans, but I’m not able to locate it at this time.

This next picture, I believe, was taken earlier in the day, before Mom had a chance to “tame” my hair. I look to be the same age, and that Christmas card, taped to the window sill, is the same.  This picture shows a child’s table and chair in the background (I remember they were made of metal.) And that’s a doll baby crib (with the bird decal) to my left. Obviously, my new doll needed a place to sleep. And, although not the picture I had in mind, just beside my right arm, you can see one of those little aluminum pans. The heart-shaped item on the desk in the background is a mystery….

So, yes, there are many sweet memories associated with these pictures.

I can’t wait to see what treasures the other “gals” bring to share at lunch today.

~These Days Of Mine~

Break Time

Hi, efurryone: Sundae here.

And Gypsy, too!

We’re interrupting our hard work rest time to let you know that Motor Mommy is taking a little break from blogging next week.

But, “These Days” will return the following Monday, so stay tuned!

~These Days Of Mine~

A Very Special Find

As some of you may recall, Motor Man’s mother passed away in February, and in the following months, family members sorted through her belongings before her house was sold. This week, Motor Man and I were looking through some boxes that we were given and found a treasure: his baby book.

Neither one of us remembers ever seeing it before, nor his Mom mentioning it.  Just seeing that vintage book with the sweet illustrations was special, but then, I spotted this page. Under First Visitors: “Father – 1/2/45 – surprise arrived from Camp Hood, Texas at 10:30 a.m.”

Pop had been drafted and was in boot camp in Texas in the months before Motor Man was born.  Then, en route overseas to serve our country during World War II, Pop came home on a brief furlough. (We’d  always heard that he was actually AWOL. Now whether that was another visit, or if Motor Man’s mom was keeping things legit with the entry {below}, we don’t know.…)

With communications so limited during that era, Pop didn’t know that his son had just been born the afternoon before he arrived home.

Motor Man’s mom told us many times that she insisted on being released from the hospital the day after his birth, which was unheard of at that time. But being the stubborn persistent woman that she was, the doctor relented. She and her newborn went home that very day, so her husband could have as much time as possible with his little family before going overseas.

I’ve always thought this was an amazing photo, but after seeing the baby book, it’s even more meaningful to us.

This was another entry in the book: “Jan. 2, ’45 day after arrival, your daddy came home on furlough for 7 days before leaving for overseas”.

It would be nearly eighteen months before Pop would be reunited with his wife and son, as evidenced by this entry: “Recognized father – returned from overseas May 16, 1946”.

It’s impossible for my generation to grasp living in that era: this was an eighteen year old girl, married for less than two years, her young husband overseas fighting in a war, with a great likelihood that he would never return home….and she has a brand new baby.  Reading her written words in this book just emphasized all those facts that I already knew.

Thankfully, Pop did return home, and, in the following years, the two of them added three daughters to the family.  They celebrated their 73rd anniversary a few months prior to Pop’s passing in 2013.

“The Greatest Generation”:  indeed.

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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~