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Random Five Friday

Happy Friday!  Here are five randoms for the week:

1.) This has been a totally changeable weather week for our area.  A couple of days ago,  we had temps approaching the 70-degree mark, giving us all a good case of spring fever.  Wednesday evening, a cold front blew in (and I do mean blew), dropped the temps and brought pre-dawn thunderstorms yesterday morning. By late afternoon, the skies were clearing, but it was still cold and very windy.

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2.) We’ve been keeping an eye on the winter storm in the northeast, especially in the Vermont area where the Friesian farm is that we visited recently. Have you ever visited a place, then been almost homesick for it after you leave? I keep Townshend (VT) as one of the cities in the weather app on my phone, just so I can see how the weather is there at any given time.  Thinking about those beautiful black horses out having fun in all that fresh snow…

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3. I’ve heard of a Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus and holiday cactus (cacti). But,evidently mine thinks it’s a Valentine cactus.

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4.) What a busy evening it will be tonight….the Full Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse, plus the chance to see a comet in the pre-sunrise hours tomorrow morning.  One day, I will learn about night-time photography, but it probably won’t be today.

5.) Tomorrow…. antiquing and lunch with a friend (possibly friendS).

How about you? Care to share your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

First Friday in February; let’s have some randoms:

1.) Motor Man and I had yet another celebration yesterday for our anniversary.  We made a day trip to the beach, saw 14 horses and ate sandwiches in our vehicle while looking out at the ocean. (Written in the heart is “we still do. 02-02-17)

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2.) We’ve noticed that the sky has been lavender several times this week.  Pretty, but unusual.

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3.) And how about this smooth water?  As Motor Man says, “we could run a hydroplane {boat} race out here today!”

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4.)This past week, I had reason to call our cable/internet company about a new modem we’d purchased. I know they usually get a bad rap as far as customer service, but I was very pleased with the young man I spoke with on the phone, as well as the one who came to fix the issue.

5.) Today, I’m having lunch with two of my nephews and my niece (their sister) to celebrate her birthday, which is Sunday. I’m looking forward to our visit. Happy Birthday, Barb!

My niece, Barb, and me

My niece, Barb, and me, circa 1968

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Celebrating Fifteen

Today, Motor Man and I are celebrating our fifteenth anniversary. For an early celebration, he surprised me with an overnight trip last weekend. I’m sure it’s because he’s heard me say several times that our previous time there was like a “fairy tale”. So we returned to the Friesians Of Majesty farm in Vermont.

We stayed overnight in a cottage on the farm and went for a sleigh ride the following day. Our sleigh was pulled by these two beauties: that’s Ymkje at the forefront and Jelke to her left.  When Robert, the owner of the farm, took us on our sleigh ride, he told us that Ymkje was his first Friesian and that she actually started his love for the breed.  She’s 19 now and is a “model mare”, which means she’s among the best of the best.  He said she’s also one of the largest Friesian mares he’s ever seen. (The Friesian breed originated in the Netherlands, so they’re all given Dutch names.)

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It was a beautiful day for a sleigh ride: sunny and chilly, but not frigid. Would you like to join us?

Imagine our surprise when we learned that Robert’s apprentice on the ride, Haley, is from Chesapeake.  That’s about 30 minutes from where we live.  We stopped a couple of times during our ride to allow the horses to rest. And to take a photo.

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Four years ago when we were last at Friesians of Majesty, we met Othello, the number one Friesian stallion in the world.  The morning of our sleigh ride, Othello was outside, enjoying some fresh air. That’s him on the left; even sporting a horse blanket, he looks regal.

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Once back from the sleigh ride, Motor Man decided that I needed a riding lesson pony ride. My instructor, Sherri, chose Gurbe as my horse for the lesson. Here I am, meeting him….that is one BIG horse.

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Sherri spent quite a bit of time with me in the arena, giving me pointers and threatening saying that the next time we visit, I will trot.  I was too much of a coward to do anything other than let her lead me around the arena. The wind picked up, and Gurbe was a bit uneasy about it, so Sherri had me dismount earlier than we’d planned. It definitely wasn’t the most graceful thing I’ve ever done, but I “stuck the landing”, so that was a relief.

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Thank you, Motor Man, for another fun trip to that magical place.

And here’s to many more celebrations of our special day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a R5F, so here are five random thoughts:

1.) One of my Facebook memories this week was from five years ago. It was the day our friends took us to Corolla to see the wild horses for the first time; we saw seven that day.  I cannot imagine how many horses we’ve seen since that first trip. Little did we know…..

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2.)  Last night, one of our local restaurants, Wharf Hill Brewery, had a special event: dinner by candlelight. Motor Man and I went with our friends, Bev and Bill. The building that is home to the Brewery was built in 1906, and electricity didn’t come to our town until 1907, so that was the inspiration for the event.  Dinner by candlelight is nice: photography by candlelight is challenging.

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3.) Yesterday morning, the sunrise was especially colorful. As I was out on the deck, taking pictures, I noticed some unusual sounds (other than the drone of the work boats and that super-happy bird).  As far as I know, no one near us has a cow, but I could have sworn I heard one in the distance. You may be able to hear it toward the end of this video.

4.) Yes, she’s definitely trying to figure out that bird feeder, which is attached to the tree limb with a zip-tie (cable tie) to critter-proof it.

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5.) Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to lunch with special friends whom we haven’t seen in awhile.

Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

The Little Cabinet

(Portions of today’s post will be a repeat to my Facebook friends, and for that I apologize.  Today’s post has a little more detail.)

One day last week, Motor Man and I had an out-of-town business trip.  And it just happened to take us by one of my favorite antique malls. And we just happened to stop.  And I just happened to find a treasure.

I had seen this little cabinet in there a few months ago on my last trip. And since that time, I had decided on a use for it, as well as the perfect spot for it in our home. I just had to wait to see if it were still available.

And it was.

It’s only about 31 inches tall, and the drawers are 11 inches square. Of course, I have no way of knowing its original use. However, a former schoolmate, with extensive knowledge about antiques, commented that the drawer pulls were similar to those used on filing cabinets in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

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I cleaned it up, used vintage-print paper to line the drawers, and now am using it for jewelry.

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 I’m still experimenting with decorating the top of the cabinet.  For now, it’s a tiny quilt (purchased several years ago in Lancaster, Pa.) and a small old basket.

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I sure am glad that little cabinet waited for me.

~These Days Of Mine~

Winter At The Beach

Last Sunday, Motor Man and I headed to the Outer Banks to have a look at the beach following Winter Storm Helena. The main highways had been treated, and, for the most part, weren’t hazardous. That isn’t to say, though, that we didn’t travel through some “dicey” sections between home and the beach.

The Outer Banks didn’t get nearly the snowfall that we did at home, but it’s somewhat unusual to see snow on the dunes.

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You could say that we had the beach to ourselves. And, by the way, notice how wide the beach is?  During the storm, the ocean was nearly up to the dune line.

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But, we didn’t go to the beach just to see snow….we went to see “my” horses. And we weren’t disappointed: we saw 31, including this one, obviously paying no heed to the nearby sign.

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And this “Black Beauty”.

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And I realize that the Christmas season is over, but I just couldn’t resist….(volume up)

Ever wonder what it’s like to go four-wheelin’ over the dunes?  Here’s a Go-Pro clip, and let me just say that it appears much smoother here on this video than it is in real life.

Happy weekend!

Winter — And Winners

Winter arrived Saturday morning in our little corner of southeast Virginia. And she was serious….. we’re estimating we had around 8-10 inches of snow following a couple of hours of sleet.  And that is a lot for our area.

Motor Man and I, of course, went riding.  We checked our shop to make sure all was well with Gypsy (it was). And we rode downtown, where we had the street pretty much to ourselves.

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Then we drove through our local park, located on the grounds of the historic house known as Windsor Castle.

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Although major highways and streets have been cleared, as of yesterday, this was the street in our neighborhood.  Anyone for a drive on a skating rink?  But, this morning, it’s 44 degrees, so things should be back to normal soon.

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In other news, we have chosen the winners for the Early American Life magazine giveaway from last week. I assigned a number to each comment left on that blog post. I then asked Marshall to choose a number, and  had Motor Man choose the other.  Marshall chose Lori,  a local resident and one of my blog followers, and Motor Man chose Patti, a fellow blogger. Ladies, your magazines will be in the mail to you as soon as I can slip and slide make it to the post office. Thanks for your comments, everyone.

And how’s the weather in your neighborhood?

~These Days Of Mine~