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Monday Morning Mews – Celebrating

Hello, readers! Gypsy here today with the mews, which, this week, is a celebration!

Four years ago this past Saturday evening, I adopted my pawrents and became their shop kitty.  This picture was taken that night; look how tiny I was in Motor Mommy’s lap.

It soon became obvious that, although I dearly love Motor Mommy, I am definitely Motor Man’s kitty. (He looks pretty content with the idea, don’t ya think?)

Now I’m all grown, but still love my pawrents SO much.  Just the other day, Motor Man spoiled me by giving me a good brushing.

Ahhhh, have I got “the life” or what?

I definitely picked the right family to adopt, and am so thankful to be celebrating my Gotcha Day anniversary here on Monday Morning Mews.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all kitties (and doggies) could have a happy home and a family to love them this much?

~These Days Of Mine~

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Monday Morning Mews – Selfie Edition

Happy Monday, efurryone! It’s Sundae, reporting today’s mews, and I have an exciting announcement.

I have been practicing selfies!  These were taken one evening last week when I had joined Motor Mommy in her recliner.  We sometimes have a little “snuggle time” there at the end of the day.

This was my first one, and as you can tell, I needed more practice. I cut off my ear! Obviously, that just won’t do. (Can you see Motor Mommy in the background?)

This was my next try. I decided to include Mommy in this one, too:

I was smiling in that one, but Mommy wasn’t, so I had to take one more.

There, that’s much better. I think I could get into this “selfie craze”.  Wonder if Mommy would buy me one of those selfie sticks…?

~These Days Of Mine~

Wanna Go Halfsies With Me?

The latest Hammacher Schlemmer catalog arrived the other day. I’m not quite sure how my name got on their mailing list, but it makes for some interesting reading.

This item, in particular, caught my eye.

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It sounds as though the only thing it needs is a few horses.

So how about it? Wanna pool our resources?  It’s only $7 mil.

~These Days Of Mine~

Flying Circus

Last Sunday, Motor Man and I got up at 0-dark-thirty and headed to the Flying Circus Air Show in Bealeton, Va., which is about three hours from us. This was the weekend for their annual air show/hot air balloon festival.   On the way there, I was in e-mail contact with my friend, Pam (of One Spoiled Cat), who lives nearby.

When we were about ten miles from the location, Pam sent me a message that she’d read on the web-site that the air show had been canceled because a storm front was moving into the area.

Since we were so close, we decided to continue on our journey.  When we arrived at the site, we were told that, yes, the event was canceled, but the bi-planes were still flying (and offering rides) and that a couple of the hot air balloons may launch.

Not the best day for photos, but the planes were certainly colorful.

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Occasionally, the sun broke through those thick clouds.

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Two balloons did actually fly, this being one. You may recall when Motor Man and I helped launch a hot air balloon in our town a couple of years ago.  This belongs to one of the balloonists we met that day.  Isn’t Firefly a fitting name for a hot air balloon company?

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That balloon has such neat graphics:   a vintage motorcycle and race cars. “Right up our alley”.

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This is video I took of the second balloon that launched last Sunday. In it, you can hear the burner in the balloon and the engines of the bi-planes, as well as my Motor Man saying: “She’s truckin’ along pretty good….”

Although the festivities were dampened by the weather on Sunday, we were told that Saturday’s event had record attendance.

And, no, we didn’t take a ride in a bi-plane (only room for one passenger), but I think  Motor Man has an idea for a future adventure….

~These Days Of Mine~

Gotta Have A Horse Post

It’s rare that a week passes here at These Days without at least one horse-related post.  For this week’s entry, I’m sharing pictures from a trip we made to the Outer Banks about 10 days ago.  It was another beautiful day at the beach. We saw 34 horses, and although I’m always excited to see any of them, we had a special treat that day.

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This is the third foal born to the Corolla herd this season; she was introduced on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund page on June 13. (So far, we’ve been fortunate enough to see two of the three. We saw baby North Star with our friends Renee and Mike, as shared in this post from last month.)

I had my lens zoomed in as much as possible while taking these pictures. (I’m trying to be good, hoping Santa may bring me a larger lens for Christmas….)

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Sweet baby, beautiful Mom.

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I’m anxiously awaiting an announcement on a name for this little girl.

Meanwhile, we also saw these two beauties.  In the past, I have referred to them as having “blonde” manes.  A friend of mine with extensive horse knowledge kindly let me know that the correct term is “flaxen”.

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And I was pleased with this picture of one of the horses having lunch on a dune.

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And that concludes this week’s obligatory horse post.

~These Days Of Mine~

Off The Beaten Path

Recently, Motor Man’s hydroplane (race boat ) engine business took us to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

On the way home, we decided to take the back roads in search of some different sights.  We found the little waterside village of Willis Wharf.  Signage informed us that in the 18th and 19th centuries, this was a major deep-water port for watermen, harvesting oysters, clams and scallops.  Now, shellfish farming is a big business in the area. The ruins of this old dock caught our eye.  At one point, it was most likely a very busy place.

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Nearby, there was an observation area that we visited. The Willis Wharf community is in the distance.

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We spotted The Exmore Diner, a quaint rail car-type diner.  (Later we learned that it was brought to the area from New Jersey in 1954.) The parking lot was overflowing, so we decided it may be a good place for dinner.  We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food, and, although we’re fairly certain we were the only non-locals, we felt welcomed.

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Venturing off the beaten path is rarely a disappointment.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Five randoms for the final Friday in April:

1.) Last weekend, there was an air show at a local Air Force Base.  Although we didn’t actually attend the show, we did stop for awhile in the area after lunch on Sunday with Motor Man’s mom.  We caught some of the stunt planes in action.

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2.)  A recent soft sunrise:

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3.) Gypsy and I took a few selfies one day this week.  We obviously need a little practice: neither of us knew where to look.

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4.) On my way home from an appointment Wednesday afternoon, my low tire pressure warning light/alarm on my dash let me know there was a problem.  I pulled over at the village post office, and immediately upon opening my door, heard the air hissing out of the tire.  In less than a minute, this happened.  See that little silver object at the top of the tire?  That’s the business end of an X-acto knife.

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I called Motor Man, and he arrived in a few minutes.  A very nice young man who lives next door to the post office saw us and offered to help. He soon had his floor jack and tools there to put the “run-flat” on until we could get to the repair shop. No repairing this tire: we had to buy a new one.

5.) We currently have two Canada Goose couples in our yard, and each couple has two goslings.  Yesterday, I glanced out to see this cute sight: a baby asleep on Mom (or Papa). The other parent  was sleeping nearby, but I couldn’t see where the second little one was.

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Care to share your randoms?

~These Days Of Mine~