Noteworthy

In Monday’s post, I left you with this “teaser”:

And, now, I will explain. Just before 2018 arrived, I saw a suggestion on Facebook to write little notes of thankfulness/gratitude/joy all through the year, place them in a container, and then read them on New Year’s Eve.

So I did that all throughout 2018, keeping them in my Mom’s old glass “ice bucket” on our sideboard. Although I realize the importance of being grateful, having those colorful little notes in a prominent place helped me remember to actually put my thoughts into words.

Motor Man and I read all the notes (a total of 68) Monday evening as we quietly celebrated New Year’s Eve at home.

The multi-colored paper made quite a colorful scene as we selected them one-by-one from the stack to be read.

Many of them noted things I was thankful for: safe travels for us and/or Marshall (including us being just minutes ahead of a fatal tractor trailer accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel),  relieved to have found a credit card I’d misplaced, grateful that a cousin was doing well following surgery, and another with a similar message about a dear friend.  Some made mention of a fun trip we’d taken or just a nice time with friends or family.

Reading all those little notes brought back many happy memories of the year, and I’m definitely planning to do this again in 2019.

What are YOU thankful for today? Make a note of it!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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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~

 

 

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~

 

Gypsy’s Holiday Post

Hi, readers….this is Gypsy. Since my “step-sisfur”, Sundae, had the spotlight on Monday’s post, Motor Mommy agreed to let me have equal time today.

When Motor Mommy’s friend, Donna, visits our shop, the two of them are often dressed up for an occasion. So Motor Man takes pictures of them, and they always try to include me in the fun.  This was a few weeks ago when they decorated hats for Christmas. (Thank goodness, they didn’t make a hat for ME.)

This was last week when Donna was in town for their “girls lunch”.  And I really wasn’t as unhappy as I appear in this picture. (Miss Donna was disappointed that she left her reindeer antlers in her car…..)

But, as much as I love those two ladies, as you know…

…this is my very favorite place to be.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EFURRYONE!

~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~

Horse Country

Our trip last week to Indianapolis took us through the beautiful horse country of Kentucky.  It’s always my favorite part of the trip.

This beautiful water “tank” is located in the Lexington area.

This year, we arranged a tour of one of the farms: Coolmore at Ashford Stud.

On the afternoon of our visit, we had light snow flurries as we drove up the lane.

Although we didn’t have the best day for photos, the flurries added even more charm to our outing.

Now, this little country girl knows absolutely NOTHING about race horses (or everyday horses for that matter). But I do think they’re all beautiful and love taking pictures of them.

Our guide was a wonderful young lady named Bailey, who will be graduating in May from the University of Kentucky with a degree in equine science and management. We were fortunate to be on one of her final tours at Coolmore.

In the first stable we toured, we met “Munnings”.  Isn’t he so handsome?

I thought it was interesting that he seemed to be agreeing with what Bailey was saying regarding stud fees. (Guess that’s a guy for you.)  And I regret that I stopped the video in the middle of Bailey’s information.

 

But, then,  we met a celebrity…..this is “Justify”, the 2018 Triple Crown winner.  That’s impressive even to those of us who know little about the horse racing world. It was exciting to be so close to such a famous horse.

Later, on the tour, we met “Air Force Blue”.  He also showed off a bit for us.

 

You can hear Bailey in that video mention the race horse “Cigar” and say that he was an interesting case. Cigar was a successful race horse, but was quickly retired from his stud duties when it was determined that he was completely infertile. Uh oh. (Had I not stopped the video short, you would have heard that from Bailey.)

We stayed overnight in Louisville and went for a carriage ride after dinner. Our horse was a Percheron/Friesian mix named “Joey”. Those blue lights in the background were on our carriage. It was cold, but as you can see, we went prepared. AND, our high-tech carriage not only had blankets, but also heated seats.

Before leaving Louisville the following morning, we rode out to see Churchill Downs.  Although we’ve driven through Louisville many times, and stayed overnight there a few times, we’d never driven by the track.

Very impressive.  But, then, most everything about Kentucky Horse Country IS.

~These Days Of Mine~