Adventures In Cape Charles, Part II

Today’s post is continued from Monday and is jam-packed with fun times from our trip to Cape Charles.

Following our dinner Friday evening, and while taking photos at the marina, we noticed a sundog.  We would see several between that time and sunset. This looks a little like a fish, don’t you agree?  Very appropriate.

There was a pier leading to a gazebo at the beach near our hotel. We decided it would be the perfect place to watch the sunset. And our personal photographer, Donna, was once again hard at work.  Although that appears to be the sunset behind us, it’s actually more sundogs. The sun was setting further to the left.

And a beautiful sunset it was, well worth braving the cool temps and brisk winds. The sky was amazing.

Once we got back to the hotel (and thawed out), Donna and I had a mini-pajama party. We brought our witch hats along on the trip, hoping to find a fall/Halloween display that would be a nice backdrop for a picture. The pajama party turned out to be our only option.

And, then, as so often happens, a cute boy crashed our pajama party!  So I kissed him.

Saturday morning, the three of us had breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful dining room.  Donna opened the first and smallest of her birthday gift bags. She loves scented soaps in decorative packaging, so one was a tiny Halloween themed soap. The other is Bourbon-Pumpkin scented body lotion.  (Did you notice the tear in her eye?)

The weather was cool and somewhat rainy, so Motor Man drove us to a nearby antique mall for a little shopping.

After lunch, we explored more of the Eastern Shore. During Motor Man’s late teens/early twenties, he did quite a bit of fishing in the Chesapeake Bay in that area . He recalls the Cobb Island Coast Guard Station located on a nearby island, and had heard that it had since been moved inland. With directions from locals, we found its new location. It’s been renovated and is for sale, but sadly, a long lane with a gate at the highway prevented us from seeing it. It’s now near the tiny fishing village of Oyster, Va.

Motor Man and I really enjoyed the trip, and I’m thinking that Donna just may have, too. It was fun celebrating her birthday with her. Wishing you many, many more, my friend.

~These Days Of Mine~





Adventures In Cape Charles, Part I

As mentioned in Friday’s post, my friend, Donna, celebrated her birthday on Saturday.

So Motor Man and I invited her to join us for an overnight trip to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  We left early Friday morning and returned home Saturday evening.

Our Friday was spent browsing the quaint shops in downtown Cape Charles.  The shopkeepers were so friendly, and that, of course, made our experience even nicer. Motor Man waited in the vehicle, read a book he purchased on the history of Cape Charles and chatted with passers-by. The weather was perfect.

Donna and I especially liked the consignment shop, Periwinkles, and we both found something to buy there.  At the international shop, Voijer, I found several giraffe items to add to my growing collection. Moonrise Jewelry had beautiful items (including a ring I couldn’t resist).  We both purchased Christmas gifts at another shop. And we loved walking around in a one-hundred-year old hardware store, which brought back memories to Donna of her father’s business.

Lunch was at Kelly’s Pub, one of our favorite restaurants in Cape Charles. Then we spent the first part of the afternoon finishing up our shopping. Afterward, Motor Man took us riding around town and listened to us “oohing and aah-ing” over the beautiful old homes, some restored and some in the process of restoration.

There are huge stately homes alongside quaint beach cottages. Donna and I are still wondering how they still have such beautiful summer flowers this late into fall.

Later, we checked into our rooms at the beautiful Northampton Hotel, an old hotel – newly renovated. We couldn’t wait to explore the “widow’s walk”.

Motor Man is certainly patient with us two “crazies”

Donna was sweet to take so many pictures of my Motor Man and me during our trip. It was like having our own personal photographer. Behind us, the body of  water to the right is the Chesapeake Bay. There are many cargo/container ships anchored in the Bay; one is barely visible just over Motor Man’s left shoulder. To the left is an inlet coming into the harbor in Cape Charles.

Dinner was at The Shanty, a waterside restaurant at the nearby marina. It was a bit too chilly to sit outside, but we had a great view from inside. And we stepped outside after dinner to take pictures.

Docked nearby was this beautiful “teaching vessel” based out of Hawaii.

It was a busy weekend, so I’ve decided to share our adventures in two posts. To be continued on Wednesday…..stay tuned!

~These Days Of Mine~











Random Five Friday

It seems like a nice day for five random thoughts:

1.) The weather is finally beginning to feel like fall.  Although it will soon be a hassle to bundle up every time we step outside, it’s nice to wear a lightweight sweater right now.

2.) Some of summer’s flowers are still in bloom, including this giant zinnia. It’s MUCH taller than me (which isn’t saying much).

3.) My orchid cactus is brightening this little corner of its world our kitchen. It was a tiny cutting when I bought it from a nearby greenhouse/nursery a few years ago. It thrives on very little attention, which seems to be a good working arrangement for both of us.

4.) I apologize for boring those of my Facebook friends who also follow the blog with repeat photos. This one was taken on a recent trip to the Outer Banks.

5.) And, finally, a tip of the hat (her hat, by the way) to wish my dear friend, Donna, a very Happy Birthday tomorrow.  More about that in a post next week.

Have a great weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~



Winner, Winner

Racing has been part of Motor Man’s life since he was a young boy, “souping up” go-kart engines. By the time he was in his late teens, he had begun building race engines for stock cars, drag cars and hydroplanes (race boats).

He has no idea how many races his engines have won through the years, and his engine customers have won several local short-track  and hydroplane championships.

Yes, I’m bragging on him…wives can (and should) do that from time to time often.

This past Saturday night, Danny, one of our customers, won the 2018 track championship at Langley Speedway, our local short track. For those of you familiar with stock car racing, Danny races in the Late Model Division. This is Danny’s sixth championship, three of those with Motor Man’s engines. Only one driver (now retired) has won more at seven.

Danny and me with “our” Motor Man

There are lots of great folks involved in Danny’s racing. It’s a great team, and Motor Man and I are proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations to Danny and his team…including my Motor Man. Now, onto the 2019 season!

~These Days Of Mine~



Each Trip Is Different

As most of you well know, driving to the four-wheel-drive beaches of Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a favorite day trip for Motor Man and me.

Some things are constant, but yet different each time:  we’re going to be driving along the ocean. But what will her temperament be on that particular day? Sometimes she’s smooth as glass, other time’s she’s very angry.

And each time,  we’re driving ON the beach, but the condition of the sand varies from trip to trip. Some days, it’s like driving on the interstate, and, at times,  we don’t even have to use our four-wheel-drive.  Other times, the sand is so deep and soft, and the ride so rough, we fear losing our teeth…. and getting stuck.

It’s rare that we don’t see wild horses, but how many and where we’ll see them changes with each trip. It’s especially nice to see them by the water.

But even if we only see them from the “back roads”, we’re good.

They’re beautiful regardless of their particular location.

But, one thing we find just happens by chance, and that’s the folks we meet while on the beach.

I’ve shared posts before about Renee and Mike, a couple we met on the beach a few years ago. The four of us “hit it off”, and since then, we’ve arranged a get-together whenever they visit the area.

On one of our recent trips, Motor Man stopped so I could take pictures of the horses on the beach (second one in this post). I noticed three people nearby, taking pictures of each other with the horses in the background. So I asked if they’d like a picture of the three of them together.

They were so friendly, and we began chatting. I learned that the couple, Caty and Jon, had just gotten married the day before in an oceanfront wedding in nearby Kill Devil Hills. Caty’s mom, Cathy, was with them and excitedly shared that happy info with me. I just happened to have some 2018 Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendars in our vehicle, and one of those was my wedding gift to them. And, I couldn’t leave out the mother-of- the bride.

They weren’t from the area, so Motor Man asked if they’d like to follow us, and we’d take them on the back roads in search of more horses. They agreed, and off we went.

We did see more horses, but further up the beach, our new friends were in for another treat. I’ve shared posts on here before about the Gypsy Queen. Yes, the newlyweds (and Mom) were treated to a tour.

Cathy later sent this photo of Caty and Jon on their wedding day and gave me permission to share it here. (I think she looks like a princess.)

Beautiful scenery is a given on our beach trips, and seeing horses is a norm. But chance meetings with friendly folks is definitely a bonus.

~These Days Of Mine~



How Much Is That…

…doggie in the window?

Motor Man and I saw this in our travels over the weekend. That doggie had a long trip home –  while looking back at where he’s been. (We’re in Virginia, and the truck had Pennsylvania license plates.) He looks a little sad to leave, doesn’t he?

When we saw this, Motor Man was the first to make the “doggie in the window” connection, which immediately led to the blog post idea.

I remember hearing this song through the years, but never heard it in its entirety. Very cute lyrics: they sure don’t write (or sing) ’em like they used to.


And, folks, there’s your “earworm” for the weekend! (You’re welcome.)

~These Days Of Mine~



Friends, Fun, Lunch And Goats

Last Friday, a group of six of us “Surry” girls met for lunch. Four of us are former classmates, and we’ve adopted the other two. A couple more girls from our class had planned to join us, but weren’t able to for various reasons. L to r, Judy (an adoptee), Donna, Cathy (an adoptee), Rita, Liz and me.

After lunch, five of us traveled a few miles to our local winery. After a wine tasting for those interested, we went out to visit the winery’s resident goats, including a few babies. These are two of the three babies who have successfully learned how to escape their fence enclosure  Apparently, they heard we had bought goat food pellets while inside the winery.

We had the MOST fun feeding and playing with those baby goats.

It wasn’t long until some of us (who shall remain nameless) lost our balance from the force of baby goats and landed on the ground.  No matter: they just crawled all over us, and we didn’t care.

My friend, Donna, took this picture. When she sent it to me, she commented: “You’re covered in goats!”.  It’s true: I AM under there somewhere.

But then I decided to “share” the babies with Donna and Liz. In the background: The Hampton Roads Winery boasts the world’s tallest goat tower.

There was so much laughter, smiling and picture taking.

What a dilemma: how to play with the goats, feed them and take pictures of them at the same time?

This was one of the goats that remained inside the fence.  Just look at those amazing eyes.

The goats made short work of the pellets. And that was probably a good thing, or we would have stayed the entire afternoon.

Obviously a great time was had by all.

We’ve already planned our Christmas gathering, and we’re looking forward to that, hopefully with more of our classmates joining us.

(But, I have to tell ya: those baby goats are going to be a tough act to follow….)

~These Days Of Mine~