Monday Morning Mews

Good morning, readers. Dianna here.  Today is Monday, and it’s Sundae’s turn to host Monday Morning Mews.

However, as you can see, we have a bit of a probem.

(clearing my throat)….. Sundae?

Sundae, you need to wake up.  Today is Monday, and you’re supposed to be posting the mews for our readers.

Folks, I’m afraid we’ll have to cancel today’s mews. Our host(ess) seems to be predisposed, occupied, zonked.

Perhaps we’ll have better luck next week when it’s Gypsy’s turn to host Monday Morning Mews.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Petunia

In order to get the most out of today’s post, please take a moment to read this one from 2012.  I’ll wait……..

Is That You, Petunia?

The year after that post, in May, 2013, I shared this picture of Petunia.

But something tragic must have happened to her during the following winter. Because in the spring of 2014,  she didn’t return….nor for the next couple of years. I was sad about losing her and thought she was gone forever.

Last week, I was out puttering around in the flowerbed, pulling weeds and checking on the few perennials I have (dianthus, vinca, Sweet Williams, salvia). Then, just a few feet from where Petunia used to live and grow and be beautiful, something caught my eye.  It sure looked like petunia foliage.  Could it be?

The following day:

There she was. She looks paler than before, but only because this picture was taken with my cell phone, whereas the earlier ones were taken with a camera.

But, after all this time and in a different location, Petunia has returned.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

That Westerly Wind

In previous posts about the Corolla wild horses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I’ve mentioned that our favorite place to see the horses is down by the ocean.

We travel the “back roads” and often see them there, but there’s just something about wild horses by the water.

We’ve learned that you see the most horses on the beach on days when the wind is from the west.  This isn’t good for the horses, however, because it brings biting flies from inland.  The horses retreat to the water’s edge for relief.

Plus the wind just feels good in their hair manes.

But not all the horses were up for a beach day.  Some were just hanging out back at the cottage.

And it IS spring, so a young man’s fancy is turning to love… and sometimes that means a disagreement among the guys. A couple of notes before you watch the video: my editing skills leave much to be desired.  Also, I love how sleek and gorgeous these stallions are.  Just a few seconds into the clip,the lighter colored horse starts to run. The darker horse rears his head back as if to say: “Oh, heck, yeah. It’s ON!”.  Also, although it looks like I’m really close, my camera lens was zoomed as much as possible, and I was standing in the doorway of our vehicle, so I was safe.

(Sound on)

I’m glad the gal driving that big truck was “heads up”, since one of the horses ran right in front of her vehicle.

Yesterday, it was posted on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund page that the first new foal of the season has been spotted. It’s a colt, and they’re going to have a contest to name him. You know that we’ll be keeping an eye out for him on our future trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Happy May 1st, efurryone! It’s Sundae AND Gypsy both here this morning, and we have two furry special guests with us on the Mews today.

If you’ve been a regular reader here, you will remember Snugg and Chessie. They’re the kitties belonging to Motor Mommy’s son, Marshall.  He shared some photos of them with Motor Mom recently, so we thought we’d invite them over today to be part of the Mews.

First, here’s Chessie, on the porch, enjoying some springtime flowers.

And her brofur, Snugg, hanging out and chilling inside under a rocker. Obviously, Snugg is the resident comedian and provides Marshall with lots of photo ops.

Thanks, guys, for joining us today.   Keep posing for those cute pics for Marshall, and we’ll share them here with our readers.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Facebook Concert Meme

There’s a current Facebook meme making the rounds in which you list ten artists and state that you’ve seen nine of them perform in person. Your friends are asked to choose which one you have not seen in concert.

Yesterday, I decided to play along.  Although I’ve been to many other concerts, this is my list for the game:

1.) Chicago
2.) Hank Williams, Jr.
3.) Elton John
4.) The Oak Ridge Boys
5.) Elvis Presley
6.) Fats Domino
7.) Jimmy Buffett
8.) Lynyrd Skynyrd
9.) Alan Jackson
10.) Brooks & Dunn

Many friends shared their guesses and some posted their own list.

I decided to stretch the fun out a little longer, write about some of the concerts I’ve attended and reveal the answer to my Facebook post on today’s blog.

CHICAGO was my first concert experience.  It was the summer I was eighteen, fresh out of high school. I drove my ’64 yellow Mustang with black interior and 3-speed on the floor.  My nephew, 2 years younger than me, and a buddy of his went with me.

 HANK WILLIAMS, JR. I must admit, the only reason I saw Hank live back in the mid 80’s was because the group Sawyer Brown opened for him, and I was (and still am) a huge Sawyer Brown fan. Hank’s crowd was a bit too rowdy for me.

ELTON JOHN.  A few months after Motor Man and I began dating, we went with another couple to an Elton John concert at an amphi-theater in Virginia Beach.  The concert was outside, following days of rain, and it was COLD, so it wasn’t the most comfortable of venues. Elton put on a fabulous show, however.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS. My friend, Bev, and I became fans of this group in the early 1980’s. Marshall, then a toddler,  associated William Lee Golden, the group’s member who had long hair and a longer beard, with their hit song “Elvira”. One Sunday morning, a man with long hair and a beard walked into our church, and Marshall said (out loud): “Look, Mom! It’s Elvira!”

ELVIS PRESLEY.  Yes, Marshall’s dad and I went to see Elvis in the early 70’s before we were married.  Of course, our seats were so far away, he was just a tiny speck on the stage.

FATS DOMINO.  Ah, Fats. Marshall’s dad and I saw Fats in concert, also in the early 1970’s, and we had front-row center seats.  What a great performer. Sadly, I had camera issues that night, and did not get any photos. Whenever Fats saw someone standing at the stage with a camera, he flashed the biggest smile you can imagine.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD.  For many years, a friend of Motor Man’s and mine participated in the Kyle Petty cross-country motorcycle trip. This friend wanted his young daughter to be part of the festivities when the group returned to Kyle’s farm in North Carolina following the 2001 ride.  We agreed to bring his daughter to the event, and in turn, we were given tickets to attend. And, Skynyrd was performing. But, did I get pictures?  No….however, this was the crowd attending.

BROOKS & DUNN.  On the spur of the moment, Motor Man and I went to see B & D in concert in 2004, and had fairly good seats for the show.

The artist from that list that I have not seen in person is Jimmy Buffett. Motor Man and I both like his music, and he does come to our area occasionally.  But we’ve never attended one of his concerts.

And now….a HUGE confession, and this is so very embarrassing.   I  named Alan Jackson as one of the artists on my list.  Well, I’ve never seen him in concert either.

The country singer I had in mind was Tracy Lawrence, who appeared in concert at our local racetrack several years ago.  Motor Man and I attended, and I took this picture of Tracy with one of his young fans.  And by the way, that little fella knew every word to every song.

So I apologize to my Facebook friends (and to those of you reading this post  who were also guessing).  There are, in fact, two artists on my list that I have not seen live in concert.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wipe the egg off my face.  And sing a little “Elvira”.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

And The Winners Are

Last week, I announced a giveaway in honor of April, the giraffe’s, new baby boy. The prize is this adorable children’s book.

Normally the word “giveaway” in a blog title brings entries from far and near. Not so this time.  I only had three fellow bloggers comment that they wished to be included in the giveaway, and seven non-bloggers.  So, I decided to give away two books: one to a blogger and one to a non blogger.

Sundae picked the winner in the blogger division.  The name she chose (by a nose) was Pam, who co-writes “Two Spoiled Cats” along with her kitties, Angel Sammy and Baby Teddy.

And the non-blogger, whose name was drawn from a hat by Motor Man, is my friend, former classmate and loyal blog follower, Shirley Dunn.

Thanks, everyone, for reading and commenting.  Enjoy your books!

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Good morning, friends! This is Gypsy reporting this week’s news with you.

Motor Man took this picture recently of Motor Mommy brushing my forehead with my very own kitty brush.

I guess you humans can compare it to a massage, or in Motor Mommy’s case, a pedicure.  (Sorry for the blurry pic: Motor Man hurried to get it because I was being so cute.)

Ah….thanks, Motor Mommy…for spoiling me. I’m so happy I adopted you two for my family.

~These Days Of Mine~