Monday Morning Mews

This is Gypsy, bringing you this week’s mews.

And let me just say that I was not a happy kitty last Thursday.

Motor Mommy very unceremoniously shoved put me in that plastic box-thing that she keeps over in the corner.  She took me out of the office, and the next thing I knew, we were at “that place”.  You know: that place where kitties get poked and prodded and stuck with sharp objects and……and….well, I don’t really need to go into more detail.

Yes, it was time for my annual check-up.  I was a good girl, though, and efurryone there was very nice to me. I just love Dr. Betty, my vet.

I weigh 10.6 pounds, and Dr. Betty says I’m a healthy kitty.

Motor Mommy took these pictures of me when we got back to the shop.

Is my displeasure showing?

(Pee Ess: I quickly forgave Motor Mommy for taking me to the vet. She explained to me that she had to do it because she and Motor Man love me so much and want me to stay healthy. It’s all part of having a happy furever home.)

~These Days Of Mine~

Making (And Testing) Horsepower

If you know Motor Man and me personally, or you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know that he is a professional engine builder.  He builds race engines. High performance engines. FAST engines for race cars and hydroplanes (race boats).  He’s been doing it since he was a teenager and he’s very good at it.

Several years ago, he added a dynomometer (“dyno” for short) to the equipment in his machine shop.

A dyno is a diagnostic tool that provides invaluable information to engine builders. Once Motor Man finishes building (or re-building) an engine, it’s placed on the dyno, which is connected to a computer.  He “makes a pull”, revving up the engine to simulate what the engine will endure on the straight stretch of a race track (or race course, for hydroplanes). The dyno shows horsepower, torque, fuel-to-air ratio, oil pressure and water temperature. A print-out is available for every pull.

If the numbers are good, he may not make any adjustments. But the information enables him to try different carburetors, timing, rocker arms or, in extreme cases, a different cam shaft.

The dyno also lets him know if he has any problems, such as an oil leak,  and the problem can be corrected prior to delivering the engine to the customer.

Long before I met Motor Man, I had an interest in racing. So it’s exciting to me to be at the shop when Motor Man has an engine on the dyno. It’s so loud…and powerful.

Wednesday, I did more than just watch. He needed to check something (during the test) that he wasn’t able to see from the dyno console. So he had me make a pull. And he wanted it on video. (No smiles because, although exciting, it’s a little frightening to hear that much power in the room beside you.  Granted, it’s a cinder block room, the window between the console and the dyno has safety glass, and there’s a sprinkler system in place.)

This engine is for our local short track, and that season begins on April 1.

The hydroplane race season began last weekend in Florida. One of our engine customers won both qualifying and actual races in his division both days.

To paraphrase Darrell Waltrip: “Time to go racin’, boys”!

~These Days Of Mine~

Helping A Feathered Friend

We’ve had typical Virginia weather this week: winter for a day or two, then spring/summer. A few days ago, the temp was in the twenties at daybreak; this morning, it was 63.

So, since I’m trying to get back in my habit of walking 30 minutes everyday, I’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather.

Monday afternoon, I was walking in the neighborhood, and as I approached a pick-up truck parked along the street, I saw something fall into the bed. Since I noticed it out of the corner of my eye, I really wasn’t sure what it was. But I knew it landed with a thud.

When I got to the truck, I cautiously peered over the side and saw (what appeared to be) a young bird. It was trying to fly, but wasn’t able to clear the sides of the truck bed.

This may not be the very worst photo I’ve ever shared on my blog, but it’s in the top two.  Maybe someone recognizes the coloring: red head and black wings with white spots.

It looks to me to be some type of woodpecker. And, although he couldn’t fly, he sure could flutter. I walked from one side of the truck to the other several times, trying to catch him.  And I was wondering the entire time if Mama Bird was somewhere nearby, watching and waiting to swoop down on my head.

Finally, I was able to grasp him when he came to the back corner of the bed. He didn’t care for me having him in hand. But once I put him on the ground,  he scurried up a nearby tree.

I’m sure he probably would have figured out how to get out of the truck bed – eventually.  But it was nice to be at the right place at the right time to help a little feathered friend.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Hello, my furriends! It’s Sundae with the mews this week.

I’m still enjoying my kitty bed that Motor Mommy purchased for me recently. Not only is it comfy and cozy for me, but apparently, it also serves as a source of entertainment for Motor Mommy.

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I can’t even stretch out a paw without her pointing that flashy box at me.

What’s a comfy kitty to do?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Five random thoughts for the first Friday of March:

1.)  A recent particularly colorful sunrise with reflection.

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2.) And a few minutes later, that beautiful morning golden light on the trees in our yard.

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3.) Yesterday morning’s sky just after sunrise.  I’ve mentioned before that Motor Man enjoys the web-site “Flight Aware”, and after checking that, we determined that this flight departed JFK and was en route to the Dominican Republic.

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4.) Whenever I pass by someone’s yard and see those Canada geese “statues”, I think:  I’ll trade ya.

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5.)  Last weekend, a quick storm moved through our area.

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And left us with some of this.  Thankfully, no damage, but a STRONG scent of pine after the storm.

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Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Wild One(s)

Sunday, Motor Man and I made one of our frequent day trips to the Outer Banks. We only saw five horses, but although we always like to see as many as possible, we enjoy our trip regardless.  They’re still wearing their furry winter coats, which have probably been a bit uncomfortable of late. (Our temps have been unseasonably warm recently. Saturday’s high temperature was near 80.)

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Even though we only saw a few horses, we were treated to a show (sound on):

 

I believe it to be a couple of stallions, and although it WAS quite a show, I don’t know how serious they were about the fight. Oh, it looked real enough, but just seconds after I took that video, the three of them stopped for lunch. Together.

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Speaking of lunch, Motor Man and I had packed ours.  We enjoyed an in-the-vehicle picnic while looking out at the Atlantic.

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And “Summer Breeze” played on the radio.

~These Days Of Mine~

Monday Morning Mews

Hi, readers.  It’s Gypsy, bringing you this week’s Mews.

Want to know what Motor Mommy has done for the better part of the past several days? At home, at our shop, on her cell phone…..

She’s watched a web-cam while waiting on April, the giraffe, who lives at the Animal Adventure Park in New York, to deliver a calf.

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So, I decided that I’d hang out with her and watch for awhile.  Did you notice, that in the picture, April is looking RIGHT at me?  I just know she was.

As of this post being published, the world is still waiting for April to have her baby. If you’d like to follow along on Facebook, Motor Mommy says there’s a link on the Animal Adventure Park page.  Several news stations also have links, including this one: http://www.kgw.com/news/watch-live-april-the-giraffe-is-expecting-a-calf/413364361

Warning: very addictive.

~These Days Of Mine~