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The Kindness of Corolla

Those of you who read my blog know that Motor Man and I love to travel to the Corolla area of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. (Our trips there are on hold for a while right now until his shoulder injury heals.)

I follow several Facebook pages from that area, including, of course, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who cares for the wild horses.

Over the past couple of days, I became aware of a community-wide effort to provide an exceptional weekend in Corolla for one very special person.

That person is Melissa Renzi, who is dealing with several issues, including gastroparesis. Melissa is in hospice care for mitochondrial disease and also suffers from dysautonomia fibromyalgia.  I contacted Melissa regarding writing this post, and she graciously gave me permission to share all her details in order to bring awareness to these diseases.

Seeing the wild horses of Corolla was on Melissa’s bucket list, and one of her friends has been planning this weekend for her for quite a while. Several businesses in the area worked together to make it a memorable weekend for her.

  • Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill and Cosmo’s Pizza provided food.
  • Hampton Inn of Corolla gave Melissa and her husband a discounted rate on their room.
  • Bob’s Wild Horse Tours treated the Renzis to a ride on the beach.
  • And Corolla Wild Horse Fund gave the Renzis a tour of the rescue farm, so Melissa and her husband could meet the horses who live there.

Photo by Jeff Kelly

Reading all these Facebook posts and the comments on them was so heartwarming, I was brought to tears.

BUT, wait, there’s more!

It was discovered that the first Corolla foal of the 2019 season was born THIS past weekend: the same weekend of the Renzi’s visit. So….the folks at Corolla Wild Horse Fund decided on the perfect name for the new baby boy.

His name:  RENZI.

Photo by Mike Davenport

The story of Melissa and her special trip has touched so many people in the past few days.  It’s heartwarming not only to realize the kindness of all the folks who made this happen, but also to think of all the well wishes, positive thoughts and prayers for her.

All our best to you, Melissa.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

Newest Foal, Breakdown and A Donation

How’s that for a blog post title? I promise: they’re all connected.

Yesterday, Motor Man and I made a trip to the Outer Banks. Normally, our drives to that area include riding along the beach, windows down, listening to oldies, looking for horses. Well, there was that time the alternator on our Tahoe stopped working. And the time we got stuck in the sand.  But those troublesome times are, thankfully, few and far between.

On our trip yesterday, we saw 23 horses, including the third foal born this season (that we know of, so far).  Meet Valor, first seen around Memorial Day.

When Valor was first discovered by the Corolla Wild Horse Folks, they thought SHE was a HE. But a couple of weeks later, on closer inspection, they learned that Valor is a sweet little filly.

I’m happy to have seen (and have photos of) all the foals born this season. It’s so exciting to see the little ones.

After spotting Valor, Motor Man and I continued along with our windows down, listening to our oldies, when suddenly, an alarm on the dash sounded.  And not just a simple “ding”….this was a constant “DING, DING, DING, DING”.  Motor Man looked to see the hand on the temperature gauge “pegged” (as far as it would go).

Houston, we have a problem…. and we’re in an off-road area, nearly five miles from a hard surface road.

Checking under the hood, we discovered that the fitting for the heater hose had broken off. That’s the hole in the picture below. And we had water coming out EVERYWHERE.

In our world, there’s a saying: “If it moves, and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. If it doesn’t move, and it should, use WD-40”.   Thankfully, we had a roll of duct tape among our supplies. And plenty of water to refill the reservoirs.

The tape held until we could get to the nearest hardware store to buy zip ties. (How did we ever live without ’em?)

Everything seemed fine until we were probably about 3/4 of the way home. When we were stopped at a red light, we noticed steam coming from under the hood. Again.

Then it was a quick stop at an auto parts store for a piece of hose, two hose clamps and a freezer plug.

And my McGyver Motor Man once again saved the day by bypassing where the heater hose was supposed to be.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience. We weren’t stranded for very long, we had a nice breeze while Motor Man worked under the hood, and we had water and the right tools in our vehicle to do the job.

So now that you know about the newest foal and the breakdown, here’s the news about the donation. You may recall that my blogging friend, Beth Ann, author of “It’s Just Life“, selects a cause each month, and for each comment left on her blog, donates 50-cents to that cause. Last month, she chose the Corolla Wild Horse Fund as her cause. She’s tallied up the numbers, and she and her husband, Chris, will be donating $250 to the CWHF! You may also recall that my sweet Motor Man suggested that he and I match Beth Ann and Chris’s donation, so we will also be mailing a check for $250 to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. And we’re happy to do so.

Thanks again, Beth Ann, and to all of you who visited her blog to help support “my” horses.

(And this concludes today’s very busy post.)

~These Days Of Mine~

 

For “My” Horses

When I began blogging nearly eight years ago, I had no idea how many new friendships would result. Although we haven’t met in person YET,  one of those newfound friends is Beth Ann, whose blog is It’s Just Life.  And meeting in person one day is in our plans.

Beth Ann does something really unique with her blog.  Each month, she selects a charity and posts about it on the first day of the month.  THEN, for each comment left on her blog posts throughout the entire month, she and her husband donate 50-cents to that charity.

And…..I am SO happy to announce that, for the month of June, Beth Ann has chosen:

THE COROLLA WILD HORSE FUND!!!!

If you know me or have followed my blog for any length of time, you know just how special the CWHF is to me. There are some dedicated folks involved in that organization, and their sole purpose is to care for the wild horses of the Corolla/Carova area.

Just last week, a foal had to be removed from the herd after being attacked by a stallion (not his sire).  He’s been named Chris, in honor of the deputy who stayed with him until the CWHF folks could arrive on the scene. Chris, the foal, is now being cared for at their rescue facility, and requires round-the-clock attention. He has a surrogate “mom”, but prefers milk supplement from a bucket (!), and he has wounds that need special attention.  Please send special thoughts for baby Chris to make a full recovery.

I am so excited that Beth Ann has chosen this charity for her Comments For A Cause this month. She hasn’t yet visited Corolla, but as a faithful reader of my blog has been subjected to my many posts about the horses.  And I guess you could say she’s fallen in love with them too.

And I’m also happy to announce that my very special Motor Man said: “Tell Beth Ann that we will match whatever donation she and her husband make to the CWHF at the end of the month”.

So, readers, please visit It’s Just Life, and comment often.

Thank you so much, Beth Ann, for choosing CWHF for your Comments For A Cause charity this month. We can’t wait for you and your Chris (Mr. Diamond), to visit the Outer Banks, so we can take you both on a horse tour.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

The Year’s Final Random Five Friday

Does anyone else find it difficult to comprehend that we’re in the last days of 2017?   Since I know some of you particularly enjoy my random thoughts on Fridays, I thought I’d end the year with a R5F.

1.)  Just to clarify: in my post on Wednesday, I shared an email I recently received. It was regarding a certain TRADEMARKED phrase pertaining to wild horses on Wednesdays. I should have been clearer in my post: that email was NOT from the organization who oversees the wild horses of Corolla on the Outer Banks, the ones I sometimes refer to as “my” horses.  The email was from an entirely different wild horse group, based in Texas.  (Which reminds me, I should probably let the wild horse folks in Corolla know about that trademarked phrase. They may have used it a time or two on their Facebook page…..)

2.) We had a quiet, nice Christmas.  Motor Man, Marshall, Sundae and I took our traditional family Christmas photo that evening.

3.) Santa brought Motor Man an impact wrench.  I think he likes it. In this picture, he reminds me of a little boy.

4.) Marshall had a little fun with a giraffe neck massager that Santa brought me. See my comment on #3 above.

5.) And it just seems appropriate to close out the year with a sunset photo.

I’m wishing you all a safe, happy New Year’s weekend. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts. May 2018 be a good year for us all.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

Happy Friday! Time for randomness:

1.) The other evening on our way to dinner, Marshall spotted a sun dog in the western sky. (Just one more thing my son has taught me….)

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2.) I do believe that I have my first photo entry for the 2019 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar contest.

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3.) On a recent trip to Clarksville, VA, Motor Man and I discovered yet another LOVE sign.  Virginia’s state motto is “Virginia Is For Lovers”, so signs spelling out the word LOVE are scattered over the state.  Clarksville has many recreational activities related to its lakes, and the land was once home to the Occoneechee Indians (thus the dream catcher) . We thought this was a very original sign.

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4.) Another busy weekend ahead: antiquing and “live” wreath-shopping with a friend tomorrow. We aren’t tackling the horse-head wreaths again this year. We had a fun time making them last Christmas, but it was a LOT of work.

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5.) Santa is scheduled to be at Bacon’s Castle tomorrow.  I may just have to stop by to take photos.  (Any excuse to visit the Castle… )

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Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

New Kid On The Block

Last week, I read on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page that there was a new foal – a beautiful colt – born into the herd. He was just recently discovered, and they estimate he was born in early October.  It’s rather late in the season for a little one to arrive; according to the CWHF, this is only the second one born in October in the past 10 years.

So…naturally, on our next trip to the beach, I had high hopes (if not expectations) of seeing the new baby.

Motor Man and I had driven down one of the dead-end dirt “streets” in Corolla and were in the process of turning around at the end when I spotted…..little Gregorio and his parents walking up a path.

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Thankfully, my camera was already in my lap. Just look at that gorgeous little face.

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There really wasn’t much time for pictures, because Gregorio and family never stopped walking.

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They walked up one path directly in front of us and immediately headed down another nearby path. (You would think they could have stopped for at least a few seconds to munch on some grass….)

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But, in 12 seconds, I took 8 pictures of that sweet baby.  And you know that we’ll be watching for him on our future trips, and I’ll be sharing pictures if when we see him again.

~These Days Of Mine~

A “Bird’s” Eye View

Long ago, I came to the conclusion that my husband should have been born with wings. Although he’s uncomfortable on balconies and the like, he would easily hang out of the window of an airplane if that were possible. He loves air travel.

So, last summer, we went parasailing.

And in the past few weeks, we’ve been up in a hot air balloon.  Twice.

Yesterday, we took a helicopter tour of the Outer Banks, including the Corolla area where “my” wild horses are.  We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful day for our trip. Our adventure began at the tiny, but busy, airport in Manteo. Coastal Helicopters is the name of the business that operates the flights. We would definitely recommend them if you’re considering doing this.  They have several tours from which to choose.

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At the beginning of our flight, we flew over Jockey’s Ridge, a landmark of the area and the tallest sand dune on the East Coast.

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We flew over several shipwrecks.  And, yes, the ocean was really that color.

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And Currituck Lighthouse, located in the village of Corolla.

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I found this to be interesting:  just because we’re so familiar with it, I took this picture of the access to the 4-wheel-drive area of the beach.  After I uploaded it to my computer, I realized that the red wrecker is on its way to retrieve the van, which is obviously stuck in the sand.  There are numerous signs warning folks that the area is limited to 4-wheel drive vehicles only.  (I’m guessing that tow truck driver makes a pretty nice income from folks who don’t see/ignore all those signs.)

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“What? Our van isn’t 4-wheel drive?!”

And we saw horses…

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Each year, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund,  the organization that manages the herd, does an aerial count by helicopter of the horses.  AND, I learned yesterday that our pilot is the one who flies the director on those missions.  It was easy to see that he had a good eye for spotting the horses.  We even saw one of this year’s little ones with its parents.

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Our friend, Bev, went with us on the tour.  It was her first time ever in a helicopter, and she loved it.   Larry, our pilot, posed with us for a photo when we returned to the airport.

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I can’t help but wonder what adventure my Motor Man is cooking up next….

~These Days Of Mine~