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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~

 

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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~

A Sweet Farewell

My faithful readers will recall Baby William, the Corolla foal born last summer, who had to be removed from the herd because of medical reasons. I’ve written several posts about William.   Motor Man and I have felt a bond with him since we saw him “in the wild” a couple of days before he was taken away for emergency medical treatment to save his life.

Last fall, we attended an Open House at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund rescue facility and met William in person.  He has a HUGE fan club, and many folks came out to see that little celebrity.

Thankfully, William is now completely healthy and has been adopted by a veterinarian in Delaware. The folks at the CWHF decided to have another Open House a couple of weeks ago as a sort of farewell/send-off party for William. Of course, Motor Man, our friend, Donna, and I just had to attend.

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We just can’t love on William enough.

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William has a few canine fans in addition to his human ones.

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 Amadeo is the blind stallion who was rescued from the ocean a couple of years ago.  We were surprised to see him out of the pasture at the Open House.  It was just amazing to actually “pet” a former wild stallion, especially one with such an amazing rescue story.

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Last summer, Motor Man and I met a couple, Renee and Mike, on the beach at Corolla. They live in Ohio and have been vacationing in the Outer Banks for several years.  Renee loves the wild horses just as I do.  As we stood on the beach last summer, taking pictures of the horses, we struck up a conversation and later became friends on Facebook.  As it turned out, Renee and Mike were on their way to the Outer Banks the day of William’s Farewell Party, and their route took them right by the rescue facility. So….they stopped by!  Renee follows the CWHF Facebook page and knew William’s story.  She was thrilled to meet him before he moved from the area.

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And we were happy to be there when they visited. The occasion called for a photo.

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It was a nice send-off for Sweet William, who arrived at his new home the following day. His story has touched so many people; it’s nice to know that he is well and now has a forever home.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

We are on the verge of the weekend, and it’s time for five randoms.

1.)  I must post a correction:  the black stallion I shared photos of in Wednesday’s post was, in reality, NOT Gus. I had attempted to confirm it as I was writing the post, but  I learned later that it wasn’t.  This was the Gus imposter that we saw:

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And the REAL Gus in this photo from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

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So I apologize for the incorrect information. And one day, I hope we’ll see the REAL Gus.

2.) Wednesday, Motor Man and I had been out to lunch, and as we were walking back to our vehicle, I tripped on the curb and fell.  Why is it that, when you fall,  it takes forever to actually hit the ground? I remember thinking: can I please just fall already and get this over with? As Motor Man helped me to my feet, a young woman came running over to us to see if I was okay.  She retrieved my shoe and offered to go inside and get me another soft drink (I had dropped mine during the fall). The folks in the drive-thru were certainly treated to a show as they waited in line. No serious injuries: just some soreness, and my pride was more than a little bruised.

3.) Anybody seen Sundae? Cute: earlier this morning, she “kissed” me on my ear.  Not cute: it was 4:45 this morning and woke me from a sound sleep.

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4.) Yesterday, I spent much of the day running errands. Soon after I returned to the shop, Gypsy was in my lap in her signature position. Silly girl cat.

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5.) And, finally, in our travels, Motor Man and I recently saw this truck-being-used-as-a-billboard.  I’ve sometimes heard the word realtor pronounced “reel-a-tor”, but I was a bit surprised to see it spelled this way in the web address.  Oh well, if you’re looking for real estate in  southeast Virginia/northeast North Carolina, here’s your link.

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Happy weekend!  We’re hoping for some sun for a change.

~These Days Of  Mine~

The Most Beautiful Sky

Our friend, Bev, joined us for our most recent trip to Corolla to see the wild horses. She and Motor Man were laughing at me because I kept commenting on how beautiful the sky was. They really teased me when I finally announced that it just may have been the most beautiful sky I’d ever seen.

But, later in the day, when Bev saw some of the photos I’d taken, I think she agreed.

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Oh, and by the way, we saw wild horses under that perfect sky. Among them, this stallion and his two mares.   I learned a new horse term compliments of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page: when a stallion steers the mares in his harem in the direction he wants them to go by lowering his head like this, it’s called “snaking”. (Motor Man wishes….)

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Further along, we saw another stallion with his harem of three mares.

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Did you happen to notice something else in the photo? Dolphins, very close to the shore.

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Once I uploaded my photos at home and compared them to some on the Corolla Wild Horse Facebook page, I learned that this handsome boy is the son of Amadeo, the blind stallion rescued from the ocean, who’s now a pampered resident of the Corolla Wild Horse Rescue Facility.  (We met him at the Open House last fall.)  You just never know who you’ll meet on the beach.

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On our way back through the tiny village of Corolla, I took this picture of the Currituck Light.

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And if that’s not the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely in the top two.

~These Days Of Mine~