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In Memory Of Motor Mum

Motor Man’s mother passed away Wednesday morning. I shared Wednesday’s blog post, “Setting Sun”, because we knew her time here was short.

After Motor Man’s father died in 2013, we began taking his mom out on Sunday afternoon adventures. I shared several of those here on the blog, and gave her the title “Motor Mum”.

We took her to the Outer Banks, where, even though it was February, she wanted to put her feet in the Atlantic Ocean. (An unexpected wave caught her and Motor Man off guard.)

One autumn trip was to the mountains of Virginia.

Another adventure found us at a farm market where we tried on straw hats.

And we took a (long) day trip to Chincoteague.

During my childhood, my sister lived in Claremont, a little waterfront town village on the James River just southeast of Richmond.  Many Sunday afternoons were spent at the tiny beach there.  One of our Sunday adventures with Motor Mum was to Claremont. Motor Man took this picture of the two of us, and it’s a favorite of mine.

We attended the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, Virginia, a first for us and Motor Mum.  And we bought her daffodils.

She was so active in the community, always doing what she could to help make our county a better place. And more beautiful. Once she took a notion that something should happen, there was little chance that it wouldn’t.

Motor Mum was 91, and her body and mind had begun failing her, so although we’re going to miss her, we find comfort in knowing that she is now at peace.

And with Pop.

~These Days Of Mine~

“L.O.V.E.” Letters

You may recall the trip Motor Man and I made to the Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, Va. with Motor Mum a couple of months ago. While there, we had our picture taken at the Virginia Is For Lovers “L.O.V.E.” exhibit.

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Then, last month, when we were on the Eastern Shore, we found this “L.O.V.E.” exhibit at Kiptopeke State Park.  Adirondacks are a favorite of mine; my dad used to make them for family members.

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Motor Man and I had our picture taken in the “L” chair.

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Well, earlier this week, we were at Richmond International Raceway for a tribute to our good friend, Junie Donlavey, who passed away last week. As we turned into the race track, we spotted the perfect (for us) “L.O.V.E.” exhibit:

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The “L” is made up of racing tires, the “O” resembles a checkered flag, the “V” is formed from drivers’ helmets, and the “E” is sheet metal from race cars. Alas, we didn’t have our tripod, and there was no one in that area of the parking lot to take a picture of us together.

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There are “L.O.V.E.” exhibits that travel to festivals around the state, and thirty stationary ones. Motor Man, we’d better hit the road: that’s a lot of “L.O.V.E.” to see!

~These Days Of Mine~

Daffodil Adventure

Yesterday, our Sunday adventure with Motor Man’s mom was a trip to the 28th annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, Virginia, about an hour from us.

Although we’d been to Gloucester several times, yesterday was the first time any of us had been to the Festival.  Daffodils, yellow bows, artwork, music, food, crafts, people, and historic buildings in the background.

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Motor Man and his mom posed for this sweet picture.

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We treated Mom to a Daffodil Festival jacket AND a bouquet of daffodils.  Yesterday would have been Pop’s 92nd birthday; I’m sure he was smiling down on her.

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The three of us had our picture taken in the Virginia Is For Lovers  LOVE sign.

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Close up…

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And, back home, MY daffodil of choice from the Festival: Pink Charm.

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It was another fun Sunday afternoon adventure. (Motor Man said it was the perfect destination, since “some” of us are a little…..daffy.)  He didn’t elaborate…..

~These Days Of Mine~