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Random Five Friday

Perhaps it’s the lazy days of summer, but blogging seems to have become increasingly difficult recently.  I know I’m not alone, since fellow bloggers have posted the same sentiments.  Here are five completely somewhat random thoughts:

1.) Our frequent rain showers that we were enjoying earlier in the summer have come to an end, and keeping plants alive is now requiring daily watering. Adding to my chores is this beautiful planter I discovered at Lowe’s this week. I think it’s worth it.

deck plant 7-23-2015 6-20-37 AM

2.)  Sure wish I could grow zinnias as pretty as these.

zinnias 6-17-2015 10-06-20 AM

3.) We’ve had some amazing skies recently, including this sunrise from yesterday morning.  There are some advantages in being an early riser.

sunrise2 7-23-2015 6-10-16 AM

4.)  The biggest race of the year is tomorrow night at our local track.  The weather forecast for tomorrow evening: clear and in the upper 70’s. Sounds just about perfect.


5.) Our family reunion is scheduled to be at our house on August 1. We’re hoping for nice weather, as opposed to this, the day of the reunion two years ago. (See Random Thought #1 above….)

rain 8-3-2013 2-59-05 PM

Happy weekend! Wishing you nice weather…unless you need a rain shower.

~These Days Of Mine~

Later Than Late

Saturday night found Motor Man and me at Langley Speedway, our local short track, in Hampton, Va.  When we arrived, it was a beautiful evening with practically no chance of rain.

This was to be the biggest race of the season.   There are, on average, 15-18 cars entered in the Late Model division on race night at Langley.  There were 37 there Saturday night, with many out-of-town drivers signed up for this special race, called the Hampton Heat. Late Model races are usually either 100 laps, or,sometimes, two 75 lap races during the night’s racing program. The Hampton Heat is 200 laps.

Before race time, Motor Man and I went “in the pits” to visit with our engine customers and racing friends. Everyone was watching the sky, but at that time, it appeared that the rain would move to our east.

pit road 7-26-2014 5-29-02 PM

Shortly before the 7:00 pre-race activities were to begin, it started to rain. It wasn’t a particularly long shower, and, once it stopped,  the  track-drying process began.  If you are a race fan, you’re probably familiar with the jet-dryers at the large tracks. Langley doesn’t have those. There are a couple of small walk-behind dryers, but the main method used to dry the track is a tried and true one: old tires chained to the back of several tow trucks at the track. The trucks make lap after lap after lap around the track, and the tires create friction, which dries the track. When the tires begin to smoke, you know you’re getting close.

drying the track 7-28-2014 6-28-15 PM

Before the races could begin, however, another rain shower came…this one much more intense than the first. This was the view through the windshield of our truck.

rain on windshield 7-26-2014 8-15-52 PM

At least, after this storm passed, we were treated to a rainbow.

rainbow 7-26-2014 6-47-36 PM

But it took much longer to dry the track the second time. Thankfully, Motor Man and I have trackside parking, so we were dry and cozy in our truck.

The Late Model race began around 11:15, and it was around 1:40 when the checkered flag waved.

After the race, the top seven finishers were required to go to “tech”: post race inspection at a building in the infield. And Motor Man had customers who finished second and sixth. So, down to the tech building we went. Teams were required to remove parts of the engines to be inspected. (Inspection showed that everyone was “legal”.)

Motor Man and I left the track at 3:20. A.M. As in morning. It was just about 4:00 when we got home.

We stopped and picked up our Sunday paper as we drove in the driveway.

~These Days Of Mine~

Rainy Day On The Beach

Last Sunday was a rainy one on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But since Motor Man and I had never ridden on the beach in the rain, we decided to give it a try.

No sunrise today.

Because of the strong surf, there was quite a bit of beach erosion.

It was certainly different from any of our previous drives on the beach.

We decided that most of the horses were “sleeping in”, because we only saw a few, including this one, who obviously wasn’t interested in having his picture taken.

This is a large sand dune, just off the “beach road”, known as Penny’s Hill. Motor Man says drag races took place there years ago. It’s a pretty area, even on a less than perfect weather day.

The scenery reminded of a romantic movie. I’ve never seen Nights At Rodanthe, but it kept coming to mind, although we were miles north of the town of Rodanthe.

At one point, the sun came out briefly and reflected on the waves, just as a flock of seagulls was taking flight.

Usually, we’re on the lookout for horses on the dunes and watching the sunrise over the ocean. But since we didn’t have either last week, I decided to keep an eye out for interesting seashells as we drove along the beach. Probably because of the heavy surf, I found quite a few, including several conch shells.

The shells are nice, but I’m hoping we’ll have a sunrise and horses on our next trip.

A Little Rain, A Little Reunion

You may recall from Friday’s post that Motor Man and I were planning to host my family reunion on Saturday. Imagine my relief upon checking the weather forecast that morning and finding that the rain chances had dropped from 60% to 30%.

The reunion invitations suggested that folks arrive anytime after 3, and we’d plan to have dinner around 5:30.

This was our driveway at 2:45.  A little rain shower, still dry under the trees.

This was our driveway at 3:06. Things had not improved. And, not surprisingly, we had no guests.

Motor Man watched radar and kept encouraging me by saying that it was a brief shower and would soon pass over us.

And, as usual, he was right.

A few minutes later, the rain had stopped, and we welcomed our only guest to arrive by water.  Groom swan knows where to find a party.

But snubbed his nose beak at the bread I offered. 

Our (human) guests soon arrived.  Most everyone lives nearby, so they just waited for the weather to clear.

And, as usual, there was plenty of food. Fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, desserts; typical family reunion fare. Motor Man and our friend, Harold, cooked hot dogs on the grill.

Our family reunions used to be much larger affairs, with sometimes as many as 75 people. The numbers have dwindled; this year, we had 18. But that’s okay: we’re keeping the tradition going.

I had every intention to take group pictures of the first cousins, in-laws, second cousins, etc, but, somehow, folks started leaving before that plan was put into action.

Thankfully, early on, I had my cousin, Betty, take this of Motor Man, Marshall and me.

Next year, we’ll get those “group” photos taken. And hopefully, if there’s a 30% chance of rain, it won’t become a 100% chance.