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And, Once Again….Horses

I know it’s difficult to imagine, but I’m starting off the week with pictures from a recent trip to Carova.

Since I made some errors in the last post in which I attempted to name the foals in the pictures, I’m just going to leave this at “this is one of the babies”.

As you can see, it was a gorgeous day on the beach (although we had some rain on our way there, and there were serious clouds in the distance).  The horses were out enjoying the beach, which always makes for great photo ops. This was a stallion who was involved in a disagreement with Raymond, the resident mule.

And you can see for yourself in this video that the “sand was flying”. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund folks always say, when referring to Raymond: “Shhh…don’t tell him he’s sterile”. Raymond thinks he’s as much a stud as any stallion on the beach. (Be sure your volume is turned up.)

 

We also saw something we’d never seen at Carova. Although this isn’t a foal from this season, we’re thinking it might be one from the past year or two. Apparently, it was time for Mom to get up from her rest.

Recently I found the perfect shirt to wear while photographing “my” horses on the beach.

Motor Man and I had another wonderful day.

And remember his broken shoulder? THIS is his physical therapy.  (Don’t tell his doctor.)

That’s my wheel man Motor Man!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Ah, Corolla

When my Motor Man learned last week that the first foal of the season at Corolla had been seen, he decided that we needed to make a trip. You may remember that he broke his shoulder a couple of weeks ago, and we’d put beach trips on hold for a while. So he cinched up his sling really tight, and off we went. (Shhh….don’t tell his orthopedist.)

We didn’t see the new baby (Renzi), but not for lack of trying. And just this week, we’ve learned that the second foal of 2019, a filly named Rosie, has been spotted. So now we have TWO little ones to look forward to seeing.

We did see several horses last weekend, including three down by the ocean.  They were walking among the stumps.

Recently one of our local papers published an article about those stumps. “Orrin Pilkey, a professor emeritus at Duke University and expert on coastal geology…. estimates a maritime forest existed here some 2,000 years ago but was decimated as the barrier island drifted west toward the mainland, covering the roots in salt water.”

The stumps and the waves and the horses made for some interesting photos.

And for this video, you definitely want to turn on your sound.

 

Ah…..among my favorite sights and sounds. But, then, you already knew that.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~

 

 

 

 

 

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted five randoms on Friday, so today’s the day:

1.) Motor Man and I hosted my family reunion last Saturday. My earliest memories of that event were when I was a child, and the family met at my uncle’s farm. We all brought wire coat hangers and roasted hot dogs over an open fire.  Over the years, there have been reunions with more than 70 people in attendance. This year, we had 14. But the weather was perfect, and we all had a great time.

2.) Last night, for the first time ever, I put a cat in time out.  Sundae has bitten me on the arm three times this week – all unprovoked and “breaking the skin” each time. Every time that it’s happened, I’ve been sitting at my computer, not paying any attention to her. Perhaps that’s the problem. I think she knows what she’s doing is wrong, because she immediately runs from the scene.  Last night, when she ran from the room, I closed the door, leaving her in another part of the house from Motor Man and me.  I’m open to suggestions….

3.) I took this picture on our most recent Outer Banks trip to see the wild horses. It wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to the computer that I noticed the neck-scratching taking place.

4.) I’m sharing a sunset picture from earlier in the week. It was at the end of an overcast day, and I had to wait for the sun to clear the clouds. So worth the wait.

5.) I recently purchased a “super size” external hard drive, and Marshall came to transfer all my photos off the computer. (YIKES….the idea of doing this is keeping me awake at night, even though they’re already backed up on another hard drive.) When we connected the hard drive to the computer via USB, we expected it to be assigned a drive letter.  But that didn’t happen. So, unless we can figure this out, I may be returning that hard drive for a more user-friendly one. Searching for solutions online has us even more confused. We aren’t IT folks: just regular people. Again, I’m open to suggestions….

Have a good weekend; looks to be a rainy one for us. At least, we have no family reunion planned.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

Another week, another Friday, another Random Five.

1.) Earlier this month, we were out and about on the evening of the Full Buck Moon. There were clouds, so at times, we could see the entire moon, and other times, just a portion of it.  Motor Man pulled over and took this shot from the car window. He seems to have better luck and definitely more patience than me when it comes to nighttime photography.

 

2.) I continue to occasionally come upon a fawn as I move about our yard. I’m not sure who’s more surprised when that happens: me or the fawn.  We have three, two are twins, and there’s a single baby who’s smaller.  I think this is the baby of the bunch. Those eyes….

3.) Motor Man and I have begun celebrating those crazy special occasion days. This past week included National Ice Cream Day AND National Hot Dog Day. For the latter, we visited a local “hot dog joint”, The Barking Dog.  Motor Man had seen it mentioned in our local paper, so we thought we’d give it a try. We give it a thumbs up.

4.) On our most recent trip to the Outer Banks, we spotted the little colt, Mateo, born earlier this year.  This week, it was announced that a filly has been born into the herd, and we can’t wait to spot her on a future trip.

5.) We recently went on a tall ship sail out of Yorktown with my niece and her son. Motor Man took this picture of me during the sail. I love that, if you look closely,  you can see his reflection in my sunglasses.

Happy weekend!

~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~