Doors, doors, everywhere are doors … good thing they are not all the same old, same old … these may not be the snazziest of doors, but they do have a character of their own, so with that thought in mind … here are a few doors to add to Jake’s challenge for this week. These doors are all in Staunton, Virginia. Please enjoy.
Magi gets the Top spot. He was/is (28 + years old,now … he was about 23 in the photo ) my number one. He was a wonderful friend, my fourth child, and the best trail partner a girl could ask for. He’d ride roadside at night, with lights blaring, or deep in the woods. We were trail mates for 19 years. You could pack this fine stead to the hilt, or double if the need arose, and Magi would carry the load. Magi owns a piece of my heart and I hope if there is truly a heaven, Magi and I will meet again. I had to give Magi up due to the economy and for his better interest. He is in a happy, loving home with other horses to hang out with. I am sure his new owners love him as he deserves to be loved.
Beatrice Bunny (may she RIP) and Chicky Monster checking each other out. These are two of my adoptive critters, courtesy of my youngest son, when his ship sailed to answer the call of “Freedom Endurance”. At the time, it was a noble deed. Eventually, I set Beatrice free and she hung out with the gang, outdoors, for thirteen months thereafter, answering to the call of ‘kitty,kitty’. She died at about 5 years old. Something bit her, I think. Chicky Monster is old now. I’ve had him for 10 years … more of him to come.
This is Chicky Monster when I lived in Danville. He was so kind to pose for the photo, I had to post it. At that point Monster was about 5. I still have this cat, although he is getting old … like everybody else, I know. LOL.
I did a post about Stray already and used this same photograph, so it may look familiar. I wish I’d taken more photos of Stray.
At one point I owned a little horse property in Dinwiddie Country, Virginia. Abby was my house warming gift from my son, Brice, when I first started setting up house/farmette keeping. Abby was supposed to eat brush, but preferred horse feed and hay, so she ended up being a loved yard ornament. Abby loved the horses, and managed to break her hind leg getting under them, so I had to have her leg set (a story in itself), then separate her from her friends. She was not a happy Camperette at all.
For those of you who have followed my blog for while, Trixy may be a familiar face already. If you don’t recognize her, I did a post featuring Trixy. I also gave her a spot in my orples books. April was bought to be a companion goat for Abby. April thought she was a dog and would not hesitate to jump up in your lap. She was so funny, but a little terror, too. With those sharp hoofs, she could tear things up. As time went on, I built a sizable pen for Abby and April to run around freely in.
These are but a few of the many pets I’ve had throughout my life.
Painting the Kitchen
Yesterday, my post on work was based on installing new windows in the main level of this same house. When I lived in Danville, I spent quite a bit of time and money renovating this old house. The house oozed with the charm of yesteryear. It was originally built in 1947. The existing wood floors were beautiful and the joists were laid diagonally, which is not a feature you often see in newer houses today. There was also a considerable amount of cross bracing throughout the house, which was a pain to deal with where plumbing was concerned, but it made for a structurally sound house. Structure always wins in my book. The Kitchen was originally off-white. Blah. I decided to dress it up a bit,adding a little color, to create a unique kitchen with a personality all its own.
Installing New Windows
This was a little home improvement job I had going on, when I was in Danville.
Jack and the orples are getting aggravated with me for leaving them out of the loop, since my blog is theoretically supposed to be about them. It seems they’ve gotten lost in the shuffle. Thus, Jack wanted to show off his vehicle … his new bike!
This one may or may not qualify, but it is a bit different, so I figured why not give it a whirl?
I am obviously loving Jake’s theme this week. This one is almost as ‘up my alley’ as the landscape theme a few weeks back. So here is another example of shelter, I felt worthy of sharing with my fellow bloggers. Please enjoy.
This was another one of those photos I had to turn around, go back, and shoot. A stable with animals (mostly horses,no less) and a Christmas Wreath on the window above? Hmmm, I couldn’t help but take advantage of the opportunity to add this little number to my collection of roadside shots.
My last entry in Jake’s Challenge for this week was rather humble, but this one tops that one. I’m sure the goats and sheep at Maymont Park appreciate this little Shelter, though, when the sun is beating down on a hot summer’s day.
Or maybe a piggy house is more up your alley.
Of course not all of the animals are suited for the barn, so they have their own shelter. Sometimes they prefer to sleep on top of it, instead of inside it.
Jake has managed to come up with another fine challenge this week. And so, what can I do, but submit my idea of shelter?
Here is a humble example of storage. I love these old buildings that have been around for years and are still providing shelter from the elements.
How can anyone deny “The Stairway To Heaven”? I admit that Led Zeppelin is my all time favorite ‘heavy’ rock band. Here’s to the Granddaddy of Heavy Metal….
and a stairway we all hope to climb in one day, one way, or another, I would imagine.