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Mewsic Moves Me with #BoTB results & a new-to-me artist, Laura Veirs

July 15th, I asked all of my kittens and dawgs to vote in More Than A Feeling BoTB showdown. This isn’t an exclusive poll for only BoTBers, it’s meant for anyone to weigh in and I hope you got a chance to have your say so.

I pitted two new-to-me contenders against each other in this round. It was No Mercy vs Hit The Lights. I must admit it was a tough choice for me between these bands. No Mercy is a near copy cat of Boston, except with a more disco vibe. I don’t like punk rock generally. Everything I’ve ever heard resembled screaming and banging, but Hit The Lights didn’t sound like this. The lyrics and music were a bit faster than No Mercy’s. My preferred music habits tell me to go with what I like best, but Hit The Lights’ zippy version mimicked Boston’s style not losing the original’s identity. Who do I go with?

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Ok, I must stay true to myself. I’m giving my vote to my first choice and dominator this battle with a sweeping victory of 15 to 2,  No Mercy!

Congratulations and here’s another song by the winner!


Don’t fret, if you missed out on the vote. You’ll get another chance to play along at the first of the month. That being said it’s now time to hit the dance floor with the 4M chicks! This week’s theme is freebie choice! I’m sharing a new-to-me artist, I stumbled upon recently. Let’s give a round of applauds for Laura Veirs!





Ms. Veirs is an American folk singer/songwriter who lives in Portland, Oregon. I hope you enjoyed this sample. You can learn more about her by visiting her website, or following her on Facebook or Twitter.

I appreciated the chance to step in for Naila Moon this month while on vacation. It was a pleasure to co-host with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew. This is one super bunch of gals who can call on me anytime. Thanks, my friends you rock! I invite you to join the ladies and myself by adding your music post to the linky party and boogie with the gang!

What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. 😉

It was an honor to be apart of y’alls day. I hope you’ll decide to come back for my mid-week Not-so-Wordless Wednesday post. Have a tunetastic week!

Monday 🎶 linky parties:


Stupidity #humor #celebrate #fridayfillins


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My friend, McGuffy Ann now hosts the Friendly Fill-Ins (click button to visit her site).  Every Thursday, she posts four fun and easy blank statements for us to borrow, complete, and post on our site. Some statements are contributions from other bloggers. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

  1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to build my dream house.
  2. Zucchini is one of those vegetables I rarely eat not that I dislike it, but it’s not the first thing to come to mind when I think of veggies.
  3. One Summertime memory I recall is playing hide n’ seek after dark. That was the best time to play because it made it harder to be found.
  4. This Summer is hotter than last year and I’m more than ready to see the return of fall temperatures. Sometimes, I wish we had mild conditions year round, but then I realize I’d miss the seasons.

If you liked my answers, then you might want to see how other bloggers responded. 😉 Just click on McGuffy’s button!

What are you celebrating this week? Here’s my list of Celebrate The Small Things:

I’m celebrating…

  • I have the bestest friend in the whole world!
  • My BFF and I have been friends for nearly 40-years.
  • That our bond can’t be broken; we see one another through the good and the bad always.
  • My BFF is my husband.
  • This weekend DH’s 57 birthday.

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!


To continue the Friday fun, you may want to consider joining Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

I won’t be hanging around cyberspace today. DH and I are skipping off to one of our favorite day get-away spots. I’ll have my camera with me ready whatever captures my fancy. You’re invited to dance with me on Monday with Mewsic Moves Me!

Have a super funtastic Friday! 😉


Judaculla Rock Petroglyphs and Brown Eyed Girls

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Who would’ve ever guess we’d stumble upon something this interesting out in the middle of nowhere! Cool, right?

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! In June while in the western mountains of North Carolina we came up on the Judaculla Rock Petroglyphs. Actually, we saw signs, so we followed them. What a cool and unexpected discovery!

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I used my iPhone to take both these photos. I wasn’t feeling my best and didn’t want to go through the extra hassle of using my big girl camera. 🙁 The iPhone always does a stand up job, though. *applauds*

I thought this was something the Cherokees did, but according to what I read it predates the Cherokees and Indian legend says a slant-eyed giant named Judaculla dominated the mountains in years long past. He was the “Great Lord of the hunt,” a powerful being who could leap from one mountain to another, and even control the weather. They believed the rock not only marked his territory, but even bore his 7-fingered hand-print, since he once used the rock to steady himself from a fall.

This was great found to see first hand and to document our visit with photos. I just love stuff like this! Anyhow, a week later, we found ourselves on the Virginia end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had to snap a picture of these beautiful brown eyed girls!

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Yeah, I know not exactly the brown eyed girls you were expecting. lol

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I gathered looks by some of the ladies. I imagined them thinking… What’s she doing over there?  With their quizzical expressions, if you can call it that, but I’m sure most were like, Silly human! as most just ignored me. I decided either the shutter sound caught their attention or they spend too much time on social networks and are narcissistic. You just never know anymore. Nah, I think it’s simply a case of curiosity. They look too sweet and NOT at all the self-absorbed. 😀



In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content to two posts each week, especially those that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

You can find more photo hops listed under Daily Hops at the top of this page.


Be sure to join me with the relaunch of Friday Sillies and other Friday fun hops. Have a fototastic day!

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More Than A Feeling #BOTB showdown #music #celebrate

The group leader, Tom Scholz, inspired by 1967 song Walk Away Renee wrote Boston’s first single in his basement studio while working at Polaroid before its release five years later that was a near instant hit. This one song launched Boston’s career into orbit.

Now to get this showdown under way and just so you’ll know, Boston is NOT included in the vote.

The first contender originally formed in Germany by producer Frank Farian. The group is made of a male trio: Marty Cintron and twin brothers, Ariel and Gabriel Hernández. This group is listed in the POP, Eurodance, and Pop dance genre. Give a listen to No Mercy.



The next group featured is a pop punk band from Ohio made of four person: Omar Zehery, Nick Thompson, Nate Van Dame, Kevin Mahoney, and David Bermosk called Hit The Lights.


I need to do a second or third playback of each of these bands before I know whose getting my vote. Do you know which band you like the best? Is it No Mercy or Hit The Lights?

I’m not using the polling widget this time because last time it didn’t match the real count given in comments. *sigh* So, please tell me in comments who gets your vote and if you wanna you can share the particulars of why your pick got named.

The fun continues with more epic battles underway below.

I invite you to visit, Stephen (at the top of the list), if you’d like to know how this works and/or ask how to join all this madness fun.

This month, I’m pitching in temporarily as co-host of Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M). One of the XmasDolly’s regulars is on vacation and asked if I can fill in. With summer blog traffic being slow and my hands full with repairing broken links/video and other fixes on my site, then I’m combing similar posts. I will share the results of this battle on Monday, July 25th. Be sure to mark your calendar and stop by to see who is named the WiNnEr!




It’s time to dance with the 4M crew! I just got the word from XmasDolly this week’s theme is going to be another freebie pick. Sounds like my BoTB song selection is a perfect fit. So, I’m gonna keep with Boston Greatest Hits! Feel to continue listening to all tracks while you do your house chores, surf the net, or write today’s blog post. Oh yeah, if you feel like chair boogieing or getting to your feet then let the music move you, baby!

You’re invited to link your music post below and if you’re new to Monday’s Music Moves Me, then don’t forget to add the 4M button to you site and link back to XmasDolly’s site. Let’s get the party on the road!

1FFBadgeThis is a longer than usual post, but I’m squeezing things in with the hopes of finding a good balance once I get my repairs done on my site. I wanted to join in the NEW Friendly Fill-ins ever since I noticed McGuffy’s Reader kicked it off after Hilary discontinued her Friday Fill-ins.

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be interesting to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!

Week 10: July 15, 2016 Fill-ins:

1. I prefer cake, pie, and cookies to candy; however, I wouldn’t turn it down.

2. Concentrating on learning something new recently was much harder than I expected. (Motherhood fried my brain, but I think it’s slowly reconnecting.)

3. One way that I relax is watch TV.

4. My DH always makes me smile.

Don’t forget to leave your vote in comments. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day and a list of my Celebrate the Small Things with host, Lexa Cain for this week.

I Celebrate…

  • I have a good Daddy.
  • That Daddys are humans just like the rest of us.
  • His love for me despite my imperfections.
  • My daddy’s 78th birthday today. You rock, Pops!



Love always, your little girl!


Don’t forget to join me for Not-so Wordless Wednesday!


Knoxville Goes Hollywood with #dogyears movie #photos

Do you remember me telling you Hollywood was coming to Knoxville? It happened! Whitener Entertainment Group was here for most of June through the first few days of this month filming Dog Years.  One day, DH and I happened upon them shooting downtown and let me say it was mega cool fun.

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Scene setup

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The two chicks in the foreground passing the camera crew truck are extras in the movie.

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Scene set up continues. What I didn’t realize when I snapped this picture is I can see the director, Adam Rifkin (@AdamRifkin) sitting down on the bench with his head resting on his hand.

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Here’s a better picture of Mr. Rifkin. I couldn’t get a clear shot of him looking up. There were too many people moving around and crowd control keeping everyone in check.

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I got to meet one of the producers of Dog Years and he’s a Tennessee boy. Meet Richie Walls (@RichieWalls). He was very nice. I asked about being an extra, even gave my info to Mr. Walls’ assistant, but sadly no call ever came for me. Hollywood just doesn’t know what they are missing out on, do they? :)

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Two of three gentlemen sitting in front of the monitors are producers. Going left to right meet Neal Mandt (Producer), Colonel Dixon, and Don Whitener (Producer). I didn’t meet these guys, but they looked like a friendly bunch.

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This picture doesn’t need any explanation.

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The gentleman waving is Burt Reynolds(@Burtf*&#Rey this isn’t right, but if you click the link you’ll be directed to his account). Can you believe he’s 80 years old? I still think of him as the Bandit. At one point I was only 4-6 feet from the golf cart as it passed. That was so amazing!

If you’re a fan of Burt’s then, you may want to check out Monday’s post: #BurtReynolds Movie Theme #Songs Move Me.

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I barely got this shot with everyone hovering around Mr. Reynolds. Thank heavens for zoom lenses!

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I missed my chance to get a shot of Clark Griswold, I mean Chevy Chase (@ChevyChasetogo). He slipped in while I was taking pictures of Burt, but thankfully DH got a good one with his iPhone and he said it was okay to share it with my peeps.

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This was a lucky shot. I used my zoom lens blindly snapping my shutter without a clue of who was in my viewfinder. You can see Burt, but part of the camera man’s equipment is blocking Chevy’s face. Drats! Oh well, at least I got a scene shot with the stars.

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Richie Walls interviewed by local color Russell Biven with WBIR.

I tell you this, if I ever catch wind of another film production in our area then I’m going to act quicker to get cast as an extra and to look for other times to photo the whole shebang. 😉 Thanks for including me in your day, kittens and dawgs.  In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content to two posts each week, especially those that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

You can find more photo hops listed under Daily Hops at the top of this page. Now, I invite you to link your photo post below and have fun!


I’d love it, if you’d share a little tweet love! 😘

Contrary to what I said a few seconds ago, I will add a third post this week and hope you’ll join me on Friday for Battle of the Bands round two with More Than A Feeling #BoTB showdown. Have a fototastic day!