Back to school again

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Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! This week’s theme is “School Days” and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and ME!

 

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

Dwayne Reed is a real school teacher who encourages his students through mewsic putting the focus on dreams, attitude, and education.  “The Morning Song” is an infectious, cheery ditty to motivate minds of all ages.

 

The kids at Citizen Academy School put a twist on Bruno Mars’ “Grenada” tune pledging their time to good studies to do excellent in their academic lives. Here’s Teon and his classmates singing “Education Song”.

 

Kids getting into scuffles is old as time. Really, it is. The first fall out happened between two brothers (Caine and Abel) that didn’t go down too well. Usually things don’t get that bad but bullying on the playground is an ugly truth. If respect is not taught at home for kids to see in their parents or other adults, then bullying will continue. Treat others as you want to be treated = Respect!

 

 

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a very comprehensive list of songs about school for your enjoyment.

 

Wasn’t that fun?  Wikipedia is an excellent source for more related titles which I plan to give more attention and please feel free to add your favorite selections to my growing YouTube playlist!😘

What hit songs do you remember from your elementary, junior high, and high school days?

I’ll see you next week, on the dance floor and I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for a bit of random fun which always includes mewsic with Cathy Chats!

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Smartphone #humor, Victorian Patriotic Home #SWF, #Friendly-Fillins, & #BoTB results

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs!  The new iPhone 8 launches today. YAY! Right? NO! I admit not everyone is ecstatic about this news but I am because we’ll soon be proud owners. Apple makes incredible phones. Ours are four years old and work extremely well considering all things but…we’re experiencing serious battery issues. In fact, mine drained completely down one day leaving me without communications while away from home and DH. That’s scary. Anywho, today Friday Sillies contribution I’m sharing smartphone humor with you. Enjoy!

 

 

 

I’m gonna link up later in the weekend, hopefully, with Sunday Sillies and if you’re not on Facebook but thinking about it then you might want to read this, Should I Really Join Facebook?  Heck, I’ll save you the trouble of skipping away from my site.

When I bought my iPhone, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 186 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] headset I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Wal-Mart talking to my wife and everyone within 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.”

You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship…

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me.

They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do fart a lot.”

P.S. I know some of you are not over age 70. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. I figured your sense of humor could handle it. We senior citizens don’t need any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

Love, Lucky

 

I nodded my head, smiling at the line… “Re-calc-u-lating!” because we poke fun at the little British lady navigating us when she tries sending us 2 miles out-of-the-way just to turn around. 😀

 

Next segment is for all you photo enthusiasts and Skywatch Friday fans. Here is this week’s contribution, a Patriotic Victorian Home with beautiful blue skies!

What are you celebrating?

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things  although this isn’t really small to me but God’s presence through the tough patches and the soothing effect that mewsic offers when turmoil engulfs my soul.

I celebrate the cloud artwork in the sky, the sun’s kiss on my skin and gentle breeze that brushes over me, a healthy body with two strong legs to walk a mile between appointments and the pain that follows because I know all is truly well.

One last thing I celebrate. It’s not as important as the other celebrations but I’m happy all the same for the successful upgrade to iOS11 on my iPhone 5s. It could’ve gone wrong so I’m celebrating. Keeping our devices updated is an essential and I’m surprised at how well it handles the new software. Apple products always blow me away!

 

Switching gears, I’m rounding things out with these Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!

  1. I would never be friends with someone who maliciously wish to harm me, my family, or friends. I will never entertain a relationship with the enemy and if I do not know the so-called friend’s initial intent then when his/her true face is known it ends immediately. I will pray for this person but trust again? Only with God’s direction will I give this person another chance.
  2. I will never refuse the prayers of others. In the words of my late MIL, “We need all the prayers we can get”.
  3. I have never been to the Pacific northwest but I hope one day that we can travel along the west coast highway. I, especially want to see the lighthouses dotting the shoreline.
  4. When it comes to my children, I would do most anything in my power/budget to help them but when it infringes on our well-being or compromises our financial obligations then I have to say no. We all need help once in a while but the brunt of THIS burden belongs to us and a child should NEVER use his/her emotional connection as leverage. That is wrong!

 

In closing, let me share the results of Sept. 15th BoTB, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

When I pulled together the violin, guitar, and panflute cover artists for this battle I knew instantly I preferred the haunting, romantic sound of the panflute best. The other instrumentals are nice but the panflute spoke to my heart earning my vote.

The final outcome…

Violin cover – 3
Guitar cover – 4
Panflute – 4

 

The winner… I don’t have one this round! 🙁 I’m happy the consensus liked the instrumental covers reflecting my own sentiments to not have to pick a cover vocalist over Bonnie Tyler (even though she wasn’t one of the choices).

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with “Best of Panflute Instrumentals” collection.

 

Don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me freebie style on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me!

X💋X💋,

 

 

 

 

PS:  Beginning next Friday, I will skip this post every other week since DH is off work. It’s too much to play catch up on the following Monday and I encourage you to join my email subscription service (see side menu) to not miss the latest mews!

 

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1983: Mobile Phones, Fashions,Technology, & #Music #wbw

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Good day, Kittens and Dawgs! Thanks for dropping by this morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s mid-week and I know most of y’all are here looking for my “not-so Wordless Wednesday” contribution. It went live earlier HERE at 12am. After you join my linky party be sure to come back to this post! 😉

In today’s WBW edition, let’s flashback to the year…

I got to thinking about communications on the go this week, since we’re planning to get new iPhones with ours on the unpredictable side due to age. Although, Motorola introduced the first mobile handset in the early 70s. Very few folks had them. In the 80s the handsets became smaller and in 1983, Motorola debuted the first portable units.

Portable phone technology has changed a lot since its introduction but if Apple and Android companies keep it up they’ll soon have phones nearly this big again. LOL When I think of portable, I think of small. Whatever happened to the days when you could slip your mobile phone in your pants’ pocket? I struggle to get my iPhone5s in mine and there’s no way the newest generation iPhone will fit! *smack forehead*

I graduated technical school with an A.S. in Business Data Processing in the spring of this year.  I studied programming but didn’t land a job as a programmer. My first job was in computer sales. I wore a gray wool dress suit for my interview – jacket, skirt, and blouse.  It looks similar to the first photo except it had two small jacket pockets and the skirt had a slip on the backside. I also recall wearing the other fashions pictured below.

I wore classic pumps and sandel heels.  I had a pair of black dress boots, too.  Gee, I wish I had those boots today!  Anyhwo, I don’t know how you feel but I think women dressed better 30+ years ago than they do today in the workforce and on the go, what do you think?

In keeping with the idea of “portable” technology because we love our computers small and in 1983 this was small.

Look at that hefty price! Today we have faster, smaller computing in the palm of our hands with smartphones and other mobile devices than we had in a portable computers 34 years ago.  Can you image having to store data on floppy drives? We would totally freak out! On the upside, we’d have some nice biceps toting this heavy booger around. 😀

If you want to chock a bit on a price tag, Apple (formerly Macintosh) released “Lisa” a desktop computer (pictured below) in ’83. Are you ready for the price? You may want to set down for this… are you sitting? If you’re not, then don’t say I didn’t warn you. The sticker price….$10,000!

Needless to say at $10k this was worse than a fatal computer error as sales flopped due to the high cost of the unit.

The first compact disc player invention announced this year but it didn’t reach the pubic until the following year but Sony one of the front-runners of music on the go kept making Walkman technology more compact.

 

 

Speaking of music, how about listening to a few top hits while you read my hodgepodge responses. 😉

 

 

Did you have one of the first portable phones, computers, or mewsic player? What did you wear mostly, dresses or slacks? What songs do you remember from 1983?

 

Next, I’m visiting Joyce for her mid-week Q&A to give you a little insight of the workings of my brain and others. Feel free to play along! 😉

1. What’s something you’d rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

I think I shall give DH a “10”. He’s the best husband in the world! I don’t know why God gave me such a wonderful man but He did and I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world. I know what you’re thinking, she’s dreaming. If I am then don’t wake me up! This 38 year coma is pretty darn nice. 😀

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Hmm, the list is impossibly long with this question because there are so many jobs requiring a particular set of skills that I am not trained to do or interest me to do or maybe not smart enough to tackle. Somedays, I feel I fail at my job as a mother but then I know every mother feels this way on occasion which needs no explanation. This is one of those days, too. Please keep me in your prayers. 

3. When did you last take a fall? What’s something you’re falling for (in a good way) these days?

I think the last time I fell down was in 2013 while unloading the car. Grocery shopping is always a big job and getting everything inside to put away is another big job.  I’m like a crazy woman with a mission. I’ll grab some bags race up the few steps leading to our porch then in the house I go. I do this repeatedly until it’s done but on this occasion my toe caught the edge of the step and down I went.  Luckily,  I caught myself as I fell with my arms bent and my back straight. I could’ve cracked my forehead on the steps but God had His hands upon this idiot. I did feel a bit stiff, so I took it easy after that so to not do it again.

I can’t think of anything I’m falling for other than the first day of fall.  This is my favorite season. I love everything fall! So, I’ll be falling for lots of tasty treats and cooler temps!

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America’s best fall festivals- National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM).   Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

I have not been to any of the festivals listed. I think the Harvest on the Harbor festival most interests me simply because it’s in New England and I’d revisit coastal Maine again.

Knoxville hosts a state fair early September and businesses’ sponsor the Autumnfest and Oktoberfest but these are things we usually do not attend.  I don’t like being in a crowd because people will are rude and impatient. They will plow over top you if you let them, so I just try to stay out of situations like that because it’s too stressful.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Dear Days of summer,

Although, you’re not my favorite season. I do feel a little sad by your going away. I tried my best for the first time to not wish my days away while you were around because I’ve come to realize juse how short life is and while living in the moment I still found it hard to not look forward to fall.  The things I will miss the most is your seemingly long days and beautiful cotton candy sunset skies and things I won’t miss is your heat and humidity. So, until next time we meet, God willing…farewell!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Blogging makes me happy for the most part but since my return I think I’m taking things too fast and it’s causing me to rethinking (again) how often I should post.  I find I can’t keep up with the comments and return visits like I want while doing other important things.  Maybe, it’s just the way this year has spirled with DH’s eye health, kid-related situations, and more.  I’m feeling a bit down today and I don’t like it one bit.  In God’s hands I send these issues and with Him I place my trust. He is my strength and guide. I will lean on His understanding in all things! I’m sorry for the glum. I’ll be okay…I promise! 😉

 

That’s all for now. At this time I’m unsure how often I will bring these posts to you but I experimenting with my schedule and trying to find my way back to my older style of blogging. I encourage you to keep from missing a single post to subscribe by email to get notifications of the latest mews from Curious as a Cathy. It was such a pleasure to have your visit and I hope to see you for some Friday fun with skyviews, giggles, and more!  X💋X💋, Cathy

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Weathered Barn Near Boone NC #WW

Image captured with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera.

Somewhere along the North Carolina mountain countryside is this quaint, weathered barn. judging by its condition I don’t believe it’s been used for anything in years. I snapped the original (above) in August 2011 and first shared it with y’all in 2013. I knew when I began my barn photo-art series that I wanted to dabble with this image more.

After looking at my archives I found I had more than one version taken at the same location but after shortly studying them I decided I like the way the wild flowers framed the lower bottom edge better in this one.

Using my iPad Distressed FX app adding color and texture layers, adjusting color saturation and a small cluster of birds. The warmth of the new image whispers autumn in my ear, does it tell you the same?

I liked the results I got with this creation but I thought it would be nice to paint it. I have two apps designed to give this effect. The first picture is a watercolor creation of Waterlogue. The app has limited options and settings but the results are nice. It really looks like a watercolor painting to my untrained eye, how about you?

The second app I played with Brushstroke. It has all kinds of settings – medium (brushstroke), palette selecter (colors), support (canvas/paper etc), element adjustments, and signature. It’s really a cool program.  I opted to turn the photograph into an oil painting. If you enlarge the picture to run your eyes across the image you can almost feel the brushstrokes.

Let me clarify this isn’t a sponsored post. The links provided are for your ease to learn and find these amazing apps. Should you choose to purchase any or all then I will not benefit from the sale.  The only reward I’ll get is knowing I helped a friend.

Now Join me!



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The Best of Ray Parker Jr

orGood-morning, kittens & dawgs! I was close to blowing off today’s post but then I realized I had it nearly finished. I’m beginning to think with my return to “normal blogging” I’m taking on more than I can handle.   Okay, I can do this! Really, I can do this! I just need to relax. Breathe. And enjoy!

Things are just about to calm a bit in my life. I think I finally got all my necessary appointments out-of-the-way for this year.  *cross fingers* DH is a different story. He will have regular follow ups probably for many, many months to come.  We’re thinking if his eye surgeon thinks it’s a good idea to wait until next spring to have the surgery needed to remove the oil bubble (from the retina re-attachment process). Dr. P says sometimes the retina will detach after removing the oil bubble so the longer it’s left in then changes are better the retina will not separate. Our concern is his vision as his lens continues to deteriorate. It’s very frustrating for him. Kindly continue to keep him in prayer. Thanks!

We almost witnessed a wipe out on the interstate yesterday. I closed my eyes for a few seconds to catch a little nap on the way home from the store when  scary sound jolted them wide open to see a Hunda slide sideways across three lanes. All I can say, that driver is lucky because there was nothing close to him or us! He recovered avoiding a horrible accident but damage was done to his car. DH said he went up on the concrete medium nearly toppling over before sliding across the highway.  God surely had His hands on that driver and us. I shutter to think about what if traffic had been heavy.

Good grief, can you believe it Friday is the first day of autumn? WOW, this year is scooting by!  This week summer is taking its last stand with temps in the low to mid-80s.  When it’s sunny, THAT’s just too warm to suit me, too! Next week things is forecast to drop the upper 70s for the high.  I always look forward to drinking hot chocolate in the fall but I’ll have to wait a few weeks to enjoy a steaming cup piled high with miniature marshmallows or Readi Wipp.

I think I’ll bake some cookies. Which sounds the best to you, oatmeal raisin, molasses (soft ginger cookie), or chocolate chip? I think all three sound yummy and it’s going to be a tough decision! I know which ever I decide will delight DH (a.k.a. “Cookie Monster”)!

Okay enough random jabbering. It’s time for some mewsic! In Jingle, Jangle,  Jungle’s It’s All in the Name series, she reminded me that Ray Parker Jr is more than the Ghostbusters theme song singer. That being said, here’s a 9 song playlist I created for your enjoyment while you’re visiting this morning or surfing the net.

 

What Ray Parker, Jr song do you like? Is there another by Parker you like but didn’t make my playlist?

 

 

This is what the hop hostess says… I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay”. It’s rude.

 

It’s okay….

  • to just stare at the sky looking for cool shapes in the clouds. It’s wonderful to take time to enjoy the simple things and to be a kid again. We get too busy in our grown up world to celebrate the beauty all around us.
  • to look forward to all things autumnish – baking, falling leaves, pumpkins, cinnamony scents, nippy temps, cozy fleece socks, and snugly sweats.
  • that I’m excited about getting my new iPhone. Mine is four years old. I’m afraid to upgrade to iOS 11 today because of its age and I’m certain it’ll put a huge drag on everything making it impossible to open apps properly. Also, at this stage the battery is squirrely not holding a good charge sometimes dropping sharply. One day it completely died while I  was running errands leaving me without a convenient way to communicate.

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and I’m going to check in with Les from Ink Interrupted for her “Tuesday Coffee Chat” link up but I’m not sure she’s back in the groove yet. You’re welcome to come with if you want. I hope to see you  back tomorrow for my mid-week fun with not-so Wordless Wednesday and the recent return of Way Back Wednesdays!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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