Monthly Archives: February 2017

Retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne #TuesdayTunesation

Good morning Kittens and Dawgs! Starting now and until further notice, I’m gonna pulled together multiple daily posts into a single post. I am preparing for April’s A-Z Challenge right now and then next month I’ll be busy with the month long hop.  Anywho, I’m delighted you stopped in to listen to this morning’s featured artist.

Last week’s Ink Interrupted Coffee Chat got postponed. Les experienced a  blog shut issues. That prompt is today’s topic but mine went live last week after I learned of her problems and if you missed it then you can read my response, here.

This morning’s singer (new-to-me) is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, audio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist. He sounds a bit like a one-man band, doesn’t he? 🙂

Crank up the volume and get ready to dance to this 65-song playlist of the new retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne!

 

 

 
 

What did you think of this morning’s mewsical guest?

 

That’s a wrap for now. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and I hope you’ll join me at midnight for a Double Feature post with not-so Wordless Wednesday & BoTB! 😉

Have a tunesational day!

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1980s Grammy Award Winners Songs

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! ? I am back on board co-hosting with the Monday’s Music Moves Me ladies – Marie, Stacy, and Colette. This week’s mewsic theme Scriptor suggested “Songs from Grammy Award Winners of the 1980s“.  You’re invited to join the ? linky party and hit the dance floor.



 

John Williams’ ET “Flying Theme” took Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Instrumental Composition. He also took the win for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special category, too.

 

 

We saw E.T. three times, maybe four the year it came out and I recall we took my in-laws to see it. My FIL fell asleep. That’s not unusual. He does this at home. When we asked my MIL what she thought of the film she said, “He (ET) was so ugly that he was cute”.

Here are some tidbits I found interesting from Wackipedia.

In 1983, E.T. surpassed Star Wars as the highest-grossing film of all-time, and by the end of its theatrical run it had grossed $359 million in North America and $619 million worldwide. Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold more than 120 million tickets in the US in its initial theatrical run. Spielberg earned $500,000 a day from his share of the profits, while The Hershey Company’s profits rose 65% due to its prominent use of Reese’s Pieces. 

 

What mewsic moves you today? ?

 

I hope to see back tomorrow to meet a new mewsical artist on Tuesday Tunesation!

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Odd Headline Mews #humor + Friendly Fill-ins

Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! How was your week? Mine was good. I’m getting thing accomplished around the house and am prepping for April’s A-Z Challenge.  Speaking of the latter, I’m thinking about putting all my Friday material in one post in March while I work to bring my A-Zing together. What can I say, I’m here to keep you on your toes and mine, too. 🙂  I’m glad you came by this morning for your weekly dose of laughs. Set your coffee down and let’s get started Odd Headline Mews!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadge

Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. 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 the days where men were more masculine and women were more feminine would come back in style.  I blame liberal indoctrination.

(2)  I always have a flashlight in my purse (or wallet for men).

(3)  I think that I will have oatmeal with cinnamon and pecan pieces for breakfast this morning or eggs and toast; I’m undecided. Alternating between cereal (hot or cold) and eggs each day keeps me from getting bored.

(4)  The casual use of the f-word in our culture is a pet peeve of mine. I can’t stress how much it annoys me to hear the unnecessary use of this word in movies. It doesn’t add any value to the story and it takes away my enjoyment.

 

 

Are you looking for my Skywatch Friday and Celebrate the Small Things posts? I published it earlier this morning, just click here! 😉

 

 

For more social media network fun and inspiration join these ladies below!

Friday Features Linky Party
 

That’s a wrap for now but you’re invited to hit the dance floor (mewsic theme – “SONGS FROM 1980s GRAMMY WINNERS”) on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me.

 

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

 

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#SWF Mountain Stream #GreatSmokyNPS + CTST & Vol. 8

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! About this time last year, we spent the day in Upper Tremont area in the Smoky Mountains which I shared with you.  I thought I’d share today’s image of a lovely mountain stream that no doubt feeds the Middle Prong Little River with the sun peeking through the trees.

I invite you to visit the global photo enthusiast community Skywatch Friday for more spectacular sky views!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things!

I’m celebrating…the nice weather. The spring-like conditions we’re having is a double blessing. It’s great to have a break from the cold and it lowers our electric bill. I’m celebrating long weekends. Last weekend, we had a 4-day weekend. DH’s scheduled Friday off and then President’s Day this past Monday. It was nice to just relax, especially since we’re both a bit under the weather with allergies.  It’s an ongoing thing. I’m celebrating photography creativity.

a touch of romance with perfume and pearls

It’s wonderful to experiment with textures and colors to express something new with my photos. How are your creative energies today?  I’m celebrating DH’s spontaneity bringing home take-out from a Mexican restaurant we hadn’t eaten at in years.  What fun! And the best news of all, I’m celebrating the marvelous mews that DH’s employer moved him to “permanent employment status”. This gives a bit more job security and all the employee perks – insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, … Thanks to everyone who’s kept him in prayer and thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers. Yippee!

What are you celebrating?

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

 

I invite you to stick around for your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies & Friendly Fill-ins.

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#TMP – Televised Edition: Superheroes/Super Powers

I’m playing along with TMP again and if you’re interested the rules are simple; base on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them, then link up with Wandering through the Shelves. This week’s movie theme is Television Edition: Superheroes/Super Powers.

Perhaps my picks are a bit on the far reach side when you think of Superheroes/Super Powers but these series definitely fall into this category I think. My first selection is the short run series

My first selection is the short run series The 4400.  In the pilot, scientist track what appears to be a comet on a collision course with earth but when more than 4000 missing people step out of that bright light, the government is mystified with their whereabouts and how they might be infected. It’s up to special agents Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie) and Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch ) to unravel the secrets of each returnee.


This is a series we really enjoyed and hated it came to an end.  We hoped it someone would reboot the series but that has yet to happen.  The 4400 is currently on Netflix.

 

Haven is another unlikely series to fall in the Super Powers prompt but why not go with it.  Haven Maine is a quaint coastal community where things aren’t always what they seem. Some of the folks in this tiny town are afflicted with “Troubles”; some call curse and others benefit from them.  Special FBI agent, Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) shows up on in Haven tracking a lead when she gets tangled in Haven’s weirdness with HPD Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant).


We got tangled in this series. It’s one of our all-time favorites. We watched the shows last episode last night. The producers brought it to an end for some reason but it was great! Perhaps rating dropped. I don’t know but I’m hoping for a spin-off. *cross fingers*  You can watch all the complete series on Netflix!

 

For my last pick, I decided to pull something from long ago past. If I were a guy then some might think I’m a sexist with my selection and some women might think it’s degrading but I say is, “Oh, poppycock!” One of my favorite childhood Superheros series from 1975, Wonder Woman starring Linda Carter.  It’s been too long ago to remember much about the show other than I liked it. Here’s what IMDB says:

During World War II, a plane piloted by Major Steve Trevor crashes near Paradise Island, the secret hidden island home of the mighty and eternally young Amazons. He is rescued by Princess Diana, who learns of the war against the Nazis. The Amazons decide to send one of their own to help fight in this crisis. Although forbidden to participate in the selection process, Diana joins secretly and wins the right and responsibility to go. Taking the still unconscious Major to safety, she joins him as Yeoman Diana Prince. Furthermore, when the forces of evil threaten the nation, Diana would spin to transform into Wonder Woman, armed with a magic belt giving her tremendous strength, bracelets that can stop any bullet, a tiara that can be thrown as a returning weapon and an unbreakable magic lasso that can force anyone to tell the truth. After WW II, she returned to the Island, only to encounter Steve Trevor Jr., agent for IADC, thirty years later. Seeing the amazing coincidence as a sign, she returns to the Man world once more to resume her role as the greatest of the female superheroes.

 


Wonder Woman is totally patriotic in her red, white, and blue outfit! We need more super heroines like this Wonder Woman today! 🙂

 

Winding things down, I wanted to point out I have a movie giveaway going on, here, if you’re interested.  However, I’m not sure if it’s open worldwide. It may only be good for the US. I never got a response from the sponsor. I just wanted y’all to know. No worries if you don’t want to play along. 🙂

I’ll be back tomorrow with multiple posts filled with a lot of fun. There’s something for everyone photography (Skywatch Friday), blessings (Celebrate the Small Things), Friendly fill-ins, and lots of laughs (Friday Sillies) and I hope  you join me!

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(not-so) #WW Middle Prong Little River & #BoTB results

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! This is another WW and #BoTB double feature post. Last week, I asked y’all to cast your vote in the Santana Battles Toto covering While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This was a very tight showdown. The tightest battle I’ve had in a long time.  In the beginning, I thought I knew which artist would get my vote. I flipped back and forth between these covers both stirring me differently. I gave both songs one more listen yesterday and I decided Toto’s vocals were a closer match to the Beatles’ original touching on my emotions the same and earning my vote. The winner is….

The finally tally, Santana  9; Toto  8!

 

Thanks for y’all votes. It truly adds to the fun of each showdown. Please join me on the March 1st for another battle! 😉

Ok, moving along to my regularly scheduled post. Last year about this time, we spent the day in the Great Smoky Mountains in the Upper Tremont area.  By the time we stopped beside the Middle Prong Little River, the sun was slipping farther west creating shadows in the already heavily shaded area I stood to the picture.

It was a gorgeous February day spent in the mountains as you can tell how the sunlight hits the water, especially in the first photo. I did a little photo play with my image. First I converted it to B&W format which is nice and I thought I’d love to draw this but I’m not that talented yet. *hee-hee*

So, in Pixelmator, I applied the sketch effect.  Now, if only I could doodle as good as this photo-art creation!

*all images captured with my big girl camera, Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens.*


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I’m gonna leave you with another this song selection by India Arie and invite you to come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday & CTST!

 

 
 

 

Have a fototastic day!

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Movie Review & Giveaway: 1 NIGHT (ends 03.07.2017) & Who Do You Trust?

What if you could go back in time without changing the outcome? Would you?

 

Good morning Kittens & Dawgs! I want to present to you a Level 33 film written and directed by Minhal Baig; produced by Kerry Barden, Hans S. Canosa, & Marius A. Markevicius.

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A romantic drama starring Anna Camp, Justin Chatwin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Kyle Allen, Kelli Berglund, Roshon Fegan, and Evan Hofer. Written and Directed by Minhal Baig and produced by Kerry Barden, Hans S. Canosa, & Marius A. Markevicius.

Anna Camp plays thirty-something Elizabeth who must decide whether her disappointed marriage is salvageable with Drew (Justin Chatwin) while a worried teen, Bea (Isabelle Fuhrman), reconnects with Andy (Kyle Allen), a shy childhood friend, who try to move past their high school social status after the prom. This is a story of past and present colliding as two couples explore love in one night at a hotel.

 

 

I’m not usually one for romantic dramas and quite honestly the trailer didn’t inspire a lot of confidence to see this film. Perhaps it just me, maybe it was the mood I was in or whatever but I had the chance to see the flick early in exchange for my opinion and to host a giveaway on Curious as a Cathy.

The movie begins slow and stays so consistently throughout the flick. If you’re the impatient, waiting for something big to happen person like me then you’ll be disappointed. I decided to ride the waves of melancholy presented in the script that the actors executed well. While the story unfolded I found I wanted to see a good outcome for the young married couple in trouble and I had hopes that the teens took the advice given by two strangers oddly interested in them. I actually enjoyed the movie. If you like slow-paced dramas then this is definitely up your alley and if not but you kinda wanna see it coz it sounds sorta good then here’s a chance to win a free copy of the movie!

 

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I will participate in this blog hop today & you’re invited to follow along! 😉

What a coincidence this viewing of this movie sorta is a purrfect fit for today’s Coffee Chat prompt hosted by Les from Ink Interrupted who asks: Who do you trust most?

It won’t come as a surprise to any of you if you read last week’s Coffee Chat response with my answer to today’s question but excluding God,  I trust DH above all others.  He’s my protector – physically and emotionally and I composed a little poem just my sweetie!

I borrowed the background from a free Internet resource. The original file name credits the author as JSF but I cannot find it online now. 🙁

Trust in a relationship goes beyond one’s faithfulness.  It’s also a measure of love and sacrifice. How far will DH go for me? This is something I never asked of or from him but it’s a role he stepped into willingly because he loves me so deeply.  I am honored by this pledge of adoration.

 

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday before you leave you might want to listen to this morning featured artist on Tuesday Tunesation!

I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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