Wordless Wednesday

#WW Cherohala Parkway Mountain View + #BoTB results

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Last year this time, DH and I were enjoying a drive in the mountains. It was a gorgeous spring day but the wind had a nippy bite. We stopped at an overlook along the Cherohala Parkway and walked the very short trail to the observation deck.

The panoramic view is nice but what really caught my eye as we were leaving were the trees. What character, I thought and had to snap a shot.  Now, looking at it doesn’t look like much but I played with the image coming up with a new photo artwork which I really like and I’ll share it on Friday.

Do you see a shot like this and think I can use this scene in my photo editor for something really cool or do you just say, Nah, I don’t like that so much and go on?

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Let’s move on to my last week’s BoTB.  The song choice was John Fogerty’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain covered by Belinda Carlisle and Karen Souza.  At firs,t both contestants were at even keel but then Carlisle pulled out taking the lead and stayed in front of the showdown by a big margin.  While I liked Belinda, Karen’s slow jazzy tempo seemed to suit my mood but casting a vote for Souza still left her with less than half the number of tallies. The gal earning the golden mic with a 9 to 4 victory is…


Check with Stephen to see how the other BoTB showdowns went down last week.   I’m undecided on what to do about April 1st BoTB. It’s sorta up in the air with the A-Z Challenge but if I can swing it, then I’ll do it. 🙂 I’ll leave you with this bonus track, and just a short reminder that next week I’ll be away from Blogosphere mostly while I pull together my A2Z posts set to begin March 31. I hope you’ll hop over for your weekly dose of giggles with Friday Sillies!











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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


    • Cathy Kennedy

      Rhonda, well…I can see you’re thinking much like me with your suggestion. You’re definitely on to something but I took an additional step. I hope you’ll check back Friday to see what I did!

  • stevebethere

    Love those photos Cathy nice and serene too 🙂

    I remember buying the original “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” on a single which is quite strange seeing I am only 21…coughs I must get my cough sorted 🙂

    I quite liked the Belinda Carlisle version too. 🙂

    Have a springtasticated week Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Hey Steve, I hear you I’m only 18 but there’s something strange and familiar about this song. Is it deja vue or is this song from a past life? lol Belinda did a great job but Karen’s cover resonated with me more. I think that’s because I wanted to hear this song as a jazz number. I’m so happy it’s spring at last! Have a good week, my friend!

  • Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    I see potential in that snapshot of the trees because I already like the composition with the bare branches forming an interesting pattern contrasted against the clear blue sky. I am eager to see how you tweaked it.

    Both renditions of “Rain” offered in your BOTB were great. In fact, I liked all three covers you posted. It doesn’t surprise me that Belinda collected more votes, but I am pleased to know that your ears matched mine in the contest. I’m glad you appreciated Karen Souza’s jazzy take on the rock classic.

    I have Belinda Carlisle in my personal collection and I used her “Heaven” hit in one of my 80s seminar documentaries. It was designated as an official “anchor song,” a song played often throughout the week long program to empower participants. I enjoyed your Belinda bonus song, too. I never heard “Sun” before and it brightened my morning.

    Thanks for reporting the outcome of your battle, dear friend Cathy, and have a wonderful day!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Thanks for spending the morning with me. I think you’ll like my photo-editing of the second photo. The tweaks were simple but made a nice new image! Yes, our ears matched this round. I think I embraced Karen’s version because this is what I was looking for in a cover and she did a lovely job. I’m delighted you enjoyed Carlisle’s bonus track. I really haven’t listened to her mewsic since the 80s, so it’s refreshing to hear what these artists from my 20s are up to today. Have a good day, my friend!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Most people liked Belinda’s cover over her rival but I find it a stretch to say these were better than CCR’s original, though. I guess I’m just too much of a fan! Yes, you definitely drive the Cherohala Parkway. It’s not as spectacular as going through the Smoky’s or driving along the BRPW but it’s tranquil and everyone little bit a nice view grabs your attention. The observation deck in today’s image is a very short walk from the parking area and hardly ever busy. 🙂

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