Wordless Wednesday

Shannondale Presbyterian Church #WW #SWF + #Hodgepodge Q&A

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Good day, Kittens & Dawgs! Last December before DH started his new job, we enjoyed the pleasures of a beautiful day around town. The early evening sunlight and location made photographing this lovely church difficult but I managed to squeeze in the bulletin notice of Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Maybe, I’ll get a second shot at photographing it this holiday season.



Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life? Pressing Forward is our current chapter because of the storms surrounding us. We decided we can’t live under a cloud caused by others. This is out of our control and the worry is consuming which leads to damaging health. All we can is place these burdens in God’s hands and do our best to move on, living a full, rich life. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” (Proverbs 3:5-6) is our daily mantra.  

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what’s the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave? I use my microwave for reheating leftovers mostly or for a quick thaw. I could get by without a microwave for a short period but honestly, this is one modern invention that’s made life in the kitchen a lot easier. I’d be lost without it!

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

“Away in the Manger” is a favorite Christmas carol from childhood. It always filled me with a sense of marvel thinking about the glorious birth of our Savior swaddled and sleeping on the hay. Every time I heard this song I imagined I was an angel hovering over the stable the night Christ was born declaring the good news watching on as those knelt before the baby King, the Son of God giving Him honor and praise for His gift to all.  

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken.  I don’t have a particular place that’s beautiful. Anytime I’m out with sunny blue skies and whispy white clouds overhead then every place we go is beautiful. We can be in the Smoky’s,  on the Blue Ridge Parkway, driving through the western NC mountains, or just a few miles out of the city along a rural country road. Living in our area is beautiful and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

5. What’s something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one) I don’t have a list this year because I got an early, unexpected Christmas gift from DH a couple of months ago that trumps what I originally had on my list but when did have that figurative list, I had an Apple pencil on it. DH got me a new iPad for our anniversary because the one I had suffered from the ails of a swollen battery. 🙁

6. Insert your own random thought here. On Saturday, we got out to enjoy the weather and to look at a few houses when we came across this quaint old church. Isn’t it gorgeous?

iPhone8 capture with slight photo adjustment using Pixelmator

Today (yesterday) I made my Christmas Stollen and oh heavens the house smelled mmm, deeelicious I tell you! I hope it tastes ever bit as good as it smelled baking.

For the rest of the year, I’m taking life in Blogosphere easy limiting post contributions. If you don’t wanna miss a post then I encourage you to subscribe to my email service to get notification of the latest mews on Curious as a Cathy!  Have a good day!


X💋X💋, Cathy 




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.


  • Birgit

    love the photos of the church-so peaceful. As to the questions-I like your answers. My chapter-Fat and dumpy. Microwave-Must have! Favourite song-Russisches Schlittenlied (no I am not swearing) sung by Ivan Rebroff. Russian Sleigh Song about being hungry and cold and the baby must be kept warm so one rides fast to a cabin and a fire is lit and the baby is safe and warm. It is something like that but I find it so pretty even with the darkness of Russian folklore. When i was 18, I was in South Tirol and I was in the car with my Aunt and Uncle. We drove into the Alps and came across pretty little fairy tale towns to finally a beautiful valley where we picked mushrooms. beautiful!

  • Debbie D.

    Hi Cathy; Such a fun and festive post. Old churches are always so picturesque. Stollen is a German Christmas tradition from way back that we enjoy every year. I’m so impressed that you make your own! Since I’m lacking a “baking” gene, it’s fortunate that we have an authentic German deli right here in town. 🙂 Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      The Blue Ridge Parkway is lovely, especially the North Carolina portion. The northern part that runs through Virginia doesn’t have near the views. We haven’t driven the Shannondoah Valley which connects with the Blue Ridge Parkway but we’d like to one day. Thanks for visiting It was nice meeting you. 🙂

  • Arlee Bird

    When I first saw a microwave oven I thought it was absurd. Now I’d not want to be without mine.

    “O Little Town of Bethlehem” is my song pick. We were singing it in church and the lyrics particularly captivated me this time around. Such a wondrous picture!

    I’ve driven so many beautiful drives in my lifetime and so much difference in all of them. I can recall the drive on Go To The Sun Highway in Glacier Park being amazing. But there have been so many others! Foothills Parkway across Chilhowee Mountain in Blount County is a drive that I have taken so many times and still enjoy doing it.

    Tossing It Out

    • Cathy Kennedy


      We’ve driven the Foothills Parkway many times but as I said anyplace in this part of the country is pretty spectacular and difficult to narrow down to one beautiful drive. We are blessed to live here. Really, you thought a microwave was absurd? The first time I saw one was when we got married. My BIL and his wife had one. I thought it was the greatest invention known to mankind. We got our first microwave about a year after we got married. I just started college and having such a modern convenience proved helpful. That was when we bought this house. Boy, have we outgrown this place! lol

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