Author Archives: Cathy Kennedy

About Cathy Kennedy

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.

Never Rob A Magician and More #humor

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How has the week been, Kittens & Dawgs? Yes, I’m running a day late with this but it’s been crazy here. Why? Well, I spent much of my time researching Hoya lenses for my eye appointment on Thursday.  Anytime I do highly detailed oriented and technical stuff then it generally stresses me before wiping me completely out! All I want to do now is relax! Did you see vote in yesterday’s Battle of the Bands? If not, then I’d love if  you did!

Now to share some laughs with you. I saw this video on Facebook and it tickled my funny bone, maybe it’ll do the same for you!

 

On one of our weekend drives in June, I came across a few interesting sights worthy to preserve digitally for all times.  Do you remember the TV sitcom, Petticoat Junction?

 

Well, I found it in Washburn just north of us! I didn’t see any babes swimming in a water tower, though.

 

In stead, I found the local grocery store.

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Growing up in southern WV, I remember vividly as a small child visiting an outhouse many times. You can even read about my last experience in an outhouse if you wish, so when I saw this I got a big ole kick out of it!

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Clearly, it’s a gorgeous day with rich blue skies and fluffy white clouds over head when I took these photos. In fact, both shots are in the same area. I now kick myself for not snapping a photo of a barn with a gorgeous patriotic mural on the backside. *sigh* I will NOT make that mistake again, I promise!

I’m sharing these novel moments with other global shutter-bugs joining the Skywatch Friday linky party!

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things with Lexa!

I’m celebrating nearing the end of all of my doctor appointments for the year.

I’m celebrating that Hurricane Irma posed no great threat to us in east Tennessee.  In fact, the mild weather she pushed into the area is reason to celebrate!

I’m celebrating the quick containment of a recent hack to my CC info which forced me to close the account and the small charges pending on my account refuted.

I’m celebrating getting back into the rhythm of blogging. I forgot how busy it keeps me responding to comments and doing return visits.  It makes me wonder if I’m doing too much which worries me I might burn out too quickly.

I’m celebrating our pre-order for the iPhone8. The battery life on our old 5s’ are experiencing problems and we certainly do not want to fing ourselves out somewhere when one or both bite the dust for good! Hey, what can I say they are four years old and work marvelously considering the age of these electronics.

 

Incidentally, I’m way concerned about Lexa. Has anyone learned how she’s doing? I sent her an email with no response. I do not see any activity on her Facebook page or Twitter, either.  Please, if you know any thing share it and Lexa if you’re reading this then know, you’re in my thoughts & prayers.

What are you celebrating?

 

I missed the Friendly Fill-Ins fun with  Annie and Ellen while on my blogging hiatus and am happy to join them again.

  1. I have broken NO bones. *knock on wood*
  1. When I go out to breakfast, I order the usual sausage, egg, & cheese biscuit with coffee.
  1. As Summer officially comes to an end, I need to put away most of my warm weather clothing, pull out my cooler weather stuff all the while sorting through things to toss.
  1. Before this year is over, I really need to do…I don’t know. I think the most important things are now crossed off my to-do list and  I can look forward to making the necessary appointments for next year. Yikes, it just all happens too fast!

 

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That’s a wrap for another week, you’re invited to hit the dance floor for freebie mewsic pick on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me.  Have an awesome weekend!

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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

Friday Features Linky Party
 

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#BoTB Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Per my promise, I’m back to my normal blogging routine pretty much. I’m a bit undecided how I want to handle my participation in this meme yet. Do I continue with playing twice a month or keep it simply to only the first of mid-month?

I reckon I don’t have to decide that now and can make a decision as the first of October nears but for now let’s get this show started! Today’s battle song was inspired by last month’s total solar eclipse phenomena.  Yeah, you know where I’m going with this one, don’t you, kittens and dawgs?

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Jim Steinman turned 34-years old earlier this year by Welsh recording sensation, Bonnie Tyler. This was Tyler’s biggest career song, earning her a spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the first Welsh artist to ever do this! Here’s the original for your enjoyment, please refrain from voting on this version. It’s not part of the battle showdown.

 

 

I felt most vocal arrangements of Bonnie’s song just couldn’t compete, so I went another route and decided to find three distinct instrumental arrangements for your enjoyment to consider.

Contender #1 – a violin cover…

 

Contender #2 – a guitar cover…

 

Contender #3 – a panflute cover…

 

I like each version for the way it stirs my emotions.  The violin arrangement is a bigger production feel where the guitar and panflute melodies are simplier. The violin makes me think action, the guitar makes me think mystery, and the panflute makes me think of love.  I’ll let you know which I choose next week when I share the results. 😉

What did you think? Which do you like the violin, guitar, or panflute version best? Leave your vote in comments and if you want share why your pick got named.

 

Did you like this edition of BoTB? Would you like to see what others are sharing? Check with Stephen for the list of participants. Before I dash, let me leave you with a few giggles and remember to hit the dance floor on Monday’s Music Moves Me with “your choice” song picks. I’ll share the outcome of this showdown next week same time!

 

Have a bandtastic day!

 

 

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1974: Gym Uniforms, Striped Socks, Suede Sneakers, & Bellbottoms #wbw

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Are you looking for my “not-so Wordless Wednesday” post or are you a fellow shutter bug like me, if so then you’ll find it here. 😉 Otherwise, welcome to the newest edition of Way Back Wednesdays.

Memories shared in this weekly segment are generally random. Sometimes I haven’t a clue where it came from other than out of the blue I’m reminded of something, so I roll with the idea in creating a post built around the content swirling in my head and that’s where I find myself today. Let’s flashback to…

This is the year I turned 13. I was in grade 7. I remember owning suede sneakers like these…

and wearing old school striped top tube socks. Did you?

Also, these were the days when the junior high assigned girls official attire for gym class. Ours were blue and white, though. Naturally, we HATED this horrible, totally uncool outfit.

Plus, it didn’t fit right and this was the day of short shorts!

 

This commerical came out a few years later but Nair’s “short shorts” jingle ran through the 70s until the mid-80s (and maybe longer). Ya gotta love those short shorts and pretty legs!

 

I wore low-rise, floppy bellbottom pants that dragged the ground with my daddy’s t-shirts. He never could find a t-shirt when he wanted it and got a bit miffed.  I’m sure my mother considered me a rebel but isn’t that the job of a mother? I know my dress code was not “adult approved”.  I was way too sloppy and nothing at all like the by-gone era of the late 50 and early 60s when my folks went to school.

 

How many of y’all remember getting Sears catalogs? I betcha most of you do, right? I poured hours over it flipping through pages wishing for this and that. What fun!

All of stuff above I remember in passing but the mewsic has a way of staying with me hiding in the recesses of my mind. Sometimes I’ll hear a song from the past sucking back in time and others just pop in uninvited.  Regardless of how the tune gets stirred its always a pleasure. I pulled together a playlist of mewsic that instantly took me way back to 1974. I hope you enjoy!

 

What songs do you remember most from this year? Do you have specific memories tied to these or the ones I shared?

 

 

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. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. I think a picture tells a open-ended story that can reflect different moods and meanings.  I think that’s what this quote is getting at more than anything. 

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?  No, I haven’t been along the Pacific coast but I’d love to make that trip and this is on my wish list for someday.  I don’t do “bucket” lists because that implies I don’t have much time.  Tomorrow’s promised to no one,  so it’s important to live in the moment but it’s okay to dream about doing things in the near or distant future.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?  I think the seasons do change me a bit. I look forward especially to fall after the hot, humid summers and the awaking of the earth after slumbering all winter with the kiss of the sun on my skin. These seasons are refreshing to the soul. I try to find the joy in winter but the short days made shorter by the gray can be hard some times and this is the one thing I love most about summer — the extended daylight with the beautiful cotton candy sunsets.  I think for many it’s a mind-set. No one likes change but I every season is beautiful in its own right, it’s just trying to remember to embrace the moments because one minute it’s here and the next it’s gone!

4. It’s your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age? Well…if it’s my birthday then I’d probably ask for Mexican food. I can eat it any day of the week!  I’d go for Burrito Fajitas, Charro Beans, and Green Chile rice from Chuy’s menu.  Mmm, good! Nah, I don’t think I’ve ever lied about my age. I don’t care to tell it.  Maybe, there will come a day when I’ll fudge on it but I feel very good being 55. I do more than most for my age and I tell my oldest daughter who’s 29 that 55 is the new 35 and she’s gaining on me. lol

5. What’s a life lesson you’ve learned recently? That it’s best to pull back when someone doesn’t want to include you in their life.  It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to wring my hands, almost begging “Please let me in your world” when it’s that’s not going happen right now. I never thought this sort of thing possible with my children but I’m living it now and all I can do is trust God to move hearts. I’m here ready for them anytime.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  This is a hectic week. I’ve been busy researching optical centers in town who can get Hoya lenses. I have an eye appointment soon. I currently have Verilux lenses but they aren’t as good as the Hoya lenses. My script from five years I got Hoya and loved them. I hope they didn’t screw them up some how. That’s generally how companies do things that we like and this is an expensive deal. We can’t afford mess ups!  *cross fingers* On top of figuring this out, I found a compromise made on my CC account last week. I immediately canceled the card but during the process two small transactions went through.  Naturally I followed up on these charges but then we got to thinking maybe our information fell prey to that big hack a few months ago, so I spent all day yesterday changing email address and passwords. I still have my work cutout but I have a good start on it.  How has this week been going for you?

 

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 this Friday for the return of Battle of the Bands in the Total Eclipse of the Heart showdown!  X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

 

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Red-Roof Barn Farragut TN #WW

Shortly after getting my Big Girl camera years ago I photographed this barn in Farragut, TN. I know I shared this pitiful shot with you no doubt right here on not-so Wordless Wednesday. Anywho, while on blogging hiatus over the summer and on one of our knocking around town ventures, I told DH that I’d like another crack at taking a picture of the red-roof barn sitting on Concord Road.

He happily obliged my request. I’m more comfortable with my DSLR now and felt excited at a second chance to capture, especially since I screwed it up the first time. What followed next left me shocked and saddened.

Turning off Kingston Pike on to Concord Road the barn sat on the right side of the road heading to the lake across from a bank.  I thought we could park in the bank’s parking since it was a Sunday like we did before so I could take a few pictures but then I discovered that the beautiful barn no longer stands.  My jaw dropped and my eyes widened. I don’t know what happened but it burned down.  This barn sat in this spot at least the better part of the 38 years that we’ve lived here. Now. It’s. Gone. Forever! 😢

Even though I can’t retake pictures of the barn, I can do photo-editing magic to change the mood of my photo.  I decided to use my Facebook Friend’s Cheryl’s smartphone/tablet Distressed FX app, which gave me my newest photo-art creation below.

I made the mistake of not jotting down the color and textured overlays used to give it a vintage…almost autum feel but I can tell you that I added a scatter of birds that Cheryl calls “Onward” to the sky . To complete my new masterpiece I took it through Pixelmator, adding my copyright and bumping the “Curve” settings to tone down over-exposure giving my picture a warmer, richer finish.  I really, really like Cheryl’s little app and NO, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I’m just tossing the word out there about a product I enjoy using because that’s what friends do! 😉

Combing my archives I made a happy discovery. I actually DID get a second chance to photograph the red-roof barn the following year in the fall taken at a different vantage point. I don’t believe I shared this with you until now.

I think it’s funny that I over-exposed (a lot) my first picture and under-exposed (poor meter reading on my part due to cloudy skies) this one. I’m so thankful for photo-editing. I bumped the exposure in Pixelmator brightening the photo a wee bit and added my copyright.

Should I take this photo through Distressed FX? Yes. I. Should!

This time I noted the steps creating my new photo-art. In this photo I selected overlays – “Cyan Song” and “Naia”, then added a bird layer, “Alfred”. These changes detracted from the visibly gray, rainy day of the original.

But, in this one I played on the elements creating a more dramatic scene. I selected a different overlay, “Half Light” and kept “Naia” and bird layer “Alfred”, but adjusted the brightest, contrast, and saturation.

What do you think?

I invite you to link up with my friends today and I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing!



 

 

 

To stay totally connected and in the loop of things on Curious as a Cathy, I hope you’ll join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts. Tell your friends to join the fun and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block. Keep your camera nearby coz there’s always a photo-op waiting to happen. Have a good day!

Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone.  I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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Take That

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Between hurricane Irma and remembering 9/11 on the dance floor Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning? left me in a somber mood yesterday.

We have a number of good friends and family who live in Florida who are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.  Irma took a different path than originally expected. Naples got hit hard and we have dear friends who have a home there. They’re safe. That much I do know but we don’t know about their home yet and I guess it’ll days before we do.

The 16th anniversary of 9/11 always leaves me in a thoughtful state. I never want to forget there are people who hate America, not only outside our country but within making our way of life vulnerable. We must protect our rights and to stand against the evil!

By the name of my blog title you probably think I have a beef with someone but I don’t. Take That is the name of today’s featured artist which I hope you’ll lend your ear for a listen. Blog bud, Lee, shared this group with me in his Sept. 1st BoTB post (song #4, The Flood) and I thought I’d introduce them to you with this massive playlist I found on YouTube.

 

I couldn’t believe this British pop band has been around since the late 80s but that explain a lot since I was a new mother. Anywho, their first ever top 40 hit came out in 1995  (Promises #5) and I admit while listening to this playlist some of the songs sounded familiar. I guess somewhere in my sleep deprived mind in their early years I probably heard some of their tunes. 🙂

 

Today, I want to talk more about what I did during my blogging break this summer. I did more than just tweak things on my blog. I actually did some sketching. If you’re new here then it may interest you that I used Art Sketching for my A to Z theme this past April and if you’re curious you can check out my Reflections post.

For Father’s Day, I drew DH a lighthouse scene. I liked the way it turned out and used the same idea for my daddy’s birthday in July but for my daddy’s Father’s Day card I drew a little girl with her daddy. 🙂

I hurriedly sketched daddy’s card due to time restraints. Silly me let things slip up too quickly unprepared. I hope to doodle another similar creation in my sketch pad soon.

This is daddy’s bday card. After experimenting with DH Father’s Day card I made a few design improvements if you can call it that.

 

Drawing landscapes is a harder job than expected, especially when adding details. I intrigued to learn how to get the shading down to make water, rocks, and trees more realistic. I certainly will do more scenes like this, though. Stay tune!

I’ve doodled some other sketches but I find I keep going back to them from time to time to touch them up.  I tried beginning artwork for my children’s book but I didn’t get far.  I think I pushed myself too soon, instead of just relaxing and having fun with it. One thing I discovered during the April challenge is I had the best success in creative energy when I removed pressure to do it.  This is a hobby for my amusement and I’m content to draw as the my mood dictates.

 

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.

 

Here’s my list of things I’m okay with….

That 9/11 moves me to tears every time I hear mewsic paying tribute to that fateful day.

To remember the horrors of that day because by not forgetting we can safeguard against the past repeating itself.

To take a nap during the day. This doesn’t happen often but when I’m tuckered out then I know a 20-40 minute nap is just the trick needed to fix me up.

To draw as the mood hits or while waiting for DH’s at an appointment which is an excellent use of time.

To experiment with post content and meme participation. Going through my post archives this summer I realized I’m missing something and want to get it back.

 

 

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts . I don’t think Les from Ink Interrupted has resumed her Tuesday Coffee Chat sessions again.  You’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

 

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