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Rubbing elbows with #Mayberry_Days stars, Part 1

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Good-afternoon, kittens & dawgs! I have the most amazing mews to share with you. Last Friday, we went to the 26th Mayberry Days in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

We arrived at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum shortly after 9:30am. The proclamation ceremony was underway somewhere else, which gave us an edge, but still here were 100 people or less waiting when we got in line. Rain clouds loomed over our heads all day and occasionally light sprinkles fell on us, but the good mews is that was about it.

Anywho, first time celebrities and biggest names to take part in the annual event were Clint Howard (Leon), Barbara Eden (Ellen Brown – Manicurist), and Bruce Bilson (TAGS Asst. Director). We wanted to see everyone, but it was the announcement that Barbara would be there that made us decide to make the three and half hour trip.

Once we got to the entrance, we immediately noticed Bruce Bilson and Clint Howard seated. Unfortunately, soon after someone whisked Mr. Bilson from the room.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from these celebrities. Would they be grumpy and short-tempered? You know, doing this whole thing out of obligation. Imagine my surprise when I saw Clint’s magnet personality in action. He talked with each person streaming by as if he knew that person all of his life.



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As if on cue, Clint turned at the right instant for me to get this shot while he chatted with DH.

Clint is a great conversationalist and super easy to talk to.  I didn’t know he was part of the Mayberry Family, but I do recognize the cute little kid that he was from those days after searching the web. I remember him mostly from Apollo 13. He has done a host of TV series, animations, and big screen productions over the years. I thought it was interesting to learn that he was the voice of Roo in the 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.




Mayberry had one manicurist, Ellen Brown, the lovely Barbara Eden. I had all, but forgotten that she was apart of American’s favorite hometown. I’m sure like most of you, I know Barbara best as the enchantress from I Dream of Jeannie.

I vividly remember wanting to live in that bottle or better still polishing it between my hands so I could ask her for a wish. Boy, that sounds like a good idea about now! Barbara Eden’s character mesmerized me. I mean, what kid isn’t when magic is involved, right? Oh yeah and she’s gorgeous! 😀



It was a wholesome, fun show for the entire family despite her controversial attire. That’s kinda funny to think about today, but in the mid 60s this sorta thing got frowned on. lol

The long wait was nearing an end. Enthusiastically, I stood on the other side of the table facing Barbara Eden. No doubt with a star gazed look in my eyes. With my hand outstretched, she took it (Oh, my Cathy!!) as I introduced myself, then DH to her.  I was wearing a t-shirt that she read aloud, “Everyone loves a Tennessee Girl,” and without missing a beat continued with, “Yes, everyone sure does!

At 84 years young, Miss Eden is ever bit as beautiful as when I first met her on my parents’ TV set in the late 60s.

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A flattered Barbara. DH said, “We still dream of Jeannie.”

All I can say is this gal’s dream finally came true!

I’m joining Les from Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat and Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts. We met more celebrities, but at the risk of making this post any longer I decided to break it up. So, I invite you to join me on Friday for Rubbing elbows with #Mayberry_Days stars , Part 2!


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A Very Inspiring Blogger Award #CathyChat

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! First up, I made a tiny name change for Tuesday’s chat to CathyChat, instead of CatChat. I didn’t want to confuse others who are looking for fellow blogger Caren & Cody.

Okay, I’m really excited!! Looky, what I got…

Very Inspiring Blog Award photoThanks to Dixie at dcrelief, for bestowing to me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I’m a bit mystified and humbled by the nomination. I think she must have hit her head when she pulled that muscle in her leg. lol Really, though wasn’t this the sweetest thing? Absolutely!

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#Syfy TV shows #CatChat

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! We love to watch TV shows in the evening while we have dinner, but rarely anything on broadcast. We do not like forcing ourselves into a certain routine of plopping down on the sofa at a given time to view the newest episode of our favorite show. Nope, that’s just not gonna happen, especially in the age we live in today.

Thanks to the technology of the internet and streaming video players, TV watching is now convenient to do. We can view our favorite shows without missing a single episode or time restraints. Isn’t that cool?

Recently, we found a couple new shows we’d never be able to watch because they air on the SyFy channel. Believe it or not, we are one of the few who do not have cable TV. We are hoping cable networks will make their way to the internet streaming platform as an a le carte option making it easier for people like us who don’t want to subscribe to an entire cable package. That day is fast approaching! Anyhow, back to the new programming treasures.  Do you like Science Fiction? I am discovering I like SyFy more than I thought.

First up, on Netflix….

Helix  At an Arctic Research facility doctors are exposed to a lethal antigen. The contagious people are vessels of destruction bent on infecting everyone in the facility and it’s only a matter of time before it makes its way into the world. The Centers for Disease Control is called in for help to stop the virus, but are they too late?   What is this mystery virus?  Will the CDC find a cure?   Watch season one to see for yourself!


Helix cast members left to right: Mark Ghanime, Hiroyuki Sanda, Meegwun Fairbrother, Kyra Zagorsky, Billy Campbell, Neil Napier, Jordan Hayes, & Catherine Lemieux

The writers seem to struggle with Helix. It starts slow, but by the end of the 2nd or 3rd  episode, the story line snagged us. I’m more curious than anything to see the direction the writers take Helix in season two and we plan to resume the series once its available on Netflix. On a scale from 1-5, I’d rate it about 3.

One day, while using my elliptical and watching the old Dark Shadows TV series on Hulu Plus, I saw a trailer for another syfi show that grabbed my attention.

Next up on Amazon Prime is….

Defiance season one  In the not-so-distant future in the wake of an alien invasion, the earth gives birth to a new world after the war settles leaving landscape permanently altered and several new species of life integrated among humans. It’s kinda like life all over in the wild west once again, but this time it’s a matter of survival not only for humans, but for extraterrestrials.


Cast members left to right: Tony Curran,  Jaime Murray,  Julie Benz, Mira Kirshner, Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, & Graham Greene

The season climax of Defiance left so many unanswered questions that I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds in season two. I’m eager for its arrival to pop up in our watch list. On the same rating basis as before, I give Defiance 4.5!

What do you think, are these TV series you would like to watch?

I’m joining Les from Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat this with this morning’s prompt: I think; therefore I have a headache.   Suffer from over-thinking?  Guilty of the thinking much?  Or, just.. .meh. 

I don’t know, if I have thought so much that I’ve gotten a headache or not, but sometimes I think too much at the wrong times, i.e. bedtime. That’s never a good idea to do a lot thinking when I am trying to sleep. At times, I can’t shut my brain off at night. I will lay for hours in bed trying to figure out a solution to whatever is bugging me. Usually it’s wasted time spent on a matter that’s out of my hands before I realize I need to turn it completely over to God. I ask for God’s help to release the situation entirely to Him and ask that He give me peace for a good night’s rest. Once I get to this point, I humbly lean upon the Lord while I drift to sleep. This sounds easy, but it’s not. It took me years to learn that I can’t do anything without God and until I accepted this truth then I my brain works overtime at all hours ~ day and night. I remind myself faced with turmoil of these words from the Bible.

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

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. Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Come on get happy! #CatChat

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Come on get happy…

I know what you’re thinking, it’s winter, cold, gray, and yucky. That fat, stubby rodent wearing a plush cozy fur coats poked his head out yesterday announcing, I see my shadow. They’ll be six more weeks of winter! Really? Really!

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I’m not gonna let that little black cloud rain on my parade, and I hear you saying, What’s there to be a happy about?. Well…thanks to Les from Time Out For Mom Tuesday Coffee Chat prompt, Random. Got a rant to get off your chest?  A recent victory to share?  Some cute kids to boast about? It’s your choice!, fits perfectly into place for today’s Come On Get Happy Cat Chat 

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Bad things come in threes #chat

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I’m happy to report for now Knoxville is out of the deep freeze. It amazes me just how warm it feels in the house when the a.m. temperatures are above 32º. Seriously!  If we never got below freezing all winter, you wouldn’t hear a peep out of me. I’d be happy as a Cathy can be.

How are things at your house? We experienced a wild ride last week. You know the old saying, bad things come in threes? That’s our story. Continue reading