Category Archives: Tuesday Talk Time

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

One thing I want to accomplish in 2015 #goals

I’m joining Les from Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat with this morning’s prompt: One thing I would like to accomplish in 2015 is…

I usually have a set of goals kinda sketched out in my mind that I want to shoot for in the new year, but this year…I haven’t even so much as done that. It’s not that I don’t have aspirations to work toward because I truly do. In fact something which nagged me the better part of last year, I decided this weekend to change in order to help with the one thing I want to accomplish in 2015.
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Tuesday Talk Time: #Sottopelle Therapy part 2


In April, I spoke of starting on a new HRT. If you missed that post, you can read it about here.  It has been three months now and it’s time to share with you the benefits of my SottoPelle Therapy.

Energy boost

The first thing I noticed within 4-days of getting my first pellet inserts was my energy level. WOW, what a difference! Prior to the insertion, I was dragging around the house with no life by the time DH got home in the evenings.  All I wanted to do was go to bed. At the time, I would give my energy level on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the best ~ a 5. My levels kept improving over the weeks and most days I give myself an 8 on the energy scales. I feel pretty amazing! Continue reading

Tuesday Talk Time: How tos

Good morning, my lovelies! It’s been a VERY long time since I did a TTT post. Yeah, life gets crazy sometimes, but the main reason I have not kept up with my routine Tuesday posts is I had too much on my plate. What’s changed? Nothing. I still have too much going one. But…I hope to get back into things regularly soon.

DH subscribed me to a neat newsletter called, iPhone Life Magazine. I receive daily tips and tricks on how to use my iPhone. If you’re interested, click here. A pop up (if you have pop-ups blocked on your computer, you’ll need to turn that off) will appear on your screen shortly after you land on the homepage, asking if you would like to subscribe to their newsletter. However, for those of you who prefer to get tips and tricks directly on your iDevice, then you can get the free app through iTunes.

That being said, I thought it would be fun from time-to-time to share with you some of these cool tips with you. Who hear hates autocorrect? Personally, I do. This is why so many funny goofs are made. Yeah, we get a good laugh out of some of these, but I never thought about the usefulness of having to enter words that autocorrect doesn’t recognize until this daily tip arrived in my in-box on July 29th…

How to Teach iOS Autocorrect New Words

Autocorrect is awesome at turning your garbled typing into coherent messages, notes, and more.

Except when it’s not.

Here’s how to make the awesomeness of autocorrect work for you:

Override autocorrect’s suggestions by tapping the suggestion bubble that appears above the word autocorrect thinks you have misspelled. autocorrect will then learn your preferred spelling.

Type a space, punctuation, or Enter to accept the suggestion.

If you accidentally accept an autocorrect suggestion, tap delete and retype the last letter of your word and the suggestion will go away. Sometimes autocorrect offers other suggestions. If you accept too many erroneous corrections,autocorrect may start correcting words you don’t want changed. If this happens you can reset autocorrect by going to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

image borrowed from iPhone Life Magazine

image borrowed from iPhone Life Magazine

Add to Contacts. If the name of a person or company is in your contacts, autocorrect will no longer try to change the correct spelling of that name and will even catch it if you mistype the name.

Use the Word in the Safari search field. Once you search the word in Safari, autocorrect will learn the correct spelling.

Create a shortcut. Create a new shortcut for the word that autocorrect does not recognize by going to Settings>General>Keyboard>Add New Shortcut. Type the word you want in the Phrase field but leave the Shortcut field blank. Autocorrect will no longer think the word is misspelled. If you commonly misspell a word that autocorrect doesn’t catch, use the misspelling as the shortcut for the correctly spelled word.

What new tricks and tips have you learned?

Have a terrific Tuesday!


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Tuesday Talk Time

I have committed myself to the April A to Z Challenge. This is why the late hook up with this morning’s coffee chat. Chances are very good that you may find my routine daily hops taking a slight set back, as I get into a rhythm, but I will be around to visit….eventually!

It looks like combat mode is paying off, or at least in small portions. You may recall I mentioned last week my strategy to knock off some of this unwanted weight. The low-cal diet and biking are working. My new weigh-in on Sunday morning read 115. That’s 1.5 pounds less than I was the previous week. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s actually good for me.  The fight continues.

In my quest to maintain the best health, I found myself looking for ways to boost my health due to menopause related issues.  At the age of 52, I am not ready to throw in the towel. In my research, I found that a low adrenal gland function can interfere with hormone production. If you want, you can read more about this in my earlier post, here. Not worry, Dr. Cathy is on this and will report back with her successes or lack of success. Only time will tell the tale!

How was your weekend? It was rainy on Saturday, but Sunday was gorgeous. I thought of you when I took this picture.

Blooms of spring with what's that in the far distance?

Blooms of spring with what’s that in the far distance?

Starbucks! Anyone care for a cup of coffee?

Starbucks! Anyone care for a cup of coffee?

Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at. Starting first with Les from Time Out For Mom wants to know… Are you a prankster, or just another day?

Who am I going to prank? The house is empty. I am not all that original and if I attempted to trick the only person in the house and it goes sour, then who will that leave me to talk with? No one! *sigh* I do enough one-sided conversations throughout the day, as it is. I don’t need to extend that into the evening, as well. That’s okay, I have never been big into pulling April Fool’s day pranks. It’s just another day for me. However, I do love hearing about or seeing what other people’s creative, mischievous minds come up with, though.

Patrice’s chats on the farmhouse porch questions this week are:

  1. What’s your favorite method of travel? Car…remember I’m a big scaredy-cat and you won’t catch me traveling by airplane or boat.
  2. If you wear jewelry, are you more likely to wear silver or gold? Gold jewelry looks best against my skin.
  3. How often do you wear sunglasses? Usually, when we are in the car or out for the day. I squint too much without shades protecting my eyes.
  4. Which would be easier for you to leave undone (for a short period), dishes or laundry? Really both can go undone for a short period with only the two of us in the house now.
  5. On a scale of 1-10 (1=hardly any, somewhere in between, 10 = house is full), how much clutter have you collected? 11…oh wait, that’s off the scale. But, so is our clutter! Our slow-pace de-cluttering made only a dent in what we have.

For now, did someone say coffee? Oh yes, that was me. Hee-Hee! It’s time to get another refill of Joe. As luck will have it, my last stop takes us to Starbuck’s home state to visit Stacy Uncorked. She is now back in Blogosphere doing what she does best  ~ random musings on Random Tuesday Thoughts! I’m gonna to join her linky party now. Wanna come with?

Have a terrific Tuesday!



Tuesday Talk Time: Combat Mode


I’m in total combat mode! Why? I’ve been a major slacker in my dieting. At the start of the New Year I felt charged with enthusiasm to get things cranking. The truth is I just wasn’t emotionally on board. However, warmer weather is on the loom, and it’s painfully clear it’s time to push myself to melt some unwanted pounds pronto. It’s won’t be an easy battle and it may get down right ugly. Determined to my guns and if necessary going completely nuclear with my approach. Continue reading

Tuesday Talk Time: What Makes You Unique?


Have you had your coffee? If not, then you are not awake yet to notice things are different on Curious as a Cathy. You see, I finally made the switch from Blogger to WP and if you went to my blogger blog this morning, then you were immediately redirected here. I wanted to make your life just a little easier before you had your first cup of coffee. After all, that’s what a good friend does, right?

I don’t all the desired elements in place yet, but I will get there over time. Once again, I will beg you to bear a little patience with me while I get my house in order. Just like every thing new, this is no different. I will be on a learning curve for the couple of weeks while I learn the ins and outs of  WP. However, you can speed my process up by offering suggestions, tips, and advice. I’m all ears!

Okay, it’s time to grab a cup of coffee. If we had to leave our house this morning, then you will your car keys and over-coat to head to the airport, if you expected to keep your coffee hot because my first lovely lives in Canada.  Les from Time Out For Mom prompts  us to answer the following question…

You are You, and No One Else Is Youer Than You!
What Makes You Unique?

 Wow, what makes me unique? I know every person is unique because the Master of creation designed each of us with defying characteristics and talents that are different than the next.

“…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”

~Psalm 139:14 KJV

I don’t necessarily think this makes me unique, but it is something I feel good about.  Many years ago, I once was a timid, insecure girl. Despite being told by teachers that no question was a stupid question, except those not asked. However, in my low self-esteem mind-set, I was afraid to ask anyone anything about things I knew nothing about for fear I would look just that, stupid.

Secretively, DH knew my weakness and had a plan to help me over it. He started off by giving me a simple task to most. “Call NAPA and ask if they have a rebuild kit for a cadillac converter for the Fiesta”, he would say.  He may as well said, “Can you do brain surgery today?”

Calmly, I replied, “I can’t do that!” After futile attempts in getting DH to do it himself a  near panic attack would seize my entire body, nearly paralyzing me. I begged and whined telling him over, and over again that I simply don’t know the first thing about what he wants and will botch the job.

Lovingly, he smiled, “You’ll do ok!”

It took many, many times repeating this process before I gained the confidence to not think twice about calling someone I didn’t know about a subject I knew little to nothing about for DH. I sort of have things down to a science in my info-gathering approach now. I simply tell the person I’m speaking to, “First off, let me say excuse my ignorance on this, but I don’t know what I am talking about…or I’m doing some leg work for my husband….” Either way, I am giving the person heads up that I am human, and at a disadvantage on the product that I am calling about. It always puts my mind at ease when someone acknowledges my lack of understanding and is good to help me no matter how many questions I have.

DH did two things for me with this little exercise. One, this built my self-esteem and two, it made me feel a little smarter. This was a gift to me. That wall of insecurity crumbled, and DH armed me with a valuable resource to research the unknown and learn.

Over the years, I have perfected my blood hound techniques to digging up info on a topics I know little about. Once the Internet exploded, my job to gather data got easier. I am humbled and thankful DH believed in me enough to not allow me to stay inside that cave of self-doubt.

Thankfully, Internet travels keeps us in one place as we visit those we count as dear in Blogsville. Next stop takes us to parts of New Jersey where we like to gather on Patrice’s farmhouse porch for weekly chat sessions. Usually, you’ll find that her silly horse, Wendell, likes joining in on the fun. This week’s questions are:
Everyday Ruralty

  1. What are your favorite condiments? I like simple condiments. Mayo, yellow mustard, and ketsup are my favorites.
  2. What are you reading? My favorite Tuesday meme friends blogs.
  3. What was the last dessert you had? Chocolate chip cookies that I made with splenda.
  4. Wendell would like to know if you would build him a snowman. (If you don’t have snow, just pretend. He’s not detail oriented.) Sure, I’ll make Wen a snowman. Maybe, he would like to help. We can do a paper craft progect using paper plates, card-stock, glue, and markers to build our snowman
  5. Tell me something fun or interesting. The most interesting thing I have to share at the moment is my new WP blog home. I am excited to finally make the migration from Blogger. This is something I have thought a lot about over the years and finally took the plunge. Basically, I am starting all over again. The good news is I am a wee bit wiser than I was 4-years ago.

Did someone say coffee? As luck would have it, my last stop takes us to Starbuck’s home state. It’s time to get another refill of Joe, as I click over to Stacy Uncorked. You may recall she had to put blogging on temporary hold, while she settled into her new Pacific northwest home. Well, she’s back in Blogosphere doing what she does best  ~ random musings on Random Tuesday Thoughts ! I’m gonna to join her linky party now. Wanna come with?

Have a terrific Tuesday!