Red-Roof Barn Farragut TN #WW

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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!



 

 

 

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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

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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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Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

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Good morning, Kittens & Dawgs! I hope all of my Florida friends are doing ok in the wake of Irma coming to shore yesterday morning. The system originally was expected to cross east Tennessee but it shifted to the western part of the state about mid-week. The only threat we have to deal with today is lots of rain. I’m not complaining.  Anywho, today’s mewsic theme is “Remembering 9/11” and I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!

 

Where Were you When the World Stopped?

 

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you.  Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!


 

The official anthem for first responders in the days after the madness was the song track, “Tuesday” from Superman 2000. To honor those who stormed head long into burning buildings without a second thought giving your life, you won’t be forgotten and for the many who worked relentlessly to find survivors in the aftermath. I may not know your names but that doesn’t change my gratitude. “Five For Fighting” is for you!

 

 

I’m gonna wind things down with a song that was written many years before 9/11 but the sentiments resonates the mood I felt that day with “the sound of silence” in the days that followed the attacks. Perhaps, you did, too.

 

 

What 9/11 mewsic stirs your heart today?

 

Reflecting on 9/11 always stirs my heart. None of we will be the same after that day 16-years ago and I don’t think we will never forget the horrors. Honestly, I hope we never do because if we do then this sort of thing will happen again.  Thankfully, we showed the wicked that we can Rise Up To Never Stay Down! Please take time to say a prayer for our nation, our world, and its people. Ask for God’s protection against further terrorist attacks here and abroad.

I’ll see you tomorrow with Cathy Chats – Take That. May God bless America!

 

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7 Peaches for Herb #music

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! Normally, I do not post on the weekends. This is my time away from Blogosphere but I can’t seem to find a good slot for this morning mewsic inspiration. You see, Michele got the wheels in my head turning when she shared “Shake Your Groovy Thing” by Peaches & Herb in last month’s impressive 4M Dance Moves post. She pointed out the female lead was Peaches #3. I had no idea there was more than one but Wikipedia says there were 7 Peaches over the years giving Herb Fame (birth name Herbert Feemster) a whole orchard!

Join me now for a look at the many female leads from the Peaches & Herb duet with 7 Peaches for Herb!

 

 

Herbert Feemster (Herb Fame) is the constant in the Peaches & Herb R&B duo, a singing career starting in 1966 with recorder producer Van McCoy.   Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker also recorded with the same producer. McCoy put the two together on “We’re In This Thing Together“. It didn’t do much for months until a St. Louis DJ intro the B-side in December of that year, “Let’s Fall In Love”.

 

 

The union of Feemster/Barker soon christened, Peaches & Herb, became known as the Sweethearts of Soul, achieving a successful recording career with hits like the one above along with Close Your Eyes, For Your Love, & Love Is Strange. After two years of rigorous touring, Peaches semi-retired allowing Marlene Mack (a.k.a Marlene Jenkins or Marlina Mars) to step in her shoes in 1968.

I wanted to include a photo of PEACHES #2 Marlene Mack but you know how difficult it is when folks don’t tag pictures properly. You search one thing and get something esle. Anywho, this is a bit confusing but the way I understand Wikipedia, Mack replaced Barker on stage but the original Peaches remained for all the duo’s recordings.  Can anyone tell me if the Peaches in this YouTube vid is Mack or Barker?

 

August 13th was the originial Peaches’s 13th anniversary of her passing. She was 58. I found one source claiming the singer was in a coma for 10 years and died from an aneuyrsm.

Fame retired the Peaches & Herb act in 1970. He entered the police academy in Washington, DC and then joined the DC police force after completing his training. The act remained dormant until the mid-70s before Fame returned to showbiz. Needing a new “Peaches”, he asked Van McCoy advice who suggested, Linda Greene as the other half of the group in 1976.

 

This is the Peaches & Herb’s duo I listened to in my teen years.

 

Their union as Peaches & Herb was the most successful pairing to date and the ones I remember. Linda & Herb hit the charts with these songs, We’re Still Together with Van McCoy, and then under a new recording studio and management, the album 2 Hot went gold with the first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing” ranking #5 Billboard Hot 100, and the second single “Reunited” went triple platinum.

 

After Greene resigned as Peaches, returning to family life beside her husband, Stephan Tavani, they recorded three gospel albums and set up the charity WOW (Winning Our World).

 

Once again, Herb returns to the workforce in 1986 but this time working in the US Marshals Services as a deputized court security officer for US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Fame revived the Peaches & Herb routine in 1990 with Philadelphia singer, Patrice Hawthorne. They performed infrequently for concerts and never recorded together.  I did find two YouTube clips featuring the new duet. The first with Patrice & Herb singing “Reunited” for The Jenny Jones show and another where they were practicing for a comeback.

 

Although a comeback never happened, Patrice who never left her regular gig as bandleader CTO Soho orchestra.

 

Miriamm Wright (Tradução) singer, songwriter, and breast cancer activists became Fame newest duet partner. She started touring and soon introduced as the fifth Peaches on PBS Rhythm, Love, & Soul fundraising special in 2002.

They had good stage chemistry. PBS invited the new duo back another special but the duet never recorded together. Here they are singing Peaches & Herb’s triple platinum hit, “Reunited“!

Wanda Makle did weekend performances as Peaches #6 with Herb Fame. They had plans to do a recording together in 2008 but the bottom fell through and their partnership dissolved.

This is a YouTube screen grab of Fame and who I think may be Wanda Makle. The quality isn’t great but I’m having a devil of time pieces faces with the lesser known “Peaches” names to me. Please feel free to correct me or to share pix in comments!

Sadly, I could not find a YouTube clip that credits Wanda Makle as “Peaches” but I stumbled on reference to a live performance of “Reunited” in Dupont (2012). If you clicked the link, then you’ll find the duo doing other hits of the site’s right side menu. I think this “Peaches” is Makle. Do you know?

Makle got dropped. Meritxell Negre, the first non-black female lead for Peaches & Herb, from Barcelona Spain became “Peaches” number 7.

Together the duet recorded the first Peaches & Herb album since 1983 with Colors of Love (2009).

 

An interesting tidbit is Fame tours once again with Makle. Piecing facts together from various sources about people I don’t know intimately is a bit tricky and I welcome more info, corrections, or other feedback.

I applaud you for hanging with me through the end and I hope you enjoyed your time engulfed in this looong mewsical post. It was a joy to research 7 Peaches for Herb and while I busied myself with this another blogger friend sparked a curious flame for a different mewsic post which I plan to bring to you ASAP.

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  • Which Peaches & Herb pair do you remember best?
  • Do you like peaches?
  • What’s your favorite peach dessert?
  • Who are some of your favorite male/female groups?

Thanks for including me in your weekend! I will respond and do return visits as quickly as possible. I hope you have a peachy day and please don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me in “Remembering 9/11“.

 

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US National Cycling Championship #photos

It’s September and summer is just about gone. The weather is pleasantly nice. I guess we have Harvey to thank for the cooler temps. Something good always comes out of the bad I always say and this is proof. This is my first Friday post in a long time. This summer I slacked way off in Blogosphere to the point you’d think I wasn’t around but I was. Mostly tending to the huge blog clean up repairing or deleting broken files, and other issues with my site.  Photo ops were few and far between but I looked for them every chance I could. In June, Knoxville hosted the US National Cycling Championship. The winner from this competition represented the US at Tour de France or at least I believe that’s what I read. I failed to keep up that but anywho here are my Nikon moments!

In downtown Knoxville banners like this hung on street posts. I shot through the windshield to get this picture.

Like so much of what’s going on in our life lately, we did not plan to go downtown to see if we could watch the bicyclists. It just happened. In fact, we were heading to the Super Wal-Mart to do our shopping when DH suggested the side trip to try to get a glimpse of action.

This is in the Old City. I didn’t know how long it would take the cyclists to get back to this point, so I snapped this photo and waited. We were just about to leave when we heard some commotion. A positive sign the bicyclists were approaching.

 

As they approached, I climbed up on a bench to see over the crowd and to capture the moment. Cowbells and whoops greeted the cyclists. I felt happy for the racers as they rushed by the crowd.

We hung around for just a few mintues before deciding to look for a better advantage point to see the racers better and boy am I glad that we did!

My first attempt to catch the action. I wasn’t completely happy with how this went so we hung around for them come around again.

The first time I had my lens zoomed in too much, so I pulled back a bit to not only get that wide angel sense but when the cyclist went by me the action was very visible and that’s what I wanted!

There were a lot of vehicles following behind the cyclists. This is only a small sample but there they go and so being satisfied with the thrill a possible a once in life time shot to see such a competition, we headed on our way to tend to our errands.  It really was exciting, though.

 

I’m sharing my Nikon experience with other global shutter-bugs joining the Skywatch Friday linky party!

 

This summer as I mentioned, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my blog and while going through my “Drafts” folder I found this vintage video that made me smile. Hopefully, it’ll make you smile, too!

 

 

I’m back with Annie and Ellen playing along in their Friday Fun!

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1. September bucket things-to-do list (I don’t have a “bucket list”. So, I changed this to “things-to-do list” instead.):  1. Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies or both 2. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate loaded with lots of marshmallows.

2. If I came with a warning label, it would say “once home with you, can’t return, lose, or shake. I’m yours until the end of days – yours or mine, which ever comes first”. This is something DH discovered too late. lol

3. Truth be told, I’m really glad summer is coming to an end even though I tried my best to live in the moment and not wish my days away but I hate the heat! I’m really loving the cooler temperatures brought on by the hurricane season but feel horrible for anyone affected by Harvey and now Irma. Saying prayers for everyone in these areas. God bless!!

4. I would rather do something creative – blog, photography, photo-edit, sketch, … than do house chores. What’s the fun it that?

 

In closing, I want to ask everyone to say prayers for those affected by hurricane Irma. Some are going to get hit hard…really hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be safe and God bless!

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for now. You’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Remembering 9/11” mewsic theme on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

 

 

Have a laughtastic weekend!

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