Memories of Thanksgiving – My Childhood #tbt

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! Thanksgiving is only weeks away. I thought I’d share a new series “Memories of Thanksgiving “. Today, I’m walking through the years of long ago past to my childhood!

In my early childhood years most events pass through my memory as snapshots and sensations. My maternal grandparents hosted a big feast in their tiny home nestled in the hills of southern West Virginia.  The house buzzed with activity, mostly grandma working on the meal. We often were the first to show since we lived nearby but soon others filed in and the kitchen filled with more help.

In the fun madness of it all, often times I escaped to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The ginormous balloons always fascinated me and naturally I loved seeing Santa concluding the grandeur.

 

 

After I got bored with TV, I often wondered back into the kitchen to watch the activity. Grandma peeked in on the turkey every little bit basting the bird with the steamy juices it nestled in while green beans from summer’s harvest flavored with bacon and new potatoes boiled as more pots simmered and spat on the stove top, and home-made rolls sat covered to grow before going into the oven. But… my favorite was the desserts! Cakes. Pies. Oh my, lining the countertops! I remember grandma warning me to keep my fingers out of the sweets, as if I would do such a thing. *snicker-snicker* Often her words fell on deaf ears but she definitely had my number!

The meal spread across the dinner table seemed immense to a small child and often times my eyes were bigger than my belly. I ate more than I should, which really wasn’t a lot, and became extremely sleepy after eating. No doubt, I found my way to the living room to curl upon the sofa for a little Cathy nap so I could dive into all those tasty desserts after the women cleaned up!

 

 
 

Did you spend Thanksgiving with your grandparents? What did you like best about the holiday as a child? What’s was  your favorite or most memorable dish or dessert?

Tidbits for your enjoyment…

The Story Behind “Over the Mountains and Through the Wood”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

After this week, I am going to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. Life gets to hectic with the holidays and I want to enjoy all things instead of feeling pushed, so if I blog then fine and if not just know all is well. If you don’t want to miss the latest mews then sign up for to get email notification of my latest posts. 😉

That’s all for now but you’re invited to join me tomorrow for another edition of Friday Fun Stuff!

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Another Countryside Barn #WW, #BoTB, & #Hodgepode Q&A

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This post is gonna be jammed pack since three memes collide this time but hockey smoke, can you believe it’s a brand new month so soon? Not me! The year is goin’ up in a puff of smoke!

For the last several weeks I’ve shared photographs of barns. This will conclude my series with another countryside barn.

I snapped this along a rural stretch of road in Lafollette, Tennessee north of Knoxville on a Sunday afternoon drive. In keeping with my series I used the original to create new photo-artwork using the following apps.

 

Waterlogue

Brushstroke

DistressedFX

The later two images I really like because it captures the essence of late fall and perhaps are my preferred apps to create photo-art. Do you like one more than the other?

 



 

Ooooh…BING! battle song inspiration on a platter! How many of y’all remember Polly Brown’s 1974 hit Up In A Puff Of Smoke? If not, allow me to refresh your memory….

This is my featured song for this “Battle of the Bands” (BoTB) showdown. If you’re new to this meme, here’s how it works. I will share two versions of the same song (the original artist, Polly Brown in this round, is NOT an eligible candidate for the showdown, please do not vote on hers as it won’t get counted) and ask you to vote (in comments) for the best singer/band song cover. There’s no wrong vote, except a no-vote so please weigh in and enjoy the fun.

Contender #1 The Rubinoos

 

 

 

Contender #2 Boyz

 

 

BoTB used to be a twice per month meme but since July many participants have cut to playing just once a month.  Stephen (click icon below) lists the most updated players on his site and you’re invited to check it out. Mark your calendar to check back next week this time as I will share my pick and the outcome of this battle!

 

 

 

 

 

My last mix-in for today is Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce. It’s a fun mid-week Q&A session and it’s a great way for you to get to know me better, as well as for me to get to know those playing along.  Here are my responses.

1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?  In yesterday’s post My Memorable Halloween, I shared several old photos of my children from Halloweens past. You might like it. The only decorating I do for Halloween is to set out my Peanuts collection, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  No picking or carving pumpkins. We haven’t done that in years.  No trick or treaters expected. In fact, we discourage them by keeping the porch light off. No costume or part. I have made costumes in the past for the kids but nothing in years. Yep, I made home-made caramels and caramel corn. The only leftover candy we’ll have is what we bought and hopefully it won’t be gone any time soon.

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate. I don’t know if I’d say I’m waiting for it but you might, I’m waiting for the upcoming holidays.  I look forward to the season of Thanksgiving. Cooking and baking are enjoyable creative outlets but I don’t do anything super ordinary. I keep a traditional menu. It’s just a lot of fun for me.

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.  Maybe, a little bit of each.  I tend to keep to myself when in public and am aprehensive when a stranger speaks.  Who couldn’t use a little more bravery or creativity? I reckon athletic abilities don’t interest me. I’m athletic enough for the things I do, although I certainly could stand be more in shape.

4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?  Most home repairs, we prefer doing them if we can.  I’m not sure when the last paint job was done but every room needs painting badly and my first project is the kitchen.  I don’t care a great deal about wallpaper.

5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?  This is hard to say. I am gratiful for everything but I think the one thing I’m gratiful a little more than usual is my wonderful husband.  We learned about some dear friends who separated and is getting a divorce. I didn’t see this coming and they were the last people I’d think that this could happen to, too.  I’m thankful to have a truly loyal husband who is also my best friend. I am blessed!

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I decided sporadically that I need to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. I’m not sure how much I want to do between now and January but I think it’s necessary. Anytime I see what I’m doing as a chore then the fun is gone. I don’t want to add unneeded pressures to my schedule with the holidays coming or blogging life. Bloggers are dropping out of cyberspace like flies. Luckily many of those I started down this path with are still blogging and I think they are like me, they still find joy in doing it. I just found my way back to the Hodgepodge, so I will try to keep going. I do suggest if you’re new-to-me or if just want to find your way back here easily, then please join my email subscription to get instant notification of my latest mews. 

 

Thanks for joining the mid-week fun. I hope you’ll step back into time with me tomorrow with Throw Back Thursday. Have a good day!

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My most memorable Halloween

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iPhone8 capture at recent Home Depot trip manipulated in Pixelmator, cropping unwanted part and adding two separate backgrounds as layers using a spooky forest and rolling fog images borrowed from the net

Good-morning, Ghouls & Boos!  Technically, there’s one more day but this is the Tuesday in October and so another month bites the dust! Last week, I suggested talking about our most memorable Halloween or what your plans are for Halloween?

I reckon my most memorable Halloween was when I dressed as the Queen of the Nile which I talked a little about in a recent Throwback Thursday edition. My cobbled childhood memories blur together, so I thought I’d share some fun captures of my kiddies from their early days.

Halloween 1988 Count Daddicula & Baby Bunny DD#1 at a Sunday School party. This little bunny got passed around quite a bit that night.

 

Halloween 1990, no thrills just plain ole pops (but he’s my Super Hero always) with Baby Bunny DD#2

 

Halloween 1994 a little Lion King DS with Proud Papa

Halloween wasn’t a big production here but we did enjoy some of the fun. We made a special drive across town nearly every year so the kids could trick or treat at their uncle and auntie’s home (our only close relatives in town). It was as much of treat for them as it was for them.

Halloween 1992 DD#1 as Tinkerbell and DD#2 as Wendy trick or treating at uncle & auntie’s doorstep. I made their costumes without a pattern. They turned out cute but it was hard. Hopefully, they have fond memories wearing something mommy made by hand.

Hey, It’s Okay to look back on photos at these ahh moments when a kiddo is looking particularly cute. Just look at DD#2’s face! It’s like she’s saying, “Did you say something Mommy?”

 

Halloween 1996 (originally shared this photo sex years ago in a Wayback Wednesday segment that I didn’t notice until now) Three little Indians, heading home from trick or treating at uncle & auntie’s house. DS is wearing his dad’s Indian headdress. His parents got it for him in Cherokee North Carolina when he was a youngster. One little Indian had too much trick or treating!

Hey, It’s Okay to catch a nap in the car. It’s good for the body and mind! I nod off often, especially after an all day out. I get tired easily!

We took them to a few homes in our neighborhood and they usually got more candy than they needed but never quite enough for a kid. Of course, we bought lots of candy which they had a generous amount of and I always made home-made goodies – caramel apples, popcorn balls, and/ or caramel corn. I still make home-made caramels for dipping apple slicing and caramel corn. 😉

 

Halloween 1997 – A family tradition was to carve “Happy” jack-o-lantern. DD#2, a Beauty Queen, DS – Pooh Bear, & DD#1 an Arabian Princess. The Halloween bag in her lap belonged to her daddy. All three kids used it at one point over the years.

It was traditional to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  DD#1 always cried when Snoopy broke in tears. I’ll never forget the first time she watched it. It was so cute and yet it pulled at my heart. All I kept thinking was what a tender heart child and she’s still very much the same.

Halloween 1998 – DD#2 a Southern Belle, DS a cowboy (the cowboy hat & shirt are from DH’s boyhood), and DD#1 a Snowflake Princess. I hand painted designs on their cheeks.

Hey, It’s Okay to once a year junk out big time until you’re so sick you think you’re going to be sick because only then you can stare the candy pile down without temptation to eat another bite.

On the weekend before or proceeding Halloween, we had a little party where we stayed up late watching movies usually Halloween theme flicks such as Ghostbusters, Young Frankenstein, and such.  We didn’t watch any gruesome flicks. I guess the scariest ones we ever watched was Ghost Ship and The Ring. The later was way too creepy for me.

The focus primarily was spent on the fun of dressing up and having lots of candy. Although, I’m sure by the time they got old enough they wished they could get creepy looking but I wouldn’t have any of that because there is just too much real scary in the world. I think they had a good time and I know that we did. Their childhood went much too quickly to suit me but we have some wonderful memories for a life time and I hope they look back on with fondness, too.

 

This will be the last Halloween DD#2 spends in Knoxville. She and DSIL will head to Portland Maine this weekend to begin their new life.  This is definitely a bittersweet moment for us.  We’re happy for them but sad to see them go. So, I’m sharing another Maine mewsician discovery, as I present you the American psych sound of Arborea!

 

 

 

 

 

After this week, I am going to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. Life gets to hectic with the holidays and I want to enjoy all things instead of feeling pushed, so if I blog then fine and if not just know all is well. If you don’t want to miss the latest mews then sign up for to get email notification of my latest posts. 😉

I’m linking up taking a coffee break with Stacy, Les, and Amber this morning and you’re invited to come with and let me remind you to visit again tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

 

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A not-so Spooky Halloween

 

 

Good morning, Ghouls and Boos! What a spooktacular way to begin the week to find your haunting around my blog! Are you ready to rattle your bones?  Our theme this week is “Halloween” but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Colette, and little ole me!

Alice Cooper does creepy VERY well. He’s an entertainer and his fans want a show. Let me say I am not an authority on heavy rock bands. Today’s inspiration is a spin-off of a broader idea but for now I’m going to share some ballads, a few I know but most are new-to-me in this A Not-So-Spooky Alice playlist. Enjoy the mewsic!

 

  1. Only Women Bleed” from Welcome To My Nightmare album comes one of Cooper’s biggest hits, ranking #1 (Canadian charts) and #12 in the US in 1975. Like many, I thought the song was about a woman’s menstral cycle but it’s actually is about a woman in an abusive marriage. I’m not sure what spurred Cooper and Wagner to write the ballad. I can only hope it was bring more awarness to domestic violence. Regardless the reasons or what the song is about, I think the melody is gentle.
  2. You and Me” Cooper’s lead single from his 1977 album, Lace and Whiskey reaching #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Cash Box Top 100 that summer. Cooper’s song did better in Canada (#3) and Australia (#2 ) making his song this the 13th biggest hit of ’77.
  3. It’s Me” from Cooper’s 1994 The Last Temptation album; reaching #34 in the UK.
  4. Only My Heart Talkin’” this power ballad is from Cooper’s 1989 album Trash. The song charted #89 in the US but peaked on the Australia’s chart at #47
  5. Burning Our Bed” is from Hey Stoopid 1991 album. The lyrics tell of guy who’s heart belongs to a lying woman but severes ties, burning bridges, calling it quits with their relationship
  6. How You Gonna See Me Now” Cooper co-wrote with Bernie Taupin (yeah, Elton’s co-lyrists) and Dick Wagner released from his 1979 album, From the Inside, charting #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This song tells the story of man anxious to get back with a lost loved now changed but worried how will she see him?
  7. Be With You Awhile” from 2003 album, The Eyes of Alice Cooper speaks of a man who wants to be with his gal doing the smallest or silliest things just so he can be with her.

 

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!



 

Are you a fan of heavy metal rock bands?

What ballads come to mind when you think of this genre?

Do you think some heavy metal groups are truly evil or is all an act?

What mewsic moves you today?

 

I invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiraiton/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

image source

Me: What do mummies like listening to on Halloween?
You: I don’t know.
Me: Wrap music!

If you liked the joke, you’ll find more Halloween jokes, here.

 

 

Okay, you’re next…make me laugh and what do you expect other than a joke about mewsic?  Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block and don’t forget to join me tomorrow for Cathy Chats!

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Friday Fun Stuff Halloween Sillies Edition #humor

Hello Ghouls and Boos! Today is all about Friday Sillies and I’m sharing with you some Halloween giggles!

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for now but I hope to see you on the dance floor for Halloween song picks on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me!

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

 

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