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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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We will never forget

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Thank you for joining me for Wordless Wednesday on the anniversary of 9/11. This memorial is in a Kentucky veterans cemetery near Fort Knox as a remembrance for those who perished 12 years ago. Like all memorials, it’s a symbol so that we will never forget and we shouldn’t.

How can we forget? I can not and do not want to forget. Many cannot even forgive, much less forget. Forgiveness is the first thing I did that day. I prayed for these cowardly, wicked people who waged war against innocent people.  However, if you haven’t found the same forgiveness in your heart, then I implore you to learn how to forgive for your emotional, physical,  and spiritual health. Moving forward is the only way to keep from living in the past. I do think we should never forget this day for fear history may repeat itself. The terrorist and socialists of this world need to be crush and we should never give room for these evil forces to control our lives. Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

The sky was crystal blue on that September morn, while I sat stunned in silence in my living room. It was horrible, but I knew sitting glued to the TV for eyes with tear filled eyes that Americas would not allow themselves to be pinned to the ground, cowering in fear. We would do what we do best – be strong and fight!

Have you thanked a service man or woman for protecting our nation, our way of life, our freedom? If not, then I encourage you to do this every chance you get. This is the least we can do. They deserve to know that we are grateful for them. God bless our troops around the world! God bless the families who lost loved ones, including my very own.

For a little inspiration, I would like to share my 9/11 poem I wrote last year called,  Rise Up to Never Stay Down.

 

Thanks for joining Mommy Time Out and me for another edition of  Wayback Wednesdays. To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

I hope you will make this a repeat visit to share in my musical memories and photo ops. Wanna make me happy? Leave a comment! 🙂 I’ll be hopping over to your little niche soon. Have a lovely Wordless (or not-so-wordless) Wednesday!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

Join me in a little mid-week fun with Joyce in Wednesday Hodgepodge! Every week, Joyce posts 8 questions for you to grab, answer, and share on your site. Today she’s asking these questions.


1.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?  The NFL is back in action along with all the college teams.  Are you a fan?  Who do you root for?  If you’re not a fan what do you do while the rest of America watches Saturday, Sunday, Monday night, and now Thursday night games?   

Yes, we’re NFL and Tennessee Vol fans (UT). We have a couple of professional football teams we enjoy watching and rooting for. It mainly depends on who’s playing who. We are huge fans of the Manning brothers, especially Peyton. In case you didn’t know he played at UT. After college, the Colts drafted him.  However, after being out all last season Indianapolis finally let Peyton go. This football season, he’s the star quarterback for Denver.  The Colts loss is now the Broncos gain! 

2. What’s something I’ll always find in your closet?  

Do you really want to know, Joyce? I’ll tell you what you’ll find – a disorganized mess! You have to keep in mind, our house is small quaint and everything gets stuffed away…in the closet.

3. Share one of your earliest memories. 

I’m assuming from childhood, right? That being the case, then I wrote about my earliest memory here just last month.

4. What circus act best describes your week so far?  

Clowns falling down. Do you know that feeling? Well, that’s me not only this week, but most weeks

5. What’s a food you disliked as a child but you love now?  

Wow, how can this be? Another question prompted from a post done last month. You can check it out here. Scroll down to the Mama Kat’s part of the post. 
 
6.  Describe your summer in three words.

Short, fast, gone!

7.  Where were you on September 11, 2001? Will you do anything special to mark the day this year? 

The first September after the year I began blogging, I wrote a post on 9/11/10 called Reflecting on 9/11. This year, I did the same, except I wrote a special poem called, Rise Up Never To Stay Down. I’m not a poet, but the words flowed effortlessly and I credit my inspiration from the One on high for inscribing these thoughts in my mind.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

This morning while making my usual mid-week rounds I learned Patrice at Chats on a Farmhouse Porch has temporary postponed things due to D3 getting thrown from a horse. The good news D3 is okay, but suffers from a mild concussion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Patrice. It sounds like hard heads run in the family given the horseback riding incidents you guys have faced over the years.

More mid-week posts:
Wordless Wednesday – Grist Mill at Cades Cove
Wayback Wednesdays – September Morn

Rise Up To Never Stay Down

Rise Up To Never Stay Down
 by: Cathy Kennedy
© September 11, 2012

 

Buildings fell down
Lives forever torn
The world forever stunned
A nation wept
That fatal September morn

 

 Dazed by surreality
 Our emotions reeled
Shattered lives tear filled eyes
Through the chaos we soared
Doing the unexpected
 It was not a chore.

 

 Race, religion, nor politics
Made no difference
 Standing shoulder-to-shoulder
 Like brother and sister
We helped one another)

 

Across this country
Along her borders
Far across the sea
Through prayers and thoughts
 Hearts and hands
Joined in unity

 

The Evil One did not win
Our Nation weakened?
She became a beacon
Hope, strength, endurance
To all who seek her

 

Courage and pride
That’s the American way
 Handed from our forefathers
To stand against our enemy
Pushing to rise up to never stay down

 

 

I wrote this poem in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to every American patriot who continues to live each day without reservation or hesitation in keeping the spirit of our ancestors breathing – protecting the Constitution, the freedom of her people, capitalization (the American Dream), …in short our life – the American way!

 

Our freedom is precious. This morning to celebrate my personal liberty, I’m going to do this over a cup of coffee while I visit my friends this Tuesday in Blogosphere.  Also, please sSay a prayer for those still healing even after all this time and let those you love know how you feel. Life is simply too short.

 

Have a good day & God bless America!

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