Tag Archives: alphabe-thursday

#a2zchallenge Under the Milky Way & Stars on T?T

The past two days I was a bit unhinged with back-to-back doctor appointments. One visit I knew about weeks in advanced, but then my GI told me I needed to have a chest X-ray and TB skin test done each year with the medicine I am on.

Yesterday morning I called my Internal Medicine doctor to set this up. Stunned to learn 2009 was the last time I was in for a yearly. I decided to schedule a complete checkup with Dr.L. Where does the time go?  I had anticipated I would have to wait weeks to get in, but luckily there was an opening in the afternoon.

This appointment required fasting. From early morning til after my visit, I didn’t eat anything and only could drink water. I managed to squeeze in a 2-hour ride on my bike and shower before leaving. Then after my doctor’s visit, I had to do grocery shopping. Saying I was busy is a slight understatement. Phew! There is no reason for uneasiness, though. All is well! These were annual checkups that I needed to get out-of-the-way. *sigh of relief* Now, I can relax with no pending doctor visits in my immediate future, other than with my GYN, with summer approaching.

Unfortunately, my untimely routine change yesterday through my blog posting off. So, at the risk of utterly falling to pieces for the  A-Z Challenge, I have breathed new life into a past post. This morning’s alphabet prompt with the letter…Ufor Under the Milky Way and Stars!

What’s on your mind this Thursday? That’s simple….I have music on my mind. Ultimately music fills my senses in an uplifting spiral of all things good, especially if the music is….

As a kid, I remember gazing up into the nightly sky and seeing distant sights of beauty like the ones above. I wonder what was beyond the Milky Way, was it the gateway to another world?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” ~ Psalms 19:1

In the Disney children’s classic, The Lion King, Mufasa and Simba talk under the stars.

“…Simba..Let me tell you something that my father told me….Look at the stars, the great kings of the past look down on us from those stars..”


“..yes..so whenever you feel alone, just remember, that those kings will always be there to guide you….and so will I.”


Mufasa’s sentiments gives comfort, but as a child of the One true King then I know only He watches from afar over His own and not pass earthly Kings. I think this writeup compliments  Our Universe post from 2012. Feel free to re-read or read it for the first time today.

This image does not belong to me. I borrowed it from Google & added the Bible verse.

1. When was the last time you looked at the night sky?

2. Do you take part in witnessing first hand special heavenly events such as Comet ISON?

Join my NO-RULE Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

Visit a few of my Thursday link up buds. Have a good day!


Thursday ?s & Thoughts: Signs of spring

At 12:47pm, the Vernal Equinox (aka Spring ) 2014 will usher in and Old Man Winter gets booted out. At least, we hope so. With the increased daylight and warm temperatures returning to many regions around the country many of us want to skip the spring cleaning and head outdoors. I, for one am all for that.

Instead, I want to talk about signs of spring.

Signs of spring

daffodils in bloom

This past Sunday, we enjoyed spring-like weather on a fun outing. I took the above picture at The Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Maryville, Tennessee. This isn’t want I am going to talk about today, you can hook up next week for Wordless Wednesday to see more photos from our visit.

  1. What are the first signs that you see each year that makes you think spring?  The first evidence I notice that its spring regardless of what the calendar says are daffodils in bloom.
  2. What smells or sounds do you associate with spring? Bed sheets dried outdoors and birds happily chirping make me think of spring. Sadly, we do not have a clothes line to get that fresh line-dried scent but listening to the sound of birds is a welcome musci to my ears.

According to the Weather Channel app on my phone it shows a promising forecast for us.

WCforecastphotoHow does your first day of spring’s weather look where you live?

Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

I am taking the easy approach this morning in sharing with you two of my favorite “R” posts written for the Alphabe-Thursday classroom.

Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It

Thursday Thoughts ~ a peek at our morning

This is what I woke up to this morning!


It may not be the storm of the century but this is the first significant snowfall Knoxville has gotten in many years. DH measured the fluff while clearing off his car before going to work late this morning. In our part of town, we received 7′ of wet, heavy snow.

The snow began falling in Knoxville yesterday mid-day and by 2pm it was falling quite heavily. By the time DH got home, the heavy wet snow was clinging to tree branches, bushes, and every blade grass.
It was no time after DH arrived the temperature dropped quickly to freezing and that’s when the fun began. We got 3-4″ of snow in a matter of few hours, blanketing everything in sight. The interstate, which had been pre-treated two days before the storm was in trouble.
Knoxville is full of idiot drivers without a lick of good judgement when it comes to driving under precarious circumstances. Have you ever noticed how people with 4-wheel drive vehicles have a false sense of security? They think that they or their vehicles are impervious to injury? They make up part of that idiot driver group, but the rest of the cache under-estimate their skills or lack of skills when pushed to the limits under tricky driving conditions.
We snuggled comfortably in our living room, as near blizzard-like conditions raged outside our window.Those who were not so lucky found themselves trying to get home. The careful and skillful drivers mingled with the I’m invincible idiot drivers experienced slippery roadways everywhere. Some manage to avoid other drivers, guard rails, and street lamps while others weren’t so fortunate.

Our heavenly Father kept His hand upon our children traveling to their homes last night, giving charge to each one’s guardian angel to keep them from harm. I give Him thanks for His goodness toward those I love dearly.
The forecast promises the cloudy morning sky will clear later in the day with a high of 41°. DH got to work okay this morning. He said our driveway is slippery, but our street is ok. However, some of the other neighboring streets were rough forcing him to take a different route from our subdivision to the main highway.

My concerns are on tonight’s conditions, as our children come home from work on melted snow that possibly turns into black ice after the sun goes down. I won’t worry instead I will continue to trust in God to protect my children.


Incidentally, Thursday Thoughts will be changing. Self Sagacity and I have decided to venture together to roll both memes into one brand new hop. This will be mutually beneficial and an adventure that excites us. I hope you share in the excitement, too!

For now, here are my T2Q are:


1. What do you want for Valentine’s Day? Honestly, there isn’t anything that I want other than to spend time with DH. Yeah, I know that’s very sappy.  

2. What will you give to your spouse (bf/gf), children, or friends for V-Day? Now that the children are gone, neither of us do anything for them. However, I still do simple little things for DH. I made him a one-of-a-kind hand-stamped card and I plan to tuck inside the card a copy of the poem I wrote for him. You can read it here if you want. Also, I will give him a small 4-piece box of chocolates. I wanted to make cinnamon buns for him but said he wanted to lose some weight and asked that I not make them just yet. So…that will have to wait.


Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts hop by linking up HERE with Self Sagacity and be sure to watch for the blog switch up to take place soon!

Here are a few past “M” home-work assignments from Miss Jenny’s classroom on Alphabe-Thursday:

Power of Music
I’ve got the music
Malware is Malicious
Thursday Thoughts: Muscles, 10 Things to Smile About, Water, & Nip/Tuck


Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It


Thursday Thoughts: Lists – 10 Guilty Pleasures

Last night, I colored my hair for the first time in more than 3-years. I used John Frieda medium natural blonde 8N. The fumes from the product weren’t too overpowering, as in the past with other brands. I don’t know, if this is normal for John Frieda or the industry wide has changed since my last coloring. I say kudos to John Frieda on this point.

 Unfortunately, the results, as usual was not what I hoped for. With the help of DH, we always look at the little swatches on the hair dye boxes to try to match up my hair to the best possible choice. Every time my hair turns out a little too red and sometimes a lot too red. *sigh* If that isn’t bad enough, I can still see the gray!

 I’m good, I’m good. I have decided to try again in a month. I will keep with the John Frieda line, but this time I am going with a slightly darker shade with the hopes of winding up with the color closest to my natural shade. I’ll report back on this next month.

 ** This is NOT a plug for John Frieda hair dye products. I, personally, bought this product and wanted to share my experience with you. **

What’s on your mind this Thursday?

Lately, I find myself shuffling through my photo archives to share. Photography gives me much joy. I accept that I am not a great photographer. The fun that I have capturing what my eye sees through the lens or hoping that I do makes me very happy. What imagination or skill or both that I lack I try to make up by using photo editing. Yeah, I cheat! But, that’s the beauty with digital photography it makes those not-so-perfect shots better and trust me, some of mine really need it.

Looky-Looky, here’s an example of a poor photo I took a year ago this month.

Image captured with my big girl camera, Nikon D7000

Granted I was still learning how to use my big girl camera and darn it if the LED screen is a little misleading on how the picture actually looks. Again…learning curve. Anyway, I took several shots of the barn and after uploading them to my computer, they all looked washed out as this once. I could have deleted them, but instead I thought, “I’ll keep them and play around with my photo editing options.” That being said, here is the result using the above image.


What did I do? I simply adjusted the exposure down, which eliminated that too washed out look and bringing the image colors more. However, it was obvious I edited the picture. I converted the image to B&W adjusting the grayscale to a preset in Fotor called “Going Back” turning a not-so-perfect photo into a more appealing photo. What do you think?

It’s time to get class. Wanna join me? Miss Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday assignment today is the letter “L“… as in Lists! To help keep things straight in my life, I depend on lists – grocery list, to-do list, Christmas card list, …. Every week, I link up with a fun meme called Monday’s Listicles. Yep, it’s hop where you are given a prompt to create list. I know you’re going to want to read this week’s list, 10 guilty Pleasures!

1. What is your #1 guilty pleasure?

 2. How many lists do you keep up with each week & what are they?



Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It






Thursday Thoughts: Ka-bump! Gulf moisture meets bitter cold temps

This morning,  I woke to a killer headache. It came on during the wee hours of Wednesday morning and hasn’t eased up. Other than my headache, what’s on my mind this Thursday?

Everyone along the eastern seaboard felt Mother Nature’s wrath on Tuesday. Our forecast was calling for a 30% chance of flurries. That doesn’t hold a lot of promise for things getting bad in the Tennessee Valley but our meteorologist failed us.

Tuesday morning flurries took a surprising turn for the worse. The Gulf moisture went ka-bump with the bitter cold temperatures, freezing roadways and dumping roughly 6″ on us by the time things wound down late Tuesday night.

Travel during the day on Tuesday was treacherous for motorists, but most drove like they were oblivious to possible accidents that awaited. DH met tricky patches on his journey home that fooled him at times. He reported coming across wet areas on the road and then he would hit a stretch of ice. The main highways didn’t seem to be treated like past forecast storm systems dictated. Of course, roads leading to residential communities were a mess. DH took the best path home with fewest hills as possible, but occasionally the car slid. Driving under these circumstances  takes knowing when to gun or back off the pedal to maneuver a hill. It is really nerve wrecking. I was happy when DH walked through the front door.

DD#2 wasn’t so fortunate. On her way to work, she hit some ice and wound up in a ditch. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt and was able to walk the short distance to her job. At the time of her accident, AAA told her that they couldn’t get her vehicle out because they couldn’t anchor their truck on the slick surface. Relieved from work sometime during the evening, she got her car pulled out of the ditch and was able to drive it home. The car appeared okay, but she may have a mechanic to look it over. Needless to say, Knoxville had many wrecks reported around the city and this means ker-ching, ker-ching for local tow truck services.

  1. Where you affected any by Tuesday’s storm? If so, how much snow did you receive and what was your Wednesday morning low? Wednesday morning, DH got up to check on the conditions our thermometer read 1°. The weatherman was calling for 9°. How is that they missed this?
  2. What did you do on Tuesday/Wednesday – worked or stayed home? Tuesday wasn’t as much of an issue for us as it was Wednesday. When DH got up to check on the road conditions at 8am, our street was completely covered over. With all the hills leading out of our neighborhood to the main road it wasn’t worth taking a chance to venture out in that mess. So, he stayed home with me. We slept in till 10am, which was really nice.

Past letter ‘K’ posts for Alphabe-Thursday:

The Kiss

I am not adding my Thursday Thoughts linky party since I don’t get too many people to join. What do you think, should I continue to include the link up or not?

Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It




Thursday Thoughts: Jumbled mess jammed pack jelly-free donut post

This week has been a jumbled up mess with the MLK holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I loved having the long weekend with DH, but at the same time it  threw my schedule off. *sigh* Oh well…today I will jump through hoops to join a few of my daily memes into one jammed pack post.

Let’s jolt awake this morning, so grab a cup…here’s the morning joe…and did you bring the jelly donuts? You didn’t! Oh well, we’ll have to rough this Thursday Thoughts’ chat!

For my Tuesday Talk Time session…a long time coming opportunity made itself available. I I have wanted to capture raindrops on anything. After last week’s heavy thunderstorms a small prickly bush provided the perfect chance for me to seize such a shot with my iPhone.

Raindrops in the morn

The camera in my iPhone5s is kinda impressive, is it not? Just look at the detail of each raindrop! I am all smiles now and can’t wait to get other similar shots. Interestingly, after I snapped the first picture I spotted this…


It was odd to find this splash of color near the prickly bush on the edge of our driveway.  I guess one of the kids in the neighborhood went wild, shooting  the ball out of control landing it precisely in this spot for me to find. There it laid, lost, and ready for me to photograph.

The next several days forecast is calling for cold weather. I thought it would be great to make a kettle of soup, to knock the winter chill off.  I took the best ideas from two recipes and came up with my version.

Split Pea & Ham
6-cups of water
2-cups of chicken broth
1-pound of split peas
2-med potatoes, diced
3-carrots, sliced
1-cup of diced sweet yellow onions
1-pound of ham, cubed
½-tsp. oregano
1 ½ tsp. salt
1-tsp. black pepper
¼ – tsp. garlic powder
In 8-quart stockpot add all ingredients over medium heat, bring to a boil and then simmer. Cook until peas and veggies are tender, about 1½ hours. I kept lid loosely on pot, as it tended to boil over when seated securely.
Be sure to make a fresh pan of cornbread to go with this recipe. The two go well together!

Like I said in the beginning, my schedule is off. Since, I did not get to hook up with my fellow blogger buds on Tuesday, then why not follow me to Les’s place at Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat. Hey, we need a java chat break every day of the week, don’t you think? Yeah, even if there are no jelly donuts.

This week’s prompt is to complete the following…

“I would like to see ____________ trend disappear in 2014.”

I think I’m a hermit sometimes. My knowledge of what is in and what is out doesn’t apply. But, one thing I would love to see disappear forever is the dirty hair look. I know this isn’t what most people are striving for but every time I see someone who uses a hair straightening iron then their hair appears stringy and filthy. How can anyone think that looks good? This is a style many women of all ages sport and even some men. There are a few local anchor hosts wearing their hair like this and I am like, “Hello, hasn’t anyone told you that looks awful?”

There are a few other things I would love to see disappear this year. I wouldn’t call them trends, though. One is profanity. Cursing seems to be a second language and I truly feel that it degrades the person’s image. I hate to hear swear words every other word in someone’s dialogue. The worse offender of all, in my opinion, is the F-word. I would love to see it removed from people’s vocabulary.


Maybe, Patrice will have some jelly donuts. Let’s mosey over to Chats on the farmhouse porch to see what this week’s discussions are!
 Everyday Ruralty
1. How many seed catalogs have arrived at you home?I can only remember one crossing my hand since the New Year. 

2.  Will you be learning to do something new this year? Nope, I’m not planning on learning anything new. But, who knows what new lessons I might pick up.

3. How many pair of boot do you own?(This can include casual, dressy, hiking, farm, riding, snow, or any other kind of boot.)Only one pair of cowgirl boots & a pair of hiking boots.

4. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are decorations in the stores. Do you have anything planned for Valentine’s Day? The only thing I have planned is to make DH a hand-stamped card and home-made cinnamon rolls, since I didn’t get to make them at Christmas like I wanted.

5. Please tell me your favorite breeds of dogs. If you don’t like dogs, tell me something about a favorite animal. (Please. 🙂Maybe… a labrador, especially a labrador puppy. They are just so cute! That’s one of my favorite things about getting the LL Bean catalog is that they always use labrador puppies in their catalog layouts.
Join Miss Jenny in the classroom with today’s assigned alpha-prompt, the letter “J”. I’m taking a short cut in sharing some past “J” contributions with Jingles and Jumping Jehoshaphat.

Jenny Matlock

Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:
  1. What is your favorite cup of java? (regular, latte, cappuccino, Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border=espresso, or whatever)
  2. Do you like jelly donuts? If so, what kind and are they coated with sugar-glazed or powdered sugar?







Thursday Thoughts: Idol, Itzy Bitzy Creatures, and iTunes

Images captured with Nikon D7000 from my driveway.

Ryan Seacrest is hosting the 13th season of American Idol, which returned to Fox last night with Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and new-to-Idol Harry Connick, Jr taking over Randy Jackson’s spot.

It’s too early to say with certainty, but I am not sure that I like the new format of the program. The show isn’t highlighting some of the truly horrible contestants, which can be really funny. I realize it’s not polite to laugh at someone else, but when you put yourself out there for the world to judge then you cannot expect anything less.

One thing I do like is there are not as many hostile, rejects mouthing off after being turned down by the judges or maybe the producer isn’t sharing these reactions with the audience. Whatever the reason is, I am happy I am not forced to see rude, ill behavior on national TV. The talent thus far seems a bit slim picking. In my opinion, as usual, the judges are putting people through who do not have what it takes to be the next American Idol.

Over the weekend, DH and I heard the distinctive sound of a mouse chewing on something. It’s inevitable that these itsy bitzy creatures of habit will make its move into our home during the winter. I have learned it’s not a question IF, but WHEN?

Systemically, we laid out several glue traps at the corners of the refrigerator. This has proven to be the best place to trap these furry intruders with a 99.999% non-fail rate. Yesterday I began to doubt that there was a mouse in our house until this morning….when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the suspect (or at least one of) now fastened to the glue board. Prompting my not so rational minds to swiftly launch an attack to make sure all itsy bitzy creatures are no longer an issue .

At times like this, I wish a herd of cats would move into our back yard to keep mice away. The problem with having a mouse in the house is that when you see one, there is always another. You have to be aggressive in handling these incidents. After I disposed of the itty, bitty, intimidating fur ball I replaced the glue traps with all fresh ones.

This morning, I am listening to iTunes radio The 56th Grammy Away – Best New Artist Nominees station. In November I discovered my stereo CD player didn’t work and DH made a small modification by adding cable to my receiver.

Now, I can stream internet music through my receiver and out my stereo speakers. You can learn how DH did this here if you’re interested. The incredible thing about this all is by using iTunes, I have an unlimited music source for my listening pleasure. I can stretch my horizon through new songs every day. That makes me very, very happy!

1. Did you watch AI? If so, what did you think?
2. What is your favorite song(s) at the moment?
Allow me to invite you to join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

Jenny MatlockThursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border=Mama’s Losin’ It