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Indian summer melts into autumn days with leaves falling down + #BoTB results

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic?  Our theme this week is songs about “Autumn” 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, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me!

 

First, let me make a quick announcement. Last week, I asked y’all to vote for your favorite artist covering Marvin Gaye’s hit, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in my #BoTB showdown between legendary R&B artist Ella Fitzgerald and country mewsic mogul, Ronnie Milsap. Both artists seemed like unlikely choices for this song but they were happy discoveries nonetheless doing a great job on each perspective cover. When I looked at each big name I thought I’d like Ella better than Ronnie and after I listened to them my opinion changed. I loved Milsap’s not-so-country rendition best stealing my vote!

The final tally…

Fitzgerald – 2
Milsap -6

 

 

 

This short Van Morrison playlist is made of new-to-me songs.

  1. Meet Me in the Indian Summer” describes our East Tennessee weather which certainly doesn’t feel a whole lot like fall. This song is from Morrison’s 2002  Down the Road album which positioned on the US album charts at #25 and in the UK #6, this single raked #112 in the UK.
  2. Golden Autumn Days” is from Morrison’s 1999 album, Back On Top. I often do not listen to the lyrics, mostly because my brain can’t follow along. I liked the melody but the song tells about a mugging on the street of Britain.
  3. When the Leaves Come Falling Down” is another track from Morrison’s Back On Top (UK “Album Chart” #11; USA “Billboard 200” #28) and is a beautiful ballad encompassing autumn’s beauty in the reflections of a love or at least this in my interruption of the song. What do you think?

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!


 

 

 

How’s autumn looking where you live, peak or past peak or way long gone?

Fill in the blank, my favorite fall activity is ____!

When was the last time you went on a hayride?

Do you like sitting around an open fire telling ghost stories, roasting marshmallows, or simply enjoy the company of friends/family over quiet conversation?

  What mewsic moves you today?

 

Before I scat, my blogger pal, McGuffy’s Reader has resurrected an old post series to prompt positive vibes for a sad world.

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This is what Annie says about “Sparks”…

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

I certainly agree with her. We do need to be a light for others to see their way through the storm. In keeping with my mewsic theme, I decided to share with you some of my favorite photos of my beautiful East Tennessee landscape. Hopefully these images will make you feel good today, perhaps even inspired to get out to enjoy the world around you!

CADES COVE IN THE SMOKY’S – rural community for farmers and loggers who settled in the valley of the Smoky’s.

NC VIEW OF THE SMOKY’S – 441S in the Smoky’s just on the NC side looking east over the valley

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAINS – A view, of the clouds settling between the mountain peaks, heading toward Clingman’s Dome on an early fall morning

You’re welcome to download any or all of my photos for FREE (Right click to save image to your computer). Can you let me know in comments which image(s) you picked? 😘


” It only takes a spark to get a fire going”

 

 

I’m gonna close with my favorite song by last week’s #BoTB winner and if you’d this part of my post then mark your calendar for the next showdown on October 15th.

 

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X💋X💋, Cathy

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Smartphone #humor, Victorian Patriotic Home #SWF, #Friendly-Fillins, & #BoTB results

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs!  The new iPhone 8 launches today. YAY! Right? NO! I admit not everyone is ecstatic about this news but I am because we’ll soon be proud owners. Apple makes incredible phones. Ours are four years old and work extremely well considering all things but…we’re experiencing serious battery issues. In fact, mine drained completely down one day leaving me without communications while away from home and DH. That’s scary. Anywho, today Friday Sillies contribution I’m sharing smartphone humor with you. Enjoy!

 

 

 

I’m gonna link up later in the weekend, hopefully, with Sunday Sillies and if you’re not on Facebook but thinking about it then you might want to read this, Should I Really Join Facebook?  Heck, I’ll save you the trouble of skipping away from my site.

When I bought my iPhone, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 186 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] headset I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Wal-Mart talking to my wife and everyone within 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.”

You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship…

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me.

They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do fart a lot.”

P.S. I know some of you are not over age 70. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. I figured your sense of humor could handle it. We senior citizens don’t need any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

Love, Lucky

 

I nodded my head, smiling at the line… “Re-calc-u-lating!” because we poke fun at the little British lady navigating us when she tries sending us 2 miles out-of-the-way just to turn around. 😀

 

Next segment is for all you photo enthusiasts and Skywatch Friday fans. Here is this week’s contribution, a Patriotic Victorian Home with beautiful blue skies!

What are you celebrating?

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things  although this isn’t really small to me but God’s presence through the tough patches and the soothing effect that mewsic offers when turmoil engulfs my soul.

I celebrate the cloud artwork in the sky, the sun’s kiss on my skin and gentle breeze that brushes over me, a healthy body with two strong legs to walk a mile between appointments and the pain that follows because I know all is truly well.

One last thing I celebrate. It’s not as important as the other celebrations but I’m happy all the same for the successful upgrade to iOS11 on my iPhone 5s. It could’ve gone wrong so I’m celebrating. Keeping our devices updated is an essential and I’m surprised at how well it handles the new software. Apple products always blow me away!

 

Switching gears, I’m rounding things out with these Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!

  1. I would never be friends with someone who maliciously wish to harm me, my family, or friends. I will never entertain a relationship with the enemy and if I do not know the so-called friend’s initial intent then when his/her true face is known it ends immediately. I will pray for this person but trust again? Only with God’s direction will I give this person another chance.
  2. I will never refuse the prayers of others. In the words of my late MIL, “We need all the prayers we can get”.
  3. I have never been to the Pacific northwest but I hope one day that we can travel along the west coast highway. I, especially want to see the lighthouses dotting the shoreline.
  4. When it comes to my children, I would do most anything in my power/budget to help them but when it infringes on our well-being or compromises our financial obligations then I have to say no. We all need help once in a while but the brunt of THIS burden belongs to us and a child should NEVER use his/her emotional connection as leverage. That is wrong!

 

In closing, let me share the results of Sept. 15th BoTB, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

When I pulled together the violin, guitar, and panflute cover artists for this battle I knew instantly I preferred the haunting, romantic sound of the panflute best. The other instrumentals are nice but the panflute spoke to my heart earning my vote.

The final outcome…

Violin cover – 3
Guitar cover – 4
Panflute – 4

 

The winner… I don’t have one this round! 🙁 I’m happy the consensus liked the instrumental covers reflecting my own sentiments to not have to pick a cover vocalist over Bonnie Tyler (even though she wasn’t one of the choices).

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with “Best of Panflute Instrumentals” collection.

 

Don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me freebie style on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me!

X💋X💋,

 

 

 

 

PS:  Beginning next Friday, I will skip this post every other week since DH is off work. It’s too much to play catch up on the following Monday and I encourage you to join my email subscription service (see side menu) to not miss the latest mews!

 

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Dance Freebie Style #4M and Leather Tuscadero Wins #BoTB

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Good morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Contrary to what you might be thinking, I’m really taking a blogging break for the next couple of weeks. I just have a strange way of doing it. I’m just committed to co-hosting the best dance party in Blogosphere with the 4M gals. This week, we’re dancing “freebie style” which means anything goes mewsic wise that is! Reel in your wild side folks. This is a family friendly site. 😉

I came across this morning picks last month which I saved just for this occasion and I hope you enjoy them, too.

 

 

It just dawned on me that both artists begin with the letter “P” but I didn’t find these mewsicians while doing the A to Z Challenge because of this reason or at least I don’t think so. I guess it’s possible I could have but I do remember looking for songs for the alpha-prompt “W” when I came across “Watercolour”. The thing is I didn’t use any mewsic in either of those posts.

While I’m here, I might as well let the Cathy out of the bag on who won in last week’s “Glad All Over” #BoTB Showdown.

This was a run away 11-3 victory for Suzy Quatro including my vote for Leather Tuscadero. Yeah, that’s a name from those good ole “Happy Days” which I totally forgot about until John reminded me. Thanks to everyone for making this a fun battle showdown and I’ll see you for June 1st #BoTB!

 

 

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  I invite you to hit the dance floor with the M4 gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me! This week’s theme “freebie style” – your choice of mewsic!

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I’ll see y’all next week on the dance floor (Theme – Songs about Cars/Riding) with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Have a tunetasic week, my friends!

 

What mewsic moves you today? ?

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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “S” + #BoTB results

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, a couple of days ago I shared my sketch of the evil Queen from Snow White and it was only natural with today’s letter prompt that I draw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

Can you name all the dwarfs?

From Snow White’s right side bottom up we have, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, & Happy and on her left that’s Bashful.

Shoot, I’m just about to forget I need to squeeze in the results of April 15th BoTB between Dowling and Reed covering “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me”. The scale totally swung to one side in this showdown and my vote would not make any difference (I went with Emily) in the end. The “golden mic” goes to…

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Shine a light on my next art sketch? Share some “S” prompts for me in comments! 😉

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you on Monday for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet with “A to Z letter “T” or “Songs about Traveling” Monday mewsic theme!

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. “G” is for Girls
  8. “H” is for Horses
  9. “I” is for Iris
  10. “J” is for Jack & Jill
  11. “K” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. “L” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “G” + #BoTB results

 

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z alphabet prompt. Daddy’s Little Girl always gets to me every. single. time I hear it. Having two little girls…okay they aren’t too little anymore bring more happiness than sorrow.  My lovely little girls grew up and became lovely young ladies but they’ll always be little girls in my heart and if you’re daddy well then…I don’t need to tell you how special little girls are, right?  I’m going with girls as in little girls for my inspiration in art sketching through the alphabet with the letter “G”.

My little girls were the best of friends with only 23 months separating them and as they grew up they kept that sense of closeness most of the time but like all sisters, they have their ups and down. In their hearts, they know the other is still her best friend and that’s the way it should be.

I think little girls like being a girl at heart no matter what her age. Heck, I still refer to myself as a girl! It makes me feel gleeful.  Ladies, do you like thinking of yourself as a girl? What about you guys, do you call your lady a girl? Does she like being referenced to as a girl?

Drawing a human likeness is tricky. I need a lot of practice, especially with children.  I took a second stab at sketching little girls.  This time at school on the playground.

Playground accidents happen. I took my share of tumbles when I was in playing tag or jumping rope and I remember in those early years always wearing dresses, too.  I don’t think I started wearing pants to school until about grade six.  I know public schools used to have a strict dress code.

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂

Do you have any great “G” sketching ideas? Make this gal giddy leave your suggestions in comments!  😀

Before I go, I need to share the results in Apr. 1st BoTB.  I enjoyed both angel songs but I loved the soft more mellow tone of Great White. Any other time or any other song between these two bands, then I’d probably side with the other.  For those who voted or just visited, then it probably was clear from the get-go that my listeners favored one band a great deal and won’t be a giant surprise that Breaking Benjamin gets the glory in this round with a 8 to 4 victory.

 

 

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you Monday on the dance floor with Monday Mewsic Moves Me (theme: Grammy Hits the year you turned 18)  as well as my next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

Have a good weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the  Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog

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