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Vintage Texaco Station #WW #SWF, #Hodgepodge Q&A, & #BoTB Results

Good-morning, Kittens & Pups! Thanks for joining me for the mid-week photo fun. As you know, I’m going at blogging for the rest of the year at a very low-key with all the holiday activities. Gee, can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving? Not me! Anywho, this week’s not-so Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday contribution is a peek from a Saturday drive this summer in the rural community of Hiawassee. I don’t know if this is working gas station but I believe there is restaurant or convenient store inside. ¬†Obviously you can see the rafts for rent. The Hiawassee river flowed along the back side of this old Texaco station and yes, we saw rafters floating down the river. It was a gorgeous day!

Feel free to join in the fun and I promise to visit you ASAP!

I wasn’t sure if Joyce would put up the Wednesday Hodgepodge Q&A this week but yesterday’s interruption with two doctor appointments left me with little time. Here they are for you to ansewr if you’d like in comments or to snag and play along. We’ll just see if I can manage to answer them before my post goes live! ūüėÄ

1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home,¬†always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?¬† The only consistent tradition we keep is a “traditional” Thanksgiving Day meal – turkey, ham, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and old fashion stack cake. The holidays are always spent with family.

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing? I don’t mind asking for help but I prefer to do everything. Cooking gives me a lot of joy.

3. Abundance…what is there¬†an abundance of in your kitchen? There’s an abundance of love, everything I prepare is from the heart for those I love!

4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest? The Smallest thing, I’m thankful for…Cheerio’s. This is my favorite breakfast cereal! The biggest thing, I’m thankful for…Jesus. Without Him, I’d have nothing! You know Cheerio’s make me think of a tiny life-preserver and Jesus is the Savior of the world. How cool is that? ūüėČ

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life? The key for me is knowing that I have more than most and those who have more than me, I’m happy for their blessings. At any time what we have can be taken from us – home, job, love, or life. We’ve come close to losing our home on a couple of occasions when DH went through unemployment patches years ago, so I’m truly appreciate everything in my life and give God praise for every blessing.

6. State your own random thought here.¬† I’ll keep it simple by sharing the results of last week’s BoTB showdown.¬† The three ladies were not equally matched as I had hoped but I enjoyed the different¬† Be Thankful For What You Have renditions. Each artist did a fabulous job which made my job difficult on who to give my vote to but like most of you, I felt Contender #1 covered the song with more heart. The final tally…

Lady C ‚Äď 10
One Blood ‚Äď 4
Rumer ‚Äď 3

Congrats to the Lady C on a huge victory, now here’s another sample of her mewsical talent!


If you’re curious to learn how other battles went down visit Stephen for a complete list of participators. Mark your calender for December 1st for the next round of Battle of the Bands for a Twisted Christmas Showdown!

Blogosphere is going to be like a ghost town for the next few days in America. I know I will find it difficult to make my rounds but I will get to you sooner or later (probably later than I want). I prefer you spend your time with the family, so have a blessed time and please give thanks to God (everyone can do this regardless where you live) for all you have no matter how small for everything we have comes from above!

Please don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Have a good day!




Jack’s Patch #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB Results

Hello, Kittens & Pups! There’s too much to do with the upcoming holidays and making everything into a chore just isn’t fun, so the rest of the year I’m taking things slow in Blogosphere. ¬†Smartphone technology is just super cool with a camera on-the-go right in your pocket. Even old technology is awesome. I used my previous iPhone 5s for the last time to capture this photo (near the Target on Northshore Drive just off south I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) in Knoxville) in September.



Next is my¬†Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.


1. ¬†In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off-balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain. I think I can apply each of these to my life but if I had to pick one maybe, I’d say I’m “off-balance“. The approaching holidays always make me off-balance to a degree. That’s why I try to do a little every few days to prepare for the big event. On top of the normal stuff this time of year, I’m helping DD#2 and DSIL from afar with their transition to Maine. Stuck in limbo waiting for their apartment which won’t be ready until next week Wednesday. The place they are staying previously¬†booked their room and there are no other openings.¬†They have to move to another motel and that’s where I come in. I spent a several hours Monday locating a place that’s affordable and pet-friendly. ¬†This was not an easy task but I found a place for them. ¬†Normally, I don’t think finding a place would be difficult but Maine had a horrible storm knocking power out and many still do not have electricity, so locals are taking up the hotel rooms. The demand for materials due to the storm is what’s causing the renovation work lag. Please prayer their apartment is ready soon. The expense is too much for them.




2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why? ¬†Not having been in the corporate world in years and I’m sure there was plenty former co-workers did that drove me crazy but persnickety traits of how you want something done is often engrained in one’s behavior. It used to make my skin crawl when I let anyone help me with anything around the house. I only relinquished to teach my children the basic life skills and responsibilities. It was all I could do to keep myself from going behind them to redo what they did. DH often helped to ease my housework chores by pitching in but it made me feel out of control. I know that’s crazy but I felt that way. Anyhow, it took me years to relax and accept the help. It didn’t matter that the person wasn’t doing it the way I do it what mattered is the job got done freeing up some of my time.¬†



3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home? I feel at home no matter what but I think I know where you’re going with this question. Years ago, I wrote My Heart is Well Content which describes that homey sort of sense.¬†





4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite? ¬†Bread was our favorite band during our dating years.I’m not sure why it is now but “Aubrey” became our song. DH even dubbed me his “Aubrey”. This song is still one of my favorites and I can’t help think on those tender years of two young hearts growing a relationship. It’s¬†been 40 years since those early years and our hearts are still growing…closer!




5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving.¬†When you realize others don’t have it so good that’s when you see things through new eyes and God’s blessings all around you. This is a lesson I learned many years ago during one of DH’s periods of¬†unemployment¬†and since that time I never take what I have for granted.¬†




6. Insert your own random thought here.¬†I like sketching during my waiting time period for DH while at his appointments with his eye surgeon. This is a good use of time. I rediscovered ¬†the joy of drawing in this past April A-Z Challenge in which I picked Art Sketching Through the Alphabet as my theme and if you’re interested you can read my reflections post that lists all my A-Z prompts. Anyway, while I waited I decided to sketch a barn. In September and October I shared in my not-so Wordless Wednesday contributions a mini series on barns I photographed over the years.

One more piece of randomness, the results of “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” #BoTB showdown clearly was a decisive win for The Rubinoos earning my vote for a victory of 7 to 2. I’ll leave with another sample of the winner’s mewsic. Join me in the next battle on the 15th! ūüėČ



That’s it for now. I’m taking blogging life easy peasy with it being the holiday season. I encourage you to sign up for the latest Curious as a Cathy mews to deliver straight to your in-box! ¬†Have a good day! Save Save Save

#SundaySillies Global warming is a hoax #humor

global warming hoaxGood-morning, kittens & dawgs! Is this March? That’s what the calendar says, but you can’t prove it by me. There’s no denying the global warming theory is hard to buy with the arctic breeze breathing down our neck nonstop. Old Man winter still clings on. To fight the chill, let’s get some great big ol belly laughs with these global warming is a hoax chuckles, and if you’re looking for my #BoTB results, then you’ll find it at the bottom of my post. Meanwhile why not enjoy your weekly dose of laughter on #SundaySillies! Continue reading

Jesus is the reason for the season #Christmas #music

It’s Christmas time, kittens & dawgs! For the entire month of December¬† XmasDolly, and her elves ~ JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Everyday Life, & little ole me are having a jingling good time spreading the cheer with non-stop Christmas music.

First up, the results for last week’s #BOTB installment. I know you’re waiting with bated breath to learn if your favorite pick won the showdown. The question was which not-so-familiar (Honestly, I had not heard of them before last week) artists Sanam or Tessera did you like the best singing, Mary, Did You Know?

Sanam  9

Tessera 2

SANAM wins!

As you know, I decided to go with a theme within a theme this month.¬† I’ve covered Bethlehem, the Angels, Mary, and now it’s all about Jesus!



 Come and Worship!



Long, long ago on a cold and dark starry

Silent Night


the baby Jesus was laid

Away in a Manger



¬†A personal note: I love these new lyrics over Leonard Cohen’s original!

While adorning your Christmas tree, think of the tree that Jesus was placed on later that made it possible for us to receive His gift to us ~ eternal life.¬† Have yourself a very Merry little Christmas & a Happy New Year! ūüėČ


Which Christmas music is moving you?




Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep #BOTB

Hello, kittens & dawgs! How is life treating you? It’s mid-November and an air of melancholy surrounds me, do you feel the same? Like clock work, I find myself reflecting on my blessings. One of my favorite songs about blessings was written by Irving Berlin for the 1954 classic movie White Christmas.

The Crosby/Clooney duet is a hard act to follow and undoubtedly it’s my favorite. I decided against using it for today’s BATTLE OF THE BANDS (if you’re not familiar with this little meme hop over to STM’s website for the 411). Instead, I have chosen to pit jazz sensation, Diana Krall against POP artist, Barry Manilow.¬† Who will win?¬† It’s up to you!



My vote easily goes to Krall! I love the piano and flute lead into her slow smoky cover over Manilow’s lounge piano rendition. Not to say, I dislike Barry’s cover because that’s not the case at all. I do like it. It’s just Diana hits the mood with her orchestra version a little closer to my heart the best.

Okay, here’s what you do to vote. Leave a comment telling me who you like the best and why. It’s that simple. Be sure to come back next Saturday to see how your favorite pick did. The fun isn’t over just yet, why not visit the other BOTB members and see what they have to share!

Far Away Series

STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’

Tossing It Out

Your Daily Dose


Book Lover

Creative Outlet of Stratplayer

Mike’s Ramblings

Thanks to everyone for voting on the 1st to I Put a Spell on You between Casey Abrams and Queen Latifah. If you read all comments left last time,¬† then it’s no surprise to learn that Latifah took the crown.¬† She definitely stupefied me with her performance!

I’ll resume Saturday Song-suasion next week for all those who were expecting my usual post. You got music one way or the other today and I hope you liked it. Until next time, don’t forget to count your blessings not only today, but around the table on Thanksgiving Day. Be safe and may God be with you over the holiday season!


borrowed from quotes-lol-rofl.com


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