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5 Ways To Take It Easy + #TuesdayTunesation with @WeAreGroves

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! If you’re like me after last month’s exhausting A to Z challenge then you’re ready to take it easy. Here are five ways to do just that, take it easy.

  1. Give yourself permission to unplug from the Internet for a week or two or longer if needed. A blogging hiatus can do a gal or guy wonders!
  2.   Tackle a much-needed house chore. That seems like an odd way to take it easy but failing to do things around the house mounts when spending the better part of a month engaged in Blogosphere so actually knocking a big project off my to-do is energizing.
  3. Indulge in your favorite passions. All winter and spring I’ve neglected photography for various reasons some which include preparing for my Art Sketching Through the Alphabet theme but finding myself behind the lens refreshes my mind and when I can’t do this then I like to create photo art with existing photos.
  4. Visit with a friend. This doesn’t have to be a face-to-face either. Two ways I’m trying to reclaim to stay better connected with long distant friends is regular phone conversations or to write a lengthy letter to keep her in the loop of my life, both of which are refreshing.
  5. Listening to mewsic.  You know mewsic is a big part of my life, as it yours and that’s probably what brought us together in Blogosphere in the first place. Mewsic is soothing and relaxing to the spirit even if it’s an uptempo, get-to-your-feet mewsic. Mewsic empowers the soul!

How do you take it easy?

Speaking of mewsic, let me introduced to you new-to-me band I heard on ReverbNation in February. This group got my attention with their song Ender (#3 on below playlist).  Why does this song sound familiar and yet not I haven’t heard it before? Turn up your speakers and perk your ears to Groves!


If you want to learn more about Groves, BestNewBands interviews the group last September.


I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat.  She’s prompting us to finish this sentence, If I had could go anywhere today…. I would head to the mountains with a cooler filled with cold soft drinks, snacks to munch on, and camera in hand to capture some beautiful scenic shots.

But…this isn’t going to happen until DH gets his visual bearing straightened out.  Although his retina is now completely attached he has little depth of field and the vision in that eye makes everything kinda greenish tint.  He needs two more surgeries (one to remove the oil bubble from the retina re-attachment procedure & cataract surgery) and then new glasses. Despite these problems, we’re very happy he can see with that eye. Years ago a person would lose their sight because they didn’t have a way to fix it.

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want.


Did you vote in yesterday’s 3-Way Take It Easy #BoTB showdown? Please take a moment to listen and weigh in the fun!  I hope you’ll hop back tomorrow and link up with me for not-so Wordless Wednesday.


Have a terrific Tuesday!











Rubbing elbows with #Mayberry_Days stars, Part 1

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Good-afternoon, kittens & dawgs! I have the most amazing mews to share with you. Last Friday, we went to the 26th Mayberry Days in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

We arrived at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum shortly after 9:30am. The proclamation ceremony was underway somewhere else, which gave us an edge, but still here were 100 people or less waiting when we got in line. Rain clouds loomed over our heads all day and occasionally light sprinkles fell on us, but the good mews is that was about it.

Anywho, first-time celebrities and biggest names to take part in the annual event were Clint Howard (Leon), Barbara Eden (Ellen Brown – Manicurist), and Bruce Bilson (TAGS Asst. Director). We wanted to see everyone, but it was the announcement that Barbara would be there that made us decide to make the three and half hour trip.

Once we got to the entrance, we immediately noticed Bruce Bilson and Clint Howard seated. Unfortunately, soon after someone whisked Mr. Bilson from the room.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from these celebrities. Would they be grumpy and short-tempered? You know, doing this whole thing out of obligation. Imagine my surprise when I saw Clint’s magnet personality in action. He talked with each person streaming by as if he knew that person all of his life.



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As if on cue, Clint turned at the right instant for me to get this shot while he chatted with DH.

Clint is a great conversationalist and super easy to talk to.  I didn’t know he was part of the Mayberry Family, but I do recognize the cute little kid that he was from those days after searching the web. I remember him mostly from Apollo 13. He has done a host of TV series, animations, and big screen productions over the years. I thought it was interesting to learn that he was the voice of Roo in 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.




Mayberry had one manicurist, Ellen Brown, the lovely Barbara Eden. I had all but forgotten that she was a part of American’s favorite hometown. I’m sure like most of you, I know Barbara best as the enchantress from I Dream of Jeannie.

I vividly remember wanting to live in that bottle or better still polishing it between my hands so I could ask her for a wish. Boy, that sounds like a good idea about now! Barbara Eden’s character mesmerized me. I mean, what kid isn’t with magic involved, right? Oh yeah and she’s gorgeous! 😀



It was a wholesome, fun show for the entire family despite her controversial attire. That’s kinda funny to think about today, but in the mid-60s this sorta thing got frowned on. lol

The long wait was nearing an end. Enthusiastically, I stood on the other side of the table facing Barbara Eden. No doubt with a star gazed look in my eyes. With my hand outstretched, she took it (Oh, my Cathy!!) as I introduced myself, then DH to her.  I was wearing a t-shirt that she read aloud, “Everyone loves a Tennessee Girl,” and without missing a beat continued with, “Yes, everyone sure does!

At 84 years young, Miss Eden is ever bit as beautiful as when I first met her on my parents’ TV set in the late 60s.

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A flattered Barbara. DH said, “We still dream of Jeannie.”

All I can say is this gal’s dream finally came true!

I’m joining Les from Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat and Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts. We met more celebrities, but at the risk of making this post any longer, I decided to break it up. So, I invite you to join me on Friday for Rubbing elbows with #Mayberry_Days stars, Part 2!

You’re the Biggest Part of Me #happyanniversary

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Today I celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary, I dedicate today’s post to you, my DH because you’re the Biggest Part of Me



I can’t think about our special day without a flood of memories. One particular memory is, and it embarrassed me to death at the time, the funny sign my BILs hung in the rear window of our getaway car. Now, it just makes me smile.


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It reads: CAUTION the driver of this vehicle does not stop for railroad crossings, dogs, cats, children, buses, trains, or trucks, only motels.


Happy Anniversary most excellent husband!



Les @ Time Out For Mom is taking a summer break from Tuesday Coffee Chat, but you’re welcome tag along with me. I’m gonna hop over to her place to see what I’ve missed (I’m always behind) and then I’ll wrap things at Stacy’s place for Random Tuesday Thoughts.

Before I go, let me give you a laugh.


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Have a terrific day!

New site layout to summer song anthem #music

Good-afternoon, kittens & dawgs! You probably noticed that I’m changing things up a bit on my site. About once a year, I feel like I need a change. The new layout may or may not stick, but I have to try something new because if I don’t it will drive me INSANE! Yeah, I know it’s hard to tell the difference if you don’t know me very well. But, I do get a little crazier than usual until I get these sorts of things out of my system. Can you relate?

I’m joining Les from Time Out For Mom for Tuesday Coffee Chat a day late and for the first time in a long, long time. This week’s prompt: Do you have a go to Summer Song, or do you find a new one each Season?

I don’t have one. I like music because I like it. It doesn’t matter what the season is, but oddly mid-summer one song tends to play over and over inside my head… Silly Love Song. It always makes me think of summers long ago. However, if I have to pick a said “Summer Song” then I think it’s gotta be this one just because it’s so fun!


I really, really, really like this song! OH, yeah… and YOU! 😉  That’s a wrap. I’m gonna link up with Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts on Wednesday. I know she won’t judge me for being late and besides who cares what day it is because any day of the week is a good time to get random, right? If you’re looking for my #WW post, then click here!  Have a fantastic day whatever day it may be!





A Very Inspiring Blogger Award #CathyChat

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! First up, I made a tiny name change for Tuesday’s chat to CathyChat, instead of CatChat. I didn’t want to confuse others who are looking for fellow blogger Caren & Cody.

Okay, I’m really excited!! Looky, what I got…

Very Inspiring Blog Award photoThanks to Dixie at dcrelief, for bestowing to me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I’m a bit mystified and humbled by the nomination. I think she must have hit her head when she pulled that muscle in her leg. lol Really, though wasn’t this the sweetest thing? Absolutely!

I guess, I need this means I need to share something that’s inspiring, eh? Continue reading