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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 the 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 apart 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 when magic is 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!


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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

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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!



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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