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Penguin Giggles #humor + SWF & CTST

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Hello, Kittens & dawgs! This week dragged a bit since DH worked the day following Christmas. He doesn’t have any pay leave yet being an hourly employee but that’s ok.  We’re happy he has a job.  I can just say, TGIF! Whoo-hoo, let’s kick off the fun with a few cute Penguin Giggles!

I spotted this adorable video on Facebook.  If this doesn’t make you smile then you’re in serious need of help.

 

 

I’m confident that adorable video put a wide grin on your face, so let’s keep the momentum going with some fun Penguin image captions and jokes.

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The devout zookeeper lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out at the zoo. Three weeks later, a penguin walked up to him carrying the Bible in its beak. The zookeeper couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the penguin’s beak, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!” “Not really,” said the penguin. “Your name is written inside the cover.  *Joke: source

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I would love to have a baby penguin because they are so darn cute.  The downside is, it would grow up and its adorableness would go away.  Maybe, I’ll just buy a Penguin stuffed toy. 🙂

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1FFBadgeI’m taking a bit of blog break until the first of the new year and won’t be participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins meme hosted by Annie and Ellen. You’re certainly welcome to join in the fun and this is how it works: every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing. I’ll be back for the fun the first Friday in January. May 2017 hold good health, much happiness, and may the Lord grant you all your needs. God bless you, dear friends!

 

SWFToday’s SWF photo contribution is one more last look at Christmas 2016 from The Island in Pigeon Forge of The Wheel.   The holiday is over but the spirit of the season lives on forever, especially in the digital world.

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Please note I’m making a tiny change, I’m breaking my Friday post act starting next week.  Look for my Skywatch Friday and Celebrate The Small Things contributions to roll out together on Thursdays.

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating… that DD#2 and her husband loved the vintage style Christmas stockings I made them (this is the hush-hush DIY project I mentioned a time or two recently).  Last year close to Christmas DD#2 asked if I would make them but I wasn’t able to do it because I couldn’t find all the materials. I’m delighted things came together and that they love the stockings.  I am happy! I didn’t forget to take a few snapshots of the finished product to share with my peeps.

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I hope to share in the future what’s needed to do this project but meanwhile feel free to ask questions in comments and I’m happy to assist!

 What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

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That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Christmas Giggles #humor + SWF & CTST

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Merry Christmas, Kittens & Dawgs! This week zipped by like a flash.  I was so busy doing this and that, that I didn’t have time to get bored or wish for Friday or anything but here it is Friday again.  TGIF!  Let’s get this holiday weekend off right with a few Christmas giggles.

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The night I photographed The Island in Pigeon Forge, we stopped at The Christmas Village.  This is the Christmas Inn across the road.  Once again my exposure was too dark.  The picture was ordinary but I saw potential.  After putting it through Pixelmator – brightening the exposure,  cropping, and adding some stars in the blank sky I am satisfied.  I know, I know I’m cheating on my sky view shot but I hope you enjoy my SWF photo contribution.

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I’m taking a bit of a blog break until the first of January and am not1FFBadge participating in Friendly Fill-Ins today, but you’re welcome to join Annie and Ellen.   Here’s how it works – every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating… having lots of fun baking Christmas goodies and making homemade candies for the season.  This is something that gives me great joy but what makes me even happier is to share my creations.  Hopefully, I can find a few people namely DD#1, DD#2, DSIL, and DS to pass my love to and if not… we’ll just eat it all ourselves. 🙂

 

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Redneck Christmas #humor + SWF, Fill-ins, & CTST

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Hello, Kittens & Dawgs!  For the first time in a loooong time I can say, Thank God it’s Friday!   Whoo-hoo! Yes, this is the first full week for DH to be at his new job.  Now the weekends have a new meaning for me once again.  Let’s get the show on the road with a few giggles.  Let’s kick the weekend off with a bit of Redneck Christmas humor.

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After DD#2 moved out, she told me about her best friend’s tradition of burning his Christmas tree. Up until that time I’d never heard of such a custom.  I reckon some consider it to a reckneck thing, as it came up in my search. Enjoy!

 

Believe it or not, burning your Christmas tree isn’t a redneck thingy but actually has a spiritual origin, which you can read about it here.   Also, you might wanna read The Night Before a Redneck Christmas just for laughs.

Next, I’m sharing with my weekly SWF contribution!

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Last week, I shared a phenomenal Christmasy night shot of The Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge,  Tennessee.  On the same day, I took that photo we were in Bryson City, North Carolina earlier and I captured a beautiful blue sky over the Swain County Heritage Museum.

 

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1FFBadgeLet’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen.   How does it work?  Every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site.  The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

1. My favorite Christmas Song(s) is/are just about everyone, so how can I name a single one, but I could do without hearing anything remotely by Miley Cyrus ever again.

2.My most meaningful Christmas ornament/decoration is naturally my Fontanini Nativity scene because it reminds us during the holiday season of our Savior’s lowly birth and the reason He came to this world.

3. My favourite holiday treat is nearly everything because I enjoy baking cookies and cakes or making homemade candies at Christmas.  It’s hard to say one’s my favorite but if you force me to pick then I’d say my Chocolate Covered Cherries. 

4. A holiday tradition in my house is to go see the lights around town and/or in the Smoky Mountain communities like Dillsboro, North Carolina.   There’s something magical about seeing festive colorful lights.

 

Beginning next week,  I am off from blogging until after January 1st.  I’ve scheduled my regular posts but anything requiring special attention such as the Friendly Fill-ins segment I plan to not include.  I’ll be back and may you have a joyful Christmas celebration! 😉

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebratingDH’s first week on his new job.  Yay!  It’s wonderful to resume a normal routine again and I see the delight on DH’s face each morning as he headed off to work.  We’re not just celebrating but count our blessings every single day for God’s goodness.  Another thing I’m celebrating is I finished that DIY project I mentioned in one of blog posts.  I can’t say what it is at the moment because it’s actually a surprise for someone and I never know when that said person, may read my blog.  However, I will share more after the new year.

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Kitty Christmas Carols #humor + SWF, Fill-ins, & CTST

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Hello, Kittens & dawgs!  I’m running behind.  This week is the last for DH and I to spend together since he’ll start a new job on Monday.  After nearly 18-months of being out of work, he’s more than ready to get back into the workforce. Let’s kick the weekend off with some Kitty Christmas Carols!

This was a popular one with our kitty.

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I never felt compelled to dress our kitty but I’m sure if I did it would be my last Christmas alive.

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Children aren’t the only ones to get the song wrong and that’s what makes it so enjoyable.  It goes without reason, kittens do the same.

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Did you crack a smile? Can you come up with some clever Kitty Christmas carols?

 

SWF Yesterday I mentioned DH and I spent the day in the mountains on Wednesday. Today’s SWF photo contribution is from our little adventure.  This is The Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and since its 2013 opening, this shopping attraction has grown.  The Christmas light display is absolutely phenomenal!

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Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

 

  1. I love the following Christmas film(s) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect laugh-out-loud holiday movie but for a more somber spirit, I think “It’s A Wonderful Life” is an excellent choice. Everyone can relate to George Bailey’s hardships but the magic with this movie is everyone has a purpose whether he/she knows it and life without that person would make someone’s life less complete.
  1. I don’t care for the following Christmas film(s) A Nightmare Before Christmas.  I know this is a popular movies, too.  I’ve not watched it because it doesn’t mesh with my more traditional approach to the holidays.
  1. At the holidays, I cannot resist making and eating homemade goodies that I make in my kitchen.
  1. A favourite holiday memory of mine is  a collection of Christmases past when the children were small spent with my in-laws.  Those Christmases were all fond, warm moments that will forever live in my mind.

 

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating… time spent in the western North Carolina mountain communities on Wednesday soaking up the Christmas cheer.  The day time highs was in the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies and little to no wind making it a perfect day.  Today, I’ll be celebrating a cup of hot coco topped with marshmellows to chase away the chill. 😉

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Twisted Christmas Carols #humor + SWF, Fill-ins, & CTST


Thank you for popping in today, Kittens & Dawgs, and Merry Christmas! Funny songs like this one always make me think of the lyrics, Jingle Bells shotgun shells rabbit got away and so I thought, why not put together a Twisted Christmas Carols edition!

 

 

 

Do you enjoy twisted Christmas carols? What Christmas song parodies are your favorite?

SWF Today’s photo contribution with the SWF team of photo enthusiasts. This past Wednesday, I shared A little creek in the cove. Here’s another shot with a bit of a gray sky view. Autumn’s wardrobe was not gone on this day unlike it is in our area this year. I wonder if the hot summer or fall drought is the reason, do you know? Anywho, getting the right exposure at times like this is tricky. The sky really didn’t  hold a lot of interest but the landscape certainly was pretty.

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Are autumn leaves still clinging to trees in your neck of the woods or have they all fallen?

Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

  1. I have a hard time finding a gift for my father-in-law.  We’ve always had trouble coming up with something for both DH’s parents.  They never expressed wanting anything and they nearly have everything.
  2. I have no problem finding a gift for my children.  They are the easiest to buy for because there are so many things they can use being young adults from tools to kitchen gadgets.
  3. One of the best gifts I ever gave was the presents that I thought “this is something I would like to get”.  Someone told me years ago the best guide to shopping for others is to ask, “is this something you like” and so when I buy a gift that’s the way I try to think.
  4. One of the best gifts I ever received was my engagement ring and the promise of marriage to DH.

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating…DH finally getting his official job offer letter and start date, December 12th! Right now things don’t get any better than this and I am feeling celebratory about everything!

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now. I will get over to visit you ASAP. DH and I want to capitalize on the last of our full days of togetherness. You’re invited to join me for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Thanksgiving Day #humor + SWF, Friendly Fill-ins & CTST

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Hello, my lovely Kittens & Dawgs! I hope y’all had a fatastic Thanksgiving! For many, this is a long weekend and hopefully, you’re not too beat from all the shopping today to enjoy a few laughs with a little Thanksgiving Day humor.

 

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SWF Today, I’m sharing my photo contribution with the SWF team of photo enthusiasts. Last Friday while semi-celebrating with DH after he accepted a job offer and we decided to look at some homes for future possibilities at which this new position turns into a permanent work status. Maybe next year this time we’ll be our dream home! I snapped this picture (iPhone5s) behind the DQ in Farragut (near west Knoxville). It’s an old home that’s been converted to either apartments or office space. I’m not sure but I just loved the last bit of fall color clinging to the tree against a rich blue sky!

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I’ve got one more Skywatch photo for you. The day after the Supermoon, we were running errands. I needed to get some supplies for a special project I have in mind to do for some special people. Anywho, I caught the Supermoon low on the horizon with my iPhone5s. What I really need is the iPhone7s with two built-in digital lens. It would have no problem turning this photo into something amazing even in my hands. lol

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Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

  1. Yesterday, we spent a lovely morning enjoying freshly baked cranberry pumpkin bread with soft cream cheese while watching portions of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, then the rest of the afternoon we relaxed in front of TV watching football before having our feast later in the evening.
  2. Whenever I receive something that I can’t find a use for (this isn’t very often) I like to regift that item to someone who I think is a better suit for it.
  3. My favourite holiday leftover is everything! I like to serve our Thanksgiving dinner all weekend long or longer depending on how well I can stretch the meal.
  4. The best part of a long, holiday weekend is typically just being able to relax and unwind with DH but with him out of work (thankfully he has a new job which starts sometime soon) then things are different. However, it’s still nice to have the time to spend with DH regardless.

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating… the basics – good health, a home, plenty food, and loving family. God is good!

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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Police Dog Funnies, SWF, Friendly Fill-ins, & CTST

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Hello,  Kittens & dawgs! How was your week? I had an excellent one! We got some marvelous mews and I’ll share that tidbit in my CTST section but for now, let’s enjoy some laughs.

The hate fueled left group #BlackLivesMatters is one messed up, stupid organization. To show my support for the brave men and women in blue. After all, #BlueLivesMatter. In fact, all lives matter! Anywho, I want to honor police offers today. Grab a donut and be careful to not spell that hot cup of coffee while you enjoy today’s humor – Police Dog Funnies!

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SWF Today’s photo contribution I’m sharing with the SWF team of photo enthusiasts. Last month, we were fortunate to visit dear friends at their second home nestled in the western North Carolina hills before they headed south for the season. I was caught off guard when we took a side stop discovering this cute scene but luckily the iPhone5s isn’t a bad backup camera.

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Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

(1) One Thanksgiving tradition I have is to watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. This is the funniest movie surrounding the madness of one man trying to get home to his family for the holidays who learns a lesson and picks up a new friend.

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(2) Black Friday I avoid all retail shops like the black plague. I prefer to do my shopping online. It’s easier, more convenient, and less stressful.

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(3) The best part about Thanksgiving Day is the meal! I love everything about our Thanksgiving dinner and I usually begin to really look forward to all the trimmings about the week before. This weekend I plan to start making dishes ahead to be ready.

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(4) One Thanksgiving, weekend while traveling back home from DH’s parents our alternator went out stranding us near Bristol, Virginia. It was cold, dark, and we had three small children. Luckily, we pulled off the road near some good people who let us warm ourselves in their house and the son of the elderly couple drove DH to nearby Wal-Mart where he got a battery as a temporary fix. The man even helped him install it. We drove to a hotel to stay because we knew couldn’t make it to Knoxville and the man & his wife followed us to make sure we got there okay. That is one Thanksgiving I’ll never forget and felt like these people were earthly angels that God sent us to for help. God is SO good!

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I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things and I have two things I’m celebrating this week.

 

 

The first thing is… (drum roll please)….DH received a job offer (it has to be authorized from corporate yet)! *do happy dance*

It’s an hourly position with the prospect of permanent employment at a local engineering firm.  The workload should hold for four or five months and his expected start date within a week or two. We’re very hopeful. His soon-to-be employer is larger (local office) than his previous job and possibly can move to another area within the company when work slacks off. That in itself is exciting! We thank you for your prayers and ask you to keep them going. While I may not know your specific needs, I do keep you in my prayers and trust God to care for you.

The second thing I’m celebrating is spending time with our parents. Wednesday was a very long day. We got up earlier to head to Virginia to see my folks first. Daddy and Mom showed us all the latest home improvements they’ve done. Daddy did most if not all the work. They replaced all their windows, laid new carpet (this they hired done), painted throughout the house, did a kitchen overhaul from cabinets to new appliances, and added a covered deck and sun room to the back side of the house. I was really impressed with all they did!  It was good to catch up with my folks. I miss them so much! Afterward, we drove to southern WV to visit DH’s 93-year old dad. He’s lost a lot of weight and has some medical issues but his mind is sharp as a tack. We met his full-time caregiver, Francis, for the first time. She’s a remarkable woman. My FIL showed us a toolbox he made when he was 10-years old that his brother found in the root cellar. It was about an  8″x6″x4″ wooden box with a lid that has leather hinged straps and a small bent nail (imagine an upside down horseshoe) for a latch; the bent nail went through the lid opening (created by whittling completely through the lid) and then he slipped a small twig through the loop to keep the lid shut (think about a looped handle door you put a broomstick through). There isn’t anything my FIL can’t/couldn’t do. These days his mobility is limited but he’s an amazing man! We had a great time exchanging memories but listening to his stories were the best. We got home almost 1am Thursday morning and while it was a tiring day, we had a wonderful time seeing those we love. 🙂

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!

 

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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