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Thursday Q&T: Another round of hump-day Q&A

I am yet to get back on track. Last month’s blog challenge kinda tossed things up in the air, mostly the direction I want to go and how to get things accomplished. Until I can get things straightened out again, I more than likely will continue to play late with my mid-week Q&A hops. That being said, wanna come with?

My first stop takes me to Patrice’s @ Everyday Ruralty for  Chats on the farmhouse porch. This week, she asks:

  1. Is there one person who can drive you nuts, even if they aren’t doing anything in particular? No one I know fits the bill on this one. It’s  usually those who are doing something that drives me nuts that make me nuttier.
  2. When you were a small child, how did you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t know what I said to others, but I knew I always wanted to be a wife and mommy. I am blessed to be both.
  3. Do you drink more sodas, iced tea, or water? I drink more H2O than anything, but I do drink my share of diet sodas.
  4. My favorite flavor of iced cream is at the moment is either Mocha Madness or Mocha Almond Fudge by Blue Bell. Of course, I have never met an ice cream I didn’t like.
  5. Do you like to dance? Yes…around the house…where no one else can see me.

Continuing the Q&A session, let’s visit Joyce @From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking? I think I do some of my best thinking comes when I’m facing a challenge and it throws me into high-level search mode to find the solution to my problem.

2. Are you a risk taker? What’s one big risk you’ve taken? Oh yeah, I’m a risk taker! I don’t hesitate for a second when I’m faced with a freezer full of Blue Bell ice cream flavors that are new to me. I will buy one of each kind to test my luck. No matter what the outcome is, I just chalk up the risk as a learning experience. Seriously, though I think the biggest risk I ever took was becoming a mother. For the most part, I have to say the risk has been well worth it.

3. Some of the most common phobias according to the National Institute for Mental Health are-fear of spiders (arachnaphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), heights (acrophobia), fear of spaces from which escape is difficult (agoraphobia), fear of thunder and lightening (astrophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), injections (trypanophobia), social situations, flying (pteromerhanophobia) and fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia). True phobias affect only about 10% of adults, but of those listed which would you rate as your greatest fear? None of these paralyze me, but I guess the one that rattles me most is the fear of snakes. I don’t like these creatures in the least.

4. Are you settled or do you feel the need to move somewhere new? I would definitely like to moves somewhere new, as into my dream home someday. I like where we live, but I want more space inside and out. We are too confined in this house. Maybe, we will find a new place we can call home soon.

5. What is something you find annoying when dining in a restaurant? When our waitress/waiter doesn’t check back with us to see how things are or to freshen our coffee or give our check to us before we request it. These things greatly influence the outcome of the tip we leave for that person. I know how important tips are to a server and yet some act like we “owe” them. That’s not the case. A position that requires no added schooling, a good server can make more money than someone flipping burgers. When someone does a good job, then we enjoy rewarding that person.

6. Daffodil yellow, sunset orange, spring green, or sky blue…your favorite color this time of year? I like all of these colors, but I think the one that speaks to me saying spring is here is when I see Daffodil or forsythia in bloom. I feel happy all over!

7. If you were going to take a holiday all by yourself, where would you go? All by myself? I don’t know that I want a holiday by myself. Can I take DH? I think I would go to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Anywhere along the Maine coast line is gorgeous, but time spent in Acadia National Park is breath-taking!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. I have a rash on my face and my scalp. I suspect I’m allergic to either my protein powder and/or almond milk. I’m lactose intolerant, so I think the protein powder may be the culprit. Yesterday I stopped having my protein shakes to see if the rash clears up. Have you experienced similar food related problems?


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Until next time, be well and enjoy life!

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Thursday Q&T: Hump-day chat session, a day late

ThursdayQ&TI am yet to get back on track. Last month’s blog challenge kinda tossed things up in the air, mostly the direction I want to go and how to get things accomplished. Please bear with me, as this morning I’m playing a day late with a few fun Q&A hops. Wanna come with?

My first stop takes me to Patrice’s @ Everyday Ruralty for  Chats on the farmhouse porch. This week, she asks:

  1. Do you ever watch YouTube? I occasionally watch a funny video, but mostly I watch music videos.
  2. How are your picture-taking (photography) skills? I consider myself average or above. I enjoy practicing my shutterbug skills on the weekends. DH got an early anniversary present, a Nikon macro lens, for me & I can’t wait to try it out!
  3. What’s your “go-to” meal to prepare when you’re in a hurry? Crackers, nuts, or pretzels.
  4. Do you like shoe shopping? Not really, but then again I don’t like shopping for myself.
  5. If you could be royalty for a day, would you try it? I would like the idea of being pampered for the day, like royalty, but other than that I wouldn’t like it.

Continuing the Q&A session, let’s visit Joyce @From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. It’s still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as mayhem? The only thing remotely causing chaos in my life this month is our scheduling. There has been at least one and sometimes two doctor appointments for either myself or husband this month. Don’t worry. Everything is fine. We are just getting our routine visits out-of-the-way all at once, so we can enjoy the rest of the year.

2. When did you last feel dismayed? Every time I look at the property, I feel a bit dismayed. Trying to find the perfect place that will work in my price range is challenging, but I am hopeful. I just have to keep at it.

3. What’s a food combination you like, but other people may find strange? Although it’s been awhile since I had this, one of my favorite combos is salted peanuts in my cola, not with my cola, but actually floating inside my bottle of soda and with each drink, I get the taste of that salty goodness.

4. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Do you think that’s true? Why or why not? Im not sure how I feel about this one. I thought once the children were out of the house that I would go back to school to earn a degree in something I wanted to do, but I find that I just don’t have the interest needed.

5. US News and World Report listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows –Washington D.C, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Williamsburg Virginia, Charleston South Carolina, Boston Massachusetts, Richmond Virginia, Savannah GA, Santa Fé New Mexico, Yellowstone, San Antonio Texas, San Francisco California, New Orléans Louisiana, and Charlottesville VA.

Of those listed how many have you seen in person? Which two sites on the list would you most like to see in person? When I was a teenager, my family visited my aunt. She lives just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. I would love to see Williamsburg at Christmas. In 1989 two months before our first daughter’s birthday we took an impromptu trip to Myrtle Beach, SC and visited Charleston, SC will in the area. We have been to Boston, MA twice over the years and this is one city I would like to visit again. Back in the late 90s, we were in Savannah, GA but it wasn’t a pleasure trip. We were only there because a friend’s mother suddenly passed away. We breezed in and out, no sight-seeing done.

6. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose? What a coincidence, I will be participating in my daily aerobic activity shortly, riding my stationary bike for 2-hours.

7. What did you like best about the city, town, or neighborhood where you grew up? There wasn’t too much to like in southern WV. When I was really young, about 5 or younger, in the nearby town, there was a curbside diner and the drugstore served food. The town a two shops where most people did their shopping. Lacy’s sold clothing and Ben Franklin had a bit of everything. There was even a Company store (owned by coal mines) where folks bought groceries, as well as some apparel, shoes, and toys. By the time I hit my early teens most of this vanished and if we wanted to do something special then it was a long drive away. Needless to say, that didn’t happen very often. The only thing that made the area likable is friends and family.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We are watching Dallas 2012 on Netflix and have nearly finished with season 2. Are you watching it? In the 80s, we watched the original Dallas TV show sporadically.  I was happy to see the writers do an outstanding job in the new production, and I can’t wait for season 3 to show up on Netflix!

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Until next time, be well and enjoy life!







#a2zchallenge #SottoPelle therapy on Tuesday Talk Time

DS came down with Strep. He was off on Good Friday, and the doctor ordered him to not work for the next 2-days. Although, his work schedule including the weekend shift at FYE, the timing couldn’t have been better. This is his second job he uses to get a few extra bucks. As of Sunday, he was still feeling awful and felt like it would be best to not go into work on Monday. Poor kiddo!


This morning’s participation in the A-Z Challenge continues. Today’s alphabet prompt ties perfectly in with my subjects of conversation.

Springtime allergies are reeking havoc on me this year. This weekend tree pollen was high. I was head achy, and constantly sneezing. The sneezing gave way to my drippy sinuses. My poor nose was sensitive and chaff from the blowing. Despite the misery, spring thrills me still! How do spring allergens affect you?

Earlier in the month, I went in for my annual GYN appointment.  While I waited, I picked up a pamphlet on hormone replacement therapy. When my eyes fell on the phrase, most female patients report that they experience improvement within several days of receiving their pellets my eyes widen with anticipation to learn more.

I have taken oral HRT, since 2006. Initially, this drug helped with some of my menopausal symptoms, but I never felt completely on track and for the past two years I feel like some symptoms have grown worse.

Last week, I began Sottopelle Therapy. This is a bio-identical hormone replacement in the form of pellets that are place just below the skin.

The process was simple and nearly painless. The only ouch came (and it wasn’t anything to cry over) when Dr. T numbed the fatty part of my hip for the incision and I didn’t feel that at all. It took less than 10-minutes to do the procedure, out the door, and on my way to a new, improved me.

Can you benefit from Sottopelle? Here are some good reasons why you might consider this type of treatment:

  • This therapy has been around since 1939
  • It’s purely natural ~ no fillers or horse urine. It’s designed to reproduce human hormones
  • Your body controls the release of hormone as needed – no more peaks and lows of traditional HRT
  • It works around the clock 24/7 releasing a low dosage directly into the blood stream that’s right for you
  • More effective than other forms of hormone therapy in treating mood swings, relief from anxiety & depression, increased mental clarity, focus, & memory, restores energy, exercise tolerance, & muscle mass,  improves cholesterol & triglycerides levels, urinary & vaginal problems,  sexual function, breast health, bone density, and  hormone ratios

It is a bit early in my treatment to make any conclusive comments on change in my hormone health, but if this is an indicator (and I hope that it is) for the past three days I noticed I think with more clearly than I have in months…even years.  The brain fog is lifting. Hooray!

Are you interested in Sottopelle? Learn more by visiting SottoPelle Therapy.


Now, it’s time to do the hop…the Tuesday morning blog hop that is. Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at. Starting first with Les from Time Out For Mom wants us to share something that made us laugh this past week.

I can’t think of anything that made me laugh as much as something that made me smile. DS’s bout with strep this Easter weekend made me think fondly of a time when I was horribly sick Easter 1996.

Springtime allergies had me absolutely knocked out in the worse way ~ stuffy head, congestion, fuzzy head,…the whole nine yards. I didn’t know what planet I was on and to this day I don’t remember much about that weekend other than this…

Okay, I knew that we were visiting the in-laws. During my waking hours, my head was in the clouds, but most of the time I was sleeping. DS missed me terribly and decided he had enough of being away from mommy. He snuggled against me and went to sleep, too. My heart aches just a bit for this poor little guy, but it gives me a warm feeling and puts on my smile on my face when I look back. It also makes me wonder, where did the years go?

Patrice’s chats on the farmhouse porch questions this week are:

  1. Do you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, or any “word” activities? I like doing word finds sometimes.
  2. What’s on your dining room table right now? A mess! My dining room table has been grand central station during our home school years and now it’s where I do all of my work on the computer. I really need to get into my dream home fast!
  3. Do you like Italian food? Definitely! I love it!
  4. Did you ever want a brother, twin, or sister, when you were a child? I don’t know,if I did or not. I just got them anyway without asking.
  5. How far away is the nearest grocery store? There is a Kroger about 2-3 miles from our house, but we rarely shop at it. Instead, we drive across town to the Super Wal-Mart to do all of our grocery shopping. It takes us about 30-minutes to get there.

For now, did someone say coffee? Oh yes, that was me. Hee-Hee! It’s time to get another refill of Joe. As luck will have it, my last stop takes us to Starbuck’s home state to visit Stacy Uncorked. She is now back in Blogosphere doing what she does best  ~ random musings on Random Tuesday Thoughts ! I’m gonna to join her linky party now. Wanna come with?


Have a terrific Tuesday!



Tuesday Talk Time: a montage of my life lately #a2zchallenge

 Despite it raining all day, I didn’t allow those Monday blues to swallow me. Music always has a happy effect on me, and if you stopped by for the A-Z Challenge yesterday then you got a chance to boogie with me.  What’s that? You missed out! No worries, there is always time to for a little one-on-one with me on the dance floor!

Tuesdays are my day to go random. I am a member of an élite group of bloggers who like to sit around in Blogosphere chatting over a cup of coffee. Oh, you belong to this group, too! That’s fabulous, then you know this morning, I am throwing together a montage of my life through photographs lately.

Good news! Motivation and moving is a paying off. In the past 3-weeks, I have lost 4-pounds. The scales read 113 yesterday. Yay, me!

happy dance 2_fotorI would love to shed two pounds this week, but as long as the number is dropping then I will happily take what I can get. 😉

How was your weekend? Ours was quite nice. In fact, the past two Saturdays we spent in the mountains.


deer grazing in the cool of the morning

Cades Cove is an isolated spot nestled in the Smoky Mountains, settled by Europeans in 1818 and families lived in the Cove up till the 1930s.


Snow on the mountains

The 11-mile loop road is one the most popular parts of the park for motor tourist and bicyclist to visit today.


Remnants of the past dot the valley ~ log cabins, churches, and graveyards. My FIL always referred to Cades Cove as a piece of heaven.

DSC_2789I think he’s right. I know the way of life in the cove was a hard one for those early pioneers. A way of life I am not accustomed to or want to know. However, I know they loved the surroundings ever bit as much as each person who passes through the valley and secretly I am sad they gave up their land for people like me to soak up.

DSC_2868It is not uncommon to see horses grazing in the field at the loop road entrance. The first Saturday, we saw plenty of deer and horses in this same spot, but none were close as this past weekend.

iPhone5s capture

iPhone5s capture

These two were curious to see what people were doing.  I made a little small talk with the blonde beauty. I asked if she knew my friend Patrice’s horse Wendell from New Jersey and all I got was, “*Neigh*!  Translated: my mother’s, cousin, sister, daughter’s son was a Wendell…but New Jersey?  *Blustery exhales!*  Translated: I don’t think so.” That’s when the solicitation for carrots followed and I knew it was time to leave.

Usually, you see a traffic wad before you see the wildlife and you know it will be something big. and that’s precisely what we were fortunate enough to come upon.

Bear DSC_2895 Spotting black bear in the mountains is a rare and spectacular event. This is the first sighting for us in a three or four years. I was so thrilled! This guy was way back in a field. I had to use my 300mm to pull him in. I am always amazed to see the number of idiots eager to run headlong into the field to see how close they can get to it. What generally happens is the animal runs off spoiling it for the onlookers from a distant.


We saw many deer enjoying the fields two Saturdays ago. I think the cooler weather (48°) contributed to our sightings but this past weekend it was 20 degrees warmer. Luckily, a small herd of deer was feeding right next to the road and I captured this little lady just as she looked straight at me.


I will be looking forward to our next day trip to the mountains. Next outing, we plan to take in the views higher up. Perhaps, Clingman’s Dome, as well as enjoy the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.


I hope you enjoyed my little photo essay. You may want to come by mid-week for my Wordless Wednesday post to see more pictures taken in Cades Cove. Now, grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit that élite group of bloggers I spoke of earlier:  Les for Tuesday Coffee Chat, Patrice’s for Chats on the farmhouse porch, and Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts!

Have a terrific Tuesday!




#a2zchallenge Gatlingburg, TN

I am into day # 8 of the A – Z Challenge. Today, I am making a mad dash to pull together my assignment after a hectic day spent at two doctor appointments. Not to worry ~ all is well. It’s just routine stuff.

Tuesdays are my official day of going random. This is actually a good thing, since I am kinda up a creek without a paddle so-to-speak with today’s post. Honestly, I have the perfect topic to talk about, but I don’t have the photos to go along with it. Can I still make it work? Let’ see…

Have you ever visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? If so, then you are familiar with the buzzing little foothills town known as Gatlinburg,, Tennessee. According to Wikipedia in 2000, the population is just under 4,000. However, during the summer tourist peak, millions of visitors from across the country converge this mountain community like flies do to honey. It truly is a sweet spot.

Gatlinburg is a popular honeymooners destination, as well as a great place to get hitched. I think, if I could have a wedding do-over then I would certainly liked getting married in one of these beautiful wedding chapels.

Cupid's Wedding Chapel

Click image to visit Cupid’s Wedding Chapel

Smoky Mountain Weddings

Click image to visit Smoky Mountain Weddings

You can even capture those blissful moments in your Gatlinburg chapel of love with local photographer, William Britten. I can’t speak for Mr. Britten’s work personally, but you can see some of his work on his site.

Gatlinburg is a fabulous get-away destination for newlyweds and families alike. Packed along the tiny strip of 441 running through the town are businesses galore – restaurants, shops, and attractions.

Places we have visited and enjoyed over the years are…

Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies

Click on image to visit Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies. (all images borrowed from Google)

Space Needle

Space Needle (my images)

Any time is a good time when visiting Gatlinburg for the sweet tastes found at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen.  One of my favorite things to see to this day is to watch the taffy pull, which is visible from the street through the store’s big window. I guess you just can’t take the little girl entirely out of the woman.

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen

Click image to visit Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. (photos borrowed from various Google sources)

Before Gatlinburg becomes inundated with outsiders and the streets are shoulder-to-shoulder people, I need to take advantage of the light crowds to have my own little photo shoot to share with you. For now, why not take a peak at what you’re missing by not visiting Gatlinburg, TN!


**This is NOT  a paid advertisement for Gatlinburg, TN or any of the businesses mentioned. It’s me sharing a little piece of heaven with you from God’s country.**

Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at. Starting first with Les from Time Out For Mom wants  us to fill in the Blank:  “I am Not My…..

I am not myself today. Gee, Les has given me a platform to do some major ranting from and this is the best I can come up with? *slap forehead* The truth of the matter is, I am a bit out of sorts with the ole fuzzy thinking syndrome. However, after yesterday’s annual GYN appointment I am a bit excited. I discovered a new-to-me type of HRT and after talking with my doctor, then I decided to allow him to draw the necessary blood work to see, if I am a candidate for this new treatment. I won’t spoil it by saying anything else until I know for sure that I am going to be undertaking the process, but just let me say this, I’m really excited. This may be the miracle I have looked for. *fingers crossed, saying a prayer*

Patrice’s chats on the farmhouse porch questions this week are:

  1.  What has kept you busy lately? The #a2zchallenge and doctor appointments.
  2. Are you making or creating anything? The only thing I am creating is daily posts.
  3. What are you really hungry for right now? Actually nothing, I’m quite satisfied.
  4. What song has stuck in your head lately? Happy by Pharell Williams
  5. If I could celebrate my upcoming birthday with you, what would we do? I think we should take a drive along the Maine coast line to visit and photograph lighthouses for the one day. Maybe, we can stop beside a little road side shop and have a cup of clam chowder or a crab/lobster roll or both. Birthdays are special without a cake, so we could get a Maine baked Whoopie Pies. LaBadies’ Bakery is one that we have tried and liked, so that’s the sweet treat I would get you, Patrice. I think after the sight-seeing we might be too tired to drive home, so we just may as well make it an overnight stay in one of those lovely bed n’ breakfasts right on the water. We can sit on the porch and chat over a hot cup of chamomile tea discussing all the fun we had while kinda wishing our husbands could be there. Oh well…that’s what the pictures are for, right? To share with our husbands when we do make it home. So, what day is your birthday? I need to pack my bag! lol Well, you know I really can’t leave my DH behind, and I suspect you wouldn’t want to leave yours either for such a big, fun day as this. We can include them, but the chat and tea time on the porch will definitely be reserved for just us girls. *wink*

For now, did someone say coffee? Oh yes, that was me. Hee-Hee! It’s time to get another refill of Joe. As luck will have it, my last stop takes us to Starbuck’s home state to visit Stacy Uncorked. She is now back in Blogosphere doing what she does best  ~ random musings on Random Tuesday Thoughts ! I’m gonna to join her linky party now. Wanna come with?

Have a terrific Tuesday!



Tuesday Talk Time

I have committed myself to the April A to Z Challenge. This is why the late hook up with this morning’s coffee chat. Chances are very good that you may find my routine daily hops taking a slight set back, as I get into a rhythm, but I will be around to visit….eventually!

It looks like combat mode is paying off, or at least in small portions. You may recall I mentioned last week my strategy to knock off some of this unwanted weight. The low-cal diet and biking are working. My new weigh-in on Sunday morning read 115. That’s 1.5 pounds less than I was the previous week. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s actually good for me.  The fight continues.

In my quest to maintain the best health, I found myself looking for ways to boost my health due to menopause related issues.  At the age of 52, I am not ready to throw in the towel. In my research, I found that a low adrenal gland function can interfere with hormone production. If you want, you can read more about this in my earlier post, here. Not worry, Dr. Cathy is on this and will report back with her successes or lack of success. Only time will tell the tale!

How was your weekend? It was rainy on Saturday, but Sunday was gorgeous. I thought of you when I took this picture.

Blooms of spring with what's that in the far distance?

Blooms of spring with what’s that in the far distance?

Starbucks! Anyone care for a cup of coffee?

Starbucks! Anyone care for a cup of coffee?

Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at. Starting first with Les from Time Out For Mom wants to know… Are you a prankster, or just another day?

Who am I going to prank? The house is empty. I am not all that original and if I attempted to trick the only person in the house and it goes sour, then who will that leave me to talk with? No one! *sigh* I do enough one-sided conversations throughout the day, as it is. I don’t need to extend that into the evening, as well. That’s okay, I have never been big into pulling April Fool’s day pranks. It’s just another day for me. However, I do love hearing about or seeing what other people’s creative, mischievous minds come up with, though.

Patrice’s chats on the farmhouse porch questions this week are:

  1. What’s your favorite method of travel? Car…remember I’m a big scaredy-cat and you won’t catch me traveling by airplane or boat.
  2. If you wear jewelry, are you more likely to wear silver or gold? Gold jewelry looks best against my skin.
  3. How often do you wear sunglasses? Usually, when we are in the car or out for the day. I squint too much without shades protecting my eyes.
  4. Which would be easier for you to leave undone (for a short period), dishes or laundry? Really both can go undone for a short period with only the two of us in the house now.
  5. On a scale of 1-10 (1=hardly any, somewhere in between, 10 = house is full), how much clutter have you collected? 11…oh wait, that’s off the scale. But, so is our clutter! Our slow-pace de-cluttering made only a dent in what we have.

For now, did someone say coffee? Oh yes, that was me. Hee-Hee! It’s time to get another refill of Joe. As luck will have it, my last stop takes us to Starbuck’s home state to visit Stacy Uncorked. She is now back in Blogosphere doing what she does best  ~ random musings on Random Tuesday Thoughts! I’m gonna to join her linky party now. Wanna come with?

Have a terrific Tuesday!



Tuesday Talk Time: Combat Mode


I’m in total combat mode! Why? I’ve been a major slacker in my dieting. At the start of the New Year I felt charged with enthusiasm to get things cranking. The truth is I just wasn’t emotionally on board. However, warmer weather is on the loom, and it’s painfully clear it’s time to push myself to melt some unwanted pounds pronto. It’s won’t be an easy battle and it may get down right ugly. Determined to my guns and if necessary going completely nuclear with my approach. Continue reading