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Skywatch Friday: Snow in the Smoky’s

The cold weather is keeping me indoors a lot lately, which means no new photos to share. That being said, I have a need to create and decided to use my photo-editor of choice to play with today’s picture, Snow in the Smoky’s.

Snow in the Smoky's

Photo-editing changes: cropped image, added copyright, and applied the light leak effect (that’s the light spots on my photo).

I bet you five bucks there is snow on the Smoky’s now. The weather has been perfect for it all week!

I’m linking up with the SWF team and invite you to join other photo enthusiasts across the net. Next up, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I celebrate…

  • hot tea, hot chocolate, hot coffee! A hot beverage in my hand makes me warm and snugly all over.
  • cozy, fluffy socks and plush sweats! This house isn’t well insulated, so I dressing in layers helps when not active indoors.
  • well stocked pantry! It’s very good that we aren’t forced to grocery shop on the coldest days and have the luxury in picking the best day of the week to run errands.
  • not living in an area where the temperatures are colder (and stay longer), and the wind is stouter, and there’s lots of snow! I really am blessed living in East Tennessee. We generally experience mild conditions during the winter. The worse part is usually when it’s cold for a long time that any precipitation we get is in the form of ice and that’s not good. ?
  • getting rid of a little more clutter! Being stuck indoors isn’t all that bad. It forces us to do constructive things, like throw out things we don’t need anymore. lol

Life should be celebrated, even when it seems like you have no reason to. Just look around, I bet you’ll see something good! What are you celebrating?

One way to celebrate is with  Friendship Friday and Friday Features Linky Party, where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration to boot! That’s a wrap for now. Before you go, check out my latest edition of Battle of the Bands up next. Have a fototastic day!

Disclaimer: The above is an affiliated link, this is my photo-editor of choice, and if you make a purchase using it then I will earn a few pennies. Let me say in advance, thank-you! ?

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

How cold is too cold?

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I crawled out of bed at 5am to a bone chilling 7℉. What a way to start the day! For the next few days Knoxvillans will think they are in a freezer.


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You know it’s cold outside when

Winter is DEFINITELY here! And, that’s no laughing matter to this southern gal. You know it’s really cold outside when you see….

Okay, it’s not THAT cold in the Tennessee Valley, but….

Keep warm… keep smiling… and a have fantastic weekend!

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When Hell freezes over


The old saying when Hell freezes over surely must have come to pass this week with more than half of the country in a deep freeze.  One news source claims record low temps will cost US $5B as millions forced to stay at home.


Local Meteorologists were tracking the impending arctic blast that was sweeping across the country on Sunday. With the threat of ice precipitation followed by snow accumulation, DH made the call to try to go to work after the sun rises. Monday morning, we woke with snow on the ground and bitter temps. Our highs for the day of 21° came at 8am and the temperatures fell all day.

The snow that fell was a dry powder. A thick layer of ice coated DH’s car windshield. It took him about half an hour to clean it off before he could leave for the day. Our street had some ice, but Knoxville main arteries were clear. DH later reported to me that our back streets were ice-covered and quite tricky in spots. Thankfully, he got to and from work okay.


By Tuesday morning a report claimed at least 49 cities with record-breaking lows. DH bundled up in layers to keep him snugly warm before braving the cold and arrived at work safely. Knoxville was among the list of record breakers reporting a bone-chilling 2°.  Did your city make the cut? Don’t feel bad, if it didn’t.

These cartoons are funny, but none of us will be laughing when our utility bills arrive next month that’s for sure. I wonder what became of Al Gore’s global warming crisis. Oh yeah, the sun was frozen, too.

My T2Q:

How do you combat winter’s cold snaps?

What was the temperature at your home Tuesday morning?


Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

I did not get to link up Patrice on Tuesday for Chats on the Farmhouse Porch, so I am joining in today.

  1. How much baking did you do before and after Christmas? I didn’t do much baking this Christmas, either before or after. The only thing I baked this year was an Italian Cream Cake and Gingerbread cookies.
  2. Do you get more inspired to bake when the temps are cooler? Sometimes, but not lately. I think I prefer to not think about baking unless it is something that isn’t sweet. I need to stay away from stuff like that.
  3. Do you have any food intolerance or allergies? I am lactose intolerant. Supposedly, I am allergic to pecans and tuna, but I do not avoid them. Why I even have hot cocoa occasionally made with milk. Just as long as I don’t drink a lot of it,  then the fall-out isn’t too bad.
  4. When was the last time you were in a restaurant? The last time we dined out was in August when we took the children to Bravo for a family dinner. We don’t eat out often.
  5. What’s your favorite accent(speech)? I like a variety of accents, but my favorite may be of the Irish or Scots. Perhaps, it’s my own Irish roots which make me partial to this speech.
  6. My favorite time of the year is when the earth bursts alive in the spring with its colors.

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Where Did The Good Stuff Go?

Last week, my DH began to show signs of not being well. You know, achy joints, congestion, stuffiness, and coughing. He didn’t have a fever, though. On Wednesday of last week, I noticed I was beginning to feel not quite right. I chalked it up to as an allergy flare-up since I was moving some dusty stuff around. Wiped out by the weekend but I had no aches in the body just lots of congestion and lethargy, which brings me to my ramblings. NyQuil the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, so you can rest medicine DOESN’T work anymore! At least not for my DH or myself.

What’s going on with NyQuil? Years ago, we would reluctantly take NyQuil because it would clobber us so badly we would have trouble getting up the next morning. Do you remember that? Is this still happening with you? Well, it certainly isn’t with us.

My DH and I took NyQuil last week in hopes to get a good night’s rest. I slept soundly for a few hours and then woke up. My nose was so stuffed up, I couldn’t fall back to sleep for well over an hour. The room just spun around and around while I lay in bed praying for sleep to fall upon me. A similar thing happened to my DH, too.

The bottom line is Vick’s has changed the formula. They no longer use the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which really makes this the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, so you can rest medicine. I suspect this all came about with the new regulations on OTC meds to make it harder for the bad boys making meth.

Where did the good stuff go? Supposedly, you can still get this active ingredient behind the pharmacy counter. It sounds like you’re trying to buy something dirty, instead of a cold remedy. Anyhow, I can not speak with any authority on this matter since I haven’t inquired at my local Wal-Mart pharmacy to see if this is true or not.  However, according to the net (and you know it must be true) to purchase any product with pseudoephedrine, you have to show your id and sign a logbook.

Dah, don’t you think the bad boys can get a fake id? It’s not like they aren’t afraid to break the law or somethin’, you know? Isn’t that frustrating or what? I mean, the honest and innocent Mrs. Suzie Homemaker buys the good meds to help her family combat a nasty cold, and then something goes wrong with the system. Mrs. Suzie Homemaker gets carted off to jail one day accused of buying pseudoephedrine to make meth in her kitchen. I don’t trust the system. It has Big Government written all over it!

You can call me paranoid (Maybe, I should leave the house under an umbrella to camouflage myself from satellite surveillance), or you can call me strangely cautious.  *eerie music fades out** Let’s just leave it at that. Somethings are better left unsaid, don’t you agree? *big cheesy smile*

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she’s holding down the fort while Keely @ UnMom continues to take a break!

Oh yeah, it’s Valentine’s Day! Here are a couple of pictures of my red velvet cake I made for my DH. I took a wee bit of a short cut this year, I used Duncan Hines boxed Red Velvet cake mix, but I made my cream cheese frosting. For boxed cake mixes Duncan Hines is great!


Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my bloggy pals!  XOXO!!!

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Cold Feet – Day 18 G2KM Blog Challenge

Cold feet?  Not cold feet as in “backing out” of a situation, like in marriage, “I’ve got cold feet”.  I mean, “I’ve got cold feet because I can’t get them warm.”  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had problems with cold feet and hands.  The cooler months only add to my problem.


Do you have cold feet?  I read that women are nine times more likely to suffer from cold feet than men. If you’re like me, then you may find this article interesting: The curse of cold feet: Why women suffer more than men from icy toes… and what we can do about it this piece has some valuable info worthy of mental digestion.

Cold feet can be a warning sign of something wrong.  Don’t underestimate something seemly so benign as harmless.  According to my Google digging around, chronic cold feet could be related to PVD (Peripheral vascular disease) which is a medical term given to a group of conditions causing cold feet and legs. Patients with Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Raynauld Diaseasm Arthritis and Cerebral Palsy are at risk for this condition. Most of these disorders most of us would not give a second thought about, but the which concerns me most is Diabetes. Everyone can relate to this either first hand or know someone who has it. Don’t ignore your cold hands. It could be a reason to consult your physician.

The next time your hubby complains about your cold feet when you snuggle beneath the sheets, remind him this is the “better or WORSE” part of your marriage vows.  And, trust me, my husband has had 31 years of cold feet, if it doesn’t get any worse than cold feet, then you both will have many happy years together, too!

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