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1977 The King Dies,The Force, 2 Crazy Guys, & More #tbt

Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! I presenting to you my retro post editions on a new day with a new name, Throw Back Thursday (formerly Way Back Wednesday) with a look back in time to 1977!


The year the King of Rock n’ Roll died!

ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII (Aired 04/04/73) Gary Null, Photographer

This past August 16th marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Do you remember this world breaking news? I do. I was sitting in the living room with then DBF (now DH) on the sofa when the report cut into our TV programming. My jaw hit the floor with the passing of this legend. He was only 42 at the time of his death.

I found supposedly this quote by Elvis just before his death after meeting Scientologists who tried to recruit him.

Elvis fumed: “The hell with those people. There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with that s.o.b. group. All they want is my money.”

Star Wars IV, New Hope, released in theatres in May of 1977 and is the second highest grossing movie in North America for which we all recognize the popular quote, “May the force be with you“. We didn’t actually see this film until after we got married in 1979.

Saturday Night Live was the popular late night TV viewing for many and became the springboard for two comedians. I didn’t watch it much because I’m not a night owl but I do remember Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd characters, mostly from watching the show after getting married.


Popular TV Shows I watched…

  1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
  2. Happy Days (ABC)
  3. Three’s Company (ABC)
  4. Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
  5. All in the Family (CBS)
  6. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
  7. Alice (CBS)
  8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
  9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
  10. 60 Minutes (CBS)

I didn’t watch MASH or 60 Minutes much in those years. I had a greater appreciation for both shows by the time I was in my early 20s and 30s, especially M*A*S*H. I only liked watching the Andy Roony segment on 60 Minutes.


I’m not sure when these individual clips originally ran on 60 Minutes but they are a lot of fun to watch. Rooney’s humorous commentaries are sure to make you smile. They do me!

This is also the year, DH graduated high school. I can’t believe it’s been 40 years! In this time, he’s lost classmates and friends.  It’s sad how the hands of time give one the shaft in so many ways. He started college in the fall and I began grade 10. Just look at me, aren’t I cute? lol Geez, my face is chubby! We called DD#2 “Chubby Checks” when she was little. She favors me the most but you see her daddy in her, too.  Anywho, those pencil eyebrows were the thing and parting one’s hair in the middle was the style. Neither really suited me. My appearance hasn’t changed a lot over the years, I don’t think, except my eyebrows aren’t this thin and I part (sorta) my a hair to one side (see me here).


Where were you and what were you doing in 1977?


I can’t close out the year without sharing some popular mewsic with you. Hit play while you read my responses to Joyce’s Wednesday Hodgepodge questions!




That’s all for now. I want to encourage you to join my email circulation (see side menu) to not miss the latest mews from Curious as a Cathy and I hope to see you tomorrow at Friday Fun Stuff for some giggles.















A tribute to Roger Moore #goodbye #JamesBond

Yesterday, Roger Moore age 89 passed away in Switzerland after a short fight with cancer. Today, I honor the man who took 007’s character to a lighter, funnier side compared to his predecessor by sharing theme mewsic from his James Bond flicks.

His first three Bond movies –  Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) I didn’t see when they released in theaters (we owe the entire Bond Collection now). It was after DH and I got married before I watched any of these and I can’t swear to it if I saw them at the movies or caught them on TV.  It doesn’t really matter because these iconic films are a part of my favorite all-time action movies.




Roger Moore will always be The Spy Who Loved Me. I  often sing the theme mewsic to DH.

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best


Moonraker (1979) is the first James Bond movie to release the year we got married, so I definitely recall seeing this film at the theater. It was awesome to see on the big screen.


You gotta admire the producers and directors in the early years for incorporating all the hot babes in the opening sequences setting the viewers up for more of that James Bond playboy charm and I fondly recall For Your Eyes Only (1981) and perhaps my all-time favorite Moore Bond film. We saw it at least three times in the theaters and bought Sheena Easton’s US hot ranking (#4) song!

Throughout Roger Moore’s reign as James Bond, there was more comic relief than others past or present movies that I recall. Maybe I’m remembering wrong but I could be right on this.  In the 1983 film Octopussy there are a few unforgettable movie quotes that left the audience laughing out loud or snickering sheepishly.

James Bond (Moore): [Q’s mechanized version of the “Indian Rope Trick” malfunctions] Having problems keeping it up, Q?

Q (Desmond Llewelyn): Experimental model!

James Bond (Moore): [looking at the tattoo on Magda’s back] Forgive my curiosity, but, what is that?

Magda (Kristina Wayborn): That’s my little octopussy.


A View to a Kill (1985)  was Roger Moore’s last film as James Bond.  I read it was his least favorite of his Bond movies and I’d have to agree but it was good nonetheless. I found this bit of trivia interesting from IBDb.

Roger Moore said that he decided to end his run as James Bond when he realized that Tanya Roberts‘s mother was younger than he was. However, Albert R. Broccoli said he wanted a younger actor for the next film The Living Daylights (1987) and would not have kept Moore as Bond anyway. Broccoli felt that retaining Moore, who was 57, for this film had been a mistake. Contrary to what some sources have said, Moore was never offered another Bond film after this one.


According to IMDB, Moore’s Bond never actually uttered the line shaken, not stirred when ordering a martini in any of his 007 movies. He also never drove the spy’s famed Aston Martin.

I found two fun articles Roger Moore Had the Greatest Gadgets in the History of Bond and The Wittiest James Bond in History I enjoyed reading this morning during my search.

The news of Roger Moore’s passing was bittersweet.  I was sad that he died but thankful for having known him on the big screen as James Bond.  His good-looks and classy sophistication captured the hearts of women around the world. I was not offended by his Bond character’s playboy antics. I saw a man who loved women with a certain tenderness. Maybe that was Moore’s personality shining through but he gave me the sense that his sexual escapades were more than just a one night stand if his bed buddy didn’t wind up getting killed or his duties to Queen and country didn’t take precedent. Through his acting career, Roger Moore became a person I felt like I would want to meet someday because his goodness radiated through his eyes and smile. Unfortunately, I won’t get that chance in this lifetime. Perhaps in the afterlife, I will.

Roger Moore had a colorful life with women.  He leaves behind wife #4, Kristina Tholstrup and three children from a previous marriage.  The BBC reported his children statement which read, “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.” These words touched me deeply. Moore’s kids appreciated and understood the value of their Dad not only in their lives but through the eyes of his fans.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Moore family. May God’s loving presence give you comfort and strength in the coming days as you adjust to facing life without your husband, father, grandfather, and friend. God bless!


You will be missed, Mr. Bond!











How will I remember my birthday this year for many years to come? I will tell you… the day the world went a little crazy in the Newton, Connecticut community!

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary weights heavy on every person’s heart this morning. It stunned me to learn this news and surprisingly I’ve realized over the years there is slime on this earth waiting to perpetrate these sorts of violent acts against all people even children. My heart grieves for the parents who lost their babies, for the wives or husbands who lost their spouses, and for the children who lost a parent in this nonsensical madness.
Everyone is screaming, “This doesn’t make sense!” In a twisted kind of way, be thankful it is because this means you are not only healthy mentally but your God-given conscience would never allow you to slump into such darkness to commit such a heinous deed.

The media will for days and weeks and months make the “gun” the source of evil. Let me just say, there is nothing evil about a gun. Make no mistake, it is this person who murdered these innocent lives who is evil and not the gun.

You can choice to like or dislike guns or even own one or not. That’s your prerogative. However, when liberal people try to strip my Second Amendment rights then…well let’s just leave it at that. I’m sure you get my point.
To all those personally affected by the shooting, I am sorry for what you’re going through. I am simply at a loss.  There are no words I can utter to match the sadness I feel for these families and greater still the sorrow they carry. All I can do is offer my prayers. Hopefully, my prayers and the prayers of many thousand others will lift those of you during this difficult journey forced on people in Newton, CT.

I want to thank you for praying for my grandma. Last Tuesday night, she went home to be with the Lord and Grandpa. She had another stroke the Saturday before and being a Diabetic (along with many other health problems) her body began shutting down. My heart aches over Grandma’s passing, but I know our loss is heaven’s gain. I’m filled with the comfort in knowing Grandma now has a new body and mind. Who am I to deny such a loving, generous person her spot in paradise?  In the Arms of an Angel lifted from this life into the next. Goodbye Grandma, I will miss and love you always!



In honor of Grandma here’s a playlist consisted of angel songs just to remind me that Grandma now has wings to fly free of earthly pain.


Why not join me as I visit these lovelies….

Stacy friendandfollow

Have a terrific Tuesday!







Staycation to Death in the Family {RTT}

Photo borrowed from The Roaming Boomers

September 1-11 was our block of time for our second staycation while our darling kiddo spent his end of summer break with his grandparents. This is something we do not get on a regular basis despite our son’s age. lol.  We delivered our son to his grandparents on Friday, then jetted back home while making a lovely diversion to visit our dear friends in western North Carolina.  You may recall I mentioned making an Italian Cream Cake to take to their home from last week’s post.  I’m delighted to report, my culinary attempt was a success – everyone enjoyed it.

The weekend went off without a hitch.  We enjoyed dining at one of our favorite restaurants Saturday night, Copper Cellar and then on Sunday we grabbed some hamburgers for the first time at Five Guys, which was good – not as good as homemade, but better than quick burgers!

Monday was a very rainy Labor Day and we discovered a new roof leak. *sigh* My darling husband and son spent last fall replacing the roof vent because of the poor design was the culprit of the leaking problems. The repair seemed to do well until now. We don’t know if it’s been damaged or its a torn shingle or what. Hopefully, this weekend we can figure this out.

Back to Labor Day activities.  Tropical Storm Lee was over top of us and was letting us have it big time forcing us to stay home all day. That was quite okay, too. It was nice to have a leisurely day around the house with my husband.

Tuesday morning, the rain continued. By early afternoon, the storm began to break up and we ventured out to the Fresh Market in search of Jarlsberg cheese after being introduced to it by our friends.  This is the best Swiss cheese we have ever eaten. We had good fortune in finding it at the Fresh Market, as hoped. FYI…Sam’s Club has it at a very good price and we plan to make a special trip to buy some with a free day pass I found on the net.

We were driving along Kingston Pike after getting our cheese when my phone rang. It was my daughter, Nicole. She was crying.

Me: What’s wrong?
Nicole: I have some sad news.
Me: What’s that? (I braced myself thinking the news was about her…or her boyfriend…or my other daughter.)
Nicole: Hope (my niece) tried calling you. Grandpa Crockett (this is her great-grandpa) died. You need to call grandma (my mom).

I knew Grandpa’s day were numbered because of declining health. I still wasn’t prepared to get the news.  I choked back the tears, as I tried to comfort her.  It was important for her to understand Grandpa was a Christian and was now in heaven.

The rest of the week was literally gray and despite learning of my grandpa’s death, we did our best to enjoy most of our time together.  I knew Grandpa wouldn’t want us to be sad.  Instead of mourning our loss, we celebrated his life. Sometimes, we laughed and other times we cried.

I dedicate this song to my grandpa…Crockett Hagerman an old-time preacher man from the rural hills of McDowell County in West Virginia who served the Lord with his whole heart, soul, body, and mind.

Grandpa,  I shall miss you, but my love for you lives on. Until we see each other again, let me say good-bye!

I’ve rebelled with the help of Stacy Uncorked (thanks, Stacy! ) since Keely @ UnMom has taken a break. This is my time to let go. I know, you’ll feel right at home with the rest of us, as you unleash your randomness. You won’t run into any odd ball looks here because anything goes! C’mon on, join the weekly fun with this cool meme and tell Stacy, “Cathy sent ya!”





It Happens In A Blink


I got a reminder this morning of how fragile life is from a blogger, Shelley.  This week brought a sad close to a chapter in her life with the passing of her dear friend, Erik.  He was not only a friend to Shelley but a husband and father.

The video above was placed on her blog.  The words are absolutely beautiful.  The message spoke to my heart.  “It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash…”  None of us are immune to the untimely, unsettling effects of death.  A blink or flash is too quick…too short and then what we know as is will be gone.  This rattles me to the realization, I need to make the most of every day.  Why can’t I just see this before some one’s life gets snuffed away?

Our heavenly Father promised us we’ll one day be reunited with those we love.  I believe this. God’s reassurance fills my spirit with peace.  But for now, I need to slow down.  I need to make the best of my time on earth.  No one knows what tomorrow will hold.  ‘Slow down before our today becomes yesterday,’ as the song reminds us.  Facing the future with regrets would be haunting.

Please join me in prayer for Erik’s family.  It matters not, we do not know him or his family or his friends, but the Bible tells in Matthew 18:20…“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  There is strength in our prayer numbers when we uplift another on their behalf.  They will sense God’s presence is a special way, I believe.

After you’ve talked with God about this family, then make a point starting this moment to live your life, like there is no tomorrow.  I know I am going to.  Take a second, if  you would be so kind to visit Shelley @Finding My Life In Faith  and to offer her a little encouragement and love by leaving her a comment.

Thank you and God bless each one!

Image by FlamingText.com





I cried often while reading the pages of Rebecca Lester Lightbourn’s  “A 9/11 Mother’s Journey of Grief” in her story released by Tate Publishing last month. A parents’ worse fear is losing a child, but when that fear becomes reality then life almost ceases to exist for a time.

Rebecca unfolded the events of 9/11 and the aftermath that forever changed her and her family’s life. She shared the tearful frustrations of not knowing if her daughter, Samantha, would come home again, the unbearable first-hand encounter of the Pentagon the day after the attack, the heart wrenching briefings on the rescue/recovery process, and the greed of others at her daughter’s expense.

I found it amazing for this woman to be confronted with so many adversities in a small space of time. However, amidst all the chaos and confusion her faith in God remained intact. God granted her the ability to make hard decisions on short notice.

CRY FROM THE PENTAGON will touch your very core and you will sense Rebecca’s experience as your own.

To get your autographed copy of Rebecca’s book, she will be at the Pentagon on October 13th for a book signing for those in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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