There won’t be any summer vacations for this Girl From Knoxville but I’m happy spending time in My Tennessee Mountain Home.
Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! The M4 (borrowed from John at The Sound of One Hand Typing) gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and I welcome you to the best dance party in Blogosphere!
This week’s spotlight dancer is my good pal, Mary, Mary quite contraire aka Jingle, Jangle, Jungle and she came up with our fun theme, “Summer is a time for vacationing, so how about songs that have locations in their titles”. Congrats, my friend! It’s time to hit the dance floor, so grab a partner and have some fun.
Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! New years mean new beginnings. I felt for a while that my Friday posts are too long to enjoy and I decided to make some temporary changes. If these changes work then I’ll make them permanent. For now, it’s experimental, so please hang with me while I make adjustments.
The first thing I’m doing is presenting Skywatch Friday on Thursday and here are today’s photo contributions. At the end of November wildfires in the Smoky Mountains did 500 million dollars worth of damage killing more than a dozen people and injuring hundreds more. These photos cannot tell the horror of this disaster but you most certainly can see the scares in its aftermath.
The above view, I’m facing the Sugarlands Valley and the below picture is to my backside. The hillsides from south of Gatlinburg going across 441 toward Cherokee you can see evidence of the wildfires. What is surprising is you can still smell the burnt wood!
I’m not an expert and know nothing about how firefighters battle a blaze but it seems they did a great job at containing the fire given the horrific conditions they were up against – drought and gusty winds.
Along with weekly sky view photographs, I’m including my Celebrate The Small Things segment.
I’m celebrating…the countless volunteers who fought the wildfires and to those serving the community. I celebrate the kindhearted people who donated time, resources, and money in help with the rebuilding process. I’m thankful to not know of such things and far away from this terror. I am more so grateful there are a lot of compassionate folks who want to help my fellow East Tennessee neighbors. I celebrate the good news that the authorities arrested two teenagers suspected of setting fire to the Smoky’s and honestly I hope the law doesn’t go easy on them. Dolly Parton held a telethon last month and raised $9M for Her People and if you’d like to contribute funds, then you can do so through her site, here.
One last thing I’m celebrating is what I call the perfect Christmas gift, not for me or DH but DD#2 and her husband. We knew exactly what we what to get them soon after they got home from their Maine vacation after a disappointing upset of not finding a Maine-themed, Maine-made mug. That’s when I began by asking Google and to my happy surprise found the perfect mugs from Peasley Pottery.
DD#2 and her husband went bonkers over the mugs. She photographed her mug filled with homemade hazelnut hot chocolate with whipped topping for me to use on my blog. Looks delicious, eh? Yum! The owner and potter, Nancy Peasley, was wonderful to work with. There was a hiccup with our order. She did an outstanding job in making sure things got straightened out and because she did such a fantastic job, I decided to add a clickable button in my side menu for others to find Peasley Pottery. I like helping people out who deserve it, don’t you? I will tell you this, we plan to buy some of these moose mugs for ourselves. That’s how much we like them! 😉
What are you celebrating?
See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!
Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.
I hope you enjoyed this mornings Christmas mewsic and I appreciate you making me a part of your Monday morning. Also one special announcement, I offered to fill in as co-host for Monday’s Music Moves Me with XmasDolly for as long as she needs me. This month’s theme is “Christmas anything”! This is our last full week together before DH starts his new job next week, so I’ll do my level best to respond and make return visits in between our activities. ?
Over the weekend we watched the second chapter in Dolly’s Smoky Mountain Christmas memories (you can watch it here) and her song, Circle of Love touched my heart deeply.
A personal note… Dolly sang her song at the end of the movie and I prefer her singing it best but I couldn’t find a YouTube vid to share with only her.
That’s it for today, don’t forget to join me for not-so Wordless Wednesday!
Good morning, kittens & dawgs! It’s Labor Day, I’m saluting every person in this failing economy whose trying to earn a living. You know who you are! It’s scary with all the outsourcing going on and a tight job market. We know how you feel coz DH has been out of work for a while now. But, we’re Americans – red, white, and blue to the core, baby! “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”
Lend a hand, pat a back, give a high 5, shout out way-to-go, and say a prayer. Today’s music is in honor of the American worker!
Thanks for stopping by for the dance and for including me in your day. You’re invited to tag along with me as I dance over to see the ?Monday’s Music Moves Me? crew to join their linky party. Have a tunetastic week and I hope you’ll join in tomorrow for What ever happened to…?series!
Good day, Kittens and dawgs! I blinked; Christmas was over and the calendar flipped over ushering in a new year and as quick as a sneeze here we are mid way through this brand new month of this brand new year.
What I really want to know is, did you miss me the first go round of BoTB? Well, I missed you! The break was VERY much needed. I’m now ready to get my game on and back in the swing of things.
Dolly Parton wrote and recorded the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5 theme song, which turned out to be her biggest hits of the decade.
I know you want to, but please refrain from voting for Dolly. The original isn’t part of today’s competition. It serves only as reference and enjoyment.
Here’s a fun fact. Wikipedia says..
While filming the movie, Dolly found she could use her long acrylic fingernails to simulate the sound of a typewriter. She wrote the song on set by clicking her nails together and forming the beat.
Now it’s time punch the clock and get down to business. Meet contender #1 Melinda Schneider & Beccy Cole.
Next, my personal favorite and a gal from right here in Knoxville, Tennessee. Contender # 2, 2015 The Voice runner-up, Miss Emily Ann Roberts!
Which artist does 9 to 5 better, Melinda Schneider & Beccy Cole or Emily Ann Roberts? Please leave your answer in comments; if you have time and want to share what makes your pick the “best” of the two, then I’d love to hear about it.
I want to thank the brain child behind this cool, bi-monthly meme, Fae. I’m looking forward to another year of band showdowns. There’s no time to rest on your laurels! The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit this little shindig hop coördinator, Stephen, who manages a list of amazing repeat bloggers participating.
I’m gonna close the polls at midnight on the 22nd and I’ll report the results on the 25th when I join the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew. Mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named! Thanks for joining in on the fun. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with for your entertainment only Home Free covering Dolly’s original.