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Girl From Knoxville spending time in My Tennessee Mountain Home


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.


Although we aren’t taking a formal summer vacation doesn’t mean we won’t be doing anything because there is plenty to do in Tennessee! I’ll leave you my YouTube Tennessee Songs playlist to enjoy.


I hope all the dads out there had a grand Father’s Day. You do so much and often get the short end of the straw with the kids. I applaud you!

One more thing, before you shimmy off, I’d like to ask you to vote in my A Father’s Day Tribute #BoTB Showdown.That’s it for now, have a summertasticday!



Now on Thursdays – Skywatch Friday & CTST Vol. 1

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.










Spirit of Christmas

Good morning Kittens and Dawgs! I’m kicking off the first full week of December with the Spirit of Christmas starting with Ray Charles!


If you’re a fan of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation then you’ll recognize this touching song. The first time I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes. How about you?

Once Thanksgiving passes, then I can’t help but get That Christmas Feeling. Do you?


When it comes right down to it, There’s No Place Like Home for the Holiday with the ones I love and I know you feel the same way.


Do you have a fond Christmas memory you’d care to share?  Did you carry any of your parents’ traditions over to your own? What’s the last Christmas song you listened to prior to visiting me?

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!










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Honoring the American Worker

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!












These songs were inspired picks found on Top 100 Labor Day and American Worker Songs. I hope you enjoyed my mewsic choices today. You’re invited to vote in last week’s BoTB, The sing-off between The Dandy Warhols and Skye, covering Blondie’s hit song Call Me. And, if you want more mewsic, still then check out my Saturday Songsuasion feature Ships Have Sailed.

Let’s show some love in recognition to hard-working men and women in our country with this tweet-out.

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!


You deserve a little break. Enjoy it!

What are you listening to this Labor Day weekend?







9 to 5 #BOTB showdown

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.


Have a bandtastic day!

I'll be Bach

#AprilA2Z Old Days – Meet My Grandparents Part II #genealogy

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! I interrupt the regular program to bring you this special announcement…. I preëmpt all routine posts to bring you my contributions to this month’s largest blogging event. Don’t worry, normal posting will resume next month like clockwork (I hope). Meanwhile, I invite you to stick around to enjoy the #AprilA2Z fun!


How are things with you? Life is good. In Meet my grandparents part I, you met my maternal grandparents. Today, I want to tell you what I know about my other set of grandparents in the Old Days – Meet My Grandparents Part II!

The history on my dad’s side is a bit sketchy at best. I didn’t spend a lot of time with my paternal grandparents as I did my other set of grandparents.  Although, Dolly is younger than my daddy I felt this song was right for this morning’s music choice. Let me start by introducing to you my grandmother….

Nancy Roberts


ROBERTS Nancy "Nannie"BC

Grandma is the sweetheart to the far right in this vintage photo. I don’t know who the others are, but in time I will gather their names. Photographed circa 1924

My paternal grandfather is a bit of a mystery, but grandma named Daddy’s biological father years ago. Long story short (maybe another time), Grandma never married. Meet…

Arther Lester


The woman in the photo is Arther Lester’s wife (not my grandma). I borrowed this photo from a relative on Facebook or Ancestry.

In my young years, Grandma lived with old man Lige Estep. This is another story in itself and I doubt I’ll ever learn everything to give the story justice, but Lige is Grandma’s step-father.


ROBERTS Ligie Estep, Nannie, & daddy BC

Pictured left to right: Lige Estep, Grandma, Daddy, and an unknown woman with a little girl. Kneeling in front is Dee Roberts (Daddy’s brother) and an unknown boy.  I suspect it’s the mid-50s judging Daddy’s youthful appearance.

Grandma was a kind person full of laughs. I don’t think I ever saw her mad in all of my life. I recollect fondly of her with a cup of coffee in her hand and always laughing about something someone shared. In many ways, I see this very quality in my daddy. Of course, I have seen my daddy mad, but this post isn’t about him. lol

ROBERTS grandma 1980BCGrandma died from cancer in September 1980. She was 72 years old. Her story has interested me for years and I want to write a fiction novel loosely based on her life. I penned a snippet a year ago, but I have yet to finish penning my inspirations. I guess I time to get off my duff and do something about it!

What is your favorite, old days memory? Do you draw inspiration in your writings from old family members? Have you recorded digitally (audio or video) any of their old stories?

Follow me while I visit some out-of-this-world bloggers taking part in the outstanding A2Z blogging event!




Take Me Home Country Roads

Welcome to 132nd edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me.  This week’s theme is “Songs that tell a story of your life“!

Whenever I think of my life, I always think of John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Roads song. It was a favorite of mine in 1971 hitting the charts at #2 and still today it remains a favorite tied to sentimental feelings. Join me as I paint a picture through songs – a story of my life!


Coming from humble beginnings from the Appalachian hills of McDowell CountyHome of the Rocket Boys (A.K.A October Sky), I am a southern West Virginia gal at heart.  In my quest to find the ultimate West Virginia songs, I stumbled upon this slideshow presentation of the area I call home set to Kathy Mattea’s  Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia...  


The mountaineer’s way of life can be found in the coalfields. It’s a hard labor, but essential for the coal miner’s existence and our country’s dependency on coal.  I always felt proud and still do to say, I’m a coal miners’ daughter….

My years in my native home state were short. At the tender age of 17, I married and moved away. The summer of 1979 this became my new home…


The Osborne Brothers did the original, but I decided to use Buck Owens version of Rocky Top. This old classic is the fight song of the University of Tennessee’s – Knoxville. Big Orange fan’s sense a swell of pride as the school’s marching band performs this tune dozens of times throughout a game.

Dolly Parton, one of American’s great female country artists, is not only from East Tennessee, but she got her start here in Knoxville in 1956 on The Cas Walker Show. Unlike Dolly who grew up in the Tennessee hills, the mountains are a short call away for us. However, on clear days, we can see those beautiful Smoky Mountains from our home and although, we are not native Tennesseans we feel like the Tennessee mountains are our home.


Are you ready to get dancing? Admission to this awesome dance party is totally doable. Here’s what you do….

  • Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice
  • Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button
  • Follow all 4 hosts, including the honorary co-host.
  • Link your 4M below

Hostess of this virtual dance party is Marie of XmasDolly along with her co-hostesses:

  • Callie of JAmericanSpice
  • Stacy of Stacy Uncorked
  • Cathy Kennedy’s Blog (my old blog)
  • And, this month’s honorary co-host is Naila Moon from Just the stuff you know!

Our spotlight dancer tops the linky line up in the number one spot – Congratulations, my friend!

Go ahead, shake your bootie with any of the fellow rockin’ bloggers below and if you wanna make put a smile on someone’s face today then be sure to leave them a comment!

Next stop… your place!  What music tells the story of your life?

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