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Sun. Fun. Water. Sand.

Welcome to 133rd edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me.  This week’s theme is “your choice“!

The winter blues have my mind on one thing and one thing only. Sun. Fun. Water. Sand. Okay, four things.  Let our minds drift to some Hot Fun in the Summertime as we take this party to the beach! 






Did you feel the sun’s warmth crease your body or the giddiness of vacation fun rise within or the surf spray on your skin?

If you’re like me then perhaps you felt a little temptation to lay bareback in the sun or splash in the waves without any clothes before winter’s chill snapped me back to reality. *sigh* Think happy thoughts – spring will be here this week with the promise of the warmer days to come. Now, that’s better!

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 dance party is Marie of XmasDolly along side with her lovely co-hosts:

  • 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!

Please visit XmasDolly to link up this week.  I’m taking a siesta this week from blogging to spend time with DH. I will hop over to your place next Monday to do a double dance with you! What music is moving you?

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Going To The Dentist?

Today, my husband must endure what most of us try to avoid at all cost – a trip to the dentist.  With that being said, I thought you may enjoy this clip.


It’s hump day.  The weekend is coming, can you feel it?




It’s Spring Time, Can You Feel It?

by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”



Long last, the end of winter has come and the birth of a new season has emerged – spring.  The grey of winter erases as the our world literally springs to life as the glory of a new wardrobe revile sun-bright daffodils, rosy red tulips, smiling purple pansies, magnolia, cherry tree, and red bud blossoms swaying in rhyme with the breeze.

Yesterday, the official first day of spring, was a perfect example of such a magnificent time here in East Tennessee with balmy temperatures in the 70s, rich blue skies, and punchy March winds caressing the skin. It was a day worthy to be outdoors to savor earth’s awakening.

What fun outdoor activities do you enjoy with your children or grandchildren? When my kiddos were small, they loved to use draw colorful chalk designs in the drive way or to swing so high ’til their tiny feet almost touched the clouds or to blow a multitude of soapy bubbles or to have a quiet picnic on a blanket in our yard.

Riddle of the day….


Spring or anytime, I always looked for fun recipes to make with my children. While I cannot give you a personal reference on how tasty the below recipe is, one thing is for certain it sure fits the bill for appearing like a lot of fun.  If I had wee ones in the house, then I’d take a gamble on giving this a try with them.


Spring Nest


1 large can of chow mein noodles
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. shortening
“Peeps” (marshmallow chicks) some sort of egg-shaped candy
(jellybeans, M&M’s, etc.).



  1. Melt the chips & shortening in a glass bowl in the microwave (usually about 1 min. to 1 1/2 min.). Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Pour in the noodles & stir till coated.
  3. Drop big spoonfuls on dessert paper plates. Let kids form into ‘nests’.
  4. Add eggs & marshmallow chicks as desired.
  5. Place in fridge for 30 min. to harden.
  6. Eat & enjoy!!
Makes 6-7 nests
NOTE: You can also use butterscotch or white chocolate chips for more variety.


Regrettably, when my two oldest kiddos where young I didn’t have the internet to pull creative ideas from.  However, these days there is a sea of ideas floating in cyberspace.  I’m simply in awe of all the wonderful things I can pull easily off the net in a matter of minutes.  Sometimes it’s hard to digest everything, but it is sure nice to have it ready for the taking anytime.

Here are a handful of spring time fun links, I though you may find interesting:

With spring in the air,  what are you looking forward to most?  Do you have a neat spring activity you would like to share with me?  It’s spring time, can you feel it?  Then, get outdoors and enjoy it!

Spring Is Here



On My Honor…Day 28 G2KM Blog Challenge

In the early 1970s, yours truly was a girl scout.  Those were fun times.  A small band of girls in southern West Virginia met weekly in Mrs. Williams’, our scout leader, home.  You may recall her from a December post on Christmas memories.  Growing up in rural West Virginia limited what we could o in our area. We didn’t have malls, restaurants, or movie theaters to hang out at easily.  The closest mall was a two-hour drive from our home. Restaurants and the theater were almost nearly the same driving distance.

Joining the Girl Scouts group was really convenient, though.  Mrs. Williams only lived 10-15 minutes from my house and if I needed to then I could walk to her home.  Her kitchen became command central for our meetings.  During the cooler months, we kept to indoor activities.  We would have craft projects scattered all across her table without so much as one complaint.   What a dear woman!

Once spring arrived, we were outdoors.  We would hike up and down the mountains near our home.  There were no trails to follow, just a general idea of where to go was all we needed or so that’s the way it seemed to me.  Mrs. Williams had everything under control.

As spring melted into summer, then our time was often spent with weekend outings.  Although the group made an occasional trip away from home, it wasn’t always necessary.  We didn’t have to go far to have fun.  Mrs. Williams’ yard served many purposes for a bunch of rowdy girls.  We would pitch an enormous size tent in her backyard where we’d have some of our over-night camping.  During the day, we’d play games such as Red Rover, Tag, and Hide & Seek.  As sunlight painted the evening sky, we’d build a huge bonfire.  We enjoyed sitting beside the toasty flames roasting marshmallows, singing songs, or telling ghost stories.

One thing I always liked doing was selling Girl Scout cookies or maybe it just was I liked eating them so much.  Whatever the reason, it gave me a purpose…a drive to be competitive with my fellow scout members.  Anyone who says being competitive is bad for a kid’s self-esteem is wrong.  In fact, it’s the opposite, in my opinion.  Was I good at selling Girl Scout cookies? Eh, I say about average.  There were girls who could sell the socks off my feet.  That’s how good they were OR maybe it’s all the doings of their moms. There’s something to ponder on.

Being in the Girl Scouts was fun and rewarding for the two years I belonged.  Like all good things, this came to an end when Mrs. Williams decided to call it quits.  We were all heart-broken with her decision, but inside I was certain she had a good reason to step down.  I’m thankful, she gave all of us something to look forward to in those early years.  She made us believe in ourselves and to realize there was more in the world than what we knew there in the mountains of southern West Virginia.

Have you hugged a troop leader today?





Meet Me On Monday – How many pillows to favorite seafood

It’s time for Meet Me On Monday Blog Hop hosted by our very lovely Java from Never Growing Old.  Take a moment to hop over to her site!
Today’s questions with my responses:

1. How many pillows do you sleep with? I sleep with only one pillow and sometimes not that, as I like laying completely flat.  I’ve read pillows aren’t the best for your back because it changes your spine. However, I do prefer to use a firm pillow, as anything too soft causes me problems. 


2. Where will you eat on Thanksgiving? At my in-laws! My mother-in-law is a fabulous cook, but that’s beside the point.  We love gathering in the warmth of our family, as this is one of the rare times we can all join together to catch up one another’s lives. 

3. Would you rather go to a party or host a party? Actually, neither.  I’m not a party person. However, if it’s a private party for my immediate family – husband and children, then I’m delighted to play host.

4. How many purses (for the guys..wallets) do you own? Hmmm, at least half a dozen or maybe less. 

5. What is your favorite kind of seafood? I love seafood, but I have such problems eating it usually.  But, if I had to pick then it would be lobster…Maine lobster!

Yay, it’s Friday!

If you’re like me, then the weekends are a time of relaxation. A time to unwind from the hectic, crazy week that consumed every fiber of energy you had to spare. Today is Friday. It’s not like any other Friday for me, either.

I have a chance to spend the entire day and whole weekend with my loving husband all alone. Yep, no kids! It’s just him and me. This is a rarity for us and we plan to take advantage of our time together. So, if you don’t see me here over the next few days, then don’t worry because I’m having fun.  Have a gorgeous weekend!

Meet Me on Monday – Best food dish to Breakfast for dinner

Thanks for joining in this week’s MMoM little Q&A session hosted by the lovely Java.  Here are my responses to her questions.


1. What is the best dish you can make?   Chilli. I’m the type of cook who doesn’t measure my spices – I just season to taste. So, if you ask me for my recipe, then I’d have to give you the basics and you’re on your own. Nope, I’m not throwing you under the bus. Spices are a personal preference is all.


2. How often do you change your sheets?   Not as often as most, but do on a case by case base. We take our showers in the evening so this is a huge help to keeping the bedding cleaner when we snuggle between the sheets than if we were only morning bathers.


3. What is the longest car trip you have ever taken?  We drove from Knoxville, Tennessee to Bar Harbor, Maine. Nearly 1200 miles and roughly 20 plus hours (a lot of plus hours) on the road


4. What is your favorite fruit?  Mmm, I love home-grown yellow delicious apples the best! The sweet, juicy goodness from this variety makes my taste buds sing.


5. Would you rather have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?  I definitely prefer breakfast for dinner. A stack of pancakes served with maple syrup, a side of sausage, and fresh hot coffee is hard to beat!