I can’t express how deeply grateful I am to our servicemen/women, past and present. So, it’s with this small token here I share my thanks to thousands…maybe millions of Americans who fought/fight to keep America free.
To every man and woman I know or do not know, thank you for your selfless act of placing Americans before yourself. May God always bless you and yours!
Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! Last week, I started sharing two of my regular Friday segments, Skywatch Friday and Celebrate the Small Things on Thursday as a way to make the content more enjoyable for all who stop by.
In my Skywatch Friday section today, I’m taking a look back to our December day trip to Bryson City and Dillsboro, North Carolina. These two towns are about 30-minutes apart. We had a lovely time strolling around Bryson City and shared some of those photos here and here.
We were in these mountain communities in the middle of the week and there were no worries of crowds or traffic. When we got to Dillsboro, we decided to swing by to see the left-behind movie scene props from Harrison Ford’s hit flick, The Fugitive.
I photographed this last in late fall 2013. The angle and exposure were not the best in those shots, so I was glad to have another chance for a do-over.
This time I zoomed in more for a better view and in the below picture if you click to enlarge you should be able to read Illinois Dept. of Correction on the side of the bus.
It was a splendid day for early December to be outdoors soaking up the sunshine even with the occasional wind gusts.
After we got done in Dillsboro, we stopped off to see the Balsam Mountain Inn and as the veil of night fell, we venture to Pigeon Forge on our way home to enjoy the lights.
Today, I’m Celebrating the Small Things include…
I know I’ve said it before but I’m celebrating living in a place I love and can have many do-overs on photo-ops or moments to just soak up the beautiful mountain atmosphere. I know there are some who visit may only have that once in a lifetime experience or perhaps an annual trip to this part of the country that we call home. I count us truly blessed to live here and do not take a moment of it for granted.
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.
Good morning, kittens & dawgs! It’s Thanksgiving week. If you’re like me then you have a lot to do which means we have little time to hang around Blogosphere. This week’s Thanksgiving celebration we have an extra reason to be thankful. In case you missed the mews on Friday, DH got a job offer and he accepted. I thought it only fitting to use songs not only representing my present mood but my overall appreciation for this special time of year set aside to give thanks and so my theme this week is Blessings and Honor!
How have you been blessed recently or over the past year? A couple of years ago, I wrote 10 Thanksgiving Blessings; many of those blessings still apply today. What are you looking forward to most about Thanksgiving? Can you think of any other songs falling in line with today’s theme?
In my last BoTB round, I asked you to vote on your favorite Victory Song between Gonna Fly Now and Chariots of Fire. The predominant leader and consequently the winner in this showdown, as if this is any surprise to y’all, is…. Gonna Fly Now with a 8 to 3 victory!
I knew almost from the start that Gonna Fly Now (Rocky theme song) got my vote but I didn’t want to influence any of my lovelies. I invite you to check with Stephen to see how the other battles went down!
Now it’s time for me to fly. Thank you for including me in your Monday and I’ll do my level best to respond and make return visits. 😉 I’m linking with the ? party hosted by the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew and you’re welcome to come with and don’t forget to hop back for not-so Wordless Wednesday!
The New Year is about new beginning. We all migrate toward things we hope to change or accomplish each year. Right now, the general population is getting bombarded with all the usual resolutions – portion downsizing, stay in motion, reduce stress, cut sodium, turn loose of hostile feelings, etc. I agree with all of these points and as a whole society then we should want these things for ourselves, to be the best that we can.
I am a perpetual dieter and exerciser. However, I sorta fell out sync in October and haven’t found my way back. No sweat, but… I will be sweating soon as I get my mojo in swing to revamp myself physically.
My number one New Year’s resolution for 2014 is not only to exercise aerobically, but to turn up the burn with more weight-bearing exercises. Last spring/summer’s illness took a major toll on my body, as you know and while I have a renewed sense of engergy my muscles need to be overhauled.
The cool thing about strength training is, you don’t need fancy machines or equipment to see results in as little as 10-minutes a day. Exercises that incorporate the major muscle groups in your lower and upper body produce compound movements (working multiple muscles at once) with these simple moves can yield positive change in your body.
Pushupsworks the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, & abs
Lungesworks the quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves
The Plankworks the abs, back, arms and legs. The plank also targets your internal abdominal muscles
No fancy equipment needed. However, as you progress you may wish to include dumbbells or an aerobic ball or other inexpensive fitness paraphernalia to provide more of challenging burn. For variations of these moves using basic equipment, click here for some suggestions.
Doing nothing is easy, but making a change takes commitment and determination. It’s a new year to a new you! Wanna get started with me?
A lovely idea I stumbled upon this week is a DIY project for a gratitude jar. Be it is, we all have much to be grateful for. Often times, we forget the many blessings in our lives due the storms we face. This is an excellent idea to remind us of the best moments of our lives over a year’s span. I want to invite you to visit Heather Bestel and allow her to explain how you can create your own gratitude jar.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Thank you for taking time out of your holiday weekend to listen my music selections. I trust everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving and made it through Black Friday unscathed. Today, let’s just relax and allow today’s music to fill our entire being as I continue with last Saturday’s theme of Thanksgiving & Gratitude.
“Let our hearts overflow with thankfulness…” ~ Colossians 2:7
“So while it’s true that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year, we should actually celebrate thanks each and every day. It’s just a matter of learning to live with a spirit of gratitude.” ~ Unknown
“Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.” ~Author Unknown
Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to listen to today’s music. Once again, I’m breaking away from the artist/band theme and going with a song theme instead. With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, my thoughts are centered around counting my blessings, feeling blessed, and am filled with gratitude.
This song was first introduced to me in the classic movie, “White Christmas”. It speaks volumes to me. I totally can relate to laying awake at night worrying over something when I should be counting my blessings…
This song debuted in 2001 and resonated closely to my own sentiments…
Because I am loved by my family and friends, I have…
I hope you enjoyed your visit. In fact, I hope you enjoyed it so much that you cannot wait to tell your friends. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button! You know you wanna. 😉