Per my promise, I’m back to my normal blogging routine pretty much. I’m a bit undecided how I want to handle my participation in this meme yet. Do I continue with playing twice a month or keep it simply to only the first of mid-month?
I reckon I don’t have to decide that now and can make a decision as the first of October nears but for now let’s get this show started! Today’s battle song was inspired by last month’s total solar eclipse phenomena. Yeah, you know where I’m going with this one, don’t you, kittens and dawgs?
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Jim Steinman turned 34-years old earlier this year by Welsh recording sensation, Bonnie Tyler. This was Tyler’s biggest career song, earning her a spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the first Welsh artist to ever do this! Here’s the original for your enjoyment, please refrain from voting on this version. It’s not part of the battle showdown.
I felt most vocal arrangements of Bonnie’s song just couldn’t compete, so I went another route and decided to find three distinct instrumental arrangements for your enjoyment to consider.
Contender #1 – a violin cover…
Contender #2 – a guitar cover…
Contender #3 – a panflute cover…
I like each version for the way it stirs my emotions. The violin arrangement is a bigger production feel where the guitar and panflute melodies are simplier. The violin makes me think action, the guitar makes me think mystery, and the panflute makes me think of love. I’ll let you know which I choose next week when I share the results. 😉
What did you think? Which do you like the violin, guitar, or panflute version best? Leave your vote in comments and if you want share why your pick got named.
Did you like this edition of BoTB? Would you like to see what others are sharing? Check with Stephen for the list of participants. Before I dash, let me leave you with a few giggles and remember to hit the dance floor on Monday’s Music Moves Me with “your choice” song picks. I’ll share the outcome of this showdown next week same time!
It’s September and summer is just about gone. The weather is pleasantly nice. I guess we have Harvey to thank for the cooler temps. Something good always comes out of the bad I always say and this is proof. This is my first Friday post in a long time. This summer I slacked way off in Blogosphere to the point you’d think I wasn’t around but I was. Mostly tending to the huge blog clean up repairing or deleting broken files, and other issues with my site. Photo ops were few and far between but I looked for them every chance I could. In June, Knoxville hosted the US National Cycling Championship. The winner from this competition represented the US at Tour de France or at least I believe that’s what I read. I failed to keep up that but anywho here are my Nikon moments!
In downtown Knoxville banners like this hung on street posts. I shot through the windshield to get this picture.
Like so much of what’s going on in our life lately, we did not plan to go downtown to see if we could watch the bicyclists. It just happened. In fact, we were heading to the Super Wal-Mart to do our shopping when DH suggested the side trip to try to get a glimpse of action.
This is in the Old City. I didn’t know how long it would take the cyclists to get back to this point, so I snapped this photo and waited. We were just about to leave when we heard some commotion. A positive sign the bicyclists were approaching.
As they approached, I climbed up on a bench to see over the crowd and to capture the moment. Cowbells and whoops greeted the cyclists. I felt happy for the racers as they rushed by the crowd.
We hung around for just a few mintues before deciding to look for a better advantage point to see the racers better and boy am I glad that we did!
My first attempt to catch the action. I wasn’t completely happy with how this went so we hung around for them come around again.
The first time I had my lens zoomed in too much, so I pulled back a bit to not only get that wide angel sense but when the cyclist went by me the action was very visible and that’s what I wanted!
There were a lot of vehicles following behind the cyclists. This is only a small sample but there they go and so being satisfied with the thrill a possible a once in life time shot to see such a competition, we headed on our way to tend to our errands. It really was exciting, though.
I’m sharing my Nikon experience with other global shutter-bugs joining the Skywatch Friday linky party!
This summer as I mentioned, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my blog and while going through my “Drafts” folder I found this vintage video that made me smile. Hopefully, it’ll make you smile, too!
I’m back with Annie and Ellen playing along in their Friday Fun!
Thanks for hosting, ladies!
1. September bucket things-to-do list (I don’t have a “bucket list”. So, I changed this to “things-to-do list” instead.): 1. Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies or both 2. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate loaded with lots of marshmallows.
2. If I came with a warning label, it would say “once home with you, can’t return, lose, or shake. I’m yours until the end of days – yours or mine, which ever comes first”. This is something DH discovered too late. lol
3. Truth be told, I’m really glad summer is coming to an end even though I tried my best to live in the moment and not wish my days away but I hate the heat! I’m really loving the cooler temperatures brought on by the hurricane season but feel horrible for anyone affected by Harvey and now Irma. Saying prayers for everyone in these areas. God bless!!
4. I would rather do something creative – blog, photography, photo-edit, sketch, … than do house chores. What’s the fun it that?
In closing, I want to ask everyone to say prayers for those affected by hurricane Irma. Some are going to get hit hard…really hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be safe and God bless!
That’s a wrap for now. You’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Remembering 9/11”mewsic theme on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!
Have a laughtastic weekend!
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I can’t spell DNCE with out U. 🙂 I’d like to take credit for that funny but DH came up with that after hearing a different funny spin-off of DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. I stumbled upon these cute little furry friends singing this dance worthy tune and decided to turn today’s Friday Fun Stuff into a dance party featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Recently I watched the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunk movie. Jason Lee does a fabulous job as Dave Seville. Overall I enjoyed this adorably cute and predictable flick capturing my inner child. 🙂
Things are progressing about normal with DH’s retina attachment surgery but his vision issues remain. This may not resolve itself until after he finishes the process which includes two other procedures and getting new glasses. We aren’t venturing off for long day trips but keep closer to home. It’s funny how we still find a lot to do and places we haven’t seen or been to in a long time. It’s interesting how we can drive 15-20 minutes out of the city and it’s almost like rural east Tennessee.This is a view of House Mountain not too far from where we live.
Hostess: A by author, Lexa Cain!
Today, I Celebrate The Small Things, such as DD#1. This week, she turned 29. She was once so tiny weighing less than 6 pounds. I baked her a Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (See recipe below).
Next year, she enters a new decade. My beautiful baby girl is now a beautiful woman…a single, beautiful woman! 😉 lol
Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
2 small boxes Jello Cook n’ Serve chocolate pudding mix
12oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ c. apple sauce*
½ c warm water
1 c. Daisy sour cream
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips and frosting. Beat 4 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10-15 minutes; turn out on wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Frost inside tube, top, and around sides when completely cooled. (I used a sheet pan.)
*If you don’t want to use applesauce, then use equal amount of cooking oil.
(1) My next scheduled post will be Monday Mewsic Moves Me and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Independence Day or Celebrating the Holiday” tunes with a blogversary giveaway kicking off.
(2) Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago in an accidentally discovery when a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen mixed charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter (items commonly found in kitchens in those days). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosure (a bamboo tube), it exploded. Can you imagine the kaboom? (source credit)
(3) This week, I am thankful to live in the good ole USA. There’s no better land than only in America!
(4) Freedom earned by our forefathers and maintained by today by all who SERVE this country and the LOVE from the ordinary American fighting to protect the liberties of this great land through voice and action.
I appreciate you joining me. I’m taking it easy this summer with posts loosely done on a whim. Hopefully, you get notifications delivered to your email whenever I add a new post but if not, then you may want to join now to not miss out!
That’s a wrap for now, I’ll see ya on the dance floor for independence Day or Celebrating the holiday tunes and a MondaysMewsic Moves Me anniversary giveaway!
Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!
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Foghorn Leghorn hasn’t the patience for that silly ole putty cat, Sylvester!
Hello, Kittens & dawgs! For the A2Z challenge, I sketched a Wylie E. Coyote & the RoadRunner illustration. I shared it a couple of weeks ago with you but I thought it would be fun to look at some funny Looney Tune inspired images.
*smack forehead* Warner Brothers oppressed Wylie E. Coyote all of these years. I knew that old coyote could catch that sneaky road runner even if he didn’t have the brains to do it.
There were a few kids who were short a few marbles, though.
I have two photos to share taken late March, the day after DH’s eye surgery. He had a follow-up appointment with his surgeon at his Maryville, Tennessee location and this is the view I had sitting in the car waiting for DH. It was a gorgeous day with a gentle breeze.
Being unprepared for this photo-op with my big girl at home, I managed to get some nice captures with my trusty iPhone 5s – the camera on-the-go!
Linky up with those crazy cats and dawgs over at the Skywatch Friday community and you’re welcome to come with for a globe-trotting, sky view experience!
I’m celebrating… the good follow-ups DH is getting from his retina re-attachment surgery. At his last appointment, he learned his retina is completely attached. Yay! I’m celebrating… DS’s 23rd birthday this past Monday. It seems like yesterday he entered this world all 21″, 9 pounds 7 ounces of him! Whew, he was a big, big baby! DH and I follow literally in his shadows now. He’s 6’4″ and weighs more than 200 pounds. Big babies grow into big men. It’s funny how the roles reversed. 🙂 We’re proud of our boy! I’m celebrating… surviving last month’s A to Z Challenge. If you missed my posts Art SketchingThrough the Alphabet, then I invite you to browse my archives.
What are you celebrating?
Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.
Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:
(1) Cell phone vs landline.
(2) My most treasured piece of jewelry is my engagement and wedding rings.
(3) This year, I learned I can draw after years of thinking I didn’t have any or very little ability which I proudly publicly displayed in last month’s A to Z Challenge.
(4) I would like to finish writing and illustrating my children’s book about my brother before this year is over.
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Normally, I do not post on the weekend but I decided to share my A to Z reflections post tomorrow and you’re invited back. That’s a wrap for now but don’t forget to hit the dance floor (mewsic theme – “Singers/Mewsicians celebrating birthdays on this day”) with MondaysMewsic Moves Me!
Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! This month is marching right off the calendar, isn’t it? The good news is it’s spring time again which I’m very happy about. Now, if Mother Nature will only get her act together!
Today’s SWF contribution, I used Pixelmator on the photo I shared Wednesday by increasing the contrast making the trees a silhouette in the foreground and then I added a starry background (freebie resource found at Pixabay) to jazz up my original image, which I really liked.
What do you think?
I’m linking with the family of photo enthusiasts from around the globe on Skywatch Friday!
Next Friday, the April A-Z Challenge begins and I hope you’ll join me in my month long commitment as I will share my rusty but budding artistic abilities with a daily sketch. Okay, that’s a wrap for now but don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me (mewsic theme – Sci-Fi Movie and/or TV series) on MondaysMewsic Moves Me!
Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!
I’ll return to my regular Friday social connections in June but I invite you to join these fine bloggers if you’re looking for inspiration, friendship or to build your social media network.