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Meet my new neighbor! #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good day, kittens & dawgs! We have a new neighbor. He’s one of those guys you don’t see too often, but by chance you do happen to see him out for a walk then it’s such a nice treat.

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Meet my new neighbor, Grady Gopher!

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April Fools & Love


Welcome to 135th edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me.  Come join virtual dance party hostess, Marie from XmasDolly & her lovely co-hosts:

for this week’s “freebie” musical theme!

My “freebie” theme has a theme – song titles which include the word fool. Come on, get up, and boogie with me across the floor to these song picks.







Are you ready to get started? Admission to this awesome dance party is totally doable. Just….

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

Our featured spotlight dancer takes the #1 spot the weekly line up – 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!


**To be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up**

Next stop… your place!  What music is moving you?

LadyJava's Lounge 

Travel the Highway with 4m


Welcome to Monday’s Music Moves Me 111th edition! This week’s theme is “Freebie” pick. Last Friday, DH & I kicked off our stay-cation. You won’t see me hanging around Blogosphere much coz we’ll be doing all kinds of fun stuff, like travel the open highway.  That sounds like a theme in itself. Let’s get this party on the road with songs containing highway in the title or lyrics.





Was that fun or what?  Don’t contain your electric experience, shout it from the tree tops to all of your musical friends to come join party each Monday. Are you ready to get dancing this week? This is what you need to do:

  • Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice.
  • Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button code.
  • Link your 4M below, follow us, & leave a comment.

Head conductor of the Love Train is Marie of XmasDolly & her co-conductors are the lovely: Callie of JAmericanSpice,  Stacy of Stacy Uncorked , Cathy Kennedy’s Blog (my old blog), and this month’s honorary co-conductor, Rachel from Because I have!

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

Don’t forget to show our featured dancer some love and go ahead, shake your bootie with any of the fellow rockin’ bloggers below. Don’t shy away from leaving a comment, I promise I’ll dance with you later. Next stop… your place! So, tell me what music is moving you?

Do you have that good ole fashion dance fever? Then, continue the party with…

LadyJava's Lounge

Next week’s theme is “International music”.



Mid-week Q&A with Chats & Hodgepodge

It’s mid-week and I still feel like I’m dragging my feet. How about you? I have this love/hate relationship with long holidays. On one hand, I LOVE them and the other I HATE them. Mainly because of the after-effect. You know that sluggish, behind feeling one has the rest of the week. Of course, I don’t really hate long weekends THAT much! I mean, I don’t hate them enough to forego them altogether. Nope, I’ll take those long weekends any ole day.

Now, that I have my whining out-of-the-way let me drag my feet over to Patrice’s to see what she & Wendell have to say today.


1. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

I’m not sure where I came by this recipe, but it’s very nice and easy. Allow me to share it with you…

Pimento Cheese Recipe from Cathy's Kitchen


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz. package of grated sharp cheddar
  • 8 oz. package of grated Monterey Jack 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 (4-ounce) diced pimentos
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspon salt
  • 1/4 teaspon black pepper
  • 1/4 teasponn garlic powder


  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add  all of the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. It can be used as a dip for  or as a sandwich filling. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Enjoy! ☺

2. Do you have more photos or artwork on the walls of your home?

We have more photos on display than anything. Years ago, I began removing pictures from our albums to create photo collages. I could do a few more collages but I don’t have space. *sigh* Perhaps in our dream house one day, I can fill the walls with collages and other family photos. One thing I remember just loving when I was a kid was visiting my grandparents who proudly displayed their photos on the walls, end tables, and table tops.

3. Do you switch your wardrobe(clothing) when the seasons change?

I do switch my clothing as in exchanging warm season articles out for cooler weather clothes. I tend to wear jeans year round with an occasional skirt or dress during spring/summer when going out. Around the house, I’m a t-shirt and shorts gal. By late fall, I’m wearing sweats around the house and when I run errands it’s pretty much 100% of the time jeans, turtleneck, and a fleece vest.

4. How do you keep your recipes: books, cards, computer?

With technology comes ease and convenience or at least until a disaster strikes such as hard drive failure, but for me the best way to manage my recipes is on the computer. I simply have a folder called, guessed it, “Recipes” and inside that folder I have several folders labeled according to the type of food. For example: Desserts, Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, & Appetizers, Chicken Dishes, …  I still have a few cookbooks and an old card system, but I rarely use these anymore. I can find just about anything I want to make on the web simply by using Google even if I see an entrée fixed on TV then I just Google it. I like using American Test Kitchen.

5. What are you looking forward to the most in the month of September?

The one thing I’m looking forward to is the official kickoff of….

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We are 17 days away and counting! Whoo-hoo!!!

I’m not done dragging. Why not come along with me as I visit Joyce at….

1. In your opinion what’s the most important job in the world? Oh, and parenting is a given so besides parenting, what’s the most important job in the world?

Ah come on, Joyce, no parenting answers, really? There are many important jobs out there, but next to parenting as the most important job in the world would have to be teaching. As a former homeschool mom, I know the joys it brings to not only the student but the teacher.  


It’s fascinating watching a small child develop life skills – reading, writing, and mathematics. These building blocks which will follow a child all the way through adulthood and these basics get used every day. Instilling in small ones the love for learning is essential and while many parents are not called to be a home school educator, they can do things to make sure the child’s passions by reading to them, encourage creative thinking/play, help to develop good motor skills, and hand/eye coördination are small steps to ease from home to school.

2. Share a favorite or not so favorite memory from a childhood birthday. When I was very young, perhaps 3 or 4 years old I very much wanted a pretend doctor’s kit with the candy pills. Do you remember those?


I recall vividly on my birthday my mother in the kitchen baking me a cake. Strange, though I can’t remember the cake itself. I remember setting near the old pot belly cast iron stove in the kitchen. It was cold. My birthday falls mid-December, so I would imagine there could have been snow on the ground. Anyhow, I was setting there and Mom handed my present to me, “Happy Birthday, Cathy!” I torn it open expecting to see my very own doctor’s kit like the one in the picture, but when I removed the paper I found a cake box and inside an old empty pill bottle with something inside to make it rattle. My first expression had to be one of great disappointment because I felt it, but I don’t remember complaining or crying or doing anything silly like that. I probably would have gotten a spanking, if I had acted out. All I remember was Mom laughing, then she handed me another gift. As you probably guessed, this was the legitimate birthday present and inside was my very own doctor’s kit equipped with candy pills. It looked a lot like the one in the picture, except it was white…I think. That was one of the best birthday surprises I remember.

3. Peanut butter-crunchy or smooth?

4. William Butler Yeats is credited as saying, “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” Your thoughts?
Happiness largely revolves around circumstances of a person’s life. If a child grows up in normal home life without complications such as an abusive background or without chemically addicted parents then their world is good and more times than not, they are happy well-adjusted kids who turn into happy adults.

I do believe that happiness lies within each of us to make the best of our lives no matter what’s coming down the pike. For children, this may be a challenge at times. I accredit many conflicts a child faces with their attitude of how they handle peer and media pressures. These outside influences subject a developing mind to disapproval or belittling comments shrinking a young child’s self-esteem. Some kids can brush this off while others withdraw and secretly hate themselves.

In this statement, I believe I took the long way around and almost answering it entirely different from what Joyce, I’m sure was hoping to gain from me. So, let redirect my thoughts. Sometimes growth is painful. So to say one is happy would be an understatement. How can someone be happy, if they are struggling? I think happiness may be a result of growing, not necessary a reaction to the process.

5. What’s something that makes you cringe?


6. Name a song that always puts you in a good mood?

Just about any song that has an upbeat, get-to-your-feet groove puts me in a crazy good mood. But, what that comes to mind is.


7. The answer is yes. What’s the question?

Do you love ice cream?

8. Insert your own random thought here.


We watched K-19: The Widowmaker with Harrison Ford on Netflix over the weekend. This was an excellent drama. In 1961 on Russian’s maiden voyage of their first nuclear submarine things go scary wrong when a malfunction occurs. It becomes a race against time to save the lives of everyone aboard and to head off a possible world war if the sub goes nuclear.

This inspirational story is based on real events and was only made public after the fall of communism under Ronald Reagan’s administration.  If you haven’t seen it, then you may want to check it out.

For more Wednesday fun, you may want to consider joining me for Wayback Wednesdays, here!





Broken Crown/ Nail Life/ Protein Intake/Changing Seasons – RTT

Over the weekend, my darling husband’s temporary crown cracked. How uncool is that? Thankfully, it didn’t hurt.  The worse part was he could only have soft foods – soup, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, etc.  Fortunately, he got it repaired yesterday. Yay!

He’s been undergoing a big affair with the dentist, since March.  To date, he’s had four root canals and an extraction.  He’ll have tooth implant surgery soon.  The truth of the matter is when you have deep cavity fillings, then root canals are always a possibility somewhere down the line.  One thing is for sure, we both wished we had listened to our parents about brushing our teeth. This is a fine example of consequences following our actions. Say a prayer that these temps do not break while we wait for his permanent crowns.

For the past three years, I’ve been using a product from Sally’s Beauty Supply called Nail Life Nail Revitalizer Treatment.  This is amazing stuff! If you have difficult to grow fingernails, then this is for you! I needed to get another bottle of this miracle polish. We zipped in Sally’s on Saturday while running errands so I could buy it. They had a cool promotion going on.  I was able to buy two Nail Life products and get a third FREE!

Have you ever thought about how much protein you get in your diet?  It’s surprising to learn this is something I do not get enough of.

According to the Protein Calculator, I need to consume 66 grams of protein daily.

There are two major problems I have with making this work:

  1. I’m not hungry enough to eat the amount recommended.
  2. It’s difficult to squeeze in 66g of protein while maintaining a caloric intake of 1000 per/day.

The thing I don’t understand is, will this keep me from losing the muscle I have or will it help me to gain muscle?  I don’t want bulky muscles. That’s not my point.  My goal is to have shapely muscles.  Does anyone know the answer to my concerns?

It’s hard fighting the temptation to think about the changing seasons.  Autumn is a month (less) away. I’m anticipating the things I enjoy most about fall – candy corn, vivid colors, autumn’s scent, fall mums, pumpkins, Tennessee football, apple cider, trips to the mountains, shorter days,…

Once my mind gets set on these thoughts, then it doesn’t take much for me to push pass these to envision the holidays.  It’s almost like a little sprinkle of magic dust has fallen on my head.  I get so happy thinking about our warm Thanksgiving feasts gathered with family or the beautifully decorated artificial evergreen tree at Christmas.  Just when I’m complaining about time zipping by, in my mind’s eye I’m rushing the weeks by without so much as a second thought. Can someone help me to stop doing this?

While Keely @ UnMom is taking a break, I’m rebelling with the help of Stacy Uncorked (thanks Stacy! ) who’s filling in for Keely. This is my time to let go. You’ll feel right at home as you unleash your randomness without a queer look or question to where your madness is leading – anything goes! C’mon on, join the weekly fun with this cool meme! It’s time to cut loose….

Don’t forget to link up with Stacy below….


Rebel on!