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Jack’s Patch #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB Results

Hello, Kittens & Pups! There’s too much to do with the upcoming holidays and making everything into a chore just isn’t fun, so the rest of the year I’m taking things slow in Blogosphere.  Smartphone technology is just super cool with a camera on-the-go right in your pocket. Even old technology is awesome. I used my previous iPhone 5s for the last time to capture this photo (near the Target on Northshore Drive just off south I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) in Knoxville) in September.



Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.


1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off-balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain. I think I can apply each of these to my life but if I had to pick one maybe, I’d say I’m “off-balance“. The approaching holidays always make me off-balance to a degree. That’s why I try to do a little every few days to prepare for the big event. On top of the normal stuff this time of year, I’m helping DD#2 and DSIL from afar with their transition to Maine. Stuck in limbo waiting for their apartment which won’t be ready until next week Wednesday. The place they are staying previously booked their room and there are no other openings. They have to move to another motel and that’s where I come in. I spent a several hours Monday locating a place that’s affordable and pet-friendly.  This was not an easy task but I found a place for them.  Normally, I don’t think finding a place would be difficult but Maine had a horrible storm knocking power out and many still do not have electricity, so locals are taking up the hotel rooms. The demand for materials due to the storm is what’s causing the renovation work lag. Please prayer their apartment is ready soon. The expense is too much for them.




2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?  Not having been in the corporate world in years and I’m sure there was plenty former co-workers did that drove me crazy but persnickety traits of how you want something done is often engrained in one’s behavior. It used to make my skin crawl when I let anyone help me with anything around the house. I only relinquished to teach my children the basic life skills and responsibilities. It was all I could do to keep myself from going behind them to redo what they did. DH often helped to ease my housework chores by pitching in but it made me feel out of control. I know that’s crazy but I felt that way. Anyhow, it took me years to relax and accept the help. It didn’t matter that the person wasn’t doing it the way I do it what mattered is the job got done freeing up some of my time. 



3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home? I feel at home no matter what but I think I know where you’re going with this question. Years ago, I wrote My Heart is Well Content which describes that homey sort of sense. 





4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?  Bread was our favorite band during our dating years.I’m not sure why it is now but “Aubrey” became our song. DH even dubbed me his “Aubrey”. This song is still one of my favorites and I can’t help think on those tender years of two young hearts growing a relationship. It’s been 40 years since those early years and our hearts are still growing…closer!




5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving. When you realize others don’t have it so good that’s when you see things through new eyes and God’s blessings all around you. This is a lesson I learned many years ago during one of DH’s periods of unemployment and since that time I never take what I have for granted. 




6. Insert your own random thought here. I like sketching during my waiting time period for DH while at his appointments with his eye surgeon. This is a good use of time. I rediscovered  the joy of drawing in this past April A-Z Challenge in which I picked Art Sketching Through the Alphabet as my theme and if you’re interested you can read my reflections post that lists all my A-Z prompts. Anyway, while I waited I decided to sketch a barn. In September and October I shared in my not-so Wordless Wednesday contributions a mini series on barns I photographed over the years.

One more piece of randomness, the results of “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” #BoTB showdown clearly was a decisive win for The Rubinoos earning my vote for a victory of 7 to 2. I’ll leave with another sample of the winner’s mewsic. Join me in the next battle on the 15th! 😉



That’s it for now. I’m taking blogging life easy peasy with it being the holiday season. I encourage you to sign up for the latest Curious as a Cathy mews to deliver straight to your in-box!  Have a good day! Save Save Save

A Barn Near Keller Bend Park #WW

Welcome back to (not-so) Wordless Wednesday Kittens & Dawgs! This month I will share photographs of barns I’ve taken recently or past in which I saw the original followed with new image(s) created with one or more  photo-editing apps.

Today’s photo I snapped near Keller Bend Park in Knoxville this summer. It was a dreary day and I failed getting the exposure right. No picture is a complete loss thanks to technology.

In Pixelmator I adjusted the Curve lightening the exposure, brushed some additional clouds overhead, and added a textured layer. In the next photo, I changed to an autumn texture layer selecting the blending option as “Subtract”.

I liked how the roof of the barn kinda glowed giving it a sci-fi feel, so I took it another step by adding a “light leak” effect to the image.

This gives the viewer that “close encounter” of the extraterristrestrial type sense. Be prepared. Have Reese’s Pieces in your pocket and be ready to for someone who needs to phone home.


I appreciate your patience as I take my come-back slowly. If you don’t want to miss a single post then I encourage you to subscribe by email to get notifications. Please tell your friends to come join the linky party and I’ll see ya around the cyber block. Come back on Friday for another Nikon moment from this June with the US National Cycling Championship here in Knoxville. 😉

Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice.  I have not been compensated to express my opinion about this product. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!









Afternoon Sunshine SWF + CTST Vol. 6

January brought a mix of gray and blue skies but it seemed the gloom hung around more than I cared for so when the Mr. Blue Sky showed up the last full week of the month then I had to get outside for a quick snap and to enjoy the lovely afternoon sunshine!

Linking with photo enthusiasts around the globe in Skywatch Friday

Along with my weekly sky views,  I’m including my Celebrate The Small Things segment. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating better hearing!  I went to the doctor last Friday. He told me I had an inner ear infection and gave me an antibiotic.  While it’s not all better I do hear better. I reckon another round of antibiotics is needed.  I’m celebrating a new marshmallow cereal treat I made for Super Bowl weekend and I’m sharing my recipe below.

Super Bowl Celebration Treats

Super Bowl Celebration Treats


  • 6 cups Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 10 ounces Campfire marshmallows


  • Butter a 13x9x2 pan and set aside.
  • Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat; stirring frequently so to not burn.
  • Pour cereal into marshmallow cream and stir thoroughly with a butter coated spoon, then spoon soft-marshmallow coated cereal into pan.
  • Use either buttered coated hands (be careful to not burn yourself) or spoon to press into pan.
  • Cool completely, cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!

The Cocoa Pebbles were our favorite! Mmm, don’t they look good? ?

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!


I’m playing along with TMP again and if you’re interested the rules are simple; base on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them, then link up with Wandering through the Shelves.  This week’s movie theme is Prodigy/Genius.



October Sky is close to my heart. The author of the book, Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam hails from the same West Virginia county as little ole me which later became the movie, October Sky, that coincidentally premiered here in Knoxville (they shot a lot of the movie in nearby Oliver Springs, TN).


Young Homer Hickam got the right nudge from the right science teacher to literally shoot for the stars. It takes a true genius to pull one’s dreams off like Hickam did! The movie is fun and it leaves you with that feel-good sense that only one can get from a film like this. We own it on Blu-ray!

I.Q. is a romantic comedy between Albert Einstein’s niece, Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) whose a highly, intelligent doctoral student at Princeton University and an auto mechanic, Ed Walters (Tim Robbins). The thing is, Boyd is engaged to a stuffy Princeton Professor but when Walters shows up at his home looking for his niece then he knew she needed a little push. Einstein devises a ruse with the help of his friends that might give Ed a fighting chance at winning Catherine’s heart.to open his niece’s eyes to at giving Ed a chance. love when he realizes Ed is the man for Catherine.



This film portrays Einstein as a fun-loving genius with a streak of mischief. I highly recommend this fun flick! We own it on DVD.


My last movie pick I decided to a different direction and although I never really thought of composers as geniuses but after revisiting the film, Amadeus,  my eyes were open with the portrayal of this mewsic genius. 


The movie takes you through Mozart’s life from the perspective of another composure late in years whose admiration for Amadeus mushroomed into bitter jealousy and anger. How accurate the account is I don’t know but I am finding the movie entertaining. During today’s elliptical session I plan to finish watching it.  Available for streaming on Netflix!



I’ll leave you, Kittens and Dawgs, with The Best of Mozart but you’re invited to join me for some media fun while getting your weekly dose of meds laughs with my newest edition of Friday Sillies!


Have a celebratory, ingenious, skywatch-tastic day! 😉

















First Baptist Church Downtown Knoxville

The Christmas season was all too short to share with you the photos I wanted. Today concludes the last of these shots. On my January 8th WW post, I gave presented a snippet of these photos that I took with my iPhone 5s.

Now, here are images that I took with my big girl camera (Nikon D7000) of the nativity scene at the First Baptist Church on West Main Street in downtown Knoxville.

Original image

Above original photo, using editing tilt shift effect focusing on the nativity


The Nativity is so amazing that I could not resist capturing a close up of the Holy family.

I hope you enjoyed reliving in the Christmas enhancement just a little while longer. Perhaps, this year I will have better success in bringing more magical moments of the holidays to you.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you decide to make this a repeat visit for a view through the lens on Curious as a Cathy!

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Greystone Manor

Greystone Manor (1890) in Knoxville, TN

I snapped this photo on our stay-cation. At the time of completion, Greystone Manor cost $125,000. That’s roughly equal to $3.1M in today’s economy (visit The Inflation Calculator). To read about the history of Greystone, click here.

Although the Wayback Wednesdays meme I co-hosted has ended,  I want to continue to include a song to accompany my photo(s) each week.


It’s so nice of you to come by & I hope you’ll decide to make it a repeat visit each week to share in  my musical memories (new or old) and my photo ops. Wanna make me or someone else happy? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to your little niche in Blogosphere soon!Save



Thomas B. Davies
The Tulips strength is in its stem
It holds it’s head so strong and straight
Into the soil it sinks so deep
There it stays til it’s time to reap
The Tulips beauty is in its head
It’s colour varies from yellow to red
Find a colour, find a room
Leave it there and it will bloom
The Tulips warmth is in its petals
They overlap and keep so tight
When it’s dark they close right up
And open up when it is light
When uncut in fields of plenty
Dancing to the winds own beat
Watch them swaying in the breeze
You’ll think this sight is such a treat.


Sunday morning, we drove the Dogwood Trail in Sequoyah Hills, one of the oldest and prestigious areas, in town. We love taking our annual pilgrimage to enjoy the lovely homes and gardens while daydreaming of owning a place as spectacular as this…



Okay, this home is a bit over the top for our taste. I prefer a cozier homestead that suits my personality and lifestyle.

My musical flashback brings to mind, Flower by Kylie Minogue. Listen and be moved….


Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining us for another edition of  Wayback Wednesdays.  To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

It’s so nice of you to come by & I hope you’ll decide to make it a repeat visit each week to share in  my musical memories (new or old) and my photo ops.

To connect with more WW link ups look under Daily Blog Hops at the top of this page, if you click and you’ll see a my Photography Hops page. Now, ya wanna make me (or someone else) happy today? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to your little niche in Blogosphere soon. Have a fototastic day!