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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “A” + #BoTB

Hello, y’all! I’m delighted you joined me. Let me being by saying if you ever land on my homepage, then you’ll notice in my side menu a list of my recent blog posts and you’ll easily spot the A2Z entries because I’ve included the hashtag at the beginning of the post title like today’s followed with the daily alphabet prompt.

Okay now that’s out-of-the-way, let me say, I am not an artist. What I mean is I did not study art other than two years in high school. I do not teach art.  In fact, I have done very little art sketches since 1980. I like to doodle. I have some artist ability.  Ever since I started blogging I’ve glimpsed at other people’s work. Sometimes people will share their poetry with their doodling and others have art journals where they get really creative.  I always felt inspired to do this but never got around to doing it and that’s where the April A to Z challenge comes in.  I decided it’s time to stop putting this off and get started, so that’s when the challenge theme was born to try my hand at art sketching through the alphabet.

For the “A” alphabet prompt, I decided to drawn an angel because I believe angels are all around us, heavenly and earthly angels.

This is my first sketch.

I titled this sketch, “Weeping Angel” Why does she weep? She weeps for the pure of heart, whose love is unconditional and their good intentions scorned by vexed words and no gratitude for the love extended.

I did two others many days later (see below) but the above sketch is my favorite. Here are the other two.

Warrior Angel

I used online images to model my angels after. Sometimes sites offered step-by-step instructions and other times I just saw a picture to go by.

Reflective Angel

**All art sketched in Mead Academie Sketch Diary with Tombow H, 3B, & 6B high-quality charcoal pencils**

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to share more than one sketch per day but I’m just drawing whatever I want as the mood moves me. I plan to draw more angels after the challenge and at which time I will share my newest sketches with you.

Hopefully, what I share every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you put off for a long time. Maybe you feel like I did (notice past tense), that you can’t do it. My advice is, just do it because you’ll surprise yourself at what you CAN do! 🙂

I play with a group of mewsic junkies twice a month in Battle of the Bands which happens to coincide today and I invite you to weigh in with your vote. There’s not wrong way here, except if you don’t vote. *smile* Normally, I pick two artists singing the same cover song then I ask for you to pick your favorite but today I’m picking two different songs with two different artists to match my alphabet theme – Angels.




Which “Angel” song did you like best?


You can leave your answer in comments and if you feel like it, you can tell me why you liked your pick the best! Next Saturday, I’ll share the results of this showdown! If you like the idea of BoTB, then I encourage you to check with Stephen who manages the BoTB participation list on his site for more cool battles!

How many times have you participated in the A-Z Challenge? Are you a fun doodler or serious artist? Any suggestions to offer a novice? What inspirational “A” subject(s) should I sketch next?

Now, I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  On the weekends I unplug from the Internet to spend time with DH but I will respond to comments and do return visits ASAP. Thanks for including me in your day and I’ll see you on Monday for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!









All Things Vintage: Artists #AprilA2Z #BoTB


Kittens and dawgs, don’t trust anyone and believe nothing, especially if you need to visit this room.


Putting aside the silly stuff, it’s time to kick off this morning’s two-for-one special. I’m tying together two important memes ~ #AprilA2Z challenge & #BoTB (Battle of the Bands) into one bonus post of All Things Vintage.

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An Artist is defined as anyone who practices or produces any of the creative arts – singing, dancing, acting, painting, and so forth.

Irving Berlin wrote Cheek to Cheek for the movie Top Hat in 1935 starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In the film Astaire sings it to Rogers while dancing. Here’s a clip for your entertainment only.

Here’s a bit of trivia. Check to Check was nominated for Best Song  in the 1936 Academy Awards, but lost. However, sixty-four years later it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

My artist choice and song selection fits my theme of All Things Vintage perfectly. This is where Battle of the Bands’ portion comes in and for those unfamiliar with how this bi-monthly hop works, then allow me to sum it up for you. I picked two cover artists singing the same song and I need you to pick your favorite artist by leaving your choice in comments. Voting rights extend to everyone (poll results post on the 7th), so please feel free to play along. This all in the spirit of fun and if you’re up for it, then tell me why your artist did the better job.

My first contenders are truly a vintage pick, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1956).


Contender two is a mixture of old and new artists, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (2014).


Which pair of artists gets your vote, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong or Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett? There’s no right or wrong vote, except for a no vote. For more information, visit  Stephen for a complete list of all BoTB participants. 😉

In closing, I want to say a special thank you to the incredibly gifted A2Z Team:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing


Frederico Andreotti, Italian painter 1847-1930 'The Favorite' oil on canvas of a woman and a cat

“The Favorite” by Federico Andreotti (1847-1930, Italian painter). Click here for image credit and addition info on the artist.

Now, I invite you to hop with me to check out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for another addition of All Things Vintage:  Bomber Girls.

Things I am learning A-Z

It’s exciting to take part in the April 2014 A-Z Challenge. It’ll be great fun meeting other bloggers along this adventure. Today being the first day, then you know the first letter in the alphabet.

First up, to get to know me better on a personal level, then I invite you to read the About me section of my blog to start with because that will be the first area of your site I will check out when I visit you for the first time.

My approach to this interesting challenge will revolve around things I am learning. I have faced some medical issues brought on after my hysterectomy. Although, I am on HRT that just doesn’t seem enough at times.


image source credit The Health Journals

Last spring, I notice a slight shift with my libido. In hindsight, the only difference that came to mind is for 2-weeks I had little to no caffeine. Perhaps, it is coincidence and then maybe there is more to it. That’s when I discovered an interesting fact about the Adrenal gland.

Too much coffee stresses this walnut size gland, which affects hormone functionality needed for producing ~ estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Aside these complications, the decline in adrenal gland performance causes issues with low blood pressure, low blood sugar, cold intolerance, fatigue, depression, irritability, anxiety, recurring infections, and poor response to stress to name a few.

The good news is you can rejuvenate the adrenal gland back to health with more a less a common sense approach. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • cut caffeine
  • eat leafy green vegetables
  • increase your daily fresh fruit and veggies
  • eat super foods such as Brewer’s Yeast, wheat germ, or fresh sprouts
  • eat foods enriched with Omega-3 oils such as salmon 3x per/week

Including OTC supplements add a nice perk to maintaining proper dietary needs, but not in place of whole food sources. For more information about this subject, you may want to read Woman-to-Woman and for supplemental suggestions, I found Feed Your Glands as a good guide to rebuilding my adrenal gland.

I started taking corrective measures to restoring my adrenal gland to health. Natural remedies and self-helps always need time but if diet changes improve things then I will be ecstatic. It may even make my DH’s life a little better, too. 😉  I hope what I have learned on the adrenal gland is beneficial to you! Don’t forget to leave your say-so in my comments, and I will definitely stop by to see you. What new things are you learning? Have a terrific Tuesday!


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Thursday Thoughts: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is one of the most beloved hymnals of all times and over the years various church denominations adopted it in their song books. Author John Newton of this timeless piece was not a writer, but being from the era that he was where journals and letters were often kept as a daily ritual, Newton describes a time in his life where he was that wretched soul who once was lost, but now am found.

As a Christian, I can relate to that despaired sense of being unworthy and lost for all eternity. It was like walking through endless darkness, …was blind…not knowing where to go for God’s amazing grace shined on me…but now I see… the evening of July 4, 1976.

This song speaks to my heart like no other gospel hymn. Allow me to share God’s amazing grace through music this morning.


Read the inspiration behind Chris Tomlin, singer/songwriter, rewrite of an old classic hymn and then listen below.


Isn’t this a beautiful version?

Would you like to learn more about John Newton, if so read about it, here!

*Amazing Grace is an inspired post for today’s alphabet prompt of the letter “A”, visit Miss Jenny’s classroom for more Alphabe-Thursday fun*



1. What one song speaks to your heart – religious or not?

2. Does this song mean more to you at a particular time than others? If so, tell us about the first time it kindled your heart in a special way.

BONUS: How do you feel about this linky party – should I keep it, ditch it, or it doesn’t matter?

*linking up my Thursday questions with Self Sagacity weekly T2Q hop*
Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below.


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I’m not a logophile. This is a new-to-me term, but I do have the good sense to use Google to learn what I want to know. Words remain a mystery to me. In fact, it comes to no great surprise when I stumble upon a  new one like asapiophobe, as this was the case yesterday.

There it was asapiophobe. What is asapiophobe? Ian Timberlake of Insanity is Just a State of Mind (blog no longer exists) wrote a humorous post on this.  This piqued my curiosity, is asapiophobe really a word?

Timberlake’s claims everyone is looking for this word, yet coming up empty-handed. How can this be? I mean after all you can find just about anything on the net, right? I searched these online resources: Merriam-Webster, The Free Dictionary, Oxford Dictionaries, Cambridge Dictionaries Online, Dictionary.com, and the world-wide web leading expert of all things (or so it seems) Wikipedia. All were a big flop! Asapiophobe yielded “No Results Found” each time, at every site!

Although it seems this word is not actually a word recognizable by these resources, I can say a lot of people suffer from this phobia. Have you noticed – the roll of eyes, smoking ears, steam rising from the head or the I’m so frustrated I can explode look?  These are classic symptoms of asapiophobe. Why there are even websites dedicated to those who have a strong dislike toward the unintelligent…ahem… stupid. Like,  Stupid People Piss Me Off or People Who Hate Stupid People.

You have your average stupid person roaming the streets. We meet them every single day. In the workplace, at school, on the interstate, down aisle three of the grocery store, in the elevator, … the world is crawling with them! The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity is something an asapiophobe learns to live with on daily basis.

An asapiophobe knows the horrible things a stupid person does when multiplied by stupid people. Have you looked at Washington, DC lately? Do you honestly think it’s ever a good idea for the blind to lead the blind? Same goes here, stupid people placing bozos in office is the reason our country is in such a mess! *slap self on forehead*

The problem is stupid people don’t (a) know their stupid or (b) don’t care they are stupid or (c) don’t know or care they are stupid. The harsh reality of it is stupid people have been around since the beginning of mankind and will continue until the end of time. There is no escaping them!  I can’t change the way a person’s mind operates and there is no sense in losing mine in the process. Instead, I’ll just have a few good laughs about their own in abilities.

Give them a choice.



Ask them to spell words like antidisestablishmentarianism or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.



This one may be difficult but looking dumber than you actually sound.
Poor Bush!

Hurling sarcasm toward the intended idiot calls immediate attention to said idiot’s peers of just how stupid he/she really is. Try some of these…

Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you’d had enough oxygen at birth?
If you were twice as smart as you are now, you’d be absolutely stupid.   
I don’t think you are a fool, but what’s my opinion compared to that of thousands of others.
You are living proof of reincarnation. No one could get to be so stupid in just one lifetime. 
You’re so stupid you got locked in a grocery store and starved to death! 
That man is cruelly depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.


Check out more insults for stupid people:

Stupid Insults
One Liner Jokes

Let’s face it, no one really likes stupid people. I know, I don’t.  It makes no difference to me if asapiophobe is a word or not the term certainly applies to many of us, including myself.


Check out more Alphabe-Thursday ‘A’ assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class and I dare say, none of her students lack intelligence. In fact, they may fall into the asapiophobe category, too.

We all do stupid things from time-to-time. That’s normal and forgivable. My Thursday Two Questions are:

1. What is the stupidest thing you ever did?

Undoubtedly this is something I’ve blocked from my brain, as I can’t think of a “stupidest” thing. However, when it comes to mind, I’ll be the first to shed some light of my idiot moment.

2. What’s the one stupid thing someone else does, which drives you up the wall?

People do dumb things all the time but the one stupid thing that drives me bonkers is to see how society generally follow like little herds of sheep. They don’t know how to stand on their own or to think for themselves. You see this all the time – work, school, social situations, and playground. I’m not saying we can all be leaders, all the time. I’m just saying, we don’t have to be gullible.

We all need a cause to rally behind, granted it. Something we really believe in, as our founding fathers who fought in the Revolution against the British. The real trouble begins early on when we give up our right to think for ourselves and allow big government to worm itself into the complexities of our lives making it seem like we need them to micro-manage our entire life.

That’s why we hear so much, we need Government to do this, that, or the other. My philosophy has always been less government is better. Trust me, when a politician says he cares about grandma or our kids or health care, all this really means is I’m going to take your piggy bank, wallet, and future away from you in a blink of an eye. Politicians aren’t really stupid. They just need stupid people to believe their lies. Politicians simply don’t care.

BONUS question:  Are you asapiophobe?

*This has been a blog hop presentation sponsored in part by Alphabe-Thursday and Thursday Two Questions.*




Get into the Blog Hop!


According to the urban dictionary online…Blog hopping IS NOT surfing the net and reading some blogs here and there at random. Blog hopping is when you find a few blogs that you think are really cool, written by people you can really relate to and you visit them regularly. These people feel a special bond towards each other and visit and comment on the blogs in their circle daily!


That sums up what blog hops are all about.  Now that I’m feeling a little more educated, then I don’t want to miss another second of playing my Thursday’s memes.   Come on, join in!

Not being like many of the regular Alphabe-Thursday followers I only have two Alphabe-posts.  With that being said, this leaves me few options for re-posts.  I decided to jump in with the letter ‘A’, but not to worry when next week’s assignment takes us to the letter ‘A’, then I’ll create a brand new post with all new A words.

Are you ready to Take a Chance on Me?


abba-011A is for  Abba a Swedish pop group became popular from 1972 – 1982 selling over 375 million records worldwide.  The boy/girl, boy/girl group were actually two married couples:  Picture L to R: Lyngstad and Andersson & Fältskog and Ulvaeus.  Both couples divorced during the course of their stardom, which influenced their music and later caused the musical team to split. To this day, they still remain popular selling two to three million records each year.  It must a real pain living off their royalties.

Abyssopelagic pertains to the depths of the ocean and might be where James Cameron got his inspiration for his 1989 debate movie, The Abyss.  The premise for this Sci-Fi flick is a civilian diving team is to search for a lost nuclear submarine but find themselves encountering dangers from an aquatic alien species.  It didn’t do well at the box office but received favorable online reviews.  After viewing the trailer, I find myself curious and willing to buy it on DVD. What do you think?

Acrophobia, the fear of heights.  Alfred Hitch’s Vertigo depicts this fear in living color.  What an awesome classic!  Have you seen it? You’ll love the ending.  Back to the fear of heights issues.  I believe most people have a touch of acrophobia.  I know personally, climbing stairs or ladders don’t bother me, but the act of climbing back down a ladder gives me the sense of coming undone just a wee bit. I recall one time as a kid, I got on the roof to help my daddy, but when I tried getting off I just freaked out. I was totally paralyzed.  Obviously, I’m not stuck on the roof typing this and must have found the courage within somehow to pull myself together to get off that darn roof, but to this day, I still get the heebie-jeebies when facing heights.  I won’t stand too close to the railing at overlooks, I refuse to cross a swinging bridge, I even close my eyes when my husband is driving across a long bridge, and I don’t like looking out of the windows of tall buildings either.

Anthropophaginian is another word for, cannibalism.  Cannibalism is deeply disturbing and it’s hard to imagine anyone doing this beyond the realm of survival.  Even then, many of us get squeamish.  Occasionally, this will pop up in headlines which sending a wave of shock across the nation.  Leave it to Hollywood to capitalize on mankind’s fears with The Silence of Lambs and subsequent movies which followed.  I have watched the first three movies, each getting a littler weirder than the first. It goes without saying, I didn’t watch beyond number 3.  I would highly recommend no one under 13 watching these flicks.

This rounds out my A words for an edgy Alphabe-Thursday.  Now, join me, in playing Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions.  My mind seems stuck in movie mood so in keepin’ with that, here are my questions:

1)What is your all-time favorite suspense thriller?  For me, I’d have to say What Lies Beneath with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.


2)  What is the most fun movie you ever saw?  This one is more difficult for me, but recently we saw Knight and Day, with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which fits in this category.  In fact, we watched twice within short time period.


Bringing up the rear on this Thursday’s blog hopping hosted by Lori Caswell of Dollycas’s Thoughts Escape With Dollycas. This is Week 33 of Enquiring Minds.  Not that I’ve played the entire time, as I have not.  In fact, I’ve only been playing for a month or less.  Nonetheless, I’m having a blast participating.  Here are this week’s questions: 

1. How often do you go to the hair salon or beauty parlor?  I don’t go.  You can check out, last week’s post where I addressed this very question. How bazaar is that!  Could this be one of those great minds think alike occurrence?

2. Have you ever had a massage?  Not by a professional, if that’s what you mean.  Sometimes, I get DH to give me a good rub down and ah, it’s heaven!  I believe women have extra nerves in their body and enjoy massages more than men.  I know I’ve offered to give my hub a message and he says it’s sweet, but it doesn’t do much for him. 

3. Have you even been able to enjoy a full day of pampering at a spa? No.  This is something that really does not appeal to me.  The pampering sounds nice, but I’d rather do that in my home, in my spa bedroom. That is if I had a spa.  Maybe one day, when I’m super rich then I can have my own private spa.  It never hurts to dream big.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Perhaps, we’ll meet up again, next week same place and time, if not before then. Would you like to get in on the fun, too?  Be sure to click the blog hop button you wish to participate in and link up.  This is a great way to meet new friends, build your blog presence, and simply unwind a bit. 
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