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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “C”

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Hello, Kitten & Dawgs,  I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet.  Today’s alphabet prompt inspired sketch comes from my FB friend, Cheryl Tarrant, who paints cows and quaint country images.  I’ve always been fond of how she captures such soulfulness through her cows’ eyes and decided I wanted to try drawing one.

I used my iPhone to photograph my art sketches to transfer to the computer. I don’t want to tear the sheets out of my journal to scan. I think cows have cute faces with their big brown eyes and although my sketch is B&W, I still like the way Maggie turned out. Yes, I gave my cow a name! Not very original I know but it seems to suit her. Don’t you think? Here’s a close up of Maggie.

Naturally, thinking about cows made me think about chickens.  Hey, you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl! I grew up in rural West Virginia. My grandparents had plenty of chickens. I helped to gather the eggs with my grandma. That was a terrifying experience. I was always afraid they’d get tangled in my long hair. The highlight was the baby chicks. Those little yellow downy covered critters were cute and we loved trying to catch one but never could. Instead, we got a good workout.

Is it okay to think I’m doing a decent job with my artwork? We all feel good about what we do and that’s not a bad thing.  Hopefully, that bubbly, feel-good feeling will only energize me (or you) to keep pursuing my passions while looking for ways to hone my technique and ability.

Finally, the letter “C” prompt wouldn’t be complete in my opinion without a cat drawing, so I thought I’d sketch a big cat using these step-by-step instructions.

Could this be Ole Green Eyes?

What “C” things do you think would make great subjects to sketch?


Do you what a cackle? This video is purrfectly for today’s alpha-character with some crazy cats caught in action!


Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!






A2Z Art Sketching Through the  Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little





All Things Vintage: Cab Calloway #AprilA2Z

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Thank you, kittens and dawgs for joining me for another edition of All Things Vintage!

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The 1929 ad slogan, “The Pause That Refreshes”. Image source: Vintage Ad Browser.

Two Chattanooga Tennessee attorneys in 1899 believed they could build a business around bottling Coca-Cola. It looks like they were right.

Cab Calloway is best known for his role in 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers in which he sang his popular 1931 hit song Minnie the Moocher.


Calloway played in several played in several Chicago Cabarets, but he had a strong association with the Cotton Club in Harlem (NYC).  Here’s a bit of trivia you might enjoy. Did you know, Cab Calloway inspired one of the most well-known dance moves of our times?  It’s recorded that he said, “It was called ‘The Buzz‘ back then.” In some of his movies he performs a gliding back-step dance move. In this clip beginning at 2:37 you can see Calloway’s move, see if you can figure out the modern version.


Do you know the dance move? If you guessed the Moonwalk, then you’re right.

Music moves people! You might find folks in the earlier part of the 20th century doing the Cakewalk or the Charleston or in my part of the country Clogging.

A cabaret is a nightclub or restaurant featuring entertainment, do you like dining where there is live music?

I want to say a special thank you to all of my good friends who make up 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


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This is a quick & painless way for others to find good tunes in Blogosphere by joining my no strings attached music hop, just add your music post URL below and wha-lah… instant traffic directed to your site.

If you like music, then you might want to visit:

Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow on Tuesday because I accidentally posted this a day early, silly me, to read about Dear Abby.

Meet my new neighbor! #AtoZRoadTrip #music

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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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#a2zchallenge: Chamomile tea benefits {T?T}

This month I committed myself to the A to Z Challenge. My first instinct was to create separate posts for it and my routine daily hops, but let’s face it…that’s not practical. I will find inspiration with today’s alphabet prompt, the letter

On Monday my topic was the adrenal gland and the discovery that caffeine or too much of it can cause it to not work well. One source mentioned a coffee alternatives in three herbals teas. One of which is chamomile.  Today, I want to talk about the benefits of drinking chamomile tea.

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To begin with let me say, none of this information is from first-hand experience. Someone else did the hard work in making these discoveries. I have yet to see how chamomile tea affects my body, but given the interesting facts I have found then it’s well worth a closer investigation of my own to discovery the rewards of drinking chamomile tea each day.

You may already know of some of the health benefits from chamomile tea, but here are a few I learned.

  • Good nights sleep ~ acts like a mild sedative at bedtime
  • Relieves anxiety ~ calms frazzled nerves
  • Fights colds ~ boosts immune system
  • Soothes upset stomach ~ good digestive aid
  • Eases menstrual cramps ~ relaxes muscles

Chamomile tea is  a rich source of antioxidants that help to fight inflammation and chronic diseases ~ rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis). Other benefits as an anti-inflammatory agent are, relieves hay fever, ease hemorrhoids, and other chronic inflammatory conditions, but these antioxidants may also help to slow the aging process. It’s said that it may even reverse visible wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.

Drinking chamomile tea can lower blood glucose levels, which may help keep type 2 diabetes from developing in some people, but those who already have it, then it may improve complications that come with the disease such as kidney damage and vision loss.

Reports say Chamomile tea is effective in slowing the spread & shortening the lifespan of breast cancer cells and stopping the growth of leukemia cancer cells.

I read dental health is a sign of one’s wellness. The anti-inflammatory properties found in chamomile tea may heal periodontitis. By gargling with cooled chamomile tea it encourages healing and relief for painful gums, gingivitis, canker sores, and tooth aches.  This may seem a bit off topic, but if you’re suffering dental problems you may want to dig a little deeper to find the source of these conditions.

For topical use…chamomile tea can soothe insect bites, chicken pox, wounds, burns, bruises, sunburns, rashes, and itchy or inflamed skin. Also, its known for easing discomfort associated with eczema, psoriasis, acne, diaper rash, and other skin irritations.

I just began drinking chamomile tea for my (possible) sluggish adrenal gland. I have yet to find a suggestion on how many cups of chamomile to drink each day, but I decided that I would have a cup first thing in the morning and again in the evening with dinner. Call it a coincidence or the herbal drink at work, but I am sleeping more deeply than I have in a long time.


1. Are you fascinated by the health claims of chamomile tea?

2. Would you be willing to replace your caffeinated morning cup with chamomile tea?

Bonus: Do you have information on how much chamomile tea to drink for best health benefits?

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Thursday Thoughts:The legend of the candy cane

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Christmas is commonly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike but I know there are some Christians who see this as a pagan holiday for the customs or traditions handed down over the generations. The truth of the matter is there are many Christian symbols among the said pagan customs if one looks with an open heart. I wrote a piece this past week in my Sunspiration post on this topic. Today, I want to take a closer look at the history behind the candy cane and its Christian origin.

What amazes me when I read articles about Christianity at Christmas and despite the dark times these customs were born. People who were bold enough to let their Christian faith shine even if it was through a secret message to only the believers of Christ. The legend of the candy cane tells of such a story. Please allow me to share this with you…

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Legend has it that in the 18th Century somewhere in Europe any public display of Christianity was forbidden. They did not allow crosses or Bibles and the Christians were greatly oppressed. One old man, a candy maker by trade, was particularly troubled by this. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and couldn’t stand to not share that love with the world. His heart especially went out to the children when Christmas drew near and no nativity scene (or crèche`) on display in their homes. He prayed for God to show him some way to make Christmas gifts for the children which would teach them the story of Christ. 

The answer was the candy cane. The candy cane was in the shape of a shepherd’s staff to show them Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. A sheep follows his own shepherd, knows his voice, and trusts him and knows that he is totally safe with him. The sheep will follow no other shepherd but their own. This is how we are to be with Jesus if we truly follow Him (John 10:11; Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:11) 
Upside down the candy cane was a “J”, the first letter of Jesus’ name. (Luke 1:31) It was made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the rock of our salvation. The wide red stripes on the candy cane were to represent the blood He shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. He redeems us and cleanses us with His shed blood – the only thing that can wash away our sin. (Luke 22:20).
The white stripes on a candy cane represented the virgin birth, sinless life and purity of our Lord. He is the only human being who ever lived on this earth who never committed a single sin. Even though He was tempted just as we are, He never sinned. (I Peter: 22) The three narrow red stripes on candy canes symbolized that by His stripes, or wounds, we are healed and the Trinity – the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. Before the crucifixion Jesus was beaten; the crown of thorns was placed on His head; His back was raw from the whip. We are healed by those wounds. He bore our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3) The flavoring in the candy cane was peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice just as Jesus sacrificed His life for ours. (John 19:29; Psalm 51:7). 
The old candy maker told them that when we break our candy cane it reminds us that Jesus’ body was broken for us. When we have communion it is a reminder of what He did for us. (I Cor. 11:24) If we share our candy cane and give some to someone else in love because we want to, it represents that same love of Jesus because He is to be shared with one another in love. ( I John 4:7,8) God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus. He loved us so much He wants us to spend eternal life with Him… which we can do if we accept Jesus in our hearts as Savior and Lord. ( John 1:12; John 3:3,16) Some people believe this story of the candy cane is just a legend. Others believe it really happened. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but there is one thing for certain… it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you.

Like the candy maker, I think it’s important to celebrate Christmas with or without the usual customs and traditions.  The simple truth is, it is important to share our Christian faith with future generations and to teach them that Christians will not let evil people oppress their faith. They will find a way to display the gospel of Christ in remembering His birth, life, and death.

1. Do you buy candy canes for Christmas? If so, do you choose the traditional peppermint version or one of the newer flavors? We always have the traditional peppermint candy canes on hand each Christmas. 

2. What is your favorite recipe which incorporates candy canes or peppermint candy/flavoring? One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is to hang a miniature candy cane inside my cup of hot chocolate. It not only looks pretty but adds a hint of peppermint to my cocoa. I also love to make peppermint lattes. When the children were small, I made peppermint bark which we called Christmas Snow Crust. I  made home-made red and green peppermint hard candies, which I cracked and stirred into melted white chocolate, then spread it onto a cookie sheet. This is a simple and fun recipe. Another recipe I have not made in a long time is homemade peppermint marshmallows. I hope to make a batch this year.

Here’s  cool idea, give a box of candy canes with the legend of the candy cane attached. Click here to get a printable tag.


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