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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “D” + #WW


Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z alphabet prompt and for my “D” prompt art sketches. The opening video is a bit of spoiler, but I couldn’t resist sharing it.

D is for Dog! Do you own a dog? I do not have a dog but if I did I would like a black or brown labrador.  LL Bean always features labrador puppies in their Christmas catalogs and sometimes other times throughout the year and it might have been this marketing trick that caused me to adore these cute furbabies.  I think they’d make good pets.

Originally, my labrador was just an outline drawing.  The example I  used from the net didn’t offer shading suggestions. I went back to wing the details.

The more involved I get with sketching the bolder I get with trying to do more. Maybe more than I am capable of doing but I doing it anyhow.  After all, isn’t this meme meant to challenge ya?

You can try drawing this terrier, too. Just follow these instructions and have fun!  Shading will take more time to develop but if I keep at it then the techniques will seem second-hand.

I have one more dog drawing for ya before you go.  I fell in love with the dalmatian puppies in the Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians and for DD#2’s second birthday I did this as her party theme. I don’t think they’d make a good pet for me but I still think they are pretty animals.

You can learn how to draw this pup, here! I’m figuring out if you’re a visual person then you sketching might be an easy fit and all it takes is practice, practice, practice!

Hopefully, sharing 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! 🙂

Inspire me! What “D” subjects should I doodle next?

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
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats



All Things Vintage: Dear Abby #AprilA2Z

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! How are you today, my lovelies? You made this kitty Cathy purr with your return visit for All Things Vintage.

Living in the fast age of technology many of us get our daily dose of news and entertainment from the internet, but when I was a girl I looked forward to getting the daily newspaper for two of my favorite sources of entertainment : the funny pages and the popular advice columnist of Dear Abby.


Pauline Phillips (1919-2013) was “Dear Abby”, but she used the pen name Abigail Van Buren for her syndicated column. She answered letters as Dear Abby solely from 1956-2000; at that time her daughter – Jeanne Phillips assisted her until taking full helm of the column in 2002. That’s when Jeanne reported her mother had Alzheimer’s. Jeanne uses her mother’s pen name and you can read her advice as Dear Abby at http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby.

I loved Dear Abby! She generally offered good common sense advice to her readers and some of the things she wrote was even humorous.

Here are a few examples:

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A point of interest learned while researching…Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers (both pen names) were twin sisters. The rivalry created between the two columnist lead to  a long estrangement between the sisters. This explains a lot. When I was younger I got these two women confused. The different names threw me off completely, but now I know why these ladies looked alike.


Dear Abby earned a place among the stars along Hollywood Walk of Fame memorializing Dear Abby’s Radio Show.

One thing I always wanted to do in those days of reading Dear Abby was to write a letter to see what sort of response I would get. However, it seemed I didn’t have any real worries or problems needing solving that mom and dad or grandma and grandpa or an aunt or an uncle couldn’t help me with, but it sure would have been fun to have written Dear Abby.

Did you read Dear Abby? Have you written Dear Abby? If so, I would love for you to share that in comments with everyone!

A special thank you to the incredibly gifted A2Z Team who many are now my good friends.

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

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 to read about Gil Elvgren.

Do It or Else die Trying to Do Right #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs!  DH share an interesting article the other day, which pretty much resonated what Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his show where he stated…

I’m on record as saying that exercise is not the way to lose weight, and all this preoccupation with it as a weight loss regimen is absurd.


It kinda makes sense, you know? I’m not advocating abandoning your fitness routine (I’m not quitting) nor is Rush or the article because exercise does give many good health benefits. What it all boils down to is, you eat more calories than your body burns and that’s why we gain weight.


I fell victim to the in-between eating pitfall. Who hasn’t? I made excuses for it by saying, I’m going to workout a little longer today. Well, that’s the wrong approach. It takes about 30-minutes of cardio to burn 200 calories. How many times per/day do you eat snacks?  Think about that for a moment. Scary, right? I committed myself last week to to not have any snacks. I didn’t entirely, but the diet change along (I actually exercised less and ate normal foods) was enough to shed 2.5 pounds from last Sunday weight check. Coincidence? I don’t know, but it’s an exciting and surprising development.



This is a wake up call to rethink my diet. I’m not keeping a food journal nor am I counting calories. The thing I’m doing is making well-thought out choices in what, when, and how much I eat. I am determined to Do It or Else die Trying to Do Right!


dieting-tip-jokeDo you have successful diet tips and secrets to share? If so, I can’t wait to read about them!


It’s time to hit the road again and I hope you’ll hop in the backseat for the ride as I head over to meet a few of my fellow A2Zroadsters. Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday Thoughts: Delicious Home-made Fruit & Nut Granola


Do you like granola cereal? If so, then I want to share with you a delicious homemade fruit and nut granola recipe that my good friend passed to me that’s very easy to make.

Fruit and Nut Granola

¼ c. vegetable oil
¼ c. Maple syrup
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
1-teaspoon vanilla
2-tablespoons honey
3 c. rolled oats
½ c. each of dried cranberries dried blueberries and chopped nuts of your choice.
¼ c. of sunflower seeds, and or pumpkin seeds
  1. Put the oil, syrup, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.  Microwave for about one minute.   Stir once out of the microwave.
  2. Mix the oats, berries, nuts, and seeds together in a big bowl.  Add the microwaved mixture and stir to fully coat the oats.
  3. Spread on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at a very low setting 200° for an hour.
  4. Take it out and let it cool.  It will break apart in big clumps, kinda like peanut brittle.   Store in an airtight container. I used the above photographed a large mason jar (half-gallon) my MIL gave me years ago.

Note: I didn’t use honey in my recipe because DH is allergic to it and took the maple syrup up by 2-tablespoons. I used Ocean Spray blueberry-flavored dried cranberries and pecan pieces. I did not use any seeds because I did not have these and the recipe tasted delicious without them. Incidentally, you may want to watch the bake time. Despite the low baking temp, 1-hour was a wee bit too long. Next time, I’m going to only bake recipe for 50-minutes.

Tis the season to be jolly! For more Christmasy reading on today’s letter “D” prompt, check out…Deck the halls with December Traditions.

I just love my iPhone5s!


  1. What is the last recipe you made this Christmas season?
  2. Do you have a favorite Christmas recipe you make every year? If so, what is it? Feel free to share it with us in the comments!


Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

Jenny Matlock
  Mama’s Losin’ It





Deck the Halls with December Traditions

There is nothing like decking the hall during for the Christmas season.  Did you know decking the halls with boughs of holly date back to ancient Romans times?

Romans regarded the Holly plant as good fortune and they would present newlyweds with wreaths made of Holly sprigs as a token of good will and congratulations.

Decorating with holly boughs or evergreen sprigs today has more to do with the fragrance and appeal that fresh greenery adds to our homes during the holidays.

Like many of you, Christmas is really a big event around our house. The holy season invokes joy in each of us to the point of sheer giddiness. There is something totally magical about this time of the year.

That being said, I thought this would be a good time to share with you some of our past and present traditions of December.

I. Displaying our customary beautiful, faux, decked out Oh, Tannenbaum! A freshly cut Christmas tree is ideal, but our allergies will not let us enjoy the woodsy evergreen aroma.


II. Hanging home-sewn stockings on the mantle for Santa to fill.

III. Displaying a variety of My Favorite Christmas Things like as my Dept. 56 New England village, Cherished Teddies, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer figurines, and Fontanini Nativity.

IV. In Decembers past I read Christmas stories every night to the children at bedtime. They loved this!

V. Our weekly ritual for the entire month is to watch one of our favorite Christmas movies. Our first choice always on the list to see is Christmas Vacation. This flick is hilariously good!


VI. One of my beloved customs is the making of Christmas goodies – Chocolate Covered Cherries, White Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Almond Butter Crunch, Maple Nut Fudge, Cookie baking, and more.  Hallelujah! exclaim the troops at the Kennedy household.


Almond Butter Crunch


  • 1½ cup butter (do not substitute margarine)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup finely ground pecan pieces


  • 1. Melt butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan; do not let it boil. Add sugar. Boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until candy thermometer registers 260°F.
  • 2. Add almonds and continue to cook, stirring constantly (mixture will be very thick). When the thermometer reaches 295°F, pour candy into a lightly greased jelly roll pan (11”x17”), working quickly spread the candy thin with the back of a spoon.
  • 3. Melt chocolate chips over low heat or microwave for 2-minutes at 50% power. When candy has cooled slightly, spread chocolate on top, and then sprinkle pecan pieces on top while the chocolate is warm.
  • 4. Allow hardening for several hours or overnight, and then breaking into pieces. Can be stored in the refrigerator. Makes ≈ 2 lbs.


VII.  Another time-treasured tradition for us is to listen to some of our favorites from long past and recent past Christmas music.  For me Christmas music and Andy Williams are synonyms. Do you remember the beautiful Christmas specials Andy Williams hosted?  This past September, heaven added another golden talent to the angels’ chorus when Mr. Williams crossed over.

Below is a compilation of YouTube videos featuring Andy Williams Christmas TV specials. Relive some retro magic watching these clips.



VIII. Speaking of music, another of our favorite age-old things to do is to sing Christmas carols. DH and I cuddled in the living room with our little rug-rats on the sofa bellowing songs from our Christmas carol song book. Of course, we always love singing carols in the car, too. Clark Griswold singing Deck the Halls always flashes in mind when we sing a tune or tune. 


IX. The grand daddy of all December traditions is Christmas dinner. I pull together things common from DH and my childhood Christmases into ours which we are passing to our kiddies. Nothing warms my heart like when our daughters request one of our family recipes. 

X. A very special custom for us is to read the Christmas story from the Bible. In the past, we’ve done this on Christmas Eve when the children were small and we gathered in our shared bedroom at DH’s parents, but in recent Christmases we saved the reading for Christmas night circled in the warmth of our living room around the soft colorful glow of our tree – what a peaceful moment that is!

1.  What December traditions to you embrace? 
2.  Do you celebrate Christmas or one of the other December holidays?

Thanks for visiting today. Today’s post is participating in Miss Jenny’s blog hop. Join me and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter “D” and while you’re Fah-lah-lah-lahing around Blogosphere be sure to dash over to Miss Amanda’s for her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.



Next post: Friday Sillies #57 – Christmas Humor Week 2





Deep Discount – College Textbooks

When I was working toward my A.S. degree years ago, buying textbooks came with limited options. You either, (A) bought new books from the school bookstore at a premium price, or (B) bought used books from students at a slightly reduced price.

Today, there are more ways to acquire student textbooks – new or used, but prices haven’t changed all that much. It’s still horribly expensive. Fall 2008, my DDs and I found out going the cheapest way possible would set them back at least a grand per/semester. That’s so unacceptable, but what’s a parent or college student to do? Recently, I discovered a new option in getting college textbooks at a deep discount.

Are you curious? Then, discover how to save below…

40-90% savings is a lot! Let’s take a look at an example. Check the price difference of renting these two books at Campus Book Rentals versus buying them from Amazon:

Child Psychology: A Contemporary View Point by Ross Parke & Mary Gauvain Your savings 77%!

Statistics by John S. Witte & Robert S. Witte Your savings 84%!

Okay, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what you – the parent, or you – the student or I would do in this scenario. In a heart beat, we would opt for the cheaper route with Campus Book Rentals.

In addition to the huge savings, take a look at some other cool features Campus Book Rentals offers to each of its customers:

  • Free shipping both directions
  • Highlighting in textbooks is OK
  • Flexible renting periods
  • Sell your used textbooks to them
  • Monthly giveaways
  • Earn $5 in Refer-A-Friend program

These are favorable sounding catch-words anyone can pull off a company’s website and throw at you. Honestly, if I were you I’d be a bit skeptical. The money we make is hard-earned and we don’t want to throw it away on something that isn’t what it says it is, right? How can you or I feel comfortable with using Campus Book Rentals for your kids or mine?

Here are some points to consider:

  1. Read about other people’s experiences with Campus Book Rentals,
  2. Speak to a live Customer Support specialist for free at 1-855-200-0021 to get all concerns answered, and finally
  3. With the 30-day risk-free guarantee, Campus Book Rentals gives personally speaking I’d be OK with taking a chance. Nothing to lose, but costly bookstore prices!


As a recently graduated homeschool mom of three, I know the value of education. You can make life a little more pleasant for your child. Why not kick-start your young adult’s higher education experience off with some sweet savings by renting textbooks from…


One more thing worthy to point out Campus Book Rentals is they are charitable people who take pride in Making a Difference in the world by partnering with Operation Smile an amazing organization that provides cleft lip surgeries for children of parents who cannot pay for this procedure. In 2011, Campus Book Rentals covered the cost of 1,000 (possibly more) Operation Smile operations.

For 2012, Campus Book Rentals set aside $90,000 for textbook scholarships to be distributed in communities like yours and mine. In essence, when you shop at Campus Book Rentals, then you’re making a difference, too!

Disclosure:  This is sponsored post. Feel free to follow Campus Book Rentals on Twitter @textbookrentals or like their Facebook Fan page!

Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more delight ‘D’ posts and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in 91st edition of Thursday Two Questions.

My questions today are:

1. Do you have a child entering or re-entering college this fall? Yes, our DS will be a freshman in the fall. 

2. Have you considered going to college? Yes, I’ve told with the idea of going back to college to learn something new. The part higher education goes hand in hand with the cost of education and discourages me from seriously considering returning to school.

Bonus: Would you consider renting textbooks? I definitely would rent textbooks from Campus Book Rentals for myself and will for our son, if we are able to get what we need. He’ll be footing the bill for his college education. If we can ease his burden by providing rental textbooks toward a better future for him, then I’m all for it!






Alphabe-Thursday and Other Memes

is for…. Oh drats! Here I am rushing through my homework. Please, don’t tell Miss Jenny. Thankfully, it wasn’t because I was dilly dallying around this week. Instead, I ‘ve been writing some delightful posts.  I’m particularly fond of my darling new children’s story What’s Happening To My Teeth which I hope you will read.

This morning, I was determined to tackle my ‘D’ assignment, but wouldn’t you know it blogger was down!  I nearly became discomposed when I got that darn error message, but now I feel dandy since it wasn’t too much of a discomfort.

Believe it or not, ever since last week I had my ‘D’ word picked out.  Although at the last moment, my sleepy brain became distracted with another ‘D’ word and so I decided to go with….




This is a lovely folk song and with my Irish heritage I can hear Ireland’s bagpipes call me to dedicate my Alphabe-Thursday post to the ballad ‘Danny Boy“.

Danny Boy” was written by an Englishmen, Frederic Weatherly, in 1910.  Weatherly was not just a lyricist, but a lawyer, author, and broadcaster. The lyrics were originally written for a different tune, but Weatherly changed the words to fit the Irish tune, “Londonderry Air” in 1913 after his sister-in-law in America sent him a copy.  This new arrangement was first recorded in 1915 by Ernestine Schumann-Heink.  Weatherly gave the song later to the vocalist Elsie Griffin, who popularized the song in the new century.

Over the years, many artists such as Glenn Miller, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, and Carly Simon to name a few recorded this famous Irish folk. This is a widely recognizable tune around the globe, thanks to Pop culture using this song in countless films and TV shows.

“Danny Boy” Lyrics
“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.
And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
And I shall rest in peace until you come to me.
Oh, Danny Boy, Oh, Danny Boy, I love you so.”


To learn more  about “Danny Boy” read: The Legend and History of the Song ‘Danny Boy’

Thanks to Miss Jenny for hosting Alphabe-Thursday.  This is such a fun meme, you won’t want to miss out joining the weekly fun assignments!

My lovely blog friend, Amanda hosts the weekly meme, Thursday’s Two Questions that I enjoy participating in for which I’d like to say, “Thanks for continuing this ‘get-to-know’ one another better meme with impromptu questions!”

Now, here are my T2Q. They are totally off the cuff this morning. My brain hasn’t really gotten woken up yet. With that being said, what do you think is on my mind???? You got it, COFFEE!

1) How do you prefer your coffee?  During the week mornings, I usually fix a cup of instant coffee.  Yeah, I know bad stuff, but I don’t really care to make the extra effort just for myself most mornings.  However, the weekends are a different story.  Usually, we drink a national brand such as Maxwell House in the mornings on the weekends and at night while we’re relaxing in front of the TV I will make a dark roast coffee such as Seattle’s Best or Starbucks.

2)  Are you a regular customer of  Starbucks or another gourmet coffee shop? If so, tell me which you prefer and what is your usual cup of Joe? As you know, I’m a SAHM.  My opportunity to have coffee away from home is rare, but when I do get out to run fun errands then I love to splurge on myself with a cup of latte usually whatever their special is for that day at either Seattle’s Best in Borders Bookstore or a nearby Starbucks.  To do this every day would be expensive, but once in a while won’t break my piggy bank, right? =D

Another fun ‘get-to-know’ one another meme is Dollycas’ Thoughts.


1. What is your favorite thing to do on a sunny bright Spring day?  Being a SAHM, I’m often times confined to my four walls doing stuff indoors all day with, exception for light gardening.  On the weekends, though, I love taking advantage of sunny days by running fun errands where I can walk around a plaza for hours and hours.  I’m not a sun worshiper.  I don’t like the extreme heat of summer. That’s just not my cup of tea. The spring sun’s warmth is nice, though, and I really do enjoy being out in short spurts.  That’s why I love going from store to store in a plaza on beautiful sunny spring days!

2. What is your favorite color? Does this give you a hint???



3. Do you have a favorite month of the year?  I haven’t really thought about having a favorite month, but I would have to pick June.  We’ll be celebrating our 32nd anniversary on the 9th.  That’s a lot of years, isn’t it?  To think, the years have really evaporated on us, too.  Being married to the same man for that many years has not been a pill in the least.  Instead, it’s been a near honeymoon experience the entire time.  I’m married to my very best friend, you know?  I’m so blessed. God’s hand picked DH for me and I couldn’t have done a better job if I had tried.  I prayed for God to send me a perfect mate and He delivered! 

Have a tremendous Thursday!