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

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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

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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

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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.

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  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. 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. 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. 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. 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.



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