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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “I”

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Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z alphabet prompt with art sketching through the alphabet and today’s letter “I”.

Long ago, we had the best next door neighbor. When we moved into this house, Joe, was a single man and very personable. He was a gentle soul, warm, kind, and friendly to a fault.  Along the front bank of his house, he planted dozens of purple iris plants. In the spring when they bloomed they stood majestically tall but it’s their sweet perfume I remember the most filling my nostrils while watching our small girls play on their swing set.

It’s been many years now since Joe who eventually married and moved to the other end of the city. The new homeowners apparently didn’t share a love for irises and dug them up, tossing them away. Had I known what they were going to do, I would have requested some of the bulbs for transplant to our yard. I miss the scent and the memories associated with the iris.

This sketch would look nice as a watercolor design which I hope to try. Perhaps, I’ll use it as this year’s Mother’s Day card creation.

I hope my contribution in this challenge encourages you to stop putting off the pursuit of your own passions, fear of failure is not an option.  My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂

Ignite my inner flame with your “I” inspirations! Any inkling? Impress upon me in comments your ideas and if I use ’em then I’ll inform others of your ingeniousness!

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
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. “G” is for Girls
  8. “H” is for Horses










Possible Twins Separated by Time #FlashbackFriday

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Dorothy left 2

Last Friday, I mentioned DD#1 looking very much like her paternal grandmother. In the above vintage photo, my MIL is the girl on the far left.  She looks to be in her early teens.  Now, take a peek at possible twins separated by time.

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She’s pretty as a picture #FlashbackFriday

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You may remember me telling you that my in-laws are pack rats. The above photo is of my darling MIL and DH. Judging by DH’s size he was about 5-years of age making it the early 1960s. The thing that caught my attention is the dress my MIL is wearing. You won’t believe it, but I have it. Yep, she kept it for years passing it to our oldest daughter who would play in it. Oh, I tell you DD#1 is a dead ringer for her. Why they could pass for twins! Don’t take my word for it, take a look here and you can decide.

Have  you ever wondered about the saying, she’s pretty as a picture? According to an internet source picture was used to describe a beautiful object from the early 1800s. I sorta figured that out, but I was hoping for a more history than that. Do you have anything of interest to add? Do you use the phrase?

You can find a song just about anything, here’s Christian Kane singing, Pretty as a Picture.



Today, I  celebrate the small things in my life…like getting a cool award.  I’d like to say I’m awesome (I really am) and this is why Far Away Eyes gave it to me, but if the truth be told she passed this fun award to her #BOTB buds earlier this month. No problem! No problem! I’ll take my awards anyway they come ~ personally presented or mass handout. I’m tickled pink regardless. I don’t need anyone to tell me say thank you, but that’s what the first rule says to do. So….thanks, Faye for passing this little jewel to me. You’re a peach!!

Like all awards this one is no different. The second rule is to share five Cathy facts. Really? Really. What can I say about myself that you don’t already know? If you’re new to me and want to know more fun facts, then I invite you to check my archives to read posts from February 2011. I devoted the entire month to the get to know me blog challenge. In recent months, April & June, I spilled more interesting beans about me or at least they aren’t as bland as these five I just gave you. I think I need a 3rd cup of coffee to get my mojo going this morning.

  1. I was in my first parade when I was cheerleader for the midget league football team.
  2. I helped make paper flowers for the float for the parade the year I was midget league cheerleader.
  3. I was in a parade in a marching band playing flute a few times.
  4. The last parade I was in was in 9th grade. I was a majorette.
  5. I always wanted to do back flips, but never could.

The 3rd criteria is to nominate bloggers to receive this fine award and let them know they have been given the honors to carry the torch. This is always the hardest one cross off the list and since it is difficult job I decided to take the easy way out by bestowing it to all of YOU.

Bloggers in general are pretty darn creative people. I’m awestruck by the numerously talented writers, cooks, photographers, and musicians hiding out there behind an IP address. Sometimes I know your real name and other times it’s just a blog name, but the fact doesn’t change you’re amazingly wonderful at what you do, so I proudly pass it to YOU!

Creative Blogger Award


Last, but not least I’m instructed to pass the rules on with the award. That’s simple, I’ll just copy & paste them below:

1. Thank and post a link to the person who nominated you.

2. Share five (5) facts about yourself

3. Nominate 5-10-20 blogs and tell them

4. Pass on the rules


What are you celebrating?

Let’s celebrate making new friends together and we can begin by joining Friendship Friday and Follow Who? Social-Weekend blog hops. Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a little boogie session with Saturday Songsuasion!

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The bicycle is a good invention #FlashbackFriday


Circa July 1962 My MIL, Dorothy with DH at 3-years of age

Last week, I wanted to feature a photo of my late MIL with the anniversary of her passing on the 19th of June. It’s been rather hectic here. Anywho, I found the above photo and while it has her and DH in the picture what really grabbed my attention is the tricycle. At the time of our second child’s birth, my in-laws gave the trike a new look and passed it on to DD#1. Coincidentally, we still have it in our garage.

Brittany 1990

My scanner was unavailable, so I used my iPhone to take a picture of a picture. lol DD#1 September 1990 at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.

My FIL who was in his 70s, BILs, and DH would ride their bicycles around Cades Cove in those early years. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday with family in scenic beauty, picnicking, and biking. How can I forget to mention the bicycle is a good invention… 😀


Today, I  celebrate the small things in my life.

I celebrate the simple pleasure of air conditioning. A week ago this past Monday ours abruptly died. They just don’t make ACs like they use to, but then again we did get 15-years of service out of the old girl and the one prior lasted 20-years. I celebrate internet product research; within a matter of hours I figured out which one we needed and found it in town.  I celebrate DS for delivering the unit to our home, so we didn’t have to wait for Home Depot to schedule us in for delivery. I celebrate my wonderfully sensitive and compassionate husband who took the day off so we could do the entire job in one day. Yes, it took that long and then some. The rusted screws and heavy caulk around the AC made it a tiger of a job to break free from the window and then came the part of decrypting unclear installation instructions and manipulating things into place. The AC chassis weights more than I do. I helped DH, but he did most of the lifting. And, finally, I celebrate having the finances at the right time. God is truly awesome!

What are you celebrating?

Let’s celebrate making new friends together and we can begin by joining Friendship Friday and Follow Who? Social-Weekend blog hops. Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a little boogie session with Saturday Songsuasion!

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Lazy Daisy memories #FlashbackFriday

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Every time I see daisies I think of my mother-in-law ~iPhone capture, Pixelmator photo-editor Light Leek Pavo effect~


On the bank side of my in-laws yard wild daisies grow. My MIL loved flowers. All around their yard beautiful blooms happily greeted you, but the daisies that covered the hillside leading below their house to the tractor garage was always a joy to see. Someone snapped these photos of DD#1 and DD#2 in 1993.

Brittany1 fog

I recently found stuffed in an old diaper bag the jacket DD#1 is wearing. Her grandparents got it for her, as well as the one her sister is wearing.


Nikki1 fog

DD#2 was inseparable from her little panda toy, Polly Anna.


I love these pictures of my girls. It’s pure innocence at its best! Daisies are happy little flowers and they always put a smile on my face. Funny thing is music makes me happy and it puts a smile on my face, too. I found this cute, original ditty and it fits perfectly with my Flashback Friday moment. Listen to Emily Proper sing The Daisy Song!


Today, I  celebrate the small things in my life.

  • fond flashbacks
  • forever friends
  • freaky fun
  • freckled faces
  • fabulous Fridays

Whoo-hoo, the weekend is here! What are you celebrating?

Let’s celebrate making new friends together and we can begin by joining Friendship Friday and Follow Who? Social-Weekend blog hops. Yesterday was a bit strained, so I couldn’t make my usual A2Z road trip, but I always say…better late than never. I’m zooming off to see what a few of my fellow A2Zroadsters are up to and I invite you to come along for the ride. Oh yeah, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a little boogie session with Saturday Songsuasion!

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