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Skywatch Friday: Snow in the Smoky’s

The cold weather is keeping me indoors a lot lately, which means no new photos to share. That being said, I have a need to create and decided to use my photo-editor of choice to play with today’s picture, Snow in the Smoky’s.

Snow in the Smoky's

Photo-editing changes: cropped image, added copyright, and applied the light leak effect (that’s the light spots on my photo).

I bet you five bucks there is snow on the Smoky’s now. The weather has been perfect for it all week!

I’m linking up with the SWF team and invite you to join other photo enthusiasts across the net. Next up, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I celebrate…

  • hot tea, hot chocolate, hot coffee! A hot beverage in my hand makes me warm and snugly all over.
  • cozy, fluffy socks and plush sweats! This house isn’t well insulated, so I dressing in layers helps when not active indoors.
  • well stocked pantry! It’s very good that we aren’t forced to grocery shop on the coldest days and have the luxury in picking the best day of the week to run errands.
  • not living in an area where the temperatures are colder (and stay longer), and the wind is stouter, and there’s lots of snow! I really am blessed living in East Tennessee. We generally experience mild conditions during the winter. The worse part is usually when it’s cold for a long time that any precipitation we get is in the form of ice and that’s not good. ?
  • getting rid of a little more clutter! Being stuck indoors isn’t all that bad. It forces us to do constructive things, like throw out things we don’t need anymore. lol

Life should be celebrated, even when it seems like you have no reason to. Just look around, I bet you’ll see something good! What are you celebrating?

One way to celebrate is with  Friendship Friday and Friday Features Linky Party, where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration to boot! That’s a wrap for now. Before you go, check out my latest edition of Battle of the Bands up next. Have a fototastic day!

Disclaimer: The above is an affiliated link, this is my photo-editor of choice, and if you make a purchase using it then I will earn a few pennies. Let me say in advance, thank-you! ?

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

#SWF: One foggy morning

In case you missed the news, I’m taking a wee break this month. I scheduled my photo posts ahead with the anticipation that you would stop by. Today’s Skywatch Friday contribution is a foggy morning at Moses Cone Manor….

DSC_3371 grayscale

This past June, I shot this old house in color, but the ambiances demands the full affect of B&W for Halloween, don’t you agree? Do you sense the eeriness now?!

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

Let me say, Thank you for making me apart of your day and although, I’m unplugged I will return visits to anyone who leaves a comment.  Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!

Thursday Thoughts ~ a peek at our morning

This is what I woke up to this morning!


It may not be the storm of the century but this is the first significant snowfall Knoxville has gotten in many years. DH measured the fluff while clearing off his car before going to work late this morning. In our part of town, we received 7′ of wet, heavy snow.

The snow began falling in Knoxville yesterday mid-day and by 2pm it was falling quite heavily. By the time DH got home, the heavy wet snow was clinging to tree branches, bushes, and every blade grass.
It was no time after DH arrived the temperature dropped quickly to freezing and that’s when the fun began. We got 3-4″ of snow in a matter of few hours, blanketing everything in sight. The interstate, which had been pre-treated two days before the storm was in trouble.
Knoxville is full of idiot drivers without a lick of good judgement when it comes to driving under precarious circumstances. Have you ever noticed how people with 4-wheel drive vehicles have a false sense of security? They think that they or their vehicles are impervious to injury? They make up part of that idiot driver group, but the rest of the cache under-estimate their skills or lack of skills when pushed to the limits under tricky driving conditions.
We snuggled comfortably in our living room, as near blizzard-like conditions raged outside our window.Those who were not so lucky found themselves trying to get home. The careful and skillful drivers mingled with the I’m invincible idiot drivers experienced slippery roadways everywhere. Some manage to avoid other drivers, guard rails, and street lamps while others weren’t so fortunate.

Our heavenly Father kept His hand upon our children traveling to their homes last night, giving charge to each one’s guardian angel to keep them from harm. I give Him thanks for His goodness toward those I love dearly.
The forecast promises the cloudy morning sky will clear later in the day with a high of 41°. DH got to work okay this morning. He said our driveway is slippery, but our street is ok. However, some of the other neighboring streets were rough forcing him to take a different route from our subdivision to the main highway.

My concerns are on tonight’s conditions, as our children come home from work on melted snow that possibly turns into black ice after the sun goes down. I won’t worry instead I will continue to trust in God to protect my children.


Incidentally, Thursday Thoughts will be changing. Self Sagacity and I have decided to venture together to roll both memes into one brand new hop. This will be mutually beneficial and an adventure that excites us. I hope you share in the excitement, too!

For now, here are my T2Q are:


1. What do you want for Valentine’s Day? Honestly, there isn’t anything that I want other than to spend time with DH. Yeah, I know that’s very sappy.  

2. What will you give to your spouse (bf/gf), children, or friends for V-Day? Now that the children are gone, neither of us do anything for them. However, I still do simple little things for DH. I made him a one-of-a-kind hand-stamped card and I plan to tuck inside the card a copy of the poem I wrote for him. You can read it here if you want. Also, I will give him a small 4-piece box of chocolates. I wanted to make cinnamon buns for him but said he wanted to lose some weight and asked that I not make them just yet. So…that will have to wait.


Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts hop by linking up HERE with Self Sagacity and be sure to watch for the blog switch up to take place soon!

Here are a few past “M” home-work assignments from Miss Jenny’s classroom on Alphabe-Thursday:

Power of Music
I’ve got the music
Malware is Malicious
Thursday Thoughts: Muscles, 10 Things to Smile About, Water, & Nip/Tuck


Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It