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Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! 😉 It’s great to be back as co-host of the best dance party in Blogosphere with the Monday’s Music Moves Megals! Thank you, XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette for having me back after a long hiatus.

Today’s theme is a freebie pick and I invite you to hit the dance floor.



In honor of President’s Day and for the two presidents this holiday was originally created for, I’d like to share with you a few songs written about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

For George Washington’s inauguration “Hail, Columbia!” but what I found interesting is this song was our country’s first national anthem which was replaced in 1931 when it was replaced by the “Star Spangled Banner”.

 

 

SchooHouse Rock prompted learning through mewsic. I remember when this song aired on public TV.

 

Abraham Lincoln led the nation during a turbulent era. Google provided a few interesting songs about the man and the below song (and a few others) at Music Weird blog.

 

“We Are Coming Father Abraham” was written in support of Lincoln and the Civil War.

 

I stumbled upon this animation that teaches kids about the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Setting history facts to mewsic is a great way to learn and it’s so much fun!

 

To find other songs for President’s Day click, here!

Share your photography, crafts, mewsic, and more posts with Charles on Mondays with “Feeling Inspired?”, just click the image below to visit his site!

What mewsic are you listening to lately? 😉

 

I hope to see back tomorrow for with two daily post features – Cathy Chats and Tuesday Tunesation!

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Not-so #WW shares space with #BoTB

Good morning! I’m presenting a double post and I hope you don’t mind, kittens and dawgs. In the first part of my post I’m sharing my mid-week photo (not-so) Wordless Wednesday and hope if you’re in this crowd that you’ll help me in the second half of my post. 😉

The winter before last, we were in the western North Carolina mountains passing through Maggie Valley when we came on a snow tube run beside the road.  It was chilly and the winds didn’t make it feel any better but I braved the cold to snap a few shots.  The one element needed that night was falling snow. (click on picture to view in another window and use zoom feature to magnify image)

I know what you’re saying but what’s that white stuff falling?  It’s all fake, baby! I loaded my image in my photo editing software program, Pixelmator, and used a freebie background from Insight Designs to add some snow. Pretty cool, eh? 😉

What views through the lens are you sharing this week? I’m eager to see!

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DH surprised me on Valentine’s Day with a single red rose, Harry London assorted chocolates, a sweet little Teddy bear who I named Val. DH is the sweetest Valentine ever!

iPhone capture + Bokeh overlay

 

Okay you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half and help pick the next winner in the second round of Battle of the Bands.

I decided to go with The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps (the original is not part of the battle and is for reference only) in this showdown.  George Harrison penned the words to this soft, beautiful ballad. This is what Wackipedia says…

I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, ‘The Book of Changes”. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book – as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw “gently weeps”, then laid the book down again and started the song.

Today, I’m playing Santana against Toto. Who will win? It’s up to you! Listen and decide who does it better.

 

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Santana ft. India Arie & Yo-Yo Ma or TOTO?

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! 😉

Come back tomorrow for another peek through the lens with my early edition of Skywatch Friday & Celebrate the Small Things.

Have a songtastic day!

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Love Yourself, Celebrate Your Love, Who/What Are you Lovin’

  Happy Valentine’s Day, kittens & dawgs!

What exciting stuff do you have planned? I made some heart-shaped chocolate petit fours for DH and if you dropped by last week then you saw the special V-Day card I made for him, as well as our kiddos. I didn’t forget you. I doodled this ribbon heart design with friends in a rainbow of colors (actually it is the colors of a rainbow) especially for all of you to show how special you are to me.

Today, I thought it would be fun to revisit two older posts I wrote in my early years of blogging. Valentine’s Day is the “love holiday”, but you know what to truly love someone else, you must love yourself first.  I encourage you to read 7 Ways to Love Yourself.  Valentine’s Day celebrates a couple’s intimacy but shouldn’t we celebrate this all year? Check out 12 Way to Celebrate Your Love!

Les from Ink Interrupted hosts the weekly meme, Tuesday Coffee Chat and her coffee chat topic this morning is on cue for this special occasion. The prompt is LOVE.   What or Who are you lovin’ lately?

It’s hard to imagine loving DH any more than I do but I find that I grow more and more in love with him each day of every year.  I’m not sure how that’s possible and yet it is.  We are more than husband and wife, we are best friends!  There is nothing he or I would rather do than to do it with each other.  I help him change the oil in the car and he helps  me fold the laundry, We like getting up early to take long day trips to the mountains, photograph scenic views or beautiful sunsets, I fix his boo-boos and he fixes mine, we are junkaholics who love ice cream, chocolate, and donuts, we like to cuddle in the living room watching romantic comedies, action flicks, or edge of your seat thrillers, he shares interesting articles, headlines, and how-tos while I enlighten him with my photo-art, doodles, blogging interests, or delicious recipes.

We’re different in many ways and so alike in others. He’s quick-witted – I’m slow on the take. He’s intelligent – I’m trying to catch up. He’s logical – I’m emotional (that’s not always a bad thing). He’s reserved – I’m an open book. He loves cookies – I love to bake cookies. He’s coördinated – I’m a klutz. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a purrtty amazing person  *giggle* but it’s not my place to speak of these things. Instead, I’ll leave that to DH who’s always quick to share with others my favorable attributes. He’s just sweet like that. 😉

Within our core, we share identical viewpoints – politically, spiritually, and ethically.  He gives freely and cares deeply, placing me above himself all the time.  It an honor to call myself his wife.  The old saying Love is blind is true because love hides the small stuff not worthy of attention that otherwise could rear its head to cause problems and that’s the way love should work.  We all have impurrfections and it’s nice when love is bigger than our flaws.  Thank you, DH, for being my Valentine and the greatest LOVE of my life! 😘


That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

 

Last week, I was inspired by Clean and Scentsible and having the ingredients on hand decided to make my own version of her fun Valentine’s Day treat.

 

Heart-shaped Mini Raspberry Pies

Heart-shaped Mini Raspberry Pies

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Pie Dough
  • Raspberry Pie Filling (Strawberry sounds goods, too)
  • Egg white

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven according to the directions on the dough. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Choose your favorite pie filling. For this recipe, I used Duncan Hines Premium Raspberry Pie Filling. An optional step I did was add ¼ cup of Splenda to the filling and stirred well. DH likes it to be a little sweeter.
  3. Roll the dough out. Using an Anne Clark 3 ⅝ heart-shaped cookie cutter (made in the USA), I cut out the heart shapes placing on the cookie sheet. Place about a tablespoon of filling in the center of each mini heart-shaped piecrust, then brush egg white along the edges (this acts like a glue for the two piecrust pieces) and then top with another mini heart-shaped piecrust.
  4. Use a fork to press two piecrust pieces together, if filling squeezes out use other end of fork to scrap up and put back in bowl. I found using the other end of the fork to seal the difficult areas down useful then I crinkled with fork tines to make it look pretty.
  5. The last step brush tops of mini heart-shaped pies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar, then place in the oven and bake about 5 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and enjoy!
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This is NOT an affiliated link. I used the 3 ⅝” cookie cutter from this Ann Clark heart-shaped cookie cutter set.

Did you catch my earlier post, Barry White on Tuesday Tunesation? If not, I invite you to check it out! 😉  I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week photo meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

Have a sweetheart of a day!

 

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Barry White on #TuesdayTunesation!

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  You’ve made this Cathy happy with your visit.  For several months I wanted to spotlight today’s artist. Born Barry Eugene Carter September 12, 1944, this singer/songwriter, composer is a three-time Grammy Award recipient and well-known for his romantic baritone vocals.  I give you, Barry White!

White’s two biggest hits were You’re My First, My Last, My Everything (which I don’t remember) and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” (I do remember).

 

But, the song I remember him best from his 1973 #1 Billboard Pop Charts’ hit!

 

“Love’s Theme” appeared on his first album, Rhapsody in White, under Love Unlimited Orchestra.


I sorta lost touch with Barry White after the 70s but in the late 80s he released, The Man is Back, that produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard R&B chart. “Super Lover” landed on #34,  “I Wanna Do It Good to Ya” hit #26, and “When Will I See You Again” took #32.

 

With the involvement in Quincy Jones production of The Secret Garden allowed White to ride a new wave of popularity after which he launched several albums returning him to spotlight in 1991 with Put Me in Your Mix at #8 on Billboard R&B Album chart and the song by the same name hit #2 on Billboard R&B Singles chart.

 

1994 was a good year for White with the release of Icon of Love that went to #1 on the Billboard R&B Album charts and from this album, the first song, “Practice What You Preach” hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart which was a first for him in 20 years.

 

White’s album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B Album category. However, he lost to TLC’s CrazySexyCool.

In 1996, Barry White teamed up with Tina Turner to produce, “In Your Wildest Dreams”.

 

Staying Power (1999) was White’s last album which produced his final hit single with the song by the same name at #45 on the Billboard R&B Charts but it also landed him two Grammy Awards: The Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and The Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

 

Barry White was a big man. Unfortunately, his obesity contributed to problems with high blood pressure and diabetes.  In May 2003 while on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant, Barry had a massive stroke forcing him out of the limelight, then two months later on July 4th, White died.

Barry’s career was mega size on a worldwide level with 106 gold albums (41 of these reached platinum), 20 gold and 10 platinum singles and sales of more than 100M dollars. He’s regarded as an all-time world’s best-selling artist. His career inspiration comes from Motown greats – The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye plus some southern influence from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and the King of Rockin’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

 

Thanks for making me a part of your morning and I hope you’ll share the mews of my new weekly meme with your lovelies with the below tweet or through other social media shares.

 

 

Want more romantic mewsic? Visit my Smoother Than Chocolate Love Mewsic post from yesterday and if you stick around a bit you can catch my random Valentine’s Day post on Cathy Chats! 😽

Have a tunesational day!

 

 

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Smoother than Chocolate Love Mewsic

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! 😉 My friend, XmasDolly puts together the Monday’s Music Moves Me 🎶 linky party. Recently I volunteered to co-host to fill-in while Stacy Uncorked moved into her new home who’s now back. Welcome back, Stacy! But, guess what? So am I! I’m back to full capacity doing my old gig again with the 4M crew. Stacy suggested today’s theme, “Trains or railroads – song titles, lyrics, or anything relating to both”!

 

 

I invite you to hit the dance floor!



 

 

 

Although Stacy’s theme is fabulous. I had this post done ahead. I hope you enjoy my Valentine’s Day theme, Smoother than chocolate Love Mewsic!

 

 

 

 

 

Share your photography, crafts, mewsic, and more posts with Charles on Mondays with Feeling Inspired?

 

What mewsic are you listening to lately? 😉

 

Did you catch last week’s Simple hand-drawn Valentine’s Day cards & other V-Day Ideas? If not, you’re invited to take a peek and don’t forget to join me tomorrow for another edition of Tuesday Tunesation!

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