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10 Get-to-know Cathy facts #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good-morning kittens & dawgs! Usually, I like to pull together a random chat on Tuesday mornings, but I shared my new blog friend’s upcoming book release to announce. Anywho, I promised Les @ Time Out For Mom that I’d answer her questions (below).


image borrowed from Time Out For Mom

image borrowed from Time Out For Mom’s blog

I thought this would be good for newbie’s to Curious as a Cathy to learn more about me with these 10 get-to-know Cathy facts!

  1. Nicknames didn’t get pinned to me all that much, as a kid. My childhood BFF gave me one. You can find out what it is if you want by reading 10 Cathy Facts. My favorite is the one DH gave me. Legs. No, I don’t have long legs. He just likes them.  I love it and it’s a lot better than the ole ball and chain! 😉
  2. I have hazel eyes. Sometimes they appear green and other times they look like chestnut. But, I have yet to see a blue reflection like some people do with their hazel eyes. I’m actually a little jealous.
  3. Do we have to talk hair color? Well…it’s more or less a sandy blonde with shimmering white flecks. I would color my hair, but nothing ever works (OTC) to mask it. So, I think I’m slowly accepting this is the way it’s meant and move on.
  4. I’m truly a girly girl. I love all things girly ~ from a man opening a door for me to wearing heels. There is a lot of in-between stuff that comes with being a girly girl. I make no apologies or excuses for the way I am. I totally embrace being a soft woman and having others see me this way.
  5. My absolute favorite color is soft pink. Nothing says femininity like soft pink does, except maybe white and I do love those colors together.
  6. I’m not sure how to answer the question on my favorite place. Are we talking about vacation place or just in general? I’m going to go with a vacation because that’s simple. I love the New England area, especially the coastline of Maine with all those lighthouses. If you’ve read my blog for a while, then you already know this little tidbit. Maine is a beautiful state and I really want to go back!
  7. Many of the celebs I enjoy watching are from the 80s ~ Tom Selleck, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Pierce Bronson, and Tom Cruise. This list is by no means complete.  I have a soft spot for all these aging actors. The new (or not-so-new) popular actors I like are Antonio Banderas (Assassins, The Legend of Zorro, Expendables 3 )Hugh Jackman (Kate & Leopold),  John Hamm (Mad Men), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Ryan Reynolds (The In-laws & The Proposal), Chris Evans ( The Losers and The Iceman), Jason Statham (Chaos & The Italian Job), George Clooney (O’ Brother Where Art Thou & Ocean series), … If I think about it enough, I can add more names. Maybe, I’ll have to do this as feature post sometime soon to give all my favorites recognition.
  8. I’m a fan of all animals in general, but if I had to pick one maybe a moose or black bear. I have yet to see a moose in life. I became kinda fascinated with them since our first visit to Maine. Unfortunately, we didn’t go to the best part of the state for moose watching. On occasion, we spot a black bear and some elk (the closest thing to a moose I’ve seen) in the Smoky’s. It never fails to make me giddy as a school girl to see woodland creatures in the wild.
  9. Are you kidding me…a favorite song? I don’t know that I have just one favorite tune. You gotta remember this is coming from someone who does two music related posts each week and most days I include a song with my writing. But…I have a very special place in my heart Bread’s music (listen to the full album The Best of Bread below)
  10. Reader’s Digest? lol Actually, reading anything longer than a magazine article is about all I have done for many years. I never read a lot and after I had kids my focus for sitting down with a good book vanished…completely.  I buy interesting e-books with the hopes of changing my crazy mind now the children are all out of the house. Hopefully, the passion others experience for literature will ignite with me.

NOTE: The above hyperlinks are my posts that I thought you might like.


What’s your nickname? Do you have a favorite song? Tell me something new about you!


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.


I saw this on FB and couldn't resist sharing. :D

I saw this on FB and couldn’t resist sharing. 😀





Family #AtoZRoadTrip #music



There’s nothing like remembering when and each week with my on Flashback Friday (previously under Genealogy) posts I try to share family memories and photos. If you like a taste of nostalgia then I invite you to read these posts:

Meet my parents

Meet my grandparents part I

Meet my grandparents part II 

Meet my grandparents part III


Are you a family record keeper ~ a collector of tears and laughs, photographs and stories of the past?




Thanks for stopping by. I invite you to come back tomorrow for Meet my grandparents part IV. 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.

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!



Meet my new neighbor! #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good day, kittens & dawgs! We have a new neighbor. He’s one of those guys you don’t see too often, but by chance you do happen to see him out for a walk then it’s such a nice treat.

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Meet my new neighbor, Grady Gopher!

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I’m no Blundering Idiot, says me! #AtoZRoadTrip

Howdy, kittens & dawgs! How’s the #AtoZ Road Trip going for you guys? I’m keeping a list of the folks I visit until I cross everyone off and if I find someone I personal connect with then I created (not published yet) a special blog page to pin their URL as a reminder for me while encouraging others to visit them, too. I didn’t make a lot of progress last week, but I did do a little hopping.

I’m using this opportunity to visit new bloggers and revisit others while utilizing the alphabet prompt again for my weekly inspiration.



I’m no Blundering Idiot (depending on who you ask), says me! I didn’t need a map, globe, or GPS to get us to one of our favorite destinations…the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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In early April we took a day trip to the mountains. We wanted to visit Mt Mitchell State Park (the highest peak east of the Mississippi River). It’s not officially apart of the BRP, but in my mind it’s the same. I snapped this photo from the parking lot of the restaurant below the summit parking area. The climate is similar to central…or is it southern? Canada (I can’t remember) and it’s often a lot cooler there than nearby Asheville, North Carolina.

On this day the wind was super strong. I mean it was STRONG! I can’t stand up…gotta lean into it so to not fall over strong AND it took my breath away, as in I had trouble breathing NOT that this is awesomeness. Although, it was sorta amazing fun. The temp was about 39º (meanwhile in Asheville it was in the low 60s) according to our car’s thermometer, but THAT wind sent the chill straight to the bone.


What a coincidence B is for Berlin and this song title totally fits! 😀

We are looking across the Appalachian Mountains from the Mt Mitchell’s observation tower (elevation 6684′) on May 1st.  Geez, I can’t believe it’s the end of the month is already!  Anyhow, it was a gorgeous day with plenty of sunshine.

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It was windy, but not hurricane strength, like I mentioned in the previous photo shoot, and the temperature tolerable for short sleeves, but do you see what lies beneath the evergreens in the shadows? Yep, SNOW! That was a fun surprise. The weather is kinda unpredictable up there even this time of the year.

One more thing before I blow the doors off this barn. Netflix released a new original series (March). We watched the first episode, but got distracted. Last night, we picked up where we left off and really enjoyed the program. I invite you to check out Bloodline!


What sorta system do you have for with keeping track of bloggers visited on the Road Trip? Tag along with me, as I hit the open road with these cool cats!

What’s In A Weekend?

How was your weekend?  Ours was very nice.  Before I get into rambling about my weekend, let me invite you to play along with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew.  You’ll find this post shortly popping up on my Home page.

Now moving on….Friday,  we had family movie night. We watched the Mel Brook’s production, History of the World Part I (fairly good). If you have a wacky and sometimes dirty sense of humor, then you will like this movie. It’s hilarious in parts, but I like Blazing Saddles better. Also, we watched, The Bounty Hunter (liked a lot) with Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler. Aniston and Butler play ex-wife/husband. She’s a report and he’s a former cop turned Bounty Hunter. The premise is Jennifer skips her court appearance while following a lead on a hot story, thus jumping bail and a bounty placed on her. You guessed it, Butler takes on the recovery process as a way of satisfying his pinned up estrangement toward Aniston. This is a nice romantic comedy with an interesting plot. It’s one of those of fun, feel-good flicks. I definitely recommend this!

Saturday, I had the privilege of attending a retirement party with my husband. His co-worker, Terry, greeted this milestone with a smile on his face. Congratulations!  By the way, what an interesting man he is! I mean, you don’t normally think of engineers as having spectacularly exciting lives, right? Well, before becoming an engineer, Terry, worked for the Department of Defense (I believe that’s right). He wrote the operation’s manual for the Pershing Missile, which I think is really cool stuff.

Our host and his wife have such a lovely home just north of the city. You can imagine my surprise when I stepped into their home and felt like I had been there before. I hadn’t, but I had dreamed about their home before. Isn’t it crazy? I guess it’s the way everything was laid out. I know, if we were looking for a place then it would be very much like their little piece of heaven. It was such a pleasure to meet some of the men Robin has spoken so often about and their wives. You know how awkward it can be to meet new people, right? Well, everyone was so nice and they made me feel totally at ease. I felt right at home in the circle of my newly acquired friends.

After we got home, Robin and I exchanged anniversary gifts. Yeah, we’re a bit behind on doing this, but we wanted to include our son. Robin got me Dior Pure Poison (Eau deu Parfum). If you’re not familiar with this fragrance, then visit the perfume counter to get a whiff. It’s very nice. Needless to say, I love it! What I like the most was when he smelled the perfume on my neck. He said, “You smell dangerous.” I just love it! Don’t you? I’m thrilled my Sweetie-pie of 32 years STILL feels strongly passionate toward me.

We got to take in one more movie for the weekend. We watched Killers (liked a lot) with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. Heigl meets Kutcher while vacationing with her parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara) in France. Naturally, they fall in love. However, little does Heigl know Kutcher is a spy who thought he could just walk away from his profession and enter the suburban life quietly as any other husband. Uh-huh, that wasn’t about to happen or not at least easily when a contract there’s a $20M contract for Kutcher’s head. This is a comedy/adventure flick rolled in with a little romance and if that’s what you’re looking for then you’re gonna like this movie!

How was your Father’s Day?  We had a nice time honoring my marvelous husband.  In honor of Father’s Day, I made my darling his favorite dessert, Cherry Delight. It’s simple and yummy! Wanna check out the recipe? Click here!  I’d like to say there is some left-over Cherry Delight, but we now speak of it in past tense.  Soooo good!  Anyhow, I got him an Apple storage case for his iPad, which turns into an easel-type stand. Really cool, if you ask me. and it’s so portable! Now to see, if it passes the test of him actually liking it. lol

Summer officially kicks off tomorrow, but it has felt like summer since the last week of May – hot & humid! No complaints or at least, I’m trying really hard to not complain.  Instead, I’m trying to savor the days because I know in a blink of an eye the seasons will change again and we’ll be facing bitterly cold temperatures.  I’m not sure which I dislike more – extreme heat or cold.  My new lease on life is to treat every day like a present and live in the moment.   If this is as bad as it gets, then who am I to fuss.  What are your plans for this week?

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