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Central Baptist Church #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB

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iPhone5s capture June 2017 of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City utilized Pixelmator photo-editing to remove power lines and add copyright text

Hello Kittens & Pups! This is another mashup edition of three hops rolled into one which means it’s gonna be longer than usual. As you know, I’m simplifying my life with the holidays by trying to not get too overwhelmed with blogging life but I invite you to link up and enjoy the fun. I promise to visit ASAP!



Next up, Wednesday Hodgepodge, a weekly Q&A segment hosted by Joyce. This is a great way to get to know one another better.

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? At one time I could easily name a few things that I hated the thought of not doing because it meant stepping away from my comfort zone but now…my mind goes blank. Does being in super crowded places count? I really do not like the feeling of being boxed in or my personal space invaded.

2. Your least favorite spice? You’re making this week difficult for me, girl. I’m clueless on what’s my least favorite spice. I keep to the basics and anything that’s different from the norm I only buy if a recipe specifies it or just do without it.

3. What’s a small change you’d like to make? The one small change I’m working on is not eating unnecessary in-between meals. That’s where those unwanted pounds slip up on you and before I know it, I’m in panic mode to shed an extra 5 pounds. The holidays are going to make this really hard but I trying to view this as a positive thing. If I can overwhelm nibbling through the holidays then maybe I won’t have to kill myself after the first to burn off the excess. *fingers crossed*

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you’ve visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they’re as follows – Monticello (Jefferson’s home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway’s home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA) Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit? First off, of the homes listed in Southern Living the only one we’ve visited is Biltmore Estates. It’s a very impressive, beautiful, victorian home. We were there once at Christmas in the mid-80s (before children) and then again in the spring of 2008. This is my favorite historic home near us. Of the ones listed that I’d like most to see has to be Mount Vernon. That would be awesome! Knoxville has several historic homes. Some, we’ve been to but only from the outside with the exception of Blount Mansion that we toured years ago. There are a others we’ve visited within a short drive outside of Knoxville like Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Davy Crockett Tavern, and President Andrew Johnson’s home. East Tennessee is a historical hot spot with tons of Civil War trails and homes. I’d love to take time after DH’s eye is completely heal to see more of these places in detail.

5. What’s something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad? I I think CD/DVD players for mewsic or computers are definitely phasing out. I remember the day when I couldn’t think it was possible to not want this technology but with the aging of streaming services for mewsic and movies, as well as software download then it’s not necessary to have the older technology. I’m not sure if it makes me either happy or sad. It’s just a change in how we do things.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I’ll leave you with a burst of late fall colors in our area over the past weeks ago. It was a wonderful surprise. I thought the leaves were just going to dry up and blow away.

Fort Loudon Lake near Concord Yacht Club

Shot through a moving car near the Super Walmart Center at Turkey Creek

Chick-Fil-A on Parkside Drive, two weeks ago. The leaves were all gone this weekend. 🙁

I loved the low light and soft evening blue sky making the fall foliage barely visible. Near Target Super Store at Turkey Creek.

Here’s another Turkey Creek area shot I captured this one this past weekend and wome of the yellow trees still looked amazing!

 

Wrapping things up for this Wednesday, I’m joining Stephen and company for another round of Battle of the Bands!

This is the season of Thanksgiving, so I’m going to use three covers of William DeVaughn’s classic song “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” (reference only, please do not vote for original version).

Listen, then cast your vote in comments and feel free to tell us why your artist is the best candidate.

 

 

 

Who does it better Lady C, One blood, or Rumer? What are you thankful for? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

There’s no wrong way to vote, except a “no” vote. So, please chime in!

 

 

I’ll be back next week this time to share my pick along with the results, so mark your calendar and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “songs of Thanksgiving or Thankful” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! Have a good day!

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To Honor our America’s Heroes Past & Present

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Taken at the D-Day Memorial last year in Bedford, Virginia more pix from our visit here. Another post of interest is A Walk Through East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.

I can’t express how deeply grateful I am to our servicemen/women, past and present. So, it’s with this small token here I share my thanks to thousands…maybe millions of Americans who fought/fight to keep America free.

 

 

To every man and woman I know or do not know, thank you for your selfless act of placing Americans before yourself. May God always bless you and yours!


Jack’s Patch #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB Results

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Hello, Kittens & Pups! There’s too much to do with the upcoming holidays and making everything into a chore just isn’t fun, so the rest of the year I’m taking things slow in Blogosphere.  Smartphone technology is just super cool with a camera on-the-go right in your pocket. Even old technology is awesome. I used my previous iPhone 5s for the last time to capture this photo (near the Target on Northshore Drive just off south I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) in Knoxville) in September.

 

 

Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

 

1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off-balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain. I think I can apply each of these to my life but if I had to pick one maybe, I’d say I’m “off-balance“. The approaching holidays always make me off-balance to a degree. That’s why I try to do a little every few days to prepare for the big event. On top of the normal stuff this time of year, I’m helping DD#2 and DSIL from afar with their transition to Maine. Stuck in limbo waiting for their apartment which won’t be ready until next week Wednesday. The place they are staying previously booked their room and there are no other openings. They have to move to another motel and that’s where I come in. I spent a several hours Monday locating a place that’s affordable and pet-friendly.  This was not an easy task but I found a place for them.  Normally, I don’t think finding a place would be difficult but Maine had a horrible storm knocking power out and many still do not have electricity, so locals are taking up the hotel rooms. The demand for materials due to the storm is what’s causing the renovation work lag. Please prayer their apartment is ready soon. The expense is too much for them.

 

 

 

2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?  Not having been in the corporate world in years and I’m sure there was plenty former co-workers did that drove me crazy but persnickety traits of how you want something done is often engrained in one’s behavior. It used to make my skin crawl when I let anyone help me with anything around the house. I only relinquished to teach my children the basic life skills and responsibilities. It was all I could do to keep myself from going behind them to redo what they did. DH often helped to ease my housework chores by pitching in but it made me feel out of control. I know that’s crazy but I felt that way. Anyhow, it took me years to relax and accept the help. It didn’t matter that the person wasn’t doing it the way I do it what mattered is the job got done freeing up some of my time. 

 

 

3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home? I feel at home no matter what but I think I know where you’re going with this question. Years ago, I wrote My Heart is Well Content which describes that homey sort of sense. 

 

 

 

 

4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?  Bread was our favorite band during our dating years.I’m not sure why it is now but “Aubrey” became our song. DH even dubbed me his “Aubrey”. This song is still one of my favorites and I can’t help think on those tender years of two young hearts growing a relationship. It’s been 40 years since those early years and our hearts are still growing…closer!

 

 

 

5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving. When you realize others don’t have it so good that’s when you see things through new eyes and God’s blessings all around you. This is a lesson I learned many years ago during one of DH’s periods of unemployment and since that time I never take what I have for granted. 

 

 

 

6. Insert your own random thought here. I like sketching during my waiting time period for DH while at his appointments with his eye surgeon. This is a good use of time. I rediscovered  the joy of drawing in this past April A-Z Challenge in which I picked Art Sketching Through the Alphabet as my theme and if you’re interested you can read my reflections post that lists all my A-Z prompts. Anyway, while I waited I decided to sketch a barn. In September and October I shared in my not-so Wordless Wednesday contributions a mini series on barns I photographed over the years.

One more piece of randomness, the results of “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” #BoTB showdown clearly was a decisive win for The Rubinoos earning my vote for a victory of 7 to 2. I’ll leave with another sample of the winner’s mewsic. Join me in the next battle on the 15th! 😉

 

 

That’s it for now. I’m taking blogging life easy peasy with it being the holiday season. I encourage you to sign up for the latest Curious as a Cathy mews to deliver straight to your in-box!  Have a good day! Save Save Save

Another Countryside Barn #WW, #BoTB, & #Hodgepode Q&A

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This post is gonna be jammed pack since three memes collide this time but hockey smoke, can you believe it’s a brand new month so soon? Not me! The year is goin’ up in a puff of smoke!

For the last several weeks I’ve shared photographs of barns. This will conclude my series with another countryside barn.

I snapped this along a rural stretch of road in Lafollette, Tennessee north of Knoxville on a Sunday afternoon drive. In keeping with my series I used the original to create new photo-artwork using the following apps.

 

Waterlogue

Brushstroke

DistressedFX

The later two images I really like because it captures the essence of late fall and perhaps are my preferred apps to create photo-art. Do you like one more than the other?

 



 

Ooooh…BING! battle song inspiration on a platter! How many of y’all remember Polly Brown’s 1974 hit Up In A Puff Of Smoke? If not, allow me to refresh your memory….

This is my featured song for this “Battle of the Bands” (BoTB) showdown. If you’re new to this meme, here’s how it works. I will share two versions of the same song (the original artist, Polly Brown in this round, is NOT an eligible candidate for the showdown, please do not vote on hers as it won’t get counted) and ask you to vote (in comments) for the best singer/band song cover. There’s no wrong vote, except a no-vote so please weigh in and enjoy the fun.

Contender #1 The Rubinoos

 

 

 

Contender #2 Boyz

 

 

BoTB used to be a twice per month meme but since July many participants have cut to playing just once a month.  Stephen (click icon below) lists the most updated players on his site and you’re invited to check it out. Mark your calendar to check back next week this time as I will share my pick and the outcome of this battle!

 

 

 

 

 

My last mix-in for today is Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce. It’s a fun mid-week Q&A session and it’s a great way for you to get to know me better, as well as for me to get to know those playing along.  Here are my responses.

1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?  In yesterday’s post My Memorable Halloween, I shared several old photos of my children from Halloweens past. You might like it. The only decorating I do for Halloween is to set out my Peanuts collection, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  No picking or carving pumpkins. We haven’t done that in years.  No trick or treaters expected. In fact, we discourage them by keeping the porch light off. No costume or part. I have made costumes in the past for the kids but nothing in years. Yep, I made home-made caramels and caramel corn. The only leftover candy we’ll have is what we bought and hopefully it won’t be gone any time soon.

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate. I don’t know if I’d say I’m waiting for it but you might, I’m waiting for the upcoming holidays.  I look forward to the season of Thanksgiving. Cooking and baking are enjoyable creative outlets but I don’t do anything super ordinary. I keep a traditional menu. It’s just a lot of fun for me.

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.  Maybe, a little bit of each.  I tend to keep to myself when in public and am aprehensive when a stranger speaks.  Who couldn’t use a little more bravery or creativity? I reckon athletic abilities don’t interest me. I’m athletic enough for the things I do, although I certainly could stand be more in shape.

4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?  Most home repairs, we prefer doing them if we can.  I’m not sure when the last paint job was done but every room needs painting badly and my first project is the kitchen.  I don’t care a great deal about wallpaper.

5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?  This is hard to say. I am gratiful for everything but I think the one thing I’m gratiful a little more than usual is my wonderful husband.  We learned about some dear friends who separated and is getting a divorce. I didn’t see this coming and they were the last people I’d think that this could happen to, too.  I’m thankful to have a truly loyal husband who is also my best friend. I am blessed!

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I decided sporadically that I need to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. I’m not sure how much I want to do between now and January but I think it’s necessary. Anytime I see what I’m doing as a chore then the fun is gone. I don’t want to add unneeded pressures to my schedule with the holidays coming or blogging life. Bloggers are dropping out of cyberspace like flies. Luckily many of those I started down this path with are still blogging and I think they are like me, they still find joy in doing it. I just found my way back to the Hodgepodge, so I will try to keep going. I do suggest if you’re new-to-me or if just want to find your way back here easily, then please join my email subscription to get instant notification of my latest mews. 

 

Thanks for joining the mid-week fun. I hope you’ll step back into time with me tomorrow with Throw Back Thursday. Have a good day!

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A Countryside Barn #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! DH and I stayed close to our area since his eye surgery in March but the good thing living in a place like east Tennessee there is always something interesting to see for the first time or the first time in a long time.

One thing we enjoyed doing was driving along country roads which is as close as a few minutes away. Down one of the many twisty rural drives at a fork in the road sat this barn in a rural community near Lafollette Tennessee. I loved that I could see a rolled hay in the loft. Do you see it?

Here’s my photo-art fun using this countryside barn.

Distressed FX with these color and textured options, Lora, Nerities, and the bird overlay “Gaggle”

Brushstroke options applied Brush = Natural N5, Tones=Faded, Canvas=Hard Grain, Temperature =+70 (giving it image a warmer quality), Exposure = +52 (brightens image slightly), Signature color change and moved above the original copyright of photograph.

Waterlogue option selections Preset Style = Vibrant, Format=8″ Large, and Paint=Lighter

 



 

I’m messaging my posts tenderly to find the right way to bring together daily memes in one spot. Joyce hosts the mid-week Q&A session, Wednesday Hodgepodge and I’m delighted to play along again. Here are my responses.

1. What’s surprised you most about your life or life in general?  What surprised me most is just how wonderful husband DH is. I always thought while we were dating that he’d make a fine husband – loving, good, and kind but I never banked on how rich our relationship would become as we grew to be best friends. We not only have love but we like the other, too. It’s really nice having him for a buddy share everything in my life with!

2. Sweet potato fries, sweet potato casserole, a baked sweet potato, a bowl of butternut squash soup, a caramel apple or a slice of pumpkin pie…you have to order one thing on this list right now. Which one do you go for?  Pumpkin pie, yep the pie with a generous dollop of Reddi Wip.

 

3. What’s a famous book set in your home state? Have you read it? On a scale of 1-5 (5 is fantastic) how many stars does it rate? Honestly, I do not know. I haven’t read a full length book in years. I read mostly blog contents and other Internet articles. That’s about all the attention I can devote to reading anymore. 🙂

 

4. There are 60 days until Christmas…have you started your shopping? How do you stay organized for the holidays? DH & I already got each other early Christmas presents, so that’s done. I am beginning to think about what to do get others but honestly, we don’t do Christmas shopping big here. I like keeping things simple but letting those I love that I’m thinking of them.

 

5. October 26th is National Tennessee Day. Have you ever lived or spent any time in Tennessee? Is this a state you’d like to visit one day? The top rated tourist attractions in Tennessee are The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Gatlinburg area), Elvis’s Graceland (Memphis), Birth of the Music Biz (Memphis and Nashville), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge), Tennessee’s Military Heritage (many battlefields), The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home), The Parthenon (Nashville), Oak Ridge American Museum of Science and Energy, Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley Railroad, Downtown Knoxville, Lookout Mountain, The Titanic Museum (Pigeon Forge), The Museum of Appalachia (Clinton), and The Lost Sea Adventure (Sweetwater)  How many on this list have you seen? Which one on the list would you most like to see?   We live in Knoxville so the Smoky’s are home to us. The mountains we visit frequently and most of my mountainscape photos such as Smoke on the Mountains, I capture in the Smoky’s (or the Blue Ridge Parkway). Most of the attractions in or around the park, we have not visited but I’d really like to visit Dollywood at Christmas. The theme park is really decked for the holidays. We visited Nashville twice recently which I shared in Cathy Chats and Friday Sillies posts. We have visited Andrew Jackson’s home on more than one occasion. Our more recent visits, I shared in A President’s Home and Inside a President’s HomeEons ago, we visited the American Museum of Science and Energy and The Museum of Appalachia with my in-laws. In fact, DH and I were talking about how we’d like to revisit the Appalachia museum again. It’s not very big but it’s a quaint pioneer community lots of log cabins, farm equipment, and it has a petting zoo. Sometimes they have live mewsic. Chattanooga we’re not strangers, too. In fact, DH worked in Chattanooga for 10-years making the drive daily. Somewhere on my blog I have photos taken from Lookout Mountain but because of improper tagging I can’t locate this post. The same goes with my photo archives. 🙁 We have not visited The Lost Sea but I used to want to back in the day when I was more adventurous and less of a scaredy-Cathy. Nowadays, you can’t drag me on a boat. Well…you can drag me on if you first tie me up otherwise, I’ll kick and bite you all the way. We are blessed to live in east Tennessee with all these places practically in our backyard and thank God for placing us here every day!

 

 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I’ll leave you with a look at our Smoky Mountains. I took this photo Fall 2015 and you can see a few more, here.

I originally shared this photo November 7, 2015 with y’all in a WW post during DH’s unemployment period and we frequented the mountains more than we do now. We haven’t gotten a chance to see the colors this fall. I doubt there is much of show with the dry conditions but I do miss our day trips to the mountains.

 

 

Have a good day and I hope to see y’al tomorrow for Throw Back Thursday.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and these others are fun cool apps I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone. I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these or even click on the link then I won’t make one red cent. This is just one friend telling another.

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