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#WW A tiny piece of the moon + #BoTB results

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs!  It’s not often I get a chance to photograph the night sky or in this case an early morning sky.  The first light was beginning to peak above the horizon when I noticed a tiny piece of the moon in the sky.  I snapped on my longest lens, zooming to 300mm cranked my ISO to 1600 preparing to shoot with a slow shutter speed to try to avoid camera shake handholding for the shot and I managed to do okay at one-fifteen to capture the awesome view.

 

Last week, I invited you not-so WW crowd to vote right along with my fellow BoTBers in my March 1st showdown.  For a time I thought this was going to be a total shut-out but then the other guy got a vote just like that.  Like the majority, the strong resemblance of Elvis of Ricky Shayne pulled me in and he had a landslide victory; tipping the ballot box 12 to 3!

The golden mic award goes to…

 

 

You can see how the other battles went down last time by visiting Stephen for the list of active BoTBers.  ?

I’ll leave you with another listen to Ricky Shayne but this time he’s singing in English!

 

 

I am going to sit out “Thursday Movie Picks” until June but I hope you’ll come back for all kinds of fun including some giggles with Friday Sillies!

 

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Love Me Tender #WW An Italian Vs a Frenchman in #BoTB

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It looks Wednesdays this month is going to another dual blog post. That’s ok, it’s all about the love and fun we share for one another anyhow, right? ;  Getting my beautiful Valentine’s Day rose provided a good photo-op using it as a prop in these shots.  For a long time, I wanted to photograph a single red rose with my pearls DH got me for our 30th anniversary and finally I got it!

The following image, I shared the week before last in the CTST part of my post. I opened it in Pixelmator to give it a makeover adding an antique overlay to the background, then applying the Bouvardia Vignette effect.

Below, I added an icy heart overlay, a freebie resource I downloaded, here.  I put our initials in the frosty heart giving my creation a special touch.

Here’s another image I shared on Friday in CTST but I reinvented that photo-art creation with new effects today.  Which do you like the best this one or the one from Friday?


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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 to help pick the next winner in March 1st Battle of the Bands.

All the love I feel thanks to DH gave me the purrfect song choice. I’m going with the King of Rock n’ Roll’s classic hit Love Me Tender, a re-work of Aura Lee first performed by Frances Farmer in 1936.  Just for the fun, I thought I’d use two foreign mewsicians to perform Elvis’s song in An Italian VS a Frenchman in BoTB!

 

Representing Italy, Ricky Shayne.

 

France’s singer, Johnny Hallyday.

 

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, Italy (Ricky Shayne) or France (Johnny Hallyday)?

 

 

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! ?

I hope you’ll join me noon tomorrow for Thursday Movie Picks!

 

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#SWF Mountain Stream #GreatSmokyNPS + CTST & Vol. 8

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! About this time last year, we spent the day in Upper Tremont area in the Smoky Mountains which I shared with you.  I thought I’d share today’s image of a lovely mountain stream that no doubt feeds the Middle Prong Little River with the sun peeking through the trees.

I invite you to visit the global photo enthusiast community Skywatch Friday for more spectacular sky views!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things!

I’m celebrating…the nice weather. The spring-like conditions we’re having is a double blessing. It’s great to have a break from the cold and it lowers our electric bill. I’m celebrating long weekends. Last weekend, we had a 4-day weekend. DH’s scheduled Friday off and then President’s Day this past Monday. It was nice to just relax, especially since we’re both a bit under the weather with allergies.  It’s an ongoing thing. I’m celebrating photography creativity.

a touch of romance with perfume and pearls

It’s wonderful to experiment with textures and colors to express something new with my photos. How are your creative energies today?  I’m celebrating DH’s spontaneity bringing home take-out from a Mexican restaurant we hadn’t eaten at in years.  What fun! And the best news of all, I’m celebrating the marvelous mews that DH’s employer moved him to “permanent employment status”. This gives a bit more job security and all the employee perks – insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, … Thanks to everyone who’s kept him in prayer and thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers. Yippee!

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!

 

I invite you to stick around for your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies & Friendly Fill-ins.

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(not-so) #WW Middle Prong Little River & #BoTB results

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! This is another WW and #BoTB double feature post. Last week, I asked y’all to cast your vote in the Santana Battles Toto covering While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This was a very tight showdown. The tightest battle I’ve had in a long time.  In the beginning, I thought I knew which artist would get my vote. I flipped back and forth between these covers both stirring me differently. I gave both songs one more listen yesterday and I decided Toto’s vocals were a closer match to the Beatles’ original touching on my emotions the same and earning my vote. The winner is….

The finally tally, Santana  9; Toto  8!

 

Thanks for y’all votes. It truly adds to the fun of each showdown. Please join me on the March 1st for another battle! 😉

Ok, moving along to my regularly scheduled post. Last year about this time, we spent the day in the Great Smoky Mountains in the Upper Tremont area.  By the time we stopped beside the Middle Prong Little River, the sun was slipping farther west creating shadows in the already heavily shaded area I stood to the picture.

It was a gorgeous February day spent in the mountains as you can tell how the sunlight hits the water, especially in the first photo. I did a little photo play with my image. First I converted it to B&W format which is nice and I thought I’d love to draw this but I’m not that talented yet. *hee-hee*

So, in Pixelmator, I applied the sketch effect.  Now, if only I could doodle as good as this photo-art creation!

*all images captured with my big girl camera, Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens.*


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I’m gonna leave you with another this song selection by India Arie and invite you to come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday & CTST!

 

 
 

 

Have a fototastic day!

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Whitewater Falls SWF+CTST Vol. 7

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m delighted you stopped in for another peek through the lens.  This winter I’ve been cooped indoors mostly due to bad weather but our hectic schedule plays a bit into it, too.  I’m left to dip into my photo archives. About the middle of February 2014, we were out exploring. I’m sure it was a Saturday and our travels took us to western North Carolina near the George state line. There we revisited Whitewater Falls. It seemed like ages ago before this last time that we’d been and it was a gorgeous day for being outdoors to visit this spot again.

 

iPhone capture

Where I stood to take all of these photographs is accessible by foot on a paved path a short hike (less than half a mile, easily) from the parking area. It’s very easy. We met an elderly couple on the trail. They were using walking poles but they looked great.

 

The original image in color wasn’t bold enough to suit the mood of the photo, so with Pixelmator, a photo-editing software, I applied the B&W effect allowing the contrasts to bring the picture to life. Big Girl Camera: Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens

 

The original just didn’t say “Winter”. I created a piece of photo-art by adding an ice crystal image layer and bumping the blue hues a bit in Pixelmator. Big Girl Camera: Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens

You’re welcome to check out a slightly different angle of the falls, here, that I shared in 2014 and I invite you to visit Skywatch Friday for a global sky view experience!

 

Every day is a celebration and today, I Celebrate The Small Things with you. I’m celebrating my Sweetie-pie, aka DH! I wasn’t expecting him to come home with a single red rose, a cute teddy bear, and a box chocolates for Valentine’s Day but that’s what he did.  I shared a pix on Wednesday of everything together. We got small boxes of chocolates before Valentine’s Day, so I didn’t think any more about it. What a darling husband I have!  And, no I won’t loan him out! Ah, well it depends on how much you want to rent him for. lol He treats me far better than I deserve and yet he says I deserve more. He’s just purrfect for me. I think I’ll keep him. I mean, why stop after 40 years. I think we might have something good going on, don’t you?

 

I’m celebrating fun Valentine’s Day recipes like my Mini Heart-shaped Raspberry Pies and my faux petit fours, see recipe below.

Faux Heart-shaped Petit Fours

Faux Heart-shaped Petit Fours

Ingredients

  • Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
  • Left-over butter cream frosting (for center)
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Follow cake recipe directions, then pour into a greased, wax paper lined cookie sheet. Bake about 15-minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, set aside to cook completely. While cake cools prepare left over butter cream frosting. What I had on hand about half a cup of vanilla butter cream which I added a teaspoon of Wilton strawberry extract and Wilton Red-Red icing color. I mixed it thoroughly.
  3. Once the cake cooled, I used my Ann Clark heart-shaped cookie cutters (2-sizes). The thicker pieces of cake (one end was taller than the other), I split the hearts in half. On one half I layered about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry butter cream frosting then topped with other half. I did this until I ran out.
  4. I placed all the sandwiched chocolate strawberry cakes on the a cooling rack over a cookie sheet, then spooned generously over each cake. I repeated this process a few times covering the tops completely.
  5. The rest of the icing, which was less than half of what I started with, I used Wilton Red-Red icing color and added about ⅛ teaspoon Watkins Strawberry extract. I realize this isn’t precise but I’m tossing the idea to you to spur your creativity. ? I spooned over the tops of the rest of the heart-shaped cakes that were not sandwiched. The end result turned out not purrfect but it was festive & tasty for the occasion.
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Just thought you’d like to know that it turned out DH and I preferred the little cakes without the petit fours icing and of the sandwich cakes, two of them I used leftover raspberry pie filling on and these we liked better than the strawberry buttercream filled ones, which sorta surprised me. 🙂

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, visit Lexa!

 

 

I invite you to stick around for a weekly dose of laughter (goes live at 5amEST) with Friday Sillies & Friendly Fill-ins.

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