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Not-so #WW shares space with #BoTB

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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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Afternoon Sunshine SWF + CTST Vol. 6

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January brought a mix of gray and blue skies but it seemed the gloom hung around more than I cared for so when the Mr. Blue Sky showed up the last full week of the month then I had to get outside for a quick snap and to enjoy the lovely afternoon sunshine!

Linking with photo enthusiasts around the globe in Skywatch Friday

Along with my weekly sky views,  I’m including my Celebrate The Small Things segment. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating better hearing!  I went to the doctor last Friday. He told me I had an inner ear infection and gave me an antibiotic.  While it’s not all better I do hear better. I reckon another round of antibiotics is needed.  I’m celebrating a new marshmallow cereal treat I made for Super Bowl weekend and I’m sharing my recipe below.

Super Bowl Celebration Treats

Super Bowl Celebration Treats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 10 ounces Campfire marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Butter a 13x9x2 pan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat; stirring frequently so to not burn.
  3. Pour cereal into marshmallow cream and stir thoroughly with a butter coated spoon, then spoon soft-marshmallow coated cereal into pan.
  4. Use either buttered coated hands (be careful to not burn yourself) or spoon to press into pan.
  5. Cool completely, cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!
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The Cocoa Pebbles were our favorite! Mmm, don’t they look good? ?

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’m playing along with TMP again and if you’re interested the rules are simple; base on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them, then link up with Wandering through the Shelves.  This week’s movie theme is Prodigy/Genius.

 

 

October Sky is close to my heart. The author of the book, Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam hails from the same West Virginia county as little ole me which later became the movie, October Sky, that coincidentally premiered here in Knoxville (they shot a lot of the movie in nearby Oliver Springs, TN).

 

Young Homer Hickam got the right nudge from the right science teacher to literally shoot for the stars. It takes a true genius to pull one’s dreams off like Hickam did! The movie is fun and it leaves you with that feel-good sense that only one can get from a film like this. We own it on Blu-ray!

I.Q. is a romantic comedy between Albert Einstein’s niece, Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) whose a highly, intelligent doctoral student at Princeton University and an auto mechanic, Ed Walters (Tim Robbins). The thing is, Boyd is engaged to a stuffy Princeton Professor but when Walters shows up at his home looking for his niece then he knew she needed a little push. Einstein devises a ruse with the help of his friends that might give Ed a fighting chance at winning Catherine’s heart.to open his niece’s eyes to at giving Ed a chance. love when he realizes Ed is the man for Catherine.

 

 

This film portrays Einstein as a fun-loving genius with a streak of mischief. I highly recommend this fun flick! We own it on DVD.

 

My last movie pick I decided to a different direction and although I never really thought of composers as geniuses but after revisiting the film, Amadeus,  my eyes were open with the portrayal of this mewsic genius. 

 

The movie takes you through Mozart’s life from the perspective of another composure late in years whose admiration for Amadeus mushroomed into bitter jealousy and anger. How accurate the account is I don’t know but I am finding the movie entertaining. During today’s elliptical session I plan to finish watching it.  Available for streaming on Netflix!

 

 

I’ll leave you, Kittens and Dawgs, with The Best of Mozart but you’re invited to join me for some media fun while getting your weekly dose of meds laughs with my newest edition of Friday Sillies!

 

Have a celebratory, ingenious, skywatch-tastic day! 😉

 

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Let It Snow Photo-edit Fun With Free Falling Snow Overlay + #BoTB results

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  Let me begin with announcing the results of last week’s BoTB.  I did another Sunny cover song between three Johns, which I thought was sorta clever.   I liked the three styles that were different enough but maintaining a resemblance to Hebb’s original.  I picked Johnny Mathis mostly because I love his smooth style but a little because his version is more unique. Here’s how the voting went. Mathis – 2,  Rivers – 1, and Walker – 5. Walker is the John winning this battle!

 

Please don’t be mad at me. It’s not snowing here but when nature doesn’t dish it out then I decided to make some winter magic.  You might recall a few weeks ago, I turned spring photo of a church into a snowy winter scene.  In part that’s  what inspired me for this little photo-edit fun session.  I took a few photos of my Christmas Village. Hey, don’t judge! I still have it up but in my defense, it’s winter and it totally works! Anywho, I thought why not get creative by making my scenes look fabulous wintry and snowy. Oh baby, let it snow, Let It Snow!

 

Both originals looked okay but since I took them during the day the mood just didn’t work for me. I’ll share those in a bit.

 

In Pixelmator, I applied a Falling Snowing overlay (freebie photo-edit resource) on both images. The top photo I used two different overlays from the same download bundle, which came with a total of four overlays.  I had loads of fun making these! Doesn’t it look like it’s snowing?

Now, here are the originals.

Don’t they just scream, DO SOMETHING NEAT WITH ME?

 

Usually, I like sharing another mewsic vid of the BoTB winner but the best I can do this time is to give you John as part of The Walker Brothers band.

 

 

Next showdown is February 15th. I hope you mark your calendasmiley-icon-w_camerar to come to cast your vote! Don’t forget to join me tomorrow  for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and CTST now on Thursdays!

 

Have a fototastic day!

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Near Big South Fork SWF + CTST Vol. 5

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! This is the 3rd week that I’ve shared Skywatch Friday/Celebrate The Small Things on Thursday.  How is it working for ya? Do you like that I broke up my regular Friday posting to making it more digestible?

I haven’t taken many photos since December with the holidays winding down, the cold weather, and DH’s work schedule.  This isn’t a bad thing. It forces me to look through my archived photos of those not-so-purrfect pictures to run them through a bit photo-editing to share.

In today’s Skywatch Friday I’m pulling out a few images from a day trip to the Big South Fork area of Tennessee from 2011.  These are off the beaten path and honestly, I can’t recall more precisely where we were when I snapped these shots with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. This is what I had before getting a big girl camera (Nikon D7000).

Looking back, I remember it being a rainy, cool April day.  Given that it’s winter I felt this photo needs a B&W touch to trigger a bit of chill down your spine.

We wandered up a gravel road where it came to an end.  This pond looked inviting but the sprinkles kept me inside the car.  The sky was rather bland, so in the Affinity photo editing program, I used the haze remover to make the sky more dramatic.

Later, I decided the little pond needed some friends (I’m sounding a bit like the painter, Ross, now aren’t I?).  I borrowed some free brushes Brusheezy and placed a family to the right of the picture and a woman with a child (silhouette needed to be a bit darker) in the left center of the pond.

When we got close to the main road again we noticed a hawk flying over a field and it landed on a tree limb.  It was really hard to distinguish it from its surrounding, so I used the depth of field feature in Affinity to make the hawk more prominent for the viewer.

Can you see him?  On Wednesday I shared more shots from this day taken of a WWII hero’s home if you’re interested in taking that tour.

Today, I’m celebrating like I do every day, I Celebrate The Small Things in life.

I’m celebrating… the feeling I get with art. I don’t consider myself an artist but I love creating and dabbling with simple sketches and using my Prismacolor pencils is totally uplifting for the mood. I doodled four designs to use for this Valentine’s Day greetings I will share with my children and DH.  I plan to create a special pre-Valentine post with ideas and will include my drawings. 🙂 Also, I’m celebrating getting my exercise time on the elliptical to an hour each day and maxed the resistance for an intense workout. It’s good to be active again!

What are you celebrating?

Please joining CTST’s host Lexa and others to see what they are celebrating this week!

 

 

I will wind things down today with a new meme I thought I’d try hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. The rules are simple. I am to share 3 to 5 movie picks based on a weekly theme and tell ya why.  The category is “Movies About Artists (Painters)”.

I thought it interesting the movie prompt today is about artists and my CTST segment I celebrate my wannabe artist side. 🙂  In all honesty, these sorts of movies wouldn’t be my first pick but I certainly am not opposed to watching them especially if the mood hits me just right. The below list of flicks I haven’t seen but work purrfect for today’s theme choice.

 

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) Charlton Heston portrays the biography of Michael D’Angelo’s facing his doubts and struggles painting the Sistine Chapel upon the behest of Pope Julius II.


A friend recommended this film after I shared A Picture of a Painting last year and if it should ever make its way to Netflix or Amazon Prime then I will watch it. I love old movies!

Frida is the Mexican self-portraitist who survived a near-fatal bus crash when she was 18.  The story revolves around her injuries, art success, and volatile marriage with artist Diego Rivera. Frida is currently available on Netflix, so I watched it mainly because of this prompt. It was interesting to see how this woman lived. She was a bit progressive for a woman of that era. Wikipedia describes her as a feminist and the movie eludes to this fact.  Her dreams gave birth to her folk art style paintings which tell of her life’s struggles and it’s a bit too abstract for my taste. I prefer realistic art. I enjoyed the movie but I doubt if I will watch it again.

 

Big Eyes is a drama based on the 1950s success of paintings by Margaret Keane, whose husband claimed credit and the legal battle to remove her husband as the creator and to gain recognition for her work.

 

The story where the underdog rises to the top in the end, is my kind of flick, especially one that’s been mistreated or misrepresented as Keane.  This along makes it a good reason to see and when it shows up on Netflix then I’m gonna catch it.

Have you seen these movie picks?  Can you think of or have you seen any movies about artists?

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.

 

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Tour the home of Alvin and Grace York in Pall Mall, TN

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! I’m going through my archived photos.  In 2011, I shared with you that we visited the home of An American hero Sgt. Alvin C. York but I didn’t post any photos.   Perhaps I had intended to but then maybe not. Looking through my not-so-good pictures I figured that was the reason I never publicly displayed them but my thinking has changed. With that in mind, please walk through the home of Alvin and Grace York.


 

Alvin and Grace York were laid to rest not far from their home.

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park is in Pall Mall, Tennessee. The fees are very reasonable – free for kids under 12 and $3 for everyone else to enter. You can tour the grounds for free. According to the site, the house is closed due to restoration.

In this photo series, I used my first digital camera – Canon SD880 point n’ shoot. I modified some of the images with Pixelmator photo editing software applying either a “Sepia” or “B&W” effect to match the mood of the picture.

 

Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day.

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