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Polar Express B&W photo & #Hodgepodge Q&A

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! Keeping things simple because I’m in low-key, no stress mode with it being the Christmas season am sharing another view of the Polar Express from our last year’s Bryson City, North Carolina day trip.

I’m not going to lie to you the power lines in this photo freak me out but there’s nothing I can do about it if an electric company is inconsiderate in where it places its utilities. Geez, the nerve of some people, right? To off-set the ugliness I converted my photo to B&W  and added a vignette giving it a vintage appeal with Pixelmator.  What do you think?

 



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. ‘Hurry less, worry less’…what’s your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How’s it going so far? Every year keeps getting easier, simpler concerning the holidays. We were never ones to buy a lot for our kids, ourselves, or others.  That’s not the reason for the season. Dinner prep I do in stages, tackling a dish or dessert every day leading up to the main event. Same goes for decorating. I take it in stages doing a little every day. This not only cuts the stress but allows me to enjoy the Christmas season more fuller. I hope the 2018 holiday season is a wee bit more hectic in a good way, though.  My prayer is in the coming new year that we’ll be in a new home with plenty of room to have the whole family over all at once.  I think I’d be okay with that kind of hurry and worry because it’ll be a good kind of both. Just remind me of that, though. 🙂

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?  Definitely. Actually, I print off a blank calender sheet to pencil in daily activities and as I get them done, then I cross them off. Sometimes, if I get ahead of schedule then I move on to the next task. We are DIYers unless it’s a job out of league.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy-free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What’s the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?  Honestly, none of this does anything for me. I eat what I want because it’s good for me and I already like it.  I already drink dairy-free milk, actually I have almond milk for my cereal since I’m lactose intolerant.  I’ll use it to make hot chocolate, too. DH still drinks milk. I have no problem with folks drinking dairy if that’s what they like.  I’ve wondered the same about diary-free milk, too. I’ll be eager to see what others answer your question.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site, ‘Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.’ What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?  I do like the color purple. In fact for years it was my favorite color but in the last 10 years it got replaced with light pink. There’s a book/movie called “Purple”? I guess that answers that quesiton. I do wear purple a little. I have a polar fleece hoodie and a turtle neck sweater. Describing the one item in my home that’s purple…I have two that sit in its place when not in use, both made of wax, do you know what they are? I have no clue what color I’d select for the new year. I don’t think about these sorts of things and I’m not sure how important it is to me but I know various colors evoke different feelings. I’m a huge fan of colorful stuff, too. It usually makes me giddy. I’ll just leave this up to the “experts”.

5. Favorite book read this year? Sorry, my reading is limited to blogs and internet research. I haven’t read a book in years…really!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.  Over the weekend, we watched a delightful Christmas flick on Amazon Prime featuring Jimmy Durante, ❄️ A Christmas Wish (In Color) (1950 ). This is a delightful film and Durante is hilarious!  If you haven’t seen it, then I invite you to check it out on Amazon Prime. Here it is in B&W on YouTube.  ❄️ Amazon Affiliate link

 

Do you like shortbread cookies? We do. I baked a small batch last week using a recipe I borrowed from my MIL years ago found in her vintage Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s an easy peasy recipe with only three ingredients!

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add 2½ cups flour mixing thoroughly.
  • Turn out onto a board floured with the remaining ½ cup flour. Knead in flour until dough cracks on surface and doesn’t stick to board.
  • Roll ¼ inch thick. Cut into fancy shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 50-minutes at 275º or until lightly browned.
  • Makes 2-dozen cookies.

Notes

For years I wanted to try making my own chocolate dipped shortbread similar to Cadbury's but never got around to doing it until now. I used some left over melted Chocoley Milk Chocolate on my shortbread cookies and they turned out delicious. Next time, I'm going to try Chocoley Dark Chocolate. 🙂

http://curiousasacathy.com/2017/12/polar-express-bw-photo-hodgepodge/

One more piece of random, as I mentioned above, the power lines in the photo drive me crazy. So, I decided to process the B&W convert with my iPad app DistressedFX. I didn’t take note of the filters I used but liked the old vintage charm it produced.

Have a good day and hop back tomorrow for a new Christmas album share! X💋X💋, Cathy

 

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

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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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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Cades Cove Barn #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This old barn is in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you look through the first barn you’ll see another barn behind and a buggy. I shared a close up of this shot in Forgot Past several years ago if you’d care to take a peek. Meanwhile, I used the above image to create more magic through these photo-artworks.

 

Distressed FX with layer options, Cole and Earthstone with a minor saturation adjustment

 

Brushstroke Simple (S6) and Papers=Blue. I made a happy discovery with the app signature option which I can move it around. I don’t know why I didn’t try this before now! Oh, silly me, right? lol

Last time I mentioned Waterlogue keeps tracks of options applied, but I didn’t realize that it tracks ALL changes even when you revert them, so to keep things straight I won’t show those again and just hit the prominent ones of choice yielding my final image. Preset Style = Rainy, Format = 10″ Giant, and Paint = Lighter.

 



 

This week, Joyce is taking a fall break from Wednesday Hodgepodge. 

 

 

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to  barns but I love the things of the past and how it makes me feel. Do I long to walk through the by-gone days? I don’t think so but it’s certainly nice to imagine what it was like to live in those days.

 

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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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A Different View of Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs, last week I shared Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn with you and since that’s sort fresh in your memory then I thought we’d take another peek from a different view. I took this photo the same weekend visit, as the first view I posted last Wednesday.

The next three photo-art projects I used the same apps as in my previous post. First image creation is a product of Distressed FX with these options “Wren”, “Patina”, and the bird overlay “Soulmates”.

The below photo-art creation is a Brushstroke production using “Washed W2” and Paper sytle “Vintage”. I don’t believe I made any other adjustments. What I like about this image is it reminds me so much of the watercolor images the artist did for my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes. In fact, this is the barn she replicated in my story. If you’re curious, you can see an example of it here.

Lastly, I photo-played with Waterlogue using nearly identical setting as last week’s Waterlogue image (Preset Style: Luminous, Format: #10, Paint lightness: Medium). These are my brief notation of my changes but Waterlogue retains the changes in the file and when I upload it then it shows in the caption part, so this time I left it so you can see precisely the steps I used.

Waterlogue 1.3.1 (72) Preset Style = Luminous Format = 8″ (Large) Format Margin = None
Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = High Contrast Paint Lightness = Medium Paint Intensity = Less Water = Cherenkov Blue Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail
Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Wide Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium
Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Having various photo-editing softwares give me a broader range of flexibility to express myself creatively. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun! The these photo-projects make me eager to see autumn’s glory again. There isn’t much action around town but soon we’ll see the change in our area. How about where you live, has autumn’s splendor arrived?



 

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. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

My sense of direction and navigation scales have greatly improved over the years. I think I’ve always been able to find my to a place I knew by heart but any place else then forget it. I didn’t know how to read a map when I got married. It was a bunch of lines on a piece of paper. I couldn’t tell you which way I was going or what direction I needed to go. DH taught me how to read a map and I became the official navigator. This didn’t happen overnight. It actually took years before I grew confident with reading and plotting our course but I kept at it got darn good at it.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)

Actually, I had to pull out a road map not long ago, maybe June or July. We were in an area where we didn’t have cell service and our GPS was having issues. We keep state road maps in our car because we never know when we might need one!

Choose one of these directional expressions (back east, down south, out west, up north ) and tell us why you chose it.

Down south. I think I picked this because that’s the general direction of where we live. We’re not deep south but still south of where we grew up.

 

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Listen. During the day, DH is at work and I’m alone. I believe when he got home yesterday, I did more listening but I can’t swear to that. This isn’t generally typical as far as the afternoon hours go which I’d say is about 50-50 but while he’s away then all is quiet here unless you consider some days I talk to myself but then that means I’m listening to myself. 🙂 Yesterday in one word. Quiet.

 

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list is you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

Time. Simple, stop blogging and stay off the Internet but sadly I’m addicted and there’s no hope for change. Maybe, I just don’t want to change. 🙂

 

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood.

No, my family did not take regular vacations. There was no extra money in our home. The only road trip we took was to visit my mom’s sister just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. I was 13 years old. The only thing I recall from the trip is that is was long, hot, and cramped. I think I slept most of the way, though.

 

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

Money. Yes, definitely money. Do I need to explain? lol There are a lot of things I’d like to do not only for us but for those we love. Money can’t buy happiness but it does make life a little easier. 🙂

 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

One of my guilty pleasures other than being on the computer is sketching. This is something I discovered this past spring that I can kinda do. I did the April A-Z challenge and submitted a daily sketch. After the challenge I kept it up, not as aggressively but still dabble in it from time to time. I drew this tree while waiting for DH at one of his follow-up appointments over the summer.

What I need to do is draw an autumn scene but am limited on time…remember my guilty pleasures for blogging? Yep, I can’t do everything I want in a day’s time.

 

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Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn #WW

 

 

Good-morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Yesterday I learned of more sad mews. The 66-year old rock n’ roller, Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest and passed away late Monday afternoon in Santa Monica, California. This morning’s mewsic dedication is a tribute to his memory. My prayers are with the Petty family, friends, and fans.

 

A new month is here, can you believe it? I’m ready for all things associated with autumn, aren’t you?  Last month, I began sharing a series on barns and I’m continuing through this month. My father-in-law’s dad built this barn. The below photo, DH’s oldest brother shared with us many years ago.

The cool thing is this barn still stands on my in-laws’ property. My FIL celebrated his 94th day this year, so this barn is easily more than a 100-years old.

I took this picture in 2011 with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. All I did with my first image is to use Pixelmator to crop and add my copyright. I love this old barn!

Next, I took it through my iPad app Distressed FX to create a vintage style photo by using these layer options: “Lily” and “Juje” before adding a bird “Scattered” overlay.

In Brushstroke, another iPad app, I used “Washed W1”, Orange Paper, and bumped the Exposure creating a very warm, Autumn tone to the picture which I very much like.

The last photo-art project, I opened the Waterlogue app on my iPad using the very first picture once again selecting these presents: “Luminous”, “#10 format”, and paint lightness “Auto”. My copyright pretty much disappeared, so I uploaded the new image to my Mac to use Pixelmator for this final edition.

Each program offers something new to the picture and giving the viewer a different experience.  Do you like one more than another?

 



 

 

I’m messaging my posts tenderly to find the right way to bring together daily memes in one spot. Joyce From Across the Pond hosts the mid-week Q&A session, Wednesday Hodgepodge and here are my responses.

 

1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?
My grandparents had a small farm – garden, chickens, hogs, and a cow. I never milked a cow. It do recall watching my great-grandma mild their ole cow who spooked me. She was a hateful thing or so it seemed in my once child mind.  No, I never grew a pumpkin but we accidentally grew some one year the bank side of our property where I always tossed the old pumpkins to decompass. This happened one year when I threw out a small uncarved pumpkin. The seeds planted itself, a plant sprung up, and flowers appeared but no pumpkins formed. It was kind of exciting.  Oh yeah, I’ve been on a few hay rides back in the day before I realized I was allergic to hay. I always was sick after and I didn’t figure out until years later after being tested for allergies. lol
2. What’s something younger you would like about you now? 
Everything. In my younger years, my self-esteem was low. I didn’t think I was pretty or smart, always living in the shadows of other gals. I wasn’t jealous or envious of these girls but I always measured myself to what I saw or thought I was seeing. In a young person’s eye the grass is always greener on the other side, right? By the time I moved into my late 20s to early 30s I grew into my skin purrfectly, liking things more and more about myself and these days I’m empowered with confidence and acceptance of who I am. I know my limitations but I also know I can do many things if I set my mind on it. I wish I could tell a  younger me these things to speed this process up but there’s no such thing as time travel and if there was, would I really listen?

3. What are three things you’d like to do more often? Three things you’d like to do less often?

I need to do more often photograph, sketch, and create. Things I need to do less often are worry, caving, and trying too hard.

4. What’s on your nachos?

If I had nachos, then I’d throw caution to the wind and have the works – refried beans, spicy ground beef, sour cream, chives, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream or guacamole. Yum, doesn’t that sound good?

5. What’s the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?

Everything in my purse is there by design. I hate large, over stuffed purses and only keep the necessities. Years ago, you might find just about anything in my purse but when it got so heavy to cause back pain I knew I had to do something to change this and shrunk my purse size and its contents drastically. Usually, when DH and I are running around town I do not even carry my purse. That’s so liberating, too!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Years and years ago, I made lip balm with my daughters which was a lot of fun and the balm turned out really nice. In recent years I wanted to redo that same DIY project but I don’t know what became of my instructions so when I stumbled on a fellow blogger sharing her Burt’s Bees imitation Peppermint Lip Balm, I did a quick screen grab of the instructions and this summer I made my own. Are you interested? Check it out!

 

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil*
  • *I used Lorran Peppermint Oil I had on hand for candy making. The essential oil may have a stronger scent but I couldn't find an American made peppermint essential oil. It may be available but manufacturers aren't always forth coming with these details and it's not my job to the manufacturing country origin is the USA. Proudly list on your product - AMERICAN MADE!

Instructions

  • Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted.
  • Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
  • Add essential oils, I started with 30 drops and increased the amount until I suspected it could be strong enough even though my it didn't smell too strong. I'm guessing I stopped after 40 drops but I think it could go higher. It's your call.
  • Use a pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. Do this quickly because the mixture begins to hardened almost immediately after removing from heat.
  • Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours (I cheated and placed in the freezer for 5 minutes that wasn't long enough but it gave it a good head start) until cooled and completely hardened before capping tubes. The final touch, I added a colorful, handwritten label noting the flavor of the lip balm.

Notes

Use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker, longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you want a smoother, softer lip balm. I opted for the extra beeswax with the hopes it would withstand the warmer temperatures should it get left in the car, which my tube has and it did quite well. It got a little soft but did not liquify.

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The Amazon product links are NOT affiliates listed in the recipe but I did uses these items and I wanted to share what I found worked well for me.

 

 

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