We don’t have snow in East Tennessee this Christmas or at least not at our house. I’m sure on top of ole Smoky you might find traces of the white stuff, though. Whatever the weather is like where you are, I hope the warmth of the season fills your heart and home with love from friends and kin. Thank you for the gift of your friendship. I am looking forward to continuing to build on what we started this year or years past. May God’s glory brought down from heaven and laid in a manager shine in your life always. ?
DH gets me Christmas mewsic just about every year and this year is no exception. He got me the iTunes Happy Holiday album by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, which I like a lot. I hope you enjoy it, too!
While you listen to the Christmas cheer, I want to share with you a beautiful poem entitled “Gifts” written by my good friend.
I’ve already shopped, bought gifts galore,
then wrapped them up with bows and more.
I decorated the house inside and out;
each year brighter, without a doubt.
Still, something is missing; I don’t know what;
I must figure it out: no if, and, or but.
I baked lots of goodies to give and to share,
packaged them all up with love and care.
I wrote out cards from a very long list;
I don’t think there’s anyone I may have missed.
Still, something’s missing, what can it be?
It’s Christmas Eve, around the tree!
Lights are all lit, stockings are hung;
ready for Mass as church bells are rung.
Outside, what’s missing? I finally know.
A gift from the heavens: it’s Christmas snow!
Each snowflake, a miracle sent from above;
each miracle a gift of God’s perfect love.
Silent and holy, the snow pure and white,
reflections of God’s love born Christmas night.
I’m still on my country music roll, kittens and dawg. I just can’t seem to shake it, but the picks that stick in my head are the ones that really put a groove in my soul.
Let me say something, unless a country artist has a ginormous name in the industry then chances are very good I won’t recognize newer talent. It doesn’t always mean I haven’t heard their music. It’s just I never paid attention before now and since I’m listening to iTunes Country station A LOT lately, then I’m taking note of the songs/artists I like.
For the most this morning’s artist has more old country twang to suit my taste, but he has a single that plays often that I really enjoy and that’s the purpose behind Saturday Songsuasion to share the new-to-me with you. Why not give a listen to Trent Tomlinson 2014 release Come Back To Bed.
It’s a good beat I won’t buy an entire Trent Tomlinson album, but THIS song? Yep, it has that taste of country rock making it a winner with this gal! How about with you, is it a winner?
What songsuasion is moving you?
In keeping with last week’s selfie humor…
Oopsie, you know you’re gonna be dead!
What’s making you smile this morning?
Linking with Claudia for #s-ART-urday with Project 10! My photo-art creation is a mesh up of three original photos and the use of a Creative Market Anton Wicked Watercolor Area3 brush which was offered as a freebie recently.The short poetry piece is an original work, too. My inspiration for the boats in the sky comes from a photo DH did years ago of a double exposure of boats in the sky and I believe he took a picture at the same spot or very close to where I capture my own image of the boats.
That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! What’s next? How about a little Monday Mewzik & Mewzings
#s-ART-urday project 3: I took The foggy woods shot at Mt. Mitchell State Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
I composed the poetic verse just for this project to go with the foggy woods that I took in 2009 at Mt. Mitchell State Park (off the Blue Ridge Parkway). I borrowed the eyes from a web source. Can you guess what celebrity they belong to? Left click & drag to right to show the answer — Angeline Jolie
Good morning, kittens & dawgs! In case you haven’t heard, the #AprilA2Z challenge is now a thing of the past or at least until next year. This morning, I thought I’d share one of my ReverbNation treasures with you. Today’s artist is a little like the Beatles, U2, and Pink Floyd and if you’re a fan of that sound then you might want to take a listen to Chris Aguayo!
image borrowed from ReverbNation
What new talent have you stumbled on lately?
That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! Have a songsational Saturday!
What’s up next? Come back tomorrow for your weekly dose of laughter with Sunday Sillies!
Hello, kittens & dawgs! Another day, another month gone by and here we are at the start of October. This morning, I’m joining two posts into one: IWSG & BOTB. I like to think of it as being organized, but that’s far from being the truth. If you look up the word disorganized in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of me there. I swear, it’s true! Go look!
I’m feeling a little melancholy. My adult child is riding out a storm…a self-made one at that. Life is filled with turbulence without inviting trouble. Letting go is the hardest thing a parent can do, but I found by placing complete trust in God I am at peace. I’m human. It hurts. I feel unsettled, but I fight to keep these demons away because it does no good to make myself sick over what is out of my hands.
So, what’s a parent to do?
Getting mad at my kid helps a lot. Really it does! I exercise harder, I bang or pound stuff louder, I release this anger in a positive way, as I remind myself that I prepared my children for life to always do what’s right. Somewhere in my anger, I Pray for God’s peace in my life and protection over my child, then all is good. I feel refreshed and comforted by unseen hands.
I will admit times like these I yearn for the day when they were small; where I could keep the world away, chase their fears into the dark, or kiss their boo-boos. Letting go is the hardest thing a parent can do.
My #IWSG contribution is…
Faint memories of
…cookies and milk
How do you handle the crisis your children bring on themselves?
Let’s switch gears. Nothing brightens my mood like music. This is why I devote two posts each week to this subject and whenever BOTB gets added to the weekly mix then you’re in for three music installments. Whoo-hoo!
Today’s featured song tells a folk tale of a cowboy with a vision of a red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns of his doom to join them, forever “trying to catch the Devil’s herd across these endless skies if he does not change his ways. Do you know the name of the song?
Ghost Riders in the Sky was written by Stan Jones in the late 40s and originally recorded by Burl Ives. The cover recorded in six other languages by more than 50 artists, since its release in 1949. With so many possibilities to choice from for today’s sing off, how will I decide?
That being said, let the battle begin!
Instantly, I thought of Johnny Cash. Who wouldn’t think of this legend without thinking of the cover Ghost Riders in the Sky first? I’m not a huge country fan and I am trying to think outside the box…a little anyway while keeping my picks narrowed to two. Oh, this is soo hard!
The resonate voice of Vaughn Moore is a perfect match for Ghost Riders in the Sky without the country/western flavor and the haunting, twang of Duane Eddy on guitar without words is fabulous. Keep focused, Cathy! Keep focused! Staying true to my rockin’ roll roots, here are my two top choices:
Debbie Harry ….
Okay, here’s what you do to vote. In my comments section, tell me which band you like the best and why. After you’re done, then why not see what other BOTB participants (see below) are sharing.
Just for the fun of it, I thought you might like to know that The Blues Brothers 2000 performed this song in their film. I’m a big fan of the first movie and had no clue another was made. Now, I gotta check it out!
Visit Stephen for details on BOTB. I will share the winning outcome on Monday’s Music Moves Me post on the 13th, so I hope you’ll stop by to learn the results. Until then, have a tunetastic day and thank you for rockin’ my world on Battle of the Bands!
Thank you for being apart of my day. I’m sharing today’s photo with these fine Wordless Wednesday communities.
This past winter while pulled over at one of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I found this. I don’t condone the defacing of public property, especially those of such scenic value. Nonetheless from an artist perspective, I found it interesting. I would like to say to this and all graffiti artists, I understand your desire to express yourself, but please find more appropriate places and leave nature unspoiled. Thank you!
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Starting tomorrow, I’m taking a break from cyber life. Not to worry, I will return your visits and I scheduled in advance my posts for the month so you won’t miss a thing. Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!