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30 Odd Questions #BlogFest

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Howdy! Howdy! Hi! Yep, I’m doing it again. I’m breaking from my break.  What I realized is it’s ok because I need to give myself permission to not keep doing the same thing if I don’t and that’s what I’ve done in Blogosphere a long time I will have a major melt down. Plus, I think I need to go a new direction with my posts even if it’s only for a short while and this summer is a good time to do it.  What this basically means is I’m not doing my routine blog hops unless the mood hits me other than Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Did you hit the dance floor with me yesterday?

My friend Debbie is hosting 30 Odd Questions BlogFest on her site all summer and I decided to play along. This is an excellent get-to-know-me/you meme and I hope you enjoy my responses! 😉

Mamadeer and babydeer just hangin’ out

  1. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Other than being a wife and a mommy, I had fantasies of being an actress like many kids but my mothering tendencies made me think a little about nursing. I’m not sure to this day why I didn’t pursue that field of study. Instead I did something I never thought of…computer programming. That’s crazy, huh?
  2. Which “Friends'” character do you relate to the most? Why?
    I didn’t watch “Friends” enough to know the characters well, so I found a site that will calculate which character is your best “Friends” pick.  I took it twice, kept all answers the same except for WHO WOULD I RATHER DATE? The first time I picked Rachel. Yes, I know I’m being a little naughty and whole lot of silly but hey it’s all in fun! Anywho, my “Friends” character came back as…You got: Chandler -Well done! You’re a funny one with a heart of gold. No one really knows what you do for work, but you can rock the mysteriousness. The second time around, I selected Don Drapper (Madmen character played by John Hamm).  My “Friends’ character came back as…You got: Monica  – you’re a little uptight, but you’re a great cook, a great host, and a great friend.  I thought it was funny that I got the two characters who were a couple on the series. 🙂 I actually like the sound of Chandler’s character over Monica’s which is nothing at all like me other than I’m a great cook. Okay, a good cook. 🙂
  3. Do you like your name? Why? Yes but I didn’t always. Cathy was a very popular name in the 50s and 60s.  In my class there was always two or three others. The only difference is they spelled their name with a “K”. I was about the only one to spell it with a “C”. I like it now is one it just grew on me and two it seems to fit me.  Maybe it has something to do with having the name “Cathy” all my life. You may want to read my post, Cathy – Day 23 G2KM Blog Challenge.
  4. Are you messy or neat? When I cook or create I’m a bit messy.  My work area is a bit of wreck but after I get my project done then I clean up.  I don’t wig out because of the mess, I just take care of it.
  5. How tall are you? I’m on the shorter side of average for a gal standing all 5’2″.  I used to want to be taller but being this height suits me just fine.
  6. How tall were you when you were 10? Seriously. I have no clue how tall I was but I’d say I had to be close to my current height. I think I stopped shooting up by the time I hit 13.
  7. What is your guilty pleasure? A Couple of years ago I listed 10 Guilty Pleasures which I shared with my Monday Morning Musings peeps. Since that time I decided I don’t have guilty pleasures because we do the things we do because we enjoy life.
  8. What are you saving money for right now? Upcoming medical expenses and always keeping savings padded for periods of unemployment.
  9. How many Pringle’s can you eat at once? I haven’t eaten Pringle’s in many years so I have no clue how many I could stack together to eat comfortably. I’d say it wouldn’t be many because that makes for some sharp eating.
  10. Tea or coffee? Both. Tea on occasion and coffee every morning.
  11. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? At times I’m both but mostly I’m an extrovert especially those I know or feel comfortable around.
  12. What will be your Halloween costume this year? I’m wearing it. I call it the “Me Face” that acts like a mood ring. Do you remember those? So, depending on the mood I’m in will depend on how scary or funny I will look on Halloween.
  13. Sweet or salty? The two put together is a great combination but lately, I prefer having salty foods over sweets.
  14. Favorite social media? I guess Facebook.  I don’t spend a lot of time there and even less time on Twitter. There for a while, I was surfing Pinterest every day but I slacked off. Actually, I’d have to say Pinterest is my favorite because there are so many creative ideas and I love browsing all the pins.
  15. Who is the last person you kissed? DH
  16. What is your favorite breakfast? I’d have to say pancakes with sausage.  I love to make whole wheat pancakes served with maple syrup. Oh, heavens is that good stuff! Pancakes made with bleached flour is awesome, too. When the kids were small I had a weekend routine where I made blueberry pancakes often.
  17. When is your birthday? December. Why you got me something? If you don’t mind a suggestion, you can’t go wrong with cash. Just saying is all.
  18. When did you start your blog? My blog anniversary is a matter of days away. I started blogging June 1, 2010.  It’s amazing how vested I am in Blogosphere – 7 years and I don’t have an itch to skip out on y’all. I reckon our relationship is weathering time pretty well, wouldn’t you agree?
  19. What is your opinion on the Kardashians? First, they are over-rated. I’ve seen far prettier girls in real life or other celebrities than any of them. Second, the drama is absolutely crazy judging on the tabloid headlines and finally, I just don’t care.
  20. How would you describe your style?
  21. What color is your hair? Sandy brown with glitter. That’s a better way to say gray.
  22. What color socks are you wearing? I’m not wearing socks but if I were they’d be white.
  23. What is your dream job? I’m doing it. Being at SAHW is really da bomb! I do what I want when I want. There’s no boss to answer to except me.  DH is very good to take care of me getting me whatever I want within reason but I wish I could contribute to the budget which would allow us to enjoy however we please. Don’t get me wrong, I count my blessings every day because we are fortunate. God is so good to us!
  24. Dogs or cats? I consider myself a cat person but I love dogs, too. I’d really like to have both for outdoor pets.  It’s nice to have animals around. They are loving and make your life better.
  25. What makes you weird?  I guess being normal because everywhere I turn I see abnormalities in one form or another, so I’m sure normal is weird to most.
  26. Celebrity crush? I can’t think of a celeb crush at the moment but in the 80s I had a crush on Tom Selleck and my girl crush was Christie Brinkley. Heck, I still crush on Christie. She’s amazing looking for her age!
  27. Opinion on cigarettes?  It’s a nasty habit with huge health risks to the smoker and the folks around them. Vaping is really big now. Everyone says that’s safer than cigarettes but you just wait in 10, 20, or 30 years from now they’ll find that Vaping is damaging, too.
  28. Do you want/have children? How many? I have three grown kids. Can I give them to you? I’m teasing, folks. Where’s your sense of humor? Oh yeah, you haven’t found it yet with the onset of kids. lol Really, parents of small children think it’s hard but let me tell you at the first sign of opinions forming WATCH OUT! because trouble is brewing. Actually, it’s more than just developing opinions. I can accept that, it’s the rebellion and then after that, you just, worry about them to make the right decisions, their safety, their health, their everything because that’s when you realize you can’t fix their problems like you did when they were small. They will never understand this fully until they are parents.
  29. Three favorite boy names. Austin, Joseph, and ??
  30. Three favorite girl names. Brittany, Nicole, and Danielle. We liked Brittany Nicole when I was prego with our first but we decided to reserve one of two favorites if we had two girls someday and we did. 🙂

You read past posts highlighting factoids about little ole me, here and here. It that isn’t enough, you can check under Blog Achievements for more posts I’ve written telling more about myself.  I figured you were here I may as well sell myself to you. You can thank me in comments. 🙂

I’m heading over to The Doglady’s Den to link up and if you liked this then you can follow along to lift these questions off her blog to create your own post.








My Life According to ZZ Top #music

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Welcome kittens, dawgs, and Monday! Yep, yep the weekend is over, but don’t let that bring ya down. Recently I enjoyed reading a post at The Doglady’s Den . It was so much fun I wanted to do it. Don’t worry I’m not stealing Debbie’s idea. In fact, she invited her readers to borrow from the post.

Listen to ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits (I own this album) while you read through my answers and because I do not know most of the song titles I used, then I linked a YouTube shortcut for you to listen to any or all them.


In the spirit of fun, here’s My Life According to ZZ Top.

Are you a male or female?

I’m a Hi Fi Mama of three! 😉

Describe yourself:

I chose to describe myself as DH might, Legs.

How do you feel?:

This is a toss-up, I’m either Delirious or My Mind is Gone or maybe just a little of both.

Describe where you currently live:

It’s anything, other than a Groovy Little Hippie Pad.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

I’d love to go west someday and while I’m out there, let’s do Viva Las Vegas!

Your favorite form of transportation:

Why of course, I Want to Drive You home in my Thunderbird.

Your best friend is:

That Sharp Dressed Man you know as call DH.

Your favorite color is:

I think I’d rather tell you DH’s favorite color Cherry Red.

What’s the weather like?

What can say, except it Sure Got Cold After the Rain.

Favorite time of day:

As Time Goes By I find my favorite time is often in Stages throughout the day.

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?

What’s Up With That?

What is life to you?

These days it seems like it’s a Decision or Collision.

Your relationships:

It’s all about Gimme Some Lovin’ baby! I’m glad it comes to me freely from DH. ?

Your fear:

Doing the Jailhouse Rock! lol

What is the best advice you have to give?

Life is too short, Enjoy and Get It On!

If you could change your name, you would change it to:

Maybe, Leila or Francine, but I really can’t see myself as either. Can you?

Thought for the day:

I Cant’ Stop Rockin’ on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

How you would like to die:

Asleep in the Dessert or anywhere as long as it’s in my sleep.

Your soul’s present condition:

A few things like blog nominations and April A-Z Challenge Got Me Under Pressure, but I’ll get through it.

Your motto:

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” Okay, not really, but doesn’t that sound cool?

Do you want to play along to?

My Life According to Band

After you’ve published your own My Life According to (BAND/ARTIST) music challenge post, then hop back over here to link up for others to read your answers.

Let’s keep the party going, link up and join the fun with the 4M crew and swing by tomorrow to learn the results in last week’s Melancholy March #BoTB showdow. Have a tunetastic week!

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10 Get-to-know Cathy facts #AtoZRoadTrip #music

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Good-morning kittens & dawgs! Usually, I like to pull together a random chat on Tuesday mornings, but I shared my new blog friend’s upcoming book release to announce. Anywho, I promised Les @ Time Out For Mom that I’d answer her questions (below).


image borrowed from Time Out For Mom

image borrowed from Time Out For Mom’s blog

I thought this would be good for newbie’s to Curious as a Cathy to learn more about me with these 10 get-to-know Cathy facts!

  1. Nicknames didn’t get pinned to me all that much, as a kid. My childhood BFF gave me one. You can find out what it is if you want by reading 10 Cathy Facts. My favorite is the one DH gave me. Legs. No, I don’t have long legs. He just likes them.  I love it and it’s a lot better than the ole ball and chain! 😉
  2. I have hazel eyes. Sometimes they appear green and other times they look like chestnut. But, I have yet to see a blue reflection like some people do with their hazel eyes. I’m actually a little jealous.
  3. Do we have to talk hair color? Well…it’s more or less a sandy blonde with shimmering white flecks. I would color my hair, but nothing ever works (OTC) to mask it. So, I think I’m slowly accepting this is the way it’s meant and move on.
  4. I’m truly a girly girl. I love all things girly ~ from a man opening a door for me to wearing heels. There is a lot of in-between stuff that comes with being a girly girl. I make no apologies or excuses for the way I am. I totally embrace being a soft woman and having others see me this way.
  5. My absolute favorite color is soft pink. Nothing says femininity like soft pink does, except maybe white and I do love those colors together.
  6. I’m not sure how to answer the question on my favorite place. Are we talking about vacation place or just in general? I’m going to go with a vacation because that’s simple. I love the New England area, especially the coastline of Maine with all those lighthouses. If you’ve read my blog for a while, then you already know this little tidbit. Maine is a beautiful state and I really want to go back!
  7. Many of the celebs I enjoy watching are from the 80s ~ Tom Selleck, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Pierce Bronson, and Tom Cruise. This list is by no means complete.  I have a soft spot for all these aging actors. The new (or not-so-new) popular actors I like are Antonio Banderas (Assassins, The Legend of Zorro, Expendables 3 )Hugh Jackman (Kate & Leopold),  John Hamm (Mad Men), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Ryan Reynolds (The In-laws & The Proposal), Chris Evans ( The Losers and The Iceman), Jason Statham (Chaos & The Italian Job), George Clooney (O’ Brother Where Art Thou & Ocean series), … If I think about it enough, I can add more names. Maybe, I’ll have to do this as feature post sometime soon to give all my favorites recognition.
  8. I’m a fan of all animals in general, but if I had to pick one maybe a moose or black bear. I have yet to see a moose in life. I became kinda fascinated with them since our first visit to Maine. Unfortunately, we didn’t go to the best part of the state for moose watching. On occasion, we spot a black bear and some elk (the closest thing to a moose I’ve seen) in the Smoky’s. It never fails to make me giddy as a school girl to see woodland creatures in the wild.
  9. Are you kidding me…a favorite song? I don’t know that I have just one favorite tune. You gotta remember this is coming from someone who does two music related posts each week and most days I include a song with my writing. But…I have a very special place in my heart Bread’s music (listen to the full album The Best of Bread below)
  10. Reader’s Digest? lol Actually, reading anything longer than a magazine article is about all I have done for many years. I never read a lot and after I had kids my focus for sitting down with a good book vanished…completely.  I buy interesting e-books with the hopes of changing my crazy mind now the children are all out of the house. Hopefully, the passion others experience for literature will ignite with me.

NOTE: The above hyperlinks are my posts that I thought you might like.


What’s your nickname? Do you have a favorite song? Tell me something new about you!


It’s time to hit the road again and I hope you’ll hop in the backseat for the ride as I head over to meet a few of my fellow A2Zroadsters.


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I saw this on FB and couldn’t resist sharing. 😀





Thursday Q&T: Another round of hump-day Q&A

I am yet to get back on track. Last month’s blog challenge kinda tossed things up in the air, mostly the direction I want to go and how to get things accomplished. Until I can get things straightened out again, I more than likely will continue to play late with my mid-week Q&A hops. That being said, wanna come with?

My first stop takes me to Patrice’s @ Everyday Ruralty for  Chats on the farmhouse porch. This week, she asks:

  1. Is there one person who can drive you nuts, even if they aren’t doing anything in particular? No one I know fits the bill on this one. It’s  usually those who are doing something that drives me nuts that make me nuttier.
  2. When you were a small child, how did you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t know what I said to others, but I knew I always wanted to be a wife and mommy. I am blessed to be both.
  3. Do you drink more sodas, iced tea, or water? I drink more H2O than anything, but I do drink my share of diet sodas.
  4. My favorite flavor of iced cream is at the moment is either Mocha Madness or Mocha Almond Fudge by Blue Bell. Of course, I have never met an ice cream I didn’t like.
  5. Do you like to dance? Yes…around the house…where no one else can see me.

Continuing the Q&A session, let’s visit Joyce @From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking? I think I do some of my best thinking comes when I’m facing a challenge and it throws me into high-level search mode to find the solution to my problem.

2. Are you a risk taker? What’s one big risk you’ve taken? Oh yeah, I’m a risk taker! I don’t hesitate for a second when I’m faced with a freezer full of Blue Bell ice cream flavors that are new to me. I will buy one of each kind to test my luck. No matter what the outcome is, I just chalk up the risk as a learning experience. Seriously, though I think the biggest risk I ever took was becoming a mother. For the most part, I have to say the risk has been well worth it.

3. Some of the most common phobias according to the National Institute for Mental Health are-fear of spiders (arachnaphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), heights (acrophobia), fear of spaces from which escape is difficult (agoraphobia), fear of thunder and lightening (astrophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), injections (trypanophobia), social situations, flying (pteromerhanophobia) and fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia). True phobias affect only about 10% of adults, but of those listed which would you rate as your greatest fear? None of these paralyze me, but I guess the one that rattles me most is the fear of snakes. I don’t like these creatures in the least.

4. Are you settled or do you feel the need to move somewhere new? I would definitely like to moves somewhere new, as into my dream home someday. I like where we live, but I want more space inside and out. We are too confined in this house. Maybe, we will find a new place we can call home soon.

5. What is something you find annoying when dining in a restaurant? When our waitress/waiter doesn’t check back with us to see how things are or to freshen our coffee or give our check to us before we request it. These things greatly influence the outcome of the tip we leave for that person. I know how important tips are to a server and yet some act like we “owe” them. That’s not the case. A position that requires no added schooling, a good server can make more money than someone flipping burgers. When someone does a good job, then we enjoy rewarding that person.

6. Daffodil yellow, sunset orange, spring green, or sky blue…your favorite color this time of year? I like all of these colors, but I think the one that speaks to me saying spring is here is when I see Daffodil or forsythia in bloom. I feel happy all over!

7. If you were going to take a holiday all by yourself, where would you go? All by myself? I don’t know that I want a holiday by myself. Can I take DH? I think I would go to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Anywhere along the Maine coast line is gorgeous, but time spent in Acadia National Park is breath-taking!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. I have a rash on my face and my scalp. I suspect I’m allergic to either my protein powder and/or almond milk. I’m lactose intolerant, so I think the protein powder may be the culprit. Yesterday I stopped having my protein shakes to see if the rash clears up. Have you experienced similar food related problems?


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Thursday Q&T: Hump-day chat session, a day late

ThursdayQ&TI am yet to get back on track. Last month’s blog challenge kinda tossed things up in the air, mostly the direction I want to go and how to get things accomplished. Please bear with me, as this morning I’m playing a day late with a few fun Q&A hops. Wanna come with?

My first stop takes me to Patrice’s @ Everyday Ruralty for  Chats on the farmhouse porch. This week, she asks:

  1. Do you ever watch YouTube? I occasionally watch a funny video, but mostly I watch music videos.
  2. How are your picture-taking (photography) skills? I consider myself average or above. I enjoy practicing my shutterbug skills on the weekends. DH got an early anniversary present, a Nikon macro lens, for me & I can’t wait to try it out!
  3. What’s your “go-to” meal to prepare when you’re in a hurry? Crackers, nuts, or pretzels.
  4. Do you like shoe shopping? Not really, but then again I don’t like shopping for myself.
  5. If you could be royalty for a day, would you try it? I would like the idea of being pampered for the day, like royalty, but other than that I wouldn’t like it.

Continuing the Q&A session, let’s visit Joyce @From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. It’s still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as mayhem? The only thing remotely causing chaos in my life this month is our scheduling. There has been at least one and sometimes two doctor appointments for either myself or husband this month. Don’t worry. Everything is fine. We are just getting our routine visits out-of-the-way all at once, so we can enjoy the rest of the year.

2. When did you last feel dismayed? Every time I look at the property, I feel a bit dismayed. Trying to find the perfect place that will work in my price range is challenging, but I am hopeful. I just have to keep at it.

3. What’s a food combination you like, but other people may find strange? Although it’s been awhile since I had this, one of my favorite combos is salted peanuts in my cola, not with my cola, but actually floating inside my bottle of soda and with each drink, I get the taste of that salty goodness.

4. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Do you think that’s true? Why or why not? Im not sure how I feel about this one. I thought once the children were out of the house that I would go back to school to earn a degree in something I wanted to do, but I find that I just don’t have the interest needed.

5. US News and World Report listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows –Washington D.C, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Williamsburg Virginia, Charleston South Carolina, Boston Massachusetts, Richmond Virginia, Savannah GA, Santa Fé New Mexico, Yellowstone, San Antonio Texas, San Francisco California, New Orléans Louisiana, and Charlottesville VA.

Of those listed how many have you seen in person? Which two sites on the list would you most like to see in person? When I was a teenager, my family visited my aunt. She lives just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. I would love to see Williamsburg at Christmas. In 1989 two months before our first daughter’s birthday we took an impromptu trip to Myrtle Beach, SC and visited Charleston, SC will in the area. We have been to Boston, MA twice over the years and this is one city I would like to visit again. Back in the late 90s, we were in Savannah, GA but it wasn’t a pleasure trip. We were only there because a friend’s mother suddenly passed away. We breezed in and out, no sight-seeing done.

6. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose? What a coincidence, I will be participating in my daily aerobic activity shortly, riding my stationary bike for 2-hours.

7. What did you like best about the city, town, or neighborhood where you grew up? There wasn’t too much to like in southern WV. When I was really young, about 5 or younger, in the nearby town, there was a curbside diner and the drugstore served food. The town a two shops where most people did their shopping. Lacy’s sold clothing and Ben Franklin had a bit of everything. There was even a Company store (owned by coal mines) where folks bought groceries, as well as some apparel, shoes, and toys. By the time I hit my early teens most of this vanished and if we wanted to do something special then it was a long drive away. Needless to say, that didn’t happen very often. The only thing that made the area likable is friends and family.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We are watching Dallas 2012 on Netflix and have nearly finished with season 2. Are you watching it? In the 80s, we watched the original Dallas TV show sporadically.  I was happy to see the writers do an outstanding job in the new production, and I can’t wait for season 3 to show up on Netflix!

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Until next time, be well and enjoy life!