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Mewsic to honor my brothers and my sisters #4M

Alrighty, I have some good mews for y’all. Our lovely Dancing Queen, Marie, will return to the dance floor today after being away for a few weeks fighting a battle with pneumonia. WOOT! WOOT! *applauds*

Okay, it’s time to have a little fun. Who says Mondays can’t be fun?  Lace up your blue suede shoes or kick ’em off to rock n’ roll in your socks.  In honor of Marie’s big brother’s birthday she suggested we go with the mewsic theme “Siblings Day“. Let’s get this party going!

I am the oldest of four.  My siblings are left to right: LilBro1, LilSis, and LilBro2.  I figured I would play mewsic from their birth years.

LilBro1 is my first cousin and his mother passed away when he was very young. I’m not speaking ill of the dead and I certainly do not understand the goings-on in my uncle’s head but he placed his children in the care of other family members or the state orphanage. My parents adopted him in the early 70s after LilSis was born. He had a sweet disposition and always willing to help me around the house. The week he was born in May 1965 this Beatle number one single made the Billboard Hot 100 Chart!



In a few days,  LilSis will celebrate 47 years. She was my living babydoll with more than nine years separating us. There wasn’t a song charting the week of her birth, so I went with the week before and according to Wikipedia climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts between May 30-June 6 was Ray Stevens’ Everything is Beautiful which describes my LilSis – beautiful!



LilBro2 and I were good buddies when we were small sharing everything together. This past April was his 51st birthday but he left us in 2006 to live in heaven. I’m sure the angels threw him a big bash. The week of his birthday April 14th this song ranked #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.



Hold on to everything! I need to include the siblings I inherited when I married DH! I always felt like they are my brothers and sister. Family ties don’t need to be through blood but through love and I love each of them dearly. Hopefully, I’ll get the years right.

Photographed in the early 70s about 1973; pictured left to right are BIL2, BIL1, & SIL (married to BIL2)

I don’t know who snapped this shot. I suspect it was DH but I can’t swear to it. This scene is definitely a signature capture of these clowns and DH is just like his big brothers.

BIL1, born mid-November 1949,  this unfamiliar tune was a Billboards Best Sellers in Stores and Number One-Singles from October 1-November 19th.


The next hit is US Cash Box Best Selling Singles #1 Hit from December 30, 1950, through February 3, 1951, placing this song around the time of BIL2 birth. Wouldn’t you know it many years later, he’d find himself living in the very state mentioned in the song title.  Is it a coincidence or fate? 😉


Lastly, this popular song from 1955 (SIL birth year) was Best Sellers in Stores for the first three weeks in January and it’s a classic of the 50s.




Thank you for including the 4M gals in your day. Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor!

What mewsic do you think of when you think of your brother(s) or your sister(s)?


I’ll see you next week same time and place. Keep those tunes groovin’ and those toes movin’. It’s time for me to catch the flip side (translation: I’m heading your way) this is Curious as a Cathy signing off!




Mewsic resources..

The Best Songs About Brothers
The Best Songs About Sisters

























Redneck Christmas #humor + SWF, Fill-ins, & CTST


Hello, Kittens & Dawgs!  For the first time in a loooong time I can say, Thank God it’s Friday!   Whoo-hoo! Yes, this is the first full week for DH to be at his new job.  Now the weekends have a new meaning for me once again.  Let’s get the show on the road with a few giggles.  Let’s kick the weekend off with a bit of Redneck Christmas humor.






After DD#2 moved out, she told me about her best friend’s tradition of burning his Christmas tree. Up until that time I’d never heard of such a custom.  I reckon some consider it to a reckneck thing, as it came up in my search. Enjoy!


Believe it or not, burning your Christmas tree isn’t a redneck thingy but actually has a spiritual origin, which you can read about it here.   Also, you might wanna read The Night Before a Redneck Christmas just for laughs.

Next, I’m sharing with my weekly SWF contribution!


Last week, I shared a phenomenal Christmasy night shot of The Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge,  Tennessee.  On the same day, I took that photo we were in Bryson City, North Carolina earlier and I captured a beautiful blue sky over the Swain County Heritage Museum.



1FFBadgeLet’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen.   How does it work?  Every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site.  The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.


Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

1. My favorite Christmas Song(s) is/are just about everyone, so how can I name a single one, but I could do without hearing anything remotely by Miley Cyrus ever again.

2.My most meaningful Christmas ornament/decoration is naturally my Fontanini Nativity scene because it reminds us during the holiday season of our Savior’s lowly birth and the reason He came to this world.

3. My favourite holiday treat is nearly everything because I enjoy baking cookies and cakes or making homemade candies at Christmas.  It’s hard to say one’s my favorite but if you force me to pick then I’d say my Chocolate Covered Cherries. 

4. A holiday tradition in my house is to go see the lights around town and/or in the Smoky Mountain communities like Dillsboro, North Carolina.   There’s something magical about seeing festive colorful lights.


Beginning next week,  I am off from blogging until after January 1st.  I’ve scheduled my regular posts but anything requiring special attention such as the Friendly Fill-ins segment I plan to not include.  I’ll be back and may you have a joyful Christmas celebration! 😉


I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebratingDH’s first week on his new job.  Yay!  It’s wonderful to resume a normal routine again and I see the delight on DH’s face each morning as he headed off to work.  We’re not just celebrating but count our blessings every single day for God’s goodness.  Another thing I’m celebrating is I finished that DIY project I mentioned in one of blog posts.  I can’t say what it is at the moment because it’s actually a surprise for someone and I never know when that said person, may read my blog.  However, I will share more after the new year.

What are you celebrating?

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


Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!















mewsic moves me Monday music

#BurtReynolds Movie Theme #Songs Move Me #BoTBresults

Let me make a quick announcement about my July 1st BoTB, kittens and dawgs. Despite extending the voting poll period, the showdown remained very lopsided. Def Leppard carried this contest from start to finish winning 12 to 4. I gave my vote to Taylor in the end, but it didn’t help the poor gal. Contender #1 was too strong. Congratulations go to Def Leppard!

Round 2 of BoTB picks up on the 15th, if you carry to weigh in on the voting. Meanwhile, it’s time to put your dance shoes on and hit the floor with me!


Last month, Burt Reynolds was in town shooting a new film. I got to see him; he drove on to the set within 4 feet from where I stood. Whoo-hoo! See?

Burt Reynolds #DogYears (c)CRK DSC_6788

Photographed in downtown Knoxville on Market Square.

This month, I’m helping my good blogger pal, XmasDolly and the 4M crew. One of her chicks is out on vacation, so I’m filling her dance shoes as a temporary co-host. There is no theme this week, so this is a perfect time to feature Burt Reynolds movie theme songs. Let’s get this party started!

The Smokey and the Bandit series are my favorites featuring Mr. Reynolds, but another fun classic from 1981,  The Cannonball Run with Ray Stevens singing the theme song.


Sarah Vaughan singing Sharky’s Machine love song theme (1981) with Burt and Rachel Ward.


How Do You Keep the Music Playing from the film, Best Friends (1982) with Burt and Goldie Hawn.


The Charlie Daniels Band sang the theme song for the 1983 flick Stroker Ace with Burt, Loni Anderson, Jim Nabors, and Ned Beatty.


This small sample of movie theme songs puts me in the mood to go on Burt Reynolds movie binge. Check IMDb for a his complete filmography. I wanted to met Burt Reynolds, but I didn’t get that opportunity. I tweeted the director to be an extra, but I never got the chance to do that, either. *sigh* Oh well, it was awesome to see such a big star in person. Whoo-hoo!

Burt Reynolds #dogyearsmoive (c)CRK DSC_6804

I barely got this shot with everyone hovering around the star. Thank heavens for zoom lens! He never looked over his shoulder at the crowd.

What’s the first movie that comes to mind when you think Burt Reynolds?

Do you have a favorite Burt Reynolds film?

Normally I use InLinkz for you guys, but since I’m co-hosting Monday’s Music Moves Me, then I’m only using their linky code and you’re welcome to link your ?music post? below. You can find the 4M button on XmasDolly’s site to snag and display on your site. Now, get out on the dance floor and boogie!

While I’m making repairs to my site, I’m putting together my mid-week and Friday photo post into one. You’re invited back to share and join the fun this Wednesday. Thanks for including me in your day. I’d love to know what songs are moving you. Next stop, your place! Have a tunetastic week. ?

What mewsic moves you?

More Monday music linky parties:?Musical Monday , ?Music Monday, and ?The Monday’s Music Medicine

Saturday Song-suasion 51: Hits from 1974

In the early 1970s the first Native-American rock band attained brief success. Recently, I was reminded of one of their one-hit wonder. Although this song never reached the #1 position, it was one of the top songs in 1974 resting at number 5 on the Billboard Top 100 list and remained on the charts for 24 week. I present to you, Redbone with Come and Get Your Love

I wonder how this song will do on the charts with its reintroduction to a new generation and the lost decade for many of us in the movie Guardian of the Galaxy? It’ll be interesting to see where it goes.

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Make me smile on Monday’s Music Moves Me

In 1972, I was in grammar school when this song came out. It was a hysterically funny hit for someone so young.


Today we are partying to “funny songs” thanks to Chronicles from the Man Cave.

I want to invite you to join XmasDollyJAmericanSpiceStacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know, and little ole me on the best dance floor in Blogosphere right with Monday’s Music Moves Me!

In 1978, when Short People made its début it offended some because they thought Newman was making fun of short people. The interesting thing about Newman’s song is, he wasn’t poking fun at short people. Instead, his son was written in a figurative sense aiming at people who are short-tempered and small-minded.

My best high school buds and I didn’t get the entire meaning, but we thought it was a funny song and we were pretty sure Newman really liked short people despite other’s interruption. Our proof came from this verse in the song….

Short people are just the same
As you and I
(a fool such as i)
All men are brothers
Until the day they die
(it’s a wonderful world)

What kind of short people are you, short-tempered, small-minded, or just short like me? lol


I don’t know what made the next two songs particularly funny but they are classics and a bit goofy from my childhood. Do you remember them? If you’re old enough, you are probably shaking your head yes. 🙂


A few years ago, DS shared this YouTube video with me. I’m not a rap fan, but when I saw this I thought it was kinda clever, witty, and it made me smile.



It’s time to dance, so I’m gonna leave you with this really silly, funny tune.

PhotobucketAre you ready to get started? Admission to this awesome dance party is totally doable. Just grab XmasDolly…well not XmasDolly, but her button here and display it somewhere on your blog and put up your favorite YouTube video (you’ll find the weekly musical themes posted in her sidebar) for everyone to enjoy. 

Now link up and shake your bootie with the rockin’ bloggers below!

**To be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up**

Next stop… your place!  What music is moving you?

LadyJava's Lounge




Songs That Make You Laugh

Two entertainers come to mind when I think of songs that make you laugh, Jim Stafford and Ray Stevens. The 70s wouldn’t be the 70s in my opinion, if hadn’t been for Stafford and Steven’s funny lyrical antics.

Welcome to Monday’s Music Moves Me! This week’s theme is “Songs that make you laugh”.


Let me introduce you to our Conductor, Marie from Xmas Dolly and her co-conductors:  Lorie from The Shewbridges of Central, Florida, CALLIE from JAmericanSpice,  and Stacy from Stacy Uncorked!


I love rockin’ on Mondays!  Today is more about giggles and smiles than it is about getting up on  your feet. In fact, you may be picking yourself up off the floor from laughing so hard.
Join me in listening to some real classics.






How do I get on board of this Love Train?”

Admission to ride is totally doable for anyone.  Are you ready to rock n’ roll with all the other passengers? Then here’s what you do.
  • Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice.
  • Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button.
  • Sign the linky, follow Marie & her co-conductors, grab their blog buttons, & leave a comment letting them know you’re a new follower.
  • Shake your bootie with your fellow rockin’ bloggers on the linky (below) or invite some of your rocker blogger buds to join us.
Are you ready to get dancing this week?  Then, link your 4M blog post URL below to join the party and then boogie across the net to visit to dance with all the others on the Love Train today. Don’t forget to visit our spotlight dancers listed in #1 & 2 slots on the linky line-up!


Wanna listen to more “songs that make you laugh“? Hop over to Marie’s to join the rest of the Monday morning Love Train party-goers and get share your song picks!

Continue the dance party with…

LadyJava's Lounge


Mid-Week Humor with Ray Stevens – The Streak

Back in the 70s, Ray Steven’s, The Streak, climbed the charts. It was hilarious! The year I started college, I had a run in with a streaker.  This is my story…

Each day, I rode into town with Robin to take the city bus to school.  I was attending a technical college. After class, I always went back downtown to ride home with Robin.  One particularly warm fall afternoon, I was sitting beside the window on my return trip.   In the distance, I spotted a young man walking on the sidewalk.  The city bus went through the heart of the University of Tennessee.  He appeared to be dazed wearing what looked like white shorts and no shirt.   I figured he was a UT student who had partied too much.

The older women at the front of the bus were laughing. I didn’t understand what was so funny until I looked a little longer and stared a little harder. Eh-hem…as it turned out the young man wasn’t wearing white shorts.  His tan line was definitely noticeable from afar, but as the bus got closer it became obvious he was buck naked.  I wonder if he felt the draft? I believe I must have turned every shade of red imaginable once I realized what was really going on. Yeah, back in those days I was really uptight and couldn’t see the humor in something as bazaar as that.

Seconds after passing him, we all could hear a siren. It was the KPD fixing to nab themselves a severally under dressed young man.  I wonder, if he ever was able to forget that embarrassing event?  Probably not.  These days, I just chuckle out loud when I see something ridiculous. Life is too short to not enjoy, right?

Enjoy the funny with this old classic…

Have a wacky Wednesday! =D

By the way, for my political Conservative minded friends, I just learned recently Mr. Stevens appears to share common ground with us. You may get a few laughs out of these sorts of videos on YouTube that he has put together.