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#WW Cherohala Parkway Mountain View + #BoTB results

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Last year this time, DH and I were enjoying a drive in the mountains. It was a gorgeous spring day but the wind had a nippy bite. We stopped at an overlook along the Cherohala Parkway and walked the very short trail to the observation deck.

The panoramic view is nice but what really caught my eye as we were leaving were the trees. What character, I thought and had to snap a shot.  Now, looking at it doesn’t look like much but I played with the image coming up with a new photo artwork which I really like and I’ll share it on Friday.

Do you see a shot like this and think I can use this scene in my photo editor for something really cool or do you just say, Nah, I don’t like that so much and go on?

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Let’s move on to my last week’s BoTB.  The song choice was John Fogerty’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain covered by Belinda Carlisle and Karen Souza.  At firs,t both contestants were at even keel but then Carlisle pulled out taking the lead and stayed in front of the showdown by a big margin.  While I liked Belinda, Karen’s slow jazzy tempo seemed to suit my mood but casting a vote for Souza still left her with less than half the number of tallies. The gal earning the golden mic with a 9 to 4 victory is…


Check with Stephen to see how the other BoTB showdowns went down last week.   I’m undecided on what to do about April 1st BoTB. It’s sorta up in the air with the A-Z Challenge but if I can swing it, then I’ll do it. 🙂 I’ll leave you with this bonus track, and just a short reminder that next week I’ll be away from Blogosphere mostly while I pull together my A2Z posts set to begin March 31. I hope you’ll hop over for your weekly dose of giggles with Friday Sillies!











#SWF: Sinking sunset’s glow over Tennessee

In case you missed the news, I’m taking a wee break this month. I scheduled my photo posts ahead with the anticipation that you would stop by. Today’s Skywatch Friday contribution was taken in early spring while out shopping. From the Walmart parking lot in Farragut, I captured the sinking sunset’s glow over Tennessee just seconds before the veil of night dropped.


~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

Let me say, Thank you for making me apart of your day and although, I’m unplugged I will return visits to anyone who leaves a comment.  Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!


Beautiful Sunday

I have committed myself to the April A to Z Challenge.  Chances are very good that you may find my routine daily hops taking a slight set back, as I get into a rhythm, but I will be around to visit….eventually!

In the spirit of keeping up my routine Wordless Wednesday and my new link up, I am going to give you a two for one special this morning.

Today’s prompt is the letterB

as in a beautiful Sunday afternoon around town.

DH and I enjoyed the day taking a drive in an older subdivision off Kingston Pike with beautiful prestigious homes and gardens known as Sequoyah Hills. The blooms weren’t all out for display, but that will change with this week’s bright sunshine and warm temperatures. Meanwhile, you can enjoy these shots of our outing.



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To join other bloggers for more WW fun, then click here! It’s so nice of you to come by and I hope you decide to make it a repeat visit to share in my photo ops. Wanna make me happy? Then, leave a comment! 😉 I’ll be hopping over to see you soon!




Thursday ?s & Thoughts: Signs of spring

At 12:47pm, the Vernal Equinox (aka Spring ) 2014 will usher in and Old Man Winter gets booted out. At least, we hope so. With the increased daylight and warm temperatures returning to many regions around the country many of us want to skip the spring cleaning and head outdoors. I, for one am all for that.

Instead, I want to talk about signs of spring.

Signs of spring

daffodils in bloom

This past Sunday, we enjoyed spring-like weather on a fun outing. I took the above picture at The Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Maryville, Tennessee. This isn’t want I am going to talk about today, you can hook up next week for Wordless Wednesday to see more photos from our visit.

  1. What are the first signs that you see each year that makes you think spring?  The first evidence I notice that its spring regardless of what the calendar says are daffodils in bloom.
  2. What smells or sounds do you associate with spring? Bed sheets dried outdoors and birds happily chirping make me think of spring. Sadly, we do not have a clothes line to get that fresh line-dried scent but listening to the sound of birds is a welcome musci to my ears.

According to the Weather Channel app on my phone it shows a promising forecast for us.

WCforecastphotoHow does your first day of spring’s weather look where you live?

Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

I am taking the easy approach this morning in sharing with you two of my favorite “R” posts written for the Alphabe-Thursday classroom.

Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It



Thomas B. Davies
The Tulips strength is in its stem
It holds it’s head so strong and straight
Into the soil it sinks so deep
There it stays til it’s time to reap
The Tulips beauty is in its head
It’s colour varies from yellow to red
Find a colour, find a room
Leave it there and it will bloom
The Tulips warmth is in its petals
They overlap and keep so tight
When it’s dark they close right up
And open up when it is light
When uncut in fields of plenty
Dancing to the winds own beat
Watch them swaying in the breeze
You’ll think this sight is such a treat.


Sunday morning, we drove the Dogwood Trail in Sequoyah Hills, one of the oldest and prestigious areas, in town. We love taking our annual pilgrimage to enjoy the lovely homes and gardens while daydreaming of owning a place as spectacular as this…



Okay, this home is a bit over the top for our taste. I prefer a cozier homestead that suits my personality and lifestyle.

My musical flashback brings to mind, Flower by Kylie Minogue. Listen and be moved….


Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining us for another edition of  Wayback Wednesdays.  To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

It’s so nice of you to come by & I hope you’ll decide to make it a repeat visit each week to share in  my musical memories (new or old) and my photo ops.

To connect with more WW link ups look under Daily Blog Hops at the top of this page, if you click and you’ll see a my Photography Hops page. Now, ya wanna make me (or someone else) happy today? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to your little niche in Blogosphere soon. Have a fototastic day!


It’s Spring Time, Can You Feel It?

by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”



Long last, the end of winter has come and the birth of a new season has emerged – spring.  The grey of winter erases as the our world literally springs to life as the glory of a new wardrobe revile sun-bright daffodils, rosy red tulips, smiling purple pansies, magnolia, cherry tree, and red bud blossoms swaying in rhyme with the breeze.

Yesterday, the official first day of spring, was a perfect example of such a magnificent time here in East Tennessee with balmy temperatures in the 70s, rich blue skies, and punchy March winds caressing the skin. It was a day worthy to be outdoors to savor earth’s awakening.

What fun outdoor activities do you enjoy with your children or grandchildren? When my kiddos were small, they loved to use draw colorful chalk designs in the drive way or to swing so high ’til their tiny feet almost touched the clouds or to blow a multitude of soapy bubbles or to have a quiet picnic on a blanket in our yard.

Riddle of the day….


Spring or anytime, I always looked for fun recipes to make with my children. While I cannot give you a personal reference on how tasty the below recipe is, one thing is for certain it sure fits the bill for appearing like a lot of fun.  If I had wee ones in the house, then I’d take a gamble on giving this a try with them.


Spring Nest


1 large can of chow mein noodles
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. shortening
“Peeps” (marshmallow chicks) some sort of egg-shaped candy
(jellybeans, M&M’s, etc.).



  1. Melt the chips & shortening in a glass bowl in the microwave (usually about 1 min. to 1 1/2 min.). Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Pour in the noodles & stir till coated.
  3. Drop big spoonfuls on dessert paper plates. Let kids form into ‘nests’.
  4. Add eggs & marshmallow chicks as desired.
  5. Place in fridge for 30 min. to harden.
  6. Eat & enjoy!!
Makes 6-7 nests
NOTE: You can also use butterscotch or white chocolate chips for more variety.


Regrettably, when my two oldest kiddos where young I didn’t have the internet to pull creative ideas from.  However, these days there is a sea of ideas floating in cyberspace.  I’m simply in awe of all the wonderful things I can pull easily off the net in a matter of minutes.  Sometimes it’s hard to digest everything, but it is sure nice to have it ready for the taking anytime.

Here are a handful of spring time fun links, I though you may find interesting:

With spring in the air,  what are you looking forward to most?  Do you have a neat spring activity you would like to share with me?  It’s spring time, can you feel it?  Then, get outdoors and enjoy it!

Spring Is Here



Money, Money, Money!

Yesterday, I had so much fun with answering Lynnette’s question about who I’m star-struck with and my guests seemed to enjoy my favorite pick, too.  It was a wonderful way to interact with my friends.  I’m looking forward to today’s responses of another of Lynnette’s Blog Party questions…. If you inherited a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do with your money?

What a coincidence, I received an email announcing I inherited a large fortune.  Strangely, I’ve gotten this email one, two, three,…I ‘ve lost count how many times I’ve gotten it claiming of my good fortune.  Imagine that, huh? I may be slow, but I’m not a sucker.

The chances of me actually inheriting a million dollars is, about as likely seeing a pig fly.  However, there’s an ever so slight (I mean teeny) possibility of Publishers Clearing House finding an old entry I sent in years ago and somehow it gets re-entered into the drawing with me taking the BIG prize ten million smackeroos.


IF, I…we won a $1,000,000 the very first thing I’d do is get rid of our debts and the debts of our children and our parents. I would want to do something generous for our siblings, too, but I’m not sure what at the moment. I’d want to personally help some families in need – food, clothing, shelter, get them back on their feet again sort of thing. You know, do acts of kindness anonymously. Return to God what He has given us through whatever avenue He wants us to bless by our good fortune.  We would want to buy 100 acres of wooded property where we can build a large (not enormous) home in the center. Help our children with their college expenses.  Buy a 4-wheel SUV or pickup, another mid-size car such as a Camry, and maybe an economy car.  The possibilities are endless, but I know we would reserve all action until we first seek God’s leadership.

What would you do, if you inherited or won a huge sum of money?

Wanna join the party? Wanna get in on her stash of giveaways? Then click,  here to visit Lynnette.