Taylor Davis is young violinist I stumbled upon during a recent BoTB showdown. I liked her style and found some of her original songs on YouTube.
Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! How’s the new year going for ya so far? All is well here but then it’s too early to say for sure. Anywho, I’m trying to get back to some of my blogging basics in which I did a lot of Q&A prompts. Years ago, I co-hosted Thursday Two Questions with another blogger. It was a great way to start conversation while learning new things about one another. The object is to either use questions posed here or to create your own (if you choose to come up with your own then please respond to mine in comments for others to get to know you better).
1. Name one thing about 2017 that you’re glad to say goodbye to? I’ll state the obvious, DH’s eye problem. I hope that is far, far behind us and that only things will only improve.
2. Tell me one thing that has you excited about the new year? Other than the getting the other two surgeries out-of-the-way for DH’s eye which we hope will fix him right up then the one thing that really has me excited is the prospect of moving into a new home. This is something I’ve wanted for years and we’re committed to trying to see this dream turn into a reality. *fingers crossed*
I hope you enjoyed my little Q&A session. Eventually, I hope to include other Thursday hop connections. If you visit my Daily Blog Hop page you’ll find a few listed. Some of which I participated in last year but my timing was off and I couldn’t latch on to them properly. I hope to change that this year. Wish me luck! I invite you to stroll back over tomorrow for some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff! X💋X💋, Cathy
This is the last day of the year, so I’d like to say good-bye 2017 and hello, kittens & dawgs! Thank you for joining me today. Some time ago, I started the weekend series Sunspiration. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t remember it because I didn’t make too many contributions to it. You that little thing called life? Well…it happened. I felt overwhelmed forcing me to abandon this series. However, I’d like to bring it back beginning now. I’m not committing to a weekly spot but whenever the mood hits me and I hope that you enjoy it.
What have you learned this year? As for me, I learned how precious eye sight is, not that I didn’t know how valuable our eye sight is but when someone you love faces the danger of losing it then it’s like stepping in a cold shower…really getting my attention fast!
For those who are new here or maybe you just missed it but DH underwent a serious eye procedure in March. Never in our wildest imagination did we think his visit with his Optomitrist would result in immediate eye sugery to repair a detached retina. I won’t lie to you, it was scary.
On top of his surgery, we faced other sensitive family matters. You know the old saying, when it rains, it pours? That’s precisely how it felt at our house for days after fading into weeks and months. The good news is DH’s eye is healing and we feel in the new year things will contine down a promising road of a full recovery. Only time will tell this tale but we feel God’s assurance that everything is going to be okay.
Another thing I learned this year is, actually it’s been a process of many years learned, none of us are purrfect. One person’s wrong is no different from the wrong moves I make in God’s eyes but I’m coming to grips with this new thought process more and more which makes me a little less quick to judge.
In our 38 years of marriage, we’ve gone through many fiery lessons. Some things were of our doing and others just being caught in the crossfire of life. Regardless of how we got burned, we learned how to prepare for troubled times or how to avoid repeating the same mistakes altogether. That’s just part of the growing ups or growing wise process, which brings me to the other family matter. It is still up in the air but we continue to trust God. Every thing is in His hands, so who am I to worry? I will lean on His understanding and I know through it all, God no doubt will shower us with His goodness.
What’s next, hit the dance floor with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew with New Year’s Themed Songs! Until then, have a peaceful and blessed New Year! X💋X💋, Cathy
Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! This is DH’s off Friday, so I you won’t find me touring Blogosphere today. Of course, I have to report on last week’s Battle of the Bands featuring The Sound of Strings for a Silent Night showdown and to share some giggles.
All three string renditions of “Silent Night” are worthy to hear and to enjoy. The first mewsical instrument, the acoustic guitar is soothing like a lullaby for the newborn King. The second, the ukulele posses an innocence quality as in the babe lying in a manger. The third, the violin is beautiful conjuring visions of angels in the heavenly sky standing watch over baby Jesus. Any and all of these are winners, there truly is no loser with your pick. I think the one that speaks to my heart is the ukulele.
The final tally…
Rafael Scarfullery (guitar) – 3
Michael Lynch (ukulele) – 3 includes my vote
Taylor Davis (violin) – 7
The victory belongs to Taylor Davis! *applauds*
Are you pulling your hair out yet? The holidays can be a real hair puller, so here’s a few more Friday Sillies to break the stress, so breathe, relax, and enjoy the Christmas season! 😉
This reminds me of a comment DD#1 made after we got home from the hospital with her baby sister and she wouldn’t stop crying. She said to me, “Turn off, Mommy! Turn off!” Sorry kiddo, there’s no off switch on this baby doll. 🙂
I’m really not a Grumpy Cathy, but you gotta admit that’s funny!
That’s a wrap for now. I’ll leave you with another “Silent Night” rendition featuring the winner of Dec. 15th BoTB, Taylor Davis with the vocals performed by Home Free.
One more thing, I know many won’t be in Blogosphere including myself on Monday but I will have my “all things Christmas” edition up for anyone wishing to hit the dance floor with Monday’sMewsic Moves Me!
Hello Kittens & Dawgs! This is my last BoTB for the year. I can’t believe how fast 2017 went and I’m not hopeful that the upcoming year will be any different. Time stands still for no one!
Last time I kicked off the month with A Twisted Christmas Carols showdown and this time I did the exact opposite in choosing my all-time favorite classic Christmas carol, Silent Night. Instead, of using the typical vocal arrangement I went with three instrumental covers.
Contender #1 Rafael Scarfullery strumming aclassical guitar.
Contender #2 Michael Lynch on picking a Ukulele.
Contender #3 Taylor Davis duet with herself playing the violin.
Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional). Which string artist gets your vote – guitar, ukulele, or violin?
I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players for more spectacular showdowns. Next Friday, I’ll share the results along with my vote and I hope you’ll check back to see if your pick wins.
Next, let’s have a little get-to-know-Cathy-better time with these Friendly Fill-Ins shared by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!
Snow oh no, not here which is purrfectly alright by me.
I am ready for spring. Are you?
One holiday memory that I cherish is the collection of memories from my childhood mostly of my brother. He loved Christmas. This will be his 11th Christmas in heaven. I sure do miss him a lot.
I always thought that Santa left lumps of coal or a bundle of twigs for bad children. I never wanted to find these things under the tree on Christmas morning. Thankfully, I was a good girl most of the time and didn’t receive either. Of course, it might have been a clever way to get kindling for the furnance each year. Maybe it was job of the parents to be naughty so he’d leave them coal and twigs.
Aren’t you glad hung around for that? 😉
I believe everything in life is worth celebrating big or small and am playing alone with Lexa and her hostess in Celebrate The Small Things.
I am celebrating the new Christmas mewsic, Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas album that DH got me from iTunes this week after we watched her TV special. Incidentally, I shared Gwen’s complete album on Tuesday if you’re interested in listening for yourself. 😉
I’m celebrating my birthday. Actually, it was yesterday. I’m another year older which is good considering the alternative. I don’t feel any different. My brain keeps telling me I’m 18 or 20 or 30. I’m blessed with good health and can do most things that I did in my 30s. The mirror however always has something else to say about my age….if I stay in front of it long enough. I try to not hang around it too much because I’m afraid I won’t like what it has to say. 🙂 DH made me a Duncan Hines chocolate cake with caramel frosting. I wanted to try that combo for a while and was more than happy that he did it just for me and it was good. He got me an Apple Pencil that I hinted at wanting after he got me my iPad back in June which I’m love, love, lovin’! He made this gal really happy by surprising me with it. I mean, how did he know THAT was exactly what I wanted? I can’t say my husband doesn’t listen to me now, can I? lol But, he’s a darling sweetheart and I wouldn’t take anything in the world for him!
I am celebrating the completion of my Christmas shopping and cards sent out. I celebrate a little every day as I make a dish or dessert for our Christmas dinner. It helps to do these things in stages, storing it away in the freezer for the big day. It makes life so much easier! We’re in the final countdown with 10 days to go!!
What are you celebrating?
Finally, a little humor with Friday Sillies Christmas edition on “Silent Night”.
That’s all the laughs for now. Have a songtastic day; don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’sMewsic Moves Me where we’re celebrating all things Christmas!
FYI Jingle Cats is not a contender in this edition of BoTB, so please refrain from voting on it. I couldn’t resist sharing this with you! 😉