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My last time in an outhouse

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I am totally into learning about my ancestors. Last Friday, you sampled a taste of my genealogy with Meet my parents. I shared with you that Mom and Dad were both born in southern West Virginia. Of course, I lived there until I married in 1979.

In the era my parents were born (late 30s to mid-40s) times were hard for the mountaineers. Folks in the small woods communities in McDowell County had few luxuries and many lived in conditions we would think are primitive today.

I got to thinking about their many inconveniences and things we take for granted like bathrooms. In those days, you went to the bathroom in an Outhouse (outdoor toilet) in most areas. Although, finding a spot behind a tree would work, too. When I was a little girl that’s the only bathroom my family had until the late 60s. Have you had the privilege of using one?Now, this brings me to the point of post. I have a funny story to share about my last time in an outhouse.

In the early 80s, we went home for a weekend visit to my in-laws. Years ago, we sorta coördinated our trips home when DH’s older brothers and their wives would be there, too. On this particular stay the house was full of people.

It was night-time, everyone was doing their own thing as I laid on the sofa reading a scary book when mother nature made her call. I didn’t waste time to check the bathrooms ~ upstairs bathroom…occupied. SHOOT! Downstairs bath…taken! DANG!! I had no other recourse than to venture out into the darkness…alone. It sounds like I’m a bit of scaredy Cathy, doesn’t it? If you said, yes, then you’re right. Trust me, no one wants to go to an outhouse with you. I grabbed a flash light; out the door, across the lawn, and down the hill I went.

Making myself comfortable, it was then I realized all alone…in the dark… and at the edge of the woods my ears picked up every tiny sound. My eyes darted rapidly back and forth.  I heard scratching and movement. Where was it? My heart quickened. It wasn’t uncommon for animals to amble across my in-laws property. Was it a bear? A panther? Anything was possible, after all I was in wild, wonderful, West Virginia.

My brow was tense, my nostrils flared excitedly with each breath, and my pulse beating 100mps. “Okay,” I thought, “If its a bear I can out run it, but a big cat? No way!” Exhaling heavily, I voiced out loud, “Stay calm. Walk, don’t run. Keep alert!” With saucer wide eyes, I gradually opened the door. So far so good! I don’t see anything, I thought.

I paced my feet – not too fast and not too slow. My heart-felt like it would jump out of my chest. DH told me on several occasions how the terrifying cry from the big cat woke him in the middle of the night or how he sensed the stealthy creature prowling around in the shadows after he’s returned home at night when we dated. Why even Grandma Kennedy told us the story of a panther that chased her and her sister home when she was young; barely escaping death from the merciless feline we named Green Eyes.

The minute long trip back to the comfort of my in-laws’ home took forever or so it seemed. Breathlessly, I told DH about my experience. Trying to not laugh, I’m sure he giggled just a bit, a silly grin creased his face. “That was a mouse more than likely. They like to build nests under the outhouse.

My shoulders slumped with relief. I was happy my wild suspicions was nothing more than a mouse but I couldn’t help to think, “What if it weren’t a mouse, but ole Green Eyes?”

Please forgive me, but this is a good time to toss in a plug for my children’s story. Check out… The Tale of Ole Green Eyes  Thanks! 😉

In retrospect, I like to think my venture was every bit as exciting as a panther lurking somewhere in the dark, unseen and not a little mouse. However, I never used the outdoor facilities again after that and avoided being out after dark…alone. lol

You may enjoy reading the Time’s article A Brief History of Toilets. Personally, I am thankful we have toilets…in our home where you don’t have to wear a coat or carry a shotgun when you go to the bathroom, aren’t you?

What outhouse stories do you have to share?




Special Deal!!! The Tale of Ole Green Eyes E-Book

Not long ago, I converted my children’s book to e-format ($1.99). That’s isn’t a bad deal. Now, it’s even better! For the entire month of June, I’m running a $0.99 cent special! At checkout, be sure to enter Coupon Code: NE47C to get the 50% off savings!

Click E-Book format to get your copy today!

Wait, there is more…

If you would like a personally autographed copy of my book ($7.99 MSRP) from my personal reserve, then I’m going to extend the 50% off offer to those who buy the e-book version. Your cost will be $4.00 plus shipping/handling.

To complete the special pricing a manual PayPal invoice will need to be generated. This is easy-peasy! All you’ll need to do is send an email to curiousasacathy@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to do this for you.

NOTE: This offer is effective only while supply lasts or until June 30, 2012 which ever comes first.

It’s Friday with Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

This is so me by the time the weekend gets here, how about you?

Be still my beating heart, it’s Friday! Whoo-hoo, let the partying begin!!! Alright, I’m not a party animal and I never been. Fridays signal it’s time to kick back and relax.  Au contraire to what some may think, SAHM do look forward to the weekends just as much as working gals and guys.

Yesterday’s post entitled Yesterday I asked questions about monetizing your blog. Please, if you haven’t given your two cents (pardon the pun) on this topic yet, then I certainly welcome reading your personal experience a little or a lot.

Oooh, did you by chance notice in my right side menu ——–> Yes, Amazon is doing it again! They have dropped the price on my book, temporarily.  This is a tremendous saving for you at Amazon’s expense.

Do you know of any kiddos who would like a copy of it for their birthday or Christmas or any occasion? If so, order yours before the price shoots up again!

Now where was I? Oh yes…
Lucky for me, lucky for you this is one of my Fridays which I can do a little blog hopping.  With that being said, I’m going to visit Hilary’s @
Each week, Hillary plans to list four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your blog. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at  here If she uses them, then she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Beth Ann from It’s Just Life (she came up with the last two statements)

It would give Hillary a lot of  LOVE, if you could please help her spread the word about this hop – Tweet it, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1.Somehow____ comes naturally to me
2.I could spend hours in a ____ store
3.If money and time were no consideration, today I would ____________________and _____________________.
4.You should always take time to _______________

My answers:

1.Somehow doing everything wrong(not really, it just sounds funny) comes naturally to me

2.I could spend hours in a virtual rubber stamp (remember, I hate shopping except for online!) store

3.If money and time were no consideration, today I would say to my sweetie, “Forget work today!” and then I would pack a weekend bag for us to venture off someplace without a care in the world.

4.You should always take time to each day to do something special for yourself. It makes no difference what it is, as long as it gives you joy.

Time for you to have some fun. Hilary has a few rules, but they are totally doable. Here’s all she’s asking you to do…

  • Please add the Follow Friday button to your post or your blog.
  • Next Follow Hilary, (you can follow me, too =D). If there is a co-host, please follow them as well. Leave a comment for Hilary and she will follow back (me, too!)!
  • Finally, link your Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun post to the linky below and don’t forget to grab the linky to post on your blog

Have a fun-filled weekend!



New Review of My Book

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Blogger Broadcast wrote a lovely review of my children’s book. I hope you’ll decide to take a moment to read it here!

Thanks, Amanda!

Amazon Smokin’ HOT Deal!

This is way too good to keep to myself.  Just check this out, Amazon has lowered the price of my book. I’m not sure why this is, but who cares, right? This is a hot deal and YOU can get in on a good thing now!

“What’s the book about,” you ask.  Read below…

Indian summer gave way in the Appalachian Mountains with the colors of autumn blanketing the East Tennessee hillside. Two sisters, Brittany and Nicole, were spending the weekend with their grandparents.

On the first evening of their stay, Great-Grandma Sarah had come for a visit. By the warmth of a cozy fire in the living room, Brittany and Nicole listened closely to Great-Grandma’s true story about a face-to-face meeting with a panther named, Ole Green Eyes, and how she and younger sister, Ella, barely escaped a terrible fate.

The weekend’s promise of fun with their grandparents included cookie baking, apple picking, and romping through the leaves. However, when the two sisters venture into the woods and find a large paw print in the soft dirt, they suddenly recall Great-Grandma’s story and warnings about wild animals in the woods from their Papaw. As the late afternoon sunlight begins to fade, the woods darken quickly and things soon get a little scary. Turn the pages now, if you dare to read Brittany and Nicole’s adventure in, THE TALE OF OLE GREEN EYES.

This is an early reader both boys and girls, ages 5-9, will enjoy. If you still want an autographed copy, but want to take advantage of Amazon’s hot deal then zip me an email requesting an autographed book-plate. Send who you want the book to be autographed to and your address.


One-Year Blogoversary

Today is my first blogoversary.  Where are the fireworks?  You know, I ordered them just for this occasion.  Oh wait, you have to click on the video below. Silly me!

Thank you, I’m pretty excited about reaching this milestone.  It’s an important moment in every blogger’s life.  I can’t believe how rapidly the year has disappeared, can you?

What do I do for this momentous occasion? I think I’d like to give away an autographed copy of my children’s story, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes. What do you think?  Can I count you in on this fun promo? Alright then!

Here’s all you need to do to qualify for entry:

  • Grab my blog button code and display it on your blog while the promotion is underway, but feel free to leave it on your site indefinitely if you’d like. I won’t complain. =D
  • Write a post on your blog telling your readers about my giveaway and invite them to join the fun.
  • Follow my blog. You ca do this a couple of ways on my right side bar.
  • Like my Facebook Fan Page, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes (old FB fan page – still active).
  • Visit my blog, Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, (this is an old blog) and share my link with your friends. Word-of-mouth advertising is a precious commodity to me, friends. Thanks!
  • If you’re on Twitter, then kindly follow @GreenEyesTale (This is my active Twitter account: etnhome. Send me a direct message telling me you’re my newest follower (or already follow) and entering my give away.
  • Also, tweet your post you write hopefully sending your tweet buddies to my blog. That would be mega awesome!
  • Finally, leave me a comment below saying you want to be entered.  Be sure to leave your email addy or blog address so I may have a way of contacting you.

My book giveaway will close midnight(EST) on June 15th. I will contact the winner by email with 48 hours to respond.

In closing, I’d like to say, thank you for joining me in Blogland. It’s been such a joy to have each one of you rallying beside me in this interesting journey. I’ve learned a lot and I hope I continue on this path.

Good luck!




@ Amazon My Book is $5.65!

Wow, I was reading the newest book review on Amazon of my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes, when I noticed the price.  They are pushing it at a remarkable price of $5.65, plus it’s eligible for the Super Saver Shipping.   This is something I couldn’t keep to myself because I’m all for cool savings.

Don’t fret, if you want an autograph copy, but want the savings from Amazon, then just send me an email requesting an autographed book-plate to put inside your copy and I’ll be happy to do this for you. =D

Whoo-hoo to savings, pass the good news on!