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Polar Express B&W photo & #Hodgepodge Q&A

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! Keeping things simple because I’m in low-key, no stress mode with it being the Christmas season am sharing another view of the Polar Express from our last year’s Bryson City, North Carolina day trip.

I’m not going to lie to you the power lines in this photo freak me out but there’s nothing I can do about it if an electric company is inconsiderate in where it places its utilities. Geez, the nerve of some people, right? To off-set the ugliness I converted my photo to B&W  and added a vignette giving it a vintage appeal with Pixelmator.  What do you think?

 



Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

1. ‘Hurry less, worry less’…what’s your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How’s it going so far? Every year keeps getting easier, simpler concerning the holidays. We were never ones to buy a lot for our kids, ourselves, or others.  That’s not the reason for the season. Dinner prep I do in stages, tackling a dish or dessert every day leading up to the main event. Same goes for decorating. I take it in stages doing a little every day. This not only cuts the stress but allows me to enjoy the Christmas season more fuller. I hope the 2018 holiday season is a wee bit more hectic in a good way, though.  My prayer is in the coming new year that we’ll be in a new home with plenty of room to have the whole family over all at once.  I think I’d be okay with that kind of hurry and worry because it’ll be a good kind of both. Just remind me of that, though. 🙂

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?  Definitely. Actually, I print off a blank calender sheet to pencil in daily activities and as I get them done, then I cross them off. Sometimes, if I get ahead of schedule then I move on to the next task. We are DIYers unless it’s a job out of league.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy-free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What’s the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?  Honestly, none of this does anything for me. I eat what I want because it’s good for me and I already like it.  I already drink dairy-free milk, actually I have almond milk for my cereal since I’m lactose intolerant.  I’ll use it to make hot chocolate, too. DH still drinks milk. I have no problem with folks drinking dairy if that’s what they like.  I’ve wondered the same about diary-free milk, too. I’ll be eager to see what others answer your question.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site, ‘Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.’ What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?  I do like the color purple. In fact for years it was my favorite color but in the last 10 years it got replaced with light pink. There’s a book/movie called “Purple”? I guess that answers that quesiton. I do wear purple a little. I have a polar fleece hoodie and a turtle neck sweater. Describing the one item in my home that’s purple…I have two that sit in its place when not in use, both made of wax, do you know what they are? I have no clue what color I’d select for the new year. I don’t think about these sorts of things and I’m not sure how important it is to me but I know various colors evoke different feelings. I’m a huge fan of colorful stuff, too. It usually makes me giddy. I’ll just leave this up to the “experts”.

5. Favorite book read this year? Sorry, my reading is limited to blogs and internet research. I haven’t read a book in years…really!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.  Over the weekend, we watched a delightful Christmas flick on Amazon Prime featuring Jimmy Durante, ❄️ A Christmas Wish (In Color) (1950 ). This is a delightful film and Durante is hilarious!  If you haven’t seen it, then I invite you to check it out on Amazon Prime. Here it is in B&W on YouTube.  ❄️ Amazon Affiliate link

 

Do you like shortbread cookies? We do. I baked a small batch last week using a recipe I borrowed from my MIL years ago found in her vintage Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s an easy peasy recipe with only three ingredients!

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add 2½ cups flour mixing thoroughly.
  • Turn out onto a board floured with the remaining ½ cup flour. Knead in flour until dough cracks on surface and doesn’t stick to board.
  • Roll ¼ inch thick. Cut into fancy shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 50-minutes at 275º or until lightly browned.
  • Makes 2-dozen cookies.

Notes

For years I wanted to try making my own chocolate dipped shortbread similar to Cadbury's but never got around to doing it until now. I used some left over melted Chocoley Milk Chocolate on my shortbread cookies and they turned out delicious. Next time, I'm going to try Chocoley Dark Chocolate. 🙂

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One more piece of random, as I mentioned above, the power lines in the photo drive me crazy. So, I decided to process the B&W convert with my iPad app DistressedFX. I didn’t take note of the filters I used but liked the old vintage charm it produced.

Have a good day and hop back tomorrow for a new Christmas album share! X💋X💋, Cathy

 

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Shannondale Presbyterian Church #WW #SWF + #Hodgepodge Q&A

Nikon D7000

Good day, Kittens & Dawgs! Last December before DH started his new job, we enjoyed the pleasures of a beautiful day around town. The early evening sunlight and location made photographing this lovely church difficult but I managed to squeeze in the bulletin notice of Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Maybe, I’ll get a second shot at photographing it this holiday season.



 

 

Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life? Pressing Forward is our current chapter because of the storms surrounding us. We decided we can’t live under a cloud caused by others. This is out of our control and the worry is consuming which leads to damaging health. All we can is place these burdens in God’s hands and do our best to move on, living a full, rich life. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” (Proverbs 3:5-6) is our daily mantra.  

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what’s the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave? I use my microwave for reheating leftovers mostly or for a quick thaw. I could get by without a microwave for a short period but honestly, this is one modern invention that’s made life in the kitchen a lot easier. I’d be lost without it!

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

“Away in the Manger” is a favorite Christmas carol from childhood. It always filled me with a sense of marvel thinking about the glorious birth of our Savior swaddled and sleeping on the hay. Every time I heard this song I imagined I was an angel hovering over the stable the night Christ was born declaring the good news watching on as those knelt before the baby King, the Son of God giving Him honor and praise for His gift to all.  

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken.  I don’t have a particular place that’s beautiful. Anytime I’m out with sunny blue skies and whispy white clouds overhead then every place we go is beautiful. We can be in the Smoky’s,  on the Blue Ridge Parkway, driving through the western NC mountains, or just a few miles out of the city along a rural country road. Living in our area is beautiful and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

5. What’s something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one) I don’t have a list this year because I got an early, unexpected Christmas gift from DH a couple of months ago that trumps what I originally had on my list but when did have that figurative list, I had an Apple pencil on it. DH got me a new iPad for our anniversary because the one I had suffered from the ails of a swollen battery. 🙁

6. Insert your own random thought here. On Saturday, we got out to enjoy the weather and to look at a few houses when we came across this quaint old church. Isn’t it gorgeous?

iPhone8 capture with slight photo adjustment using Pixelmator

Today (yesterday) I made my Christmas Stollen and oh heavens the house smelled mmm, deeelicious I tell you! I hope it tastes ever bit as good as it smelled baking.

For the rest of the year, I’m taking life in Blogosphere easy limiting post contributions. If you don’t wanna miss a post then I encourage you to subscribe to my email service to get notification of the latest mews on Curious as a Cathy!  Have a good day!

 

X💋X💋, Cathy 

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Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A

Hello Kittens & Pups! It’s the last Wednesday of November and the month really clicked by unprecedentedly fast. I guess it’s because I had too many irons in the fire and when you’re busy, time sorta skirts by unnoticed. Nothing is finer in the summertime than that cold, creamy frozen taste of ice cream! Occasionally, we’ll make a special trip south of Knoxville to Loudon to visit the Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor. They make their own ice cream and boy, is it yummy!




Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

1.  What’s something blogging has taught you about yourself? I’m still a work-in-progress but what I’ve learned from blogging is carefully critiquing my writing. I still make plenty of goofs but I catch more than I used to, so that’s  a good thing in my opinion.

2.  Leftovers…are you in the ‘reheat and eat’ camp or the ‘put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them’ camp? What’s your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide by as a leftover? We are leftover fans. There is nothing we do not like, we enjoy it all until it’s gone.

3. ‘Me time‘…your thoughts? Most of my time is “me time” now that we are empty nesters. I enjoy every aspect of doing things around the house, even the chores.  I feel more in control of things than I did when the house was full. Of course I miss those days but I’m in a new phase and I can take life easy. I reckon I truly call the “me time” things I love doing like sketching or photographing or anything creative which includes blogging.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with? It seems the only time people come to me is when they need help. I know that’s not right but it honestly it seems this way and generally what they need is money. Seriously, do I look like an ATM? lol

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why. Cotton candy because it was such a sweet time filled with lots of good friends and loving family.

6. Insert your own random thought here. This week, I made my first batch of Christmas candy! It’s an easy recipe. I hope you like it. 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Category: dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 stick of butter, soften to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon Lorann Gourmet Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 cups Jiff Creamy peanut butter (for pb balls)

Instructions

  • Cream together sweetened condensed milk,and butter then add vanilla and gradually incorporate confectioners sugar. Divide basic mixture in half; reserving one part for chocolate covered cherries if desired and with the other part add 1.5 to 2 cups of peanut butter. Allow mixture to chill in freezer for 15-30 minutes, then remove and scoop about half a tablespoon of mixture out to form into a ball; place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Repeat process until pan is filled, return to freezer for 5-10 minutes. Before removing from freezer melt chocolate according to candy maker's directions, dip each peanut butter ball and allow excess to drain back into bowl before returning to cookie sheet. You can put the candy in freezer for a few minutes or allow to sit on counter to set up before storing candy in an airtight container. I like using wide mouth mason jars. Don't forget to enjoy!

Notes

The basic recipe is meant to be slip, half for chocolate covered cherries and the other half for peanut butter balls. In this recipe I used Chocoley Bada Bing Bada Boom Candy & Molding - Milk Chocolate.

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Just so you’ll know, I dipped some in ❄️Ghirardelli Chocolate White Candy Making Wafers, 10 Ounce, too. Both versions are excellent if I say so myself but you be the judge and give it a try for your crew! ❄️Affiliate Link

 

I’m gonna round things out with a little poem I penned for this week’s prompt of “In Other Words…SHOPPING“.

 

 Shopping
©2017 Cathy Kennedy

Shopping, shopping, shopping makes me giddy
It puts my bank account in a tizzy
Instead of green, its’ now in the red
No moo-lah January 1 I dread to pay the bill
Shopping, shopping, shopping makes me ill…instead

 

Seriously, this isn’t me but I couldn’t resist getting a little crazy with this prompt especially now we’re in the thralls of Christmas shopping. 🙂

I’ll see you on Friday for a bit of laughs with  A Twisted Christmas #BoTB showdown. Life is easy-going for Curious as a Cathy during the holiday season where there’s no bah-hum-bugs allowed, just bunches of Ho-Ho-Ho and a lot of jolly good fun. I took the liberty of scheduling posts in advance through the rest of the year. Comments viewed daily and return visits followed in short order. Let’s have the hap-hap-happiest season of all!

 

 

 

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Vintage Texaco Station #WW #SWF, #Hodgepodge Q&A, & #BoTB Results

Good-morning, Kittens & Pups! Thanks for joining me for the mid-week photo fun. As you know, I’m going at blogging for the rest of the year at a very low-key with all the holiday activities. Gee, can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving? Not me! Anywho, this week’s not-so Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday contribution is a peek from a Saturday drive this summer in the rural community of Hiawassee. I don’t know if this is working gas station but I believe there is restaurant or convenient store inside.  Obviously you can see the rafts for rent. The Hiawassee river flowed along the back side of this old Texaco station and yes, we saw rafters floating down the river. It was a gorgeous day!

Feel free to join in the fun and I promise to visit you ASAP!



I wasn’t sure if Joyce would put up the Wednesday Hodgepodge Q&A this week but yesterday’s interruption with two doctor appointments left me with little time. Here they are for you to ansewr if you’d like in comments or to snag and play along. We’ll just see if I can manage to answer them before my post goes live! 😀

1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?  The only consistent tradition we keep is a “traditional” Thanksgiving Day meal – turkey, ham, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and old fashion stack cake. The holidays are always spent with family.

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing? I don’t mind asking for help but I prefer to do everything. Cooking gives me a lot of joy.

3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen? There’s an abundance of love, everything I prepare is from the heart for those I love!

4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest? The Smallest thing, I’m thankful for…Cheerio’s. This is my favorite breakfast cereal! The biggest thing, I’m thankful for…Jesus. Without Him, I’d have nothing! You know Cheerio’s make me think of a tiny life-preserver and Jesus is the Savior of the world. How cool is that? 😉

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life? The key for me is knowing that I have more than most and those who have more than me, I’m happy for their blessings. At any time what we have can be taken from us – home, job, love, or life. We’ve come close to losing our home on a couple of occasions when DH went through unemployment patches years ago, so I’m truly appreciate everything in my life and give God praise for every blessing.

6. State your own random thought here.  I’ll keep it simple by sharing the results of last week’s BoTB showdown.  The three ladies were not equally matched as I had hoped but I enjoyed the different  Be Thankful For What You Have renditions. Each artist did a fabulous job which made my job difficult on who to give my vote to but like most of you, I felt Contender #1 covered the song with more heart. The final tally…

Lady C – 10
One Blood – 4
Rumer – 3

Congrats to the Lady C on a huge victory, now here’s another sample of her mewsical talent!

 

If you’re curious to learn how other battles went down visit Stephen for a complete list of participators. Mark your calender for December 1st for the next round of Battle of the Bands for a Twisted Christmas Showdown!

Blogosphere is going to be like a ghost town for the next few days in America. I know I will find it difficult to make my rounds but I will get to you sooner or later (probably later than I want). I prefer you spend your time with the family, so have a blessed time and please give thanks to God (everyone can do this regardless where you live) for all you have no matter how small for everything we have comes from above!


Please don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Have a good day!

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Central Baptist Church #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB

iPhone5s capture June 2017 of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City utilized Pixelmator photo-editing to remove power lines and add copyright text

Hello Kittens & Pups! This is another mashup edition of three hops rolled into one which means it’s gonna be longer than usual. As you know, I’m simplifying my life with the holidays by trying to not get too overwhelmed with blogging life but I invite you to link up and enjoy the fun. I promise to visit ASAP!



Next up, Wednesday Hodgepodge, a weekly Q&A segment hosted by Joyce. This is a great way to get to know one another better.

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? At one time I could easily name a few things that I hated the thought of not doing because it meant stepping away from my comfort zone but now…my mind goes blank. Does being in super crowded places count? I really do not like the feeling of being boxed in or my personal space invaded.

2. Your least favorite spice? You’re making this week difficult for me, girl. I’m clueless on what’s my least favorite spice. I keep to the basics and anything that’s different from the norm I only buy if a recipe specifies it or just do without it.

3. What’s a small change you’d like to make? The one small change I’m working on is not eating unnecessary in-between meals. That’s where those unwanted pounds slip up on you and before I know it, I’m in panic mode to shed an extra 5 pounds. The holidays are going to make this really hard but I trying to view this as a positive thing. If I can overwhelm nibbling through the holidays then maybe I won’t have to kill myself after the first to burn off the excess. *fingers crossed*

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you’ve visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they’re as follows – Monticello (Jefferson’s home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway’s home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA) Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit? First off, of the homes listed in Southern Living the only one we’ve visited is Biltmore Estates. It’s a very impressive, beautiful, victorian home. We were there once at Christmas in the mid-80s (before children) and then again in the spring of 2008. This is my favorite historic home near us. Of the ones listed that I’d like most to see has to be Mount Vernon. That would be awesome! Knoxville has several historic homes. Some, we’ve been to but only from the outside with the exception of Blount Mansion that we toured years ago. There are a others we’ve visited within a short drive outside of Knoxville like Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Davy Crockett Tavern, and President Andrew Johnson’s home. East Tennessee is a historical hot spot with tons of Civil War trails and homes. I’d love to take time after DH’s eye is completely heal to see more of these places in detail.

5. What’s something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad? I I think CD/DVD players for mewsic or computers are definitely phasing out. I remember the day when I couldn’t think it was possible to not want this technology but with the aging of streaming services for mewsic and movies, as well as software download then it’s not necessary to have the older technology. I’m not sure if it makes me either happy or sad. It’s just a change in how we do things.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I’ll leave you with a burst of late fall colors in our area over the past weeks ago. It was a wonderful surprise. I thought the leaves were just going to dry up and blow away.

Fort Loudon Lake near Concord Yacht Club

Shot through a moving car near the Super Walmart Center at Turkey Creek

Chick-Fil-A on Parkside Drive, two weeks ago. The leaves were all gone this weekend. 🙁

I loved the low light and soft evening blue sky making the fall foliage barely visible. Near Target Super Store at Turkey Creek.

Here’s another Turkey Creek area shot I captured this one this past weekend and wome of the yellow trees still looked amazing!

 

Wrapping things up for this Wednesday, I’m joining Stephen and company for another round of Battle of the Bands!

This is the season of Thanksgiving, so I’m going to use three covers of William DeVaughn’s classic song “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” (reference only, please do not vote for original version).

Listen, then cast your vote in comments and feel free to tell us why your artist is the best candidate.

 

 

 

Who does it better Lady C, One blood, or Rumer? What are you thankful for? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

There’s no wrong way to vote, except a “no” vote. So, please chime in!

 

 

I’ll be back next week this time to share my pick along with the results, so mark your calendar and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “songs of Thanksgiving or Thankful” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! Have a good day!

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Jack’s Patch #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A #BoTB Results

Hello, Kittens & Pups! There’s too much to do with the upcoming holidays and making everything into a chore just isn’t fun, so the rest of the year I’m taking things slow in Blogosphere.  Smartphone technology is just super cool with a camera on-the-go right in your pocket. Even old technology is awesome. I used my previous iPhone 5s for the last time to capture this photo (near the Target on Northshore Drive just off south I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) in Knoxville) in September.

 

 

Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

 

1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off-balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain. I think I can apply each of these to my life but if I had to pick one maybe, I’d say I’m “off-balance“. The approaching holidays always make me off-balance to a degree. That’s why I try to do a little every few days to prepare for the big event. On top of the normal stuff this time of year, I’m helping DD#2 and DSIL from afar with their transition to Maine. Stuck in limbo waiting for their apartment which won’t be ready until next week Wednesday. The place they are staying previously booked their room and there are no other openings. They have to move to another motel and that’s where I come in. I spent a several hours Monday locating a place that’s affordable and pet-friendly.  This was not an easy task but I found a place for them.  Normally, I don’t think finding a place would be difficult but Maine had a horrible storm knocking power out and many still do not have electricity, so locals are taking up the hotel rooms. The demand for materials due to the storm is what’s causing the renovation work lag. Please prayer their apartment is ready soon. The expense is too much for them.

 

 

 

2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?  Not having been in the corporate world in years and I’m sure there was plenty former co-workers did that drove me crazy but persnickety traits of how you want something done is often engrained in one’s behavior. It used to make my skin crawl when I let anyone help me with anything around the house. I only relinquished to teach my children the basic life skills and responsibilities. It was all I could do to keep myself from going behind them to redo what they did. DH often helped to ease my housework chores by pitching in but it made me feel out of control. I know that’s crazy but I felt that way. Anyhow, it took me years to relax and accept the help. It didn’t matter that the person wasn’t doing it the way I do it what mattered is the job got done freeing up some of my time. 

 

 

3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home? I feel at home no matter what but I think I know where you’re going with this question. Years ago, I wrote My Heart is Well Content which describes that homey sort of sense. 

 

 

 

 

4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?  Bread was our favorite band during our dating years.I’m not sure why it is now but “Aubrey” became our song. DH even dubbed me his “Aubrey”. This song is still one of my favorites and I can’t help think on those tender years of two young hearts growing a relationship. It’s been 40 years since those early years and our hearts are still growing…closer!

 

 

 

5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving. When you realize others don’t have it so good that’s when you see things through new eyes and God’s blessings all around you. This is a lesson I learned many years ago during one of DH’s periods of unemployment and since that time I never take what I have for granted. 

 

 

 

6. Insert your own random thought here. I like sketching during my waiting time period for DH while at his appointments with his eye surgeon. This is a good use of time. I rediscovered  the joy of drawing in this past April A-Z Challenge in which I picked Art Sketching Through the Alphabet as my theme and if you’re interested you can read my reflections post that lists all my A-Z prompts. Anyway, while I waited I decided to sketch a barn. In September and October I shared in my not-so Wordless Wednesday contributions a mini series on barns I photographed over the years.

One more piece of randomness, the results of “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” #BoTB showdown clearly was a decisive win for The Rubinoos earning my vote for a victory of 7 to 2. I’ll leave with another sample of the winner’s mewsic. Join me in the next battle on the 15th! 😉

 

 

That’s it for now. I’m taking blogging life easy peasy with it being the holiday season. I encourage you to sign up for the latest Curious as a Cathy mews to deliver straight to your in-box!  Have a good day! Save Save Save

Another Countryside Barn #WW, #BoTB, & #Hodgepode Q&A

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This post is gonna be jammed pack since three memes collide this time but hockey smoke, can you believe it’s a brand new month so soon? Not me! The year is goin’ up in a puff of smoke!

For the last several weeks I’ve shared photographs of barns. This will conclude my series with another countryside barn.

I snapped this along a rural stretch of road in Lafollette, Tennessee north of Knoxville on a Sunday afternoon drive. In keeping with my series I used the original to create new photo-artwork using the following apps.

 

Waterlogue

Brushstroke

DistressedFX

The later two images I really like because it captures the essence of late fall and perhaps are my preferred apps to create photo-art. Do you like one more than the other?

 



 

Ooooh…BING! battle song inspiration on a platter! How many of y’all remember Polly Brown’s 1974 hit Up In A Puff Of Smoke? If not, allow me to refresh your memory….

This is my featured song for this “Battle of the Bands” (BoTB) showdown. If you’re new to this meme, here’s how it works. I will share two versions of the same song (the original artist, Polly Brown in this round, is NOT an eligible candidate for the showdown, please do not vote on hers as it won’t get counted) and ask you to vote (in comments) for the best singer/band song cover. There’s no wrong vote, except a no-vote so please weigh in and enjoy the fun.

Contender #1 The Rubinoos

 

 

 

Contender #2 Boyz

 

 

BoTB used to be a twice per month meme but since July many participants have cut to playing just once a month.  Stephen (click icon below) lists the most updated players on his site and you’re invited to check it out. Mark your calendar to check back next week this time as I will share my pick and the outcome of this battle!

 

 

 

 

 

My last mix-in for today is Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce. It’s a fun mid-week Q&A session and it’s a great way for you to get to know me better, as well as for me to get to know those playing along.  Here are my responses.

1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?  In yesterday’s post My Memorable Halloween, I shared several old photos of my children from Halloweens past. You might like it. The only decorating I do for Halloween is to set out my Peanuts collection, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  No picking or carving pumpkins. We haven’t done that in years.  No trick or treaters expected. In fact, we discourage them by keeping the porch light off. No costume or part. I have made costumes in the past for the kids but nothing in years. Yep, I made home-made caramels and caramel corn. The only leftover candy we’ll have is what we bought and hopefully it won’t be gone any time soon.

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate. I don’t know if I’d say I’m waiting for it but you might, I’m waiting for the upcoming holidays.  I look forward to the season of Thanksgiving. Cooking and baking are enjoyable creative outlets but I don’t do anything super ordinary. I keep a traditional menu. It’s just a lot of fun for me.

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.  Maybe, a little bit of each.  I tend to keep to myself when in public and am aprehensive when a stranger speaks.  Who couldn’t use a little more bravery or creativity? I reckon athletic abilities don’t interest me. I’m athletic enough for the things I do, although I certainly could stand be more in shape.

4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?  Most home repairs, we prefer doing them if we can.  I’m not sure when the last paint job was done but every room needs painting badly and my first project is the kitchen.  I don’t care a great deal about wallpaper.

5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?  This is hard to say. I am gratiful for everything but I think the one thing I’m gratiful a little more than usual is my wonderful husband.  We learned about some dear friends who separated and is getting a divorce. I didn’t see this coming and they were the last people I’d think that this could happen to, too.  I’m thankful to have a truly loyal husband who is also my best friend. I am blessed!

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I decided sporadically that I need to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. I’m not sure how much I want to do between now and January but I think it’s necessary. Anytime I see what I’m doing as a chore then the fun is gone. I don’t want to add unneeded pressures to my schedule with the holidays coming or blogging life. Bloggers are dropping out of cyberspace like flies. Luckily many of those I started down this path with are still blogging and I think they are like me, they still find joy in doing it. I just found my way back to the Hodgepodge, so I will try to keep going. I do suggest if you’re new-to-me or if just want to find your way back here easily, then please join my email subscription to get instant notification of my latest mews. 

 

Thanks for joining the mid-week fun. I hope you’ll step back into time with me tomorrow with Throw Back Thursday. Have a good day!

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