Temporarily Away

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Okay, Kitties & Pups, I need to step away from Blogosphere for a few days.

Not to worry, all is well! However, do you recall from a couple of weeks ago when I said,  I’m giddy? Well…that surprise has my attention and hopefully in a few days I can share the mystery.

Have a good weekend. I’ll see ya around the cyber block soon and please stop in tomorrow for a full-packed edition of Friday Fun Stuff! 😉

Cades Cove Barn #WW

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This old barn is in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you look through the first barn you’ll see another barn behind and a buggy. I shared a close up of this shot in Forgot Past several years ago if you’d care to take a peek. Meanwhile, I used the above image to create more magic through these photo-artworks.

 

Distressed FX with layer options, Cole and Earthstone with a minor saturation adjustment

 

Brushstroke Simple (S6) and Papers=Blue. I made a happy discovery with the app signature option which I can move it around. I don’t know why I didn’t try this before now! Oh, silly me, right? lol

Last time I mentioned Waterlogue keeps tracks of options applied, but I didn’t realize that it tracks ALL changes even when you revert them, so to keep things straight I won’t show those again and just hit the prominent ones of choice yielding my final image. Preset Style = Rainy, Format = 10″ Giant, and Paint = Lighter.

 



 

This week, Joyce is taking a fall break from Wednesday Hodgepodge. 

 

 

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to  barns but I love the things of the past and how it makes me feel. Do I long to walk through the by-gone days? I don’t think so but it’s certainly nice to imagine what it was like to live in those days.

 

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and these others are fun cool apps I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone. I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these or even click on the link then I won’t make one red cent. This is just one friend telling another.

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Roof Leak, Sad News, T-Rex Hatchlings, Grand Ole Opry, Jack Reacher 2

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Home repairs suck the life out of you sometimes. Sheez! We have a problem with our roof and every time we think we have it fixed, it leaks again. *smack forehead* So…it’s back up on the roof we go, well it’s DH who climbs back up there while I play ground gopher. I’m good with that but I hate it for him.

If that’s not bad enough, we learned on Sunday that DD#2 and SIL are moving to Maine sooner than we thought. I mean sooner like as November 1st! I’m not ready to have one of my children more than a thousand miles from home. It’s hard enough to get with our kids locally as it is and with this move it’s gonna make things nearly impossible to do.  I’m certain with one making this giant leap that another and then another will follow. They are thick as thieves and they have an adventurous side. I can’t blame them. It’s good to experience one’s dreams. This has been a big one for DD#2 for years, too. I have a mixture of feelings right now but mostly I’m gonna be really sad to see them go. They started a GoFundMe to raise money to help with their move. I hope they are successful with this approach.

Please let me know either publicly or privately if you choose to give to DD#2 & hubs moving slush fund, so I can send you my thanks and let them know that you helped. 😉

A few days ago, we were in Home Depot. They have a nice display of Halloween stuff for decorating your lawn and home. I snapped a few pix with my iPhone camera, then I played with one in Pixelmator to share with my gal, Stacy Uncorked.

 

She and her daughter have a thing for dinosaurs, so I couldn’t resist taking a picture. I call this “Home Depot Goes Jurassic Park”. 🙂 I added a couple of layers of creepy fog to create a little white noise to cover the obvious store surroundings but there’s only so much I can do without a little black magic. Wait, there’s a witches brew going on behind the T-Rex hatchlings. I should have asked for their help!

Friday, we took another trip to Nashville to finish up the shops at the Opry Mills mall. We got there about half an hour before the shopping center opened.  We decided to go back to the gift shop at the the Grand Ole Opry which is right across the street from the mall. Although you can’t really tell it from the photo but it was really foggy and that’s why the sky appears a washed out gray. You just can’t do much photo magic with these kinds of conditions.  I’d really like to see this place at night, though.

We weren’t in there long before the crowds began to come through the tiny shop that’s to the right of this image just above the pickup truck’s bed under the word “Opry”.

Getting to the mall so soon after the shops opened I thought was idea and normally it would be but I noticed almost from the start the presences of little people. I mean school aged kids. I thought, “Shouldn’t they be in school?” It soon became clear that something was going on. I later learned the Nashville schools were on Fall Break. What’s with all these breaks anyhow? We never got such a thing as a “Fall Break” when I went to school.

We finished the other side of the mall. DH found a cute pencil skirt with a side zipper (all the way down with two zipper pulls one from the top and one for the bottom) at Express on the clearance rack for twenty bucks that he got me. I wanted to share a picture of it from Express’ site but couldn’t find one. Oh, drats! You’ll just have to take my word that it’s cute. 🙂

Saturday night, we watched Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on Amazon Prime. Sequels are rarely good follow ups but this second part was good and if you haven’t seen it yet, then I highly recommend it. Check out the trailer.

 

Did you vote in my latest edition of Battle of the Bands “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree” showdown? That being said, I found this new cover by Grace Acoustic Trio. I wish I had stumbled on them to throw in the battle but I didn’t.

 

I guess that concludes my randomizing. Now, it’s time for Hey, It’s Okay. Amber got the idea from Glamour magazine. Here rules are simple. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay about and she asks to please do not link a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay” because that’s just rude.

Hey, It’s okay.… that DD#2 and SIL want to live a dream, exploring new areas to live even if they are 15+ hours away but it’s okay to be sad and to feel like a part of me is leaving. I always wanted my children to stay near but feared the envitable could happen. Why is letting go so hard? It’s okay to share DD#2 & SIL’s GoFundMe page. After all, you never know who’s willing to help and every little bit adds up like pennies in a fountain. Finally, it’s okay to stop fretting or getting overwhelmed by others’ bad decisions. Everybody makes goofs every single day of his/her life but to purposedly do something that you know you shouldn’t…well, life does bite and you gotta live with the consequences. *sigh* As you might guess this is meant for a specific person but I’m not naming any names. I just needed to vent my frustrations.

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m taking a coffee break with Stacy, Amber, and Les at the above sites . You’re welcome to come with and if not, I hope you’ll come by tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

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Concluding the 60s with 8 #1 One-Hit Wonders (1966-’69)

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic?  Our theme this week is “your choice” but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

Last month I shared two posts in this series 1960 and 1961-’65. Today, I’m concluding the 60s decade with 8 #1 One-Hit Wonders.

 

 

“Winchester Cathedral”, song composure Geoph Stephens formed the British novelty group, New Vaudeville Band, released by Fontana Records October 1966. It climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on   December 3rd. A week later it was replaced with the Beach Boys, “Good Bibrations” rebounding two weeks later to knock The Monkees  “I’m a Believer” off.

There were no #1 one-hit wonders in 1967 but the following year cranked out five of them beginning on January 20, 1968 with John Fred and His Playboy Band with “Judy in Disguise” written by John and fellow band member Andrew Bernard. The inspiration came from John’s misinterpretation of the Beatles song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” in which he thought the Beatles were singing “Lucy in disguise…”. Let me just say…John wasn’t alone. I thought THIS for YEARS!

“Green Tambourine” was written and composed by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz. The story behind the song is about a street performer begging for money in turn playing his green tambourine. The Ohio-based group The Lemon Ripers recorded and released this song late 1967 and became the first bubblegum pop song to top the chart February 3, 1968, selling over a million copies and staying at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 13-weeks.

I shared the next song “Love Is Blue” in a recent 4M post but I didn’t know until now that Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart February 10, 1968 and stayed for five weeks nor did I know it was a One-Hit Wonder.

Philemon Hou composed the instrumental “Grazing In the Grass” and recorded by south Africian trumpeter Hugh Maskela in March 1968.  Four months later on July 20th the jazz piece spiked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #1. It coincidentally became the 18th biggest hit of the year. The following year, The Friends of Distinction, recorded a lyrical cover to top the R&B Top Ten charts.

To this day, I swear that I saw Jeannie C. Riley in a southwestern Virginia radio station when I was a little girl.  It was about the time the next one-hit wonder “Harper Valley PTA” hit the airwaves when a very pretty, blonde woman wearing a short dress walked passed me. I’m not sure if Riley did that sort of thing or not but I told everyone that I saw her.  American country songwriter, Tom T. Hall penned the lyrics to this one-hit wonder which became a global sensation with Jeannie C. Riley’s vocals.  Her single sold over six million copies and Riley became the first woman to top the Billboard Hot 100 (Sept. 21, 1968) and US Hot Country Singles (Sept. 28 – Oct. 12) chart with the same song. An achievement not repeated until Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” in 1981.

I thought it interesting that American folk songwriters/singers, Zager & Evan, picked up on Americans’ technology addiction in the 60s. Thinking about such technology now is like remembering when dinosaurs roamed the earth but in their one-hit wonder “In the Year 2525” resonate a certain truth with its lyrics.  We are a people doomed by our own hands with our fascination and strong need for more and more technology at our finger tips constantly. In the US, this song topped two charts Billboard Hot 100 (Jul. 12, 1969)  for 6-weeks and US Easy Listening Singles (Aug. 16, ’69) for 2-weeks. I didn’t know what the words meant when I was 8 but it certainly filled me with gloomy sense which made me not care a great deal about the song. Hey, I’m a happy person!

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” recorded by Steam, a once fictious group, made up by songwriters  Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Fraschuer became a Billboard Hot 100 hit on December 6th. This song gained popularity with sport fans after the Chicago White Sox organist played the tune every time a Sox slugger knocked out the opposition pitcher and the chorus is still often chanted today.

This concludes the 60s decade, song selections for these series harvested from Wikipedia. I proudly supported Wikipedia with a small one-time donation to help keep them going. I will continue with this series in November with the 70s and if you’d like to stay connected with the latest mews on Curious as a Cathy,  then I invite you to join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts.

What’s your favorite one-hit wonder from the 60s?

 

Please tell your friends to join us on the dance floor each week and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block.

 

I’m joining my pal, Annie, for another edition of “Sparks” and this is what she says about her new meme series…

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

Our world needs more light and goodness. A found a quote that’s purrfect, wonderfully encouraging and inspiring that I decided to use on one of my photo-art creations to share my “Sparks” with you!

 

I shared the original, as well as my Brushstroke creation here with my Skywatch Friday buds. The warmth of the sunlight makes ones troubles melt away with a sense of calm washing over one’s entire soul. Can you feel?

 

One more thing before I hop off, I’d like to ask y’all to vote in yesterday’s Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree #BoTB showdown. I’m outta here for now, keep those tunes playing and your body swaying. I’ll see you tomorrow for Cathy Chats. 😉

Have a tunetastic day!

 

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Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree #BoTB showdown

Hello Kittens & Dawgs! Today’s showdown song dates to 1939, originally as a melody called, “Anywhere The Bluebird Goes”, by Sam H. Stept.  Lew Brown and Charles Tabias penned the lyrics for the song’s debute in the Broadway play, “Yokel Boy” but after the US entered World War II in 1941, the writing team modified the lyrics with the chorus line ending, “…til I come marching home”.  Glenn Miller and the Andrew Sisters made “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” popular and continues to be a favorite by many with that good ole nostalgic pledge of two lovers remaining true while apart.

In this showdown, I first looked at all girl groups but honestly the ones I listened to grated my nerves with their high-pitched vocals. I did find one female band to put in the running again a more classic big band sound.  Give a listen my two picks and decide who gets your vote.

Contender #1 – The Shoo-Bop Girls!

 

Contender # 2BBC Big Band!

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. Just tell me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional). It’s that simple!

Who will win this showdown, the Shoo-Bop Girls or BBC Big Band? The choice is yours!

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the updated list of players. Please forgive me but I’ll make my rounds tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon and I’ll wrap things up by sharing the Andrews Sisters vintage classic from Private Buckaroo for your entertainment only.

Please do not vote for this one, it is not an ineligible pick and will result in a disqualified count. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Please join me on October 22nd to see who wins “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” #BoTB showdown! Have a songtastic day and please hit the dance floor tomorrow with “freebie picks” on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

 

 

 

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