Musical Monday ~ Songs With An Animal In The Title

Plucking Of My Heartstrings

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Welcome to Musical Monday! Music has been known to affect our emotions. Listening to music can make us happy or sad, relaxed or motivated, put us to sleep or make us want to dance. Music absolutely plucks at our heartstrings bringing to the surface a multitude of emotions.

Someone once described music to me as a time machine. When we listen it often transports us back to a place in time. A certain song can bring back feelings of someone we loved, our wedding day, someone who died, or any of the many important times in our lives.

Music has always been a big part of my life. When I am sad listening to a sad song often allows me to release that sadness. Happy songs tend to take away my sadness. It has helped motivate me to do housework. Yep, just crank up the radio or a music television…

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AtoZ Challenge: “J” is for Job Sites

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Note: I am participating in the 2016 AtoZ Blogging Challenge. It’s the 7th consecutive year, and it began with just 100 bloggers. This year, there are more than 1,700 signed up for the challenge to blog almost daily in April. For more information, http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

J is for job sites. I have my favorites, but in recent days, started thinking that I bet I could find some additional ones.

I visited about.com and found Best Job Search Engine Sites (updated March 7, 2016) –Indeed.com is listed first. This is my go-to site. I forgot about another one on the list, Simply Hired, and also U.S. Jobs.

I am not familiar with LinkUp.com — apparently, this site searches jobs posted on company websites to add to their list (rather than employers posting to the sites).

Meandering around about.com and their career section, I found some other sites I’m going to look into: Career…

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Katrina and The Waves

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                                                            The #13

So, there I was siting in a Pizza place my first night in Narvik, Norway, and as I awaited my #13 Pizza (with ham, chicken, onions, and peppers) I began to search the building for something that might tell me more about the town I just arrived in. A picture, a card for a cab company, a “Wanted” poster; anything.

A few seconds went by, and I instantly began to think my quest would fail. Suddenly, I spotted a large poster by the door. I got up and went to check it out. It was for an upcoming summer concert in Norway; “Stars of the Eighties.” The lead band would be none other than Katrina and The Waves. I…

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Perplexed – #poetry #aprpad

Promptly Written

Prompt: pick an emotion, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem

Perplexed

Explain to me, if you will
how you wormed your way
into my life – I am guarded
against you wandering types
and the lies you tell

What ruse did you use
to captivate my attention?
Surely not those batting eyes
or that seductive smile
I’d catch on to those

Maybe it was the sly shift
from seduction to intellect
You charmed me with brains
knocked the wind out of me
with your witty repartee

Now that you are here
perhaps I will play along
match you tit for tat
just don’t expect my heart
to willingly be broken

You’ve peaked my curiosity
I’m no stranger to the whims
of a flutterby such as you
I know the day will come
when we part ways

‘Til then, I will wait and see
and…

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

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I have always taken a lot of photos of my kids and now grandkids. A LOT. Because of this, their tolerance for getting their picture taken has decreased and I find myself asking them to say “cheese” only when I know the moment is right. The result is that I take more candid shots of them. Granted it isn’t easy because after a lifetime of me hovering in the vicinity with a camera, they are on their guard and at any given moment will whip their heads around to glare at me. Fun, right?

It was hard to limit myself and it was even harder to choose what to share for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid Photo. 

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bw beej and woody Beej trying to get Woody to stand up

bw ari and beej Ari hard at work with Beej getting into trouble in the background

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Ellie the Elegant Elephant

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To Wonder at Beauty

Today is the day for the letter e in the A to Z Blog Challenge

For today’s offering I have a painting of Ellie the Elegant Elephant

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Ellie says, “Trunks up, ladies, when you drink your tea.”  I’m sure she would lift her pinkie if she could, but it’s all kind of fused together.

I just got a Wacom tablet this weekend and am trying to get used to using it.  Here’s my attempt to draw/paint Ellie on it using Sketchbook Pro.  I found what looks like a good tutorial.  I couldn’t even figure out how to change the shape of the “canvas,”although you can’t really tell here, there’s a bunch of white space on the right.

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I think it will be fun to use, once I figure it out.  And it’s good for my brain, I think.

And that’s it for today–thanks for stopping by.

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25 Incredibly Beautiful Minerals and Stones

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Bismuth (Variant)

Nature can sometimes create truly outstanding displays of beauty which are beyond the abilities of all the world’s artists. You only have to look at some of the minerals and precious stones that people have discovered in various corners of the world over the years to see that this is true.

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