Fabulous Facebooking!

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Nov 13, 2013 in Thoughts

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce two fabulous Facebook pages that I really enjoy. The first is the site for Williams-Sonoma, a cookware company. Their page has interesting information about their products and gorgeous pictures, as well as wonderful recipes. They also post regularly and are prompt in responding to questions and comments. Just look at these pictures of their Deconstructed Apple Crisp and Beef, Basil, and Goat Cheese Lasagna Roll-ups.

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I also enjoy visiting the Facebook page for a smaller, local company named Vienna Coffee Company that has coffee products. They roast their products at their warehouse in Maryville, and have all sorts of goodies that are related, such as flavorings, teas, cocoa, munchies, equipment, and even clothing. The site also highlights the various events they participate in like Taste of Blount and the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Foothills Memory Walk. They also have their own coffee shop that is very popular. Doesn’t this latte look delicious?


I enjoy both of these Facebook sites that I have mentioned, but I think there are always things that can be improved. Do you see areas on these pages that could be enhanced to make them more eye-catching? I would love to hear some thoughts on the subject!


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Is This Twitter Tool Terrific?

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Oct 21, 2013 in Thoughts

Hello everyone!

I just want to take a moment to tell you about a great Twitter tool called SocialModus. It is a software that allows businesses to connect with present and potential customers. Through this software, a company can manage, publish, engage, and measure their social media effectiveness for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn from one platform. Businesses can monitor and filter conversations and discover what the public is saying about their company’s products and services. It also allows for the scheduling and publishing of posts automatically, helps maximize interactions with the public, allows companies to target prospective clients that show interest, and measures and analyzes a company’s social media results in real time. Be sure and check it out!

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Kathryn’s Coronary Corn

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Oct 10, 2013 in Thoughts


I just recently did a video on YouTube about an easy, quick corn pudding recipe. It really isn’t very healthy, so we only make it for special occasions, but it is so-o-o-o good!

Here are the ingredients and directions:


2 – Pkgs. Green Giant Niblets Corn in Butter Sauce

1- Half pint of whipping cream

3/4 C. – Shredded Parmesan cheese

2 – Heaping Tbs. of corn starch


In a 6 cup, microwavable bowl, mix the thawed corn, cheese, and corn starch. Add the whipping cream and blend well. Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high 5 minutes at a time, stirring each time. Depending on the microwave, it should take about 15 minutes. It is ready when the center is set and the top is a golden color. Yum!

Here is a link to the video:

Kathryn’s Coronary Corn

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Posted by Kathryn Watson on Oct 3, 2013 in Thoughts


Hi Everyone!

In the “old days,” it was common for grandparents, parents, married children, and grandchildren to all live together. These days, that doesn’t happen as often. Most people would think you were crazy to even try. We, however, decided to give it our best shot and my daughter, her husband, three children, a dog, and I all moved into a house together.

Here is a short podcast that I put together about the experience. I hope you will enjoy it!


Here is the link to the podcast:

Podcast: Crazy Grandmama in the Basement

And here is the link to the script:

Crazy Grandmama in the Basement




My Favorite Blog Site

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Sep 17, 2013 in Thoughts

I have a favorite blog site that I spend WAY too many hours on, especially when I should be studying. It is kind of nice that I get to use that site a part of an assignment for my Communications Media class. It isn’t often that you get to do school work and browse a favorite site at the same time! My favorite site is The Pioneer Woman, posted by Ree Drummond. It contains articles on recipes, home and garden suggestions, homeschooling, and newsy posts about her likes, dislikes, family, friends, and pets. I particularly enjoy her recipes because she has detailed instructions with pictures and an often humorous running commentary.

A busy lady, Ree not only home-schools her children, she is also opening a deli, and, in her spare time, she writes a children’s book about her dog, Charlie. I feel exhausted when I read about her latest projects. I am not sure she sleeps! I can highly recommend this blog for anyone that enjoys crafts, cooking, homemaking, and homeschooling.







Introduction to Blogging

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Sep 11, 2013 in Thoughts

The use of blogs is the latest method that companies have begun to utilize to facilitate communication with potential and current customers. A web log, or blog, provides a free way for companies to use social media to showcase  their latest products and services, as well as maintain a two-way dialog either internally, with employees, or externally, with the public. For example, Caterpillar Inc. has multiple blogs, found at  https://caterpillar.lithium.com/caterpillar/, that are divided by industry. They use these sites to disseminate information about the equipment they have available, answer questions, and even reward customers for ideas and suggestions that prove to be valuable to the company. Another example is Starbucks,  http://mystarbucksidea.force.com/apex/ideaHome, which uses their blog site as an international sounding board, providing not only information about the food, drinks, and other products they have available, but also giving their customers a chance to comment on the goods and services and make suggestions. Finally, the Marriott’s blog, http://www.blogs.marriott.com/, is written by Bill Marriott, himself. The main goal of the blog is to increase sales and customer satisfaction, while also serving as a source of factual information if any trouble, such as a terrorist attack, occurs at one of their sites. According to the site, they have made millions of dollars from direct sales from the blog.

So, have you ever been part of writing a blog for a company? If not, do you regularly visit a blog published by an individual or company? if so, what are your favorites? Inquiring minds want to know!

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My Very First Post

Posted by Kathryn Watson on Sep 10, 2013 in Thoughts


Hey, everybody! This is my very first try at blogging. I am a non-trad student that came back to school in my 50’s. There are so many jokes about being a non-trad. For example:

You know you are a non-trad if the other students think you are the professor when you walk into class.

You know you are a non-trad when you could have given birth to the instructor.

You know you are a non-trad when you do your homework using one of your daughter’s crayons because it’s the only thing you can find.

You know you are a non-trad when you lived through part of the events that are discussed in your history book.

You know you are a non-trad when the music you like to listen to is on the “oldies” radio station.

You know you are a non-trad when you are talking with another student and find yourself explaining how you did something in the “old days.”

And my personal favorite:

You know you are a non-trad if you have shoes older than the other students in your class!

Pellissippi is a great place to begin  a new life!





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