Why I Love Dolly Parton

Happy Birthday today to Dolly Parton.  I love Dolly!!! I always have and always will.  She is a wonderful caring and generous woman. She is 74 years old today.

I love Dolly for many reasons and I will get to those in a moment.  But first if you don’t know her let me tell you a few things about Dolly Parton.

She is an East Tennessee girl, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946 in a one-room cabin in a very small community in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

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Just like me she comes from a large family.  She is the fourth child of 12.

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Dolly left for Nashville the day after she graduated from High School.  She knew exactly what she wanted to do.

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Dolly married Carl Thomas Dean on May 30th, 1966 and though they have no children of their own they helped raise several of Dolly’s younger siblings in Nashville.  Dolly’s nieces and nephews call her Aunt Granny.

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Dolly got her first big break in 1967 when Country music Star Porter Wagoner gave Dolly a regular spot on his weekly T.V. show.  He also convinced his record label RCA Victor to sign her.  Dolly and Porter recorded several albums together and became one of the country’s most popular and successful double acts.  Dolly left his show in 1974 and her hit song, I will Always Love You, was written about her professional break-up with Wagoner.

Dolly has sold over 100 million albums, she has 8 Grammys and 26 number 1 hits.

Dolly is funny, she loves to tell jokes and is always laughing at herself.  She doesn’t mind telling you that she loves big hair, big boobs and big sky high heels.  She doesn’t pretend that she hasn’t been artificially enhanced. She embraces it.

But there is so much more to Dolly than that.  She has also starred in several movies.  Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite all time movies.

The Dollywood foundation was created in 1988.  This is the same time that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was created.

The Imagination Library has given over 130,000,000 free books to children as of 2019, The My People Fund: In November 2016 a terrible fire swept through the Gatlinburg area destroying the homes of over 1000 families.  Dolly started a fund, $1000.00 per month would be given to the families who lost their primary residences.  Within two weeks the Dollywood foundation created the My People Fund.  In May of 2017 $41,000,000 had been raised and given to the families who lost their homes.  An additional fundraiser provided a one time scholarship to High School Seniors whose homes were lost to the fire.  There is much much more that Dolly has done.  She totally believes in giving back to her community.


She is an amazing lady.  Happy Birthday Dolly!!!  You are so loved!!!!

Always remember
Love your day your way!!!!

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Weekends And A Discovery

Good Monday morning friends. I am writing this from my car dealership in Knoxville where I am getting my oil changed and my tires rotated. Who gets their oil changed at 7:00 AM on a Monday morning?  Me that’s who. It’s quiet and I’m usually the first one here. I love it!!!

My maintenance required light and tire rotation has been coming on for a little bit. I knew I was due an oil change and tire rotation but just kept putting it off until after Christmas.

So here I am at the Nissan dealership at 7:15 AM to get this taken care of. Mark and I have a trip to Nashville this week for a routine checkup for Mark at Vanderbilt. That is about a four hour drive each way for us.  I wanted to get the maintenance taken care of before we went. You know I am a procrastinator, nuff said.    I had to leave my house at 6:15 to get here when they opened. I scheduled online before I left the house.

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So I am sitting in the dealership waiting for my car.  It’s not so bad I have coffee, snacks a huge TV, and about an hour of uninterrupted knitting. Heck I may just move in!!!!

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Back to the weekend. You know from my previous blog post that I always pick a word for the year.  I am not a big one for making New Year’s resolutions but I always pick a word for the year.  My word for this year was discovery. I discovered something really important this weekend. It’s something I already knew but it really hit home over the weekend. It is SLEEP.   My weekend was very strange because my sleeping was all jacked up.

It started Friday night when I couldn’t sleep. This threw me into feeling tired all day on Saturday. Mark and I went to the Assisted Living Village, where his mom is, for a visit and to take some supplies. I also took down all of her Christmas decorations and put up a Valentine wreath on her door. We got back home around 5:00. I had been reading a great book so I decided to lie down on the bed to read for a little bit.  So delicious.  You see where this is going right?  I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 9:00 PM!!!! I couldn’t believe it. My Saturday night was gone!  I know I am not a social Diva with lots to do on Saturday night but I do love my Saturday nights doing whatever I want. I felt like it was wasted.  Now if I had been really smart I would have just gone back to bed for the night. But no. I got up and started watching a couple of movies. I had some snacks.  I finally went back to bed at 2:30 AM.   I then overslept and didn’t get up until 7:30 AM on Sunday morning.  People that is really late for me.  I felt terrible.  My body felt out of sync all day.  I drank coffee and it didn’t help.  The only thing that remotely brought me back to life was walking the babies outside in the crisp winter air. There is something to be said about getting outside and enjoying nature.  Especially when you are in a FUNK!!!

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   Look at my Molly girl she is getting old you can see the white on her muzzle. 

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          Scruffy always up for a walk and an adventure.

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   This is Molly and Scruffy together.  It is really hard to get a pic of them together.

So I guess my first word and discovery for the year is to remind myself just how much sleep I need.  Thank you very much.  After the walk with the fur babies I started feeling a little more like myself.  I made sure I went to bed early and drank plenty of fluids, that really seems to help no matter what, and I am sort of kind of feeling back to the old me.  Good or bad or whatever.

How has your New Year been going?  No matter what always remember.

Love your day your way!!!!

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