Weekends

Happy Monday friends.

I am on my way to Gatlinburg for a meeting with my Southern Highlands Attractions group. It’s always nice to catch up with this group. It’s such a learning experience every single time. I will be in Gatlinburg for a few days and I am so excited to be staying at the new Margaritaville Resort. We’ll also be going to a few places I haven’t been in a long time so that will be exciting!! I’ll have a full post on that when I get back.

Anyway back to last week and the weekend. Most of my week was just work and home and back to work again. You know how those weeks can be, they seem to just suck the very life out of you. And you know what? It shouldn’t be like that. I am always the one saying make your week special and do something to make your day or week stand out. Although sometimes just having a quiet non eventful week can have its benefits.

The quiet of the week came to an abrupt halt on Saturday when I had to go to work for a few hours in the afternoon. We had over 200 people spending the night at our attraction. Because of flu and a funeral we were short staffed and so I went in to help out. I knew I was going to be leaving on Monday for a few days so I had to buy groceries, take my Mother in law some supplies and visit with her a bit, go to a funeral and to work. That’s a lot of things to do in one day. This was Mark’s long weekend at work so I couldn’t depend on him to help out much.

The babies were very lazy Saturday morning.  I wished I could just cozy up with them and spend the day.

So Saturday morning I got up early and did some things around the house. I went into town and bought groceries, took them home and put them away, went to the Assisted Living Village, where my mother in law lives, to take her some supplies. Went to work and then went to my aunt’s funeral. A looooong day.  On Sunday I did laundry and worked on that heart cross stitch I started last week. I will have to tell you there’s not a lot of progress there. I will be very luck to finish it before Valentines Day. If I don’t I will have it for next year.

img_7047
See I told you I don’t have much of this baby done yet!!!

img_7044
Another reason I haven’t worked on the heart cross stitch is because I have been working on this scarf.  I love the pattern and the yarn is so soft.  But then you know me I can’t seem to work on one thing at a time.

Of course after hearing the news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter and all the other people killed in the helicopter crash, earlier on Sunday, all the things of the past week take on a different light. Those families whose lives have just changed forever is all I can think about. It just proves how very fragile and precious life is. We should treasure every day.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

img_4155-2

Forever Is Now!!

img_6999
     Images from Pixabay

Emily Dickinson stated that Forever is composed of nows.  This is what is happening right now and right this minute.  You may think the things that are going on in your life day to day, hour to hour or even minute to minute are too mundane to even think about. But you will think about them in a few minutes, a few hours, a few days and even in a few years.   You will go back to some of the things that have happened this past week and remember remnants of them forever. Some things will stand out and some things you won’t even remember. Do you ever wonder what will stick in your memory forever? You never know when something happens if it will last forever in your memory.  Or maybe you have something so good happen that you store it away to remember forever.

The last couple of weeks have been very full.  I guess that all weeks are, in their own way.   I worked two full weeks  which I haven’t done since way before Christmas, Mark smashed his head into the concrete outside the basement and had a very bad bloody head, It was raining and he was emptying the dehumidifier and misjudged the wall.  Don’t ask.   We took an all day trip to the doctor at Vanderbilt in Nashville for a four month check up, not for the bloody head. All was good.   I went to book club, I had a long meeting with a colleague and ad vendor,  I bought Valentine decorations, I cooked several dinners, knitted, grocery shopped, walked the dogs and took a million pictures.  Mark bought a new truck, I spent a long fun day with my niece Hailey, I attended the funeral of a dear woman, who I knew through work, who had lived to the ripe young age of 96.  My nephew’s wife had open heart surgery at the young age of 40!!! WHAT!!!  We had a tornado warning.  One of my favorite aunts passed away.  Wow!!!  I would say a lot has happened already for 2020.   But that’s life isn’t it?

I think we sometimes wait for a big moment or day to happen but when you think about it, it is happening right now. This is life!!! Forever is now!!!  LIVE IT!!!!!

Always remember,

Love your Day Your Way!!!

img_4155-2

Weekends

Hello friends,

How was your weekend? Mine was really good. Most of my weekend was rainy and soggy but one of those nice ones where you can just snuggle up at home. I did have to go out and get a few groceries but other than that I was just at home. I knitted and put out some Valentine’s decorations and just had a wonderful cozy weekend.  I also worked on a Valentine cross stitch I found on Pinterest.  Check it out below.

        See what a soggy day it was Saturday.  Sunday was much sunnier but colder.


I don’t put out a lot of Valentine decorations but I did find these pillows at T.J. Maxx back before Christmas.  I got the blanket at American Eagle on Black Friday for making a purchase.  I thought it fit in with the red Valentines.

I also got this large gold heart at T.J. Maxx last week.  It is really heavy.  and I have it on top of my old victrola.  There were two sizes I think this one was $16.99 it was the larger of the two.  I almost bought the smaller one but I am so glad I got the big one.   I love it.

img_6989
I also found these adorable nesting bowls at T.J. Maxx the same day I got the heart. I think all three were $7.99.

img_6978
I found this little beauty at a local thrift store for $1.00. Score!!!!!  I think it will fit in with my Valentine decorations.

img_6914
This is the heart cross stitch that I am working on.  I am using Aida 11 count cross stitch fabric.  The thread is all red so that makes it a little easier. I just started it I hope I can get it finished before Valentine’s Day.  I will keep you posted.  This is an easy cross stitch pattern you should try it.  Man that’s a lot of hearts.  Did I mention I love hearts.

I made beef stew in the crockpot on Sunday it was yummy and we had lots of left overs for the week.

So how was your weekend?  Did you do something fun and different? hang out at home?

No matter what always remember.

Love your day your way!!!

img_4155-2

 

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.

img_6938

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

img_6937

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

img_6939

img_6941

img_6942

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.

img_6966

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!!!!

img_4155-2