Weekends, Her Name Was Dora Lee

Happy Monday friends.  How was your weekend?

On Friday I had a day off from work.  I went to an estate sale in town.  There is a local company that sells estate items in a shop in town, it used to be a flower shop and there are several rooms within the shop.  A couple of times a month an estate sale at this shop takes place.  An entire life of someone is sold.  You can see their likes and hobbies and collections.  I think I find this just as interesting as the purchase.  Well almost anyway.  It starts on Thursday with everything at full price.  On Friday everything is 25% off and on Saturday everything is 50% off.  On Sunday, if there is anything left, everything is 75% off. They have even gone into Monday if there is a lot of stuff left.

I went to the sale on Friday.  There were lots of things left.  I didn’t see any signs that showed anything 25% off.  Everything was really really expensive.  I know it sometimes starts out like that and then more people buy as the cost goes down.  I collect crocks, you know like the old butter churn crocks.  I have about 20 really large ones.  I also have a few smaller ones.  I saw a very small crock.  I am not sure what it would have been used for.  It didn’t have a price.  I hate to ask for the price because sometimes it is priced really high if you ask and show interest.  Anyway I carried the crock around for a few minutes and I decided to put it back and wait until Saturday and see what it would be at half off.

On Saturday I went back, early, when the sale first started.  And yes everything was 50% off.  I hurried through the door and went directly to the room where the crock was.  You guessed it.  It was gone!!  When on when will I learn to get something at the time I really want it?  I continued to look around. I gathered up a couple of things but I was really sad to have missed out on the crock.  I went into the front room and there on an old ironing board was the crock!!!!  I ran over and grabbed it up.  I asked a woman who was working the sale how much, it still didn’t have a price on it. She took it to the front and came back and said it was $37.00 and that day it would be half off.   YES!!! You would think I would have learned a lesson from this but no I almost did it again.


     Look at this little crock.  It is just precious. The smallest one I have. 

 Look at the size compared to one of my other crocks.

 The lady of the estate, I later learned her name was Dora Lee, loved to sew.  There were about six sewing machines for sale.  Some were really old and then there were a couple of newer models.  Also lots of baskets. 

I kept eyeing an oil painting called “Adoration” It was beautiful. It was A painting of a woman in a long yellow dress.  I kept going back to the painting.  It was fairly small only an 11×14 maybe.  It was painted in the year 2000.  I kept looking at it and going back to it and circling it etc etc.  But when I noticed that the woman in the yellow dress was looking at a kitty cat, and that was the meaning of “Adoration” I grabbed it up. I was sold.

    Isn’t it beautiful.  I think it looked like Dora Lee as a young girl.  

      This was Dora Lee at her High School graduation. 

I learned from the liquidator of the estate that Dora was an only child from Harlan Kentucky.  Her husband, Ralph, was from Yellow Creek North Carolina.  They met and married and moved to Maryville Tennessee.  Ralph passed away several years ago leaving Dora Lee who also recently passed away.  They had no children and no nieces and nephews to claim the contents of the estate.  I always find this a little sad.  Dora Lee also collected bells and she loved jigsaw puzzles.  It is sad that all of the things within the house are being picked over by total strangers.  This is spoken by one of the strangers.

I feel like I came to know Dora Lee a little.  I even bought her High School autograph book.  Several of her classmates signed it.  It looks like it was around 1931.  I will share that with you at another time.

So how was your weekend?  Did you enjoy Father’s Day? I hope you had a chance to check out my Father’s Day post about a favorite memory of my daddy.  You can read it here if you missed it.

Have a wonderful week

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!


What Is Wrong With Being Idle?

Hello friends, how are you and how has your weekend been?  I have had a really good one.  It has been both relaxing and busy.  You know what I mean?  I had to work yesterday and that is a bit different.  I usually am off on the weekends but I may have mentioned before that one of my mangers has been having some health issues and has been in the hospital and that leaves us a bit short handed.

Anyway, I worked yesterday, Saturday, I was off for a half day on Friday so I did my grocery shopping and errand running then in anticipation of having my Sunday free to do whatever I wanted.

I talked to my sister a couple nights ago and she said the same thing.  ” On Sunday I am not going to do anything work related, I am going to do some things for me, YAY!!!!!  I haven’t talked to her so I am not sure how that went for her.

For some reason I always feel a little guilty when I don’t do anything.  Are you like that?  I feel like I have to be doing “something” productive all the time.  WHAT???   who can do that???

I wonder why we feel like we are only productive when we are busy?  Taking time for us is just as important and productive.   Working on things that may have no end or is just something we love to do is good!!!  Right??

So today I didn’t get up until 7:00 AM which is really unusual for me.  I watched some TV and snuggled with my Scruffy. (See the photo below)  I knitted, I did laundry and I mopped the kitchen.  I also made sure I had some more extra time for me.  That is what a day of rest should be.  Doing something that you like to do. Sometimes being idle is my best way of recharging and getting ready for the week ahead.


Poor Scruffy needs a haircut and he is getting one tomorrow.  Can’t wait!!!  He loves being snuggled in mommy’s arms.  He looks at me so adoringly!!!  I just love him.

My Kitty Kitty.  Just watching her brings me peace and calm.

I made homemade biscuits and put some fresh strawberries on them.  What a wonderful treat.

I think I had a wonderfully productive, restful day and I enjoyed it thoroughly!!!!!

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!




What a wonderful quiet weekend, just what I needed after a busy work week. I did some knitting and reading. I watched the Elton John movie, Rocket Man. I liked it pretty well. But Bohemian Rhapsody is still my favorite right now. If you haven’t seen, Bohemian Rhapsody you must watch it.

It is hot hot hot!! in East Tennessee with the temps in the high 80″s and of course the humidity is through the roof.  My hair can attest to that.  

I know I sound like a broken record when I say what a busy week I had and how crazy work was but it was and it was. That is all I will say about work. On Saturday I did the regular grocery shopping and then delivered some supplies to my mother in law at the assisted living village.  We still haven’t been able to visit her and I know how hard it is for her not to see anyone other than the other residents.  

I had big plans on Saturday to paint a couple of rocking chairs that I have. My friend Lorie got them for me for my Birthday last year and I haven’t gotten them painted. I want to paint them black to match the railing on my deck. They are currently stowed away in the basement. I am getting them out this week and I will paint them this weekend. I saw some adorable patriotic cushions at Walmart that will be perfect for them.

                                                   Beautiful countryside.  

So that is about all that my weekend was about.  How about you what did you do over the weekend?  Have a wonderful week.

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!



Happy Mother’s Day!!

Hello friends and Happy Mother’s Day!!! I hope you have had a wonderful day with your family and loved ones.  It has been a beautiful day here in the south.  It has been really really cool.  I told you last week we were in Blackberry Winter so the mornings here have been almost cold. If you missed my post about the different winters in the south check it out here This morning it was only 36 Degrees F.  A lot of people have covered up their outside plants to keep them safe.

    The roses are blooming.  This one was at my father in law’s house.

A full weekend.  I did the Saturday morning grocery run yesterday.  Things are still somewhat tense at the grocery store.  It’s like if you get near anyone you jump back like they’re on fire or something.  Still very uncomfortable.

  In honor of Mother’s Day,  I decided to wear my Dog Mom cap to the grocery store yesterday. Please excuse the no make up look.  

My little mother in law lives in an Assisted Living Center in Sweetwater. Because of the quarantine we haven’t been able to visit her in over two months.  She has been dealing really well with it.  We call her every day. For Mother’s Day I have been taking photos all around the house of us and the babies and the flowers and things.  Walgreens had a special on 4×6 photos, .10 per copy if you printed over 100.  I did, no problem. I got a photo album for her and put all the photos in it.  I also took her some of her other favorite things and some flowers.   We took all of the things over to the Center yesterday so that she could have them today.  She called me and told me how much she liked the photo album.  She said “Do I get to keep it here with me”?  I laughed, of course you do, I said. It is so funny how happy you can make someone with a small gesture since she can’t see us she can at least look at the pictures.   We also took flowers to the cemetery for my mother’s grave and Mark’s grandmother’s grave.

So today was Mother’s Day and usually it is a hard time for me.  I did a post a couple of years ago called I survived Mother’s Day.   You can read it here.   I don’t have human children and Mother’s Day has always been sort of a hard time for me.  But you know what?  This year it wasn’t at all.  I am trying to figure out exactly what is different.  Of course dealing with COVID-19 this year has put a lot of things in perspective for everyone.   I also think that as I get older and more comfortable in my skin I am happy with me just the way I am.  Instead of thinking about surviving I rejoiced in the day.  I am happy with the way my life is.  I had a wonderful day.  I cooked a rack of baby back ribs in the crock pot, they were amazing!!! I will share the recipe for the rub I used soon. I worked on some cross stitch and some knitting. I read.  I spent time outside, I spent time with my precious sweet family and it was just awesome!!!

   This is the heart cross stitch I have been working on for quite a while.  I had hoped to have it done by Valentine’s Day.  But it will probably be next Valentine’s Day, maybe, HA!! 

Me, my sister Carolyn, My Mom, my sister Sandy, My sister Pat.  This picture was taken a few years before my sister Carolyn and my mom passed away.  We were on one of our famous “Sister Trips”. These women have played such a role in my life.  I can’t begin to tell you how they have guided me and made me the person I am today.  They were and are amazing mothers!!  They mean everything to me.

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!