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Exploring the outdoors at Dollywood

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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The coolness of my water bottle and resting at the Friendship Fountain was a refreshing break from exploring the grounds of Dollywood. I read the names of Dolly’s celebrity friends who have performed at or visited the theme park.

Written on the fountain sign Dolly said, “In my career, the moments that shine the brightest are those I’ve shared with my friends and family, and I’m truly honored to make them a lasting part of my Friendship Fountain here at Dollywood.”


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The landscaping of Dollywood is as beautiful as the surrounding Smokey Mountains. I shot this peaceful photo while standing on a small bridge.


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I think if I were a bird, I would live in this unique bird house!


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This is a working barn for making a variety of hand crafted wagons. The sign on this beauty said Painted Parade Spring Wagon. If I had had $7654.00 and a horse, I could have driven it out of the park! “Yee Haw!”


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The Grist Mill was built in 1982.It’s the first fully functioning mill built in Tennessee in more than a hundred years. It’s a replica of mills used to grind bushels of corn and wheat for people living in the Smokey Mountains over a century ago. The Dollywood mill is famous for its fresh-baked cinnamon bread!


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Near closing time, it began to rain. My spirits weren’t dampened anymore than these ducks because I had a fantastic time exploring Dollywood!


Spotlight Bakery and Sandwich Shop in Dollywood

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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We started our day at Dollywood by eating in the Spotlight Bakery and Sandwich Shop which is located near the entrance. We split the large serving portions of lunch but we each had our own dessert. :-)


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The club sandwich made with a buttery croissant was fresh and filling, every piece of fruit was delicious, and the desserts were wonderful. Perry said his coffee was very good. My only complaint – they didn’t serve ice tea only soft drinks! I had ice water in my take-out cup.


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In the window of the Spotlight Bakery, I discovered a happy birthday cake for Dolly. I assume it was a prop because her birthday is in January and we were there in August.


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We left the bakery and walked to the Dreamsong Theater to see a musical show called “My People”. This musical instrument was one of several unique aspects of the show. It’s a remodeled dinette chair, baking pan, tin cans, and a glass milk bottle. The musician is using drum sticks to play it.


Singer Dolly Parton and Dollywood

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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There are always two things I bring when I fly — a Kup Kollar and a knitting project. Before boarding at the Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport, I stopped by Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt for a “Citrus Mango” smoothie. It was excellent! I like to drink smoothies because they are healthy, easy on my stomach, and no smells to offend other passengers.

As I sipped my Freshens smoothie and clicked my needles, I thought ahead to fulfilling my dream of going to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

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I became a fan of Dolly Parton about 1970. As I followed her career, I admired her on stage and off for her continual work to make the world a better place for others. She began the Dollywood Foundation which oversees the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

It began in Sevier County, Tennessee where she was born into a family of twelve children. Every child in the county is eligible to receive a free age appropriate book each month by mail until they are five years old. The program has expanded across the USA and into Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Dolly Parton and I share some similarities. We are war babies or Baby Boomers born in 1946. We were children of the 50’s and teenagers during the early 60’s. We both graduated from high school in 1964.

My mom sewed all my clothes too but she only had two daughters to clothe! I was thrilled to find the coat Dolly’s mom sewed for her that inspired her to write one of my favorite songs, “Coat of Many Colors”. It was in the Chasing Rainbows Museum.

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Dolly and I married handsome young men in our very early 20’s. We both wore knee length wedding gowns and head veils. She and Carl Dean are still married. She’s quoted to say with a smile, “He’s good for me, cause he’s so different in nature from me.”

Perry and I are opposites also which brings balance and turmoil to our relationship but never boredom!

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And of course Dolly and I share a love for country music written and recorded long before we were born. Dolly’s music was so familiar to my family that my two year old daughter recognized Dolly’s singing voice every time she heard it. “Mommie, Mommie, it’s Dolly!” she would exclaim.

We enjoyed a musical show “My People” at the Dreamsong Theater in Dollywood.  Many of the performers are Dolly’s family members. A video of Dolly ran on a huge screen. Throughout the show she “talked to and sang with” the band. The show was unique and well done!


New packaging for Lipton Tea

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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For many years Lipton Tea put each tea bag in a small paper bag. That took a lot of trees!

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When you open a box now with the new packaging, you get four of these with 25 tea bags in each box.

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As the song says, it’s “Summertime, and the living’ is easy” so cool off with Lipton tea over ice!


Trader Joe’s Green Tea infused Mints

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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You can get your green tea fix in a 33 ounce tumbler covered with a Kup Kollar Grande called Lavender Hawaii. The cup wrap is designed with fabric I bought in Hawaii on a trip to learn about tea farms.

Or you can get your tea fix with a colorful tin full of Trader Joe’s Green Tea infused Mints. These mints aren’t flavored but infused with matcha green tea grown on single-estate tea farms in Japan.  Green tea extract, pure peppermint oil, cane sugar, and honey are added to the finely milled green tea powder to make these lovely mints.

I love the subtle taste which isn’t overly sweet. The mints don’t leave an aftertaste in your mouth.  I keep my tin next to my computer for a splash of minty antitoxins the first time I sit at my keyboard!


Girl Scouts Cookies – Thin Mints and Do-di-dos with peanut butter

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

There are 3.2 million girls and adults grateful to Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, who gathered 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. The girls and teens have been learning goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics selling cookies for over 100 years.

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Girl Scout cookies are on sale in Colorado Springs, Colorado this week. I keep my mint cookies in the freezer so I don’t eat the whole box at one time!

To find locations in COS or your location, click the link, put your zip code into the search box, and read a list of times and places the cookies will be on sale. Remember they aren’t sold year round!


Exploring Old Town Alexandria, VA

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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Leaving the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, I walked along the waterfront and discovered Founders Park. The shadows were getting longer and the air cooler.


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I bought a hot tea take-out and slipped on my cup wrap. Pulled my gloves out of my coat pockets and slipped them on my hands. My drink and hands stayed warm!


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Old Town Alexandria has a trolley that gives free rides to visitors up and down King Street.

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I like to walk the cobblestone streets for a closer view of things and a pause now and then. On a side street I saw this dog who stood politely while I shot his photo. His owner told me he would recover from his head injury!

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As the sun dropped lower in the sky, I turned back towards the Metro Station. I had had a great day exploring Old Town.


Uptowner Café in Alexandria, VA

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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On a crisp autumn day, I rode the Metro from our hotel to Alexandria, VA to explore the area. Arriving at noon, I stopped in the Uptowner Café on King Street to eat lunch.


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I chose the Prince Street sandwich with white bread instead of a bagel. The spread was scallion cream cheese. It was filled with smoked turkey and fresh veggies. The iced tea was tasty. I packed my jack o’ lantern cup cozy for the trip because it was October. This excellent lunch was a great way to begin my day of exploration on foot!


Cozies, chocolates, and Edible Arrangements for Valentine’s Day gifts

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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For Valentine’s Day, give chocolates with no calories. Coffee lovers and tea lovers will enjoy these cup cozies and mug lids for a long time!

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The taste of chocolate goes a long way for your special one on Valentine’s Day when it’s a coating on fresh fruit from Edible Arrangements. Add a Kup Kap to your gift for when the fruit is gone!

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Visit your favorite coffee or tea shop to order a cold drink. Save the cold cup, wash it with warm soapy water, dry, fill with candy or truffles, slip on a cup wrap, and add decorations to create a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day!


Watching UNC and USAFA basketball sports

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Sometimes we watch our favorite sports teams at home. We gather our snacks, put on comfy clothes, and settle into our recliners.


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Sometimes we leave our soft recliners to watch hockey and basketball with our friends in the cadet field house at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

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We always carry along our portable Kup Kollars for the trips to the snack bar!