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My pottery lessons: the Slab Method

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Golden Stars Kup Kollar on 24 ounce water bottle.

I learned how to do the slab method which allows for the most variation of creations. I used a rolling pin to roll over a clay ball placed between two yardstick guides. This process keeps all the clay at the same thickness. Then I used a knife to cut pieces to put together to form a pottery piece. It’s harder to do than it looks!

My Pottery Lessons – Post 2 of 7

Post 1 Beautiful Pottery


Travelin’ Kup Kollar & Baby Blue Eyes flowers in Ibaraki Hitachinaka Seaside Park, Japan

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Colleen, who reports from Japan, was on vacation this week from her job teaching English in a private school. She traveled by bus from Tokushima to Fukushima to see friends.

After saying good-bye to her friends, Colleen went to the Fukushima train station. Needing coffee, she bought a aisu (iced) café latte from Starbucks located in the station. She slipped on her newest Cherry Blossoms cup sleeve to keep her hands dry. It’s her Traveling’ Kup Kollar!

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Colleen reporting in from Japan: “The ‘baby blue eyes’ at Hitachi Seaside Park! I walked 30 minutes to the train station, rode the local train, and then hopped the bus to the park. I made it!  There are a gazillion people here, but I managed to find a quiet, little forest path to type this out. Beautiful day!”

Growing like grass, these beautiful flowers are named Nemophila, or Baby Blue Eyes. Once a year from late April to early May, they cover the fields of Hitachi Seaside Park. They’re also found in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The plants are small and delicate, easy to grow, and ideal for rockeries, hanging baskets, pots and under planting. The species is named after Archibald Menzies (1754-1842) who was a Scottish botanist and surgeon.

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Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka is a public park attracting many tourists. It has many other blooming flowers year round. You will also find cycling trails and a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.

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Colleen spotted this coffee cart but decided to look for another coffee source that had English written on the menu board. The only English was the cart’s unique name – Sweet Jokers Café!

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While waiting for the bus to continue on her travel adventure, Colleen rested with her Kindle. She enjoyed a piece of Hawaiian sweet mochi and refreshing aisu kohi (iced coffee). Next adventure for Colleen and the Travelin’ Cherry Blossoms Kup Kollar – Tokyo!


Exploring the outdoors at Dollywood

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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Go Green Kup Kollar on 24 ounce water bottle

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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Fiesta Kup Kollar on 14 ounce cold cup.
Tools Kup Kollar on 12 ounce hot take-out cup.

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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Hawaiian Red and Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollars on 16 ounce glasses.

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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Pride Colors Kup Kollar on a 16 ounce glass.

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!