Dolly is 68! Three years ago I posted a blog on her 65th birthday. It’s a favorite of mine, so I’m reposting it today in honor of Dolly. I’m also excited that Dolly is on tour this year with two shows scheduled in Oklahoma! I’m making plans already!
I was born a Dolly Parton fan. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to post possibly my favorite childhood photo of all time. Well, maybe two of my favorites.
My love for Dolly was evident in that I loved wearing wigs as a child. Here I am sitting on my Aunt Gail’s lap practicing letting the crowd know I was happy to be in the spotlight, yet bashful at the same time.
I had two weeks off for the holidays. In that two weeks, I experienced extreme highs and lows. By that, I’m not talking about my mood – I’m talking about the weather. We had an ice storm, then snow, then rain and then we went hiking in long-sleeve shirts.
Dear Mother Nature:
Please be kind and gentle. Thank you.
Your Fair-Weather Friend
This is my favorite picture of our trip.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our family and friends! I actually sent a paper cards to a few of you this year. Proof that Christmas miracles really do happen.
When I told Nathan my goal was to have the most ridiculous Christmas card EVER, he was, of course, very supportive! Hence, we found ourselves at a local craft store trying to find some ingenious way to attach reindeer horns to hyper-active dogs. We quickly came to the realization that we would have to accomplish our Christmas card dreams the old fashioned way … very specialized dog training! And, so began our adventure of “Reindeer Training” also known as “Five Minutes of Sheer Chaos.”
We’ve been snowed in … with Annie.
Annie loves the snow.
Annie definitely makes things a little more interesting — even when you’re stuck inside for days on end!
We had little to no internet access during Thanksgiving week, so I’m a little late with my greeting. We had a quiet week at the cabin where we experienced some very cold temperatures and a little ice. I buried my nose in a book for a couple of days and tried to relax.
Over fall break we explored the Bee Branch Trail in Beavers Bend State Park. I really loved it, but I have to say that the only way I made it through was knowing there was pizza and beer at the end of the trail. Sad, I know.
Here’s a few pictures from our hike.
Nathan was out in front of course.
Nathan and Annie went early to the cabin to have lots of fun before I joined them for my Fall break. Just to be perfectly clear — Annie is our dog. She’s not our child. Though, my estimation is that triplets could not be any more demanding than this one little dog. But that’s another post entirely.
So, Nathan arrived at the cabin on Sunday evening and it started to rain Monday morning.
It rained. And then it rained some more.
It was one of those weekends that leave you feeling kind of warm and fuzzy. The kind of weekend you spend with good friends laughing and eating and drinking good wine. Okay, I guess the warm fuzzy feelings could technically be the wine and the lack of sleep. In any case, our friend Brent has a birthday on October 1st. It’s the big 4-0. He and his family live in Odessa, but his wife planned his birthday party in OKC so they could see friends and celebrate the fact we are all getting older than dirt.
Labor Day weekend was a hot one in Southeastern Oklahoma. So we figured we should get right out there in the heat and thumb our nose at the sun. I talk tough, but I’m definitely a fair-weather outdoors person. In fact, I hate the heat and pray for winter each year. Nathan loves summer and truly seems unaffected by it most of the time. So, what better time to go hiking? Actually, we decided to explore a trail we have been interested in and save the hiking for cooler weather. Sanity prevailed for once!
Despite needing rain badly, there’s still some color.
Last week I sent Nathan to the cabin alone. He was voted off the island. Exiled to the country. Get outta here boy and take those dogs with you! Just kidding. He decided to go to the cabin a few days early before I joined him for Labor Day weekend. I think he wanted peace and relaxation. I also think he wanted to cook a bunch of meat! I’ve been meat free since January (still eat fish though!) and I think he wanted to live a little.
He took both dogs with him because I didn’t want Mya to be left alone all day while I was working and we all know that I can’t handle both dogs without physical and emotional support. I was very sad when they all left. But then I drove through Starbucks and consoled myself with a skinny latte. Then, I met a good friend for dinner and wine. And, then I Skyped until 2 a.m., with another friend. I watched stupid shows on TV and lived dangerously by shopping for good granola all over town. I’m a rebel Dottie.