Fall Dishtowel Giveaway

I love fall. While I was at the Family Bakery in Gate City, Virginia LAST YEAR, I saw these fall dishtowels. I bought an extra one thinking I’d give it to someone who reads my blog. I never got around to it.

Here’s the Family Bakery…

Family Bakery

And here’s the dishtowel I purchased…

Faith Family Friends Towel

If you would like for this dishtowel to be mailed to you, please comment on this blog post (not on Facebook but this post), and on Sunday, September 7, I’ll place the names of all who commented in a basket and draw the winner. Completely random. Please don’t be shy! It’s just a dishtowel but wouldn’t it be fun to find it in your mailbox?

Oh…and please share and ask your friends to comment! Pretend it’s something really big! Not just a dishtowel.

I love getting mail.

Good luck! (51)

Cumberplunge and Downtown Bristol

Today was the Cumberplunge in downtown Bristol. I am so chapped. I would have got a Mendota group together to take the plunge, but I thought it would be too crowded. I was wrong! It would have been perfect.

Here’s the actual Cumberplunge slide…


What was fun…and what I would have wanted to do…is to dress up and take the plunge. Here’s some really cute photographs of a few that did exactly that..

A very hot gorilla…


I love these two…who are they supposed to be? I don’t know, but they looked great!

Two cool people

Grrr..a tiger! A tiger in a tutu!

Tiger in a Tutu

Kiss…I hope their makeup stayed intact!


This was sponsored by Quaker State. Do you know what would have been fun? It would have been fun to make this a Virginia/Tennessee competition to see which side of the street came up with the best outfits.

Quaker STate

Quaker State occupies the space where JC Penney was a long time ago. Mother used to buy my underwear there. Yikes!

Here’s the inside of the restaurant. Very nice people. Brad Smith is the manager, and he came over and welcomed us on our first visit. We will be back. I asked him how they were doing, and the answer is “excellent”. I’m so happy Bristol is supporting this downtown business.

Car on toip

It was fun to see Catherine Brillhart, Bristol, Virginia’s first female mayor, working the event. She is a wonderful person.


It was also great to see two Mendota faces…Scotty Sproles (Fireman) and Travis Cunningham (Fireman)..

Here’s Scotty…

Scotty Sproles

Here’s Travis…


When Mike saw the Public Works logo on the truck, I was afraid he would start asking about the compost for next year. Seriously. We do love our Bristol compost.

Bristol Public Works

Bristol is such a good place to raise a family, and now, it’s also becoming kinda, sorta cool! Here’s our beautiful library…

Bristol Library

And downtown has blossomed. I can’t wait for Rhythm & Roots. I’m in the Beverage Tent on Friday night. Ever since I saw the movie “Cocktail”, I’ve wanted to tend bar, and this is the closest opportunity I’ve ever had! I’m excited!

Bristol Rhythm

Katie, Lisa and I (my cradle to the grave friends) saw Romeo and Juliet at the Paramount, and this grand lady is grand again. She’s all fancy in her new lights that are the results of fundraising in Bristol. We went to Mountain Stage at the Paramount two weeks ago. Very clean. Nicely restored. Comfortable seats. Small enough to be intimate with the performance. I loved it. I’ve attended shows on Broadway. I prefer the Barter and the Paramount.

Paramount Best

I love this sign. Get it? I LOVE it!

Love Sign

I took a picture of Shoozies because I wanted Mike to see it. I’ve asked for a gift certificate from Shoozies for Christmas. They have layaway!


They also have spectacular sales. These $50 flats were mine today for $12. I’ve lost another pound so this was a little reward.

Cute Shoes

We were getting tired, and we’d left Luckie at home, so we headed back home. We’re going again. We didn’t even get to the Birthplace of Country Music!

Hope you enjoyed touring around downtown Bristol with me. Let everyone know that we want the Cumberplunge to return next year. This was a learning year. I want to dress up and slide!!


Trash To Treasure Candlesticks

Ballister in Chair

You need to add something to this picture. Like imagination. Imagine that the candle stick is painted. Imagine that the candle is a creamy white. Imagine that the flower and the leaf are something that someone thought about for more than a second…if you do all these things, you’ll love this candlestick! Our neighbor, Cookie […]

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And the Winner Is…

Don and Wave Fleenor

After it sat on my porch draped over a rocker… After it showed off on the fence… After you bought more than 2000 tickets on a quilt that will contribute to keeping our Mendota Cemetery groomed and maintained for another year…one ticket was drawn from the bucket. Diane Salyer of Mendota won the quilt. Diane […]

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Floating on the Fork

Floaters 1

Today is a muggy, soggy day and the North Fork of the Holston looks like coffee.    But not plain coffee…no no no!    This coffee is all fancy with color.    As Mike and I were driving on the golf cart (it’s the way we roll…it used to be a Porsche…what the heck happened???), […]

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Keep On The Sunny Side

Sunflowers 1

With so much discord in the world…,I am thankful for my choir…standing tall…faces to the wind. There’s a dark & a troubled side of lifeThere’s a bright and sunny side, tooTho’ we meet with the darkness and strifeThe sunny side we also may view  Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side Keep […]

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Do You Do This???

Soup Stock

Okay…it’s midnight. I’m wondering who all is up doing what I’ve been doing. I know many people who read this blog also home can a great deal of food. Do you do it at night? I do! I wait until I’m dog tired and drag out a mess…here’s the pressure canner, the stew pot, and […]

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About Those Bees

Honeybee with Pollen Sacks

Like paparazzi, I stalk them. This one is named Coco. They live in a high rise with their brood box in the very first (lowest) chamber.  It is where their queen most likely is.  Today, we had some preventative maintenance for the bees, so Gerald and I removed each chamber of the hives to get […]

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It’s Crunch Time

It’s crunch time.  Yeah…I wish I could say it was my abs.  I’d done all those crunches and had abs.  I don’t even have any abs!  I keep thinking I’ll get some, but it’s always one more day away, one more Dove dark chocolate day away. It’s Mendota Cemetery Quilt.   It’s almost time for it […]

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All My Children

Sheets on the Line

Big news!   Gerald and I are going to start working on the bees.  But that didn’t happen today.   I just walked around taking pictures.    OK…what did you think the title “All My Children” was about?   The soap opera that was on the air a few years ago with Susan Lucci?   […]

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