A Birthday Shout-out

As is the Zolligirl tradition – there are no sardonic posts on sentimental holidays or birthdays. Which is very hard for me, especially since the birthday girl is…Tania the mad my sister.


Awww. How sweet! My parents bought her shoes…I wonder what those felt like. Anyway..for my sister, here are three things you might not know about her.


1. She’s good at anything she does. It’s true..she paints, she’s crafty, she can decorate and cook AND manage a business with a lot of employees.  She’s a great mom, loves her parents, showers the nieces and nephew with gifts, and is a top-notch Mother-in-law (and I know something about good Mother-in-laws), and a super grandmother. She’s also athletic. You could throw her into Dale Hollow Lake right now with a ski-rope and a piece of plywood and she’d be turning circles and jumping waves backwards before you could get on your sunscreen. A lesser person might find that annoying.


2. She REALLY likes Christmas. It’s her favorite holiday. As kids, we had a fake Christmas tree with a plastic pipe running up the back  and connected to an angel. Snow would fall from beneath her dress, land in the cardboard tree skirt and head back up for hours of snowy fun. Tania now has one in her collection. And I do mean COLLECTION..she has approximately 75. Little ones, big ones, white, green, aluminum..and they get decorated. With handmade bows. When we draw names at Christmas, everyone wants her to get theirs! She has no control when it comes to Christmas and we like it.


3. She’s always been really PRETTY, but never seemed to figure it out. Her husband, in an attempt to keep her in the dark, moved her to a tiny, coal mining town. He was hoping no one would find her and clue her in, but it only serves to make her look even better. Have you seen those documentaries about people in Appalachian towns?? She could lose three teeth and still be voted Miss Coal Miner at the Virginia State Fair. To be fair, these documentaries try hard to find the worst looking people. I know for a fact that some of the people she works with have teeth. Okay, Bertha does, but other than that I couldn’t promise.

I give her a hard time because that’s how we Zolligirls roll. But truthfully, she’s pretty dang awesome. Oh, here’s a fourth thing –


despite my penchant for  sarcasm, jokes, and goofy pictures – I’ve always looked up to her. And I always will.

Happy Birthday, Sister. I love you!

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