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Moving Fast Toward Moving

Two weeks from today, my husband and I will spend our first night in our 5th Wheel Camper and begin our traveling adventure.

About twice a week for the last couple of weeks, we found ourselves taking things to the camper. Another couple of days each week, we have taken items to the storage unit, and we are also dropping off items at one of the three non-profits to which we have been donating things about twice a week, also. This will continue this week and next, and then on the 15th of November, we have movers coming to help us move all of the furniture that we have decided to keep and store.  All other furniture remaining at that point must be sold or given away.

Both of us are extremely excited and nervous, too. If you want to follow our joint travel adventure blog, it is Home on the Roam. Check it out.


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WOW! What a Week

In the last three days, things have been moving rather quickly for us.

Monday, we signed the paper work on our new (to us) 5th-Wheel RV. This is Sydney.

2010 Keystone Outback Sydney

2010 Keystone Outback Sydney

We also turned in our 60-day notice at our apartment complex.

Tuesday, we found our truck to pull the RV; Dad is selling us his Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins diesel. (No picture at the moment.) We will call the truck Gulliver, and the 5th-Wheel and truck together will be called Sygul (Sydney + Gulliver).

Today, Jim sold his 1970 Plymouth, Shannon.

Outside of 1970 Plymouth Satellite

Outside of 1970 Plymouth Satellite

Now we are ready to sell Reba, the Ford Mustang. Tomorrow, Jim will list this 2008 Mustang that has only a tad over 51,000 miles on it.

2008 Ford Mustang Slightly over 51,000 Miles For Sale

2008 Ford Mustang
Slightly over 51,000 Miles
For Sale

What will happen tomorrow?  I have no idea, but it seems that everything is coming together for us, and we are extremely excited!

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1970 Plymouth For Sale in Preparation for a New Adventure (Sold)

The HH and I have decided to sell the Plymouth (and eventually the Mustang) to purchase a good, used 5th-Wheel and a good, used 1-ton truck to pull it, and we are going on the road.

If you, or anyone you may know, is interested, please contact Jimmy ASAP. Contact information is below.

Outside of 1970 Plymouth Satellite

Outside of 1970 Plymouth Satellite

For Sale: Partially restored 1970 Plymouth Satellite $10,900: engine is a 340 Barracuda, floor pans replaced, heads redone, new cam, new carburetor, new headers, new wire harness, rebuilt transmission, new starter, new tires, new Cragar wheels, new brakes, new interior (carpet, door panels, headliner, re-upholstered seats with roadrunners on all seats and Wiley Coyote holding a stick of dynamite between the back seats).





The car will need a paint job and some dashboard rewiring. There is some rust in the wheel wells and rocker panels, but the metal is straight. Additional parts are in the trunk as well as a car cover. Service Manual on CD and all repair documentation will accompany acquisition.

Contact Info:

Jimmy Johnson


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We Never Saw It Coming

About two months ago, the HH and I returned from our big American Road Trip, and I expected to have written many posts sharing the travel experience and stories about what we saw and did by now. Instead, I’ve written nothing. Before we could get through all of our mail, buy groceries to fill our empty frig, get the dog settled back home, and more or less once again return to a regular routine, we got blindsided with unexpected news. The HH was furloughed from his job with a company for which he had worked for ten years without any hint that such was going to happen; just under four weeks later, he was officially laid off.

Needless to say, when we received “the call” at dinner the Friday night after our return from vacation, long after business hours, we knew it was something we did not want to hear. Instead of taking the call then, my husband told his boss that he’d call back after we had finished dinner. Of course, a sense of dread stayed with us as we finished our meal and headed home. It was as bad as we thought, and actually, worse.

Knowing that he’d receive only one more paycheck, not even a full one since we had just used almost all of his PTO, was only helped by the fact that we’d have medical insurance for another four weeks (it turned out to be a day or two shy of four weeks). Instinctively, we new that at the end of the four weeks, there’d be no severance package. We had to “circle the wagons” in preparation of the battle of unemployment. Except for my tutoring and the little bit of weekly unemployment the HH would receive (even the max payout in Tennessee is very small), we would have no income for who knows how long.

As of this writing, despite both of us applying for jobs, neither one of us are working save for my tutoring jobs.  By the time the shoe dropped, it was almost time for school to begin, so I knew that applying for teaching positions was a very long shot; all positions would be filled or in the process of being filled. Finding a job in the HH’s field at or near his most recent rate of pay is not easy.

Despite all of this, we have been making it pretty well, and I have to believe that whatever comes to pass for us as a result of this surprise event in our lives will be for the best.

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Green Door Gourmet CSA Week 5

Green Door Gourmet’s Week 5 CSA (Week 3 for me since I pick up every other week becauseI have a 1/2 share) is as follows:

Photo Credit - Green Door Gourmet

Photo Credit – Green Door Gourmet

I can’t wait to pick up my food this weekend.  I will receive zucchini, summer squash, patty pan squash,caraflex cabbage, savory cabbage,collards, kale, and broccoli.

While Green Door Gourmet has been growing organic food, this week’s produce now has the official certification. Congratulations, Green Door Gourmet.  You can read the announcement CSA members received below.

Dear Friends of Green Door Gourmet,

We are excited to share that Green Door Gourmet has officially been awarded Organic Certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Green Door Gourmet is the only farm of its size to receive organic certification in Metropolitan Nashville.

As you know, Green Door Gourmet grows a wide assortment of fresh produce, including up to 80 varieties of herbs and flowers, grown using natural methods which follow an organic, holistic model. As a local farmer providing fruits, vegetables and herbs to our customers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmer’s markets, and 22 local restaurants, it is essential we provide the finest quality organic grown and harvested products. Receiving USDA Certification further aligns with our mission of feeding Nashville, as well as providing customers the confidence of buying organically sourced food.

Green Door Gourmet encourages consumers to not only look for the Organic Certification label but to also investigate deeper when making buying decisions. Increasingly consumers are looking for not only chemical-free food, but food that has been produced with minimal negative impacts on the environment. Knowing how food is produced, including being able to talk directly with farmers, is the best way for people to buy food that is GMO-free and has been grown or raised in the most sustainable manner.

“Organic” is a labeling term for food or other agricultural products that have been produced according to the USDA organic regulations. These standards require the integration of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organic certification verifies that a farm or handling facility complies with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations and allows the farm to sell, label, and represent products as organic. Consumers choose to purchase organic products with the expectation that they are grown, processed, and handled according to meet USDA organic regulations.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We want to be your farmer, your CSA, and part of your weekly shopping as we provide local artisan foods in our farm-cooperative community setting.

 Thank you,

Sylvia Ganier

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My Second Week of CSA Produce from Eaton’s Creek Organics Farm

Today was my second CSA pick up for the half-share CSA with Eaton’s Creek Organics, and as with my first, I’m thrilled.

Pick up is at the Country Crossroads Farmers Market located at the intersection of Whites Creek Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard, Whites Creek, Tennessee (northwest Metro-Nashville). Here is a photo made today of the smiling faces of those working the market from the farm.

Eaton's Creek Organics Farmers' Market Booth

Eaton’s Creek Organics Farmers’ Market Booth

The email preview of what was expected to be in today’s CSA listed the following: beets, chard, fennel, kale, garlic scapes, lettuce, carrots and mint. This is what I received with two exceptions.  Instead of mint, I received some absolutely gorgeous parsley. I was excited to also find a vegetable I’ve never cooked (or eaten) before: kohlrabi.

Here is a picture of my basket of fresh (harvested this morning), local, organic produce after I set it in my (hot) car.  (I got the air going ASAP). I really get a lot of food.  I weighed this basket of produce after I got home, and after deducting the weight of the container, I had almost 10 pounds of fresh goodness.

My week 2  (half share) of CSA produce from Eaton's Creek Organics

My week 2 (half share) of CSA produce from Eaton’s Creek Organics

In addition to Eaton’s Creek Organics, there are some other lovely vendors at this small market.  One is an old friend from the Clarksville, Tennessee, market: Louise’s Bread. I’ve met a new friend from whom I have bought local honey today; his farm is Hayzyhaven Farm in Greenbrier, Tennessee.  With approximately 60% of the hives in Tennessee lost in the last several months, I am thrilled to find local honey at this market.

Hayzyhaven Farm Honey

Hayzyhaven Farm Honey


I encourage you to get out at your local farmers’ markets and get to know your local farmers and other vendors. Remember that when you buy from these people you support local people and farms, and you eat my healthily, too.

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Recipe Finds for Enjoying CSA Fresh Produce

I spent yesterday and today cooking to take advantage of all the wonderful fresh produce obtained from the two 1/2-share CSAs we have bought from Green Door Gourmet and Eaton’s Creek Organics. Prior to cooking, I searched the Internet for recipes that seemed to be tasty and were not too complicated to make and that had good reviews.

Here are links to some of the recipes I used, comments, and a few pictures.

Mint Syrup: Simple and tasty, I can’t wait to try the mint syrups I’ve made in recipes other than tea. If you like, this can be used in making Mint Juleps.

Chocolate Mint Syrup Photo by Angela Johnson

Chocolate Mint Syrup
Photo by Angela Johnson

Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche: This spinach quiche is awesome! I ended up eating 1/4 of it as brunch this morning.


Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Puff Pasty Quiche (after 3 pieces were eaten) Photo by Angela Johnson

Kale Pesto: This was my first attempt at making homemade pesto, and even I was able to do it.  I’ve not used the pesto yet, but the plans are to mix it with pasta for lunch or dinner one day this week.

Kale Pesto Photo by Angela Johnson

Kale Pesto
Photo by Angela Johnson

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower: In the oven now is Roasted Garlic Cauliflower; it smells yummy. I did add some cumin and cayenne pepper as additional seasoning.

Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet Greens:  This was my least favorite of the recipes tried, but I don’t think it was fault with the recipe. First, I’m not really a beet eater, and I waited several days after picking up the beets to cook them; I was hesitant to give them a try.

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet Greens

Give these a try and let me know how you like them, or send me your tried and true recipes for me to use.




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Another Week of CSAs: Today’s Fresh Goodness from Green Door Gourmet

This afternoon, I made my drive to Green Door Gourmet’s Farm Store to pick up my CSA box for this week and a couple of tomatoes to compliment the contents of the box.  Here is what I received.

Green Door Gourmet Week 3 CSA - photo credit goes to Green Door Gourmet

Green Door Gourmet Week 3 CSA – photo credit goes to Green Door Gourmet

  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Green Curly Kale
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries

Now, what I am going to do with all of this kale? Between my two 1/2 shares of CSAs, I’ve received five (5) bunches of kale in the last two weeks, and I expect another bunch on Wednesday. I’m running out of recipes!  My poor hubby was afraid to eat anything by the middle of this last week, while he was working from home, for fear that it had kale hidden in it somewhere.  Does anyone have some wonderful ideas of how to use all of this kale in tasteful recipes?

Well, I’m off to wash and store all of this wonderful green freshness, and then I need to find recipes to use and plan menus for the week.

I hope you are enjoying fresh, local, healthy produce as springs is quickly moving toward summer.



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First CSA 1/2 Bushel from Eaton’s Creek Organics

Here is what I received today from Eaton’s Creek Organics, and I am quite pleased.


CSA from Eaton's Creek Organics

CSA from Eaton’s Creek Organics

Included in the basket above are the following:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 bunch escarole
  • 1 bunch (4)  beets with leaves
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 large green onions
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 quart strawberries (with a bonus quart)

How will I use all of this bounty?  The lettuce, escarole, and radishes are salad bound for sure; the spinach and green onions may be a part of the salad mix, too. Strawberries are “melt in your mouth” good, so they will be washed, topped, and sliced.  We’ll eat what we can today and tomorrow, and the rest will be frozen for later use.

I have several recipes for using kale, so I’m not sure in which one this bunch will be used, but since I  still have another bunch and a half of kale from last weekend, I’ve got to do some cooking. I’m looking for recipes to use the mint and beets; I’ve never cooked beets, so this is an experiment. At, I found this recipe, which uses the beets and the greens of the beets, and it looks like one I may try. This is another recipe I may try in order to use two or three different types of greens.

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Guest Post: Ten Years of Consulting by Jimmy Johnson

The HH is a fun person, and his writing is truly interesting and amusing to read.  Below is a post originally written as an email. I’ve only corrected grammar and punctuation as needed unless it would have taken away from his voice. I added a few words to make two points of clarification.  Otherwise, this is all my dear hubby’s.

Hi All:

As of last Saturday, I have been with Beacon Partners for ten years. Obviously, I love what I do, and I love who I work for and with.  Those of you who know me well, know that I keep track of everything, and in ten years that has not changed.  So, at the ten-year mark, I’d like to provide you with some information on what it means to be at Beacon for 10 years.

  1. I have worked for 24 different clients in 12 different states. Interestingly, Tennessee (where I live) is not one of those states.
  2. I have billed 16,690 hours for Beacon.  That is 280 hours, or 35 days shy of two years.
  3. I have rented 350 cars, mostly Mustangs and Camaros if I can talk the AVIS attendant into letting me have one (occasionally I have been able to get a Dodge Challenger).  By the way. I’m driving a Mustang this week. What do I have at home? A red Mustang named Reba (Yes. I sold Isabelle, the BMW Z3).
  4. I have had over 1,600 hotel stays. That means in the last 10 years I have slept in a hotel room for four and a half years.
  5. In the last 10 years, I have flown 330,000 miles. To put this in perspective, I have flown to the moon and a third of the way back. Ninety-five percent of that trip, I was asleep.
  6. I have seen the company grow and expand.  Most of you don’t realize that Beacon was in a different building when I started.  I didn’t go through orientation until I had been on client site for three months.  I remember when expenses were mailed in and done by hand.  Oh, and if anyone at the main office is listening, we used to get a clock when we made presidents club (closest thing I ever got to a trophy for utilization).  I still have the two I received; you owe me 4 more.
  7. Finally, in the last 10 years, I have had billings totaling in excess of $2.2 million.  I can’t wait to see Mr. Ralph’s new submarine.

I do not know who is due credit for this photo.

For those of you new to the company, I hope this gives you an idea of what life on the road is like.  If you love it like I do, this is definitely the place to be.  It’s been a blast, I look forward to the next ten

Hope you enjoyed. Later…

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