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We Took the Road Less Traveled

Hello, World!

The changes in our lives the last year and nine months have been huge, and as I reflect upon them today, in some ways it seems like it has been a much longer time. The 5th Wheel is so much home now that it is hard to believe we haven’t been living in it longer than we actually have been.

Three years ago this month, my husband and I listed our house for sale; it sold to the second family to view it. Within a few weeks, and much faster than expected, we downsized from an almost 2,700 sq. ft. home with a two-car garage to a 1,150 sq. ft. two-bedroom apartment in Metro – Nashville. We enjoyed our time in the Nashville area, but we kept looking for “what’s next.” My husband unexpectedly getting laid-off from the company for which he had worked 10 years was the push we needed.  Jim had been thinking for years about going out on his own in the consulting field, and this was the push he needed for that. While he was working a contract (thankfully) in Nashville and looking for the next “gig,” we hit upon an idea: We could buy and RV and travel together from job site to job site. (You see, that one contract was the only one in 14 years as a traveling consultant that he’d had a job in the state of Tennessee, and it was well-timed for him to have a job locally, so we could shop and plan for our next adventure.)

outside house kitchen front room den

 

The last day of September 2014, we signed the papers to purchase our 5th Wheel Trailer, and about two weeks later, we had our tow vehicle.  The time between the end of September and the middle of November, we continued to downsize, putting items with which we were not yet ready to part into a 10 x 10 climate-controlled storage unit. The temperatures dropped rapidly, and early for Middle Tennessee, so to keep from having to winterize the camper for three days, we began moving into the RV on the 13th of November; Jim would finish his contract the next day. The next five days, we wrapped up our move out from the apartment and got situated as best we could in the camper, which was parked at an RV park near the dealership from which we purchased the RV. We were then living in a camper with 321 sq. ft. when slides were out.

Our 5th Wheel Trailer and Tow Truck

Our 5th Wheel Trailer and Tow Truck

Then, we headed out to try our hand and RVing by going to Lake Guntersville, Alabama, for a three-day stay. Then, we moved to a campground just off I-65 near some of my family; we stayed there five weeks, really just shy of five weeks since we left for five days to take the camper to Paducah the week of Christmas 2014 to visit Jim’s side of the family.

Our view from the site at Lake Guntersville at sunset

Our view from the site at Lake Guntersville at sunset

It was so cold the winter of 2014, and Jim had no contract yet, so he suggested we go toward the Gulf Coast; we did, and I was so glad. We stayed in southern, Alabama slightly over two months. Then we moved to the Mississippi coast for another month. While in these two locations, Jim worked a 5-week contract – mostly remotely – for a hospital in Colorado; he then worked a 3-week contract with a hospital in Massachusetts while I hung out in Mississippi. Jim flew back and forth, so we got to get play in the warmth of the Mississippi coast together over the weekend.

Entrance to campground where we stayed in MS; the Gulf Coast is across the road.

Entrance to campground where we stayed in MS; the Gulf Coast is across the road.

His next contract, and the one he is still working, was in Corinth, Mississippi, which is in the most northern part of the state where it borders Tennessee. The nicest RV park within a 50-mile radius of Corinth is located in Tennessee between the city of Savannah and Pickwick Dam, so this is where we’ve stayed for a year.  He will wrap up this job this summer, so we are excited to know that we will be traveling again in July as we’re going to make our way to Vermont to attend the Escapade at Essex Junction where we’ll get to visit with other RVers, many of whom will be full time and working on the road like us.

Our current site south of Savannah, TN

Our current site south of Savannah, TN

This is not the road of traditional Americans; it is the road less traveled, but I’m so glad we took this path.  Jim and I look forward to many years and adventures living in our camper and traveling to wherever the jobs take us. We are living and loving life after 50 and feel like kids again living the traveling lifestyle.

Be true to yourself and have a blessed day!

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Comcast is Evil, Especially in Nashville

As I have been contemplating parting ways with Comcast, I came across this open letter to Comcast, and I feel it must be shared.

Credit goes to Stacie at https://staciehuckeba.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/an-open-letter-to-comcast-xfinity/

Hello,

My name is Stacie Huckeba I have been a customer of Comcast for over eight years.

I realize that it’s a dirty little secret and you don’t like to talk about it, but c’mon, between just you and me, you can admit it. Basically you have a monopoly on internet service, at least in terms of speed. It’s ok, I like money too. Nobody is happier than me when I deposit big fat checks. Sadly, I’m not quite as “connected” as you guys.

I’m a photographer and I think I’m really good, unfortunately, I live in a town with a plethora of talented photographers so I can’t just sit back and be lazy. I’ve sent emails to the Mayor, and Governor and even my Senators and Congressmen asking that they put in regulations to make sure I am the only photographer who can use professional and top of the line equipment in town. Weird, they don’t get back to me. One of you guys will have to tell me how you got them to do that for you. It would be so awesome to deposit those big fat checks knowing that I had no competition and could just be lazy, put out half-assed work and charge whatever I wanted because I was the only one in town who could deliver print ready work. God, I bet those feel so good going in the bank!

So, as much as I admire your business model, I am having some trouble. Back in November, I realized that I was utilizing Hulu and Netflix because of travel, work etc. far more than I was cable and I never had a land line to begin with. I mean can you even buy a phone that plugs into the wall anymore? I’m not sure.

I called to cancel my Triple Play Package and was talked into keeping it because I was really saving all this money by having it all. On a side note, I think it’s brilliant that the people who sell your services are all super easy to work with, you never have to hold for more than a second and you never have to get transferred. They can do everything through one representative fast and efficiently. They are also open seven days a week. While technical support and cancellation departments are a minimum hold time of twenty minutes, you get transferred sometimes 5, 6, even 7 times and each and every time, you have to start from the beginning with your name, address, account information and then tell the whole story as to why you called over and over again, making the whole process almost unbearable. And only having the option to talk to them during normal business hours is genius. I mean, how great would it be to have a person who booked all my shoots, (and there would be a lot, since no one else in town could do them) happily just raking in the money while I had another person who basically told all of my unhappy clients to get bent? God, you guys are so good!

Anyway, back to my problem. I realized over the holidays last year that I really was not using it and in late January, I called back and asked for my account to be downgraded from the Triple Play (I had the full package with the fastest download speed available. Again, your sales team is tops!) to just the internet at the Performance Starter for download speeds of up to 6 Mbps. I returned my cable box / DVR and other equipment in early February.

I was really having no trouble whatsoever with my service and actually had not really noticed a difference in my internet speeds whatsoever. In late April, I received a delivery from UPS from Comcast. When I opened it, there was a new cable box / DVR inside. I called about it and you know how this goes already. I spent literally over three hours on the phone in one of the most grueling, frustrating, infuriating series of transfers, hang ups, and different representative pass-offs, in history. It is a miracle I did not wind up curled in a corner talking to spiders. But alas, I had a photo shoot with Jason Ringenberg and some live chickens that day and had no choice but to get my head in the game. (I know you think I’m making that up, but I’m not. It really happened and I have the pictures to prove it.)

Jason and his chicken

The cliff notes of that three hour transfer are this. You guys never actually cancelled my services. I returned the equipment for no good reason, I could have happily been enjoying the Real Housewives in my spare time and didn’t even know it. After being told at least 6 times that I had called the wrong department (I only have one number for you guys and there is only one option for customer service so that always confuses me. I bet that is also in the business model and it too is quite brilliant). They finally conceded and issued me a credit for the four months that I had still been paying for what was supposed to have been cancelled all along.

You guys need to fix that part. Eventually, if a customer can hang on long enough and not dig out their own eyes with a spoon from frustration, you can usually get someone to go back through your records and find where you did what you said you did and remedy the situation. The customer wins that way. Not good for your plan. You need to make that part harder. Well, except that you did get to kind of keep all of my money. It’s not like you gave it back. So I guess it’s not a total wash for you.

So sure enough, once that was fixed I noticed real quick that the internet was way too slow and was not going to work for me, so I called back. You know how this goes too. I called back and within moments I had a representative on the line and he had me bumped up to the Blast package with download speeds up to 50 Mbps in just a few minutes. Easy breezy when you want to add on. It’s just so smart!

The problem is that my internet never did get faster. In fact, it got slower. I used your Xfinity speed test off your website and sure enough, I was barely getting 3 Mbps. I know better than to bother you guys right away, so I set out and did all kinds of things to try and remedy the situation. Clearing my cookies, changing my browser, running diagnostics on my computer, sending refresh signals and of course the first and main thing your representatives always push to fix the problem. I unplugged and replugged the modem and router in a myriad of combinations.

Sadly, the call had to be made. You know how this went too, don’t you? I called, spent a half hour on the phone with 3 or 4 representatives and then got hung up on during a “transfer” (You know I get you, and so you know that I know that sometimes “transfer” is code for “click, bye bye”.) I’m tenacious though, so I called back and this time spent an hour on the phone going through the same thing. I actually finally got to a retention specialist who confided in me that really the people that you talk to on the phone don’t ever really know what is wrong because it could be 100 different things. It’s really just a guess. He suggested I get a technician to my house. “Great idea. Let’s do that”, I said. Well, of course he can’t do that. Nobody in the “the customer has a problem department” can do everything like they can in the “the customer wants to buy something department”. So back I went on hold and I should have known, I got hung up on. God, that is so funny how you do that! I absolutely love it!

But like I said, I’m kind of tenacious, so I called back yet a third time but I went right to asking for a person to come out, so this time it only took another half an hour. I mean, thirty minutes to schedule a tech coming out is pretty good timing for knowing exactly what you need and asking for it directly. I wish it was that way everywhere I called. Wouldn’t it be awesome if it took thirty minutes every time you wanted to order a pizza or make an appointment with your Veterinarian or whatever. I could just sit around on my ass all day if every call took thirty minutes. Hell, I wouldn’t even need to get dressed some days. I could just sit here in my underpants eating cheese all damn day listening to advertisements and bad music while I was on hold. Man, that would be the life! You guys get me, you really, really get me.

As luck would have it, the only appointment you guys have is not for six whole days! And while I have told you several times in this note that I am all for being a lazy, until you tell me your secret about how you got the government to shut down your competition, I have to work. Jason Ringenberg has that Farmer Jason record coming out for Christmas and he’s gonna need those chicken pictures. I can’t upload those bad boys without proper internet and six days doesn’t really cut it for me right now.

Lucky for me, my neighbors are cool and are letting me steal theirs to get this out, but I can’t be using up all their data plan sending chicken photos. They are musicians and can’t get the government to shut down all the other musicians in town either. And we live in Nashville, we have lots of musicians, so they really have to hustle to make ends meet. I can’t ask them to up their data plan to accommodate me and some chickens while I wait for a week for you to come out here. My neighbors are assholes like that.

Look, I feel like we are friends. We understand each other, so I’m asking you to do me a solid and just this once, maybe you can use your pull to get someone out here before then. I wouldn’t normally ask, but since you’ve got a few hundred bucks of mine that I don’t really owe you anyway, maybe just this time you could bump me up in the line.

And since we are kinda friends and all, I’m gonna do you a solid too. I think you guys are awesome and misunderstood so I’m gonna take this whole letter and post it on my blog. I only get a few thousand views on my blog when I post one, but maybe if a few people could see you the way I see you they would quit talking trash and recognize you for the brilliant and genius business moguls that you are.

Please, don’t thank me now, getting my internet back to speed before Thursday will be thanks enough (wink wink. No pressure). See what I did there. I might not be Comcast, but you aren’t the only ones with a plan!

Your friend,

Stacie

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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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Greenway Getaway Results in Hungry Stowaway

The sun is shining, and the temps are moderately warm; high humidity is thankfully absent at present, so the family dog, Chewie, and I shared a brief escape from the apartment complex this morning. He and I walked one of the many Greenway Trails located in Metro Nashville. Today, our jaunt was down part of the Stones River Trail, which begins below the Dam at Percy Priest Lake.

Map of Stones River Greenway Trails Photo Credit

Map of Stones River Greenway Trails
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It was a great day for walking, and once past where the trail goes under I-40, one could almost convince herself that she was in the woods walking along a gently rolling river instead of in a metropolitan area.  Chewie was so excited; he had to stop, sniff, and pee (or attempt to pee) every few feet.  When passing other canines, Chewie wanted to charge over and share the dog handshake – the sniff – but he found that not all of the other dogs were open to that idea.  After all, we did not see any that were as large as Chewie.  Reactions varied from “come on and sniff – I’m ‘down’ with that” to “you just scared the pee out of me” to the teeth-bared warning of the police dog that said “stay out of my personal space.”

Before too long, the old boy was panting so hard that I didn’t think he would make it the 3 miles round-trip I had intended, so at just past 3/4 of a mile, we turned around and walked back to the parking lot located below the dam.

Once home and cooling down, I felt a stab in the middle of my back.  Struggling with sweat-drenched clothes, I finally was undressed enough to see that I had a stowaway from the Greenway who not only hopped a ride on my back, but who also decided to make me his breakfast.  The only skin not protected by clothing that I had not covered in all-natural bug repellant was the back of my neck, and as I worked to get the tick off of my back, I vaguely remembered thinking I saw something fall from a tree limb as we neared the end of the trail. Later, I remember feeling something on my neck, but I thought it was sweat rolling down.  Nope, it was a pesky, nasty tick!

The freeloader removed and ousted, I took a long, hot shower, soaping myself from head to toe while looking for other stowaways not content to stay in their wooded paradise.

Next time I head to a Greenway to hike, I think I’ll leave the dog at home, and I’ll be more careful to put bug repellant on all exposed skin. Once home, I think I’ll go straight to the shower to rid myself of any unwelcome guests who may have hopped on me for a ride and a meal.

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Stray Boots: A Fun Tour of Downtown “Music City”

If you read this blog, you know that I am a big fan of Groupon, Living Social and such sites, especially when looking for fun things to do with the HH. The past weekend, we used a high-tech scavenger hunt to get us out and about around town, which I purchased at a discount through Groupon.

Mural of Nashville in Nashville

Mural of Nashville in Nashville

Saturday was the perfect day weather wise to do the tour, so with our smart phones in hand, we drove the indicated starting point (or close to it) and found a parking spot. Since I drive an eco-friendly car, I was able to get a “free parking” pass for metered spots when I registered my car this year, so we parked, hung up the parking pass on the rearview mirror, and began the adventure.

Jim in front of Wild Horse Saloon on 2nd Avenue

Wild Horse Saloon

It was an interesting morning, and believe it or not, we learned quite a bit about Nashville that we did not already know and had immense fun while doing so. For example, Tootsie’s opens at 9:30 a.m., and the venue has three levels with live music on all levels all the time they are open. All of the walking gave us the exercise we needed without even realizing it. Since I was the “head” of our team simply because I set it up, I had to submit the answers and make the pictures, but here are a few shots from the day.

Here are pictures of my husband in front of several of the places we visited on the route. I will not spoil it for someone else, but there is an interesting challenge after the Wild Horse stop that folks who like to sing in the shower may enjoy. 🙂

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I HIGHLY recommend that you go to strayboots.com to check it out as I think they have tours in about 180 cities world wide.

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Uber and Lyft “Ride-Share” Programs

Recently, I’ve tried to learn more about the ride programs of Uber and Lyft, both of which are new to the Nashville area. When I first heard about Lyft, I contemplated checking into being a driver, but I did not follow up on that. Then, I discovered that my cousin by marriage is a Lyft driver locally, so I picked his brain last night.

Buddy confirmed what I had been able to learn about Lyft; it is more relaxed and social in nature. Evidently, he stays busy driving.  I think he said that he spent 10 hours driving people around Nashville one day last week, and he also enjoys using the service himself. From what I can learn online, as does Uber, the company provides additional liability insurance to cover those who ride with Lyft drivers.  I read somewhere else that drivers get 80% of the “donations” for the lift.  To avoid regulatory issues, it is called a donation rather than a fee or charge.  Since all requests for rides and payment of “donations” for rides are handled electronically, there is no paper work to keep or cash to handle, but it does make me wonder if everyone who accepts a lift honestly pays the suggested “donation.”  I’ll have to ask Buddy more about that next time we chat.

Uber seems to be the higher scale of the two, and it even employs professional drivers as well as individuals who just want to earn a little cash in their spare time.  When I visited the web site where individuals may apply to drive for Uber, I felt that my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid might not be acceptable, but I felt that it would be a perfectly good transportation option should I care to drive for Lyft.

One huge difference that I felt important is that the Uber app apparently gives individuals an estimate of the “donation” expected for the service while Lyft does not.  Yet, both programs provide first-time users with promo codes, and it seems that I missed the band wagon when Uber arrived in Nashville because I could have been signed up for 100 free rides had I known to do so.

I think I will give each program a try as a rider, and I may even give Lyft a try as a driver.

I’d love feedback from anyone who has used either program.

UPDATE April 2, 2014:

In today’s email, I received the following information, which gives rates and service area for Lyft rides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pricing

The price of your ride is calculated based on a combination of time & distance:

Cost per mile: $1.25
Cost per minute: $0.20
Pickup: $1.25
Trust & Safety fee (?): $1.00
Minimum: $5.00
Cancellation fee: $5.00

Hours

Lyft is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Map

This coverage map shows where Lyft passengers can request rides. Hot Zones are our busiest neighborhoods.

Nashville Coverage Map

 

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Shade Tree Trot – A Good Place to Start

Despite the light dusting of snow on the ground, my mind has turned to late March and pounding the pavement.  One of my goals set last July was to participate in a 5k within the following 12-month period.  I’ve found one that seems like a good fit for my first 5k, and I’ve gotten the HH to agree to join me in this endeavor.

The Shade Tree Trot is a walk/run 5k sponsored by the University of Vanderbilt Medical Students to benefit a free clinic in East Nashville and run by medical students.  Quoting from the Shade Tree Trot website, ” Since 2004, Vanderbilt’s medical students have played a pivotal role in creating and expanding an extraordinary primary care medical home for hundreds of patients in Middle Tennessee. Through the Shade Tree Clinic, medical and nursing students from Vanderbilt and Meharry are able to enhance their medical education via practical “hands-on” experience, while simultaneously providing important healthcare and social services to a neighborhood in need.”

Taking part in this event will benefit others while benefiting us.  This being said, I guess it is time to employ our version of the “couch to the 5k” plan. I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the mean time, if you are interested in taking part in the fun, fund-raiser, click HERE.

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Bound’ry – A Restaurant with No Limits on Good Tastes

It’s Restaurant Week in Nashville, Tennessee. Twice a year, fine restaurants in the Metro Davidson County area offer amazing meals at special prices.  This bi-annual event encourages folks to find new restaurants or enjoy old favorites.  For my husband and me, this was an opportunity for us to try a new restaurant.

As I perused the list of participating eateries a couple of weeks ago, Bound’ry caught my eye because of its emphasis on utilizing fresh, local produce. I made a reservation for this evening, and both my husband and I are so glad that I did.  Let me share with you why.

Beautiful Mural

Beautiful mural

View from our table

View from our table

The first reason is atmosphere; Bound’ry emanates it. An old hotel repurposed into a fashionable restaurant, it is located on 20th Avenue South. Entering the establishment, I was delighted with the tasteful design that mixes old and new.  Seated beside a window near the open fire, our table was perfect.

Service is the next reason. Entering the restaurant, we received a friendly greeting and were seated quickly. Our server was the epitome of a professional who possessed the ability to make one feel relaxed and at ease. Throughout our entire meal, and even after, I truly felt like we were VIPs; our service was that good.  As I reflect, unlike when dining in many other higher-end restaurants, I felt totally comfortable and at home; it was a pleasant experience.

The Special Menu

The Special Menu

Finally, the best reason is the food! Oh, my! It was not only a feast for our tummies; it was a feast for our eyes and our taste buds. Ordering from the special menu prepared for restaurant week, my husband and I stepped out of comfort zones and tried some new dishes.  We were not disappointed.

Soup and cheese sandwich

Soup and cheese sandwich

Crab cakes

Crab cakes

I chose the tomato soup with cheese sandwich as my first course while my husband chose the crab cakes. The soup tasted like the chef had picked the tomatoes from the garden this afternoon and then made the soup. The bread wove a medley of complimentary flavors. Between the soup and the bread, my palette experienced an explosion of wonderful tastes. Jim, who has eaten in restaurants all over the U. S. and in many parts of the world, declared that the crab cakes were the best he had ever had.

My husband and I both went with the antelope for the main entre; it was served with tasty potatoes and a colorful mix of vegetables that included corn, onions, and peppers. Never in my life did I expect to eat antelope, but I did tonight, and it was good. For those of you who know my husband, he is not fond of vegetables, but he ate every bite of this it was so tasty.

Antelope

Antelope

Dessert did indeed top off the meal. Chocolateaholic that I am, how could I not order S’More; this dessert was so much more than the campfire S’mores.  It was a chocolate lover’s dream complimented by the sweetness of fruit.  Jim’s dessert, Yuzu Olive Oil Cake, was a delicious mix of sweet and sour and creamy and firm. Tastes and textures mixed in a pleasing medley.

S'More

S’More

Yuzu Oil Cake

Yuzu Olive Oil Cake

Bound’ry is a hugely tasteful experience from beginning to end thanks to the atmosphere, service, and quality of food. We highly recommend it to you.

Bon Appétit

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Happy to Have New Episodes of My Shows to Watch on T.V.

Hello World!

Have you been enjoying premier weeks?  Some shows premiered last week, and others are premiering next week, and some have started the new season this week.  I’ve had my butt in my recliner each night this week and last.  What continuing shows have me watching again this year?

Sunday:  Once Upon a Time is the only show other than NASCAR and football that has my attention on Sundays.

Monday: Though torn between Dancing with the Stars and The Voice, I enjoy the blind auditions so much that The Voice wins out.  I’ll probably pop back over to DWTS while The Voice has the battle rounds (my least favorite part of the show), and then I’ll go back and forth between DWTS and The Voice for the live performances.  My go to show before bed has been and continues to be Castle.

Tuesday: It is the same as Monday in terms of when I watch The Voice and DWTS.  I am kind of bummed to be missing the new show Marvel’s Agents of Change: S.H.I.E.L.D. I end the night with Person of Interest, which I also enjoyed last year just on a different night.

Wednesday: When it was a choice between Castle and Revolution, I had to stay with Castle last year, but now that Revolution is on Wednesday nights, it is my go to early show.  Criminal Minds is the show I watch next, and I wrap the night up with one of my week’s favorites, Nashville. If you have not watched Nashville, please give it a try; all of it is filmed in Nashville.

Thursday: Who doesn’t watch The Big Bang Theory?  That is my go to early show on Thursdays. So far, The Michael J. Fox Show is the middle choice of the night, but I end the night with Elementary.

Friday and Saturday nights have absolutely no programs on television that the HH and I care to watch, so we normally spend these nights watching wonderful British TV shows and movies on Netflix or Amazon if we are home and not out and about having fun in other ways.

I can’t wait until January, so I can watch the new season of Downton Abbey here in the U. S.

What shows do you enjoy watching during the fall television season?

Have a blessed and happy day!

Angela

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What a Weekend!

Hello World!

Wow! It seems as if the weekend just started when it is really almost over.  The HH and I have been so busy that the time just flew.

Friday afternoon late we went to downtown Nashville and took part in a 3+ hour Hick Chicks Honky Tonk Pub Crawl (website says 2 hours and 3 bars, but ours was over 3 hours and 4 bars). Except for a couple or three sips of the moonshine lemonade, all I drank was ginger ale, but the HH and I had a blast.  If you visit Nashville and want to do this pub crawl, it is fun, entertaining, and educational. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor HERE.

We started at Dick’s Last Resort on 2nd Avenue and ended at Whiskey Bent on Broadway.  This tour gave participants a chance to visit several different music venues where a variety of music could be enjoyed; it was not just country music, though that was the bulk of the music genres played in the bars.  The first bar visited, located in historic Printers Alley, was a blues club, and I expect we will visit that one again for the music.

Since it was a Friday night, the streets were filled with people despite the threatening rain.  Taylor Swift was playing at the Bridgestone Arena, and several of the San Diego Chargers’ fans had come into town early for the game on Sunday with the NFL Titans.  The Predators, our NHL team, was in town for a pre-season game. This is just a few of the things going on this weekend. Music City was busy and rockin’.

After this exciting evening, I had to rise early as I was proctoring the ACT test at the school where I used to teach; I always enjoy doing ACT testing and have been proctoring such tests for 1o or 11 years.

Today, the HH and I worked on putting up shelving in our patio storage closet. We were pleasantly surprised to have my Dad, just a little over two months from his 2nd knee replacement surgery, drive up from Decatur, Alabama. He and my brother, who lives near us, came over to our place, and we had a great family lunch together.  After brother left and the HH headed to the airport, Dad and I enjoyed watching the last part of the Titans/Chargers game and then the end of the NASCAR race.

Of course, we were extremely excited to see our Titans win today, but the Chargers’ last play is just too funny! (Sorry Chargers fans).  You can see that video HERE; it is a link to the NFL’s “can’t-miss plays”.  If you want a re-cap of the game, you can watch that at NFL.com HERE. (Warning on future post: the HH and I have tickets to the Titans/Chiefs game on October 6th.)

To top it all off, the weather was simply fantastic today – windows have been open all day long.  It is the type of weather I would order for nearly every day of the year if I had the ability to do so.

It was a wonderful weekend; I’d like to have more like today.  I hope you and your family also had an amazing weekend.

Have a blessed and happy day!

Angela

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