George and I found this little gem of a produce, gift shop, grocery store, community store, happy shop of a place. Then we lost it during the pandemic period. We thought it had closed. However, I kept seeing Instagram posts and I told George “no, they can’t be closed”. I messaged them and they simply moved closer to the square. So we have had it on our list to go back. It’s just a fun little place. Back when we first found them, we bought some potatoes that were in between sweet and white potatoes. I think they were Japanese or from Thailand or some far away place, but my WORD they were so good. And they had homemade ravioli that was really good. These two things alone had us going back. They did not have either – well they had mushroom ravioli and that is not a flavor I’d buy. George would, lol. But we left with a few items yesterday – mainly meat and cobblers.
We also went next-door to the Public Square Marketplace. More on that in a few.
It’s a cute little eclectic shop with a hippie like vibe! I’m using that in a good sense, not in a bad way! It’s a store that gives you peace and contentment when you enter it.
So we go into the next door shop called Public Square Market Place. And the first thing asked was “would you like some Sangria?” Why yes, yes I would! And we bought a little Sangria jar – great suggestive selling. It was soooo good. Not too sweet. You mix wine with it, let it sit in the fridge for three days, then when ready to serve add yet another bottle to it. It served really cold and had ice in the main container. WE loved it.
Well, we may have come home with Harry! 😉 Little River Roo needs him. Each little animal hanging has a story.
The next store we went to was Em + Kate’s in Lebanon, TN. We saw this store when it was being put together last time we shopped on the square. And it was not ready yet. It’s a gift shop but they also have a children’s section. Loved this store as well.
Now, my daughter’s name is Emily Kaitlyn and we call her Katy, but sometimes I called her Emmy Kate. So naturally I wanted to go to this store! Loved it. They also gave us a free cupcake when we checked out. A little mini one! It was yummy!
And so it is Monday again. The weekend was fabulous with our trip out on Saturday. And was able to get the critical things done yesterday and we went out with Kevin and Susan. I’m out of time and need to get ready for work. I’ll be back on Wednesday to share more of our weekend and pics. It’s kinda nice to have pics again to share!
Will be a busy focus this week to get a few things done in the evenings that I didn’t get done on the weekend. Have a family birthday card to send off – have to go buy a gift card, need to decide when to get a pedicure – that’s easy – then call and make an appointment. Need to order a bridal shower gift, need to order some River pics, need to check and see what the results were to my bone density test. Have not even looked yet. Need to cancel AARP. I’m not reading the magazines and not using the services. I’m also cooking a couple of times soon and need to make sure I have what I need to help out in the kitchen.
I worked on the video some – quite a bit actually – editing it. Because this makes me really happy and feeling like I’m getting something done in my life. 😉
So back on Wednesday for an update and a few more pics. Ya’ll have a great week ahead. I’m going for more coffee!
We really enjoyed our day yesterday. I was feeling a bit of anxiety not having much time at home this weekend. I did manage to get the laundry washed (not folded and nothing ironed), but we sure enjoyed our time celebrating George’s birthday. (See previous blog entries over the last few days.) Now it’s time to fast! lol.
We went to the Candied Rib after church yesterday. The food was great. They are newly opened and are not serving their entire menu yet. They were a little harried – working the kinks out – and ran out of ribs before Noon – and they close at 2. (Yikes, I know that made them anxious, as “ribs” are in their title). But everyone, including the customers were nice. I think we are all getting used to the scramble of Covid and actually are pushing to help those new restaurants who are trying so hard to come to this area with its recent boom of new growth. I told George for Christmas shopping, I want to shop local. I know we’ll buy on Amazon too, but I really want to at least try to support the locals if we can find things that we want to give people for Christmas. A lot of them are Mom and Pops. And we need that. A community needs that. But the Candied Rib has something special and they will work through this! Word of mouth is spreading about this place and they will be more prepared in the weeks to come. It’s fine line I know with the COVID blow up that is happening and just starting to reach our community in the last week or so. But what they have going is “take out” and that should enhance their business in a big way.
What I liked about the Candied Rib was they had good smoked meats and they had a great salad. It was farm fresh greens. I can’t find good fresh greens like I had yesterday and the carrots and cucumbers —- oh yeah. Mom laughed when I said “wow this tastes like a real cucumber”.
Now I kinda wished I’d added the tomato basil soup! Next time. This actually filled me up though. It had chic peas.
McKay’s Bookstore Haul and George’s Trading Secrets
Then George and I went to McKay’s bookstore because he loves the place. Let me just go into detail about George and his beloved McKaye’s.
1. He actually has an excel spreadsheet of all the things he wants to buy: books, CD’s, movies, and so forth. He keeps it going and crosses off what he finds and then adds things to it and takes it back next time to look again. They may not have it one trip but the next they might.
2. He goes to yard sales and buys books, CD’s, games, DVD’s and all the things that they take and buy from you at McKay’s – and he gets credit on his account.
3. He had $365 worth of credit yesterday. I got to help spend some and he always encourages me to find things. I am just behind on the reading!
4. He goes every chance he gets. It’s on the OTHER side of Nashville so it’s hard to get to and I guess he probably goes about once a quarter.
5. He listens to the CD’s he buys on his commute and puts songs on the CD’s that he likes, on his iTunes, and then trades the CD back to McKay’s.
6. Of course he also reads books and turns them back in as well.
So he loves his transactions and interactions with McKay’s.
Here’s my haul. George was impressed that I took longer than he did. Usually I’m having to wait for him. I go to the travel section and the audiobook section normally, and I added the Puzzle section and DVD Movie section yesterday. Yesterday the crowds were horrendous. There were too many people around the audio book section so I gave up. I didn’t want to be THAT close to people. I’m fully vaxxed but still it’s only 60 to 80 % effective. And I think I can still pass it on to others, if I have understood correctly. So yeah – I opted out on the Audio. I get it “free” anyway – well it’s not actually free but I get an audio a month through audible that is already paid for through the monthly app fee. I have a credit to use up now.
Here’s the Books and DVD’s:
And here’s the Puzzles. They are not all Ravenburger and they could have pieces missing. But I went for it since we had the credit. The Christmas puzzle was one I had on my Amazon Wish List.
Then we went to CZann’s new brewery location. It was easier to get to and park and much bigger than the downtown Nashville location. It also had an outside seating area to it. It used to be a church I think. It looks that way at least. Nice brews as always. We will try to make it back for the Pumpkin Ale, coming before too long! It’s juuuussst right! We look forward to it every year. Missed it last year.
So….we managed to dodge most of the rain somehow the last couple of days. Somehow! Thank you Lord for the protection. And we have some tropical systems that will be bringing us a lot of rain this week.
On the way home last night we brought in the family pack of Captain D’s. And that was good but oh my – I paid for it last night. I just can’t eat fried food like that. Also didn’t sleep too well.
We assessed the Bucket List yesterday and we are doing pretty good! Better than we usually do. We have checked a lot off. We are over zealous in our planning. These are mainly just options. But surprisingly we are checking lots of them off.
And I had to laugh when I looked back at my photography session for you all. I have a store in my bedroom:
The Week Ahead
I was thinking this was an easy week with no appointments but there are a few once I turned the calendar. I have a hair appt Wed evening. And we have a wine reception, a special meal and touring an old plantation property with our financial advisor on Thursday. It’s the neighborhood that he lives in. We are excited about that. And then this weekend, I think we have nothing and I’d like to keep it that way. Also Thursday George takes Mom for the PreDry Wall Walk Thru of her new house. I’m grateful he is taking that one. As I have all the doc appts.
Little Roo’s Day Care teacher has COVID and also there are some other people that I know that have it that don’t want it mentioned. So please pray for these folks. Little Roo’s day care teacher is hospitalized. Also prayers needed for Katy and Cody who are struggling and scrambling to find day care. She started back to school this week, so horrible timing. And Cody, although works nearby on the ranch, still has responsibilities he has to attend to. So they are having to drive to another city where someone at their church has taken a couple of days. But help this situation. We are far away and can’t help. Even if they were here, we work too but it’s just a bad situation.
And I’ll be doing payroll tomorrow, so no blog post. Wednesday I may post, if not it’ll be Thursday. Haven’t been able to work on the video in several days. It’s just been too busy after work and my weekend was all taken up this weekend. I will have to do housework in the evenings on the evenings I have available anyway – today and tomorrow only it looks like. Need to iron and fold all the laundry I washed. lol. We had too much fun and now have to cram all the chores in – or they will sit and await me on the weekend. George started to make plans and I said “noooooooooo”!
We have a new store in these parts, PopShelf, owned by Dollar General. First of all the colors “popped” from the road that made me go “what kinda store is that”. What a great marketing strategy. Immediately what did we do? (Well after we were not driving anymore). We googled it to see what it was and then said “let’s go”. So while we were with my SIL and BIL yesterday, we decided to do just that.
What kinda of store, you say? Well, I walked in to pretty soaps and smell goods and “capture your eye” decor and then lots of storage containers for your home of many styles. There are party supplies, toys, cosmetics, kitchen gear, crafts supplies and materials. Just about anything you need for those quick “one stop and shop” items when you don’t want to walk through Walmart. They even had some frozen foods, snack isles, seasonal items, and it was just a fun place to shop. I will go back quite often. There is one in the Hermitage, TN area near Nashville and near us. And there is one in Hendersonville, TN. I believe I read there is also one in Clarksville, but they are popping up in neighborhoods. Most of the items are $1 to $5 but not all. There are some $8 to $10 I believe. And guess what? You scan it yourself. There is someone there to help in the middle of the square of 4 scanners. They also have the lady shopper’s dream – cute bags that you can use later for toting. ;-), a smaller version of the Cracker Barrel type bag, but white with their logo. I just happened to have enough stuff that I needed two! If you have one near you, go check it out. It’ll become a regular stop. It’s what I call “a Happy Shop”.
What did I buy? Well, we have been on a shopping spree of sorts lately – mainly groceries and the Dollar Store. We have been to Sam’s also – so we didn’t need much in the way of household supplies or food staples, but we did make splurges on snacks meaning maple cookies, chocolate peanut butter cookies (kinda like the Girl Scout cookies). I bought some laundry detergent pods so I’d have a back up. We bought Mom some candy she had been looking for that we’d not been able to find anywhere else. She’s always loved these “circus peanuts”. We’d have bought more if I had not already had a big huge shopping week already. But oh —we’ll be baaaaack! And with pleasure.
This shopper loves PopShelf! Trendy and Perfect! Oh and they even have $1 greeting cards – cute ones of all kinds.
I have to laugh at the “fat free”. Hmmmmm. Anyway Mom got her candy and we have our cookies for an after meal “digestive” as the Europeans call it. Or is that just the Italians. I like their thinking. One MUST have a cookie for things to digest. And they DO say a little bit of “fat” helps it absorb – instead of just going directly to our backsides. lol. Well, that’s what “they” are saying now.
George’s Birthday Weekend Continues
Ya’ll help me remember to have a weeklong birthday in January ok?
We always love meeting my SIL and BIL here and have done so through the years. But guess what? Their beautifully recently remodeled house is up for sale in Gallatin the next quick town over. They will be moving closer to us (part time and temporarily) to an apartment in Lebanon. We’ve been hanging out in Lebanon a lot lately too instead of going toward Nashville. Lebanon is beginning to boom as is our area with the newly added Amazon distributing center. I mean whooooaaa, wooded areas and farms get a big road and an Amazon distribution center so big it meets the horizon “down yonder” and then the area just explodes. My SIL and BIL have a condo in the mountains of East TN near their 1 year old granddaughter. And during Covid days BIL could work from the condo. Now they need them in the office some in Hendersonville – but the house market booming and retirement days not far away, they decided to sell their house. In the Lebanon area, apartment prices (right now) a little more reasonable and they were ready for a change of area, and it’s not too bad of a drive – maybe 40 minutes for the few days he has to drive in to work. We are happy to have them closer to us for when they are here. Yay!
We also went out to eat and to Sam’s and to PopShelf.
We went to a new restaurant, Blossom Thai. The food was very good. The menu displayed asterisks of all the dishes they were not serving or out of. The wait was very long and there was a sign that asked that we please understand. These signs are popping up everywhere since people are choosing to sit at home instead of work. With rent paid for and forgiven and extra incoming coming in due to Covid, I guess they don’t bother. So we all wait when we go out to eat. It’s all becoming very European it sounds. Eating is becoming a very long and communal experience, lol.
I am Christian and so I didn’t really understand the Buddhist “shrine”. It was explained to me, but I still don’t get it. So is some Buddha God supposed to swoop down when no one is looking and eat the pineapple and sip the water? I’m really not making fun, I seriously don’t understand. I know as a Christian though it made me feel uncomfortable being admisdt a bunch of Buddha statues. God made it clear he is not happy with any other God’s but him and He says He is the only one true God and He detests the man made statues. I’m just telling you what I know as a Christian. So this was odd to me.
But I did understand “Egg Roll”, LOL.
My dish above, was the “Pad Kra Pow”. It was good but VERY salty and pretty hot for a dish with no warning label. Or those cute little peppers they usually put by a dish to let you know it has some heat. But that said, again for the 3rd time, the food was good! I enjoyed my hot tea also. It was Jasmine tea.
So we’ve had a lot of fun this weekend. Friday night, going back in time, we ate at Bubbakoo’s Burrito, in Mount Juliet. It was great. A “build your own” situation of taco’s, taco salad, burritos, quesadillas and so forth. Loved it.
Meanwhile in Texas
Guess who’s a big boy now? He’s learning to drink from a “sippy” cup!
Ok, over and out, being rushed this morning. Off to church. And another birthday excursion. lol