Candied Rib in Mount Juliet, McKay’s Haul, Czann’s New Nashville Brewery, and Our Bucket List Update

Sauces of The Candied Rib, Mount Juliet

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”.

Farm to Table ingredients on my Simpleton Salad from Candied Rib with Smoked Chicken added

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.

George imitating the Czann pic.

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.

Bucket List

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.

Prayers Needed

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”!

Over and Out!

TENNFold Brewing, Donelson, TN / St. Jude Giveaway House, Mt. Juliet / Settling Mom in Our House

TEN Fold Brewery, Donelson, TN

Wow, this new brewery has been open for a year – opened as the Pandemic started. We have kept close in most of the year to our area, and this is about 25 minutes out from our house. We didn’t even realize it was here. But they survived and seemed to be going strong. We arrived yesterday at 11:05 just after they opened. Many breweries don’t open til afternoon. This one serves food though and not just appetizers so they were open for the lunch crowd.

We had run our morning errands, the first of which was taking back Mr. Honker of a Truck to Enterprise where we dropped her off and out of our way so George could come back and settle up this morning. A GRAND sigh of relief at dropping that thing off. Then we drove to a post office that was closed so had to drive to the main Donelson post office to mail a package off to our grandson, Little Roo. Maybe Kate will send us a pic of him getting it. Katy doesn’t know what it is and reads the blog some, so I’ll wait to mention what is in it.

A quick google revealed the new brewery. “Heck yeah” was the words of the day as we both looked forward to an “after move, Father’s Day, Brewery excursion”. It may have been early, but it was time! lol. George’s phrase “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start early”. For the most part he is only kidding because it’s a funny phrase he picked up somewhere. I say partly kidding because he likely had another while upon the riding lawn mower at end of day.

TENNfold Brewery, Donelson, TN
TENNFold Brewery, Donelson, TN

Oh my, the taste of their beer was SPOT ON! Nailed some excellent flavors. And a very interesting “hard to choose just six” flight menu.

TENNFold Brewery, Donelson, TN

We ordered a couple of appetizers. Honestly it was too many carbs with all the bread and beer too! But we ate it anyway. What was that promise of eating better next time? Oh well.

MUST DO Meatball Appetizer, TENNFold Brewery, Donelson, TN

The flavors of this sauce, the parmesan and the pesto was excellent. The bread was the freshest I’ve ever had and this makes me think their pizzas are going to be knock out good! We’ll have to come back for pizza and OH we WILL be back!

Hummus appetizer, TENNFold, Donelson, TN

Darn, I should have taken some video, sometimes I totally forget about vlogging! It’ll show up one day in the vlogs but with animated photos!

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Mount Juliet

So off we went to our next excursion which was the St. Jude Dreamhome Giveaway House. We bought a ticket for $100. It goes to the charity, but you get a chance to win the home and get a tour of the property, or win the new Ford Bronco or other prizes. We did this in 2019. It was fun. So with the PanDamnIt going away we did this again this year.

So, we did a very quick walk through. We liked the house at first impression and the newness of it, compared to what we have in our house. However, considering the space we have here, there is just NOT a lot of storage in this house. After coming away from it, and in looking at the pictures, it’s a little dark for my style and comes across very plain in the pics. On a bright and sunny day, very little light poured into the rooms. The addition of all the blackness, gives a dark and dreary tone to this house. I think one could make it pretty with the decorating and certainly add lots of lighting. The house looks very masculine to me. But a woman could take it and pretty it up and brighten it up for herself! ;-). I’m thinking white roses here! And lots of light decor and pillows!

Anyway, after that we did a pretty good grocery run, George with OUR buggy and me with Mom’s.

Then we got home and realized Mom had saved the wrong mattress. Somehow the mattresses got switched around and she had us keep the wrong one. Either she gave hers away or it’s out by the road for the city to pick up. We are not sure. But the mattress in the hall is the wrong one. And it’s still in the hall. George had moved about all he was moving yesterday, lol. I told him I didn’t want the thing in our way all week, but we’ll see. It probably will be. Anyway George said he asked Mom before he moved mattresses anywhere, which ones went where. I think they got moved around though and mixed up somehow. So she ended up with the one she didn’t want and the one she did want either was the one that was given away or at the road. So we told her we’d go pick out another if she just cannot stand my mattress here.

Anyway, hopefully things will settle soon. We have found most all of what is needed for now – charging cords, personal supplies, password books, and other items. Working things in a couple of boxes at a time. We had all the last minute packing items all in one section so it’s been pretty easy to find those things from the last load.

Mom had a point, for the next move – we’ll be doing it exactly backwards! Furniture first this time. No more big trucks though. This one is closer to us so we can do several moves and George won’t have to worry about driving a BIG HONKER. lol. Then someone in the room (George) said “can we not talk about moving for a while?” LOL LOL LOL.

And we had left over Chinese last night but we added egg rolls from the freezer section at Kroger and made those in the air fryer. Quite nice.

Overwhelming To Do List and New Agendas

Almost makes me hyperventilate when I think of what all I need to do and want to do, not only for me but for Mom. This is an adjustment for her in a big way as she has moved from her house and lost a lot of her independence, but it’s also a big adjustment for us too. I’m sure it’s both exciting and scary on both ends.

It’s a lot of responsibility that I take seriously. I’m also afraid of losing my independence too, like getting my solitude time, getting to do things I like to do, and not wanting to be needed every minute of the day.

I’m just being honest here. I’m so happy and joyous that Mom is here and we are going to and have already had some fun memories. It’s just an adjustment we all have to go through and it is nothing personal. It’s just life. But there is a certain element of joy at having more than one generation in the house. The conversation is livelier, the camaraderie is there, and the helping of one another out, and support is there. So it’s a good thing.

And I’m going to head out to go get payroll done. When this payroll is finished, it’ll be quarter end. So that means come Thursday I’ll be working on month end, quarter end report printing, and all that. I’m glad the move is over so I can concentrate on that.

I do however, have to make more pet grooming, find doctors, set up pedi and mani appts (gotta get that done), figure out some time to go shopping, get flooring for the whole house (Lord help us), hem my blue pants, do the family calendar so we all know what is going on, get Mom’s car washed and vacuumed, get mine washed and vacuumed, change purses, plan Mom’s birthday, plan/shop for George’s birthday, plan July 4, meal planning, summer bucket list before it’s gone, have some fun, work on iMovies, go back to church, clean my house from top to bottom (ok the bottom -basement – is too full of stuff so just the top), continue my photography/camera learning, and video improvements, watch my shows, plan some travel, read, and daydream about RVing and….and…and…and….