Norm’s Amish Market and Snow White Drive In / Mount Juliet and Lebanon, TN Area

Our day was mighty fine yesterday. It did ALL of our souls good to get out and do a few things other than work and home, chores, and to do lists. Our first order of business was to stop at Norm’s, a local roadside market with mostly Amish goods from Scottsville, KY. We used to go every year but it’s a little far for us now. So it’s nice to see this place, although pricier since its the middle man. I loved the photo opportunity and these Mum’s will be in full bloom soon.

Don’t pick up the peaches! See the sign?

You know how we love to go in and “pick our produce”, smell it, feel it, inspect it, thump it – lol, well we live in a different world with the “dreaded illness” out there so….you have to approach your roadside stand with a bit of mystery. So far there were no rotten veggies in the bottom of the basket, but we’d never know til we got home. Ha! I did touch a zucchini and George quickly scaled me and pointed me to this sign below.

Of course I laughed imagining me asking the clerk, “hey could you lift this to my nose please?” My guess is they would answer your questions and sell it to you. And we spent some money in there buying jams, pies (Mom) and squash, and zucchini, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

There was something about these boxes that made me want to take a pic. I suppose it’s because it strikes a memory of seeing them out on the Amish farms and in the little stores there in Scottsville, KY. There were 8 or 9 stops on the Amish market routes and we would visit each one. I remember trying not to go wild at each market b/c we wanted to buy something from each one. Soon we had come to learn which markets had which veggies that were the best of the best! While they all had a bit of everything usually, one had more pumpkins, one had more baked goods, one had the best variety of beans and jams, one had better tomatoes and so forth. I treasure these memories now. It was a Saturday we all looked forward to. But we have different excursions now, although less frequent these days, and I am ok with our excursions.

An Old Fashioned Drive in Diner at Snow White Drive In

Oh we really enjoyed ourselves here. What I unfortunately did not get a pic of as too many people would have been in the photo, was to get a pic of the picnic tables outside under the awnings on the let side of the building. There were some in front too and I didn’t see if there were any on the other side. But you could also eat in your car. We were lucky and got a picnic table away from others and in the back side where there was a field and a nice breeze coming through. At low 80’s in the shade and breeze, not much humidity, it was perfect!

They have been known to have excellent BBQ but they had all sorts of things that you would expect an old fashioned diner to have. All kinds of sandwiches, burgers, fries and onion rings, salads, ice cream, and even breakfast!

We also headed out to see Mom’s house and to go to a few shops in Lebanon. We didn’t want to tire Mom out too much. George and I would have parked and shopped all day in Lebanon, lol. We just hit about 3 or 4 and then headed back home. We stopped at Aldi on the way also.

I have decided to wait and share more of the pictures during the week as it gives me something to post. So you can look forward to seeing a few things from the shops in Lebanon, TN this week.

But I do want to say again how much it helped all of us yesterday to just get out there some and see what all we could get into. We sort of had a few plans but the Amish market was a surprise stop and one of the best. So GET OUT and just GO and see what all you can get into when life just feels like it needs a splash of something different.

George and I are doing a filming video today of what all is in our freezer! We’ve been talking about it for weeks. So I need to try and do something with my hair and makeup and lighting. I ordered that RING LIGHT finally, to give more lighting. We are going to film it from two angles – using my iPhone and the camera. This should be interesting. Because we keep adding things to the top of the freezer but we have not been to the bottom in ages.

So I need to go stage this and myself! I’ve not even opened the Amazon box the RING LIGHT came in. It might be something else entirely, lol.

Later today we are going out with BIL and SIL to a brewery, out to eat, and to see their new place. Excited to spend time with them.

Meanwhile in Texas

We faced time with Little Roo yesterday. He’s so “almost there” with the crawling. But not yet. He is just turning circles on the carpet. He’s loving to eat too. We watched him eat on FaceTime too. We have spent some good time on face time and I’m so appreciative of my daughter doing this for us. It’s almost like we are there, not quite but better than nothing. Special times. We just stop what we are doing and watch. The best thing is when he looks at the phone and smiles at us. Nothing makes us SMILE so big as to when he sees us and smiles. What a joy!

What are you up to this fine Sunday?

Exquisite Frozen Food, Nail Dip Colors, Flooring Decisions, Oscar’s Tacos, Plumbing Issues, Too Much to Do, and Little Roo! Whew!

Good morning – at least it is morning for me as I sip coffee. I made a discovery this week. This lean cuisine above is amazing and tastes like something I had in a very expensive Italian Restaurant once. Ummmm, let me just say I’ll be filling the freezer with this one! Had to share!

Got my nails done Monday after work. I had the coral one removed and got a softer flesh tone color. I have to keep them short because I’m on the computer all day. I like the color though – subdued a bit. The thing I’m enjoying about the dip is getting to choose the color. Whereas when I had the French nails it was always pink/white and they were very thick nails. This is better for your nails my salon person said.

You can see the prior color I had on here in the picture. Honestly I think I can go a little longer than 3 weeks and get away with it, as it’s $45 each time you get them done and you can change colors. With the French I had fill ins every other time and if you went to long you had to pay the full price to get both the white and pink unless you kept your nails really long. I get mine cut short so it would cut the white off – if I let it go longer than 3 weeks. So I think that is how I can stretch the price some. πŸ˜‰ Go longer than 3 weeks!

They had a pretty white color that was called “blushing bride”. It was a soft white with a tiny bit of sparkle. And they another in this brand that was a little more pink. I forgot what it was called. They have so many colors. So I will enjoy this. But I do think it takes a little longer to do the dip. The lighter color is non exciting I realize but I was ready for a lighter color and I’ll hop back and forth! I figure the lighter colors I can wear longer w/o anyone noticing they have grown out some in that 4th week. :-O

The weather has been weird for July, but you know what? I’ll take it. Cloudy means less of a beating sun. I thought the sky looked unique from my office window a day or two ago. The clouds were interesting and the sun barely shining through. And the airplane streaks were dark instead of their little white trails. We have had periods of brief moderate rains, little blips of thunder showers, and mostly just clouds. But the sky has been entertaining for sure.

Update on the flooring. Here and on Facebook and myself, all voted to remove the marble and have the wood laminate flooring extended in it’s spot in the foyer. However, as figured, it’s too expensive to do that. Even the carpet people said it. My guess is really it’s also “too much trouble”. No one wants to spend the money and likely no one wants to do the work. I heard my spouse and my Mom gloating with glee through the Nest cam at how “they got their way”. ::sigh:: So I will buy a big huge rug and cover the damn thing up so it matches instead of clashes. πŸ™‚

Because…everyone loves a BIG EYE SORE…NOT!!!!!

Not sure how much damage we have done cost wise as the estimates are not back yet. But they came yesterday to get the specs. So we’ll get the cost in a few days and then we will set the dates. I hope they do Saturday’s. If not one or both of us will have to take off work so we can move all the little stuff around and keep an eye on our things while workers are in the house. :-O But I’m excited as we are close to getting this on the schedule. Have waited so long to get rid of the blue floor in the kitchen. It’s gonna look so good with the grey flooring throughout. We have a lot of browns in the house. I am glad I’m getting the grey floors. A lot of people would gasp, but I think it brings a great relief.

Here’s the options if you missed that post. I think the grey have a tint of beige in them enough to blend in areas where I have darker wood in the room (cabinets are oaky in color) and a lot of the door frames are painted dark. I wanted to paint all the trim white because I think it is fresh, but all of our closets have these darker wooden doors that open up and would be expensive to replace and hard to paint with their shutter like designs. (Insert eye roll here!) lol lol

So we wait for a price and a date – or it may take two days.

Oscar’s Taco Shop, Mount Juliet, TN
Oscar’s Taco Shop, Mount Juliet, TN

We have been wanting to go to Oscar’s Tacos here in the Mount Juliet area since we saw there would be one! Finally got to go last night for “Taco Tuesday”. I decided to get a plate of enchilada and taco’s with rice and beans. The enchilada looked so good. I dove into it first.

To their credit, I’m sure they use fresh ingredients and home made and all that. But I had bones in my enchilada. I was not expecting that. I’m sure they wouldn’t have either. I should have reported it but it was a fast food type of restaurant and they were usually pretty busy, and I was on the inside of the booth – just wasn’t convenient. I let it go. I might file an online complaint, and maybe get a free taco. It kinda ruined my meal last night because it made me question the rest of the food. But after thinking about it, if they use fresh ingredients and boil up a chicken I can see where this could have happened by accident. They were not big bones just small ones. Anyway, if I get an enchilada again – I just won’t get the chicken!!!! The Tacos and the beans were great. The rice was of course just rice. But I’ll go back again and get something different and give them the benefit of the doubt. I was greatly disappointed though as it kinda ruined my dinner to be honest. It was not a pleasant thing to find chicken bones in your enchilada. Their tea though? Awww, it was incredible. Tasted like a good brewed southern tea should with good flavor.

No worries, we’ll try it again sometime.

Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com

So….this is not my pic by the way – sometimes if I don’t have one I’ll use the free Pexel service that comes with the blog. But we had a clog in the sink a couple of days ago (Monday). George got that fixed. Then the pipes with the washer backed up and began leaking when Mom was trying to do her laundry. So he has tried to fix it yesterday/last night. And I’m not sure what the verdict is. I suspect we will be calling the plumber.

I hate it when these things happen because pretty much LIFE STOPS when you can’t do dishes, run dishwasher, and do laundry.

Oh a week or two ago – it was my car – was leaking oil and we got the seal fixed on that $700 ish dollars.

I’ve pretty much concluded that everything either leaks, poops, or stops up. I mean try eating pizza for a whole weekend! Gotta have some fiber! Good thing we like our veggies lately. lol

So – yeah – life is a constant battle of either unclogging or trying to stop it up. Always!

And so that really about does it for today’s blog update.

Other Stuff…..

I guess really now that payroll is over, I can try to sneak in a call or text to make Mom’s hair appointment. She mentioned it Sunday but I had a couple of busy days and didn’t get it done yet. She asked me about it again last night. I hate it but I am probably not going to be able to react as quickly on things as she wants. We still don’t have those lights up yet. But there is not many free moments in my day. I’m trying to get used to taking care of an extra person. But I’m not perfect at it yet or as quick on it as some like. And she is needing a few things from the downstairs storage and wants me to walk her down around back to the basement. Maybe we can do that tonight.

George is wanting me to help decide what meals we will have the next few days. He was asking after dinner last night when I was trying to have a moment of relaxation after we got back from dinner. I could not think about food planning and told him so. I think he was irritated. But that’s on him. I can’t be everything everyone needs all the time. I’m more apt to meal planning while sipping wine before dinner than after eating an enchilada that had a bone in it. Just sayin’.

We are almost finished with the Ravensburger puzzle. I was going to order another but George wanted me to wait and see if he could find one at yard sales this weekend. He says he sees them nearly every time he goes. I’ve decided I will keep them and work them over and over again through the years. I’m spoiled to them now. There may be other brands just as good but less expensive. I think he did not want me to pay $19.99 for puzzles. It is high, but when you think about it – if you keep them and work them through the years many times – it’s not that big of a deal. I mean look what we spend on consumable food? We will order anything and everything on a menu. ::sigh:: So I’ll wait…… for a few days. lol. We have enjoyed working the puzzle. But Mom is unhappy with the chairs and says it’s uncomfortable. I don’t think we want to spend money on puzzle chairs. I think we will end the puzzling before we do that. I don’t think I can make my house perfect for her needs so I am about to give up on that. However, when she has her house she can order a plush puzzle chair. I can’t fix everything! I just can’t.

Then at some point this week maybe I will get some time to finish the next video and maybe do something on my list. We shall see. Fancy has her trim Saturday. We have church on Sunday so after laundry and cleaning (if we have a workable water system in the house) then maybe I can sneak in something from my list of to do’s. Who knows?

But that is where we are!

Meanwhile in Texas….

Off to work I go! What on earth is going on in YOUR world this week?

Concert, Dinner and Shopping in Franklin, TN and other July 4th Weekend Activities!

Gabes, Franklin, TN near Cool Springs Mall

Saturday afternoon, we began excursion #2 of the day. We went by Gabes, the Cool Springs discount store. It was a LOT busier than in January when we went. Matter of fact, just people in your way a little more than you wanted. The isles are small and with a buggy two people can’t go down them well. But we got through the maze. I bought a couple of clothing pieces. I had my cart stacked with pants to try on as I just knew the fitting rooms would be open. But no, they lost some sales since I could not try on clothes. I mean…really? At this point they need to be open!!

I am going to put a “pants buying” mission on the calendar so I can get a shopping day for this. I also could use a few summer pieces for week since I have gained weight again and had given away all my large sizes. Ugh! I need to go the other direction. It’s always a battle on a normal basis, but give us a year like last year and then like this year – and we are having to eat horribly on the go, fast food and such. Plus Mom eats a lot of fattening type foods (white bread, not whole grain, a lot of burgers, regular pasta and not whole grain, fried foods, etc.) and we end up eating it too. For example, I gave up chips but those are back in the house. A huge temptation for me. So once I get myself a bit settled, I need to go back to working on my weight. ::sigh:: Once I lose again, I have two big containers of clothes waiting on me!

So I only have the two pair of jean capris for summer and really need at least ONE more pair to avoid having to do extra darks. Anyway, at Gabes, I bought a lot of the pump hand soap. We go through that pretty fast and I like to buy different kinds. I buy those face wash towelettes and I bought a bunch of those and some cosmetic items. It’s “the hunt” and the “good buys” that are fun to find.

The Bottle Shop, Franklin, TN

George got a gift card to the Bottle shop. I think it was for letting Katy and Cody have his car for a week. So we went and picked out a few things from there. It’s just a great place for finding a few special bottles of wine with good prices. They also have a few liquor items and also craft beer that you can take home in growlers. We never do though as we are usually doing other things and not going straight home. They also have a little gift section, including cards.

The Bottle Shop, Franklin, TNG
Gift card from the gift shop section, The Bottle Shop, Franklin, TNG
Gamay, a French Wine we love, The Bottle Shop, Franklin

You may have heard me talk about Gamay before. We had bought this and really liked it. I kept it in my photos for a long time so we could buy another one. And then I didn’t find it again, and finally just erased the photo. Now I found it! lol

We then had just enough time to get to our 5:30 reservations at Americana Taphouse. I picked this restaurant as the others nearby, Gray’s, 55 South, and a few others were just a little more pricey than I really thought we should spend right now. Instead $25 to $35 for an entre plate plus ala carte for everything you add, I was looking for $15 to $24 ish. We always add drinks, sometimes an appetizer or salad anyway. So “the price was right” at this restaurant. I had fish and chips and added a Caesar salad.

Americana Taphouse, Franklin, TN

As six o’clock approached, more people began arriving and the place was almost entirely full by the time we left. Note to self: five-thirty is an excellent time to eat dinner out around these parts!

Americana Taphouse, Franklin, TN

The Americana Taphouse is still owned by Puckets. It’s no longer Pucket’s Boathouse. It was hard to keep fresh seafood coming in and they flipped it around to be more accommodating for what they could resource. So it’s kinda like REALLY GOOD pub food, but with a few extra Nashville like flairs, like George’s Hot Chicken PBLT – Pimiento, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato sandwich. They also had fish tacos. I almost had that, but I really wanted the cod (fish and chips). It was all really good!

I would have taken a pic of the food but we were so deep in conversation about a few things and having a great time talking so I didn’t even think about it.

Paleta de Mango Kolsch, Americana Taphouse, Franklin, TN
Savory Spice Shop, Franklin, TN

Shopping on Main Street in Franklin is quite fun. Best to go before night time as many shops close, and even some were closed for the 4th weekend. Some are family owned type of shops, so anything goes. But some chose to be open. This spice store, The Savory Spice Shop, was open. We bought some pork chop seasoning and some dried shallots. They are very attentive and will let you try anything as long as they open it for you and give you the sample. A great little place!

East Main, Franklin, TN

“Oops! We have time left over, we shopped all around, what we gonna do now?”

“Well, there is little Wine Bar down the street? Wanna sip a glass of wine til concert time?”

The wine bar inside was calm, dimly lit, and quiet. Honestly, it was really really nice! The outside vibe was sunny with laughter and conversation. We chose the quiet spot with air conditioning, lol. We enjoyed picking the wine from the menu. I chose a French wine and we sipped, talked, and also sat some in quietness, checked phones, etc. We had an hour after all, so we could do it all. The bathrooms were nice. It was a converted old house and in the bathroom you could see the “charm” of the old house. It gave me a quick desire to “redo an old house” but then I thought of my age and quickly changed my mind. I just love to decorate is all. And it would be fun to decorate an old house into a comfort zone mixture of lace and wood. I’d have to give up my beach vibe rooms. Ahh, fun to dream but, enhhhh, probably more fun to just travel and decorate a cottage up if I ever did have to move again or RV’d with a little cottage base. (hint hint). Not gonna happen, but fun to dream.

Then on to the Franklin Theatre where our concert would be. Often I end up way behind George. He thinks I’m with him and I’ve stopped to take a pic. He looks around often though, he’s used to it. He’ll discover I’m not by him and I’m somewhere behind taking pics. I noticed my iPhone was not taking good pics also – I think I changed the settings back when River was here. I adjusted it a bit to get some type of photo and I guess never changed it back. I changed it back yesterday and it should be set to take more pics and adjust itself to the lighting. Either that or Apple’s done something with an update to make it worse where you will want the next new phone, lol. They wouldn’t do that really would they? Wait didn’t they do something to the battery life so you’d you buy the next one? I think they admitted that one didn’t they? If you know, let me know.

Gray’s on Main, Franklin, TN
George and Sonya, headed to see Striking Matches, Franklin, TN

Absolutely LOVED and enjoyed the Striking Matches concert. We had seen them years ago at Third and Lindsley. George bought their 3 CD’s Morning, Noon, and Night. And we got to meet them. What a treat!

A horrible and tired picture of me with half styled hair and not a lot of makeup or glam! But what a surprise! Was happy to have my picture taken with such talented folks that I’ve listened to for a long time. They have a YouTube Channel that they post some of their songs on. Just look for Striking Matches wherever you listen to your music.

These two met at Belmont and were thrown together in class to do a collaboration and what a collaboration it was! It’s funny how things come to be. Love watching them perform.

So we got home about 11:30 as we had to drive about 45 to an hour back to Mount Juliet. Bed felt good. I had clean sheets as I had changed them a bit earlier Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning, I got up to get dressed for church so we could head out. George informed me that Mom had changed her mind and didn’t want to go and was fixing breakfast instead. So I grabbed a cup of coffee and breakfast was ready. Mom said we were out so late she thought it was best to stay home. I told her it wasn’t a problem that we were prepared to go as I had gotten up to get dressed. Then she said really the main reason was that she was hungry as she did not eat much the night before since we were gone.

So with breakfast on the table and the surprise last minute change of her plans, we didn’t go to church. I did my devo as I do EVERY day, not just on Sunday. And I guess we’ll see what next week brings. lol

So with not spending half a day out going to church, it opened up the morning. And I was able to take a walk after breakfast. I ate breakfast before I was really hungry. I usually wait til I’m hungry before eating. Anyway, didn’t want to be rude so I ate and then went for a walk to walk off dinner and breakfast.

The walk was nice.

We have some cherry tomatoes about to come in. And there are lots of herbs. George brought a lot of herbs in the house this weekend to dry.

Can you believe how busy our couple of days have been?

Then we went to see Paul and Judy yesterday. They are moving soon and had some things for sale and wanted to see if we wanted anything. George bought some books and Judy gave me a couple of books that she had bought that I’m looking forward to reading. It’s REALLY making me want to read. I think it’s a good time in my life to read more and get out of my own head a bit. I was so excited to meet their dog! Their dog was excited to meet us. We hit it off so well that Judy said “you can’t have my dog!” lol lol lol His name is Ozzie! He looks so much like Maisy dog only without the white spots.

Oh what fun and what delight this gave me, to pet and hug dog that looked and acted like my Maisy girl. I had prayed I would meet another dog like that. And I believe I did. He was a sweet dog. I’m so glad to meet him.

On the way home, George surprised me with a quick stop at a local taproom, Catch 22. We had a brewsky before heading home. Once home, I helped Mom change the sheets on her bed, fixed up a good lighted area for our “Puzzle Station”, which we started, and we watched some of my sailing shows, and George began fixing steaks. He actually grilled them! They were so good. They are good anyway he fixes them. We then began watching a history about Nashville after dinner – while waiting for dark thirty so the fireworks would start. We only got half way through. It’s very interesting.

Once it got dark we headed out to see the fireworks all around while sitting on the front porch. I do believe we made some memories. We had good disabilities for some fairly impressive shows. I think we were seeing a show from Circle K ranch not too far away and just at an angle where there were not many trees. Then neighbors down the street had some and a few streets over. We had some good ones.

We ate watermelon on the porch.

And most impressive was the view I saw from the news of the gathering in downtown Nashville. Wow. Just Wow. Everyone celebrating not only July 4 but just being able to get together as a crowd again. Here’s a screenshot.

Anyway, what a great 4th! One of the best ones I’ve had! Also want to share a pic that Mom shared on Facebook.

Mom, Me, and Dad

The scar on my right eyebrow (left in the pic, lol) shows. Before seatbelt requirements, I hit the dashboard once when the car driver slammed on the breaks – not sure who was driving. I don’t know what happened. A nurse was at Nanny’s house when we arrived and said “I think you better go get stitches” so we went to ER. Now I can “do my brows” – and have since high school – so you can’t see the scar. This pic was over 50 years ago I guess, lol.

Meanwhile in TX…….I can see River in my Dad. And Dad in River! lol


Ok ya’ll. What an entry. That should keep you for a few days. I’ll be back sometime before the work week is over – 2 to 3 days. So here’s what’s up:

I have to do two days worth of work tomorrow so it’s a LONG day – going in early and possibly staying late. Today we have a low key day, don’t wanna go anywhere but probably the store. I need to make sure Mom is set up for the week and me too, with lunches and snacks for work. I need to do some ironing for the week. I will try to do the bucket list and read and puzzle and make my Italian chicken cooked in a bag today. This week is kinda low key. We may do trivia night Thursday night with friends. Next Saturday is the day we go to look at flooring. πŸ˜‰ We will be planning Mom’s birthday later in the month. I think she wants to do Hermitage Steakhouse so we’ll get that on the calendar and make reservations. Glad for a low key week though and now maybe things will settle a bit and we can relax some. I’ve enjoyed having a peaceful two hours to work on the blog. Need to get breakfast and start on some chores/cleaning so I can enjoy the day later.