Shopping at Demeter’s Common and Public Square Marketplace in Lebanon, TN

Demeter’s Common, Lebanon, TN

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.

Demeter’s Common and Public Square Marketplace, Lebanon, TN

We also went next-door to the Public Square Marketplace. More on that in a few.

Demeter’s Common, Lebanon, TN

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.

Demeter’s Common, Lebanon, TN
A place for Mom to sit while we shop, Demeter’s Common, Lebanon, TN
Demeter’s Common, Lebanon, TN

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.

Harry the Raccoon

Well, we may have come home with Harry! 😉 Little River Roo needs him. Each little animal hanging has a story.

Public Square Marketplace, Lebanon, TN

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.

Em + Kate, Lebanon, TN
Em + Kate, Lebanon, TN

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!

Monday Again

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!

Anything on your to do list this week?

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?

Fairvue Plantation House, Gallatin, TN and Weekly Update

Some of you may know, that my husband George grew up in Gallatin, TN. My grandmother also lived on a farm in the area for some time. And then George and I lived in Gallatin for about 15 years or so, until we moved to Mount Juliet. So getting to visit the Fairvue Plantation house in the area, was a real treat for us last night. We thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of this home both inside and out.

That said, it is someone’s home, and so I did not take pictures of the inside. But it was gorgeous and the family that lives there is a precious family and they have so much history and enjoy sharing the history with others. What it looks like inside just takes you back to an era long forgotten. It is both modern but yet contains the genuine southern plantation feel from days long ago. Not that I would really know what that is like, lol. But one imagined, one read about in books, and as seen on TV.

We arrived extremely early not wanting to be late, me -having come from Nashville from work and then to Mount Juliet had to give ourselves plenty of time to get there. Waze took us a back way to skirt around traffic on the 109 Highway and Lebanon Rd – Hwy 70. We saw some area we had not seen before. I’m always surprised to find entire neighborhoods built aside some farmland that I had no idea. This area around Nashville, Mount Juliet, Lebanon, and Gallatin, is booming. But arriving early we took a stroll down to the lake. I wish I’d had the Canon with me! It was a little humid and a lot of mosquitos but so worth the view.

Two videos above. The first one was for instagram and the 2nd was for the vlog. I see the formatting looks better on Word Press using the sideways method of holding my phone. Good to know.

This was the icehouse. And some pics I took below on the grounds. Enjoy.

There was a wine reception, a tour of the house along with this history, and then dinner. All of it was exquisite. We met some wonderful people. We absolutely loved this evening and I will never forget it. I was also shocked at how beautiful this last picture came out all lit up at night.

Adelicia was one of the previous owners of the house – well, married to the owner of the house, who at one time was involved in slave trade, but not at the time she married him. I’m very excited to have been given this book, when I had asked about it. This should be interesting. It’s a very big book! Bigger than Gone with the Wind I think.

So we made it home a little past my bedtime last night but not too late. I am glad that it is Friday.

Other Updates from the Week

Mom fixed breakfast for dinner one night this week. We didn’t have hash browns nor potatoes to slice to make any but we had crinkle fries.

Our sweet neighbors brought over a headstone for Roger. So sweet. I need to work on the doggies little grave area and pretty it up. This was so sweet of them.

The weather has been rainy and ominous at times as these tropical systems go by to the east and frontal boundaries hover from the west and north. Making for some soupy times. George has been unable to mow as the grass is always too wet.

This cell below, was the radar of what you see above in the cloudy/rainy pic. This storm had winds blowing in both directions and wanted to rotate. You can even see a notch in the rain below. But a funnel never formed. I don’t think there was enough energy and the jet stream was not involved. But these storms dumped a lot of rain in a short time.

Meanwhile in Texas

River’s Day Care teacher is still out with COVID. She has had a rough time. The hospitals are full. She was treated and released because they did not have room to keep her. But Katy said she was getting better. Still not sure she will be back next week. So church members have helped by keeping River this week. River has had a blast. Or as most of you know him as my “Little Roo”. Short for Little Buckaroo.

And so I’ll leave you with this.

No plans for the weekend but just getting things done on the list. I worked on the vlog video some yesterday morning. I need to do some voice overs this weekend. Still trying to decide how to handle “Roger”. We want to tape a segment and do a special video and I decided we would do that “true to the time frame” of his death along with the natural timing of our videos. But since most people know he is gone I am wondering if I need to do a real time update in one of the videos. No biggie, just something I’m trying to decide.

So I’m off to finish getting ready and get to work.

Ya’ll have a good weekend. Whatchadoing this weekend yourself?