Don’t Miss It!

Have you ever just gotten so bored with day to day life?

Get up.

Sit in traffic.

Go to work.

Do 500 errands.

Go to bed.


Perhaps you feel like you are sitting in the classroom of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off….. Continue reading

Loveable Mess

If you were to look up the word Elegant in the dictionary, I am pretty sure this is NOT what you would see.

I admit this was not one of my finer moments. Having the uncanny ability to get myself into some interesting and questionable situations seems to be my forte. I am clumsy, awkward, sloppy, and well……simple.

Elegance is often seen as the well put together lady. You know the one I am talking about….the lady with perfect hair, perfect nails, perfect clothes, perfect smell, perfect make-up….

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Light Up The Night

Marilyn Monroe once said…. “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to TwinkleHave you ever stood outside at night…far from the lights of the city….and just looked up at the sky?

View of night sky from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


It is just the most beautiful and luminous sight imaginable. Even the dark doesn’t seem so dark or scary when all those stars are working together to shine and twinkle. Continue reading

I’m Worn

I’m tired
I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing

These were the words I heard as I started my car this morning to head to work.  I knew the song well, even though it had been a while since I had heard it.  As I entered my car, there was no better way to describe me then by these words…

I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
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Time’s Up!!!

Tuesday????? Already???   Was it just not Friday with a three day weekend ahead of me 5 minutes ago??????  What happened? How did I miss it????? Where did it go????

This was the conversation I had with myself this morning as I got up to get ready for work. It is Tuesday… the day after Labor Day, and I find myself sitting here wondering…Where did my 3 day weekend go???

When I left the office on Friday afternoon I had big plans for the weekend ahead.  There was dinner with girlfriends to kick off the glorious 3 day weekend, and then I had plans to get my house organized and maybe see a movie. All my loved ones were out of town or busy, and I can’t hike right now, so it was time to get caught up. Continue reading

It’s Time

Electric. Majestic. Powerful. Tradition.

These are words that describe the current atmosphere here in East Tennessee. Today is a day we have been waiting exactly 9 months for. Today we will finally here those 5 words that will make every Tennessean Shiver with delight…..

It’s Football Time In Tennessee!!!!!

If you don’t live in the South you may not understand why today is so special. Why every person within a 100 mile radius of Knoxville, TN is decked out in orange today with Rocky Top playing in the background. Continue reading

Ingredients Of A Ginger

So it is finally here… the VERY thing you have been waiting for.  Yes folks, it is Christmas in August. Today you will find out 25 things all about ME. Special shout out to Suze over at Suziland for the  inspiration. If you have not checked her out.. DO SO NOW… but go to the potty first because she will make you pee on yourself.  🙂 Continue reading

Not Yet


I remember clearly the day my mother turned 30.  As a 6 year old, I thought she was the oldest person I knew, besides my grandparents.  What did it feel like to be THAT old?

Flash forward 24 years and I am now  just 8.5 years away from being Fifty.


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Shout Out To 1975

If you have been anything like me the past two weeks your Eyes have been glued to the television watching the Olympics in Rio. Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED the Olympics. I will stay up way past my bedtime to cheer on my country. I love them so much in fact, that if cow tipping was an Olympic sport, I would stay up to the wee hours of the morning cheering on team USA.

Of course I have cheered on the favorites of Phelps, Ledecky, Biles, Felix, and Bolt. Each one an inspiration and a pride to their country. However, on Sunday, during the ladies vault final in gymnastics, I found myself inspired by someone I had never even heard of before. Continue reading

Forward Is Forward

I am not going to lie… I can sometimes get real cocky and sure of myself. I am in NO way conceited, but from time to time, I get a little too over confident with myself and I need to be humbled. Honestly…just look at this face… doesn’t she look a little cocky?

This weekend I experienced one of those times where I desperately needed to be brought back down to size, and these mountains I live in were all too happy to do the job.  I hiked  on the Appalachian Trail starting at Clingmans Dome and headed down to Miry Ridge and then back up to Clingmans Dome.  Clingmans Dome is the 3rd highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It stands at 6,643 feet in elevation. Hiking to Miry Ridge you get to about 5000 feet in elevation, so you can only imagine what the return trip is like. Continue reading