Looking out the large panel windows towards the rolling Tennessee hill-tops, the sun glinting off the thick, old-growth trees, I kick my feet up on the broad, square coffee table, enjoying my view of this Nashville mountain retreat.
Yep, I’m referring to my home…
We should be in balmy, beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida right now. We were scheduled to fly out yesterday morning at 7:30 AM, but this crazy North American winter weather had other plans for us. (How many Polar Vortices and ice storms must we endure?)
Flights all along the east coast were canceled left and right. The only sensible reroute Delta could offer was a flight this evening, arriving at 10:30 PM- a full day and a half after we were due to arrive.
Unfortunately, we are missing fun activities and events for Alan’s best friend’s wedding weekend. We’ll make it there for the main events Friday and Saturday… but the parties, bar-b-ques, golfing on a PGA golf course…. it’s a bit of a bummer to miss out on some of the celebration. The couple is also like family to us.
Alas, it’s out of our control.
And for some reason, I’m not that upset to be stuck in 17 degree Nashville. It’s difficult for me to admit this…. but I am a little relieved to have more time at our private retreat here in Tennessee.
We get to hang out a little more with this guy, for one...
I say to Alan, “I’m glad we get an extra two days here with Sosuke”
He replies, “Yea, it’s cause we’re homebodies.” CRINGE…
Are we really homebodies? Can a travel-obsessed, culture addict actually be a homebody? Is it possible? Maybe….
We kind of hate leaving Sos. Cats are the easiest pets: low maintenance- leave the food and water out, pretty self-sufficient… But this cat is spoiled rotten. He’s our baby, and he requires constant attention and affection. He loves going outside to chase squirrels and birds, but usually wants to come right back in, then go right back out again. When we leave him, we inevitably feel pangs of guilt, even with friends and family checking on him once a day. So, there’s that.
And I have more time to get work done, enjoying a serene view from my middle-Tennessee mountain home.
Another thing I absolutely love about this part of the country is the solid four seasons. I tend to get restless sitting in one place for too long, but when your surroundings are constantly shifting from this lushness…
to this winter wonderland…
It’s really hard to get bored.
We Bought a Zoo
Have y’all ever seen that movie? With Scarlet Johansson and Matt Damon? It’s cute. A good plane movie, at least.
I consider myself a bit of a urbanite who enjoys relaxing in the countryside. I loved living in the internationally-fueled metropolis of Washington DC for eight years, spending many days in Manhattan during that time. But I grew up in a south Louisiana home with lots of land and privacy- and wild animals (like fox) roaming about.
We’ve somehow landed in the perfect confluence of a fun, thriving city with a bustling music and restaurant scene mixed with a secluded, nature-infused environment. Nashville is, at once, both exciting and peaceful. I used to wax lyrical about how much I loved DC (and I still do), but Nashville is the whole package.
But seriously…. sometimes I feel like we live on a nature reserve. Maybe we should rent out our guest room and charge people to come view the wild game here…hmmm…..
We have a resident fox, wild turkeys...
herds of deer….
The great American short hair feline…
The occasional snake…
And the most colorful birds I think I’ve ever encountered in my life…
Seriously… I thought Africa had colorful birds. Some of these we’ve never seen before!
It turns out that Alan is quite the bird photographer..
All of the bird photos (or most of them) featured in this post were taken by my better half. The rest are mine…
I think I’m going to devote an entire future post to our new Nashville Audubon Society. We must have over 1,000 shots by now!
Exploring Your Own Backyard
My intentions aren’t to be boastful, like- Hey, look at my awesome home! I have such a great life! NO.
I’m culling the feedback I’ve received from many of you, as well as trying to make good on some of my own New Year’s resolutions (travel-related and otherwise), namely:
- To be more appreciative and enjoy life every day- from the extraordinary to the mundane.
- To spend more time in and observing nature.
- To explore and travel closer to home (many of you have resolved to do this in 2014).
- To work on my photography (both shooting and post processing).
I would love to hear from you! Do you love your home or have any natural treasures nearby? How are you embracing your NY’s resolutions?