My most valued possession is my family. Even if you are living in a box
somewhere, and you have the love and support of your family, you will always be
wealthy. Love really is all you need. From love, great things will emerge. From
your thoughts, you can create greatness.This is what I need to remind
myself of everyday to be the best person that I can be. Live your life with
gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have everyday, even if it is your eyes
to see or your ears to hear or your feet to walk or your hands to create.
Understand your place in this Universe; how infinitesimally small you are, but
how huge a contribution your Spirit is. Don't wear blinders to the world around
you, you're not the only one here. Be kind, considerate, don't be judgmental,
love others, and yourself. Know that you are perfect inside; that you are

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Welcome to Tennessee! Day one...finally!

Well, I finally got the photos edited, and uploaded. I had no idea how much work that would be. Better late than never, I guess!
I'm going to try to post what I can to chronicle a little of what we enjoyed during our MUCH needed stay in Tennessee. There will be plenty of pictures, though I edited as much as I could to still give you a feel of what is there to enjoy. I am also uploading all my photos to Smugmug and I will post that link as soon as I am done. I hope you enjoy this post!

Entering Nashville

                                            Hello, Nashville! (we didn't visit...this time...)

                                             We stopped for gas off the highway after we left the Nashville area before we got to Cleveland, and this Empanada truck was parked and open for business right outside the car wash.  Empanadas, anyone?


We stayed at the Mountain View Inn in Cleveland, TN. This was the view from right outside our door. It was just beautiful.

Downtown Cleveland, Saturday, October 27th. This was the most precious town. We had a cappuccino and then, later, lunch, in the cutest, nicest cafe called the Cobblestone. The town was also having a car cruise and craft/vendors fair/swap meet. I got 5 different sized blue-green ball jars with locking lids. Everyone was out, despite the 55* weather. It was the best time. The streets were FULL with classic cars. I posted a few below.

This is their bank, The front lobby was decorated to the hilt for Halloween. Soo fun!

  For the ladies reading, pull your men in to see these (or maybe you enjoy them yourself!) They are worth a look...

                                           1963 Impala (left) and a 1934 Ford 5 window coupe

                                                     1937 Chevy sedan


                                                              Authentic "rat rods".

                                                  1948 Ford convertible
                                                      ...and it's interior...

                                                                     1953 Pontiac

                                 This is one of my favorites...1950 Ford Tudor coupe. Can't you just picture yourself as a pony tailed teenager in a poodle skirt at the malt shop in this?

                              I took this because I though it was really interesting. It's a 1955 Chevy
                                     Gasser. Fully customized by it's owner, down to every detail.

                                Here's a couple of street views in town. Every street looked like this. It
                                     was wonderful.

                                      The pristine engine of a 1950 Chevy pickup.

                                   And the ULTIMATE "rat rod". Rat rods were cars or trucks thrown together with junkyard parts, left primed. They were big in the 1940's. You could literally go to the junkyard with some cash and build you a car out of junker parts. This one is a "spoof" of sorts. A throw back to the era with his own personal twist. He used fence posts welded to the headers as his exhaust. See the rat in the trap...? He spared no expense on the brand new 350 engine, though...

                        A Mirrored tray and bicycle horn as the side mirror...(and notice the pet rat sitting inside on the seat...)

                                  It was fun and truly unique all the way down to the junk in the bed...

Once we decided to leave, I snapped these of some houses around town. Beautiful.

Cleveland is definitely in the running for places to move to in the future. We just loved it! Stay tuned for my next post from gorgeous Gatlinburg!

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