Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thought of the day: Giving thanks and feeling grateful

Since I quit the work force almost nine years ago, I told my husband that every day I don't have to work, I am happy. These days, it's hard to be happy when you see your finances dwindling before your eyes in these tough economic times. When your savings account is reaping almost next to nothing in interest and you have to change your lifestyle to accommodate the new fuel prices, life is not smooth sailing all the way. Still, I am grateful for the life I have.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Even more so after hearing news like my favorite movie star Patrick Swayze succumbing to pancreatic cancer, and a friend recently diagnosed with alzheimers at the young age of 54! Then today, a friend of ours, working in the Middle East the last several months, called. He's very excited about coming home next week. When asked what he'd like to do when we get together, our friend said "anything we do will feel like heaven."
Perspective is a good thing. It makes us appreciate what we have, and realize how fortunate we are. So, don't wait until Thanksgiving day to give thanks. Be happy and

"Live well - laugh often - love much"

"Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That's why we call it the Present "
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Favorite Destination: Nashville, Tennessee

Broadway St, Nashville downtown
Nashville wowed me on my first visit. Music clubs dot the streets of downtown Nashville, and the live entertainment is incredible, no matter your music preferences. The city rocks when it hosts the annual CMA Music Festival in June. Four days of concerts and events for country music fans to mingle with their idols and rising stars. 
Legends Corner, next to the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Stop for a drink at Legend's Corner to find out how some country stars got started. Wildhorse Saloon is another interesting place to check out; it's a dining and entertainment establishment, complete with a stage and a huge dance floor. I almost always eat here every time I visit Nashville, and have never been disappointed with the food. There's usually a band playing, and sometimes a line dancing class that you can participate in.  Check their website to make sure they're not closed for private parties or concerts. Other clubs include Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Honky Tonk Central, Bourbon Street Blues, and many more.

Bourbon Street Blues at Printer's Alley
The Parthenon
Another must-see place is the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel & Convention Center, about 15 minutes away. 50,000 (no kidding!) tropical plants in the beautifully landscaped indoor gardens will take your breath away. You can catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry or shop at the Opry Mills outlet, all within walking distances from each other.

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