Home to Roost:Petsitting for Thanksgiving


It’s been a little over a week since I last posted. I was kind of still processing some family drama and trying to disconnect from some other things that were bothering me. Thanksgiving is tomorrow though and GUESS WHAT?!

I’m watching a farm!๐Ÿ

I seriously love my job. I can’t believe I’ve been petsitting fulltime for going on 2 1/2 years. 12 years total if you count the previous years where I was only doing it as a hobby in conjunction with restaurant jobs. I feel like that part of my life was so long ago that another person lived it sometimes!

Anyways, I’ve been waking up at 6:00am and going nonstop throughout the day, mucking stalls, feeding animals several times a day, turning them out in the pasture, cleaning up after them and just loving on them! I am watching 22 animals right now.(Funny, when I said that, it sounded like a band name, kind of like 21 Pilots!๐Ÿ˜‚) There are dogs, cats, burros, goats(one is a fainting goat!), miniature ponies and even a pig named Patty!๐Ÿฝ

I am so grateful for what I GET to do. I think it is so funny how, often times, we are defined by what we do. I mean, in a way, it makes sense, because often times, our jobs shape us into who we are, but I’m glad that with my job, I shape myself, continually, each and every day. I follow my values, my core set of beliefs and I don’t have to compromise on what’s important to me, like spending time with family. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Even though I’m technically “working” this Thanksgiving, it kind of feels like a vacation to me, except I get paid. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

It’s been sort of nice staying here on this farm and working every day, taking care of animals that need and depend on me. I haven’t turned a tv on in the last 48 hours and have been reading in my downtime, watching the animals in the pastures or looking down at the river. It’s so peaceful here, miles away from the family crap and dysfunction I was dealing with of last week. Now, granted, I go to spend Thanksgiving with family tomorrow, but I’m not really dreading it like I was last week.

Last week, it had me all down. This week, I am zen and I will probably just tell people that they would be much more charming if they weren’t constantly speaking ill of other people. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But really though. A little give and a little take. It’s all about balance. Keeping the peace…but also speaking your mind when it needs to be spoken.

I’m not sure what tomorrow has in store…or even next year! But I am so happy that I am no longer defined by my “job”. It is what I do and it makes me so happy! I don’t wake up dreading tomorrow, I just wonder what new animals I will befriend on this crazy, fun, exciting, petsitting journey!

Not gonna lie, I feel like Newt Scamander sometimes, being around more animals than people, but it is cool. I can’t wait to see The Fantastic Beasts movie, maybe I can talk Tim into seeing it this next month!๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŽฅ

P.S. When I work on the farm, I don’t always look like this, but you can bet these overalls are vintage!๐Ÿ˜‚ They are Washington Dee Cee brand and I found them at an estate sale for $5!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป They retail for $100-$200. They have removable straps and are so cool, comfy and great for working in–I knew I had to have them for working on the farm! The boots are some rooster rain boots from Cracker Barrel from a few years ago.


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ย Savannah, Savannah, Savannah. It’s a place I’ve blogged on before, but since I recently spent a weekend there for a cousin’s wedding, I thought I’d do another post with things to do! Second time’s the charm, in this case!

Coming to the city with fresh eyes, I’ve narrowed it down to some stuff that you can easily fit in for a short weekend getaway! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป๐ŸŒŽ

Here are my top picks for things to do in Savannah when you only have the weekend!

Bonaventure Cemetery

ย Creepy? Maybe. Gorgeous? Definitely. Bonaventure was something I didn’t get to really appreciate until this time around. September’s mild temperatures were preferable to July’s sweltering heat, for sure. I got to walk around and really explore, seeing some really unique tombstones and taking in the history.

Bonaventure also gives free tours every second Saturday/Sunday of the month around 2:00pm, which can be really informative! If you want to see a peaceful place with Spanish moss galore that is picturesque, Bonaventure is the ticket! ๐ŸŽŸ

Carriage or Trolley Tour ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿš‹ย 

My first time to Savannah, we did a trolley tour and this time around, we did a carriage tour. I’d recommend either one highly! The carriage horses are treated very humanely. Teddy here took us all around the city and we heard so many interesting things about Savannah’s history!

The trolley tours are also great and you can get on and off as many times as you want! If you want a more intimate tour, take a carriage tour. If you want to cover more ground and experience a lot in a day, do a trolley tour!

Stroll Down Jones Street/River Street

Do one or do both, but get out in the city and walk around!

Jones Street is residential, but has been voted several times as the #1 Most Beautiful Street in Savannah. Walk around there or any of Savannah’s side streets to get a feel for the beautiful architecture, landscaping and local life. River Street is more commercial. You’ll definitely want to go down there to see the barges come in with cargo, grab some candied pecans and even see some vendors selling things on the weekend!

Visit Tybee Island

For some beach time, go to Tybee Island. ๐ŸŒดYou can walk along the beach, check out some stores and local eateries and even tour Tybee Lighthouse if you want! Less commercial than downtown Savannah, it will give you a dose of the beach for your weekend!

Leopold’s Ice Cream & The Olde Pink House

For food, you have to go to The Olde Pink House for lunch. It’s a 5 Star restaurant and you can also tour the rest of this historic home that was built in 1771 after you eat!

Leopold’s is also a must for dessert! Their ice cream is delicious and they have been around for nearly 100 years! Other notable mentions for food: The Cotton Exchange Cafe, Cafe M, Huey’s & The Pirate House.

The only restaurant I would notย recommend is Paula Deen’s. I know, utter blasphemy coming from a fellow Southerner’s mouth, but it wasn’t worth the hype. Subpar food, not that great of service and, you didn’t hear this from me, but I saw employees going to the bathroom still wearing their aprons, which is a no-no. ๐Ÿคข

Whatever you choose to do on your next trip to Savannah, I’m sure you’ll have a great time! The Southern food, charm and sightseeing can’t be beat! ๐Ÿน

Knoxville, TN: Local Favorites โค


Knoxville, TN. It’s a place I’ve called home since 1990. Born and raised there, I’ve seen the town change quite a bit, but one thing remains the same: the entrepreneurial spirit.

I โค local, hidden gems. I know that some of you all may not have even heard of my hometown, but if you get the chance to visit, there are definitely some local eateries you should check out!

Honeybee Coffee Co. (For your caffeine fix! ๐Ÿ”‹)

700 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

Other than K-Brew, this is one of my new favorite coffee shops to spring up lately. โ˜•๏ธThe atmosphere is on point, the coffee is good and simple and it’s a huge space—no fighting anyone for a plug to charge up here! I wish they served pastries, though I understand they’re still fledglings and a start up—maybe we can expect some scones as they get more settled in? In any case, this coffee joint in South Knox is right on the water and serves up an awesome view of downtown Knoxville and it’s close to Ijams, a forest oasis right near the city!

Pizza Palace (For pizza! ๐Ÿ•)

3132 E Magnolia Avenue,ย 

Knoxville, TN 37914

Ahh, Pizza Palace. I like pizza and though it ain’t no palace, their service makes you feel like royalty. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป I actually just went hereย about a week ago for the first time! I know, right?! My parents always made fun of me and I was like, “Umm, you’re part of the problem here!”, but my husband remedied that situation real quick.

Pizza Palace, which has been around since 1961, serves a meanย pizza. ๐Ÿ• Others swear by their spaghetti and onion rings. It’s all alright, alright, alright, to quote Matthew McConaughey. Honorable mention for pizza also goes to Harby’s on the lower end of Broadway. They have delicious pizza too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Have any of my readers out there been to Knoxville? Tell me where you’re from and some of the best places in your hometowns!

I may occasionally write some posts like this while I’m dreaming about traveling to some other places!

Charleston, South Carolina

Food, Life, Travel

It’s a city that conjures up images of true Southern hospitality. Gorgeous homes with trailing ivy, flower boxes, and promenade porches that stretch for miles. Wrought iron balconies that grace the sides of buildings that wouldn’t dream of being pastel anywhere else…but somehow, in this city, it works.

Charleston is about a 5-6 hour drive from where I live, in good old Tennessee. It’s a coastal town and you can see that influence everywhere, from the palm trees, to the ever-changing weather. It is full of history, charm, amazing seafood, and friendly locals. Everywhere you go, whether it’s a restaurant you’re trying out, a store you’re popping into, or if you’re taking a stroll around the French Quarter, people are warm and inviting.
Being raised up in the South as I was, I find it not as culturally shocking as some people from up North might. The tea here runs sweet, just the way we like it, the history may be a little dark during the days of The Civil War and the slave trade, but it is a history worth learning about, and the culture here is a rich and thriving one.ย 

Pictured above is The United Daughters of the Confederacy building, which also houses The Charleston Market, which is open most days from 9:30-5:30pm. (The first picture on this post was taken at the top of those stairs!) Standing up there, I saw a sign that said, “United Daughters of the Confederacy: We are closed.” (Every time I have ever been to Charleston (3-4 times), it has been closed. It is apparently a museum with rather spotty hours.)ย 

It may be awkward for some people to get a grasp on, but when you come down south of Kentucky, Confederate traces are everywhere, in parks, cemeteries, monuments and more.

In any case, if you go to Charleston, I encourage you to soak up the history. And the market!ย 

On any given day, you can see people hocking their trades, whether it’s sweet grass basket weaving, artisans who have made one-of-a-kind puzzle boxes, candied pecans, jewelry—it’s a very cool place to get your souvenirs! And it is the perfect place to catch a horse and buggy(Yeah, ya’ll. We call them buggies down here.) tour of the city. On our most recent trip to Charleston, I had a conversation with our tour guide and was sad to learn that the horse and buggy tours may become a thing of the past, if the mayor has any say in it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t picture Charleston without them!

If parks are your thing, Charleston has a lot of beautiful parks you can stroll through. My favorites are The Battery, Washington Square Park and Chapel Fountain Park. They provide nice, shaded areas in the humidity of summer, great people watching, and interesting statues, fountains and views to indulge in.

I also LOVE exploring old cemeteries. Call me weird, but it’s just another way I can take in the history of a place. According to our tour guide on a ghost tour(Which you HAVE to go on, trust me! http://bulldogtours.com/), Charleston’s real estate can get pretty pricey, so they are always looking for more places to build…which means any graves 100 years or older can potentially be evicted! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I thought that was an interesting fact.

Also, you must visit Rainbow Row on East Bay Street for all your Instagram worthy selfies and pictures of architecture. It is a gorgeous section of town where you can not only see this famed row of houses, but other colonial style homes as well.

My favorite plantation tour was Boone Plantation. Though you don’t get to see much of the house’s interior, the grounds are STUNNING. This was a spot they used for shooting The Notebook, and it has also served as a spot for several celebrity weddings. (Ahem. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.) The tree lined drive is amazing and it’s a great place to take pictures.

Oh, yeah, and see more horses! This one was super friendly and so cute. ๐Ÿด

As for places to stay, I recommend The Meeting Street Inn, which is right in the heart of Charleston and gives complimentary wine and cheese tastings in their posh lobby every day around 3. Fancy, fancy. It is a boutique hotel and worth every penny because it is unique, classy, and puts you close to everything.ย 

If you can’t swing that, because they book up FAST, try staying in Mt. Pleasant at Shem Creek Lodge or anywhere on Patriot’s Point. Some of the hotels on Patriot’s Point even provide a free trolley service over to Market Street! And even though you won’t be right in Charleston technically, the waterfront restaurants and activities going on will still be within walking distance and be really fun!

As far as my favorite places to eat, I love this little gem in Mt. Pleasant called Page’s Okra Grill.

Best fried green tomatoes I have EVER had. Dessert wasn’t bad either. For downtown Charleston, I always enjoy some SheCrab soup at Charleston Market House. I tried Poogan’s Porch and…I really, really wanted to like it, but…I wasn’t a fan.ย 

When it comes to WHEN to go to Charleston, I have been at all different times of the year, July, October. I have to say, October is my favorite. It is mildly cool, as opposed to stifling hot.ย 

So, cheers to Charleston! One of my favorite cities! Have you ever been there or wanted to go there?