Who doesn’t enjoy indulging a little? We all deserve those little indulgences, right?
My indulgences used to lean toward the extravagant. A piece of new jewelry; a shopping trip for new clothes and shoes; something new to add to a collection around the house or a new piece of furniture...in other words, my indulgences were mostly ‘stuff’ that often cost more money than I needed to spend.
Now-a-days my indulgences are quite different.
We have fallen into a habit lately of taking weekly, one-tank day-trips. We select a new-to-us town, a state park, or a historic location and we head out early in the morning to explore for day. I pack my camera gear and my husband researches the route for me to drive, the significance of the location we are exploring, and a good location for lunch. A camera and lunch -- the two most important ingredients for a successful outing, right? It has been totally amazing how much we’ve seen, learned, and enjoyed on these little weekly day-trips. We’ve met some pretty friendly and helpful folks too.
For years we were so confined by careers and commitments that we didn’t take the time to explore our surroundings. Now that we are retired, we ‘indulge’ ourselves with these day-trips.
Many might consider our day-trips a waste of time and our lunches totally unhealthy. Really, who wants to drive for an hour, sometimes two, just to visit a small rural town in middle Tennessee? When one is eating at a local ‘meat and three’ - such as the Bell Buckle Café – somewhere out in the middle of the back roads Tennessee countryside (yes, we had to stop and ask for directions to Bell Buckle), the food is not always low-carb, low-calorie, low-fat, or low anything else. Last week in Bell Buckle TN (population somewhere close to 500 – and no, that’s not a typo) we delighted in country fried steak and all the trimmings including home-made corn bread. We strolled down the main street and explored a series of quaint, historic shops. My favorite was an antique store located in an old dry goods store that still had many of its original wares displayed. Later that afternoon we ambled into the Blue Bird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor…and yes, we indulged in a double-dip of white-chocolate raspberry ice cream in a home-made waffle cone while visiting with ‘Mama Phillips.’
As I type this, we are getting ready to head out to Mt. Pleasant TN for today’s day-trip and I’m pretty certain we will end up indulging ourselves at the Mt. Pleasant Grill – home of a zesty and flavorful fried green tomato sandwich, a local specialty.
Hey, my philosophy is go ahead and indulge yourself, for according to a quote attributed to Elizabeth Taylor, “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
Have a GREAT day!