Ten Things | February 2012

Welcome to another month of 10 on the 10th, where a group of us link up with Shimelle’s blog and share a list of things.

This month, as my move back to Florida is a mere 5 weeks away, I thought I would share some things that I will miss about living in Tennessee.

1. Fall

After 14 years in Florida, arriving in a climate with four seasons was delightful — well, until winter arrived. I do love it when the temperatures cool down and the scent of burning wood fills the air. Fall is my favorite season, knowing you only have a short time to savor the warm before the cold comes.

2. Spring

I love the excitement of Spring when the trees start to bud and the sun comes out for longer periods of time. Flowers start blooming and you anticipate the warmer days ahead. But I will give all that up just to say goodbye to Winter!

3. Archiver’s

This store opened in November. It’s just like when IKEA opened in Orlando right after I moved to Tennessee. But wait – that means I’ll have an IKEA soon! This one is a trade off.

4. Channel 4 Weather team

When you live in the south, especially in an area prone to tornadoes, you pay attention to the weather. I start and end my day with WSMV’s weather reports, hoping and praying that I never see Snowbird (who announces school closings because of snow).

5. Southern Hospitality

It’s hard to live in the south and not have southern sweetness rub off on you. People here are so nice. I am friendlier now and randomly smile more, so that’s a good thing to take away!

6. Studio Gaven

Bethany has been cutting my hair for almost 5 years now. I adore her and I am slightly panicked that I will have to find a new stylist in Orlando. I never had a regular stylist when I lived in Orlando years ago so it will be a high priority to find one. (Yes, it was snowing when I snapped this photo with my iPhone a few weeks ago.)

7. No Toll Roads

Tennessee does not charge you a fee to drive on their highways. What a concept! Luckily I kept my SunPass/E-Pass account active as I will need it soon.

8. Hills

The state of Tennessee is very pretty and lush (except late fall through winter). It is nice to drive around and see tree lined hills and interesting terrain. Florida is very flat – beautiful in its own way – but very, very flat.

9. 96.3 WCJK FM

I was disappointed in the radio stations here. Well, I don’t listen to country so maybe the country stations ARE good. 96.3 Jack FM is the one bright spot with their snappy ads and unique format.  You’ll hear Madonna, Maroon 5, Nirvana, Blondie, The Cure, Kid Rock, the Bangles, U2,and Red Hot Chili Peppers in the same hour block. Love the variety!

10. Central Time

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It took me a LONG time to get used to Central Time. But at some point, I actually got used to everything being earlier. I can go to bed earlier and not miss anything. The sun comes up earlier so I wake up earlier and have a more productive day. Yes, I will actually miss that!

On a side note, it purposely didn’t make my list because I couldn’t possibly single anyone out. But there is a large group of supportive friends here that I will miss like crazy. There’s my church family, the girls in my book club, my CNL family that moved up here with me in 2007, my wonderful neighbors and the amazing people I’ve worked with at Let’s Get Moving and Dollar General.  Friends for life, no matter where I end up.

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Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. what awesome photos! we vacation in pompano beach every year and i love our sun pass!!!

    • You can’t get around FL without that toll pass! I cannot imagine waiting in the long lines on the Turnpike. No way! 🙂

  2. I lived in Atlanta for 7 years and always loved visiting Tennessee–loved Chattanooga. I wish an Archivers would open up around here!!

    • Yes, I am going to miss Archiver’s and I’ve only been able to enjoy it for a few months. I guess I’ll have to stop in a few more times to get my fill before I go! 😀

  3. I know what you mean about moving. We just moved from the East Coast to Chicago (and yes – I loooove the central time now, its so nice to be able to go to bed a little earlier and not miss anything!), but we will have to move again in January , and two more times after that! Its so hard saying goodbye to the places you’ve come to love!

    • Oh, I don’t envy you all those moves! Central time was a hard adjustment for me but then one day it was like it had always been that way. Love it! 🙂

  4. Nice list! I love the seasons and would miss seeing the changes. Hope you find some great scrapbook stores to replace your Archiver’s!

    • Actually, there is a great store in Orlando that I always visited when I went home to see my parents. I’m looking forward to shopping there more often! So I’ll have IKEA and a good scrapbook store. How can you beat it???? 😀

  5. I have lived in St. Louis my whole life.
    But your post makes me think I should do a list of what I would miss if I had to move.
    I think it would be interesting.

    I second, Sue. Hope you find some great LSS’s down there. 🙂

    • That’s a great idea. This weekend I’ll be working on a page from this post! Love it when blog ideas translate so easily to scrapbook pages. If you do that page, share it! 🙂

  6. I totally understand your list. I was born and raised in California and went to New York for college. Best 4 years of my life and I’m still kicking myself for coming home. I miss the seasons too.

    Jack FM is a satellite radio so you should be able to get it wherever you go. When I travel I find out what station it is in the city I’m going to and program the rental car. I’ve listened to it here, St. Louis, Chicago, Florida, Toronto, New York, Calgary….. Its such a great station that I get the love for it.

    • Well, I actually have radio stations in Orlando that I always loved, so I’m looking forward to getting them back. But I did check to see where the closest Jack station is in FL and it’s Vero Beach. It might be close enough to Orlando to be able to get the signal. I’ve also found it in other cities that I’ve traveled to. It’s a great format!

  7. Wow fantastic photos felt like I was traveling
    In time.

    • Thanks! 🙂

  8. I’m so glad you’ve documented these things you’ll miss! I’ve never been in an Archivers – you’ll probably need to make at least one trip before the move, right? And I’m so exciting that the countdown to the move back to Florida has begun!

    • Oh, at least one! 😉 Yes, the countdown has been on – 36 days! And I am glad to have found the positive. I’ll be working on the layout to document these things this weekend!

  9. Great photos. My second oldest son and his family moved to TN almost 2 years ago. Still haven’t visited them yet.

    • It’s a fun place to visit! Lot’s of civil war history and lots of cool little towns with stuff going on all the time. You will enjoy it if you can ever make the trip!

  10. Awe…I hope you enjoy your new home yet keep the love and admiration of your old one in your heart.

    • Thanks – I will need to remember that!

  11. What a great list! So cool to list things you will miss 🙂 Can’t believe you’re moving in just five weeks!

  12. I’ve never heard of Archiver’s. I had to laugh at Jack FM. We have that here, in Washington, too. 😀

  13. What a sweet list of things you are going to miss.
    The hardest is going to be missing the friends you have made.

  14. What a lovelu insight into living in Tennessee!

  15. What a list of lovely things to make the most of for another few weeks. I’m guessing Archivers is a scrapbook store? I would miss the seasons, but will be happy to see the back of this cold snap we’re having.

  16. Hope the move goes well and some great photos there. Don’t envy having to pack up your home though!
    Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy your weekend x

  17. I have really enjoyed looking at aspects of Tennessee. I love seeing the differences and similarities between the US and UK and of course I love IKEA. Might be asking you which scrapbook store there is in Orlando if we can manage to book up for the summer :0)

  18. Five weeks will go by so fast! I love the idea of listing the top 10. That’s a great idea to capture the environment around you. Businesses come and go so fast around here. I may have to follow your plan.

  19. Looks like Tennessee is a beautiful state and I can see why you will miss it 🙂 I can totally relate to the hair thing! It took me a long time to find one I love. Loved reading this post Tammy 🙂



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