Need to Update!

My last post was in July. Goodness me.

Let me catch you up…. Hang on.


Dear Blog,

I have been neglecting you. I apologize.

Actually, I’ve been busy. Working on another blog. For my actual job.

Don’t be sad. I haven’t forgotten about you.



Well, not quite officially yet. But my house is under contract. The inspection was last week and the close date is set for May 2. Time to get packing, I guess.

Tomorrow (4/2) I start doing contract work for Global Initiative for April and May. One part of the job will be to work on the re-design of the Global Initiative website and the Jumaa Prayer website. Should be fun. The next step of the journey starts tomorrow, and I haven’t even left Nashville. Exciting!

A Pop-Up Shop Is Coming to Nashville! Red Earth Trading Co.

I was so excited to see the Red Earth Trading Co. logo in a storefront in Hillsboro Village last week.

I met some of the folks with Red Earth in December while I was in New York City for my annual Christmas visit. They had a pop-up shop in SoHo one afternoon. It was great to meet them and spend the evening hearing more about Red Earth and Global Support Mission, the non-profit that owns Red Earth, and just hanging with good, interesting, fun people.

Well, now Red Earth Trading Co. is opening a pop-up shop in Hillsboro Village in Nashville April 5 to 21 to launch its spring 2012 line. I love me a pop-up shop!

So who/what is Red Earth Trading Co.? It is an international direct trade company based out of Nashville. It launched in 2010 and works with artisans in Kenya and Uganda who hand craft quality jewelry, accessories and home goods. Red Earth imports these products and sells them throughout the U.S. and is owned by non-profit Global Support Mission.

The store hours will be:
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

The store will be located at 1817 21st Ave. South. GO CHECK THEM OUT! Shop for Mother’s Day, birthdays, early Christmas shopping!

I will have to check it out once I get back to town April 10, so leave some stuff for me!

Things I will miss about Old Hickory Village

I am going to keep a running list of things that I will miss about this neighborhood and my house that I have lived in for 9 1/2 years.

Maybe some of these will encourage a would-be buyer to make the leap.

These are in no particular order by the way.

1) Springtime! The three cherry trees in my yard bloom beautifully. And the cherries that they produce are delicious. I made cherry jam with them last year.

2) The randomness of redneck neighbors: the statue of dog without a head, the claw foot bathtub for sale on the corner, bulk trash pick-up day (in which people take other people’s furniture from the sidewalk before the city comes through).

3) I will miss pounding the pavement for 3-6 miles throughout Old Hickory Village. The hilly nature of the neighborhood is a great training space for runners.

4) I can walk to the post office and the library. That’s very handy.

5) An airplane landing or taking off is one of my favorite sights. My house and neighborhood lie under the flight path to Nashville’s airport, so I can sit on my back deck and watch plane after plane coming in for a landing. And the planes are not so low that it’s obnoxiously loud.

6) I will miss the fantastic church sign messages, like this one, down the street.

7) Hanging my laundry out on the clothesline to dry.