Coming “Home” to Tennessee

We felt a slight jolt of joy and excitement as our RV rolled across the Tennessee state line: we were getting closer to “home,” or at least whatever version of it we remembered from before our trip. To be honest, I was ready to be in a sticks-and-bricks environment after ten months in the RV. As sweet as our home on wheels was, I had missed hosting friends and family, especially at holiday time—of course, thanks to the pandemic, we couldn’t have done much hosting anyway, so not much lost, I guess. I missed the familiar and I looked forward to returning to Knoxville.

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Christmas 2019

2020 Christmas looks a lot different than its earlier versions…. Thankfully, we still have our health and we are taking in the plentiful sunshine in our new (temporary) bricks-and-sticks residence, Colorado. Last year, after a couple of blissful weeks at the beach after Thanksgiving, we packed up the RV and headed back to Tennessee to surprise David’s family with our visit for Christmas.

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Christmas in Knoxville, TN

This year we had a very quiet and unseasonably warm Christmas. We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner, complete with sarmale (Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls), mamaliga (polenta), and red wine in good company. Christmas Day came with gift opening outside, on the deck, while soaking in the sun in 60-degree weather.

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