Monday, May 9, 2011

I miss Tennessee

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My thoughts have been on Chattanooga lately. The horrible storms a couple weeks ago were devastating to the area and I long to be there. See some photos of the damage here. Ringgold, where many of my friends live, was one of the worst hit. They are all safe, but many others lost everything. Video of the tornado here. See a video of the destruction here. Today, I miss the South so much my heart hurts. So, allow me if you will...

I miss...

Going to lunch every Wednesday at Lupis. 
(In the top 10 best pizza places in the country I'll have you know.) I could eat their whole wheat bruschetta every lunch of my life and be happy. (My waistline - not so much.)

The green. The chaos of green everywhere.

Having wildflowers in my house all spring and summer. photo source

The architecture.

The Fall. 

Beautiful Chattanooga. One of the coolest cities in the country for sure.

My cherry blossom tree. It's in bloom I bet. 
And the lovely house behind it.

Most of all, my friends.

I miss the South. I miss the charm, the culture and the beauty. I miss the diversity of the people. 
I miss being called "hon".

For the record, I do not miss the humidity, July and August, the bugs, the NASCAR enthusiasts, people calling all soda "coke" and the Walmarts. :)

Don't forget to include the South in your prayers.


kristi lee said...

did you ever think when you moved here that the words "i miss tn" would come out of your mouth?

we miss you too!

lesleyannaustin said...

My heart aches for you. You have seemed so sad in your posts from Boise. I would love to send you a little care package from Chattanooga. What would you like? I don't think Lupi's Bruschetta will travel very well! I will also need your address. Prayers coming your way too!

Natalie Jane said...

That's sweet Lesley, but your kind comment is plenty :)

Cari said...

Chattanooga is one of the most beautiful places in the south, not to mention being so close to my other favorite southern town- asheville. I can see why you miss it so much!

LivingChicontheCheap said...

Thanks Natalie Jane for getting the word out. It really means a lot!

Have a great day!

PS- Hope you get to come back to Chattanooga soon. :)

lisa said...

I went to "the south" (Louisville, KY--considered the south, right?) for the first time over the weekend. I know it's not Chattanooga, but I instantly fell in LOVE. I can see why you miss the southern charm.

beba said...

You are making my heart hurt!

Melanie Anne said...

Oh and we miss you too!! xoxo

lesleyannaustin said...

I really would like to send something... Maybe a little art and something Scottish too! I know how much you like lovely wrapped surprise gifts. Just my way of thanking you for blessing me with your blog.

Natalie Jane said...

Well, okay :) Just email me.

Jessica said...

we miss you too. girls night out hasn't been the same since you left...if it happens at all :)

not to rub it in but we had lupi's the other night for dinner. it had been a rough day and i needed a quick pick me dinner for the fam.

you should come visit soon! maybe for wendy's baby shower :)

Jenn said...

Miss you too! I wish I had a reason to go to Chattanooga this week :) Can I tell you for the record that the Cartersville GA Walmart is the worst I've ever been too. People in PJ's everywhere. Drunk men in the parking lot in the middle of the day. A stinky man I could smell from 20 feet away and as I was rushing past him with my 3 children he said "hey lady keep those kids close this is a very dangerous place for them" Ummm...yes I know that was a little scary!

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