No.2 Sis, No.4 Sis, and I recently returned from a road trip to Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. It was a pretty uneventful drive, considering it was around 1800 miles round trip.

Well, there was the time the GPS tried to give us driving directions to Cape Town, South Africa, instead of Cape Girardeau, Missouri (where we spent our first night). It would have been interesting to see how the computer thought we could navigate the Atlantic Ocean by car, but we corrected our destination before the GPS could figure it out.

We also had to make a new car rule because we were laughing so much during the trip. If anyone started wheezing and couldn’t catch her breath, we had to remain serious for 10 minutes. No more jokes.

The most touristy thing we did was visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis. You can’t go to Tennessee and not visit Graceland. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see Mom’s ghost in the Jungle Room, but I’m sure she was there somewhere. (Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside Graceland).

Here we are at the Bluebird Cafe. From the left, it’s No.4 Sis, Aunt P., No.2 Sis, Cousin J., and me. I’m taller than all of them, but I’m also the highest on a slope, so I’m towering over my teeny-tiny relatives.

Bluebird Cafe and Franklin TN

And above, we’re posing by a cannon in a park in Franklin, Tennesee. From the left, that’s me, No.2 Sis, No.4 Sis and Aunt P.

Oh, I can see why Dr. Doogie, my chiropractor, asked me if my mother or grandmother were kind of round shouldered and hunched forward (yes to both). I’m doing that here. And I can see why my doctor wants me to lose 80 more pounds. Other than that, it’s a lovely, lovely picture.

The rest of the time, we visited with Aunt P., Cousin J. and her husband, and all of J’s kids and grandkids. Oh, and we shopped and ate and played cards. It was perfect.

Yes, I shopped. I tend to bring home lots of souvenirs from all my trips. I was pretty restrained on this trip, though.

The photo below shows what I bought. There’s a hand-blown glass bottle, an Elvis mug, a bottle of spices, a tea towel, a scarf, and some postcards and greeting cards.

souvenirs from Tennessee

I knew I needed to get rid of some stuff, so I cleaned out the china hutch. I came up with a full box to donate. It consisted of a big Tupperware thingie, a mug, 4 gold chargers, 2 hand-made pottery bowls, 3 placemats, 6 cloth napkins, a nut bowl, and a set of four snack bowls for card parties.

In an unrelated move, I cleaned out the freezer and filled a bag of garbage. Not everything had an expiration date on it, but I’m pretty sure it’s time to ditch the pizzas my niece sold me as a fund-raiser for her middle school. She’s in college now.

The donation box, the freezer bag, and the two end tables I gave to No.2 Sis brings me to 264 boxes, bags, and pieces of furniture removed from my cottage, so far. Yay, me!

Stay tuned…