Welcome to Oh, the Places We See!

Bert and Rusha SamsWe are Bert and Rusha Sams, a couple still pursuing dreams.  We met at the University of Tennessee almost 50 years ago, and after 47 years of marriage, we’re still friends (hard to believe, even for us!) and usually making plans for what we want to see next.


One of our big dreams was this: Live in another city for a month.  See the sites.  Be a tourist.  Enjoy the restaurants, museum exhibits, festivals.  And travel with a few miles some days to get a feel for the area.  Sound good?  Well, it did to us, too.

We haven’t exactly taken the plunge to rent somewhere abroad or even in the States for a month, but we did begin the dream.  We became tourists in our own city of Knoxville, Tennessee!  Thanks to a friend who rented us his downtown loft, we found new places to eat, places to visit, and places to photograph.  When we came out of retirement, we took part-time jobs affording us the opportunity to travel and work:  Rusha with Discovery

Flying over Lake Coeur d'Alene

Flying over Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

Education — training educators in Idaho, New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada — and Bert with Enterprise — driving cars all over East Tennessee.

And so Boomer Travel has evolved for us, whether we stay a month or just a few days. We’ve discovered a fondness for local restaurants, local art, well, local anything — always interested in what makes a town or city unique be it the “big whoop” things or just the little nooks where people gather and enjoy their hometowns.

Neyland Stadium

Cheering on the Vols in Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Meanwhile back in Knoxville, our interests include cheering on the UT Vols (Go, Big Orange!), reading current novels on our e-readers, watching movies in theaters, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally, and spending time with our family, especially our little granddaughter through whose eyes we now view the world all over again!

Hope you’ll join us as we recount experiences abroad in China, Nepal, India, Russia, and South Africa.  Or let you see what we’ve found traveling in America — like The Palouse in Eastern Washington, the Boston Marathon, the beach at Pawleys Island, South Carolina, or our favorite spot in the whole wide world:  East Tennessee.  Would love to have you aboard! (And by the way, if you’ve got a space to rent for a month, give us a call.  We’re up for a new adventure any

Lesotho hats

Wearing the hats given to us by Habitat for Humanity in Lesotho after building for only one day! (Gotta read that story!)


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173 Responses to About

  1. You webpage is great & very nicely done. Hope to see more updates on your travels. Have a blessed day.

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Bert & Rusha,

    My name is Robert from a holiday rental and hotel comparison site Agent Frida (https://www.agentfrida.com). I was wondering whether you accept guest posts on Oh The Places We See. We are a brand new company, so finding partners is on the top of our to-do list 🙂

    We are open to doing guest post exchange as well. Are there any specific topics that you’d love to be covered? Looking forward to your answer!

    Best Regards,

  3. geno says:

    you’re welcome:

  4. ralietravels says:

    We are heading back to Knoxville at the end of the month to celebrate our 49th anniversary with our friends there who got married the day after we did. We figure to do it together this year as other plans are likely for the 50th.

    • Sorry to be so late in responding. Happy Anniversary! It’s fun to celebrate any anniversary or special occasion, especially if you can do it with friends! All the best for many more years together.

  5. Traveling is so much fun! Good for you to get out and about. It’s amazing what you can find in your own backyard. We’re hoping to travel to South America in the Spring. Scouting out possible retirement locations, as these Wisconsin winters are getting old! Or should I say cold! LOL!

    • Traveling is definitely great fun — and fits into my lifelong learning desire. (At least, as long as my brain keeps functioning!) Wisconsin is one of a few states we haven’t visited yet, so I’m trying to get up there while you’re trying to see South America (a continent we haven’t seen.) Best wishes for visiting warmer climes and seeing sights you can’t see in Wisconsin. Best wishes for a super 2018!

  6. Loved reading the travelogues!

  7. maristravels says:

    Thanks for liking my recent posts on the Italian Lakes, and nice to have you aboard. I’ve signed up to follow your blog so hope to join you in your travels. Maybe you’ll get to England one day to see what we’ve got to offer, but I must admit I spend nearly all my travel time in places like Italy, Spain and far away in East Asia. Keep enjoying life and travelling, it keeps you young. I should know, I’ve been doing it now for nigh on 65 years.

    • We’ve got you beat in the age category, but we’re still enjoying life, too. We find that toting our suitcases up several flights of stairs is more tedious, but, other than that, we still traveling pretty much the way we used to. All the best for a beautiful fall!

  8. Matthew Booher says:

    I found your page through a Google search for UT tailgating. Where did the large inflatable Smokey mascot come from? I’ve never seen one like it. Thanks, Matthew.

    • So glad you found our blog! We travel some, write some, and never do enough of either, I suppose! Wish I could tell you about the inflatable Smoky, but I can’t. You may want to check Home Depot or Lowe’s in Knoxville around football time when so much tailgating stuff is on the market! Best wishes for always safe travels, and thanks for following us!

  9. Misha says:

    Glad I found you guys!
    I was perusing the blogosphere looking for some good travel blogs, and as luck would have it I stumbled upon two world travelers right here in Tennessee! Funny how that works, huh.
    I moved to Nashville three years ago after living in Japan as an English teacher, and I can tell you that it still feels like a foreign land to me sometimes.

    • We’re glad you found us, too! Thanks for taking a look at what we do. Wish we knew more about Nashville. I even worked there for a while, but mostly did just that — worked! The restaurant scene is exploding, we’ve heard, so we need to return and tour. Best wishes for a great summer. –Rusha

  10. I just stumbled across your blog and am really enjoying it! I used to live in Sevierville, TN and drove to Knoxville quite a bit. (Altruda’s Restaurant was great!) That is such a beautiful area, especially in the fall, and I’ve enjoyed posting a couple of blogs about it. I am really looking forward to browsing through more of your blog! 🙂

    • Thanks for letting me know that you’ve stumbled onto my blog, and you like it! I love when people from the area “find each other” and then look forward to learning more. If you’re near Knoxville right now, come see the dogwoods. It’s our prettiest time of the year!

  11. Alex S says:

    Fan-bloody-tastic blog. I especially love the one about McCall, Idaho. We were just there a few weeks ago and what a fantastic place. We got super lucky and hit it on the most perfect powder days ever: http://localfreshies.com/knee-deep-powder-at-brundage-ski-resort/

  12. Great blog and look forward to reading more posts!
    Many thanks for stopping by and following my Travel and Photography site. https://imageearthtravel.com/

  13. Great to meet you both! It sounds like a super adventure – even if you are staying near your home town, adventure is where it takes you in your imagination not necessarily where it takes you on the map!

    We currently live in Aiken, SC, and if you haven’t visited here yet, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Especially if you’re interested in horses or beautiful scenery. Oh, and we have Steeplechase every year as well as neighbor’s to Augusta Georgia, home of the Master’s golf.
    We are a family of adventurers. It’s a great way to live!

    Enjoy your day,

    • For some reason, I’m just now seeing your lovely comment. Thanks for taking a look at our blog. We would love to see Aiken, SC. We’re headed to Hilton Head next week, but Aiken isn’t nearby, or at least I don’t think it is. May have to check. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll check out both of your blogs, too.

      • Hilton Head is beautiful, especially when the weather is nice like it was today!! Enjoy your time there. Aiken is about 3 hours inland from there. Thanks for reading my blog as well. The other is written by my father-in-law and thought you would enjoy. take care, Amy

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  15. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi- Love your travel spirit. We picked up and moved to Sydney for three months a few years ago and it was one of our best adventures. Great to be able to settle into a place and not have to run around like a tourist. You have a terrific blog.

  16. Just found your blog, love your recent posts!

  17. Yvette says:

    You have such a lovely blog and I’m looking forward to follow your adventures.

  18. You have a lovely blog, Bert and Rusha. The posts are very inspiring. Have a wonderful day.

  19. Zambian Lady says:

    It’s nice to hear of someone who has been married for such a long time and enjoyed it. It must be exciting to discover more things in your retirement. Happy travels.

    • We are discovering some good and not-so-good things about retirement. First, it’s hard to slow down and not be busy at work each day. We miss the people of both of our jobs. But second, we are finding a rhythm to our days and ways to add more travel. Life is good!

  20. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    What an adventurous life you have! Seems like great fun. I love your blog. I tried to follow, but for some reason, it didn’t take. I’ll try again. Thank you for following me!

    • Most of our life is fairly ordinary — I just write about the travel excitement. But we’re ordinary people making each day a little more extraordinary by doing what we love. Thanks for your comments.

  21. Rashminotes says:

    You have a wonderful blog; look forward to reading many of your posts! It is really inspiring:)

  22. cwaugh212 says:

    Similar story to my wife and I. We love to travel and I am now blogging about it. In the last year we traveled to Australia, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands, New Caledonia (all on a 25 day cruise) and to Spain and Gibraltar on a 7 day cruise. You can check out the trips under our International Travel category. Hope you get a chance to visit. BTW, we stayed in Knoxville on our one state per year vacation three years ago and I have quite a few pictures. We also visited several other cities in the state. We loved Tennessee.

    • So glad to hear from you. You’ve been to so many places we would love to see, and I’ll be checking out your pictures when we return from a trip we’re taking to Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest this coming week. So glad you loved Tennessee. We have to say, it’s a great place to live!

  23. Very interesting blog 🙂 Enjoyed reading some of your posts, love the whole concept!

  24. I really love your plan to stay in a different place for a month at a time, really getting to know a place. I’ve traveled a lot, but what I’ve loved most are my four experiences living abroad, one month in Cairo, a year in S. Korea, two years in Oman and one year in China. I think delving deeply into a place is the way to go. By the way, I tried to follow you on Instagram (cathybirdsong) but it says your account is private. 🙂

    • Thanks for the comments, and I still wish we could stay in one place for a month. Now that AirBnB is so popular, I’m not sure what’s holding us back. Sorry you couldn’t follow me on Instagram. But if you request permission to follow, I’ll be sure to say OK! (Thanks for the heads-up, though. Checking on it now.)

  25. RobbyeFaye says:

    How exciting! My husband and I want to do something similar.
    I am glad to have stumbled across your blog and am looking forward to spending some time reading and enjoying your posts!

  26. arv! says:

    Interesting blog!

  27. Oh wow !! Isn’t that quite a story you two got ❤ Sort of a movie material actually 🙂 And it is so endearing to see the photos with both of you reveling in bliss ❤ Hubby and I try to see as many places as possible as well and with stories like yours to motivate, what we are not able to accomplish now , we hope we can always try to cover those cities years down the lane 😉 Love the fun spirit and energy in both of you 🙂 Hoping to get to know each other more in the wonderful world of blogs and welcoming you to visit my corner of the blogosphere as well ❤ Cheers and warmest wishes, Minaxi ❤

    • Sorry to be so late in responding to your pleasant message. I must have missed the email alerting me. Bert and I have had 48 wonderful years together but not without ups and downs. Through it all, however, we’ve stayed true to each other and together in our goals, plans, and travels. I do the blogging, but I give him so much credit because he drives me everywhere I want to go with camera in hand, stopping frequently so I can catch one more shot of whatever strikes my fancy. We love seeing the world together. Best wishes to you in all you do, and may you travel happy wherever you go.

      • All we women fancy one more with the camera don’t we 😉 I can so relate to that and like Bert, its my hubby who handles the camera with all the patience in the world and I love him for that and a zillion other things as well 🙂 I can understand very well that you both love this life 🙂 Its my great pleasure to know you both through the blogging world 🙂 Thanks a lot for your kind wishes Rusha and have an amazing rest of the weekend both of you ❤

  28. You are living my dream life! 😀 I would love to someday be on the road long term and see more of this wonderful world 🙂 So glad to have found your blog and I look forward to following along on your adventures 🙂

    • We’re glad you found our blog also. We mostly take short trips, but we get off the interstate any chance we can. I’m a lover of fields, old barns, and mom-and-pop restaurants. And a believer that anywhere you go, there’s something terrific to see. Best wishes for a good spring. Keep reading, too!

      • Trust me the pleasure is all mine 🙂

        And you’re absolutely right that every place has something unique and special to offer if you’re willing to look hard enough. Happy travels! 🙂

  29. lorigreer says:

    Love your story, love your spirit. Yes, I may have a place to rent for a month. Keep me in mind if you ever want to visit the Pacific Northwest. I am in Portland.

  30. findingnyc says:

    I’m really enjoying your blog, especially your posts about your recent visit to New York City. (I’m an NYC local and blog about things to do in the city, so I always love to read about visitors’ experiences.) I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit, and I look forward to reading more about your travels in the future.

    Best wishes,

    • I just posted on your blog a thank-you for following ours. And I included a link to our series on NYC. But it looks as if you don’t need that: you’ve explored all of our posts on that great city already! So happy we got to go in December and hope we can go again. Looking forward to reading more from your explorations!

  31. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you.

  32. mrsyovcheva says:

    wow, you guys look like you’ve had some great experiences so far! Congrats on being married for 47 years, that’s awesome!!

    I have have nominated you guys for the Liebster award, I hope you accept this and wishing you a great day Bert and Rusha! 😀

    • You are so very thoughtful to nominate us for the Liebster award. I had to look back into my archives, but we have already received this award. We may be like many bloggers who don’t like to receive awards since comments and follows from people such as you make blogging worthwhile enough. Best wishes for continued success. And I hope to read more from you.

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  34. 4otomo says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment, appreciated 🙂

  35. Jodi says:

    Rusha and Bert – I realized I somehow got “kicked of” following your site. I hate when that happens with WordPress. Thank you for your kind follow, and I am BACK and looking forward to enjoying your blog and adventures! Happy Upcoming Holiday Weekend! 🙂

    • Welcome back anytime! We kinda come and go on this blog. I don’t write when I travel — it’s too much trouble and spoils the fun. But when I’m home I sometimes can’t remember the details!! So, we totally understand about being “kicked” off — just kick back and enjoy life this summer. We enjoy your blog!

  36. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! Love your concept of life and blogging and congrats to years of life with your best friend. Like Terri and James at Gallivance you guys are inspirational!!

  37. Don Ostertag says:

    Thank you for your kind words on Anntbell’s blog regarding the eagle on the tombstone. And what a great blog you have. Count me in as a follower.

  38. dawnkinster says:

    Wow! What an exciting retirement! I retire at the end of THIS week! Your lifestyle is wonderful! Sounds like the kind of thing I’d enjoy too. Wonder where you’re going next?

    • Dawn, we have great days interspersed among the ordinary days. All are good. We love to rest and plan our next mini-trips. Often, we find great things to see and do right here in Knoxville, so take a look at where you live first. So much to see. So little time!

  39. thatssojacob says:

    Hello Rusha! I’ve decided to read and follow 10 interesting and new blogs a day every day of May 2015, and yours is today’s #10! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy blogging!

    • So flattered that you would follow our blog as part of your getting-to-know-bloggers initiative! We enjoy blogging, but more importantly we enjoy traveling and sharing what we see with others. Best wishes to you for continued success!!

  40. Lovely couple ❤️

    • Thanks for the compliment, but we’re only lovely sometimes — weddings, funerals, and performances by the granddaughter at the local school. Most of the time, we’re in jeans and t-shirts poking around small towns or taking pics of tourist sites. It’s a good life, though! Appreciate your stopping by.

  41. The Traveling Bazaar says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you would join me on June 14th, my next Local Shopping Event. I’m hoping you might write about it. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  42. beeblu says:

    A marvellous way to spend (semi) retirement. There’s always something waiting to be discovered in our own backyard, but during our working lives, we are so time-poor.

    • Love your word “time-poor.” That’s how I felt when raising my boys and working full-time. Now, some days are long. We try to fill them with travel when we can. Retirement is what you make of it, for sure!

  43. mukhamani says:

    I am happy to have come across your blog and it will be really nice following you:)

  44. babso2you says:

    Lovely! Just lovely that you folks are together for as long as you are! What adventures you have had…If you ever want to take a gander at the gold rush towns in the Sierra Foothills of CA, please let me know! I would love to show you around! Be well…. ^..^

    • Thanks for taking a look at our About page. We’ve been married for a long time, so traveling together seems quite natural to us. Would love to see the Sierra Foothills, although I’m not sure we ever will. Keep posting pics of your area — we love Internet travel, too!

  45. You are inspiring. I love the pictures. When I migrated to my own domain all the subscriptions disappeared. Hope you’ll check out my blog again and let me know if it’s improving. http://www.findingmywings.com

    • Thanks so much for the compliment and for continuing to follow us. We’ve thought about moving to a new domain but haven’t gotten up our courage, I guess. Will definitely check out your new location. Best wishes in all you do. And thanks again for following us!

  46. Thanks for following my blog. My hubby and I also met 50 years ago, and will have been married for 49 years in December. We’re also very good friends and travel companions. Sylvia 🙂

    • It’s our pleasure to follow you blog — your travels and blog posts are interesting. Looking forward to learning more. Being married to the same person for a long time is a great friendship journey. We’ve changed in our relationships many times as we grow older, but still loving each other and the lives we’re living. Best wishes to you for more great years together!

  47. So happy to connect with another traveler & blogger. It’s so inspiring! It’s never too late to dream a new dream.
    Live, Dream, Travel
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  48. belocchio says:

    It seems I’m a little late to the party. I do apologize and I hope I can help you make the lemon bars for Christmas. Icing sugar is a combination of very finely ground sugar and a little cornstarch. It is also called confectioner’s sugar, and powdered sugar. You often see it sprinkled on doughnuts. You should fine it in the baking aisle at your grocery store. If you can’t find it blend 2 cups of granulated sugar with a generous teaspoon of cornstarch in your blender. The cornstarch stops the sugar from clumping. Whizz it super fine. Bon Appetit!! and a wonderful Christmas to you and your family. Virginia

  49. I’m so glad I found you guys, you’re both inspiring and I hope my love of travel will still be as strong, when my husband and I have been together for 50 years! I’ve also had wonderful experiences in Nepal, China and India and hope to continue with more 🙂 Look forward to reading about your adventures

    • Thanks so much for the kind comments. So glad we found your site also. You make travel look fun but I know sometimes it could be challenging with a child. We have a granddaughter and we know that we do things a little differently when we have her along. Best wishes for continued success!

  50. tripofun says:

    Rusha, your story is so insipirational! i gotta show this to my hubby! 🙂 Wish we could travel like how you do!

    • Thanks for the comment. Don’t want you to think that we go, go, go all the time. We travel mostly on a budget, and many times the travel is work-related. It’s nice having my company pay for my flights so I can see more of the USA!

  51. mincs1 says:

    My husband and I love to travel and look forward to more of it. I am excited to share your travel experiences through your blog. Cheers! 🙂

  52. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Rusha! very lovely blog here, I found it by accident but I’m glad I did. I’m especially touched by your visit to Lesotho and giving of your time to make one family’s dream come true. That’s a very inspiring act of kindness. All the best on your future travels.

    • What a pleasure to meet you, too! Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. Can’t wait to delve into your blog and see what you’re all about. I’ve enjoyed meeting people through blogging, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of ideas from you, too. Best wishes for much success!

  53. Melissa says:

    Thank you for liking my post about Stia because that led me to your blog. So happy to have found you!

  54. So you like mom-and-pop restaurants and dark chocolate. What else is there besides those two? Great blog – I am following to keep up with both of you. Enjoying your pictures of China!

    • Thanks so much, Dennis! I don’t know why the report of your comment has just reached me, but I appreciate it immensely. You are so right Mom-and-Pop restaurants and dark chocolate –doesn’t get any better than that. Hope we post more pics of China in the future for you. Thanks again for commenting.

  55. Hi Rusha, thanks for following our blog. 🙂 Lol…my husband and I have the dream of living all over the world one day too. He’s already got 5 countries under his belt (and he’s only 31)… even though I’m older, I have a bit of catching up to do (just 2). 😉 Look forward to reading more of your stories. 🙂

  56. mmladyg says:

    Feeling a little giddy at finding you here. Your piece on Dahmen Barn was the bait. Am doing research on restoring our historic hop processing barn for similar purposes. Thank you for this great piece. Seeing the rest of your work is, as you say, the icing on the cake.

  57. Lovely! I will be honored to follow your stories 🙂 best, Allane.

  58. Hi Rusha!
    Thanks for following. Be seeing here and there!

  59. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Rusha, just tuned in and followed your blog. If you like, come over to http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com to return the favor and play with me 🙂 thanks!

  60. Lynda says:

    Yay for UT sports! 🙂 from a new fan and UT alum

    • Lynda says:

      Oops, I just realized you probably meant Tennessee whereas I meant Texas. Still like your blog though and hope I didn’t offend. heehee 😉

    • Rusha Sams says:

      If you’ve followed Tennessee sports lately, you know we need as many cheerleaders as possible! Thanks for reading and commenting. And welcome aboard!

      • Immersed Traveller says:

        Oh dang it, I too thought you meant Texas! 🙂 Great blog though, I love the idea of living in a place for one month and then moving!

      • We love that idea, too. But not many people just want to let us stay in their place for free. So we’re content with some short jaunts filled with adventure. It’s working so far. (But just in case you’re traveling around the world or something and want us to housesit, we might entertain the notion!!) Have a great week ahead!

  61. annetbell says:

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please accept and pass it on to blogs of your choice. Visit the page below for directions! Happy Wednesday! Anne

  62. Uncle Spike says:

    So Rusha, you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s….

    I really appreciate you wanting to become a new follower, after all, there are many many interesting and entertaining blogs out there. And especially cool as you are an accomplished star… with a Freshly Pressed (wow, the first I’ve ‘met’, lol)

    Anyway, I hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.I have added plenty of categories now to help readers. If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, by all means let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great old day…


  63. annetbell says:

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  64. annetbell says:

    I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I hope you will accept it and pass it along to more deserving blogs. Please visit my post for the details.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m considering not accepting any awards, but give me a few days, and I may change my mind. I appreciate your consideration more than you’ll ever know, and that’s reward enough. Appreciate you!

      • annetbell says:

        I know how you feel, it is a ton of work, and I am not blogging for awards, but the teacher in my loves to encourage others so I decided not to post the images, but to accept and nominate. Please do as you please , but know I value your blog and your friendship!

      • Rusha Sams says:

        Thanks so much. Hope you have wonderful holidays!

  65. Woolly Muses says:

    Hi Rusha Sams, Thank you for following WoollyMuses blog.

  66. annetbell says:

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  67. susanissima says:

    Hi Rusha, I followed up your comment on babsje Heron because of your love of travel, which my husband and I also share. Our passion includes sketching/painting and writing in journals wherever we go. I look forward to learning more about you in the future. All the best, Susan at http://stilllifewithtortillas.com

  68. Rusha, I know what you mean how hard it is to travel and be away from the grandchildren. When we want to take a trip, it means a trip not seeing him…so hard.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      But don’t you find yourself looking at other little children while you are away and comparing your own grandchild to them? And another thing, my suitcase always has a present to bring back home!! Thanks for reading!

  69. You hope and dreams inspire me my friend. Life is too short not to pursue the things that brings a smile in our hearts. I hope to live in different places too. So much to learn and discover with so little time. Have a blessed day.

  70. Piggletino says:

    Hey Rusha, I’ve nominated you for the REALITY blog Award! 🙂 You can check it out at http://piggletino.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/wow-an-award/
    Thanks for visiting Piggletino and sharing your photos here!

  71. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  72. terry1954 says:

    i love habitat stores but since i have moved back to Indiana, I have not seen any. would love to work for them. they are such a worthy business

  73. sherrylcook says:

    Hello Rusha, Thank you for following my blog! I’ve read your about page and I am anxious now to read more! Sounds like you and your husband are living a grand life indeed! hugs to you!

  74. terry1954 says:

    You both sound like lovely people. I love antiques too, and chocolate, dark and regular, but what woman doesn’t??? LOL

  75. Madilyn Farneth says:

    Rusha, thanks for the great writeup and mentioning us at the Ramsey house review. Next week-end we will be in Townsend at the Smoky Mountains Wood carvers fall show. If you get a chance, come by there and check it out. Lots of talented people showing what they have created. Stop by and say hey, it was a pleasure meeting you and hope to see you again somwhere down the road. Madilyn & Roger Farneth

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for reading my blog! It was a pleasure to meet you both. You have a great attitude about life and a wonderful sense of humor. Best wishes for continued success. To follow my blog, just click on the Follow This Blog link.


  76. Dawn Patelke says:

    Hi, Rusha. You know me only vaguely from an inservice you did at Union County HS several years ago. I think I last saw you by accident at the Creperie downtown. I am now retired (teacher) and Iedit a newsletter for the local Alliance Française, and I was looking for some pics about an item I wanted to share with the group about the Lavender Festival, and Google found your blog! Do you mind if I use a couple of your wonderful pictures? I will cite you as the photographer. Thanks, Dawn Patelke

    • Rusha Sams says:

      It’s great to hear from you, Dawn. I’m glad Google directed you to my blog! Yes, you may publish the pictures from the Lavender Festival, but please provide the link to my blog on anything you use: http://ohtheplaceswesee.com. I just might get someone else to click and read! Best wishes to you in all endeavors!

  77. Jennifer Rand says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you at the Mayfield dairy and I’m going to try some of the places mentioned in your blog, which is great by the way.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks so much for reading my blog! I’ll get to the one on Mayfield’s soon! It’s always a pleasure to meet people who are enjoying each and every experience, and you seem like one of those people!

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