The Men Behind The Table of Wisdom

We live and work in an area that is unique for sure.  Some of the nation’s top music producers, artists, and writers call this place home…whether in Franklin, Leiper’s Fork or Nashville.   Celebrities are special in their own way, but just as famous in some of these parts are our local heroes, Goose, Gatlin, Bruce, Larry, and more.

Table of Wisdom

Bruce, Goose, and Gatlin are the heart of Leiper’s Fork, and the kings of our “Table of Wisdom.” You can see pictures of them on the back of all of our Puckett’s t-shirts.  Many people ask me if these guys are real or just contrived façade, modeling for the shirts.  They are certainly real, and I’m honored to call them friends.

Goose (also known as Mike) is Leiper’s Fork’s unofficial mayor.  He knows every corner around southwest Williamson County, and just about everyone.  Goose got his name because as a child, he bought a goose in downtown Franklin.  He wanted it so badly that he carried it up Main Street, and hid it in the back of his dad’s car.  It honked all the way home!  Goose attends some of Nashville’s best parties with the most influential celebrities.  He is the emcee of the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade, which brings in onlookers by the thousands.  However, most days you can find Goose at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork helping out anyone at any given time.  If you need directions, home improvement or fending off the paparazzi, Goose is always ready to serve.

 

Goose & Gatlin

Gatlin is the town organizer and electrician extraordinaire. I’ve seen him put cable wire where no man should go.  Whether it’s running electricity up a field for the village Christmas tree, or making sure the corn hole competition is well lit, he’s the man.  He’s there to be sure the party, parade or chili cook off is running on all cylinders; and Leiper’s Fork gatherings are no ordinary shindigs.  When the press shows up for interviews of these events, you’ll not see Gatlin in the limelight, but…knowing him, he likes it that way.  Tough on the outside, Gatlin is all soft when it comes to people in need.  He’s right there to organize a fundraiser, or repair a home damaged by weather or tragedy.  Without second thought, he’s the go to guy.

Bruce is the real King around here. A retired advertising executive, he and his lovely wife, Marty, have been the official greeters and organizers of the village of Leiper’s Fork for years.   They owned and operated Leiper’s Fork Antiques when Andy and I bought Puckett’s over a decade ago, Bruce was the guy that Andy went to for any questions that a new business in town would want to ask.  He is always kind, always clever, and ever so creative.  Quite the sleuth that he is, Bruce helped us with the great fern caper at Puckett’s years ago.  We had someone stealing our ferns outside of Pucketts, and Bruce put hidden cameras in and around the whole area.  The lady was caught and turned into authorities. It reminded me of “Mayberry.”  On a different note,  I’ll always thank Bruce for his creative design of my home.  One day just before we moved there, Andy told Bruce what kind of home I wanted.  Bruce drew it up on a napkin.  We took it to our builder, and voila!, my home.

Bruce

This area is full of people that want to help.  We can’t have Christmas lights, clean buildings or movies in the park without Larry and his brother Mike.  And of course, whether its weddings, funerals or parties, my own husband, Andy, is always there at the ready to make the moments complete with his amazing southern food.  It’s Southern charm for sure around here, and I’m all the more blessed for it.

 

Slowing down

“There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.  Everybody should be free to go very slow”—Robert Frost

I admit that I hate that our society is so rushed.  We hurry through too many great moments of our lives.  Some of life’s best times are tucked away in an ordinary day.  I’ve always told my children that to never take for granted the beauty of an ordinary day.  When some days are crazy for me, I try my best to slow down, and enjoy the little moments.

There is no better time for that than around a meal with loved ones. Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, recognized the need for us all to enjoy the entire experience of a meal from the farm to the table.  From it, he formed an international reminder of the power of taking care of what we eat and knowing its origins.

It is also widely known that slowing down to a meal with loved ones is one of life’s most nourishing moments.  Whether a wedding celebration, or a slice of local fruit at home….savor the moment and taste the food.  Want a little therapy? Go to your local farmer’s market or produce stand.  Sip some ice tea.  Swing in a hammock.  Take your honey to your favorite locally owned restaurant, and chat with the owner.  You’ll be glad you did, I promise!

 

Enjoy you local Farmers Market!

 

Happy Birthday to Us All!

Happy Birthday to us all!  The Fourth of July is the biggest holiday we should all be celebrating together.    Because of Independence Day, we can worship who we choose, live a life of our choosing our own pursuit of happiness, and speak our minds—all without fear of being abused or martyred.

I’ve often wondered if our forefathers realized the magnitude of what they created as they fought for independence from Great Britain.  Many of them lost all they had, some died of illness, and I’m sure all of them were shunned by many in society of that day.  Yet, they had to believe they were moved to do something bigger than who they were.  Their sacrifices are the reason we celebrate so freely over 200 years later.

We also can celebrate because of the great sacrifices of our troops today.  Yes, our generation has learned that freedom is a sacrifice, but a worthy one indeed.  Today, as I celebrate with friends, family, and community, I am going to be remembering with prayers and thoughts our fellow humanity across the world who would only hope to have the freedoms we possess.  I will be praying for those in the Middle East and Asia who are fighting for their ideals of freedom.  I will certainly be praying for our beautiful troops and their courageous loved ones who are helping to defend freedom here, and support the cause of freedom everywhere.

Whether you are conservative, liberal or somewhere in between; let’s all be thankful to our God, our forefathers and our troops.

God Bless the USA!

Happy Birthday to Us All!

Puckett’s Caters Fun Events!

When Puckett’s caters around our area, you never know who you’ll get to see.  It’s amazing and an honor that we get to serve. Whether it’s governors, or celebrities, it’s always fun.  Yet, just as wonderful, we get to serve princesses and their fathers at a ball.

In the past week, we got to cater a fundraiser hosted by Mike Wolfe of the “American Pickers.”    The party was held to support Nashville’s historic Belcourt Theater.  Being a fellow lover of all things history, Mike opened up his new shop in Nashville which houses some of his items he picked.  Fellow Leiper’s Fork citizen Alex Ciremelli decorated the shop. (She owns Serinite Maison, designs for influential people all over town and is married to famous musician Gary.  They are the kindest neighbors you’ll ever know.  I’ll share more on them in another blog soon).  As fans of the show, it was fun to see the items he picked on display.  Mike is truly one of the nicest celebrities we’ve met.  It was kind for him to host such a great cause for a historic icon in Nashville.

Puckett's at the nD event

On a different note, Andy had a thrill when he got to meet football hall of famer, Phil Simms.  Andy and I were helping our daughter finish up this catering event at Chris Simms house.  We love the Simms family as they are regulars at Puckett’s.  We also got to work with some of the famous “Memphis Boys” as they were getting ready to play at the Franklin Theatre.  The Memphis Boys are well known in the music world for working with Elvis Presley in the early seventies.  They are legendary.

But, that’s not all.  In Franklin, Puckett’s got to cater with The Princess Ball hosted by Franklin Tomorrow.  Fathers in town get to dress up with their daughters and attend a father/daughter ball.  It was truly a highlight of our week at Puckett’s.  There is nothing sweeter to watch, or a more precious group to serve.  It’s been a great week at Puckett’s for sure!

Puckett's at The Princess Ball

Update on our garden- a new favorite hobby!

Hobbies are a way to refresh your spirits.  Summer is a great time to look get back into what you like to do with your free time, or expand on it.

Around here, one of our favorite hobbies has been our new garden.  We planted it back in the early spring and posted some pictures.  Below is a picture of our garden this morning.

Andy gets zuchinni out of our garden

As most of you know, it’s a daily task to keep up with the weeding and critter control.  Deer and Japanese beetles are our biggest pests.  We’ve heard all sorts of odd advice on keeping deer at bay; everything from human hair, to Irish Spring soap and more.  We’ve tried them all.  Last week, we broke down and sprayed deer repellent, afraid it would stink us right out of our yard.  It didn’t, and it worked for a while.  With the rain, however, we’ve got to spray again.  Unfortunately, they really enjoyed the sunflowers before we had success in repelling them.

The work is paying off, though.  We have already had buckets and buckets of zucchini.   The yellow squash is coming on strong, and we even already had one tomato!  It was very exciting.  I love our herbs.  They like rocky soil, so it’s a bumper crop there for sure.

Andy gets yellow squash out of our garden

It is relaxing to be outside and enjoy watching something new grow.  Now, I must go on to my next favorite hobby, reading cookbooks.  I need a bunch of zucchini recipes!