Monday, August 11, 2014
Be Patient With Me Please!
My Favorite Place To Walk - Knoxville, TN
July 28, 2014
Perhaps I jumped the gun by a week or two, but it my excitement to begin writing again, I just wanted to start immediately. In retrospect, I should’ve remembered that the days between my birthday (July 30) and Bill returning to school are always hectic and busy. NOT a good time to work on re-establishing a habit! Those who have been reading for awhile know that the days after he returns to school each year are always a struggle for me as I miss him and the time we are able to spend together each summer. This summer has been particularly poignant as we’ve worked hard to get him as strong as we can before he begins the long days of a rigorous teaching schedule. He is much better, but still has difficulty with extreme fatigue and although eating better, eating ENOUGH is the challenge he faces.
I’m learning to let go and realize that I’ve really done all for him that I can. I’ve cared for him for most of an entire year and now need to focus on my health and my mental well being while continuing to support him on tough days. I have turned my eyes toward getting back into hiking shape and hitting the trails both in my much loved Smoky Mountains and tentatively planning some solo travel with hiking friends between now and Christmas.
So please be patient with me as I work on finding the best time to sit down and write. I’ve made some additional commitments for this year at my church and have mentally committed to some other activities that I think are important, but will take time. Time that was once spent reading and writing blogs. But I am excited about it all and think there is room – I just have to get it all worked out!
In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from my favorite new walking place near our condo. I am very grateful that our condo complex is small and quiet with a wonderful horseshoe shaped road for walking. It even has some hills! It’s a great place to get some exercise! But within a mile or two in several directions is an extensive greenway system along with quite a few miles of mountain biking trails. These pics are all taken at a greenway attached to what is now my closest branch of our public library system.
At the start - Public Library branch is to the left just out of sight!
Hard to see, but this is really quite an incline!
And this is quite a decline thankfully via switchbacks!
Two of several statues placed throughout the park. These are my favorites!
Both remind me of ME! I only wish there was a hiker!
Where have YOU been walking lately?