Friday, June 24, 2011

Back to my Childhood

I'm in the mountains where I was born! Childhood memories are always stirred when I visit here. Memories such as the feeling of being accepted unconditionally. Memories of good ol' country homemade meals. Memories of having too many relatives to spend enough time with each of them!

There is a twofold reason for Shane and I being here. Shane is taking advantage of Karate lessons in the Dojo one of my cousins recently opened and I'm here visiting relatives. I also wanted Shane to spend some unrushed time here, breathing in the mountain air, walking on the railroad tracks, being loved on by some of the sweetest people I know.

I snuck off for five days and spent a most wonderful time at South Lake Holston in Tennessee. I really enjoyed my cousin's boat and reading in the middle of the lake while she sunbathed. Oh except for that day we RAIN BATHED!!! My Aunt Virgie, her daughter Alicia, and I got caught in a dreadful rainstorm, but pulled into a cove for some respite from the pelts of heavy rain. With the help of life jackets and beach towels, we actually found ourselves to be quite comfortable and shared many laughs and stories as we also hid under the cabin's awning. Alicia took some great video of us. Hopefully I can post it soon!

My husband and mother are to arrive in July just in time for the big annual family reunion.
I've taken loads of pictures but forgot to pack my cord to upload them on this particular computer. I'll be on the prowl for a way to upload at least some of them.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far. I hope to check in again soon. Ta Ta for now!

6 comments:

Susan said...

Glad you got to make your Virginia trip again. Always such a joy to be able to spend time with family.

A Little R&R said...

I hope you really enjoy your time there. I've wondered where you've been...haven't seen you around lately. :)

SILVIA said...

great post honey =D
xxx

Kelly said...

Sounds wonderful! It's always nice to be where you feel loved most. Enjoy yourselves, as I am sure the time will fly by.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I have had so much fun reading all about your time in the place where you were born. It is a wonderful, happy post. I am so, so glad you are enjoying yourself and being home.connie

Steph R said...

Pam,
I was think of you and praying for you guys here after your move and I ran across this article that specifically talks about the worsened quality of sleep expressed as a co symptom amongst RA patients in this study. They pointed out in particular that treatment of the sleep disorder can give direct benefit to the RA severity and that poor sleep quality is linked to greater pain in RA patients. So less sleep means worse arthritis during the day which I can also attest to.
http://www.dailyrx.com/news-article/more-pain-problems-those-rheumatoid-arthritis-12023.html
There is a grocery list of drugs that are listed for the symptoms but it also says behavioral modifications can be applied like physical therapy. Have you had any success with alternative treatments at all, any thing beneficial besides your meds which you said you tapered off quite some time ago? NSAIDs? I hope you update us soon. God bless you!