I'm finally back home. I flew in late Wednesday night back to hot, dry, brown California. Ugggh. I really must admit that Tennessee is one of the prettiest states I've ever visited. Green, green everywhere! Gorgeous mountains, lush forests, and tons of lakes and creeks. It is so different from California and more in tune with the climate in which I grew up. California has its great qualities, but the climate is more Mediterranean, much drier, and brown most of the time. The sun seems hotter to me for some reason. Anyway, God planted me here, so I'll stop complaining. What did I do on my trip? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And I loved it!! My life is normally so hectic between managing a full time writing career, taking care of a house and husband, and watching my grandkids, I rarely have time to breathe. Every day is packed full from sunrise to sunset and I never seem to get everything done. But at my Mom and sister's cabin, I had nothing to do. And it was pure heaven. I got up late each morning, grabbed some coffee and went out to sit on their porch. Here's what greeted me.
I sat, prayed, watched the squirrels, chipmunks and birds fight over the seed my Mom would put out. It was so peaceful. No smog, no sound of traffic, just the rustle of leaves and a gentle breeze.
Usually later in the day we would all go out to eat at some fabulous place. Here's a few pictures. Wish I'd taken more, but I was too busy eating! We went to Cracker Barrel, Cheddars, Harpoon Harrys (best deep fried oysters), The infamous Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg (best pancakes on the planet!), The Pottery House with Bonnie Roof! and the Wild Plum (an off the trail Tea house that sits in the forest next to a creek--best Lobster Pie)
|Bonnie Roof, My Mom, my Sis and me at the Pottery House|
|Me and my precious Bonnie Roof who drove hours to see me!|
|They sat us right next to this gorgeous waterfall|
|My Adorable Sis|
|Cracker Barrel! Yum|
|Me and my Sis!|
|My Sister's dog, Riley. A very sweet rescue dog who wasn't sure about me.|
|The best Onion rings at Cheddars|
|If you ever get to Gatlinburg, the BlueBerry pancakes at the Pancake Pantry are to die for!|
|Mom and Me with our ginormous fruity drinks!|
|Found this sign for my house. My grandkids call me Mimi. LOL|
It was a wonderful time and I feel refreshed and ready to get back to working on She Walks in Power, which I'm still hoping to put out in September, Lord Willing.
Anyway, I hope you don't mind me posting a bit of personal news. I pray you all are well and ready to enjoy your summer!