Sunday, July 10, 2016

Emerging from the Cave



Sunrise over Guntersville Lake, AL

When I last wrote, back around the first of April, there was no warning that it would be my last post for three months.  Did not realize that some piece of me….the part that can feel peace……was breaking or had already broken.

In April we returned from a great rally in Townsend after spending lovely times with wonderful friends whom we adore.  But something was not right…..

Looking back it may have been just too many lovely times with the wonderful friends…or the stress of the ongoing medical issues around David’s heart, or the scary weather traveling back from Arizona and ….. who knows what!!!

But all I wanted to do is crawl into my cave and not come out.  Someone asked “when are you hitting the road again?”  My reply is “we are staying at home until it feels like we live here!” 

Surprisingly, it has been a good three months. The goal was to create a life in our new home that feels rewarding and makes us happy.  We are being mostly successful with a few bumps.

One of the unpleasant bumps happened in May.  David experienced chest pain and I called 911.  The ER doc diagnosed him with a “baby” heart attack which is the best kind to have if one is going to have a heart attack.

He appears to be doing very well.  A few weeks after the event we spent a long weekend on Guntersville Lake.  It was hot but he seemed to be ok during the trip.

Going to back up now and do a little show and tell on our last few months.

The Townsend rally was without a leader this year.  Tom P. retired after leading this event for many years. Everyone managed to have fun at the leaderless event.













The last two photos are from the Middle Fork in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains.

When we returned home…..remember it’s our new home after downsizing last year…we had a new deck!  And it has been my hide out for the summer.  My place to hide from the world.






We have done a lot of small improvements on our space.  The front porch got stained… a four day project.




Carpenters work at repairing fascia boards and soffits….a two week repair!!


The roof repairs have been completed for several weeks….such a relief to have our space back!

Now we are in the dog days of summer with lots of heat and humidity.  We are staying in, reading library books and binge watching several shows that somehow have passed us by…’Mad Men’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’.

Dusted off the gym membership and proud to report we have been going three times a week for the past month.

It’s time to get back on the road!

Pending a good report from more tests on David’s heart this week, we plan to be heading toward Colorado in about 10 days or so. 

Can’t wait to get out of this heat!!

But if the verdict is to stay home, it’s not too bad.  We are learning to flow like a river.

Sending apologies to everyone that I have neglected…still love you!


  1. Good to hear from you again, Lynne. Prayers tests are good and you are on the road soon.

    1. Thank you. Expecting a good report but prepared for what ever! It is good to be back blogging.

  2. Have been wondering how things were going. Almost sent you a text last week. Glad David is doing well. Enjoy Colorado. Are you doing the Rocky Mtn. Gathering? Wishing you safe travels. Relax and enjoy the ride.😀

  3. Yes, that's the plan and then hang out in the mountains for a month. We have reservations for Kansas but jello plans on that one.
    Good to hear from you. I have kept up enough to know that you are back home eating fresh tomatoes!

  4. Good to hear from you again! Glad David's heart attack was a mile one and that he is doing well. It's always something, isn't it?

  5. And great to hear from you!

    Yes! As someone said, "growing old is not for sissies". David is pushing 79....but seems to be better off than most 79 year olds.

  6. GREAT to see that you two are finished "hibernating" and that you are ready to start a a new adventure....good to hear David is going well...enjoy your travels to Colorado...we're going back to KC ...I hope to be able to hit the road late August.....BTW, SUPER shot of the sunrise over the lake...take care and safe travels...Horst sends

    1. Hey, Horst! You are always so kind!
      Hope your time in KC is fun and you get back on the road after the worst of the heat is gone.
      Take care of yourself and remember to share your great photos.

  7. I love you little hideout...sometimes thinking that we should have gone your route. Lots of roadblocks for us lately...pretty much par for our course. Try to fight depression...enjoy CO...hope that works out and David continues to stay strong.

    1. You know what they say about the grass being always greener on the other side of the fence. David had just said, a few weeks before his heart event....that we should go full time for a year. And it sounded so good at the time. Oh well. Wishing you two a lovely summer!

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  9. Wondered if you guys were doing ok. As long as you are with the ones you want to be with, life if great no matter where you are.

  10. Hey Unknown! wondering who you are? Know you must be one of our "old soul" friends...agree entirely!

    1. Sorry, not sure why my name doesn't show up. New IPAD. It's Marti, down here in the valley.

    2. Thanks for the id. Tried to figure who was writing....never dreamed it is someone in my backyard!

  11. I am so sorry to hear about the heart attack. Here's hoping the report is a good one and that you can hit the road. Your new house is just cuter than a bug. The deck is really nice, I can see why you like it there. Hope your travels are happy ones and it's fun.

  12. Allison, great to hear from you!
    We are happy to report that David's heart is still in rhythm and, overall, he is functioning much better than one year ago. Thanks again for your help!