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The Greenbelt in Kingsport, Tennessee while on vacation

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My brother is always talking about hiking on the Greenbelt, although I think he rarely does because I wore him out on our short 3.35 mile hike there. In fact I know he doesn't get the exercise he needs anymore because I couldn't get him out walking unless we were hiking to a waterfall this year. He told everyone I walked him out. The tables were turned for a change and he had to keep up with me. I have to admit on a few of our waterfall hikes he did go further but that's another blog.

Anyway after breakfast one Sunday we went to Kingsport, which is a hop skip and jump from his house. He pulled into the parking lot of a strip mall and headed towards the pet store and I'm thinking what's going on? Anyway he drove around back and parked. When we got out of the car I saw the sign. So I started tracking our hike. The hills and all didn't block the gps signal so I was happy about that.

Nice trails along the Reedy Creek for a while.

tree laying across Reedy Creek.

Reedy Creek

Soon we left the creek behind and began our uphill journeys. Up and down for a while. The trail changed from paved to more of a wide dirt/gravel path. At this point I didn't think about making any more photos. I was too concerned with getting up those hills. I was getting a little hot and watching those mile markers. By the time we turned around - because I had to go potty so bad - all I was worried about was making it to the port-a-potty just about a half mile or so from the car. Darn! If I had known we were going hiking I wouldn't have drank as much tea as I did. The joys of my brother - you never know what he'll decide to do!

Part of the trail was in the shade so it was nice. Where we passed the meadow it was sunny and hot. I wish I had made more photos but I had other things on my mind. I was hoping we'd get to go there again but we never did.

More on my adventures in other blogs - much more to show you. I hope you enjoyed this and if you're in the Kingsport, Tennessee area you should try to find the different places you can join the trail. I believe there are many more trails in the surrounding communities. I wish we could have tried more!

Take care and have a fantastic Sunday and the week ahead. Sending you love & Hugs,
Ramona emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/21/2014 7:22AM

    emoticon for sharing ....roc

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  I've had a few of those desperate hikes back to the port-a-potty! Tell your brother to let you go to the bathroom in the pet store first next time!

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FINCHFEEDER80 7/20/2014 3:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MSLZZY 7/20/2014 2:50PM

    Fantastic trail and scenery and a great workout, I am sure! Thanks for sharing!

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Vacation Adventures: Boone Lake

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My best friend, Rhonda and I walked around the Lake area a lot. It was a lot of fun. Waving at people driving by or out on their boats. We didn't make it out on the boat this summer. Too much other stuff going on so we either sat out by the lake or walked around it. Shawn and Rhonda live across the street from my brother, Scott and they are on the lake so we sat out on their back deck several nights, on the 4th of July by the bonfire next to the lake so we saw plenty of it.

I'll leave you with some photos of Boone Lake in Gray, Tennessee.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 7/18/2014 9:14AM

    emoticon glad you got in some fun !!

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MSLZZY 7/16/2014 9:55AM


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DANCINCAJUN1 7/16/2014 9:29AM

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FINCHFEEDER80 7/16/2014 8:52AM

    Beautiful pictures, looks like a great place to visit!

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FRAN0426 7/15/2014 11:19PM

    Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing them.

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GINNABOOTS 7/15/2014 8:27PM

    Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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I'm Home!

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's hard to believe I've been home almost a week now. Whew! Where has this week gone? It sure has been busy. I like staying busy. Now to get adjusted to this hot & humid weather! At least when I got home the Missouri watermelons were just starting to come in. I bought my first two - oh they were so sweet!
I finally got all my tracking caught up here on Spark. I think I have it all in - at least I hope so.
I still haven't uploaded my vacation photos yet. My son has the camera because he's working on the fireworks show DVD we do annually. My brother is a big 4th of July fireworks fan so he goes all out and puts on a show that the neighbors all look forward to. Since he lives across the street from Boone Lake folks come up in their boats to see the show too. So I film it all and my son edits it down, adds some music and puts it on DVD. I can't wait to see it. I think he said it was about 21 minutes long this year. Yes that's a lot of fireworks - this is my brother's favorite holiday and he goes to a fireworks supermarket and buys lots - all sizes. I think we had three shopping carts to take to the car this year. Talk about fun unloading! My arms ached for three days.
Of course, Shawn and Rhonda have a cookout every 4th of July too. It was really nice. Shawn smoked a pork loin roast and some type of sausage. Rhonda made baked beans and a yummy macaroni salad and her Mom made potato salad. I enjoyed the day - I did show a little restraint this year but heck I got full just off the small amount I ate. We sat around talking until time for fireworks. After the fireworks and the first clean up, we went over and sat around the fire and had s'mores. Yes, I ate one since that's the only time I ever eat them. Great night with great friends and family.
Had my neurologist appointment Monday. She upped my daytime dose of "preventives" to a full dose like I take at night. Will see her in October to see if that's doing the trick. Since I had a lot of migraines while I was gone. She said the change in elevations could have affected them too, since I live at about an elevation of 300 feet and my brother's it's between 1700 & 2000 feet in elevation. Plus all the times I got sick in the mountains - not a pretty sight. The OTC stuff just didn't cut it. So in the future she said ask my primary care doctor about the patches, so I will. Anything to avoid throwing up like I did. Ugh!
Woke up with severe rib pain today. Must have been from loading and unloading some "heavy" things I got at the store yesterday that triggered it. That's my guess anyway. Feeling much better now. Nice hot shower and some tylenol helped.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Love & hugs!
Ramona emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 7/12/2014 1:24PM

    Hi, glad you got back safe and had a good time - even with being sick.. hope you are feeling better .. I would not have thought of elevation .. but yes it could effect everything .. I am by the ocean - but love the mountains - have not been since got sicker and went on disability ..
I want to be rich and have a house here and cabin in the mountains :0)

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CTUPTON 7/12/2014 10:03AM

    Ramona, I just read this blog of yours. Migraines are the "pits." I hope those medicine changes do the trick. Your hobbies are so cool! I am just trying to get my stuff organized and many things gone totally. I guess that will be my hobby for a couple more years.


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CARMEL_466 7/12/2014 7:47AM

    Welcome home.

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FRAN0426 7/11/2014 10:30PM

    A week can go quickly when we have things to do.
Sounds you had a terrific fire works display at your brothers this last 4th.

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SPARKFRAN514 7/11/2014 7:07PM

    Time flies by quickly it seems we are also having warm weather here but to soon for local watermelons but I enjoyed the one you sent my way. sorry you hurt yourself take care. glad you enjoyed the vacation . emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/11/2014 4:31PM

    so glad you are back safely and got to visit and run around ..... roc

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FINCHFEEDER80 7/11/2014 3:00PM

    Welcome home! Good to hear from you!

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  Welcome home! I hope the meds help.

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Sharing part of my daily walks

Thursday, June 05, 2014

My dog and I walk several times everyday. Mostly just on our street and some of the other streets here in town. The honeysuckle has been smelling just wonderful as we walk along our street especially at night. When we walk we try to catch a sighting of the baby red foxes - there are three. They are adorable but neither myself or any of my neighbors have been able to make a photo of them. They stay well hidden. Late at night when you come down the street you'll catch them playing in the street.
So I thought I'd share some of the honeysuckle photos I made a few days ago when they were in full bloom. They smelled heavenly. I hope you enjoy.

This is my walking buddy, Precious. She's 12 years old now and just loves to walk. Everyone who sees us out jokes with me about whose walking who. I tell them I let her lead me where she feels like walking.

Wish you could smell what I smell every night. Hope everyone has a great night & hey, it's almost the weekend!

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CTUPTON 7/12/2014 10:04AM

    Oh thank you, Ramona for sharing these lovely photos! chris

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CARMEL_466 7/10/2014 2:07PM

    Beautiful...keep emoticon .

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    Oh how beautiful! I love honeysuckle and it smells divine. Lucky you!!!
"I let her lead me where she feels like walking"... That is a wonderful dog's life! emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/8/2014 10:36PM

    thank you for sharing .... what a beauty ! roc

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    Thanks for sharing the pics and Precious is, well, precious! emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/6/2014 9:43AM

    Your doggy is adorable! She looks just right for hugging! Thanks for sharing some your pictures, they were great! The honeysuckle smells great here, too. It took it a little longer to come out this year, but now that it's here, I'm loving it.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/6/2014 8:41AM

    your baby is a sweetheart.. and love the smell of honey suckle - very little around here - enjoy it if I spot some ... thanks for the great pics emoticon
have a great weekend

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CARMEL_466 6/6/2014 8:14AM

    Cute doggie. Keep up the excellent pleasure of walking. Beautiful sights and smells I'm sure.

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MSLZZY 6/6/2014 6:58AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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FRAN0426 6/5/2014 11:18PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of what you and your dog see on your several daily walks. I wish we had a button to smell the beautiful smell of the flowers.

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  Lovely flowers and Precious is precious!

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Update on health issues for May 29th

Friday, May 30, 2014

As many of you know I've had a year that has been full of one health issue after another. My latest is a kidney infection. I had a reaction to the first antibiotic and am currently halfway through my second antibiotic. I am feeling much better.
I had been having some right sided pain, middle to lower side. Well, I figured out what it was. When I went to my doctor he was kind of confused about what was going on, thinking maybe it was my kidneys. I figured it out last night. You see the pain only hits me in the middle of the night about 3am to 4:30am usually. It hit earlier last night. It has something to do with a back problem I've had for years. When I move a certain way - usually sweeping or raking the yard - my pelvis moves basically the wrong way and catches. A couple nights ago the pain hit in the middle of the night but I had apparently raised my leg up when I shifted positions and wham! it hit. At 2:15am this morning I was turning over and my dog had curled up next to my legs.So I raised my right leg up to reposition on my left side. Wham! The pain hit again! The exact pain I've been having. Now that I know this I'm going to have to continue to pay attention to see if this is the case in all instances. I knew it was partially to blame but never could figure it out. We'll see what the doctor says when I see him next Tuesday.
My heels have finally healed up and I can wear shoes again. Thank God! Talked to my brother last night about our walking and hiking ahead next month. Can't wait to get to his house and start walking along the lake with my best friend! Everyone knows I love to walk so I have a feeling I'll be walked out by the time I get home (lol). I'm having trouble with my toes on my left foot. I did get a prescription for diabetic shoes so when I get home I'll be looking into some new walking shoes - they recommended I wait since I was leaving before they could get them in and I'd be gone a month. So after I get home I'll be looking into the shoes.
I'm keeping fresh pineapple on hand for my coughs. It seems to help and it does ease up my wheezy feeling chest. One of those remedies I read about on Facebook one night after having several sleepless nights due to coughing all night long. I hate allergy seasons. We've had pollen alerts for most of the year. A new one everyday. Plus now we have extreme heat alerts so that doesn't help me either.
All in all I'm feeling much better than I have so that is definitely a plus. Maybe I can get back into a better routine again.
Next week is three doctors appointments before I leave next Saturday for my brother's house. Tomorrow I get my haircut - it's driving me bonkers. Thankfully my hairdresser is within walking distance - just hope we don't have a thunderstorm about 1pm when I'm supposed to be there. Tomorrow night's one of my friends high school graduation - I've known her since she was about 5 and she's thrilled I'll be able to come - her boyfriend is picking me up since I won't have a way there. This will be interesting to say the least - it's been 4 years since my son's high school graduation.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! emoticon

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FRAN0426 5/30/2014 4:21PM

    So glad to hear your starting to feel better, and that your feet are healed so walking is easier for you.
It will be interesting to see your DR, view on your revelation about the sharp pain that wakes you at night.
So fresh pineapple helps you with the allergy cough, thanks for sharing, may need to get more fresh pineapple.
Have a wonderful vacation at your brothers, get all the walking you can in and check back in about those diabetic shoes when you get home.

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CARMEL_466 5/30/2014 3:54PM

    Happy you are feeling better. emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/30/2014 3:46PM

    Keep a positive attitude and maybe some of the issues will resolve themselves-at least the infection should. Have a great weekend!

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FINCHFEEDER80 5/30/2014 11:19AM

    I'm so happy you're making progress and feeling better! I hope you enjoy your vacation! A vacation full of walking and hiking sounds fabulous!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 5/30/2014 10:38AM

    hope you continue to feel better

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/30/2014 8:32AM

    Hi Ramona. Sounds like things are improving for you - Yay!!! I know you're looking forward to getting out and walking with your brother. Be sure and take some pics to share. Hope you have a great weekend my friend.

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RASPBERRY56 5/30/2014 6:50AM

    Sorry you've been struggling - glad that you are getting some relief! Hang in there!

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  Ramona, I'm glad that some things are getting better. I hope that even more things will go well for you. Have a nice visit.

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ZRIE014 5/30/2014 12:33AM

  wish you the best. stay positive.

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