Welcome back! I’ve been gone a while because we went on a trip across country to my husband’s family in Tennessee.
Hubster grew up in the mountains where the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia come together. Some of his friends that he went to school with still live there, and always have a barbecue when we come in to visit. We enjoyed catching up, celebrating with lots of good food and fireworks.
When we weren’t visiting friends and extended family, we were hanging out at my sister-in-law’s home and enjoying her pool.
We took in some of the local sights, one of our favorites being Bristol Caverns. It’s a nice cool place to visit on a hot day, maintaining a constant 60 degrees. Walking the cavern tour is less than an hour, and was just the ticket for Little Man.
One attraction we always visit is Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie is a theme park that was created around a steam train ride. The train ride becomes an adventure with good guys and bad guys from the old west acting out a robbery. There are town shops and restaurants, as well as live entertainment, carnival rides and games, and an area to feed deer, goats, and other critters. It was a fun time, made even more fun for Little Man because we brought a friend for him to hang with. Because the park isn’t too big, we were able to see all of it in a day. On the way home, we always stop at Troy’s Diner in Boone, NC, for a meal and a milkshake. Well, I skipped the milkshake, but enjoyed my meal.
Our time spent in Tennessee was relaxing and a welcome change of pace. One thing I noticed in particular, was how mellow I was during the whole visit. With all of the (positive) changes I’ve been going through, things that used to make me bristle a little bit, didn’t affect me. It was so surprising and lovely!
While we were there, I was able to stick with my eating plan; eating my way out of diabetes. A few days after we got home, I had blood work done to check my blood sugar and a few other things. Very jubilantly, I am pleased as punch to say that I no longer have diabetes. My blood sugar is happy, happy, happy. Food cravings have become a thing of the past. And my body is course correcting, slimming down, and feeling better and better. I intend to continue to eat in a way that will sustain healthy and happy blood sugar levels, while allowing me to slim down to a weight that suits my body best.
In a week, Little Man and I are off on yet another adventure. This time to the coast of Maine, to hang out with my family. Stay tuned!
I loved hearing about your trip and seeing the beautiful pictures. Tennessee is truly a beautiful state and your post makes me long to go back.
Congrats on the diabetes! Here’s to hoping that your journey to health continues to be fun and rewarding (and that your A1C stays less than goal!!)
Thanks, and thanks for the well wishes.
Yay! So happy to hear how well things are going and that you all are enjoying some nice relaxing summer days. Enjoy the trip to Maine! We’ve been having some sweet weather lately.
Thanks Darla. Enjoying Maine. Busy going through the house, clearing out old stuff and making repairs.
Good to hear from you again, Susan! Glad the trip went so well and huge congratulations on the eating plan. So very happy for you.
Enjoy the next trip xx
Tweetsie Railroad looks so sweet! I wish there were more of those little parks around the country still. Seems they’re all going out of biz.
It is a sweet smaller park. Just the right size for Little Man.
Looks gorgeous! That photo of the mountains… *swoon* Though I absolutely love caverns. I need a cavern.
Thanks Aussa! The mountains out there are so picturesque. And the caverns in the southeast are so very cool. Yes, everyone needs a cavern.