I extend a hearty thank you for all the kindness and supportive words that were extended to me after my last post. I was deeply touched by the outpouring of compassion and empathy you showered upon me. As one you you wrote, some days are harder than others, and it is not always predictable when those waves of grief will hit. As part of my self-care, I always take Ryan's birthday and the anniversary of the day he died off of work. On those days, I reflect and remember, make a point of treating myself gently, and spend time with my daughter.
Thank you for the genuine support and for allowing me to share some of my process with you.
Big hugs to you all!!
Last month we traveled to Arkansas for a few days, staying in North Little Rock at the lovely Baker House Bed & Breakfast (above)
and then moving on to Hot Springs, where the following photos were taken.
Hot Springs is actually located inside the boundaries of a national park.
Water emerges from the springs at 147 degrees fahrenheit, and is cooled by the bathhouses before being pumped into bathing pools or tubs.
In its heyday, there were over half a million visitors to Hot Springs each year. Many celebrities and mafioso partook of the healing waters. My time at the bathhouse was pure bliss! Merely soaking in the various pools, getting out to cool off, getting back in to float in mineral-steeped warmth was the highlight of my year up until that point in time.
A grand promenade sits on the hillside overlooking the downtown. This view is from the far end of the promenade, just outside the gates of the former naval hospital that looms over the town.
Our house drama continues. We were supposed to have the closing today, but due to a few hiccups, things have been delayed. We are now in the process of negotiating an extension. By the end of the day, some things should be clarified, and we should have a definite timeframe.
I hope this finds you all well and happy, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
Until next time...