Life After Christmas

5 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

I am emerging from my Christmas fog. It began in mid December when I succumbed to a sinus infection. Since I am rarely sick, I spent quite a bit of time in denial. That might have been a contributing factor for the fog. Suddenly, it was Christmas, then Christmas eve. I do remember that we had a lovely Christmas morning with our children and grand children, then the fog descended once more.  I emerged again to celebrate our daughter’s birthday with a drive to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The trip had been planned for several weeks but after the fires roared through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and down into Gatlinburg, it took on a poignant mood. We drove through one of the hardest hit areas, Chalet Village, and the devastation was heartbreaking. Out of respect for the owners and those who had lost loved ones, we did not take pictures.  If you would like to volunteer your time to help the hurting families, visit Volunteer East Tennessee

We ended our day in Pigeon Forge at The Island. The two big restaurants are The Timberline Grill and Paula Deen and there is an assortment of shops as well as an area with a carnival atmosphere including one of the new Eye rides. It is very pretty at night.

The Island

Two days later we drove to one of our favorite places in Franklin, Wayah Bald. Wayah was one of many National Park areas that were targeted for arson during November and December and we were anxious to see how the park fared. We knew that the roof on the fire tower had burned, but we were unprepared for the extent of the damage to the Flame Azalea plants as well as the smaller trees that lined the path. It was also odd to see green foliage next to burned tree trunks.

 I do clearly remember New Year’s Eve. We spent the evening with at least fifty talkative cousins, aunts and uncles. I love them so much! I have high hopes the fog is gone!

Snow is predicted for tomorrow night. We haven’t had snow yet this winter so I am excited and I have the required milk and bread! Hopefully I will have some pictures and a story  to share next week.

If you are in the path of the storm, stay safe and warm. If you are in Florida, you might want to pull out that sweater you seldom have the chance to wear.

coffee-cup-snowman

4 Responses to “Life After Christmas”

  1. Timelesslady January 8, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks for sharing. We had a substantial snowfall here in Southern NJ yesterday. And I can relate to the brain-fog. On Christmas Eve I had a terrible infection (in the midst of preparing for 22 people over on Christmas Day…it was all good though…everyone brought a dish) then I came down with a stomach virus, and just now am getting over the end of the triple whammy…a very bad cold. There is so much going around in our area. Blessings on your New Year.

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    • Onisha Ellis January 8, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

      We had a lovely snowfall here in the NC mountains. Being raised in Florida, I am afraid to drive on snow and ice, so I am enjoying our days of staying home. I hope you are over the cold soon. There is a nasty one going around.

      Like

  2. divoran09 January 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    You are such a good writer, Onisha. I have always seen that in you. This post was especially good.

    Love, DiVoran

    Liked by 1 person

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