There’s nothing like a vacation in New England to rest the mind and sharpen the senses.
And to kick the allergies into high gear!
Along with the incredibly beautiful foliage and the bright sunshine (OK, two days out of eight ain’t bad!), the ragweed and the goldenrod were running rampant in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine last week. I must have inhaled every loose piece of pollen up there, but in spite of all the unscheduled sniffling, sneezing and coughing, I had a wonderful trip. I ate too much and exercised too little, but what else is new?
I came back home to a full plate for the rest of this month. I was scheduled to be on the Opry October 6th as part of the big 87th birthday celebration, but ended up having to cancel because of the allergies. My doctor started me on some medication right away, though, when I told him that, starting today, the next four days are set aside for rehearsing and recording new shows for Country’s Family Reunion. These are some of my favorite times because I get to visit with old friends and, this time, hopefully make some new ones. We’ve got quite a few folks scheduled to sit in the circle with us for the very first time, and that’s always exciting. Cross your fingers that the medicines do their job so I can do mine!
We leave on October 19th for ten days of travelling and performing in the northwest and in western Canada. I always look forward to visiting this beautiful and hospitable part of the world, and I hope lots of you up that way will come out and catch one of our shows. I’ll be back just in time to spend the night of my birthday, November 1st, at the CMA Awards.
Our new “Looking Back” series starts on RFD-TV the 19th as well. These are the Family Reunion shows where our producer, Larry Black, and I sit together and look back over many of the good times we’ve had since 1997 putting our shows togther. I think you’ll really enjoy these programs, especially those of you who might have missed some of the early episodes with so many of the artists who are no longer with us. I’m told the “Looking Back” series will continue to run until at least the end of the year.
I wish my Atlanta Braves could have continued running until the end of the year, too, but no such luck….again. Not much to cheer for with our Tennessee Titans so far either, but it’s still my favorite time of year insofar as sports are concerned. When you are a true fan, you continue to watch, listen, hope, and believe.
Have a great October wherever you are, and I’ll be back in your mailbox in early November.
Thanks for everything,