August 4, 2014
I’ve often heard the month of August referred to as the “dog days of summer,” but that’s not the case in Whisperville. Things here are clicking on all cylinders.
Our Country’s Family Reunion cruise to Alaska was incredible. Several of you have asked me if the scenery was as beautiful as it always looks in pictures, and my answer would be a resounding “Yes!”
The mountains, the glaciers, the waters…everything was gorgeous and larger than life. As you can see from the pictures we’ve posted, I was able to visit the space needle in Seattle the evening before we sailed, ride a railroad train deep into the wilderness north of Skagway, and enjoy a day admiring the beauty of the famed Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada. In addition, we had three great CFR shows and two autograph sessions on board our ship. The 700-plus fans who cruised with us seemed to enjoy every minute of it, and I can truthfully speak for all the entertainers when I say the fans didn’t enjoy it one bit more than we did! Thanks to all of you who cruised with us.
I brought a few souvenirs home from the trip, one of which I could have just as well done without….a case of bronchitis! I had to immediately start taking antibiotics and praying for a quick recovery. We had to leave for our next tour out to Montana, South Dakota, and Missouri a few days later. I coughed a lot and heard a few strange notes bouncing off my vocal cords on those shows, but I wasn’t about to cancel unless I absolutely had to. And I didn’t.
If you’ve looked at our August schedule, you’ve seen that we’ll be quite busy again this month, If you live near any of the areas where we’ll be performing, I hope that you’ll come see us. Our Grand Ole Opry dates will be limited to August 19th, 26th, 29th, and 30th, but hopefully we can do a few more Opry spots in September.
On the personal front, my grandson, Blake, has gone into middle school and has gone out for the 6th grade football team. He seems to really be enjoying it. Another grandson, Nick, is playing middle school basketball. Granddaughters Rae and Caroline are getting ready for college, Rae for her senior year at Middle Tennessee State and Cari for her freshman year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Thanks to all of you who continue to pray for and ask about grandson, Gabe, who is battling cancer. He is still not in remission, but things don’t seem to be getting any worse either. I hope you’ll continue to remember him and the rest of our family.
Enjoy the remaining hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer, and we’ll see you back here again after Labor Day. Thanks so much for everything.