Both Definitions Apply
RETREAT (v): to recede from a position or state attained
(n): a period of group withdrawal
Following the longest, most stressful month of May ever, I did indeed "retreat" for a week. While the calendar reads June, evening temps are still in the '40s, so I was lucky to find an affordable, comfortable AirBnB in the western portion of the White Mountain National Forest. My homestead in Benton NH, shared with a lovely lady named Marguerite, is just a half-mile down the road from the Black Mountain Trail, and 15 miles to the still quaint town of North Woodstock. A great pick!
Besides pampering myself every morning with a book & a cup of coffee, I hiked and biked, picnicked at the summit and by the river, and did some travel planning. In just one week, enough sleep, lots of fresh air, good food, plenty of exercise, and mother nature transformed me from an exhausted, dysfunctional being to a strong, healthy one. Yesterday, I drove across NH and Maine, and I'm now starting my summer in New Brunswick. Je suis heureuse.
6/13/2019 04:30:48 pm
Was glad to get your message today as I walked my ornery puppy to the mailbox. This does look like a great spot to heal the soul. Happy you found some comfort after all you and your family have been through.
6/13/2019 05:40:45 pm
Karen: Thanks so much; and glad I can still rely on the USPS! I still have a "before" email from you in my box & will settle in place for a month soon & get back in line! Have crossed over but not yet settled! j.
6/17/2019 06:22:08 pm
So great to hear from you and to receive a retirement kudos! Doing the happy dance...
6/18/2019 07:45:49 am
Ms. Tyler! No bear sightings though indeed they are in the neighborhood! It was a week I oh-so-needed. Now adapting to life in New Brunswick & will write soon (rain coming!). Can't wait to hear what the new lifestyle brings you! J.
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