Every once in a while I need to unplug, turn down the noise, and take some time to unwind. This past weekend was one of those times. We loaded the old family truckster and headed to the wild, blue yonder, just my husband, the two dogs, and me.

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A couple of the locals

The actual road trip isn’t all that peaceful because the 18 year-old lab mix does not travel well. He paces and pants and drools. We’ve found some all-natural herbal dog treats that relieve his anxiety a bit, but still he is not a happy camper until the car is parked and the doors swing open freeing him from his prison.

Once we landed at our lake house and silence settled around us, we all relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. The only sounds were the tranquil sounds of nature—the beat of the hummingbird’s wing as he dined at the feeder, the song of the summer tanager, and the distance—really distant—chug of a tractor. Matisse and Max (the dogs) did what they do best—slept. My husband set off to explore our property—his favorite pastime. I settled in to write, pausing occasionally to take a walk and snap some pictures.

I came back with tons of photographs and 100 edited pages of my current work-in-progress. The dogs came back rested and ready for more naps. My husband found every tick and chigger in the county and then some.

I’m counting the days until we can do it again.

How about you? What do you do to relax? Can you unplug for a couple of days without the Internet? When was the last time you listened to and enjoyed the sounds of nature?



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  • I love your photos and the dogs. What a life. I can’t remember the last time I unplugged. .

  • Love the pictures of the butterflies and the flowers. This place sounds like a dream…glad you’re living your retirement dreams, Budget Lady. This post made me feel like I was right there with you.

  • ahhhhh….

    What I do to relax (just did so the last couple days!) ~turn off the phone, TV and internet~and take a long walk. ALL BY MYSELF! (usually sassy shih tzu is along, too!)

    Then, I rest in the shade of a big tree and listen to all the earth’s noises. I’ve recently been hearing some bird songs I’m not familiar with so I want to check those out -(that’s also quite calming!)

    Thoreau said it best:
    “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

    THEN…I’m refreshed and ready to move through the days ahead. Centered and in touch with the earth and the atmosphere.
    There’s nothing like nature’s nurturing to prepare this being for all the chatter, chores and data packs of daily living.

    Thanks for a lovely post! I was right there with you, Boomer Lady.

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