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How to Spend Time Alone

Smith and I were able to spend the 4th of July together. For the first time in over a year he had a summer Holiday off. We decided the mountains were too full of "once a year" visitors and hung around home, tending to the garden, a few little "honey do" projects, and a special barbecue dinner for two. 

The rest of the weekend was spent taking care of myself. Isn't that what you do when you have time alone? 

The best part of the weekend may have been Saturday, in which I treated myself to a long, luxurious massage.I haven't had a massage in over a year and with my sore back and shoulders, it was much needed. I followed that with a delicous lunch and a much needed peciure, all of which took up my afternoon. My evening was spent quietly reading (something I love to do alone, as no one is there to interrupt). 


Sunday, after taking care of a few errands, I decided the once a year people would be out of the mountains and I headed up to Silver Lake for a quick break and a bit of mountain air. It's a summer weekend so there is no way I'd expect it to be quiet. Children are all about, and so are the expectant fishermen (who rarely catch a thing, but that's not what fishing in Silver Lake is about). Since it was afternoon, I knew better than to expect to see a moose (which, in any case, would only make Carole envious). 

What I didn't expect was to see a bride!!


She was there for pre-photos, but sported a big smile, nonetheless. Not to take anyting away from the bride, I also saw a deer for the first time, and caught the last of the Silver Fork irises. The bog orchids andelephant heads were out in profusion, but I did a poor job of photographing them. 


One reason we take a run up to the mountains is to escape the summer heat, and while the valley didn't hit 100 this weekend, we came close. At least there was breeze at the lake, which was welcome as I walked around. 


Smith and I have a Friday off together later in the month and we're looking forward to some time together. In the mean time, I'll enjoy my quiet time (I sure miss Moxie at times like this). 




what gorgeous views (I can see why the bride chose that spot for her wedding!) and well-spent alone-time!

I am looking forward to some alone time this week; first time in a few months...of course I have Holly for company. I'm sure Moxie was with you in spirit!

This sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend, a balance of alone and together time, errands, fun, relaxation, reading, and nature!

It sounds like you had a perfect weekend, Margene! A little of all the things you like best! Silver Lake is stunning in EVERY season. It's always such a treat when you share your visits. XO

What a wonderful weekend! Beautiful photos.

I think it's funny that a bride is more rare than a moose! Alone time is good and it sounds like you know how to make the most of it but I'm glad you and Smith will have some time together soon.

Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me! :)

Ah the joys of retirement...we can't entirely miss the once a year people, but we can avoid the weekends with the OAYP's and the locals! Sounds like an entirely pleasant weekend!

What a happy and positive post! I hope the massage helped the sore bits.

It sounds as though you had a lovely weekend. I love alone time. If you know what to do with it, it can be so restorative. Good to hear that you and Smith have another day off together as there is no substitute for spending time with your best friend.

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Glad you had at least a little bit of time up at Silver Lake to enjoy the scenery and the weather!

Beautiful, rejuvenating weekend!

What a perfect weekend! A wonderful combination of things that make and keep us well!

look at your views and that mountain air! perfection :) When we were at Hilton Head combing the beach up popped a newly wed couple for photos on the sand. I thought it was beautiful! Wasn't expecting that though. Glad you had that much needed massage!!

I'm sorry you and Smith didn't have more time together over the weekend, but you certainly made the best of it. Silver Lake is gorgeous as always.

Sounds lovely! I hope you continue to have opportunities for the rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. xo

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