I am tired and feel somewhat sad and defeated after learning of my mother's new diagnosis.
I am beginning to learn about two important new concepts which I have found are critical to the overall well-being of this particular caretaker:
1) Pacing myself
2) Taking some time off
In an effort to rectify number 2......Pete, Weston Nicholas and I are spending Thanksgiving in the mountains of Jackson, NH.
We have spent many a summer vacation enjoying the scenery of this beautiful part of the country. In fact, it is the town in which we were married over fifteen years ago.
To get to the town of Jackson, you must first drive across this lovely covered bridge.
The hotel sits across from a scenic waterfall called Jackson Falls.
Here is a video of the same falls after Hurricane Irene passed through in August. Kind of impressive since the storm was only a tropical storm as it passed by New Hampshire, imagine if it had been a hurricane?
Jackson NH is very close to both Conway and North Conway NH where there are outlet stores, craft stores, artisan shops, book stores and many restaurants all within the lovely wooded and mountainous environment.
North Conway also has a lovely old railroad station.
For the past several years they have begun offering scenic rail tours. Shorter trips catering toward the young children. And longer scenic tours complete with dinner service available for those without small children. And for Christmas time........a new "Polar Express" designed just for kids or those of us still young at heart.
I am very excited about our upcoming trip into the wilderness. I know it is what I need to relax and simply enjoy my life with my precious family. Trouble is......I am just too darn excited about it all!