I can’t ignore my inner voice any longer.  So, yes, I’ll pull back from my driven ways and relocate to a gull-emblemed motor home named “Sea Breeze” on a landlocked 30-acre parcel in rural Wisconsin.  I’ll offer my Maplewood home as a vacation retreat to others who might enjoy it (and who might provide me with a bit of additional income).  Here is the website copy I’m hoping will entice:

Zen-like getaway for 1 – 4 people provides a retreat from life’s busyness.  Big yard and seasonal botanica invite outdoor dining and luxuriating; a fire pit and available firewood offer an agreeable way to release the inner caveman or to allow fire and smoke to ceremoniously boot out old habits and thoughts.  (A gas grill stands by to assist the more modern caveman).  In cooler months, inspirational books invite quiet reflection and provide a spiritual kickstart—and the calm that encourages visits by resident turkeys or deer.  Lay your own tracks in one of two park cross-country ski trails a stone’s-throw away.

On warmer days, walk or bike a few blocks to beautiful Lake Phalen and surrounding regional park from which two major hiking and biking trails extend north-south and east-west. (Two bikes available for your use.)  Buy bait from the nearby gas station, rent a rowboat, and score some walleye, tiger muskies, northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie or sunfish.  Both lakeside and private tree-surrounded picnic sites beckon with historic oaks and beautiful new pavilions (Coolers available to tote your favorite meal or beer–3.2 is the park’s limit on alcohol content).  For the enlightenment which only little white balls on big grassy expanses can ignite:  neighboring Keller Golf Course with its historic course and PGA clubhouse pics (it was a regular stop on the PGA tour for decades) will challenge and delight, 2 other courses less than 2 miles away provide “backup”.

My bright, comfy kitchen with its whole foods cookbooks and organic cooking staples provides the essentials for quality cooking (and eating) and is the heart of a arty-quirky-cabin-themed home with its collection of interesting antiques and artifacts collected during my stint as a New York-based photo stylist and interior designer.

Listings of local spiritual and inspirational (and just fun) events available.  Nearby Phalen beach will give splashy relief from meditative “seeking”.

Anyone out there want to give it a try?  VRBO.com

 

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