Notes and Sketches From Canyon Ranch

Notes and Sketches From Canyon Ranch

My last full day at the spa… The property here is beautiful, built around a belle-epoque mansion called Bellefontaine surrounded by woods of maple, pine and birch, and just a few miles from The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home. Canyon Ranch’s resident artist and outdoor guide Cathy Palmer is incredibly knowledgeable […]

My last full day at the spa… The property here is beautiful, built around a belle-epoque mansion called Bellefontaine surrounded by woods of maple, pine and birch, and just a few miles from The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home. Canyon Ranch’s resident artist and outdoor guide Cathy Palmer is incredibly knowledgeable about the area, from every leaf and twig in the woods to the real story behind Wharton’s Ethan Frome, which involved Cathy’s own grandfather. After a delightful walk in the woods with Cathy, we sit and paint a bit. No experience necessary.

The gatehouse at Bellefontaine, Canyon Ranch, the Berkshires.
The gatehouse at Bellefontaine, Canyon Ranch, the Berkshires.

I’m here with my bff Nina Griscom, btw, who’s kicking smoking and writing about it in her inimitable and amusing way in her blog, with more photos of the ranch. So proud of her. Me, I’m cheerleading and clean-living, exercising, lecture-listening, and to be perfectly honest, goofing off.

A finial of Bellefontaine, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.
A finial of Bellefontaine, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.

My thought for the day is about how easy it is to get caught up in life’s busy-ness — answering email, sorting laundry, answering email, running errands, answering email, children’s school-related commitments, answering email… and before you know it the day’s gone and you didn’t get around to the thing you really wanted to do that day… Was it to call a friend? Work in your garden? Find a new recipe for Thanksgiving? Begin your holiday shopping? Paint a picture? The only thing between doing and not doing is your deciding. Put it on your calendar as an appointment and keep it.

Amen.

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