Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cottage memories...

When I was a young girl, my great Uncle Sam had a cottage on William's Lake in Michigan. In the summer, we would head over there almost every weekend for a day of fun in the sun. My great aunts and uncles, cousins and my grandpa would be there. We'd go on boat rides, barbecue and then fish in the evening. My most memorable experiences there:

  • The time I stuck a rock in my nose and they had to take me to the hospital to get it out! (No, I don't know why I stuck a rock in my nose. My family still laughs about it till this day!)
  • When I got a leech stuck between my toes and I was running around like a maniac crying. My mom finally pinned me down and got it off.
  • Building sand castles with my cousins.
  • Fishing with my grandfather. He would always put the worm on for me.

I loved going there and spending time with my family. It was what I envisioned my log cabin would become - a place for family and friends to gather.

*Here's a photo from my Uncle Sam's cottage. My sister is in the driver seat. My brother and I are sitting in the shovel.

Look at all these hens clucking! Ha! Ha! Probably still discussing the time I stuck that rock up my nose!

P.S. My mom and I are headed up to the log cabin tomorrow to celebrate her birthday. Might be difficult for me to post but I will be back soon! Don't forget me!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Envying my neighbor

Try not to focus on that fallen tree in the lake. As some of you are aware, I'm very fascinated by my mysterious neighbors! (Remember the one that flashed her truck lights and decided to check out my cabin at midnight? Or the old man who used to scowl at us during construction? Or the lady across the lake who didn't return my call when I invited her over?) But I do have cool neighbors down the street that have goats and have told us to come "kick in" their door if we need anything. Now that's a neighbor!

Anyways, can you see what's tempting me in this photo? I want to climb that wooden tower, yell something (maybe yee haw!) and jump in the water! And afterwards I would love to swim to that raft and lounge around. Do you think this neighbor will let me? Or do you think they'll call the cops? (Greg, don't worry, I won't do this. Maybe. Maybe not. Get some bail money ready...)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bird Symphony

Morning is one of the best times at the log cabin. The birds are the most active at this time of day in visiting the feeders and singing their morning songs. One morning it sounded like a symphony. I could hear the Red Winged Blackbird with its baritone song, the Chickadee singing "fee bee" which mean's "this is my territory", the Goldfinches with their sweet little "zweet", and the Loons with their beautiful haunting call across the lake.

The Chickadee voices his approval on the peanuts...

A Bald Eagle flies over the lake in search of fish for breakfast....

And the geese are honking their pleasure at gathering around together.