Saturday, May 9, 2009

Weekend Plans at the cabin

We are headed up to the cabin for a couple days. My in-laws will be at their cottage and we'll celebrate Mother's Day together. Also on our agenda will be finding my Loons, catching big fish (that's Greg's plan) and counting how many stars I see in the sky tonight. Marvin's plans will be spending time in my bedroom window (see photo above) and counting how many birds he would like to eat. What are your plans this weekend?

Happy Mother's Day! I'll catch up with you on Monday!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Landscaping the Log Cabin

We've been doing our own landscaping at the log cabin the last few weeks. There are many things I want (a patio outside the walkout basement, steps to the lake, etc.) but with the economy the way it is, I am holding onto our money a little tighter as well as seeing what we can do ourselves. All those other things we want can come at a later date.

Greg built some flower boxes and will fill them with blooms that will attract butterflies and birds. The 2 birds this man has really wanted to see at our cabin are the Wood Duck (which we finally saw a couple weeks ago - yea!) and a hummingbird. I hope the hummingbird cooperates for him! (P.S. If any of Greg's friends are reading this, please don't make fun of him for liking birds. I need him as my bird spotter!) Here are a few things we've done:

All of our rocks were free! We collected them down 2 track roads in our ATV. It was a lot of work but saved us a ton of money!

Here are some Gerbera Daisies I picked up for the deck. I think they are such happy looking flowers.

Here's a little primrose plant I picked up for our patio table.

P.S. To any of my blogger friends who may have made purchases from my Nature Store - please email me at shelleyupnorth at gmail dot com. Unfortunately Zazzle doesn't show me who orders and I would like to properly thank you as well as enter you in a drawing for another extra gift! Thank you so much!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Marvin is a bad kitty for one of the following reasons:

1. He is laying on the kitchen table

2. He took one of his daddy's beers from the fridge.

3. All of the above!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bald Eagle

On my drive up to our log cabin on Friday, I was really sad to see a dead Bald Eagle crumbled on the side of the Interstate. He must have been hit by a car. I called our local DNR (Department of Natural Resources) to report my finding as they are federally protected birds and you are suppose to contact them if you see one in trouble or dead. The rest of the day my heart just hung heavy.

The next morning I was looking out from our deck and could see a "muddy bird" on a little island that's on our lake. I was so happy when I pulled my camera out and realized it was a juvenile Bald Eagle. I felt exhilarated and reborn. It was going to be a great day.

Eagles get their notorious white feathered head and beautiful yellow beak when they are 3-4 years old.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Morning Kayak Ride

It was 58 degrees this morning at the log cabin. The lake is calm. The sky is partly sunny. It's 7:30 a.m. - time to wake Greg up to go kayaking. Why don't you join us too....

We're in the kayak paddling thru water that's like glass. Can you see Greg up ahead in the distance?

Let's catch up with him. He is motioning that he sees something in the water.

Why hello Mr. Bufflehead duck. Nice of you to join us this morning. You sure are handsome!

Let's keep paddling across the lake. Look at the shorline, the trees are starting to get back their leaves. Chickadees and Red Winged Blackbirds can be heard serenading us as we pass thru.

The wind is starting to pick up on the lake so let's head back to the cabin. I'll make some hazelnut coffee, we'll grab a couple chairs and sit out on the deck. And we'll talk about what a wonderful kayak trip we had...