Month: May 2017

Counting loons – no, not a new way to fall asleep

Counting loons – no, not a new way to fall asleep

We moved to a new lake last summer and promptly joined the lake association to learn all we could about our new area.  They put out a call for loon counters.  I’m familiar with bean counters but not loon counters.  The association has partnered with…

Buying and renovating our second cottage – Moving on up, literally to the east side

Buying and renovating our second cottage – Moving on up, literally to the east side

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know that we originally had a lovely rustic cottage with water access.  As our kids grew and their needs changed, we wanted to be on waterfront so we could be out on the water wake boarding in…

Being mindful at the cottage

Being mindful at the cottage

As a cottager, you’ve probably been practicing mindfulness without even realizing it.  If you enjoy sitting at the end of the dock just listening to the waves lapping the shore, watching the loons teach their babies how to dive and listening to the rustling of…

How to handle hoards of guests at the cottage

How to handle hoards of guests at the cottage

The unintended consequence (in a good way) of cottage ownership are guests.  I come from a large family and luckily we all really enjoy each others’ company.  But being a large family, we have drifted apart geographically.  I had never imagined that when we bought…

Is there any such thing as a deer resistant plant?  Adding privacy at the cottage.

Is there any such thing as a deer resistant plant? Adding privacy at the cottage.

So we bought this new cottage (new to us) and it has a fantastic location. One hundred and eighty degree view of the lake out the front windows, facing west, no weeds, crystal clear water and no cottages facing us. The one and only downside…

Summer activities at the cottage

Summer activities at the cottage

The best thing about having a cottage, is that you get to have big people sleepovers all the time.  Friends that you might only meet up with in a restaurant are now sleeping over and you get to see them in their jammies with bed head.…

Cottage Inventory

Cottage Inventory

First world problems – did I leave the iphone charger at the cottage or did I bring it home?  When you have a second home, it’s hard to keep track of what is located where.  The easiest solution is to buy two of everything but…

Lessons learned as an Airbnb Superhost

Lessons learned as an Airbnb Superhost

When we decided to rent out our first cottage, it was with the  goal of earning just enough revenue to cover the property taxes and insurance. That way, it would end up being 100% no cost for us to use.  I hoped to schedule guests…

Preparing for your (rental) guests

Preparing for your (rental) guests

Steve and I are very deadline driven.  Renting out our cottage means that the spring cleaning that should be done, actually gets done in preparation for our rental guests arriving for the summer season.  We always want everything to be absolutely perfect but we’ve learned…

How we afforded purchasing a cottage

How we afforded purchasing a cottage

Now we’re not blessed with a lot of money.  My husband and I both have decent jobs but between the mortgage, the kids’ hockey expenses and all the other bills, there wasn’t a lot left over.  However we were blessed to be in a housing…

Furnishing our first cottage

Furnishing our first cottage

I love home decorating.  I mean I LOVE home decorating.  So when it came time to furnish the cottage I was in heaven.  But I had to keep reminding myself that this is a cottage and not our city home.  We live in a city…