Winter cottage activities

Winter cottage activities

In the first year of cottage ownership, one of my brothers suggested that we all head up for the week leading up to New Year’s.  I thought he was crazy as, at the time, it was an unwinterized, uninsulated plywood cabin and for the first 

The last days of autumn at the cottage

The last days of autumn at the cottage

I absolutely love this time of year.  Words are not possible to describe that perfect autumn scent of falling leaves mixed with wisps of smoke.  If only I could bottle that. Early October at the lake is always awesome.  Cool nights make for early morning 

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 

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 

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.