Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cabin Fever

Good morning! I have a sever case of cabin fever this week. I am growing weary of the heat and humidity and I am longing for the beautiful summers that I remember from home. I grew up in the Midwest from the time I was a teen and I have spent many, many happy days at our family cabin or the cabins of friends and relatives. 

Star Lake Cabin

Our times at the cabin usually consisted of long, lazy days beginning with a hearty breakfast cooked in a cast iron skillet, naturally.  

Image Country Living

We would make pancakes and sausage or eggs and toast and then meander to the porch where a plan was hatched for the day.  

Image from Home Away

Perhaps an outing to the lake swimming, boating or maybe a  little time in the canoe.

Image Taigan of a Merrimac Canoe

Other days were spent on long walks in the woods hunting for treasures. Pine cones, acorns(I started young), feathers, moss, you name it we lugged it home. 

Image Pine Cones and Acorns

Lovely treasures from Mother Nature that we stashed on the windowsill to be revisited at another time.  

Image from The Growers Daughters Blog

A trip to the dock alone or with a friend to while away the hours chatting or watching jumping fish, flying cranes, or perhaps a skunk looking for lunch. One never did know what they might see. 

Image Pine Cones and Acorns

Then it was back to the cabin for dinner and some time playing board games or working on a puzzle.

Image Country Living

Some nights if it was chilly we would sit by the fire and read. On other nights we sat on the porch or around a bon fire and watched the fireflies and bats darting here and there, telling stories and laughing until our bellies hurt. 

Image Home Away

Eventually we would slink away one by one to our beds in the loft. The aroma of the campfire clinging to our clothes and hair, annoying and comforting at the same time. Snuggled in our feather beds we would fall asleep to the sounds of the frogs croaking, and crickets chirping mixed with the howls of some unknown animal. Sweet dreams sure to be had after so much time communing with nature. 

Image from Houzz designed byBeDe Designs

Are you a fan of cabins? Or do you prefer the sand and the beaches? Actually I do enjoy both but some of my happiest times are at the cabin.  

I hope that you have a great day!


The cabin shown in photos 1,3,9 is Star Lake cabin, actually it is a little compound of cabins for rent in Wisconsin. If interested follow the link HERE to Home Away Vacations.
I have no affiliation and am not being compensated, I just love the look of this property.  


  1. Hello, dearest Elizabeth!!! I was so happy to see your message...I have not been a very good blogger lately, just too much going on....but I think of you often!!
    How are you, my friend??

    To answer your question, we are not planning a trip to Wisconsin as of now, but that may change. What about you? I will let you know right away.... :)
    We recently came back from the North Shore...what a respite from the muggy weather. Right now it feels like an early Fall, would love it. Unseasonably cool.
    I do hope you get a break from the heat soon, my friend. Your recollections of the cabin are so lovely.....sounds blissful.
    Sending much love your way, and a cool breeze!!!
    - Irina

  2. Growing up in California, my experience had a different setting, but the memories are quite the same. We went camping under the sky in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. Not far from the sea shore, we would camp out, MANY of us family members and friends. The man that owned the ranch above the canyon is still a family friend, and at 92, he still fires up his tractor every morning, as he did when we visited.

    Wild Mexican music on the accordion (thanks to my dad) and fiesty dancing (thanks to my uncle, on top of the picnic table), made our evenings a time of laughter and brilliant memories. The days were filled with horse back riding (I started early too!), hiking and just sitting around eating good Mexican food.

    Ahhh....those were the days. Anita

  3. Elizabeth, I am so sorry, I do believe you are experiencing our typical heat and humidity, while we have been having an unusually delightful summer. It is my dream to live near water and R.'s to live in the mountains. I am thinking a mountain cabin by a lake sounds perfect. The cabin images are divine. I will take it! Loved reading this post. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Bonnie

  4. I think I have cabin fever too. Just lovely. My summers were spent on the water, as all the boys loved to fish, my mother & I went along only because we had too. But, looking back, I wouldn't change a thing. xx's

  5. It's wonderful and I would love spending time in the summer at such a getaway. Aren't cozy cabins the best - the nook from Houzz is wonderful!!

  6. Hi Elizabeth...While I am definitely a beach-y kind of girl, these pictures and your description of your summers make me want to relax by the lake in one of these cabins! Thanks for sharing your memories! xoxo

  7. I love cabins, especially in snowy mountain areas. John and I lived in a cabin in Colorado for the first 2 years of married life. It was in the middle of nowhere. We loved it!

  8. Oh, you have me longing for a stay in a cabin! I loved your description. I once stayed at the Migis Lodge in Maine where the cabins are beautiful and rustic. And they are right on the lake. Just wonderful!

  9. I know all about cabin fever!We have actually been blessed to own a log cabin in the mountains of VA for the past 11 years. There is nothing to compare to the time we have been able to spend there with friends and family. I posted about our home away from home on my blog...."Fancy Gap...a little closer to heaven". We have unfortunately had to put it on the market recently but until it sells, we will enjoy it even more!

  10. We used to stay in a summer cabin when I was growing up and I recall some of the same memories. I think is so important for a family to have the quiet time .. playing games, boating, etc.. Memory making indeed and I'm glad you were able to experience it Elizabeth:) We will be renting a vacation home in a couple weeks in Canada with our family. It's not a cabin but we will all be together in the mountains. Hopefully you will get away soon. Beautiful pictures!!

  11. North of the border we call them cottages, but it's the same thing.

    I rather prefer them to the idea of a beach.


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