Friday, August 19, 2011

A new place to gather

Happy Friday!
Today's post has really nothing to do with my weight loss journey, rather something else that has been part of my life this year. I wrote last week that we have acquired a cabin. Many of you who have been reading my blog are aware that our beloved farmhouse was a total loss to a fire (struck twice by lightening) on March 22. It is now almost 5 months since that fire. It was a process to go through to get beyond the grief and emotions and exploring what to do next and then making a decision about what to do. In the meantime we looked at rebuilding (way TOO expensive) and finally decided to look for a very different property for our family. I wrote about this process more on my other blog, if you would like to read more.

Our cabin is on a very small, spring fed lake in NW Wisconsin. Topographically the area is hilly and heavily wooded. The hills will make for great biking challenges for me for years to come. The area features very sandy soils because of the glacier remains from millions of years ago which means that there are many sandy bottomed and spring fed lakes. This cabin is totally different than the farm. First of all it is in a coniferous/deciduous biome rather than the prairie/deciduous biome of Mankato. Most of the furnishings were part of the deal, so we did not have to buy hardly anything which is great for folks who lost basically everything from a home. It will be a new place for our family to gather and to celebrate. I know that for certain. There are three bedrooms, all large so we can accommodate many people. It has a great room type kitchen, living and dining room with a large fireplace. It is in a very, very quiet area of Northern Wisconsin. Did I say quiet???

Out of the ashes of our farmhouse fire came this opportunity for us. We will retire here when the time comes. In the meantime, we know we are privileged and fortunate, yet, with the fire, I do not think we will ever take our cabin for granted. Enjoy a few pictures.
A glimpse of the cabin and the woods.
Our dock on the lake.
One of the best places to gather is our screened in porch which
is a great asset in an area known for flying critters!
Looking out the porch screen to the lake.
We are on a small point.
Hubby on first canoe trip with some of the grandbabies.
Just some of our bikes!
Thanks for stopping by and spending part of your day with me. Have a great weekend! Stay strong in your journey! TTFN, Michele


  1. This looks like heaven! I truly hope someday I am able to sit on that screened-in porch and get to know you in person! What's fall like in Minnesota/Wisconsin?

  2. Looks lovely! Not much I like more than a porch overlooking the water.

  3. Thanks for sharing Michele. I love your new place. It is so perfect for you. Next summer that's where we'll meet, your new place....well that's after I come and see you at your place here too. YEAH!!! Love it all.
    Take care and have a blessed and awesome weekend.

  4. Congrats on your new pad! It looks like a beautiful place to share with family and friends.

  5. So happy for you! The place looks beautiful and so peaceful. Love the pic of the bikes.

  6. What a gorgeous cabin!!
    I'm so happy to see you smiling again

  7. I love how you've found a way to make the best of a horrible sadness. This cabin looks like a perfect place to make new memories with your family!

  8. So lovely and peaceful, what a wonderful place for you & your family to gather together. So happy for you. May you spend many happy times there and build lots of beautiful memories together.