Duke… Seizing the Weekend

My mom went all on and on about last weekend and enjoying the little bit of time up at the cabin and the peace and bliss.

For real though… she was a little sad.

You see, I turned seven last Sunday. Even though I LOVE going to the cabin the truth is… I’m not as full of energy as I used to be. I mean, I still love a great game of blue ball and I enjoy a long walk. But for the first time since I first started going up north with Dad and Mom, I just didn’t feel like playing constantly.

I was just enjoying the weekend away and taking it easy. And I was enjoying the view too:


Seize the Weekend

Jim and I seized last weekend. We took what we could get and the gettin’ was near perfect.

We left Friday afternoon and headed up to Jim’s family cabin. Just Jim, me and Duke. We had to meet a customer on the way and since it was nowhere near the expressway Jim decided to take the scenic route for most of the trip north. We arrived about 10pm and settled in for the night.

I lazily resisted the urge to get up early on Saturday and that set the stage for the rest of the day. We left the cabin three times on Saturday. We went to town for breakfast and back to pick up something to cook up for dinner, and we walked down to visit some friends who were up spending a long weekend at their cabin down the road.

In between, we sat outside on the bench swing and read with this view to gaze upon in between pages:
0928131137It was a little chilly and eventually we headed back in for a snack and I decided to curl up under the blankets and take a nap. A few minutes later I could hear snoring sounds coming from the living room and knew that Jim had fallen asleep in his favorite recliner. We both had nice little snoozes.

It had warmed up a little so we decided to take some chairs and go sit on the dock and read a bit more. This was our view:
I think it was just what we both needed. A day to unwind. A day with no plans. A day with the peace and tranquility that comes with being up north.

Although we weren’t able to spend as much time with our friends as we would have liked, we were happy to know that they were enjoying their time at their cabin. They truly needed the getaway.

Sunday morning Jim and I were cleaning the cabin and getting packed up. Northern Michigan has some great radio stations and as I was getting our things packed up Jim turned the radio and this song was playing:

I have carried that song through this week which has not been the kind of week you would want to have after enjoying such a wonderful weekend. But then again maybe the wonderful weekend has helped carry us through the not so wonderful week.


Today is the first day of school here. Summer is officially over. It was a good summer.

But it was missing one thing.

The cabin. The cabin helps me find my inner peace. The quiet helps me to forget the rest of the world. I missed that this summer. I am happy that we were able to squeeze in a quick weekend up in back May so I can’t complain too much.


How I looked forward to a few days spent up north. As so often happens, life got in the way and we put it off until we just couldn’t fit it in.

Did you do anything exciting this summer? Tell me all about it!