One of those days

I had a feeling this might be one of THOSE days when Gary was up most of the night with sudden intense back pain.
I was pretty sure this was going to be one of THOSE days when we did indeed end up in the ER at the local hospital.
Diagnosis – Kidney Stone. His first and, please Lord, let it be his last! We were home by 11 with a good supply of pain killers and instructions to drink, drink, drink, drink. (I must say it’s hard to get someone to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate when they are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping thanks to those good drugs!). Needless to say, it was a quiet afternoon. But then there was this bright spot –
Our mail arrived! We only get it monthly (give or take) so it’s always a big day when it comes. Except this box was
Yep. Empty.
The theory is that all of the mail that fell out of the box will find its way back to our FL mail service who will once again package it up and send it back to us. Eventually.
So yeah, it was one of THOSE days. But you know what?
There was an great hospital just minutes away from where we are parked. They saw Gary within minutes of our arrival. Kidney stones, though incredibly painful, are treatable and he’s going to be fine. We also got to try out his new Medicare card. And the mail? Well, I guess it will catch up with us sooner or later.
Because it’s THESE kind of days that make THIS all the more important –
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I Thessalonians 5:18

Amen and Amen.

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Tuesday Already????

It had been my plan to post a simple photo each day during our stay at the cabin this past weekend. I mean, how hard is that? One a Day.  But although I’ve been taking those pictures, actually getting the internet to cooperate when I needed it to was another thing altogether. Now that we’re back at Montrose, I’ll stick with the plan of just one photo from each day of our May Cabin visit and the good news is, when I hit “Publish” it actually will. Publish.
Tuesday –
Made it! #youshouldseethestars
Made it! Later than usual (we didn’t get on the road until 5PM), but still we were there. And 5 glorious days stretched out ahead of us.
Wednesday –
The crescent moon was much more lovely than my camera could capture.
Thursday –
I had no agenda for this weekend. No catch-up on computer work, no need to pull all the books off the shelf and dust. Pretty much my job was to be available for when Gary needed an extra set of hands. Books were read, naps were taken. Stephanie was pretty darn lazy. Not so for Gary though!
Friday –
We did end up having to re-do the water line. Just a little more tramping in the woods!
Saturday –
Have I mentioned lately how wonderful mornings are at the Cabin.
Sunday –
Last cabin sunset, last cast iron frying pan supper, last game of Rummikub.....this time! Heading home tomorrow, but Lord willing, we'll be back. #cabinlove #sunset
Last Cabin sunset, last cast iron frying pan summer, last game of Rummikub – at least this time! Such blessing!
Monday –
I rarely post pictures of the inside of the cabin, so Sunday morning after I got it all tidied up for the next family to enjoy, I took this little video –
It looks like you have to click through to Flickr to check out the video. Who knew?
So there you have it. A Tuesday post about the last week. And you know there are more pictures, right? If you’d like to see more beautiful Vermont days, scenes from around the cabin, and hand painted sunsets, you can check them out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mondays are for Memories – If the stones could talk…..

Since we’ve just returned from our extended Memorial Day weekend jaunt to The Cabin, here’s a post remembering the origins of our little slice of heaven –

September 6, 2012 – Of Foundations and Fences
Our little red cabin is not the original building on our Vermont acreage. In fact, where the cabin sits was once a little farmstead, home to several families (or maybe extended families?). We have this picture of what used to be here, circa 1890, I think.
And those are only the buildings on one side of the town road that ran through that little farming community. The community was long gone when my grandfather bought the property in the mid-1930’s, but the foundations of the many building still remain. The cabin itself is built on the foundations of (probably) the two white houses (although it’s hard to tell given how the landscape has changed over the last 100+ years), and when I consider just what those good folks had for building equipment, the foundation work is just amazing.
Those shots are from the right of the cabin, where today two pear trees (perfect for a hammock) grow.
On the other side there’s not so much of a basement as a crawlspace?
Check out the size of those stone slabs! How did they get them here?

Across the current lawn (what would have been the town road) is another foundation, though this one has been long overgrown.
A barn maybe? Or another set of houses?
Our current woodshed was probably some sort of bank barn, as you can see by the back wall-
(and now the wall to our outdoor shower!).
There’s also this stone trough across the road from the shed –
Wonder what they used that for….kinda leaky for water!
And when they weren’t building foundations, apparently these sturdy Vermonters were building their famous stone walls! Oh my, we have some beautiful examples of those!
They line the roads, they divide the fields (not that we have many “fields” per sea these days, but remember, it used to be a farming community), and they were then (as they are occasionally here in rural Vermont)  property lines.
How hard they must have worked to eek out a living on this beautiful mountainside!
So what happened to that small community? Well, I’ve been told that they actually MOVED those houses to a different location. I haven’t a clue why they would do that. Possibly a fire destroyed several of the buildings and the rest of the folks moved (everything) to a new location. Nor can I fathom HOW they would have done that. But when I see the size of the stone that they got to this remote location to make their foundations, I guess really anything is possible.
Oh, and then there’s This Stone –
Just sticks up out of the ground and it’s not going anywhere. It seems a little too awkward to be a hitching post
and I know it’s claimed a couple of bumpers over the years!

Here are a couple of pictures over the years of how the “terrain” (and the cabin) has changed!
When the cabin was first built – 1937 +/-
cabin old_BW

Before the back porch was added – maybe in the early 1950’s?
(Look – that mystery stone is there on the right, and the pear trees are getting big!)
And just this week in the misty morning-

Oh, but if those rocks could only talk!  Wouldn’t they have a story to tell!?

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Sabbath Rest – Consider the Lilies

No hymn today, just a simple verse that reflects how our Great Father cares for us!

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Luke 12: 27 & 28

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Check and Double Check

Move house to campground.


Complete first landing and connecting walkway.


Start up A/C in Dreyer and check all systems.


Make sure that more things are clean than dirty.


Tidy up house.


Make a quick stop at Lowes for supplies.


Fuel up for a six hour drive that doesn’t start until 5PM.


Hit the road for The Cabin.

Check and Double Check!
Should be there before midnight!

Cabin spring 2015

(Being able to do this post while driving through Troy, NY – now that’s just sweet! 😍)

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