Category Archives: The Cabin

Stephanie at the Cabin

Let me tell you about Stephanie at the cabin.  Her time at the Cabin is significantly different than Gary’s . While Gary concentrates on The List, Steph concentrates on Documentation. Oh, she stays on top of the dishes and even manages to put food on the table, but her main job is watching Spring spring. For example, every morning on her first trip to the outhouse (or maybe on the way back depending on the (ahem) urgency of the trip, she pauses to take a picture of the morning.
First Morning
Final Morning
Proof that spring has sprung!
She always takes the classic Cabin reflection photo –
It’s not just because it’s one of her favorite views, but it’s also fun to see the progression of the landscape over the years –
May 2011 –
Cabin May 2011-11
May 2017
See – documentation of these changes is important!
She also documents other signs of spring at the Cabin –
the first sighting of a Jack in the Pulpit –
the bluets that dot the lawn before that first mowingIMG_6640
and then the buttercups that spring up after that first cut.
And of course, there are those pear trees – which can only be seen in bloom in early May.
If she wasn’t there to document it, how would we know how beautiful that is?
This year, she also took a moment (I think it was when they were all packed up to go, and the interior was all neat and tidy) to document the interior –

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They cram a fair bit of stuff (and memories) into that little space, don’t they?

Stephanie is also always at the ready for when Gary needs that extra hand. Ok, it’s not that often, but she’s READY! And as you can see from the previous post, she also documents what Gary is doing.
Aside from the important(ish) documenting that Stephanie did this spring, she also freshened and tidied up different areas of the cabin – like the Game Shelf.
Before –
After –
=) Sometimes it’s the little things that count!
Oh – and she keeps track of the sunsets!

Yes, Stephanie’s time at the cabin is a fair bit different than Gary’s. But somehow it seems to work for both of them, and there’s no point in trying to change them at this point!
Thanks for stopping by,
A casual observer

Gary at the Cabin

Let’s talk about Gary at the Cabin. Every morning, he’s up before me (full disclosure – he’s up before me every morning even when we’re not at the cabin, but still…), has brewed a fresh pot of coffee, and has a crackling fire waiting for me.
Trust me, you want that early morning fire in May at the Cabin!
He stays quietly reading not to disturb my quiet time, although if I sleep especially late (unlikely, but not impossible!), I may also awaken to the sound of the lawn mower or a power tool!
As usual, he had his List of things he wanted to accomplish – Kayak rack,
redesigning and launching the floating dock,
tree and debris clearing
to name just a few.
And just when he thought maybe he was done, I asked him to paint the conduit to the light because it ‘bothered me in the pictures”!
But please rest assured – this is the epitome of “love language” to my sweet Gary! There is nothing he does at the Cabin that isn’t done from his heart.

I don’t have any photos of him in his favorite spot on the back porch, but I did manage to catch a rare photo of him sitting inside by the fire (playing a game of Sudoku, no doubt).

Yes, Gary at the Cabin is a sight to behold! We head back at the end of June to do final preparations for our big Family Reunion – so I’m pretty sure I’ll have more photos of Gary doing what he loves most – working at the Cabin!
Thanks for stopping by – and next time I’ll share what I was doing while he was ever so busy!

Phew and Ahhhhh

Playing the Catch-Up Game when it’s been over two weeks since my last post is a little tricky, so I thought I’d just fill in this little ‘schedule’ that I put together with some pictures to go with each slot. Here goes –

Sometimes this nomadic life gets a little complicated!
4/22 – leave Lindale, TX
4/22 (late) – Arrive in Franklin, TN, and spend time with our friends the Stoners
4/24 (early) – Leave Franklin

4/24 (late) – arrive at Lizzie, who has been waiting patiently outside of Charlotte (SC) for our return from Texas.
4/28 – Say goodbye to our friends in SC, and head to Chambersburg, PA with Lizzie and the truck.





4/29 – Arrive in Chambersburg, PA
4/30 – Appointments and Fitzpatrick family time (no pictures of the Doctor stuff – but all check-ups and routine tests were A-OK! Thank you, Lord!)
5/1 – More Fitz Family time















Squeeze in a quick visit with my college roommate & hubby!





5/2 – Leave Lizzie on the street and drive to Columbus to meet little Tucker, and love on the rest of our Ohio Family

A rainy day baseball game, prom pictures, baby snuggles – and not a whole lot of pictures! Though short, it was still a very sweet visit!  Looking forward to seeing them all again in July at the family reunion at the Cabin!



5/5 – Return to Chambersburg (where another family joined in the fun)





5/6 – (early)Hook up the truck to Lizzie and head north to Canton, NY





5/6 – (late) Arrive in Canton, park Lizzie, plug her in, and then meet up with friends for dinner! (How crazy that we know TWO couples through SOWERs that live in Canton, NY!).










5/7 – Bid Lizzie farewell (for a bit), and head in the truck to the Cabin


We’ve been here for a full week now – and it’s been all good! I’ve been sleeping in, and then awakening to a crackling fire (May mornings are chilly in Vermont!), hot coffee, and a sweet time of devotions. Gary, of course, has other ideas of vacation!
Can you spot him on the mower?
Getting that floating dock ready for the Family Reunion this summer!

So in the last three plus weeks, we have seen all of our kids and grands, my sister and almost half of her family, did our annual doctoring stuff, got the tires rotated and our eyes examined,  ordered new glasses for both of us, and logged over 3000 miles (Lizzie and Truck together).  It’s no wonder we’re feeling ready to enjoy some Ahhh…Cabin time!
And as you can tell, it’s been much easier not to blog than it has been to blog – so we’ll just have to see how the rest of our time here goes.
Thanks for stopping by, and extending grace for my current intermittent blogging habits!

What’s that up in the sky?

We didn’t have too long of a drive to get here on Thursday, but the drive was diverse. We traveled some divided highway miles-
some two-lane roads with itty-bitty shoulders –
and stopped at a couple too many traffic lights –
before we reached our final destination.
But it was earlier in the drive that I noticed something odd up in the sky-
Wait. Is that a helicopter with something dangling from it?
Why, yes it is!! We never had a good enough angle to figure out just what was dangling, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t James Bond! It was a little too shiny!

A While Ago

Back when we were in Vermont this summer, a friend sent me a link to a YouTube channel called “Rocket in Vermont”. Her son helps with the video editing, and knew that he recently had done a short video about the “food scene in Bradford”.
Wait. There’s a Food Scene in Bradford? Being that our Cabin is just outside of Bradford, and I am pretty familiar with any place (dare I say every place?) to eat in Bradford, I couldn’t resist checking out this video –

Such a lovely review of the town! And he didn’t even mention Chan’s Garden – for some great (and generous) Chinese food!
Here’s a LINK to his channel if you’d like to check out some of his other videos!

Makes me kinda hungry for a burger…