Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#SOL17 - Sixteen of Thirty-One - The Us We Used To Be

      I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community for Day Sixteen of Thirty-One of the Slice of Life Challenge in March.  Thank you, Stacey, Beth, Deb, Betsy, Lanny, Kathleen, Lisa, and Melanie.  

     It's a particularly nostalgic week for me because I'm completing the sale of our family cabin, one we bought in the early 80's. Most of these pictures are very early, my son and daughter are about six and ten. The cabin is a leasehold, meaning we rented the land in a national forest from the government and own the cabin. The people we bought it from built it over several summers, and we added a loft for sleeping and some different furniture, etc. It is a primitive cabin. We hauled our own water, used candles and oil lamps, bathed in an old washtub with heated water from a huge teapot if we were there longer than a weekend and I cooked on what is called a sheepherder's wood stove. It all worked fine, and the best was exploring the woods, climbing a few nearby, not-too-high mountains, and playing in streams. I will miss going but have sold it to a young family who are loving it all over again and that makes me happy.





Yes, I wore overalls and loved them. My hair curls every
which way without a blow dryer.
Nathan and friends found a mysterious structure when exploring and
used it as a hideout!

Climbing nearby rocks meant good challenges.

Yes, we had to have a swing.

And there was an outhouse of course. It was used
for its real purpose, but also for playing hide and seek!

Stream fun, but cold!

Sarah had her own "reading rock" in the meadow.


It was always a joyful time being in the cabin, in the forest. I am glad we jumped at the chance to be this kind of "us" in part of our lives.



32 comments:

  1. This whole post is amazing! I love the pictures! These must be the most special memories you could have made and though I'm sad that you are saying goodbye to this cabin, I am also, like you, happy that you're giving another family the opportunity to make these priceless memories as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, the times at the cabin are precious times to remember. And I really am happy that this new family loves it, too!

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  2. What adventure you had! I can see how passing this on to another young family does your heart good. Thank you for sharing the life and the pictures. I love the curly no blow dryer hair.

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    1. Thanks, Julieanne. Yes, lots of adventures. My hair has a mind of its own!

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  3. This reminds me of my grandparents' log cabin in the woods. So many memories there! �� love your photos!

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    1. Thanks, Aggie, Glad you had some cabin time too!

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  4. It looks like a magical place, Linda - a place for so many family memories to begin and flourish. Loved those pictures of your family best - and those overalls, which I lived in, too!

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    1. It was a wonderful place, Tara. I haven't seen overalls in a while, but they certainly were comfortable! Thanks!

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  5. Love seeing the past of your life. When was the last time you wore overalls?

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    1. You know, I may still have one pair in my costume box, Terje. I wore them sometimes when I dressed as a hobo clown for our school's Halloween party. Thanks for asking!

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  6. What a treasure. Thanks for sharing some of the images you took. I'm sure there are endless images you will hold with you forever.

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  7. We don't hear enough about authentic outdoor time these days; I wonder how many folks would feel comfortable living that primitively on vacation? Sounds simply wonderful; I can almost feel the sunlight and breath that pine-scented air through this post!

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    1. It was something we wanted our children to experience, but certainly we loved it, too. The time there gave a respite from all the other parts of our lives, a nice thing. Thanks, Chris.

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  8. You could have been a pioneer, I could not. I bet your kids have very fond memories of times at the cabin.

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    1. I liked doing it, but maybe not all the time, Elsie! Yes, we all have good memories from the times there.

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  9. Love the pictures. Looks like an ideal retreat from the hustle, bustle, and problems of the world. How can you not have a smile on your face in such an idyllic setting?

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    1. It was great, Bob. I like the idea of taking care of everything, at least for a while, without all the technology.

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  10. This is my idea of heaven. So glad you shared this and that you are selling it to a family who will love it all over again.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberley. I'm glad to know that you would like it, too! It truly was a magical time.

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  11. What a fabulous place! Love the pictures. I know it was hard for you and your children to say goodbye to this cabin - but how sweet that it is now in the hands of another young family, who will create their own precious memories. Beautiful. Life is change.

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    1. Yes, and this change, while a little bittersweet, we had wonderful times there & now it's time for the next family. Thanks, Maureen.

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  12. So many happy memories! Thank you for sharing your cabin with us, Linda!

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    1. You're welcome, it was a pleasure to write this final piece.

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  13. Those pictures are treasures. The memories must be even more precious.

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    1. Yes, we had many happy times there, Diane. Thanks!

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  14. I'm sure the moment is bittersweet, but what joy in a new family enjoying the place you and your family loved so much. You can tell the cabin and the surrounding area was a treasure to you all.

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    1. Yes, it was, and it is really time to say goodbye. It was lots of fun for sure! Thanks, Katherine.

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  15. A nostalgic week for sure! I'm sure that cabin can tell many stories, and will continue to generate them with a different family. Bittersweet time for you, I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie. Yes, there are lots of memories!

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  16. What an incredible place! Thank you for sharing photos too.

    Loved this line..."...to a young family who are loving it all over again and that makes me happy."

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