A Storm in the Night

We weathered our first storm, in my Little Cabin in the Woods.

My companion, Sadie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is afraid of storms.

IMG_8723She can hear them coming long before I can. I can usually tell when one is approaching because Sadie typically spends her time curled up underneath my kitchen chair. When storms approach she leaves her quiet little place of solitude to be by my side. If I’m within in touching distance she will get as close as she can possibly be. So close that it seems every ounce of air has been sucked away and there is absolutely nothing between us. If you touch her little body you can feel her heart racing. Her breathing quickens and her eyes open very wide. She gazes up as if to say, “Save me from the storm.”

During yesterday’s storm she curled up into a little ball beneath my makeshift sewing space. If I happened to leave the area, so did Sadie. When I returned she did as well. I feel sad for her because of her fear. If only I could reassure her that all would be fine. Unfortunately it’s difficult to relay that to her. Because of her disease (more about that some other time) it’s very difficult to find a place on her body that you can touch that won’t make her feel uncomfortable.

IMG_0154The storm passed as quickly as it approached. In no time Sadie was once again back beneath her favorite safe place. Together we weathered the storm safely tucked inside my Little Cabin in the Woods.

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“Chillin With My Gnomies”

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, or Should I Say Time Flies?

It’s been some time since I last entered a post. So many activities have been taking place I barely had time to think. So sorry that this was one of the past times I had to let rest. All that matters is that I’m back and ready to resume my ramblings.

Being a city girl living the fast paced life it’s often hard to slow down. The daily grind of multitasking doesn’t stop immediately. It takes a bit of time before one finds themselves exhaling. The slow but gentle glide to total relaxation begins the all too important sense of relief; that pause that refreshes. It’s that moment of inactivity when you realize how busy you have been; how tired you have gotten. It’s when those furrows in your brow begin to soften and the smile you once had begins to return. Oh how often we forget to take time to smell the roses; to enjoy life for what it should be.

I recently took just such a pause. It was on one of our annual excursions to northern Wisconsin that I once again found my sense of peace. We shared the respite with one of our daughters and her husband. Oh and of course our traveling companion Sadie. Now mind you it wasn’t a trip void of adventures. We did our share of sight-seeing and our part to keep the economy running. The pace, however, was much slower, more relaxed.

During the process of decompressing I enjoyed listening to and observing the natural beauty of the world around me. I am grateful for the time I had to relax and unwind. I left that quiet sanctuary feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life had waiting for me. Before we part company let me share a few photos of my excursion.

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Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to unwind and recharge. Now let’s get back to work.

Grabbing Time . . . Part Five, the Finale

This is the last segment in my guided tour through Door County so listen carefully and take lots of notes.

To date we have

I know we’ve been really busy but that’s ok.  My vacations are always packed with adventures.  I figure I can relax when I go home.  So lets not let any grass grow under our feet.  Lets hit the road and see if we can’t wrap this adventure up.

There are so many places and things to do in Door County.  If one set out on the first day of summer with the goal of experiencing each and every one perhaps you might be successful by the end of the year.  Then again you might find you have only touched the tip of the iceberg.  Let me give you a list of suggestions:

On The Water

Experience the Wonders of Nature

  • Cave Point County Park is a wonderful place to climb amongst the rocks and enjoy the beauty of water carved caves along Lake Michigan.  Cave Point County Park is right next door to White Fish Dunes State Park.
  • Visit one or more light houses.  Many have great tours available.  They also provide wonderful opportunities for photography

Food

Here is a few more of our favorite places to dine and/or purchase Door County specific foods

Shopping

Every town in Door County has a wonderful selection of fine stores offering an enormous variety of merchandise.  It would take far too long to mention each and every one.  All I will tell you is there is a price range and selection to suit all tastes.

People Watching

If your feet get too tired and your wallet too empty there’s always the sport of people watching.  Sometimes it’s fun to sit a spell and observe as people from all over enjoy the many shops and restaurants.  During our most recent visit we made a list of the different states, districts and provinces represented by vehicle license plates.  Here’s what we saw:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington DC and Ontario.

If you counted them then you know people from thirty-one different areas visited Door County during the seven days we were there.  Amazing!

Conclusion

I thoroughly enjoy my visit to Door County every time we go.  Leaving the area always brings a tear to my eye.  It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend.  The only thing that makes it a teeny-weeny bit bearable is the realization that I will return.  Nothing can keep me from going back.

Well, there you have it.  I’ve taken you on a tour of Door County from one end to the other.  Of course I have by no means mentioned everything there is to see and do.  I think it’s better to leave some things left unsaid.  Perhaps that way you will be curious enough to plan your very own exciting trip to Door County.  Who knows, maybe we will even see one another there someday.