Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cabin Longings - Never satisfied

I've been away from our cabin for less than a month, which means that I have more than two months to go before I see it again. In December, when I was packing up to leave, I couldn't wait to start out for new places. We were heading downstate to spend Christmas with the people we care most about, so saying goodbye to our little cabin didn't seem all that hard.

Then, after Christmas, we left our bunch and took off over the Ohio flatlands, beyond the Kentucky hills and into the Smoky Mountains and out the other side to the South Carolina Piedmont, out final destination being the Atlantic coast. It was exciting enough to forget, for a while, about our little cabin in the woods.

Tunnel through the North Carolina mountains

The views are beautiful here, too, though as different as day and night. Instead of pines, we see palms, and instead of Cisco fishermen, we see shrimpers and crabbers pulling their traps into their small boats. The seagulls follow behind, the same as they do on the lakes, but here we see pelicans and the occasional group of dolphins competing for any little morsels left behind or thrown overboard.

Today there were horses on the beach and I rushed out to take pictures of them. Pretty interesting stuff, so why do I keep thinking about home?

I'm having Cabin Longing at the moment, but I've had Cabin Fever often enough to know it's no fun being cooped up inside a small hut for days on end as Mother Nature unleashes her own nasty brand of Northern fury.

Oh, those furies. . . But that's not what I'm thinking about now. Now all I can think about is a cozy fire in the stove. . .the soup pot simmering on the back burner. . .snowflakes drifting softly, forming luscious pillows outside my window. . .forest creatures stopping by to spend a little quality time with us. . .

. . .Ah, the stuff of dreams. But, oddly, when I shared some of this with the folks near home, they had more than a few choice words, too. Most of which I wouldn't want to repeat here.


  1. Mona, relax and enjoy your warmer temperatures. the whole north country from MN to NY is in a deep freeze. Remember the shoveling, stoking the fire and frozen pipes! Haha.... see, now doesn't that warmer country feel better? :)

  2. Hi Cedar. Funny enough, we had frozen pipes down here, too! Yesterday, we woke to fire trucks outside and found out that a water main had frozen and burst. We were without water for several hours and the clothes I had thrown in the washer got a good pre-soak before I could finish them! It had gone down to 22 degrees here, and they're just not prepared for that.

  3. It's been ten years since I've been to the cabin and I still long for it. You'll be home soon, meanwhile enjoy the ocean, palms, and shrimpers....and each other.

  4. Hi Nancy, ten years is WAY too long! We want you to come back! We love sharing our cabin with our family and friends, and you are both!

  5. Thank you for your comment at 'Black Coffee at Sunrise'. I can't believe it's been so long since my last post - I started a new job around that time and have been so busy ever since that I haven't been able to focus on it. I will definitely have to fix that.
    I'm looking forward to reading your blog!

  6. Nice to have you here, Nina. I love your blog! I really need to get back to this. . .soon! (And I will--tomorrow!)