Tuesday, December 30, 2008


"I come home to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home.
I thus dispose of the superfluous and see things as they are,
grand and beautiful."

- Henry David Thoreau

log house

Monday, December 29, 2008

Split rail fence

There's something about a split rail fence that I think makes a house in the woods more homey.

otsego house

Friday, December 26, 2008


"Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."


wood pile

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to my blogger friends!

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Privacy in Winter

loon golf club

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ..... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."

- Ruth Stout

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Red, white and blue house

I drive by this red, white and blue house on Otsego Lake all the time. It's a simple and small house, but it just appeals to me with its brightly painted exterior.

*I'm am up at the log cabin with sporadic internet access. I will catch up with all of your blogs on Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are all staying warm my friends!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Big Bradford Lake

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."

-Wallace Stevens

Big bradford lake

Monday, December 15, 2008

"A Winter Ride"

"So with the stretch of the white road before me,
Shining snow crystals rainbowed by the sun,
Fields that are white, stained with long, cool, blue shadows,
Strong with the strength of my horse as we run.
Joy in the touch of the wind and the sunlight!
Joy! With the vigorous earth I am one."

- Amy Lowell, A Winter Ride

Saturday, December 13, 2008

House in a snow storm

"Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hill and woods, the river, and the heaven,.."

From "The Snow Storm"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Red Squirrel in thought

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Watery Wednesday!

This is my first meme I'm participating in and it should be fun! This is my Watery Wednesday post and to visit other participants, please click here.

This is a small lake called Fawn Lake in Gaylord, Michigan. I thought the water looked almost "ocean blue" against the white snow.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Images from Otsego Lake State Park

They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust. They teach us, and we tend them.

-- Galeain ip - Altiem MacDunelmor

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Otsego Lake State Park

"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I visited Otsego Lake State Park this past snowy weekend. I wish I had brought my snowshoes. I had wanted to walk to this bench to sit and look at the snowy lake - but there was a snow bank and deep snow preventing a walk without wet pants afterwards. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A bird's home

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I realized that if I had to choose...

"I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."

-Charles Lindbergh, Interview shortly before his death, 1974
US aviator (1902 - 1974)

Female Hairy Woodpecker

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


The trees reflected in the river -- they are unconscious
of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday, December 1, 2008

Snowy Lake

The lake at our log cabin already has a thin layer of ice and is lightly dusted with snow. I am looking forward to seeing the wildlife that the white background and the bare trees will reveal. Last winter I saw a coyote walk across this lake in search of food. I am hoping he makes a return visit.