Last weekend I went up to the lake. I have a small cabin there, not much of a place – one bedroom, one bath, but all mine with 80′ of shoreline. It is, in a word, heaven.
Here is a breakdown of my typical day last weekend:
- Get up at 7:30AM. Dress in walking gear and grab the dog. Hike a nearby rail trail with him for an hour.
- Get home, eat breakfast.
- Change into swimsuit and shorts, go take the kayak out before the lake gets too busy.
- Get home, change into comfy clothes and take a nap.
- Get up, grab a cup of coffee and read an old fashioned murder mystery while sitting by the lake.
- Put on work clothes, clean up sticks and rake leaves for 45 minutes.
- Back into comfy clothes, take another nap.
- Get up, have lunch.
- Back into work clothes, another 45 minutes doing yard work.
- Head in for a glass water and a snack, then go sit by the water and read.
- 6:00PM change into walking gear, take the pooch out for another hour hike on the trail.
- Change back into swimsuit and head back out on the kayak once the “no-wake” time starts at 7:00 for a final quiet paddle around the lake.
- Get into comfy clothes, make and eat dinner.
- Have a glass of wine while reading more of my murder mystery.
- 11:00PM go to bed.
When I am at the cabin, I change clothes a lot. I reuse them – I only have one pair of old jeans and a t-shirt for raking the lawn, one swimsuit for kayaking, and so on, but there is a lot of switching of clothes.
I also get a lot of sleep. I usually stay up later than I do when I am home, but I also get up later (as long as Hermes lets me. Sometimes my pup doesn’t quite understand weekends.) I always manage to get several naps in. There is something about laying on that couch – windows open, breeze coming in of the water… it is just too perfect not to nap.
Most importantly, I am active. It wasn’t always this way. I used to get there and my only movement was from the couch to the lawn chair and back again. But now I find I want to do things. I love being on the water and hiking with Hermes. It seems like this is the kind of life I should be living. Oh, I know I have to work in there somewhere – the bills won’t pay themselves. But now that I have more things that I like to do, and I have more energy to do them, it feels right. I makes me happy.
There is another side to all this, though. I call it “re-entry.” Eventually I have to come back to reality. My life is very, very good and I have many things that I love here, but there is also all the stress and problems of everyday living that pop up. Suddenly I have to check my email and return phone calls. There are angry customers and annoying coworkers to deal with. There is a distinct lack of a kayak. I am very hard to live with following a cabin weekend. “Grumpy” is probably the kindest word I can use.
It eventually passes, but it is a good reminder of what I need more of in my life. I don’t need a big house, fancy gadgets or a nice car. I need a spot on a lake, a boat to paddle around on it, and a good place to walk my dog.