While dusting shelves at Lory Cottage the other day I rediscovered a treasured book.
A gift from a friend, to celebrate the building of this Cottage. And so, I stopped my dusting, took my find to Lory's porch and enjoyed a good read. If you don't mind...Let's just read a couple excerpts together..
Up to the Lake by Tom Hegg
"Next year, we're going to get it right.. We'll plan so we can travel light. There's no good reason, is there dear, to load the car with tons of gear... Of course we need the things we use, But really...twenty pairs of shoes? And must the kids bring every toy? I didn't when I was a boy- ...I don't care what my mother said; You might believe the man you wed! ...Go ahead and laugh...that's fine... But next year, better half of mind, New year we're going to get it right.. We'll plan so we can travel light."
"Getting Close... We'll be there in a little while... Let's hold our breath for one whole mile!"
"Perfect Moment # 1: Morning I glance at the clock...take a deep, filling yawn... The sap-sweetened air is delicious and cool... The lake starts to sparkle with rays from the sun...The songbirds are singing...and day has begun. Ma Duck and her brood on a Morning Explore... My cane-pole alive with the tug of a fish.. The hug of my down-vest...what more could I wish?"
"I wonder if Heaven will be quite like this..."
Reading Mr. Hegg's stories of his summers spent in the Minnesota Northwoods is a good thing to do on this Summer's afternoon .
Today, between guests, while I wait on the laundry to dry, I decide to do some office work from Lory Cottage. I head to the front porch, open my computer, and here I am!
It's a good place to write, and after nonstop rain for the past five days, it feels good to be outside in the sunshine again listening to the birds' songs and the whirl of the lawn mower.
During Deb's time at Lory Cottage earlier this month, she wrote that "In a world and culture so immersed in violence, greed, arrogance and bullying..in a world and culture bombarded with noise pollution, light pollution... There is this World of Green Valley Cottages. A haven, a respite, a profound blessing. A little bit of heaven for the weary traveler. And one definition of heaven on earth is--A hallowed haven in an uncertain world. That is exactly how I would describe your beautiful setting - a place where you can marvel at all that God has created and feel safe".
I may be biased, but I think Deb's got it just about right!
"Many things this time of year Give my heart a thrill It’s the time of year I love the most, but... Nothing says spring like Daffodils!" Marilyn Lott
The gentle gardener who created, planted and cared for the gardens at Excelsior Cottage is no longer with us. But with the coming of Spring we are thankful for him, as we enjoy the blessing of the flowers that appear as if by magic. This week as we walk the trails and grounds we find thousands of daffodils popping up in the most unexpected places. Isn't Spring wonderful?