Friday, July 13, 2007

So you think you'd like to spend a night at my cabin?

I have to laugh when some of you say you want a cabin like mine.  I'm sure you would like to have a cabin, but I doubt you'd want one like mine.

1.  Cliff made me an outhouse there, using somebody's old hunting cover turned on its side.  If I get up in the night, though, I don't go back there.  I stay very close to the cabin door and squat... because who knows what's out there in the dark.  Would you do that?

2.  I enjoy sleeping on my air mattress, even though it leaves me a bit stiff and sore when I awake in the mornings.  I have to let the air out when I leave because of the mouse situation; once I had a mouse living underneath my old mattress.  Besides, it gets dusty back there, so I keep all my bedding in closed containers... safely away from rodents!

3.  If you need food kept cool, you'll be carrying an 8-pound milk jug full of ice to the cooler when you go.  That's at the same time you're carrying the cabin-bag, an insulated jug of fresh water (I leave water at the cabin in large containers, but I want my drinking and coffee water fresh).  Oh, and don't forget Sadie pulling excitedly on her leash because she's anxious to get to the cabin where she can be turned loose.

4.  Mice nibble on your books, so be sure and keep any precious ones put away somewhere.  The mice poop on every surface as they walk, too.  And be sure and keep Sadie's dog food locked up.  Mice love dog food.  Did you know they can climb straight up a wall?

5.  Because the water must be carried back there, I'm pretty stingy with it.  Thank God for Wet Ones.

6.  If Sadie is at the cabin with you, prepare to wear yourself out throwing Frisbees and sticks for her.  She'll stand at your side and stare you down until you could scream.

7.  Spiders and other bugs.  If you don't believe there are lots of bugs, just look at the sticky-trap.  And that's a fairly new one.  I keep bug spray back there, and also...

8.  Apply plenty of Off, for the ticks and mosquitoes.

9.  Actually, I can't complain about my daughter's camp stove; the only problem I have with it is screwing on the little bottle of propane.

10.  While we're at it, that isn't really a cabin; it's an old storage shed someone had used for a poolside dressing-room, and Cliff practically had to rebuild it from scratch.

I bought that buddy-pie maker on mine and Cliff's first trip to Branson on the motorcycle.  We stopped in Springfield at Bass Pro Shop, and there is was.  I had read (on a message board I no longer frequent) about buddy pies.  Yesterday evening was the first time I remembered to use it! Does anybody have any buddy-pie recipes?  I need some!  I also tossed a potato in the coals of my fire.  When I pulled it out it appeared to be burned to a crisp; but when I halved it, I found I could easily eat the potato out with a spoon.  It was as though the 1/4 inch burned-solid shell was a bowl.  Yummy.

So, there you have it.  Are you positive you'd like my cabin?  Perhaps you'd need a few refinements.  I don't think I know any ladies who would enjoy it back there... and very few gentlemen.

I love it.  It's the most sacred, private, peaceful place I know.  Many mice have died, and will continue to die, so that I can have my special vacation spot.

17 comments:

amy122389 said...

I don't know as I'd take the whole experience, but I sure am envious of the peace and quiet you get (most of the time)....

~Amy

mumma4evr said...

I would love it!!!  Becky

deshelestraci said...

Actually, yes, I would like it!  Sadie would have to go home though!  Is it in the pasture fence?  I would let the horses pack in the gear!
Traci

helmswondermom said...

I think I would enjoy it for a day or so as long as the weather wasn't too hot.  The heat does not agree with me, but, I like primitive camping, and that's what it sounds like!
Lori

starstarj said...

I would squat too rather than run the risks of creepy crawlers in the outhouse.  IF the heat wasn't too bad i would enjoy it. Mice don't bother me I would rather meet a mouse at night than a spider.

siennastarr said...

Nope... not for me! lol  I'm too damn prissy!  ;)

Glad you enjoy it though.. and I do love your stories about your stays in that cabin.. along with the pictures!

Hugs
jackie

ora4uk said...

Hi Mo....and yes you are right...it is to "primitive" for me...but I think I would enjoy a day visit....and then go home to my own bed...or a bed at your house LOL...or sleeping bag at your house....LOL...yes...a day would be great....and I am glad you have you space there...and that you enjoy it so much....whatever makes a body happy...I am all for!!!!..hugs from KY Ora

luvmort said...

I'm scared of you!  

robinngabster said...

So what your saying is you are roughing it out there and you might as well be in a tent.  lol

fowfies said...

I have had Tip for seven years now, and she is still to this day relentless when it comes to wanting to play...and play..and play...well you get the idea...and I think Sadie may be like that too..not exactly a sit by the fire and relax kind of dog. So, I would have to agree with the other reader. She would stay home. Sometimes. Because the whole point of going out there is to RELAX...lol. I don't know if I would like the spiders...mice, I just kill them all the time, but a black widow or a brown reluse would send me over the edge I imagine! You are one tough lady! Whatever you enjoy, and thats what matters really. :)

bnanajm said...

I loved visiting your cabin.  It's exactly how you describe it.  The view it outstanding and I carry the whole experience in my mind.  That's why I like to see your pictures again and again.  But for me - - - I gotta have TV, A/C and hot running water.  :o)

XXOO

Bnana

lanurseprn said...

I really enjoyed this entry. I've been curious about your cabin for a long time. What a peaceful way to spend an evening.
Pam

geocachelinda66 said...

I would like it!  I'm used to roughing it!

marainey1 said...

Camping for lots and lots of years we made all sorts of pies.  We call your buddy pie maker - pie irons.  Last weekend DS#6 made pizza pie irons.  2 slices of bread, peperoni, pizza sause and mozzerlla cheese.  We've also made peanut butter and jelly ones just for something fun.  And if you want dessert just put a spoon or so of any kind of pie filling between the 2 pieces of bread.  DELICIOUS!
Hope these ideas help. 'On Ya' - ma

cgtperkins said...

I think its great that you have a special place!!
Hugs
Carrie

magran42 said...

Don't be so sure.  Some of us are from good pioneer stock and not as fru fru as you might think.  The only thing that I felt was something I would have to figure out how to deal with was the mouse poop and I might be a little stern with Sadie but otherwise......I'm ready any time!

therealstephhull said...

I would still love your little cabin! My dad, and many others have told me over the years that I was born in the wrong century! It honestly sounds like heaven on earth to me!