Friday, June 19, 2020

A place by the water

I sometimes think that Jilda and I should have saved and bought a place by the water. When I was a teenager, my dad bought a small lot on the river. My older brother and I helped my dad build a small two-room cabin.

It was built with sawmill lumber. Across the front was a porch with a squeaky swing, a glider, and cane-bottom chairs.

We spent countless hours at that cabin. I loved the night sounds – owls and whip-o-wills were common. You could also hear beavers, swimming downriver. Every now and then, they'd raise their flat tails and spank the water making a spaluuuuunnnnnkkkkkk sound.

When my dad started having health problems, he sold the cabin to a river neighbor who used the cabin as a storage shed.

Back in 2007, Jilda made reservations at Wheeler State Park for my birthday. We had a room in a small hotel on the water. At sunset, we poured ourselves a glass of red wine and walked down to the dock.

We sat on benches and watch the setting sun make kaleidoscope images with the clouds.

Did I mention that I love the water?


  1. My Dad bought a small house near a lake in Wisconsin and had my Grandparents live it in. Us kiddos were able to play in the lake and Dad could fish. It provided a place for his parents and me with tons of good memories! It's not too late could buy a small place on the water!

  2. I would love to live beside water. Moving or still. Saline or fresh.

  3. There is something relaxing and refreshing about being by the water. At least you have some wonderful memories to tide you through. Maybe some kind of water feature in you yard would help. They have lots of choices when it comes to fountains. Lovely picture of a beautiful memory.

  4. Even sitting on the bank of a creek is soothing. We came from the water and yearn to return.

  5. Rick, I love little cabins near the water. Fishing is always a fun thing too. You have the great memories of your dad , brother and you building that cabin. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  6. The absence of noise pollution is awesome in itself. Beautiful place to sit and watch at dusk!

  7. Sounds like a great idea, BUT hold onto that home of yours and Jilda's. I was just telling a friend about your house just yesterday. BUT I dream of life near the water again, I miss convenient fishing ;-) .
    Stay safe
    Sherry & jack


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