What’s your dream? Dreams don’t have to wait until retirement to come true; although, sometimes they do. My friend, Karen, had a dream for her and her husband, Tim, to have a cabin in the country. And guess what? Her dream came true. At the end of June, she retired. Dan and I went to visit Karen and Tim, at their cabin which is set on a pretty lake, in the country.
To get to their cabin, we drove on the interstate, then a state highway, and then a road which was marked by a hand-painted street sign. The next road did not even have a street sign. We just knew we had to go either right or left, and we rightly went right. We found the entrance to their gated community just fine. Tim met us there and led us to their peaceful paradise.
Now, everyone has their own idea of what a cabin looks like. Their cabin is in the woods, which I guess is what makes it a cabin. But, to me, their cabin is a house, with all the modern conveniences, and a very nice house at that. I don’t know about you, but if I’m gonna live in the woods, that’s how I’d want to live.
I really loved how the cabin was decorated. (Karen calls it a cabin, so it’s a cabin.) Now, this cabin is their second home, at least for now. But, over the years, Karen and Tim have collected numerous second-hand and curb-rescued items, including furniture, to use in their cabin. The result is a warm, charming, magazine picture worthy home which reflects Karen’s love of nature.
Now, I could do a whole post just showcasing the cabin. Essentially, the cabin was finished to the drywall stage when they bought it. Karen made excellent choices when selecting everything else, like lighting fixtures, bathroom and kitchen cabinets, flooring, etc. Even the kitchen cabinet knobs were little bears.
Karen then decorated using the treasures they collected through the years. It’s amazing to me the stuff people put out for trash. Why not donate it to Goodwill or offer it online for free? At least, keep it out of the landfills. Here’s just a couple of their rescued items:
After seeing Karen and Tim’s cabin, I felt inspired. The decor was so charming, I want to spruce up our home just a bit. Maybe move some things around, bring some stuff up from the basement. I want to go thrift shopping and find some charming items for not much money.
I am also inspired to continue my efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. I love nature, too, like Karen, but visiting her reminded me how much I do. From her decor to taking a bug outside to even a gift they gave us for our wedding.
Karen and Tim gave us a bamboo serving board for cheese and crackers. Once we opened our gift, she immediately recycled the paper. The bow is recycle-able. I can already see us using the serving board at a campsite. Care to join us?
Now, their cabin isn’t quite finished. There is some flooring to be laid, a couple bathroom fixtures to be put in, and some painting to be done. So, sometimes when Karen and Tim go to the cabin, they work. Other times, they just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Our day was for visiting, and of course, for having a meal together. Karen made two dishes – Monterey Spaghetti and Camp-out Chili dogs. The thing is, she made these dishes in slow cookers. You know how I love using my slow cooker, but these dishes were a reminder to me to try new recipes, not just the same ol’, same ol’. The Monterey Spaghetti and the chili dogs were delish!
Everyone has different dreams, and that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? While our dream is to travel in our travel trailer, we could certainly see the appeal of a different dream – the dream of having a cabin in the woods. Karen and Tim talked about how blessed they feel, and Karen says – in her ever positive outlook – “It’s more than I ever could have hoped for.” I am so happy their dream came true, and I am really glad Dan and I got to enjoy it with them.