Young@Heart: Life is Better at the Cabin

With Valentine’s Day next week, it’s time to think romance. Do you love the thought of a romantic getaway up in the mountains in a rustic cabin? What is it that draws us to want to go to one, or, better yet, have a cabin of our own? Is it the thought that cabin life is simple, restful and peaceful? Does that thought of life is better at the cabin make you think of a crackling fire, the aroma of hot chili on the wood stove, the sound of the wind in the tall firs and no telephones? Peace and rest, away from the chaos of modern life definitely calls us to retreat and enjoy a simpler time.

There are romantic mountain getaways all over the Internet and just perusing the ads can slow your heart rate and let you breathe deeply. But life is better at the cabin is just a thought. Did you know you can mess with your mind and make it think you’re at a cabin when you’re not? Well you can! Our subconscious minds don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy and that truth is so much fun to play with.

I always wanted a cabin, but we don’t have the budget for one, so my husband Terry and I decided to turn our family room in the basement into the cabin we couldn’t afford at the beach or up in the mountains. When we designed our home, I wanted a real, wood-burning fireplace and it’s one of my most treasured objects in our home, especially in the winter. Having a wood-burning fireplace begged us to turn an otherwise ho hum family room into the cabin of my dreams. With a meager budget of $450 we haunted second-hand stores in a 25-mile radius and with each find, our family room began to transform!

We always refer to our cabin as “the cabin.”

“Where’s the deck of cards?”  “It’s in the cabin,” or “We need to bring in wood for the cabin tonight before it snows,” or sometimes it’s just fun to add storyline to “the cabin.”

“It’s so stormy outside, do you really want to drive to the cabin today?”

“Yeah, but maybe we should leave a little early.”

“Okay, I’ll pack up some food; you pick a movie to watch when we get there.”

At the bottom of the stairs into the basement, we have a rustic sign that reads, “Life is better at the CABIN.” I have to go through the cabin to get to my office and I love to look at what we created with just a little planning and a lot of fun shopping. We’ve had our cabin for ten years and it never ceases to amaze me how much it feels like a real cabin and it’s only sixteen steps away.

As I write, the cabin is just outside my door, and I’m tempted to wrap this blog up, snuggle up in my “doggy” blanket (my friend Sherry made it for me and it’s got doggy bones all over it), and get back to the yummy novel I’m reading Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant.

Could you turn a room in your home into a get-away? I’d love to hear from you if you do.

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