Category: Cottage Daze

Hello World!

My dad would wander out on the front porch of the cottage and shout out “Hello World!” at the top of his lungs. The bellow would break the silence of a summer’s evening, and echo across the stil... read more

Move Over Dear Abby – Cottage Daze has Some Cottage Advice!

“Dear Cottage Daze, Dear Cottage Daze, I can’t believe summer is done - No more swims in the lake, no more time in the sun. Can you not give us cottage days that always will last, instead of a se... read more

Boats and the Cottage

Our arrival at the lake follows a long-practiced routine. I jump out at the resort where our eighty horse runabout is stored in a sheltered berth. My wife jumps into the driver’s seat of the truck... read more

An Evening Cruise

Often after dinner, on a pleasant summer’s night, we like to jump onto the pontoon boat and head out for an evening cruise. The sun is low in the sky, the light is perfect, the air has cooled and t... read more

The Reading

It’s two o’clock on a Saturday as the regular crowd settles in. There is an elderly couple sitting next to me, waiting for the show to begin. They say, “Son can you recite me a memory, we’re ... read more

My Friend Danny

We were never quite sure whether Danny could swim. He had lived in the Falkland Islands for some forty years, where swimming in the frigid South Atlantic was probably not a priority. “Dan... read more

Cottage Dreaming at the Cottage Life Show

Men never grow up. They think and act like children. That is my conclusion, having conducted recent research. The Spring Cottage Life show at the end of March is the stage for my investigations. ... read more

Cottage Prepping

It always seems in early Spring that my wife and I get restless. It is the drawback of the island cottage, there is a period of forced absence. We have to wait until the lake ice melts away before w... read more

Remember When

“Remember when the sound of little feet, was the music we danced to week to week.” (Alan Jackson) What I will call the ‘quiet season’ is upon us, as our kids are back to school.  For us, t... read more

Happy Making Waves

I always enjoy seeing two motorcycles passing each other on the highway or on a winding cottage road, the way the drivers give each other that two-fingered side wave.  It is a very cool gesture; calm... read more