Friday, July 16

sparkling fresh water lake

Always, driving out to the lake which is less than one hour from where I live I dream of affording a couple of adjoined rooms with running water to meet basic necessities and with just a pin hole sized lookout onto the lake. I see trailer parks along the way and I think nothing of the winter, I think nothing of class lines, I think why not? And then I wonder about giving up the job to find something else, for this pin hole sized lookout onto the lake that my current position can't afford. What do people do out here for a living? What's it like to ferry across to Wisconsin? Always, driving back from the lake I am reminded this is the way things will be and will remain. An hour's distance is not too bad, but in thinking of winter I know I really would like to see the lake then at any time; at 3 in the morning, snow drifts on the water, waves frozen to appear like the surface of a new planet, everyone else in the little lake town sleeping, nothing except me and the bitter wind and an animal (bea bea, forever) stirring.

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  1. Some dreams are kept more special by being a drive away.

    I sometimes wonder if the recession had hit a year earlier, or if I'd known it was on the way, would I have left my job? Times are good, and I'm well located for many things in my little town house on the edge of the city, but it wasn't the place I'd expected to be in "forever".

    So, when I need "centering" in myself, a 45 minute drive takes me back to my lake, and I'm fixed for a while.

    Perhaps if I'd ever moved nearer "the lake" I'd have nowhere to go.

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  2. Hi Gina,

    A trip to the lake sounds ideal to me, as I'm sure you're frying in the hot summer as we are. I'm tempted to go knock on Clooney's door in lake Como.:)

    I suspect the cottage and summer trailer culture is not so different between our two locales, and I also know of some of our folks who do this year round, assuming the snow plows go through and let them access their cabins. Personally, I dismissed the idea of owning a retreat like that. Much cheaper to rent one as needed, and save yourself the additional costs. Even better is finding a friend with one. :)

    Love to you and Beabs.

    XX
    AM

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  3. Gosh, Ian...you say it exactly. Or the first recession for me hit here right when I completed my MFA and was spat out to find there were no jobs in the USA. I pinned myself to the one I finally obtained in the city I never in all the world's spaces imagined I would be.

    your thoresby opens to me like rivers in Montana, which I've only seen in pictures: http://www.riverfrontmontana.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/11.jpg


    AM: finding a friend...erm. ;-) I'm convinced I could write in winter, in that depth of silence I imagine. I don't think I'm a romantic (thank goodness). xo

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  4. Hi Gina,

    Just wanted to say, no, missed Moses, but will certainly be returning to Italy within 2 years, madly in love with it as I am, but in the tourist off-season, and will do the things we missed.

    I think Ian makes a great point about having that place to go. I did not mean a friend in a romantic sense, just buddies you happen to have bought or inherited cottages. For me, that friend is my sister, who happily entertains a lucky few of us in the summer at her country house near the beach. She is right now keeping my other sweetheart, who I miss horribly every time I see a cute dog, out there until our return.

    XX
    AM

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  5. Hi Gina, sounds like a perfect drive and day by the lake. I would imagine during winter, it would be a sight! Guess, those who live by the lake, or choose this scenery to live by, know the choice is one of the beauty over say a good job etc. and the sacrifice of the weather. I have done this where I live, I could do better if I lived in a big town or city. I don't know that I could do that now, hopefully, if the economy does not decline anymore, I can continue to do so. It's sketchy.
    Beautiful photo, the glimmering water is so appealing. I can see you and BeaBea enjoying the lakes splendor together, rain or shine, cold or hot....as long as you are there, that is where she wants to be. :)

    xx

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  6. Actually, Ian I found a condo in Poison MT on Waterfed something--massive river/lake. The only hell is it's a condo, but at a bargain. serious.

    nothing like that here. condos go for much too muchly here.

    Oh Anne Marie, I like you're already going back to Italy. You'll need to meet Moses of course. I recall he and David being located in strangely opposite places (I'm being exceptionally lazy to not look it up). Just by heart. Your sister sounds lovely!

    And Grace if your property were here, where I am, for some reason it would cost loads and loads. You live in paradise (you really do) and people had better be getting their dang hair cut or they'll look terrible (and I mean this). I love you do what you do for what you need. Coming now to check out your blog, see how the doggy gals are doing.

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  7. oh Gina, the doggy gals....all happy on their own, and that may have been the ticket. Can you please put an ad about the haircut thing....;)
    people are sttrreeeetccchiinnngg their money out. Understandably. I am too!

    xx

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  8. I did just that, Gina.
    I took up residence in a rather out-of-the-way place by the lake and, in doing that, I had to give up a lot.
    But there are no regrets whatsoever! I would do it again and again and again.

    When in my own travels through the remote valleys of the mountains, I ask myself the same question when I come across a home or settlement in the wilderness. I wonder what their lives are like and what makes them tick.

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