Brandy Pond - Steve & Judy's Cabin

Steve & Judy, who are part of our extended family, are about the loveliest people you'll meet. I'm really glad they live fairly close, because I'd love to visit them over the winter. We were invited to their cabins and spent a day here with them and met more extended family! I met a few members of the Winters family, although one of them, Sasha, was not there that day. Sasha is one of the two talents for the popular new series Eat Our Feelings on Vimeo, and if you haven't watched the first part yet, you should - it's hilarious, surprising, and really makes me want to cook. Or at least eat everything they make. I ran across it when it won a Vimeo Staff Pick this summer. As for the cabin, I wish we could have gone back, but we had other travel plans filling our summer. We started out by the water, chatting with everyone there, and it was a small crowd! I *love* being around family. It's exciting to me. As a kid, it meant more chaos, distracted adults, and the chance to venture off and explore alone or with new kids I hadn't seen in awhile. So it's quite new being one of the chatting adults, but just as fun.

We cooled off a bit in the house, which was full of art in one form or another, literature, unique and colorful kitchen pieces collected through the decades that all went together, beautiful textures, voices of everyone of every age, the smell of frying JJ Nissen hot dog buns, and Gracy's obsession - a giant Russian doll-styled pen Steve & Judy had brought back from a film festival years ago. I had to chase her outside to get it back! Stinker...

After lunch, we ventured out on the canoe. There are no photos of that, because I really needed two completely free hands to both paddle and keep out 2-year-old safely in the boat. After we got back, the kids explored a little, we chatted some more, ate again, and the kids chose milk & cereal for dinner. (And I said of course! You're only little once.) Before we left, Geoff and I got in a swim, alone. I floated and took 10 deep breaths with my ears completely submerged. A new record for quiet these days.

The house was close to the water - so close they don't even let you build that close anymore! But they were grandfathered in. I'm so delighted we shared the beautiful day together.

The last image is from our drive home. We arrived at this farm Geoff remembers from his childhood right during the last 8 minutes of sunshine. So I had to stop.

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