Heaven On Earth





















Oh, what a glorious couple of days we had visiting my brother and his wife at the cabin they just had built in the Adirondack mountains, on Lake Sacandaga. They had been planning and dreaming about building this log cabin for several years now and their dream has finally come true.

Of course there was lots of delicious food and drinks, but the best part of all was just being together. The ten of us laughed from morning until night and I swear my sides hurt by the time I went home. The cabin has a 32′ screened in porch where we ate, played games or just sat quietly and read.
They had a jig saw puzzle set up on two boxes with a large board on top (the coffee table hadn’t been delivered yet) and everyone took their turn working on it. There’s a loft upstairs with a huge master bedroom, bath, sitting room and a screened in deck that overlooks beautiful mountain views. The perfect spot for morning coffee and meditating. There are two bedrooms on the main floor and another two on the lower level along with an area they’re making into a family room. I fell in love with this place the minute I stepped through the door!

We had a fire outdoors in the evening and of course we had to make s’mores. I wouldn’t have enjoyed pastries from the french bakery any more than these gooey, chocolatey concoctions we toasted over the open fire. Unfortunately, these won’t be on the menu at home anytime soon. :(

So, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we went out on the boat and swam in the lake – it was the perfect week-end – the stuff beautiful memories are made of.

I hope you all get to make some beautiful memories this summer!



  1. says

    Oh lucky you to have relatives that will share their cabin! It looks so inviting. The jigsaw puzzle and the couch full of readers says “no TV” and that makes a big difference. I’m glad you had such a good time.

  2. says

    My dream house is a log cabin set in the woods! What a beautiful place, inside and out. Looks like it was a great time for everyone. I have never been to the Adirondack mountains… they are gorgeous… Have a great week

    • says

      Well, my brother is a teacher so he will be up there most of the summer working on finishing things off. My sister-in-law will be spending long vacations up there as well. They hope to retire there one day.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness what a dream location. The phrase ‘a cabin in the woods’ is so romantic. Wonderful family times, making precious memories. X

  4. Laura says

    Oh this is so beautiful. Denise spent 1/2 hr looking over the pictures oohing and ahhhing over the beauty, trying to figure out the how’s and architecture…while I longed for what was inside…how I cherish the days spent with all of you…..many years , some of the best years, ones I will never forget. And Amy’s little mini me’s readers like their mom and grandma …how time flies! How wonderful is it to have a dream and then see it thru to the end, see it come to life! And how that dream changes as we age! Love you all very much, always and forever….my 2nd family

    • says

      You mean so much to all of us too, dear Laura. And, I am thrilled for Donald and Tina, living their dream. When they first bought the property, several years ago, Don used to go up and stay in a tent and work on clearing the land. And now, to see that beautiful cabin, is a dream come true. I love happy endings. Love you. xoxo

  5. says

    This is such a lovely post Susan, not just to the wonders of cabin living, but family and time spent together, because let’s face it….what good is a beautiful home with no one to share it with?


  6. says

    It’s beautiful..and it’s wonderful you all had such a great great time.
    I know what you mean about an outdoor fire,,smores and being in the best place on earth at that moment.I find those are our moments♥

  7. says

    You are so right Susan. As a child we would summer in northern Minnesota on a lake. Some of my best memories, ever. Sometimes I think that is why I had a log home built. LOL Thanks for sharing.

  8. says

    Oh my gosh! This sounds so fun! I was playing a little guessing game as I looked through the pictures trying to figure out where you were. I was pretty sure Tennessee from the trees and mountains and of course, the log cabin. Then I saw the moose fabric and thought Pacific Northwest! Well the Adirondacks is just a wonderful~~a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m so happy your brother and his wife made their dream come true. I love their home and that lake looks like such fun! Here’s to more great times!


    • says

      Yes, Jane, the Adirondacks are up in northern NY state and they make for magnificent scenery! I enjoyed every minute of my time there and look forward to another trip up there.

  9. says

    Every now and then I go on a Google search for log cabin plans! [my modern version of window shopping :) ] Thanks for sharing some of the fun you enjoyed with your brother and family at the new cabin. It is lovely that it is big enough to house a lot of folk and that you all enjoyed your time there and hopefully will in the future as well! xxxx

    • says

      It was heaven, Kim – the jigsaw puzzle, being huddled around around the picnic table on the screen porch playing apples to apples, eating s’mores. Life’s simple pleasures were made all the better because of the people we were with.

  10. Judy says


    Just beautiful. I can just imagine the time you had. So glad for you. We are going camping tomorrow in a tent at Watkins Glen with the boys. There is a Hampton Inn close by. That is the other end of the spectrum from you. Your brother is a talented person. Must run in the family.


    • says

      Hey Jude – For some reason, I can’t picture you in a tent – you’ll do anything for your boys.
      My brother didn’t build the cabin – he’s doing all the finishing.
      Hope you have a blast! xo

  11. says

    oh Susan!
    I’m in heaven. it just looks all so wonderful.
    a large loving family. warm wood. solid and safe. beautiful views.
    a huge screened in porch! and a darling dog curled up to be loved on!
    i’m late to the party. since I had the computer problem and now a new email…
    I forgot to subscribe again. but I just did.
    I don’t want to miss a simple cozy post. EVER!

    • says

      It truly was heaven, Tammy. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love being with my family. There’s honestly nothing better. It’s definitely the people in my life, not the things, that mean the world to me. ox

    • says

      Well, until they retire, Deb, it will be for weekends and vacations. And then in three or four years, it will be their permanent home.

  12. says

    Oh I do so love all the wood. Could live in a cabin in the woods for ever! Not something we do in UK!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing

    • says

      Hi Joy – I can’t believe they don’t build log cabins in the UK. Maybe you can start a new trend over there!
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      • says

        Something to do with our weather…….and the fact that we have strict planning laws that dictate what you can and cannot build and where.

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