Cabin Fever

The cabin

Living in reasonably northern climate, we have already had about 19 weeks socked in with snow. By this time of year a lot of people are getting a bit antsy….okay a more accurate word might be grumpy…from being stuck inside. A term often used to describe this is “cabin fever”. “Cabin fever” took on a new meaning for our family this weekend, the weather was shaping up to be good, so we had the idea to go check on the cabin and see how it was faring through the winter. Our cabin is not winterized, we are on old-school wood heat, so we tend to use it mostly May to October with the odd year starting in late March if we are feeling particularly rugged. Knowing that we had a month, or two, or three, before the first cabin weekend of the year we thought it would be fun to look in on the cabin and go for a little snowshoe outing as well.

Country Road

The drive was a beautiful 215 km back-road drive. Environment Canada was promising a temperature of +1 Celsius with no windchill at our destination, which is pretty much tropical for Alberta in February. A little over half way we noticed the wind was starting to blow, but we still had hope. By the time we hit the cabin it was definitely not +1 Celsius and it was blowing a gale. Snowshoeing was not going to happen.

The Cabin

The cabin was all nicely tucked to bed for the winter just as we had left it months before. We had evidence of visitors (mice……yes children, this is why we don’t eat in our bedrooms!), luckily that is my husband’s department. Everything around the cabin was firmly frozen.

View from the yard.

My favorite trees at the cabin. They have been painted and sketched many times.

My favorite trees at the cabin. They have been painted and sketched many times.

Despite the cold and the wind, this rural area was quite picturesque. Blue skies. Sunshine. I did a little tour of our yard taking a few pictures to remember the cabin in winter, and made a few mental notes for where I want to plant more trees. One can never have too many trees.

The frozen lake.

From the cabin we did a very quick walk to the lake.

Snowman at the lake.Frozen lake.


The lake was frozen and quiet except for a lone snowmobiler. Over the lake was a fabulous sky.

Winter sky.

We put our cabin back to bed for winter, locked it up and waved goodbye. We have a tradition of everyone saying “Goodbye cabin!” every time we leave it.

Winter view.

Snowshoeing may not have happened this time, but the drive did provide the added bonus that I had time to finish mitts for my youngest and a hat for my oldest child while my husband navigated the roads.

Thimbless mitts.

Thumbless mitts.

knit hat

It was nice to check on our little cabin. It might be a few more months before it is warm enough to stay there, but I can spend the next little while planning all the projects that will keep us busy throughout the coming summer.


11 thoughts on “Cabin Fever

  1. I agree, your home does look cozy but gees are you out there in the wilderness. Your place must look amazing in the Spring. Enjoyed your photos, too. I’m just jumping around your blog. Since we finally have a day without rain or fog, it’s time to walk the dogs. . . part of the job requirements for house and pet sitting on Gabriola Island, BC.

    • I’m jealous of you being out on Gabriola, we have another 26 days until we are back on our place on Pender Island (just a bit south of where you are). Enjoy your walk on the beach or trail!

  2. What a gorgeous haven Deb! And such beautiful photos. The cabin looks amazing but I love the frozen lake photos complete with snowman. And the trees of course … they would make a nice block print!

    • We are just itching for it to warm up enough to spend a weekend there. In the summer there are yellow water lilies on the lake, and if the water levels are high enough you can paddle quietly through channels between the long grass and see tons of birds. There is a lot of inspiration in the area.

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