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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Now Entering the Land of Limited Internet

I love everything about spending summer at the lake. The blue skies, the water just out the front door, the sunsets.


I'll pack up a boatload of books, art supplies and one furry, yappy girl and head off, popping in at home now and then! And I can't wait!


If there is one thing that is more challenging, it's that the cottage is in what I call "The Land of Limited Internet." It's not limited to everyone, just to me!


It doesn't seem fiscally sensible to get internet for two or three months when you have to pay for it all year long. So, I get my internet by going to the library or my cousin's house down the road.


It's a mixed blessing. I don't get to check in with everyone as often as I'd like and I miss that. It might mean I visit less or comment less. Writing isn't a problem because I can prep it up and paste it in or pre-schedule. Visiting and replying to comments isn't always as easy.

That said, there is much good about not being attached to the computer. I read a lot more. (Just finished this one in the Armande Gamache series. Very good -- but read them in order!).


I paint more regularly. And for longer periods at a time. I can really concentrate on improvement, not just getting something done.


I'll eat healthy, wonderful things from the farm market, visit friends who live in the north and swim often (once the lake warms up!).


I will commune with nature (but chase the geese off the beach!) and take long walks.


I'll anticipate Rick's vacation time at the lake where we will work on many happy homeowner projects and he'll appreciate some cycle time!


And in the evenings, we'll sit on the porch, eat something yummy on the grill and watch the sun sink beyond the trees in the distance!


So, if you don't see Lizzie and me around much this summer, we haven't forgotten you and will check in when we can. We're bonding!


And enjoying the sunsets!


Happy Summer!

41 comments:

Pam Jackson said...

Oh my, I would be totally lost without my internet. I figure I worked all those yrs to be able to have some things I want! Loving that beautiful shot of the water and the sky. Great painting. I have laid off painting so much these days, running out of places to stack them. I need to try watercolor. Easier to store then on canvas. Thanks for sharing. Till you have internet again....later.

Valerie-Jael said...

Enjoy your summer in paradise! Hugs, Valerie

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Have a wonderful and relaxing time at the lake, Jeanie! It must be dreamy to sit on your porch with such a great view. The string lights look so pretty against the dark sky. Enjoy every minute!
xo Julia

Deb said...

Lucky you, Jeanie. It all sounds wonderful. I understand missing internet access as we are in a bit of a valley when it comes to service here and are limited to how much data we can use and I, too, find it frustrating. But like you say, it gives you more time to do things that you love to do with little interruption. Enjoy your 'free' time with rick and Lizzy-girl. I bet she likes the whole idea of more cuddles. :) (or not) lol

Daniela said...

Enjoy your Summer, Dearest One !!!

Sending blessings across the many miles

XOXO Dany

My name is Erika. said...

Enjoy! being unattached to the internet is actually nice. I was off for a few days last week and came home and didn't really want to go back on. But I forced myself-lol! Your view looks wonderful and it looks like you have a Sandy beach too. How much better can it get? Oh yes you just finished a good read. I haven't read all the Louise Penny books but they are really good books. I have read a Beautiful Mystery. Enjoy your reading and the sunsets and maybe even a swim in the lake? Hugs-Erika

Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage said...

Fortunately, we're on the good side of the lake, the side that gets natural gas and cable. Mr. Cottage has to have his TV (I can do without it), but then we also have internet. He does something where he can put our cable to sleep for half a year, so to him it's worth paying for. This way I can keep up with the blogging and Share Your Style link party. But there are times I wish we didn't have either of these. Have a great 4th of July!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You are so lucky to have a wonderful place to retreat to. Seems idyllic in every way.

Blogoratti said...

Great way to spend your holiday break, minimalism is the word. Enjoy it all and best wishes!

La Table De Nana said...

Perfect perfect perfect..what a view !
It looks so serene..one finds Zenitude in places like that..zenitude..don't you love it? The young girl that streaks my hair ..40 ish..is just so bright ..and she said "zenitude" yesterday and I loved it..so here it is for you and your cottage life:)
Have fun..adorable painting..I like LP..J's not crazy about her..I just like her..

Reading Small Great Things..have Beartown on my shelf..honestly I read less in summer w/ the gardens..
Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

Olka said...

Does your cat like to travel? Wow! My cats are afraid of taking them to the trip. I have to let them stay at home with my mom when I want to travel somewhere.

And your painting is really pretty! :)

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, have a wonderful time at the lake...it sounds fabulous and restful! I can't wait to read and see what you will share!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lovely place! Enjoy your time away! I love to see your paintings! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

...on golden pond. ;)

Happy summer to you, dearest Jeanie. <3
Marcia

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, how I envy you and Lizzie! Have a super summer at the lake, and we'll hear from you when we hear from you.

Red Rose Alley said...

Sounds wonderful, Jeanie. Enjoy your time at the lake cottage this summer. There's so many interesting things to see and do. And your pictures tell a lovely story. : )

~Sheri

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What a lovely place to spend the summer! I hope you and Lizzie have lots of bonding time and you get to read lots of books and make lots of art.

I have read the first two Louise Penny books--so good!

Sandra Cox said...

What a wonderful post. You are going to have a glorious time.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

It sounds like paradise, Jeanie, so beautiful. Yes, how nice to be immersed in non electronic activities and scenes...
Do you also swim or go for boat rides?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was without internet and a phone (my internet provider is also my phone provider) for six days awhile back and I nearly went insane. I'm glad you have ways to preoccupy your time, because it sounds like you will be enjoying your time unplugged. I will miss you.

Love the "yappy" Lizzie comment. I used to have a cat named Dog. He LOVED to ride everywhere with me. He walked on a leash and we went everywhere together. He had a sand box and food and drink behind each front seat. He sat up front with me and looked out the window. Most cats go crazy, but not Dog. I always said Dog is my copilot. I hope you and Lizzie bond over the car, too.

Hope to see you on the net this summer, but have fun, regardless.

BeachGypsy said...

the sunset/water pictures...so pretty, so peaceful! ENJOY YOUR TIME...we'll be here when you are able/get back! Time like that is good for your soul!

Tammie Lee said...

It all sounds so wonderful.
Your little cottage painting is so cute, one that would be fun to visit.
Love your skies and the young goose. Wishing you a wonderful time away!

Tracy said...

What a huge BLESSINGS is your lake place, Jeanie... Go have BIG summer fun! Eat, drink, paint, watch the sun up & down, cuddle Miss Lizzie, be merry in all ways... The internet can wait, and will still be there... and we'll be here... ;) HAPPY SUMMER DAYS, my friend! ((BIG HUGS))

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Doesn't it feel good?

I recently wrote a poem about this. I will post it on my blog in a few days. Enjoy it all my friend.

Rita C. said...

Enjoy, Jeanie!

Victoria Zigler said...

The time at the lake with limited internet is a wonderful thing for your soul. Enjoy it while the Summer is here for you to do so, then come home safely, feeling refreshed, and with a bunch of new happy memories to add to those from previous years.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the lake sunset photos are beautiful. Love the shots of you and your Lizzie. Cute shot of the geese. Enjoy your time at the lake, it sounds very relaxing. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

shoreacres said...

Everyone needs time away from the gizmos and gadgets (except for my friends who chose those words as names for their two dogs). While I'm as fond of the internet as anyone, I still manage to keep it in check here at home, and I'm glad for the side benefits that come along with that: most of which you mentioned.

Enjoy your time at the lake, you lucky girl! We'll be happy to hear from you when we hear!

Joanne Huffman said...

It sounds wonderful! By the way, I just finished the first Armande Gamache book - loved it.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Disconnecting is so good for a person! I need to do that more often. I am on my phone less at the lake as I tend to leave it inside (although I like having it close for taking pictures!). I need to start the Armande Gamache series - too many books to read, too little time!!

How does Lizzie handle her carrier? It's a 2 person job to get Oscar in hers! Phil has to close all the doors in the house and then take the top off of it and then he picks her up and I enclose it. She HATES going places in the car and always has! She's definitely got a STRONG personality and will let you know what she does and doesn't like!

Lynne said...

ENJOY!
The 13th maybe?

Silver Willow said...

how smart and fun to be a little bit unconnected! More people (all of us, prez included) need to do that!

Sylvia said...

Jeanie, Enjoy your summer!! The beach, reading and sunsets. What could be better. Sylvia D.

Cheryl said...

How fun! Lucky-lucky family spending time lakeside... AND with your cat??? Heaven!
big hugs,
Cheryl

Arti said...

We all need to unplug every now and then. With a surrounding so idyllic, that makes it much easier to do. Enjoy your holidays by the lake, Jeanie! I look forward to the fruits of your leisure. :))

Mae Travels said...

Being without internet is kind of a paradox! Frees up time for other things... keeps you out of what you want to be into. During our long trip west I rarely checked a lot of things I wish I could stop checking, but now that I'm back, I can't keep away.

I'm glad you did manage to produce those nice badges for July in Paris!

Have a wonderful summer at the lake!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jennifer Richardson said...

Oh sweet bliss:)
I'm in love:)
What a gorgeous rhythm, these days of yours.
I love this....big joyful breath to you and each of your days:)
-Jennifer

Sandra Cox said...

The sunset pictures are gorgeous.
Love your painting:)
Even without the internet your cottage at the lake looks like a slice of Shangri-La.

Marilyn Miller said...

Swooning at the thought of being at a cabin on the lake in summer. A bit envious too. Lucky you and Lizzie! Enjoy every moment and keep recommending books. Have you read The Little French Bistro by Nina George? I am enjoying that one right now.

Wandering Wren said...

Once upon a time in a land of limited Internet... I'm feeling there could be a book to be written here, if it weren't for the pile of books and the painting that you want to get done! It sounds delightful, although once you have found the hotspot button on your telephone there is no going back!!
Have a wonderful summer and see you whenever you get a chance!
Wren x

Decor To Adore said...

Dear sweet Jeanie,
You will indeed be quite missed. I for one will be here when you return. However, I am delighted that you will be enjoying such a sweet time for all the wonderful reasons you mentioned.
Have a wonderful holiday my friend!

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