Category Archives: Cottage

Stories about The Cottage

The Great Ball of Fire

It was a dark and stormy night as Kenny, Shirley, Tom, Bill, Diane, and two of the neighbor kids holed up in the shelter of the small green cottage on the shores of Otter Lake. The wind howled, the rain … Continue reading

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Blueberries and Beyond

Rough wood slides across my palm and then swings back, disturbing the early morning solitude with a bang like cannon fire as I step out into a ray of sunshine filtering down through the dewy leaves. My feet rise and … Continue reading

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Canoeing

One of our absolute favorite whole-family activities was canoeing around Otter Lake. I seem to remember all four of us piling into the long silver canoe every day, or at least every day that the weather permitted. Dad always sat … Continue reading

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Overboard

I was notorious for losing things as a child. I owned a hand-me-down jewelry box full of mismatched earrings, their unfortunate mates scattered along trails and resting at the bottom of lakes and rivers throughout Michigan. If I managed to … Continue reading

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Snake Vs. Weed-Whacker

One of my favorite stories that my Dad used to tell is about the day that he was weed-whacking the long grass in between the cottage and the lake, and uncovered a snake. My Dad looked a lot like Clark … Continue reading

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Raid!

Perhaps the night after the infamous Scout Hike, or perhaps just another time when the boy scouts were visiting the cottage, Tom decided to sleep by himself in his pup tent. It was an old canvas version, no fancy mesh … Continue reading

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Mom and the Boys

Before us kids were born Mom had many adventures of her own. She is a strong, independent woman who at one time could out-run, out-eat, and as it happened, out-fish the boys. Not because she worked at it, she was … Continue reading

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Scout Hike

As boys Tom and Bill were in the scouts. One summer day they were chosen to lead a hike to Lake Michigan. They were responsible young men. They knew the trails like their own backyard. They were the perfect choice. … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Memories

I recently asked my Grandma to tell me some of her favorite memories from the cottage. It was interesting to hear her tell some of the same stories I’d heard so many times from my Dad, but with a few … Continue reading

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Tom’s Biggest Fish

On yet another memorable occasion Tom was fishing in the canoe by himself at the spring while Kenny and a friend of his, Dick Shultz, fished off the point. It was a very windy day and Tom didn’t expect any … Continue reading

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