What is a typical day like at our cabin in McCarthy these days? The last three days I have been installing hardwood flooring. A project like that pretty much takes all day, and when you finally get to a good stopping point, you simply quit for the day, and maybe you can do a few other chores like cooking and cleaning. I finished the floor yesterday just in time, only a few hours before the rain started. Last night it rained heavily, and I was so happy that my load of flooring was all in its rightful place, instead of stored on the trailer under a tarp.
On days I am not working on a big project, I enjoy coffee time while reading e-mails and doing my daily Duolingo lessons. Then I do about 40 minutes of yoga, followed by a five mile run around the neighborhood. Then I have breakfast, and finally get around to doing some work for the art business. Today I had to work on a graphics project, send off a bio to a publisher for a book I illustrated, and write this blog post. I will probably go to Art Lab (my studio) for a bit and mix up some oil paint, and get started on a 11”x14” commissioned painting for a client. At 4pm I will Zoom in for my hour-long Russian language lesson. Then I’ll probably have a beer on the deck, grill some salmon for dinner, and then pick lingonberries. After dinner we may play pingpong, or I might go visit my neighbor whose parents are arriving tonight. Maybe Maria and I will play a game of Yahtzee, or sit around the campfire and listen to some tunes.
Cabin life is good! I burn wood in the wood stove, and wash my clothes with rainwater. The fresh glacier air is crisp this time of year. I love taking life a little more simply than I do when I’m in the city. I guess that is what cabins are good for.