You Know You Live on Big Lake When…

01 Jul

Big Lake

You Know You Live on Big Lake When…

The greatest pleasure in life is sharing your experience with others

The book you remember the most from college is Henry David Thoreau’s Walden

Everyone asks why you are grinning

Watching TV becomes a distant memory

You feel the adrenalin rush with news of a mama grizzly and three cubs in the area

You brush your teeth outdoors

You have more beer in the fridge than water

You look into the eyes of a squirrel and it holds your gaze without moving a muscle

Your boys pee in the woods

Your life redefines “reality show”

You impress your kids with your wood splitting skills

You walk out the door and a spider web sticks to your face

A birch tree becomes your most attentive friend

You remember the joy and wonder of being a child

Crocs are your favorite shoes and sunglasses your favorite accessory

Your shed is filled with gasoline, water, propane, and toilet paper

An owl flies near your head with prey in its claws at 1:00am

You write as though the well will never run dry

Every moment is a Kodak moment

A sparrow lands on your easel as you are painting

You purchase baby wipes in bulk even though you have no kids in diapers

You worry about bears breaking into your home instead of people

You shush mice and swat flies when you go to the bathroom

Your clothes and hair smell like campfire smoke

The local grocer scrunches his face when you ask for tofu

Your tan consists of millions of freckles that have run together

The weekly visit to the laundromat is a social experiment

You have replaced hair spray with bear spray

You experience goose bumps when you hear the eerie calls of a loon

Mosquitoes are as big as birds

You prepare meals without a stove

Catching a movie has become catching frogs and dragonflies

Float planes buzz your space daily

You’re always eager to return home and enjoy your private sanctuary

Leeches, beetles, ladybugs, frogs, and stickleback fish become your pets

Any kind of weather makes a great day

The lens in which you view the world softens

The sound of birds singing becomes your favorite background noise

The favorite part of your day is skipping stones, tubing, hiking, swimming, boating,
roasting marshmallows, picking flowers, chasing butterflies, chopping wood, and
blowing bubbles

You go to bed when you want and get up when you want

A robin builds a nest above your shower

Your greatest source of inspiration and entertainment is watching the ripples in the water

You sit on the dock and watch the waves go by

You witness a bird return to life after it crashes into a window

You swing in the afternoon sun, eating peanuts tossing the shells into the lake

You enjoy watching the grass grow and fish jumping out of the water

Nature inspires the best version of you

You pause each evening to watch the most amazing sunsets

The sweetest words you hear are, “hey Mom look” and “I love you”

Your neighbors are three chickens, one duck, and a Rottweiler named Tiny

You feel like a newlywed after twenty years of marriage

Your favorite question becomes “do birds have belly buttons?”

Your heater is a Toyo

You boil water to wash dishes

It takes ten minutes to clean your entire house

It’s okay to sweat, be seen without makeup, break a nail, and get dirt between your toes

Your biggest concern is hoping this life will last forever

You go to bed when most people are just waking up

You are happier than you’ve ever been in your entire life

Your key chain floats

You sit by the fire listening to Norah Jones and watch the loons swim by

You misplace your makeup bag

Four hundred square feet feels like four thousand square feet

You wear clothes several times before they land in the laundry basket

You burn your trash

Your kids drive the boat more than you

You snap over one hundred photos each day

You dine al fresco most meals

You are grateful for being alive and every breath you are given

Neosporin, Band-Aids, and anti-itch cream become your first aid kit

Everything around you is alive and never sleeps

Your kitchen is missing the sink

You stockpile gallons of hand sanitizer

You scream and screech at least once per day as you encounter a critter on the trail

You learn the big red itchy bumps you thought were mosquito bites are actually swimmer’s itch

You can sit still and do nothing and be okay

Your kids attend school at the picnic table

Your computer is your gateway to the world some days

Your favorite snacks are popcorn and s’mores

Your bike is replaced with a paddle boat

You look into the woods knowing many eyes are watching you

Your favorite meal consists of grilled corn on the cob, veggie burger, and salad

The melody of wind chimes soothes your soul

Your “home away from home” is the gym

There is always a rustling and crunching in the bushes no matter where you sit

Your house is a ten minute boat ride from your truck

You have the courage to live the life of your dreams

You are complete!


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2 responses to “You Know You Live on Big Lake When…

  1. Julia

    July 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    You know you live on Big Lake when….
    You have the time and inclination to share the joys of your life by writing.

  2. Bethany

    November 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    What an awesome essay Lisa!


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