We spent July 4th at the lake… and the weather was perfect. During the day, it was 80’s and sunny while at night it was down in the 60’s. Since last July it rained the entire week (and that was pretty much all the rain we got for the entire summer) and the year before that was uncharacteristically hot, it made us even more thankful for the great weather!
I did a blog search for “lake living” and was surprised how few blogs came up. I’m guessing that’s because most people who live on a lake are older and the “blog generation” hasn’t hit yet. But it was still kind of sad.
When Jimmy and I bought the lake house, we were still renting our house-house. We drained our savings for the (minimal) down payment, excitedly got our keys, and made big plans. We’ve had the lake house for 6 years now and can’t say we’ve ever regretted it. Sometimes taking care of 2 houses sucks (you work hard to super-clean one, only to go to the other one where it feels like you haven’t done anything) and needing 2 of everything is a pain. (Lucky for us, we have friends & family who have given us extra furniture and whatnot) But the mental benefits it gives us after having a long, stressful week at work and being able to go down there where there’s little contact and no thoughts of work? Priceless.
So what do we do while we’re at the lake?
One of my favorite things to do is get up and drink coffee on the back deck.
It’s usually quiet at that time and a perfect time to prop your feet up and read a book before making breakfast for the guests who are down. (That’s a lake tradition- Jimmy and I make a huge breakfast when anyone is staying with us- eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy)
I love watching the birds at the bird feeders. We have hummingbirds, finches, woodpeckers, cardinals, and doves to name a few. We also see squirrels and groundhogs.
After breakfast, we head out on the water. Our neighbors (which is how we found the lake house lifestyle) are almost always down there at the same times we are. Sometimes we each take our boats out, sometimes we ride on theirs and sometimes they ride on ours.
After a long day of sun, drinking, and swimming, we head back and start dinner. Dinner can be anything- sometimes we go traditional & easy with hotdogs and hamburgers. Other times we do grilled chickens (like below), ribs, lasagna, tacos, pork tenderloins, or we throw something in the smoker.
After that, it’s more drinking, some cornhole, some hot tub time (we have a hot tub in our garage…. the goal is to eventually get it built into the back deck, but everything at the lake takes longer to do than it should!), movie watching, or just sitting around a fire.
I think one of the misconceptions about having a lake house is how much you have to spend to get one. Yes, there are lots for sale for $75,000 down the road from us. But there is also gems like this one:
Zillow link here: 912 Nolin Park Rd.
Yes, it’s small at 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 576 square feet. But it’s $50,000 with a lake view. And any improvements you put in, you would almost definitely get back if you were to sell it later.
The other thing I love about the lake house is that it gives my nieces and nephews something to do during the summer. I remember when they first starting coming down and they were scared to jump in the water. Now they jump in all the time and are always looking for fish to catch.
So that’s a little blurb of lake living for us. Do you guys have a weekend escape you like to go away to every once in a while?