The truth is, I should have started this blog the moment I bought the cabin. Instead, I posted randomly on Facebook about my experiences, and only after nearly a year had passed did I finally sit down and start to organize my thoughts and write about them.
The quick background: In August 2010, thanks to a friend, a stumbled upon a cabin in the middle of the woods in the mountains of Colorado. It was exactly what I had originally been looking for in terms of real estate, and, for that matter, exactly what my mother had always discussed wanting:
-- A mountain retreat, on a river, virtually in the middle of nowhere. In fact, it is beyond a Forest Service gate, surrounded by national forest, and the nearest neighbors (besides the wildlife) are perhaps a mile away.
So I found myself going under contract to purchase this place on the first anniversary of my mother's death (having to race to a nearby FedEx Kinkos to fax in the documents while trying to prepare an anniversary dinner for my father), and completed the purchase just two days after what would have been her birthday.
Since those first days of heady excitement it has been.... an experience.
Basically, everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. And this is why the cabin is now lovingly called "Murphy's Cabin".
I will attempt to draft a few quick posts to summarize the last year -- as well as post some of the writing I have published on it recently -- and then will simply focus on events and thoughts going forward....
Hopefully, as a friend's mom posted to me on Facebook -- I can at least provide humor and entertainment to you as I continue to try and manage living and dealing with the cabin.