Raccoon Stealing Chips on My Front Porch

Raccoon with a bag of Lay’s Chips (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

In the afternoon, I heard a loud clunk in the log cabin. I went downstairs to investigate and caught this little one stealing a bag of potato chips. Usually, I leave snacks out for the mailman and delivery folks. During the heist, I saw the raccoon with a bag of chips in her mouth. Also, she had ripped open a bag of Fritos. So, now I learned that Lays, Fritos, and Cheetos are the raccoons’ favorite snacks. Duly noted. 🥰 👍

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Raccoon Stealing Chips on My Front Porch, SC

The Adorable Thief (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Exhibit A: From the adorable thief (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

3 Magical Moments on a Rainy Day at the Cabin

Our Cabin (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

I have a confession to make. I’m a pluviophile, a lover of rain. 

It’s my favorite time to spend in the woods because everything slows down.

Yes, it can become even super slower here. The wildlife takes cover and all you can hear are the sounds of the leaves on the trees as if a lady is dragging a very heavy and long ballgown across the floor, as she begins to dance to the rhythmic sounds of the rain.

 I sit on the red swing and drink a cup of tea or coffee. The cats are staring out the window eager to catch a squirrel taking cover. After the rain has slowed down or completely stopped, I am eager to see the magic of the woods appear before my eyes. 

Red Swing (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
—John Updike

Rainy Day at The Cabin. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

These are the 3 magical things that happen in the woods on a rainy day.

Rhythmic Rainfall 

The musical beats of the rain send calming waves throughout the day. The rain songs are on a lovely loop soundtrack. I guess that’s why many want to dance or sing in the rain…I do! 

I even own a rainstick so I can enjoy the sweet and lovely sounds whenever I feel stressed. 

Mystical Fog

A mystical dense fog starts flowing over the four mountains around me, (Coldbranch Mountain, Battered Rock Mountain, Reedy Mountain, and Table Rock Mountain).

According to folklore, Table Rock Mountain received its name from a Cherokee legend in which the flat-topped mountain served as a table from which the Great Spirit ate his meals.

When I look out into the sky and see the mountains surrounded by fog…I can definitely understand!

Table Rock Mountain. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021
Coldbranch Mountain. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021
Fog (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

Magic of Stillness

There is a magic of solitude when it’s raining (even though I have neighbors nearby) and an organic reflection of turning inwards. Sitting in the stillness helps me understand myself more. It’s a reflection of time and a reminder of the beauty that resides in all of us. 

Rainy Day People by Gordon Lightfoot

3 Great Reasons To Love Cabin Living

Table Rock Mountain, SC
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

In early 2020, I packed my stuff onto a moving truck and was headed to the woods.
My husband was offered a new job opportunity and we decided to move to a cabin in the woods since we are both nature lovers and enjoy hiking. Two years later, I can guarantee that cabin living is worth it! 

We have a breathtaking view of Table Rock Mountain here in South Carolina. The wildlife is extremely fascinating! Plus, I have experienced serene sunsets and magical twilights. I’m very excited to share all these adventures with you! 

With Gratitude,

Debra Roinestad

Debra and Kurt ,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

Here are 3 Reasons To Love Cabin Living

Slower Pace Lifestyle 

Faster doesn’t always mean better. A slower lifestyle helped me find more mindful moments. I don’t have to be fast anymore! The slow and steady rhythm of nature has helped me heal.

Slow Living Is Healthy Living by Michael Finkelstein, MD

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/slow-living-is-healthy-li_b_6209242

Self-Discovery

Living in the woods has a way of awakening your senses. Fresh clean air, a crisp cool breeze, and the warm pulsating sun on your face have a way of making you feel alive again. There is a sense of realignment and a restoration of peace. There are many opportunities for meditation and enjoying all the sounds and stillness around you. In the woods, I found the best version of myself. I soon began to discover that nature and the self are one.

“Going inward will awaken. True change starts within. —Unknown

Better Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that living in the woods has many health benefits. There is a healing power of the forest. The frequency in nature vibrates at a higher level and washes away our fears. We begin to develop unity with nature. Also, we foster respect for the elements within nature and truly, ourselves.

Why Forest Bathing Is Good for Your Health by Karin Evans

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_forest_bathing_is_good_for_your_health