Why Visit Table Rock Sate Park SC

One of the many reasons I like to visit Table Rock State Park is that I can visit the funky mallard duck that swims by each day. But seriously, it’s one of the best places to go and chill during the week or weekend. The visitors center has an adorable shop and lovely sales on hoodies, blankets, hats, and home decor.

Mallard Duck, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Dock, Table Rock State Park, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Then there’s a dock where you can admire a closer view of Table Rock Mountain. That’s where I met my funky duck friend. Watch him on youtube here. Also, you can rent paddle boats or canoes during the summer months.

Table Rock State Park, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Table Rock State Park, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

This place is magical. If you are visiting South Carolina, stop by to refresh and renew.

For information click on this link.

Kind Regards,
Debra & Kurt

Debra & Kurt (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Cabin Lights At Night

Solar Garden Lights (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

I just love these twinkle lights at night. It gets very dark here in the woods so these lights add a little comfort and enjoyment. You can brighten your home with these lights too. I listed them below this page or click on the link here. Plus, other lovely garden lights that I have used to decorate around the cabin.

Solar Garden Lights (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Solar Garden Lights (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

My Favorite Amazon Finds

What I love about the Ocicats

My sweet girl, Anna loves to hide inside the cabinets in the morning. It’s has become one of her daily rituals. This breed has been known to have a playful side. Here is a youtube of Anna doing a quick silent roar.

Alexander, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Alexander is two months younger than Anna. Both were born in Georgia and are a couple of love birds. Whatever adventure they encounter…they need to be together. Watch him play ball here.

Here is what I love about Ocicats

  • They are pet friendly.
  • They are people friendly.
  • They are intelligent. Ocicats respond to their names and actually understand when their humans are chatting with them.
  • They have a sense of humor and do tricks. Some do play fetch. They are known for their dog-like behaviors.
  • They are gentle and loving.

Fun Facts about Ocicats

They love to eat

  • Sheba
  • Purina Fancy Feast Broth
  • Treats: Eden Bonito Flakes – (I got this tip from a professional cat behaviorist.) More about Bonito Flakes here. P.S. I love them too!
  • Plus, you can never go wrong with a little bit of can tuna.
What are Bonito Flakes?

Trail Camera-Bears from the Summer of 2021

Hey Friends,

Here are two adorable pictures from the trail camera of the bears that usually hang around my backyard.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Camera, The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Trail Camera, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Last year, the bears were hungry and went after the bird feeder on my deck. Then they visited me again…this time to show off their baby cubs!

To read more about this hairy situation click on this previous post below.

The Comfy Cabin, 2022
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(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Winter Snowstorm in the Woods of South Carolina

Hello Friends,
I promised some pictures of the snowstorm from last week. I lost power and internet for two days. Trees are down because of the heavy weight of the snow. Overall, the beauty and serenity of the snow made up for the chaos.
Love and Blessings,
Debra Roinestad

Snowstorm in the woods. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Snowstorm in the woods. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Footprints in the Snow. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Table Rock Mountain with Snow. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Snow and Clouds over Table Rock Mountain, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Stopping by The Woods by Robert Frost

Debra Roinestad

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. 

Debra Roinestad

Visit The Swamp Rabbit Trail-South Carolina

Walking the Swamp Rabbit Trail for Health and Fitness

Lovely day today…60 F degrees outside. I took a short walk at the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile multi-use (walking and bicycling) greenway that traverses along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, South Carolina.

Swamp Rabbit Trail, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

If you plan on visiting South Carolina be sure to check out the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

The Swamp Rabbit Trail, SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail Information:

https://www.greenvillesc.gov/316/Swamp-Rabbit-Trail-Interactive-Map

“Walking can be as good as a workout, if not better, than running.”
—Dr. Matt Tanneberg

The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Debra Roinestad

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