Twice a year for the last 5 years, my daughter and I leave our husband/boyfriend/dogs/cats home and go on our our Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend.
This Spring though we won’t be going because we’re expecting a new addition to the family, a boy named Felix, will be arriving around May 12. We will resume our tradition in the Fall my daughter assures me, and Felix will be the only man allowed 🙂
We rent a cottage by a lake, about 2 1/2 hours from home, for a 3-day weekend, in the Spring and in the Fall. And because it’s off-season, it’s much more affordable.
It’s a chance to spend time together and we both look forward to it.
Last week when I told someone about it, she asked: But what do you do?
Well, we eat, drink wine, talk, read, go in the spa, go for a walk(me) and jogging (daughter), watch movies, some work. It’s a chance to relax, recharge and forget about the outside world for a bit.
So here’s a peek into our lives away from it all…
For the last 2 years, this cottage is where we stay and it’s been the best. It’s more like a big house, 4 bedrooms, open kitchen and living room, with a whole wall of windows facing the lake.
A family room in the basement with a flat screen TV and soft comfy sofas. And a huge balcony with table and chairs and of course the spa, overlooking the lake that is just steps away.
I love this cottage not only because of the layout, but especially because it’s one of the stops for the geese to rest on their journey. There are hundreds of them landing and taking off. I just love geese. So I could sit outside and listen to them.
Last year, there were two families living right there on our grass. Babies, so so so cute. This year, we are too early, there was still ice on the lake when we arrived on Friday.
Meals are planned in advance. We always have the same for Saturday and Sunday. For the Friday,
it varies, depending on the time we arrive, which is usually around 5pm. But all meals are pretty simple to prepare and cook.
When the weather permits it, we always go for a walk/jog in the small village nearby or on the road around the lake.
If it’s warm enough, like last Fall, we used the kayaks. Oh! boy…that was really funny as we tried to figure out how to get in and out from the dock. If the neighbors were watching, they had a good laugh. These are one person kayaks, so my daughter held on to my kayak while I got in, not a pretty site, but I made it without falling in the water. She’s younger (28) so she managed by herself.
Then the next day, I wanted to go again, so decided to check online if there were ‘instructions’ on how to get in a kayak…and low and behold, you can find anything on youtube. There was a whole video on how to properly get into one. And it worked, much better than my previous attempt.
Since we live in Quebec, Canada, the weather is really unpredictable. We’ve never had a weekend without rain, so it’s then that we take advantage of this to work on our stuff. She is doing her Master in Social Work at night, and of course, she always has studies to do. For me, I take advantage of the quiet to write posts.
But it’s not all work, we always have some kind of fun things to do as well, coloring mandellas, or drawing.
One weekend, I had bought supplies to make bead bracelets. I looked on youtube and sure enough, I found a few videos on how to make them. So I went to Micheals, a DIY/craft store, and bought different beads and the tools.
Here’s the result of mine:
This is the time of the year we catch up on our Movie Watching. Last year our choices were:
Lion: very good, emotional, based on a true story and a really nice eye candy in the main actor, Dev Pattel
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: by J.K. Rowland, very enjoyable, light and at times funny.
Nocturnal Animals: the beginning is not what we expected, the story itself could be at times intense.
Hidden Figures: I loved this movie, so shocking to again watch how ‘colored’ women were treated then. And of course based on a true story. So in awe of these ladies that were part of the Space program and the obstacles they had to surmount.
I wrote this post sitting at the kitchen table of the cottage, facing the lake and hearing the geese. Too bad we had to leave a few hours later and get back to our everyday life.
I definitely could live here all year-round.
Do you get away with a daughter or friend?
Did I inspire you to do so?
Did you see any of these movies?
Did you ever make your own bracelet?