What I know for sure

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life41 Comments

Colewater

I'm not an outdoorsy kind of person.

So seeing my son's hesitation to jump off the pontoon, while we were a good swim away from the lake shore… let's just say I'm the last Mom who's really going to be the loudest one shouting, "YOU CAN DO IT!"

Home. Good. Back to work. It was 100 degrees inside the cabin on Saturday. On the inside. I kept asking for my shout out from Dan because I only complained a moderate amount, and I didn't cry once. There's always a first for everything.

I like to touch nature with a long stick. Poke at it a little, until it moves. Then I run back inside.

It's more of knowing what you're not than anything. It's a beautiful process of elimination.

When Dan and I were dating, he was really big on knowing what he wasn't. I found it mildly annoying, yet charming at the same time.

I'm not an outdoorsy kind of person.

As pretty as it is up there…

Sunset

 

Cathy ZielskeWhat I know for sure

41 Comments on “What I know for sure”

  1. #3
    Marie-Anne

    Cathy I am so with you on this one!
    I like my creature comforts too much to live without them for too long.
    I have to endure a weekend of camping with my extended family this coming weekend and all I have to say is UGHHHH….and …I have to tent it! I envy you having had a solid roof over your head! Oh well, the kids love it and it makes for great memories and thats what is important, not my discomfort!
    Thanks for keeping up your witty blog, you make me laugh everyday!
    Cheers from Canada!

  2. #5
    tara

    OMG i am laughing so hard at this

    I like to touch nature with a long stick. Poke at it a little, until it moves. Then I run back inside.

    and then vicki s. comment. AWESOME.

    hahahahaa
    “you’ve been smacked” 😉

  3. #6
    Shelly in the NW

    I ‘used’ to think i was outdoorsy…because I live in the NW and was forced to summer camp…but then came puberty and all its fun and I’ve decided that my scope is much narrower now…think indoor plumbing (a must have) and drinking from a paper or plastic cup is about as adventurous as i’ll get.

    But there’s something for everyone, right?

    On that note, I’ve been perusing Etsy and found two sellers I thought you’d get a kick out of … stuff you’ll never see at the offices of CK 😉
    check out the following sellers:
    thebeautifulproject
    maybeyoushoulddie

    it might bring an embarrassed smile to your face – it did mine 🙂

  4. #8
    Kelli Johnson

    as far as I’m concerned, you can have a beautiful home over looking nature, just close enough to poke and be considered “outdoorsy”…what a gorgeous photo, I love lakes…there is something so serene and peaceful about it. 🙂

  5. #9
    Judy in Carefree

    I’m so a lake person and miss summers in Wisconsin now that we live in AZ. However, had a wonderful weekend at our daughter and son-in-law’s in the mountain pines. Wonderful and cool! The hummingbirds were the best!

  6. #10
    Izzy

    “My idea of roughing it, is a hotel without room service.” My husband has heard that countless times over the years. 🙂

    Congrads for surviving another trek into the woods/lake/outdoor venue.

    Izzy

  7. #12
    Jaymie

    perfect, Cathy! The “I like to touch nature with a long stick” is going straight into my quote notebook! That is a keeper!

  8. #13
    amy m

    i need to send my husband over here to read this. He gets so frustrated at me when I only know what I don’t want. I find, like you, it’s a great process of elimination. He must know that I’m not the only one.

    Thanks for this. I can never get enough of the way your voice falls on the keys.

  9. #14
    amy m

    i need to send my husband over here to read this. He gets so frustrated at me when I only know what I don’t want. I find, like you, it’s a great process of elimination. He must know that I’m not the only one.

    Thanks for this. I can never get enough of the way your voice falls on the keys.

  10. #15
    amy m

    i need to send my husband over here to read this. He gets so frustrated at me when I only know what I don’t want. I find, like you, it’s a great process of elimination. He must know that I’m not the only one.

    Thanks for this. I can never get enough of the way your voice falls on the keys.

  11. #16
    amy m

    i need to send my husband over here to read this. He gets so frustrated at me when I only know what I don’t want. I find, like you, it’s a great process of elimination. He must know that I’m not the only one.

    Thanks for this. I can never get enough of the way your voice falls on the keys.

  12. #19
    Stacey

    It’s so nice to hear someone else say that. I feel like I’m surrounded by people who love the outdoors. Sure, it’s pretty, but there’s heat, humidity and bugs (in Texas anyway). Ew.

  13. #20
    Heather H.

    I like nature. When certain conditions are met. It’s between 60-75 degrees. There aren’t any bugs after me. It’s not raining. And it’s not too sunny. And I don’t like to sleep in a tent. No tents. Unfortunately I married Mr. Outdoorsy! Because of him I climbed to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Maine and I did not cry! It was a very good day.

  14. #21
    Wendy

    I am right there with you! After 14 years of marraige, if the subject of camping comes up my dh has finally learned to say…”Wendy thinks camping/roughing it means staying in a Best Western rather than the Sherridan”. I happily agree!!! ;0)

  15. #22
    Katherine

    Cathy-
    Completly agree with you on this one- as my dad always said “My idea of roughing it is a Holiday Inn with a black and white t.v.”. Katherine

  16. #23
    Terri Barton

    I thank God everyday that my husband doesn’t camp either! Camping to me means taking a 42 foot motorhome (my husband sells these so we can borrow one when we want), and pulling into a place with water and electricity. Not into dirt, tents, sleeping bags, etc. I have had people tell me I really screwed my kids up because we didn’t go camping. Personally, I would have screwed them up more by GOING camping and bitching about it the whole time!

  17. #24
    Monica

    I so hear you. You post made me think about that scene in “Titanic,” the one where Leonardo meets Kate for the first time, and he tells her she “looks like an indoors kind of girl.” Indeed, indeed.

  18. #25
    Stephanie

    You made me laugh out loud. I’m SO with you on the camping scene. My husband has the bizarre idea that taking our four kids (ages 7 months to 15 years) on a one week camping trip would be a VACATION. WTH? A vacation for who? He’d disappear with his fishing rod while I had to re-enact Little House on the Prarie. Um…no thanks. 🙂

  19. #26
    Tara

    Totally feeling you on this one, Cathy.

    Fran Leibowitz once wrote: Some people want to get back to the land. I want to get back to the hotel.

    Lovely photographs, though.

  20. #28
    Sussanah

    Here is our anthem, we people who like the outdoors as a view through the thick glass of our hotel room.

    The Outdoor Type

    Always had a roof above me
    Always paid the rent
    but I’ve never set foot inside a tent
    Can’t build a fire to save my life
    I lied about being the outdoor type
    i’ve never slept out underneath the stars,
    the closest that i came to that was one time my car
    broke down for an hour in the suburbs at night
    i lied about being the outdoor type.
    Too scared to let you know you knew what you were looking for
    I lied until I fit the bill god bless the great indoors
    I lied about being the outdoor type
    I’ve never owned a sleeping bag let alone a mountain bike
    i can’t go away with you on a rock climbing weekend
    what if somethings on tv and its never shown again
    its just as well i’m not invited i’m afraid of heights
    i lied about being the outdoor type
    Never learned to swim can’t grow a beard or even fight
    I lied about being the outdoor type

  21. #30
    Sussanah

    Sorry, should have thought out my comment better, now I appear some kind of weird comment stalker, but I really do love this song, it is an anthem for my very indoor sisters. So here is the Youtube link, watch it, you’ll love it, honest….

  22. #31
    Sussanah

    Sorry, should have thought out my comment better, now I appear some kind of weird comment stalker, but I really do love this song, it is an anthem for my very indoor sisters. So here is the Youtube link, watch it, you’ll love it, honest….

  23. #32
    Nicole Southworth

    It’s 100 degrees and you are wearing a sweatshirt???? What is up with that? It’s about 100 degrees BELOW zero here in Sydney.

  24. #33
    Em

    Blergh, outdoor life. Outdoors in a mall I can do, outdoors in a pub garden but outdoors as in “lets go for a walk” blergh, what is the POINT of going for a walk just for the flipping sake of it?!

  25. #34
    Jennie

    Oh, Cathy, in so many ways (while reading your blog)I feel a kinship to you. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times. I too just came home from a trip to our cabin and loved every minute of it and want to live there all the time. You can read more here http://oh-scrap.blogspot.com/
    if you’re so inclined. You are right, though, knowing what you’re NOT if the path to enlightenment, Grasshopper.

  26. #36
    jes

    i’m right there with ya cathy! i’m a bit worried as we’re moving to oregon closer to my bf’s friends, which means that we’ll be camping on a regular basis. i don’t do so well with not being able to shower on a daily basis, let alone getting dirty, sweaty, nasty hot, being out with the bugs and stuff. i love the idea of getting outdoors, but i think the camping experience may be a bit much for me.

  27. #37
    katie scott

    Ok, I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and I gotta say, your husband is a nice looking man. No worries, I’m a happily married girl. Just appreciate the pics 😉

  28. #38
    Cindy Carnes

    The picture of your husband and son on the lake is AWESOME! You are a great photographer!

  29. #39
    Vanessa

    Oh, Cathy! LOL! That is good. And I can laugh at this because I can so relate!!!! I’m not much of an outdoorsy person either unless it involves going to the park or a garden. I’m pretty much scared of anything out there that’s not human. My DH loves the outdoors. He’s always asking me to go camping with him and I refuse. Me? I’ll take a Cabin with a/c and a comfy bed, thank you. Room service would be nice, too!

  30. #41
    michelle78968400

    I am NOT an outdoors person either. My idea of camping is the Marriott with a window slightly opened! Hats off to those that can endure it.

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