Friends started calling me “Cabin Mama” after I moved into a little old log cabin. It was built in 1924 and TINY – only 950 sq. feet.
I’d always wanted to live in a log cabin in the woods. As kids, we spent our summers at Camp Pinehurst, the cabin grandpa built in Upstate New York near Canandaigua Lake. We loved running through the trees on our stick ponies, going on snipe hunts, picking wild strawberries and roasting marshmallows in the fireplace at the end of the great room. Three generations of family had clam bakes, deer hunts, reunions, poker games, work parties and other gatherings there. We were really lucky to have it!
Here’s the cabin Grandpa built…
Decades later, after being stationed in the US Air Force in Colorado, I swore I’d try to get back there. And following one of those “life changing events,” the kids and I moved from New York back to Colorado. We started life all over again. It wasn’t too long before I was able to start my business and buy a townhouse, where we lived till the young ‘uns left home.
Then the dream came true. A little log cabin was for sale in the woods nearby and thankfully, I could afford it. We had great fun at that cabin. It was cozy. It was a constant vacation to live there…
…until the wildfire. Here’s a picture I took of our cabin before we evacuated. You can see the billowing smoke clouds over the roof between the trees.
On June 11, 2013 and for nine days after, Colorado’s most destructive wildfire burned over 14,000 acres and 507 homes, including mine. Two people died. It was a devastating experience, but we have recovered and rebuilt on the same site. You can read some of the articles I wrote about the fire on this blog.
It took a while to get back in the saddle, before I felt like I could write anything funny again. But here we are! I hope you enjoy my stories. –Laura
I grew up in a very happy home and am blessed with a wonderful family, all of whom now live in Colorado too. I joined the Air Force right after high school. What a ride that was! There’s nothing like joining the military to grow you up fast. After seven years active duty, I rejoined the civilian world and had three great children, two boys and a daughter. Both my sons served in the Air Force. One son and his wife have given me two beautiful grandchildren.
JOBS: I was a paralegal in the Air Force. I’ve been a phone rep, a sales and service team manager, a professional speaker, facilitator, trainer, consultant and coach. I’ve tweeted for the Mayor of Colorado Springs and I’ve mucked out horse stalls on a 400-head trotter farm. With every job, I learned something important. No job was ever a waste of time. And I’ve been self-employed since 1997. You can check out my business website at CommunicateColorado.com.
Life has been a blessing, but it hasn’t always been easy. I’ve been divorced, broke, struggled to help my kids through trying times, lost a job due to illness and then lost our home to the wildfire. But I have what’s most precious – faith, family, friends, work I love and my handsome husband. (I waited 23 years for that wonderful guy! We married in 2017.) Through it all though, God has been good to us.
I hope you too have survived struggles and are on the brighter side of life. Thank you for becoming a new friend and I hope you’ll share comments or send me a note to say hello.
Warmest regards, Laura Lollar (Cabin Mama)