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Our log cabin is our vacation home (a.k.a. 2nd home) in northern Michigan. For those of you not familiar with Michigan terms, if you are NOT from northern Michigan and you VISIT northern Michigan - then you are a Fudgie (cuz tourists like to buy fudge on Mackinac Island) or a trunk slammer (cuz when you drive up to the cabin after work on Friday, all the locals can hear you slamming your trunk after you've pulled up into your driveway.)

Anyways I'm a very social person (really!) and I've been trying to get to know my neighbors nearby. Most of them are permanent residents on the lake so I have no "fudgies" to align myself with - ha,ha! I would love to hear some of your NEIGHBOR STORIES! And how you won some of them over (or maybe not!)

Here's the recap of my encounters:
*The older gentlmen who scowled at my construction crew through the whole process now lets his dog run rampant on our property. Once in a while I get a wave. (Only a wave for letting your dog poop on my grass??)
*The lady down the way decided to check out my cabin with one of her friends by flashing their truck lights into my windows at Midnight! I thought someone was scoping our place and called the cops! She later came down and apologized and now seems embarassed to talk to me.
*Mrs VIP across the lake has been making inquiries around town about us (I know this because the clerks at the local IGA store told me this.) I did call Mrs. VIP to invite her over - but so far no acceptance of my invitation....I don't know what she's heard...ha,ha!
*I have a gentleman across the street that has 2 goats and has told me to "kick in" his door if I need anything. Now that's a neighbor!!

Anyways, fudgie or not - I'm going to win these people over! And maybe I'll try slamming my trunk a little quieter....

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Comment by Wendy Klemann on July 25, 2009 at 9:32am
Our home is on a mountain in a gated community in NC(Cold Mountain area) of ony 20 families, 4 of them living there year round. Most of the rest of us are part-timers or retirees. I took on the association job of secretary so I could meet my neighbors, even if only through e-mail. It's been great and we have an interesting bunch of people to say the least. Floridians do not set well with the natives so I'm trying worm my way into their lives:) A neighbor below me whose property backs up to mine and isn't even in the gated association, got my phone number from the guy clearing our land and called us in FL to introduce himself and said if we were going to be neighbors then we should get to know each other. He proceeded to check on the progress of our home on a daily basis and called us every week and sent many pictures when we couldn't be there on "log stacking day!" He seeded our yard and fertilized and never asked for a dime, even though we paid him for doing so. He even called us and told us to come up and look at our fireplace because the stone looked like crap! We drove 12 hours to do so and thank goodness because he was right! The builder ripped it out and redid it! The only price for such a great neighbor, is I do have to tolerate his occasional rants about Obama:) Small price...
Comment by Shelley Martinez on May 13, 2009 at 9:40am
Denise - I wish you were my neighbor!! I know you make great desserts..... :-0
P.S. We just found out from a guy we met on a neighboring lake that everyone in town is calling our place "the cabin" and that they know we are fudgies. LOL!!!
Comment by Denise on May 13, 2009 at 9:17am
Too bad I'm just getting the time to read this...LOL Our 'up north' neighbor's on our road are GREAT. Those that attend our lake association meetings can be a little different. Some don't like dogs/cats, or mercury lights, or visitor's, or contractor's, or their neighbor's, or hunting or fishing, or birds...you get the picture. People have asked about us too at the only business in our town, a bar...I get a big charge out of it!
Comment by Shelley Martinez on April 29, 2009 at 9:18pm
Maryann - Very cute story! That neighbor must be in love with your home!!
Comment by Maryann Klasna on April 29, 2009 at 6:15pm
Darling stories about the neighbors. We have been very lucky w/ our neighbors, all make us feel very welcomed into the community. Our closest neighbor is a nosey one, she's always on my doorstep w/ little trinkets ( just to get through my door to see what we're working on, or what's new). We are doing all the finishing work inside our home, so when ever she see's us drive in w/ a load of lumber or hears the compressor (for air tools) curiosity must get the best of her and here she comes w/ something to gain entry...then her head is snapping in all directions to see what's new, if she doesn't spot it she just comes out and asks point blank!
I get a kick out of her, she very predictable, but it drives my husband crazy!
Comment by Shelley Martinez on April 29, 2009 at 3:11pm
Ha,ha Rita!!! Now why can't I have THESE kind of neighbors???? I would love it!!
You would make a great neighbor too! :-)
Comment by Rita Hickey on April 29, 2009 at 2:04pm

Here is another one....................
Comment by Rita Hickey on April 29, 2009 at 2:02pm

Our neighbors tend to hand together in thier own little clique. They can be noisy and our dogs love to chase them. I have found them in our driveway just hanging around. They don't even use the outhouse!! Au naturale!!! I have caught them licking our truck!!! Here is a pic of them I took when they weren't looking...............
Comment by Shelley Martinez on April 28, 2009 at 7:31pm
Kelly - the "kick" in the door neighbor is a funny guy! We're lucky to have him as a neighbor!
Tom - I wish I had your neighbor that likes to feed you! :)
Debra - So happy to meet another person from Michigan! My dream is to live in northern Michigan full time at our log home...hopefully soon!
Comment by Debra Chapoton on April 28, 2009 at 7:24pm
We used to be fudgies, too, but fell in love with northern Michigan and now it's home. After countless weekends treks, we built a full log home deep in the woods (can't hear the trunk slammers). I thought I'd be scared (have read all of Dean Koontz's books where bad things happen in remote cabins), but this is the most peaceful place in the world. We live here year round now and have to have a really, really good reason to go back downstate (traffic land). It's funny how a log home is so comforting that as soon as we head out the door we're thinking about how good it'll be to get back home.

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