It was one of those vacations you always remember with fondness during which I took the reference photo for "By the Lake". A couple of years ago, my husband's family rented a cabin on Gunflint Lake in northern Minnesota, and three generations--two brothers and their wives, four cousins and daughter-in-law, and a baby--spent a happy week together. We canoed, rode horses, picked wild blueberries, played board games, cooked and ate in a cramped kitchen. The only thing that was not so fun was the short hot water supply; we had to take turns and take very short showers.
My husband sprained his ankle on the flight to the Twin Cities and didn't get to participate in physical activities. He also had work to do on his laptop. Poor guy. He ended up spending much time in one of the Adirondack chairs you see in the painting. I sometimes kept him company, but he seemed content. On the holiday weekend that celebrates the nation's birthday, it seems fitting to share with my readers this painting of a relaxing family vacation.
Happy Independence Day!