Raising Kids Right in Cottage Country

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Real Estate Agent with Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida

I think I'm still in the giving thanks mode from Thanksgiving. My parents are both gone now and my family lives in Canada. Fortunately, my Canadian "snowbird" friends are ariving every day and they know how to party while the CD's are cranked up. Many of them are musicians as well. My horseshoe buddies keep me busy too! Having said that.......

 My family always had cottages in the lake country just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This was where I learned how to fish and hunt, appreciate hiking through the back trails I knew every inch of and grew to be a man like my father. He built the sun room in this photo and all the boys helped out. Mom would always have a great meal on the table at 5:30 and we would all play board games, cards or have a campfire untill we got tired.

"You don't see much delinquency among kids who have been brought up fishing and spending time in the outdoors" ~ Gen. H. Norman Shwarztcopf.

You'll have to excuse the photo quality because they were scanned from old prints. They were all taken in the 80's

Big Bald Lake, Ontario, Canada

That's me in my 30's with a Muskie. They're like freshwater barracudas and fight just as hard. I think I may have "bulked up" since then :-)

 John Mayer with a Muskie

My brother Dan with his two sons Scott and Steven. The size limit for Muskies was only 32" at the time, Most people won't eat them because they don't know how to clean them properly. You have to brush off the slime they exude when caught and wash thoroughly before filleting. Then they taste just like bass.

 Dan Scott and Steven

Dad's Birthday with the Family. Pictured: Dan, Larry, Dad, John (me) and Mom. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get." ~ H. Jackson Browne Jr..

 Dan, Larry, John Sr., John Jr. and Mom

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams" ~ John Barrymore.

John and Anne Mayer

It's time to have some fun in the the Sunshine State! Give me a call anytime.

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Comments (18)

Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Sounds like you had a Norman Rockwell childhood and the opportunity still exists if people invest in a cottage where their children can have similar experiences. I love the photos too!

Nov 23, 2012 09:43 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

John,

Nobody is worrying about the quality of the scans...the pictures tell a story of a happy family, and thats what matters.

Rich

Nov 23, 2012 09:49 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Van - If we could get every kid out of the city for a while, the world just might be a better place.

Nov 23, 2012 09:53 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Thanks Rich - I miss my folks a lot, especially on these special Holidays. They did a good job raising us with proper values.

Nov 23, 2012 09:56 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

John - That little cottage looks like it resides on a little bit of Heaven.  Also, your mom, looks the spittin' image of one of my aunts.  I had to do a double take!

Nov 23, 2012 10:02 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Myrl - We had a lot of good times there. People always tell me I look like somebody they know. I guess there are only so many profiles to go around :-)

Nov 23, 2012 10:19 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Scanned or not, those are great family memories that you have shared with us.

Nov 23, 2012 10:44 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Thanks Kathy - This time of year always makes me reflect on the past a little more.

Nov 23, 2012 10:58 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi John, I was talking about this evening on the phone with a client. This is Deja Vu, but I certainly agree with you and it is not about age. In our discussion we were talking about technology and how it has usurped the personal out of relationships or even building them in depth to begin with. I think this is worthy of being featured and I am going to suggest this as a wonderful photostory
Nov 23, 2012 11:00 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Thank you William - My sales manager Brian Boulter at Paris Marine used to tell his customers to "stop typing and start talking". Sales has changed in so many ways and not always for the better over the years. Technology enables consumers but sometimes "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". A trained professional is always your best resource.

Nov 23, 2012 11:20 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I agree with what you said about getting all the kids out of the city the world would be a better place. I have fond memories of playing outside everyday! Loved the pictures...looks like you had a fun family.

Nov 23, 2012 11:32 AM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Love that cabin!  What a wonderful place to have spent time growing up . . .

Nov 23, 2012 11:33 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Sussie - Kids need to be in the outdorrs in a natural setting to appreciate our planet. Maybe one day we can all be raised that way without any distress, hunger or curable diseases.

Nov 23, 2012 11:39 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Brenda - It was a magical place although it took me a while to appreciate it fully. It's like fine wine, it takes time to mature.

Nov 23, 2012 11:51 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

John, those are some great memories that you shared with us, much to be thankful for!  Have a great weekend!

Nov 23, 2012 06:21 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Thanks Tony - You too! Family and friends are so important any time of the year.

Nov 23, 2012 06:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

John, what wonderful photos!  And I love the description of the way you clean the funky fish!

Nov 24, 2012 10:45 AM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Patricia - The photos are old but I managed to clean them up a little. There are different secrets to clean certain fish so the meat isn't tainted. If you catch a bluefish in Florida, the first thing you do is cut it's throat and let the blood out. After you have filleted it you need to cut out the red line and then they taste great!

Nov 24, 2012 11:43 AM