When the sun is out, I, as most people, where our sunglasses.  Do you ever notice how beautiful the sky and clouds look through polarized glasses?    Then you take the picture, and it is just not the same.  The clouds are not as white or sky not as blue.   You all know what I mean.

And yes, I could have gone up and attached a polarized filter to my lens but I took the chance to see what my camera would do.    It came out almost as I could see it. Crystal clear blue skies and many white puffy clouds.    What a day!

Christmas gifts

I would not normally post this on our blog but they are offering some really good deals and good ideas for Christmas gifts for the ladies and men in your life. And free shipping. Visit their website at

They are located in Laguna Niguel and have some wonderful treatment options also!

Tragedy in Jackman

As some of you may have heard via the news or on our Facebook page, a terrible tragedy happened in Jackman in the early hours Tuesday morning: the driver of a tractor-trailer truck coming from Quebec, fully loaded with tree-length logs “fell asleep at the wheel” and flipped over, spilling the logs into the bottom floor of a family home, demolishing the ground floor, causing the second story to collapse upon it. While it is devastating to lose your home, this pales in comparison to the most important thing that was lost… and that is the life of one of their four children, their 5-year-old son. “Watching people come together in such a horrific time of sadness has been deeply gratifying and has truly exposed the goodness that exists in our community” as written by Becky Felker.
There will be a [u]Candlelight Vigil this Saturday, July 23rd at 9pm to Sunday 12AM for Liam. [/u] If you are in town, you are welcome to attend. Or you can post a comment below that you will be attending from your own home. More information can be found on Facebook at

Becky also posted:
“Many people want to express their care and concern or offer help, but aren-t sure how to best go about it, so if I may share some things with those on Facebook who may not have received the information in any other way, it may be of some help to some. An account has been established at Skowhegan Savings Bank to receive donations which may be mailed directly to the local branch-s address, which is PO Box 141, Jackman, Maine 04945 or monetary donations may be dropped off at any Skowhegan Savings Bank location. Please designate Mahaney Benefit Fund. For those who would like to send condolences and/or donations directly to the family, please use PO Box 772, Jackman, Maine 04945. If you would like to make a donation of bottled water, milk, juice or paper goods to assist The Mahaney-s and those folks who are caring for them through these next few difficult days, or if you would like to bring food (lunch or dinner), please call Francine Moore or myself (or drop either one of us an e-mail or give a call). Francine has an ongoing sign-up sheet covering the next two weeks of meals. When the family feels ready and when the time is right, a benefit dinner will be organized where we as a community can help the Mahaneys financially and also thank the tireless local Jackman Region Health Center Staff, Volunteer EMS, Volunteer Fire Department, US Border Patrol and Office of Field Operations as well as countless, selfless individuals whom I cannot begin to name nor properly pay homage to in this limited space. Please feel free to re post this note to reach those with whom I may not have Facebook contact. Thank you very much.” Becky Felkner

Happy Anniversary!

Today, May 5th, 2011, begins our 8th year 😯 here at Cozy Cove Cabins ❗ We have been so blessed to have met so many new friends during the past 7 years and to live in this beautiful place 😀 so we will take this opportunity to thank you to those of you who keep coming back and to welcome the new.

Happy Cinco De Mayo also….

Goldens always welcome


This is Lacey, a guest who is visiting with us this week. And although we do welcome all dogs here at Cozy Cove, goldens will always have a special place in my heart. This little gal has so many similar characteristics of Murphy Girl that I swear they are related. She is curious, a little defiant, always has one eye on her Mom, kicks her leg when her tummy is scratched, retrieves a toy but does not give it up, when she is told to lay down but does not want to, she makes the same grumpy noise like “ok if I have to”, she is social, wanting to say hi to everyone she sees (not as social as Murphy)and basically a good girl.

Now I am sure, most dogs do many of the same things but there truly is something so similar in Lacey that I am really enjoying her visit. Maybe her Mom will forget to take her home . 😉

Remember when we did not have cell service

Remember when you could only get cell service at Attean lookout? When the running joke around Cozy Cove was that if you went to the end of the dock, raised one arm and one leg, you might get cell service? (watch the video link below)

I miss those days 🙁 as I see cell phones attached to people-s ears around town and around camp or when guests call us from their cabin instead coming over and talking to us in person or when a guests talks on his cell phone more then he talks to his S.O. here while on vacation. What-s up with that ❓

Don-t get me wrong. It really is good that there is the option to use a cell phone when needed but I think using it or a computer while on holiday in Jackman kinda defeats the purpose of getting away from it all doesn-t it ❓

Ode to Murphy Part 2

In not trying to overload anyone with all of these pictures on one post, but these are a few more to share.

The next ones are some of “she was just so damn cute” pictures. She LOVED playing Frisbee and often had 2 toys in her mouth. She put up with Mom dressing her on Steeler day, Halloween or Christmas. But my favorite is her after a bath all snuggled under a blankie.


Playing, chasing, catching, running was pretty much all she wanted to do.


This past summer, Nancy brought her life size dolls up for a visit and once, as we posed Jesse at the campfire, Murphy went up to him, tucked her head under his hand, (you know how she did that) and sat there waiting for him to pet and love her. All she ever wanted was to be loved and petted even if only by a doll. 😆


Ode to our Murphy

It has been a week since our loss and even though I no longer walk around her bed that is not there, I still catch myself looking where I walk so I do not trip on her toys or holding the door open a few seconds longer as I leave a room. Murphy was always with one or both of us: Judging the floats on 4th of July, helping supervise cabin repair, Kayaking with me, jet skiing with Steve, plus on any road trip.


so it used to be that if I could not find Steve, I just had to look out and see which cabin Murphy was next too. Now, it is harder to find each other. We still miss having her under foot but we are adjusting.

We wanted to thank our families, friends, guests and even those guests we have not met yet, who have emailed, called, or added comments on our Facebook Page for your kind supportive words and memories of Murphy. Although it refreshed our tears each time as you shared stories or pictures of her, your words and memories brought us joy. We know she was loved by many.

“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

I would like to share some of the images we have of Murphy since we came to Cozy Cove Cabins. She was a big part of our lives and our best welcoming committee. Many who stayed with us, asked about her before even greeting us…we understood that. SO these 1st two collages are some shots of her and the friends she made.

Murphy loved other dogs, always preferring to be chased. She would run and play for hours with them. Even with the littlest of dogs…she was gentle and sweet.


She often kept watch out for our guests: swimming next to a friend on a kayak, help a guest get their boat out, watching so someone did not get sunburned, or at minimal, be sure they all had a good time. I think her favorite may have been Lilly as she was the only person ever able to get Murphy to drop a ball. 🙂


So as to not overwhelm you, the rest will be on Part 2.

Our Murphy Girl


It is with a sad and very heavy heart that I must share this with you today.

Our Murphy girl fell last week and hurt her leg. Even though she was not bearing weight on her leg, she did not seem to be in any pain. Our vet said to keep her off the leg and see how she did.
We took her in today and the X-ray showed a fracture on the femur, just above the kneecap. This was related to a bone tumor and the cancer had probably already spread. Our choices were to amputate the leg and hope that the cancer had not spread, or to let her go.

It was a horribly hard choice to make but we chose to let her go. This tumor is something that must of been painful for her for a while and yet, we never knew. At 15ish, we thought arthritis was our only concern. Her energy and playfulness was constant and continued even when she could only get around on 3 paws. Just Saturday, only a few days after the fall, she wanted to run and play with a guest dog, which of course, we would not let her do. It would be hard to imagine her life without playing.

Murphy LIVED to play with people, toys other dogs. She was the most gentle lovable dog I have ever met and we know that she will be missed. We know that if there is a doggy heaven, she is probably wishing she could have taken her frisbee 🙂 with her.

We have taken oodles of pictures and videos of our girl and each one is cuter then the next. I have tried to put together a couple collages of our baby girl but can go no further today. Check back later.

All week after her fall, we knew she needed to be near us so we made a bed for her in the office. As she felt better, she would get herself up and lay next to the door when we were out doing cabins. We got concerned that she may do more harm so we let her come with us to the cabins. Even on 3 paws, she insisted on hopping around to be by our side. This is a few of her last week with us