A Day at Long Lake

Our house was a short walk from this lake. It’s my dream to one day own a house right on the water of a lake like this, even if it’s a run-down old shack. Even if it’s just a pop-up trailer. Even if it’s just a tent. I’d be content. For as long as the water moccasins didn’t bite me.










75 thoughts on “A Day at Long Lake

      1. See, I have no idea if you’re telling me fibs or not.

        Are you telling me fibs?

        Can anyone confirm if my favourite member of the Smeltzer family is telling fibs…?

  1. Ah reminds me of my summers in my youth. Like you I want a hut on a lake, but with woods in the back. That’s how it was when I was a kid. I lived in the city except for summer vacation. Me and the siblings spent them ‘up north’ in northern Wisconsin. Fun times. :-) It was as amazing as your strip!

  2. Every post is like reliving my childhood with my four sisters. All our family vacations were either camping trips or family reunions. I just love everything about this one, Nicole!

  3. I am always delighted to see your work….how is your book coming along. I am also trying to translate my visual blog into a graphic novel, and it is not so easy.

    1. Thanks! It’s coming along nicely, I think. It’s quite a process, though. It looks almost nothing like it did when it started! Good luck with your GN– I’ve followed your blog so I can see what it’s all about!

      1. Likewise, it is nothing like the blog, as I am hand making the pages now. The photoshop blog has been dashed off in hospitals and sister’s house as we care for our aging parents. I am only now getting back to my home and studio….thanks and best of luck to you

  4. Aw, I have MISSED YOU! Are you guys all settled and everything?

    Should I talk about the post?

    This reminds me of summers when I was younger, too. I had a friend who lived nearby and we’d walk across the trestle to the swimming hole and spend the whole day there.

    I know I don’t want to live where I grew up, but I’d love for my kids to be able to have freewheeling (unsupervised) summers like I did, where you could run around without worrying.

    1. I have missed all my blog-friends! I’m trying to return now that we’re getting settled and adjusted to the new normal.

      I’d love that, too, for my daughter. I wonder if she’ll ever get it, though.

  5. Ahhh…loved this. The sunset you made was spectacular! Reminds me of the last time I went fishing with my husband about 15 years ago. I refused to leave camp until I caught a fish. I was about to give up after waiting for hours when I felt a tug and caught the smallest fish in history.

  6. Love how you made the lake! I always try to convince my husband to go fishing and he says he’s not that into fishing and I have to remind him, “But it’s not about fishing! It’s about getting to sit next to a river/lake all day and do nothing!”

  7. This is beautiful work – and like many, also look forward to new posts from you.. In this one, I particularly love how the colours of the sky and the sunset is reflected on the lake waters (and through the cut-outs too!!)… such clever work!!.. Thanks for this Blog laboured with so much love for the craft as well as the story-telling…. Keep it up!! (Carol from Singapore)

  8. 1. Nicki, how did you make the light in the middle of the sun? Did you stick a white Christmas light into your finished collage, or something?

    2. I was expecting “what a wasted day” to be the punch line–I mean, I saw you and Ashley fishing, having a picnic, swimming, and enjoying some really good sister bonding. That’s not “wasted” at all.

    3. Did Chrissy and Charlotte catch any fish with those poles?

    4. Where was Tess in all of this?

    1. Hi Emily,

      1. Nothing so complicated, just a photoshop filter I’m afraid.

      2. It was an obvious punchline, but I went with it since it was so truthful.

      3. None of us caught anything with those– they were homemade and terrible :)

      4. Not even born yet. I’m trying out a new thing where the girls’ ages are a bit more defined.

      1. Wow, I had no idea that there was such a big age gap between Charlotte and Tess, to the point that Charlotte would be old enough to go to the lake with just Chrissy and no adults, before Tess was even born. As for the punch line, I wasn’t saying that your punch line was too obvious; I was saying that I thought “what a wasted day” WAS the punch line, until I saw you and Ashley handing your homemade fishing poles over to Chrissy and Charlotte in the last frame, which was actually the punch line. By the way, did you ever ask your parents to buy you proper fishing poles?

  9. Lovely! Now that I am away from home and my two sisters…feel homesick! Thanks for your amazing creative mind. :-)

        1. Really? Peanut butter and mint together? That sounds either really good, or really gross. I think chocolate spread and mint jelly would be a better combination. Just curious–was this a regular thing, or were you just out of fruit jelly that day?

  10. Love your sunset!
    Do you have a revolving header, or am I hallucinating again, Nicki?

    (I stopped by to add to the comment I thought I left the other day, but it, apparently, never made it here. I reaaaalllly don’t like using a phone for anything but phone calls. New Smart Phone + Old Dumb Me = Frustration.)

    1. Oh my goodness, I am lost with a smart phone. It’s embarrassing. I do everything at my laptop only. I know some day I’ll have to get with the program, but that day is not very near.

      I just added the revolving header yesterday. I intend to add more headers to the mix, little by little :D

    1. Thank you! It really depends on the panel. Some panels take 15 minutes, others take a good 4 hours or more! Generally, it takes a day to make a comic, but I cut paper illustrations that don’t appear online for 8 hours a day, so it’s getting easier :) Thanks for reading!

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