Before closing up the cabin for the winter, they left a note taped to the front door. “Nothing inside. No food. No fuel,” it said. They hoped this would stop the annual winter break-ins of the last couple of years. That spring, when the lake thawed, and they opened the cabin, they found the kitchen filled with squirrels.
The next winter they left a plastic crate of canned food and blankets, warm socks and batteries just outside the door. As well as a long handwritten letter, that explained they understood how hard it must be, and hoped this would help.