We closed up the cottage last September, leaving it (we thought) clean enough. But that first trip up always reveals the bit of sand that wasn't swept and plenty of dust! Rick couldn't get up with me until we go for the Fourth but I went up for a couple of days to clean.
And clean I did. Mopping and vacuuming. Putting on screens and raking pine needles. Changing linens and fixing the toilet. (Yes, I did. I bought the part and put it in all by myself! Pat on back!) But it wasn't all work!
There was time to read.
Time for some wonderful long walks and chatting with neighbors, meeting new ones.
Time for a swim and time to sit quietly and watch the Duckster Family swim by. Mom and seven babies!
Time to make friends with the inside birds as well!
No time for drawing or painting, but I did put the beach towels to good use!
Lizzie was in her element, too, enjoying the screened in porch.
I finally found the July issue of Country Sampler magazine (I'd been looking all over downstate and found it at the grocery up north!). Our blog friend Judy of Gold Country Cottage is the cover story!
I loved this page because it had a photo of Judy and her husband Jerry and now I know who I'm "talking" with when we comment back and forth!
An extra surprise was another feature with a blogger I visit, Carol from Art and Sand. (I am so wild about her blue and white and husband's paintings!) You are both inspirations to me!
Perhaps the best part of my short visit was spending time with my cousin David. This is David and I at the lake back "in the day." We spent years growing up at the lake together in the summers.
And here we are now!
It couldn't have been better! Just like old times -- only, well, older!
And now when we go up again, I can...
And I can't wait!
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