We have arrived! It seems as though it has taken a long time to finally make it north to the cottage. My MRSA, Rick's Covid... would we ever get to our home away from home?
Yes! When I see this sign, I know I am three miles from "home."
But there's always a surprise -- although in this case, I knew about a tree that had fallen in the winter. It was propped up against another tree (versus falling on the garage, which was a relief). Our dear neighbor Jim (who is STILL at the lake and hasn't sold his house yet -- hooray!) arranged for a fellow to remove it, stump and all -- and even paid for it.
However, we knew that he hadn't finished the job. Both Jim and Rick tried to reach him and he hasn't returned calls. I expected to see the stump. When we arrived, we saw this.
Needless to say, no one is amused. We'll keep trying the guy but I think Rick and Jim are going to tackle the project themselves.
Rick had come north while I had the MRSA and did a deep clean of the house, which was terrific and sorely needed. A few things happened in the process!
First of all, he is a stellar cleaner. He's not good on artfully rearranging what he dissembles while he cleans! So I need to put a few things back together (and just glad I didn't arrive with company!)
Ah, well. All's well. Well, mostly!
When he came up, I had given him a bag of clean laundry and another bag filled with my swimsuits, sunscreen, clothes I would want over the summer (including a warm sweater and sweatshirt) and a few other things. So, as it was 90 degrees when we got here, the first thing I looked for were the swimsuits. They do not exist. This is a small house. We've checked every drawer, closet, cubby, behind furniture, in the garage, under the beds... they do not exist. Not amused, this time with Rick!
But again, all is well. Land's End delivers and I can swim in shorts and a t-shirt. Or will! Meanwhile, life is pretty sweet on the porch -- though it's clear that the beach needs some weeding and attention, so not all R&R!
Weather cooled a bit after that first day but it has remained sunny and beautiful. While our goslings at home are fully grown, I noticed two families of geese coasting along the water. A beautiful sight. Stay on the water, not on the beach, please! (bad phone camera pix!)
And yes, reading, too, having finished one book and starting another.
Meanwhile, our girl has settled in, finding some of her favorite sun puddles and sleeping places. And so far, she's been thinking inside the box!
And then there's always the joy of the first walk at the lake! What's new, what's back, who's here!
And oh, those sunsets.
It's good to be back.