Rick and I decided to spend a relaxing week or two at the cottage. My last hurrah for the year, though he may come up again later. He handles the cold better than I! When the lake is as still as glass, pretty much all boat traffic apart from fishing boats is gone and the only sound you hear for the most part is distant road noise, it's a perfect time of year.
The weather wasn't great during our first days but it warmed up some and when the sun came out was far more inviting. But it seemed like we would never get here for this last visit.
First, we were delayed at home, because of my sciatica. Then the dishwasher, which I may have told some of you about. Rick generously gave me a dishwasher for Christmas 2021. Mine broke in 2019. It proceeded to sit in the hall for three weeks after it arrived because he was going to install it. Finally, he decided to do it on a Sunday.
He's done this many times before -- he's no rookie, which is why he insisted I not call someone to do it. It was a most generous gift and I'd gladly have paid an installer. Anyway, it had the wrong parts or the wrong manual. It was too tall for the counter so the legs had to be cut down. The pieces that are supposed to connect didn't fit and the hardware store didn't have the pieces that did. The manual gave one size; that size didn't work.
After ten hours and more than nine trips to the hardware store or his house (I stopped counting by then), after cutting down the legs and cramming it under the counter, after quite an increase in voluble vocabulary, it's in place -- but not bolted down because there was a problem with that, too.
We were planning on leaving the next day for the lake, but I've been having a-fib complications and had to get a heart monitor placed so we aimed for Tuesday morning, an early departure. I was packed and ready with all in the car except Lizzie. She hid.
I had blocked off what I thought was every possible place she could get into. I finally nailed her under my desk but she escaped while I was getting up after pulling her out. And then she really went down under. See the chest in the photo below? It is about seven feet all, filled with books, china and all things heavy, and about three inches from the wall, if that. She somehow got her fat bottom behind it.
Eventually she got out, in the box and off we went. It started out sunny and we stopped for donuts. After a three-hour stop en route for Rick's guitar lesson, we finally arrived.
The next day, I woke coughing constantly -- not always unusual for me and I chalked it up to the fire in the fireplace, which had been burning constantly since we arrived to heat the house. (Space heaters and the fireplace are how we heat at this time of year.) But the cough felt different than my usual one -- it actually hurt. Still, the day was perked up by a visit from my cousin John, whom I've not seen in years. He was bringing his wife, Becky, to Michigan to show her where he'd grown up and it was our first time meeting her. She was delightful and it was so good to see him again.
We had a great lunch at Big Buck Brewery (a salmon BLT and mushroom bisque) before they took off. Rick and I went back home and I coughed. Coughed all night till he decided if he wanted any sleep, he'd best move somewhere else. When I finally emerged after no sleep from 3 a.m. on, I got dressed and went straight to the Urgent Care, where four hours later they sent me home with three prescriptions for bacterial pneumonia.
So, I've been laying super low. And by now
feeling a little better (nope. Optimistic when I wrote that....) but still coughing incessantly and still terribly tired. I was able to paint a bit and worked on a couple of my Este MacLeod color challenges. The theme for this one was "fur" and we had to use the two shades of purple, the pickle green and a crimson. I'm not thrilled with the eyes (or at least the more prominent one) but it was a fun challenge!
While I was out with the purples and greens, I did this one (not for the challenge), which I think I'll divide in half for bookmarks for my sale. I love this Fabriano paper. This set of challenges has been a good one and I hope to finish the last few this week.
It has warmed up here a bit. When we arrived it was so cold in the house but now we're very comfy with a couple of space heaters and the electric blankets we've been very cozy. Someone has found the best place to sit on the cooler evenings!
The color is slow up here. There are a few spots that are brightening up a bit every day and I'm hoping to feel good enough to take a little drive farther north later this week. (I don't think Rick's any too keen on being in the car with me, though I should be past my contagion period, just not the obnoxious period!) Here's a view of the lake from the porch. We've been lucky to be able to at least have a couple of dinners on the porch since the weather warmed.
So, I'll leave you with a happy photo -- Cousin John and me. And clever observers will note I finally got my Covid hair cut!
Now, THAT was worth smiling about!