Friday, July 28, 2006

More Jake!



Bob bought Jake a tool kit and he's busy at work this
morning!!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Rascal!!



We have our grandson Jake with us this week until we leave for our home below.
He's been a challenge to keep up with most days.
Most of the time he runs with Grandpa Bob...he just calls him Bob for some reason.
Today he was screaming "GaGa" (me) at the top of his lungs and when I saw what he had, pulled out my camera. Need to take a lot more before we leave next week and post....

Monday, July 17, 2006

View from the Deck

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Life at the Cottage

With only 4 weeks at the cottage this year we are all about being productive...at least that is my husband's frame of mind. I'm avoiding the computer at night to be able to get up mornings, as Bob is an early riser and can't stand anyone else sleeping if he is awake...typical hyper diaper. If he thinks he can't get me to leave bed he's great at serving me breakfast in bed, so it's worth it to wait him out!!! This morning it was coffee, fruit and toast. Some mornings it's actually bacon and eggs. I adore the luxury...though the kitchen is usually left a mess.
In fact, he just brought me a premixed strawberry daiquiri at the computer in a cute pink plastic martini glass....funky and cute. Guess he's hoping it will make me tired of being online.
I take one day a week off from Bob and give him the other six to roam while here. It drives him nuts to be grounded for just one day with our daughter Beth. Beth turns 28 yr. this month, but is mentally less than 5...braindamage from birth. She is entertained by watching cable tv most of the time, but needs 24 hr. supervision, so unless he takes her for a ride in the mule, a cute red cart we use on the point, he's totally cottage bound.
The first time I took "my day" here Bob took 4 showers, he was so bored. I had a great day at little antique shops and even won at the casino. The second day off was not as good. I lost a debit card with quite a bit of cash wrapped around it and a receipt that showed I had more than usual in my checking. The debit card was turned into the police, but the cash was gone. I cancelled the card in case they kept the numbers to use online or to order on the phone. But mostly it shows how people are hungry for money. I could not take a debit card or cash as I would feel God was testing my honesty, but I realize not all people operate that way. --- I told myself money is not life and went on to enjoy the day traveling area resorts, shops, etc. But this time I skipped the casino! This next week I may try and get more quality into the day, other than shopping...and visit the casino again...Ha!
Thusfar we have replaced two ugly couches with new leather furniture and bought a cottage set of furniture for Beth all antique and charming. Am still looking for some bedroom furniture for our bedroom as I sent my parents set to auction...it brought less than $20...so disappointing but then they got more than 60 yrs. use out of it.
Today Bob installed a new stove top but we are still looking for a new oven to go with it. The old ones that came with the cottage were turquoise and very retro...I loved them but they stopped working. I worked on the garden at the end of the drive and two neighbors yards. A gorgeous day outside.
We are trying to replace and work on the place so we don't have to do it all in retirement. Still have to redo two bathrooms, recarpet or refloor and redo the wood both inside and out. And of course, Bob wants a new garage to replace the big old quonset hut that is now here as a garage.

At home son RC and a buddy installed a tile backsplash in my kitchen and our bathroom, due to be gutted and redone by a local contractor has yet to be done, though we will be home in two weeks!

Will post photos of the place and surrounding area next.
Hope you are all enjoying your summer...I feel as though I am in heaven here.

Marilyn

Friday, July 14, 2006

Weekend Visit


My sister Martha (on right), her dog Nikko, and daughter Errin visited one weekend. The photo was taken on the boat to Mackinac Island...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Too Busy To Blog


"Garden Susie" sits at the end of our drive...

We arrived at the cottage June 20th. Will only be here until the end of July :( ----

The phone was not working and a call to the company initiated a service call. Seems they moved the wires underground and had no record of our having had a phone since 2002 so did not give us a line! They will be putting one in and gave us a temp. A week later none of the phones on the point worked, but no reason given as to why.

Then the computer didn't work because the local provider had equipment problems.

My sister Martha and her daughter Errin came for the weekend and we had a great time. They went to Mackinac Island one day and we hit a casino at night...Errin was a virgin gambler and won over $100...she left happy:).

A cap on a tooth came loose from eating an olive burger at one of our favorite local joints, Clyde's, by the Mackinac Bridge. -- Went in to a local dentist and he charged $233.00 upfront to xray the tooth root and glue it back on...took him 10 min. tops.

Had a Celebration of Life in honor of beloved neighbor Floyd, who passed away in April at age 85 with his kids. About 70 people from various backgrounds came to share stories, both funny and serious . The day started out warm, but then the wind kicked up a chill and the chocolate on my new choc. fountain hardened and the motor burnt out. Still, it was a beautiful day. We grilled burgers and dogs, had salads, crock pots, and desserts...a really great cake with a golf bag in honor of Floyd's passion for golf. His son David and wife Donna were emotional most of the day...was nice to see their love for him. It felt like Floyd was amoung us by connecting with those there who came out of love for him.

Tomorrow is my day off...I take one a week from Bob and he hates being tied down all day. I head off at dawn and don't come back until after dark.

Post again soon and will take some photos to share.
I'm in LOVE with this place...like heaven!