"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, April 29, 2013


This was the weekend to open the lake house and get those pesky indoor chores done before the outdoor season is upon us.  The house was empty, totally empty, and in need of a lot of paint.  

First order of business was to get a thing or two in there so at least Dave and I would have a place to sleep.  My sister and her husband Michael pulled an amazing act of kindness by going up to a condo we own in the mountains and grabbing a few pieces of furniture to start with.  So, when Dave and I arrived at the lake house on Friday, we were delighted to see a place to sit and to sleep.  
They had even gone so far as to set it up with our mugs and local maps, as if we were visiting an upscale lodge for the weekend.  And, brother in law Michael made sure that the setup was nap-worthy.  It is.  
Saturday morning the fun began.  And, I'm going to tell you that if you ever want to paint a place, my sister and her family are the ones to call.  Those dear ones have got it down to systems and science.  Here's our dear niece Caryl, who came for the day and worked like a pro.  With their help, 80% of the painting is done.  There's a small amount of horrid green left in the kitchen area.  I know it won't last long that way, though, as Christine is obsessed with how much she hates the color and when she's on a mission you'd best step aside.  
Last weekend Christine and I did accomplish the mission of dining room furniture and have a lovely shabby chic setup.  A great distressed old pedestal table with two big green chairs and four smaller white ones.  Christine made the runner on the table.  Also she left a small gift for me on the table, and I don't have it facing the right way for you to see it.  It is a tiny jar filled with old buttons, with some greenery and flowers stuck in and then a wired picture holder with a picture of me in 1959 at a spot in Maine where our family went every summer.  What a great touch.  
And here's what it's all about.
Soon we will tackle the job of figuring out how the dock system is assembled and then Dave will finish his NH boating license test.  We've got a boat and are ready to go.  

We will also have to figure out a dog containment system.  Silly us, we thought the dogs would just hang on the lawn by the lake if that's where we were.  Cassy is good, she has excellent obedience and comes when called every time.  No problem with her.  Bella has minimal obedience skills.... not because we've not tried, but because she is first of all pretty simple minded, partially blind, and is just too happy go lucky to worry about much.  So, she got herself tangled up in the woods adjacent to our property quite a bit and also headed down the dirt road to who knows where a few times.  

Little Misty surprised us the most.  We figured she'd just stay at my heels, as she usually does.  Nope.  First time we let her off leash, she attempted a journey to somewhere, very purposefully heading up our paved path from the lake up to the road, taking a left onto the road and with great intent, setting off on walk about. After she did this the first time, Dave watched her the next time and she did the same thing, and he followed her 5 feet behind, silently watching to see what the heck?  She has a journey in mind and we have no idea what it is.  My sister's lake house is down the road that way, does she want to go see Auntie Chris?  

At any rate, thank goodness we are the last house on the road, and there are no cars whatsoever coming by.  But, we will be making a way to keep them corralled and safe because we do not want to spend our time at the lake worrying about their well-being.  Our first idea is to place metal grates across strategic areas, because neither Bella or Misty will walk across a metal grate.  You know, like the grates they contain cows with.  Same idea.  Or, we may just say in for a penny in for a pound, and put up some fences between the lake and the road.  I just know I don't want to spend my summer yelling "Bella!" "Cassy!" "Misty!!!!!"  

This Thursday the beds, mattresses and couches will be delivered and we will be in business.  I continue to pick up a thing or two for the kitchen by grabbing extras from our home and buying items at my favorite thrift shop.  Next weekend Anna is visiting from California, and has reported she and a couple of girlfriends will like to spend the time at the lake.  

So much to look forward to.  


  1. Lucky, lucky you!! Enjoy every minute!!!

  2. What a view! All this hard work will be so worth it!

  3. Reading your post is like déjà vu for me, I can feel your excitement just as I did one year ago. May your have nothing but joy in this new home!


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