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Let the Countdown Begin

Just one week ’til Wapner and things are pretty much in order.  We’ve had a couple of snafu’s but nothing we couldn’t manage.  The cabins are cleaned and almost ready, the docks are in, my spirits had been high until…Friday the 13th:

We went from temps in the 70’s–and even 80’s already–to cold rain on Thursday and snow on Friday.  Temps dropped below freezing last night and created a few problems, and rumor has it we’re going to freeze again tonight before warmer temps begin to take over.  Ugh.  Let’s focus on the “good” for now.

Murray started work last Monday.  He and Gruper were able to get the docks in quite easily early in the week (good thing they didn’t procrastinate, eh?).  I took a couple of photos to show the lake level for our early comers.  I’d say it’s come up even a bit more since I took these pics:

The docks showed their usual carnage of crawdad claws–left by the gulls all winter–but the otters decided to leave a bit of their mess behind as well:

Yes, that’s a northern pike head left on the dock.  Otters may be cute but that’s about the only card they were given to play.  Along the driveway I found another piece of carnage:

That is what’s left of a blackbird.  I wondered if Freya had wandered that far from the cabin, but Gruper just laughed at that.  I suspect a wolf but would be amazed that it left that much evidence.  They usually eat pretty much everything of anything.

Before the weather reared its ugly head I had taken a couple of “annual” pictures.  Here’s the tree we planted several years ago–it’s doing GREAT–and my rhubarb patch (I’m worried about how it might be affected by this weather):

We’ve had a couple of lovely sunsets already:

As they weather turned sour so did my demeanor, and my duties switched to those of the indoor variety.  I painted the letters of the big sign and Gruper varathaned all of my signs:

I found a just-right frame for a poster we got from Tony and I’ve almost finished another string art project:

I have painted the floor in Cabin 11 and want to fix up the Bear’s Den sign.  Murray has been putting a new counter top in Cabin 2.  Gruper has been getting boats ready and fixing things I find in cabins along the way.  There’s certainly no shortage of projects!

Rumor has it we’ll begin seeing opening week guests around Wednesday.  I think we’ll be almost ready for them;)

We lost Aunt Phyllis Tuesday evening.  She was 98.5 years old and still quite with-it!  I was able to spend some time with her before heading north and am grateful.  She was my dad’s “big” sister but probably topped out at about 4’10” at the height of her life.  This photo was taken when she was only 97 I believe.  I always felt like a giant next to her!  Rest in peace, My Aunt Phyllis.

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