June Cottage Updates

Hey Friends! How are things? It’s been awhile since I updated, been busy at the camp !!

My daughter Julia just replaced her laptop with a new one and bless her heart, gave me her old laptop!! So I am learning to work with a laptop but the good news is, as soon as we are able to get the internet connected at the camp…you guessed it, updates from the Cottage Chronicles in real time !!! I can’t wait.

My new laptop was a combined birthday/Fathers Day present. I am having some difficulty getting on to the mouse but it’s getting better. KImberley’s boyfriend cleaned the laptop up and added a new keyboard and wow, it’s like a new computer. I love it.

But that’s not all, my darling daughters, Kim and Julia also gave me a Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) which is going to come in really handy on during those inevitiable power outages at the camp during storms etc.

I’ve been wanting one of Eton’s crank radios for sometime, ever since the last time we lost power and our cell phone eventually ran out of power. Using the new radio to charge it will be much better than using the car charger. I guess they don’t want their old dad to be in the dark without being able to listen to CBC Radio and charge my cell phone.

We’ve been at the camp most of the month getting a lot done these days in spite of the rain and rain and more rain. The lake is high, coming close to the top of the rock wall and if it rains much more the water will be over the wall.

Our son Kevin came down for a few days and gave me a hand residing the camp with “ranchwall” plywood siding, which really spruced the place up. We also changed a window in one end of the camp which gives us a new view of the cove beside the lake.

Doug and I installed a new fishfinder in the pontoon boat and we also added some driving lights to the pontoon that he and Darlene gave me for my birthday. I’ll probably write more about those later, but today I thought maybe some pics might be good, so here goes.

Let’s start with one of the camp as seen from the wharf.

Here is the Starcraft pontoon boat pulled up on the boat launch.

and another view of the pontoon boat showing the high water along the rock wall.

Here’s a pic of the side of the camp with the new ranchwall siding and the new window we added to that end of the cottage.

While we were at the camp last week we had a visit from our “adopted” dog, Mickey, a big old labrador retriever who drops in occasionally, has a treat or two or three, what am I saying, she eats us out of house and home, but we love to see her coming. Here she is having a little rest after lunch.

We’re still without television or internet at the camp, waiting for the service provider to get around to hooking us up. Now being without television is not the end of the world, but trust me, when you don’t have television or internet and it’s raining and raining and yes, raining, time gets pretty long.

Both Wendy and I have become voracious readers of late, which is a good thing. I did manage to plant the vegetable garden, but I am afraid all the wet weather may have rotted the seeds, so it may not be a very successful garden this summer.

Hopefully it won’t be much longer before I am posting in real time from the camp, and hopefully it won’t be raining when I do !!

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