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I think I'm getting better at answering those emails I'd really rather ignore. I figure this is good practice.

In completely unrelated news: Seriously, my family people. I should stop being surprised. It's just, they keep catching me off guard. And being nice. It's...weird and stuff. I have no idea how to take it!

And on a really positive note: the boathouse will not be falling down this winter. The boat, however, may still be a write-off. Oh well. It's just, there's no insurance claim if it stops working on its own, rather than because the roof collapsed on it.

And even farther off topic: I was $15,000 richer today...for about 4 hours. Ah money, how I will miss you.
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I am going to the lake house. I need to get out of the city, away from my parents, and most of all away from work. See you all next weekend.
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So, yesterday, between the rains, I went for a drive. I don't usually do this because it burns gas and that's both expensive and bad for the environment. But yesterday I just needed to get out of a cottage empty for the first time in weeks. Go figure.

I drove around Lake Rosseau. I've never done that before, as it's not on the way to anything, but I figured why not? Off I went. There weren't many cars about yesterday (weather, Thursday, etc.) and I only had one ass behind me on my tailgate, and then only at the end of it near Winderemere. It was a pleasant drive, until I ran out of paved road south of Ullswater. Then it was a bit less fun, because my car doesn't do washboard all that well. Still, it was manageable (not like I was going to turn around!)

I went around a turn on 141, or it could have been 24 south of Ullswater, I honestly don't remember, and found the best view in the world. I watch Top Gear a lot and they talk about the best driving roads in the world. Well, this wasn't the best road, not anywhere near, but this view was spectacular. The people who live on that turn may be the luckiest in Muskoka. I didn't realise places like that existed outside Italy!

I'm slowly making my way through City of Seven Walls as an audio, having read it once a long time ago. I think it's more enjoyable to listen to, though there's some really awkward moments 'on tape' that maybe work better on 'paper'. Still, I enjoy a good SGA every now and then. Only one chapter left to go! It has a good tone to it, and that makes for peaceful and slow driving, unlike most of the music I listen to which makes me want to go fast!

Today, it's off to the museum, probably for the last time. Home next Wednesday, it looks like!
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I think we can classify this as a cautionary tale. A sort of 'what not to do' lesson. It's tragic, yes, but maybe it will have other people thinking a bit more and things like this will be less likely to happen. I can hope; because every year this happens to someone. Every. Single. Summer.

The Khun place burned down on Monday night. It was 104 years old. One of the owners decided it was chilly and they wanted an evening fire in the fireplace. They neglected to wait for it to burn out before they went to bed and woke up at 12am to find the house on fire. The Khun's live on an island. It was 1am before the fireboats arrived and by then the century old wooden cottage was gone. They managed to stop the forest fire from burning the rest of the island down (for which the other island owners are grateful, I'm sure).

There are literally only a handful of original cottages with the same owners up here. Now yes, that handful all live within a mile of the Khun's island, because that is Beaumaris and it was settled first. Still, it's definitely a loss to the history of Muskoka.

[Sarcasm] I can't wait to see what they rebuild with the insurance money. [End sarcasm]

On the upshot, all three fireplaces are still standing.
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Loves the way Muskoka works. It's 8:30am and we get are down at the dock madly trying to get the cover on the boat before it rains anymore and our neighbours towards the road call. And tell us there's a bear been spotted three doors down from them. Which means that the call tree has been put in effect and the word is getting passed down the road (we're the second last cottage). Now, we're at the dock (200ft from the cottage) with two dogs out. MAD RUN! And waiting for a bear to show up and then (hopefully) leave.

Good thing I called in rain to work today (by which I mean, it's raining and therefore I can't go). I don't think my little puddlejumper would have done well up against a bear on the driveway.

I sort of hope he shows rather then goes over the ridge so I can get a picture.
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You know that level of exhaustion that is much much worse than tired and one step away from being involuntarily unconscious?

Yeah, that's exactly how I have felt since Thursday afternoon. Frak am I out of shape.
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You know what *really* pisses me off? That I clean the cottage, do the shopping, sweep everything outside, bake a casserole and then go to work for 7 hours only to come home to a houseful of guests that I have to play hostess to, because my aunt seems to expect it.

I. AM. NOT. THE. MAID.
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Way to skyrocket my stress levels! Returned from work to find the road blocked by trucks and a tree down with the power lines. Had to park the car on the other side of the lake at the cousins, bail the boat out, paddle it back across the my cottage and wait 4 hours for them to fix the power. Then repeat. Car now at the right cottage. Boat now at the right cottage (and clean). Tree cut up and cleared and all is well.

Mostly; I didn't get the curry I wanted for dinner, so I'm sort of pissed. Soup on the BBQ instead. :(
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In deference to my LJ icon, I have remembered that my hair hates Muskokan water with a passion it reserves only for the ocean. Actually, I think it may trump that. At least my skin loves salt water. Fresh water does it no help either.

Bugger. Stringy, flat hair for the next four months!

It rained again. I am making the Lansdowne Appetizer for dinner to cheer myself up. And because I found chorizo for cheap at the store.
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Cousins up across the bay. Nice and very unexpected. My little baby cousin isn't so little anymore! He's four now and adorable, even if he has a tendency to whine. A lot.

How things change. Kendra and Mark and his son Lucas up across the bay. Me here. No 'adults' in sight. God, how long ago were we the kids?

It's currently downpouring.
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My entire back is just one big ache. From tailbone to the back of my neck my spine just feels like someone took it and twisted it into a spiral.

I called in sick on my second day of work. Ouch. But really, there's no point in me going because just driving there will be painful, and I could paint, but I know from past experience that I will have a headache before the clock strikes noon (I can already feel the first stirings at the base of my skull) and what use am I with a pounding headache? Besides, I spent all yesterday painting with what turned out to be a migraine by the time I got home. Honestly, the drive back from Bracebridge was agony and very very stupid. I could barely see enough to drive.

I do not want a repeat. And it's supposed to rain this afternoon. Although, looking at the window, I'd say before noon. It looks like evening outside! And it was trying to be sunny and hour ago, which tells me the weather system must be moving faster than the weather channel predicts. The radar has rain over Georgian Bay. So, probably no point anyways. Can't paint in the rain, it leaves annoying drop marks in the the wet paint! Which it did yesterday. On my perfectly painted bright white stern of the boat. DROP MARKS. ALL OVER. Bugger you Mother Nature. At least the ceiling struts will be fine...

I am so out of shape. June project...fix that. Like...as soon as my back stops throbbing and I can get the kayak out of the garage. And check the lake temperature. I wonder where the ladder got to? Huh. Hey, wet suit and swimming! When it's not - you know - that time. Kate, I think there might be a wet suit up here you could use. I will have to check the back closet. It may have been eaten by mice.

It's so calm here. It's the beginning of June in Muskoka, which is just another way of saying no one is here. There are lights on at the yellow place across the bay, but I have concluded they must live up here now, because they were on in early May too. Nothing on the far shore though, except at the church property. The lake is so still too, almost a perfect mirror and black as ink with the dark sky today. There's no birds chirping, or traffic on the highway (not yet, at least, that'll come in a few weeks), or boats on the water. Just utter, perfect, stillness. I could just sit and stare at it for hours. Which is about all I can do with my back!

Kate, how do you deal with this on a daily basis? Does it feel like your spine is in a clamp all the time, because that's how mine feels right now?

If it rains any more I think tarps on the boat will give out. ::contemplates that a minute:: Well, it's not my boat. It's not like it's going to sink sitting on a trailer in the driveway. So, how much do I love my aunt? Today, not enough to care.

Ow.
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At the cottage.

In other news, I have officially decided to be sick. I've been fighting against it for 3 days, but apparently I lost. Gah, tea and satellite! Hopefully it will be gone in a few days. I guess I won't be getting any of the To Do list done this particular week. I just hope Sunset doesn't call...
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Okay, To Do list for TODAY:

1)Drive to cottage. x
2)Drop off present/books at Kate's. x
3)Unload car. x
4)Clean all pathways and decks off. x
5)Dust/vacuum/sweep interior. x
6)Make the bed I didn't last October. x
7)Make up a shopping list of all the things that were forgotten. x
8)Find out whether the Best Bakery In The World will be open tomorrow. x YESYES!
9)Make sure the boathouse/boats/garage/pump house are still standing and operational. x (Pump house was an issue - now fixed)
10)Enjoy being At The Cottage for my Birthday! XXX
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I am alive. Sweet God, I am alive.

I am never going north of Parry Sound again. I am too fond of civilization. I have no idea how the Kentners stay there for TWO WEEKS. It is like being abandoned on a desert island, except it is not nearly that warm and the water is a hell of a lot less nice than crystal clear ocean. Dad was not amused. Mom is getting too old for this shit. I, at least, do not have to find an excuse to not go back next year.

I have decided I hate wind. Wind and me are not friends.

So, we got talking about Scotland, because the Kentners leave for Scotland a week before I do, and they've never been their before either, but they have been to England/Ireland. So John was regaling me with probably slightly less than true tales, but they were funny. And then we got talking about accents. Even though he's been to Ireland about five times, he still can't understand the Irish accents, so he says he's not holding out hope for the Scots. And then he comment that even Scots who have left the country for a few years can't understand them when they go back for a visit! And to prove the point he said his doctor is from Glasgow but moved over here a few years ago and can't understand half of his family back home.

And that's when I lost it. Because, really, how was I not supposed to?

I'm sorry Kate. I'll try to be stronger in September.

I missed the hot water the most.
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I have never been a camper. I don't even pretend to enjoy camping. I am not a 'live outdoors' type of person. I am also very attatched to my electricity. Running water I can live without. Lights are a must.

Tomorrow, at 8:30am, we are leaving for the French River. It is a three hour drive north of MUSKOKA, the last half hour of which is a dirt road. Following this we are catching a half hour boat ride DOWN THE RIVER to our friends CABIN.

It is a one room shack, to put it...politely. No running water. No hydro. And it is supposed to be roughly 7*C tomorrow night. It might as well be a tent. It will be an ADVENTURE. I am glad it is only one night.

The cell reception cuts out an HOUR south of the French. I am going to middle-of-NOWHERE Ontario. If I am not online by 10pm Tuesday night, someone please send out the search parties. We may have been taken by bears.

Also, I will miss my computer. Not that I've been on it every day I've been up here, and I can live without internet for more than 24hours, but it's the principle of the thing, now isn't it?

Book. i-Pod. My bestfriends.

So long, sweet world.
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Well, I've only gone 19 days without updating this journal. None of you missed me anyways.

grav_ity left this morning, after 4 very fun days. Unfortunately she was landed with my entire family and a lot of alcohol Friday night, but she survived admirably, and got to watch Return of the Jedi and 12 hours of LOTR for her troubles.

Edie marched off two hours ago, after a very long grocery shopping trip (apparently there was no food in the house, go figure) to chainsaw. At least it is up the road and I don't have to listen to it. Let's hope she forgoes the chipper today. Dad, in perfect timing, went to nap.

Cousins have all disappared down to Gibson for another party. Lucky them. I don't think I could manage another Naylor party right now. Maybe on the weekend.

It is gorgeous and warm up here today, for the first time in I can't remember how long. I shall enjoy it while it lasts. The end has come...of summer. It is Monday and therefore very quiet up here. Which will last for a few days at least.

My TO DO list for the summer is almost finished. All that is left is the following:

Read Silmarillion (10% done)
Transcribed Grandmother's notes (which will never get done, but I try every year)
Write Keeping Busy III (50% done)
Finish costume (95% done)

I've done well. And three of those things will be done by September 11th.

Off to dive in Perry Sound in a few days. Cold water, gah. Want Advanced certificate. Am so going to Colombia next spring. At least I can accomplish that before I move to Scotland.

::disappears for another week::
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So, the power came back on. Finally. Thankfully. Just in time for me to have a nice long hot shower after spending the day freezing on Georgian Bay.

Drove all the way down to nearly Collingwood, to spend an hour in an inflatable in 5 foot swells to get out to a dive site in 30 feet of water. They were amazing wrecks, but really, I think it was more effort than it was worth. Edie and Todd left for Brockville this morning for the rest of the week, so I get to dog sit. Which involves much less sitting then one might think.

I am incredibly tired, but more than that I have a headache that just WILL NOT GO AWAY.

But Dad decided he wants to see P2, so off we go to Bracebridge tomorrow. And Ainsley ended up stranded in Georgetown for 3 days, so hopefully I won't have to see her now. Yay!

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