We're off to a bumpy start up here. The house of course is fantastic as are our landlords, Val and Mark, and the lake is beautiful. I haven't had a chance to take many pics but here are a few.
The trip up was a breeze too, but the moment we arrived at the lake the clouds closed in and it's been rainy and cold much of the time. Sunday, our first full day, Ruthie and I set off to fetch my kayak from the shed on our new property. The whole way there we were dive-bombed by black flies. A couple we met said that means it's going to rain in two hours. More on that later.
Needless to say I got bit. I'm allergic. The benadryl and calamile lotion are locked in the shed along with the boat. Ruthie and I truck on over there -- I'm congratulating myself for having remembered the keys to the shed -- and get there to realize that in addition to the padlock, the doors are also closed by two sliding latches… at the top of the shed doors.
Fortunately, I was able to haul a log over and get on that and I was just able to shove the latches up and get the doors open.
Benadryl, After Bite, Caladryl.
We relaxed a bit, gloried in the splendor of our land and made use of our neighbor's comfort station. The clouds had broken up and it was sunny. Ruthie and I set out on the kayak, though she made her seating preference known to me before hand by hopping in my seat and only reluctantly taking her station on the Sham Wow at the prow of the boat.
We got about twenty feet from shore when I heard this hissing sound and realized it was coming from the far end of the lake… where those clouds were. A curtain of rain swept across the water and in seconds we were drenched. And by the time I paddled us back to shore it had stopped and the sun came out again.
Very funny, clouds. You're hilarious.
We started out again and even though the sky was bright and sunny, we heard thunder almost right away. Right. No relaxed paddle about the lake today. Time to get this boat up to the house and get off the water. Which we did.
The rest of the day passed uneventfully, with a nice dinner and a game of frisbee and a new tennis ball for Ruthie. Which we discovered she ate part of when we went to bed and she would not settle down, constantly shifting from one spot to another, trembling and eventually throwing up on the bedspread. Fortunately she seemed to get most of it up and she's been fine ever since. But needless to say, I was up until 4 am and it was a very worrying night.
I was sound asleep at 9:30 am when our house sitter Dave called and told us that there'd been a big storm in Royal Oak and a large tree limb was down over the driveway. It hadn't hit the garage, the house, or the fence.
So, the house is still standing and the dog is fine. Two things to be really grateful for. And finally, this afternoon the weather cleared up and I had a lovely trip out to the Bay of Eternity, which is my name for the south bay of the lake, where I hung out in the reeds and read about Buddhist psychology. It was just what I needed.