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Signs on My Mind

This past week has made me realize how much technology has taken over my life.

I’m up at the lake and my Internet Service has had two towers out.  No Internet, No TV, What is a writer to do?

Well, my Word program is still working so, I guess I should write. I had no Internet for three days.

Was it a sign? Hmm! I don’t know, but what I do know is that I got a whole lot of writing done. No interruptions from facebook or emails.

My second book, now has the Introduction draft done, and the last chapter also. All the in-between is still being organized and revised for my critique group.

Going back to last week, the dock is done and gorgeous. I absolutely love Holiday Shores. Here are some recent pictures. Out with old and in the new!

 

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Yep, my husband is a genius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Shores and More

Recently I’ve had two people ask me if I’m keeping Holiday Shores to myself. My answer is, “Oh my gosh…no, of course not. The more the merrier.”

I’ve written about specific happenings several times in my blog. It’s a resort and quite public. I believe it’s the best around, not that I’ve been many places besides Fletcher’s Pond and now I’ve grown quite partial to this magical place for many reasons.

Last week I mentioned I was beginning my second book. A major part of that story is how I discovered this place or should I say how it found me. I’ve only been to two other campgrounds in my life besides the one in Hillman. Greenwood Acres in Jackson MI.,  where my dad’s family has camped for years, and the other is, Locust Grove Co-op in Grass Lake, Mi.  I remember having a blast in both places with family and great friends.

Here is some of my favorite things about Holiday Shores RV Resort located in Durand Mi., between Flint and Lansing.

Our lot is on a hill over-looking one of several small lakes

I catch fish almost every time I go out

I have all the nature I need with a wooded area and a walking path

I’m less than eight miles from everything, shopping, restaurants, pharmacy, and antique stores

It’s quiet, except for the trains,  Durand is famous for its Historical Train Station. I love trains and all their sounds.

I feel safe.

And most of all I have indoor plumbing (I’ve camped all my life using outhouses so this is a really BIG deal)

(Construction is in progress as I write this for a new clubhouse in front of the golf course.)

There are plenty of choices of things to do here. It has almost 600 sites. You can camp nightly, weekly, monthly or seasonally (May 1 to Oct 31.) There’s a nine hole golf course, small beach, playground, tennis courts, and annual events such as, outings to local restaurants, craft shows, park/garage sale, golf cart poker, a weekend popcorn wagon with ice-cream, Memorial Day parade, fishing contest and fish fry, Christmas in July, and Trick or Treating in August. Prizes for the best decorated campers and golf carts. I’m not included in that since I don’t have a golf cart, but the peer pressure is beginning to get to me…

Within forty-five minutes you can be at . . .  Frankenmuth, Bronners, Birchrun Shopping, Turkeyville, Canterbury Village, or Tanger Outlet Mall in Howell.

This past weekend my husband and brother-in-law began building a small deck down by the water in front of our place. Our other dock spent most of the spring beneath the lake. You may recall some pictures on a previous blog. It was unusable and an eyesore to all the beauty surrounding it. Since we’re not in control of the water levels and ice in the winter, our solution is to build one on the land.

If you want more information on this awesome campground click on . . .  Holiday Shores Website

 

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Our Sunken Dock

Our Sunken Dock.

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Our Sunken Dock

Our sunken dock sounds a bit classy, maybe like a sunken garden, a kitchen, or sunken wine cellar?  Not Quite! There is nothing classy about it. It’s more like trashy.

Our Memorial Weekend at the Lake-House

We pulled in the driveway around 8:30 pm.

The spectacular sunset was in full progress.

Our new front porch solar lights winked on to welcome us.

Our fire pit was stacked with wood and ready to burn.

Cold beverages were chilled and calling our name. Yep, life is good in this bountiful country we live in.

(An extra Thank you to all U.S. Veterans this past Memorial Weekend and everyday.)

After unloading we grabbed some drinks and stepped out onto the deck. It is my favorite view. Across from our deck I see a variety of bright green leaves of various sizes indicating spring is in full bloom.  The geese are honking, ducks are landing, dragonflies are hatching, frogs have begun to sing. All of this causing my eyes to fill and my heart to swell with immense gratitude. I glance over to my husband to see if he is feeling the same way. He is staring down the hill, toward our dock, tight lipped, scrunched face. My eyes follow his squinted stare.

“Aren’t the fish supposed to be swimming below the dock, not over the dock,” he says shaking his head.

I gasp. It was two weekends ago my husband and I propped the dock posts on fitted cement blocks below the water. We had assumed the frozen lake shifted the posts causing the wooden 4 x 4’s to move off of the blocks.  He is such an early riser and was out in the water way before I got up. When he saw me standing on the deck he said he could use some help . . . so, I put on my crocks and went in the frigid water to help him . . .  even before a cup of coffee.  (And no –  he will never hear the end of it-before coffee-come-on-seriously). Anyway,  we were proud of what we had accomplished on that trip.  All four corners were now above water. It could use some paint sometime this summer and other than that it was a fine looking dock.

This trip, we were stumped. We had expected the water to get lower, not higher. Besides the dock being lopsided for a second time, it is now entirely submerged, it’s not functional, and is an eye-sore.

We  enjoyed a roaring fire and the star filled sky.  But, I’m sure my husband was thinking all along about how to raise the dock, replace the dock, fix the dock, make it into a floating dock or maybe he was thinking, we could burn the darn thing . Yep, he had a busy mind and likes to get things done-now. I had already warned him I wasn’t getting in that water before my morning coffee and walk. The next day the sun was shining and he decided to join me on the path.

During our walk  we discovered our dock wasn’t the only one with problems. The lake had rose so high it was even with the walking path and over it in some lower areas. Fish look a bit odd swimming between tender young blades of grass and hiding beneath the yellow blooms of dandelions. The majority of the docks in the resort were under water and or damaged worse than ours. The owners said it was the worst flooding they had in twelve years due to the large amount of snow and torrential storms in the past couple of weeks.

Later that day and the next, my husband was once again in the murky water doing what he could to get the dock level, not caring if it was still beneath the water. The dock was almost floating and he was able to move the cement blocks beneath the posts without my help. The dock is a bit higher now, level once again, and we spotted some dry areas on it before we left Monday morning.

The owners are supposed to drain some of the water from the lake on Wednesday, which makes me wonder if our dock will shift again or will it settle directly onto the cement blocks that are below each of  the posts? Of course they will line up!

Thinking positive!

All in all we enjoyed a wonderful three day sunshine-filled  weekend. With only two not-so-good things. The sunken dock and a found leech between someone’s toes. (hint: not mine) EWWWW!

Both docks under

Sunken Docks

Fish swimming over

Fish swimming over

See my husband?

Can you find my husband?

Yay, Dry Areas

Yay, Dry Areas

One more cast

One more cast

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Fabulous Fire and Fun

 

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