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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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Ready or Not, Here We Come!

We're Back

We’re Back






Electric at Dock

Electric at Dock








May 1st, marked a long a-waited date for me.  This would be our first full summer at the resort I fell in love with at the end of last June.

We’ve been anxiously waiting, wondering, and hoping all winter long that everything at our lake house would be alright when we returned to Holiday Shores Resort and RV Park and Golf Course located in Durand, Michigan. (Located between Flint and Lansing for anyone who loves to camp.) I prayed there would be no leaks or critters. We were pleased that there was neither. One of the best things about this campground is . . .  it’s just not that far away, (had to say it Ell)!

I was determined to be there on opening day whether it was snowing, raining, or close to freezing temperatures. Which any of those were quite possible here in Michigan on May 1st.

There was lots of small stuff to be done inside. The plumbing had to be turned on, the antifreeze pumped out, the furnace repaired, and the electric plugged in, the propane checked, and of course the wireless reinstated. Then there was a bit of spring cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, and some window washing. A special thanks shout-out to my dear friend Ellen for all your help. We got it all done in no time. It truly is looking like home now with touches of me through-out.

I’m also grateful to my husband for replacing a rusted metal winch and pole to get the pontoon in and out of the water. He put the canopy over the deck and  buried an electrical wire leading to the dock that had worked itself above ground.

Now all we need are some good friends, good books, some warm enough weather to sit outside, a fishing pole, and maybe an ice-cold beverage or two.  Ahhhhh!

The grill is out, Adirondack chairs cleaned and wood rack filled. I believe we are now ready to enjoy a fabulous fun-filled  SUMMER! Bring it on!

Where’s your favorite place to visit/camp over the summer?






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Thought I would share my daily routine on gratefulness. Please don’t tell my elementary teachers, but I’m still counting on my fingers. 

Each morning before my feet hit the floor, I say the words, “I’m thankful for. . . ” I then count on my fingers- ten blessings. I challenge myself each day to come up with things that we sometimes take for granted. This was today’s list.

Thanksgiving Day gathering with family, warm covers, indoor plumbing, no pain, the smell of coffee, having my husband home today, trash collectors, family& friends, good clean water, and my five senses.

Each night as I get in bed I go over in mind all the good things that have happened during the day. Then I pick one thing or moment as being the best. These can be small things, anything or any person who brought a smile. Maybe, it was something on TV that made me laugh out loud, or a story or song that touched my heart that I heard on the radio, or a complete stranger did something kind for me, like opening a door, picking up something I dropped, etc. Extraordinary things seem to happen when I go for my walks.  It could be something bigger like playing Polly Pockets or reading a story with my granddaughter, having a lunch or breakfast date with someone I hadn’t seen in awhile or a surprise visit from someone I love. Most days there are so many positive things in my mind at night, I have a difficult time choosing just one. After I pick one thing, I go on to say the five finger prayer. 

The thumb is nearest to your body therefore represents a prayer for all those closest to you, the pointer finger is for all the educators of the world, the center finger is for our worlds leaders and their endeavors, the ring finger is the weakest finger and that is prayer for all those who are suffering in any way or form, are ill or plagued with decease. The pinky finger represents the prayers you ask upon yourself. 

It’s a perfect way to end the day. Thinking all positive, grateful thoughts before going to sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving and may your blessings be plentiful and tasty today!

I believe this is going to be another one of those difficult nights to pick only one best thing of the day! 

More information on the five finger prayer.


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