Sunday, September 7, 2014

Starting to Close up the Cottage

This weekend Wayne and I started the process of closing up the cottage for the season.
Here is a bit of the list we have to do.
Some of these we will do next weekend as that will be our last weekend out there.
We don't shut off the water and winterize the pipes until the last day of the season.

The weather looked like it was going to rain and maybe even a bit of a storm, so we had to get a move on….or like Wayne likes to say "We're burning daylight" ;)

Wayne's dad, got a tree cut down at his house, so he brought the wood to camp for our fires.
I wish I had that man's energy…he is 83 and loaded all this wood in his trailer and then unloaded it at camp, and those are some large cuts of wood.

So Wayne and I piled it all and will split it next Spring.
We normally would have split it and piled it right away, but with Wayne's wrist still being tender, I told him we will do it at the start of the new camp season.

Next job was to replace the tarp on the trailer or guest room ;)
Wayne is worse than a boy scout, he is overly prepared.
He totally sealed anything that could leak on here, and then put up some tarps.
This tarp got shredded in the wind over the years.
Wayne doesn't care for heights, so this is my job, lol.

Not sure where this little guy came from, but I almost stepped on him :(
I am wondering if it was in the tarp when we took it down.
I felt so bad for him, as bats are nocturnal and he didn't move. But he did try to bite as I was checking him out.

I didn't want him to become food for another animal, so I put him under the trailer by this piece of wood.
See his little bat wing hand ;)
It was still to bright for him under the trailer, so I propped up a piece of tin for him to hide under.

New tarp up…even though I think it is a bit overkill ;)
I told Wayne we should build an awning type of structure.
That way the trailer is protected from all the snow we receive, plus with an over hang we get a gazebo out of it ;)
Pretty clever I think.

We got quite a few of our jobs completed and then I got to create in the evening :)
But can you believe I forgot card stock for my card bases and adhesive.
So I checked around the cottage and found some liquid glue and some double stick tape from a package of window insulating film….I am sure we won't need that much tape when we do the windows, teehee.

I did start a couple of cards, but was uninspired to put the last one together.
I was thinking of working off of a card sketch, maybe even enter a challenge, but every one I checked out was associated with a product or a certain stamp brand.
I just wanted to play around with a sketch.
If you follow any card sketch challenges I would love to hear which ones you follow :)

Hope you all had a Creative Day today :)

Tracy :)


  1. I think you should build the awning too. There is a resort a few blocks from us and each trailer is under a beautiful wood framed awning with a gorgeous roof overhang to create a patio under. It also keeps the trailer cooler as the sun is not beating on the window.

    Your lists look like mine,..we write quite similar! There is always so much to do at the end of the season...
    We go up around Set 24 to close up for the year and winterize!

  2. LOL! Love the over kill on the tarp - will look so much prettier with a gazebo :-) Awwe cool, a bat, so cute and your are so kind to place it under out of the way :-) Have a great week.

  3. So sad it is time to close up camp for the season. Where did our summer go? They are predicting highs only in the 40's for us later this week. That is quite a list you have ahead of you.

  4. Great pictures, your list is like ours minus the wood and the tarp oh and they kayaks too. With hubby not able to lift anything over 5 pounds we will have to take a grandsosn to the cottage to help with the windows and draining the pipes. Perhaps we will go on Thanksgiving and have the family there to help.
    Catch the Bug challenge blog has a sketch challenge it's called Stella says Sketch. Yoou don't have to use their images.

  5. It's always sad when the season ends. This summer flew by so fast! That's so nice of you to move the bat. I would have been too scared. He's a cute little guy though :). Funny how when you want to craft, you will find anything to use. Hey, if it works, right?

  6. I love list :) looks like the bear is hibernating :)

  7. wow it seems like just a couple of days ago you were getting the cottage ready for the season and now it is over already! time goes by way too fast

  8. I can't believe it's that time of year already!
    It seems you were just going down there for the first time of the season. :)
    I really cannot believe cooler weather is on the way!

  9. I spend my past few days helping my girls get back to school. I cannot say much along the creative crafty side but it was filled with creative ways to make homework fun if that counts :)

  10. I've never seen a wild bat up close in person. That little hand is so creepy. LOL

  11. Sounds like you were super productive, Tracy, too bad it's to close up the cabin for the summer! :)

  12. You guys do so much to close up the camp! I'm impressed with your to do list and that you always get it all done!

    That poor bat. I hope he is okay now.


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