Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cottage Work and Fun

I love retirement and I love that my husband is retired as means we get to spend so much more of our time HERE!!!!
But what many don't know is owning a cottage is like owning another house....or in our case 3 houses as we have 2 cottages at the moment.

So one of our big jobs we wanted to do was pressure wash the decks.
I kind of rolled my eyes when Wayne wanted to buy a pressure washer...I just thought, oh another toy for him to play with.
Plus I thought the decks looked fine...he treats our deck every 2 years.

Well I have to admit I was wrong!!
Look at the difference here!!!
I was so impressed with how it looks, it looks like a new deck.

So he did the camp walls...and again such a big difference.

And the patio blocks as well...look at the difference!

We (when I say we, I mean Wayne..well Kristy helped) had to make a new top for our septic and we found this little guy in it.
Every time we tried to move him, he kept hopping back in. Finally we moved him far enough away that by the time he came back we were finished and he got to go back into his home.

Now onto deck #2.
This deck hasn't been treated as many times as our deck, so the difference was even more dramatic.
The pain was doing each side of those pickets....that took a lot of time.

We had trouble getting the water going at the second cottage.
Wayne tried everything...1st by changing the less expensive parts, then we changed the sand point.
And lastly we needed a new pump.
This is the first year that both camps had water nice that they decided to give us problems in the same year, lol.

We enjoyed our Canada Day weekend.
The whole family was out and 2 of my daughters brought out treats.
Kristy brought out these cupcakes and Ashley brought out a cake...but that was gone before I was able to get a photo, lol.

Early one morning I heard a loud motor and was scared it was our pump.
So I went on the deck to check where the noise was coming was on the lake by the pipelines.
I see these lights and at first think someone is on the pipeline having a party.

Then see a firetruck driving down our private road.
They were getting water from the lake for their pumper trucks.
They came by about 5 times.
I later found out a transport was on fire on the side of the highway.
So glad it wasn't someone's home or cottage.

Sawyer loves it at camp...especially since grandma and grandpa let him have treats, teehee.
Don't mind my camp hair...I actually was so frustrated with how frizzy it was, I got wayne to cut it, lol.
Don't worry though, I just went to the hairdresser for a professional cut and I have to say, it looks so much better now.

Look how happy this little guy is.
First time he came up this summer he went straight to the the rain, lol.
The second time when Ashley and Tyler came to camp, Sawyer was so happy to see me..but then he looked over my shoulder at the lake and actually Gasped!!!
Then he ohhhed and awwwed that I took him down at to the water....he loves playing in the water and in the sand.

Sawyer also likes to throw the tubes into the lake.
He does not like to go on or in them though, lol.

After a hard day of working and swimming these two beauties (Kristy and Heather) took in some rays.

Yes more photos of Sawyer.
But he is just so cute...and he sure has my heart.

Ok back to work.
A couple of winters ago while wayne was plowing our driveway he hit my bird bath and broke the base in about 4 pieces.
He welded them up and you can't even tell.
But it has seen better days, so I suggested we just paint it.

Now look at the difference!!!
What a bit of paint can to re-plant I use this as a planter, not a bird bath.

I am so shocked at the blueberries this year.
If you follow my blog for the last 8 years (wow), then you know I love to pick blueberries.
It is something we look forward to every year.
But this year they are so early.
I can't believe how many and how big they are already.
I never eat when I pick, but knowing it was to early, I had to try these.
The first week they were kind of sour, the second week they were a bit tasteless, last week and this week they taste better, but not at their peak yet.
Next weekend they should be tasty....lets just hope the critters don't get to these ones in our yard before I do.

Enjoyed an early fire.

Didn't enjoy these wasp nests though.
I am the wasp/hornet terminator of the family.
Wayne has a high sensitivity to them...he doesn't need an epi pen, but he does swell up majorly and needs to take something for it.
So I am the one that takes care of them...funny thing is, I don't mind.
I have yet to be stung well taking care of any nests...even though one got in my hair during this one.
See that hole in the wall..that is where they were coming in.  There was a lawn chair hanging up there and the nests were behind it.
We have taken care of 8 nests so far this year.

I'm not sure why this isn't in Celsius, but this was the temperature one day here at camp.
It has been so hot here and I am loving it.....way better than snow and cold.
I have even been in the lake swimming a few time....and it takes a real hot day or me working up a sweat to get me in the lake, lol.

Well that is all from me at the lake so far.
The whole family is coming up this weekend again and I love that we are lucky enough to live in such a beautiful country and so lucky to have these cottages for out family to enjoy our time together and to make so many wonderful memories together.

I will be sharing some crafty projects very soon.

Tracy 💗💗💗 


  1. Wonderful catch up. Two cottages!!! I think water is so enticing for little kids as well as the big kids. Mr Man has a power washer & when he cleans the patio each spring I am amazed at the difference so like you I am glad of the boy toy.

  2. Great pictures, now to show hubby what he can do with the pressure washer I bought him eons ago and he hasn't used it much. Sawyer is adorable and love your picture tutorial of what's up at the cottage.

  3. Wonderful peek into your cottage style living--looks like great fun (and work, too ) Sawyer is so adorable...what's not to like for him out there...right? Being Grand-mere and Grand-pere is such fun when they are little ones...enjoy hugs, Julierose

  4. 2 cottages? that's just crazy! hahaha I do like the power washer though... we have one at work and we sprayed a bunch of carpets at school and the dirt just came right off... they actually look much better now then when school ended in May! hahaha Enjoy your Summer!!


  5. Wow - I love the camp posts - I so love camp!


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