It is true that I’m having a beautiful weekend here. The weather has warmed up a bit and the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing.
Still, I am somewhat wishing I were some place else, even though we had a lovely evening enjoying a dinner of Ingmar’s delicious grilling, western style pork ribs, two kinds of salads and delicious strawberries. I was supposed to be at our cottage at Lake Chautauqua this weekend. There was a meeting of the Historical Society which Paul used to tease me by calling the “hysterical society” which it occasionally has been. But I felt as though I were coming down with a cold and the weather was very very cold on Friday when I would have arrived. In short, I was a wimp…..So my first time there will be soon, I hope, but not this Memorial Day weekend…
Alice and Mike arrived Thursday evening and opened the cottage which means they turned on the water, no small feat and one with its own set of apprehensions. We never used to have difficulties, but there was a stretch of several years when turning on the water resulted in a deluge pouring out of the top of the kitchen just above the door to the dining room. Not fun! We were lucky enough to find a wonderful plumber who came and rescued us many times. But it seems (knock on wood) that those days may be over. I think this is the third year of no disasters.
This is also the weekend of Alice and Mike celebrating their Sixteenth Wedding Anniversary and I can tell from all the phone calls and face book postings that they are enjoying their time greatly. The dock is in now and Nathan and Stephen have been rather successful with their fishing endeavors.
This morning there was a community planting of native plants near the beach. For many years I was sad that most cottages mowed the grass right to the water’s edge. I knew from my garden reading that this was not good for the lake and now, thank heaven, this point of view is becoming more accepted. Point Chautauqua has joined with a group of graduate students in the Yard Works project at Cornell University in Ithaca who developed a planting plan for us, of native plants which would help prevent pollutants from entering the lake and causing the toxic algae blooms and excessive seaweed growth we’ve seen in several places in the hot days of August.
I am eager to see this! Alice was one of the people who helped with this work, and one of only two younger volunteers. (And she is not in her 30s anymore!)
There is always a lot of work in the beginning, as we discover things which need repair or maintenance. I’m so lucky that my kids are interesting in taking this over! I contribute, but not as physically as I used to do.
Besides their fun at the cottage and beach and dock, they enjoyed a few meals at The Hadley House… One was especially satisfying. My sil Mike had been diagnosed with allergies to fish and shellfish years ago and always carried an epi pen. But when he was tested recently he was negative for this reaction. About a week ago he had to go to the doctor’s office and eat two shrimp at half hour intervals while under observation. (This still amuses me to no end.) He had no reaction and is now cleared to enjoy these foods. So here is a photo of Michael enjoying a shrimp taco at the Hadley House.