So here are Em and her dear Maus enjoying a moment at Chautauqua this Memorial Day weekend, 2009. Pretty soon Sofia will be a big sister and we are all getting her ready for this change with baby dolls and swaddling and books about being a big sister. She is growing up so quickly now, and beginning to talk and is the apple of my eye, along with her dear cousin Nathan! She brings so much happiness into all our lives! What a little blessing. I don’t get to see her as often as Nathan, so when I do it is very special.
Every year two big days are opening the cottage and closing it. Getting the water supply back into working order, and then shutting it down in the fall have been fairly challenging these last few years, and we still only have hot water downstairs at the moment, but I hope we can get this fixed before it’s time to shut it down again!
Putting up the screens on the porch and moving out the furniture is another part of setting up the house for another summer. It isn’t the same as it was, once upon a time, long ago and far away when Paul and I spent all the three summer months out at the Lake with our children and dogs. It’s back and forth for special times – Memorial Day, the Glorious Fourth, my writing classes in July (as long as it doesn’t happen at the same time as the birth of Mausi’s new sister), the point picnic and any times my dear relatives and friends came come for a visit. So, it isn’t the same, as nothing is the same from moment to moment. But it is good! The view from the porch is one that calms and cheers me whenever I am there, paying attention. And I love to be there with family and friends.
Part of my weekend was visiting the little park across from the beach where there is a fan of bricks laid out with names of Point Chautauqua Association members who are no longer here with us on earth. Last year the brick was laid for Paul but this was the first time I ever saw it. We used to sit on one of the old metal benches here and look at the lake and talk for a while during our dog walks. It was a favorite place for Pali and me. A good place to remember him, if I needed a special place for this. He loved Lake Chautauqua so much and loved welcoming people there and showing them how great it was. I hope we can continue to do so!