Decks done and more

We finally got some warmer temperatures and NO RAIN!   I rushed to get the deck boards stained with the nice weather, staining them in the garage, then moving them outside to dry.  The staining was not bad but lifting and handling about 55 heavy 16 footers over the 2-3 days was a little tough on the wrists.  But I got them done.

As this was going on, We then decided that the lake facade on Cabin 1 needed to be repainted but the shingle siding (original) was so cracked, it will be easier to just take off the old and put up new.   BUT before that can happen, we wanted to replace the storm windows for the porch.  These are much better, work better and hopefully, snow won’t blow in every winter.

Plus the inside now looks better. 

Just some new paint and this will be done.   Of course, all of this needs to be done in between guests.   Thank you all for being patient with us and our renovations.  If we do not get some no rainy days soon, not sure when we will get to the outside work.

The summer sunsets begin

With our camps facing the west, we always seem to see incredible sunsets here.  Each season offers a different view also.

Last night, the skies lit up in shades of pink, blue, purple, salmon and gray. Most of these colors were to the right of the actual setting sun but none the less, gorgeous.

Spring brings new life

About this time every year, we get to watch our Tree Swallows fight and flurry to get the best house and begin their nesting.

And it has begun!  We have about 11 houses and it seems they all know to come back to play here at Cozy Cove Cabins.

How much fun it is to watch them making nests, fighting over the house, and then playing, I assume.

This one, I think they are having a discussion about who has to watch the nest and who gets to play.

And although they have not arrived yet, soon my finches will arrive too.   Can’t wait.

This is the season to find birds in our region.  I hear many calls and hoots just around here but I cannot see them.  And the only sound I recognize is the chickadees.

We do have a few ducks already but I have not heard the loons yet.  Of course, the lake is still ice but it won’t be long now.

Deck removal started

When we first started replacing the decks on the cabins,way back when, I did not like using pressure treated. One reason, you have to let it sit for 6 months before you can stain it.

Well we have learned that basic deck boards simply do not last.  In the past couple years we have had to replace a board here and there and sometimes, the board looked OK on the top but we found it was rotten underneath.  We have already replaced (2nd time) decks on Cabin 5 and 7. Last fall, we decided to replace the decks on Cabins 1 and 2 and bought all the decking need giving it time to dry out before spring.

SO once we had these cabins empty, even though there was still snow on the ground, Steve chose to begin removing decking and whatever bad joists as needed.

Now we just have to wait for some warm weather to put the first coat of stain on the new pressure treated decking.   HMMM.  Wonder when that may be.

Spring work has begun

The snow is melting and we are seeing some warmer days.  SO the exterior work has begun. We have 2 decks this year in need of replacement. Both were replaced our first years here but time and the elements have done their job.  Unfortunately, not only the deck boards but the joists need replaced.  Even though maybe only a few are going, may as well do it all.

But Steve got a good jump on it.  He has removed all the old wood and replaced all the new supports needed.  Now all we need is a few good days to begin staining the deck boards and this project will be done.

Happy Spring!

Deer caught on cam

Our cabins are not be in the woods which is why it always amazes me to see so much wildlife here out our front door.  It may not be often but we have seen moose, fox, mynx, turtles and now, our webcam caught 6 cute deer walking across our shoreline.

 

Big Wood Ice Out Contest 2017

It is that time again.  Time for you all to try and guess when the ice will go out this year. The lake froze over well before season open on January 1st and it is still about 3 feet thick. We have had a bit of rain, then freeze, then snow, then melted snow then freeze and now the wind chill is about minus 47.

The ice out date last year was April 23rd at 4:30PM.

SO let the guessing begin.

So how this will work:
Choose your date and time.  Including  the time is new this year in case of multiple same dates are chosen.  The person closest to the time will win.

Add a comment to this post with your guess as to the date and time  the ice will go out this year. We can only accept one entry per person.

The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2017.
The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2017.

The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 15th, 2017.

Please Note: Only one discount permitted per stay at Cozy Cove Cabins and our same discount rules apply. (payment by check or cash, cabin minimum must be met)

Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.

GOOD LUCK

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