Clouds

When the sun is out, I, as most people, where our sunglasses.  Do you ever notice how beautiful the sky and clouds look through polarized glasses?    Then you take the picture, and it is just not the same.  The clouds are not as white or sky not as blue.   You all know what I mean.

And yes, I could have gone up and attached a polarized filter to my lens but I took the chance to see what my camera would do.    It came out almost as I could see it. Crystal clear blue skies and many white puffy clouds.    What a day!

4th of July fun 2017

As it happens every year, Celie and Kevin participated in the 4th of July parade for Cozy Cove Cabins.   This year, it was Fred and Wilma Flintstone in their Flintstonemobile!    FUN FUN.   They won “Most Outrageous”

Then, after the parade, many of our guests headed down to the shore and had an old fashioned potluck picnic.

Good food, laughs, and the making of many new friends.

After, many of us went up to the town field for the incredible fireworks.  Excellent display!

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!