The cottage is looking fabulous. I didn't have much time to write when we came home - I had a full day of work, then a million errands, a grad party and a laundry before my surgery on Wednesday. I got most of it done and was ready for Wednesday. More on that in a bit.
The furniture in the cottage is perfect. We have a great crash sofa, courtesy of Deb, great chairs, perfect tables and some much needed storage. We will need more storage in time but for now, it's sufficient. And yes, we know that we need to get the window frames stained.
The brown chair with the ottoman is affectionately called the Poofy Chair. Primarily because it is a big, poofy chair. Ms Allie used to sit in the chair when we were in Chicago, drying off from her romps in Lake Michigan. She would be all 'poofy' when she air-dried, so she and the chair were 'poofy.' The name stuck. It is my favorite chair. I can see the water from that chair, the freighters, the boats and the jet skis.
We met the neighbors on all sides. The neighbors to our south are awesome. He is a retired biology faculty from UofM; she is a librarian. The first thing they did was bring us wine (BONUS) and then promptly walked Paul around to show him all the poison ivy on our lot. You know, we were excited about the big lot; that excitement has been chilled slightly with the poison ivy BUSHES that are sprouting all over the rear of the lot. Sigh. We bought some stock in Round Up. With the amount that we will use, I would encourage you to buy some too.
The neighbors a few houses to the north are odd. I will leave it at that for now but am pretty sure that they will be content material this summer. Stay tuned.
I promise pictures of Samson in the water next time. We were having so much fun playing and swimming together that I didn't even pick up my camera until Saturday. He barks at the waves. He digs in the sand. He chases his floating frisbee. He swims and collapses on the beach. I don't know if I have ever seen him so content.
Most importantly, I have taken the bold step of joining the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Yup, I am going to become a card carrying life member, so I can hang out with my girls - Jeanette, Lucy, Brenda - and enjoy Killian's Red in a cold mug for $1. No more needing an escort from Paul. I will be able to head in on my own. And take friends with me. It's a private club, a great cause, fabulous beer, pull tabs and now that it's non-smoking, it is the best. You have to come see it for yourself. Really.
And today has been the first day that I have felt well enough to get up and around - drive, read, take and edit pictures. My eye surgery on Wednesday went well but I underestimated how lousy I would feel. Mostly I hadn't planned on the drops that the doctor used during the surgery would cause such a headache. It was a monster and thankfully it's finally gone today. And my vision, one day post surgery was 20/20. What a gift. Thank you Dr Habekovic.
Since I can't swim for a week, and probably if smart shouldn't hang out around a lot of sand, stuck around GR for the weekend. We will head back up there soon - we have some wood to stain, some poison ivy to alleviate and some great friends to see.