Peak of the Summer

This is what we wait for all winter long and here it is. Hot (25°-30°C) and sunny with a light breeze form the south west. Quite a glorious day at the lake.

Up at 6am for a few cups of coffee and some reading in the quiet of the dawning day before easing into a bacon and waffles breakfast. A little yard work before the day gets too hot and I’ve satisfied my need to accomplish something useful for the day. Now it’s time to goof off, relax, adventure, and perhaps a siesta.

We take a scenic boat ride through the Hades and over to Scotties Island before turning back home.

After some dock time and a light lunch its on to reading a book which will inevitably lead to that siesta.

Weekend #4

This is the 4th weekend in a row at the lake. It’s quiet, just Shirley and I. The lake is calm with a high overcast and about 10°C. A fishing boat went out at day break (~5:30am) and other that that, very still, very quiet, peaceful. This is the “bug” weekend. The May flies that are normally closer to the May long weekend have arrived and are swarming around the water’s edge. Fairly thick with bugs, but not as bad as some years. I don’t think there will be much hanging out at the dock this weekend. The good thing is they will all likely be gone by next weekend as they have a very short life cycle.

First highway trip for the new Santa Fe. Enjoyed the ride but now there are bugs on the front and some serious washing up to do when we’re back in the city. Still no XM radio service so that might get checked into when we’re back at the dealer. I think it’s likely an XM setup issue, but it is strange that the radio id is not showing up and the free preview channels are not available. Other that that the Santa Fe is great. Enjoying the extra space, and all the toy that come with the Limited edition.

I’m thinking about a bike ride later today or tomorrow morning but for now it’s coffee in the new recliner and some surfing & thinking.

Cottage Stuff

Water Control Valve
Originally uploaded by Big Dadoo

For some reason opening the cottage this year seems to be taking longer that ever. Traditionally, May long weekend and it’s all done. Here we are on June 24th and the boat has yet to be flipped over and put in the water.

Perhaps, the fact that I’m sitting around and enjoying my 2nd, soon to be 3rd cup of coffee that is impeding progress. With the cottage now entering it’s 26th year, every year seems to bring a new little challenge to the start up process. This year, it was the “blue thing” over there. It’s a part of the washing machine that as I write is shaking the cottage on the spin cycle. Hmmmm, that foundation really needs to be checked out. But hey, it’s been like this since day 1.

Back to the “blue thing”. After getting the water on and hooking everything up, I thought I was done, but not so. On one trip into the workshop I noticed that the carpet was wet, never a good sign. It seems that one of the hoses was leaking. The first attempt was to tighten the hose. Didn’t work. Second try was to replace the hose as it seemed to be coming from the hose fitting at the “blue thing”. wrong again. OK, now on much closer inspection, the “blue thing” had a very small crack in the thread fitting for the cold water.

After a brief internet search and an email to a local parts show, we had our replacement part for a whooping $29.95. Not a bad deal to restore a washing machine that is as old as the cottage. Installation was relatively easy, but I’ve been advised this morning that I may have not connected the hot water correctly, as we’re getting a cold water wash when it should be hot but, it’s not leaking any more. Perhaps after another coffee…