I had to write a quick note today as it is December 31, 2014, and I didn't want this to be the first year that I haven't taken the time to write on the website. It's not that I haven't been thinking about it but rather that life is still crazy busy and I just didn't remember to make time for it.
This year has been another wonderful year on the island and in general. All of our family is well and we again are grateful for the blessing of having Turtle Island as an escape to peaceful tranquility and rest. (at least when we need it) We again welcomed many of our family and friends to the island but still have room for more. As the cottage begins to take its final form we look forward to having more guests both drop overs and overnighters! The fridge is up and running so cold drinks are now available (and even ice cream!!).
Both Brittany and Lauren worked hard all summer at their summer jobs, but were able to get out to the island as often as possible. Sandra and I spent most weekends and several full weeks enjoying the the cottage and testing out its viability as a three season retirement home. The jury is still out on that decision but with a few more amenities (especially indoor washroom and shower facilities)I think I will be able to convince her! It's great to be building and adapting the plans as we stay longer each time.
The 5th Annual Boys Weekend happened as planned with again no major accidents or casualties.(at least that we are reporting) This years project was an upper level fire pit and sitting area, which turned out brilliantly. It involved the moving of a rock weighing the equivalent of a small car and the precise placement of fire pit border rocks to be admired and remain for eternity. It's amazing how creative and productive four guys can be when they are motivated. ;)
Scott was again a regular fixture out on the island this year and again blessed us with his expertise and skill. I am learning so much working with him and love every minute we get to 'play' together. The kitchen cabinets and counters are in and the walls are mudded and painted. Just for fun we even replaced two of the front picture windows with full panes to expand our perfect view even more! Scott is back out in the spring to finish our cathedral pine ceiling and start laying our wood floor. I'm pretty sure this is a life project for he and I. We share some big dreams for the island!! Did someone mention a helicopter landing pad?!
As I am so blessed to always mention is the helpful and caring lake neighbours that are an important part of our lives. We have met so many amazing people up at the lake and all of them willing to always lend a hand. We look forward to being able to take some time to sit with all of you next summer and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Just don't forget to bring your work gloves...just in case.
I wish all of our family and friends the best in the New Year and my hope is that all of you will have a healthy and wonderful 2015!! Cheers from ours to yours.