Well hello there. I’ve been away on holidays for the past two weeks. I’m back at the grind again as of today however. Ho-hum. The rest of this is modified from point form, so it is somewhat scattered.
One of the worst parts about vacation is always packing for the vacation….. It always takes longer than expected and cramming two weeks of existence into an Impreza is an engineering feat for sure. We got in a visit with the nephews the night before we left. The in-laws seemed pretty relaxed and we had some good laughs. It wouldn’t be a vacation however without me forgetting something somewhere. Yup. Left the wallet at the sister-in-laws. How wonderful. So… leaving for vacation. No wallet. Awesome. She was kind enough to toss in the mail Xpress…. Thanks again to her! Anyway…. we got off about mid-afternoon the next day and took the 401 (which is usually a mistake) but it wasn’t too bad. Lead foot bdot got us to the Lake by 9:30… We made really good time.
The first day was getting groceries in Barry’s Bay. QB bdot tossed a solid pass of a malt roll in my chest for 6 points. I think she may have cracked a rib. Stopped for lunch at the Wondergirls’ chip truck. It was very mediocre, fries were decent, but the burgers were very underwhelming and the bacon was not crisp which is instafail. I started reading iNom’s second book Contract of Betrayal. I seem to only read at the cottage. Hmmmpt. We dropped a staggering amount of cash at the LCBO. Dinner was tasty shrimp on the new cottage BBQ which turned out to be only slightly better than the one that was falling apart there the season before. The next few days were Malibu Rum punch, dips in the cool refreshing lake, and chasing the sun on the deck.
It is a bit odd being without Internet. Even after two days I was wondering what was going on at home with the reno. Not much it turns out. Finished Betrayal in two days, which is rare for me. What a great book Tammy wrote! On Friday we checked out Wolf’s Ridge golf course in Killaloe. I must admit my expectations were low but the course looked really well maintained and had an impressive course layout. Since it was finally my first time out with my new clubs we opted for the driving range instead of playing 9. Which was fine. The new clubs are great but I’m clearly not. I can see promise in the clubs if I can find some consistency however. Saturday a bunch of engine lights came on in the car. Joy. With the help of bdot’s father we determined the error code was P0453 Evaporative Emission Control System – Pressure Sensor High Input. We cleared it and it didn’t come back. A one off I guess? Our friends from Bethany arrived Saturday to stay for two nights. So the relaxing part of the vacation was put on pause. Soon the cottage was full of people and activity. Other friends Trish and Fin and their kids also stopped by. It was a fun afternoon. The plan was to go for a boat ride but a storm blew in. We were lucky to get the boat docked before the heavens opened up. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last. By the evening we were over at a neighbour’s to enjoy a fire and some pops. Good times.
I developed a Pistachio addiction which was in full effect for the next few days. Om nom. Sunday was nice outside so to keep everyone busy we held a bocce tournament. I was paired with BBB’s eldest daughter who ending having a lot of game. Another fun afternoon. I started reading Rush’s drummer Neil Peart’s book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. Chef Ellwood as Peart calls himself is not surprisingly, a very capable writer. I’m into the book as far as Mexico and I’m enjoying Peart’s wanderings. I was a little surprised to read he smokes however. *shrug* I’m curious to try The Macallen which he keeps referring to. Something tells me it isn’t cheap… Talking with Ryan and Kelly Monday night (both are well versed in music and culture) and Ryan said that there is a Skinny Puppy reference on an episode of the old Canadian series Danger bay. *smirk* It would make sense with both being in Vancouver, but I haven’t been able to substantiate the claim so far. We had a massive rib dinner with everyone we knew that was at the various cottages on Round Lake. It was delicious! In the evening we chilled out with a few drinks and talked with bdot’s cousin Ali about her sister’s upcoming wedding. The groom was curiously referred to as ‘Not-Bobby’ for a few months. I have a feeling that reference may mistakenly resurface during the wedding. Singing Not-Bobby! Not-Not-Bobby! I’m not sure why, but the cottage seems plagued with flies this year and killing them on the paper ceiling tile is not ideal. Ugh. So annoying. Also developed a fondness for Kraken rum. Love the art on the bottle too. Fantastic design.
Our yearly trip to Round Lake always includes a stop at our favourite local artist Joyce Burkholder’s studio. There are always so many paintings that impress us. Bdot really liked a glowing painting of Round Lake so it became her birthday present. The weather was unsettled on Wednesday so we drove into Wilno to browse the art shops. We grabbed lunch in Killaloe at Mosquitoes Burritos. Yes, burritos in Killaloe! And they are really good! Returning to the cottage we saw a bear dart into the woods. Eeek. That is the first time I’ve seen a bear in the area in all the years I’ve known bdot. It was fairly small, but disturbing to know that are that close to the cottage. The final few days at the cottage were uber lazy. Sun. Reading. Lake. Repeat. Just to tease us the Friday we left turned out to be sunny and hot. *eyeroll* It was solid two weeks off.
Unfortunately we returned home to chaos. We hoped? expected? prayed? that the Great Room and our Bedroom would be sanded, restained and varnished while we were away. It was started but not done. What is done looks great… So, both rooms are still empty and both of us, the dog and two cats are crammed into my little office (which is already cluttered with reno stuff) in the basement. So it wasn’t an awesome homecoming… additionally, not surprisingly, the backyard is once again overrun with weeds. So it was rather deflating and frustrating return home. I think we’ll get both rooms back tonight and should be able to get our bed back. Ugh. After two weeks of ‘cottage beds’ then three nights on a futon…. Our king size bed is looking really good tonight says my back.