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The last of the docks and steps came out today.  Mac is looking disturbed by this occurance


What the heck happened to my steps to get into the lake


Honestly they were here yesterday…… how am I supposed to get in the lake to get stinky and a drink gonna happen now?


This thing bounces up and down and does not look safe to me….  I don’t care if you are out on it I am not going to get on it!


You can hold it all you want, but I know it moves and I am not going out on it


Ok well maybe……..


I made it but I don’t like it and do not trust it!

*Missing picture is Mac sitting out on the raft by himself which I tried to take but he Jumped off the scary moving raft to quick for my camera.  Maybe when it gets frozen in he will have more trust in it*


With wind gusts still enough to almost blow me off the pier while taking these pics, Steve and Troy went on a pontoon boat rescue mission.  We forgot to put the canopy down on the pontoon before the big wind hit.  There was enough force behind the wind to pull the eye screws right out of the dock that were securing the pontoon.  I am hoping there is no damage done to the canopy.   They look a little cold on their return trip


Chairs sent tumbling


Canoe blown off the dock it was resting on top of.  It was quite a day but I think we finally have most things put to right and sticks  mostly picked up.  As I type this we have snow coming down across the lake.  It is going down to 21 tonight and it is time to finally drain the fish house and other lines    I had this link shared with me about the spotting of a rare albino chickadee which I thought some might enjoy


After hearing the weather reports for the next day or so, we have broken out the candle supply expecting to loose power at some point.  Anyone who has spent much time in the Northwoods knows that if you fart wrong around here out goes the power.  60 mph winds it will be interesting to see what comes down.  I am sure glad the guys have taken time the last few years to cut out the dead birch and other dead trees around the resort.  Big questions is where to park the minivan?


Time to get the last docks out of the water.  3 heads together came up with a way of doing the big blue dock that did not involve wadders.  Would anyone get wet?


Craig ready for the endeavor with his winter hat from McDonalds that he has had for years


Steve chose the more relaxed and cooler tie-die look with short sleeves.  One in a winter hat and another in short sleeves…  Troy was the middle man in a sweatshirt and laughing at the other 2


Tying up the ropes and taking out a few bolts by boat.


Heave Hooooo…


Hey it worked and we are all dry


This is all that is left of the dock, room enough for one person and the table…


They left taking out the docks to digging strange holes around Shamrock and Kaubashine in preparation for dirt flying next week


Searching…. Searching….. like a needle in a haystack…  Where did Maynard put those dang lines….


I caught Billy Borger fishing in the lake mists.  Billy has caught at least 2 muskies this week at last count.  This is is favorite time to fish among the mists before anyone is up






See you in June Billy.

Fall Color

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I had been eyeing up these leaves for a couple of days with the half change, brilliant red offset by the deep green of the evergreen


Woods starting to come alive with color

More pictures to come when the sun comes out

I had a correction on the mushroom from yesterday from Linda in Atlanta.  Thanks Linda!  Steve told me the correct name but I forgot it and it does look like a head not a Hen

Hen of the Woods Mushroom
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(Scientific Name: Grifola frondosa) Shades of gray-brown, white and tan decorate
the layers of wrinkled caps on this delicate Asian mushroom, which grows
multiple long stems from the base upwards as it forms a large leafy head.
Unusual in shape, the Hen of the Woods typically grows at the base of hardwood
tree trunks, extending outward from the tree trunk and forming multiple layers
of caps as it grows. Instead of gills beneath the cap, the Hen of the Woods
develops tubes that extend down onto the stem. As it grows, the mushroom
develops layers of small frilly caps or it may grow as larger flat, protruding
disk-like caps, that in total may weigh from several pounds to over 50 pounds.

Succulent, large and firm in texture, this mushroom has a strong earthy or musty
aroma, providing a flavor that is bold, somewhat nutty and very similar to a
Portobello. It is a variety of fungus that is often valued for it’s health
benefits due to the amount of fiber, protein, and vitamins B and C that it
contains. However, it is best to use some caution when eating the Hen of the
Woods, as it may cause stomach discomfort for those who are sensitive or
allergic to various mushrooms. Therefore, consume only a small amount initially
if there is a concern for a reaction to the meat of this species.

At times this mushroom may be confused with the Chicken of the Woods mushroom,
but it is not the same mushroom. When cleaning this mushroom, wash it thoroughly
before cooking, since its leafy shape provides numerous areas that hold dirt and
particles. It can be immersed in a bowl of water and shaken to loosen particles
or it can be run under a faucet to clean it thoroughly. To prepare, cut the
mushroom into strips or dice it. It is a mushroom that can be sautéed in butter
or oil, baked or pickled, but should be well cooked to soften the tough texture.
Commonly prepared as a side dish as well as added to pasta, noodles or other
foods, it is also a good mushroom for use as an ingredient in soups or food
stuffings and eggs. For storage, keep it refrigerated, placed in a paper bag or
placed fresh on a metal rack so all sides are exposed to cool air. The Hen of
the Woods is also known as Ram’s Head, Sheep’s Head, Maitake, or Kumotake


We had a controversial Yertle the Turtle finding.  These 2 cousins Samantha and Kiya proudly came up carrying Yertle for their picture


I found out however that they had secret info on his location from the original finders, their cousins Harrison and Savannah and brothers Ben and Cole who went to all 4 GPS spots to get the clues.  I almost forgot Uncle Harrold who I believe was the owner of the GPS.  Next year when the coordinates change we shall see which group makes it to find Yertle first


Been a lot of stripping going on around the resort, furniture stripping.  This old cabinet had many layers of white led based paint stuck to it.  After many hours working on it, it still has cracks and crevices to clean out


Sophisticated tools of the trade.


Back to work, it will be fun to see how this cabinet works out.  The final coats of stripper with a tool brush working out the cracks is the tedious part.  Can’t wait to get out the stain and varnish in the end


With temps in the 60’s during the day and 40’s at night it definitely is feeling like fall.  Spots of color can be spotted here and there if you look closely


With a bit of rain coming down on Tuesday it was time to get the boats cleaned out.  Sunshine seems to be breaking up the clouds



Woodpecker making noise in the trees


Mac and I are working on Sit and Stay.  He needs more work on it before he becomes a easy photo subject, but he is making progress.  Only took 4 attempts at this picture to get it.  What I learned is that he listens to stay when I put my hand up and say it, but when crouching down to take a picture he thinks that is the signal to come.  As long as I stay standing he understands stay.  Dog is training the human I think


I never thought this plant would bloom, I waited all summer thinking that this perennial I bought at a garage sale last fall was a dud.  Turns out it is a late summer bloomer and very pretty.  Can’t remember the name of the plant


Laundry lines full from a wet day


You have a cool dad who can make the best log cabin, campfire in the North complete with sparklers.


At the age of 3 you feel like a real driver doing circles around the resort driveway


After doing a wipeout in the driveway, grandma makes you feel better with a bandaid


Everyday should end with feet up around a campfire.  Nothing more relaxing…