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Reading on the internet we came up with a recipe for poison ivy eradication.  The ingredients for 2 potions were purchased


Troy trying out the 1st potion.  If you smell vinegar around the resort stay clear you are close to the poison ivy.  1 gallon vinegar, 1 cup salt, 1 tbl spoon dish soap.  So far we have seen some results with wilting plants.


In other news the temps are up and the water is wet!  Summer is here!


What in the world is going on here?


All I know is Steve and Troy took my camera and told me they took some pics.  I believe it involves a trip to Steve’s Swamp for a pole of some kind for Eagles Nest.  What this develops into and will the police pull over Steve’s car remains in question.  How many miles does Steve have on his old Jetta…. many many many and it keeps on going


They also lined up our army of wheel barrows.  We just added 2 more to the fleet.  Plenty to help folks get their wood from the woodshed


The Wheel Barrow on the far left is the oldest and best wheel barrow.  I have lost track of how many times it has been rebuilt.  It dates back to Maynard and maybe farther.  An Antique Store would probably offer us more money than the other ones cost all together for the old one in “The Primitive Style”  Why is it Primitive if it is the best working wheel barrow we own


I caught the Johnson family having fun down at the lake this morning.  After the rain of the last few days everyone was ready to hit the lake for some fun in the sun


Kids trying to keep up with the paddleboat but Grandma had the lead in the row boat and was not giving it up easily


While fun was being had in the swimming area, Don Landbo and his son Grant here searching for the “big fish” over by the snag.  This is what escaping to the Northwoods is all about, quiet moments with a fishing pole and your son.  I am sure these will be some of the moments Grant looks back on later in life as his favorite times with Dad on Lower Kaubashine


I transplanted some Anemone a few years ago and it is  nice to see them come into bloom


New flowers I put in this year in bloom.  Can’t remember what they are.. maybe someone out there can identify them for me


Been a busy few days getting the resort ready no time for pictures or typing.  So enjoy these quick pics I took this morning of a quiet morning on Lower Kaubashine



Good news, we were not sure if the big pontoon was going to have a motor this summer.  Our motor gave out and a new one priced in at 5,500 dollars.  With a little shopping around and phone calls a motor was found and the big pontoon will be on the lake in a couple of weeks.


What a differnece 24 hours makes, this is the same picture that started yesterday’s blog in the snow.  Snow is basically all gone, I have taken the cover off some of the flowers, not all as we are going down to 29 tonight and snow is still expected again Monday night and Tuesday.  That had better be the end of it.  I see a nice weekend ahead next week with temps in the 60’s which is more like what it is supposed to be


Yep it snowed last night…. I love the 4 seasons and the beauty of all 4 seasons.  Mixing the beauty of the previous season with the current season though is not my favorite…. but I tried to find the beauty in the day….


Trees bent from the weight of the wet snow.  I am surprised to managed to  not loose power with all the limbs and trees weighed down


Lilies of the Valley buried in the snow.  They have not bloomed out so I hope they are ok and insulated in the snow when we go to the mid 20’s tonight


View off the hill by Muskie Inn



I think this little tree says it all


Newly popping out maple leaves covered in snow


View off the hill between Bayview and Wildflower.  Notice the snow on the trees across the lake



Bayview in the snow



I was supposed to get kindling for our fire at the woodshed.  The path to the woodshed was blocked by hanging trees


Newly painted beach chairs coated in snow.. something is wrong with this picture


The army of coverings I have on my perennial flowers hoping to make it through tonight at 25 degrees.

I am now done with winter and spring can come back at anytime……


Question is how many compressors does it take to nail down a roof?   The green one, Craig’s new quiet compressor decided to not work for him.  The 2 red ones were borrowed from Tom Lindeman also would not work for Craig.  The little blue one from Craig’s house was not strong enough to operate the nail gun.  Missing compressor is the one he borrowed from Tom at Hilltop.  Tom’s compressor never made it out of Craig’s SUV as while he was picking it up, Troy got the original green one going by pressing the reset button that Craig had never used.  Troy had to admit to Craig that he also had spent a few hours of lost work trying to get the green one operating this winter until he read the manual where he found out about the reset button.  Thankfully neither of them took the green compressor up to John at Minocqua Hardware, who would have laughed at both of them when he pushed the reset button and sent them home with the bill


Back to work on side 2 of Birchwood.  Coming in the driveway now all the new roofs look done from Bayview on down.  Just don’t look at the porch roofs or the other side (Shamrock only has one side roofed and is missing the porch)  Our old roofs with the red roofing are still doing fine but it is nice to see the new roofs cropping up


The signs of Craig being around blue plastic in the trees and  thrown off roofs.  Happily nobody is around to appreciate his mess and  noise.  He has til May 12th to get it done when the first spring guests arrive for Birchwood


Newly upholstered furniture back for Wildflower.  Cushions should be much more comfortable than before


Raft got painted along with all ladders for the white dock and raft.  Anchors, oars and green boats are also in the process of being painted.  The weather is not cooperating with snow in the forecast for Friday

We are making a little change on reservations in June.  We will be accepting nightly reservations up to June 26th on the remaining cabins we have open.  We will have a 2, 3 or 4 night minimum depending on when you are looking at and availability.  I also have a special 4 night opening in July in Norway July 17, 18, 19 and 20th.  If you know of someone that has not come in the summer due to the week rental let them know about this

Beyond the openings in June up to the 26th we have the following openings

June 26 – 3rd Wigwam 3bdr

July 9 – 12th Blackwood 2bdr

July 16 – 23 Bear Den 4bdr

July 17 – 24th Wigwam 3bdr

Juy 17, 18, 19 and 20th Norway Pines 3bdr

July 30 – August 6th Bear Den 4bdr and Blackwood

Check our availability Calendar for openings after August 6th