August 13, 2007 10:14 PM
It is hard to say goodbye to that. It's the view from the front porch of our cottage at dusk. Lake Michigan is in the background. What we call the summerhouse is perched at the edge of the small bluff going down to the beach. My great-grandfather had the summerhouse built for my great-grandmother in 1905 for their "wooden" wedding anniversary. A few years ago it was in danger of falling down into the lake, and we had major work done. With modern building and zoning codes, you now have to re-build within the footprint when you're that close to the water. And, the powers-that-be were looking for an excuse to make us take off the roof. The solution? Separate the roof, and jack it up over where they were working, and rebuild what is beneath. Then, re-lower the roof. It was a lot of trouble. We think it was worth it.
The vacation was great, but it was so strange to be away from the news for so long. We don't have TV at the cottage--on purpose. There is internet access now up at the clubhouse, but who wants to sit around surfing the internet when there are so many other things to do? I logged on a few times, but only because I had to do "real" work. I would like to thank opposing counsel for timing his filings in such a way that he knew my vacation would be interrupted. You are a class act, sir.
The highlights of the week? Getting enough sleep. Hanging out with Mrs. NBS when our schedules aren't so crazy. The water temperature of Lake Michigan in August (70 degrees). Our new swim raft, and discovering Henry will jump off it to swim after a tennis ball. Reading a real book until falling asleep, even if it is just one paragraph. Fancy modernizations at the cottage that look like they've been there all along. Proving I still have the chops to win at Monopoly. Cherry pie made from our own cherries. Watching nephews swim.
The lowlights? The idiots at the Sleeping Bear sand dunes who have decided dogs aren't allowed on the dune climb. They always used to be! The unusually dry Michigan climate... it was strangely dusty. The low water again this year. And, suing our next door neighbor. I wish I could say why we filed, because it's a great story. But I don't blog about pending cases, and I think that's a good rule. Suffice it to say that we are on the side of righteousness and truth, but that it is sad to sue the grand-daughter of good friends of great-grandparents. Being a good neighbor is not always reciprocated, and after five years of patience, enough is enough.
All in all, the good far outweighed the bad. It was too early to come back.