On Friday after work Evan picked me up and we headed straight to the cottage.
As someone who lives in the city it sure seems like I am never actually in the city, doesn’t it? I do love living in Toronto (for now not forever) but escaping it on summer weekends is my favourite. If it’s hot I need to be in water!
Summer hours have kicked in for me at work which means I get off on Fridays in the early afternoon, which is super awesome so far. Normally when Evan and I leave for the cottage after work on Friday we don’t arrive until like 9pm by the time we get out of traffic and buy our food and booze and stuff, so getting there early felt like a treat. We barbecued burgers for dinner and went swimming, and then Evan decided he was going to clean and vacuum my car. He has a hard time not doing things. He likes to “toil”, as he calls it. I don’t suffer from that and I don’t have a hard time sitting back and watching him. With beer.
(Boobs wet from swimming mmmkay.)
It was going to rain in the evening so we watched the storm come across the lake…
I love storms SO MUCH. As long as I am watching from somewhere safe and dry. We spent the rest of the evening in the screened in porch playing cards. Pretty perfect Friday night.
On Saturday morning we hit up the Tall Teepee for breakfast — Evan’s cottage is in a First Nations area so there are shops and diners around with ‘teepee’ in the name. Also a lot of drive-thru cheap cigarette stops. Handy! My breakfast was great.
No complaints there.
In other news, we discovered recently at the cottage that the septic tank was full…
The joys of country (and I guess trailer) living. Anyway, it was pumped out and when that happened it was discovered that tree roots had sort of taken over the tank and were affecting the, uh, flow of things. So the plan for Saturday was to cut the roots out of the shitter. Sounds like a fun time. Brotherman and their uncle came over around noon to help with that job and it seemed to be a ‘too many chefs in the kitchen’ type of situation (meaning I was not needed, thank God) so I drove into town to run some errands.
I have been wanting to buy a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) for a while now, pretty much since my friend Hannah and I tried it a few years ago, but they are so expensive (at least $1000!) s0 I have been holding off. Evan mentioned he saw some on sale at Winners so I happened to stop by there in my travels. I found the SUPs, and they were on super sale! I picked up this baby.
It’s an inflatable one, which I was initially wary about, but it is rigid and sturdy and feels like you’re standing on a fibreglass board. And it has a removable fin. I read reviews on it before I bought it and it had some good ones, people said they were good for beginners and experts alike. So that’s good. Beginner I definitely am.
If you’ve ever been on one you know it’s a lot harder than it looks. My legs were shaking immediately. I was definitely using muscles that I don’t work often. But I was surprised how quickly I got the hang of it. I need to get a proper SUP paddle (actually I just ordered one on Amazon) but I’m so happy I got an inflatable one. It inflates in 10 minutes and can easily fit in my car so I can tote it around. We’re camping this weekend and I’m bringing it along, so I’m excited for that. I love it already and foresee a lot of use out of it. Evan took ‘er for a spin as well.
Aw, just learning.
Once the septic stuff was done we hung out in the lake for a few hours.
We were the only ones up in our little bay so it was so quiet and nice. Not the best weather but it didn’t rain so that is a win.
If you frequent Ontario cottage country you may be familiar with the Wolf 101.5, a radio station out of Peterborough. It’s mostly classic rock with a bit of new rock and alternative thrown it. It is an essential cottage station, I’ve been listening to it at cottages/camping for as long as I can remember and when we’re up at the cottage we put it on as soon as we arrive and don’t turn it off until we leave. They do an all-request Saturday night thing so I decided I’d try to call in. I actually got through! I requested Laying Pipe by David Wilcox (one of my dad’s favourite bands), fitting as Evan had been doing septic work all day. I had to seal my request with a wolf howl, which was pretty funny. The entire thing made my night.
Sunday morning we said goodbye to the lake…
And drove straight to my Nana’s nursing home for her birthday party. She turned 102 on Sunday!!!
10 freakin 2!!! Can you even believe it? I’m not sure I can. I recently saw a picture of her that was taken at her 98th birthday and she looks better now than she did then! That sly minx keeps getting better with age.
I hope that’s genetic. But seriously I’d be happy to be looking as good as her when I’m 80. She’s a miracle.
Nana enjoyed some Snapchat filters… So did my dad.
My auntie Nancy and dad were in attendance, and my cousins Chrissy and Allie were visiting from BC — it was really great to see them. So awesome they could celebrate Nana’s big day.
The last time we were all together was her 100th birthday!
It should be mentioned that Nana loves having her picture taken… I may have gotten that from her.
We had a tea party and my aunt’s friend Marcia made a pavlova and this other amazing light cake that I wish I was still eating right now. I forgot to get a picture of them but man were they good.
I am so thankful to have had my Nana in my life for so long. I have said this a million times but it’s still so true, she is the most positive person I know. Her go-to reaction to anything is still “Beautiful! Wonderful!” and then a pause and then “Fantastic!!!” If you haven’t read it you should check out the reasons she is the best ever. She is still going strong and those reasons still apply!
What a fancy lady.
And always such a character.
I just love her so much. It was a beautiful, wonderful…and FANTASTIC day!