Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm So Over This Heat!

        Okay I am soooo over this heat! I do love summer but I have always been more of a winter girl and these last 18 days of CRAZY heat has simply reinforced that! I know I'm not alone in this insane weather. It seems much of the country has been effected. But honestly how do landscapers and construction workers do it! I feel bad for our guys who are framing or roofing each and every day in this scary, intense heat. We have some of the best guys around. They arrive every morning laughing and smiling and prepared to work hard. I guess we all might as well grin and bare it because there aren't any other options.
I think a couple of weeks ago nearly every church I passed had the same message on their signs that read...If you think it's hot here you should see the temperature in hell. Then a morning radio host made the best statement ever he said Satan Called he wants his weather back! Boy how I wish I could box it up and mail it back.....come on Fall!!
I haven't had much spare time to write a post,or to much of anything else for the last week and a half.I have had a lot of orders (grin-no complaints)and we have tried to get our camp as much as possible. Shoot we might as well it's wayyy to hot to be down at the creek or work in the yard!

Our little weekend get away!It still needs some pizazz on the outside!
Our new lot number post

A sign near where we park our golf cart.

An attempt to add a little something to the exterior.
   Boy were we hoping there would be a frosty cold front come through a couple of weeks ago. You see my brother just purchased a vacant lot in the RV park just behind our camp.  My brother and his wife have a lovely three yr old 5th wheel RV camper and decided to find a permanent home for it.

I personally think that there are few marriages that can survive the dreaded HELP ME BACK IN THE RV OR BOAT ladies know what I'm talking about. They are driving and we are doing the hand signals to indicate which way to go. Be honest has the idea of ever allowing it to go over a cliff ever crossed your mind....really....not even for nano second...ha! Well over the years I have felt as if we needed a support group for women who have to suffer this dreaded task!My sister in law has had several years of it and decided to park it once and for all. As a joke one year I even made her a set of flags. Each flag was to help direct him. Like green for go forward,yellow for backup,orange for backup just a smidgen more....and so on. Then for the final flag I had a pair of men's boxers to indicate that s**t has hit the fan so to speak hahaha!!!
So two weeks ago they began work on their new lot, and we have been helping them. Well okay let me correct this husband has been helping and I've tried to be there as support, and as a gopher for as long as I could stand it!! Which wasn't really very long.

One of my favorite cottages in the park.

Another cute one in the park. Look at their tiki style mailbox on the porch.
Now one I am good at is cruisin in the golf cart in the evening when it cools down of course. I love to drive around and see what our neighbors have built or added to their places. The park has a nick called Whoville,because everyone drives around and says oh who's that,look there who's that? Kinda true and funny really.But I do love to drive by my favorites and here are only a few. I plan to post some others. There are like 750 camps in this park so it is a fairly large gated community....of weekenders. Some stay all summer and then head south in the winter.But come the first of November the water in shut off and we all must head home for the winter. 
This is one crazy fun camp.You can tell they have worked hard to achieve this funky exterior.

Part of the side fence of this awesome camp.
Photos do not do this camp justice. It sits on a dead end road in the park and is situated down lower than the road so it's hard to get a good shot. But it is incredible to see. A funky margaritaville type style and simply chocked full of years of collecting unusual items.
 Some lots have campers with additions built onto them or over the top of them.I think that probably 95% of  the lots contain a camper. The rule use to be that your place had to have an axle....a non permanent structure.You lease the land for 100 years but now the rules have changed and you can actually build a small cabin. But no modular homes are allowed still.Some residents have created some beautiful places and some have missed the mark COMPLETELY!! Like any neighborhood I guess.
I have tons and tons of favorites. It is so much fun to drive around in the early morning or evenings and get ideas. The main problem for us is when we are all there the front of our place is nearly blocked with vehicles.But it's perfect for us.We are only a couple of miles from the lake and State Park so there is always something to do.....or what we enjoy even more is to do NOTHING! Our park has a pool,shuffle board,miniature golf,a playground(with the dreaded monkey bars!!!),tennis courts,and basketball court. Most of which hasn't been crowded lately with the heat....even the pool,the water has been wayyy to warm. But once the sun sets it is packed!!
My husband and I drove by this neighbor and said this is what we need at our place.I hope to be able to build something similar to this over our small patio.One of the Spring storms blew down the canvas one we had just bought last year.So I think we need a sturdier structure this time.
I wanted to show you a great find.Since we do fire restoration we often come across items that the customer decides to toss out. I have an entire laundry room of cabinets that I was able to salvage.This table and chairs is another item we were able to clean and put to good use!I especially love the price $FREE!
We have been there just long enough that it's time to repaint the interior and we (Amy and I not the men folk)want to replace the carpet. It has seen better days. Now that we sell carpet it shouldn't be as big a chore.....and we have painters sooo viola!!Well I wish it was that easy.If only I had a magic wand.

This is a proud moment for a Mom. My son decided a couple years ago to take a few of the guys down and have them open the camp that year. Then it would be a guys weekend of fishing on the lake. Sounds fine doesn't? Except they forgot when they were pulling the boat through the gate that the car behind would need to stop and slide the gate pass again. So YES the drove through the gate and it is now a 50.00 souvenir in our office.
There's nothing like a day on the lake!

Wow he caught a zip-lock baggie!!
 Next week I hope to post the photos of the work that's been done at my brother's place.But first I must edit out the ones of me in a lawn chair a tad tipsy from my favorite wine and holding an electric fan on my chest.Since I rarely ever have a glass of wine I have a question. Does extreme heat intensify the effects of drinking wine??? Because it can't be my fault that I turned into a glob of useless jello last Saturday....oh maybe it's because I was so tired from watching them all work!! Well anyway that's my story and I'm stickin to it!!

1 comment:

  1. What a GREAT getaway retreat, Rebecca. And I love that it sits in the middle of Whoville! Hang in there on the heat, girl...I know that out here, August is usually our worst month - we were 107 yesterday, I believe. I tend not to look at the weather, because I know I can't do anything about it. We just stay inside, under the air conditioning. :-) Stay cool, friend!