|Wasp nest upper left|
|Window gone ready for a new one.|
We got started redoing the floor by putting an overlay of 5/8 tongue and groove plywood down. This will give the floor more strength for all the weight of the fridges and freezers we fill it with.
After the floor came the paint. Our friends who are professional painters gave us some of their left over paint to make it look pretty. It was nice to get rid of the bright orange we had. Sue did all of the painting.
Then we had to roll out new flooring. We spent a little more money to get a one piece roll 28 feet long so there will be no seams. We picked a splattered ice cream design so we can't see the spills!!!
We made sure to take some breaks to walk by the lake and watch a little TV. I am starting to know some of the kids cartoon characters now!
There was still lots of time for both Grace and Charlie to be outside. Charlie is loving wandering around chasing squirrels and he even drags home the odd deer leg to chew on. Hope he didn't get it off a live deer.
Early in the week the ice was still on the lake but by Wednesday it had all gone. Now things will really start to warm up.
There are lots of buds on the trees but the leaves are still not popping through.
Next project was to replace all of the fixtures in the shack. I started with the new counter top and new sinks and new taps.
|Counter top goes in|
|Hope this is the right spot for the sink.|
Now rather than spend the money on new sinks which are much larger, I suggested we just use smaller bowls in the kitchen. That idea was not very well taken, so we are going to install some much bigger sinks. I guess I lost that battle. Now to do the plumbing which took some head scratching.
|Do you think the water will jump this far??|
Of course every year we have to drain the water and because we hook up to our power with the motorhome long before the water is turned on, we seem to forget that we can't turn on the hot water heater with no water in it. So every year I have to replace the heating element because I forgot again, and this year is no exception. Good thing it is only 12 bucks.
Well we started this renovation on Monday and our first day of business was Friday at 4 pm, so we really had to hurry. Friday afternoon Grace said we were ready to go. It will take a long time to get all the shelves in the right place but we are operational.
So we turned on our new OPEN sign that our friends gave us and started to serve Ice Cream. We are really looking forward to this year and seeing all of the people we know from our past 2 years. Bring on summer. Our first busy weekend will be May 19, 20, 21 which is what I call May long weekend. I will post more about the actual operation of our business in the next post.
We are getting a little time to go for some nice walks and appreciate being able to enjoy our park before it gets busy. One of the favourite spots is what we all know as the "Spider Tree". This is a willow tree that has a lot of separate trunks growing from one root and looks like an upside down spider tree. There are actually two spider trees.
I just have to share one of our beautiful Manitoba sunsets that we witnessed the other day. Sunsets still remind me of Arizona.
Here is the view from our window right now and it will stay sort of the same for the rest of the summer with the exception of things getting greener. Right now things are really dry and we have a fire ban on in our area. We are hoping for some rain soon.
Our Location for the summer will be at Rivers Provincial Park near Rivers Manitoba Canada.