Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wrapping up Labor Day Weekend 2016

We had an eventful Labor Day Weekend. I think I'll start with yesterday and move backwards to Friday's event which was not so much a celebration as a necessity.

Yesterday was the warmest of the weekend which was perfect since we had planned to spend it kayaking followed by a swim at the beach.

We decided to explore the north part of the lake that is accessible through a viaduct. The girls loved kayaking through it while making lots of loud noises to create echoes.
It's a lot more dense with trees and water lilies but we manuevered through it to the end.

We spent the rest of the day chatting with friends on the beach. It was the last day for the lifeguards as well, although we can still go to the beach to swim. I'll just have to keep a more watchful eye on them for the rest of the season.

Sunday morning Len installed a hanging chair into what will become Kate's reading nook. Here's a sneak peek at that in progress:

And another sneak peek at Lucy's chair--soft and fluffy is perfect for her!
I'm still working on getting their rooms in shape. I'll be sure to post a before and after series once I'm done. I have a long way to go through--curtains, furniture, etc.

Sunday afternoon was our village pig roast.
The cracklins were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  There were buns and all the fixens to make a pork sandwich, hot dogs, various salads and veggies, cookies and cake, beer, wine, lemonaid, iced tea and water.

And all of it was free.... including the ice cream.

As the evening drew to a close, all the kids were given flags while the orchestra played patriotic music.

The music was fabulous--like our own little Ravinia (for those in Chicago) or Wolftrap (for those in DC) or Symphony under the Stars (for those in Orlando).

Pig roast orchestra from Lisa on Vimeo.

Saturday I took the train into Chicago to meet up with my former book club peeps. Monisha moved to Turkey more than a year ago but was back in town for a wedding so we used that as an excuse to meet up at the Godfry Hotel for lunch and fancy cocktails.  Three hours chatting with friends and drinking pretty drinks is my kind of afternoon!
And now to the maintenance part of the weekend.  Every two years our septic system needs to be cleaned out and Friday was the day. First up was locating the pipe. Fortunately, the previous owners had marked the spot with a paving stone (which, sadly, cracked when he started to move it. Clay paving stones + harsh IL winters = broken stones come spring).
Mission accomplished.
It took a lot of hose to reach the backyard...
It didn't take as long as I thought it would to empty the tank. I think the whole process from start to finish was about 30-45 minutes.
And that's a wrap! Summer may be officially over in terms of back-to-school but the temperatures for this week are supposed to be pushing 90 so I suspect we will have many more beach/swim/kayaking adventures before we have to put everything away for the winter.

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