Gravenhurst, Ontario

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 16, 2007

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Monday, April 23, 2007

After a week of cold, gray weather, Spring arrived in full force. The weather was phenomenal. We left for Gravenhurst on Friday. The area is called Muskoka (if you are looking at a map and see a big lake) and was absolutely beautiful. It was the first spring weekend bordering on summer without the black flies, which I guess will be hatching soon. Yeah, I missed that because apparently they bite. The only thing I had to worry about was Beaver Fever. No, it's not what you're thinking. They have these big furry creatures called Beavers in Canada. This is the time of year when they build their dams and get it on, so apparently the water can get a bit funky and make you sick. It's typical that the cottages draw their water directly from the lakes and go through filtration systems. Still, you don't want to risk it when Beaver Fever is in the air.

The cottage and bunky to be are great. A bunky is a small cottage for the in-laws or out-laws as they say. Their "cottage" is really a house. The bunky is in the construction stage, but will be fabulous, especially if John makes the raised room a kitchen - hint hint John.

Lest a bargain go unclaimed, we were off again Saturday morning the Anglican Church Rummage Sale. Must love church sales for deals but the funniest thing about that trip was the church lady. Jenny was looking at packages of unused gift tags and John commented that people don't use gift tags anymore let alone wrap presents, "you just hand her a pearl necklace and she'll love it." To which the church lady replied, "well, you should be careful who you give a pearl necklace to." Jenny and I both looked at each other mouths agape, and tried not to bust a gut. Mom, if you don't get it, I'll explain over the phone or ask Ken.

We also went to 2 Salvation Army Thrift Stores (middle class neighborhood one and rich area one). There was more in the former. And, we went to Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store. Rick, you would have loved this place. I was like a pig in, well, you know. They had everything from homes that have been dismantled, hardware, fixtures, windows and casings, tile, furniture and tons of other stuff, from videos, to craft supplies to house wares. Apparently, contractors will donate stuff from remodels or demolitions, collect the write off and save on dump fees. Very cool. If I were building, I'd check out the Re-Store, the prices were great and you're recycling to boot.

If you'll notice in the pictures my baseball cap and white sneakers, otherwise known as how to spot an American. I tried to hide them for most of the week but finally had to get out of the boots. Jenny gave me a well deserved ribbing about my sneakers. Well deserved because I couldn't help giggling everytime some said Pro-ject, Pro-gress or Ay.

Overall it was a relaxing and fabulous week with John, Jenny and Jack (their child). I appreciate their hospitality tremendously. The week made me realize that I have to be more flexible on this trip and slow down. So, the schedule is out the window for now. I'll try to plan for no more than 1 to 2 weeks in advance.
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