09.17.13 Winding down and enjoying our last few days at Northern Lights Resort! – 13 days left till departure!

Today is Tuesday, September 17 and it is the first of our two days off. The weather is clear and cool and God has given us this gift of living in this absolutely beautiful part of our country for the summer.

Roy and I went out for lunch today to Bait and Bite, a place near here that is part bait store and part restaurant.  Roy got the Walleye on Hoagie bread and I got a swiss mushroom burger on a toasted bun. We were too very satisfied customers after that delicious meal.

a bait and bite

I dropped Roy off at Dora’s doorstep,  went out to do a little shopping at the local gift shop and some looking around on my own.  The gift shop is packed with beautiful northern decorations for sale and gift items.  I enjoyed the time to browse and see all their unique things.  Roy doesn’t do shopping in gift shops too well so it was a treat to get to look around on my own and take my time. I bought a crème de menthe truffle for me and a dark chocolate fudge truffle for Roy and headed out to see some of the neighboring resorts. The pictures are of the gift shop,  Pine Ridge.

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The trees are changing, though not a whole lot yet, and the drive was wonderful. I found a Christian radio station, turned up the music, rolled down the windows and sang away.  I even saw two deer at one of the resorts right by the cabins.  We’ve seen dozens of deer up here but they never stand still for a picture, yet today they did.

a deer by road

Our time here is coming quickly to an end.  While we’ve both worked harder at times than we’ve wanted to, we both realize this is an amazing opportunity to live in a beautiful place like this.  People pay thousands of dollars to stay here for a week and we’ve gotten to live here all summer.  In our free time I’ve learned to sit still for long periods of time, rest, and appreciate life.  There are times during the day when we’re busy working but many times that we’re able to stop and ponder about life, God, and plan for the future.

My wonderful husband is enjoying his tiny remote control helicopter right now, flying it in the big open meadow by our RV.  We roasted marshmallows over the campfire yesterday evening and some of our co-workers came over to visit.  It wasn’t quite the same as when Russ and Annie were here but we had a nice time all the same.  If ya’ll read this, we miss you Russ and Annie and plan to make our way to Florida after Christmas to see ya’ll!

We are anticipating the last days here to be constant work so there might not be much time for blogging.  We don’t even know if we’ll have our last two days off next Tuesday and Wednesday.  But whatever it takes to close the resort down for the winter, the Chauvin’s will be right in the middle of it. Our managers have done a great job of planning the work necessary to close the resort down having to work around rain, wind, and people still checking in and out.

We hope to be able to attend church this Sunday and say goodbye to the fine Methodists we’ve met up here.  It’s been a nice church to attend, totally different from what we’re use to but it’s where we’ve gone to worship God and I’m thankful it’s here.

See ya’ll soon, ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

06.27.13 Begin each day with a grateful heart

We’re on the last of our days off before “Senior Citizens Hell Week rolled into one day” come around again!  10 more of them to go and I’m going to hang on to that light at the end of the tunnel like a mad woman!  Still loving our life shore at night shore at night2 here and we will hate to leave this beautiful part of the country – just not the Saturdays!  I am so thankful to be able to do what we are doing.  It took a big leap of faith and a lot of work to make it all happen but being able to see the glory of God’s creation unfolding in various forms around the United States is such a blessing.  I look forward to seeing many more of this as we continue our travels.

Yesterday evening Roy and I walked down to the shore by the beach and swung in the big wooden swing for a while.  I took some pictures of the lake at night to share.  First time we’ve done that and it will have to become a regular thing. It was so nice.

roy feeding duck One of the ducks from the lake came to visit on the deck by the dock a few days ago and Roy fed it out of his hand.  It was so friendly and stayed around us for a while.

We went into International Fall yesterday to buy groceries and a new coffee pot. We mailed a package of little presents to Madisyn from the post office there.  It’s a quaint small town post office.  We visited the Dollar Tree hoping they would have a  solar-powered pink hula girl for Madisyn.  We have green ones in Dora and in Boots which she named LuLu and LaLa.  We’ve tried to find a pink one since we left since that is her favorite color.  Again they were sold out but we found out that their shipments come in on Fridays so guess who will be traveling to International Falls next Friday!

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Their pine trees that look like flocked Christmas trees are the most beautiful sight! This is outside Border Bob’s
christmas tree up close
Close up of the needles on the Pine tree

Discovered a really cool place called Border Bob’s that is chocked full of all sorts of gift items from this area, including moccasins, homemade candies and preserves, t-shirts, stuffed animals and lots of other gift items.  We’re too close to the end of the month to buy too much but there will be another trip to Border Bob’s made when we get paid again!

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So close but we haven’t gone there – yet!

One of the pictures is a street sign that points in the direction of Canada.  We still haven’t been to the border crossing o land but hope to do that maybe week after next.  Our next days off include 4th of July and International Falls (locals call it The Falls) has a 4th of July celebration that we plan to attend.  We’re going to the Lady Slipper Festival this Sunday and hope to have lots to tell after enjoying the local festival.

We picked up our custard rhubarb pie from Pine Ridge Gift Shop on our way home from the Falls.  I’ve never eaten rhubarb before but this pie was delicious.  I looked up rhubarb on google and it’s a redish plant that look like a stalk of celery.  So weird that someone figured out to make it into a delicious pie!   It was all gone in one day.  Next time we’ll try the blueberry!

Our guests are beginning their departures for the week.  We’ve made friends this week with many of the families.  I loved to see, as the week progressed, the children all become friends with each other and the parents stress from their regular lives leave and everyone settle into a relaxing peaceful vacation time.  It’s a little sad to see each weeks group depart, but we always love seeing the new group arrive on Saturday all eager and ready to enjoy everything this beautiful place has to offer!

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of houses in the Falls, a big building the tiny Sears, and a picture of the Minnesota version of an LSU football jersey – they just don’t know how to spell very well!

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LSU jersey’s spelled wrong!

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Ya’ll have a great weekend and come back now, ya’ hear!

06.25.13 Pies, flies, surfboards and robins!

The high here was 86 on Tuesday which was a shocker to us. I’ve heard it’s been around 100 in Louisiana for a few days so I shouldn’t complain.  However the cabins and the lodge do not have a/c because it’s pretty much never needed.  The lodge temp showed 84 but the kids don’t mind since when they come in they are wet from swimming.  I was told this is unusual and since today’s high is 77 I’m hoping they are right.

baby robins mouth openOur baby robins that reside outside our RV in the rear continue to grow and all have feathers now.   They were really kind of ugly at first without feathers.  It’s been years since I’ve actually witnessed a birds nest with the eggs and then hatching and growing.  I’m really enjoying seeing this miracle of God’s.

Several of our guests in the biggest cabin arrived on Saturday with surfboards on guests on surfboards launching surf board paddlingtop their vehicles.  Roy and I couldn’t figure out  where they were going to surf around here.  Yesterday I found out why they have them when I saw three of them paddling on the surfboards out in the water.  It seemed to be a mom’s get away from the children time and I say amen to that!  The mom’s are so patient and play with the children all day while daddy’s go off fishing so they deserve some regenerate time away!  I remember when we had a pond and a paddle boat, Roy and I would jump in it when we got home sometimes and paddle to the middle of the pond.  It was far enough away to where we couldn’t hear Chip and our oldest son whose name he asked us to remove calling to us and they couldn’t hear us trying to have some alone time conversation.  They learned that trick and would pull it on us sometimes.  I loved those growing up years with our sons!  I resort from wter farther was heart broken when the paddle boat broke and we didn’t get another one!

One day this week Roy took the hydro-bike out by himself and took some pictures of the resort from out in the water.  The second picture is of me taking a picture of Roy!

The Pine Ridge gift shop is maybe 3 miles from here.  We’ve visited there and love the choice of things they have.  We’ve seen the sign outside that says Pies on Tuesday.  We keep forgetting to go there on Tuesdays but this week we remembered.  We hopped in the car and drove over there around 1:30 on Tuesday only to learn they sold out around 9:30 in the morning.  But we learned we could order one for Thursday and pick it up when we want to.  We chose a custard rhubarb pie which we’ve never had before.  In case she doesn’t have rhubarb we chose a blueberry pie.  Since everything around here costs more than in Louisiana I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard it would be $14.00.  Can’t wait until our day off tomorrow to pick it up and enjoy it!

The mosquitos and gnats around here are causing Roy all sorts of problems.  There are also may flies and black flies and he seems to be a prime target for all of them.  We can be sitting together and  IMG_20130617_145732they will attack him but barely bite me.  I’ve always thought I was the sweeter of the two of us but the bugs don’t seem to think so!  Roy’s ordered a special spray off the internet that doesn’t contain deet because it burns his skin.   We searched Menard’s (the big Lowe’s type store) in Duluth and found a couple of sprays to hold him until the supply he ordered comes in.  His problem, along with itching all the time, is that when he scratches (since his skin is getting thin – it’s that old age fun thing!) it bruises him and turns his skin purple.  The two pictures of his arms show you what he’s dealing with. I think they look like something from a horror film but I must report he’s looking better this week.  The biting seems to have eased up some and hopefully he’ll be able to tolerate it until October 1st!

While I was at work today I realized that I now have memorized how much we charge for leeches, worms, shiners, rainbows and chubs and never in my life would I have known anything like that.  Yes they do fish with leeches (the blood sucking things .  I’ve gotten use to that now after finding that a lot of good fish are caught on those things.   I haven’t touched one however and hope I’m never required to do so!

We’re looking forward to having Thursday and Friday off and going into International Falls.  We may try some fishing in one of the resort’s boats tomorrow afternoon.  Decisions, decisions!  I’m liking these kinds of decisions.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!