This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Monday, September 27, 2010

Light at Lake Conway

Lake Conway was constructed in the late 1940's as a water-supply and recreational (hunting and fishing) site of 40,000 acres; five dams control the water level--or that is, they are meant to.  Burgeoning construction has added more run-off to the five creeks that feed the lake, and increased incidences of flooding have been an issue.  (A previous post illustrated our own post-flood repairs from Christmas, 2009.)

We have a small home on the lakefront that basically functions as our basement--something most homes lack in this part of the country.  It's space for hobbies that we used to pursue in the huge basement in Ohio--refinishing and wine-making, to name two.  This spot is 20 minutes from our house in town, making it easy to run out for a lunch break--just to check on things--or to spend a night to facilitate a crack-of-dawn chance to fish.  

My favorite thing is to sit on the swing and gaze at the water, especially as the sun gets low in the sky.  The light on the bare trunks of the cypresses has an intensity that excites the eye.  The brilliance lasts just a few minutes, and a blink, it's gone. 

I really should use a better camera.

I'll be interested to see what the quirky blogspot program does with this format.  (It never comes out the way I expect it to--even when I look at the Preview.)

And now, to all a good night.


  1. I've always admired people who can be so organized as to be able to maintain and upkeep two homes. We can barely keep up with one home! How do you do it? The spouse and I are still working, so that's part of the problem, but it would be nice to have a little "play house" somewhere.

  2. I don't want to brag, but our basement is actually adjoined to our house by a flight of stairs. It's very convenient! No views of quirky treed lakes though.

  3. Gail, I fear the 'secret' is our relative comfort with a basic level of clutter. However, just yesterday we did have The Discussion about a possible housekeeper every other week for the city house. The lake place is quite small, which helps when it comes to maintenance. And we have a yard guy who does the mowing at both places. If I would stop picking up birds' nests, feathers, rocks, and interesting root formations, it would probably help.... Also key: being slightly hyperactive.

  4. Oh, yeah, we're very comfortable with clutter too. We invite people over specifically so that we have to run around and clean up. Our yard is also "cluttered" with trees and shrubs and flower beds so that a weed whacker is more apropos than a lawn mower. We need a "weed guy," but DH calls all yard guys "yard nazis" because they whack at things indiscriminately.

  5. Hey Elaine:

    Sorry to say I saw nothing that I recognized as potential correspondence from you, vis-a-vis my Spam folder. It's possible I deleted it early yesterday morning, before I realized you had E-mailed me. I hope it's not too much trouble to resend it? I'll keep a closer watch.

    Don't know why I thought you had extolled the virtues of your chicken fried steak. I must have you confused with one of the other culinary genius's on Wordplay. No biggie. I'm sure there are lots of other Southern dishes you can share with me.

    Gotta jet, as I've finished my lunch. I'm sure someone is going to blast me on the board today, assuming my post even gets put up? In any eventuality, I won't be backing down or compromising my position on this particular issue. You know how I am ! LOL.

    Have A Great Day,

    P.S. Now we seem to have another problem. Your server wants me to select a profile? Never had this problem at your blog before. I can use my Google Acct. I think, but please send any E-mails to AOL. It's always something !


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