This post is by Jeff Carter from Points and Figures
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Going up to Minnesota for a little bit to our summer place. I like it up there (in the summer). I have installed internet cameras around the place and I look at them every day. I still work up there and do everything I do when I am in Chicago except meet people in person. If anyone wants to meet in person, they will have to come to Grand Marais and meet at the donut shop. It’s a commitment. It is about a 9-10 hour drive from Chicago. Yes, I buy my petrol in Wisconsin whenever I can. Eventually, the plan is to spend 3 months out of the year there.
It’s not a fancy place. Our water comes from a natural spring on a hill. We don’t have a dishwasher. We do have indoor plumbing but we have outhouse too. It does have electric and better internet than I have in Chicago. Our lake is a wilderness lake. There isn’t a jet ski or water ski in sight. It’s quiet.
We have some projects to do. There always seem to be projects with a summer place. This year it’s fix the dock and red0 the boat seats. I bought some marine plywood last year, cut it and aged it all winter so it will fit perfect and won’t warp. I need to build a new boat ramp as well to get the boat out of the lake easily. I also need to do some more clearing of brush. I am sure we will plant a few perennials.
We are replacing some windows this year that need replacing. We are painting it. We had it re-leveled and we will replace a pipe on the septic. It looks like it finally got warm up there so we won’t have many fires. I usually use a maul and chop kindling to start a fire. Someday I will have to cut down some trees and age the wood since we are depleting our inventory.
I don’t mind. It puts you in a different frame of mind and sometimes helps you see things differently.
I’ll be back in Chicago around the 15th of July. If you are at John Lothian’s event that week, I will be there.