Thursday, August 11, 2011

A BIT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH


First. I have to tell you all that I won or check-mated a game of chess against the computer last night. Holy Baloney, was I thrilled. I have only played over 700 games heretofore. Takes tenacity or stupidity--I don't know which.

My son, Jim, and I just returned from a week at my favorite lake in Minnesota-Green Lake at Spicer. We had a great time even though we didn't have all the rest of the family there as usual nor my boat. But the lake still has the velvety silky quality about it and is lovely to swim in and we did have a boat at our disposal. It was an old-fashioned aluminum rowboat with a 6 and 1/2 horse motor and you would be amazed at how fast it seemed to go and how well it took the waves and swells even when you are used to going 30 or so miles an hour in the Bayliner.

I've sent along some of the pictures of the resort which I have been going to for over 52 years. (We missed some when we lived in Denver and Michigan but not more than 5 or 6 I would say.) The first time we went, my daughter, Julie, now 54, was 2. So figure.


This is our cabin 9 where Julie's family used to stay all the time. Years ago 9 of us stayed there until cabin #8 opened up and then we got more room.

Cabins 8 and 9 are still advertised in the resort brochure as being the new cabins. We stayed in them in 1958! It is Deja Vu as they have not changed in all these years.

When our family gathered, my oldest son stayed in Cabin 5 with his family and my youngest son in in Cabin 3 with his family. Most fun to have them all there all those years.

Here we are in front of the Spicer Castle, bed and breakfast, and then here is a close up of the enchanted Spicer Castle.

For our 50th wedding anniversary, the kids had a dinnerparty here at the castle for my husband, Bill and I. They brought in my Bill's best man and other lovely friends that had attended our wedding so long ago. Our good friend the judge had us repeat our vows.

























Wanted to share a bit of the piece of heaven we find there each year.








































11 comments:

yaya said...

Such fun! I'm glad you were able to return and enjoy that beautiful lake. You look wonderful by the way! Lovely pics. I sure could use a vacation and getting away to a special place like that would be so fun. I'm jealous! I hope the rest of your summer is as nice.

Bernie said...

Looks and sounds like so much fun. How lovely you and your son had some time there and I'm sure it brought back so many wonderful memories. Your looking good my friend, sending big hugs.....:-)

Pseudo said...

My grandparents had a cabin at rose Lake in Minnesota.

Wanda..... said...

Bernie, you are one smart chess player, just one more accomplishment to add to your long list of great memories. It doesn't compare though to those wonderful ones with your family at the lake. You look like Queen of the Castle in the rowboat!

June said...

What a lovely place!
Practically your summer home by now, isn't it?

Ladybird World Mother said...

Utter heaven... can totally see how much you love it, and how much history is there for you, to pick up and look at when you need to. We all need places like that in our lives. Thanks for sharing the pictures... gorgeous. xx

Donna said...

You are right, it looks like a bit of heaven!! I was born in Minnesota and when we returned there from time to time, loved anything on the lakes! Your Castle is beautiful and I bet your time there was special...but then, any time with family is, huh??

Deb Shucka said...

What a wonderful place that is. I've always been envious of people who had summer cabins to get away to. I love the picture of you. You look so happy!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Looks the same. Always does, especially in my mind. Always difficult for me to get in that water, though. Even on warm days.

Had great times there, didn't we? Great remembrances for all of us to keep with us as life changes and everyone moves in different directions.

Enjoyed the revisit.

BusyTraveler said...

Lovely, lovely! What a lot of family history and connections have been made there.

Bernie said...

How come I can't comment on your new post? Did you turn comments section off? Sending big hugs, xo

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