Saturday, June 23, 2012

Linda's Folly

A raft seemed like a good idea, but Linda's Folly  is where it belongs: in dry-dock

We'll inflate it again when the kids get back from Chicago, but some serious discussion has to be had on where to store this thing down at the lake. In the shade is the answer. The sun did what you see, but the "floor"of the boat was not affected by the exposure. Ellis had no trouble pulling it out of the water by himself.
But will we be able to portage it back and forth when  it's full? I think we need a shade and a rock. The saga grows.

But I'd really  like another crack at this thing. My next trick will be getting back in the boat after diving off. I should do that while Jon is still here to rescue me.

The shot of Chicago Kelly took from window of the apartment
 the kids are staying in on the 40th floor. Cool



13 comments:

  1. I don't know, Linda ... I think that inflatable has it in for you!!!

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    1. LOL. I am a glutton for punishment. I just will not succumb to age related disabilities. I am really stupid and should buy stock in Celebrex and Aleve. On the serious side: I think I want to get involved on the board of this condo association. I don't think the present "access to the lake" is good enough for people with arthritic knees and the os coccyx who nevertheless want to go boating. Can you hear them cheer as I make my first demand for a straight away path at my first meeting ever?

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  2. You won't be happy, will you? KIDS!!

    Have you heard of quitting whilst ahead/ discretion being the better part of valor/ keeping out of hot water/not getting out of your depth??

    Don't forget, the more Firma the less Terra!

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    1. I did tell Ellis we should trash it and chalk the whole thing up to my silliness. He said no. I do believe he's taken an interest. The other day when I was over noodling with the kids, he said if he had had a bathing suit on he would have jumped in. Then this morning he went down there on his own and pulled it out, let the rest of the air out in the upper portion and hauled it up the steep embankment to his car. I was shocked. I was pretty sure he would turn the whole thing over to me to correct and I would just have to shoot the thing and run away as it sank to the bottom of the lake a bad idea. When he got back, he told me how gorgeous the lake was and what fun we had with the kids and all because I had bought the raft! I was shocked. It seems that the two of us are reluctant to throw in our oars.

      I started a new blog today. I'm calling it Kicking and Screaming to The Grave. The boat story might be my first post?

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    2. My dear young lady, I look forward to your new blog with interest!

      So glad you and Ellis are having so much (exhausting, I bet) fun with the kids - priceless moments!

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  3. Hi Linda
    A new hobby? Chicago - never been there - but looks dense..

    To your other posts, ev

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    1. Only when there are kids around. They're going home Tuesday.
      I was born in Chicago, had family in Chicago, never lived in Chicago, but visited a lot. It is a fun city. It's a beautiful city. In the winter, it is a devastatingly bitter cold, very windy city. There's great things to do there, so I know my kids are having fun, but I also know, they will want to veg out tomorrow watching TV. Kids really do like the simple life best. Plus they'll need to recoup for their trip home. Flying is no picnic these days.
      It was good to see you post. You are doing such wonderful things on that iPad.

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  4. ah, the family who plays together stays together! I am glad you got it too--it made for a fantastic blog-post.
    I think Chicago is beautiful. I used to live near there and they tell me I still have a little of my Chicago accent. "Paaark the Caarr".
    Looking forward to your next adventure.

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    1. No new adventures please! I'm aching and breaking and racked with pain. Whatever happened to the quiet life of painting and writing and posting while the salmon poached?

      I do want to master that boat-for-a-kid on this small-excuse-for-a-lake. I cannot let a 13 acre "pond" do me in. So watch for new hilariously funny boat posts from l.w.roth as she conquers the raging squalls.

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  5. Good for you.

    And smart. Doesn't hurt to have a lifeguard.

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    1. I think so. Seems I wasn't the only resident to get swept away by the squalls. Told the story to a neighbor, and she told me the story of another neighbor who couldn't turn the boat around and ended up in reeds screaming for someone to come get her and her six year old. There was some one around. DON'T GO BOATING OR SWIMMING ALONE would be a good calligraphy project suitable for nailing on a tree.

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  6. So that's taken the wind out of your sails then.

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    1. No Ann. It should have, but unfortunately, I'm still curious. You know what they say about curiosity.

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