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this weeks edition:
Summer is officially over…
For the Given household, summer is officially over. Saturday was a very long day. It started out with the clock going off at 4:30 a.m. The early rising was due to the Rotary Blood Screening and the fact that we needed to be at the Hospital by 5:30 a.m.
I put the signs in place and arrived at the front entrance at about 5:35 a.m. Much to my surprise, the lobby was rather full. There are always some early arrivals for the event that doesn’t officially start until 6:30 a.m. But this year, there were substantially more than usual. We got them started as soon as the lab personnel were ready to take them. Everything ran very smoothly and in the little over 4 hours we performed tests, gave flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots to about 350 people.
After we concluded at the blood screening, Jeanine headed to the grocery store and I headed to the lake. I met up with Doug, Bill and Jamie at the dry storage area where we checked the trailers and aired up the tires. After that we headed for the lake to begin the agonizing process of getting the boats ready for their trip to their winter resting area.
We did take a break to watch the WVU game. In the fourth quarter I have to admit that I gave up on the Mountaineers so we decided to load Jamie’s boat up and get it out of the water. All of you, who didn’t bail, know what we missed.
With Jamie’s boat on dry land, we headed back to the lake for our final meal of the summer/boating season. We were at it again Sunday morning right after breakfast. It was a huge amount of work as the day progressed, but we managed to accomplish all we set out to do. We also stopped occasionally to help our fellow boaters with their tasks, as they are always eager to return the favor.
By the end of the day I must admit that I was exhausted. Sunday was mostly overcast which seemed quite fitting for the final day of the season.
Even though the boats are on dry land, there is still work to be done. We plan to get together next Saturday to begin the winterization process. I am a bit anxious, since this is the first year I have owned this boat and it is very different than my old one.
It is bitter sweet that we say goodbye to summer. We have a great time on the lake with a wonderful bunch of friends. The only good thing about this time of year is remembering how good it is when we get the boats ready next spring.
Will return soon...