I’m a little bit country?

A couple of weeks ago Crazy Cat Lady requested my presence at her cottage for the Saturday-Sunday of the long weekend (okay really she asked if I was free and of course I was so I said why not).  Now I have never been to CCL’s cottage, but I assumed like other cottages I’d been to, that I would drive up to some small housing structure that smelled musty and had bugs roaming around and I’d spend most of the weekend swatting mosquitoes off me.

However as CCL and I were driving up north (North of Barrie) she said her brother would bring the boat around to pick us up and take us to the cottage.

Say what?

This cottage is on an island – no roads – so we park in a parking lot and you need someone who has a boat to pick you up from the dock and then you take the boat to the cottage.

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Okay, I was okay with that – seemed a bit more rustic than I was used to, but sure – why not have an adventure.  So we drove, and drove and finally the inevitable happened – we had to pee.  No, sorry I had to pee and when I said it CCL immediately had to pee too.  I saw a sign that said a Country Style donuts and gas station were at the next exit so I whipped over to the right hand lane and got off and I am pretty sure we were on another small highway.  There was nothing – no exits no Donut store and no gas station.  So we kept driving and driving for about 15 minutes and FINALLY, thank you Lord, we saw the Country Style donuts and gas station.  Let me tell you – that damn sign was misleading.  If it wasn’t for me making random turns we never would have made it.

After taking some pics and emptying our full bladders we drove into the small town of Mactier and did some grocery shopping and headed to the dock.

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CCL’s brother came to get us and we took the boat to the cottage.  As CCL pointed out this cottage I immediately knew I would be a happy camper.  This cottage was beautiful and high up on this beautiful cliff and the closer we got the more pretty everything seemed.  We were greeted by her father, Omi, Opa and her dad’s girlfriend. 

Having a great time!

Having a great time!

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Amazingly the inside was even more beautiful than the outside.  CCL and I shared a room with two single beds so we dropped our stuff and went out on to this huge deck and I soaked up some cancer rays sun while CCL hid her white skin under the umbrella. 

Sharing drinks and laughs, the ladies gossiped and we all got to know each other as the boys worked on the new dock.  Her brother took us out on the new speed boat and we drove around the island at speeds that seemed illegal but was so much fun! 

Dinner was lobster tail, beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes and caesar salad with birthday cake and cupcakes for dessert (we were celebrating CCL’s dads 50th birthday). 

We were in bed early due to the warm air, wine and filling meal and happily I dreamt away with no anxiety – no meltdowns.  I was in complete peace. 

The next morning we had breakfast, relaxed played Crazy 8 countdown (CCL won 2-3) and then took the boat back to the dock so we could go home.  I was just starting to really feel like I could get used to the isolation – be engulfed in the peace and quiet of country life when we pulled up the dock her dad pointed out the worlds largest, creepiest dock spider I had ever seen and just like that I was ready to come back to the city. 

We survived!

We survived!

This Cidiot can be a little bit country – but deep down, my heart and my incredible fear of spiders will keep me in the big bad city!

XOXO Nikilee

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It’s the last Friday of Summer (well not technically)

I mean I am well aware that summer lasts well into September, but for me, I always felt like summer ended the labor Day weekend because then all the kids go back to school, the roads become busy again, the temperature dips lower in the mornings and apple season begins!

So for me, this is the last Friday of Summer.  😦

This summer hasn’t exactly been what I expected – I have had some good days and some not so good days…overall though I give this summer a solid B-.  Here are my top TEN moments of the summer of 2012!

1. I got out of debt!  This is awesome!  I was   so happy to finally have $40,000 worth of student loans, credit cards and car payments paid off. It’s a great feeling and I am doing my best to ensure I don’t end up back where I started. 

2. My basement apartment is complete and I have moved downstairs and I am truly loving every minute (although last night there was a cricket in my hallway and I had to kill it and I was freaked out cause crickets are creepy jumpers)

3. I got to watch my niece play baseball and the Blue Jays play baseball and my friends on the Wolf Pack and Phillies play baseball – I love baseball, professional or not!  So it was a good summer for ball!

4. I got to see my mom for a few days.  Slowly we are getting closer.  We haven’t been close for years, but it was nice spending a few days with her and my aunt.  I hope we can continue to build our relationship over the fall and winter.

5. I started off the summer dating Newbie, he is an amazing man, someone whom I truly love and had great expectations for – however, unfortunately, timing didn’t work out and we are no longer together, so that dampened the end of my summer and I miss him every day, but I know we will both be better off apart right now. 

6. My wound from my surgery healed!  Hallelujah!  I am having some troubles with the area around my wound, but at least the wound itself is healed!  It feels like a miracle, but Kansas City told me to expect a miracle in my life. 

7. I had some great NK nights, relaxing, chilling, watching Dexter, playing with GB.  In fact my friends proved once again how amazing they are by rallying around me and keeping me busy.

8. Sushi BF and D have truly become people I love dearly, and I support their relationship and my friendship with them both 100%.

9. The weather has been insane – in a good way for the most part!  I love heat, the hotter the better – I hope it lasts well into September and even October. 

10. I got back to blogging – which really, is the reason you are all reading this.  I have read some great blogs from fellow bloggers and I am looking forward to a whole new season of blogging.  I will be MIA for a few days, but I’ll be back next week!

Have a great long weekend for my followers who have one, and those of you who don’t, well enjoy your weekends anyway!

XOXO Nikilee