We survived the epic dock day!    In the past 48 hours we have managed to drive to Michigan, paint a full room, purchase a dock, load a dock, remove former dock, put the new dock in, and then disassemble the old dock.  The good news is, we are all still talking to each other and hopefully we can spend a little bit of time today enjoying our house.

I had some requests to share the changes with you and I don’t want to disappoint.

First there was the entry room that despite having dark paneling was our last priority on the house because it was the lightest of the paneling in the entire house.  Looking at the before and after pictures you would never believe that.  I can’t believe how dark the room used to look.  We also replaced the sliding glass door on the room the last time we were up here because the other one was pretty crappy and had some gaps in it.  Last year was the summer of garden snakes making annoying entrances into our entry room.  Eek!  Not only are they creepy but I find them to be rather rude, showing up uninvited like that.



Yesterday we drove over to another lake about 10 minutes from our house to retrieve our “new to us” dock.  There was only one slight problem.  The house sat up high on a hill on a very narrow lot.  There was no way to carry the pieces of dock up to the car.

So my husband and dad had to float each piece over to a neighbor’s house that was kind enough to let us use their much more manageable stairs.  It was pretty funny to watch the process.  However, the woman who sold us the dock told us that each piece weighed only 125 pounds and given the fact that four of us struggled to carry one piece as a team, I am going to go ahead and say she lied or at least stretched the truth….a lot!


As we were walking back and forth carrying pieces of the dock to the truck I kept noticing a very cool rock each time I passed by.  Just as we were about to leave I stopped to pick it up.  I had thought it looked very familiar and after holding it, examining it’s shape and uniformity we were all convinced it was an arrowhead.  I kept it, because it was really too cool to leave behind.  Did I mention I am a bit of a Michigan history dork?


Once we were finally home the day continued with a silly adult version of super heavy Legos.  Thanks to my husband and parents, we have a fantastic final product.


Night and day from this before pic!

Night and day from this before pic!

On top of that I even managed to get a 7 mile run in yesterday morning.  A funny thing happened on my run.  As I passed a house I swore I saw a bear and slowed down to a walk.  Then I stopped and kept leaning in different directions to see what it was.  Finally I realized that it was a fake bear used as a lawn decoration.  It has been so long since I have been able to run around and really enjoy our house up here.  Somehow I forgot that we live on Bear Lake and everyone has bear everything on their lawns.  Let’s just say I was rather jumpy the entire run!

11 thoughts on “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    • Thanks so much. It turned out well. We had a lovely evening on our new dock tonight and decided we will come back for a week this summer and actually just enjoy it and not work.

  1. hahahahahahah STUPID PEOPLE WITH THEIR FAKE BEARS. Hilarious. Welcome to the neighborhood! Good for you and I echo the above comment–that is a serious project. Holy bananas. That is truly something to hang your hat on.

    • Seriously, fake bears! It was funny because we have had this house for 3 years and the past two years we have been here the entire summer. I don’t know what my deal was. The funny part was I thought the bear was in the yard of the most famous hockey player of all time. So I was standing there looking around and wondering if I should run or if I would be chased. I’m sure I looked like I was casing his place.

  2. Your house looks awesome! I had no idea you could move docks, sounds like you got in a great strength workout 🙂

    • Ha thanks, the house is like night and day from what it used to be. About the moving dock situation. Sometimes I had my hands under them but really wasn’t doing much and felt rather guilty watching the boys grunt and pant. Sorry boys!

  3. Very cool! Oh, I’m a history nut too! I used to volunteer at a horse farm in Ohio and I found lots of Native American tools there that I still have. When you mentioned Michigan rocks, I thought you were going to talk about Pataski (sp?). The kind that show a patter when you get them wet. We have those too.

    • I know exactly what you are talking about. Actually Petoskey is not far from here and we have quite a few of them in the lake here. They are so cool. I remember using sand paper as a kid and shining the Petoskey stones up. Super cool fossils!

  4. Well, at least if it was a bear it would’ve made you run extra fast 😉 beautiful dock. Will you be catching any fish from it?

    • I don’t want to have to see if I can out run a bear. Our lake actually has tons of bass and trout in it. We are leaving today but hopefully later this summer we will spend lots of hours fishing from it. We did sit out there in the evening last night and it was pretty fabulous!

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