Bunch of dudes just “sittin’ around” on “Friends Friday”

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. It’s funny how posts happen here on URD. This one came about because I ran across pic #1, and thought “I’ve got to put this dude in a post.” The question was… what kind of post would he fit in? Best I could come up with was “dudes just sittin’ around.” So I found some other pics I thought worked with him… and here you have it. In a way, this photo theme reminds me of the “Flandrin pose” post I did back in August, 2017. If you like it, let us know… I’ve found lots more pics that fit the theme.


We closed on the lake cabin loan last Thursday and it’s ours now. Here’s something interesting. After Scott and Denise finalized the purchase from “Phil,” Alex told us the furniture in the cabin was, in fact, valuable. He said it was all antiques – “some of which are quite good.” He said that’s probably why the owner kept the heat and air conditioning running all that time. So, Alex got an antique appraiser to go look and put prices on everything. There’s a “Queen Anne” dining set he says is “particularly nice,” and he’s selling it to some people whose house he’s redecorating over in Tiffany Greens. The rest, we’re selling to an antique dealer and Alex says we’ll get enough money out of it to pay for new kitchen appliances and flooring for the cabin. How cool is that?!
Travon is finally getting excited about “his place on the lake.” He has Alex’ sketch of his room on the wall in his room at home and he’s jabbering about having Dub and Austin sleep-over. We’re going to go down as soon as possible and attack the weeds in the rock garden. The cabin is gonna be a “project” but all the guys say they’ll help us with it. It’s nice to have such amazing friends!

A magical mini-vacation at the lake!

Last week, Ben and Dub were on “spring break,” and we’d already celebrated my birthday on the weekend, so Ben and I took off for the lake. Dub was excited about spending a few days with Keon, Rick and Travon and going to “science city” and riding the streetcar and all that stuff.
I haven’t mentioned this before, but when we bought the cabin, the former owner told me that he had always sent Jim and Carol a hundred dollars each every month “to watch over the place.” He said Jim took care of the outside and Carol kept the inside sparkling clean – and encouraged me to do the same. So that’s what I’ve been doing. The first time I sent checks, they called and said not to do that – and if I did, they’d just tear up the checks and toss ’em in the trash. But I kept sending them and noticed that each month the checks have been cashed. Jim and Carol live on a fixed income and I’m sure they appreciate the money. For Ben and me, it’s worth it – knowing they’re taking care of the place.
Anyway, when we got to the cabin, it was spotlessly clean and there was a note on the kitchen counter from Carol saying she’d been “opening the place up to let it air out on nice days.” There was also a tupperware container of chocolate-pecan brownies on the counter, and our bed was turned down with a chocolate mint on each of our pillows. Ben surprised me by having already contacted the marina and having our boat serviced and brought to the dock so we could spend time on the water.
We spent three wonderful days at the lake – boating and playing – and being naked – and having sex all over the place. It really was “magical!”
Sometimes I selfishly wish it could always be like this. Just Ben and me at the lake, living happily ever after. Then, when I’m rational, I think about our wonderful life with Dub and the dogs and our jobs and friends and our home in the K.C. Northland… and I’m truly thankful for another year and all our blessings!

Another fun trip to the Lake.

We’re back from another great trip to the Lake. We closed on the loan on the cabin on Thursday morning… then headed out. It was just David, Dub, the dogs and me and we had a fun day. When we got to the cabin, we found a container full of fresh peanut butter cookies on the kitchen counter (with a note from Carol saying not to forget to return her tupperware). A locksmith came by to change the locks on the cabin and dock. Of course, we had extra keys made for Jim and Carol. The dogs LOVE the cabin and quickly made their “nests” on the screened porch. We don’t let them run loose because there are both foxes and coyotes around there and we’re afraid they might be looking for a “miniature schnauzer snack”. We did take them out on the boat and they did a lot of barking while Dub rode the wakeboard. When we got back to the dock, Dub took them swimming. Although neither of them had been around water, they’re both surprisingly good swimmers.
The grandparents (and Coco) arrived Friday morning and Dub took his grams and gramp over to meet Jim and Carol and show them Jim’s garden. Then we took them out on the boat and had lunch at the Indian Point floating cafe. Friday evening, Jim and Carol came over for dinner. Afterward, Dub surprised us by bringing out the dominos (we didn’t know he’d brought them) so he could teach everyone to play Mexican train dominos. We sat around talking and drinking wine, beer and caffein free Mountain Dew and playing dominos and it was great fun. Jim and Carol are obviously delighted with their new neighbors.
We came home yesterday and have been getting ready for the big eclipse party on our driveway tomorrow (and school starting Tuesday). David and I are ASTOUNDED by how much Dub knows about the eclipse. He’s spent hours and hours reading and studying about it on his i-pad. Of course, Austin and Erik will be here to share the experience. We’re almost exactly in the path of totality so it should be awesome. Dub had wanted to photograph it, but his granddad convinced him to just wear his glasses and watch it… leaving the photography to the professionals.
We’ll be back posting on Tuesday. We LOVED Rick and Keon’s “Friends Friday” post and appreciate Rick’s salvaging the Latinos we thought we’d pre-posted.
Hope you guys all have a wonderful eclipse.