Sunday Splashes

Sunday Splashes

Chris ran to Colton this morning to build a roof for the pump house, did so, strapped it to the small trailer and met Michelle, William and Margaret out at the lake around 1:30.

The kids at some Dairy Queen prior upon arrival and then set about getting sun screened and into the water/onto the beach. Chris worked to level the 4 4×4 posts that the top of the pump house would have to sit on as best he could. With Michelle’s help while the kids played they got the pump house top on.

The kids enjoyed the beach and water all afternoon. The carp were spawning in the shallows and put on quite a show. Chris fired the grill up and got it good and hot to get rid of any post-flood funkies. After setting the east wall of the parking pad and getting the rest of the dock tops on he grilled burgers and hot dogs while Michelle finished raking the beach and cutting up watermelon.

After dinner the kids played for a little while longer then picked up the beach and headed in. Baths were done at the lake as the water heater at the house in Madison was not working. After baths and cleanup everyone headed for Madison.

Weather

Warm, Humid early and mostly sunny, low 70s for a high. Winds from the southwest changing to north/northeast.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret Uthe.

Aquatic Emanations

Aquatic Emanations

Chris got an early start after making a trip to Campbell’s supply and Colton for parts (he forgot some in Colton, naturally). After getting some work done until about 1 Michelle and the kids arrived with a picnic lunch. Work continued on the pump house into the afternoon with start up around 4 after Michelle made a quick trip back to town for 1 inch PVC pipe. A new type of sediment filter was tried this year, so far so good.

The pump took prime easily and filled the house/water heater quickly. After getting to pressure it kicked off but appeared to lose prime somewhat before next kick in, taking a few minutes to start pushing water and filling the lines with air in the mean time. Several items were checked and tightened but the culprit for losing prime was not found. One big leak was identified and not fixed on the pump. Both toilets are having issues filling, the back one never shuts off the front one fills VERY slowly.

The kids played on the beach and in the water until they could barely stand. Margaret skipped nap time for more water time.

Dinner was ordered for carry out from the Hillside. Burgers, chicken strips and chislic. After dinner everything was picked up and covered for rain storms tonight and in the morning and the Uthe’s headed for home.

Weather

Very Warm, Humid and mostly sunny, mid 70s for a high. Calm to semicalm winds from the South.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret Uthe.

Pump House Hijinx

Pump House Hijinx

Chris spent most of the afternoon in Colton cutting up 4×4, 2×4 and decking boards to make the skeleton of a pump house. He then brought the pieces along with almost all the plumbing fittings he needed to set up the new pump house. Instead of hiding the pump under the trailer the new plan is to have it above the possible flood water in a seperate pump house at the end of the trailer.

After making some progress Chris got a migrane and retreated to Madison for dinner and some recovery. Chris, Michelle, William and Margaret all returned after dinner to keep going on the project.

New Dave provided some suggestions and tools for removing the broken PVC from the bladder tank and Chris and Michelle got the basics of the pump house put together, noting the few fittings Chris would need the next day.

William and Margaret played on the beach and splashed and stomped their rain boots in the lake. On the way out the two sections of walk way that were still missing were noted as found on the pile by the feed lot from the flood cleanup so those will make their way back home soon.

William and Margaret both voiced their preference to stay and not go home. Sadly with no water, no gas and no AC the family was trotted home.

Weather

Warm, Humid and cloudy, upper 60s for a high. Calm winds from the South.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret Uthe.

A Holiday Approaches

A Holiday Approaches

Chris brought out a new 3/4 HP well pump, a new sediment filter and some landscaping materials. 65 eight foot green treated 5×5 landscape timbers to create a parking pad and a lower bound for the new skirting.

Lance had come by with the barge and put the dock and boat lift in. Chris found the two poles for the piece of walk way that goes up to the dock but the walkway itself is still MIA so we will likely have to build a new one. The old one had nice decking on it but was not made of green treat and had rotted pretty quickly.

What grass is left will need to be trimmed and the walk way pieces sorted back out and put down the sand. The Jetski lift is still in the yard as well.

Weather

Mid 60’s a breeze out of the northwest. Very cloudy, occasional spits of rain with 100% humidity all day.

People

Chris Uthe

September to Now

September to Now

We’ve had a time warp. On September 9th 2019 the lake flooded. I’ll post pictures of the actual flood but for now here is where we sit.

We’ve gotten a new meter and box from Sioux Valley electric so we now have access to 200 AMP electrical service and the trailer has power for the first time since September.

I fired up the sewage lift pump and it did run (thankfully) but did not turn off (sadly). The Sanitary district comes tomorrow to take a look.

The water pump is a goner, as is the AC condenser, plans are underway to future-flood-proof both replacements.

The deck survived fine, just lost the remaining lumber to finish it, no big deal to get replacement.

The house itself fared OK, the water got high enough to pull down the insulation and belly plastic, as well as destroy some vents. We’ll have to address all of that this spring. The skirting is destroyed, though I’m not losing sleep over that. I loaded up the skirting and took it to Colton to dispose of it.

The grass is very rough, as is the beach.

Plans are forming for repair and rebuild. Hopefully soon we’ll have more work to share.

One moment of excitement: a cow got out from the feed lot on the way down to the lake and I kept more from getting out and kept the one that did get out in place until Tim & Lori came and got it back in and repaired the fence.

Weather

Cool and cloudy, mid 50’s for a high. Calm winds.

People

Chris

4th Down

4th Down

Weekend 4/5 in August started Friday with Michelle and I dropping things off and picking up kids from Grandma’s. Dinner at the Hillside turned into William staying with Grandma over night. Margaret and Michelle and I made our way back to the lake for the night.

Saturday

Saturday morning breakfast was followed by Michelle’s friend Sara and her son Cash coming to visit. Cash and Margaret got some good quality play time in outside in the yard and sand before coming in due to wind and temperature. Lunch was BLT’s and Cash played outside while Margaret napped. I went to re-supply in town and pick up William from Grandma and Grandpa Caron’s. After we got back we made steaks, sweet corn and shrimp scampi for dinner. Grandma and Grandpa joined us late for dinner. Sara and Cash returned to Sioux Falls for the night.

People

Chris/Michelle/William/Margaret Uthe, Sara and Cash, Doug and Julie Caron.

Weather

Windy from the south and chilly in mid 70’s. Mostly cloudy with a few splashes of sunshine.

Boat Drop

Boat Drop

Myself, Michelle and the kids went out to get the boat back on the lift after Interlakes Sports Center came and fixed the lift. We got there and had dinner followed by dropping the boat in. Michelle ran the truck back around while William and I went for a drive across the lake. After picking up Michelle, Cassie and Margaret we got a nice cruise in.

Margaret decided to go for a swim when we got back off the boat and fell into the water. No injuries just a wet annoyed toddler. We packed it in and came home after getting the boat tarped and wound up.

Weather

Mid 70’s a breeze out of the northwest. Beautiful clear water. As the night wore on the breeze wore off.

People

The Uthe’s (Chris/Michelle/Margaret/William)

The Third August Sunday

The Third August Sunday

Weekend 3/5 in August this year saw severe weather roll through on Saturday night, blowing the skirting out from under the trailer yet again. Chris showed up early Sunday morning to fix it up and try to mow but the inch plus of rain kept the yard wet and un-mowable.

Michelle and the Kids (William/Margaret) showed up later Sunday morning and helped prep for guests. Chris lit a bonfire, cleaned up the paddle boat and got it on the water and made some stuffed peppers in advance. The lake was once again absolutely stunning as a slight breeze from the north left our side with no algae and no waves. Despite being cloudy and cooler (low sixties early morning) friends Max and Jenna came with their kids.

While the kids got some water time in we made brats and sweet corn for lunch. Post lunch the boat came down for tubing and boat rides, but a broken lift meant it stayed down and eventually got pulled from the lake until repairs can be made.

After tubing the flyboard got put in and both Max and Jenna attempted, both with some success. Chris took the opportunity to flyboard as well.

After Max and Jenna left Doug & Julie came to help pull the boat out while the lift was fixed, and everyone cleaned up and headed for home.

Weather

Cool and cloudy in the morning with nearly no wind (61 degrees). The afternoon saw periods of sunshine with full fun by 5:00 or so. As the sun came out and the temperatures climbed a chilly north breeze picked up.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret, Max, Jenna (+kids), Doug Caron, Julie Caron.

New living room furniture

New living room furniture

DING DONG the futons are dead. Chris was more excited than is rational as a summer long plan finally got executed to replace the futons. Kathy, Margaret and Chris picked up the leather love seat, chair and footstool original to his bachelor pad and delivered it to the lake along with the glider from Grandma and Grandpa’s apartment. After loading up Kathy’s suburban at Chris’ house a stop at the shipwreck for dinner (two for one burger night!) was closely followed by some unloading at the lake.

Kathy enjoys the new-to-the-lake leather furniture.

After Michelle and William stopped after VBS for an inspection and approval the futons were brought home and given away via Facebook marketplace.

Weather

It was cloudy, in the mid to low 70’s with a north breeze. The water was crystal clear at 7:00 PM, same as the previous Sunday. Yard is finally firming up, we were able to back the suburban and Rav4 up to the deck.

People

Kathy Uthe, Chris Uthe, Michelle Uthe, William Uthe, Margaret Uthe.