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A Day At The Lake With Alice

We called the Raspberries SNOZberries (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

We made a September weekend trip to the Lake and had a WHOLE day free because the Husker Game didn’t start until 9:30 p.m.!

Snozzberry
We called the Raspberries SNOZberries (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
picking raspberries
Alice picked her fair share of Snozzberries
Gettings Garden
We picked Iowa fall raspberries at Gettings Gardens in Sanborn, Iowa. It was a beautiful day.
Taco House
End of season treat at the Taco House
Yelllow Park
Alice named THIS park the Yellow Park
Scream Down Slide
Dan scared Alice as she was coming down the slide!
Crazy Hair Down Slide
I love LOVE this picture of Alice’s hair as she comes down the “twisty slide”
Rock Wall
Alice did a great job climbing the Rock Wall in her Duck boots!
Monkey Bars
Alice has ALWAYS wanted to do the Monkey Bars by herself. Soon, Alice. Soon.
Swing
She is just starting to learn how to pump her legs as she swings. For now, she loves ‘UnderDawg Pushes” from Grampa
Smores
S’mores.
Dock
It is nearing the End of the Season at Okoboji. Our boats are always the last ones to the storage unit and we keep the dock in until the very end.
Boat Ride
Sugar Bear wasn’t as thrilled with the Boat Ride as Alice.
Driving the boat
Alice drove the boat and did a great job!
Benchwarmers
Benchwarmers
Cleaning the Ladder
Dan and Matt took out the ladder and Alice helped clean off all the Green East Lake Sludge.
Puzzle
Matt got out a puzzle for Alice to solve. She was up for the challenge.
Vintage Puzzle
Matt showed her some possible solutions on the front of the box. #VintagePuzzle

Making Colorado Peach Pie

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”
Peach Pie Season.
Peach Pies made from Delicious Colorado Peaches.
Fresh Peaches with juice that dribble down your chin. Nothing compares to a Colorado Peach.
My Fresh Colorado Peach Pie takes about 8-10 fresh peaches, a few ingredients, and a few hours of refrigeration before it can be eaten, so plan ahead!
Here’s the recipe.

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SlicedPeachesInCrust

SpurtleStir

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SpreadPie

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The Deck at TheHouseAtTheLake

Looks like I never updated the finished deck!  Here’s what it looked like….We’ve had our eye on the Lake these past few days as the temps up there have plummeted to the super-duper cold range. A few days ago, the Iowa Weather Service predicted it could potentially go to 49BELOW with the cold temp and high wind.
We plan to go up there this month….we worry about our house missing us 😉

Here are the updated deck pics from a quick stop in October.

deck steps silver bolts cable on steps Base Posts Corner Base Post Cedar and Black house corner posts steps up

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The Deck At The House At The Lake

TheHouseAtTheLake
TheHouseAtTheLake
The guys wrapped the front of the deck with long, rough cedar boards
The guys wrapped the front of the deck with long, rough cedar boards
Piece by piece the deck is growing.
Piece by piece the deck is growing.
The beginning of the Addition. We are tripling the length of the deck.
The beginning of the Addition. We are tripling the length of the deck.
The Cedar smells so good!
The Cedar smells so good!
Board by Board!
Board by Board!
Glimpse of the new deck
Glimpse of the new deck
The new cedar boards are going on. So. Beautiful.
The new cedar boards are going on. So. Beautiful.
Day 2 was Measuring Cutting Installing the Cedar Planks
Day 2 was Measuring Cutting Installing the Cedar Planks
Cedar Decking
Cedar Decking
Old and New deck
Old and New deck
The 3 men worked very hard in the Iowa Heatwave.
The 3 men worked very hard in the Iowa Heatwave.
The Electricity went out for an hour and the crew took a 15 minute break.
The Electricity went out for an hour and the crew took a 15 minute break.
Day 2 Progress
Day 2 Progress
Day 2 New Half
Day 2 New Half
Almost completed the top.
Almost completed the top.
The deck is REALLY long
The deck is REALLY long
The Acorns are dropping early this year.
The Acorns are dropping early this year.
Stairs will be replaced Friday with Cedar and will be wider.
Stairs will be replaced Friday with Cedar and will be wider.
We installed this sliding door several years ago during a remodel. Our plan was to one day expand the deck!
We installed this sliding door several years ago during a remodel. Our plan was to one day expand the deck!
The Old Stairs are GONE!
The Old Stairs are GONE!
Starting work on the old stairs
Starting work on the old stairs
The old deck was not cedar.
The old deck was not cedar.
We didn't change the configuration of the deck, so the stairs will be in the same place. They will just "re-trace" the steps.
We didn’t change the configuration of the deck, so the stairs will be in the same place. They will just “re-trace” the steps.
The New Decking is now in place. The cedar is so beautiful. I wish it would stay this way......
The New Decking is now in place. The cedar is so beautiful. I wish it would stay this way……

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The steps are stronger and wider.
The steps are stronger and wider.
The new steps are 6 inches wider. Railings will be black megal posts with cable running through it.
The new steps are 6 inches wider. Railings will be black megal posts with cable running through it.
The posts supporting the deck will be black metal beams.
The posts supporting the deck will be black metal beams.
The old steps reduced to a pile of rubble.
The old steps reduced to a pile of rubble.
Steps
Steps