Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Catbirds are Coming Along

Hard to believe they were just a bunch of eggs a week ago.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

And the Winner Is .........

Another Treasure Island Bassmasters has come to pass. The winner is.....Gloria Carvey, C's sister! Two pounds, 16 inches. An excellent catch for the limited time frame. Midnight was the deadline, and the last bite was at 11:58.

This annual event has been a great excuse to pull the family together. This year we had members from Rochester, Michigan, Maine, and California.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Catbirds Hatched!

Treasure Island welcomes three new additions. Best wishes!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another Whopper!

C is on a roll. With the fishing contest just a week away, she is racking up some big catches. Is this the year? We weigh the fish in a bucket of water--the scales are before and after the fish is added. Net difference in this case--2 1/2 pounds.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lakes are about Fun and Friends

Smiling faces and lazy days on or by the water--that's what lake living is about. Here are some pictures of our Treasure Island neighbors, having a good time in the summer time.

Friday, July 11, 2008

C Caught a Whopper!

Once a year, on Treasure Island, we have a fishing contest. The winner gets their name on the plaque in the living room and bragging rights for an entire twelve months.

My bride has never won this prestigious title, and, after twelve years, it is getting to her to the point that she is doing some serious practicing.

She caught this pretty bass while fishing with good old-fashioned worms dug from the garden. She was casting from the point deck at sunset.

Friday, July 4, 2008


A very happy Independence Day from Treasure Island to your family!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Buddy the Guard Goose

My sister-in-law lives just to the Northeast of Treasure Island, near the county boat ramp. Her pier has been adopted by a domestic goose named "Buddy." Now Buddy can be a real pain, but he has his benefits. He has kept the wild geese clear of the yard--and no one but no one approaches the house from the water without an alert being sounded!

The House is Painted!

It was a good deal of work this year, as we are selling Treasure Island, so we wanted to do the house completely--to give the new owners a number of years off. Normally, we paint one wall a year on the ground floor, then the top floor in another year, and all the trim in yet another year. This leaves us with just a few days out of "vacation mode" every season.

The walls are power washed at 1700 lbs/sq. inch and then hand sanded, then a good coat of solid oil stain in Heritage Blue is applied. The trim takes power washing, hand sanding, and a prime coat of Z prime followed by a finish coat of high gloss oil in an eggshell hue.

One of the ironies is that--with the redwood siding--we probably would have never needed to paint it at all! I have a friend in California whose barn is sided with redwood--it is in its one hundredth year.

Some July Flowers on Treasure Island

Every month has its dominant flowers. At the opening in May, it's the wildflowers happily contributed by the birds. June and July move toward daisy's (also contributed by the birds) and lily's. Soon the hibiscus will put in their appearance. This brings a good crowd of boaters, to enjoy this unusual sight.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Catbirds are Nesting

Now that we've made a sizable dent in the critter population on Treasure Island, these little eggs may have a chance. As you can see from the picture, however--squirrels can go everywhere!
[A post script here--at first I thought these were Robin's eggs. As of July 12--there are three eggs remaining--will they hatch?][A post post script--see July 16 for the happy ending]