Cottage is toast!!

Okay, it has been awhile since I posted.  Just got busy practicing law, boating, RVing and other stuff.   But the cottage did not really survive the 2011 flood, at least in our opinion.  FEMA says it can be repaired.  The water came up into the living area and then the main center support beam cracked and caved in.  We did have flood insurance, and it is expensive.  So we filed a claim.   FEMA subcontracts out the adjustments to specialists and then has very complicated formulas for reimbursement.  FEMA does not consider anything totalled unless it was under water from the tip of the top of the chimney on down.  So we got $15,000 on our claim.

Along the way, all the other occupants of our big house on the hill moved out, so it is really too big for just two of us.  Along with three acres of land to take care of, and I just turned 60 years old.

So we have been working with Aspen Homes in Bettendorf to come up with a new house on the river, after tearing down the cottage.  It will be a retirement home.  We have firmed up the plans and are currently running it through the city of Leclaire for approval.  As required by flood plain rules, it will be elevated five feet.  After the city approval, we will need to run it through the Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island.

More updates and pictures later.

 

Shed is done

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And almost loaded (they bought it at Lowes but had to put it togetherand build the platform):

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Ella the 9 month old puppy wonders why they worked so hard and where Uncle Chris went:

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We have puppies

Our dogs, Music and Russ, are the proud parents of six daughters, born Tuesday night.

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They are Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

More work done

They moved the firepit to where the old owners had the hot tub, more room over there.

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Then they got the crazy idea we needed a shed.  So they bought one at Lowes that has to be put together and when they go to the woods, it was not as level as they thought, so they had to spend mucho time leveling it.

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Big Stack of Firewood

The big dead oak tree is down:

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Kim and Chris rest on their laurels.

Kim does more yardwork

Despite the fact it was in the 90’s and humid, Kim set out to do yardwork, seemed to be mostly pulling weeds and trimming brush.  But she got to use her new John Deere dump wagon.  She was so happy.

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Kim and Dogs Clean up water feature

When we bought this house we knew there was a water feature in the back yard, but we just started to dig it out to see if it is functional.  Full of oak leaves is not functional.  Amazingly the pump survived the winter outside.  However, our new pond lady said it was not big enough to do the job.

So Kim and her Cardigan Welsh Corgi helpers (well really Aylssa) started to clean it out.

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Did you notice her lovely lavendar boots?

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Yard Work Galore

Okay, the family is back in yard work galore.  But the big question, if we took all those oak leaves out last fall, why are there truckloads still on the ground after the snow melted?  I was excused because I am slow and because I injured my leg after 9 days in the Winnebago at a dog show.  Can we send out an airplane and send down an aerial glue spray to keep all those leaves on the tree?

Iowa is in the news these days and we are having a wedding here this weekend, must work fast….

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Kim worked hard, lots of mud, check out the shoes…

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Kim and Aylssa murder those leaves (are you sure this is spring?)

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This is one of several leaf piles that ended up in the woods, hopefully to decompose and hold up the hill so our house stays on top of the rise instead of down in the Mississippi River.

Princeton Beach

Here are some photos of Princeton Beach, a sandbar beach just north of Princeton, Iowa.  The only way to the beach is by boat.  There are many beaches like this on the northern Mississippi River.  No admission price.

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Kim and the John Deere tractor