Smelling the flowers

Evie

Kaitiaki
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Gosh, what a unique property! Fingers crossed for you on the purchase.

I'm glad B found some peace with her Mother's passing in those last days, and that she has you both to comfort her.
 

Petunia

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Gosh, what a unique property! Fingers crossed for you on the purchase.

I'm glad B found some peace with her Mother's passing in those last days, and that she has you both to comfort her.
Thank you, Evie.
 

Petunia

Moderator
Staff member
We got the property! My youngest son asked if he could go into this venture with us, so now it's Bond, Tay, and me. Super stoked. Close on the 30th.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
Omg, so happy for you!!!
 

Petunia

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Staff member

Petunia

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Update on that property: we pulled the plug because it wasn't zoned properly for that kind of use. But now we're interested in a 160 acre campground up north not far from where I grew up.
  • 26-site campground
    • 8 of which are serviced with water, sewer, and power; 4 with water and power; and the remaining 14 with water
  • 4 seasonal cabins
    • each with running water, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and heat
  • 1.3 acre swimming pond
  • child play area
  • open pole shed
  • 14.5 tillable acres
  • beaver pond for waterfowl hunting
  • miles of trails for hiking and UTV-riding
We can't see it until the 18th of this month. My youngest is going to part of this venture and he's dying having to wait. Plans are to convert it to glamping. We'll have to do it in phases. Projections are fantastic for ROI.

Other happenings: Wil was in Kenya when Omnicron was discovered in South Africa. B was sure he'd not be able to get back to the US, but that fear wasn't actualized. He did need to modify his travels a bit, because the number of quarantine days in the UK was almost as long as his intended visit, so he skipped going there and instead he extended his stay in the Netherlands.

My youngest son's GF won't get the Covid vaccine, so we didn't get to see him over the holidays. I'm so sad about her stance. I may contact her directly and let her know why we didn't see them and how this is going to affect our relationships going forward. I have a feeling he's shielding her.

Speaking of Covid, WP is recovering from it. I wasn't in direct contact with him, but B saw him last Wednesday and he started getting sick on Thursday, so we've all gotten tested and all of our tests were negative. We may test again tomorrow or the next day to be doubly sure.

If we get that campground I'll likely be the one to run at least the first summer/year which means I'll finally be able to quit my day job. Finally!!! Although, I don't know that I want to be that many hours from Bond and B.

Ah, the hot tub died at my lake rental. I am meeting with a sales person on Friday to see what might work for me. I hope it's less than $8K for what I need. It may be twice that. My plan is to put the new hot tub on the patio outside the lower level rather than indoors like the present one. I'll use that space for a kitchenette/bar. I think the guests will love it.

B gave me two dozen roses on NYE. Just when I was bracing myself to have a heart-to-heart with her about our relationship. Those flowers really made me feel loved, though, so for now I'll let things ride.
 

Petunia

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Staff member
Here is a list of ideas I've jotted down.

Tiny cabins
Safari tents on platforms: similar to this
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Domes (similar to this: LUXURY GLAMPING DOME! | Full Airbnb Geodesic Dome Tour!)

Tiny cabins and domes will have water/septic and therefore bathrooms and kitchens

Four existing cabins (all are 2 bedrooms/1 bath) : new flooring, fresh paint, updated light fixtures, bathroom vanities, toilets, and showers as needed, new furniture including mattresses

outdoor cooking areas/kitchens for tents
Possibly like this:
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hot tubs for cabins and domes, maybe also tents
plethora of string lights - each site will have some lights

Ideas for large field:
group fire pit (in addition to individual fire pits)
bandstand

horseshoe pits
corn hole
ladder ball
kick ball diamond
Frisbee golf
volleyball
badminton
corn hole

Centrally placed (large field) big building that should have space for: (future build)
store (basic groceries, wood, ice, souvenirs, etc.)
restrooms and showers
laundry
linens/supplies
game room

Pond:
swim platform
beach umbrellas
lounge chairs
tables

Play Area:
kids obstacle course
tree stump checkers with stumps for stools
balancing beams using stumps and 4" x 4" wood beams
sand (or corn) box with diggers
swings

Basic campground things we'll need:
picnic tables
garbage cans
grills
Adirondack chairs
mower(s)
golf cart and/or ATV and trailer

movie screen
projector

Activities/Entertainment
live music
BBQ? - hire someone to do a pig roast once a month?
scavenger hunts
telescope nights
snowshoes ?
geocaching
splash pad ?
trebuchet ? - launch pumpkins in the fall

Scheduled Activities
Bingo
Candy Bar Bingo
ice cream night "Make Your Own Sundae"
Hot dog roast night - provide hot dogs
August - corn roast
October - pumpkin painting
Face painting
Slip 'n slide Day(s)
Chili cook-off


Lots of ideas that'll take time to actualize. :)
 

WhatHappened

Active member
The campground sounds fantastic, and lots of great ideas on activities and what to do with the land! Best of luck with the purchase.

I would suggest that you respect your son and his GF in their medical decisions. If you have the conversation you're considering with her, she is likely going to take it as you subtly threatening her that she better get a vaccine she doesn't want 'or else' you will shun her and refuse to be with her. This will result in pushing her away and quite possibly pushing your son away also. If she respects your decision to get this vaccine, you should also respect her medical decisions to decide what's right for her.
 

Petunia

Moderator
Staff member
I would suggest that you respect your son and his GF in their medical decisions. If you have the conversation you're considering with her, she is likely going to take it as you subtly threatening her that she better get a vaccine she doesn't want 'or else' you will shun her and refuse to be with her. This will result in pushing her away and quite possibly pushing your son away also. If she respects your decision to get this vaccine, you should also respect her medical decisions to decide what's right for her.
WH, I understand the delicacy of the situation. Thanks for your words of caution. :)

If/when I do talk to her I am going to be very careful and diplomatic. I do want her to know why we've barely seen them and how it's going to impact our relationship. I don't believe her non-vaccine status is due to an actual medical issue that would prevent her from getting the vaccine. From the little I've gleaned from my son it's more of a "you can't tell me what to do" attitude. Ironically, she's a nurse. A young nurse with less than a year of experience in the field. If it were just a matter of me taking a risk and seeing them, that would be one thing, but I have to consider everyone in my pod and my pod has said they are not comfortable with that exposure. They have also said that if I want to see her then they'll just avoid me for two weeks. But that's a considerable amount of time to not see your GF and I need to consider Bond as he can't really avoid me because we cohabitate.

It's a crappy situation. I truly believe this is the person he is going to marry. I would like to get to know her and I would really like to be able to see my son more.
 

Petunia

Moderator
Staff member
@Evie, nice! Lots of room in that tent. :)
 
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