Thursday Doors – Lake Springfield Beach House

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The Beach House is located in Center Park, just north of Lindsay Bridge on the north end of Lake Springfield, Springfield, Illinois. The facility accommodates up to 215 people. It consists of two large rooms connected by a central foyer and contains two decorative fireplaces, a large outdoor patio, and a kitchen with a stove/oven, refrigerator, ice machine, and a serving counter. City Water Light & Power (CWLP) can provide tables and chairs for approximately 200 people. The Beach House is available for rent daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., April through December. A rental fee, security deposit (refundable provided no damages or excessive clean up), and a non-refundable deposit that is credited toward the rental fee are required. For an additional hourly fee, renters can choose to keep the building until midnight.

Beach House rental does not include access to the beach.

Beach Park is 4.78 acres. It is located across Long Bay Drive from Center Park and is adjacent to the Lindsay Bridge Boat Launch. The park has few amenities other than some picnic tables, but it offers a restful place to sit and enjoy a fabulous view of the lake.

The Beach House is handicap-accessible, as well as some other parts of Beach Park.

The above is taken from the Springfield, IL CWLP website.

The lower level of the Beach House has shower and locker facilities (or used to) and you can see the arched doorway opening onto the sand beach area in the center of the pictures. A 16 year old male (who couldn’t swim) drowned in the swimming area on July 14, 2007. The swimming facilities were shut down for the remainder of the 2007 season, did not reopen in 2008, and reopened in 2009 for only a very short time before being permanently closed.

The two arched doorways, on either side of the chimney, are boarded up as you can see, but the boards are removed (by city workers using power screwdrivers I believe) whenever the facility has been rented out. The same is true for the doorways on the park side of the facility.

Doors are the focus of Norm 2.0 every Thursday. You can see more doors at his website, HERE

Thursday Doors – Bit o’ Déjà vu

I did not get my Thursday Doors homework completed these past two weeks; no valid excuses either! Just apologies…. So, to make up for it, I am not only giving you a little bit of variety in doors this week, but they also fall in two of my favorite Door Categories: On the Water, and Lighthouses! WooHoo!

The Mrs & I took a spin around the lake (Lake Springfield, Illinois) on her boat at the beginning of the week. The weather was pleasant, and the skies were clear. Perfect!

So, we first came across this On The Water Door in a small cove I don’t ever remember exploring before…

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Such an inviting boat house! And on a hot day, stepping out the door between the two bays would be a refreshing splash! There is the additional door to the house from the patio just to the right as well for a multi-door photo!!

The Next Door pic is the entry door to a super cute little Lighthouse in the same cove as the first doors. So that is the Second Lighthouse I am now aware of on Lake Springfield…

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My last offering is of a little shed with double front doors. I am enamored with the color of the building, and the striking accent color of the trim and hinges!

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The downside to finding all these great doors??? I am now trying to figure out where I can build their twins on our yard! and when I will have time to build them. and how I can afford all of them!!

Thursday Doors is a weekly homework assignment for the sea-faring as well as land-lubbers alike. We are aptly tutored by Norm of the Great White North, and you can find Him HERE At the bottom of his page you will see a blue rectangular box with a land & sea lubbing frog. Click on this cute feller to see more doors throughout the world!!

Another case of… Water-Dooring!!

It is Thursday, and I am actually going to post my Thursday Doors on a Thursday this week! Awesome, right?!

The Background…. We launched The Mrs’s pontoon boat this week! I had to buy a new battery for it first, but everything else was ready to go (for the most part). So we took a nice putt-putt around our end of the lake, into a couple coves, and I snapped a few pictures of doors that are only visible from the water. Hence, Water-Dooring!

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Log Boat Cabin – It’s a Two-fer!!

 

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Cute, but has seen Better Days….
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The Blue Heron House… See the visiting Goose (from Canada no less)?
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A 4-fer?? or Quad-fer????

My Hilu ended up in the rip rap at this house the time I fell off and the Hilu sailed away all by herself…

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We decided the white gourd thingies are also Purple Martin Houses…
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These don’t count as doors, I assume…

Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-enlightened souls (even if we are water-logged) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

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This past Sunday afternoon, The Mrs & I took advantage of the incredibly warm weather and launched the kayak! Neither one of us had ever kayaked in February before! We did not go very far, being our first time since last fall that we were on the water and the affected muscles involved are not tuned up yet. We paddled to the first cove north of us then went back to the first cove south of us, and stopped at my Mother-In-Law’s house and peeked in the windows (she was not home at the time)…

My door(s) this week is on a boat house situated in the cove north of us. The right side door is mostly bust-i-cated, but a small remnant still sits in the upper right hand corner.

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What more can I say, except – Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button at Norm 2.0 .  Look for this guy at the bottom of Norm’s page 

Eagle Ice & Fish Heads

I just asked The Mrs if she was familiar with the song, “Fish Heads”, by Barnes and Barnes. She immediately started singing it, which truly surprised me because she is not normally so well versed with 70’s & 80’s music, especially the quirky stuff like, well, Fish Heads! This is the link to the original short movie from 1978

If you have noticed my banner photo for the past week or so, you may have noticed that it is two Bald Eagles sitting on the ice just east of our dock here on Lake Springfield. I took that picture on December 28th. A couple days later, the temperature outside got warm enough for the ice to melt. This past week, the temps dropped again close to 0 degrees F, and the lake froze again. Two days ago, the young eagle was back again, this time flying over a flock of geese , looking for injured or sick ones. All the geese were healthy, so the young predator flew off, headed back (I assume) to what is affectionately called Bird Island. The eagles have a huge nest on the small island. It is illegal for humans to go onto the island in order to protect the variety of birds that nest there.

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So…after the ice melted the first time around a couple weeks ago, I was down by the shoreline taking Lester (the cat) for a walk, and we both were surprised to see a catfish carcass lying in the rip-rap, mostly eaten.  Of course, I stumbled down to the water’s edge, grabbed the fish (head), and carried it up to the back deck and positioned it so it faced in towards the living room window in order to impress The Mrs…

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I put the soda can next to the F-H for perspective, not cuz dead catfish are particularly fond of diet root beer…

The next morning, the fish head was lying on the deck under the table, totally devoid of skin or meat of any sort. Raccoons… And the following morning, the F-H skull was gone, never more to been seen. The Mrs, I’m certain, was very disappointed!!!

 

 

Autumn Chores

Because of all the very very busy activities in my life the past couple months, many of my Summer Chores are now transmogrifying into Autumn Chores. Unfortunately, my ACs are now at the front of the queue…

So this weekend, The Mrs & I lowered the mast on the “Miss Mollie” (The Mrs serving as the Winch Wench and yers trooly as the Mast Muscler), removed mast/boom, and then with the assistance of my Mother-In-Law, putted over to the sailboat ramp and removed the boat from the water.

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View of CWLP Power Plant as we left the dock, and the historic Last Boat Ride of the year.

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MIL enjoying the ride…

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The Mrs & MIL waiting for me to back the boat trailer into water to conclude the Boat Removal Ceremony… No one fell in, no one got wet, and we got the boat on the trailer with minimal hassle!!! WooHoo.

The last task involving the Autumn boat chore was to Power Wash all the lake schmutz that accumulated on the hull throughout the summer. I accomplished this yesterday…

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Not sure what Chores are awaiting me today, but I am certain it will be fun, fun, fun….  oh yeah?

My Foto Friday

I blame this posting on Norm…  He sponsors a weekly feature called “Thursday Doors”, which results in lots of pictures of doors being posted by bloggers worldwide every week. I started participating a few weeks ago. So… while sorting through my picture files yesterday for some door pics, I saw a few cool non-door pics that I felt compelled to share. And, not one to let a captive audience go un-awed, I decided to add just a couple more pics & related thoughts…

Sunrise this morning…

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Pre-breakfast… (1.5 units of insulin)…

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From my photo archives…

Guggenheim Museum, NYC – 2015

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Guggenheim #2

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I found the architecture and people to be more interesting “art” than the exhibits…

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One exhibit I liked…

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Grace finds herself in NYC…

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Welsh caterpillar

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Welsh, ummmm…. whatever…

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Me all dressed up going out on the town…

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It had to happen…

I got the call yesterday afternoon… The Mrs’ pontoon boat was fixed, tuned up, and ready to be picked up. Her pontoon has been at Josh’s Watercraft shop outside of Rochester, IL since late spring, facing significant motor repairs. The starter motor is attached to a flange that is part of the aluminum motor block. One corner of the flange broke, through one of the mounting bolt holes, and the starter broke free (danged free-range starters!) When I took it in and and discussed it with Josh, he said he has a couple guys who will come to his shop and bring their aluminum welding equipment. Since these guys are good at a fairly rare skill, AND will travel to job-sites, it is tough to get them in to a small shop for a small job. He finally got them both to stop in and both said they couldn’t weld the motor flange, the aluminum was pretty low-grade and wouldn’t take a decent weld. So… Josh built a bracket and fixed it…

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Starter works & is solidly attached again, yay! Did the tune-up and then started it to make sure everything worked… but it was only firing on one cylinder (boy, do I know THAT feeling!!) Turns out the CDI was bad! So he ordered one out of St. Louis, and had it shipped overnight. TA-DA! You can see the pretty, new CDI in the lower right corner of the photo above.

Yesterday afternoon I drove over and picked up the pontoon and brought it home…

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As you can see, it is still sitting in the driveway, waiting to be launched, motored home, and docked. And this is where “It Had To Happen…” is relevant. Since the pontoon was not here all spring/summer so far, I have docked the Miss Mollie between the two docks, nice and safe and secure. But that is the pontoon’s spot, so now I have to move Miss Mollie to the south side of the smaller dock.  I had to add a couple new cleats before the move could take place, and after a trip to the hardware store, I moved MM… She is now snugged up in her new digs.

I believe this is a good position for her, since  our prevailing winds come out of the south,  just off the starboard, so it should be quite easy to set sails and pull straight ahead from the dock… The weather dude is calling for rain later this afternoon, but I may go down now and take a quick sail as soon as I hit “publish”…

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Thursday Doors – Lake Springfield

Lake Springfield (Illinois, USA) is a 4,260 acre (17.2 km²) man-made lake on the south part of the city. The lake boasts 57 miles of shoreline. It was built during the time period of 1931 – 1935.  Original lake cabins are a rarity these days, as most have been torn down and replaced with “McMansions”. One of the original cottages built in 1936 still stands on a small cul-de-sac. I took a picture of both the rear door, which faces the lake and the morning sun, and the front door , which faces a small park and the setting sun.

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Lake side door

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Street side door

Next door to this cottage is a house built in the ’80’s and for a treat I am also including the front door to that one…

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature inaugurated by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers around the world to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos. Be sure to check out his site for doors!