You Must Get Bored in the Winter

     If I had a dollar for every time I heard, "You must get bored in the winter." then I’d be rich.  People wonder what we do all winter long.  It doesn’t seem possible but we’re even busier in the winter than we are in the summer.  It’s just instead of always being at home during the summer we’re always on the road in the winter.

     This last weekend found us driving up and down the North Shore.  Down to Two Harbors for a hockey tournament on Friday night for Josh and then Mike driving back up to Grand Marais on Saturday for Abby’s basketball game.  Then Mike and Abby drove back down to Two Harbors for Josh’s hockey game.  That evening we drove up to Cove Point near Beaver Bay for pizza(my sister’s favorite) and then back down to Two Harbors.  Finally yesterday we drove back up to Grand Marais.

     That sort of driving doesn’t happen every weekend thank goodness.  But unfortunately it happens enough.  We’re lucky we have good friends  who help out with our kids and their transportation to and from practices.  The overnights help out immensely.

     We are open in the winter too.  We had guests staying in one of the lodge units over the weekend for the lake trout opener.  We have someone to shovel in case of a large snowfall while we’re gone and a next door neighbor to check in on things.  I get to do the cleaning in the winter so I’ll do that before this coming weekend when more guests arrive.

     The phone is ringing and online inquiries and reservations are coming in for the season.  We attempt to take care of our guests in between running to meetings for boards Mike and I are on and trainings for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department we are both members of.

     Later this week we’ll be heading to Duluth to attend the EMS Conference.  The Emergency Medical Conference has classes we attend to make sure we’re up to par on our medical skills.  Then there’s hockey practice on Saturday and a game on Sunday to attend.

     It’s no wonder why my house is a mess.  By the time I write my blog,  put together an order for the store, interview an applicant and do the dishes or laundry there isn’t time for cleaning.  Oh yeah, I always forget about working on the Mush for a Cure and Ham Run Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run.  And there’s feeding the birds and shoveling the snow when we get it.

     There’s so much to do and so little time to do it in. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, so in case you’re still wondering, I don’t get bored in the winter.