One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 5/12/08 Lake Temp. 51F. Ghetto temp. 56 F. Island tmp. 56 F. Yesterday's L/H: 50/64 F. Current conditions: thin layer of clouds from horizon to horizon lightly obscuring the moon, little to no wind.
The text reports from May 1st to May 11th, 2008 will be published by the end of this week.
The Caretaker began his morning by baking some biscuits, this was prompted by his need to use up the resulting whey from making cream cheese last week. The biscuits tasted well enough, although, melted butter will make most anything taste good (maybe not watermelon), however, the Caretaker does need to work on his kneading technique before he would be ready to serve homemade biscuits to anyone. In short, he over kneaded the dough, but not by much.
Later in the morning the Caretaker went to have himself a shower (the conventional kind), so he would be clean and tidy for his trip to town (well, maybe not the tidy part), anyway, he went to have himself a shower, all undressed waiting for the hot water when the house phone rang. The Caretaker knew that this could possibly be an important call so not wanting the answering machine to take the call before he could the Caretaker dashed to the phone undressed. It was an important call, contractor G. wanted to come by in the next 10 minutes to make an assessment for a job to give a quote on. So the Caretaker got dressed without having his shower and waited for contractor G. After contractor G. left the Caretaker repeated the process from earlier, just about to set the cold tap with the hot tap for the optimum shower temperature when the phone rang again. So, the Caretaker quickly shut off the taps and dashed to the phone again, undressed, thus repeating this earlier process also. This time on the phone it was the cleaning lady, she was calling to inform the Caretaker that she and her crew would not be coming out for the Spring housecleaning before Memorial Day weekend, (May 24th to 26th), but instead would be coming out after Memorial Day weekend. The Caretaker thanked her for calling and that he would make note of the date change. While walking back to his interrupted shower, the Caretaker made note of the cleaning lady's total lack of responsibility, to do a Spring housecleaning after Memorial Day weekend sort of defeats the purpose of a Spring cleaning, at least as far as entertaining goes. So, it looks as though at the very least the Caretaker will be responsible for covering the basics of the Spring cleaning. Which, the Caretaker doesn't really mind, it just means one more thing on the list. Waiting for the shower water to get hot a third time, the phone rang again. The Caretaker ignored it and got on with his shower, he would call whoever it was afterwards.
While in town the Caretaker noticed that there were some rather nice flowers in bloom, quite a number of tulips of all sorts of colors. While checking out at the grocery store, the cashier remarked that the Caretaker looked like the son of Grizzly Adams, in response the Caretaker laughed. (The Caretaker has been growing his beard for almost a year now with absolutely no trimming, no shower alone will make him look tidy.)
After returning to the Island and doing a bit of this and that, the Caretaker made more cream cheese, this time with garlic. He also made more cream cheese icing, this was made with store bought cream cheese and not the garlic cream cheese. Although, that might be worth trying.