Sunday, April 26, 2009

Summer in April??

Well the weather has been SO glorious this weekend!!!
Our landscaping crew were out in full force the past few days getting the grounds back in shape. They are a fabulous group of guys!!!

We were able to open our patio on Friday and of course plenty of people came out to enjoy Mother Nature at Her BEST.
The staff is trying to get their "summer stamina" back. We are all going to enjoy today's weather before reality kicks back in....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Earth Week: How we are changing what we do

I can tell you we at the Lakehouse Inn & Winery realized early last summer we needed to change the way we disposed of our bottles. We had a customer who wanted used wine bottles for a project they were working on. So we saved bottles rather than throwing them in the trash. It was a huge reality check for me. The pile we accumulated in such a short period of time was actually appalling. I went to the family and said we really need to start recycling (Our excuse was our trash-hauler did not pick up recyclables and how would we logistically do it). I went to the local hardware store, purchased containers, posted a sign for staff regarding what was recyclable and we went live with the change.
I have to say our staff has done a very good job with the project and it really did not take very long to get everyone on board. The downside is the logistics of collecting and more of a challenge, taking the recyclables to the recycle center (hoping the bins at the center were not too full once we got there). It was not much of an issue during the good weather. When the season moved closer to winter with snow and ice that was where we were challenged (in addition the GOTL center closed at the end of the year). I have to say we were tempted to throw in the towel, however our (my) conscience would not allow it.

We are going to take our efforts to the next level and encourage our guests to dispose of their trash accordingly. It is amazing how much we recycle. The next venture we will pursue is composting. I have found a spot to put a replacement garden (my garden was the victim of the need for more parking a few years ago).

Check out the article in Cleveland Magazine regarding the straw bale house built by Dr. Gus Kious and his wife Jan (of course it was her idea). This couple is such an inspiration!!!

Dr. Kious has instilled his values in every aspect of his life. Huron Hospital has become the leader in Go Green for our organization.
How have you changed what you do?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

From Soggy to Frosty, Next is Plenty of Sun...

The past two days have been soggy, to say the least, however, today is just breath-taking.

Okay Mother Nature is still trying to keep Old Man Winter alive, however He is weakening.

There is plenty of frost on the decks and in the flowerbeds. The sun break temp was 29. Winds are very calm.

A stroll on the beach reveals plenty of sand, in addition to an abundance of large driftwood-Excellent firewood for our guests.

The forecast over the next few days so Superb. A wonderful opportunity to relax, soak up the sun with a glass of wine.

Once the sun is out a few hours, the frost will dissipate and make for a great backdrop to a magnificent afternoon at the Lake.

We hope to see you soon...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sunset, The Evening of the 9th

Here are several shots of the sun setting on the 9th.
The day was so gorgeous overall with a colorful end of the day.
I think the buds are starting to come to life form the trees hugging the Beach House.

Today, the 10th, is a different story. It started very calm and actually it is not too bad at 8pm; mild wind out of the NE, plenty of clouds.

Today is the Indian's home opener, with a rain delay. The forecast for the rest of the weekend, plenty of sun!!! (more shots of wonderful sunsets-does it not want you to sip a glass of wine on the shore?)

Have a very joyous Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

We escaped the 8 inches they called for.....

Thank goodness the meteorologists miscalculated the snowfall predictions this past week. We got a little dusting here on the lake. As you can see the Primrose are starting to bloom, which is a wonderful sign!!!

We hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Season and are enjoying the children being on break from school. Before you know it, they will be out for the summer and wanting to come the the lake for a swim.
Although we have not seen ice in about 6 weeks, it is still pretty chilly. I found this website that tracks the water temp. of the Great Lakes. We are at 40 degrees F at the moment.
The lake is gorgeous this morning with calm winds from the south. This shot was taken @7:30am. We should have a great sunset this evening.
Sunrises are not yet rising from the water. The sunsets have been on the water for about a month now.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring is in the Air ... So is Old Man Winter

Well here we are, the beginning of April and the sun is shining, daffodils are blooming, however the northwest wind is howling and *#*# snow is in the forecast!!!

I guess I have to remember the saying "If you don't like the weather today, just wait a minute, it will change". Northeast Ohio is known for a broad range of temp changes within a 24 hour period. Like yesterday, it was 62 degrees at 5:30am here and by afternoon it was in the low 40's.

The good thing is the lake has been free of ice for over a month now and as you can see, the temps have been "warm" enough for the daffodils to bloom. My pots are really crying for flowers to be added. Maybe I will be brave and get some pansies after the snow later this week.

Since the sun is shining very vividly today, it will be a grand day to sit by the fire, looking out the window, sipping wine.

What is your favorite aspect of Spring?