Our Whidbey Island cabin is family owned, with four owners and lots of cousins as entitled users. We all pay a monthly fee for taxes, utilities, and upkeep. The family keeps the cabin well booked during the spring and summer months, but one week a year we rent it out to another family. We have been renting to this family for five years or more. That week's income goes a long way to paying the taxes on the property.
The rental week is usually right after the 4th of July. So that gives us all the incentive to get in and do the "spring cleaning". We have a list of jobs that need to get done annually, as well as a list that needs to be checked off each time someone uses the cabin.
Because we will be otherwise occupied on the designated cleaning day, the 5th of July, we came up this week to work on the list.
Wednesday started out bright and beautiful. The lagoon was full and reflected the cloud patterns in a clearing sky.
We started with the outside, cleaning out the garden, clipping and weeding, and then watering.
We picked up around the yard and washed the outside furniture. Then we moved inside to clean, stripping beds, washing mattress covers, sorting the linens, cleaning the kitchen cupboards, under all the sinks, vacuuming and dusting and chasing cobwebs.
Work inside continued this morning, until we declared ourselves done. The list was all checked off, except for the things that will have to be done by the family members who stay here over the 4th.
We were ready to play this afternoon. Unfortunately that's when the weather changed. A front moved in with heavy rain.
We drove to Langley to drop off some donations at the Good Cheer Thrift Shop, and then, because it was pouring down rain, we were forced to go have lattes at the useless Bay coffee Company - inside.
I did get a few photos taken when we got back to the cabin, when the rain let up briefly.
The beach access is not looking very inviting.
Except for the Stover's pretty flower garden.
Over on the bay it's the big gray.
The outdoor furniture, all cleaned up and ready, would be a wet seat this afternoon.
Now it is late afternoon. Tom is gently snoring as he naps in his chair with his feet up on the ottoman. I have posted using my travel laptop and photos from my phone and two cameras. It's time to get back to the new book I just started.
We'll have a light dinner here and then head home. The weekend will be busy again.