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    And Now Linda Came To Visit

    So my eldest sister, Linda, came to visit just a few weeks after Mom came. It was really neat having her here and I’m glad the weather behaved. She was here the first weekend in August and she came by plane. It was only a thirty-five minute flight from her airport in Long Island as opposed to a six hour drive.

    She came solo, but promises to come back with her husband and two kids. She was really taken with the beauty of the lake and the beach. Each evening we sat out on the front deck and she was impressed with the peace and tranquility. We were joined as we sat out there with a rather large frog. Herman was quick to correct me and informed us both, it was a toad. Which to me, is the same thing. They are green and weird looking no matter what their names.

    The toad was very still as he sat there staring at us. So much so that Linda asked if it was real. Herman replied it was made out of rubber, to see if she would pick it up. Which she started to, but then jumped back when it moved. She waited a few moments and then actually picked it up, at which point the toad started squirming and she immediately put it down. Just a little Caroga Lake entertainment that she can go back to Long Island and talk about.

    When I originally talked to her, she said she was bringing pants. I told her, absolutely not, we’d be spending most of the day on the beach or in the water. Evidently she didn’t believe me as her suitcase was packed full of pants and tops. I greeted her each morning in a bathing suit, and in answer to her question, "What are we doing today?" I pointed towards the lake and told her to grab a towel and off we went.

    By Sunday she admitted she had packed absolutely wrong and that the next time she comes, she would bring shorts and T-shirts only as I had asked. I don’t think she really believed that I spent all day every day on the beach or in the water. But now she does.

    Mission accomplished. As she kept saying all weekend, "This is the life!" Whether we were sunning on the beach, floating in the water or sailing in our boat, she finally did relax into the Caroga way. I gotta tell you, she refused to put sun block on that first day, but as she woke up bright red the next morning, she was convinced that sunblock was the way to go.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"