Clean-up Crew to the Rescue
I’m sitting on the beach one day last
August, working on my tan when three neighborhood kids from
down the beach came over and said, “Want us to clean
your beach, Kathryn?”
I said sure, so they went ahead with the
tools they’d brought from their beach. It was all
plastic toy tools, since all the kids were below the age
of ten, and so that was a good thing.
They started first with the shore line,
since as the waves come in they bring a certain amount of
pine needles, leaves and twigs. We are at the eastern most
part of the lake and the prevailing westerlies bring everything
to our shore.
Thank you to Georgina, Felicia and their
friend Courtney for a job well done. As the waves continue
to come in they continue to bring debris from the lake with
them, so we will always have more work for you.
This is about the only yard work we do,
by the way. Since we’ve planted gravel instead of
grass on our front and back yard, there is mostly just a
mix of ferns, flowers and brush here and there to see among
the stones. That is by design since neither Herman nor I
care for the typical lawn grooming that most of our neighbors
seem to slave over.
Any grass that has come up through the gravel,
Herman has taken care of with Round-Up Weed Killer. Herman
says he had an agriculture professor friend who used to
define any ‘plant out of place’ as a weed. So
we’ve weeded the grass out of our front yard.
The beach looks great, thanks to Georgina
and friends, and we really think of the lake as our front
“lawn” anyway. It changes daily with wind and
weather. And with Labor Day come and gone, the neighbors
have mostly vacated and left our little hamlet quiet once
I miss having those beach days, but I’m
still outside every sunny day. The only difference is, I’m
not wearing a bathing suit. Though indoors, I still tan
using the sun panel Herman got me last winter. So I’m
still wearing bathing suits for that.
Now you know my secret as to how I stay
sun tanned throughout the cooler months. That and still
getting out every sunny day.
"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"