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    Beach 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 more.

    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"