Finally Finished!

poinsettwork6One year after we purchased it, Shangri-Latza is finished.

There were many winter weeks that I traded my camera for a hammer and worked toward a total interior renovation of our cabin. I did everything but the kitchen installation and staining of the knotty pine walls and alder doors and trimĀ (I hate staining).

All that remains is exterior paint (it’s going to be red/brown instead of sterile white), which will be done in the spring. I spent a lot of 2-3 construction binges here throughout the winter of ’14-’15 and it cost us a ton of money, but we wanted to do it all at once instead of in stages over the years. It was mostly done by May, but I finally got around to making these photos recently. We had loads of fun here this summer!

poinsettwork2Here’s the reverse angle of the kitchen and dining area.

poinsettwork5The “reading nook,” which is my favorite place to take a load off and watch the water.

poinsettwork3One of three bedrooms.

poinsettwork1One of our two full bathrooms.

poinsettwork4And lastly, our four-season front porch, which has a great view of the lake and summer thunderstorms.

Hunting for the Light

BlogHunting1We’re fortunate to have some pretty good waterfowling in the Dakotas, and there are prime areas all around our Lake Poinsett cabin. Every now and then I get out with Rob Hatcher, a soccer dad who coached Anna for many years. On this day, his daughter Nicole joined us; she’s now a star soccer player for SDSU and loves any and all types of hunting. We got a great morning for both light and ducks…often I enjoy the photography of friends and family more than the hunting!

blogHunting2Rob sets out the decoys at the start of the day.

blogHunting3Rob’s dog and a downed Goldeneye.