In what turned out to be just the beginning of many situations where the judge could not make a decision and passed it along to others, we were instructed to meet with the facilitator to see if there was a way to make this work. Sharing the cottage as had been done for many years. We were optimistic right up to the moment when David and his counsel showed up with their poster board class project.
The meeting, or should I say presentation started, and not once did Davids counsel look at either mother or I. Not once, and David did little more than sit there and avoid any eye contact or verbal exchange. It became apparent early on they had one goal and one goal only, and agreeing to anything short of outright ownership was not an option. They went to great lengths to show just how bad a shape the cottage was in. At one point they almost had me believing that she would fall over in a stiff breeze if the rodents didn't attack us first.
Fortunately we were able to locate the drawings the court appointed artist had created and have painstakingly uploaded them to this posting. Sit back and enjoy.
In this first drawing you will observe the massive infestation of rodents, even Orkin wanted no part of that cleanup:
In the second rendition you will observe the massive peeling paint, which by the way legitimizes the reason given for Why the front door was repainted, it was peeling and needed to be fixed:
In this next rendition you will observe the issue with lot line and how difficult or impossible it would be to sell or do any type or renovation without having to knock down the whole cottage and rebuild:
And finally you will observe the difficulty one would endure having to find a clear path to the lake because of the landlocked cottages. It would be necessary to go outside of the association to find an access point:
Come on now, most of these places are over 100 years old, they are out in the middle of the forest, and one would reasonably expect to find these places in less than brand new condition and usually in need of some form of paint or repair. Our cottage was no different than any other one in our association or one of the other's. The dumbing down that took place that day was just the beginning, it continued for months. You shall see.