With the stay in place and our appeal to the higher court waiting at the gate, we headed up north. The issue with Stu was behind us and Katy was able to use her allotted time when she chose. They tried to argue she could only use the cottage the "first" week but she'd wanted the 4th of July week. Too bad, so sad. She got the 4th of July week and David's family used the rest of Stu's time. I can only guess that they had some agreement with David that if he "covered" the legal costs to do that, he could "use" their time. Such a nice family.
We enjoyed what would be our last summer in the cottage. Really we did. It wasn't as difficult as the first summer and come on.. how can you not have a great time up there? We were very careful with everything. We'd already been accused (sort of) of making off with Carol's wedding rings. Anything missing would have resulted in another flurry of motions and lawsuits. Very occassionally we'd cross paths with David. He would circumvent the cottage to access his boat like he'd done for years. As far back as when my grandfather was alive and at the cottage, he'd take wide berth. I remember mother calling to him to come over because grandpa wanted to say something to him. He'd just keep on huffing his way to the lake. Never knew why he'd kept his distance from him. Always did though. Was this always the case??? As far back as I can remember, we'd see the Symons family on Christmas morning. Period. When we were little we would occassionaly be at the cottage at the same time, however that was rare.
That summer, David had indicated to mother that he was too busy to work on getting estimates for some of the work that needed to be done. Mother agreed to take care of it. The Pink Bathroom! That bathroom had been on the "to do" list for years. Ranked #1 in our list of "things that needed to be done". Instead, if you'll remember, we got new docks. Yeah. Close huh? So, mother got some bids, worked on a couple of projects, got no support and finally cancelled the work that needed to be done.
In September, the plaintiff filed another motion to LIFT STAY, CONVEY PROPERTY, ALLOCATION OF COSTS, DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS AND PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY
FEES. This motion followed on the heels of our notice from the Michigan Court of Appeals that stated (again) that they would not hear the case because (again) they felt that without disposition of the cottage/funds/transfer, etc. it was not considered a "final" order. Despite the judges stronger wording of "final", the Michigan Court of Appeals, with a very long backlog still wouldn't let it get past the gate. Game over. (for now).
Katy and Larry and I went up north for a long week in the fall. It was glorious. It was lovely. It was the best time ever. Perfect fall weather, I had the back cottage and they had the front. We went about our days doing whatever we felt like. They did their thing, I did mine.. it was really great. I'll always remember that time as one of the best in my life. Our Christmas trip wasn't so great... more to come...