December 6, 2009

"You can't leave, all the plants are going to die..."

I told you not to slam that door!

Science tells you that for every action there is a reaction, so when I attempted to slam the Red Door shut, it did as expected, it sprung back. My intentions were to close this blog. Feeling it had run it's course, served it's purpose, and with nothing further to add, it was time. For some reason I didn't post this right away, and in the mean time I've had a change of heart. I will continue to post "things" as might my sister Joey and whomever else wishes. I am going to try and stay away from politics, try I said, but use this to post whatever I think is news worthy. Recently I started another blog called "Recipes from behind the Red Door" because of my love for cooking, but in all honesty one is enough for me. I will merge the two, keeping this name, and offering various items that interest me and hopefully interest you.

Now that that is out of the way I do believe there needs to be a transition from the old to the new, so I am posting below my original post siginaling the end of the Red Door because there are so many people that I need to thank and give credit to. So witout further ado:

As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end and I am sorry to say it’s time to close the door. The Red Door Journal will be no longer. Along the way it has been an amazing trip, and a great learning experience, so much so that I’ve decided to go back to school and seek a degree in the para-legal field. Maybe I can make a difference for someone else faced with the same issues we have had to deal with for the past three years. Good heavens there can’t be that many incompetent judges and shyster attorneys still left out there can there? Oh God!

But…..I can’t just close the door without giving some credit and thanks for so many who supported us, encouraged us, laughed with us, sometimes questioned our wisdom, but most importantly stood by us. You’re faithful reading of this blog, your comments; both negative and positive were always welcome. I may have come on a bit stern from time to time regarding questional comment, threatening to stop all comments, but truth be told, I couldn’t do that. My dilemma is to not leave out a name or two, and if I do, I apologize.

Mother, you could have just as easily said, let’s keep this quiet and not expose our “laundry” for all to see and hear, but you didn’t. And I am certain there are many who applauded you for taking that risky position to fight this when all the odds were against you. There were days when you scratched your head and wondered why, but you fought and in the end, we all know you’re the better person for it. Your brother and his family will have the rest of his lives to ponder why they have no friends; a position you will never be in.

As you discovered this past summer, renting can be cheaper than owning. So, I am having plaques made that will be available to cottage owners to proudly display that says: “Josephine Symons Lee slept here”. And who knows maybe in a few years "most" cottages will proudly display one.

To the eighty percent of the Lakeside Board who found themselves in a no win position yet managed to do all the right things, say all the right things and offered us their support, we appreciated your efforts, and your thoughts, we thank you. To the best caretaker an association could have. We put you in the middle of a bad situation which was never our intent, and you were diplomatic in your efforts, we thank you.

To every single member of Lakeside, Cottage Grove and Pinewoods, our thanks for your support and encouragement, we felt it and appreciated it. And to the few I left out, you know why.

It’s only fitting that I leave with a photo tribute to the past three years and highlight some of the serious issues as well as the fun ones. Enjoy and remember the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

However, the one thing that I do know is once you’re a Lakesider you’re always a Lakesider. Thank you again for your sincere support.

The begining...

From where we came

It's about Thyme cookbook, an overnight sellout, ready for another?

Your choice, David or Stu

The last great cocktail party at the cottage...

Lakeside auction queen!

This past summer 2009

Sorry Sara

Christmas at Lakeside, didn't someone say it couldnt be done?

Decorating the old girl for another holiday season.

The last supper, well not "Thee" last supper but dam close to it!

Oh yea, someone did try to prevent a last Christmas didnt they?


Anonymous said...

David will be so thrilled to know you're carrying on! :-)

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that the lee/jenkins are much more likable than the slymons. Even if the lee's/jenkins were to sue david for the cottage they would have been much more welcome than the slymons. Wait the slymons are NOT welcome in Lakeside.