Spring 2005


I guess  old habits just die hard! Here it is the middle of March and we're so used to sending out a newsletter that we automatically sit down to write one. Even though we won't be sending a letter out, we decided to include one on our website to let you know what's is and isn't going on at "The Crosseyed Cricket".

What isn't going on is the wild rush to clear, order, find employees, and restock! Since we have closed the restaurant and the fish out, we are released from those jobs and sometimes frustrations. This is the first time in 34 years that this has been the case, and we must admit - we are enjoying it! Of course, the campground is still open and we are continuing to raise rainbow trout to wholesale to other fish out operations. That keeps Bob and Jim comfortable busy and usually out of mischief.

It will soon be time to replant the gardens around the office and waterfall, and the roses at the pool will need to be fertilized, mulched and trimmed. We plan to plant some clematis down at the Miller's house this spring - surely hope they will do well. When you feel the need for a peaceful getaway from the "busyness" of life, please come out and enjoy "The Cricket". Feed the ducks, take a stroll around the lakes, or sit on the cabin porch and watch the birds skim the surface of the lake. There are still memories to be made!

The calendar is indicating that spring is here, and at the present moment the weather is cooperating with that idea. The last few days have brought beautiful skies with the billowing white clouds sailing through a sea of blue. There has been a gentle (almost warm) breeze gently playing a lovely song on the wind chimes on our front porch. The delicate, melodious tinkle as the chimes are moved by the unseen breath of the wind is welcome music, reminding us of the coming pleasures that accompany spring. The wood roses are already nodding their heads to the rhythm of the passing wind and bluebirds are starting to scout out new home for spring. We really aren't totally out of touch with reality. There may be more of winter, but at least we have the promise of better days ahead.

Our thanks to those of you who have expressed disappointment and sometimes disbelief over the fact that after 34 years we are choosing to close the restaurant and fishing. It has been a good 34 years and the lord has blessed us in so many ways. However, we are getting to the point of not wanting to work all the time - we have decided it's time to stop and smell the flowers along the way. No, we are not selling the place and no, we are not leasing any part of it. As we have said, the campground will remain open and we will continue to keep the property up - after all it is our home as much as it is our business. It was a hard decision to make, but we feel it is the right one at the time for us, so please rejoice with us on our semi-retirement!

We accept the promise that Jesus made when He said:

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10b KJV

We wish the abundant life for all of you. Thank you so much for the support and friendship you have given over the years. May the Lord bless your lives and ge gracious to you. As always, we hope your grass is slow to grow, your flowers bloom profusely and your weeds wither and die by themselves. We look forward to all the good things that spring and summer bring; the beautiful multi-colored flowers, the swallows gliding over the catfish lake, the butterflies gracefully riding the air currents, trees with their leaves gently waving to us in the breeze and clouds floating by in a lake of blue. Take time to stop an minuet and enjoy the good things in life.





Charlie Cricket says, "Come to the Crosseyed Cricket!"