Happy Friday. I mentioned before that my eye sight is failing due to the diabetes. Yesterday while watching a TV show I took my glasses off and put them upside down. Not sure why I had the idea it just came to me. I found that the bad eye was much clearer. So called my eye doctor to see if maybe the lens was wrong or something. Because the vision problem didn't start until after I ran out of my contacts. (couldn't afford them) Hence when I started wearing my glasses the blurred vision started.
So he is going to schedule me for a visit and check it out. He was quick to remind me that medicare doesn't pay for glasses so if I need a new pair due to a vision change they won't cover it. If it turns out that is the reason I would much rather be blurry than to think my eye sight is going.
When I got up this morning and realized I had completely forgotten my Nieces 16th Birthday. I am so terrible with dates. I knew the date but it passed me by. I created a poem of sorts for her. Let me know what you think.
When you were little I’d watch you play
You’d smile at me In your own cute way.
When you were little I'd hear your cries
And wipe the tears From your eyes,
then wrap my arms around you tight
until you felt all was right
My heart would fill With my love for you
and as you grew up I watched you with
pride. To me a blessing, you will always
be So much I love you, I hope this you see.
You are a true gift, so precious and rare
One of those true people that are so hard to find
Who is honest, caring and giving
You are loved and admired by many
Knowing you're my Niece makes me so proud.
You are a Niece that truly shines.
Bright as a star in the darkest of times
May you always have many things to laugh at
And real good friends with whom you can have
a chat Things you can dream about, places
you want to go. Time for reflection of ones you hold dear
The courage in your heart to do this without fear
And may you always know the love I have for you.
You as my niece are from God a gift.
The bond we share will always be strong.
In my eyes you can do no wrong
One of life's special gifts Is to have a niece like you
You're such an awesome person with a heart
and soul so true. Remember dear that I'm still here
To give you a hug or lend an ear
*** Improvement Projects Continue on Boldt Castle ***
For 73 years, the castle and various stone structures were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals. When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was decided that through the use of all net revenues from the castle operation it would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
The Authority has pledged to fully preserve this and other attractions on Heart Island, for the enjoyment of future generations. The authority has spent several years with roof repair to all the historic Boldt structures, including the Boldt Yacht House which actually has more square feet of roofing than Boldt castle, with 35,000 square feet.
The Heart Island Entry Arch is now adorned with three bronze stags, which was part of its original design, but was never completed until 2001. In the early 1900s over a mile of stone pavers were added to the walkway surrounding Heart Island. Completed on the first floor of Boldt Castle is the Reception Room, Billiards Room, Library, Grand Hallway, Grand Staircase, Ballroom and elevator. Beyond the fourth floor is the magnificent Stain Glass Dome, measuring twenty-one by seventeen feet, with over six thousand individual pieces of glass
Repeat Visitor come because each year they have rehabilitated something else. With stabilization complete attention has been turned to completing interior spaces of Boldt Castle and other historic buildings on Heart Island. They will be continuing work on the castle which Boldt, despite owning in excess of 3,000 acres in the region and who reportedly was a frequent presence in the Thousand Islands area until his death in 1916, never visited after that fateful January day.
The Boldt family bedroom suites and kitchen rehabilitation projects will compliment previously completed interior projects in Boldt Castle, including the Dining Room, Ballroom, Library, Billiards Room, Reception Room, Grand Staircase, Elevator, Stain Glass Dome, Wall and Ornate Plaster repairs, Period Furnishings, Lighting and over 1,700 square foot of marble flooring.
With the completion of the Boldt Castle kitchens and the Boldt family bedroom suites the Authority will have accomplished never-before achieved finishes to Boldt Castle. The Castle’s namesake and original builder George C. Boldt halted all construction of his Castle in 1904.
During it's 33 years of ownership of Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House, the Authority has invested nearly $29 million dollars in rehabilitation efforts and improvements to these historic landmarks. At the same time, these facilities have witnessed over 5.5 million visitors and have hosted over 850 weddings in as many years, providing incalculable value to this region’s international tourism industry. A Fall 2011 completion date is anticipated for all phases of the Boldt Family Bedroom Suites. boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada stop at Heart Island..
They use the money from the tours, gift items and wedding fees to help fund the restoration. Charges for wedding ceremonies on Heart Island/Boldt Castle are consistent with regular admission rates and each person, including wedding party and guests will be charged at this rate: $7.00 Adults and $4.50 Children ages 6-12.
***Tomorrow I have a more indepth information about the family. This will conclude the Boldt Castle posts. If there is an interest I have a few more castles up my sleeve. I just don't want to bore anyone.
OH and I found this picture of Boldt castle in the winter. Pretty neat.