Category Archives: Hidden Treasures of Blackston Lake

Exploration

  What was your last exploration, sometimes you get in the car and just drive down a street you’ve never been on…. what do you see?  Old cemetery you wander through,  trees you have to stop and walk over to see its true beauty only to look up into the orange leaves, there is the biggest wasp nest ever right over your head.                 Needless to say I walked very fast back to my car after taking a photo. Now let’s see what Craig and Carla find? 

 

The group headed out at 10 Wednesday morning for their exploration. Tommy and Carla were in back with their cameras, Tommy showing her how the camera worked.

“Did you have anything special in your plans for today Carla?” Howard asked as Carla replied to him.

“I thought about cleaning and see what else we missed in the attic but, this sounds like more fun. I’ve never been in a helicopter before.”

They took photos of all the gas wells. Walking around Carla and Tommy kept the camera up taking photos of everything. Tommy showed Carla how to keep her finger on the shutter and make a video, flying low enough for the cameras to be shooting the whole trip.

Howard and Craig talked and walked over all the property. They continued the same
procedure over at the oil wells property.

While in the air, Carla and Tommy played with the zoom on the cameras, taking pictures of everything they flew over, especially the town and lake.

“Howard that roof looks bad.” Craig advised pointing down.

“Yes is the address or street visible to anyone?”

Howard asked as Tommy answered, “I got it Dad.”

Carla inquired, “Howard what’s that corner where the trees are? Across from the Café I don’t see anything there?”

Craig started to answer as Howard looked at him with his sinister grin and a wink, slowing shaking his head, before he answered her question. “Carla, it’s just 2 vacant lots
right now, we haven’t found out who it belongs to yet.”

“Thanks Howard. It would make a real nice little park.”

Craig noticed the smile Howard had now; I wonder what he’s up too. Craig tilted his
head as he looked at Howard. Craig jotted a note on his tablet, ‘HA can
I get an explanation on that’ and showed it to Howard, who just nodded
his head this time.

“Ok partner where to next,” Howard asked.

“Take a flight over my place Howard, all the land. I’d like to get a picture of it especially those jetties and the woods. Roger that Craig,”

“You two back there pictures left Tommy, Carla right.”

“Roger that.”

“There are a few buildings down there on my side Mr. Jones.” Tommy stated.

“Craig I have big tire tracks down on the north side” Carla said.

“I see that, maybe that was from all the construction, have to investigate that later” Craig replied.

“Barn next, I’m hungry Dad,” Tommy asked.

Howard replied to his son “Will all go get pizza after we land and get the chopper put to bed. Call the Corner and order us a meat lovers and a veggie Carla, it should be ready by the time we head that way.”

 

Jake

               How wonderful to finally be able you have a brother! Or perhaps it’s a friendship that becomes so close and dear to your heart you can call them your brother or sister. Here’s a snip of Carla and Jake Covertry react together.

“Mrs. Carla Jones, please hold on for  Mr. Covertry.”

“Carla.”

“Jake, how are you?” Carla asked feeling goose bumps all over.

“I’m fine but that’s immaterial, how are you?” Jake asked explaining his sudden call, “I received a call from Detective Black of Centerville Police Department, seems AC and I are prime witnesses to a case against your stalker.”

“Really Jake, you’re going to help me?” Carla exclaimed putting her hand over her mouth.

“Damn straight we are, that son of a bitch, excuse my French that pea brain is so stupid to think he can mess with my friends!” Jake stated.

“Carla I need to find out if you’re ok, I’ve cleared the next hour to talk to you. I want you to describe your husband in terms I will understand.”

Carla giggled and smiled as she answered his question, “Ok Jake, still breeding your Portuguese Water Dogs?”

“Yes Carla why” Jake replied.

Carla knew how to describe Craig now, “Ok Craig Augustus Jones III: active, tall, strong, agile, intelligent, loyal, obedient, protective, rescuer, true, dependable, tenacious, benefactor, romantic and stellar.”

Jake sat back smiling and said “Well Carla, that’s quite an animal so to speak, where’d you find him?”

Laughing Carla finally said “Jake you’re not going to believe this. Work, I’ll do a summation for you. A weekly long stem red rose every Monday for 2 years. A 1943 bottle of Dom chilled to perfection, the cork popped, your lover and you still in the glow, ready for some bubbly, and all he can say is “vinegar . . . no bubbles babe just baubles.”

Jake started to laugh “So then what.”

Carla continued with her story, “Well the bottle held rough cut diamonds, I now have two tennis bracelets and matching earrings complete with a wine cellar in a 30’s mansion. I stepped foot in his ‘old relic’ as he called it about 7 months ago, after helping with the decorating and remodel during the late winter, spring bloomed and so did we. Jake the man never touched me for 4 months and when he did, we were married 2 months later. I honestly feel like I’m starring in a 40’s movie.” Carla felt a warm blush rise up in her face and smiled, remembering the beginning of their love.

“Carla, Detective Black said they found a few bottles of that 1943 Dom in Mark’s car.”

“Yes among other things, as you are now aware of or we wouldn’t be talking.”

“Carla, Craig makes you happy in all things?” Jake inquired.

“Yes Jake, in all areas, he even had H&A Security install electronic fencing around all the property and house just to make us more secure. Jake, I love you but nothing like the love I have now for Craig. We we’re different, more brother-sister love.”

Carla giggled when Jake said, “I know, but we had fun!”

“Yes we did Jake.”

“Don’t worry Carly AC and I will handle this, hope to see you soon.” Jake stated in brotherly fashion.

“You too Jake, thanks.” Carla grabbed a few tissues, but the tears never came as she expected.

Secrets  Cove left side Book option 7.15.2012   196 (2)I’ve introduced you to the four major male characters that we have in the Blackston Lake Saga last week. The welcome home pajama party is now over, Allan and Marcus are headed back up to Lake Michigan with their ladies, leaving Craig and Howard to talk…      

Carla has confirmed that the occupants of the boat look likes Mark and  Paula Smith, the couple that stood up for them when they went to Vegas. That is the very same Mark that was hurt breaking into his home for some Jack Daniels the night they returned from their honeymoon.

Howard and Craig headed into the library. “Craig, come with me. Let’s see if this security system worked like it was supposed to.” “There, your system has captured them, push this button and you have a print out and your proof.”

“Howard I have questions,” Craig said. “I know. We’ll talk later ok Craig?” “Sure Howard, but, Mark’s car is still on my property right?” Craig asked.

“Yes, Craig why” Howard asked. “Howard if we wore gloves could we check to see if there’s anything in the car to prove he broke in here.”  Howard gave Craig a very serious look “Craig what’s wrong, there’s something bugging you?”

“Carla made a statement when we talked the other day and she’s been tossing a lot since the break in. She was talking in her sleep too ‘leave me alone Mark’ that was Friday about 4 AM and Carla never hit the hooch until later in the afternoon, not at 9 AM. I’m wondering if he was in here and fell trying to leave that morning and that’s why Tim couldn’t find him!” Craig lowered his head and bit his lip.

“Damn Craig, you’re really dead serious aren’t you!” “Yes, Howard.” Howard dialed his phone. “Blackie, I need an accident car gone through, over here at Craig Jones place.”

“Howard, are you talking about Mark Smith’s car?” “Yes, it’s not been removed yet. Blackie it could be used as evidence of a break in.”

“Howard put Craig on the phone please.” “Blackie wants to talk to you Craig.” Howard handed Craig his phone.

“Hello Craig, in your own words what is causing your suspicions?” Craig told Blackie the same thing he had just told Howard. “Ok Craig, has he bothered you since?”

“Yes Blackie, the new security system shows them this morning sitting at the cove entrance. Allan Sullivan, Marcus Orlofsky, Howard Awls, Carla Jones, and I witnessed it today. Carla verified it with the binoculars from our room.” “Ok we’ll get up there this afternoon Craig,” Blackie hung up.

“Craig I’m taking Nichole home and I’ll be back as soon as I can. Better let Carla know that Blackie is coming about the car. We’ll tell her your suspicions when I get back ok?” Craig said, “Sure Howard thanks!”

“Carla Blackie and the police unit are coming to check out Mark’s car this afternoon, there’s something about this whole Mark thing that’s bugging you and now me.” Craig told Carla, “Ok Craig let me know what I need to do.

 

 

 

           I feel I should fill you in on the four men’s connection so you can get to know how these four minds are working out in Craig’s front yard. 

Howard Awls the oldest by 5 years, born and raised there in Awlsport and Blackston Lake. He’s the 3rd generation to be involved in the Awls Ironworks, ex Marine and business owner of a security company and other family businesses started by J.W. Awls and Craig’s great grandfather C.A. Jones.  Hence the reason why Craig and Howard are sort of joined at the hip and how Carla could think he was her personal security guard.

Now Allan Sullivan and Marcus Orlofsky are the same age as Craig, born and raised next door in Waukegan, and spent a lot of their summers at Blackston Lake with Craig. Marcus studied all the financial courses he could, joined the Navy and became a Seal. He was able to learn about  intelligence during this time. He’s Craig’s financial adviser, CPA and best buddy since age 3.

Allan Sullivan left Waukegan after studying law, joined the Navy, like Marcus he was a Seal and eventually worked for the FBI, now he is in the security business with Howard and the one that’s saved Craig’s behind a few times and Allan was the one who discovered the email mess that caused that big fight with Carla.Secrets  Cove left side Book option 7.15.2012   196 (2)

As you know if you’ve been following the Blackston Lake Saga that these three men are very connected with Craig’s life. 

At one time Carla even thought they were too connected but not anymore. Now her best friend Mary Kate is dating Allan, Howard’s new gal happens to be the nurse from Carla’s doctor. A new friend has joined the group, Maureen… so you can imagine what the chatter was about as the ladies started breakfast this morning.

Breakfast was lengthy as Marcus shared his sailing journey. Craig put in the wedding DVD over more coffee and everyone laughed. The group of friends was the real thing, and Craig finally realized what Allan and Howard had been saying for so long about who his real friends were.

 

Sledge Hammer?

Bet you’re wondering why this title is Sledge Hammer, well it’s about to get interesting folks. Try to remember when you found that missing toy out in the yard years later . . .  

Craig’s Glock 32 was still on the kitchen counter. Carla looked up from the paper she was  making notes on, “Craig you should put your gun in the drawer Tim just pulled in the drive.” “Thanks Honey I’m on it.”

“Morning Tim, looks like you have some designs there, come on in.”

“Yes Craig and you look like marriage is agreeing with you two, morning  Carla.” Tim commented with a smile.

Craig’s phone rang, “Oh please excuse me Tim.” “Coffee, Tim” Carla asked “Of course, that is one drink I never turn down, thanks Carla.”

“Blackie and Samuel are on their way with the county forensic team Carla.” Craig stated walking back into the family room. “Samuel!” Carla just shook her head.

“Did you finish the design for the attached garage? That area by my library would be great.” Craig said as he motioned Carla for a refill.

“That’s the best place to have the doorway and it would only require I step down or a little ramp Craig,” Tim commented as they looked over the blueprints. “Could we just slant the whole floor so there wouldn’t be a step?” Craig asked, as he was looking down at the item on the floor “What’s that Tim?”

“Oh, some more treasure I found. I was pulling up your stepping-stones; they are not slippery, just unleveled. These cans are under them.” Tim held up the one for Craig to see.

“I’ll be dipped, Grandpaps sure got into creative banking didn’t he,” Craig said laughing. Carla came over to look “Yes Craig these stepping stones are special alright!” Carla stated to giggle, which prompted a smile on Craig’s face. “Got a sledge hammer, because I don’t think the bank will take this as it is for deposit, they like things in rolls,” Carla laughed.

 

Imagination

Craig and Carla are in the airport and their name is called over the PA. Only three people know where they are headed. Craig made sure to watch the limo pull away with Mark and Paula, somewhat mystified at being left.

“Mr. and Mrs. Craig Jones please go to the British Airways Lounge party is waiting there”. “What” Craig looked at Carla “Don’t look at me, Mary Kate went home, maybe she here”? “Mary Kate hi”, Carla hugged her and turned around as she was tapped on the shoulder “Allan”! “Craig, Carla you both look beautiful, marriage is agreeing with you two. We just landed”.

“How did you know we where here Allan”? “Howard, it’s a long story which we can talk about later. We’re driving back together so we have some time to talk. How was the wedding, there’s a little bistro close to the gates you leave from let’s go there, shall we”? Allan took Mary Kate and Craig took Carla, to a pleasant surprise visit with their best friends.

At 8:50 they were on a flight for Miami and Key Largo’s Grande Hilton. Mrs.  Jones got her wish swimming and walking the beaches the Atlantic in the morning and the Gulf in the evening.

If you want to know the rest you’re just going to have to read it…  page 243

Dumbfounded

You just need to let your imagination go about the honeymoon in Vegas, all I will say is Mr. & Mrs. Jones were unavailable by door or phones for 2 days.

Craig made reservations for their get away that only 3 other people knew about before they connected back with Mark and Paula.  They packed all they could into the last day with Mark and Paula and took the red-eye back to Chicago.

On the ground Craig made sure about the changed arrangements with the limo driver as he removed their luggage and placed it on a cart, Craig handed him a 50 dollar bill “Thank you”. “Yes Mr. Jones, instructions understood, and congratulations”!

“See you later”! They waved as Craig and Carla disappeared inside the terminal at O’Hare. Leaving Mark and Paula standing at the limos door with their mouths open. “What they just left us here”!

The limo driver spoke “I have instructions to take you to the Delta in Carpenter for breakfast and then to your residence Mr. Smith”. Mark and Paula just looked at each other dumbfounded!