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August 20, 2017 - 7:03 a.m.

It rained a lot of the day yesterday, especially in the morning while trying to get the cottages cleaned.  Donna did most of the work while I continued on with the laundry which I finally finished around 4:00.  The sun tried its best to come out but only had snippets of it here and there.  The cold front came through in the morning followed by a warm front in the late afternoon.  Today is forecasted to be beautiful.  Hot and sunny once all the fog burns off.  Suppose to hit 27 this afternoon so may need to take advantage even though I have other things planned.  See how the day shapes up.  Dan is feeling better today.  I think he had a bug or the clam chowder he ate Friday was off but he's on the mend now.  Thanks Larry and Trish for the Imodium.  Lol.  We were both in bed by 10:00 last night and I feel well rested today.  Currently overcast and I've a few things to do early this morning before heading into town briefly.  I may put going to town off until tomorrow if I get a better offer though.  A little rough for a boat ride and the wind is suppose to pick up to 40 km from the south so see what happens.

August 19, 2017 - 7:15 a.m.

Weather wasn't great yesterday.  Had some rain as we are today as well.  Our internet wasn't working very well so didn't update my blog.  Quite a few guests opted to check out later yesterday and avoid the traffic since it wasn't very nice out.  I've change over today and it's going to be a long one as I'm running on no sleep.  Dan was up most of the night as he was ill so don't expect to see him none too early.  Donna is helping me today as this bloody cold front comes through.  I actually put my house plants outside yesterday to let them get rained on but the north wind is already picking up this morning so time to bring them all in.  Going to be a stay inside day by the looks of things.  Bummer.

August 17, 2017 

Just a beautifully gorgeous day yesterday.  Both Dan and I worked outside although I didn't get everything done that I wanted.  Heading out again this morning as soon as it warms up a bit.  Currently only 10 degrees and I could actually see my breath outside last night.  Please say it isn't so :)  Calling for rain later this afternoon and by the looks of the radar, I'd say it's a distinct possibility.  I knew it was too good to last.  At least our guests have lucked out so far this week.  I've seen a few monarchs here and there over the past few weeks and the cicadas have been around for that long as well.  Haven't heard any crickets yet but saw a wee one back by the shop yesterday.  As soon as the crickets chirp, there is no turning back, autumn is dead ahead.  Speaking of, I'm deadheading what I didn't get finished yesterday, this morning.  Dan finished the grass cutting and I believe he and Nick are working today on the new storage building.  At least until the rain comes, which it will unless divine intervention has Lake Nipissing split the system.

August 16, 2017 - 7:55 a.m.

Had a great day yesterday.  The weather cooperated and although it looked at one time that we would get a storm, it missed us completely.  I did my town run and got home in time for Dan to help me unload the car.  He and Nick started the new storage building and finished the framing to the point Dan wanted by the time I got home.  I cleaned the fruit and veg, made a nice supper of fish and warm goat's cheese salad, cleaned up and headed to bed early.  Had quite the collection of critters here after sundown last night.  Deer, raccoons and a cat.  Red was waiting on me this morning when I got up to give her more corn since nothing was left in the bird feeders.  The mist coming off Moose Creek was the heaviest it's been to date but the temp dropped to 10 overnight and it's going to be a beautiful warm sunny day.  Maureen is coming in to clean the public bathrooms and a cottage for me this morning while I tackle the beach.  I've been waiting for Lake Nipissing to calm down enough to rake the shoreline so that is first on my agenda and then I'm going to do some deadheading and weeding.  Hopefully I can get everything done and then go swimming this afternoon.  Would love a boat ride but It's grass cutting day for Dan.  Things have slowed down in that area but certain spots are needing a trim.  

August 15, 2017 - 7:34 a.m.

Well yesterday didn't exactly turn out as planned.  I was going to go to town but thought better of it.  Didn't want to be lifting and hauling things until my back was a little better so I ended up doing office work and then spent the afternoon updating our new website which hasn't launched yet.  It's going to have basically the same content but be more user friendly for phones and tablets.  It will also now show 360 degree interiors of our cottages as well as the property grounds.  Am hoping to have it up and running by the end of next week.  Dan did some maintenance work on the tractor and ended up having to go to town with Alf in the afternoon.  He also took Alf and his grandson Noland out fishing last night.  They released everything they caught but had a hard go of it as the lake was fairly rough and the anchor wouldn't hold.  I'm going to town this morning which is currently very muggy and overcast.  Calling for possibility of showers and thunderstorms later today so hopefully I don't get caught in it.

August 14, 2017 - 8:26 a.m.

Was a beauty day yesterday reaching a high of 25 with completely clear sunny skies.  I got in one of my moods yesterday and ended up cleaning the house, doing 6 loads of laundry, making some homemade meat sauce for supper and cleaning out the fridge.  By the time I finished it was after 2:00 and unfortunately, I put my back out.  I was hoping to get on the boat as the day was perfect for it but there was no way.  Besides, Dan was having fun visiting with everyone in the park.  I couldn't sleep (of course) so finally laid on the couch with my Dr. Ho around 2:00 this morning.  It was close to 4:00 when I finally headed to bed.  I'd really like to do a town run for supplies today and do some dead heading and watering but don't relish the idea of lifting anything.  See how it goes.  Not sure what's on Dan's agenda today but I'm sure he'll be out and about.  Going to be another nice day by the looks of things.

August 13, 2017 - 7:43 a.m.

Wow, I slept in this morning.  Not surprised considering I stayed up until 1:00 this morning reading.  Had a busy day yesterday but it was a perfect day to work as the sun never did shine until after supper.  We had a beautiful red sky last night on the horizon so not surprised the sun is shining this morning.  I just hope it lasts as I would really like to watch the meteor showers this evening.  Couldn't see squat last night which was suppose to be the most active.  The mist rolling off Moose Creek this morning was really thick and we had a very dense dew overnight.  Always happens during August which is a sure sign the summer is slowly coming to an end.  Already.  Where did it go?  Not sure what is on my agenda today but am hoping it involves sunshine.  I have a few hours of work this morning but plan on having some quality time with Mother Nature this afternoon.  See if I can talk Dan the man into a boat ride.

August 12, 2017 - 7:08 a.m.

Holy storms yesterday batman!!  We had thunder and rain intermittently all day.  Just was never ending.  Things didn't settle down until after the sun set last night.  North Bay was hit worse than the south shore but even so, we were hit pretty good.  Our phone was out for quite some time and the power was flickering on and off but we never lost it completely like North Bay did.  I even emailed my sister as she is in the Waterloo area and the emergency broadcast system kept warning of tornadoes in southern Ontario.  She said she was hiding in the basement but haven't heard if there was any property damage as yet.  Can't believe the weather Ontario is experiencing this summer and hope this isn't a sign of things to come in subsequent years.  Dan cut grass in the morning yesterday until the storm(s) drove him inside for the remainder of the day.  I vegged.  Busy day today though as Maureen and I have cottages to clean.  Gotta love changeover Saturdays.  It is currently overcast and very damp out and still pretty humid considering.  Calling for showers today but things are shaping up nicely for the remainder of the week.

August 11, 2017 - 8:44 a.m.

Great day yesterday.  Had a surprise birthday party for Trudy Barber and it was awesome.  Just women and there was likely 30+ of us.  Jan and Gerry did a great job with the food, which was endless and of course Wendy who organized everything.  Trudy was definitely surprised so that's half the battle.  Was just great to see everyone.  Had a later than usual night so dragging a bit today.  Calling for thunderstorms and rain today but so far, so good.  Looks like everything nasty may be going around us.  I have some baby ducks kicking up a racket today.  The weather has indeed been "off" this year likely because of El Niño but I've not seen this many baby birds this time of year before.  May be a sign we are in for a decent autumn as nature seems to know more than the weather gods.  I certainly hope so.

August 10, 2017 - 6:54 a.m.

It appears we are going to have some rain showers on and off today with the first one starting right shortly.  Forecasting a high of 29 today with the humidex so may even get a thunderstorm.  We've had a pretty good week so far considering the initial forecast and the brief intense storm that went through Tuesday evening though.  I have a busy few days ahead of me but didn't get anything accomplished this week that I wanted to.  Always next week to look forward to.  Oh look at that, it started raining.  Lol.  I should have known as the stray cat was waiting on me to feed it this morning.  It'll fill its tummy and go curl up somewhere dry for the day.  I have some cleaning and laundry to do today and then am getting together with the ladies a little later.  Don't think Dan will be doing much.  He has been keeping up with the grass cutting and weed eating but things have slowed down a bit.  I doubt he'll be cutting any grass today, that's for sure.

August 9, 2017 - 8:50 a.m.

All in all, I'd say yesterday was a good day.  Had the ladies over in the afternoon for dominoes and the weather was pretty good...for a time.  I checked the radar as it looked like something was coming in and didn't like the looks of it.  I asked Dan (the weather guru) if he thought the blip on the radar warranted stacking the beach chairs to protect them.  Was a definitive yes and so glad we did as we got hammered.  The wind came through and then we watched the rain come across the lake as well.  Broke up the ladies get together earlier than it should have but that was likely a good thing.  Lol.  I'm heading to town this morning for an appointment but it looks like the next few days are going to be great weather.  One of our guests, who is from Timmins, said they've already hit "0" degrees Celsius this week.  Not good.  No one is ready for the summer to end just yet but I do believe we are in for a very early fall.

August 8, 2017 - 7:05 a.m.

Lots of mist coming off Moose Creek this morning.  Cool nights and warm days will do that.  It hit 20 yesterday but felt much warmer.  We were threatened with a thunderstorm late in the afternoon and had a couple of boomers but no rain.  It seemed to go all around us so was a very good day.  I cleaned my house up in the morning (boy did it need a good vacuum as my cats are starting to shed again) and then did cottage laundry while Donna cleaned a cottage and then I helped her clean the last one for our two check ins yesterday.  Has been very steady this year with bookings but must say it seems like the summer is flying by.  They are calling for a possibility of thunderstorms again this afternoon and we currently have an offshore wind but I'm hoping nothing materializes.  Will all depend on the daytime heating.  I am heading to town first thing this morning even though I have an appointment in town tomorrow.  I am nearly out of wild animal feed and the deer are relentless when they don't get their daily corn feed.  We have a couple of really young guests in right now that are loving the deer which obliged them quite nicely last night by allowing pictures with them so better get some feed this morning.  The Huber girls are coming over this afternoon and we are either playing dominoes or euchre or we may just beach it or do both.  Sally is heading back home to Calgary this week after a lovely month's stay at her cottage here so will be good to spend a little girl time with her and sisters before she leaves.

August 7, 2017 - 6:57 a.m.

The sun shone all day yesterday and Lake Nipissing was calm enough for people to get in and on the water.  I cleaned and did laundry in the morning, cleaned up the picnic shelter from the seafood feast mess and then made a seafood chowder from the leftovers which according to those who ate it, was awesome.  Finished everything by about 2:00 and had a lazy downtime for the rest of the day.  Read my book, had a nap and went to bed after watching "Game of Thrones".  All in all a pretty nice day.  It was pretty cool last night dropping to 11 degrees so happy to see Mrs. Robin was sitting on her nest once again.  Dan took down the wind break so she shouldn't be disturbed much anymore.  I just can't fathom was she is nesting so late unless she is just sitting on dead eggs, if there are even any in the nest.  We didn't look as we didn't want to freak her out anymore than she already was.  Nature has been a little strange this year though and a lot of things, as far as timing goes, is off this season.  We already have leaves changing colour but that could be attributed to an abundance of wind and rain or maybe just because it never stayed overly warm for very long.  Calling for temperatures to be in the low 20's all week with cooler night time temps.  I'd have to say we are in for an early autumn this year.  Just hope it's a nice one!

August 6, 2017 - 10:06 a.m.

Sorry I'm late this morning.  Saw Doug and Dianne off and then went to clean the rest of the mess up in the picnic shelter from yesterday's seafood feast.  Of course the weather was autrocious yesterday.  Extremely high winds, rain, cold, damp and just completely miserable.  We made the best of it though.  I cooked the mussels and scallops as wwell as the sweet corn and potatoes.  Larry and Rick did a great job on the lobster and crab so a lot of happy people.  Today is going to be spent cleaning as my house, even though I tried to keep up, is kind of a mess and I have a cottage to clean for check in tomorrow.  We had to put some tarps up along the picnic shelter as a wind break yesterday which disturbed a Robin who is nesting in the rafters.  I hope she wasn't off the nest long enough to kill her eggs but she was back on it today so Dan needs to get the tarps down and leave her be now.  It's late for a nest but suspect it's the second time she's tried to hatch.  There were a lot of baby robins out yesterday as the worm pickings were awesome due to all the rain.

August 5, 2017 - 6:56 a.m.

We certainly don't have anymore humidity in the area.  The cold front that came in yesterday brought plenty of rain, lightning and thunder and cooled everything right down.  It's 16 degrees this morning and doesn't look like it's going to get much warmer as the day progresses but hopefully we will eventually see some sun.  It is currently raining as the system just keeps dumping it but there is sun out around us.  Very strange weather indeed.  I have changeover today but due to the weather the Bauer's left yesterday around 5:30 so I can get an early start.  Larry arrived yesterday with all the seafood for our feast today so have some cooking to do a little later today.  Looks like we'll be holding it under the picnic shelter unless something miraculous happens and the skies clear up.

August 4, 2017 - 8:45 a.m.

I'm late this morning because I was late going to bed last night.  Oh but what a good time we had.  The morning didn't start out too well as I found an injured baby seagull on our beach.  Very lethargic which sometimes happens when they eat too much but they usually come around after time aids their digestion.  That wasn't the case with this poor thing.  Wasn't a mark on it and I ended up holding it for a good hour before it succumbed to whatever ailed it.  Did a little work afterwards, had a nice nap in the afternoon and then the Barnier's, Bauer's and Dan and I went to Michael's for supper which never disappoints.  After supper Pete, Jeanne, Dan and I got into a game of Euchre which turned into several.  I haven't played that particular card game in years so was a lot of fun.  The boys are going fishing this morning if the weather holds.  There was a beautiful lightning storm just before five o'clock this morning which I watched for a bit before going back to sleep.  There is rain all around us but think it may miss us, at least for the morning and early afternoon but the winds can shift.  Still very humid and already 22 degrees so see what the day brings.

August 3, 2017 - 7:04 a.m.

You can certainly tell Dan's family arrived yesterday.  The weather changed dramatically while they were on route.  We had a nasty storm come through starting around lunch time with lots of lightning, thunder, winds and received around 2 1/2" of rain in an hour.  It dropped the humidity as well as the temperature.  We were able to eat supper outside last night but everyone had sweaters on. Someone in the neighbourhood left their poor dog outside during the storm who was was terrified if it's frightened and frantic barking was any indication.  There was one very large and very close resounding ccrrraaaccckkk and then the dog was quiet. I'm certainly hoping it was let inside or able to take shelter somewhere.  At any rate, we had a great dinner last night and did a little catch up with the Barnier's and the Bauer's.  So glad Dan's family made it up safely considering the weather they had to drive through.  Was hoping to get everyone on the boat today but the weather really isn't conducive so I'll likely do some work today.  Have a tree I'd like to transplant as well as some plants out of my bedrock garden.  I'm going to start moving a lot of the perennials elsewhere on the property as the deer use the garden as their own personal buffet.  I'm just going to leave the shrubs and to heck with it.  Too much work for me now.  Temperatures are going to be in the low 20's for the next few days so perfect working weather.

August 2, 2017 - 6:23 a.m.

Another beautiful day on the shores of Lake Nipissing yesterday.  Smoking hot and fairly humid with temps hitting 28 but a lovely lake breeze and the shade kept everyone comfortable.  The beach was busy yesterday with people swimming to escape the heat.  I was washing my floors when Ginny and Donna decided to drop in for a quick visit.  They met the Bauer's as we all sat on the beach for a bit.  Dan took the Bauer's out fishing again last night.  Lake Nip always gives up a bounty, just depends upon what.  They caught walleye and a couple of sheepshead last night which were all released to survive another day.  Dan's family is coming for a visit and arrive today.  Whether they drive or fly remains to be seen.  They were hoping to fly but think perhaps the weather may put a wrench in that plan as they are calling for thunderstorms today.  Will depend on what time they leave and if they are able to fly around it.  Or above it.  Either way, I am heading to town right shortly to get some fresh produce and supplies.  I am cooking Chinese BBQ pork tenderloin this evening which is already marinating but really need to do a quick-like-a-bunny town run. I just noticed the heron is hunting in the water right in front of our place.  At least she is going for fish instead of chipmunks today.

August 1, 2017 - 7:42 a.m.

August already?  Seriously?  Where did the summer go?  At least we've been getting plenty of summer weather lately.  Another beautiful hot sunny day yesterday and today will be no exception. It reached 27 yesterday and going to a scorching 29 today.  There was actually a heavy dew and mist coming off the water this morning so I know it's going to warm up quickly and can already feel the heat this morning.  Lake Nipissing is like a window pane this morning so I'm willing to bet we will get the thunderstorm forecasted for this evening as the temperature is due to drop to 17 overnight.  At least there is a good chance of it.  Will all depend on how quickly the daytime heating dissipates.  Been a great run of decent weather though.  Dan took the Bauer's fishing last night and they did quite well.  The kids were able to catch some fish so that's always a good thing.  I'm doing some cleaning today.  Had all kinds of things on my to do list this week but when the weather is this good, a lazy day is a better agenda.

July 31, 2017 - 8:18 a.m.

Wow!  Couldn't have asked for a more perfect day yesterday.  I watered the flowers in the morning, finishing up around 11:30 and then Dan and I took the Bauer's for a nice boat ride.  It was a very hot day with the temperature reaching 27 celsius but we all managed to keep cool.  Went over to the Manitou's which was extremely busy.  Swam and had some sun time and then headed downtown Callander on the boat to Lulu's for an early supper.  Got back home around 6:00, went for another swim and then had a nice campfire on the beach and watched the heat lightning across the lake for several hours.  Was just a great day.  

July 30, 2017 - 6:12 a.m.

Great day yesterday!  Hot, hot, hot.  So glad I was able to get the cottage cleaning done in the morning.  Pete, Jeanne and the kids arrived around 3:30 and the kids were almost swimming immediately.  The adults partook of some beverages on our deck to play catch up.  Haven't seen them since 2012 so been a while.  The weather cooperated as it hit 26 here and quite warm but there was a nice northerly breeze all day.   Just before sun set, a dark cloud materialized and produced a very light, brief shower but not enough to move us indoors.  The mosquitos did that.  Lol.  They were only out for about 20 minutes though.  Jenna was tickled to find a small snapping turtle around 6" in diameter.  It looked like it had been out of the water for some time.  It was along our breakwall on the beach so I moved it to the shoreline, wet it's shell and waited for a few minutes to see if it was okay.  It disappeared into the water but still can't fanthom what it was doing on our beach.  The kids also took pictures of the deer who came by to say hello and then the feral cat showed up at the same time so they saw a few critters yesterday.  I'm heading outside right shortly to water flowers.  Going to be smoking hot today with a humidex of 32 degrees so we are planning on getting on the boat today.  Likely going to Campbell's Bay or the Manitou's so we can swim.  Was going to completely close the house up and get the air conditioner going but I don't think we'll need it as they are calling for temps to drop to 17 overnight with possibility of a thunderstorm.  Just need to pull the shades and we should be fine.  Much prefer the fresh air over air conditioning anyhow.

July 29, 2017 - 7:35 a.m.

The weather yesterday was absolutely perfect.  The sun shone, nice lake breeze, didn't get too hot.  Today it is suppose to hit a high of 27 and 28 tomorrow with no rain in the forecast until Wednesday.  Going to be a great week.  I have changeover this morning so am cleaning as soon as I can before it gets too warm.  Did some watering yesterday so won't need to do it again until tomorrow.  Had a nice dinner with Trish and Larry last night followed by a campfire.  Should probably have come home a little earlier but hey, it's summer.  I suspect it will be busy on all the beaches Nipissing has to offer this weekend with lots of boats and people in the water.  Pete Bauer and his family are staying with us this week who are long time friends so looking forward to doing some catching up.  I suspect tomorrow will be a boat day especially if it gets a hot as forecasted.  Something to look forward to.

July 28, 2017 - 8:19 a.m.

We had a beautiful day yesterday once the cloud cover dissipated.  Had a beautiful Lake Nipissing breeze that although north, warmed things up.  The sun shone and it looks like we're going to have some gorgeous weather over the next few days.  Hitting 23 today and 26 tomorrow.  The sun already has everything and everyone up and about.  I went to town yesterday and came home with a ton of homegrown fruits and veggies so making a couple of summer salads this morning before I head outside.  Lots I'd like to get done today but see how the day goes.  Window washing is the number one priority.  Dan got all the grass cut yesterday and is grading the beach today and adding firewood.  There is always something to do around here or something to find that could be done.  Anyone have any bored children out there, send them my way.  I'll stop the complaining in a heart beat ;)

July 27, 2017 - 6:49 a.m.

The rain just kept coming yesterday which kept everyone inside for the most part.  On and off all day but don't think we received any overnight so things are starting to dry up.  I've totally given up on my flowers.  Just one of those years.  We have nothing but sun in the forecast for the next few days and through the weekend so that's encouraging.  I spent the day in the office and managed to get my books completed.  One last thing to worry about.  It is still currently overcast but the fog and cloud cover should all burn off by noon.  Think I'll zip into town this morning and get some groceries so I can spend the day outdoors tomorrow.  Have some raking I'd like to do and the windows all need cleaning desperately once again.  Between the rain and the dry periods, which kicks up dust due to the sand, having a tough time keeping up this year.  Truth be told, I'd rather just park my butt on a boat ;)  I'm sure Dan will be into the grass cutting either today or tomorrow.  Likely still a little wet for him today but honestly, we did need some rain.  Just not quite so much.  Jerry O'Connell (the actor) has certainly been making the rounds in the area since he's filming in North Bay.  He has been spotted everywhere and is quite personable.  Word is out in Hollywood and more and more movies are being filmed here.  Good for people who could use a little extra money as an "extra" and somewhat good for the economy.

July 26, 2017 - 7:46 a.m.

A little late again this morning and no apologies.  I think I could have slept until noon today I was just soooooo comfortable.  The birds didn't wake me up this morning as the stray feral cat was sitting at my back door when I eventually did get up.  He's not usually around this time of day so tells me he knows we are in for a storm today.  They are calling for showers to begin around noon with possibility of thunderstorms.  It was so sunny and warm yesterday, just a perfect beach day but I was in the office.  Glad to see others enjoy the day, swimming and relaxing.  The long term looks awesome with 4-5 days with nothing but sun coming our way.  I should be able to finish the books today so I can take advantage as well.  Have some outdoor work I'd like to get done this week so hopefully work in the mornings and take the afternoons to enjoy a little summer but I know how that goes.  My schedule as well as the weather changes often. 

July 25, 2017 - 7:53 a.m.

I'm a little late this morning as I was still up at 3:00 this morning.  Just one of those restless nights.  At least the sun is shining and it looks to be a glorious day.  The rain stuck around for most of the day yesterday and we needed every bit of it.  Heavy dew this morning and feels pretty damp but with the humidex factor going to 28 today, will warm things up nicely.  I ended up working on the books yesterday.  Managed to get all my receipts in order so for the next few days will be in the office doing data entry.  I have some help coming in this morning to clean so at least I don't need to worry about that.  Dan already stated he's cutting grass this morning.  Lake Nipissing is pretty calm at the moment considering how rough it was yesterday and I'm already seeing boat traffic.  Yep, going to be a beauty day!

July 24, 2017 - 6:57 a.m.

We received a decent amount of rain yesterday.  Most of it came overnight.  Had a few showers during the day yesterday so no boat ride for us.  That and the fact it was fairly rough on the lake.  Nipissing is very rough this morning with the winds north but at least all the humidity is gone.  It rained pretty steadily overnight and we may be in for a bit more but it is suppose to clear out this afternoon and be nice for at least the next few days.  Kim and Tim did drop in briefly yesterday.  They both look well as it is always a pleasure to see them.  Hopefully next time their schedule won't be so pressing and they can stay longer.  Dan and I met Donna and Sue over at Anglers Bar and Grill last night for supper so had a visit, came home and I watched The Game of Thrones before heading to bed.  No more excuses.  Today I'm hitting the books so will be locked up in the office for the next few days.  I just finished feeding our resident feral cat who resembled more of a drowned rat.  Now that he has been satiated, he will likely find his hidey hole and sleep all day.  Certainly a great day for it, wish I could join him!!

July 23, 2017 - 7:03 a.m.

What an awesome day yesterday.  I did some work in the morning and then Dan and I headed out on the pontoon.  Larry, Trish, Paula, Alf, Ryan, Jody and Bristol piled on Larry and Trish's boat and we all headed to the Manitou's for the day.  Quite a few boats there and the weather was hot with a high of 26.  Unfortunately, the skies were mostly overcast for us so even though we all went for a swim (some for a bath) it would have been much nicer if the sun would have been out.  Makes the swim that much more enjoyable when you're smoking hot.  The water was cooler than our bay but we all took it in stride.  Dan's spider senses were tingling late in the afternoon so we left and started for home and it was likely just in the nick of time or our ride would have been a lot worse as the water got rough.  We were in the trough so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Had a nice potluck when we got back even though my potatoes and carrots were el dente (even after being In the crock pot all day).  Dan and I didn't stick around for the campfire as we were both tired and in bed by shortly after 10:00.  I've work again this morning and then Kim and Tim Dagenais are dropping in for a visit this afternoon as they are vacationing in the area.  Will be good to see them and reminisce about our old stomping grounds.  Hoping to take them for a boat ride but don't know that the weather will be cooperating today.  Currently very overcast with showers in the forecast for today.  Lake Nipissing is very calm so we'll see what the day brings.  Have to take advantage of the weather while we can!

July 22, 2017 - 7:34 a.m.

I never thought I'd be saying this but we need some rain.  Other than a few useless showers, it's been a while since we've had a good soaking.  Nothing in the forecast but hot sunny skies with a high of 26 for today either.  I literally hauled 100 gallons of water out to the road yesterday as my flowers were beyond parched.  Took me 3 trips so hopefully they'll spring back.  I watered everything else afterwards, which took about 3 hours and then cleaned a cottage.  By the time I was done everything, I was pooped and in need of a swim.  Paula and I ended up floating in Lake Nipissing on water noodles for nearly 2 hours.  I was called down to my neighbour Marg's as she had a dead animal in her driveway and wanted to know what it was.  It was a groundhog.  Don't know if it was the same one I've been chasing out of my garden as it looked to have darker markings but I think wasn't very old.  Poor thing.  I did manage to save a catfish though.  Kind of.  It was a fair size and swimming really close to shore.  It had teeth marks on the end part of its body so likely a pike had a hold of it at some point.  Was swimming okay though so I put it in a pail and moved it to an area where it was less likely to be disturbed and where there was lots of silt to provide protective cover for it.  Don't know what's with me and the wildlife lately.  We have made plans to head out on the boat today with a group of friends.  Not sure where we are headed at this point but hope the lake cooperates.  Nipissing is pretty calm right now but doesn't take much to get her stirred up.

July 21, 2017 - 6:59 a.m.

Another smoking hot day yesterday!  Sunny and high of 26 but not sure about the humidex factor other than I was sweating while standing still.  Did a bit of cleaning until it got too hot and then decided to do some gardening.  Transplanted some plants and watered like crazy.  Didn't get all the watering finished as I overheated so can only imagine how the poor flowers felt.  Am finishing that today after I clean a cottage before it gets too hot.  We currently have 94% humidity.  The winds were suppose to change to the north overnight to bring the humidity down but it didn't happen.  Had a pretty terrible night's sleep because it was so hot, even with the fan blowing on me.  Not complaining and I'll take it while it lasts.  Ryan and Jody, who have rented a cottage this week (Paula and Alf's son and daughter-in-law) had Dan and I for supper last night.  Ryan brought his smoker up and smoked a big honking piece of pork and some sausage all day yesterday.  I contributed homemade apple sauce.  Man was it good.  The bark was perfect and delicious.  I headed home when the mosquitos came out as I had some laundry to finish (was waiting until it cooled down a bit to put the dryer on) but the rest of the group headed to Paula and Alf's for a campfire.  A little too warm for me.  It is currently overcast and looks like showers but nothing on the radar so suspect the cloud cover will burn off rather quickly this morning.  Currently a little too rough to contemplate a pontoon boat ride later but there is always a good swim...

July 20, 2017 - 6:52 a.m.

Wow!!  We are experiencing 91% humidity right now and if I didn't know better, would say we may be in for some rain today.  It was smoking hot yesterday as the sun blazed down by 9:00 in the morning.  I was perspiring by 10:00 while doing some gardening.  Hoping to do a bit more today but will see how the weather is.  Otherwise, I'm in the office for the day.  There was a sweet tiny baby Mallard duckling hanging around the bird feeder yesterday morning. It was obviously separated from its Mom.  I couldn't get near it so let it be.  A little later, a Mom came up with 4 little ones about the same size and since I didn't see the lone baby, assumed it had found its Mom.  A little later in the afternoon I saw it again all by itself heading down the bay along the shoreline.  Unfortunately, I'd have to say, it won't make it.  Too many predators and I never did see it again.  Poor wee thing.  I then saw the ground hog that has been around the park, again by the bird feeders.  It ran off as soon as it saw me.  Then after supper, my cat Grady was intensely watching something out the window.  When I took a look, it was the ground hog in my front garden just loving the flowers.  I was able to snap a picture but it took off running up the beach.  I'm glad my flowers are so appealing to all the critters around.  And yes, I'm being facetious.  Dan cut all the grass yesterday and believe he may be helping Alf work on Larry's boat today but that could change in a heartbeat.

July 19, 2017 - 6:53 a.m.

We just had a brief and light shower go through but not enough to nicely water everything.  Not much rain in the radar but may still get another little shower as it is humid today.  Yesterday was sunny, hot and humid with a high of 27, which is also in the forecast for today.  I don't think it will be long until the current clouds scatter and the sun comes back out.  I really need to do some outdoor work so see how it goes, otherwise, I'll be in the office today.  While I was in town yesterday, Dan was doing some maintenance around the place.  The beautiful cottage doors that he built last year needed some repairing as people keep putting their elbows through the screens so he's added an "elbow" bar which will hopefully fix the problem.  We still have swollen doors in the house there is so much moisture.  The bathroom door especially but that's always the case.  Lots of people were in the water yesterday so depending on what I do today, just may need to go swimming myself sometime today.  That's one thing I can definitively say about Greeningbay Bay; just awesome for swimming.  Lake Nipissing is quite calm this morning so if the sun does come out and it gets as hot as forecasted, I suspect there will be a lot of boats on the water today as well.  Awww, summertime!

July 18, 2017 - 5:49 a.m.

Aannnddd the cats had me up at quarter after five this morning so here I am.  So quiet this morning except for the normal wildlife noises.  Lake Nipissing is pretty calm and there is a light mist rising off the water.  It's going to be a hot one today and the temperatures will rise quickly once the sun is fully up.  It has gotten humid again so with the 26 degree weather expected today, I suspect the thunderstorms they are calling for overnight will likely occur.  Was beautiful yesterday and would have been a perfect day on the water as Nip was like a window pane for a good portion of the day.  Duty called so I was stuck in the office.  I ended up watering some flowers after supper last night and will likely need to do some more later this afternoon.  I have an appointment in town at 10:00 this morning and since I'm up will likely head in early to pick up a few things at the grocery store.  Hopefully I'll get home early enough to do a little gardening this afternoon.  Not sure what's on Dan's agenda but I hope he takes some time to relax today.  He really has being going at it since the beginning of May with various different projects so no reason he can't  take it easy for a few weeks in July.

July 17, 2017 - 6:49 a.m.

She was a chilly one yesterday.  Can't believe how damp it felt.  The north wind whipped up and we had a few very light brief showers.  One of our tenants had to be rescued as his boat wasn't able to make it back to the marina due to the wave action he got caught in.  Had to leave his boat along a shoreline with shelter until the lake calmed down.  Wasn't there for very long but that's what sometimes happens on Lake Nipissing.  Always advisable to check the marine forecast before venturing out.  I cleaned and did laundry yesterday and then Dan and I headed to Anglers Bar & Grill for supper with the gang.  Today I've a cottage to get ready for a check-in and then I'm hitting the books.  Going to be a nice week, warming up considerably with lots of sunshine.  I don't want to be stuck indoors all week so figure I can spend the mornings in the office and the afternoons outside.  Or vice versa depending on what needs to be done.  The herons are still at it.  Wish I could figure out a way to keep them from hunting our property because shooing them away only moves them from one location to another.  The tadpoles have been around for some time but not too many so not many frogs this year but I think this week we should see more.  Just don't think the water has reached its usual temperature for this time of year. Maybe all the warm sun this week will do the trick.

July 16, 2017 - 7:49 a.m.

What an absolutely fabulous day yesterday!!  Need many more just like them in my life.  I worked until around 11:30, hopped in the shower, made up a bunch of tuna sandwiches and then Dan and I hopped on the boat.  Annie, Paula, Alf and their grand daughter Bristol joined us and we headed to Campbell's bay for the afternoon.  Larry and Trish brought their boat with their son Ryan and his girlfriend Brenda so we tied up and had a great time.  First big swim of the season for me and the water was quite refreshing to say the least.  Campbell's Bay isn't as warm as ours but I thoroughly enjoyed it just the same.  Quite a few boats and quite the party going on and a float plane even circled several times before landing to visit a fellow boater.  Stayed for a bit and then tipped its wings to say goodbye when it left.  Was pretty cool.  We didn't get back to our dock until around 7:00 last night and it was a rough ride home but fun nonetheless (except for Captain Dan).  Had a campfire and I was home in bed by 11:00.  Definitely need more days like yesterday's.  The heron that got my favourite chipmunk has been hunting on my bedrock and all around the property for the past two days.  I handed out firecrackers yesterday to folks in the park and asked them to set them off if they see the heron.  She was outside my window when I got up this morning looking for a chippie or squirrel meal.  I think the reason she's doing this (I know it's a female because I saw her nesting on Marion Drive a few years ago - she has distinct markings) is she has a nest with a baby or two.  There aren't an abundance of frogs this years due to the high water so believe she's having a hard time finding food.  She usually is in the shallow water along the beach at dawn and dusk but it's too deep for her this year to get the bait fish.  She's pretty smart at catching the little critters though.  She stands next to my iron herons (I have four up by the beach and house) and doesn't move until some poor unsuspecting rodent runs by her.  Not on my watch!!

July 15, 2017 - 7:20 a.m.

My goodness.  I looked at the forecast this morning and it looks like we are in for glorious weather this upcoming week!  We had showers on and off for most of the day yesterday but I think that's a blessing as it's going to be a very hot one today.  Calling for high of 26, 29 with the humidex and nothing but sun.  Dan said last night he wants to go boating today so see what he says when he gets up.  It will all depend on the wind and they are calling for southwest up to 20 km/hr so I'm thinking we should be okay.  Changeover today so if we are going boating, hopefully we can get out of here for a few hours.  Both Dan and I had a lazy day yesterday mostly due to the weather but think it's going to be a busy week with the weather forecasted.  Bring it on!!

July 14, 2017 - 7:21 a.m.

What a terrific day yesterday.  Wasn't too hot and the sun did end up shining all day.  A few clouds here and there but not enough to ruin anything.  I finished cleaning the house in the morning and doing a few things that needed my attention.  After lunch, the "Huber" girls came over as well as Annie and we played dominoes on our deck with a nice lake breeze to keep us cool.  Was a great afternoon and Dan made himself scarce for the most part.  Today we have guests checking in and depending on what time they arrive and if the weather cooperates, we are going for a boat ride since the pontoon is running sweeeeet.  In the meantime, for the morning anyhow, I'm getting my books organized as I really need to pay some attention to them.  Going to work on them when the weather isn't very nice and get them off my "to do" list.

July 13, 2017 - 8:08 a.m.

I had a pretty productive day yesterday.  It was overcast all day with showers on and off and then the cold front came in which chilled everything down.  I actually had to put the heat on in the house last night.  In July.  I never stopped all day and finally managed to get my fridge cleaned out as well as Dan's mancave aka "Stinky's Room".  As I was standing at the kitchen window, I saw our resident heron carry off my favourite chipmunk.  Man was I livid.  We finally had some more chippies (all babies) show up and now the heron is picking them off.  I have some small firecrackers we use to keep the ducks off our beach so will be ready the next time that bird is looking for a meal.  Dan cut grass all day yesterday and is getting the leaf blower out later this morning.  For some reason an ash tree by one of our cottages is dropping its leaves at an alarming rate.  We are kind of thinking it had some damage from the big storm that went through last week but can't see any so it seems pretty strange.  I've got a bit more cleaning to do today as a few ladies are coming over for dominoes this afternoon.  Depending on the weather, we'll either be inside or out.  I'm hoping for the latter.  Calling for a 40% chance of showers today and I see sun on the horizon so hopefully once the sun is up for a bit, it will burn the cloud cover off.  Still going to be a little cooler but that's okay if the sun warms us up.

July 12, 2017 - 8:23 a.m.

I slept in this morning and frankly, wish I would have stayed in bed.  It's currently overcast with showers in the area and it rained overnight.  Think we'll have a few more before the system clears out.  Was a beautiful day yesterday though.  High of 26 and nothing but sun all day.  They had initially called for a late day thunderstorm but it didn't materialize.  I raked the beach in the morning and did some deadheading but didn't get them all done.  I had an appointment in town in the afternoon and ran some errands before and after.  Cleaning is on the agenda today.  Namely my house and especially my fridge.  I have three of every condiment at the moment.  At least it seems that way.  Dan finished the pontoon repairs and then power washed the boat before putting it back in the water yesterday.  Looks awesome.  Hopefully the weather will be on our side when we have some free time and we can get down to the French River, maybe stop for a swim in Campbell's Bay.

July 11, 2017 - 6:53 a.m.

Looks like we may be in for a shower or thunderstorm today.  It was sunny and warm yesterday but the humidity is back and calling for a high of 26 today.  For some reason our house got very hot last night and I'm thinking daytime heating on our black tin roof might have contained the heat.  This morning it is overcast and very still with little pockets of light rain clouds in the area.  Paula and I took down the deer fence around my bedrock garden yesterday and it didn't take Red long to help herself to a buffet.  I chased her out of the garden last night and again at 6:00 this morning.  The silly thing likely ate all the buds off different types of perennials but she's left my butterfly plants alone which is what I really wanted to save.  I have already seen Monarch's in the area (a few on the property) but had a hard time finding milkweed this year.  Would love to plant a bunch of plants down by the creek.  Use to find them all the time when I was a kid and loved to peel the pods.  I know better now.  If anyone has any milkweed they would like to thin or get rid of, please let me know.

July 10, 2017 - 7:44 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday for the most part.  We did have a brief, heavy but welcomed shower.  Just enough to nicely water everything.  Lots of people out on the water enjoying themselves yesterday.  What started out as a blow day turned into great boating weather.  I am taking my deer fence down off my bedrock today.  Was just waiting for my butterfly plants to bloom, which they now have.  Not that the fencing has stopped Red from helping herself to everything else as I discovered last night.  I chased her out of the garden twice as she gingerly hopped over the fence with grace.  She's like a pet dog thinking I wanted to play.  Dan and Alf are working on our pontoon boat this week.  There is a small engine problem that needs repair but we already have the parts.  They are also finally installing a new gps which was a Christmas gift to Dan from his parents so hopefully we can get down to the French this summer.  I'm going to be working outside today.

July 9, 2017 - 7:52 a.m.

Rather chilly this morning.  That blasted north wind came through and we had some showers overnight but it is definitely a blow day today.  At least our guests were able to get out fishing yesterday; today is a write off.  It is overcast with sun on the horizon and I believe the wind is due to die down later today.  I had changeover yesterday and then was invited to Annie's last night as her sister and brother-in-law are in town, whom I always love to have a visit with but just wasn't up to it.  Dan and Alf ended up going over and it was a late night for the two of them.  I was still up when Dan got home.  He is still in bed but as usual, I got up with the birds.  I have a few things I'd like to get done this morning, namely rake in front of the breakwall and the beach.  Perfect day for it as the wind will keep the bugs away.  They haven't been as bad of late so hopefully can sit out in the sun for a bit later on today.  A friend of ours, Scott Gravel, was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time yesterday and met the actor Jerry O'Connell as he is in town filming a movie.  Been a lot of movies and tv shows filmed here lately.  More so in the colder months as they like our scenic winter but it certainly isn't North Hollywood.  Leave that to Toronto.

July 8, 2017 - 6:29 a.m.

Yet another beautiful day.  The humidity is completely gone thanks to a north wind which arrived overnight.  A tad cooler today but the sun is shining so no complaints.  We actually lost power for a couple of hours yesterday.  About 1,000 customers in the area did so not sure if they were doing maintenance as a result of Thursday's storm or if an animal tangled with a generator.  The power click on and off 4 times and the 5th time, it didn't come back on.  Dan got the property back to his standard.  I swear the man has OCD as he had the leaf blower going first thing yesterday morning getting rid of the storm fallout.  I ended up having to go to town as the blown over BBQ from the storm was toast so had to replace one at a cottage.  Didn't notice until yesterday but some of the siding on the same cottage was damaged as well as the door that was ripped off it's hinges.  Still, we got lucky as we've had worse in the past.  It is always the same time of the year due to extreme daytime heating but haven't had such severe storms in the past couple of years so guess we were due.  I have changeover today and need to set the beach back up.  It looked like we were in for another storm yesterday afternoon so I stacked all the chairs on the beach to prevent them from blowing away again.  However, the storm peetered out half way across the lake and we only ended up getting a small bit of rain which quickly passed.  With the humidity gone, looks like we are in for a great week of sunshine and comfortable weather!

July 7, 2017 - 6:57 a.m.

We had a nice little storm roll through yesterday shortly after I got back from town.  I saw it coming when I was in Callander so high tailed it home and had just got the car unloaded when it hit.  The South shore didn't get it nearly as bad as the Callander/North Bay Area and they are investigating the possibility of a small tornado in Sturgeon Falls.  We lost one of our new chairs from the beach and had to pick up quite a few that blew clear across the road into the park.  We also had the door from a cottage ripped off its hinges and the BBQ knocked over.  The water surged in front of our place at least 8 feet.  It took out all the perennials I had planted, washed all the dirt away and left behind a lot of debris.  I'm raking it all up first thing this morning.  The perennials had all budded and were on the verge of flowering.  We haven't had a storm that severe in a few years and the winds were at least 90 km/hr but we didn't get much rain with it although everyone else did.  It came so quickly there were streets flooded in North Bay.  Guess that's what happens when you have very humid air with the temperature sitting at 29 degrees celclius and then a cold air mass moves in dropping the temp to 18 in 10 minutes.  It's currently overcast but some milder mid 20's with sun weather is heading our way for the weekend.  Not so humid so should be pretty comfortable.

July 6, 2017 - 7:17 a.m.

What a glorious summer day we had and the weather is looking really good for the long haul.  We may be in for a thunderstorm later on this afternoon but the chances are low.  Guess it will depend on the day time heating.  It hit 26 yesterday and suppose to be the same today.  It is currently lightly overcast but am thinking the cloud cover will burn off as the sun rises.  Dan was a bugger to go yesterday.  He finished cutting all the grass and did the weed eating while I did basically nothing.  A little house cleaning and gardening, that was about it.  The sun was a tad too hot for me as the medication I'm on makes me react to it.  It would have been a great day for boating but our pontoon is out of commission for a few more days and our other boats have no sun protection, which both Dan and I need now.  Geez, kinda sucks.  I'm cleaning a cottage right shortly as I want to get it done before it gets too hot.  I rigged a hummingbird birdbath together yesterday to give the poor wee ones a fountain shower but they haven't found it yet.  Pretty sure they'll use it once they do.  Haven't seen many deer lately so am guessing they are busy protecting their fawns.  I have an appointment in town later this afternoon so am picking up Dan's new lawnmower blades that he ordered since he's warn the old ones out.  He needs to change them at least 2 to 3 times a year.  The man is a machine.  We currently have a couple of doctors and their family staying in one of our cottages and have had some very interesting and enlightening conversations this week.  It was suggested I watch a YouTube video of a lecture by Dr. Bruce Lipton called "The Biology of Belief".  It is 1 1/2 hours long and I watched it last night.  Some very interesting content and I really enjoyed it.  Something to do on a rainy day if you're so inclined, look it up.

July 5, 2017 - 7:38 a.m.

Just a perfectly beautiful day yesterday with the temp hitting 23 and nothing but clear sky.  I worked outside all day.  Did some pruning, dead heading and weeding.  Didn't get everything done so finishing today.  Sadly, it looks like we lost our cherry tree this year.  It produced cherries but it is clearly on its last legs.  There is a huge split in the trunk from past harsh winter damage so sadly, will need to be cut down.  I plucked a maple tree intact with good roots from inside another bush yesterday so will plant it next to the cherry as it's a nice sunny spot.  Makes me sad because I love the cherry trees.  Dan cut grass all day and the silly man got the lawnmower stuck when it slid down the ditch by the entrance to the property.  It was still too wet in that location.  He's just lucky it didn't roll with him on it.  Thanks Rick for giving him a lift and helping him pull the mower out of the ditch.  Maybe Dan needs a crash course on Lawnmower Safety 101.  Lol.  Been a great week and our guests, especially the children seem to be enjoying themselves.  I still haven't even gone for a swim this year and was thinking last night would have been perfect for kayaking.  Maybe today?  Going to be sunny and high of 26 so better get busy better it's too hot.

July 4, 2017 - 6:59 a.m.

Summer has finally arrived!  A beauty day yesterday although a little breezy.  Temperatures hit 23 here and the sun shone all day.  Going to be even nicer today.  Dan and I worked the morning and then ended up going to Annie's for lunch since we didn't eat what she had prepared the day before and she had lots of leftovers she wanted gone.  Lol.  Had a caesar salad with Annie's wonderful clam chowder and my bruschetta.  Visited for a while and decided on a lazy rest-of-the-afternoon so picked up a couple of unforgettable movies. Most everyone was outside enjoying the sun so probably think we were crazy to be indoors but Dan has been going like ninety lately and just needed a break.  I just got lazy.  Lol.  Today I am either cleaning or gardening or both.  Dan will be cutting grass and hopefully only needs to do so once this week.  Keeping up with this jungle we have this year is something else.  I swear the trees have doubled in size just because of all the rain.  Grass seed that Dan put down sprouted 3 inches yesterday just because we finally had a decent day of sunshine.  It's crazy.

July 3, 2017 - 7:35 a.m.

Sweet sunshine!!  We had a little sun yesterday and for the most part, no rain.  Just a few drops as a bad cloud went over.  The rest of the week?  Glorious with nothing but sun in the long term forecast.  Mid to high 20 degree temps is going to make for a great vacation week.  After our work was finished yesterday, Dan and I headed over to Annie's cottage.  Ginny, Donna and Mitchell joined us also so we finally had a chance to celebrate Canada Day outdoors.  No fireworks last night though as it was too windy.  Today I am hoping to get some dead heading and weeding done now that the rain has left the area.  See if I can rescue some of my drowned flowers.  All the wildflowers that I planted came up but very little actually have flowers so look more like weeds.  Hopefully this week will change that.  Dan is pulling our pontoon out of the water today as it needs some work.  I noticed last night the shad flies had hit our shore because of the north wind yesterday.  They were all flying around our dusk to dawn light so was expecting the worse this morning but they actually aren't too bad.  What few we have here will quickly be eaten by the birds.  Fishing should pick up this week as shads don't last very long.

July 2, 2017 - 7:13 a.m.

Wow!  What a Canada day, eh?  Storm after storm after storm.  We had thunder all day long.  It just kept coming and I was watching the radar and could see that the cells kept forming in the exact same spot which spawned the lightning and rain.  We likely received in access of two inches when all told.  Had about 5 minutes of sunshine at a time during a few intervals but that was about it.  At least it cleared enough for our neighbours to let off some fireworks last night.  I watched a bit of the celebrations across Canada on the tv but quite a few were washed out.  Literally.  We also had a guest catch a record walleye yesterday.  He didn't realize it might have been a world record until after he released it and googled it (amazing what you can do in the middle of a lake nowadays).  The only documentation he was able to get was pictures and the length, which was 35.5 inches.  He is a