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August 28, 2016 - 7:56 a.m.

What a wonderful day yesterday!!  We finished our work by 11:30 and then headed out on the pontoon.  Since the girls had gone shopping, Alf joined us and since Mitch was out of town visiting friends, Donna also joined us.  Let's start some rumours.  Lol.  We had a great ride and ended up going to the Tavern for a late lunch/early supper.  It started to "spit" on our way home and we arrived back to the dock just shy of 5:00 when it actually started to rain for a few hours.  We joined in for a happy hour with some of the park, all huddled under Larry's awning for some great hors d'ouvres.  We were all pretty spent and since the weather was somewhat gloomy, Dan and I called it an early evening.  Today we are having a fish fry a little later but again, the weather is pretty gloomy.  There is rain in the region, especially on the north shore but it's holding off here.  Hoping the sky will brighten in the next couple of hours otherwise the fry will have to be in the picnic shelter.  We do what we can :)

August 27, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.

And...I'm off...right shortly to clean a cottage.. Only one to clean today so not too bad.  Regular guest as well (knows the routine and can check himself in) so hoping to get on the boat today.  Been blowing all week so today is the day.  Was beautiful yesterday but I was feeling a little under the weather.  Medication issues more than anything else.  Sucks when you are feeling great but the doctor ups your dosage and your body has to adjust but this too shall pass.  Dan was fighting a losing battle again yesterday.  We have a Northern red squirrel who has made it's nest in a clump of cedar trees outside our door.  It has been hoarding the cedar nuts and keeps piling them around the trees.  Dan keeps using his leaf blower to blow them away but every day, they are all piled back up.  I asked Dan to blow them into a pile close by so the squirrel has access to it's food source but apparently 25 feet away isn't close enough.  Lol.  Amazing little creatures to watch.  We had an extra deer show up last night so think they will be bringing out their fawns in the next week or so and starting to "herd up" soon.  This is the time of the year they start to gather together so suspect there will be a lot more deer looking for corn and apples in the not too distant future.

August 26, 2016 - 8:04 a.m.

What a nice day I had yesterday.  Maureen came in and cleaned a cottage and the public washrooms for me and since that wasn't on my plate, decided to do something for myself for a change.  I ended up cleaning my car and then restocked my freezer for our next deep fry by making wontons, egg rolls and pickles which took the whole afternoon.  Dan finished cutting the grass and weed eating so property looks good for the weekend.  I headed over to Annie's just after 4:00 and Ginny, Donna, Annie and I headed to Sundridge for supper at Michael's on Main.  The only complaint I have about his restaurant is the portions are way too big.  Considering everyone was leaving with "doggy bags", I don't think I'm alone in that observation.  I had the butter chicken, which Dan finished off when I got home, Ginny had a very similar dish except vegetarian, Donna had the fish and chips and the birthday girl (Annie) had prime rib.  Was a wonderful evening.  Today I may or may not clean a cottage as I've one checking out a day early to beat the traffic.  Will save me having to clean it tomorrow but will see what the day brings.  It's a little cloudy out at the moment but suppose to clear.  Dan and I are wanting to get a pontoon boat ride in sometime in the next few days so hope the weather stays in the mid 20's as forecasted.  Before you know it, the snow will be falling and I think we're in for rather a lot of it this year.  I also think it will be coming early.

August 25, 2016 - 8:15 a.m.

Wow, she's a humid one today and I think it's only going to get worse as the day progresses.  We did receive some rain late yesterday and overnight but no thunderstorm.  We really haven't had a good thunder dunder all season and was kind of hoping for a light show last night.  The sky has just started to clear and looks like we are in for a hot one today with the humidex factor, up to 33.  Not sure what I'm doing today but this afternoon, I'm heading to Annie's to meet up with her, Donna and Ginny.  We are taking Annie out for her 65th birthday supper at Michael's on Main in Sunridge.  Great food and prices are reasonable.  Looking  forward to it.

August 24, 2016 - 8:03 a.m.

We had a pretty uneventful day yesterday.  It was definitely windy though.  Skip and Tracy tried fishing with Frank but the wind came up and Tracy ended up with motion sickness so they returned to shore.  It's no fun being on a boat when you're being tossed around or having to hold on for dear life.  I did my town run yesterday and that was about the extent of my day.  This morning I'm doing some cooking for the freezer after I water the window boxes and then we are hoping to get on the boat.  Suppose to hit at least 29 today, very humid but calling for thunderstorms and showers to develop later this afternoon.  The news was saying yesterday that depending on how severe the thunderstorms are, we could get up to 50 mm of rain.  A nice watering would do but we certainly don't need quite that much.

August 23, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

It is shaping up to be a lovely week.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and the temperatures very comfortable.  It felt like autumn in the air but let's not dwell on it.  Going to be warmer today with a high of 25 and possibility of a thunderstorm later this afternoon.  I'm heading to town  this morning and then hoping to do a little gardening.  May need to water some flowers but see how the day goes.  All my flowers look like they've seen much better days.  Between the nasty wind from Sunday, the colder nights now and the heat of the summer, most have peaked or just managed to hang on.  Good day to be on the water but it will have to wait until tomorrow when we are hoping to get out.  Considering it's going to at least 29 will be a great day for it.  Hopefully Lake Nipissing is still nice and warm for swimming.

August 22, 2016 - 7:52 a.m.

What an amazing day yesterday.  The weather was the pits due to the cold front blowing through but we had a great time regardless.  Headed over to Annie's with Skip and Tracy Prokop (who are friends and guests) where we joined our hostess Annie, Ginny, Craig, Donna, Mitch, Craig M and Dave.  Had an awesome fry which unfortunately had to be held indoors as it was just too windy outside but did we eat.  Pickerel, shrimp, chicken wings, wontons, dill pickles, onion rings.  The only thing healthy was the broccoli salad I made but not very people ate it, they were all inhaling the good stuff.  Today is considerably cleaner and cooler air.  Temp only suppose to hit low 20's but the sun is shining and the wind has settled down.  It was 4 years ago today that my Mom passed away.  I can't believe she has been gone that long and I miss her.  Mom's are the one constant in your life who love you unconditionally.  Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your mothers, appreciate her while you can!!

August 21, 2016 - 6:40 a.m.

Was an excellent day yesterday.  The weather cooperated as the rain stayed away but it was very hot and humid.  A bunch of us girls had to drag chairs Ito the water at Trudy's to cool our feet off at one point. Great company, excellent food but I headed home just shy of 8:30 to watch the Tragically Hip concert televised last night.  Was an excellent concert, emotional at times and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Today we are supposed to head to Annie's for a fry but the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating at the moment.  It is torrentially down pouring, which is what woke me up, however it is suppose to taper off with possibility of showers this afternoon.  Also suppose to cool things down.  I'm just hoping it doesn't get windy so we can enjoy the day.

August 20, 2016 - 8:02 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday but rather humid with temps reaching 28.  I hate to say it but I'm kind of "hot weathered out".  Not ready for autumn yet but a little less intense heat would be nice.  Changeover today but am not going to be completely rushed off my feet as things are starting to slow down a little.  Most families are starting to get their kids geared up for school so not many coming in starting this week.  I have ladies night today at Trudy's starting around 4:00 but am planning on being home for 8:30 so I can watch the final Tragically Hip concert on CBC tonight.  God is taking so many talented musicians this year it's just so sad.

August 18, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.

Looks like the next two days are going to be gorgeous.  Mostly sunny with high's of 26 and 28 but rain in the forecast for the weekend.  Yep, looks like we're back to more normal weather.  It was nice for most of the day yesterday but started getting quite humid by late morning.  We ended up getting quite the "shower" in the afternoon.  The rain was quite heavy at one point but things cleared up nicely considering.  For those in the neighbourhood that aren't aware...the new owners of the old Mike Buyers farm have 3 cows on the loose and have had for a nearly a week.  They've been residing between Hinchburger And Greening Bay sometimes in the bush, sometimes in the pastures.  If you see them, you may want to drop in on Sam (at the farm) and let him know as he's been trying to catch them.  There is a large gray coloured hefer and two smaller ones.  Apparently when they were being unloaded, they got spooked and ran off so aren't even familiar with "home" or the area.  This is reminiscent of the time we had what we thought was an ox running down our beach.  Took weeks for the owner to find it.  Hopefully they will be caught soon.  Also, whoever owns the friendly Rottweiler who shows up periodically (I think you live somewhere across Moose Creek on Birchgrove), he was here again yesterday and then ended up down by Cozy Cove...you really need to keep the dog in your yard.  He has been running the deer and scaring children.  

August 17, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.

Looks like we are going to have mixed bag of weather today.  It's currently overcast on the horizon and parts of us overhead but we also have a little sun peaking through.  May get a thunderstorm or a little rain also.  I think we've received enough rain now as it rained all day yesterday with the sun only making an appearance around supper time, which seems to be the norm.  We are back to seasonal temps now with the daytime high's in the low to mid 20's and nighttime mid teen's.  Tomorrow is the "sturgeon" full moon and it's going to be a strong one which could also be affecting the weather.  I had a difficult time sleeping last night until I finally closed the drapes around 3:00.  I'm sure it will be worse for me the next couple of nights.  Lake Nipissing water levels have risen so thankfully we received the rain we needed to enable boats in and out of the harbour.  Was looking a lot like the low water levels in 2010 and quite scary there for a week or so.  All of our dead grass has started to come back and the healthier grass greened right up but it's too late for some of my flowers and most of the wild ones have long ago peaked.  Doubt I'll have much autumn colour as those flowers have been struggling all along.  The leaves are already changing and starting to fall which I think the drought has a lot to do with as it seems a tad early this year.  Don't think the autumn leaves in Ontario will be very vibrant this year :(

August 16, 2016 - 7:57 a.m.

Good soggy day to you!!  Rain hasn't started here yet, but it's coming.  Don't think this next round has a prayer of missing us but just hoping it's not torrential like other places in Ontario.  Shame what happened in Louisiana and certainly hope Canadians don't experience the same fate.  I know we can use every bit of rain coming or way though.  Whatever happened to the nice overnight showers followed by beautiful summer days?  At least nature seems to be enjoying everything greening back up.  We had a wee fawn frolicking in our park yesterday.  It was by itself so I'm sure it's mother wasn't far.  Was skittish of course but was walking about for sometime and seemed to be enjoying Dan's pampered, newly grown grass.  Now we just have to keep the geese off it.  They've started gathering and have been practicing their flight patterns, which is awesome to watch but we don't want them on the grass just yet.  Once colder weather comes in and the park closes for the season, no problem.

August 15, 2016 - 7:46 a.m.

What a wonderfully relaxing day Dan and I had yesterday.  It was too rough, too cloudy and too chilly to venture to the French so we compromised and had a nice brunch at Trish and Larry's.  All 4 of us were in the same state of mind so went to our separate corners afterwards for some R&R.  Both Dan and I had an afternoon nap and I did some reading.  The sun came out around supper time and it is sunny again this morning.  Temps went down to 15 overnight so a tad chilly this morning but due to reach 27 this afternoon.  As long as the humidity doesn't rise along with the temperatures, I'm good with it.  I need to zip into Callander this morning and then plan on doing some gardening.  Really need to dead head and weed.  Nothing pressing at the moment so I can piddle around this week.  We seem to have a chicken hawk or some such predator coming around our bird feeder so am hoping to spot it today and light off a firecracker.  Don't need it around here wreaking havoc.  I've seen and injured squirrel, an injured chipmunk and remnants of two black birds and a chick-a-dee.  Time to move this hawk along.

August 14, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.

We had a very busy day yesterday but managed to finish up all our work by about 3:00.  Our guests all arrived safely if not a little travel worn.  The rain continued all day, heavy at times and when all was said and done, we received about 7 1/2 inches here.  It was badly needed and the grass, trees and plants absorbed all of it rather quickly.  Still overcast and windy here but the sun is due to come out a little later today.  We had plans to go to the Chaudier Lodge for lunch today with Trish and Larry but had to cancel.  A little too rough on Lake Nipissing for my liking and that's a long way to go for lunch if the boat ride isn't going to be any fun.  Nice weather is coming our way for the next week.  Temps in the mid to high 20's with plenty of sun.  Just hope the extreme heat doesn't develop again.

August 13, 2016 - 7:04 a.m.

We are most certainly getting the rain we needed.  Dan had said Thursday he was afraid that once it started, it wouldn't stop.  We do need all we are getting but it has kind of "dampened" the weekend.  Pardon the pun.  It can rain all day as I have the cottage changeover today but I was rather hoping I could have seen the meteor showers last night.  Considering our location, it would have been phenomenal from here.  I cleaned an early checkout cottage as well as the house yesterday and then made some bacon yum yum, wontons and deep fried pickles.  After that, I made a nice rib dinner for Dan and I so my day was pretty much spent in the kitchen.  Good day for it.  We were hoping to get down to the French tomorrow but the weather isn't looking all that conducive.  Suppose to rain on and off all day today with clouds tomorrow morning and sunny breaks in the afternoon.  Temperatures are the high teens but will get progressively warmer as the week goes on.  Just hoping it doesn't cause the humidity to escalate.  Still, gotta love the weather we are getting this year for sure.  The squirrels are busy gathering right now and since they aren't burying the cedar nuts, I'm guessing we're in for a lot of snow this winter.  Sounds silly but animals just tend to know.

August 12, 2016 - 8:25 a.m.

I'm late this morning but have a very good reason.  RAIN!!!  We finally got some rain!  We turned off the air conditioning last night when the temps inside were the same as outside.  It just couldn't keep up.  As a result, both of us had a hard time falling asleep.  Finally drifted off and then around 4:00 this morning, a nice little thunder storm and rain went through.  It was short lived but then the rain started again around 6:00.  It's just starting to slow down now.  I only hope we received enough to nicely water everything but it's doubtful.  We need an all day rain, for sure.  There is a beautiful breeze this morning which will definitely make life easier today.  Our temps have been higher and more humid here than most parts of Ontario and the Southern States.  Such sweet relief.  I didn't get the cottage cleaned yesterday as it was just too hot.  I did clean the public washrooms in the early morning but that was enough.  Headed for cooler air and puddled around doing odd jobs in the house.  Dan finished weed eating but he was finding the heat unbearable yesterday as well.  Today is another day and fingers crossed we still get some more precipitation before it's over.

August 11, 2016 - 6:31 a.m.

Another day, another scorcher.  Did some watering, office work and cleaning yesterday morning and was done by about 1:00.  There just is no relief.  Trish came out and then Ginny and Donna kayaked over and the 4 of us sat on the deck out of the sun for the afternoon as there was a lovely breeze.  We went for a swim and tried to stay as cool as possible.  Even our guests couldn't stay in the sun for long once the high afternoon sun was beaming down.  A few of the braver ones tried sitting out in the water in a large raft but didn't last very long.  Nobody was even boating unless they had a canopy of some sort.  It's just too dangerous when it's that hot.  Dan cleaned the fish cleaning station as you can't let the waste sit (as you could imagine) and did some grass cutting and weed eating but even he couldn't do much.  Dan actually had his head shaved (thanks Maxine) as he's just been too hot the past couple of weeks.  Gotta say I'm digging the new look.  Lol.  I'm heading out right shortly to clean the public bathrooms and then have a cottage to clean.  Hopefully I can get both done before it gets too hot.  I saw on Facebook yesterday that an air conditioned government office closed their doors for the day with a sign on the door stating "due to the temperature of the office, we have closed business for today".  Please.  Can you say "entitled"?  I'd hate to be a paver, roofer or outdoor physical labourer about now.  Be careful out there people and please stay well hydrated as the heat continues today.

August 10, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.

And the drought continues.  North Bay and area have now implemented a total open air fire ban which likely won't be removed any time soon.  No rain in the forecast until Friday and that could very well change.  Heat warning still in place for today and considering it didn't cool down much at all last night, bet it won't take long to hit the 30 degree mark this morning.  I truly pity all the southern Ontario folk who are sitting in 40 degree weather with no relief.  As much as I'm no longer use to the high humidity (and don't like it) at least I can go jump in the lake.  Dan hasn't much on his plate these days as the little green grass we have left certainly doesn't need cutting.  I spent the whole day in town yesterday, got back around 4:00 and was thankful we had turned the air conditioner on in the morning.  We usually shut it off and open the house up at night but that won't be happening until this bout of extreme heat breaks.  I'm watering some flowers today again.  Was hoping I could hold off but a few were wilting terribly by the time I got home yesterday  I'm determined to keep them alive until the cooler weather becomes the norm as they will come back from the hell they are having to endure this summer.  Hoping to possibly get on the boat today but see how things go.  Might just want to park it in the air conditioning and out of the sun.

August 9, 2016 - 7:10 a.m.

What a difference a day and lots of drugs makes.  Feeling much better today and would like to thank the makers of Gravol and Imodium. Lol.  Didn't go very far yesterday and managed to get plenty of rest but today I need to head to town.  Lots of errands to run but hoping to be back shortly after lunch and perhaps venture out on the boat.  We have a heat warning in effect until Friday when the cold front is due in.  I've already closed up the house as it's nice and cool from the overnight temps of 14 but heading to the 30's likely by noon.  Dan cut what little grass we have left that actually needed it.  We decided last night to implement a fire ban on the property as it's just too dry.  We're not worried about the pits so much as the sparks.  The grass and trees have become timber kegs.  Just praying the cold front on Friday brings us some rain.  My flowers peaked a long time ago and I'm actually starting to lose some of them as the heat is just frying them no matter how much I water them.  Rain is a wonderful thing and we could do with a good two (or more) inches of it about now.

August 8, 2016 - 6:46 a.m.

Yesterday turned out to be quite nice weather wise but was windy until mid- afternoon so opted to play dominoes back in the park with Paula, Brent and Linda (who had to bow out early) for most of it.  Had supper with Paula and Alf and then called it an early night.  I had some stomach issues in the morning but took some Imodium and they came back with a flourish after supper.  Was up most of the night and still feeling "off" this morning so going back to bed.  There is a virus going around which some in the park have so hope I haven't caught that.  Could be the heat.  Speaking of which, it's coming back with temps in the 30's again beginning tomorrow.  Temps got really cold overnight but sunny and warm today.

August 7, 2016 - 7:27 a.m.

Was I actually whining about the heat?  Guess I should have kept my mouth shut.  It feels downright brisk this morning.  I kept saying yesterday how humid it still was, which everyone who wasn't working denied.  Today, definitely no humidity.  The north winds blew it all out of here and it's still blowing.  We received quite a bit of rain in the area which all ended up in our watershed but didn't get anything here apart from a few sprinkles at the back of our property but nothing around the beach, house and cottage areas.  Had rain clouds all around us all day yesterday but I still ended up having to water everything.  I put in a 12 hour day yesterday, went to bed at 10:00 and was hoping to hop on the boat today.  Nuh uh.  Way too windy for that.  Forecast today is sunny and high of 26 so whatever I do, it's going to involve relaxation.  

OAugust 6, 2016 - 7:23 a.m.

The heat finally broke during our sleeping hours last night.  Woke up this morning to a lovely Lake Nipissing breeze and the humidity is gone.  The temperature is a pleasant 17 degrees but it's too windy for boating this morning as the lake is white capping.  Great working weather though and I've plenty of it today.  We received a little spit of rain yesterday and that was it so after the cottage turnover, I'll be watering flowers today.  Going to use the sprinkler for as much of it as I can but I'll still be hauling around buckets and hoses.  Hopefully find time to relax a little later today although both Dan and I did plenty of that yesterday.  Was just too hot to do much of anything else.

August 5, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.

Okay, the 30+ degree weather can stop anytime.  It isn't fun anymore.  Was so stifling yesterday I can see how people can get sick in such humid hot weather.  I cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms yesterday and it was very uncomfortable to say the least.  The rest of the day was great though.  Dan and I took Mitch and Donna out on the boat and we had a very enjoyable afternoon over at the Manitous and then just putted around close to home as the skies looked like a storm was brewing.  We never did get anything.  Not even a spit.  They are calling for rain today with possible thunderstorms and I'm praying we get it.  The cold front is due to come in by this evening so hopefully we will get some relief before tomorrow so changeover won't be quite so bad.  I feel badly for nature in general as the dust from the road and beach has just coated everything.  Amazing how it will all green back up as soon as Mother Nature washes the dirt away.  All the animals could use a bath also :)

August 3, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

We have another extreme heat warning in effect today.  I've already closed up the house and turned the air conditioner on.  Works great through the heat of the day but once the sun comes around in the evening, it just can't keep up.  I'll be opening the house back up after the sun sets again tonight.  Looks like we have a couple of more days before the rain comes in to rid us of the humidity.  I watered flowers for a good portion of the day yesterday while Dan power washed our deck in preparation for staining.  He was hoping to start the stain this morning but looks like we are going to have just a very brief shower so he may need to wait.  I need to zip into town and then want to clean a cottage but will wait and see what the heat factor is when I get home.  I've been filling water bowls three times a day for the wildlife (namely squirrels, chipmunks and birds) as they are drinking a lot of it right now.  Have also been changing the hummingbird feeders daily as the sugared water gets too warm and starts breeding mold.  Truth be told, we should get out on the boat today but neither Dan nor I do well in extreme heat.  Our cottages have sure lucked out this summer, for sure.  I'm going to assume a fire ban will go up today.  We've three wild fires in the area but due to the long weekend, the township likely hasn't had time to fully assess the situation.  People just need to use their heads and keep camp fires well contained.

August 2, 2016 - 7:17 a.m.

Another successful long weekend has come and gone.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect and certainly made people take to the water.  The heat isn't going anywhere soon though and it's starting to get humid again.  There is no rain in the long term forecast except possibly a shower on Friday so looks like most of my day will be spent watering flowers.  I'm getting started early today as it will get hot very soon.  I can feel August in the air though as the nights are very cool once the sun sets and the mist is flowing off of Moose Creek first thing in the morning.  Yep, days are definitely getting shorter and the stifling nights are a thing of the past.  This is definitely awesome campfire time.  

August 1, 2016 - 8:08 a.m.

I'm up but i would rather be in bed.  We had quite a full day in the sun yesterday with lots of swimming so a tad worn out this morning.  We headed over to the Manitous with Annie yesterday.  She had made some egg salad sandwiches so we had a nice picnic and swam but by around 4:30, we had to get out of the sun.  The water levels in our marina are getting dangerously low and if we don't get some rain so, boating out of the harbour is going to be non existent.  I'm willing to bet a fire ban goes back up tomorrow.  We are in for another hot one and the humidity is back but still don't think we'll get any rain today.  I'll be watering some flowers today and then think I'll relax with a good book.  Don't know if I want anymore sun today but see how it goes.  Quiet time might be in order.  Some of the reunion guests are leaving today but I understand some are also joining our remaining guests here today.  They are all certainly enjoying themselves.

July 31, 2016 - 7:11 a.m.

Great day yesterday!!  Finished our work around 1:30 and the annual Greening Bay fishing derby finished around the same time.  Rick Defour won this year with an 18 1/2" walleye.  Trish was the runner up with an 18 1/4".  We had a potluck back at the picnic shelter around 5:00 which was awesome.  Frank Attwood ran the whole thing and provided the burgers and dogs as well as giving everyone a Nipissing Reader t-shirt which was a great photo op with all of us wearing them.  We will all be in the next edition of the newspaper.  After supper, we had karaoke, lead by Paul Pruneau.  It wasn't a terribly late night so think some of us are heading out on the boats today.  Going to be another nice one!!

July 30, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.

I was trying to sleep in this morning but between the cats jumping all over my bed and the birds squawking outside the window, it wasn't to be.  I only have one cottage to changeover today so things aren't going to be too hectic for me today.  The family reunion guests are certainly enjoying themselves and are loving their time here.  Especially the deer, which one fellow had eating an apple out of his hand.  I saw one come up last night with a fawn but she kept it hidden, likely because the kids were up on the bedrock and got too close but I suspect when it's a little quieter, she'll have the fawn out in the open.  We had a good day yesterday.  It was Paula's birthday so had steak dinner at our place followed by a fire back at theirs.  Was a late night for me as I wound down with my book and ended up finishing it close to 1:00.  It'll be a light day today as I only need to water a few flowers after the cottage clean.  The park is having a fishing derby today, ending at 1:00 this afternoon, followed by potluck at the picnic shelter at 5:00.  Going to be a wonderfully sunny warm day so some of us girls will be rafting it this afternoon.  Will certainly be quiet here as all our guests are headed to the actual reunion party at Ginny and Craig's.  We'll be watching from the water :)

July 29, 2016 - 7:33 a.m.

As I don't have anything overly pressing to do today I was rather hoping to sleep in this morning but my body's clock had me up just before 7:00.  Sigh.  That's actually okay as I've now some birthday preparations to do.  It's Paula's birthday today so we are going to have a nice bbq supper at "the big house", namely here.  Going to be another gorgeous day on the south shore of Lake Nipissing.  I think we are all beaching it today, at least the women.  Trish bought a huge raft so sounds like a great day to just park it in the water and float around.  All our reunion guests checked in and they love it here.  The kids (of all ages) are happy so that's half the battle.  Ginny and Craig are having the actual reunion party tomorrow with 60+ people so suspect the Baker family will be rather busy today.  I have a little watering to do today, mostly the window boxes, supper prep and a little house cleaning and then I'm vegging.  Going to be a great day!!

July 28, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.

Looking at the long term forecast, we have plenty to smile about.  No rain in the forecast, nothing but sun and temps mostly in the high 20's.  Today will be no exception and we are definitely in for a glorious Civic long weekend.  Dan and I are going to be fairly busy today but our scheduleisn't too heavy for the next few days so we can actually enjoy some of the summer activities.  The animals, unfortunately, have already started their autumn pilmgrage.  Had a small flock (likely one large family) of geese by the house this morning feeding on the grass Dan works so hard to care for.  They only start coming up later in the season when the babies become young adults.  They will begin practicing their flight patterns within the next week or two, which is comical to watch as the young ones are somewhat awkward yet.  The blackbirds have returned from their orchard visits down south and will remain until cooler weather prevails.  The squirrels have been dropping the cedar nuts for sometime but are really getting aggressive at it now.  I think we have seen the last of the hot muggy nights.  I doubt very much we will have another one where the temps stay above 20 degrees.  Love this time of year as the bugs slowly disappear and nightime sleeping is easy.  This is also the beginning of necessary nightime campfire season.  Gotta love it.

July 27, 2016 - 7:43 a.m.

Wow, what a beautiful day yesterday.  Beautiful Lake Nipissing "breeze" which kept most boats off the water until later in the day when the wind calmed down but certainly lovely for working.  Sun was shining and it was hot.  The humidity returned with a vengeance by the time 4:00 rolled around.  We both had a hard time sleeping last night.  Dan did some power washing on a few of our buildings while I watered flowers which took most of my day.  I watered everything really well as I don't want to spend my weekend wrestling with hoses and there was no rain in the forecast.  However that has since changed, likely due to the humidity.  Calling for 30% today with possible thunderstorms as well as 30% chance of rain tomorrow.  Get it out of it's system and let us have a lovely weekend.  We have a big reunion checking in tomorrow until Tuesday so I've cleaning to do tomorrow which means I'm heading to town this morning.  Shouldn't be too busy in town but if the weather gets nasty, it could be.  I made the base for some homemade ice cream last night and am finishing it off this morning.  First time I've made it (actually following directions lol) so hopefully it turns out!!

July 26, 2016 - 7:40 a.m.

Have to say, we are definitely having one of our best summer's on record.  The weather has been fantastic this year and this week is no exception.  The cloud cover burned off by noon yesterday.  We did receive a slight "misting" beforehand but was a gorgeous day hitting 28, sunny with an awesome Lake Nipissing breeze.  Was a tad windy for boating but kept things comfortable.  I finished my books so no more office clone for me for a bit.  I'm watering the flowers this morning.  Not sure about the afternoon but there is always something that needs doing.  Dan is power washing all the buildings today so I may need to wash some windows afterwards.  I've a few things on my agenda this week but am hoping to get some pontooning in before the end of the week.

July 25, 2016 - 7:17 a.m.

The skies have been looking more like November the past few days as it has been mostly overcast and very gray.  Same this morning although it is suppose to clear up sometime today.  I was hoping for a little rain yesterday but we only received a brief shower in our area.  Looks like other areas surrounding Lake Nipissing might have gotten more as the skies were pretty dark for most of the day.  It still remains very humid with temps in the mid to upper 20's.  Dan and I didn't do much of anything yesterday.  I had a long week so just vegged and watched "Kill Bill" Volumes 1 and 2 back to back.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.  Today I have a few more hours left of book work to do and can then put them away for another 3 months.  We were told the coyotes were very close and very loud on Saturday night which was close to the full moon so am assuming they had been hunting.  Red was up last night with the same flower loving offspring so at least we know she is safe.  The coyotes likely got a fawn or a coon.  Poor things.  Nature can indeed be very cruel.

July 24, 2016 - 6:53 a.m.

Another glorious day yesterday.  Couldn't have asked for better weather.  Dan and I finished our work by around 1:30 and then headed out on the pontoon once all our guests were checked in.  We didn't go far, just enough to basically cool us down and then ended up anchoring in front of Ginny and Craig's.  They have their six-seated raft floating out front of their house where all the girls promptly relaxed for the duration of a lovely summer afternoon while the boys visited on the boat.  Couldn't ask for a more relaxing day and I got plenty of swimming in.  I'm giving myself today for some R&R and not quite sure what's on the agenda as everyone is still in bed.  Calling for showers later this afternoon so may prohibit outdoor plans.  Frankly, I wouldn't mind just parking it in front of the tv as its been a long week for me but I'm not oppose to anything involving the water.  Have to wait and see how it goes :)

July 23, 2016 - 6:16 a.m.

Wow, what a warm day yesterday!!  I cleaned a cottage in the morning and was it hot!  Overly so.  Then I headed to town around 1:30 and ran errands all over the place.  It was a zoo and everyone was either shopping to escape the heat or grumpy because of it.  My last shop before heading to get my hair cut, the sky over North Bay was absolutely ominous and the lightning very scary.  Down pour happened while I was in the salon but by the time I came out, the storm had moved on with still dark skies around us.  By the time I got home around 7:30 last night, the storm had passed and did a little damage in the neighbourhood but we were left unscathed.  We had one of our cottages check out last night to beat the Saturday traffic so I did their laundry as I want to get started with the changeover as soon as possible this morning before to heat becomes too oppressive (like it was yesterday).  It did cool down considerably last night but calling for 31 again today with the humidex factor.  Bit cooler then yesterday but still too bloody hot for physical labour.  Calling for a possible shower this morning/early afternoon (doubtful) and winds to pick up to 20 km out of the north so weather permitting, we're pontooning it today as soon as our guests are all settled.  Red was up last night with one of her offspring who I had to chase twice out of my bedrock garden.  She was determined to get my day lilies which are just on the cusp of blooming and which I've yet to see produce the number of flowers they can as the buds are just so tasty.  I'm a little determined to have my way this year.  Problem is, the little bugger thought my chasing her was more like play time.  Fingers crossed there are still some buds this morning :)

July 22, 2016 - 9:94 a.m.

Sorry I'm late today folks.  Had an extremely restless night last night and just got up a bit ago.  Went to bed at 11:00 and finally moved to the couch around 4:00 this morning.  Was able to catch a few winks before the cats had me up for feed time after which I climbed back into bed for another few.  I worked in the office most of the day yesterday while Dan cut grass.  I shut it down when it started to thunder around 3:00 but the storm didn't fully reach us until around 4:00.  Had a good light show and some good cracks and a very good rain but it was all done within about an hour and the sun came out for a beautiful sunset.  I did the cottage laundry last night as we had an early check out so am cleaning this morning so not quite so hectic for me tomorrow.  I also have to go to town today and have a hair appointment later this afternoon.  Everyone is heading out on Trish and Larry's boat to go to the Manitou's swimming.  Wish I could play hookey today.

July 21, 2016 - 7:18 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday but the humidity kicked in again.  Instead of working in the office, I opted to pay some attention to my gardens and did some minor weeding and watered everything nicely.  Am working in the office for sure today so made it a point of getting up early and lo and behold, Red was waiting on me.  Don't know how long she was looking in my bedroom window but she wasn't leaving until she got her treat.  I'm low on corn so gave her an apple.  That wasn't enough so I gave her a potato.  That wasn't enough so I gave her a tiny bit of corn.  It's almost like she nodded her head and said, "it's about time".  She's still eating the corn but Mama Mallard and six of her wee babies have since arrived waiting on the leftovers.  Great way to start my day.  I'm finishing my coffee and then heading to the office to get busy.  I opted not to close the house up this morning even though it's likely a bad decision.  Going to be very hot and humid today, likely reaching the 30 degree mark but I think thunderstorms and/or rain is coming.  Nothing on the radar but I can feel it.  See what transpires.

July 20, 2016 - 8:45 a.m.

I could certainly tell there was a full moon last night!!  What a day.  I worked in the office until around 4:30 yesterday but didn't get as much accomplished as I would have liked due to constant interruptions.  I finally headed to the house and tried doing some paperwork there and manage to finish around 8:30.  Tried settling into bed around 10:00 but it was pretty noisy around here.  I'm all for little children having fun but when they are screaming at the top of their lungs past midnight and running rampant throughout the neighbourhood, unfortunately, I had to shut them down.  It was one of those nights when you could hear a pin drop and noise carries so I'm sure the whole neighbourhood, if not the bay, was awake past their bedtimes.  Took Dan and I both a while to get to sleep so I'm much later getting up than usual.  I felt kind of mean but considering these were 3-6 year olds, they likely should have been in bed anyhow.  I'm sure we're going to hear about it today from our other guests and tenants.  On to nicer things...the weather is suppose to be in the high 20's, lower 30's for the next 3-4 days.  I should probably do some watering today but have other things to take care of today so see how it goes.  Lord save us from full moons :)

July 19, 2016 - 7:10 a.m.

I know quite a few people read my blog but was pleasantly surprised yesterday when "Mark" actually took the time out of his day to send me an email.  He was responding to yesterday's blog about why osprey fish when it's windy.  Although there is more involved, apparently wind decreases light penetration which makes the fish move higher up the water column, thus making it easier for the birds to grab as they aren't quite so deep.  Makes perfect sense, so there you have it.  Thanks Mark and glad you enjoy my blog.  As to today...it will be another blow day for those wanting to get out and enjoy a bit of fun on the water.  Lake Nipissing is white capping in our area and although it is currently overcast, sun is on the horizon and should break through the clouds as it gets stronger.  Looks to be another gorgeous day with comfortable temperatures sitting around the mid 20's but the heat is coming and due to arrive tomorrow.  Just hoping it doesn't bring humidity with it.  Dan, with the help of Don, installed our new Greening Bay Cottages sign at the road.  Some vandals did a number on it so Don was kind enough to do a great job re-painting it for us.  Dan also installed a new security camera so if anyone is so inclined to do it again, this time we've got you.  Just putting that out there.  For years we, as well as neighbours, had to deal with kids bashing in our mailboxes with baseball bats as they drove the back roads.  I finally got sick of it and had Canada Post install a community steel mailbox at the end of the road.  Guess that makes me a bad person for ruining the kids fun.  Lol.  

July 18, 2016 - 7:32 a.m.

What a beautiful day, for the most part, yesterday.  The morning was sunny and comfortable and we ended up having a 19th birthday lunch for Trish's daughter Victoria back at Larry and Trish's.  Paula and Alf joined in, we did pot luck and it was wonderful.  Complete with chocolate birthday cake.  Afterwards, the clouds began to move in so Dan and I had some quiet time to ourselves or the rest of the day.  We had rain overnight but no thunder dunders as anticipated.  It is overcast this morning and very windy so it's pretty much a blow day for people wishing to get out on the lake.  The osprey are out fishing this morning, as they normally do when it's windy.  I don't know if the waves help them sneak up on the fish or they can see the fish better but for some reason, windy conditions is when they prefer to feed. I am working in the office for the next few days as I need to get my books done so today is perfect weather to do just that.  Red turned up again and considering we haven't seen her for awhile, I was happy to see she is still alive and well.  Dan and Alf saw a deer at the end of our road with two little spotted fawns but it wasn't Red.  I do believe Red is done breeding as she is quite old.  I'm guessing she's at least 12 so that's a ripe old age in the wild.  Lots of kids in this week so hopefully the weather clears up for them today.  They are sure liking the beach and swimming.  Warm breeze so I'm sure they won't be deterred from playing for long.

July 17, 2016 - 8:47 a.m.

What a fantastic day yesterday!!  Weather cooperated and was pleasantly sunny and warm.  After our work was done, Annie came over and the two of us headed to Sally's for a girls night.  Again, the company and food was phenomenal.  The girls who decided to stay a bit longer were just getting comfy around the campfire when we left around dusk.  Dan and I then headed over to Jim and Chris's cottage as they are friends and guests visiting from California who we only see once a year.  Had a nice visit with them before packing it in for the night.  I slept in this morning but was awoken by a baby duck.  They've been out and about this week so apparently quite a few have survived.  The cicadas came out in full force this week also.  It's early yet to make a prediction but the squirrels have started gathering the cedar nuts and are leaving them on the ground vs burying them which usually indicates lots of winter snow.  Don't even want to go there just yet :)

July 16, 2016 - 7:08 a.m.

I think we finally received enough rain for a bit.  It rained all day yesterday, heavy at times and the cold front was definitely cold as the temperatures dipped to +12 in the afternoon.  Still 12 but the sun is shining and is suppose to hit mid 20's today.  The air is fresh and clean so great working weather.  I cooked, cleaned and did laundry all day yesterday so it was very productive.  Have changeover this morning and thankfully Eadie is coming in to help me.  Have a girls night later this afternoon at Sally's as she and her husband Rod are at their cottage after arriving from their home in Calgary last weekend.  Seems there are going to be about 15 women at this particular girls night.  Eeks.  I made a german cucumber salad yesterday to take so one less thing to worry about today. I also made agoodbatchof homemade spaghetti so Dan has leftovers for his supper tonight.  Looking forward to relaxing after my work is done today.  Going to be a great day!!

July 15, 2016 - 7:37 a.m.

What a great day yesterday.  Started out very early to get the cleaning done as the heat was so oppressive.  I haven't persprired to the point of sweat dripping off my nose like that in a long time.  Lol.  After that I spent 4 hours watering but evidently I needn't have bothered as we are getting a lovely rain this morning but I'm getting ahead of myself.  After our work was done for the day, we had some old friends from Chatham drop in for a brief but good visit.  I use to work with Dave and Pat Simpson at Union Gas before moving up here 17 years ago.  As they were here,  the cold front started to come in.  The winds picked up and we had a short but intense rain which cleared up rather quickly with the sun coming back out by about 6:00.  Dan and I then headed over to Mary and Richard's for a sausage fest.  Things were just starting to get going around 9:00 as they were starting a team "password" game but we were pretty tired so headed home.  I was in bed by 10:00 and actually slept in this morning.  Today, the temps are only suppose to go to 18 and we currently have a beautiful rain happening.  Looks like it will rain most of the morning and clear up by noon.  I'm going to house clean today as I've changeover tomorrow.  Dan has a few things on his agenda to get finished today but for the most part, he'll be able to get some R&R in today.   Much, much nicer working temperatures and I won't have to water again for awhile so that's a good thing.

July 14, 2016 - 5:29 a.m.

Another scorcher yesterday with the humidex hitting 38.  A hundred degrees is a tad warm for this gentle little flower to work in ssooo since I couldn't sleep, I'm off to get some work done before the melting sets in.  Have to clean the public bathrooms and water the flowers since no rain is forthcoming.  We had a clap of thunder last night but that was about it.  I saw lightning in the distance around 2:30 and was hoping for more but it wasn't to be.  I actually opened the house last night as the new air conditioner, which is basically just good for one room, couldn't keep up.  As the sun was setting in the front of the house and hitting all the windows, it was 5 degrees warmer in the house then outside.  It works well at keeping the house cool until around 5:00 in the afternoon though, so I'll give it that.  At least Dan and I managed to get the work that needed doing finished yesterday but I think the heat is making us both grumpy :)  They are calling for a low percentage of thunderstorms later today but we know how that goes.  Time to water!!

July 13, 2016 - 8:15 a.m.

Wow!!  Is it HOT!!  Unbearably so.  Glad we have a bit of a lake breeze but even that isn't helping all that much.  I don't mind the heat but the humidity is making it a little hard to move at the moment.  Especially when you're not use to it.  This feels more like Margaritaville than Northern Ontario.  I did get my bedrock garden finished yesterday, managed to overheat myself and just sat in front of a fan for most of the rest of the day.  Going to be just as warm today with temps in the 30's.  I have a cottage and the public washrooms to clean today, at least am hoping to.  I didn't sleep well last night so the early start didn't happen as planned.  Even at 1:30 this morning the air was like butter.  No complaints, just saying.  Not great working weather but the snow will be flying soon enough so I'm sucking it up :)  Dan will be cutting grass for a few hours this morning and then again this evening as he can't take the sun so avoids the hottest part of the day.  Bbq'ing weather, for sure.  No rain or storms yesterday so will likely need to water some flowers today as well.

July 12, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.

Wow, what a scorcher yesterday!!  Hit 27 but 31 with the humidex.  Even hotter today so I've closed the house up and turned the air on.  It'll be on for the next few days by the looks of things.  Calling for thunderstorms later on, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get them.  Air is pretty thick but there is a nice lake breeze this morning.  I zipped to town on errands yesterday and was glad for the a/c in my car.  Dan and Alf (okay, mostly Alf) installed a new engine on our bass boat while I was in town.  We all planned to go on the boat but had another minor cottage incident right after I got back from town which then sent Dan to town for replacement parts.  Mitch came over and helped with the repairs and we finally got on the boat around 3:00.  Headed to the Manitous and went for a nice long swim and then cruised around Callander Bay for a bit.  Some of the other camps look busy, others, not so much.  It's going to be too hot for physical labour past 10-11:00 today so I'm heading out right shortly to do a little weeding.  Likely take refuge someplace cool for the afternoon.

July 11, 2016 - 7:21 a.m.

Absolutely gorgeous day yesterday and a beautiful morning today.  I'm currently sitting on my deck watching the squirrels wrestle.  The Northern Reds are such aggressive noisy little creatures.  Don't know how they can be mistaken for the more docile chipmunks.  We ended a very exhausting (both physically and mentally) week on a high note.  We didn't go boating as anticipated as I wanted to stay close to home in case Grady came back.  No Grady by 9:00 last evening but, sigh, as I'm getting ready for bed, I hear him meowing.  Sounded like he was outside my bedroom window so I go tearing outside, no Grady.  Walked all the way around the house calling him.  Still no Grady.  Go back inside and call him again, hear the meowing and it's coming from my dresser!!  That silly cat was inside my dresser all this time.  Don't know how he got in there but it's full of clothes and I had been in the drawers quite a few times over the course of two days.  Never saw him, heard him, no evidence of him being in there at all.  Why he waited so long to make his presence known is beyond me.  All this time thinking a predator got him and he's playing hide and seek.  Silly thing.  Today I need to go to town but hoping to get home in good time and do some gardening.  Going to be another beautiful day.  High 25 with a few clouds so may have to ditch work and go boating.  High of 30 tomorrow with possibility of thunderstorms late in the afternoon.  We received enough rain on the weekend to partially lift the fire ban so campfires are now allowed if properly contained. Our guests had a beautiful one last night.  That's what summer is all about!!

July 10, 2016 - 7:15 a.m.

We had quite the long day yesterday.  Changeover so I cleaned, Dan graded the beach and clean boats then guest check ins.  Full house this week so going to be busy around here.  We had a thunderstorm and quite a bit of rain yesterday.  Everything is starting to green up again.  Lost our cat Grady yesterday.  We think he got out early in the morning amidst the chaos and haven't seen him since.  Dan's quite upset as that was his "baby" and with all the rain it's not like him to stay away.  Hopefully he'll show up today.  We searched for quite awhile and then gave up the hunt. We headed to Annie's and had a great visit.  It actually got quite cool in the afternoon but once the system blew through and the sun came back out, it was lovely.  Beautiful morning today.  Sunny and no humidity.  Suppose to hit 25 so may hit the water a little later.  Downtime today, for sure.  Been quite the week.

July 9, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.

The air was so thick yesterday, you could cut it with a knife.  The whole working day was rather hot and humid but some ominous clouds rolled through after supper and we had a brief thunderstorm followed by rain, which started around 8:00.  We received more rain through the evening hours and it woke me up this morning.  Checked our rain gauge which indicated 1 1/4 inches of nature's nectar.  The clouds aren't terribly thick this morning and they are calling for a mix of sun, cloud and rain today with possibility of another thunderstorm.  We could certainly stand more rain but I'm sure most people would prefer sun.  At least I don't need to water today on top of everything else I need to do.  I was going to finish weeding my bedrock garden yesterday but the cottage cleaning took nearly the entire day as we had a little incident.  The hot water tank went kaput in the cottage so needed to be replaced.  It wasn't too terribly messy but the installation involved a lot of work.  Thank God for Mitchell (who is a plumber) as he was available to help us out.  As I've said many times....I can try to plan my work schedule but it rarely works out the way I'd like it to.  We've another busy day today with changeover as Dan is cleaning boats while I do the cottages.  Dan's grading the beach this morning since after a nice rain is the perfect time (no dust storms) but we are hoping to get everything finished this morning and all our check-ins settled in a timely manner so we can visit Annie today.  Her sister and brother-in-law are in town so would love to se them.  Again, we'll see how the day goes and hope for no more surprises.

July 8, 2016 - 7:46 a.m.

Turned out to be a very warm and humid day yesterday.  The sun stayed hidden for the majority of it, which was likely a good thing as it would have been unbearably hot.  Due to the rain we received Wednesday night, I ended up weeding the bedrock garden for most of the day as weeds are much easier to pull after a nice sprinkling.  Plus the sun wasn't beating on me. I still have a little to do which I'm hoping to get done this morning.  I have a cottage to changeover as well so see how it goes.  The fishermen checking in today might not be too happy as they are calling for thunderstorms later today and into tomorrow as well.  Doesn't mean we will get them here but perhaps out on the lake.  Nipissing is pretty calm this morning and a few groups have already gone out.  Wish I could fish as I'd love a perch dinner about now.  Dan did end up cutting grass yesterday.  He's so particular but the only thing really growing right now is the clover, which makes the property look "messy".  Still, it keeps him busy.  Lol.  I had an epiphany earlier this week.  The deer, for the most part, have been leaving my flowers/plants alone but really started after them later last week.  Considering how dry it is, I believe they were eating the foliage around the property because the gardens are all that have been watered.  That and the fact they really love hostas and flower buds but it does make sense.  I'm hoping the system coming through, which is going to cool things down, will produce enough rain to satisfy nature's requirements and enable the fire ban to be lifted.  Campfires would be welcomed by everyone about now.

July 7, 2016 - 8:50 a.m.

We finally received some desperately needed rain yesterday.  Didn't look like we were going to get much but it all developed over us for a change.  According to my rain gauge we received a good inch throughout the evening hours.  Don't know that it's enough to lift the fire ban for our area but it's a start.  I've already taken care of some business this morning and since I watered yesterday, I can spend my time on other things today.  I have a bit of cleaning this morning and then think I'm going to do some weeding.  Dan has already cut the grass that needs it this week and he's bailing boats this morning.  Currently overcast but nothing is on the radar so going to assume the cloud cover will all burn off as the sun heats up.  Still very humid so wouldn't be surprised if we get more rain in the next day or two.  We'll take it!!

July 6, 2016 - 7:35 a.m.

We had a bit of a trying day yesterday but today is another day.  Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control but where would life be without such moments?  Kind of makes us realize what is truly important in this world.  I watered yesterday and did some cottage laundry after supper.  I was sincerely hoping we would get some rain and it certainly felt like it but just didn't materialize.  The temps hit 27-28 again yesterday, as it will today.  Calling for a high risk of thunderstorms today but again, think they will go up and over us.  Beautiful summer weather we are experiencing but a nice overnight rain shower would be well received.  Have some cottage cleaning to do today and then may putter in the bedrock garden if it's n