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July 31, 2014 - 7:56 a.m.

We had somewhat of a nice day yesterday.  The winds died down enough for a few to get out fishing.  The sun shone for a quite a while but after supper, a storm started to develop and it rained overnight.  North Bay received 101 mm of rain prior to whatever was dumped overnight and the torrential rain woke both Dan and I up early this morning.  All this precipitation is going into our watershed so there are no sandbars showing at all this year and Moose Creek is at optimum levels.  Suppose to get some more rain on and off today and then clearing later on and a nice weekend ahead (one can certainly hope).  I managed to get the cottage cleaning finished yesterday and am cleaning the public washrooms and my house this morning and then heading into town for a run before the weekend.  We're going to be very busy this weekend so getting all my work done today.   I'm actually hoping to get out on the boat at some point but will have to see how it goes and how busy we are (and if the weather is going to cooperate).


There's a small choice in rotten apples.

                                                                   Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

July 30, 2014 - 8:46 a.m.

What another lovely day in the North.  So not!!!  Been just a really poopy week all around.  Windy, overcast, rainy, all disappointing weather.  Sun really hasn't shone all that much at all and it's been chilly.  I managed to get my books finished yesterday and Dan was with the satellite guy trying to get the t.v. in one cottage working.  Turns out the last guests took our power cord and left theirs.  I'm guessing whatever their power cord operates, they'll need to buy a new one.  However, we did have the dish moved so that the one tree we had to keep pruning (to receive a decient signal) won't be a factor anymore and we can let it grow properly now.  So, the other kitten was caught Monday evening but not under the best of circumstances.  It was kept in Yvonne's trailer overnight but she was terrified of it so in turn, it was of her.  By the time I got to it in the morning, the poor thing was traumatized.  I did manage to pick it up and get it calmed down but knew it was too wild to make a decent pet, so released it.  The poor thing is really small but think with some help it'll survive.  Need to give it some food (most of the park is feeding it) until it gets a little bigger and is able to fed for itself.  I swear though, I really don't want cats hanging around here.  One is fine but no more.  I do believe this one is a male so that will help.  Today I'm cleaning cottages and good day for it as it's currently overcast and we have more rain (like we didn't get enough overnight) in the forecast.  Dan is doing some work in the house if he can't get the grass cutting in today.


I don't give them hell.  I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.

                                                                            Harry S. Truman

July 29, 2014 - 9:10 a.m.

I have to say, I've never seen Lake Nipissing blow for so long.  The lake settled down a bit overnight but it's still pretty choppy out in the main body of water.  It's been a good two weeks since the lake conditions have been really comfortable enough to fish.  It's good musky fishing weather but the majority of fishermen aren't going for the big game fish.  I spent the day in the office yesterday and am in for a few more hours before my books are done.  Yvonne managed to catch the other kitten last night.  The one that died was much more manageable (mainly because it was dying) but this one is full of spit and vinegar.  Pretty wild for such a small little thing.  I'm guessing it's 6-8 weeks old and would likely survive on it's own with the park people feeding it but what about the winter time once it's been use to being fed?  I'm not looking after it.  Had enough of wild cats.  I know where it came from and just hope more aren't going to follow suit.  Not sure if this kitten is going to be pet material or not.  See what the day brings.


In every generation there has to be some fool whol will speak the truth as he sees it.

                                                                       Boris Pasternak

July 27, 2014 - 9:41 a.m.

Seems like pretty much everyone had a rather lazy day yesterday.  Weather was okay.  Mostly hazy and humid all day and we did have a storm roll through bringing thunder, lightning and rain.  Also rained overnight and is currently overcast with likely a little more rain sometime today before the system is through.  High in low 20's.  I'm in the office for the duration of the day today as I've my 2nd quarter books to get finished.  Good day for it although I'd rather be reading a book or something :0)  Wind hasn't been cooperating of late either.  It seems like it's been windy for over a week.  Oh wait, it has!!  Not much fishing or boating going on.  Still hoping for those hot sunny days of summer when you need to be floating around the bay on a raft or zipping across the water on a boat....


As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living.

                                                                  George Bernard Shaw

July 26, 2014 - 9:04 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Nice lake breeze, sunny, just gorgeous all around.  We did have  a shower overnight but the sun is shining brightly now and looks like we'll have another awesome day.  Sad thing.  We had a mother cat with two little kittens in the park a week or so ago.  Well we think the mother either abandoned the kittens or was killed as we only saw one little kitten hanging around.  Yvonne, who has a trailer, managed to catch the sweet little thing yesterday.  It was so badly mal-nourished and dehydrated although everyone tried their best, it didn't make it.  Now we've spotted the second little kitten, which we thought had also died.  We're on the hunt to catch it today as it looks bigger and healthier than the other.   Yvonne has already found a home for it so it's just a matter now of seeing if we can get it.  Nature surely can be cruel.


I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

                                                               Robert Frost

July 25, 2014 - 8:17 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Temps were around the 23 degree mark and the sun was out most of the day.  Wind still really breezy of the lake so not many boats able to get out onto the water.  Still breezy again this morning but a tad calmer.  Currently hazy but suppose to be sunny all day.  I've a full day on my plate - cleaning the public washrooms, picking up the debris I rake up on the beach yesterday, watering and deadheading flowers and I'd like to start weeding the bedrock but see how much energy I have when everything else is done.  Dan finally wore out his poor golf cart.  He had to repair a tire yesterday and then the steering petered on him last night.  Had problems with the steering before but now it's completely buggered by the looks of things.  A golf cart is not meant to be used as a work tool, but Dan seems to think otherwise.  Guess we'll have to use the gator like we should have been all along.  LOL.


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

                                                                         Lillian Hellman

July 24, 2014 - 7:52 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday as there was a wonderful cool breeze coming off of Lake Nipissing.  Temps could have been a bit warmer but after the heat, was nice to have 17 degree temps.  Very windy though.  It is still quite windy today but the temps are suppose to be warmer today.  I'm heading into town right shortly and then not sure what I'm up to this afternoon.  Really need to do some dead heading and the flowers could probably use a good drink as well.  Going to be a nice afternoon, for sure.


War is the trade of kings.

                                                                            John Dryden

July 23, 2014 - 7:32 a.m.

Cleaned all morning yesterday and then had major office work to do in the afternoon.  Dan managed to get all the grass cut for another week.  It just hasn't let up this year as it usually does because we've been getting steady rain and sunshine.  I've never seen the grass this green at Greening Bay this time of year.  Was very hot and humid  and temps nearly hit the 30 degree mark but we didn't get the storm that was forecasted.  Once the front hit the West Arm of Lake Nipissing, it started to dissipate and but the time it reached our part of the lake, all we really received was a few sprinkles.  Did hear thunder in the distance but nothing major for the south shore of Nipissing.


They will conquer, but they will not convince.

                                                       Miguel de Unamuno

July 22, 2014 - 7:44 a.m.

EEwwwiiieee, she was a hot one yesterday and today's going to be even hotter.  Only registered 27 on the temp gauge but with the humidity, was likely closer to 35.  Was hazy to sunny most of the day and I didn't get the house closed up early enough in the morning so got a little warm in the house once the sun came around and started shining in the front windows.  I've already closed the house up for today.  Once all of  this haze burns off today, it's going to be a scorcher.  They are calling for possibility of thunder showers overnight which I kind of think we'll get if it gets as warm as forecasted.  I cleaned yesterday as I am today but hoping to be done by noon at the latest.  Not sure what Dan's doing.  He'll either be cleaning boats or power-washing, I'm sure.  Nice to do that sort of thing when it's hot..


If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

                                                                       Mark 3:25

July 21, 2014 - 7:40 a.m.

Yesterday turned out okay after all.  Sun didn't fully come out until mid-afternoon but then the day was just gorgeous.  Evening was lovely.  Didn't make it to Annie's as my back was giving me grief.  Dan could have gone but chose not to.  Today's a work day.  I've some cottages to clean and I also really need to get at my bookwork so this week's going to be a busy one.  We still really haven't been boating much this season.  I can't fish this year but Dan can and he's not even been out.  The fishing has been excellent so we should really get out there and catch something for a fry one of these days.  Been a really strange summer all around and unfortunately, it'll be gone before we know it.


Few men have virtue to withstand the higgest bidder.

                                                                   George Washington

July 20, 2014 - 8:24 a.m.

So much for the long term forecast.  It was hazy yesterday with very little full sun and this morning, we are experiencing a very light shower and it's completely overcast.  Temperatures are comfortable and it's not suppose to get really hot until Tuesday.  Dan and I are invited to Annie's for an "afternoon social" but will have to see if the weather is going to cooperate.  We have a heron in our creek who is one fierce hunter.  She's been getting the catfish as well as some little furry creatures.   The poor squirrels and chippies don't stand a chance if she puts her sight on them.  I'm all for nature taking it's course but we just got all the chipmunks hanging around again and there is a feral cat on the property with two kittens (again) which I'd rather not be here.  I think it came from the neighbours as Lori use to feed the feral cats and has since moved so they're likely all on the move trying to find food.  All our little furry friends will be gone in no time.


The voice is a second signature.

                                                                   R.I. Fitzhenry

July 18, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Busy day yesterday and it also turned out to be quite nice.  Finally the clouds broke and the sun shone.  Sun as far as they can possibly/reasonably go in the long term forecast.  We're suppose to reach highs of "feels like" 36 degree temperatures.  Been a while since it's been that hot and I'm sure everyone's going to love it.  Had the town run yesterday so didn't get home until mid-afternoon.  Have a busy day today.  Actually made myself a list so as to not forget anything.  Still, hoping to get everything done early enough to enjoy some of the afternoon.  Dan got all the grass cutting and weed eating finished yesterday so not sure what he has on his agenda.


I was never less alone than when by myself.

                                                          Edward Gibbon

July 16, 2014 - 9:39 a.m.

Late today because I'm actually staying in the office to do some work so had a few things to take care of first.  The weather changed overnight and the cold front aka polar vortex is here.  It's only sticking around for today before the weather will turn again.  Went down to 14 overnight but it's a cold 14.  Wind started last night and it's very windy today.  Also overcast with a little shower here and there.  We did get lots of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day yesterday so I'll be glad when this is all behind us.  Suppose to be clearing this afternoon and then nothing but sun and warm temps in the long-term forecast for the next couple of weeks.  We had a bit of a mishap yesterday.  I was just about finished cleaning the cottage and Dan decided to put some septic solution down the toilet.  Well the handle broke on the container and we had stuff spewed everywhere.  Needless to say, Dan had to hop in the shower immediately to avoid surface burns and then had to wet-vac everything else up.  Surprisingly enough, there was no damage to anything, including Dan and his clothes but what a bloody mess.  Cleaning done for now so I'm doing some office work that has been neglected.  Doubt Dan will do very much today unless the weather gets a little nicer.  It feels like it's autumn out there today.


Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.

                                                                           Erich Fromm

July 15, 2014 - 7:38 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  Beautiful Lake Nipissing breeze for most of the day so lots of people enjoying the beach.  I raked it and got rid of the stinky seaweed that had come in during the past week of windy days.  Yuck!!  Temps reached a high of 26 and it started to get humid again but it cooled down considerably last night so not as bad this morning.  Currently overcast and calling for showers to begin later tihs morning through to tomorrow with possibility of thunder storms here and there.  After we get through this bout of rain though, the long term is showing nothing but sun for the next 10 or so days.  I know everyone's pretty sick of the rain but we do need it (perhpas just not as much).  A nice overnight shower a few times a week would be perfect.  Cleaning a cottage today and likely doing a little house tidying as well.  I bathed the cats yesterday, which was a feat in itself.  They don't particularly like it during, but afterwards, they love it.  Since they are indoor cats, I've been bathing them since they were kittens so don't give me too much grief.


This thing of being a hero, about the main thing to it is to know when to die.

                                                                            Will Rogers

July 14, 2014 - 7:15 a.m.

Was a beauty day yesterday although no one was on the lake really.  The wind was pretty strong most of the day and picked up even more during the afternoon hours.  Sunny though and quite warm.  Hit 27 here so guess we should be thankful we had a nice little Lake Nipssing breeze happening.  I didn't do much. Little bit of house cleaning and laundry and then got into my book while everyone else was "visiting".  Took some quiet time to myself, which was nice.  Today I'm raking the beach and doing a little dead heading again.  I have a cottage to clean but think I'll wait until tomorrow when it's suppose to rain again.  Certainly getting our share of precipitation this summer but that's suppose to quit in the next week or two.  We'll see.  I'm finding tree sprouts everywhere.  Lots of maples taking root, that's for sure.


When I want a peerage, I shall buy one like an honest man.

                                                                    Lord Northcliffe

July 13, 2014 - 8:31 a.m.

Was a pretty good day overall yesterday.  Had the cottage changeover in the morning and then made a cheesy ranch potato dish for our evening plans.  Mike and Reta had everyone for a rack of lamb dinner to which we all contributed.  Fire afterwards so all was good.  Sprinkled a little here and there and it did start raining at one point so opted to set up the dinner under the picnic shelter.  It's certainly getting it's use this year.  It started raining around midnight or so and rained ALL night.  Property is flooded again with standing puddles but it's suppose to clear a little  later and the sun come out.  Doesn't look all that great across the lake right now but at least it has stopped here.  It was very humid and hot yesterday, hit a high of 25 but this morning it's sitting around 20 and not quite as humid.


Learn what you are, and be such.


July 12, 2014 - 7:42 a.m.

Was a gorgeous afternoon yesterday.  We hit around 25, Lake Nipissing was calm and the skies were sunny.  Beautiful.  We went out for a boat ride (first one)  later in the afternoon for a couple of hours and then Dan and I headed over to Sally and Rod's for a "brush burning fire".  The winds picked up over night but it's calm again this morning.  Currently around 17 but suppose to hit 26 today with showers overnight.  I was raking the beach yesterday morning and found a crawfish which had imbeded itself into the sand.  With the high winds we had all week, I think the poor thing was tossed onto shore and couldn't get back into the water.  I took it down to the creek and off it went.  Just amazing how much crawfish look like mini lobster.  Have changeover today so had better get moving.  Looks like it's going to be a cooler than usual week ahead, which was forecasted as the same polar vortex we experienced this winter.  However, August is suppose to be warmer and nicer than usual this year.  Certainly hope so.


Don't quote me; that's what you heard, not what I said.

                                                                                   Lawrence K. Frank

July 11, 2014 - 8:22 a.m.

Sorry I didn't update.  I really didn't have time in the morning and then as the day progressed, completely forgot about it.  We finally had a gorgeous day yesterday.  Sun was out all day, no humidity (or rain) and was perfect working conditions.  I had to zip into town first thing in the morning to pick up my car.  There wasn't a thing wrong with it so think the battery just didn't have a chance to recharge itself completely.  I was also told I need to drive it more.  Considering I usually only go into town once a week, I really don't drive a lot.  I also had an appointment yesterday while in town and then did a few errands.  I spent the afternoon weeding and dead heading while Dan finished cutting the grass.  Paula and Alf Clayton showed up in the afternoon unexpectedly as they weren't suppose to be up at their trailer for a few weeks.  Turns out, Alf retired.  Many congratulations to you Alf, may you thoroughly enjoy the golden years.  Dan's zipping into town this morning while I get my work done (raking the beach, cleaning the public washrooms and house) and then we're hoping to get out on the boat.  I shouldn't put this in writing because everytime I do, we get jinxed and can't go out.  Just for a few hours would be nice as it's suppose to be sunny again today with a high of 25.  The winds have finally died down so hopefully will stay that way long enough for us to take a couple of hours.


I feel bad that I don't feel worse.

                                                                               Michael Frayn

July 9, 014 - 10:35 a.m.

Yesterday it rained all day.  On and off but enough that it ruined the outdoor work plans.  I ended up cleaning the house and getting all the laundry done.  Would much rather have been outside in the sun.  Bit of a bad mood this morning as I went to use my car and the battery is dead again.  We had to boost it on Friday (after a friend didn't turn it off properly) and it was fine after that but hasn't been used since so of course, it's dead again.  Sooo, I have to go into town, which wasn't on my agenda, and drop my car off at the Honda dealership as I think the battery is no longer good anymore.  At least the sun is somewhat shining this morning but for how long is anybody's guess.  The temps hit 25 and very humid yesterday but the winds picked up around 10:00 last night and they're still howling. No more humidity and  looks like we'll have a rain free day today.  Hopefully it'll stay that way for the rest of the week.  Long term forecast looks promising so keeping my fingers crossed.  Have lots of work to get caught up on and will just have to do what I can, when I can. 


The physcially fit can enjoy their vices.

                                                                 Lloyd Percival

July 8, 2014 - 7:35 a.m.

Not quite sure what I'm doing today but I am definitely doing some dead heading and need to water the window boxes that the rain doesn't quite reach.  It was very humid yesterday and didn't actually clear up until late afternoon.  When the sun finally came out, the beach was taken over and people were swimming for a change.  It's currently a little cloudy with some blue sky but they're calling for thunderstorms to start this afternoon through to late this evening.  Temps reached a high of 26 yesterday and as I said, it's very humid.  Could really use a stretch of sunshine about now.


I would live to study, not study to live.

                                                   Francis Bacon

July 7, 2014 - 7:54 a.m.

Looks like it finally stopped raining for a bit.  Been raining for what seems like days although it was mostly just yesterday.  Had a great few days of relaxation.  Couldn't get out on the boat as the wind was up for the weekend.  It's calmer today but everything is awfully wet.  Saw the first Monarch butterfly of the season on Saturday.  It's humid again and temps around 20 but it's currently overcast with more showers in the forecast.  Nice day to read a book.


God made the ocean, but the Dutch made Holland.

                                                                     Dutch Proverb

July 4, 2014 - 8:14 a.m.

Happy Independance Day to all our American friends out there.  Hope you enjoy your holiday.  Yesterday was a pretty miserable day weather wise.  Showers on and off all day and cooler temperatures.  I actually turned the heat on in the house through the day to get some of the humitiy out.  Only reached a high of 17 with the wind.  It feels much warmer today and not quite so humid.  Looks like we're going to get some sun and cloud but hopefully more sun than cloud as I'm getting pretty tired of it being overcast and rainy.  We had summer for about a second but that said, the next two weeks looks very promising.  I'm heading to clean to public bathrooms and have a little more cleaning to do after that then I'm deadheading my flowers.  After that, I'm hoping to visit with Paula on the beach.  Maybe even go for a swim.  Dan's finishing the weedeating and think that's pretty much all he needs to get done before turnover tomorrow.  I think a group of us are all heading to Arhtur's for Lake Erie perch dinner this evening.  Hopefully we can get there by boat, weather permitting.


Men by linked in friendship.  Nations are linked only by interests.

                                                                     Rolf Hochhuth

July 3, 2014 - 7:50 a.m.

Sorry i haven't updated in a bit.  Been pretty busy.  Was going to update yesterday and got busy with office work and then completely forgot.  Also had my town run to do.  Weather over the weekend and into the beginning of the week was hot and very humid with high's in the uppper 20's feeling like lower 30's.  Have had a few good thunderstorms roll through.  Thought we were going to get a good one last night when looking across the lake but it just brought cooler temps and rain.  It only dipped down to 14 overnight and all the humidity is gone so feels very much cooler this morning then it has for days.  Although it's currently overcast, it looks like the sun is going to come out today.  I have lots of cleaning to do over the next couple of days but hoping to just work until early afternoons and take the later afternoons to actually enjoy some of the summer.  I still haven't been out on the boat yet.  It's July.  It's time.


A man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.

                                                                            Arthur Hugh Clough

June 30, 2014 - 8:23 a.m.

Our Canada Day party came and went.  Unfortunately, we had a rain event.  Was a beautiful afternoon.  People started to arrive, all at the beach and then the rain started.  Would rain, stop, rain, stop.  Sun came out here and there and the clouds didn't look good.  We dodged a bullet though.  We didn't get hit too badly but surrounding areas did.  At least we didn't get the wind as anticipated.  Had a great time though.  The food was inhaled and Dan's new picnic shelter came in handy.  Good music, dancing, fireworks.  Good time  Thanks to everyone for their contributions and their help.  Greatly appreciated.


Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.

                                                                             Thomas Fuller

June 29, 2014 - 7:28 a.m.

She was a hot one for sure yesterday.  Going to be much the same today.  Reached a high of 29 but with the humidity, was much hotter.  The beach was extremely busy and pretty much everyone went in swimming.  I cleaned a couple of cottages in the morning and got all my laundry done before 1:00 and when I finally was able to relax, headed right into the water.  We're having a Canada Day party today so hopefully the weather will cooperate.  The fishing derby started at 7:00 but doesn't look like a whole lot of people got up for the start of it.  It ends at 1:00 and the person who catches the biggest fish wins a spot on the Greening Bay trophy.  Everyone will be either beaching it or playing games this afternoon and then we have the Tequilla Brothers playing later on.  BBQ with pot luck, fireworks and camp fire on the agenda providing the weather holds.  They are calling for showers and thunderstorms to roll through, which isn't surprising given the humidity but somethimes they miss us or don't materialize.  I'm thinking tomorrow for sure.  One more day of high humidity and then we'll get slammed with a quick moving, fierce thunderstorm.  At least that's usually the way it goes so hoping that's the case for us and it stays beautifully "summer like" today.


Love Canada or give it back.

                                                              Native Saying

June 28, 2014 - 7:27a.m.

Scorcher yesterday.  Although the temps only reached a high of 28, felt much hotter due to the humidity.  Lots of people swimming and beaching it as there was a nice Lake Nipissing breeze in the afternoon.  Extremely hot away from the water and what a beautiful sunset last night.  Couldn't have been any redder.  I'm heading to clean a cottage imminently before it gets too hot.  Thanks for checking out at 7:00 this morning Chuck :o)  Have a couple to clean today so it's going to be a killer by 10:00.  Suppose to hit 32 this afternoon.  Whatever else I do today is going to involve lots of water.  We're having our annual Greening Bay park party tomorrow so you watch, it'll be so humid, a thunderstorm will roll through.  I certainly hope it holds off until Monday but what can you do? 


A man's rootage is more important than his leafage.

                                                                      Woodrow Wilson

June 27, 2014 - 7:35 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  I spent the majority of it outside working.  Did some cleaning in the morning and then headed outside to do some work.  Dan finished cutting most of the grass.  Just has to finish around the cottages once everyone checks out tomorrow morning.  Going to be a gorgeous weekend by the looks of things.  High 20's but will feel mid 30's with the humidex so suspect we'll get some sort of storm roll through here on Monday to cool things down.  It's not going to rain until the weekend is over if I have any say.  All our guests who are fishing are doing well.  I'm hoping to get a pontoon ride in sometime this weekend.  I still haven't gotten out on the boat yet.  What's up with that?


When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.

                                                                  English Proverb

June 26, 2014 - 7:14 a.m.

Can you believe it's almost the July long weekend?  I swear I don't know where the time goes but the older I get, the faster it speeds up.  It's a beautiful morning with a mix of sun and some cloud but the warm front is in and should reach 25 today.  Going to be very warm for the next few days and looks like rain will hold off until Monday so should be a very good weekend for all.  All our guests have been fishing quite a bit and Lake Nipissing is pretty calm this morning so suspect everyone will be heading out shortly.  Getting lots of fish, that's for sure.  I'm either cleaning today or heading into town or both.  Dan was a busy boy yesterday and shaved most of the grass.  I'm not saying cut because he shaved it.  I think he got tired of cutting it so much and although he did put new blades on his mower, he could have raised it a notch.  I hope the grass doesn't burn during the hot spell coming our way because everything looks great.  I still think it's going to be one of those years when I'm not going to need to water as much as usual.  Nothing wrong with that, it's good for the planet.  Summer is definitely here though so should be a great month for wonderful weather.


Peace is a virtual, mute, sustained victory of potential powers against probable greeds.

                                                                              Paul Valery


June 25, 2014 - 8:57 a.m.

Well it rained all day yesterday.   And I mean ALL day!!  Don't think I'll have to water the flowers for a few days :o)  Didn't really do much yesterday as it was a perfect "veg" day for both of us.  Lots to do the rest of the week though.  Clouds are clearing out and the humidity is gone but the weather is suppose to change and get very warm with nothing but sun.  Going to be in the high 20's (feeling like 30's) by the weekend.  Might be one of those weekends we we park our butts in the water.  The goslings and their parents were in front of the house yeserday feeding on the grass.  We have a slew of them this year.  Three families.  Haven't seen any ducklings so have to guess they didn't survive.  The big old resident racoon we have got all the snapping turtle eggs on Monday night.  That's fine by me as we have way too many snappers in the creek as it is.  Now if it was the Blanding's or a painted turtle nest, I would have been a little upset.


Where they make a desert, they call it peace.


June 24, 2014 - 7:07 a.m.

I'm back from the Waterloo area.  They were calling for thunderstorms and rain today so I left yesterday just after noon.  Had a easy ride as the traffic wasn't too bad.  It was overcast all day yesterday also.  This morning, it'scurrently 18 and  already raining.  More of a light shower but it's suppose to be doing that all day so guess I won't be doing any outdoor work.  I'm sure I can find something to do.  Our guests have no complaints as far as the fishing goes.  They're catching 40-50 walleye per trip out.  Managing to keep some within the limit but mostly releasing.  It's the "catch as soon as it's cast" time of year.  Not sure what I'm up to today but vegging with a good book has my vote.  I do need to clean up the back shop so that's more than likely what I'll end up doing since it's indoor work and the perfect day to do it.  I also have a ceiling fan to put together so am working on that this morning.


Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgement.

                                                                               La Rouchefoucauld

June 21, 2014 - 9:10 a.m.

Extremely busy day for both Dan and I yesterday.  Had lots to get done before I take off this morning.  Heading to Waterloo area for my niece's wedding.  Erin is actually getting married today (WOO HOO) but the wedding party isn't until tomorrow.  Best of luck Erin and Adam as you start your new life together.  I'm heading this morning and meeting up with a friend in Elora for the day.  Do some shopping, nice dinner, catch up.  Dan's looking after business for the next few days.  I won't be updating my blog but will be answering emails.  I'm happy to report Red (resident deer) showed up last night.  She looks awesome and was waiting on me to get the corn out.  I asked her where she's been but she didn't answer me :o)  There's been one other hanging about regularly and coming up on the rock at different times of the day.  Was up there this morning and it's the first time I've actually seen a deer use the salt lick.  Must be going to get hot today.  Sun is shining and it's suppose to be a nice weekend with temps in the low to mid 20's.  Could use a good stretch of sun after all the rain we've had.


Departure should be sudden.

                                                                      Benjamin Disraeli

June 20, 2014 - 6:56 a.m.

Had a good day yesterday.  Did my town run, got back around 2:00 and then worked outside until supper time.  Sun was shining and reached a high of 19.  Felt a little chilly by the water but if in the sun, beautiful.  Suppose to hit 20 today.   Going to be sunny and no humidity so again, great for working outdoors.  I do have some indoor work as well but it'll all get done.  Dan cut grass and weed eated all day yesterday as he is today.  Has a couple of boats to get ready for the weekend as well.  I'm hoping to get a little r&r in on the beach this afternoon.  It's nearly July and where the heck is my tan???


Show me the man and I'll show you the law.

                                                                             David Ferguson

June 19, 2014 - 8:09 a.m.

Yesterday turned out to be an okay day.  The clouds blew out mid afternoon and the sun came out for the rest of the day giving us a beautiful sunset last night.  Still a little on the cool side but I'd rather this for working than hot and humid.  I worked outside yesterday and all my gardens are now officially done, mulched laid down and all wedding finished.  That means they'll look great for a couple of days :o)  Dan built another lot divider (fence) yesterday.  He likes the fences for privacy reasons, plus they hide the trailer wheels and whatever may be underneath them.  Personally, I'd rather see live fences (cedar bushes) but they take too long to grow and the deer get at them.  Anyhow, I'm doing my town run today and heading out right shortly.  Dan will be cutting grass all day today since the sun is shining and it's not too hot.  Only suppose to reach 19 and there's really no humidity.  Perfect working conditions.


The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.

                                                                       Samuel Butler

June 18, 2014 - 8:08 a.m.

I started weeding the bedrock garden yesterday at 7:00 in the morning and by 9:00, had to put shorts on as it was a tad warm.  Stayed on the rock until it started to rain sometime around noon hour.  Rain it did.  We must have gotten a good two inches yesterday.  We didn't get any severe weather, thank God, but lots of rain.  Heard no thunder, saw no lightning and the wind never did materialize.  I think the water is still too cool to help generate the nasty storms.  I'm finishing the bedrock this morning and going from there.  Dan is helping Jim put another culvert in on Greening Bay Road.  We get so much water here in the spring, we want to direct it to ditches.  Sun is suppose to come out sometime today with a high of 22 but so far, it's overcast and damp.  Hopefully it'll be sunny for the rest of the week.


We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.

                                                                    Charles Caleb Colton

June 17, 2014 - 6:26 a.m.

Yesterday was beautiful once the rain clouds moved out.  It did get very humid and I'm expecting it to be even worse today.  I've already closed up the house to keep it cool and am lacing myself with bug spray and hitting the bedrock to weed as soon as I'm done my blog.  It's 16 degrees but once the sun is fully up, it feels like 38 up on the bedrock due to the heat it retains.  I suspect I'll only be able to weed until around 11:00 so pitter patter.  Cleaned a cottage and my car yesterday.  Dan was trimming trees.  I need to do the "delicate" pruning sometime this week.  Looks like we're in for some more rain later today.  Southern Ontario has severe weather warnings out for today so hopefully most of the dangerous weather will have peetered out before it hits here.  I did want to mention the fishing was excellent on the weekend.  Lots of walleye caught and some kept.  Marianne, from the park caught a nice 25 incher.  Most being caught right now are the 15 to 18 inchers or smaller. I suspect alot of the bigger ones have moved into deeper water already.  Also, from what I've been seeing lately, the Mallards are going to have a second batch this year.  LOL.


Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

                                                                Thomas Fuller

June 16, ,2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Hope all the dads out there enjoyed their day yesterday.  I never did make it back to the office to update my blog to give our wishes to you all.  Just got busy and time slipped away from me.  Did all the dead-heading and weeding in the gardens and pots and just seemed like I didn't stop all day.  Six of us headed over to Arthur's Fish Shack by boat later yesterday evening for a perch dinner and it was delicious.  Think we may just make that a weekly event as the perch comes from my old neck of the woods, namely Lake Erie.  It was a beautiful day yesterday, not too humid but nice and sunny with temps reaching around 25.  It rained during the nighttime hours and after stopping briefly, started again.  Looks like it'll be raining for most of the morning but due to clear.  Looks like a pretty good week coming our way.  I'm heading over to the cottage to clean since it's a perfect day for it.  Dan's pretty much stuck in the house today so am hoping he'll spend a little time putting a new ceiling fan together.  They're a pain and I started it but need a little more strength to get the screws in the grommets.  Hint, hint Dan the man.


It is always in season for old men to learn.


June 14, 2014 - 8:52 a.m.

As usual, the full moon last night brought in a cold front.  The wind started yesterday afternoon and is now just a wailing.  Temps dropped to 11 overnight but the humidity is completely gone and it feels really chilly.  I actually closed all the windows this morning and turned the heat on to warm up the house.  I've cleaned/tidied the house up and done a couple of loads of laundry and am now heading over to clean cottages.  I would just like to send a warning out to the fishermen using an example.  You have 4 fishermen in your boat.  Two caught 4 fish, 2 didn't get any so you've got your limit.  If you get pulled over by the MNR and they ask you who caught what, you all caught 2.  Some of our fishermen got fined this weekend (those that caught more than 2 were fined for fishing over the limit) as they were honest even though they didn't have over the amount allowed for the number of people.  The fine was hefty.  I would just like to say at this time.  Really?  MNR lets a handful of natives keep 70 walleye during the spawn and a few sport fishermen get fined for semantics.  Ppppffffttttt.


What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.  In the end there are no certain answers.

                                                                        Marina Horner

June 13, 2014 - 8:45 a.m.

Friday the 13th.  Should buy a lottery ticket.  Went to the specialist in Sudbury yesterday and she's going to operate on my wrist sometime in September.  Recovery  time is up to a month so hopefully I can get everything finished that needs doing prior to that.  After seeing the doctor, Trish and I went to Costco so I could stock up on supplies.  Stopped at at little place on the way home called "Neat Stuff" and it was fabulous.  Drove by there I don't know how many times so finally stopped in yesterday.  Great little place with some of everything from antiques to leather purses.  It's on the other side of Sturgeon Falls heading towards Sudbury.  If you're ever out for a drive, check it out.  Today I'm organzing what I bought yesterday, doing a quick house clean and then hoping to clean a cottage.  Suppose to rain this morning (which it did earlier), clear this afternoon and then another shower this evening.  That may change but it's very humid and low 20's.  Suppose to be a half decent weekend though.


A bull does not enjoy fame in two herds.

                                                                    Rhodesian Proverb

June 11, 2014 - 6:36 a.m.

She was a warm one yesterday.  Hit 26 here, likely warmer in town.  Was sunny and hot all day.  Got quite humid again but calling for showers this afternoon, evening and through tomorrow.  I worked on my badly neglected house all day.  That wasn't the intent as it was so nice out but once I got started, I just kept going.  Everything is in need of a good clean as the pollen and dust are quite high right now.  I didn't get the house completely finished so doing that today.  Dan and Mitch finished the picnic shelter although Dan is short on a couple of pieces (3 foot piece of the tin cap and a small piece of soffit).  He went to town late yesterday afternoon to get what's required to finish the job.  Nothing much more to report really other than fishing has been excellent and I still haven't gotten out there.


Put all thine eggs in one basket and - watch that basket.

                                                                    Mark Twain

June 10, 2014 - 7:13 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday.  The sun shone all day and temperatures rose to the low 20's but there was absolutely no humidity.  I think that'll change today as it didn't get n