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

It was a very miserable day yesterday.  We had some rain and thunder but for the most part, it was just a drab dreary day.  However, we made the most of it.  Dan had some quiet time by himself while Lyn and I and a few other girls played dominoes in the cottage.  Was a great day for it although we were hoping the sun would make an appearance.  It tried but just couldn't break through the cloud cover.  I was hoping to do some outdoor work today but it's not looking too promisingly.  As a matter of fact, the forecast isn't very good for the entire week.

June 25, 2017 - 7:43 a.m.

Well the weather certainly isn't cooperating for Lyn's visit.  Liz and I met up with her in Toronto on Friday afternoon.  The 3 of us went to Luckee's restaurant next to the Soho in Toronto for supper and the meal was fantastic.  It is owned by Susur Lee who is a master chef and can be seen on a lot of the cooking reality shows.  Definitely  a Lynn recommend.  After supper we went to the Rogers Centre for the U2 concert.  The band didn't disappoint and we had a blast.  There were close to 50,000 people and the dome was open which was a blessing as it was it was very hot and humid in Toronto on Saturday.  When we got up yesterday morning, the sky were clear and blue, the air fresh and the humidity gone.  We headed back to North Bay with good weather but saw a shelf cloud just before the Katrina area and the skies opened up.  It was torrentially pouring at times, clear at others but we made it home safe and sound.  Dan looked after things while I was gone like the good man he is.  He checked in our guests so they were all settled in by the time I got home.  Today the weather isn't looking too promising.  It is currently only 12 degrees and calling for more showers with only a high of 16.  We need the sunny hot weather to return.  A few girls are coming over this afternoon and we are getting into a game of dominoes.  Might as well since the beach, swimming or boating is off the table for today.

June 23, 2017 - 6:15 a.m.

What an incredibly busy day for me yesterday.  Can't tell you what all I accomplished but I didn't stop and finally sat down around 8:00 last night.  Dan was running around all day as well and was even dumping firewood on the beach around dusk before he called it a day.  Just never stops around here.  I'm getting a little break as I am heading to Toronto today with my friend Liz and hooking up with another friend, Lyn (she is one of the ladies I travel with) and then we are all going to the U2 concert at the Rogers Centre this evening.  Heading home first thing tomorrow so hoping the traffic cooperates.  Lyn is coming back up north with us for a visit and flying home next Wednesday.  Really looking forward to the concert and bought the tickets ages ago so Dan will be doing our check-ins tomorrow.  Sounds like we are in for some weather today, whether in North Bay or Toronto.  We received quite a lot of rain here throughout the evening hours so now it's very muggy.  It's currently 18 and very overcast.  Hoping for some sunshine over the next few days!

June 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Oooo, I'm late this morning.  Dan and I both just got up a few minutes ago.  Another restless night for me and around 2:00 this morning another huge ruckus took place up on the bedrock and it was nasty.  A cat and either a raccoon or marten got into a huge fight.  I yelled out the window but they didn't quit so I got up and went outside.  Ended up getting on the golf cart and shining the lights on the area they were which finally broke up the fight.  They are probably both licking their wounds today.  Needless to say, it was likely 4:00 before I was able to sleep.  If this keeps up, I may need to sleep with my window closed.  Lol.  Have lots to do today as does Dan so hopefully things will go smoothly for us.  We had a beautiful day weather wise yesterday.  Temperatures perfect for me and the sun shone all day.  Today not so much.  We just had a very small and brief shower but they are calling for showers and thunderstorms to start around noon.  Since I'm cleaning the house and getting myself organized for the weekend, it's a good day to do so.

June 21, 2017 - 8:27 a.m.

Looks like it is shaping up to be a nice day.  It's a bit cool this morning at 14 degrees but that's because the wind is blowing from the north.  The sun is shining so what more do we need?  I had a very busy day yesterday as I did a lot of different things including readying cottages for check-ins, office work and I cleaned my car.  I don't know how so much pollen gets inside a car but mine was covered in it.  Not to mention dirt from all my flower purchases.  I've given up on trying to keep the house pollen free.  I saw a Marten passing through our property up by the house yesterday.  Didn't know we had one around but that could certainly explain the lack of chipmunks and such this year.  I think it went after some of the goslings in the wee hours this morning because the geese were sure making a fuss around 2:00 this morning.  I only heard the ruckus because I was still awake.  Sigh.  Going to be a long day.  Paula and I are heading to town for errands as soon as I get my butt in gear.  Dan and Alf worked on electrical upgrades in the park yesterday as we are fixing a few vacant lots for new tenants.  Dan has a couple of loads of sand coming this morning to help level them so am sure he'll be on the tractor today.

June 20, 2017 - 7:21 a.m.

It was windy for most of the day yesterday but not too windy.  Enough to drop tree seeds and spread pollen around but not stir up sand.  Pollen is certainly heavy right now and am hoping it's nearly over.  This dusting daily is getting on my nerves.  I cleaned some windows yesterday but think it's futile until the pollen eases.  I spent a good portion of my day on our website as we are redesigning it.  Times have changed so need to make it more user friendly for phones and tablets.  Might even be able to get an app but haven't gotten that far yet.  I am also trying to list our property on another site that took forever to set up and still don't see the listing this morning so expecting I'll be on the phone this morning.  Dan was busy outside all day.  He sure is a bugger to go.  Jack of trades and was doing odd jobs all day.  We had to leave the beautiful raft Dan built a few years ago inland as every time we put it out in the water, a storm comes up and washes it on shore.  No anchour to date has been able to hold it.  If our bay wasn't so shallow maybe it would stay anchored.  Instead, we put it back in the creek and now people are using it for a dock and sunbathing platform.  Guess it's better than firewood ;)  Have guests checking in this morning so need to get them organized first thing then I have a few things on my agenda before I settle down once again with the computer.

June 19, 2017 - 7:06 a.m.

We have a warm breeze blowing in this morning.  Lake Nipissing is very choppy and it's already 16 degrees but think we may get a little rain today.  I certainly hope not as we had enough yesterday.  I was really hoping to wash windows today.  The pollen has been so bad and even with the rain, it's still stuck to the windows.  Cloudy conditions are the best time to clean them so we'll see.  I'm not quite sure the pollen is completely done yet.  The rain we receive does yesterday, which we're figuring was nearly two inches, has greened everything back up.  Was starting g to get dry and dusty again.  Doesn't take long considering we have mostly sandy loam.  Still fighting the maple keys but they are nearly all down.  Lots have started growing all over the place.  I'm sure I'll be finding them all year.  Dan hadn't to bail the boats yesterday so that says lots.  At least the sun finally made an appearance late in the day making for a beautiful evening.

June 18, 2017 

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you Dads out there - hope the weather cooperates!

June 17, 2017 - 7:33 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday.  Hot and sunny with no wind and thankfully few bugs.  I worked outside all day doing some weeding, watering, etc.  I found a small nest of tent caterpillars on one of my flowering bushes which I hopefully destroyed.  Will check it this morning and see if I killed all the little suckers.  I just used water, vinegar and dish soap as I didn't want to use a harmful pesticide.  We have lots of pollinators this year so need to be careful.  I even saw one of those moths that look like hummingbirds yesterday.  It was loving my million bells plants. So cool to watch them.  Annie, Ginny, Donna and Mitchell dropped over later in the afternoon for a quick visit.  I was hoping the Snowbirds would fly over and put on a show for us but apparently it was mostly for the school kids yesterday and was earlier on. We did not hear a thing.  Today is the big show so we may possibly get a glance.  That said, the forecast is not too promising for the show.  It's beautiful right now but pretty overcast and they are calling for a thunderstorm this afternoon with prolonged showers to follow.  I'm going to take their word for it and not water my flowers so we shall see.  I did some watering yesterday but only where I planted wildflowers as they've sprouted.  Keeping the squirrels out of them is a bigger issue.

June 16, 2017 - 7:02 a.m.

Was a pretty good day yesterday.  The day was cloud covered and we had a brief shower that didn't produce much precipitation but that may be coming.  Calling for thunderstorms this afternoon but nothing on the radar so far.  The girls invited me to go to Sturgeon Falls on a little shopping excursion today but I declined as I have some things I'd like to get done.  I was outside most of the day yesterday so need to straighten my house first and foremost.  Once the sun comes out, if it comes out, I want to edge all my new hostas with cedar bark. Dan was busy all day and into the evening hours yesterday.  He was on the tractor and then the lawnmower.  Busy guy.  I just wish these maple keys would all come down at once as they sure make a mess.  Some of the people in the park told us yesterday the coyotes were just a howling the night before.  Glad I didn't hear them as I'm sure they were after the newborn fawns.  Some things I don't need to know.

June 15, 2017 - 6:41 a.m.

It was a lovely day yesterday.  Temperatures were around 23 and the sun shone all day so not too hot.  The red sky yesterday morning didn't produce any rain but we may not be so lucky today.  There is a front coming through which may produce a shower but Lake Nipissing is notorious for splitting storms so it could just miss us.  I can't believe I am saying this but we could use a sprinkle.  Seems like it's always too wet or too dry.  Dan had a busy day yesterday.  We had some gravel delivered for Greening Bay Road so he spent some time on the tractor spreading and grading.  Road is now pot hole free and he did a great job.  I worked outside for a bit and then spent a couple of hours on the computer on advertisement sites, had a late supper and went to bed.  I forgot to mention that Tuesday night, a deer had her baby in the field next to our road.  Wobbly little thing.  Please keep aware when driving in the area as most deer are likely all giving birth about now.

June 14, 2017 - 5:56 a.m.

Wow, it's a tad chilly this morning.  The north wind has certainly cooled things down overnight.  It's 11 degrees and very nippy but due to warm up quickly once the sun is fully up.  I looked at the forecast this morning which is stating sunny and high of 23 but it hasn't been updated so am not going by it.  The wind has shifted to the east and there was a red sky this morning so thinking we may be in for a shower today.  Guess we'll just have to wait and see.  Yesterday we finally got rid of the delapitated docks at the back of the property.  Nick came over with a friend and using his tractor, as it doesn't leave ruts, pulled them out.  Looks so much better with them gone but the ducks and turtles are sure missing them.  Apparently so is the resident muskrat as he use to go under them for protection.  I finally finished all my gardens yesterday, did some watering where needed and now can put down the mulch and do my pruning.  I need to zip to town briefly this morning so will get started as soon as I'm back.  We have gravel coming this morning for our road.  Needs a little bit after the winter and it's dry enough to spread now so Dan will be on his tractor this afternoon.  My lilac tree was covered in butterflies yesterday and the butterfly plants I put in last year are nearly in bloom.  Lots of pollinators around.  Now if all my wildflowers come up, I'll be a happy girl...

June 13, 2017 - 8:03 a.m.

Holy heat yesterday.  It was sunny for the most part but talk about uncomfortably hot.  I think the humidity is what did it.  Temps reached 28 but with the humidex factor they said it was 35.  Thankfully the north winds came in and cooled everything down overnight.  I went to town and had to make a little stop on Birchgrove.  What I thought was a small turtle on the road (they are active right now so please be careful not to hit them) turned out to be an injured finch.  It  must have been hit by a car just before I came along.  I held it in my hands as injured birds go into shock and can use your body warmth to pull out of it.  Poor thing took its last breath after about 5 minutes.  I thought it was going to be okay but c'est la vie.  I carried on and completed my errands only to come home to burned up flowers.  Seriously?  After all the rain we had, the poor things couldn't take the heat apparently.  We were supposed to get some showers today but it looks like the north wind is keeping everything below us.  I'm definitely working outdoors today as the conditions are wonderful and that will now include watering what flowers I didn't get to yesterday.  Dan cut some grass again yesterday and has been trying to keep up with all the maple keys with his leaf blower but it's a daily chore right now.  They will come down when they are good and ready.  Red came up last night with her adopted fawn so although they were separated for a few days, are back together again.  I have checkouts today and fishing has been excellent this spring so our guests are leaving with happy faces.

June 12, 2017 - 7:47 a.m.

It was quite the scorcher yesterday.  Not quite the hottest day we've had this year but very close at 28 degrees and it was extremely humid.  The sun beating down very early in the morning I opted not to work up on the bedrock as planned.  I was tired yesterday so decided to take a day of rest, which I did.  Dan did also and I guess we're allowed once in a while.  I watched a good movie with the fan blowing on me.  A thunderstorm rolled through just before the sun set.  I've never seen cloud formation the way it was last night.  Pretty eerie looking to say the least.  We had two boats out when the storm was coming in so Dan was freaking because the lightning was all around us but they weren't far and came into the harbour just as it started to rain.  Dan forgets with them being out on the water, could probably see the whole front and when the system was going to hit.  I am going to town today as I have some errands to run.  They are calling for a high of 27 with possibility of thunderstorms again today.  If it hasn't hit by the time I get home, I'm going to get the seed down on the bedrock.  I should be finished all my yard work by the end of the week and then I can get started on piddly little jobs such as staining/painting.

June 11, 2017 - 7:33 a.m.

Another glorious day yesterday.  Just love that no one can complain about the weather these days.  It hit a high of 25 and was sunny most of the day.  Had a tiny shower late in the day which was negligible and didn't interfere with Debbie's afternoon social.  I started working in the garden around 8:00 and didn't stop until I had everything done that I wanted to get done yesterday, which was until around 1:30.  I was working away and came to a spot in the bedrock that has a little indentation.  Lo and behold, there was the beginning of a wasp's nest.  I sat and watched for a few minutes as there was only one wasp working on the hive, which was about the circumference of a toonie.  It took a few minutes for me to realize the wasp(s) where working on it for a few minutes and then leaving for a bit and coming back, one at a time.  They must need something from nature (water or nectar perhaps) for their saliva to produce the material for the hive.  Nature just amazes me.  At any rate, I had to destroy the hive obviously and the wasps were understandably quite upset.  Not in my garden, sorry.  While weeding, I also found a shed deer antler where I normally dump the pulled weeds.  I'm going to search for the other one today as I only had a quick look yesterday.  It was in an area where the deer occasionally bed down close to the house when predators are in the area.  I also know which buck it came from as I recognize the antler so glad to know he is still around and survived the hunt last fall.  Debbie was a great hostess yesterday afternoon and it was lots of fun.  I guess it is time for me to have a get together.  As soon as all our mandatory work is done Dan and I will take a turn hosting.  

June 10, 217 - 7:49 a.m.

We have certainly been blessed with great weather of late.  Another gorgeous day yesterday once the morning clouds burned off.  I spent a solid five hours up on the bedrock weeding yesterday and boy did I feel it.  I think I was in bed by 10:00.  Would have been sooner if the sun didn't set so late this time of year as it's still bright at that time of night.  The full moon didn't help either but seems I didn't have a problem falling asleep like I normally do.  I'm heading out to do a repeat right shortly as I didn't get everything done yesterday.  Suppose to reach 25 today so it is going to get warm early.  Our guests did great fishing yesterday.  Caught a 28.5" walleye right off the point so they have finally started to come into the bay.  Dan did his usual running around yesterday, doing his best.  We are invited to an afternoon social today so am hoping to get at least all the weeding done today.  I still have some transplanting to do as well and I'd like to add soil and throw some wildflower seed down.  I do need to take some time for some fun though and today looks to be a great day to do it.  I can always finish tomorrow :)

June 9, 2017 - 7:32 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday.  We registered 23 degrees here by the water but am quite sure it was warmed inland.  We are in for another glorious day today.  Having a miniscule shower right now but it'll be over in a few minutes.  It's actually spitting down by the marina but not at our house.  Dan was out on the water yesterday moving our harbour posts now that the water levels have somewhat levelled out.  With the higher than usual water levels, I don't think people will have a problem navigating this year.  I spent the day up on the bedrock.  What a task.  I did get one side weeded and seeded and then put the deer mesh back up until such time as the wildflowers start to grow.  Today I'm tackling the other side although I'm not sure just how much I'll get finished.  Annie and Craig dropped in for a brief visit last night and then Dan and I had a late supper which was basically just a hamburger.

June 8, 2017 - 7:22 a.m.

I think the full moon tomorrow night has helped us turn a corner from the rainy season straight into summer!  It was absolutely gorgeous out yesterday.  Nothing but sun and a high of 23.  The flowers loved it.  Lots more sun in the forecast for the next week and today is suppose to be even warmer than yesterday.  Dan cut all the grass on the entire property yesterday including weed eating.  He took a lunch and supper break and finished around 9:00 last night.  He basically skinned the soil because he is so sick of cutting and with all the sun coming, should only have to start cutting once a week now.  There is still so much moisture in the ground it should stay nice and green.  I worked on a cottage yesterday and then did some weeding.  The deer actually walked up on one of the cottage decks and chewed the tops off all my flowers taking all the colour but they'll come back, just might take awhile.  I've put blood meal down now so hopefully that'll be the one and only time.  I then started on the dreaded bedrock.  So glad I let it grow longer than usual this year before weeding or I would have pulled some things I wanted.  Could only weed the bedrock for a couple of hours as I didn't get to it until later in the day when it is at it hottest up on the rock so getting at it first thing this morning.  I'm only good doing that sort of back breaking work for about 4 hours.  We had a bit of a dramatic moment last night.  Dan came tearing up to the house in his golf cart to scare a couple of Canadian goose off the front lawn as he doesn't want the poop all over the place.  He didn't see the 4 tiny babies that were with them.  They were all in front of the stone breakwall and one of the poor little ones fell in between the rocks, got lodged and couldn't free itself.  Lynn to the rescue.  Mom and Dad actually got airborne at me until they realized I was trying to help.  I got a hold of it, pulled it up and immediately put it in the water while Mom and Dad watched.  Even at that young age (these were perhaps 2 weeks old) it knew enough to swim under water to escape.  The gosling was reunited with its family and off they went.  Feeding on the grass in front of the house for a few weeks isn't going to hurt anything.  The young ones aren't old/big enough to feed off the bottom of the water so they instinctually go for grass at the water's edge.  I asked Dan to give them a few weeks until they are bigger before chasing them off.  Geesh.

June 7, 2017 - 8:02 a.m.

Yippee!!  The sun is shining this morning.  It actually came out around 4:00 yesterday and every critter on the property appreciated it.  The birds were singing and the geese had all their babies out front picking at our beautifully green grass.  Looking at the long term forecast we have plenty of sun coming our way for the next week with temperatures in the mid to high 20's.  I say it's about darn time.  I noticed a couple of days ago that Red came up without her adopted fawn.  The following night, the fawn came up without Red and last night Red was back, fawnless.  I think they've somehow gotten separated and can't find each other.  Hopefully tonight as they will likely both be out and about since the weather is so beautiful.  Dan and I are both working outside for the most part today.  I have a few indoor things to do but am getting out as soon as I'm able...for the rest of the week.  Hopefully this weather will warm the water enough to go swimming.  Kids have already been in but a little too chilly for me just yet.

June 6, 2017 - 5:39 a.m.

Nothing like being awoken at 4:00 in the morning by the sound of an animal screaming.  Whether it was being tortured, killed or mating remains to be seen.  Don't know what kind of animal is was either.  Could have been a raccoon or a weasel but it definitely wasn't a bird or cat.  Sleeping with a fan going wasn't able to block out the noise and it was too difficult to get back to sleep so here I am.  I finally gave up the ghost around 5:00 when it started to pour and it is still raining.  Apparently we will have another rain day but the sun is due for most of the rest of the week.  I certainly hope we are turning a corner and the rainy season ends tomorrow.  I didn't get a lot accomplished yesterday because frankly, I just didn't feel like going outside in the rain.  Today I have some work to do this morning and am then heading to town for a luncheon meeting.  Hope I last that long.  Lol.

June 5, 2017 - 7:16 a.m.

It is currently 12 degrees and raining.  Again.  Yesterday we had some heavy rain, showers and a few breaks in between.  Neither of us did very much.  I did some laundry and watched some old movies on Turner's Classics for the most part.  The park was very quiet so think everyone had the same idea.  They are calling for thunderstorms possibly today and tomorrow but the good part is sun for the rest of the week.  If this keeps up I may need to replace a few flowers that have gotten too much water but will see what happens.  Poor Dan is having a hard time keeping up with the grass but I guess that's what happens when you fertilize and then have plenty of rain.  I bet the golf course grounds are doing great this year.  Today is a work day so I'll be spending it in the cottages.  I'm hoping Dan replaces the spark plugs on our pontoon today because when the sun finally comes out, I want to get on the boat.  Let's get this summer started!

June 4, 2017 - 8:15 a.m.

Good morning!  At least it was when I got up at 5:00.  We had a beautiful sunrise this morning as it was gloriously red.  I took a few pictures, fed the cats and went back to bed.  Sure enough get up a few hours later and we have a wee rain shower happening.  Had a great day yesterday so I guess that's some consolation.  Paula and I went to the Farmers Market first thing in the morning.  The vendors didn't have a large selection of vegetables just yet but we did buy a few things.  We then headed to other shopping and decided to try the new restaurant "Quesadas" for lunch.  It is a Mexican food chain that originated in Toronto, I believe.  It's exactly like Subway except instead of subs, you build your own tacos or burritos.  It was very fresh and very good.  Whoever runs these restaurants is doing it right.  Very skimpy condiment portions so there is no waste and if you want more you have to pay for it.  When Dan ran his restaurant in another life that was always his biggest complaint.  The food cost was all in the condiments.  Quesadas is definitely worth checking out if you'd like a quick lunch and like fresh tacos.  After lunch, paula and I came home and played dominoes out on our deck in the sun and then I made a wonderful (if I do say so myself) rib dinner for the 4 of us.  Had some fresh from the market swiss chard and leaf lettuce salad.  Was so good.  Most of us called it an early night but Dan went back and visited in the park.  I'm going to do some indoor cottage work today, or not.  Nothing urgent needs my attention so I just may have a lazy-read-my-book day.

June 3, 2017 - 7:20 a.m.

The weather yesterday was cool, windy and overcast with a few seconds of sunshine.  I worked outside most of the day and got all  of the gardens planted and finished.  Now I wait.  I see sprouts of wildflowers coming up but between the rain and critters burying peanuts, will need to wait and see what and how everything comes up.  The sun is shining this morning and it's due to hit 21 today but very cool breeze so it likely won't hit that until much later today.  Showers moving in late this evening but truly hoping not as we had one late last night.  Paula and I are heading to the Farmers Market this morning.  Shooting for 8:30 but I'm not rushing around.  I woke up with a swollen eye today where some bug opted to feast on my eyelid last night.  No makeup for me today.  Lol.  The pollen seems to have slowed down around here but then the pine trees haven't started yet.  That'll come later this month.  Our deepest condolences to the families of the two who died in the plane crash on Highway 11 by Bracebridge yesterday.  Tragic.

June 2, 2017 - 7:39 a.m.

We certainly won't be seeing many, if any, boats on the water today.  The wind was nasty yesterday, slowed down around supper time but has picked up again.  It's  a cold wind so temperatures are only around the 10 degree mark and it's overcast.  I didn't work outside yesterday because of the wind and the fact the spot I wanted to work was directly in the path of it.  Same today but I may give it a shot.  Upside is there are no annoying bugs.  Lake Nipissing, when she starts to blow, can do so for days and looking at the long term, that is what the forecast says.  At least it is suppose to be sunny and warmer tomorrow.  Dan and Alf putz'd around yesterday and went to town for a bit.  Since a new tenant is having a deck for the trailer built, which started yesterday, it was a spectator sport and everyone was watching.  Nothing like having an audience to critique your work.  Lol.

June 1, 2017 - 7:55 a.m.

Hard to believe it's June already but bring on the heat!  It's currently 10 degrees here with sun and cloud mix and the wind is blowing off the lake making it a bit rough for boats this morning.  Good outdoor working weather though, which I will be doing right shortly.  I peetered out yesterday and took a break around 1:30 and that was that.  Have some heavy lifting and digging to do today so just as well I gave myself some R&R time yesterday.  Dan got all the grass cut yesterday so it looks like Greening Bay again.  The hay field growing out by the road was finally able to get a trim.  It had been too wet recently so Dan cut it as soon as he was able but still managed to get soakers.  The pollen this year is unbelievable, especially the birch and poplar trees.  The white stuff is flying around and so thick it looks like it's snowing.  Even the bay was white with it before the wind picked up.  The geese have had their goslings out in the bay the past couple of days and saw two families swim by first thing this morning.  The babies are getting big enough now the turtles should leave them alone but not before there were already a few fatalities.  The squirrels and ravens have been after the black bird nests for a week now.  We have a robin nesting in our picnic shelter as we did last year.  The babies reached maturity so hopefully nothing will find the nest this year either.  Yes, nature is alive and well.  Now if the weather would just cooperate a bit more ;)

May 31, 2017 - 8:40 a.m.

I had a great day yesterday and spent the majority of it outside.  Planting, of course.  I truly don't know what I was thinking making all these gardens but it is what it is.  Dan kept busy and also cut all the grass.  I think he wishes now that he wouldn't have fertilized it quite so much, especially with the rain we have been getting because it is growing at an alarming rate.  Looks awesome though.  The long term forecast looks pretty promising with lots of sun so hopefully we have turned a corner and the rainy season is behind us.  We did have a brief shower go through this morning but there is nothing more showing on the radar so it is hopeful the sun will burn off the current cloud cover quickly.  Little cooler than yesterday but that makes for good working weather.  I am seeing the end of the rainbow so should be fairly caught up by the end of the week.  I do have some "office work" to tend to this morning and am then heading outdoors.  I noticed yesterday that my lilac tree blossoms are coming along nicely and should be fragrant by the end of the week IF the sun continues.  Yes, nature is coming along nicely and June promises to be a great month.

May 30, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

Sorry I'm late this morning.  I had a hard time getting to sleep and as I was just starting to drift off around 2:30 this morning I heard a ruckus outside the bedroom window.  Got up and saw a couple of raccoons trying to get into my bird/deer feed container.  Since it's steel, they were a little noisy.  I chased them off and put a couple of rocks on top of the container so they couldn't open it.  I actually had one sitting right in the container one time with the lid closed while it helped itself to all the peanuts.  Little buggers.  Yesterday we saw a little sun after the torrential downpour from the night before.  We also had a brief storm rush through around supper time but it didn't drop much rain at all, thankfully.  I ran to town and purchased what I hope is the very last of my flowers and am planting them as the weather allows.  Should be good to go this morning for a bit.  There is a little cloud cover but nothing currently showing on the radar.  Not suppose to reach the 20's like yesterday either as the front yesterday cooled things off but it is quite pleasant this morning.  Alf changed the brakes on Dan's truck yesterday as they were in pretty rough shape.  Dan had to move a new trailer in with his tractor as the truck that was suppose to was too heavy for the soft ground and his truck indisposed.  Hoping the forecast is accurate as there is quite a bit of sun due this week.  We really need to dry things up and turn the heat on!

May 29, 2017 - 7:56 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday.  I did some more planting in the morning, just wildflowers and by noon it was pretty warm so hopped in the shower and then on the boat.  First voyage of the season.  Paula and Alf came with us and we toured down to Callander Bay, had a late lunch/early supper at Lulu's.  We could certainly see how high the water levels are this year.  There were a lot of barrels holding docks in place and rocks that are usually showing above the water are submerged this year.  Noticed there were a few marker buoys out of place also.  The sailboats were out racing yesterday so that was nice to see.  I was going to finish up my wildflower gardens this morning but it's raining again.  Love how green everything is this year but the rain can slow down anytime.  Need to dry things up and hot weather to come in.  Temps this weekend were decent though in the low 20's.

May 28, 2017 - 7:32 a.m.

What an absolutely perfectly wonderful day yesterday.  Couldn't ask for better weather.  The sun was shining and it hit 21 degrees.  Lake Nipissing was as calm as could be.  Sadly, we didn't get out on the boat but hopefully today.  I was going to plant the last of my wildflowers and ended up digging up and transplanting my very kind neighbour's peonies.  There were 8 in total and doesn't sound like much but it was a job.  I put them all down at the marina and am hoping they all take but we shall see.  They looked pretty sick by the time I was done.  I also found out that the rescue kitten I took to All Heart Rescue this week aborted two kittens the day after I dropped her off.  Good thing as she wasn't healthy enough to carry them.  She is eating well and doing okay but understandably very scared.  I hope she makes it and is adopted out.  This morning I am getting the wildflowers planted and then all I have left to do next week are a few bedding plants and the bedrock garden, which will be a huge job.  I'm getting there but it is certainly taking me longer to do certain tasks than days of yore.  Need to remember I'm not 21 anymore.  Lol.  Sun is up and shining, some very light clouds and the lake like a window pane this morning so had better get moving if we want to get on the boat.

May 27, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.

We lucked out and didn't see much rain at all yesterday.  A few minor sprinkles here and there but it was dry for the most part.  We even had a bit of a sunset last night.  I spent the entire day giving my entire house a good bath, including washing the floors and windows.  Still a few windows to do but I want to paint when I pull them apart to clean so that didn't happen.  Dan spent the day on the tractor putting gravel down on the roadway in the trailer park.  Alf helped him out by raking and then he and Paula joined us for a nice BBQ supper.  I basically kicked everyone out around 9:00 because I was tired so Dan was back in the park visiting until the wee hours.  Of course I couldn't sleep and was still up at 3:00 this morning but it is what it is.  The sun is shining brightly this morning and we have beautiful blue skies.  The Goldeneye ducks are currently out front doing their comical mating dance so I'm being entertained this morning.  I'm doing some more work outside today and then hoping to relax for a bit.  I can plan my day all I want but it never seems to work out as scheduled so see how it goes...

May 26, 2017 - 8:21 a.m.

Apparently we are in for some sun today, finally.  I'll believe it when I see it.  It rained ALL day yesterday.  Oh we had a few breaks here and there but they didn't last long and it was still raining when I went to bed.  This morning it is overcast but thin cloud cover so hopefully this system will burn off as the sun gets warmer.  Yesterday was pretty much a write off for me but well worth it.  We had a stray kitten show up here a bit ago but we were hoping it would take off.  It looked like a drop off or was lost and Wednesday night, the poor thing was sitting right outside our door.  When I went outside, it ran under a gap we have in the door to a storage shed next to our house.  The poor thing was so thin I caved and fed it.  Yesterday, late morning, I went to get the live trap out of our storage shed and lo and behold, the kitten was still in the shed and the poor thing hopped right into my arms.  I think it had gotten to the point "either this nice lady is going to save me or kill me but I'm taking a chance".  I gave it some food, loved it up and put it I need my cat carrier.  Paula and I then took a drive to All Heart Pet Rescue in Powassan and they were kind enough to take it in.  They do good things for abandoned and neglected animals so hopefully this cat will find a loving forever home once it gets healthy again.  It would certainly make someone an awesome pet.  Today I am hoping for no interruptions so that I can get a few things done.  My house is a mess so that some first on the agenda.  If it isn't raining this afternoon and the bugs are tolderable, I'm getting the rest of my wildflowers planted.  I have some sprouting up in other locations so I'm saying a little pray to the flower gods that they produce beautiful flowers this year.

May 25, 2017 - 8:08 a.m.

We lucked out yesterday and didn't get any rain except for a small, short-live during shower in the morning.  I worked outside for most of the day while Donna and Maureen did some cleaning for me.  Dan of course was busy doing what he does.  He cut grass all day and then headed over to Donna and Mitchell's after supper with his tractor as they needed some dirt moved.  It is currently raining and look so like it will be for most of the day so I'm house cleaning and doing laundry.  If I can get outside I will but it's highly doubtful as the current weather system is coming straight up and over us.  Calling for sun tomorrow and Saturday so hopefully we are in for a good weekend and may get out on the boat.

May 24, 2017 - 6:45 a.m.

As Marilyn pointed out to me last night, I missed yesterday's blog so my apologies.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  It was a beautiful sun shiny day yesterday with temps reaching 19 but because of the rain on the weekend, it brought the mosquitos out in droves.  Could have carried a person away at dusk last night.  Our screen doors had hundreds of the pesky critters on them trying to get in.  We definitely need some major heat to get rid of the little suckers.  I did some errands yesterday and Paula came along for the ride since I really haven't seen much of her since the park opened.  I picked up some more flowers to plant today if the rain holds off.  They are calling for showers but it looks like they may miss the south shore and stay north.  That can certainly change easily enough.  It is currently overcast with sun on the horizon but it rose red this morning.  There are a few fishermen out this morning but the fish really haven't come on just yet, at least in our bay.  Another week or two and they should be coming into the shallows.  Donna and Maureen are coming in this morning to help me out with the cottage cleaning so hopefully the day goes smoothly for us all.

May 22, 2017 - 7:53 a.m.

Boy oh boy did we get a lot of rain yesterday.  Torrentially at times.  The lake level was finally coming down but I think it's likely right back up where it was again.  At least the temperatures weren't too cold.  It's currently 14 and overcast so wasn't the best of long weekend weather we've ever had.  Not many boats out fishing either.  Had one boat at our point last night, brave or stupid souls, I don't know but it was surely a very wet fishing excursion for them.  Dan was attacked by either allergies or a cold yesterday and because the pollen is pretty thick right now, I'm guessing allergies.  He took some meds and slept most of the day.  It was certainly quiet around the property yesterday as no one could really venture outside for long.  The heat and rain this week has at least brought out all the tree leaves and the perennials are certainly liking it also.  I'm not seeing as many keys on the maple trees as usual so hope that signifies a dry summer and we're getting most of our rain now.  Whatever happened to the nice evening showers and gentle overnight thunderstorms I remember from my childhood?  Nowadays the term "when it rains, it pours" aptly applies.

May 21, 2017 - 7:47 a.m.

We had a beautiful if cool day yesterday which is a good thing because there is nothing but rain in the forecast for the next 4-5 days.  We are currently experiencing light showers with heavier rain on the way.  The water levels are starting to recede on Nipissing so not liking the long term forecast.  At least the temperatures are going to remain more seasonal for the next week.  It only went down to 11 overnight. Not quite sure how the fishermen did yesterday and there really weren't many boats on the lake.  We thought about going out but I think it's too early in the season for good fishing just yet.  The water needs to warm up.  I worked outside until around 2:00 yesterday and considering I was hauling dirt, that was enough.  Likely won't be doing much today due to the weather but I'm sure both Dan and I could use a quiet day.

May 20, 2017 - 6:55 a.m.

We had a great kick off to the summer yesterday.  It was rather cool at only 10 degrees but the sun was shining all day.  Dan and I went to the Soomer's around 3:00 and had a great visit, great food and a great time.  Unfortunately, sleepiness won over and we were home by 8:00ish.  I just vegged for a bit with PBS on the telly while Dan went back in the park for a visit with Alf and Larry.  Tougher skin than I because it was pretty chilly, even with a campfire.  Was fine during the day when the sun was out to warm me but not after dark.  Temperatures went down to 1.5 overnight, below freezing in North Bay so I'm happy I covered all my bedding plants last night.  It's suppose to be warmer today at 17 and the sun is already bright.  I'm going to do a little more planting (wildflowers again - from seed) this morning.  At least just until I get tired of hauling soil.  We are due to have showers tomorrow and quite a bit more this upcoming week so good time to get seeds in the ground.  We may not have as much colour this year until July but when all the wildflowers bloom, it's going to be gorgeous.  At least that's the plan.  Going to be a chilly day on the water for the opening of the fishing season but I'm pretty sure that's not going to stop any of the more avid anglers.  

May 19, 2017 - 8:09 a.m.

Yep, the cold front came in yesterday.  Slowly, thank God.  We were prepared for a hammer of wind but think the storm peetered out further south.  I did a town run in the morning and then worked outside when I got home.  At least for as long as I could stand it before the bugs carried me off.  The black flies and mosquitos were bad yesterday but am willingly to bet they are all gone today.  We didn't get much rain, only a little lightning and the temperatures dropped from 26 to 18 in about an hour.  Right before dusk, the wind really picked up and that's when you could really feel the cold front.  It went to 3 degrees here overnight and it's starting to warm up slightly but still overcast.  The sun is suppose to come out and looks like it's trying.  I put all my flower pots and hanging baskets in the shop last night and will pull them out in a bit.  I'm not going to put them all back where they belong until tomorrow when the weather will be a little warmer and the wind has died down.  I go through this every year but have so much planting to do it takes a few weeks.  I think regardless of the cooler temps, it is going to be a beautiful day.  We are actually going to a sausage social this afternoon at Donna and Mitchell's.  They are serving sausage on a bun and everyone is bringing potluck.  Should be fun but hope they have a campfire going.  Lol.

May 18, 2017 - 6:43 a.m.

I forget sometimes just how blessed Dan and I are to live on such a beautiful little piece of the planet.  Woke up early this morning in time to catch a bit of the sunrise before the clouds came in.  So very quiet with nature just starting to wake up and Lake Nipissing gently lapping on the shore,  just beautiful.  Too bad it isn't going to last today.  It hit 27 here yesterday so I was planting all day.  Dan never stopped but again, couldn't tell you exactly what he did.  I know he did some grass cutting because in the early afternoon I had to point out the fact that his belt had slipped.  The property is coming along nicely but we've a way to go yet.  I have another appointment in town at 11:00 this morning but think I'd best get all my flower pots inside before I leave.  It is currently 17 and going to the mid 20's but a cold front is going to hammer us this afternoon and temperatures are due to drop around the freezing mark tonight.  Just the one night of cold apparently but we go from leaving the house open all night with the fan on to having to turn on the heat the next.  So glad it isn't going to last because everything wants and needs the heat now.  And the sunshine...

May 17, 2017 - 7:25 a.m.

Wow what glorious weather we are having.  Although yesterday was a "t-shirt on, sweater on, sweater off, sweater back on" sort of day by the lake and it was mostly overcast, it was a rather nice day.  Temps stayed around 15 degrees overnight and it's suppose to hit 25 today which I've no doubt because I can feel it already.  Having our coffee on the deck is a wonderful thing.  Yesterday I got back from town around noon, skipped lunch and got right into planting.  Bugs were a nuisance but not so bad as to be detrimental.  I'm carrying on with planting today but will likely need to cover some plants tomorrow night when the cold front comes through.  At least we'll have a couple of wonderfully summer-like days before that happens.  Donna and Maureen are coming in to clean cottages for me today.  I can't  believe I use to do everything myself but guess that's what happens when you get older and slow down.  Speaking of, poor Dan hurt his back lifting a boat engine (by himself) so really needs to watch how he lifts things these days.  He has a lot of his "opening day" work nearly finished but there is still a lot to do.  Always maintenance projects going on but we like to get things done by mid-June so we can enjoy the nice weather.

May 16, 2017 - 7:16 a.m.

Another productive day for Dan and I yesterday and what a beautiful day is was.  Not exactly sure what the temperatures went to but think around 15 degrees.  The sun was shining and the black flies were out which was the only downfall.  They are just starting to bite but for the most part, hovered around my face just enough to be irritating.  I managed to get several pots and planters finished but have a long way to go yet.  It's the prepping that takes the time as I have to dig out and replace last year's soil.  I need to zip into town this morning as I have a meeting and need to pick up the window box flowers so I can plant them this afternoon.  That is if it doesn't rain.  It's currently overcast but calling for some sun and a high of 21 today.  The hummingbirds are back and that's how I usually determine when it's safe to plant but the way the weather has been of late, I may need to cover my plants with a sheet a few times to avoid frost.  Nothing I haven't done before.  I'd rather do that than have to be planting in June when the boating weather begins :)  Speaking of which...Dan was able to get a few boats in the water yesterday with no issues and went for his first ride of the season.  He didn't go far as he was just testing to make sure everything ran smoothly.  We're good to go so far.  There has been quite a bit of erosion on the shoreline of our entire bay.  I saw yesterday how neighbours on both sides of us have damage.  Nature takes what nature wants and there's isn't a thing we can do about it.

May 14, 2017 - 8:24 a.m.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommys out there.  Hope you all get to kick your feet up.  We had a nice little shower roll through sometime during the overnight hours but it seems to be clearing and looks like the sun may even come out.  Dan and I both had a productive day yesterday.  Dan did a bunch of piddly little jobs and also helped people in the park haul their belongings in as the park is still a tad wet for vehicles.  I planted all the hostas I dug up Friday and was able to divide the plants into 20 little ones.  I just hope they all root and thrive.  I then went and cleaned and prepped the planter out at Birchgrove and then planted wildflowers.  I'm so happy we had a rain shower as I don't really have the means to water "gently" at that location.  I also had to do some paint touch ups on the signage there so was a contortionist for a bit.  All in all, we put in a good day's work.  Nick came over and cut up some docks we are removing so had to strip down and crawl into the creek to do it.  As Dan doesn't have a boat in the water just yet, the pieces of dock were free floating and Margie (neighbour) already called this morning to say one is caught up on her shoreline.  Needless to say Dan is launching a boat today to retrieve and secure them until he can pull them all out of the water.  We are going to use them in strategic places, such as wet areas on our forest trails.  I'd also like to use one for a "turtle ramp".  I've found several turtles on their backs (none dead thankfully) from the rough creek bank terrain being too steep for them to safely get back into the water after laying their eggs on shore. Whatever we decide, we certainly aren't going to waste them as they are in good condition.  It's just with the frequent water level changes, it's no longer conducive to have docks in that particular location. 

May 13, 2017 - 7:47 a.m.

I tried to sleep in this morning but Dan was banging around like a baby elephant so was up by 6:45.  So glad it was overcast last night because the full moon was bright even with the cloud cover.  I've lots to do today and most of it will depend on the weather.  It's currently overcast but the showers have held off so far.  I need to plant all the hostas I dug up yesterday at Marc's.  Basically just two plants but they are big enough to make 20 if I so wish.  I need at least 10.  Also bought some hanging baskets so need to transplant them into bigger ones if I want them to thrive all summer.  They are beautiful and it will be nice to seesome flowers around here.  Just need to make sure they go back into the shop if a frost warning goes up.  I also really need to get our road planter finished as the perennials are up and I'm adding dirt and wildflowers.  I'm doing cottage laundry as well.  I'm not showering this morning a Sunday the black flies are out.  More likely I'll be showering in bug spray.  Theyll be a nuisance when I start digging but thankfully they aren't really bad here because Dan keeps everything nicely manicured; bush walks are over for the season.  Had a few people in the park yesterday getting things organized but doubt many more will come out this weekend with the forecast being such as it is.  Frankly I think it's a perfect weekend for trailer cleaning and organizing.  Otherwise youd want to be outside and nothing would get done.  At least the temps are decently.  It hit 15 yesterday and only down to around 10 overnight.  T-shirt weather!!

May 12, 2017 - 6:45 a.m.

Dan and I had a pretty busy day yesterday.  I worked until 2:30, mostly cleaning and then had to zip into town.  At least the public bathrooms are ready for use.  Dan emptied and dismantled our dilapidated quonset hut which was only standing by the grace of God.  The poor thing collapsed ages ago from too much snow load.  It was quite the eye soar and was on the agenda to tear down.  Yesterday was the day Dan decided it had to go.  We are accumulating quite the junk pile but have a gentleman coming to pick up a lot of it on Monday.  It's amazing how much stuff wears out, isn't needed anymore or has worn out its usefulness.  We do a major sweep every few years when things start to pile up so it's definitely time.  I've my teeth cleaning appointment at the dentist this morning so am heading to town and then heading to a friend's in North Bay to dig up some hostas that need dividing.  I've a few places I'd like to put them on the property but it'll depend on how many I'm able to bring home.  Should save me a few bucks at any rate.  I hope the weather holds because it is currently overcast and not that warm at 5 degrees. Calling for showers today and noticed they've changed the forecast yet again.  I just wish we could have a solid week of sunshine to get the growing season moving along. 

May 11, 2017 - 7:55 a.m.

It was a pretty nice day yesterday.  The sun was shining and it hit 11 degrees so not quite as warm as forecasted.  I think, looking at the radar, we are in for a brief shower this morning.  It couldn't dissipate but if it doesn't, I don't think it will last long.  Glad I worked outside yesterday.  I managed to get all the debris from the high water and wave action cleaned up so the beach looks great again.  We had placed some dead head logs along the shoreline of the beach to help with erosion but they are all exposed again so see if we can cover them again once the water recedes.  It's very high along the shores of Moose Creek but that should also reced once this rainy season is done.  They changed the forecast once again for this week.  There is a tad more rain in the forecast so hopefully that will change again.  We had some more trees "pop" again yesterday so more sun will help bring out the rest of the leaves.

May 10, 2017 - 7:54 a.m.

Well now, this is more like it!  The sweet sun is shining brightly this morning and looks to be a glorious day.  Amazing how much the sun just puts a smile on your face and improves your mood.  We had about 5 minutes of sun yesterday and even had some flurries but for the most part, it was overcast.  Temps are suppose to hit 14 today so much better outdoor working weather.  I was going to clean the public washrooms yesterday but it was just too cold.  There is no heat in those bathrooms so going to be a tad chilly if anyone wants a shower.  Guess that's why they have bathrooms in trailers.  Lol.  Lake Nipissing has calmed right done with hardly a ripple today so I hope to rake up all the debris left behind from the constant wave action over the past 4-5 days.  There is also tree buds everywhere on the grounds so I'm going out on a limb and saying Dan will be busy with the leaf blower today.  The sun coming our way for the next week should make the leaves all pop.  I noticed yesterday some were out along our road the closer you got to Birchgrove so they will likely all be out by the end of this week.

May 9, 2017 - 8:35 a.m.

A tad late updating this morning but it's all good.  Looks like we finally have some decent weather heading our way.  Well, better than it's been.  Sun is trying to make an appearance and there isn't any precipitation showing on the radar but that doesn't mean it won't change.  Sun is suppose to be around for the next few days so hopefully that will help dry things up.  Double digits too so hopefully it'll warmup from the current +3.  At least being by the lake will keep our temperatures above zero.  I went to town for major errands yesterday and ended up filling my car with dirt and cedar mulch.  Am hoping to start getting my gardens ready for planting sometime this week; when it warms up.  I'm not buying as many annuals as I usually do because I'm planting wild flowers for the pollinators this year.  They will take a while to grow from seed this summer but next year they'll come up on their own in good time.  Dan turned the water on in the park as people will start arriving this weekend.  Didn't have any problems other than one leaky faucet so I'm good to get the public bathrooms ready to go.  Will likely do that today since the weather isn't the greatest for working outside.  One of the yearling deer came up last night with injuries.  Looks like something's tried to get her as she had two chunks out of her shoulder blade Area as well as an injury her leg.  She was doing okay but I'm willing to guess she just made it out alive and another one likely didn't.  I wish the coyotes would move out of this area but I guess they need to go where the food is.  Such nasty animals.

May 8, 2017 - 7:06 a.m.

The long term forecast is looking a little better for this week now.  Going to be overcast for the next two days but then sunshine coming our way with warmer temperatures for the rest of the week.  At least one can hope.  I'm thinking we may just get a summer like Alberta had last summer but certainly hope not.  Lake Nipissing water levels are about as high as they can get but there are presently no flood warnings.  The water is still spilling over our breakwall and I went out and picked up some garbage that washed ashore yesterday.  Still lots of natural debris to deal with but I'm waiting for a nice day.  Besides, if the wind picks up again, there will be more to wash up.  The trailer park is due to open this weekend and don't have a clue how that's going to go.  The grounds are saturated and puddled which means Dan will have to block it off so no cars until things dry up a bit.  If any of you are planning on coming out this weekend, I would suggest you bring your rubber boots.  We still haven't turned the water on to the cottages or park but hoping to a little later in the week.  I know everyone is antsy to get in to clean and organize their trailers for the following long weekend but we can't help what Mother Nature is throwing our way.  I get the distinct feeling she's laughing at us about now.  I thought we were going to be ahead of the game this year but the recent weather has certainly put a wrench in things.  It is what it is and we'll get caught up eventually.  All we need right now is sunshine!!

May 7, 2017 - 7:09 a.m.

It was about as miserable as it can get yesterday.  It rained all day into the evening hours before changing to snow just after the wind started.  It is still blowing out of the north around 60 km/hr and the high water levels with the combined wind are causing erosion.  The waves have been crashing over our breakwall since yesterday so the longer this wind lasts, t