May 24, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.
After three and a half days of patience and back breaking work, my bedrock garden is now pretty much finished. Just have to add a little mulch (ran out yesterday) and it's a done deal. Now we wait for lots of sun and a few showers to see the end result. Didn't do anything after I finished the garden yesterday except collaspe. My back was screaming at me so I just rested and was in bed early. Have a few things on my agenda this morning (clean car out, rake beach and rake around house) but won't be too upset if it doesn't all get done. I'd like to have a little fun today, possibly a boat ride but we'll see. Dan took it easy yesterday as well. He'd been burning both ends all week and was tired as well. We've a family of 2 adults and 6 gosling in Moose Creek but no ducklings just yet. They're still sitting on their nests but between the snapping turtles and pike, mortally rate is high on the poor wee ones. Was a pretty nice day yesterday but windy. Today is calmer and due to be warm (23) and sunny.
May 23, 2015 - 6:25 a.m.
I spent the entire day from 9:00 until around 4:30 in my bed rock garden. No lunch and got nearly everything finished and damn if we didn't get a frost overnight. What the heck? Went below zero even here last night but is suppose to warm up fairly quickly today and stay at normal seasonal temps for the rest of the week. I have to say, as cool as it was yesterday (only hit 7 degrees), it was perfect working weather. A light wind, some sun and zero bugs. I'm finishing the bedrock today and then praying for lots of warm sun. Suppose to reach 16 today and the lake is currently calm. Our fishermen weren't able to get out on the boat yesterday until early evening but they were happy as we still put them on fish. Our secret but suffice it to say, they did well. Dan was busy outside all day as well but didn't see much of him as he was all over the place. Hoping for some r&r this afternoon. I would like to say a big thank you to Laurie who emailed me thanking me for my blog updates. Glad to know I have faithful followers out there and as long as I do, I'll keep blogging!! :o)
May 22, 2015 - 6:53 a.m.
The first of our guests arrived last night for a nice fishing weekend but alas, the weather isn't cooperating. The cold front came through late yesterday and it was registering -1 in North Bay. We have a balmy 2 here but think we're getting some heat off Lake Nipissing. The winds are strong today so doubt anyone will be fishing until/if the winds die down. Worse case scenario, try in our bay this evening but I still think it's too early for the fish to have moved in just yet. We shall see. I tell you, the Victoria weekend coming early this year has certainly put a wrench into things. I zipped into town yesterday and bought some perennials then planted some of them in the afternoon. My main goal is to finish the bedrock garden as I envision it but going to take another day or two. Dan cut all the grass on the property yesterday and must say, things are looking beautiful. He also cleaned the bass boat and launched it, doing another today. At least the sun is shining so hopefully will help calm the wind. Blowing out of the north right now but suppose to veer south a bit later. Fingers crossed.
May 21, 2015 - 6:58 a.m.
Was a productive day yesterday. Was a little cool in the morning as it was still fairly windy but as the day progressed, so did the warmer temps. Only reached a high of 15 but it was beautiful for me working up on the bedrock garden as it tends to get too hot and buggy during the afternoon. I spent six hours weeding, digging things up and finally decided to dig up most of the wild grasses as they've taken over. Today I'm heading into town for more mulch, soil and perennials. Determined to get that garden under control and since it's still too early to do my annual gardens, might as well make the most of it. I'm still behind but catching up. Went down to 6 overnight and calling for frost with -2 tonight depending on which weather network you want to believe. Don't think we need worry this close to the water but may cover my new plants just as a precaution. Dan did some electrical yesterday (always something), cut grass, pulled the pontoon boat out of storage and organized the picnic shelter, which I am going to change when I have a few minutes. Lol.
May 20, 2015 - 7:00 a.m.
Seriously? We go from nearly 30 degrees on the weekend to -4 with the wind chill factor last night? Mother Nature needs to get back on her meds. Lol. Actually, since we are on the water, our temps only got down to +3 but it is extremely windy and coming straight out of the north. At least this weather is killing off the pesty little bugs. Was going to plant some perrenials yesterday but was concerned it would snow overnight as forecasted. I think they had a few little flurries on "the mountain" in North Bay but we didn't get any on the south shore. Dan wasn't able to retrieve our raft yesterday either as it was too windy. Doubt very much anyone but the brave and/or silly were fishing yesterday. They were biting pretty good on the weekend though. I puttered around the house yesterday catching up on some cleaning and laundry. Today, not sure what I'll be doing but am sure it will involve more cleaning unless the wind settles down and the lake calms.
May 19, 2015 - 6:08 a.m.
Sunday turned out to be "the day" for this long weekend. Was beautiful, sunny and warm all day. Larry and Trish took a group of 9 of us on their new tritoon boat for a day on the water. What a gorgeous fun-filled afternoon we had. Headed to the Manitou Islands, drifted for a bit and then went into South and Fish Bays. Came back around supper time and had a bbq. Yesterday early morning we had torrential downpours so water was everywhere and it got extremely muggy and buggy. Humidity disappeared overnight and much better working conditions today. Only going to a high of 12 today with showers this afternoon but calling for rain or snow overnight. Still haven't even begun to think about flower planting yet although I do have a few perrenials that need to be put in. Just nutty weather this spring. Hopefully things will turn around in the next few days. Back to cleaning this week. Dan's priority today is retrieving our wooden raft that got lose and ended up across the bay at our neighbours. He also needs to mark our channel. Lots of water but still sandbars to be aware of.
May 17, 2015 - 7:17 a.m.
Was kind of a yucky day yesterday but spent the majority of it outside anyway. Was very damp with light showers on and off and a little chilly. Had Reta, Alf and Paula for supper and then called it an early night. I was in bed by 9:30, up at 1:30 and again at 3 and finally got up around 6:00. Have some work this morning and then Larry and Trish are taking us, Reta, Paula and Alf on their brand spanking new tritoon boat for a maiden voyage this afternoon. Going to be a gorgeous sunny day with a high around 25. Very calm this morning so hopefully Lake Nipissing will cooperate and stay that way. Calling for thunderstorms early tomorrow morning so want to make the best of today!!
May 15, 2015 - 6:18 a.m.
Another long day for Dan and I yesterday but it was beautiful outside and perfect working weather. Hit around 17 and was sunny all day. Unfortunately I spent the bulk of it inside cleaning. Didn't get outside until about 4 o'clock when I did a little raking before calling it a day. Dan actually had to cut some grass for the first time this season. Between the sun and rain we've been experiencing, everything is growing quickly and all the greenery has popped. Since I'm all cleaned out for a couple of days, I'm heading to town first thing this morning to get supplies. There's plenty of outdoor work I could do but I really need to get to town as I've been too busy all week. We don't even have any staples left in the house and had to settle for "tube steak" (aka hotdogs) for supper last night. Not suppose to be all that nice weather wise today anyhow. Currently overcast and 6 degrees with 30% chance of showers. Hope not as I'd really like a fire tonight.
May 14, 2015 - 6:13 a.m.
Boy, just can't believe the May long weekend is nearly upon us. Where does the time go? Seems like just a couple of weeks ago we were running the ice fishing. Still have lots to do as we are a little behind but couldn't be helped. I'm not quite sure what Dan was up to yesterday as I was cleaning all day but I do know he never stopped. I petered out around 4:00 and called it a day. Didn't get the cottage completely done and will be back at it first thing but hoping I've only a couple of more hours cleaning. After that, I'm taking a break and concentrating on outdoor work. Was a beautiful day yesterday but cooler. Was sunny and a high of 14. Went down to near zero overnight but the sun is already shining and looks to be a gorgeous day. Unfortunately, with the northerly winds the past few days, some ice fishing debris has washed up on our beach. It'll take a while to get it all picked up but it's par for the course. I usually start planting on the May long weekend but not this year. Still too early.
May 13, 2015 - 6:08 a.m.
Although the weather sucked yesterday, both Dan and I accomplished what we set out to do. It rained on/off most of the day and as the winds switched direction and started coming in from the north, the temps dropped. Currently sitting at 2 in North Bay but it's registering 4 here so the air is colder than Lake Nipissing. At least the sun is finally shining. Let's hope it stays that way for the long weekend!! Dan worked outside all day yesterday, rain be damned, installing the new docks. By himself. Guess it's official. Dan IS a god. I don't know how he completes such amazing feats but I think it's a mixture of brains and brawn. No way I would have believed he could move the new finger docks on his own but he did. He also jacked up and reinforced some older docks that needed maintenance. Dear, I applaud you. My task yesterday wasn't near as daunting but I did manage to get the spring clean done on yet another cottage. I swear I'm getting too old to be crawling around under beds or spending several hours going up and down a ladder but then I prove myself wrong. Great deal of satisfaction, that. Dan needs to head into town this morning and I'm heading into another cottage. Another day in the life of a resort owner :o)
May 12, 2015 - 6:45 a.m.
We didn't get as much rain as forecasted overnight but we did get our fair share over the past 24 hours. Still overcast and still calling for more today/tonight though. Temperatures haven't dropped as quickly either. It's still 14 degrees here but due to drop to 8 this morning and down to just around zero overnight. Really? Where's our spring gone to? The weather hasn't affected the mating process if the seagulls are any indication. Lol. Doubt I'll be seeing that particular ritual anymore as the water has risen and covered any above-water sand bars so they won't be in front anymore. We've also had some wood ducks hanging around this year. Hardly ever see them on our property so they must be nesting in a tree nearby. Cool looking birds. Alot of the deer have taken off, as they usually do once the food source is plentiful again, which it is now. This rain just made everything pop and grow. The grass is green, the tree leaves are coming and our spring flowers are showing. Now all we need is some sweet sunshine!!
May 11, 2015 - 7:00 a.m.
Yesterday turned out to be quite miserable weather-wise although was perfect for what we were doing. The temperature had dropped considerably, it was overcast and sprinkled rain on and off for most of the day. Much like today as well with the high only being around 12-14 degrees. All those trees we had cut down needed to be cleaned up and since we had other priorities or the weather wasn't conducive, finally got 'er done yesterday. Working together as a team, Dan loaded all the big logs, I loaded the smaller ones and did the raking. Have a huge pile of brush though. Couldn't burn it all in a day, that's for sure. We'll ask the park tenants to pick at it over the course of the summer as it will make great kindling. Cutting down all those trees has certainly left us with enough wood for the season and likely beyond. Now there is the little matter of a beaver needing trapping. Just wreaking havoc on trees surrounding the park and along Moose Creek. I don't want to kill it, just relocate it. Something warranting my attention when I have time. Going to be raining for the next few days so I'm indoors spring cleaning cottages again. Certainly be glad when that's off my plate. Not sure what Dan's up to today but I hope it doesn't involved intense back labour as he was feeling it yesterday.
May 10, 2015 - 7:23 a.m.
Happy Mother's Day to all you ladies out there. Could be much better weather but hope you enjoy your day.
May 9, 2015 - 8:24 a.m.
Had just a beauty day yesterday. Temps actually hit 30 degrees celcius here and man was it muggy. I don't think we had one day all last summer that was as warm. It did bring out the bugs but that's part and parcel. We had a bit of a shower in the early evening but the real rain is due to hit us right shortly. Cold front coming through today and this is the warmest it'll be all day, which is 17. Had a fabulous girls night at Eadie's last night. So much food as usual but was lovely to be able to sit outside with no coats for a change. Dan and I put in a full days work yesterday but I'm vegging as much as possible today. Invited to Donna's for quiche this morning but we have a new trailer coming in so don't know that I'll be able to make it.
May 8, 2015 - 6:25 a.m.
It's certainly been a very busy week for both Dan and I. I spent a glorious day outside yesterday doing some gardening and planting. I even planted a cherry tree for Sab as it needed to get in the ground before the rain this weekend. Dan turned the water on to the park yesterday so this morning I need to get the public washrooms cleaned and organized. The one men's bathroom didn't fair too well this winter as all the paint is peeling. Fixing that will be a project for me when I'm caught up on everything else. Dan is nearly finished on the cottage renovation. Just needs to get the sink in and a new toilet installed, which he's doing today. Was like summer yesterday. Hit a high of 27 and only down to 14 overnight. Calling for much cooler temps next week and possibility of thunder storms and showers this afternoon and evening. Of course they are. Have my girls night tonight, we wouldn't want to be able to have a nice camp fire or anything this evening.
May 7, 2015 - 6:10 a.m.
Been a very busy past couple of days for Dan and I. Dan's been concentrating his energy on rebuilding or repairing docks. A lot of them took a beating this past winter, a few so badly he's had to completely rebuild from scratch. I've been doing the raking and bedrock garden. The garden was in rough shape by the end of the summer last year due to all the rain. I wasn't able to weed it as often as I would have liked and it looks like the grass has taken over and thrived. I bought a few more perennials yesterday while in town and was assured they could be planted right now. Hhhhmmmmmm. Going to try it but keeping my eye on the longterm forecast as the weather is suppose to turn considerably colder next week. Has been sunny in the mid 20's the past few days and noticed the black flies were out while raking up yesterday. Let them all come out this week so the cooler weather next kills them all off!! Lol. I believe Dan is going to turn the water on for the park today but I still think it's early. Although the park doesn't open until next weekend, everyone is biting at the bit to come in this weekend to clean their trailers so they can relax for the holiday weekend. We are so far behind this year just because the weather conditions didn't allow otherwise. It is what it is.
May 5, 2015 - 7:20 a.m.
We finally received some much needed rain yesterday. Had a nice shower late in the afternoon and then another bout of some good rain just at dusk. Could see the storm moving towards us over the lake and was really hoping for a light show but no thunder clouds appeared. I think it rained a little through the overnight hours as well but the sun is shining this morning. The rain did drop the temps and it dipped down to 3 overnight but suppose to hit 20 this afternoon which will green everything up. I've a little office work this morning and then I'm going to start hauling my summer things out of storage aka the public washrooms. I think Dan is turning the water on in the park tomorrow so needs to be able to get in there. Which means I'll be cleaning them Thursday. I made some hummingbird syrup yesterday so getting the feeders out today as I suspect they will be arriving shortly for the summer. In for a beautiful week!!
May 4, 2015 - 6:36 a.m.
Had a great weekend and the weather was beautiful. Actually hit 25 yesterday, was warm and sunny. Most of the ice is gone from Lake Nipissing, at least as far as we can see. Larry and Trish dropped over yesterday afternoon and brought supper with them from Danny's Pasta, which was fabulous. Had a nice visit and looking forward to the summer season in the park. Calling for thunderstorms today but unless they are pop ups, I don't see anything much on the radar. May get some rain today also. Could certainly use it.
May 2, 2015 - 6:41 a.m.
Eventful day yesterday with lots of work accomplished. Dan started pulling the boats out of storage as well as other equipment we had stored under the picnic shelter. He also hung a retractable awning on the picnic shelter as last year we found we needed the extra protection for large numbers of people. I finished cleaning (finally) a cottage and then did some yard work. After lunch Mike showed up and ended cutting down 7 birch trees, 1 maple, 1 poplar (which had a widow maker hung up on an ash which also had to go) and a good chunk of the huge maple we have next to the beach as it was blocking all the sun. For those of you who don't know what a widow maker is, it's when a huge portion of the top of an old tree breaks off and lands on another tree. A good wind or just gravity can bring it down unexpextedly and kill someone. Speaking of which, I did a boner move yesterday. Mike had cut of of the huge limbs on the beach maple but it was still intact. I zipped by to move my wheelbarrow and the limb chose that moment to break free. Just missed me and scared me witless. Of course Dan had something to say about that and women being on the jobsite. Lol. At any rate, lots of firewood for the summer and the maple we're keeping for the winter. Temperatures have been wonderful in the high teens and the sun has been shining. May get some badly needed showers overnight.
May 1, 2015 - 7:05 a.m.
Just finished feeding the deer. All 17 of them. Honestly I really want to stop feeding them in the morning but they actually lay in wait for me. Heard a loon in our bay this morning but have yet to spot it. I'm a little disappointed that the trumpeter swans didn't show up this year. That's the first time they haven't stopped to rest in Greening Bay in at least 10 years. I certainly hope they all survived the winter. I've a bit more cottage cleaning to do first thing and then I want to spend the beautiful afternoon coming our way, outdoors. The longterm looks just fantastic. Sun and warm temps. Long overdue. It hit 20 yesterday and Dan was doing property clean up all day. Larry and Trish are dropping in a little later this afternoon so when they get here, work will halt so we'd better get at it.
April 30, 2015 - 6:36 a.m.
Looks like May is going to bring some spring like weather as the temps look very promising for the week. Staying in the high teens, low 20's but not very much rain in the forecast. I still didn't get the cottage finished yesterday as I ran out of steam and am going to town today. Dan was outside all day mulching, gradimg the beach and generally doing property clean up. The cottage project is at a stand still until next Tuesday. Water in the lake is slowly rising and think the ice will all be gone in time for the opening May 24 weekend. Busy time of year for us but we are usually caught up by mid June.
April 29, 2015 - 7:28 a.m.
Just a beautiful day yesterday. Sunny and reached a high of 18. Too bad I was working inside yesterday. Talk about tedious work. Spring cleaning half of the double unit but was scrubbing the wood walls with murphy oil soap as I went. Needed to be done but man, what a lot of work. Pine throughout the cottage is wonderful but it needs maintenance, for sure. Saw my first lady bug yesterday and the spiders and various other bugs are starting to come out. Like we say in the North...you have winter and then bug season. Dan puttered around yesterday and then got his lawnmower out in the afternoon to mulch winter debris. I still think raking does a much better job, just more labour intensive. Calling for showers for the next few days but low percentage so doubt we'll get very much. We definitely could use some rain but after last summer, hope it's just periodic and during night time hours this year. One can hope!!
April 28, 2015 - 7:19 a.m.
Just finished feeding the deer. We have way too many this year with a steady 10-15 coming up every morning and evening. I realize once the season begins that most of them will move on to greener pastures so to speak but it is getting costly to feed them. Alf and Paula bring us up bags of corn from S.W. Ontario because it costs half of what they charge here. Sure like to rip us off in the North Bay area. Even gas is more expensive then any of the towns around us. Enough whining. Looks to be a gorgeous day today. The sun is shining and temps are suppose to be on the rise all week, hitting the high teens by the weekend. Showers possible tomorrow. Finally starting to dry up around here. Heard the frogs trilling last night and the pike have been spawning in Moose Creek so I guess that makes spring official. Mitch got the kitchen cupboards in the cottage mostly put together yesterday only to discover they ordered us the wrong doors. Dan ended up going into town to take them back, order the correct ones and pick up other things he needed. I tell you, when this cottage is finished, it's going to be beautiful. I'm spring cleaning the double unit again today and likely tomorrow as well. Be glad when it's off my plate as I'd rather be working outside. Has to be done as it is going to be occupied this Friday. Suck it up. Lol.
April 27, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.
Dan and I had a good day of work on Saturday. After 7 hours straight, Dan finally finished the varnishing in the cottage. I started cleaning the house around 7 in the morning and then raked where I could around the cottages until 3:00. Ground is still pretty wet in alot of places. As I was burning as I was raking, we ended up having a camp fire with some friends and neighbours. Wasn't a late night but Dan and I took the day off yesterday just to relax. We are starting to get those annoying calls again when the phone just rings twice then stops or it'll continue to ring but no one is there. We just wanted to relax and watch a couple of movies so I finally took the phone off the hook. Bell Canada says there is nothing they can do as the caller(s) showing as "private number". Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if it's Bell themselves trying to run our bill up. So annoying, especially when I was all comfy under the blankets with one of my cats. Lol. Today I'm starting the cottage spring cleaning and I believe Dan and Mitch are putting thr new cottage kitchen together. Good day for it as it's overcast with possible showers or wet snow and only around +2.
April 25, 2015 - 6:39 a.m.
OMG!!! I counted 17 deer up on the bedrock this morning and those are only the ones I could see. There were probably a few more hiding down in the evergreens. The herd seems to be getting bigger every day. Dan was talking to a neighbour yesterday who just recently bought a hobby farm down the road. He is raising lambs and a few babies were just born. Apparently it attracted coyotes and he had to shoot one of them as it was obviously after the babies and wouldn't spook off. I guess one of his horses also beat one of them up pretty badly. It's not easy to just shoot an animal. You have to contact the MNR, etc. Usually if you shoot one coyote, the pack will leave the area but the way the deer are gathering and staying close together, I'd say the coyotes are still around. Been an awful lot of cats gone missing in the neighbourhood and it was being blamed on a pair of fishers who have been spotted (I've seen them myself) but maybe that's not the case. Nature in all her glory. Yuck. Dan spent yesterday varnishing the cottage. Not sure how much I accomplished but I was going all day and didn't stop until around 6:00. Was overcast all day and never did get very warm. Temps only reached a high of 5 and down to -4 overnight. At least it's going to be sunny today and suppose to hit around 10. Not sure what is on our agenda today but hoping to get together with friends a little later on.
April 24, 2015 - 7:15 a.m.
Temperature only reached a high of +2 yesterday but at least we didn't get much more snow than what we woke up to. Currently -3 with a few very light flurries. Cold front going to stick around a few more days but the sun is due to come out tomorrow. Isn't there a song about that? Lol. The town run yesterday ended up being all about Dan. Lol. He was pleased. We hit pretty much all the lumber stores and priced some flooring for just the kitchen area of the cottage. Still haven't decided what, if anything, we are going to do. Dan's starting to run out of steam, which I'm surprised lasted this long. Our docks didn't survive the winter very well so Dan is going to need to spend some time on that project and time is a factor. We can always do the flooring once we get open for the season, things have slowed down, and time isn't such a factor. We also went to Canadian Tire and scooped a couple of flat screen smart tv's so now all the cottages are up-to-date. Anyone want a used tube tv? Have actually 3 to get rid of. Yours for the taking...
April 23, 2015 - 7:38 a.m.
Frig me. Woke up to snow this morning. Just enough to cover everything in white, but still. Cabin fever has officially set in. Lol. Temps right around zero this morning and suppose to dip to -6 overnight. Dan finished the wood yesterday while I finished the books. We are both going to town today. I need to do my usual run but we also need to pick up our new kitchen cupboards and some paint. Dan start the varnishing process in the cottage yesterday but it's tedious and time consuming so I'll likely give him a hand tomorrow. The deer were bedded down in the trees by the bedrock waiting for me this morning. As soon as I went out to feed them, a few came trotting down the road just like little puppy dogs. Can you say tame?
April 22, 2015 - 7:43 a.m.
The weather was rather poopy yesterday. It did get to a high of 10 but we had rain on/off all day and overnight. At least we didn't get any snow although it's still in the forecast. Dan and Mitch finished the cottage ceiling and all the trim then Dan finished the trim for the fireplace after supper last night. He's finishing the "cabinet" this morning and then everything needs varnishing. The pine we bought for this project is just beautiful and very smooth so he should be able to roll it on. I worked in the office all day and then made some awesome ribs for supper. I have a little more to do so will be in the office this morning. Plan to clean out my fridge and freezer after that. Need to get rid of some buried stuff that's been there through the winter. Yuck!! I don't throw anything out as there are enough critters around, it won't go to waste. Huge town run tomorrow so hopefully by Friday the weather will have inproved and I can get busy outside again.
April 21, 2015 - 7:44 a.m.
Neither Dan nor I slept well last night as we both woke up with achy joints. Don't think we are coming down with anything but old age. Lol. It's very damp right now as we received a good rain through the day and night yesterday. We actually watched the storm approach over the lake and although it could have gotten pretty nasty, it wasn't warm enough to fuel the cell. Had a couple of tailers in the clouds which usually signifies windy conditions approaching but it missed us. Just. The deer have been coming up every morning and night now. Once things warm up and green up, they won't need me for a food source so may just as well enjoy it while we can. A cat showed up on my bedroom window flower box last night. Was driving Grady nuts. I think he was up all night communicating with it. Dan and Mitch are getting back at it today. They worked on the ceiling for about 5 hours yesterday before their bodies started screaming for a break. I was in the office all day as I will be again today. The weather is going to be less than desirable all week. Calling for snow and/or flurries for the next 3 days as well as below zero night time temps. Pretty safe bet everyone in this area has had enough of old man winter. Time for him to take a long vacation. Lol.
April 20, 2015 - 7:37 a.m.
We had another beautiful day yesterday though still a tad chilly. It reached a high of close to 14 but the wind was brisk. Rain started sometime overnight and looks like it'll continue for a bit. Not a heavy rain but hopefully enough to get rid of the last of the winter snow. Greening Bay has opened up but still half full of ice. Need more rain and some milder temperatures to let nature do her work. Dan and Mitch are hoping to get the ceiling in the cottage started today but it is going to take a few days due to the tediousness and positions required to do the job. I imagine they will both be sore tomorrow after reaching over their heads all day. The new kitchen is due to arrive today but the boys won't be ready for it until a little later in the week. Me? Office work for the next few days. Sigh.
April 19, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.
It was bright and sunny yesterday but a tad chilly as we had a northern wind come through. Dan zipped into town for supplies and had a quick lunch at the tavern then came home and put the finishing touches on the cottage's new deck. I did some more outdoor work until I caught a chill. The temperature only got to a high of 8 and it went down to -3. Sunny again today so working outside again today once it warms up. Suppose to rain for a good part of next week but we need it to raise the water levels in Lake Nipissing. The Mergansers are back but I've yet to see the Trumpeter swans or the Osprey.
April 18, 2015 - 7:15 a.m.
It was such a beautiful day yesterday we both ended up working outside. Reached a high of 17 so Dan and Mitch started and completed the new deck on cottage 3 while I raked. Was great. All the critters were out and about so instead of music, we listened to the sounds of nature. This morning we had a few spits of rain but that was about it. Sun isn't fully up yet but it looks like once the clouds move out, we are going to have another nice day. I'm heading back to the office until it warms up and then I'd like to tackle some more raking. Property sure takes a beating during the winter months. It is going to turn cooler again after this evening so want to get as much done outdoors as I can.
April 17, 2015 - 7:49 a.m.
Thirteen deer again this morning. They'll likely stick around for a few weeks before heading elsewhere. We generally have a handful stick around indefinitely but they do thin out once the food source is back. We didn't get any rain as forecasted overnight but there is plenty of it in the long term. Low percentage so I'm thinking maybe a few sprinkles until Monday. I'm itching to start the property clean up but only when the sun is shining. There is plenty of indoor work to keep me busy. Dan and Mitch are making great progress with the cottage renovations. All the pine is up on the walls so just the ceiling and trim left. Both want a change of pace so they are building the new deck for the cottage today. It's overcast so won't be too warm. I'll be in the office for the day unless the sun comes out, which I hope it does. I bit the bullet and bought some pansies yesterday to add some colour at our house. So nice to see some flowers again. Temps were in the high teens yesterday and down to 7 overnight. Most of the snow is gone around the buildings were the sun can get at it but still lots around.
April 16, 2015 - 8:08 a.m.
Had a great day yesterday. The sun was shining but it was a tad cooler than it's been and only hit 7 degrees. Still melting snow though so that's a good thing. Calling for rain tonight which we can certainly use. Paula and Alf are leaving sometime today but not until I get back from town. Have a few errands. There were 13 deer up on the bedrock this morning so best be getting some more corn today. Fifteen years we've been here and last night we finally found a decent restaurant. Well, Larry and Trish found it and the 4 of us joined them for supper. It's called "Michael's On Main". I ordered chicken and ribs and brought home 3/4 of it. Dan had the fish, said it was the best he ever had. The portions are huge. It's in Sunridge so a bit of a drive but so worth it.
April 14, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.
What a nice day yesterday...until it started raining. Sun was out until early afternoon and it hit a high of 17. Showers were on and off during evening hours but the sun is out this morning. Down to 2 overnight and suppose to hit 11 today. All 7 of the local deer came back and are extremely hungry. Fed them twice yesterday and they were all back first thing this morning. Looks like I'll be picking up some more corn today. Paula and Alf made it up safely yesterday afternoon. We caught up, I made a nice dinner and all in bed fairly early. Must be getting old. Dan and Mitch picked up the lumber yesterday and after loading and unloading by hand, pretty much called it a day. Dan gave Mitch the day off as it was suppose to be raining today and doesn't want any sawing inside. Wouldn't be surprised if Dan doesn't get started today anyhow now that it's beautiful out. Paula and I are heading to town. Want to see if I can find some flooring somewhere on sale for the cottage kitchen. Have a few more errands as well.
April 13, 2015 - 8:03 a.m.
What a glorious day yesterday. Went to a high of +13 and was it beautiful. Five deer came up for feeding around supper time so they are back. Lots sighted the past few weeks so slowly moving back into the region. The robins, red polls and finches are also back. Was going to start on the books today but Alf called last night. I've had so much on my mind lately I completely forgot he and Paula are coming up today. I've lots of time to get my office stuff done so think I'm going to do a little more raking this morning. Although the sun is currently shining, we are getting some rain/freezing rain/snow this afternoon through tomorrow morning. May as well get outside and get some exercise while I'm able. Dan and Mitch are heading to South River right shortly to pick up the pine for the cottage. Likely take two trips and need to get it into the cottage before the rain comes.
April 12, 2015 - 10:13 a.m.
Yesterday turned out to be a nice day. Was overcast in the morning and then the sun came out although the wind was cool. I puttered around the house doing some laundry, cleaning an organizing until about 2:30 and then Dan and I headed over to Ginny's for a drink in the sun. Went out for supper afterwards and then home so an early night. Today is absolutely gorgeous!! Going to a high of around 14 and warming up quickly. Was going to do some bookwork but am now waiting until tomorrow as it's suppose to rain. Working outside today and seeing about doing some raking up on the bedrock. Won't be able to do alot as we still have some snow and ice but I'll do what I can. I can at least get all the seed shells picked up from the winter bird feeding. We were disappointed that they weren't able to stream the webcast yesterday for Sab but they put some very nice tributes on his sabstock.com website.
April 11, 2015 - 8:19 a.m.
Went into town yet again yesterday, found and ordered the new kitchen for the cottage. It'll be in a week Monday and Dan should be close to if not ready for it by then. He has a big job ahead of him pining the walls and ceiling but at least Mitchell is available to help him. I also did my grocery/house shopping and then zipped over to Mitch and Donna's briefly late afternoon. I really wanted to go to Sab's farewell today but we have potential customers (pre-arranged) dropping in today to view the property and discuss a possible rental. So unfortunately don't think I'll have time to make it to Pembroke by 2:00. However, I am going to watch the webcast they are running on http://www.sabstock.com Sad day. Weather turned from spring to winter again late yesterday afternoon. The winds came in like a hammer and if we did get any snow overnight, it's not evident. Temps dropped from 8 to around zero overnight and currently overcast but it's suppose to be sunny and warmer tomorrow. Still no robins.
April 10, 2015 - 7:24 a.m.
It is currently sitting at 7 degrees and a brief though weak thunderstorm went through a couple of hours ago. Been raining most of night. That's going to change to snow a little later today as the winds pick up and temperatures drop. We've a few more below zero nights ahead of us but looks promising for the weekend. Sunday anyhow. The marsh birds are all back as well as the doves but I've yet to see a robin on our property. I'm heading to town this morning to scout pricing for the new cottage kitchen, pick up a few groceries and a component cable. Since we aren't making the trek to Pembroke for Sab's funeral I would really like to watch some of it on the webcast they are streaming live. Was quite the well known/loved character in these neck of the woods and I'm thankful for his family there has been such an outpouring of love and support for him. He will definitely be missed.
April 9, 2015 - 8:05 a.m.
We got home yesterday afternoon around 2:30 after having a nice visit with Mike and Reta in Sudbury. As we were out of touch while there, we arrived home to the news that Peter Sabourin aka Sab had passed away on Tuesday night. He was an intrical part of the Northern Ontario music scene, famous in his own right and did alot of work with various charities. He played at our place a couple of times and never failed to get the crowd riled up. Sab was a friend and one of the first people we met when we moved here. Although he had been fighting cancer for many years, this is one battle he couldn't win. You'll be missed and may you now find some peace.
April 7, 2015 - 7:53 a.m.
Well glory be. I think this will be our first trip ever going to Sudbury and actually having somewhat decent weather. The temperature is a few degrees below zero but once the sun is fully up and shining it all her glory it'll hit, I'm guessing close to 10 today as a warm front is due in. I cleaned up the office yesterday. Been having problems with my printer. It was printing but blurring every 15th row or so. Wanted to see if I could fix it. Lmao, I picked it up and it was rattling big time. Took it outside, shook it upside down. The thing was full of deer corn. Have mice? Think so. At least we did. They must have started storing it in there in the late fall because Dan put poison down in November. I can't believe it was printing up until a few weeks ago. Gotta laugh though. Glad it was inexpensive because no way of fixing it now. Hopefully I can find a replacement at Costco. Dan decided to put insulation on the ceiling as well as the walls in the cottage he's working on. Did a great job so next winter we can flip the bird at Mother Nature when she hits us with the deep freeze. Our pine is in so will be picking it up as soon as we can. Still tons of ice on the lake as there have been lots of sleds and vehicles travelling on it. Dan still hasn't been able to pull our treeline up but should be able to later in the week with the warmer temps coming in.
April 6, 2015 - 8:42 a.m.
We had a very nice Easter dinner yesterday with just the two of us. The weather was lovely with the sun shining even if it didn't get much above zero. Had a few very light flurries in the morning but nothing like other areas of Ontario. Dan is heading to the lumber yard today and I'm doing a little organizing back in the shop and office, which are a mess. Need to do my books later this week and my desk is cluttered from "I'll clean that up later" syndrome. Going up to +5 today but don't think the sun will shine. Have an appointment in Sudbury tomorrow so am planning on a visit with Mike and Reta as well as a Costco run to load up on supplies.
April 5, 2015 - 8:40 a.m.
Happy Easter everyone. Hope you've all been able to spend some time with friends and family this holiday weekend. We received a tiny bit of snow overnight and this morning but the sun is out now and it's going to be fairly mild today so things will likely start melting again shortly. Went just above zero yesterday afternoon but the wind had a bite to it. Down ti -8 overnight. A few ducks showed up yesterday and was nice to watch all the various critters scrounging for food under my birdfeeders. Marty dropped in briefly to help us out with the last of the electrical in the cottage. Had quite a few unaccounted for wires so fixed that problem and made sure everything else worked. Dan and I went over to Mac's Grill for supper and then came home and watched a couple of movies. I'm making a nice ham, squash and scalloped potatoes for supper tonight. Going to be a quiet day for the most part.
April 4, 2015 - 8:31 a.m.
Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend. I ended up going to a girl's night on Thursday and had a great time. Dan went over to Mitch's after they put in a long day in the cottage. We were both home early and yesterday just vegged. Didn't do much at all. It hit a high of +13 on Thursday, which is the warmest it's been to date. Cold front came in Thursday night so temps down to -10 and still below zero yesterday. Down to -7 overnight last night. Didn't get up to look at the full moon, which I likely should have since I have the view and advantage of seeing it unencumbered. Suppose to be sunny all day today, which it currently is. Lots of critters around now. The geese and a few seagulls have been hanging around Moose Creek pretty steadily now. Haven't seen any ducks yet. Trumpeter swans should be making an appearance soon also. Lots of chipmunks and squirrels around as the babies have all come out after the long, long winter. A few fawns have been up but aren't coming steadily just yet. I believe Marty is dropping in today to help Dan with the last of the electrical in the cottage. He wired most of it but just needs some help with one of the panels. All of the insulation has been installed so now we wait for the lumber. Should be able to get the pine some time next week. I'm working in the office this week and then starting with the spring clean and painting that I'd like to do. Might as well as it's not nice enough to start the property clean up and think that'll be a few weeks yet.
April 2, 2015 - 8:20 a.m.
I hope everyone got through yesterday without any severe pranks pulled on them. Dan usually does something but because he's been so busy with the cottage I don't think he realized it was April Fools Day and I wasn't reminding him!! He and Mitch got all the electrical rewired except for the bit the electrician is doing. They also put all the strapping up. All they need to do today is the insulation and then we wait. Ordered the lumber for the pine walls and ceiling back in January but we can't get it for another week or so. I'm doing the house clean today including washing my filthy windows. It's mild out today, above zero and overcast so hopefully the windows outside won't be too cold. Might be pushing it though. Hit -2 yesterday and rose to +3 overnight. We did get a little freezing rain here but compared to other places think we dodged a bullet.
April 1, 2015 - 8:19 a.m.
Got everything done yesterday that I wanted to and then picked Grady up from his little adventure at the vets. He was pretty high and pretty quiet for the rest of the day but seems to be more himself today. Poor guy. Dan has the cottage completely gutted. Ran into a little problem with the ceiling as it wasn't initially built properly but he's since fixed it. He and Mitch are putting the strapping up today. I have to zip back into town to my accountant today, pick a few things up for Dan and think I'm going to wash my car. The full moon is doing a number on Dan and I because neither of us could sleep last night. I realize the full moon isn't until the 4th but it's a strong one and you wouldn't believe how bright it is at night already. Went down to -11 here overnight and calling for freezing rain changing to rain with temps rising to +2 overnight. What a hodge podge of weather we have been experiencing lately.
March 30, 2015 - 7:49 a.m.
Had a great time Saturday night at Ginny's party. Lots of fun had by all. Dan and I didn't do much yesterday though. Starting the cottage project today so Dan is going to be busy for the next few weeks. I'm cleaning house today and then starting my books/office work. I have to go to town tomorrow to take Grady to the vets and pick Craig up at the airport as Ginny is working. Few other errands as well so hoping the roads will be free of snow by then. We received yet another dumping yesterday and until a few minutes ago, was snowing still. Milder temps have brought the snow but not sure if colder temps is the lesser of two evils. Just want spring to come and stay. I think once the blood moon has come and gone our weather pattern should change. That's my theory anyhow.
March 28, 2015 - 7:34 a.m.
Would like to send out a big "Happy Birthday" to Ginny Baker on her 60th. Actually going to help her celebrate a little later today. Looking forward to it as the change of scenery will do both Dan and I a world of good. Would prefer the scenery be on a hot beach with palm trees and little umbrella drinks but we do what we can. Lol. We didn't do a whole lot yesterday. I emptied cottage #3 of everything that had to be moved so Dan can start gutting it next week. Dan went to the dump to get rid of some furniture from another cottage and then moved the large furniture items from #3 into one of the bedrooms to get it out of the way. My back is screaming just thinking about it. Dan is strong like bull. I use to be. Sucks to get old. Lol. The temperatures have been a bit much lately. Only reached -8 yesterday and down to -19 overnight but the sun is shining and warm front is due in this evening. With this colder-than-normal spring it's allowing us to get our renovations done because we certainly can't work outside!!!
March 27, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.
Guess what? It snowed here yesterday. Anybody else really really really sick of winter? Not going to warm up either. Hit -12 overnight, -27 with the wind chill. Come on. Blood moon next week isn't going to help the "bring on spring" cause either. It usually gets really cold during full moons but since a blood mood (as legend has it) is suppose to bring great change, hopefully this pertains to the weather. I did some cleaning yesterday, went to town for a few groceries and then had my back therapy appointment. Was pretty much toast after that. Was going to pick up Chinese food for supper and although the posted hours on the restaurant door indicated they were open, they weren't. According to the guy at the variety store next door, they rarely are open when they are suppose to be. How can anyone run a successful business like that? Obviously they can't. Dan did some plowing yesterday and tinkled around in the shop for a good part of the day. I'm starting to clear out cottage #3 today as Dan is starting the renos next week. Completely gutting the main room, putting in a new kitchen and putting pine up on the ceiling and walls. Should keep him out of my hair for a few weeks. Lol.
March 26, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.
Warm front came through yesterday. Went to a high of +8 and stayed above zero here overnight. Unfortunately we also received a good downpour of rain. Helped to get rid of some snow and has started Moose Creek running again but there is another cold front due again. I did my running yesterday and got most of my errands finished. While I was in town Dan took his tractor over to Mitch and Donna's to help move some snow. He went on ice also to check on things. Still can't get the treeline off but figures the next warm sunny day the stakes should be ready to pull up. Still quite a few huts on the ice and they have to be off by the 31st so suspect we'll see alot of action on the ice this weekend. Dan bombed around out there and quite a few of the huts are frozen in. Why do people let things get that bad? Good luck getting them out. Not an easy job!!
March 25, 2015 - 7:56 a.m.
Dan got home around 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon and he was bearing gifts. Gotta like that. He actually had the back of his truck plus a trailer he borrowed from Alfie chock full of stuff. We now have, amongst other things, new kayaks for the kids, a box grader, new seats for one our bass boats, new garden hoses and holders plus all the other things he bought at Costco. Good to know he didn't waste the trip by bringing home an empty trailer. Lol. Dan also brought the warm weather with him. We're showing it hit -15 overnight but temps are suppose to reach +5 this afternoon. Unfortunately it's also suppose to rain, snow or a mixture of both. I'm heading to town as I've a lot of errands to run. I'm hoping to be home by 2:00 or at least before the bad weather hits. In a way I hope it rains and gets rid of some of our snow. Dan still hasn't been able to get our treeline off and there are still huts on the ice. This is the last werkend to get the huts off. If they are still on past the 31st, charges can be laid.
March 24, 2015 - 8:49 a.m.
Just got off the phone with my hubby. He's leaving Erieau in about 30 minutes and heading home. Going to make a quick stop at Costco to pick up some children's kayaks if they have any. He saw them in the Windsor location but didn't have the right vehicle at the time. Long drive home for Dan but the sun should be shining the entire way. Was beautiful yesterday as well but the temperature only rose to -8. Went down to -20 again overnight but the haze is over our bay this morning so temps should rise quickly. Dan must be bringing the warm weather with him as the long term promises it to be warmer than it has been. Hopefully once we get through this week, the spring-like weather will stick around indefinitely.
March 23, 2015 - 8:27 a.m.
Another day, another night below -20. Sigh. So tired of this weather. Should have gone south (obviously). March 2015 aka the winter that never died. Calling for more snow this week also. Sigh. At least it is warming up quickly through the day time hours so venturing outside isn't too much of a hardship. Talked to Dan yesterday and he thinks he's heading home today. What on earth for? It's warmer where he is. I'm taking Grady to the vets today. Wanted to get him nutured but apparently the vet won't do it until he has his rabie shot. So, when I had him in previously for all his other for his shots I had indicated at that time I didn't want to give him his rabie shot as he's an indoor cat. So why didn't the vet tell me at that time since we discussed his nuturing. Another vet visit charge, that's why. Another day, another something to whine about. Grady is getting his rabit shot today and then nuturing likely next week some time. He's been wanting to get out (spring has sprung and so has his libido) so today, he's getting out, although not quite how he wanted. LOL. I'm doing some office work this afternoon when I get home and calling it a day. I'm trying to take as much time off this week as I can because I know when Dan gets home, we're right back into the thick of things. Lots of renovating we'd like to get done this year before the outdoor property clean up begins. Good year for it as I don't think the outdoor work will be starting any time soon.
March 21, 2015 - 7:53 a.m
The first day of spring came and went. Very mild with a high of +6 and some sun. Today, winter is back. Currently snowing pretty good (can't see our island in the bay) and it's hovering right around zero. Lots of snow melt yesterday and Moose Creek looked like it was starting to open up yesterday. Saw a pileated woodpecker on the tree yesterday, some finches, a couple of grackels and Canadian geese. Fed a chippie some peanuts a few minutes ago. I think the wildlife is as anxious for spring as I am. Winds are starting to pick up and think we're in for another nasty day. First of March did come in like a lamb so suspect it'll go out like a lion which means another few weeks of this.
March 20, 2015 - 7:40 a.m.
Oh the joy of sleeping in. I was actually up at just before 5 this morning, fed the cats and went back to bed. The blue jays finally insisted I get up. My company all arrived home safely yesterday while I vegged most of the day. With no apologies, I might add. I finished the cottage laundry and am cleaning the double unit this morning. Going to be a beautiful day today but only forecasted to hit high of +2. The sun is up and shining but calling for snow later this evening and overnight. Still have some cold weather in the long term but the above zero days and below zero nights is good for the sap running. Just might tap a few trees myself next week.
March 19, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.
Dan called yesterday and had arrived at his Mom and Dad's safely. He had hauled a boat trailer down for Doug and was picking up some new batteries for my golf cart while down visiting. Our girls night was a success but alas, the girls are heading home today. I'm going out for breakfast with them, doing a little grocery shopping and then coming home for some couch time. No more entertaining for a while. Going to take the weekend before I get into the spring cleaning mode. Temperature was -18 when I got up but it's going to around zero during day time highs. Read this morning they think there is little chance of flooding this spring because of the slow melt. Good news.
March 17, 2015 - 7:38 a.m.
Happy St. Patrick's day to everyone. Hope the luck of the Irish follows you around today. We were experiencing some beautiful weather for the past few days but a north wind came in like a hammer early this morning so with the wind chill factor it's pretty cold out today. A wack of us sat outside in the sweet sunshine Sunday afternoon and it was glorious. Yesterday Dan and Alf headed to Southern Ontario to drop off and pick up stuff. Just what we need...more stuff. Lol. The girls and I got our butts in gear and went shopping in North Bay yesterday and today I'm hosting girls night. Was hoping to be outside in the sun for awhile but it is not to be. The Canadian geese arrived yesterday but aren't sticking around here as there isn't any open water yet. We also saw a fairly large flock of ducks on Trout Lake yesterday during our travels. They were all huddled along the shore where there was a small opening of water. The fowl always arrive this time of year but I think it's still too early this time around.
March 15, 2015 - 8:16 a.m.
All our company arrived safely around 4:30 on Friday. We did bbq pork burgers for supper and a lot of catching up. Was a later night than expected but we had fun. Got up to very mild temps, had a big breakfast and then headed out to fish. Did well enough we are having a nice fry for brunch today. The only low point of the day was it rained all afternoon and made a slushy mess. Saw our first chipmunk yesterday afternoon. Think it came out of hibernation a tad early but maybe it knows something I don't!! Dan is taking the last hut off today and then hoping to head to Southern Ontario tomorrow. The girls are staying on for a few more days so we'll be able to polish up our domino skills. Only down to -2 overnight snd although it's currently overcast, sun is suppose to make an appearance today and most of the week. Nice.
March 13, 2015 - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome to this Friday the 13th. Going to be a lucky day. Should I fish? Hah, if only there was time....We had a couple of power surges here on Wednesday and unfortunately, they wiped out our link completely on our router. We've been without internet since last night as I had to buy a new router yesterday. I swear, if I was able, I'd go after Hydro for all the routers (this is #3) we've had to replace as well as coffeemakers and other small appliances. Not to