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April 20, 2014 - 7:11 a.m.

Happy Easter everyone!!  Hope you all have a great day.  The weather isn't the greatest today.  It's currently overcast and hovering just above zero.  Suppose to get up to +12 but doesn't look like the sun's going to come out for us.  Was sunny and high of 10 yesterday.  I did a bit of work in the morning and then headed to town for some shopping.  Couldn't get to town this week due to illness so had to wait until yesterday and wish I would have stayed home.  Had to go to Walmart and the place was nuts.  Only like going there first thing in the mornings during a week day.  Today, Dan and I are having the neighbour friends over for an impromptu Easter dinner.  Was hoping we'd be able to sit outside around a fire but that really doesn't look promising.  Dan's mom called last night on her way to St. Maartens with her sister and friend.  Lucky woman.  Wish I was going...


If you can't believe in God the chances are your God is too small.

                                                                  J.B. Phillips

April 19, 2014 - 7:09 a.m.

Was a beautiful day for the most part yesterday.  Did some light cleaning in the morning and then Dan and I headed over to Donna and Mitchell's and sat around the fire in the sweet sunshine all afternoon.  Had a great visit, as it's been awhile and then Ginny and Craig dropped over.  Dave was with them and we would like to welcom him to the "hood".  Dave just purchased a piece of property pretty much adjacent to us and is going to start building his new home in June.  How exciting.  Great group of people living around us for sure.  I'm pretty much recovered now although still having a little difficulty with the eating part.  I could stand to lose a few pounds anyhow.  LOL.  Doing some more cleaning this morning and then heading into town.  Definitely getting some deer corn as they have us waiting on them morning, noon, and night at the moment.  Can't say that I blame them.  Looks like they're making the rounds in the neighbourhood and will continue to do so until spring provides the proper nourishment, which is very slow in coming.  Grass is still brown and I've not seen anything really budding just yet.  Apparently the sap isn't even running very well and Dan and I aren't going to bother making syrup this year.  I'm itching to start with the raking as the property is a mess right now (at least by our standards) but even that's going to be at least another week or two.  We normally have all that finished by now.  Definintely going to be a slow start to our season this year.  Not sure what the temps reached yesterday but guessing around 10.  Was gorgeous sitting in the sun though chilly when cloud covered her up.  Sunny this morning, only suppose to reach a high of 6.  Am hoping it'll be sunny tomorrow so we can sit outside again.  Having the gang over for Easter dinner if I can get my butt in gear.  Weather permitting, we'll get another fire going, for sure.


Show me a good gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure.

                                                                   Knute Rockne

April 18, 2014 - 7:24 a.m.

Was a somewhat nice day out yesterday.  Sun was in and out for most of the day and was quite mild.  Currently overcast but the sun is suppose to come out later this morning and hit around +7.  Still, they're calling for showers with a possibility of flurries (really?) overnight but am hoping if we get anything, it'll be rain.  Lots of rain coming our way over the next 4-5 days so won't be doing much outside yet again.  I'm definitely on the mend although still pretty weak and light-headed but that's to be expected I guess.  Was able to eat some solid food (besides pudding and soup) yesterday so that's a good thing.  Man, what a virus.  I haven't felt sick like that in years.  From what I'm hearing, alot of people are getting it.  Whatever "it" is.  I'm going to pick at the housecleaning this morning and going to try to get the last of the frozen in decorations put away (no, still haven't been able to) but will have to leave some cords until all the snow is gone as I can't yank them out of the frozen snow.  Most of our snow is gone around the buildings but still piles of frozen stuff where it had fallen off the roofs or been plowed into piles.  Park is still snow covered although some bare patches here and there.  Lots of standing water around also.  Have seen a few chippies around so they've probably been driven out of their homes due to water saturation but are already busy collecting food.  Deer are definitely hanging around and are up on the rock constantly throughout the day.  We know they're "our" deer as they aren't afraid of us in the least.  Looks to be about 8 of them, all doe and fawns except for one buck that we've seen.  If I'm up to it this afternoon, going to get together with the neighbours for a bit.  Have a bit of the cabin fever and would really like to get out and about for a change.


Character is a long-standing habit.


April 17, 2014 - 8:26 a.m.

Sorry I haven't updated lately but honestly, I've been one sick little girl.  Fever started last Saturday, got progressively worse and didn't subside until late Tuesday night.  Take about painful aches!!  Then there was the extreme nausea to which I couldn't even keep water down, never mind food  Nasty virus and not necessarily the flu but there are some many different variations around, who knows what I caught or from where.  I'm on the mend though but it's been a big battle.  I was going to get my bookwork done this week but it'll just have to wait a bit longer.  We were experiencing very spring-like weather on the weekend and then, as with most of Ontario, the temps dropped April 15th due to the full moon and brought about 4-5 inches of snow and -15 degree weather.  I'm so tired of this crap, enough already.  One good thing, the deer showed up on Sunday looking pretty scruffy but fairly healthy.  Considerng what a long winter it's been for them, they seem to have fared pretty well.  They are certainly hungry though.  All the birds are back so the poor chickadees are being given the bum's rush by the red winged blackbirds.  Such agressive, greedy creatures not to mention noisy.  Love the chickadees, can do without the marsh birds.  Bluejays still around and the robins are all back.  Lots of waterfowl residing in Moose Creek right now as there still isn't alot of open water on Lake Nipissing.  We are going to be so far behind in the property clean up this year and I'm betting I'm not able to plant flowers until at least mid-June this year.  Hard to tell what kind of summer we're going to have but I'm guessing we aren't going to get alot of rain once it does arrive.  Just for interest sake, you'll recall my discussing poachers in the area who shot a few deer right on our road a couple of years ago...well two poachers from Nipissing Village were caught and charged.  They are not able to hunt for 6 years and received a fine of $2500.  Frankly, I don't think the penalty fits the crime.


All I want is a little more than I'll ever get.

                                                                                 Ashley Brilliant

April 11, 2014 - 10:26 a.m.

Beauty day today!!  Was going to continue my bookwork but just too nice.  Calling for poopy weather to come in early next week so will safe it for then.  I did manage to get some of it done yesterday while Dan looked after the installation of some roof gutters over our deck area.  It's useless to put them everywhere as they just get knock off with the snow load but we're going to try over the deck and see what the hey.  Cleaning house this morning and then heading outside.  Still have some decorations encrusted in snow but at least now I can get at the tree and decorations on my deck.  Won't be doing that next year as the thing as been iced in since December and looks really stupid in April.  LOL  I think Dan and I may head into town later on this afternoon.  We're on the hunt for new beach chairs but considering the conditions we endure between the blazing sun and high winds, they have to be practical as chairs are not cheap.  The adirondack chairs we've been using don't stand up to the weather so have to find an alternative.  Got to a high of 12 yesterday and down to just above zero overnight.  Calling for a high of 8 today but think it'll surpass that.


To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.

                                                                           George MacDonald

April 9, 2014 - 10:04 a.m.

Was a beautiful morning today.  Received some rain yesterday but it cleared up in the late afternoon and had a wonderful sunset last night.  Got to around +6 and suppose to be quite nice for the rest of the week.  Sun's shining so can't ask for more than that.  Managed to finish of the wardrobe reorganizing for Dan and I yesterday.  Today I had a few things to do this morning and am now stuck in the office doing bookwork until around 1:00.  Heading into town today to get a tattoo.  Wanted to get one when I turned 50 but never saw one I liked.  Finally found something and designed it to my liking so I'm going for it.  It's in honour of my Mom as well as encompassing all that I am as it's the only tat I'm ever going to get.  Wish me luck!!


When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

                                                                           Mark Twain

April 8, 2014 - 7:20 a.m.

Last few days have been beautiful.  Highs of +10 and upward with plenty of sun but down to just around freezing at night.  Definitely getting a slow melt right now, which is exactly what we need.  Geese, a few Mallards and lots of seagulls taking advantage of what little water is available on Lake Nipissing.  We have one of the few bays that opens before the others due to Moose Creek run off.  Saw a chipmunk the other day also and the black birds have started to arrive.  Tad early but nature knows so think the worse of the winter is behind us.  Zipped into town quickly yesterday, checked on the neighbours and basically did nothing else.  Can't really do much right now and it's going to be a long while before we're able to get to the property clean up.  Only have a few patches of grass showing in spots and the park is still completely buried in snow.  Currently raining so will compact the snow even more but still.  I'm itching to get into the sun and do some outdoor work.  Few more weeks by the looks of things (at least).  Have a few things in the house to do on my agenda for today.  Dan and i both have a case of the lazies so think I'm going to start the morning with a workout.  Honestly, I don't know how people can retire if they've nothing to do to keep themselves active.  Boredom sets in pretty quickly...


Two weeks is about the ideal length of time to retire.

                                                                         Alex Comfort

April 6, 2014 - 8:32 a.m.

Winter returned yesterday.  Had blowing snow although it did get just above freezing by the end of the day.  Geesh, I'm so sick of it, as I'm sure everyone else is as well.  At least those living further south have grass peaking out.  We're still buried in the white stuff.  It is going to be beautiful today though.  Temps suppose to hit around +10 and it's currently calm and sunny.  Our bay started to open up in the past few days as Moose Creek has finally started to run.  The geese and seagulls have been hanging around as I'm sure there isn't much open water in the area.  I realize we need a slow melt this year but can certainly due without any more winter weather.  I started going through my drawers and closets yesterday and have a pile of clothes to discard.  Things I don't like, want or just don't fit anymore.  Time for another girls night as most of it gets "handed down".  Going to finish that up once I get back from the neighbours.  Looking after their house/cat while they are enjoying a warmer clime.  I know we just got back from Florida but next year, the destination is going to be where the weather is guaranteed!!  And yes, I'd like some cheese with that whine.  LOL


The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

                                                                 Marc Chagall

April 4, 2014 - 7:53 a.m.

Good day yesterday.  Got a bit of sunshine and the temps were pretty mild.  Didn't get overly cold overnight but did drop just below zero.  Calling for high of +5 today with rain and possibly snow mix later this evening.  Moose Creek started flowing yesterday so won't be long before it opens up our bay.  May take longer than usual but it'll happen.  Seagulls and Canadian geese are around but not able to get any nourishment from the water just yet.  At least they're able to drink something.  I got caught up on the bills and office work yesterday and then headed to town to get some groceries since there weren't a whole lot in the house.  Nice to have an empty clean fridge once in awhile :o)  Dan got the tree line off yesterday, all but one peg which he thinks is buried in the sand as its the closest one to the beach.  If he can't get it, it'll just wash ashore so no biggie.  Today is house cleaning day for me as I need to sort out my warm weather clothes.  Might be jumping the gun a bit but since they're all out from the trip, kill two birds, one stone.  Good day for it since there's not much to do outside today.


Still, there is a calm, pure harmony, and music inside of me.

                                                                                 Vincent van Gogh

April 3, 2014 - 7:30 a.m.

Dan and I are back from Florida.  We had a great time although a few days we had some very unlike Floridian weather.  We stayed at John's Pass in Madeira Beach right on the Intercoastal so saw lots of wildlife action.  Dolphins, pelicans and seabirds in particular.  Dan was able to get some fishing in while I parked my butt i the sunshine.  Was a relaxing vacation for the most part but guess it's back to the old grind now.  Came home to still unseasonably cool temperatures and lots of snow.  Hasn't really melted much at all but there's just so much of it, going to be awhile.  Heard a Canadian goose this morning so sure it won't be sticking around our area long as Lake Nipissing is still frozen solid.  There may be some open water around somewhere but not in this area.  From what we can tell, Moose Creek hasn't even started to flow yet.  Lots of gulls around also.  Paula and Alf were staying here while we were gone and said they heard robins out and about.  Too early for them also.  No open grassy areas to pick worms yet, that's for sure.  Temperatures are, for the most part, above zero during the daytime highs but still going below zero overnight.  Truth be told, we need a slow melt to avoid flooding but think everything's going to be behind this year.  Guess I'm going to need to find some projects to do as I surely won't be doing property clean up any time soon.


We sing about the North, but live as far south as possible.

                                                                         J.B. McGeachy

March 12, 2014 - 7:11 a.m.

Cold weather is back!!  Was beautiful yesterday.  Nice and balmy.  Went above zero and was mild, no wind.  Lots of melting going on.  Today not so much.  It's currently -12 and temps are dropping due to the north wind zipping through.  Gusting to 45 mph.  Bringing in the cold front which is going to stick around for a few days before warming up again.  Temps are actually still doing the up/down thing.  Few nice days here, cold weather there.  Geesh, we ever going to get some spring?  Dan winterized the cottages yesterday so at least we don't have to worry about any freeze-ups although I think if we were going to get any, would have happened during the -30 stuff.  LOL.  I finished all the bookwork I had yesterday and then defrosted the freezer and took down all the Christmas decorations that I could.  Don't laugh.  There are still some frozen in but got the bulk of them.  Going to have to wait until most of the snow is gone to get the rest.  Today I'm cleaning out my fridge.  I must have 4 each of every condiment known to man in my fridge right now.  Time to combine them or throw them out.  Need some room!!  Our supply hut is still on the ice but today isn't the day to remove it as it's too windy. 


Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

                                                                                 Benedict Spinoza

March 11, 2014 - 8:23 a.m.

Really?  More snow yesterday afternoon and she came down really heavy.  Didn't snow for long but enough to accumulate another couple of inches.  I think we also received some rain overnight as the snow is slushy and pitted.  Mild temps though.  Woke up to zero bang on and it's suppose to be high of +3 today with some sun.  I cleaned a couple of cottages yesterday, as did Eadie so they're ready for winterizing, which Dan is doing today.  He pulled our remaining hut and washroom off the ice yesterday so all that's remaining is the supply hut and the tree line, which will likely be there for another month if this weather keeps up.  Catching up on office work today and then go from there.  Need to tackle my house is the worse way but taking my time about it.  Still no sighting of the Malaysian plane that went missing (at least as of last night before I went to bed, haven't watched the news this morning).  Alot of speculation going on but sounds to me like it blew up in mid-air.  So sad, especially for those family members who have more questions than answers.  We may never know what happened.


A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.

                                                                    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

March 10, 2014 - 7:49 a.m.

We took the weekend off and had a blast.  Mike, Reta, Larry, Trish and Frank all came out and we did some fishing.  Fished Friday afternoon but didn't stick around for the walleye run so brought home some good sized perch.  Saturday, fished again for most of the day and managed to get some more perch and pickerel.  Was a good haul and had an awesome fish fry.  Our guests also did really well, biggest fish they caught was a 6 lb. 1 oz. walleye.  Now that daylight savings time is here once again we're waking up to the dark.  Was nice getting up to a sunrise for a bit.  Was still a little light out at 8:00 last night.  We've a busy week ahead of us as we're closing up for the season.  I've all the cottages to clean today (Eadie's helping me so they'll all get done) so that Dan can winterize as soon as possible.  He also has two huts and the washroom to pull off the ice.  He won't be able to take the tree line off for quite awhile as we received another 6 inches of snow yesterday and overnight.  It's been very mild, actually going above zero but still getting very cold once the sun sets.  They're actually calling for mixed precipitation today (rain and snow) and tomorrow.  See what Mother Nature throws at us.  As long as it's not freezing rain.  Temps currently sitting at -4 and it's going to warm up a tad more before the day is done.


Patience makes a woman beautiful in middle age.

                                                              Elliot Paul

March 7, 2014 - 6:24 a.m.

Didn't update yesterday as I had an appointment in town and really didn't want to go out to the office in -30 temps first thing yesterday morning.  i likely won't be updating daily now that we're pretty much shut down for the season and there won't be a whole lot to report.  While I was in town, Dan managed to get a couple of more huts off the ice.  We have one hut, the supply shack and the washroom still on ice but we're fishing with friends this weekend so they won't be coming off until next week.  Have the big Marshman group coming in this weekend who are self-sufficient and just need the cottages.  They usually head towards their spot close to Cross Point so won't see much of them this weekend :o)    I was hoping to sleep in this morning but wasn't to be.  I think once the time change happens tomorrow night, it'll be a little easier as it'll still be dark until 7:00 (again).  The days are definitely getting longer.  We had beautiful sunny weather yesterday and it went to a high of -6 and suppose to hit zero today.  Not quite as warm tomorrow as the winds are shifting to the north but still going to be mild and just below zero.  Not quite at the average for this time of year but it's trying.  They're predicting it's not going to warm up until the beginning of April.  Lots of ice and snow so hoping for a slow thaw.  Wouldn't be surprised if there's lots of flooding all over Ontario this year. 


The same heart beats in every human breast.

                                                                          Matthew Arnold

March 5, 2014 - 6:54 a.m.

It's starting to warm up out there, slowly but surely.  Hit -7 on shore yesterday although it was registering -1 out on the lake yesterday afternoon.  We've received some more snow and honestly, it can just quit anytime.  Temps are going to rise over the next few days and looks like it's going to be an awesome weekend for our "fishing frenzy with friends".  I cleaned yesterday morning and then Dan and I headed out on to the ice around 11:00.  I fished while Dan struggled with our big hut.  He won and it's now on shore.  I caught any number of perch, just had constant bites.  I didn't keep anything, just wanted to see how the fishing was.  Didn't stick around long enough for the walleye run but there was a big fish tormenting the holes as I had it on my line on three different occasions.  Could have been a ling, pike or a big walleye.  We'll never know.  I did managed to screw up several tip-ups trying to land it though.  Not sure what's on our agendas today.  I am definitely getting rid of the minnow tank, cleaning it up and putting it away for the season, then likely get some things organized for the weekend as I have to go to town tomorrow.  If Dan's feeling up to it, he'll likely get the supply hut and a small hut off the lake.  Nothing pressing, which is nice.  Just wish I could get my cat Halo to cooperate and let us sleep in.  She started on us at 5:00 this morning.  Feed me.  Feed me.  Geesh.


What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

                                                                    Henry Ward Beecher

March 4, 2014 - 7:05 a.m.

Ya baby!!  After tomorrow, we've nothing but mild temps coming our way.  I say it's about time.  Dan and I took the whole day off yesterday.  Napped, watched movies, read.  I didn't even get out of my p.j.s.  How nice is that?  Back to the grind today.  It didn't get as cold overnight as anticipated, only -17 and going up to -9 today with possible flurries.  I'm cleaning a cottage and Dan's going on ice to see about getting the huts off.  A couple of them are pretty much blocked in by snow drifts but a couple are okay to remove.  We did okay fishing on Sunday but the hut certainly wasn't on fire like it was for our previous guests.  Brought home a couple of walleye and one massive perch.  Donna caught a ling which was released.  Slimey little sucker but weighed about 6 lbs.  I've a few minnows left so may try my luck today or tomorrow.  See how the day progresses.


The best way to bring up some children is short.

                                                                                 Anthony J. Pettito

March 2, 2014 - 6:54 a.m.

Would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone who "shopped Greening Bay" this ice fishing season.  We greatly appreciated your business and look forward to serving you next year.  That said, no more running!!!  Dan had his last "run" of the season last night and that's it for this year.  Of course he'll still have to pull for our own pleasure but the pressure is now off.  I fixed every last tip-up we have yesterday and now don't have to do it before ice fishing next year.  Mundane work but got'er done.   Our guests had another great day and landed 71 fish yesterday.  Mixture again of perch, pickerel and pike.  One mud puppy.  Temp is currently reading at -25 but it honestly doesn't feel that cold outside because the humidity is gone.  Going up to -13 and sunny today.  I'ts going to warm up quickly, I can feel it in the air but with the sunshine, wouldn't doubt if it gets warmer.  Was only suppose to go to -10 yesterday and hit -3 here. Gotta love that the sun is already full up and it's not getting full dark until nearly 7:00.   I've already pre-made supper (chicken parmesan, caesar salad) so we are going fishing this afternoon with Donna and Mitchell.  The walleye hit around noon yesterday so we're going early.  Incidently, don't be looking for a blog tomorrow.  This girl is taking the day off!!!


It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them.

                                                                     Hilaire Belloc

March 1, 2014 - 6:54 a.m.

The temps are WAY more like it this morning!!  It's currently sitting at -11 and light flurries which look like they'll end around noon hour.  Not sure I like it this mild today though.  You know the old adage, in like a lion out like a lamb and vice versa.  Does this mean it's going to go out like a lion?  Certainly hope not as I've had enough of the old man.  The fishing was excellent for our guests yesterday.  A group of 4 caught over 80 fish, 13 were walleye, one nice pike and the rest all perch.  Happy campers, or should I say fishermen :o)  The pressure was high and on the rise yesterday morning but it's falling today.  See how they do this morning.  Dan's just waiting on everyone and then he's heading out.  At least he's not pulling in -40 this morning.  I picked up my new car yesterday and she's a beaut.  Drives nice, but I need to familiarize myself with all the features and technology which I'm hoping to do today.  I fixed some tip-ups yesterday but didn't get them all finished so that's on my agenda.  Today is the last day Dan has to run guests so even though he's not feeling too well, he's pumped.  Been a long, cold season for the man.  He's planning on getting all the huts off in the next few days but they are buried in snow after all the wind we've had.  Going to take some digging out, for sure.


There are some remedies worse than the disease.

                                                                                      Publilius Syrus

February 28, 2014 - 6:51 a.m.

Nasty day for Ontarians yesterday all around.  Between the 96 car pile up on the 400 and the 50 car pile up on the 401, that corridor was pretty much buggered for travellers.  I don't doubt that happened due to the weather because she blew like a b*tch here yesterday.  The winds gusts were so bad couldn't walk outside with my eyes open.  North wind dropped our temps and it's currently sitting at -32 but feels like -40.  Geez winter, release your grip!!!  The winds are changing to the south sometime this weekend and raising the temps but it's still going to be below normal temps for the rest of the week.  I'm willing to bet the fishing has dropped right off as the pressure is really high and rising.  Hopefully the perch will be active for our guests so they've got something to occupy themselves in the huts this morning.  Dan's on his way out right now and hating it.  He developed a cold this week and is not up to pulling in this kind of weather.  I really feel for him.  I'm picking him up some medicine when I go to town today as I don't have anything in the house to help him sleep and he was tossing and turning all night.  I felt like I was getting it but think I managed to cut it off before it fully developed.  I go the "all natural" route as I can't take cold medication.  Maybe there's something to it.  At least the sun is suppose to come out today and if the winds drop to minimal, it shouldn't be too bad for pulling for the rest of the day.


Symptoms, then, are in reality nothing but the cry from suffering organs.

                                                                Jean-Martin Charcot

February 27, 2014 - 7:17 a.m.

Looks like winter is going to keep it's hold on us for a bit longer.  All through the weekend until next weekend by the looks of things.  It's windy and cold this morning.  Suppose to get wind gusts up to 60 km/hr.  Dan was wanting to get some huts off the ice today but doesn't look favourable for him.  He does need to do some jacking so may find conditions better than anticipated once he gets out on the ice.  I've two more cottages to clean again today and then I get a break until Sunday.  The cleaning countdown has begun though.  After today, I'll only have 5 more cleans :o)  My house is another story.  I do try to keep up with it but when I'm working out of the house, it doesn't stay clean for long.  My Sportage is paid for (can you believe I've had it 5 years already) so I've traded it in for a Honda CR-V Touring which I'm picking up tomorrow afternoon.  I really liked the Sportage but Kia's service department in North Bay left me with a bad taste in my mouth so I decided to shop elsewhere this time around.  Northern Honda has been more than accommodating and very helpful so I'm looking forward to doing business with them.  It'll be the first Honda I've ever owned so I'm hoping it's a good choice.  At least the gas mileage will be WAY better.  Fishing was good yesterday although not as good as Tuesday.  The wind shifting to the north was obviously a factor.  Our guests checking in today aren't fishing tomorrow so hopefully things will improve between now and then.  Temps down to -14 here overnight and not getting much warmer today.  No sun either.


In uplifting, get underneath.

                                                                  George Ade

February 26, 2014 - 7:08 a.m.

Well now, I've just about had it with winter.  This wind just won't go away.  Started again overnight and we currently have a wind chill factor of -32 although it's only -17 out.  The wind keeps shifting direction and doesn't seem able to make up it's mind which way it wants to blow.  On that note, the fishing was pretty good yesterday.  Started nailing the perch as soon as they dropped their lines.  A few pics caught as well but the perch were mostly of a good size.  Good to know our hole is going to keep producing through the end of the season, which for us is after this weekend.  Yippee!!  Dan's doing a countdown already and can't say that I blame him.  He's been out in the cold since January 1st and about done with it.  He's going to take another hut off today.  Yesterday he winterized our small cottage as we won't be needing it anymore.  I'm cleaning a couple of cottages today and tomorrow.  There is light at the end of the tunnel!!  I thought I heard a chipmunk in our shop the other day and low and behold, yesterday morning walked into the office and there goes a chippie running along the floor.  Silly thing.  I could see how it was getting in and out of the shop (digging a little hole through the snow under the garage door).  Going to be spoiled now as I put some water, peanuts, blueberries and apples out for it and they were all gone this morning.  Either it ran out of food for the winter or the past thaw we had drove it above ground due to flooding.  Whatever the case, I'll look after it 'til the spring...if we ever get one.  LOL


Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

                                                                    George Eliott

February 25, 2014 - 7:33 a.m.

Today is a little chilly.  Temps around -15 but feels much colder.  At least the wind has finally died down a bit.  Was cold and windy yesterday in town but at least the sun was out.  Today it's overcast with very light flurries, no wind.  Doesn't look like it's going to warm up until at least this coming Monday.  Both Dan and I have had enough of the cold weather.  He's taken two groups out fishing this morning so won't know how it is until later.  I think Dan's going to start pulling huts this week and he has a cottage to winterize.  We only have to run through this week and then next weekend is the annual Marshman group, who are self-sufficient so only need the cottages.  Great way to wind down the season.  I'm cleaning house and doing cottage laundry today so don't need to be outside a whole lot.


Society needs a good image of itself.  That is the job of the architect.

                                                                     Walter Gropius

February 24, 2014 - 8:06 a.m.

Tried sleeping in this morning and finally gave up the ghost around 7:15.  Bright and sunny this morning but chilly.  The wind finally died down overnight although still a little breezy.  The cold temps are here to stay for a while by the looks of things.  Down to -14 overnight and not getting much warmer as the day progresses.  We had a blast at Mitchell and Donna's last night.  Ginny and Craig were there also and Donna made an awesome chicken dinner (tried a new receipe out on us).  I have a zillion stops to make in town today so will be running around for the better part of it.  Dan's taking the day off to regroup and get some rest.  We're on the home stretch for the end of the season.  We are only running this coming week and then calling it quits.  I still have openings for this weekend if anyone's interested, after that, the huts are coming off.


An extravagance is anything that you buy that is of no earthly use to your wife.

                                                                        Franklin P. Jones

February 23, 2014 - 11:47 a.m.

Sorry for the late update but I was watching the hockey game along with the rest of the country.  Congrats to all our Canadian athletes who brought home medals from Sochi.  We are proud of each and every one of you (even those who didn't win).   Dan's picked everyone up off the ice, or at least those who chose to fish instead of watching the game.  They did pretty well today considering it's been blowing like 90 for what seems like days.  Really windy on the lake but the sun is shining.  Temps around -5 currently but suppose to get progressively colder this week.  I did some laundry and cleaned the house this morning and am now going to clean my car's interior.  I think later this afternoon we are heading to Mitch and Donna's to celebrate Canada.  Guests in tomorrow and I'm heading to town for a major run.  Haven't been in awhile and getting low on supplies of every nature.  Regardless, Dan and I are both sleeping in tomorrow so don't expect an early blog update.


The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me.

                                                         Arthur Conan Doyle

February 22, 2014 - 7:03 a.m.

Winter returned overnight.  Rain event only lasted the morning yesterday and we didn't get much of it but then the snow started.  Huge flakes which accumulated quickly.  The winds started howling around 5:00 so Dan actually took the guys off the ice a tad early, which was no biggie as they were ready to come in anyhow.  Dan just didn't want to be pulling in the dark if he could avoid it as the wind was definitely causing visibility issues.  Got up this morning to about 6 inches of fresh snow. The temperatures only dropped to -3 here but it's going to get a little colder as the day progresses.   Road plow is here right now and I'm guessing Dan'll be getting the tractor out when he gets off the ice to dig the cottages and house out.  He took a run out to the huts already this morning to make sure everything was okay before pulling everyone.  Said the drifts against the huts are higher than he is tall but thankfully the wind blew the drifts off the path so venturing out should be a fairly easy ride.  Still blowing pretty good out there but fairly calm on shore.  Now, how about our Canadian boys yesterday?  Gotta love a good hockey game.  I'm saying that after winning against the U.S., the gold is as good as ours.  Anyone willing to bet against me??  LOL


One of the cool, chaste countries - Canada or Sweden.

                                                                  John Updike

February 21, 2014 - 7:08 a.m.

So much for nice weather.  It's currently raining, though very lightly.  We did get some freezing rain overnight but looks like snow is on the way later this morning.  Very windy this morning.  Dan's on his way out to the huts and is going to put more banking around the huts depending on what they need.  I'm sure the banking diminished in size from the overnight weather and needs to make sure they're stable and not going anywhere.  There's enough snow on Lake Nipissing to keep huts from blowing down the lake like previous years.  Already received an email from some guests due to check in this morning stating they'll be late.  I just hope whomever is travelling today takes their time and stays safe.  Catching some fish isn't worth getting into an accident.    I'm cleaning again today, like every day it seems.  S'ok, we're on the home stretch and must say, it's been a terrific season so far.  Temps currently sitting at +2, reached a high of +3 yesterday so we'll get through this thaw just fine.  Our path is hardpacked so shouldn't be affected.  May have "moats" around our huts but that can't be helped.


Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.


February 20, 2014 - 7:14 a.m.

Ever mild yesterday.  Sunny and a down right balmy day, high of +1 here.  Currently at -6, went down to -8 overnight.  Foggy this morning and have freezing rain warnings up for the area starting this evening.  Changing to rain, then snow by tomorrow morning.  There's nothing showing on the radar just yet so today should be okay for travelling.  Our guests are checking out this morning, more due in later this morning so Dan's running by noon today.  Hope the fog lifts by then because can't see a bloody thing on the ice right now.  Boys did okay fishing yesterday although not as well as the day before.  They'd already had their fry so weren't too concerned.  Todd made a wonderful steak dinner for everyone last night and we would like to wish him a very happy 50th birthday today.  Not everyone is up just yet but suspect they'll all be on the road by 9:00 or so.  I cleaned yesterday, as I will today and then  hoping to get into town tomorrow if the road conditions aren't too bad.  Lots of running to do but I'm sure they've already put a ton of salt down.  Our February thaw is going to happen, whether we want it to or not.


Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

                                                                              Margaret Mead

February 19, 2014 - 7:39 a.m.

Had a few things to do before heading to the office this morning so a little behind my update.  Yesterday was absolutely beautiful.  Temps went to a high of -2.5 and it was very mild, little wind, no precipitation except for a few flurries in the morning.  Boys did pretty well fishing, that is, when they weren't yanking the bait out of the fish's mouths.  LOL.  They had a huge fry last night and from what I could tell, most were in bed fairly early.  Couple of the boys up and at'em early this morning and already on the ice.  I'm guessing the fishing will be as good, if not better than yesterday.  This weekend may be a different story.  There was an update from North Bay news on my facebook this morning stating that a huge storm system may materialize over the weekend.  Apparently an Alberta clipper and Texas low may converge and create havoc.  I'm hoping it misses us as they're calling for large amounts of snow, changing to freezing rain, to rain.  We've gotten through the entire season with no rain so keeping my fingers crossed.  We certainly don't need anymore snow either.  Suppose to go above zero today and down to -9 overnight.  Pretty mild out there already.


I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.

                                                                         Diane Arbus

February 18, 2014 - 7:25 a.m.

What a great day we all had yesterday.  I cleaned two cottages in the morning while Dan was on the ice cleaning the huts.  Todd Edmondson and his group from the Chatham area arrived around 1:00 and we all headed out onto the ice around 2:00ish.  I kicked butt!!  I caught as much fishing alone in my hut as all 8 guys did in theirs.  Perch and pickerel mix.  Pics were biting really light yesterday but I managed to catch 4 myself and a whole load of good sized perch.  After fishing we all headed over to Todd's cottage and he cooked up sausage and home-made potato salad for the group.  Was a late night for me (11:00ish), later for Dan but the boys are all up and wanting to go fishing.  I've work to do on shore today but may head out later this afternoon.  See how the day goes.  I hear southern Ontario was hit with a thunder snow storm yesterday, which is rare.  Only ever experience that once up here.  The temps rose here to -9 overnight and we're currently getting some flurries.  Suppose to rise to -3 this afternoon.  Warm front definitely here but suppose to hit above zero by Thursday.  Need some "grease" on our path so a little snow is welcomed.  Just hope we don't get any rain this week. 


A thick skin is a gift from God.

                                                       Konrad Adenauer

February 17, 2014 - 7:47 a.m.

You can tell we had a full moon last night.  The temperature dropped to nearly -30 overnight.  She's a cold one this morning but calm, sunny and suppose to reach a high of -8 today.  Warm front due in this week and actually going to get progressively warmer until it hits above zero.  Nice.  The guys that applied themselves yesterday managed to do fairly well with the fishing.  Caught a nice whitefish around 7 lb. and same with a pike.  Walleye were hitting although biting very light.  We have guests arriving around noon today so I'm cleaning this morning and then hoping to get some fishing in later this afternoon providing it gets as warm as forecasted.  Pretty brisk this morning though, nostril sticking weather, which I thought we were pretty much done with.  Silly girl, I should know better.  Dan'll be on ice this morning cleaning up the huts and getting things organzied out there.  Don't think he'll venture out until it warms up a tad though.


Equal opportunity is good, but special priviledge even better.

                                                                    Anna Chennault

February 16, 2014 - 8:04 a.m.

Late this morning even though I've been up since 5:00.  Some of the boys were a little slow getting out of the gate today.  I've already cleaned my house and finished a load of laundry.  There is something to be said for early rising.  Fishing was good yesterday.  Some did better than others but think alot of it has to do with fishing technique and paying attention to your lines.  One group was hauling the pics out as fast as they could catch them, others, not so much.  With the full moon arriving tonight, it was bitter cold last night and hit -25.  Suppose to warm up to around -11 today and looks like the sun is going to shine for most of it.  Warm front due in gradually over the next couple of days so if the fishing has dropped off, it'll pick up again.  I'm guessing Wednesday is going to be phenomenal.  I should be out there so will let you know if my prediction rings true.  There were more pike caught again this weekend so they're still hanging around the holes which could also factor into the fishing dropping off somewhat for those unfortunate to be fishing that area.  Dan'll be looking after the guests all day while I clean one cottage and then tend to the broken tip-ups, which the pike did a number on.


A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; that is progress.

                                                                      Henri Frederic Amiel

February 15, 2014 - 6:57 a.m.

Temperatures sure have been mildly pleasant this week.  Only down to -12 overnight and although it won't get much warmer today, is quite nice out.  Calm conditions, got a little snow overnight.  Just been the perfect winter for ice fishing although a tad cold in January, can't complain about the ice thickness.  We do have the February thaw to contend with yet but with all the snow on the lake, should make it through with little to no problems.  Speaking of problems...one of the brackets broke on our people mover yesterday.  I told Dan earlier in the week something didn't sound right when he was pulling.  He can't hear it of course because he's on the machine with the engine running in his ears so didn't think much of my observations.  It's fixed now after Jim so kindly welded it for us.  Should be good to go indefinitely but with the number of guys and all their gear that Dan pulls, and he's been pulling steady all season; I'm not surprised.  We made it through all the cold weather when conditions were the worse they could possibly be so don't expect any more problems. The fishing was excellent yesterday.  We only had one group of four out yesterday but they figured they caught upwards of 60 fish.  Lots of perch and some pics so a great haul for them.  They missed a big pike, whch I hope gets landed today.  I suspect the fishing will be just as good if not better today.  Hope it holds out until the end of the season as it's really never dropped off at all this year for us.


Ambition can creep as well as soar.

                                                                      Edmund Burke

February 14, 2014 - 7:06 a.m.

Happy Valentine's day to all you love birds out there.  Hope you enjoy some romance.  Dan and I celebrated yesterday and