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June 29, 2016 - 8:03 a.m.

Finally got my painting done yesterday.  Was a little challenging with only one good hand and I had to be a contortionist on occasion but it's done.  At least for now.  Today is shaping up to be beautiful with temps due to hit 23 and all sun.  Perfect outdoor working weather.  Going to do some gardening and likely watering today.  Did a little yesterday but I'm sure everything is due for a drink.  We had a few "spits" of rain last night but it was laughable.  I'd love to see a solid two inches of rain before the weekend but just not going to happen.  Calling for showers on Friday but only a 40% chance which means we won't get anything.  All the animals are looking a little forlornly due to lack of rain and I actually saw a Robin having a bird bath in our boat launch yesterday.  I've been keeping my bird bath full but I think nature would prefer a good soaking that comes from the sky.  Dan went to town yesterday with Alf and his grandson Nolan.  Went out for lunch and wandered Canadian Tire.  Must not have been any good deals as he didn't come home with anything.  I have a very short honey-do list for Dan today and then I'm assuming he will finish the grass cutting as he usually does on Wednesdays.  Looking forward to the weekend and just hoping everyone abides by the fire ban.  Always some idiot who thinks it doesn't apply to them and fireworks are a huge hazard right now.

June 28, 2016 - 7:40 a.m.

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right?  When no matter how conscientious or careful you are, it doesn't matter?  When you feel like the whole universe is conspiring against you?  Well I had one of those days yesterday.  I was painting interior doors in one of our cottages and it seemed the paint was going everywhere but on the doors.  I finally gave up around noon.  Today is another day and I'm determined to finish so fingers crossed and here's hoping the powers that be are on my side today.  The cold front started to arrive last night around midnight and is definitely here.  Went from a very humid 28 yesterday to clean crisp air and 12 degrees this morning.  Although the clouds were very threatening yesterday, we didn't get one drop of rain.  May get a shower this morning but very doubtful as the sun has already tried to emerge.  Perfect working weather so no complaints.

June 27, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.

Unfortunately we didn't get the rain we were hoping for yesterday.  We did get some but very little and certainly not enough.  We had two lines of storms approach Lake Nipissing from the French River moving east but by the time they reached us, the lake split them so we only received a pittance.  Just enough to make it even more humid.  I cleaned the house and did laundry yesterday and that was enough.  Just relaxed as this morning I'm painting.  Hopefully I can get this little project done today and move on to better things.  Temperatures are suppose to be cooler today, only reaching 25 with possibility of a shower but I'm guessing no rain, hot and humid.  If it goes down to 11 as forecasted for this evening, that means it may get windy later today and the cold front will arrive.  The tourists are loving Red.  She came up a couple of times last night with another fawn.  Gave her some corn but think she'd prefer apples.  Cheeky.

June 26, 2016 - 8:14 a.m.

What a gorgeous summer day yesterday.  This morning is shaping up to be another one.  I watered yesterday for 5 hours, did a little weeding at the same time.  Dan kept busy doing odd jobs and we both wrapped up around 2:30 for the day as it was just too hot.  No complaints and think we'll possibly see another 30 degree day today.  All our guests were checked in by 3:00 so the traffic wasn't as bad as anticipated due to the accident on Hwy 400 on Friday.  We had a pleasant surprise around 5:00 when Tracey and Talbot dropped in for a visit.  Haven't seen Tracey for close to 2 years.  They dropped in for a minute and ended up spending the night.  I stretched my chicken stir fry for supper by adding shrimp and more veggies and then we caught up and just had a ball.  Too bad we couldn't have a campfire due to the area wide fire ban but the air conditioning was  was much better.  Had a late night and I was up way past my bed time but up to a possible boat ride or some beach today.  Calling for possibility of thunderstorms late this afternoon but right now, radar is showing the storms above and below us.  Been like that all season so seriously hope we get some desperately needed rain today and tomorrow.  The fishing has been excellent lately so don't think the shads have completed their major hatch just yet.  Have only seen a few of them here and there (we don't normally get them too bad on our property)  but since the water temp has pretty much reached the hatching point, I suspect they'll be out within the next week.

June 25, 2016 - 7:14 a.m.

Was a beautifully sunny and warm day yesterday.  The temps reached at least 27 and going to be warmer today.  Sounds like a beach and boat ride kind of day.  I have a feeling our guests are going to be late arriving due to the horrific accident on Hwy 400 yesterday.  Guess it will depend on if they've reopened the highway this morning or not.  I was awakened this morning by a loud pounding outside my bedroom window.  It's official.  I now have a nuisance raccoon.  Silly thing got itself trapped in my steel storage container.  It's one of those boxes for the back of a pickup truck so it's not light.  I even had a heavy rock on top of the lid as coons have been known to open it in the past and get inside but this was unreal.  I don't think it was in there very long but long enough to feast.  Guess I won't be able to put anymore deer corn out for a bit until the coons (there were 3 up last night and Red kept trying to chase them off) get the hint and move on.  Dan's work is pretty much done for the weekend, as Is mine although I do need to water the flowers this morning.  Calling for showers late tomorrow afternoon and into Monday but it's going to be a scorcher today so I'd better get at it.

June 24, 2016 - 8:28 a.m.

I'm a little late this morning.  Something woke me up shortly before 5:00 so got up and fed the cats and then went back to bed.  Slept in until 7:30.  Had a great day yesterday.  Dan manicured the property yesterday via lawnmower and weed eater while I cleaned the house and a cottage.  Around 5:00 we headed over to Mary and Richard's for a neighbourhood get together and a delicious supper.  Was home before dark so did a little reading.  Today I've one more cottage to clean and the watering to do and then calling it quits for the weekend unless I get ambitious and decide to paint some doors in the double unit.  It's getting done within the next week but at least I don't have to panic as that cottage won't be occupied until next Thursday.  Suppose to rain Sunday and Monday so that would be a great time.  After that, all I have left to do are my books by the end of July (good rainy day work) so hoping to get some boating time in since I can't fish right now.  Dan and I always work like demons to get our maintenance, renos, etc done so we can enjoy at least the month of July when it's too hot to do anything but swim :o)

June 23, 2016 - 6:15 a.m.

Beautiful day for working outside yesterday although the mosquitos have started to come back.  Due to lack of rain, they haven't been quite as bad this year, so that's something positive.  We have approximately 27 wild fires in the region so I hope people take heed to the fire ban and won't be setting off fire crackers on the holiday weekend as there isn't much rain in the forecast for the upcoming week either.  I didn't get back from town yesterday until nearly noon (terribly long wait at the clinic) but did manage to get some work done in the afternoon.  Alf finished repairing Dan's lawn mower and then the two of them cleaned his shop up.  Good job Alfie.  Dan ended up cutting grass last night as he prefers to do it when the sun isn't too hot.  Today, he'll likely finish it.  I'm working in the cottages most of the day.  Would also like to wash all the windows outside as the pollen has made it's mark.  No sense doing it before the pollen is finished, which I'm hoping it is.  Have seen a few shad flies around but not too bad here.  We don't have a lot of light to draw them which is why they normally head to North Bay upon hatching but we still get  the odd few.  Red, our mascot deer, came for a visit last night.  Haven't seen her for a while and this is the first year she hasn't had a fawn.  She's an old gal, for sure but is looking good and healthy.  Ate her apple and then went for a jaunt in the park to say hello to everyone.  Gotta love her.

June 22, 2016 - 7:15 a.m.

Geesh.  Go from needing an air conditioner to needing a heater in a 24 hour span.  Welcome to the North.  I always said the weather here was much like Calgary, less the Chinooks.  Was a perfect day for working outside yesterday though.  There was a strong breeze so no bugs and temperatures very comfortable.  Unfortunately the breeze turned into wind and shifted north so quite cool this morning at 14 degrees.  Currently cloudy and Lake Nipissing is a little rough but the sun is due out with temps reaching 20 today.  Our condolences to the family who lost their son, a Brazilian tourist who was only 29.  He drown on Sunday while visiting the area and they were only able to recover his body yesterday.  Can't stress enough how much respect Lake Nipissing warrants as she can turn ugly very quickly on this lake and small waves can be very deceiving.  Again, our sympathies.  Yesterday was very productive for me.  Was also a very long day but quite pleased with my accomplishments.  Have a tad more painting outside today which I'll finish once I get back from town.  Have to zip in to the blood clinic in Callander for my monthly testing.  Pain in the butt but at least I don't have to sit in the hospital.  Dan and Alf worked on the lawn mower most of the day yesterday and had to zip into town for parts.  Turns out he literally blew a gasket.  Lol.  Love saying that.  Too funny.

June 21, 2016 - 7:33 a.m.

What a difference a day makes!!  I painted the public bathroom doors yesterday and finished just as the rumbling started.  A bit of thunder and then a couple of downpours but would have preferred a nice steady rain for about 8 hours.  Glad we did get a little rain at least as the wind just howled.  Reached up to 85 km/hr here and was just nasty.  Chairs blown all over, tree branches down but at least the pollen seems to be gone.  The wind settled down overnight but has since picked up again.  The lake is officially a blow day and there won't be anyone fishing today.  Temperatures much nicer for working today.  Have a little watering and a little office work and then I'm painting again.  Have a few more things outside to paint and am then moving indoors for some touch ups in the cottages.  Likely won't get it all done today, but this week for sure.  Dan has done some landscaping in the park and right where he's been babying the new grass, a nice big old snapper laid her eggs smacked dab in the middle of the ground under repair.  Just no messing with Mother Nature.  Lol.

June 20, 2016 - 7:26 a.m.

Happy summer everyone.  Dan and I had a pretty lazy day yesterday.  Was enjoyable, to say the least.  I spoke with my "dads" in the morning and watered some flowers and then spent the day indoors in the air conditioning.  I just couldn't do heat or sun yesterday.  We both had a nice afternoon nap which was a bonus.  Back at it today.  I'm painting today, mostly doors.  Hopefully I can get it all done over the course of the next 2 days.  They are calling for showers to start after noon with an elevated risk of thunderstorms.  Haven't had a good thunderstorm in ages and hope they aren't too severe or damaging.  Pretty dry in the region so we certainly done need any wild fires starting.  Whatever we receive, the 30 degree temperatures will be cooled down to something more conducive to working, for sure.  Going to be another nice week by the looks of things though.  Gotta love summer!!

June 19, 2016 - 6:58 a.m.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all you Dads out there.  Hope you have a great day.  Was a great day here yesterday.  Dan and Alf zipped into town in the morning to buy us an air conditioner.  Never thought we would get one but Dan wanted one.  It's been so hot, high humidity and high pollen, I think he is right.  No relief today either.  It hit 32 yesterday and Paula and I went for a couple of swims in the afternoon even though we sat in the water after our boat ride.  Pretty hard to move yesterday.  Looks like I'm watering flowers this morning as it's currently overcast but the wind is due to pick up with gusting to 50 this afternoon.  Going to be sunny and another +30 day by the looks of things.

June 18, 2016 - 7:03 a.m.

What a glorious day yesterday!!  I started watering flowers shortly after 7:00 and finished around 11:30 then headed into the house and made egg salad sandwiches, some homemade coconut ice cream and some cheddar biscuits for supper.  Meanwhile Dan worked bleaching and cleaning the fish cleaning station then went to the dump.  Afterwards, we hopped on the pontoon with Paula and Alf and headed to the Manitous for lunch.  It was definitely a hot one reaching over 30 degrees and pure sun.  Paula and I ended up going for our first swim of the season, which was fabulous but the pollen is very heavy in the water right now.  Didn't matter, we enjoyed ourselves.  Came back and Annie joined us for a lovely steak dinner but we were all lounging by 9:00 as I think the sun took its toll.  The temps dropped to 13 overnight so house is nice and cool this morning and I've already closed it up.  Heat warning is in effect today and likely again tomorrow.  Not sure what's on the agenda today but it's going to involve little work after noon.  Dan and Alf were talking about going to town to buy an air conditioner for the house.  Not a fan of it but Dan is.  I'm thinking it may be a good day to take the boat to Callander for lunch or just park a chair in the water...

June 17, 2016 - 6:08 a.m.

OMG, was it a hot one yesterday!!  We didn't close the house up but definitely should have.  I watered in the morning and then headed to town shortly before noon.  It hit 30 degrees in North Bay and don't know what the humidex was but it was stifling.  The next 3 days are going to be even hotter.  I got up at 5:30 this morning and closed the house up as it's about 16 inside but the temps outside will hit 25 by 10:00, I'm sure.  Doing a bit more watering this morning and then hoping to do something involving water this afternoon.  Boat ride or beach it, either will do.  Dan graded the beach yesterday so I also need to set all the chairs back up as I'm sure there will be a lot of people in the park this weekend.  Calling for sunny and hot all weekend with no break in the weather until at least Tuesday.  That said, with it being this unbearably warm, I wouldn't be surprised if we have a pop up storm.  Just praying it doesn't materialize as a whooper like it has in the past.  Please people, leave your pets at home for the next few days.  Make sure they have plenty of shelter and water.  Someone was caught yesterday in the Bay leaving their dog in the car.  Use some common sense.

June 16, 2016 - 7:48 a.m.

We had a good day yesterday.  Weather was beautiful and it hit 25 here.  Clouded up in the afternoon but didn't receive the overnight rain shower I was hoping for.  As a result, I've a little watering to do before I head to town this morning.  Also have to pick up the piles I raked on the beach yesterday so Dan can grade it this morning.  I'm sure a lot of people will be wanting to use the beach and possibly swim this weekend.  Including me.  Hydro showed up yesterday to replace our two hydro poles and old transformer.  They were here for several hours but did a great job.  We call it a "spectator sport".  

June 15, 2015 - 7:41 a.m.

The temperature did reach 20+ degrees here yesterday but it was later in the day.  Was pretty cool in the morning.   Down to 11 overnight so we are definitely warming up.  Going to be sunny and 25 today.  I spent a couple of hours in the office and then tended my gardens.  The nasty wind we received the past week or so has done a number on them but they will come back with this hot spell.  I found one of my weigelia trees has tent caterpillars on it so need to deal with that this morning.  I'll just spray some veg oil on it and that should do it.  Maureen is coming in this morning to do some cleaning for me so did the cottage laundry last night while Dan cut some grass.  I'd like to do some painting this week outdoors.  Since it will be hot and clear with no rain in the forecast, I can take the doors I want to paint outside.  We have a lull in guests this week before the season is in full swing next week so hopefully I can't get it all done.

June 14, 2016 - 7:18 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday for most of it.  The wind picked up again which I'm assuming ushered in the warm front.  It reached a high of 20 but dipped to 3 overnight.  It is going to warm up quickly today as the mist coming off Moose Creek when I got up was about as heavy as it gets.  Calling for nice warm temps and nothing but sun all week. Che coldest it is suppose .to get is 11 tonight.  After that, smooth sailing.  Hopefully we can get some pontooning in this weekend but I know how that goes.  We managed to get all the leaves, twigs and branches cleared away yesterday.  Dan actually had to cut most of the grass and I looked after the beach and around the house.  Just natures way of trimming.  I never did make it back to the office so that's one my agenda first thing this morning.  Dan is just about caught up on everything he wanted to get done but I still have a few things to do over the next few weeks.

June 13, 2016 - 7:32 a.m.

We managed to get another long work week under our belts.  We both worked until around 2:00 on Saturday and after a quick shower, I headed to Donna's for our girls night.  Celebrated Marion and Liz's 60th birthdays and just had a ball.  Pretty spry little old ladies, we are. Lol.  I went with Annie and we left shortly after supper, came back here and joined Dan, Larry and Trish in the park for a bit.  Dan and I both took yesterday off and rested.  The weather wasn't great anyhow.  Don't know what's up with the wind but it was incredibly windy yesterday.  Tree branches and leaves are down all over the property so we'll be playing "pick up sticks" today.  The beach needs to be set up again as the chairs are all over the place.  I may rake the beach today also after I get my office work finished.  Going to be a gorgeous week by the looks of the forecast.  Was very chilly yesterday but the air is crisp and clean and heading into the 20's today, getting increasingly warmer as the week progresses.  Dan was sneezing and carrying on yesterday evening so think he may have caught a summer cold.  Hope not, they are the worse.

June 11, 2016 - 9:02 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  Both Dan and I worked in the morning and then I made some wontons, egg rolls and fried dill pickles for later.  Once Dan was finished installing a grey water system for a new trailer, he helped Larry and Trish launch their pontoon boat and we all headed out around 3:00 for the maiden voyage this year.  Was just glorious out on the water.  After all the wind we had this week, Lake Nipissing was like a window pane yesterday.  Temps only reached 17 but was so warm with the sun shining on us, we were able to wear our bathing suits.  We got hot enough to swim but the lake temperatures aren't quite warm enough for my liking yet.  We docked at Annie's cottage for a quick visit on our travels and then headed back for a fry and bbq and a very lovely campfire.  Tried sleeping in this morning but was up by 8:30 so that's better than nothing.  Ladies night for me today and we are celebrating two of the ladies' 60th birthdays so looking forward to an enjoyable time.  Weather isn't conducive at the moment though.  We received some showers overnight and calling for them on and off all day as well as a possible thunderstorm.  Temps are suppose to reach a high of 26 with a high humidex factor so they just might pan out.  Party doesn't start until 3:00 so hopefully the bad stuff has come and gone by then.  Had a visitor the other day.  Momma Mallard duck came up to the house with 5 tiny babies.  While mom ate some birdseed, the babies were trapped between our porch steps and the break wall and couldn't get up as it was too high so they were making quite the racket.  So glad I stopped letting Grady out during the "baby" season or there would have been a massacre.  He certainly watched them like a hawk from the window though.  Such sweet little creatures.

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

The wind has finally calmed down enough for people to get out fishing.  For how long, I don't know.  It blew again yesterday but at least it was sunny so felt a bit warmer and reached a high of 17.  Now that the pollen has backed off, I started my "spring" clean in the house yesterday.  Was at it all day but am not nearly finished.  At least my windows are clean.  I still need to clean a couple outside but will get to it.  Dan painted one of the public bathrooms yesterday as the paint peeled horribly over the winter so I'm cleaning it first thing this morning then finishing my windows.  Should warm up by the time I'm done so am going to nurse my poor flowers a little later.  Going to be sunny and fairly calm today with a high of 20.  A painted turtle laid her eggs last night somewhere around the bedrock garden.  I had to help her get back to the water as she was having a heck of a time.  She had been out for a long time as she was completely dry.  Couldn't find the nest as I like to protect them so hopefully it'll remain undistrubed.  We have a large snapping turtle who lays her eggs in the same spot every year but the raccoons ravaged it the same day.

June 9, 2016 - 8:17 a.m.

Looks like Dan and I are sleeping in these days.  Easy enough to understand the closer we get to the longest day of the year considering it's light out until at least 10:00.  Takes me at least an hour or two to wind down once the sunsets so staying up later these days.  Sigh.  The wind is still making for an unwanted presence.  I feel so badly for our American guests who came all this way with visions of perch, which is what they like to catch.  They haven't been able to get on the lake since Sunday.  Nipissing settled down for a bit after dark last night but wind picked up again before daylight.  The forecast is saying windy through the rest of the week but at least it's suppose to switch from north to south eventually.  So much for all my hard garden work.  My flowers look downright pathetic.  They'll come back but it's going to take a week or two.  Guess this is why the translation of Nipising means "big wind".  I was in town all day yesterday and when I arrived home, an extremely large truck showed up to deliver some stone to a trailer.  Well the driver managed to take out the Bell telephones lines and nearly the hydro line.  He stretched the cable enough to move the pole so it is now compromised.  That said, Bell had their cables hanging too low so see what they say when they show up today for repairs.  Whatever the outcome, it's not coming out of our pockets.  Oh the joys of owning a resort...it's always something 😀

June 8, 2016 - 8:10 a.m.

What a horrible weather day yesterday.  Same today.  Windy, windy, windy, with some rain thrown in on occasion.  This wind doesn't want to let up either.  Been blowing hard for two straight days and is continuing today.  Temperatures dropped to 5 overnight and only going to 10 today.  There are actually frost warnings up in part of the North.  Does this every year.  As soon as I get my gardens done, it blows for days and the poor flowers take days to recover.  I'm going out on a limb and saying after the full moon on June 20th, we should see a marked improvement.  Warmer weather is due in for the weekend but we likely won't hit seasonal temps until early next week.  Dan and I did do some work outside yesterday but the wind kept us at the back of the property where it is sheltered.  I'm doing a town run today so the weather can do what it wants.  Feel badly for our guests who are here to fish for the week because they haven't been able to.  They may pull their boat and fish Lake Nosbonsing today, which I can't say that I blame them.

June 7, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.

This is a week that is turning out to be not so great.  I emptied our rain gauge yesterday and it appears we received 3 1/2 inches of rain in the past few days.  Unfortunately it seems the wind won't calm down and looks like it will be staying miserable for another day or two.  Our guests can't get out on the water but am going to suggest they try Lake Nosbonsing today.  Seasonal temps won't be returning until much later in the week and the current system just seems to be swirling around above us.  The weather was perfect for working outside yesterday though as the temps were cool and the wind kept the bugs away.  We received a short spirt of torrential rain last night but none in the forecast today so I'm working outside again.  Dan got pretty much everything in town he needed and spent the afternoon stringing the electrical up for the picnic shelter.  We will now have power and water for when we have our potlucks, gatherings and get togethers.  Only suppose to reach a high of 15 today and much cooler tomorrow as the cold front fully arrives.  Hopefully it doesn't get too cool....

June 6, 2016 - 7:09 a.m.

The cold front has arrived and we have nice clean northern air but it's somewhat of a miserable day.  Quite windy and Lake Nipissing is white capping so no fishing for our guests this morning.  The sun is suppose to come out a little later so hopefully that will calm things down a bit.  I spent yesterday doing laundry, mostly bedding and cleaned the house.  The pollen is very heavy right now so lots of pollen dust everywhere.  Hopefully that too has settled down with the rain yesterday.  I saw a mamma deer with her new fawn be side the road yesterday.  The sweet wee one was hardly bigger than my cat and was quite unsteady on its legs so am thinking just born.  Wish I would have had my camera.  We had a couple of visitors to the house after dark last night.  Namely a stray cat and a big old coon.  The raccoon was after the deer and bird feed and just looked at me nonchalantly.  Obviously didn't see me as a threat when I tried to chase it off.  Brazen creature.  Dan is heading to town for some electrical supplies as we are installing some lighting in our picnic shelter.  Not sure what I'm doing yet.  I still need to spread some mulch on some of my gardens but I'd also really like to wash my windows.  Once I fully wake up, see what my mood brings...

June 5, 2016 - 6:06 a.m.

Yes!!  It's finally raining and has been for a bit and looks like it will continue for most of the day.  Not great news for our cottages but certainly welcomed by nature.  Been long overdue.  We had a wonderful time at Annie's Friday evening for her "hamburger social", as Dan likes to call it.  Wasn't a late night and I was up early for changeover yesterday.  Was gorgeous, hot and sunny yesterday but after my work was done, I opted to relax indoors, away from heat and bugs considering I was out in it all week.  Dan was out and about all day and came in at dark.  We both had a restless night for some reason.  Not sure what's on the agenda today but with the weather such as it is, likely not going to be outdoors.  I hope it rains all day and gives everything a good soaking.

June 3, 2016 - 7:07 a.m.

Whoa!  She was a hot one yesterday.  Can't get a true reading on the temperature so close to the lake but it hit at least 27 in town.  I started weeding the dreaded bedrock garden around 8:30 and didn't finish until after 1:00.  Managed to overheat so went in the house, laid down on the couch with the fan on me until I felt better.  Gotta say though, the gardens look great.  The bedrock certainly absorbs an enormous amount of heat though.  Pretty tired today but since we still didn't get any of the forecasted rain, I'm watering this morning.  Going to really soak everything so I can relax a bit this weekend.  Still need to put the mulch down on some gardens but it can wait until Monday unless I get ambitious.  Calling for much cooler temps last week so better working conditions.  Dan completed most, if not all, of his work for the week but am sure he'll find some to keep him busy today.  We are going to Annie's for supper tonight so will be a nice change of scenery.  Looking forward to it.  I saw something yesterday I've never seen before.  Normally when the chipmunks appear, they are solitary and always foraging for food.  Well yesterday I saw a mama and her baby together and she was guiding it.  I looked it up and apparently, the mama takes her babies out of the den for a couple of weeks to teach them how to hunt for food and then kicks them out of the den for good.  I didn't know that, just always assumed it came naturally.  The baby robins have hatched so likely most species of birds, same thing.  Looks like Grady the cat is house ridden for a bit.  He's not going to like it but want to give the babies a chance.

June 2, 2016 - 7:20 a.m.

I found out yesterday why Hydro had to drill a hole into our bedrock for the new pole installation.  The current pole has a bracket and apparently they are obsolete.  The contractors showed up around 9:30 yesterday morning and the drilling made for a very noisy, dusty two hours.  Also found out this little endeavour cost the rate payers a measly $5,000.  Seriously.  At least the other pole replacements won't be so costly as the drilling won't be required through bedrock.  I was weeding the bedrock garden when the process began so had to work elsewhere for a bit.  Hydro didn't show up after the contractors were done to raise the new pole so I'm looking at a nice little mess until they do.  The hole they left, at least was covered but I don't like it as it could be a hazard.  Any bets on when hydro will show up?  If they don't come today, they'll be getting a phone call as there will be children around on the weekend and we all know how curiosity killed the cat.  Was a gorgeous day yesterday but got quite warm and humid later in the afternoon.  Did the weeding as long as I could and then headed indoors.  Waited until after supper to do the cottage laundry (hate having to wait for low peak) so was folding the last of it around 11:00 last night.  Dan was busy all day and then finished the weed eating and grass cutting after supper so didn't get in the house until close to 10:00, just as it was getting dark.  He's sleeping in this morning and I don't blame him.  He's been burning it at both ends for a couple of weeks now.  Maureen, my helper, is coming in this morning for the cleaning and I am hoping to get the bedrock finished today.  We had a bit of a rain shower some time during the early morning hours so weeding should be easy but we could really use a good soaking.  The place is just looking marvellous.  I shouldn't say that because several times, once we've gotten everything to the peak of perfection, that's when we get a bad storm that wreaks havoc on the property so knock on wood...

June 1, 2016 - 7:27 a.m.

Happy June already everyone.  Is going to be a beauty day by the feel of things.  Suppose to hit 24 and I think it's going to warm up quickly this morning.  It was so windy yesterday but the wind died down in the afternoon so everyone was able to enjoy the evening fish.  After Lake Nipissing gets stirred up like that, it takes a day or two for the bite to come back on though.  I watered the bedrock garden yesterday, checked our guests out and headed to town.  Did some more watering when I got home and called it a day.  The hydro company dropped off some MAJOR equipment in the afternoon as they are drilling a hole through our bedrock in order to install a new hydro pole.  Really?  Why can't they use the hole where the existing pole is?  Apparently that pole was installed in 1954 and the shelf life has passed.  Going to be a very noisy day today, I'm sure and they had better not make a mess in the area they are working.  Have the property looking lovely so hope the contractors know what they're doing considering they don't actually work for Hydro One.  I know they've already replaced some generators in the area so hopefully all this maintenance they are completing will lessen the amount of outages we experience.  Progress?  Remains to be seen.

May 31, 2016 - 7:27 a.m.

Yippee!!!  Finally got all my planting finished yesterday.  Kept at it until around 4:30 and it's a relief to have it all done.  All I need to do now is weed the bedrock garden (groan) and maintain it for the rest of the season.  I do need to buy some cedar mulch for the planters and was going to head to town today but since it's a blow day today, it's perfect conditions for weeding.  The rock gets too hot so the wind will keep me cool and the bugs away.  All the ground we have under repair is finished and grass is actually starting to grow in spots.  We need rain now to help it along.  Dan's happy with the outcome at any rate as he and Floyd finished the last of the top soil spreading and levelling yesterday.  Weather conditions not looking too great for the upcoming weekend.  Very windy today so our guests won't be fishing unless the daytime heating settles it down.  The cooler weather is on it's way and not shaping up to be a great weekend but things can change.  Low percentage of rain nearly everyday which probably means we won't get any.

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

Much nicer air quality and temperatures today!!  Reached over 30 degrees here yesterday and was so hot and sticky but I kept at the planting until around 3:30 when I got overheated.  Was a two shower day for me, for sure.  Won't mind working outside today at all.  Had two cracks of thunder last night with a few spits of rain but the light wind we had roll through cleansed the region.  Finishing the planting today as I only have two gardens left and then am doing some pruning and likely a little raking.  Lost most of my hollyhock bush this past winter but pruned it well yesterday and was able to save a portion of it so hopefully it'll regrow anew.  Most of the plants I bought this year are for our pollinators who seem to be taking advantage.  The property looks awesome but think we left the dandelions a tad long.  Quite alright, they'll die off soon enough.  Apparently Lake Nipissing is currently 68 degrees F and there were people swimming on the weekend.  I like it cool but think I'll wait until it hits around 72.

May 29, 2016 - 7:56 a.m.

Whoa!!  Went above the 30 degree mark yesterday and was extremely hot and humid.  I finished my work by noon and that was it for me.  Even Dan wasn't outside a whole lot as it was just a tad warm.  Didn't cool down very quickly after the sun went down either.  Usually cools down considerably to allow for a nice night sleep but I had a hard time.  Still 20 this morning and getting hot again again today.  Thinking we might need to go for our long overdue first pontoon boat ride of the season.  Although there are thunderstorm warnings up (as there was yesterday) I doubt they will materialize.  If they do, they'll be brief.  Grady (our cat) caught himself a mole yesterday.  I didn't see him in time and he played with it to the death.  I can certainly understand animals killing for survival but cats are a whole other breed.  Needless to say, I'm concerned about letting him out now as the baby birds are going to be hatched pretty soon.  Guess it's nature, cruel or not.  On a nicer note, there seem to be a ton of walleye being caught.  Not necessarily in the keeper slot line but it's nice to know the fish are thriving.

May 28, 2016 - 6:40 a.m.

It is currently overcast with lots of rain clouds around the region but think they are all going to miss us.  Calling for a possibility of thunderstorms so we'll see.  It is very humid with temps reaching 26 yesterday.  Down to 16 overnight which makes for a lovely sleep.  I got all my running finished yesterday while Dan cut grass and got the boats organized for our guests who checked in yesterday.  I'm cleaning a cottage this morning for guests arriving later today.  After that, depending on the weather, I'll be doing some more planting.  I really think I should cut down on the number of planters and pots I have but they look so nice.  Going to be another busy day.  Oh, and please be careful out there.. I saw a wee painted turtle crossing Highway 11 South yesterday during heavy traffic.  I missed it but couldn't pull over.  Please take the time to move them to the side of the road to which they are travelling if you are able to safely stop.  We need all our creatures.

May 27, 2016 - 6:34 a.m.

I truly hate days like this.  That is, a day following a night of no sleep.  I went to bed early last night but Dan woke me up at 11:00ish and do you think I could get back to sleep?  Finally drifted off and then a thunderstorm rolled through shortly after 1:00.  Listened to it and thankfully it was non-severe and short lived.  Finally got back to sleep and then around 3:00 a cat and something else, which I don't believe was another cat, were fighting right outside my window.  Was a pretty vicious battle which had me up and outside to break it up.  Never did see either animal as they both ran off as soon as I turned on the outside light.  Needless to say, took me awhile yet again to get back to sleep and was woken again at 6:00 by my cat wanting to be fed.  Dan slept through it all.  Lol.  I have cleaning to do and then I'm heading to town as we need some things for the resort.  It's a gray dismal morning, very foggy and overcast but its all suppose to burn off and hit a high of 28 today.  The humidity is high and calling for another thunderstorm this evening which I'm thinking we will probably get once the temps cool down in the wee hours.  Best get a move on.

May 26, 2016 - 7:32 a.m.

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood yesterday.  We are certainly getting a lot of sun, which is great for the newly planted flowers.  I went to town first thing yesterday morning and got the new batch of flowers (my car only holds so many flats) and got nearly all of them planted before peetering out.  Planting what I have left today and then only one more batch which won't be as bad.  After that, I have to tackle the bedrock garden and glad I left it a little later this year as there are lots of flowers popping up and don't want to pull the wrong things.  Floyd and Dan finished the driveway yesterday and it looks great but more importantly, should cut down on the sand traffic.  All the ground we have under repair should be ready for grass seed today which is great as they are calling for showers the next three days.  I hope that's all we get and not any torrential downpours if thunderstorms roll through as forecasted.  Makes the grass seed pool and then you just grow clumps of grass.  Going to be very warm, upper 20's, for the next couple of days.  Better get moving before it gets too hot!!

May 25, 2016 - 7:01 a.m.

Was a great day yesterday and very warm.  Reached a high of 27 by the water so suspect it was even warmer away from it.  Floyd and his son Matthew, who is 12, came to do some tough physical labour for us.  Since they are Mennonites and don't celebrate standard holidays, it was Matthew's first day of summer vacation.  Some vacation.  Lol.  I worked him pretty hard digging up planters and hauling dirt and then finally took pity on him and he ended up playing in the lake for most of the afternoon.  Floyd was hauling pea gravel for Dan as we've installed a nice walkway and driveway by the house.  Looks much better and helps keep down the amount of sand tracked into the house and cottage.  I planted all the flowers I had yesterday and am heading into town this morning for more.  Hopefully can get all my pots done today but see how it goes.  Dan and Floyd are spreading topsoil in the park today as there were a few spots that need sand and gravel put down to cover exposed roots and level lots.  They were calling for showers this morning but don't think they will materialize.  Rain also in the forecast here and there for the rest of the week.  Hate to say it but we really need it.  I was cleaning out the planter at the end of our road and the dirt was as dry as I've ever seen it.

May 24, 2016 - 6:41 a.m.

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood.  We were in the mid 20's and nothing but sun.  They are now calling for some rain this week but low percentages.  We can certainly use it and a steady overnight shower would be perfect.  Quite a few people fishing in the bay last night so likely locals vs tourists.  I got busy first thing in the morning with the planting, which I am also doing today.  Dan and I actually have some help coming into today.  Getting some gravel spread, decks stained, and dirt hauled.  I tried hauling dirt yesterday and only aggravated the carpal tunnel to the point I can no longer bend my thumb.  Time to get some help.  I did have Maureen in to help clean yesterday so that's off my plate.  We have more guests checking in today so am hoping the weather remains good enough for them to get some fishing in.  Going to a high of 27 apparently so should be a wonderful evening fish.

May 23, 2016 - 6:39 a.m.

Have to say the weather has certainly been cooperating this long weekend.  We only had a little rain late Saturday night which was quite all right for vacationers.  Dan and I took the day for rest yesterday as we were both tuckered out.  The fishing has been pretty good for those venturing out who have local knowledge.  Wouldn't have minded a bit if Dan was to go fishing this morning and bring home dinner but we are both back to working.  On Saturday, I painted the flower boxes and our entry door, today I'm planting the flower boxes and a few other planters and then doing some more painting.  I'll be glad when things are caught up but am hoping to get most of the work done this morning so I can enjoy the beach and sun for a bit today. Only 5 right now but a nice mist is gently blowing through Moose Creek so know it's going to warm up quickly this morning.  Will likely hit around 25 degrees and all sun today!

May 21, 2016 - 6:48 a.m.

What a busy place here yesterday!!  The whole park was pretty much full.  Amazing how nice weather brings everyone out.  Beautiful day with warm temps and plenty of sunshine.  Our guests arrived later than expected due to an accident near Gravenhurst which caused a considerable traffic delay.  I bought a couple of new trees to replace ones that I lost this winter.  I wouldn't have bothered but I lost a crab apple and sour cherry tree and need two of each for them to produce fruit.  Guess I'm planting first thing this morning.  Also bought some flowers but I need to dig up all the old dirt out of my planters and replace with new dirt before planting so will see how far I get.  Little tired today and they are calling for thunderstorms this afternoon.  Be nice as we haven't had a good thunderstorm for quite a while.  Not so good for the seasonal opener but suspect there will be lots of boats on the water this morning.  I'm currently sitting outside and can hear boats already.  Happy fishing everyone!!

May 20, 2016 - 6:39 a.m.

I don't know where all this sun is the forecaster gurus were talking about.  We've had a mix of sun and cloud but we were hoping for blazing sun.  I guess it's a good thing as working outside would get a little warm.  Both Dan and I had a long day yesterday but Dan's was definitely longer.  We had a load of sand and a load of dirt dropped off.  Dan spread the sand but the dirt is being used all over the property so will take a while to get rid of.  Alf did some mechanical to one of our bass boats and they got it in the water.  Today they are marking the channel so our guests know how to get out of the harbour.  We also had a surprise visit from the government water inspector so that took a good hour of Dan's time.  God knows they couldn't come after we've gotten all our work caught up.  At least all our ducks are in a row in regards to that matter.  I'm doing a quick zip into town first thing this morning to pick up some flowers and then coming home and raking/cleaning the beach.  I need to paint the window boxes before I can actually plant in them but first need to dig all the old dirt out of them.  Hopefully I can get all of that finished this afternoon and the paint will dry overnight so I can plant tomorrow.  See how it goes.  Would actually like to take at least one day this weekend for some R&R.  Perhaps even a pontoon boat ride 😀😀😀

May 19, 2016 - 7:07 a.m.

Wow.  What an incredibly long day yesterday.  Paula and Trish joined me on my town run.  We left at 9:30 and didn't get home until 4:30 .  We did stop for lunch but I had lots of things to get for the business and some things couldn't be found so we were like hunt dogs.  Did get everything I wanted though.  Not sure what Dan did but am sure he kept busy.  I do know he cut some grass though.  We had a nice supper with Paula and Alf last night and it was an  excellent evening to sit on their deck and listen to all the nature sounds.  Clouds moved in around 7:00 last night and still cloudy this morning but suppose to get a mixture with the sun today.  Only went down to 9 overnight and will be much nicer temps today hitting at least the 20 mark.  Full sun forecasted for tomorrow.  I've a full schedule for the next two days and am then taking a break for a few days to enjoy camaraderie and camp fires.

May 18, 2016 - 6:52 a.m.

Was a nice sunny day yesterday but didn't warm up until mid afternoon.  From here on out though, the forecast is wonderful.  Went down to +2 overnight and some frost but this was the last night for it.  Going to be lovely for the next week with a high of 17 today and increasing temps as the week progresses.  Will be able to leave my flowers out overnight now so that's something.  Paula and I are going to town today and I am going to pick up a few bedding plants as I saw a hummingbird at my bedroom feeder last night.  Weird time of the day for it to show up but glad to see they are returning.  Likely won't get anything planted for a few days but it'll still make something accessible for our pollinators.  Finally finished the cottage that has been the bane of my existence yesterday.  Alf helped out also as we had a problem with one of the lights only working intermittently.  Took him a while to find the problem, which ended up being a loose wire up in the rafters.  Alf was a hunt dog but through process of elimination, corrected the issue.  Going to be an incredible day so hoping to be home shortly after lunch.  See how it goes as lots of puddly little stops to make.

May 17, 2016 - 7:06 a.m.

Was a long day yesterday for both Dan and I but we managed to get quite a bit done.  The sun was shining but was still quite cool by the water.  That is all about to change.  Looks like Mother Nature will be smiling on us through to the end of the month.  I'm happy we received the amount of rain we did on the weekend as there isn't much of it in the forecast for the rest of May.  As I forecasted before, think I'll be spending a bit of time watering flowers this summer.  Heading into the high 20's the further we get into the week and think we are in for an anomaly...a beautiful Victoria Day weekend for a change.  Going to get as much work done as possible this week so we can enjoy some of it.

May 16, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.

Was an absolutely miserable day yesterday with a mixed bag of precipitation.  Rain, snow and high winds.  Temperatures very cool, around the +5 mark and down to -1 overnight but too windy for frost.  I did put my plants indoors until tomorrow, or rather Dan did.  Prefer to get the yucky weather over now as the rest of the week and long weekend looks lovely.  Yesterday Dan took a much deserved day off and just vegged.  I worked in the morning cleaning all my house appliances since my fridge was badly in need of a clean and then did the cottage laundry.  Today I'm finishing off one of the cottages that has been torn apart due to a new face lift (paint) and can hopefully have it completely finished by day's end tomorrow.  After that I can concentrate on flower gardens.  Still apprehensive on planting this weekend.  After the first full moon in June is the norm up here but I like to get it done prior to that and have been known to end up covering all my gardens with bed sheets when the frost warnings go up.  Not always a good thing to "jump the gun".  See how it goes.  Dan has boats to clean and get in the water this week.  Would also like some power washing done if he has time.  Lots to do yet...

May 15, 2016 - 6:29 a.m.

What an awful weather day yesterday.  Granted, we finally received the rain we so badly needed but it rained ALL day.  Then the cold front came through when the winds picked up.  It's still windy and temps are hovering around zero.  Only suppose to reach a high of 5 today and we currently have a few little flurries falling.  Rest of the week, especially towards the weekend looks beautiful though.  Hopefully the forecast rings true as the long weekend looks very promising.  I worked until just around lunch time and then took the rest of the day for some R&R.  One of our guests braved Lake Nipissing right around sunset yesterday.  I think the intent was to go for a swim but turned into a walk.  With the wind and cold temps, she didn't get very far before turning around and heading back to shore. Don't think she realized how far you have to go in our shallow bay to be able to "dunk".  Silly girl.  Greening Bay does tend to warm up quickly but think that may have been pushing it just a tad.  Lol.  I forgot to mention...Friday morning we had a visitor to the property.  A big old porcupine was wandering through.  Paula leant me her camera so I was able to get some fantastic shots but the poor thing ended up down by the marina and had to backtrack along the shoreline.  I got a little to close as it lifted it's quills so backed off and left it alone.  I'm sure it eventually found it's way back into our woods.  The only predator a porcupine has is a fisher and I know there are some in our neighbourhood so maybe it was seeking safety.  Don't generally see them around homes.  Pretty cool to watch though.

May 14, 2016 - 6:16 a.m.

We finally received some badly needed rain yesterday.  Was kind of odd though.  Had showers in the morning and then the sun came out after lunch but in the afternoon, there were several nasty pop ups which dumped torrential rain for a short period of time.  The brief watering likely accumulated more than the steady showers.  I worked in the morning as did Dan and then we both kind of fizzled in the afternoon.  Our guests were late arriving last night but settled in quite nicely.  They won't have the best weather but am sure they will make the most of it.  Calling for showers to start this morning with the wind shifting north late morning, early afternoon.  Unfortunately it's going to make the temperatures drop considerably.  Suppose to be below zero for the next few nights with possibility of snow showers overnight.  Ugh.  I purchased 4 flower pots mainly to help the bees which have come out of hibernation.  I know it's early but do what I can for the environment.  Will need to tuck them into the shop this morning.  We are just starting to get a green tinge on the trees so with the cold snap and then the warm weather coming our way next week, I'm sure they'll pop as the buds will be knocked off in the wind so the leaves can emerge.  Nature and its cycles are a beautiful thing.

May 13, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.

Wow, temps hit 27 here yesterday and was it warm!!  Of course it was too good to last.  Showers started overnight and it is still raining this morning.  Suppose to ease up this afternoon but we really need the rain.  Not looking like a very nice weekend as the cold front is starting to slowly make it's way here.  Tomorrow will likely be a nasty day as the winds are due to shift north bringing wind and much colder temps, dropping below zero tomorrow with possibility of snow (seriously?) tomorrow night.  The park is open as Dan turned the water on and I'm cleaning the public washrooms first thing this morning.  Was going to do it yesterday but ran out of steam.  Will definitely be doing indoor work today unless I decide to take a break.  Would really like to get a few things ticked off my list today and tomorrow and then take Sunday to myself.  Dan needs a day off also as he has been putting in long hours this week.  It's paid off though as things look great.

May 12, 2016 - 6:59 a.m.

Fabulous day yesterday.  Sunny, high of 22 and very warm.  Brought out the bugs, including the pesty little black flies but that's okay because the cold front due in on the weekend will kill all those nasty little suckers.  We don't get them too bad here as we keep everything manicured but during flower planting season, when digging in the dirt, they can be bothersome.  Dan was out and about doing some power washing among other tasks.  I did a town run and then putted around outside until supper time.  Dan's taking a risk and opening the public bathrooms this morning so I'll be cleaning them as soon as he does.  I bought three pots of flowers yesterday mainly for the bees that have come out of hibernation.  I'll need to put them in the shop for a couple of nights but that's just temporary.  Doing my part.

May 11, 2016 - 749 a.m.

I'm sitting outside with my coffee this morning watching Grady terrorize the neighbourhood.  Honestly, I had no idea deer were so frightened by domestic house cats but he chased them off.  They tried to warn him with their stomping and snorting but when Grady started running toward them, they scattered.  Now he's terrorizing the ravens, which I don't think he should tangle with.  Cheap entertainment.  Dan is still in bed.  He put in a 12 hour day yesterday but  finished everything in the park which included installing new water lines and electrical.  I completed two cottages so they are all spring cleaned in time for guests coming in this weekend.  Going to be chilly.  Hit a high of 17 and sunny yesterday, 22 today and tomorrow but cold front due in just in time for the weekend.  Still frost concerns for turning on the park water as temps are suppose to go below zero during the weekend evening hours.  At least Lake Nipissing was declared free of ice last Wednesday.

May 10, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.

Was nice and sunny yesterday but very cool and down to around zero with a frost overnight.  Seriously?  Guess Mother Nature will cooperate when she's good and ready.  Worked on cottages yesterday as I am this morning and then taking a break from it for a few days.  Weather is going to be beautiful for the next few days with temps 17 today and 21 tomorrow but then cooler temps coming in for the weekend.  Would rather be outside while it's nice and I still have lots to do.  It normally takes Dan and I until nearly the end of June to get everything done.  That includes the grounds and renovations but hoping that won't be the case this year.  Would love to have some R&R a little more often this summer.

May 8, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.

I had a great visit with Mike and Reta in Sudbury.  My cousin Mike also dropped in so was great to see him as well.  It hit the 20 degree mark while in Sudbury so was a perfect day to sit outside. I managed to get all the resort supplies and a few other things at Costco.  I drove home yesterday afternoon and it rained the entire way.  I didn't mind as we really needed the rain in this area.  Figure we got at least 1/2 inch here.  Making things green up but rather on the cool side today.  Only around 8 degrees and suppose to dip just below zero tonight.  I'm putting all the supplies away today and then starting on the cottage laundry, which I will be doing all day.  We have some tenants dropping out this morning to remove a deck.  We need to get moving on a few things as the park opens next weekend and we've yet to turn the water on.  Still concerns about frost but the rain yesterday should have helped.  

May 6, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday but got cool at times.  It wasn't until late evening I knew why.  The sun set in such a way that I could see where there is still ice on the main body of the lake in our area.  Obviously it was sinking at times yesterday forcing colder air onto shore.  There isn't very much of it left so I'm sure after today's temps of 22 degrees, it should be gone.  Dan finished the last of the fencing in the park.  He put three new ones up on the lot lines and it sure looks nice.  No mistaking lot lines now.  Lol.  I cleaned my car in the morning and then did more yard work.  Today I'm heading to Sudbury as soon as I can.  Doing my shopping for the resort and then going to have a visit with Mike and Reta.  Back tomorrow some time.

May 5, 2016 - 8:08 a.m.

Zip, nada, nothing.  We so desperately needed a good rain yesterday and all we got was a few sprinkles that lasted about 30 seconds.  Guess I'm watering the shrubs I transplanted earlier in the week.  Today and tomorrow we are in for nothing but sunshine with high teen temperatures.  This keeps up and we'll be fighting forest fires of our own as it's extremely dry and the hot season hasn't even started.  Dan had his hearing test yesterday and found his hearing is pretty much perfect.  So why am I having to repeat everything 2-3 times?  I guess selective hearing really does exist.  We will both be working outside again today.  I've a few more things I'd like to get done.  I also need to clean my car as I am driving to Sudbury tomorrow for the annual Costco run.  

May 4, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.

Another nice day yesterday.  We had a mixture of sun and cloud but the temps did reach 16 as forecasted.  Think it had to have reached at least 17 though as I received my first black fly bite of the season.  They were out as well as a lot of other insects.  So glad I bought a pot of pansies as the bees need something and the dandelions are just starting to pop their yellow heads.  Dan and I both worked outside all day again yesterday.  Things are shaping up around here.  Calling for rain