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September 26, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.

Bit of a sleepless night for me last night.  Dan on the other hand slept like the dead.  It was another sunny day yesterday but quite chilly and temperatures never hit the high they were suppose to at 14 degrees.  I ended up spending the day doing laundry for both the house and cottages.  Since I was going to be stuck by a machine all day, I rented a couple of movies.  Thoroughly enjoyed "Concussion" and it's a Lynn recommend.  "Me Before you"?  Not so much.   I'm a happy endings kind of girl.  The little fawn with the abscess on her chest came for a visit yesterday with her Mom.  It's growing at an alarming rate and she is having a difficult time walking.  I did some research yesterday and apparently, abscesses such as these are common and occur due to puncture wounds from travelling through dense bush.  They are not harmful to the animal as they are helping to deal with infection and according to what I found, will rupture in time.  I'm not sure this is accurate because if the abscess too large, the animal is unable to bow it's head down to eat.  Not to mention they hinder the animals ability to run (and escape predators).  I guess we will find out.  It's painful to watch though.

September 25, 2016 - 6:57 a.m.

Brrrrr, is it chilly this morning!  The mist is flowing on Moose Creek and there is so much clinging over the lake we can't see the island in front of our house.  Dropped to just 2 degrees overnight but I awoke to a doe and fawn taking a drink on the shoreline of the lake.  Guardedly watching me, watching them.  Needing my attention first thing yesterday morning, I ended up working on the computer first thing upon waking.  I then headed out back to join the gang for a morning pow wow and get some warm morning sun.  We had a fire Friday night but it got quite chilly very quickly so Dan and I were in the house shortly after 9:00 and don't think anyone else lasted past 10:00.  Another campfire was blazing last night but I opted not to partake and enjoyed some quiet time by myself.  I ended up watching a great movie called "The Butler".    Going to be another beautiful day today.  A lot of the park tenants have been packing up this weekend so suspect it's going to be very quiet around here come next week.  Think I'll take advantage of the outdoors today and just enjoy doing nothing that involves work or a computer.

September 23, 2016 - 8:35 a.m.

Had quite an easy day yesterday.  Understandably since it rained most of the day and evening.  Not a great day for fishing although Lake Nipissing remained calm.  After doing a bit of work in the morning, I made a new crockpot potato soup I've been wanting to try.  It was a bit too rich for my taste but had good flavour so I can doctor it more to my liking next time.  I also made an awesome beer bread so supper was easy.  Dan and I had a meeting with LNSA last night which was somewhat productive.  Good ideas but now to implement.  I've lots on my plate already but willing to help out when I can.  Met a few interesting people last night also.  We were home in time for me to watch the premier of The Blacklist and it didn't disappoint.  I didn't get to bed until late though.  Kept hearing a deer snort outside my window.  It was there for several hours so must have been resting.

September 22, 2016 - 8:50 a.m.

Well I had quite the restless night last night.  Don't know what that was all about as it wasn't even a full moon.  I woke up this morning with my head at the other end of the bed so must have really been tossing and turning.  Yesterday I did some house cleaning and then made a great batch of beef stroganoff and some homemade cookies for supper.  Spent the afternoon doing some research online.  I managed to watch the pilot for "Lethal Weapon" last night and quite enjoyed it.  Violence with comedy.  Lol.  It was another beautiful day but they are calling for showers and thunderstorms today as a cooler system moves in.  Our fishermen had a tough time getting out of the harbour yesterday but guess the fish they caught was worth the struggle.  Today should be the only bad weather day they'll have during their stay as long as the wind doesn't kick up and stick around.  Since the winds are due to be blowing north, I wouldn't be surprised if the hummingbirds take advantage and hitch a ride south on it.  They are usually gone by this time of year but I've still seen a few around.  Love the hummingbirds and will be sad to see them go.

September 21, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday.  Temperatures were close to the mid 20's, it was bright and sunny with a mild lake breeze.  Lovely.  Dan and Alf went to town to pick up an engine and ended up going for a drive.  They drove around Lake Nosbonsing in it's entirety which Paula and I did last week.  Nice drive and nice to get out and about.  I was in town until around 1:00.  Have to say they are doing a great job on the resurfacing of Wasi Road (Hwy 654) but a little extra time is definitely needed if you are on a schedule.  Lots of construction going on in the Bay as well.  Guess it's the season and with the weather being unseasonably warm it is giving extra time for road maintenance projects.  Why after 3 long years they are still tying up the Lakeshore exit is beyond me but they need to get that completed asap.  Major pain in the butt.  Woke up this morning to a doe and her fawn just outside my bedroom window.  Hope that's a sign of good things to come today.  Never get tired of seeing it.  One fawn who I'm assuming pierced itself on something, has a large pus ball between its front legs.  If it isn't lanced soon, the poor thing could die.  The larger it gets, the more difficult it will be for the poor little thing to eat and run so is easy prey for predators.  We had a big doe with one a few years back and our neighbour shot the ball, which drained it and the doe was fine afterwards.  So sad to see though but all part of nature.

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

Both Dan and I had a busy day yesterday.  Not quite sure how much we accomplished but the day flew by.  Dan did end up having to go to town for parts so Alf joined him and they went out for lunch.  I worked steadily most of the day and then had an early supper before heading into the Bay with Craig and Ginny for my Spanish class.  Was a little intense last night but now we can read Spanish pretty well, it's retaining and speaking it that's the problem.  A lot of memory work but we should be able to communicate in a Spanish speaking country once the course is complete.  I don't think we'll be able to sit down and have full conversations but can likely get what we need.  Pretty interesting, very confusing but a lot of fun.  I'm off to town again this morning.  Another chiropractor appointment and then errands.  Going to be another beautiful day, as it was yesterday, even though we had a little rain after dark last night.  Sun is shining this morning and it's a little breezy but warm.

September 19, 2016 - 6:42 a.m.

The sun came out periodically yesterday and the temperature was hovering just above 20 so all in all, a nice day.  It is somewhat foggy this morning but as the sun rises, should burn off fairly quickly.  Calling for a high of 24 today and as all of our pressing work is done, we might just be able to put our feet up for a bit.  I have my Spanish class tonight so won't be venturing too far though.  Dan graded the beach for likely the last time this year.  The water is so low now, haven't seen a lot of boat traffic coming in and out of our harbour this past week.  Two boats were put on their trailers yesterday so might be time to put our boats away for the season as well.  Most of the trailer park tenants are starting to pack up and take things home as we close on October 1st and then the winterizing begins.  I've a few projects to tackle in October and actually looking forward to it.  I finally received an appointment with my surgeon on October 25th so hopefully won't have to wait long after that to get the carpal tunnel looked after.  A 15 minute operation but months of waiting for the initial appointment.  It's been over a year now.  Good thing it wasn't something too serious and I'll certainly be glad to get rid of the wrist support I've been wearing all this time.  I'll also be glad to finally (hopefully) be able to use my thumb again since it hasn't been able to bend for a couple of months.  Never realized how much I need my thumb until I couldn't use it anymore :)

September 18, 2016 - 7:35 a.m.

Great day yesterday but the weather could have been better.  We received a ton of rain, on and off all day.  The clouds finally parted just around supper time so the stars were out last night.  I worked until around 1:00 and then Paula and I began a dominoes game.  Ginny and Donna ended up dropping by for a visit and we never did finish our game, which we will because Paula was actually beating me for a change.  Lol.  Dan and Alf hung out in the shop all day, mostly to repair a light.  I cooked supper up at the house for the four of us and Larry and Trish ended up joining us.  I made lasagna and spinach salad, Paula contributed her homemade herbed cheesie beer bread, which was delicious and Trish brought the dessert so it was a lovely meal with good company.  Afterwards we ventured back to the park and had a nice campfire (once the boys got it going) and just stargazed.  Days don't get much better.  Have a bit of work again today but want to veg for the most part.  The sun looks like it is going to come out so maybe even beach it if it's warm enough.  Suppose to be in the 20's and quite pleasant this morning.  Maybe sit outside to finish our dominoes game :)

September 17, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.

Wow, what a gorgeous day yesterday.  I did some cleaning and then headed outside and cleaned my windows.  Was warm and reached a high of 23 but today it's nothing but cloudy and showers.  I actually turned the heat on in the whole house last night to get the dampness out.  I usually have some heat on by now.  Dan worked outside most of the day.  Seems like he's using the leaf blower almost daily trying to keep up with the cedar nuts the squirrels are dropping.  Although it's been such a dry hot summer, the trees have produced an over abundance of nuts and seeds.  Nature's way of feeding itself over a harsh winter.  Forecasters can say what they want. I watch nature and we are in for snow and lots of it.  Not sure what I'm doing today but we are having company for supper as I made a lasagna.  Great day for it as the oven will keep the dampness away although we are hoping for a campfire tonight.  Paula and Alf invited us for one last night but neither one of us was up for it.  If no fire, there is always dominoes!

September 16, 2016 - 7:59 a.m.

Was a chilly day yesterday and a tad cloudy so did most of my work indoors.  I made scalloped potatoes and lasagna (two different meals) in the morning, cleaned the house and then started washing windows but ended up polishing silver jewellery.  Figure that one out.  Lol.  Dan cut some grass and then Paula and Alf joined us for supper, thus the scalloped potatoes.  Going to be a nicer day today and sunny so am planning on washing some more windows (those that are shaded) this morning and then hoping to get out on the boat as the temps are due to hit 23.  Was cold again last night and down to 9 degrees but looks like it'll be warmer this evening.  Still, a roaring campfire will be required if we want to sit out after dark.  

September 15, 2016 - 7:38 a.m.

What a very misty morning this morning.  It is pouring up the creek and into the bay and is so thick we can't even see Whiskey Island in front of our place.  There was a very heavy dew last night as well but perfectly understandable as it was pretty cold last night with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees.  Yesterday was rather cool as well but we have some nice weather in the forecast for the next few days.  Sunny this morning with a high of 19 and 23 tomorrow.  Invited Paula and Alf for supper tonight so am bbq'ing, for sure.  Had a busy day yesterday, did some running in town.  Today Maureen is coming in to clean a couple of cottages while I tackle a few other things.  Definitely starting  to wind down around here and suspect the park will be busy this weekend with people getting ready to close their trailers for the season.

September 14, 2016 - 7:37 a.m.

She's a little chilly this morning at 9 degrees celcius.  The cold front came in around 11:00 last night when the wind picked up again.  Definitely a blow day today and no boats will be leaving the harbour.  Dan spent the day with his friends who are visiting the area and had a great time celebrating his birthday.  Mr. Funsie was on the circuit.  Lol.  I had a great day myself.  I went to the chiropractor and discovered my pelvis had locked up so one leg was shorter than the other.  Explains a lot.  He adjusted my back but I have to go back again next week.  That said, after my appointment, as Paula was with me, we went for a drive to Mattawa, had a nice lunch, did a little shopping then drove around Lake Nosbonsing.  All in all, a very pleasant day.  Dan and I really need to start taking Sunday drives and do a little more exploring as it's good for the soul.  Today I'm doing my town run since it's cold and overcast.  Going to make lasagna for the weekend as it's more conducive than bbq'ing.

September 13, 2016 - 7:51 a.m.

What a beautiful day we had yesterday.  Was in the mid 20's, sunny and just a really nice day.  I should have held off on my cottage cleaning and enjoyed the outdoors but it had to be done.  I cleaned a couple  of cottages and then puttered around outside for a bit before having an early supper.  Afterwards I headed to North Bay with Ginny and Craig as the 3 of us are taking a Spanish class together.  It's a 6 week course geared towards allowing travellers whose destination is a Spanish speaking country, be able to communicate on a limited basis.  Our first night was very interesting and very intense but I think I'll be able to use the knowledge I'm going to obtain to my benefit and looking forward to my trip to Mexico this year.  I haven't told any of my friends I'm taking the class as I want to surprise them.  Besides, it's a fun way to spend my Monday nights this autumn.  Who knows.  If I find I really like Spanish, I may take a more advanced course afterwards.  Today Dan is taking some friends fishing and I am heading to the chiropractor this morning.  Not sure what I'm doing this afternoon but will likely have a visit with Paula and Alf as they arrived at the trailer sometime last night.  Maybe get in a game of dominoes?

September 12, 2016 - 7:12 a.m.

Saturday night was something else.  I couldn't get to sleep which was kind of a good thing as about 2:00 in the morning, the wind came through like a hammer.  High winds around 80 km/hr came barrelling through so I ran outside on our deck to get my flower pots to a safer location.  When I moved one of the pots, a little bat who was seeking shelter behind it flew up and had to struggle against the wind.  Lost sight of it so hopefully the poor thing survived.  We lost power as we usually do during inclement weather so was unable to update my blog yesterday.  The culprit turned out to be a partially downed birch tree on our road which had fallen on the hydro wires.  Power was restored by 11:30 and by that time, I was busy doing clean up.  We didn't have one chair remain standing on our beach and our bbq cover ended up on top of the hydro pole on our house rooftop.  It's still there as we haven't a clue how to get it down.  Dan was busy playing "pick up sticks" most of the day but had the property cleaned up by mid afternoon.  Seems most of the damage was around the beach area.  We think a down draught might have gone through as there wasn't a lot of damage elsewhere in the area.

September 10, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.

What a beautifully gorgeous day yesterday.  Temperatures were very warm but very comfortable and the wind died down mid morning so everyone was fishing.  Calm today but calling for rain to start later this afternoon into the overnight hours.  I didn't do a lot but did clean my house.  Washed all the mats in the house and then hung them outside to dry.  I would really love a clothesline but don't think our guests would appreciate seeing my undies blowing in the wind.  Lol.  I have a little squirrel making quite the racket this morning.  He is dropping cedar nuts on our steel roof.  Like he doesn't have enough.  Been a busy little critter lately and Dan keeps blowing them into a pile behind a cottage (at my request) so he doesn't lose his store for the winter.  Quite the pile has been amassed over the past few weeks and once the snow comes, I'm sure there will be snow tunnels from his nest to the food stores all over the place.  I'll need to be careful where I step.

September 9, 2016 - 8:24 a.m.

Just a tad late updating this morning.  Dan started banging around at 5:00 this morning so after rolling over, took me a while to get back to sleep.  What?  Does he think this is ice fishing season?  Lol.  The cold front came in overnight and it is currently blowing out of the west at a pretty good clip.  Looking like a blow day at the moment, which I'm hoping will calm down enough so our fishermen can actually get out on the lake.  The air is certainly cleaner and the wind is blowing out the clouds so hopefully the daytime heating will settle things down.  I feel badly but we can't control the weather.  I'm cleaning most of the day today.  Cottage for sure and want to tackle my house and do a little de-cluttering as I'd like to do a little painting next week.  Mainly Dan's man cave aka "Stinky's Room".  Going to be a project but should only take a couple of days.  Should save it for after we close for the season but I already have a pretty long "honey do" list :)

September 8, 2016 - 7:51 a.m.

Yesterday was busy for the most part. I got Lyn to the airport and off on the first leg of her journey home to Chatham.  Was a great visit and I think she could have easily spent another week here as she was loving the peace and quiet, that is nature.  We didn't get any thunderstorms overnight, at least that I heard but we did get some rain which is welcome.  It was starting to get quite dusty again and everything needed a drink.  It's currently overcast with very comfortable temperatures at around 20 degrees but the cold front is due in today.  I just spent the past 30 minutes outside waiting to get a video of the Canadian geese in their natural habitat, taking flight.  Must say, they still need some practice forming their "V" shape during lift off especially if they are planning a long flight south.  We have quite the large flock residing in our bay as we do every year but it will still be another month or so before they leave permanently.  To see the video I took this morning, please go to Greening Bay's Facebook page.

September 7, 2016 - 7:28 a.m.

What a scorcher of a day yesterday.  Very hot and very humid and temps reaching 30 degrees in some places.  Very uncomfortable and didn't get below 20 overnight.  Very gray and foggy this morning but can see a bit of a lightening sky on the horizon.  I don't think see we'll any rain just yet but likely this evening.  Had a great day in town yesterday and hoping to veg today with Miss Lyn before taking her to the airport this afternoon.  Dan was up at 5:00 this morning banging around so not sure what's on his agenda today but can pretty much guarantee he'll be needing a nap this afternoon :)

September 6, 2016 - 7:33 a.m.

We certainly can't complain about the weather we've been experiencing in recent days.  Another gorgeous day yesterday with a high of 27 and plenty of sunshine. I worked for a good part of the day as Maureen is coming in today to clean so needed to get a few things organized.  Donna dropped over for a quick visit in the afternoon and Lyn vegged all day.  I have been keeping her pretty busy so not surprised she needed a break.  Today we are heading into town for a bit of shopping and some lunch.  Lyn has been here for several visits in the past but has never really seen much of North Bay.  Not quite sure what the weather will bring as it's suppose to be scorching hot but that could also bring a thunderstorm our way.  Calling for rain tomorrow but we could use it.  It's starting to get dry and dusty again and I needed to do some watering yesterday even though the nights have been cooling right down.

September 5, 2016 - 8:40 a.m.

This is most certainly shaping up to be a most awesome weekend.  We had another good day with friends, sunshine and great food yesterday.  I don't know what I did for most of the day yesterday but I didn't stop.  Once I did, Lyn, Dan and I headed over to Donna and Mitchell's around 4:00 for a friend/neighbourhood gathering.  Had a great time, enjoyed a campfire and headed home around 9:30.  We had plans to go to the French River today but they have fallen through due to unforeseen circumstances so not sure what we are doing today.  I think Lyn and Dan are socialized out and will likely just want to veg today.  I have a cottage I could clean if I am so inclined but definitely want my work done by noonish as it's going to be hot (high of 26 not including the humidex) and sunny.  Just looking forward to enjoying this beautiful weather today.

September 4, 2016 - 8:27 a.m.

Another wonderful day yesterday.  Dan and I worked in the morning and then headed out on the pontoon with Annie and Lyn around noon.  We putted around and ended up at the waterfront in North Bay.  Headed over to the Manitous and then South Bay.  Had just a great afternoon.  We headed back to shore and put on a fry.  All around great day and everyone tucked in early, most by 9:00.  Another warm sunny day in store and we are going to Donna and Mitch's later this afternoon for a last "summer potluck meal" get together.  Won't be long before the potato salad and devilled eggs are replaced with chili and homemade soup.  Couldn't ask for a better weekend of sun and fun!!

September 3, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.

Just a wonderful day yesterday.  Was very cool in the morning but much to our surprise and delight, it warmed up very nicely in the afternoon.  The temperature didn't get much higher then 20 but sitting in the sun was plenty warm enough for bathing suits.  Lyn and I went over to Annie's for an afternoon visit and ended up having some of our neighbourhood friends join in.  Annie made her awesome nachos and then cooked up some corn and hot dogs for everyone.  Was an excellent day.  Home early and all in bed by 10:00.  I have a check out this morning and then I think we are heading out on the boat.  I would really like to go down to the French today but that'll depend on what time we are able to get away.  I have prepared everything for a fry this evening so at least supper is already made.  We are definitely enjoying the most out of this last long weekend of the summer as autumn is in the air.  The cool nights (we could see our breath last night) are upon us so the amazing hot weather is on the way out.

September 2, 2016 - 6:55 a.m.

Had a pretty great day yesterday even though the weather could have been better.  Was overcast, windy and quite chilly so I made a pot of chili for lunch and put some chicken and vegetables in the crock pot for supper.  I also tidied the house and while I was doing that Lyn zipped into town for what was suppose to be breakfast items (since I only have smoothies).  Five bags later, I don't think Lyn is going to starve on this visit.  Lol.  Silly girl.  Afterwards, the two of us did some weeding, deadheading and watering.  I am hoping for another month of blooms as the flowers have new growth after pretty much perishing in the drought this summer.  With the cooler weather, most of them should come back.  I do think we are in for early snow this year and noticed Red (our resident deer) last night is already starting to molt.  Won't be long before she gets her winter coat and colour.  It is still chilly this morning as it dropped to 7 degrees overnight and the wind is still blowing out of the north but the sun is out and the wind suppose to settle down.  Lyn and I are heading to Annie's this afternoon.  We were hoping for weather warm enough to swim but may just have to settle for keeping warm in the sun and out of the wind.  See what the day brings but am sure we'll have a great day regardless.  Shaping up to be a nice, if not a tad busy weekend.

September 1, 2016 - 7:53 a.m.

Scary stuff.  It's September already.  Not ready for autumn yet but looks like our weather is giving it to us today.  Cold front started coming in early last night but hopefully it will only last the day as the weather is due to warm up a little more each day throughout the weekend.  I picked Lyn up at the airport yesterday and then we went out for lunch and made a few stops.  Once here, we had a catch up visit and ended up sitting on the beach with the sun shining on us.  Annie joined us briefly and then I cooked a nice steak dinner.  Dan worked outside yesterday and finished his yard work and did a dump run.  Not sure what's on the agenda today.  I've a little house cleaning to do this morning while Lyn zips into town and then we talked about doing some dead heading in the gardens until the sun comes out.  Hopefully it will be out this afternoon so maybe we can play some dominoes or something.  So very good to see my friend.

August 31, 2016 - 6:37 a.m.

Wow, what a day yesterday.  Had some awesome thunderstorms in the morning and lots of rumbling later in the day with heavy rain at times.  I cleaned a cottage in the morning and then headed to town on errands.  Couldn't believe the line up at Service Ontario as everyone was trying to renew plates, etc. before the rate hikes.  I renewed both Dan and my plates, as well as our sled stickers, and a new health card and license for me.  Cha Ching.  Did a ton of  running after that and got home close to 5:00 and by the time I unpacked and organized, didn't sit down until after 6:00.  Did a few more things after supper and finally headed to bed around 10:00.  Had to set the alarm this morning, which I detest, as I have to be in town by 8:30 for a hair appointment.  Then heading to the airport to pick Lyn up this morning.  Lyn is flying in from Chatham for a visit.  She is a very good long time friend who also goes on my girls' Mexico trips.  So looking forward to her visit and looks like it is shaping up to be a lovely weekend.  Have things organized from the business perspective so will be able to get some R&R in.  Dan is finishing the ground maintenance today as he had to go to town also yesterday and would also like to get some down time in on this last long weekend of the summer.

August 30, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.

Don't ask me what I did yesterday but I never stopped.  Did a little of everything and finally finished my last load of laundry around 8:30 last night.  It was one of those days where the universe conspired against me and nothing went right.  Today is another day.  I'm cleaning a cottage this morning and then heading to town as I have a lot of errands.  Perfect day for it as they are calling for thunderstorms and rain.  Radar is showing it will start shortly but don't think it will last much passed noon unless something more develops.  Dan did yard maintenance yesterday and not much more needs doing so he can take the day to himself "Lynn" free.  Hope he relaxes and enjoys the peace and quiet :)

August 29, 2016 - 8:11 a.m.

Was a weird weather day yesterday to say the least.  Was overcast and very humid all morning and then the sun made an appearance a little later on.  Clouds moved in late afternoon but there were just a couple of really bad ones which dumped a good inch of rain in a very short period of time right while we were starting our fry.  We waited it out although it was somewhat inconvenient as everything was soaking but we persevered.  Had a lovely fish fry back at Larry and Trish's.  I called it an early night hoping to get some rest but it wasn't to be.  Around 12:30 this morning a huge crash boom bang woke me up.  Scared me half to death.  Finally found the source which was a tipped over lamp (now broken and headed for the garbage) and a large uprooted, free from its pot, house plant laying on the floor.  Dirt everywhere.  I cleaned up what I could, or more so, felt like cleaning, at that time of day.  Still not sure who the culprit is but willing to bet it was gray and furry and goes by the name "Grady".  So I've a nice little mess to clean up first thing this morning.  Then about 4:00 there was some more sleep interruption when a stray cat showed up outside our door and decided to torment my kitties.  Lots of door banging and hissing going on.  Regardless to say, I'm dragging a bit this morning but my cats are happy as clams.  Guess it could be worse.  I could have teenagers instead ;)

August 28, 2016 - 7:56 a.m.

What a wonderful day yesterday!!  We finished our work by 11:30 and then headed out on the pontoon.  Since the girls had gone shopping, Alf joined us and since Mitch was out of town visiting friends, Donna also joined us.  Let's start some rumours.  Lol.  We had a great ride and ended up going to the Tavern for a late lunch/early supper.  It started to "spit" on our way home and we arrived back to the dock just shy of 5:00 when it actually started to rain for a few hours.  We joined in for a happy hour with some of the park, all huddled under Larry's awning for some great hors d'ouvres.  We were all pretty spent and since the weather was somewhat gloomy, Dan and I called it an early evening.  Today we are having a fish fry a little later but again, the weather is pretty gloomy.  There is rain in the region, especially on the north shore but it's holding off here.  Hoping the sky will brighten in the next couple of hours otherwise the fry will have to be in the picnic shelter.  We do what we can :)

August 27, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.

And...I'm off...right shortly to clean a cottage.. Only one to clean today so not too bad.  Regular guest as well (knows the routine and can check himself in) so hoping to get on the boat today.  Been blowing all week so today is the day.  Was beautiful yesterday but I was feeling a little under the weather.  Medication issues more than anything else.  Sucks when you are feeling great but the doctor ups your dosage and your body has to adjust but this too shall pass.  Dan was fighting a losing battle again yesterday.  We have a Northern red squirrel who has made it's nest in a clump of cedar trees outside our door.  It has been hoarding the cedar nuts and keeps piling them around the trees.  Dan keeps using his leaf blower to blow them away but every day, they are all piled back up.  I asked Dan to blow them into a pile close by so the squirrel has access to it's food source but apparently 25 feet away isn't close enough.  Lol.  Amazing little creatures to watch.  We had an extra deer show up last night so think they will be bringing out their fawns in the next week or so and starting to "herd up" soon.  This is the time of the year they start to gather together so suspect there will be a lot more deer looking for corn and apples in the not too distant future.

August 26, 2016 - 8:04 a.m.

What a nice day I had yesterday.  Maureen came in and cleaned a cottage and the public washrooms for me and since that wasn't on my plate, decided to do something for myself for a change.  I ended up cleaning my car and then restocked my freezer for our next deep fry by making wontons, egg rolls and pickles which took the whole afternoon.  Dan finished cutting the grass and weed eating so property looks good for the weekend.  I headed over to Annie's just after 4:00 and Ginny, Donna, Annie and I headed to Sundridge for supper at Michael's on Main.  The only complaint I have about his restaurant is the portions are way too big.  Considering everyone was leaving with "doggy bags", I don't think I'm alone in that observation.  I had the butter chicken, which Dan finished off when I got home, Ginny had a very similar dish except vegetarian, Donna had the fish and chips and the birthday girl (Annie) had prime rib.  Was a wonderful evening.  Today I may or may not clean a cottage as I've one checking out a day early to beat the traffic.  Will save me having to clean it tomorrow but will see what the day brings.  It's a little cloudy out at the moment but suppose to clear.  Dan and I are wanting to get a pontoon boat ride in sometime in the next few days so hope the weather stays in the mid 20's as forecasted.  Before you know it, the snow will be falling and I think we're in for rather a lot of it this year.  I also think it will be coming early.

August 25, 2016 - 8:15 a.m.

Wow, she's a humid one today and I think it's only going to get worse as the day progresses.  We did receive some rain late yesterday and overnight but no thunderstorm.  We really haven't had a good thunder dunder all season and was kind of hoping for a light show last night.  The sky has just started to clear and looks like we are in for a hot one today with the humidex factor, up to 33.  Not sure what I'm doing today but this afternoon, I'm heading to Annie's to meet up with her, Donna and Ginny.  We are taking Annie out for her 65th birthday supper at Michael's on Main in Sunridge.  Great food and prices are reasonable.  Looking  forward to it.

August 24, 2016 - 8:03 a.m.

We had a pretty uneventful day yesterday.  It was definitely windy though.  Skip and Tracy tried fishing with Frank but the wind came up and Tracy ended up with motion sickness so they returned to shore.  It's no fun being on a boat when you're being tossed around or having to hold on for dear life.  I did my town run yesterday and that was about the extent of my day.  This morning I'm doing some cooking for the freezer after I water the window boxes and then we are hoping to get on the boat.  Suppose to hit at least 29 today, very humid but calling for thunderstorms and showers to develop later this afternoon.  The news was saying yesterday that depending on how severe the thunderstorms are, we could get up to 50 mm of rain.  A nice watering would do but we certainly don't need quite that much.

August 23, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

It is shaping up to be a lovely week.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and the temperatures very comfortable.  It felt like autumn in the air but let's not dwell on it.  Going to be warmer today with a high of 25 and possibility of a thunderstorm later this afternoon.  I'm heading to town  this morning and then hoping to do a little gardening.  May need to water some flowers but see how the day goes.  All my flowers look like they've seen much better days.  Between the nasty wind from Sunday, the colder nights now and the heat of the summer, most have peaked or just managed to hang on.  Good day to be on the water but it will have to wait until tomorrow when we are hoping to get out.  Considering it's going to at least 29 will be a great day for it.  Hopefully Lake Nipissing is still nice and warm for swimming.

August 22, 2016 - 7:52 a.m.

What an amazing day yesterday.  The weather was the pits due to the cold front blowing through but we had a great time regardless.  Headed over to Annie's with Skip and Tracy Prokop (who are friends and guests) where we joined our hostess Annie, Ginny, Craig, Donna, Mitch, Craig M and Dave.  Had an awesome fry which unfortunately had to be held indoors as it was just too windy outside but did we eat.  Pickerel, shrimp, chicken wings, wontons, dill pickles, onion rings.  The only thing healthy was the broccoli salad I made but not very people ate it, they were all inhaling the good stuff.  Today is considerably cleaner and cooler air.  Temp only suppose to hit low 20's but the sun is shining and the wind has settled down.  It was 4 years ago today that my Mom passed away.  I can't believe she has been gone that long and I miss her.  Mom's are the one constant in your life who love you unconditionally.  Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your mothers, appreciate her while you can!!

August 21, 2016 - 6:40 a.m.

Was an excellent day yesterday.  The weather cooperated as the rain stayed away but it was very hot and humid.  A bunch of us girls had to drag chairs Ito the water at Trudy's to cool our feet off at one point. Great company, excellent food but I headed home just shy of 8:30 to watch the Tragically Hip concert televised last night.  Was an excellent concert, emotional at times and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Today we are supposed to head to Annie's for a fry but the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating at the moment.  It is torrentially down pouring, which is what woke me up, however it is suppose to taper off with possibility of showers this afternoon.  Also suppose to cool things down.  I'm just hoping it doesn't get windy so we can enjoy the day.

August 20, 2016 - 8:02 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday but rather humid with temps reaching 28.  I hate to say it but I'm kind of "hot weathered out".  Not ready for autumn yet but a little less intense heat would be nice.  Changeover today but am not going to be completely rushed off my feet as things are starting to slow down a little.  Most families are starting to get their kids geared up for school so not many coming in starting this week.  I have ladies night today at Trudy's starting around 4:00 but am planning on being home for 8:30 so I can watch the final Tragically Hip concert on CBC tonight.  God is taking so many talented musicians this year it's just so sad.

August 18, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.

Looks like the next two days are going to be gorgeous.  Mostly sunny with high's of 26 and 28 but rain in the forecast for the weekend.  Yep, looks like we're back to more normal weather.  It was nice for most of the day yesterday but started getting quite humid by late morning.  We ended up getting quite the "shower" in the afternoon.  The rain was quite heavy at one point but things cleared up nicely considering.  For those in the neighbourhood that aren't aware...the new owners of the old Mike Buyers farm have 3 cows on the loose and have had for a nearly a week.  They've been residing between Hinchburger And Greening Bay sometimes in the bush, sometimes in the pastures.  If you see them, you may want to drop in on Sam (at the farm) and let him know as he's been trying to catch them.  There is a large gray coloured hefer and two smaller ones.  Apparently when they were being unloaded, they got spooked and ran off so aren't even familiar with "home" or the area.  This is reminiscent of the time we had what we thought was an ox running down our beach.  Took weeks for the owner to find it.  Hopefully they will be caught soon.  Also, whoever owns the friendly Rottweiler who shows up periodically (I think you live somewhere across Moose Creek on Birchgrove), he was here again yesterday and then ended up down by Cozy Cove...you really need to keep the dog in your yard.  He has been running the deer and scaring children.  

August 17, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.

Looks like we are going to have mixed bag of weather today.  It's currently overcast on the horizon and parts of us overhead but we also have a little sun peaking through.  May get a thunderstorm or a little rain also.  I think we've received enough rain now as it rained all day yesterday with the sun only making an appearance around supper time, which seems to be the norm.  We are back to seasonal temps now with the daytime high's in the low to mid 20's and nighttime mid teen's.  Tomorrow is the "sturgeon" full moon and it's going to be a strong one which could also be affecting the weather.  I had a difficult time sleeping last night until I finally closed the drapes around 3:00.  I'm sure it will be worse for me the next couple of nights.  Lake Nipissing water levels have risen so thankfully we received the rain we needed to enable boats in and out of the harbour.  Was looking a lot like the low water levels in 2010 and quite scary there for a week or so.  All of our dead grass has started to come back and the healthier grass greened right up but it's too late for some of my flowers and most of the wild ones have long ago peaked.  Doubt I'll have much autumn colour as those flowers have been struggling all along.  The leaves are already changing and starting to fall which I think the drought has a lot to do with as it seems a tad early this year.  Don't think the autumn leaves in Ontario will be very vibrant this year :(

August 16, 2016 - 7:57 a.m.

Good soggy day to you!!  Rain hasn't started here yet, but it's coming.  Don't think this next round has a prayer of missing us but just hoping it's not torrential like other places in Ontario.  Shame what happened in Louisiana and certainly hope Canadians don't experience the same fate.  I know we can use every bit of rain coming or way though.  Whatever happened to the nice overnight showers followed by beautiful summer days?  At least nature seems to be enjoying everything greening back up.  We had a wee fawn frolicking in our park yesterday.  It was by itself so I'm sure it's mother wasn't far.  Was skittish of course but was walking about for sometime and seemed to be enjoying Dan's pampered, newly grown grass.  Now we just have to keep the geese off it.  They've started gathering and have been practicing their flight patterns, which is awesome to watch but we don't want them on the grass just yet.  Once colder weather comes in and the park closes for the season, no problem.

August 15, 2016 - 7:46 a.m.

What a wonderfully relaxing day Dan and I had yesterday.  It was too rough, too cloudy and too chilly to venture to the French so we compromised and had a nice brunch at Trish and Larry's.  All 4 of us were in the same state of mind so went to our separate corners afterwards for some R&R.  Both Dan and I had an afternoon nap and I did some reading.  The sun came out around supper time and it is sunny again this morning.  Temps went down to 15 overnight so a tad chilly this morning but due to reach 27 this afternoon.  As long as the humidity doesn't rise along with the temperatures, I'm good with it.  I need to zip into Callander this morning and then plan on doing some gardening.  Really need to dead head and weed.  Nothing pressing at the moment so I can piddle around this week.  We seem to have a chicken hawk or some such predator coming around our bird feeder so am hoping to spot it today and light off a firecracker.  Don't need it around here wreaking havoc.  I've seen and injured squirrel, an injured chipmunk and remnants of two black birds and a chick-a-dee.  Time to move this hawk along.

August 14, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.

We had a very busy day yesterday but managed to finish up all our work by about 3:00.  Our guests all arrived safely if not a little travel worn.  The rain continued all day, heavy at times and when all was said and done, we received about 7 1/2 inches here.  It was badly needed and the grass, trees and plants absorbed all of it rather quickly.  Still overcast and windy here but the sun is due to come out a little later today.  We had plans to go to the Chaudier Lodge for lunch today with Trish and Larry but had to cancel.  A little too rough on Lake Nipissing for my liking and that's a long way to go for lunch if the boat ride isn't going to be any fun.  Nice weather is coming our way for the next week.  Temps in the mid to high 20's with plenty of sun.  Just hope the extreme heat doesn't develop again.

August 13, 2016 - 7:04 a.m.

We are most certainly getting the rain we needed.  Dan had said Thursday he was afraid that once it started, it wouldn't stop.  We do need all we are getting but it has kind of "dampened" the weekend.  Pardon the pun.  It can rain all day as I have the cottage changeover today but I was rather hoping I could have seen the meteor showers last night.  Considering our location, it would have been phenomenal from here.  I cleaned an early checkout cottage as well as the house yesterday and then made some bacon yum yum, wontons and deep fried pickles.  After that, I made a nice rib dinner for Dan and I so my day was pretty much spent in the kitchen.  Good day for it.  We were hoping to get down to the French tomorrow but the weather isn't looking all that conducive.  Suppose to rain on and off all day today with clouds tomorrow morning and sunny breaks in the afternoon.  Temperatures are the high teens but will get progressively warmer as the week goes on.  Just hoping it doesn't cause the humidity to escalate.  Still, gotta love the weather we are getting this year for sure.  The squirrels are busy gathering right now and since they aren't burying the cedar nuts, I'm guessing we're in for a lot of snow this winter.  Sounds silly but animals just tend to know.

August 12, 2016 - 8:25 a.m.

I'm late this morning but have a very good reason.  RAIN!!!  We finally got some rain!  We turned off the air conditioning last night when the temps inside were the same as outside.  It just couldn't keep up.  As a result, both of us had a hard time falling asleep.  Finally drifted off and then around 4:00 this morning, a nice little thunder storm and rain went through.  It was short lived but then the rain started again around 6:00.  It's just starting to slow down now.  I only hope we received enough to nicely water everything but it's doubtful.  We need an all day rain, for sure.  There is a beautiful breeze this morning which will definitely make life easier today.  Our temps have been higher and more humid here than most parts of Ontario and the Southern States.  Such sweet relief.  I didn't get the cottage cleaned yesterday as it was just too hot.  I did clean the public washrooms in the early morning but that was enough.  Headed for cooler air and puddled around doing odd jobs in the house.  Dan finished weed eating but he was finding the heat unbearable yesterday as well.  Today is another day and fingers crossed we still get some more precipitation before it's over.

August 11, 2016 - 6:31 a.m.

Another day, another scorcher.  Did some watering, office work and cleaning yesterday morning and was done by about 1:00.  There just is no relief.  Trish came out and then Ginny and Donna kayaked over and the 4 of us sat on the deck out of the sun for the afternoon as there was a lovely breeze.  We went for a swim and tried to stay as cool as possible.  Even our guests couldn't stay in the sun for long once the high afternoon sun was beaming down.  A few of the braver ones tried sitting out in the water in a large raft but didn't last very long.  Nobody was even boating unless they had a canopy of some sort.  It's just too dangerous when it's that hot.  Dan cleaned the fish cleaning station as you can't let the waste sit (as you could imagine) and did some grass cutting and weed eating but even he couldn't do much.  Dan actually had his head shaved (thanks Maxine) as he's just been too hot the past couple of weeks.  Gotta say I'm digging the new look.  Lol.  I'm heading out right shortly to clean the public bathrooms and then have a cottage to clean.  Hopefully I can get both done before it gets too hot.  I saw on Facebook yesterday that an air conditioned government office closed their doors for the day with a sign on the door stating "due to the temperature of the office, we have closed business for today".  Please.  Can you say "entitled"?  I'd hate to be a paver, roofer or outdoor physical labourer about now.  Be careful out there people and please stay well hydrated as the heat continues today.

August 10, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.

And the drought continues.  North Bay and area have now implemented a total open air fire ban which likely won't be removed any time soon.  No rain in the forecast until Friday and that could very well change.  Heat warning still in place for today and considering it didn't cool down much at all last night, bet it won't take long to hit the 30 degree mark this morning.  I truly pity all the southern Ontario folk who are sitting in 40 degree weather with no relief.  As much as I'm no longer use to the high humidity (and don't like it) at least I can go jump in the lake.  Dan hasn't much on his plate these days as the little green grass we have left certainly doesn't need cutting.  I spent the whole day in town yesterday, got back around 4:00 and was thankful we had turned the air conditioner on in the morning.  We usually shut it off and open the house up at night but that won't be happening until this bout of extreme heat breaks.  I'm watering some flowers today again.  Was hoping I could hold off but a few were wilting terribly by the time I got home yesterday  I'm determined to keep them alive until the cooler weather becomes the norm as they will come back from the hell they are having to endure this summer.  Hoping to possibly get on the boat today but see how things go.  Might just want to park it in the air conditioning and out of the sun.

August 9, 2016 - 7:10 a.m.

What a difference a day and lots of drugs makes.  Feeling much better today and would like to thank the makers of Gravol and Imodium. Lol.  Didn't go very far yesterday and managed to get plenty of rest but today I need to head to town.  Lots of errands to run but hoping to be back shortly after lunch and perhaps venture out on the boat.  We have a heat warning in effect until Friday when the cold front is due in.  I've already closed up the house as it's nice and cool from the overnight temps of 14 but heading to the 30's likely by noon.  Dan cut what little grass we have left that actually needed it.  We decided last night to implement a fire ban on the property as it's just too dry.  We're not worried about the pits so much as the sparks.  The grass and trees have become timber kegs.  Just praying the cold front on Friday brings us some rain.  My flowers peaked a long time ago and I'm actually starting to lose some of them as the heat is just frying them no matter how much I water them.  Rain is a wonderful thing and we could do with a good two (or more) inches of it about now.

August 8, 2016 - 6:46 a.m.

Yesterday turned out to be quite nice weather wise but was windy until mid- afternoon so opted to play dominoes back in the park with Paula, Brent and Linda (who had to bow out early) for most of it.  Had supper with Paula and Alf and then called it an early night.  I had some stomach issues in the morning but took some Imodium and they came back with a flourish after supper.  Was up most of the night and still feeling "off" this morning so going back to bed.  There is a virus going around which some in the park have so hope I haven't caught that.  Could be the heat.  Speaking of which, it's coming back with temps in the 30's again beginning tomorrow.  Temps got really cold overnight but sunny and warm today.

August 7, 2016 - 7:27 a.m.

Was I actually whining about the heat?  Guess I should have kept my mouth shut.  It feels downright brisk this morning.  I kept saying yesterday how humid it still was, which everyone who wasn't working denied.  Today, definitely no humidity.  The north winds blew it all out of here and it's still blowing.  We received quite a bit of rain in the area which all ended up in our watershed but didn't get anything here apart from a few sprinkles at the back of our property but nothing around the beach, house and cottage areas.  Had rain clouds all around us all day yesterday but I still ended up having to water everything.  I put in a 12 hour day yesterday, went to bed at 10:00 and was hoping to hop on the boat today.  Nuh uh.  Way too windy for that.  Forecast today is sunny and high of 26 so whatever I do, it's going to involve relaxation.  

OAugust 6, 2016 - 7:23 a.m.

The heat finally broke during our sleeping hours last night.  Woke up this morning to a lovely Lake Nipissing breeze and the humidity is gone.  The temperature is a pleasant 17 degrees but it's too windy for boating this morning as the lake is white capping.  Great working weather though and I've plenty of it today.  We received a little spit of rain yesterday and that was it so after the cottage turnover, I'll be watering flowers today.  Going to use the sprinkler for as much of it as I can but I'll still be hauling around buckets and hoses.  Hopefully find time to relax a little later today although both Dan and I did plenty of that yesterday.  Was just too hot to do much of anything else.

August 5, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.

Okay, the 30+ degree weather can stop anytime.  It isn't fun anymore.  Was so stifling yesterday I can see how people can get sick in such humid hot weather.  I cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms yesterday and it was very uncomfortable to say the least.  The rest of the day was great though.  Dan and I took Mitch and Donna out on the boat and we had a very enjoyable afternoon over at the Manitous and then just putted around close to home as the skies looked like a storm was brewing.  We never did get anything.  Not even a spit.  They are calling for rain today with possible thunderstorms and I'm praying we get it.  The cold front is due to come in by this evening so hopefully we will get some relief before tomorrow so changeover won't be quite so bad.  I feel badly for nature in general as the dust from the road and beach has just coated everything.  Amazing how it will all green back up as soon as Mother Nature washes the dirt away.  All the animals could use a bath also :)

August 3, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

We have another extreme heat warning in effect today.  I've already closed up the house and turned the air conditioner on.  Works great through the heat of the day but once the sun comes around in the evening, it just can't keep up.  I'll be opening the house back up after the sun sets again tonight.  Looks like we have a couple of more days before the rain comes in to rid us of the humidity.  I watered flowers for a good portion of the day yesterday while Dan power washed our deck in preparation for staining.  He was hoping to start the stain this morning but looks like we are going to have just a very brief shower so he may need to wait.  I need to zip into town and then want to clean a cottage but will wait and see what the heat factor is when I get home.  I've been filling water bowls three times a day for the wildlife (namely squirrels, chipmunks and birds) as they are drinking a lot of it right now.  Have also been changing the hummingbird feeders daily as the sugared water gets too warm and starts breeding mold.  Truth be told, we should get out on the boat today but neither Dan nor I do well in extreme heat.  Our cottages have sure lucked out this summer, for sure.  I'm going to assume a fire ban will go up today.  We've three wild fires in the area but due to the long weekend, the township likely hasn't had time to fully assess the situation.  People just need to use their heads and keep camp fires well contained.

August 2, 2016 - 7:17 a.m.

Another successful long weekend has come and gone.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect and certainly made people take to the water.  The heat isn't going anywhere soon though and it's starting to get humid again.  There is no rain in the long term forecast except possibly a shower on Friday so looks like most of my day will be spent watering flowers.  I'm getting started early today as it will get hot very soon.  I can feel August in the air though as the nights are very cool once the sun sets and the mist is flowing off of Moose Creek first thing in the morning.  Yep, days are definitely getting shorter and the stifling nights are a thing of the past.  This is definitely awesome campfire time.  

August 1, 2016 - 8:08 a.m.

I'm up but i would rather be in bed.  We had quite a full day in the sun yesterday with lots of swimming so a tad worn out this morning.  We headed over to the Manitous with Annie yesterday.  She had made some egg salad sandwiches so we had a nice picnic and swam but by around 4:30, we had to get out of the sun.  The water levels in our marina are getting dangerously low and if we don't get some rain so, boating out of the harbour is going to be non existent.  I'm willing to bet a fire ban goes back up tomorrow.  We are in for another hot one and the humidity is back but still don't think we'll get any rain today.  I'll be watering some flowers today and then think I'll relax with a good book.  Don't know if I want anymore sun today but see how it goes.  Quiet time might be in order.  Some of the reunion guests are leaving today but I understand some are also joining our remaining guests here today.  They are all certainly enjoying themselves.

July 31, 2016 - 7:11 a.m.

Great day yesterday!!  Finished our work around 1:30 and the annual Greening Bay fishing derby finished around the same time.  Rick Defour won this year with an 18 1/2" walleye.  Trish was the runner up with an 18 1/4".  We had a potluck back at the picnic shelter around 5:00 which was awesome.  Frank Attwood ran the whole thing and provided the burgers and dogs as well as giving everyone a Nipissing Reader t-shirt which was a great photo op with all of us wearing them.  We will all be in the next edition of the newspaper.  After supper, we had karaoke, lead by Paul Pruneau.  It wasn't a terribly late night so think some of us are heading out on the boats today.  Going to be another nice one!!

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

I was trying to sleep in this morning but between the cats jumping all over my bed and the birds squawking outside the window, it wasn't to be.  I only have one cottage to changeover today so things aren't going to be too hectic for me today.  The family reunion guests are certainly enjoying themselves and are loving their time here.  Especially the deer, which one fellow had eating an apple out of his hand.  I saw one come up last night with a fawn but she kept it hidden, likely because the kids were up on the bedrock and got too close but I suspect when it's a little quieter, she'll have the fawn out in the open.  We had a good day yesterday.  It was Paula's birthday so had steak dinner at our place followed by a fire back at theirs.  Was a late night for me as I wound down with my book and ended up finishing it close to 1:00.  It'll be a light day today as I only need to water a few flowers after the cottage clean.  The park is having a fishing derby today, ending at 1:00 this afternoon, followed by potluck at the picnic shelter at 5:00.  Going to be a wonderfully sunny warm day so some of us girls will be rafting it this afternoon.  Will certainly be quiet here as all our guests are headed to the actual reunion party at G