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March 26, 2017 - 8:02 a.m.

We are in for some freezing rain today.  Quite a lot of it apparently.  It was a beautiful day yesterday.  Sunny with above zero temperatures which had quite a lot of melting going on.  The snow was falling off our roof on and off all day yesterday.  The deer made an appearance but are still skittish so not coming regularly just yet.  Night time temps are still going below freezing so it's been a slow melt thus far.  That's a very good thing.  We even had open water in front of our house yesterday along the shoreline so things are starting to flow really well.  It means our bay is starting to fill up.  Two weeks ago, the lake level in our bay was considerably lower.  I have now completed watching the Game of Thrones series so guess the healing time is done and it's back to work for me. 

March 25, 2017 - 7:24 a.m.

The precipitation gods sure showed their faces to us yesterday.  We had snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain but mostly snow on and off all day and part of the evening.  Temps were above zero for the most part and only down to about -5 overnight.  Dan opted not to go to Donna and Mitchell's as his back was bothering him so I went by myself.  Was an excellent birthday party.  Met some very nice people and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Had some live entertainment and great chilli.  I was wiped by about 11:00 so was one of the first to leave.  I imagine it was a very late night fo some.  Overcast here this morning but can see sun on the horizon across the lake.

March 24, 2017 - 8:13 a.m

We received some white stuff overnight.  Still have a few flurries going on but nothing major and I think with the warm temps for the next week all the snow will disappear.  There is a lot of rain in the forecast as well with the coldest day being tonight at -8.  The sap will be running if it hasn't already started. We aren't tapping anymore.  With the cost of fuel, costs too much to render the sap into syrup.  We are heading to Donna and Mitchell's this afternoon for a 60th birthday.  Looking forward to getting out and about.

March 23, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

It appears my internal clock needs resetting.  I'm having a hard time falling asleep at a decent hour so end up sleeping in.  I'd much rather be asleep by 11:00 at the latest and tried for 10:00 last night but was still tossing about at 3:00 this morning.  Dan on the other hand, no problems.  He's one of those lucky ones that can tell himself it's time to sleep and does.  Speaking of Dan, he's been working on his golf cart so we now have a fire engine red cart for him to bomb around in.  Looks much better and green is boring.  Be able to spot him around the property much easier now ;) there will be no hiding anymore.  Lol.  Was pretty chilly yesterday but the sun shone in its entirety.  I did my errands in town and was really surprised that there was hardly any snow left in town.  Our property, especially the park area still has quite a bit of snow.  Only a few huts are left on Callander Bay that I could see.  Quite a few on shore at the public access but assume they'll be gone this weekend.  It is warming up as of today but quite a bit of precipitation in the forecast.  Both snow and rain.  I'm hoping for rain.  

March 22, 2017 - 10:02 a.m.

My trip to the Sudbury hospital yesterday went quite smoothly.  Made good time and didn't have to wait long.  News wasn't good though.  Didn't figure it was going to be.  I wasn't quite sure what was done to my thumb as I didn't get a chance to talk to the surgeon after my surgery.  Sooooo, turns out the tendon that operates my thumb has completely snapped.  The surgeon was unable to reattach it as it is now all coiled up and floating somewhere down in my wrist under my palm.  I was given three options none of which are good so looks like I will be having my thumb permanently fused.  Lovely.  Anyhow, not being able to use my thumb has only slowed me down a bit so I'm not going to worry about it as there isn't anything I can do.  Once my thumb has been fused, I should be better able to grip, which I can't do now.  On a happier note, today is beautiful and sunny albeit a tad on the chilly side.  The wind was wicked last night but it didn't reach the temperatures forecasted.  I'm heading to town shortly to run errands.  Dan spent yesterday working in the shop as he is rebuilding his golf cart.  Doing the same today.

March 21, 2017 - 8:06 a.m.

Spring has sprung but I think Mother Nature needs to be told that.  The weather forecast is saying a high of 6 today but dropping to -23 tonight.  What?  Must be one heck of a cold front coming through.  Hope that doesn't mean extremely high winds.  There is  currently one lonely Canadian goose and one seagull sitting out front where the snow and ice has melted and the sand is exposed.  I'd say they are a tad early but it's usually a good sign the tributaries will be opening/flowing full boar within the next week.  Tonight is the only real cold in the forecast and I trust nature to know.  Moose Creek has been flowing on and off for several weeks but I think with the melt that has started, we'll see the bays start to open up soon.  There are still a few huts on the ice which are likely frozen in by now.  Good luck getting them off intact.  I'm heading to Sudbury right shortly.  It's very foggy this morning so giving myself a little extra time for my noon appointment.  Can't wait to get these stitches out today.  Been very itchy and driving me nuts so it's time.  Might have a few problem areas but the cuts will heal well enough I'm thinking.  Be nice to take a shower with no rubber glove for a change...

March 20, 2017 - 8:23 a.m.

Guess I spoke way too soon yesterday.  The initial forecast looked hopeful until they changed it.  We ended up getting a light dusting of snow overnight.  At least the temperatures stayed above zero all day and the sun shone for most of it.  Dan managed to get all of the tree line out yesterday as well as doing the clean up from around our huts.  Was able to get all of the blocking so has lots for next year.  I cleaned the house and made a pot of spaghetti sauce and then started watching Game of Thrones again.  I'll be glad when I have finished watching all six seasons because until then, I don't think much is going to get done.  Lol.  Very hard to stop watching but a little disturbing at the same time.  Disturbing because society has become so conditioned that all the blood, guts and gore isn't shocking but rather considered entertainment nowadays.  I'm guilty of that myself.  It is a very good series though.  Still overcast and looks like freezing rain or snow will stay in the area at least through tomorrow.  It always rains when I go to Sudbury so why should tomorrow be any different?

March 19, 2017 - 7:52 a.m.

Wow, we've certainly had a change in the weather.  Has been nice and sunny with above zero temps the past few days and another gorgeous day coming our way today.  Even heard geese fly over yesterday.  I think they were hoping Moose Creek had enough water but not quite yet.  It has been flowing but need a little more melt and warmer nights before the water fowl will have enough to return for the season.  Was high of +5 yesterday but down to -10 overnight.  A few more cold nights in the forecast this week but warming considerably as the week progresses.  I think Dan is planning to pull the treeline today if he can.  It has started to lean so should be easy to pull out of the ice once it warms up today and the sun shines on it.  I borrowed the Game of Thrones series from a friend who has the entire set.  Started watching it yesterday afternoon around 4:30 so had a bit of a marathon going on.  Watched the entire first season which took until around 2:00 this morning.  It is a very good show but can certainly be gory in places.  Have to watch the entire 6 seasons before April when the 7th season begins.  See how that's goes.  Lol.

March 18, 2017 - 8:15 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday!  Not sure what the temperature got to but it was above zero and warm enough to start things melting.  We watched a few huts come off the ice which was a perfect day for pulling.  Spent the afternoon with Donna and Mitch.  We sat outside on their deck in the sweet sunshine.  No jackets required.  Even managed to set some sun on my face.  Today is suppose to be just as nice with a high of +5 but looks like we have some cloud cover moving in.  Not sure what the day will bring but I'm definitely opening a few windows later on to let some fresh air in the house.

March 17, 2017 - 7:57 a.m.

Top of the morning to you!  Happy St. Paddy's Day folks!  And a lovely day it 'tis.  Going to finally hit above zero today heading towards +5 and sunny.  I was a little premature yesterday though.  The wind started again as soon as the sun was up proper and it was still a bitter one.  Today I just want to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the day.  Hopefully this warmer weather will start to melt the ice our property is encased in and spring can properly introduce herself.  I went for a short walk yesterday but found it too treacherous and cold.  Dan made it back from New Market by around 3:00.  The good news is he doesn't need an operation but the bad news is the injection to get rid of his dupuytren's is very expensive and not covered by OHIP.  It's a fairly new product, less invasive and very short recovery time.  Once Health Canada does the math and realizes the injections actually cost less than a surgical procedure, they'll likely cover it but for now, it's out of pocket.  You don't have anything if you don't have your health and Dan has been dealing with this for far too long.  Time to get it looked after.  Sucks to reach 50 and have your body start falling apart but it's better than the alternative.  

March 16, 2017 - 7:14 a.m.

Sorry for not updating the blog yesterday folks.  Was up all night the night before, finally fell asleep sometime around 5:30 a.m. and didn't get up until 10:00 yesterday morning.  I'm happy to report the wind has finally died down somewhat.  Been blowing out of the north for days trapping the cold air in our area.  Still a tad windy but suppose to warm up today.  Might even reach -2 like they are forecasting.  Tomorrow is suppose to be beautiful with temps rising above zero and nothing but sunshine.  Looks like all my friends returning from sunny destination spots are bringing the weather with them.  Amen.  Dan left around 6:30 to go to New Market for his hand appointment at 10:00.  He's driving there and back so will be in his truck for most of the day.  Silly man.  I suggested he get a room last night, meet up with Alf, have a nice supper and relax but I think having to spend two nights in Sudbury for my surgery took the homebody out of his comfort zone.  Dan certainly isn't one to travel.  Poor me.  Lol.  I'm going to do some light housecleaning today and throw a roast in the crock pot for supper.  I'm starting to get antsy because the weather has really hasn't been conducive enough to go for daily walks.  Just too bitterly cold with the wind.  Hoping to get outdoors this afternoon.  The deer still haven't returned which is unusual but not surprising considering how very cold it's been.  I'm going to put some corn out this afternoon as I've a feeling they'll be showing up in the next couple of days.  Poor things are always skin and bone this time of year.  Incidently, I use a corn and oat mix as straight corn can be very detrimental to their health.  A lot of huts have come off the ice in the past week.  Now that the season is over and a fairly decent weekend coming, I'm sure most of the ice will be hut free come Sunday.

March 14, 2017 - 8:04 a.m.

Gotta say, I'm liking this sleeping in thing.  Didn't get up until after 7:00 this morning.  Once the sun rises earlier though, that will change.  I went to town yesterday and visited with a sick friend for a bit and then took his wife to lunch.  Trish joined me so had a nice visit with her as well.  Got a few groceries afterwards but by the time I got home, the whole day was shot.  Was nice to get out and about though.  We didn't get any of the snow other parts of Ontario experienced or are experiencing.  Was just a little overcast later in the day and the sun is shining this morning.  Forecast is calling for much warmer temps in the next few days and looks like Friday will be a lovely day to sit outside and perhaps get a nice campfire going.  Anything above zero works for me.   A flock of finches showed up again yesterday so will make sure lots of birdseed put out today.  I just wish this frozen tundra on our property would disappear.  If I was so inclined, I could skate on my driveway.

March 13, 2017 - 8:18 a.m.

Another day gone by and another day I didn't get to town.  Today is the day.  I ended up making some homemade chicken soup yesterday which was a feat in itself.  Trying to peel potatoes and carrots was not an easy task but I need to start somewhere.  Trish and I are going to visit a sick friend today so I wanted to bring some soup (and have some for myself) so combining the visit with a little needed shopping.  Been pretty quiet around here, which is a good thing.  I am getting rest and not working too hard at all.  If the weather was nice, I'd want to be outside and considering the property is currently a skating rink, likely not a good idea.  Don't need to be falling down.  Dan is going to New Market later this week for his appointment with a hand specialist.  It's his turn for an operation also but hopefully his won't be done until mine is completely healed.  What a pair we make.  The weather is going to get progressively warmer this week with last night being the coldest.  The humidity is gone so very dry in the house.  Had to get the humidifier going yesterday to take the static out of the air.  Been too cold for too long.  I don't think we'll be affected by the storm coming to the south of us today so at least plowing and shovelling shouldn't be required.

March 12, 2017 - 8:07 a.m.

The time change certainly didn't affect me but I must say getting up at 8:00 is an anomaly.  The temperature is -25 in North Bay but our gauge is saying -18 which I believe because our internet is still working.  One more cold night with the full moon this evening and then things get more comfortable.  It really has been one of our coldest weekends and I'll be glad to see things return to normal.  The wind has finally died down to a dull roar and the sun is shining this morning.  We didn't end up going to town yesterday as I just didn't feel like braving the elements and Dan wanted to finish his tail gate paint job.  I am zipping in to town once I get cleaned up this morning.  I have a little work to do also but nothing major.  I think I had better stop picking up my cats for a few days until my incision closes completely because I've opened it twice now in one particular spot.  Usually happens but I don't need to aggravate it.  Going to pick up some more bandages and some extra large rubber gloves so I can take a shower a little easier than with a plastic bag.  I thought I had some but apparently not.  I'm sure locals will start pulling huts off the ice today but likely see the majority come off next weekend as the weather will be more conducive temperature wise.  Today would be better just because there isn't the snow which makes pulling easier.  Either way, I'm going to be watching the show.

March 11, 2017 - 7:18 a.m.

Bbbrrrr, it was a cold one yesterday and very cold overnight.  Currently reading -35 with the wind chill factor and it is still windy today.  Not going to warm up until next weekend either.  Day time highs won't  be too bad after the full moon starts to wean but the nights are going to remain cold.  Couple of weeks and we should have some gorgeous weather.  Dan took the tail gate off his truck yesterday as the paint started to peel due to a manufacturer's defect.  He's putting on a second coat this morning and then we may go for a drive.  I did a little light house cleaning and a couple of loads of laundry yesterday but rested for the most part.  I didn't intend to but ended up falling asleep on the couch.  Apparently I snore.  Loudly.  Lol.  Can't blame it on the pain meds because I didn't take any yesterday.  Don't forget to turn your clocks forward tonight.  Back to waking up in the dark once again...

March 10, 2017 - 7:10 a.m.

Was a pretty good day yesterday.  Got home around 9:30 from Sudbury, unloaded the truck from purchases made while there, did a bit of cleaning up (mainly cat tufts from fighting fur babies) and then we both vegged for the day.  Not sure what's on the agenda today.  I wanted to go for a walk but it's pretty brisk out to say the least.  Only saying -17 in North Bay, -14 here but feels much colder.  Looks like the sun is going to shine though so may venture out a little later.  The full moon is Sunday night and it always gets extremely cold during a full moon.  Not believing next week's forecast as it stands.  I think it will warm up much more than they are predicting but we'll see.  I'm well rested today and antsy, not in need of any more pain meds but really need to make myself take it easy.  Just have to find something to do today to keep the boredom away.

March 9, 2017 - 6:44 a.m.

I am a very happy person this morning.  Surgery went off without a hitch although delayed about 45 minutes.  I will not require a 6 month cast so recovery time and therapy about six weeks.  Such great news.  The swelling and bruising is minimal this time around and nothing like the last surgery.  I also didn't have to spend the night in hospital so Dan and I just kept our room in Sudbury an extra night and are heading home shortly for some proper rest.  The weather cooperated and we didn't get much snow here but the wind was a bit much.  Apparently a few huts went for a sail on Lake Nipissing yesterday so hope people didn't suffer too much damage.  Cold front fully in now and going to be here for a few days so when the season ends next week hopefully those operators still running won't have too much trouble getting their huts off.  Might be tricky around shorelines but they know what's they are doing.

March 8, 2017 - 7:49 a.m.

I just got out of the shower after a restless night's sleep.  We had a wonderful visit with Mike and Reta last night at Mr. Prime Rib in Sudbury.  The food was fantastic (thanks again Mike for picking up the tab - silly boy).  We also gave Mike and Reta a small gift for their impending nuptials at the end of the month.  We are heading to the hospital shortly as I have to be in pre-op for 9:00.  I am spending the night in hospital so will update my blog as soon as I'm able.  Wish me luck! 

March 7, 2017 - 7:36 a.m.

The warm front has arrived.  It was thawing most of the day and certainly all night.  We did get a little rain but not what they were initially calling for.  May get some today but the radar is showing a lot of the system going above or below us.  Currently overcast with temperatures +4 and due to get warmer.  The ice is currently slush or water covered.  Calling for a short thaw before the cold creeps back so see what happens over the next few days.  Been a very strange winter indeed.  Dan and I are heading to Sudbury later this morning.  Just taking our time and doing a little shopping before meeting up with Mike and Reta.  Don't know why but every time we go to Sudbury, it rains.  Thankfully I don't have to worry about the animals as Margie is looking after everything in our absence.  I would like to send out a little prayer for both Dave Beatty and Jim Harney who are in hospital fighting the fight.  My thoughts are with you.

March 6, 2017 - 7:24 a.m.

We are getting a break from the cold.  It is currently -4 and overcast with rain on the way.  Quite a lot of it actually.  Going to start and continue for 12 hours according to the forecast with temps rising steadily all day.  Suppose to be +9 by tomorrow.  Going to be one soupy mess and I'm guessing we will lose most of our snow.  Flood warnings have been put up for areas around fast moving tributaries but I guess that will depend on just how much rain we get in our area.  A lot of these systems tend to go above or below us.  There were lots of sleds on the lake yesterday and with the sun and warmer temps, was a great day for a ride.  It is our 19th wedding anniversary today but we aren't "celebrating" until tomorrow when we go out for supper with Mike and Reta.  Today it'll be same old, same old.  I've some work to do today and then need to get a bag packed and organized for Sudbury.  Dan is cleaning out the truck as we are taking that so we can do our annual Costco/Princess Auto run.

March 5, 2017 - 8:59 a.m.

Sorry I'm late this morning but just got the Internet back.  Holy bbbrrr.  Temperatures went to -30 last night and likely much colder with the wind chill.  Warming up quickly though as it's already-18 and sun, sun, sun.  Not going to last though.  Warm front coming in today bringing much more tolerable temperatures along with rain and possibly snow.  I did end up going to town yesterday so am making some freezer meals today to help with my convalescence after my surgery this week.  Going to be a little difficult to prepare meals with one hand.  Not looking forward to yet more anesthetic but I gotta do what I gotta do.  Down to the wire now so doing laundry and house cleaning today and tomorrow.  

March 4, 2017 - 6:23 a.m.

She was a cold one last night.  My thermometer currently says -24 with wind chills around-33.  I'm hoping that is the last bout of cold temps we are going to see this winter.  Goi g to be cold again tonight but then things are due to warm up.  Considerably.  Going from these temps to +5 by Monday.  With the snow and rain (mostly rain) coming our way this week, they've posted flood warnings but because the lake levels are currently so low, I don't think it'll be a problem.  As long as the tributaries are able to flow, this area should be okay but there is a lot of snow pack in our watershed right now.  I didn't make it to town yesterday.  Just didn't feel like it.  I did a little house cleaning, cleaned the fridge out and made some navy bean soup instead.  Going to town today though.    

March 3, 2017 - 6:31 a.m.

It was a pretty cold and uneventful day yesterday.  I ended up cancelling my appointment in town as the roads hadn't been cleared and frankly, my car was somewhat buried in our driveway.  We received a lot more snow than I originally thought.  I dug out the house and Dan dug out the rest of the property.  There were huge drifts everywhere and piles of snow which needed moving after the plow came through so Dan was on the tractor all morning.  I'm heading to town today just to run errands but it's pretty cold.  Currently -19 only going to -12 today.  Cold again tomorrow and then temperatures will warm up considerably.  Actually calling for a high of +8 and rain by Tuesday.  Just want to give people a heads up to be careful on the lake from around Lonely Island to Deep Water Point as we saw an operator plowing a snow road yesterday in that area.  Since there isn't normally one there, just a heads up if you're sledding down the lake to use caution.  I doubt the banks will be too hazardous but just letting everyone know it's there. 

March 2, 2017 - 6:05 a.m.

We received the weather yesterday as forecasted.  Lots of rain, ice pellets and snow.  It is currently -18 and very windy.  Can't tell at this point how much snow we actually received because a lot of it has drifted but likely around 4-6".   The school buses were all cancelled last night which I think is a good call as it will likely take a while to get the rural roads cleared up and am sure drifting will continue today.  This cold front is good news for those operators still ice fishing as the cold is sticking around for the next few days.  I have an appointment in town at 9:15 this morning but am thinking I won't be making it.  I checked the road conditions and they all report snow covered but will wait a bit more to see if they are updated and I should take a gamble.  I know Hwy II was closed last night between North Bay and New Liskard due to deteriorating conditions.  I certainly hoping this is the last bout of a nasty Mother Nature.

March 1, 2017 - 7:29 a.m.

Apparently March is coming in like a big snowy white lion.  Storm warnings have been up since yesterday.  We did receive some rain overnight and it is currently raining this morning but due to change to snow.  A lot of it.  Lake Nipissing went opaque yesterday and there have been warnings about the ice being unsafe.  Tributaries are open and flowing and shorelines are starting to open.  Callander posted warnings on all huts being stored at the public launch to remove them or pay fines.  Quite a few have come off the ice but think people are leaving them at the launch hoping to get them back on for one last fish.  The North Bay Nugget called yesterday saying they are doing a story on ice conditions and were wanting to know if operators have started removing their huts yet.  Hell yes.  Dan got ours all off yesterday and think he did so just in time.  Dan figures with the weather coming in, some huts are going for a ride today if people haven't tied them down.  I have to agree.  No banking and high winds does not make for a good combination.  Lake Simcoe has deteriorated quickly and lots of huts sunk over the weekend so think the police in our area are concerned for people's safety.  Pretty sure there is still quite a bit of ice out there but please be careful and cautious around tributaries and shorelines folks.

February 28, 2017 - 6:51 a.m.

It was a fairly mild day yesterday.  Didn't quite reach the above freezing mark but it was close.  The sun was out and it was actually a pretty nice day.  Dan did all the winterizing so the cottages are shut down for the season.  Not sure when he's taking the huts off but I suspect he'll get started on it today.  They are calling for a big storm to come through tomorrow.  Starting as rain then changing to snow.  Lots of snow apparently.  Some black birds have returned but still no sign of any chipmunks yet.  That is the first sign of spring to me.  Chippies first then the robins.  Too much snow for them just yet though.  I didn't do much of anything yesterday as I was sidetracked with some administrative work but am starting on the house today.  I also need to get my books organized to take to the accountant when I go to town on Thursday.  We have a stray tom cat we've been feeding throughout the winter and the poor mite showed up with an injured leg.  Could be his foot, not really sure but he's only using 3 legs.  Seems to be getting around okay but we can't get near him to investigate his injury.  Hoping it isn't frostbite but could very well be.  So sad to see injuries on wildlife but most of the time they survive.

February 27, 2017 - 6:20 a.m.

Dan and I had a very restful day yesterday.  Meaning, we didn't do very much.  Good thing as I didn't get much sleep last night due to staying up way past my bedtime to watch the Oscars.  It wasn't even a very good use of my beauty sleep.  I haven't watched the Oscars for years and now I know why.  I thought there would be way more Trump parodies but other than the occasional dig, Hollywood behaved last night.  We received some snow overnight.  Was snowing pretty good but stopped around midnight only to start again around 1:00 this morning.  I'm going to do some shovelling once the sun is up and then think I'm going to tackle my fridge.  Needs to be purged after the ice fishing season and God only knows how many partly used bottles of condiments I have.  Need to get some things organized and meals premade before my hand surgery or Dan will starve.  Lol.  Dan hasn't a busy week ahead of him as he needs to take the last of our huts off the ice and also has the cottage winterizing to do.  Suppose to be mild and sunny today but there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow and then another cold snap coming.  See what he's in every mood for once he gets up.

February 26, 2017 - 7:02 a.m.

The temperatures finally dropped below the freezing mark yesterday and it's currently -11 which is good news for the ice conditions.  Was just a slushy, sloppy mess yesterday both on shore and off.  Things have tightened up nicely.  Dan went out to the huts in the morning to tie down our huts in anticipation of the winds yesterday but there was enough slush to bank them instead.  He ended up pulling the supply hut home on the return trip while I did some work on shore.  Donna and Mitchell came over in the afternoon and we had a great visit with them considering we haven't really seen them (or anyone) since Christmas.  The winds did come in as forecasted as well as a little snow so made for a gloomy afternoon.  The sun was trying to come out but only a few glimpse's here and there.  Looks to be sunny today and is supposed warm up again.  I think I'm going to enjoy some much needed R&R.

February 25, 2017 - 6:45 a.m.

Man I love a good storm and we got one last night!!  I think most of Ontario did. So glad we made the right call by ending our season and hope anyone on ice last night stayed safe, high and dry.  We started with snow which changed to freezing rain and then the thunder and lightning started.  It continued for a good 4 hours and our power flicked on and off 8 times but we never lost it for more than a few seconds.  Apparently Callander is out of power though.  They are forecasting some wind gusts today so Dan is contemplating tying down our huts still remaining on the ice but I'd prefer he stay on shore today (which he likely won't).  The ice is water covered with lots of ponds and judging by Moose Creek the tributaries are flowing.  Wasi Falls actually opened the lake up in that area yesterday and whe  I went to town, the shoreline in Callander Bay along Main Street has started to open due to run off as well.  This weather event isn't over but temps are due to drop overnight.  Once it is safe to do so, our huts are coming off.

February 24, 2017 - 6:11 a.m.

Dan started second guessing himself yesterday afternoon thinking perhaps we jumped the gun by cancelling ice fishing for the season.  We still stand by our choices though.  There is a major storm heading our way and due to start around 8:00 this morning.  Calling for 15 cm of snow followed by prolonged freezing rain which will then turn to rain.  Precarious times we be living in.  Considering the distances our guests need to travel in order to come here, I think we made the right call.  With the winds shifting to the north, the fishing is going to drop off anyhow.  There were all kinds of OPP and North Bay police warnings issued yesterday in regards to unsafe ice conditions and they've also closed all the snowmobile trails in the area.  We had several calls yesterday from guests of other operators who cancelled them, looking for availability.  The nastiness hasn't even arrived yet but trust your operators to know what is best for your safety.  There is still plenty of ice out there but with the extended thaw(s) this year, tributaries have been prematurely flowing and pressure cracks unable to stabilize.  A lot of factors contribute to safe ice.  Again, trust your operators.

February 23, 2017 - 6:21 a.m.

UPDATE:  Well folks, the fat lady is singing.  We've decided to call it a day and are closing the ice fishing for the season.  A pretty good indication that we should...two Mallard ducks showed up this morning.  Lol.  Thank you all very much for your patronage and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018.

Our guests are quite happy with the fishing as it's been really good the past couple of days.  That said, yesterday was a bit stressful for Dan.  The ice conditions deteriorated as the day progressed and by the time Dan went out to pick the guys up off the ice, the whole bay was covered in water.  That is except for our path due to Nick and Dan drilling holes all along it (good call).  What snow was left on the ice though had turned to a slushy mess which had Dan using all the ponies he had on the machine to gun through it all.  He did get our guests home safely but it isn't looking too good for this weekend.  As a matter of fact, we just had a nice little thunderstorm roll through here with torrential rain.  The rain has since slowed down.  It is still dark out so can't see what the conditions of the lake look like but Dan isn't going on it today if I have anything to say about it (yeah, right).  Cold front is suppose to come in overnight dropping the temps below freezing which will hopefully firm everything up but only if it gets as cold as forecasted.  Sledding is definitely over for the year, at least that's my take on things.  Moose Creek was flowing yesterday but not yet enough to interfere with our path as the water levels are extremely low right now.  They've been drawing an awful lot of water this year at the dam(s) likely in anticipation of all the snow we received this year.  When Dan was drilling the path, there is no water where there should be so our bay is half empty.  That can change quickly though. The ice is plenty thick enough, it is the transporting conditions that are the problem.  Don't want to take our guests on ice and not be able to get them home ;)  Dan is making a decision by 8:00 this morning as to whether or not we're running this weekend.  It's disappointing to our guests but their safety come first. 

February 22, 2017 - 6:10 a.m.

We dodged a bullet yesterday as the rain wasn't as severe as forecasted.  Dan and Nick spent an hour in the afternoon drilling holes the complete length of our tree line to help release the water standing on the ice.  It wasn't really required yesterday but if we get the 20 mm of rain forecasted for this evening, our path should remain high and dry.  Dan wants to run this weekend but it isn't looking too good.  Nature gave us a few signs yesterday that we are in for an early spring.  There was a flock of seagulls out by our huts yesterday.  We don't normally start seeing gulls until mid to late March as they tend to know when the water will start to open up.  I also saw a raven carrying twigs so the nest building has begun. Very early, indeed. One good thing...while drilling the holes yesterday, the boys discovered we have anywhere from 3 to 3 1/2 feet of ice in our bay and 2 feet throughout the rest of the path to our huts.  There is one area where they hit 1 1/2 feet but at least they know where it is and can be mindful of it when removing the rest of our huts for the season.

February 21, 2017 - 6:18 a.m.

Well it looks like there will be no avoiding the rain today.  We were rather hoping it would either stay below us or go above us but it's going to hit us.  Going to have a little freezing rain this morning but hopefully if our guests arrive in a timely matter, Dan can get them on ice before the actual rain hits.  Very hard on equipment and not good for the ice conditions if there are any pressure cracks in the area as the rain combine s with mild temps can cause them to open.  A truck went through at Deep Water Point yesterday due to the weakening of a crack during this thaw.  People really need to be cautious out there over the next few days.  Not dooming and glooming just trying to keep people safe.  Thankfully Dan removed our two biggest huts yesterday as the conditions were perfect.  It was a beautiful day yesterday with the sun shining for most of it and temperatures hovering around zero.  It didn't get much below zero overnight either.   Colder temps aren't due until Thursday evening so just need to get through the next couple of days.

February 20, 2017 - 5:34 a.m.

Another successful fishing day yesterday.  One group was catching a lot of walleye but practiced catch and release although they said they did get a few keepers.  Big pike caught also which helped the perch come back.  All in all, I think a pretty good day for our guests.  The weather cooperated and we only had a spittle of precipitation but they are changing the forecast nearly every hour it seems.  Temperatures have remained mild and it got slushy again as the day progressed so the machines really had to work but everything was fine.  Went to -8 overnight so fairly safe to say the conditions have tightened up again.  Have to see how the rest of the week pans out with the rain in the forecast.  I've cleaning to do today but also have some help coming in as we have a group arriving tomorrow morning.  Dan is going to take a hut off today and hopefully another tomorrow.  We'll see how things go.

February 19, 2017 - 6:05 a.m.

Our machines were working pretty hard yesterday.  It reached a high of +8 and was just a gorgeous day with the sun beating down.  Everything turned to slush pretty quickly so was difficult pulling.  Had both people movers going and could only pull no more then 8 people at a time.  Our cottage and house decks all melted completely, some of the snow fell off the roofs and some areas of the road and driveways started to "open" up (meaning dirt and gravel now exposed).  Going to be an ugly mess when all the vehicles leave tomorrow because all the highway sand/salt/dirt/gravel stuck in the tire hubs has fallen off.  Lol.  Lots of people outside and walking on the lake yesterday.  Fishing was decent as well.  Lots of perch and walleye, including keepers.  There is a group from the Toronto area with huge expectations as they had about 5 pails a piece and were expecting to fill them yesterday.  Seriously?  I didn't think "meat" fishermen still existed.  Maybe someone in the Yukon could cater to them but I don't understand people's thinking sometimes.  Short of using a gill net, ain't gonna happen.  Anywhere.

UPDATE:  Dan just came off the ice.  Things firmed up nicely overnight, all the "moats" around the huts are gone.  Nick just came in briefly this morning to help get our guests on the ice and one of our machines is acting up so he's using "the beast" today, which we haven't used for a few years.  Fingers crossed the conditions hold and we can get through today.  Don't know any machine(s) that are made for all the conditions we experience in our climate.

February 18, 2017 - 6:16 a.m.

Dan's on the ice already making sure the heat is still on in the huts as he had partial tanks of propane he wanted to use overnight so is thinking they need changing this morning.  I'm waiting on Nick to come in as the first run is at 6:30 so I need to distribute the bait.  The temperatures only went to -5 overnight but everything is still fairly firm thanks to the cold weather the night before last.  Suppose to hit +7 and be sunny today so may have to deal with slushy conditions for a few days.  It's the rain that causes problems and they keep changing the forecast so at this point still not sure if we'll be able to run next week.  This thaw is due to stick around for a good 5 days but hopefully it will get colder then anticipated during the evening hours to firm everything back up.  Sledders will be running into some slush on the lake, for sure.  At least we keep our path to the huts as firm as possible.  We're hearing the fishing has picked back up so we'll know later today.  Certainly hoping that's the case and that the predator fish we had hanging around last weekend have gone elsewhere to feed.  There were quite a few pike caught though so maybe the perch will be feeding again.

February 17, 2017 - 6:56 a.m.

Wow, the long term forecast is sure promising for a nice mild weekend.  Temperatures dropped to -25 overnight and rising to -3 today.  Usually when it starts to fluctuate that drastically, a change of season is on the way.  I know we'll be in for another blast or two of winter but for the most part, I think the worse is behind us.  Lots of sun coming our way also which has sadly been lacking this winter.  There is so much snow though, this could create problems for ice fishing as well as any sledders venturing this way.  Can't imagine how difficult is has been for the wild animals.  Food will be next to non-existent and travelling extremely difficult.  I have a trench all around my cedar trees by the house as I've had to keep digging a path in order to feed the birds.  The storage box I have to hold the feed is buried to the lid which I also have to keep digging out.  This thaw coming is definitely going to make a mess of country roads.

February 16, 2017 - 7:00 a.m.

Well my day certainly didn't turn out as anticipated yesterday but then they never do.  We received another 6 inches of snow again yesterday and quite frankly, I'm sick of it.  Shovelling and snow plowing needs to become a distant memory now.  We are actually running out of places to put the snow and I'm thinking we had better hope for a slow thaw.  The temps dipped to -17 here overnight but a warming trend is on its way.  Could reach as high as +5 this weekend.  Nick is coming in today to help Dan on the ice.  They need to move, jack and bank shacks or they'll all have a moat around them once the heat goes on this weekend.  Chances are, with the enormous amount of snow, they will have anyhow but Dan does what he can.  I'm cleaning today and tomorrow and then all our guests arrive tomorrow night.  No one is departing until Monday and we have another big group arriving on Tuesday so I'll be scrambling.  Sorry I can't report on the fishing but hoping the pressure starts to stabilize as the front comes in.  Should be a beautiful weekend.

February 15, 2017 - 6:00 a.m.

Hope everyone had a special Valentine's Day yesterday.  Dan and I?  We slept.  Lol.  Must be a sign of us getting old.  We were both just pooped so decided our gift to each other was to take a day to ourselves and do absolutely nothing and that's just what we did.  Both of us were seriously wiped out.  Back to the grind today.  I've 3 cottages to clean between now and Friday and I also need to zip into Callander today for blood work.  The phone has been ringing off the hook for people looking to book this weekend since it's Family Day next Monday and most people have the day off.  We've been booked up for months so going to be another busy weekend coming up.  The temperatures are extremely mild and there is also rain in the forecast but hopefully that won't materialize.  Went above zero yesterday and only down to -4 overnight with a bit of snow.  The Jubenville sledding group took a trip to Restoule on the trails yesterday and nearly hit a couple of deer.  There is always deer in that area due to the deer yards where they use to feed them (don't know if they are even doing that anymore) so be careful if travelling in that area.  They also saw a dead deer and think they Interrupted something's meal.  Yuck!  I can go my whole life without seeing that.

February 13, 2017 - 6:42 a.m.

I tried sleeping in this morning but my internal clock had other ideas so was up before 6:00.  I woke up to yet another dumping of snow.  I thought it had tapered off before going to bed but it must have started again through the night.  Hard to tell having not gone outside yet just how much we received yesterday but we are definitely going to need a plow and shovel.  There is a warm front headed our way so looks to be a lovely family day weekend coming up.  Above zero temperatures for daytime highs and sunny so am sure there will be a lot of outside fishing holes being drilled.  Our guests yesterday brought home a couple of nice sized pike.  The predators have moved in around our holes and hope they bugger off before next weekend.  Makes for slow fishing otherwise.  I was going to go out myself yesterday but by the time my work was done, so was I.  Our sledders arrived even though they had to drive through some bad weather to get here but I'm sure they are happy they did as the sled conditions are just awesome.  They'll have a great day today if they can find a decent trail, which I'm sure they will.  Dan will be on the plow all morning.  I've the big group to check out today which means laundry to do and a cottage to clean after I get some shovelling done.  All these young lads, take pity on an old woman would you?  Lol.

February 12, 2017 - 5:49 a.m.

Yesterday was a bit of a mad rush in the morning.  I was out and shovelling before anyone was ready to go on the ice.  Nick and Dan ran in the morning and then Dan came back to shore and plowed.  We had a lot of snow to move.  The fishing was so so but again, perch and some keeper walleye.  It has definitely slowed down this week.  We have another snow storm apparently coming through today but the snow gods may smile down on us and keep everything south of us.  I have a few check outs this morning and a quick cottage changeover for some sledders coming in this afternoon while Dan runs our big group who aren't checking out until tomorrow.  Been a very busy season for us.  Makes up for last year I suppose.

February 11, 2017 - 5:25 a.m.

The full moon aka "snow" moon certainly wreaked havoc last night.  We received a good 6" of snow (likely more) overnight.  There was also a partial lunar eclipse as well as a comet so had a triple whammy.  It was so bright last night we could see everything outside and I think quite a few of our guests were up for most of the night.  Lots of lights on even this morning.  The snowplow has already come through and as soon as I finish my coffee I'm going outside to do some shovelling before people start leaving their cottages.  Better to get the snow off the decks before it gets trampled on.  I checked the forecast for today and in a 12 hour period, they are forecasting 4 different wind directions.  The temperatures have risen slowly throughout the night and currently it's -9 going to zero but I'm guessing even warmer.  Some of our guests did rather well fishing yesterday with lots of walleye and perch, others not so much.  I'm thinking the fishing should be pretty good today but not everyone pays attention to their lines so no doubt a lot will be missed.  Have a big group of 18 in this weekend as well as some other groups and think the smaller groups may do better.  I am so glad I went to town for supplies yesterday because they certainly weren't forecasting all this snow.  I had planned on doing some major cooking today but considering I got very little sleep last night will see how it goes. 

February 10, 2017 - 6:07 a.m.

Have to up date my blog quickly this morning as the internet has already been flickering on and off.  Must be hovering around -25 back by the shop where our tower is.  Another cold day yesterday with fishing not so good.  Guests did come home with some perch but nothing seems to be biting well right now.  Hopefully it'll start to pick up today but the pressure is high and still hasn't stabilized.  This was our last really cold night and it's going to warm up considerably for the next few days.  It was gloriously sunny yesterday and quite nice out with temps reaching around -7.  Might get a few flurries today but suppose to be sunny again for most of the day.  I'm hoping to get into town for a few errands today but have some work to do this morning so see how the day progresses.  We're in for one of our busiest weekends this weekend but Nick is coming in to help Dan tomorrow and give him a bit of a break.  He's already asked the guests to have their "boots on the path" at 7:00 this morning as it's too cold for him to stand around outside waiting for them to load.  The man does run a tight ship but that's why our guests like it here :)

February 9, 2017 - 10:02 a.m.

Well it got cold enough to knock out our internet last night.  It was -32 when we got up this morning with a wind chill factor of -38.  Knocked all the humidity out of the air so doesn't feel that cold out.  Sun is shining and it's currently -22 but the full moon never fails to deliver frigid temperatures.  Going to be as cold tonight and not due to warm up until Saturday.  The wind direction is forecasted to be all over the place as is the pressure so unfortunately I think the fishing is going to be less than stellar this weekend.  Not much we can do about it either because our spot has been producing quite well.  Our guests did okay yesterday considering.  Walleye and perch but no more giant Muskie ;)  I've already cleaned a cottage this morning and moving on to the second one right shortly.  Came home to change the laundry and update the blog.  Have a really big group coming in this weekend as well a step other groups so goino to be very busy.  See if Dan and I can fit some relaxation time in later this afternoon.

February 8, 2017 - 6:13 a.m.

We dodged yet another bullet yesterday.  Although we did get some freezing rain and ice pellets, we didn't receive the snow forecasted, which was a blessing.  We've enough snow on shore but most of it has blown off the lake or formed 4 foot snow drifts around the huts.  The wind picked up overnight and switched direction but is due to die down when the sun comes up.  Dan will have to pull in it but should be okay.  Had a bit of excitement out of one of our huts yesterday.  Phil Falcone, after a good half hour of working at it and using only 6 lb test, a hook and a minnow; landed a 50 inch Muskie.  In all the years we've been here, have never seen a Muskie that big come up.  Dan caught a two footer a few years back.  Unfortunately, it wasn't weighed but it was successfully released.  We also heard a 4 foot Sturgeon was landed yesterday as well.  Quite the day and would certainly explain why fishing hasn't been up to par.  Hopefully the Muskie ventured off and fishing will pick up again today.  The pressure is low but hasn't been too steady so we'll see.  Today is another day.

February 7, 2017 - 6:19 a.m.

We had a little more snow come down again yesterday.  Enough that Dan had to plow and I had to shovel after cleaning a couple of cottages.  All our guests made it here safely so that's a good thing.  The fishing was good at first but then dropped off early afternoon so suspect there was a big pike around.  Usually where there's one, there's two.  Hopefully they fed well enough they won't be around today or they at least get caught.  I'm not sure if we are going to get the weather they've been forecasting.  Unless a storm develops today, it looks like everything is going to stay south of us but they are calling for another 10 cm of snow mixed with ice pellets.  Keeping our fingers crossed we don't get much as we have enough snow.  Dan has the huts jacked way up so we should be fine.   Not sure what I'm doing today but definitely have a few things on my agenda I'd like to get done.  One of our guests who arrived yesterday told me he reads my blog everyday so he brought me a bag of bird feed.  How nice is that?  The doves and finches will definitely appreciate it.

February 6, 2017 - 6:06 a.m.

We had some pretty wild weather blow through yesterday.  Very brief but wild none the less.  Dan had just pulled the last of our guests off the ice and finished up his work for the day.  I walked over to a cottage to strip the last of the beds and on my way back to the house with the laundry, the wind and snow just came out of nowhere.  It was sunny two minutes beforehand and in an instant, full on blizzard.  High winds and the snow was heavy and horizontal, covered all our lakeside windows but was all over within 15 minutes.  Definitely a squall but have never seen one that intense.  Dropped the temps 5 degrees in 3 minutes.  Nice blast of cold air for sure.  We ended up getting around 5-6 inches of snow all told yesterday and the temps went to -18 overnight.  Special weather report is still up and we have guests arriving this morning so hopefully everything will stay below us and Dan won't have a problem running.  Rather have snow vs freezing rain like they are calling for down south, don't want to lose power.  Have two cottages to clean this morning so had better get busy.  Stay safe today everyone!

February 5, 2017 - 7:04 a.m.

We are currently getting snow.  Started early last night but considering Dan and I both slept like the dead,  not sure if it continued all night.  We've likely gotten 3" already and calling for up to 15-20" by the time this event is finished come Wednesday.  Tuesday is suppose to be the worst snow day but that could easily change.  The fishing wasn't as good yesterday as Friday so hope it picks up today.  Winds are currently west but shifting to northwest around noon today.  I'm guessing it will be good this morning at the very least.  I've a busy day today with checkouts and laundry.  Have a couple of groups checking in tomorrow so can't be idle.  Dan had Nick raise and bank the huts yesterday in lieu of the snow forecast so everything should be okay on the ice.  I suspect once Dan has finished running this morning he'll be doing some plowing.  Think I've some shovelling to do today as well.  Temps are mild right now at -4 but once the wind veers north, it'll drop the temps as it's due to drop to -18 tonight.

February 4, 2017 - 6:42 a.m.

Yesterday was a good day.  The sun came out for a while on and off for most of the day but it was pretty cold.  Temps started rising overnight and it's currently -8 here and getting warmer.  Dan thinks it'll hit zero today, as do I even though they are only calling for a high of -5.  Also calling for snow to begin later on with the bulk of it coming overnight.  Fishing was really good yesterday and everyone caught enough for a fry so it was a happy camp last night.  We had some guests arrive last night so hoping the good fishing continues today for them as well.  I was busy all day yesterday and my meeting in town went quite well.  Today I have office work this morning but should get everything done to free most of my afternoon up so I can catch my breath.  Nick is in today so Dan should also get a bit of a break.  We are running through the week next week so this is our day to regroup and relax while everyone is on the ice.  Just in case anyone was wondering, the doves and finches are still here which means they definitely wintered here.  God bless them.

February 3, 2017 - 6:29 a.m.

The sun came out for a bit yesterday.  Whoopee!  Suppose to be sunny today as well so let's hope so.  High of -10 today which is a bit cooler then it has been this week.  Dan had to do some work on ice in the afternoon so decided to go out a little early and drop a line.  Ended up catching enough perch for me to cook us a beautiful pan fried dinner.  There was even enough perch to freeze for another dinner.  Quite a few 11-13 inchers.  I worked in the house and not quite sure what I did but was busy until around 3:00.  Some of our weekend guests checked in last night so running this morning.  I've a few "chores" to get done and then I have a meeting in town at 1:00.  Going to be a busy weekend and think the fishing should be good.

February 2, 2017 - 9:21 a.m.

Happy Groundhog Day!  Let's hope the little bugger says early spring!  Lol.  Sorry I'm late this morning but our internet was out until Dan reset it a few minutes ago.  Had a fairly busy day yesterday, enough to keep me busy for most of it.  Dan went fishing around 2:30 in the afternoon and I would have loved to join him but until I get this wrist operated on, not gonna happen.  Our guests joined him and they ended up doing well enough to have a nice little fry.  Lots of good sized perch and one keeper walleye.  This was a shack that was just moved this week so it's been tested.  If nothing gets caught there this weekend, I'd have to say it's all about technique.  Guests start arriving today and I have some work to do so better get at it.  Calling for lots of snow in the long term but temps will be pleasant enough.

February 1, 2017 - 7:36 a.m.

Had quite the day yesterday.  Stacie came in to clean cottages for me while I did mounds of laundry and worked on cleaning the house.  About 1:00 in the afternoon I got hit with something.  I think the 100 day virus I had right after Christmas came back with a vengeance.  I had a fever which thankfully broke overnight but not before making me feel like my bones were on fire.  I couldn't take anything for it due to interactions with my other medication but feel much better today.  Going to take it easy today and just do some light work.  Dan and I were suppose to go fishing today with the Jubenville boys but don't know that I will be.  Dan is for sure.  First time in 2 years either of us will have fished.  I do need to zip down to Young's and get our fishing licenses renewed.  I'm the ice fisherman so hoping they catch some dinner.  Haven't heard how the fishing has been with this cold snap so will find out tonight.  Temperatures are staying below zero and will continue through the weekend.  Lots of snow coming our way by the looks of things also.

January 31, 2017 - 7:01 a.m.

Was an okay day yesterday.  I didn't get as much accomplished as I wanted but that's okay.  Sometimes a person needs to take a little time for themselves.  I finished off the cottage laundry and have some help coming in this morning.  Dan had to take his Skandic in for some work.  The headlight, which apparently is common on his particular machine, has been giving him grief since the day we bought it.  Sometimes the lights work, sometimes they don't so very intermittent.  He's had it in to the shop several times but the fix was always only temporary.  He and Jim actually cut the electrical cover to see once and for all what was going on.  Turns out the wires in the harness were too short so everytime he turned the steering it was rubbing to the point there was burning due to the friction.  It's fixed now but a bad design, for sure.  Dan wants to go fishing this afternoon but I'm thinking tomorrow would be a better day.  The winds are still currently coming out of the east (so fishing's the least) but they are suppose to veer west overnight.  See what the day brings.  Temps dropped to -20 overnight but going to -5 today with snow overnight. 

January 30, 2017 -7:19 a.m.

We finally have the cold weather we've been wanting.  It dropped to -21 in the Bay last night and currently registering -18 here.  Was sunny for a good part of the day yesterday so although most of my work was inside, I stood with my face to the sun when I could.  Lovely.  Suppose to be sunny a little later today as well.  I've surely missed it.  This has definitely been the gloomiest January I can ever remember.  Did lots of work yesterday and managed to get everything on my agenda finished.  Dan was still feeling a little under the weather so did what absolutely needed to be done and then took it easy.  Our sledders arrived aroun