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September 3, 2015 - 8:47 a.m.

Brutal temperatures yesterday.  Actually not so much the temps as the intense humidity.  I watered flowers for hours and was drenched by the time I was done.  Went for a quick swim but still didn't cool me down after I was in the house for a bit so had a shower before bed time.  Likely going to be much the same today but can live with it as I'm heading into town and will be in air conditioning most of the day.  Saw a little baby porcupine meandering about yesterday after supper.  Poor thing was trying desperately to get across Moose Creek and was out on one of our docks when the neighbours 3 dogs came tearing out.  They didn't see it and I managed to keep them from it but it was considering jumping in the water and I don't believe porcupines swim.  It was touring around the property when I finally left it in peace after making sure it was safe.  So cool and the first time I've been that close to one.

September 2, 2015 - 6:36 a.m.

Still haven't received any sun which is getting a bit ridiculous now.  All kinds in the forecast but none appearing.  It's hot and muggy and one of those  cases where the water and sky are the same colour so it's hard to see the horizon.  Calling for low possibility of showers today.  I'm still going to water flowers.  Still have some cleaning to do also.  All in good time.  Dan and Alf worked on a filthy carberator on one of our boats yesterday so hopefully Dan learned a few things.  He is a man of many talents but isn't the greatest with engine repair :-)   It is currently already 18 so I had better get moving before it hits the 27 degree mark.  I'm hoping these temps stick around for a while.  It's nice to be able to need a fan in September for a change.  Usually need a jacket on September mornings!!

September 1, 2015 - 7:11 a.m.

Can it possibly be September already?  Ugh.  I was just getting into the summer groove.  I don't know where all the sunshine went that they forecasted for this week but it seems to be missing.  It's been overcast for days now.  Sun just can't break through or burn off this current system hovering over us.  It's quite foggy this morning but sun is apparently coming with temps of 27 (37 with the humidex).  Cleaning a couple of cottages today before it gets too warm.

August 31, 2015 - 8:41 a.m.

We just saw Skip and Tracy Prokop off.  Was a great visit and what a fantabulous day yesterday.  Worked the morning, had an afternoon boat ride, back to the park for a fish fry and then had some inpromtu music.  Not everyday you get the lead writer, drummer, 4 time Juno award winner and vocalist for Lighthouse singing around your campfire.  Paul Pruneau, a musician in his own right, joined in so we had some spoons and harmonica going as well.  Just a wonderful day and great way to usher in September.  

August 30, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.

Quite the miserable day yesterday.  Had showers or mist on and off all day and was completely overcast.  Kept hoping the sun would appear but it never did.  Warm front came in overnight and it's currently 16.  Sun is suppose to come out this afternoon and get really warm for the rest of the week.  There are actually heat warnings up for areas a little further north of us.  We are hoping to go for a boat ride today but see what the weather brings.  Everyone had an early night last night due to the weather.  I read until I fell asleep sometime around 10:00 so raring to go today.  Lake Nipissing is very calm this morning so a good day for our fishing guests.

August 29, 2015 - 8:37 a.m.

What a great day yesterday.  Could have been sunnier but it was great just the same.  Finished weeding the bedrock garden which looks awesome and will do for a couple of days :o)  Later in the afternoon, I made beef stroghanoff as we had Skip and Tracy Prokop for supper.  We ended up having two Canadian icons on our deck for cocktail hour.  Billy Barber (friend and neighbour, #7 Philly Flyers) and Skip Prokop (friend and guest, drummer for Lighthouse) finally met.  Great picture taking opportunities.  After supper, we had an awesome fire on the beach (thanks Frank) and was a great evening.  Today, changeover so I'll be busy for a while.  It's currently overcast but don't think we'll get rain with the cloud cover but after today, sun, sun, sun for the next week with high temps.  Captain Larry is taking us all for a boat ride tomorrow so have something to really look forward to.

August 28, 2015 - 7:35 a.m.

Was a great day for weeding the bedrock yesterday as the sun didn't come out at all and it stayed cool all day.  Only got to a high of 16 but that's all about to change.  Sun and hot temps in the forecast through to next Friday.  I still have a little bedrock weeding to do which I'm going to start on as soon as possible.  Dan cleaned 3 boats yesterday and then helped Alf get his boat out of the water to dry dock as it needs some maintenance.  Looks to be a great weekend but no plans at the moment.  Can't really do much until all our guests are looked after but that won't stop me from sitting in the water.  Had 14 deer come up yesterday morning.  Couple of fawns, couple of bucks, some yearlings and does.  Don't see any yet this morning but quite a few showed up again last night.  Too many people were making too much noise so scared them off until sometime after midnight when I went to bed.  Also had an active beaver night before last get at the big poplar in front of one of the cottages.  If it brings that tree down, it's going to cause some major damage.  Dan went out with some oil mixed with hot sauce and painted the base where it had been gnawing.  Should keep it away. Hate to say it but the beavers have been problematic for some time.  We're going to see about relocating them.

August 27, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Considering the past couple of days, the weather forecast is looking mighty sweet for the next week running.  It showered on/off yesterday for the better part of the day and temps only reached 17.  With the wind and rain, it was a sweat suit kind of day.  I finished canning my chili sauce and then made a batch of chili, a pot of meatball soup and baked a lemon cake.  I took a little of each down to our neighbour Margie.  The poor lady had a bit of a freak accident involving a lawn chair and ended up with pins and plates in her wrist.  Obviously she's going to be out of commission for a while.  Dan's cleaning boats today and I think I might do some weeding.  Although it's currently overcast, the temp is still nice and cool.  Much warmer weather and nothing but sunshine coming our way as of later today through next Wednesday reaching highs of 28.  Bring it on!!

August 26, 2015 - 8:08 a.m.

We saw a few rain showers yesterday and at one point, it felt quite damp and cool.  A little bit of sun appeared here and there but we woke up to overcast skies again this morning.  It's currently 15 and we may be in for a few more showers before the day is out.  Going to get progressively nicer as the week wears on and looks to be a lovely weekend coming our way.  I did some cleaning yesterday morning and then Paula and I headed into town.  Had lunch and I bought supplies for chili sauce as Dan was bringing me home a bushel of tomatoes from down South aka tomato country.  I made the sauce last night but by the time I got the tomatoes peeled and the onions cut, didn't leave me the full alloted cooking time so finishing this morning.  Shouldn't be too much longer before I can jar it.  Not sure what I'm doing after that.  Dan has some work to do but it's weather conducive...

August 25, 2015 - 7:50 a.m.

Yesterday was sunny but with quite a few clouds.  Temps hit 22 but it is currently completely overcast and 14.  Looks like we are in for a few showers before the cloud cover moves out.  We did get rain showers yesterday through the night so everything has been nicely watered.  I managed to clean the house and washed all the house windows so they're sparkling, at least inside.  Isn't there a saying about if you want rain, either was your car or your windows.  Lol.  I was hoping to do some gardening today but am waiting a bit to see if things dry out, if we don't get another shower.  Have plenty to keep me busy otherwise.  Dan is heading home today.  Bringing me a bushel of field tomtoes so I can make chili sauce.  Fit that in somewhere in the next day or two :-) 

August 24, 2015 - 7:58 a.m.

Had a beautifully relaxing day yesterday.  Made some home fries and took them back to Paula and Alf's to contribute to the wonderful breakfast Paula made.  We were going to go kayaking but they were being used when I was wanting to go so never got out.  Instead I ended up having some quiet time in the house since Dan wasn't here.  Don't know the last time I was able to do that.  Had a nice afternoon nap and finished my book.  The deer are coming up regularly now, both day and night.  Dan is bringing home some deer corn from the Chatham area since it's about 60% cheaper.  They sure zing us up here on certain things.  Like gasoline.  Heck, on most things.  We received rain overnight and it's still completely overcast but very comfortable temperatures.  Perfect day to wash the windows, as intended.

August 23, 2015 - 8:15 a.m.

What a glorious day yesterday.  Was finished my work by 12:30 so Paula, Alf and I got ourselves nicely set up in the water with, chairs, umbrella, music and beverages.  Swam on and off all afternoon.  The sun was cooperating and we didn't venture to shore until about 6:00.  I had a quick shower and then cooked 2 homemade pizzas and joined them for supper.  Larry and Trish took the family boating and then we all congregated for a camp fire.  We were having so much fun, by the time I decided to go to bed, it was nearly 1:00.  Just because I had a late night, doesn't affect the animals needing to be fed so was up at 7:00.  Not sure what I'm up to today.  Suppose to gorgeous, sunny and high of 26 so will likely do something outdoors.  Showers are suppose to move in this evening.  Looks like a few days of rain and then better weather mid-week.

August 22, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

Yesterday was cool and overcast.  Took advantage and did some bedrock garden weeding.  Had a couple of chipmunks helping me as I had peanuts in my pocket.  I think they got fed more than the garden got weeded.  That's okay, makes the chore less tedious.  Started raining after I'd been at it for a bit.  More of a shower really and was hoping it would blow over.  By the time it did, I was wet and chilly.  Made myself a nice dinner since I was on my own, enjoyed some peace and quiet then went to bed early.  Temps dropped to 10 overnight so a little chilly this morning but suppose to be sunny and 25 today.  Great temps for changeover day.  Had a sweet young buck looking in my window this morning.  God, I love waking up to something so special.

August 21, 2015 - 7:51 a.m.

We had quite the torrential down pour yesterday.  Man did it come down.  The ground took everything thrown at it.  Temps are much more tolerable today at 17 and the humidity is gone.  Alf's here having a coffee with Dan before he takes off for Erieau.  Sure wish I was going with him as all our friends, some of whom I haven't seen for years, are going to be there.  I'm planning on weeding the garden today since the weather is cool and overcast.  The deer are slowly coming back.  Had 3 does, 3 sweet little fawns and a young buck show up yesterday morning.  Looking forward to a spouse free, quiet weekend.

August 20, 2015 - 9:03 a.m.

Sorry I'm a little late today, had to charge my kobo.  We had one scorcher of a day yesterday.  Hit 30 here and was just nasty for working, so I didn't.  I actually did a few things in the morning but that was it.  I'm heading over to clean a cottage right shortly and then heading into town.  Dan has a reunion with the old Rondeau crowd this weekend and was heading down south this morning but not sure if he's going to wait until tomorrow now.  There is a huge line of storms in the area but looking at radar, think they are going to narrowly miss us.  Dan should likely take off around noon.  Wish I could go as it would be great to see rveryone but I'm staying back to look after business.  Nice windy breeze going through right now so making today more tolerable than yesterday.  So far. :-) 

August 19, 2015 - 8:16 a.m.

We did finally get some rain as well as non-severe thunderstorms yesterday.  Showers on and off but we only received enough precipitation to make it very steamy this morning.  Have heavy rainfall warnings up for a lot of Northern Ontario for today but doesn't include our area.  Suppose to hit a high of 27 again today though so very humid already.  Hopefully we'll get a bit more rain before the day is through.  Have to say, the weather up here has been fabulous all summer, one of the best yet.  Looks like it's going to continue for awhile.  Not sure what I'm doing today as I'm not quite awake yet.  Got into my book last night so was close to 2:00 before I turned the light out.  Really would like to weed the bedrock but think it's a tad too warm...

August 18, 2015 - 7:03 a.m.

Had a great day at the French on Sunday.  We left around noon and explored ther south channel of the French River.  Only 6 of us on the boat but very comfortable ride all day long.  Didn't get back to shore until nearly 9:00 as it was too hot to spend the day on land.  Tried that yesterday and neither Dan nor I did much moving.  I should have closed our house up first thing yesterday morning as the temps reached 32 and it was extremely hot, hazy and humid.  I'm watering flowers first thing this morning.  They are calling for possible showers and thunderstorms today but Lake Nipissing keeps splitting the cells and all the precipitation misses us.  It is currently overcast and 21 but suspect the clouds will burn off shortly.  Going to warm up quickly.

August 16, 2015 - 7:36 a.m.

Had a great day yesterday.  Was very hot, hazy and humid but we managed to get all our work done by noon.  Headed out on the boat and ended up in Campbell's Bay for an afternoon of swimming and sunshine.  Lots of boats and people there.  Today we're heading to the French River for the day.  Should be fun as 8 of us are all piling on Trish and Larry's tritoon.  I'm making the potato salad for the lunch.  Will be a great day.

August 15, 2015 - 7:45 a.m.

We had a storm come through yesterday.  Rumbling started around 2:30 and continued for hours.  Very slow moving with a great light show and a nice rain.  Heat warning is now in our area as it's going to 29 today and tomorrow.  The lake is as calm as can be this morning.  Had a great time at Annie's last night.  Great company and bbq.  Have changeover over today so had better get moving before it gets too warm.

August 14, 2015 - 8:07 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday in the great North.  Temps hit 26 degrees, things were calm and humid.  I cleaned a couple of cottages in the morning and then Dan and I headed to town for the afternoon to do some shopping.  We finally received some decent rain overnight but not too much thunder and lightning on the south shore.  I think North Bay got quite a bit though.  Today I'm going to do some gardening.  Perfect time to weed and deadhead the flowers.  I'd also like to give them all some fertilizer so they keep their blooms into the autumn.  Going to Annie's for a bbq this evening.  Was hoping we could sit amongst the stars and watch the meteor showers as tonight is suppose to be the best night but they are calling for more thunderstorms to roll through without clearing until late this evening so will have to see what transpires.  Sure does put on a marvelous show though.

August 13, 2015 - 8:22 a.m.

Bbbrrr, a little chilly this morning.  Reached a high of 22 yesterday, was breezy and sunny but dropped to only 11 overnight.  Nice little fog over the water this morning.  I hear boats, but can't see them.  It'll burn off as soon as the sun is properly up.  Calling for thunderstorms and/or showers this afternoon when the warm front comes in.  Suppose to reach high 20's in time for the weekend.  The sky was ablaze with the meteor shower last night.  Could practically see every star and planet in the sky it was so crystal clear.  Hoping for a repeat this evening but with the supposive storm today,  it likely won't be as clear.  Would certainly be a good time to have a high powered camera.  

August 12, 2015 - 7:49 a.m.

We finally got a little rain yesterday late afternoon, early evening.  We didn't get nearly as much as hoped for, but what we did get, I'm sure nature is thankful for.  The wind also picked up and it's been blowing pretty hard all night, as it is this morning.  There is actually a heat advisory in place for Northern Ontario through to Sunday so explains why the extremely fresh, brisk air today.  I heard the crickets loud and clear for the past few days.  That usually means the days of really hot weather are behind us but I guess not.  Fine by me.

August 11, 2015 - 7:34 a.m.

We had just an enormous cloud/front on the radar yesterday but Lake Nipissing split it and we hardly received any rain at all.  It basically spit for 5 minutes and that was it.  We desperately need rain here.  No thunderstorms either, which would have been nice.  Calling for more rain and thunderstorms this afternoon but absolutely nothing is showing on the radar although it is overcast.  Dan is heading to town this morning for a haircut.  Not sure what I'm doing but it'll involve some sort of work.  Considering the sun isn't shining, I say bring on the rain and I'll work inside :-) 

August 10, 2015 - 8:05 a.m.

What a great day yesterday!! Finally had time to relax after I finished a bit of work in the morning.  Paula, Annie and I sat out in the water until we got hungry.  Paula went home to make supper while Annie and I joined the Baker group at the Walt.  Sure was a great day though.  The beach was full and a lot of boats and water sports.  Temps hit a high of 27 and was sunny all day.  Today, looks like we are about to get some badly needed rain.  Maybe even a thunderstorm.  Bring it on!!

August 9, 2015 - 8:23 a.m.

Since I had nothing pressing today, I lounged in bed for an hour after waking.  I'm currently sitting on my deck drinking my coffee and watching the birds and chipmunks have their breakfast.  Pretty quiet this morning as there are usually people up and about by now.  I went to Ginny's yesterday for her daughter-in-law Nass' baby shower.  Was a lot of fun and the weather couldn't have been better.  Calling for a high of 26 and sunny today so think I'm going to finally have that beach day I've been after.  I do have some cottage laundry I'd like to get done today (since it's low peak day, sigh) but other than that, I'm vegging.  Dan's still in bed. I opted to hit the sack early last night but Dan stayed out by the campfire.

August 8, 2015 - 7:00 a.m

Gorgeous day yesterday for the most part.  Watered all the gardens in the morning.  Then I prepared wonderful ham sandwiches, potato salad, tomato cucumber salad and devilled eggs.  Packed everything up for the boat and we headed to the Manitous for the afternoon.  It reached a high of 24 and was nice and sunny for a bit but then the clouds moved in.  We still enjoyed ourselves and had a nice swim.  Came back for check-ins, had a nice camp fire and was in bed by 11:00.  All in all, a pretty good day.  Cleaning cottages again this morning and then have a baby shower this afternoon.

August 7, 2015 - 7:21 a.m.

The wind finally died down yesterday after blowing all week.  I was a busy girl yesterday and have lots to do this morning such as another cottage clean and then flower watering.  Dan has a couple of boats to wash but if we get everything done in a timely manner, we are taking Paula and Alf for a boat ride.  Trying to meet up with Larry and Trish at the Manitous this afternoon as they've been down at the French River for their first overnight stay on their new boat.  Suppose to a nice couple of days coming our way.  Calm and highs of 24.  No rain really until possibly Monday.  We've had it threaten quite a bit this week but nothing really materialized.  At least not enough to water properly.

August 6, 2015 - 7:18 a.m.

So I've about had enough of this wind.  It's been blowing all week and doesn't seem to want to let up.  Keeping things very cool even though the sun has been shining and temps are in the 20's.  Still a little windy today but hoping things will calm down more once the sun gets higher.  The Barnier's left yesterday late morning.  Were only here for a short visit but good to see them nonetheless.  Saw them fly over on the way home.  They had such a tail wind, they were moving pretty good.  Not quite sure what's on my agenda today but I do need to make it to town at some point.

August 5, 2015 - 8:05 a.m.

Another bright, sunny and windy morning today.  It's a tad chilly as the wind started gusting around 4:00 this morning.  It's currently 16 degrees but suppose to warm up.  My in-laws flew in yesterday afternoon and my brother-in-law did maintenance on our pontoon boat as it wasn't running properly.  We all ended up going to "The Station" for supper last night and it was very good.  The Barnier's just came for a short visit as they are leaving a little later today.  I cleaned my house and a couple of cottages yesterday.  I really need to do some dead-heading and a little watering today.  Good day to work outside as the temps are very comfortable.

August 4, 2015 - 8:01 a.m.

What a glorious morning.  It's windy but a nice cool breeze.  The sun is shining but there are clouds all around us and calling for showers and/or thunderstorms later on.  I'll take what I can get.  The temps dropped to 15 overnight at the lake and all the humidity is gone.  It's been windy for a few days so we need some southern weather to push up and turn on the heat.  Great working weather though.  Not sure what I'm doing today but it's going to involve cleaning and/or yardwork.  See what the weather brings. 

August 3, 2015 - 7:03 a.m.

What a great time I had Saturday.  Finished my work early and ended into town around 11:30.  Annie and I went to the waterfront in North Bay for the 'Summer in the Park' festivities.  Spent the afternoon and then out for a nice Chinese food supper.  Back to the waterfront to see Alan Frew of Glass Tiger fame but Burton Cummings, who followed Frew, was just awesome.  The man still has it and played well over two hours.  Been a long time since I've been to an outdoor concert and I wasn't disappointed.  I spent the night at Annie's and we were up late yipping but up fairly early yesterday morning.  Went out for a nice breakfast before I headed home.  Dan held down the fort while I played, so it was nice to come home and have nothing to worry about.  Didn't do much yesterday as we had another storm come through.  A little thunder and some rain.  It's overcast this morning and calling for another storm but it may miss us.  Not looking like a great week weatherwise but everything is suppose to blow through by Thursday.  Of course now that I'm pretty much caught up, the weather turns.  I'd love to just spend a few days outdoors gardening, swimming and maybe going for a boat ride.  Sigh.

August 1, 2015 - 8:07 a.m.

Wow!!  Had a wild storm come through last night.  Had one earlier in the day that produced a little hail here but I was in the Bay.  Could see the storm clouds all around the lake.  The second one that came through was nasty but could have been a lot worse.  It produced high winds and rain which dropped the temps and got rid of the humidity.  Once the wind died down, the lightning started.  Had a couple of really good cracks which sounded like they were right here.  One lit up the whole park and the crack was immediate and deafening so think it hit a tree right across the creek.  We did get some decent rain, which was badly needed.  Suppose to be a high of 24 today with a mix of sun and cloud and possibility of a thunderstorm late in the day.  I am going to "Summer in the Park" today while Dan takes care of business.  Going to see Alan Frew and Burton Cummings tonight with Annie and staying the night in town at her place.  So looking forward to some "me" time.  Dan is encouraging it because I've had a very busy 3-4 weeks.  

July 31, 2015 - 9:13 a.m.

I was up at 6:15 this morning, fed the cats and went back to bed.  Been a long week for me and I didn't sleep well last night.  Don't know it is about me and full moons but happens every time.  I rarely get a good nights sleep for 2-3 days before.  Anyhoo I'm off to clean a cottage this morning and then I'm heading into town.  The weather has cooled considerably as the cold front blew in big time last night.  It was probably the windiest it's been all season.  It howled for about 4 hours and then calmed down in the wee hours.  Suppose to reach 24 today but calling for a low possibility of an afternoon thunderstorm and/or shower.  We are badly in need of rain up here.  Finally getting a decent summer as the weather has been great.  The next few days will be in the 20's and think we'll have more sun than cloud.

July 30, 2015 - 8:09 a.m.

The air is much nicer today.  We reached 32 yesterday but very humid, stuffy and stale air.  Had a little rain last night so easier to breathe today.  Still, it's suppose to hit 29 again today with the humidex.  I actually slept in this morning as I didn't sleep well last night.  Must be the blue moon which has nearly peaked.  Finished my books yesterday and today I'm cleaning.  Again.  Rather just park my butt in the water.  May just do that this afternoon.  Dan has boats to clean and maybe a little grass to cut.  The long-term forecast has a low percentage of rain in it for the next 5 days.  I hope we don't get much on Saturday as I'm going to the waterfront with Annie after my work is done.

July 29, 2015 - 6:28 p.m.

Holy heat batman!!!  She was a scorcher yesterday and from what I could tell, pretty much everyone on the property was in the water at one point or another.  I cleaned a cottage early in the morning and that was enough labour for me.  The temperature reached 32 but with the blazing sun and humidity, it registered 38.  Not complaining, just saying.  After cleaning, I escaped the heat in the office where I worked on the books until 4:00.  It actually started getting warm in the shop as it had full sun exposure by around 2:00.  I'm heading out right shortly to water flowers.  Although they are calling for thunderstorms later this evening, we may not get them.  I don't think we're going to get a huge break from the heat but hopefully a good storm will at least break the humidity.  I'll be in the office all day again today so should stay cool enough.  Calling for 31 again today.  It's already 20 and the sun is just starting to rise.  I didn't really see Dan much yesterday but am sure he beat the heat staying indoors for most of it.  He certainly doesn't need to worry about cutting the grass this week.  It'll just burn it if he does.   So glad I don't live in a big city...although I'd probably have air conditioning if I did.  Lol.

July 28, 2015 - 6:40 a.m.

Wow!!!  Talk about heat warnings!!  Hit 36 yesterday with the 93% humidity we are experiencing but the gauge registered only 30.  Only 30.  Lol.  I hear one person complain about how hot it is, I'll remind them of our -40 temps that'll be around in a few short months.  Dan and I closed our house up first thing yesterday morning so managed to keep things relatively cool.  Did the same thing this morning when I got up at 5:45.  I'm hopping in the shower right shortly and then starting on my work.  I've cottages to clean and two solid days of bookwork to get done before the weekend.  Going to be a very busy week for me but once Saturday rolls around I just might be able to relax a bit and enjoy what's left of the summer.  Well, as much as is possible while operating a seasonal business.  The grass growing season has slowed down so Dan isn't in a panic to get it done.  He can't be in the hot sun so will have to do the yard maintenance in early morning and after supper for the next few days.  He also has some boats to clean but if anything, that should cool him down.  Going to 32 today so imagine it'll be closer to 40 with the humidex.  Better get to it!!

July 26, 2015 - 8:02 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday once the morning showers stopped.  Didn't get very much rain before the sun started shining again.  However, it was very hot but more humid all day and we had rumblings in the distance for seversl hours in the early evening.  Just around 8:00 p.m., we had a brief thunderstorm in the distance and a bit more rain here.  Was hoping it would rain throughout the night as we need it so badly.  I'm doing some work this morning and then hoping to either get on a boat or beach it.  Calling for possibility of thunderstorms late in the day but think it'll be a pop up storm due to daytime heating.  Suppose to have highs in the 30's the next few days.  I'll be closing the house up tomorrow morning to keep it cool.  Should today but am going to hold off.

July 24, 2015 - 6:14 a.m.

Had a beautiful day yesterday although is was a tad windy for most of the day.  Temps got to 22 and down to 12 overnight.  Overcast this morning but suppose to clear a little later.  Our friends, Peg and Daryl flew out of Toronto last night for Calgary.  So glad they missed all the tornadic activity going on there yesterday.  Their daughter actually texted me yesterday in a panic as she wasn't sure what time they were flying and the tornado sirens had gone off.  Gotta be pretty scary but I think it's a sign of the times.  I cleaned most of the day, as I am today.   The highlight of my day was last night when Red finally showed her sweet baby fawn to us.  Playful little thing.  At least now I get why she was coming up by herself so often earlier in the season.  Her yearlings were babysitting while she ate and rested.  Now baby is big enough, she's starting to wean it.  Amazing what can be learned from observing nature.

July 23, 2015 - 6:47 a.m.

Things are pretty much back to normal around here and I'm sure our current guests are finally enjoying some peace and quiet.  We spent yesterday cleaning up the last of the mess, returning tables and chairs, picking up little bits or garbage, etc.  I also did some cottage laundry so will be cleaning cottages today.  It certainly cooled down when the winds came through here yesterday morning.  Carried the humidity away and dropped the temps to a more tolerable 23.  We've got clouds this morning and it's fairly calm but we could see some brief showers.  A few of the deer have come out of hiding as Red was up with her yearling doe and buck.  The buck is so cute.  He has two little antlers about 4 inches long and straight up.  We also have a hawk around that I'd like to go away.  I keep finding feathers in the mornings and saw it take a blackbird the other day.  Haven't seen it since the weekend so am hoping the commotion scared it off indefinitely.  Easy pickings here so it'll most likely be back.

July 22, 2015 - 6:31 a.m.

What a busy and fun few days we've had!!!  Our party was a great success.  The weather cooperated although we did have a few sprinkles of rain early in the day on Saturday but the sun shone and we all had alot of fun.  Food was excellent, band played for most of the festivities and then we had a really good fireworks display.  Sunday we had a sit-in-the-water day as it was very hot (hit 30) but breezy so couldn't boat.  Yesterday we had some of our southern friends leave for home so the rest of us just vegged and had a lazy day.  Peggy and Daryl are leaving this morning for Toronto and then fly home to Calgary tomorrow.  Always sad to see them go.  The weather cooled down over night with a cool northern breeze and only suppose to hit 23 today.  It's back to the grind for us and will be spending the day cleaning up the last remaining bits of party mess.  I've also got some cottage cleaning to pick at for the next round of guests.

July 18, 2015 - 7:50 a.m.

It rained all day and into the night yesterday which was perfect as we badly needed the rain.  We managed to get everything done that needed doing and all our from out of town guests arrived safely.  Had a great reunion with the "Mexico" girls (and spouses) but we didn't indulge too much.  Some left right at dusk to head to their rooms in North Bay while the rest of us were in bed by 11:00.  Six are golfing this morning while I clean up last night's mess and do the changeover this morning.  Dan's going to get things set up and organized.  Party starts later this afternoon and looks like we'll have a crowd and thankfully the weather is cooperating today.  Sunny with clouds, mid to high 20's.  I think there just may be a lot of swimming going on!!!

July 17, 2015 - 7:29 a.m.

What a long day for Dan and I yesterday.  We are having our annual party tomorrow so lots to do this week but we are on the home stretch.  Expecting anywhere from 75-100 people and think the weather will be the determining factor on how many actually attend.  Thank God for friends as we've gotten alot of help in preparation.  We're having a band play on the beach and festivities begin at 3:00 so praying for a beautiful day.  Yesterday I cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms in the morning and then weeded and thoroughly watered all the flowers.  Didn't get done until 6:00.  Dan power-washed all the buildings, manicured the grounds and was still staining picnic tables at 7:00 last night.  Looks just awesome around here but could use some rain to keep the dust down.  Think we're getting it today.  The temps were a high of 26 yesterday, down to 16 overnight and not suppose to get much warmer today as a coldfront followed by a warmfront is coming through.  Calling for thunderstorms and showers.  Tomorrow going to be hot, around 26 and hopefully sunny.  Better get moving as my house is a disastet area and I have food prep to do.  Did I mention I have the girls (and spouses) coming today that I go to Mexico with every year?  Unfortunately couldn't put them all up as we're booked but we are having a somewhat of a Mexican dinner tonight.  Can't be a late one as we have changeover and party prep tomorrow.  I think by the time Tuesday rolls around, we're going to be exhausted.  S'ok, that's what summer is for!!!

July 16, 2015 - 6:53 a.m.

What a long day I had yesterday.  Not sure exactly what I accomplished but I didn't stop until 7:00 last night.  Dan got all the grass cut among other things and he was pretty busy himself.  I'm cleaning a cottage and the public washrooms this morning and then giving all the flowers a good soaking this afternoon.  Calling for showers and hot weather for the upcoming 4-5 days but low percentage of precipitation and getting progressively warmer until Sunday when it's suppose to hit 28.  Hopefully we'll get some boating in somewhere along the way.  Yesterday started out chilly in the morning but it warmed up nicely and the high reached 23 with sun all day.  Down to 9 last night but in for the same type of day today with a high of 25.  Better get at 'er.

July 15, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.

What a difference a few hours make!!  Was hot and humid yesterday reaching a high of 25 but then the winds started.  At least they waited until late afternoon and didn't get quite as bad as anticipated.  However, the humidity was cleared and it dropped to 10 overnight.  Sunny again this morning and looks like we'll have nice weather through the weekend.  Was a 60% chance of a shower yesterday but all we received was a few little spits so looks like I'll be watering some flowers when I get home from town this afternoon. 

July 14, 2015 - 6:14 a.m.

We are going to get some relief from the heat today.  Winds are going to come in like a hammer from the sounds of things.  It was very hot, hazy and humid yesterday with temperatures near 30 but higher with the humidex.  I worked in the gardens until I couldn't take anymore.  I then showered and headed into town briefly and really enjoyed the air conditioning in my car (which I rarely use).  Temps dropped to 19 overnight but due to dip to 8 tonight.  A bit extreme.  My flowers were just starting to look beautiful.  Sssooooo I'm heading outside right shortly to stack the beach chairs and see if I can somehow protect my flowers from the wind or they'll be looking quite ratty after being blown around; until the winds die down tomorrow.  Going to be nasty and definitely indoor weather today.

July 13, 2015 - 6:06 a.m.

We are definitely having a stretch of gorgeous weather.  Sunny again yesterday with a high of nearly 29 by the lake.  With the humidex it likely hit 35 away from the water.  I didn't have the energy to do anything but stay cool yesterday so finished a book.  I managed to keep the house relatively cool by closing the house up so early as I did again this morning.  They were calling for thunderstorms yesterday but nothing materialized.  High of 27 today but hopefully we'll get the showers they speak of tomorrow.  I'm heading outside right shortly to do some more gardening before it gets too hot.  Which means I'll likely need to cool down by noon.  Can't complain.  We've had nicer weather in the past few weeks than all of last summer.  Guests can't complain as it's been pretty nice beach time.  Gotta love the North.  Hot during the day but cools down during the evening so one can sleep comfortably.  Dropped to 15 overnight so going to warm up quickly as soon as the sun gets a tad higher.

July 12, 2015 - 8:07 a.m.

What a wonderful day yesterday.  Did all the watering and then the cottage cleaning.  Cooked a potato sald and devilled eggs and then Dan and I hopped on Larry and Trish's boat for another great day on the water.  We ended up in Campbell's Bay where we swam, admired other boats and had a bbq.  Was awesome and exremely hot and humid.  We know how to beat the heat.  Was a long day so kind of dragging today.  I got up at 5:30 this morning to close the house up as it went down to 19 overnight so much cooler in the house then is was yesterday.  There is a heat advisory for today with temps hitting the low 30's so am definitely taking it easy.  Think i'll likely beach it in the shade and have lots of swims.

July 11, 2015 - 6:00 a.m.

Was outside watering and weeding by 7:00 yesterday morning and stuck with it until just after noon but had to stop as I was overheating.  The humidity was a killer for me yesterday.  Dan and I zipped down to Callander by boat just to cool down but think I might have gotten to much heat/sun exposure as I wasn't feeling well later in the early evening.  Just came in the house to cool down and went to bed early.  Dan visited out in the park for a bit but came home when the sun set.  I've changeover today but am heading outside right shortly to water some more flowers as they are calling for a high of 29 today.  I'm hoping to start the cottage cleaning as early as possible (will depend on how timely our guests check out) before it gets unbearably hot.  After that, not sure what's on our agenda.  Be nice if it involved a boat but calling for possibility of thunderstorms today so may just beach it and go for regular swims.

July 10, 2015 - 6:39 a.m.

Managed to get quite a bit accomplished yesterday.  Cleaned first thing in the morning and then started weeding the bedrock.  Stayed at it until it got too warm and moved on to something else.  Was another beautiful day in paradise.  The wind kicked up briefly giving us a nice lake breeze and temps hit 24.  I'm heading out right shortly to continue my weeding as the next 3 days are suppose to be wicked hot.  Highs of 30 through the weekend and air quality alerts have been posted.  Looks like we'll be wanting to get our work done first thing in the morning for the few days. No whining here after the winter we had...

July 9, 2015 - 7:29 a.m.

We made a nice discovery yesterday morning.  A bear had wandered through our property and must have smelled fish guts in our garbage trailer.  It ripped the door, which was strongly bolted, right off it's hinges.  There had been a cub spotted by one of our guests a few days earlier so not something I'd like to tangle with.  We've had a bear pass through before and also do damage to our trailer but they've never stuck around so am hoping that's the case this time as well.  Between interruptions yesterday I managed to get two cottages cleaned yesterday among other things.  Today I'm cleaning one more and then hitting the bedrock garden.  Can't keep up with the crabgrass that keeps popping up and just can't seem to get rid of it once and for all.  Between the rain and hot weather, it's thriving.  Wish my flowers were doing as well.  Was a beautiful day yesterday.  Sunny and high of 23, down to 11 overnight.  Suppose to be partly cloudy and high of 26 today.  They now have some showers in the long term forecast but will need them if it gets as hot as they are saying it's going to be.

July 8, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

'Tis a beautiful morning.  It's still a tad windy and cool but the sun is shining and is suppose to hit a high of 24.  Dropped to 14 overnight but we're on the water so likely a bit cooler in town.  Was very humid yesterday morning and the showers started just as I was finishing up watering the gardens and pots that needed it.  We didn't get very much rain and then the winds came in like a hammer and blew away all the humidity.  Great sleeping weather for sure.  I managed to get everything accomplished that I wanted to yesterday.  This morning I'm cleaning 2 cottages and then doing some gardening this afternoon.  Dan'll be tinkering around doing something or other as we both manage to keep busy.  Always something to be done around here...

July 7, 2015 - 8:03 a.m.

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood and smoking hot.  Anyone complaining about the heat yesterday needs to give their head a shake.  It'll be snowing before we know it.  Reached a high of 28 and only down to 21 overnight.  It's currently overcast and calling for showers today.  I'm still watering a few plants beforehand as it's been very warm.  Have lots of cleaning to do over the next few days but looks to be glorious weather for the rest of the week.  Would like to get some gardening in as well so I'm going to stay busy.

July 6, 2015 - 8:45 a.m.

What a fantastic day we had yesterday.  Larry and Trish kindly took us pontooning down to the French River.  We explored for hours, dropped in on some friends, had a few swims and even bbq'd in Campbells Bay.  We were on the water all day and didn't get home until 9:00ish.  I don't think I've seen four more relaxed people in a long time.  Just a great summer day.  Temperature reached 27 and suppose to hit 29 today.  All sun this week with warm temps except for possible showers tomorrow.  I'll take it!!

July 4, 2015 - 7:56 a.m.

Happy Independence Day to our American friends.  Hope your day is filled with celebration and sunshine.  Dan and I both had a busy day yesterday.  I did my town run which took the better part of the day and then cleaned the public washrooms.  After that, I prepared the fresh strawberries Trish and Paula were kind enough to pick for me, for the freezer.  Beckers has the best strawberries on the planet.  Dan worked all day doing the weed eating and piddly stuff that needed doing.  It's changeover day today so I've 2 cottages to clean and check-outs/ins to do so will be busy for a while.  Looks like we may get some sun today although we did get a shower overnight.  Suppose to reach 25 today and nothing but sun and 26 tomorrow.  I'd say it's a boat day tomorrow for sure!!

July 3, 2015 - 7:28 a.m.

What a beautiful day yestetday.  Sun, sun and more sun.  Looks like we are in for a nice stretch of weather.  Hitting the high 20's for the next few days.  I'm zipping into town this morning and then hoping to do some flower dead heading later on.  Lake Nipissing is pretty calm this morning but it had been very rough the past couple of days.  Should be great boating this weekend.  Hopefully we can get out there sometime Sunday or Monday.

July 1, 2015 - 6:30 a.m.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!  Hope everyone has lots of festivities planned for today and that the weather cooperates for you.  Ours?  Not so much.  Was beautiful yesterday.  Hit a high of 25 lakeside but felt and likely was much warmer once you got away from the water.  Was sunny for the most part but the clouds started to move in late afternoon.  Cold front and showers arrived through the night.  It's a little chilly this morning as the humidity is gone but it's still 16 degrees.  I cleaned all day yesterday and am cleaning another cottage this morning.  Have some festivities planned for later today but don't know how that's going to pan out as it's pretty gloomy.  Make the best of it I suppose...

June 30, 2015 - 7:23 a.m.

Just an absolutely beautiful day yesterday.  Would have been nice to go for a boat ride but, sigh, I was inside cleaning all day.  Same thing today.  It reached a high of 25 and only down to 12 overnight.  Dan took the day off yesterday but was kind of helping Alf with his boat as he has a few problems with it.  Our pontoon is out of commission for a bit so God only knows when we'll get out on it.  Fishing has been pretty good lately.  People catching slot line or over.  A couple of good spots on the lake anyhow.  Currently sunny and calm but calling for thunderstorms later today.  Don't see anything on the radar so they could possibly develop as it's pretty humid.

June 29, 2015 - 8:12 a.m.

I actually slept in until 7:30 this morning.  What's up with that?  Was a miserable day yesterday but we made the most of it.  It pretty much rained on and off all day.  I did some cleaning and laundry and then Paula came over in the afternoon and we played a game of dominoes.  Alf joined us a little later and I cooked us all a nice stuffed chicken dinner followed by homemade fresh strawberry shortcake.  Was a great meal.  Red showed up after supper looking for some apples and was rather insistent as she was practically knocking on the door.  It was pretty funny actually.  I still haven't seen her baby but it's around as there have been several sightings.  Guess I'll just have to wait until Red is ready to introduce her/him to me.  Suppose to be mostly sunny and a high of 26 today so I bet it's going to get muggy.

June 28, 2015 - 6:22 a.m.

I can't belive it's nearly July already.  They had a fireworks display in Callander last night to celebrate Canada Day and we could hear them from our house. Couldn't see them but it sounded good.  Lol.  Hydro One is doing maintenance today so the power will be out this morning.  Thought I'd better get up early so I can get my shower in beforehand.  Dan brought the generator up to the house last night so at least the pump for the well will be working and people will have running water.  Weather was great yesterday although mostly overcast and hit a high of 25.  It's overcast again this morning and we may be in for some rain today but the sun is due to come out again tomorrow.  Thought I might clean out my fridge and freezers today since the power is going to be out anyhow but we'll see how that goes.  Hope everyone in Southern Ontario stayed high and dry yesterday although I'm sure there was more than one flooded basement.  Crazy weather.!

June 27, 2015 - 11:58 a.m.

Sorry I'm late this morning.  Had cleaning to do and guests to check in so been busy.  I have a beef to pick with our township and think I'm going to lodge a complaint.  They dug out the ditches and widened the road on Marion (around the corner from us) which is fine but they've totally destroyed the turtles natural habitat and did this during breeding season.  On our way home from the restaurant last night, there was a Blandings turtle trying to lay her eggs in t middle of the road (it was packed with fill and think they are resurfacing it).  I couldn't put her off the road as there was no where for her to lay eggs so I brought her home. She was hissing and hyperventilating but as soon I she smelled and then saw the water, she settled down.  I put her along the shoreline and she immediately found a spot to lay her eggs.  Blandings are endangered so I hope she likes her new home.  I've saved a couple of others and put them along the edge of the water so she'll have some company.  Looks to be another beautiful day.  Warm and hazy but calling for showers tomorrow.  Nothing like they are expecting in Southern Ontario, thankfully.

June 26, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.

Was a nice day yesterday although we did have clouds move through here and there but mostly sunny with a high of 22.  Dipped down to 9 overnight.  Sunny again all day today and the lake is close to window pane calm.  Red was spotted with her tiny baby fawn yesterday.  The reports of a dead baby were false.  It was actually a grown deer that had been there for some time.  It happens.  Glad to know Red is not grieving so all I can figure is she just needed some quiet time alone because she's been up by our house quite alot.  If she brought her baby out yesterday she's starting the weening process so likely won't see her quite as much.  Quite the animal as she wanders, saunters more like, around the property.  She has no fear as long as she is on the boundaries of our property as she knows no one will hurt her but Red has certainly done a number on everyone's flowers and hostas.  Speaking of flowers...i'm spending the day outside tending to them.  I wanted to yesterday but by the time I got home it was too hot and buggy to be up on the rock where it draws all the heat of the day.  So I painted the beach bench instead a nice vibrant blue.  Dan finished the grass cutting and weed eating so today he has a couple of boats to clean for our next round of guests.

June 25, 2015 - 6:37 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Reached a high if 22 with alternating sun and cloud.  I weeded some of the bedrock and kept at until around 4:00.  All my efforts didn't pay off this year as the oats from the deer feed all sprouted and are all through the garden.  Just have to keep at it and hopefully by mid-July I will have some beautiful blooms...if the deer don't eat all the buds.  Yesterday was grass cutting day for Dan so he did that and some weed eating but he's pretty much done for another week.  He also went to the dump yesterday which is a good thing as the fish guts were getting pretty ripe.  Lol.  Today he's cleaning up some boats for the guests coming in.  I've got to get to town briefly and then hitting the gardens again.  Looks to be a nice day but we do have some cloud at the moment.

June 24, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

What a day yesterday.  We had rain and sun and clouds and through it all, lots of wind.  It settled down somewhat for a brief period of time as the wind was changing direction but then it picked up again.  Most of the humidity is gone and it dipped to 12 overnight.  Saw the first of the baby Mallards this morning.  Not many, but at least a few have so far survived the turtles.  The goslings are already quite big, bigger than a full grown Mallard.  I have to say, the one big snapping turtle that has been coming for years to the same spot annually to lay her eggs, wasn't spotted this year.  There is also no evidence that she did.  I usually smooth the sand so critters aren't so inclined to dig up the nest.  She either made her nest elsewhere due to too much activity in the area this year (neighbours building) or something has happened to her.  I also didn't see any Blandings turtles.  Since they are endangered, I certainly hope nothing happened to them as we only had a few.  Hard to say with 2 harsh winters back to back.

June 23, 2015 - 7:58 a.m.

Just had a nice thunderstorm roll through here a bit ago.  Nice way to wake up.  Lol.  It was fairly brief but the rain was somewhat torrential.  It's still a high of 19 and rather humid.  Overcast but the sun is suppose to come out later this morning.  I didn't get the bedrock weeded yesterday as I opted to do other things on the property and I needn't have bothered raking and cleaning the beach as the lake is fairly rough and will likely wash more debris ashore but so far, so good.  I thought we lost all our cedar globe trees along the beach area due to winter kill but they seem to be coming back.  Gave them a little TLC yesterday to help them along.  Dan helped Alf out yesterday and not sure what either of us are doing today.  Always something to fill our days, that's for sure.

June 22, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

Hope everyone had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  I know we did!!  Needed to give my poor back a break but am getting into it again today.  Have the beach to rake and the rest of the bedrock garden to weed.  Red, the deer that has kind of become our mascot around here, has been hanging around the shop and the house more than normal.  She's also been sauntering around the park on a daily basis eating everyone's flowers.  Red is fairly tame but it's unusual for this time of year for her to be hanging around quite this much.  Well we were told yesterday that her baby died.  I know the general area of where the poor mite is so going to find and bury it today.  Don't know if the neighbours dogs got loose again and killed it but that wouldn't surprise me.  We were told that it didn't look maimed but it doesn't take much to kill a newborn fawn.   I just feel so badly for Red because she's always had babies this time of year and doesn't quite know what to do with herself.  Temperatures have been quite warm, hitting at least in the mid 20's.  Calling for showers and possibly a thunderstorm later today and tonight.  It's currently foggy and 16 but the sun should be out shortly.  Red is right now eating some apples as she was laying down outside the bedroom window when I got up so I gave her a treat.

June 21, 2015 - 9:45 a.m.

Happy Father's Day.!

June 20, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

I had a great day yesterday, Dan not so much.  He and Alf spent a good portion of the day building a new trailer septic pump out and it didn't go very smoothly for them.  Had to make several trips to town.  The kicker was they bought a clearly marked 4" rubber boot with gear clamps on it from Canadian Tire and when they got home, found it didn't fit.  When they measured it themselves, it was 5".  Dan was not a happy camper.  Lol.  I spent the day outside on the gardens.  Got all of them done and then started weeding the bedrock.  I only finished one section before my back started screaming and had to call it a day.  I didn't feel much like cooking so Dan, Alf and myself went to Mac's Grill for supper.  The boys shared pizza and wings and I had the ribs.  Was very good.  I'm hoping to do a bit more weeding this morning and if our guests arrive in a timely manner, we can go for a boat ride today.  We've yet to get out on one of our boats.

June 19, 2015 - 7:46 a.m.

We had a little sun in the morning while I was doing my running in town.  Shortly after I got home and had just finished unloading everything, it started to sprinkle.  Then rain, then thunderstorm, then torrential rain.  We received nearly 2 inches in an hour.  Needless to say, I didn't get my outdoor work accomplished.  It cooled things off and it is no longer humid but it went down to 7 overnight.  It's sunny this morning and suppose to stay that way so I'm heading outside right shortly.  Not sure what Dan did yesterday as I didn't see him until the rain started.  Just a beautiful, calm day today so going to take advantage of it!!

June 18, 2015 - 7:15 a.m.

What a great work-outside day yesterday.  It was overcast for the most part but the sun did make an appearance here and there.  Reached a high of 23.  I worked outside all day in the gardens while Dan did some running around in town.  I'm heading to town briefly this morning.  Only a couple of things to do and then hoping to finish the last of my gardens before the thunderstorms hit this afternoon.  Not sure what hubby is up to.

June 17, 2015 - 7:39 a.m.

Yesterday was just a beautiful day.  Sun was shining and it was a tad humid in the morning.  Dan and I worked all morning at getting rid of the kazillions of maple keys all over the place.  Needn't have bothered.  The wind picked up shortly after lunch ushering in the cold front.  Blew north all afternoon so some of the remaining keys were all over once again.  Just can't believe how heavy they are this year, the trees were all loaded with them.  Still, looks cleaner than before we started and the humidity is gone.  Dan weed-eated and cut grass in the afternoon while I weeded gardens, put down mulch and did some tree trimming.  I'm doing the same today and will hopefully get it  done.  Calling for sun this morning but it's currently overcast and only 12 degrees.

June 16, 2015 - 7:39 a.m.

Well I was having problems with my Kobo the past couple of days but that is now resolved.  Couldn't even get my keyboard up.  Technology is a wonderful thing when it's working properly.  How many times have I said that in the past?  Lol.  Yesterday I did some cleaning, namely the public washrooms and then washed my house windows and floors.  Everything will need another bath next week again as the pollen is pretty thick right now.  Only thing that gets rid of it is rain and I don't want anymore.  We did get a little sun yesterday but it was overcast for the most part.  Very humid this morning an