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October 29, 2014 - 9:50 a.m.

Little late this morning.  Had a hard time getting to sleep last night for some reason.  Another miserable day today.  Rainy, overcast and only about 7 degrees.  Suppose to get windy but have only had a few gusts here and there.  Paula and I had a good day in town yesterday.  Had a nice lunch, did a little shopping.  The boys took all day to figure out what was going on with my golf cart as it wasn't holding a charge.  After 6 hours, figured out it was a disconnected wire that was also arcing so had to zip into town to get a replacement part.  I made an awesome prime rib dinner and then we vegged.  Today I'm skipping my workout as my ankle is really bothering me (weather conditions) so am sitting in the office on the computer for most of the day organizing my ipod music.  Not much for Dan to do today due to rain.

October 28, 2014 - 8:23 a.m.

Just got back from my workout, hopping in the shower and then Paula and I are heading into town for the day.  Do some "browsing", go for lunch, etc.  Calling for thunderstorms this morning and this afternoon as a brief warm from comes in.  Currently 7 but going up to 15 apparently.  Overcast, as usual, lots of rain overnight.  Not sure what the boys are doing today but I'm sure they'll solve some of the worlds problems :o)  Cooking prime rib supper tonight but hoping to get in a game of dominoes with Paula later this afternoon.

October 27, 2014 - 2:19 p.m.

Went for a workout this morning, got a cottage ready for Paula and Alf, who are coming up today, just finished cleaning my house and am now in the office for a bit.  Paula and Alf having a bit of a bad day as they were hoping to head up early this morning but looks like they got away closer to 2:00 this afternoon.  Coming from Ingersoll so will be awhile.  I was going to make prime rib for supper but as we don't know what time they'll be arriving, saving it for tomorrow night.  Dan's been rewiring and rerouting one of the satellite dishes in a cottage so he's been up and down on a ladder most of this afternoon.  He also pour some more concrete around our pump house door as it's been leaking so this should redirect any water coming off the roof.  Always something.  Oh, last night, i watched "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" on t.v.  You ever get the chance, it's worth watching.  Especially if you're over 50 :o)

October 26, 2014 - 9:41 a.m.

We had some sun for a few days, now we're back to the nasty stuff.  Was beautiful on Friday, sunny but a little cool.  Yesterday was milder, reached a high of 13 here and the sun was out for a bit.  The trumpeter swans showed up but flew off when the wind started.  It's been blowing ever since with showers mixed in here and there.  Low of 5 overnight and not going to get a whole lot warmer today.  I'm heading into town right now to pick up some deer food.  Paula and Alf are coming up tomorrow and bringing some corn (so much cheaper down south) but I ran out so need a bag to get me through.  When I get back, Dan and I are "funking" up my golf cart.  Ordered some vinyl stickers so it'll look great when we're done.  Hoping to have a nice steak dinner tonight but may be a little difficult to bbq in this weather...

October 23, 2014 - 1:01 p.a.

Went for a work out this morning and then headed into town.  Hit the car wash, and did a good scrub on the poor thing.  All the rain, just haven't had time to give her a good bath.  Just finished cleaning the inside and am now working in the office for a but.  Beautiful day today.  Had really heavy frost the past couple of nights but the days have been mild and sunny so no complaints.  The rut is definitely on as the deer are really stupid right now.  If you're travelling on the roads, be on the look out for deer.  Nearly hit one TWICE today.  Dan's nearly done with the leaves.  Most are now down.  The last of them have fallen the past couple of days due to the cold nights.  One more day of sun in the forecast and then back to all the nasty rain.  Wow, sunshine 3 days in a row, gotta be a record.

October 22, 2014 - 10:04 a.m.

So I screwed up my appointment yesterday.  At least I thought it was yesterday but it's today.  I went for my workout this morning and am heading into town right now.  Have to go in again tomorrow so that's 3 times this week.  Hate going to town, especially when the sun is shining.  Yeeaaa!!  Finally.  Dan finished painting my golf cart yesterday and it looks awesome.  Really nice bright yellow.  Very sunny.  He's currently gone to pick up the mennonites in Powassan as they are helping put on the new roof on Cottage #3.  I'm coming home and working on the books yet again.  Beauty day though so may just do some outdoor work.  See how the day goes.

October 21, 2014 - 10:12 a.m.

Well heck, didn't realize I hadn't updated the blog since Saturday.  Not that it matters.  We've had no sun since a week ago Sunday.  Lots of showers and rain though.  Overcast again today although they said it was going to be sunny.  I've been working in the office while Dan is in the shop priming and then painting my golf cart.  Going to be bright yellow and all tricked up when he's done.  Heading to town right now for an appointment and then coming home and working in the office again.

October 18, 2014 - 9:17 a.m.

Well poo.  The cold front arrived overnight so it's very windy and cold.  Temp is sitting at 4 right now, dropping down to 1 this afternoon with flurries possible tonight and tomorrow.  So not ready for snow just yet.  It won't stick around but still.  The first of the season is always confirmation of the onset of winter.  I'm spending the day in the office.  Likely the next couple of days.  I may head into town later today as they have a music gala featuring the last 50 years of North Bay talent showcasing at the Davedi Club tonight.  Girls haven't decided if they want to go or not and I'm sitting on the fence anyhow.  See what the day brings.  Windy, chilly  and overcast does not bring out the best in people.  :o)

October 17, 2014 - 8:38 a.m.

I'm just disgusted with the weather this week.  We had some sunshine on Sunday and haven't seen any since.  It's been raining daily, overcast, gloomy and just plain miserable.  Temperatures have been warmer than seasonal weather (upper teens) so I guess that's something.  That's all about to change though.  Calling for a cold front to come through to drop us down to single digits once again.  I think this has been our Indian summer this week, just haven't had the sun to go along with it.   Spent the day yesterday cleaning up mouse poop as we finally caught this little turd.  Hate killing anything but no mice in my house!!  Also contacted all the ice fishermen who rebooked for this year to firmed things up.  All our regulars pretty much have their preferred spot.  Think I'm going to spend the next few days on my books and get that off my plate. 

October 15, 2014 - 10:38 a.m.

Honestly, with the weather being such as it's been, I'm surprised more people haven't snapped and either killed themselves or someone else.  LOL.  Nothing but rain in the long term forecast and it started yesterday evening and hasn't stopped.  At least we're down to a shower instead of a hard rain right now.  I'm willing to bet Vitamin D sales have gone through the roof this year.  Dan's gone into town for a haircut and I'm heading to town shortly for some errands.  Wish there was more to report but even the animals have taken shelter today.

October 14, 2014 - 8:47 a.m.

Dan and I vegged yesterday.  He's already out blowing leaves this morning.  I've some office work to do this morning and then doing a quick house clean.  Tomorrow I have to hit the books and it's a good week to do so.  Calling for showers this morning and then heavy rain to start later on today.  Suppose to rain all week but this morning there is a wonderful southern breeze and it's already 18 degrees.  A large flock of geese showed up so I'm willing to bet they will stick around until the wind shifts to the north to help them in their flight south.  Although that said, they usually do stick around until it snows so they could be here for a bit yet..

October 13, 2014 - 7:24 a.m.

Had a great time at Ginny and Craig's yesterday.  Turkey dinner was awesome.  Everyone in the holiday mood.  Actually had some sun so sat outside until dinner was ready.  Was nice to have the sun shining on my face for a change.  Found out about the deer remains that were on the side of the road this week.  Craig actually hit and killed a doe.  She died on the road so Craig called a friend to come and get the "meat".  At least she didn't die in vain.  This area is bad for hitting deer which is why I don't like driving at dusk or dark.

October 12, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Hope you will all be enjoying the company of friends and family as well as an  awesome meal!!  Dan and I are heading over to Ginny and Craig's this afternoon for our turkey dinner.  I'm in charge of the squash and devilled eggs.  It's actually a beautiful day for a change.  The sun is shining, the wind has died down so we will actually be able to sit outside for a bit, and the temperature is suppose to hit 12 or 13 which is about the warmest it will have been all week.  I've a few things I'd like to get done outside and have just been waiting for a day like today.  Have to say, Dan and I are extremely blessed and extremely thankful for those blessings. :o)

October 11, 2014 - 8:03 a.m.

Nothing too exciting going on these days.  Dan's been diligently keeping up with the falling of the leaves.  I'm been keeping up with the housework as best I can.  Another week and I should be good to go.  Woke up to my cats chasing a mouse around my kitchen this morning.  What a treat.  They chased and cornerd but never caught.  Being indoor cats, this is the most excitement they've had for years.  We're setting up traps this morning and will hopefully catch it.  Wee little thing wouldn't run outside.  I opened the sliding door and was hoping in its frenzy it would have just ran outside but it opted to go under the freezer instead.  Been very cold lately.  Went down to 4 overnight and not much above 9 yesterday.  Not much sun and we had a small shower overnight.  Sun is suppose to make an appearance tomorrow, one can hope.

October 9, 2014 - 10:23 a.m.

Extremely windy yesterday as it is today.  Very cold wind to boot.  Only went to a high of 10 yesterday and low overnight of 4.  Calling for possibility of snow today.  Feels like it.  The sun has been making an appearance here and there but the clouds are so fast moving, it isn't staying out long.  So, there was someone incredibly rude was in the neighbourhood on Tuesday.  I noticed as I was on Birchgrove, coming back from town a "red blob" at the side of the road.  I stopped and backed up to see what the heck.  Turned out to be a big pile of entrails.  The spinal cord and all the guts/organs were just sitting there.  Obviously, a deer met its demise.  Whether accidental or not (likely not) we'll never know.  At any rate, whomever cleaned the carcass, left the pile right next to our neighbour's mailbox.  Really?  What's the matter with some people?  I wasn't about to touch it.  Anyhow, going into town yesterday, noticed it was gone.  I think the neighbour just pushed it into the ditch.  The animals will eat it, but still.  Who does that?  Was pretty gross.  So, now that I'm aware of bow hunters possibly being in the neighbourhood, time to dawn the old flannel hunter-orange-lined jacket.

October 8, 2014 - 9:36 a.m.

Considering the super moon last night, after drawing the curtains, I slept very well.  It was so bright here.  No city lights to interfer, complete darkness in our surroundings, was beautiful.  I don't have a powerful enough camera to take a decent picture or I certainly would have.  Went to town yesterday and picked up my car.  New windshield in place.  Our policy only allows (as most do but I was no aware of) for one windshield replacement per vehicle.  My last vehicle needed one also.  Highway driving behind trucks will get you every time.  Heading to town again today to do errands.  Dan's been keeping up with the leaves.  Has to daily or it just gets too much.  It wouldn't be so bad if all the trees shed at the same time.

October 6, 2014 - 9:35 a.m.

Had a very brief sunny break yesterday and the rest of the time, overcast, showers and gloomy.  Same today.  No sun I'm afraid.  I've really got to start paying attention to the temperatures once again as I cleared our thermometer this morning and the lowest it hit was -0.1 so it has already gone below zero, just not sure when.  It's currently sitting at 9 degrees and not a very nice day at all.  Dan and I are heading into town shortly to take my car in.  Need to get the windshield replaced.  I've had to replace the windshield in every vehicle I've owned because of transports shooting stones at me on the highway.  This happened just shortly after I got the vehicle so it's been awhile.  Better get it done before the really cold weather sets in.  We've had "islands" form in front of our house for the first time this year.  We've received so much rain, we never had any sandbars this summer but they must be letting a ton of water through the dam right now as they've finally started to form.  Harriett the heron was out front fishing last night and that's the first time in a long time.  She's only out there when the water gets exxtremely shallow along the shoreline.

October 5, 2014 - 8:51 a.m.

Absolutely miserable day today.  Rained yesterday and then cleared in the afternoon and the sun actually came out for a bit.  Started raining again overnight and we still have a bit of a shower going on.  Looks like it's going to be raining on and off for most of the day.  What else is new?  The temps also dipped considerably yesterday.  Cold front arrived and the air was definitely chilly.  Went down to 5 overnight and currently sitting just under 7 degrees.  Damp, overcast and just plain yucky.  Doing a little bookwork today and I'm guessing since Dan was outside all day yesterday, he's going to take the day off and veg.  As he should.

October 4, 2014 - 9:53 a.m.

Sad day yesterday.  Had to pull up all my flowers for the season.  That little bout of beautiful sunshine actually brought out some blooms but looking at the long term forecast, decided it was time.  Was so windy out yesterday but was a great warm breeze coming directly from the south.  Great day for Dan to blow leaves so he did that while I did the flowers.  Donna dropped over mid-afternoon so we enjoyed about 1/2 hour of sun out on our deck  before the clouds and eventually the rain, moved in.  Rained for a good portion of the night, sometimes torrentially and pretty wet out there this morning.  Reached a high of 24 yesterday but only around 13 right now and don't think it'll be getting any warmer.  Cold coming in and staying for at least a week.  Calling for snow in Northwestern Ontairo today.  So not ready for that.

October 3, 2014 - 9:33 a.m.

Well did a bit of a town run yesterday.  Had my hair cut, nails done, stitches pulled and groceries bought.  Home by around 2:30 and on the couch by 4:00.  Very mild yesterday.  Hit the 20's in town but not quite that by the lake.  Mild again this morning and although it looks like we could get some rain, sun is also trying to shine.  I'm going to do some work outside (emptying flower pots, etc.) as best I can although I really don't want to push it.  Doctor basically told me yesterday to smarten up as the incision keeps opening up right around my wrist joint.  Well sorry but it's a little difficult to keep from bending the wrist.  It'll come.  Dan's working on the leaves again today.  They are coming down quickly now but as usual, some trees faster than others.  He'll get caught up and then another tree will decide to shed.  This will be his life for the next 3 weeks I'm afraid.

October 2, 2014 - 8:45 a.m.

Yesterday was okay, such as it was.  Overcast all day but temps pretty mild.  Around 15.  Suppose to hit 20 today but still overcast with possibility of a shower.  I worked until around 3:00 yesterday and managed to get all of the garden stuff put away for the season.  Still need to empty pots but am waiting until I get my stitches out, which is today.  I did open up part of my incision yesterday because I was lifting too much but so be it.  Once the stitches are gone i can use a bandaid.  LOL.  Heading into town shortly to get my haircut first.  Dan will likely be mulching more leaves today, as he did yesterday.  Hard to keep up with the suckers but you have to stay ahead of them.

October 1, 2014 - 11:28 a.m.

Can you believe it's October already?  Where did the summer go and why can't it come back?    Weather has chilled down once again and lots of rain the past few days.  Finally able to do a few things outside today.  Taking it a tad easy just yet as I don't get my stitches out until tomorrow but after that, should be pretty good as long as I don't lift too much.  Our heart felt condolences go out to Paula and Alf Clayton and their family on the passing of Paula's Mom.  I seriously don't know what it is about all the ladies I go to Mexico with but this is our 4th year going together and each year, one of us has lost their mother.  All of our mother's also know how important this trip is to us each year so maybe that has something to do with it.  All I know is it'sa  great support group and badly needed.  Haven't seen the geese much lately although they are still around.  I think they are getting ready to move south.  Hummingbirds and most of the song birds all gone as well.  Deer gathering, ducks gathering, chipmunks still around but not for long.  Weather is suppose to be overcast and showery over the next 5 days.  Man, it was too good to last as our weekend weather was phenomenal.

September 29, 2014 - 8:59 a.m.

Just another gorgeous day yesterday.  Most of the people in the park were doing their winterizing for the season.  Going to be very quiet around here from now on.  Don't know what Dan will do with himself.  I'm slowly healing so still have to take it somewhat easy but am going to attempt some fall cleaning today.  Would really like to get my windows cleaned.  It's suppose to rain today so perfect day to do the indoors.  See how my day goes.  The temperature has been around 21 22 lately and it only went down to 12 overnight but not suppose to get much warmer than that until this front goes through.

September 28, 2014 - 10:22 a.m.

Fabulous day yesterday.  Finished everything by noon, made beef stroghanoff (which is for today) and sat outside in the sun all afternoon.  A group of us got together in the evening and had a nice fish fry and camp fire.  Doesn't get much better.  Already cleaned up the house and put some laundry in and am heading over to Alf's for coffee.  Sun is shining on his deck so going to be a beautiful morning but clouds are suppose to move in this afternoon.  Been feeling like 25.  Been a wonderful few days.

September 27, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Heading into town with Trish in a few minutes.  Have a few things to pick up at Wal-Mart and am glad for the help in lifting a few things.  Went over to Ginny's on Thursday night for a "shower" for her daughter-in-law.  Was a great time and always good to see everyone.  Didn't do much yesterday and it was just another gorgeous day as is today.  Having a nice little run of sunshine and hope it lasts for a few more days as forecasted.  I think I'll be doing a bit outside when I get home as there are several pots of dead flowers around.  Compliments of the heavy frost we had earlier in the week.  This weather really doesn't know what it wants to do these days.

September 25, 2014 - 8:11 a.m.

What a gorgeous day yesterday and today promises to be the same, if not better.  Sun shine is always nice this time of year, especially when we haven't had a whole lot of it to begin with.  Dan has stored a few of our boats under our new picnic shelter and once we get everything we want stored under it, he's going to shrink wrap the whole thing for the winter.  Cheap extra storage, for sure.  Of course I didn't do much yesterday.  I really need to watch it for a while but doing what I can.  We have a ton of deer coming up now and they are sticking right around our house.  Were bedded down last night about 200 feet from my bedroom window.  I'm thinking there may be a predator in the area.  I know a few have been spotted so hopefully they'll move on.  Alot of deer have already started moving towards Port Loring to the deer yards.  Lots spotted on route.  Everything is starting early this fall as I think winter is coming soon.  Coming back from Sudbury, I noticed the red leaves were already at their peak.  Ours are just starting.

September 24, 2014 - 8:02 a.m.

Finally able to type fairly well with no pain.  Had to type with one finger last time I updated so waited until now.  Still painful but at least I can use two hands.  Went to Sudbury yesterday for a post-op follow up.  Really could have done without that.  Had to spend 4 hours in the car just in travel time and another 3 in the hospital waiting to see the surgeon.  My incision was cleaned and rebandaged and I am to start physio therapy.  Have to make some calls today to find out the best location for that.  Would rather it be convenient versus at hospital.  Not going to be able to do a whole lot for a bit.  Still very sore and tender and not suppose to be using my right hand at all but I know how that goes.  Yesterday set me back a bit so taking some drugs and parking it today.  Going to be beautiful today and think we're getting our indian summer this week so hopefully can sit outside for a bit.  Dan is going to be pulling all the boats out once the fog lifts and the sun comes out.

September 20, 2014 - 12:45 p.m.

Surgery went well except I have blue sausages for fingers today.  Very swollen and bruised and don't have a clue what my incision looks like.  Bandage looks like a cast and have to go back to Sudbury on Tuesday to have it changed.  It's gotta be pretty nasty considering how it feels.  Icing it today and taking it easy.  Good day for it as it's raining again.

September 18, 2014 - 8:39 a.m.

I was a proactive multi-tasker yesterday.  Did some cooking, cleaning and laundry in preparation for my operation tomorrow.  Won't be able to do much of anything for a bit so pre-made some meals, did all the laundry and cleaned the house.  Still have a bit of cleaning to do this morning as I didn't get everything I wanted finished.  After that I'm heading into town for a last minute run.  I need to be at the hospital in Sudbury for 11:00 tomorrow morning which means leaving here around 8:30.  Going to be a long day for me tomorrow as I'll be coming home afterwards as long as there are no complications.  Paula is taking me as we have a full house of check-ins tomorrow so Dan needs to be here for that.  I've been watching nature the past week or so and can't believe there are still a few hummingbirds sticking around.  I wouldn't be surprised if they left yesterday or today as it went to 3 here overnight and were calling for frost.  With us being on the water, we tend to get the frost later than a little more inland so it likely dipped to zero elsewhere.  Been quite a few flocks of geese flying south the past week also.  Definitely an early autumn.  I would like to wish my brother Kim a very happy birthday tomorrow.  Hope you have a great day!!


Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.

                                                      Thomas Carlyle

September 16, 2014 - 8:26 a.m.

Sad news this week.  Rob Bettiol, a friend and tenant of ours, passed away on Saturday.  For those of you wishing to pay respects, visitation is from 4-8 on Thursday and 10-11:30 on Friday.  Funeral is Friday at 11:30.  Hillside Funeral Home in North Bay.  So very sad and our thoughts and prayers to Lianne, family and friends.

September 15, 2014 - 8:58 a.m.

Dan finally found Halo around 2:00 yesterday afternoon.  She was hiding in our storage building which I had checked 3 or 4 times.  Dan said he just happened to see her eyes gleam (like cat eyes do) or he wouldn't have seen her.  She was frightened and wouldn't come to us so had to corner her and as a result, both of us ended up with bites to the bone which are swollen and bruised.  Halo got us good and if anything would have come after her, I think she would have been able to hold her own for a while.  At any rate, she's back in the house now and very lovey dovey today so don't think she'll be trying to venture out again anytime soon.  I'm cleaning a cottage today and now sure what else at this time.  I've lots to do before my operation on Friday.


The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

                                                                   Friedrich Nietszche

September 14, 2014 - 7:58 a.m.

Had a few friends over yesterday afternoon and most of them ended up staying for supper.  Had a really good time but this morning is a complete mystery.  I went to bed before everyone had left (Dan stayed up).  When I got up this morning, one of my cats went missing.  Halo never goes outside but is known to hide in the house.  I searched but the telling sign was when I opened the cat food tin.  She usually comes running but not this morning.  I've been out searching the grounds as has Dan but no Halo.  We're worried sick.  Here's hoping she shows up sometime today because with all the predators around here, she's not feral enough to survive.  Fingers crossed.  If anyone in the hood sees her, please give me a call.  She's full grown but not a very big cat.  Light reddy beige in colour.  Tabby.


September 13, 2014 - 8:56 a.m.

Would like to wish a very happy birthday to Dan.  He's 51 years young today.  We were going to have a bit of an afternoon party but that has been cancelled due to inclement weather yet again.  It's currently 7 degrees but only because we're next to warm water.  It's chilly and damp and still raining.  Just a miserable day.  Would have been nice to sleep in and read a book but I've things to do.  I'm making beef stroghanoff and bread pudding for Dan for his birthday and we may or may not have friends join us.  Couldn't blame anyone if they didn't want to come out in this weather.  It really is quite nasty but at least it's not snow (although if feels like it could snow).


In literature as in love we are astounded by what is chosen by others.

                                                                  Andre Maurois

September 12, 2014 - 9:57 a.m.

Well just how miserable can it possibly get?  At least it's not snowing like in Alberta.  We did get our fair share of rain on Wednesday night.  Cats and dogs I think is the term :o)  Wasn't raining yesterday but very windy and very chilly.  Wasn't a good outdoor day in the least.  Today it's still somewhat windy and overcast and the temp is just sitting around 7 degrees.   Suppose to dip to 0 tonight so there goes alot of the summer plants.  Sun is trying to make an appearance today and hopefully it'll clear up this afternoon but not looking good.  I'm heading to town to do some banking and pick up a few things and then see what I feel like doing when I get home.  Dan's cutting the grass but more mulching the leaves than anything else.


The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.

                                                               Margaret Atwood

September 9, 2014 - 9:12 a.m.

Absolutely a beautiful day yesterday.  One of the best of the season as a matter of fact.  Today is just as nice.  Cool nights with warm sunny afternoons.  Can't beat it.  I cleaned cottages yesterday and then tried to decipher my new benefits manual which I found to be contradictory.  Today I'm heading into town this morning after some office work and then probably tinkle around outside this afternoon with the gardens.  Leaves are starting to fall quick rapidly now and some trees are further ahead than others.  Lots of red showing now which I'm really now ready for.  I won't be updating my blog tomorrow as I'm heading to Sudbury to the specialist first thing in the morning.  Suppose to rain, as it usually does whenever I go to Sudbury.  Sigh.


Real life seems to have no plots.

                                                                  Ivy Compton-Burnett

September 8, 2014 - 9:12 a.m.

Well I've already showered, cleaned up the house and helped Dan measure a roof.  We have one more tin roof to put on and then all our buildings are complete.  Shingles just don't last up here.  We've already re-shingled this particular roof since we bought in 2000 and it's in need of replacement again.  Doesn't take long.  I'm cleaning a cottage today and then I want to start tackling my house.  Lots to get done before my operation so it looks like a very nice week to be outside.  Really want to clean windows this week.  It's been a horrible summer for dirty buildings.  Power washing only keep them looking nice until the next bout of rain.  We've lucked out and had very nice weather for the past couple of days and it's staying that way for most of the week apparently.  Going to get a tad cooler next week so enjoying what we can while we can.


I can find my biography in every fable that I read.

                                                                           Ralph Waldo Emerson

September 7, 2014 - 8:55 a.m.

So somebody called and woke us up at 6:30 this morning.  Who does that?  A solicitor no doubt as the number was "private".  Had a great day yesterday.  Cleaned in the morning and then parked my butt in the sun for the rest of the day.  Had a chat with Mike Harris (yes, that Mike Harris) as he was pulling his seadoo out for the season.  Can't believe it's that time of year already.  Ended up getting a campfire going and everyone partook of the festivities.  Was an early night though as the temp dropped to 8 overnight.  Going to warm up quickly this morning though.  Can already feel the warmth of the sun and it's not quite 9:00 yet.  Another great day.  Just might be able to beach it for a change.


We're all in this together - by ourselves.

                                                                       Lily Tomlin

September 6, 2014 - 8:58 a.m.

Dodged another bullet yesterday.  Looked like we were going to get slammed at one point but once the storm reached Lake Nipissing, it diminished.  We really only received a little wind for a brief time and a few "spits" here and there.  Barrie was another story as was further south.  North wind came through overnight and when we woke up this morning, the humidity was completely gone and it feels like a nice autumn day.  Sun was out but it's become cloudy, however the sun is due to come back out by noon.  I've one more cottage to clean and then I'm free for most of the weekend.  I do have lots to do this and next week as my surgery date for my wrist is September 19th so have lots to accomplish beforehand.  Recovery time is longer then anticipated so things must get done. 


An act of God was defined as something which on reasonable man could have expected.

                                                                     A.P. Herbert

September 5, 2014 - 8:54 a.m.

The weather doesn't look good for any part of Ontario today.  Tornado warnings up everywhere or at the very least, severe thunderstorms.  We're going to get hit for sure sometime either late this morning or early afternoon.  Just hope we don't lose power.  I'm getting supper organized so that if we do, we can always put it on the que to cook.  Better to be prepared.  Keeping my fingers crossed that by the time it reaches Lake Nipissing, the lake splits it as she usually does and we don't get anything too severe.  Can't stand it when we lose trees because it's always the healthy ones instead of deadwood.  Why is that?  Anyhow, cleaning to do this morning and then think Paula and I are going to get a game of some sort going as it's not going to be an outdoor type of day.


One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of one's triumph.

                                                                                 Franz Kafka

September 4, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Another week that started out with an awesome sunny forecast only to be deceived due to rain clouds moving into the vicinity.  Was nice yesterday but started clouding over late in the afternoon.  Got up this morning to rain clouds and a brief little spit.  Suppose to get a shower and then clear up but at this stage of the game, we know how that goes.  Did my town run yesterday and today I'm cleaning.  Not much more than that on my agenda.  Dan was able to get the grass cut this week so he's not got much pressing.  Apparently he's going to help Alf build a deck and shed over the next week or so.


Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest.

                                          Comtesse Diane (Marie de Beausacq)

September 3, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Had a nasty little storm roll through here just around dark last night.  Thunder, lightning and then the high winds came.  Once they arrived, so did the torrential rain.  The rain didn't last very long but it was pretty intense for a bit.  Was a beautiful day prior to the storm yesterday and the sun is shining this morning so can't ask for more than that.  I think I'm heading to town this morning.  Have a few errands.  Don't really want to as it's going to be the nicest day of the week.  May just hold off until tomorrow but see how it goes.  Apparently the one big doe that is waiting on me every morning was outside my window snorting at me this morning.  Since I sleep with a fan on me, didn't hear a thing but I guess I didn't get out there to feed her quite early enough today.  Blatantly demanding if you ask me :o)


I believe I've found the missing link between animal and civilized man.  It is us.

                                                            Konrad Lorenz           

September 2, 2014 - 9:20 a.m.

A beautiful day for the kids to start school.  Going to be nice all week by the looks of things.  Figures.  Rained here all summer and now that the kids are gone, it's nice enough for them to be outdoors.  LOL.  Had a homing pigeon show up yesterday just after lunch.  Must have gotten blown off course during the storm the night before.  We had one show up the exact same time a few years back so there must be some big race on every Labour Day weekend.  Don't these people check the forecasts?  At any rate, I water and fed it and it just rested on our back deck for the day and then flew off just before the storm hit last night.  We received at least a good inch or two of rain.  Was sporadic but when it did rain, it poured.  Nice and sunny today although still feels pretty humid.  Cleaning today for most of it and hoping to get a pontoon ride in sometime this week.


I am mortal, born to love and to suffer.

                                                                          Friedrich Holderlin

September 1, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Happy Labour Day everyone!!  Hope you enjoy the day off.  Had a great time yesterday although the weather didn't really cooperate at all.  Celebrated Dawn Ann's 65th birthday with a happy hour and then Mike and Reta treated us all to prime rib.  Was awesome and we all had a great time.  Mostly everyone was in bed or at least home by 10:00.  I stayed up and watched "Outlander".  Really enjoying the series so far.  Nothing much going on today as it's damp and gloomy but we are suppose to get some sun sometime this week.  Fingers crossed.


Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,

                                                                      Robert Frost

August 31, 2014 - 9:52 a.m.

We had a little bit of rain yesterday afternoon but for the most part, it was just a gloomy overcast day.  Temps reached a high of 27 and very muggy.  Same today.  Suppose to get a shower today as well but think it'll be a brief event.  Had an incident in the park yesterday around 5:00.  Larry nearly collapsed so Paula and Trish took him to the hospital and turns out he was diagnosed with cluster headaches.  This is not good.  We were concerned it could have been a stroke or aneurism but this diagnosis is for life now and one of the worse conditions a person can possibly have.  Sucks to be Larry.  Just had a coffee with everyone and he seems to be much better this morning.  Medication is a good thing!!  We're having a prime rib dinner today with potluck contributions.  Our new picnic shelter sure has been put to great use this summer, for sure.


It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.


August 30, 2014 - 11:15 a.m.

Just made it back to the shop.  Was visiting with Paula and Alf this morning.  Had a coffee and Baileys and what a great way to start the day.  We've had a shower already this morning and it's currently overcast but not letting that spoil the day.  Likely end up playing dominoes this afternoon since it's not conducive to beaching it like we were able to do yesterday afternoon.  Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.


Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears.  I seems to absolve us.

                                                                               Van Wyck Brooks

August 29, 2014 - 8:31 a.m.

I forgot to mention on my blog yesterday that Wednesday afternoon, at the end of Greening Bay Road by Birchgrove, I saw a pair of Fishers.  That's not good.  I knew there was one around but now there is a couple which means they'll likely have or have had a kit.  They clean out a bush and then move on.  No critters left at all by the time they're done.  The one fisher was here a few years back and it completely annihilated any wild live we had on the property so I certainly hope that isn't the case this time but think I'm dreaming.  We still have a couple of kittens around trying to survive, lots of squirrels and chippies and the odd hare, ground hog, beaver, etc.  Don't know why all the predators are moving into this area all of a sudden.  We've always had deer.  Am just hoping they're all passing through.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and worked outside on the bedrock garden after doing some much needed raking.  I'm heading into town right now to get groceries for the weekend.  Having company for supper tonight.  After I get that organized, I'm working outside again.  Need to rake the beach as it was still blowing too hard to pick up the seaweed yesterday.  Lake Nipissing is calm this morning and although it was really cold first thing (8), it's warming up quickly and I think we may just have a decent weekend.  I know they're calling for rain but alot of the time, the lake splits the front and we dont' get it.  Fingers crossed.


Hatred is settled anger.


August 28, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.

Yesterday started out quite nice but didn't stay that way.  I worked outside for better part of the day and then the clouds moved in.  I had picked up all the seaweed along our shoreline and when the clouds moved in, so did the wind.  Sssoooo, I'm picking more seaweed up this morning.  I need to clean the public bathrooms first and get the cottages ready for check-ins tomorrow.  I also didn't get to all my weeding yesterday so that's part of my agenda.  Am hoping to get all my work done today so I can relax for better part of the weekend.  Doesn't look like it's going to be the greatest and we are definitely in for some rain but hopefully it'll be a brief shower that passes over us.  I spoke with an MNR conservation officer yesterday and am happy to report that they are taking the gill netting situation on Lake Nipissing extremely serious.  The incident that happened at Wasi Falls  during the spring walleye spawn is now in the courts and the perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions.  Further, the constable I was speaking with is asking that everyone on the lake report ANY net they come across.  The MNR is actually pulling nets that are not marked.   Please assist and contact the MNR if you see anything, marked or not.


Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.

                                                     Lytton Strachey

August 27, 2014 - 8:09 a.m.

This morning is much more comfortable than it's been.  Yesterday was extremely "melt when you go outside" humid.  North winds came through last night so much cleaner air this morning and much cooler.  Of course now I have a beach full of seaweed to get rid of but at least the weather's nice enough to not mind doing it.  Working outside today but noticed that the "beach in the sky" clouds are passing over this morning which usually means precipitation within 24-36 hours so suspect we'll be getting some rain within the next day or so.  Went to town yesterday and Canadian Tire was very accommodating and are taking back all the chairs we purchased in the spring.  It's really sad the type of products (especially made in China merchandise) that are being sold today.  It's definitely a throw away society as nothing is made to last.  Low manufacturing costs but high profits.  Really irks.  At any rate, now we're on the hunt for more chairs.  We really like the "director" type chairs as they don't sink in the sand so we shall see what we can find.


A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants, and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is.

                                                                 Joseph Addison

August 26, 2014 - 7:52 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  High of 27 and sunny.  One of the warmest days this season.  It is extremely humid though but cooling down nicely at night.  It's not as hot as Southern Ontario though.  It actually is overcast this morning although the forecast was sunny for pretty much all of this week.  I think the cloud cover may burn off though.  I'm heading to town first thing this morning as our Keurig coffee maker went kaput.  Dan also needs some cheater reading glasses AND I'm taking back some beach chairs.  Who sells beach chairs that aren't allowed in the sun?  Apparently Canadian Tire does.  All the seams are splitting on the seat portion of the chair so I've a feeling I'm going to have to raise a stink this morning.  Going to be really warm later today so hoping to get home and get some gardening done before it's too hot.  Oh, and there is now a bear in the neighbourhood people.  Black bear was spotted across from our park drinking from Moose Creek.  That means it's around Birchgrove, Marion, Tillicum and likely Muskeg.  Just watch your pets.  It's likely just passing through but just giving a heads up.


Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized.

                                                            G.K. Chesterton

August 25, 2014 - 8:44 a.m.

Can you believe Labour Day weekend is nearly upon us?  What happened to the summer?  Oh yeah, we didn't get one this year.  Year 2014, the summer that never was.  Actually, it was beautiful yesterday.  Saturday wasn't too bad although the sun didn't come out until around supper time.  Our girls afternoon was fun but broke up fairly early.  If anyone is wondering why my blog is now later that usual in the mornings or I don't update every single day, it's because I quit smoking.  I had to totally change my routine so instead of going out to the office first thing in the morning with my coffee and smokes, I have my coffee at the house and then hop in the shower so sometimes I don't make it out to the office at all.  It hit 23 yesterday and it's going to be a beautiful week by the looks of things.  Sunshine with some nice working temps.  Weeding and deadheading today, for sure.


Servitude debases men to the point where they end up liking it.


August 22, 2014 - 8:38 a.m.

Another gloomy morning.  Geesh, when is the sun going to come out?  We've conflicting weather reports today and I'm hoping one rings true and the sun is actually going to shine later today.  Temps are going to be in the mid 20's and it's so humid.  All our doors, windows, anything with wood are swollen and condensation is heavy on all the windows.  It's been raining every day with no sun to dry things up so I'm guessing if the sun does come out, so will the mosquitos!!  First thing this morning there were two does with one baby fawn each up on the bedrock.  The fawns still had their spots but are just starting to lose them.  Sooooo cute.  Very leary of me so that's a good thing but think mama is showing them where to get some corn.  Two more for me to look after this winter.  Just a heads up to those of you in the neighbourhood....there has been a big wolf spotted twice in the area.  Reports indicate it is a lone wolf but still, if you've pets, keep an eye on them.


There's a pinch of a madman in every great man.

                                                            French Proverb

August 21, 2014 - 8:34 a.m.

I'm off this morning for a hair appointment and it's a perfect day for it as of course, it's raining.  Started last night and just let up a bit ago but still more to come by the looks of things.  Rain yesterday as well but mostly overcast.  Very humid and in the mid 20's.  All the rain is doing is adding to the humidity.  I cleaned in the morning yesterday and then headed into town for groceries and a few errands as I didn't feel like doing it today.  Not sure what I'm doing when I get home later this morning but vegging with a book sounds pretty good if it's going to be miserable like this all day!!


Great men too often have greater faults than little men can find room for.

                                                                   Walter Savage Lander

August 20, 2014 - 8:47 a.m.

Don't know what happened to all the beautiful weather that was initially forecasted for this week but the rain has moved in once again and doesn't look like it's going anywhere.  Man, this is really getting depressing.  Cleaned a couple of cottages yesterday and then finished cleaning up the beach.  Today, since it's raining, I'm cleaning all my kitchen appliances and maybe starting on the inside windows.  I may zip into town briefly today also but I'm going in regardless tomorrow so may hold off if I can.  Dan cut all the grass yesterday because of the forecast change.  They were calling for high of 26 and sunny on Saturday and Sunday but that's completely changed.  It's very humid and reached a high of 23 yesterday and only down to 15 overnight but still, we could do without the rain.


The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder.

                                                                                            Charles Rollin

August 19, 2014 - 8:26 a.m.

Yesterday was just a beautiful day although it felt much more like mid-September than August.  Very cool nights with heavy dews in the morning but it's been warming up quickly enough as the sun rises in the mornings.  Glorious sunshine again today.  It hit nearly 20 yesterday so suspect it'll get a tad warmer today.  Suppose to hit 26 and feel like 31 on the weekend.  I didn't quite get the beach finished yesterday as my frickin' back gave out but today is another day.  I'm actually cleaning a couple of cottages and then seeing how it is to do some lifting.  Wet sand does not make for a light load.  May have to get Dan to dump it for me.  Lake Nipissing has been very calm the past few days so lots of people getting some fishing in.  Hummingbirds are going nuts right now.  They are certainly drinking alot of juice so think the cooler weather is using up more of their energy.  Won't be long and they'll be gone for the season.  Geese and goslings are starting their formation practices in our bay already but I guess it's that time of year.  Not ready for autumn yet as we really didn't get much of a summer but think it's going to be a nice, longer than normal, season.  Some of our trees are starting to turn already but that's due to the colds nights we've been having of late.  Anything below 10 will do it.


Parliament is the longest running farce in the West End.

                                                                      Cyril Smith

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