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

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

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

Another nice day yesterday.  We had a mixture of sun and cloud but the temps did reach 16 as forecasted.  Think it had to have reached at least 17 though as I received my first black fly bite of the season.  They were out as well as a lot of other insects.  So glad I bought a pot of pansies as the bees need something and the dandelions are just starting to pop their yellow heads.  Dan and I both worked outside all day again yesterday.  Things are shaping up around here.  Calling for rain today with thunderstorms this afternoon.  I'm a little concerned about lightning as it is so dry.  Shame what is happening in Fort McMurray right now.  I have a friend there and the whole city has been evacuated.  We are both heading to town but separately and at different times.  I have some errands to run this morning and Dan has a couple of appointments this afternoon.  Great day for towning it!!

May 3, 2016 - 7:50 a.m.

Was a very productive day yesterday.  Both Dan and I were outside all day enjoying the sunshine and warm temps.  It reached a high of 15 by the water so imagine it was much warmer away from it.  Suppose to be even warmer today and no colder temps in the long term forecast.  Staying well above zero for night time lows and all trees are budding and some starting to green.  Lots of new growth popping up also.  I transplanted a couple of shrubs yesterday that needed a new location to thrive and then set about raking and hauling out my summer stuff.  Some of it has seen better days and needs replacing.  We had 3 loads of sand fill brought in while Dan finished the new fence.  After supper he went out and levelled one of the piles so the trailer lot is ready for the new tenant.  He's levelling the other two today.  At least I'm assuming that's on his agenda.  Tired boy is still in bed.  I'm doing some more raking today and I have some flower seeds I'd like to plant.  Just pray once they pop up the deer and/or frost doesn't get them.  I've lots to do so see what the day brings.  It'll all be outdoor work regardless as they are calling for badly needed rain tomorrow.

May 2, 2016 - 7:04 a.m.

Wasn't the nicest of days yesterday but we were out and about.  I cleaned the house in the morning and did a little laundry since it was low peak hydro.  Kills me how we have to alter our lives that way but don't get me started on Hydro One....after that, we headed to town and met Trish and Larry for lunch at Burger World.  Was very good, as usual and then we all headed back here so they could check on their trailer.  Other tenants were here when we got home so think people are anxious to get the camping season started.  We are hoping to open and have the water on for Friday, May 13th but there is still frost in the ground in spots.  No water until it's all gone.  That being said, looks like we are in for a very mild week.  They've changed the forecast and looks to be a lovely week.  Lots of sun and warmer temps with a day or two possibility of rain.  All this rain they've been forecasting has been staying below us and I really think it's going to be like that all summer.  We haven't had a hot, dry summer since I believe 2010.  I do remember two years in a row where we had no rain for 7 or 8 weeks solid.  I hope it isn't quite that extreme this year.  Love an nice evening shower but I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.

May 1, 2016 - 6:38 a.m.

Absolutely beautiful day yesterday.  Temperatures were reading 15 degrees or higher in the region and the sun shone all day.  There were some front clouds that moved through so we may get a little precipitation today but I think the rain is going to stay below us.  Dan and I both did a little work outside yesterday.  I had to get my new trees and some other older ones free of burlap and good thing I did as some were starting to bud.  Did my best to protect them with tomato baskets so the deer leave them alone.  I had planted a cherry tree last year in honour of Sab's passing.  It blossomed and was doing well until the deer got at it.  I've protected it as best I can and are hoping they leave it alone this year.  The park is starting to dry up nicely although still a little snow here and there.  Mostly where it was piled up high and doesn't get a lot of sun but it'll all be gone this week.  The main body of the lake is also losing ice quickly now.  Most of Nipissing is clear of ice but there are spots, like in front of our place but well past the island, that are still slushy.  Again, it'll all be gone this week.  I'm willing to bet we'll see a few helicopter fly by's this week as they will be checking to determine when the lake is free of ice.  They always make an announcement every year as there are several betting pools for "ice off" in the area.  I'm thinking Wednesday.  As always, please be careful and alert if venturing out on the water.  Lots of dead heads this time of year.

April 30, 2016 - 7:29 a.m.

Had a great time yesterday at Eadie's.  She did a great job hosting girls night and as always, an abundance of food, fun and laughs.  I worked in the morning but it was still a tad chilly.  Didn't really warm up until late afternoon and once the sun started going down you could really feel a nip in the air.  Frost overnight but sunny and going to a high of 15 apparently today.  Not sure what's on the agenda but it will involve the outdoors.

April 29, 2016 - 6:12 a.m.

Geez, for all the sun we're getting, it's not warming up as much as I'd like.  It's great if you get away from the lake but the remaining ice is keeping things rather cool close to shore.  Need a nice warm southern wind.  Suppose to reach 12 today and remain sunny.  Since I finished the painting yesterday, I'm going to spend a few hours outdoors today.  I do have girls night at Eadie's this afternoon but would like to get started on a few things outside beforehand.  Dan put up another lot line fence in the park yesterday.  Or at least started it.  He'll likely continue on with that project today.

April 28, 2016 - 6:49 a.m.

Yesterday was nice sunny day but it still remained cool until the mid afternoon. Down to -2 overnight but sunny again and the double digit temps are suppose to start today with a wonderful weekend in store.  I had a long day in town yesterday and was glad to get home and everything organized.  Hopefully finishing the painting in the cottage today so that I can concentrate on some outdoor work.  The deer are into everything right now, which is standard for this time of year.  They certainly prune my bushes for me whether I want them to or not.  Also getting all my new spring growth.  LNSA is starting the walleye restocking program tomorrow which involves trapping the fish, milking them for their eggs and then transporting the eggs to the hatchery which is being located at Shawn Degagne's property this year.  Hopefully it will be a successful hatch and another 2 million walleye will be added to our lake.  If I have time tomorrow, I may zip down to Wasi Falls just for a look see.  I'm pretty sure they have all the volunteers they need and don't want to get in the way but you never know.

April 27, 2016 - 5:53 a.m.

Beauty day yesterday though still a little chilly.  Temperature reached around +6 but that's t-shirt weather here if you're in the sun.  The lake is still keeping things cooler but if you're away from it, very pleasant.  Temps still going below zero during night time hours so the ice is hanging on.  Thickness wise, there isn't very much of it and suspect the majority of it will be gone within the next week.  Greening Bay is pretty much completely open as are most of the bays.  Need the main body to open up and it's starting.  I painted all day yesterday so figure I have about 4 hours work left to finish.  Not happening today as I have an appointment so combining it with a town run.  Dan's been working on property clean up in the park.  We still have piles of snow here and there but with all the sunshine and warmer temps this week, should all be melted fairly quickly.

April 26, 2016 - 7:34 a.m.

We didn't get any of the precipitation they called for yesterday or overnight.  No snow, no rain, nothing.  The temperatures didn't dip below zero either.  It's mostly cloudy right now but the sun it due to clear things up and stick around for the rest of the week.  Nice temperatures by Friday also.  I did a little painting yesterday but not as much as I would have liked.  Back at it today.  Really would like to get it finished this week as I can dedicate some time to outside work since it is going to be so nice.  I also need to get some plants uncovered but still protected.  Had to shoo 3 deer away from my cedar globes this morning.  Dan uncovered them unbeknownst to me and I told him it was too early as the deer eat everything this time of year.  I forgot to turn a light off in the cottage yesterday so just after dusk walked over to turn it off and heard this huge splash in the creek.  Took a look see and think it was a beaver.  Was pretty dark but it was swimming at a pretty good clip.  If it wasn't a beaver, which we've recently had a problem with, it could have been a muskrat as we do have  them around.  No otters so it was one or the other.  Didn't see any trumpeter swans this year as they usually stop here on their journey back up north.  Still might be time but it's pretty late in the season now.

April 25, 2016 - 5:49 a.m.

Was a very productive day for Dan and I yesterday.  Weather was nice although still a little cool if not in the direct sunlight.  I managed to finish everything I wanted done by about 3:00.  Dan was outside for most of the day doing property clean up and things are starting to shape up.  The grass is definitely greener then it was but still frost in the ground in places. Vi had one set up Christmas lights still up that I haven't been able to take down as the electrical cord is still covered in an icy snow bank.  Hopefully by the end of this week I'll be able to pull it free.  Yes, there are still areas on the property that have snow, name.y where Dan has been piling it all winter.  They are still calling for rain or snow later this afternoon but think it'll be rain, if at all.  It went to -2 overnight but due to hit +6 this afternoon.  I'm going to be spending the day in the cottage painting and am guessing it will be a 3-4 day job by the time I'm done.

April 24, 2016 - 8:15 a.m.

I am currently sitting on the deck in my housecoat having my coffee and watching Grady terrorize the poor birds and chipmunks.  He drives us nuts if we don't let him out first thing in the morning but I'd like to try keeping him in a little longer as the critters are active and feeding first thing in the morning.  The deer have already eaten and gone but have to say, they really don't like cats.  Cougars I can understand but house cats?  Never knew that about deer.  It's a beautiful morning and I'm staying warm enough on the deck with the sun shining on me but it's going to change this afternoon.  Suppose to get showers and possibly snow overnight and tomorrow.  Sincerely hoping that doesn't transpire as we are actually seeing things green up. Sun is due to return Tuesday for the rest of the week. The lake has pretty much the same ice cover as this time last year but willing to bet it's not nearly as thick as it was then.  Meant to post...the coyotes were active Friday night (full moon) because we heard them and yesterday morning quite a few deer were lying down on the bedrock and in the trees by our house after feeding Saturday morning.  Really wish they would move out of this neighbourhood.

April 23, 2016 - 7:25 a.m.

Yesterday was kind of a yucky day weather wise.  Was cool and had showers on and off.  I went to town for an appointment and some errands and then came home, took some drugs and laid down.  Had a major flare up on my ankle/foot and could barely walk.  Have to say, Voltaren cream really helped.  That stuff is like magic.  Got up this morning and all the pain and swelling is completely gone.  Still have to figure out what causes my ankle to act up, weather is definitely a factor.  Today I'm cleaning my poor neglected house and then doing some office work.  By the state of our current reservations, looks like we are going to have a busy summer.  The sun came out this morning and looks to be a beautiful day although only calling for a high of +8.  Won't be getting the warmer temps until later next week.  I have some plants starting to bud but hopefully they'll slow down a bit until we have some warmer weather indefinitely.

April 21, 2016 - 6:57 a.m.

Looks like we are going to get some rain today.  Likely a substantial amount over the next couple of days.  At least it feels like it.  Was a beautiful sunny day again yesterday.  Dan worked outside for a bit picking up twigs and branches that came down over the winter and then burning them.  Seems like more than usual this year but seems that way every year.  I worked in the cottage again struggling with the wallpaper but am happy to say it's all off and I can start painting today.  Good day to be indoors, for sure.  Temps stayed above zero overnight but there are some below zero temps heading our way.  At this point, I won't be able to plant anything until July.  Lol.

April 20, 2016 - 8:10 a.m.

Beauty day yesterday though chilly and we had a heavy frost over night.  Everyone is itching to get in their gardens but it's still way too early.  Once the ice is off completely, I may start getting the gardens prepared but I haven't even uncovered my shrubs yet.  I was thinking last night that the fish must be spawning or very close to it and before you know it, the frogs will start trilling.  Love their song and it usually signifies the spawn is over.  I worked in the cottage peeling wallpaper yesterday.  Didn't get it finished but will today and then I can start painting.  Dan is having a hard time getting motivated these days but he did fix some doors yesterday and then burned a bunch of garbage while keeping an eye on Grady romping around trying to catch birds, squirrels and chipmunks.  Suppose to be a high of 15 today and sunny, which it is.  Better get at it so I can enjoy at least some time outdoors.  

April 19, 2016 - 7:57 a.m.

It was overcast yesterday but they were slightly off on the weather forecast.  The rain was suppose to be finished by noon and in actuality, didn't start until mid-afternoon and into the evening hours.  It was pretty much done by 8:00 last night but we didn't get very much and it was considerably cooler than it has been.  Still overcast this morning but the sun is due back with warmer temperatures as well.  Certainly helping the ice come off the lake though.  Our bay is half open and the lake, as far as we can see, is completely opaque.  Should start sinking in spots over the next few days.  We will undoubtedly get a north wind in the coming days as that is what pushes the ice into the warmer bays to help hasten the melt.  Happens every year.  Had a herd of deer waiting on me this morning.  I actually counted 16.  Bit much.  Don't mind feeding  a few of them but can do without that many.  It's just temporary as the majority head into the bush once we are open and people are around.  A few do stay for the duration of the summer and many a tourist have pictures of them.  Going to need to put some blood meal on my bedrock garden within the next few days or they'll have all my spring sprung new plant growth nibbled off 😜

April 18, 2016 - 7:01 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  Was outside all morning and part of the afternoon keeping an eye on Grady.  He does seem to stick around the house but is easily frightened by people and cars.  Our bay has slowly been opening up since the warm front came in so the seagulls, mallards, mergansers and even osprey are fishing and diving for food now.  Pretty much all of nature's critters have returned and talk about noise.  Not quite use to all the birds singing in the morning but it is quite the melody.  Rain is forecasted this morning but think the lake has pushed the front north of us so likely won't see much, if any.  Only suppose to hit a high of 7 today but think it'll get warmer than that.  Nice sunny weather due to return tomorrow with double digits again.  Dan and I are starting the painting today, or at least getting everything prepped and organized.  I'll be working in a cottage and he will be in the house.  Definitely a good week for renos.

April 17, 2016 - 9:08 a.m.

I just finished breakfast and am currently sitting on the deck enjoying the weather that the sun gods have bestowed upon us.  What a perfect weekend.  Reached a high of at least 16 yesterday, was sunny all day and at one point, I felt myself getting sunburned and had to move into the shade.  Some of the neighbours got together at Debby's yesterday and we were all enjoying the great outdoors. Having a repeat of the weather today but it's not going to last.  Calling for only a high of 8 with rain tomorrow.  The seagulls are back and liking the open water in our bay but the lake has a long way to go just yet.  The frost still hasn't left the ground yet so will be a bit before any flowers start to pop up.  We do have buds on some trees, mostly the maples so no more sap.  Been a good season for syrup though.

April 16, 2016 - 7:31 a.m.

Wow!!!  What an absolutely beautiful day yesterday.  I did some work in the morning and then had to zip quickly into town.  Dan was outside with Grady all morning, just keeping an eye on him.  There are fishers in the neighbourhood and nothing they like more than cats.  It was such a terrific day, we wondered over to Donna and Mitchell's for the afternoon to sit in the sun on their deck.  It felt like it was 90 degrees and we all managed to get the first sun tan of the season.  When the sun comes out, apparently, so do the people.  We are going to an afternoon "hotdog social" at Debbie's today.  Starts at one o'clock and I am bringing chili to contribute.  Suppose to hit a high of 16 today but think it will go above that.  Looking forward to soaking up some rays.

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

A little late this morning.  I got sidetracked researching hummingbird baths and misters.  Really cool ideas and want to make one this summer.  I've rescued hummingbirds a few times when the weather has been extremely hot and they get so dehydrated they can't fly.  I've picked them up and held to a feeder until they get rehydrated.  It's essential to keep the water fresh and out of direct sunlight when the warm weather arrives.  Guess I'm getting pumped about the season.  Our hummingbirds always show up around the middle of May but don't know about this year.  It was beautiful yesterday but still quite cool by the lake.  Dan took Grady (our cat) outside for about an hour and he managed to get himself stuck in a tree.  Wouldn't come down until Dan stood under the tree with his arms up, showing Grady he wasn't going to fall.  Silly thing.  Lost a lot of snow yesterday and some grassy areas are finally starting to show again.  The robins that were here and left have started to come back now that they have access to food and I saw a couple of deer eating the grass last night in a bare spot by one of the cottages.  Moose Creek is open and flowing so hopefully after this weekend, we'll start losing the ice on the lake.  I'm sure we'll have mist rolling in as it starts to sink this weekend.  Temps are suppose to be in the high double digits.  Bring it!!

April 14, 2016 - 7:42 a.m.

I just came in from feeding the deer.  Six of them came up for some corn this morning.  Red and her sweet baby included.  The sun is shining brightly and will continue to do so for the next four days according to the forecast.  Weather was beautiful and sunny yesterday but temps only got to around +4 here.  My car was registering +9 in North Bay.  Suppose to hit +10 today with temps steadily rising for the rest of the week.  I noticed yesterday all the ditches and streams had water in them vs ice and think maybe we are finally going to have our spring weather.  I certainly hope so.  I also think we are in for a hot, dry summer so think we should be appreciating the precipitation we are getting now as nature needs it.

April 13, 2016 - 7:26 a.m.

Yesterday was an all right day.  Wasn't nearly as warm as Monday due to a strong north wind but at least it wasn't snowing.  Hit +3 but went down to -9 overnight.  Moose Creek had started to open back up but has since refroze once again.  Should open and stay open for good (hopefully) during the next few days as the temps rise.  We are heading for double digits and by Friday, it will be staying above zero even during the evening hours.  Can't wait!!  I spent the day in the office and am now completely caught up.  Heading to town today to pick up some paint as we have some indoor maintenance to do in the house and cottages.  Would like everything completed by the end of next week so we can then, hopefully, concentrate on property clean up.  Was a perfect winter for the wind to do some tree pruning.  Lots of raking to do, for sure.

April 12, 2016 - 7:52 a.m.

We had quite the teaser yesterday.  The sun came out and temperatures rose to +8.  It wasn't forecasted to be that warm but we'll take it.  Lost a lot of snow as everything was melting quickly but calling for snow again today.  Only 40% chance so hopefully we won't get any.  Suppose to clear up and warmup for the rest of the week.  A lot can change between now and the weekend but if we get the high of 17 and sun for Saturday, I'll be outside for most of the day.  Only suppose to go to a high of +1 today but it's that now so likely won't get much warmer.

April 11, 2016 - 7:36 a.m.

The warm front came through yesterday.  Temperatures went from -20 to above freezing through the day and didn't get much below zero overnight.  We received another blanket of snow yesterday as well.  Calling for rain tomorrow and then clear sailing for the rest of the week with temps rising to double digits.  Might even hit +17.  We'll take it.  Problem is with all this snow, things are going to melt quickly so thinking we are going to have a right soupy mess around the property.  I made a delicious rib dinner last night and then settled in to watch the season premier of Outlander.  Didn't disappoint.  Very good series.  I'm likely going to finish my office work today but haven't quite woken up yet, so will see.  The deer were all waiting for me this morning.  They had been digging around in the snow searching for kernels of corn they may have missed.  The herd of 8 has been coming up twice daily but there are more around that show up occasionally.  They all look in relatively good health. 

April 10, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.

Bbbrrrr.  Was -20 when I got up and just came back in from feeding the birds and deer and the temp has already gone up to -16 in those few minutes.  We have an Alberta Clipper on its way bringing snow, turning to freezing rain, turning to rain over the next day or two.  Not looking forward to that at all.  Everyone up here is pretty much sick of winter.  Fingers crossed this is the last of it.  Had a great time at Ginny and Craig's yesterday.  The watermelon salad was a hit with those who actually like watermelon, others not so much.  I loved it so will be making that receipe again.  Always nice to try new things.  Worked in the office yesterday but am taking a break today.  Would love to go snow shoeing but it's too cold at the moment and frankly, the snow is too hard now.  See what the weather does this afternoon.

April 9, 2016 - 8:13 a.m.

What a beautiful sunny morning!!  So nice to see.  It was sunny yesterday as well but very chilly and very misleading once you stepped outdoors.  Temps dipped to -17 overnight but suppose to rise to -3 this afternoon.  More snow on the way possibly tomorrow, Monday for sure.  Beginning of next week, not so great but warming to double digits by next weekend...I sincerely hope.  I did some office work yesterday and nearly froze my butt off in the office as Dan hasn't had a fire going in the shop for awhile and all I had was a space heater.  Likely do a bit more this morning as well.  Dan did some more plowing and tweaked spots that had drifted due to the wind.  We are heading to Ginny and Craig's later this afternoon for a little birthday celebration for Craig.  Looking forward to visiting with friends and neighbours.  Don't know if it'll be warm enough outside for a fire but it would be nice to feel the sun upon my face.

April 8, 2016 - 7:48 a.m.

Looks like we've broken the record for snow amounts.  It really hasn't stopped since it started on Wednesday and it's still snowing.  The forecast gods are promising sun later today and tomorrow but I won't believe it until I see it.  We have well over 35 cm (or a foot) and Dan spent a good part of his day yesterday plowing.  It looked like the sun was trying to come out yesterday afternoon as there was a lull in the precipitation so I put on my snow shoes and went for a trek.  I also trampled down the snow so I could at least get the birds and deer fed without too much trouble.  Cold front came through late yesterday dropping the temps to -10 but the blowing snow they forecasted didn't happen here as it was too heavy.  Perfect snow for snowballs and snowmen.  A lot of highway closures, including parts of Hwy 11 and a lot of accidents, ditched vehicles.  No school closures for those who could get there safely but the buses were all cancelled.  Yes, I'd say most people have had enough.  Temps are due to warm up but that will just prompt flood warnings so hopefully we'll get a slow melt.  They do have rain in the forecast for next week.  Hopefully all this wet stuff is a sign of a long, hot, dry summer??....

April 7, 2016 - 7:16 a.m.

The storm yesterday certainly didn't disappoint.  We got at least 6 inches of snow although some areas received more.  Driving wasn't the greatest yesterday.  Saw a few cars in the ditches so just took my time. The plows were out in full force dumping a ton of salt and gravel.  It is still snowing and looks like we may get another 6 inches before this system is over.  We may get a little rain mixed in with it this afternoon.  It is absolutely beautiful but it's time for the greenery to start sprouting now.  We had at least 12-15 deer up yesterday afternoon and then most of them came up again this morning.  No doubt they are all very hungry.  Unfortunately, Moose Creek has turned to slush with all this snow so the water fowl likely are as well.  I know nature takes care of itself but I still have empathy for them when Mother Nature throws a curveball.  Temperature is sitting at +2 currently and is going to slowly increase over the next week.  Today I'm staying put.  May do some office work and Dan will likely be on the tractor plowing all morning.

April 6, 2016 - 7:47 a.m.

What?  Yet another winter storm warning up with a possibility of 25-30 cm of snow headed our way?  Mother Nature needs to get back on her meds.  Lol.  The snow has just started here with light flurries at the moment.  I'm going to get stuck in it as I have an appointment with my surgeon today at 3:00.  I'm going to call the office and see if there has been a cancellation for earlier today due to the weather forecast.  It does happen.  In contrast, it was beautiful yesterday.  I went for a long walk and got some fresh air and sunshine.  We have been trying to get rid of a trailer room add-on since last November.  It was beautifully constructed if not a little grandiose and we considered turning it into a clubhouse of sorts for the park but it was on a prime lot and needed work.  A friend of ours decided to take it and considering he had a zoom boom, it was an ideal situation.  Derrick and Mike came over yesterday with the equipment and managed to get it out to the road without damaging anything or taking down any telephone or hydro wires (yes, the building was that big).  It is currently sitting at the side of the road in visitor parking on an ice hut ski.  Now we are just waiting on the snow so they can haul it down the road to their empty lot off Muskeg Road.  Was pretty cool to watch the process.

April 4, 2016 - 7:43 a.m.

The cold front definitely came through but still didn't get as cold as forecasted.  It hit -12 here last night and was only -7 yesterday but at least the sun came out.  I did end up going to the clinic for medication.  The doctor figured since I know the symptoms, he gave me two prescriptions just in case.  I sincerely hope this is the last bout.  I'm feeling okay so am going to work in the office today.  Have some catching up to do and since there is suppose to be some +20 plus weather heading our way next week, this is the time to get it done.  The water fowl have already started the breeding process and nests are being built.  Had a few people walk through the park yesterday so think everyone is getting anxious for the camping season to begin.  Going to be a while yet and there is still quite a bit of snow on the property but for the most part, it's drying up nicely.  Received some great news yesterday.  The MNRF is going to allow LNSA (Lake Nipissing Shareholders Association) to restock Lake Nipissing this year.  They are currently seeking volunteers to help with the process.  Anyone interested in donating their time, even if for a few hours, please contact (705) 495-9897 for more information.

April 3, 2016 - 7:47 a.m.

The sun actually made an appearance yesterday.  Reached a high of -2 but started snowing later in the evening and temps dropped to -11 here overnight.  At least it didn't get as cold as they had forecasted.  Sun is shining this morning and it looks much nicer out than it actually is.  The cold weather is going to stick around for a couple of days and will gradually get back to seasonal temps.  Moose Creek stayed open overnight and didn't freeze which is good news for the animals.  I noticed yesterday a pair of last year's Mallards have returned.  The female has a lame foot from a turtle injury but looks like she survived the winter and is ready to have more ducklings.  It's painful to watch her hobble around but she seems to have adapted quite nicely.  We also had a pair of wood ducks return and they were up on the rock after some corn yesterday.  They nested in our bush last year so have returned to do the same this year.  Pretty hard to believe they nest in trees and they are pretty cool looking.  Their call is different than any other duck also.  I'm off to the medical clinic this morning as shingles have returned.  Really don't care to repeat the last six months any time soon.  I should be fine as I'm catching it in time but am definitely getting the vaccine once this bout passes.  Was going to after the last bout but then life just happened.

April 2, 2016 - 7:29 a.m.

Winter is still sticking around and I have to say, I'm getting pretty tired of it.  We were starting to see some spotty green patches of grass but unfortunately, it snowed enough again yesterday to cover it all back up again.  Seriously?  It also dipped below zero overnight and is currently -3.  We have a few very light flurries this morning and they are calling for them all day.  Enough already!!  Dan called the government yesterday as they haven't updated the dam site for three weeks to let us know what the water levels in Lake Nipissing are.  They update every Monday and it's good for us to know as we need to prepare in case of flooding.  Apparently they are working on the dam right now so no doubt they are letting water out of the lake.  That's good considering the rainfall we received this week as well as the spring run off.  As long as they are monitoring so not to mess with the spawn like they did the last time they did work on the dam.  The water was so low in 2010, we missed that class of fish the following year as the eggs were high and dry while they completed the work.  It also created a lot of problems for people with docks that year as there was no water.  I remember it well as we needed to shuttle people to the water's edge in our golf cart just so they could go swimming.  Our bay was nearly half empty.  I guess a maintenance schedule needs to be maintained but at what price to our wildlife?  You'd think they'd be better off waiting until late August.

April 1, 2016 - 7:41 a.m.

I zipped into town yesterday for errands and then came home and made supper for Donna, Dan and I.  Had a good visit.  After supper the bad weather really started.  It was raining so hard our satellite tv and Internet went down until the rain slowed.  Received an enormous amount of rain yesterday and even our drains in the house started to slow as our septic system was saturated.  Highway 522 which is about 20 minutes from us had a let-go beaver dam wash out over a kilometre of road.  Unfortunately the people living in that are in for a long  detour haul as it will be sometime before they'll be able to repair it.  Our creeks and ditches are all full and running fast, likely will be until the water recedes or absorbs.  Was also very mild yesterday peaking around +7 but the cold front is on its way in today and are calling for -15 temps for the weekend.  Considering how very mild our winter was, it sure is trying to hold on.

March 31, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.

The temperatures were a high of 6 yesterday and only down to 3 overnight.  Rain started after dark and continued throughout the night.  Still raining.  Going to rain all day.  We've lost a lot of snow now and as the temps are suppose to hit 8 degrees this afternoon, suspect we'll lose much more.  Lake Nipissing has turned opaque but still hasn't opened up yet.  At least not from what we can see.  Hard to tell but parts of the main body may have open water as the pressure crack looks like it has broken ice shoved up against it.  After today, wouldn't be surprised if our bay starts to open or some ice sink.  I'm heading to town shortly and then think Donna is coming over late afternoon and staying for supper.  Mitch is out of town working so she's a little lonely for company.  Going to make chicken parmesan regardless.

March 30, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.

Dan and I had a good day yesterday.  The sun was shining, the temps mild, so we decided to go into town to do some errands and get some lunch.  Did a lot of running but managed to get everything we wanted.  Didn't get home until after 4:00 but all in all, a good day.  I have to go back into town tomorrow as the muffler fell off Dan's tractor and was a special order not due in until tomorrow.  Good thing they aren't calling for snow in the forecast.  They are calling for lots and lots of rain however.  Suppose to start tonight and continue through tomorrow, heavy at times and anywhere from 35 to 50 mm.  That will certainly help get the ice off Lake Nipissing but there are warnings of flooding.  We took a little detour yesterday on our travels to look at Wasi Falls.  They were running but not quite full steam just yet.  I suspect the rainfall will have lots of falls running dangerously fast.  Moose Creek is wide open and is starting to carve a little river into the entrance of our bay.  Love it when spring starts to bring things back to life.

March 29, 2016 - 7:35 a.m.

We had quite the little storm here yesterday.  It snowed for a good portion of the morning and it was the heavy thick stuff so received quite a bit of it in a short period of time.  Our power went out briefly but it also knocked out our tv and Internet.  The afternoon turned out to be like a completely different day.  The sun came out and started melting everything immediately and the sunset was beautiful.  It didn't get nearly as cold as forecasted and is currently -6.  Suppose to be sunny with a high of +4 today but think the temps will get warmer.  Moose Creek stayed open last night so I'm sure with all the run off, it will be flowing at a good clip all day today.  Good for the wildlife.

March 28, 2016 - 7:18 a.m.

We woke up to rain but it has since turned to heavy snow and looks like we are going to get upwards of 15 cm.  Was another beautiful day yesterday and although Mitch was called out of town on a job, Donna had Dan and I, Annie, Craig and Dave over for potluck Easter dinner yesterday.  Had a ton of food and everything was delicious.  Not sure what we are doing today but feels like a movie and/or book day by the looks of the weather.

March 27, 2016 - 7:40 a.m.

Happy Easter everyone!!!  What a beautifully gorgeous day yesterday.  I was going to clean my entire house but only got a portion finished as we decided to get out of the house and enjoy the day.  We ended up driving to Ahmic Lake, about an hour south and west of here and met up with Larry and Trish for brunch at the Swiss Country Inn.  Had a walk about afterwards.  Just a beautiful spot and the lake actually had open water around the dam so saw lots of water fowl.  Also saw 3 deer frolicking along the water's edge on the ice but I think they thought better of getting too close to the open water and disappeared into the woods.  Was a great little outing.  Today we've been invited to Donna and Mitchell's for pot luck Easter dinner with all the trimmings.  I'm making salad, buns, squash and dessert.  Looks like we will have another nice day, at least partially as there is rain and possibly flurries in the forecast.  Hope you all have a great day.

March 26, 2016 - 7:36 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday considering the weather on Thursday.  We didn't get hit as badly as we could have but did end up with about 6 inches of heavy snow.  It was more the wind we had to contend with.  Dan did the plowing yesterday but had to quit as the tractor was having a hard time moving it.  Looks to be sunny again today with a high of +7 after going down to -12 overnight.  Moose Creek has frozen over again and a lot of the water fowl are laying on the ice in front of our home right now.  Hope they aren't stuck to it.  The deer have been coming up regularly for corn.  Black birds stuck around and I heard a robin yesterday but didn't see it.  Mild temps are coming our way for the next week so hopefully it will stick around indefinitely.

March 24, 2016 - 8:49 a.m.

Everyone in our area is bracing for the impending storm.  I actually went to town yesterday for supplies just in case we get snowed in.  Dan readied the tractor for plowing.  I couldn't believe how busy Wal-Mart and the grocery stores were.  We still haven't gotten any precipitation but they have cancelled the school buses today and are anticipating up to 30 cm of snow in the region by tomorrow morning.  The snow isn't what bothers me but they are calling for high winds which means blizzard conditions.  I feel badly for all those people wishing to travel home to see their families this weekend.  Going to be delays.  Just praying we don't lose power.  Stay safe everyone!!!

March 23, 2016 - 8:11 a.m.

The sun is shining brightly this morning.  For how long, who knows.  Winter came back yesterday in the way of snow.  We probably received a total of 3-4 inches, maybe not even that much but enough to cover everything in a nice blanket of snow.  More is on the way for Thursday but the forecasters aren't quite sure how badly we will be hit so are issuing alerts already.  Think I'll be doing a town run tomorrow to avoid whatever is in store.  I worked on the books for a bit yesterday.  I'm way ahead of the game as far as that task is concerned so am taking my time.  Rented a few movies later in the afternoon and can see why they were nominated for oscars.  "Spotlight" had, indeed, the biggest impression on me.  "Room" was very good also but heart wrenching as well as warming.  Both very well done but a sad indication of just what our society has become.  Enough rhetoric for today.  Going to do some more book work today and see if I can find some little projects for Dan to start since he's in need of some motivation.  He needs something to build and I've been wanting new window boxes for a couple of years....maybe next week.

March 22, 2016 - 8:32 a.m.

We had a little bit of spring and a little bit of winter yesterday.  The temps rose above zero and the sun came out but we had a few bad clouds come across Lake Nipissing that produced snow.  At one point it was snowing pretty heavily but only for a short period of time and it all melted quickly.  Temps dipped to -12 overnight.  It rarely got to those temps all winter so what's up with that?  Organized all my receipts yesterday so starting my books today.  Will be in the office for the next few days.  Good to have the quiet and be away from the news for a short time.  Woke up this morning to yet another European terrorist attack, this time Brussels.  I don't want to believe it's a sign of the times.  Time for our governments to collaborate and do something about this disease on humanity.  Sorry, did a little venting there....

March 21, 2016 - 8:44 a.m.

A little late this morning.  I started watching the National Geographic channel last night and finally had to shut it down around 1:30.  The rest of the series didn't end until 4:00 a.m.  Why are all the best programs on late at night?  Anyhow, was a beautiful day yesterday though still a little chilly.  The wild life was certainly very active and this morning when I got up, there were eight deer staring in my window.  I went out and put some corn down for them (before my coffee) and they didn't bolt so these are the usuals.  Glad to see they faired well through the winter although they all need some fat on their bones.  It's currently snowing here but already starting to taper off.  This week looks like we're going to get some sort of precipitation all week so I decided to hit the books and get my first quarter done and then I just need to add the last week come April.  Might as well do the indoor work before the weather has me itching to spend the day outdoors.

March 20, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunnydaybut still a little too chilly for a nice outdoor fire.  It didn't get above zero and was hovering around -3 for most of the day.  Dropped to -12 overnight but suppose to reach +1 today with more sun.  All  the water fowl, namely ducks and geese are all lying along the shoreline of Moose Creek this morning.  Tells me it must have refroze over night.  A couple of deer came up late afternoon yesterday looking a little worse for wear but certainly not as bad as I've seen them in previous years.  Not sure what we are doing today but hopefully we can get out and about for a few hours.

March 19, 2016 - 8:16 a.m.

Apparently I spoke too soon.  Shortly after my last post, I went outside and saw two chipmunks hunting for food under my bird feeders.  Coming home from  our wonderful meal at "Michael's on Main" I just finished saying we hadn't seen any deer yet and lo and behold, there were eight of them up on the bedrock.  Guess spring is officially here although it did dip to -12 overnight.  A few more cold days and temps will be on the rise once again.  We would like to thank our neighbour Mike for gathering all our tree line and blocking and bringing them to shore.  What a brave soul you are.  Our bay started to open in spots yesterday but looks like most of it refroze overnight.  I suspect it'll do that a few more times before the ice either melts or sinks.  Beautiful sunny morning but staying just below zero today.  Maybe we can get a campfire going later on and get some fresh air this afternoon.

March 17, 2016 - 8:12 a.m.

Top 'o the morning to you.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Since I have a bit of the Irish in me, we are going to "Michael's On Main" for an early supper tonight with Annie and Craig.  Donna and Mitch arrived home from Cuba last night (nice) so hoping they will join us also.  I'm sure Michael will have some sort of Irish meal on the menu, hopefully some corn beef and cabbage.  Weather looks promising this morning after what seems like days of overcast rainy conditions.  Sun is actually shining this morning for a change.  Currently only +2 but it'll warm up.  I'm watching the first seagull of the season out my kitchen window and yesterday there were 10 ducks on our beach.  Nature is slowly waking after the winter and some of the exposed grass that sees sun is actually starting to green a little.  Deer still haven't come back yet but I'm sure they are near.  Still waiting for the chipmunks and robins.  That is when I know spring is here to stay.

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

The water fowl are slowly returning to the region although I've yet to see any seagulls in our area.  Two pairs of Mallards showed up yesterday and were after the deer corn on top of the bedrock yesterday.  They were there again this morning as well.  The grackles aka black birds are also returning.  Groan.  That means I'll be filling my bird feeders daily as they tend to be little piggies and clean them out.  Poor chick-a-dees.  Haven't seen a chipmunk yet, which is a sure sign of spring but due to the rainy weather, haven't been outside a lot either.  Went to town yesterday for errands and then to a friend's house to feed and play with their kitty cat.  They are on vacation and due home today.  They won't be coming home to sunshine as that isn't suppose to appear until the weekend but at least the temps are mild and above zero.  

March 14, 2016 - 8:43 a.m.

With the time change yesterday, I'm a little late getting up and moving this morning.  I woke up with the sunrise but that wasn't until 7:00ish.  Need a little time to adjust.  Got all my unpacking done so today am doing a quick house clean and then heading to town for a few errands.  Namely groceries.  We received a little rain overnight but doesn't look like it was freezing rain as forecasted.  May still get some but as it is currently above zero and due to warm up today, I'm guessing not.  I think the geese are back for the season and will start making their nests soon.  Living in the creek right now as it is the only open water at the moment.  Saw a few huts being moved yesterday.  Had to follow the pressure crack, cross over, get the huts, cross back and follow the crack again.  Lot of miles, especially pulling with a truck as a sled wouldn't budge them but they seem to have made out okay.  Still huts on the lake but tomorrow is the last day for fishing so hope they are all off shortly after.  There still may be ice out there but it's going to go quickly and with all the tributaries full and running I think the ice will break up quickly.  Especially with all the rain and mild temps in the forecast this week.

March 13, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.

I made it back safely from Florida and met Dan at Larry and Trish's around 8:30 Saturday night.  We spent the night there and came home yesterday.  The weather has been very mild and sunny since returning.  Today is going to be sunny as well but calling for rain to start tomorrow and continue through to next Thursday.  Blah.  Moose Creek was running full boar yesterday and a few Canadian Geese have returned already.  Lake Nipissing is fairly snow free and I'm hearing reports of open water although there are still huts on the lake.  Silly people.  So glad all our equipment is off.  Dan was considering trying to get our tree line off the ice today but it's cheaper to replace a tree line than to get a sled out of 20 feet of water.  Would just rather he let it wash ashore and pick it up then.  I am doing my unpacking today and likely not much more as I ease myself back into reality.

March 11, 2016 - 6:13 a.m.

Play time, rest time and vacation time is over.  Sadly I'm heading back to colder climes today.  Our flight leaves at 12:15 so of course I've been up for hours.  Get to see one more sun rise over the coast of Florida and then I'm northern bound.  Had a great time.  Dan has already clued me in on what to expect which is a rainy, sloppy mess.  I've seen the live feed of Lake Nipissing and I'm willing to bet there will be no ice left within a month.  It's certainly going to come off early and I can't believe there are still huts on the lake.  Good luck getting them off people, and I mean that.

March 8, 2016 - 7:03 a.m.

After speaking with Dan yesterday, apparently Lake Nipissing ice conditions are starting to deteriorate due to the weather conditions.  Lots of snow, mild weather and rain will do that.  Dan discovered how to do FaceTime yesterday so now we can talk face to face until I get home on Friday.  Have to say I have been enjoying myself.  The girls and I went shopping yesterday and that's it for the duration of our trip.  We are going to the pool today, maybe participating in the swim aerobics class and hoping to get some sun.  Suppose to be 77 degrees today with a mixture of sun and cloud.  It's currently overcast but I'm sitting on the porch having my coffee and there is a wonderful breeze, the birds are singing, life is good.  The complex we are staying in is immaculate and quiet.  I suspect the rest of the week will fly by so enjoying every minute I have left.

March 7, 2016 - 6:07 a.m.

Had another beautiful day of weather yesterday.  Sun shone all day but the north wind made it a little cool.  The girls and I are heading to the World Thrift store this morning to see if we can get any bargains.  Trish and Paula went last week and were told they have a frequent turnover of items.  Trish actually found a Louis Vuitton purchase for $20.  High end items go first so we're going to be there as soon as the doors open this morning and then that'll be it for me and shopping.  Not so much Paula and Trish as they are shopaholics.  Weather in North Bay is turning mild today and staying well above zero for the rest of the week.  So glad Dan has no need to go back on the ice.  Our tree line is still out but it's not worth risking a life for.  Talked to Dan last night too wish him a happy anniversary (our 18th).  I think Alf is heading home today so Dan will be on his own until I get home Friday.  At least it looks like we'll be coming home to some decent weather

March 5, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.

Had another great day in the Florida sunshine although I did get a bit of a sunburn.  The other two ladies went shopping and sight seeing most of the day while I chose to stay pool side.  They found a world thrift store and scored some amazing bargains so I'm going back with them on Monday.  Shopping is always good no matter where you are in Florida.  We walked over to Flanagan's for supper last night which is the first time we've gone out.  Been doing all our own cooking so far.  Mitch came over to the house yesterday and helped Dan get the supply hut and washroom off the ice yesterday so now I can totally relax.  He hadn't been able to venture out on the ice until yesterday what with the two feet of snow the area received.  Hopefully most of it will be melted by the time I get home.  Alfie came up yesterday for a visit with Dan so I'm sure they will have some fun while Paula and I are here.  Heading to the pool again today after breakfast for a day of sun and swimming.  Don't really have interest in doing much else at the moment.

March 3, 2016 - 7:05 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday and going  to be even nicer today.  Was very hot and sunny so took it easy by the pool until I figured I'd had enough sun for my first day.  I think my body is in shock going from -20 to +28.  We swam quite a bit until I started feeling a bit jet lagged.  I went back to the condo for a nap and the other girls went shopping.  They came back over heated so glad I didn't go.  We were going to head to the beach  today but it's going to be extremely hot and humid (high if 29) and since we can't swim in the ocean right now due to sharks, we're waiting for a cooler day and just hanging out pool side today.  North Bay Area was hit with yet another snowstorm and is now dealing with 2 feet of snow.  Sucks to  be Dan about now.  Glad to know Alf is coming up for a visit to keep him company.

March 2, 2016 - 8:01 a.m.

 Happy March everyone.  I'm in Palm Beach after arriving safely yesterday.  The flight was a little rough due to turbulence but we arrived safely and Trish's aunt's condo where we are staying for the next 10 days is lovely.  The grounds are beautiful, two swimming pools, lots of activities, everything within a convenient walking distance, so we are quite happy.  We bought our groceries and settled in yesterday.  Ended up playing dominoes and then went for a swim around 9:00 last night.  To bed late so just waking up now.  Going to be a beautiful day, sunny and high of 28.  Dan isn't quite so lucky.  North Bay was pummelled with yet more snow and he said he has about two feet to plow this morning.  I truly hope this is a case if "in like a lion, out like a lamb".  

February 29, 2016 - 6:23 a.m.

Dan opted not to go on the ice yesterday as it was snowing on and off most of the day.  There were even some white outs here and there so it can wait.  After the season he's had, I think he needed some down time just to de-stress and decompress.  I made some delicious mushroom soup and egg salad and then did some laundry and finished my packing.  I'm leaving this morning for the Toronto Airport, picking Trish up on the way, meeting Paula at the hotel and flying out first thing tomorrow to West Palm, Florida.  Why isn't Dan going?  He didn't want to.  Dan is a homebody and will likely enjoy my absence more then a trip.  Lol.  He asked me yesterday, "Know what I'm going to do while you're gone?"  "Absolutely nothing!!"  Good for him.  I'm hoping the drive down will be uneventful but we got a lot of snow yesterday and more on the way.  Just going to have to take my time and hope for the best.  I will try to continue my blog while I'm on vacation but maybe not every day.  It's called a vacation for a reason 😀😀

February 28, 2016 - 5:54 a.m.

Such relief.  Feel like a ton of bricks have been lifted off my shoulders.  Dan, thankfully, got all the huts off the ice yesterday with little incidence, other than having a hard time getting grip.  Mitchell came over to give him a hand as I was freaking out.  Being on shore, not knowing what's going on except what I can see through the binoculars and not being able to help if something goes wrong, is more stressful than actually being on the ice.  Dan figures yesterday, with the snow coming, would have been the only day the pressure crack would behave enough to allow the hut removal.  When he was on his way out to retrieve the last hut, the pressure crack had heaved up two feet just from the time he was on shore with the second-to-last hut.  Tugged the last one up and over the crack but it sent all the tip up holders flying and he ended up crushing some but at least the hut didn't get damaged.  He still has the bathroom and supply hut to take off today.  Dan didn't want to risk it yesterday as he figured they'd tip over pulling them over the crack.  He's going to find another place to cross with them today but they are fairly light so hopefully he won't have a problem.  He's not able to get the tree line yet as it's buried in a couple of feet.  He was second guessing himself about running this weekend but after the crack heaved yet again, was glad we made the decision not to.  It's one thing getting everyone on the ice. Another matter entirely getting them back to shore.  It's currently snowing here and remains to be seen just how much we'll end up with.  I went to town in the afternoon yesterday and the roads were really good.  See what today brings.

February 27, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.

I swear I'm going to have a heart attack, or a complete meltdown at the very least.  Dan took one of our lighter huts off yesterday, with help.  He's currently on his way in with one of the big huts.  Watching him from shore cross that pressure crack is the most nerve wracking thing I think I've ever had to do.  I can't help him because of carpal tunnel so he's on his own.  Hopefully he can get them all off today, or at least this side of the crack as they are calling for 100 cm of snow here between now and Wednesday.  Whoever thinks we live the life of Riley is sadly mistaken.

February 26, 2016 - 7:15 a.m.

We ended up with a good ten inches of snow which started drifting once the wind came through.  Lots of plowing had to be done by Dan yesterday just so we could walk around the property.  Temps dipped to -19 overnight but the sun is going to be shining today with a high of -8.  Dan also went out and checked the pressure crack.  It has heaved up again to a good six feet high.  It still wasn't safe to cross with a hut so hopefully we can get them off in the next day or two.  Still a lot of cold and snow in the long term forecast so there is hope yet.

February 25, 2016 - 7:02 a.m.

The snow started around 2:30-3:00 yesterday afternoon and it is still snowing.  We've received about 6 inches so far and likely won't end until this afternoon.  It is certainly beautiful but going to cause more problems on the lake.  I hope people take caution because snow does give a false sense of security and pressure cracks are an issue right now.  Apparently the crack we've been dealing with is safe to cross further east of us but Dan said with all this snow, he'll need to run a path to pack it down before even considering pulling our huts to shore.  Long route for him but really no choice this year.  I went to town yesterday and when I was on the highway coming home, could see the shelf of the front that brought us all this snow.  Was pretty cool.  Temperature this morning is -3 so it's very mild.  Just glad we don't have rain to contend with.  Dan will be plowing this morning while I start on my list of things I need to get done.

February 24, 2016 - 7:08 a.m.