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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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Hatred is settled anger.

                                                                        Cicero

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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

                                                                Vauvenargues

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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!!

QUOTE OF THE 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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Parliament is the longest running farce in the West End.

                                                                      Cyril Smith

August 18, 2014 - 8:06 a.m.

Looks like it's going to be a sun-shiny week for a change.  After 5 days of clouds and rain, we're due.  Temps are going to be cooler than normal until the weekend but it'll be nice working weather.  I have lots to do this week and would like to start getting caught up on a few things (like cleaning out my fridge).  This morning, since it's only 9 degrees right now, I'm going to start on the beach.  Needs to be cleaned up and the new chairs we bought aren't holding up.  Apparently these particular beach chairs aren't suppose to be in the sun.  Isn't that a little bit like telling a water ski not to get wet?  Taking them back and if I have to raise holy hell, I'm going to.  We bought them at Canadian Tire and they are usually pretty good at taking product back but then we have a dilemma of what to buy for beach chairs next.  The sun is just relentless on them, even when we have a summer such as we've had.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I have found men more kind than I expected, and less just.

                                                                  Samuel Jackson

August 17, 2014 - 10:01 a.m.

It absolutely poured all morning yesterday but cleared up enough for us to enjoy our annual seafood fest.  And did we.  Lobster, crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels, oysters, lobster bisque and clam chowder.  What a pig out we had.  We started around 3:30 and it went until 8:00 there was so much food.  Had a great fire on the beach afterwards.  Sent up a few chinese lanterns and just had a terrific day.  Today it's overcast but no rain apparently.  Temp currently sitting around 15 and don't think it's going to be much warmer.  Quite alright as I think everyone just wants to have a lie in today.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Learn to say "No".  It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.

                                                                      Charles Haddon Spurgeon

August 15, 2014 - 9:11 a.m.

About the only thing this weather we're experiencing is good for?  Reading and sleeping.  The wind is still blowing and the temps are still cooler.  Only around 12 degrees and very windy.  Temps suppose to go up by tomorrow to a balmy 16 but also calling for thunderstorms.  Nothing like getting October in August.  However, after this system gets through, looks like the weather is going to turn beautiful once again.  I cleaned a cottage and the public washrooms yesterday and then basically vegged the rest of the day because it certainly wasn't "outdoor" weather.  Today I've got a cottage checking out a day early, who can blame them?, so cleaning it and then heading to town to get a few things for our annual seafood fest tomorrow.  Thank God for our new picnic shelter because otherwise, we would have had to cancel it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Some please approach every problem with an open mouth.

                                                       Adlai Stevenson

August 14, 2014 - 9:53 a.m.

Gotta say, the weather is about as nasty as it can get.  Strong winds blew all day yesterday as they are today.  Am hoping they'll calm down overnight but who knows.  Between the rain and the wind, doesn't make for great outdoor activities.  Temp went down to 10 overnight and currently sitting at 12 but with the wind chill, feels like late October today.  I did some pickling, laundry and cleaning yesterday and then played some dominoes with Paula in the afternoon.  I made a nice stuffed pasta dinner in the morning for us last night and then we all called it early and went to bed.  Today I'm cleaning a cottage and the public washrooms as well as doing some housework since it's such a miserable day.  The wind is so bad the raft rope broke and now the raft is sitting on shore where it washed up overnight.  Seaweed all on shore (lots of it) and chairs everywhere so guess I'll be looking after all that tomorrow afternoon once things settle down and the sun (fingers crossed) comes out.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Character is perfectly educated will.

                                                                            Novalis

August 13, 2014 - 8:51 a.m.

Yesterday was a good day although the weather could have been much better.  Paula and I did a day trip in town.  Actually ended up going to Callander, Sturgeon Falls and North Bay.  Also took in a movie, "Into The Storm" and really enjoyed it.  Weather turned a little nasty as we were heading home.  Thunderstorm and heavy rain until we were nearly home.  They issued heavy rainfall warnings for our area last night (up to 100 mm) but we didn't get it on our property.  Some, but not much.  Today it's currently overcast, sitting around 15 but they're calling for the north winds to come through this afternooon, drop the temp to 12 and down by 8 overnight.  Bbbrrrr.  It's suppose to warm up for the wekeend and also be sunny.  Good to know.  Today I'm cleaning again and then pickling some beets.  Paula may head over later for a game of dominoes but if I were her, it's a great "lay in bed and read" sorta day :o)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer.

                                                          Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 12, 2014 - 8:20 a.m.

I didn't do a whole lot yesterday.  Cleaned the house, did some laundry.  Paula and I are going to town today.  Have some shopping to do and then going for lunch and to see an afternoon movie.  It started raining overnight and this system is apparently going to stick around for a while.  Was nice while it lasted :o)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I understand you undertake to overthrow my undertaking.

                                                                      Gertrude Stein

August 11, 2014 - 9:44 a.m.

What an awesome day yesterday!!  Saturday we worked, all our guests checked in and Dan's family arrived around 4:00.  Took a pontoon ride over to Arthur's for supper and just enjoyed the evening.  Yesterday went kayaking with my nephew Matt out around Greening and Whiskey Islands and then parked my butt in the water for the rest of the day with Paula and Trish.  Was sooo hot and no complaints.  Going to be beautiful again today but calling for showers to start overnight and continue through Thursday.  I hate the slow moving systems as they take forever to clear out.  Need a strong northern wind to get rid of it!!  The Barniers flew out early this morning because the system is suppose to hit the Chatham area around noon so had to beat it home.  I'm liking vegging in the water again today as it's already hot and humid.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

                                                                   H.L. Mencken

August 9, 2014 - 7:23 a.m.

Going to be a long day for me but hopefully I'll be able to enjoy the better part of it.  Dan's family is flying up until Monday so I've lots to get done before they arrive this afternoon.  I woke up at 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep so bite the bullet and got up around 4:30 and been going ever since.  Started watering the flowers around 6:00 and just taking a wee break before I get back to it.  Waiting on the cottage check-outs so I can get them cleaned.  Full house this week but plan on doing some catch-up since it looks like the nice weather is finally going to still around for a while.  Dan needs to powerwash the buildings so I can clean the windows.  Have lots of raking I'd like to do also.  Some shop clean up, all the regular stuff that gets put on hold.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and we managed to get out on the boat around 12:30.  Took her over to the Manitous where we beached for a bit and had a nice picnic lunch.  Took our time getting back but were out for a good 4 hours.  Might do the same tomorrow but won't be quite as long a ride.  Temps suppose to hit what feels like 30 today.  I took a risk and didn't close the house up as the nights are so cool (down 10).

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

You should read it, though there is much that is skip-worthy.

                                                                    Herbert Asquith

August 8, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

I'm off to town as soon as I'm done this update.  Already took my shower, did a load of laundry, made egg salad for sandwiches and tidied the house.  We're heading out on the boat later this morning.  Cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms yesterday as it's going to be bloody hot today.  The mist was rising off the bay this morning and there was a really heavy dew overnight as the temps went down to 9 but it's heating up quickly already.  Suppose to be in the 30's for the next 3-4 days (or at least feels like) so suspect we'll get a nice thunderstorm come through early next week.  I've only one cottage to clean tomorrow so hopefully can get in there while it's still cool.  Dan has all the grass cut so not alot for either one of us to do today.  Thus, the boat ride :o)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Vice can be learnt, even without a teacher.

                                                                   Seneca

August 7, 2014 - 8:12 a.m.

Managed to get a couple of cottages cleaned yesterday.  Doing another one today and then finished until Saturday.  Desperately would like to weed my bedrock garden but doesn't look like that's going to happen today as I need to zip into town after my work is done.  It started to rumble yesterday late morning and continued throughout most of afternoon.  We didn't get any real lightning or rain here but could hear it constantly.  Was kind of cool actually.  The forecast, beginning today looks awesome for the long term.  Nothing but sun and warm summer temps (mid to high 20's).  Providing the wind cooperates, we're going to try to get down to the French River again this weekend.  It'll have to be Sunday.  Even if we can't journey that far, we're definitely taking some time for the boat.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Literature is news that stays news.

                                                             Ezra Pound

August 6, 2014 - 7:36 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  I had work to do but was happy to see people enjoying the beach and taking a leisurely swim.  Water temp is around 75 degrees so very nice for swimming.  Sun shone all day and it did get humid but not to the point of being unbearable.  Talking about thunderstorms later on today.  Likely not until we've reached daytime high so should be another "beach" day.  I've cottages to clean but am hoping to get them done by shortly after noon and hopefully get some relax time in with the Claytons.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavour to understand him.

                                                                         George Santayana

August 5, 2014 - 8:16 a.m.

Was a terrific long weekend but today is a work day unfortunately.  The weather has been wonderful for most of the weekend and including today.  Finally some summer weather.  Highs in the mid 20's but feels much warmer as it's humid again.  Sun has been shining for a few days.  I even managed to get down to the French River on Sunday, which was wonderful as usual.  I'm doing laundry, cleaning and watering flowers today.  Dan can take it easy and have a visit with some friends.  I wouldn't be surprised if we get a pop up storm today though.  Thought we would get al ittle rain yesterday due to the humidity but the wind picked up from the north for a bit.  The Canadian geese have been back in the bay for a few days  and are practising their flying and manouvering skills for migration purposes.  Pretty comical watching the babies learn to get into formation.  They really are quite awkward with themselves right now.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

                                                    Thomas Hardy

August 2, 2014 - 8:33 a.m.

Certainly shaping up to be an awesome weekend.  At least the weather is cooperating for a change.  Beautiful day yesterday.  Had some clouds but no rain, no storms like down south as everything went either above or below us.  Temps reached 22 and was a very nice day all around.  Today the sun is shining yet again.  I've cleaning to do and then I'm hitting the beach for the afternoon.  Having a potluck with some friends this evening and likely a nice campfire.  Lots of fishermen here this weekend.  Fishing has been good and steady this year.  Happy birthday to my Mother-in-law Dianne.  Hope you enjoy your day!!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.

                                                            Sydney Smith

July 31, 2014 - 7:56 a.m.

We had somewhat of a nice day yesterday.  The winds died down enough for a few to get out fishing.  The sun shone for a quite a while but after supper, a storm started to develop and it rained overnight.  North Bay received 101 mm of rain prior to whatever was dumped overnight and the torrential rain woke both Dan and I up early this morning.  All this precipitation is going into our watershed so there are no sandbars showing at all this year and Moose Creek is at optimum levels.  Suppose to get some more rain on and off today and then clearing later on and a nice weekend ahead (one can certainly hope).  I managed to get the cottage cleaning finished yesterday and am cleaning the public washrooms and my house this morning and then heading into town for a run before the weekend.  We're going to be very busy this weekend so getting all my work done today.   I'm actually hoping to get out on the boat at some point but will have to see how it goes and how busy we are (and if the weather is going to cooperate).

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

There's a small choice in rotten apples.

                                                                   Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

July 30, 2014 - 8:46 a.m.

What another lovely day in the North.  So not!!!  Been just a really poopy week all around.  Windy, overcast, rainy, all disappointing weather.  Sun really hasn't shone all that much at all and it's been chilly.  I managed to get my books finished yesterday and Dan was with the satellite guy trying to get the t.v. in one cottage working.  Turns out the last guests took our power cord and left theirs.  I'm guessing whatever their power cord operates, they'll need to buy a new one.  However, we did have the dish moved so that the one tree we had to keep pruning (to receive a decient signal) won't be a factor anymore and we can let it grow properly now.  So, the other kitten was caught Monday evening but not under the best of circumstances.  It was kept in Yvonne's trailer overnight but she was terrified of it so in turn, it was of her.  By the time I got to it in the morning, the poor thing was traumatized.  I did manage to pick it up and get it calmed down but knew it was too wild to make a decent pet, so released it.  The poor thing is really small but think with some help it'll survive.  Need to give it some food (most of the park is feeding it) until it gets a little bigger and is able to fed for itself.  I swear though, I really don't want cats hanging around here.  One is fine but no more.  I do believe this one is a male so that will help.  Today I'm cleaning cottages and good day for it as it's currently overcast and we have more rain (like we didn't get enough overnight) in the forecast.  Dan is doing some work in the house if he can't get the grass cutting in today.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I don't give them hell.  I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.

                                                                            Harry S. Truman

July 29, 2014 - 9:10 a.m.

I have to say, I've never seen Lake Nipissing blow for so long.  The lake settled down a bit overnight but it's still pretty choppy out in the main body of water.  It's been a good two weeks since the lake conditions have been really comfortable enough to fish.  It's good musky fishing weather but the majority of fishermen aren't going for the big game fish.  I spent the day in the office yesterday and am in for a few more hours before my books are done.  Yvonne managed to catch the other kitten last night.  The one that died was much more manageable (mainly because it was dying) but this one is full of spit and vinegar.  Pretty wild for such a small little thing.  I'm guessing it's 6-8 weeks old and would likely survive on it's own with the park people feeding it but what about the winter time once it's been use to being fed?  I'm not looking after it.  Had enough of wild cats.  I know where it came from and just hope more aren't going to follow suit.  Not sure if this kitten is going to be pet material or not.  See what the day brings.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

In every generation there has to be some fool whol will speak the truth as he sees it.

                                                                       Boris Pasternak

July 27, 2014 - 9:41 a.m.

Seems like pretty much everyone had a rather lazy day yesterday.  Weather was okay.  Mostly hazy and humid all day and we did have a storm roll through bringing thunder, lightning and rain.  Also rained overnight and is currently overcast with likely a little more rain sometime today before the system is through.  High in low 20's.  I'm in the office for the duration of the day today as I've my 2nd quarter books to get finished.  Good day for it although I'd rather be reading a book or something :0)  Wind hasn't been cooperating of late either.  It seems like it's been windy for over a week.  Oh wait, it has!!  Not much fishing or boating going on.  Still hoping for those hot sunny days of summer when you need to be floating around the bay on a raft or zipping across the water on a boat....

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living.

                                                                  George Bernard Shaw

July 26, 2014 - 9:04 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Nice lake breeze, sunny, just gorgeous all around.  We did have  a shower overnight but the sun is shining brightly now and looks like we'll have another awesome day.  Sad thing.  We had a mother cat with two little kittens in the park a week or so ago.  Well we think the mother either abandoned the kittens or was killed as we only saw one little kitten hanging around.  Yvonne, who has a trailer, managed to catch the sweet little thing yesterday.  It was so badly mal-nourished and dehydrated although everyone tried their best, it didn't make it.  Now we've spotted the second little kitten, which we thought had also died.  We're on the hunt to catch it today as it looks bigger and healthier than the other.   Yvonne has already found a home for it so it's just a matter now of seeing if we can get it.  Nature surely can be cruel.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

                                                               Robert Frost

July 25, 2014 - 8:17 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Temps were around the 23 degree mark and the sun was out most of the day.  Wind still really breezy of the lake so not many boats able to get out onto the water.  Still breezy again this morning but a tad calmer.  Currently hazy but suppose to be sunny all day.  I've a full day on my plate - cleaning the public washrooms, picking up the debris I rake up on the beach yesterday, watering and deadheading flowers and I'd like to start weeding the bedrock but see how much energy I have when everything else is done.  Dan finally wore out his poor golf cart.  He had to repair a tire yesterday and then the steering petered on him last night.  Had problems with the steering before but now it's completely buggered by the looks of things.  A golf cart is not meant to be used as a work tool, but Dan seems to think otherwise.  Guess we'll have to use the gator like we should have been all along.  LOL.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

                                                                         Lillian Hellman

July 24, 2014 - 7:52 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday as there was a wonderful cool breeze coming off of Lake Nipissing.  Temps could have been a bit warmer but after the heat, was nice to have 17 degree temps.  Very windy though.  It is still quite windy today but the temps are suppose to be warmer today.  I'm heading into town right shortly and then not sure what I'm up to this afternoon.  Really need to do some dead heading and the flowers could probably use a good drink as well.  Going to be a nice afternoon, for sure.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

War is the trade of kings.

                                                                            John Dryden

July 23, 2014 - 7:32 a.m.

Cleaned all morning yesterday and then had major office work to do in the afternoon.  Dan managed to get all the grass cut for another week.  It just hasn't let up this year as it usually does because we've been getting steady rain and sunshine.  I've never seen the grass this green at Greening Bay this time of year.  Was very hot and humid  and temps nearly hit the 30 degree mark but we didn't get the storm that was forecasted.  Once the front hit the West Arm of Lake Nipissing, it started to dissipate and but the time it reached our part of the lake, all we really received was a few sprinkles.  Did hear thunder in the distance but nothing major for the south shore of Nipissing.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

They will conquer, but they will not convince.

                                                       Miguel de Unamuno

July 22, 2014 - 7:44 a.m.

EEwwwiiieee, she was a hot one yesterday and today's going to be even hotter.  Only registered 27 on the temp gauge but with the humidity, was likely closer to 35.  Was hazy to sunny most of the day and I didn't get the house closed up early enough in the morning so got a little warm in the house once the sun came around and started shining in the front windows.  I've already closed the house up for today.  Once all of  this haze burns off today, it's going to be a scorcher.  They are calling for possibility of thunder showers overnight which I kind of think we'll get if it gets as warm as forecasted.  I cleaned yesterday as I am today but hoping to be done by noon at the latest.  Not sure what Dan's doing.  He'll either be cleaning boats or power-washing, I'm sure.  Nice to do that sort of thing when it's hot..

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

                                                                       Mark 3:25

July 21, 2014 - 7:40 a.m.

Yesterday turned out okay after all.  Sun didn't fully come out until mid-afternoon but then the day was just gorgeous.  Evening was lovely.  Didn't make it to Annie's as my back was giving me grief.  Dan could have gone but chose not to.  Today's a work day.  I've some cottages to clean and I also really need to get at my bookwork so this week's going to be a busy one.  We still really haven't been boating much this season.  I can't fish this year but Dan can and he's not even been out.  The fishing has been excellent so we should really get out there and catch something for a fry one of these days.  Been a really strange summer all around and unfortunately, it'll be gone before we know it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Few men have virtue to withstand the higgest bidder.

                                                                   George Washington

July 20, 2014 - 8:24 a.m.

So much for the long term forecast.  It was hazy yesterday with very little full sun and this morning, we are experiencing a very light shower and it's completely overcast.  Temperatures are comfortable and it's not suppose to get really hot until Tuesday.  Dan and I are invited to Annie's for an "afternoon social" but will have to see if the weather is going to cooperate.  We have a heron in our creek who is one fierce hunter.  She's been getting the catfish as well as some little furry creatures.   The poor squirrels and chippies don't stand a chance if she puts her sight on them.  I'm all for nature taking it's course but we just got all the chipmunks hanging around again and there is a feral cat on the property with two kittens (again) which I'd rather not be here.  I think it came from the neighbours as Lori use to feed the feral cats and has since moved so they're likely all on the move trying to find food.  All our little furry friends will be gone in no time.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

The voice is a second signature.

                                                                   R.I. Fitzhenry

July 18, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Busy day yesterday and it also turned out to be quite nice.  Finally the clouds broke and the sun shone.  Sun as far as they can possibly/reasonably go in the long term forecast.  We're suppose to reach highs of "feels like" 36 degree temperatures.  Been a while since it's been that hot and I'm sure everyone's going to love it.  Had the town run yesterday so didn't get home until mid-afternoon.  Have a busy day today.  Actually made myself a list so as to not forget anything.  Still, hoping to get everything done early enough to enjoy some of the afternoon.  Dan got all the grass cutting and weed eating finished yesterday so not sure what he has on his agenda.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I was never less alone than when by myself.

                                                          Edward Gibbon

July 16, 2014 - 9:39 a.m.

Late today because I'm actually staying in the office to do some work so had a few things to take care of first.  The weather changed overnight and the cold front aka polar vortex is here.  It's only sticking around for today before the weather will turn again.  Went down to 14 overnight but it's a cold 14.  Wind started last night and it's very windy today.  Also overcast with a little shower here and there.  We did get lots of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day yesterday so I'll be glad when this is all behind us.  Suppose to be clearing this afternoon and then nothing but sun and warm temps in the long-term forecast for the next couple of weeks.  We had a bit of a mishap yesterday.  I was just about finished cleaning the cottage and Dan decided to put some septic solution down the toilet.  Well the handle broke on the container and we had stuff spewed everywhere.  Needless to say, Dan had to hop in the shower immediately to avoid surface burns and then had to wet-vac everything else up.  Surprisingly enough, there was no damage to anything, including Dan and his clothes but what a bloody mess.  Cleaning done for now so I'm doing some office work that has been neglected.  Doubt Dan will do very much today unless the weather gets a little nicer.  It feels like it's autumn out there today.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.

                                                                           Erich Fromm

July 15, 2014 - 7:38 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  Beautiful Lake Nipissing breeze for most of the day so lots of people enjoying the beach.  I raked it and got rid of the stinky seaweed that had come in during the past week of windy days.  Yuck!!  Temps reached a high of 26 and it started to get humid again but it cooled down considerably last night so not as bad this morning.  Currently overcast and calling for showers to begin later tihs morning through to tomorrow with possibility of thunder storms here and there.  After we get through this bout of rain though, the long term is showing nothing but sun for the next 10 or so days.  I know everyone's pretty sick of the rain but we do need it (perhpas just not as much).  A nice overnight shower a few times a week would be perfect.  Cleaning a cottage today and likely doing a little house tidying as well.  I bathed the cats yesterday, which was a feat in itself.  They don't particularly like it during, but afterwards, they love it.  Since they are indoor cats, I've been bathing them since they were kittens so don't give me too much grief.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

This thing of being a hero, about the main thing to it is to know when to die.

                                                                            Will Rogers

July 14, 2014 - 7:15 a.m.

Was a beauty day yesterday although no one was on the lake really.  The wind was pretty strong most of the day and picked up even more during the afternoon hours.  Sunny though and quite warm.  Hit 27 here so guess we should be thankful we had a nice little Lake Nipssing breeze happening.  I didn't do much. Little bit of house cleaning and laundry and then got into my book while everyone else was "visiting".  Took some quiet time to myself, which was nice.  Today I'm raking the beach and doing a little dead heading again.  I have a cottage to clean but think I'll wait until tomorrow when it's suppose to rain again.  Certainly getting our share of precipitation this summer but that's suppose to quit in the next week or two.  We'll see.  I'm finding tree sprouts everywhere.  Lots of maples taking root, that's for sure.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

When I want a peerage, I shall buy one like an honest man.

                                                                    Lord Northcliffe

July 13, 2014 - 8:31 a.m.

Was a pretty good day overall yesterday.  Had the cottage changeover in the morning and then made a cheesy ranch potato dish for our evening plans.  Mike and Reta had everyone for a rack of lamb dinner to which we all contributed.  Fire afterwards so all was good.  Sprinkled a little here and there and it did start raining at one point so opted to set up the dinner under the picnic shelter.  It's certainly getting it's use this year.  It started raining around midnight or so and rained ALL night.  Property is flooded again with standing puddles but it's suppose to clear a little  later and the sun come out.  Doesn't look all that great across the lake right now but at least it has stopped here.  It was very humid and hot yesterday, hit a high of 25 but this morning it's sitting around 20 and not quite as humid.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Learn what you are, and be such.

                                                                 Pindar

July 12, 2014 - 7:42 a.m.

Was a gorgeous afternoon yesterday.  We hit around 25, Lake Nipissing was calm and the skies were sunny.  Beautiful.  We went out for a boat ride (first one)  later in the afternoon for a couple of hours and then Dan and I headed over to Sally and Rod's for a "brush burning fire".  The winds picked up over night but it's calm again this morning.  Currently around 17 but suppose to hit 26 today with showers overnight.  I was raking the beach yesterday morning and found a crawfish which had imbeded itself into the sand.  With the high winds we had all week, I think the poor thing was tossed onto shore and couldn't get back into the water.  I took it down to the creek and off it went.  Just amazing how much crawfish look like mini lobster.  Have changeover today so had better get moving.  Looks like it's going to be a cooler than usual week ahead, which was forecasted as the same polar vortex we experienced this winter.  However, August is suppose to be warmer and nicer than usual this year.  Certainly hope so.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Don't quote me; that's what you heard, not what I said.

                                                                                   Lawrence K. Frank

July 11, 2014 - 8:22 a.m.

Sorry I didn't update.  I really didn't have time in the morning and then as the day progressed, completely forgot about it.  We finally had a gorgeous day yesterday.  Sun was out all day, no humidity (or rain) and was perfect working conditions.  I had to zip into town first thing in the morning to pick up my car.  There wasn't a thing wrong with it so think the battery just didn't have a chance to recharge itself completely.  I was also told I need to drive it more.  Considering I usually only go into town once a week, I really don't drive a lot.  I also had an appointment yesterday while in town and then did a few errands.  I spent the afternoon weeding and dead heading while Dan finished cutting the grass.  Paula and Alf Clayton showed up in the afternoon unexpectedly as they weren't suppose to be up a