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December 17, 2014 - 9:26 a.m.

Cleaned yesterday until I couldn't clean anymore, which was until around 2:00.  Peetered out as still not feeling 100% so took a break.  After supper i managed to get my Christmas wrapping done.  This morning we have the new cottage furniture being delivered so another busy day.  Going to continue with the clean.  I have so much to do and unfortunately don't think I'll get everything accomplished that I wanted to before the holiday starts but that's okay.  All in good time.  Dan's doing some plowing right now as we did get some snow overnight after the freezing drizzle stopped.  Looks just beautiful out right now and it's still fairly mild.  Not getting as cold as they had thought.  I think we are going to have one of the those milder winters with lots of snow though.

December 16, 2014 - 8:49 a.m.

This bug I have managed to get the best of me.  Sorry I haven't updated but been alternating between the couch and bed for the past couple of days.  Feel like I'm on the mend finally.  I did go to the cookie exchange on Saturday and certainly hope I didn't pass this on to anyone.  Although it was loads of fun, I didn't stay very late and hit the sack as soon as I got home.  Was in bed all day Sunday as this "thing" changed from a feverish dry hacking cough into a full blown head and chest cold.  I swear these bugs are getting worse every year.  At any rate, I had my kitchen torn apart in the midst of cleaning so it's still a mess and I'm continuing on today.  I've so much to do between now and Christmas and this has really put me behind.  If it all doesn't get done, so be it.  Dan's been working away in the shop.  Has all the ice huts ready to rock just waiting on the weather conditions now.  We received quite a bit of snow over the weekend but the mild front came through and alot of it has melted.  It's been above zero for a couple of days and quite lovely out.  The cold is coming back but I'm hoping this mild front has helped the ice conditions (compacted/melted some of the shards).  Not sure at this point how much ice is out there but I'm guessing a good four inches.  Just need a few more cold snaps and we'll be good to go.  There's time yet.

December 13, 2014 - 7:20 a.m.

Well I was down for the count yesterday.  Caught some type of bug that just hit me mid-afternoon the day before.  Thankfully I was able to get all my baking done beforehand.  I don't think it's anything too serious as the fever has broken and I'm feeling a tad better today.  Have a terrible dry hacking cough that has kept me up the past two nights but it seems to be subsiding.  Have my cookie exchange today and am planning to attend but don't know for how long.  Hopefully I'm not contagious.  We received quite a bit of snow over the past couple of days, likely around 8".  Today it's foggy, as it was last night because the warm front came through.  Was -15 but temps have risen to -6 already.  Going above zero over the next couple of days with rain and snow in the forecast.  Lots of sleds have been out bombing around and apparently South Bay is safe enough for them but we haven't measured in front of our place yet.  Guessing we have a solid 4-5 inches of black ice if other reports we're hearing are true.

December 11, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Although I wanted to sleep in today, my cats thought differently.  Oh well, lots to do anyhow.  Getting started on my baking and great day for it.  Crappy outside so I'll crank the tunes and get to it.  We did receive a little snow overnight but not much.  Deer were wanting feeding this morning and had snow on their coats.  They cancelled all the school buses today so obviously are expecting a lot more snow to come.  Looking at the radar, you can see how the storm is only hitting the south east part of Lake Nipissing and we can actually see the band over the lake.  Currently sitting at 7 degrees so temps have fluctuated much in 24 hours. 

December 10, 2014 - 4:29 p.m.

Yippee!!!  Finished all my Christmas gift shopping yesterday, went to the doctor's and ran countless errands.  Was gone all day and exhausted by the time I got home but no more worries.  Zipped into the blood clinic this morning, washed my poor car, picked up all the cottage and house mats, did a quick house tidy and then made several batches of nuts and bolts.  Wasn't going to update my blog until the morning but they've now issued a weather advisory stating the snow is starting tonight, through tomorrow and ending around midnight.  Chances are, I won't be venturing far tomorrow.  I have 10 dozen tarts to cook so tomorrow sounds like a good day.  

December 9, 2014 - 7:49 a.m.

Have a very busy day ahead of me.  Lots of errands to run, places to go, people to see, things to do.  Definitely going to be a long day but hoping to get everything accomplished that is on my list.  Somewhere along the way, I have to fit in my doctor's appointment.  Yesterday I did some more cleaning and organizing so one of my stops is the Salvation Army.  Couldn't believe how many hats and scarves we've accumulated.  I also have a few coats, which I'm sure will be appreciated this time of year.  I washed everything yesterday so they're ready for drop off.  Also dropping off all the entranceway mats for the house and cottages for cleaning.  Lots going on in my little brain right now, trying to get organized for the holidays as well as the ice fishing season.  Cats had me up at 5:00 this morning.  That's fine during the ice fishing as we're up anyhow but this time of year?  Puleeezzz.  Temperatures warmed up yesterday and it hit above zero.  Didn't get very cold overnight either.  Going to get another blast of cold in the next day or two and then mild again for the weekend with, dare we think it, some sun.

December 8, 2024 - 9:09 a.m.

Did some cleaning most of the day yesterday as I will be again today.  Ginny picked me up st 2:00 and the two of us went to Young's open house.  I made a few purchases for Christmas and had some hot apple cider, which was very good.  We came back here and had a short visit.  Not sure what Dan was doing but he was in the shop most of the day.  I believe today he is repairing an ice hut which needs some more floor support.  Never ends.  We are suppose to meet with an energy company tomorrow but think we are going to cancel.  Personally, I think they are all fly by night companies.  We've already had our energy requirements accessed by our association and it turns out we're better off staying with Hydro One even though rates are due to increase.  Frankly, if the time comes to look elsewhere, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  Went down to -10 overnight but warmer temps with precipitation are on their way.

December 7, 2014 - 8:35 a.m.

Brrrrr, it's colder than a witches tittie this morning.  Went down to -14 overnight but still lots of humidity still in the air so you can really feel it.  I didn't go outside at all yesterday except to feed the deer but she's a cold one this morning.  Got an excellent picture of the moon setting over Lake Nipissing this morning and you can hear the pressure cracks forming so know we're making ice.  Not going to get very warm today and suppose to "feel like" -16 tonight.  Gets cold like this every time there is a full moon.  Since it's starting to wean, the weather is going to change this week and it's suppose to warm up considerably and get into the above freezing temps  There is also snow in the long term forecast.  Dan did a great job on the shop over the past couple of days.  It was in need of a good cleaning and looks excellent.  Dan replaced the back wall, put up a "lean" wall to keep all the wood in place and stacked all the wood.  Also cleaned the whole shop out to make room for our snow equipment.  Looks awesome.  We can actually have a little party in there.  Hmmmm.  Shop party!!!  I worked on the house as I am again today.  We bought a new floor rug which was intially in the livingroom but I didn't like it there so it's now residing in our dininroom and looks great.  I'm slowly tackling the house clean but doing a very thorough job of it.  Going to clean likely until mid-afternoon as I'd like to go to Young's open house a little later.  For those of you who have never been, it's a variety store around the corner which has everything from nails to liquor to potatoes.  I'd call it an old-fashion general store.  Starting to get the Christmas spirit....

December 6, 2014 - 7:29 a.m.

Was overcast again yesterday as it is this morning.  This certainly has been a year of vitamin D deficiency.  Supposively getting some sun this afternoon but I'm not holding my breath.  I did some office work catch up yesterday and then started the house clean.  Going to be doing that as well today.  Dan had to replace part of the back wall in the shop as it wasn't built properly initially and had started to rot.  He also had our winter supply of firewood dropped off in the early afternoon.  Nothing much else to report but I did read an article yesterday that North Bay won the contract to run the upcoming S3 zero gravity flights out of our airport.  The only company in the world to currently offer them.  The mayor is thinking this will bring enormous business to the area.  Remains to be seen.  Currently -2 but suppose to get colder tonight and only be around -10 tomorrow.

December 4, 2014 - 8:23 a.m.

Dan may have slept like a log last night but I don't think I drifted off until after 4:00 this morning.  The wind was howling and I'm guessing blowing a good 60-70 km/hr.  Not only that but because we had a little snow on the ground and lake, with the full moon, it was super bright out.  The full moons always bring the severe weather and it went from just around zero to -18 in North Bay.  At least the sun is shining this morning.  I didn't end up getting my cards done yesterday but I did take Grady to the vets for his shots.  He's older than I thought.  Vet puts him around 7 months and can be nutured anytime.  I'll likely take him in after ice fishing providing he behaves until then.  He sure is a ray of sunshine.  Suppose to warm up over the next couple of days but really?  For the ice fishing, we need some snow as the lake is a frozen mess.

December 3, 2014 - 8:51 a.m.

Well Paula and Ryan made it up and home safely although they did run into some bad weather in Toronto on the way home.  We had a nice visit with the two of them.  I made a nice spaghetti supper and then we just visited.  Went out for a hearty breakfast yesterday morning as frankly, I didn't feel like messing up my kitchen.  I'm hoping to get all my Christmas cards finished and mailed out today.  Not an inexpensive thing anymore.  Geesh, everyone's raising their rates except for us.  Hhhmmmmm.   Other than tomorrow, when temps are going to be -10, looks like we have some mild weather coming in.  Going to be just below the freezing mark and since Lake Nipissing is a frozen mess, think the ice will stay this time around.  With the high winds we had, the lake froze with tons of builds.  Unless we get a pile of snow, not going to be very good for putting the huts on this year.  Need to get a thick blanket of snow to cover the ice shards and pat down a path, for sure.  Not worrying about it just yet though.  Currently sitting at around -2 and suppose to hit -13 overnight.  Bbrr...

December 1, 2014 - 8:38 a.m.

December already?  Dare I start a Christmas countdown?  Nah.  I won't be so obnoxious. Was a mild day yesterday with temps here reaching +7.  I was outside putting up the Christmas decorations when the ice started to break up.  I took a video because it was very loud.  Sounded like the frogs trilling in the spring.  Really cool.  Woke up this morning and Nip was completely frozen over again.  Hit -7 here but -10 in North Bay and it's suppose to feel like -20's overnight tonight.  I don't think we'll lose the ice again now as the nighttime temps are staying cold all week.  Paula and her son Ryan are coming up today, spending the night and heading home tomorrow.  They are picking up "Bonnie".  If any of you fishermen remember, she was our orange alpin that I used all the time when I was actually helping with the transporting on/off the ice (seems like a life time ago).  Was my favourite machine ever and fit me like a glove.  Ryan is good with mechanics so hoping to bring her back to her former glory.  She sat outside for 2 years and Dan started her right up.  Amazing little machine and I hope Ryan takes good care of her.  I'm going to do a quick house clean this morning and start putting up my Christmas decorations today.  Want to get it done and then I'll do a thorough clean over the next two weeks.  I was going to do the thorough clean first and then put them up but want to take my time and do a really good job.  Once that's over I have to start on the cottages and before you know it, ice fishing will be upon us so need to get everything done.  Looking around, lots to do before Christmas, for sure.  Dan is loving our new little family member and I must say, he's pretty cool.  The other two cats are being a little rude to him but suspect once they realize he's here to stay, they'll come around.  Halo plays with him a bit but she's still doing the growling thing.  Marble is completely indifferent but she's always been miserable (and as I say, my "problem child"  LOL).  And so my day begins...

November 30, 2014 - 9:38 a.m.

Well darn if the sun didn't come out today.  Was so hoping.  I just finished showering and straightening the house and now I'm heading out to trim boughs for my outside decor.  Getting all the outdoor decorations done today.  It's very mild, already reached it's high of +7 but completely overcast and very calm.  That said, the winds are suppose to pick up and turn from southwestern to northern this afternoon.  I've gotten caught putting the decorations up in cold wind before so I'd better get to it.

November 29, 2014 - 9:04 a.m.

Was up early early yesterday morning as I wanted to check out a few places for "Black Friday".  Was at Wal-Mart by 7:30 and the place was packed.  I went there for every day things, not sales and saw quite a few people with t.v.'s walking out the door.  Got in and got out and headed to Leon's where I ended up buying somebadly needed new furniture for two of our cottages (#2 and #3).  I then headed to Target and found some great buys on Christmas decorations.  I had to make a quick stop in Callander and it wasn't until then (as the sun hadn't been up yet when I left home) that I realized Lake Nipissing had completey froze over.  There were a couple of pressure cracks along a few of the shorelines in Callander and one developed in our bay overnight.  Nip froze over the same day last year so even with the mild temperatures due in tomorrow, she should stay frozen.  It's overcast and only going to zero today but suppose to be sunny and high of +5 tomorrow.  I'm going to do the outdoor decorations and get some rays for a change.  We went over to Mitchell and Donna's for a bit late yesterday afternoon and left the new kitten with our two cats.  They didn't beat up on one another and didn't find any cat fur anywhere so that's a good thing.  "Grady" as we've dubbed him, is climatizing slowly and still very jumpy and frightened at times but he's doing okay.  Hasn't tried to or wanted to go outside so think he's liking his new life well enough.  He's such a sweet soul, I just hope he stays that way.  Still going to try to find a home for him but he really needs attention in the way of company.  Doesn't like being alone, that's for sure.  Any takers?  He'd be a great companion for someone who is around a lot.

November 27, 2014 - 9:11 a.m.

It's currently around -8 here with some ice cubes floating in our bay.  Not quite cold enough yet to freeze it over completely but that's coming.  We'll just get up one day and the whole lake will be frozen.  Taking bets on when it does.  Dan says December 1st and he could be right as we're in for a few days of -15 degree weather.    I did my errands yesterday and not sure about today.  Definitely starting my cleaning but we have a new family member to contend with.  Sort of.  Both Dan and I caved last night and let the little stray kitten in the house.  It wouldn't leave us alone as it's so lonely.  Just curled up in our laps (not at the same time LOL) and was purring/kneading until it went to sleep.  I kept him in the bathroom overnight and then let him out this morning.  He followed me all the way back to the office like a little puppy dog.  I just think he's happy to have some company.  I'd like to find a good home for him as he'd make an awesome pet.  His disposition is amazing and very lovable.  Our two other cats are quite indifferent at the moment but they'll get over their snit eventually.

November 26, 2014 - 10:14 a.m.

Been busy this morning and this is the first chance I've had to get out to the office.  Sun is actually shining today, glory be.  Don't think it's going to last but at least we're getting a few minutes of it.  Went down to -7 overnight as it got very windy again yesterday.  Feeling a little brisk today but long term shows another warm front coming through. Spent all day in the office yesterday and am now caught up on everything that needed doing.  Going into Callander this morning for a few errands and then going to start tackling my filthy house. Time to do an intense "fall" clean and then let the decorating begin.  I believe Dan's family is coming for Christmas this year so lots to do to prepare.  Not to mention the cottages need a good bath also.  I've dubbed the stray kitten "Grey".  How original since that's his colour.  The poor sweet thing is just so lonely and not venturing far from our house.  Good thing wtih those fishers still hanging around.  We've set him up quite nicely in the old cathouse inside the storage building.  I go out everything morning and evening and spend some time playing with him and loving him up.  Wish I could find a home for him but really don't think he'd do well confined inside.  He came in our house this morning and was trying desperately to escape.  Just kept him in for a few minutes and then let him out.  We aren't opposed to letting him in if it gets so cold that the cathouse won't keep him warm but I really don't think he'll even do that.  Good thing because I'm not having another cat full time in my house. He'd make an excellent barn cat if anyone is in need....????

November 25, 2014 - 10:56 a.m.

Yesterday was pretty non-eventful during the day time hours.  Dan went into town to have his face mask replaced on his sleep apnea machine.  Hopefully now he'll sleep better.  i had an appointment at 11:00 so did the grocery shopping while in town.  We had some rain showers pretty much all day and then the wind started later in the evening.  Was right in the middle of one of my favourite t.v. shows when the power started flickering.  Did that for about an hour until it finally went out completely around 9:00.  We have battery operated solar deck lights which were thankfully still in the house.  Dan put regular batteries in them and we used them to light up the house instead of candles.  Worked like a charm so needless to say, I'm keeping them in the house for such emergencies.  God knows we'll lose power again before the winter is through (and we're just getting started).  Today I'm working in the office and getting everything caught up.  Ton of deposits to put through, some bills to pay, just ordered my Christmas cards from Vista Print.  What a great company.  They aren't as inexpensive as they use to be but still, they do a great job and if you use the promo codes, etc., very reasonable.  Frist thing this morning, I decided to try a crock pot chicken soup receipe I found on facebook, so that's cooking right now.  We've also had some snow this morning but seems to have peetered off for now.  Cold front dropped the temps from 10 yesterday to just above zero today and it's very damp and overcast.  No sun in the forecast yet until Friday but hoping that changes!!

November 23, 2014 - 8:49 a.m.

Again, I say welcome home.  Geesh.  Temps started warming up yesterday evening as the front came through but are now calling for showers to start this afternoon through Monday.  Lotsof snow melt.  Then snow on Tuesday and no sun until Friday.  Milder temps, above zero, but really?  I'll take the sun any day.  I managed to get all of my luggage unpacked and washed yesterday.  Today I'm finishing accumulated laundry from my absence and cleaning the house.  Thank God I premade a bunch of meals before I left as Dan and I had cabbage rolls and perogies for supper last night.  Walking to the office this morning, i saw huge "dog" tracks.  Don't know if they're Fanny's (our neighbour Margie's dog) which expanded in the thaw or something else but they are massive.  Certainly hope that's the case but the deer tracks didn't expand that much so who knows.  I do know a large lone wolf had been spotted in the area before my vacation.  Better not be hanging around here.  I took a bunch of anti-inflammatory drugs yesterday, elevated my foot and got some sleep so my ankle is much better today although still swollen.  At least I can walk without aid this morning.  I'm pretty much back to normal.  Have a bunch of mail to go through today so I can do a deposit and pay some bills when I go to town tomorrow.  Completely out of most of our staples.  I left Dan with so much food, he didn't need to go to the grocery store.  Had to have Bailey's in my coffee this morning since we're out of all milk and cream.  Such a hardship.  LOL.

November 22, 2014 - 10:31 a.m.

I'm back!!  Wish I wasn't.  Missed Dan and the kitties but other than that, I could live in Mexico permanently.  We were blessed to have such beautiful weather while on vacation but the last two days we were there, it rained.  Wasn't a hardship as we did some shopping, went out for a nice dinner in Puerto Morales at the Pelicanos and just relaxed.  I did the aerobics in the pool every day which really helped my arthritis but landed in bad weather so my ankle flared up.  Been hobbling around the house trying to get things unpacked.  Speaking of bad weather...I had to drive through the worse weather conditions I've ever driven in.  From Barrie through to Katrine, where I dropped Trish off, we had seriously bad snow squalls and the road were snow/ice covered.  Just took my time and all drivers cut their speed down to 60 km or less.  Had the occasional idiot zip by us and nearly got sid-swiped by a transport but made it home safely.  Shortly after I got home, they actually closed highway 11 so glad we left Toronto when we did.  Had a good night sleep and am now taking care of a little business.  We have around 6 inches of snow on the ground and Dan told me our bay was completely frozen at one point until the wind started and blew all the ice to shore.  Same as every year.  Dan managed to take quite a few ice fishing bookings while I was gone so filling up nicely for the season.  Deer still coming up and haven't seen any injured so looks like they survived the hunt but haven't noticed if any are missing.  "Gray", the feral kitten is still around and I really wish I could find a home for him as he's so lovable.  Marble and Halo in a bit of a snit with me but they should be use to me leaving every November by now.  Another successful trip under my belt.  The resort was lovely but we've all decided we want to go back to Azul Sensatori as really, the other resorts we've visited are lacking in little ways and don't quite measure up.  My spanish is coming along and I'm learning more evrery time I go.  Didn't buy a whole lot but scored some beautiful pillow covers, a table cloth and had a "peace sign" ring made for me.  Other then that, just parked it and enjoyed the sea air and sun shine.  Hope all is well with everyone.

November 9, 20114 - 7:52 a.m.

Bbbrrrr, little chilly this morning.  A nasty wind started last night about 9:00 bringing in the cold front.  Went down to -5 here but suspect it hit -12 on the mountain in North Bay as forecasted.  Calm this morning and currently sunny but that's suppose to change and bring us some more precipitation later this afternoon.  I'm heading to Toronto around 11:00, stopping to pick Trish up in Katrine on the way and the rest of us meeting at the hotel this afternoon.  We fly out at 9:00 tomorrow morning so by mid afternoon should all have our butts parked on a lounger by the pool in the sweet sweet sunshine!!!  The poor little stray kitten was sitting outside our door last night.  I had it follow me into the storage building last night for some warmth and food but the sweet little thing was so starved for affection wanted just to be loved up a little.  I obliged.  We did the bonding thing last night and of course, now I'm leaving.  It'll either be gone by the time I get home from vacation or would have bonded with Dan as he's going to look after it.  I hope the latter for it's sake.  At least it's a male so don't have to worry about more spring kittens.  I wasn't going to look after it but unfortunately, not in my make up.  I have a soft spot for anything furry.  The guns were going off yesteray so won't have to listen to that anymore either as hunting season (at least guns) will be over by the time I get home.  I won't be updating the blog from Mexico so everyone have a great week and stay safe.

November 8, 2014 - 8:51 a.m.

Currently -2 and snowing out.  Flurries due to continue for a bit and then changing to rain and then back to snow later today.  After that, no more rain but snow.  Winter has finally won out I think.  Colder temps coming along with the snow but that won't be my problem for 12 glorious days!!  Stray kitten still hanging around.  Lost its sister so is on its own and we've been looking after it.  It's a male so no need to worry about more kittens.  Poor thing though.  We put the cat house that Dan built a few years ago into our storage shed which is basically full of junk.  It's been staying there but hasn't quite made it a home yet.  It will when the weather turns nasty as we heat the cat house with a light bulb.  Yes, it does keep it above freezing.  Guaranteed he'll be gone when I get home from vacation as Dan isn't quite as diligent as I am.  I've a tad more packing to do and need to zip into town for a few minutes and then I'm good to go. Dan's messing about in the shop doing God knows what. :o)

November 7, 2014 - 8:18 a.m.

Doesn't look Iike I'll be putting up outside Christmas decorations this year.  We just received a light dusting of snow overnight and it went below zero but the long term forecast while I'm in Mexico are temperatures in the -15 to -20 range.  That's enough to freeze the ground, etc. so don't know that I'll be getting any lights up.  Problem too, once I do get the decorations up, they are there until the spring thaw which is usually April.  Looks a little silly by then.  I got all my errands and running done yesterday and today am cleaning house one last time.  A little chilly with the wind this morning and definitely feels like winter is starting to settle in.  Yuck.

November 6, 2014 - 8:38 a.m.

Another gloomy day yesterday.  Showers on and off and didn't get all that warm.  Extremely damp these days.  I did a bit of cleaning and laundry, getting things organized to pack while Dan moved two ice huts, jacked them up for easy accessibility and then cleaned them.  He'll be able to pull them out no problem when the time comes.  I'm heading to town for my hair and nails then doing the last bit of shopping before I go.  Raining right now, not going to let up anytime soon.  Only high of 3 right now and I think the rain is suppose to turn to light flurries.  Could possibly be flurries in North Bay.  Will find out when I get there :o)

November 5, 2014 - 8:28 a.m.

I'm really starting to think sun shiny days are a thing of the past and will be very rare in the future.  Honestly.  I've had enough of gloomy, overcast skies.  Looking forward to heading to sunny Mexico but am wondering now if we'll have nice weather or not.  Still hurricane season but generally, a slight shower is about all the precipitation we get when there.  Raining here today, as it did yesterday but calling for sunny breaks this afternoon.  Dan buried some hydro lines yesterday as well as plowing the fill we brought in for a couple of trailer lots.  He was in the rain for most of the day so hopefully he won't get sick.  I was feeling rather poorly yesteray and woke up at 4:00 this morning with a tummy ache.  I hope it's a short lived bug and I'll feel better later today.  Catching up on  my office work this morning and then cleaning out the fridge.  Have a few fresh staples to get for Dan tomorrow but don't want to come home to things rotting in my fridge :o)  Temp currently just above zero and they are forecasting mixed precipitation this evening.  We're in for some snow this week but don't think it's cold enough to stick around.  The 6 inches we got last week is all gone.

November 4, 2014 - 7:27 a.m.

Dan and I had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  Sunday we had Trish, Larry and Destini drop in for a visit and then shortly after that, Donna and Mitchell came over.  The sun was shining so guess that brought everyone out.  Sun was out for a bit yesterday as well but today they are calling for showers again so overcast.  Temperature sitting around 4 right now but feels very mild.  I'm cleaning house and doing some packing today.  Need to figure out what I'm taking to Mexico.  Have a couple of inflatable rafts already packed as well as chocolate for tipping.  Funny how much we take for granted living in Canada when Mexicans consider chocolate a luxury.  We are blessed.

November 2, 2014 - 7:45 a.m.

Would like to wish Donna Soomer a very happy birthday today.  At least you've got some nice sunshine to enjoy!!  Temps went down to -6 overnight but the sun is shining and is suppose to warm up to a balmy +5 today.  I made lasagna and beef stroganhoff for the freezer yesterday and then Donna came over for a couple of birthday drinks later in the afternoon.  I sent her home with some lasagna so she didn't have to cook.  Larry and Trish are dropping in today as they want to check their trailer for mice, which I sure there will be a few, and grab a few things from their shed.  Apparently there is a mouse infestation up here this year.  Everyone is complaining of them getting in the house.  If they haven't gotten in by now, they aren't going to as I'm sure they've all hibernated by now.  Today I'm going to kind of take it easy.  Do a little packing, maybe go out for breakfast if Larry and Trish are game. 

November 1, 2014 - 8:47 a.m.

Yesterday we received about 6 inches of snow and no trick or treaters.  Wasn't the nicest of days, for sure.  At least we didn't get the real nasty winds as forecasted.  First snow shovelling of the year.  It's calm today and very gloomy skies.  Suppose to be sunny but that doesn't look promising.  I cooked some cabbage rolls, pork in mushroom gravy and navy bean soup with ham yesterday for the freezer.  Dan won't starve while I'm in Mexico.  Today I'm making lasagna but having some for supper before freezing the rest.  Going to start packing also.  I'm taking my dominoes game this time and the thing weighs 5 lbs.  Might not be the smartest choice but it'll be fun to play while sitting in the sun.  Not sure what Dan's up to today.  Pretty much everything is done for the season.  Maybe I'll get out my honey-do list.  The stray kittens that were hanging around were scared off by some loose neighbourhood dogs, which I'm not too happy about.  Apparently these dogs are loose all the time and yet they've 8 acres to roam around on.  Anyhow, have only seen one of the kittens since it happened.  They were taking shelter in our storage shed, which we don't have a problem with but as I said, have likely been searching for other shelter now that it's been compromised.  Problem is, they were together all the time so stood a chance of survival.  Now that they're separated, not so much.  Hopefully they'll find one another soon as it's been below freezing at night.

October 31, 2014 - 8:55 a.m.

Happy Hallowe'en everyone.  Wish we could have gotten through Hallowe'en before Christmas but wasn't to be.  Woke up to snow this morning.  The system is right on top of us and doing the rotation thing so it might just produce lots of the white stuff before it either dissipates or moves on.  The snow isn't too heavy at the moment but that could change.  The winds are suppose to pick up also which will make it just plain nasty.  I'm going to be in the house all day anyhow.  Cooking some pre-made meals for Dan while I'm on vacation.  Today it's cabbage rolls and bean with ham soup.  May do the lasagna also if I've time and feel like it.  Dan is having some fill dropped off for the park.  Thre are a couple of vacant lots in the park which can really use it.

October 30, 2014 - 9:39 a.m.

Just got back from my workout.  Heading into town as soon as I get ready.  Have a dentist appointment and then want to get the groceries needed to make a few prepared meals for the freezer to keep Dan happy while I'm in Mexico.  Only 10 more sleeps and I'll be sitting in the sun in the Mayan Riveria.  I think my body will go into shock as it really hasn't seen much sun lately.  Speaking of...lots of rain yesterday, cloudy today and the sun is trying desperately to make an appearance but don't think it's to be.  Calling for 30 cm of snow between now and tomorrow.  Suppose to start later this afternoon.  Feels like it in the air.  Temps above zero though so we'll see.  A couple of stray dogs showed up on our property yesterday.  Mature golden retriever and border collie, both wearing collars and looked well cared for.  The kittens and the deer did a disappearing act and we haven't seen any of them since.  I ran the dogs off but I honestly think they're from the neighbour and just got loose.  At least I hope so because with deer hunting starting, not a good time to be missing your dog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was a proactive multi-tasker yesterday.  Did some cooking, cleaning and laundry in preparation for my operation tomorrow.  Won't be able to do much of anything for a bit so pre-made some meals, did all the laundry and cleaned the house.  Still have a bit of cleaning to do this morning as I didn't get everything I wanted finished.  After that I'm heading into town for a last minute run.  I need to be at the hospital in Sudbury for 11:00 tomorrow morning which means leaving here around 8:30.  Going to be a long day for me tomorrow as I'll be coming home afterwards as long as there are no complications.  Paula is taking me as we have a full house of check-ins tomorrow so Dan needs to be here for that.  I've been watching nature the past week or so and can't believe there are still a few hummingbirds sticking around.  I wouldn'