October 26, 2016 - 7:14 a.m.
Yes, it was still windy yesterday but did settle down somewhat later on in the day. A little calmer this morning but it isn't going to last. It's -4 in North Bay and calling for flurries this morning. I'm heading to town right shortly for an appointment and some errands. Dan took yesterday off as he was feeling a little under the weather. The bug he has is hanging on and the stubborn man won't go to the doctor. There are several viruses going around but this one just won't let go. I cleaned out the fridge and freezers and did some laundry. Made a batch of chilli for supper and put some in the freezer. Dan now has several meals frozen for while I'm away. Phone has been busy with ice fishing inquiries so I'd love to see the ice come on early. Fingers crossed we don't have a repeat of last year! Having to deal with a pressure crack every year is one thing. Having it hazardous to one's well being is another.
October 25, 2016 - 8:45 a.m.
Well now, this wind is just plain ridiculous. It's been blowing for days and according to the forecast, isn't slowing down anytime soon. It was just nasty by the lake yesterday and very unpleasant. Wasn't so bad when I went to my class last night but then we weren't near the water. I certainly won't be working outside until the wind goes away. The cold north wind is keeping temps just around zero, a little higher during the day time but that wind just crusts right through you. Think I'm going to clean my fridge and freezer out today as that needs to get done before my trip. I've already prepared some meals for Dan that I've frozen. Yes, he's a suck. The forecast for Mexico next week is looking iffy but we booked a little earlier this year so it is still technically hurricane season there. A little shower or thunderstorm isn't bad as long as it's short lived. Unlike here where the weather doesn't change for days at a time.
October 24, 2016 - 8:42 a.m.
When the gales of November come early.....my Lord, this wind just hasn't let up and doesn't look like it's going to anytime soon. Just too blustery for me out there today. It settled down a bit overnight but started up again and now it is just howling outside. I'm guessing the gusts are reaching a solid 80 km/hr. Kind of thinking our beautiful autumn weather is definitely a thing of the past. Coats and mittens from here on out. Landscape has changed dramatically over the past few days and most of the colour has changed to dull :( Today I'm working in the office on the Road Committee statements so that can be completed, mailed out and off my plate for another year. Too funny last night. Dan yells at me to come look out the window and "hurry". I'm in a panic thinking something is horribly wrong due to the panic in his voice. He's yelling "It's a UFO". I have to admit, for a few minutes it was but I grabbed the binoculars, handed them to Dan and then I ran outside. It turned out to be a plane as I could clearly hear it once it flew overhead but it was unlike any plane I had ever seen and the lights were all wrong for a plane. They were just all solid white, no blinking and extremely bright. Kind of thinking it could have been military. Scared us both at any rate and trust me, we've seen UFO's three times up here, all in the dead of winter. Twilight zone. Lol.
October 23, 2016 - 7:41 a.m.
I don't know about anybody else but I think this wind can go away anytime. It's been blowing hard since what seems like forever and very brisk. It went below zero last night and I'm marking 3 degrees here. We had a few minutes of flurries yesterday morning and calling for flurries overnight. And so it begins. We've been spoiled up until now. I had a great time yesterday and Ginny was a fantastic hostess, as usual, for our girls night. Food and company awesome. I was home by about 9:30 last night and think everyone else wasn't too far behind me. Not sure what's on the agenda today. It's really too windy for outdoor activities so Dan and I will likely putter around the house. Would be a good day for Dan to have a lie in since he's been going pretty steady all week. None of the deer came up last night which isn't surprising considering they don't like the wind. I'm sure a lot of creatures will be hunkered down today.
October 22, 2016 - 8:01 a.m.
Oh she's a cold one this morning. Showing 3 degrees here with a very chilly north wind. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some water spouts today. Apparently the warmer weather is now a thing of the past. I got busy with things and forgot to update my blog yesterday so my apologies. Didn't do anything outside as it was too miserable for me. Dan was out and about and caught himself a chill so went into town later in the afternoon to get some replacement mulcher blades for his lawnmower. Doesn't take long to dull them when dealing with this many leaves. I cleaned the house, made my dish for ladies night at Ginny's today and then started organizing my packing for Mexico. A little over a week and I'll be sitting by the ocean soaking up the sun.
October 20, 2016 - 6:48 a.m.
Well yesterday was a bit of pain which sorely tested my patience. We had upmteen phone calls from friends, family and customers all concerned about our welfare, so thank you very much for that. Unfortunately, hackers tend to prey on people so the calls and emails were non stop. I had an appointment in town I had to keep combined with several errands so by the time I got home at 4:00, still had the hacker's mess to contend with. Karl, who is my computer guru go to guy stayed on the phone with me until we got everything sorted out. He deserves a major pat on the back. There was no sense even attempting to call Yahoo as they had their hands full with 500 million other customers. Dan mention to me yesterday that Yahoo's stock went down. Lol. At any rate, we're pretty sure the hackers weren't able to get any of our banking information but did get my email contacts so we apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced. The lesson wasn't totally futile as I now know a little more about the world of email. Today is another day and I am spending the bulk of it outdoors as the cold weather is coming our way overnight tonight. It hit a high of 16 and was sunny all day yesterday. Won't be quite as warm today but nice enough to finish burlapping my shrubs and do a few other things to ready the property for winter. I'm also going to cook a few things so Dan is looked after while I'm in Mexico. God knows...I need a vacation. So does Dan but I suppose just me being absent is vacation enough ;)
October 19, 2016 - 7:21 a.m.
UPDATE: Please note we were one of the 500 million yahoo customers to be hacked. If you receive an email from Greening Bay asking for money, please disregard. Hackers unfortunately are a whole other breed of low life's.
Brrr, a tad chilly this morning. Only 3 degrees in the Bay but still around 5 here. We had the strangest weather day yesterday, was almost eery. Dan and I worked outside most of the day as the temperatures hit 21 degrees here. I finished all my outdoor work and even got my two new fruit trees wrapped up for the winter. Was going to start on my shrubs but ran out of burlap and then rain started. Was the strangest thing because the warm southerly wind started to shift direction and Dan was having a difficult time leaf blowing because the wind just kept whirling around every which way. We actually thought we might get some water spouts and saw one trying to materialize but it never did. Instead, we had a couple of good cells rush across the lake; the last little one dropped the temp and you could feel the change from warm air to brisk in about 20 minutes. It's suppose to be sunny with a high of 16 today but the cold front is arriving tomorrow and temps are going to get below zero for several days. At least they changed the forecast from rain to sun. The coyotes were active last night and I had a small herd of deer up on the bedrock for a good portion of the evening. Obviously seeking protection. Our stray cat didn't venture far either. I wish the pack would move on to another neighbourhood as I hate their howling and with the moon glaring last night, they were very loud. I'm heading to town today for an appointment and errands so will be gone most of the day. Hopefully I can enjoy a little sun and a dose of vitamin D later this afternoon. Dan, will as usual, be leaf blowing. The wind yesterday did help clear quite a few trees but there are still lots of leaves yet to fall.
October 18, 2016 - 7:17 a.m.
Had an all around pretty good day yesterday. Dan and I were both working outside for most of it. I was able to pull most of my flowers and put away the last of the seasonal stuff such as beach/cottages chairs, ornamental hangings and pots but before I was able to finish, around 2:00 a thunderstorm accompanied by rain, rolled through. It had been quite chilly and I was wearing a hoodie, a coat and mits. Dan had the leaf blower out (sigh) and had the whole front of the property cleaned up until the storm hit. It was so windy, by the time the storm was done, there were more leaves on the ground then before Dan started. He went out later and cleaned up the new leaves. We have so many on the property it takes a good 3 weeks to clean everything up. I headed to my Spanish class with Ginny and Craig at 6:00, got home at 9:30 and since it was raining, turned the heat on in the house just to take the dampness out. Turned it down before going to bed and woke up to a pleasant 18 degrees. It's very windy this morning with regular gusts of at least 50 km but the wind is so warm it feels lovely. Sun is just starting to come up so looks to me like it's going to be overcast for a while. Going to get out there and finish my work as the warm weather is only sticking around until later tomorrow.
October 17, 2016 - 7:36 a.m.
NOTE: whoever sent us an email yesterday inquiring about our people mover, could you please resend as it was accidentally deleted
It turned out to be a lovely day yesterday. Was cloudy with light brief showers in the morning but the sun came out later on. The temperatures stayed warm but we were expecting a wind storm later in the evening. Thankfully it never really materialized. The wind did pick up after the sun went down but nothing drastic. They are forecasting an abnormal temperature this evening as it's actually going to get warmer through the night but there is some cold weather coming our way by the weekend. Going below zero. I made some kick butt navy bean and ham soup yesterday, did some clean up in and outside and that was about it. I'm working outside today. Not sure about Dan. He hasn't been feeling well for a couple of weeks. Has an awful cough and congested lungs. When my friend Lyn came for a visit in September, she ended up with pneumonia and think she left a little gift for us, meaning a nice little virus. I've had it on and off but not to the extent Dan has. I'm calling the doctor for him this morning as he likely needs an antiobiotic. Rest would do him well also. The deer are definitely in the rut now. Red has been babysitting for a few days now and she and a fawn are the only deer we've seen lately. Hope they all survive the hunt.
October 16, 2016 - 7:45 a.m.
The sun shone for the morning but clouds moved in mid day yesterday. Was a pretty decent day though with temperatures staying quite unseasonal at nearly 20 degrees. I cleaned the house and made a ham and scalloped potatoes (with fixings) dinner while Dan worked outside for most of the day. We invited Ginny, Craig, Donna and Mitch over later on to join us for supper and Dan started an amazing fire as he had old wood he wanted to get rid of. That fire blazed for hours and I finally had to come into bed around 10:30. Dan stayed out for a bit longer until most of the wood was gone but it was still going pretty strongly at 1:00 this morning. We had a little rain overnight so it's out now and the sky is looking pretty gloomy this morning. Calling for thunderstorms later this afternoon which won't surprise me as it's already 16 degrees and going down to 2 overnight. Meaning, gusty winds bringing in a cold front. Still, it's going to be pretty mild all week. This weather is just crazy. We usually have snow by now.
October 15, 2016 - 8:23 a.m.
Yesterday was an okay day. Dan and I puttered around doing odds and ends. Don't what we even accomplished but we kept moving. The Barnier's aren't coming this weekend due to unforeseen circumstances but there will be another time. I'm going to cook a ham I had anyhow and make a nice dinner. I've got a few things I'd like to get done on the house this morning and possibly get a few things done outside. Hopefully the sun will shine at some point but they are calling for showers to start later on and then for the next few days. Something has the deer in the neighbourhood on the run as they haven't been coming up like they usually do. Last night Red showed up with the fawn who had the pus sack (but it has now dissolved and the wee mite is doing much better) and its mother was nowhere in sight. I am planning to walk our woods this afternoon, weather permitting, and see what the heck. Hopefully I can see where the deer have been bedding down.
October 14, 2016 - 8:34 a.m.
I'm glad to see the wind finally die down. Lake Nipissing is much calmer today considering it blew all day yesterday and part of the evening. There were dust devils everywhere around the beach yesterday and even saw a few leaf tornados, for lack of a better term. I guess it wouldn't be autumn without the wind. I cleaned yesterday while Dan does what he does before he zipped into town to return the air compressor to Andy. Only one cottage left to winterized which Dan can do with our compressor once he finishes some maintenance he wants to do. I'm heading to town briefly this morning. Looking at the long term forecast for our area, Environment Canada is showing a very gloomy picture for the next week with no sun at all. I certainly hope that isn't the case but it is currently overcast here and only 6 degrees. Was hoping all the wind from yesterday would have blown these clouds away. Maybe once the sun has been up for awhile, some will burn off. Fingers crossed. Still haven't heard if Dan's family is flying up for a visit but am sure we'll know shortly. It's not so much the coming as the going. Weather needs to cooperate in both directions :)
October 13, 2016 - 8:18 a.m.
Summer yesterday. Winter today. Mother Nature, please make up your mind. Was 22, sunny and gorgeous yesterday and then the wind started around supper. Started out as a southerly wind and felt great but overnight, it changed direction and rained. Woke up this morning to white caps on the lake and a high of +2. Little nippy so the heat is back on and the house will remain closed today. I didn't get the cottage cleaned yesterday as I knew it would be a perfect day today to tackle that job so I'm heading out shortly to do just that. I did do some house cleaning and a little outdoor work yesterday. Dan winterized a couple of cottages yesterday so only has one left before he's completely finished for the season. He's been keeping up with the leaves pretty good and doing a little every day. Too difficult to clean up if he lets them build up. I'm sure this wind cleaned off a lot of trees. I think I was pretty accurate when I said they'll go from green to dead this year. Our one huge maple that always goes a vibrant red is just slowly turning brown so pretty good indication. Even the shoreline is pretty boring this year with mostly yellows. It is what it is. Calls are starting to pick up for ice fishing so if you're planning on booking a trip, pitter patter, best get at'er ;)
October 12, 2016 - 7:28 a.m.
Yesterday was an okay day. Would have been much nicer if the sun had deemed to shine as the temperatures were pretty mild. Reached a high of 17 and suppose to go to 19 today but be overcast with showers later. Back to the cooler weather tomorrow. The weather patterns have been up and down for years now so best get use to it. No complaints as we've not had snow yet. I finished my books yesterday while Dan winterized the trailer park. Another season done. Today I'm cleaning a cottage and will go from there. Still lots to do to shut things completely down for the winter but I'm not busting a gut. It'll all get done before the end of the month. I'm still seeing chipmunks out and about so know we have some time left yet.
October 11, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.
Although it was a little chilly yesterday, it was a gorgeous sunny day. Temperatures reached around 10. I was going to work in the office but decided to take the day doing something good for the soul. I picked Donna up and then we met Ginny, Craig, Richard, Mary, Liz and Annie for breakfast in North Bay. Afterwards we all hiked (with the exception of Annie, who has a bad knee) the Duchesnay Falls trail. Was very enjoyable and I couldn't believe the amount of people out and about. I would really like to start doing more hiking as I love it and there are so many trails around the area. Sundays would be perfect, weather permitting. At least until ice fishing begins, when I have no time for anything. Going to finally finish my books this morning and then pull my flowers. I also need to do one more public bathroom clean as Dan is going to be winterizing today. It's definitely time as the nights have been incredibly chilly, even going below zero some nights. Dan went to town yesterday to borrow Andy's compressor as it is more powerful than ours so does the job in half the time. Going to be noisy outside today once he starts.
October 10, 2016 - 7:36 a.m.
Wow, sure feeling like winter here this morning. Went down to -5 in the Bay overnight and we received our first really heavy frost of the season overnight. Guess that truly is it for the flowers, however, the sun is coming up and it's suppose to be sunny all day with a high of 13, 17 tomorrow. We had a great day yesterday. I worked in the office for about 5 hours and then made devilled eggs for our dinner last night. Ginny and Craig did a great hosting job for the 12 of us and everyone's contribution was gobbled up. Came home and started watching the presidential debate but had to turn it off after 15 agonizing minutes. I'll be so glad when the U.S. election is over. Just getting too painful to watch anymore. My game plan today is to complete my books as I still have a couple of more hours work to do. That'll be a biggie off my plate and I can concentrate on other things this week. I suspect the leaves are going to really start falling after this frost. While sitting around the fire yesterday afternoon we were discussing the leaves. The colour is behind but I think they are just going to go from green to dead this year. Don't have my Spanish class tonight due to the holiday but should probably do some practicing anyhow. Maybe I can practice with Dan lol.
October 9, 2016 - 5:32 a.m.
Dan and I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. I know we are truly blessed with plenty to be thankful for. Now if we could get the weather to cooperate. It was rather chilly and windy yesterday only reaching a high of 12 but calmed down later in the day. Winds picked up again through the evening hours and dropped the temps to +2 in North Bay. We are registering 5 but that is because the lake breeze is warmer than the air. I worked in the office yesterday which is where I'm heading shortly. Would like to get a little more finished on my books before we venture over to Ginny and Craig's for a neighbourhood Thanksgiving dinner. My contribution is a fruit tray and devilled eggs. Looking forward to it. Dan will likely continue his battle with the leaf blower although I may need to reign him in as no one wants to listen to that if their families are visiting. Calling for possibility of flurries this morning but hoping things will calm down and we have a nice day. Still, it's only suppose to reach a high of 9. Reminds me of my sister's wedding here many years ago when she actually thought we would be fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Silly girl.
October 8, 2016 - 7:14 a.m.
I knew I should have put all my flowers to bed yesterday. Was absolutely gorgeous yesterday and reached a high of 25 with plenty of sunshine. Today we are getting Western Canada's weather. The wind started around 5:00 this morning and dropped the temperature to 8 degrees. It's very windy today and Lake Nipissing is getting quite the stir up. Going to be cold for the next few days and even some flurries in the forecast for tomorrow but I'm guessing rain. Not going to be the best long weekend we've ever had. As soon as we have another nice day, I'll pull my flowers and store the pots. Just couldn't bring myself to do it yesterday while the weather was so beautiful. Today I'll likely be in the office working on my books. Might just as well work on them when the weather is less than stellar. Our family decided not to take a chance by flying up for the weekend and can't say as I blame them as it wouldn't be very conducive to outdoor visiting and downright gloomy but they are shooting for next weekend so hopefully the sun will deem to shine.
October 7, 2016 - 8:44 a.m.
It looks like our wonderful weather is sadly coming to an end. Was absolutely summerish yesterday with temps in the 20's and nice warm sunshine. It is registering 17 here currently but the north shore is very dark. Calling for rain today and tomorrow with wind starting later today. Temperatures are dropping to 9 tonight and it won't get much warmer tomorrow as the cold front is coming in. Going to be cold, nearly hitting zero this weekend. I worked in the office yesterday and was going to today as well but Dan needs a few things from town so I'm going as I also have a few errands to run. I'd rather be running around while it is still fairly nice. Hopefully the rain will hold off until much later in the day. Dan's family were going to fly up this weekend but it isn't looking good for them. Still not sure what is coming our way due to the remnants of hurricane Matthew but I'm sure we'll get something.
October 6, 2016 - 8:03 a.m.
What a gorgeous day yesterday. The sun burned off all the cloud cover and was beaming on us for most of the day. It reached a high of 22 and only down to 15 overnight. Going to be another beautiful sunny day judging by the sunrise. I worked in the office yesterday but ended up extremely frustrated as my computer was ticking me off. I generally only use my iPad but do need the computer for certain tasks and I am not a big fan of the new operating system update. Technology is a wonderful thing when it's working properly :) Dan and I took the trailer park hydro reads yesterday so I'm doing the invoicing this morning and then hoping to spend some time outdoors this afternoon. Sadly, I think it's time to discard all my flowers and put the pots in storage for the year. I've been caught having to do it with snow on the ground in the past so today may be the day. I'm happy to report that the little fawn with the big pus sac is doing much better. It was huge and impeding its ability to move properly but has now shrunken in size. Don't know if it burst or has been absorbed but the sweet little thing looks much more comfortable. I still don't think we are going to get much leaf colour this year. At least not nearly as vibrant as past years. Judging by the trees on our property at any rate.
October 5, 2016 - 7:48 a.m.
Well honestly. I don't know where all the sun is the forecast gods have been saying we have. Was suppose to be sunny yesterday, was suppose to be sunny today. It's not. Overcast again this morning but still hoping it'll make an appearance this afternoon. I did office work yesterday, as I am today but would really like to enjoy some outdoors later on. Calling for a high of 22 over the next few days which is unseasonably warm but we'll take it!! The chipmunks and squirrels are still busy collecting food and usually the chipmunks have all hibernated by now. We had a chicken hawk hanging around the bird feeders yesterday. Been picking off the chickadees so I ran it off but am sure it'll be back. I hate predator birds who take prey at feeders. Just doesn't seem right somehow. Dan has been leaf blowing as some trees are dropping their leaves rather quickly. Others haven't even started to change colours. A couple of trees were cut down yesterday as well so that was a mess Dan had to clean up. Sadly trees die and become a hazard but have to say, I've planted no less than 100 trees on this property over the years. Still a few more to come down but due to their location waiting until we have snow so nothing gets damaged when they fall.
October 4, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.
With all the rain we've received recently, it is rather a damp morning. Could feel the cold seeping in last night so had to turn the heat back on even though it hit a high of 17 yesterday. Was beautiful in the sun though. Chilly this morning as it went down to 8 overnight and the sun rise was quite nice but now the cloud cover has rolled back in. The leaves are starting to change colour now but seeing more yellow than anything else. According to Ginny and Craig, who were in the Toronto area this past weekend, we are actually further behind in our autumn colour. That has to be a first. The lake temperature has just reached 15 degrees so that could have something to do with it. Spanish class was good last night and as our teacher is originally from Cuba, I asked his wife, who is Canadian, if their property and family were going to be okay due to hurricane Matthew. Apparently the track is not going to be too near their residence but with the high winds, I'm willing to bet they will have at least minor damage. Feel so badly for Haiti. Those poor people have had so much to contend with in recent years. Still can't believe Florida called for a state of emergency two days ago. Jumping the gun just a tad but I guess it never hurts to be prepared. Prayers with everyone who will be affected.
October 3, 2016 - 8:48 a.m.
I think we received some remnants of the southern Ontario rain yesterday. It pretty much rained ALL day. Finally let up just around dusk last night and the sun briefly peaked it's head out before setting completely but clouds must have moved back in afterwards as it was pitch black out. We definitely have a predator or predators in the neighbourhood as six deer were bedded right down on our bedrock where they obviously feel a little safer. Our friend Eadie told me she briefly saw a very large black animal but didn't think it was a bear as she saw a tail so I'm thinking a lone wolf maybe. Whatever it is, it has the deer on the run and I had 8 of them up around 6:00 last night, including a couple of bucks. Just so you are aware, there is NO hunting on our property so don't even think about it. We have a rough idea who it was that took out 3 deer from the road on our property a few years ago (leaving one to die because you cowards were afraid of being caught) but now that we have the trail cameras up, you'll be caught if you do it again. The deer have been dwindling in our neighbourhood so we're doing what we can to protect them and pretty much everyone is on the lookout. Private property is private for a reason.
October 2, 2016 - 8:40 a.m.
We said goodbye to quite a few people for the year yesterday. Still a few people in the park yet to winterized but it'll all be done today and then Dan will do the property some time next week. Was a nice day considering it was suppose to rain but we did end up with showers overnight. Paula and Alf came for one last dinner and we were all in a lazy mood and in bed early. I think my body is going into hibernation mode as I was in bed shortly after 10:00 and slept in until 8:15. Better start taking some vitamin D. Today I'm cleaning up the kitchen mess as I wasn't in the mood last night and then I'm doing laundry and organizing my business receipts so I can start my 3rd quarter books tomorrow. I also need to do my Spanish homework so I can follow along in class tomorrow. Dan is helping Alf winterized his trailer today so hope it doesn't rain on them. Calling for only a high of 14 today, it's foggy, gray and overcast so a good day for mundane tasks.
October 1, 2016 - 8:43 a.m.
What a fabulous evening we had yesterday! Had our "Thanksgiving" dinner with Paula and Alf, Trish and Larry which was a joint effort consisting of drunken chicken with potatoes, gravy,, stuffing, green beans, cauliflower and beer bread. After the meal, Dan got a ROARING fire going. It certainly kept the cold off of us but a few of us shut it down around 10:00. I'm sure those remaining didn't stay out long past that. The Stars were amazing last night with the Milkway clearly visible and Paula even saw a shooting star. I brought a couple of plants in the house yesterday that I want to keep over the winter. No easy task. I also started bringing in my garden ornaments to wash so I can put them away for the winter. Dan pulled our rental boats out of the water so only the pontoon remaining. Boating is done for the year as there is hardly any water left in Moose Creek. Very low for this time of the season but considering we've had flooding on the property in November a couple of times, I'd rather have this alternative. A few of our neighbours are going to have a difficult time removing their boats as they are now basically sitting on the bottom in silt. Someone asked last night where the turtle have gone. I'd have to say they probably buried themselves in the mud for the winter. 'Tis a beautiful sunny morning and quite mild at 12. Calling for only a high of 17 with showers today, which I hope gets a tad warmer and the rain stays away. It's a shame what is happening in the "Deep South" of Ontario. They have certainly seen their fair share of precipitation over the past few days.
September 30, 2016 - 7:46 a.m.
Sadly, we weren't able to see the Northern Lights last night. I was really hoping for a nice show but think North Bay was too bright. Further into northern rural Ontario probably delivered though. It's a beautiful morning and we had a great day yesterday as well. Suppose to be sunny today but a tad cooler than it has been. Reached 21 yesterday down to 10 overnight. Hopefully the weekend will stay pleasant as the rest of the park is closing this weekend. I did my town run yesterday and picked up a bunch of anti-freeze so Dan can do the winterizing early next week. Looking at some pictures from two years ago, nearly all the trees were bare. This year, they are just starting to turn and the leaves haven't really started to fall yet. Be nice to have some glorious colour for Thanksgiving but think, looking at the long term, the colour won't peak for quite a bit yet. Not sure what is on our agendas today but am hoping to get outside and enjoy the day.
September 29, 2016 - 7:27 a.m.
The sun did make a few appearances yesterday but it wasn't nearly as sunny as they had forecasted. We did reach a high of 19 though so was very pleasant. Suppose to be sunnier today with a high of 21. Wonderful. Definitely seasonally warmer this year. We have another predator hanging around the property. At least it made its appearance known yesterday. Dan and Alf found a dead grouse by the marina. It's head and feet were missing and by the looks of it, they interrupted whatever was lunching on the poor thing. Likely a member of the weasel family and could be the fisher is back. I certainly hope not as they are vicious hunters who clean out a forest in no time before moving on to the next. I certainly don't want to start finding dead animals all over the property again. Last time the fisher was in our woods, I was finding carcasses daily. Sorry for sounding morbid, but it is what is is. At any rate, the grouse went into Moose Creek for the turtles. Hopefully that saved a duck from a similar demise.
September 28, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.
Both Dan and I are feeling much better today so whatever bug we had, is gone. Guess this is the season. Bugs tend to go around when seasons change and this area is no exception. I'm doing "catch up" today. Have one last cottage to clean and I suspect Dan will start taking the boats out of the water soon. This is the last weekend the park will be open so Dan will be winterizing next week. Mixed emotions, for sure. The hummingbirds have all left so although they've been forecasting a warmer autumn than usual, I'm judging by the actions of nature and saying those days are coming to an end. It's suppose to be a high of 19 and sunny today so I'm hoping to do some outdoor work this afternoon. Take advantage before the snow starts to fly :)
September 27, 2016 - 7:06 a.m.
It is totally miserable outside today. It rained all day yesterday and is raining this morning. Good news is, it's suppose to be a high of 19 and sunny tomorrow. I spent yesterday morning and part of the afternoon on the phone working on a pet project. I then studied some Spanish for my class last night. Since we had time, Ginny, Craig and I stopped to pick up a Timmy's coffee. Big mistake for me as I was awake most of the night. Dan woke up yesterday feeling under the weather and by mid afternoon, I felt something coming on. There are a few people in the park fighting something and according to Young's variety down the street, there is a flu going around. Dan had a fever through the night but seems better this morning. I'm okay but need some rest. I did take some flu meds before bed so maybe that's what kept me up. Who knows? I am making chicken soup for the two of us today which should help put us on the mend. Definitely a good day to spend in bed if need be. I
September 26, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.
Bit of a sleepless night for me last night. Dan on the other hand slept like the dead. It was another sunny day yesterday but quite chilly and temperatures never hit the high they were suppose to at 14 degrees. I ended up spending the day doing laundry for both the house and cottages. Since I was going to be stuck by a machine all day, I rented a couple of movies. Thoroughly enjoyed "Concussion" and it's a Lynn recommend. "Me Before you"? Not so much. I'm a happy endings kind of girl. The little fawn with the abscess on her chest came for a visit yesterday with her Mom. It's growing at an alarming rate and she is having a difficult time walking. I did some research yesterday and apparently, abscesses such as these are common and occur due to puncture wounds from travelling through dense bush. They are not harmful to the animal as they are helping to deal with infection and according to what I found, will rupture in time. I'm not sure this is accurate because if the abscess too large, the animal is unable to bow it's head down to eat. Not to mention they hinder the animals ability to run (and escape predators). I guess we will find out. It's painful to watch though.
September 25, 2016 - 6:57 a.m.
Brrrrr, is it chilly this morning! The mist is flowing on Moose Creek and there is so much clinging over the lake we can't see the island in front of our house. Dropped to just 2 degrees overnight but I awoke to a doe and fawn taking a drink on the shoreline of the lake. Guardedly watching me, watching them. Needing my attention first thing yesterday morning, I ended up working on the computer first thing upon waking. I then headed out back to join the gang for a morning pow wow and get some warm morning sun. We had a fire Friday night but it got quite chilly very quickly so Dan and I were in the house shortly after 9:00 and don't think anyone else lasted past 10:00. Another campfire was blazing last night but I opted not to partake and enjoyed some quiet time by myself. I ended up watching a great movie called "The Butler". Going to be another beautiful day today. A lot of the park tenants have been packing up this weekend so suspect it's going to be very quiet around here come next week. Think I'll take advantage of the outdoors today and just enjoy doing nothing that involves work or a computer.
September 23, 2016 - 8:35 a.m.
Had quite an easy day yesterday. Understandably since it rained most of the day and evening. Not a great day for fishing although Lake Nipissing remained calm. After doing a bit of work in the morning, I made a new crockpot potato soup I've been wanting to try. It was a bit too rich for my taste but had good flavour so I can doctor it more to my liking next time. I also made an awesome beer bread so supper was easy. Dan and I had a meeting with LNSA last night which was somewhat productive. Good ideas but now to implement. I've lots on my plate already but willing to help out when I can. Met a few interesting people last night also. We were home in time for me to watch the premier of The Blacklist and it didn't disappoint. I didn't get to bed until late though. Kept hearing a deer snort outside my window. It was there for several hours so must have been resting.
September 22, 2016 - 8:50 a.m.
Well I had quite the restless night last night. Don't know what that was all about as it wasn't even a full moon. I woke up this morning with my head at the other end of the bed so must have really been tossing and turning. Yesterday I did some house cleaning and then made a great batch of beef stroganoff and some homemade cookies for supper. Spent the afternoon doing some research online. I managed to watch the pilot for "Lethal Weapon" last night and quite enjoyed it. Violence with comedy. Lol. It was another beautiful day but they are calling for showers and thunderstorms today as a cooler system moves in. Our fishermen had a tough time getting out of the harbour yesterday but guess the fish they caught was worth the struggle. Today should be the only bad weather day they'll have during their stay as long as the wind doesn't kick up and stick around. Since the winds are due to be blowing north, I wouldn't be surprised if the hummingbirds take advantage and hitch a ride south on it. They are usually gone by this time of year but I've still seen a few around. Love the hummingbirds and will be sad to see them go.
September 21, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.
Another beautiful day yesterday. Temperatures were close to the mid 20's, it was bright and sunny with a mild lake breeze. Lovely. Dan and Alf went to town to pick up an engine and ended up going for a drive. They drove around Lake Nosbonsing in it's entirety which Paula and I did last week. Nice drive and nice to get out and about. I was in town until around 1:00. Have to say they are doing a great job on the resurfacing of Wasi Road (Hwy 654) but a little extra time is definitely needed if you are on a schedule. Lots of construction going on in the Bay as well. Guess it's the season and with the weather being unseasonably warm it is giving extra time for road maintenance projects. Why after 3 long years they are still tying up the Lakeshore exit is beyond me but they need to get that completed asap. Major pain in the butt. Woke up this morning to a doe and her fawn just outside my bedroom window. Hope that's a sign of good things to come today. Never get tired of seeing it. One fawn who I'm assuming pierced itself on something, has a large pus ball between its front legs. If it isn't lanced soon, the poor thing could die. The larger it gets, the more difficult it will be for the poor little thing to eat and run so is easy prey for predators. We had a big doe with one a few years back and our neighbour shot the ball, which drained it and the doe was fine afterwards. So sad to see though but all part of nature.
September 20, 2016 - 7:26 a.m.
Both Dan and I had a busy day yesterday. Not quite sure how much we accomplished but the day flew by. Dan did end up having to go to town for parts so Alf joined him and they went out for lunch. I worked steadily most of the day and then had an early supper before heading into the Bay with Craig and Ginny for my Spanish class. Was a little intense last night but now we can read Spanish pretty well, it's retaining and speaking it that's the problem. A lot of memory work but we should be able to communicate in a Spanish speaking country once the course is complete. I don't think we'll be able to sit down and have full conversations but can likely get what we need. Pretty interesting, very confusing but a lot of fun. I'm off to town again this morning. Another chiropractor appointment and then errands. Going to be another beautiful day, as it was yesterday, even though we had a little rain after dark last night. Sun is shining this morning and it's a little breezy but warm.
September 19, 2016 - 6:42 a.m.
The sun came out periodically yesterday and the temperature was hovering just above 20 so all in all, a nice day. It is somewhat foggy this morning but as the sun rises, should burn off fairly quickly. Calling for a high of 24 today and as all of our pressing work is done, we might just be able to put our feet up for a bit. I have my Spanish class tonight so won't be venturing too far though. Dan graded the beach for likely the last time this year. The water is so low now, haven't seen a lot of boat traffic coming in and out of our harbour this past week. Two boats were put on their trailers yesterday so might be time to put our boats away for the season as well. Most of the trailer park tenants are starting to pack up and take things home as we close on October 1st and then the winterizing begins. I've a few projects to tackle in October and actually looking forward to it. I finally received an appointment with my surgeon on October 25th so hopefully won't have to wait long after that to get the carpal tunnel looked after. A 15 minute operation but months of waiting for the initial appointment. It's been over a year now. Good thing it wasn't something too serious and I'll certainly be glad to get rid of the wrist support I've been wearing all this time. I'll also be glad to finally (hopefully) be able to use my thumb again since it hasn't been able to bend for a couple of months. Never realized how much I need my thumb until I couldn't use it anymore :)
September 18, 2016 - 7:35 a.m.
Great day yesterday but the weather could have been better. We received a ton of rain, on and off all day. The clouds finally parted just around supper time so the stars were out last night. I worked until around 1:00 and then Paula and I began a dominoes game. Ginny and Donna ended up dropping by for a visit and we never did finish our game, which we will because Paula was actually beating me for a change. Lol. Dan and Alf hung out in the shop all day, mostly to repair a light. I cooked supper up at the house for the four of us and Larry and Trish ended up joining us. I made lasagna and spinach salad, Paula contributed her homemade herbed cheesie beer bread, which was delicious and Trish brought the dessert so it was a lovely meal with good company. Afterwards we ventured back to the park and had a nice campfire (once the boys got it going) and just stargazed. Days don't get much better. Have a bit of work again today but want to veg for the most part. The sun looks like it is going to come out so maybe even beach it if it's warm enough. Suppose to be in the 20's and quite pleasant this morning. Maybe sit outside to finish our dominoes game :)
September 17, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.
Wow, what a gorgeous day yesterday. I did some cleaning and then headed outside and cleaned my windows. Was warm and reached a high of 23 but today it's nothing but cloudy and showers. I actually turned the heat on in the whole house last night to get the dampness out. I usually have some heat on by now. Dan worked outside most of the day. Seems like he's using the leaf blower almost daily trying to keep up with the cedar nuts the squirrels are dropping. Although it's been such a dry hot summer, the trees have produced an over abundance of nuts and seeds. Nature's way of feeding itself over a harsh winter. Forecasters can say what they want. I watch nature and we are in for snow and lots of it. Not sure what I'm doing today but we are having company for supper as I made a lasagna. Great day for it as the oven will keep the dampness away although we are hoping for a campfire tonight. Paula and Alf invited us for one last night but neither one of us was up for it. If no fire, there is always dominoes!
September 16, 2016 - 7:59 a.m.
Was a chilly day yesterday and a tad cloudy so did most of my work indoors. I made scalloped potatoes and lasagna (two different meals) in the morning, cleaned the house and then started washing windows but ended up polishing silver jewellery. Figure that one out. Lol. Dan cut some grass and then Paula and Alf joined us for supper, thus the scalloped potatoes. Going to be a nicer day today and sunny so am planning on washing some more windows (those that are shaded) this morning and then hoping to get out on the boat as the temps are due to hit 23. Was cold again last night and down to 9 degrees but looks like it'll be warmer this evening. Still, a roaring campfire will be required if we want to sit out after dark.
September 15, 2016 - 7:38 a.m.
What a very misty morning this morning. It is pouring up the creek and into the bay and is so thick we can't even see Whiskey Island in front of our place. There was a very heavy dew last night as well but perfectly understandable as it was pretty cold last night with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees. Yesterday was rather cool as well but we have some nice weather in the forecast for the next few days. Sunny this morning with a high of 19 and 23 tomorrow. Invited Paula and Alf for supper tonight so am bbq'ing, for sure. Had a busy day yesterday, did some running in town. Today Maureen is coming in to clean a couple of cottages while I tackle a few other things. Definitely starting to wind down around here and suspect the park will be busy this weekend with people getting ready to close their trailers for the season.
September 14, 2016 - 7:37 a.m.
She's a little chilly this morning at 9 degrees celcius. The cold front came in around 11:00 last night when the wind picked up again. Definitely a blow day today and no boats will be leaving the harbour. Dan spent the day with his friends who are visiting the area and had a great time celebrating his birthday. Mr. Funsie was on the circuit. Lol. I had a great day myself. I went to the chiropractor and discovered my pelvis had locked up so one leg was shorter than the other. Explains a lot. He adjusted my back but I have to go back again next week. That said, after my appointment, as Paula was with me, we went for a drive to Mattawa, had a nice lunch, did a little shopping then drove around Lake Nosbonsing. All in all, a very pleasant day. Dan and I really need to start taking Sunday drives and do a little more exploring as it's good for the soul. Today I'm doing my town run since it's cold and overcast. Going to make lasagna for the weekend as it's more conducive than bbq'ing.
September 13, 2016 - 7:51 a.m.
What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Was in the mid 20's, sunny and just a really nice day. I should have held off on my cottage cleaning and enjoyed the outdoors but it had to be done. I cleaned a couple of cottages and then puttered around outside for a bit before having an early supper. Afterwards I headed to North Bay with Ginny and Craig as the 3 of us are taking a Spanish class together. It's a 6 week course geared towards allowing travellers whose destination is a Spanish speaking country, be able to communicate on a limited basis. Our first night was very interesting and very intense but I think I'll be able to use the knowledge I'm going to obtain to my benefit and looking forward to my trip to Mexico this year. I haven't told any of my friends I'm taking the class as I want to surprise them. Besides, it's a fun way to spend my Monday nights this autumn. Who knows. If I find I really like Spanish, I may take a more advanced course afterwards. Today Dan is taking some friends fishing and I am heading to the chiropractor this morning. Not sure what I'm doing this afternoon but will likely have a visit with Paula and Alf as they arrived at the trailer sometime last night. Maybe get in a game of dominoes?
September 12, 2016 - 7:12 a.m.
Saturday night was something else. I couldn't get to sleep which was kind of a good thing as about 2:00 in the morning, the wind came through like a hammer. High winds around 80 km/hr came barrelling through so I ran outside on our deck to get my flower pots to a safer location. When I moved one of the pots, a little bat who was seeking shelter behind it flew up and had to struggle against the wind. Lost sight of it so hopefully the poor thing survived. We lost power as we usually do during inclement weather so was unable to update my blog yesterday. The culprit turned out to be a partially downed birch tree on our road which had fallen on the hydro wires. Power was restored by 11:30 and by that time, I was busy doing clean up. We didn't have one chair remain standing on our beach and our bbq cover ended up on top of the hydro pole on our house rooftop. It's still there as we haven't a clue how to get it down. Dan was busy playing "pick up sticks" most of the day but had the property cleaned up by mid afternoon. Seems most of the damage was around the beach area. We think a down draught might have gone through as there wasn't a lot of damage elsewhere in the area.
September 10, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.
What a beautifully gorgeous day yesterday. Temperatures were very warm but very comfortable and the wind died down mid morning so everyone was fishing. Calm today but calling for rain to start later this afternoon into the overnight hours. I didn't do a lot but did clean my house. Washed all the mats in the house and then hung them outside to dry. I would really love a clothesline but don't think our guests would appreciate seeing my undies blowing in the wind. Lol. I have a little squirrel making quite the racket this morning. He is dropping cedar nuts on our steel roof. Like he doesn't have enough. Been a busy little critter lately and Dan keeps blowing them into a pile behind a cottage (at my request) so he doesn't lose his store for the winter. Quite the pile has been amassed over the past few weeks and once the snow comes, I'm sure there will be snow tunnels from his nest to the food stores all over the place. I'll need to be careful where I step.
September 9, 2016 - 8:24 a.m.
Just a tad late updating this morning. Dan started banging around at 5:00 this morning so after rolling over, took me a while to get back to sleep. What? Does he think this is ice fishing season? Lol. The cold front came in overnight and it is currently blowing out of the west at a pretty good clip. Looking like a blow day at the moment, which I'm hoping will calm down enough so our fishermen can actually get out on the lake. The air is certainly cleaner and the wind is blowing out the clouds so hopefully the daytime heating will settle things down. I feel badly but we can't control the weather. I'm cleaning most of the day today. Cottage for sure and want to tackle my house and do a little de-cluttering as I'd like to do a little painting next week. Mainly Dan's man cave aka "Stinky's Room". Going to be a project but should only take a couple of days. Should save it for after we close for the season but I already have a pretty long "honey do" list :)
September 8, 2016 - 7:51 a.m.
Yesterday was busy for the most part. I got Lyn to the airport and off on the first leg of her journey home to Chatham. Was a great visit and I think she could have easily spent another week here as she was loving the peace and quiet, that is nature. We didn't get any thunderstorms overnight, at least that I heard but we did get some rain which is welcome. It was starting to get quite dusty again and everything needed a drink. It's currently overcast with very comfortable temperatures at around 20 degrees but the cold front is due in today. I just spent the past 30 minutes outside waiting to get a video of the Canadian geese in their natural habitat, taking flight. Must say, they still need some practice forming their "V" shape during lift off especially if they are planning a long flight south. We have quite the large flock residing in our bay as we do every year but it will still be another month or so before they leave permanently. To see the video I took this morning, please go to Greening Bay's Facebook page.
September 7, 2016 - 7:28 a.m.
What a scorcher of a day yesterday. Very hot and very humid and temps reaching 30 degrees in some places. Very uncomfortable and didn't get below 20 overnight. Very gray and foggy this morning but can see a bit of a lightening sky on the horizon. I don't think see we'll any rain just yet but likely this evening. Had a great day in town yesterday and hoping to veg today with Miss Lyn before taking her to the airport this afternoon. Dan was up at 5:00 this morning banging around so not sure what's on his agenda today but can pretty much guarantee he'll be needing a nap this afternoon :)
September 6, 2016 - 7:33 a.m.
We certainly can't complain about the weather we've been experiencing in recent days. Another gorgeous day yesterday with a high of 27 and plenty of sunshine. I worked for a good part of the day as Maureen is coming in today to clean so needed to get a few things organized. Donna dropped over for a quick visit in the afternoon and Lyn vegged all day. I have been keeping her pretty busy so not surprised she needed a break. Today we are heading into town for a bit of shopping and some lunch. Lyn has been here for several visits in the past but has never really seen much of North Bay. Not quite sure what the weather will bring as it's suppose to be scorching hot but that could also bring a thunderstorm our way. Calling for rain tomorrow but we could use it. It's starting to get dry and dusty again and I needed to do some watering yesterday even though the nights have been cooling right down.
September 5, 2016 - 8:40 a.m.
This is most certainly shaping up to be a most awesome weekend. We had another good day with friends, sunshine and great food yesterday. I don't know what I did for most of the day yesterday but I didn't stop. Once I did, Lyn, Dan and I headed over to Donna and Mitchell's around 4:00 for a friend/neighbourhood gathering. Had a great time, enjoyed a campfire and headed home around 9:30. We had plans to go to the French River today but they have fallen through due to unforeseen circumstances so not sure what we are doing today. I think Lyn and Dan are socialized out and will likely just want to veg today. I have a cottage I could clean if I am so inclined but definitely want my work done by noonish as it's going to be hot (high of 26 not including the humidex) and sunny. Just looking forward to enjoying this beautiful weather today.
September 4, 2016 - 8:27 a.m.
Another wonderful day yesterday. Dan and I worked in the morning and then headed out on the pontoon with Annie and Lyn around noon. We putted around and ended up at the waterfront in North Bay. Headed over to the Manitous and then South Bay. Had just a great afternoon. We headed back to shore and put on a fry. All around great day and everyone tucked in early, most by 9:00. Another warm sunny day in store and we are going to Donna and Mitch's later this afternoon for a last "summer potluck meal" get together. Won't be long before the potato salad and devilled eggs are replaced with chili and homemade soup. Couldn't ask for a better weekend of sun and fun!!
September 3, 2016 - 8:05 a.m.
Just a wonderful day yesterday. Was very cool in the morning but much to our surprise and delight, it warmed up very nicely in the afternoon. The temperature didn't get much higher then 20 but sitting in the sun was plenty warm enough for bathing suits. Lyn and I went over to Annie's for an afternoon visit and ended up having some of our neighbourhood friends join in. Annie made her awesome nachos and then cooked up some corn and hot dogs for everyone. Was an excellent day. Home early and all in bed by 10:00. I have a check out this morning and then I think we are heading out on the boat. I would really like to go down to the French today but that'll depend on what time we are able to get away. I have prepared everything for a fry this evening so at least supper is already made. We are definitely enjoying the most out of this last long weekend of the summer as autumn is in the air. The cool nights (we could see our breath last night) are upon us so the amazing hot weather is on the way out.
September 2, 2016 - 6:55 a.m.
Had a pretty great day yesterday even though the weather could have been better. Was overcast, windy and quite chilly so I made a pot of chili for lunch and put some chicken and vegetables in the crock pot for supper. I also tidied the house and while I was doing that Lyn zipped into town for what was suppose to be breakfast items (since I only have smoothies). Five bags later, I don't think Lyn is going to starve on this visit. Lol. Silly girl. Afterwards, the two of us did some weeding, deadheading and watering. I am hoping for another month of blooms as the flowers have new growth after pretty much perishing in the drought this summer. With the cooler weather, most of them should come back. I do think we are in for early snow this year and noticed Red (our resident deer) last night is already starting to molt. Won't be long before she gets her winter coat and colour. It is still chilly this morning as it dropped to 7 degrees overnight and the wind is still blowing out of the north but the sun is out and the wind suppose to settle down. Lyn and I are heading to Annie's this afternoon. We were hoping for weather warm enough to swim but may just have to settle for keeping warm in the sun and out of the wind. See what the day brings but am sure we'll have a great day regardless. Shaping up to be a nice, if not a tad busy weekend.
September 1, 2016 - 7:53 a.m.