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April28, 2017 - 6:52 a.m.

It's a sign of the times we are living in but the weather was crazy yesterday.  We maxed out here at 30 degrees celcius and it was so hot, I had to call it a day around 2:30.  It was like the hottest day in July but wasn't to last.  The storm arrived around 6:30 and I sat outside to watch the approach.  Was something to see the ominous clouds over the lake.  I could feel the temperature begin to drop as it was just like a pocket of cold air but we had a little hail so I headed indoors.  The thunder and lightning continued for a good two hours and the rains were very heavy at times.  The house was still 26 degrees inside when I went to bed as we closed it all back up during the storm.  I didn't turn the heat on but looks like I may have to eventually as the temperatures did drop to 6 overnight here.  Crazy!  Dan checked the docks and back of the property just as the storm was beginning and the water had risen a foot so there must have been a storm surge because after it was over the water had receded.  I know Sudbury area was hit pretty hard but haven't heard of anything too severe in this area.  I managed to pull all my seasonal stuff out of storage yesterday so today, since it's indoor weather, I am painting and repairing a few things.  Looks like a miserable week ahead with cool temps and lots of precipitation in the forecast.  After breaking a high temperature record yesterday, it's safe to say "don't mess with Mother Nature".

April 27, 2017 - 8:05 a.m.

I thought I would sit outside and enjoy my coffee this morning.  Rooster across the creek is crowing big time.  It's already 17 degrees and heading to the mid 20's today.  Sadly, it isnt going to last.  We are suppose to get thunderstorms this afternoon and evening as it's dropping to only 5 degrees overnight.  Mother Nature is a big tease.  The wind has already started to pick up but I don't think this front is going to come in like a hammer as the winds are only suppose to be 20 with gust up to 40 km/hr.  I've some more raking I'd like to get done today so better get my shorts and t-shirt on and get at it.  Dan is fertilizing the grass today so it's on before the rain.  The grass has already started greening but there are spots that need it.

April 26, 2017 - 7:06 a.m.

What a glorious day yesterday...at least the morning was quite beautiful.  It reached 20 degrees with the sun shining so I did about 4 hours of raking.  I agitated the grass before the rain started around 1:30.  It was a light rain at first but as the day progressed, so did the rain and continued throughtout the evening hours.  Lots of people are antsy to get into the trailer park when the weather gets this nice but after tomorrow, we're back to seasonal, if not cooler temps.  Just in time for the weekend, as usual.  Completely overcast this morning but warmer temps prevailing and hopefully some sun this afternoon.  I have to zip into town this morning but would like to work outside this afternoon.  I think we have a predator scouting out my bird feeder, likely a chicken hawk as I've seen it sitting on the telephone wires on Birchgrove.  I've yet to see it but have found evidence and can also tell when it's hunting as the birds make a ruckus and then go completely quiet.  Minnows and or pike spawn must be in the shallows of the bay now as the Merganzers have been feeding along the shoreline for the past few days.  Haven't seen any loons or swans this spring in our bay and since the maple buds are already starting to drop, we likely won't as they generally come before the trees start to pop with leaves.

April 25, 2017 - 8:08 a.m.

It was a nice day yesterday although the wind was quite brisk.  I worked outside all day putting up a deer guard around the entire bedrock garden and a few young flowering/fruit trees.  It literally took me all day because the bedrock is so uneven.  Doesn't look the greatest either but seems to be doing the trick.  When the deer came up last night, the trepidation at seeing the guard was quite comical but once they realized it wasn't going to harm them, they settled down.  Same thing this morning.  I'm only leaving it up long enough to allow everything to grow and until the deer start having their babies as they tend to disappear for a month during that time.  Dan pulled all the boats out of storage and took them down to the marina.  He may start cleaning them today but has to see how things go.  It involves turning the outside water on and lots of power washing.  Calling for warmer temps at +15 today but possibility of showers.  I think we will actually get rain as I saw the "beach" front clouds overhead yesterday which indicate a change in weather.  Could just be the fact it is suppose to hit 26 degrees this week.  That's July weather but I'll certainly take it.  Doing some raking and other garden prep today but I really need some new soil to finish the job.

April 24, 2017 - 7:38 a.m.

I have to say, I'm really liking the Weather Network's long term forecast vs Environment Canada's.  One is calling for much warmer temps with plenty of sun and the other is all doomy and gloomy.  We received some sporadic wide spread showers yesterday so I went to town.  I really think I'm too early for garden merchandise as no one really had anything out yet.  Most of the gardening centres are just starting to set things up.  I did manage to get the plastic chicken wire I needed and can hopefully get it all set up today but that is going to depend on if the ground is thawed enough.  Still running into frost on the property.  Lake Nipissing was declared free of ice yesterday so we are ahead of last year's schedule when it didn't fully come off until May 5th.  Calling for a possibility of showers today so I will do what I can outside until either it starts to rain or I run out of juice.  Currently -3 in North Bay and only suppose to reach a high of +9 but for now, the sun is shining.

April 23, 2017 - 7:49 a.m.

It was nice and sunny yesterday but still cool by the lake.  It didn't seem to warm up until the late afternoon.  Dan and I both did some outdoor work, though not a whole lot of it.  Dan played "pick up sticks" and got a fire going to burn all the branches.  Can't believe how much "debris" materializes over the course of the winter, especially after we had since a very windy autumn.  I did some garden work and covered all the bushes with chicken wire that the deer tend to decimate every spring.  I'm thinking I might fence in the whole bedrock garden this year, at least until the plants are big enough to withstand the nibbling.  We had some ice fishing garbage start to wash up on shore.  Namely blocking, which isn't too bad.  Can get rid of it easily enough if we can't reuse it.  The winds are due to shift to the northwest this afternoon which means much cooler temperatures and possibly rain on the way.  It hit +11 yesterday afternoon, down to +3 overnight but suppose to hit -6 tonight.  We need the minus temperatures to buggered off now.  Not good for the spring flowers...

April 22, 2017 - 9:08 a.m.

Ladies night was a huge success at Debbie's yesterday.  We started at 3:00, gorged ourselves on too much food, had some laughs and good conversation but we were all petered out by around 8:30.  Sucks to get old.  Lol.  I came home and ended up reading until around midnight and slept in this morning.  Dan's already headed outside as we finally got some sunshine.  Not very warm next to the water though and currently +4.  I'm working outside today for sure if I am not required to help LNSA with the roe collection at Wasi Falls.  Pretty sure they have enough volunteers though.  We are heading into some nicer weather this week and I noticed at Debbie's that all her spring bulbs have started to come up.  Her daffodils are on the verge of blooming.  Time for me to clean out the bedrock garden and put some protection up so the deer don't eat everything.  They've already been nibbling on things up there and it's likely my glads.  Same thing every year...

April 21, 2017 - 7:27 a.m.

Pretty great day yesterday.  Not sure what Dan did but I know he burned the entire old decking from Cottage #4 as well as some major wood that washed up on our beach yesterday morning.  I prepped the pork tenderloin for the wonton soup I'm making today.  It's ladies night so that's my contribution.  I cleaned the house and did some laundry and in the afternoon headed out to Wasi Falls for the annual LNSA (Lake Nipissing Stockholders Association) collection of walleye roe.  I volunteered to help but they had plenty.  May be required on Saturday though.  What a great learning experience.  The MNRF collects the male and female walleye where they are separated by sex into holding pens.  They are then milked for their eggs or sperm and put back in another pen for tagging and measurements before being released.  None of this hurts the fish.  The eggs/sperm are then put into a solution for two minutes to help keep them from clumping and then rinsed for 5 minutes before being put into a barrel for an hour in order to properly fertilize.  At this stage, the eggs need to be stirred constantly using a feather so as to not damage the eggs.  After the hour period is up, the eggs are placed in a bucket for transport to the hatcheries where they remain for 3 weeks before being released to the same area they were taken from.  LNSA collects 2,000,000 eggs each year and it is done strictly by volunteers.  This has been ongoing for 30+ years so kudos to the organization.

April 20, 2017 - 6:28 a.m.

It looks to be another gloomy rainy day today.  Rained yesterday morning and looked like it was actually going to clear up but never did.  Calling for rain again today and tomorrow.  So much for getting my books done so I can work outside.  I did my town run yesterday and saw the first beaver mortality of the season along Hwy 11.  There have been a couple of dams near the highway close to the Ottawa cutoff as you're coming into North Bay for years.  Every year, there are several beavers, normally the kits that are hit by cars, yesterday was a big old adult.  The city knows these dams exist, why they never relocated these poor things is beyond me.  Different subject now, different rant.  Is it just me and my age or do young people today have an attitude?  Bought groceries yesterday and as I always help pack, noticed the cashier had put my eggs on the bottom of my bag.  I said, "You seriously packed my eggs on the bottom?" as I promptly removed them.  She says, "Well I was just going put light things on top."  I told her I'd look after them and you should never do that.  Well.  Talk about attitude after that.  Lol.  It's a shame employers don't take the time to train kids properly because as much as they think they know it all, they really don't.  End rant.  The frogs were trilling in Moose Creek last night but not this morning so the water temp is likely just on the border of the right temperature.  Although the ice had blown out of this area, the winds shifted and blew some back.  Callander Bay was free and clear yesterday but again, the wind shifts it around.  Won't be long, especially if we get this rain that the lake will be declared "ice free".  LNSA is starting the restocking program today so the spawn must be in full gear.  I know the pike have been spawning in the creek for the past couple of weeks but should be nearly finished.  Once the frogs start trilling, it usually means the spawn is over, at least in the warmer tributaries.

April 19, 2017 - 7:05 a.m.

Well, well, well.  We got up this morning to a balmy 9 degrees, warm offshore wind and there is water as far as the eye can see.  Either the ice completely melted or it sank.  Can still see where there is ice on the north shore so perhaps it just all blew over there but with the ice being gone, should warm things up considerably.  Still lots piled up on the island though so hopefully the rain coming our way today (if we get it) will help with that melt.  I worked in the office all day yesterday and have closed the books for another 3 months.  So glad to get that nasty chore off my plate so I can concentrate on outside work and property clean up now.  Lots of raking to be done.  Nick and Dan (mostly Nick as Dan wasn't suppose to be doing anything but did) built a new deck on cottage #4.  Started around 10:00 and were completely finished by 7:00 last night.  The dream team.  Looks awesome.  It's bigger this time around with bench seats.  Always something...

April 18, 2017 - 6:54 a.m.

We have a beautiful sunrise this morning and it is suppose to stay sunny most of the day before shower clouds move it.  The temperatures plunged below zero overnight though and it's currently -5.  Lots of frost for the sun to melt and I really wish it would stay above zero.  Lots of ice melt yesterday even though the temperatures weren't that nice.  I think the warmest it got was +3.  It's still that time of year when you have to record temperatures in the plus or minus.  Lol.  We are in for some precipitation this week but it will bring May flowers.  I think we will lose most of the ice in the bay today providing more doesn't float in but the ice pile up on the island will likely be there's for some time.  It's huge and clearly visible from shore.  Pretty cool actually.  I worked in the office for a bit yesterday and am heading there again right shortly.  Rick came out to work on his boat, which is currently in our shop.  I could tell Dan was biting at the bit to help but he can't do anything of the sort just yet.  Still has another week to go and he's starting to get restless.  He needs to follow doctor's orders but I don't think the doctor has ever met anyone like Dan before.  Lol. 

April 17, 2017 - 7:31 a.m.

We had a pretty good day yesterday.  I made a spiral ham with scalloped potatoes, squash and green beans for our Easter supper so we'll be eating ham for awhile.  It rained all day so no outdoor activities for us.  It's currently overcast but calling for some sun today.  It's pretty chilly and likely staying that way until we get some southerner winds.  The ice on the lake is on the move, has started breaking up and moving into the shallower waters.  All tributaries and ditches are full and moving fast so won't be long, if we get some sun and warmer weather, until the ice disappears.  Lots of pile ups are visible from shore where it is getting caught up on rocks and islands.  The rain has helped to green the grass up so should be food available now for the wildlife.  I'm heading out to look after a friend's cat and then planning on sitting in the office for the rest of the day.  I'm really having a hard time getting motivated right now for some reason.  One could say I'm very lethargic.  Must be age.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

April 16, 2017 - 7:48 a.m.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!  Hope those of you who are able have had a great weekend with family and friends and safe travels.  It is extremely foggy here today and fairly mild at 9 degrees but that is all about to change.  The northern winds are due in which will blow any remaining fog out of here but calling for temperatures to drop with thunderstorms, rain and possibly snow this evening.  It's not going to get extremely cold but will go below zero.  Sigh.  Sadly, we received news that Jim Harney passed away yesterday.  He was a very talented songwriter and musician from North Bay who was very involved in the community and who also did a lot of charity work.  He has several original CD's and recently appeared on stage as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.  Many have seen Jim perform solo as well as with his good friend Bob Wills under the stage name the Tequila Brothers.  They have actually played on our beach.  Going to be a huge loss in the area, for sure.  Rest in peace brother.

April 15, 2017 - 7:12 a.m.

I had a pretty good day yesterday.  I cleaned the house in the morning and did some laundry, the usual.  Then I made chicken parmesan for supper before heading outside.  We had a few people drop by since the sun was out.  It was likely much warmer in town but quite chilly by the lake.  Only reached a high of +11 so looked much nicer than it actually was.  I uncovered some shrubs and fertilized them.  Couldn't do all of them just yet as there is still frost in the ground.  Not sure if the cherry tree I planted last year survived as the deer got it in the fall but I encased it in chicken wire yesterday after removing the burlap so am hoping for the best.  I woke up to a couple of deer frolicking out in the water, likely after getting a drink.  They brought the rest of the herd with them as there were at least 17 waiting breakfast this morning.  They are calling for showers and thunderstorms today so that could be why so many came up this morning.  I really have the catch-22 thing happening here.  I love the deer but they love my gardens, especially this time of year.  As soon as they begin having their babies, most of them will disappear so I don't mind giving them corn and oates after coming off the winter.  Red is really looking old and especially tired these days.  She hasn't bred for a few years so she's at the end of life cycle.  She is the only one I can really distinguish from all the others whether she is in the herd or alone and she is also the friendliest likely because we saved her all those years ago.

April 14, 2017 - 7:38 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday but still a tad chilly by the lake.  The colder night time temperatures are keeping the ice from melting but there is rain in the forecast tomorrow and Sunday.  Sunday for sure as it usually rains Easter Sunday.  I did some work yesterday morning and then headed to town for errands and to pick up a spiral ham.  We ended up going to Donna and Mitchell's later in the afternoon for a couple of hours.  I had to pick something up but it was so nice on their deck, we stayed.  Ginny was also there and a few neighbours dropped in briefly to say hi.  So nice to see people out and about.  Have a suggestion though...next time you are going for a walk, please take a garbage bag with you and pick up any litter you see along the side of the road.  There is a ton of it this year and it can be very detrimental to wildlife.  They will thank you for doing your part.  People who deliberately litter should be ashamed of themselves.  Ok, rant over.  Not as warm as I thought this morning because the sun is just getting started but it's suppose to hit 13 today.  I'm working outside and hoping the ground has thawed enough for me to uncover my new fruit trees and shrubs.  If not, I'm going to start some clean up, likely raking, cleaning out the planters, etc.  This time of year I'll be outside when the weather cooperates.  Anyone travelling this Good Friday, be safe.

April 13, 2017 - 8:27 a.m.

Little late this morning.  It's been a long few days so I obviously slept in this morning.  Took Dan to the hospital in Newmarket yesterday to have his procedure completed.  He had to get more needles to freeze his hand but these weren't as intense as the previous day.  After the freezing was complete, the surgeon straightened Dan's hands by breaking the bands of dupuytrens and you should have heard the cracking.  Pretty cool.  After that, they splinted his hand which he needs to wear for a solid couple of days and then just at night but light duty only for 2 weeks.  Dan also has hand exercises he has to do 5 times a day.  My job is to make sure he follows instructions.  We left the hospital for home and since I was driving, stopped at Webers for lunch.  I've never been there.  The burgers were good but don't know why all the hoopla.  I mean, they are better than McDonald's but not as good as mine.  Lol.  We also stopped at the Muskoka Store only because I was hoping for some pre-tourist deals on last year's stock.  Nope.  Nice product, way over priced but hey, the tourists like it.  I did buy some new moccasin slippers as my existing pair are on their way out and was able to get a decent price.  The Hollywood folk were doing some filming at the farmhouse on Birchgrove when we went by on our way home.  Getting quite a lot of B-movie folk up in the area of late.  We ran into some rain and snow on the way home but nothing major.  The water levels are definitely high right now but should recede quite quickly.  Our bay is slowly melting and the ice is on the verge of sinking but it'll take wind to blow the ice into the shallower warm bays to melt it faster.  Sunny today and can feel that it is going to warm up fairly quickly.  Suppose to reach +11 and I think it will.

April 12, 2017 - 7:23 a.m.

We did run into some freezing rain on our way to Newmarket yesterday morning but it was brief.  Once we got past Huntsville, which seemed to get the worse of it, things were fine.  Lots of salt trucks out so that helped.  Dan had his procedure yesterday and I've never seen him in so much pain as when the surgeon was actually injecting him as the needle is inserted directly and deep into the tendon with no antaesthetic.  Poor guy.  Today we are returning to hospital as the surgeon now needs to freeze his hand and break the dupuytrens and then splint his hand for a good week.  The hard part is already over so hopefully things are on time this morning and we can head home before noon.  We did do a little shopping yesterday as Dan wanted to go to Bennett's Golf Carts.  We bought some parts for our carts but I had a hard time getting Dan out of there as a particular cart really caught his eye.  No, no, and no.  Lol.  We also stopped at TSC as it was next to the pharmacy and we had to wait on Dan's painkillers.  They had deer feed on sale so we bought all they had, which was 9 bags.  Funny enough, our cashier was from North Bay originally so I think I now have another blog follower.  Small world.  Weather in the Toronto area today is chilly and overcast at 6 degrees but sun is due out.  Still warmer than North Bay which is calling for freezing rain again this morning.  Hopefully all the bad weather is gone for our trip home.  If Dan is up to it, we are stopping at the Muskoka Store on the way home to break up the trip a bit.  Love that place.



April 11, 2017 - 5:03 a.m.

What fickle weather we have been having.  It hit 21 here yesterday and felt down right summery.  I spent the morning cleaning the house while Nick and Dan torn down the deck on cottage #4, which is being rebuilt.  I headed outside and was finally able to pull up the last of the electrical cords from my Christmas decorations and put them away.  Was just going to start removing the burlap from my shrubs when it started to rain.  Within two minutes, the lightning started and put on quite the show.  It was a brief show, only about 20 minutes but pretty intense.  Had some torrential rain, especially out on the lake which caused a huge blanket of fog to roll onshore.  Rained on and off for most of the rest of the day and part of the evening.  Have a light freezing happening right now but it isn't suppose to last long before turning back to rain.  Hopefully they've salted/sanded the roads well as Dan and I are on our way to Newmarket right shortly.  Dan is having a procedure done on his hand to hopefully get rid of his dupuytrens.  Hope all goes well for him as it's been a long time coming.  Aren't we a pair?

April 10, 2017 - 6:08 a.m.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning for some reason.  The ducks are already quacking and the robins singing and dawn is just breaking.  Too early to tell if it'll be a red sky with a warning.  They are calling for freezing rain overnight tonight and into Tuesday morning but Environment Canada is a little confusing with their forecast today so not sure if it still applies to our area or not.  Sturgeon Falls hit 21 yesterday, which I'm pretty sure is a record.  We managed 19 here.  I did some work in the morning but headed outdoors after lunch.  Had a visit with some tenants who dropped out to check on their trailer then went for a walk.  Went back into our bush and got bug bites for my trouble.  I'm pretty sure it was the first mosquitoes of the season but could have been black flies.  They come out at 17 degrees celcius and I noticed blow flies, spiders and various other insects out yesterday.  Something has to feed the birdies.  Was so nice though that we turned off all the heat and opened the house right up.  Nice to get some fresh air moving through after the long cold winter.  It is still 11 degrees here this morning but the winds are due to shift from the north later this afternoon.  Always gets colder during a full moon.  Amazing how it affects our climate on earth.

April 9, 2017 - 8:40 a.m.

Oops, we slept in this morning.  I read until 12:30 last night and then was up a few times during the night.  Full moon fast approaching so was a little restless.  It's a beautiful morning so I'm having the first coffee of the season on my back deck.  That is, the deck overlooking the bedrock vs the lake which is still too cool to sit on.  Sky is a bit hazy but still getting some sun on me and I'm watching six deer have their breakfast.  Birds are singing also so quite enjoyable.  One lonely goose is making a racket in the creek so must be waiting on its buddies.  Glorious day.  Not going to last though.  Suppose to be warm today with rain and thunderstorms coming in tonight.  A good thunder dunder would be all right!  Dan and Nick went to Bonfield yesterday to pick up our sled which was in for yearly maintenance.  Needs a new battery but no sense replacing it until the fall.  Worked outside yesterday for about 3 hours (after cleaning the house) and although the sun was shining brightly, it was a tad chilly from the northern wind.  Looked a lot warmer than it actually was.  South winds came in overnight. The ground is still too frozen to get going on garden prep but I did pull a few seasonal things out of storage.  Yep, getting antsy...

April 8, 2017 - 8:04 a.m.

It's a little crisp out this morning at -4 but the sun is shining brightly and it's suppose to reach a high of +11 today.  There is a very light layer of ice on most of the bay this morning but it is already starting to melt.  Calling for lots of rain starting tomorrow for a few days so that will help.  Seems like it's taking a while for the ice to breakup this year but I think that's just my impatience.  I can remember raking along the breakwall by the water a few years back.  It felt like it was about 20 degrees and I hadn't a t-shirt on when some ice sunk and it sent a blast of cold heavy fog onshore which dropped the temperature, just in spots, about 10 degrees.  That's happens quite often this time of year.  I think I'm going to take advantage of the weather today and transplant my house plants outside once it warms up.  Saves making a mess in the house.  Not sure what else is on the agenda but I'm definitely going for a walk.  I need some exercise that doesn't involve housework.  

April 7, 2017 - 7:38 a.m.

We woke up to big old turkey vulture sitting on the edge of the shoreline this morning.  I think it had itself a bird bath because it was wet.  Gone now but it was a big sucker.  Thought at first it was an eagle as we usually see them here this time of year.  It started snowing yesterday shortly after I updated my blog and continue most of the day and overnight.  Huge heavy flakes but the north wind picked up considerably and blew everything inland from what I can tell.  Nothing really accumulated because it was above zero but did make everything a sloppy slushy mess until the temps went below zero (combined  with the wind chill factor).  The water in the bay didn't freeze and the temps are going to at least +4 today with some sun so that's a good thing.  Hopefully this is the last blast of winter snow but we've seen it here as late as the end of May.  It's the winds I don't care for but we'll get plenty of that as we do every year - it helps break up the ice and move it into the shallow bays to melt.  Our power went out briefly sometime through the night as everything was flashing this morning but it was on when we got up.

April 6, 2017 - 7:18 a.m.

A cold front is on its way through.  A little chillier then it's been this morning and calling for snow mixed with rain today.  Seriously?  Old man winter needs to go back to bed.  Our bay is filling up and lots of water fowl, including seagulls are enjoying it.  Pretty sure what water we do have won't freeze as it's moving too quickly but you never know.  The Mergansers showed up sometime yesterday and I also heard the Wood ducks back in the creek.  Dan saw a mink yesterday by the back of the property.  Likely looking for crayfish.  Or chipmunks.  I worked in the office yesterday until around 1:00 and then came home and made a pot of hearty wonton soup for supper.  My take on it anyhow.  Was delicious and think I might just make that for my next girls night.  Likely doing more bookwork today as I need to get the first quarter completed.  Dan finished putting his golf cart back together as the new seat covers arrived yesterday (after a 3 week ordeal).  Sure looks awesome.

April 5, 2017 - 7:44 a.m.

It wasn't that nice weather wise yesterday so Dan and I went to town and did some errands.  I bought some netting to protect a few young fruit trees I planted last year.  They are still covered in burlap so once I uncover them, they need protection from the hungry deer.  They cleaned the leaves off them a couple of times last year.  Goes with the territory and I have the same battle every year but I'd rather have the deer around.  Such peaceful gentle creatures.  Unlike the cashier we ran into at Metro yesterday.  The store had T-bone steaks on sale for $5.99/lb.  Two steaks per package and only one package per customer.  So how are you suppose to feed a family of 4?  At any rate, an elderly couple were in front of us in line and were buying a package each.  The cashier just reamed them out and said it was one package per family.  Really?  Dan was so incensed at how they were being treated he walked back to the meat department to check the sign which clearly stated "one per customer".  This couple was likely on a fixed income and weren't doing anything wrong.  This cashier went totally off on them to the point I couldn't keep quiet any longer.  I asked her what difference it made if they were together or not when they were buying one each and does the store actually want to sell steaks or not?  It was clearly a marketing ploy to get people in the store but after seeing this poor couple berated and belittled, I think that ploy just cost them 4 customers.  I was mortified and told the cashier she should be ashamed of herself.  Obviously I'm still upset by the whole thing.  Bullies picking on the elderly is not cool.

April 4, 2017 - 7:15 a.m.

Woot!!  It reached 14 degrees celcius here yesterday, the warmest day on record for 2017 so far.  Was t-shirt weather and beautiful.  I finally was able to get all my Christmas decorations put away but there are still a few electrical cords stuck under snow/ice piles.  Will hopefully get them by the end of the week.  The only snow we have left are the heavily shaded areas or where it's been piled up.  Moose Creek flowing at a good clip so starting to fill the bay but has a long way to go just yet.  Lake Nipissing went opaque and most areas staying that way.  There was another person go through the ice yesterday who needed rescuing.  They were by a tributary for heaven's sake.  Need to use your heads people.  Stay away from the ice now, it hasn't been safe for awhile.  The deer are back to coming up regularly now.  A solid herd of 12 deer for the time being.  Some looking worse than others but not too skinny for the most part.  They'll all stick around for a few weeks until they're food is available and the birthing season begins.  After that it will likely just be 4 or 5.  Red, for sure as she's no longer breeding; with some of the yearlings.  I just love the fact that Red made it through the winter.  Such an old friendly gal.

April 3, 2017 - 8:19 a.m.

We have certainly lost a lot of snow over the past few days.  The trailer park is now showing large areas of grass so quite a few robins have returned and was lovely listening to them sing this morning.  The deer up this morning definitely have their molting going on.  Moose Creek is flowing nicely but not hard enough to dredge yet.  Calling for heavy rain later today and tomorrow so that should help things along.  The bay is slowly starting to open but water levels not rising just yet.  See what happens this week with all the rain in the forecast.  This will be a good week to get my office work caught up.

April 2, 2017 - 8:07 a.m.

Had a great day yesterday at Mitch and Donna's.  Weather cooperated and gave us a nice warm sunny day.  Not sure what the temps got to but I'm guessing around +10.  A lot of people out and about and a few friends and neighbours seeing the fire, dropped in for a visit.  We roasted weenies which we all seemed to think was a good idea since they were inhaled. Donna also had moose and venison stew as well as Dan's chicken and sliders so plenty of food.  We got home just before 7:00 and there were 12 deer up on the bedrock.  There are a few up there this is morning as well.  So nice to see most survived the winter.  Not many looking too skinny either.  It's sunny again this morning but calling for possibility of snow or rain showers later on.

April 1, 2017 - 7:09 a.m.

It is going to be a beautiful day today.  One of our best yet.  Sunny and a high of +9 but am willing to bet it will get a tad warmer.  Will definitely get some sun on my face this afternoon and a healthy dose of vitamin D.  We are actually going to a bed burning event this afternoon.  Literally.  We have an old chair we may contribute.  Lol.  Dan made a big batch of chicken and sliders last night so he is bringing that along and I'm supplying hotdogs to have a weenie roast.  Not your typical campfire and think our red neck is showing.  Lol.  Now that a lot of snow is gone I'm a little concerned about the water levels this year.  Have way too much sand showing out front for this time of year but the levels never peak until June so we have time yet.  The dam operators need to slow down a bit because I don't think we are in for a lot of precipitation this spring.  I also think we are in for a dry summer but not ready to make my prediction just yet.  Once I'm outside more often and able to watch nature more closely, I'll know better.  Pays to pay attention. 

March 31, 2017 - 8:18 a.m.

UPDATE:  Geez, had a total brain fart this morning.  I forgot to mention that Red showed up last night with another doe and two yearlings.  The winter didn't make them skittish around me and I was within touching distance of Red who looks great.  Gave her some apples and put some corn/oats down for them all.  Also, Moose Creek is running well so it shouldn't freeze again.

Wonderful day yesterday.  While outside for a walk, I saw a small flock of about 12 geese return to Moose Creek, a small flock of ducks, two chipmunks, a couple of seagulls and a robin.  I have been recording weather for years so can safely say we've turned the weather corner and winter is done.  Sure, we may have a few freak cold systems go through but for the most part, Old Man Winter has gone to bed.  The snow they were forecasting overnight and into this morning never materialized and after tomorrow night, temperatures are going to be above zero, even during the evening hours.  Yippee kiyay!  Bring it.  Had lots of snow melt yesterday but it's going to take a while for all the snow piles from plowing and shovelling to disappear.  Only suppose to reach +2 today and overcast but high of +8 and sunny tomorrow.  Sounds like a great day to get some vitamin D and sit outside around a fire.

March 30, 2017 - 7:54 a.m.

Well poo.  I thought spring had sprung but temps went down to -5 overnight.  It's beautifully sunny this morning but cloud cover is due to move in and then possibility of snow tomorrow.  The geese, ducks and seagulls are all hanging around the mouth of Moose Creek this morning and looks like they have no intention of leaving.  I have no idea what they are eating but nature knows how to survive.  I've been watching the creek from the shore of our property but think I'm going to take a walk out on the lake this morning and see what the heck.  I went to town yesterday and did my errands as well as getting some X-rays.  Picked up some nasty Chinese food (won't be going there again) for supper and called it a day.  Dan had a case of the lazy's which is quite alright.  I'm getting antsy but need to remind myself I'm still in recovery mode.  At least for another couple of weeks.  I did manage to pick up some new outdoor garden pots yesterday.  I also bought some for the house as a couple of indoor plants needs transplanting which may or may not get done today.

March 29, 2017 - 6:38 a.m.

Was just a beautiful day yesterday once all the cloud cover burned off and the sun came out.  I finally felt comfortable enough to go for a nice walk (without the fear of slipping) as most of the ice in our driveway and road had turned to slush.  If the nice weather holds as forecasted, it should all be gone by the weekend.  We had a lot of melt yesterday and on my travels saw 4 geese and 4 ducks fly overhead.  Moose Creek has enough water (or is being anticipated) that the waterfowl stuck around overnight as I heard the geese this morning.  I'm guessing they are anxious to start nesting.  Still haven't seen any chipmunks but am guessing they'll come up from hibernation sometime this week.  Realized that there is a sand dune partially blocking the mouth of the creek so we need some good heavy rainfall in order to get the flow going well enough to dredge.  That's what happens when you have extremely windy conditions just before the lake freezes.  Not a whole lot of precipitation in the forecast this week but with the mild temperatures, it might be enough run off to do the trick. 

March 28, 2017 - 8:16 a.m.

The temperatures rose to about +3 yesterday and stayed above zero overnight.  As a result Moose Creek ran steadily and has now started to open up our bay.  Going to be above zero (daytime) all week so now the impatient waterfowl will be hanging around.  It was extremely foggy yesterday but most of it has burned off this morning.  Still cloud cover even though they forecasted a sunny day so perhaps a little later it'll make an appearance.  Now that a lot of snow has melted we can see our work is cut out for us this year as far as property clean up is concerned.  It was such a windy autumn there are sand dunes where there shouldn't be and branches everywhere.  There are also a couple of huge piles of discarded birdseed shells to get rid of once thawed but that normally happens after feeding the birds all winter.  Usually takes a good month to get the winter mess cleaned up and we are both itching to get started but all in due time.  My wrist is healing nicely as is my thumb but it'll be a few weeks yet.  Not quite ready yet to use a rake for a prolonged period of time but I'm getting there.

March 27, 2017 - 7:57 a.m.

We did get some freezing rain yesterday but not nearly as much as anticipated.  Temperature is hovering at zero right now and the freezing rain of today looks like it has missed us.  Not before they cancelled the school buses though.  A lot of cancellations this year as a precaution.  Must be hard on the kids having to make up all the schoolwork they missed.  Suppose to rain today but I think we'll only get a few occasional showers.  Going to be above seasonal for the rest of the week so should start major flowing of all tributaries again.  Only a couple of more days until all huts have to be off the lake but I think it's too late if you haven't already removed them.  Helicopters have been doing fly bys the past week so wondering if they are looking for remaining huts.  Too early for them to be checking ice break up I would think.  Still above normal snow levels in the bush (watershed area) so I'm sure the dams are wide open or at least will be this week.

March 26, 2017 - 8:02 a.m.

We are in for some freezing rain today.  Quite a lot of it apparently.  It was a beautiful day yesterday.  Sunny with above zero temperatures which had quite a lot of melting going on.  The snow was falling off our roof on and off all day yesterday.  The deer made an appearance but are still skittish so not coming regularly just yet.  Night time temps are still going below freezing so it's been a slow melt thus far.  That's a very good thing.  We even had open water in front of our house yesterday along the shoreline so things are starting to flow really well.  It means our bay is starting to fill up.  Two weeks ago, the lake level in our bay was considerably lower.  I have now completed watching the Game of Thrones series so guess the healing time is done and it's back to work for me. 

March 25, 2017 - 7:24 a.m.

The precipitation gods sure showed their faces to us yesterday.  We had snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain but mostly snow on and off all day and part of the evening.  Temps were above zero for the most part and only down to about -5 overnight.  Dan opted not to go to Donna and Mitchell's as his back was bothering him so I went by myself.  Was an excellent birthday party.  Met some very nice people and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Had some live entertainment and great chilli.  I was wiped by about 11:00 so was one of the first to leave.  I imagine it was a very late night fo some.  Overcast here this morning but can see sun on the horizon across the lake.

March 24, 2017 - 8:13 a.m

We received some white stuff overnight.  Still have a few flurries going on but nothing major and I think with the warm temps for the next week all the snow will disappear.  There is a lot of rain in the forecast as well with the coldest day being tonight at -8.  The sap will be running if it hasn't already started. We aren't tapping anymore.  With the cost of fuel, costs too much to render the sap into syrup.  We are heading to Donna and Mitchell's this afternoon for a 60th birthday.  Looking forward to getting out and about.

March 23, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

It appears my internal clock needs resetting.  I'm having a hard time falling asleep at a decent hour so end up sleeping in.  I'd much rather be asleep by 11:00 at the latest and tried for 10:00 last night but was still tossing about at 3:00 this morning.  Dan on the other hand, no problems.  He's one of those lucky ones that can tell himself it's time to sleep and does.  Speaking of Dan, he's been working on his golf cart so we now have a fire engine red cart for him to bomb around in.  Looks much better and green is boring.  Be able to spot him around the property much easier now ;) there will be no hiding anymore.  Lol.  Was pretty chilly yesterday but the sun shone in its entirety.  I did my errands in town and was really surprised that there was hardly any snow left in town.  Our property, especially the park area still has quite a bit of snow.  Only a few huts are left on Callander Bay that I could see.  Quite a few on shore at the public access but assume they'll be gone this weekend.  It is warming up as of today but quite a bit of precipitation in the forecast.  Both snow and rain.  I'm hoping for rain.  

March 22, 2017 - 10:02 a.m.

My trip to the Sudbury hospital yesterday went quite smoothly.  Made good time and didn't have to wait long.  News wasn't good though.  Didn't figure it was going to be.  I wasn't quite sure what was done to my thumb as I didn't get a chance to talk to the surgeon after my surgery.  Sooooo, turns out the tendon that operates my thumb has completely snapped.  The surgeon was unable to reattach it as it is now all coiled up and floating somewhere down in my wrist under my palm.  I was given three options none of which are good so looks like I will be having my thumb permanently fused.  Lovely.  Anyhow, not being able to use my thumb has only slowed me down a bit so I'm not going to worry about it as there isn't anything I can do.  Once my thumb has been fused, I should be better able to grip, which I can't do now.  On a happier note, today is beautiful and sunny albeit a tad on the chilly side.  The wind was wicked last night but it didn't reach the temperatures forecasted.  I'm heading to town shortly to run errands.  Dan spent yesterday working in the shop as he is rebuilding his golf cart.  Doing the same today.

March 21, 2017 - 8:06 a.m.

Spring has sprung but I think Mother Nature needs to be told that.  The weather forecast is saying a high of 6 today but dropping to -23 tonight.  What?  Must be one heck of a cold front coming through.  Hope that doesn't mean extremely high winds.  There is  currently one lonely Canadian goose and one seagull sitting out front where the snow and ice has melted and the sand is exposed.  I'd say they are a tad early but it's usually a good sign the tributaries will be opening/flowing full boar within the next week.  Tonight is the only real cold in the forecast and I trust nature to know.  Moose Creek has been flowing on and off for several weeks but I think with the melt that has started, we'll see the bays start to open up soon.  There are still a few huts on the ice which are likely frozen in by now.  Good luck getting them off intact.  I'm heading to Sudbury right shortly.  It's very foggy this morning so giving myself a little extra time for my noon appointment.  Can't wait to get these stitches out today.  Been very itchy and driving me nuts so it's time.  Might have a few problem areas but the cuts will heal well enough I'm thinking.  Be nice to take a shower with no rubber glove for a change...

March 20, 2017 - 8:23 a.m.

Guess I spoke way too soon yesterday.  The initial forecast looked hopeful until they changed it.  We ended up getting a light dusting of snow overnight.  At least the temperatures stayed above zero all day and the sun shone for most of it.  Dan managed to get all of the tree line out yesterday as well as doing the clean up from around our huts.  Was able to get all of the blocking so has lots for next year.  I cleaned the house and made a pot of spaghetti sauce and then started watching Game of Thrones again.  I'll be glad when I have finished watching all six seasons because until then, I don't think much is going to get done.  Lol.  Very hard to stop watching but a little disturbing at the same time.  Disturbing because society has become so conditioned that all the blood, guts and gore isn't shocking but rather considered entertainment nowadays.  I'm guilty of that myself.  It is a very good series though.  Still overcast and looks like freezing rain or snow will stay in the area at least through tomorrow.  It always rains when I go to Sudbury so why should tomorrow be any different?

March 19, 2017 - 7:52 a.m.

Wow, we've certainly had a change in the weather.  Has been nice and sunny with above zero temps the past few days and another gorgeous day coming our way today.  Even heard geese fly over yesterday.  I think they were hoping Moose Creek had enough water but not quite yet.  It has been flowing but need a little more melt and warmer nights before the water fowl will have enough to return for the season.  Was high of +5 yesterday but down to -10 overnight.  A few more cold nights in the forecast this week but warming considerably as the week progresses.  I think Dan is planning to pull the treeline today if he can.  It has started to lean so should be easy to pull out of the ice once it warms up today and the sun shines on it.  I borrowed the Game of Thrones series from a friend who has the entire set.  Started watching it yesterday afternoon around 4:30 so had a bit of a marathon going on.  Watched the entire first season which took until around 2:00 this morning.  It is a very good show but can certainly be gory in places.  Have to watch the entire 6 seasons before April when the 7th season begins.  See how that's goes.  Lol.

March 18, 2017 - 8:15 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday!  Not sure what the temperature got to but it was above zero and warm enough to start things melting.  We watched a few huts come off the ice which was a perfect day for pulling.  Spent the afternoon with Donna and Mitch.  We sat outside on their deck in the sweet sunshine.  No jackets required.  Even managed to set some sun on my face.  Today is suppose to be just as nice with a high of +5 but looks like we have some cloud cover moving in.  Not sure what the day will bring but I'm definitely opening a few windows later on to let some fresh air in the house.

March 17, 2017 - 7:57 a.m.

Top of the morning to you!  Happy St. Paddy's Day folks!  And a lovely day it 'tis.  Going to finally hit above zero today heading towards +5 and sunny.  I was a little premature yesterday though.  The wind started again as soon as the sun was up proper and it was still a bitter one.  Today I just want to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the day.  Hopefully this warmer weather will start to melt the ice our property is encased in and spring can properly introduce herself.  I went for a short walk yesterday but found it too treacherous and cold.  Dan made it back from New Market by around 3:00.  The good news is he doesn't need an operation but the bad news is the injection to get rid of his dupuytren's is very expensive and not covered by OHIP.  It's a fairly new product, less invasive and very short recovery time.  Once Health Canada does the math and realizes the injections actually cost less than a surgical procedure, they'll likely cover it but for now, it's out of pocket.  You don't have anything if you don't have your health and Dan has been dealing with this for far too long.  Time to get it looked after.  Sucks to reach 50 and have your body start falling apart but it's better than the alternative.  

March 16, 2017 - 7:14 a.m.

Sorry for not updating the blog yesterday folks.  Was up all night the night before, finally fell asleep sometime around 5:30 a.m. and didn't get up until 10:00 yesterday morning.  I'm happy to report the wind has finally died down somewhat.  Been blowing out of the north for days trapping the cold air in our area.  Still a tad windy but suppose to warm up today.  Might even reach -2 like they are forecasting.  Tomorrow is suppose to be beautiful with temps rising above zero and nothing but sunshine.  Looks like all my friends returning from sunny destination spots are bringing the weather with them.  Amen.  Dan left around 6:30 to go to New Market for his hand appointment at 10:00.  He's driving there and back so will be in his truck for most of the day.  Silly man.  I suggested he get a room last night, meet up with Alf, have a nice supper and relax but I think having to spend two nights in Sudbury for my surgery took the homebody out of his comfort zone.  Dan certainly isn't one to travel.  Poor me.  Lol.  I'm going to do some light housecleaning today and throw a roast in the crock pot for supper.  I'm starting to get antsy because the weather has really hasn't been conducive enough to go for daily walks.  Just too bitterly cold with the wind.  Hoping to get outdoors this afternoon.  The deer still haven't returned which is unusual but not surprising considering how very cold it's been.  I'm going to put some corn out this afternoon as I've a feeling they'll be showing up in the next couple of days.  Poor things are always skin and bone this time of year.  Incidently, I use a corn and oat mix as straight corn can be very detrimental to their health.  A lot of huts have come off the ice in the past week.  Now that the season is over and a fairly decent weekend coming, I'm sure most of the ice will be hut free come Sunday.

March 14, 2017 - 8:04 a.m.

Gotta say, I'm liking this sleeping in thing.  Didn't get up until after 7:00 this morning.  Once the sun rises earlier though, that will change.  I went to town yesterday and visited with a sick friend for a bit and then took his wife to lunch.  Trish joined me so had a nice visit with her as well.  Got a few groceries afterwards but by the time I got home, the whole day was shot.  Was nice to get out and about though.  We didn't get any of the snow other parts of Ontario experienced or are experiencing.  Was just a little overcast later in the day and the sun is shining this morning.  Forecast is calling for much warmer temps in the next few days and looks like Friday will be a lovely day to sit outside and perhaps get a nice campfire going.  Anything above zero works for me.   A flock of finches showed up again yesterday so will make sure lots of birdseed put out today.  I just wish this frozen tundra on our property would disappear.  If I was so inclined, I could skate on my driveway.

March 13, 2017 - 8:18 a.m.

Another day gone by and another day I didn't get to town.  Today is the day.  I ended up making some homemade chicken soup yesterday which was a feat in itself.  Trying to peel potatoes and carrots was not an easy task but I need to start somewhere.  Trish and I are going to visit a sick friend today so I wanted to bring some soup (and have some for myself) so combining the visit with a little needed shopping.  Been pretty quiet around here, which is a good thing.  I am getting rest and not working too hard at all.  If the weather was nice, I'd want to be outside and considering the property is currently a skating rink, likely not a good idea.  Don't need to be falling down.  Dan is going to New Market later this week for his appointment with a hand specialist.  It's his turn for an operation also but hopefully his won't be done until mine is completely healed.  What a pair we make.  The weather is going to get progressively warmer this week with last night being the coldest.  The humidity is gone so very dry in the house.  Had to get the humidifier going yesterday to take the static out of the air.  Been too cold for too long.  I don't think we'll be affected by the storm coming to the south of us today so at least plowing and shovelling shouldn't be required.

March 12, 2017 - 8:07 a.m.

The time change certainly didn't affect me but I must say getting up at 8:00 is an anomaly.  The temperature is -25 in North Bay but our gauge is saying -18 which I believe because our internet is still working.  One more cold night with the full moon this evening and then things get more comfortable.  It really has been one of our coldest weekends and I'll be glad to see things return to normal.  The wind has finally died down to a dull roar and the sun is shining this morning.  We didn't end up going to town yesterday as I just didn't feel like braving the elements and Dan wanted to finish his tail gate paint job.  I am zipping in to town once I get cleaned up this morning.  I have a little work to do also but nothing major.  I think I had better stop picking up my cats for a few days until my incision closes completely because I've opened it twice now in one particular spot.  Usually happens but I don't need to aggravate it.  Going to pick up some more bandages and some extra large rubber gloves so I can take a shower a little easier than with a plastic bag.  I thought I had some but apparently not.  I'm sure locals will start pulling huts off the ice today but likely see the majority come off next weekend as the weather will be more conducive temperature wise.  Today would be better just because there isn't the snow which makes pulling easier.  Either way, I'm going to be watching the show.

March 11, 2017 - 7:18 a.m.

Bbbrrrr, it was a cold one yesterday and very cold overnight.  Currently reading -35 with the wind chill factor and it is still windy today.  Not going to warm up until next weekend either.  Day time highs won't  be too bad after the full moon starts to wean but the nights are going to remain cold.  Couple of weeks and we should have some gorgeous weather.  Dan took the tail gate off his truck yesterday as the paint started to peel due to a manufacturer's defect.  He's putting on a second coat this morning and then we may go for a drive.  I did a little light house cleaning and a couple of loads of laundry yesterday but rested for the most part.  I didn't intend to but ended up falling asleep on the couch.  Apparently I snore.  Loudly.  Lol.  Can't blame it on the pain meds because I didn't take any yesterday.  Don't forget to turn your clocks forward tonight.  Back to waking up in the dark once again...

March 10, 2017 - 7:10 a.m.

Was a pretty good day yesterday.  Got home around 9:30 from Sudbury, unloaded the truck from purchases made while there, did a bit of cleaning up (mainly cat tufts from fighting fur babies) and then we both vegged for the day.  Not sure what's on the agenda today.  I wanted to go for a walk but it's pretty brisk out to say the least.  Only saying -17 in North Bay, -14 here but feels much colder.  Looks like the sun is going to shine though so may venture out a little later.  The full moon is Sunday night and it always gets extremely cold during a full moon.  Not believing next week's forecast as it stands.  I think it will warm up much more than they are predicting but we'll see.  I'm well rested today and antsy, not in need of any more pain meds but really need to make myself take it easy.  Just have to find something to do today to keep the boredom away.

March 9, 2017 - 6:44 a.m.

I am a very happy person this morning.  Surgery went off without a hitch although delayed about 45 minutes.  I will not require a 6 month cast so recovery time and therapy about six weeks.  Such great news.  The swelling and bruising is minimal this time around and nothing like the last surgery.  I also didn't have to spend the night in hospital so Dan and I just kept our room in Sudbury an extra night and are heading home shortly for some proper rest.  The weather cooperated and we didn't get much snow here but the wind was a bit much.  Apparently a few huts went for a sail on Lake Nipissing yesterday so hope people didn't suffer too much damage.  Cold front fully in now and going to be here for a few days so when the season ends next week hopefully those operators still running won't have too much trouble getting their huts off.  Might be tricky around shorelines but they know what's they are doing.

March 8, 2017 - 7:49 a.m.

I just got out of the shower after a restless night's sleep.  We had a wonderful visit with Mike and Reta last night at Mr. Prime Rib in Sudbury.  The food was fantastic (thanks again Mike for picking up the tab - silly boy).  We also gave Mike and Reta a small gift for their impending nuptials at the end of the month.  We are heading to the hospital