May 28, 2016 - 6:40 a.m.
It is currently overcast with lots of rain clouds around the region but think they are all going to miss us. Calling for a possibility of thunderstorms so we'll see. It is very humid with temps reaching 26 yesterday. Down to 16 overnight which makes for a lovely sleep. I got all my running finished yesterday while Dan cut grass and got the boats organized for our guests who checked in yesterday. I'm cleaning a cottage this morning for guests arriving later today. After that, depending on the weather, I'll be doing some more planting. I really think I should cut down on the number of planters and pots I have but they look so nice. Going to be another busy day. Oh, and please be careful out there.. I saw a wee painted turtle crossing Highway 11 South yesterday during heavy traffic. I missed it but couldn't pull over. Please take the time to move them to the side of the road to which they are travelling if you are able to safely stop. We need all our creatures.
May 27, 2016 - 6:34 a.m.
I truly hate days like this. That is, a day following a night of no sleep. I went to bed early last night but Dan woke me up at 11:00ish and do you think I could get back to sleep? Finally drifted off and then a thunderstorm rolled through shortly after 1:00. Listened to it and thankfully it was non-severe and short lived. Finally got back to sleep and then around 3:00 a cat and something else, which I don't believe was another cat, were fighting right outside my window. Was a pretty vicious battle which had me up and outside to break it up. Never did see either animal as they both ran off as soon as I turned on the outside light. Needless to say, took me awhile yet again to get back to sleep and was woken again at 6:00 by my cat wanting to be fed. Dan slept through it all. Lol. I have cleaning to do and then I'm heading to town as we need some things for the resort. It's a gray dismal morning, very foggy and overcast but its all suppose to burn off and hit a high of 28 today. The humidity is high and calling for another thunderstorm this evening which I'm thinking we will probably get once the temps cool down in the wee hours. Best get a move on.
May 26, 2016 - 7:32 a.m.
Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood yesterday. We are certainly getting a lot of sun, which is great for the newly planted flowers. I went to town first thing yesterday morning and got the new batch of flowers (my car only holds so many flats) and got nearly all of them planted before peetering out. Planting what I have left today and then only one more batch which won't be as bad. After that, I have to tackle the bedrock garden and glad I left it a little later this year as there are lots of flowers popping up and don't want to pull the wrong things. Floyd and Dan finished the driveway yesterday and it looks great but more importantly, should cut down on the sand traffic. All the ground we have under repair should be ready for grass seed today which is great as they are calling for showers the next three days. I hope that's all we get and not any torrential downpours if thunderstorms roll through as forecasted. Makes the grass seed pool and then you just grow clumps of grass. Going to be very warm, upper 20's, for the next couple of days. Better get moving before it gets too hot!!
May 25, 2016 - 7:01 a.m.
Was a great day yesterday and very warm. Reached a high of 27 by the water so suspect it was even warmer away from it. Floyd and his son Matthew, who is 12, came to do some tough physical labour for us. Since they are Mennonites and don't celebrate standard holidays, it was Matthew's first day of summer vacation. Some vacation. Lol. I worked him pretty hard digging up planters and hauling dirt and then finally took pity on him and he ended up playing in the lake for most of the afternoon. Floyd was hauling pea gravel for Dan as we've installed a nice walkway and driveway by the house. Looks much better and helps keep down the amount of sand tracked into the house and cottage. I planted all the flowers I had yesterday and am heading into town this morning for more. Hopefully can get all my pots done today but see how it goes. Dan and Floyd are spreading topsoil in the park today as there were a few spots that need sand and gravel put down to cover exposed roots and level lots. They were calling for showers this morning but don't think they will materialize. Rain also in the forecast here and there for the rest of the week. Hate to say it but we really need it. I was cleaning out the planter at the end of our road and the dirt was as dry as I've ever seen it.
May 24, 2016 - 6:41 a.m.
Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. We were in the mid 20's and nothing but sun. They are now calling for some rain this week but low percentages. We can certainly use it and a steady overnight shower would be perfect. Quite a few people fishing in the bay last night so likely locals vs tourists. I got busy first thing in the morning with the planting, which I am also doing today. Dan and I actually have some help coming into today. Getting some gravel spread, decks stained, and dirt hauled. I tried hauling dirt yesterday and only aggravated the carpal tunnel to the point I can no longer bend my thumb. Time to get some help. I did have Maureen in to help clean yesterday so that's off my plate. We have more guests checking in today so am hoping the weather remains good enough for them to get some fishing in. Going to a high of 27 apparently so should be a wonderful evening fish.
May 23, 2016 - 6:39 a.m.
Have to say the weather has certainly been cooperating this long weekend. We only had a little rain late Saturday night which was quite all right for vacationers. Dan and I took the day for rest yesterday as we were both tuckered out. The fishing has been pretty good for those venturing out who have local knowledge. Wouldn't have minded a bit if Dan was to go fishing this morning and bring home dinner but we are both back to working. On Saturday, I painted the flower boxes and our entry door, today I'm planting the flower boxes and a few other planters and then doing some more painting. I'll be glad when things are caught up but am hoping to get most of the work done this morning so I can enjoy the beach and sun for a bit today. Only 5 right now but a nice mist is gently blowing through Moose Creek so know it's going to warm up quickly this morning. Will likely hit around 25 degrees and all sun today!
May 21, 2016 - 6:48 a.m.
What a busy place here yesterday!! The whole park was pretty much full. Amazing how nice weather brings everyone out. Beautiful day with warm temps and plenty of sunshine. Our guests arrived later than expected due to an accident near Gravenhurst which caused a considerable traffic delay. I bought a couple of new trees to replace ones that I lost this winter. I wouldn't have bothered but I lost a crab apple and sour cherry tree and need two of each for them to produce fruit. Guess I'm planting first thing this morning. Also bought some flowers but I need to dig up all the old dirt out of my planters and replace with new dirt before planting so will see how far I get. Little tired today and they are calling for thunderstorms this afternoon. Be nice as we haven't had a good thunderstorm for quite a while. Not so good for the seasonal opener but suspect there will be lots of boats on the water this morning. I'm currently sitting outside and can hear boats already. Happy fishing everyone!!
May 20, 2016 - 6:39 a.m.
I don't know where all this sun is the forecaster gurus were talking about. We've had a mix of sun and cloud but we were hoping for blazing sun. I guess it's a good thing as working outside would get a little warm. Both Dan and I had a long day yesterday but Dan's was definitely longer. We had a load of sand and a load of dirt dropped off. Dan spread the sand but the dirt is being used all over the property so will take a while to get rid of. Alf did some mechanical to one of our bass boats and they got it in the water. Today they are marking the channel so our guests know how to get out of the harbour. We also had a surprise visit from the government water inspector so that took a good hour of Dan's time. God knows they couldn't come after we've gotten all our work caught up. At least all our ducks are in a row in regards to that matter. I'm doing a quick zip into town first thing this morning to pick up some flowers and then coming home and raking/cleaning the beach. I need to paint the window boxes before I can actually plant in them but first need to dig all the old dirt out of them. Hopefully I can get all of that finished this afternoon and the paint will dry overnight so I can plant tomorrow. See how it goes. Would actually like to take at least one day this weekend for some R&R. Perhaps even a pontoon boat ride 😀😀😀
May 19, 2016 - 7:07 a.m.
Wow. What an incredibly long day yesterday. Paula and Trish joined me on my town run. We left at 9:30 and didn't get home until 4:30 . We did stop for lunch but I had lots of things to get for the business and some things couldn't be found so we were like hunt dogs. Did get everything I wanted though. Not sure what Dan did but am sure he kept busy. I do know he cut some grass though. We had a nice supper with Paula and Alf last night and it was an excellent evening to sit on their deck and listen to all the nature sounds. Clouds moved in around 7:00 last night and still cloudy this morning but suppose to get a mixture with the sun today. Only went down to 9 overnight and will be much nicer temps today hitting at least the 20 mark. Full sun forecasted for tomorrow. I've a full schedule for the next two days and am then taking a break for a few days to enjoy camaraderie and camp fires.
May 18, 2016 - 6:52 a.m.
Was a nice sunny day yesterday but didn't warm up until mid afternoon. From here on out though, the forecast is wonderful. Went down to +2 overnight and some frost but this was the last night for it. Going to be lovely for the next week with a high of 17 today and increasing temps as the week progresses. Will be able to leave my flowers out overnight now so that's something. Paula and I are going to town today and I am going to pick up a few bedding plants as I saw a hummingbird at my bedroom feeder last night. Weird time of the day for it to show up but glad to see they are returning. Likely won't get anything planted for a few days but it'll still make something accessible for our pollinators. Finally finished the cottage that has been the bane of my existence yesterday. Alf helped out also as we had a problem with one of the lights only working intermittently. Took him a while to find the problem, which ended up being a loose wire up in the rafters. Alf was a hunt dog but through process of elimination, corrected the issue. Going to be an incredible day so hoping to be home shortly after lunch. See how it goes as lots of puddly little stops to make.
May 17, 2016 - 7:06 a.m.
Was a long day yesterday for both Dan and I but we managed to get quite a bit done. The sun was shining but was still quite cool by the water. That is all about to change. Looks like Mother Nature will be smiling on us through to the end of the month. I'm happy we received the amount of rain we did on the weekend as there isn't much of it in the forecast for the rest of May. As I forecasted before, think I'll be spending a bit of time watering flowers this summer. Heading into the high 20's the further we get into the week and think we are in for an anomaly...a beautiful Victoria Day weekend for a change. Going to get as much work done as possible this week so we can enjoy some of it.
May 16, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.
Was an absolutely miserable day yesterday with a mixed bag of precipitation. Rain, snow and high winds. Temperatures very cool, around the +5 mark and down to -1 overnight but too windy for frost. I did put my plants indoors until tomorrow, or rather Dan did. Prefer to get the yucky weather over now as the rest of the week and long weekend looks lovely. Yesterday Dan took a much deserved day off and just vegged. I worked in the morning cleaning all my house appliances since my fridge was badly in need of a clean and then did the cottage laundry. Today I'm finishing off one of the cottages that has been torn apart due to a new face lift (paint) and can hopefully have it completely finished by day's end tomorrow. After that I can concentrate on flower gardens. Still apprehensive on planting this weekend. After the first full moon in June is the norm up here but I like to get it done prior to that and have been known to end up covering all my gardens with bed sheets when the frost warnings go up. Not always a good thing to "jump the gun". See how it goes. Dan has boats to clean and get in the water this week. Would also like some power washing done if he has time. Lots to do yet...
May 15, 2016 - 6:29 a.m.
What an awful weather day yesterday. Granted, we finally received the rain we so badly needed but it rained ALL day. Then the cold front came through when the winds picked up. It's still windy and temps are hovering around zero. Only suppose to reach a high of 5 today and we currently have a few little flurries falling. Rest of the week, especially towards the weekend looks beautiful though. Hopefully the forecast rings true as the long weekend looks very promising. I worked until just around lunch time and then took the rest of the day for some R&R. One of our guests braved Lake Nipissing right around sunset yesterday. I think the intent was to go for a swim but turned into a walk. With the wind and cold temps, she didn't get very far before turning around and heading back to shore. Don't think she realized how far you have to go in our shallow bay to be able to "dunk". Silly girl. Greening Bay does tend to warm up quickly but think that may have been pushing it just a tad. Lol. I forgot to mention...Friday morning we had a visitor to the property. A big old porcupine was wandering through. Paula leant me her camera so I was able to get some fantastic shots but the poor thing ended up down by the marina and had to backtrack along the shoreline. I got a little to close as it lifted it's quills so backed off and left it alone. I'm sure it eventually found it's way back into our woods. The only predator a porcupine has is a fisher and I know there are some in our neighbourhood so maybe it was seeking safety. Don't generally see them around homes. Pretty cool to watch though.
May 14, 2016 - 6:16 a.m.
We finally received some badly needed rain yesterday. Was kind of odd though. Had showers in the morning and then the sun came out after lunch but in the afternoon, there were several nasty pop ups which dumped torrential rain for a short period of time. The brief watering likely accumulated more than the steady showers. I worked in the morning as did Dan and then we both kind of fizzled in the afternoon. Our guests were late arriving last night but settled in quite nicely. They won't have the best weather but am sure they will make the most of it. Calling for showers to start this morning with the wind shifting north late morning, early afternoon. Unfortunately it's going to make the temperatures drop considerably. Suppose to be below zero for the next few nights with possibility of snow showers overnight. Ugh. I purchased 4 flower pots mainly to help the bees which have come out of hibernation. I know it's early but do what I can for the environment. Will need to tuck them into the shop this morning. We are just starting to get a green tinge on the trees so with the cold snap and then the warm weather coming our way next week, I'm sure they'll pop as the buds will be knocked off in the wind so the leaves can emerge. Nature and its cycles are a beautiful thing.
May 13, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.
Wow, temps hit 27 here yesterday and was it warm!! Of course it was too good to last. Showers started overnight and it is still raining this morning. Suppose to ease up this afternoon but we really need the rain. Not looking like a very nice weekend as the cold front is starting to slowly make it's way here. Tomorrow will likely be a nasty day as the winds are due to shift north bringing wind and much colder temps, dropping below zero tomorrow with possibility of snow (seriously?) tomorrow night. The park is open as Dan turned the water on and I'm cleaning the public washrooms first thing this morning. Was going to do it yesterday but ran out of steam. Will definitely be doing indoor work today unless I decide to take a break. Would really like to get a few things ticked off my list today and tomorrow and then take Sunday to myself. Dan needs a day off also as he has been putting in long hours this week. It's paid off though as things look great.
May 12, 2016 - 6:59 a.m.
Fabulous day yesterday. Sunny, high of 22 and very warm. Brought out the bugs, including the pesty little black flies but that's okay because the cold front due in on the weekend will kill all those nasty little suckers. We don't get them too bad here as we keep everything manicured but during flower planting season, when digging in the dirt, they can be bothersome. Dan was out and about doing some power washing among other tasks. I did a town run and then putted around outside until supper time. Dan's taking a risk and opening the public bathrooms this morning so I'll be cleaning them as soon as he does. I bought three pots of flowers yesterday mainly for the bees that have come out of hibernation. I'll need to put them in the shop for a couple of nights but that's just temporary. Doing my part.
May 11, 2016 - 749 a.m.
I'm sitting outside with my coffee this morning watching Grady terrorize the neighbourhood. Honestly, I had no idea deer were so frightened by domestic house cats but he chased them off. They tried to warn him with their stomping and snorting but when Grady started running toward them, they scattered. Now he's terrorizing the ravens, which I don't think he should tangle with. Cheap entertainment. Dan is still in bed. He put in a 12 hour day yesterday but finished everything in the park which included installing new water lines and electrical. I completed two cottages so they are all spring cleaned in time for guests coming in this weekend. Going to be chilly. Hit a high of 17 and sunny yesterday, 22 today and tomorrow but cold front due in just in time for the weekend. Still frost concerns for turning on the park water as temps are suppose to go below zero during the weekend evening hours. At least Lake Nipissing was declared free of ice last Wednesday.
May 10, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.
Was nice and sunny yesterday but very cool and down to around zero with a frost overnight. Seriously? Guess Mother Nature will cooperate when she's good and ready. Worked on cottages yesterday as I am this morning and then taking a break from it for a few days. Weather is going to be beautiful for the next few days with temps 17 today and 21 tomorrow but then cooler temps coming in for the weekend. Would rather be outside while it's nice and I still have lots to do. It normally takes Dan and I until nearly the end of June to get everything done. That includes the grounds and renovations but hoping that won't be the case this year. Would love to have some R&R a little more often this summer.
May 8, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.
I had a great visit with Mike and Reta in Sudbury. My cousin Mike also dropped in so was great to see him as well. It hit the 20 degree mark while in Sudbury so was a perfect day to sit outside. I managed to get all the resort supplies and a few other things at Costco. I drove home yesterday afternoon and it rained the entire way. I didn't mind as we really needed the rain in this area. Figure we got at least 1/2 inch here. Making things green up but rather on the cool side today. Only around 8 degrees and suppose to dip just below zero tonight. I'm putting all the supplies away today and then starting on the cottage laundry, which I will be doing all day. We have some tenants dropping out this morning to remove a deck. We need to get moving on a few things as the park opens next weekend and we've yet to turn the water on. Still concerns about frost but the rain yesterday should have helped.
May 6, 2016 - 7:55 a.m.
Another beautiful day yesterday but got cool at times. It wasn't until late evening I knew why. The sun set in such a way that I could see where there is still ice on the main body of the lake in our area. Obviously it was sinking at times yesterday forcing colder air onto shore. There isn't very much of it left so I'm sure after today's temps of 22 degrees, it should be gone. Dan finished the last of the fencing in the park. He put three new ones up on the lot lines and it sure looks nice. No mistaking lot lines now. Lol. I cleaned my car in the morning and then did more yard work. Today I'm heading to Sudbury as soon as I can. Doing my shopping for the resort and then going to have a visit with Mike and Reta. Back tomorrow some time.
May 5, 2016 - 8:08 a.m.
Zip, nada, nothing. We so desperately needed a good rain yesterday and all we got was a few sprinkles that lasted about 30 seconds. Guess I'm watering the shrubs I transplanted earlier in the week. Today and tomorrow we are in for nothing but sunshine with high teen temperatures. This keeps up and we'll be fighting forest fires of our own as it's extremely dry and the hot season hasn't even started. Dan had his hearing test yesterday and found his hearing is pretty much perfect. So why am I having to repeat everything 2-3 times? I guess selective hearing really does exist. We will both be working outside again today. I've a few more things I'd like to get done. I also need to clean my car as I am driving to Sudbury tomorrow for the annual Costco run.
May 4, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.
Another nice day yesterday. We had a mixture of sun and cloud but the temps did reach 16 as forecasted. Think it had to have reached at least 17 though as I received my first black fly bite of the season. They were out as well as a lot of other insects. So glad I bought a pot of pansies as the bees need something and the dandelions are just starting to pop their yellow heads. Dan and I both worked outside all day again yesterday. Things are shaping up around here. Calling for rain today with thunderstorms this afternoon. I'm a little concerned about lightning as it is so dry. Shame what is happening in Fort McMurray right now. I have a friend there and the whole city has been evacuated. We are both heading to town but separately and at different times. I have some errands to run this morning and Dan has a couple of appointments this afternoon. Great day for towning it!!
May 3, 2016 - 7:50 a.m.
Was a very productive day yesterday. Both Dan and I were outside all day enjoying the sunshine and warm temps. It reached a high of 15 by the water so imagine it was much warmer away from it. Suppose to be even warmer today and no colder temps in the long term forecast. Staying well above zero for night time lows and all trees are budding and some starting to green. Lots of new growth popping up also. I transplanted a couple of shrubs yesterday that needed a new location to thrive and then set about raking and hauling out my summer stuff. Some of it has seen better days and needs replacing. We had 3 loads of sand fill brought in while Dan finished the new fence. After supper he went out and levelled one of the piles so the trailer lot is ready for the new tenant. He's levelling the other two today. At least I'm assuming that's on his agenda. Tired boy is still in bed. I'm doing some more raking today and I have some flower seeds I'd like to plant. Just pray once they pop up the deer and/or frost doesn't get them. I've lots to do so see what the day brings. It'll all be outdoor work regardless as they are calling for badly needed rain tomorrow.
May 2, 2016 - 7:04 a.m.
Wasn't the nicest of days yesterday but we were out and about. I cleaned the house in the morning and did a little laundry since it was low peak hydro. Kills me how we have to alter our lives that way but don't get me started on Hydro One....after that, we headed to town and met Trish and Larry for lunch at Burger World. Was very good, as usual and then we all headed back here so they could check on their trailer. Other tenants were here when we got home so think people are anxious to get the camping season started. We are hoping to open and have the water on for Friday, May 13th but there is still frost in the ground in spots. No water until it's all gone. That being said, looks like we are in for a very mild week. They've changed the forecast and looks to be a lovely week. Lots of sun and warmer temps with a day or two possibility of rain. All this rain they've been forecasting has been staying below us and I really think it's going to be like that all summer. We haven't had a hot, dry summer since I believe 2010. I do remember two years in a row where we had no rain for 7 or 8 weeks solid. I hope it isn't quite that extreme this year. Love an nice evening shower but I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.
May 1, 2016 - 6:38 a.m.
Absolutely beautiful day yesterday. Temperatures were reading 15 degrees or higher in the region and the sun shone all day. There were some front clouds that moved through so we may get a little precipitation today but I think the rain is going to stay below us. Dan and I both did a little work outside yesterday. I had to get my new trees and some other older ones free of burlap and good thing I did as some were starting to bud. Did my best to protect them with tomato baskets so the deer leave them alone. I had planted a cherry tree last year in honour of Sab's passing. It blossomed and was doing well until the deer got at it. I've protected it as best I can and are hoping they leave it alone this year. The park is starting to dry up nicely although still a little snow here and there. Mostly where it was piled up high and doesn't get a lot of sun but it'll all be gone this week. The main body of the lake is also losing ice quickly now. Most of Nipissing is clear of ice but there are spots, like in front of our place but well past the island, that are still slushy. Again, it'll all be gone this week. I'm willing to bet we'll see a few helicopter fly by's this week as they will be checking to determine when the lake is free of ice. They always make an announcement every year as there are several betting pools for "ice off" in the area. I'm thinking Wednesday. As always, please be careful and alert if venturing out on the water. Lots of dead heads this time of year.
April 30, 2016 - 7:29 a.m.
Had a great time yesterday at Eadie's. She did a great job hosting girls night and as always, an abundance of food, fun and laughs. I worked in the morning but it was still a tad chilly. Didn't really warm up until late afternoon and once the sun started going down you could really feel a nip in the air. Frost overnight but sunny and going to a high of 15 apparently today. Not sure what's on the agenda but it will involve the outdoors.
April 29, 2016 - 6:12 a.m.
Geez, for all the sun we're getting, it's not warming up as much as I'd like. It's great if you get away from the lake but the remaining ice is keeping things rather cool close to shore. Need a nice warm southern wind. Suppose to reach 12 today and remain sunny. Since I finished the painting yesterday, I'm going to spend a few hours outdoors today. I do have girls night at Eadie's this afternoon but would like to get started on a few things outside beforehand. Dan put up another lot line fence in the park yesterday. Or at least started it. He'll likely continue on with that project today.
April 28, 2016 - 6:49 a.m.
Yesterday was nice sunny day but it still remained cool until the mid afternoon. Down to -2 overnight but sunny again and the double digit temps are suppose to start today with a wonderful weekend in store. I had a long day in town yesterday and was glad to get home and everything organized. Hopefully finishing the painting in the cottage today so that I can concentrate on some outdoor work. The deer are into everything right now, which is standard for this time of year. They certainly prune my bushes for me whether I want them to or not. Also getting all my new spring growth. LNSA is starting the walleye restocking program tomorrow which involves trapping the fish, milking them for their eggs and then transporting the eggs to the hatchery which is being located at Shawn Degagne's property this year. Hopefully it will be a successful hatch and another 2 million walleye will be added to our lake. If I have time tomorrow, I may zip down to Wasi Falls just for a look see. I'm pretty sure they have all the volunteers they need and don't want to get in the way but you never know.
April 27, 2016 - 5:53 a.m.
Beauty day yesterday though still a little chilly. Temperature reached around +6 but that's t-shirt weather here if you're in the sun. The lake is still keeping things cooler but if you're away from it, very pleasant. Temps still going below zero during night time hours so the ice is hanging on. Thickness wise, there isn't very much of it and suspect the majority of it will be gone within the next week. Greening Bay is pretty much completely open as are most of the bays. Need the main body to open up and it's starting. I painted all day yesterday so figure I have about 4 hours work left to finish. Not happening today as I have an appointment so combining it with a town run. Dan's been working on property clean up in the park. We still have piles of snow here and there but with all the sunshine and warmer temps this week, should all be melted fairly quickly.
April 26, 2016 - 7:34 a.m.
We didn't get any of the precipitation they called for yesterday or overnight. No snow, no rain, nothing. The temperatures didn't dip below zero either. It's mostly cloudy right now but the sun it due to clear things up and stick around for the rest of the week. Nice temperatures by Friday also. I did a little painting yesterday but not as much as I would have liked. Back at it today. Really would like to get it finished this week as I can dedicate some time to outside work since it is going to be so nice. I also need to get some plants uncovered but still protected. Had to shoo 3 deer away from my cedar globes this morning. Dan uncovered them unbeknownst to me and I told him it was too early as the deer eat everything this time of year. I forgot to turn a light off in the cottage yesterday so just after dusk walked over to turn it off and heard this huge splash in the creek. Took a look see and think it was a beaver. Was pretty dark but it was swimming at a pretty good clip. If it wasn't a beaver, which we've recently had a problem with, it could have been a muskrat as we do have them around. No otters so it was one or the other. Didn't see any trumpeter swans this year as they usually stop here on their journey back up north. Still might be time but it's pretty late in the season now.
April 25, 2016 - 5:49 a.m.
Was a very productive day for Dan and I yesterday. Weather was nice although still a little cool if not in the direct sunlight. I managed to finish everything I wanted done by about 3:00. Dan was outside for most of the day doing property clean up and things are starting to shape up. The grass is definitely greener then it was but still frost in the ground in places. Vi had one set up Christmas lights still up that I haven't been able to take down as the electrical cord is still covered in an icy snow bank. Hopefully by the end of this week I'll be able to pull it free. Yes, there are still areas on the property that have snow, name.y where Dan has been piling it all winter. They are still calling for rain or snow later this afternoon but think it'll be rain, if at all. It went to -2 overnight but due to hit +6 this afternoon. I'm going to be spending the day in the cottage painting and am guessing it will be a 3-4 day job by the time I'm done.
April 24, 2016 - 8:15 a.m.
I am currently sitting on the deck in my housecoat having my coffee and watching Grady terrorize the poor birds and chipmunks. He drives us nuts if we don't let him out first thing in the morning but I'd like to try keeping him in a little longer as the critters are active and feeding first thing in the morning. The deer have already eaten and gone but have to say, they really don't like cats. Cougars I can understand but house cats? Never knew that about deer. It's a beautiful morning and I'm staying warm enough on the deck with the sun shining on me but it's going to change this afternoon. Suppose to get showers and possibly snow overnight and tomorrow. Sincerely hoping that doesn't transpire as we are actually seeing things green up. Sun is due to return Tuesday for the rest of the week. The lake has pretty much the same ice cover as this time last year but willing to bet it's not nearly as thick as it was then. Meant to post...the coyotes were active Friday night (full moon) because we heard them and yesterday morning quite a few deer were lying down on the bedrock and in the trees by our house after feeding Saturday morning. Really wish they would move out of this neighbourhood.
April 23, 2016 - 7:25 a.m.
Yesterday was kind of a yucky day weather wise. Was cool and had showers on and off. I went to town for an appointment and some errands and then came home, took some drugs and laid down. Had a major flare up on my ankle/foot and could barely walk. Have to say, Voltaren cream really helped. That stuff is like magic. Got up this morning and all the pain and swelling is completely gone. Still have to figure out what causes my ankle to act up, weather is definitely a factor. Today I'm cleaning my poor neglected house and then doing some office work. By the state of our current reservations, looks like we are going to have a busy summer. The sun came out this morning and looks to be a beautiful day although only calling for a high of +8. Won't be getting the warmer temps until later next week. I have some plants starting to bud but hopefully they'll slow down a bit until we have some warmer weather indefinitely.
April 21, 2016 - 6:57 a.m.
Looks like we are going to get some rain today. Likely a substantial amount over the next couple of days. At least it feels like it. Was a beautiful sunny day again yesterday. Dan worked outside for a bit picking up twigs and branches that came down over the winter and then burning them. Seems like more than usual this year but seems that way every year. I worked in the cottage again struggling with the wallpaper but am happy to say it's all off and I can start painting today. Good day to be indoors, for sure. Temps stayed above zero overnight but there are some below zero temps heading our way. At this point, I won't be able to plant anything until July. Lol.
April 20, 2016 - 8:10 a.m.
Beauty day yesterday though chilly and we had a heavy frost over night. Everyone is itching to get in their gardens but it's still way too early. Once the ice is off completely, I may start getting the gardens prepared but I haven't even uncovered my shrubs yet. I was thinking last night that the fish must be spawning or very close to it and before you know it, the frogs will start trilling. Love their song and it usually signifies the spawn is over. I worked in the cottage peeling wallpaper yesterday. Didn't get it finished but will today and then I can start painting. Dan is having a hard time getting motivated these days but he did fix some doors yesterday and then burned a bunch of garbage while keeping an eye on Grady romping around trying to catch birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Suppose to be a high of 15 today and sunny, which it is. Better get at it so I can enjoy at least some time outdoors.
April 19, 2016 - 7:57 a.m.
It was overcast yesterday but they were slightly off on the weather forecast. The rain was suppose to be finished by noon and in actuality, didn't start until mid-afternoon and into the evening hours. It was pretty much done by 8:00 last night but we didn't get very much and it was considerably cooler than it has been. Still overcast this morning but the sun is due back with warmer temperatures as well. Certainly helping the ice come off the lake though. Our bay is half open and the lake, as far as we can see, is completely opaque. Should start sinking in spots over the next few days. We will undoubtedly get a north wind in the coming days as that is what pushes the ice into the warmer bays to help hasten the melt. Happens every year. Had a herd of deer waiting on me this morning. I actually counted 16. Bit much. Don't mind feeding a few of them but can do without that many. It's just temporary as the majority head into the bush once we are open and people are around. A few do stay for the duration of the summer and many a tourist have pictures of them. Going to need to put some blood meal on my bedrock garden within the next few days or they'll have all my spring sprung new plant growth nibbled off 😜
April 18, 2016 - 7:01 a.m.
Another gorgeous day yesterday. Was outside all morning and part of the afternoon keeping an eye on Grady. He does seem to stick around the house but is easily frightened by people and cars. Our bay has slowly been opening up since the warm front came in so the seagulls, mallards, mergansers and even osprey are fishing and diving for food now. Pretty much all of nature's critters have returned and talk about noise. Not quite use to all the birds singing in the morning but it is quite the melody. Rain is forecasted this morning but think the lake has pushed the front north of us so likely won't see much, if any. Only suppose to hit a high of 7 today but think it'll get warmer than that. Nice sunny weather due to return tomorrow with double digits again. Dan and I are starting the painting today, or at least getting everything prepped and organized. I'll be working in a cottage and he will be in the house. Definitely a good week for renos.
April 17, 2016 - 9:08 a.m.
I just finished breakfast and am currently sitting on the deck enjoying the weather that the sun gods have bestowed upon us. What a perfect weekend. Reached a high of at least 16 yesterday, was sunny all day and at one point, I felt myself getting sunburned and had to move into the shade. Some of the neighbours got together at Debby's yesterday and we were all enjoying the great outdoors. Having a repeat of the weather today but it's not going to last. Calling for only a high of 8 with rain tomorrow. The seagulls are back and liking the open water in our bay but the lake has a long way to go just yet. The frost still hasn't left the ground yet so will be a bit before any flowers start to pop up. We do have buds on some trees, mostly the maples so no more sap. Been a good season for syrup though.
April 16, 2016 - 7:31 a.m.
Wow!!! What an absolutely beautiful day yesterday. I did some work in the morning and then had to zip quickly into town. Dan was outside with Grady all morning, just keeping an eye on him. There are fishers in the neighbourhood and nothing they like more than cats. It was such a terrific day, we wondered over to Donna and Mitchell's for the afternoon to sit in the sun on their deck. It felt like it was 90 degrees and we all managed to get the first sun tan of the season. When the sun comes out, apparently, so do the people. We are going to an afternoon "hotdog social" at Debbie's today. Starts at one o'clock and I am bringing chili to contribute. Suppose to hit a high of 16 today but think it will go above that. Looking forward to soaking up some rays.
April 15, 2016 - 8:25 a.m.
A little late this morning. I got sidetracked researching hummingbird baths and misters. Really cool ideas and want to make one this summer. I've rescued hummingbirds a few times when the weather has been extremely hot and they get so dehydrated they can't fly. I've picked them up and held to a feeder until they get rehydrated. It's essential to keep the water fresh and out of direct sunlight when the warm weather arrives. Guess I'm getting pumped about the season. Our hummingbirds always show up around the middle of May but don't know about this year. It was beautiful yesterday but still quite cool by the lake. Dan took Grady (our cat) outside for about an hour and he managed to get himself stuck in a tree. Wouldn't come down until Dan stood under the tree with his arms up, showing Grady he wasn't going to fall. Silly thing. Lost a lot of snow yesterday and some grassy areas are finally starting to show again. The robins that were here and left have started to come back now that they have access to food and I saw a couple of deer eating the grass last night in a bare spot by one of the cottages. Moose Creek is open and flowing so hopefully after this weekend, we'll start losing the ice on the lake. I'm sure we'll have mist rolling in as it starts to sink this weekend. Temps are suppose to be in the high double digits. Bring it!!
April 14, 2016 - 7:42 a.m.
I just came in from feeding the deer. Six of them came up for some corn this morning. Red and her sweet baby included. The sun is shining brightly and will continue to do so for the next four days according to the forecast. Weather was beautiful and sunny yesterday but temps only got to around +4 here. My car was registering +9 in North Bay. Suppose to hit +10 today with temps steadily rising for the rest of the week. I noticed yesterday all the ditches and streams had water in them vs ice and think maybe we are finally going to have our spring weather. I certainly hope so. I also think we are in for a hot, dry summer so think we should be appreciating the precipitation we are getting now as nature needs it.
April 13, 2016 - 7:26 a.m.
Yesterday was an all right day. Wasn't nearly as warm as Monday due to a strong north wind but at least it wasn't snowing. Hit +3 but went down to -9 overnight. Moose Creek had started to open back up but has since refroze once again. Should open and stay open for good (hopefully) during the next few days as the temps rise. We are heading for double digits and by Friday, it will be staying above zero even during the evening hours. Can't wait!! I spent the day in the office and am now completely caught up. Heading to town today to pick up some paint as we have some indoor maintenance to do in the house and cottages. Would like everything completed by the end of next week so we can then, hopefully, concentrate on property clean up. Was a perfect winter for the wind to do some tree pruning. Lots of raking to do, for sure.
April 12, 2016 - 7:52 a.m.
We had quite the teaser yesterday. The sun came out and temperatures rose to +8. It wasn't forecasted to be that warm but we'll take it. Lost a lot of snow as everything was melting quickly but calling for snow again today. Only 40% chance so hopefully we won't get any. Suppose to clear up and warmup for the rest of the week. A lot can change between now and the weekend but if we get the high of 17 and sun for Saturday, I'll be outside for most of the day. Only suppose to go to a high of +1 today but it's that now so likely won't get much warmer.
April 11, 2016 - 7:36 a.m.
The warm front came through yesterday. Temperatures went from -20 to above freezing through the day and didn't get much below zero overnight. We received another blanket of snow yesterday as well. Calling for rain tomorrow and then clear sailing for the rest of the week with temps rising to double digits. Might even hit +17. We'll take it. Problem is with all this snow, things are going to melt quickly so thinking we are going to have a right soupy mess around the property. I made a delicious rib dinner last night and then settled in to watch the season premier of Outlander. Didn't disappoint. Very good series. I'm likely going to finish my office work today but haven't quite woken up yet, so will see. The deer were all waiting for me this morning. They had been digging around in the snow searching for kernels of corn they may have missed. The herd of 8 has been coming up twice daily but there are more around that show up occasionally. They all look in relatively good health.
April 10, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.
Bbbrrrr. Was -20 when I got up and just came back in from feeding the birds and deer and the temp has already gone up to -16 in those few minutes. We have an Alberta Clipper on its way bringing snow, turning to freezing rain, turning to rain over the next day or two. Not looking forward to that at all. Everyone up here is pretty much sick of winter. Fingers crossed this is the last of it. Had a great time at Ginny and Craig's yesterday. The watermelon salad was a hit with those who actually like watermelon, others not so much. I loved it so will be making that receipe again. Always nice to try new things. Worked in the office yesterday but am taking a break today. Would love to go snow shoeing but it's too cold at the moment and frankly, the snow is too hard now. See what the weather does this afternoon.
April 9, 2016 - 8:13 a.m.
What a beautiful sunny morning!! So nice to see. It was sunny yesterday as well but very chilly and very misleading once you stepped outdoors. Temps dipped to -17 overnight but suppose to rise to -3 this afternoon. More snow on the way possibly tomorrow, Monday for sure. Beginning of next week, not so great but warming to double digits by next weekend...I sincerely hope. I did some office work yesterday and nearly froze my butt off in the office as Dan hasn't had a fire going in the shop for awhile and all I had was a space heater. Likely do a bit more this morning as well. Dan did some more plowing and tweaked spots that had drifted due to the wind. We are heading to Ginny and Craig's later this afternoon for a little birthday celebration for Craig. Looking forward to visiting with friends and neighbours. Don't know if it'll be warm enough outside for a fire but it would be nice to feel the sun upon my face.
April 8, 2016 - 7:48 a.m.
Looks like we've broken the record for snow amounts. It really hasn't stopped since it started on Wednesday and it's still snowing. The forecast gods are promising sun later today and tomorrow but I won't believe it until I see it. We have well over 35 cm (or a foot) and Dan spent a good part of his day yesterday plowing. It looked like the sun was trying to come out yesterday afternoon as there was a lull in the precipitation so I put on my snow shoes and went for a trek. I also trampled down the snow so I could at least get the birds and deer fed without too much trouble. Cold front came through late yesterday dropping the temps to -10 but the blowing snow they forecasted didn't happen here as it was too heavy. Perfect snow for snowballs and snowmen. A lot of highway closures, including parts of Hwy 11 and a lot of accidents, ditched vehicles. No school closures for those who could get there safely but the buses were all cancelled. Yes, I'd say most people have had enough. Temps are due to warm up but that will just prompt flood warnings so hopefully we'll get a slow melt. They do have rain in the forecast for next week. Hopefully all this wet stuff is a sign of a long, hot, dry summer??....
April 7, 2016 - 7:16 a.m.
The storm yesterday certainly didn't disappoint. We got at least 6 inches of snow although some areas received more. Driving wasn't the greatest yesterday. Saw a few cars in the ditches so just took my time. The plows were out in full force dumping a ton of salt and gravel. It is still snowing and looks like we may get another 6 inches before this system is over. We may get a little rain mixed in with it this afternoon. It is absolutely beautiful but it's time for the greenery to start sprouting now. We had at least 12-15 deer up yesterday afternoon and then most of them came up again this morning. No doubt they are all very hungry. Unfortunately, Moose Creek has turned to slush with all this snow so the water fowl likely are as well. I know nature takes care of itself but I still have empathy for them when Mother Nature throws a curveball. Temperature is sitting at +2 currently and is going to slowly increase over the next week. Today I'm staying put. May do some office work and Dan will likely be on the tractor plowing all morning.
April 6, 2016 - 7:47 a.m.
What? Yet another winter storm warning up with a possibility of 25-30 cm of snow headed our way? Mother Nature needs to get back on her meds. Lol. The snow has just started here with light flurries at the moment. I'm going to get stuck in it as I have an appointment with my surgeon today at 3:00. I'm going to call the office and see if there has been a cancellation for earlier today due to the weather forecast. It does happen. In contrast, it was beautiful yesterday. I went for a long walk and got some fresh air and sunshine. We have been trying to get rid of a trailer room add-on since last November. It was beautifully constructed if not a little grandiose and we considered turning it into a clubhouse of sorts for the park but it was on a prime lot and needed work. A friend of ours decided to take it and considering he had a zoom boom, it was an ideal situation. Derrick and Mike came over yesterday with the equipment and managed to get it out to the road without damaging anything or taking down any telephone or hydro wires (yes, the building was that big). It is currently sitting at the side of the road in visitor parking on an ice hut ski. Now we are just waiting on the snow so they can haul it down the road to their empty lot off Muskeg Road. Was pretty cool to watch the process.
April 4, 2016 - 7:43 a.m.
The cold front definitely came through but still didn't get as cold as forecasted. It hit -12 here last night and was only -7 yesterday but at least the sun came out. I did end up going to the clinic for medication. The doctor figured since I know the symptoms, he gave me two prescriptions just in case. I sincerely hope this is the last bout. I'm feeling okay so am going to work in the office today. Have some catching up to do and since there is suppose to be some +20 plus weather heading our way next week, this is the time to get it done. The water fowl have already started the breeding process and nests are being built. Had a few people walk through the park yesterday so think everyone is getting anxious for the camping season to begin. Going to be a while yet and there is still quite a bit of snow on the property but for the most part, it's drying up nicely. Received some great news yesterday. The MNRF is going to allow LNSA (Lake Nipissing Shareholders Association) to restock Lake Nipissing this year. They are currently seeking volunteers to help with the process. Anyone interested in donating their time, even if for a few hours, please contact (705) 495-9897 for more information.
April 3, 2016 - 7:47 a.m.
The sun actually made an appearance yesterday. Reached a high of -2 but started snowing later in the evening and temps dropped to -11 here overnight. At least it didn't get as cold as they had forecasted. Sun is shining this morning and it looks much nicer out than it actually is. The cold weather is going to stick around for a couple of days and will gradually get back to seasonal temps. Moose Creek stayed open overnight and didn't freeze which is good news for the animals. I noticed yesterday a pair of last year's Mallards have returned. The female has a lame foot from a turtle injury but looks like she survived the winter and is ready to have more ducklings. It's painful to watch her hobble around but she seems to have adapted quite nicely. We also had a pair of wood ducks return and they were up on the rock after some corn yesterday. They nested in our bush last year so have returned to do the same this year. Pretty hard to believe they nest in trees and they are pretty cool looking. Their call is different than any other duck also. I'm off to the medical clinic this morning as shingles have returned. Really don't care to repeat the last six months any time soon. I should be fine as I'm catching it in time but am definitely getting the vaccine once this bout passes. Was going to after the last bout but then life just happened.
April 2, 2016 - 7:29 a.m.
Winter is still sticking around and I have to say, I'm getting pretty tired of it. We were starting to see some spotty green patches of grass but unfortunately, it snowed enough again yesterday to cover it all back up again. Seriously? It also dipped below zero overnight and is currently -3. We have a few very light flurries this morning and they are calling for them all day. Enough already!! Dan called the government yesterday as they haven't updated the dam site for three weeks to let us know what the water levels in Lake Nipissing are. They update every Monday and it's good for us to know as we need to prepare in case of flooding. Apparently they are working on the dam right now so no doubt they are letting water out of the lake. That's good considering the rainfall we received this week as well as the spring run off. As long as they are monitoring so not to mess with the spawn like they did the last time they did work on the dam. The water was so low in 2010, we missed that class of fish the following year as the eggs were high and dry while they completed the work. It also created a lot of problems for people with docks that year as there was no water. I remember it well as we needed to shuttle people to the water's edge in our golf cart just so they could go swimming. Our bay was nearly half empty. I guess a maintenance schedule needs to be maintained but at what price to our wildlife? You'd think they'd be better off waiting until late August.
April 1, 2016 - 7:41 a.m.
I zipped into town yesterday for errands and then came home and made supper for Donna, Dan and I. Had a good visit. After supper the bad weather really started. It was raining so hard our satellite tv and Internet went down until the rain slowed. Received an enormous amount of rain yesterday and even our drains in the house started to slow as our septic system was saturated. Highway 522 which is about 20 minutes from us had a let-go beaver dam wash out over a kilometre of road. Unfortunately the people living in that are in for a long detour haul as it will be sometime before they'll be able to repair it. Our creeks and ditches are all full and running fast, likely will be until the water recedes or absorbs. Was also very mild yesterday peaking around +7 but the cold front is on its way in today and are calling for -15 temps for the weekend. Considering how very mild our winter was, it sure is trying to hold on.
March 31, 2016 - 7:44 a.m.
The temperatures were a high of 6 yesterday and only down to 3 overnight. Rain started after dark and continued throughout the night. Still raining. Going to rain all day. We've lost a lot of snow now and as the temps are suppose to hit 8 degrees this afternoon, suspect we'll lose much more. Lake Nipissing has turned opaque but still hasn't opened up yet. At least not from what we can see. Hard to tell but parts of the main body may have open water as the pressure crack looks like it has broken ice shoved up against it. After today, wouldn't be surprised if our bay starts to open or some ice sink. I'm heading to town shortly and then think Donna is coming over late afternoon and staying for supper. Mitch is out of town working so she's a little lonely for company. Going to make chicken parmesan regardless.
March 30, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.
Dan and I had a good day yesterday. The sun was shining, the temps mild, so we decided to go into town to do some errands and get some lunch. Did a lot of running but managed to get everything we wanted. Didn't get home until after 4:00 but all in all, a good day. I have to go back into town tomorrow as the muffler fell off Dan's tractor and was a special order not due in until tomorrow. Good thing they aren't calling for snow in the forecast. They are calling for lots and lots of rain however. Suppose to start tonight and continue through tomorrow, heavy at times and anywhere from 35 to 50 mm. That will certainly help get the ice off Lake Nipissing but there are warnings of flooding. We took a little detour yesterday on our travels to look at Wasi Falls. They were running but not quite full steam just yet. I suspect the rainfall will have lots of falls running dangerously fast. Moose Creek is wide open and is starting to carve a little river into the entrance of our bay. Love it when spring starts to bring things back to life.
March 29, 2016 - 7:35 a.m.
We had quite the little storm here yesterday. It snowed for a good portion of the morning and it was the heavy thick stuff so received quite a bit of it in a short period of time. Our power went out briefly but it also knocked out our tv and Internet. The afternoon turned out to be like a completely different day. The sun came out and started melting everything immediately and the sunset was beautiful. It didn't get nearly as cold as forecasted and is currently -6. Suppose to be sunny with a high of +4 today but think the temps will get warmer. Moose Creek stayed open last night so I'm sure with all the run off, it will be flowing at a good clip all day today. Good for the wildlife.
March 28, 2016 - 7:18 a.m.
We woke up to rain but it has since turned to heavy snow and looks like we are going to get upwards of 15 cm. Was another beautiful day yesterday and although Mitch was called out of town on a job, Donna had Dan and I, Annie, Craig and Dave over for potluck Easter dinner yesterday. Had a ton of food and everything was delicious. Not sure what we are doing today but feels like a movie and/or book day by the looks of the weather.
March 27, 2016 - 7:40 a.m.
Happy Easter everyone!!! What a beautifully gorgeous day yesterday. I was going to clean my entire house but only got a portion finished as we decided to get out of the house and enjoy the day.