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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was a proactive multi-tasker yesterday.  Did some cooking, cleaning and laundry in preparation for my operation tomorrow.  Won't be able to do much of anything for a bit so pre-made some meals, did all the laundry and cleaned the house.  Still have a bit of cleaning to do this morning as I didn't get everything I wanted finished.  After that I'm heading into town for a last minute run.  I need to be at the hospital in Sudbury for 11:00 tomorrow morning which means leaving here around 8:30.  Going to be a long day for me tomorrow as I'll be coming home afterwards as long as there are no complications.  Paula is taking me as we have a full house of check-ins tomorrow so Dan needs to be here for that.  I've been watching nature the past week or so and can't believe there are still a few hummingbirds sticking around.  I wouldn't be surprised if they left yesterday or today as it went to 3 here overnight and were calling for frost.  With us being on the water, we tend to get the frost later than a little more inland so it likely dipped to zero elsewhere.  Been quite a few flocks of geese flying south the past week also.  Definitely an early autumn.  I would like to wish my brother Kim a very happy birthday tomorrow.  Hope you have a great day!!


Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.

                                                      Thomas Carlyle

September 16, 2014 - 8:26 a.m.

Sad news this week.  Rob Bettiol, a friend and tenant of ours, passed away on Saturday.  For those of you wishing to pay respects, visitation is from 4-8 on Thursday and 10-11:30 on Friday.  Funeral is Friday at 11:30.  Hillside Funeral Home in North Bay.  So very sad and our thoughts and prayers to Lianne, family and friends.

September 15, 2014 - 8:58 a.m.

Dan finally found Halo around 2:00 yesterday afternoon.  She was hiding in our storage building which I had checked 3 or 4 times.  Dan said he just happened to see her eyes gleam (like cat eyes do) or he wouldn't have seen her.  She was frightened and wouldn't come to us so had to corner her and as a result, both of us ended up with bites to the bone which are swollen and bruised.  Halo got us good and if anything would have come after her, I think she would have been able to hold her own for a while.  At any rate, she's back in the house now and very lovey dovey today so don't think she'll be trying to venture out again anytime soon.  I'm cleaning a cottage today and now sure what else at this time.  I've lots to do before my operation on Friday.


The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

                                                                   Friedrich Nietszche

September 14, 2014 - 7:58 a.m.

Had a few friends over yesterday afternoon and most of them ended up staying for supper.  Had a really good time but this morning is a complete mystery.  I went to bed before everyone had left (Dan stayed up).  When I got up this morning, one of my cats went missing.  Halo never goes outside but is known to hide in the house.  I searched but the telling sign was when I opened the cat food tin.  She usually comes running but not this morning.  I've been out searching the grounds as has Dan but no Halo.  We're worried sick.  Here's hoping she shows up sometime today because with all the predators around here, she's not feral enough to survive.  Fingers crossed.  If anyone in the hood sees her, please give me a call.  She's full grown but not a very big cat.  Light reddy beige in colour.  Tabby.


September 13, 2014 - 8:56 a.m.

Would like to wish a very happy birthday to Dan.  He's 51 years young today.  We were going to have a bit of an afternoon party but that has been cancelled due to inclement weather yet again.  It's currently 7 degrees but only because we're next to warm water.  It's chilly and damp and still raining.  Just a miserable day.  Would have been nice to sleep in and read a book but I've things to do.  I'm making beef stroghanoff and bread pudding for Dan for his birthday and we may or may not have friends join us.  Couldn't blame anyone if they didn't want to come out in this weather.  It really is quite nasty but at least it's not snow (although if feels like it could snow).


In literature as in love we are astounded by what is chosen by others.

                                                                  Andre Maurois

September 12, 2014 - 9:57 a.m.

Well just how miserable can it possibly get?  At least it's not snowing like in Alberta.  We did get our fair share of rain on Wednesday night.  Cats and dogs I think is the term :o)  Wasn't raining yesterday but very windy and very chilly.  Wasn't a good outdoor day in the least.  Today it's still somewhat windy and overcast and the temp is just sitting around 7 degrees.   Suppose to dip to 0 tonight so there goes alot of the summer plants.  Sun is trying to make an appearance today and hopefully it'll clear up this afternoon but not looking good.  I'm heading to town to do some banking and pick up a few things and then see what I feel like doing when I get home.  Dan's cutting the grass but more mulching the leaves than anything else.


The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.

                                                               Margaret Atwood

September 9, 2014 - 9:12 a.m.

Absolutely a beautiful day yesterday.  One of the best of the season as a matter of fact.  Today is just as nice.  Cool nights with warm sunny afternoons.  Can't beat it.  I cleaned cottages yesterday and then tried to decipher my new benefits manual which I found to be contradictory.  Today I'm heading into town this morning after some office work and then probably tinkle around outside this afternoon with the gardens.  Leaves are starting to fall quick rapidly now and some trees are further ahead than others.  Lots of red showing now which I'm really now ready for.  I won't be updating my blog tomorrow as I'm heading to Sudbury to the specialist first thing in the morning.  Suppose to rain, as it usually does whenever I go to Sudbury.  Sigh.


Real life seems to have no plots.

                                                                  Ivy Compton-Burnett

September 8, 2014 - 9:12 a.m.

Well I've already showered, cleaned up the house and helped Dan measure a roof.  We have one more tin roof to put on and then all our buildings are complete.  Shingles just don't last up here.  We've already re-shingled this particular roof since we bought in 2000 and it's in need of replacement again.  Doesn't take long.  I'm cleaning a cottage today and then I want to start tackling my house.  Lots to get done before my operation so it looks like a very nice week to be outside.  Really want to clean windows this week.  It's been a horrible summer for dirty buildings.  Power washing only keep them looking nice until the next bout of rain.  We've lucked out and had very nice weather for the past couple of days and it's staying that way for most of the week apparently.  Going to get a tad cooler next week so enjoying what we can while we can.


I can find my biography in every fable that I read.

                                                                           Ralph Waldo Emerson

September 7, 2014 - 8:55 a.m.

So somebody called and woke us up at 6:30 this morning.  Who does that?  A solicitor no doubt as the number was "private".  Had a great day yesterday.  Cleaned in the morning and then parked my butt in the sun for the rest of the day.  Had a chat with Mike Harris (yes, that Mike Harris) as he was pulling his seadoo out for the season.  Can't believe it's that time of year already.  Ended up getting a campfire going and everyone partook of the festivities.  Was an early night though as the temp dropped to 8 overnight.  Going to warm up quickly this morning though.  Can already feel the warmth of the sun and it's not quite 9:00 yet.  Another great day.  Just might be able to beach it for a change.


We're all in this together - by ourselves.

                                                                       Lily Tomlin

September 6, 2014 - 8:58 a.m.

Dodged another bullet yesterday.  Looked like we were going to get slammed at one point but once the storm reached Lake Nipissing, it diminished.  We really only received a little wind for a brief time and a few "spits" here and there.  Barrie was another story as was further south.  North wind came through overnight and when we woke up this morning, the humidity was completely gone and it feels like a nice autumn day.  Sun was out but it's become cloudy, however the sun is due to come back out by noon.  I've one more cottage to clean and then I'm free for most of the weekend.  I do have lots to do this and next week as my surgery date for my wrist is September 19th so have lots to accomplish beforehand.  Recovery time is longer then anticipated so things must get done. 


An act of God was defined as something which on reasonable man could have expected.

                                                                     A.P. Herbert

September 5, 2014 - 8:54 a.m.

The weather doesn't look good for any part of Ontario today.  Tornado warnings up everywhere or at the very least, severe thunderstorms.  We're going to get hit for sure sometime either late this morning or early afternoon.  Just hope we don't lose power.  I'm getting supper organized so that if we do, we can always put it on the que to cook.  Better to be prepared.  Keeping my fingers crossed that by the time it reaches Lake Nipissing, the lake splits it as she usually does and we don't get anything too severe.  Can't stand it when we lose trees because it's always the healthy ones instead of deadwood.  Why is that?  Anyhow, cleaning to do this morning and then think Paula and I are going to get a game of some sort going as it's not going to be an outdoor type of day.


One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of one's triumph.

                                                                                 Franz Kafka

September 4, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Another week that started out with an awesome sunny forecast only to be deceived due to rain clouds moving into the vicinity.  Was nice yesterday but started clouding over late in the afternoon.  Got up this morning to rain clouds and a brief little spit.  Suppose to get a shower and then clear up but at this stage of the game, we know how that goes.  Did my town run yesterday and today I'm cleaning.  Not much more than that on my agenda.  Dan was able to get the grass cut this week so he's not got much pressing.  Apparently he's going to help Alf build a deck and shed over the next week or so.


Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest.

                                          Comtesse Diane (Marie de Beausacq)

September 3, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Had a nasty little storm roll through here just around dark last night.  Thunder, lightning and then the high winds came.  Once they arrived, so did the torrential rain.  The rain didn't last very long but it was pretty intense for a bit.  Was a beautiful day prior to the storm yesterday and the sun is shining this morning so can't ask for more than that.  I think I'm heading to town this morning.  Have a few errands.  Don't really want to as it's going to be the nicest day of the week.  May just hold off until tomorrow but see how it goes.  Apparently the one big doe that is waiting on me every morning was outside my window snorting at me this morning.  Since I sleep with a fan on me, didn't hear a thing but I guess I didn't get out there to feed her quite early enough today.  Blatantly demanding if you ask me :o)


I believe I've found the missing link between animal and civilized man.  It is us.

                                                            Konrad Lorenz           

September 2, 2014 - 9:20 a.m.

A beautiful day for the kids to start school.  Going to be nice all week by the looks of things.  Figures.  Rained here all summer and now that the kids are gone, it's nice enough for them to be outdoors.  LOL.  Had a homing pigeon show up yesterday just after lunch.  Must have gotten blown off course during the storm the night before.  We had one show up the exact same time a few years back so there must be some big race on every Labour Day weekend.  Don't these people check the forecasts?  At any rate, I water and fed it and it just rested on our back deck for the day and then flew off just before the storm hit last night.  We received at least a good inch or two of rain.  Was sporadic but when it did