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August 4, 2015 - 8:01 a.m.

What a glorious morning.  It's windy but a nice cool breeze.  The sun is shining but there are clouds all around us and calling for showers and/or thunderstorms later on.  I'll take what I can get.  The temps dropped to 15 overnight at the lake and all the humidity is gone.  It's been windy for a few days so we need some southern weather to push up and turn on the heat.  Great working weather though.  Not sure what I'm doing today but it's going to involve cleaning and/or yardwork.  See what the weather brings. 

August 3, 2015 - 7:03 a.m.

What a great time I had Saturday.  Finished my work early and ended into town around 11:30.  Annie and I went to the waterfront in North Bay for the 'Summer in the Park' festivities.  Spent the afternoon and then out for a nice Chinese food supper.  Back to the waterfront to see Alan Frew of Glass Tiger fame but Burton Cummings, who followed Frew, was just awesome.  The man still has it and played well over two hours.  Been a long time since I've been to an outdoor concert and I wasn't disappointed.  I spent the night at Annie's and we were up late yipping but up fairly early yesterday morning.  Went out for a nice breakfast before I headed home.  Dan held down the fort while I played, so it was nice to come home and have nothing to worry about.  Didn't do much yesterday as we had another storm come through.  A little thunder and some rain.  It's overcast this morning and calling for another storm but it may miss us.  Not looking like a great week weatherwise but everything is suppose to blow through by Thursday.  Of course now that I'm pretty much caught up, the weather turns.  I'd love to just spend a few days outdoors gardening, swimming and maybe going for a boat ride.  Sigh.

August 1, 2015 - 8:07 a.m.

Wow!!  Had a wild storm come through last night.  Had one earlier in the day that produced a little hail here but I was in the Bay.  Could see the storm clouds all around the lake.  The second one that came through was nasty but could have been a lot worse.  It produced high winds and rain which dropped the temps and got rid of the humidity.  Once the wind died down, the lightning started.  Had a couple of really good cracks which sounded like they were right here.  One lit up the whole park and the crack was immediate and deafening so think it hit a tree right across the creek.  We did get some decent rain, which was badly needed.  Suppose to be a high of 24 today with a mix of sun and cloud and possibility of a thunderstorm late in the day.  I am going to "Summer in the Park" today while Dan takes care of business.  Going to see Alan Frew and Burton Cummings tonight with Annie and staying the night in town at her place.  So looking forward to some "me" time.  Dan is encouraging it because I've had a very busy 3-4 weeks.  

July 31, 2015 - 9:13 a.m.

I was up at 6:15 this morning, fed the cats and went back to bed.  Been a long week for me and I didn't sleep well last night.  Don't know it is about me and full moons but happens every time.  I rarely get a good nights sleep for 2-3 days before.  Anyhoo I'm off to clean a cottage this morning and then I'm heading into town.  The weather has cooled considerably as the cold front blew in big time last night.  It was probably the windiest it's been all season.  It howled for about 4 hours and then calmed down in the wee hours.  Suppose to reach 24 today but calling for a low possibility of an afternoon thunderstorm and/or shower.  We are badly in need of rain up here.  Finally getting a decent summer as the weather has been great.  The next few days will be in the 20's and think we'll have more sun than cloud.

July 30, 2015 - 8:09 a.m.

The air is much nicer today.  We reached 32 yesterday but very humid, stuffy and stale air.  Had a little rain last night so easier to breathe today.  Still, it's suppose to hit 29 again today with the humidex.  I actually slept in this morning as I didn't sleep well last night.  Must be the blue moon which has nearly peaked.  Finished my books yesterday and today I'm cleaning.  Again.  Rather just park my butt in the water.  May just do that this afternoon.  Dan has boats to clean and maybe a little grass to cut.  The long-term forecast has a low percentage of rain in it for the next 5 days.  I hope we don't get much on Saturday as I'm going to the waterfront with Annie after my work is done.

July 29, 2015 - 6:28 p.m.

Holy heat batman!!!  She was a scorcher yesterday and from what I could tell, pretty much everyone on the property was in the water at one point or another.  I cleaned a cottage early in the morning and that was enough labour for me.  The temperature reached 32 but with the blazing sun and humidity, it registered 38.  Not complaining, just saying.  After cleaning, I escaped the heat in the office where I worked on the books until 4:00.  It actually started getting warm in the shop as it had full sun exposure by around 2:00.  I'm heading out right shortly to water flowers.  Although they are calling for thunderstorms later this evening, we may not get them.  I don't think we're going to get a huge break from the heat but hopefully a good storm will at least break the humidity.  I'll be in the office all day again today so should stay cool enough.  Calling for 31 again today.  It's already 20 and the sun is just starting to rise.  I didn't really see Dan much yesterday but am sure he beat the heat staying indoors for most of it.  He certainly doesn't need to worry about cutting the grass this week.  It'll just burn it if he does.   So glad I don't live in a big city...although I'd probably have air conditioning if I did.  Lol.

July 28, 2015 - 6:40 a.m.

Wow!!!  Talk about heat warnings!!  Hit 36 yesterday with the 93% humidity we are experiencing but the gauge registered only 30.  Only 30.  Lol.  I hear one person complain about how hot it is, I'll remind them of our -40 temps that'll be around in a few short months.  Dan and I closed our house up first thing yesterday morning so managed to keep things relatively cool.  Did the same thing this morning when I got up at 5:45.  I'm hopping in the shower right shortly and then starting on my work.  I've cottages to clean and two solid days of bookwork to get done before the weekend.  Going to be a very busy week for me but once Saturday rolls around I just might be able to relax a bit and enjoy what's left of the summer.  Well, as much as is possible while operating a seasonal business.  The grass growing season has slowed down so Dan isn't in a panic to get it done.  He can't be in the hot sun so will have to do the yard maintenance in early morning and after supper for the next few days.  He also has some boats to clean but if anything, that should cool him down.  Going to 32 today so imagine it'll be closer to 40 with the humidex.  Better get to it!!

July 26, 2015 - 8:02 a.m.

Was a beautiful day yesterday once the morning showers stopped.  Didn't get very much rain before the sun started shining again.  However, it was very hot but more humid all day and we had rumblings in the distance for seversl hours in the early evening.  Just around 8:00 p.m., we had a brief thunderstorm in the distance and a bit more rain here.  Was hoping it would rain throughout the night as we need it so badly.  I'm doing some work this morning and then hoping to either get on a boat or beach it.  Calling for possibility of thunderstorms late in the day but think it'll be a pop up storm due to daytime heating.  Suppose to have highs in the 30's the next few days.  I'll be closing the house up tomorrow morning to keep it cool.  Should today but am going to hold off.

July 24, 2015 - 6:14 a.m.

Had a beautiful day yesterday although is was a tad windy for most of the day.  Temps got to 22 and down to 12 overnight.  Overcast this morning but suppose to clear a little later.  Our friends, Peg and Daryl flew out of Toronto last night for Calgary.  So glad they missed all the tornadic activity going on there yesterday.  Their daughter actually texted me yesterday in a panic as she wasn't sure what time they were flying and the tornado sirens had gone off.  Gotta be pretty scary but I think it's a sign of the times.  I cleaned most of the day, as I am today.   The highlight of my day was last night when Red finally showed her sweet baby fawn to us.  Playful little thing.  At least now I get why she was coming up by herself so often earlier in the season.  Her yearlings were babysitting while she ate and rested.  Now baby is big enough, she's starting to wean it.  Amazing what can be learned from observing nature.

July 23, 2015 - 6:47 a.m.

Things are pretty much back to normal around here and I'm sure our current guests are finally enjoying some peace and quiet.  We spent yesterday cleaning up the last of the mess, returning tables and chairs, picking up little bits or garbage, etc.  I also did some cottage laundry so will be cleaning cottages today.  It certainly cooled down when the winds came through here yesterday morning.  Carried the humidity away and dropped the temps to a more tolerable 23.  We've got clouds this morning and it's fairly calm but we could see some brief showers.  A few of the deer have come out of hiding as Red was up with her yearling doe and buck.  The buck is so cute.  He has two little antlers about 4 inches long and straight up.  We also have a hawk around that I'd like to go away.  I keep finding feathers in the mornings and saw it take a blackbird the other day.  Haven't seen it since the weekend so am hoping the commotion scared it off indefinitely.  Easy pickings here so it'll most likely be back.

July 22, 2015 - 6:31 a.m.

What a busy and fun few days we've had!!!  Our party was a great success.  The weather cooperated although we did have a few sprinkles of rain early in the day on Saturday but the sun shone and we all had alot of fun.  Food was excellent, band played for most of the festivities and then we had a really good fireworks display.  Sunday we had a sit-in-the-water day as it was very hot (hit 30) but breezy so couldn't boat.  Yesterday we had some of our southern friends leave for home so the rest of us just vegged and had a lazy day.  Peggy and Daryl are leaving this morning for Toronto and then fly home to Calgary tomorrow.  Always sad to see them go.  The weather cooled down over night with a cool northern breeze and only suppose to hit 23 today.  It's back to the grind for us and will be spending the day cleaning up the last remaining bits of party mess.  I've also got some cottage cleaning to pick at for the next round of guests.

July 18, 2015 - 7:50 a.m.

It rained all day and into the night yesterday which was perfect as we badly needed the rain.  We managed to get everything done that needed doing and all our from out of town guests arrived safely.  Had a great reunion with the "Mexico" girls (and spouses) but we didn't indulge too much.  Some left right at dusk to head to their rooms in North Bay while the rest of us were in bed by 11:00.  Six are golfing this morning while I clean up last night's mess and do the changeover this morning.  Dan's going to get things set up and organized.  Party starts later this afternoon and looks like we'll have a crowd and thankfully the weather is cooperating today.  Sunny with clouds, mid to high 20's.  I think there just may be a lot of swimming going on!!!

July 17, 2015 - 7:29 a.m.

What a long day for Dan and I yesterday.  We are having our annual party tomorrow so lots to do this week but we are on the home stretch.  Expecting anywhere from 75-100 people and think the weather will be the determining factor on how many actually attend.  Thank God for friends as we've gotten alot of help in preparation.  We're having a band play on the beach and festivities begin at 3:00 so praying for a beautiful day.  Yesterday I cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms in the morning and then weeded and thoroughly watered all the flowers.  Didn't get done until 6:00.  Dan power-washed all the buildings, manicured the grounds and was still staining picnic tables at 7:00 last night.  Looks just awesome around here but could use some rain to keep the dust down.  Think we're getting it today.  The temps were a high of 26 yesterday, down to 16 overnight and not suppose to get much warmer today as a coldfront followed by a warmfront is coming through.  Calling for thunderstorms and showers.  Tomorrow going to be hot, around 26 and hopefully sunny.  Better get moving as my house is a disastet area and I have food prep to do.  Did I mention I have the girls (and spouses) coming today that I go to Mexico with every year?  Unfortunately couldn't put them all up as we're booked but we are having a somewhat of a Mexican dinner tonight.  Can't be a late one as we have changeover and party prep tomorrow.  I think by the time Tuesday rolls around, we're going to be exhausted.  S'ok, that's what summer is for!!!

July 16, 2015 - 6:53 a.m.

What a long day I had yesterday.  Not sure exactly what I accomplished but I didn't stop until 7:00 last night.  Dan got all the grass cut among other things and he was pretty busy himself.  I'm cleaning a cottage and the public washrooms this morning and then giving all the flowers a good soaking this afternoon.  Calling for showers and hot weather for the upcoming 4-5 days but low percentage of precipitation and getting progressively warmer until Sunday when it's suppose to hit 28.  Hopefully we'll get some boating in somewhere along the way.  Yesterday started out chilly in the morning but it warmed up nicely and the high reached 23 with sun all day.  Down to 9 last night but in for the same type of day today with a high of 25.  Better get at 'er.

July 15, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.

What a difference a few hours make!!  Was hot and humid yesterday reaching a high of 25 but then the winds started.  At least they waited until late afternoon and didn't get quite as bad as anticipated.  However, the humidity was cleared and it dropped to 10 overnight.  Sunny again this morning and looks like we'll have nice weather through the weekend.  Was a 60% chance of a shower yesterday but all we received was a few little spits so looks like I'll be watering some flowers when I get home from town this afternoon. 

July 14, 2015 - 6:14 a.m.

We are going to get some relief from the heat today.  Winds are going to come in like a hammer from the sounds of things.  It was very hot, hazy and humid yesterday with temperatures near 30 but higher with the humidex.  I worked in the gardens until I couldn't take anymore.  I then showered and headed into town briefly and really enjoyed the air conditioning in my car (which I rarely use).  Temps dropped to 19 overnight but due to dip to 8 tonight.  A bit extreme.  My flowers were just starting to look beautiful.  Sssooooo I'm heading outside right shortly to stack the beach chairs and see if I can somehow protect my flowers from the wind or they'll be looking quite ratty after being blown around; until the winds die down tomorrow.  Going to be nasty and definitely indoor weather today.

July 13, 2015 - 6:06 a.m.

We are definitely having a stretch of gorgeous weather.  Sunny again yesterday with a high of nearly 29 by the lake.  With the humidex it likely hit 35 away from the water.  I didn't have the energy to do anything but stay cool yesterday so finished a book.  I managed to keep the house relatively cool by closing the house up so early as I did again this morning.  They were calling for thunderstorms yesterday but nothing materialized.  High of 27 today but hopefully we'll get the showers they speak of tomorrow.  I'm heading outside right shortly to do some more gardening before it gets too hot.  Which means I'll likely need to cool down by noon.  Can't complain.  We've had nicer weather in the past few weeks than all of last summer.  Guests can't complain as it's been pretty nice beach time.  Gotta love the North.  Hot during the day but cools down during the evening so one can sleep comfortably.  Dropped to 15 overnight so going to warm up quickly as soon as the sun gets a tad higher.

July 12, 2015 - 8:07 a.m.

What a wonderful day yesterday.  Did all the watering and then the cottage cleaning.  Cooked a potato sald and devilled eggs and then Dan and I hopped on Larry and Trish's boat for another great day on the water.  We ended up in Campbell's Bay where we swam, admired other boats and had a bbq.  Was awesome and exremely hot and humid.  We know how to beat the heat.  Was a long day so kind of dragging today.  I got up at 5:30 this morning to close the house up as it went down to 19 overnight so much cooler in the house then is was yesterday.  There is a heat advisory for today with temps hitting the low 30's so am definitely taking it easy.  Think i'll likely beach it in the shade and have lots of swims.

July 11, 2015 - 6:00 a.m.

Was outside watering and weeding by 7:00 yesterday morning and stuck with it until just after noon but had to stop as I was overheating.  The humidity was a killer for me yesterday.  Dan and I zipped down to Callander by boat just to cool down but think I might have gotten to much heat/sun exposure as I wasn't feeling well later in the early evening.  Just came in the house to cool down and went to bed early.  Dan visited out in the park for a bit but came home when the sun set.  I've changeover today but am heading outside right shortly to water some more flowers as they are calling for a high of 29 today.  I'm hoping to start the cottage cleaning as early as possible (will depend on how timely our guests check out) before it gets unbearably hot.  After that, not sure what's on our agenda.  Be nice if it involved a boat but calling for possibility of thunderstorms today so may just beach it and go for regular swims.

July 10, 2015 - 6:39 a.m.

Managed to get quite a bit accomplished yesterday.  Cleaned first thing in the morning and then started weeding the bedrock.  Stayed at it until it got too warm and moved on to something else.  Was another beautiful day in paradise.  The wind kicked up briefly giving us a nice lake breeze and temps hit 24.  I'm heading out right shortly to continue my weeding as the next 3 days are suppose to be wicked hot.  Highs of 30 through the weekend and air quality alerts have been posted.  Looks like we'll be wanting to get our work done first thing in the morning for the few days. No whining here after the winter we had...

July 9, 2015 - 7:29 a.m.

We made a nice discovery yesterday morning.  A bear had wandered through our property and must have smelled fish guts in our garbage trailer.  It ripped the door, which was strongly bolted, right off it's hinges.  There had been a cub spotted by one of our guests a few days earlier so not something I'd like to tangle with.  We've had a bear pass through before and also do damage to our trailer but they've never stuck around so am hoping that's the case this time as well.  Between interruptions yesterday I managed to get two cottages cleaned yesterday among other things.  Today I'm cleaning one more and then hitting the bedrock garden.  Can't keep up with the crabgrass that keeps popping up and just can't seem to get rid of it once and for all.  Between the rain and hot weather, it's thriving.  Wish my flowers were doing as well.  Was a beautiful day yesterday.  Sunny and high of 23, down to 11 overnight.  Suppose to be partly cloudy and high of 26 today.  They now have some showers in the long term forecast but will need them if it gets as hot as they are saying it's going to be.

July 8, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

'Tis a beautiful morning.  It's still a tad windy and cool but the sun is shining and is suppose to hit a high of 24.  Dropped to 14 overnight but we're on the water so likely a bit cooler in town.  Was very humid yesterday morning and the showers started just as I was finishing up watering the gardens and pots that needed it.  We didn't get very much rain and then the winds came in like a hammer and blew away all the humidity.  Great sleeping weather for sure.  I managed to get everything accomplished that I wanted to yesterday.  This morning I'm cleaning 2 cottages and then doing some gardening this afternoon.  Dan'll be tinkering around doing something or other as we both manage to keep busy.  Always something to be done around here...

July 7, 2015 - 8:03 a.m.

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood and smoking hot.  Anyone complaining about the heat yesterday needs to give their head a shake.  It'll be snowing before we know it.  Reached a high of 28 and only down to 21 overnight.  It's currently overcast and calling for showers today.  I'm still watering a few plants beforehand as it's been very warm.  Have lots of cleaning to do over the next few days but looks to be glorious weather for the rest of the week.  Would like to get some gardening in as well so I'm going to stay busy.

July 6, 2015 - 8:45 a.m.

What a fantastic day we had yesterday.  Larry and Trish kindly took us pontooning down to the French River.  We explored for hours, dropped in on some friends, had a few swims and even bbq'd in Campbells Bay.  We were on the water all day and didn't get home until 9:00ish.  I don't think I've seen four more relaxed people in a long time.  Just a great summer day.  Temperature reached 27 and suppose to hit 29 today.  All sun this week with warm temps except for possible showers tomorrow.  I'll take it!!

July 4, 2015 - 7:56 a.m.

Happy Independence Day to our American friends.  Hope your day is filled with celebration and sunshine.  Dan and I both had a busy day yesterday.  I did my town run which took the better part of the day and then cleaned the public washrooms.  After that, I prepared the fresh strawberries Trish and Paula were kind enough to pick for me, for the freezer.  Beckers has the best strawberries on the planet.  Dan worked all day doing the weed eating and piddly stuff that needed doing.  It's changeover day today so I've 2 cottages to clean and check-outs/ins to do so will be busy for a while.  Looks like we may get some sun today although we did get a shower overnight.  Suppose to reach 25 today and nothing but sun and 26 tomorrow.  I'd say it's a boat day tomorrow for sure!!

July 3, 2015 - 7:28 a.m.

What a beautiful day yestetday.  Sun, sun and more sun.  Looks like we are in for a nice stretch of weather.  Hitting the high 20's for the next few days.  I'm zipping into town this morning and then hoping to do some flower dead heading later on.  Lake Nipissing is pretty calm this morning but it had been very rough the past couple of days.  Should be great boating this weekend.  Hopefully we can get out there sometime Sunday or Monday.

July 1, 2015 - 6:30 a.m.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!  Hope everyone has lots of festivities planned for today and that the weather cooperates for you.  Ours?  Not so much.  Was beautiful yesterday.  Hit a high of 25 lakeside but felt and likely was much warmer once you got away from the water.  Was sunny for the most part but the clouds started to move in late afternoon.  Cold front and showers arrived through the night.  It's a little chilly this morning as the humidity is gone but it's still 16 degrees.  I cleaned all day yesterday and am cleaning another cottage this morning.  Have some festivities planned for later today but don't know how that's going to pan out as it's pretty gloomy.  Make the best of it I suppose...

June 30, 2015 - 7:23 a.m.

Just an absolutely beautiful day yesterday.  Would have been nice to go for a boat ride but, sigh, I was inside cleaning all day.  Same thing today.  It reached a high of 25 and only down to 12 overnight.  Dan took the day off yesterday but was kind of helping Alf with his boat as he has a few problems with it.  Our pontoon is out of commission for a bit so God only knows when we'll get out on it.  Fishing has been pretty good lately.  People catching slot line or over.  A couple of good spots on the lake anyhow.  Currently sunny and calm but calling for thunderstorms later today.  Don't see anything on the radar so they could possibly develop as it's pretty humid.

June 29, 2015 - 8:12 a.m.

I actually slept in until 7:30 this morning.  What's up with that?  Was a miserable day yesterday but we made the most of it.  It pretty much rained on and off all day.  I did some cleaning and laundry and then Paula came over in the afternoon and we played a game of dominoes.  Alf joined us a little later and I cooked us all a nice stuffed chicken dinner followed by homemade fresh strawberry shortcake.  Was a great meal.  Red showed up after supper looking for some apples and was rather insistent as she was practically knocking on the door.  It was pretty funny actually.  I still haven't seen her baby but it's around as there have been several sightings.  Guess I'll just have to wait until Red is ready to introduce her/him to me.  Suppose to be mostly sunny and a high of 26 today so I bet it's going to get muggy.

June 28, 2015 - 6:22 a.m.

I can't belive it's nearly July already.  They had a fireworks display in Callander last night to celebrate Canada Day and we could hear them from our house. Couldn't see them but it sounded good.  Lol.  Hydro One is doing maintenance today so the power will be out this morning.  Thought I'd better get up early so I can get my shower in beforehand.  Dan brought the generator up to the house last night so at least the pump for the well will be working and people will have running water.  Weather was great yesterday although mostly overcast and hit a high of 25.  It's overcast again this morning and we may be in for some rain today but the sun is due to come out again tomorrow.  Thought I might clean out my fridge and freezers today since the power is going to be out anyhow but we'll see how that goes.  Hope everyone in Southern Ontario stayed high and dry yesterday although I'm sure there was more than one flooded basement.  Crazy weather.!

June 27, 2015 - 11:58 a.m.

Sorry I'm late this morning.  Had cleaning to do and guests to check in so been busy.  I have a beef to pick with our township and think I'm going to lodge a complaint.  They dug out the ditches and widened the road on Marion (around the corner from us) which is fine but they've totally destroyed the turtles natural habitat and did this during breeding season.  On our way home from the restaurant last night, there was a Blandings turtle trying to lay her eggs in t middle of the road (it was packed with fill and think they are resurfacing it).  I couldn't put her off the road as there was no where for her to lay eggs so I brought her home. She was hissing and hyperventilating but as soon I she smelled and then saw the water, she settled down.  I put her along the shoreline and she immediately found a spot to lay her eggs.  Blandings are endangered so I hope she likes her new home.  I've saved a couple of others and put them along the edge of the water so she'll have some company.  Looks to be another beautiful day.  Warm and hazy but calling for showers tomorrow.  Nothing like they are expecting in Southern Ontario, thankfully.

June 26, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.

Was a nice day yesterday although we did have clouds move through here and there but mostly sunny with a high of 22.  Dipped down to 9 overnight.  Sunny again all day today and the lake is close to window pane calm.  Red was spotted with her tiny baby fawn yesterday.  The reports of a dead baby were false.  It was actually a grown deer that had been there for some time.  It happens.  Glad to know Red is not grieving so all I can figure is she just needed some quiet time alone because she's been up by our house quite alot.  If she brought her baby out yesterday she's starting the weening process so likely won't see her quite as much.  Quite the animal as she wanders, saunters more like, around the property.  She has no fear as long as she is on the boundaries of our property as she knows no one will hurt her but Red has certainly done a number on everyone's flowers and hostas.  Speaking of flowers...i'm spending the day outside tending to them.  I wanted to yesterday but by the time I got home it was too hot and buggy to be up on the rock where it draws all the heat of the day.  So I painted the beach bench instead a nice vibrant blue.  Dan finished the grass cutting and weed eating so today he has a couple of boats to clean for our next round of guests.

June 25, 2015 - 6:37 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Reached a high if 22 with alternating sun and cloud.  I weeded some of the bedrock and kept at until around 4:00.  All my efforts didn't pay off this year as the oats from the deer feed all sprouted and are all through the garden.  Just have to keep at it and hopefully by mid-July I will have some beautiful blooms...if the deer don't eat all the buds.  Yesterday was grass cutting day for Dan so he did that and some weed eating but he's pretty much done for another week.  He also went to the dump yesterday which is a good thing as the fish guts were getting pretty ripe.  Lol.  Today he's cleaning up some boats for the guests coming in.  I've got to get to town briefly and then hitting the gardens again.  Looks to be a nice day but we do have some cloud at the moment.

June 24, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

What a day yesterday.  We had rain and sun and clouds and through it all, lots of wind.  It settled down somewhat for a brief period of time as the wind was changing direction but then it picked up again.  Most of the humidity is gone and it dipped to 12 overnight.  Saw the first of the baby Mallards this morning.  Not many, but at least a few have so far survived the turtles.  The goslings are already quite big, bigger than a full grown Mallard.  I have to say, the one big snapping turtle that has been coming for years to the same spot annually to lay her eggs, wasn't spotted this year.  There is also no evidence that she did.  I usually smooth the sand so critters aren't so inclined to dig up the nest.  She either made her nest elsewhere due to too much activity in the area this year (neighbours building) or something has happened to her.  I also didn't see any Blandings turtles.  Since they are endangered, I certainly hope nothing happened to them as we only had a few.  Hard to say with 2 harsh winters back to back.

June 23, 2015 - 7:58 a.m.

Just had a nice thunderstorm roll through here a bit ago.  Nice way to wake up.  Lol.  It was fairly brief but the rain was somewhat torrential.  It's still a high of 19 and rather humid.  Overcast but the sun is suppose to come out later this morning.  I didn't get the bedrock weeded yesterday as I opted to do other things on the property and I needn't have bothered raking and cleaning the beach as the lake is fairly rough and will likely wash more debris ashore but so far, so good.  I thought we lost all our cedar globe trees along the beach area due to winter kill but they seem to be coming back.  Gave them a little TLC yesterday to help them along.  Dan helped Alf out yesterday and not sure what either of us are doing today.  Always something to fill our days, that's for sure.

June 22, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

Hope everyone had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  I know we did!!  Needed to give my poor back a break but am getting into it again today.  Have the beach to rake and the rest of the bedrock garden to weed.  Red, the deer that has kind of become our mascot around here, has been hanging around the shop and the house more than normal.  She's also been sauntering around the park on a daily basis eating everyone's flowers.  Red is fairly tame but it's unusual for this time of year for her to be hanging around quite this much.  Well we were told yesterday that her baby died.  I know the general area of where the poor mite is so going to find and bury it today.  Don't know if the neighbours dogs got loose again and killed it but that wouldn't surprise me.  We were told that it didn't look maimed but it doesn't take much to kill a newborn fawn.   I just feel so badly for Red because she's always had babies this time of year and doesn't quite know what to do with herself.  Temperatures have been quite warm, hitting at least in the mid 20's.  Calling for showers and possibly a thunderstorm later today and tonight.  It's currently foggy and 16 but the sun should be out shortly.  Red is right now eating some apples as she was laying down outside the bedroom window when I got up so I gave her a treat.

June 21, 2015 - 9:45 a.m.

Happy Father's Day.!

June 20, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

I had a great day yesterday, Dan not so much.  He and Alf spent a good portion of the day building a new trailer septic pump out and it didn't go very smoothly for them.  Had to make several trips to town.  The kicker was they bought a clearly marked 4" rubber boot with gear clamps on it from Canadian Tire and when they got home, found it didn't fit.  When they measured it themselves, it was 5".  Dan was not a happy camper.  Lol.  I spent the day outside on the gardens.  Got all of them done and then started weeding the bedrock.  I only finished one section before my back started screaming and had to call it a day.  I didn't feel much like cooking so Dan, Alf and myself went to Mac's Grill for supper.  The boys shared pizza and wings and I had the ribs.  Was very good.  I'm hoping to do a bit more weeding this morning and if our guests arrive in a timely manner, we can go for a boat ride today.  We've yet to get out on one of our boats.

June 19, 2015 - 7:46 a.m.

We had a little sun in the morning while I was doing my running in town.  Shortly after I got home and had just finished unloading everything, it started to sprinkle.  Then rain, then thunderstorm, then torrential rain.  We received nearly 2 inches in an hour.  Needless to say, I didn't get my outdoor work accomplished.  It cooled things off and it is no longer humid but it went down to 7 overnight.  It's sunny this morning and suppose to stay that way so I'm heading outside right shortly.  Not sure what Dan did yesterday as I didn't see him until the rain started.  Just a beautiful, calm day today so going to take advantage of it!!

June 18, 2015 - 7:15 a.m.

What a great work-outside day yesterday.  It was overcast for the most part but the sun did make an appearance here and there.  Reached a high of 23.  I worked outside all day in the gardens while Dan did some running around in town.  I'm heading to town briefly this morning.  Only a couple of things to do and then hoping to finish the last of my gardens before the thunderstorms hit this afternoon.  Not sure what hubby is up to.

June 17, 2015 - 7:39 a.m.

Yesterday was just a beautiful day.  Sun was shining and it was a tad humid in the morning.  Dan and I worked all morning at getting rid of the kazillions of maple keys all over the place.  Needn't have bothered.  The wind picked up shortly after lunch ushering in the cold front.  Blew north all afternoon so some of the remaining keys were all over once again.  Just can't believe how heavy they are this year, the trees were all loaded with them.  Still, looks cleaner than before we started and the humidity is gone.  Dan weed-eated and cut grass in the afternoon while I weeded gardens, put down mulch and did some tree trimming.  I'm doing the same today and will hopefully get it  done.  Calling for sun this morning but it's currently overcast and only 12 degrees.

June 16, 2015 - 7:39 a.m.

Well I was having problems with my Kobo the past couple of days but that is now resolved.  Couldn't even get my keyboard up.  Technology is a wonderful thing when it's working properly.  How many times have I said that in the past?  Lol.  Yesterday I did some cleaning, namely the public washrooms and then washed my house windows and floors.  Everything will need another bath next week again as the pollen is pretty thick right now.  Only thing that gets rid of it is rain and I don't want anymore.  We did get a little sun yesterday but it was overcast for the most part.  Very humid this morning and only went down to 17 overnight.  We were suppose to get some showers during the night but doesn't appear that we did.  Looks like the sun is going to shine for us right shortly.  I'm doing some raking this morning.  Place looks so messy with maple keys everywhere and they aren't even all off the trees yet.  Dan power washed yesterday and this morning the deck already needs to be swept.

June 14, 2015 - 8:20 a.m.

It has been a beautiful weekend so far.  Sun came out just before supper time on Friday after raining most of the day.  Sat outside and watched the ducks play and the sun set.  Yesterday was very hazy and warm, temps reached a high of 24.  Didn't do much though.  Today it's overcast and calling for showers to start within the next couple of hours.  It's not too humid so doubt any storms will materialize, just a nice summer shower.  Lake is very calm.

June 11, 2015 - 7:32 a.m.

Wasn't a very nice day yesterday but I guess that's an understatement for some of our southern neighbours.  All we received here was a little bout of rain and a few drizzly showers.  Sky was dark and the wind picked up briefly later in the day but everything pretty much missed us.  Cold front is here and no humidity.  Went down to 13 overnight but feels cooler.  Red ate some more of my flowers yesterday the little bugger.  Just the flowers, not the plants so hopefully they'll come back if we ever get a long stretch of warm sunny weather.  She was sauntering around the park yesterday and eventually curled up by the boat trailers and had a nap.  We know she's given birth so was likely taking a break from her newborn(s).  Dan and I did some more work in the refurbished cottage yesterday.  One more day and it should be all done.  Sun is suppose to make an appearance sometime today but for now, it's perfect inside working weather.

June 10, 2015 - 7:38 a.m.

What a great day we had yesterday.  Some clouds, some sun, temperature reached a comfortable 22.  Did a little bit of everything while Dan cut grass.  He's cutting it a lot layely and that won't slow down until we start to see really warm temps.  There looks to be a doozy of a storm heading our way this morning.  We've had a few rumblings this year but no really good thunderstorms.  I love them as long as they aren't accompanied by dangerous winds.  Both Dan and I are working in a cottage today so perfect day for it.  

June 9, 2015 - 7:55 a.m.

Wasn't a very nice day weather wise yesterday.  Was overcast all day with temps only in the high teen's.  Down to 11 overnight.  Still overcast but looks like the sun is going to come out.  I can't believe how much pollen we have this year.  Always have quite a bit but I think more than usual this year.  The maples are just loaded with keys and are making a mess of everything.  Only about half of them have come down and they are absolutely everywhere.  I can see I'll be plucking baby maple trees all summer long.  Should probably save a few and plant them where I want them.  I didn't end up cleaning yesterday, other then my house but I'm heading out right shortly to get at the cottages.  I noticed yesterday a few of the male Mallards are starting to molt already.  This seems pretty early.  Also saw a pair of geese with one gosling and then right behind them, another pair with 16.  Sixteen.  Lots of baby geese this year.  Only 3 pairs come back every year to mate so thank God for that.  

June 8, 2015 - 6:58 a.m.

We did get rain as forecasted yesterday.  Quite a bit of it actually.  We could do without anymore for a few days.  Currently overcast and only went down to 16 overnight.  Dan didn't do much yesterday but then neither did I.  Caught up on my laundry, watered flowers that are in window boxes as they don't get the rain, did a bit of cleaning and once the rain started, read.  Today I'm cleaning cottages.  Calling for showers again overnight but sunny tomorrow.  Currently overcast.

June 7, 2015 - 9:52 a.m.

I just finished a delicious BLT with bacon from Northerner Meat Packers.  Yummy and thanks Trish for picking it up for us.  Had a great day yesterday.  The sun was shining and with no humidity, perfect for gardening, which I did until around 2:00.  Headed over to Liz's for girls night and had a blast.  Sat outside visiting while catching some rays then headed indoors when the skeets came out and played a silly game which was a blast.  Today I'm catching up on laundry since it's low time for hydro.  Lol.  Currently overcast but quite comfortable and calling for rain/showers tonight and tomorrow.

June 6 2015 - 7:18 a.m.

I decided to take a break from the bugs yesterday.  Didn't want to saturate myself with bug spray to plant the last little bit of flowers I have left.  Needless to say, with the weather change yesterday I'm heading outside to do that right shortly.  It rained until around noon so puddles were everywhere as we got quite a bit.  Was overcast for most of the day and then the sun came out just before suppertime.  Beautiful sunny day this morning.  Temps only got to about 17 yesterday and then dropped to 6 here (3 in North Bay) so a wee bit chilly this morning.  Perfect for what I need to do.  I have girls night later this afternoon so baked some cookies for the event yesterday after doing some house cleaning.  Outdoor work on my agenda today until then.

June 5, 2015 - 6:55 a.m.

Wow, what a great day yesterday.  I planted all day, got to my last garden and peetered out.  It's a shade garden and the mosquitos were so bad, they drove me into the house.  Today is another day.  It really got humid gradually throughout the day, went to a high of 22 and down to 15 overnight.  It was so humid around 5:00 this morning the "heat" woke me up.  I turned my fan up and went back to bed.  Shortly after, it started to rain.  Just pouring right now but suppose to clear up by noon.  Have some indoor work I can do this morning and as soon as it clears up, will finish the gardening.  It should be much easier anyhow with the ground being saturated.  Going to be beautiful tomorrow so alot of people should be in the park.

June 4, 2015 - 7:30 a.m.

Sorry I didn't update yesterday.  I had my town run to do and completely forgot.  Dan had a strenuous day on his back yesterday. He unloaded a full large trailer of wood and stacked it all on the beach.  After that he restacked a bunch of boulders along our breakwall.  Strong like bull.  I'm back to planting again today.  Nearly finished and then I just have to lay the mulch.  By the time I get all my planting finished, it will be time to weed everything.  Lol.  I really need to stop making new gardens, I have enough.  The past few days have been beautiful with temps in the low 20's and plenty of sun.  Today looks a little overcast this morning but I suspect the sun will burn it all off.  Suppose to hit 24 with a mixture of sun and cloud.  Possibility of a shower overnight but we could use a little rain.

June 2, 2015 - 6:50 a.m.

Beauty day for planting yesterday.  Temperatures hit 18 later in the day and for the most part, it was sunny, cool and bug free (almost).  Didn't get everything planted but did accomplish quite a bit.  Of course after all my hard work, I checked the forecast just before going to bed and it said "slight chance of frost".  Sigh.  Luckily it did get cool overnight at 4 degrees but I don't think we got any frost.  Temps are going to at least 20 today and not as cold overnight so I'd say the planting is safe now.  I'm usually done by now but the weather just hasn't cooperated this year.  Dan piddled around yesterday doing odd jobs.  There's always something needing doing.  Our fishermen did well yesterday.  I posted some pictures on our facebook page.  Nice 7 pound walleye.

June 1, 2015 - 6:48 a.m.

I cannot believe it's June already.  Where does the time go?  Was a nice sunny day yesterday but kind of chilly.  Only went to a high of 14 and down to 4 overnight.  Sun is out again this morning and suppose to hit 17 today.  I think I'm going to press my luck today and plant the rest of my flowers.  Put them in the shop but they aren't calling for frost, just low temps for the next few nights.  After the full moon tomorrow, things should warm up a bit.  I think some type of bird was in peril last night.  Woke me up out of a dead sleep and was screaming pretty good.  Not sure what type of bird but it finally went dead silent.  Gross.  Nature at it's finest.  Our guests have been doing well with the fishing.  Dan and I have yet to find the time to get out there.  Maybe sometime this week after supper.  Could really go for a fish dinner!!

May 30, 2015 - 7:31 a.m

Had a very busy morning and early afternoon yesterday.  Cleaned the public washrooms and then my house.  After that I planted all my flower pots.  I can't do the planters just yet due to the cold weather coming in today but by the middle of next week, all my planting should be done.  It hit a high of 27 yesterday, as forecasted.  Thankfully it wasn't overly humid but due to overnight showers, it is this morning.  However, the south winds are due to veer north later this morning dropping the temps from our current 19 to 10.  Suppose to go down to 4 overnight. They were originally forecasting a low of zero.  Couple of cool nights but after the full moon on Tuesday, everything should be good to go as far as the gardens are concerned.  I hauled all my flowers back to our shop deck as I'm putting them all inside this afternoon.  Donna and Mitch dropped over for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and then I made a nice steak dinner for the two of us since it was too warm to do anything but bbq.  We have a surprise birthday party to attend this afternoon which we're really looking forward to as there will be alot of people there we haven't seen for a while.  Our fishermen are quite happy.  They fished our bay last night and caught over 25 walleye, 10 of which were keepers over 18".  They obviously moved into the shallows sometime through the week as they weren't in yet last weekend.

May 29, 2015 - 6:41 a.m.

Was a pretty good day yesterday.  Temperatures reached 19 and it was sunny on and off.  Did my town run and then came home and started planting.  I just did the window boxes to start and am doing my pots today.  I am going to need to put them all in the shop for the next few days though.  Calling for a high of 27 today but temps are going to dip drastically tomorrow.  Just want to grt a leg up on the gardening.  I can finish the rest of the planters next week (after the full moon).  Not very humid just yet but suspect we'll be feeling it by noon so hoping to get most of my work done early.  Would love to get on the boat today once our guests arrive but it's doubtful.  See what the day brings...

May 28, 2015 - 7:01 a.m.

Yesterday was quite nice.  Some sun and a high of 24 but the north winds came through overnight dropping temps to 12 and relieving us of the humidity.  Overcast and breezy this morning but sun is suppose to come out a little later.  I cleaned the house and two cottages yesterday while Dan cut the grass and weed eated all day.  We then zipped into town so I could pick my car up.  Have a couple of appointments back in town today so picking up some more flowers as I want to spend the next few days planting.  Dan will keep himself busy and I vaguely remember him saying something about cleaning and dropping another boat in the water.  Heads up to those of you who don't already know but the turtles are on the move.  I rescued a snapper on Hwy 654 on Tuesday but sadly yesterday saw a couple of not-so-lucky ones on Hwy 11.  Please have a care and take the time to move them off the road to the side in the direction they are heading.  Still don't know how anyone can hit them as you can see them for miles and they certainly don't move very fast.  Here's something you don't see everyday...last night, a big doe came up on the bedrock, laid down immediately and started to eat some corn.  After a few minutes, she walked over to our beach and bedded down in the safely of the trees bordering the beach.  Dan and I watched her for some time but just before dark, she stood for a few minutes and then laid down again in front of the beach chairs.  It got too dark to see her but Dan and I are of the opinion she was ready to give birth or the neighbour's dog got loose again and had been chasing her so she was tired.  Deer don't normally bed down next to a house unless there is a predator in the area.  Either way, she was gone this morning so obviously got the rest she needed.  One of her fawns from last year also bedded down near her under the swingset so we don't know what prompted it but was pretty cool to see.  I didn't want to disturb them by taking a picture just in case the Mom was in labour.

May 27, 2015 - 6:58 a.m.

Was hot and humid yesterday and reached a high of 27.  Dan and I zipped into town early in the morning to do our errands.  I picked up my first round of annual flowers.  I did some planting when I got home but it was so bloody humid, I only lasted until about 4:30 and called it quits.  Came in the house, had my second shower of the day and vegged in front of the fan until I cooled down.  I don't think it got as warm all last summer as it was yesterday.  It was as buggy though.  Lol.  Had to chase the deer out of my bedrock garden again yesterday.  I swear they think all that hard work was just to give them extra special treats.  Be a few weeks to see if it all paid off.  We had some rain again overnight, just as things had started to dry up.  I don't think we got much but it was enough to cool things down a tad.  Currently 20 and overcast but sun is due to appear a little later, which will likely make it humid again.  I've two cottages to clean this morning and depending on my energy level afterwards, may plant some more.

May 26, 2015 - 6:17 a.m.

Good grief.  It rained all day yesterday and a little bit overnight.  It certainly greened everything up and made the colours pop but at the risk of sounding negative, hatched a kazillion mosquitos.  They practically carried me away when I ventured outside after supper.  After all my hard work on the bedrock garden, I had to chase a deer out of it last night.  Little bugger was chewing on my new lilac tree.  Should have taken some pictures when I finished because it probably won't look that way in a few weeks.  We didn't do much yesterday due to the weather.  I need to drop my car off for it's yearly maintenance this morning and Dan is getting some badly needed grooming aka hair cut and trimming.  Temps are going to be much warmer this week but quite a bit of rain in the forecast.  I've cottages to clean tomorrow so bring it :o)

May 25, 2015 - 7:40 a.m.

Had a wonderful day yesterday.  The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cool and no rain.  Worked until around 1:00 and then a bunch of us went boating.  Was a little rough at one point but found another location where the waves weren't as bad.  Was an early night but woke up to rain.  Suppose to rain nearly all week.  Very little sun in the forecast but temperatures are going to remain steady and mild.  Lots to do this week and alot of it indoors so not necessarily a bad thing.

May 24, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.

After three and a half days of patience and back breaking work, my bedrock garden is now pretty much finished.  Just have to add a little mulch (ran out yesterday) and it's a done deal.  Now we wait for lots of sun and a few showers to see the end result.  Didn't do anything after I finished the garden yesterday except collaspe.  My back was screaming at me so I just rested and was in bed early.  Have a few things on my agenda this morning (clean car out, rake beach and rake around house) but won't be too upset if it doesn't all get done.  I'd like to have a little fun today, possibly a boat ride but we'll see.  Dan took it easy yesterday as well.  He'd been burning both ends all week and was tired as well.  We've a family of 2 adults and 6 gosling in Moose Creek but no ducklings just yet.  They're still sitting on their nests but between the snapping turtles and pike, mortally rate is high on the poor wee ones.  Was a pretty nice day yesterday but windy.  Today is calmer and due to be warm (23) and sunny.

May 23, 2015 - 6:25 a.m.

I spent the entire day from 9:00 until around 4:30 in my bed rock garden.  No lunch and got nearly everything finished and damn if we didn't get a frost overnight.  What the heck?  Went below zero even here last night but is suppose to warm up fairly quickly today and stay at normal seasonal temps for the rest of the week.  I have to say, as cool as it was yesterday (only hit 7 degrees), it was perfect working weather.  A light wind, some sun and zero bugs.  I'm finishing the bedrock today and then praying for lots of warm sun.  Suppose to reach 16 today and the lake is currently calm.  Our fishermen weren't able to get out on the boat yesterday until early evening but they were happy as we still put them on fish.  Our secret but suffice it to say, they did well.  Dan was busy outside all day as well but didn't see much of him as he was all over the place.  Hoping for some r&r this afternoon.  I would like to say a big thank you to Laurie who emailed me thanking me for my blog updates.  Glad to know I have faithful followers out there and as long as I do, I'll keep blogging!!  :o)

May 22, 2015 - 6:53 a.m.

The first of our guests arrived last night for a nice fishing weekend but alas, the weather isn't cooperating.  The cold front came through late yesterday and it was registering -1 in North Bay.  We have a balmy 2 here but think we're getting some heat off Lake Nipissing.  The winds are strong today so doubt anyone will be fishing until/if the winds die down.  Worse case scenario, try in our bay this evening but I still think it's too early for the fish to have moved in just yet.  We shall see.  I tell you, the Victoria weekend coming early this year has certainly put a wrench into things.  I zipped into town yesterday and bought some perennials then planted some of them in the afternoon.  My main goal is to finish the bedrock garden as I envision it but going to take another day or two.  Dan cut all the grass on the property yesterday and must say, things are looking beautiful.  He also cleaned the bass boat and launched it, doing another today.  At least the sun is shining so hopefully will help calm the wind.  Blowing out of the north right now but suppose to veer south a bit later.  Fingers crossed.

May 21, 2015 - 6:58 a.m.

Was a productive day yesterday.  Was a little cool in the morning as it was still fairly windy but as the day progressed, so did the warmer temps.  Only reached a high of 15 but it was beautiful for me working up on the bedrock garden as it tends to get too hot and buggy during the afternoon.  I spent six hours weeding, digging things up and finally decided to dig up most of the wild grasses as they've taken over.  Today I'm heading into town for more mulch, soil and perennials.  Determined to get that garden under control and since it's still too early to do my annual gardens, might as well make the most of it.  I'm still behind but catching up.  Went down to 6 overnight and calling for frost with -2 tonight depending on which weather network you want to believe.  Don't think we need worry this close to the water but may cover my new plants just as a precaution.  Dan did some electrical yesterday (always something), cut grass, pulled the pontoon boat out of storage and organized the picnic shelter, which I am going to change when I have a few minutes.  Lol.

May 20, 2015 - 7:00 a.m.

Seriously?  We go from nearly 30 degrees on the weekend to -4 with the wind chill factor last night?  Mother Nature needs to get back on her meds.  Lol.  Actually, since we are on the water, our temps only got down to +3 but it is extremely windy and coming straight out of the north.  At least this weather is killing off the pesty little bugs.  Was going to plant some perrenials yesterday but was concerned it would snow overnight as forecasted.  I think they had a few little flurries on "the mountain" in North Bay but we didn't get any on the south shore.  Dan wasn't able to retrieve our raft yesterday either as it was too windy.  Doubt very much anyone but the brave and/or silly were fishing yesterday.  They were biting pretty good on the weekend though.  I puttered around the house yesterday catching up on some cleaning and laundry.  Today, not sure what I'll be doing but am sure it will involve more cleaning unless the wind settles down and the lake calms.

May 19, 2015 - 6:08 a.m.

Sunday turned out to be "the day" for this long weekend.  Was beautiful, sunny and warm all day.  Larry and Trish took a group of 9 of us on their new tritoon boat for a day on the water.  What a gorgeous fun-filled afternoon we had.  Headed to the Manitou Islands, drifted for a bit and then went into South and Fish Bays.  Came back around supper time and had a bbq.  Yesterday early morning we had torrential downpours so water was everywhere and it got extremely muggy and buggy.  Humidity disappeared overnight and much better working conditions today.  Only going to a high of 12 today with showers this afternoon but calling for rain or snow overnight.  Still haven't even begun to think about flower planting yet although I do have a few perrenials that need to be put in.  Just nutty weather this spring.  Hopefully things will turn around in the next few days.  Back to cleaning this week.  Dan's priority today is retrieving our wooden raft that g