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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 rain, it poured.  Nice and sunny today although still feels pretty humid.  Cleaning today for most of it and hoping to get a pontoon ride in sometime this week.


I am mortal, born to love and to suffer.

                                                                          Friedrich Holderlin

September 1, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

Happy Labour Day everyone!!  Hope you enjoy the day off.  Had a great time yesterday although the weather didn't really cooperate at all.  Celebrated Dawn Ann's 65th birthday with a happy hour and then Mike and Reta treated us all to prime rib.  Was awesome and we all had a great time.  Mostly everyone was in bed or at least home by 10:00.  I stayed up and watched "Outlander".  Really enjoying the series so far.  Nothing much going on today as it's damp and gloomy but we are suppose to get some sun sometime this week.  Fingers crossed.


Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,

                                                                      Robert Frost

August 31, 2014 - 9:52 a.m.

We had a little bit of rain yesterday afternoon but for the most part, it was just a gloomy overcast day.  Temps reached a high of 27 and very muggy.  Same today.  Suppose to get a shower today as well but think it'll be a brief event.  Had an incident in the park yesterday around 5:00.  Larry nearly collapsed so Paula and Trish took him to the hospital and turns out he was diagnosed with cluster headaches.  This is not good.  We were concerned it could have been a stroke or aneurism but this diagnosis is for life now and one of the worse conditions a person can possibly have.  Sucks to be Larry.  Just had a coffee with everyone and he seems to be much better this morning.  Medication is a good thing!!  We're having a prime rib dinner today with potluck contributions.  Our new picnic shelter sure has been put to great use this summer, for sure.


It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.


August 30, 2014 - 11:15 a.m.

Just made it back to the shop.  Was visiting with Paula and Alf this morning.  Had a coffee and Baileys and what a great way to start the day.  We've had a shower already this morning and it's currently overcast but not letting that spoil the day.  Likely end up playing dominoes this afternoon since it's not conducive to beaching it like we were able to do yesterday afternoon.  Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.


Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears.  I seems to absolve us.

                                                                               Van Wyck Brooks

August 29, 2014 - 8:31 a.m.

I forgot to mention on my blog yesterday that Wednesday afternoon, at the end of Greening Bay Road by Birchgrove, I saw a pair of Fishers.  That's not good.  I knew there was one around but now there is a couple which means they'll likely have or have had a kit.  They clean out a bush and then move on.  No critters left at all by the time they're done.  The one fisher was here a few years back and it completely annihilated any wild live we had on the property so I certainly hope that isn't the case this time but think I'm dreaming.  We still have a couple of kittens around trying to survive, lots of squirrels and chippies and the odd hare, ground hog, beaver, etc.  Don't know why all the predators are moving into this area all of a sudden.  We've always had deer.  Am just hoping they're all passing through.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and worked outside on the bedrock garden after doing some much needed raking.  I'm heading into town right now to get groceries for the weekend.  Having company for supper tonight.  After I get that organized, I'm working outside again.  Need to rake the beach as it was still blowing too hard to pick up the seaweed yesterday.  Lake Nipissing is calm this morning and although it was really cold first thing (8), it's warming up quickly and I think we may just have a decent weekend.  I know they're calling for rain but alot of the time, the lake splits the front and we dont' get it.  Fingers crossed.


Hatred is settled anger.


August 28, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.

Yesterday started out quite nice but didn't stay that way.  I worked outside for better part of the day and then the clouds moved in.  I had picked up all the seaweed along our shoreline and when the clouds moved in, so did the wind.  Sssoooo, I'm picking more seaweed up this morning.  I need to clean the public bathrooms first and get the cottages ready for check-ins tomorrow.  I also didn't get to all my weeding yesterday so that's part of my agenda.  Am hoping to get all my work done today so I can relax for better part of the weekend.  Doesn't look like it's going to be the greatest and we are definitely in for some rain but hopefully it'll be a brief shower that passes over us.  I spoke with an MNR conservation officer yesterday and am happy to report that they are taking the gill netting situation on Lake Nipissing extremely serious.  The incident that happened at Wasi Falls  during the spring walleye spawn is now in the courts and the perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions.  Further, the constable I was speaking with is asking that everyone on the lake report ANY net they come across.  The MNR is actually pulling nets that are not marked.   Please assist and contact the MNR if you see anything, marked or not.


Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.

                                                     Lytton Strachey

August 27, 2014 - 8:09 a.m.

This morning is much more comfortable than it's been.  Yesterday was extremely "melt when you go outside" humid.  North winds came through last night so much cleaner air this morning and much cooler.  Of course now I have a beach full of seaweed to get rid of but at least the weather's nice enough to not mind doing it.  Working outside today but noticed that the "beach in the sky" clouds are passing over this morning which usually means precipitation within 24-36 hours so suspect we'll be getting some rain within the next day or so.  Went to town yesterday and Canadian Tire was very accommodating and are taking back all the chairs we purchased in the spring.  It's really sad the type of products (especially made in China merchandise) that are being sold today.  It's definitely a throw away society as nothing is made to last.  Low manufacturing costs but high profits.  Really irks.  At any rate, now we're on the hunt for more chairs.  We really like the "director" type chairs as they don't sink in the sand so we shall see what we can find.


A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants, and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is.

                                                                 Joseph Addison

August 26, 2014 - 7:52 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  High of 27 and sunny.  One of the warmest days this season.  It is extremely humid though but cooling down nicely at night.  It's not as hot as Southern Ontario though.  It actually is overcast this morning although the forecast was sunny for pretty much all of this week.  I think the cloud cover may burn off though.  I'm heading to town first thing this morning as our Keurig coffee maker went kaput.  Dan also needs some cheater reading glasses AND I'm taking back some beach chairs.  Who sells beach chairs that aren't allowed in the sun?  Apparently Canadian Tire does.  All the seams are splitting on the seat portion of the chair so I've a feeling I'm going to have to raise a stink this morning.  Going to be really warm later today so hoping to get home and get some gardening done before it's too hot.  Oh, and there is now a bear in the neighbourhood people.  Black bear was spotted across from our park drinking from Moose Creek.  That means it's around Birchgrove, Marion, Tillicum and likely Muskeg.  Just watch your pets.  It's likely just passing through but just giving a heads up.


Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized.

                                                            G.K. Chesterton

August 25, 2014 - 8:44 a.m.

Can you believe Labour Day weekend is nearly upon us?  What happened to the summer?  Oh yeah, we didn't get one this year.  Year 2014, the summer that never was.  Actually, it was beautiful yesterday.  Saturday wasn't too bad although the sun didn't come out until around supper time.  Our girls afternoon was fun but broke up fairly early.  If anyone is wondering why my blog is now later that usual in the mornings or I don't update every single day, it's because I quit smoking.  I had to totally change my routine so instead of going out to the office first thing in the morning with my coffee and smokes, I have my coffee at the house and then hop in the shower so sometimes I don't make it out to the office at all.  It hit 23 yesterday and it's going to be a beautiful week by the looks of things.  Sunshine with some nice working temps.  Weeding and deadheading today, for sure.


Servitude debases men to the point where they end up liking it.


August 22, 2014 - 8:38 a.m.

Another gloomy morning.  Geesh, when is the sun going to come out?  We've conflicting weather reports today and I'm hoping one rings true and the sun is actually going to shine later today.  Temps are going to be in the mid 20's and it's so humid.  All our doors, windows, anything with wood are swollen and condensation is heavy on all the windows.  It's been raining every day with no sun to dry things up so I'm guessing if the sun does come out, so will the mosquitos!!  First thing this morning there were two does with one baby fawn each up on the bedrock.  The fawns still had their spots but are just starting to lose them.  Sooooo cute.  Very leary of me so that's a good thing but think mama is showing them where to get some corn.  Two more for me to look after this winter.  Just a heads up to those of you in the neighbourhood....there has been a big wolf spotted twice in the area.  Reports indicate it is a lone wolf but still, if you've pets, keep an eye on them.


There's a pinch of a madman in every great man.

                                                            French Proverb

August 21, 2014 - 8:34 a.m.

I'm off this morning for a hair appointment and it's a perfect day for it as of course, it's raining.  Started last night and just let up a bit ago but still more to come by the looks of things.  Rain yesterday as well but mostly overcast.  Very humid and in the mid 20's.  All the rain is doing is adding to the humidity.  I cleaned in the morning yesterday and then headed into town for groceries and a few errands as I didn't feel like doing it today.  Not sure what I'm doing when I get home later this morning but vegging with a book sounds pretty good if it's going to be miserable like this all day!!


Great men too often have greater faults than little men can find room for.

                                                                   Walter Savage Lander

August 20, 2014 - 8:47 a.m.

Don't know what happened to all the beautiful weather that was initially forecasted for this week but the rain has moved in once again and doesn't look like it's going anywhere.  Man, this is really getting depressing.  Cleaned a couple of cottages yesterday and then finished cleaning up the beach.  Today, since it's raining, I'm cleaning all my kitchen appliances and maybe starting on the inside windows.  I may zip into town briefly today also but I'm going in regardless tomorrow so may hold off if I can.  Dan cut all the grass yesterday because of the forecast change.  They were calling for high of 26 and sunny on Saturday and Sunday but that's completely changed.  It's very humid and reached a high of 23 yesterday and only down to 15 overnight but still, we could do without the rain.


The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder.

                                                                                            Charles Rollin

August 19, 2014 - 8:26 a.m.

Yesterday was just a beautiful day although it felt much more like mid-September than August.  Very cool nights with heavy dews in the morning but it's been warming up quickly enough as the sun rises in the mornings.  Glorious sunshine again today.  It hit nearly 20 yesterday so suspect it'll get a tad warmer today.  Suppose to hit 26 and feel like 31 on the weekend.  I didn't quite get the beach finished yesterday as my frickin' back gave out but today is another day.  I'm actually cleaning a couple of cottages and then seeing how it is to do some lifting.  Wet sand does not make for a light load.  May have to get Dan to dump it for me.  Lake Nipissing has been very calm the past few days so lots of people getting some fishing in.  Hummingbirds are going nuts right now.  They are certainly drinking alot of juice so think the cooler weather is using up more of their energy.  Won't be long and they'll be gone for the season.  Geese and goslings are starting their formation practices in our bay already but I guess it's that time of year.  Not ready for autumn yet as we really didn't get much of a summer but think it's going to be a nice, longer than normal, season.  Some of our trees are starting to turn already but that's due to the colds nights we've been having of late.  Anything below 10 will do it.


Parliament is the longest running farce in the West End.

                                                                      Cyril Smith

August 18, 2014 - 8:06 a.m.

Looks like it's going to be a sun-shiny week for a change.  After 5 days of clouds and rain, we're due.  Temps are going to be cooler than normal until the weekend but it'll be nice working weather.  I have lots to do this week and would like to start getting caught up on a few things (like cleaning out my fridge).  This morning, since it's only 9 degrees right now, I'm going to start on the beach.  Needs to be cleaned up and the new chairs we bought aren't holding up.  Apparently these particular beach chairs aren't suppose to be in the sun.  Isn't that a little bit like telling a water ski not to get wet?  Taking them back and if I have to raise holy hell, I'm going to.  We bought them at Canadian Tire and they are usually pretty good at taking product back but then we have a dilemma of what to buy for beach chairs next.  The sun is just relentless on them, even when we have a summer such as we've had.


I have found men more kind than I expected, and less just.

                                                                  Samuel Jackson

August 17, 2014 - 10:01 a.m.

It absolutely poured all morning yesterday but cleared up enough for us to enjoy our annual seafood fest.  And did we.  Lobster, crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels, oysters, lobster bisque and clam chowder.  What a pig out we had.  We started around 3:30 and it went until 8:00 there was so much food.  Had a great fire on the beach afterwards.  Sent up a few chinese lanterns and just had a terrific day.  Today it's overcast but no rain apparently.  Temp currently sitting around 15 and don't think it's going to be much warmer.  Quite alright as I think everyone just wants to have a lie in today.


Learn to say "No".  It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.

                                                                      Charles Haddon Spurgeon

August 15, 2014 - 9:11 a.m.

About the only thing this weather we're experiencing is good for?  Reading and sleeping.  The wind is still blowing and the temps are still cooler.  Only around 12 degrees and very windy.  Temps suppose to go up by tomorrow to a balmy 16 but also calling for thunderstorms.  Nothing like getting October in August.  However, after this system gets through, looks like the weather is going to turn beautiful once again.  I cleaned a cottage and the public washrooms yesterday and then basically vegged the rest of the day because it certainly wasn't "outdoor" weather.  Today I've got a cottage checking out a day early, who can blame them?, so cleaning it and then heading to town to get a few things for our annual seafood fest tomorrow.  Thank God for our new picnic shelter because otherwise, we would have had to cancel it.


Some please approach every problem with an open mouth.

                                                       Adlai Stevenson

August 14, 2014 - 9:53 a.m.

Gotta say, the weather is about as nasty as it can get.  Strong winds blew all day yesterday as they are today.  Am hoping they'll calm down overnight but who knows.  Between the rain and the wind, doesn't make for great outdoor activities.  Temp went down to 10 overnight and currently sitting at 12 but with the wind chill, feels like late October today.  I did some pickling, laundry and cleaning yesterday and then played some dominoes with Paula in the afternoon.  I made a nice stuffed pasta dinner in the morning for us last night and then we all called it early and went to bed.  Today I'm cleaning a cottage and the public washrooms as well as doing some housework since it's such a miserable day.  The wind is so bad the raft rope broke and now the raft is sitting on shore where it washed up overnight.  Seaweed all on shore (lots of it) and chairs everywhere so guess I'll be looking after all that tomorrow afternoon once things settle down and the sun (fingers crossed) comes out.


Character is perfectly educated will.


August 13, 2014 - 8:51 a.m.

Yesterday was a good day although the weather could have been much better.  Paula and I did a day trip in town.  Actually ended up going to Callander, Sturgeon Falls and North Bay.  Also took in a movie, "Into The Storm" and really enjoyed it.  Weather turned a little nasty as we were heading home.  Thunderstorm and heavy rain until we were nearly home.  They issued heavy rainfall warnings for our area last night (up to 100 mm) but we didn't get it on our property.  Some, but not much.  Today it's currently overcast, sitting around 15 but they're calling for the north winds to come through this afternooon, drop the temp to 12 and down by 8 overnight.  Bbbrrrr.  It's suppose to warm up for the wekeend and also be sunny.  Good to know.  Today I'm cleaning again and then pickling some beets.  Paula may head over later for a game of dominoes but if I were her, it's a great "lay in bed and read" sorta day :o)


Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer.

                                                          Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 12, 2014 - 8:20 a.m.

I didn't do a whole lot yesterday.  Cleaned the house, did some laundry.  Paula and I are going to town today.  Have some shopping to do and then going for lunch and to see an afternoon movie.  It started raining overnight and this system is apparently going to stick around for a while.  Was nice while it lasted :o)


I understand you undertake to overthrow my undertaking.

                                                                      Gertrude Stein

August 11, 2014 - 9:44 a.m.

What an awesome day yesterday!!  Saturday we worked, all our guests checked in and Dan's family arrived around 4:00.  Took a pontoon ride over to Arthur's for supper and just enjoyed the evening.  Yesterday went kayaking with my nephew Matt out around Greening and Whiskey Islands and then parked my butt in the water for the rest of the day with Paula and Trish.  Was sooo hot and no complaints.  Going to be beautiful again today but calling for showers to start overnight and continue through Thursday.  I hate the slow moving systems as they take forever to clear out.  Need a strong northern wind to get rid of it!!  The Barniers flew out early this morning because the system is suppose to hit the Chatham area around noon so had to beat it home.  I'm liking vegging in the water again today as it's already hot and humid.


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

                                                                   H.L. Mencken

August 9, 2014 - 7:23 a.m.

Going to be a long day for me but hopefully I'll be able to enjoy the better part of it.  Dan's family is flying up until Monday so I've lots to get done before they arrive this afternoon.  I woke up at 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep so bite the bullet and got up around 4:30 and been going ever since.  Started watering the flowers around 6:00 and just taking a wee break before I get back to it.  Waiting on the cottage check-outs so I can get them cleaned.  Full house this week but plan on doing some catch-up since it looks like the nice weather is finally going to still around for a while.  Dan needs to powerwash the buildings so I can clean the windows.  Have lots of raking I'd like to do also.  Some shop clean up, all the regular stuff that gets put on hold.  Was a beautiful day yesterday and we managed to get out on the boat around 12:30.  Took her over to the Manitous where we beached for a bit and had a nice picnic lunch.  Took our time getting back but were out for a good 4 hours.  Might do the same tomorrow but won't be quite as long a ride.  Temps suppose to hit what feels like 30 today.  I took a risk and didn't close the house up as the nights are so cool (down 10).


You should read it, though there is much that is skip-worthy.

                                                                    Herbert Asquith

August 8, 2014 - 8:48 a.m.

I'm off to town as soon as I'm done this update.  Already took my shower, did a load of laundry, made egg salad for sandwiches and tidied the house.  We're heading out on the boat later this morning.  Cleaned a cottage and the public bathrooms yesterday as it's going to be bloody hot today.  The mist was rising off the bay this morning and there was a really heavy dew overnight as the temps went down to 9 but it's heating up quickly already.  Suppose to be in the 30's for the next 3-4 days (or at least feels like) so suspect we'll get a nice thunderstorm come through early next week.  I've only one cottage to clean tomorrow so hopefully can get in there while it's still cool.  Dan has all the grass cut so not alot for either one of us to do today.  Thus, the boat ride :o)


Vice can be learnt, even without a teacher.


August 7, 2014 - 8:12 a.m.

Managed to get a couple of cottages cleaned yesterday.  Doing another one today and then finished until Saturday.  Desperately would like to weed my bedrock garden but doesn't look like that's going to happen today as I need to zip into town after my work is done.  It started to rumble yesterday late morning and continued throughout most of afternoon.  We didn't get any real lightning or rain here but could hear it constantly.  Was kind of cool actually.  The forecast, beginning today looks awesome for the long term.  Nothing but sun and warm summer temps (mid to high 20's).  Providing the wind cooperates, we're going to try to get down to the French River again this weekend.  It'll have to be Sunday.  Even if we can't journey that far, we're definitely taking some time for the boat.


Literature is news that stays news.

                                                             Ezra Pound

August 6, 2014 - 7:36 a.m.

Another gorgeous day yesterday.  I had work to do but was happy to see people enjoying the beach and taking a leisurely swim.  Water temp is around 75 degrees so very nice for swimming.  Sun shone all day and it did get humid but not to the point of being unbearable.  Talking about thunderstorms later on today.  Likely not until we've reached daytime high so should be another "beach" day.  I've cottages to clean but am hoping to get them done by shortly after noon and hopefully get some relax time in with the Claytons.


Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavour to understand him.

                                                                         George Santayana

August 5, 2014 - 8:16 a.m.

Was a terrific long weekend but today is a work day unfortunately.  The weather has been wonderful for most of the weekend and including today.  Finally some summer weather.  Highs in the mid 20's but feels much warmer as it's humid again.  Sun has been shining for a few days.  I even managed to get down to the French River on Sunday, which was wonderful as usual.  I'm doing laundry, cleaning and watering flowers today.  Dan can take it easy and have a visit with some friends.  I wouldn't be surprised if we get a pop up storm today though.  Thought we would get al ittle rain yesterday due to the humidity but the wind picked up from the north for a bit.  The Canadian geese have been back in the bay for a few days  and are practising their flying and manouvering skills for migration purposes.  Pretty comical watching the babies learn to get into formation.  They really are quite awkward with themselves right now.


That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

                                                    Thomas Hardy

August 2, 2014 - 8:33 a.m.

Certainly shaping up to be an awesome weekend.  At least the weather is cooperating for a change.  Beautiful day yesterday.  Had some clouds but no rain, no storms like down south as everything went either above or below us.  Temps reached 22 and was a very nice day all around.  Today the sun is shining yet again.  I've cleaning to do and then I'm hitting the beach for the afternoon.  Having a potluck with some friends this evening and likely a nice campfire.  Lots of fishermen here this weekend.  Fishing has been good and steady this year.  Happy birthday to my Mother-in-law Dianne.  Hope you enjoy your day!!


Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.

                                                            Sydney Smith

July 31, 2014 - 7:56 a.m.

We had somewhat of a nice day yesterday.  The winds died down enough for a few to get out fishing.  The sun shone for a quite a while but after supper, a storm started to develop and it rained overnight.  North Bay received 101 mm of rain prior to whatever was dumped overnight and the torrential rain woke both Dan and I up early this morning.  All this precipitation is going into our watershed so there are no sandbars showing at all this year and Moose Creek is at optimum levels.  Suppose to get some more rain on and off today and then clearing later on and a nice weekend ahead (one can certainly hope).  I managed to get the cottage cleaning finished yesterday and am cleaning the public washrooms and my house this morning and then heading into town for a run before the weekend.  We're going to be very busy this weekend so getting all my work done today.   I'm actually hoping to get out on the boat at some point but will have to see how it goes and how busy we are (and if the weather is going to cooperate).


There's a small choice in rotten apples.

                                                                   Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

July 30, 2014 - 8:46 a.m.

What another lovely day in the North.  So not!!!  Been just a really poopy week all around.  Windy, overcast, rainy, all disappointing weather.  Sun really hasn't shone all that much at all and it's been chilly.  I managed to get my books finished yesterday and Dan was with the satellite guy trying to get the t.v. in one cottage working.  Turns out the last guests took our power cord and left theirs.  I'm guessing whatever their power cord operates, they'll need to buy a new one.  However, we did have the dish moved so that the one tree we had to keep pruning (to receive a decient signal) won't be a factor anymore and we can let it grow properly now.  So, the other kitten was caught Monday evening but not under the best of circumstances.  It was kept in Yvonne's trailer overnight but she was terrified of it so in turn, it was of her.  By the time I got to it in the morning, the poor thing was traumatized.  I did manage to pick it up and get it calmed down but knew it was too wild to make a decent pet, so released it.  The poor thing is really small but think with some help it'll survive.  Need to give it some food (most of the park is feeding it) until it gets a little bigger and is able to fed for itself.  I swear though, I really don't want cats hanging around here.  One is fine but no more.  I do believe this one is a male so that will help.  Today I'm cleaning cottages and good day for it as it's currently overcast and we have more rain (like we didn't get enough overnight) in the forecast.  Dan is doing some work in the house if he can't get the grass cutting in today.


I don't give them hell.  I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.

                                                                            Harry S. Truman

July 29, 2014 - 9:10 a.m.

I have to say, I've never seen Lake Nipissing blow for so long.  The lake settled down a bit overnight but it's still pretty choppy out in the main body of water.  It's been a good two weeks since the lake conditions have been really comfortable enough to fish.  It's good musky fishing weather but the majority of fishermen aren't going for the big game fish.  I spent the day in the office yesterday and am in for a few more hours before my books are done.  Yvonne managed to catch the other kitten last night.  The one that died was much more manageable (mainly because it was dying) but this one is full of spit and vinegar.  Pretty wild for such a small little thing.  I'm guessing it's 6-8 weeks old and would likely survive on it's own with the park people feeding it but what about the winter time once it's been use to being fed?  I'm not looking after it.  Had enough of wild cats.  I know where it came from and just hope more aren't going to follow suit.  Not sure if this kitten is going to be pet material or not.  See what the day brings.


In every generation there has to be some fool whol will speak the truth as he sees it.

                                                                       Boris Pasternak

July 27, 2014 - 9:41 a.m.

Seems like pretty much everyone had a rather lazy day yesterday.  Weather was okay.  Mostly hazy and humid all day and we did have a storm roll through bringing thunder, lightning and rain.  Also rained overnight and is currently overcast with likely a little more rain sometime today before the system is through.  High in low 20's.  I'm in the office for the duration of the day today as I've my 2nd quarter books to get finished.  Good day for it although I'd rather be reading a book or something :0)  Wind hasn't been cooperating of late either.  It seems like it's been windy for over a week.  Oh wait, it has!!  Not much fishing or boating going on.  Still hoping for those hot sunny days of summer when you need to be floating around the bay on a raft or zipping across the water on a boat....


As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living.

                                                                  George Bernard Shaw

July 26, 2014 - 9:04 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Nice lake breeze, sunny, just gorgeous all around.  We did have  a shower overnight but the sun is shining brightly now and looks like we'll have another awesome day.  Sad thing.  We had a mother cat with two little kittens in the park a week or so ago.  Well we think the mother either abandoned the kittens or was killed as we only saw one little kitten hanging around.  Yvonne, who has a trailer, managed to catch the sweet little thing yesterday.  It was so badly mal-nourished and dehydrated although everyone tried their best, it didn't make it.  Now we've spotted the second little kitten, which we thought had also died.  We're on the hunt to catch it today as it looks bigger and healthier than the other.   Yvonne has alread