February 10, 2016 - 6:09 a.m.
We received a bit more snow yesterday. Seemed like it snowed all day but was intermittent so didn't accumulate as much as we could have. It's definitely helped the ice conditions but Dan said the snow wasn't really sticking to the ice. It stayed around -2 for most of the day but the cold is due to start coming in anytime. Currently -13. The fishing could have been better yesterday also. Hopefully it'll be better today. Dan jacked and banked a few huts yesterday and is finishing today. I repaired all the tip-ups and did some office work so am heading to town today. Have a few errands to run and am then meeting Trish for lunch before heading home.
February 9, 2016 - 6:41 a.m.
Dan and I both had a very busy day yesterday. I was cleaning and he was working on and off ice. Have guests checking in this morning and am not sure what this week will bring as far as fishing. I think it should be good today but with the major cold snap coming in for the weekend, am hoping it doesn't affect the fishing. They generally tend to bite best with low pressure, which it currently is but that'll change. We received a little snow again yesterday but not as much as anticipated. Really need it to smooth out our path as well as insulate everything before the -30 weather hits. Calling for some more snow dpossibly today so we shall see.
February 8, 2016 - 7:39 a.m.
Dan and I were both up at 5:30 this morning but just now got the internet back up. Weather wasn't a factor so don't know why it was down. We did get some snow yesterday but not as much as needed however it is currently snowing right now and mild temps at about -3. Calling for a deep freeze this weekend but I'll believe it when I see it. Not being fans of football, I only watched the half-time show last night and then went to bed. Love Bruno, he's just so much fun. Dan was flipping back and forth watching the game prior to half-time when he indicated he'd rather "watch grass grow". Lol. We both have quite a bit on our plates today so will be in the trenches for most of it. Guests checking in tomorrow so hopefully the bite will be back on.
February 7, 2016 - 6:50 a.m.
We had a few flurries yesterday but not nearly enough. Temps rose above zero but was pretty windy out on the lake. The fishing dropped off and from the reports I've heard, was the same all over the lake. Calling for snow for the next few days so hopefully will get lots and the fishing should then pick back up. Dan is having a lay in this morning as he was plumb tuckered out last night. I've got all the checkouts this morning and am hoping to get the bulk of the cottage laundry done today while the hydro rates are still low(er). Sigh. This is what its come down to. Don't get me started. Lol. More check-ins Tuesday so also hoping to get a cottages or two cleaned today as well. See how it goes as I would like to partake in some of the Super Bowl. Namely go out for supper and watch the half time. Big fan of the half time, football, not so much.
February 6, 2016 - 5:51 a.m.
Our guests did really well with the fishing yesterday, at least those that are avid fishermen but seemed the really good bite was from around 8:00 until noon. We received a few flurries yesterday but still need a lot more snow which we are suppose to get over the next few days. Poor Dan had one heck of a day yesterday. Was doing more running than usual and then had to spend some time working on a pressure crack that crosses through our path. It has a good 18" where it formed but it keeps pushing up so makes for a bumpy ride to get over. He went out and chiseled it at the lowest spot so there isn't a big hump to get over now. After he got everyone off the ice last night, discovered the sewage pump for a cottage had burned out. Dan is so diligent with his maintenance and had mentioned to our local septic system guru last summer that perhaps it was time to replace that pump but it didn't happen. Thankfully Jim Andrews came over with a spare last night and is putting a new one in for us on Monday. By the time all was said and done, Dan had put in a stressful 17 hour day yesterday. He's currently on ice and I hope the day goes easy and well for him today. He's likely going to need a nap once everyone is on the ice this morning. I'm going to repair tip-ups today so won't be making any noise. The weather is warming up today and since they are forecasting a high of -2, guessing it could go above zero. Hope we get snow. Currently -9 so at least it won't be overly cold for running today. Saw an anomaly on the ice last night. It looked like all our huts were ablaze but think the way the cloud cover was bending light, was a trick of the eye. Lasted about 5 minutes and Dan was getting ready to go out and check the huts but then it disappeared. This happened around 9:30 so with it being completely dark couldn't tell what was going on, even with the binoculars. Too weird.
February 5, 2016 - 6:30 a.m.
Dan is on his way out with the first load of guests. He's pretty happy this morning as we've made ice and are now measuring 16-17". This time of year we usually have 3 feet but who's counting. The fishing was good yesterday. Perch, pike and walleye all being caught. I think fishing is going to be really good for the next couple of days just due to the forecast. We had a little powder come down overnight but we really need 4-6" of snow about now which looks like it may be coming Sunday and Monday. The lake is pretty much bare right now and making for a really bumpy ride. Dropped to -20 overnight but is going to warm up fairly quickly this morning. I was happy yesterday as the little dove came back. Don't know where it's been for the past week but I'm sure it's found another bird feeder in the neighbourhood. Just glad to see it still alive. Not seeing any deer these days but know a few are still coming up in the wee hours.
February 4, 2016 - 5:38 a.m.
What a mixed bag of precipitation we received yesterday. Have to hand it to the weather gods, they were bang on with their forecasting for the Texas low that came through. I headed to town at 8:00 yesterday morning on extremely messy roads. Just took my time and was not able to drive over 60 km/hr. Half way to town, the snow turned to freezing rain which was fun. By the time I was heading home around noon, the roads were fine although very wet and spewing salt and gravel. Temperature had already risen to +6 by that point. Pretty much all 6 inches of snow we had received was melted and the lake was opaque by supper time. Dan had gone out earlier in the morning to bank the shacks and was a good thing he had because we lost most of it. The cold front is here but hasn't been cold for very long. Going to get progressively colder today so hopefully will tighten things up enough to freeze the standing water on the lake. Heck of an ice fishing season this year. Does look like we'll have some colder weather around for a few days at least.
February 3, 2016 - 6:08 a.m.
It was just a beautiful day yesterday. The sun shone all day and it didn't start getting cloudy until just before sun down. The snow started around 10:00 last night and we've received a good six inches from what I can tell without physically going outside. Didn't get the freezing rain they were calling for - at least in this area. North Bay might be different. Looking at the radar, it looks like the storm is breaking up so don't think we'll get much rain either. Was suppose to be above zero by now but temp is currently -3. I'm pretty sure Dan will be plowing and shovelling. I have an appointment in town for 9:00 and need to make two stops beforehand so hopefully the roads are okay. I looked online and they say bare and wet so fingers crossed. Temps rising to +6 today. Dan will be banking shacks but will need to let things firm up considerably overnight before drilling any holes in and around our huts tomorrow or it will be a mess. Our guests are fishing late morning tomorrow so hoping the temps drop drastically before then. Nothing worse then a moat around your hut.
February 2, 2016 - 6:38 a.m.
All of our guests were checked out by 10:00 yesterday morning and then the cleaning began. Still some to do today as well. The temperatures were very mild with temps going to +6 and lots of thawing happening. Dan tried to go on ice to check conditions but the lake was a slushy mess and he didn't make it very far. Someone is looking out for us because there's no way he would have be able to pull. He mentioned he could only hit 10 km/hr full throttle with just the sled and no people mover. He is zipping into town this morning for a hair appointment and then heading on the ice when he gets home. He needs to bank the huts with whatever snow he can find before the bad weather comes in tonight. I have a hair appointment myself first thing tomorrow but don't know if I'll be able to make it as they are forecasting snow, turning to ice pellets, turning to freezing rain, then rain. Quite the mixed bag of precipitation which I'm not keen to drive in. Our snowmobilers that were suppose to be up this week decided to go home yesterday as the conditions just wouldn't permit sledding. Reports indicate the trails and fallen apart so hopefully those die hards will be extremely cautious. Suppose to be a high of -5 today, rising to 0 by midnight tonight with the warm front and peaking at +6 for a few hours tomorrow before the following cold front comes in like a hammer. Crazy times.
February 1, 2016 - 7:38 a.m.
We are certainly earning our money this winter. Holy crappy conditions for running yesterday. It started raining and the path was a big slushy mess making it tough on both Dan and machine but everyone was safely delivered to shore without incident. The fishing was excellent yesterday and everyone commented it is better this year than last. The wind and snow started around 3:00 this morning and lasted a good hour (yes, woke me up so dragging a bit today).) The temps dropped from +6 to -1 this morning and it won't get a lot colder today but the wind chill will play a factor in firming things back up for us. It's going to be mild for the next few days, but colder temps at night and we are just waiting to see what the developing storm brings us tomorrow and Wednesday. That said, things look good for the upcoming weekend providing the forecast doesn't change. Everyone is checking out this morning so I'll be cleaning the next few days. We have snowmobiles checking in this morning so thankfully we don't have to worry about running this week.
January 31, 2016 - 6:08 a.m.
The weather gods have been bang on with their forecasting this weekend. The temperatures went above zero and stayed there all day and all night and will remain mild all day. Dan had a problem pulling our guests in last night. Did okay on the first run but the machine was grunting and during the second run, it overheated so he had to switch machines. Dan just got off the ice. The conditions are wet snow on ice, which it will be difficult pulling again today. There is snow in the forecast for this morning, turning to rain around noon for the rest of the day. High of 4 today but the cold air is due back in late tonight. Just happens this is a weekend we have to run everyone on Sunday all day vs half day. Dan did indicate we haven't lost any ice so that's a good thing. The fishing was good yesterday so makes it all worth while.
January 30, 2016 - 7:32 a.m.
I was just informed by a guest that I'm running behind in my blog update this morning. Lol. Just what I need, another Sergeant Major :o) I was actually waylaid this morning and am heading out right shortly to get more bait. Jammed packed this weekend and everyone is fishing today and tomorrow, departing Monday so no one fished yesterday which means I don't have a clue how the fishing is. Warm front came in overnight but not before it hit -20. Was quite cold yesterday but this morning it feels downright balmy. Temps are going to hover around zero and possibly go above for the next couple of days. Calling for possibility of rain tomorrow afternoon so we're hoping that isn't the case and any precipitation is in the form of snow.
January 29, 2016 - 6:29 a.m.
It was quite mild yesterday but it dropped down to -19 overnight which is a good thing because it's going to be very mild this weekend. Temperatures are suppose to rise to only -2 for Saturday and +3 on Sunday with the southern winds. Fishing was good for most of the week but think it'll be on fire once the warm front is in. Was slow yesterday though. Calling for snow the next few days and we're really hoping we don't get the possibility of rain on Sunday. The little dove we had around went MIA yesterday. I hope it's moved on to warmer climes and nothing got it. The deer are still around although they've usually gone deeper into the woods this time of year. They are very skittish and usually come up late at night when everyone is in bed.
January 28, 2016 - 7:09 a.m.
Dan's pulling our guests out right now. Checked the ice earlier and said everything had firmed up nicely overnight considering how mild it was yesterday. Said it's extremely windy out on the ice but isn't on shore. Looking at the weather forecast, it's blowing out of the north with a wind chill factor of -22 although the gauge is only reading -3. Looks like we're in for a really mild weekend unless they change the forecast in the meantime. Just above zero for a few days and then cold again. We won't lose any ice but might make pulling conditions less than ideal. I did my town run yesterday. Have to say I'm shocked how the price of fruit and vegetables has sky rocketed. Sometimes it doesn't pay to eat healthy. I also bought some better birdseed for our resident dove. Can't believe it's still around.
January 27, 2016 - 5:54 a.m.
Extremely mild yesterday. Temps rose to +3 by the early afternoon but then the cold front came back in. We had a little of everything. Rain, snow, wind. Once the wind picked up mid afternoon, things cooled down pretty quickly and the slushie spots all firmed up but Dan was hauling off the ice in less than ideal conditions. Said he really had to use the treeline to get out to the huts but wasn't as bad coming home. Regardless of the weather, our guests did okay fishing. Caught a couple of pike in the morning, walleye and perch. All fishing again today so I'm heading to town. Temperature is currently -9 but it's suppose to warm up to -4 but tomorrow morning. Weird weather.
January 26, 2016 - 6:56 a.m.
Dan just got back off the ice. Had to check a pressure crack before hauling the guys this morning. Thank God it healed overnight. The mild temps which went just above zero yesterday created some slush spots out there. Apparently the ice by the government dock (other side of the lake) shifted yesterday and isn't safe there at the moment. No worries, we're good. Today the temps are going above zero just briefly and then the cold front is coming through early this afternoon. Due to some snow and freezing rain we received overnight it should help keep the snow from blowing and affecting the visibility but the fishing will likely drop off this afternoon. The boys did really well yesterday and had a pail full of jumbo perch but didn't catch any keeper walleye. Maybe this morning. My helper and I cleaned yesterday so that's done for a few days. Doing some office work today and hoping to head to town tomorrow.
January 25, 2016 - 6:10 a.m.
Yesterday our morning fishermen got into a pile of walleye. With the warm front coming in and the pressure falling, fishing was good. Dan and I worked on shore most of the day. Was a long one for me. Cleaned a couple of cottages, did all the cottage laundry since Sunday's are off-peak hydro days, and checked guests in and out. Kills me that Hydro One is dictating when I have to do my laundry but that's a sign of the times and a story for another day. Have more cleaning and check ins today and Dan will likely be on the ice a good part of it as he has huts to clean up. Temps are suppose to hit -1 today and it's already -3. Colder overnight so hopefully will firm everything back up again. I asked Dan if he thinks this is our usual January or February thaw and he doesn't think the forecasters know what's going on as there are no models. Quite the winter this year. Our dove is still around. It hung out under our cedar trees (where the bird food is) all day yesterday, eating and sleeping, and only flew up into the tree at dusk. Silly bird.
January 24, 2016 - 6:04 a.m.
It was a beautiful day yesterday but not as warm as anticipated. Only reached a high of -12 but the sun shone for most of the day. A little cloud cover late in the day and then a beautiful evening. It dropped to -20 during the night but warm front is coming in and already -12. Going to have some mild temps for the next few days as well as some snow and then back to our seasonal weather. Could go above zero on Monday or Tuesday so am hoping that's it for the mild temps. We have over a foot of ice now and I'd like to keep it. Busy day for me today as I have a couple of cottages to clean for this afternoon and tomorrow morning's check-ins. Dan is running this morning but will be on ice for a while cleaning up the huts. We're running straight through until next Monday so a busy time. No complaints.
January 23, 2016 - 5:50 a.m.
Well wasn't yesterday filled with a little excitement for the first day of ice fishing...one of our guests landed a 28", 9.5 pound walleye and was pleased as punch. Beautiful fish. Fishing was very good yesterday and the weather gorgeous for outdoor fishing as the sun was shining and temps around the -5 mark. Had more excitement on Dan's last run of the day. He was hauling the last group in and the electrical harness on his sled came loose so he was driving blind with no headlight on his sled. I was freaking on shore much more than Dan was because unbeknownst to me, the nearly full moon was providing him ample light to allow him to follow the tree line in. I can't drive a sled at the moment so pulled my car on to the beach to give him some light or at least a target for shore. The problem is taken care of but was a little scary for me. On a different topic, we had a dove show up yesterday which is unheard of for this time of year. Our neighbour even has a robin that has stuck around all winter. I think this extremely mild winter has nature all screwed up. At least it doesn't look like we're going to get any fallout from the storm on the Eastern seaboard. Full moon tonight so one more evening of no sleep for me. Lol.
January 22, 2016 - 6:17 a.m.
Most of our guests arrived safely yesterday although we still have some to arrive this morning. Both Dan and I worked to get things ready for the better part of the day yesterday and it was quite nice out. Hit a high of -6 and only down to -15 overnight. It's currently -8 and Dan is already on the ice turning on the heat and making sure everything is okay before pulling the guys out this morning. Going to be mild all weekend and won't be getting cold again until next week. Hopefully is won't cause problems with moating around the huts. I suspect Dan will be drilling a lot of holes out there today. Tight lines fellas!!
January 21, 2016 - 7:22 a.m.
We're ready to rock. Dan put the last of the huts on ice yesterday and today he just has to haul the propane and equipment out. I finished all the cottages so today just need to get the bait. Guests will be arriving shortly after lunch and tomorrow morning we'll be up and at'em getting everyone on the ice for the fishing to begin. Been a trying winter for us so here's a prayer we have a great rest of season. Temperatures are certainly cooperating now. It reached a balmy -6 yesterday and with the sun shining was actually quite beautiful outside. Around 4:00 in the afternoon, I noticed a haze over our bay so knew it was going to get cold quickly and it did. Dropped to -17 overnight but there is still so much moisture in the air, felt much colder. Daytime highs are warming up for the weekend so I suspect Dan will be drilling lots of holes outside tomorrow.
January 20, 2016 -8:00 a.m.
Temperatures stayed very cold yesterday as the wind chill factor was in play yesterday. Reached a high of -10 but felt in the -20's. Dan was out in the cold all day working away. Managed to get our 3 smaller huts on ice and nicely banked. Today he is putting our two big huts on while I finish the last of the cleaning. Guests due to arrive tomorrow but no one is fishing until Friday so we're cutting it close. Thankfully our neighbour Craig is doing the R&D for our hut locations and looks like we're in a good location. Apparently the perch came on yesterday so we're good to go.
January 19, 2016 - 7:29 a.m.
Bbbbrrr, she's a very cold one this morning. Crisp. Hit -24 overnight and saying -38 with the wind chill factor. Suppose to hit -9 this afternoon but only -27 with wind chill. Can tell there's a full moon looming as it's not suppose to warm up until after it peaks this weekend. At least we are getting some evasive sunshine with this cold snap. I actually stood outside back by the shop for about 10 minutes yesterday with my face tilted towards the sun. Felt glorious. It's currently -19 here with the sun just starting to rise. With some help, managed to get 4 cottages open yesterday and Dan got the tree line completed. There are a couple of huts near where we fish and they've been catching lots of walleye but no perch so hopefully they'll come on once our huts are out and the bait is plentiful. I need to zip into town today for supplies and believe Dan is starting to put our smaller huts on. Hopefully things go well for him today and he makes an easy job of it.
January 18, 2016 - 6:36 a.m.
Currently -22 this morning and she's cold. We did get a little snow yesterday but not much. Dan opened up the cottages yesterday so I'll be doing the cleaning this week, starting today. He also put the tree line in so he can start pulling huts. Made some more ice in the past few days so hopefully no problems for the rest of the season. Our neighbour Craig went out fishing yesterday where our huts are going and hit on the walleye so think we're in a good spot. First of the seasonal guests in Thursday so lots for Dan and I to do this week and no more sleeping in :o)
January 17, 2016 - 8:09 a.m.
Lord was it cold yesterday. Temps went down to -22 overnight and currently at -15 going to -10 today. Cold is sticking around for the rest of the week. We are definitely starting, finally, our ice fishing season next weekend. We received about 4-5 inches of snow Friday night but most of it blew off the lake so there are lots of bare patches on the ice but still enough to bank. I believe Dan is putting the tree line in today and then he can start pulling huts on tomorrow. The people that have been fishing already have indicated the bite is very light but lots of fish being caught.
January 15, 2016 - 8:51 a.m.
UPDATE: Just spoke to Roy, who has his hut out by our spot. Pressure crack has formed so we're pretty confident we'll be putting our huts on ice next week.
Oops, slept in again this morning. Another one of those nights...Dan went out and took some ice measurements with a couple of neighbours yesterday. We have 6 inches in our bay, two of which is white ice (the top) which makes sense because of the thaw and rain earlier in the week and then the flash freeze. He still isn't comfortable putting our huts out there just yet as they are big and heavy. I think he made the right call as they are calling for possibly 25 cm of snow today. Our neighbours did put their huts out, which are small and light but that was done after Dan got off the ice so think they may have run into some thicker ice further out. We are trying our darndest but the first and foremost issue is safety. We'll know more on Sunday once this storm is over. I know a few operators have put their huts on and are running this weekend but they didn't go to their usual spots and some only put on their lightest huts. Tells me plenty. Nothing but cold weather coming in after Sunday but will need to see about the snow situation. Patience my friends. We are just as, if not more, anxious than you to get on ice. It hit -17 overnight and is currently -11 with temps climbing and snow flurries have already started. I finished my books yesterday and was going to drop them off in town for my accountant to do our taxes but am not moving too far today. The roads are suppose to get nasty. It can wait.
January 14, 2016 - 7:01 a.m.
It's a chilly once again this morning. Hit -20 overnight and currently -15. Temps are due to rise a bit over the next couple of days but the nights will remain cold so we are making some ice. Heard of a few operators running this weekend but don't think they are going full boar. We are still holding off until next weekend to give the bay time to make some ice. Moose Creek was still running a few days ago but has frozen over so just need some time to ensure it's going to stay that way. Depending on the location of the lake, some areas are safer than others. I think Dan is going to take some measurements today. He picked his sled up from the shop yesterday so we're ready to rock. I worked in the office yesterday as I am today so hopefully our neighbour is available if Dan is venturing onto the ice. Buddy system is a wonderful thing.
January 13, 2016 - 8:31 a.m.
Oops, slept in this morning and I'm not apologizing for it. Best sleep I've had in awhile. Yesterday was downright frigid even though temps hit -10, seemed colder. Even with the snow we received. Or maybe I'm just not use to the colder temps yet. I tried working in the office but after a couple of hours and numerous interruptions, I lost my motivation. I'll try again today. Dan was heading to Bonfield to pick up his sled but the snow was coming down pretty good when he hit Callander and was throwing his truck all over so decided to turn around rather than try to transport a sled in the cab. Good thing he did because he came across a damsel in distress who had put her car in the ditch. The snowplows are famous for plowing the snow to the side of the road so it actually looks like there's road under the snow when there isn't. Hope that makes sense. I've seen it happen lots so am glad hubby could rescue the poor lady. It hit -21 here overnight (-25 in North Bay) and still is that cold. We did get some good snow yesterday but hopefully there isn't enough on the ice to prevent that kind of cold getting through to the ice. Another few days of these temps and Dan should be able to start pulling the huts on the ice. Fingers crossed!!!
January 12, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.
Temperatures hovered around -15 all day yesterday and then started to rise during the evening hours. Currently -11 with snow falling. They aren't calling for a lot of snow so the lake is still fairly bare. There are a few operators contemplating running this weekend but we are giving it a little more time. There were a few reports of 4-5" but only a few inches of black ice. Guess we were spoiled the past few years with ideal conditions but according to all the weather sites, it's going to stay cold for the unforeseen future. The phone was ringing off the hook yesterday so I didn't get a lot of work done. I'm heading to the office this morning and working on my books. Dan has been working on getting the huts organized but he doesn't want to pull them to the beach just yet as they'll just get buried in drifts which he'll then have to dig out.
January 11, 2016 - 7:57 a.m.
Well that was a nice little blizzard we had yesterday. Thank God we didn't have a lot of snow on the lake and didn't get a huge amount during the storm but talk about wind!!! The wind started around 4:00 yesterday and didn't let up for most of the night. Comparatively, it is fairly calm this morning. Looks like the ice on the lake held together though so that's a very good thing. The temperatures went from +5 to -15 in a few short hours and drove everyone indoors. I was out in the morning taking down Christmas lights and decorations before the cold set in. Suppose to stay fairly cold for the long haul now. No -30's and 40's this year I don't reckon but temps cold enough to get cracking on the ice fishing by the 21st I should think. As long as the forecast holds, we'll be making the safe ice we need. Slow start this year, so here's hoping the fish are really hungry.
January 10, 2016 - 7:50 a.m.
We had a great time with Annie and Craig Friday night. Fondue lasted a couple of hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vegged yesterday and I am currently doing laundry. Heading outside to get down the Christmas lights while I'm still able. Had some reports there was 4inches of ice but likely lost a little of that yesterday as it was well above freezing. It is raining this morning and the lake is covered in water, which is a good thing. Due to get heavy rain at times today and then a flash freeze this afternoon with snow to follow. Not calling for a lot of snow but are uncertain of the trajectory of this storm so may get more then anticipated. We shall see. I know everyone is anxious to get fishing but whoever put their huts on Calander Bay really jumped the gun. Hopefully they were removed before the mild weather yesterday. Silly people.
January 8, 2016 - 7:19 a.m.
Finally a forecast I can like. Calling for freezing drizzle, snow and rain over the next couple of days which I pray we get rain. It will get rid of all the snow on the lake. Flash freeze coming in Sunday night which means lots of winds as the cold front ushers in. Much colder temps for next week so hopefully will make us enough ice to get our huts out and set up in time for the January 21st weekend. I just hope people, because of the colder weather, don't push it. Going to need at least a good week to make and firm up the ice. Hopefully everyone remains cautious as well as patient. Dan and I went to Huntsville and low and behold, finally a doctor who actually sees his patients on time. Dan even congratulated the doctor as he didn't want to spend half the day waiting for me. Lol. I have mild nerve damage in my wrist but the good news is I caught it in time so am a good candidate for surgery. The surgery is no big deal but it's a long recovery time so hopefully can get it done right after ice fishing season. After my appointment we went out for lunch found a great little place that serves awesome fish and chips. Today, we are both going to town on errands. Dan is going to pick up his sled at Sampson's and then take it to a car wash. I'm doing typical errands and am going to try to wash my car as well before the cold weather sets in. Annie and Craig are coming over this evening for fondue so something to look forward to.
January 7, 2016 - 8:35 a.m.
Very mild temps again. Hit +3 here yesterday and started all the tributaries flowing again. Staying mild until at least late Sunday night. Sigh. We've cancelled ice fishing until at least the weekend of January 21st. Heading to Huntsville this morning for yet another wrist appointment. This time it's not arthritis but carpal tunnel. Hopefully they can do the procedure today but we all know how the health care system is so this is just likely the precursor to fixing me up. Last night I was laying in bed reading and heard thump, thump, thump. Looked out my window and there's Red trying to get in the feed container where we store the deer corn. Little bugger. She's become a pet. Not good!!
January 6, 2016 - 9:08 a.m.
Sigh. Well I have to say, this winter isn't shaping up how we planned. Dan tried to measure the ice yesterday and couldn't get out of our bay. The ice levels are spotty at best. Two inches, if that, along our shoreline. Hearing reports there is more thickness further out on Lake Nipissing but that the shorelines, due to the constant run off from thaws, is causing patchy thin spots. We surely need a major cold snap and one that's going to make the colder weather stick around. I'm sure not all operators are experiencing the same conditions but due to our location and the fact that Moose Creek (which abuts our property) is a major tributary and prone to flowing throughout the winter, our lake access isn't the greatest. See what the weather for the next week brings...
January 5, 2016 - 8:12 a.m.
Bbbrrrrr I all I've got to say. We hit -27 on our thermometer here but think it hit at least -30 away from the water. Knocked our internet out early last evening while the thermometer said it was only -19 at our house. Since the net normally doesn't go out until it hits -25, that's likely what it was back at our shop. Even the deer didn't come up this morning which means they're likely hunkered down somewhere. I'd wager a bet we made some pretty good ice last night. Maybe 2-3 inches. I ran into Dale (our bait supplier) yesterday at the feed store and he is definitely opening this season but getting a slow start same as everyone else. No sense getting bait and trying to keep it alive for a couple of weeks. Don't blame him there. The temps were at -19 when I got up this morning as the warm front is on it's way in. Going to stay warm for the next few days (below zero but around zero during daytime highs) but then the cold is going to come back in and stay in. At least we hope so. Patience to all you ice fishermen out there. We'll get our ice, just a few weeks behind schedule. We aren't going to measure until likely next Monday and see where we're at. Other operators are measuring now but the reports are very sketchy. Alot of them think 2" is 6" if you know what I mean. Can't rush it. Nature will take it's course regardless of how much we want to fish!!
January 4, 2016 - 7:58 a.m.
Just came in from feeding deer as they were bedded down outside the bedroom window waiting for me and likely trying to keep warm. Bbbrrr, she's a cold one at -23 this morning. With the wind chill factor of -32 yesterday and this morning, I have no doubt we are making ice. Only going to -16 today so hopefully it'll be sunny as forecasted. Going to be another cold one tonight but then a warm front is moving in again for a few days. Staying below zero so that's something. Was going to start my year end and 4th quarter today but am not sitting back in the office in these temps so going to town instead. There's always tomorrow to hit the books. Hopefully my car will start considering we didn't plug our vehicles in last night. Normally don't have a problem but there's always a first time.
January 3, 2016 - 7:08 a.m.
Was a nice day yesterday. Mild, just below zero although overcast. Cold front has just started so it's snowing, windy and a bitter wind. Currently registering -5 here but with the temperature drop due in this afternoon, calling for wind chill factor of -33. For those of you biting at the bit to ice fish, please don't rush it. There is currently only about 3-4 inches of ice. We should make some over the next few days but you want a solid 10", especially this year. Check with your operators for updates but we are still not even considering putting huts on the ice until closer to the 14th. The fish will still be there.
January 2, 2016 - 6:43 a.m.
Dan and I both had a lazy day yesterday. I read and dozed for most of it. Dan watched movies. I got up around 2:00 this morning and there was a doe bedded down outside the bedroom window. She was still there sleeping when I got up for good at 5:30 and she is now standing up and likely wanting corn. The weather didn't produce the snow as anticipated so we should be making some good ice over the next few days with the forecasted cold temperatures. Lake Nipissing is completely frozen over but we aren't pushing it. Still aiming to open for ice fishing the weekend of the 15th. Slow start this year but that's the way it goes sometimes.
January 1, 2016 - 8:47 a.m.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
December 31, 2015 - 6:21 a.m.
Another year has passed us by and we have so much to be grateful for. We are so blessed in so many ways and hope we never take it for granted. As the year comes to a close, Dan and I wish each and every one of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
December 30, 2015 - 8:24 a.m.
Wow!! Talk about getting all our snow at once!! We ended up getting in the area of a foot of the white stuff by the time it was all over. Dan spent a good part of the day plowing the property out just so we were able to walk from one building to another. Looking over the bay this morning, it has a nice layer of ice on it and looks like some areas of the main body of the lake is frozen as well. If we don't get any wind and the temperatures stay as they are, we should start making ice. Still won't be ready for the weekend of January 7th but hopefully by the 15th. We had to shovel a path on the bedrock yesterday so the deer could feed and good thing as they all arrived at once. Their trepidation was showing as they were a tad confused due to the enormous amount of snow but once they found the corn, they settled down. They were all out there this morning waiting on me. I need to zip into town either today or tomorrow but they are calling for freezing rain this morning so see what the day brings. Have a few things to get done anyhow. I'm figuring Dan will do a little shovelling today, namely the cottage walk ways but he did most of it yesterday. And so winter begins....
December 29, 2015 - 8:09 a.m.
Doug and Dianne arrived home safely and didn't run into any bad weather until they were about 20 minutes from home. We didn't receive any freezing rain here but did get about 5" of snow overnight. It is still snowing so not quite sure what the end result will be as it's suppose to start blowing. Snow plow just went through so hopefully the drifting won't be too bad. Dan is firing up the tractor once the snow dwindles this morning. I'm cleaning out my fridge as there is hardly any room left in it and then taking down the Christmas decorations. Going to be a "stay at home" day today, I think. There is snow in the forecast for the next few days as well as much colder temps than we've been experiencing to date. Lots of ice floating in our bay but it isn't completely frozen over as yet.
December 28, 2015 - 7:55 a.m.
Red sky in the morning....and what a brisk morning it is. Temperatures dipped to -16 here, colder in North Bay. Moose Creek is completely frozen and parts of Greening Bay as well. We get a few more nights like this, miracles can happen. That said, we are suppose to get 20-30 cm of snow over the next few days with the Texas low heading our way. Doug and Dianne are leaving shortly for home and I pray they don't run into the freezing rain they've forecasted for Southwestern Ontario. If the bad weather starts, they may have to get a room somewhere. With any luck, they'll make it home beforehand. We've had a nice visit and spent some time driving around yesterday exploring roads we've never been on. Went to Wacky Wings for lunch and then came back and relaxed in the cottage. Had leftover munchies for supper as no one wanted a big meal for supper and then all tucked in to bed early.
December 27, 2015 - 6:20 a.m.
Woke up to snow this morning. Not a lot but enough to cover the ground and hopefully provide a little insulation as temperatures are suppose to plunge to -29 tonight with the wind chill and -30 tomorrow night. We shall see as it's currently -1. We took a drive yesterday then hit up Canadian Tire for their non-existent Boxing Day sale. Went to Shoeless Joe's for a great lunch while watching the first period of the unfortunate Team Canada Junior hockey game. Caught the rest of it at home. Kicked back and had turkey sandwiches for supper. All in all, a pretty good day. Doug and Dianne are heading home tomorrow so hopefully the weather will hold for them. Going for a drive around the neighbourhood this morning and then weather permitting, I may take down the Christmas lights today before they freeze in.
December 26, 2015 - 6:57 a.m.
What a wonderful Christmas we had yesterday. Turkey with all the trimmings, spoiled rotten in the gift department, great company and all tucked in bed with full tummys by 10:00. The full moon is a wonderful spectacle this morning shining in all its glory on Greening Bay. As predicted, the moon is bringing us some cold weather. Dipping to the minus 15-20's for several days so suspect Lake Nipissing is going to freeze over in the next few days. Won't be enough ice for the opening of ice fishing but possibly by the second weekend. We are heading into town this morning with Dan's Mom and Dad to check out the Boxing Day sales at Canadian Tire since both the men received gift certificates for Christmas. I believe we won't be the only ones taking advantage of this fast-becoming Canadian tradition. Canada vs. USA hockey game this afternoon. Go Team Canada!!!
December 25, 2015 - 7:28 a.m.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
December 24, 2015 - 7:20 a.m.
Doug and Dianne arrived safely around 3:00 yesterday afternoon. The trip up was pretty uneventful although they ran into quite a bit of rain. We had a great visit and then had a supper of tourtière with a beautiful salad. The winds started around 11:00 last night and slowly increased in strength. They are currently blowing around 70 km/hr but are suppose to peak and sustain at 90. The power has been flickering on/off since 12:30 this morning. I sincerely pray no one loses power for any length of time. We are heading into town in a bit. Going for brunch and Dianne is going to use a gift certificate we gave her on a previous visit. We may have some friends dropping over for a visit this afternoon as well. Don't want to be too long in town just in case we do lose power and need to get the generator going. One good thing about this storm...it's bringing winter and cold temps with it. Hope everyone enjoys Christmas Eve and arrives safely to any destinations they may be travelling to.
December 23, 2015 - 8:21 a.m.
Had quite the nasty sleep last night. Or I should say, lack of one. Tonight I'm closing my curtains as the due full moon is doing a number on me. Usually does and it's going to be a doozy this Christmas. Winds are due in this evening through tomorrow and from the sounds of it, are going to get nasty as they usher in the cold front. Suppose to reach 80 km/hour, dropping temps from +11 to below zero so we know we are going to get pummelled. Calm as can be this morning. Our bay is like a window pane with ice floating here and there but it actually looks like we may get some sun today. Dan's family is heading up this morning so hopefully will arrive before the wind starts and don't have to drive through any nasty weather. Just looking forward to a little R&R later today. Shopping was nuts yesterday with everyone rushing around. Glad I'm done with that business.
December 22, 2015 - 8:08 a.m.
Yippee!! The days start getting longer now. Could certainly use a little sunshine about now. It's been days since we've seen more than a 5 minute stretch. It's currently raining, as it did most of yesterday and last night. We did get a few flurries yesterday morning but that didn't last long. This is well shaping up to be the winter that never was. That said, there is colder weather coming in later in the week and hopefully, it will stick around. I think the lake temps are right around the freezing mark, we just need a good cold snap to freeze her up. I'm heading into town for my last bit of shopping for the holidays. Namely, my fresh turkey and produce. Everything else is done and ready for the festivities to begin. Sure would love a white Christmas but doesn't look like that's going to happen. Sigh.
December 21, 2015 - 5:56 a.m.
We received a light dusting of snow on Saturday and a few flurries yesterday so was nice to see some white stuff on the ground. Was hoping to wake up to more snow this morning but unfortunately, it's raining. Huntsville area, being in the snow belt, got lots of snow this weekend but the system didn't reach us in the same way. I'd loved 15 inches of snow about now. Had a great time at our neighbour's on Saturday but turned out to be a late night for us. Dan and I took some quiet time for ourselves and I finished my book yesterday. Just have a few things to do here and there today and getting geared up for our family who are due to arrive on Wednesday. Not sure if we'll have a white Christmas this year but they are forecasting colder temperatures and snow for later this week.
December 19, 2015 - 7:54 a.m.
So nice to see some snow on the ground and some ice along the shoreline. Had several squalls blow through here yesterday and the temperatures dropped to -8. Glad to finally see a little bit of winter. I had a great day for cooking yesterday and was at it for 8 hours but got it all done. Dan had a lazy day yesterday so cooked supper for me (even though I made the cabbage rolls LOL). Today I've a bit of work to do this morning and then having some R&R before we head to our neighbour Debbie's for an open house. Love this time of year. Taking tomorrow off and doing absolutely nothing as it's the only day I have before the holiday season truly begins. Been going pretty steadily so just want to "regroup".
December 18, 2015 - 6:51 a.m.
Great day yesterday. Did an enormous amount of running in town but managed to get all my holiday shopping finished. Crowds were crazy in most places but I must have hit the right time in Walmart because I didn't bump carts with anyone once. Lol. Glad to see people are still wishing others "Merry Christmas" also. I got caught in a little bit of bad weather which wasn't quite snow or freezing rain, kind of a combination. Quite alright, bring it on. I finished my gift wrapping last night and today I'm cooking lasagna, cabbage rolls and tourtière. After that, I'm pretty much ready for Christmas. Just need to pick up the fresh turkey and veggies next week. Calling for snow flurries today and temperatures to get colder tomorrow with more snow. Certainly would be nice to have our usual white Christmas.
December 17, 2015 - 7:59 a.m.
Had a bit of a lay in this morning. Must have needed it. Today I am going to fight the masses and get the last of my Christmas shopping done. Everyone is always in such a hurry this time of the year and with so much on their minds, I pay extra attention when driving. There have already been a few fender benders in the city because of it, I'm sure. Calling for snow, rain, freezing rain tonight so am not leaving my shopping until tomorrow. Going to be the coldest it's been all season come the weekend. Looking forward to some clean, frigid Northern air. The animals have certainly had an easy go this year. Spotted a chipmunk again yesterday and just can't believe they are still gathering and haven't hibernated yet. Just crazy. Also tells me that once winter sticks around, it's going to be here for a long while.
December 15, 2015 - 7:12 a.m.
Looks like winter has finally arrived. Cold front is currently coming through, as it has been for a few hours. High winds have dropped the temperature from+11 yesterday to the current +2 and still dropping. Going to blow all day by the looks of things and much colder below zero weather with snow forecasted for the rest of the week through the weekend. We're a week or so behind the norm for this time of year but winter is definitely coming.
December 14, 2015 - 7:21 a.m.
The ladies Christmas party was a huge success. The gift exchange was extraordinary as no one wanted to steal/exchange gifts they were just all so good. Lots of food and fun, as usual. Dan and the boys also enjoyed themselves and the chicken and sliders were well received. Our company left by about 2:00 yesterday and then Dan and I just vegged. Was raining most of the day and night and is still raining this morning. Suppose to hit a high of +9 today and then the colder weather moving in with much lower temps and snow. Going to be very cold by the weekend so think we'll finally be getting winter. Been somewhat spoiled in that regard this year. Not sure what I'm doing today but will likely involve cleaning the cottage and putting things away from the weekend festivities. What a great time.
December 12, 2015 - 6:20 a.m.
Dan and I both worked all day yesterday doing what we do best. I have my house cleaned and looking lovely and very Christmasy for the ladies party this afternoon. Dan finished the last cottage door. It just needs one more coat of paint and it can be hung. He likely won't get to that particular job until Monday as we have company coming for the weekend but no hurry. I helped Dan make a beautiful pot of chicken and sliders for the boys meal today. They are going to stay out of the way over in a cottage this afternoon while the girls do their thing. I've the food prep to do this morning and then I'm going to park my butt and enjoy. So looking forward to getting together with everyone before the holiday season is in full swing. I wish the weather would have cooperated and given us some snow. It's currently +2 and suppose to stay that temperature all day but be overcast. Calling for freezing rain tomorrow and then a bit cooler temps, below zero, for much of next week.
December 11, 2015 - 8:02 a.m.
Wow, 8 o'clock in the morning and it's already +8. Overcast, of course received some rain overnight. Actually, light showers. Temps are suppose to drop to +4 this afternoon and actually go below zero overnight. Stay a little colder for the weekend but unseasonably warm temps returning for Monday. Really wish it would snow. Christmas lights just don't look the same with no snow. Our thoughts go out to our neighbour Margie who lost her kitty yesterday and who was her companion for 18 years. So sad when you lose a member of your family. I offered her one of my cats but received an adamant "no". Was worth a try. Lol. Today we have some cooking on our agenda. Dan is making chicken and sliders for the boys for tomorrow and I have some prepping to do. So excited and think it's going to be a lot of fun. Likely a late night Saturday plus I'm doing a huge breakfast for the overnight guests on Sunday so don't expect a blog update. That said, I think I run on less sleep than most so will likely be up and at'em long before anyone else.
December 10, 2015 - 6:15 a.m
We certainly haven't received much of the rain that was forecasted for this week. Likely get a ton of it today as I've a lot of running in town to do today. Have a few things left to do in the house but it can wait until next week. I finished the cleaning yesterday and put up the decorations. Going to town for errands and last minute preparations for the ladies Christmas party I am hosting this weekend. So looking forward to it. The temperatures are still very mild. Hit a high of +9 yesterday and not going below zero until next week. Calling for snow flurries on Saturday which I really hope we get. The grass nearly needs cutting. Lol.
December 9, 2015 - 6:22 a.m.
Much to my delight, the trumpeter swans came back yesterday morning. I took a break a couple of times and gave them some corn. Certainly no fear as they came right up to me as I fed them. So nice to watch them gluiding around the bay. As long as the water stays calm, they should stick around. Saw them heading back into Moose Creek last night right at dusk. I was totally shocked to see a chipmunk out and about yesterday. Guess it is still mild enough for the critters to continue adding to their winter cache. Certainly shaping up to be one of the mildest on record. It hit +5 yesterday and suppose to be even warmer today. We haven't gotten any of the rain as forecasted and they are now calling for snow on the weekend and early next week. Fingers crossed. At least it's pleasant Christmas shopping weather.
December 8, 2015 - 7:44 a.m.
We have a weird coloured dawn sky this morning. I think it is so overcast, the sun can't get through at all. Calling for rain everyday for the rest of the week. Sigh. It should be snow. Trumpeter swans didn't stick around long yesterday but the ducks are still here and a few geese. Dan built another cottage door and primed it yesterday. Let him go, they look great. I did more cleaning, painting and baking. Same on the agenda today and hopefully this will be the last day as I want to decorate tomorrow. Have my schedule planned out but alas, things never seem to go as planned so we'll see. Very mild temps but it did finally dip below zero last night. Unfortunately, not enough to freeze anything. Very mild winter indeed. Cold is coming, of this I'm sure.
December 7, 2015 - 8:04 a.m.
UPDATE: The trumpeter swans just came back and the one that was injured isn't limping anymore. Makes my heart sing.
It was a beautiful day yesterday. Sunny with a high of +6 but I suspect it was even warmer inland. This weather we've been experiencing isn't giving people the Christmas spirit as we usually have lots of snow by now. Calling for mild temperatures all week with showers tomorrow and Wednesday. Snow would be much nicer. Dan installed the new cottage doors he built and they look awesome. Just makes the whole building pop. Certainly adds curb appeal. I continued on with my purging which I'm loving. Finding all kinds of things I thought I'd lost, or forgotten about. Continuing on today and may do some baking as well.
December 6, 2015 - 6:18 a.m.
We had just a beautiful day yesterday. Was a high of +8 and even had some sun for a while. Got a little shot of vitamin D in the afternoon after I finished writing up all my Christmas cards. I think I'm one of the few people that actually still sends them. Just not the same when you get them electronically and I'm not changing my view on that subject. Dan had to put what I believe is the last coat of paint on the new doors he made. They sure look beautiful but I'm hoping he'll add a kick plate to the bottoms as kicking snow off boots is generally the first thing people do before entering our cottages. Today I'm doing a little more baking, a little more cleaning. Suppose to get some rain showers today so perfect day for indoor work.
December 5, 2015 - 8:43 a.m.
The sun poked its head out a few times yesterday but for the most part was overcast as it is today. Been a long week so I actually slept in until 7:30 this morning. Not sure what is on our agenda today but I would love to take the day off. It's not to be. Lots to do, 'tis the season. Donna and Mitch came over yesterday afternoon for a few hours. We were back in the shop, and when I came up to the house just before dark, there were 15 deer waiting for me. That's no longer Red's family, that's a herd.
December 4, 2015 - 7:09 a.m.
Unfortunately, still no sun yesterday. What we need is a nice sunny afternoon sitting around a campfire even if we have to wear a snow suit. Lol. Cold front came in yesterday morning and we had a few flurries accompany it but nothing major. Just dropped the temp to around the freezing mark. Temperature rose overnight and it's sitting around +3 right now. At this rate, have to wonder if we'll even have a white Christmas. I'm still working on the cleaning but also did some painting and baking yesterday. Clean for 4 hours then move on to something else in the afternoons. Boring, I know, and very tedious but going to be sparkling and so organized once I'm done. I'm so impressed with the new doors Dan is building. Might be a good hobby for him to consider down the road but as much as he loves to build things, he doesn't like to build the same thing over and over.
December 3, 2015 - 7:03 a.m.
Lol. Dan just asked me what time it gets light out because it's still dark as pitch. Oh, not for another half hour or so. No wonder I sleep in this time of year. We had an alright day yesterday, even saw the sun peak its head out a few times. The temps hit +5 here yesterday, +8 at the North Bay Airport. Very mild (too mild) indeed. I did a town run in the morning and then came home and cleaned my oven. Dan sold my "baby" aka SKANDIC yesterday. Was a sad day for me but know it's in good hands. I just can't sled anymore so will need to resort to having a chauffeur for my ice fishing excursions this year. Sad days. Dan also decided we need better summer doors on our double unit cottages so started building them yesterday out of materials we had leftover from our cottage renos. They are much more sturdy and bulkier than what was one there. He'll be back in the shop today finishing them off while I continue on with my house purge/clean. Sorry our lives aren't more exciting but it's what we do during our downtime..
December 2, 2015 - 7:31 a.m.<