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November 25, 2015 - 8:09 a.m.

Busy day yesterday.  Dan spent the day in the shop painting his tractor.  Did a great job and the tractor looks like new.  I was cleaning out closets and then did some painting of mine own.  Mostly the back door and trim as it was looking pretty scruffy.  The sun was out on and off but we didn't get anymore snow.  I took a walk at one point looking at the damage the beavers have done to some of our trees along the creek.  There is one rare tree which I believe to be a hemlock that they started chewing through so I sprayed it with pruning paint and Dan is covering  the damage with chicken wire today.  Hopefully we will be able to save it.  The beavers are usually done by now but it's been so mild, they've been quite busy and have taken down about 10 mature trees and damaged another 6.  It's mild today, already  above zero and I wouldn't be surprised if we get some precipitation today as the wind is coming right out of the east.  Hopefully it's snow and not rain.

November 24, 2015 - 8:05 a.m.

We certainly received our share of the white stuff although we didn't get as much as some places.  I'm guessing likely close to a foot and know the Loring area has gotten more than that.  The skies are gray this morning and the clouds look to be full of snow so am hoping they don't burst over us.  At least not until we get the current accumulation cleaned up.  Speaking of clean up....I started the major house clean yesterday.  Do it every year before putting up the Christmas decorations as there won't be time once ice fishing starts.  Usually takes a few weeks as I do paint touch ups and a good purge.  Dan took our main pulling snow machine in for its general yearly maintenance yesterday.  Takes it to Bonfield so by the time he loads and unloads, takes a good part of his day.  Temperatures remain mild with a high of +1 expected today.  Only hit -6 last night which is suppose to to remain around the same tonight.  We have some ice forming in the shallows so all we need is a three night bout of -15, which I'm sure is coming.  Even though we had an extremely warm November, the weather is currently on track with last year.

November 22, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

We had the first real snow of the season yesterday afternoon through the evening hours.  Was still and beautiful last night.  Even Dan said I would be able to get some pretty pictures today but it wasn't to be.  Got up this morning to blowing snow so now it just looks cold and angry.  Most of the snow has blown off the evergreens and there are drifts everywhere so Dan will be plowing today.  Apparently it's -5 but we're only registering  -2 due to the warmer water temps.  Have a few ice shards forming along the shoreline but they'll disappear in no time.  For all the warmer than normal temperatures this November, we're right on schedule with the past two years.  Last year at this time (yesterday to be specific) I was driving home from Toronto through a snow storm after my trip to Mexico.  Think the cold is here to stay!

November 21, 2015 - 7:53 a.m.

We did receive some snow yesterday but it was too warm to accumulate and the majority of it melted.  Today there is a snowfall advisory in place for up to 20 cm.  I doubt we'll see that much being so close to the lake but they may see in further inland.  We're ready for it.  Shovels are out and plow is on the tractor.  Just hope we don't lose power.  The bulk of the snow is suppose to come during the evening hours.  I always love the first accumulated snowfall as it makes the Christmas lights "pop" but after shovelling it for a month or so, not so much :o)

November 20, 2015 - 9:38 a.m.

Don't ask me what I did yesterday although I didn't really stop all day.  Did a little bit of everything I guess, just doesn't seem like I accomplished a whole lot.  Dan pulled the snow machines out and got them organized and then spent an hour or more getting the snow plow on the tractor.  We may just need it come Sunday.  We had a little bout of snow just roll through so the ground is sprinkled but it's melting quickly.  Think we may get some flurries on and off today.  It stayed mild all day yesterday with temps hovering around 11 but it's currently 2 here.  Dan is heading to town today to spend his birthday money at Canadian Tire.  Wants to get a kick-butt jack for the ice huts as the jacks are on sale.  I slept in late this morning as I had a restless night so am just going to putter around the house.  I made some caramel candy for Christmas yesterday so need to finish the chocolate coating then likely clean out my fridge.  Sounds exciting, doesn't it?  Lol.

November 19, 2015 - 7:22 a.m.

Looks like winter is on it's way some time today.  Was incredibly warm yesterday and terribly unseasonal.  They said it reached 19 in North Bay yesterday but only hit 15 here and is still 15.  Went out to feed the deer this morning and it feels like summer.  For God's sake, the grass is green and thriving due to the showers through the night.   It's currently overcast with a storm on its way, suppose to drop temps to 4 (which means a lot of heavy wind) with snow this evening and tomorrow.  Glad I did my town errands yesterday.  Dan finished cleaning the shop and moved the snow machines in.  Today he mumbled something about getting the snow plow on the tractor which isn't as easy as it sounds but likely a good call.  There was a severely injured seagull showed up here yesterday.  It was a baby considering it still had its spots but the poor thing broke my heart.  Both of its legs were badly broken so no way for it to walk or swim although its wings were fine.  It needed to be put out of its misery as it'll starve to death other wise but it flew off and we haven't seen it since.  The trumpeter swans were here all day yesterday but think they'll be heading south soon.  One is banded but also has an injured leg.  I was able to get close enough to see if perhaps the band it was wearing was too tight but that's not the case.  Nature is beautiful but it's not in mine to watch the suffering.

November 18, 2015 - 7:35 a.m.

Beautiful day yesterday.  Was chilly in the morning but once the sun was fully up, it warmed up quickly.  I managed to get all the outdoor Christmas decorations done so was outdoors most of the day.  It is sure getting dark early now and I'm not liking it.  Lots of deer up late yesterday afternoon but think we did lose a few.  Red is still around but still haven't seen her young buck and there is one  young doe hanging around quite often by herself so guessing that's his sister.  Sad.  The trumpeter swans are still around but one of them has an injured foot or leg.  It has a band on its leg so got close enough yesterday to see if perhaps it was too tight but don't think that's the problem. Likely a run in with a turtle.  Already 11 celcius this morning and that was suppose to be the high for today along with rain.  I've a few thing to do this morning and then am heading to town for errands.  The cold front is due in later on tomorrow so would rather do my running before it gets too miserable.  Calling for snow and much colder temps this weekend.  

November 17, 2015 - 7:28 a.m.

Bbbrrr, feels a little chilly out there this morning.  Currently -3 but feels colder then that.  Little crusting of ice along the shoreline and a deer bedded down outside our door tells me the temperatures are finally more winter-like now.  We are in for some more sunshine today and a high of 5 but rain tomorrow.  Temps are due to warm up for a few days with rain for the next couple of days and then she's going to get cold.  I set up the Christmas lights yesterday, which are the new projection lights but when I went out last night to see them at dark, decided I didn't like them so they are going back.  I found them way too "busy" for my liking.  Soooo, today I'm taking them down and putting up the good old-fashioned Christmas lights.  At least they are LED so can hopefully not run up our hydro bill too badly :o)  I suspect a lot of people will be conserving on their lights this year.

November 16, 2015 - 8:43 a.m.

The sun is finally shining this morning.  It isn't suppose to get much above +5 today but colder weather is coming in the further we get into the week.  I'm heading outside to get the Christmas lights up or I won't be able to once the ground is completely frozen.  Will likely take the better part of the day and then I'll need to go outside and tweek them once it's full on dark.  Our ice fishing bookings are coming along nicely and looks like we aren't going to be far off before the lake freezes.  With the warmer than usual autumn this year, we'll see what the first weekend in December brings.  We usually go to Sudbury that weekend and on the trip home, the lake has frozen over so will see what this year brings.

November 15, 2015 - 8:54 a.m.

Dan and I had a nice relaxing day yesterday since it wasn't the greatest of weather.  It remained below zero with no sun but the temps did warm up overnight and it is currently 5 degrees out.  It is overcast but the sun is suppose to shine.  Thinking I might get ambitious and start  the outside Christmas decorations but we'll see.  I would rather do it on a uch nicer day, which looks to be coming our way in the next few days.  

November 14, 2015 - 7:19 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  I made a batch of chili and took it  with us to Donna and Mitchell's where we spent an enjoyable afternoon.  Chili was a good call as we received our first snowfall of the season.  Have a little accumulation on the ground but not much.  Currently -2, windy and quite chilly.  So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Paris.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who lost loved ones.  Hope we never have to deal with that on Canadian soil.  Not sure what we are doing today.  May be a good day to veg.

November 13, 2015 - 8:19 a.m.

It was an absolute miserable day yesterday.  Very damp and cool with lots of rain.  We have frozen puddles on the property today even though it's above freezing.  A few light flurries as well although it looks more like rain.  We had 11 deer come up last night but still haven't  seen the little buck.  Not sure what's on our agenda today but hoping to have a visit with some friends.  We are pretty much caught up on everything business wise so want to start concentrating on the house purge and clean and then get organized for Christmas.  We are getting a ton of ice fishing calls and are booking up nicely so looks like we're in for a great season.

November 12, 2015 - 7:38 a.m.

We had a beautiful day yesterday with temps reaching a high of 13.7 which is pretty much unheard of for this time of year.  Sun was shining so I had a nice little walk after I finished my office work.  Dan was outside most of the day piddling around an doing little jobs that needed doing.  We would like to send out a big congratulations to Ginny and Craig on the birth of their new grand baby.  Halle is absolutely beautiful and will bring much joy to the world.  Cloud cover moved in overnight so overcast this morning and we've already had a few showers.  I would like to put up the new Christmas projection lights I bought but I'm not doing it in the rain.  Have a doctor's appointment this afternoon and Dan has to go to town for a haircut this morning.  Nine deer came up last night which is the most we've seen together since the hunt started.  We haven't seen the little buck for a few days so don't know yet if he survived.  If he didn't, going to be hard on his twin sister because they were always together.  Hopefully he's just in hiding.

November 11, 2015 - 6:58 a.m.

Thank you to any and all who have served our country.  We are truly appreciative.  Lest we forget!!!

November 10, 2015 - 7:42 a.m.

It was quite the beautiful day yesterday, sunny and high of 11 but it dipped to -3 overnight so heavy frost and some mist this morning.  Looks like it's going to be a nice day as the sun rises a little more.  Dan worked outside yesterday and was finally able to put his leaf blower and lawnmower away for the winter.  He pulled out two of our snow machines as he wants to get them in for annual maintenance.  Today however, we have some gravel coming for our road so he'll be spreading the belly dumps most of the day.  I did some housecleaning and cleaned a cottage yesterday in the morning and then took it easy in the afternoon.  This morning I'm doing some office work and then maybe go for a walk in the fresh air.

November 9,  2015 - 8:05 a.m.

The weather has been cool but sunny, as it is today.  Neither one of us did much of anything yesterday.  I rested and feel much better today so think I'm going to tackle some cleaning.  We definitely have a beaver problem on the property who is clearing out all the ash trees along Moose Creek.  Now I know where the term "busy beaver" comes from.  Obviously storing up wood for the winter.  We aren't quite sure where the actual dam is but it doesn't seem to be causing a problem on our property.  That said, could be causing some flooding back in the bush although I think it's likely further down the creek.  Can't believe how they can move whole mature trees.  Looks to be a high of 10 today which is quite comfortable but lots of rain coming in for a better part of the week.

November 8, 2015 - 7:38 a.m.

Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day.  The sun is up and shining but it did dip down to zero here over night.  Dan and I went to town briefly yesterday and then went for a drive and had lunch at Michael's on Main in Sundridge.  I had a long nap in the afternoon and then Dan made chicken and sliders for supper.  A good chicken soup was just what I needed as the meds I'm on gave me flu-like symptoms.  Had a fairly good night's sleep and feel pretty good this morning.  I've already been out to feed the deer.  Red was there this morning but her little buck and fawn weren't so don't know if they're hiding or the hunters got them.  Once the season is over next weekend, I'll be better able to figure out who's missing.

November 7, 2015 - 6:31 a.m.

Thursday was absolutely gorgeous.  The sun was shining and temps reached a high of 24 which is just unheard of.  I think that was our "Indian summer" last week.  Dan and I worked outside all day and finished by about 2:30 so headed over to Mitch and Donna's for a short visit since it was such a beautiful day.  Yesterday, another story.  The storm came through in a thin ban but the winds were so severe, lots of damage in the area and we were without power a couple of times.  After the initial storm passed and things calmed down, I zipped into town to the medical clinic where I was diagnosed with shingles.  Had asked my doctor for the vaccine last year and he told me I was too young.  Apparently not.  I think I caught it early enough, at least I hope I did, that it won't get any worse once the medication kicks in.  Today they are calling for showers and a possible thunderstorm and then nothing but sun, though much cooler, for the next few days.  I think Dan and I might take a drive to Sundridge this afternoon and maybe stop at Michael's on Main for lunch.  Best restaurant in the area.

November 5, 2015 - 7:08 a.m.

We broke all kinds of records yesterday for North Bay.  Temperatures hit 22 Celsius and it was sunny all day.  Couldn't ask for nicer weather.  Only down to 11 overnight although here, by the water, gauge is registering 7.  This time last year it was snowing so you'll not hear me complain.  The hunters were out full force and the guns were going off constantly.  Someone was rude enough to leave entrails on the side of the road instead of disposing of them in the bush (two feet away).  I truly wish there was a little more respect with some hunters.  Not everyone in this neighbourhood hunts and certainly don't need to see that.  Guns again last night but Red showed up almost at dark with her fawn, and the two year old twins (doe and buck) and we also had another 4 does up a little earlier; so far, so good.  This weather actually isn't good for hunting as the meat spoils quickly but the colder temps are due in for Saturday.

November 4, 2015 - 7:19 a.m.

What a beautiful day we had yesterday.  The sun shone and it reached a high of 14.  No wind so was terrific working outside.  I wrapped all my shrubs, flowering trees and newly planted trees while Dan did one last leaf removal exercise.  The property looks great; very neat and clean.  It's a little hazy this morning but it should burn off quickly as the temps are going to the mid teens today.  Sunny this morning but another rain system is due to move in overnight.  Cold front due in by the  weekend.  This is, without a doubt the nicest autumn I remember us getting in many years.  I don't ever remember seeing chipmunks this time of year.  I'm sure once it turns cold though, it's going to stay cold.

November 3, 2015 - 7:41 a.m.

Our household still hasn't adjusted to daylight savings time, especially the cats.  Getting me up an hour early now when I'd just love to sleep in.  Should have it mastered by the end of the week  though.  Dan and I worked outside all day yesterday.  As we are today but I think the weather should be a little nicer.  It was certainly mild yesterday reaching a high of 12 but only about 2 minutes of sunshine with an afternoon shower.  Looks like we may actually get some sun today and even higher temps.  This kind of weather isn't good for hunting as the meat spoils  too quickly but it is suppose to turn for the weekend.  Haven't heard any rifle shots yet but then the season just started.  Deer are still coming up, but not as many of them.  The small herd we have generally thins out this time of year so I will start saving on feed :o)

November 2, 2015 - 7:45 a.m.

Looks to be another dreary day.  Completely overcast but at least it's not raining and the temperatures are pretty mild.  Didn't accomplish a whole lot yesterday.  Did a little laundry, a little house cleaning, made a nice breakfast and supper and managed to sneak a wonderful nap in the afternoon.  Haven't done that in a long time.  Today is work outside day.  It's going to be a mild week, with hopefully some sunshine.  Time to get the burlap out and wrap my cedars and flowering plants.  Dan's doing one more go over the property with the leaf blower and then I can fine tune with the rake.

November 1, 2017 - 6:52 a.m.

Dan and I are home after spending a couple of days in Elliot Lake.  Did some touring around the area with Larry and Trish and had a pretty good time.  Long drive there as it was very windy and raining.  Yesterday coming home wasn't as bad as the clouds didn't open up on us but it did start raining last night and continued for most of it.  The deer were waiting for us when we got home so think we were missed.  Also arrived home to cat fur all over the house so think Halo was beat up on.  Today it's overcast but pretty mild.  Only down to 7 overnight  and suppose to warm up over the next few days with some sun here and there.  Would really like to do some outdoor work this week as I've been cooped up inside the past few weeks.  Keeping my fingers crossed it's a nice sunny day tomorrow.

October 29, 2015 -6:33 a.m.

Sorry I didn't update my blog yesterday.  I had a ton of errands to run in town so left early in the morning hoping to beat the weather coming in.  We did get some rain and a little wind but nothing like was forecasted or anticipated.  The moon was actually visible when I went to bed last night, meaning the cloud cover wasn't as extreme either.  Calling some some more wind and rain again today but looking at the radar, it should be gone before noon.  Sunny for Friday.  Saturday also looks promising for the trick or treaters this year.  Unfortunately, we get no kids living where we do.  Love seeing the wee ones all dressed up.

October 27, 2015 - 7:20 a.m.

Wow, what a busy day I had yesterday.  Finished my books by about 4 o'clock and then made chicken cordon bleu for supper, cleaned the mess up after and did 3 loads of laundry.  Good day for it as we saw very little sun.  Dan had a case of the lazies so good for him.  He's been going at it pretty steadily for the past two weeks.  We need to go to town sometime today but have an appointment here at noon so may wait until this afternoon so we don't need to rush around this morning.  The weather isn't looking good for the next couple of days as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia is heading our way.  High winds and rain, for sure but then next week is calling for higher than normal temps and sunshine.  That's when I'll wrap all my trees, pull the dead flowers and put the last of the summer stuff away.  Almost in time to start the Christmas decorations.  I'm actually debating about that as I think we're going to get a ton of snow this winter.  If I put a lot of decorations outside, they'll be frozen in until April :o)

October 26, 2015 - 7:52 a.m.

What a beautiful sight to wake up to.  There was one doe sleeping under the cedar tree by our house when I got up this morning.  All by herself and had been there for a while as she was covered in frost.  I went out to give her some corn and it didn't take long for a couple more to join her.  As soon as the others heard the feed box open, they were up and at'em.  It's nearly a full moon and was so bright last night, I'm not surprised some of the herd bedded down close to the house.  Can't imagine having to exist in the wild and constantly live in fear of predators.  The frost last night was very heavy and it dipped to -4 which is the coldest its been here to date.  Dan stocked the wood stove in the shop yesterday as I was working out there all day; as I am again today.  He worked outside yesterday and at one point, it was quite nice.  The sun came out and the wind died down by it didn't last long.  Not sure what's in store for today but sure is brisk and the sunrise was very red.  

October 25, 2015 - 7:55 a.m.

This gloomy weather is sure taking it's sweet time moving out of here.  Was just miserable all day yesterday and then late in the evening, the wind started.  Just howled all night and is still howling this morning.  Kind of hoping once the sun has been up for a bit it will die down.  Reached a high of 11 yesterday but the cold front is here and it's only around 4 degrees this morning.  Dan and I took a blessed day off yesterday and I was able to finish my book and actually start another.  Back to work today.  I am finishing my office clean so I can hit the books tomorrow.  Dan is, as usual this time of year, doing some leaf clean up.  He said the wind is going the right direction, whatever that means.  He'd be doing it regardless.

October 24, 2015 - 8:33 a.m.

Was busy all day yesterday and was finally able to hop in the shower around 2:30.  Then made myself into a cat for the Hallowe'en party at Trudy's.  Had a great time as the company and food was fantastic as usual.  Have some guests to check out this morning and then not sure what I'm doing.  Pretty gloomy and rainy this morning.  At least the sun was shining yesterday though temps only got to around the 10 degree mark.  Tad cooler today.  Might just be a good day to finish my book.

October 23, 2017 - 8:39 a.m.

Wow, what a busy week we've had and it's not going to let up any time soon.  Perfectly quite all right as we both like to be occupied.  Weather was just nasty yesterday.  Windy, rainy, gloomy.  Dropped to around zero here over night but at least the wind has died down today.  Dan was helping a tenant yesterday while I did my town run then came home and made an awesome meal for supper (if I do day so myself) consisting of broccoli and mushrooms casserole and steak and peanut satay.  Today, since it's so gloomy, I'm doing some house cleaning as it's been somewhat neglected this week.  One thing about this business, you can plan your day all you want but the schedule has a way of changing as the day progresses.  Most of leaves have dropped now.  I wish the peak lasted longer up North as the colour was glorious.  Still haven't seen much snow so am counting my blessings as I think we might be in for a nasty November.  Girls night tonight at Trudy Barber's so looking forward to catching up.  Making butternut squash Alfredo and have my costume all ready.  Going to be a very Hallowe'eny evening :o)

October 22, 2015 - 7:32 a.m.

Had a beautiful sunrise yesterday morning.  I took a picture of it and posted on Facebook and seems a lot of people in the area had the same experience as there were others who posted similar pictures as well.  Today, not so much but I did wake up to a buck and doe sleeping under the cedar trees by our house.  We think part of the herd has been bedding down close by.  Usually happens around hunting time which is likely why they are still with us.  Was pretty mild yesterday and I finally finished the shop and even started purging the office.  Another big job but shouldn't take me as long.  Taking a break from cleaning today as I have to do a town run.  Doubt Dan will be working outside today as the winds are fairly strong.  A thunderstorm rolled through with heavy rain just before 11 o'clock last night.  The temperatures rose to 12 overnight but now the cold front is coming through.  Suppose to drop to 3 this morning and then temperatures rise again once this front is in.  Would like to send a "hi" out to Skip and Tracy Prokop.  Good talking to you last night Skip and glad to know you read the blog daily :o)

October 21, 2015 - 7:25 a.m.

Was actually and pretty nice day yesterday.  Hit a high of 11 and the sun came out here and there.  Down to zero overnight so a tad chilly this morning.  I had to zip into town briefly yesterday and today am finishing the shop clean.  Dan's still been fighting the leaves but sees an end in site.  Most of the leaves are down but the lilac by my house hasn't even started to drop yet.  I saw a chippie out yesterday and some black birds are still here.  That's really late for both species but the forecast is steadily getting cooler.  Still think we may be in for some warm weather just yet.  Little hard this year to tell if we've had our Indian summer already but I'm hoping it's still to come.  Just because of the animal's behaviour, I think we're in for a lot of snow this winter.

October 20, 2015 - 8:10 a.m.

Dan and I stayed up to watch the election results last night.  The outcome wasn't what we wanted but would like to congratulate Justin Trudeau on his win.  Hope you can do Canada proud.  Our weather turned around briefly yesterday.  I thought perhaps the sun was going to come out yesterday but wasn't to be.  Suppose to be sunny today though with warmer temps then we've been having.  Reached 10 yesterday and going to be around the same today.  Dan got all the boats winterized so his job is done for the season.

October 19, 2015 - 7:09 a.m.

What an awful weather forecast we have for this week.  Precipitation in the form of rain or snow every day except Friday.  Today is suppose to be high of 11 with showers this afternoon.  We didn't get any snow really over the weekend.  A few flurries here and there but nothing major.  A few friends dropped over on Saturday and Dan and I were burning a ton of stuff so we sat outside for a few hours.  We both took the day off yesterday but are continuing on with our clean up this week.  My portion of the shop is taking longer than anticipated but it's being done right and thoroughly.  I'll be finishing the storage today and then moving on to my office.  Lots of purging, for sure.  Not sure what the temp of Lake Nipissing is right now but it has to be getting close to air temperature as it's not affecting the land temps too much anymore.  Meaning we aren't getting the warmth of the water any longer.  Dan figures about 90% of the leaves are down now so we're definitely into the dreary time of year.  I'm usually gearing up for my girls trip around now but we've decided to take a break this year.  Going to miss it, for sure...

October 17, 2015 - 6:10 a.m.

I woke up before 5:00 this morning and was unable to get back to sleep so here I am, earlier than normal.  The winds have been howling all night and we received quite a bit of rain yesterday with a few flurries here and there.  No accumulation though.  I hear other areas received more than us and they can keep it.  This is a perfect day to get a pot of navy bean and ham soup going so starting that shortly and then heading back to finish the shop clean.  A few more hours and it should be done.  What a chore but will give me immense satisfaction once it's done.  Was hoping for a camp fire a little later but don't think that's going to happen unless this wind buggers off.  Dan has been fighting a losing battle with the leaf clean up but likes the work so is keeping at it.  He still has two boats to winterized so hoping he does that today as below freezing temps are due overnight.  Went down to 1 overnight here and suspect it's just the lake keeping us above zero.

October 16, 2015 - 6:48 a.m.

Don't particularly like waking up much before 7:30 this time of year as it's still black as pitch out.  This is the only time of year we get to sleep in.  As soon as ice fishing starts, we're up at 4:30 every morning and pretty much in the dark for the first 3 hours of the day.  Lol.  Had quite the storm roll through here yesterday.  First bout, Dan was trapped under the picnic shelter as he had been blowing leaves when the storm hit.  Thankfully, I was in the shop yelling at Dan to come out of the rain.  Pea-sized hail came down and then torrential rain.  Once it stopped, it became eerily calm for about 2 hours and the the second bout started.  Again with hail, but it was hailing on one side of the house and not the other.  Great lightning show, then rain and when the wind finally hit, came in like a hammer with heavy rains.  Shortly thereafter, the sun came out.  Pretty brisk this morning and looks like the colder temps are sticking around for the weekend.  May get a few flurries but then we've usually had our first snowfall by now.  Heading back to the shop again today to carry on with my clean up task and (going out on a limb) Dan will be doing leaf clean up as the wind made quite a mess yesterday.  Dan loves it when Mother Nature helps him out :o)

October 15, 2015 - 7:32 a.m.

Dan is trying his best to keep up with the fallen leaves but think he's fighting a losing battle.  The winds have been strong and steady and doesn't look like they'll be letting up anytime soon.  At least it blew out of the south overnight and raised the temp to 10 (at least for now).  I have to say, when I went to town yesterday, the views were fantastic.  Lots of colour this year and just breath taking.  Like God came down with a paintbrush.  Beautiful but I think the colour has nearly peaked.  I'm back to the shop again today so will be spending the time  sorting, purging and cleaning.  Hate the work but love the end result.  I picked up a couple of bushels of deer apples from Jim Mansell yesterday.  Had a nice chat about all the fawns he's rescued over the years (22) due to circumstances out of their control.  The world needs more people like him.  I can't believe how often the deer are coming up now.  Someone was target practising in the neighbourhood yesterday so the small herd we have on the property were sticking close by.  Don't blame them but I'm going through an enornomous amount of food.  Most of them leave the area come December but I always have 5 or 6 that I feed through to around the 3rd week in January.  Too busy here for them once the ice fishing is up and running.

October 14, 2015 - 8:37 a.m.

Productive day yesterday.  The weather remained warmer then seasonal but changed drastically later on.  Dan did all the winterizing including the cottages and trailer park.  Good thing as they are calling for -4 over the weekend.  I started the shop clean and was doing quite a bit of burning with plenty more to do.  Rain showers came through and then the wind started.  It blew very hard last night, throughout the night and is continuing this morning, though not as severely.  Temps dropped considerably and is currently 4 degrees.  I need to go to town today but am continuing my shop clean up quest through the course of this week.  I'm sure Dan will be struggling with leaf clean up as the wind has made a mess of the property.

October 13, 2015 - 7:24 a.m.

Surprisingly, we didn't get the forecasted weather.  Hit a high of 24 yesterday,  sunny until the clouds moved in after lunch but we never received any rain or thunder storms.  It is still 14 degrees out and the cold front hasn't arrived yet.  Temperatures are suppose to slowly drop today so hope it comes in slowly without a big wind event.  Our neighbour told us there were a pack of timber wolves in the neighbourhood (showed Dan the tracks) but considering timber wolves are generally a solitary animal, I'm thinking coyotes.  Even so, a few of the deer bedded down around our house last night so hopefully the predators are just passing through.  Someone dumped a raccoon carcass in our ditch last week so figure that's what has drawn them.  I wish people would quit using our property for such things.  Today Dan is starting the winterizing and doing those cottages we close up.  I'm starting my portion of the shop clean up, purging and sorting and more than likely burning and disposing.  Big job which will likely take me the better part of this week but will be nice when it's done.

October 12, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

What a terrific afternoon and early evening we had yesterday.  Donna had a fire going when we arrived and the Wynnia's dropped in for a drink so we visited for a bit before feasting on a wonderful meal.  The sun was shining for the most part and very pleasant temperatures hovering near 20.  Going to be a beautiful morning as it's suppose to be warm and sunny but temps falling later today with possibility of a thunder storm.  The rest of the week is going to be very cool and temps going below zero.  Dan pulled the pontoon out of the water yesterday and is doing the rest of the boats today.  I cleaned the public bathrooms one last time and put away most of the summer paraphernalia for the season.  Had to laugh when I got up this morning...there was a coon up our cedar tree feasting on my bird feed.  I gave it an apple and sent it on its way.  Apples are cheaper.  Lol.

October 11, 2015 - 7:57 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I hope everyone has been spending this weekend with people or doing things you are truly thankful for.  I know Dan and I are truly blessed.  Just being able to wake up with deer in my front yard and Lake Nipissing in the back is something we try not to take for granted.  Being able to spend time this weekend in the company of loved ones is another.  Yesterday we worked until around 2:00 and then Craig and Annie dropped in.  We had a visit and then we all (except Annie because she already had) went and voted before heading to Sundridge for supper.  Being able to vote is something else I'm grateful for as not everyone in the world has that privilege.  This afternoon we are heading over to Mitch and Donna's for dinner with friends and looking very forward to it.  It's suppose to be sunny and a high of 18 today.  Couldn't ask for more!!

October 10, 2015 - 9:10 a.m.

I cleaned my car yesterday while Dan used his brand new leaf blower.  He bought a top of the line Stihl and it must be something to use because he keeps talking about how well it works.  He needed a decent one though considering all the  leaves we get here.  There aren't a whole lot of leaves down just yet but from experience, it's better to keep up with them than to try cleaning them all up at once.  I've a few things to get done today and then we are going for an early supper with Annie and Craig to "Michael's on Main" in Sundridge.  Looking forward to it as he puts out a great meal.  

October 8, 2015 - 8:06 a.m.

Was an all right day yesterday as the sun was shining and it hit around 13.  Today, not so much.  Only going to 11 and dipped down to zero overnight.  There is a huge cloud of steam over our bay this morning so should warm up quickly.  Great picture taking opportunity if I had the right camera.  I can certainly tell the trailer park is closed for the season as all the birds and furry little critters are now hanging out at my place looking for food.  No more peanut hand-outs in the park.  Most critters have left or hibernated by now so think we're still in for some warmer weather just yet.  I do think once November comes, it's going to be a bugger.  Dan worked outside all day on the retaining wall as it needed some repairs.  Don't know that he should stain it as it's too cold at night now but that's up to him.  I cleaned a couple of cottages in the morning, had a nice lunch in Callander with Trish at the Artisan Cafe and then headed to my hair appointment.  They have a new massage therapist there and took advantage of it.  Feel so much better today and am looking forward to my next appointment.  Today I want to start putting away our seasonal items for the winter but am going to the neighbours first to get some deer apples.  The deer are certainly well fed in this whole neighbourhood.  So nice to see.

October 7, 2015 - 9:01 a.m.

Yesterday was beautiful until the cloud cover came in.  Was sunny until around 3:00 and managed to hit 16 Celsius and only down to 11 overnight.  A bit cooler weather coming in for the rest of the week but back up to 17 for the holiday Monday.  Currently sunny so looks like it's going to be a nice day.  Dan stained the deck on our house and it looks great.  It's suppose to protect the wood because pressure treated is no match for the elements we face up here.  The leaves are starting to fall steadily now so won't be long before we'll be in the raking mode.  After I get a few things done today, I'm heading to town for a hair appointment.  Not sure what's on Dan's agenda but I'm sure he'll fine something that needs doing.

October 6, 2015 - 8:19 a.m.

Another busy day for us yesterday.  I completed all my office work by about 12:30 and then headed into town.  Two stops I didn't make so will need to do later in the week.  Dan repaired the deck on our house as there were a few planks needing to be replaced.  He also dug in some cable around the house.  Temps did reach 16 as forecasted but unfortunately the sun never made an appearance.  Looks like it's going to be sunny today though.  I've got a few dirty cottages to clean.  I also want to get the public washrooms cleaned one more time so we can winterized them.  Once that's done I can put al my summer stuff away for the season as I store everything in the bathrooms for the winter.  Doubt I'll get all of that done today but am going to try.  The deer are coming up both morning and night now.  They don't wander far which suits me fine as hunting season is upon us.  As long as they stay on our property, they should be fine.

October 5, 2015 - 8:47 a.m.

Our weather didn't improve yesterday and it still remains dismal and overcast.  We had showers on and off all day and night but apparently sunshine is on the way for this afternoon with 16 degree temperatures.  The leaves on the trees are slowly getting some colour, others are still green and some are falling.  Last year at this time, most of the trees were bare.  I actually saw a couple of chipmunks yesterday so they are still around and we've also had the addition of a black squirrel and a grey squirrel.  Don't know how long they'll stick around until their Northern red cousins chase them off as they are so aggressive but I hope they are around for a while.  Dan's doing some repair work today while I finish the office work and hopefully get to the post office today.  I really need to start going to bed earlier these days

October 4, 2015 - 8:29 a.m.

Yesterday would have been much nicer if the sun would have shone a little more.  It wasn't that warm either.  I made a big batch of chilli after doing some work in the morning and then Dan and I went around the park taking meter reads.  Our guests were into a serious horseshoe tournament and looked like they were having a great time.  They were still at it after the  sun went down.  I watched a special on O.J. Simpson last night.  My how the mighty have fallen.  I need  to zip over to the neighbours this morning to look after their cat and drop  something off at another neighbours and then have a few hours of office work and maybe the cottage laundry.  T'is a very gray and dismal day today and currently have a nice little shower happening. Likely rain on and off all day, temps still around 15.  Hummingbirds are long gone but still a few grackles hanging around.  Haven't seen any chipmunks up around the house but  saw one back in the park yesterday.  I think they are getting ready to hibernate but hoping we're still in for a few nice days yet.

October 2, 2015 - 9:06 a.m.

Yesterday was beautifully sunny and crisp.  Would have been great to be outside but spent the day putting my house back together.  Nothing more satisfying though than a fresh, clean, well organized room.   Today I'm freshening the double unit for our noon check-ins and then heading to town.  We have a stag party going on this weekend and I hope the weather holds for them.  Suppose to get rain and wind but at least we have a spot for them to have a nice fire or the picnic shelter if they'd like to be outside.  I'm going to suggest bocci ball and horse shoes.  Lol.

October 1, 2015 - 8:44 a.m.

 I finished painting the spare bedroom yesterday and it looks marvellous.  After that, I went out and trimmed down my "shrimp tree", sprayed it with a concoction I make to kill any and all bugs, and then dragged it in the house.  I also brought my hibiscus inside which has tons of blooms on it.  Those were the only two plants I wanted to keep over the winter.  So glad I brought them in yesterday as the temps went down to 1 degree Celsius overnight and we had our first frost.  Wasn't a terribly heavy frost but a frost none the less.  Sunny today with only a high of 12 so I'm putting the house back together.  Lots of sorting and purging to do as we use the spare bedroom for storage.  Big job but will be much happier once it's done.  Dan is zipping into town today as I have a few errands needing to be done which can't wait until tomorrow.

September 30, 2015 - 8:27 a.m.

She's a chilly one out there this morning.  The actual cold front came in yesterday when the winds picked up and the temperatures dropped fairly quickly from what would have been a very nice day.  Went down to 6 here overnight and only going to 13 today.  Pretty  brisk out so a great day to finish painting the spare bedroom.  I managed to get the trim and ceiling done yesterday so doing the walls today, which is the easy part.  Should be able to put the room back together tomorrow.  I've a few house plants I need to bring back inside today as these temps aren't going anywhere.  Hate it when it's time to turn the heat on and close up all the windows but it's inevitable when you live in the north.  Hopefully we'll have a few gorgeous days yet!!

September 29, 2015 - 8:18 a.m.

We finally received some badly needed rain.  Started in the evening and was raining pretty good at times from about 9:00 on.  Currently raining right now but still fairly mild with temps around 15 Celsius.  Had nine deer come up this morning.  They are trying to fatten up for the upcoming winter.  Can't help but think that this beautiful mild weather, once it leaves, will bring us a long winter with lots of snow.  We really didn't get much rain this summer and nature has a way of making up for it.  I just hope it isn't as cold as the past two years even though the conditions were perfect for ice fishing.  

September 28, 2015 - 8:01 a.m.

Since I was mistaken about the eclipse Saturday night, thought I'd get a glimpse of it last night, and I did.  Only briefly at the beginning of it though as the clouds moved it right around the same time.  What an awesome moon though.  So very big and white.  Most of the trailer park have closed down for the season and yesterday afternoon, when Dan was finished helping those who needed it, we headed over to Debbie's for an afternoon neighbourhood get together.  Was a perfect day for it as it was warm and sunny.  Had a great time and always lovely to see everyone.  Suppose to some showers and thunderstorms later today as the cold front and more seasonal weather moves in.  Was nice while it lasted...

September 27, 2015 - 9:52 a.m.

I obviously slept in this morning.  The moon was so bright last night I had a really difficult time getting to sleep but boy, was it beautiful.  Didn't get to see the eclipse as I was finally sleeping but being out here, the whole sky was lit up.  It was just as bright as the winter when the full moons reflect off the snow covered lake.  I could actually see the deer walking out in the water around 2:00 this morning and there was a big honking raccoon up on the bedrock looking for leftover corn and apples.  Normally can't see that at night time here.  Beautiful day again today.  Sunny and already warming up.  Coffee and a fire back at Trish and Larry's this morning so a great way to start the day.  Not sure what the rest of it will bring.

September 26, 2015 - 8:27 a.m.

What a beautiful weekend we have in store.  Plenty of sun and 20+ degrees.  Still not a lot of colour on the trees but it's coming.  Not sure what's on my agenda this morning.  Still plan on painting the spare bedrooms but rain is coming for Monday and Tuesday so may hold off until then.  Not going to have many glorious days like this so would prefer to enjoy them while we're able.  Definitely want to get an awesome campfire going tonight...

September 24, 2015 - 7:07 a.m.

Another beautiful day yesterday.  Hit 21 and sunny, down to 10 overnight so still a few degrees above normal for this time of year.  Currently have 8 deer up on my bedrock right now.  One young buck, one fawn, the rest does of varying ages.  So nice to wake up to.  Heading into town this morning to pick up a few things and then meeting with Paula, Trish and Jeannine for lunch.  This is the last weekend before the park closes so going to get mighty quiet around here.  Dan and I have some maintenance jobs we'd like to get done this fall but I'm all for taking advantage of the nice weather while it's still here.  

September 23, 2015 - 8:04 a.m.

I hate to say it, but I think autumn is officially here.  The leaves are turning and some trees even dropping them.  Still, we've been having warmer temperatures than normal.  Haven't seen many hummingbirds still around and think they've started to migrate to warmer climes.  We still have some black birds here and they are usually gone by now.  Chipmunks are also still around frantically collecting food so they haven't hibernated yet either.  I do believe we may be in for a few more weeks of glorious weather.  Dropped to 12 overnight after hitting 21 yesterday.  Lake Nipissing's temperature has started to drop but still quite nice in our bay.

September 22, 2015 - 8:31 a.m.

Beauty day yesterday.  Almost hit 20 degrees and was sunny all day.  Lake Nipissing was like a window pane, as it is today.  Temps dropped to 10 overnight and it was certainly chilly when I first got up this morning.  Going to be sunny and even warmer today.  See how the day goes but would be nice to get on the pontoon today.  One can dream...

September 21, 2015 - 7:48 a.m.

Was a nice day yesterday once the sun came out and warmed everything up.  Only hit around 19 though.  Down to 10 overnight and looks like it'll be mostly sunny again today.  I've cottage cleaning to do and then think I'll do a little gardening.  Some of my flowers are already done for the season.  Between the nasty wind on Saturday and the colder temps, I guess it's inevitable.  Suppose to be fairly nice for the beginning of the week but rain and colder temps are on the way.  Been one of the nicer September's we've had though.

September 20, 2015 - 7:43 a.m.

The weather was absolutely nasty yesterday.  We received some showers in the morning but then the wind came in like a hammer and the cold front dropped the temps to 7 overnight.  Still, we made the best of it.  Larry fried up a turkey under the picnic shelter and everyone who was here contributed a dish and we had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving dinner.  Frank got a fire going but due to the wind, I opted to come home and finish my book last night.  Pretty much everyone tucked in early.  It's sun and cloud mix this morning, very cool but no humidity.  Suppose to warm up to around 20 this afternoon.

September 18,  2015 - 7:37 a.m.

Had a great day yesterday.  Temps reached 28 and was sunny for most of the day.  We worked in the morning and then I packed a lunch and then Paula, Alf, Dan and I went pontooning for the afternoon.  Was a little rough on the journey home but that just made it more enjoyable as we got a little wet and it cooled us down.  Today the weather is turning.  Suppose to get showers and thunderstorms as the cold front is due to arrive later today.  We haven't had many storms at all this season so bring it on!  I'm heading to town this morning and then think a couple of us are going to get a dominoes game going later this afternoon.

September 17, 2015 - 8:06 a.m.

What beautiful weather we've been having.  Hit 28 yesterday and was just a great day.  Dan and I got all our work done so are hoping to get out on the pontoon this afternoon.  Cold front is due in tomorrow via rain and thunderstorms so looks like the nice summer-like weather will be gone for a while.  All the deer have their winter coats already so think autumn is on it's way.  I just hope we have a really nice October for a change...

September 16, 2015 - 7:12 a.m.

Gorgeous day yesterday.  Hit a high of 26 and down to 15 overnight.  Lots of sunshine.  Having a repeat over the next few days before cooler weather moves back in on the weekend.  Dan took the boys fishing yesterday.  They caught some but not sure what they kept.  Looked to be a great day on the water though.  I've work today but should be able to wrap it up by noon.  Hoping to squeak out some more summer for myself this afternoon.  The geese have been practising their flight patterns lately.  Love watching them take off and land.  They flew over our bay last night nearly skimming the water and then pulled up at the last minute to clear the tree line.  They were in a perfect "V" formation.  Was cool to watch.

September 15, 2015 - 7:47 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday.  Things warmed up to 22 and the sun shone all day.  Down to 12 overnight and suppose to hit 25 today with sun as well.  I'm feeling much better this morning so have some work to do.  Dan and Frank went over to the Waltonian last night to visit with some friends participating in the Skins and Fins and I believe Dan is taking a group out on our boat today for the fishing portion of the event.  Great day for it as it's usually windy and cold for the boys.

September 14, 2015 - 9:11 a.m.

We just saw the Anderson's off as they had another successful annual vacation.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't the greatest for them but it's going to be beautiful today and for the next few days.  It isn't Indian summer just yet but going to have high  20's for most of the week.  I'm heading back to bed right shortly as I caught Dan's cold.  Was feeling a little poorly yesterday but I'm hoping one more day of rest and tons of meds will fix me up.  Thanks Frank for sharing your virus with everyone.  Lol.

September 13, 2015 - 7:58 a.m.

I would like to wish my hubby Dan a very happy birthday and also hope that he feels better soon.  We had a wonderful fish fry yesterday with a few friends but the poor lad was not feeling the greatest.  Seems he picked up a cold somewhere and wasn't in much of a celebratory mood yesterday.  After the fry we got a wonderful fire going but by that time, the cold medicine kicked in and Dan was down for the count.  Since he's not one to complain when he's ill and since he's still in bed, would have to say Dan is rather poorly.  As long as I don't catch it, things are good.  Not exactly a birthday meal but I'm going to make him some chicken soup today.  Been quite chilly the past few days with not a whole lot of sun but temps are going up and suppose to hit 27 Celsius again by Tuesday.  Seems every year during the Anderson's vacation, the weather  turns just before they get here and just after they leave.  Guess you take your chances in Northern Ontario during the month of September.

September 12, 2015 - 8:04 a.m.

Wow, did it get cold last night!!  It hit 17 yesterday and was beautiful when the sun was out but a tad chilly when the clouds drifted by.  Droppedping  to 8 overnight and it was cold!!!  I actually had to close the house up and turn on some heat.  Nippy this morning as well but looks like we might get some sun.  Having a fish fry for a few of us a little later today to celebrate Dan's birthday which is actually tomorrow.  Hopefully it will  warm up enough to enjoy outdoors.

September 11, 2015 - 7:15 a.m.

Looks like we're in for some sunshine today.  Considering all the rain we got yesterday, I'll take it.  Really came down at one point and we received 1 1/4 inches in about 20 minutes.  The ground absorbed everything as it's been so dry.  Going to town this morning with Trish and Paula.  Errands to run and then going out for lunch.  Looking forward to it.  Dan cut all the  grass yesterday morning before the rain and also finished securing the picnic shelter.  Needed a little more support and once he tarps it at the end of the season, will give us added storage, like for our pontoon boat :o)

September 10, 2015 - 7:39 a.m.

Great day yesterday as I accomplished quite a bit and then had Paula and Alf for supper.  Bbq with scalloped potatoes, mushrooms and salad.  Paula made a yummy apple pie for dessert.  Called it an early night so up and at'em early this morning.  She's a chilly one as the wind blew all day yesterday ushering in the cold front.  Went down to 11 overnight but suppose to hit 20 today.  Anderson's just left for fishing as they couldn't get out yesterday.  Hopefully they'll be able to catch something for dinner.

September 9, 2015 - 7:50 a.m

Looks like the hot, humid, hazy days of summer have left us for a little while.  We finally got some rain yesterday but no thunderstorms.  Although it is still 20 degrees, a lot of the humidity is gone and it's very windy.  The Anderson's arrived yesterday for their annual vacation so unless the wind dies down, they won't be going fishing today.  They did very well last night though.  I've a few things to do today and have an appointment at 4:00 but other than that, hoping to play some dominoes with Paula and then have a nice supper with she, Alf and Dan.

September 8, 2015 - 7:08 a.m.

Had somewhat of a relaxing day yesterday.  Watered the flowers and then it started to rain.  We didn't get near enough as it was a small system but calling for thunderstorms and rain to start later this morning through tomorrow.  Radar shows everything below us so doubt we'll get anything until much later today.  Could definitely use more rain but  don't want the whole  day ruined.  Alf and Paula showed up yesterday with  a huge tote filled with apples for the deer.  Well as I was typing this blog, I look up and there  is "Red" practically knocking on my door.  She and her two yearlings just got a nice feed of apples to start their day.

September 7, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Dan and I had a great relaxing day yesterday.  Didn't accomplish a whole lot but apparently that's what holidays are for.  Both caught up on some badly needed sleep.  I'm going to water flowers this morning even though we may receive some showers today.  Calling for that and/or thunderstorms but the radar says we may dodge a bullet yet again.  It is so humid here and currently temps at 24.  Not complaining because the snow will be flying before we know it.

September 6, 2015 - 7:09 a.m.

Had a great day again yesterday.  Temps hit 29 and it was sunny for the most part.  Dan, Annie and I went pontooning and ended up anchored at the Manitous.  We were joined by and tied up to Larry and Trish's boat and they had family and friends on board.  Spent the time swimming and then headed back for a bbq.  Was a good day even though we had a brief shower roll through just at dusk.  Calling for a thunderstorm this morning but don't think it'll materialize which means I'm watering flowers today.  

September 5, 2015 - 10:13 a.m.

had a fantastic day yesterday.  Dan and I worked in the morning and boy did it get hot quickly.  Smoking.  Went over to Annie's early afternoon and alternated between swimming, floating and beaching it.  Was a great day to catch up with everyone as the temps hit 29.  Dan and Craig joined us later in the afternoon and then we had a bbq.  Not sure what's on the agenda today but hoping for a boat ride.  Calling for showers possibly later today, tonight and tomorrow.

September 4, 2015 - 7:50 a.m.

What glorious weather we've been having this summer and the past few days are no exception.  Hit a high of 27 yesterday with sun and lots of humidity.  Was nasty in town but thank God for air conditioning.  Dan and I have some work this morning and then we're pretty much clear for the rest of the weekend.  Hoping to, as well as our guests, have some fun, fun, fun.  Last long weekend before autumn sets in and looks like it's going to be a beaut.  Hot and sunny.  Bring it on.

September 3, 2015 - 8:47 a.m.

Brutal temperatures yesterday.  Actually not so much the temps as the intense humidity.  I watered flowers for hours and was drenched by the time I was done.  Went for a quick swim but still didn't cool me down after I was