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May 23, 2019 - 6:42 a.m.

We just had a couple of nice little thunderstorms roll through with you guessed it, rain.  Heavy at times and looks like there is more to come.  All these massive and long lived rain events are being spurned in Texas and the jet stream seems to be propelling them to us.  It can stop any time now.  I actually read several articles on cloud seeding and it really makes one wonder.  I know (in this part of the country) May showers bring June flowers but come on.  Enough already.  It torrentially downpoured enough this morning to put a trench in our beach again and puddle flood the property.  It’s still raining but thankfully there isn’t any wind to cause people further grief.  The summer needs to start yesterday.  I planted again yesterday and used all the flowers I had but still have a few more planters to finish once I reload and the weather clears up long enough for me to do so.  I also saw Mom and Dad geese with a very small pair of goslings for the first time.  They’re the only geese we have this year other than one other lone male and we only have a handful of ducks also.  Since there are no banks to allow nesting, seems the waterfowl have been displaced.  Tomorrow looks promising, Saturday not so much and then hopefully we have some nice sunny days and warmer temps next week.  It’s actually pretty mild this morning after hitting +19 yesterday.  Suppose to reach +16 today.  Our guests checking in today may need to consider poker vs fishing.  Hopefully it’ll clear up enough for them to at least get in an evening fish.  Dan was working on our shop yesterday as there is damage to repair from the winter and he’s been having to work around the weather.  At least our new docks are high and dry and this was the perfect year to replace them.  

May 22, 2019 - 6:07 a.m.

Let’s get this summer started shall we?  Mist is coming off Moose Creek as it does when the season starts to change so hopefully this is a sign of better weather to come.  It reached 18 degrees here yesterday a little later in the day and was beautiful.  I started planting around 9:30 in the morning and ran out of soil and steam around the same time which was shortly after 4:00.  I still have a flat of annuals to put in before I go to town for the last of what I need.  I did get all my pots finished and darn near killed myself lifting the ones to hang out at our road entrance.  I’m not a spring chicken anymore and should have got some help but everyone was busy doing their own thing.  Jessie started working for Dan yesterday and so happy to see a kid today that actually enjoys hard labour.  He made quick work of the debris that washed up over the weekend but I think it’s going to be an ongoing battle.  The boys also started the shop repairs from the winter damage so that will be the next big project now that the new docks are finished.  The black flies were out yesterday but mainly just in certain areas around the property and particularly where I was digging.  Sooner the little bloodsuckers come out, the sooner they’ll be gone.  We don’t get them too terribly bad here as we keep everything manicured but they love me.  Dan doesn’t even feel them.  They are calling for sun today with showers (sigh) moving into the region and considering the reddish sky this morning, we have a pretty good chance of seeing some rain but the temperature is going to remain mild so that’s something positive.

May 21, 2019 - 6:30 a.m.

Since I couldn’t plant yesterday, it looks like today is the day although it is still rather blowing a cool wind.  It does look like some of this dreaded cloud cover will be moving out of the region.  Hopefully.  It was nice and sunny when I got up but there are still clouds in the area.  We are in for some warmer weather today with a high of 18.  The wave action yesterday has dumped all kinds of debris on the beach and in the front of the house but there is no use cleaning it up until things completely settle down.  I suspect we’ll be picking stuff up all season.  There was a huge what looked to be a hydro pole trying to land on our beach yesterday but I can’t see it this morning so am not sure if it sunk or what.  I might be able to find it once I physically go outside but there is plenty of docking material spewed everywhere.  Lots of burning material, for sure.  The Nugget reported yesterday that lake levels have decreased but I beg to differ.  It’s still rising from what I can tell and quite a few people agree.  I know they are letting lots of water out through the dams but until the rain stops for a few days, we won’t make any headway.  Just have to ride out the storm and pray for a huge warm up.

May 20, 2019 - 9:57 a.m.

It’s World Bee Day today.  Please plant some flowers.

May 19, 2019 - 6:17 a.m.

Another day, another rain event.  Talk about gloomy and depressing for our first long weekend to start off the summer.  I feel badly for our cottages but I guess we’re all pretty much in the same boat.  Makes me want to get in the car and drive until I can feel sunshine on my face.  There were a few boats in our bay yesterday but my how things have changed.  Use to be upwards of 30 boats 20 years ago.  Seems a lot of the younger generations don’t value a great day of fishing on the lake like the older folks do.  Peace and quiet with a fishing rod is never over-rated as far as I’m concerned.  Dan and I worked in the morning yesterday and then both vegged in the afternoon since it was a perfect day for it.  I grabbed my book and laid down on the bed and was sound asleep within minutes.  Had a great afternoon nap that lasted nearly 3 hours so I’m feeling well rested today.  We just had a rather large bout of rain move through but there are scattered showers all over the radar for today with rain tomorrow.  We actually aren’t suppose to see anything resembling the sun until Tuesday so I’m certainly not doing anything outdoors this weekend.  Not too sure what we’ll do today but I think I may throw together some chicken and shrimp kabobs for supper since I’ll have plenty of time to cut and skewer.  Although supper at the Lookout has an appealing ring to it also.

May 18, 2019 - 7:54 a.m.

Sigh.  They’ve updated the forecast and are now calling for 20-30 mm of rain possible here.  Starting this afternoon, throughout the weekend.  There are already a few diehards fishing in our bay this morning but it isn’t shaping up to be conducive to outdoor activity later today.  I spent most of the day in town yesterday doing errands.  Came home with another vehicle full of flowers and by the time I got home, unloaded and organized everything, it was 4:00 so I ended up putting the newly purchased flowers in the shop for the night.  I did water them and let them sit in the sun for awhile but that’s the last they’ll see of the big yellow ball for a few days.  I may plant some pots today but see how it goes.  I know I’m pushing it but we are so close to the lake, I don’t think we’ll get a frost here.  Possibly a little more inland though.  The plants certainly need to be tough to live here.  It’s not the frost I’m worried about anyhow so much as the wind. I’m definitely holding off on my ground planters until next week.  Not sure what’s on Dan’s agenda as he’s been working hard to get everything done so can finally have a day of R&R.    Would have been nice to have a campfire and a nice glass of wine or a margarita tonight but looks like that’s not going to happen.  A few trailerpark people were out yesterday setting up but again, they likely are better off sitting at home as stuck in the trailer.  Have fun and be safe wherever you are this weekend.

May 17, 2019 - 7:11 a.m.

Well poo.  The forecast for this weekend doesn’t look too promising at all.  The cloud cover came in yesterday although it was battling the sun for a while.  It’s the type of cloud cover that settles over us and needs a strong wind to blow it out of the region.  We had some rain yesterday afternoon and more on the way but we’re hoping for some sunny breaks sometime this weekend.  The opening weekend more often than not is crappy weather and then the following weekend beautiful.  Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humour.  I bought more flowers yesterday and planted some but when the weather started to turn and they updated the forecast for the weekend, I decided to hold off planting the rest as I don’t want to be hauling heavy pots in and out of the shop.  It is suppose to go down to +1 tonight but the lake will keep any frost at bay so I’m just going to cover what I’ve already done and keep everything close to the house.  The flowers need to toughen up anyhow if they are going to survive in this climate.  I’m off to town this morning for some groceries and last minute running and then am settling in for the weekend.  Doubt very much we’ll be fishing but a boat ride might be in order if, and that’s a big if, the weather promises us a nice ride.  To everyone on Lake Nipissing this weekend...please be careful.  Watch for deadheads and debris and keep your wake as minimal as possible when near shorelines please.  Be safe and have fun!

May 16, 2019 - 7:39 a.m.

Dan and I both had a long day as we likely will today as well.  Trying to get everything finished for opening weekend so the mad rush is on although everything that absolutely needs to be done is finished.  It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday although we had a brief interruption when the squall from the cold front ushered in.  It was calm, warm and sunny and then in the blink of an eye it was cold, windy and raining.  Thankfully it didn’t last long.  I had been to town earlier to get soil and flowers and worked until I was finished planting all that I had bought.  Repeat for me today.  And likely tomorrow as my car only holds so much.  Dan worked all day in the hard labour arena also.  He had the cleanup at the marina to contend with after supper last night.  The new docks look great but then there was a mess to contend with when he was done.  He also got the grass cut other than a few areas I asked him to leave as the dandelions are quite thick and are badly needed for the pollinators this year.  So it looks a little unkept.  Better to leave them and look a little less manicured for a week or two.  I don’t know that people will be planting a lot of flowers this weekend but I always do.  As long as I am able to cover them for protection if need be, I get them in.  I tend to buy hardier plants just due to our location and have only ever lost flowers once but due to my negligence so have at it peeps!  Lol.

May 15, 2019 - 7:41 a.m.

Wow!  What a day yesterday.  It started out kind of humbugish but then the sun came out and all was good with the world again.  The hummingbirds were flitting around and the dandelions poked their heads up for the first time this season.  Just on time.  Dan turned the water on in the park so I spent a good 4 hours cleaning the public bathrooms.  For those park members wishing to spend the weekend in their trailers, please note due to ground saturation, there will be no vehicles allowed in the park and please use minimal water until things dry up.  Oh, and you will definitely need rubber boots.  The nicer weather has been helping dry high areas on the property but the water levels are still rising so it’s going to be at least another week or two before conditions improve.  That said, the grass is growing and Greening Bay is green again.  Dan actually cut grass late in the afternoon yesterday.  The man loves his lawnmower.  I am heading to town this morning for supplies as well as the first of my flowers.  I know I’m jumping the gun but I really need to add some colour to the property.  Tonight will be colder than usual but after that, things look promising so I’m waiting until tomorrow to plant anything.  Likely just get the flower boxes on buildings finished or those areas where I can easily cover the flowers with a sheet for frost protection, if need be.  I move pretty slow these days so the sooner I get started, the faster I finish and I certainly don’t want to be planting when I could be on a boat!

May 14, 2019 - 7:40 a.m.

Well I was roaming the halls at 3:00 this morning.  Hate when that happens.  Just one of those nights.  Not sure what’s on the agenda today but I’ve lots to do.  I’m waiting on Dan to decide when/if he’s turning the water on in the park as the public washrooms will need looking after.  Problem is, if there is a leak, we’ll never find it.  Funny, not funny.  We had rain again yesterday but things are suppose to clear up today.  It’s currently overcast on the south shore but looks like the north has sun so hopefully it’s heading our way.  I believe the hummingbirds are back which is always a promising sign.  I’ve had my feeders out for a week and swear I saw one on the weekend.  My feeders are low but I’ve not seen any near them.  Poor things have no flowers just yet.  I’m actually debating planting some but just those in the window boxes as frost won’t reach them.  Definitely a late planting year even though I’ve seen people buying hanging baskets already.  If I do any planting this week, it’ll be after Wednesday when the night time temperatures are due to warm up.  We’ve had a few cancellations for this weekend, likely due to the media coverage on the flooding but we are fine where we are so if anyone is interested in a Northern get away this weekend, please give us a call at 1-866-535-0518.

May 13, 2019 - 6:06 a.m.

We had a couple of beautiful days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures.  It actually reached 18 degrees here yesterday which had the bees all over my pansies.  I just wish the weather would change for good.  I woke up this morning to a couple of somewhat black eyes.  Saturday when I was cleaning the debris off the beach, I had been putting the larger pieces of wood (mostly dock pieces) in the fire pit on the beach and a rather large piece broke as I threw it in the pit, kicked up and got me right in the nose under my bridge.  I was brought to my knees as it hurt so bad and then my nose started bleeding like you wouldn’t believe.  I honestly thought my nose was broken but just bruised the bone badly (thankfully).  My nose is still rather swollen and I have a couple of small bruises near my eyes, it hurts to wear my glasses and the headache has been persistent but this too shall pass.  I feel like an idiot.  Lol.  Needless to say, I could have saved myself the grief as Dan took the leafblower yesterday and blew the smaller debris off the beach yesterday since the wind was blowing the right way.  There are still pieces of blocking and dockage along the breakwall to pick up as they are a hazard to navigation but that will be for another day since it looks like we are in for some rain right shortly.  I’ll get to it when I can as we are opening for the season this weekend and have other things to do.  To think I usually plant flowers this coming weekend...not happening this year!

May 12, 2019 - 9:11 a.m.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you nurturers out there!!  Hope you enjoy your day!

May 11, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

Yesterday was a busy day right off the start.  Lori and Karen came in to spring clean the cottages.  Still have some work to do there this week but we’ll be ready to rock opening weekend.  We lost some beach yesterday when the wind changed direction.  It gave Jocco Point some temporary relief as they are in a state of emergency on the north shore of Lake Nipissing even though one hasn’t been declared yet...I expect that is coming.  I read a report this morning that the water levels are going to rise at the French River due to lakes further north still melting which all ends up in our watershed.  Been a heck of a year.  I was on the phone with our insurance adjuster who sent a different restoration company out due to lack of action with our initial company.  The insurance companies certainly have their hands full this year.  They are dealing with winter damage, which apparently there are lots of claims to resolve and now the flooding damage.  For the most part, we’re doing okay.  There are some bad spots in the park where water is high and things have been secured but all we can do is wait for the water to recede which won’t happen for a couple of weeks as Nipissing isn’t due to peak for some time.  Our beach, as mentioned won’t be as big this year, again until the water recedes.  We are actually trucking in some sand once things calm down.  Our breakwall is holding out front so we’ve done basically all we can.  We know from experience sand bagging doesn’t help as the wave action can’t be contained so we’ll just keep plugging on and hope for the best.  We’ll get through just as we always have.  The wave action yesterday left quite a bit of debris on the beach and along the breakwall so I’m cleaning that mess up today.  I suspect I’ll need to do that several times before all is said and done.  Here’s hoping for a beautiful dry and warm summer to counter balance all the negative impacts our year has given Ontario (and other provinces) thus far.  On a bright note, the sun is shining this morning with no rain forecasted so going to be a great day.

May 9, 2019 - 7:26 a.m.

We had a busy day yesterday.  First thing in the morning, I was on the phone making arrangements for rock delivery.  Thankfully we were able to be accommodated and the rock was in place before 11:00.  We had to reinforce our breakwall in front of our house or we could see significant damage with the forecasted Lake Nipissing water levels due to rise.  The rain has started and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.  They have already precautioned West Nipissing for possible evacuation.  All of our cottages will be safe but we are more concerned about erosion in front of the property than anything else.  Nipissing isn’t due to peak for 2 weeks so after this bout of nastiness, hopefully we will get a prolonged period of sunshine.  There are a few areas in the trailer park where Moose Creek has spilled the banks but we don’t think any trailers are in jeopardy of being damaged.  The water will go to low lying areas which there are plenty of throughout the park but we are keeping our eyes on things and checking daily.  The wind is due to pick up today (it’s been fairly quiet for the past week) but thankfully is an east wind which normally doesn’t tend to give us grief.  After the rock was installed, I worked outside all day and now the entire property has been cleaned.  And it looks great.  Just in time for all the maple buds to start falling.  Which they are.  Lol.  I planted some more wildflower seeds also and am praying they don’t get washed away or end up someplace I don’t want them.  This current rain system is massive but looks to be cleared out by tomorrow.  I suspect we won’t see the entire outcome of this rain event for a few days until the accumulation has worked it’s way through our watershed.  Be safe out there!

May 8, 2019 - 7:40 a.m.

Oops, I slept in this morning.  Spent a restless night tossing and turning for some reason.  Wasn’t even a full moon.  I spent a good part of the day outside yesterday and finally got the park finished.  I also went down to the corner and cleared out the sign planter as the tiger lillies as well as other perennials are coming up.  Not sure if uncovering them was too smart but I think they’ll be fine.  I also planted a ton of wildflower seed yesterday.  I just hope they don’t get washed away with the rain they are calling for tonight and tomorrow.  The rainfall warnings have been all over the place due to Mattawa being so flooded and our lake levels rising.  Apparently Lake Nipissing isn’t going to peak for two more weeks due to the spring thaw still going on further north.  Been a heck of a winter and now the spring.  Hopefully this means we are in for an awesome summer once it finally decides to arrive.  The systems from Texas just keep coming so hopefully this one dumps everything south of the border.  Knock on wood, we’ve been luckier than most.  I’m continuing on with my yardwork today while the sun is shining and Dan is turning the water on in the cottages.  The girls were suppose to start the spring clean this morning but we’re running a little behind so they aren’t coming in until Friday now.  Been hard to get things done this spring but today is going to be beautiful so am taking full advantage.

May 7, 2019 - 6:14 a.m.

It was another rainy miserable day yesterday.  The good news is the sun will be shining today.  There is a huge cloud right over Greening Bay this morning but it’s being blown over and there is sun on the horizon.  The water was like a window pane when I got up but the cloud created a little chop so hopefully that will settle down.  There was an article yesterday saying Lake Nipissing is clear of ice as of today and I think that is correct.  There was one swath of thick slush in our bay yesterday which drifted in bringing a lot of ice fishing debris with it.  Blocking and a few dead heads, some of which are caught up on our breakwall, some along the shoreline so I will eventually need to pick it up.  I am continuing on with property clean up today as I’d like everything finished by the end of the week.  The new docks are basically completed but there is a little more work for Dan to do and then he can launch the rest of the boats.  He is going to town first thing this morning though.  The ospreys and wood ducks were active first thing this morning so glad they can feed now.  It would be nice to see the osprey nest in our bay again as it’s been a few years.  The eagles took over their nests a few years ago.  I’d rather have the ospreys.

May 6, 2019 - 5:58 a.m.

T’was a great day yesterday.  I finally got the park clean up finished although I do have 3 piles of winter kill left to pick up as I ran out of steam.  The sun shone all day and it reached a high of 15 by our house and the water but I suspect it did hit 18 at the back of the park.  When I was working at the back of the property where Moose Creek has spilled over the banks, I heard this big kerplunk which scared the beegeezes out of me.  I watched over by one of the trailer sheds to see what the heck and there was a nice little jack pike swimming around where there is normally dry land.  The water is over all our banks but I don’t think it will stay there long.  The dry weather is helping and it is definitely a good time to install new docks.  They are calling for showers today but it looks like the system is going north (up and over) us.  We may get a little something this afternoon but for now I’m thinking we’ll be fine.  Granted every little bit of precipitation will end up in our watershed but I think the levels have pretty much crested.  We are certainly luckier than most.  Dan needs to zip into town right shortly for the last remaining dock supplies before the crew arrives and I also need supplies so will be heading shortly too.  Lori and Karen are coming in Wednesday for the spring clean so I need a few things for that.  I’m also picking up some soil so I get can my gardens started by planting wildflowers.  My pots and planters will be late this year as I was still finding frozen ground while cleaning up yesterday.  By the end of this week, I’m guessing all the property and garden clean up will be finished.  Not long before opening but the spawn is still on so praying it’s finished before the fishing starts.

May 5, 2019 - 6:58 a.m.

Glory be, it looks to be a beautiful day today with sunny skies and a high of +18.  I say it’s about time.  It was beautiful yesterday and Dan and I were outside all day.  I was raking and Dan was busy with the docks.  He found a great deal at Rona and bought two new floating docks which were delivered yesterday but the rest were built by Dan and crew.  One more day of hard labour and the new marina should be complete.  Unfortunately the water is pretty high this year and Moose Creek has started coming over the shoreline.  So much for all the beautiful wild flowers I planted last year :(  It is what it is.  We have a great forecast for the next 4 days so hopefully that will help bring the water levels down.  We’ll certainly lose a lot of ice as it is melting quickly.  I’m assuming we aren’t the only bay where ice from the main body of the lake has been forced inland but all these shallow bays help excel the melt as the water is that much warmer.  The spawn hasn’t quite ended yet so lots of time before the opening for the waterway to clear.  We’ve been very lucky not to have had a strong wind yet as that will bring debris to shorelines and water up over breakwall.  Hopefully, with the dams being fully open we’ll all get through this.  They’ve closed the Muskokas completely to boat traffic due to danger of debris and also for recovery purposes.  Been a heck of a spring thaw for many this year.

May 4, 2019 - 5:56 a.m.

It looks like we just may finally get a beautiful day today.  The sun is rising and the temperature is due to soar to +15 so we’ll take it!  Yesterday was kinda poopy for most of the day with rain and clouds but the sun eventually came out in the afternoon.  I spent the day by starting my spring clean.  More of a “clean so I can start my spring clean”.  Lol.  I washed floors and windows, launder some curtains, did a light clean around the rest of the house but it took me most of the day.  Dan was in town and I had just sat down outside in the sun to do my emails when Deidre dropped in for a short visit so joined me for a glass of wine.  After Dee left, Dan and Mike got back from town shortly after and then Annie also dropped in so we all had a drink.  Gotta love how sunshine brings people together.  I went back to get another chair from under the picnic shelter and a Robin has already built a nest in the corner under the roof and was sitting on it so obviously there are eggs.  It’s a bit chilly yet so hope the babies survive.  After Annie left, we went down to the marina and Dan saw a bird fly into the “engine shack” which has had the door open for a few days while the guys have been building docks.  He chased it out and closed the door but I saw that it was another Robin.  I dragged the ladder inside to see what the heck because yes, there was another nest.  Thankfully there were no eggs yet so mama Robin has time to build another nest elsewhere.  The thing is, there were two lures that I could see that where incorporated into the nest.  She must have picked them off the table in the shack but it was the silliest thing I’ve ever seen.  The nest was still fairly wet so I’m leaving it where it is until it dries and then I’ll use it in one of my gardens somewhere.  Amazing what birds use to build their nests and I cringe thinking about the plastic and garbage that must be used now a days.  Sad.

May 3, 2019 - 7:14 a.m.

Another gray, foggy, rainy, dismal day.  Quite a bit of ice has moved into our bay which was free and clear yesterday.  Won’t be long until all the ice is off of Lake Nipissing.  It’s currently raining so that will also help but the water levels rose again yesterday and overnight.  They have issued flood warnings for the area and say it’s going to be a couple of weeks before the water will start to recede.  Thankfully Nipissing does recede and usually fairly quickly.  Others aren’t so lucky.  Our trailerpark tenants are getting antsy but it’s going to be at least until the 15th before we can consider opening for the season.  With the ground being saturated, people won’t be able to use water in their trailers, I’m guessing.  It is suppose to clear up this afternoon and be beautifully sunny tomorrow and possibly Sunday but we’ll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store.  It is currently very foggy so I’m sure that won’t burn off until the sun has been fully up for awhile.  I know Dan won’t be getting anything done in this weather.  It’s just taking us forever this year.  Lots of marinas in the area are already under water so going to be lots of dock repairs when the water does finally level out.  This is definitely a year for the record books.

May 2, 2019 - 5:59 a.m.

Yesterday was an absolutely miserable day.  Miserable.  The weather was just nasty.  We had a mixed bag of precipitation from rain to freezing rain to snow back to freezing rain to slush.  The winds picked up also in the afternoon and we as well as 2300 other people lost power for a while.  Dan and I both went to town for different errands and both of us ended up napping in the afternoon.  I’m sure there are things we could have been doing but it was just so gloomy and with no power, what the heck.  Better weather is coming our way and at the moment, it looks to be a gorgeous weekend.  Lori and Karen are coming in for the spring cottage clean next week so I’m starting the laundry today.  Curtains, bedding, etc.  I need to do the same in the house as I’ve not started it either.  I’m usually finished by now but I don’t like to do my spring clean until I can open the buildings up and air them out properly but I’m running out of time.  There is currently a wee bit of snow covered in slushy ice left on the ground but that should all melt away with the temperature rising back up to +9 from the current +1 today.  I’m pretty sure opening weekend in a few weeks isn’t going to be bathing suit, sit on the beach weather but one can hope.

May 1, 2019 - 7:07 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday.  At least when out of the wind.  I started off knowing what I wanted to accomplish but then Hydro One showed up so had to alter my schedule a little bit.  They (Hydro) installed a new pole but were in the way of where I wanted to work so moved elsewhere.  They had just installed a new pole recently but due to the humming from the electricity, a pileated woodpecker (endangered species) decided to take up residence and make a nice home for babies figuring the pole was full of bugs.  Because of the size of the holes mama woodpecker made, the pole was compromised so Hydro replaced it with a fibreglass one.  It wasn’t an easy job as they had to drill through bedrock (which they previously did in the winter) but they did a great job and cleaned up their mess.  They left us the old pole which Dan wasn’t to happy I requested but Hydro poles are hard to come by and can be used for lots of creative things.  Worse case scenario, we have some extra firewood.  I cleaned out a few gardens and did some raking yesterday but may be at a stand still for the next few days due to weather.  The guys made some headway on the dock building yesterday.  I was watching the geese for a few minutes yesterday as there were two ganders fighting over a goose.  They mate for life so one buddy was single and was trying to scoop a mate from an already matched pair.  Man can they get vicious.  Lol.

April 30, 2019 - 8:10 a.m.

I woke up at 5:00 for some reason and Gato was waiting patiently outside for food.  Could be he woke me up as he didn’t make supper time last night.  I fed him and went back to bed until 7:00.  Mike showed up around 7:30 for a coffee and now Dan and crew are back to building docks this morning.  I may or may not zip into town to do some banking and grab some barrels for the docks today.  The water is just below level with them and they are calling for Lake Nipissing to rise tomorrow so may be a good day to get some barrels to weigh them down.  Problem is they are filming for the tv series “Carter” on Birchgrove today so there will be traffic interruptions.  They came around on Friday to let us know Birchgrove will be used for a car chase scene, specifically the “s-curve” heading towards Muskeg so yeah, that’s us.  I’ll likely be able to see some of the filming if I take the golf cart down to get the mail but chances are, they’ll make me move as they won’t want me in the shot.  Lol.  The filming is only taking place for a specified number of hours so will likely just wait until they are finished.  Be cool if we could meet Jerry O’Connell though.  He’s certainly made a lot of friends in the area as he is so friendly and down to earth.  It’s going to be a beautiful sunny day today with the temperature hopefully hitting double digits so I’m definitely working outside as the forecast looks pretty gloomy for the next 3 days :(

April 29, 2019 - 7:02 a.m.

So far, so good.  No rain yesterday but possibility of showers this afternoon and flurries (what?) this evening.  Went well below zero overnight so a very heavy dew this morning.  My pansies are loving it!  I worked outside yesterday but it was quite chilly when by the lake.  Nice little breeze blowing over the ice.  I managed to get all my seasonal things pulled out of storage other than our patio set for the deck which considering it may yet snow, can stay right where it is for the moment.  Dan is getting back to work on the docks this morning and I am zipping into town.  I have an appointment and a few errands to take care of.  The deer have been coming up regularly as their food source is still very limited but things are starting to green up a bit.  Going to be a while for them before they have a healthy grazing ground.  One of the does has several raw spots on her back.  I mean absolutely no hair right down to skin.  There were a few deer like that last year so I’m guessing she’s been rubbing against a tree to alleviate itching.  Bet she has ticks.  Poor thing.

April 28, 2019 - 6:51 a.m.

It’s a little chilly out there this morning.  It dipped below zero and hasn’t warmed up just yet but the day looks promising as the sun is starting to shine.  I’d like to continue on with my property clean up and was going to do some more yesterday but it was just too dreary outside.  Lots of ice in our bay this morning so hopefully the majority of it will melt by the end of the day but I doubt it’ll get quite that warm.  The long term forecast doesn’t have overly warm temperatures either but I think with all the water saturating Ontario, it might be a good thing to have the melt slowed down.  I did laundry yesterday but that’s as ambitious as I got.  Dan had a very relaxing day, just sitting up to take nourishment.  Lol.  And why not?  Take advantage when you’re able.  I was thinking this morning, most years by this time, I’ve got my gardens all ready to receive flowers but not this year.  Even nurseries usually start bringing in flowers about now and some of them haven’t even begun to set up yet.  I can see not being able to plant until after the full moon in June for sure.  That said, there are a few things sprouting but this cold overnight weather isn’t making anything wanted to stick it’s head up any further.  Lack of sunshine isn’t helping nor the snow in the forecast for next week.  Enough already, get on with summer.

April 27, 2019 - 8:54 a.m.

Ugh, will this weather ever end and bring in some sweet sunshine?  Just been an awful winter and spring.  All the flooding in the province and last night we received some snow after a full day of rain.  Dan had groomed the beach earlier in the week which now has a huge trench in it from all the run off.  The winds are gusting out of the northwest today and has pushed ice into our bay which means the main body of Lake Nipissing has started breaking up.  So far, our breakwall is holding and the water hasn’t risen high enough to blow over it but with all the rain in the forecast again for next week, that may change.  Just so many people affected this spring by rising water.  I hope everyone stays safe and can get through the melt and inclement weather without too much damage.

April 26, 2019 - 8:05 a.m.

Yesterday was pretty much a repeat of the previous day.  Dock building for Dan, yardwork for Lynn.  One more day and I should have the clean up finished but with the rain due to start shortly, it’s not going to be today.  We are expected to receive a good soaking this morning through to tomorrow and it appears the area could be hit hard.  My fingers are crossed we don’t receive a harsh wind until the water recedes but I’m thinking we are pretty much in the same boat as everyone else in the province.  I think we are safe from ice build up but many other areas aren’t.  Our bay is too shallow the closer to shore you go but some parts of the bay, the ice could conceivably make landfall.  What a year this has been to date.  We received a lot more winter damage than originally thought and now this.  The water was high last spring but not quite this high.  

April 25, 2019 - 7:04 a.m.

We had a busy day yesterday.  I didn’t end up doing anything I set out to do as the park needed me more.  I started picking up branches that Mother Nature trimmed from the trees over the course of the winter and there were a lot of them.  I kept at it all day and still didn’t get finished so will be continuing on today.  I pretty much filled all the fire pits in the park so when everyone returns, they’ll have some kindling to get rid of.  Or maybe we’ll just have numerous campfires between now and then which sounds like a better idea.  Lots of large branches down this year so the time involved was breaking them down.  Have to say though, the park is looking much better.  Starting to green up and looks clean once again although we still need to get rid of a lot of water.  The pike were spawning big time in Moose Creek yesterday and they were making a heck of a racket while I was working at the back of the property.  Dan and Mike were working all day on dock repairs.  They were stripping hardware from existing docks for the new ones and repairing ones that needed it and aren’t being replaced.  Long after Mike and I petered out, Dan was still at it and he worked straight through until suppertime at 6:00.  I swear I don’t know where the man gets his energy from but I think he slept like a babe last night.  It was overcast all day so quite chilly but the sun is suppose to shine today.  It came out briefly last night just before dusk and thankfully we didn’t get any rain.  Some areas near here are being hit very hard with flooding right now but it sounds like lots of areas in Ontario are battling high water this year.  Can’t say we didn’t know it was coming with all the snow we received this winter.

April 24, 2019 - 8:12 a.m.

Things aren’t looking good a little south of us.  Larry and Trish live on Little Doe Lake and the water has risen so high, their house is precariously close to flooding.  They are installing a pump today so hopefully they’ll get through the spring melt unscathed.  Bracebridge has declared a state of emergency due to flooding and Lake Nipissing rose again overnight.  Yesterday we had several little islands out front of our house when I went to bed and they are all gone this morning.  I know the dams in our area are fully open and this isn’t the first time we’ve lived through high water.  Unfortunately, the powers that be try to protect the French River before any other area on Lake Nipissing because the wealthy built on a flood plain.  Jocko Point usually gets it the worse which is on the north side of the lake.  It rained for a good part of the day yesterday which didn’t help.  We need some clear skies with plenty of sunshine to allow some of this water to recede but the forecast isn’t looking good.  Our property was drying up nicely but everything is pretty saturated after yesterday.  Our buildings should be ok but we just don’t know how high the water will peak at this year with the melt and it’s really just starting.  Flood warnings are currently up until tomorrow.  I think it’s time to put some barrels on our docks to hold them down.  A few prayers about now wouldn’t hurt either.

April 23, 2019 - 7:16 a.m.

The sun came out around 3:00 yesterday and drove the temperature up to +16.  I’ll take it!  Everyone, including myself, was concerned the ice would come off Lake Nipissing rather late this year but everything seems to be ahead of the game or at least right on schedule.  I’m thinking at this stage of the game, we may just be in for a nice dry summer.  All the rain they have been forecasting has been missing us as there is enough water exposed on the lake to split the systems so they are going north or south of us.  The frogs started trilling last night so it won’t be long before the dandelions make an appearance and hope everyone lets them be at least until we have some spring flowers.  I noticed yesterday some of mine are starting to sprout which is always a good sign.  It was sunny earlier this morning but the cloud cover is starting to move in and rain is in the forecast.  Hopefully it misses us again.  Most of our snow is gone now although we do have a few areas left where the snow was piled quite high but it’ll be gone shortly as well.  We still have a few islands of sand in our bay but they are slowly disappearing as the water rises.  It is already to our breakwall and the edge of the beach so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t come much further.  High water is okay but the wind is a problem and that’s when we get damage.  Dan had some lumber delivered yesterday as he will be starting work on our docks right shortly.  They were badly damaged this winter and need replacing.  It’s always something.  I think I’m going to start pulling out some of my summer seasonal things today if it doesn’t rain.  I need to add some colour around here and I also want to get my hummingbird feeders organized as they should be returning in the next week or two.  Lots of Mallards are in our bay this morning, lots more than there were yesterday.  Not quite sure where they came from but they seem to have appeared overnight which is strange.  Greening Bay is nearly free of ice so maybe that’s what triggered the flocks’ return.  The insects have returned also and are starting to come out of hibernation.  Give it a few more weeks before we see mosquitos and black flies please ;)

April 22, 2019 - 6:30 a.m.

It was a beautiful day in the neighbourhood yesterday.  Sunny and a high of 12 degrees so I had the house opened up for a bit if fresh air for a little while.  Today, the sunrise is just blazing this morning so suspect we may get a little rain.  The water level in Lake Nipissing has risen alarmingly over the past couple of days and there have been some roads washed out the other side of North Bay.  High water throughout the surrounding areas due to the melt and rain.  Lots of rain in the forecast this week so hopefully we won’t get a ton of it all at once.  Lots of different water fowl have returned including terns, mergansers, herons, gulls and wood ducks but no sign of the trumpeter swans yet.  Been keeping my eye on the heron that is hanging around as I don’t want it getting the chipmunks like it did last year.  Depending on the weather, I’ll be working either inside or out this week as I think I can start some of the spring property clean up.  The pansies I bought last week are doing their job as they were covered with bees yesterday.  Need the dandelions to pop up but they won’t do that until all the frost has left the ground.  Soon.  Especially if we get the rain.

April 21, 2019

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!

April 20, 2019 - 5:53 a.m.

I am up early this morning as we have company coming today.  I cooked all day Friday so the food is ready to go but I need to do some last minute shopping for the fresh veg and of course straighten the house up.  Although the sunrise shows a patch of clear sky on the horizon, the forecast is rain, rain, rain.  Or at least April showers.  Flood warnings are up throughout the province but we are safe in our area for the moment.  Haven’t heard about other locations in Northern Ontario but there is still lots of snow melt to come from rural areas and everything naturally feeds our watershed.  Temperatures will be fairly mild for the next week.  When I woke up this morning both our front and back yards were full of deer.  There are at least 11 that are hanging around.  I’m only feeding them until their food source returns.  Right now they are eating whatever they can find and have been pulling on the cedar trees to get the branches low enough for them to eat.  I did want to mention that the program I use to update my blog does no longer allow for changes once it has been posted.  Please accept my apologies for typos.  Autocorrect isn’t my favourite thing in the world.  I hope everyone has a great Easter and stays safe. Enjoy time with family and friends if you can!

April 18, 2019 - 7:43 a.m.

I’m a little late this morning as I slept in but what a marvellous sleep it was.  I had quite the busy day yesterday.  I zipped into town for errands and a badly needed hair cut.  On the way, I was once again disturbed by the amount of garbage on the side of the road so when I stopped at L’Ami’s for some deer feed, asked if I could have a few bags.  I ended up stopping at the corner of Tillicum and Hwy 654 on my way home and picking up all the garbage that had collected at the corner as it was pretty disgusting.  A young boy was in his front yard where I suspect a lot of the garbage had initially come from (recyclables blowing around when left for pickup during the course of the winter) and he was about to hand me an empty pop can he picked up from his yard.  I just looked at him and said “How about you clean up your own yard.  It’s good for the environment.”  Bad Lynn.  Lol.  I continued on down Tillicum and Birchgrove picking things up but I didn’t have the right footgear to get into the wet ditches so could only grab what was on the side of the road.  There had been a bad full of something sitting on Birchgrove for some time so finally picked it up.  It was full of used kitty litter.  Seriously?  Who does that?  Anyhow, it looks like our neighbourhood clean up on Saturday is going to be a bust due to the rain but I’m still planning on doing my part when the weather improves.  I know of several people who walk daily so will give them some wildflower seeds to spread regardless.  Last night our herd returned to Greening Bay and I counted 11 deer so most of the herd is intact.  They do look pretty skinny but better days are coming.  Lake Nipissing turned more opaque overnight with all the rain and we lost quite a bit more snow.  It’s still raining this morning as it likely will for the next couple of days and they are calling for it to change to snow as the temperatures dip overnight, then back to rain tomorrow.  Yesterday the forecast had no below zero temperatures at all but that’s changed.  Figures.  When I was at L’Ami’s yesterday, I bought 3 pansy pots for the early pollinators which look like a breath of fresh year on my deck.  I realize they like the cool weather but looks like I may have to pull them inside for a few more nights.  For anyone out there with kids or grandkids visiting this Easter weekend...the highway shoulders from Wasi Corners (Hwy 654) through to Lakeshore in North Bay is covered in litter.  Instead of an Easter hunt for candy, wouldn’t it be a nice lesson for children to help the environment if the kids hunted for garbage instead?  The reward would be much better.  Just saying ;)

April 17, 2019 - 7:09 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday!  I worked in the office for most of it but managed to get my books finished and then went for a walk.  Moose Creek is finally flowing and with the rain in the forecast for the upcoming 4-5 days it should be pumping lots of water into Lake Nipissing.  Unfortunately today will be the last sunny day and this weekend doesn’t promise a lot of outdoor activity.  I planned a “clean up the hood” day on Saturday for neighbours and friends to pick up all the accumulated garbage from the winter.  I also am handing out wildflower seeds for everyone to spread on their journey but am now thinking it could be a wash (literally).  Calling for really heavy rain tomorrow and Friday but rain and/or snow on Saturday.  I guess we’ll see have to wait and see.  I certainly don’t want all the seed getting washed away as that certainly won’t help the pollinators.  Today is going to be bright and sunny and I am zipping into town for a hair appointment later this morning and to do a few errands.  Dan was in town yesterday speaking to an adjuster regarding the snow damage done to our shop.  Hopefully the insurance company won’t give us a difficult time but can just imagine.  It’s too easy buying a policy, a little more difficult when filing a legitimate claim.  We typically repair damage ourselves but the damage is substantial and Dan can’t do any easy fix this time around.  Wish us luck!

April 16, 2019 - 6:51 a.m.

It was a little chilly when I got up this morning but I think it’s going to warm up quickly.  It went down to -5 overnight and going to +10 this afternoon.  One more night of below freezing tonight and then the forecast should stay above zero for the next 4-5 days.  It was a beautiful sunny day once the clouds blew away yesterday, as it is today.  There is a lot of rain coming our way later in the week though so hopefully that will get rid of the last of our snow, or at least a good deal of it.  All the new accumulation we received Sunday has thankfully disappeared.  All the birds have started building nests but it really needs to warm up before the eggs come.  There were a few yearling deer up last night and this is the time of year their mamas start having their babies.  I don’t have a clue where they are going to have them since there certainly isn’t any long grass to hide them in.  Sad state of affairs for nature right now but hopefully things will turn around quickly.  We are actually having a spring this year which is something we haven’t seen for quite some time so it makes it seem like winter just won’t go away.  I think we should be thankful we are having a slow melt or flooding would be imminent.  I did some office work yesterday, as I am today and Dan and Nick replaced our snow guards on the cottages roofs since they were so badly damaged this winter.  It was mostly Nick since a ladder was needed and I won’t let Dan get up on one anymore since his last tumble.  Lol.  Funny, not funny.  

April 15, 2019 - 7:12 a.m.

Winter has temporarily returned.  We received some snow and it is still snowing this morning.  Just enough to cover everything back up but the good news is some much warmer weather is returning tomorrow.  Hopefully it will stick around for the rest of the week as forecasted.  Moose Creek has finally opened up and is flowing into the bay.  There is enough open water now that a small swath is allowing for water fowl to collect so we now have ducks, geese and gulls out front now.  The deer returned to the property yesterday although just a handful.  They don’t look too bad this year so must have found a decent place to winter.  They looked much worse last year when they returned as some had mange which is likely why we lost Red.  She was an old girl though and am glad she didn’t have to suffer through this winter.  I did put some corn out for the few we had yesterday and there was a yearling eating this morning but I’m not feeding them for long.  Once the park opens and there is plenty to eat, I’m done.  I love the deer but after hauling feed bags for 20 years, it’s somebody else’s turn.  I’m heading back to the office today once I get motivated.  Not sure what the big guy (aka Dan) is up to now that the weather has put a damper on the day but I’m sure he’ll be solving the world’s problems somewhere ;)

April 14, 2019 - 7:23 a.m.

What a fun day yesterday!  Annie served the girls a fantastic lunch including some of the best homemade French onion soup I’ve ever had.  We also played a game afterwards which provided some laughs and discussion.  The boys left us alone long enough to enjoy ourselves (sorry boys) but they did end up joining us a little later on.  We nearly hit a deer on the way into town so they’ve reached Callander but I still haven’t seen any on our property.  It’s a calm morning with the temperature just above zero but they are calling for 10-15 cm of snow tonight.  Seriously?  Hopefully the forecast changes because we’ve all had enough.

April 13, 2019 - 9:17 a.m.

I’m late this morning due to another restless night.  Guess my internal clock is screwed up again.  Was still up at 3:00 this morning even though I shut my reading light off just before midnight.  Geesh.  Dan went to town yesterday and did some running around while I cleaned the house and made some wonton soup for supper.  It was delicious and I actually had two bowls.  Mike and John dropped down briefly just before supper so I gave them a bowl as well.  Today we are heading to town for the afternoon.  Annie is having a small girl’s lunch so some of the boys are going to play pool this afternoon which Dan is looking forward to.  We reached a high of 14 degrees here yesterday and the sun only came out briefly here and there as the clouds floated quickly by.  Moose Creek has finally started carving a path into the bay so if the mild temperatures stick around, won’t be long before the bay starts to fill.  Please be careful on the rural roads right now as the deer are on the move.  They are starting the long arduous return to the area and are currently in the Powassan and Nipissing areas from what I hearing.  Still haven’t seen any here yet :(

April 12, 2019 - 8:18 a.m.

It was rather a nice day yesterday.  The sun shone for a great deal of it but then the cloud cover moved in.  We received snow, freezing rain and rain through the overnight hours but right now, it’s pretty calm and overcast with the temperature at +2.  I ran all over the place in the Bay yesterday but managed to get all my errands completed.  I was going to continue on with my books today but I’m a little fuzzy headed due to lack of sleep.  Thanks Dan.  He was suspiciously absent yesterday when I got home later in the afternoon.  Turns out Dan ran into a couple of neighbours and they all ran into a whiskey bottle.  Lol.  Needless to say, Dan was in a fine mood last night and had me up half the night.  I don’t begrudge him, he had fun and has worked hard all winter so deserves a break once in awhile.  Not sure what’s on my agenda today but I’m definitely making some wonton soup as I bought the ingredients yesterday.  Whatever I do this morning, I’m going to be banging around like Dan was while I was trying to sleep last night.  Payback.  Lol.  

April 11, 2019 - 7:20 a.m.

We have been getting a nice slow thaw the past few days and some green patches of grass have started to pop up here and there but the ground needs to absorb quite a bit of water as the big snow dunes and drifts begin the melt.  I’m going to need to dig out my rubber boots pretty soon.  I think much more of this snow would have melted more quickly if it wasn’t more solid ice than snow but it is what it is.  We had a beautiful sunny mild day yesterday but I was in the office for most of it.  I’m working on getting my first quarter books done and the game plan was to carry on with it today but they are now calling for snow, freezing rain and rain to begin this afternoon continuing throughout the evening hours into tomorrow.  I really need to get to town but was hoping to do that tomorrow so haven’t yet decided if I should actually go today.  Why drive in nasty weather if it can be avoided?  Some seagulls have returned to our area the past few days and the waterfowl have been hanging around.  A couple of chipmunks were out and about yesterday as well.  Still no deer :(

April 9, 2019 - 7:28 a.m.

It is currently raining pretty good this morning with the possibility of it changing to snow.  Sigh.  It started raining last night and the rain is doing it’s job but I think for some reason, we have way more snow left on the property than other areas.  Dan and Mike went on ice yesterday to collect some more blocking and since Dan took the auger with him, they measured.  There is still nearly 4 feet of ice left out there.  Most of it is black ice with the top layer being white.  Never have we seen so much ice this time of year.  Moose Creek is just starting to open up along the shorelines and seems to be trying to break up the remaining ice.  The creek is higher than normal for this time of year also.  I was speaking with my neighbour Marg yesterday and mentioned I haven’t seen any deer yet.  She indicated a friend of hers went into the bush in the Restoule/Commanda area and they found several dead deer.  Five were all huddled together under a tree, curled up but sadly deceased.  They weren’t the only ones they found either.  I don’t believe they have the feeding stations for the deer in Restoule anymore but I could be wrong.  Seems to me I read something about them stopping the practice a few years ago.  Either way, starvation or cold would have been the culprit and unfortunately, I think there has been a lot of winter kill in the area this year.  Breaks my heart as this winter has been tough on everyone but the poor animals have really suffered.

April 8, 2019 - 8:24 a.m.

The drab weather has returned.  It was overcast and rainy all day yesterday and rained most of the night.  It is overcast this morning as well and the rain seems to have stopped.  We had quite a bit of snow melt now and it looks like Moose Creek is starting to form but it’s a long way from actually being an actual creek just yet.  Gato didn’t come up until 1:00 this morning as he doesn’t like the rain and we had a break from it around that time.  The only reason I knew he was there is Grady was doing his “run all over the house including jumping on the bed” bit like he usually does to let me know.  Our neighbour Mike was out on the ice yesterday trying to get the last of his blocking and said the ice hasn’t even started to melt yet.  I’m assuming it’s melting from the bottom up as the water has to be flowing by now but there still is snowmobile traffic.  This really has been a tirelessly long winter.

April 7, 2019 - 8:17 a.m.

We had a fantastic day yesterday.  It was quite mild out but the sun only made a brief appearance or it would have been perfect.  Annie and Craig came over for a visit in the afternoon and I cooked up some chicken thighs, pot stickers and dumplings which we all pigged out on.  We did get some rain overnight so that started to melt some snow and we are in for more today.  The chipmunks and squirrels were all out foraging and although we didn’t see any, could hear the geese.  People were out on the ice yesterday afternoon as well both walking and sledding.  Now that some melting has started, we are able to see where the water level in Lake Nipissing is and it’s way down at the moment.  Half of Greening Bay is empty but I’m sure once the melt is done, it will reach the shore.  Moose Creek is starting to thaw also but it isn’t flowing just yet however I suspect it will start over the next few days.  Come on spring...

April 6, 2019 - 7:39 a.m.

We had a long day yesterday but was very happy that the