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January 15, 2021 - 6:55 a.m.

My what an unusual winter for us.  So much quiet first thing in the morning when usually Lake Nipissing is full of traffic as the operators scramble to get the ice fishermen on ice.  No bungalow lights, no sled lights, just quiet.  And to top it off, it’s extremely mild.  It barely got below zero overnight.  As Dan was leaving this morning to go have coffee with his cronies in the shop, he said, “I can’t believe I’ve hardly worn a coat this winter”.  And he’s right.  I’ve only had to wear my parka once and with the stay at home order, I’ve been mostly donning my sexy autumn hunter’s orange checkered coat.  Lol.  We are definitely turned around, that’s for sure.  At least I’ll have plenty of time this winter to get my house completed.  I took a break from painting but still have the two smaller bedrooms and closets to paint which will likely be February’s project.  I’m sure the wildlife is loving all this quiet as well.  The deer are usually gone deeper into the bush by now but I’m still seeing evidence of them and our feral cat Gato has been visiting daily.  Such odd times we’re living in.

January 14, 2021 - 6:50 a.m.

A couple of things this morning.  Did anyone on our bay hear something odd last night around 10:35-10:40?  I was out on our lakeside deck and heard the oddest creatures.  One was calling to another which finally answered but I have no idea what it was.  Couldn’t tell if it was a bird (doubtful) or something 4 legged.  I was thinking perhaps a pair of foxes but it wasn’t barking per sa.  Weirdest sound and if anyone heard it and know what it was, I’d sure like to know.  Secondly, if anyone knows someone with a silver Toyota Tacoma who is local and fishes off Deepwater Point, could you please kindly tell them that our property is private and off limits.  They went barreling down our beach and path yesterday mid afternoon (help yourself) and left terrible ruts everywhere.  Dan has since blocked our beach and water access but it takes guts to do that on private property.  Especially without asking.

January 13, 2021 - 5:14 a.m.

We are sorry everyone but that’s a wrap for us.  Let’s just call it the ice fishing season that never was.  Dan and I knew this was coming.  Now that Ontario is under a stay at home order until at least February 12 which we expect to be extended, we won’t be operating ice fishing this year.  Considering the “fickle” ice conditions this year, we’d be lucky to get two good weekends in even without an extension on the order.  To clarify for those who are still hoping to fish, you can’t.  Stay at home means no non-essential travel, non-essential exercise, non-essential leaving the house.  Premier Ford has made it clear penalties will be applied by either fines or jail time and a more prevalent police presence will be utilized.  I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but we also don’t want to be locked down for months like last time so are doing our part.  Let’s get the curve down so we can at least have an enjoyable summer shall we?

January 10, 2021 - 8:05 a.m.

The cold front is being overtaken by a warm front today and this morning it looks so cool over the bay as the fog is floating above the ground so you can only see the bottom of the shore and tree lines.  It hit at least -20 overnight but is due to reach -3 today and stay fairly mild for most of the week.  Unfortunately due to restrictions and high number of covid cases now prevalent in the north, Dan and I cancelled the ice fishing for next weekend.  We also believe Premier Ford will be making another announcement this week locking us down even further.  Unfortunately, the more people ignore Ford and the Health Unit regulations, the longer we are going to remain in lockdown.  It’s really that simple.

January 9, 2021 - 6:52 a.m.

It has been a busy few days!  I, with help from Vic finally got the house painting finished.  At least all that I’m doing at the moment.  I will finish completely but need a break for a bit.  House looks great and so clean and hopefully it will stay that way once we are in the throes of ice fishing.  We have only put out a couple of the lighter huts as Dan likes a good foot of ice before taking out our big huts.  The measurement a couple of days ago was 9 1/2” of black ice but we’ve made ice since then.  It was -19 when I got up this morning and it’s going to be cold for a few more nights.  The usual pressure crack formed just behind our huts on Wednesday night so we’re good to go.  I’m sure more cracks formed last night so just be careful when venturing out until you know where they are.  The ice is still very iffy this year and there are dangerous areas all over the place.

January 6, 2021 - 7:05 a.m.

Dan’s confidence level went through the roof yesterday and it was so nice to see.  He, AJ and Mike measured the ice from the shoreline all the way out to our spot and found a consistent 9-9 1/2” of black ice.  Seems like our fishing spot is one of the few good ones on Lake Nipissing.  The treeline is in and Dan feels confident with the colder weather coming for the next few days, we shouldn’t have a problem operating the weekend of the 15th.  Took a great weight off the man’s shoulders.  He’s also pleased with AJ who will be joining our team this year as the man knows his way around the intricacies of ice fishing.  Looking forward to the season this year although with the covid regulations, it’ll be a bit different.  Bring it on!

January 5, 2021 - 7:24 a.m.

Boy, it would be so very nice to see some sunshine.  It’s been days.  Looks like we may get some on the weekend but today would be lovely.  Dan is going to measure the ice today to see just what the heck.  He figures we’ve been losing ice the last few days and we received a bit of freezing drizzle overnight.  We need a steady rain to get rid of all the snow and then a 3 day stretch of -25 degree temperatures but that’s not happening.  This long thaw has done a bit of snow melting but still...need some cold.  I’m not complaining because it has been such a mild winter and I don’t think that’s going to change much.  Pretty much the only huts on ice right now are small personal day huts which is fine.  Putting out large or heavier huts might be an issue.  Today will tell the tale whether or not Dan will be in his comfort zone.

January 4, 2021 - 7:45 a.m.

I looks like we may finally be getting some colder weather later this week.  Keeping our fingers crossed that we do and things will firm up on Lake Nipissing.  The ice really is pretty bad this year compared to most years but I think this lock down will go a long way to helping that change.  The only pressure crack we’ve heard about is along the North Bay shore line.  The massive cracks that usually form every year from the Manitous, Deep Water, Lonely, Greening Bay (to name a few) haven’t formed yet and that’s what concerns me.  Hard to place huts until they do as you don’t want to be sitting on top of one when they decide to break open.  We’ve still time so fingers cross they start to form this week.  Who knows, maybe the North Bay crack will be enough to take the pressure off our part of Nip, stranger things have happened.

January 2, 2021 - 5:27 a.m.

We’re back into the “rise at 5:00 in the morning groove”.  Need to get our body alarm clocks into the ice fishing mode.  Now that we’ve decided to go for it, time to get busy.  Dan is pretty organized for the season and weather permitting will start putting our tree line out on Monday.  We still aren’t liking the long term forecast but some huts were put out on ice yesterday in our sight line.  They may be pushing it but we still have some time yet to ensure the safety of our guests when we do begin operating.  The little fox was in search of birdfeed again when I got up this morning.  More likely after any rodents that may also be trying to find dinner.  Or maybe that’s just a bonus.  I know the moles are quite often around.  I guess we all need to eat especially when there is so much snow.  I’m hoping to zip into town today for a few perishables but I’m not entirely sure what’s open.  I’ve kind of been turned around over the holidays and not knowing what day it is ;)

January 1, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!  Just an update to let you know we will be running ice fishing as of January 14th providing no drastic changes.  We still have availability if you’d like to get your fish on!  Give us a call 1-866-535-0518.

December 31, 2020 - 8:22 a.m.

The very last day in a very bad year.  I doubt a day will make a difference but a week may.  Hopefully the new year will bring some semblance of normalcy back to the world but it will take nothing short of a miracle and a whole lot of exposure of the evil agenda currently being exercised across our beautiful planet.  My wish for 2021 is the corruption be revealed in a manner not too damaging to humanity and that we may go forward in peace, love and harmony.  We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable new year gathered with your love ones.

December 30, 2020 - 7:16 a.m.

The full moon is a beauty this month and with the amount of snow we have, it’s keeping things lit up during the evening hours.  When I checked on Gato last night, we had a visitor under the cedars eating birdfeed.  It was a beautiful fox who immediately ran off when I turned the light on, so very skittish.  Gato showed up a few hours later than usual so obviously was very aware of a predator in the area.  Deer have been around occasionally for the same reason but I’m not feeding them anymore.  It was very mild last night and thawing as a result.  Even without the lockdown, it’s not going to be an early ice this year.  Reports are anywhere from 3-6” depending on where you measure.  People are being fooled with close to shore measurements as they are drilling through shard pileups.  A hut went through the ice yesterday so if you are wanting to venture out, make sure you measure your route/path completely.  Dan and I are making a decision after the new year but we aren’t operating until we feel the ice is safe which it isn’t right now.  No cold temperatures in the long term forecast isn’t helping.  It’s just going to be one of those winters I’m afraid.  Too many variables.

December 27, 2020 - 7:54 a.m.

We had a very nice if very quiet Christmas with just the two of us.  I made a nice cottage roll as well as a turkey breast with all the fixings so there were plenty of leftovers.  Christmas just isn’t the same without friends and family or especially excited little children running around but I must say it was very peaceful.  We are certainly blessed. Yesterday I spent the day painting again and may be able to put the house back together in the next few days.  I still have painting to do it’s just taking longer than anticipated.  I can only do so much in a day.  I’m in desperate need of some small sponge brushes and don’t have a clue what is open in town, especially on a Sunday so may need to wait until tomorrow.  They are calling for another big dump of snow beginning this evening through tomorrow.  We had a big dump of the white stuff Christmas Day and Dan spent a good portion of yesterday on the tractor.  There was chatter yesterday that Lake Nipissing opened up again but not on the south shore, it was the north shore.  It truly has been a funny year.  Due to the lockdown, we aren’t able to operate until at least January 9th but have our suspicions that may change.  We are asking customers not to panic as we will keep you all informed as soon as we know more which likely won’t be until after the new year.

December 25, 2020


December 23, 2020 - 6:57 a.m.

They weren’t kidding about receiving snowfall today.  It’s really coming down and will be on and off most of the day so please be careful if doing last minute shopping today.  So.  The lockdown.  I’ve waited to update until I had firm confirmation what is involved.  We have a 14 day lockdown (for now) which means absolutely no operators are allowed to operate until at least January 9th.  I’m sure your operator will be in contact so please be patient and don’t panic.  We are all still hoping for the season if just delayed a bit.  That said, the way the weather has been, we’ll need every one of the extra days to make safe ice.  It was cold yesterday but another warm front came through overnight.  Some people have been reporting on the ice thickness but they aren’t measuring out of the bays which were all full of buildup so it’s not a true reading.  Main body of the lake will determine the true thickness and we aren’t heading out there just yet.  I’m sure things will be ready to rock by the time we are allowed to open.  We understand people are disappointed the season has been delayed but it’s out of our control.

December 21, 2020 - 7:20 a.m.

I slept in this morning after a restless night.  Things aren’t looking too good for the ice fishing season.  At least the first week or so.  We will be able to confirm more later today after Ford makes an official announcement with clear boundaries regarding the pending *sigh* lockdown.  There are some debates on which category Lake Nipissing falls under whether we will be locked down for 14 or 28 days.  I will update the blog tomorrow once we know for sure but hang tight peeps, it’s not over yet.  And please don’t start panicking and contacting your operator.  I’m sure they will be contacting you to reschedule a later date.  Honestly, we saw this coming but didn’t think the lockdown would begin December 24th let alone up here where there are zero cases of covid but it’s undèrstandable they would want to keep it that way.  Please be patient and trust that your operator will contact you as soon as the situation is confirmed.

December 20, 2020 - 6:03 a.m.

It was a long day for moi yesterday and as a result, I was in bed by 10:00 and that was after falling asleep on the couch for an hour after an early supper.  I was at Walmart for the store’s 9:00 opening and think everyone else had the same idea because it was busy.  I never go near the stores this close to Christmas and it seems even covid hasn’t slowed down the revellers.  The shelves were pretty bare so I don’t know if it’s due to the fire, people stocking up, or Walmart not able to get supplies due to the situation but think it’s likely a combination.  Afterwards, I spent the rest of my time running around on the hunt for a loveseat.  Not much selection and a whole lot of beige.  The manufacturers really need to step up their game and add some colour to furniture these days.  I finally ended up ordering a loveseat from Manchester’s who use their own manufacturers and are a better quality product.  I likely won’t see my finished choice until February but it was going to take that long ordering from a chain store anyhow.  Even longer, truth be told.  Up to sixteen week wait times is a bit much.  After my acupuncture I was home by around 2:30 and the roads were perfect until I got to Birchgrove.  Our township doesn’t do a very good job, never have.  The roads were brutal in town while I was making the rounds and was nearly rear-ended at the corner of Fisher Street but the guy put himself on the median rather than hit my car.  Good call.  All kinds of plows out so by the time my back appointment was done, the conditions were much improved.  The plows will be earning their money as it will be very mild again and above freezing with snow for a few days but the colder temperatures are due back Thursday.

December 19, 2020 - 5:38 a.m.

Bbbrrrrr, it has been very cold for the past few days but today it is warming up again.  The front came through last night and it’s currently only -6 vs -30 with wind chill that we had yesterday.  Lots of snow in the forecast over the course of the next week so should definitely be a white Christmas.  I am heading to town this morning.  I’m on the hunt for a new loveseat, a few other things and then have an acupuncture appointment around 1:00.  Should be home by 2:30 but need to put my house back together beforehand.  Vic and I painted the past few days and things are slowly progressing.  Living room and dining room completed, kitchen is next.  Big job but well worth it.  Last I heard there is anywhere from 4-6 inches of ice on Nipissing but the lake desperately needs snow as it’s the roughest ice I’ve ever seen form.  Yep, need the snow but not the insulation.  We still have a few weeks so fingers crossed.

December 17, 2020 - 6:39 a.m.

I woke up at ten to five this morning, said “nope”, rolled over and fell back to sleep so running a little later than usual this morning.  I’m pretty much on my ice fishing schedule for rising in the morning but it wasn’t happening today.  Vic and I are still painting the house so yesterday it was my task to paint the fireplace.  I wanted to change up the colour and it’s turning out to be a bigger job than anticipated but I think one more coat should do it.  I don’t know what I was thinking doing the entire house at once but once it’s done, it’ll be nice and clean for the winter.  We’ve had two brutal nights of cold so I’m sure we’re making some ice and one more night to go before it turns mild again.  We’ve been in the -30’s with the windchill so there will at least be a good base, just needs to thicken now.  Lake Nipissing is a mess though this year.  No smooth nice ice.  It’s all sharded and bumpy but snow cover will help with that unfortunately it will also insulate.  See what the next two weeks bring.

December 15, 2020 - 5:40 a.m.

Apparently with the windchill it reached -20 overnight but I’m not sure I believe that.  We are registering -12 and Gato sat/slept outside our door all night.  Stupid cat doesn’t know enough to get out of the cold but hey, he’s the toughest feral cat I’ve ever seen.  I spent the day yesterday organizing my house.  Couldn’t tell you what I did but I didn’t stop.  I managed to get the master bedroom back together and then tore down the living room so it’s ready for painting today.  Vic is coming in to do the ceiling and hopefully most of the walls but I have an appointment in town at 12:30 so won’t be much help.  The rest of the week I’ll be painting though.  Tonight is suppose to be the coldest night to date at -21 but then it will get progressively warmer as the week goes on.  The sun isn’t up yet but I’m assuming Lake Nipissing froze over again last night  hopefully this time for the duration.  That said, it was pretty windy yesterday so we’ll see what’s what once the sun is up and after tonight’s cold.

December 14, 2020 - 6:20 a.m.

We both had a pretty good weekend.  Dan had some peace and quiet and I had a great time with the girls.  I did have to drive in adverse weather conditions on Saturday to attend the Christmas party but it was worth it.  The snow started a few hours before I left for town so by the time I was on the highway, it had accumulated and the winds had started.  I just took my time and arrived safely after picking up Liz who would have had to clean about 3 cm of snow off of her car otherwise.  We had a great time and just hunkered down for the evening.  I spent the night at Annie’s and while she made a huge breakfast for us yesterday morning, I trekked outside, beared the elements and cleaned off both our cars.  We received quite a bit of snow and the plows were out all night in town.  I headed home shortly after noon yesterday and the roads were fine.  A few bad spots but I’ve driven in much worse.  The main body of Lake Nipissing is still wide open but it looks like the ice is coming in all the bays.  Mostly pile ups from the wind but that’s pretty much how it forms every year.  I’m back at the painting today.  I actually painted for 6 hours on Saturday morning before heading to town so now I can start another room after I tidy up this morning.  I just relaxed yesterday afternoon as did Dan after plowing all morning so back at it today.

December 12, 2020 - 5:28 a.m.

I’m up and at’em first thing this morning.  Have some trim painting to finish before I head into the Bay this afternoon. It’s our girls Christmas party although much smaller this year but I am still so looking forward to it.  I am spending the night in town and hopefully it’s just one evening.  Calling for lots of snow to begin early this afternoon with lots of blowing so suspect the road conditions will get bad.  Hopefully I don’t get snowed in a second night but am preparing for it just in case.  I’m sure the roads will be fine by mid-afternoon at the latest but it will depend on just how much snow we end up receiving.  System looks pretty big. 

December 11, 2020 - 6:35 a.m.

This week has been spent working on the house as will next week but I am taking a break tomorrow.  Have lots to do today, namely finish the trim painting in the master bedroom and put the room back together but we are slowly making progress.  Very time consuming for sure.  We did lose most of the ice on Lake Nipissing due to the above zero temperatures over the past few days and they are calling for a heavy snowfall beginning this evening through Sunday.  However, the long term looks good for some colder weather.  I saw an eagle resting for quite some time in front of the house yesterday just at the water’s edge. I figured it would go after a squirrel on the property as they were clearly visible but it didn’t.  It eventually flew to parts unknown.  Hopefully it’s headed south for the winter.  We’ve had purple Grosbeaks hanging around all week and I had to rescue one that flew into our window.  Thing made a terrible racket while I was holding her to keep her warm and prevent shock until she recovered.  She was stunned pretty badly but after several minutes, flew away (minus a few feathers which were stuck to the window).  Such beautiful birds.

December 9, 2020 - 6:15 a.m.

I started the painting yesterday and managed to get the laundry closet finished and put back together.  Problem is Dan forgot to turn the water back on before putting the washer and dryer back in place so that’s a job for him first thing this morning.  We have a friend who is helping me because there is no way I can do it all myself.  There was a time though, lol.  Vic painted the ceiling in the master bedroom yesterday and is doing to walls today.  The house is in total disarray and will be for a bit.  I’m hoping to get the hallway and bathroom finished today and then I can do the coat and linen closets tomorrow.  I’m just taking my time as I am purging as I go.  Lake Nipissing had its first freeze over Monday night but I suspect it isn’t here to stay.  The temperature is going to mild for the rest of the week with rain in the forecast Friday and possibly Saturday.  If the ice can hold on, hopefully it will start to thicken up but we’ll have to see.  Long term is very mild as well but at least the water temperature is at the freezing mark so that is a very good thing.

December 7, 2020 - 5:53 a.m.

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday so I’m happy I was out and about and able to get some sun on my face for a change.  The temperature was around -4 for most of the day and the rest of the week looks to be just as mild if not a tad warmer.  A few days of sun before the snow comes and it looks like we may get quite a bit of it this week.  I did get to Home Depot and spent a small fortune on paint.  I didn’t want to risk running out once I got started and besides, it was on sale.  Carrying in all in the house was another thing.  Home Depot has changed their containers to plastic which lightens it a bit but I really like the new bags of paint I’ve seen.  Much less stress on the environment but I haven’t seen them in Canada yet.  Baby steps I suppose.  Gato has been hanging around the house most evenings but still won’t let us get close enough to coax him indoors.  I don’t want or need another full time pet and he seems to be quite content just lying on his blanket all night.  He’s conditioned so it’s more than he’s use to.

December 6, 2020 - 6:14 a.m.

Both Dan and I had a restless night and were wide awake at 5:00 this morning.  Difference being I got up, Dan didn’t.  Lol.  I don’t know if he went back to sleep as I’ve been trying to be quiet but it sounds like he did.  He painted the last of my new window boxes yesterday and thank you to Mike for making them for me.  They will look awesome next summer.  I just did some light house cleaning and laundry yesterday and spent the rest of the day online looking for things I need to do a little house updating.  I’m heading to Home Depot this morning for paint so I can get started on the walls first thing tomorrow morning providing nothing else crops up.  “They” say you are suppose to update a room per year in your house.  It’s been considerably longer than that.  We’ll start with a change in paint colour and go from there.  

December 4, 2020 - 6:11 a.m.

I think we are in for a mixed bag of precipitation and weather today.  Calling for flurries, rain, flurries, snow and the temperature is due to rise and fall several times.  Little pockets of micro climes.  They do mention it will feel like -17 with the windchill overnight so that might just be enough to start the bay freezing providing it doesn’t get windy.  I have a dental appointment this morning, finally.  Been a longer than usual time between cleanings but such are the times.  I’m also going to the Green Store to use a certificate I received for my birthday.  Maybe pick up some fresh veg at Orchard’s.  See how the morning goes.  We’ve nothing but time on our hands right now and probably lots we could be doing before the ice fishing season begins but it’s nice just to do as little as possible and get plenty of rest.

December 2, 2020 - 8:56 a.m.

Well I certainly spoke to soon!  We received a good foot of snow, or at least it seems that way, as after I updated the blog yesterday, the heavy stuff started coming down and didn’t stop until well into the early morning hours.  It is sunny today but very windy.  The temperature is only -4 but some ice build up did happen overnight along the shore line and Moose Creek has started to freeze.  Dan and Mike will be spending the day digging us out both with tractors and shovels.  Not to mention silly me left my car back at the shop where the snow is deepest.  I’m going to head out shortly and do what I can but it certainly won’t be very much.  I’ll dig out our door and hopefully a trench so I can feed the poor birds who have already started digging around in the snow under the feeders.  Certainly looks beautiful this morning but looks are deceiving.  The temperature is due to rise tomorrow but it looks like we may get some -10 weather later this weekend.  

December 1, 2020 - 7:53 a.m.

That’s what I’m talking about!  Winter finally began...kind of.  It rained all morning yesterday but then the flurries started shirtly after noon yesterday.  Just light flurries but steady.  We do have some snow cover on the property but it’s difficult to tell how much we received overnight as it’s windy.  We are in a snowfall warning as the system is developing over top of us and may stall over Lake Nipissing but I guess we’ll know more later today.  We are t getting the heavy accumulation snow, at least not along the south shore, could be heavier away from the water.  I don’t plan on venturing out today so we’ll see what happens.  I did some tossing and turning last night as did Dan just because it was pretty windy so a little noisy.  It looks like the north shore may be getting more snow than us because I can see Greening’s Island but not the Manitou’s.  Hopefully the winds die down enough to start forming ice over the next few days but I’m guessing if we see any, it won’t be until next week when the temperature drops a bit more.

November 30, 2020 - 6:55 a.m.

As we ready to head into December, it has been a very strange year indeed.  To say the least.  The weather is without a doubt the mildest we’ve seen in the past 20 years.  Lake Nipissing should have been partially frozen by now but it’s just not happened.  A few mornings of crusties along the shoreline that has long since melted.  The long term forecast isn’t looking too promising either.  The grass on the property is still as green as can be and if it wasn’t for bare trees, you’d think it was September.  We had a fairly quiet weekend.  I was a little sore from my back treatment yesterday but if feels pretty good this morning.  I’m not going to overdo it but do have a few things to get done today.  Dan has most of our equipment ready to rock for ice fishing so now he’s just sitting around waiting for the weather to change.  We are suppose to get some snow today, quite a bit of it actually but the temperature is still going to stay quite mild just around the zero mark.

November 28, 2020 - 6:59 a.m.

It was rather a drizzly day yesterday and overnight and still looks to be the same although they are calling for flurries today with rain tomorrow.  I can’t see flurries as it’s just too mild.  I still haven’t needed my heavy winter coat this season and yesterday was no exception.  I was overly warm in just my winter vest.  I left my Pilot at Honda yesterday and brought home a CRV.  No comparison and I’m staying in a Pilot.  If the numbers work, I’ll be getting a new one, if not, I’m keeping the one I have.  Decision made. That was easy.  Our feral car Gato has been hanging out on his blanket outside the backdoor because it’s been so mild.  He just spends his night sleeping there vs travelling to wherever he calls home when needing shelter.  I’m heading back into the Bay today to pick up my vehicle and then I have another acupuncture appointment.  I suspect I won’t want to do a whole lot after that but we’ll see.  Trish and Larry were coming for a visit this afternoon but had to cancel so we’ve nothing planned now.  Likely just as well.  Might be a good afternoon to curl up with my book.

November 27, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

Well not much has been accomplished by either of us this week.  I don’t know why, it just seems that way.  We’ve been busy but not really much to show for it.  Just one of those weeks.  We’re heading to town shortly as my vehicle is going in for servicing and we are discussing the possibly of getting into a new one.  The owner of Honda contacted us directly so we’ll see what happens.  Considering my Pilot is nearly 4 years old and has less than 25,000 km on it, the math will need to work in our favour.  Regardless, we are keeping a Honda product as we really like the make as well as the dealership.  Good dealers are hard to find!  The weather is not cooperating for us this year.  We did get a good dumping of snow this week but it’s nearly gone as it turned mild again.  The temperature will be above freezing for most of the long term forecast and the nighttime lows only hitting around -5.  No major cold snaps predicted.  We need some -20 for a good week straight for Lake Nipissing to freeze up tight.  Past years, we usually see Nip freeze over by or around December 5-8 so fingers crossed.

November 25, 2020 - 7:14 a.m.

We had a most enjoyable day yesterday albeit a long one.  We started out for Orillia with a few flurries and stopped in Katrine to pick Trish up as she wanted to go to Costco as well.  I drove her Jeep with her as copilot while Dan followed in my vehicle.  Had a nice trip to Costco as most of the snow disappeared and the sun even came out.  We filled both of our vehicles.  And I mean filled.  I think they were both riding kind of low.  The place was packed and I’ve never seen that Costco so busy.  That’s the whole reason we go to that one instead of Sudbury which is always nuts.  Thankfully we timed it right and didn’t have to wait in line long.  We also usually eat lunch there but since Costco isn’t allowing indoor “dining” we ended up going to Lot 88 for lunch.  We headed back and actually ran into Trish’s husband Larry on the highway as he was done work for the day.  We had a short visit with them at their house and then headed home.  By the time we uploaded everything it was nearly suppertime.  Today’s job is to organize what we bought which includes dividing all the meat up for the freezer.  We received a nice dumping of snow overnight so there’s also shovelling to do.  Love the first real snow dump as it pretties up the landscape but the shovelling I can do without ;)

November 24, 2020 - 5:43 a.m.

We received some snow over night Sunday into Monday and it was chilly enough to stick.  Some melted yesterday and they are calling for a little more before it turns to rain later in the week.  I think we’ll see a little sun today which would be lovely.  I spent my time yesterday defrosting and cleaning the fridge and freezers to basically take inventory of our stock.  We are going to Costco today for supplies so I’d like to get what we need for the next few months.  There are a few Christmas lights up in the neighbourhood now which looks awesome on the water.  Lori and Barb did a nice display so I see a bit of Christmas across Moose Creek every night.  I don’t know that I’m putting up lights this year since it’s only Dan and I for Christmas and it’s a lot of work but I haven’t decided yet and could change my mind.  Not in the spirit yet I guess.  I’m sure it’s going to be a weird holiday season for everyone this season. 

November 22, 2020 - 6:40 a.m.

What a great day yesterday.  I had acupuncture for my back pain yesterday which was awesome but she also ended up “cupping” me, neither technique that I’ve had done before. Wish I would have.  Much better than an ordinary massage and noticeable improvement.  I have bruises all over my back in perfect circles this morning but they don’t hurt, it just means it worked.  Much looser and more agile this morning.  So cool and likely an ancient procedure for a reason.  I’m going back again next Saturday.  We had a lovely supper last night with a few friends but I suspect everyone was in bed by 10:00 as I know we were.  Not sure what’s on the agenda today but it looks to be possibly the only day with sun for the duration of the week.  All clouds, flurries or rain in the long term but not going to get much below zero.  I drove by Walmart yesterday before my appointment just to see what the heck.  The building looks to be intact but the fire department had the doors blocked and taped with strict “no admittance”.  I’m sure it will be closed for some time just due to smoke and water damage but once opened, I bet there will be some super blow out sales.  Fires are never a good thing and I feel badly for the employees but hopefully Walmart and their 750% profit increase will look after them ;)

November 21, 2020 - 7:32 a.m.

Winter is starting to return.  Really wish Mother Nature would make up her mind.  It’s just around the zero mark currently as the winds started again last night just as I was going to bed.  We may see a little sun today but for the most part, it’s overcast.  The swans left the bay again late afternoon so maybe I’ll start using them to predict the weather forecast.  Lol.  Dan spent the day in town helping Mike yesterday so it was relatively peaceful around here.  I’ve an appointment in town today and am looking forward to it.  I’m biting the bullet and trying acupuncture to see if it can help with my back, specifically the sciatic pain.  Can’t hurt.  Oooo, was that a pun?  Afterwards, we are having dinner here with a few friends and doing a little Thanksgiving dinner in honour of the US which is having such a difficult time these days.  I’m making ham, scalloped potatoes, squash, brussell sprouts and a nice fresh fruit salad.  I’ve already prepped some of it but didn’t make the dessert (bought it) which is a salted Carmel cheesecake.  Yum.  I just heard that the North Bay Walmart suffered a tremendous fire last night with millions of dollars in damage and it is now closed for the foreseeable future.  Apparently it started in the men’s coat department and is under investigation.  I haven’t read the article on it but was told by a trusted friend.  Just a heads up if anyone was planning on shopping today.

November 20, 2020 - 7:28 a.m.

It appears I was mistaken about a few things.  Firstly, winter may have returned but not for good as anticipated.  It’s currently already +6 degrees and suppose to get even warmer today.  The ice that had formed along the shorelines is pretty much all gone as it melted during the evening hours when the temperature started to climb.  Secondly, the Trumpeter swans haven’t migrated as they showed up again yesterday and spent the day resting in front of our house.  Might not be the same swans but that’s very doubtful.  Dan spent the day in the shop cleaning the snowmobiles and getting them ready for servicing before the ice fishing season.  Lake Nipissing is a window pane this morning and it would be the perfect time for a deep freeze to prevent the usual build up of ice shards in the bay but I’m afraid that isn’t going to happen.  I’ve seen very few years where it doesn’t blow hard piling the ice up as it freezes but one never knows.  It’s been a very strange year so there is hope yet ;)

November 18, 2020 - 6:53 a.m.

I got up around 6:00 this morning to pitch blackness but the sun is just starting the day as the sky is lighting up.  Everything appears fairly calm considering it was blowing all day and into the evening hours.  Strangely enough, I slept well last night.  It was nuts in town yesterday considering the weather was so bad.  I did my errands and was home by around 3:00.  I stopped and picked up a small bucket of KFC since I didn’t feel like cooking.  It’s just not the same as when I was a kid.  Nothing is for that matter but I suppose that’s what one would consider “progress”.  Lol.  We had snow squalls on and off but not really much accumulation at all.  I’d be curious to see what outlying areas received.  There is a snowbelt just south of here about an hour’s drive.  Friends live there and I know they received quite a bit.  I’m sure we’ll receive our fair share before the winter is over.  The temperature dropped to -15 with the windchill but I actually think it got warmer as the night progressed.  Gato was outside on his blanket when I went to bed and was there when I awoke so chances are he spent most of the night there.  Grady (our indoor cat who is also a family member) has no idea how lucky he is.

November 17, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.

Winter has returned with a flourish.  We’ve had high winds all night and this morning hasn’t brought any relief.  Intermittent snow flurries but not much accumulation on the property due to the winds.  I suspect when I go into town for my appointment today, I’ll see some of the white stuff around.  It’s suppose to drop to -15 tonight as the winds are going to shift and come straight out of the north.  Thankfully we didn’t receive any wind damage but a big cedar tree did come down up the road and fell on a power line but it didn’t affect us.  A lot of people further south experienced power outages so we were lucky.  We have several seagulls in the bay this morning so the lone gull that has been permanently hanging out has some company while they wait out the storm.  The Trumpeter swans have made several appearances over the past 3 weeks but I’m going to assume they’ve now left the area completely as I haven’t seen them for a few days.

November 15, 2020 - 6:22 a.m.

We’ve had a few quiet days and certainly a quiet weekend.  Didn’t do much of anything.  I’ve started the big house clean as I usually do in November before decorating for Christmas.  I don’t think I’m even going to bother this year as we won’t be having company due to the covid thing.  I see some of our neighbours have already put lights up and it brings a smile to my face when I see them but not sure I’m wanting to work that hard when no one is really going to be around to appreciate them.  We’ll see.  Bah humbug.  Lol.  The weather is about to turn nasty today.  Pretty much across Ontario by the looks of it.  High winds and lots of precipitation.  We were having a few very light flurries when I got up but it’s going to turn to heavy rain throughout the day and into tomorrow by the looks of the radar.  Dan is heading to get gas and then organizing the generator first thing as he thinks our power will go out.  I hope not but it’s a distinct possibility for sure.  I made sure Gato had lots of food last night as we won’t see him for a couple of days.  He’ll hunker down somewhere to ride out the storm but he spent most of last night on his blanket outside our door.  We’ve not seen any deer lately since the hunting started and likely won’t for some time.  Lots of guns going off this past week.  Hope they were all clean kills :(

November 11, 2020 - 7:07 a.m.

I had a great day yesterday and thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.  I had a couple of visits from friends and numerous phone calls so was definitely feeling the love.  I didn’t get as much accomplished as anticipated and that’s quite all right.  Today is another day.  Dan is heading into town shortly for an 8:00 doctor’s appointment with his orthopaedic surgeon.  Has been a long time coming so I hope he gets good news.  You should see the clouds this morning.  Moving at an amazing speed over Lake Nipissing after a night of rain.  I’m hoping they clear out completely and give us some sunshine but I think the mild temperatures are gone for good.  We’ve had a great run of unusual weather though.  It is suppose to drop to -2 this evening so yeah, we’ll be back to normal in no time.

November 10, 2020 - 8:12 a.m.

It was another great day yesterday.  An anomaly actually and we even set a record as the temperature hit 20+ degrees.  It was sunny for the most part and just gorgeous.  Felt more like June than November.  I did a town run and since it was so nice, stopped at the car wash and did my baby a solid.  Might be one of the last times to bath my car before the snow flies.  It’s going to be warm again today but the cold front is due in overnight.  Strange weather indeed.  Dan and Mike made a new planter for in front of cottage 3 since they had to remove the last one.  They also made some window boxes (well Mike did) to replace the two on the same cottage as they’ve seen better years.  I made a delicious supper since I loaded up on veggies while in town and wonders of wonders, received a delivery around 6:00.  My mother and father-in-law thoughtfully send me a beautiful flower basket for my birthday today.  I didn’t even know they delivered out in the boonies so it was a most pleasant surprise.  And thank you for the birthday wishes (yes, I’ve already received some) and I apologize for not responding but my messenger is currently disabled.  Greatly appreciated and I’ll be sure to enjoy my day!

November 8, 2020 - 8:07 a.m

We had a wonderfully peaceful day yesterday.  The sun tried its best to shine but it was lightly overcast and hazy for most of it which was perfect for cleaning my car.  I was able to clean the windows without streaking as they usually do when the sun is shining on them.  Took me a few hours but was well worth it.  It reached a high of +17 so I’m guessing this week is our Indian summer.  It is going to be even nicer today.  Warm and sunny.  I think I might clean some more windows but see how the day progresses.  The property looks good, nice and green and most of the leaves cleaned up.  What remains will add nutrients but the spring should be an easy clean up.  Whatever is on my agenda today, it will be outside.  Not going to have much more beautiful weather like this until next year.  This is usually the time I’m in Mexico and there is always a snowstorm for Dan to contend with while I am away.  Not this year.

November 7, 2020 - 6:17 a.m.

Anither gorgeous day yesterday and a lot more where that came from.  It’s due to stay in the +15-17 range for the next several days and it’s more than welcome.  We won’t get a cool down until later next week when the rain starts again.  In the meantime, just enjoying the sunshine.  I might need to pull out a lawn chair this afternoon and have a wee glass of wine.  Most of the geese have headed south which is surprising considering how mild it’s been but we do have a small flock still around.  The ducks are hanging out and an eagle was looking for a snack the other day but I chased it off.  Go hunt in another bay, I don’t need to see it thank you very much.  Gato has been spending his evenings laying on the blanket outside our door.  He won’t go into any type of shelter we may provide but doesn’t mind snoozing on his blanket where he has a quick get away if a predator comes around.  I bet he’s loving all this mild weather.  Deep freeze will come soon enough.

November 6, 2020 - 7:54 a.m.

What a beautiful few days we’ve had.  Sunshine with a high around 17, just wonderful.  I spent the day in the office yesterday and by the time I was finished of course the sun went away.  The boys were leaf blowing and Mike the kubota man was working diligently moving gravel for Dan while he raked it into place.  Dan replaced a water line for one of the cottages that needed an upgrade so now it’s bullet proof.  Mike also flattened out one of the trailer lots that needed some work.  Always something.  The boys really have been busy this week and I think everything is pretty much complete for the season.  Perhaps a few odd jobs to be done here and there but for the most part Dan’s feeling accomplished.  Now to get through the long winter. I’m hoping to clean my car today and give it one last really good bath before the snow sets in and I should really take it in for servicing next week even though I barely drive it.  Would like to clean the windows also but see how my day goes.  I can plan things all I want, never seems to go that way.  It’s going to continue with double digits for the next few days although it’s rather foggy today. Lake Nipissing is a window pain and there is still the odd boat to be seen.  

November 4, 2020 - 6:47 a.m.

Well that was a whole lot of missed sleep for Dan and I for nothing.  Lol.  I finally went to bed around 2:00 this morning but woke up again around 4:00, checked the election results again and went back to sleep.  Up again at 6:00 and still no result which I kind of figured.  Dan is still in bed.  I think it may be a while until the States declares a winner.  My Lord, how do they have elections in countries with even more voters?  I am just happy the night was relatively quiet as far as rioting and looting so that’s something positive.  Unfortunately the USA elections seem to get more drawn out each time around.  They need to get a more effective system, that much is clear.  I’ll likely be glued to the tv again today and hopefully catch a few zzzz’s.  It does look like it will be a nice day. Sunny and a high of +11.  A bit of fresh air would not a remiss.

November 3, 2020 - 7:51 a.m.

The wind finally died down for a time yesterday but started again late in the afternoon and howled for most of the night.  It’s down to a reasonable pitch and no longer roaring this morning but is overcast and not a very nice day.  Warmer temps are on their way and hopefully we’ll see some sun soon.  I’m sending out a prayer to the people of America that no matter the result of the election, peace and sanity will rule the days to come.  I don’t think we’ll know the final result for days but I also believe the result tonight will be uncontestable albeit some will try and people are going to be very surprised.  Hopefully the media hype ensuring ensuing rioting is incorrect and calmer heads prevail.  Good luck today USA, I’ll be watching.

November 2, 2020 - 9:29 a.m.

Wow!  Lazy bones this morning.  Actually I was up all night the wind was howling so bad.  We sustained nearly 90 km/hr winds for most of the night and it’s just tamed down to around 50.  It was relentless all night and heard a few good crashes.  I heard Dan get up shortly after 4:00 but didn’t hear him leave for the shop around 6:00 so must have finally fallen asleep.  Grady was snuggled up with me all night as I think he was a little frightened of the noise.  We did get some snow with the wind but most of it blew inland I think.  It was snowing horizontally most of the night.  When I got up, I noticed a plank had blown off the palapa on the beach so the wind must have lifted a few nails.  We’re currently reading -3 by the beach so the air temp is being affected by the temp of the lake water but they are saying it’s closer to -15 with the wind chill in North Bay.  Hard to believe we’ll be back up to double digits in a few days!

November 1, 2020 - 7:34 a.m.

It was an alright day yesterday.  We had a little sun but it was quite chilly.  Today is warmer but looks like it’s going to be raining most of the day.  A fairly large system is hanging over us but at least it held off for any kids that actually went trick or treating last night.  Hope everyone remembered to turn their clocks back.  It was nice getting up with the sun today but having it be completely dark so early in the evening will take some getting use to.  I really thought this year would be the year they wouldn’t change the clocks but daylight saving time is alive and well.  Happy grey November everyone!

October 30, 2020 - 8:49 a.m.

I slept in this morning and didn’t even hear Dan leave to join his coffee cronies in the shop so must have been right out of it.  I slept well from 11-2 last night but something woke me up and had a hard time getting back to sleep.  Could be the impending full moon is messing with me.  The full moon always messes with the weather and this one is no exception.  It’s bringing cold temperatures and it dropped to nearly -10 last night with -13 tonight.  There are ice formations all along the shoreline this morning but don’t get too excited yet as warmer temps are on the way for next week that could hit +10.  That would be the day I’m cleaning my car once more before the winter hits.  Dan made out okay at the hospital yesterday although he wasn’t really told anything he didn’t already know.  His knees are bone on bone on the insides, still has some cushion on the outsides which explains why he waddles.  He needs both knees replaced so was told he’d be looking at a year recovery time.  In the meantime, it has been recommended he get cortisone shots.  Cortisone can be a blessing but it does tend to move about in the body.  I know because I have little pieces of it floating around myself.  He needs relief so hopefully he can get some shots sooner rather than later.  By the way, the hospital was a ghost town and zero cases of covid.  They wouldn’t let me join Dan for his assessment as no one is allowed in the hospital unnecessarily.  The sun is shining and it’s going to be a beautiful day albeit quite chilly.  I’ve some indoor work to do but am hoping to enjoy some fresh air later this afternoon.  Have a great day peeps!

October 29, 2020 - 6:42 a.m.

The Grosbeaks came back and there is rather a large flock of them.  Such beautiful birds and I just love them.  The Trumpeter swans also came back and were hanging around the bay yesterday.  The sun isn’t up yet so not sure if they are still here but hopefully they’ll hang around for a few more days.  It is suppose to get rather cold this evening around -6 so we will definitely have some shoreline “crusties” tomorrow morning.  That may be enough to send the swans on to warmer climes.  I worked in the office Monday and Tuesday and managed to get my 3rd quarter books completed.  Third quarter already.  Third quarter of covid.  Yuck.  It’s like a zombie apocalypse for goodness sake.  When I was heading home from the office yesterday, there were three very young deer along the edge of the forest so I sat and talked to them for a few minutes.  A yearling and two fawns.  So beautiful.  I haven’t seen deer in awhile and was tempted to give them some apples but restrained myself.  It’s just nice to see them wander through occasionally and makes me appreciate them even more.  Love the deer, such sweet gentle creatures.  Today I am taking Dan to the hospital.  He finally is able to get his knees assessed and hopefully will be able to have them replaced.  He had a knee replacement when he was a kid so at least it’s not so invasive anymore.  We’ll likely spend some time in town and do a little shopping, maybe go for lunch.  It’s going to be a good day for it as the sun may make an appearance.  I think the precipitation we received overnight is the last of it for today.

October 27, 2020 - 7:00 a.m.

We had snow flurries pretty much all day yesterday.  It wasn’t cold enough for accumulation but it was kind of nice to see.  Did I really just say that?  Lol.  The critters were all still out and about and we even had some beautiful Grosbeaks show up for a bite to eat but they didn’t stick around long.  I think the chicken hawk scared them off as I heard it earlier.  I wish that bird would just take off somewhere else.  Today we are due to see a little sunshine if they don’t change the forecast but it’s only going to be a high of +2.  The swans didn’t stick around as long as I would have liked as they were gone yesterday but they may come back - it’s been known to happen.  I love to see all the migration birds because once winter settles in, we don’t see a lot of wildlife for months.  Blue jays, chick-a-dees and doves are about the extent of it with an occasional deer.  Even the raccoons disappear.  I guess there really aren’t a whole lot of creatures that actually love winter.  Myself included.  Tee hee.  I have been banned from Facebook for 30 days so you won’t see any updates on our Greening Bay page as it is tied into my personal one.  Unless maybe I figure something else out.  I got caught up in the major “sweep” Facebook did yesterday.  There were several pages I was following regarding the upcoming election so I guess Mark Zuckerberg is a staunch democrat.  Sad that social platforms have the power to dictate what information you are allowed to see.  I guess it’s a sign of the times where humanity is now being limited to the information they receive.  MSM (mainstream media) is a classic example.  Gone are the days of actual investigative reporting.  Hello repetitive narrative.  So sad.

October 26, 2020 - 7:56 a.m.

We woke up to a little white stuff on the ground.  Not so much on the ground as solid objects because the grass melted it but there is snow out there this morning.  Just a little bit but I suspect we’ll see more of it this week.  Yesterday, I didn’t realize it until the sun was full up but there was ice along the shoreline where the water is very shallo