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October 14, 2019 - 8:12 a.m.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!  I know pretty much everyone celebrated likely Saturday or Sunday so enjoy your relax day today after all the festivities.  It was a nasty day here for the most part and at one point, I was keeping an eye out for water spouts on Lake Nipissing.  A few tried to form more than once, especially over Greening Bay with the cold air hitting the warmer water but at best we received some wind, rain and lightning.  Today, at least this morning, we have sun with clouds but still may get a rain shower yet.  The full moon did its thing last night.  Besides keeping me awake, it changed the weather as usual and cooled everything right down to seasonal temperatures.  It actually smelled like snow last night.  Gato came up just at dark and stuck around long enough to have a second helping.  He usually does that when the weather is going to keep him under shelter for a few days so I figured it would be nasty when I got up this morning but I was wrong.  Dan and I went and voted yesterday and then for brunch.  I’m glad our riding was following the regulations of Canada Elections as I’ve been reading some polling stations are not following procedures.  Especially in the larger cities.  Need to make your vote count people so get out there!

October 13, 2019 - 4:46 a.m.

What a fabulous day we had on Friday.  The weather was perfect with bright sunshine, not too much wind so we had a beautiful camp fire on the beach in the afternoon.  The gang came over and we had some fun before delving into the beef stew I made earlier.  No one stuck around much after supper so I cleaned the kitchen up and went back outside to enjoy the fire for a bit.  It was a very dismal day yesterday and a complete turnaround weather wise.  The two of us were going to vote on Friday but ran out of time and since yesterday was pretty crappy, I made a nice big breakfast, cleaned the remnants of Friday and then we basically vegged.  There wasn’t much appealing on tv so I read in the evening and ended up falling asleep around 9:30 which is why I’m up so early this morning.  That and the fact Grady was walking on my head.  Going to be somewhat miserable again today and with the full moon last night, I’m sure it won’t improve much for a day or two.  We are voting today for sure as I’m sure it won’t be very busy with most people celebrating their Thanksgiving dinner today.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we are the only people to show up.

October 11, 2019 - 7:27 a.m.

It just doesn’t get much better than the weather yesterday.  Was a beautiful autumn day with the crisp blue sky, the coloured foliage and nice mild temperatures.  All the ground critters were running around for a last ditch effort to hoard more food.  Was great to watch.  I was pleasantly surprised this morning as I had a doe peering in my window.  Don’t see them often anymore since I quit feeding them but there are a couple that come by occasionally to say “hi” and beg a pile of corn.  Glad I was able to oblige.  Dan and I are off to vote first thing this morning in the early polls.  Might as well get it done.  This afternoon we have the gang coming over to enjoy the last of the sunshine we are due to see for 4-5 days and it’s going to be a beaut.  The beach doesn’t get a lot of sun this time of year due to the position of the sun in the sky but we’ll find a sunny patch somewhere.  Get a nice fire going and I’m just making some hearty beef stew for supper.  It’ll be a chill and relax sort of day.  With the rainy weather due to come in beginning overnight, it’ll be indoor work next week for sure.  Hard to get motivated when the weather dictates I should be curled up with a good book but there is lots I’d like to do before we are in to another busy season.

October 10, 2019 - 7:48 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday!  The sun was shining and the temperature was warm enough for a t-shirt.  Dan blew leaves, mulched leaves and cut grass while I sadly put all the summer seasonal stuff to bed for the winter.  I’ve still left some flowers in the window boxes and planters for the last struggling bees but will likely pull them all up in a week or two when I cover my shrubs for the winter.  After Dan got back from the dump around 4:30 we zipped into town for a few errands and had a quick bite for supper.  Returning home around 6:30, fog was already starting to form in low lying areas along Wasi Road (Hwy 654) so knew it was going to get cold quickly.  I turned the heat up when I got home and glad I did as it’s currently 2 degrees.  We will be blessed with warm sun shiney temperatures for the next couple of days and then the forecast turns nasty with lots of rain.  I do have to say the leaves have picked up some colour this week as the reds and oranges are becoming much more prevelant.  It’s a beautiful time of year if only for a short time.

October 8, 2019 - 8:38 a.m.

It looks like we are in for a glorious day!  Although the temperature dipped close to zero overnight, the sun is shining brightly today and we will hit the mid to high teen’s.  Yesterday was another story.  They had forecasted a brief possibility of showers but we ended up getting squalls as several short but intense cells blew through.  Lots of wind, torrential driving rain but thankfully no damage anywhere.  I was actually at the vets with Grady yesterday when one hit.  I saw it coming and just made it inside when the skies opened.  These little microbursts certainly dropped the temperature and sucked all the moisture out of the air so we are in for a few really nice sunny days this week.  I am not sure if we received a genuine frost over night as I got up too late but there is heavy condensation so it was either that or a thick dew.  It’ll warm up quickly so I’m likely going to work outdoors today.  The leaves have a bit more colour than they did last week but a lot of the yellows are already dropping.  The oranges and reds don’t seem as vibrant this year as in previous years but they also haven’t peaked just yet.

October 6, 2019 - 7:19 a.m.

We had a great time Friday.  Dan and I headed over to Donna and Mitchell’s for Mitchey’s birthday celebration.  Very low key with Ginny and Craig joining us but Donna made some of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  The sun was shining and it was warm enough to enjoy it around the campfire.  It turned into a late night for us as we joined another neighbour afterwards so neither Dan nor I did much yesterday although I made a nice steak dinner.  It was pretty much a tv day.  Gato hadn’t been around for a few days and just as I was getting concerned, he was at the backdoor meowing his face off for some food this morning.  He timed it right because the rain seems to be just missing us.  Showers are in the forecast today and it is completely overcast but beginning Tuesday, we are in for some wonderful temperatures and sunshine so hopefully we can get the rest of our outdoor work finished this week.  

October 4, 2019 - 9:11 a.m.

Dan and I had a pretty good day yesterday even though the weather was rather crappy, cold and damp.  We took the meter reads in the trailer park and I did the invoicing and put them in the mail while Dan winterized the park.  Now everything is winterized and closed up for the season.  I had my ladies night at Trudy Barber’s last night and there were 15 of us so lots of food and fun.  I wasn’t too late but slept in this morning anyhow as we have a birthday party to attend this afternoon.  Look at us being social butterflies.  I’m hoping the cloud cover moves out this morning so we can sit around a fire in the sun this afternoon.  Whatever the case, we’ll make the best of it.

October 3, 2019 - 8:03 a.m.

It was rather a cool dismal day yesterday but today is even worse.  At least yesterday the sun was trying to come out although didn’t quite make it.  Today is heavy cloud cover with rain in the forecast, likely this afternoon.  I started putting some summer stuff away yesterday after cleaning the house and doing some laundry but it was pretty nippy.  Dan dragged out our winter people movers and got them all cleaned up before he has to put the hoses away for the season.  This morning we are taking the trailer park hydro meter reads because usually we are doing that while the snow is flying.  Speaking of which, they are calling for possible snow showers tomorrow.  It’s certainly cold enough.  It dropped to 3 degrees here last night and calling for it to drop to 1 tonight.  I have a ladies night this evening so am looking forward to that.  Be good to see all the girls of the hood.  It would be so nice to sit around a campfire but I don’t think that’s going to happen with the rain in the forecast.  

October 2, 2019 - 8:17 a.m.

After taking an Advil PM last night around 10:00, I went to bed and slept right through until 8:00 this morning which isn’t like me at all.  I’m always up way before Dan so it was a rarity this morning.  First thing he says to me, “We had two catastrophic events happen in the house overnight.  First, Shaw Direct changed all their programming so don’t know any channels anymore.  Second, my iPad fell off the table last night and is full of spider cracks.”  Considering both are Dan’s main source of entertainment, he may be inconvenienced for a bit but I wouldn’t say it’s catastrophic.  Lol.  I’ll be on the hunt for a new iPad for him today after I get my work done.  I have a cottage to clean as my usual helper, who I was going to get in one last time had an ambulance at her place last night.  Apparently her partner was taken to hospital so hopefully everything is ok.  I need to do a little cleaning around the house as well.  The cold front came through after a very muggy day yesterday.  When I went to town in the morning, my whole car was full of condensation as the fan couldn’t keep up with the humidity.  There were also a few windows in our house that had the same thing.  It didn’t feel like 31 as the sun didn’t shine but we had a good few hours when the temperature was beautiful.  Today it’s very chilly and is suppose to hit near zero overnight tonight.  Yuck!

October 1, 2019 - 5:20 a.m.

Well that was 8 hours of non-sleep I’ll never get back.  Kind of glad I was so restless last night though because we had a heck of a light show.  Kind of creepy though.  I’m assuming it was heat lightning because it went on for hours but not one peep.  No booms, no cracks, just flashing light.  We are due to hit 31 today with the humidex and enjoy a day of loveliness but tomorrow that will all change and it’s actually suppose to drop to 1 degree tomorrow night.  Nothing we haven’t seen before except I think the temperature change will come in slower than normal this time.  Usually we get high winds with such a drastic change but they aren’t calling for it this time.  I still didn’t make it to town yesterday so am going to hop in the shower and get going.  I actually don’t mind Walmart at 8:00 in the morning so I’ll be finished my errands and be back  home by 11:00 at which time I’ll likely crash ;)  Hopefully we get some sun today as it’s been rather drab.

September 30, 2019 - 8:04 a.m.

I guess we have plenty to be thankful for this year.  The weather gods have been keeping the cold temperatures at bay, not to mention the snow!  I can’t believe the amount that fell out west and they can certainly keep it.  We did have snow in the forecast for Thursday but they’ve change it to rain.  Not ready for that just yet but it tells me I’d better get my butt in gear this week.  I’ve prolonged putting my flowers to bed as there are still bees around but it’s looking like I don’t really have a choice now.  Tomorrow’s agenda as today I really need to do a town run.  Have errands and grocery shopping as I ran us out of staples.  I’m checking out our last guests of the season today which is kind of a sad thing but the hard water will be here soon enough.

September 29, 2019 - 12:39 p.m.

I’m rather late today but I just got home.  Since Dan was under the weather and outdoors was drizzly and blah, Liz and I went to Annie’s in North Bay in the early afternoon for happy hour and then we headed to the Fraser Tavern to listen to the “Good Time Band”.  They were right, it was a good time.  We were also the youngest people in the place.  Lol.  We danced and managed to get all the ladies in the place up dancing and had a ball.  After the band quit at 6:00 we went out for supper and then back to Annie’s to play some games.  It was a great day.

September 28, 2019 - 7:21 a.m.

Dianne (my mother-in-law) called us last worried something had happened considering I hadn’t updated my blog for a few days so here I am.  There really isn’t much to blog about this time of year but I guess I do have a few followers out there.  The weather is totally blah today.  It is currently raining and the area totally cloaked in heavy cloud cover so think this would be a good day to do nothing.  That said, I’m heading into town for some shopping today.  Dan woke up feeling under the weather yesterday but had to go to town for some errands.  He’s still sleeping trying to combat what he believes is a cold but could very well be allergies as the golden rod is in full bloom and very plentiful this year.  The leaves have started falling more quickly in the past few days so autumn is definitely in full swing.  At least the temperatures have been staying fairly mild.  We have our last group of fishermen in this weekend and then that’s it for the season.  My phone has been ringing off the hook with ice fishermen already so we’re in for a busy winter.  The trailer park is pretty much vacant except for a few stragglers and it closes October 1st so suspect the last of the tenants will winterized today or tomorrow.  Gato and the injured goose are still hanging around and we had a lone doe up wanting an apple yesterday.  All is good.

September 24, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.

It looks like the rain has finally stopped.  At least for today but more is coming.  Our landline stopped working properly and now the phone only rings once and drops.  I’ll been on our cell trying to get it repaired today.  Our phone has never liked moisture and this has been an ongoing problem for years but I’m not so sure that is the problem this time around.  Sigh.  I’ll be talking to Bell this morning so will need some patience today for sure.  I’ve been noticing an eagle flying around the property the past few days and sure enough, yesterday it took a duck.  Full grown Mallard which is never pleasant to witness.  I haven’t seen the injured goose in a few days so wouldn’t be surprised if the eagle got it as well although I’ve seen no evidence.  I don’t think an eagle could fly with a goose but it could certainly get it on shore.  Always happens this time of year when the boat and foot traffic slows down.  Thankfully they don’t need to eat daily but the bay certainly cleared out of water fowl yesterday and nothing really returned until dusk.  The duck’s mate did appear briefly looking for her but didn’t stick around for long.  The eagle ended up with its kill in our neighbour’s tree across the creek and I watched it feast for quite some time.  Once it was finished and left it’s perch, the ravens moved in for the leftovers.  Nothing goes to waste.  Gato hasn’t been around for a few days but he never ventures out during inclement weather.  Hopefully we’ll see him tonight.

September 23, 2019 - 6:51 a.m.

The sun is just starting to come up and it looks like we won’t be seeing much of it again today.  I’m so glad we were able to get out on the boat Saturday because it rained most of the day yesterday, all night and is still raining this morning.  I put all my house plants outside around 2:00 yesterday afternoon and left them on the deck overnight so they are well nourished by the rain.  I am bringing them back in shortly as the winds are suppose to pick up out of the north.  My plants don’t like the north wind.  Don’t blame them.  The weekly weather looks so-so as the temperatures are going to stay fairly mild but we will definitely have to close the house back up during the evenings again.  It’s been nice having it open for the past two nights considering we had the heat on for most of last week.  Even with the rain overnight, it stayed mild enough to enjoy the fresh air.  Larry and Trish pulled their trailer yesterday and we’re sad to see them go but they are on to better things as Larry is retiring.  We wish them the best in wherever their feet land.  The park is closing for the season shortly so we will be doing our maintenance and renos within the next few weeks.  Always something to be done.

September 22, 2019 - 5:52 a.m.

What an absolutely perfect day yesterday.  Good food, great people and the most enjoyable boat ride ever.  We went down the South River all the way to the end and it was quite evident the heavy rains early in the season did considerable damage.  There is one spot in particular where the bank washed out and the trees completely blocked the river width wise until someone cut a path through the trees.  Lots of new docks have been built as well so the high water obviously took them out.  Thankfully things are all back to normal.  I couldn’t believe the boat traffic on Lake Nipissing yesterday.  Was the most I’ve seen in years so everyone had the same idea that perhaps yesterday would be one of the last nice days to do some decent boating.  The lake was so calm, the skies bright and clear and the leaves are changing enough to provide some decent colour.  Was simply extraordinary and so fun!

September 20, 2019 - 7:15 a.m.

It has just been a gorgeous lovely week all around.  Warm temperatures and sunny skies have blessed us for sure.  All good things must come to an end and now that the clouds have started moving in, we may be in for a shower today but hopefully it will clear up for tomorrow as forecasted because we have a busy day planned.  We have been invited to a friend’s for brunch and another friend’s for supper, all the same group so we are hoping to get everyone on the boat inbetween meals and maybe head to the South River to see the rapids one more time before the season ends.  Dan went to town yesterday to get new parts for his truck as his truck window wouldn’t go all the way up or down.  Andy fixed the problem for Dan which was awesome.  I am heading to town today for a few errands as it was so beautiful out yesterday I decided to hold off.  I even sat out on the deck in the sun with my cat Grady yesterday.  He was loving it to say the least.  I watched the lame goose try to fly with flock yesterday and it wasn’t happening.  I contacted the wildlife refuge in Sudbury but am waiting to hear back from them which may take a while.  I’m sure they won’t want to winter a goose but I am going to do everything I can for it before the inevitable becomes a last resort.  It’s doing well and keeping healthy so far but once the food source dies, it’ll be buggered.  Currently it spends it’s day around our marina eating the grass.  Poor thing.

September 18, 2019 - 7:13 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, so nice, we went for a boat ride in the afternoon and out for a late lunch/early supper after docking in Callander.  We both did some work in the morning until around 1:00.  I saw a woolly worm (moth caterpillar) crawling across Greening Bay Road when I was bringing the flower baskets to a different location.  I stopped to take a good look at it and according to folklore, it’s markings reveal we are in for a mild winter.  That and the fact the cedar trees are loaded with nuts which aren’t being removed by the animals that usually hoard them for the winter, I’m thinking it truly isn’t going to be as brutally cold as it was last year.  I’ve also been reading that we are in for a mild La Niña vs the strong Le Nino we had last year so I guess we will find out soon enough.  Not too sure what’s on our agenda today but I do need to zip into town briefly to pick up some staples.  There are lots of little projects that need doing but neither Dan nor I are highly motivated at the moment. 

September 17, 2019 - 7:18 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and today is going to be even better.  It took the sun a while to burn off the cloud cover but once it did, it was lovely.  Today looks to be much sunnier and with the humidex, it’s suppose to feel like 26.  Can you say “boat ride”?  Dan helped Alf take his boat out of the water for the season and I suspect we’ll see a lot of the park doing the same this weekend so I’m thinking this is the week for us to get the last of our pleasure cruising in.  I did all the cottage laundry yesterday and have a bit of office work to do this morning so will have some spare time this afternoon.  I did notice when Dan and I went for a drive yesterday that one of my hanging baskets at the road was blown loose so am taking them both down for the season.  I’ll save the flowers for now, just put them elsewhere until I toss them.  I was actually going to empty all my pots and baskets this week but it’s going to be so nice, I’ll wait a bit.  I still see bees around so they need them.  Although I was told hummingbirds are still here, I haven’t seen any.  I did refill my feeders one more time just in case.  I read an interesting little tidbit yesterday.  Apparently hummingbirds build their nests under or near hawk nests as it helps to protect their babies from their biggest predators which are blue jays.  The jays won’t go near hawks so this gives the young hummingbirds a chance.  My only question is why the hawks don’t eat the hummingbird babies?  Nature can be fickle, I guess.  Considering the amount of blue jays we have around here (and they winter here most years), I’m surprised we have the amount of hummingbirds that we do.

September 16, 2019 - 6:50 a.m.

I was up at 5:30 but wanted to wait until daylight to update so I could see what the sky was doing.  Sucks that it gets dark by 8:00 and doesn’t get light again until 6:30ish.  Yep, the winter is fast approaching.  We are in for lovely autumn weather this week though so time to take advantage.  It is currently overcast but I see some sun starting to peak through over North Bay so I hope that means we’ll get some on the south shore of Lake Nipissing.  The sky is a little red this morning though.  The water is pretty calm today and I’m hoping to get on the pontoon at least one more time before it gets too chilly so see how our week goes.  Today I am cleaning the cottage laundry amongst other things but for the most part, we both had a lazy afternoon yesterday once our guests were all taken care of.  I finally saw the goose with the broken wing yesterday.  It’s just a young one, born this spring but it is socializing with the rest of the flock and there were a couple sticking by its side when they came into the bay so is likely its family.  Dan wants to do the humane thing as it won’t survive the winter and needs to migrate with its family but I’d like to give it a little more time as broken wings do heal but it could be wishful thinking on my part.  We could take it to the Wildlife refuge in Lively but good luck catching it.  I’m just not equipped to handle it as it’s still strong at the moment.  What will be, will be.

September 15, 2019 - 7:29 a.m.

Dan’s birthday party was a success!  The food was good and the company excellent!  The weather could have been nicer but it was what it was.  We weren’t able to have a fire as it was too windy and we did get a bit of rain drizzle here and there but for the most part, we enjoyed ourselves.  Once we went inside to eat, the music came on and the dancing started so fun was had by all.  The wind really picked up after the sun went down and it’s still blowing this morning.  I’ve a bit of a mess to clean up both inside and out this morning but it won’t take long and I’ve check ins and outs today as well.  I suspect Dan won’t be doing much of anything considering the birthday boy did some celebrating last night ;)

September 14, 2019 - 5:21 a.m.

It was a long day in the kitchen for me yesterday but now I’ll be able to relax and enjoy most of the day sitting around a campfire with friends and hopefully serve up some good grub.  I made the topping and dressing for a pear and garlic oat crunch salad with homemade blue cheese dressing, cooked and sliced the ham so I just need to reheat it (without drying it out), I cooked and prepared the squash and I also made carrot cake and butter tarts.  Today I just need to cook the green beans and scalloped potatoes after I clean the house (which won’t take long) and set the table.  It rained all day yesterday and after Dan spoke with his Mom, he zipped into town to pick up his birthday present from his Mom and Dad.  They bought him a brand new leaf blower which is apparently the most powerful on the market.  Oh joy, oh bliss.  Lol.  He does need a good leaf blower for the property and if we were younger, would get rid of the leaves the old fashion way.  It use to take us 3 weeks to rake this property so Dan is very grateful for modern equipment.  Now if they could just make a noiseless blower.  Lol.  When I finally sat down last night, the tv kept going in and out.  Or rather the satellite due to the heavy rain.  I just ended up going to bed before 10:00 which explains why I was up at 4:30.  Gato was waiting on me so he’s had a good feed this morning. Thankfully, all the rain seems to have cleared out of the region and it’s suppose to be a mix of sun and cloud today so campfire this afternoon and evening it is.  We have a friend who’s daughter is having an outside wedding at her grandparents today so very happy to see the sun will be shining on her nuptials as I know there were major concerns.  Congratulations on your wedding day Katie, I know you’ll be a beautiful bride.

September 13, 2019 - 7:23 a.m.

Happy birthday to Dan who is currently still in bed.  He did a little celebrating prematurely last night.  Lol.  The rest of us are celebrating with him tomorrow ;)  All he wants is his favourite meal of ham and scalloped potatoes with squash so we are having a little dinner party tomorrow.  I did some cottage refreshing yesterday for our check ins this weekend and then headed to town for groceries.  Today will be spent cooking butter tarts, carrot cake, squash, ham (so I can just reheat tomorrow after it’s all nicely sliced) and whatever else I can prep so I’m not doing a lot while our guests are here.  We are hoping to get things started around 2:00 with a nice campfire but that is all going to depend on the weather.  It isn’t looking conducive to outdoor fun but providing it doesn’t rain, we’ll get a fire going as planned.  While Dan was “celebrating” with the boys yesterday, I watched the first Federal election debate last night.  I was impressed by some, one in particular, not so much.  Canada needs a strong prime minister next term and one candidate I think just won’t cut it.  Be interesting to see upcoming debates but I really want to watch the October 7th debate as it is the only English speaking event Justin Trudeau deems worthy of his time.  

September 12, 2019 - 6:48 a.m.

It was a somewhat dreary day yesterday.  Overcast but it looks like the clouds are trying to move out this morning as I can see some clear skies on the horizon and the sun is starting to peak out a bit.  I ended up cleaning the rest of my rugs with my trusty new Bissell as wel as doing some other house cleaning.  As much as I try to keep up with the dirt, living next to a beach after a very dry summer makes for lots of dust accumulation.  I’m not really starting my thorough fall clean until the house will be closed up for the winter but it’s a start.  Dan did yard maintenance and cut grass for most of the day and then he and Alf (mostly Alf) spent considerable time fixing and doing maintenance on a propane fireplace in one of the cottages.  Although the boys said they cleaned up the mess, I’m checking first thing this morning as there are people checking in a little later.  Not that I don’t trust them ;)  I’m heading into town today to run some errands.  I’m hosting a small dinner party Saturday for Dan’s birthday (which is technically tomorrow) and am making his favourite.  Ham, scalloped potatoes and all the fixings.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can start and end with a nice campfire.

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

The warm spell that encased southern Ontario yesterday reached us last night after supper.  I opened the house up and the warm temperatures will stick around for the day.  Unfortunately it’s breezy, drizzly and overcast.  That’s ok as long as I can keep the house open for another day.  Gato was up first thing this morning as it was raining on and off last night and he was ravenous.  I think he’s starting to build his winter fat now so expect to start seeing him on a regular basis.  I ordered a Bissell carpet cleaner on Sunday night off of Amazon, received it yesterday around 11:00 (our usual delivery time) and cleaned our dining room rug yesterday afternoon to try it out.  Worked like a charm and I was very impressed with it.  Today I’m finishing the rest of the rugs in the house that can’t be thrown in the washing machine.  The machine is so easy to use and light weight it’ll be great for spot cleaning.  Should have bought one years ago considering all the sand we have to deal with.  Dan did a minor repair in one of the cottages yesterday and then went into town for most of the afternoon.  I’ve a “honey do” list which I’ve put off so we could enjoy the summer but now it’s time to get back to work.  We are booked up this weekend and then things slow right down and we can get our maintenance done.  Ice fishing season will be here before we know it!

September 10, 2019 - 7:29 a.m.

The temperature was a bit nicer this morning at +8 but still...I’m afraid our summer is clearly over.  Not so for deep southern Ontario as I read they will have a heat wave for a few days with temperatures in the 30’s.  Hopefully we’ll get an Indian summer this year that will be so warm.   I had a doe turn up yesterday morning snacking on my crab apples and this morning, there was a doe and two mature fawns show up looking for something to munch on.  She lead them to the bedrock where I use to put the feed corn.  Seeing nothing there, she took them for a little tour which included stopping by the apple trees.  As much as I miss seeing the deer on a daily basis, I’m glad they aren’t around as frequently.  They’ve regained or retained their wildness which is needed due to the coyotes in the neighbour.  They brought down a poor fawn a week or so ago and it’s not a pleasant death for them.  I guess no death is pleasant but coyotes are particularly vile.  It looks like we may be in for some rain today.  It is currently completely overcast and although I didn’t turn the heat on overnight, I’m keeping the house closed up today to keep the dampness at bay.  We are starting to see colour along the shorelines and even more so further inland now that we’ve had colder nights.  The frost Sunday will surely excelerate things now.  Not ready.  So not ready!

September 9, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

Bbbrrrrrrrr, I mean bbbrrrrr, this morning.  They forecasted the temperature would dip to +1 overnight and had a frost advisory and I’ve no doubt it was accurate.  It was only +2 when I got up and the mist is so thick over the bay that you can’t see the island.  Glad I put the heat on last night!  The frost likely settled a little further inland as the water is still fairly warm though.  I did bring my hibiscus in the house yesterday as it’s the only plant I want to winter but I will likely put it back outside in the sun a little later today.  It has 8 buds I’d like to see materialize into a flower before the season is over.  Although it was sunny yesterday, it was still a tad windy and a little cooler than it has been but Lake Nipissing settled down as the day progressed.  I can’t see the main body of the lake this morning (just yet) but it sounds fairly calm today and the bay is like a window pane.  The Anderson’s are heading home this morning after a pretty good vacation.  I’m sure they wanted to get more fishing in but they seemed to have made the best of it.  It’s a work day for us today.  We have several projects we’d like to get done before the snow begins and here’s hoping that doesn’t start none to soon!

September 8, 2019 - 8:17 a.m.

It has been a somewhat blustery weekend.  We have had a mixed bag of weather, including a great little thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon but the winds have been somewhat obnoxious and continue today.  We actually did some entertaining in our shop yesterday so we could sit in the sun when it was out and move indoors when the rain came as it was intermittent throughout the day.  We actually have to start a fire in the stove in the shop as it got quite chilly due to the dampness.  The fishing has been good but only when the boat can actually leave the harbour which hasn’t been too often this week.  Hopefully things will settle down and we get much nicer weather next week.

September 6, 2019 - 7:56 a.m.

It looks like we are going to have an all day intermittent rain event.  Doesn’t bode well for the Anderson’s vacation time.  They did have an awesome day yesterday as the sun was shining for most of it but considering they are all about the fishing, it hasn’t been an ideal week.  They did catch quite a few yesterday, mostly bass but managed to bring home a nice walleye.  I’ve been puttering around and am in a “don’t feel like doing much work” state of mind.  The time of the season, I guess.  I did clean my oven and do a few more tedious household chores and yesterday I was going to discard some of my less than desirable flower pots but we still have some nice weather coming yet.  I did harvest my herbs and hung them to dry.  Can’t say I had a banner crop of anything this year just because they got hit with the wind so much but what I did get, should keep me in spices for a while.  Dan’s been keeping up with the yardwork and after all the wind earlier in the week and much to everyone’s chagrin, he got out the trusty leaf blower yesterday.  Never was a more loud and obnoxious leafblower invented.  Just like Dan, it needs to use its “inside voice”.  Lol.  I have been watching a lone goose for much of the season.  People have been pointing out that we have an injured goose but I think I finally figured out what was going on yesterday.  It’s not injured but has everything to do with the pecking order.  I believe this goose lost its mate (likely last fall during the hunting season) and was initially part of this flock.  As they mate for life, it is now looking for a new mate.  At the beginning of the season, the adult geese kept running it off as it was trying to mate with the already paired geese but now that the babies have grown and will be needing mates, they are tolerating it’s presence.  It is still shunned somewhat so when they are in the bay, it keeps its distance from the flock but it does fly with them when they take off but follows from the end of the formation.  In other words, I think at one point, it must have been one of the stronger lead birds and has now been delegated to the back of the formation.  I’m sure once it takes a new mate, likely next spring, that will change.  Amazing what patiently watching nature can teach a person.  And kudos to the goose for biding it’s time ;)

September 4, 2019 - 7:44 a.m.

Wow!!  What an awesome storm we received last night and it went on for hours.  Thankfully the thunder and lightning was low key if prolonged.  And rain.  Torrents of it.  I was still awake at 2:30 this morning and now the winds are just brutal.  Over 60 km/hr due west.  Blow day for sure.  Might even be a blow day tomorrow so not looking good for the fishing for our guests.  Not a thing we can do about it either.  I wouldn’t doubt it if the Anderson’s spend their time in town exploring today.  I actually turned the heat on in the house last night to take the chill out but ended up turning it off a few hours later as the storm brought in a warm front.  It’s currently blowing warm air so it could be much worse.  Dare I say this current air mass is thanks to Dorian?  There is debris all over the property not to mention chairs and foot baths from the cottages aren’t where they are suppose to be.  Pick up sticks will be on the agenda tomorrow for sure.

September 3, 2019 - 6:27 a.m.

Labour Day weekend has come and gone but it was an enjoyable one.  We had some rain showers, some sun, some chilly nights and some campfires.  I actually managed to get all my cottage laundry finished on Sunday and we also had a drop in cottage rented by a family which is rare.  The Anderson’s are checking in this afternoon for their annual Greening Bay vacation but I’m thinking the weather might not be the greatest for them as there is lots of wet stuff in this week’s forecast.  However, we generally don’t get the rain as forecasted.  It actually rained for a few minutes yesterday morning and there was nothing on the radar.  At all.  Weird.  I’ve been keeping my eye on the destruction of Dorian and it’s trajectory.  Such a sad situation and I see now another hurricane has developed in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.  The season is upon us and promises to be an active one.  Although the girls have opted not to take our annual November trip this year and I’m going to miss it, I’m kind of glad I don’t need to worry about future hurricanes between now and then.  Lori is coming in this morning to help me out and I’m doing a town run at some point today.  I’ve errands to run now that the holiday is over.  Perfect day for it as it’s currently overcast with showers and thunderstorms forecasted for today.

September 1, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

Wow!   Where did the summer go?  August just seemed to fly by but must say, we’ve had some beautiful weather!  Yesterday was a tad chilly with the wind but it did warm up nicely by mid afternoon.  Today is suppose to be sunny with a high of 22 so not time to put the boat away just yet.  The leaves are starting to turn, some trees faster than others but we still have time before the autumn splendour baths the forests in an array of blazing colour.  It was quite chilly last night and I think it’s time to discard some of my flowers but I’m trying my best for most of them.  I can’t believe the cedar trees this year.  They’ve exploded with nuts and most are thick and heavy with them which indicates a long harsh winter.  The squirrels and chipmunks haven’t started gathering the nuts just yet so autumn will stick around a bit longer.  The hummingbirds are still here but I believe they’ll be leaving shortly.  They don’t like the colder evenings or the fading blooms which is their main food source.  Always sad to see them go.  Grady has been missing Halo and has been stuck to Dan and I like glue.  Poor guy.  I have been keeping an eye on hurricane Dorian as they still aren’t sure where it will make landfall in the States.  The tiny islands off the coast of the main Bahama island are going to take a pounding shortly and I certainly hope they’ve been evacuated because the sheer size of Dorian may just completely decimate them.  We had better enjoy the outdoors today because there is quite a bit if rain in the forecast next week which I’m sure we’ll get.

August 30, 2019 - 7:43 a.m.

It was a very emotional day yesterday.  Sadly, Halo has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and thankfully, she went very peacefully.  This wasn’t unexpected but it was very hard none the less.  Loosing two cats in a year both from the same disease (Marble and Halo were both feral kittens we rescued and were related so it was hereditary) is tough.  Never an easy thing, for sure.  Surprisingly enough, Grady, our last (literally) remaining cat has been searching for Halo even though they didn’t get along that well.  Pretty sure he knew something was up yesterday when we returned home with an empty cat carrier.  I took an Advil PM last night to help me sleep and boy did I.  Slept a solid 8 hours it’s such a great product.  It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend with a mix of sun and cloud but the temperatures will be a little cooler and more seasonal.  Need to get out there and enjoy before the remanents of hurricane Dorian reach us sometime next week.  I looked at the radar this morning and it looks more like the Carolina’s will get hit to me vs Florida but it’s still early yet.  Hopefully it doesn’t gather strength but it is hurricane season and likely things are just getting started :(

August 28, 2019 - 6:49 a.m.

Gato finally showed up and was waiting for me patiently this morning.  He’s like a bad penny, that one.  He’s also super skinny from all his travels and was a hungry tomcat this morning.  Three bowls of food, a bowl of milk and a bowl of water later, he just watched me watching him but no way was I getting near him.  Poor guy doesn’t know what a good scratch or pet feels like.  The temperature only dipped to 17 overnight and we didn’t get near the amount of rain needed.  More like a few stray brief showers.  Although there are thunderstorms and rain in today’s forecast, I don’t think we will get anything.  One can hope.  Dan went to town yesterday to complete the bloodwork the technician messed up last week.  What a pain but accidents happen.  I started cleaning out the cupboards since it was a dreary day but then Halo, our cat, was ill.  I basically spent the rest of the day consoling her as I think her time is limited.  She’s not eating well and doesn’t have much quality of life so I believe her time is sadly drawing near the end.  I kept a good eye on her yesterday and although she ate a bit this morning, it wasn’t very much.  Not to sure what’s on our agenda today.  Lots we could be doing but it’s been a long season and we’re both wrung out.  See what the weather and state of mind brings ;)

August 27, 2019 - 6:41 a.m.

The sky had a little more red than usual during its ascent this morning.  I’m hoping that’s a good sign but the radar indicates differently.  We could use a full day of nice rain but it’s doubtful.  The massive system last night has broken up considerably so I’m thinking the cold front won’t be coming in quickly but what do I know.  I really wanted to get on the boat yesterday but Dan was busy helping Alf (or the other way around) switch boats engines or some such thing.  I was getting caught up on some office work, doing cottage laundry and did a quick house clean.  I also had an incident to deal with that took some valuable time.  A day in the life of a camp owner.  What we do today will depend largely on the weather.  I do think we’ll get a bit of rain or a shower this morning so if that’s the case, I’d like to do some purging and cleaning in the shop.  I haven’t seen Gato for a few days and truly thought he’d be waiting on me this morning but it’s the time of year for the mating season usually starts.  The ducklings are starting to spread their wings and the older ones are flying but we still have some younger ones that are not quite there yet.  The geese are all fully grown and getting more competent with their take offs, formations and landings.  Sadly not all will make it south this winter as there are hunters in the hood but such is life :(

August 26, 2019 - 5:54 a.m.

It was a perfectly gorgeous day yesterday.  The morning started out rather chilly at 8 degrees but it certainly warmed up quickly.  I started watering around 8:00 and by 9:00 had to change into a t-shirt.  Lots of people on and in the water yesterday as it was quite warm and humid.  Apparently we are getting a repeat today with the humidex reaching 29.  Lake Nipissing is quite calm so we may hop on the boat this afternoon for a bit.  The rest of the week isn’t looking so promising with thunderstorms and rain in the forecast for a few days but I’m not counting on it hitting us as all the forecasted precipitation has pretty much missed us all summer.  We could truly use some rain though.  Hopefully it will be a nice long weekend for everyone and then it’s back to the grind for us as we have some maintenance to complete on the property that we didn’t get done prior to the busy season because we ran out of time.

August 25, 2019 - 8:09 a.m.

What a great weekend we’ve had.  Friday night Dan and I went to Annie’s and had a yummy pizza and wings dinner compliments of Lulu’s.  Was a great visit.  Yesterday I attended the first Ladies night in a long time at Mary’s and it was a blast, as always.  Haven’t seen the girls in so long, all summer as a matter of fact, so good times.  And as usual, we had soooo much food.  I didn’t get home until midnight so am surprised I didn’t turn into a pumpkin.  I swear I saw Gato run into the roadside ditch on Marion (road around the corner) as I was driving home and he didn’t show up here for his daily feeding so it likely was him out hunting.  Today I’m watering flowers.  All the rain forecasted this past week and we received nothing.  It is so dry and everything is covered in dust.  Enough to be able to write “wash me please” on my car.  I feel sorry for the roadside vegetation as it all has a film of dirt covering it.  We really need rain desperately and nothing is forecasted for the next few days.  Lake Nipissing looks pretty calm this morning but I think Dan wants a down day today so boating is doubtful.  I have a few check outs today so may just get the laundry done if that’s the case.  I read a clip this morning that states summer is going to be extended a month this year.  Considering the late start to the warm season and how it started with flooding everywhere, we all deserve it!

August 23, 2019 - 6:36 a.m.

The winds have calmed down somewhat but are still blowing out of the north so Lake Nipissing is a little rough this morning but still, it’s going to be a nice day.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend all around as the sun will be shining and the warmer temperatures are due to return so bring it on!  It was rather chilly yesterday even in town and I had to wear something a little substantial like a hoody.  I love the sweat shirt weather but not just yet thank you.  It was the anniversary for my Mom’s passing yesterday so I did something for her. She’s always preferred me with short hair so I went and chopped it all off.  Dan is so lucky he noticed.  Lol.  He actually prefers it as well, so there you go.  I haven’t had it this short in years but I’m enjoying the change.  I just have a lot more silver than previously.  Silver, not grey ;)  I also completed a bunch of errands while I was in town and Walmart for some reason was completely nuts.  Where do all these people work that so many are in the store in the middle of the day?  Today I’m continuing on with my house and doing some cleaning and possibly a little more painting if I’m energetic enough, which is doubtful.  If the weather gets really nice, I’d rather be outside this afternoon.  One of our cottagers who was due to check out today decided to stay an extra day as they love it here and another called us around 9:00 wanting Dan to turn on the fireplace as it got pretty chilly once the sun set.  Not an easy chore so they had to settle for electric heat.  I find the chilly nights refreshing this time of year and the house always is warm enough due to day time heating.  The windows will be closed and the heat cranked soon enough!

August 22, 2019 - 7:49 a.m.

I had a little lie in today.  I was sound asleep by around 10:30 last night but around 11:00 a nasty wind came through and woke me up.  I had to close the windows and doors as everything that wasn’t heavy or tied down was being blown around.  It was quite intense for a while and our cottages had a campfire going which in hindsight, I should have put the hose on.  I didn’t want to get dressed and yank the hose out in the pitch dark as Big Foot could have been lurking around.  Lol.  Dan slept through the whole thing.  I did keep an eye on the fire though but as the embers got air borne, they burned out immediately as the wind was that strong.  I woke up this morning to the beach chairs strewn everywhere so I’m assuming we’ll likely have branches down around the property.  And still, not one drop of rain.  I spent the day yesterday painting our house bathroom as it needed freshening.  Now I have to do the rest of the house.  Solve one problem create another.  Good fall projects are on the horizon it seems.  Dan spent the day doing lawn maintenance.  I need to get to town today so that’s on my agenda a little later as I have things to do this morning first.  

August 21, 2019 - 6:02 a.m.

We may see some light showers today but it’s doubtful unless day time heating produces something.  There are thunderstorms further south occurring but the radar isn’t showing much in our area.  Gato was up this morning and I would really love to trap him and take him to Pet Save in Sudbury which is a no kill shelter but I really don’t think he’ll adjust.  He’s been feral his whole life and although I’ve been feeding him for 4 years, I’ve never been able to get near him let alone touch or pet him.  I just would really like to see him not have to go through another winter alone but wherever he’s been living, he’s managed to survive.  That includes the brutal winter we had last year.  Besides, he usually comes for food either late at night or early morning.  By the time I get him to Sudbury, he’d be in a terrible state.  Poor guy.  Things are slowing down around here as I suspect most summer family vacations are ending in anticipation of the kids starting school pretty soon.  I still have an opening for Labour Day weekend if anyone is interested in last minute.  I’ll bet there are fireworks in the hood that weekend which aren’t going to be well received by one of our neighbours.  We received a nasty call this past weekend from a fellow who lives on the bay giving us a royal reaming for letting off fireworks and it wasn’t even us.  I don’t like them anymore than he does as they are too frightening to wildlife but that didn’t stop our neighbour from being presumptuous, extremely rude and threatening.  Why are people so angry these days?  Geesh.

August 20, 2019 - 7:25 a.m.

Autumn is definitely in the air and it’s obvious in more ways than one.  The steam lifting off the bay this morning was quite thick and it got quite chilly last night.  The night time temperatures are going below 10 degrees this week.  No!  The leaves are starting to change already and the water fowl are starting to congregate.  Yep, we’re well on our way to the changing of the season.  We still have plenty of nice days ahead and today will be one of them with a high of 27 and nothing but sunny skies.  I actually love this time of year when the air is crisp and clean but you can still enjoy the daytime heating enough to swim.  Not too sure what’s on our agenda today.  Flowers have been looked after although some have definitely seen better days and are suffering from the cool nights.  Grass doesn’t need cutting so maybe we can have some fun on the boat today?

August 19, 2019 - 7:20 a.m.

Well dang it all!!  The entire large system in Ontario completely missed us.  If we received any rain at all, it was just a few spits and certainly not enough to water anything.  I suppose the rain will come soon enough but I was hoping for something yesterday.  The cold front just started rearing it’s head a bit ago so the sea aka Lake Nipissing is angry today my friends.  It’s a blow day today so won’t see any boats on the water.  I haven’t updated my blog for a couple of days because every time I was about to, I was either interrupted or distracted.  Dan and I had a quiet weekend so not much to report anyhow.  We had a nice visit with Annie and Craig at her little cottage on Saturday but it was an early night.  Yesterday I was going to water but held off thinking we were going to get some rain so just vegged instead and caught up on some reading.  It would have been a perfect day for the boat but neither Dan nor I felt like it.  Just wanted some quiet time to ourselves.  I made a nice pickerel dinner last night for the two of us so it was a nice relaxing day.  I’ve got checkouts this morning and check in’s tomorrow so am doing some laundry and of course watering today.  It’ll be nice and cool for it and hopefully I won’t need to water again this week.

August 16, 2019 - 7:12 a.m.

The weekend may or may not be a nice one.  Forecasted showers could put a damper on things.  Pun intended.  Today however is going to be beautiful, sunny and a high of 25.  Lake Nipissing is completely calm right now so I hope those wanting to fish get a move on as there are thunderstorms forecasted for this afternoon.  We had a lovely dinner at our neighbours Heather and John’s last night which consisted on shrimp to start followed by a marvellous perfectly cooked prime rib dinner and angel food cake with berries for dessert.  No one had dessert as we were all too full but there is some in the fridge with my name on it.  Was a very nice evening indeed.  Today is a work day for me.  I am hoping to get finished fairly early so I can enjoy some of the sunshine but we’ll see.  Dan did the grass cutting yesterday so he can have an easy day today.  Nick and Mike installed a new dock for us yesterday.  It was originally Mike’s brand new dock which was damaged in the flood this year but he bought another one then had this one refurbished so didn’t need it.  Considering we lost a couple of docks this year (over and above the new ones we installed in the late spring) it’s great to have the addition.

August 15, 2019 - 8:07 a.m.

The Barnier’s are on their way home after a wonderful visit.  Dan’s taking them to the airport right now as they need to beat the weather system heading over Lake Huron.  Hopefully they’ll have an uneventful journey.  Although it was somewhat cloudy yesterday we had a great day on the boat in the afternoon.  Just toured this end of Lake Nipissing, mostly South Bay and had a wonderful time.  There was a deer up this morning at the same time Gato showed up for a good feeding but they were startled so I went outside to see what had scared them and it was our fishermen coming out of the cottage.  They got a few good photos and once they headed down to the marina, the deer walked up and stood close to my feed container waiting on me to give her some corn.  Nice way to start the day.

August 14, 2019 - 8:01 a.m.

I’m late again this morning.  It’s like it’s a full moon or something.  Oh wait, it is ;)  Definitely explains my restlessness of the past few nights.  I finally took 1/2 a Gravol around 1:00 this morning and was out like a light until nearly 8:00 this morning.  Dan and I had a nice surprise yesterday morning.  His brother called and said he and his Mom and Dad were flying up for a quick visit.  Dan picked them up at the airport around 1:30 yesterday while I continued with my work which I got done shortly after they arrived here.  We sat outside on the cottage deck and had a nice visit and then went into North Bay for supper.  I would have cooked a nice meal but this was way better.  Lol.  They aren’t sure when they are departing as it will depend on flying conditions for the trip home but we will make the most of their short get away.  We are hoping to get them out on the boat today but see how that pans out.  It is suppose to be a mix of sun and cloud today and clearing later with a high of 23.  It looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend though as the temperature will steadily climb.  Bring it on.

August 13, 2019 - 7:08 a.m.

I had a little lie in this morning due to being up and down all night last night.  I was hoping to see some of the meteor shower but due to the brightness of the moon, wasn’t able to see squat.  It was partly cloudy as well.  Tonight is the last night it peaks so perhaps if I stand out in the middle of the property where there are no lights I’ll have a better chance.  Dan had his knee xrays yesterday so now we wait.  The technician, who really isn’t allowed to say anything, did indicate there is still space showing so I don’t think he’s rubbing bone on bone and thinking just maybe Dan has bad arthritis now.  He’s definitely of the age, poor old boy.  Lol.  I had my Pilot serviced at Northern Honda and have to say I love their service department.  They go above and beyond and the staff is wonderful.  Driving out with a nicely washed vehicle doesn’t hurt either.  Today is a work day for me.  The folks from Manitoba who had an extended stay, left for the long drive home yesterday but absolutely loved it here.  So glad they enjoyed themselves.  I’ll be doing laundry for their cottages and am definitely watering and dead heading flowers today since the showers forecasted yesterday didn’t materialize.  Now that the nights have cooled down and the days aren’t scorching hot anymore, I don’t need to tend the gardens quite as much.  The flowers on our lakeside deck have nearly bit the biscuit though due to the high winds we had for several days this past week.  My poor tomato plant produced 4 little cherry tomatoes and I don’t think I’ll get many more of them.  Most of my herbs have seen better days as well but at least I’ll have a good crop of sage this year.  Guess I need to find a better location for edibles.  The rest of the week looks fabulous and the warmer temperatures are sticking around through August according to the long term.  I had a cancellation for Labour Day weekend yesterday if anyone is interested...

August 12, 2019 - 6:23 a.m.

We had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  Neither one of us did much at all and that’s quite alright.  Today we need to go town as I’m taking my vehicle in for service so the “maintenance required” light will finally shut off.  It’s an overkill having the light come on every 8,000 km but it is what it is.  While my car is being tended to, Dan is going to the hospital for knee xrays.  If I left it up to him, he wouldn’t go so hopefully I don’t need to drag him in there by his ear ;)  I swear the man needs a keeper sometimes.  Depending on how long the car and xrays takes will decide what we do afterwards.  May go for lunch or do a little shopping.  Either way, it’s a good day for errands as it is currently overcast and we had a very brief light spittle of rain just go through. &nbs