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January 19, 2022 - 7:31 a.m.

It has been a busy week but I have to say, Dan is keeping up with things, gimp knee and all.  We both have our days but winter is what it is.  Gato finally made an appearance after six days but the funny thing is, I spotted an orange and white cat a little earlier in the evening.  It was eating birdfeed under our cedar tree which usually means they haven’t had a decent meal for awhile.  I was thinking perhaps this cat ran Gato off or seriously injured him but then he showed up a little later.  If this is yet another lady friend he’s dragged home, I’m going to let him keep this one.  The last 3 were all pregnant but they and their eventual kittens all adopted thanks to a hefty donation to the local animal no kill shelters.  Gato needs companionship as well as the warmth of another body in the winter now that he’s getting up in years.  I may need to spay her, if it is indeed a female.  He showed up Monday night but I didn’t see either of them last night and now that we’ve had this huge dumping of snow, likely won’t see them for a few days.  The snow started late last night and continued for most of it and I’m guessing we have a good 5-6” of fresh powder.  Dan said the path this morning was like floating on a cloud so should make our guests ride much more comfortable.  The temperature is just above freezing but a major cold front is coming through this afternoon which may cause problems with visibility as the winds will most certainly blow when the temperature drops to -20’s once again.  Looks like I’ll be shovelling this morning while Dan does the plowing.  Fun, fun, fun.

January 16, 2022 - 7:08 a.m.

The full moon although was on Friday night, is still full this morning and what a beauty it was when we first got up.  A brilliant orange it was but unfortunately the clouds have moved in and covered it.  The temperature is finally going to rise from a “freeze your butt off” to a “think I’ll go for a walk” day.  It never got above -30 pretty much all day yesterday but is suppose to hit -10 with some sun this afternoon.  It was just so deceptive yesterday with the sky full of sun but as soon as I opened the door, the steam just rolled into the house.  Was quite nasty cold.  I did bundle up and get outdoors for a bit but I wasn’t out for long.  Still no sign of Gato but I haven’t given up hope just yet.

January 14, 2022 - 7:28 a.m.

Frostbite within minutes.  That’s what the extreme weather conditions notice said last night for us.  Holy.  It is currently -29 in North Bay with a windchill factor of -42.  We’re marking a balmy -26.  Lol.  Dan banked huts yesterday late afternoon in anticipation of the wind coming up but it really didn’t materialize.  We did have enormous snowflakes around 1:00 this morning which came down pretty good.  It is a full moon tonight so of course, as usual, I got little sleep last night (likely the same tonight) and the cold weather will be drastic until the waning of the moon.  Going down to -29 again tonight and then a little bit warmer tomorrow night.  I doubt there will be many people fishing today in these obnoxious temperatures.  Just the diehards.  We still haven’t seen Gato since the night before the last freeze up.  I’m a little concerned he didn’t make it through the cold snap or that he’s injured.  The last time he disappeared for this long, when he finally made an appearance, he had a terrible limp which lasted several weeks.  He is pretty old for a feral cat (we’ve been feeding him for 6 years and don’t know how old he was when he showed up here only that he was full grown) and Dan and I know there will come a time when he just won’t show up for food anymore.  Fingers crossed he’s just out gallivanting.

January 13, 2022 - 8:13 a.m.

I just looked at the forecast and am not looking forward to the next two weeks.  It’s going to be cold.  Especially tonight and tomorrow night when it will most likely hit -30.  Then rest of the time we’ll be blessed with night time low’s in the minus mid twenty’s.  At least there is a little bit of sunshine here and there in the long term.  We’ve maybe 16 hours of sunlight this entire month, if that.  A little sun first thing in the mornings when we do see it appear and then it has been clouding over by 10:00 in the morning I’ve never seen anything like it.  I just might need to invest in a sun lamp if this keeps up.  I have been pumping vitamin D everyday but still, I’d like to feel the sun on my face, even if for only 20 minutes.

January 11, 2022 - 7:29 a.m.

Well we managed to get through what was most very likely the coldest night of the year.  It is currently -32 with a wind chill of -40 although when the temperatures drop that much, it doesn’t really matter.  I’m sure all the humidity has just been sucked right out of the air as well.  When it gets this cold, we spare no heat.  Everything was cranked up yesterday in the house and just before bed, I actually turned the heat up in the bedroom once more.  So glad I did.  Thankfully, the extreme cold was just for the night and although the rest of the week will be mostly in the low -20’s during the night time hours, it will be much more bearable.  Funny enough it’s suppose to be a high of -2 tomorrow.  I hope everyone stayed warm last night and there aren’t too many problems starting your vehicles this morning.

January 10, 2022 - 7:38 a.m.

Don’t spare the heat tonight folks.  After a fairly nice weekend with warmer temperatures and even some sunshine, it dropped to -20 overnight and isn’t going to get much warmer than that today.  The wind was pretty strong at times yesterday while ushering the cold weather back in but it’s suppose to drop to the -30’s tonight.  I’m hoping that it doesn’t get that cold but there are always a few bad cold spells during the winter.  I won’t be spending a lot of time outdoors today that’s for sure.  I am hoping to fish sometime this week and Wednesday looks to be the nicest day so I should probably get some chores done between now and then.

January 8, 2022 - 6:19 a.m.

Bbbbbrrrrrrr, with a capital B.  Woke up to -29 this morning and the house is so cold, there is snow on the inside of the windows.  Not frost.  Snow.  How is that even possible?  It’s suppose to be -6 with snow or flurries today which means the temperature will rise quickly but they weren’t predicting it be this cold until tomorrow night into Monday.  Looks like we’ve 3 nights of nastiness now and then the rest of the week should be nicer.  At least the fish are biting so that’s always a good thing.  At least they were yesterday, today’s another story.  I forgot to post that there was a little weasel or mink (I’m thinking mink because they change colour in the winter) under the maple trees next to our house this week.  It was so cute.  Pure white on it’s entire body except for a small black tipped tail.  It was peeking at me from behind the tree and when it saw I was getting closer, it took off running across the beach heading towards the creek.  I don’t know what it was after up around the tree.  Do they eat squirrels?  I know they can be pretty vicious.  Still, whatever it was, it was adorable.

January 7, 2022 - 5:55 a.m.

Dan and I are both a little stiff this morning.  We spent the day yesterday moving snow.  Quite a bit of it actually.  The stuff on top was fairly light but there was a substantial amount of hard pack and some ice underneath.  Would have been great for making snowmen for sure.  Sorry.  Snowpeople.  It is suppose to get extremely cold by Monday night but looks like it’s going to be a nice mild weekend around the -5 to -10 mark.  Likely see a lot of fishermen out and about.  I’m heading to town today and have a lot of running to do so I hope the roads are good for travelling.  I haven’t heard anything to the contrary and by the time I wait for it to warm up a little bit, I’m sure it will be fine.  Ugh, Walmart, here I come.

January 5, 2022 - 7:59 a.m.

Winter has finally arrived!  There was doubt that it was actually going to.  The storm warnings have been up since yesterday and looking at the radar, we are going to be receiving plenty of snowfall today and it should be starting shortly.  This is just ahead of a cold snap which is usually the case.  It looks like we are going to be cold for a while and that’ll do wonders for making some good ice on Nipissing.  Dan measured yesterday and had 10” so I imagine by the end of the week there should be a solid foot at least. I spent yesterday cleaning the double unit, organizing it, seeing what was needed and what could be thrown out.  Am finishing that job today and was hoping to head into town later but think I’ll wait and see how the roads are tomorrow.  Dan put our treeline in for our hut in case I want to go fishing.  Since they changed the slotline this year to the nice eating size, and my back isn’t giving me the grief it use to, I might take it up again.

January 3, 2022 - 7:24 a.m.

There were lots of huts popping up all over yesterday but the general consensus is the main body of the lake is a mess.  There are piles of shards everywhere and the popping and booming the night before heaved quite a few pressure cracks that are visible from shore.  The ice is a mess this year but that won’t stop the fishermen.  I think there’s plenty of safe ice now that we’ve had a cold snap for a few days and it’s going to stay below zero all week.  Just be careful where you go because some cracks have formed that aren’t in the usual spot.  Tight lines everyone.

January 2, 2022 - 5:40 a.m.

I finally gave up the ghost and got up around 5:00 after a very restless sleep.  Everything running through my mind on what needs to get done between now and Thursday as it looks like conditions will allow us to operate.  I could hear the ice popping last night and there were a few really good cracks so we definitely made some ice overnight.  We have a mixture of frigid and mild weather forecasted for the next 2 weeks so fingers crossed there will be enough ice for us to completely set up next week.  For now, we are just going to put the smaller huts on.  At least that’s the plan.  A few huts showed up yesterday in our line of sight and suspiciously close to our spot.  We won’t know how close until Dan ventures out there tomorrow.  The rumour of a vehicle going through at Deepwater Point turned out to be just that. There are a few bungalows (we think) that were put out on the other side of the pressure crack towards Lonely yesterday and quite a few went out on Callander Bay so people were fishing yesterday with mixed reports.  And so it begins...

January 1, 2022 - 7:33 a.m.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Hopefully everyone who celebrated last night isn’t feeling too poorly this morning.  Lol.  Dan and I had a quiet evening but did stay up until midnight.  Just.  I was so sad to hear of the passing of Betty White.  I think she became more famous in her twilight years just because she had such a wicked sense of humour.  RIP.  We are hearing various reports on ice conditions but know without measuring, our hut location is not yet safe.  There were two local huts pulled out just as far as Whiskey Island yesterday and that’s where they are sitting.  Several locations had pressure cracks open up yesterday in the thaw and we heard someone went through at Deepwater Point but we’re unable to get details just yet.  Keep in mind the ice thickness varies depending on circumstances and location so be sure to check with your operator.  This is a busy time of year so be patient if they don’t get back to you right away.  No news is good news.

December 30, 2021 - 8:09 a.m.

Well we had sun for about 5 minutes yesterday which I took advantage of and went for a little walk.  Today it’s overcast again with the threat of flurries and maybe, just maybe, a little more sunshine.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gloomy season as the one we’ve been experiencing the past couple of months.  Yes we get snow and a mixed bag of weather but we normally get a lot more sun then we have this year.  Many of the operators on Lake Nipissing have cancelled for opening day due to unreliable ice conditions.  Measuring is finding lots of spotty ice where it’s mostly thick enough to hold huts but then you run into 2-3”.  We are giving it another week as there is some colder weather coming in through the weekend so hopefully will firm things up nicely as there is hardly any snow on ice right now.  No beautiful black ice this year which is worrisome but hopefully we won’t need to deal with extremely mild weather for the rest of the season either.

December 28, 2021 - 6:03 a.m.

We hope everyone is having a great holiday season.  Ours has been very quiet.  We did manage to have a visit with a few friends on Boxing Day which was lovely.  There have been lots of ice reports coming out as the opening approaches but the ice is very spotty.  You can measure 6-8” for several metres and then suddenly come across 2” so if you’re venturing out, measure frequently and be extremely cautious.  Maybe enlist the help of someone and use the buddy system.  We have mild weather coming in yet again for the next few days so will have to see if it’ll help or hinder the ice making process.  We received a little more snow overnight which we were hoping would be rain or freezing rain just to remove the snow from the ice for now.  Let the cold get at it.  Moose Cree was flowing pretty good last week so that’s our bone of contention.  We never run the first week (at least not when the weather has been so mild) so we still have a good week of ice making yet.

December 25, 2021


December 24, 2021 - 8:58 a.m.

I’m a little later than usual this morning as I slept in today.  Another reless night which I think was a combination of things, mostly eating too much good holiday sugary snacks.  Lol.  At this rate, I’m going to have a list of new year’s resolutions a mile long.  I had to go to town yesterday for a few supplies which meant the dreaded Walmart.  It didn’t disappoint as it never does this time of year.  The lineups were to the back of the store but surprisingly, they moved quickly so only held me up for about 20 minutes.  When I came out of the store, there was a huge argument ensuing between a man, woman and dog.  Apparently the woman took it upon herself to tell the man, who was a stranger, that he didn’t treat his dog very well.  The screaming between them was obnoxious.  Merry Christmas people.  Lol.  It was getting pretty heated by the time I had my car loaded and wouldn’t have been surprised if the police were called.  Poor dog.  The grocery store was just as busy with every till being utilized and fairly long line ups but again, it didn’t take too terribly long.  Today I don’t think I’m going to do much.  A little light cleaning and perhaps start some food preparation but it is just Dan and I tomorrow so easy peasy.  I bought a turkey breast and two thighs which I’m going to stuff.  We’ll still have our leftovers but likely only for a day or two vs an entire week.  Lol.  To all those travelling to love ones across the country or out of town today, please have a safe trip and a most enjoyable Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.

We received quite a bit of snow since Monday.  They had a weather advisory up for overnight and it did snow pretty good throughout the evening hours but now the wind has really picked up.  It was fairly mild the past couple of days but is suppose to dip to -22 overnight so it’s going to be a nasty nippy wind all day.  I haven’t been outside just yet but the snow is whipping around and there is none left on the trees.  It was so calm last night this is the polar opposite.  Literally.  Lake Nipissing has frozen over again and is currently a blanket of white but I doubt very much there is much ice as it wasn’t cold enough before the snow came.  Hopefully we’ll make some tonight.

December 19, 2021 - 7:04 a.m.

It certainly got cold overnight but that was to be expected considering it was a full moon.  And what a bright “cold moon” it was.  I actually took a couple of pics when I got up around 6 this morning.  The whole lake was lit up.  Yesterday I ended up cleaning the house and doing laundry and then made a batch of spaghetti sauce for supper.  By the time I finished it was close to 3:00 and had started snowing so I didn’t get outside to pick up branches.  Dan could have I suppose but he had a case of the lazies.  I don’t think it’s so much that as he is in a great deal of pain.  His knee surgery should have been done two months ago instead of this coming April but don’t get me started.  Not sure what I’m doing today.  Likely will gather some of the leftover storm debris but not until it warms up.  I also have a hankering for some homemade mushroom soup so I’ll be making that for supper some time today.

December 18, 2021  8:48 a.m.

With some help from friends and neighbours, we were able to get most of the carnage cleaned up and burned or stacked yesterday.  Thank you so much to Craig (for chainsaw skills), Nick (chainsaw and cleanup), Margie, Sally and Rod who were our special elves on clean up.  It was nice to see everyone although I wish it would have been under better circumstances.  Many hands made little work and pitching in to help a friend in need is a beautiful thing.  Our hydro finally came back on yesterday just before full on dark.  I don’t think I lost anything in the fridge but I think we’d better eat a few things up right away.  I need to put my house back together and get rid of all the electric cords and fans that were helping to keep things from going sideways on us.  Our thanks to the hydro crews for working overtime on this mess because they got to us just in the nick of time as our house was really cold and would have gotten worse after sunset.  That’s the longest we’ve ever been without hydro since moving here and I don’t want to be so reliant on it anymore.  Think it’s time for some changes.  We still have the little branch clean up to do and hopefully can get at it before the snow flies later on today.

December 17, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.

Wow!  What a wild day yesterday!  The wind came through as forecasted and we were expecting it but not the carnage.  We have trees down everywhere but thankfully, as far as we’ve been able to access, no damage that we can immediately see.  Two big trees came down at opposite ends of the park but by sheer luck or divine intervention, missed the trailers.  We also had one of our biggest firs come down in front of our house on the bedrock and another was pulled by the roots in front of the cottage by the marina.  Then we have several trees where the tops broke off and made a right mess.  We are still without power since around 4:00 yesterday and they are estimating it won’t be on until 4:00 this afternoon which could change.  Another area a little further down the lake is hearing their power will be out until noon tomorrow.  We’ve had the generator on all night because we need to keep the heater cord for the double unit cottages plugged in and we also need it for the water pump.  The fridge and freezer haven’t been on so I’m hoping to plug them in for just a couple of hours this morning if possible.  I was eating peanut butter and crackers around midnight last night because my stomach was growling and I didn’t want to open the fridge.  Lol.  It’s amazing how reliant we have become on our way of life when everything is at our fingertips and extremely convenient.  The winds have settled down this morning but still gusting once in a while.  From what we are hearing in the hood, there is an enormous amount of damage from this latest gift from Mother Nature.  Lots of downed trees within a 25 mile radius and we know of two vehicles that were totalled when a huge tree fell on them.  Sigh.  It would certainly be nice to see the sun today.

December 16, 2021 - 7:18 a.m.

Everyone prepare to batten down the hatches.  We have a wind warning in place for southwesterly winds at 90 km/hr coming in sometime this morning.  Suppose to blow all day and settle down overnight once the cold front is here.  Going from +11 to -3 so yeah, it’s going to blow.  We may just lose power but I’m hoping not.  We’ve sure had a very mixed bag of weather this week.  Snow, rain, sleet, wind.  Mother Nature needs to make up her mind.  As most of the ice has melted, what is left, if any, will end up on the north shore in a pile but I really don’t think there is much of it.  Hopefully the colder temperatures coming in will refreeze everything and we can start over but we really could use some super cold for 4-5 days.

December 14, 2021 - 8:15 a.m.

Well, we’ve lost all our ice and we won’t be getting it back any time soon.  At least not in the next few days.  They issued a special weather statement for freezing rain tomorrow afternoon but it’s going up to +11 on Thursday.  Just crazy.  I have an appointment in town today so doing a quick run in and also picking up a few staples while in the Bay so I will have a better idea what’s happening at that end of the lake.  I’m guessing it’s the same and there are just fragments of ice along the shoreline.  We don’t have any bookings until January 6th which is our usual practice so we do have some grace.  Things can change overnight though but it’s been a pretty mild winter so far.  I was dreading the extremely cold one the farmer’s almanac was forecasting but I think the almanac is redundant these days because even the highly trained weather gods can’t predict the weather anymore.

December 13, 2021 - 8:17 a.m.

Well the ice on Lake Nipissing is pretty much all gone now.  At least in our area.  Greening Bay is completely open with only a swath of broken ice along the shoreline and the water goes from the edge of that to as far as the eye can see.  At least we know it’s at temperature for freezing so won’t take much to refreeze but the temperatures in the long term don’t look all that promising.  We’ll have to play the wait and see game.  It’s going to +5 and sunny today with mild weather for most of the week.  There had been a grouse coming up to get birdfeed lately as there usually is every year.  Once they find the feeder, they return daily.  And as with every year, something eventually kills it.  Whether they get startled and fly into a window or something actually kills it, I never see them last around the feeders for a great length of time.  Well this poor little one met it’s demise yesterday sometime.  I didn’t see it until much later in the day and by that time, the head was missing and the feathers had started to be plucked so something had been at it.  Likely the ravens.  I didn’t discard it though and sure enough, this morning it was gone.  Hopefully the fox had a nice little meal last night.  Nothing goes to waste in nature.

December 12, 2021 - 7:26 a.m.

Unfortunately, the ice on Nip couldn’t withstand the mild weather we received yesterday.  Compiled with the wind and the rain, what little ice we had didn’t stand a chance.  There is actually white caps on the lake this morning.  The wind was terrible last night but just for a short time as the blunt of it came in swiftly and with great force before dying down to a dull roar.  The power did flick off once and I thought we were going to lose it completely as the wind force was so strong but as I mentioned, it didn’t howl for a long duration.  It was an awful day though so glad it’s behind us.  It’s still windy this morning but not terribly bad, just enough to keep Nipissing stirred up and the temperature is still hovering just below zero.  The new fishing regulations came out and they’ve changed pretty much everything but the biggie is the walleye slot.  You can now keep two (sport) walleye between 40 and 45 cm.  Nothing under or above.  I just may fish this year as those are the good eating size.  I haven’t been fishing much at all since there was no point.  I don’t like eating the big ones so why bother?  

December 11, 2021 - 7:48 a.m.

What an absolute miserable day.  It’s not even worth getting out of bed for.  Seriously!  I contemplated it but have some things I’d like to get done so here I am.  It’s doomy and gloomy and we’ve already received some snow and freezing rain but it looks like we dodged a major bullet.  They have already warned about possible flooding as copious amounts or rain and frozen ground don’t mix but I think the bulk of the rain is going to miss us.  It seems the rain forecasted by the weather gurus is tracking south east of us.  Perfect.  I don’t yet know how this is going to effect the ice on Lake Nipissing but she’s already turned somewhat opaque and the tributaries may open things up.  It’s suppose to hit +9 today and pretty much the rest of the week is going to be very mild with lots of above zero temperatures.  I likely won’t see much of Dan today as he had some fun last night but that’s okay.  As I said...perfect day to stay in bed.

December 10, 2021 - 7:07 a.m.

Ugh!  Just looked at the weather forecast and they’ve issued a special advisory.  Apparently we are in for some heavy rain tomorrow after the temperature rises to at least +9.  We received quite a bit of snowfall overnight so this isn’t going to be pretty.  It’s going to stay fairly mild for the long term but hopefully the rain will melt all the snow currently sitting on the lake and let Nip freeze up nice and smoothly.  Geez, yesterday there were pressure cracks forming and tomorrow, she could very well open up as there hasn’t been enough time to thicken up.  Still early days yet though.  I did a short town run yesterday just into L’Ami’s for feed and Callander for a few errands.  I thought the sun was going to be out and it really tried but it wasn’t strong enough to break through the clouds. I’ve a few things on my agenda today but I’d really like to do some shovelling and get the decks cleaned off today so they don’t become a hazard when the rain comes.  The fresh air and exercise would do me a world of good also.  My little walks aren’t cutting it these days.  Lol.

December 9, 2021 - 7:54 a.m.

Brrrr, she is a chilly one this morning.  I knew before I got out of bed this morning it was around -20 just because of the condensation on the windows.  It was actually -18 when I got up and it looks like Lake Nipissing has her first ice.  I can’t see any open water all the way to the Manitou’s so that’s a very good sign.  There was a fox out on the ice this morning coming in to shore from God knows where.  It wasn’t as small as the one I saw the other night but I could be wrong.  Likely the same one I heard last January calling her mate.  Glad to know they are still around and will be looking after the mole population this winter.  We’ve received a bit of snow the past couple of days so it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Milder temperatures for the rest of the week but today looks like it just might be a sunny day.

December 7, 2021 - 6:57 a.m.

Boy was the wind howling last night.  We knew that was going to happen because it went from above zero to the current -12 as the cold front came in.  We’ve a couple of cold nights before  yet another warm front comes through.  I kept checking on Gato last night because I didn’t want him out in the nastiness for any longer than necessary and at one point, there was a kit under the cedar tree eating the birdseed.  It looked to be about 8-10 weeks old, well fed but I didn’t see a mom Fox anywhere so am a little concerned.  I don’t know enough about foxes so will have to look it up today to see when the babies leave the den.  Could be Mom was around, I just didn’t see her in the dark.  Gato did eventually show up around 11:00 but with dogs in the vicinity, that’s likely why he was so late.  Our neighbour’s dog scared him off on Friday.  Poor guy.  Lol.

December 4, 2021 - 8:34 a.m.

We received a little bit of snow overnight but the big storm isn’t due until tomorrow into Monday.  Calling for mega snow accumulation and then mild front to follow with freezing rain or rain.  Going to be a sloppy mess if things materialize.  I’m so glad I did my errands in town yesterday.  I had to renew my health card and driver’s license as they both were expired.  Only to find out I also didn’t renew my plates last year so the government collected nearly $300 from me yesterday.  At least my plates are good through 2023.  I’m not sure what’s on the agenda today.  I didn’t sleep well again last night, or should I say, as normal, so I’m pretty groggy today but we’ll see.  I may perk up.  Dan is still hobbling around.  He heard something crunch in his old knee and it’s been paining him ever since.  It crunched again and isn’t as bad as it was but I wish he could get the knee replaced tomorrow instead of April. Poor guy.

December 2, 2021 - 7:28 a.m.

Wow, they actually got the forecast right for once.  We did get a warm front through and it’s currently +3 and raining.  It is suppose to get a tad warmer as the day progresses but then the north winds are due in which will cool things down considerably.  Hopefully it will hit the -15 forecast tonight and refreeze everything the rain is currently melting.  Kate and company didn’t have much luck scouting property yesterday as they couldn’t find anything but they did drive around and get a feel for the “lay of the land” so to speak.  They were planning on giving it another shot today but with the rain, not so sure.  Any property they’d like to walk would be extremely muddy I would think and the weather isn’t conducive to a good trek.  It’s definitely a miserable day.  Or a good “stay in bed and read” day.

December 1, 2021 - 6:30 a.m.

It is December already and still nothing is making sense.  This whole year hasn’t made sense.  Too many questions with too few answers I guess.  Kate Cabral arrived yesterday with her nephew and family as he is up scouting property.  He’s looking for some acreage where he can maybe put a trailer for now and build at a later date.  I guess it remains to be seen if this will pan out to be a good decision or not.  We have a small reprieve in the weather today as a warm front is coming in so the temperature will be around or slightly above zero today and tonight and into tomorrow.  I suspect it’ll get windy late tomorrow afternoon as the temperature is suppose to dip to minus double digits.  It certainly was windy last night and although it is now fairly calm on shore, you can hear the wind out in the main body of Lake Nipissing.  The sun isn’t up yet but I’m guessing any ice we have made has all been pushed to shore.  Gato was outside the door when I got up this morning.  He took off after eating last night when the wind came up because I think it was either raining or snowing as our windows were all wet.  Not sure how long he’s been out there but he’s having another bite before heading off to parts unknown.

November 29, 2021 - 8:12 a.m.

We finally have some ice.  Not a lot of it but ice none the less.  Greening Bay is trying to freeze but just not quite there yet.  Some open spots and I’m hearing of ice forming in several places on Lake Nipissing but she has a way to go yet.  Moose Creek is completely frozen so that’s a good sign.  It’s still early yet.  We have some colder temperatures coming a little later in the week so we’ll see.  We had a pretty good weekend with a few sunny days but we have also seen some snow.  Abe came for a visit on his way through from Saskatoon to Ottawa so was nice to see him considering it’s been a few years.  He is heading out this morning.  I didn’t see the boys at all yesterday as they hung out in the shop so I had a quiet day to myself.  I did go for a short walk but other than that, I just watched a couple of predictable Christmas movies.  Hallmark must be making some money on those movies because they keep making them.  It would be nice to see a different story line though. Lol.

November 26, 2021 - 7:57 a.m.

Dan and I ended up going to town yesterday as the weather was going to deteriorate come today.  I was nearly completely out of fresh veg and fruit so it was time.  I think Dan was shocked by the price of groceries these days as it’s been a while since he’s shopped so it was a rude awakening.  I guess it pays to shop only when the sales are on but I’m not in town very often.  To prove that point, my 4 year lease is nearly up on my Honda Pilot and I’ve less than 32,000 km on it so I think we are just going to pay the buyout.  The way things are going, we don’t know what the future will bring and I’ve seen what covid has done to the price and availability of boats so could be vehicles won’t be far behind.  Especially with all the shipping delays.  It was a very miserable rainy day yesterday but today is worse,  it’s cold, windy and snowy.  It’s winter.  Lol.

November 25, 2021 - 8:44 a.m.

You know you’re getting old when your bones start to predict the weather.  Dan and I both were so flared up yesterday we could hardly walk.  Sure enough, the forecast looks nasty for the next few days and the rain started last night.  If the shoreline is any indication, it looks like we received quite a bit of it.  The water is so low due to the dam being open, we gained a substantial amount of sand but this morning, it’s all covered in puddles.  The rain is suppose to turn to snow a little later today and we may be in for a good amount of it.  I’m still a hurting unit this morning with some residual swelling in my right elbow and wrist which is pretty painful and I’ve not experienced for ages.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve had an arthritis flare up this bad.   Dan was roaming around the halls last night as he couldn’t settle so he’s still in bed.  Good day for it.  If I was smart, I’d hide under the covers with a good book today.

November 22, 2021 - 8:12 a.m.

Winter is back.  It actually came through last night with a vengeance.  The wind was howling so bad it woke both Dan and I up so we both had a rough night.  I just heard the Air Canada plane go overhead towards the airport.  That’s going to be a rough landing.  Trust me, I’ve done it and the pilot had to circle the airport several times before landing which he did kind of sideways.  Lol.  Lots of white caps on Lake Nipissing this morning so we won’t be making ice but likely wouldn’t regardless as it’s only -6 in North Bay, -3 here.  We could certainly use some -20 temperatures but maybe in another couple of weeks.

November 20, 2021 - 8:02 a.m.

The wind finally died down after dark but it was definitely a blow day yesterday.  We even had 4 trumpeter swans show up in the morning seeking shelter from the wind.  They stuck around all day but were gone when I got up this morning.  There was no way Lake Nipissing could have even attempted to freeze with that wind yesterday but we do have some ice on the puddles along the shoreline so that's a promising sign. Unfortunately they’ve changed the forecast yet again and are prediciting the coldest it will get next week is -9.  That doesn’t mean much as I have little faith in the weather gurus.  They don’t seem able to forecast with much accuracy these days.  The Britt weather station being down doesn’t help as we rely on it to do our own forecasting which is a requirement when operating a business that relies heavily on the weather.  It’s another drab, dreary and gray day today so not quite sure what we’re up to.  I’m certainly not in the mood for much of anything.  Lol.

November 19, 2021 - 7:57 a.m.

Bbbrrrrr.  The only thing this day has going for it is the sun is shining.  The cold front is well on its way and the wind is blowing very cool air across the region.  It’s just nasty.  It’s not suppose to get much above freezing today and the long term actually has so minus double digits.  There are few ice crusties along the shoreline this morning which is the first I’ve really seen this season.  I’ve had a hard time getting motivated this week and likely because I’m not sleeping well.  Again.  Hate when this happens but am contributing it to the full moon and lunar eclipse wreaking havoc on me as full moons usually do.  I was tossing and turning and up and down so much last night.  I actually woke up on the opposite end of the bed.  Lol.  Vivid dreams too!  I have managed to get some work done though not much.  I feel guilty when I’m not going anything but usually when I take on a project, it’s a big one.

November 17, 2021 - 7:21 a.m.

We woke up to a light dusting of the white stuff all over everything.  Thankfully, the precipitation looks like it’s turning from freezing rain to snow just before it reaches us.  Hard to be positive because Britt is still down but that’s what I’m seeing.  We may get some rain just yet if the temperature warms up but I’m liking the added look of the snow.  November is my least favourite month of the year as I always find it so drab and dreary so the pop of white is a nice change.  I didn’t do much yesterday as I was distracted by Dan.  He decided to clean and rearrange the shop yesterday so I was in charge of cleaning a few dishes.  Namely the 2 electric fry pans that were pretty disgusting, the blender, the juice jugs and a few other things.  By the time I was done, I was no longer in the mood to clean anymore so I decided to cook a really nice meal.  I ended up cooking filet mignon with a red wine reduction and mushrooms, Gordon Ramsay’s Parmesan mashed potatoes, squash and a nice salad with pomegranate dressing.  Took me a while to make but it was delicious.  Not sure about supper tonight but it will be less time consuming, I’m sure.

November 16, 2021 - 8:39 a.m.

Looks like we’re in for some winter tonight.  They’ve issued a special statement calling for freezing rain overnight then changing to rain tomorrow morning.  Hopefully it won’t be so bad that we lose power.  It’s been chilly the past few days with a north wind and yesterday there was actually a little bit of white stuff along the shoreline.  Not much but enough to tell me Lake Nipissing water is getting close to the freezing mark.  Need some really cold temperatures for about a week though.  I had a good two hour phone call with my sister yesterday.  I haven’t seen her in quite some time so it was great to catch up.  I was also on the phone with the government for quite awhile trying to straighten out a misunderstanding which has now been resolved.  Needless to say, I wasn’t outside a whole lot.  I did go for a short walk so guess that’s something.  The blackbirds have finally disappeared so all we’ve left are the blue jays, chick-a-dees and doves.  They will all be here for the winter and thankfully most of the ducks have headed elsewhere as they tend to eat all the birdfeed.  Still lots of squirrels and a few chipmunks but I suspect after the first really good snowfall, the chippies will finally hibernate.

November 13, 2021 - 8:05 a.m.

The day didn’t turn out too badly yesterday.  The rain cleared out in the morning and it was quite warm and sunny in the afternoon but then the rain came back after supper and it’s cooled everything down again.  It actually feels like we could get some snow today.  It’s +3 up by the house and it’s suppose to cool down a bit more as the week progresses but to be honest, I don’t think the forecasters have a clue what to think these days.  They use to be able to predict long term weather fairly accurately in the past but now it seems the forecasts are changing daily.  I cleaned house yesterday morning and made a big batch of chilli so today, I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with myself.  There are a few things on my agenda but won’t take long.  The trumpeters have been here most mornings for the past week but they don’t stick around and I’m thinking they are coming here after dark to spend the night sleeping although I don’t know that to be fact.  They sure are wonderful to watch and although very slow, so majestic to see in flight.

November 12, 2021 - 7:33 a.m.

It looks like colder nastier weather is going to arrive later tonight but we’ve had a good few days until now.  Beautiful days actually.  We did receive some rain overnight but it looks like the clouds may disappear for a bit today as I can see some sun starting to peak through in places.  Dan hauled out all the ice fishing equipment yesterday and started to clean it.  I did a town run yesterday and caught part of the Remembrance Day ceremony in Callander which was nice.  It’s so sad that a lot of youngsters don’t have a clue what the holiday is for but I suppose that is to be expected considering our society has been living so well and so fat for so many decades.  I for one am eternally grateful to our soldiers and veterans who have fought for our country and kept us safe for all these years.  Lest we forget.

November 10, 2021 - 7:46 a.m.

It dipped below freezing last night but we’ve had a few lovely sunny days that were outstanding.  Monday we actually hit 17 degrees so most of the day was spent outside enjoying our good fortune.  Yesterday wasn’t quite as warm as we had a slight north wind bring in cooler temperatures but I still decided to spray down the house one last time before turning off the water outside.  Unfortunately it wasn’t warm enough to evaporate quickly so I’ve now got water spots on some of my windows.  Guess I’ll be cleaning them today as the sun is again shining but it is only going to around 8 with freezing temps overnight again tonight.  We haven’t seen Gato for a couple of nights which isn’t unusual but both Dan and I have a bad feeling about it this time around.  Hopefully the little bugger will show up tonight.

November 8, 2021 - 6:38 a.m.

Wow!  The mild weather we’ve been experiencing this year is incredible.  Just when we think winter has started to settle in, we get another round of warmer than usual weather.  It actually reached 12 degrees yesterday and is suppose to be even warmer today.  They issued a fog advisory here and it is foggy this morning but that will all burn off once the sun is up proper.  Dan and I were talking last night and the last time it was this mild this time of year was 2006.  I guess we are due.  The chipmunks haven’t even hibernated yet.  I usually never see them past the middle of October at the latest.  The red squirrels have been chasing everything away from the birdfood and peanuts I put out every day.  Aggressive little creatures.  As there were no cedar nuts again this year, their food stocks likely aren’t what they should be.  I still don’t understand why no cedar nuts two years in a row, it’s very strange.  I’m wondering if this signifies yet another really mild winter because it certainly wasn’t very harsh last year.  Just might be a year when the farmer’s almanac is wrong as they are predicting an extremely cold winter.

November 6, 2021 - 6:37 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and we seem to have a reprieve from winter which will stick around for another week.  Temperature is +6 this morning, rising to 10 and hopefully more sun than not today.  I sat outside for a bit after a walk yesterday just to feel the glorious heat on my face.  It’s going to be mild all week with some showers here and there.  I didn’t do much yesterday.  Make some nuts ‘n bolts and some more candied pecans.  Today I decided to make some chicken and sliders as Dan has been craving it.  Going to have a few friends for supper so hopefully it’s nice enough to sit outside for a bit this afternoon.  I’m loving the downtime this year as I’ve been meditating regularly and really enjoying it.  Little things that I never seemed to make the time for pre covid, I’m taking the time for now.  When I painted the house last winter, I put my crystals away and still am missing my big amethyst and jade crystal.  I’m starting another “purge” next week so hopefully it’ll turn up.  I’ve had it for years and don’t have a clue where there is a crystal shop in town to replace it.  Might be worth something to look into.  We haven’t heard much gun fire this week which isn’t surprising as most of the deer are gone from the neighbourhood now.  Sad but sure makes it a treat when we do see the occasional one.

November 5, 2021 - 7:40 a.m.

Not quite as chilly this morning and actually above zero this morning at the house.  Just. Its registering -3 back at the shop though. We had a few very light flurries yesterday both in the afternoon and evening but no accumulation just yet.  Calling for sunny skies (as they were yesterday) so don’t know if that will be a fact considering it was mostly overcast yesterday.  I did a major town run yesterday and it seemed to be pretty busy everywhere I went.  I did notice the shortages are starting to show.  Quite a few things I was unable to get and there hasn’t been much dry cat food at Walmart the last few times I’ve gone. I imagine that isn’t going to change anytime soon as it’s likely all sitting on a ship somewhere.  And this, folks, is why it’s always good to buy from your own country.  I still have enough for a few weeks but may need to start purchasing from a pet store the next time which isn’t necessary a bad thing, just more expensive.  Butter was another huge shortage I noticed at my usual grocery store so I bought a bit extra and put it in the freezer.  One thing I really wanted was a flashlight.  I have no idea where all ours went but I bought a 6 pack of the small pocket sized flashlights and another larger one.  With the number of outages we usually have here during any given winter, they are a must.  Just trying to get ahead of the game and be prepared for anything.  

November 4, 2021 - 7:33 a.m.

Another extremely brisk morning this morning.  It dipped to -5 but still no ice crusties along our shoreline and likely won’t happen for some time yet as it’s going to be sunny and warmer for the next week.  It certainly feels like snow this morning though and there is a very heavy frost covering but I don’t think snow will materialize.  It was certainly chilly yesterday when Marg and I went for our walk.  We actually needed gloves.  The winter coat (clothes) drive is today and I was going to contribute but when I checked our closet, I had forgotten I already purged everything last year.  I don’t know where my mind goes half the time these days.  I don’t even have any extra mitts or scarves I can contribute.  I spent some time yesterday on Grady, our cat.  He needed a good trim again and as much as he hates the clippers in action, he loves the end result.  He has so much hair it makes cleaning himself difficult so he’s a happy camper now except he’s spending a lot of his time laying in his little bed in front of the fireplace now.  At least until he’s climatized to losing the extra layer of warmth.

November 3, 2021 - 7:53 a.m.

We received our first snow of the season last night.  If you can call it that.  It came down pretty good last night around 11:00 but not for long.  There is still a little white stuff on some roofs and ground but not much of it.  Very little actually but the temperature is at -3 here, -5 in the Bay so I’m thinking it’s definitely the start of winter.  More flurries in the forecast this week so we’ll see.  I’m certainly not ready to get the snow shovels out just yet.  Dan spent the day yesterday cutting grass and leaf blowing and I’m thinking either that’ll be it for the season or he’ll have one more day of it.  He does like everything neat and clean but a few leaves here and there won’t hurt anything.  I am completely caught up on everything as I worked in the office yesterday on our annual road committee statements and the last of the trailerpark statements so now I have some time for a honey do list before ice fishing starts.  The trumpeter swans were back when I got up this morning and are currently sitting in front of Margie’s house.  Such beautiful magnificent birds.  Truly.  They have been drawing down so much water out of Lake Nipissing that we have little islands and sandbars everywhere that weren’t there just a few days ago.  They must have the dam wide open.  It’s good for the water fowl as they have a place to sleep at night but the levels are dropping quickly.  Maybe too quickly.

November 2, 2021 - 7:51 a.m.

I do believe it went below zero last night.  It was +1 at the house when I woke up and -1 at the shop when Dan went back for his morning coffee.  There was also a heavy frost, so yeah, it was chilly last night.  Gato came up and stuck around napping on his blanket for quite some time.  He still won’t let us too close to him after all these years but must feel comfortable enough to sleep on our deck.  Poor little guy.  The deer hunt is well under way and I was thinking this morning how years ago, the hunters use to descend on the neighbourhood because there were always large numbers of deer in the fields along Birchgrove.  Not so anymore.  Now we rarely see a deer.  Since I quit feeding them after Red died a few years back, I only occasionally ever see a doe and haven’t seen a buck since the one was poached on our property and I called the MNR.  That was at least 3 years ago.  So sad.  It use to be common place to see deer everywhere. There has been home construction in the hood over the past few years, coyotes and of course hunters, both legal and illegal so I’m sure it’s a combination that has drove what deer remain, on to different terrain.  Hopefully I won’t hear too many guns going off this week since I’ll be home instead of in Mexico as I usually am.

November 1, 2021 - 7:37 a.m.

Bbbbbrrrrrrrr, she’s a chilly one this morning.  That wind came up at 10:30 last night straight out of the north and was it howling.  The whole house was shaking.  It did settle down somewhat after a couple of hours but it’s still windy this morning and looks like it will be for the day.  Or at least until the cold front is fully here.  It was a nice day yesterday but with the wind and colder temperatures, I don’t even think the sun will make it nice outside today.  It’s currently registering 2 degrees here but I think it reached the freezing mark in North Bay and they are calling for below freezing every night this week in the Bay.  Lake Nipissing is still keeping us from going below zero but it’s coming.  At least we didn’t get the flurries they were forecasting last night  just a few light showers so that’s something positive.

October 31, 2021 - 7:48 a.m.

Happy Hallowe’en to all the goblins and witches out there.  Hopefully the little ones will enjoy their day and get lots of tricks and treats.  We have conflicting weather reports here for the moment.  It may change after the 8:00 morning update but it looks like it’s going to be an overcast day with possible showers.  The temperature is suppose to drop to zero overnight as well.  It was a rather nice day yesterday and we took advantage of the sunshine before the clouds moved in.  Marg and I went for a walk and had a visit so that was the highlight of my day.  Dan finished his last big job of the season (that was on my honey-do list) while included me climbing the ladder to get needed material out of the attic of our shop.  The old girl still has it  lol.  The only thing left to do before the snow really flies is to clean out the eavestrough on the house.  Another day or two should do it.  We are still waiting on the leaves to finish falling off the huge maple by our deck because that’s where the clutter is coming from.  Things are pretty calm this morning and the clouds rather ominous but it doesn’t feel like snow just yet.  I was speaking to a friend in Calgary yesterday and they received snow overnight Friday.  Enough for it to stick to the ground so it is coming. We certainly have been blessed here this autumn with such mild temperatures I suppose we’re due for a change.

October 29, 2021 - 8:38 a.m.

We’ve had a few beautiful days of sunshine and very mild temperatures, especially for the end of October.  It hit +14 yesterday and It was a gorgeous autumn day.  Today is also suppose to be sunny with a high of 11 but after that, the long term is very sketchy with flurries forecasted for next week as the temperature plummets.  A lovely pair of trumpeter swans were in the bay yesterday but they didn’t stick around long.  Neither were tagged so aren’t part of the original program up here that’s goal was to introduce 8 pairs back into the area hoping to increase the swan population that was very endangered.  This pair must be offsprings and will hopefully have a good long life together since they mate for life.  Someone shot a trumpeter in the Huntsville area a few weeks ago.  I haven’t heard an update whether the culprit has been caught but I certainly hope so.  And I hope punished severely. 

October 27, 2021 - 5:51 a.m.

As usual and as anticipated, my trip to Sudbury yesterday was plagued with rain.  Lol.  It could have been much worse but I did run into intermittent rain, more like light showers in both directions.  It was a misty day all the way around.  That said, my tests were excellent and I was given a clean bill of health.  The stents I have are working and the blockage is gone so as long as I look after myself, I’ll be around for a while yet.  I ended up going to Costco and just took my time walking around.  They were missing a few things, namely Hallowe’en and Christmas stuff but I suspected that considering the hold up with all the ships in the States but I was able to get pretty much what I needed.  The store was busy as usual but thankfully I missed most of the lunch crowd.  I was home by shortly after 3:00 but it was a long day for me.  Sitting for prolonged periods of time has always bothered me plus I had been up since 4:00 in the morning.  I think I was sound asleep by 10:30 last night.  It is suppose to be sunny for the next few days so hoping I can get a few decent walks in.  I do need to zip to town today as I need a prescription filled and have to buy some printer ink since 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐜𝐨 didn’t have what I need.  I’ll head there after I get all of yesterday’s purchases put away.  Or not.  Lol.  It’s pretty mild this morning and Gato spent the night on the blanket outside our door.  He doesn’t do that very often but considering it was 8 degrees when I got up, he likely was comfortable enough to sleep right where he was after he ate the food I put out for him last night.

October 25, 2021 - 6:28 a.m.

We had a quiet weekend mainly because the weather forced us indoors.  It didn’t rain all weekend but we did have intermittent showers.  Hopefully we get some decent sunshine this week.  I cleaned my car but didn’t get it completely finished so am hoping to get it done today.  I’m off to Sudbury tomorrow and need to leave by about 7:00 in the morning.  Nearly every time I have an appointment and have to make the two hour trek, it rains or snows and tomorrow may be no exception.  At least it’s early enough I have time to do a little shopping and still get home way before dark as I prefer to drive when it’s light out.  I’ve got window cleaning on my agenda this week if it gets nice enough.  One last time before the winter properly sets in.  It is suppose to be rather mild a little later in the week and temperatures are suppose to stay above zero but we may be in for some flurries overnight.  Not yet please.<