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May 7, 2021 - 7:10 a.m.

I would still be asleep if it wasn’t for Grady whispering in my ear this morning.  Okay, it was more of a “feed me mommy” meow but still.  I was wound up last night so had a hard time getting to sleep.  Dan and I were out on the deck last night around 10:45 and Starlink 24 went right over our house.  It was so cool to see and I counted 40 satellites in the formation but could have been more that we missed.  Elon Musk may be cluttering the skies with yet more space junk but it was just awesome to watch I must say.  So of course me being me, I had to delve into a little research on the bright lights whizzing through our atmosphere.  I did not know there is an actual site that tells you when you can see them and where.  I actually contacted the site owner (as requested) so he could log the sighting.  I’m sure there will be talk about it on the local news Facebook pages because it was pretty hard to miss if you happened to be looking up while outside.  Pretty awesome.  I guess we lucked out because the sky was partly cloudy but had cleared right under their trajectory.  It’s overcast again this morning but we might see a little sun today.  We did see a cloud break here and there yesterday but we also had some showers.  It looks like the long term might be a little more pleasant with warmer temperatures and some sun next week but these nighttime lows need to warm up considerably.  Still producing too much frost.

May 6, 2021 - 6:11 a.m.

We had a very heavy frost last night likely due to the humidity level and it’s quite chilly this morning but at least we are going to see some sun today.  It’s been drab and dreary for most of the week although things cleared up enough to give us some sunshine last night.  It was a beautiful sunset for sure.  We could certainly use some heat now.  There are perennials growing but I don’t think they’ve liked the cooler temperatures.  Apparently the warmer stuff is on the way for next week.  Since I wasn’t in the mood to cook last night and it being hump day and all, Dan and I decided to try out Dino’s chip wagon last night.  It was delicious but an enormous amount of food.  A small poutine is enough for 2 people.  I had the fish and frings and there was more leftover than I ate but it was delicious.  I think they’ll do well at their new location (they are at the South Shore Centre aka the old Young’s Variety) as we weren’t the only customers and it’s still early in the season.  It was just nice to do something relatively “normal” for a change.  And I didn’t have to cook :)

May 4, 2021 - 7:26 a.m.

Dan went to physio yesterday and passed with flying colours.  He only has one more session and then he graduates from post op patient to “now I just need to keep up with my exercises” man.  He has been just using his cane when he can but was told that’s a no no just yet and to use his walker because otherwise, he isn’t walking properly.  Dan has always been a very impatient man but this, he can’t rush and he needs to listen to the professionals.  He may feel like superman but the last thing he needs is a set back.  It would be much nicer for him if the weather would cooperate.  It’s been what seems like days of grey dreary skies even though we did see some sun yesterday.  The sun just hasn’t stuck around long enough to dry up the dampness.  Seems now that the clouds are back we won’t see much sun again until later in the week.

May 2, 2021 - 5:58 a.m.

I went outside this morning to look at the glorious red sky.  Lol.  Too funny.  The seagulls were downright frisky today.  There were no less than 3 couples doing the nasty and making a heck of a racket.  I guess it’s that time of year.  It always amazes me that you never see baby seagulls.  In my whole life, I’ve never seen a baby seagull.  Always spotted brown colour to indicate they are babies but they are always full grown by the time I see them and always already flying.  There are conflicting weather reports for the upcoming week but both have a lot of rain in them.  We may see some sun today but I think rain will also make an appearance considering the redness of the sky.  I haven’t seen any eagles since the storm that went through Friday.  Haven’t seen much of anything other than Gato and the local squirrels.  Considering I’ve been watching lots of bird species making nests for the past few weeks, I hope they all remained intact.  Most of the robins build in secure well hidden places so hopefully they are okay.  It always saddens me when I find those beautiful turquoise eggs on the ground.

May 1, 2021 - 7:58 a.m.

Wow!  What a storm we had yesterday.  The wind was just relentless and bordering on dangerous.  The snow was horizontal but there isn’t any accumulation this morning on the property and it’s calm and sunny today.  The only damage we had, thankfully, was some soffit came off of the roof of a cottage but we didn’t have any trees down.  We did lose power for a few hours but we were out in the shop with the generator going until it came back on.  At one point, I saw a couple of small birds get blown into our house and bounce off the windows and although dazed, they survived.  There certainly weren’t many critters out and about, that’s for sure.  There is a chunk of ice on our back deck and I have no idea where it came from.  I would call what we had yesterday a freak storm.  It was forecasted but I don’t think anyone expected it to be that severe.  The power was out to 984 customers and we did hear there was a big tree down on Wasi Road (highway 654) so imagine that was the culprit.

April 30, 2021 - 6:24 a.m.

It’s not looking good out there this morning at all.  Windy, overcast, rainy and with snow in the forecast overnight and a big drop in temperature.  All the trees popped yesterday and we have a fine green tinge happening but now the snow is going to stunt that, I’m sure.  Or at least delay the growth for a bit.  I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind.  Winter is over so settle down now.  I spent the day on books yesterday and did some piddling around.  I should probably finish my books today but don’t know if I’m in the right frame of mind.  I’ve never been late submitting to the govt but since they owe us this time around, I’m sure they’re not bothered.  I’m more in the mood for a margarita today.  Lol.  It’s early yet so that could definitely change.  I watched a video last night that you won’t find on CBC because of, you know, censorship.  Rocco Galati, a human rights and constitutional lawyer has been retained to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of 19 Ontario police officers against the government.  The police do not feel it is their duty to enforce the covid restrictions and do not want any part of it.  They feel it’s against our human rights and their oath to protect and serve.  Police from BC are already wanting Mr. Galati to do the same in their province.  I think the number of officers will just continue to increase as time goes on and once word gets out.  This case could very well set precedence for things to come.  The video I watched was very interesting and very educational as several topics were discussed in regards to the constitution and our charter of rights.  I’m not getting political, I’m just putting the word out in case anyone wants to watch the interview which you can likely find if you google his name.  

April 28, 2021 - 7:09 a.m.

Dan passed his examination at the hospital by his surgeon with flying colours yesterday.  He had 53 staples removed and has felt a little relief since but he is still not sleeping well just yet.  The doctor told him it’s “restless leg syndrome” which everyone experiences after knee surgery.  It is only a problem when Dan tries to sleep but the doctor refused to give him a prescription for sleeping pills and said “no sleeping aids”, not even Gravol.  Apparently the restless legs can last 4-6 weeks so Dan won’t be getting much sleep.  He’s up and down pretty much every night as walking makes it feel better and last night was no exception.  I heard him at 3:30 rambling around and asked him if he needed more ice but he said he was heading out to the shop because he finds his chair there more comfortable.  That and I think it’s easier for him to get up and walk about with no obstacles in his way since it’s a hard cement floor and wide open space.  Poor guy has been getting most of his sleep in the afternoons but only grabs an hour or two of deep REM.  This too shall pass as the healing process continues.  It’s a drab grey day out there and likely intermittent showers for most of it.  Would be a good day for Dan to catch some zzzzzzzzz’s.

April 27, 2021 - 6:04 a.m.

Dan received an A+ from his therapist yesterday on his post op progression.  I think the fact that he has such powerful thighs and calves has a lot to do with it.  Whatever the reason, he is doing great.  We are leaving here at 7:30 to get his staples out and I think that will help his improvement even more.  At the very least, it’ll take some pressure off and make his leg feel better without nasty metal holding his skin together anymore.  It’ll be the first time we both get to see his incision.  Dan is a fast healer so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the staples are stubborn when it’s time to remove.  I did a few errands while he was in physio and that was the extent of my day.  Unpacked everything when we got home and was in bed by 9:30, sound asleep by about 10:00 as I took an Advil PM.  I don’t take that very often but when I do, sleep is mine.  Dan woke me up at 5:53 and I swear I could have slept for another 2 hours.  It’s a very gloomy day tonight with showers in the vicinity so a good day to hunker down with the paperwork so I can get my books done this week.  It was beautiful yesterday with the sun shining for most of it.  The clouds didn’t move in until much later so it was quite nice to be out and about.  It’s hard to believe it is nearly May.  Where does the time go?

April 26, 2021 - 5:30 a.m.

Well that was a complete waste of time.  Going to bed last night, I mean.  Neither Dan nor I had a decent night’s sleep.  I believe Dan is finally sleeping but I was up all night.  ALL night.  As in not one wink.  Sure enough, the full moon did a number on me once again.  It has just set but now the sun is rising so, sigh, what the heck.  I’m up.  Lol.  At least Gato didn’t have to wait long to get fed and I was glad to see him as it’s been a few days.  I’d like him to eat and head to his abode before the eagles begin their morning hunt.  There is one less Mallard in the world today without its mate as one of the eagles captured one yesterday.  Ooo were the seagulls in a frenzy.  There was a pretty big flock inland due to the high winds yesterday and they were all giving it to the eagle.  I must say, I was quite impressed it was able to hold on to its prize while fighting its way through a flock of gulls to an area unknown.  Honestly though, I wish it would go elsewhere as I really don’t want to watch the carnage all summer long.  Dan has his physio today at 2:00 and I need to pick up a few things while he’s going through the gauntlet so I suspect it will be a long day for both of us.  He gets his staples out at 8:00 tomorrow so can pretty much guarantee we’ll both be in bed very early tonight.  

April 24, 2021 - 7:43 a.m.

It is a beautiful morning and promises to be a great day with a high of 15.  I was just enjoying my coffee on the deck and saw two eagles flying out over the bay and then hit the shoreline starting at Greening Island moving towards our house.  The seagulls were all in a tither and kept airborne and moving while squawking their faces off.  Well sure enough the eagles tag teamed something in my neighbours yard and I hope like heck it wasn’t their dog.  Or Gato.  I didn’t see what they got but they got something.  All the crows and ravens flew over to see what the heck and were also making a racket.  Yuck.  What a way to start my day.  Looks like the eagles aren’t going anywhere so there goes all the squirrels and we were just getting a nice population of black and grey’s which you don’t see a whole lot of here.  At least not like southern Ontario.  I did notice some goose feathers yesterday out in the park and since I haven’t seen the ill goose for a while will assume it had the same fate as whatever was just obliterated.  Geez, feeding time is never pleasant.  Hopefully the eagles will start hunting elsewhere but not very likely when there’s so much food around here.  Aren’t you glad I shared?  Lol.

April 23, 2021 - 7:10 a.m.

Looks like we are in for a beautiful day now that all the nastiness has blown through.  It was windy and cold yesterday and we have certainly had a mixed bag of weather this week.  Rain, snow, wind, yuck.  Bring back the sunshine!  We actually have a few nice days coming our way so hopefully everyone makes the best of them.  The eagles stuck around for quite a while yesterday and Ginny managed to get a picture of one of them and sent it to me.  I hope they didn’t chase off the Osprey that was nest building.  There are a few nest poles in the neighbourhood but why anyone would want an eagle nesting in their yard is beyond me.  I’d rather have a whole bunch of little critters scurrying around than a big predator.  To each their own.  Neither Dan nor I had a decent night’s sleep last night.  Dan’s knee was bothering him and I was rather restless.  I checked the calendar this morning and sure enough, we’re close to the full moon.  I thought it was quite bright last night.  I think I drifted off sometime around 2:00 and woke up just after six with Dan telling me Gato was outside our door most of the night but he couldn’t feed him because he can’t bend down that far just yet.  That tells me Dan got even less sleep than I did.  Poor Gato missed a feeding because he was gone by the time I got up.  Some poor unsuspecting creature will likely become food today.

April 22, 2021 - 8:16 a.m.

UPDATE:  I was wrong  it was a young Eagle out front.  Mama landed beside it.  The yearling Eagles resemble Ospreys due to their markings.  Once I got the binoculars out, it was quite clear we have a family of major predators planning to make a home here.  I’d rather they move on to another part of the lake.  Fingers crossed.

I’ve just been watching the return of a family of Ospreys.  Four big suckers to be exact.  They sure had the seagulls scattering.  One landed right in front of the house and at first, I wasn’t sure it was Ospreys.  Thankfully not Eagles.  They might be beautiful birds but I’m not a fan.  At least Osprey just take fish or snakes.  There was another one yesterday that was building a nest and I saw it numerous times flying by the house with fairly large branches in its talons.  The first few years we were here, they use to scoop the sticks off our beach but we keep it too clean now.  I said to Dan I should drag a pile out of our burn pile but he doesn’t want the mess.  Bah Humbug.  I use to wonder where they migrated to in the winter as they tend to leave here in October/November and then one year I was in Mexico and saw an Osprey.  I asked a local what they called them but he didn’t know.  Either that or he just didn’t understand what I was asking.  Lol.  It’s a very windy day so if they were calling, I couldn’t hear them.  I usually hear them before I see them.  They love to fish Moose Creek when it’s windy so quite often see them there.  I think we may finally see some nests this year in our area.  They use to always nest on Whiskey Island right in front of our house but since the Eagles moved in, haven’t seen a nest there for a few years.  Love them!

April 21, 2021 - 7:14 a.m.

Dan had a rough day yesterday.  Suffice it to say, he doesn’t like the exercises he needs to do but as the old adage goes, “no pain, no gain”.  And as he has said to me on numerous occasions, “suck it up buttercup”.  Lol.  Poor guy.  He’ll need to keep at it if he wants to be able to walk properly and have full function from his new knee but it is a struggle.  Getting through the operation pain was one thing, post op is quite another.  I just may need to get the whip out and be the bad guy ;)  We had an injured or sick goose around for a couple of days but I haven’t seen it since the weather changed.  No sign of feathers anywhere so don’t think something got it but I’d sure like to know what happened to it.  This is the part of nature I don’t like because I can’t stand to see animals in the wild suffering.  Then yesterday, had another incident.  We have a Mallard couple that have been coming here for years.  It’s the same couple and they always come up around the birdfeeders for corn and say to hello after migrating back every year.  They’ve been around for a few weeks but yesterday the male was limping.  The turtles are obviously active once again.  Well this morning I got up and the female was lying all by herself under the cedar tree by my bedroom window.  She’s still there.  I’m hoping her partner is just off feeding or something and the turtle didn’t finish the job.  Nature is beautiful but can certainly be very cruel.

April 20, 2021 - 6:56 a.m.

It looks like winter has returned for a little bit.  The temperature dropped well below freezing and there was actually some ice on the arm of my chair outside this morning.  It’s suppose to stay below freezing during the evening hours for the next 3 nights but get progressively warmer as we go.  It’s a pretty drab day out there looking more like November than April.  Feeling like it too.  It’s a great day for me to clamp down and get all my receipts and paperwork organized for data entry which I’ll be doing this week for my first quarter.  Won’t be any sales invoices to enter since there were none.  Just lots of expenses.  Don’t get me started.  Dan did well at his first session of physio yesterday but the therapist was concerned with his swelling.  She wants his leg elevated more and more icing time.  The hospital specifically told him not to raise his leg so apparently they were wrong.  He does have some bruising but that is to be expected as is the swelling so I guess Dan sitting back at the shop with his buds needs to be limited unless he keeps his leg up.  He was in more pain than usual by the time he was done therapy but also knows it’ll get better with time...and the more exercises he does so looks like I’ll need to be a sergeant major for a while.  No matter how much Dan screams at me.  Lol.  I’m a big girl, I can take it ;)

April 19, 2021 - 5:40 a.m.

It was a pretty low key day yesterday to say the least.  Dan was finally able to get some much needed rest.  He slept most of the afternoon and didn’t get up much through the night but today will tell the tale as his physio therapy starts.  He also gets to have his first shower which should be fun.  Lol.  I found a chair to help him which slides over and into the tub.  I swear, the house with all the necessary equipment aid looks like a long term care facility.  Whatever works.  I hadn’t checked the mail for a few days and when I picked it up yesterday, there was another lovely card waiting from another Torontarian.  This from a gentleman who’s great grandfather built a homestead in the 1890’s not far from the Waltonian Inn and who has been able to keep it in the family ever since.  It is just so wonderful to hear the stories of people who live in the “big city” but have property in the area and enjoy my blog because it keeps their vacation homes close to their hearts.  Lots of memories stemming from time spent on Lake Nipissing and what’s not to love?  There is so much history here that we never hear about even though it’s a pretty small tight knit community.  And again, a small act of kindness as simple as a stranger taking the time to mail a card just makes my heart sing.

April 18, 2021- 7:24 a.m.

Apparently we are in for some below zero overnight temperatures this coming week.  There was a frost last night so I think I’ll cover my peony sprouts today.  I only had one bloom last year so don’t want to risk losing them again this year.  Silly plants poking their heads out in the gorgeous weather we had over the past two weeks were a little premature.  My lilac tree, same thing.  As I was sitting outside for a bit this morning it dawned on me that we didn’t get any loons or trumpeter swans in the bay this year.  Likely with the early “ice off” on Lake Nipissing this year, the loons were able to access their usual feeding grounds so didn’t need a shallow bay and same with the swans but there is time yet.  I think Dan finally managed to sleep through the night last night as he’s pretty much off the opioids.  We both went to bed really early last night but then Dan woke back up (which means me also) around 11:00.  He’s still sleeping so hopefully getting some decent rest.  He is getting around quite well and starts physiotherapy tomorrow so will have to see how that goes.  Our new loveseat finally arrived and was delivered yesterday.  I ordered it a week before Christmas so covid definitely is affecting the furniture business.  Considering it was built in Quebec I guess I should feel lucky it didn’t take longer.  I put up my hummingbird feeders yesterday because I swear I saw one on Friday but could be mistaken.  I usually put the feeders up around May 5th but with the warmer weather this month, wouldn’t be surprised if they arrive earlier than usual.  No green leaf twinge yet on the trees here but very soon.  Only a few trees have popped which is likely a good thing.

April 16, 2021 - 5:35 a.m.

Well the weather has certainly taken a turn.  It’s downright miserable again but hopefully it won’t last too long.  It’s rather chilly this morning so a jacket is definitely required.  I don’t know that it rained all night but likely a good portion of it.  That will help with the lake level and thankfully, it has been steadily rising over the past week if only bit by bit.  I saw the first Osprey in the area yesterday.  I love the Osprey.  Not a fan of the eagles just because I’ve seen what they can do to ducks, among other unsuspecting critters.  Dan is continuing to improve and I hope his progress is a permanent thing.  He’s been walking around the house quite a bit.  Going in and outside and even managed to get up and down the few steps in and out of the house yesterday.  Twice.  That was so he could drive himself back to the shop on his Cushman to meet his cronies for coffee and social shenanigans yesterday morning and afternoon.  His medication has also been cut in half so today he’s going to try strictly Tylenol, no opioids.  He really is doing phenomenal so half the battle is won.  He’s been saying his new knee feels better than his other knee which still needs replacing in six months.  At least he’ll know what to expect when that time comes.  Hopefully he’ll be just as lucky.  The poor guy has been through the wringer this past month but he’s one tough SOB.

April 15, 2021 - 7:18 a.m.

I need to send out a special thank you to Dan Boyer (spelling?).  He’s an American fellow who reads my blog regularly, saw that my Dan was having knee surgery and called me last week to introduce himself.  Although he’s American, Dan has a cottage in Restoule (that he’s not been able to get to) and has a medicinal ice machine.  He lent it to Hal in Restoule who also had knee surgery but is no longer using the machine and told me I was more than welcome to use it.  Craig did us a solid and went and picked it up for Dan while he was in hospital and he’s been using it ever since his return home.  What a wonderful little invention.  Dan’s knee was quite warm and swollen yesterday but the machine really does help.  Another big thank you to Marg who lent us a walker.  Also had knee surgery 9 weeks ago and may have given up the walker prematurely as she has progressed to a cane but again, the walker has proven to be a huge godsend so thank you very much to everyone.  So greatly appreciated.  Dan is currently resting comfortably after a very rough night.  He had a great day yesterday though.  Was up and down constantly.  He was finding it more comfortable to be up and walking than lying down but he may have overdid it as he had difficulty sleeping last night.  Anyone who has had major surgery knows the third day post op is always the most difficult so that would be today.  Hopefully the phone is quiet and Dan can get some rest.  

April 14, 2021 - 6:45 a.m.

We finally arrived home around 2:30 yesterday afternoon and getting Dan in the house was not an easy task.  Manoeuvring the stairs leading into the house, although not many, proved to be a colossel feat for Dan since he had to do all the work.  I could tell by looking at him how painful is was but thankfully it also happened to be high test drug taking time by the time I got him settled.  The epidural completely wore off by about 6:00 last night and the poor man was and continues to be in enormous pain but he’s a trooper.  He’s also very stubborn.  I’ve known this for years but I’m just beginning to find out how much.  Lol.  I’m giving him today to deal with the pain and then tomorrow he really needs to start his exercises.  Our friend Marg just had her knee replaced several weeks ago and she was in hospital for 3 days so I’ve been regularly communicating with her and gauging Dan’s progress on her experience.  I’m no nurse but I’m trying my best to be an adequate caregiver.   I have to give Dan daily blood thinner injections for the next 3 weeks and gave him his first shot in hospital yesterday.  I have to say I rather enjoyed that.  Lol. Dan did eat yesterday but he’s no appetite this morning.  Mind you, he’s hopped up on the good drugs but I’ll feel better when he has something other than opioids in his system.  I’m currently boiling eggs for egg salad sandwiches and am making a stew later today.  Neither one of us got much sleep last night so it’ll be pretty low key for both of us today.  I guess my blog will have a lot of Dan’s progress in it for a few days.  As far as I’m concerned Dan should still be in hospital but it is what it is.

April 13, 2021 - 6:38 a.m.

Dan has a new knee!  The operation was a success and Dan was actually quite spry when I visited him but I think that was likely really good drugs more than anything else.  Lol.  He did manage to get up with the aid of a walker and go to the bathroom by himself while I was there so that’s promising.  The poor man however, was stuck in the recovery room until 5:00 pm because they didn’t have a bed for him until then.  His surgery was at 8 in the morning.  I think the doctors are pushing through surgeries because of the lockdown.  They haven’t stopped elective surgeries here yet but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.  I’ve already received a text from Dan this morning and missed it by about 5 minutes as I was still in bed but I’m sure he’s had a restless night as he was getting a good dose morphine when I left last night.  Morphine is great for a couple of hours but tends to wake you up with weird dreams.  He is coming home later this morning so now the fun begins.  I was hoping they’d keep him at least for a few days to make sure he’s nicely on the mend.  Besides, I can’t give him morphine ;)  The physiotherapist and doctor are both visiting Dan this morning and I was hoping to be there for that but was told I can’t come until 11:00 when visiting hours start but I think I’m going early any way.  I’m the caregiver and need to know what’s going on.  We’re both pleased and thankful his surgery was a success but now the work begins.

April 11, 2021 - 6:25 a.m.

I just fed Gato “the wandering tom cat” who we haven’t seen for awhile.  He’s missing a big swath of fur on his back so he’s been tangling with something.  I gave him a treat of leftover chicken as well as his usual.  And a big bowl of water.  I know he doesn’t go without but he always drinks it.  It was another gorgeous warm day yesterday but things are about to change later today with a big rain front coming in.  Looking at the radar, I don’t think it’ll miss us and will very likely cool things down considerably.  Lake Nipissing was declared ice free yesterday so I believe Mike is the big winner for the pool we had going.  I initially had picked April 9th and changed it to the 19th.  Poo.  Lol.  I need to start listening to my instincts more.  I’m doing a bit more yardwork before the rain comes and hopefully get it all done.  Dan’s big day is tomorrow and so happy the surgery is going forward even though he has been dreading it.  I need to have him to hospital by 6:00 tomorrow morning so won’t be updating the blog.  Please say a little prayer for him that he comes through with flying colours and his recovery time is quick and easy.  Or as easy as possible.

April 10, 2021 - 8:22 a.m.

It is going to be a gorgeous day today.  The sun is already up and spreading warmth and it should reach at least 20 today, I’m guessing.  I already have the house open and am heading out shortly for a little more yardwork.  Better get it done today as they are calling for showers again tomorrow.  We received a little precipitation yesterday but not much.  It looks like Lake Nipissing is pretty much clear of ice but I’m sure there are still patches of it around.  Dan received his covid test result yesterday which was negative and both the hospital and doctor’s office called saying his surgery is a go for Monday.  The doctor’s office did indicate due to the lockdown, surgeries in Ontario have been halted other than emergencies.  However, they haven’t stopped them in Northern Ontario yet.  That could change over the weekend but I doubt it very much as the house isn’t in on weekends so it could happen later Monday which means Dan is just squeaking his surgery in.  Thank God because he truly needs his knee replaced.

April 9, 2021 - 7:03 a.m.

What a truly glorious few days we’ve had!  Yesterday in particular broke records as it reached a high of nearly 25 and was sunny all day.  It felt like July.  I worked down by the marina clearing out dead vegetation.  I woke up a toad and a leopard frog, both of which I put in a sunny spot next to the creek water.  They weren’t too disturbed as they were pretty much ready to come out of hibernation and not too terribly dozy.  I also uncovered a huge dung beetle but covered it back up.  Lol.  I also watched a King Fisher who was perched in a tree along the bank of the creek but never did see it fish.  It was making quite a racket though.  So nice to listen to all the various species of birds.  We certainly have a healthy ecology on this property and I’m truly thankful for it.  The peonies are just starting to peek their heads out already and some wildflowers have started to make an appearance.  April showers brings May flowers and we are certainly going to get them over the next few days.  Calling for lots of rain but we really need it to get Lake Nipissing’s water levels up.  I think it’s going to be a dry summer and likely a hot one so we’ll take all the rain we can get!  Dan and I headed to town later in the afternoon as he had to get a covid test before his knee surgery this coming Monday.  Hope he enjoys this weekend because it’s going to be a long battle coming up.  No doubt for both of us ;)

April 7, 2021 - 8:20 a.m.

I’m a little late this morning because I did a roll over after waking at 5:00 and didn’t wake again until 8:00.  The frogs started trilling last night so I was on the deck for some time listening to them.  I think the little bit of rain we received yesterday woke them up.  We certainly need the rain and there is suppose to be more coming later in the week but today is suppose to clear and be a high of 19.  I am planting a few pansies today which I picked up in town to give the pollinators at least a little something until the dandelions pop.  I did my town run yesterday and have to say, even shopping for eggs and milk nowadays is not a pleasant experience.  Everyone just seems so angry.  So resolved.  I did get some inspiration though.  We received a lovely card from a couple residing in downtown Toronto who have a cottage in the neighbourhood.  They stated how much they love reading my blog because it keeps them updated on the current weather and their ties to our community.  It was so thoughtful of this couple to take the time out of their day to send us a card it renewed my faith in humanity.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an anti-vaxxer, sitting frightened by yourself in your home, struggling with mental illness, trying to hold on to your business or running about as if life was “normal”.  We are all in this together and still entitled to our own opinions because for the moment, we are still free human beings.  Be kind to one another.  Always.

April 6, 2021 - 6:08 a.m.

What a lovely day yesterday.  It was still a little cool working on the lake side but I kept warm enough simply by moving.  I raked most of the day and Dan played pick up sticks but really, the clean up this year hasn’t been as difficult as previous years.  Likely due to the fact we didn’t get as much severe wind and had a relatively mild winter.  There was quite a bit of deer poop in front of the cottage and house which I found odd as we really haven’t seen a lot of deer and there was a bit of a blackbird grave yard I found and that was likely attributed to our resident hawk but other than that, the branches, sticks and winter kill have been less than par.  It was suppose to rain today but they’ve changed the forecast yet again.  Not much rain in the long term at all.  Dan’s concerned about the pike spawn as they are usually in Moose Creek about now but I think there is still time.  There isn’t much water in the creek right now and most of the snow is gone in the bush so yes, we definitely need some rain.  I need to do a town run desperately as we need supplies and Dan has his last eye appointment today as well so there won’t be much yardwork getting done.  Going to be beautiful though with a high of 15.  

April 5, 2021 - 7:12 a.m.

What a treat this morning.  I was having my coffee on our deck and the Wood ducks have returned.  They are my favourite likely just because they are so elusive so it’s always nice to see them but I love their call and the sound they make when they’re flying.  So much wildlife has returned already, it’s wonderful to see that at least some things haven’t changed.  We spent the day working outside yesterday as it was a gorgeous day.  Dan was on the lawnmower shocking the grass and cutting up bits of small branches so with the high of 14 and pure sun today followed by rain tomorrow, that should green everything up.  The maple tree buds just popped yesterday so although early, may see a tinge of green in the not too distant future.  I spent my time cleaning up the ash tree and I have to say, the old gray mare she just ain’t what she use to be.  Lol.  Man I’m getting old.  I think not operating the ice fishing this year did a number of my level of physical fitness.  We had a nice fire going on the beach all day to get rid of all the branches but really, this year, the property clean up isn’t nearly as bad as usual.  I think a lot of that has to due with the fact we didn’t have as much nasty wind this winter as per the norm so nature’s pruning was minimalized.  Today I have some raking to do and then I can concentrate on getting the garden beds ready.  I’m pushing it but hey, gotta work while the weather is nice.  Suppose to reach 14 today, 17 tomorrow but with rain.  We need it though.

April 4, 2021 - 5:26 a.m.

HAPPY EASTER everyone!  Despite the lockdown I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend.  Since Covid was due to hit our area at precisely 12:01 Friday night (Saturday morning) and just in time for yet another holiday weekend, we decided to go for Good Friday fish and chips at the Callander Tavern with Annie, Craig and Mike before they shut down the restaurant for dine-in service.  It was lovely to get out and have a drink and a bite and I think there were quite a few like minded people as it was pretty busy.  Today is going to be gorgeous with a high of 14 and plenty of sun.  I still have a tree mess to clean up as it was too cold and windy the day I wanted to get to it so today is the day.  It will be nice to work outside today and get started on the property clean up this week.  Summer will be here before we know it!

April 2, 2021 - 7:22 a.m.

It’s a little nippy this morning at -8 but the sun is shining brightly already so guess we can’t ask for more than that.  The long term forecast looks quite promising for the weekend and well into next week.  Lots of sun and double digit temperatures for a good part of our daytime hours.  I have to keep reminding Dan that it is just the beginning of April but the water seems pretty low this year.  Likely because most of the snow is already gone.  I certainly hope they aren’t drawing Lake Nipissing down right now and will have to check the dam controls report on Monday to see what the typical level is this time of year.  There are lots of ice build ups and ice bergs still visible on the lake so there’s considerable melting left to do just yet.  We lost a huge chunk of a shade tree that came crashing down just barely missing our deck so have that to deal with today.  It always provided shade for our house and deck which is badly needed during the hot summer months and it’s debatable whether the rest of the tree needs to come down.  It’s a huge ash tree that is rather old and quite large so we don’t want to remove it completely if we don’t need to.  We’ve been losing quite a few of our mature trees the past several years, as is normal, so even though I’ve planted close to 200 trees on the property to date, looks like I may need to plant some more. We went to Quebec at one point and I dug up 40 trees on the hydro line which they just clear cut every few years and then transplanted them here.  Might be time to do that again.

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

I guess March IS going out like a lamb.  Sort of.  It was absolutely beautiful yesterday with a gusty breeze but a high of 17 degrees.  The sun was shining on and off as well.  That was the warm front and now another cold front is due in today and it’s currently raining out.  More of a shower really but that could change.  There were fairly large chunks of ice falling off the trees all day yesterday and it was kind of creepy at first because you could hear it hitting the tin roofs when sitting outside.  It was rather strange.  I was out on the deck last night just before dusk and although I couldn’t see them, I heard a couple of chicken hawks so they’ve returned to traumatize the birdfeeders.  Decimate might be a better word.  Time to buy some firecrackers to chase them off.  The heron hasn’t made an appearance yet but there are so many chipmunks around right now, it’s just a matter time.  I love nature but am not too keen on the predators hanging around.

March 29, 2021 - 7:10 a.m.

Yesterday was the most miserable day we’ve had likely all season.  Yuck!  It rained most of the day and then the cold front came in.  Like a hammer.  The winds were absolutely brutal around 10:00 last night and downright scary at times.  The power flicked off a few times and also went out sometime during my slumber time as the electronics were all flashing when I got up.  It is currently -8, -15 with the windchill and the wind is still whipping pretty good but suppose to let up a little later today once it turns south and warms things up a bit.  Problem with this cold front is the rain turned to snow, then freezing rain.  Everything is coated in ice and I hope it’s not going to be a problem for the vegetation.  The tree and shrub budding had already started.  The same thing happened last year and we didn’t get any flowers or keys/seeds on our trees.  My lilac tree didn’t bloom for the first time in 20 years and none of our maples or cedars produced seeds which the animals need for food supplies.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen this year.  The weather is going to be a mixed bag with up and down temperatures for most of the week but much better by the weekend.  That could change but it looks like March both came in and is going out like a lion.

March 27, 2021 - 7:01 a.m.

It looks like winter has returned temporarily as we received a light dusting of snow yesterday.  I couldn’t believe it when the white stuff started coming down after a bit of freezing rain.  We just need a bit of sunshine and above zero temperatures to get rid of it.  We’ve a few more chilly days yet.  There is enough water in the bay now to allow the Mergansers to dive for bait fish as I watched them for a bit yesterday.  As long as the water is moving, it won’t freeze again so hopefully that’s the case.  Dan is doing much better as the pills and drops are doing what they are suppose to and he’s seeing well again.  Trying to get the medicine in him is another thing.  I keep telling him to listen to the doctor’s orders and he is, though grudgingly.

March 25, 2021 - 8:13 a.m.

I slept in this morning as I had a bit of a restless night last night.  At least I was able to watch most of the thunderstorm we had roll through.  Or maybe it was because of the thunderstorm I was restless.  It started around 10:00 and was continuous for several hours but non severe so quite the light show.  Especially over North Nay.  The ice on Lake Nipissing has all turned opaque so I wouldn’t advise travelling on it anymore.  I’m going to assume most of the shorelines are now open anyhow.  Dan was still having problems with his eye yesterday so called the doctor.  He ordered him a prescription which removes fluid, basically a diuretic, and it seems to have helped immensely already.  Dan is still going to the hospital today to see the doctor just to make sure everything is okay but at least he’s seeing an improvement this morning.  Pardon the pun.  The pressure is gone which was a big worry.  I’m sure he’ll be fine now that it’s been a few days and things are starting to heal but better to be safe than sorry when it concerns your eyesight.  Now that Moose Creek is flowing and we have some water in the bay there is lots of water fowl back.  The deer have been coming every once in a while although I’m not feeding them.  Still, it’s lovely to see them.

March 24, 2021 - 7:15 a.m.

Dan is feeling much better this morning.  Thankfully.  He was in some sort of pain before the doctor saw him yesterday but apparently what was happening although not common, does happen after eye surgery.  He had a build up of fluid which was causing the fogginess and extreme headache.  I went in the office with Dan and the doctor had to alleviate the the cause so as I sat there, stuck a needle in Dan’s eye a few times.  I nearly gagged.  Lol.  Whatever the doctor did, it worked.  Dan was feeling much better last night, as the doctor said he would.  The pressure and headache was gone and he could see much better.  Hopefully no recurrence and it seems to now be on the mend.  Dan was only in the office for a few minutes so the doctor obviously knows what he’s doing.  It was another beautiful day yesterday but now we’re in for some rain.  Looks like we may get a few days of showers, rain, possible flurries and maybe even a thunderstorm this evening.  I do love a thunderstorm.  Gato showed up last night and we haven’t seen him for a while.  He’s lost some weight as he’s likely been gallivanting all over the place now that there’s no deep snow to manuveour through.  If he’s found a mate, I doubt he’ll bring her here anymore since the last 3, we rescued.  I’m sure he thinks we’ve done something terrible but they were all easy to catch and all got adopted, including their kittens.  Gato on the other hand is too smart to trap and too wild to make an actual pet.  Keeping him alive is basically all we do.

March 23, 2021 - 6:22 a.m.

We had an absolutely gorgeous day yesterday with plenty of sun and the temperature peaked at nearly 17 degrees.  Wonderful.  We now have a small flock of ducks and geese and although I didn’t see them, I heard Robins singing their evening song after supper last night.  Unfortunately, the weather is changing tomorrow.  It will be another warm day today but rain is in the forecast and possibly snow for the next several days and the temperatures much cooler.  That’s okay because I know the good stuff is coming soon.  Dan had his right eye cataract surgery yesterday but it wasn’t as successful as the first time around.  Dan never complains, might just make a comment in passing, but he was in pain yesterday.  He said his eye was cloudy after the surgery where as the first time he could see perfectly.  He also had an extreme headache that started in his temple and spread upwards and across the top of his eye.  The poor guy popped 3 extra strength Advil which did nothing so I gave him a Gravol hoping it would help him sleep.  It wasn’t until I gave him the only Tylenol 3 with codeine that I had left in the house that he was able to settle down.  He has to see the doctor first thing this morning so hopefully will get some medication to help him manage the pain.  From what I read last night, this is quite common and should only last a few days but I’m sure Dan will raise a ruckus in the doctor’s office this morning.  The way I look at it, would he rather have a few days of being uncomfortable and have his sight or be blind for the rest of his life.  Pretty easy choice.  I am sympathetic though because there’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep when in severe pain.  Hopefully today will be an improvement.  Poor guy.

March 22, 2021 - 5:35 a.m.

We are up and at’em early this morning.  We need to be at the hospital for 7:30 as Dan is getting his right eye surgery today.  Considering the difference in his left eye, once the other is finished, he’ll not need his glasses at all with any luck.  Well maybe for reading but at least he’ll be able to see everything else.  Amazing just how far they’ve come with cataract surgery.  It’s going to be another gorgeous day with the temperature reaching +15.  Lovely.  Things are thawing out nicely and although Moose Creek had froze lightly over again, it started running yesterday and the Canadian geese have been hanging out at the mouth of it.  They were there all night and I suspect once the sun is up, they’ll be heading for some ground that isn’t snow covered.  No Robins sighted here yet but lots of other spring birds were singing their songs yesterday.  More black birds have returned to nest along the creek so spring is most definitely here to stay.  There were also a couple of deer up last night looking to score some birdfeeders.  Haven’t seen deer in months so that’s another sign that warmer weather is now the norm.  Can’t rule out another snowfall just yet though.

March 21, 2021 - 7:49 a.m.

What a gorgeous day yesterday.  Annie and I went for breakfast and then to the waterfront to see what the heck.  The rally had a fairly good turnout considering there was only a couple of days notice.  We stayed for a good hour and then headed home and spent the rest of the afternoon sitting in the sweet sunshine.  It was lovely.  I was out on the deck last night and saw a flying squirrel which I didn’t know we still had on the property.  It flew over the roof of the house and landed on the tree by our deck.  There are always peanuts on the deck for the regular squirrels and blue jays so the stash has obviously been found.  There are a few geese around and yesterday I saw my first Mallard so the water fowl are starting to return.  There is still snow on the ground and particularly where it has been piled up but I suspect I’ll be able to start the property clean up within the next few days.  Always lots of sticks and branches to be picked up.  And raking to be done. 

March 20, 2021 - 7:29 a.m.

It looks to be a beautiful day.  Plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures are in store by the looks of things.  The chill is finally out of the air this morning and it’s suppose to hit +10 today.  It was nice and sunny yesterday but still a little nippy.  I cleaned my interior house windows but it wasn’t nice enough yet for the outside. Very soon.  Dan did some running with Mike but for the most part, was in the shop all day.  I was in bed by 11:00 and sound asleep when I swear I was woken by the vixen fox screaming outside my bedroom window.  I got up, banged on my freshly cleaned window (which likely now bears my fist print) and yelled.  Then I went to the backdoor, turned the light on to see if I could see it and there sat Gato.  We haven’t seen him all week so assumed he was out tomcatting as he usually does this time of year.  I fed and watered him and went back to bed but am second guessing if it was just him meowing loudly to wake me or an actual fox.  Who knows, I was in slumberland.  Didn’t have much rest after that of course.  Annie and I are going for breakfast this morning and then heading to the waterfront for noon.  North Bay is one of many, many cities in Canada participating in the World Wide Freedom Rally today.  I am really looking forward to it and hope the nice weather brings lots of people together.  I know several of my friends and acquaintances who are attending and hope they have some decent speakers.  The way I look at it, the Nuremberg Code was put in place for a reason and if ever it was needed, the time is now.  If people want freedom, they have to be willing to fight for it.  I truly don’t want to see a world like they are experiencing in Israel right now and we need to stand up for our human rights.

March 18, 2021 - 7:09 a.m.

Well that was the most boring St. Patrick’s Day I think I’ve ever had in my life for as long as I can remember.  No green beer with a group of Irish friends, that’s for sure.  Easter will likely be the same.  Welcome to the new norm.  Dan is heading to the hospital shortly for his knee operation pre-op which will take the better part of his day spent in town.  The pre-op appointment is 9:15 and should last a couple of hours and then he has another group meeting with other upcoming patients for about an hour which starts at 1:30.  He’ll likely get lunch inbetween.  I was initially going to take him but now that his eyesight is so much better, there’s no need as he can drive himself.  His words, not mine.  I think last night was the last cold evening we’ll have for a while.  It’s going to be double digits by the weekend and into next week so nighttime temps not cold at all.  It was melting out yesterday and much more slowly which is a godsend.  I suspect there won’t be much snow left come next week.  The chipmunks were out and about again yesterday but we did receive a very light dusting of snow overnight.  It’ll all be gone by the end of the day.  It’s currently overcast but the sun is coming and will be around for a while.  Yippee kiyay!


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

It appears I slept in this morning.  I was just outside and it’s as calm as can be.  So quiet all I could hear were the birds waking up and checking on their buddies with their morning song.  That and the ice popping.  Change in temperature from cold to mild has it singing as well.  Mike got his hut off yesterday (and had already removed the last of our treeline) and the last of the huts and bungalows within our eyesight were also all removed yesterday.  All that’s left that we can see is one lonely orange hut out by Whisky Island and it’s been there for ages with never anyone around so hope it’s not been abandoned.  Be pretty safe to say if it’s not off by the end of the week, it’s not coming off.  We heard yesterday a large hole has opened up South Bay way so please be careful if venturing around that area.  Saw another chippie yesterday so gave it some peanuts to replenish its depleted stock.  Last night I was outside watching the sun set and after it was well behind the horizon line, a lone goose flew over.  Silly thing.  It’s still all ice.  Don’t know why it would land on the lake that time of night.  I went out a bit later to star gaze because the sky has been something else this winter and the new moon was again so very low in the sky it actually set just off Greening’s Island around 11:00.  Just beautiful.

March 16, 2021 - 6:56 a.m.

Dan’s surgery went really well yesterday.  He’s like a new man and can’t believe the difference.  He was walking around all day marvelling at how well he can see now.  All I can see is a dark tiny little dot at the bottom of his iris.  He has to go back to the doctor briefly today for a post-op check up and keep up with his eye drops for several weeks but I’d say the surgery was a huge success. And it only took 10 minutes.  Bravo.  Next Monday, his right eye, same thing.  Thankfully the weather is cooperating and no nastiness for making the round trip to hospital.  I forgot to mention that this past Sunday, both a full sized pickup truck and a Ford Focus went through the ice in the centre channel of Callander Bay.  Everyone including a dog was able to get out of the vehicles but really, people need to be extra cautious this time of year when on Nipissing.  The ice fishing season is over and I think just in the nick of time.  The warm front is due in today and I could already feel the difference in temperature outside this morning.  Above zero temps during daytime for the rest of the week and not real cold in the evenings.  Those with huts remaining on ice please be careful removing them.

March 15, 2021 - 5:19 a.m.

We’re both up and it’s not even the crack of dawn yet due to the time change.  It was nice to see the sun set later than usual though.  We’re heading to the hospital for 7:15 and I think Dan’s a little antsy.  It’s been quite some time for him since he’s been to a hospital.  I think the last time was nearly 20 years ago for a hernia repair.  I’m thinking he’ll be a few hours so will kill time somehow since I’m not allowed into the hospital even as his caregiver.  North Bay is very strict which is likely why we’ve seen very few covid cases (zero right now) and the place is virtually empty.  I’m guessing we’ll be home by 9:30-10:00 and will both likely have a nap as neither of us got much sleep last night.  At least we have nice weather and don’t have to drive into town in a blizzard.  It’s actually quite chilly this morning at -22 with the windchill but this is the last really cold night for at least the next 2 weeks.  Warm weather is due in tomorrow.  We’ll get into the above zero temperatures daytime and no more than -10 night time.  Nice.  Went I was outside just before bed last night, the ice was cracking in our bay.  Likely because it got so cold.   

March 14, 2021 - 6:59 a.m.

It is going to be a yucky day today.  The wind woke me up at 5:30 which is actually 6:30 because I didn’t move the clocks ahead before going to bed last night.  It’s just gusting out there again and last night it was so calm and quiet and just a beautiful evening.  This is a quick little cold front coming through which will drop the temp to -21 tonight and the wind isn’t suppose to let up until tomorrow.  It’s currently blowing NNW but switching to the west tomorrow afternoon and then it’s nothing but bright skies and above zero daytime temperatures for the rest of the week.  I saw the first chipmunk of the season yesterday and possibly even two.  There was one over by the double unit so I took a pile of peanuts and sunflower seeds over and dropped them near where I think it’s hole is.  I then saw another one up by the house birdfeeders later on in the day but it might have been the same one, they are such busy critters.  They tend to run out of their food stocks this time of year and start gathering again as soon as they make an appearance.  I doubt I’ll see any today.  Too windy, cold and all around nasty.  Dan started his eye drops yesterday which was a feat in itself.  The man hates them (anything to do with being near his eyes) so it’s like trying to pry candy from a baby when I w