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July 10, 2020 - 6:08 a.m.

Another great day on Lake Nipissing yesterday.  Donna and Mitch joined Dan and I on the boat and we ended up going the full length of South River to the rapids.  It was so hot we had to keep moving but during the “no wake” zones, it was unbearable at times.  Even the shade on the boat wasn’t enough to keep me cooled down.  As soon as we emerged from the river, I was in the lake cooling myself down.  We did a little more touring, had some lunch that I had packed and just enjoyed the day.  Swimming is the best relief right now but our bay is so warm a person needs to wade out a considerable distance to find the cool water.  Today I’ve some work to do but should be done by noon and then I’ll be staying indoors in the a/c for a bit.  The cool down or at least a short break is due to start late today with rain and thunderstorms and continue through tomorrow.  It will get back into the 30’s next week but a few days of reprieve would be lovely.  I did see a hummingbird yesterday morning so glad to know they are surviving the heat as they don’t do well when it’s this hot and humid.  Dan also told me there was a mama Mallard up by the house day before yesterday with her babies and they were just tiny.  I’ve yet to see any babies other than Mergansers.

July 9, 2020 - 5:46 a.m.

Another day, another scorcher.  I had to spend the day in town yesterday running errands and it was not fun to say the least.  I didn’t see a lot of people out on the streets, it was just too hot.  In the 20 years we’ve been in Northern Ontario, never have we seen the temperature this hot for this long.  I’m not knocking it but some relief would be nice.  Dan finally broke down yesterday and pulled our stand alone air conditioner out of storage and hooked it up.  I got up this morning just in the knick of time because the moisture bucket was just about to overflow.  The a/c pulled that much water out of the house just overnight.  No wonder our bathroom door won’t close properly...it’s swollen.  I’m heading out to water flowers (again) and then we’re hopping on the boat this afternoon with Donna and Mitch.  I’m packing a light lunch because I’m assuming we’ll be out for as long as we can stand the sun.  I feel for the animals that are gatherers right now as they don’t stop to the point of exhaustion in this heat.  There was a poor little squirrel on our deck last night laid flat out in the shade and couldn’t move if it’s life depended on it.  I have been putting out lots of water for our little friends and replacing it twice a day but it takes no time for it to warm up.  I made some fresh hummingbird feed last night so it will be nice and cool this morning.  I haven’t seen many of our pollinating birds lately but the feeders are needing refilling so they are around.  Gato was here early last night and he drank a full bowl of cold milk as well as a bowl of water.  He hadn’t been around for a while so I guess even a cat needs a little help right now. Thankfully, we should see a break some time this weekend but I don’t think it will last long.  That’s ok, we are definitively in the right place to ride out a hot spell.  Stay hydrated everyone!

July 7, 2020 - 6:51 a.m.

We certainly have been having our fair share of beautiful weather.  Sunday we took the boat out and ended up at Craig Moffat’s cottage where we picked him, Annie and her sister Louise up and went for a tour.  Was a perfect boating day.  We headed back to Craig’s for supper and ended up getting caught in a thunderstorm.  The skies opened up just as we were getting ready to leave so Annie gave us a ride home and we left the boat docked.  We picked the boat up first thing in the morning and I ended up swimming on the way home it was so hot even then.  I didn’t do much yesterday, just relaxed in the house out of the sun while Dan went to town for errands.  It is overcast this morning and already 21 degrees but it did cool down eventually last night.  They are calling for possibility of a thunderstorm and rain this afternoon but right now everything is staying north of us.  Won’t be much relief this week, still in the 30’s but a tad cooler by the weekend apparently.  It most certainly has been a great summer so far.

July 5, 2020 - 6:22 a.m.

What a fabulous day yesterday!  I did some work in the morning although not a lot of it as it was piping hot by 11:00 and the humidity was through the roof.  We headed out on the boat by 12:30 and did some touring.  Went to the North Bay Marina then over to the Manitous for lunch and a dip.  It was very busy at the islands with lots of boat traffic.  We did some more touring and crossing the lake was rough for a bit as the winds picked up and were fighting for dominance as they were changing direction from north to south.  We were going to stop in at Ginny and Craig’s for a visit but they were looking pretty chilled with their butts sank into chairs in the water and we were in desperate need of some shade.  I basically vegged on the couch with the fan on me until it was time for bed.  There was a little bit of lightening just before the sun set last night but nothing materialized here until 4:00 this morning when we had a little storm go through.  The thunder woke me up but I stayed in bed.  We did receive a little rain but I don’t think much of it.  It’s going to remain hot all week as the heat warnings are still up.  Hitting the 30’s all this week.  I’ve never seen it stay this warm for this long up North.  No complaints, the snow will be falling soon enough.  I’m thinking this just might be a “park my butt in the water” day since the Baker’s made it look so inviting yesterday.

July 4, 2020 - 6:10 a.m.

Happy Independence Day to all our 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 friends!  It’s going to be a great day!  A little break in the heat was quite welcomed this morning.  It was a comfortable 13 degrees when I got up this morning but it’s heading towards 30 yet again today and likely rather quickly.  It was finally quite nice for sleeping last night and I even needed a blanket.  I woke up with Grady cuddled up next to me so obviously my kitten got cold at some point during the night.  Lots of people were beating the heat on the beach yesterday.  I watered flowers for hours so hopefully that’s it for the weekend.  Lake Nipissing is pretty calm this morning so I’m going to get busy and make some egg and tuna salad sandwiches as we’re likely heading out on the boat. They are forecasting a low possibility of showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon so it likely won’t be a French River trip like the other day but that’s up to Captain Dan.  We will definitely be going some place where we can swim.  We should be taking fishing rods and dipping a line as the fishing has been pretty good and will continue until the shad flies appear but we’ve not seen any yet.  Knock on wood!  Hope everyone gets out and enjoys this beautiful weekend we’ve been blessed with!

July 3, 2020 - 6:33 a.m.

My goodness, is it hot.  And sticky.  It reached over 38 degrees yesterday with the humidity and it feels like a sauna this morning.  We received a very insignificant storm last night around 7:00 which brought a little bit of rumbling and a very short downpour of rain.  All it managed to do was increase the humidity.  Our house didn’t even cool down last night and it’s currently already 23 degrees.  Check ins and outs today which I’m going to spend most of it soaking my plants and flowers and then likely not moving as much as possible.  We have another full week of 30+ weather coming our way.  We are pretty blessed to have such a location to seek heat relief in and there might be a few days where I’ll have my butt parked in the water but Lake Nipissing isn’t very refreshing unless you find some deep stuff.  Most of the lake is at least 27 degrees C which to me is like bath water.  Thank God for lake breezes and freeze pops.

July 2, 2020 - 7:22 a.m.

What a fabulous day yesterday!  We headed down to the French River on the pontoon for the day just after noon but after stopping in Campbell’s Bay for a swim and some munchies, didn’t make it very far.  We did go further but only about 10 miles.  Had a great trip home where we had to stop and swim a few more times just because it was so hot.  When we got home, the trailerpark was in full swing with the Canada Day celebrations and Paul Pruneau sang a great rendition of “O Canada” for which everyone stood and joined in.  It was the original rendition, I’m happy to say. Honestly, I don’t think anyone knew the updated version.  Lol. Lots of fireworks in the neighbourhood last night as well although they started too early.  Was still pretty light out.  To top everything off, the fire flys came out just in time to honour our great country.  Was a fabulous day all around!

July 1, 2020 - 7:10 a.m.

HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE!!!

June 30, 2020 - 6:44 a.m.

Phew, she was a hot one yesterday but the nasty humidity didn’t catch up with us until late afternoon.  It’s here t stay for awhile.  I started watering flowers just before 7:00 and didn’t finish until after 1:00.  I should have been weeding and deadheading a lot more than I did, I just wanted to finish and find a cool area to relax in.  Dan had boats to tend to and no idea what he was doing after that but he was out and about.  Today it’s due to hit 29 degrees, higher with the humidex of course but thankfully it is still cooling down considerably at night.  The house stays relatively cool all day but heats up dramatically around suppertime once the sun comes around and shines in all our picture windows so for a few hours of the day, the house isn’t very comfortable.  Lots of people in the water yesterday and quite a few dragged some Adirondack chairs into the lake to sit.  Can’t say that I blame them and I expect a repeat today.

June 29, 2020 - 5:55 a.m.

Whoever has booked a vacation in the area for the next two weeks has lucked out.  The forecast is for pretty much 30 degrees and mostly sunny for the duration.  I’m currently on some medication that makes me sun sensitive so I’m really going to need to watch myself.  Only for a couple of more days though.  It was a gorgeous day yesterday but didn’t get really hot until the warm air mass settled in late afternoon.  It did hit 27 degrees but today is suppose to be a bit warmer.  Needless to say, even though we received rain on Saturday, my morning will be spent watering.  I think that’s going to be a full time job for a bit.  Our guests are enjoying themselves and most of them were in the water yesterday.  I noticed a few sunburns so glad I stayed in the shade when venturing outside.  As the long term forecast has been released as hot and sunny, the phones have been ringing off the hook.  I wouldn’t be surprised if cottage vacancy will be hard to come by especially considering Canadians can’t really leave the province yet.  Travel is certainly limited so summer vacations will consist of getting back to cottage rentals lakeside like the good old days.  It’s so nice to see the kids unplugged and letting nature entertain them.

June 28, 2020 - 5:45 a.m.

As I was watering flowers yesterday morning, a nice little thunderstorm rolled through so everything received a nice little drink courtesy of Mother Nature.  We also received another storm early afternoon so things cooled down considerably and it didn’t get nearly as hot or humid as anticipated.  The weekly forecast still has us in the low 30’s but it’ll take a few days to get steamy hot, I’m thinking.  There is also a mix of sun and cloud so that should help.  It’s nice and cool this morning so sleeping was excellent last night but it’s going to warm up quickly today.  I expect the beach will be busy.  Nothing pressing is on our agenda today so may do some visiting, vegging, boating, whatever.  Just going to keep cool whatever that entails.

June 27, 2020 - 6:13 a.m.

It’s going to be a smoking hot week ahead.  They are calling for possibility of thunderstorms today but then nothing but sun for the rest of the week with the temperature in the high 20’s, low 30’s and very humid.  I think everyone has seen the forecast because the cottage rental inquiries has been nuts.  Dan and I managed to get all our work done yesterday although it was a long day for both of us.  All I need to do today is water flowers (still a 4 hour job).  The little bit of rain that came through a bit earlier wasn’t enough to wet a whistle.  We have more guests checking in today so no boating for us.  Dan wouldn’t go out with thunderstorms forecasted anyhow.  To tell the truth, I could use a day off, it’s been a very busy week.  I had to chase the heron off again yesterday afternoon.  The thing is relentless.  I’m hoping it will just give up and go hunt elsewhere but it’s determined to get a chipmunk or baby squirrel.  It is a beautiful bird but I don’t need predators at my backdoor.  Lots of wildlife this year and one of “Red’s” offspring showed up a few nights ago.  I haven’t seen a deer in ages as I don’t feed them anymore.  Love them but I’d like some flowers this year.  I was concerned she was going to eat my butterfly plants that are just about ready to pop as deer love them but she left them alone.  I did give her an apple though so maybe she was just being nice.  Lol.

June 26, 2020 - 7:55 a.m.

It has been a busy week once again and seriously, I don’t know where the time goes.  Due to covid-19, we can no longer provide bed linens or pillows so I purchased some really good mattress covers.  Well the extras take up a lot of room so I had to reorganize the spare room where we store everything.  I took everything apart, purged, and cleaned.  I also cleaned the house windows while I was at it with the hope the pollen is done.  I had to take a quick trip to the Walk-In Clinic yesterday.  Nothing much has changed except for the plexiglass at the check in counter and the waiting room chairs are 6 feet apart.  I’ve had to chase a heron off the past couple of mornings as it’s trying to get the chipmunks by our house for breakfast.  Might be time to buy some firecrackers.  The weather has been pretty good but today is overcast and a bit cooler this morning.  We may get some showers or a thunderstorm as the warm front comes in as we are in for some more smoking hot days in the week ahead.  We are booked up so hope the weather cooperates.

June 24, 2020 - 7:12 a.m.

What a difference a day makes.  It went from hot and stagnant to rainy and cool but at least the air is nice and fresh again.  I spent the day yesterday cleaning my house and trying to free it from pollen.  I wiped down absolutely everything and washed the floors since the rain was cleansing everything outside.  We’ll see how long it lasts.  Honestly, our black steel roofs were yellow until the rain came through.  The dishwasher tech showed up around 3:00 and left 10 minutes later.  The first thing he did was take off the dishwasher hose where it meets the plumbing pipe, stuck a screwdriver in it and came back with gunk.  That’s all that was wrong.  Even though Dan had blown it out, the “gunk” solidifies after time and plugs the hose completely so the dishwasher can’t drain.  Considering the minerals in our water, I’m not surprised.  Soooo, another thing to put on our maintenance schedule to prevent this from happening again.  At least it was a fairly inexpensive fix and a very valuable lesson.  The tech stated half of his calls are due to this.  Today is another busy day and so glad the weather is more conducive to working.

June 23, 2020 - 7:53 a.m.

Finally, the heat warning has been lifted in our area.  It is currently 21 and showers, maybe a thunderstorm, could be possible a little later this morning.  It has been quite the long run of smothering heat so the relief will be a welcomed change.  Yesterday we spent some more time on our dishwasher before finally giving up and making an appointment for a technician to come out today.  Just having him walk in our door costs $135 so hopefully the machine can be fixed rather quickly.  Kills me that in today’s market, a person spends hundreds of dollars on an appliance or something technical and if you don’t spend even more for the warranty, you’re in a pickle in a couple of years.  Cheap crap manufacturered in order to keep a person buying.  Throw away society and a sign of the times.  End rant.  On a good note, I needed some things at the Dollar Store last night so Dan and I took a drive to town in a nicely air conditioned car.  We saw a couple walking down McKweon with a huge bag and one of those long armed clamps used for picking things up without bending over.  The bag was full of garbage that they had collected along the streets so a big shout out to them for their time and kind consideration.  Be nice to see everyone doing that on their daily walks.  Be even nicer if it wasn’t so necessary.  I can’t believe people still litter.

June 22, 2020 - 7:32 a.m.

Hazy, lazy days of summer.  Wow, what an extremely warm and sticky weekend.  Saturday the beach was packed with everyone trying to beat the heat and yes, people were social distancing.  No masks though, way too hot.  Lots of kiddies were swimming and adults taking dips but it really was extremely hot with the temperature in the 30’s.  I had the house closed up for the better part of 4 days.  The heat is suppose to end this evening and the rest of the week looks pretty drab with lots of rain in the forecast.  I feel badly for the critters because several times I spotted squirrels and chipmunks just laying completely still, not moving, trying to find some relief on cool rocks in the shade.  I was giving them cool water and changing the hummingbird feeders regularly.  Tomorrow will be another day once the rain starts.  Hopefully it washes away all this heavy pollen we have sticking to everything.  While watering yesterday, I couldn’t believe how it looked to be almost smothering my poor flowers ( well, pollen and road dust).  My windows are covered in it not to mention everything in my house.  I’m keeping up with it but not doing a thorough clean until it’s done for the season as there’s no point.  To top everything off, our dishwasher pooched on Saturday.  Dan thought it was something minor like a plugged drain line as it backed up all our plumbing.  Poor guy had to crawl under the house in this heat and take the main pipe apart.  He got the rest of the house flowing again but the dishwasher is still pooched even after taking it completely apart.  He said he’s going to try one more thing, namely blowing all the lines out with his pressure washer but frankly, I think it’s the computer control panel.  Same thing happened to our last dishwasher which lasted 15 years.  This one we’ve only had for a couple and it’s a top of the line Bosch.  There’s something to be said for reliability of things made in the “old days”.

June 21, 2020 - 5:44 a.m.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there!!  Hope you all enjoy this beautiful summer day!

June 20, 2020 - 5:47 a.m.

It has indeed been scorching weather for a few days now and today will be no exception.  We went pontooning on Thursday and had hoped to explore the French River but had to alter our course when a rogue wind picked up.  We never venture that far from home when the weather is iffy as it doesn’t make for a pleasant ride.  We had a great day exploring elsewhere so all was good.  I even had my first swim of the season although the water was still a little chilly.  Should be perfect by the time the heat dissipates.  Yesterday Dan and I took it easy and stayed out of the sun as we had enough the day before.  Today I am working this morning before it gets too hot.  Not sure what’s on the agenda after that.  Lots of people will be on the beach today, I’m sure.  It did hit 30 yesterday as it will,again today and likely tomorrow.  Thank God for Lake Nipissing breezes!

June 18, 2020 - 6:20 a.m.

The heat hasn’t been as intense as I thought it would be.  Although humid and hot, it hasn’t been oppressive.  High 20’s but cooling off quite nicely as soon as the sun goes down.  I had another busy day yesterday running around even though I left before 8:00 in the morning for town.  Was actually quite nice not having to fight the masses in Walmart as I had quite a few supplies to get.  I spent some time making potato salad, broccoli salad, and deviled eggs yesterday as we are hoping to get down to the French today.  Packing a nice lunch and will find a shady spot to anchor somewhere to enjoy, maybe go for a swim, take in the scenery.  It is suppose to be a high of 28 and calm waters so perfect day for it.  I have to do some watering this morning even though I did a thorough job on Monday.  Hanging pots would take water daily if I gave it to them.  I’m trying to keep up with the heat so everything stays healthy and green.  They are calling for (possibly) thunderstorms and rain tomorrow but I’m not taking any chances.  The turtles look to be almost done laying their eggs so hopefully won’t see many more on the roadways.  I actually moved a painted turtle out of our driveway last week.  Just put her on the beach by the water.  She craned her neck, smelled the air and in she went no doubt heading back to Moose Creek.  Much easier for her to get there through the water than walking all the way over land.  Gotta love the creatures and critters.

June 17, 2020 - 5:30 a.m.

Simply a perfect day yesterday for working outside.  The temperature was bearable, not too humid and a wonderful Lake Nipissing breeze keeping the bugs away.  I spent the majority of my day cleaning up the beach.  Tons of icky stuff had washed ashore and there were leaves and branches everywhere from all the wind.  I also hauled some firewood after a good raking.  I took a quick jaunt down to neighbour Mike’s property to see what he’s been up to with his current (many) projects and have to say he has his little piece of heaven looking great. He’s built the cutest little bunkie for his grandkids and cleared out a ton of trees which now looks like excellent garden plot material.  Amazing what a little hard work will get you.  Since Dan got all the grass cut and weed whacking finished yesterday, we are hoping for a day on the pontoon tomorrow.  I have town errands today so am picking up ingredients for a nice boat lunch to keep us fuelled.  The temperature is suppose to hit 28 today, 30 tomorrow.  It is currently 10 so the house is quite chilly this morning as I left it open overnight.  I’m just pulling the window coverings for today vs closing the house up and hopefully it’ll stay cool enough once the sun is beating on it. Hate closing the house if I don’t need to.  Oohhh, I almost forgot...awesomeness happened to me yesterday while I was cleaning the beach.  I was visited by a pair of killdeer.  I haven’t seen that species of bird since the first year we moved here 20 years ago. I don’t know if they are just passing through or making a comeback but I was just tickled to see them.  I wish I could have taken a picture but they are just too quick.

June 16, 2020 - 6:59 a.m.

We’ve had a couple of busy days and still a few more ahead but I’m hoping to enjoy the beautiful weather on my butt eventually.  Yesterday I was out and about all day.  Watering, deadheading, weeding, pruning and it took a good 6 hours.  I couldn’t believe how thirsty everything was after the rain we got last week but with the constant wind, it tends to dry everything out.  The sun was gorgeous yesterday and the temperature made it to 21 which is just about perfect, especially for outdoor work.  It’s going to get progressively hotter this week and is due to hit 25 today.  My task for the day is to clean the beach which is a big job for an old girl. Dan cut grass yesterday which grew like wildflowers over the weekend.  It’s lush and green and hopefully stays that way.  We did have a lot of winter kill this year, more than usual but it is starting to come back and the bald spots are filling in.  I’m going to have lots of wildflowers this year and I can’t believe the amount of butterflies.  They are everywhere.  I planted so many million bells this year so I’m reaping what I sowed.  After cutting grass, Dan also spread a load of gravel where it was needed on the property.  Mike also was down and spread gravel under a couple of trailers in the park who wanted it so there were a few spectator sports keeping people entertained yesterday.  Lol.

June 14, 2020 - 7:14 a.m.

Lord what strange weather this week has brought.  Cold, windy, rainy and then yesterday was glorious if still a little cool but the temperature is going to warm up considerably as the week progresses.  They are calling for a high of +29 by Thursday which means we will likely surpass the +30 mark.  Personally, I like it around 22-23 but the hot weather warms up Lake Nipissing for good swimming.  There were plenty of fish caught yesterday with enough keepers for some fry’s so plenty of happy people.  There had been a frost warning up for last night and there was some heavy condensation this morning but I don’t think the frost settled due to being so close to the water.  I’ll check my hanging baskets by the road sign but I’m guessing they are ok.  It is nippy this morning at 8 degrees and the mist was rushing down Moose Creek a little earlier but it’s going to warm up quickly today.  And a beautiful day it’s going to be so get out and enjoy!

June 13, 2020 - 7:57 a.m.

Finally some sun!  What an absolute miserable weekend.  The wind was the worse of it as it just didn’t quit.  Even after changing direction several times.  There wasn’t much fishing going on just because either people couldn’t get out due to the waves or because who wants to fish when it’s miserable?  They even issued a frost warning last night.  Wasn’t a problem just due to the wind.  Today is another day and although a little cool (it’s only 8 degrees currently) the sun is shining and Lake Nipissing is starting to settle down.  Up until today, I’ve seen several of the “hummingbird moths” on my million bells flowers so I hope the wind didn’t chase them off as I love watching them.  Today I have to water the flower boxes that are under the eaves and don’t receive much rain so hopefully I’ll see some on my travels.  The beach is also a mess from the wave action washing up a bunch of debris.  Not to mention all the leaves down everywhere.  No doubt I’ll be hearing Dan’s leafblower later this morning.

June 11, 2020 - 6:13 a.m.

We had an awesome storm roll through here yesterday.  Thankfully there wasn’t any damage as we didn’t get hammered with high winds but I’m sure some areas did.  It was so hot and humid by 3:00 yesterday afternoon with the temperature hitting 30 degrees and the air was so thick you could feel something coming.  There was lots of thunder and lightning but the torrential rain was so heavy at times our whole property was covered in large pools of water by the time the storm ended.  I’ve never seen it get so dark during daylight hours either and the boats on the lake made a bee-line for shore as soon as the storm started approaching.  Was excellent to watch.  Today the cold front comes in so it will get windy at some point.  They are actually forecasting the temperature to drop to 6 degrees tomorrow night.  Funny weather.  This morning we have low lying, fast moving cloud cover with an off shore breeze but the sun is due to come out later this afternoon.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

June 10, 2020 - 7:09 a.m.

It has been a busy week so far.  The cottages have been cleaned and sanitized now that we are allowed to open, the shop is clean, I’ve done some town errands and shopping and today I’m hoping to get some work done in the office.  The weather has been quite nice being hot and sunny but the rain clouds have moved in and we are currently experiencing a shower to help cool things down.  It was quite humid yesterday and I was really hoping for a thunderstorm but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  I was going to do some more dead heading today while watering but Mother Nature is taking care of the watering part.  Looks like a few days of rain and much cooler weather (can possibly hit 4 degrees this week) but the warmer stuff is due to return by the weekend.  The weather has been extreme this spring ranging from super hot to super cool.  And snow might not be unheard of in some parts of northwestern Ontario this week.  Seriously?

June 8, 2020 - 6:28 a.m.

We had a few nice days of weather although a little cool.  We may get some showers today as the cloud cover is moving it but I think it will warm up a tad.  It dropped to 8 degrees overnight so a little chilly this morning but the mist was rolling down Moose Creek when I got up so hopefully will warm up quickly.  Karen and Lori are coming in today to help me open the cottages as our first guests since reopening arrive on Wednesday.  It’ll be nice to see the place busy again and I hope the fishing is good for them.  I know those people who have ventured out on Lake Nipissing have been doing well so there should be some fish fry’s happening this weekend.  The wind over the past couple of days has settled down which is a bonus for the boaters.  Just need to turn up the heat now.

June 5, 2020 - OPEN FOR BUSINESSS

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LET THE SUMMER GAMES BEGIN!!!

June 4, 2020 - 8:20 a.m.

We are finally in for some beautiful weather now that the rain clouds moved out.  It seems like it has been raining for days.  Other than a possible rain shower tomorrow night, it looks to be sunny for several days.  Dan spent the day cutting grass yesterday as it really needed it.  I finally completed all my gardens, pots, planters and mulching so now it’s just keeping everything healthy.  I won’t need to do much watering for a few days.  Need to give everything a chance to dry out.  Since the deer have been noticeably absent, I will actually have wildflowers this year.  Something I did notice though is my lilac tree didn’t bloom this year.  I cut off the dead blooms last year and am wondering now if I’m not suppose to do that.  I’ve never had a year since planting when the lilac hasn’t bloomed.  The poor butterflies that usually saturate the tree are here but sadly, no blooms for them.  I saw the first baby mergansers this week so am thinking the mallard ducklings aren’t far behind.  The goslings are getting quite big already and there are quite a few families.  Not sure what is on my agenda today but it’ll involve outdoor work.  Maybe do some deadheading and weeding.  Or maybe just sit in the sun and enjoy the day.

June 1, 2020 - 6:42 a.m.

What a weekend.  We went from 30 degree hot sunny weather to nearly freezing overnight on Saturday.  And rain.  Lots of rain.  The sun actually came out briefly yesterday but for the most part, it wasn’t a very nice day.  The sun was out when I got up this morning but it’s been taken over by cloud cover once again and it looks like we’ll have another shower right shortly.  Sun is due to come out but I guess that remains to be seen.  Pardon the pun.  It certainly has everything thriving though so there is that.  If it ever stops raining long enough, I still need to finish putting some mulch down.  The pollen has started so the rain will help keep the dust down and the buildings clean but I’m pretty sure everyone would rather have the nice weather return.  I try not to get political on my blog but I need to weigh in on the current protests.  Yes, I agree something desperately needs to be done regarding police brutality but these protests need to be kept peaceful and remain about what they have been started for.  All the looting and burning only serves to destroy local neighbourhoods and good people’s livelihoods so stop it.  Stop acting like animals.  Stop hurting your fellow man.  No good changes come through violence.

May 30, 2020 - 7:42 a.m.

What a miserable day yesterday!  I guess they can’t all be wonderful.  The rain was relentless though, on and off, mostly on, all day.  I was pretty lucky on my travels.  The pounding rain never happened between all my errand stops so I wasn’t standing out in the torrential stuff while waiting in the line ups.  Good thing because I forgot my umbrella.  I did have a brain fart though by wearing my sandals and my feet got soaked when I stopped at L’Ami’s for animal feed.  Lesson learned.  Don’t know what I was thinking (I obviously wasn’t).  I have to say, yesterday’s shopping/errand excursions weren’t too bad for a change.  People were more jovial and friendly than they have been.  I think everyone is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.  Things are slowly beginning to re-open and I can only pray small businesses are able to recover quickly.  Please do your part and support local businesses when they open as they are going to need the help.  

May 29, 2020 - 8:07 a.m.

What a beautiful few days we’ve had though very very humid.  Two showers per day, for sure.  I worked outside yesterday until the rain started and boy, have we received some rain.  Everything has absolutely popped because of it.  The leaves are out and that wonderful colour of new born green I like so much.  The grass makes our place look like the Emerald Isle and my flowers are thriving.  I actually took a few minutes yesterday to just sit and watch the hummingbirds going from flower to flower as well as the butterflies.  I planted nothing but pollinator attractors this year (except for the odd marigolds) and it’s paying off.  The yellow butterflies that love and saturate my lilac tree have arrived but the lilac hasn’t blossomed just yet.  Heck, the leaves just fully came out but my crab apple and cherry trees are in bloom.  Love this time of year.  That sunburn I got on the boat last Saturday....I’ve never seen anything like it.  Yesterday (4 days later) I developed skin blisters and am now peeling.  So odd.  I’ve never had that happen before (days later) so I am going to be very cautious in the sun this summer.  I’m off to town today for some errands and will likely be gone most of the day.  The temperature is much nicer today and the wicked humidity has lessened so it’s a good day to be running around.

May 27, 2020 - 5:58 a.m.

I don’t know what the rest of Ontario is experiencing but it is smoking hot in these neck of the woods.  Yesterday I was inside in front of the fan by noon and stayed inside most of the day.  The heat was absolutely oppressive.  Not complaining, just stating a fact.  I think the sunburn I got on the boat Saturday did a number on me because I just wasn’t feeling well when I was in the direct sun.  It was also 30 degrees out, same as today’s forecast.  My poor Grady cat was just lying there when I came in the house so I took the shears to him and trimmed all his hair.  He was quite grateful.  I’m up early this morning to water flowers.  The heat wave is going to end tomorrow with rain showers but even with 87% humidity, my poor plants were just hanging limply.  I’ll give them all a drink to get them through today.  I also replenished the water bowls for the critters throughout the day yesterday.  Strange weather when the heat can be so overwhelmingly hot one day and so cool the next.  It is forecasted to go down to 3 degrees Saturday night.  Seriously.

May 26, 2020 - 9:06 a.m.

I was up late reading last night so a little late getting up this morning.  Dan is already at it and hoping to finish the beach breakwall this morning before it gets too hot.  It is already promising to be a scorcher of a day with high humidity and the temperature upwards of +30.  I can already feel the oppressiveness so had best get to work before it’s too hot.  I had a black squirrel on the deck flattened completely out from the heat already so will make sure the animals have fresh water today.  The heat wave is suppose to last until at least Thursday night and then a cool down will bring some relief.  I’m not doing anything too labour intensive for the next couple of days but this should be awesome for all the plant life.  Our trees finally popped in this heat and the leaves are coming on nicely.

May 25, 2020 - 7:11 a.m.

What a beautiful week of weather we’ve had.  Saturday was piping hot so after getting our work done in the morning, we headed out on the pontoon.  It was so nice to see some normalcy as there were lots of people on the water.  Some just cruising, others tubing and quite a few fishermen.  It was a great day but I did get a sunburn, lol.  Yesterday we finally received some badly needed rain, at times it was heavy, and we needed every bit of it.  The temperature may hit the +30 mark this week as the heat wave continues but rain and thunderstorms are also in the forecast.  It is currently very foggy out, at least over the water but I suspect that won’t last as the day warms up.  I have two more small pots to plant and then the pruning and mulching so should be finished everything within the next day or two.  I don’t know if Dan will get the last section of breakwall complete today as it’s pretty wet out.  It’s also very humid.  That should change as the week progresses and we get back to more seasonal temperatures.

May 23, 2020 - 7:21 a.m.

Yes!  I finished all my planting yesterday.  It was a long day but such gorgeous weather and perfect for digging around in the dirt.  I do have a pot of sage to do and one more pot of flowers which I’ll do tomorrow because Annie is bringing them out today as I couldn’t find sage (which she managed to do).  Everyone is planting veggie and herb gardens this year so the nurseries are having a hard time keeping it stocked.  Good to see people growing their own produce now that they have time.  We have been so blessed with the weather this week but today looks to be the last exceptional day with rain moving in tomorrow.  We are getting on the boat today for our maiden voyage this season and I am truly looking forward to it.  I’ve been on the go all week and doing hard physical labour so it’ll be nice just to put my feet up and enjoy Lake Nipissing.  It’s also going to be smoking hot today so will be lovely on the water.  Although it will be from a distance, it will be nice to see what the rest of the world is doing in this fine day!

May 22, 2020 - 8:09 a.m.

Oh but this weather.  Can’t ask for anything better!  It’s been hot and sunny with just a little breeze coming off Lake Nipissing.  I’ve been planting for 3 days straight and have to say I’m pooped.  I have one more day of planting and then it’s just touch ups such as laying some cedar mulch here and there.  I was pretty sore last night and because the cursed black flies came out in full force yesterday, full of bug bites that kept me up itching last night.  Such little things, such big annoyance.  My left hand is actually swollen and I even took a Benadryl before bed.  Thankfully they don’t last long and are usually only really bad in the shade.  Dan put up some more of the breakwall yesterday and I was helping just a bit here and there when he needed me to hold the wood while he drilled.  He’s on the home stretch and I must say, it looks great.  He ran out of material so is likely going to town today to get the rest of what he needs to finish the job.  Karen came in yesterday to help us and is painting the public bathrooms.  We are a tad behind on stuff just because the season was so late starting but have certainly made progress this week with the beautiful weather.  Next week isn’t looking so good but that could change.  I was just saying to our neighbour yesterday that I could go for a nice thunderstorm.  Not a dangerous one, just a long vocal one.  There are thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday and I hope they materialize.  So good for giving the land nitrogen which makes the grass and flowers green and grow.

May 20, 2020 - 7:15 a.m.

Wow!  Looking at the long term forecast, we’re in for some beauty weather for the coming days.  Hot and sunny with the temperature ranging from 21 to 26 through to next Tuesday.  I spent yesterday planting all the flowers I bought and we are starting to see some colour around the property now.  Lots of bees out and about so they’re liking the additions.  I’ve yet to see any hummingbirds though.  I did spot the pesty hawk at the water’s edge around supper last night and chased it off yet again.  It certainly has all the birds and smaller critters nervous these days.  One poor chippie was trapped under the neighbour’s car last night by their dog on one side and the hawk in the vicinity.  Lol.  Sucked to be it.  I’m heading into town as soon as I get ready this morning.  Have a few staple groceries to pick up as well as another load of flowers.  I think it’s going to be a hot dry summer this year so will be choosing wisely.  We aren’t suppose to receive any rain until possibly Monday overnight into Tuesday.  Dan spent yesterday scraping paint and puttying the public bathrooms which he’ll be doing again today before they can be painted.  What a job.  At least he’s very good at it.  The public bathrooms can’t be opened just yet but I’m sure that’s coming in the not too distant future.  We had lots of calls yesterday from people looking for a trailer site so things are gearing up.  I just wish the government would allow for cottage rentals.  Maybe after this hot spell, things will start to get back to normal.  Well, what normal use to be.  Lol.

May 19, 2020 - 7:38 a.m.

What a productive day yesterday!  I worked until around 2:30 on the last of my gardens and planted all the wildflower seeds I wanted to so now the flowers in the other beds and pots can go in.  I still haven’t pulled my seasonal things out of storage yet but am doing that this morning.  I had zipped into L’Ami’s yesterday after work to pick up some flowers and potting soil to get me started this afternoon.  I couldn’t believe how busy it was.  The parking lot was jammed packed but everyone was adhering to the social distancing requirements.  I should be able to fill my window boxes and a few of my hanging pots with what I purchased but will likely zip into town again later today for more flowers.  My car only holds so much so I’m limited with what I can buy.  There was certainly a good selection and it was so nice to see people out and about enjoying the fresh air.  It was also nice day for the most part and it hit 18 degrees here but because it was overcast, the black flies came out when I was digging around on the bedrock.  I received a few bites but nothing major as most were just bouncing off my face.  Annoying little creatures.

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 a.m.

We’ve had a few great days.  The weather has cooperated and it looks today will be just as beautiful.  The temperatures have been more seasonal, meaning mid to high teens with mostly sun.  Lots of people have been in the park but still being careful about social distancing even when catching up with each other.  Dan and I haven’t done much work the past two days which is just fine.  Having a hard time getting motivated since the weather has been so beautiful.  I’m going to continue on with some gardening today so that I can begin planting this coming week.  They are calling for mid to high 20’s so I think it’s safe.  It’s going to be different buying flowers this year but I’m supporting our local nurseries so will be making the rounds.  I will definitely be shopping where I can browse and not feel pressured.  Not spending the kind of money I do without being able to pick out what I want.  There is so much more new information coming out right now concerning the virus, I can’t believe the mainstream media is still flooding us with the same narrative.  It’s time for local feel good stories.

May 15, 2020 - 6:36 a.m.

We did receive some rain though it didn’t start really until after supper and throughout the night.  A nice light rain for the most part and perfect for flower growing.  I worked in the bedrock again and was so pooped last night I fell asleep instantly and didn’t wake up once.  I think I will forgo physical labour today.  I guess I’ve been doing my gardens all wrong for the past 20 years.  I should have been doing the bedrock first instead of last.  There were no bugs to speak of and it’s easier to clean up before things get growing.  I have one small section to finish and then I can start planting.  Always lots of pots to create. I saw the goslings yesterday and they are a permanent fixture now that the grass has started to green.  We have one family with 10 babies and another with 4.  So far.  Once they get bigger, which doesn’t take long, we start chasing them off from down by the marina.  They love it there first thing in the morning when the sun is shining.  I don’t blame them, it’s a great spot.

May 14, 2020 - 7:20 a.m.

It was a gorgeous day yesterday.  Nice and warm and sunny.  I started working in the bedrock garden at 8:30 and had just sat down for a break around 2:00 when Larry and Trish dropped in for a quick visit.  We ended up having a couple of drinks and doing catch up with them so was a great afternoon.  I even managed to get a sun tan on my face.  We are still waiting to hear confirmation from Doug Ford today but it sounds like the trailer park can be open beginning Saturday.  No public facilities (washrooms) just yet but most people are self contained anyhow.  It isn’t suppose to be nice until Saturday anyhow as rain is moving in today.  The storm clouds are evident this morning and the rain is due later this afternoon through Friday.  I need to get the bedrock garden finished today as I’m putting down wildflower seeds.  It’s half done but a big job.  I’ll really accomplish something if the garden actually produces because the deer are always in it.  I had to chase the hawk off again yesterday and it wasn’t intimidated by me one bit.  Once the park is open and people put their birdfeeders up, the hawk will have a wonderful buffet.  Hopefully too many people around will send it packing.

May 13, 2020 - 7:11 a.m.

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday once the sun burned everything off.  Last night was the last evening in the long term forecast that will have us below zero.  There was a heavy frost overnight but from here on out, I should be able to leave the plants I’ve purchased outside now.  I worked on the bedrock garden yesterday and am continuing on today.  We had a visit from the fire marshal yesterday.  I would like to ensure our concerned neighbour that we’ve not had any fires.  The campfire status sign is on private property and is for Greening Bay Cottages customers which doesn’t apply at the moment because we aren’t yet open.  If campfires are still banned when we reopen, we will change the status to indicate such, like we always responsibly do, so rest assured.  Hopefully we will be able to reopen soon and apparently there is some news on that coming tomorrow.  While I was down by the marina yesterday, I was amazed to see the first batch of goslings.  I was surprised because it’s been so cool but I guess nature follows norm.  There will likely be more babies coming this week, I’m sure.

May 11, 2020 - 6:54 a.m.

I was amazed at how many family pictures were on Facebook yesterday.  It was nice to see grammas with their grand babies, Moms with daughters and sons, lots of family fun, even if in a different time.  I’m sure there are many people who will be happy to finally be able to hug their family members when things open back up.  It’s coming.  In the meantime, I’m biting the bullet and going to town today.  I need some soil and wildflower seeds.  I certainly don’t need any bedding plants or flowers just yet as it remains chillier than normal this season.  Still going below zero every night and I’m still dragging my pansies inside after supper.  Another few days and things are suppose to warm up a tad. When we had the lovely weather before the polar vortex came in, the bees had started to make an appearance and the dandelions were coming up.  Now I wonder if the bees who emerged early have survived.  Still no sign of hummingbirds so they’re stalled someplace warmer to bide their time.  At least I certainly hope so.  The water level in Lake Nipissing is now normal and is where it should be.  Things are slowly opening back up but I think the cottages and trailerparks will be another week or two.  One thing at a time.  I’m not looking forward to town today but maybe, just maybe, the line ups won’t be so bad now that they have somewhat started retail again. 

May 10, 2020 - 6:51 a.m.

HAPPY MOTHER’S day!!  Hope all you beautiful Moms out there enjoy your day! XXOO

May 8, 2020 - 6:56 a.m.

Mother Nature needs some Prozac.  I was working on the bedrock garden yesterday afternoon getting some sunshine and woke up to a blanket of white this morning.  The snow isn’t finished yet either.  By the looks of the long term forecast, we aren’t going to have steady nice weather until after the long weekend.  I’m amazed at the fluctuation in weather we’ve been experiencing this May.  It’s like a decision can’t be made between summer and winter.  It certainly is pretty but I’d rather green than white if given the choice.  I was going to head to town today to get some soil and wildflower seeds but that may change.  It is certainly a good day for it as I doubt many people will be at the nurseries so there won’t be line ups but I’m also not in the mood now.  Lol.  This is shaping up to be one of those years where I definitely will need to hold off planting until after the first full moon in June.  I’ve already put the snow shovels away for the year.  Should have known better.

May 7, 2020 - 7:58 a.m.

I was up at 5:00 but we had no internet.  I finally went outside to unplug everything, did the same inside and of course Dan gets up and unplugged something in the house and it starts working.  Technology and I just don’t get along.  The past couple of days have been great.  The weather was just beautiful so Dan and I both worked outside.  I have most of the raking done now and all my gardens have been cleaned out and are ready for planting other then the bedrock.  I found quite a few perennials popping their heads out to test the waters.  Might have jumped the gun on it though because it’s snowing this morning after reaching +15 yesterday.  They are calling for 10-15 cm but I doubt it will stick around long.  Dan and Mike installed and completed the new breakwall on the beach.  We just need the sand to pack down over the next week or so in case more is needed.  It was great to visit with our neighbours and some of the trailerpark yesterday.  I can’t blame anyone for being out and about and are looking forward to reopening soon.  We still aren’t sure legally when we can but I don’t think it will be too much longer.  We still haven’t turned the water on as the ground is still frozen in places and this colder weather with very little rain isn’t helping the thaw along.  I found some frozen spots in some of my shadier gardens yesterday.  I also found a few feather piles from birds the hawk has taken.  If anyone knows of a way to get rid of hawks, short of killing them or taking the feeders down, please let me know.

May 5, 2020 - 6:50 a.m.

Geez, what’s up with the weather?  The cold front came through yesterday and it got quite chilly.  The whole week is going to be rather unseasonably cold with the temperature going below zero every night this week and snow in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.  I had to bring my pansies inside last night as the north wind was beating them up too much.  I guess I was off on my prediction the hummingbirds would be arriving this week and the green tree tinge would start to appear.  But then I hadn’t known we were going to get hit with a polar vortex when I mentioned it.  The cool spring this year is definitely setting things back.  I spent some time on the phone yesterday with some of our government people and as usual was passed around several times and still didn’t get a suitable answer.  Just the same old political run around.  I was trying to find out when they were lifting the fire ban in the north.  It has been lifted in the south but we actually have fires to burn brush, property clean up and paper garbage up here.  Not to mention heat and cooking.  Our emergency personnel are not even close to being overwhelmed as we have one active case of the virus in our area.  I finally ended up sending a few emails which I’m currently waiting on to see when we can apply for fire permits again.  We’ve a pile of debris we’d really like to get rid of.  It does sound promising for things to begin to open up again for the long weekend so I guess we just need to be patient a little longer.

May 3, 2020 - 6:53 a.m.

The weather Friday was absolutely beautiful.  I had to zip into town briefly but I was able to dig out my hummingbird feeders and get them up for the little beauties.  They are on the migratory move and I am expecting them to arrive some time this week.  I noticed Saturday there were quite a few bees on my pansies and other insects made an appearance as well, including mosquitos, although the few around weren’t biting.  Yesterday morning started out quite nicely but then the rain moved in so it was pretty damp in the afternoon.  The water levels have come up in Lake Nipissing and it looks like they are no longer way below normal.  All the little sand islands are disappearing in front of our house so the seagulls will start to disappear.  They always hang out here in the spring (just a few) until the water levels even out along the shoreline.  I’ve often wondered why it is we never see baby seagulls.  We only ever see them after the fishing season starts and by then, they are fully grown and flying.  The only thing to signify they are in fact babies, is their spots.  It was suppose to dip around zero overnight but only went to +4 and it looks to be at least a partly sunny day today so I’ll likely spend some of it outdoors.  I believe Dan is going to continue on with the breakwall replacement.

May 1, 2020 - 7:42 a.m.

Well another week has flown by with nothing much accomplished.  It’s pretty hard to get motivated these days when the weather is so gloomy.  At least we finally received some badly needed rain to help get the frost out of the ground and start to green everything up.  I’ve never seen Greening Bay so brown for so long.  Usually this time of year has everything looking like a golf course.  It’s coming after 2 days of rain but Lake Nipissing is still lower than usual.  The maple buds have started to fall so a little more rain followed by some sunshine should finally have the trees popping and a green tinge start to appear as the leaves begin to grow.  There have been some concerns about reopening things, tourist businesses in particular, in the North as we have so very few recorded cases of the covid flu up here.  Personally, I think the sooner we open, the faster this thing will disappear.  I watched a very informative 5-part documentary series which began March 17 and continued through to April 17 as more information and data became available.  Canada should have been testing way more than they did and I feel our government really dropped the ball on that.  The fear mongering media should also be ashamed of themselves.  I have complete sympathy for all those who have lost loved ones but I think Canadians would be very surprised if they knew just how many people have contacted this virus since the pandemic started and who now have antibodies.  So much misinformation and everyone with an agenda people are understandably frightened but it’s time for society to get back to living.  Everyone has an opinion (which may differ from mine) so please be kind.  Always.

April 28, 2020 - 7:33 a.m.

What a simply gorgeous day yesterday!  It reached a high of +13 so Dan and I were outside most of the day.  I was working by the water so still needed my coat but it was certainly nice enough for a t-shirt away from the water and wind and in direct sunlight.  I did some raking and cleaned out a few gardens.  My tiger lilies and strawberries have started to sprout and a few ground cover plants but that’s about it for now.  Still a little cool for anything else.  I did find a few dandelions in some warm sunny spots but I don’t think the frost has completely left the ground just yet.  Usually the dandelions aren’t too far behind once the frogs start to trill.  I’m hoping to get a little more outside work done today but the clouds have started to move in which doesn’t make it as enjoyable.  We are suppose to get rain for the next few days so may be a good idea to finish cleaning out the gardens and let those April showers do their magic.

April 27, 2020 - 7:46 a.m.

What a beauty day yesterday.  It was nice and warm when away from the water but rather chilly along the shoreline just yet.  It reached 13 degrees here so we got plenty of fresh air and I opened the house up for a bit.  Today will be a repeat but rain is in the forecast for much of the week.  That’s quite alright as we need it.  We need it to green things up as well as raise the water levels which are lower than usual this year.  They let out too much this winter, likely overcompensating because of the flooding last year and apparently the dams are closed for the time being.  I’ve been finding a few remanents of bird kills lately and this morning, saw the culprit.  I saved a red winged black bird that was in th