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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8, 2020 - 8:07 a.m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We woke up to a little white stuff on the ground.  Not so much on the ground as solid objects because the grass melted it but there is snow out there this morning.  Just a little bit but I suspect we’ll see more of it this week.  Yesterday, I didn’t realize it until the sun was full up but there was ice along the shoreline where the water is very shallow and the water bowls I leave out for the animals was frozen as well so winter is defintely on its way.  I’m sure we’ll have some warmer days before we are completely thrown into a frozen tundra but yep, it won’t be long now.  The Trumpeter swans arrived yesterday.  Just a pair and as they weren’t skittish at all, they’ve been around humans and have climatized to their presence.  I walked out on a sandbar to the water’s edge and scattered some cracked corn for them and they came right towards me as I was doing it.  Such beautiful majestic birds.  They are still in the bay this morning so hopefully they will stick around and rest for a few days before migrating further south.  I did see a band on one’s leg but they aren’t tagged so can’t get the number.  I don’t like the tags as I find them too big.  It takes away from their natural beauty and since I think the species is out of “endangered” status, really no need for them.  People just need to respect them and they’ll be fine.

October 25, 2020 - 7:13 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  Some good food, friends and beverages in the afternoon and everyone was ready for serious R&R by shortly after 8:00.  I was in bed by around 10:00 and managed to get a good night’s sleep.  It was so cold last night though.  Cold and damp.  The temperature dropped below zero to -3 here, -4 in North Bay.  It is suppose to go below zero during the evening hours for much of this coming week.  Gato was fed last night and when I got up at 5:30, he was waiting on me again.  It actually looked like he was sleeping just outside our door.  Poor guy.  I wish I could trap him and find him a home but he’s just too feral.  And too smart.  He’s survived 5 winters, he’ll survive another one as long as I keep feeding him.  Especially if this winter is going to be as mild as I think it is.  Nothing much on our agendas today and I think for the most part it’ll be a low key kinda day.  Calling for flurries later one but hoping for some sun before that.  It’s only going to +3 so our options are limited ;)

October 24, 2020 - 5:52 a.m.

Well that was a wasted night where I shouldn’t even have bothered putting my head down.  These nights of insomnia have got to stop.  Even poor Grady gave up the ghost.  He knows when I’m having a relentless night because I’m moving all over the place so he hopped off the bed after about an hour of me trying not to disturb His Royal Highness every time I moved.  The wind didn’t help either as it has been making a roaring racket all night.  I hope people further south didn’t experience too much damage yesterday.  It came through here like a hammer as anticipated but thankfully we didn’t lose power as we usually do.  At around 3:30 this morning I could see the lights over Sturgeon Falls on the horizon so was figuring the wind was going to blow this system out of here but I don’t see the lights anymore so that likely means it’s overcast again.  It is still very windy and they are calling for sun today so one can hope.  We certainly received our share of rain this week, sunshine would be most welcomed.  We are having a small get together this afternoon.  Instead of a hotdog or bread and butter social, it’s going to be tapas.  I made several yesterday and have a few more to make this morning, do a little house cleaning and then hopefully I can cram in a nap.  Or not.  Lol.

October 23, 2020 - 8:18 a.m.

Dan and I watched the “debate” last night.  Even though there were a few blatant lies thrown out, I’d call it a draw so it’s anyone’s game.  After I was tucked away in bed with my book it just started pouring.  It rained on and off throughout the night, heavy at times and it looks like it’ll be a rainy miserable day today.  It would be a good day for a good book but I’ve things to do.  They have a weather advisory up for heavy rainfall through today and into the evening but they’ve changed the forecast to sun for tomorrow.  It won’t come without a price and it will get windy later today as the temperature is dropping.  High of 15 today but only 4 tomorrow.  T’is the season but all in all, it has been a fairly mild autumn so far.  We’ve usually had a good snowfall by now and I’ve yet to don my winter coat so that’s a good thing.  We’re still seeing chipmunks for heaven’s sake.  They’re always retired for the winter by now.  And yes, the dang blackbirds are still around emptying my bird feeder on a daily basis.  There are even still people fishing although it’s not my cup of tea.  Not fun being dressed in winter gear trying to manoeuvre a fishing pole.  Ice fishing is a different ball game ;)

October 21, 2020 - 7:56 a.m.

What an absolutely miserable morning.  Completely overcast, rainy, damp and only 4 degrees.  Yuck!  We did get some sun on and off yesterday so that was okay.  Dan and his cronies have be organizing the shop, Mike has been doing some painting and they installed the new propane furnace so just waiting to have it hooked up.  Removing the wood burning stove and all the wood, rearranging the wood benches and cleaning stuff up has made a lot more space so now Dan will able to keep more equipment in there for the winter.  When I woke up this morning, the dawn was just breaking and it was nearly 7:30.  I know there was talk of forgoing the time change this year but I’d rather have dawn come earlier than night time.  If they didn’t change the time, it would be dark here by 3:00 in the afternoon for a little while. Just a preference.  I can’t believe we still have some blackbirds around.  They are normally long gone by now and although it’s going to be in the low digits this week, it’s suppose to hit 14 on Friday.  Hopefully the last of them migrate then.  Nothing cleans out a bird feeder like the blackbirds.

October 19, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

Dan must have peed the bed this morning because when I got up at 6:30 he was already out in the shop with his coffee group.  Well, at least one other member of his coffee group.  Mike.  Gato was also waiting on me to feed him.  He wasn’t able to come up last night as it was raining so he was meowing at me quite aggressively this morning.  It was an absolutely miserable day yesterday as it rained for most of it.  It was also quite chilly.  The temperatures aren’t going to be very pleasant this week and lots of precipitation in the forecast.  It is suppose to drop below zero by the end of the week.  I am still waiting for the blackbirds to bugger off for the season.  They have usually migrated by now.  We’ve had flocks of several bird species migrate through already and they seem to be sticking around longer than usual on the way through.  Haven’t seen any Trumpeter swans or Pine Grosbeaks yet so there is still hope.  Those are my favourite.  I am heading to the dentist this afternoon and can’t wait.  Dan and Mike are rearranging the shop today as we are installing a propane furnace in the shop instead of using wood this year.  I prefer the wood but it’s a lot of work and the insurance company robs you blind if you heat with a stove so there is that.

October 17, 2020 - 7:09 a.m.

The sun is coming up so I survived another night.  Lol.  What a sorry bunch we are.  Craig gave a cold to Dan.  He passed it to me.  And now I’ve passed it to Annie.  Starts in the chest, moves to the head.  We have pretty much been isolating together (with a few others) since March so no surprises there. I’m on the mend as my antibiotics have kicked in finally but yesterday was not fun.  Dan was out blowing leaves all day so I was able to get some rest but it took a lot of painkillers to allow it.  I still have plugged everything in my head but I also know I also have a loose tooth.  Found that out when I tried to eat something solid yesterday. I’ve had it for awhile and was warned about it but I’m such a bad grinder, it was inevitable I’d lose it.  I do have a dentist appointment on Monday so hopefully the infection will allow it to be pulled.  Our neighbour Mike just had a root canal yesterday.  I swear, our little “coffee” group truly have our battles.  I’m taking it easy again today, just keep taking drugs as I don’t want anymore throbbing.  Dan had a few cocktails with the boys back at the shop last night and although he’s been up, went back to bed so I’m assuming he won’t be too ambitious today either.  It’s quite alright as it’s a miserable rainy, possibly snowy day, so he won’t be able to work outside anyhow.  And did I mention it’s just above zero?

October 16, 2020 - 5:10 a.m.

Holy pain Batman!!  Night 3 with no sleep.  Well, at least last night I managed about 4 hours.  The cold that Dan and I have been fighting for 2 weeks and I thought we were finally on the mend...apparently not me.  Turns out I have developed an ear and sinus infection.  Tuesday the pain started and it nearly dropped me to my knees.  I thought I had an accessed tooth but couldn’t pinpoint a tooth as the pain was along my entire jaw and after talking to my dental assistant and making an appointment for this coming Monday, things got progressively worse.  The pain was excruciating all across my forehead, my right ear, my right cheek radiating along my entire jaw.  And my face was swollen.  Not bad but enough I knew it wasn’t a tooth.  I’ve never popped so many Advil in my life.  I was finally able to see a doctor yesterday and he’s put me on a very strong antibiotic guaranteed to kill everything, including pneumonia.  He figures I’ve had the infection for some time.  This truly has not been a good year for me at all.  I just hope the meds kick in soon because this is hell.  I’ve been up since around 4:00 when the throbbing started and as I sat drinking my coffee and looking at the horizon, I can’t help but notice how things have changed.  There are so many towers visible across the lake and even the stars in the sky have changed.  I’m afraid the planet I grew up on belongs to the young ones now because I don’t recognize it anymore.  Now that I’ve gloomed and doomed everyone, you folks enjoy your day.  Lol.

October 13, 2020 - 7:43 a.m.

The cold front has arrived and brought a nasty day with it.  It’s windy, gloomy and rainy.  So glad we worked outside yesterday.  Dan and Mike (mostly Mike) had to bring down a couple of Birch trees yesterday.  The top had fallen off one but thankfully missed everything so nothing was damaged and another beside it also had a dead top so it had to go or it would have come down on its own eventually.  I helped with a little clean up but not like I use to.  There was a time I could clean up several trees, no problem.  A lot of the trees are now bare but still lots holding on.  Dan finally is getting in to the doctor today.  We’ve been given a new one as our previous doctor “retired” from practice and Dan hasn’t even met her yet.  Hopefully something can be done about his knees as the man can hardly walk.  I have already been for a visit and it’s amazing what a good doctor can do for a person.  Putting a person’s mind at ease is half the battle.  Though it does suck when it mostly comes down to your age.  Lol.  I need to get my 3rd quarter books done so think I’m going to start picking away at that today.  Being so miserable, will be a good day to lock myself in the office.  Hard to get motivated these days but needs to be done.

October 12, 2020 - 7:55 a.m.

We have had a great weekend.  The weather cooperated and we actually had plenty of sunshine and fairly nice temperatures for this time of year.  No snow yet so that’s a small blessing we have appreciated.  Sadly all good things come to and end.  It’s going to be fairly nice today but rain is moving in for the rest of the week and we may even have snow before the weekend.  I’m doing some work outside today just to finish up a few things.  There are still a few flowers that need pulling because they have managed to stay so beautiful I’ve held off.  It’s time.  Besides, I need to work off all the Thanksgiving blessings...namely turkey, ham and plenty of fixings.  Lake Nipissing is calm today in the bays but it looks a little rough in the main body.  Doesn’t matter anyhow as all the boats have been put to bed for the winter.  Now it’s catch-up and maintenance time as everything is completed and/or closed until ice Fishing.

October 10, 2020


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

Wow!  We had a nice little thunderstorm roll through early this morning around 1:00 which lasted quite some time.  Yes, I was awake through it all.  Had some heavy rain accompany it as well.  The warm front arrived and it is currently 12 degrees but the north winds are due to pick up a little later dropping the temp to zero this evening.  It’ll be windy, for sure.  Low lying heavy clouds over Greening Bay this morning are making things look a little ominous.  I have some office work to do first thing but I’d really like to get it done as there is some news coming concerning the national security of the United States which is suppose to be televised by CNN today.  Begins at 11:00 Washington’s time so I had better get my butt in gear.  These days breaking news has me glued to the tv so see what happens. It’s going to be a gloomy nasty day anyhow.

October 5, 2020 - 7:47 a.m.

Bbbrrr.  Just a tad chilly out there this morning.  It was +3 when I got up but apparently it went to -1 in North Bay overnight.  The sun turned the sky an amazing red first thing and there is a thick mist over the bay.  I’m just able to see the island out front as the mist is rising.  I also startled a deer that was munching on flowers on the bedrock.  I haven’t seen a deer in ages.  Especially on the property.  Was a nice way to wake up this morning.  We had a nice lazy day yesterday as it was pretty miserable with showers on and off.  Had a nice visit with Craig and Annie on Saturday followed by a wonderful plate of her homemade spaghetti and meatballs.  All in all a very nice weekend.  Not sure what’s on the agenda today.  I was able to put all my seasonal stuff away last week so now it’s just keeping up with leaves which is typically Dan’s job with his trusty leaf blower.  We had to shoot a poor goose on Saturday as it had a broken wing and would otherwise slowly starve to death.  I’d rather put it out of its misery than see a fox or worse kill it.  It was a young goose that had been hanging around the park all by itself, poor thing.

October 3, 2020 - 7:42 a.m.

What an absolutely miserable day yesterday.  At least I thought so.  It was cool and damp and no sun to be seen.  At least we didn’t get any flurries.  We did get some rain overnight but today could be promising.  The sun is shining on a massive low lying cloud over the bay and it looks so cool.  There is a rainbow over the Manitous but not a full one.  It looks more like a sphere.  Might need to take a picture.  There is more rain in the forecast so we’ll see.  I spent some time cleaning and doing laundry yesterday and then attacked Grady (our cat) with the clippers.  He has such long hair and he prefers it short.  I buzzed him for as long as he could take it so looks kind of funny right now until I finish the job this morning.  As much as he likes shorter hair, the clipper buzz bothers him after a while.  Gato (feral cat) has been coming regularly now as he needs to fatten up for the winter.  Ugh, winter.

October 1, 2020 - 6:08 a.m.

Another month gone in this awful year of chaos.  Hopefully things will improve for everyone in the near future.  I’m trying to stay positive but it’s tough some days, especially with gloomy weather which this week has provided in abundance.  I did do a little work outside yesterday until it started to rain.  It was mostly showers but enough to send me indoors after getting a chill.  My cold is still clinging on so I’m taking it easy and trying to rest.  Had a great little nap yesterday afternoon so this morning I’m quite spry for an old gal.  If the rain holds off, I’m going to continue getting my seasonal stuff tucked away for the winter.  Dan has been a busy beaver this week.  He has winterized all the cottages and is hoping to do the trailerpark today.  After that’s complete he just needs to dry dock the pontoon.  He has been keeping up with the leaves which will be ongoing for the next few weeks.  We have so many trees on the property that it’s an enormous chore but he manages.  The chipmunks are still collecting food for the winter but I suspect they are nearly ready to hibernate.  The weather gods are calling for possible flurries tonight and tomorrow so it may be a good idea for the little critters to hunker down.

September 29, 2020 - 6:44 a.m.

This is the first time I’ve been up before the sun in a long time.  I fell asleep to pouring rain last night which was lovely but it seems to have tapered off to nothing this morning and I hope it stays that way.  Poor Gato, the resident feral cat, was waiting on me for some food first thing.  I gave him plenty as the rain in the forecast will keep him sheltered somewhere today so no hunting.  I think I might start my thorough autumn house cleaning today.  One closet and room at a time except I’d like to do some painting as I go.  See how things go.  Dan and Mike took some boats out of the water yesterday although our pontoon is still docked.  Might have one more good day to go on a fall colour tour but it’s looking doubtful.  The leaves really started falling in the rain yesterday so I’m thinking the majority will be down before this current system moves out and gives us a beautiful day.  Make the most of it peeps.

September 28, 2020 - 8:05 a.m.

Wow!  We just had a torrential downpour come through that woke me out of a deep sleep.  It absolutely came down in sheets.  I just checked the weather and they are expecting 30-50 mm by tomorrow morning.  Lovely.  This week isn’t looking too well as rain is in the forecast pretty much every day.  Bah humbug.  There has been a lone seagull hanging around our bay for well over a week now.  It’s like the thing is scared to venture any further.  I’ve been watching it but there doesn’t seem to be any injuries as it’s flying well, walking and feeding, it just won’t leave.  Maybe it’s a solitary animal.  Maybe it’s scared of covid.  Lol.  I’m hoping the rain will send a few more gulls into the bay and then perhaps it will leave with them.  I’ve just never seen this before.  Seagulls normally feed in deeper waters and stick together.  Very strange.

September 27, 2020 - 9:20 a.m.

Well I have been sick most of the week with a nasty little cold that has been going around.  Don’t know where I caught it because I haven’t been anywhere but I’m feeling much better.  We had some friends and neighbours over yesterday as it was a nice day.  There were a few showers to contend with but it was quite warm out and reached 22 degrees.  After supper which consisted of cabbage rolls, Caesar salad, green beans and loaded twice baked potatoes, we all headed outside for a nice fire.  When we called it a night, I banked the fire really well as there wasn’t much left in the pit and headed to bed.  Sometime through the night, the wind picked up and darn if it didn’t blow a chair into the pit and burned it completely to nothing.  I got up this morning to a mess and there was a second chair burned as well.  The whole arm is melted onto a stool so neither salvageable.  Darn it all, those are our good red chairs so now we’re down two.  It must have been some wind to fan the flames to that degree of intensity.  Today is going to be quite warm and it’s already 19 but pretty much overcast.  Enjoy it while we can.

September 23, 2020 - 7:43 a.m.

It’s going to be a beautiful day!  Sunny and high of 22 and Lake Nipissing is pretty calm.  It’s suppose to stay fairly warm for the rest week through the weekend although showers are in the forecast.  I had to zip into town yesterday for a few short errands and noticed all the woolly worms have emerged.  They were all over the road so I pulled over to check one out.  Legend has it you can predict a winter from the amount of black on their bodies.  Since the one I picked up didn’t have much of it, apparently we are in for a somewhat mild winter.  I tend to agree because the chipmunks are still out and about and the temperatures fairly mild for this time of year.  Plus, a lot of the trees are just getting colour.  Sometimes the leaves are nearly down by now.  We’ve been known to have snow before October 1st.  One thing I did notice, the colours aren’t that great this year.  Yes, we have some beautiful reds and oranges but for the most part, the leaves look like they just died.  Something I’ve never seen before is the beautiful pine on our beach looks half dead throughout the entire tree.  It isn’t, it just looks that way.  It’s been a weird year for trees considering we had no maple keys, minimal cedar nuts, very few of my flowering trees bloomed and many of the other species just look sick right now.  I have my theories but this isn’t the forum for it ;)

September 20, 2020 - 7:38 a.m.

Bbbbrrrrrrrr!  She’s downright chilly out there this morning and only 2 degrees.  The mist is just pouring up Moose Creek into Greening Bay but the sun is up and shining so it should all burn off quite quickly.  It started out lovely yesterday as well but had some cloud cover move in later in the afternoon.  We are going to have a lovely week at least for the next few days and it’s perfect for working outside.  Yesterday morning, there was a big Northern water snake up by the house likely going after the chipmunks.  I initially thought it was a Massassauga rattler so thankfully it turned out to be less harmful.  Alf caught it and put it in a big garbage bag for me and I released it elsewhere in a nice warm sunny spot next to a field but still close enough to the water.  I’m surprised the chippies are still out and about as they usually start to hibernate by now.  I’ll just get up one day and they’ll all be gone.  

September 18, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

I finally got myself to bed at a decent time last night.  Well, at least before midnight.  Boy has it been cold the past few mornings.  Just above zero this morning so it’s looking like it might be time to pack things up for the season.  The hummingbirds are long gone so that’s usually a good sign the flowers can be put to bed.  At least we’ve had some sunshine this week but the temperature hasn’t gotten much above 10 degrees and today is only suppose to reach 11.  We do have a few more days of mid to high teen’s coming but I’ve a feeling Thanksgiving is going to be chilly this year.  Every once in a blue moon we get a really beautiful long weekend so fingers crossed our Indian summer will still happen.  We should probably think about taking the boats out of the water as well but Dan has his hands full with renovations right now.  I’m heading to town today to get some paint as that’s on my agenda next week.  I did a little this week but just a small job.  Ugh.  Use to love painting, not so much anymore.  Ladders and I have become mortal enemies.  Lol.

September 15, 2020 - 9:03 a.m.

I was a sleepy head this morning.  It would help if I’d get myself to bed at a decent hour instead of reading into the wee hours.  It’s looking like a pretty miserable day this morning anyhow so I’m not missing much.  They put up a frost advisory last night so I’m glad I harvested all my herbs yesterday which are currently drying out on my kitchen island until I do something with them a little later.  I’m going to try something different this year and actually strip the leaves off my sage plants so I can save the stock for burning.  I think everything could use a good cleanse this year ;)  I’m hoping to do some painting today once I properly wake up.  Nothing much yet, just some furniture but I’m planning on doing some interior house walls shortly.  Dan has been busy with a major project.  Namely, redoing the public bathrooms.  It’s a big job and he’s hobbling around but help is coming a little later this week.  I noticed a large flock of geese yesterday in the bay so the gathering has begun.  They will stick around until it turns cold and are practicing their manoeuvres with the young ones so they are able to make the migration to destination unknown.  The mallards are starting to molt as well so the males are getting their colours back.  Nothing much changes in nature and is right on schedule.

September 12, 2020 - 8:06 a.m.

We finally had a sunny day yesterday.  It certainly hasn’t been a good week for the Anderson family vacation but they took full advantage yesterday and the whole clan spent the day on the water.  They’ve been catching fish and Jack landed a 10-12 lb pike which was released.  The weather is suppose to hold most of the day but they are calling for showers later on with thunderstorms tomorrow.  It’s the time of year when Mother Nature decides autumn needs to be “a thing” but summer is still fighting hard to dominate.  I love these temperatures but would much rather have the sun to keep us warm vs turning the heat on to keep the dampness at bay.  I did a town run yesterday and was surprised it was so busy but I guess everyone was like-minded and didn’t want to be running around in the rain this week.  Today we’re having a small girls get together at Annie’s as we were all in the state of mind for some Chinese food.  Going to have some fun in the afternoon and then order in.  Dan will get a much needed break from moi and likely solve all the world’s problems back in the shop aka “man’s cave”