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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 22, 2021 - 7:37 a.m.

We dipped below zero overnight.  Well, at least North Bay did at -2 but it only hit +1 here, likely because the temperature of Lake Nipissing hasn’t reach the freezing point yet.  Brrr.  It was miserable yesterday and overnight Wednesday with plenty of rain but at least it was beautiful for most of the day on Wednesday so I did my meditation back in the park with the sun shining on my face.  It was lovely.  Today will be overcast with likely some rain here and there.  Not too sure what I’m going to do today but I may do some inventory as I am going to Costco on Tuesday next week.  I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon in Sudbury regarding the stents I received back in July so I’ll be able to restock our coffee supply while in the city.  Dan had his appointment yesterday with his surgeon and looks like he won’t be able to have his other knee replacement until next April.  Apparently the surgeon could do the surgery right now but there is a backlog at the hospital.  No doubt considering all the staff that has quit.  Not to mention the restrictions.  Sad times.

October 20, 2021 - 6:45 a.m.

We had rather a busy day yesterday.  Dan worked outside on the property all day and just before supper, took me on a tour.  The grass is so green right now and with the leaves all cleared, it looked like August instead of October.  Felt like it too because it reached a high of 18 yesterday.  It was pretty strange last night though.  The wind picked up and I went out on the back deck and you could feel the warmth from the breeze which I would have thought would be quite cool but it was like a hot pocket blowing through.  Some sort of micro clime.  Full moon does strange things.  I snapped a picture of the moon a few minutes ago as it is just setting and lighting up the whole bay.  Just gorgeous.  The weather always changes during a full moon and this time of year it gets really cold but it isn’t too bad this time around.  It’s coming though.  It is suppose to be sunny and high of 15 today but the clouds are going to move in with showers and drop to -2 tomorrow night.  Sigh.  I took the time yesterday to try a new menu item.  I had a hankering for some Indian and since neither of us are big on curry, I made a beautiful chicken tikka masala but that wasn’t a big hit with Dan either.  He just doesn’t care for the spices although the sauce was lovely.  It’s just not something he’s use to.  Trying to broaden Dan’s horizons (and his palate) could take some time  Lol.

October 19, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

Well lookey lookey.  The sun is out and shining brightly this morning.  It actually looks like we may be in for some sun this week but winter is definitely on its way as they are calling for possible snow flurries by the end of the week.  It’s pretty crisp out this morning at only 3 degrees so this very well may make the remaining leaves drop.  That should make Dan happy.  He’s been hobbling around as he’s been overdoing it but I think he just wants the property clean up finished.  Now the boredom will kick in.  Finding projects isn’t usually very difficult around here it’s just finding one we want to do.  Lol.  I’ve some painting to do on my agenda but am planning on waiting until November to get started on that.  I’ve a few other things to tackle in the mean time but it’s not starting today.  I’m going to try a new receipe tonight for supper so am zipping into town for a few ingredients.  Figured I’d give my car a bath while I’m at it.  I also need to clean the inside as well before it gets too cold.  Always something.

October 17, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

Ugh!  What a miserable day yesterday and I don’t think it’s going to be much nicer today.  The wind is just a howling and looks like it may be that way for 2-3 days.  At least we may have some hope of sun today unlike the rain yesterday.  I did some office work until around 1:00 yesterday and then watched a few forgettable slasher movies before tackling a new receipe for supper.  It was a high end meatloaf, nothing fancy but Dan loved it.  I’ll likely make my meatloaf like that from now on because it was so moist and flavourful but still.  It is just meatloaf  lol.  Dan did a little leaf blowing since the wind was in his favour but it really was quite a nasty day.  He has a meeting today at 11:00 which could last a while so he likely won’t get much done.  He wouldn’t in this weather anyhow.  A memory from today but 3 years ago popped up in my Facebook page.  It was our first snow of the season so it could be worse ;)

October 16, 2021 - 6:58 a.m.

Dan got his wish.   He said all we needed was a good wind to get the rest of the remaining leaves down and last night, it whipped up around midnight.  It actually woke me up as I was just starting to fall asleep with debris hitting the windows it was so windy.  This morning there are leaves and dead cedar stuff all over the decks.  Gato was there for food this morning as he hasn’t been up the past two nights likely due to the rain.  It doesn’t look like the rest of the weekend’s weather is going to improve and it’s going to be a lot cooler with a low of 5 tonight, 2 tomorrow night and only a high of 9 tomorrow.  Yuck.  I was getting quite comfortable with the warmer temperatures this year.  I suppose it’s that time of the season.  I’m doing some office work today and then not sure what else is on my agenda.  If the rain holds off, I’m sure Dan will do some more leaf blowing for a few hours.  It’s really bothering his one bad knee so has to watch how much he does in a day or suffer for it at night when he’s trying to sleep.  He does have a doctor’s appointment next week to find out about the surgery so hopefully he’ll have two good knees in no time.

October 13, 2021 - 6:57 a.m.

Well we certainly took advantage of the beautiful autumn day yesterday.  It was in the mid 20’s and sunny until the early afternoon when the cloud cover moved in.  Dan was leaf blowing and mulching and I was removing all my flowers and seasonal stuff for yet another year.  We were both outdoors enjoying nature all day.  The only things I didn’t get put away were the beach toys and only because it started to rain so I’m doing that this morning before I head to town for a few staples.  We received a call late yesterday afternoon from Mike who managed to find himself without fuel on his boat down by Callander Bay.  Nick and Dan went and rescued him on Nick’s boat and gave him a tow home.  Silly man.  At least he wasn’t in any danger and it happened before the sun had set.  They got home just before the rain started so it was all good.  We need things to dry out around here because the lack of sun we’ve had lately (the past two weeks) has produced hundreds of mushrooms all over our property.  I don’t even know if they are edible so that might be a good thing to find out because we could have an enormous feast if they are.

October 12, 2021 - 7:11 a.m.

Wow, what a terrific weekend we had!  The weather was outstanding and it even reached a high of 25 yesterday.  It was so warm at bedtime last night, we left the house open and it was 16 when I got up.  Amazing for this time of year.  It’s been so nice I still haven’t put my seasonal stuff away but I think today is the day.  The flowers are still blooming and I was able to cut a nice arrangement for my Thanksgiving table.  We had a great supper Sunday with a few neighbours at our table and we could have dined al fresco if the truth be told.  We did sit outside most of the day and into the evening though.  Dan thinks once the cold weather comes, it’s going to be brutal.  It’ll be cold, really cold, and stay cold.  I certainly hope not as I’m rather enjoying the prolonged autumn.

October 10, 2021 


October 9, 2021 - 6:04 a.m.

It looks like the wonderful weather we’ve been experiencing is coming to an end today as rain is expected a little later with possibly a thunderstorm.  The temperatures are still going to stay in the mid teens though so that’s something positive.  It is so calm outside right now you can hear a pin drop.  Eerily quiet.  The sun isn’t up yet so it makes even creepier.  Lol.  There was word that a plane went down on Lake Nipissing but I haven’t been able to find anymore information on it.  I’m not even sure if it was Thursday or Friday but was hoping to hear more.  There was a lot or air traffic in the area Wednesday night so it could even have been then, I just don’t know.  If it did happen, I certainly hope everyone is ok. Today I’m going to get busy in the kitchen and precook a few things for our thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and get organized so we can actually have a nice visit without me having to rush around.  Just having a few friends for dinner, nothing major.  Hopefully Ontarians can enjoy their holiday dinners surrounded by family.  It’s been a long haul for most of us.

October 7, 2021 - 7:59 a.m.

What a gorgeous week we’ve had so far.  I think this may very well be our Indian Summer.  It’s been sunny, in the high teen’s and today is suppose to reach at least 20 Celsius.  We’ll take it.  Even nature seems happier with this weather.  Lots of critters out and about for sure.  I’ve been working inside and out doing a bit of everything and Dan’s been keeping up with the leaves that are starting to fall rapidly in places.  The cottages are winterized but the park still needs the water lines blown out.  The park is now shut down for the season.  The hydro meters reads were done and I completed the trailer invoices yesterday for our tenants.  Today I’ve errands in town to run and then we are going to hunker down for the Thanksgiving weekend.  I’m going to make a nice ham and scalloped potatoes dinner one day, just not sure which day yet.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.  So blessed.

October 5, 2021 - 7:31 a.m.

Finally!  What a gorgeous day we ended up having yesterday.  It didn’t take long for the clouds to clear out in the morning which was a pleasant surprise considering how the day started.  It was sunny all day, the sky was that beautiful blue only the fall brings and it reached a high of 18.  The autumn colours are peaking on some trees, others have dropped their leaves completely and some are just starting to turn but they were certainly vibrant yesterday.  I worked in the office for a time and then just spent a little time outdoors.  Went for a few little walks, threw out my tomato plant that was on our front deck as there were only a few green tomatoes left on it that won’t reach maturity and brought the wheel barrow up to the house so I can start pulling the dying flowers today.  It’s going to be lovely for the next few days so I might as well spend it outside while the getting is good.  Dan put away all the beach chairs and kayaks yesterday so now I just need to remove the beach toys and that’ll be it for the beach this year.  Bitter sweet as a campfire is always nice when the weather permits.

October 4, 2021 - 7:17 a.m.

This is getting absolutely ridiculous now.  We’re to have yet another day of no sun.  It’s been days now.  We received another 2 inches of rain over the weekend and now the mundane has kicked in.  Time to start taking some vitamin D and B.  They do have some sun in the forecast this week but I’ll believe it when I see it.  I forgot to mention that one of the chicken hawks that has been wreaking havoc on the property was found dead in front of Alf’s trailer with a broken beak a bit ago.  We think it actually hit the trailer.  It was likely chasing something and misjudged the trajectory but we’ll never know.  I heard either it’s mate or baby calling for it so that’s kind of sad but at least there won’t be any more kills.  The chipmunks and squirrels are still out and about because although it’s been yucky weather, it has still been mild.  Gato is making regular visits and didn’t go on his usual adventure this year looking for a girlfriend so I think he’s getting old.  He has been around here since 2016, so could definitely be past his prime.  I’m not sure what’s on the agenda today but think I am going to be in the office for a bit.  I’m still waiting on a nice sunny day to put all my seasonal stuff away.

October 2, 2021 - 8:12 a.m.

Wow!  We certainly got our fair share of rain overnight.  It’s been gloomy for a few days but not really any precipitation until the wee morning hours overnight and it’s still raining lightly.  The forecast doesn’t look great for the next 2-3 days either.  Getting to be a tad depressing.  The beautiful blue autumn sky that usually compliments the changing of the colours hasn’t been seen for days.  The hummingbirds have been gone for a while as are most of the usual migrant birds (other than the water fowl of course) and the chipmunks aren’t collecting food quite as frequently as usual so it’s definitely getting late in the season.  We still see the occasional fisherman out on the water but even that is becoming an oddity now.  At least the temperatures are staying rather mild which means no snow just yet.

September 30, 2021 - 7:55 a.m.

I don’t know what happened to all the sun we were suppose to receive this week but it hasn’t been as forecasted.  It’s been overcast for the past couple of days and quite cool.  I’ve been stuck in the office anyhow so not really an issue for me but still, I am getting extremely tired of gray clouds.  I should be done my books later today and if these clouds don’t clear out in the next day or so, it might be time to go for a drive in search of sunshine.  This is ridiculous.

September 28, 2021 - 8:03 a.m.

Dan said summer was going to come back this week.  He lied.  Lol.  The sun may be shining but it’s certainly not summer.  Not even summerish.  It was 4 degrees when I got up and the evenings are going to stay quite cool for most of the week.  Day time highs anywhere from 14 to 18 so looks like it’s time for me to start putting away our seasonal stuff and dump all the flowers.  There was actually a frost warning up last night.  We still have a few stragglers in the trailer park but for the most part, most have winterized and gone back to their daily lives at home.  The park officially closes before the weekend so I suspect the property will become very quiet now until ice fishing.  Not ready to go there just yet.

September 27, 2021  - 8:00 a.m.

We had a great weekend but Saturday, as promising as it started, turned out quite rainy.  It was beautiful and sunny in the morning but rained the rest of the day and most of the evening hours.  Annie cut my hair late in the afternoon and then I put on a nice lasagna dinner for everyone.  We ended up in the shop afterwards but it wasn’t a late night.  The weather didn’t cooperate yesterday either so Dan and I didn’t do much of anything.  Today it’s currently 13 degrees and overcast but with any luck, this cloud cover will move out and we can finally get some of the sun they’ve forecasted for the rest of the week.

September 25, 2021 - 8:14 a.m.

All told, by the time the rain stopped, we received well over 5 inches and we had ducks swimming in the parking lots and in front of trailers.  Seriously.  Most of the water has now been absorbed but it made for a few miserable days.  Today looks to be bright and sunny and the long range forecast has plenty of sun but the temperatures will definitely be seasonal with high’s of 18 and low’s of 8.  Larry and Trish dropped out for a visit yesterday so always nice to see them.  I ended up making a batch of lasagna yesterday so having a few friends for supper tonight after Annie gives me a badly needed haircut.  Unfortunately the days of dining el fresco are over, it’s just too cool.

September 23, 2021 - 5:55 a.m.

Rain, rain, go away and don’t come back for a while.  We’ve had our fair share and it’s still coming down.  Looking at the radar, it doesn’t look like we’ll see any sunshine until at least Saturday, maybe Sunday.  Just one massive rain cloud across the whole region and it’s really coming down right now as it has most of the night.  I emptied the rain gauge yesterday morning so am waiting to see how much we’ll have accumulated a little later today.  Having stared at numbers all day yesterday organizing all my data entry for my books, I was in bed by about 9:30 last night.  I’m heading to the dreaded Walmart today so am glad I’m up early and will get my shopping finished before mass amounts of people show up.  Pretty bad when shopping becomes such a chore.  I’m quite happy to stay home in my own little bubble away from all the negativity.  I’ll likely be gone most of the morning but thankfully won’t need to go to town again for a bit. Dan hasn’t done much this week just because of the rain so I guess the honey-do list will need to wait.  Lol.

September 22, 2021 - 7:53 a.m.

Bbbrrrr!  She’s nipply this morning.  It was in the 20’s yesterday to the point I had shorts on in the morning because the humidity was making me perspire when I was outside.  This morning I need full on clothes with a heavy jacket and it’s a chilly 11 degrees.  The rain started off lightly and stayed that way most of the day.  The heavy stuff came late afternoon around supper time and it rained most of the night.  As of 7:30 this morning, we received 1 1/2”.  They are calling for much of the same today.  I couldn’t believe Gato was outside the door this morning meowing for something to eat.  Even feral cats don’t like the water much.  He’ll like slinkier off to parts unknown with a full belly to sleep through whatever rain we may get today.  Most of the windows in our house are cover in condensation so things are definitely on the damp side.  I’m thinking I may head to town today as I have errands to run.  I harvested some milkweed plants yesterday and passed some pods out to those that wanted them.  I planted a few around here and wanted to pop some in the mail to a girlfriend down south but Dan said they wouldn’t fit in the mailbox so I need to stop at the post office today among other things.  May wait until tomorrow when it’s not going to rain quite so much.  Crappy forecast this week for sure.

September 21, 2021 - 8:50 a.m.

Well, that’s it then.  I stayed up late watching the election results and then couldn’t get to sleep because of the election results.  I guess it’s all about who you were rooting for but the weather this morning suits my mood perfectly.  Lol.  It’s overcast with intermittent showers and seems it’s going to be a gloomy day.  Aw well, can’t have everything in this life.  I didn’t end up getting to my books yesterday as I opted to do some cleaning and laundry instead.   Don’t know how much I’ll get done today either as I’m still waking up and would rather just go back to bed.  One of those days.  I have to say though, it was the weirdest thing late last night.  It was like a hot spot came through here and the temperature jumped up to 25 degrees for about an hour and then dropped back down to 20 and it’s still mild this morning.  The jump in temperature must have been its own little thermal pocket that was just passing through but it sure felt lovely when I was out on the deck.  Not ready to turn heat on in the house just yet.

September 20, 2021 - 6:36 a.m.

It has been a few busy days spent mostly outdoors just because the weather has been so beautiful.  Nice and sunny with gorgeous autumn temperatures just under the 20 degree mark.  It’s going to be a rainy week according to the various forecasts so glad we took some time to enjoy the boat for likely the last time.   We also enjoyed the company of the trailerpark, especially Saturday as we kind of all descended on Paul and Kat’s deck for the afternoon.  Today, I am getting my office work started as I have a pile of it to do.  I’ll likely be stuck in front of the computer all week but better to do it when it’s raining then not.  For those of you who still need to, please get out there and vote today.  Very important!

September 16, 2021 - 7:27 a.m.

What a great few days we’ve had.  The weather has been beautiful and today will be no exception.  It’s suppose to reach a high of 25 and be sunny all day.  It was warm and sunny all day yesterday as well but unfortunately I spent the bulk of it inside.  I decided to tackle the mess on my side of the shop which has slowly increased over the past year.  Dan likes to keep his side cleaned out so there’s plenty of room for his coffee cronies which means everything has ended up on my side and it got to the point you could hardly move.  The past two days I’ve been purging and cleaning and now it’s back to its former glory.  Lots of work and quite a bit needs to go to the dump but a job well done never goes unnoticed.  Dan, with some help from the boys got the boats out of the water for the season with the exception of the pontoon boat.  I don’t know if it’ll get used again this season but it’s there if needed.  Today might be a good day for a jaunt.

September 15, 2021 - 5:18 a.m.

We had somewhat of a scary afternoon yesterday.  There were tornado warnings implemented, taken down, put back up, taken down.  It was comical after a bit.  The EBS kept coming on the t.v., then the warnings would change to severe thunderstorms.  It was crazy.  The fact that Britt is down for maintenance until possibly November could have something to do with the weather gods not knowing what the heck was going on.  In the end, our area had severe thunderstorms with some high winds and torrential rain but for the most part, we all came out unscathed.  There was a tense moment though when all the water in front of our house evacuated out of the bay.  That is never a good sign.  I’m sure someone along the path of the system really got nailed with water but I don’t think Callander or North Bay suffered from water spouts.  This morning the stars are shining brightly so looks to be a clear sunny day but it is still rather windy.  The temperature is suppose to hit 20 so it just may be a nice day out of the wind path.

September 13, 2021 - 7:00 a.m.

Happy birthday to Dan the man who turns 58 years young today.  Many more sweetheart!   He celebrated in style this weekend as we had a fantastic visit with Kate and Paul McKeand.  We figure it’s been at least 25 years since we’ve seen them and certainly made up for lost time.  The trailerpark had their closing potluck dinner under the picnic shelter on Saturday and Paul Pruneau and friends gave us some live entertainment in the form of karaoke.  Lots of good food, laughter and singing.  A little dancing as well.  Was a great time.  The weather didn’t cooperate as it poured rain but we were all protected under the shelter and when I looked at the rain gauge yesterday, it seems we received a good inch throughout the evening.   Obviously there wasn’t a camp fire which I was hoping for but we did have one Friday night so it was all good.  Yesterday after the McKeand’s left, both Dan and I vegged so it’s back to work today after the Anderson’s head home from their family vacation.  We actually had an engagement happen while they were here so congratulations to Jesse and Jessica on their impending wedding.  John Noble was honoured this trip and his ashes placed according to his wishes.  Where one life ends, another begins.

September 10, 2021 - 7:35 a.m.

I don’t know what it is about Labour Day but it seems as soon as the holiday weekend is over, Mother Nature turns off the heat.  The mornings this week sure have been chilly with lots of mist but thankfully, it burns off fairly quickly.  It was beautiful yesterday and warmed up nicely but I think a sweater may be in order today if not in a sunny spot.  It’s pretty overcast at the moment and I was just out watching a little sandpiper before it flew off to parts unknown.  We don’t see them here very often and it’s normally after a storm veers them off course so it was a rarity this morning to be blessed to see one.  We have some friends coming up for a visit this weekend who we’ve not seen in over twenty years.  Namely Kate and Paul McKeand.  Kate use to work with Dan back in the day when the Slip In Lounge was a thing in Erieau.  So looking forward to a catch up.  The Anderson’s are making the best of their vacation, as they always do.  It’s going to be like old home week around here for the next few days.

September 7, 2021 - 6:49 a.m.

She is chilly this morning with the mist pouring off the water again.  A beautiful cloud formation is sitting over the island which I would swear looks like snow clouds if I didn’t know any better.  That said, the sun hasn’t fully risen so the formation looks rather dark and ominous right now.  They are calling for heavy rainfall tonight as a result of the low pressure system due to hit down south today.  Lyn is heading home this morning so I hope she’s able to get there before finding any adverse weather.  It’s a long trek but I think she’s leaving early enough she should arrive before it hits but one never knows.  Weather is a science but they’ve been off the mark this summer.  At least we lucked out during Lyn’s visit although the forecast was quite the contrary.  The Anderson’s crew arrive today coming from where Lyn is going so they’ll likely pass each other on their journeys.  Too funny.  

September 5, 2021 - 7:06 a.m.

How lovely.  I was greeted by a deer this morning outside my bedroom window.  I haven’t seen a deer in ages.  Ever since I stopped feeding them, they’ve been pretty sparse around the property.  I know they still wander through occasionally because they’ve eaten my geranium blooms along the road but it was nice to finally see one.  She looked like a younger version of Red who was a regular here a few years ago.  It’s funny because I was just talking about her.  The old gal sadly passed a few years ago but she had a great life and was well fed by numerous people.  Yesterday was beautiful but the cloud cover did eventually move in and it started raining late in the day.  I think we had showers pretty much all night but it has stopped raining for now as most of the precipitation clouds have moved through the area.  It’s still overcast and quite a gray morning so not sure what the day is going to bring.  Might need to whip out the dominoes and have a game if it’s going to be this drab.  At least it’s still fairly warm and was 18 when I got up so it could be worse.

September 3, 2021 - 7:58 a.m.

Well this just sucks.  The weather turned for the worse and other than the day Lyn arrived, it’s been completely overcast and chilly.  At least we were able to sit on the beach Wednesday and get some sun.  Yesterday we decided to go into town so Lyn could browse in Vested Interest and she found a few things she really liked.  I bought a piece of indigenous art I’d had my eye on.  We went to 1886 Lakeside Bistro for lunch afterwards and it was delicious as always.  Just a light lunch as I cooked the lasagna for supper last night and then we were all in bed early.  At least we were able to catch a glimpse of the sun which came out just in time to watch it set.  That happens way too often for my liking.  I actually had to close the house up and put on the heat yesterday and good thing because it’s cool and overcast again this morning.  Long term doesn’t look promising as they are calling for quite a bit of showers over the next week or so.  Remnants of Hurricane Ida no doubt.  The flooding along the Eastern seaboard is terrible and pray everyone will be okay.  Hopefully the water recedes quickly.

September 1, 2021 - 6:55 a.m.

Bbbbbrrrrr, is it chilly this morning.  I think our days of needing a swim due to overheating are behind us.  Much as I hate to say it.  It’s a really cool 10 degrees and the mist is just rolling off the lake which is always the first indication the high summer temps are leaving.  It usually happens much earlier in August though so I think we are in for a decent autumn this year instead of the usual early snow.  Ooooo, did I use the S word?  Lol.  My dear friend Lyn is arriving this morning for a visit since we girls are not able to take our usual trip to Mexico.  Lyn usually comes up every year anyway but usually much sooner than this.  I did my town run yesterday and made some chilli and lasagna last night so at least two meals are pre-made.  Both are always better after the second cook really messes the spices anyhow.  I have a bit of work this morning but am hoping to be done by the time Lyn has arrived and gotten herself organized.  Definitely would like to park it in the sun this afternoon and do some catch up.  Thankfully the wind has died down so may even be able to get a boat ride in.

August 30, 2021 - 7:57 a.m.

What a beautiful day!  Quite a wonderful lake breeze with a gorgeous temperature and no humidity.  The storm that came barreling through here last night knocked all the stale air right out of here.  Just perfect weather today for working.  This is when I should have been doing all my canning.  Lol.  No one said anything about me having perfect timing.  I was keeping an eye on the storm as it approached and it did gain some momentum after crossing over Georgian Bay so when it hit, there was lots of wind and moisture.  It was short lived thankfully so we received only about 3/8’s of an inch but the wind was something else.  And the calm before the storm was super creepy but the storm itself didn’t cause any damage.  It did did blow over somewhat heavy items and knocked dead tree limbs down...nature’s pruning.  We were actually hit up north prior to down south just because it was such an enormous line and due to the trajectory.  There is nothing but sun in the forecast for most of the next 2 weeks although I’m pretty sure that will change considering the size of hurricane Ida.  I don’t know how we can not get precipitation from that even this far up and inland.  Those poor people.  Don’t think I’d be staying in New Orleans even if I was born and raised there.  The place is cursed.  Gato was waiting on me this morning which I figured as he usually stays hidden for a while after a storm hits so he’ll find a place to curl up and sleep for the rest of the day, I’m sure.

August 29, 2021 - 6:52 a.m.

Looks like I’m watering flowers today.  I was hoping we’d get some of that heavy rain they predicted late Saturday/early Sunday but it didn’t materialize.  We had a small shower yesterday and early this morning but not enough to wet your whistle.  We may get a storm later today but I’m thinking that too will weaken as it approaches Lake Nipissing.  My neighbour pointed out yet another lone goose hanging around the bay and usually the flock will accept it after mating season but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this one.  It was calling all day yesterday and has been solitary for quite some time. I just saw it fly into the bay from somewhere else and the flock flew over the bay but landed the next bay over so it’s not yet been invited to join the group.  Hopefully before they migrate or it won’t make it through the winter.  It’s eerily quiet again this morning with no birds singing just yet.  The lake is very calm as it was last night and it’s suppose to feel like 32 today with the humidex so maybe we will get that thunderstorm once the daytime heating peaks. Usually around supper time.

August 27, 2021 - 7:57 a.m.

Bye bye humidity, hello seasonal weather.  Finally.  I hope I’m not going to be sorry for what I wished for.  I do believe it’s going to be a beautiful day with much nicer temperatures for working.  Considering I finished all my canning yesterday, of course the heat goes.  It is much cooler today and I’m actually needing my housecoat outside for my morning coffee but it’s all good.  It’s currently cloudy (beach/mackerel clouds) so I do think we’ll get some rain in the next 24-36 hours but I’m still going to do a little watering today once I get my house cleaned and all my preserves put away.  I actually used a super little hand held m