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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 mixer that Dan gave me years ago on my chilli sauce yesterday and don’t know why I haven’t done that all along.  It shortened the cooking time considerably.  Dan did some grass cutting yesterday just to freshen things up a bit.  He also headed to town to buy some replacement parts for the property.  Gone are the days when a toaster actually lasts longer than six months.  Lol.  Funny, not funny.  Cheaper definitely doesn’t mean better in today’s throw away society.

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

Praise be the Lord!  A cool down is finally on its way!  There is a beautiful lake breeze blowing off Nipissing that feels absolutely wonderful.  It was so hot, stale and stagnant yesterday it was hard to breathe.  Not a stitch of air movement and here I was in the kitchen all day doing canning.  I couldn’t put it off because in this heat, the produce wouldn’t last long.  I managed to get the peaches finished and all the tomatoes peeled and onions cut which had to sit in salt brine overnight.  Tonight I have to boil them down for a good 3 hours before canning my chilli sauce.  The winds are starting to veer north so should be a much cooler day, especially in the house.  I don’t think anyone slept well last night and I was up until at least 3:00 this morning as it was just so hot.  Gato showed up around 2:30 for something to eat.  I had t seen him for several days so I’m sure he was hungry having not being able to hunt in this weather is my guess.  It’s going to be a gorgeous day so hopefully I can get out there and enjoy it.

August 25, 2021 - 8:38 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday, especially the morning before it got too hot.  We just had a brief shower roll through which only made it more humid but did give nature a little thirst relief.  Maybe not enough to quench but a drink nonetheless.  It’s going to be another scorcher today with a high of 29 and although the cool down was suppose to come Thursday, it looks like it’s coming Friday now.  I had a busy day yesterday.  I spent the morning watering everything so should be good for a couple of days and then in the afternoon started my canning.  I made a nice pasta/pizza/tomato sauce with some of the produce Alf was kind enough to pick up for me on his trip south.  Since the sauce was made, I stuffed some peppers and threw them in the instant pot.  They turned out pretty tasty I must say.  Today I’m making my Mom’s tomato soy (chilli sauce) since Dan has been bugging me for it and I’m also canning some peaches.  Will be another long day for me but the reward is worth it.

August 24, 2021 - 6:25 a.m.

A very bright orange moon had me tossing and turning last night.  It’s just as well.  I’d like to get watering the flowers before it gets too hot.  When the cool down comes through on Thursday, we’re going to freeze.  Lol.  It’s been hot for days but yesterday wasn’t quite as bad as previous days.  I actually think I got a tad too much sun on Sunday.  Being on the boat one needs to be very careful especially if not wearing a hat.  I think we’ll have a great boating season right through to October this year.  The water temperature of Lake Nipissing is just gorgeous and this beautiful weather doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.  Usually when we have a rainy July (brutal this year), we get a wonderful autumn, namely September and part of October.  It isn’t unheard of to have 25 degrees on Thanksgiving, it’s just very rare.

August 22, 2021 - 8:21 a.m.

Oh my goodness was it a scorcher yesterday.  It was almost tolerable when the sun went behind clouds but for the most part, a lot of people opted to stay indoors in the air conditioning.  By the time our guests arrived, it was too late to head to Callander on the boat for Rock the Docks and even if we could have, it was too hot to be out in the sun or stationary on the boat for a prolonged period of time so we just tooted around trying to keep cool.  Our poor cat.  Grady was stuck in the house which stays cools during the day but as soon as the sun comes around to the back of the house in the evening, it just beats on the big picture windows and turns the house into an oven.  I ended up going for a swim around 10:30 last night as I couldn’t get cooled down enough for bed.  I’m supporting a pretty fancy hairdo this morning considering I went to bed with still damp hair lol.  It’s going to be the same today with humidex temperatures reaching the 40 degree mark so suspect we’ll be finding some relief somewhere once again.  And again they are calling for thunderstorms to break the heat but they didn’t materialize yesterday and I don’t they will today either.  The weather systems are pretty stable so until some cold air comes through from the north or west, we’ll be living in this stagnant bubble.  It sure makes for great water activities on Lake Nipissing though!

August 21, 2021 - 6:18 a.m.

Wow, what an incredible week.  The temperatures have been in the high 20’s low 30’s and with the humidex, low 40’s.  I’ll be glad when this breaks but the heat wave isn’t going anywhere too soon.  Apparently, we’ve still another week of this hot stuff.  I have never seen it quite this hot this time of year.  Especially for this long.  I have to wonder if they’ve been rolling out 5G because no way this is climate change.  Not this quickly.  The fires are still going so that could also have something to do with it.  The hazy smoky atmosphere hasn’t cleared all week.  We’re in for 40 degrees today with the possibility of thunderstorms late in the day.  We went on the boat Thursday afternoon and spent a good 5 hours on the water.  Headed to the North Bay Marina to look at boats, then over to the Manitous for a swim and then just cruised around the little islands on the south shore.  We were going to go for a quick toot after supper last night just to cool down and likely should have but we didn’t.  Today we’ve work to do but are hoping to head down to Callander for “Rocking the Docks” from 4:00-8:00 but with the iffy weather, don’t know just yet.  It’s the plan so we’ll see what the updated weather forecast says at 8:00.  

August 19, 2021 - 7:17 a.m.

They have issued a heat warning now until at least Saturday.  The temperatures are going to be in the 30’s but with the humidex, may even reach the 40’s.  I tried weeding the bedrock yesterday morning but obviously didn’t get to it soon enough.  I was only able to do one section before having to call it quits due to overheating.  The perspiration aka sweat was just dripping down my nose and into my eyes in a steady stream.  I’ve never seen it this hot this time of year.  Thankfully we live where we live because there was a beautiful lake breeze for most of the day and it cooled right down after supper but it was pretty brutal during the afternoon hours.  I believe we are heading out on the boat around noon today just to try to beat the heat.  Currently it feels lovely, nice and cool but the air quality isn’t the greatest.  It’s already hazy but again, the fires are still raging so likely has a lot to do with it.  The beach goers are certainly enjoying themselves but from what I’m hearing, the fishing has dropped off.  It usually does this time of year as the water is too warm so they hide in the depths but I suspect the fish may be late returning to their usual spots this autumn.  I’m not complaining because some years we are already into long pants by now.  I’m thinking we are in for a lovely fall this year with warmer temperatures well into October.

August 18, 2021 - 7:30 a.m.

Ugh.  We’re in for some hot, humid and sweaty weather for the next several days.  It was an okay day yesterday as it started out with showers but soon cleared and was quite nice but you could feel the mugginess creeping in.  I decided to do my town run considering the a/c in my car would keep me comfortable but I came home with my vehicle chock full.  I still need to unload the birdfeed but had enough of hauling everything else into the house by the time Dan and I finished.  Lol.  Since I’m only going to town once every 2–3 weeks on a major run, there’s always lots of hauling when I get home.  Today (and for a few days) I’m doing light exercise, especially in the heat that’s coming our way.  I need to do some bedrock garden weeding desperately but taking my time and not exerting myself.  I noticed my butterfly plants have pods on them for the first time since I’ve planted them so I’m going to spread the seeds around the property.  All the milkweed in this area tends to be purple or yellow.  These are orange and beautiful when they bloom.  Had tons of Monarch caterpillars on them this year.

August 16, 2021 - 7:09 a.m.

It looks like this is the week to be here.  Beautiful weather and the temperatures are going to be wonderful all week.  Mid to high 20’s, cool at night for sleeping and nothing but sun.  The air quality is back to normal as well so all the storms of last week must have done their job.  I actually need to water flowers today as most of the pots need it.  Gardening this morning and then town this afternoon.  Nothing too exciting.  Hopefully we can get a boat ride in this week.

August 14, 2021 - 6:34 a.m.

We survived Friday the 13th but it appears the weather didn’t.  Lol.  It’s a tad chilly this morning.  I had a hard time sleeping last night, nothing unusual there, and was still stargazing at 1:30 this morning.  It was warm, a little breeze but some cloud cover was moving in.  Sometime around 4:00, the wind really picked up straight out of the north.  The weather report says it’s currently 10 degrees in North Bay but we’re registering 16 which tells me we’re getting warmth off the water.  The winds look to have shifted to the west which I think are going to continue most of the day.  The winds of change, I call them.  It looks like we are in for a lovely week (once the winds die down) with little rain, no mugginess and more comfortable temperatures.  I don’t know how visible the meteor showers will be tonight as I think last night was the end of the peak but we may be able to catch a glimpse.  Either way, if it’s a clear evening, the stars are breathtaking enough.

August 13, 2021 - 7:53 a.m.

Dan and I are so blessed and we sometimes forget that.  I propped an Adirondack chair in the water and sat for hours last night watching the Perseid meteor shower.  It was amazing.  I couldn’t tell you how many meteors I saw but the darker the night sky got, the more I saw.  The Milky Way was in top form as well.  It wasn’t until a low flying airplane went overhead I realized just how insignificant we truly are in this vast universe of ours.  I also went for a midnight swim as the lake was so calm and I wanted to get further out in the bay.  It was just so beautiful.  I think it was close to 2:00 when some clouds moved through so I decided to call it a night but it was so worth giving up a little sleep.  The shower peaked last night but will also be highly visible tonight.  I would have loved to have been on a boat in the middle of the lake so that’s a thought for anyone who is a stargazer.

August 12, 2021 - 8:32 a.m.

Wow!  Quite the little storm we had last night.  I’m sure it was all part of the same system that wreaked havoc down south but the calm before the storm up here was almost worse.  We’ve just been experiencing the weirdest weather this summer and it sure has my senses tingling.  After supper, things got really dark and really quiet.  Really quiet.  I expected a huge blow out but thankfully, the bulk of the wind stayed out on the lake.  We had one major gust but I don’t think it caused any damage on our property.  I was more concerned about people further down the lake as Dan and I were watching all the tailers coming down from the clouds over the bay.  We did have torrential downpours and thunder and lightning with one huge crack but thankfully, it doesn’t look like it hit anything of ours.  I saw it hit and think it was across the creek.  I sure do love a good storm and it always gets my energy flowing but we’ve had enough of them now.  It looks like the weather is going to stabilize hopefully later today or tomorrow and then it looks like we’re in for plenty of sun for a good stretch.  Cooler temperatures too so hopefully that means less mugginess.  I haven’t been getting much done at all, it’s just been too hot.

August 11, 2021 - 10:01 a.m.

Wow, I’ve been 3 nights with no sleep and last night I figured for sure I’d get some rest but was still wide awake at 3:30 this morning.  I even took an Advil PM around 9:30 last night.  Not good.  Something funky going on similar to restless legs so I was doing some exercises in the middle of the night.  Geesh, this getting old is for the birds.  I didn’t go for my daily morning walk this morning but did manage to get it in yesterday just before the rain hit.  We had an enormous amount of rain come through yesterday.  Short lived bursts of torrential rain and one of our cottages even had a small roof leak.  It’s a new tin roof so Dan figures it came in around the vent stack.  Can’t be helped.  At one point we received nearly an inch in around 10 minutes.  It’s overcast again today with a few sprinklings here and there and the showers may stick around for a bit today but the forecast looks good for the rest of the week.  They really need to get the forest fires under control because even the heavy rains aren’t helping to cleanse the air.  Been a very strange summer indeed.

August 9, 2021 - 7:23 a.m.

Well that’s a night sleep I’ll never get back.  The lightning started around 2:30 this morning and then carried on for several hours.  It was so eerily quiet last night and at first, all I saw was lightning but no thunder.  The thunder didn’t start until a good hour later.  The only sound I heard was a couple of crickets until it started raining.  It was pretty strange and gave me goosebumps.  We received a 1/2 inch of rain overnight and is hazy yet again this morning but I believe the sun will come out shortly.  Very muggy and humid.  At least the flowers won’t need watering and are starting to look a little healthier. 

August 7, 2021 - 6:32 a.m.

Today is dawning overcast with a few showers in the area.  It’s not raining here but it did.  We just received a few showers yesterday but thankfully they held off until much later and people were able to enjoy a great beach day.  I spent the morning working and also gave my flowers a last hit of fertilizer for the season.  I couldn’t believe it when I was watering the flowers at the entrance to our property on Birchgrove.  I was dousing the hanging planters and 3 mice hopped out soaking wet, landed on the welcome sign and shimmied down the support beam into the garden of lilies.  I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.  Dan would have been in hysterics since he still has a childhood phobia about mice.  I’m just hoping they didn’t have babies in there.  So weird and you know you need a life when seeing mice in your flowers is the high point of your day.  Lol.  The next week is looking to be hot and humid until a little later in the week.  Pop up storms will likely transpire but for the most part, I think it will be a nice week.  Larry and Trish popped in for a visit yesterday but I was napping so missed them.  I’m still not 100% but I’m getting there.  My energy level needs working on.

August 6, 2021 - 7:34 a.m.

Well it looks like I’ll be spending the morning watering.  It turned out to be an extremely warm humid week and although they called for showers nearly every day we didn’t receive any rain.  Some areas around Lake Nipissing did get some rain but we were missed completely.  Unless something pops up, it looks like everything will stay north of us today.  Going to be another hot one too.  Dan and I went for another quick boat ride last night to cool down.  I think a swim would be better but the ride was enough.  Hoping to maybe get out this afternoon but I do have work.  I was chatting on social media with a girl from Greece last night.  She said the wildfires there are just terrible.  The animals are suffering horribly and although they do have volunteers trying to rescue them, a lot are perishing.  Lots of people have lost their homes.  It’s been a weird summer to say the least.

August 5, 2021 - 8:15 a.m.

It is so hazy this morning with smoke from the wildfires that it appears to be overcast.  It’s definitely not clouds so hopefully the sun will burn it all off as it rises.  It was quite muggy and sunny yesterday with a high of 26 and is suppose to be even warmer today.  Although they are saying only 30% chance of showers today, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a quick thunderstorm.  I read an article yesterday that stated due to the long term forecast looking relatively stable, they are hoping it will enable the firefighters to better control the fires.  We have them from various parts of the world such as Mexico and Australia but now that half the planet is burning, we may need to be second fiddle as our fires aren’t in densely population areas when compared to Turkey, Greece and Italy.  All the flooding and fires, can’t wait for the earthquakes to begin.  We were briefly in the boat yesterday as Alf installed a new engine on his so we shadowed him to make sure everything was tickety-boo and it managed to cool me down somewhat as I was gardening but I think I’m going to do very little today.  Or at least try to get stuff accomplished while it’s still cool.  I do need to get to town for supplies so the a/c in the car will be welcomed today.

August 3, 2021 - 7:49 a.m.

We may be in for some thunderstorms later today.  They are calling for a 70% chance so high probability we’ll see something.  It was beautiful yesterday and I rested for the most part.  Thankfully Dan was on his A game and did all the running around.  He was pretty busy too.  Margie and I are going for our walk today and I’ve a little housecleaning but other than that, going to be pretty low key.  I may zip into L’Ami’s if they are open today to see about getting some tomatoes for canning.  It’s a shame they weren’t ready when Donna and Kevin came up last week but at least we had some wonderful Kent County sweet corn!

August 1, 2021 - 7:11 a.m.

Time is just flying by.  At least the summer seems to be.  I can’t believe it’s August already.  It doesn’t look like the month is going to start out very summery either.  It rained for most of the day and night yesterday and thankfully not too heavily but it is still “spitting” this morning.  Complete cloud cover so I don’t know that we’ll see any sun today either.  The weekly forecast looks much better so I’m going to stay positive it’ll be a beautiful week ahead.  Gato came up last night for something to eat and drink and he was there when I got up this morning.  He wasn’t wet so I’ve no idea where he bedded down for the evening.  Dan was out in the shop with his cronies yesterday but I opted for some quiet time as I did some cottage laundry and made a batch of spaghetti.  I’m not quite sure what’s on my agenda today.  I got plenty of rest yesterday but with the gloominess today, just may need to start another good book.

July 30, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.

Well we certainly lucked out wearherwise this week with the hot muggy weather through the day and the rain during the sleeping hours.  That had to change though and it did.  We sat on the beach yesterday and late in the day, watched a storm develop over Lake Nipissing.  Thankfully it held off until suppertime so it didn’t interfere with typical lake activities.  It rumbled a few times but nothing major and then the wind and rain came.  I could see the wall of water coming across the lake.  We didn’t get much of it but that was the leading edge of the cold front and boy, what a difference.  I had to get up at 2:00 and close the house up it was so chilly and it was a true 13 degrees when I first got up this morning.  The air quality has greatly improved though and is crisp and clean.  Yesterday we couldn’t see the islands too well but today they look so close.  It’s still windy so the lake is being stirred up but the sweater wearing temperatures is kind of nice after the very warm week.

July 29, 2021 - 9:20 a.m.

Well it’s been a great couple of days.  The weather has cooperated and kept the rain to the evening hours and given us sunshine and very warm temperatures for the daytime fun.  It’s been wonderful visiting with the Couture’s and catching up.  We had a lovely smoked pork dinner last night and a campfire which lasted a little longer than anticipated.  It was a long day for the boys because they all golfed in the morning but everyone is up and running this morning.  I haven’t looked at the forecast for today and it rained overnight into the early morning hours but I think the sun is going to make an appearance today as soon as the cloud cover gets burned off.  If not well then it just makes for a great indoor veggie day.

July 27, 2021 - 7:12 a.m.

I have never seen so much rain in a longterm forecast for so long.  The rain held off yesterday and it was quite beautiful though hazy of course but we did receive rain overnight and this morning.  It is suppose to clear up in a couple of hours but we’ll see.  I looked at the current forest fire situation and it’s not looking good.  Half of Ontario towards and likely into Manitoba looks to be on fire.  I haven’t watched the news in ages but may need to breakdown and watch it this morning.  The fires are still well away from us but perhaps it’s time to bring in the Calvary and get things under control.  I’m surprised we’ve not seen any water bombers on this lake yet but that could very well change.  Even with the rain, it’s still very humid and suppose to reach a high of 23, 28 with humidex today.  Damp.  Very damp.

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

The weather has been absolutely crazy.  I think most of it is being driven but the wildfires up here and although they aren’t very close to us, they are still creating poor air quality.  Yesterday afternoon we took the Couture’s for a short boat ride but the wind picked up so just after we got back to shore, started hearing thunder.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky but the visibility was terrible and all of a sudden, the radar showed a thin band of nasty looking weather coming down the lake which couldn’t miss us.  Thankfully it only produce rain here which didn’t last very long but managed to clear the skies a bit and then the sun came back out.  The air quality wasn’t great again when we went to bed and it’s hazy again this morning so I would imagine we’re in for the same sort of day.  Just craziness right now.  My heartfelt thanks and appreciation definitely goes out to all the firemen, volunteers and crew who are fighting these fire battles.  God bless you all!

July 25, 2021 - 6:30 a.m.

Holy rain Batman!  It started to rain around 10:00 yesterday morning and didn’t let up all day.  And it was absolutely pouring at times.  We ended up with a good 3 inches and now I’m saying “enough already”.  It’s time for some hot weather with plenty of sunshine.  It’s still very grey, gloomy and overcast out there this morning but I have faith the sun is going to burn it off and give us what we, and all of nature, needs right now.  I’m pretty sure most of the wildfires have been put out after all the rain we’ve had over the past week.  If they aren’t out, they should be.  Geesh.  The Coutures, friends of ours from wwaaayyyy back, arrived for their family vacation yesterday.  This wasn’t a very pleasant welcome for them but we had a nice visit and a few drinks back in the shop where we could all keep dry and out of the rain.  They left Southern Ontario around around 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning to beat the traffic and got here before 10:00.  Lol.  The cottage wasn’t quite ready as Karen was still cleaning so we sat on the beach until they could begin unpacking.  Needless to say, they were all in bed by 9:00 last night.  Dan and I weren’t too far behind.  Gato came up for catfood this morning.  No doubt he couldn’t hunt yesterday in all the rain and he was a hungry boy.  Don’t know what’s on our agenda today but I truly hope the sun makes an appearance.

July 24, 2021 - 6:46 a.m.

Groan!  Just checked the weather forecast and there is a special advisory for heavy rain today.  Seriously?  We just started drying out.  I looked at the radar and although still too early to tell, I’m thinking Lake Nipissing may do her magic and split the system so we don’t get as much rain as anticipated.  The long term was looking wonderful yesterday morning but they’ve since changed it.  Still, with only low percentages for rain, I’m thinking we’ll have a pretty decent week.  I had to chase the heron off again this morning but unfortunately it headed back to the park.  Looking for a meal of chipmunk or squirrel no doubt.  Just gross.  I hope someone is up back there and chases it off.  I believe this is the offspring of the big heron that has been hanging around here for a few years but didn’t show up this spring.  She usually nests in Moose Creek off of Marion Drive by the culvert.  Obviously she didn’t survive the winter or has chosen a different location.  They are beautiful birds, I just don’t care for their diet.  Lol.

July 23, 2021 - 6:05 a.m.

According to the forecast, we are in for a beautiful day today.  It’s going to need to warm up a whole lot and quickly.  I woke up early this morning because I didn’t close the house up and it was cold at only 11 degrees but it’s suppose to reach  a high of 26 with plenty of sun today.  The forecast for the long term is looking pretty good for the entire week coming up.  No rain would actually be quite nice and hopefully give the flowers a chance to recover.  The air quality has improved immensely so I would wager a guess they have the fires under control.  Hopefully enough rain fell in the region to keep them from reigniting.  Please people, be extra cautious with your campfires right now.

July 22, 2021 - 8:46 a.m.

I don’t know what it is but I feel like I could sleep forever these days.  I’m certainly getting my 8 hours of sleep every night, that’s for sure.  I do think I’ve been overdoing as I started getting some funky pulling pain in my abdomin so am backing off lifting anything for a few days.  It was gorgeous out yesterday so Margie and I went for a decent walk.  Marg is my neighbour who had her knee replaced so us cripples are good for each other.  We are going to try to find time to walk with each other but aren’t making it a “thing” to rule our lives.  We both have schedules to contend with already.  We ended up getting another good two inches of rain Tuesday so it’s time for some sunshine and maybe a shower here and there.  Enough of the massive accumulation.  I have mushrooms growing all over the property and my flowers have had enough.  I’m heading into town this morning just briefly.  Have a few things to pick up and a few errands to run.  I made an awesome corn chowder and some beer bread on Tuesday during all that rain and we’ve been living on it the past two days so time for some freshness and a nice meal.  I need a little produce and also want to check when the field tomatoes will be available for order as I’m canning some this year.  I just chased the heron off who was by the beach.  It’s picked off quite a few chipmunks and squirrels back in the park, I’m not letting it get the ones up by the house.  Not on my watch ;)

July 20, 2021 - 7:47 a.m.

Wow!  Quite the storms whipped through the region last night and early morning.  The first round missed us, only giving us a tiny bit of rain but lots of rumbles.  However, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls and Powassan were slammed and that’s just the places I know about.  Raspberry sized hail, lots of lightning but heavy rains.  North Bay had flash flooding for sure as I saw quite a few pictures.  This all happened just after we ate supper.  Then round two came in and that one got a piece of us.  The lightning was intense at times and the duration quite long and we got quite a bit of rain.  If these storms had hit during daytime heating, they would likely have spurned tornadoes.  Cold meets hot does it every time.  Round 3 came through about an hour ago but just brought us some more rain.  Round 4 is on its way and should hit in an hour or so but again just looks like rain.  After that, I think we’ll have a rather nice day.  The visibility is much better though not completely clear which tells me there are still forest fires raging north of here.  Hopefully the sun will be able to burn through what remains.  It certainly tried yesterday and nearly succeeded.

July 19, 2021 - 8:38 a.m.

Ugh!  The fire forests north of us and which there are plenty, are making the air quality here less than pleasant.  It is so hazy, we can’t even see the Manitous across the bay.  Hard to tell where the water ends and the sky begins.  At least we can’t smell smoke so although visibility is affected, the air is still okay.  Hoping we’ll get some rain today or a stiff breeze to blow this out of here because it’s blocking out the sun.  That probably isn’t a bad thing as it’s so hot and muggy but really, this needs to go.

July 18, 2021 - 6:31 a.m.

I’m not even going to try to make daily plans anymore.  The weather has been so unpredictable lately regardless of what the forecast says.  Just need to view the forecast, cross your fingers and hope for the best I guess.  Thankfully we didn’t get any of the rain yesterday that was scattered across Ontario.  It was very hazy though and the same thing this morning.  I wouldn’t call it overcast but it certainly is muggy and quite warm.  It’s cool this morning but heading to 33 with the humidex and possibly a thunderstorm late today.  The forecast changes almost hourly if not just daily so I’m not counting those chickens just yet.  I had a busy morning yesterday with changeover.  Although the girls were cleaning, I was doing the laundry and whatever else I could.  I then canned my bean salad and ended up making some pickled beets.  I was done by about 2:00 and had a nice little afternoon nap since all our guests had arrived early.  Larry and Trish were here for a visit with Paula and Alf but I didn’t join them as I just needed some quiet time.  Someone was rocking out last night as the music was bouncing around off the water.  It came from one of two places but I’m guessing it was the Barber’s as I know they were hosting their grandson’s wedding last night.  Sounds like they were having a great time and it’s about time!  Haven’t heard party noises like than in many months!

July 17, 2021 - 7:33 a.m.

Awe, break my heart.  There was about a 3 week old duckling on the beach this morning who has been attacked by something, likely a turtle, and the poor thing’s left leg and wing are buggered.  I can only pray it dies quickly or is taken out of its misery today because it isn’t going to end well and I’d rather see it go quickly then starve to death.  This is the part where nature can be so cruel.  Happens every year.  On a brighter note, it’s going to be a great day.  There are showers in the area this morning but they look to be quickly dissipating so once the sun is fully up and temperatures rise, all the cloud cover should burn off and give us a nice sunny day.  I had a long one yesterday and definitely overdid.  I did some cleaning in the morning, headed in to town close to noon for a mini town run but it still took me nearly 3 hours.  Got home and Annie dropped in to give me a quick trim as my hair was getting pretty shabby.  Then after she left, I made bean salad which I need to put into jars this morning.  I was in some pain last night so up until 4:00 this morning.  I really need to cut back and watch myself.  I was going to make pickled beets today but think I’m just going to take it easy.  The girls are coming in for cottage changeover and all of our guests today are long time regulars so they know the routine and don’t need me to greet them.  That is if I’m “indisposed” when they arrive.  We’ll see how the day goes.  Dan on the other hand is Mr. Chipper this morning.  Hopefully he has something to occupy him today so I can get some rest.  Lol.

July 16, 2021 - 8:06 a.m.

Wow!  We certainly got our fair share of rain yesterday.  No thunder, no lightning and not really much wind to speak of so I guess we’re lucky.  Especially considering the pictures I saw of the Barrie tornado that hit yesterday afternoon.  Today it is absolutely beautiful.  A lot of the humidity is gone, the air is clean and the sun is shining.  And the long term forecast looks fantastic.  Lots of sun and warm temperatures.  Hopefully not so warm that it spawns these awful storms again. I must admit though, it’s been a long time since we had a summer of bad storms.  Ten or more years ago, they were more frequent.  Our property was hit by a tornado back in 2007 I think it was.  Took part of the roof off of the little cottage next to us, put a huge branch through our house roof and all the chairs disappeared off the beach.  We never did find any chairs even though we searched the creek and the woods.  That was the summer we were hit with damaging storms a month  apart.  Just use to dread when it got really humid and hot because we’d get super violent storms but that hasn’t happened for quite some time.  Knock on wood.  Now we’re lucky because either Lake Nipissing splits the cells or the rain dissipates the heat before the storm hits here.

July 15, 2021 - 7:46 a.m.

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday.  All these nasty storms have been split by Lake Nipissing and missed us completely.  We could hear the thunder around us and saw the north shore get pummeled but we didn’t get anything.  Today is a different story.  It’s just starting to spit and I think it just may be an all day rain event as a big system is moving in.  Gato  was here this morning around 5:30 for a bite to eat so I fed him and went back to bed.  He was still by the door around 7:30 when I got up so gave him another bowl of cat food which he consumed before taking off so I think he knows he’s going to be sleeping through the rain all day today.  No hunting for him.  I worked outside all day yesterday doing some deadheading, weeding and watering and may have overdone it a bit but it’s really hard to stay idle.  Just can’t sit around and do nothing anymore as it’s getting on my nerves.  I’m so limited as to what I can do right now it’s driving me nuts but I don’t want to do things I shouldn’t be either. Today I’m going to do some light housecleaning as it is needed but even so, I’m not suppose to vacuum or wash the floors which really needs doing.  Sigh.  It’ll come.

July 13, 2021 - 6:58 a.m.

It was a scorcher yesterday.  Super hot and humid and pretty intense sun.  I wasn’t outside for very long or very much past noon.  Good thing I closed the house up in the morning.  There are a ton of goslings out front this morning so I guess they are back for the duration.  We don’t know where they go at around the 3-4 week mark but the parents take them somewhere.  When they come back, they have their adult feathers and are considerably bigger.  Over the next month or so they’lol learn to fly and prepare for migration.  There were also 4 wee little ducklings up by the house first thing this morning.  Such cute little things.  I think we may be in for some weather today as conditions are favourable.  Hopefully nothing too severe, just a shower and a little thunder but when it’s this humid, it could be more.

July 10, 2021 - 6:27 a.m.

After the inch and a half of rain we received Thursday, yesterday was sunny and clear and brought all our guests outside.  They were either kayaking, swimming, floating or sitting on the beach.  It was a great day.  I did a little organizing as I picked up some surplus supplies on my town run Thursday so had to find a spot for everything.  Unfortunately, it is now blatantly obvious to me that I shouldn’t be picking anything heavy up just yet.  Lol.  I ended up doing some pickling in the afternoon and made some bean salad so I just have to put it in jars today sometime.  Likely this morning after I check everyone out.  Melissa and Karen are coming in to clean cottages so it will be a busy day.  I had a mama Mallard come up the beach with her wee little ones and that’s the very first batch I’ve seen this year.  No one has seen any so considering this is likely the second or third batch already just due to the extremely warm weather we had at the beginning of the season, it doesn’t bode well for ducks this year as far as numbers go.  We were told the bear got one of the fawns so perhaps that’s why it is sticking in the area but Dan saw two fawns yesterday with no mom.  I told him she was around the fawns are likely just getting a bit bigger and didn’t want to stay put.  I don’t think we’ll see the bear around here anymore because now all the cottagers have showed up for the summer, it’ll be too busy.  It will likely head towards a more densely forested area although they do have 100 mile terrain so who knows where it’ll end up.  I know it was also spotted over by Marion Drive as well.  Just be cautious if you’re walking around the hood by yourself.

July 9, 2021 - 6:51 a.m.

It rained on and off (mostly on) all day yesterday so we didn’t see many guests out and about until it quit after supper last night.  It was just a cold, damp miserable day so I hope lots of people got some r&r and/or sleep.  I decided to do a badly needed town run considering I haven’t been to town in nearly 3 weeks.  I did plenty of running in the rain (hoodies are a marvellous fashion invention) and was surprised to see the number of people out and about so obviously they had the same idea.  I may have overdid a little in the lifting department because I was sore last night but it felt wonderful to have no back pain or leg numbness while on my entire adventure.  I can’t believe the pain I was living in for so long.  I could have slept an hour or two longer this morning but we have guests checking out today so need to be up and about.  I think Dan had a few cocktails last night as I didn’t hear him come in until nearly midnight so there must have been a shop party.  Good for them.  It looks like it is going to be sunny today, hopefully by mid morning as it is still overcast.  It generally means sun when you can see clear skies on the horizon which I can, so bring it on.  I actually turned the heat on yesterday to get the dampness out of the house so I’d really like to turn it off today.  Geesh, heat is suppose to be cranked outside, not inside, during the month of July.

July 7, 2021 - 7:56 a.m.

I was hoping we would get some decent rain overnight so I wouldn’t need to water today but it appears the current massive system is staying just below us.  We did get a little sprinkling but it looks like that’s about it. Good for the guests though. I couldn’t believe the weather yesterday.  Hot and muggy with a beautiful lake breeze but late in the afternoon, the wind changed direction, got a bit stronger and ushered in the cold front.  It will be considerably cooler but at least the mugginess and hopefully a lot of the bugs are gone.  The bugs are mostly in the shade and trees and the birds are busy collecting them but still.  Lol.  So Dan had an eventful day yesterday.  Frankly, we both think he needed to stay in bed.  He chased a young bear away from our garbage trailer first think in the morning.  Apparently it’s been spotted several times in the extended neighbourhood (they have a 100 mile radius they travel).  We don’t want it around here so I called the MNR who figure it just got kicked out by it’s mommy since it appears to be a yearling.  They said it is just trying to find a steady food source and is too young or too stupid to realize it’s not in the wild.  They told us how to get rid of it (keep garbage emptied, bbq’s clean, etc) and make very loud short bursts of noise if we see it.  It smells the fish guts in the garbage trailer which is attracting it so Dan will need to be diligent in his dump runs for a week or two.  Then in the afternoon, Dan was cutting grass on his mower back in the park and he hit a hard piece of wood which ricocheted off a fire pit rim and hit a trailer window and smashed it.  Shattered is a better word. So he spent the better part of the afternoon trying to find someone to replace it ASAP.  Our usual go to trailer guy is so busy he said he couldn’t get to it for a couple of weeks.  Can’t have that so still looking for an alternative.  Yep, Dan should have stayed in bed yesterday. 

July 6, 2021 - 5:59 a.m.

It is what one might call muggy today.  It was yesterday and last night as well.  It was suppose to cool right down overnight but it didn’t and it’s currently 19 already.  The temperature gauge may only read 25 or so today but it’s going to feel low to mid 30’s.  I’m sure there will a lot of people in the water.  There was yesterday and many of our guests got a head start first thing in the morning by taking advantage of the kayaks which get plenty of use.  A thunderstorm rolled through yesterday afternoon bringing a little rain and wind but it was short lived.  I do think there was just enough rain to water everything and wouldn’t be surprised if we see another thunderstorm today but I hope not.  Let the beach revellers rev.  Lol.  Besides, rain is in the forecast tomorrow but the rest of the week looks awesome.  I didn’t get a whole lot accomplished yesterday.  Still a little sore and slow moving but did go for a couple of walks.  I was going to make a nice pork chop dinner and just hit a wall.  I ended up having an ice cream cone for supper.  Suited me just fine.

July 4, 2021 - 7:42 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday although it didn’t start out looking like it was going to be.  Gorgeous again today and the sunset last night was pretty good.  What more can you ask for?  Lots of people in the water yesterday as the heat wave showed up so I suspect even more people will be swimming today as it’s suppose to be 27 with a humidex of 32.  We have a couple of cottages checking in today for the week so can’t venture far but we’re crossing fingers they arrive early so we can hopefully hop on the boat.  As long as Nip stays nice and calm I’m good but I can’t do rough water just yet.  I spent a good part of the day deadheading flowers and watering those plants that needed it. The ones in the ground are ok but the potted plants needed a drink.  Especially my cherry tomatoes.  I can’t belive the size of the plant as it’s as tall as I am.  I must have it in a perfect spot.

July 3, 2021 - 6:39 a.m.

The holiday came and went without too much fanfare.  Someone in the bay has let off fireworks for the past two nights getting a few neighbours riled up.  Fireworks are so bad for the animals and wildlife but it is what it is.  Gato was actually up eating when they started but he vamoosed right away.  Hope he wasn’t too stressed but since he’s been feral so long, in the neighbourhood so long, he should be use to them.  Just hope I’m not finding a bunch of dead birds all over today.  I’ve been feeling pretty good all things considered but I really have to watch I don’t overdue which doesn’t take much.  I’ve been walking daily but it’s the lifting and other things that irritate so I really need to be careful and consciencous for a bit.  Patience is a very good thing.  Have lots of guests checking in today and tomorrow so it’ll be a busy week.  I j