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August 8, 2020 - 7:52 a.m.

It was a busy day yesterday.  All kinds of excitement.  Lol.  I cleaned a cottage in the morning but sadly didn’t get to watering my flowers which is now today’s job.  After all the rain last week you wouldn’t think they’d need it but the wind can evaporate water pretty quickly.  I had an appointment at the hospital in the afternoon and have to say, it was pretty empty.  I was able to park right up front and the parking was free.  That’s a first but I suppose they don’t want people touching anything they don’t need to.  Like money machines.  Wait time was minimal and of course all the waiting rooms only had two people.  When I got back, the Arbourist was here entertaining the trailer park.  We had a widow maker that decided it was going to fall on a trailer if it didn’t come down.  It was a giant poplar that had a huge branch fall right in between two trailers and landed so perfectly that it caused zero damage but the rest of it had to go “timber”.  Professionally.  With a cherry picker.  Lots of firewood for the beach now and should get us through the rest of the summer.  Truth be told, we have more trees that should be removed but that’s a project for cooler weather and when no one is around to put in harm’s way.  Today is changeover so Karen and Lori are coming in to help me out.  They are cleaning while I do other things like clean the beach (lots of seaweed I haven’t had time to pick up).  Dan has a little grass cutting to finish and a tree to clean up.

August 6, 2020 - 6:35 a.m.

We had a few hours of sunshine here and there yesterday.  The wind did come through around 5:00 just before supper.  It was more of a squall as a sheet of rain came with it.  Strong enough to blow the chairs all over the beach and make the rafts airborne.  At least it didn’t last too long and we didn’t lose power.  As usual, the sun came out afterwards and is now promising to be a nice day today.  The long term forecast looks pretty good for next week. Cloud and sun, mostly sun with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s.  That’s more like it.  I did some chores yesterday and then made a batch of chilli and some jalapeño, cheddar beer bread for supper.  Looks like I’m cleaning the beach today as the storm dumped a ton of seaweed on the shoreline.  I saw one lone killdeer scrounging the beach yesterday for bugs.  Hopefully it’s mate is still around and was looking after young ones while it fed.  Love the killdeers.  

August 5, 2020 - 7:13 a.m.

Okay, the sun can come out anytime.  Saturday was beautiful but it’s been a miserable week ever since.  I can see a tad of sun on the horizon but it’s not a very nice day and we just had a shower go through a bit ago.  Not very pleasant for cottagers so far but sun is definitely coming tomorrow for at least the next 3 days.  Can’t do much about it when we get one of those systems that just sits above Lake Nipissing for days on end.  Only thing to move the system out is wind and we are getting some of that today.  I ended up doing a town run yesterday and there were quite a few people out and about.  I guess there isn’t much else to do when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.  I stopped at L’Ami’s and picked up some fresh produce so we had store bought ribs (my bad) with corn on the cob and field tomatoes for supper.  Fresh peach for dessert.  Yum.

August 4, 2020 - 6:54 a.m.

I closed the house up and turned on the heat yesterday and am so glad I did.  It’s not because it was that cold but it was very damp and still is this morning.  We received more rain overnight and today promises to be another day of nastiness.  Just overcast, grey and chilly.  There is so much humidity in our house some of our doors are swollen so I’m hoping the heat will dry things out a bit.  I started the day with our kitchen sink leaking.  Not just dripping but pouring out the pipe so Dan was busy first thing yesterday morning.  The sink was full of really yucky water as well because I had just finished cleaning the oven when I took the drain out.  Thankfully I had a pail in the house to catch most of the yuckiness.  Lol.  After that I figured I would set myself some easier tasks although time consuming.  I laundered the house bedding and spent most of the afternoon cleaning Stinky’s Room (aka Dan’s man cave).  Pulled out all the furniture, mopped the floors, washed the windows and curtains.  In other words, gave the room a good bath. Since today doesn’t promise to be all that nice, I’ll continue on with another room.  Good week to do it as the weather isn’t suppose to turn back to summer wonderfulness until late Wednesday or early Thursday.

August 3, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

Bbbrrrrr!  She’s downright chilly outside this morning!  It’s currently only 13 here, 11 in North Bay.  The cold front came through with a vengeance yesterday and brought quite a bit of rain with it.  As a matter of fact, it rained most of the day.   I curled up with a book and my cat and both Dan and I snoozed on and off for most of the afternoon.  Was lovely.  The wind picked up to low howl level around 5:00 and I had to go out and secure our beach rafts and the chairs will need to be righted after they all blew over last night.  I did manage to get a few loads of laundry done and made chicken parmesan for supper.  Today I think I’ll spend some time on my house.  I’d really like to clean out my fridge and wash some floors but we’ll see how the day goes.  It’s long pant weather so I doubt we’ll be spending much time outdoors today.  Gato was at the backdoor this morning looking for something to eat so obviously he wasn’t able to hunt yesterday.  Poor cat is still around.

August 1, 2020 - 7:26 a.m.

Changeover day!  I didn’t sleep well last night but I’m up and at ‘em.  Might be a long day for me but nothing I’m not use to.  Dan has already headed back to the shop for his morning coffee group with his cronies.  I have a bit of a “honey do” list for him today bit nothing too drastic.  Shouldn’t be too bad for me either since Karen and Lori are coming in to clean.  The beach certainly needs some attention as it was well used this week and lots of holes to fill in and sand castles to level.  Lol.  All the kids hard work pulverized by Dan’s beach “machine” but I’m sure there will be another castle built this week.  Today looks to be the best day for the upcoming week as it will be hot and sunny but rain is due to move in tomorrow.  I was hoping for a boat day but it is not looking too promising.  I did a little watering yesterday and have a little more this morning.  Namely the pots and window boxes but for the most part, the rest can wait for nature to quench the thirst.  

July 31, 2020 - 8:32 a.m.

Wow!  I slept in this morning.  Didn’t even start to move until after 8:00 which is so not me.  I was in the office all day yesterday and managed to get my books done and the government paid so I’m saying the extra sleep was due to my brain being overworked.  Lol.  The end of July promises a beautiful day.  The sun is shining, Lake Nipissing looks like a window pane and the silence is wonderful.  Enjoying it until the kids raid the beach as I’m sure it will be a busy day.  Our guests this week have thoroughly loved their vacation from what I can tell and tomorrow is going to bring another gorgeous day.  Certainly can’t complain about the weather this summer and I hope it continues into August and beyond. I believe we may be in for a warmer than usual autumn but I don’t want to jump the gun.  Our evenings have been great for sleeping this past week and the cicadas and crickets are already making an appearance which is usual for this time of year.

July 30, 2020 - 7:52 a.m.

I spent the day in the office yesterday and for the most part, it was a beautiful day.  Dan worked on his weekly lawncutting schedule.  There were tons of scattered storm cells throughout the region and was cool to see on the radar but we only had a couple of periods where a bad rain cloud went through for a short period of time.  People were still hanging on the beach and in the water and it was a nice evening for everyone to have a camp fire.  We may get a bit of rain and possibly a thunderstorm today but it’s currently looking to be rather nice although slightly overcast.  I’m heading back to the office to complete six months worth of bookkeeping and then I can concentrate on other things for the rest of the summer.  Hopefully it includes boating and swimming.  Enjoy your day!

July 29, 2020 - 7:33 a.m.

It was a gorgeous day yesterday.  Plenty of sunshine, beautiful breeze, lots of people enjoying the great outdoors.  I ended up watering all morning and then caught some of the WE scandal testimony before Dan and I headed into town for supper which consisted of a DQ ice cream.  Lol.  Was a fine supper indeed.  It looks like we may get some showers and possibly a thunderstorm today.  It’s very humid once again.  That certainly didn’t take long.  Since there are plenty of clouds in the area, I’m going to head back to the office for the day and stay where it’s fairly cool and less humid.  Hunkering down in the books will put me in a fine mood I’m sure but it needs to be done.  There is always next week to hop on the pontoon as the temperatures are going to stay in the mid to high 20’s for the next few weeks by the look of things.

July 28, 2020 - 7:55 a.m.

The heat finally broke overnight but not for long.  There is a beautiful Lake Nipissing breeze blowing over the shore this morning and the sun is shining but I don’t know for how long.  We could possibly get a thunderstorm this afternoon although nothing is currently detected on radar.  I’ll be able to get some work done today as it’s been too hot to do much of anything for the past few days.  The animals are liking these conditions much better also.  The poor critters don’t do well when the humidity is so high.  I guess when you live in Northern Ontario, the heat takes some getting use to.  Especially the heat we’ve been experiencing this summer.  I may need to do a little watering this morning but just the hanging pots and then I’m hoping to get into the books which I still haven’t done.  Need to be in the right state of mind.  I meant to blog this yesterday and forgot but we saw a young black bear crossing Muskeg Road on Sunday and they’ve also been spotted at the dump so keep an eye out and don’t leave garbage in the open unless you want them around.

July 27, 2020 - 7:21 a.m.

What a nasty hit weekend!  I’m not complaining but it is so humid just moving is a feat in itself.  It’s been 30 degrees for a couple of days and is already 23 with very little relief overnight.  I’m truly surprised we didn’t get a bad thunderstorm overnight.  We did get a few showers but I don’t know that is was enough to properly water everything.  We had a great visit with Carolyn although is was a short one.  We ended up going to Jann and Gerry’s on Saturday night for supper at the Terrace Suites in Callander.  Was a delicious meal with John McGale entertaining throughout the meal.  Very talented guy indeed.  Yesterday Paul Pruneau arranged for some bagpipers complete with a drummer to play on our beach for awhile so I’m sure everyone in the bay could hear them.  Not sure what is on the agenda today as it’s still very humid with more showers in the area.  I’m sure we can find something to keep us busy that doesn’t involve much physical labour.

July 25, 2020 - 7:28 a.m.

It is going to be a beautiful day today with lots of sun and a high of 28 degrees.  Yesterday was a beaut as well although the sun was extremely strong.  Seems to be much stronger this year so I’m not in it a lot unless I’m working.  I started raking the beach at 6:30 yesterday morning while it was still cool and before the bugs came out.  I then finished fertilizing all my flowers but I’ll need to water the hanging pots again today because it’ll be smoking by noon.  Have changeover today and then a longtime friend is dropping in for a visit for a day or two so a few of us are going to the Bistro in Callander for supper tonight.  Should be a wonderful evening for an el fresco meal.  Dan and Alf went to Barrie yesterday to pick up our new “golf cart”.  It’s a Cushman and is replacing some tired equipment namely the gator and the red cart which has seen better days.  I drove the new one last night and it is sweet!  Has quite a bit of gumption which will take some getting use to.  It’s very smooth and quiet.  The quiet part is what I like.  It also has headlights, a horn and a charger.  Lol.  Sign of the times!

July 23, 2020 - 7:25 a.m.

Well my intentions were good yesterday.  I started to fertilize my flowers with my watering system and then the rain came and I had to go inside.  We had a nice steady rain for a couple of hours which was great but it really hasn’t been a nice weather week for our guests.  They’re making the most of it though.  It was quite chilly last night from the dampness but the sun is suppose to be out for the next few days.  I really need to get some office work finished so may hunker down for a few hours today while I wait for the sun to make an appearance as it is still currently overcast.  At least the temperature is staying fairly nice  as it was 17 degrees when I got up this morning and is due to hit the mid to high 20’s this afternoon.  Enjoy your day everyone!

July 22, 2020 - 7:58 a.m.

I was up late last night reading so up a little later than usual this morning.  I did a town run yesterday while Dan did some weed eating and leaf blowing.  The rain we’ve received of late has certainly done wonders to keep everything nice and green and they are calling for more wet stuff today.  It was beautiful yesterday with almost perfect temperatures so the beach and boats were enjoyed.  I made a nice pork roast last night since the temperatures were mild enough to use the oven.  I’m going to make some wonton soup later on with the leftovers for supper tonight.  Easy peasy.  I need to do some major weeding and dead heading today but would like to fertilize my flowers with Miracle Grow one last time as I make the rounds.  Don’t know if I’ll get it all done before the rain comes but we’ll see.  I guess there’s always tomorrow as well.  Gato came up for some food last night.  He’s not as regular in the summer as the winter and is still looking pretty healthy for an old feral cat.  After feeding him for 4+ years, he still won’t let me near him but I guess being untrustful is what helps him survive.

July 20, 2020 - 6:53 a.m.

We had a thunderstorm go through Saturday and another one yesterday morning.  I saw the line of the storm on radar so went out and stacked the beach chairs and secured the rafts.  Good thing I did as the wind whipped up but thankfully our area wasn’t hit as hard as North Bay where there was actually damage.  The storm dropped the temperature but it was still rather muggy afterwards.  This morning it’s 19 degrees with a beautiful Lake Nipissing breeze and it’s suppose to stay quite comfortable.  I need to do a town run for essentials so it may be today before the weather heats up again.

July 18, 2020 - 6:19 a.m.

It’s going to be a beautiful day today.  Shaping up to be a beautiful week actually.  It is due to hit +30 with plenty of sun today and lots of sun in the long term with a few showers thrown in but for the most part, our cottagers should have a lovely week.  Changeover today and Karen and Lori are coming in so it’ll be a busy day.  Yesterday Annie dropped out and brought a couple of pizzas from Metro.  I have to say, they make some pretty good pizzas.  Paula and Alf joined us so we sat on the deck and enjoyed the lake breeze while we inhaled the food.  Was a good day which even involved a swim.  Lake Nipissing was cooler yesterday than it has been for ages because of the rain we received but I’m sure it won’t take long to warm back up again.  I prefer it on the refreshing side myself.

July 17, 2020 - 7:26 a.m.

It was a rainy day yesterday with intermittent showers but we made the most of it.  We ended up having a small shop party and then I cooked a nice steak dinner for Annie and Craig.  Although we missed it, apparently the comet was visible over Sturgeon Falls last night and flashes of light are recorded towards Lake Nipissing way although no one knows what they were.  I didn’t see anything but then I wasn’t really looking.  I forgot all about it.  Lucky are the people who did see it though.  It is very humid with high moisture content today.  I actually have condensation on some of my windows this morning but it looks like it’s going to be a rather warm sunny day today.  I spoke too soon about the huge heron stalking the property.  Apparently it got a chipmunk a few days ago in the back of the trailer park and I chased it away yesterday.  Go hunt somewhere else.  Although she is a beautiful bird with lovely markings, I would rather she leave the critters alone.  Eat some fish and frogs.  Lol.

July 16, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

Well it hasn’t been the greatest of beach week’s but our guests have made the best of it.  As a matter of fact we just had a brief thunderstorm roll through which dropped enough rain to soak everything.  It looks like it may be a rainy morning but hopefully things will clear up for the afternoon.  It is quite humid this morning though so that may change or get worse.  I think we have another predator on the property or else the squirrels and chipmunks are fighting for domain.  There were a couple of chipmunks found dead in the park and then I found a red squirrel a few days ago.  The Northern red squirrels are known for their aggressiveness and they are also very territorial.  They can also kill chipmunks but who knows.  It’s not very often you see something killed in nature by another animal and just left to rot.  At least the turtles are getting a nice snack.  Nothing goes to waste.  I haven’t seen the heron or hawk lately so I think with the people around it has scared them off.  I still hear the killdeer but haven’t seen them lately.  The geese are starting to teach the goslings to fly but they are a few weeks off yet and then they won’t be around here so much.  I haven’t seen a deer in weeks which makes sense because one of our neighbour’s dogs was seen chasing a big doe a while ago.  They won’t come back now, at least not during daylight hours.  Kind of sad really but the vegetation on the property is thriving so there is that.

July 13, 2020 - 7:34 a.m.

We are in for some good and bad days this week.  We received quite a bit of rain on the weekend and it released a nice cooling trend for some much needed relief but it’s been mostly overcast and breezy since.  There is some beautiful sunny and warm weather coming this week but the current system needs to blow out of here first. I think I’m going to spend some time in the office today.  I have books to get caught up so will let the weather dictate when I’m in “the dungeon” vs when I’m outside.  Tomorrow is suppose to be a high of 27 and sun so I will definitely be doing some gardening now that it’s cool enough to exert myself.  Lol.

July 11, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

We’ve a busy day today with check ins and outs.  Thankfully we finally received a little relief from the heat although it’s extremely humid this morning.  The thunderstorms started mid afternoon with a bunch of rumbling going on but the rain didn’t come until later.  We had a terrific downpour and then it stopped but there were pop ups on and off until the sun set.  We also received a beautiful heavy, soothing consistent rain throughout the evening hours which was wonderful for sleeping.  We needed every drop.  As I stated, it is rather humid this morning and completely overcast.  It will likely be that way for most of the day but the sun will come out soon enough.  This is nice weather for cleaning and unpacking for our guests instead of the oppressiveness we’ve had lately.  I suspect we’ll see some campfires since it really has been too hot for them recently.  Nature was thirsty and the thirst has been quenched so hopefully we can relax a little later today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 5, 2020 - OPEN FOR BUSINESSS

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LET THE SUMMER GAMES BEGIN!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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