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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 just hope the weather cooperates.  It was nice yesterday and is suppose to remain that way for a few days before showers creep back in but I’m kind of hoping they don’t.

July 1, 2021


June 30, 2021 - 6:04 a.m.

I’m back home and so happy to be here.  Literally.  Lol.  I breezed through the procedure which was quite the cool little thing as I was awake during the whole process.  I would rather have not been but they needed me to be so I heard everything.  I ended up receiving two stents in the left iliac artery which is where your aorta branches off just under your belly button and continues down both your legs.  I still have a little tingling in my left foot but I suspect that will go away with a little time.  All my back pain and leg numbness is gone for the most part.  I ended up sleeping for 14 hours the day of the surgery and yesterday was a little hard on me (especially travelling) but I feel good this morning and am following the doctor’s orders so should be good as new in no time.  It just amazes me what surgerical wonders they can perform these days.  Apparently, I have very narrow vessels which is genetic and to be able to do what they do is amazing.  They punctured my femoral artery at my groin to get into the iliac artery and after inserting the two stents, capped the puncture which dissolves in about 90 days.  I am blessed to have had such a great team in my corner because the doctors, nurses and staff were terrific.  Now for the healing process which doesn’t allow me to do much right away but walking is one thing I am able to do with no pain now and I’m planning on taking advantage of that fact.  Unfortunately, it’s raining today but the rest of the week looks promising.  I can’t lift anything, I can’t squat (two big no no’s for a bit) so I’ll do what I can but I’m already getting antsy from laying around doing nothing.  I’m determine not to push it this time around and want to really look after myself, follow doctor’s orders and take the time to heal properly.  Thank God I have a wonderful support group in my corner!

June 27, 2021 - 6:42 a.m.

Wow!  It rained all night last night and when I checked the gauge this morning, we received 3” total.  It doesn’t look like it’s going to clear any time soon either.  This is nuts.  Either too much or too little.  We do need every bit of it but geez, not all at once.  I received a call from Health Sciences North on Friday. I am getting surgery tomorrow morning since they had a cancellation.  I’m to be at hospital at 7:00 for pre-op testing, on the table by 9:00 hopefully.  Surgery is a couple of hours then recovery for 2-4.  I need to stay close to hospital so am staying at the hotel again tomorrow night, home Tuesday.  I am having angioplasty (stent) as I have a blockage in my aorta artery in my leg which has been causing all the grief for the past nearly 3 years.  All the testing and the doctor’s kept telling me it was sciatic which is wasn’t.  A urologist finally found it on a ct scan.  So hopefully this will fix me up and I can get back to normal.  Since we have guests in, Annie is going with me as Dan needs to be here.  I am a little concerned considering it involves the heart but I also have one of the best surgeon’s in North America so he knows what he’s doing.  The vascular clinic in Sudbury provides health care from Toronto to the Manitoba border so I’m lucky to get in so quickly.  It also gives me less time to dwell.  Say a little prayer for me please!

June 25, 2021 - 8:59 a.m.

I didn’t get up until 8:30 this morning.  I did wake at 6:30 but rolled over.  I guess the Strawberry super moon is doing a number on me, as usual.  It’s the last super moon this year apparently so hallelujah.  The long term forecast is just so dismal, I don’t think that’s helping my psyche either.  This morning, Environment Canada has the rain icon with 60% chance for 7 days straight so I’m going with the Weather Network which isn’t quite as bad.  Hopefully it changes drastically over the next few days or we’ll need to consider purchasing an arc.  Both Dan and I did our thing yesterday morning but I hit a wall in the afternoon and laid down for an hour.  Turned into 3 but I only truly napped for about 45 minutes.  It was lovely on a dreary afternoon to snuggle in with my cat and a good book.  It’s been a while.  Dan had his nap as well and then I was in the mood for quiche so made that for supper.  Mushrooms, onions, bacon and Swiss cheese with a side salad.  Was delicious.  Not much on our agenda today as we can’t really do much outdoors.  A little house cleaning for me and then I think I may give Grady his summer haircut and bathe him.  I trimmed his fur a few weeks ago but he needs more taken off.  Annie is dropping over sometime this afternoon for a quick visit I think and since I have all the ingredients for sangria, may need to have a little cocktail.

June 23, 2021 - 6:58 a.m.

The sun is shining this morning but the mist is pouring off Lake Nipissing because it was so cold last night.  The long term forecast is abysmal as there is a rain icon nearly every day.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.  It was quite chilly yesterday but actually very nice when the sun made an appearance throughout the day.  We had a brief shower while Paula and I were sitting on the patio at Lot 88 for lunch yesterday.  Thankfully we were able to move under the tent.  I had some major running to do so Paula joined me and lunch was one of the necessary stops.  I managed to find a new dishwasher, coffeemaker, etc to replace everything we lost last week so it was by no means an inexpensive day in town.  Hopefully that’s the end of it for a while.  Dan and Alf installed the dishwasher when I got home so I was able to get my kitchen back together.  I picked some strawberries up on my errands and am making some jam today.  Considering the price of them, the jam better turn out!  Everything is so dear this year and I suspect it will only get worse.  Hopefully I can get some produce from down south when friends come this way.

June 22, 2021 - 7:44 a.m.

Holy Moly!  Where’d the heat go?  I’m not a fan of stifling 30 degree weather but this 5 degree north wind stuff can take a hike.  I haven’t turned the heat on...yet...but it’s looking like it could happen.  It won’t be warming up for a few days and even then, it’ll be the crisp, clean air type of heat.  No humidity whatsoever.  I had a day yesterday.  I did all kinds of laundry including all the bedding, did some office work, some cleaning.  Bell came and got the phone line working but all the phones are completely pooched so thankfully we had an old one back at the shop so I could return calls which took a while.  Dan pulled out the dishwasher and got it all unhooked and I’m picking up a new one today.  I made a nice batch of bean soup for supper last night (good call considering the weather) which we eventually got to relatively late so it was 9:00 before I was washing the supper dishes.  Dan forgot to plug the supply hose hole for the dishwasher so when I let the water out of the sink, it all ended up under it and on the floor.  Nice little mess to contend with before bed time.  Just never ends. Lol.  I’m heading to town today (with Paula tagging along for something to do) to replace everything and am just going to take my time and enjoy the day.  Have a nice brunch somewhere if we’re able.

June 21, 2021 - 5:51 a.m.

I hope all the father’s enjoyed their day yesterday.  Finally able to get together with family was probably a nice start.  Both Dan and I called our dads but was a short conversation as our landline is still out and we only have a cell phone for emergencies which is pay by the minute.  Not that our father’s aren’t worth it, they are.  We are suppose to get a visit from Bell today so see how that goes and then we can have proper conversations.  Neither one of us did much yesterday.  I was exhausted so rested most of the day and managed to get quite a bit of sleep.  Saturday I spent 6 hours weeding then cleaned up the house enough for company.  Made a simple summer meal for Paula and Alf (ham, potato salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs) so had a nice visit.  The evening wasn’t too late and I think I was in bed by shortly after 11:00 and slept in until 10:00.  I was definitely tired.  The week isn’t shaping up to be very nice weather wise.  Lots of rain in the forecast which I’m hoping doesn’t materialize.  It’s pretty calm on Lake Nipissing at the moment but that could change.  Calling for another thunderstorm a little later but I’m thinking it may all miss us.  It’s a huge system and all around us but I think Nip just might split it.  Maybe a small shower or rain event or even a couple of boomers but nothing major.  The biggest portion of the cell is going north so we’ll see what the day brings.

June 20, 2021

HAPPY FATHER’s day to dads everywhere!

June 19, 2021 - 7:52 a.m.

UPDATE:  Just went to start the dishwasher.  Another casualty.  Dammit.  

Wow!  That was really something yesterday.  We are still finding things today.  For example, I went to make my coffee this morning and the lightning pooched the coffee maker yesterday.  Totally fried so I had to go back to the shop to get a coffee.  The bathroom light was fried and all of our power chargers that weren’t surge protected.  So glad my IPAD wasn’t plugged in at the time as that’s my computer.  Our phone was also zapped as well as our neighbours but Bell is suppose to be coming today.  We’ll see how that goes.  Lol.  We did find where the strike hit.  There’s a big old beautiful maple tree just inside the trailer park.  The two trailers on either side of it were affected the most but others were as well.  Mostly circuitry problems and I’m surprised no one lost any televisions or appliances.  The one trailer was rocked so badly by the blast all the cupboard doors were forced open and the contents spewed everywhere.  No one was hurt and  thankfully no major damage.  The tree itself is still standing but time will tell if it’ll actually survive.  It didn’t take out the top like lightning usually does, it looks like the strike hit the fork, travelled down the tree through the ground as the base is all disturbed and you can see wear it tore up some earth around the base.  Either that or it hit the ground near the tree and travelled up and out at the fork.  Either way, the poor tree was leaking sap like a sieve yesterday so that’s not good.  Could have zapped the inside of the trunk to the point of killing it.  Today is windy and sunny and considerably cooler.  Warm up is coming a little later when the wind turns west.  It was quite humid yesterday after the storm but that has pretty much all cleared out with the wind.  I’m really tired of the wind by now.  If it’s not one extreme it’s another.  Too hot and dry or too cool and wet.  A happy medium would be nice about now.

June 18, 2021 - 8:05 a.m.

UPDATE 2:  I have texted some of you but if you have a trailer in the park, better check it.  Some trailers have experienced damage, mostly circuit issues.

UPDATE:  I spoke too soon.  Storm hit while I was in the shower.  Two big KABOOMS and Dan thinks it hit the shop because it knocked out the internet back there. Our landline isn’t working either.  It also fried our house bathroom light fixture.  Smoke comes out of one of the bulb sockets when the light is turned on.  Just heard one of the cottages  has very little power as well.  That’s just the incidences we know about.  Lol.

I need to make an effort to get to bed before midnight because this sleeping until 8:00 is becoming a habit.  It’s pretty hard though when the sun sets so late in the evening.  I’m not complaining because in another week, the days will start to shorten.  Already.  Boo.  It was actually thunder that woke me up this morning so we are in for a thunderstorm or two today.  They are tracking south of us but looking at the radar, I think some cells will get a piece of us.  Perhaps not the north shore but our area should see something.  I spent all day yesterday weeding, deadheading and watering.  I didn’t water heavy due to the rain earlier in the week but considering the wind we’ve had, it tends to dry things out pretty quickly.  Still have two beds to finish but it’ll have to wait as I’m off to town today.  Quick errands but it’ll likely be raining when I get home and the horse and deer flies were out chewing on me yesterday so think I’ll wait.  Dan was screaming his head off yesterday after supper and I thought, “what now?”.  Turns out it was a young bear.  Lol.  Guess that’s worth Dan being a little vocal.  There has been what people thought was a raccoon getting in the garbage trailer for the last week.  Dan didn’t think so as a raccoon wouldn’t be strong enough but I’ve seen them get things open you wouldn’t think possible.  Thankfully Dan just went to the dump and scared the bejeesuz out of the poor little mite so hopefully it won’t be back.  Bears just tend to move through this neighbourhood vs sticking around but if there’s a reliable regular food source, that’s another story.  Makes me wonder where it came from, where its mother is, and how long it been around.  At any rate, I doubt we’ll see it again.  And Gato came up last night so it’s not around his usual trek.  That’s a very good thing.

June 17, 2021 - 8:13 a.m.

I don’t know where all our beautiful weather went but this week is turning out to be somewhat of a dude.  Don’t get me wrong.  The sunshine and temperatures have been nice but the wind isn’t all that great.  It finally died down last night enough to allow our fishermen to get out on the boat.  My poor flowers have definitely seen better days.  We need some more hot summer weather to perk them back up.  However there is rain in the forecast for the next few days. Possibly a thunderstorm tonight and tomorrow which means I’d better get my but in gear today if I want to get some outdoor work finished. I don’t know what was up yesterday but I felt like I was hit by a truck.  I wasn’t alone.  Several people in the park were complaining of aches and pains, not feeling well, Dan included.  I was weeding the bedrock and began sweating profusely (it was only about 15 degrees), became light headed, nauseated, just felt terrible and had to lie down.  The aches were the least of my problem.  Very tired this morning even after 8 hours sleep but I’m going to shake it off and get to work.  Dan is heading to the Bonfield area to help Mike and Vic deliver a bunkie to Vic’s cottage so he’ll be gone most of the morning.  Weather should be good until later this afternoon so I’d better get at it.

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

I am really late this morning.  I know it was after midnight when I went to bed last night but I didn’t even crack a lid until after 8:00 this morning.  The only reason I woke at all is the sun was shining in my eyes.  Lol.  Since we had a good inch of rain on Monday, I figured yesterday would be a good day to tackle the bedrock garden weeding.  It was.  They all pulled out easily but I didn’t get finished yesterday so I’ll be back at it again today.  Karen came in to clean cottages and Dan cut grass and did some weed eating so nothing much to report, it was a busy day for everyone.  I’ve seen more shad flies over the past couple of days but they haven’t been too bad here. I haven’t heard how they’ve been affecting the fishing either but I will find out.  We have some guests who  just arrived yesterday and weren’t able to fish because the wind has Lake Nipissing all turned up.  It’s still pretty rough this morning but seems to be slowly calming down so hopefully they can get on the water today.

June 14, 2021 - 6:42 a.m.

We had a lovely weekend.  I was finally able to see some friends I haven’t seen since last year.  A few of the girls got together on our beach on Saturday and we had a hoot.  Just like old times although it was a short visit.  Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.  The weather wasn’t the greatest but at least it didn’t rain.  That was yesterday.  We actually had quite the thunderstorm.  It wasn’t particularly violent but it was long in duration.  We are in for more rain today apparently with possibly another thunderstorm this evening.  The power flicked on and off a few times last night but didn’t stay off so there is that.  Today I’m looking after some office stuff since the weather will keep me indoors today.  Not sure what’s on Dan’s agenda but same thing.  He’ll find something to do indoors, I’m sure.

June 12, 2021 - 5:37 a.m.

It is a very misty morning today but the sun is rising and it promises to be a great day.  Should reach 24 today but may see some clouds move in a little later.  These temperatures are definitely more comfortable, especially for working but it was a little chilly yesterday as it was overcast all day.  The sun came out in time to set last night.  The little rain we received on Thursday has perked everything up and plants don’t seem to be slumped over anymore.  There is still pollen around and although I cleaned, it’s already back, just not as thick.  It should be over soon and hopefully we’ll get a little more of the rain forecasted for tomorrow and Monday just to clean things up a bit more.  I wouldn’t want to be someone who suffers from allergies about now.  I’ve a few things to do this morning and then I’m parking it in the sunshine for the rest of the day.  Seeing some friends today that I haven’t seen since last year (autumn actually) and so looking forward to it.  Having a visit and doing some catching up is long overdue.  Long overdue.  I think everyone is of the same mind set.  Enjoy!


June 11, 2021 - 8:22 a.m.

Little late this morning.  I actually didn’t get up until almost 8:00 which isn’t like me but I was up rather late.  We finally received a little rain but could certainly use more.  I’m thankful for what we did get and was hoping it would rain all night but at least nature had a sponge bath.  We may get a few more showers this morning before things clear up though.  I spent the day yesterday cleaning my house.  The whole day.  And I still have two rooms left to do. The pollen was/is absolutely everywhere.  Washed floors, windows, all the wall art, inside cupboards.  Yuck, it’s relentless.  Going to finish up today hopefully.  With the rain washing the buildings yesterday, that will help.  I can actually tell we have black tin roofs this morning.  They were looking more of a dusty yellow.  Lol.  And the dust from the road traffic has also been terrible so the rain should help with that also. It’ll likely be overcast most of the day but the temperature only mid twenties so a good day to carry on.  Dan’s heading to Sundridge this morning as Nick bought a new Jeep and needs to pick it up.  Boys and their toys.

June 10, 2021 - 6:48 a.m.

It was a perfect day yesterday.  Cooler temperature, less humidity, sunny skies and a mild lake breeze.  Can’t ask for more.  I spent some time watering yet again and doing some deadheading and I saw the first shad fly of the season.  Lake Nipissing is definitely 17 degrees in the deepest part of the watershed or they wouldn’t have hatched.  Hopefully it doesn’t affect the fishing too much and make it drop off.  We have our first guests of the season and they are definitely wanting to catch some dinner.  Since cooler weather is sticking around for the next week or so, I think I’m going to attack the pollen issue today.  My windows are filthy and my house needs a good cleanse.  I’ll plug away this morning until it warms up and then head outside.  My patio table is layered in a yellow film so I’ll be hosing down the exterior of the house.  Dan did some grass cutting and weed eating yesterday but I think he needs to give it a rest until we get some rain or all the grass will be dead.  Certain spots, the grass is already brown even with watering.  We may get a shower tomorrow but it’s never a sure thing as Nip tends to split any systems that bring the rain to the south shore.  Fingers crossed.  We desperately need rain to bring water levels up or we could end up like 2010 and not be able to get a boat out of our harbour in another week or two.

June 9, 2021 - 5:56 a.m.

Well darn it all anyway.  I thought for sure we’d get a storm yesterday with the weather being such as it was.  Seemed everyone got something except Greening Bay.  It was so stifling with high humidity and 100 degrees out you could cut the air.  The storm moved across the region late in the day yesterday but we didn’t get one drop.  Things have definitively cooled down this morning and it’s not nearly as humid but we could have used the rain.  As my friend said yesterday, it’s pretty bad when even the weeds leaves are curled up.  The rest of the week looks to be just beautiful though.  Mid 20’s with plenty of sun.  It just means I’ll need to water again today as it was pretty hard on everything yesterday.  I was glad to have the air conditioning in the car while doing my town run.  Didn’t do much of anything in the afternoon except try to keep cool.  Dan had his appointment at the hospital for his last post op check up and x-ray of his knee so hopefully that’s it until next time.  The doctor wants to do his other knee in four months but Dan has decided yet.  What’s to decide?  Get ‘er done.

June 8, 2021 - 5:47 a.m.

I was up before the birds this morning so was able to see an amazing sunrise.  A beautifully pink sky promises another scorching hot day.  I spent the better part of my day yesterday watering flowers before the heat became too intense.  The humidity is through the roof so I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a storm around suppertime today.  It just amazes me we are getting these 30 degree temperatures at the beginning of June so Lord knows what July will bring.  Last year we had our warmest weather in June as well so could be the same this year.  The pollen is back again but I suspect this will be the last of it.  It does come in stages as the trees blossom at different times so I believe we are experiencing evergreen pollen at the moment.  Keeping up with it is next to impossible unless I want to spend every day dusting my house which I don’t.  Another week and hopefully that’ll be it for the season.  The fireflies were out again last night so they are most certainly enjoying this heat.  It only went down to 19 overnight and that was just before dawn so I was able to close the house back up while it was as cool as it’s going to get.  Lol.  Dan and I ended up going for ice cream around 2:00 yesterday afternoon and that was pretty much both our lunch and supper since neither of us felt much like eating anything else.  If you get the chance, try the funnel fries with ice cream at the chip wagon by the South Shore Centre.  OMG.  I didn’t have them yesterday as they are a treat and highly waistline expanding but they are so worth it.

June 6, 2021 - 6:29 a.m.

Wow, was it hot yesterday!  Smoking!  I think it hit the 31 degree mark as forecasted and the humidity is very high.  I had to close the house up and get all the fans going full tilt.  I opened it back up last night but really, it was still pretty warm overnight and I’ve closed everything back up this morning already for the repeat coming today.  I’ll be watering flowers as soon as I get it together.  Thankfully we did receive a little rain on Friday but we could have used a lot more of it.  I’m sure all of nature did appreciate the little we got.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a pop up today or tomorrow.  That just usually makes it even more humid but I tell you, the heat is certainly keeping the bugs at bay. Very few mosquitos this year.  No complaints from me but the birds might not like it. There was a boat anchored just offshore in Greening Bay yesterday for the entire afternoon and I don’t know how they did it.  No shelter from the sun I’d have to guess they are sporting a nice little sun burn today.  Lots of boats on the water yesterday as well as people swimming so Lake Nipissing is ready for summer revellers.  I still haven’t seen any shad flies this year.  That would be a first in the 22 years we’ve been here.

June 5, 2021 - 7:52 a.m.

Well bummer dude.  Still no rain.  I was tracking a big system pretty much all night (since I was up) and darn if it didn’t go beneath us.  Just.  We need rain desperately now.  It’s getting critical.  It is just so dry and you can see it in the critters as they all need a bath.  I do believe we are in for a drought summer which generally is followed by an extremely wet fall or winter.  May is our rainy month and we only received 30% of the precipitation this year.  It’s just gross as everything looks so dirty.  Cars, buildings (especially tin roofs), everything is just covered in dust and pollen.  I feel sorry for the greenery growing along the side of the roads as they get choked out every time a vehicle goes by.  I was hoping for a thunderstorm through the night followed by a nice steady rain.  We have a slight cold front coming through but the temperature change, since it’s already 19, isn’t going to be drastic enough to spurn a storm.  Just going to keep my fingers crossed something comes our way soon.

June 4, 2021 - 7:53 a.m.

I was a sleepyhead this morning and that’s quite alright, I’ve had a busy week.  So has Dan apparently because he just got up as well and is usually out in the shop with his cronies by now.  It is just a gorgeous morning although a little muggy already.  It only went down to 14 overnight with a high of 26 yesterday and we’ve a whole week of smoking hot weather coming our way.  Lake Nipissing is a window pane this morning and what a lovely day it would be on the pontoon.  If it was in the water and if we didn’t have work to finish.  Sigh.  The joys of being a camp owner.  Lol.  Actually Dan did go to town for new batteries yesterday so perhaps he’ll be able to get the boat in sometime today with a little help.  There are boats on the water so fishermen are out and about first thing this morning.  I worked until 1:00 yesterday mostly finishing some manicuring here and there and of course giving everything a big drink although I’ll need to do some more watering today on a few plants I didn’t get to yesterday.  I had to zip into town for some staples and a CT Scan in the afternoon.  It wasn’t very pleasant this time around as the die was a lot warmer than usual due to the fact it had to be able to reach my toes.  I don’t know if it was that or the weather last night but I could barely walk by 8:00 and had a restless night.  There were storms all around us but we didn’t receive one drop.  I’m guessing that was doing a number on me.  Not much rain in the long term, just 30+ degree weather and plenty of sun.  Hopefully things will become unstable and we’ll get some rain to cool things down.  One good thing, the bugs aren’t a nuisance right now.  We had hardly any black flies this year, the mosquitos aren’t out at night and I’ve yet to see one shad fly this year.  They always pop when the lake temperature reaches 17 which is has.  Another strange year considering last year we had no nuts on the trees and very few flowers on blooming bushes and trees.  This year, lots of blooms but very few pesky bugs.  I’ll take it!!

June 2, 2021 - 7:23 a.m.

What a busy day Dan and I had yesterday.  Dan was cleaning boats and getting them ready for use.  Poor guy has had a reaction to something which we think is the Celebrex he’s been on since his knee surgery.  His bottom torso has been itchy and a rash started yesterday so I looked up the side effects which aren’t good in the sun.  He’s going to stop taking it for a few days and see if that helps.  He’s been giving it a bit too much lately so we’ll see how it goes.  Nick came over and helped us for a bit.  Namely pulled out all the beach chairs and kayaks and got them all where they should be.  I worked outside all day and before I knew it, 4:00 came around and I was done like a donut.  I thoroughly enjoyed the day as nature was quite active.  I can’t believe the pollinators this year.  Tons of them flying around doing their thing.  I have one more day (I hope) to finish all the gardening and then it will just be ongoing maintenance.  I’ve been doing some transplanting around the property so hopefully things will continue to thrive.  The heat just did wonders for the flowers yesterday and it’s definitely sticking around now with hardly any rain forecasted for the next 2 weeks.  Of course that could change, hopefully will change.  The geese families were all out for an evening adventure last night, swimming along the shoreline.  They sure are territorial and were keeping well away from each other but I guess that’s the nature of the species.

June 1, 2021 - 7:07 a.m.

I truly wish Mother Nature would have her meds checked.  Lol.  Apparently we are in for temperatures upward of +29 for several days the closer we get to the weekend.  Considering it was only +1 the other day, that’s quite a mood swing for the old gal.  We’ll take it but it looks like I’ll need to dig out our fans in the next couple of days.  The cold weather only affected a couple of plants, namely the hanging baskets at the road but once I give them a little love today, they’ll come back.  Especially with the warmth we have on the way.  Craziness.  Our lilac tree has just been teeming with life and I love sitting on the deck watching all the visitors.  Hummingbirds, hummingbird moths (which I think are so cool), a large variety of bees and butterflies.  I actually saw the first Monarch yesterday.  It wasn’t as vibrant an orange as I usually see but it was a Monarch none the less.  I zipped into town first thing in the morning for a few staples and ended up buying a tomato plant.  I worked outside for the rest of the day on my gardens doing some deadheading and watering things.  Dan and Mike went to town as I had packages at the post office which turned into a major project for Mike.  My new patio set arrived so he spent the afternoon putting it together.  A big thank you to him as it looks great.  It’s hard to purchase on line but I’m pleased enough with it for what we need it for.  Not sure what’s on Dan’s agenda today but he needs to get some boats in the water and make sure they’re running tickety boo.  He turned the water on for the remaining cottages so they are ready for a spring clean and thankfully I have some help for that.  Going to be a busy week and the season is looking good.

May 31, 2021 - 6:06 a.m.

I hate to say this but we really need some rain.  Everything is starting to dry up which is great at keeping the mosquitos down but seriously, we need some rain.  It is going to be a gorgeous week with no rain in sight.  Plenty of sunshine so I’m hoping something will develop eventually.  It’s amazing how it’s either too dry or too wet.  I’d rather have it too dry for sure but I’m not looking forward to the spiders.  Going to be a good year for them.  We’ll need to get Dan’s trusty solution out when we hose the buildings down as we do every year.  It’s also great at cleaning siding right up after the winter’s beating.  Dan puts a little bleach, a little laundry detergent, a little Dawn dish soap in a nap sprayer, fills it with water and then sprays it on the buildings.  Let it sit for a bit and then hose down.  Works like a charm.  It’s also great on wood decks to bring them back to their former glory and helps to get rid of the pollen that is currently coating everything.  Unfortunately, it can’t help with dusty roads.  Lol.  Yep, we need some rain!

May 30, 2021 - 6:57 a.m.

We’ve had a few beautiful sunny days and it looks like today will be no exception.  A little on the chillier side, especially during the nighttime hours but hey, it beats snow and I know they were getting some further south.  I did cover the baskets out by the road Saturday night as there was a frost warning but I didn’t bother last night so hope they faired well.  We are so close to the water which is currently 17 degrees apparently, I think the plants should be fine.  It was pretty calm last night though.  We could literally hear everything across the bay and there were some kids having a party around the campfire on Westview and honestly we could hear they’re entire conversations not to mention the music.  They were rocking out to “Loverboy” at one point so am sure the neighbours were rocking out too whether they wanted to or not.  Lol.  Dan and I had a quiet day and got some rest yesterday but today I’ve a few things on my agenda.  Indoor stuff until it warms up a bit and then I’ll head outside.  We ordered a new patio set for our deck and the table has arrived but no chairs so I’ll be chasing those down this morning.  Hopefully someone will find the time to put the table together in the next few days.  Our old set was getting tired looking so Dan confiscated it for the shop and the morning coffee group.

May 27, 2021 - 7:25 a.m.

Wow!  Where did the heat go?  Brrr, she’s chilly this morning and I had to turn the fireplace on when I got up.  It was warm and humid yesterday but the north wind blew in a cold front late in the afternoon that’s going to stick around for a few days.  It’s actually suppose to drop to only +1 tonight and then hopefully the warm up will start in time for the weekend.  I didn’t cover flowers last night because between the wind and the lake, there wasn’t a threat of frost but tonight, I’m not so sure.  I guess when you live further north, it’s to be expected.  I’ve seen snow this time of year before.  All the gardening is finished expect for mulching here and there which I’m hoping to get to today.  I do need to do some housework today though as the pollen is pretty prevelant.  Oh but the property does look lovely and the pollinators were out in full force yesterday.  We’ve quite a few hummingbirds and I saw lots of bees and butterflies out and about yesterday.  The colder weather is great for killing off the mosquitos and believe it or not, I think the black flies are all ready done.  We didn’t have many of them or for very long this year.  Hope the same came be said once the deer and horse flies start.  Lol.

May 25, 2021 - 6:19 a.m.

Sigh.  We were suppose to get some rain today and it certainly smells and feels like it but the radar isn’t showing too much in our area.  It’s mostly just north of us.  I truly hope we get a nice soaking, it would do nature a world of good as it’s been a while.  A thunderstorm would be even better providing it’s not too severe.  The warm front came in overnight and it’s warmer outside than in the house so I wouldn’t be surprised if we do get a couple of boomers.  I finished all my planting yesterday except for one of the cottages.  The large window box, actually it’s a deck railing box, has seen better days.  The replacement is ready to go and Dan got most of the old one taken down but he’s having an issue with it.  Can’t get the back of it off the railing and the railing itself has weakened from all the weight from the box over the years.  Solve one problem, create another.  Getting lumber and the price of it right now will have something to do with our decision on what to do.  I’m thinking of just putting a pot on the deck for now.  Dilemma’s.  Lol.  I am heading to hospital this morning for bloodwork and then picking up a few things at Walmart.  I haven’t been there for ages so not relishing it.  I’ve truly been trying to avoid it but when it comes to catfood and cleaning supplies, it’s the best bet.  Hopefully there is enough product left for me to stock up for the summer.

May 24, 2021 - 6:13 a.m.

Happy Victoria Day!  I hope everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the glorious weekend we’ve had.  The cold front did come through on Saturday but it was a very late night event because it was hot and humid all day and became overcast ahead of the temperature drop.  It was also overcast yesterday morning but the clouds moved out and although more seasonal temperatures, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.  We didn’t get the anticipated rain which is a rarity on a long weekend and the temperature is suppose to rise from the current 5 to 22 today.  It’s a bright sunny morning and the mist is pouring off Lake Nipissing so it will be a perfect day to finish my planting.  Great working weather for sure and I’m on the home stretch.  I’ve noticed for several days now there is a lone goose with 2 babies.  You always see both parents with goslings, usually one in front and one in back when paddling by but this isn’t the case.  I don’t know if something has happened to one of the parents or mama had two eggs hatch early and is still on the nest.  I’ve never seen this happen before.  A lot of goslings are being lost this year whether pike  or turtles or eagles but they grow pretty quickly so hopefully more make it than not.  We saw another mama Mallard on highway 11 with ducklings and she made it across but just.  I don’t know what’s going on this year but I’ve never seen so many ducks along the highway.  The turtles are also on the move so please keep your eyes peeled when travelling.

May 22, 2021 - 5:52 a.m.

I’ve been planting flowers for the past couple of days and Karen