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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 next couple of days but this should be awesome for all the plant life.  Our trees finally popped in this heat and the leaves are coming on nicely.

May 25, 2020 - 7:11 a.m.

What a beautiful week of weather we’ve had.  Saturday was piping hot so after getting our work done in the morning, we headed out on the pontoon.  It was so nice to see some normalcy as there were lots of people on the water.  Some just cruising, others tubing and quite a few fishermen.  It was a great day but I did get a sunburn, lol.  Yesterday we finally received some badly needed rain, at times it was heavy, and we needed every bit of it.  The temperature may hit the +30 mark this week as the heat wave continues but rain and thunderstorms are also in the forecast.  It is currently very foggy out, at least over the water but I suspect that won’t last as the day warms up.  I have two more small pots to plant and then the pruning and mulching so should be finished everything within the next day or two.  I don’t know if Dan will get the last section of breakwall complete today as it’s pretty wet out.  It’s also very humid.  That should change as the week progresses and we get back to more seasonal temperatures.

May 23, 2020 - 7:21 a.m.

Yes!  I finished all my planting yesterday.  It was a long day but such gorgeous weather and perfect for digging around in the dirt.  I do have a pot of sage to do and one more pot of flowers which I’ll do tomorrow because Annie is bringing them out today as I couldn’t find sage (which she managed to do).  Everyone is planting veggie and herb gardens this year so the nurseries are having a hard time keeping it stocked.  Good to see people growing their own produce now that they have time.  We have been so blessed with the weather this week but today looks to be the last exceptional day with rain moving in tomorrow.  We are getting on the boat today for our maiden voyage this season and I am truly looking forward to it.  I’ve been on the go all week and doing hard physical labour so it’ll be nice just to put my feet up and enjoy Lake Nipissing.  It’s also going to be smoking hot today so will be lovely on the water.  Although it will be from a distance, it will be nice to see what the rest of the world is doing in this fine day!

May 22, 2020 - 8:09 a.m.

Oh but this weather.  Can’t ask for anything better!  It’s been hot and sunny with just a little breeze coming off Lake Nipissing.  I’ve been planting for 3 days straight and have to say I’m pooped.  I have one more day of planting and then it’s just touch ups such as laying some cedar mulch here and there.  I was pretty sore last night and because the cursed black flies came out in full force yesterday, full of bug bites that kept me up itching last night.  Such little things, such big annoyance.  My left hand is actually swollen and I even took a Benadryl before bed.  Thankfully they don’t last long and are usually only really bad in the shade.  Dan put up some more of the breakwall yesterday and I was helping just a bit here and there when he needed me to hold the wood while he drilled.  He’s on the home stretch and I must say, it looks great.  He ran out of material so is likely going to town today to get the rest of what he needs to finish the job.  Karen came in yesterday to help us and is painting the public bathrooms.  We are a tad behind on stuff just because the season was so late starting but have certainly made progress this week with the beautiful weather.  Next week isn’t looking so good but that could change.  I was just saying to our neighbour yesterday that I could go for a nice thunderstorm.  Not a dangerous one, just a long vocal one.  There are thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday and I hope they materialize.  So good for giving the land nitrogen which makes the grass and flowers green and grow.

May 20, 2020 - 7:15 a.m.

Wow!  Looking at the long term forecast, we’re in for some beauty weather for the coming days.  Hot and sunny with the temperature ranging from 21 to 26 through to next Tuesday.  I spent yesterday planting all the flowers I bought and we are starting to see some colour around the property now.  Lots of bees out and about so they’re liking the additions.  I’ve yet to see any hummingbirds though.  I did spot the pesty hawk at the water’s edge around supper last night and chased it off yet again.  It certainly has all the birds and smaller critters nervous these days.  One poor chippie was trapped under the neighbour’s car last night by their dog on one side and the hawk in the vicinity.  Lol.  Sucked to be it.  I’m heading into town as soon as I get ready this morning.  Have a few staple groceries to pick up as well as another load of flowers.  I think it’s going to be a hot dry summer this year so will be choosing wisely.  We aren’t suppose to receive any rain until possibly Monday overnight into Tuesday.  Dan spent yesterday scraping paint and puttying the public bathrooms which he’ll be doing again today before they can be painted.  What a job.  At least he’s very good at it.  The public bathrooms can’t be opened just yet but I’m sure that’s coming in the not too distant future.  We had lots of calls yesterday from people looking for a trailer site so things are gearing up.  I just wish the government would allow for cottage rentals.  Maybe after this hot spell, things will start to get back to normal.  Well, what normal use to be.  Lol.

May 19, 2020 - 7:38 a.m.

What a productive day yesterday!  I worked until around 2:30 on the last of my gardens and planted all the wildflower seeds I wanted to so now the flowers in the other beds and pots can go in.  I still haven’t pulled my seasonal things out of storage yet but am doing that this morning.  I had zipped into L’Ami’s yesterday after work to pick up some flowers and potting soil to get me started this afternoon.  I couldn’t believe how busy it was.  The parking lot was jammed packed but everyone was adhering to the social distancing requirements.  I should be able to fill my window boxes and a few of my hanging pots with what I purchased but will likely zip into town again later today for more flowers.  My car only holds so much so I’m limited with what I can buy.  There was certainly a good selection and it was so nice to see people out and about enjoying the fresh air.  It was also nice day for the most part and it hit 18 degrees here but because it was overcast, the black flies came out when I was digging around on the bedrock.  I received a few bites but nothing major as most were just bouncing off my face.  Annoying little creatures.

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 a.m.

We’ve had a few great days.  The weather has cooperated and it looks today will be just as beautiful.  The temperatures have been more seasonal, meaning mid to high teens with mostly sun.  Lots of people have been in the park but still being careful about social distancing even when catching up with each other.  Dan and I haven’t done much work the past two days which is just fine.  Having a hard time getting motivated since the weather has been so beautiful.  I’m going to continue on with some gardening today so that I can begin planting this coming week.  They are calling for mid to high 20’s so I think it’s safe.  It’s going to be different buying flowers this year but I’m supporting our local nurseries so will be making the rounds.  I will definitely be shopping where I can browse and not feel pressured.  Not spending the kind of money I do without being able to pick out what I want.  There is so much more new information coming out right now concerning the virus, I can’t believe the mainstream media is still flooding us with the same narrative.  It’s time for local feel good stories.

May 15, 2020 - 6:36 a.m.

We did receive some rain though it didn’t start really until after supper and throughout the night.  A nice light rain for the most part and perfect for flower growing.  I worked in the bedrock again and was so pooped last night I fell asleep instantly and didn’t wake up once.  I think I will forgo physical labour today.  I guess I’ve been doing my gardens all wrong for the past 20 years.  I should have been doing the bedrock first instead of last.  There were no bugs to speak of and it’s easier to clean up before things get growing.  I have one small section to finish and then I can start planting.  Always lots of pots to create. I saw the goslings yesterday and they are a permanent fixture now that the grass has started to green.  We have one family with 10 babies and another with 4.  So far.  Once they get bigger, which doesn’t take long, we start chasing them off from down by the marina.  They love it there first thing in the morning when the sun is shining.  I don’t blame them, it’s a great spot.

May 14, 2020 - 7:20 a.m.

It was a gorgeous day yesterday.  Nice and warm and sunny.  I started working in the bedrock garden at 8:30 and had just sat down for a break around 2:00 when Larry and Trish dropped in for a quick visit.  We ended up having a couple of drinks and doing catch up with them so was a great afternoon.  I even managed to get a sun tan on my face.  We are still waiting to hear confirmation from Doug Ford today but it sounds like the trailer park can be open beginning Saturday.  No public facilities (washrooms) just yet but most people are self contained anyhow.  It isn’t suppose to be nice until Saturday anyhow as rain is moving in today.  The storm clouds are evident this morning and the rain is due later this afternoon through Friday.  I need to get the bedrock garden finished today as I’m putting down wildflower seeds.  It’s half done but a big job.  I’ll really accomplish something if the garden actually produces because the deer are always in it.  I had to chase the hawk off again yesterday and it wasn’t intimidated by me one bit.  Once the park is open and people put their birdfeeders up, the hawk will have a wonderful buffet.  Hopefully too many people around will send it packing.

May 13, 2020 - 7:11 a.m.

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday once the sun burned everything off.  Last night was the last evening in the long term forecast that will have us below zero.  There was a heavy frost overnight but from here on out, I should be able to leave the plants I’ve purchased outside now.  I worked on the bedrock garden yesterday and am continuing on today.  We had a visit from the fire marshal yesterday.  I would like to ensure our concerned neighbour that we’ve not had any fires.  The campfire status sign is on private property and is for Greening Bay Cottages customers which doesn’t apply at the moment because we aren’t yet open.  If campfires are still banned when we reopen, we will change the status to indicate such, like we always responsibly do, so rest assured.  Hopefully we will be able to reopen soon and apparently there is some news on that coming tomorrow.  While I was down by the marina yesterday, I was amazed to see the first batch of goslings.  I was surprised because it’s been so cool but I guess nature follows norm.  There will likely be more babies coming this week, I’m sure.

May 11, 2020 - 6:54 a.m.

I was amazed at how many family pictures were on Facebook yesterday.  It was nice to see grammas with their grand babies, Moms with daughters and sons, lots of family fun, even if in a different time.  I’m sure there are many people who will be happy to finally be able to hug their family members when things open back up.  It’s coming.  In the meantime, I’m biting the bullet and going to town today.  I need some soil and wildflower seeds.  I certainly don’t need any bedding plants or flowers just yet as it remains chillier than normal this season.  Still going below zero every night and I’m still dragging my pansies inside after supper.  Another few days and things are suppose to warm up a tad. When we had the lovely weather before the polar vortex came in, the bees had started to make an appearance and the dandelions were coming up.  Now I wonder if the bees who emerged early have survived.  Still no sign of hummingbirds so they’re stalled someplace warmer to bide their time.  At least I certainly hope so.  The water level in Lake Nipissing is now normal and is where it should be.  Things are slowly opening back up but I think the cottages and trailerparks will be another week or two.  One thing at a time.  I’m not looking forward to town today but maybe, just maybe, the line ups won’t be so bad now that they have somewhat started retail again. 

May 10, 2020 - 6:51 a.m.

HAPPY MOTHER’S day!!  Hope all you beautiful Moms out there enjoy your day! XXOO

May 8, 2020 - 6:56 a.m.

Mother Nature needs some Prozac.  I was working on the bedrock garden yesterday afternoon getting some sunshine and woke up to a blanket of white this morning.  The snow isn’t finished yet either.  By the looks of the long term forecast, we aren’t going to have steady nice weather until after the long weekend.  I’m amazed at the fluctuation in weather we’ve been experiencing this May.  It’s like a decision can’t be made between summer and winter.  It certainly is pretty but I’d rather green than white if given the choice.  I was going to head to town today to get some soil and wildflower seeds but that may change.  It is certainly a good day for it as I doubt many people will be at the nurseries so there won’t be line ups but I’m also not in the mood now.  Lol.  This is shaping up to be one of those years where I definitely will need to hold off planting until after the first full moon in June.  I’ve already put the snow shovels away for the year.  Should have known better.

May 7, 2020 - 7:58 a.m.

I was up at 5:00 but we had no internet.  I finally went outside to unplug everything, did the same inside and of course Dan gets up and unplugged something in the house and it starts working.  Technology and I just don’t get along.  The past couple of days have been great.  The weather was just beautiful so Dan and I both worked outside.  I have most of the raking done now and all my gardens have been cleaned out and are ready for planting other then the bedrock.  I found quite a few perennials popping their heads out to test the waters.  Might have jumped the gun on it though because it’s snowing this morning after reaching +15 yesterday.  They are calling for 10-15 cm but I doubt it will stick around long.  Dan and Mike installed and completed the new breakwall on the beach.  We just need the sand to pack down over the next week or so in case more is needed.  It was great to visit with our neighbours and some of the trailerpark yesterday.  I can’t blame anyone for being out and about and are looking forward to reopening soon.  We still aren’t sure legally when we can but I don’t think it will be too much longer.  We still haven’t turned the water on as the ground is still frozen in places and this colder weather with very little rain isn’t helping the thaw along.  I found some frozen spots in some of my shadier gardens yesterday.  I also found a few feather piles from birds the hawk has taken.  If anyone knows of a way to get rid of hawks, short of killing them or taking the feeders down, please let me know.

May 5, 2020 - 6:50 a.m.

Geez, what’s up with the weather?  The cold front came through yesterday and it got quite chilly.  The whole week is going to be rather unseasonably cold with the temperature going below zero every night this week and snow in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.  I had to bring my pansies inside last night as the north wind was beating them up too much.  I guess I was off on my prediction the hummingbirds would be arriving this week and the green tree tinge would start to appear.  But then I hadn’t known we were going to get hit with a polar vortex when I mentioned it.  The cool spring this year is definitely setting things back.  I spent some time on the phone yesterday with some of our government people and as usual was passed around several times and still didn’t get a suitable answer.  Just the same old political run around.  I was trying to find out when they were lifting the fire ban in the north.  It has been lifted in the south but we actually have fires to burn brush, property clean up and paper garbage up here.  Not to mention heat and cooking.  Our emergency personnel are not even close to being overwhelmed as we have one active case of the virus in our area.  I finally ended up sending a few emails which I’m currently waiting on to see when we can apply for fire permits again.  We’ve a pile of debris we’d really like to get rid of.  It does sound promising for things to begin to open up again for the long weekend so I guess we just need to be patient a little longer.

May 3, 2020 - 6:53 a.m.

The weather Friday was absolutely beautiful.  I had to zip into town briefly but I was able to dig out my hummingbird feeders and get them up for the little beauties.  They are on the migratory move and I am expecting them to arrive some time this week.  I noticed Saturday there were quite a few bees on my pansies and other insects made an appearance as well, including mosquitos, although the few around weren’t biting.  Yesterday morning started out quite nicely but then the rain moved in so it was pretty damp in the afternoon.  The water levels have come up in Lake Nipissing and it looks like they are no longer way below normal.  All the little sand islands are disappearing in front of our house so the seagulls will start to disappear.  They always hang out here in the spring (just a few) until the water levels even out along the shoreline.  I’ve often wondered why it is we never see baby seagulls.  We only ever see them after the fishing season starts and by then, they are fully grown and flying.  The only thing to signify they are in fact babies, is their spots.  It was suppose to dip around zero overnight but only went to +4 and it looks to be at least a partly sunny day today so I’ll likely spend some of it outdoors.  I believe Dan is going to continue on with the breakwall replacement.

May 1, 2020 - 7:42 a.m.

Well another week has flown by with nothing much accomplished.  It’s pretty hard to get motivated these days when the weather is so gloomy.  At least we finally received some badly needed rain to help get the frost out of the ground and start to green everything up.  I’ve never seen Greening Bay so brown for so long.  Usually this time of year has everything looking like a golf course.  It’s coming after 2 days of rain but Lake Nipissing is still lower than usual.  The maple buds have started to fall so a little more rain followed by some sunshine should finally have the trees popping and a green tinge start to appear as the leaves begin to grow.  There have been some concerns about reopening things, tourist businesses in particular, in the North as we have so very few recorded cases of the covid flu up here.  Personally, I think the sooner we open, the faster this thing will disappear.  I watched a very informative 5-part documentary series which began March 17 and continued through to April 17 as more information and data became available.  Canada should have been testing way more than they did and I feel our government really dropped the ball on that.  The fear mongering media should also be ashamed of themselves.  I have complete sympathy for all those who have lost loved ones but I think Canadians would be very surprised if they knew just how many people have contacted this virus since the pandemic started and who now have antibodies.  So much misinformation and everyone with an agenda people are understandably frightened but it’s time for society to get back to living.  Everyone has an opinion (which may differ from mine) so please be kind.  Always.

April 28, 2020 - 7:33 a.m.

What a simply gorgeous day yesterday!  It reached a high of +13 so Dan and I were outside most of the day.  I was working by the water so still needed my coat but it was certainly nice enough for a t-shirt away from the water and wind and in direct sunlight.  I did some raking and cleaned out a few gardens.  My tiger lilies and strawberries have started to sprout and a few ground cover plants but that’s about it for now.  Still a little cool for anything else.  I did find a few dandelions in some warm sunny spots but I don’t think the frost has completely left the ground just yet.  Usually the dandelions aren’t too far behind once the frogs start to trill.  I’m hoping to get a little more outside work done today but the clouds have started to move in which doesn’t make it as enjoyable.  We are suppose to get rain for the next few days so may be a good idea to finish cleaning out the gardens and let those April showers do their magic.

April 27, 2020 - 7:46 a.m.

What a beauty day yesterday.  It was nice and warm when away from the water but rather chilly along the shoreline just yet.  It reached 13 degrees here so we got plenty of fresh air and I opened the house up for a bit.  Today will be a repeat but rain is in the forecast for much of the week.  That’s quite alright as we need it.  We need it to green things up as well as raise the water levels which are lower than usual this year.  They let out too much this winter, likely overcompensating because of the flooding last year and apparently the dams are closed for the time being.  I’ve been finding a few remanents of bird kills lately and this morning, saw the culprit.  I saved a red winged black bird that was in the clutches of a chicken hawk’s talons this morning.  As soon as I scared the hawk, the black bird flew into a tree so I think it’ll be fine.  Yes, I know it’s nature but I don’t want the hawk hanging around my birdfeeders for an easy kill.  It’s already gotten several sweet little chick-a-dees.  Go hunt someplace else.

April 25, 2020 - 7:32 a.m.

We are in for a few gorgeous days with temperatures in the mid teen’s and lots of sweet sunshine.  I’m sure there will be a few people from the park come out to check their trailers.  I’m also sure there will be lots of people out and about getting some fresh air.  As they should.  I know I’ll be doing some yard work.  The birds have started their nesting but I haven’t heard the frogs trilling a symphony just yet.  The odd one here and there but I’m guessing they are about to start this week.  Apparently there is still quite a bit of ice left on Nipissing although we can’t see any from our house.  A plane was up this week and took pictures so we haven’t been declared ice free just yet.  Lots of pile ups of ice on the shorelines as well from the wind storm so it may be a week or so yet.  We are so blessed to live where we live during this inflicted quarantine because it’s pretty much business as usual.  Living in the boonies has its benefits.

April 22, 2020 - 7:20 a.m.

Suffice it to say, whatever ice was still remaining on Lake Nipissing is now jammed along the shorelines.  The wind started howling yesterday morning and we’ve had sustainable 60 km/hr winds with gusts to 80 ever since.  Just nasty out yesterday and last night was impossible to sleep.  Branches banging against the house tells me there will be some cleanup to be done around the property when this finally dies down.  We have enormous white caps in the bay and lots of ice shards up to the beach.  Just little ones though so they’ll melt quickly.  Especially since the sun is shining today.  We had snow mixed in with the wind periodically yesterday and it’s currently -7.  No surprise Gato wasn’t around last night but he was sitting by the backdoor soaking the sun when I got up this morning so was obviously hungry because he doesn’t generally like the wind.  I worked in the office for a bit yesterday and walking back to the house from the office was like being hit by a truck.  Good thing the beach sand wasn’t flying around.  Dan got started on the last of the breakwall repair along the beach but that’s been put on hold until the weather smartens up.  It’s taking a lot to get us both motivated this spring just because the nice weather hasn’t been to prevalent.  Soon.

April 20, 2020 - 7:50 a.m.

Well winter sure is sticking around this year.  We had snow squalls on and off during the weekend and then yesterday afternoon, it started snowing.  Really snowing.  Huge accumulation flakes that covered everything within half an hour.  Unfortunately, it was also cold enough yesterday that the snow didn’t melt but I’m hoping that changes today as the sun warms things up.  It actually isn’t going to get very warm at all this week especially when Tuesday and Wednesday night is suppose to drop to at least -10.  The deer herd has been sticking around and look really healthy this year.  They are here morning and night but I only put food out in the evening and am only doing so until things green up.  The way things are currently, it’s too hard to get feed, not to mention hauling it.  I saw 3 turkey vultures taking advantage of the thermal clime as they were gliding along the shoreline looking for carrion on the weekend.  At first I thought they were hawks so was going to shoo them away (not getting my critters) but vultures are ok and are needed.  I have seen one eagle and one osprey so far and only once so they’ve likely started to nest elsewhere already.  

April 17, 2020 - 6:33 a.m.

Our weather has been the absolute pits this week.  Very little sun, snow squalls and it’s quite cool.  It was windy for most of the day yesterday and it looks like the cooler temperatures are going to be sticking around for another week.  Although the bays are now open, there is still a lot of ice left on Lake Nipissing which has been sinking periodically here and there throughout the week.  Once the temperature stays above zero for a couple of days, it’ll all be gone.  Earlier in the week, the wind created ice dams along several shores around the lake but nothing came near us thankfully.  I’m hearing there was quite a bit of damage though. Apparently the water levels are just a tad higher than the norm but not extreme enough to worry about flooding.  That’s some good news and God knows we could certainly use some about now.  We are still hoping to open for the May long weekend but it will all depend on the curve so keep the social distancing going people.

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

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter.  I cooked a lovely ham supper on Sunday.  It was quite a gloomy day weather wise but at least it was nice and mild.  Yesterday the wind started and it was blowing something awful.  We needed that as a lot of the ice sunk and what is left, is making its way into shallow waters where the water temperature is a little warmer so should melt it all.  The power went out around 11:30 last night and as I was on the phone with Hydro One around 1:00 a.m., the power came back on.  There were 2300 people without power and didn’t think it would be on until noon today so thank Hydro One for being so diligent.  It looks like it may be a nice day today as the horizon doesn’t have a lot of clouds and the temperature is hovering at zero right now.  Might be a good day for a walk.

April 12, 2020 - 8:35 a.m.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!

April 11, 2020 - 7:43 a.m.

I got started on the spring clean and organize in my kitchen yesterday.  Dan was going stir crazy so just went for a drive and then picked up some fish and chips at the Lookout Eatery for supper.  I need to make the man a honey do list to keep him occupied.  The weather hasn’t been quite nice enough to work outside which is what he really wants.  Today is nice though.  The sun is shining but it dropped to -7 overnight and is suppose to rise to around +7 today.  I’m going to continue on with the kitchen clean.  Since I finally got motivated, I hope my house is spotless and well purged by the time I’m finished.  Could take a couple of weeks considering I’m not as fast (or diligent) as I use to be and that’s quite alright.  Gato hasn’t been coming up for his meals quite as much lately.  He’s been very skittish as well and has a big swath of hair missing on his right hind quarter.  He doesn’t look injured and the skin doesn’t look like it’s broken but it’s a rather large patch of hair missing.  Could be he tangled with another Tom or something has been stalking him or could just be he got caught in something.  Whatever the case, he’s being very cautious.  I also found our first casualty yesterday which was a red winged blackbird in the driveway of one of our cottages.  Although already dead, I sacrificed him to the turtles in the creek.  Nothing goes to waste.

April 10, 2020 - 6:53 a.m.

I finally got myself to bed at a decent hour last night.  It’s time to get back into a routine.  No more staying up reading into the wee hours.  I started my spring clean yesterday.  Usually I can finish a room every couple of days but it might take me longer this time around.  I’ve started the kitchen and although I’ve already done the appliances, it’s still going to take a few days.  Especially if I finally organize the junk and utensil drawers.  Everybody has a dreaded junk drawer and God knows what’s in mine.  It’s a perfect day to be busy as the weather has changed drastically.  The wind started late yesterday afternoon and it’s still howling straight from the north. We had several snow squalls yesterday and woke up to a little of the white stuff this morning.  Winter is back although just temporarily.  It’s suppose to go above zero with sunshine tomorrow.  I’ve decided I’m going to make my Easter dinner on Sunday so I can mess up a nice clean kitchen.  Lol.  Stay safe everyone and don’t be travelling.  As much as it’s going to pain everyone, this isn’t the time for large family gatherings.  Please practice social distancing if you can so we can have a fantastic summer spent outdoors.  Thanks and happy Good Friday!

April 9, 2020 - 8:23 a.m.

I did my town run yesterday and I must say, it wasn’t a pleasant experience.  I hadn’t been to town in nearly two weeks so was surprised by the changes.  The lineup to get into Walmart was way too long so I just bypassed the store and went to the grocery store.  Same thing but not quite as bad.  While in line, I realized I know now what cattle feels like.  Grocery shopping isn’t for the feint of heart anymore.  I felt like I was being watched constantly and although I had a list, many items weren’t available so had to rethink a few meals.  You’d swear I committed a sin because I wasn’t moving fast enough.  I actually had a fellow point out I was going the wrong way down one of the isles and to follow the arrows.  I wasn’t a fan of having to leave my insulated bags outside of the store and having to use their plastic bags.  The same ones they’ve been training us not to use for years.  I guess we all need to make sacrifices but now I know why there are food shortages.  Everyone is buying enough so they don’t have to venture out to the store as frequently.  Lol.  Actually though, a lot of people were buying mostly staples or small amounts.  Since I am trying to avoid town, I had more than most so shouldn’t need to leave the property for awhile.  I did notice one thing, the hams were all cut in smaller portions in anticipation of small gatherings and social distancing for our first holiday of the year.  Funny how things can change in the blink of an eye.

April 8, 2020 - 7:56 a.m.

We are still hanging in there.  We are watching the water in Lake Nipissing slowly rise which is a lot like watching paint dry, lol.  The three trumpeter swans were still here yesterday but seemed to have disappeared this morning.  There are quite a few chipmunks around now but Gato was waiting on me this morning and since it is already daylight, I hope he eats and runs and leaves them alone.  There is enough water in the bay now and the creek is fully running so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some ice begin to sink this week.  It is suppose to stay chilly though with cloud cover, rain and snow in the forecast so we shall see.  I’ll know the winter is finally finished once I hear the frogs trill but that likely won’t be for a bit yet.  I am loving getting up to the Robin’s singing but haven’t spotted any finches or grosbeaks just yet and the hummingbirds won’t return for another month.  I am zipping into the grocery store this morning for supplies and some Easter groceries.  I was told the grocery stores are closed Friday and Monday this week so I don’t want to go tomorrow and risk more people than usual.  Wish me luck, I’m going into the trenches! 

April 6, 2020 - 8:27 a.m.

It looks like we may be in for a gorgeous day!  The sun is currently shining so hopefully the cloud cover won’t move in.  I’m going to do so more raking and clean up today.  At least that’s the game plan.  Other than our wildlife, it’s been pretty quiet around here.  The sky was absolutely gorgeous last night.  With the full moon approaching, it was so bright and every star around highly visible.  Not a stitch of wind.  So eerily quiet indeed.  It did go below zero though so the ice on Nipissing went from opaque back to white overnight.  We haven’t seen Gato for a few days so he must be out gallivanting as I’m assuming he’s in the spring heat.  Lots of deer are up to greet me every morning but I’m only feeding them at night and just for a bit.  Once the grass finally starts to green and vegetation starts to grow, they’re on their own.  I hope everyone is staying safe and occupied right now.  You’d think with everyone on a lockdown, the various satellite tv providers would be scheduling some decent programming but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Free entertaining educational programs for kids or really good movies wouldn’t be remiss.  They were showing reruns of Hallmark Christmas movies yesterday.  Lol. 

April 4, 2020 - 8:39 a.m.

It is so lovely waking up to the wildlife right now.  Listening to all the waterfowl and seasonal birds, seeing the deer in the morning outside the window, watching the birds collecting twigs and bits for their nests.  Nice to know that life goes on around us even if we are mostly trapped inside.  This too will pass and hopefully before everyone goes completely stir crazy.  I know I’ve gotten totally off my regular schedule and am staying up reading into the wee hours then sleeping in way past the hour I’m usually up and at ‘em.  It’s hard to get motivated when you have no control.  Being inundated with depressing news hour after hour, day after day isn’t helping.  Yesterday, I didn’t watch the news once and did some housecleaning.  I’m trying to do something daily until I am able to get outside to work.  Still too much snow and now that it is melting quickly, the property is very wet and mucky.  Need my rubber boots to go for a walk.  Today I think I’m going to wash my windows.  It’s currently foggy and overcast so it’s a good day to do it.  Keep the faith everyone  better days are on the horizon!

April 2, 2020 - 8:53 a.m.

Another glorious morning.  Beautiful right now with very little clouds.  I could have sworn I saw the trumpeter swans come in last evening but don’t see them this morning so don’t know if it was the positioning of the sun setting or just my dirty windows playing tricks on my eyes.  Usually when they come in, they stick around for a few days so maybe they just took flight this morning searching for a bigger patch of open water.  I’m pretty sure I saw some Merganser’s out in the Bay this morning as well.  I’m going to take a walk out today and see what I can see.  I can’t believe the flock of red-winged blackbirds and grackles we have.  Just huge but then I’m the only one with a bird feeder up.  They are draining it daily so no other species gets anything.  Very annoying.  The temperature is very mild right now and has the tributaries flowing at a pretty good clip.  Nice to see some open water.

April 1, 2020 - 9:05 a.m.

Sorry folks, I just realized I haven’t updated for a few days.  Nothing to report really other than Dan and I are getting plenty of rest.  As I’m sure most people are.  Lol.  Actually, we’ll be starting the property clean up soon as enough snow has melted to get at the grounds.  Another day or two and we should be golden.  Since we live in the boonies with no one really around, we should be able to risk going outside without fear of being fined for not social distancing ;)  I have been doing inside work lately, although not a lot of it.  I just can’t get motivated because it’s been pretty gloomy of late weather wise but things are looking up.  The sun was out for a bit yesterday so I took a walk including out on to the lake to get the last remaining tree line poles that had been frozen into the sand.  The water is starting to fill up Greening Bay from the run off so quite a few geese, ducks and seagulls are hanging around.  The gulls are always here in the spring until the water opens and they have better access to fish.  I’ve not seen any Osprey yet and only one eagle so hopefully I’m outside when the Osprey return.  It’s something to see because they arrive as a small flock.  Not sure what’s on our agenda today.  I’m still,waking up.  Really need to stop reading late into the wee hours and get my time clock back on schedule.

March27, 2020 - 8:40 a.m.

Good morning everyone!  I won’t be updating daily right now unles there’s something really good to report.  During this isolation time, there isn’t a whole lot going on.  I got hooked into a few things on the net so was up late last night reading but I’m pretty spry this morning.  It is going to be an absolutely gorgeous day.  The sun is already gaining strength and because there was a very heavy frost last night, it’s going to warm up quickly.  I’m betting it reaches close to +10 today.  Lots of melting has been going on but we did receive a bit of snow yesterday morning which didn’t stick around.  Big beautiful flakes which were lovely to watch fall from the heavens.  More water fowl have returned and Moose Creek is starting to open and flow so they at least have a water source.  The creek is carving a path into the bay and I wouldn’t be surprised if next week we begin to see the bay starting to fill.  Temperatures are going to be mild all next week with even the nighttime lows not too far below zero.  I am zipping into town to pick up some fresh produce and staples so it will be good to get out and about.  No worries.  I have sanitizer and wipes.  Enjoy this beautiful bright sunny day!

March 25, 2020 - 8:16 a.m.

It was certainly a beautiful day yesterday!  I did some house cleaning in the morning and then got out for some fresh air in the afternoon.  No fear of running into people where I am so it was quite enjoyable listening to the wild life that has slowly begun to return.  I even saw the first eagle of the season.  And a robin.  Nothing has changed in nature as their instincts are still as they’ve always been.  They are oblivious to what is happening in the human world.  I briefly watched the news and then turned it off.  The media needs to start reporting something other than 24 hour pandemic fear mongering.  Don’t get me wrong.  I know the seriousness of this and believe we will persevere but I really don’t think think being bombarded 24/7 is good for people’s mental health.  Turn off the tv folks.  Take your kids outside in the back yard and play.  Or drive them to a deserted beach or park.  Go for a forest hike.  Just get outside and appreciate nature.

March 23, 2020 - 7:22 a.m.

This social distancing thing is not working in North Bay by the looks of things.  Although there are very few cases up North and none in the Bay, people are still out and about like normal in town.  I was in town Saturday and most of the shopping centre parking lots were full as well as the main roads.  Lots of traffic.  Our restaurants are now doing limited hours for takeout and most stores are closed but the amount of traffic I saw tells me people aren’t being cautious enough.  Unless Saturday was the day everyone decided to get groceries, I was a little taken aback.  Some nice weather is coming our way this week with mild daytime temperatures well above zero.  Hopefully people will be able to get some fresh air by going for a walk.  Safely, of course.  Dan and I have gotten some rest but now boredom has set in so I’m going to start my spring cleaning in the house this week.  Do some purging while I’m at it.  I’d like to drop off some things for the food bank in North Bay as it seems to have been emptied out.  They likely have limited hours at well but if I contact them first, I am hoping to drop a box off outside for them.  Keep smiling everyone!

March 21, 2020 - 8:39 a.m.

Dan and I have been getting some rest during our self isolation but I think next week, it’s time to get back at it.  We have lots to keep us busy indoors and I’ve already defrosted and cleaned two fridges and a freezer.  I’m going to start my spring clean next week I think because it should actually be warm enough I can air the house out.  There’s also books and office work to be done.  I just need to get my butt organized and away from the tv.  Four Mallard ducks showed up here late afternoon yesterday and were under the cedar trees where I have my bird feeders hung.  It was snowing and blowing yesterday so not too nice for their return but it is calm and sunny this morning and the warm up is due to begin today.  No temperatures really below zero for the next week and since Moose Creek had already started to flow before yesterday, it should be running well within a couple of days.

March 19, 2020 - 7:15 a.m.

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day with sun and a high of +7.  Sadly, it won’t last.  Calling for rain overnight into tomorrow and then a cold front coming through changing it to snow.  Going to drop down to -19 tomorrow night and stay cooler for the weekend.  Get those huts off because mild weather will return and Lake Nipissing will be a pile of slush.  There are very few huts left on the ice in our line of sight and considering I haven’t been to town in over a week, I can’t tell you the hut situation on the rest of the lake.  Might be a nice day for a drive with the windows down and fresh air.  We still have a skating rink around the property which makes walking around a little difficult.  Dan wiped out in our driveway yesterday.  Today should help with some melting and there is grass starting to appear in batches around certain areas.  Won’t be long and we’ll be into the spring clean up.  Doesn’t look like it’s as bad as last year when I spent a week picking up branches from winter thinning and I overfilled every single firepit on the property.  Hallelujah!

March 17, 2020 - 6:42 a.m.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!  Slainte!  Hope everyone enjoys some green beer today although I’m thinking celebrations will be kept to a minimum.  It’s a terrible thing going on in the world today but I’m positive through diligence and perseverance we will prevail, just have to get through the next few weeks or so.  I do wish people would stop panicking though.  During this lockdown period, spend quality time with your kids and really listen to them, get to know them.  Look after an elderly neighbour who is feeling overwhelmed even though they’ve probably experienced much worse than what we are experiencing right now.  Take a few minutes to write some generic uplifting letters and have your children draw some pictures for those confined to elderly residence homes or hospitals with no one to ease their fears but a handful of exhausted care workers.  Make some hygiene packages up and leave them where you know unfortunate homeless souls will find them.  There is plenty of kindness to be found in the world and it starts with you.  This doesn’t have to be a time of fear, hoarding, greed, and gouging.  Keep positive and brighten someone else’s day if even from a distance.

March 16, 2020 - 7:12 a.m.

That’s it for ice fishing.  Lake Nipissing is now officially closed until the 3rd weekend in May.  There were quite a few people out fishing yesterday hoping to catch enough for one more fry.  A lot of huts have started to disappear off the ice as well.  We have a mild forecast this week with the temperature above zero for the daytime high all week.  We still have a few cold nights to keep things relatively firm but there is rain coming also.  It would be advisable to get your huts on shore as soon as possible.  

March 15, 2020 - 5:59 a.m.

We had a really nice day yesterday.  Had a small gathering for a “shop/garage party” out back.  We were hoping to sit outside in the sun where we were somewhat protected from the wind but it wasn’t to be.  The wind was just a tad chilly so we stayed indoors and enjoyed the wood stove.  I made stuffed peppers wrapped in prosciutto, baked brie with pears, rosemary and bacon marmalade, tequila paprika shrimp and chilli for supper which no one ate.  Lol.  We were all just happy to visit but by around 6:00, everyone was ready to head home.  Had a very nice visit and by the time I got everything cleaned up and relaxed for a bit, I was ready for bed.  I guess 9:00 is the new norm.  Lol.  It is suppose to be sunny again today but we still have a north wind so it’ll be rather chilly unless directly in the sun.  Not sure what’s on my agenda for the day.  I’d like to get some bookwork done next week so may just relax today.  It’s too messy for a snowshoe, too icy for just a regular walk and not nearly time yet for a bike ride so my options are limited.  Pretty sure Dan will be vegging as his knees were acting up yesterday.  Poor old guy is feeling his age ;)

March 13, 2020 - 7:19 a.m.

The Canadian geese have made an appearance if a tad early.  Thankfully Moose Creek has produced enough water for them but it will be a bit before it is fully open.  The winds kicked up big time yesterday and are still howling this morning.  It is suppose to settle down somewhat but I’m hoping more for sun than anything else today.  We’re having a small get together this afternoon just to chew the fat and it’s nothing special because we’re going to sit back in the shop if we need heat otherwise, we’ll be getting some fresh air.  When I was in town on Wednesday, I had to stop briefly at Shoppers Drugmart.  There was an elderly fellow (older than me, lol) in front of me buying, you guessed it, toilet paper.  He had 3 packages and 3 bottles of hand soap and his bill was over $50.  I raised my eyebrows and he asked the cashier how much the toilet paper was.  She replied, “$15”.  I said “wow”.  He just looked at me and said, “I can’t find it anywhere”.  Price gouging at its finest and Shoppers should be ashamed.  Not only is illegal but it’s unethical.  I had the foresight to put my seasonal order in for the cottages with our supplier so I’m good.  Really good.  Seems a lot of restaurants, resorts, businesses, etc were doing the same so I’m glad I was proactive because by the time May rolls around, might be a problem.  It’s just nuts.  Dan and I have nothing pressing on our plate and so happy we live where we live so we can hunker down and do some work around the property until things settle down a bit.  I’ve been watching the news religiously but have to say, people need to stop panicking and have some common sense.  Keep an eye on your neighbours, help out the elderly and be kind.  Always.  This too, shall pass.

March 12, 2020 - 8:15 a.m.

Dan managed to get the last hut off the ice yesterday so now he can relax.  He was quite worried about it just due to the lake conditions but managed to get it on shore with little trouble.  He said he took a few treeline posts out and initially getting through the moats which had formed ice on top of them was a little tough, but it was fairly easy for the most part.  We don’t have much cold weather in the forecast so had to get while the getting was good.  He then decided to go into town with Mike so I stayed home and did very little except enjoy the peace and quiet.  I am going to town today though as I have some running around to do.  I really need to hit the bank and our accountants but have a little supply shopping to do.  God save me from Walmart. Lol.  I saw a few blackbirds yesterday so wasn’t imagining it earlier in the week, they are definitively returning for the mating season.  We also heard coyotes across the creek last night which might explain why Gato didn’t stick around for very long.  If the coyotes are back it likely won’t be long before we start to see some deer in the neighbourhood.

March 11, 2020 - 6:33 a.m.

It is a little chillier than it has been this morning.  Back to feeling like winter but the rest of the week will be considerably warmer.  We received a little snow yesterday, just enough to dust everything in white again but today should be much better and hopefully get close to zero.  Going to have fluctuating temperatures through the weekend but the days are definitely getting longer and having an impact.  Hopefully a lot of the standing water on Lake Nipissing has firmed up overnight although most of the ice was slush covered yesterday.  Sunday is officially the last day of the season for ice fishing and then the lake shuts down until May.  Saturday looks like it might be a good day for one last adventure out but see what the weather brings closer to the weekend.  Won’t be much fun if it’s windy.  Dan went to town yesterday as there wasn’t much he could do with the rainy/snowy day so I suspect he’ll be taking our last hut off the ice today.  I’m heading to town at some point as I’ve errands.  Gato actually showed up last night after gallivanting around for a few days.  I’m thinking with the spring-like weather we had been experiencing, he was in search of some female companionship.  He might be getting older but he’s still a Tom cat at heart.

March 10, 2020 - 7:51 a.m.

Ugh!  It started raining yesterday afternoon and hasn’t quit yet.  Still coming down pretty good this morning and it’s very foggy out.  Once the sun is fully up, this will hopefully all burn off but for now, the rain continues.  It’s the messy time of the year and between the mild temperatures and all this rain, things are starting to melt fairly quickly.  We have a lot of snow cover but it’s being condensed and there is standing water in lower lying areas.  The winds are suppose to pick up gusting to 50 km/hr out of the NW this afternoon so hopefully that will firm things back up a bit.  Slow thaw this year would be very welcome.  I heard a red winged blackbird yesterday and it’s early, even for them.  They return here every year to nest along Moose Creek and to generally just be annoying to everyone.  My neighbour dropped down for a quick visit yesterday and said, she too, has heard a robin.  Can’t see it or find it in the trees though.  There is some grass starting to be exposed already but I think that just might be short lived as there is still snow in the long term forecast.  Not getting too excited just yet.

March 9, 2020 - 8:16 a.m.

What an amazing weekend.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, especially yesterday.  Saturday was mild and sunny for the most part so Dan and Mike managed to get another couple of huts off the ice which just leaves the last big one and the supply hut which will come off as soon as possible.  The snow banks were just too big around the big one but I think with the mild temperatures this weekend if it doesn’t come off today, it definitely will after all the rain they are calling for today.  It hit +8 yesterday so I opened up the house for most of the afternoon.  Fresh air inside was nice for a change.  Today won’t be quite as warm and rain is suppose to start later this afternoon and continue throughout the evening.  May turn into snow tomorrow morning but will have to see how the system tracks.  We had a great time Saturday night as a group of us went to Anglers Grill for supper and stayed for the entertainment.  Was a very fun evening and we haven’t done that for quite some time.  I’ve a few things to do today but for the most part my time is my own for a change.  

March 7, 2020 - 5:48 a.m.

What an eerie moon set this morning.  The sky was so bright last night with the nearly full moon shining on the snow covered landscape but the moon this morning was coloured blood orange.  The mist surrounding it made one think of an Orson Wells movie.  Creepy but beautiful at the same time.  The evening temperature reached -18 but the warm up begins today so I’d have to say the current full moon is bringing a change in a positive way.  Rather than freezing cold, it will give us wonderfully warm temperatures this time around.  It’s suppose to be sunny with a high of +7 tomorrow.  Will be a great ice fishing day.  There are quite a few bungalows still on the ice in our line of sight and the lights were shining brightly in them when I went to bed last night.  A couple still had the lights on when I got up.  With the time change jumping forward tonight it’s back to dawn breaking