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September 23, 2020 - 7:43 a.m.

It’s going to be a beautiful day!  Sunny and high of 22 and Lake Nipissing is pretty calm.  It’s suppose to stay fairly warm for the rest week through the weekend although showers are in the forecast.  I had to zip into town yesterday for a few short errands and noticed all the woolly worms have emerged.  They were all over the road so I pulled over to check one out.  Legend has it you can predict a winter from the amount of black on their bodies.  Since the one I picked up didn’t have much of it, apparently we are in for a somewhat mild winter.  I tend to agree because the chipmunks are still out and about and the temperatures fairly mild for this time of year.  Plus, a lot of the trees are just getting colour.  Sometimes the leaves are nearly down by now.  We’ve been known to have snow before October 1st.  One thing I did notice, the colours aren’t that great this year.  Yes, we have some beautiful reds and oranges but for the most part, the leaves look like they just died.  Something I’ve never seen before is the beautiful pine on our beach looks half dead throughout the entire tree.  It isn’t, it just looks that way.  It’s been a weird year for trees considering we had no maple keys, minimal cedar nuts, very few of my flowering trees bloomed and many of the other species just look sick right now.  I have my theories but this isn’t the forum for it ;)

September 20, 2020 - 7:38 a.m.

Bbbbrrrrrrrr!  She’s downright chilly out there this morning and only 2 degrees.  The mist is just pouring up Moose Creek into Greening Bay but the sun is up and shining so it should all burn off quite quickly.  It started out lovely yesterday as well but had some cloud cover move in later in the afternoon.  We are going to have a lovely week at least for the next few days and it’s perfect for working outside.  Yesterday morning, there was a big Northern water snake up by the house likely going after the chipmunks.  I initially thought it was a Massassauga rattler so thankfully it turned out to be less harmful.  Alf caught it and put it in a big garbage bag for me and I released it elsewhere in a nice warm sunny spot next to a field but still close enough to the water.  I’m surprised the chippies are still out and about as they usually start to hibernate by now.  I’ll just get up one day and they’ll all be gone.  

September 18, 2020 - 7:18 a.m.

I finally got myself to bed at a decent time last night.  Well, at least before midnight.  Boy has it been cold the past few mornings.  Just above zero this morning so it’s looking like it might be time to pack things up for the season.  The hummingbirds are long gone so that’s usually a good sign the flowers can be put to bed.  At least we’ve had some sunshine this week but the temperature hasn’t gotten much above 10 degrees and today is only suppose to reach 11.  We do have a few more days of mid to high teen’s coming but I’ve a feeling Thanksgiving is going to be chilly this year.  Every once in a blue moon we get a really beautiful long weekend so fingers crossed our Indian summer will still happen.  We should probably think about taking the boats out of the water as well but Dan has his hands full with renovations right now.  I’m heading to town today to get some paint as that’s on my agenda next week.  I did a little this week but just a small job.  Ugh.  Use to love painting, not so much anymore.  Ladders and I have become mortal enemies.  Lol.

September 15, 2020 - 9:03 a.m.

I was a sleepy head this morning.  It would help if I’d get myself to bed at a decent hour instead of reading into the wee hours.  It’s looking like a pretty miserable day this morning anyhow so I’m not missing much.  They put up a frost advisory last night so I’m glad I harvested all my herbs yesterday which are currently drying out on my kitchen island until I do something with them a little later.  I’m going to try something different this year and actually strip the leaves off my sage plants so I can save the stock for burning.  I think everything could use a good cleanse this year ;)  I’m hoping to do some painting today once I properly wake up.  Nothing much yet, just some furniture but I’m planning on doing some interior house walls shortly.  Dan has been busy with a major project.  Namely, redoing the public bathrooms.  It’s a big job and he’s hobbling around but help is coming a little later this week.  I noticed a large flock of geese yesterday in the bay so the gathering has begun.  They will stick around until it turns cold and are practicing their manoeuvres with the young ones so they are able to make the migration to destination unknown.  The mallards are starting to molt as well so the males are getting their colours back.  Nothing much changes in nature and is right on schedule.

September 12, 2020 - 8:06 a.m.

We finally had a sunny day yesterday.  It certainly hasn’t been a good week for the Anderson family vacation but they took full advantage yesterday and the whole clan spent the day on the water.  They’ve been catching fish and Jack landed a 10-12 lb pike which was released.  The weather is suppose to hold most of the day but they are calling for showers later on with thunderstorms tomorrow.  It’s the time of year when Mother Nature decides autumn needs to be “a thing” but summer is still fighting hard to dominate.  I love these temperatures but would much rather have the sun to keep us warm vs turning the heat on to keep the dampness at bay.  I did a town run yesterday and was surprised it was so busy but I guess everyone was like-minded and didn’t want to be running around in the rain this week.  Today we’re having a small girls get together at Annie’s as we were all in the state of mind for some Chinese food.  Going to have some fun in the afternoon and then order in.  Dan will get a much needed break from moi and likely solve all the world’s problems back in the shop aka “man’s cave” with the boys.  Might just as well enjoy today as the weather won’t be conducive to doing much tomorrow.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

September 9, 2020 - 7:16 a.m.

We had a great visit with Lyn and kids which basically ended with a camp fire on Monday night.  They all left first thing yesterday morning for the long trek home but at least the rain held off for them.  The Anderson’s arrived for their annual vacation mid afternoon and they are all biting at the bit this morning to go fishing.  They caught some fish last night so good start to their holiday.  I took the day to myself yesterday after cleaning up the house a bit.  Just needed some company free downtime.  Not sure what’s on the agenda for today as it’s currently overcast and quite chilly.  It’s only suppose to reach 13 degrees today so the heat will be left on in the house today as it’s pretty damp.  Some of the trees are already dropping leaves and I’m hoping the colours will be very vivid this year but it was such a very hot summer with little rain until just lately.  Lake Nipissing is high this year and although we usually have sand bars showing by now, water levels are too high.

September 7, 2020 - 7:48 a.m.

We had a great little thunderstorm come through around 1:30 this morning.  The first thunderclap was a very loud and long one and woke everyone up.  It continued with a wonderful light show for a bit but unfortunately was accompanied by torrential rain.  It is a very blah day this morning with grey skies and a slight southern breeze.  The forecast says it is suppose to be sunny this morning but I don’t see that happening.  Although it is currently 18 degrees, we need it much hotter to burn off these thick clouds but we shall see.  Might be a good day for dominoes.  

September 6, 2020 - 8:38 a.m.

Last night was rather a late one.  I don’t think I got to bed much before 2:00 but am having a great visit with Lyn, Roper and Ashley.  We had a bit of a shop party last night because the weather was giving us intermittent showers so a campfire wasn’t a great idea.  Plus it got pretty chilly quickly so we had the heat on in the shop.  Some friends and neighbours also joined in so it was a lot of fun.  The sun is finally going to shine for most of the day as the wind last night blew the system out of the area.  It’s currently only 10 degrees but I think it will warm up quickly.  We’ll need to find a nice patch somewhere and do some sun tanning although I’m getting pretty tired of sitting.  Lol.  May need to get active with something this afternoon.  Bocci ball could be a possibility.  There is an annual pike tournament on today so I suspect there will be lots of boats on the water and thankfully Nipissing has finally calmed down enough to let the event take place.  Enjoy everyone!

September 4, 2020 - 8:38 a.m.

I’m loving these sleeping in mornings.  I did wake up around 5:00 but went back to bed.  It was a beautiful day yesterday but rather humid.  The sun shone all day so I worked outside until around 3:00.  the wind picked up just around suppertime and we had a rainstorm come through and again received quite a bit of it.  Today it’s very windy but at least the sun is shining.  No one will be on the water today or at least shouldn’t be with major white caps like we are experiencing.  Quite typical for this time of year.  It is only suppose to be a high of 16 today and my dear friend Lyn is arriving for a weekend visit but I’m sure we can find a nice patch of heat away from the wind.  Looking forward to some R&R this weekend for sure.

September 3, 2020 - 9:06 a.m.

What a gorgeous morning.  The sun is shining brightly and it’s fairly warm for a September morn.  Considering we received around 2” of rain over the past few days, this is lovely.  It wasn’t too bad yesterday afternoon when some cloud cover moved out but the skies are pretty clear today.  I couldn’t believe the torrential downpours which left lots of standing water and a trench going down the beach but today it’s all good.  I’m spending the day doing yard work as I’d like to be outside most of the day.  Have some raking to do and need to clean up the beach.  Might do some deadheading as well but I think the flowers are on their way out.  I’ll keep them as long as possible.  I’m also going to harvest my beautiful herbs next week if I don’t get to it today.  Dan said the boats were filled with water yesterday so now that they’ve been bailed (thanks Michael), hopefully they have a chance to dry out.  I’m really hoping to get our company out for a jaunt on Nipissing this weekend but as always, it depends on the weather.  They keep changing the forecast so hopefully we will have at least one good day much like today.

September 1, 2020 - 7:36 a.m.

It has been a beautiful few days with the sun shining enough to absorb some of the rain we received.  The ground was saturated making things very damp but it seems to be drying out.  It looks like it should be another fairly nice day but cloud cover is due to come in with possible showers later tonight.  I am hoping to get on the boat sometime this upcoming weekend so hopefully the weather will improve by then.  I’m doing a town run today as I have a lot of running around due to company coming Friday.  It’ll be nice to relax and visit after such a busy summer.  Things are starting to wind down as usual for this time of year so Dan and I have been discussing various projects we’d like to complete this fall.  Mostly maintenance and renovations which is also typical for this time of year and will likely involve a lot of paint and lumber...if we can find some that won’t break the bank.

August 30, 2020 - 8:01 a.m.

Will wonders never cease.  The sun is actually shining this morning, the first time in what seems like days.  Oh wait, it has been days.  Our August weather has finally appeared and it has been quite cool all week.  The bugs are basically non existent anymore and the nights very chilly and damp due to all the rain this week.  My flowers are on their last legs of beauty but hopefully some sun over the next few days will bring them back.  I haven’t been swimming but I’m sure the water temperature of Lake Nipissing has also started to cool somewhat.  The leaves in the trees are also slowly starting to turn.  Just a bit but the colour is showing here and there.  Not ready for autumn quite yet but I do love a good campfire and with it being so very hot this summer, they were few and far between.  I had a busy week dealing with things I didn’t want to deal with but now that it’s all over, not sure what’s on my plate this week.  Maybe just some quiet time, although still plenty for me to do.

August 25, 2020 - 7:57 a.m.

I did end up going to town yesterday and was thankful for air conditioning in my car.  It was one humid day yesterday.  I figured we would get a thunderstorm after the daytime heating took effect but it never happened.  However, in the middle of the night the north wind started and this morning the air is fresh and clean and it looks to be a beautiful day.  Comparatively it’s a little chilly but it will warm up.  We have a badly injured Grackel (black bird) on the property with a broken wing and broken leg.  I caught it briefly on Saturday but it managed to escape and went under a trailer so I just let it be as I was upsetting it.  I saw it again yesterday on my way to town in my neighbour’s yard but couldn’t catch it and trying to really stresses the poor thing out.  If I have time today, I’ll try to find it.  I have a cage I can put it in to let it rest and feed but I think it would be better to end it’s suffering.  Birds will recover from a broken wing but it takes a long time and a lot of care.  The broken leg same thing but isn’t as threatening as a broken wing as long as it’s still able to perch.  Lord knows I can’t stand to see anything suffer but I’m not a vet.

August 24, 2020 - 8:08 a.m.

I just can’t believe the weather this year.  Been bizarre to say the least and certainly not normal.  It’s been a year, for sure.  I think 2020 is one I care to forget.  We had a nice little thunderstorm go through yesterday and thankfully the winds weren’t coming straight at us but man did we have a torrential downpour.  I’m sure it has rained that hard before but not in recent memory.  There was a river running down the centre of the beach which left a nicely carved trench by the time it was done.  The rain running off the roof of our house was so tremendous it cleaned off all the tree debris and dumped it all on our deck.  The plants were literally flattened from the strength and weight of the water dumped on it.  Guess I won’t be needing to clean my car anytime soon.  Dan’s first order of business will be pumping out the boats which I’m pretty sure they need.  I am heading to town today and apparently it is suppose to hit 33 with the humidex and trust me, it’s humid.  Our bathroom door is so swollen it won’t even remotely close and everything in the house feels damp even though I have several fans going.  Yep, it’s been quite the summer.

August 21, 2020 - 7:33 a.m.

It wasn’t a very nice day yesterday but at least the rain cleared out.  It did leave behind complete cloud cover which stuck around but the sun looks like it may pop it’s head out today.  The temperature rose also as we had a nice warm breeze come in from the south.  Dan and I didn’t do much.  Some bookwork and laundry was the extent for me.  We had our property insurance brokers drop in briefly yesterday.  I think it was to prepare us for the substantial increase that’s coming.  Nearly 30%.  That’s what happens when an large area receives a bad winter of enormous snow load damage followed by flood damage in the spring.  We all knew it was coming because the insurance companies like their money.  What an insurance poor country we live in.  I’m sure homeowners will be affected this year as well, if they aren’t already.  Sigh.  Not sure what is on my agenda today but I’m going to get outside for a bit.  Have a little watering to do, just those that can’t receive rain.  Have a little more office work to complete and I may zip into Callander for a few supplies.  We were going to go to Michael’s On Main yesterday for a late lunch/early dinner but the weather was just too miserable and not conducive to outdoor dining.  Another time perhaps.

August 19, 2020 - 7:28 a.m.

It has cooled down considerably and the weather is feeling much more like typical August weather now.  The culprit was a vicious storm that came through on Monday which brought down large tree limbs and spewed stuff everywhere.  Beach chairs were flying around, generally anything that was light enough and not tied down.  Although it had been rumbling for a while, the storm itself was pretty short lived but large in intensity.  We spent a good portion of the day cleaning up, especially around the shoreline but for the most part, the back of the property was left unscathed.  The air is clean and all the mugginess is gone but Lake Nipissing is still a little rough and hasn’t settled down yet.  There are sure signs that autumn is approaching.  Don’t know if I’m quite ready for that just yet.  Evening sweatshirts I can do but I would still like T-shirt’s in the daytime.

August 17, 2020 - 6:24 a.m.

We had a fairly good weekend.  Had a very nice evening with our neighbours.  Lots of food and some laughs and the weather cooperated.  Yesterday was another story.  It rained most of the day and had a few short boomers go through but the sun came out in time to set and only for a brief period.  It is overcast this morning but apparently the sun is coming out a little later.  Not sure what’s on our agenda today.  Maybe just an R&R day as we didn’t get much of one yesterday.  We were busy a lot of the day just tending to things and I’m sure something will pop up again today.

August 15, 2020 - 7:39 a.m.

It’s changeover Saturday again.  Lori and Karen will be here by 9:00 and then the craziness begins.  I’ve a full plate today myself as does Dan.  He actually had to go to town yesterday to buy a new tv as one bit the dust in a cottage.  Nowadays you can get a 40” for a few hundred and it weighs about 6 lbs compared to the tube tv’s that use to cost a fortune and weighed 200 lbs.  At least the heavy suckers lasted more than a few years.  Sign of the times and our throw away society.  Sigh.  We also had another issue with some cottage pipes and we are forever indebted to Alf for coming to the rescue.  Poor man got down in the trenches yesterday for sure.  Lol.  Always something to keep us and a few friends busy around here.  Certainly never a dull moment.  We are having our neighbours Heather and John for a long overdue reciprocal dinner this evening.  We’ll be dining el fresco by the looks of the weather as it promises to be another scorching sunny day.  So thankful it cools right down in the evenings now though.  As soon as the sun sets, it gets quite cool now.  The crickets and cicadas have been very vocal for the past week.  A sure sign that summer is winding down.

August 14, 2020 - 7:54 a.m.

Wow!  All I can say folks, is really watch the sun out there today.  We went on the boat yesterday and I ended up with a mild case of heat stroke.  I thought I was staying well hydrated but apparently the evaporation factor was at its maximum.  It was SO hot on the boat Dan couldn’t keep the speed slow for every long.  I definitely should have stayed out of the sun more than I did or at least covered up I guess.  Unfortunately, there is only so much shade on the boat and we had a full load.  A hat probably would have been a good idea also.  It didn’t hit me until the end of the boat ride but afterwards, I had to lie down with a cold compress, a fan and lots of water.  Annie made sure I was well looked after as she was concerned but after a few glasses of water and my body temperature cooled down, I felt much better.  I have never had that happen up here as it’s never been so hot but lesson learned.  Feeling much better today and am watering the rest of the flowers this morning while it’s still relatively cool and then I’m staying out of the sun for the rest of the day.  Keep those babies and young ones well hydrated with lots of sun protection today, for sure.

12, 2020 - 7:23 a.m.

We have the next four days forecasted as being absolutely beautifu.  Sunny and a high of 28 degrees all 4 days.  I suspect the beach will be busy and lots of water activity.  I need to zip into town this morning and it’s grass cuttingday for Dan but hopefully we can get on the boat sometime this week.  Need to take advantage while the weather still allows it.  That said, it looks like summer will be sticking around for a while this year.

August 11, 2020 - 7:12 a.m.

It was another smoking hot day yesterday!  Very hot and very humid.  Even the floors in my house were damp, that’s just how humid it was.  Lots of people cooling off in the water though.  We had a nice little thunderstorm go through around 4:00 this morning.  A couple of really good cracks to wake everyone up.  The rain has been relentless ever since and everything is getting a really good soaking.  It looks like the rain will continue for most of the morning but is suppose to clear around noon and then the next few days will continue to be hot and sunny.  And yes, likely very humid.  This would have been a great day to roll over and sleep in but I’m up nonetheless.  Apparently tonight is suppose to be fabulous for watching meteor showers so I hope the skies clear enough to see the show.  

August 10, 2020 - 6:45 a.m.

Rainy days and Monday’s always get me down...especially when they are one and the same.  I woke up through the night because it got really warm and then again a little later because a storm went through.  It’s partly overcast this morning and I’m not sure the rain is done but we had a nice little dump already.  There is now a heat warning up for today.  I’ve never seen a summer so continuously hot.  No complaints but it makes one wonder.  Since it’s not going to be a very nice day, I’ll be doing some indoor work.  I still haven’t found the time to clean out my fridge so today is the day and I’ll defrost the freezers while I’m at it.  I also have some office work needing my attention.  We had a great weekend though.  We worked Saturday and then a group of us headed to Jann and Gerry’s at the Lookout Bar & Eatery for supper and great entertainment by Bob & Waxxie.  Was a beautiful evening. Yesterday the beach was full of kids trying to beat the heat and lots of water activity going on.  It has just been a great summer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s going to be a smoking hot week ahead.  They are calling for possibility of thunderstorms today but then nothing but sun for the rest of the week with the temperature in the high 20’s, low 30’s and very humid.  I think everyone has seen the forecast because the cottage rental inquiries ha