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November 6, 2018

We made it to Mexico with no issues and was really surprised when we didn’t have to go through security.  It is a brand new terminal in Cancun so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it but if you have nothing to declared, you just walk right through.  Our casa is beautiful and exceeded all our expectations.  The attention to detail certainly meets all our needs and the scenery is gorgeous.  Sunrises are a great way to greet the day and the weather has been great so far.  If anyone is trying to get a hold of us, please keep trying because our phone isn’t working properly again due to all the rain we’ve been experiencing in the North Bay Area.  Glad I’m not there.

November 4, 2018 - 5:57 a.m.

My clock says it’s nearly 7:00 so I obviously went to bed last night without changing the clocks back.  And I obviously didn’t gain an hour this morning but I will tonight.  I’m outta here at noon and on my way to Toronto.  Considering the weather coming our way this week, can’t come soon enough!  I talked to both Lyn and Peggy last night and I’d say we’re all pumped to get this vacation started.  We have rented a lovely little casa on Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) which is a small island off the coast of Cancun.  We have to take a short 20 minute ferry ride to get there tomorrow but it’s a little piece of heaven and well worth it.  As they drive mostly golf carts on the island, we will be doing a lot of walking as we opted not to rent a golf cart.  We are in the central part of the island right on the coast but the entire island is only 5 miles long.  If we do need transportation, cabs are 50 pesos anywhere you go which is about $3.50 so I think we can all afford a buck or two.  So looking forward to some R&R, lots of swimming and some sweet sunshine.  I’m not sure what Dan will be doing in my absence but I’m sure he’ll make the most of the peace and quiet.  He’ll be nag free for the duration and there’s no honey-do list so hopefully he’ll get some rest as well.  Dan can take his turn in March as he likes to go to Florida after ice fishing ends but he hasn’t wanted to go the past couple of years.  His call.  Hopefully he wants to get away next year as I know he enjoys it.  I don’t know how often I’ll be updating my blog as I’m not sure how good the wifi will be but it is my vacation after all.

November 3, 2018 - 6:48 a.m.

One more sleep!   I’m finally starting to get a little excited to be on my way but still have a few things to do.  I went to town with Donna and Ginny yesterday for lunch to celebrate Donna’s birthday.  We must be getting old because the celebration consisted of lunch and one alcoholic beverage.  Too funny.  I was home before 2:00 so did some packing which is nearly finished.  I’m 5 pounds under the allotted weight allowance of 50 lbs.  Half of my suitcase is food because we will be doing our own cooking so I will be nice and light coming home.  I won’t be shopping as I’ve purchased so much Mexican stuff in the past I don’t really need anything else.  Today I’ll be doing one final house clean, finishing my packing and that will be about it.  They are calling for snow and/or rain today.  I noticed a few little flurries happening when I got up but the real snow isn’t coming until later in the week.  We always get a wicked winter storm every year when I’m in Mexico so am sure this year will be no exception.  Dan and I “facetime” pretty much daily when I’m away and he always shows me the weather conditions so I don’t feel excluded.  Lol.

November 2, 2018 - 6:41 a.m.

Yesterday wasn’t too bad weather wise.  We didn’t really get the sun they were forecasting but it tried it’s darndest to shine, just too much cloud cover.  I think everyone will be temporarily blinded when it does finally make a decent appearance.  Calling for rain and snow today.  I spent most of the day in town and then had a quick visit with a few neighbours when I dropped off the road committee stats for this year.  The next few days I’ll be spending cleaning the house and getting my packing finished.  I have somewhat started both but need to get cracking.  I’ve just been too busy doing other things that required my attention before I leave.  Dan did one last good deck clean yesterday.  He bleached the decks to get rid of the black markings from flower pots and then hosed them down and sprayed the windows.  They’ll sparkle for a day or two.  He also did which was likely the last leaf mulching of the season.  Some trees, namely poplars, where just holding on this year but Dan the man likely got 90% of the leaves cleaned up.  Dan, the authority, is a little ticked (and vocal) as there have been several articles lately on how you should let leaves sit over the course of the winter as they provide food and shelter for a variety of nature’s critters.  Wrong.  It kills your lawn.  You could however pack leaves around trees, shrubs and gardens which will provide nature with what they need.  Mulching nourishes grass but leaving a thick layer will give you lots of headaches in the spring.  Now you know.  Lol.

November 1, 2018 - 6:33 a.m.

Dan and I have been busy doing a lot of different things this week.  When the weather is nice, outside, so suffice it to say we’ve been looking at four walls quite a bit this week.  Today is suppose to be cloudy with some sun but the nastiness returns tomorrow.  I am leaving Sunday for my annual girls trip so I have been doing some cooking for Dan, organizing my trip, doing bookwork and getting what absolutely needs to be done, finished before I go.  I opted to take the Northern Express to my hotel in Toronto this year as rates have gone up and they wanted too much money to leave my car at the hotel.  Flights from North Bay to Toronto have escalated to the “no longer feasible” rate.  Seriously, by the time I pay for luggage, I’m looking at $400 round trip.  Screw that.  I usually fly or drive myself but have found recently that my bad ankle swells on the return trip and makes driving difficult so the Northern Shuttle it is.  I really don’t mind it as I read in the van and it only takes 4 hours to to be dropped right off at the hotel.  By the time I waste time waiting in the airports, wait for transportation (hotel shuttle) and even though the flight is an hour long, the time is about the same by the time I get the hotel.  Plus, Dan doesn’t have to take the time to drop me/pick me up at the North Bay airport as I catch the shuttle right at the Petrocan in Wasi Corners.  I also don’t have to rush or get up early.  I’m meeting my girlfriend Lyn in Toronto Sunday and then we are walking to the Keg for supper as we are meeting up with my sister (and family) for a much needed catch up.  Jill lives in Waterloo and I really don’t get to see her much.  Really looking forward to it.  Today I’m doing the last town run for a bit and have plenty of stops to make.  Hoping for an early start so I’m not in town all day.  Dan will likely be working outside as the forecast for tomorrow is snow and rain.

October 30, 2018 - 7:34 a.m.

It was kind of a long day yesterday as I had a ton of running to do in town.  Umpteen stops to make so was all over the place.  I still need to go to town once more before the end of the week but the weather is suppose to improve.  At least the roads were fine yesterday and not snow covered.  Most of the snow has already melted and they are calling for a bit warmer temperatures with possibly rain this evening.  Hopefully we will see some sunshine today first though.  Both stray kitties were at my door this morning so food sources must be drying up.  More likely they know where to get a good free meal without having to work for it.  The female is a bit of a problem though as she keeps trying to get in the house.  I have to lock Grady in the bathroom before I feed her because he cops a fit everytime she shows up.  She’s pretty quick and if she does manage to get past me, there will be cat fur flying everywhere.  I’d like to get her spayed in the early spring and into a good home as she’s pretty lovable but pretty sure Gato would just find another female.  The other two females he “introduced” us to have been adopted so let’s just say these two will be rodent control.

October 29, 2018 - 7:34 a.m.

Winter certainly made an appearance yesterday.  We had flurries and snow all day yesterday but at least it was calm and somewhat pleasant.  Today, not so much.  The winds are blowing out of the northwest and it is lightly snowing at the moment which isn’t suppose to clear until later this afternoon.  The snow isn’t too bad but the winds are biting.  I puttered around the house yesterday morning and Dan got home fairly early, much earlier than expected.  He pretty much vegged for the day while I did office work in the afternoon.  The office and shop were pretty chilly because I didn’t keep the fire in the stove going on Saturday but it won’t take long to warm it up again.  The guns were going off again all day yesterday but doubt we’ll hear anything today as it’s just too windy.  I’m heading to town anyhow.  Lots of running to do today after my therapy appointment this morning so my whole day will use used up, I’m sure.  I’ll need to get an early start because I actually need to clean my car off today, first time of the season.  Snow is frozen on the windows because of the wind so guess I should have done that yesterday and lifted my wiper blades.  The weather won’t catch me being neglectful again, lol.

October 28, 2018 - 7:21 a.m.

I woke up to snow this morning and the temperature hovering around zero.  Not a lot of it but enough to provide a light dusting of white over everything.  Dan is due back today from Huntsville and I hope the roads are okay because I think they may have gotten a bigger dumping than us but I’m sure the highways will be fine.  It’s not cold enough yet for snow to stick around.  Gato was up this morning with his lady friend in tow.  I just may be able to follow their tracks this morning and see where they are living.  I followed Gato’s tracks last year but lost them at a steep incline I didn’t feel like climbing at the time.  Wherever they are residing, it’s a considerable distance which explains why they don’t make the trek here every night.  The guns were going off like crazy yesterday so the hunters were taking advantage of the weekend.  I’m sure the same will happen again today.  Not a lot of waterfowl left which is understandable.  I wouldn’t want to hang around where my friends are being shot either.  

October 27, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.

Good morning folks.  Anyone heading out early this morning from this neck of the woods, please be advised there is a serious accident on Wasi Road at Pinecreek and Wookey so you may wish to detour.  Hope there are no serious injuries.  It’s currently just below zero and no snow yet but there is some in the long term forecast.  The horizon looks pretty ominous this morning but the sun isn’t fully up yet either.  I received my iTouch by courier yesterday as promised and am just tickled with the service I have received from Apple.  I spent some time yesterday setting it back up as they actually replaced my unit with another one.  It’s likely a rebuild but looks brand new and works great so no complaints.  It use to be difficult dealing with Apple so whoever is responsible for the improvement in the level of service, thank you and keep up the good work.  I have some work to do this morning namely get all our rugs in the car to take for cleaning since they didn’t get power washed this season.  Things happen.  The cottage entrance mats always get a good cleaning but I’m also taking our house rugs this time around.  I did them myself with a carpet cleaner last year so hopefully they are able to clean my big dining room rug which is 10’x14’.  I take them to North Bay Mat Rentals who have gigantic washers but the person I spoke to yesterday seems to think they can clean it.  It’s inexpensive and works great.  With all the dirt and sand that gets traipsed in on a regular basis, it needs to be done.

October 26, 2018 - 6:39 a.m.

The sun made a valiant effort yesterday but it wasn’t to be.  There was a little blue sky for a very short period of time but hopefully we’ll see more of it today.  Yesterday was a complete write off for me as I had a terrible reaction to some medication.  I was basically on the couch all day but feeling much better today.  Not quite sure what’s on my agenda but I do have lots of phone calls to make this morning.  I had meant to put something on my blog earlier this week and forgot but Dan had a telephone interview earlier in the week with the MTO concerning boat safety.  The government gave him $150 for a 45 minute discussion regarding mostly the practices and procedures for handling boat rentals.  I don’t know why the government is conducting this survey but I assume new regulations may be put in place eventually.  Boaters cards (licenses) are required for a boat operator but it is currently just a questionnaire you need to pass and can be done online so I’m wondering if that is going to change.  I don’t know how they could possibly do an actual “hands on” test as the resources aren’t there but I think the days of 10 year olds going fishing in a 12 foot aluminum boat with a small engine may be coming to an end.  That is purely speculation and will be a sad day if it comes to fruition.

October 24, 2018 - 7:47 a.m.

Without sounding too much like gloom and doom, I gotta say, this is one of the drabbest autumns I’ve yet to experience.  Never has the sun been so hard to find, or so it seems.  Another day when we saw about 5 minutes of the big yellow ball and for the most part, it was overcast with showers yesterday.  Same thing greeted us this morning.  They are calling for sun today but looking over the lake, not counting on it.  And the wind is back although it was much worse overnight than this morning.  I puttered around the house yesterday.  Cleaned all my window treatments and put them back up.  Not much to report this time of year really.  Everything has gone into winter prep mode.  Including me.

October 23, 2018 - 6:09 a.m.

The wind finally died down but the temperatures are going to remain cool for the duration of this week.  Most of the evenings will dip below zero and there are also flurries forecasted.  I’ve been doing some house cleaning and will likely continue today.  I did a major bathroom clean yesterday, washed all the rugs that could go in the machine, washed all the floors and cleaned some windows yesterday.  Today I’d like to go at it in the bedroom and reorganize my cold weather clothes for the season and maybe do some more purging.  I know it sounds like I do a lot of housecleaning but honestly, living next to a beach and with the high winds we’ve been experiencing this season, it’s hard to keep up.  Not to mention the darn ducks have been leaving daily deposits on the house every day.  Had to scrub poop off two windows outside yesterday and Dan was spraying the vinyl siding down with bleach yesterday afternoon.  I’ll be so glad when they leave for warmer climes.  The geese are still around which is making the hunters happy if the shotgun shots I keep hearing are any indication. Once Lake Nipissing freezes, they’ll all be gone but let’s not rush things ;)

October 21, 2018 - 5:54 a.m.

I just can’t believe the wind we’ve been experiencing this season.  Seems like it just hasn’t let up.  Friday was okay.  Turned out to be quite mild so Dan and I worked outside all day.  Donna and Mitch dropped over briefly in the afternoon and we all sat outside for a visit but the wind did pick up again and hasn’t stopped.  It’s gusting to 40 km today and calling for flurries tonight so hopefully the sun will come out for a bit today.  I’m just doing some laundry and house cleaning today so guess it doesn’t really matter.  I have finally caught up on everything I wanted to get done so am thinking of tackling our storage building this coming week.  Lots of “junk” I can likely toss, donate or give away but some things I’d like to keep.  Definitely want to sort through my Christmas decorations and get them organized for December.  I may be jumping the gun but now is the time to do it.  I usually decorate outside before the snow flies and hopefully the Christmas lights aren’t frozen in until spring but that is generally the case.  Ugh.  Look at me discussing Christmas already.  Bah, humbug!  Lol.

October 19, 2018 - 7:39 a.m.

Yippee kiyay!!  It looks like we might actually get some sun today.  At least for a little while.  The temperature is suppose to reach a high of 13 so I’m heading out this morning to wrap my shrubs (finally) and put away the last of the lawn furniture.  Not sure what the rest of the day entails but I hope to spend as much of it outside as possible now that the wind has finally died down (and before it starts again).  I spent the day in the house yesterday organizing my Itouch and so glad I did as the phone was ringing off the hook with ice fishing inquiries.  Starting to book up nicely.  One of the few times I did go outside yesterday, I finally saw the crow with the broken wing and it was actually flying.  I don’t know how as it’s wing is still dragging and it didn’t fly far but managed to get itself up in a tree when it felt threatened by me so I think the bird will actually be able to survive the winter.  Nature is a marvellous thing at times.  

October 18, 2018 - 8:10 a.m.

We slept in this morning as the wind kept us up last night.  Talk about a nasty weather day yesterday.  We had snow and flurries on and off all day.  Squalls just kept coming and we could see them approaching across Lake Nipissing.  More than once we thought some water spouts would form but they never did materialize.  And the wind just continued and still is.  Chilly as it went below zero overnight.  I did a town run and gave Dan the day off  ;) although he was out there with his trusty leaf blower when I got back from town.  He ended up coming in the house shortly after as a rather bad squall came through.  None of the snow remains but there is more coming this weekend apparently.  Once I got my town purchases organized and put away I spent the rest of the afternoon on the phone with Apple.  I have to say I’m impressed with the level of customer service now.  There was a time when they were terrible to deal with.  I have an Itouch strictly for my pictures and music and the battery is kaput.  Because North Bay apparently doesn’t have the capacity to deal with such a problem, I need to mail my Itouch directly to Apple.  They made all the arrangements while I was on the phone with them so now I’m just waiting for the shipping box to arrive which takes 3 business days.  However, once I send it off per their instructions, I’ve been promised my Itouch will be returned, repaired, within another 3 business days.  We shall see.  At least it will be like brand new (for minimal expense as the battery issue has been an ongoing problem with this model).  I just hope I’m able to retrieve all my music and photos as I need to reset everything back to factory settings and I am rather computer illiterate.  I need an 8 year old to help me.  Lol.

October 17, 2018 - 7:17 a.m.

Wow, talk about wind!!  We have a brutal nor’eastern blowing through gusting to 50 km but I’d say it’s even stronger than that.  Although it was windy most of the day yesterday, it really picked up around 10:00 last night.  And hasn’t stopped.  I didn’t get my burlapping done because it was too windy, not to mention chilly but first nice day that I don’t have to fight with the material blowing around I’ll be out there.  I’m pretty sure I already have enough burlap but am going to pick up some extra at Canadian Tire this morning.  I managed to get my books done yesterday so the government will get their cheque.  Dan worked outside all day.  Doubt he’ll be out there today as it’s just too nasty and I think he’d be beating a dead horse.  Hopefully this wind will take down the majority of remaining leaves.  We had an enormous pile of pine needles from other shores all along our shoreline which had washed up during the last storm.  Very thick pile and very unsightly so Dan picked them all up with the tractor and disposed of them.  Wouldn’t have been a bad job raking if they were dry but they were saturated and quite heavy.  I’m heading into town for my appointment this morning and then have a bit of shopping to do but figure I should be home by around 2:00.  Hopefully the wind has died down and we don’t get any flurries this morning as forecasted.  Although I think at this point, anything would be better than rain! 

October 16, 2018 - 5:59 a.m.

It is currently 2 degrees so Lake Nipissing is keeping us a little warmer than the zero degree temperature a little inland.  I swear it smelled like snow when I went to bed last night.  They say snow doesn’t have a scent but I beg to differ.  I can smell it in the air and so can Dan.  I don’t know whether we received any flurries overnight but I do know they had snow not too much north of here.  I spent the day in the office yesterday as I will today but the one good thing about it is my internal clock has finally reset and I’m sleeping like a “normal” person again.  See how long that lasts.  Dan was mulching and blowing, even in the rain yesterday.  The wind was cooperating with him and we had an enormous amount leaves come down throughout the day.  Our one huge maple next to the house is nearly bare and that is usually one of the last trees to fall.  It’s making a major mess all around the house, especially at the entranceway but it won’t be long before the leaves are gone and we’ll be shovelling.  I am hoping to get my books done by noon and that the current weather system disappears as I’d like to cover my shrubs this afternoon.  Not quite sure I have enough burlap for the entire job but I can get the ones that are less hearty covered for the winter.  I am going to town tomorrow so will get what I need to finish the job this week.

October 15, 2018 - 5:43 a.m.

I’m not sure what was just on the radar that past by our place but it sure looked like flurries.  I didn’t think it was cold enough at +7 this morning but stranger things have happened.  I couldn’t see anything outside as it’s still too dark and think I just missed whatever precipitation passed over and considering nothing is wet outside, probably not even worth mentioning.  Yesterday we had sun for all of 5 minutes first thing in the morning.  I was planning on going for a bike ride but once the sun disappeared ...”nah”.  I ended up cleaning my fridge and doing some laundry.  Then I finished organizing my invoice receipts and made a nice pot roast for supper.  Today I’m locking myself up in the office aka dungeon where I’ll be for the next couple of days.  Get ‘er done.  Dan was outside blowing or mulching leaves again yesterday as I’m sure he will again today if it isn’t raining.  He still has one last cottage to winterize before Wednesday when the weather is suppose to turn nasty, or at least get colder then it’s been.  Whatever keeps him busy.

October 14, 2018 - 7:19 a.m.

It looks like we are in for a week of overcast skies with rain sprinkled throughout.  Not a whole lot of sunshine in the forecast at all.  Usually November is the blandest month but it seems October is a close second this year.  Today will be no exception.  The weather sites are depressing to look at these days.  I’m likely going to hit the books today and why not.  If the sun does make an appearance, I’m definitely going for a walk or bike ride just to get some fresh air.  I was out and about yesterday but only because I needed to go to town.  I did notice a lot of the ducks have flown to better locals as we don’t have many left around here.  Geese are still in and out of the bay daily but don’t know if they are the same flock over and over as the numbers tend to fluctuate.  Not many deer left in the neighbourhood either.  There are still a few blackbirds around which have usually all gone by now and we have a fairly large flock of doves which will likely winter here as they did last year for the very first time.  Still a few chipmunks around but only until the snow flies and then they’ll hibernate.  Speaking of which, we did have some very light flurries yesterday so it is coming.  Yuck.

October 13, 2018 - 8:01 a.m.

This wind can just bugger off anytime.  We were hoping to have a fire with a few friends this afternoon but it’s going to be too windy here.  They are actually calling for flurries this morning with a wind shift this afternoon from north to south and 40 km/hr.  Apparently it’s -2 in the Bay but we are registering +3 here so the Lake Nipissing “breeze” is actually keeping us a tad warmer.  I had a couple of hungry kitties outside my door this morning so looks like Gato is keeping his girlfriend.  He needs neutering but is just too smart and too feral to catch.  Dan zipped into town and ended up buying a compressor yesterday and then winterized the trailer park.  He’s doing the cottages today.  I made some killer meatball soup loaded with veggies and also cut up lots of extras for a stir fry last night for supper.  The soup is actually for today regardless of whether we have company or not.  Nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold dreary day.  I started the books, just going through the invoices for data entry but didn’t get very far.  Donna and Mitch dropped in briefly and that was about it for me.  Today I’m just doing a little cleaning, zipping quickly into town for a few groceries and then either getting back to the invoicing or having company.  The day will unfold as it’s meant to be. 

October 12, 2018 - 7:53 a.m.

Bbbbrrrrr, she’s a chilly one this morning!  It’s very windy, as it has been all night and hovering around the zero degree mark.  Lots of leaves came down overnight and are plastered everywhere.  Dan is hoping to get his hands on a compressor today and get the winterizing off his plate.  He hasn’t been able to rent one as they’ve all been booked so everyone is thinking the same thing.  Ours just isn’t powerful enough for the park lines.  I was in the office again yesterday and then had to do a quick zip into town.  Now have two of the 3 major bookkeeping jobs off my plate.  Namely the trailerpark accounts and invoicing as well as the road committee financials which are completed once annually and distributed.  Will likely spend today starting the 3rd but will take 2-3 days to complete so next week I’ll be done with the books until year end.  It’s not shaping up to be an outdoor day as anticipated unless this wind dies down which isn’t likely to happen.  I bought some ingredients when I was in town yesterday for some homemade soup so I’ll start there and see where the day takes me.  I’m sure a few people were hoping to get in one last fish this weekend before the season closes but by the current state of Lake Nipissing, it’s a blow day today and not likely to happen.

October 11, 2018 - 7:51 a.m.

Wow, woke up this morning to 18 degrees and right balmy.  Crazy weather when you consider they are being bombarded with snow and freezing rain north of us.  It’s completely overcast and quite dismal but things are due to change.  Cool down coming through the day and possibly even sunny skies.  We had a couple of brief sunny breaks yesterday but for the most part it was overcast with light rain.  Geez, really have to take advantage of the bright skies when we get them as they are few and far between.  There are still fishermen out and about, mostly for Muskie but they too, need to take advantage, as Lake Nipissing closes in a few days.  The leaves have pretty much peaked and are falling rapidly now.  Not a very colourful autumn compared to other years but not surprising either.  Not enough rain this summer and nature is conserving itself I think.  We have some trees that have completely dropped their leaves already and others that are still green. Our cedars are shedding more than usual so most are half green and half brown.  Can’t believe the chipmunks are still around but then with 18 degree temps, they’ll continue collecting food until the snow flies.

October 10, 2018 - 8:20 a.m.

I slept in this morning and Dan is still in bed.  It was so beautiful yesterday we both spent the entire day outside in the heat and sunshine.  It reached a high of 25 here and I actually had to put shorts and a t-shirt on.  I managed to get all my garden decor to bed and the many flower pots cleaned and put into hibernation for the season.  It was a lot of work to do in one day but took advantage of the window of opportunity.  So glad I did as wave after wave of thunderstorms rolled through here last night dropping the temperature to 8 degrees in the Bay, 10 here.  They are actually calling for snow flurries later in the week.  I just need to get some more burlap to wrap a few shrubs and put the deck table/chairs away and I’m done until next year.  It’s not happening today as the weather sucks.  Overcast, rainy and cold with dampness after all the rain we received over night.  Torrential rain everytime a line of thunderstorms rolled through which was about every 2 hours.  No sleep for us until around 5:00 this morning.  I’m spending the day in the office today.  Good day for it.

October 9, 2018 - 8:07 a.m.

Wow!  What a beautiful morning.  The sun is partially out, there is a warm breeze blowing and it’s already 19 degrees.  I’ve turned down the heat and opened up the house.  Dan is heading to town right shortly to pick up his new CPAP machine and then he’s renting a compressor to do the winterizing on the property.  We talked about buying a new one but he only needs it once a year so it’s more feasible to rent.  I’m spending the day outside putting away all my garden stuff for the season.  Some of it is really tired so will be doing another purge and throwing some things out.  I watched the season finally of The Sinner last night.  I have to say this season wasn’t as good as the first one but was still a pretty good mystery to solve.  The plot twist at the end, I really didn’t see coming.  Good show.

October 8, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.

As predicted, it has been a very gloomy rainy weekend.  Where did the sun disappear to?  Today is no exception either.  Overcast with a few sprinkles and as a warm front comes in today, likely thunderstorms a little later.  I was greeted by Gato and his girlfriend this morning.  She is a rather vocal little thing and very timid but is warming up to me.  Maybe the fact that she is getting fed has something to do with it.  Considering Gato keeps finding these female felines and I keep taking them to All Heart Pet Rescue, we’ve decided to let him keep this one so he has some warm company over the winter.  I’m sure it will result in kittens but I’m also sure I’ll never see them.  I’m such a sucker.  Gato has survived 3 long years, he deserves to keep a mate.  Our phone is finally working again although not completely until later last night.  The lines get moisture in them and we just have to wait until they dry out.  Bell won’t fix them properly so not much we can do and I don’t want a cell phone.  I’m already attached to too much technology.  Dan and I had an easy day yesterday and as we both slept in didn’t get up and motivated so took some R&R time.  We had a good time Saturday night with Donna, Mitch, Annie and Craig but it wasn’t a late one.  Today I’m heading to the office as I’ve lots to do.  Hopefully I can get everything accomplished before the storm hits as I don’t like being on the computer when it’s lightning.  Too much risk of losing my work due to a power outage.  It is suppose to reach 24 degrees tomorrow as the warm front comes through this evening.  Would be heavenly if the sun comes out tomorrow!

October 6, 2018 - 7:29 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Unfortunately, it’s not going to be a very nice weekend weather wise but I’m sure most will make the best of it.  I had a great afternoon with Trish and Linda yesterday.  We went for lunch at Farina’s and then headed to the psychic fair for a bit of fun.  I think we all had a good reading but it is what it is.  I’m certainly not going to live my life by what was said although I did receive some good advice on changes I already know I could or should make.  Apparently my love of nature came shining through.  Speaking of, the hunters were out first thing this morning.  I heard two guns shots shortly after 7:00.  At least they were in quick succession so whatever was shot, didn’t suffer long.  It had better not have been a deer (which isn’t in season yet) as I don’t want a repeat of last year when we found a sweet young buck on our property that had been gut shot illegally.  Ignorant cowards.  I think everyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about the subject so sorry for the vent.  Today we are having a little company.  I’m just making some chili for a few friends and was really hoping for a nice campfire but will have to see how the afternoon goes.  Calling for showers on/off today and it’s currently overcast, gloomy and not very nice but we’ll make the best of it.  Might be able to have one at the back of the property out of the wind if things go well.

October 5, 2018 - 7:20 a.m.

Oh she’s a chilly one this morning!  Only +3 but that’s likely because we are so close to the water which is helping to keep us a tad warmer than being a little “inland”.  Please take note that our phone isn’t working properly (again) so if you’ve been trying to reach us, keep trying as it’s hit and miss or drop us an email.  Sorry for the inconvenience but it should be fixed shortly.  I was able to use it last night so should be ok now just a little humming in the line.  Our power came on early after noon yesterday but by that time I was in relax mode and had a nice peaceful day yesterday.  I actually had a nice long nap (in my bed) and caught up on some sleep with Grady snuggled up next to me.  Haven’t done that for a while.  Dan did some more leaf blowing a few times but he too rested for the most part.  I finally remembered to do some research online regarding our ash trees and why they produced an over abundance of keys this year and seems my initial thinking was correct.  When some variety of trees become overstressed or are gearing up to be further stressed, they produce more seeds than usual in order to reproduce as they could very well be at the end of their lives.  We have 3 mature ash trees that have all over produced this summer so I certainly hope that’s not the case.  I love my trees and hate when we need to cut them down so I guess I’ll be crossing my fingers they survive the winter.  I’m meeting a couple of friends today for lunch in town as we are all going to the psychic fair.  Bunch of hoo ha but what the heck.  Should be fun and something different to do.  It’s not shaping up to be a great Thanksgiving weekend but hope everyone makes the best of it.  Stay safe if you’re travelling peeps!

October 4, 2018 - 7:53 a.m.

Nice.  I got up to pee sometime during the night and the power was out.  Apparently it went out shortly after 3:00.  Dan started the generator just after 6:00 and apparently they are saying power will be restored by 4:00 this afternoon.  Our whole neighbourhood is out but not sure how wide spread it is.  It was certainly windy when I went to bed last night but I didn’t think it was that bad so guessing there is a tree or something down somewhere.  Dan is already out with the leaf blower, waking everyone up.  He drives me nuts.  Lol.  I had planned to work in the office all day but that won’t happen with no power for the computer.  At least our tower wasn’t knocked out so I’m able to get on my iPad (internet) to check power status updates and of course, do my blog.  I think we’ll be leaving the generator up by the house this winter so at least we have water.  Can’t run the well pump otherwise.  It was 18 degrees when we got up and the cold front is currently arriving.  It’s very windy and the temperature has already dropped 3 degrees.  Going to be one of those days.

October 3, 2018 - 7:03 a.m.

Well that’s one job I am so happy is finished.  The weather started out fairly nicely yesterday with a little morning sun but it wasn’t long before the cloud cover moved in.  I spent the day in the shop and finally got it finished.  Don’t think it’s been that clean and organized for years so now to keep Dan out of my side and it should stay that way.  If there’s space, he tends to start putting his stuff in it.  Was certainly a dog’s breakfast but now it looks amazing.  Well as amazing as a shop can look I suppose.  I put a bunch of things in large totes which I then put into our storage trailer.  Now I need to organize the trailer as I want to put my garden stuff away for the season and would like it all nice and neat as well.  I also need to wrap a few shrubs as I lagged behind last year and the snow flew before I was able to use the burlap.  Not going to happen today as I am going to town but I’ll get at it as quickly as possible.  Dan was blowing leaves for most of the day yesterday as they have started coming down.  It is suppose to get progressively warmer today and into the overnight hours reaching 17 by just before dawn tomorrow with possible thunderstorms.  That means we’ll get a warm front followed quickly by a cold front as it’s due to go below zero tomorrow night.  I was talking to a friend yesterday who lives down south and she said her walnut trees have hardly any nuts this year.  Same as the cedars up here.  Yep, I think it’s going to be a nasty cold winter.

October 1, 2018 - 7:20 a.m.

It is chilly and damp this morning but I think we’ll see some sun today even though it isn't suppose to be very warm.  Saturday I worked in the office until around 2:30 and managed to finally get ‘er done.  I have a bit more to do in the shop and then can check that chore off my list.  I call the office my dungeon but it isn’t so bad anymore.  I’ll still feel chained when I’m sitting at the computer but it is what it is.  We ended up having a spontaneous end of the season cocktail hour with a few people after I was done working on Saturday.  It got pretty cold pretty early but we had a nice big fire going.  Yesterday all those that hadn’t closed up their trailers were working diligently to get everything put to bed so Dan and I just took a day to ourselves.  I did some reading while Dan “rested”.  I’m heading back to the shop this morning to finish it up (if it kills me) but I have lots to do over the next couple of weeks.  It’s definitely time to put my garden stuff away as the snow could start to fly anytime.  They’ve already had some a little further north and the temperature is being forecasted to go below zero this week.  We had a frost advisory up for last night there is some on our beach palapa so the time has come to get organized for the winter.  So sad.

September 29, 2018 - 8:02 a.m.

The weather yesterday was as anticipated.  It was overcast and rainy for most of the day.  We actually had quite a bit of rain on and off, heavy at times.  Today it is currently overcast but sun is on the horizon.  A huge flock of noisy geese flew into the bay a few minutes ago so if I wasn’t already up, that would have been my wake up call.  No, my alarm clock this morning was a pretty good cat fight which left tufts of hair all over the house which needed to be cleaned up before I even took my first sip of coffee.  Not to mention I heard Halo choking several times early this morning trying to get a hair ball up which I noticed was deposited at the entrance to the bedroom.  Only be the grace of God did I manage not to step in it when I crawled out of bed.  Sigh.  Going to be one of those days I think.  Last time I looked at the time, it was 2:30 this morning so my internal clock definitely needs to be reset.  Just been one of those weeks.  I worked in the office until around 4:00 yesterday and still didn’t get everything finished.  One more day should do it but sorting through files and “stuff” takes time.  Too funny though, I found a few things dating back years that I had forgotten about so the reminiscing takes time also.  Dan and Alf went to town and did some window shopping as it was the perfect day to spend browsing indoors.  All Dan came home with was a bunch of edible garbage from Giant Tiger.  The man needs a keeper.

September 28, 2018 - 8:02 a.m.

It looks like it is goi g to be a very gloomy day.  It’s overcast with showers and the temperature 12 degrees.  Not to mention it’s very damp.  We did see some sun yesterday and it was actually quite nice out but not for nearly long enough.  Just a little teaser.  I worked in the office and then headed to town but I’m determined to finish my office purge by the end of the day.  After 20 years, I’ve certainly accumulated a lot of unnecessary paperwork so want to have a big bonfire when I’m finished.  I’m just keeping what is absolutely necessary and the cleansing is working in more ways than one.  Lol.  Government bureaucracy at its finest will be going up in flames.  We have had one lone Canadian goose around for some time which likely means the poor thing has lost it’s mate and is in mourning.  I did notice yesterday that it is coming around a little bit when the rest of the flock is in the bay but it’s still keeping its distance.  I hope it takes another mate but it may not and likely won’t thoroughly join the rest of the flock until migration time.  Sad to see but that’s nature.  We had a sick goose here some years ago that died and it’s mate never did join the flock completely and use to show up here every spring a few weeks before the rest of geese and just hang around by itself.  Was sad to see.  

September 27, 2018 - 8:18 a.m.

Look at me sleeping in this morning.  Unfortunately, the somewhat full moon kept me up last night and I finally closed the drapes on the bedroom window around 1:00 this morning.  Certainly was bright last night once the clouds disappeared.  Two nights in a row of getting to sleep rather late.  We actually were told yesterday that the crack of lightning I heard Tuesday night at 1:00 that sounded so close was in fact very close.  It hit our neighbour’s house right across from our marina and fried their electronics.  Not good but it did hit exactly where I thought it sounded like it hit.  A little close for comfort and I’m glad no one was hurt.  Dan and Alf spent the day yesterday doing some repair work while I did a whole lot of nothing.  I had my therapy yesterday morning which usually wipes me out and then I spent some time on the phone with Shaw Direct trying to get my satellite receiver back up and running as it was also wiped out in the storm.  Thankfully they just had to reset it rather than replace it.  The wind was horrible yesterday and made for an indoor day for me but it looks like it might just be a nice day today.  The sun is trying to come out and there are clear skies on the horizon.  I’m going to head back to the shop for a few hours but have my last appointment later today and then my schedule is free for a while.  I wasted my time raking the beach the other day as the winds yesterday washed up a ton of seaweed which the west wind usually does.  Give it a day or two to dry out and then I’ll get out the pitch fork and pick it up.  Nasty smelling stuff.

September 26, 2018 - 6:58 a.m.

So this just happened and eeewwww.  I got up this morning and was going to the bathroom when a spider dropped down from the ceiling right by my nose.  Talk about waking up in a hurry and getting the old ticker started.  Spiders don’t normally bother me but I hate that they drop out of nowhere.  Sorry for the visual but at least I know I can really move when I have to.  Lol.  It was a nice balmy day yesterday so I did a bit of work outside.  Namely I raked the beach and picked up the last remnants of the storm.  The temperature never did drop as forecasted and we had a nice little thunderstorm come through last night around 1:00.  It actually sounded like we had a lightning strike on the property because I saw the strike, heard a pop, a hiss and a huge crack all within a second.  The storm did nothing to cool the temperature and it is currently 19 degrees.  It is suppose to get progressively cooler today though and be a low of 2 or 3 by Friday night.  West winds today which are the worst for us but don’t think it’ll blow more than 20-30 km.  It’s already kicking up so we’ll see.  I have another appointment in town this morning and then not sure what I’ll get up to but Dan has some outdoor work on his agenda that he’d really like to get done.  Hopefully the sun comes out as forecasted.  I have 3 appointments this week and will be glad when they’re over as I hate trying to schedule my day around them but glad I’m getting them all over in one week.

September 25, 2018 - 7:07 a.m.

It is a tad windy this morning but offshore and quite warm.  It was 16 degrees when I went to bed last night so I turned the heat in the house off.  It’s currently 15, overcast and looks like it will start raining at any time.  We’ll likely get showers on and off for a better part of the day.  Something I forgot to blog about which I found quite interesting...on Friday when it was extremely humid and before the big storm hit, I was heading to town and noticed quite a few garter snakes all crossing Greening Bay Road.  They were all coming out of the forest and crossing the road into a pasture.  I found this quite odd that they would all be moving at the same time and heading in the same direction so googled it when I returned from town.  Apparently snakes are very sensitive to thermal climes and when something such as the storm we experienced is approaching, they move out of danger or to a better climate.  I really was fascinated to know why they would move to long grass during a wind storm.  I still don’t know the answer but it was something to see.  Perhaps they knew how bad the winds were going to get so wanted to be underground (no tree roots to prohibit them).  It’s a mystery.  Guess we could learn a lot from nature if we’d take the time.  

September 24, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.

It is a cold one this morning at only 4 degrees when I got up.  It was cold all day yesterday as well and gloomy and overcast as it is today.  Dan and I spent all day Saturday cleaning up the mess left behind by Friday’s storm.  I did the beach side of the road and Dan did the park side.  He was using the leaf blower and then mulching with the lawnmower while I cleaned up the old fashioned way with a rake and the gator.  We burned what we could and there were lots of branches let me tell you.  Had a great fire going though.  Alf and Larry helped with the chain saw as we had a few really big branches come down and a few trees had to be removed.  Still thankful we weren’t hit with a tornado (as Ottawa was) as we’ve had them come through here a few times.  It was pretty chilly during the clean up but at least the sun was shining.  Dan and I were down for the count yesterday after all that tedious work Saturday and it was a perfect day to just veg.  My satellite isn’t working on the tv for some reason so I watched the Netflix series “Narcos” for most of the day.  I watched it in Mexico last year and liked it so much I ordered the 3 season pack off Amazon but hadn’t had a chance to watch it again.  I was able to get through season one yesterday so hopefully have time to watch the rest over the coming months.  Heading to town for a dentist appointment this morning and then not sure what’s on my agenda afterwards.  Likely not much as it is pretty miserable out right now.  I still need to rake the beach but would like a nicer day.  The water surge from Friday rose half way up our beach and left seaweed deposits behind.  Piece of cake to pick up when the seaweed has had a chance to dry so we’ll see what this afternoon brings. 

September 22, 2018 - 7:07 a.m.

Autumn certainly came in like a lion!  HOLY windstorm Batman!  It’s still blowing a cold Northern “gale” but thankfully, it settled down somewhat in the early hours this morning.  Kept me up half the night and was somewhat scary.  Gato was just a meowing his poor little face off at me when I got up.  I think he was a little frightened himself but glad he found shelter throughout the nastiness.  I haven’t ventured out onto the property just yet but looking out the door, there is carnage everywhere.  Likely a 3 day clean up.  Branches, limbs, leaves, spewed beach chairs (that had been stacked), secured birdfeeders are on the ground, stripped flowers and that’s all within 20 feet of my door.  Some areas will be worse than others but I guess it’s nature’s way of trimming the trees.  Yesterday morning I was perspiring in shorts and this morning the house is closed up with the heat on.  I knew we were going to get slammed when I was in town because the air felt oppressive from the high humidity (33 degrees).  The wind didn’t start until mid afternoon and brought a wall of water with the beginning of the front but when the cold actually arrived, we were sustaining 90 km/hr winds for hours with thankfully no rain.  The power flickered off 6 times but greatfully came back on every time.  We were prepared either way but I think Ottawa received the brunt of this storm.  It is suppose to remain windy at 40 km/hr today but at least the sun will be out.  Currently a very chilly 8 degrees (4 in the Bay away from the water) and only going to 14 today.  I love the fresh northern air but the wind can screw off any time.

September 21, 2018 - 7:06 a.m.

I hope everyone has battened down their hatches.  I got up this morning to a balmy 16 degrees so turned off the heat and opened the house up.  I’ll be needing to close it again later this afternoon as they are calling for the cold front to move in swiftly with 90+ km/hr winds.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some water spouts.  We see them occasionally and they are just another phenomena of nature to earn respect.  I bet our beach fills with seagulls this afternoon.  We had some thunder roll through with some rain earlier this morning.  It woke me up but I went back to sleep as it wasn’t very intense.  I suspect it may be a little more attention grabbing later today though.  It’s going to hit 22 today but drop back down to 6 this evening.  I love me a good nature show.  I’m glad I decided to go to town yesterday so I can be safely tucked in today if need be.  I do have my therapy later this morning but should be home shortly after noon.  I’m thinking this might be a good afternoon for a dominoes game.  Work can wait.

September 20, 2018 - 8:04 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  It didn’t get overly warm but the sunshine kept the chill at bay and I think it was around 16 degrees when it peaked.  Sadly, Dan put the pontoon to bed for the season.  No more leisurely boat rides for us.  We still have the fishing boats in but think they can likely be winterized shortly as well.  I ended up cleaning appliances yesterday.  The humidity has been so bad, there was a solid block of ice in the freezer of our “overflow” aka mini-fridge that took all day to melt.  At least my oven wasn’t too bad.  Today I need to head to town and it’s  a good day for it.  We had a shower come through and may get a bit more rain today as it’s currently overcast and only around 12 degrees.  I have quite a few stops on my agenda so may be in the Bay for awhile.   Our park tenants are starting to close up for the season and quite a few will be done camping for the year after this weekend.  We are only open until October 1st and with the long term forecast, it’s likely time.  Have to say though, some years we’ve received snow by the beginning of October so I’m counting my blessing this year.

September 19, 2018 - 8:07 a.m.

I had somewhat of a quiet day yesterday.  Things have slowed right down and so have I apparently.  I was talking with Phyllis at Young’s variety and we both agree.  You go like gangbusters all season and when the tourists leave and you aren’t as busy, you just kind of shut down to take a breath.  Dan was helping out with a trailer yesterday so I caught up on some office work, did a little house cleaning and laundry and then made a nice autumn meal of ham, scalloped potatoes and squash which happens to be Dan’s favourite.  I really need to do a town run but am not in the mood so not sure what I’m doing today.  The weather is kind of gloomy and overcast with cool temps and grey skies.  It is suppose to dip to only 1 degree overnight Friday.  So not ready for this.  Hopefully it’ll get sunny today as forecasted.

September 18, 2018 - 7:52 a.m.

It just might be time for me to start the hibernation process.  I certainly didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.  When I finally went to bed around midnight, it was so hot and humid we had all the fans running.  I heard the wind start to pick up so decided to turn them off and close some windows.  So glad I did.  The cold front arrived and she’s a much different can of worms today.  No humidity and it’s currently overcast with a cool 12 degrees.  It’s here to stay by the looks of things.  Have to say though, much nicer working weather but time to dig out the fleece.  Gato came up late last night and stuck around for quite some time.  He likes to perch on our deck railing but last I saw him, he was intrigued by something up one of our cedar trees.  Speaking of which, the cedars didn’t produce any nuts this year.  That’s not good for our little furry friends who rely on them throughout the winter.  The ash trees were ridiculously forthcoming with an abundance of seeds this year but the critters don’t eat them.  I realize things go in cycles but I’ve never seen cedars not produce.  Really makes me wonder what kind of winter we are in for as I've never seen that happen.  If I had to guess, I’d say it’s going to be extremely cold with little snow.  Great for making ice, not so great for living things.

September 17, 2018 - 7:39 a.m.

It looks like today will be our last warm weather day for some time.  It’s breezy but the winds are still out of the south.  Suppose to switch to the north overnight and the temperatures will dip considerably for the next couple of weeks.  I haven’t seen any hummingbirds lately and their food hasn’t been touched so am thinking their migration has already begun.  A lot of the grackles and black birds have disappeared also.  Doesn’t mean we won’t have nice weather, just means it’s time to switch the wardrobe.  Lake Nipissing is still plenty warm enough for swimming but sadly that’ll be coming to an end shortly.  Dan and I had a great weekend, did some boating, swimming, tried a new dining experience which won’t be mentioned or repeated.  We also got plenty of rest.  Today is another day.

September 14, 2018 - 7:48 a.m.

My goodness, I didn’t wake up until nearly 7:30 this morning.  I’m usually up with the sun but then, the sun isn’t rising too early these days either.  Gato was waiting on me which explains what’s had the squirrels all in a tizzy outside the bedroom window.  He’s already eaten and is now tormenting the chipmunks but on a full stomach, don’t think he’ll be a danger to them.  I checked the progress of hurricane Florence first thing when I got up.  God help everyone along the shoreline in Wrightsville.  I saw footage where the water was nearly to the ceiling in someone’s garage.  I don’t think the winds will do as much damage as the awful storm surges.  I think we have it bad when we flood here but at least the water has never been high enough to reach any buildings.  And in this neck of the woods?  It’s going to be a lovely day today.  The sun is just about high enough to see over the tree line and the clouds are peacefully floating by as I sit on the deck drinking coffee while updating the blog.  It’s suppose to hit 33 today with the humidex but it cools right down after sunset so life is good.  Sometimes it is a good thing to take the time to enjoy our blessings.  A calm lake, geese practicing flight maneuvers, nature’s critters slowly waking, beautiful sunrise and a full cup of coffee.  What could be better?

September 13, 2018 - 7:34 a.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!! What a beauty day yesterday.  It didn’t warm up until after noon but the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the winds were calm.  Repeat today although I think it will get even warmer.  High of 25 which is hard to beat this time of year.  The leaves are starting to get some colour now and the birch trees have already started to shed but the temperatures are going to soar for the rest of the week.  Going to be a gorgeous weekend for sure.  Might just as well enjoy it because with all the active hurricanes, I’m sure we’ll see some remnants of them next week.  I worked in the house for the morning yesterday just piddling around and then headed back to the shop to continue purging.  I ended up getting into my files and got rid of a ton of redundant paperwork.  Will likely continue on today once I’m back from town.  That said, if it’s that nice out, I just might do one last go round deadheading my “we’ve seen better days” flowers.  I need to learn to literally smell the roses and save the tedious indoor work for other days.  Dan finished cutting the grass yesterday and not sure what he’s up to today.  Hopefully he doesn’t find any dead animal remains as there was a terrible racket early this morning.  Birds weren’t active and chirping like they usually are so thinking a hawk may have taken one of their feathered friends.

September 12, 2018 - 7:12 a.m.

The sun didn’t shine quite as anticipated yesterday.  It did come out for a bit but it was mostly overcast and gloomy, just as one would expect when the autumn is closing in on summer.  Heavy dew overnight and chilly this morning but the sun promises to be more prevalent today and for the rest of the week which is going to be gorgeous.  As neither Dan nor I slept well Monday night, we worked the morning yesterday and that was it.  I never did have a nap as I was surfing the net in the afternoon but I was in bed by 10 and asleep by 11 so a little more bushy tailed today.  I’m doing a quick house clean and then heading to the shop to con