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September 18, 2019 - 7:13 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, so nice, we went for a boat ride in the afternoon and out for a late lunch/early supper after docking in Callander.  We both did some work in the morning until around 1:00.  I saw a woolly worm (moth caterpillar) crawling across Greening Bay Road when I was bringing the flower baskets to a different location.  I stopped to take a good look at it and according to folklore, it’s markings reveal we are in for a mild winter.  That and the fact the cedar trees are loaded with nuts which aren’t being removed by the animals that usually hoard them for the winter, I’m thinking it truly isn’t going to be as brutally cold as it was last year.  I’ve also been reading that we are in for a mild La Niña vs the strong Le Nino we had last year so I guess we will find out soon enough.  Not too sure what’s on our agenda today but I do need to zip into town briefly to pick up some staples.  There are lots of little projects that need doing but neither Dan nor I are highly motivated at the moment. 

September 17, 2019 - 7:18 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and today is going to be even better.  It took the sun a while to burn off the cloud cover but once it did, it was lovely.  Today looks to be much sunnier and with the humidex, it’s suppose to feel like 26.  Can you say “boat ride”?  Dan helped Alf take his boat out of the water for the season and I suspect we’ll see a lot of the park doing the same this weekend so I’m thinking this is the week for us to get the last of our pleasure cruising in.  I did all the cottage laundry yesterday and have a bit of office work to do this morning so will have some spare time this afternoon.  I did notice when Dan and I went for a drive yesterday that one of my hanging baskets at the road was blown loose so am taking them both down for the season.  I’ll save the flowers for now, just put them elsewhere until I toss them.  I was actually going to empty all my pots and baskets this week but it’s going to be so nice, I’ll wait a bit.  I still see bees around so they need them.  Although I was told hummingbirds are still here, I haven’t seen any.  I did refill my feeders one more time just in case.  I read an interesting little tidbit yesterday.  Apparently hummingbirds build their nests under or near hawk nests as it helps to protect their babies from their biggest predators which are blue jays.  The jays won’t go near hawks so this gives the young hummingbirds a chance.  My only question is why the hawks don’t eat the hummingbird babies?  Nature can be fickle, I guess.  Considering the amount of blue jays we have around here (and they winter here most years), I’m surprised we have the amount of hummingbirds that we do.

September 16, 2019 - 6:50 a.m.

I was up at 5:30 but wanted to wait until daylight to update so I could see what the sky was doing.  Sucks that it gets dark by 8:00 and doesn’t get light again until 6:30ish.  Yep, the winter is fast approaching.  We are in for lovely autumn weather this week though so time to take advantage.  It is currently overcast but I see some sun starting to peak through over North Bay so I hope that means we’ll get some on the south shore of Lake Nipissing.  The sky is a little red this morning though.  The water is pretty calm today and I’m hoping to get on the pontoon at least one more time before it gets too chilly so see how our week goes.  Today I am cleaning the cottage laundry amongst other things but for the most part, we both had a lazy afternoon yesterday once our guests were all taken care of.  I finally saw the goose with the broken wing yesterday.  It’s just a young one, born this spring but it is socializing with the rest of the flock and there were a couple sticking by its side when they came into the bay so is likely its family.  Dan wants to do the humane thing as it won’t survive the winter and needs to migrate with its family but I’d like to give it a little more time as broken wings do heal but it could be wishful thinking on my part.  We could take it to the Wildlife refuge in Lively but good luck catching it.  I’m just not equipped to handle it as it’s still strong at the moment.  What will be, will be.

September 15, 2019 - 7:29 a.m.

Dan’s birthday party was a success!  The food was good and the company excellent!  The weather could have been nicer but it was what it was.  We weren’t able to have a fire as it was too windy and we did get a bit of rain drizzle here and there but for the most part, we enjoyed ourselves.  Once we went inside to eat, the music came on and the dancing started so fun was had by all.  The wind really picked up after the sun went down and it’s still blowing this morning.  I’ve a bit of a mess to clean up both inside and out this morning but it won’t take long and I’ve check ins and outs today as well.  I suspect Dan won’t be doing much of anything considering the birthday boy did some celebrating last night ;)

September 14, 2019 - 5:21 a.m.

It was a long day in the kitchen for me yesterday but now I’ll be able to relax and enjoy most of the day sitting around a campfire with friends and hopefully serve up some good grub.  I made the topping and dressing for a pear and garlic oat crunch salad with homemade blue cheese dressing, cooked and sliced the ham so I just need to reheat it (without drying it out), I cooked and prepared the squash and I also made carrot cake and butter tarts.  Today I just need to cook the green beans and scalloped potatoes after I clean the house (which won’t take long) and set the table.  It rained all day yesterday and after Dan spoke with his Mom, he zipped into town to pick up his birthday present from his Mom and Dad.  They bought him a brand new leaf blower which is apparently the most powerful on the market.  Oh joy, oh bliss.  Lol.  He does need a good leaf blower for the property and if we were younger, would get rid of the leaves the old fashion way.  It use to take us 3 weeks to rake this property so Dan is very grateful for modern equipment.  Now if they could just make a noiseless blower.  Lol.  When I finally sat down last night, the tv kept going in and out.  Or rather the satellite due to the heavy rain.  I just ended up going to bed before 10:00 which explains why I was up at 4:30.  Gato was waiting on me so he’s had a good feed this morning. Thankfully, all the rain seems to have cleared out of the region and it’s suppose to be a mix of sun and cloud today so campfire this afternoon and evening it is.  We have a friend who’s daughter is having an outside wedding at her grandparents today so very happy to see the sun will be shining on her nuptials as I know there were major concerns.  Congratulations on your wedding day Katie, I know you’ll be a beautiful bride.

September 13, 2019 - 7:23 a.m.

Happy birthday to Dan who is currently still in bed.  He did a little celebrating prematurely last night.  Lol.  The rest of us are celebrating with him tomorrow ;)  All he wants is his favourite meal of ham and scalloped potatoes with squash so we are having a little dinner party tomorrow.  I did some cottage refreshing yesterday for our check ins this weekend and then headed to town for groceries.  Today will be spent cooking butter tarts, carrot cake, squash, ham (so I can just reheat tomorrow after it’s all nicely sliced) and whatever else I can prep so I’m not doing a lot while our guests are here.  We are hoping to get things started around 2:00 with a nice campfire but that is all going to depend on the weather.  It isn’t looking conducive to outdoor fun but providing it doesn’t rain, we’ll get a fire going as planned.  While Dan was “celebrating” with the boys yesterday, I watched the first Federal election debate last night.  I was impressed by some, one in particular, not so much.  Canada needs a strong prime minister next term and one candidate I think just won’t cut it.  Be interesting to see upcoming debates but I really want to watch the October 7th debate as it is the only English speaking event Justin Trudeau deems worthy of his time.  

September 12, 2019 - 6:48 a.m.

It was a somewhat dreary day yesterday.  Overcast but it looks like the clouds are trying to move out this morning as I can see some clear skies on the horizon and the sun is starting to peak out a bit.  I ended up cleaning the rest of my rugs with my trusty new Bissell as wel as doing some other house cleaning.  As much as I try to keep up with the dirt, living next to a beach after a very dry summer makes for lots of dust accumulation.  I’m not really starting my thorough fall clean until the house will be closed up for the winter but it’s a start.  Dan did yard maintenance and cut grass for most of the day and then he and Alf (mostly Alf) spent considerable time fixing and doing maintenance on a propane fireplace in one of the cottages.  Although the boys said they cleaned up the mess, I’m checking first thing this morning as there are people checking in a little later.  Not that I don’t trust them ;)  I’m heading into town today to run some errands.  I’m hosting a small dinner party Saturday for Dan’s birthday (which is technically tomorrow) and am making his favourite.  Ham, scalloped potatoes and all the fixings.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can start and end with a nice campfire.

September 11, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

The warm spell that encased southern Ontario yesterday reached us last night after supper.  I opened the house up and the warm temperatures will stick around for the day.  Unfortunately it’s breezy, drizzly and overcast.  That’s ok as long as I can keep the house open for another day.  Gato was up first thing this morning as it was raining on and off last night and he was ravenous.  I think he’s starting to build his winter fat now so expect to start seeing him on a regular basis.  I ordered a Bissell carpet cleaner on Sunday night off of Amazon, received it yesterday around 11:00 (our usual delivery time) and cleaned our dining room rug yesterday afternoon to try it out.  Worked like a charm and I was very impressed with it.  Today I’m finishing the rest of the rugs in the house that can’t be thrown in the washing machine.  The machine is so easy to use and light weight it’ll be great for spot cleaning.  Should have bought one years ago considering all the sand we have to deal with.  Dan did a minor repair in one of the cottages yesterday and then went into town for most of the afternoon.  I’ve a “honey do” list which I’ve put off so we could enjoy the summer but now it’s time to get back to work.  We are booked up this weekend and then things slow right down and we can get our maintenance done.  Ice fishing season will be here before we know it!

September 10, 2019 - 7:29 a.m.

The temperature was a bit nicer this morning at +8 but still...I’m afraid our summer is clearly over.  Not so for deep southern Ontario as I read they will have a heat wave for a few days with temperatures in the 30’s.  Hopefully we’ll get an Indian summer this year that will be so warm.   I had a doe turn up yesterday morning snacking on my crab apples and this morning, there was a doe and two mature fawns show up looking for something to munch on.  She lead them to the bedrock where I use to put the feed corn.  Seeing nothing there, she took them for a little tour which included stopping by the apple trees.  As much as I miss seeing the deer on a daily basis, I’m glad they aren’t around as frequently.  They’ve regained or retained their wildness which is needed due to the coyotes in the neighbour.  They brought down a poor fawn a week or so ago and it’s not a pleasant death for them.  I guess no death is pleasant but coyotes are particularly vile.  It looks like we may be in for some rain today.  It is currently completely overcast and although I didn’t turn the heat on overnight, I’m keeping the house closed up today to keep the dampness at bay.  We are starting to see colour along the shorelines and even more so further inland now that we’ve had colder nights.  The frost Sunday will surely excelerate things now.  Not ready.  So not ready!

September 9, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

Bbbrrrrrrrr, I mean bbbrrrrr, this morning.  They forecasted the temperature would dip to +1 overnight and had a frost advisory and I’ve no doubt it was accurate.  It was only +2 when I got up and the mist is so thick over the bay that you can’t see the island.  Glad I put the heat on last night!  The frost likely settled a little further inland as the water is still fairly warm though.  I did bring my hibiscus in the house yesterday as it’s the only plant I want to winter but I will likely put it back outside in the sun a little later today.  It has 8 buds I’d like to see materialize into a flower before the season is over.  Although it was sunny yesterday, it was still a tad windy and a little cooler than it has been but Lake Nipissing settled down as the day progressed.  I can’t see the main body of the lake this morning (just yet) but it sounds fairly calm today and the bay is like a window pane.  The Anderson’s are heading home this morning after a pretty good vacation.  I’m sure they wanted to get more fishing in but they seemed to have made the best of it.  It’s a work day for us today.  We have several projects we’d like to get done before the snow begins and here’s hoping that doesn’t start none to soon!

September 8, 2019 - 8:17 a.m.

It has been a somewhat blustery weekend.  We have had a mixed bag of weather, including a great little thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon but the winds have been somewhat obnoxious and continue today.  We actually did some entertaining in our shop yesterday so we could sit in the sun when it was out and move indoors when the rain came as it was intermittent throughout the day.  We actually have to start a fire in the stove in the shop as it got quite chilly due to the dampness.  The fishing has been good but only when the boat can actually leave the harbour which hasn’t been too often this week.  Hopefully things will settle down and we get much nicer weather next week.

September 6, 2019 - 7:56 a.m.

It looks like we are going to have an all day intermittent rain event.  Doesn’t bode well for the Anderson’s vacation time.  They did have an awesome day yesterday as the sun was shining for most of it but considering they are all about the fishing, it hasn’t been an ideal week.  They did catch quite a few yesterday, mostly bass but managed to bring home a nice walleye.  I’ve been puttering around and am in a “don’t feel like doing much work” state of mind.  The time of the season, I guess.  I did clean my oven and do a few more tedious household chores and yesterday I was going to discard some of my less than desirable flower pots but we still have some nice weather coming yet.  I did harvest my herbs and hung them to dry.  Can’t say I had a banner crop of anything this year just because they got hit with the wind so much but what I did get, should keep me in spices for a while.  Dan’s been keeping up with the yardwork and after all the wind earlier in the week and much to everyone’s chagrin, he got out the trusty leaf blower yesterday.  Never was a more loud and obnoxious leafblower invented.  Just like Dan, it needs to use its “inside voice”.  Lol.  I have been watching a lone goose for much of the season.  People have been pointing out that we have an injured goose but I think I finally figured out what was going on yesterday.  It’s not injured but has everything to do with the pecking order.  I believe this goose lost its mate (likely last fall during the hunting season) and was initially part of this flock.  As they mate for life, it is now looking for a new mate.  At the beginning of the season, the adult geese kept running it off as it was trying to mate with the already paired geese but now that the babies have grown and will be needing mates, they are tolerating it’s presence.  It is still shunned somewhat so when they are in the bay, it keeps its distance from the flock but it does fly with them when they take off but follows from the end of the formation.  In other words, I think at one point, it must have been one of the stronger lead birds and has now been delegated to the back of the formation.  I’m sure once it takes a new mate, likely next spring, that will change.  Amazing what patiently watching nature can teach a person.  And kudos to the goose for biding it’s time ;)

September 4, 2019 - 7:44 a.m.

Wow!!  What an awesome storm we received last night and it went on for hours.  Thankfully the thunder and lightning was low key if prolonged.  And rain.  Torrents of it.  I was still awake at 2:30 this morning and now the winds are just brutal.  Over 60 km/hr due west.  Blow day for sure.  Might even be a blow day tomorrow so not looking good for the fishing for our guests.  Not a thing we can do about it either.  I wouldn’t doubt it if the Anderson’s spend their time in town exploring today.  I actually turned the heat on in the house last night to take the chill out but ended up turning it off a few hours later as the storm brought in a warm front.  It’s currently blowing warm air so it could be much worse.  Dare I say this current air mass is thanks to Dorian?  There is debris all over the property not to mention chairs and foot baths from the cottages aren’t where they are suppose to be.  Pick up sticks will be on the agenda tomorrow for sure.

September 3, 2019 - 6:27 a.m.

Labour Day weekend has come and gone but it was an enjoyable one.  We had some rain showers, some sun, some chilly nights and some campfires.  I actually managed to get all my cottage laundry finished on Sunday and we also had a drop in cottage rented by a family which is rare.  The Anderson’s are checking in this afternoon for their annual Greening Bay vacation but I’m thinking the weather might not be the greatest for them as there is lots of wet stuff in this week’s forecast.  However, we generally don’t get the rain as forecasted.  It actually rained for a few minutes yesterday morning and there was nothing on the radar.  At all.  Weird.  I’ve been keeping my eye on the destruction of Dorian and it’s trajectory.  Such a sad situation and I see now another hurricane has developed in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.  The season is upon us and promises to be an active one.  Although the girls have opted not to take our annual November trip this year and I’m going to miss it, I’m kind of glad I don’t need to worry about future hurricanes between now and then.  Lori is coming in this morning to help me out and I’m doing a town run at some point today.  I’ve errands to run now that the holiday is over.  Perfect day for it as it’s currently overcast with showers and thunderstorms forecasted for today.

September 1, 2019 - 6:47 a.m.

Wow!   Where did the summer go?  August just seemed to fly by but must say, we’ve had some beautiful weather!  Yesterday was a tad chilly with the wind but it did warm up nicely by mid afternoon.  Today is suppose to be sunny with a high of 22 so not time to put the boat away just yet.  The leaves are starting to turn, some trees faster than others but we still have time before the autumn splendour baths the forests in an array of blazing colour.  It was quite chilly last night and I think it’s time to discard some of my flowers but I’m trying my best for most of them.  I can’t believe the cedar trees this year.  They’ve exploded with nuts and most are thick and heavy with them which indicates a long harsh winter.  The squirrels and chipmunks haven’t started gathering the nuts just yet so autumn will stick around a bit longer.  The hummingbirds are still here but I believe they’ll be leaving shortly.  They don’t like the colder evenings or the fading blooms which is their main food source.  Always sad to see them go.  Grady has been missing Halo and has been stuck to Dan and I like glue.  Poor guy.  I have been keeping an eye on hurricane Dorian as they still aren’t sure where it will make landfall in the States.  The tiny islands off the coast of the main Bahama island are going to take a pounding shortly and I certainly hope they’ve been evacuated because the sheer size of Dorian may just completely decimate them.  We had better enjoy the outdoors today because there is quite a bit if rain in the forecast next week which I’m sure we’ll get.

August 30, 2019 - 7:43 a.m.

It was a very emotional day yesterday.  Sadly, Halo has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and thankfully, she went very peacefully.  This wasn’t unexpected but it was very hard none the less.  Loosing two cats in a year both from the same disease (Marble and Halo were both feral kittens we rescued and were related so it was hereditary) is tough.  Never an easy thing, for sure.  Surprisingly enough, Grady, our last (literally) remaining cat has been searching for Halo even though they didn’t get along that well.  Pretty sure he knew something was up yesterday when we returned home with an empty cat carrier.  I took an Advil PM last night to help me sleep and boy did I.  Slept a solid 8 hours it’s such a great product.  It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend with a mix of sun and cloud but the temperatures will be a little cooler and more seasonal.  Need to get out there and enjoy before the remanents of hurricane Dorian reach us sometime next week.  I looked at the radar this morning and it looks more like the Carolina’s will get hit to me vs Florida but it’s still early yet.  Hopefully it doesn’t gather strength but it is hurricane season and likely things are just getting started :(

August 28, 2019 - 6:49 a.m.

Gato finally showed up and was waiting for me patiently this morning.  He’s like a bad penny, that one.  He’s also super skinny from all his travels and was a hungry tomcat this morning.  Three bowls of food, a bowl of milk and a bowl of water later, he just watched me watching him but no way was I getting near him.  Poor guy doesn’t know what a good scratch or pet feels like.  The temperature only dipped to 17 overnight and we didn’t get near the amount of rain needed.  More like a few stray brief showers.  Although there are thunderstorms and rain in today’s forecast, I don’t think we will get anything.  One can hope.  Dan went to town yesterday to complete the bloodwork the technician messed up last week.  What a pain but accidents happen.  I started cleaning out the cupboards since it was a dreary day but then Halo, our cat, was ill.  I basically spent the rest of the day consoling her as I think her time is limited.  She’s not eating well and doesn’t have much quality of life so I believe her time is sadly drawing near the end.  I kept a good eye on her yesterday and although she ate a bit this morning, it wasn’t very much.  Not to sure what’s on our agenda today.  Lots we could be doing but it’s been a long season and we’re both wrung out.  See what the weather and state of mind brings ;)

August 27, 2019 - 6:41 a.m.

The sky had a little more red than usual during its ascent this morning.  I’m hoping that’s a good sign but the radar indicates differently.  We could use a full day of nice rain but it’s doubtful.  The massive system last night has broken up considerably so I’m thinking the cold front won’t be coming in quickly but what do I know.  I really wanted to get on the boat yesterday but Dan was busy helping Alf (or the other way around) switch boats engines or some such thing.  I was getting caught up on some office work, doing cottage laundry and did a quick house clean.  I also had an incident to deal with that took some valuable time.  A day in the life of a camp owner.  What we do today will depend largely on the weather.  I do think we’ll get a bit of rain or a shower this morning so if that’s the case, I’d like to do some purging and cleaning in the shop.  I haven’t seen Gato for a few days and truly thought he’d be waiting on me this morning but it’s the time of year for the mating season usually starts.  The ducklings are starting to spread their wings and the older ones are flying but we still have some younger ones that are not quite there yet.  The geese are all fully grown and getting more competent with their take offs, formations and landings.  Sadly not all will make it south this winter as there are hunters in the hood but such is life :(

August 26, 2019 - 5:54 a.m.

It was a perfectly gorgeous day yesterday.  The morning started out rather chilly at 8 degrees but it certainly warmed up quickly.  I started watering around 8:00 and by 9:00 had to change into a t-shirt.  Lots of people on and in the water yesterday as it was quite warm and humid.  Apparently we are getting a repeat today with the humidex reaching 29.  Lake Nipissing is quite calm so we may hop on the boat this afternoon for a bit.  The rest of the week isn’t looking so promising with thunderstorms and rain in the forecast for a few days but I’m not counting on it hitting us as all the forecasted precipitation has pretty much missed us all summer.  We could truly use some rain though.  Hopefully it will be a nice long weekend for everyone and then it’s back to the grind for us as we have some maintenance to complete on the property that we didn’t get done prior to the busy season because we ran out of time.

August 25, 2019 - 8:09 a.m.

What a great weekend we’ve had.  Friday night Dan and I went to Annie’s and had a yummy pizza and wings dinner compliments of Lulu’s.  Was a great visit.  Yesterday I attended the first Ladies night in a long time at Mary’s and it was a blast, as always.  Haven’t seen the girls in so long, all summer as a matter of fact, so good times.  And as usual, we had soooo much food.  I didn’t get home until midnight so am surprised I didn’t turn into a pumpkin.  I swear I saw Gato run into the roadside ditch on Marion (road around the corner) as I was driving home and he didn’t show up here for his daily feeding so it likely was him out hunting.  Today I’m watering flowers.  All the rain forecasted this past week and we received nothing.  It is so dry and everything is covered in dust.  Enough to be able to write “wash me please” on my car.  I feel sorry for the roadside vegetation as it all has a film of dirt covering it.  We really need rain desperately and nothing is forecasted for the next few days.  Lake Nipissing looks pretty calm this morning but I think Dan wants a down day today so boating is doubtful.  I have a few check outs today so may just get the laundry done if that’s the case.  I read a clip this morning that states summer is going to be extended a month this year.  Considering the late start to the warm season and how it started with flooding everywhere, we all deserve it!

August 23, 2019 - 6:36 a.m.

The winds have calmed down somewhat but are still blowing out of the north so Lake Nipissing is a little rough this morning but still, it’s going to be a nice day.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend all around as the sun will be shining and the warmer temperatures are due to return so bring it on!  It was rather chilly yesterday even in town and I had to wear something a little substantial like a hoody.  I love the sweat shirt weather but not just yet thank you.  It was the anniversary for my Mom’s passing yesterday so I did something for her. She’s always preferred me with short hair so I went and chopped it all off.  Dan is so lucky he noticed.  Lol.  He actually prefers it as well, so there you go.  I haven’t had it this short in years but I’m enjoying the change.  I just have a lot more silver than previously.  Silver, not grey ;)  I also completed a bunch of errands while I was in town and Walmart for some reason was completely nuts.  Where do all these people work that so many are in the store in the middle of the day?  Today I’m continuing on with my house and doing some cleaning and possibly a little more painting if I’m energetic enough, which is doubtful.  If the weather gets really nice, I’d rather be outside this afternoon.  One of our cottagers who was due to check out today decided to stay an extra day as they love it here and another called us around 9:00 wanting Dan to turn on the fireplace as it got pretty chilly once the sun set.  Not an easy chore so they had to settle for electric heat.  I find the chilly nights refreshing this time of year and the house always is warm enough due to day time heating.  The windows will be closed and the heat cranked soon enough!

August 22, 2019 - 7:49 a.m.

I had a little lie in today.  I was sound asleep by around 10:30 last night but around 11:00 a nasty wind came through and woke me up.  I had to close the windows and doors as everything that wasn’t heavy or tied down was being blown around.  It was quite intense for a while and our cottages had a campfire going which in hindsight, I should have put the hose on.  I didn’t want to get dressed and yank the hose out in the pitch dark as Big Foot could have been lurking around.  Lol.  Dan slept through the whole thing.  I did keep an eye on the fire though but as the embers got air borne, they burned out immediately as the wind was that strong.  I woke up this morning to the beach chairs strewn everywhere so I’m assuming we’ll likely have branches down around the property.  And still, not one drop of rain.  I spent the day yesterday painting our house bathroom as it needed freshening.  Now I have to do the rest of the house.  Solve one problem create another.  Good fall projects are on the horizon it seems.  Dan spent the day doing lawn maintenance.  I need to get to town today so that’s on my agenda a little later as I have things to do this morning first.  

August 21, 2019 - 6:02 a.m.

We may see some light showers today but it’s doubtful unless day time heating produces something.  There are thunderstorms further south occurring but the radar isn’t showing much in our area.  Gato was up this morning and I would really love to trap him and take him to Pet Save in Sudbury which is a no kill shelter but I really don’t think he’ll adjust.  He’s been feral his whole life and although I’ve been feeding him for 4 years, I’ve never been able to get near him let alone touch or pet him.  I just would really like to see him not have to go through another winter alone but wherever he’s been living, he’s managed to survive.  That includes the brutal winter we had last year.  Besides, he usually comes for food either late at night or early morning.  By the time I get him to Sudbury, he’d be in a terrible state.  Poor guy.  Things are slowing down around here as I suspect most summer family vacations are ending in anticipation of the kids starting school pretty soon.  I still have an opening for Labour Day weekend if anyone is interested in last minute.  I’ll bet there are fireworks in the hood that weekend which aren’t going to be well received by one of our neighbours.  We received a nasty call this past weekend from a fellow who lives on the bay giving us a royal reaming for letting off fireworks and it wasn’t even us.  I don’t like them anymore than he does as they are too frightening to wildlife but that didn’t stop our neighbour from being presumptuous, extremely rude and threatening.  Why are people so angry these days?  Geesh.

August 20, 2019 - 7:25 a.m.

Autumn is definitely in the air and it’s obvious in more ways than one.  The steam lifting off the bay this morning was quite thick and it got quite chilly last night.  The night time temperatures are going below 10 degrees this week.  No!  The leaves are starting to change already and the water fowl are starting to congregate.  Yep, we’re well on our way to the changing of the season.  We still have plenty of nice days ahead and today will be one of them with a high of 27 and nothing but sunny skies.  I actually love this time of year when the air is crisp and clean but you can still enjoy the daytime heating enough to swim.  Not too sure what’s on our agenda today.  Flowers have been looked after although some have definitely seen better days and are suffering from the cool nights.  Grass doesn’t need cutting so maybe we can have some fun on the boat today?

August 19, 2019 - 7:20 a.m.

Well dang it all!!  The entire large system in Ontario completely missed us.  If we received any rain at all, it was just a few spits and certainly not enough to water anything.  I suppose the rain will come soon enough but I was hoping for something yesterday.  The cold front just started rearing it’s head a bit ago so the sea aka Lake Nipissing is angry today my friends.  It’s a blow day today so won’t see any boats on the water.  I haven’t updated my blog for a couple of days because every time I was about to, I was either interrupted or distracted.  Dan and I had a quiet weekend so not much to report anyhow.  We had a nice visit with Annie and Craig at her little cottage on Saturday but it was an early night.  Yesterday I was going to water but held off thinking we were going to get some rain so just vegged instead and caught up on some reading.  It would have been a perfect day for the boat but neither Dan nor I felt like it.  Just wanted some quiet time to ourselves.  I made a nice pickerel dinner last night for the two of us so it was a nice relaxing day.  I’ve got checkouts this morning and check in’s tomorrow so am doing some laundry and of course watering today.  It’ll be nice and cool for it and hopefully I won’t need to water again this week.

August 16, 2019 - 7:12 a.m.

The weekend may or may not be a nice one.  Forecasted showers could put a damper on things.  Pun intended.  Today however is going to be beautiful, sunny and a high of 25.  Lake Nipissing is completely calm right now so I hope those wanting to fish get a move on as there are thunderstorms forecasted for this afternoon.  We had a lovely dinner at our neighbours Heather and John’s last night which consisted on shrimp to start followed by a marvellous perfectly cooked prime rib dinner and angel food cake with berries for dessert.  No one had dessert as we were all too full but there is some in the fridge with my name on it.  Was a very nice evening indeed.  Today is a work day for me.  I am hoping to get finished fairly early so I can enjoy some of the sunshine but we’ll see.  Dan did the grass cutting yesterday so he can have an easy day today.  Nick and Mike installed a new dock for us yesterday.  It was originally Mike’s brand new dock which was damaged in the flood this year but he bought another one then had this one refurbished so didn’t need it.  Considering we lost a couple of docks this year (over and above the new ones we installed in the late spring) it’s great to have the addition.

August 15, 2019 - 8:07 a.m.

The Barnier’s are on their way home after a wonderful visit.  Dan’s taking them to the airport right now as they need to beat the weather system heading over Lake Huron.  Hopefully they’ll have an uneventful journey.  Although it was somewhat cloudy yesterday we had a great day on the boat in the afternoon.  Just toured this end of Lake Nipissing, mostly South Bay and had a wonderful time.  There was a deer up this morning at the same time Gato showed up for a good feeding but they were startled so I went outside to see what had scared them and it was our fishermen coming out of the cottage.  They got a few good photos and once they headed down to the marina, the deer walked up and stood close to my feed container waiting on me to give her some corn.  Nice way to start the day.

August 14, 2019 - 8:01 a.m.

I’m late again this morning.  It’s like it’s a full moon or something.  Oh wait, it is ;)  Definitely explains my restlessness of the past few nights.  I finally took 1/2 a Gravol around 1:00 this morning and was out like a light until nearly 8:00 this morning.  Dan and I had a nice surprise yesterday morning.  His brother called and said he and his Mom and Dad were flying up for a quick visit.  Dan picked them up at the airport around 1:30 yesterday while I continued with my work which I got done shortly after they arrived here.  We sat outside on the cottage deck and had a nice visit and then went into North Bay for supper.  I would have cooked a nice meal but this was way better.  Lol.  They aren’t sure when they are departing as it will depend on flying conditions for the trip home but we will make the most of their short get away.  We are hoping to get them out on the boat today but see how that pans out.  It is suppose to be a mix of sun and cloud today and clearing later with a high of 23.  It looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend though as the temperature will steadily climb.  Bring it on.

August 13, 2019 - 7:08 a.m.

I had a little lie in this morning due to being up and down all night last night.  I was hoping to see some of the meteor shower but due to the brightness of the moon, wasn’t able to see squat.  It was partly cloudy as well.  Tonight is the last night it peaks so perhaps if I stand out in the middle of the property where there are no lights I’ll have a better chance.  Dan had his knee xrays yesterday so now we wait.  The technician, who really isn’t allowed to say anything, did indicate there is still space showing so I don’t think he’s rubbing bone on bone and thinking just maybe Dan has bad arthritis now.  He’s definitely of the age, poor old boy.  Lol.  I had my Pilot serviced at Northern Honda and have to say I love their service department.  They go above and beyond and the staff is wonderful.  Driving out with a nicely washed vehicle doesn’t hurt either.  Today is a work day for me.  The folks from Manitoba who had an extended stay, left for the long drive home yesterday but absolutely loved it here.  So glad they enjoyed themselves.  I’ll be doing laundry for their cottages and am definitely watering and dead heading flowers today since the showers forecasted yesterday didn’t materialize.  Now that the nights have cooled down and the days aren’t scorching hot anymore, I don’t need to tend the gardens quite as much.  The flowers on our lakeside deck have nearly bit the biscuit though due to the high winds we had for several days this past week.  My poor tomato plant produced 4 little cherry tomatoes and I don’t think I’ll get many more of them.  Most of my herbs have seen better days as well but at least I’ll have a good crop of sage this year.  Guess I need to find a better location for edibles.  The rest of the week looks fabulous and the warmer temperatures are sticking around through August according to the long term.  I had a cancellation for Labour Day weekend yesterday if anyone is interested...

August 12, 2019 - 6:23 a.m.

We had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  Neither one of us did much at all and that’s quite alright.  Today we need to go town as I’m taking my vehicle in for service so the “maintenance required” light will finally shut off.  It’s an overkill having the light come on every 8,000 km but it is what it is.  While my car is being tended to, Dan is going to the hospital for knee xrays.  If I left it up to him, he wouldn’t go so hopefully I don’t need to drag him in there by his ear ;)  I swear the man needs a keeper sometimes.  Depending on how long the car and xrays takes will decide what we do afterwards.  May go for lunch or do a little shopping.  Either way, it’s a good day for errands as it is currently overcast and we had a very brief light spittle of rain just go through.  It is suppose to clear up this morning and then the rest of the week looks great.  Nice daytime temps in the mid 20’s with cool nights for sleeping and mostly all sun.  I can finally slow down on having to water flowers but with the humidex being in the 30’s today, there are a few I’ll need to give a drink, I’m sure.

August 10, 2019 - 7:24 a.m.

Geez, you would think we had a full moon last night if the weather is any indication.  Usually when we get a drastic weather change, the moon can usually be blamed.  We had constant storm cells blow through yesterday bringing heavy rain at times and some thunder dunders but the drop in temperature wasn’t too bad as it’s currently 15 degrees and they were forecasting only 10 last night.  At least the air is crisp and clean this morning and the humidity seems to be gone.  The sun is on the horizon so hopefully this cloud cover will blow out of here this morning and the wind will finally die down.  It kept me awake last night as it was just howling at times.  Although they are forecasting the occasional shower, for the most part it looks like nice comfortable temperatures with plenty of sun for the upcoming week.  Changeover today so I’ll be busy but we had a somewhat peaceful day yesterday.  I did the town run while Dan did some grass cutting and weed whacking.  I “splurged us” and cooked a nice scallop and pickerel supper and we called it a fairly early night. If you consider midnight as early ;)

August 9, 2019 - 5:55 a.m.

We have had a couple of nice relaxing days.  Wednesday I did some watering and spent 1/2 hour trying to save an injured bird.  It hit a window and I thought it broke its neck but after holding it for about 20 minutes to give it warmth and keep it from going into shock, it looked like it was going to make it.  One of its legs wasn’t working properly though so don’t know if broken or paralyzed but it wasn’t able to perch.  It kept trying to fly but couldn’t grip the branches and kept falling out of the trees.  As we were getting ready to leave, I finally put in under the planter bush out of the sun where it would have some protection from predators.   A bunch of us hopped on boats and headed to the Manitous for the day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  When we got home and I checked under the bush and surrounding areas, the bird was gone so hopefully it’s ok.  Yesterday we received quite a lot of rain and some light thunderstorms so everyone was pretty much indoors for the day.  Both Dan and I had afternoon naps (notice that’s plural) and basically just read or watched tv.  Was a nice relaxing day.  Today I’m in desperate need of a town run mainly for groceries since cleaning my fridges and freezers out.  I’m definitely getting lots of fresh produce before everything is finished for the season.  Love supporting our local farmers!

August 7, 2019 - 5:48 a.m.

I had quite the productive day yesterday.  I defrosted 3 freezers and cleaned 2 fridges, did 4 loads of laundry and washed the floors.  I did find some freezer burnt meat so cooked it up and Dan fed it to the turtles in the creek.  He figured perhaps he could save a few ducks as we’ve been seeing quite a few go missing or ending up permanently maimed lately so whatever works.  Dan didn’t want to draw any dangerous wild animals by leaving the meat in the woods and he has a good point.  Dan cut some grass yesterday and as we received a load of wood Monday, Alf and his grandson Nolan brought a few loads down to the beach for us.  Thanks guys!  Now that the weather is getting cooler, or at least the nights, we’ll be needing the campfires now.  I’m actually hoping to have one this weekend as there is suppose to be meteor showers but it will all depend on whether we have cloud cover or not.  We may not be able to see them anyhow due to the moon being quite bright but here’s hoping.  You can certainly tell we’re getting well into August as the days are growing shorter.  It always seems like once the morning mist and the crickets start, the summer days fly by.  And the crickets are singing now.  Sad but we still have plenty of wonderful warm sunny days ahead.

August 6, 2019 - 7:01 a.m.

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend, stayed safe and had some quality time with family and friends.  It had to be one of the lowest keyed weekends Dan and I have had in a long time.  We really didn’t do much and basically stayed to ourselves and relaxed.   I had a stomach thing going on yesterday which Dan had a few days before me so I just rested, relaxed and read yesterday.  Even though the humidex had us at 31 degrees and everyone was playing in Lake Nipissing yesterday, we just vegged indoors with the fan blowing on us.  Today we have thunderstorm or rain cells all around us but I don’t think we’ll see much precipitation as it seems to be tracking below our area.  Gato, who we haven’t seen for days, showed up this morning and gobbled down 3 bowls of food and 2 bowls of milk.  He’s obviously been out “tom catting” and I just pray that doesn’t result in him dragging another pregnant female to our house later in the fall.  Finding shelter for 3 of his lady friends and 2 kittens in the past is enough.  My agenda today, as I’m still quite queasy, is to defrost two fridges and a freezer.  Especially the freezer.  I’m thinking I have some freezer burnt stuff hiding in the bottom but that’s ok.  I just cook it anyhow and put it out for the wildlife.  Nothing goes to waste around here.

August 5, 2019 - 6:46 a.m.

Another beautiful day in paradise yesterday and a repeat coming up for today’s agenda.  There were a lot of people taking advantage of Lake Nipissing yesterday.  The most boat and kayak traffic I’ve seen all year and lots of people swimming, wading and playing.  Was good to see.  Nip was a little rough in the morning but she sat right down as the day progressed and by supper time was virtually a window pane.  I think the same thing will happen today.  This really has been a summer of great long weekends although we had a slow start.  No complaints for this civic holiday as everyone was able to take advantage of the fantastic weather.  Not sure what’s on our agenda today but it isn’t going to involve a lot of work.

August 4, 2019 - 5:44 a.m.

It’s going to be a great day!  It was a busy one for us yesterday getting all the cottages ready to rock.  We actually have some guests in who drove all the way from Winnipeg but made good time as they checked in around 8:00 last night for an extended family vacation.  Lots of kids in this week as I’m sure most family time will soon come to an end with school beginning in the not too distance future.  It dropped to 13 degrees last night so the mist is rolling quite thickly off Moose Creek but as soon as the sun is up, it’s going to get warm quickly.  I bet we’ll be feeling the heat by 9:00 and it’s going to be a clear day if the blazing red sky last night is any indication.  Dan and I will most likely head out on the boat once we make sure everyone has settled in quite nicely.  It’s a busy weekend and the park is full so a little R&R would be welcome and appreciated.  God knows us Northerners need to enjoy the weather while we can ;)

August 3, 2019 - 6:43 a.m.

We had just a perfectly marvellous fun day yesterday.  Lake Nipissing sat right down with hardly a ripple so our boating day couldn’t have been any better.  Swimming turned into noodle floating for a while so we could all cool off and our meals at Lulu’s (aka the Tavern) were all very good.  We were all in bed early last night though as Dan and I have work today and the gang is checking out to head home.  It was a great visit this week and everyone had a great vacation.  Not sure what the rest of the weekend will bring but the weather promises to be quite nice.  Looks like Ginny and Craig have a houseful so I may swim over sometime and have a quick visit.  Having no plans sometimes brings the most fun.

August 2, 2019 - 11:41 a.m.

Oh my Lord, it’s been such a busy fun few days, I just realized it’s my mother-in-laws birthday today and I totally forgot to send flowers or even a card.  As Dianne reads my blog every day, I’m putting a promise out I’ll cook you a marvellous dinner when Dan and I are in Erieau in November.  Happy birthday Mom!  Dan and I worked hard yesterday in order to get everything done and the property looking awesome for this long weekend which promises beautiful weather.  Randy and Gwen, Shawn and Janice took Dan and I out for a wonderful supper at Terrace Suites last night.  The beef tenderloin with red wine reduction was mouth watering and cut like butter.  We then came back and had a nice starry night around the campfire and are now getting ready to head to the Manitous for some swimming and hopefully a great day followed by dinner at the Tavern.  Tomorrow will be a crazy work day and the place will be jammed packed so getting some R&R in while we can.  Safe travels this weekend everyone!

July31, 2019 - 6:49 a.m.

We sure have been getting beautiful weather for the past month and yesterday was no exception.  I think today is going to be the same.  Dan was working with Jesse all day yesterday doing odd jobs that are better suited to a young man than an old guy with a gimp knee.  The few eavestroughs we have were emptied as they were pretty full of debris due to all the rain we had in the spring.  Got rid of the last of the old docking material, cleaned the beach...Jesse was a busy boy.  So glad we finally found a young kid that doesn’t mind physical labour.  I did my town run and some indoor stuff that needed doing and today I need to be in the office for the morning.  I’m hoping to get some sunshine later today.  May need to water just a little bit as the direct afternoon sunshine sucks the water out of a few pots but should be good to visit a little more with the gang from down south.  Today is usually Dan’s grass cutting day but don’t know that it needs it.  I’d rather he put it off for a week and give it a chance to recover from lack of rain.  It has greened up some but still rather brown in places.  He’s the grounds maintenance personnel, so his call.  Suppose to be 26 and sunny today but it was really humid yesterday.  Nice Lake Nipissing breeze kept everyone cool so hopefully a repeat today.

July 30, 2019 - 6:18 a.m.

We finally received some decent rain yesterday.  Thankfully we didn’t get the lightning and wind like other areas around Lake Nipissing but it did get a tad gusty here and there and we did get a few good cracks but for the most part, just received life giving rain.  It wasn’t overly hot out yesterday as it was overcast but the humidity was extremely high and I saw something I’ve never seen before.  I happened to be looking out the window just before the storm hit and a female blackbird dropped out of the sky and just sat completely immobile on the grass. After a few minutes, I went out to check on it and see what the heck.  It didn’t appear to be hurt so I was thinking it was over heated and I sprayed my hose on it after making sure the water was cool.  It tilted its head up and started catching water in its mouth and after a few minutes, it just flew off.  Must have been dehydrated.  How that happens when living on a lake is beyond me but just goes to show even animals are effected by heat.  Randy and Shawn are going fishing with Nick this morning so I hope they catch.  Conditions are good for it but after the storm, the lake will have been stirred up so who knows. It’s overcast and low pressure which is falling so they may have some luck.  They are just getting ready to head out so will also be hitting prime time.  I’m heading to town this morning and should be back by noon at which time, the sun should have broken through and the clouds burned off.  Other than the possibility of a shower later tonight, the forecast looks excellent for the rest of the week.

July 29, 2019 - 6:30 a.m.

We had a marvellous weekend!  We worked most of Saturday checking guests in and out and then had a wonderful meal with friends who are guests this week.  We took them all for a boat ride yesterday (Gwen, Rick, Janice and Shawn) heading over to North Bay, Callander, through the channels, stopping for a swim and then through “Barnier” passage before heading home after a 5 hour boat ride.  We all had signs of too much sun but it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the hot weather.  We’ll likely get on the boat again this week but it won’t be today as they are forecasting showers and thunderstorms.  I’ve some work to do as well and hopefully will get most of it finished this morning as it feels like a good day to just veg and read.  Nothing wrong with a little quiet alone time but could also be a good day for playing cottage games.

July 27, 2019 - 6:17 a.m.

Finally!  I think we may just get some of that badly needed rain we’ve been praying for!  There is a big system headed our way so hopefully Lake Nipissing won’t split or absorb it and we get plenty of nourishment for all things nature.  It has been so very hot and watering just isn’t cutting it anymore.  I’m still surprised there isn’t a fire ban on as everything is turning brown.  At least it is cooling down in the evenings once the sun goes to bed so sleeping is comfortable.  The cold front may produce thunderstorms today which is fine by me as long as it doesn’t come in like a hammer.  I worked until 3:30 yesterday doing various odd jobs and today is changeover so I’ll be busy until 2:00 or so.  We actually went to our neighbour Mike’s last night for a delicious fish fry but it was so hot and muggy I don’t think we enjoyed it as much as we could have.  We were home by around 9:30 and I did another load of laundry and ran the dishwasher as it was too hot to do it sooner in the day.  Trust me, I’ll be stripping beds first thing this morning and getting as much laundry done as I can before the heat of the day returns.  I also really need to clean this house of mine after I get my other work finished.  We have friends from our old stomping grounds renting a cottage this week and who are bringing some sweet corn for us so I know what I’m having for supper tonight!  We were hoping to have a campfire with them this evening but I guess it will depend on the weather.  We need the rain more so bring it!

July 26, 2019 - 6:48 a.m.

What a fabulous day yesterday!  I spent 4 hours in the morning watering and deadheading flowers while Dan did the weed eating and leaf blowing to get rid of debris here and there.  We then hopped on the boat and were on the water for the remainder of the day.  We did pop into the tavern for a late lunch but it was so hot, all I wanted was a bowl of soup.  While I was watering I noticed 6 Mallard ducklings who looked to be without a mom.  I couldn’t figure out if the mom was missing completely as two other adults seemed to be keeping an eye on the babies.  They were then alone for a considerable amount of time, napping on the water’s edge.  After a few hours, the mom finally flew in from wherever she had been and she is with them again this morning.  I’ve never seen a mom Mallard leave her ducklings alone for such a prolonged period of time so the only thing I can figure is she’s like everyone else and just needed a break from the kids.  Lol.  Today is going to be another hot day with the temperature in the low 30’s.  Even though I swam a couple of times in the afternoon, I think I might stay out of the sun today as I got quite a bit of it yesterday.  I’ve work to do this morning so see how the day shapes up.  May need to get back on the boat.  At least the night time temperature drops considerably so sleeping is quite comfortable.

July 25, 2019 - 5:45 a.m.

Sorry I didn’t update my blog yesterday but the site was down due to the server running out of disk space.  Whatever that means.  Lol.  It’s going to be smoking hot and beautiful for the next couple of days with the temperature in the high 20’s lower 30’s.  I have been holed up in the office for the past two days and managed to get my second quarter books done so now I can play today.  I really need to water flowers this morning but am hoping to be on the boat by noon.  Weather or I should say, wind permitting.  I thought we were going to get some rain around suppertime last night but once again, everyone got some except us.  Lake Nipissing once again split the system.  We heard one crack of thunder, had a few spits for 2 minutes and that was it but according to our guests, in poured in Callander.  Lucky them.  It’s currently overcast with low lying clouds over the bay but I’m sure once the sun is up, it’ll all burn off.  Our game plan is to go to the tavern by boat for lunch and then take a tour but we’ll see how the day progresses.  Need to enjoy it while we can and there is rain in the forecast for the weekend. 

July 23, 2019 - 7:19 a.m.

It is a tad chilly this morning but so very comfortable.  The mist is flowing through Moose Creek into the bay but summer is coming back in a day or two.  It’s only suppose to reach 23 today with nothing but sun.  My kind of temperatures for sure.  We had a short evening shower last night around 10:00 and I'm pretty sure everything received a nice little drink as there are still a few puddles this morning.  This is a week for the kids as we have several little boys running around being boys.  It looks like they are enjoying themselves, kayaking, swimming, having campfires, etc.  They all seem to be close in age which is nice for the parents.  The temperature is due to warm up in a day or two but the forecast as of this morning isn’t looking good for the weekend which is nothing but rain.  I’m sure that will change before the week is through.  We’re seeing lots of babies now; fawns, ducklings, other bird species but everything sure is late this year.  I’m going out on a limb and saying we are going to have a prolong autumn this year.  And I also think that’s going to be the norm in coming years.

July 22, 2019 - 6:37 a.m.

It was a work day for me yesterday.  Check-ins and outs, office work, cottage laundry, cleaning.  Was a beautiful day but I wasn’t outside much.  Looks like it is going to be a gorgeous week with sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 20’s.  Night time temperatures will be mid to high teen’s so very comfortable for sleeping.  I need to be in the office for a few days but think I’ll try only working the mornings in the “dungeon” so I can enjoy some of this beautiful summer weather.  This morning though, it looks like I’ll be watering flowers.  All this predictable heat driven rain skirted around us and although lots of pop up storms occurred due to the extreme heat, we never received a drop.  A nice prolonged overnight shower would be welcomed.  Now that the sun is up, I’m going on the hunt for some running water somewhere on the property.  The pump has been running quite frequently since last night.  Dan went out around 10:00 last night to see if he could find the source.  Could be somewhere in the trailer park or cottages.  Toilets left running are our worse nightmare.  Just another day in the life of a camp owner ;)

July 21, 2019 - 7:07 a.m.