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June 18, 2019 - 6:02 a.m.

Awesome day yesterday.  I managed to get all my pruning and dead heading finished so today’s job is staining.  I’ll keep at it until I run out of steam but there’s a lot I’d like to stain.  Planters, decks, breakwall.  May take 2-3 days but I’d like to get everything finished this week.  Dan and crew (mostly crew) spent the day working on the new replacement palapa on the beach.  Jesse was having a heck of a time getting the old 2x4’s off the existing post but once that was completed, they were able to get the tresses up fairly quickly and then Jesse stained them.  Today they will likely start putting the roof on.  Dan did some grass cutting and weedeating after supper (when the sun isn’t so hot as he isn’t suppose to be in it).  The grass will hopefully slow down the growing process this week as we aren’t suppose to get much rain.  Still lots to be cut today and since Dan’s the brains behind the palapa building, don’t know how that’s going to go.  He’s also hoping to get the new breakwall going this week.  We don’t build anything when the cottages are fully occupied (quiet family time) as we don’t like to disturb but with the fishermen, that’s a little different so we’ve lots to do between now and the long weekend.  On another topic, I’ve chased a big heron off the past two mornings.  Bugger is trying to get the chipmunks and has obviously spotted them running around the property.  Quite a few of them come up to the house every morning for peanuts and birdfeed so the heron has been casing out the feeders.  Had one last summer get one of my favourite chippies which wasn’t pleasant.  You’d think they’d eat more fish and frogs but chipmunks and squirrels is kind of gross.

June 17, 2019 - 7:05 a.m.

What a fabulous day yesterday.  The weather was perfect so after finishing our work in the morning, I made some sandwiches and we, along with Paula and Alf headed out on the boat for a tour.  Checked out water levels throughout several bays and were on the water for a good 5 hours.  There is some damage here and there but levels look to be receding.  Lots of barrels and weights still being used but there are more docks above the water than below.  We also saw the house that burned down last winter or rather what was left of it, which isn’t much.  Such a shame as it was one of our favourite homes on the lake.  I was warm enough to swim when we got home and have to say the water was just perfect.    At least the way I like it.  Others may find it a tad chilly yet but I prefer “refreshing”.  Although the sun is currently out they are calling for possible showers today and clouds are moving into the area.  My plants and flowers sure liked the heat and sun because I swear my tomato plant grew 2” yesterday.  It’s going to be a gorgeous week so hopefully everyone can take advantage of it!

June 16, 2019 - 6:20 a.m.

The sun finally came out mid afternoon yesterday and today promises to be even better.  The sun is up and smiling on us and temperatures should be fairly seasonal for most of the week.  I worked outside for most of the day yesterday.  Pruning and redoing the new planters but also managed to get the cottage laundry finished.  I’m going to finish the outdoor work today before I take a shower to help combat the bugs so should be done by 10 or 11 this morning.  I’d like to spend some R&R time in the sun at some point today.  Sometime this week I would like to get all the windows on the property cleaned but I don’t think the pollen is finished just yet.  As soon as it is, I’m on it.  Due to all the rain, the pollen hasn’t been as bad as previous years but it’s been enough of a nuisance to keep me dusting regularly.  This too shall pass.  Shaping up to be a beautiful week so I hope everyone can find some time to enjoy it!

June 15, 2019 - 6:37 a.m.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

Friday night’s supper at The Lookout was excellent.  I had the special which was beef tenderloin finished with a red wine reduction and am embarrassed to say I inhaled it.  It turned out to be rather a late evening and we all slept in yesterday morning for a change.  Paula and I zipped into town yesterday afternoon as I needed to get some soil.  Dan built some replacement planters and made them much bigger so need soil added.  I’m digging up the flowers, adding soil and replanting the flowers.  Hopefully they aren’t rooted too much to cause damage but I think they’ll be fine.  I cooked another fine meal yesterday for Dan, Paula, Alf and Mike which consisted of pan fried shrimp and scallops followed by pork tenderloin with twice baked potatoes and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.  The meal basically tucked me in so I opted for some quiet time and read until midnight.  I woke up at 5:00 this morning to find Gato patiently waiting for food.  This is the time of year when it’s still light at 10:30 and the sun rises before 5:00 so I don’t get much sleep.  It’s going to be a beautiful day by the looks of things so believe we are heading out on the boat.  I’m making some sandwiches this morning and then once it warms up will head outside to finish the planters.  It’s currently 9 degrees but suppose to hit 21 so will be lovely on the boat.  Not too hot but warm enough to catch some rays.

June 14, 2019 - 6:54 a.m.

Another day in paradise, another day, oh who am I kidding?  It rained on and off all day and night and now the NW winds have come in like a hammer AGAIN.  The south shore of Lake Nipissing is certainly taking a beating this year.  Our fishermen were up late last night and it’s a good thing because they won’t be leaving land any time soon.  The winds are gusting to 60+ km right now but they are suppose to shift and die down later today.  Likely once the system blows through and the sun comes out this afternoon.  The system that was over us did the little “swirly thing”, as I like to call it.  It comes through, swirls around and hits us on the backside again.  Lake Nipissing is infamous for it.  Glad it’s almost over.  Yesterday I ended up making some cucumber soup, butter tarts and a great roasted chicken dinner.  I also cleaned out the fridge and got rid of some ants that came from God knows where.  They just appeared out of no where and I couldn’t figure out the source.  Not a lot of them but I suspect with all the rain, they wanted to be high and dry.  I’ve been hearing a lot of people are having trouble with them indoors this year.  They’re gone now so I can hardly wait for the next nuisance to rear it’s ugly head.  Dan ended up going to town for construction material yesterday and I’m heading in this morning.  I think this might be a good day to just be lazy later on.  Maybe go to the Lookout for supper tonight.  Now there’s a good idea!

June 13, 2019 - 6:43 a.m.

A pesty little mosquito woke me up shortly after 5:00 because it was gnawing on me.  Little buggers.  Not a good way to greet the day with annoying little creatures buzzing your ear either.  It ended up being quite a nice day yesterday so I spent 4 hours detailing my vehicle.  After the long winter, transporting all my flowers and generally just using my car as a work horse, it was long overdue for a good bath.  It’s nice and clean now so I’ll be taking it in for service as soon as I can make an appointment.  Hopefully I’ll get it in the shop before it’s covered in pollen again.  Dan got all the grass cut yesterday so the place looks great.  Jesse did some tree trimming after a bunch of other odd jobs.  I tell you, I wish I had half his energy but then I probably did when I was 17 as well.  Heck, even 5 years ago.  Lol.  I believe we will be getting some rain today so I’m not planning on too much outdoor work.  I have enough to keep me busy indoors or hey, might even have a “curl up and read” day.  Wouldn’t that be novel.  See what I did with that pun there?  Lol.

June 12, 2019 - 7:01 a.m.

I’m happy to say the forecast is much better then forecasted.  Although it was fairly windy for most of the day, the sun came out and the wind died down enough to turn the beginning of a somewhat dismal day into a thing of beauty.  It is currently sunny and we should have a mix of sun and cloud for most of the day but showers may move in this evening.  At least Lake Nipissing is calm this morning but we could use the heat turned up.  The clean Northern air is wonderful but a little warmth would go a long way.  Hard to believe Canada Day weekend isn’t too far off already.  When is summer going to finally stick around?

June 11, 2019 - 5:48 a.m.

The sea is angry today my friends!  The wind picked up and started blowing northwest around 11:00 and has been pounding the shoreline all night.  Some of our beach chairs were blown clear across the road and the waterfowl are stuck on shore as it’s too rough for them to be on the water.  You should hear the roar of the waves hitting the shore, it’s deafening.  That said, this wind has managed to blow the rain system into Quebec after dumping on us for most of the day yesterday.  Thankfully we didn’t have a heavy downpour all day but we did get our fair share over several hours.  My poor flowers were just starting to come back and look beautiful after the 25-30 degree weather on the weekend but are looking a little less healthy this morning.  The temperature has dropped to 12 degrees but it looks like the sun will be shining today so there is that.  I guess this is one of those years where we’ll have to take the good with the bad and enjoy the good when we’re able.  Dan had a reprieve yesterday as the weather didn’t allow for him to do much.  I did cottage laundry all day but still have a bit more to finish today.  I cooked a nice pickerel dinner last night thanks to Dave and group giving us some fish from their haul this past weekend.  Nothing like it and didn’t take long to inhale.  Karen is coming in today to clean and I have a couple of quick errands to do just in Callander.  I’ll be doing some brief clean up outside first and already had my first job as soon as I got up this morning.  One of my bratty cats, likely Grady, knocked over my flowers on the dining room table while I was making a coffee so had some water to soak up.  Never ends.

June 10, 2019 - 5:57 a.m.

What a terrific weekend.  Best so far this season.  Saturday night we hosted a seafood feast so I was pretty busy cooking but John hopped in and helped me after the first two courses of mussels and scallops with the shrimp and lobster.  There was a lot of food but even more laughs and everyone had a great time.  By the time everyone left and I had the kitchen cleaned up, it was a pretty late night and because the temperature was so warm yesterday morning, we decided to get on the boat.  Spent yesterday afternoon on Lake Nipissing with Alf, Annie and Mike and although we did see a few deadheads, the obstacles and debris weren’t as bad as anticipated.  We could certainly see lots of shoreline affected by high water but it was evident that the water is receding.  At least it was.  It hit 32 yesterday and is still 20 degrees this morning with lots of rain in the forecast beginning this morning.  We could see rather a lot of it today so other than cottage laundry, I think it will be a lazy day today.  Gato has already had his feed this morning as he was meowing outside the door when I got up.  He’ll likely crawl into wherever he lives and curl up to sleep all day.  The deer have all disappeared this year as we haven’t seen many on the property since early spring.  They are still around but aren’t coming here for corn anymore.  I have mixed emotions as I love the deer but have to say, this is the first year I’ve had flowers survive the deer nibbling on them.

June 8, 2019 - 8:21 a.m.

I’m late this morning and have to say, I don’t know if I’ll survive another night of the fishermen being here.  Lol.  Honesty a great group of guys but because the sun doesn’t even set until 10:00,  they are a little late getting started at the campfire.  I had to ask them to turn the music down after 11:00 and then a car alarm went off twice close to 2:00 this morning.  The boys are harmless and having a great time but Dan and I as well as the park are usually all in bed fairly early.  Too funny.  Wasn’t long ago we would have been leading the bang wagon.  It’s all good, they are just having fun and an annual fishing trip should be just that.  I was speaking to the ringleader yesterday, he said they’ve caught over 30 keeper walleye so the slot line is doing it’s job.  A few years ago, it was unheard of to catch that many big fish at once.  There is a pike tournament on today so I suspect there will be a lot of boat traffic on the lake.  We didn’t get on the boat yesterday as I worked until 3:00ish but today is the day.  Even if we only go out for a couple of hours, we’re long overdue.  We know where the pike live so will likely avoid those areas.  I’d like to do a tour along the shorelines to see what the high water damage has been.  It has definitely receded but they are forecasting a west wind when the cold front comes in on Monday so that will likely bring more debris to shore.   I guess it’s better to be on shore than the middle of the lake.

June 7, 2019 - 6:34 a.m.

What a glorious day yesterday!  Not a cloud in sight and the temperature was warm enough to just soak up the sunshine.  I zipped to town in the morning to pick up some ingredients at the grocery store after a few more errands and then did all my deadheading.  My poor flowers were sure liking the sun yesterday and will happily receive a repeat today.  The heat made my wildflowers pop so they’ve all started to sprout and grow.  The boys continued on with the shop and now it is completely sided and looks great.  One more day of indoor work on the building and it will be completely done but that can wait until next week when the rain moves in.  We are going to enjoy the next few days of summer weather while we’re able.  Our guests are doing great in the fishing department.  It’s a big group and they managed to bring home 20+ walleye yesterday after the morning fish and if they didn’t already have one, a nice fry is on the agenda.  Lake Nipissing looks to be a little choppy further out this morning but I’m sure once the sun is a bit higher, it’ll sit right down.  I’m hoping for a boat ride today but if not, a kayak ride might be in order.  Have some cooking and prepping to do this morning as we are hosting a dinner tomorrow night after a boat ride.  Just looking forward to chillaxing this weekend.

June 6, 2019 - 6:33 a.m.

Blessed sunshine this morning!  I believe summer has finally made an appearance.  Calling for a high of 21 today and the temperature will slowly rise throughout the weekend to a high of 29 on Sunday!  Nothing but sun until Monday.  Can you say “boat ride”?  Not sure what day we’ll actually venture onto Lake Nipissing but it’s been a long time coming.  The waters are calm this morning and hopefully will stay that way during the “heat” wave as we are full up with fishermen who are here for the duration.  I know nature is going to love the reprieve from the rain which we received yesterday.  It didn’t rain too hard, enough to water everything but a healthy dose of vitamin D is long overdue.  Not too sure what’s on my agenda for the next few days but you can bet it’s going to involve outdoor work.  I did my errands yesterday so no indoor work for me for a bit.  The boys worked on the shop yesterday as they are today which will involve installing new siding.  Great day for it.  The water in the area has slowly started to recede so providing we don’t get anymore wave action for a few days, things should settle down where erosion is concerned.  It will give our helper Jesse a break from picking up all the debris.  The last storm brought whole trees, roots and all, to shore.  When boating in the near future, please proceed with caution as there is a lot of nasty stuff floating around.  I’d love to take a tour over to the Manitous as I bet the beach is just covered in crap.  Wonder if the government will send anyone to clean it up considering it is a provincial park?  You can bet there will be lots of firewood available for those choosing to camp on the island this summer.

June 5, 2019 - 6:25 a.m.

The winds shifted slightly around lunch time yesterday bringing, you guessed it...rain showers.  That’s okay because it wasn’t a hard rain and just nicely watered everything.  There are a few showers in the area again today but then tomorrow, summer arrives!  Finally.  Apparently going to be very warm and sunny through the weekend so fingers crossed that nothing develops in the meantime and we can get busy with bbq’s and boat rides.  The boys worked on the shop yesterday and it’s coming along nicely.  The girls came in to clean the cottages for me and I did cottage laundry, cleaned the house, made some ham and bean soup for the crew and caught up on some office work without my office.  Lol.  Today I have business to attend to in town so doing several errands and since it’s overcast and not the nicest of weather, today’s the perfect day for it.  I still have a bit of gardening left to do so hoping that will be completed tomorrow.  All the planting is finished so just need to put down some cedar mulch and do some deadheading already.  I actually had to water my window boxes yesterday as they were drying out after the sun from the weekend.  Some of our guests arrived yesterday and the rest are due in today.  Lake Nipissing is calm today so they’ll be able to get out and fish.  Will find out if the walleye have moved into the shallows yet but I don’t believe so as they were still hitting on minnows vs worms on the weekend which means the water temp is still too cool.

June 4, 2019 - 5:11 a.m.

The wind finally died down but not before depositing an enormous amount of debris all along the front of the property.  Lots of wood, blocking, deck/docking material, garbage, you name it.  Our little helper is coming in today and has a mess on his hands to clean up but I have total faith it will all get done and we will have some extra firewood to dry out.  There was even a huge chunk of land that broke off from somewhere and floated into the government docks in Callander and completely blocked the boat ramp.  It’s just crazy.  We have been lucky though and haven’t been getting a lot of wind events.  I think boat wake is the least of our problems until the water recedes.  The good news is the long term forecast looks great if it holds.  Only a couple of showers possible today and tomorrow and I don’t think we’ll get anything much today.   They did issue a frost warning last night but thankfully, it didn’t materialize.  It only dipped to 7 here but was 3 in North Bay.  The water tends to protect us from frost so there is a positive side in an otherwise bleak spring season.  The good stuff is upon us.  I did the cottage laundry yesterday and Dan cut grass after he got back from town.  Both ladies are coming in to clean cottages today and I may need to chip in as we have check-ins and out so see how things go.

June 3, 2019 - 7:24 a.m.

Holy wind Batman!  It was blowing here yesterday but not like it is this morning!  I can certainly sympathize with people of Ottawa who had to endure the tornadoes yesterday because it’s gusting here today with no relief due until this evening.  The waves pounding is making an enormous continuous sound.  We received a small shower overnight but the skies are clearing today.  I’ll be spending the day indoors doing cottage laundry.  Not too sure what’s on Dan’s agenda but I know our helper Jess is coming in so maybe continuing work on the shop.  We had a great weekend catching up with Trish and Larry.  We spent yesterday on their deck soaking up the sunshine as it was too windy to get on the boat but it was a very enjoyable day.  Hopefully we’ll have many more before the summer is over.

June 1, 2019 - 7:04 a.m.

June is beginning with a day of warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine and I say it’s about time!  It was overcast for pretty much the entire day yesterday although the sun was trying her darndest to break through the cloud cover.  The weather has certainly been making it easy for the fishermen though.  They’ve been doing great.  The fish haven’t quite come into the shallows yet as Lake Nipissing is still too cool but another week or so and they should start providing we don’t get an enormous amount of rain.  I did my town run yesterday while Dan cleaned and launched another boat for our check-ins yesterday.  We have been instructing everyone to go extremely slow and with caution in our bay as the neighbours have been complaining about wake with the high water levels.  The wind is creating more damage to the shorelines truth be told but I can certainly understand the concerns as there are docks in the bay just trying to hang on.  I’ll be so glad when the water recedes which it looks like it just might be.  Hard to say because when we get the westerly wind, it pushes all the water into Moose Creek and the water goes up.  It’s likely going to be another few weeks before we see a distinct difference.  Just need a full week of hot sunny weather.  Today I’ve got some things to do indoors this morning and am then hoping to get some work done outdoors but I’m not bothered.  It’s Saturday, been a long week so what doesn’t get finished will wait.  I’m not procrastinating, just old.  Lol.  And I’d like to enjoy the weather while we have it!

May 31, 2019 - 6:39 a.m.

There was a frost advisory up last night but being so close to the water, I wasn’t overly concerned.  I did cover the hanging baskets out at the road just in case but as I assumed, it was fine here when I got up.  Likely a little more inland the plants weren’t so lucky.  I weeded the bedrock all day Wednesday and did the same yesterday morning but finally gave my back a break yesterday afternoon.  I’ll continue at it likely tomorrow, finish it up as I’m nearly done and then sow wildflower seeds and let nature do her magic.  I might actually get some flowers on the rock this year since the deer haven’t been around.  The pollen has started but it doesn’t seem to be nearly as abundant this year which tells me the summer forecast is likely correct.  Cool and wetter than usual; meaning not a particularly good growing season.  We’ve gone a couple of days with no rain for a change and the next couple of days look good as well so maybe things will start to dry up a bit.  The ground is still saturated and the mosquitos have hatched.  The cooler weather overnight likely helped eliminate a few of them.  One can hope.  

May 29, 2019 - 7:56 a.m.

Thankfully, we didn’t get as much rain as anticipated yesterday and were even able to see a half decent sunset last night.  It was a rather warmish day as well reaching 16 by the water’s edge.  Today is suppose to be even warmer with part sun.  I hope so as it is currently overcast.  However, there are patches of blue sky peeking through so that usually means it’ll clear up.  From what I’ve been hearing, Lake Nipissing still hasn’t warmed up enough for worm bait and the fish are still hitting on minnows.  And hitting well.  We haven’t been out as yet as we’ve been too busy but the time is coming.  The crew worked on the shop yesterday and hopefully they will finish the office side today so I can get everything cleaned up and organized before the weekend.  At least the new windows are in.  I was so concerned they were going to get damaged before they were installed.  I finished everything I wanted to finish yesterday and today am hoping to work outside.  Time to deadhead already and still want to get a few more wildflowers planted.  Just need to wait until the sun is fully out so the black flies don’t carry me away.

May 28, 2019 - 7:11 a.m.

We had two good days of decent weather but the clouds moved in once again late in the day so we’re getting showers today.  So far the heavy rain has missed us so hopefully that continues.  The long term forecast after today looks promising but one never knows.  I know the States was hit pretty hard yesterday with back to back tornadoes in Ohio so I consider us very lucky.  Dan and the crew were busy working on the shop yesterday which is basically all torn apart at the moment.  I don’t think they’ll be working on it today due to the weather and Dan needs to zip into town to take a piece of rental equipment back which was not up to standard.  In other words, it doesn’t do the job.  Since the day’s weather is such a downer, I’m going to do the cottage laundry, our laundry and do some house cleaning.  Might just as well get’er done.  

May 26, 2019 - 5:58 a.m.

Another day, another rain event.  Geesh.  We had rain on and off all day yesterday and then a little thunderstorm rolled through last night which lasted a few hours.  Honestly, time for the May showers to bugger off for a while.  We are in for a beautiful day today though so no complaints.  It’s actually suppose to be sunny and reach a high of 20 degrees.  We are hoping to get on our maiden voyage a little later but see how the wind is.  It’s a little choppy for a pontoon boat right now but hopefully it’ll calm down before noon.  It was kind of eerie here just around suppertime when fog rolled in.  We couldn’t even see the island but people were still out fishing.  Our guests did phenomenal this weekend.  Catching lots of walleye including 6 keepers on Friday but not sure how many yesterday.  Fishing is definitely good.  Who knows?  Dan and I may even drop a line today.  Something on the property has been getting all the Robin eggs so I don’t expect to see many babies this year.  At least 5 nests that I know of have been robbed and I’m finding the beautiful turquoise eggs everywhere.  I did see a raccoon in the wee hours Friday night and then yesterday I saw a mink running/swimming along our breakwall so one of them could be the culprit.  Minks don’t tend to go in trees I don’t think but you never know, something is putting the hurt on the Robins this year.  Most likely it’s the Ravens as they like the baby critters.  They’ve certainly been keeping the blackbirds on their toes.  We’ve been having problems with our phone lines again and I’m hoping to rectify that this morning.  They are doing the renovations in the shop starting tomorrow so I’m pulling the phone, POS machine and office computer equipment out of there this morning and bringing it all up to the house until the shop is completed.  Please, if anyone is trying to get in touch with us, send an email and I will return your call as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience!

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

Considering how my day started yesterday, it turned out to be fabulous.  I was up at 5:30 and decided to do some online banking and noticed a big cheque to Canada Revenue had been returned NSF.  What?!  Soooo I’m on the phone with RBC at 6:30 wanting to know what the hell since the funds are clearly there.  I also contacted Canada Revenue.  So because not everything was open and because of the flipping recorded messages and wait times, it took me 2 hours to find out RBC didn’t have a clue what happened and it must have been “a glitch in the system”.  Ya think?  So now I have to wait for my next CRA statement tp pay my HST as the bank is covering the late payment interest charges as well as the $15 NSF charge.  Sometimes I really hate technology.  Then our guests informed us the stove in their cottage was pooched.  So I’m back on the phone again finding a stove in town, which I did (great sale deal) and Dan went and picked it up so all is good.  By the time I was able to get outdoors it was 10:00, the sun was shining and it was a perfect day to finish my planting, which I did.  I just need to toss a few wildflower seeds in the bedrock garden and I’m done all my gardening.  I worked straight through the day and finished up around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I took a well deserved break and was sitting on my deck marvelling at the birds on our feeders.  Such a wonderful array of colours.  Blue Jays, Chick-a-dees, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Yellow Finches, Coloured Grosbeaks, plus chipmunks and squirrels gathering the feeder spills.  It occurred to me all these different species eating together in harmony just trying to survive.  Wouldn’t it be grand if humans could do the same?

May 23, 2019 - 6:42 a.m.

We just had a couple of nice little thunderstorms roll through with you guessed it, rain.  Heavy at times and looks like there is more to come.  All these massive and long lived rain events are being spurned in Texas and the jet stream seems to be propelling them to us.  It can stop any time now.  I actually read several articles on cloud seeding and it really makes one wonder.  I know (in this part of the country) May showers bring June flowers but come on.  Enough already.  It torrentially downpoured enough this morning to put a trench in our beach again and puddle flood the property.  It’s still raining but thankfully there isn’t any wind to cause people further grief.  The summer needs to start yesterday.  I planted again yesterday and used all the flowers I had but still have a few more planters to finish once I reload and the weather clears up long enough for me to do so.  I also saw Mom and Dad geese with a very small pair of goslings for the first time.  They’re the only geese we have this year other than one other lone male and we only have a handful of ducks also.  Since there are no banks to allow nesting, seems the waterfowl have been displaced.  Tomorrow looks promising, Saturday not so much and then hopefully we have some nice sunny days and warmer temps next week.  It’s actually pretty mild this morning after hitting +19 yesterday.  Suppose to reach +16 today.  Our guests checking in today may need to consider poker vs fishing.  Hopefully it’ll clear up enough for them to at least get in an evening fish.  Dan was working on our shop yesterday as there is damage to repair from the winter and he’s been having to work around the weather.  At least our new docks are high and dry and this was the perfect year to replace them.  

May 22, 2019 - 6:07 a.m.

Let’s get this summer started shall we?  Mist is coming off Moose Creek as it does when the season starts to change so hopefully this is a sign of better weather to come.  It reached 18 degrees here yesterday a little later in the day and was beautiful.  I started planting around 9:30 in the morning and ran out of soil and steam around the same time which was shortly after 4:00.  I still have a flat of annuals to put in before I go to town for the last of what I need.  I did get all my pots finished and darn near killed myself lifting the ones to hang out at our road entrance.  I’m not a spring chicken anymore and should have got some help but everyone was busy doing their own thing.  Jessie started working for Dan yesterday and so happy to see a kid today that actually enjoys hard labour.  He made quick work of the debris that washed up over the weekend but I think it’s going to be an ongoing battle.  The boys also started the shop repairs from the winter damage so that will be the next big project now that the new docks are finished.  The black flies were out yesterday but mainly just in certain areas around the property and particularly where I was digging.  Sooner the little bloodsuckers come out, the sooner they’ll be gone.  We don’t get them too terribly bad here as we keep everything manicured but they love me.  Dan doesn’t even feel them.  They are calling for sun today with showers (sigh) moving into the region and considering the reddish sky this morning, we have a pretty good chance of seeing some rain but the temperature is going to remain mild so that’s something positive.

May 21, 2019 - 6:30 a.m.

Since I couldn’t plant yesterday, it looks like today is the day although it is still rather blowing a cool wind.  It does look like some of this dreaded cloud cover will be moving out of the region.  Hopefully.  It was nice and sunny when I got up but there are still clouds in the area.  We are in for some warmer weather today with a high of 18.  The wave action yesterday has dumped all kinds of debris on the beach and in the front of the house but there is no use cleaning it up until things completely settle down.  I suspect we’ll be picking stuff up all season.  There was a huge what looked to be a hydro pole trying to land on our beach yesterday but I can’t see it this morning so am not sure if it sunk or what.  I might be able to find it once I physically go outside but there is plenty of docking material spewed everywhere.  Lots of burning material, for sure.  The Nugget reported yesterday that lake levels have decreased but I beg to differ.  It’s still rising from what I can tell and quite a few people agree.  I know they are letting lots of water out through the dams but until the rain stops for a few days, we won’t make any headway.  Just have to ride out the storm and pray for a huge warm up.

May 20, 2019 - 9:57 a.m.

It’s World Bee Day today.  Please plant some flowers.

May 19, 2019 - 6:17 a.m.

Another day, another rain event.  Talk about gloomy and depressing for our first long weekend to start off the summer.  I feel badly for our cottages but I guess we’re all pretty much in the same boat.  Makes me want to get in the car and drive until I can feel sunshine on my face.  There were a few boats in our bay yesterday but my how things have changed.  Use to be upwards of 30 boats 20 years ago.  Seems a lot of the younger generations don’t value a great day of fishing on the lake like the older folks do.  Peace and quiet with a fishing rod is never over-rated as far as I’m concerned.  Dan and I worked in the morning yesterday and then both vegged in the afternoon since it was a perfect day for it.  I grabbed my book and laid down on the bed and was sound asleep within minutes.  Had a great afternoon nap that lasted nearly 3 hours so I’m feeling well rested today.  We just had a rather large bout of rain move through but there are scattered showers all over the radar for today with rain tomorrow.  We actually aren’t suppose to see anything resembling the sun until Tuesday so I’m certainly not doing anything outdoors this weekend.  Not too sure what we’ll do today but I think I may throw together some chicken and shrimp kabobs for supper since I’ll have plenty of time to cut and skewer.  Although supper at the Lookout has an appealing ring to it also.

May 18, 2019 - 7:54 a.m.

Sigh.  They’ve updated the forecast and are now calling for 20-30 mm of rain possible here.  Starting this afternoon, throughout the weekend.  There are already a few diehards fishing in our bay this morning but it isn’t shaping up to be conducive to outdoor activity later today.  I spent most of the day in town yesterday doing errands.  Came home with another vehicle full of flowers and by the time I got home, unloaded and organized everything, it was 4:00 so I ended up putting the newly purchased flowers in the shop for the night.  I did water them and let them sit in the sun for awhile but that’s the last they’ll see of the big yellow ball for a few days.  I may plant some pots today but see how it goes.  I know I’m pushing it but we are so close to the lake, I don’t think we’ll get a frost here.  Possibly a little more inland though.  The plants certainly need to be tough to live here.  It’s not the frost I’m worried about anyhow so much as the wind. I’m definitely holding off on my ground planters until next week.  Not sure what’s on Dan’s agenda as he’s been working hard to get everything done so can finally have a day of R&R.    Would have been nice to have a campfire and a nice glass of wine or a margarita tonight but looks like that’s not going to happen.  A few trailerpark people were out yesterday setting up but again, they likely are better off sitting at home as stuck in the trailer.  Have fun and be safe wherever you are this weekend.

May 17, 2019 - 7:11 a.m.

Well poo.  The forecast for this weekend doesn’t look too promising at all.  The cloud cover came in yesterday although it was battling the sun for a while.  It’s the type of cloud cover that settles over us and needs a strong wind to blow it out of the region.  We had some rain yesterday afternoon and more on the way but we’re hoping for some sunny breaks sometime this weekend.  The opening weekend more often than not is crappy weather and then the following weekend beautiful.  Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humour.  I bought more flowers yesterday and planted some but when the weather started to turn and they updated the forecast for the weekend, I decided to hold off planting the rest as I don’t want to be hauling heavy pots in and out of the shop.  It is suppose to go down to +1 tonight but the lake will keep any frost at bay so I’m just going to cover what I’ve already done and keep everything close to the house.  The flowers need to toughen up anyhow if they are going to survive in this climate.  I’m off to town this morning for some groceries and last minute running and then am settling in for the weekend.  Doubt very much we’ll be fishing but a boat ride might be in order if, and that’s a big if, the weather promises us a nice ride.  To everyone on Lake Nipissing this weekend...please be careful.  Watch for deadheads and debris and keep your wake as minimal as possible when near shorelines please.  Be safe and have fun!

May 16, 2019 - 7:39 a.m.

Dan and I both had a long day as we likely will today as well.  Trying to get everything finished for opening weekend so the mad rush is on although everything that absolutely needs to be done is finished.  It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday although we had a brief interruption when the squall from the cold front ushered in.  It was calm, warm and sunny and then in the blink of an eye it was cold, windy and raining.  Thankfully it didn’t last long.  I had been to town earlier to get soil and flowers and worked until I was finished planting all that I had bought.  Repeat for me today.  And likely tomorrow as my car only holds so much.  Dan worked all day in the hard labour arena also.  He had the cleanup at the marina to contend with after supper last night.  The new docks look great but then there was a mess to contend with when he was done.  He also got the grass cut other than a few areas I asked him to leave as the dandelions are quite thick and are badly needed for the pollinators this year.  So it looks a little unkept.  Better to leave them and look a little less manicured for a week or two.  I don’t know that people will be planting a lot of flowers this weekend but I always do.  As long as I am able to cover them for protection if need be, I get them in.  I tend to buy hardier plants just due to our location and have only ever lost flowers once but due to my negligence so have at it peeps!  Lol.

May 15, 2019 - 7:41 a.m.

Wow!  What a day yesterday.  It started out kind of humbugish but then the sun came out and all was good with the world again.  The hummingbirds were flitting around and the dandelions poked their heads up for the first time this season.  Just on time.  Dan turned the water on in the park so I spent a good 4 hours cleaning the public bathrooms.  For those park members wishing to spend the weekend in their trailers, please note due to ground saturation, there will be no vehicles allowed in the park and please use minimal water until things dry up.  Oh, and you will definitely need rubber boots.  The nicer weather has been helping dry high areas on the property but the water levels are still rising so it’s going to be at least another week or two before conditions improve.  That said, the grass is growing and Greening Bay is green again.  Dan actually cut grass late in the afternoon yesterday.  The man loves his lawnmower.  I am heading to town this morning for supplies as well as the first of my flowers.  I know I’m jumping the gun but I really need to add some colour to the property.  Tonight will be colder than usual but after that, things look promising so I’m waiting until tomorrow to plant anything.  Likely just get the flower boxes on buildings finished or those areas where I can easily cover the flowers with a sheet for frost protection, if need be.  I move pretty slow these days so the sooner I get started, the faster I finish and I certainly don’t want to be planting when I could be on a boat!

May 14, 2019 - 7:40 a.m.

Well I was roaming the halls at 3:00 this morning.  Hate when that happens.  Just one of those nights.  Not sure what’s on the agenda today but I’ve lots to do.  I’m waiting on Dan to decide when/if he’s turning the water on in the park as the public washrooms will need looking after.  Problem is, if there is a leak, we’ll never find it.  Funny, not funny.  We had rain again yesterday but things are suppose to clear up today.  It’s currently overcast on the south shore but looks like the north has sun so hopefully it’s heading our way.  I believe the hummingbirds are back which is always a promising sign.  I’ve had my feeders out for a week and swear I saw one on the weekend.  My feeders are low but I’ve not seen any near them.  Poor things have no flowers just yet.  I’m actually debating planting some but just those in the window boxes as frost won’t reach them.  Definitely a late planting year even though I’ve seen people buying hanging baskets already.  If I do any planting this week, it’ll be after Wednesday when the night time temperatures are due to warm up.  We’ve had a few cancellations for this weekend, likely due to the media coverage on the flooding but we are fine where we are so if anyone is interested in a Northern get away this weekend, please give us a call at 1-866-535-0518.

May 13, 2019 - 6:06 a.m.

We had a couple of beautiful days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures.  It actually reached 18 degrees here yesterday which had the bees all over my pansies.  I just wish the weather would change for good.  I woke up this morning to a couple of somewhat black eyes.  Saturday when I was cleaning the debris off the beach, I had been putting the larger pieces of wood (mostly dock pieces) in the fire pit on the beach and a rather large piece broke as I threw it in the pit, kicked up and got me right in the nose under my bridge.  I was brought to my knees as it hurt so bad and then my nose started bleeding like you wouldn’t believe.  I honestly thought my nose was broken but just bruised the bone badly (thankfully).  My nose is still rather swollen and I have a couple of small bruises near my eyes, it hurts to wear my glasses and the headache has been persistent but this too shall pass.  I feel like an idiot.  Lol.  Needless to say, I could have saved myself the grief as Dan took the leafblower yesterday and blew the smaller debris off the beach yesterday since the wind was blowing the right way.  There are still pieces of blocking and dockage along the breakwall to pick up as they are a hazard to navigation but that will be for another day since it looks like we are in for some rain right shortly.  I’ll get to it when I can as we are opening for the season this weekend and have other things to do.  To think I usually plant flowers this coming weekend...not happening this year!

May 12, 2019 - 9:11 a.m.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you nurturers out there!!  Hope you enjoy your day!

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

Yesterday was a busy day right off the start.  Lori and Karen came in to spring clean the cottages.  Still have some work to do there this week but we’ll be ready to rock opening weekend.  We lost some beach yesterday when the wind changed direction.  It gave Jocco Point some temporary relief as they are in a state of emergency on the north shore of Lake Nipissing even though one hasn’t been declared yet...I expect that is coming.  I read a report this morning that the water levels are going to rise at the French River due to lakes further north still melting which all ends up in our watershed.  Been a heck of a year.  I was on the phone with our insurance adjuster who sent a different restoration company out due to lack of action with our initial company.  The insurance companies certainly have their hands full this year.  They are dealing with winter damage, which apparently there are lots of claims to resolve and now the flooding damage.  For the most part, we’re doing okay.  There are some bad spots in the park where water is high and things have been secured but all we can do is wait for the water to recede which won’t happen for a couple of weeks as Nipissing isn’t due to peak for some time.  Our beach, as mentioned won’t be as big this year, again until the water recedes.  We are actually trucking in some sand once things calm down.  Our breakwall is holding out front so we’ve done basically all we can.  We know from experience sand bagging doesn’t help as the wave action can’t be contained so we’ll just keep plugging on and hope for the best.  We’ll get through just as we always have.  The wave action yesterday left quite a bit of debris on the beach and along the breakwall so I’m cleaning that mess up today.  I suspect I’ll need to do that several times before all is said and done.  Here’s hoping for a beautiful dry and warm summer to counter balance all the negative impacts our year has given Ontario (and other provinces) thus far.  On a bright note, the sun is shining this morning with no rain forecasted so going to be a great day.

May 9, 2019 - 7:26 a.m.

We had a busy day yesterday.  First thing in the morning, I was on the phone making arrangements for rock delivery.  Thankfully we were able to be accommodated and the rock was in place before 11:00.  We had to reinforce our breakwall in front of our house or we could see significant damage with the forecasted Lake Nipissing water levels due to rise.  The rain has started and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.  They have already precautioned West Nipissing for possible evacuation.  All of our cottages will be safe but we are more concerned about erosion in front of the property than anything else.  Nipissing isn’t due to peak for 2 weeks so after this bout of nastiness, hopefully we will get a prolonged period of sunshine.  There are a few areas in the trailer park where Moose Creek has spilled the banks but we don’t think any trailers are in jeopardy of being damaged.  The water will go to low lying areas which there are plenty of throughout the park but we are keeping our eyes on things and checking daily.  The wind is due to pick up today (it’s been fairly quiet for the past week) but thankfully is an east wind which normally doesn’t tend to give us grief.  After the rock was installed, I worked outside all day and now the entire property has been cleaned.  And it looks great.  Just in time for all the maple buds to start falling.  Which they are.  Lol.  I planted some more wildflower seeds also and am praying they don’t get washed away or end up someplace I don’t want them.  This current rain system is massive but looks to be cleared out by tomorrow.  I suspect we won’t see the entire outcome of this rain event for a few days until the accumulation has worked it’s way through our watershed.  Be safe out there!

May 8, 2019 - 7:40 a.m.

Oops, I slept in this morning.  Spent a restless night tossing and turning for some reason.  Wasn’t even a full moon.  I spent a good part of the day outside yesterday and finally got the park finished.  I also went down to the corner and cleared out the sign planter as the tiger lillies as well as other perennials are coming up.  Not sure if uncovering them was too smart but I think they’ll be fine.  I also planted a ton of wildflower seed yesterday.  I just hope they don’t get washed away with the rain they are calling for tonight and tomorrow.  The rainfall warnings have been all over the place due to Mattawa being so flooded and our lake levels rising.  Apparently Lake Nipissing isn’t going to peak for two more weeks due to the spring thaw still going on further north.  Been a heck of a winter and now the spring.  Hopefully this means we are in for an awesome summer once it finally decides to arrive.  The systems from Texas just keep coming so hopefully this one dumps everything south of the border.  Knock on wood, we’ve been luckier than most.  I’m continuing on with my yardwork today while the sun is shining and Dan is turning the water on in the cottages.  The girls were suppose to start the spring clean this morning but we’re running a little behind so they aren’t coming in until Friday now.  Been hard to get things done this spring but today is going to be beautiful so am taking full advantage.

May 7, 2019 - 6:14 a.m.

It was another rainy miserable day yesterday.  The good news is the sun will be shining today.  There is a huge cloud right over Greening Bay this morning but it’s being blown over and there is sun on the horizon.  The water was like a window pane when I got up but the cloud created a little chop so hopefully that will settle down.  There was an article yesterday saying Lake Nipissing is clear of ice as of today and I think that is correct.  There was one swath of thick slush in our bay yesterday which drifted in bringing a lot of ice fishing debris with it.  Blocking and a few dead heads, some of which are caught up on our breakwall, some along the shoreline so I will eventually need to pick it up.  I am continuing on with property clean up today as I’d like everything finished by the end of the week.  The new docks are basically completed but there is a little more work for Dan to do and then he can launch the rest of the boats.  He is going to town first thing this morning though.  The ospreys and wood ducks were active first thing this morning so glad they can feed now.  It would be nice to see the osprey nest in our bay again as it’s been a few years.  The eagles took over their nests a few years ago.  I’d rather have the ospreys.

May 6, 2019 - 5:58 a.m.

T’was a great day yesterday.  I finally got the park clean up finished although I do have 3 piles of winter kill left to pick up as I ran out of steam.  The sun shone all day and it reached a high of 15 by our house and the water but I suspect it did hit 18 at the back of the park.  When I was working at the back of the property where Moose Creek has spilled over the banks, I heard this big kerplunk which scared the beegeezes out of me.  I watched over by one of the trailer sheds to see what the heck and there was a nice little jack pike swimming around where there is normally dry land.  The water is over all our banks but I don’t think it will stay there long.  The dry weather is helping and it is definitely a good time to install new docks.  They are calling for showers today but it looks like the system is going north (up and over) us.  We may get a little something this afternoon but for now I’m thinking we’ll be fine.  Granted every little bit of precipitation will end up in our watershed but I think the levels have pretty much crested.  We are certainly luckier than most.  Dan needs to zip into town right shortly for the last remaining dock supplies before the crew arrives and I also need supplies so will be heading shortly too.  Lori and Karen are coming in Wednesday for the spring clean so I need a few things for that.  I’m also picking up some soil so I get can my gardens started by planting wildflowers.  My pots and planters will be late this year as I was still finding frozen ground while cleaning up yesterday.  By the end of this week, I’m guessing all the property and garden clean up will be finished.  Not long before opening but the spawn is still on so praying it’s finished before the fishing starts.

May 5, 2019 - 6:58 a.m.

Glory be, it looks to be a beautiful day today with sunny skies and a high of +18.  I say it’s about time.  It was beautiful yesterday and Dan and I were outside all day.  I was raking and Dan was busy with the docks.  He found a great deal at Rona and bought two new floating docks which were delivered yesterday but the rest were built by Dan and crew.  One more day of hard labour and the new marina should be complete.  Unfortunately the water is pretty high this year and Moose Creek has started coming over the shoreline.  So much for all the beautiful wild flowers I planted last year :(  It is what it is.  We have a great forecast for the next 4 days so hopefully that will help bring the water levels down.  We’ll certainly lose a lot of ice as it is melting quickly.  I’m assuming we aren’t the only bay where ice from the main body of the lake has been forced inland but all these shallow bays help excel the melt as the water is that much warmer.  The spawn hasn’t quite ended yet so lots of time before the opening for the waterway to clear.  We’ve been very lucky not to have had a strong wind yet as that will bring debris to shorelines and water up over breakwall.  Hopefully, with the dams being fully open we’ll all get through this.  They’ve closed the Muskokas completely to boat traffic due to danger of debris and also for recovery purposes.  Been a heck of a spring thaw for many this year.

May 4, 2019 - 5:56 a.m.

It looks like we just may finally get a beautiful day today.  The sun is rising and the temperature is due to soar to +15 so we’ll take it!  Yesterday was kinda poopy for most of the day with rain and clouds but the sun eventually came out in the afternoon.  I spent the day by starting my spring clean.  More of a “clean so I can start my spring clean”.  Lol.  I washed floors and windows, launder some curtains, did a light clean around the rest of the house but it took me most of the day.  Dan was in town and I had just sat down outside in the sun to do my emails when Deidre dropped in for a short visit so joined me for a glass of wine.  After Dee left, Dan and Mike got back from town shortly after and then Annie also dropped in so we all had a drink.  Gotta love how sunshine brings people together.  I went back to get another chair from under the picnic shelter and a Robin has already built a nest in the corner under the roof and was sitting on it so obviously there are eggs.  It’s a bit chilly yet so hope the babies survive.  After Annie left, we went down to the marina and Dan saw a bird fly into the “engine shack” which has had the door open for a few days while the guys have been building docks.  He chased it out and closed the door but I saw that it was another Robin.  I dragged the ladder inside to see what the heck because yes, there was another nest.  Thankfully there were no eggs yet so mama Robin has time to build another nest elsewhere.  The thing is, there were two lures that I could see that where incorporated into the nest.  She must have picked them off the table in the shack but it was the silliest thing I’ve ever seen.  The nest was still fairly wet so I’m leaving it where it is until it dries and then I’ll use it in one of my gardens somewhere.  Amazing what birds use to build their nests and I cringe thinking about the plastic and garbage that must be used now a days.  Sad.

May 3, 2019 - 7:14 a.m.

Another gray, foggy, rainy, dismal day.  Quite a bit of ice has moved into our bay which was free and clear yesterday.  Won’t be long until all the ice is off of Lake Nipissing.  It’s currently raining so that will also help but the water levels rose again yesterday and overnight.  They have issued flood warnings for the area and say it’s going to be a couple of weeks before the water will start to recede.  Thankfully Nipissing does recede and usually fairly quickly.  Others aren’t so lucky.  Our trailerpark tenants are getting antsy but it’s going to be at least until the 15th before we can consider opening for the season.  With the ground being saturated, people won’t be able to use water in their trailers, I’m guessing.  It is suppose to clear up this afternoon and be beautifully sunny tomorrow and possibly Sunday but we’ll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store.  It is currently very foggy so I’m sure that won’t burn off until the sun has been fully up for awhile.  I know Dan won’t be getting anything done in this weather.  It’s just taking us forever this year.  Lots of marinas in the area are already under water so going to be lots of dock repairs when the water does finally level out.  This is definitely a year for the record books.

May 2, 2019 - 5:59 a.m.

Yesterday was an absolutely miserable day.  Miserable.  The weather was just nasty.  We had a mixed bag of precipitation from rain to freezing rain to snow back to freezing rain to slush.  The winds picked up also in the afternoon and we as well as 2300 other people lost power for a while.  Dan and I both went to town for different errands and both of us ended up napping in the afternoon.  I’m sure there are things we could have been doing but it was just so gloomy and with no power, what the heck.  Better weather is coming our way and at the moment, it looks to be a gorgeous weekend.  Lori and Karen are coming in for the spring cottage clean next week so I’m starting the laundry today.  Curtains, bedding, etc.  I need to do the same in the house as I’ve not started it either.  I’m usually finished by now but I don’t like to do my spring clean until I can open the buildings up and air them out properly but I’m running out of time.  There is currently a wee bit of snow covered in slushy ice left on the ground but that should all melt away with the temperature rising back up to +9 from the current +1 today.  I’m pretty sure opening weekend in a few weeks isn’t going to be bathing suit, sit on the beach weather but one can hope.

May 1, 2019 - 7:07 a.m.

What a beautiful day yesterday.  At least when out of the wind.  I started off knowing what I wanted to accomplish but then Hydro One showed up so had to alter my schedule a little bit.  They (Hydro) installed a new pole but were in the way of where I wanted to work so moved elsewhere.  They had just installed a new pole recently but due to the humming from the electricity, a pileated woodpecker (endangered species) decided to take up residence and make a nice home for babies figuring the pole was full of bugs.  Because of the size of the holes mama woodpecker made, the pole was compromised so Hydro replaced it with a fibreglass one.  It wasn’t an easy job as they had to drill through bedrock (which they previously did in the winter) but they did a great job and cleaned up their mess.  They left us the old pole which Dan wasn’t to happy I requested but Hydro poles are hard to come by and can be used for lots of creative things.  Worse case scenario, we h