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August 16, 2018 - 7:17 a.m.

We certainly have been receiving fabulous weather this week.  Warm sunny days and cool comfortable nights.  Can’t ask for better than that.  Things have certainly slowed down for us work wise.  Not having to maintain the grounds quite so much is a huge load off.  Even getting the little rain that we have been experiencing in the last two weeks is helping enormously.  Suppose to be hot and humid in the high 20’s today but calling for a thunderstorm and rain overnight and into the morning tomorrow.  Bring it on.  I even noticed a lot of my flowers have started to come back in the past few days after barely surviving the high heat this summer.  I suspect they’ll look gorgeous this September which I think will be lovely this year.  Dan and I have had somewhat of a break this week even with a full house and the R&R has been wonderful.  We likely should have spent more time on the boat but there’s are still plenty of days for that and Lake Nipissing is still plenty warm for swimming.  I have an appointment in town today and then am hopefully heading over to Ginny and Craig’s for a visit as it’s been awhile since we’ve seen anyone.  Dan will most likely cut some grass this morning and join in this afternoon.  He can’t be in the sun during the high heat of the day anyhow so may just as well get outta dodge for a bit ;)

August 14, 2018 - 7:11 a.m.

Another beautiful summer’s day yesterday and looks like yet another today.  We have just been having a wonderful summer weather wise with no complaints.  The little rain we received recently greened everything up and hopefully we will get a little more later tonight.  It’s doubtful but one can hope.  I’m spending the morning watering today.  Was hoping I didn’t need to but some of the pots could use it.  The nights are noticably getting longer even though the day time highs still make it feel like mid July.  The sun is setting so much earlier and I haven’t really noticed that fact until just last night.  Won’t be long and we’ll be needing campfires just for warmth.  They have lifted the ban in a few surrounding areas but think they are still leaving them on around Lake Nipissing because the fire departments are spread so thin.  Another few bouts of rain should do it but doubt that will happen this week.  Gato came up last night and I hadn’t seen him for a few days likely because it was a tad too noisy for him but when he gets hungry enough, he shows up.  He was still outside my door first thing this morning so he likely spent the night sleeping on our deck railing.  Poor bugger.  Not sure what we are doing this afternoon but Dan has been wanting to try out “The Boat” in North Bay.  It is the old Chief Commanda which is in the North Bay marina and has been turned into a restaurant.  We have heard really good things about the food since it has changed hands so today may be the day I finally get some fish tacos.  

August 13, 2018 - 6:20 a.m.

Dan and I had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  I did a little work and then vegged for most of the day.  I was quite tired and just needed some down time.  We had talked about going on the boat but I just didn’t feel like being in the sun.  Perhaps today after I get back from town.  They were forecasting a high of 29, 35 with the humidex but it didn’t reach that.  Same thing for today and tomorrow.  I think the cooler nights are helping to keep the temps a little more comfortable then we had been experiencing.  The nice rain we received on Saturday is causing heavy nighttime condensation so that also keeps things cool.  I did close the house up yesterday but it really didn’t get hot enough to need air conditioning until around supper time when the sun had come around and was shining in the big picture windows.  I’m not closing things up today as the option is always there if I need it.  Our guests look to be enjoying themselves.  They confiscated the beach yesterday and there were plenty of people in the water.  Mostly kids.  The lake breeze coming off Nipissing was glorious so the adults were playing beach games and having a few cocktails.  Summer activities rock.

August 11, 2018 - 6:56 a.m.

I’m up and at’em early this morning.  We’ve already had an early check out this morning so am able to start cleaning while it’s still relatively cool.  The humidity started to set in again late yesterday and it’s going to be a warm one today I think.  Donna is unable to come in today so Annie and Eadie are going to help me out.  Many hands makes light work so hopefully it won’t be a long day.  No boat for me as I did end up having to water yesterday as the forecasted thunderstorms didn’t occur.  I didn’t think they would materialize but we did get a light shower early this morning which wasn’t expected.  We may get a bit more rain before the day is through but it’s doubtful.  Tomorrow is going to be a scorcher with sunny skies and high of 33 with the humidex.  Providing the wind doesn’t come up, we’ll be on the water somewhere.  Parking my butt on a chair in the lake is also a viable option.  Dan has a few things on his agenda this morning but he should be done work by noon.  I suspect the beach is going to be really busy this week as the forecast is lovely.  I just hope when the cold front comes in later this week it doesn’t come in like a hammer.  I hate stacking chairs on the beach to keep them from blowing away.  Lol.

August 10, 2018 - 7:28 a.m.

I was up early this morning but our site was down for some reason so I fired off an email to Karl (our IT guy).  He must have been up early as well because here I am.  It was a chilly 12 degrees when I got up but the sun has already started doing it’s magic.  There is a heavy mist coming off Moose Creek and a very heavy dew on everything.  When you start to see that, you can slowly kiss summer good bye.  I did a town run yesterday and then cooked a wonderful meal last night.  Have some work this morning and then heading to therapy at 11:00.  Not sure what we’re doing afterwards but I would love to get on the boat.  There is only a 30% chance of precipitation today and since tomorrow will be extremely hectic, think we should take advantage of the afternoon.  Things are starting to slow down as far as our workload goes now that the high heat of the summer is pretty much over.  Granted we have 3 straight days of 29 degrees coming next week but at least the evenings are cool enough I don’t need to water flowers quite so much.  Of course there is always something that needs doing around here but the panic mode is over.  We’ve a big family reunion in next week and they have rented all our cottages so should be a lovely week for them.

August 9, 2018 - 6:44 a.m.

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday but was a while coming.  The cloud cover didn’t burn off until later in the day but once it did, the sun was glorious.  The humidity has reduced considerably and I was actually able to leave to house open all day.  Last night was quite refreshing for sleeping.  They are calling for thunderstorms today and I think we may get a little rain in about an hour unless Lake Nipissing splits the system.  At least the watershed will get something.  We are in for a pretty decent weekend but mid week next week, temperatures look like they just may drop to seasonal.  I guess we should start getting some decent boating in and have a few picnics before this summer starts behaving like autumn.  Believe it or not, the tops of the trees usually start changing colour about now.  Not this year and that’s okay with me.  I cleaned the house yesterday and Dan finished the grounds in between dealing with an ongoing problem which is no longer ongoing (we hope).  Just call Dan “jack of all trades, master of none”.  Lol.  I’m heading to town right shortly to run a few errands.  Hopefully it won’t  take too long but guaranteed, if we get rain, it’ll be when I’m heading to or from the car.

August 8, 2018 - 7:31 a.m.

It is another morning of overcast skies which we will be waiting for the sun to burn off.  It ended up being a gorgeous day yesterday but very humid for cleaning.  Dan cut grass and whipper snipped until the sun got too hot for him.  Considering he’s not suppose to be in the sun, he sure gets a lot done.  He came in during the hottest heat of the day and then got back at it.  I’m cleaning again today but would also like to do some weed eating, dead heading and where necessary, watering.  See how my day goes.  They are calling for a beautiful day but possibly a thunderstorm tomorrow.  Other than a few window boxes and the hanging baskets at the road (which through no fault of theirs have been a pain in my butt all summer) I don’t think I need to do much watering after the past few storms dumped quite a bit of water.  Usually August starts to cool right down but not this year.  It’s still very hot and humid and even the nights are still fairly warm.  Good thing as we certainly can’t have campfires to keep us warm if need be.  Going to be an interesting autumn.  We’ll all be bundled up.

August 7, 2018 - 7:15 a.m.

For the most part, Dan and I had a nice relaxing day yesterday.  The weather wasn’t all that great as it was overcast with the occasional sprinkle but everyone seemed to be making the best of it.  Lots of people in the water and quite a few games of bocci ball going on.  The humidex is still very high and is suppose to keep the temps in the 30’s again today.  The current haze is due to burn off this afternoon and then nothing but sun in the forecast for the rest of the week.  I’ve lots to do for the next few days, namely cleaning as Donna isn’t able to help me out this week.  I think Dan can actually cut grass this week without burning it as we’ve received a good amount of rain.  Enough to green everything up again.  I chased an entire large flock of geese off the beach this morning.  Sure are a lot of babies this year.  They love our green space but make such a mess we don’t have a choice but to run them off.  They make the rounds in Greening Bay so anyone with accessible grass is a target.  Gato didn’t come for a visit until 5:30 this morning.  He usually stays away when there are storms so he was likely pretty hungry as it’s been a few days.  Broken-winged crow is still around also.  I sure attract my fair share of needy animals.

August 6, 2018 - 5:02 a.m.

For some reason, I woke up at 3:30 and gave up the ghost by finally getting up for good.  I had opened the house up before going to bed but there is still so much humidity, I have already closed it back up and turned on the air conditioning.  We had a nice little storm come through here around 8:30 last night and the wind was unreal for a few minutes.  Dan had already stacked the beach chairs in anticipation and so glad he did.  Things were blowing everywhere and the sand blowing from the beach was brutal.  Thunder and lightning continued for quite some time even after the storm passed and we did get some rain but not as much as we would have liked.  We were hoping to get on the boat yesterday but it was a tad too windy.  Not sure about today but I suspect I’ll be needing a even though I feel wide awake at the moment.  Lol.   All of our guests seem pretty happy but unfortunately yet another one has found a rock with his boat engine while out by the red buoy.  It’s been a bad year for props and skags, for sure.  The beach has been pretty busy with this unbearably hot weather.  Lots of people swimming to find some relief although you need to go pretty far out in the bay to find some cooling water.  It hit 34 yesterday and am guessing it went over the 38 degree mark with the humidex factor.  Could very possibly see another thunderstorm today.

August 4, 2018 - 7:19 a.m.

I couldn’t tell you what I did yesterday but I was busy most of the day.  I checked everyone out to save me running around this morning as Donna and I are going to be busy.  With the holiday traffic which I’m going to assume will be heavy today, I’m hoping our check-ins all arrive safely and earlier rather than later.  We were invited over to our friends and neighbours Mary and Richard’s yesterday but we declined with thanks due to our work schedule today.  Hopefully we will see them as well as others sometime today as other neighbours and friends (thanks for the invite Sally and Rod) are having a get together which includes a scavenger hunt but pretty sure we will have to miss it while waiting for our guests to arrive.  The hunt starts at 1:30 and I’m sure it’ll be a blast for the participants.  Hopefully we can join everyone a little later.  It’s mostly regulars in this week so they all know the routine.  May be able to sneak out early this afternoon.  Going to be smoking hot with the humidex today.  Likely be in the mid 30’s and clear.  We had a beautiful thunderstorm roll through here twice yesterday late afternoon.  Had a few really good boomers close by but no damage.  Lots of rain with it so that was welcomed.  Calling for another one tomorrow and if it does materialize, likely won’t be until later in the day.  Dan and I are hoping to have a little fun sometime this weekend but may need to wait until tomorrow.  Just need to see how our day goes.  May head over to Anglers Pub for supper tonight with the gang but again, never know what the day has in store for us.  Have a great holiday weekend everyone and stay safe!

August 3, 2018 - 6:41 a.m.

We are suppose to get some rain and thunderstorms today starting around noon.  We were suppose to yesterday as well but nothing materialize so I’m not pinning any hopes on today’s forecast.  Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend though.  At least Saturday and Sunday should have people enjoying the beach for sure.  High hot temperatures and sunshine does that.  I think our guests this week have enjoyed themselves and our kayaks have been getting lots of use.  It’s just too bad this is a year without campfires.  Cottaging just isn’t the same without s’mores.  The young crow with the broken wing has survived another week and has been seen all over the property scrounging for food.  Yesterday it was taking advantage of the water bowls I leave out for the critters and I tried giving it a hotdog but it’s too skittish and doesn’t realize I’m trying to help it.  The Mom and siblings check on it occasionally but I think they’ve pretty much left it to it’s own devices.  Just one day it’ll disappear but for the time being, it’s surviving.  Gato didn’t come up last night but he was there first thing this morning looking in the screen door.  He sure is one though little bugger.  Not sure what’s on my agenda today.  It’s currently overcast and looks like it may stay that way.  I wouldn’t mind going for a boat ride since the plants don’t need watering, books are caught up, house is clean and everyone is taken care of.  Need something to fill my day.  Of course there’s always weeding to be done.  Nah.

August 2, 2018 - 7:48 a.m.

Not really much to report today.  Little late this morning as Halo had an incident with a hairball that needed cleaning up.  Two hair balls actually.  I would though, like to wish my mother-in-law a very happy birthday.  Hope you enjoy your day Dianne.  I did my town run yesterday. Quite a few stops along the way as I needed to return a few things we bought from the kitchen reno.  You can certainly tell it’s tourist time in the city.  I think because of the weather everyone had the same idea as mine which was to get some shopping in while it was raining.  Didn’t I mention we finally received some rain?!!  It was a very nice steady rain for most of the day.  Heavier than a shower but not torrential so every bit of it was able to be absorbed.  I certainly hope it helped with the forest fires but not sure how much rain actually fell in those regions.  I was speaking with an employee at the gas station after fuelling up (to the tune of $80) and she mentioned a friend of hers evacuated from her home because she couldn’t handle listening to the animals screaming anymore.  Such a shame that not only do we lose our forests but the wildlife suffer horribly.  I know fires do some good but still.  Poor animals likely get confused in the smoke and don’t know which direction to go to escape.  I get shivers just thinking about it.  Aren’t I just a ray of sunshine this morning?  Looks like it’s going to be a nice day today although we could experience a thunderstorm during the high heat of the day due to the high humidity.  Hopefully any lightning will be brief if not non-existent.

August 1, 2018 - 7:17 a.m.

Seriously?  First thing I do in the morning (during coffee infusion) is check the weather.  The radar showed a huge rain cell coming directly over our area but there was one large pocket within the system with no rain which was directly over us.  However, the rain gods are smiling on us today and delivering the goods.  We’ll likely have a light shower here first but pretty sure we will get some decent rain today.  If we don’t, at least the area will see some wet stuff today and it’s badly needed wherever it chooses to fall.  We heard lots of helicopters flying over last night between 10-midnightish heading towards the airport so assume they were bringing in more fire crews.  The fires are well away from us but things are pretty bad Parry Sound way and there were concerns about the fire jumping across Highway 69 yesterday which would cause major problems, especially for the long weekend.  Haven’t yet heard if they were able to hold the fire but as of yesterday, it was still out of control.  I think this rain coming from the south will help enormously as long as there isn’t lightning which so far, so good.  I’m pretty confident the property around Lake Nipissing will be unscathed this summer. Everyone in the area is on high alert.  Pretty sure all our tourists are awareness also. I have to say, it’s been a fabulous summer with lots of hot weather, just hope it holds through August.  I don’t think I have ever seen so many of our guests go swimming.  Gotta love Lady Nip.

July 31, 2018 - 7:17 a.m.

I can’t believe it’s going to be August already tomorrow.  Where is the summer going and why is it in such a hurry?  The nights are starting to get much cooler already but certainly makes for wonderful sleeping weather.  I knew it was cool this morning when I woke up with two cats on me.  At least we still have plenty of nice warm weather in the long term.  Certainly warmer than previous years.  I was hoping for rain, as I pretty much have been all summer but nothing materialized yesterday.  Possibly Thursday but not taking that bet and am watering today.  It was certainly warm yesterday peaking out at a very hot 27 which had everyone on the beach and in the water.  Things have finally slowed down for our schedule as Dan and I are caught up on everything and now just need to maintain.  I’m hoping to wash windows at some point this week as the dust is sticking to everything but I’m not sure I wouldn’t be beating a dead horse.  We did get out on the boat Sunday but would like to take more advantage while we’re able.  Gato finally came up at a decent hour last night and the injured baby crow with the broken wing is still around.  I feel so sorry for it but there really isn’t anything I can do and just need to let nature take its course.  Hardly see any deer at all anymore although there have been a few spotted around.  They just come around once in a while in the middle of the night to savour everyone’s plants and flowers but for the most part, they don’t expect corn from me.  I even think I’m taking down my birdfeeders in the fall.  I’ve always fed the blue jays and chickadees but the doves stuck around last winter and it was so harsh I’m thinking they’d be better off flying further south this time around.

July 29, 2018 - 6:26 a.m.

It was a busy day yesterday.  Donna came in for 9:00 and helped me clean cottages.  We were rushing but managed to get everything done by 1:00 or so.  All our guests arrived by late afternoon and then I vegged after finishing all the laundry.  Dan did his thing out in the yard.  The weather has turned considerably and it was quite cool yesterday compared to what we have been experiencing.  With the north wind, Lake Nipissing was stirred up so lots of wave action but none of the kids went in the water.  Guess it wasn’t hot enough for them.  Today is pretty calm and we had a very heavy dew last night.  There is also mist pouring off of Moose Creek. The horizon looks very foggy and they have forecasted local smoke today.  We smelled it a bit yesterday so assume we may again today.  I actually don’t mind it as it isn’t affecting our air quality and I love a campfire smell.  Lol.  We certainly could have used a campfire la night as it was quite chilly with temperatures dropping to 14.  With the high humidity, it’s feeling more like autumn.  That is going to change.  Calling for mid to upper 20’s with plenty of sun this week.  Going to 25 today so really hoping to get on the boat.  Pretty sure Dan and I will be doing something fun today.

July 28, 2018 - 6:21 a.m.

What a beautiful full moon we experienced last night albeit very bright!  It just looked so abnormally clear and I wasn’t able to fall asleep until after 12:30 or so.  I was up again around 4:30. I’m not sure what woke me up but Gato was waiting on me to feed him.  He needs to keep much better hours.  I went back to bed but sleep was evasive so finally got up around 5:30.  It’s changeover day and since I didn’t get a cottage fully cleaned yesterday as anticipated, I’m getting started right shortly.  I was sidetracked yesterday, as happens quite a bit but I have learned to take it in stride. I actually had a couple of visitors yesterday who happen to be avid followers of my blog and wanted to me meet.  It never fails to amaze me how far my blog reaches but especially those people who cottage or have cottages in the area and like to keep abreast of what’s happening in our neck of the woods.  The long term forecast looks great as the high humidity is gone and will hopefully help with keeping the wild fires under control.  I read yesterday a fireman from Alberta has lost his life.  So tragic when you are helping out of province and don’t return home alive.  We take so much for granted and again I say thank you to all who are putting their lives in jeopardy every day to help control the fires this summer.  I can’t imagine how hard they are working especially considering a lot of these fires aren’t easily accessible.  So far there has been very little loss (people or buildings) and hopefully now that cooler weather prevails, it will stay that way.  For those who are vacationing in the North Bay Area, the fires aren’t affecting us other than the rare blast of smoke smell.  It’s  been a wonderfully hot dry summer (obviously) so take advantage.

July 27, 2018 - 6:48 a.m.

Considering they had rain in the forecast every day this week, we received hardly a pittance and I’m pretty sure today will be no exception.  I’m actually hoping to get on the boat today regardless of the forecast calling for possible thunderstorms.  Everything has been going completely around us and I doubt today will be any different.  I do have some work this morning as our fishermen are checking out.  Would like to get their cottage cleaned today so it is not a mad rush tomorrow but will depend what time they check out.  I’m assuming they’d like to get the morning fish in but one of their boats was disabled yestèrday by a rock that jumped out and bit their engine.  Lol.  It’s not funny but a common occurrence when you don’t know Lake Nipissing.  She takes no prisoners.  We have a severely injured crow on the property with a broken wing.  It isn’t long for this world and as much as I’d like to rescue it, I think I would do more damage trying to catch it.  I also don’t feel like driving 2 hours to the wildlife rehabilitation centre in Lively.  Sad to watch but the Mom is still hanging around some.  I guess when you live in nature, you have to take the good with the bad.  The 3rd batch of ducklings seem to be doing okay but are also starting to dwindle.  The deer are pretty much gone around here as well.  Don’t see them very often and when we do, it’s only one at a time.  Since Red passed away, the herd has moved on to parts unknown.  Red was a one in a million doe and I miss her but she had a good long life giving us lots of babies to carry on.

July 26, 2018 - 7:25 a.m.

Wow, what a long day yesterday!  I was in the office all day and managed to get my books done by about 4:00.  At least it was nice and cool in the office.  Dan was on the lawnmower all day.  He never misses grass cutting day even though I think he should.  The grass is already burnt in places, leave it be already.  I vegged after supper but when I went to bed around 11:00, I smelled smoke really bad.  It concerned me enough that I got up and drove around the neighbourhood looking for the source.  If someone had a campfire burning they were going to get my full wrath.   Wouldn’t that have been cute considering I was in my housecoat with my mouth appliance in and a nose strip on. They would have been scarred for life.  Lol.  I didn’t find or see anything abnormal but the strength of the fire smell had me concerned enough to call the fire department.  They said they had receive a few calls from Nipissing Villlage earlier in the evening reporting the same thing.  Apparently the winds had shifted but still don’t know which forest fire I was smelling and it’s still very strong this morning.  Very smokey which just looks like your typical summer haze.  The sun is shining though so looks to be a gorgeous day.  Going to be very warm so after I water flowers, hoping to head out on the boat.  Not to preach too much, please be extremely careful with anything that may cause a spark peeps.  Can’t afford to start more fires when we’re already taxed as it is.  So glad Canada has an allie in Mexico who continues to battle these fires along side our Canadian fire teams.  Thank you so much.

July 25, 2018 - 6:38 a.m.

Well we finally received some rain but it was a torrential down pour that lasted about 5 minutes.  I think we received about 1/4 of an inch and wasn’t nearly enough but it’s better than nothing.  We were surrounded by storm cells all day yesterday but that’s all the precipitation this area received.  It’s extremely humid and muggy with the humidex in the 30’s and it’s likely going to stay that way.  When the rain did come, it brought what I think was a down draft with it as it got extremely windy, knocked big branches and leaves down and chairs were strewn all over the beach.  It certainly cleared the smoke out and gave us clear blue skies in it’s aftermath but it is overcast again this morning.  The sun is suppose to join us for the duration of the day though.  I worked on the books all day (as I am again today) and Dan put up the backsplash in the kitchen.  Was a productive day for both of us.  I did open the house up last night as soon as the air temperature outside became cooler than inside but it’s now closed up again.  We are certainly getting our use out of our air conditioner this year.  I bucked Dan on purchasing it (it’s just a stand alone) but have to give him credit after this summer.

July 24, 2018 - 6:54 a.m.

I honestly don’t know how all these storm cells can possibly miss us completely but they are.  Again we received no rain as all the storms came straight up the eastern seaboard and just passed right by us.  The storms to the west of us did the same thing.  If anything, the air mass just gathered moisture from Lake Nipissing and dumped it all north of us.  Sigh.  Thought for sure with the humidity being so unbearably high yesterday we would have received something but all we got was a little spit to tease us.  Dan and I went to town for the day yesterday and after making numerous stops, came home with what I hope is everything we need.  By the time we did get home, it was so humid, we both had a slick cover of perspiration all over us just from hauling stuff into the house.  They forecast only a high of 24 today but 32 with the humidex.  I’ve already closed up the house and turned the air on as it’s currently feeling much cooler outside than in and our doors have swelled so really need to get rid of some humidity.  I am going to be stuck in the office for the next few days and really need to do something watering but it’s  going to have to wait until later.  If we don’t get a pop up storm today I’ll be watering later.  In all our years, we’ve never seen heat like this.  Not this hot for this long and certainly with little to no rain. It’s currently overcast but think some of that is again, smoke.  On a bright and cheery note...the fishing has been fantastic.

July 23, 2018 - 6:43 a.m.

Dan and I ended up going out for supper at Anglers on Saturday which had the best wings I’ve ever tasted.  The entertainment was a pleasure as always.  Bob Wills and Waxxie do a great job.  There was a group of 7 of us and it was a great time.  We were home by 10:00 so an early night and I slept in until nearly 8:00 yesterday morning for a change.  Sorry (not sorry) I didn’t update my blog yesterday but I took the day off from everything and everyone.  Dan and I vegged all day and I even had an afternoon nap before making a wonderful rib supper with summer fixings (warm dill potato salad, Caesar salad and deviled eggs).  It was truly a relaxing day and even the weather cooperated as we received a couple of light rain showers.  Just had another one go through but we need a steady thorough rain.  From the looks of the forecast, it is going to be overcast with intermittent showers for perhaps the next two days.  I could actually smell some smoke from the wild fires yesterday so yeah, we need the rain.  Something was either fighting or dying close by the house early this morning.  Horrible sounds woke me up at 4:00 (seems to be the magical hour) and then again an hour later.  Don’t know what type of animals but it sounded terrible.  Nature can indeed be cruel.  Today I am doing a town run and am in search of a backsplash for our kitchens.  I know what I want so it’s just a matter of finding who has it in stock.  Also need to get groceries and visit the dreaded Walmart.  Will likely be gone most of the day unless luck is on my side.  

July 21, 2018 - 6:16 a.m.

The heat is back on.  Was very hot and humid yesterday with temperatures hitting 31.  Not sure what the humidex was but it was truly unbearably hot.  Everyone was perspiring just sitting in the shade.  Lots of people on, in or around the water and Lake Nipissing is just perfect for swimming right now.  I worked indoors until around 3:00 yesterday and that was enough.  We had our new kitchen countertops installed yesterday and they look great but was a job putting things back together.  Hopefully we can get the backsplash installed next week once it cools down enough for Dan to do it AND if it’s in stock.  Already know what we’d like but need to see who has it in town.  Don’t want to wait for an order to come in if we can avoid it.  We didn’t turn the air on yesterday but you can bet your bippy that’s not the case today.  I was closing the house up at 5:30 this morning and the temperature was already close to 20. Slept with the fan blowing on me last night but it was pretty humid so sleep was evasive.  Dan and I are working this morning and I called our regulars last night to check themselves in today as we’re on the boat asap if the weather permits.  This will definitely be a day to be on the water.  It looks like all the storms are heading west of us but we seriously need rain.  Looking at the satellite/radar, you can see how brown everything is and more fires are popping up daily.  The latest concern is Key River which started yesterday.  They are keeping fires in our immediate area at bay so I’m not concerned but it only takes one spark.  Thankfully everyone locally is being diligent.  Problem with heat waves is they tend to produce lightning storms which so far has been the cause for all these fires.

July 20, 2018 - 7:25 a.m.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and perfect working outside weather.  I fertilized, watered and deadheaded flowers for most of the day but took a break in the afternoon for a nap.  And so glad I did.  The coyotes had me up at 4:00 this morning and since I didn’t get to bed until after midnight, I’m running on little sleep today.  When I got up at 4:00 I wasn’t surprised to see Gato on his haunches looking in our backdoor meowing his face off.  I think the little guy was frightened as the coyotes were pretty close.  Sounded like they were right across the creek.  I fed him and went back to bed and sleep was a long time coming but did manage to catch another hour.  Poor bugger has managed to survive this long so I certainly hope he doesn't end up a meal.  Today I’m busy right out of the gate.  We are having a new kitchen counter installed so I need to empty the cupboards which means cleaning all the crumbs and debris that have accumulated since the last thorough clean.  I also have a cottage clean to do.  It won’t be a standard clean as I’m doing a “freshen up” for our guests who are staying two weeks but still.  I’ll be making beds, doing the laundry, cleaning the bathroom.  There is a heat warning (going to 30 today) as well as an air quality warning up due to a forest fire in Parry Sound shifting the smoke in our direction.  Apparently the winds are changing direction today so hopefully the smoke will clear out but from what I’ve heard, it was really bad in the Bay last night.

July 19, 2018 - 6:37 a.m.

I honesty don’t know where this week has gone.  Seems like it’s just flown by.  We’ve been hearing how well maintained our place is a lot this year so guess our hard work has paid off but it would be nice to park it for a day or two.  And by park, I mean “do absolutely nothing”.  It seems the warm weather has moved back in and it’s suppose to be sunny and 27 today, 30 tomorrow so I’m watering again today.  I know Dan cut grass yesterday but not sure if he finished it all.  He definitely doesn’t need to cut as often with the no rain/hot sun we’ve been getting lately.  Maybe if we get everything done by early afternoon, I can talk him into going boating a little later.  And by boating, I mean just hop on and not worry about packing anything, especially a lunch.  I’m dedicating next week to getting my books done so might as well enjoy the next few days as much as possible.  I could have sworn I heard coyotes last night, very close by but if I did, it was short lived.  A few howls and that was it but Gato was at our door about 2 minutes after that.  He sure seems to live his life on his schedule.  Never know when he’ll show up.  Usually just after dark at night or before the sun is up in the morning.  That’s another reason I don’t sleep in much.  Lol.  If it wasn’t for animals, I’d likely get a full 8 hours once in a while.

July 18, 2018 - 5:31 a.m.

Sorry folks, our site has been down for a couple of days due to technical difficulties out of our control.  According to Karl, our “tech wizard”, during maintenance service, they (whoever “they” are, ran out of memory?).  Whatever, it’s up and running now.  We still haven’t received any rain which we were counting on when the cold front came through.  It dropped the temperatures considerably and we are currently sitting at 9 degrees here.  Nice and comfortable for sleeping but the warm whether returns today with sun and a high of 25.  It’s suppose to hit near 30 by Friday again.  For advertising purposes, we have a company coming today to take some professional pictures, 3D models and drone video.  Needless to say, we’ve been busy the past few days getting things organized.  They were suppose to come yesterday and I have a standing appointment at 10:30 this morning so hopefully things are well under way by the time I need to leave.  It was so windy yesterday so I’m happy to see Lake Nipissing has settled down enough for the drone to be used.  The flowers are a little beat up but will still add pops of colour.  The wild fires which have been burning are better under control with loads of help from other provinces but unless we get some decent rain with no lightning, we are still at risk.  The storms keep producing where the fires are, likely due to what’s in the atmosphere, and contain lightning to fuel more fires.  Crazy.  The air quality is great here and seems to be better where the majority of the fires were/are so hopefully things improve quickly before the next round of warmer weather.

 July 16, 2018 - 8:17 a.m.

What a fabulous day yesterday!  We hopped on the boat at noon and where gone until 7:30 last night.  Between our boat and Larry’s boat, we put on a few miles down at the French River.  Stopped several times to swim during our exploration and eventually ended up at Campbell’s Bay.  There were lots of people escaping the heat on the water yesterday which is always nice to see.  The heat was definitely oppressive and so happy we are blessed enough to be able to enjoy ourselves in such a way.  It was a long day and both Dan and I slept in this morning but we have lots to do.  I thought for sure we would get rain today as the cool down is due to arrive but there isn’t anything showing on the radar.  Definitively need to water today as my poor plants are drooping.  One saving grace is it’s overcast because if the sun was shining it would be nasty.  I’ll be glad when we can open our house back up and turn off the air conditioning.  No complaints, just stating the obvious.  It has certainly been a terrific summer and looks like July is going to continue to bring great weather.  Best swimming conditions we’ve had in years.

July 15, 2018 - 6:02 a.m.

What a smoking hot day yesterday and very uncomfortable for cleaning.  Donna and I started by 9:00 (even though I had already started the laundry) and it was so warm by 10:00 we had to take our time.  At least I kept hydrated.  It was 3:00 by the time I finished everything and then I hopped in the shower.  I was contemplating a swim but wanted to stay out of the sun as I was overheated.  Dan and I then had supper with Paula and Alf, Trish and Larry which was a hodge podge of good stuff.  Dan’s job was cleaning up and grading the beach and it looked marvellous.  Quite a few people were swimming yesterday as the temps raised to 35 with the humidex.  They said the humidity was only around 70% but I beg to differ.  The air was pretty thick during the high heat of the day.  I’ve work to do this morning (not by choice) and then Dan, Annie and I are heading out on the boat likely around 1:00.  Larry’s taking Paula, Alf and Trish.  We’d love to go to the French but can’t take the chance of getting stuck down there if the weather turns unstable which is a distinct possibility when it is this hot.  It is suppose to stay this warm until Tuesday so we are expecting a storm tomorrow if not today.  Where we end of today will largely depend on the wind so who knows.  Campbell’s Bay might be a great choice.  I’ll definitely be swimming somewhere.

July 14, 2018 - 7:05 a.m.

It’s going to be hot, humid and very sticky for the next 3 days by the looks of things.  We currently have a 98% humidity index and that’s in part due to the warm air mass that moved in overnight after a huge rain storm.  Yes, we finally got some rain!  It was all around us for most of the day yesterday and a couple of cells finally tracked over top of us later in the day dumping a nice load of rain.  There are still standing puddles around the property so I’m guessing we got quite a bit of it.  I was up early closing the house up and putting on the air/humidifier since our bathroom door is sticking.  One extreme to another it seems this season.  I did some painting and cleaning yesterday and Paula helped me with some sewing.  I have many talents but sewing isn’t one of them.  No patience for it and I don’t like it to begin with.  I did rather watch paint dry.  Dan tinkered all day and was trying to get our generator fixed but finally gave up and took it to the dealer.  With the weather varying so much this summer, we need the back up to at least keep the toilets flushing if there is an outage.  Speaking of which, they are calling for thunderstorms today which is something the north does not need.  It seems like it’s been hazy for days which I’m attributing to fire smoke.  The sun is having a hard time beaming through it.  I’m not saying it’s all smokey, it isn’t all all.  It’s more like your typical hazy summer days except it doesn’t burn off too quickly.  There is nothing showing on the radar but it is completely overcast so hopefully the sun will make an appearance sometime today and if it does, it doesn’t evaporate the moisture too quickly.  Changeover today so Donna and I will be extremely busy.  Likely take us longer than normal just because it is so humid and hot (already) so am making darn sure I stay hydrated today.

July 13, 2018 - 6:53 a.m.

Woo hoo, I slept like a babe last night.  Ready to get busy today as I’ve lots to do.  Yesterday I worked in the morning doing some watering and then I sadly dug up three hydrangea bushes that didn’t make it through the winter.  Because of their location, they have always been late bloomers so was giving them a chance but sadly, they never came back.  What a chore that was as they’ve been there for a good 10 years so really had to put my back into it.  I decided not to replace them and just threw down the last of my wildflower seeds.  Once I finished that chore, we hopped on the boat and headed to the Manitou’s with Paula and Alf.  In all our days living here, we’ve never seen a sky quite like the one yesterday when we were on the boat.  It was hazy but unlike any haze I’ve ever seen so am attributing it to the fire smoke.  Usually a haze burns off by mid afternoon at the latest but this just completely blocked out the sun and had a sort of yellowish tinge to it.  They are calling for much needed rain today and there is an enormous system heading our way but looking at the radar, if the lakes (Huron and Nipissing) don’t split it, we won’t see anything until around noon.  I sincerely hope once it starts it continues to rain throughout the evening as we need every drop of it.  Not great for our cottager’s last day before check out tomorrow but since I have work indoors today, bring it.  

July 12, 2018 - 7:06 a.m.

Looks like I’ll be running on empty today.  I was up pretty much all night but don’t ask me why.  After tossing and turning, I gave up the ghost, hit the couch and watched tv where I finally fell asleep sometime after 3:00.  I think it was around 4:30 when I dragged myself to bed and then the cats had me up shortly after 6:00.  Going to be a long day.  Dan wants to go boating this afternoon as it’s going to be very hot (around 30 degrees) but he may need to go without me. Not very likely but I’m thinking I won’t be very productive today and there are a few things I need to get done.  There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow so any outdoor work I have needs to get completed today.  I must say though, our cottagers this week sure lucked out on the weather as it’s been beautiful, other than Monday’s storm which hit late in the day and who doesn’t like a good storm?  I went to town yesterday to run (literally) errands and was happy to see we have a lot of tourist spots in the area.  Makes the traffic go slower but our economy can’t complain.  The construction on highway 11 is still going on and likely will be all summer but they’re doing a great job as things seem to be running quite smoothly with only minimal disruption.  At least that’s my observation but I don’t need to fight the morning commute.

July 11, 2018 - 6:29 a.m.

Brrr, she’s a little chilly this morning.  The temperature dropped to 10 overnight and it feels like it this morning.  The mist is rolling off Moose Creek and you can see it floating over the water on Lake Nipissing.  Too early in the season for this.  I think between the heavy rain on Monday and the daytime heating it was inevitable.  There is heavy condensation on everything this morning.  Only suppose to cool to the mid teens for the rest of this week’s evenings so it’s not cooling down too quickly.  Still lots of swim days left for sure.  Going back up to the 30’s this weekend which means it’ll be hot for cottage cleaning on Saturday.  Dan and I had a pretty lax day yesterday which was lovely.  We both felt a little guilty but not enough to motivate us.  A little down time never hurt anyone.  I did clean my fridge out though.  Again with the excessive condiments which I handed out so I have room for things like fruit and veg.  Going to town this morning as I have a bit of running around to do.  Hopefully I’ll be back around lunchtime so I can enjoy the afternoon.  I really need to get started on my 2nd quarter books but when the weather is so nice, kind of hard to lock myself up in the office for a couple of days.  I mentioned going for a boat ride this afternoon and Dan said “On grass cutting day?”  I don’t think he should cut the grass this week.  It’s burned in places so just let it be for a week or so.  Hopefully we’ll get a bit more rain before he cuts it again.  The forest fires are still rampant and as of yesterday they had 69 to contend with.  Some are under control, some are being watched and some are still active.  Most are well north of us so hope they stay there.  Still no lift on the fire ban so some more rain about now would be good.  Less the lightning of course.

July 10, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.

Wow!  Did we get a storm yesterday!!  I had watered all day which I’m actually glad I did as the rain was well received since the soil was pre-softened.  Several cells had gone over us directly where the forest fires are so we figured we weren’t going to get anything but two cells came through one after another and wreaked havoc, especially in Sudbury.  I have a video of the hurricane-type winds and rain of the Costco parking lot in Sudbury.  I also heard cars were flipped right over in the wind.  Glad I wasn’t there.  When the storm hit here around supper time, I sat on the couch in the living room and watched the lightning.  There were several strikes right in our bay that made the house shake and the water fowl scatter.  Was amazing to watch.  Then the walls of water could be seen blowing across the bay before hitting shore.  Was pretty cool to see.  All told, my rain gauge measured two inches of rain.  We needed every drop of it.  Today is suppose to be sunny but there is “local smoke” right in the forecast and they were right as it’s a little hazy this morning.  Don’t know that the sun can do anything to burn it off either.  Conditions are still favourable for forest fires so please be very cautious people.  Especially don’t be tossing cigarette butts and make sure they’re extinguished.  Don’t need anything starting on this side of Lake Nipissing thank you very much.

July 9, 2018 - 7:37 a.m.

We had a great day yesterday.  Very quiet and relaxing as we headed over to Annie’s cottage for the afternoon and a light supper.  It was very hot but Lake Nipissing provided a beautiful breeze to keep us cool not to mention the frequent swimming.  It reached a high of 29 and today will be 35 with the humidex but there is still a bit of a breeze.  Unfortunately, no rain in the forecast which is so very badly needed and not just to combat the forest fires.  Last night we could see all the smoke across the lake on the north shore and they have evacuated Temagami and closed several provincial parks in the area.  The water bombers weren’t able to get on Nipissing yesterday due to high winds so they were using Tilden Lake.  Hopefully they are able to get on Nipissing today so if you are boating and see one, please move out of the way and give them lots of room.  Such as shame as Temagami is a beautiful little town.  It hasn’t reached there yet (as of last night) but the winds were pushing the fires dangerously close.  I’ve already closed the house up this morning and am watering today (yes, again) before it gets too hot. Have to say though, this is going to be a great week for our cottagers.  It is really dry though and just driving down our road creates a huge dust storm.  That’s another reason for watering, to get the coat of grime off everything.

July 8, 2018 - 7:15 a.m.

Was a busy day yesterday with changeover but a gorgeous day.  Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous week.  No rain in the forecast and temperatures anywhere between 26-30.  Beauty is it will cool down at night to make sleeping very comfortable.  We were planning on going pontooning today but it doesn’t look like that is on the agenda.  The winds are blowing southwest around 30 km right now but suppose to increase to 50.  Already plenty of whitecaps and being fair weather boaters, think we’ll sit this one out.  I’m sure we can make alternative plans as it is going to be at least a high of 29 today.  Maybe get together with some friends this afternoon and have a good old fashioned potluck.  The monarchs are out and a neighbour has been passing out pupae to those wishing to help them safely hatch.  The little buck was up this morning and the doe last night but really haven't seen any deer other than the two of them and one little fawn.  Just one fawn this year.  I’m glad to see our neighbour along Greening Bay Road is appreciating the few deer we have left.  I see one here and there quite often on their property grazing on the long grass.  As a matter of fact, I believe that’s where the fawn was born.  Kudos neighbour.  If any poachers are around, they should think twice as the population in this area has been decimated by coyotes combined with a harsh winter.  Leave them be and hopefully they can repopulate a little bit.  Sad considering how many deer we use to have but they could have moved on to other areas due to the destruction of their habitat with the home building going on in the hood.  Progress, so they say.

July 7, 2018 - 6:50 a.m.

We had a productive day yesterday.  I watered as usual but still have a few areas yet to do this morning as I ran out of time.  Dan finished cutting the grass and then we headed over to Dave’s, our neighbour for 4:00 happy hour.  He is putting the house he just finished building up for sale and it was somewhat of a surprise to hear this as it has just been completed and it is absolutely lovely.  Beautiful home, quality built in a very serene location with some acreage on Birchgrove.  We weren’t late getting home which was a good thing as I had washed all the bedding so had to wrestle with the duvet cover before crawling into bed was an option.  I also had another load of laundry to fold.  Today is changeover so I’ll be busy with laundry and cleaning and Dan is going to groom the beach.  I’m not sure if I’m making a wise decision closing the house up this morning as it is suppose to be sunny with a high of 27 but there is little humidity so I’m taking a chance.  Will likely close up tomorrow as it’s going to be even warmer.  Lake Nipissing was pretty rough yesterday but has calmed down considerably although it looks like there is some wave action on the main body.  With the heat of the sun today, should be great boating weather tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!

July 6, 2018 - 6:51 a.m.

Wow!!  What a difference a day (or night) makes.  We have had a complete very welcomed cool down.  The air was so thick you could cut it yesterday afternoon when the temperature raised to 32 (don’t even want to think about what it was with the humidex).  A few people tried to beach it in the afternoon but it was just too hot.  I zipped into town and didn’t do half of what I wanted even though I had air conditioning in my car.  Was just too hot to be hauling things.  Dan hardly left the house and when he did, he was back inside within minutes.  The storm started rolling through just around supper time but the rain never reached us.  A lot of the surrounding areas received a good soaking but not here darn it.  Lots of thunder, lightning and then the wind started.  It’s still blowing at a good clip this morning which isn’t due to settle down until later this afternoon so definitively a blow day.  It’s currently a marvellous 16 degrees only going to 21 so the house is wide open and the air very fresh.  I actually took pity on my cat Grady yesterday and rid him of an enormous amount of fur.  Now he looks like a poodle because I just trimmed away the hair vs shaving it.  I think he’s rather handsome and he was very thankful.  Running around like a banshee this morning considering he’s been laying around like a wet noodle the past week.  I have my therapy appointment this morning and then some work.  We’ve been invited to our neighbour’s this afternoon but not sure we can make it as we have catch up to do.  Can’t put it off as tomorrow we’ll be too busy.  See how the day goes.  Also, if anyone is trying to get a hold of us, our phone hasn’t been working properly for a few days.  Bell is coming sometime between 8-5 today (way to narrow it down for us) to repair it.  I think there is moisture in the lines (yes, it’s been that humid).  This has been an ongoing problem for years that they just won’t  fix properly.  Being a business we need a landline (due to our 1-800#) but may be time to rethink that.  Hopefully we haven’t inconvenienced anyone and our apologies if we have.

July 5, 2018 - 6:36 a.m.

What can I say!  It was another smoking day yesterday and really obnoxious for working.  Donna and I cleaned in the morning and that was enough for me.  Hid in the house in the air conditioning for the rest of the day.  Dan and I actually talked about taking the boat down to the tavern for supper but the sun was too strong.  No complaints, just stating facts.  I’m sure lots of people were out of the sun yesterday considering it was over 40 with the humidex factor. I did open the house up late last night as it cooled down after sunset but it’s closed up again.  The cold front is due in later today so relief is on the way but whether or not we get a storm or rain with the temperature drop remains to be seen.  They have implemented a complete fire ban for this area, including no campfires or fireworks as there are currently 43 forest fires burning.  They have control of some of them but all it takes is one spark when it’s this dry so please be cautious and smart.  Certainly don’t be throwing any cigarette butts out the car window like I have seen people do.  My intention today is to do some office work this morning and then head to town for a quick run.  I may need to do a little watering when I get back or before I go as a few plants in pots are looking a little wilted.  The flowers that don’t like extreme temperatures have seen better days!  Not sure what is on Dan’s agenda today but he definitively can’t be in the sun and I think he has all the grass cut that needs cutting.  I’m sure he’ll find something to do and will definitively be keeping an eye on the weather in case the chairs need to be stacked.  If the beach chairs aren’t stacked when a storm is imminent we tend to lose them or the wind damages them by tossing them around.  It is what it is.

July 4, 2018 - 6:01 a.m.

UPDATE:  COMPLETE FIRE BAN IN EFFECT IMMEDIATELY!!

Happy Independance Day to all our American friends.  Hope y’all enjoy your day and find some relief from the heat.  We have some Americans in this week and they were heading to the Manitou’s yesterday for a picnic and most likely a swim.  That has my vote especially considering it is going to be another smoking hot day today with the humidex temperature reaching 40 (or 105 in Fahrenheit).  Going to be a very early work day for Donna and I as we are cleaning cottages.  I actually asked her to bring her bathing suit so we can go for a swim afterwards.  I had to take a break from watering just before 1:00 yesterday as I was overheating but completely finished by about 2:30 and that was it for me.  Dan got out of the sun as well but managed to get all the grass cut.  After a late supper which consisted of a Caesar salad, he put the sprinklers on until after dark while I finished the cottage laundry.  I left the air on all night (although it did cool down some) because it was still close to 30 degrees when we went to bed and it’s going to heat up very quickly this morning.  Looks like we won’t get any heat relief until tomorrow night - calling for rain and/or thunderstorms to bring in the cool down.  Suppose to be only 11 overnight Friday.  Our bodies will go into shock.  Lol.  Gato, bless him, was waiting on me this morning.  When he didn’t show up last night I was a little worried as I haven’t seen him for awhile.  He has a few tufts sticking out so wondering if he tangled with something he shouldn’t have.  At least it looks like he won.  A young mother doe was in my bedrock garden this morning just chomping down so I’m not expecting much in the way of blooms again this summer.  Although we only have a few deer left, they’ve been making the rounds of everyone’s gardens.  Especially hostas or plants with new blooms/buds.  They’ve levelled a few of my pots, eating all the geraniums.  Funny though, they always leave one bud.  Aren’t they polite.

July 3, 2018 - 6:21 a.m.

Still no relief from the heat although it wasn’t quite as humid yesterday.  I actually opened the house up for the day which was a mistake.  Once the sun moved around and daytime heating kicked in, it reached nearly 30 degrees in our house by supper time.  Suffice it to say the house is closed up with the air on once again.  Humidex temps today will be mid 30’s with likely no relief coming until Thursday.  Donna is coming in today to help me.  I did some cottage laundry yesterday until it got too warm to have the dryer going. I’ll pick away at it again this morning.  Was hoping I wouldn’t need to water flowers but we didn’t get the forecasted rain yesterday which was beautiful and sunny so that’s also on the agenda.  Dan is doing some whipper snipping again today and is hoping to hold off cutting the grass until Thursday.  It looks healthy at the moment so certainly don’t want to burn it during the high heat of July.  Looks like next week is going to be a tad more comfortable but I’m sure there will still be lots of people swimming as the water is just perfect right now.  We haven’t seen Gato for a few days so hoping the two nights of fireworks didn’t scare him too badly.  I tho