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Friday, October 13, 2017


Lots of stuff happening up here during the last few weeks.  The leaves have finally decided that they do want to change after that amazing warm spell we had.  We finally got our summer weather and it totally confused the trees.  But now we are enjoying the colours - finally.
Mitch and Joanne have accomplished tons of work on their place.  Their new deck is amazing and really adds to their living space and Mitch's bbq area is used very frequently.  He got the idea from Pinterest!!  Who Knew?  They have painted their outhouse and bunk to match the garage - the house will be next year.
I also included a picture of our Thanksgiving feast from last week plus a picture of Joanne taking a picture of the coconut cream pie from Bobbers.  It was almost 100% coconut - of which I am not a fan.  Joanne and Rejean enjoyed it tho.  Next year I get to pick the pie!!  Cherry!
Rejean and I got away for a couple of days hunting up at Hinckler and we managed to get 12 - I replenished my soup supply.  It was a slow start but who really cared as the weather was perfect for riding the trails.  I got to see the back end of a big Lynx twice on the last day.  He was ahead of me on the trail and when I turned the corner I caught a glimpse of him.  I stopped to let Rejean know and then proceeded up the trail again and there he was - this time he ran into the bush.  But what a thrilling sight to see.  We immediately got a bird so I was keeping my eye out down the trail in case Mr. Lynx decided to try and steal our bird.
The picture of the sun rise and headlights let you know we were out at the crack of dawn in order to get to our spot for hunting that day,.  No one else around and with our new heated hand grips the cold was not an issue.
The last picture is for my sister Joanne.  She loves the Tamarack trees up here and they have started to turn golden.  Can't really tell in this picture but they were beautiful.
Doing all of our chores before winter comes - still lots to get done.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Had Joanne and Mitch over for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.  Everything made from scratch as Joanne told me they don't like boxed stuffing or instant mashed potatoes.  So, I googled a few recipes for classic stuffing and went to work.  And it turned out delicious.  I surprised myself.  We brined the turkey at 9:30pm the nite before because we both forgot about doing it.  So after the movie we used the vegetable crisper in the fridge to hold the turkey and the brine.  Worked like a charm.  The real mashed potatoes and stuffing and cranberries and turkey were my responsibility and Joanne did the carrots and gravy and pie.  I put out some olives and beets and buns to finish the feast.
And everyone got  leftovers!!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Joanne and I managed to get away today to get a little fishing and quading in.  It was a beautiful day that started out overcast and cool - perfect for some walleye fishing.  Joanne got the first nibble and we got  two fish!!  We didn't stick around too much longer and headed across Snowshoe Creek and checked out the jacuzzi.  No fish but it was fun.  There is a lookout along the trail that could be dangerous if they didn't have a small rope across it that really couldn't stop anything from falling down that steep hill.
We decided to visit the Colony and had to cross that little bridge.  Didn't look too safe to me but Joanne and Mitch had crossed it in the spring so I figured if Mitch could cross it, I could.  And I did.  We followed a trail but had to turn back because it looked a bit muddy.  I got stuck in the mud and Joanne and I had to do some fancy maneuvering to get it out.  I had to hose it (and myself) down when I got home.
We had a nice cold beer in the sun room and laughed at our adventures today.

We missed you Susan!!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017


It is fall so we get these guys hanging around our feeders.  Not a lot you can do but hope they just hit the corn once then be on their way.  We had a mother and cub a few weeks ago who have never returned and the occasional lone bear but I think this guy is someone new because I have never seen one so big before around here.  He/she looks to be an older bear because of it's size and shagginess of the fur but what do I know.
I wear my bear whistle when Joanne and I go for our walks and we both carry sticks so we feel a bit safer.  I know I will be looking over my shoulder when I go get the mail for a while...

Monday, September 25, 2017


We were on the lake by 7am this morning - Rejean's idea.  It started off slow but quickly picked up.  We were getting some smaller walleye but the majority were keepers.  I got a beautiful jumbo perch and a 34 inch pike!!!  Thought I had a snag and even released my line for Rejean to turn the boat around to try and free it.  When I tightened up my line I realized I had a fish on.  A big one!!  It pulled drag a number of times and I was hoping for a big walleye.  Turned out it was a big pike.  Just barely fit in the net.  I had him in the corner of his mouth thank goodness because I didn't have a leader on as we were just bottom bouncing with worms.  Got my picture taken with him and let him go.  Sorry Jack.  But what a fun time I had pulling him in - he was big!!
Between Rick and Rejean and myself we got enough for a nice fish dinner on Wednesday nite.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Mitch and Joanne and Rejean and I visited our friends Roger and Ute last nite and enjoyed a beautiful sunset off their beach on the north shore of Lake Huron.  It was spectacular because of the clouds left over from the storm that had just passed by.
Roger and Ute get to experience this every nite but I don't think it is this beautiful every time.

Makes me anxious for the St Pete Beach sunsets coming soon...

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Rick and I went fishing this morning on the river and did not even get a bite.  The water was very high but it was a perfect morning - overcast and not too cold.  You always expect to get a couple of nibbles but nothing at all this morning.
But the colours were beautiful to see.  They are really starting to turn fast.
Joanne and I are climbing Candy Mountain again tomorrow morning so I will be sure to pack my camera.  Great view from up there.