Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sue and Jack arrive on Friday nite - then we will all be together again.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We received our invitation tonite to some fireworks down the highway on Jobam. Should be fun if the weather holds out. Rain is predicted but only in the morning so keep your fingers crossed.
Joanne and Mitch are flying into the Sault tomorrow morning so I told them to get some sleep on the plane so they can stay awake until the show. They are on vacation so I don't see a problem. I'll for sure take my camera.
Sue and Jack arrive on Friday nite - I told her that we wouldn't have any fun until she gets here.
I'll try not to.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
Now that I have your attention, last night the beaver swam by as I was down by the dock. I slowly grabbed my camera and snuck over to Stacey and Andrew's where he was headed. I quietly went down the hill and started taking pictures. I got quite a few before he slapped his tail. But then he came right back - and I continued taking pictures. He was in the bay eating the Lilly pads or something in the water. He really doesn't seem to be that frightened by us - as long as we keep out distance he is ok. It is always a treat to see the local wildlife up close like this. I love it. And he is around quite a bit this year. We see him regularly. And he does keep an eye on the dam for us. Our lake is held back by the beaver dam - we would loose about 2 feet of water if it ever broke - but that happening is unlikely - there is stuff growing on it it is so old. Who knows what I'll see next.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
As I have said before, entertainment is where you find it up here. I walked down to the dock and there was my little snake just laying around looking for something to eat - so I accommodated him. I got the worm container from the fridge and threw him one worm - it landed quite close to him so he could sense movement. He slowly approached it, all the time his tongue flicked in and out - tasting the air. Once he connected, it was fast. I don't know if they have a swallowing mechanism but that worm was down the hatch in a flash. So I threw him another one. This time I watched closer instead of taking pictures. It is fascinating to watch him stalk the worm then attack it - as much as it can attack. Then I threw him another - three worms - I didn't have anymore in the container or I could still be there. He was much slower on the 3rd worm. Stuffed comes to mind. But you have to admit he is looking fatter. I watched some more and his body contracts and pushes the food down lower in his body. As I said, fascinating.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tomorrow I put everything away. It is supposed to rain for the next 5 days so I have to find stuff to do in the house or garage. I'll be on the treadmill for sure. It is the first weekend in two weeks that I have off - read no work at the hall. The next function is the pig roast which is always a great time. August 9th to be exact. RSVP.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
If you don't like snakes, don't read this blog. I watched these two garter snakes this morning by the side of the dock. We were going to use the water pump to wash the rocks - it just gets rid of the stuff that grows on the rocks and makes them clean and smooth - I spotted these two on the rocks sunning themselves. I figured they knew each other because one was letting the other slide right over him/her without a fuss. After a few minutes one slithered across to the bushes behind the bench and one was left. I knew snakes eat worms so I went and got some - I also fed Jacques his morning breakfast. He was in the bushes so I threw a worm close to where his head was. I threw a couple more in the bushes. When they stick their tongues out I think it is to "taste" the air for prey - maybe movement or heat or something. So I figured he would eventually find the worm. I kept checking back on him and later in the morning I managed to throw a worm very close to his face and he grabbed it. It was gone in a flash - I don't know how they swallow them or if they bite them but it was gone fast. Now I am even feeding snakes!!!! I don't think they will stick around for handouts. But they have always been around the place - you see them on the driveway sunning themselves and I always "scan" for them when I walk. They live here too.
I got my walk in this morning - it was actually a very beautiful day and they are predicting rain for the next 4 days - oh well - we are off to Sudbury tomorrow. Shopping at Costco - we are running low on stuff.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Anne, I look forward to our adventure together - let the training begin.....
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Friday, July 17, 2009
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ps - because the Ladies of Wharncliffe Hall were such a hit at the wedding - the food got rave reviews - we are currently under negotiations to cater another Buck & Doe in Bruce Mines for 200!!!! We are professionals - don't try this at home. Anything to raise more money for the fire hall.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
And tomorrow I am back at the hall preparing for the supper on Sunday - another Fish and Chicken fry. We are baking pies tomorrow - maybe I'll pick up some lessons - they are the best pies in the valley so I am learning from the best. Bon Appetite.
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Monday, July 13, 2009
But the point of this post is that I didn't have my camera with me!!! I did have enough time to get some real good photos. You can be sure that I will never leave home without it again (famous last words...)
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
A nice day to get all your work done in the morning and then relax in the afternoon - the weather was co-operating. Jenn asked when would it be "blender drink time" and I said 5 minutes and it lasted all afternoon. We got into our bathing suits and just sat in the sun drinking margaritas - yum yum. Then we went on a boat cruise that evening. Steve wanted to take a couple of pictures and we also took a couple of rods. Jenn was fishing for a while but handed it over to Steve who caught a nice bass. We released it to catch again. Catch and release for the bass in Cheney Lake but if you catch a pickerel you can eat it.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It's 24 feet long!! NICE BRIDGE BOYS!!! Rejean was out playing with his friends and built this in a day. He headed off this morning to meet the gang with all their 4 wheelers on trailers and chain saws all being pulled by their trucks - what a convoy. There was quite a few helpers for this one. Even 3 young men from Quebec up here working their summer away. What a way to work tho. I bet they had fun even tho they couldn't use the chainsaws - only the big boys got to use those - safety reasons - I asked Rejean how many he had cut down and he said quite a few. Those are all logs from the bush freshly trimmed and cut to size.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
It was a perfect day for the Mississaugi. We got the 2 kayaks and the canoe out and headed out. We went right up to Rapid River and worked our way down. 5 hours later...with a horrible head wind we finished. What a blast!! My arms will be sore tomorrow - I will be no good at rolling dough for the pies with the ladies. The water was up and it was fast going at times - right off the bat there were rapids. But we made it. But we didn't do Pig Pen. Not right now. It was roaring and there really was no way to go down without some sort of practice. I had no helmet. But one day....
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Behind our place is a small stream that flows from the overflow of our lake - our lake is actually held back by a beaver dam. If it broke our lake would be down about 2 feet. This morning I looked out on the little swamp in the back and noticed it was full of water - I thought that because of all our rain - 5 days worth - that it was just saturated. Rejean took a walk down there and lo and behold the beaver had built a small dam at a narrow place on the stream. The stream wasn't moving and it was overflowing the banks. We got our waders on and took care of that. I don't think the Beaver will be too happy with us. But if he did that overnite he must have been working very hard. There was a couple of hundred pounds of grass, mud, bull rushes and logs. He must have been very very busy. We'll have to keep an eye on the stream - I imagine he'll be back.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tomorrow is dump day and I think I am heading to Iron Bridge for a quilt show. A bunch of ladies from Axe Lake are going and they have invited me so I will go and see what it is all about - I'll take some photos. Eventually I want to get quilts made for each of the bedrooms. Mine will be black with some vibrant colors. The other upstairs bedroom is the blue room and the one downstairs is brown. One day...
Hope everyone had a good Canada Day - I did.
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