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Monday, June 12, 2023



She's back again this year.  Our very own Snapper.  She is looking for a place to lay her eggs.  She was here last year and tried a few places but was unsuccessful due to the hard ground.  She did try another site closer to the dock and Rejean got a load of sand and prepared a nice spot for her but she never found it.  Maybe this year she will.  We rarely see turtles in our lake but every once in a while we will see her if we leave some fish in the basket in the water.  We also have a few painted turtles around here which we rarely see as well.  They are very secretive.  

Joanne has had her share of turtle traffic on her driveway.  They can actually get a hole big and deep enough for them to actually lay the eggs but so far none have hatched.

I will keep an eye out for her diggings and keep you posted.  


Thursday, January 19, 2023



First a weather report for today - 15 cm of new snow is predicted but from the last snowfall and the warm temperatures we have been having, the snow has been slowly sliding down the roof of the garage.  We prefer that as when it finally does slide completely off, it won't cover the driveway and trap us until we can clear it.  When I go check for mail, I walk as far to the right as I can just in case it decides to slide.

And now for the good news.  I had mentioned before about my stupid chronic cough that I have had for years.  I just couldn't shake it.  I have gone for breathing tests and see a respirologist and I am being treated for asthma.  I thought I had COPD at one point.  It was a horrible cough.  I coughed hard even to the point where I felt as tho I was going to pass out.  I coughed all year long.  I coughed at home. I coughed in Florida and Abu Dhabi.  Everywhere.  My doctor was sure it was allergy induced asthma and I have been referred to a clinic in London for testing.  But during all these years I have been looking on line for different reasons for such a cough but never found anything close to what I had.  Until a few weeks ago.  On my Facebook feed there was a link to a site for "a cough that won't go away"  and i clicked on it. It was a doctor in a video and he started talking about Sensory Neuropathic Coughing.  It was as tho he was describing me.  It is a type of neuropathy.  It affects the nerve endings in your throat and causes you to cough.  I called to make an appointment with my Nurse Practitioner and asked the receptionist to tell Dan to look it up so he could be familiar with it.  Long story short I got a prescription for a drug  that  calms the nerve endings that was causing the cough.  After the first pill I would say my coughing was reduced by 90% and it is still doing what it is supposed to.  Needless to say I am amazed at the results.  I am back to me!!  You sometimes have to be your own advocate in situations.  And have a good doctor or nurse practitioner who will listen to you and not dismiss your ideas.  

Sunday, January 1, 2023



2023!!  How did that happen.  It seems like the last 3 years have flown by or seems like they have been dragging.  I guess it depends on what day it is and how you feel when you are thinking about it.  Today it is the former.  

Our celebrations started out with good intentions but due to the majority of the guests not feeling up to par, Stacey and Andrew went back to their place at 7 and Rejean and I watched some tv and were down by 10pm.  Certainly not what I had planned but there is always next year.

Instead of resolutions, I will have intentions.  I intend on getting back to my exercise routines which have fallen by the wayside these past years due to this stupid cough which I intend on getting a firm diagnosis and treatment for.  I will not let it ruin my life!!!

I am not drinking for the month of January.  It is usually February but I have plans for February and I want to be able to indulge in a few beverages.  I never have problems doing this and I do it to prove to myself that I can do it.  Not that I drink a lot anyways but I do enjoy my white wine in a box in the afternoon after all the work is done for the day.

I have high hopes for 2023.  I hope I am not disappointed.

Happy News Years to you all.  I wish you happiness and good health.

Friday, December 30, 2022



We had another big snow fall the other day - another 8 inches or so.  It was perfect snowmobile weather.  Sunny and not too cold.  We went for another burn on the two machines.  Andrew and Stacey on Stacey's machine and Rejean and I on Andrew's machine.  It was Stacey's first time out on them.  Same trip as before down to the Trading Post and back.  We had fun.

But a big warm up was on the way.  It was 8 degrees when we woke up this morning with the snow slowly falling off the house and garage.  It had already fallen off the back of the house last nite.  It shook the house as it always does.  It will be a mess out there today.  We will try not to drive on the driveway because it will just leave big ruts and when it freezes up again, they will be left.  

New Year's Eve tomorrow but maybe no big party in our future.  People around us are still getting covid and the flu so we will just stay home and relax.  

Saturday, December 24, 2022



Our third Christmas spent at home.  We had planned on heading down to Windsor for Christmas but due to some health issues with some people down there, it was decided to postpone our trip to maybe April when everyone is feeling better.  Good thing as we were also hit with that big storm.  We got about 12 inches of the white stuff.  But none of the wind or freezing rain.  And as I was all done my Christmas shopping and had some food we didn't have to go out.  Stacey and Andrew are on their way from Elliot Lake for Christmas and some more snowmobile riding I am sure.  

Jodie sent some pictures of the boys on their Christmas Eve where it is about 10 pm right now.  They left a plate of cookies for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer.  They are saying goodby to their elves on the shelf Smudge and Fudge til next year.  

Susan is all set to host their Christmas with her new puppy Windy.  A Bernedoodle - part Bernese Mountain dog and Standard Poodle - should be a good size.

Joanne and Mitch are staying warm during Calgary's deep freeze.  Dreaming about their upcoming trip to Mexico no doubt.  

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope all your wishes come true.  Stay Safe and Healthy.

Monday, December 19, 2022



We have been lucky in that we have been getting snow a little at a time and not all in one big dump.  Stacey and Andrew just recently purchased a couple of snowmobiles and Andrew has been anxious to try his out.  It was a beautiful day on Sunday so we all geared up and off we went.  We were the first ones down the Little Pickeral Lake trail to the Trading Post.  Much easier going back thru our own tracks.  There were a few spots that you could feel some rocks but as we were going slow, it was not an issue.  Our "classic" snowmobile handled perfectly which was a relief.  We hadn't had it out since 2020 and then only a couple of times.  But once Rejean had the battery in, it started immediately and handled just fine.  We checked out Joanne and Mitch's place and had a visit with their neighbours Brent and Nat.  Andrew got a good taste of riding the trails but it will be nothing compared to when he gets on a groomed trail.  We all have our trail passes and I think this will be the year that we get more than just one or two adventures on our machine.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022



There is a bit of demolition going on at Parker's and the scrap wood has been nicely stacked and ready to burn.  Stacey and Andrew and Rejean and I and Sam took care of it on a beautiful December day with little wind and bright blue skies.  We used some left over oil to get it started and once it lit, it burned quite well.  We had to use some small "trees" as pokers as you couldn't get too close to the fire because of the intense heat.  I think Andrew lost part of his eyebrow once.  (not really)  We had chairs and brought beverages to stay hydrated.  Next time I will bring some hot dogs to cook.  Sam would like that I bet.  Took about 3 1/2 hours for it to burn down - shorter period of time than I thought.  There will be more wood to burn as the demolition progresses so I see more bonfires in my future.  A great way to stay warm on the cold days ahead.