Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snow! Snow!

It finally snowed last night. About 6 inches. The roads have not been cleared as the plow is not working.

Here are a lot of photos. I hope you have high speed internet.

Photo: During the storm last night. As always, click for a larger image.

Photo: The same tree this morning.

Photo: Winter wonderland - the Outback.

Photo: During the storm last night, Santa was having a bit of trouble with his helicopter. We brushed him off and got him going again.

Photo: However, it looks like he crashed again last night. (Thanks Judy for the photo.)

Photo: Roof top Santa did not make it. He looks the same now. (Thanks Judy for the photo.)

These Santa's are air filled and puff up when there isn't a snow storm.

Photos of Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort (I think that is what it is called)... on the day before Christmas. (Thanks Wendy and Kim for the following photos).

HA HA... no snow... :-)

Photo: this is the downhill run... you can see them making snow (click to enlarge).

Photo: the top of the Tubing (tubeing?) part of the park.

Photo: the Tubing area. Oooo, I want to do that!!

Photo: there is also a Nordic section (cross country skiing plus snowshoeing).

Photo: a lovely tree.

Thursday, December 22, 2011



I hope everyone has finished their shopping. By 'everyone' I mean the women. The guys still have until Saturday night :-)

Photo: Spooky lake photo... it has been foggy here the past few days.

The roads are clear as there is NO SNOW here. Lovely. I like no snow.

o/~ I'm o/~ dreaming of a o/~ o/~ greennnnnn Christmas... o/~ o/~

(o/~ = musical note - in case you couldn't figure it out)

Photo: Baby Bambi! I think ... I'm not really sure what it is but it looks like a baby deer. Maybe it is a reindeer or a baby moose.

The office is closed on December 24, 25, 26. If you are a member with a key fob, you can still get into the clubhouse. If you aren't then I suggest you join so that you can get a key fob and get into the clubhouse :-)

The lake keeps freezing and thawing as we have had great weather!! It is currently 34F / 1C.

I found a calendar from 2008 and it snowed on November 15 for TEN STRAIGHT DAYS. Wow, that must have been an ugly winter although I really don't remember it. I'm still wearing my fall jacket and runners.

I hear it is in the 80's F in Florida.

I walk around the park often and there was no one (no cars) at the back (Beckett) yesterday. It was very quiet with just the birds singing. It was muddy though and the road was slippery (ice) as there is no salt/sand used on the roads.

The potholes are full of ice so they are a bit better.

No park events planned during the next few weeks.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Well... it's been a while since the last blog... I've been waiting for something to happen here ;-)

Anyways... it seems Dave and Judy are now in a snow belt (snickering).

Here are a few photos:

Ha ha ha.

Here is Maggs with her new booties! Not that you can see her with all the snow on her face.

We have about an inch of snow here... not much. The driveways are clear and there is packed snow/ice in the potholes so it is easier to drive down the driveways.

The only coming event is this coming Saturday the 10th, 17th and January 7.
Non-competitive Afternoon of Darts.
Come join us for a non-competitive afternoon of darts. Everyone welcome regardless of playing skill. No cost to play, bring snacks if you wish. Time: 14:00 - 16:00.

There is no Christmas party or New Years party that I know of... I just checked the Bare Oaks Events Calendar. (

The lake is beginning to freeze, it is making a weird sound... it sounds like high pitched singing. Perhaps it is the fish screaming :-) The ice is about 1/4 inch thick so do NOT go on it. Not that you would ... or could.

It was cold last night - 20F or -6C. It is now 28F / -2C. Brrr. Plus it is a bit windy.

Here is a photo (with permissions to post) of people skating on the front pond in 2004. Whoa, SEVEN years ago. Maybe this year we can clear it for a rink... if anyone feels ambitious. That day we had about 20 people on the pond with cider and hot chocolate!!

If you are looking for a great Christmas gift... buy a Nudie Toons Cartoon book at the clubhouse or email me and I'll leave one at the office for you or... buy one on the website 'Naked Laughter' ( Also available in ebooks for Barnes and Noble Nook Reader and Amazon's Kindle Reader. If ordered online now you will probably get it by Christmas.

I put Christmas snowflakes on my outside trees a week or two ago and they keep blowing off. Thanks Judy for picking them up ha ha ha. I would tie them all down but this is much more fun and it gives me something to do while walking the cat.

I'll post some Christmas lights photos if I get permission.

Lots of people have left in search of warmer climes... ho hum. Blah. Send me photos of the sun.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jingle Bells !!!

Well... it snowed last night.

Photo: we had a few inches but a lot of it has melted as it is sunny today.

Brrr... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... I don't like snow.

The birds are back though...

Photo: birdfeeder and chickadee-dee-dee.

It's 48F / 9C at the moment which is pretty good for December.

It's not snowing or raining...

The road into the park is very potholey... keep your mouth open while driving in or you might chip a tooth :-) It was fine a few days ago but we had a LOT or rain in the past few days which is probably why it needs to be levelled.

There are a lot of flooded farmers fields in the area which the birds are enjoying.

Lots of Christmas lights are out now... around Helios. I guess I should say 'holiday' lights or 'seasonal' lights. Nah, I like Christmas or Xmas so I guess I will be politically incorrect this season. :-)

There are no seasonal people around the back circle... everyone has left for the winter except one brave couple.

Coming park events... this coming Saturday.

Non-competitive Afternoon of Darts
14:00 - 16:00
Description: Come join us for a non-competitive afternoon of darts. Everyone welcome regardless of playing skill. No cost to play, bring snacks if you wish.

Actually the calendar says there will be darts on December 10 and 17 also.

Euchre night
19:30 - 23:00
Description: The Bare Bistro, along with Marc & Suzy B., will be hosting a Euchre Night following dinner. Please bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Everyone welcome.

If you are going south this year, let me know and send me photos and I will post them here. Posting photos of a nice warm climate would be a nice change.

Time to put up my tree... and decorate the outside of the trailer.

Ho... ho... ho...

Hmmm, I wonder where my decorations are...