Monday, December 31, 2012
The winter is quiet here and I'm tired of reporting that nothing is happening... so... see you in a while.
I shall return when the activity picks up.
Friday, December 21, 2012
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-holic or something. It's a once-a-year treat for goodness' sake! Enjoy it! Have one for me. Have two.
3. If something comes with gravy, take it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat once. Repeat twice.
4. As for mashed potatoes, find out if it's made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. Hello?!? The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free.
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three (3). When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, so avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or when you get up from the table, you have not been paying attention!! Remedy: Re-read tips, and remember this motto:
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Plus there is NO snow here. It's been raining all day though.
Now here is a place with a lot of snow. Dave (of Dave and Judy) on his roof shovelling. HA HA HA.
Mags in the snow.
The beach street in Wasaga Beach (click photo for a larger photo). This is close to where Dave and Judy live...
In a previous blog I thanked an anonymous donor for the shuffleboard rocks. Well... the Park bought them... plus a sweeper, wax, scoreboard and the rule book (as if we need RULES).
The lake has frozen, thawed, frozen, thawed...
Here is a photo from Judy (thanks!) : "strawberries in frosty snow" .
Here are a few photos from around the Park from Kim and Wendy (thanks!) : A Pileated Woodpecker has been leaving a real impression.
Not much is happening here. Movie night was last night, not sure how many attended. I hear it was a National Geographic film.
The potholes are coming back.
The water was off in Helios last night at around midnight. Not sure why as I didn't get an email but then, no one was probably awake that late around here. :-D
( waving at all the people in Florida and Texas )
NINE DAYS until Christmas...
I will leave you with a photo of some Amish Christmas lights. (Take offense if you wish... I have an Amish friend and he would find it hilarious.)
I am NOT saying 'Happy Holidays'... it's CHRISTMAS.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Not many people are here... there aren't any events... nothing has happened... ho hum.
Go Christmas shopping.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here are some photos of Wendy and Kim's NEW addition to their trailer. Thanks for the photos.
The addition is on the right.
A side view of the addition.
There is also a porch on the back.
I think all the windows are now in and it is ready for winter.
Here is something cool, taken last night. The Outback's light reflecting on the ice on the lake. Okay, it may not be that cool but it is unusual.
The snow melted a bit...
Also, thanks to the mystery donor of the rocks for the shuffleboard table at the Outback. The office said they didn't buy them.
According to the Licence of Occupation that everyone has signed. "Pets must be kept under control (i.e. on their leash) at all times..." This includes CATS. There are a few of us here who are NOT happy about the cats that are stalking and killing our birds. There are other people who are not happy with the cats pooping in their gardens. Please, keep YOUR animals on YOUR own lot. Building a cage would work.
That's it... not much to say these days.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Marc and Moose enjoying the snow... well... at least Moose is enjoying it.
Singin' in the snow. Photo of me... thanks Judy!
A few other snow photos... thanks Judy! (nice leg (grin)) As always, click photo to enlarge it.
Not many people out and about these days... except for the shovellers.
The potholes in the seasonal section were being filled when the snow hit... and that has been put on hold.
The Yurt is nice and warm and toasty... I visited and checked it out on Saturday during my walkie.
This is a very blurry photo of a red bellied woodpecker on one of my feeders. Click to enlarge. It flew away right after the photo and didn't return so this is the only photo I managed to take.
Hmmm, my railing needs paint. I was going to cover it in plexiglass before the winter but didn't get to it ... oh... well... :-)
I don't think there are any events planned in the near future. I can't get the calendar to display on the Bare Oaks site so... here is the link... access it yourself. Ha ha. http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/events.html
I was bored on my walk so did a snow angel.
I will leave you with an excellent photo. Check the sign in the bottom right too. ha ha ha.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
To all you people who have pets who wander around or go near the lake... KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THE LAKE. The last thing you want is for your animal to get his leg caught in a trap. Feel free to tell the people with pets who don't read the blog... to keep them away from the lake.
Judy... you might want to stay out of the lake too (or anyone else who still goes in the lake) ... as you might step IN a trap. I don't want to hear the screams (grin).
Monday, November 19, 2012
The construction of the addition to a park model in Helios is going well... the sides are up and the roof is on. Now the holes (doors) need to be filled in the sides.
We have a few visitors on the lake. Thanks Judy for the photo!
I suppose it will only be a matter of time before they are trapped and killed. Ah well. Perhaps some thought could be put into moving them instead of killing them every year.
Around 8 to 10 people attended the old movie night on Saturday night.
The Yurt is now filling up with furniture! I was visiting yesterday and it is nice and toasty inside.
The potholes are better except for a few on the road to the seasonal section.
Not much going on.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
It is 44F / 7C at the moment.
Posted by the Bare Oaks Blog:
There is a Winter Nude Beach Volleyball Tournament scheduled at:
Saturday, January 5th, 9am registration start.
Saturday 17th is the next movie night at the Park, showing My Bare Lady, filmed in 1963.
Here is the info: http://www.bareoaks.ca/social/flyers/my-bare-lady.png
I had some visitors at my birdfeeder yesterday.
Evening Grosbeaks... 6 of them! (click for larger image) They were bright yellow.
The potholes are being filled! Two days with two people working on them. It is getting fairly smooth out there. Two batches of screening so far.
There aren't many people laying out and getting a tan these days... :-D
Sunday, November 11, 2012
It's a dreary day though... no rain but many clouds.
No snow yet.
The invoices for the site fees and memberships are in... or have been mailed or ... however you get your invoices. Payment is not due until April 1.
The membership rates have not increased but if you pay by December 16, there is a 3% discount. If you pay by February 1, there is a 1.5% discount.
For the site fees, there is a (roughly) 3% increase but if you pay by December 16, there is a 3% discount. If you pay by February 1, there is a 1.5% discount.
It was busy today... lots of people walking around and looking at the Yurt and finishing the closing of their trailers.
I have my snow tires on... :-D
Winter... is ... coming....
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Some of the potholes have been filled. Thanks Larry!
Here is a photo display of the Yurt building. I didn't get a lot of photos but I think I managed to show the progress. The seller said it would take 2 hours for 2 people. HAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA.
It took from about 1pm to about 6pm (or 7pm?). The first few hours only Kim and Missy worked on it but I think, as people showed up... it took 3 - 4 hours for around 8 people. (Kim, Missy, Dean, Frankie (sp?), Judy, JL, me - I read the instructions which was a good thing at times :-) I think Marc and Suzie were there too but it was before I arrived. Oh and Moose was there, I'm sure he helped.
As always: click the photo for a larger picture.
Photo: The floor has been done for quite a while. Even though it was protected from the rain, it still got wet.
Photo: The frame is up. The plastic bag beside the car contains the side insulation. The entire Yurt fit into the back of the pickup truck.
Photo: Another view.
Photo: The top hole which will hold the plastic skylight.
Photo: The door, ready to be installed, and the skylight.
Photo: The installed door.
Photo: Putting the wall insulation around the sides. It wasn't heavy but it was BIG. The top of the insulation had to be velcrowed to the top of the frame. The windows had to be aligned, which took a few tries.
Photo: The finished wall insulation.
Photo: The wall insluation is on and velcrowed together. The white squares are where the windows are located.
Photo: Missy working on the sides of the door. I swear that part took as long as building the rest of the place. The instructions were not that good.
Photo: The top roof is on. It came in one piece, as did the roof insulation. That was fun, unfolding it when it was ON the roof. That is Dean with his head poking through. He was on a very tall ladder for a very long time, sorting out all the pieces on the roof, the insulation, the top layer and the skylight.
Photo: a bunch of people putting on the side of the Yurt. It came in one piece so had to be carried around the Yurt while Dean (on the right) zipped it up.
Photo: Dean trying to sort out the stuff around the top hole. Everything had be be EXACT when installed.
Photo: Finishing off the zipping.
Photo: The almost finished Yurt... I lightened this photo as it was DARK when it was finished.
Photo: Kim and Missy looking very tired... in the dark (I lightened the photo) in front of their NEW HOME.
Photo: Here is a picture of Marc and Moose helping (snickering). Okay that is not entirely accurate but it is a good photo.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
One of the park models here was getting a new metal roof today, another was getting skirting and another is getting an addition.
The lake is up about 6 inches... but still down from the spring by about 6 inches.
A load of screening was delivered to help fill the potholes in the driveway which were really bad. The front driveway is a LOT better but there are still a lot of holes past the gate and on the road to the back.
I hear the Yurt is showing up tomorrow!! Yeah! I will take photos. :-)
Don't forget to turn your clocks BACK tonight. An extra hour of sleep!!
I hear it is going to be a brutal winter so my snow tires are going on next week.
A few seasonal people were up today but I think they were just closing their trailers. Some trailers have pulled out for the winter and the 'I've got another place down South' people have left.
The park model that was for sale in Helios beside Larry/Gummy ... has been sold. I don't think there are any other places for sale in Helios.
The creek is up but not overflowing the banks which is surprising considering the rain we got...
No damage was done to any trailer from the 'hurricane'... no trees are down, basically it was just a big rainstorm.
Here is the first Yurt photo... the bottom is done and tarped.
Quiet... very quiet here. Oh, except for around 4am when the coyotes are howling and really close. I heard two packs the other morning. I would never go for a walk at that time, what with the bears and coyotes :-)
Dreary day but at least there was no rain...
Euchre tonight... starts at 7:30.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Temperature is 40F / 4C. Brrr. No snow yet thought.
Trip report on the Halloween party from Judy ... thanks! I was out of the park so was unable to attend. I thought about dropping in at midnight when I got back as it seemed to be still going... which is great! I have to leave some names off the report as I don't have permission to post them. I hear around 50 people attended.
" The Hallowe'en dinner and dance was a real success. Dean had ordered enough food to feed an army - lots left over that he was giving away for lunch the next day. Monica won scariest costume as a lady vampire, P. (female) was best costume (I think she was Lady Gaga all decked out in silver lamé and spikes) and the funniest was the guy dressed as a cat toy (his wife was the cat).
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The roads are very wet and the potholes are full of water.
Temperature is 45F / 7C which is a bit nippy.
Not much happening these days... it was in the 70's F / 22's C Thursday and very nice. Yesterday it was cooler with a smattering of rain.
The water was off in Helios (and at the Clubhouse, I'm assuming) on Thursday for a few hours. I think the broken part was replaced on Friday.
Most of the leaves are off the trees now. I was going to put out more pumpkin bags but it never did dry up enough to do it so... there are only a few around the park.
Photo: the location of the Yurt. I checked yesterday and it has not been built yet.
A few people have told me that the kitty photos were cool. Thanks again Judy for taking them.
I don't have any other photos to post... (hint, hint). Yes, I know, I should be taking some but I keep forgetting.
There have been many people passing by and admiring the new walkway at Judy and JL's.
No bear (or large dog) sightings at the garbage this week.
I hear there is a Sunday afternoon ark building party... someone bring a tape measure marked in cubits.
One of your usual fall October rainy days today...
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The temperature at the moment is 42F / 5C. A tad chilly.
It has rained at night most of this week.
A Bare Oaks Blog came out last week stating: "A bear was spotted on Wednesday night near the garbage bin... etc. "
I was told today by someone that " it wasn't a bear, it was a large black dog."
Okay I don't care, I'm not going to the garbage by myself at night anymore. :-) Does anyone know what is actually going on?
The water on Beckett is OFF, as is the outside water on Helios. I don't know if the washrooms on Beckett still have water but I'm going to assume they do as it is not that cold during the day yet.
Comment from Judy...
Oooo, pretty!! I wonder if there was some sort of chart for the placing of the stones... (grin). I watched JL cut stones yesterday... I'm sure he is quite deaf now. ;-) Also, I think a few of the stones around the Japanese maple are MISSING...
Someone told me today that there was a movie night last night... did anyone go? I just checked the events and here is the blurb: "With Halloween just around the corner come out and join us for Naturist Movie Night featuring "Nudist Colony of the Dead"". Gezz, I actually HAVE that movie lol.
Is there a Yurt being built at the back yet?
The potholes coming into the park are a lot better. The potholes going to the back are pretty bad.
There are not many people visiting the seasonal spots these days... a few people have already left for their winter homes in Florida and Texas.
I now have my mitts, touques, snowshovels out and my plants are covered with straw for the winter. I hear it is going to be a really bad winter. ack ack.
I just checked the blog and it snowed last October 26 (2011). HA HA HA. We are only five days away from that date. Of course it didn't snow for most of November last year so...
Here is a photo of my predator cat (snort... NOT !)... thanks Judy for the photos. It seems Amber caught a mouse... and then tried to figure out what it was... have no fear, it was alive when it was released.
Photo: okay Ms. Cat... you don't scare me.
Okay... what is this thing... maybe if I touch it...
Maybe if I pet it...
Okay... bored now...
That's it... not much to report... but I did see the truck was being outfitted with the blade for the snow today.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It has been cold and rainy and below freezing at night most days this week.
The temperature outside at the moment is 62F / 16C. That is a LOT warmer. I like warm :-)
My mulberry tree had leaves two days ago and yesterday NO leaves. Most of the leaves will be falling off the trees within a week. If you wanted to wander around to see the 'fall colors'... it may be too late.
The Bare Oaks blog was sent out yesterday:
"... The (seasonal water) shutdown is scheduled for this Friday (October 19th)
We will try to keep the washrooms and showers in Beckett Circle open a bit longer.
We will also be closing the pool. But given the weather in the last few weeks, that probably doesn't impact anyone...
There you go... close your trailer this week if it isn't already done.
The gardens are being finished and winterized around the park.
The aerator has been put away for the season so... it is quiet by the lake if you want to walk around it and enjoy the birds now.
Speaking of birds... if you have fed them all summer and DON'T intend to feed them all winter, please stop feeding them now. They will start to rely on your food and it will be too late to move on once the snow flies. I feed them all summer and winter and I have noticed that the summer birds are gone and the winter birds are back. That doesn't mean you only feed them on the weekends and hope their food lasts all week... that doesn't work. Ask JL ... ha ha ha. He loaded one of his feeders at 12:30pm and the food was mostly gone by around 4pm. They are hungry.
A lot of people have commented on the thing about the Hummingbird I posted in the last blog. If you haven't seen it, go and take a look. It is short and a series of photos on another website.
A duck landed in the pond around dusk... probably on his way south. Only one duck.
After all the rain we've had, the potholes are bad.
The water was off for a while in Helios on Saturday due to a burst pipe near the clubhouse.
Time to start your humidifiers... and shut down your air conditioners.
Not much going on these days but I did see a few naked people wandering around... now that had to be cold.
No snow yet though :-D
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Due to the crappy weather, everyone is rushing around doing all the chores that should be done before it freezes. Uh oh, TOO LATE :-)
I had 32 chores to do... my list is down to 14 today. I left the easy stuff 'til last...
Thanks to Bruce for helping me fill the pumpkin bags you see around the park. There are more to do but we need dry(er) leaves for the next batch.
Here is a photo of poison ivy with it's fall colors... thanks Wendy and Kim!
It rained off and on on Saturday and I got this great shot of the rainbow. You have to click for a larger photo as the Outback looks surreal.
The sinking paddleboat in the photo above is no longer sinking. I was told that someone dumped the water out of it... but I haven't seen it in a few days.
The speed bumps have been removed. I don't think there is a need for them as the potholes slow people down.
I still don't know when the water is going off at the back as I keep forgetting to ask. It will probably be soon if the weather stays bad... and not soon if the weather gets better.
Cuba is a very popular destination for a lot of the park people this year. Florida is always popular too.
According to the official Bare Oaks Blog... kids are welcome at the Halloween Party. Kids are welcome at any event regardless of the time as long as the parents watch them. Here is the information:
"There has been a rumour going around that children are not welcome at the Halloween Dinner and Dance. It is the policy of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park that nobody is excluded from any park-sanctioned activity. That includes events organized by volunteer members and approved by the social committee.
With regards to the upcoming Halloween Dinner and Dance, we have spoken to the organizers and they told us that they are not excluding children from attending. In order to emphasize this, they are now offering a half-price ($10) ticket for children 10 and under.
There certainly are events at Bare Oaks that may be better suited for more limited demographics. But whether a child should attend an event is up to the parents to decide. For example, how late a parent allows children to stay at an event is their decision. As well, parents understand that if they bring their children to an event where adults consume alcohol, they could be exposed to language and behaviour that they may have to explain. But any behaviour that is truly inappropriate for children to see is almost certainly unsuitable for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
It is understandable that adults sometime want to spend time without their children. Of course, there are many places outside of Bare Oaks where people can do that. And at Bare Oaks, members are welcome to hold events at their campsite where they are free to invite (and exclude) anyone they want. But park-sanctioned events will never exclude children because we do not want to preclude parents from attending. (sometimes, parents cannot find child care) As long as parents take responsibility for their children, as they are required to do, it should not impede anyone else's ability to enjoy themselves. "
I haven't heard any rumors about kids at parties.
I hear there will be Chinese food at the party instead of a potluck. I like Chinese food. However, at the last Chinese food event, people showed up early and all the food was gone and there was nothing left for the people who showed up at the correct time. Perhaps someone (or many people) should serve the food this time. I'm just sayin' ...
I think that no one should be allowed to have food higher than 2 inches on their plate... whoa, that is an excellent idea. Okay, I'll stop now :-D
Not many people were at Euchre on Saturday, I think someone said 4 people or 1 table.
The propane truck was in today.
Now for a few OLD photos. Thanks Royce for the photos! Two pictures of Royce's trailer and looking out from his trailer... has to be about 15 years ago. Hey, I forgot to ask... or I asked and forgot the answer (grin). Pick one.
I will end this blog with an ad :-). Hey it's my blog and I rarely advertise.
My book: The Funny Side of Going Naked is on SALE for CHRISTMAS.
The promotional video is here: http://www.netnude.com/. Ron Coleman made the video/movie and it is cool.
Click the appropriate link for an Apple or Other computer. The information on the book is here: http://www.nudietoons.ca/ It's perfect for a gift :-) $8.95 plus $5.00 for shipping. Email me if you have any questions.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Okay... the blog may be sorted out... or not :-D
The paddle boat is sinking... yes, it is slowlyyyyyyy going down.
If anyone is interested in going for a York Region "Take a Walk in the Forest.", here is the information. Wendy and Kim will be going to a few of them.
Here is the info on the one coming up on October 10:
Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy 48, Stouffville
Keep in mind the egg is smaller than a tic tac and a quarter fits the opening of the nest! This is truly amazing.
Be sure to click on NEXT PAGE at the bottom of each page; there are 5 pages in all.
A lady found a hummingbird nest and got pictures all the way from the egg to leaving the nest.
It took 24 days from birth to flight.
Because you'll probably never in your lifetime see this again, enjoy; and please share.
CLICK ON BLUE LINK BELOW!