Friday, December 27, 2013

Ice and snow

 
Well this has been a bad winter.  Ice one day, snow the next, ice the next.  I am sooooo tired of shovelling.

Lots of people were here on Boxing Day... which was yesterday and they were wandering around chatting with everyone who was out shovelling.

Here are some photos.

This is a Beer Bush. You need to drink something to keep you picking away at the inch or two of ice. (Click to enlarge).  You can see that ice is covering the entire bush.



Photo of the Outback as seen through the icy trees.


The lake on December 25th. (Thanks Judy for some of the photos, I took the rest).


The lake on December 26th... Judy said: " these 2 pictures were taken 16 hours apart. Overnight we have had almost 4" of snow (21 cm)"




Photo of a rental cabin.  It has two sets of bunk beds, a sitting area and small kitchen area.




This is a closeup of a bush that is COVERED in ice. The trees look like this too... which is why there is so much damage in the Toronto area.



Taken across the lake.


The rink on the lake has not been shovelled in a while.  It is not wise to go on the lake. 

We were at the Clubhouse today and watched a few games of darts.  Only the dart players were there.  Where are all the people who used to show up during the Christmas holidays? 

The roads are clear and wide... and are being maintained on a regular basis.  Very nice.  Thanks Rosie!

It's 23F at the moment... with no wind so it is not really cold out.

A bunch of us were out carolling around the park on Christmas night.  There were a few people here and they all seemed to  enjoy it.  We did have to pound on Royce's door to wake him up ... heh heh.  We are now officially known as 'The Sortilege Singers'... look it up ;-D

All the trailers and sheds are fine in the seasonal area ... the ice load has not done any damage.

The Bare Bistro is closed this week.

That's it for now.  I will leave you with a photo of a house with a beautiful set of Christmas lights on the front porch...



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Weather alert

As a lot of you are trying to travel in the ice conditions... I thought I would post a weather map for you.

Click on map to enlarge.


Ice Everywhere

Incredible.

This place is covered in ice.  There is at least half an inch on my decks... on my car... on the roads... everywhere.

It will take at least half an hour to scrape the ice off my car... but at least I have a cloth cover on the windshield... that will make it a LOT easier.

Here are two photos of Judy's car... covered in ice...


She has a cloth cover on her windshield too. 




Here is a photo of the covered chairs on the deck (Thanks Judy!).



Plus the Christmas lights in the tree.




The temperature is 31F... hovering right below zero so it isn't going to melt any time soon.

There is NO salt or sand on the roads here so drive slowly or you will end up in the ditch or the forest.  Calling CAA won't help today as it will be tomorrow before they show up.

People are actually out and about... walking around.  I hope they have crampons or cleats on their boots.

I hear there is another ice storm coming tonight. 

I just watched a bird land on my deck... and skid right off.  I threw seeds around this morning... they are very hungry birds as everything is frozen.

What is with this weather??!!  I'm tired of the winter already. Actually I was tired of it mid-November ha ha ha.

The official Bare Oaks Blog last week said:

"Together with the Bare Bistro and the GTA Skinnydippers, Bare Oaks is in the Christmas spirit of giving. You can see the lovely and very tall Christmas tree we have standing in the clubhouse dining room. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child. We are collecting gifts for children ages infant to late teens. If you would like to make a financial donation, we will put your name on a Christmas decoration and you can hang it on the tree!

You can contact the Bare Oaks office, Liz in the Bare Bistro or Ron at GTA Skinnydippers.

In the famous words of Santa in the poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas :
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!*

Note: the office/store will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) but facilities are always open to members using their key fob."


Four more sleeps until Christmas. I hope you are finished with your shopping.  Today is supposed to be the WORST shopping day of the year.  Don't worry though, it is probably mostly guys out there wandering around aimlessly.  Ok ok, that was a shot. (snickering)

The lake appears to be thawing.  Don't go on it.

I checked the basement of the Clubhouse yesterday and there is no change.  I thought it was going to be reorganized?

There is a rink being built near the Clubhouse soon.  If the outline had been in place, the rink would be covered in ice today.

Tonight (starting at 7:30) at the Clubhouse, we have: "Christmas videos part 5: Saturday the 21st: "For our final Christmas viewing for this year we have “Frosty the Snowman” & “The Muppet Christmas Carol”"

The roads have been plowed.  The first attempt was not successful as it looked like the blade was too high... the second attempt worked a lot better. The roads are icy, they cannot be plowed now due to the ice and you can't plow ice anyways.

That's all the excitement for this week. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday

Cold !

Cold !!

Cold !!!

It's 6F or minus 15C.  The wind is blowing and it is COLD.

We've had about an inch of snow all day.  It is snowing now but it's not heavy.

There was someone on the rink on the lake clearing it today but s/he gave up.  I guess the cold wind was too much.

I think there are darts happening at the Clubhouse.

Note:  The GTA Skinnydippers swim tonight IS NOT CANCELLED.  It is at the South Common Pool 6:30 - 9:00.

Tonight:  Christmas videos part 3:  "Tonight we will be showing a back to back special of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. We will start off with the cartoon released back in 1966 and follow with the more recent movie staring Jim Carrey. The first show will begin at 7:30PM."

The Bare Bistro hours.  That is the restaurant in the Clubhouse.
This Sunday it is closing early.

The Bare Bistro will be closed Saturday December 28th and Sunday December 29th for the Christmas Holidays.  We will reopen on Saturday January 4th, 2014 with our regular winter hours.

REGULAR HOURS OF OPERATION
> FALL/WINTER/SPRING HOURS <
MONDAY - FRIDAYCLOSED
SATURDAY8:00AM - 11:00AM
12:00PM - 3:00PM
6:00PM - 7:30PM
SUNDAY8:00AM - 2:00PM
8:00AM - 10:30AM
Hours subject to change
Check back weekly for updates

Bare Bistro accepts cash directly.  Credit card, Debit & purchase on account can be processed through the office.
That's it for today....

11 more sleeps until Christmas!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday

It's been very VERY cold the past few days with a much colder wind. It snowed last night again... but it was fluffy snow and only an inch or two deep.

Temperature at the moment is 15F. 

The lake rink was started by Wendy and Kim.  While Wendy works to clear the ice Kim relaxes and skates (actually HE cleared the big skating area first!)  Thanks Judy for all the photos!




I watched a hockey game for a while (with about 4 players) yesterday during the day. I dug out three hockey sticks from my back shed.  This is the first year the ice has been good enough for skating as it is very smooth.

Today Susie and Mike cleared the rink.  It's a very cold job. 

I always decorate my outside trees a few weeks before Christmas.  The balls are really big (about 7 inches across) even though they look small. 



This is a little sparrow's nest found on the Bunny Trail. (Click photos to enlarge.)




This is a huge termite nest found in a tree in Cuba.  Hey, nothing like a little variety. :-)




A photo of Royce's jockey ... decorated for Christmas.




Royce's tree...



A closeup of a friend's cat's eyeball ... What?  I was on a roll with photos.



The Vagina Monologues are on Saturday January 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm in preparation for a V-Day event to be held on the upcoming Bare Necessities cruise February 9th, 2014

Reserve a seat by placing a call at 905-473-6060 (Bare Oaks Office) or email suzyandmarc@gmail.com

You must reserve a seat. Seats are going quickly.

Important note:  You should have the renewals/invoices for your site fees and membership fees by now.  The 3% discount has been extended... so you will get the discount if you pay by December 22.   If you pay by February 1, it is a 1.5% discount.  If you pay by April 1, it is a ZERO % discount.  :-)

A song about a Christmas toy ... but only the refrain this time.

"It went "Zip" when it moved, and "Bop" when it stopped,
And "Whirrr" when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will."

Remember that one?  It was The Marvellous Toy by Peter, Paul & Mary.


 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow

It snowed last night!  Only a few inches but it is packing snow... or is wasn't packing snow and is now melting.

It's very white out...

News from the BARE OAKS PLAYERS.

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The first task at hand for this newly formed theatre group, was to name it appropriately.

Fourteen (14) names were submitted and most resonated well.

A committee was formed (the cast and crew of The Vagina Monologues) and with very little debate, we voted for Bare Oaks Players.
Thank you for those who submitted this name. Yes, we had more than one submission of the name.

Our first task is now complete, one that will identify our group and its mandate.

We will be scheduling an afternoon of readings to select our first official season playbill. Exciting!

Where: Bare Oaks New Forest Room

When: A Saturday or Sunday in March 2014

Interested?

Let us know at suzyandmarc@gmail.com

Bare Oaks Players 'undressed rehearsal'

The Vagina Monologues Saturday January 18th, 2014 @ 8:00pm

in preparation for a V-Day event to be held on the upcoming Bare Necessities cruise February 9th, 2014

Reserve a seat by placing a call at 905-473-6060 (Bare Oaks Office) or email suzyandmarc@gmail.com

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Here is something that may be of interest to some of you. The course is at the Sports Complex in Mt. Albert.  You will have to click on the photo to get details. I know that some of you are certified at the moment (I am). This sort of course comes in handy for saving lives (grin).  Plus you get a swell plastic card for your wallet.  You HAVE to register. 

 
 

Yeah yeah, that has nothing to do with the Park but... it may come in handy at the Park.

Now, on to more pressing details.

I don't see a skating rink at the front... not sure of the status of the rink.

But... Wendy and Kim have shovelled off a large part of the lake so... you can skate there!

Has the basement been reorganized yet? 

You should have the renewals/invoices for your site fees and membership fees by now.  Don't forget about the 3% discount if you pay by December 16.   If you pay by February 1, it is a 1.5% discount.  If you pay by April 1, it is a ZERO % discount.  :-)

Christmas videos part 2: "Come join us on Friday evening and continue the Christmas spirit with a showing of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle All the Way”. The first show will begin at 7:30PM."


Christmas videos part 3:  This Saturday night... "Tonight we will be showing a back to back special of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. We will start of with the cartoon released back in 1966 and follow with the more recent movie staring Jim Carrey. The first show will begin at 7:30PM."


Christmas videos part 4: Friday the 20th: "We start off this week’s Christmas viewing with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” & “Home Alone”.


Christmas videos part 5: Saturday the 21st: "For our final Christmas viewing for this year we have “Frosty the Snowman” & “The Muppet Christmas Carol”"


For those of you who like movies...

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The temperature is 32F.  That is better than -40F or C.  Winnipeg is not a nice place to live.

It hasn't snowed all day.  The snow is not deep enough to plow or plough.

(Education 101: In American and Canadian English, plow is the preferred spelling of the farm implement and its related verbs. Plough is the preferred spelling in the main varieties of English from outside North America.)

I'll leave you with a very popular Christmas song...

Grandma Got Run Over
By A Reindeer

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

She'd been drinkin' too much egg nog
And we'd begged her not to go
But she'd left her medication
So she stumbled out the door into the snow

When they found her Christmas mornin'
At the scene of the attack
There were hoof prints on her forehead
And incriminatin' Claus marks on her back

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walkin' home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

Now were all so proud of Grandpa
He's been takin' this so well
See him in there watchin' football
Drinkin' beer and playin' cards with cousin Belle

It's not Christmas without Grandma
All the family's dressed in black
And we just can't help but wonder
Should we open up her gifts or send them back?

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walkin' home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

Now the goose is on the table
And the pudding made of pig
And a blue and silver candle
That would just have matched the hair in Grandma's wig

I've warned all my friends and neighbors
Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a license
To a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walkin' home from our house, Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe!
 
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Hah!  I should have the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' songs...  According to Google... which knows EVERYTHING... The Twelve Days of Christmas 2013 begins on Wednesday, December 25 and ends on Sunday, January 5.
 
I need a vacation...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Freezing rain

Someone should remind me to do the blog :-D

Freezing rain today... but that is not stopping a lot of people from venturing up to the Clubhouse to take a hot tub.

We walked around Helios circle... very slippery.  Stupid idea in hindsight...

Three more weeks until Christmas... have you done your shopping yet?  HA HA HA.  I bet ... not!  I'm almost done mine.

Now to get past the Christmas parties and all-you-can-eat snack food... which is probably all diet food....

This week the lake has mostly thawed... and then frozen a bit... and then thawed.  DO NOT go onto the lake... or any other watercourse here.

D. was over at the Outback sunning nekid yesterday... no seriously... with a windbreak but... still sunning.

I hear naked bowling last weekend had about 80 people attending.  That is GREAT!!  It was in Streetsville/Mississauga .... wayyyyyyyyy  too far away from Newmarket.  There must be a lot of people in that area though as the attendance was high. 

Not much going on...

I just checked the Bare Oaks events calendar here: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/events.html

There are 'Christmas Videos' this coming Saturday.  Oooo.  If I have to watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' one more time, I may hang myself... lol.  Okay, sorry but... I'm usually blunt. Maybe they should show the Christmas cartoon movies sometime ... now THOSE are good.

On Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 PM

"Welcome to the GTA Skinny Dippers Christmas Party. Lots of Pizzas will be served mid evening. The features of this pool are a large kids depth area,..."

Location is shown only to members... here is the blurb: http://www.meetup.com/Winter-Naturism/events/152771862/

There is no Bare Oaks Christmas event this year.  The office is closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.

That's it for now... I will have photos next time.  Judy hasn't sent me any this week LOL.  (waving at Judy.)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday ... Monday... la la ... la la la la

It snowed a bit last night but it is ABOVE freezing at the moment.

Quiet here. 

Not much going on...

Funny, I haven't seen any naked people outside for days...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday

Well... it snowed last night. We had about 4 inches.  Whiteouts on the roads, down to one lane traffic on Queensville Sideroad ... bleck.   Cars were off the road in the ditch on HWY 48. 

Good thing I have my snow tires on :-)

The lake is covered in snow. This does help the freezing process as the snow provides a layer of insulation against ice forming.  If it continues this way, we won't be skating on it this year.

There were a number of cars in the parking lot when I left last night... so it looks like the Clubhouse was busy.

It's 18F at the moment, or minus 8C. 

The roads have NOT been plowed in the park.  'They' say it is supposed to warm up on Tuesday so... the roads will probably not be plowed.  No salt is put on the roads here... although, if I remember correctly, when the gate area gets slippery, it gets salted (or sanded?).

It is sunny today.  The sun is not melting the snow.

Most of the potholes are filled with snow now.  The road to the back is open... not that it would be closed... I'm just doing an update.

There have been a number of people driving to the back so the road is probably fine. 

Well... not much else to report on...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday

Well last night was fun...

It was soooo windy here... and we lost power for hours, from around 11pm to 5am.  Not too bad as everyone was probably sleeping at the time.

It rained a bit yesterday too and the wind is still gusting.

It was 55F yesterday and last night... that is HOT for this time of year.  At the moment it is 44F. 

The potholes from the entrance to the park to the gate have been filled!  From the gate on... they are still there but not as bad as usual.

The seasonal water is off and the outside water lines in Helios have been blown out. 

Here is a photo of the lake on November 13... brrrrr. Judy says (thanks Judy!)

"Say it ain't so!! Ice forming on our little lake!!  The snow on the deck covers a thin layer of ice. We are suppose to have the roof re-shingled next week - I'm not sure they'll be able to do it if the weather doesn't co-operate!!"



Well... the shinglers have arrived and are off loading shingles as we speak. 

Which reminds me... have you had your shingles vaccine?  (for those of you who are older).  I know a few people who have had shingles and it is not a pretty sight. 

Naked Bowling is coming up on November 30th.  It is hosted by the GTA Skinnydippers.  From 7pm to 11pm.  It is in Mississauga. Go here to check it out:  http://www.gtaskinnydippers.ca/

MEMBERS: couple / family - $20.00 MEMBERS: single adult  $15.00.
VISITOR: couple / family - $25.00 VISITOR: single adult - $20.00
Young Naturist: $5.00 (Single)  $7.00 (Couple).

Yes indeed, it cost more for a single to bowl then two people in a couple.  :-D  Not really but you can see where I'm going. 

 
As most of you know, Syl (and Gummy's) trailer has been sold and the person has taken possession of it.  (I asked if I could post this.)

Darts were being played on Saturday night.  I don't know if it will be a regular thing or not.  I was away so missed it... but then, I don't play darts. 

I hear the downstairs is getting a makeover.  I may wander over there and check it out...

That's it... go for a walk.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Snow again...

It snowed again today, but only a bit.  It is only 30F (for those of you who don't know, or forget, that is BELOW freezing ... ha ha ha).

The signs are up around the park... fast moving water (the river) and no salt used on the roads.  The first aid kit is once again on the post before the bridge to the back... hopefully someone won't STEAL this one.  What brainless idiot steals a first aid kit?  Harsh?  right... but true.

The water cistern (is that redundant?) at the back is now covered with dirt and sod.  That would make a great flying saucer ride in the winter (grin).  (looking around)...  Okay okay, maybe not. 

No photos today... so... here are some baby sea turtles that we released on the beach in Cuba... enlarge the photo... they are sooooo cute. Yeah, yeah, it has nothing to do with the park.




It doesn't look like our turtles hatched this year, maybe in the spring (yes, some hatch in the spring, I looked it up).

There you go, now the turtles have something to do with the park.

I was at the Clubhouse on Saturday afternoon and watched the dart tournament for a while.  Not sure who won... I may have fallen asleep (snickering).  I should learn how to play darts... or not. I don't think I'm allowed to throw pointy objects anymore...

So... there you have it...


Friday, November 8, 2013

Snow !!

I'm backkkkkkk. 

I was in Cuba for the week with 24 other people and 6 people from the park :-)

We had a lovely time... hot every day!  no rain! ha ha !

It snowed last night.  Here are some photos... thanks Judy!




Ho hum... snow... bleck.

So... you can tell by the photos that it has been below freezing at night.  The temperature at the moment is 46F  so it is not really cold.

Most parks have a rule that you have to take your Christmas lights down within 'x' period of time after Christmas... maybe a month or 6 weeks.  There should be a rule that you can't put your lights up before that time... !!  There are Christmas lights up at the park already... I mean... COME ON !!

No I'm not a Grinch and I don't have a problem with Christmas but... I want to shoot myself when they play Christmas carols... OVER AND OVER AND OVER in the stores.  That said... my Christmas shopping is half done... na na.

The aerator has been shut down for the winter... boy is it ever peaceful at the lake now.

I heard the water in the seasonal area is still on but I think it is going off on Monday.  Call the office to confirm.

At least one extra portapotty has been moved to the seasonal area... I saw it on it's way today.

The potholes aren't as bad as usual...

The propane tanks were filled today.

Syl is having a great time in Louisiana... she said the weather is nice and warm (grumbling).

Our 'property' tax bills are in... for those of you who pay taxes here.

This weekend's events are:

November Wave Pool Leisure swim for Emily's House

Saturday, November 9, 2013
7:30 PM to

Wave Pool
5 Hopkins Ave, Richmond Hill, ON

Come all to this fund raiser for Emily's House Hospice for Children organized by the GTA Skinny Dippers.
 
All event fees will go to Emily's House so bring all your friends and send out announcements.
Sign up (Rsvp) at www. gtaskinnydippers.ca.
 
For those who have never been, this is a fabulous event with several features to be enjoyed besides experienced naturists to talk to and we encourage you to talk to several by just introducing yourself and give them 5-10 minutes before moving on to talk to others. Just be sure not to lock on to anyone and monopolize their time unless invited to stay a bit longer. Part of naturist etiquette.
 
Amenities at this very large pool is a huge warm conversation pool, the Wave Pool that goes for 15 minutes then alternates with the nice smooth slide for 15 minutes through the night. There is also a large hot sauna guaranteed to make you sweat but not too hot.
 
This is a FAMILY swim so all ages are welcome.

The GTA Skinny Dippers usually have adult and kid prizes announced during the swim. Tickets for sale when you register. Swim attracts over 100 naturists, so don't miss out. The next swim will be in the Spring.
 
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That's it... Euchre was last weekend, the first Saturday of every month.

No sun today. 

Not much going on here...  this is for Sherri... :-)

 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday

The temperature has gone below freezing a few times this week... 29F.  Brrrr.

It snowed last Wednesday just before the Hump Day Party but it didn't stick.  Then it turned sunny!  Go figure.  Weird October.

The cormorant is back... it has to leave.  They eat TONS of fish and will destroy the lake.  If the cormorant was a road, it would be tonnes of fish ;-)

Oh come on... that was slightly humorous.

I could not do the Halloweenie pumpkin head bags this year as it hasn't stopped raining for days. It rains off and on but, if the leaves are wet, you can't pack bags so... it will not look very Halloweenie this year.  I usually put them at the clubhouse, entrance to the park... along the drive. Ah well.

I've been doing it for YEARS... it is time someone else took over this volunteer job :-)  I have the bags if you want to stuff them.

Here is a photo of Royce and his buddy Figaro. (Thanks Kim and Wendy for the photo!)  I have permission to post it.


Royce said that Figaro took 12 people for a nice sunny day ride. This was taken about 10 days ago... look ... no sweater or coat.

CHRISTMAS IS IN TWO MONTHS!!!  Time for the neverending carols in the stores .... shoot me.
The potholes are BAD.  I saw a new load of gravel so maybe it is going to be used to fill in the canyons.  :-)  It is nearly impossible to fix the road with the Kubota.  It's like dragging a blade over cement.

Here are a few photos from Judy (thanks!).

She said: "Here are a couple of photos I took of the sun setting and shining on the trees beyond the lake."

 
 



Pretty, it looks like they are on fire.  (as always, click photo to enlarge)

Update ... JL has finished the flat area of the deck and is working on the railings and side.  Can you say... SNOW !!  lol

It is 40F at the moment.  I still have no idea when the seasonal water will be turned off as I haven't asked... as I keep forgetting hah.  If you want to know, phone the office. Most of the people have left for the season and there are only a few diehards who are staying in the seasonal area for the winter.  

As I don't have much for the blog... here is a photo a friend of mine took while she was kayaking on a lake near Kelowna, B.C.  It appears that she is a much better photographer than me (shocked look).  It looks like a Group of Seven painting... you HAVE to enlarge it. 




I will leave you with a photo of the eye of a friend of mine's kitty. Very artistic and.... spooky.




(no blog next week as I will be in CUBA!)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday

What a week.  Of course, I forgot to do the blog yesterday.

I'll try to do the blog next weekend before I go to Cuba but if I don't ... I'll do it when I get back.

Did I mention I'm going to CUBA!!  Yeah... !!

We took a few photos of the moon a few nights ago. Hey, you don't send me photos... I will post my own and you know how good they are (grin).  I have a photo of Royce and Figaro but I don't have permission to post it.  So... maybe later.

This one is without flash... (click to enlarge)



This one is with flash... the moon was huge...



This one is without flash...



This one is with flash...


How artistic am I, eh?  ha ha ha.  Okay but you deserve it as I don't have any other photos.

I hope everyone is closing their trailer down for the season.  I don't know when the water in the seasonal area is going off and I could have asked Peter as I saw him about a zillion times today... but I forgot.

There were a few people up today pumping out their black water and putting in antifreeze.

I know this as I was at the back doing the roof of my trailer.  It took me NINE hours to do the entire roof... all the seams, tipouts, vents... blah blah blah.   That stuff is like painting on rubber.  That said... I'm now an EXPERT at roofing.  :-)   I only broke one trowel. The rubber fibred stuff cost  $122. (with tax) a gallon... I used TWO gallons.  You can imagine how much it would have cost if I had someone else do it.  Anyways, enough whining...

A lot of the potholes are filled with water and there are a few really bad stretches.  Peter was doing them today and has done them a few times this past week.  (waving at Peter)  I don't think it is working... just sayin'.  I think a DR Grader would work a lot better... :-)

No events this past weekend but a few people said they were up in the restaurant having dinner on Saturday night.

Next weekend is the Halloween party!!

I have not been able to put out the big orange plastic pumpkin bags this year as it won't stop raining and I can't pack leaves into bags (without the bags breaking) unless the leaves are DRY.  I'm not sure they will dry this week. I have the bags though... and the golf cart to haul them around...

Have you washed the outside of your trailer this year?  It's been a wet summer with a lot of green mold growing on the north side of the trailers.

The temperature is 44F at the moment.  It went up to around 60F today ... too cold to go nekkid outside. I'll bet Cuba is warmer ;-D

Too cold to swim in the lake.  I've been wearing my ski jacket outside.

I heard that we are going to get wet snow on Wednesday.  I choose not to listen to that person.  I think they are wrong.  They must be wrong.  It is OCTOBER.

Not much news here...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday

Happy Turkey Day!!

I worked today so... hope YOU had a good time (grin).

Here is a photo of the bird that landed on the lake the other day.  (Thanks Sandy!)  Judy thinks it is a cormorant.  I haven't looked it up so we'll go with what she said :-)  Looks like a duck to me... ;-)


The Thanksgiving potluck was very successful!!   54 people attended... and Sherri C. is a tad pissed that there was no leftover turkey heh heh.  It seems they 'picked the bird to death'.   It was at the Outback and the weather was GREAT!!  Nice to see a lot of people participating. 

It is 57F at the moment... which is nice.  This week the temperature went down to 38F at night.  During the day it has been sunny and warm. 

Okay ... this is important... how to preserve your pumpkin. 

After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.
 
There you go.
 
"Halloween Dinner and Dance Saturday October 26th 6.30 pm  $15.00......... Dance Only $5.00 after dinner... there will be spot prizes, costume prizes and door prizes. New Forest Room. Tickets at office this weekend.

Dinner is at 6:30. Spaghetti Dinner (regular and whole wheat ) sauce , meatballs, caesar salad, garlic bread, dessert."
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I couldn't do the pumpkin bags today as it was raining all day... then the leaves have to dry... ho hum.
 
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HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR
Kim and Missy's Site 225
Wednesday October 16, 2013...

4-6 pm

Please bring chairs, refreshments and snacks to share.

Everyone Welcome, including day visitors!!!
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The turtles in front of Judy and JL's did not hatch :-( ... or we did not see them leave their 'nest'.
 
It rained all last night and all day. 
 
Not many people here... you would think it was WINTER.  It is warm during the day !!
 
Sorry, there is no 'educational' blurb today. 
 
Jan
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday

Well it has been a very nice week here.  The daytime temperature has been great for October but when the sun goes down... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  It goes down to the low 40's ... it is currently 60F which is nice.

Judy sent me a photo of a cormorant on the lake today (thanks!).  She said: "It doesn't show well - maybe someone else got a better photo but the little bugger kept swimming away from me and finally took off. It's been on the lake much of today. We thought it was a loon at first but of course the colouring is wrong and finally when it took off it flew over me and I saw its hooked beak."

It looks like a stealth fighter. 



Tonight is Euchre night... and it has already started so if you are reading this... you missed it (grin).

Next Saturday the 12th at 5:30 at the Clubhouse is the Thanksgiving potluck. 50/50 draw.  Eco Friendly Draw ( bring your own plates, utensils napkins etc.)  See Sherri C. to find out what to bring as I think she is organizing it.  If not, someone tell me who is...

By the way, turkeys are on sale at Walmart for .87 a pound... while supplies last... they are going fast.  They are utility turkeys but if you know how to cook them... they are as good as Grade A... and MUCH cheaper.  I bought a huge one for $14. (No Frills does price matching. Supercenter has Grade A turkeys on for .98).  And that ends the shopping segment of the show...

The office is closed on Monday October 14.

It's rained a few times this week but it doesn't last long.  No snow yet :-)))  I have my shovels ready though.

The aerator is back on which is a good thing.  Huge piles of weeds are floating around the lake but that is not necessarily because the aerator was off for a while.  The fountain is on all the time now too.  I haven't seen many people swimming in the lake... probably due to the lower water temperature.

I hear we may be getting an ice rink this winter.  I have hockey sticks!!  Yeah! 

It is an excellent time to clean the outside of your trailer.  I've spotted a few people this week with hoses and suds.  Your trailer should be done EVERY year.  At a lot of the parks the trailers are inspected and you are given notice if there is mold on it... and 3 weeks to fix it.  If not, you are fined OR they do it for you and send you a nice big bill.  It keeps the parks looking nice.   

Last week's Hump day party was at Paul's place in Helios ... he cooked fresh corn on the cob for everyone!  Yummy.  There were around 20 people at the event.

A notice from Rainy:

HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR

Sandy's Site # 120

Wednesday October 9, 2013

4-6 pm

Please bring chairs, refreshments and snacks to share.

Everyone Welcome, including day visitors!!!
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People in the seasonal area are starting to go to their places in the south for the winter.

"Halloween Dinner and Dance Saturday October 26th 6.30 pm  $15.00......... Dance Only $5.00 after dinner... there will be spot prizes, costume prizes and door prizes. New Forest Room. Tickets at office this weekend.

Dinner is at 6:30. Spaghetti Dinner (regular and whole wheat ) sauce , meatballs, caesar salad, garlic bread, dessert."
Is it too early to put out the big orange Halloweenie heads along the driveway? Some stores are getting low on Halloween stuff already. Seriously ??!!  It is only October 5.  There are two Halloween stores in the strip plaza at Davis and Yonge (SE corner).  However, driving there would make for a fun time as IT'S IMPOSSIBLE... due to the construction. 

This news item has nothing to do with Bare Oaks but I find it completely amazing... I hope no one out there plans to visit a national park in the USA anytime soon.
-------------------------------------401 national parks closed due to government shutdown
Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service has closed all 401 national parks and suspended operation of dozens of community assistance programs.
photo Peter J Bellis via Flickr
photo Peter J Bellis via Flickr
 
All park grounds, visitor centers, hotels, campgrounds, and park roads – except for thru ways – are closed. All programs are canceled and permits issued for special events on park grounds nationwide are rescinded.

Park visitors in all overnight campgrounds and lodges have been given until no later than 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 3 to make other arrangements and leave the park.
National parks will remain closed until the government reopens.

The National Park System hosts more than 282 million people per year, and more than 715,000 people per day in October. Those visitors spend about $76 million per day in communities near national parks.

Examples of impacts of a shutdown of the National Park Service include:
  • 15,000 people a day planning to visit the Statue of Liberty will have their reservations cancelled.
  • All mule trips in Grand Canyon National Park, an iconic tradition dating back more than 125 years, will be cancelled.
  • More than 7,500 people a day coming to enjoy Old Faithful and the other splendors of Yellowstone National Park will be turned away.
  • The cancellation of thousands of interpretive and education programs and special events at parks across the country.
An October shutdown is costing the National Park Service an estimated $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping.

The shutdown will affect more than 20,000 National Park Service employees, who are furloughed until an appropriation is passed (3,000 employees continue to work, providing essential services, including security, emergency services and firefighting). Additionally, approximately 25,000 concession employees are employed in national parks during the summer and about half of them are still on the job in early October.

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown, closing off access to 750,000 web pages about national parks and programs. NPS.gov is used extensively for educational purposes and travel planning by 91 million unique visitors every year.
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I wonder what they are trying to accomplish.  I tell ya... if I had booked a vacation from another country to visit ... say... Yosemite... I'd be a tad pissed.

I'll leave you with a lovely photo...


o/~ o/~  Palm trees grow and rents are low and you know I keep thinkin' about... makin' my way back...o/~    (remember that song?)