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?)