Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday

Well... it is the last day of January.  Two more months of snow.

It has warmed up in the past few days and is hovering on freezing at the moment. 

Here is a message from Suzy of the Bare Oaks Players.

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Playbill 2014/15 - Discussion and readings.

On Saturday March 8, 2014, Bare Oaks Players will be hosting a meeting to discuss the Playbill format for 2014/15 and start reading a few plays.

We would like to start at 1:00pm at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and hope to keep you busy and engaged until approximately 4:00pm.

Since we would like to be prepared, please let us know if you will be attending.

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend the "Undressed rehearsal" of The Vagina Monologues, I can tell you that it was well received with about 30 audience members in attendance.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday March 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at Bare Oaks.

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The roads have been plowed.

The price of propane is going up.  This is a letter from management:

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Bare Oaks Members.   January 24, 2014

Please find attached communication from RS Bulk Propane regarding propane supply and pricing.

The changes noted will take effect as of the next fill.  Bare Oaks will be monitoring and reviewing the pricing levels and supply levels with RS Bulk on a monthly basis in order to ensure that we are receiving the best possible pricing.

Propane pricing has been steadily increasing since August of 2013, but RS Bulk held to the contract price.  This is no longer possible given the current conditions in the market place.

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This is just a heads up.  To net out the RS Bulk letter (as I'm too lazy to type it all in) ... due to the cold weather, the Sarnia suppliers are raising their prices therefore our price will go up by $0.14 per litre  and will now be $0.78.  That is about a 20% increase.  Now if you are paying $1200. a year for propane, your bill will go up an additional $240... approximately.  The math may, or may not, be correct... get out your calculator and do it yourself  :-D

In case you wish to visit the park on the weekends, people have been gathering in the basement on Saturday afternoon.  To play darts, ping pong, pool... whatever.  Now that I have said that... no one will probably show up this Saturday.  ha ha.

The rink on the lake looks lonely.  It is all shovelled and waiting for people to skate on it.

Rumor has it... due to the deep freeze this winter... we will have fewer mosquitos in the spring.  Then someone pointed out that they have mosquitos the size of small birds in Alaska and their weather is cold all the time.  We'll just have to wait and see.

Not much is going on here... except for the daily snow shovelling... BLAH.

If you are looking for something to give your other half this Valentines day... here is a Plush Kitten Bouquet ... available at http://www.thinkgeek.com/valentines/  (great store!)


The Bouquet also comes in Unicorns... ;-)

The End.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Warmer...

Today the temperature is 17F or -8 C.

That is a lot better than the last few days (and nights) when it was minus 30.  

In case you have an appliance at your place that needs to be repaired in future. Here is my experience.  I had NO idea how difficult it would be to get something fixed here.  

My gas dryer was no longer producing heat a few weeks ago. I did not do most of this repair job ... P. was in charge of this repair.  I am a little tired of 'things going wrong' and washed my hands of this one :-D (We had to replace the kitchen faucet last week too... and on and on and on...)

1. P. phoned the furnace repair guy who usually cleans my furnace ... three times and left messages. He did not call back which makes me think he is probably in Florida or somewhere warm. Good for him ... ptttttttttttttt.

2. Talked to Rick W. (y'all know who that is) who said he couldn't do it as he would probably have a problem getting parts but he said to call Northern Appliances in Keswick. Called them and when they returned the call... they said they didn't do propane appliances.

3. Called RS Propane (our propane provider) in case they had a guy. They did. Phoned the guy who is situated out of Barrie. He said it was too far and they didn't do 'white appliances'.  Not sure what that means but I think they only do 'commercial' stuff.  

4. Then P. went on the internet and googled. :-D
5. Found 'The Appliance Doctor' in Newmarket/Keswick. http://appliancerepairnewmarket.com/

6. Phoned Daniel Catt (answering service). He called back almost immediately! (shocked look)

7. He said... how about today... (another shocked look). He said he would call again when he was 10 minutes away. P. gave him the model number and P. said he thought it might be the igniter and Dan said he had the parts. (blink)

8. I called the office to let them know that someone was coming in  ... with no response.

9. Dan called again in another hour (or so) and said he was 10 minutes out and I called the office again with no response.  

10. We walked over to the office and it was closed. P. rode back with him. (Note: bring your fob when you come up here or you might not be able to get into the building.)

11. It took him an hour to dismantle the dryer, test a lot of the parts, fix it and put it back together. It was $80. for the service call (standard cost), $70. for the part (it was a big part) = $150. including tax... PLUS TIP. Hey, with that sort of service how can you not tip someone?

My dryer is fixed... yeah!!   If you want any major appliance fixed in your place, call him. He is excellent. He does not do furnaces though. Check his website, the video is funny.
 

On a final note... THANKS CATHERINE... for letting me use your dryer ... I only used it once as it was wayyyy too cold to lug wet laundry around. I used my flying saucer ... which was GREAT.

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Now on to important stuff.  No events are on the calendar.  Nothing is going on here.

There is an event TOMORROW NIGHT.  Go here to check it out: http://gtaskinnydippers.ca/EVENTS.html.  It is put on by the GTA Skinnydippers and is at a pool in Newmarket. It says on the page 'Directions. Click here' but there is no link so email this address if you want to RSVP or ask for information rsvp@gtaskinnydippers.ca or info@gtaskinnydippers.ca

I haven't seen anyone skating on the rink on the lake even though Kim is keeping it shovelled off.

It is a very nice rink.  I have hockey sticks and pucks... if anyone cares.  Just email me if you want to use them and I'll leave them out for you.

I'm TIRED OF SHOVELLING.  This is officially the worst winter for snow (and ice) since I have lived here... for ... 6? or 7? years.  Blah. 

Here is another way to keep warm... sound asleep on top of the sheep he watches...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cold... very cold...

The temperature at the moment is MINUS 11 Fahrenheit or... MINUS 24 Celcius.

BRRRRRRRRRRR...

I just came in and the snow squeaks.

The birds are hungry... they are lined up on the railing... with a ... watcher. I fed the birds twice today... they are cold, they need food. 



If you are really cold... here is a suggestion...



No photos of the park as my photographer is in Florida for a few more days...

I haven't seen anyone on the rink on the lake skating but it is cleared off... thanks to Kim and Wendy!!  It's cold... the wind chill might be a factor.

It has snowed a few times this week but only about 4 inches... nothing to worry about.  The roads have not been plowed this week but there really isn't that much snow on them. 

My place keeps 'cracking'... very loud cracks.  All night... I'm tired of it.  I'm going through a LOT of propane too.

The power was off today for about 20 minutes... but those of us who are here got a phone call about it.  Well, I'm assuming that the others got a call as I got one.

Well... that's it... nothing going on here. :-)

I'll leave you with a planting note for the spring.  My spring starts on April 1... YEAH!!  69 days to go!!!

Remember this is VERY important to do...



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Snow again

It snowed again last night but only light and fluffy stuff... about 2 inches.

This is becoming a very loooooooooooooooooong winter.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday

Well... not much has happened here which is why there has been no blog in a week.

It snowed last night... about 2 - 3 inches.  It is still snowing but only a bit.

The temperature is right on freezing 32F or 0C (heh heh, I can convert that one in my head).

It has been cold the past few days but for the 4 days before that... it was ABOVE freezing.  Because of that, a lot of the snow and ice are gone from the trailers and sheds.  Not all of it but a lot of it.  I'm sure the last layer of ice is still there.

The propane truck was around this past week.  A lot of us got an email on January 14 from RS propante (our provider) that said:
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Most of the Midwest, Great Lakes and north east continue to experience propane shortages.  Last week counties in Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New Hampshire have declared state of emergencies due to the lack of propane.

We are asking all customers to take precautions to conserve propane wherever they can!

Homeowners:

Please turn down your thermostats, use supplemental heat where ever possible and wear sweaters or use blankets while at home.

Industrial and construction customers

Please turn construction heaters down to minimal levels particular heaters running in houses and turn off any heater that you think you can or alternate the heating day for each heater.

We are also reminding all customers that we will be topping up tanks only to 40 or 50% capacity until the shortage alleviates itself.  We also WILL NOT be topping up any tank that is only used for fireplace heating until further notice.

If you have any questions about this please contact myself or anyone of my staff at anytime.

Thank you,

Richard Stangl
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I already wear sweaters but I have used a lot less propane this year than in the past years.

The Vagina Monologues undressed rehearsal is on tomorrow night at the Clubhouse.  Reservations only.  If you want to see it, phone the office and see if they have any tickets left (905 473 6060).

There is nothing else on the Bare Oaks calendar for January or February.

Just to put you in a better mood... as always... my summer begins on March 31.  I'm tired of winter by that date.

This was posted last year on March 21:

Photo of the thermometer on my deck yesterday (March 21, 2013):



Ooooo... exciting.  Only TWO MORE MONTHS OF WINTER.

The ice went out on the lake on March 13, last year.

Okay, back to the winter crap.  Most of us still have about 3+ inches of ICE on our driveways and walkways.  Very few places around town have salt so... it will have to stay that way for a while.

(Waving at all the Florida and Texas people)

Let's see... what other exciting things have happened here... thinking... thinking... hmmm...

A guy was seen walking around the park naked a few days ago.  Can you say 'hypothermia'? There are not many people here so... what if something had happened?  Okay, okay, I'm not his mother and it is none of my business but... just sayin'.

The creeks are down which is surprising due to all the snow melting.

The rink on the lake was shovelled until today. I'm not sure it is safe due to the thaw this week but.. again... do what you want... skate if you want... I'm not skating on it.

Thanks to whoever dropped off my Toronto Star last Sunday.

Time to take down your Christmas decorations... what do you think this is... a trailer park??!!  (grin) A LOT of parks have rules about leaving decorations up all year. Anyone out there have a place down south where they have a rule about taking down decorations?

Ho hum... time to shovel.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Update on the Nude Cruise...


Forgot to include this update from Suzy. 
 
The undressed rehearsal of the Vagina Monologues being held at Bare Oaks on Saturday Jan 18th, 2014 at 8pm Clubhouse, only has 8 seats left.  If you want to go, phone the office: 905 473 6060.
 
The 3 performances on board Nieuw Amsterdam (a cruise from February 9 - 16) , are sold out already. 
 
Excellent.

 

Wednesday

The rink of the lake is shovelled and ready to use!!  I think it was Wendy and Kim who shovelled it.  Thanks!!

The following blurb is how I feel about this WINTER... and how a lot of other people feel...
(Thanks Cathy for forwarding it to me)

Enjoy...

Diary of a Snow Shoveller

December 8

It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9*

We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had! 
Shoveled snow for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!

December 12*

The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry - we'll definitely have a white Christmas.  No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14*

Snow, lovely snow! 5 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20.  The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life!  The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15*

12 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16*

Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17*

Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own livingroom.

December 20*

Electricity is back on, but had another 12 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn snowplow came by twice.  Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

*December 22*

Bob was right about a white Christmas because 8 more inches of the white crap fell today, and it's so cold, it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to pee. By the time I got undressed, peed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the idiot is lying.

*December 23*

Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!!  Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.

*December 24*

6 inches - Snow was packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snow plow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.

*December 25*

Merry Christmas! 15 more inches of the damn slop tonight - snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow!  Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a  fricking idiot. If I have to watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.

*December 26*

Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.

*December 27*

Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

*December 28*

Warmed up to -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!

*December 29*

10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

*December 30*

Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother. 9 more inches predicted.

*December 31*

I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.

*January 5

Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

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I tried to find the original writer but the person doesn't exist.  This is from snopes.com:

"While the version most commonly in circulation in 2012 lists the first diary entry as "December 8: 6:00 PM. 2006, this humor item is at least a few years older than its putative 2006 date. We found it in a book published in 2003, and predating that was a USENET newsgroup post from January 2000. "

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday

It's soooo cold out, my outdoor thermometer froze... ha ha ha. I just put new batteries in it a few months ago...

Wear a face mask, and warm clothes if you are venturing out.  The windchill will freeze skin in 5 - 10 minutes... or so 'they' say. 

Remember if it is too cold for humans, it is WAYYYYY too cold for pets.

Missy was out and about today plowing the roads ... they are now wider and really nice.  You can drive to the back and around both circles... at the back.  Some of the snowbanks are higher than me.

If anyone sees any papers (for example, the Toronto Star) at the entrance to the Park... PLEASE leave them there.  Unless they are your papers.  If they are, feel free to take them. If not, then leave them alone.  Thanks.

There were 4 people at euchre last Saturday. 

The Vagina Monologues V-Day 2014 Undressed Rehearsal is on January 18 from 8pm to 10pm.

Free performance, no donations are required HOWEVER.... you have to make a reservation and they may be booked solid so phone the office and ask  - 905 473 6060. 

Well... the shed of a friend of mine just collapsed under the snow load.  She lives in Pickering. I have removed the snow and ice from my shed and trailer twice.  We drove around the back today and didn't seen any problems with any of the sheds THAT WE COULD SEE but some of them have a LOT of snow and ice on them.  Just sayin'...

If you want me to look at your place, email me your lot number. 

The rink on the lake has NOT been shovelled in a few days.  It is wayyy too cold to skate anyways. If YOU want to shovel it, feel free to do so :-)  The shovellers are having enough problems shovelling their driveways and roads and trailers. 

This winter is getting very tedious.  Ho hum.

If you think it is bad for you, think of the dogs ;-)


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday... water update

It is 9:00 am on Sunday morning and the water in Helios is back on! 

Yeah!

So that means the Clubhouse is back on... well probably as I didn't call them. 

If you want to visit the Park today, bring a shovel... and skates.

I just measured the snow that came down overnight, and is still falling... FIVE INCHES.

Anyone else tired of this winter?

Feed your birds.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday... and no water

Well... Helios Circle and the Clubhouse have been without water for over 12 hours now. 

We were warned yesterday that the cistern was filling up slowwwwwly... but it seems to have stopped due to a 'blockage'.  They are working on the blockage and should know within the next 24 hours what the solution will be, according to the note. 

It is below freezing, I hope my pipes survive.

Now... we wait :-D

I find it odd that the hot tub was not closed, quite a few people used it today. The restaurant (Bare Bistro) was closed. I think it is still closed tomorrow, check at the office (905 473 6060).

There were a bunch of people in the Clubhouse basement today, chatting and playing darts.

Wendy and Kim wanted me to post this note: "the rink on the lake (pond) is open and good to go. The ice is thick and smooth to skate on. Since the temp is to be warmer tomorrow, skating, snowshoeing or skiing would be a nice pleasant activity in the Park."

There were a bunch of adults and kids skating on the lake today... it was a LOT warmer than yesterday.

Keep in mind, if you do come up to the Park tomorrow ... you can't shower and you can't flush until the water situation is resolved.  Phone the office first.
 
Here are some cool ice storm photos that Wendy and Kim sent to me. (Thanks!!)

Turn the lights off in the room to appreciate these... and click to enlarge them.






Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years!!  :-D

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years Day

Cold today... 5 - 10F or minus 15C.

Just a sprinkling of snow the past few days... no shovelling required.

Photo from Judy: "The sun was shining through these trees and glistening through the ice that coats the branches."



 
 
 
The next five photos are from Wendy and Kim.  They said: Here are "a few photo's that might encourage other members to come on up and enjoy the Park, whether skiing or snowshoeing or just taking in the fresh air."
 
 
 


Down the Bunny Trail in the seasonal area.

 


Looks like cross country ski tracks.


Snow shoe and ski tracks.



 
From the Bare Oaks Blog:
 
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Looking for something to do this Saturday?  It's time for the annual winter nude volleyball tournament in London, Ontario. Feeling a bit of cabin fever? In a mood for some exercise after all the holiday feasting? We have the solution! Everyone is welcome no matter what your level and even if you've never played before.

Date: Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Location: Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball, 120 Weston Street, London Ontario

Google Map: 
http://goo.gl/maps/cvFK7

RSVP & Questions: volleyball@bareoaks.ca

Details: A, B, Novice Plus, and Novice Divisions

  • (No co-ed restrictions)
  • Medal for all winners! 
  • Note: We only run 4 courts so to ensure that everyone plays as much as possible.
  • Pizza Lunch will be provided

Schedule: 9:00 am – registration

  • 9:30 am – Game play begins for all levels

Prices: Player $20 / Spectator $10

 
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I saw one person cross country skiing today, along the road in Helios.  I might get out my skiis... when it WARMS UP.  I'm not skiing in frostbite-in-five-minutes weather :-)
 
Not much is going on here...
 
Happy New Year to all!!!
 
 
 
Or if you prefer wine....
 
 
I don't like beer so I'm not toasting with a beer :-D