Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday

Hola! 

What a great week.  You could actually lay out in the sun this week... if you stayed out of the wind.

It is currently 70F and sunny!!

A lot of the leaves are off the trees... the birds are back... all my winter chores are done!!

Good thing as I'm leaving for Cuba in a few days with a bunch of people from here (and Ponderosa and Four Seasons)  and... I hope y'all are going someplace warm this winter.  I know a LOT of you are...

There will be NO blog next week as I won't be back until the week after.

The speed bumps have been removed, I think I said that in the last blog.  The aerator is out of the lake and it is sooooo quiet... you can actually hear people talk from a short distance away :-)

Now, I know the aerator is necessary or the lake would be a swamp but... just sayin'... the quiet is nice too.

The park brought in a LOT of gravel to fill the potholes and most of them were filled.  And then it rained... and now the road to the back is really potholey.   That does not stop the people from driving at around 40k on that road (grin).  (Black car, blue car... you know who you are.)

Halloween Dinner & Dance

October 25. Dinner (pork souvlaki) starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).
Dance only is $5.00

All members are welcome to attend. 

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishes to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.

Prizes for best costumes. Spot dance prizes. 

Buy tickets from office.

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Hmmm, not much else is going on here.  I haven't seen anyone in the lake this week (snickering).  It has been COLD at night... the lake has a layer of fog on it every night.

My snowblower is ready to go...   

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday

Rainy days and Monday's.... o/~  o/~  sung by the Carpenters written by Paul Williams... brilliant man.

Anyways... it is raining.  It is also cold... 44F... blah.

Stay inside and read a book... or go out and vote early :-)  I voted today as I'll be away next Monday. 

Propane truck was here a few days ago so everyone should be ready for the winter.

If anyone wants a free pair of men's Wilson white/navy golf shoes (rubber nubbins on the bottom), size 13 (China 13)... let me know.  They are new, never used. 

Here is a renovated garden on the front lawn. The bench and planter have been removed from around the birch trees. The front pond is in the background which should give you an idea of where it is.  The playground is on the left.  Thanks Wendy and Kim for the photo!




The Helios outside water is now off.  It is getting colder.  The Beckett water will PROBABLY go off after the Halloween party this weekend.  I'm not saying it will, but that is when it has been turned off in past years.

I won't be doing the blog next week as I will be in Cuba with a bunch of people from the park... and from the Ponderosa... and from Four Seasons...  warm... nude beach... rum.  What else can I say...

Most of the trailers in Beckett have been winterized now.  Lots of people are heading south. 

The speed bumps are gone and, today, at least one car was doing 40km down the road. 

Halloween Dinner & Dance

October 25. Dinner (pork souvlaki) starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).
Dance only is $5.00

All members are welcome to attend.  (I guess that means if you are a day visitor, you can't attend.)

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishes to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.
Prizes for best costumes. Spot dance prizes. 

Buy tickets from office.

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That's it for now...

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Below is a blurb on being 'green' that someone sent to me.  It has nothing to do with the Park so you can stop reading if you only want to read Park stuff :-D

A lot of you 'older' people will understand this blurb... and I remember a lot of this stuff myself.  


Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and  sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of
Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.


We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing
away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one  electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off...especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash  register telling them how much.


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Now that is funny... and true.   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!!

Cold last night 27.9F... freezing is 32F... so it was cold in Celsius too.

All photos are courtesy of JUDY!!  Thanks!! (click photos to enlarge)

Thanksgiving potluck... was this Saturday and over 50 people attended. Permission was giving by all people in the photos.


Yum yum.


This is MINE... MINE!!



Rainy and Royce did a great job organizing it !!  (I think that was it... if I missed someone... sorry.)


One of the three tables with the food. 




JL and his dessert.  Mmmm. Chocolate cake, and date squares, and butter tarts, and soooo much more ...



I don't know when they are turning the water off.  As far as I know, no announcement has been made.  They are playing it by ear.  It's been below freezing a few times but not enough for a deep freeze.  Lots of people have closed their trailers now.

As it is COLD at night, the lake gets steamy.  Here are two night shots looking at the Outback, over the lake.


Ooooo, cool.




The BIRDS flew by today... "Was going to take a pic of the hundreds of grackles that were on the pentanque area this morning but missed them so opted to click them eating at your place - not 100s but LOTS!"





Get... off... my.... lawn. 

I put down grass seed a few weeks ago...  grrrrrrr.

They left quickly. 

Now some news from the Bare Oaks Players.... (BOP's)
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Although the peak season at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park has ended, some members of Bare Oaks Players continue their journey. SBITS Productions has been asked to produce The Vagina Monologues again this winter, to present on one of the upcoming Bare Necessities Nude cruise.
We are pleased to tell you that:
 
·        We have 2 new Bare Oaks Players members in the cast (Judy and Lise)
·        We have a young new naturist from Toronto (Chantelle)
·        We have new content to work on and present: 3 new monologues!

We are just starting our rehearsals and I can tell you that our directors are already pushing all of us outside our comfort level.
 
Reserve Saturday January 24th, 2015 in your calendar for a Bare Bistro and Bare Oaks Players 'benefit' rehearsal presentation of The Vagina Monologues 2015.


Ticket sales will commence soon. Standby for details.

All profits from TVM 2015 will be donated as per the official rules of the VDAY organization. Our chosen local beneficiary is YRAP again this year, York Region Abuse Program.

More…..

Yes, Bare Necessities has asked SBITS Productions to also run theatre workshops during the 4 "At Sea days", during our voyage. In association with Bare Oaks Players, SBITS Productions we will be offering 4 theatre workshops for the passengers.
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More on the newsletter, if you wish to sign up for the newsletter, go here:  http://www.bop.bareoaks.ca/

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The Halloween Dinner and Dance is on October 25.
Dinner starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).

All members are welcome to attend. (Does that mean if you are not a member and only a day visitor, you can't go?) 

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishing to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.

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It is 62F at the moment... not bad.  I was wearing a ski jacket this morning and a t-shirt this afternoon. 

The office is closed today. 

A few people have been moving their plants into the hot tub room for the winter.  It is nice and humid there.

I heard from two people today that the fumes in the hot tub room are heavy and eye sting-y.  One person had to leave.  I checked it and, yes, phew, very chlorine-y.  If you put a fan on, the fumes would be gone but the room would be cold.  Same thing if you opened a window.  Hmmmm.  (Nice grammar eh? :-D )

I will leave you with a spider chart... ha ha ha.  I had to enlarge it so you will have to click on it to see the bigger chart.  I guess I should stop killing spiders with my bare hands...





I can hear the screaming now...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday

Nice sunny day here... and 67F... a bit of a wind though.

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THANKSGIVING POTLUCK

 SATURDAY OCTOBER 11th
4 PM at the OUTBACK
"Think Pink Committee is providing the turkeys and Ham"
Please bring a dish to share!

If you bring your own table setting your name will go in for the ECO friendly draw!
Everyone welcome! Hope to see you there!

 The event will be held rain or shine.
 
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So in my last blog I mentioned that the walkway was block from Helios to the Clubhouse.  It is FIXED. Now you can use the path.  :-D  Yayyyyy. 
 
The leaves are turning pretty colors... very nice.
 
Time to get your snow tires on... well... I'm putting mine on next week.  There is NO WAY I'm going to wait until November this year.  Calgary has had snow. 
 
The potholes are mostly fixed so I can't do that anymore.   The park bought a big trailer for loading sand / gravel / dirt.   They truck it around the park and fill holes.  Easier and faster than the Kubota.  
 
I think I will do a 'best places to eat in Newmarket' thing. 
 
Let's see... if you want really good pork souvlaki (not chicken)...  there is a place across from the re-store on Davis Drive.  It is the last place at the west end of the plaza.  It has a BIG souvlaki sign out front.  Get the dinner, about $10. It comes with a greek salad, pop, fries or rice, white sauce, the dinner is huge.  Yum.  It's a hole-in-the-wall place and NOT fancy. Get take out. Delicious food. They have gyros too which a lot of people come in and order while we are waiting for the souvlaki.  I always order extra white sauce as I eat half the meal the next day. Now that is probably more than you needed to know ...
 
That is your first restaurant suggestion ...   now I'm hungry.
 
The new water pump house is being worked on.
 
Not many people around.  No one in the lake this week.  No photos. Ho hum.
 
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday

Rain, rain, rain... and windy.

So...  there is not much on the calendar except....

TURKEY DAY!!!
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THANKSGIVING POTLUCK

 SATURDAY OCTOBER 11th
4 PM at the OUTBACK
"Think Pink Committee is providing the turkeys and Ham"
Please bring a dish to share!

If you bring your own table setting your name will go in for the ECO friendly draw!
Everyone welcome! Hope to see you there!

 The event will be held rain or shine.
 
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There is a LOT of discussion about the jam sessions in Beckett (people with musical instruments playing loud music and singing on specific days). 
 
Lots of pro's, lots of con's.  No side will win with a discussion :-D   The only way to win is to talk to management... who have already given their opinion in a flyer which most of Beckett received.  Not sure why Helios people didn't receive the flyer as they are members of the park too and spend a lot of time in Beckett...  Perhaps they didn't think we could hear the noise in Helios... but we can :-)
 
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The path from Helios to the Clubhouse is under construction.  It has been this way for over three weeks... I think it is three.  I'm not sure what the problem is but it is not being worked on.  A LOT of people walk through the path and it is a LONGGGGGGG way to walk if you have to go around.  Someone painted orange X's on our Helios reindeer to stop people from walking through.  Why would anyone deface the reindeer??!!  Bad people, bad.
 
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Did you know that if you signed a License of Occupation, you are required to put your garbage in the bins at the entrance to the park?   Campground rules:  "Your site's trash must be deposited in the dumpster on the entrance road. No metal, wood or large items are to be deposited at the container or elsewhere on the grounds.  Disposal of large items can be arranged with the office for a fee."
 
I see a lot of people taking their garbage to the garbage pails around the park.
 
Why not?  They are there and it is easy.
 
I know that Caliente (a naturist resort in Florida) instituted curbside pickup (for a fee!) as people were too lazy to go to the bins to take out their garbage.
 
I'm thinkin' maybe they should eliminate the bins around the park and only pick up the garbage at the rental units.  That would save a LOT of time for the staff as I see them constantly going around the park picking up garbage.  I haven't seen this at any other park.  Actually, I haven't seen any garbage receptacles at any other park (except for the public areas) and I've been to a LOT of parks.
 
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The rain has stopped, it is 64F at the moment. 
 
The pool is 74F... warmish. 
 
The potholes are almost gone.  Now, after the rain today, they might be back.
 
Here is a photo of our resident Barred Owl in the Park. The Owl was in a Poplar Tree earlier this evening by the entrance gate and kindly posed long enough for these shots.
 
Thanks Kim and Wendy for the photo!!
 
 
 
 
Well, this is a controversial blog...  :-)  There is not much to blog about in the 'winter' so I added a few interesting comments.
 
Maybe I should get a 'guest' blogger for a few blogs over the winter.  Email me.