Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday

It's warming up!!!  At the moment it is 70F.  Whoooo hoooo.

A reminder, your income tax submission is due in two days. 

There is at least one person from the park going to the Mammothon on May 6 (read the previous blog).  In most cases you do NOT need a referral.

Here is an article about FROGS posted in the April 24 edition of the Toronto Star by Tara Deschamps who is a Star Reporter.

Click the image to read it.



We have wood frogs in the bog across from the dumpster :-)

Oooo, it is 74F now.

Volunteer Day & Member Meeting
 
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 (THIS SATURDAY)
 
Description:
We're hosting our annual Volunteer day from 10-3. Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office) Jobs vary from laying screening on pathways, to deconstruction of cabana, to building a ramp on the deck, to weeding the mini putt. A little something for every skill level. Lunch is provided by the Bare Bistro for free!
 
Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4:00 - 5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.

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One solitary black loon landed on the lake yesterday... and then went on it's way.

A few ducks landed on the lake... and left... they were very noisy.

We have a fox in the park so... don't let your pets out.  If you see him, scare him away and DON'T FEED HIM.  Don't feed the raccoons either as they are very destructive if they get used to being fed.

The fake coyotes are out but I'm not sure they are doing any good.  We don't have as many geese landing as last year but... who knows.

75F now... I think a bit of gardening is in order :-)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mammothon May 6

Mammothon 2015 - A one-day breast screening blitz.



(The cartoons are copyrighted, leave them on this page. Thanks.)

Yeah yeah, this blog is owned by google and they don't like nudity... so I fixed it :-)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, affecting 1 in 9 women in their lifetimes.

32 Ontario Breast Screening Program Sites. 375 women screened in one day.

Bring the important women in your life for a mammogram.

When?  Wednesday May 6th, 2015, 9am - 7pm

Where?  Oxford Medical Imaging - Newmarket
17215 Leslie St. Newmarket, Ontario
Phone: 905 836 2626
(south of Davis in the No Frills Plaza)

For more information: http://www.mammothon.ca/

Are you eligible for a mammogram through OSBP (Ontario Breast Screening Program)?
No referral required.

(Unless you are over 74 then ... speak with your healthcare provider about breast screening options for you.  A referral is required for women over the age of 74 who wish to have a mammogram?.

Requirements
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Ontario residents at average risk for breast cancer who are 50 to 74 years of age and have:

- no acute breast symptoms and feel healthy
- no personal history of breast cancer
- no current breast implants
- never had a mammogram or have not had a mammogram within the last 2 years.

Go for it...  

For you guys... go get your prostate checked.  If you wish to join a prostate organization... a friend of mine is the secretary for the Newmarket Prostate Cancer Support Group: .  http://www.newmarketprostatecancer.com/ .  They meet the third Thursday of every month at the Seniors Center in Newmarket.  SSS - speakers, support and snacks :-)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Snow !!

Well, it snowed here today ... then hailed... then rained... then snowed again... then the sun came out... ridiculous.

Now it is just cold and windy.

Here is the snow. You have to click the photo to see the flakes.





It has rained a lot... so the potholes are bad again and full of water.  Please slow down when you drive on the roads. There are a few people driving to/from the seasonal area who like to go 80 on the roads ;-)

The Hummingbirds are slowly arriving... yikes. 

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm_ruby_spring2015.html

The temperature was 37F a few hours ago... now it is 48F. Definitely not tanning weather.

The frogs are silent... could be the weather ... HA HA HA.

No turtles have been spotted.

The geese are arriving.  The fake coyotes don't seem to be deterring them. However the Judy and JL factor seems to be working.  They chase the geese off the lake by various means... one of them is the radio controlled boat.  No geese are harmed in the chase... but they do tend to leave quickly and noisily.

Raining again. 

I haven't heard that the hot tub is down so I'm going to assume it is up and running!

The pool has been uncovered.  That was last week... not sure if it is full or not.  Probably not, too cold.  You would have to wear a wetsuit if you wanted to swim.

The chippies (chipmunks) are foraging!!  Those guys are sooooo cute and not as destructive as red squirrels. 

Do not plant your flowers.  The bulbs are coming up including the rhubarb.

Kim has been working hard on the petanque courts removing the weeds.  You need a ski jacket to work outside these days.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

10:30am Saturday is the Free Market and Food Drive.

Next Saturday, May 2, is volunteer day and the annual meeting.  I hope it warms up.  You can't paint outside until the temperature is ABOVE freezing at night.  That hasn't happened yet.

Snowing again... is this fun or what??!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday

Whew, it's been a while since I did the blog.  Busy week... very busy week.

The ice is out on the lake ... but you knew that.  A few days ago the temperature of the lake was in the mid-40's F.  Not bad.

The fishies are cruising for food.

The wood frogs are out and very noisy. They are the frogs that sound like ducks quacking.  They are in the swampy areas along the main roads.


Similar to other northern frogs that hibernate close to the surface in soil and/or leaf litter, wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues. Urea is accumulated in tissues in preparation for overwintering, and liver glycogen is converted in large quantities to glucose in response to internal ice formation. Both urea and glucose act as cryoprotectants to limit the amount of ice that forms and to reduce osmotic shrinkage of cells. Frogs can survive many freeze/thaw events during winter if no more than about 65% of the total body water freezes.

Wood frogs range from 51 to 70 mm (2.0 to 2.8 in) in length. Females are larger than males. Adult wood frogs are usually brown, tan, or rust-colored, and usually have a dark eye mask. Individual frogs are capable of varying their color; Conant (1958) depicts one individual when light brown and dark brown at different times. The underparts of wood frogs are pale with a yellow or green cast.

 
 
A small brown frog with a dark eye mask in the woods is likely to be a wood frog. No other species has a similar appearance to the wood frog in North America. The first evasive leap is fast and long. Close observation will often glimpse a second short dive under the leaf litter, making the frog seem to disappear.

They are one of the first amphibians to emerge for breeding right when the snow melts, along with spring peepers. 

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I've only heard a few peepers this spring.

The temperature is in the mid-20's F at night so... it is still cold.  Don't even THINK about planting outside as your plants will freeze.

A lot of coyotes have been heard ... so don't leave your pets out at night.

The potholes were scraped again this Saturday... and last Saturday too. 

Free Market and Food Drive... this coming Saturday, April 25, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Description: 'Tis the season to Spring Clean! If you've found some items you no longer want, bring them in to our Free Market! It's like a Yard sale where everything is free! Set up will either be on the front lawn if weather is nice, or inside the clubhouse if it's poor. We're also collecting food donations for our local Food Pantry. Any day visitor who brings in three or more items to donate to the food drive will receive half off their entry fee!

The seasonal water was being worked on this past week.  I don't think it is on yet as there is no water at my place in the seasonal area so I'm going to assume it will be turned on in the next week or so.  It is early this year :-)

There is a trailer for sale.

1994 30 Foot Terry Travel Resort Model

Site 248  (to the left of the washrooms in the seasonal area)
Price: $16,500
  • Awning
  • A/C, Furnace Hot and Water Heater
  • Fridge & Freezer, Microwave, 4 Burner Stove, and Oven Double Sink
  • AM/FM Stereo with Cassette and Speakers throughout
  • DVD Player and TV Antennae
  • Full Size Queen Bed at Back of Trailer
  • Trailer sleeps 6
  • Private Washroom, with Sink & Separate Shower
  • Two Doors, Front & Back
  • Decking in Front of trailer
  • New Battery, Newer Tires, and New Air Flow Vents on Roof
  • 2 New Propane Tanks
  • Full Size BBQ with extra burner
  • Folding Picnic Table with Umbrella
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1994 Terry Trailer on site 248


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Don't forget Volunteer day and the Annual Meeting on Saturday May 2.

We're hosting our annual Volunteer day from 10-3. Day visitors come in half price! Jobs vary from laying screening on pathways, to deconstruction of cabana, to building a ramp on the deck, to weeding the mini putt. A little something for every skill level. Lunch is provided by the Bare Bistro for free! Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.

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It is 61F at the moment... with a cold wind blowing.  Brrrrr.  Lots of dressed people out and about.

I have never seen this many housecoats outside of houses before... in my life...  :-D

The grass is starting to green up...

I haven't seen any snakes but I have seen a LOT of spiders and houseflies.

The black flies are out but I haven't heard that they are biting... I guess we just have to wait a few days.

A lot of trees have been cleared at the entrance to the park.  They are moving the road over. 

I haven't seen any petanque players this week... there were a few people playing last week.

That's it... not much is going on yet although I did see a firepit fire last night.  Brrrrrr.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ice Out - April 8

This photo was taken about a week ago.




With the ice covering the lake.


This photo was taken yesterday.

 
 
The ice is half covering the lake.



This photo was taken today... it is a small photo as it is FREEZING RAIN outside... and I wasn't going to venture out into it...


The ice is gone!

The temperature is 36F or around 3C.  Brrrrr.  There is a cold wind too.

Most of the seasonal road was open yesterday and the day before.  It has rained a lot today so it might be closed again... if the rain keeps up.

I have retrieve the fake coyotes and will put one on the beach and one... somewhere else in the park... haven't decided where yet.  I haven't seen many geese around but we have a few ducks on the pond :-)

I have removed the fall and winter debris from a lot of the park gardens.  Usually I do that mid-May but it was sooo nice in April, I decided to do it early.  Good thing as I hear it will be raining a lot.  Now... on to my own gardens. 

Time to get your snow tires off.

Potholes are the same... I think what I will do this year is report on whether the pot holes have been fixed/improved.  Let's assume they will be the same (deep) until the road is graded or fixed by the Kubota. 

A friend of mine sent me this map... the current migration map for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Keep an eye on it as it will let you know when you should be getting your feeders ready to go out.  He had his out on April 20 last year and he lives in Burlington.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm_ruby_spring2015.html


Cool. 

Paul sent me this...

Herongate Barn Theatre
A Nudist Showing of "The Cemetery Club"
Thursday, June 4, 2015


Have you ever wanted to watch a theatrical play while nude?  Did you miss out on our arranged performance last year?  Well, here is your opportunity!

Join us for a private showing of “The Cemetery Club” at Herongate Barn Theatre on Thursday June 4, 2015.  This showing has been specially arranged to allow us to have our dinner and view the play au naturel.  This is a nude event.  The evening starts off with a buffet dinner, followed by the performance of the play “The Cemetery Club”.

Tickets are $59.50 per person, taxes included, and must be purchased in advance.  All sales are final.

Synopsis of “The Cemetery Club”
If you liked The Golden Girls, them you'll love Ida, Lucille and Doris!

Three widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands' graves in this funny and touching play about cherishing the past and embracing the future.  But their fun-loving camaraderie gets turned upside down when widower Sam the butcher enters the scene and the ladies vie for his attention.  "Be ready to fall in love with The Cemetery Club.  The title is deceiving.  One of the great pleasures is how incredibly funny it is.  The laughter never stops.  It is contagious.  A play of boisterous one-liners and wickedly funny situations.  Also a play that embraces life and can deeply touch your heart."

Dinner starts at 6:00pm
Show starts at 8:00pm



Herongate Barn Theatre
2885 Altona Rd
Whitevale. Ontario

Purchase Tickets here:  http://fcn.ca/2015_herongate_reservation

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There was a potluck here last Sunday... in case you missed it ;-)

Events:

Free Market and Food Drive

When: Sat, April 25, 10:30am – 2:30pm
 
Description: 'Tis the season to Spring Clean! If you've found some items you no longer want, bring them in to our Free Market! It's like a Yard sale where everything is free! Set up will either be on the front lawn if weather is nice, or inside the clubhouse if it's poor. We're also collecting food donations for our local Food Pantry. Any day visitor who brings in three or more items to donate to the food drive will receive half off their entry fee!
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Volunteer Day & Member Meeting
 
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Description: We're hosting our annual Volunteer day from 10-3. Day visitors come in half price! Jobs vary from laying screening on pathways, to deconstruction of cabana, to building a ramp on the deck, to weeding the mini putt. A little something for every skill level. Lunch is provided by the Bare Bistro for free!
 
Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.
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Still raining... bleck.   It's good for the flowers though :-D

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Short note

If anyone is interested in a FREE new queen size box spring (not mattress)... let me know in the next few days.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thursday

Wow, what a day!!  It is 64F or around 18C outside.

Yeah!  Summer is arriving.

So are the flies.  I have never seen so many black (house) flies.  There are swarms of them...

The potholes are bad but they were worse last week.  I think the cars are flattening the ruts on the main road.  Drive slowly or you will need an alignment.

The seasonal road is still closed at the pump house.  If you visit this weekend you will have to park and walk to your trailer. Make sure there is room for an emergency vehicle to get by.

There are naked people wandering around outside... whoooo hooooo.  Spring is here!  The breeze is a bit nippy though.

There is still a bit of snow here and it is muddy in spots.

The lake is melting and the birds are NOISY... which is nice.

I'll be putting out the fake coyotes in the next few days so watch your dogs when you walk them ... they may freak out.

The grass is not greening up which is good because I don't feel like cutting it any time soon...

That's it...  go for a walk