Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday

HOT HOT HOT...

Temperature yesterday (Tuesday) was 108F or over 40C.  Then it went down to 63F last night.  Temperature today was about 110F and very humid.  It is now 70F.

My lawn is crispy.  Can't water during the day... or it would burn.  Forget to water at night... ah well.

Air conditioning is good.

Don't forget to put out lots of water for your pets and do not leave them in your car even for a minute.  We WILL break your window... just sayin'.  

Even a mild 70 degrees can turn into a scalding 90 degrees in a car with closed windows after just 10 minutes.

When a heat advisory is issued, it applies to animals as well. Even on a relatively mild day, temperatures in parked cars can become dangerous in a matter of minutes.

Opening or lowering the windows does little or nothing to slow this process.

With only hot air to breathe, a dog’s normal cooling process – panting – doesn’t work. A dog can withstand internal body temperatures of 40°C for only a few minutes before brain damage or death can occur. The older or more vulnerable the animal, the more susceptible they are to heatstroke or something worse.
If you see an animal that may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and the owner can’t be quickly located, enlist the help of a parking attendant, security guard or nearby police officer, or call the OHS at 613-725-1532.

It is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.

We need a sign for the parking lot.  "This is a dog friendly park. Do not leave your animals in your car... this lot is patrolled."  Or something.  I've been saying this for years... and have asked the office.  People here DO leave their dogs in their cars!  Last year the guy said... 'I was only going for a short swim'... then he stayed to chat. It was over 80F and very very hot.  We (a few of us were there) yelled at him.  He left the park.  A beautiful brown lab.  Some people are idiots.

FYI, if you see a dog in a car, you CAN break the window.  You will not be charged.  On the other hand, the dog owner WILL be charged.  Just so ya know.

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The Petanque Tournament was held last Saturday and 6 people attended.  What happened to all the Petanque players? 

The inbound gate is fixed.  It took 3 hours.  Apparently around 10 to 14 days ago we had an electrical issue ... plus the gate people came in to fix the gate system (not the gate fob reader system).  The fob reader was fried and at least one cable and a few wires were also fried. 

I heard (yesterday) that there were strange cars driving around the back.  If you see this, please call the office or talk to a staff member. 

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On Friday July 31st, we will have the privilege of a very special ceremony by a very special guest. Jake Charles of the First Nation of the Chippewas of Georgina Island will be performing the traditional sweat lodge ceremony at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
 
Traditionally, the First Nations people had no shame about their bodies and truly lived in harmony with nature. Their culture was very much in keeping with naturist ideals. We believe that by holding this traditional sweat lodge ceremony in a naturist environment it will make the experience even more authentic. Jake describes the ceremony as follows: The Sweat Lodge is a sacred place where First Nations People go to pray and gain spiritual healing. It is a way to connect to spirits and ask for guidance in life. Resembling a sauna, stones are heated in a special fire just outside the lodge. To help gain access to answers of the participants questions, songs are sung on a drum and medicines are burnt.
 
The ceremony of the Sweat Lodge has lead to a positive and progressive lifestyle and encourages positive thinking and well being. The sweat will be held at dusk and it will probably last about an hour (for beginners). It is not recommended for any individual with high blood pressure. There will be a smudge outside of the lodge and then the only medicine used within is cedar. If a person becomes too uncomfortable, they are free to leave at any time.
Participants should drink lots of water that day and not to eat a large meal before (small meal/snack an hour before).
 
The cost is $35 per person and limited to 10 people so reservations are required. Please speak to Kim at the office.
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This was in the Bare Oaks events.  I don't know if it is full or not but I haven't heard that it is full.

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There is a new shower at the Outback!



(Click to enlarge).  There is a pipe on the right also to clean your feet... or maybe wash your dog off :-)

Lots of cats prowling around the park.  Some without collars so they may be strays.  If they belong to any of you... there are coyotes who visit the park on occasion so... keep your animals on your site.  It states in the rules of the park that ALL animals should be on a leash but apparently a lot of the cat owners don't think a cat is an animal. I'm tired of chasing them and they kill for sport. 

You can't see this clearly but an orange and white thin cat used the sand petanque court as a litter box this evening and pooped in it.  Nice place to play petanque now.


I didn't clean it up.  I think the cat owner should clean it up.  :-)

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Hump Day Happy Hour.

I have been advertising Happy Hour all summer. It is every Wednesday from 4 - 6pm at different sites around the park.

I was out today and unable to make it to Happy Hour Hump Day.  Later that evening I was actually berated for not going to Hump Day.  I find that highly offensive.  I was busy.  Hump Day Happy Hour is NOT mandatory.  If you are hosting Happy Hour, please remember that some people have other commitments and can't make it.

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The geese are gone... seems the fireworks scared them off ... ha ha ha.

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Bare Oaks Players at the Outback

Playbill One:
“As night to the Day” by Dan Ebbs : Forty-year-old Michael returns home to help his mother who is struggling with memory loss. Over the course of a morning, Michael sees her through the eyes of another and learns that there's a side to her he didn't know. 
 
“The Death of Me” by Norm Foster : John dies unexpectedly, only to discover that his bucket list in life is a rolodex of missed opportunities. Perhaps he can get a second chance?  This theatrical gem of a comedy is written by Canada's most prolific and produced playwrights.
 
Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca
 
WHEN:  Saturday August 1st, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
            Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
 
TICKETS:    $10/person
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There are two new speed bumps in front of the washroom in the seasonal area.
 
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Not many people here today... too hot for ya? 
 
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday

Hola peeps!

Lovely day again today. Last night it was 51F... brrr, at the moment it is 91F.  unbrrrr...

I hear the hot tub was down for a while Saturday and for a while Tuesday.  I can't give you advanced notice as I have no idea when it will be down.  I know that it is shut down on a Monday and Tuesday each month (not sure which one) for cleaning. Perhaps the chemicals get out of balance during the other times? 

Anyways... PLEASE shower before going in the hot tub and this might not happen.  Also, now this is very strange, I was at the pool the other day and three people entered the area... two showered and one didn't.  Eh?  Maybe the SIGNS aren't big enough. 

So a reminder ... it doesn't matter if you showered in the morning, it doesn't matter if you showered two hours earlier... if you are going to use the pool, PLEASE shower... it only takes a few seconds.

:-D

The bear is still here... or it is another bear.  I heard it from a person, who heard it from a person, that... they see it every morning.  It is around 2 years old.  Not sure how you can tell other than cutting it in half and counting the rings...

The original bear was reported to the Ministry of Something and they relocated it.

Don't leave garbage out overnight.  Bears can smell that stuff for miles.

A load of screening was delivered to the Petanque courts yesterday. 

Pétanque (French pronunciation: ​[petɑ̃k]; Occitan: petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ]) is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.

The 'proper' way to throw the balls is with your hand on TOP of the ball, not underneath. 

Check this photo out.  Click to enlarge, cool t-shirt.

Also, when you 'borrow' a photo from some websites now it says: 'You need to attribute the author'.  Now that is excellent, I have no problem doing that... see below.



"Petanque - throwing from the circle" by StephenFerg - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

TA DA.

That ring is too small to stand in, well, for me anyways.

Okay there is a Petanque tournament on Saturday July 25, two days from now.  10am – 2pm
 
Come out and join us for a Petanque Tourament. Cost is $5.00 per person to participate, and there will be cash prizes awarded.
 
A Helios member (can't say who as I don't have permission)... has spent a lot of time getting the Petanque courts ready.
 
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Also on Saturday.

Playbill One: As Night to the Day and The Death of Me

8:00pm – 9:15pm - at the Outback
 
$10 admission. Tickets on sale at the office.
 
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On Sunday July 26
 
Dodgeball
11am – 1pm
 
Join us for a fun game of Dodgeball. 11am is kings-of-the-court (child-friendly) followed by official Canadian Dodgeball Association Rules Dodgeball (serious game).
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No.  I would be very happy to play the Dodgeball featured on South Park though :-)
 
This one sounds ... like... I may get hurt.  Yack. 

Here is a picture of the square foot gardens before plants.
 


Here is one of my gardens today.  Tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas, parsley.   The tomatoes plants (7 of them) are 4 - 5 FEET tall.  Fried green tomatoes are delicious ...if you haven't tried them... slice thin, fry in ghee until slightly brown and not quite soft. Salt and pepper, mmmmmm.



Cucumber, lettuce, corn, tomatoes. Yum Yum.  I'm harvesting already.

 
 
 
Ghee is clarified butter which you can buy at most grocery stores.  When you cook with it, the food will not burn... well, unless you forget it or cook it too long (rolling eyes).  Try with eggs or... fried green tomatoes!!
 
Lots of people gardening today, mowing lawns, fixing speedbumps.
 
 

 
 


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday

Well... I said I would do the blog on Sunday and I would have but... I had THREE computer crashes on the weekend and I wasn't in the mood :-)   Going to sleep at 4am will do that to you.

Anyways... enough complaining. Blah blah blah.

I have photos but... I can't find my camera.  Hmmm. 

This past weekend was HOT HOT HOT.  SUMMER IS HERE!!  It is also humid. 

Lots of kids and people here this weekend.  Lots of activities for kids but... no schedule on the website that I could find.  I heard about the lack of schedule from a few people too.  However, I found out that flyers were at the clubhouse so I passed that on.

From what I heard the kids had fun!  Scavenger hunt... okay I forget everything they said but there was a lot of stuff.

The lake was full this weekend, people floating, swimming around and around. 

Fireworks on Saturday night... thanks Peter!!!  I only found 11 spent cartridges on my lawn this time.  JL found about a dozen.  There was one on the walkway from Helios to the Clubhouse... a long way away.   

Hump day tomorrow.
Wed, July 22, 4pm – 6pm
Site 221 ( James )

The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
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So, everyone knows there are no lot lines here, no fences.  However, please respect the courtesy boundaries as the site owners would like a bit of privacy on their own site. An example that I've heard about... someone walking right through a site and letting their dog walk on the deck.  It only takes 10 seconds to walk around someone's lot instead of cutting across the lot. I have seen this SO many times. This does not include the lakefront, you can cut across my lot at the lake :-)
 
That said, I HAVE gone onto people's lots especially in the winter to check stuff.  Downed satellite dishes, alarms going off, snow loads.  I'm going to keep doing that :-)
 
We still can't hear the speaker at the Outback from the trailer side of the lake ... mruh mruh muh muh, glu buh muh Bare Oaks gruh muh.  Ha ha ha.  I'm not sure which way the speaker is pointing (I could check eh?) but if it was pointed at the lake... we could probably hear it.  Plus ... s.p.e.a.k.... s.l.o.w.l.y.y.y.y ... the echo and feedback are awesome.  I have mentioned this at the office.  People forget.
 
DON'T FORGET WII BOWLING tonight at 7:30. 
You missed it.  Sorry Rainy ... I announced it Friday though.
 
The temperature three hours ago was 91F... it is now 64,  stupid weather.
 
The aerator is still not going... neither is the fountain.  You can hear LOTS AND LOTS of frogs at night... especially at 3am. I like the quiet but the fishes probably like the oxygen.
 
Lots of new visitors wandering the park these days, you can tell by the armbands.
 
BOP Plays...
 
Playbill One:
“As night to the Day” by Dan Ebbs : Forty-year-old Michael returns home to help his mother who is struggling with memory loss. Over the course of a morning, Michael sees her through the eyes of another and learns that there's a side to her he didn't know. 
 
“The Death of Me” by Norm Foster : John dies unexpectedly, only to discover that his bucket list in life is a rolodex of missed opportunities. Perhaps he can get a second chance?  This theatrical gem of a comedy is written by Canada's most prolific and produced playwrights.
 
Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca
 
WHEN:  Saturday July 25th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 1st, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
            Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
WHERE:      The Outback
TICKETS:    $10/person
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Someone told me today that we don't need speed bumps anymore ... the potholes slow us down.  I'm only passing along comments.  Getting rid of the potholes is like trying to smooth out concrete. 
 
The geese are still here ... 8 of them.  I picked up some poop from them a few days ago but I think it is a lost cause.  Someone told me that a goose craps every 30 seconds... times 8.  ack ack.  Now I don't know if this is a fact and I'm not going to look it up.  You look it up and report back to me :-)
 
Someone else said something about 'goose a l'orange' at the restaurant (snickering).  Oh stop it, they were only kidding. 
 
You can't kill a migratory bird, it is still not legal.  However, someone said, what if the birds don't migrate anymore?  Hassling them is probably not legal either but... chasing them into the river is okay.  Hey, no one touched them... HAH.  I've chased them a few times... wait... no I didn't ... I 'think' I may have chased them but I'm not sure ... Your Honor.  
 
:-D
 
Haven't heard anyone leaving their dogs in their car this summer.  If you are reading this and are thinking about it... there are a lot of people who will break your window.  I hear you won't be charged if you do that... the window breaker that is... the dog owner will be charged.    
 
We need a 'TO THE BEACH ---->' sign.  Lots of people stop me in the golf cart and ask where the beach is located ... they even have a MAP.  I just remembered this.  I should tell the office peeps ... hey office peeps, we need a 'to the beach' sign.  There.  Done.

6 out of 7 of my tomato plants in the square foot gardens FELL OVER.  They are all in tomato cages but are too big and heavy... due to the constant rain.  This is before any tomatoes have shown up. Yikes. One of them is four and a half feet tall.  Hungry, I could use  BLT right about now... I have lettuce in my gardens too.  Next year, I'm growing a pig.

I think 4 of the gardens were not used this year.  Tsk tsk.

A reminder, don't carry glass bottles around the park. Lots of people walk around in bare feet... not sure why as there are TONS of bumble bees sucking on the clover in the grass.  We have a lot of clover this year. 

If you want me to put anything in the blog, stop me on my golf cart or email me.  I finally remembered to put a pad of paper in my cart (shocked look).  It has only taken me 2 months.

No educational speech today... however you can still get up and go for a walk.  Take a flashlight.

The end. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday

Just a quick blog about events.

On Wednesday the temperature on my deck was 108F... and dropped to 52F that night. 

Yesterday it was in the 90's.  Today a bit cooler and the temperature now is 68F. Yikes.

It rained quite a bit today but the rain has stopped now.

This week's news from the Social Committee.  There are only 4 members now... so I don't think there is a Social Committee anymore.   

"This weekend is Family Weekend at Bare Oaks and BOP is happy to present "Tiffany and the Genie" starring two of our young ladies. They have put a lot of effort into this. Please come out and support them. Friday night at 8 PM; (you missed this one) Saturday at 11 AM and again 4 PM."

The flowers in the park are lovely and HUGE.  The rain can stop now.

No bear sightings this week.

"Just like the past two years, Michael will be at Bare Oaks tomorrow (Sat July 18): free photos for anyone who wants them. And just like the previous years, they only go to you, and they are free as an email—though you CAN buy larger files, prints, etc, as an option. He is - pretty much all day, on the grass, between reception and the volleyball court. You'll recognize him by the light stands etc!"

Hump day
Wed, July 22, 4pm – 6pm
Site 221 ( James )

The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
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Bare Oaks' Got Talent Sat, July 18, 7pm – 9pm
Come to perform or to judge. Live backup band!!

Fireworks on Saturday night around 9pm (so far, unless it rains).
DON'T FORGET WII BOWLING is on Tuesday night.
7:30pm to 9:30pm.

In the clubhouse, Bare Bistro Dining area! Fiona Five Pin and 10 Pin Pedro are joining us all for some fun and laughter!

No education this week... next blog on Sunday I hope.

Have fun this weekend!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday

Wow, every week Google finds new and exciting ways to keep you from logging into your account easily.  Blah.

Enough of that :-)

HOT WEEKEND.   It has been in the 90's all weekend ... or high 30's.

Lots of people were here for the AANR skinny dip record on Saturday at 3pm.

The lake was full yesterday.  Not many people in the lake today.

As the sign states:  No dogs on the beach between 9am and 7pm.  Soooo, one of the members took his dogs into the lake at the other end of the lake... near the road.  Hah.  Good move. He had to go in first because the dogs weren't having any of that nonsense until they saw that it was safe. :-)

Most of the baby birds are gone now. 

Parking lots have been full!  Lots of people, lots of visitors.

Lots of frog sounds at night... we have at least one bullfrog ... yeah!  We need two though...

The square foot gardens are doing well.  I filled the big white water storage container a few days ago so that should last us for a month.

The mosquitoes are brutal at dusk.  Bring bug spray or Off Lanterns or get an Executioner zapper from the office... they really work!  I think they cost around $20.

A few trailers in the seasonal area have sold.  There are still a few left for sale.

The pool is around 80F every day so a bunch of us have been there in the afternoons (on weekdays).

Hump day
Wed, July 15, 4pm – 6pm
Site 120 ( Sandy and John )
The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
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Family weekend coming up this weekend. 

Bare Oaks' Got Talent
Sat, July 18, 7pm – 9pm
Come to perform or to judge. Live backup band!!

Fireworks on Saturday night (so far, unless it rains).

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Fun fact of the week:

"Tip of the week- Attention Gmail Users: New Undo send feature is now available for all.  The feature that allows you to cancel an email up to 30 seconds after sending. "

Here is a picture of the strawberries I picked to make 3 batches of strawberry jam and enough smoothies for 6 months... 37 pounds. Mmmmm. Brooks Farms which is through Mt. Albert on Mt. Albert road and just past Highway 48 ... on the left.  They have peas too... and beans... and lots of stuff. (http://www.brooksfarms.com/)


Click to enlarge.



Now... if you think it is too hot...


Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday

Wow... what a great weekend !

Sunny all weekend, in the 80's  or 30's (that was easy to convert).

Tons of people here, the parking lot was full and the back parking lot had about 20 cars in it.

The lake was full this weekend with people swimming and floating.

The potholes have reappeared but I was happy when the Kubota didn't fix them during the weekend.  It was very peaceful.

I checked the Outback and, as far as I can see, there is no play area for the kids anymore.  Perhaps I will wander in and create an area by removing all the extra gardening pots and sorting around some furniture.  :-)

The 'rules' of the Park are... you can use any area you wish if you are a member or day visitor.  So, if there is something going on in the basement of the Clubhouse, you can still go down there and play pool or watch TV. 

If there is something going on at the Outback, you can still go in and play pool, shuffleboard or watch movies.

Those are the rules, I didn't make them.

There are new signs all over the park.

1.  No dogs on the beach between 9am and 7pm.  You can take your dog to the beach between 7pm and 9am.

There were a lot of dogs on the beach this weekend... however, they probably didn't know the new rule or read the new sign.

2.  Quiet time at the beach is until 4pm.  That probably means no radios and such but... does that include electric saws and hammer drills?  Yes, I know that the only time the 'volunteers' can get together is during the weekend ... but... I'm happy to report that after a LOT of people left the beach due to the noise, the construction was moved to behind the Outback with less noise.  :-)

Quite a flotilla on the lake Sunday afternoon... I haven't seen that many people in the lake in a very long time.

Babies everywhere!!  Bird babies...  Thanks Judy for the photo.



The swallows appear to have left the nest now.  I saw 5 swallows soaring around the lake a few days ago... probably the babies trying out their new wings.

A few staff members where trying to remove the weeds from the lake on the weekend.  Good idea except they said the weeds sank ... after they were cut ... ha ha ha.  Who knew?  You can't really rake the bottom.

It was sunny and muggy all day and is cloudy now.

Don't forget Hump Day Happy Hour on Wednesday... between 4pm and 6pm. Site 229 (Marg and Larry). 

The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to sit on, a snack to share (if your like) and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.

That's it... not much going on... go for a walk.