Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday

The park is winding down for the season... but... there were a lot of people here today.

I hear the pizza potluck at 2pm was very busy today.

Lots of kids in the park today ... boy can they yell and scream :-)  I tell ya, if someone gets in trouble at the lake it might be a problem as a lot of us are getting used to the screaming and are ignoring it.

Pretty pictures... thanks Judy!  I have seen these in other places around the park. They are so weird looking. Walking sticks.

Judy: "Found this under a deck chair this afternoon. Found out they eat leaves, females can reproduce without males but can only produce females, they range in size from a cm. to over 40 cm (Borneo) and they only live one season."






What??!!  Only one season?  That is sad. 

Time to wash the side of your trailer, especially the north side.  Mine was green and I just checked it about a week ago.  Not sure why as it hasn't rained much but... it is cool at night.  Maybe green slime grows in the cold ... heh heh.

It is in the 50's * at night and the 60's * and 70's * during the day.

Chris, the tree dude, was here on Friday... cutting down around 10 dead trees.  Wow is he good.  He cut the one down beside my seasonal trailer and dropped it without hitting my garden or my fence or my trailer.  We followed him around and watched him take out a tree in the MIDDLE of a deck with trailers all around it. 

It is going to be a very very COLD winter... I hear from pretty much EVERYONE, news, weather, people who think they know everything, people I talk to in lines at stores ... :-)

I will be slowing down the blog... actually I've already done that in case you haven't noticed which I'm sure you have. Hah.

The hot tub has been down a LOT this summer and by a lot I mean... at least once a week.  Annoys people who come here just for a hot tub but... phone ahead. 905 473 6060.  (put that in your phone).

The square foot gardens are nearly done.  I have carrots that grew down 3 inches, hit the landscape fabric and then grew up.  Very interesting but still delicious.  I'm adding more dirt to my gardens this fall as it is too buggy in the spring.

A bunch of bonfires last night but some of them were short-lived due to the cold.  Where is my ski jacket... ?

Kids vs dogs.  There are twice as many dogs in the park.

Thanks to Peter and Tony for cleaning up the dead trees that Chris took down.  :-)

Lots of bikes on the roads these days... do they have to adhere to the 11 km per hour rule?  I don't think so as they don't. That said... I don't think they know about that one.  One kid rode by me yelling ... I'M GOING FASTER THAN YOU (I was on my golf cart) ... while looking at me and not the oncoming speed bump (snickering).  Oh stop it, kids bounce, I would have picked her up.

The potholes are almost gone due to the large amount of gravel that has been dumped on the roads.

People... are... wearing... clothes...

I'll end on a joke...

Here's a place that is going to be important soon.




Footnotes
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* - convert it yourself (ha ha)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday

Chilly this weekend... around 60F or 16 or 18C or less or more...

Rain on Saturday for about an hour and Friday night for most of the night.  Actually it started to rain on Friday during the day.

Windy today... it was nice.  I like wind... it was warmish wind. I like playing with adjectives too.

The Friday people were all in the lake... they say for the last time.  Hey, I don't think we will get snow in September... or... I hope we don't.  'They' predict a very VERY cold winter.  I'm getting my snow tires on ... mid October heh heh.

The propane dudes were here this week but they didn't fill everyone's tank... just the low ones. 

The potholes were fixed this week with the Kubota ... and then it rained...

The yellow jackets have been a problem in the past few weeks.  They have been stinging people.  I've had 4 stings, Judy has had 2... and I'm sure there have been others.  If anyone is stung, there are epipens at the office and in the seasonal washroom.  Remember blue to the sky, orange to the thigh. 

Wasps on one feeder.  They sting the birds and scare the hummingbirds away.



An X-nest... :-)   It has been sprayed.  Check out how big the hole is... about 2 inches across, top middle. Wasps were going in there at a rate of 1 every few seconds. 



Two of my wasp catchers. The left one has about an inch of wasps floating on the top of the beer. Beer is good but it annoys the beer drinkers when you use it. (rolling eyes)

The right one I made myself.  Put two holes through the area right below the lid and string some  twist tie cord through. 





Then punch 3 holes a few inches up in the bottle. Put some hummingbird solution in the bottom with a bit of dish detergent and yellow food coloring. Presto!  A cheap wasp catcher.

This is my third one. Note the layer of wasps on the top of the solution. That is after one day.  You can just throw out the bottles when the liquid is full of wasps.



No it is not cruel... there were THOUSANDS of wasps/yellowjackets everywhere for about a week and they were going after people.

No events scheduled except for Volleyball on the weekends.

Wii Bowling on Tuesday nights.

7:30 to 9:30 in the dining room at the clubhouse.

EVERYONE WELCOME.

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Hump day happy hour on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm.

This week: the Petanque court hosted by Stony . (I think, check the office/flyers) 

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 you like) and the beverage of your choice.

Tell the day visitors... as everyone is welcome. 

Bring a ski jacket... ha ha ha.

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Did y'all know there is a Halloween Dinner and Dance this year?  It is on the Bare Oaks schedule.

Halloween Dinner & Dance

Sat, October 31, 6:30pm – 11:00pm
The New Forest Room
Come out and have a fun evening this Halloween. Join us at 6:30 for Dinner and then stick around for a even of dancing and fun. Prizes for various categories of costumes. All are welcome

I'll be OOTC... out of the country :-D

The leaves are changing... ho ... hum... :-( 

Check out this yellow sky... at dusk.


This is the same time, looking towards the lake... orange trees. Very bright.  "I wear my sunglasses at night..."  (humming tune).




Now some words of wisdom...



EAT BACON to stay mentally healthy. 


Do you know I've been doing this blog since 2009?  This is my first blog.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3 - 11:30pm

Temperature is 35.2F (convert it to Centigrade yourself). :-)
No snow yet.

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Almost SIX YEARS.  Phew. 

Go for a walk...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday

Wow what a weekend.  Busy busy busy.

It was in the 90's F... HOT AND HUMID.  It is now 69F and coolish... but... who cares!  The weekend was great!

Tons of people in the lake.

The last production of the theatre group.

Chili cookoff that had over 80 people attending.  Peter won for People's Choice and Kimmy won for best chili by the judges.  6 chilis were submitted.

Great food.

Lots of volleyball was played all weekend.

The park golf cart 'bus' wandered around the park constantly picking people up and depositing them in other locations.  Thanks Stony!!  He drove the bus most of the time.

Lots of weeds were removed from the lake this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. 

Thanks to Judy and JL and (German) Peter for getting rid of them.  Thanks Sandy for the photos and Judy for passing them on.

This is a before photo.


One basket...


More...  6 heaping wheelbarrows full.



Clean lake.  Now the swimmers can swim without freaking out about the monsters from the deep :-D



More were removed on Monday.

On Saturday at 4pm was a farewell party for Nikki given by Dean and Dorothy.  Lots of people attended... then on to Illumination at 8:30 / 9:00PM.

The park was lit up with decorated trailers, the Bare Bistro was decorated, bags with tea lights were all around the park, people were decorated... it was great!!

There had to be a couple of hundred people walking around the park checking out all the sites.

I know who won but I can't post it here as I don't have permission to use their names.

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So this statement was made by a member here: "I know we don't have physical boundaries on all the sites but please show your neighbours and others a little courtesy and WALK AROUND...not THROUGH other peoples sites. Especially when they are trying to enjoy their dinner."

I've seen it happen quite a few times.  So... please think of it as their 'space' and walk around, stay on the paths or the roads.

And another thing... lots of people don't wear shoes while walking around the park... and step on sharp pointy things... well... duhhhhh.  Put on shoes!  There are bees in the clover in the grass.  There are sharp stones.  Don't cut across people's places because you don't want to walk on the paths and roads but prefer walking on the lawns.  PUT ON SHOES.  Of course, that is only a suggestion, I can't tell anyone what to do... :-D

This place was FULL this weekend.  Nice to see.

The water was off twice but didn't stay off long.

I think most of the summer staff are gone.

The dumpsters were sooooo full on Monday but are now empty.

The square foot gardens are nearly done, the vegetables picked.  I put up with a LOT of flak from other people in the spring about using 2 gardens... when NO ONE else was using them ... this was in June. Phil and I filled the huge white barrel in the gardens around 6 times this summer and whippersnipped around the gardens. 

I had a HUGE harvest this summer as did Phil who had 2 gardens also.  I gave away a lot of veggies, one person said they were the best carrots she had ever eaten.

There are 16 gardens.  Two other people used 2 gardens with great success also.  A staff member (M) used a garden. Kim and Wendy had  3 gardens and were growing oak trees (for the park?) and some other tree that I have NO clue what it is.. but it is a fuzzy tree :-)  Total - 10 used.  That leaves 6 gardens.  Two other couples started 3 gardens but they were not maintained and grew all sorts of blight and mold with mostly dead veggies.  3 were not used.

I'm using the same gardens next year.  Next year, IN MY OPINION, if people reserve a garden they should maintain it.

That is my rant for today... thanks for reading it ha ha.

I gotta tell ya that the potholes have been really GOOD this past month... because a ton (or 10) of gravel was dumped in a lot of the holes.   Most of the roads are fine now except for the road to the seasonal area which you really can't fix due to the high volume of high speed traffic.  I say put one of those signs on the road like the one they have in Mt. Albert that tells you the speed you are going. I think it is on Center street... the street with Chens and Bens on it. It only needs to be in place for a few weeks. 

Thanks to all the people who have stopped me when I am walking or riding around the park and thanked me for the blog. 

That's it for today... September is here... boo hoo.