Thursday, September 29, 2016


You have probably noticed that I haven't done the blog in a while. 

I'm busy helping a friend move and renovate her house so... I'm not here most days and I've moved from the 'very busy' to the ... 'I don't have enough time to sleep' phase. :-)

Not sure when I'll resume the blog but... there you go.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


It finally rained last night and the night before...yeah!!  Got my lawn cut right before the rain.

I hear someone released a Chinese lantern at Illumination night.

Those things can kill people, animals and start fires. Stop it.


Upcoming events!

Saturday October 8th
5 pm at the Outback.

The Think Pink Committee is providing the turkey and the Social Committee is providing the ham. Everyone else is asked to bring a Potluck dish to share....Everyone is welcome.
Please join us!

Starting on Saturday October 15th there will

Third Saturday each month
Oct. 15th, Nov.19th, Dec 17th, Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th March 18th

7:30 – 9.00 ish
Bare Bistro Dining Room
(eight hands per game, eight games)


From Kim...

Bare Bistro has new hours.
Mon-Fri 10-6
Sat-Sun 9-5 until further notice.

Service may be slow during weekday hours due to limited staff.
Additional times available with advance notice.

I will be doing Saturday night dinners if there is a minimum of 6 people. I will notify you when this will begin.

Thank you for your continued support this summer. I appreciate each and every one of you.

90F today... whoooo hoooo.  Humid and hot.

I got up this morning and it was 60F, crazy weather.  People are still in the lake. 

Very windy too.

Hump Day Happy Hour
Wed, September 14, 4pm – 6pm
Dot & Dean Site 232
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 (if you like) and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
What happened to all the white chairs at the Outback?  You remember... the ones around the little green tables?  It's very difficult to use the Outback with NO chairs.  I know there are a few lounge chairs but they are usually taken early in the day.
The birds are becoming annoying.  Apparently... if you forget to feed them... they land on a branch near you and start yelling.  Chickadees, yellow finches AND woodpeckers.  The humming birds are better... they just buzz by your head at 200 miles an hour...
The lake is becoming clear with very few weeds.  Now... is this a good thing or bad thing?  A crystal clear lake is not good. No bacteria, no weeds, nothing for the fish and other stuff to eat.  I hear you can see the bottom when you snorkel. 

My square foot garden is still producing a ton of tomatoes!  Yeah.  BLT's for weeks!!  Heavy on the 'B'. If you don't know what a BLT is... google it.  Did you know that the BLT is the second most popular sandwich in the US, after the ham sandwich. There are actual RECIPES online for BLT's.  Seriously...

Moving on... the frogs have moved on too.  No frogs in the lake anymore.  I better not catch the Blue Heron on the lake. ... he eats frogs. I have a pop-gun that scares the crap out of him :-D.  No, not a real gun... it has a cork in the end and when you push the leaver in, it makes a loud pop. 

Not many people here today ... not sure why as it was hot and sunny for a while. 


On a completely different note... and I know this applies to some people in the park.

The Newmarket Prostate Cancer Support Group ( is starting their meetings again.  They meet on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month (September - June) from 6:30-9:00 PM (meeting starts at 7 PM) at the Newmarket Seniors' Centre which is at 474 Davis Drive, Newmarket.

September 15th meeting (next Thursday):
Presenter: Dr. John Preiner, Urologist, South Lake Hospital.
Subject: What is the Next Step now that my PSA has started to rise after treatment?

Yeah yeah it has nothing to do with Park news but... prostate cancer is very common these days so you should know there is a support group out there.  Everyone welcome including spouses and friends.


If you have something you want in the blog, email me.

Wow, lots of weird fonts in this blog... I'm not fixing it :-D

I've been extremely busy this summer so I haven't been doing the blog as much as usual.  Ah well, not much to report on this summer. 

Monday, September 5, 2016


Summer is over!!  Okay maybe not as it is very hot today. 

No rain for a long time.  I haven't mowed my lawn as ... it's barely grown.

Illumination night was fabulous!  Lots and lots of sites participated. 

Congratulations to Judges Choice winners Jeff and Shelley and to Peoples Choice Winners Jeff and Carolyn for their wonderful displays!

Congratulations to the New Social Committee, Greg ( Chair), Don ( Vice Chair ), Diane ( Secretary ), Shelley ( Treasurer), Stony ( Stuff Guy ), Suzy ( Member at Large) and Rico ( Member at Large), newly elected at the AGM on Sunday morning.

Hmmm, I didn't see any announcement about the social committee meeting.  It's not on the website.

There are no frogs left in the lake.  Either the Heron ate them, or they got out as it was too hot in the lake, or they died.  Ho hum.  I liked the frogs.  It was so nice to listen to them at night.

Thanks to Tony for fixing the aerator.  There is now a new lock on it as someone was screwing around with the timer. 

Lots of people on the lake today.  Plus a LOT of very loud screaming kids.  Playing and having fun is nice but when kids start to scream 'HELP HELP' ... I'm not really keen on that.

What's with the really young kids (3) on the paddle boat WITHOUT adult supervision and without life jackets?  I know that a few members here babysit other people's kids all the time but they have to be watched when they are in the pond. 

The box of film/hard drive equipment that went missing after artists week has not been found.  I'm assuming that if someone found it, it would be posted somewhere.

Yeah, yeah, I haven't been doing the blog on a regular basis.  There haven't been many events here.

That said....

Hump Day Happy Hour
Wed, September 7, 4pm – 6pm
Hosted by Manon and Bryan  Site #116
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 (if you like) and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.

Someone posted this and I'm reposting... I did not write this but the person will give me permission to post it... so I'll email him after I post and tell him I did it lol.


Yesterday, some members came across a soldering tree stump beside the path which goes around the pond behind the Outback. Fortunately there was no open flame yet. It was extinguished and the staff brought the pump to wet down the surrounding area.

The Fire didn't appear to be caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. There were at least 5-10 different spots smouldering in a 5 foot radius, not a single point source.

Another member said that a Chinese lantern had been set adrift the night before. It's a small hot air balloon powered by a burning candle. These things will land anywhere.

It's hard to say if this lantern was the cause of this fire because of the time delay. However it doesn't seem like a good idea to me to be setting these lanterns adrift in a forested area.

It was fortunate that the fire wasn't located further from the path making it harder to discover before it became a more serious problem.

So if you see someone playing with a Chinese lantern, perhaps you can suggest that it's a bad, bad idea in the park!


Chinese lanterns are banned in a lot of provinces.  Ontario is working on a ban.

It could be a lot of things:

1. Chinese lanterns.
2. One of those bags filled with sand and a candle but there was no evidence of that.
3. A cigarette.
4. A deliberately set fire ... not sure who would do that.
5. Magic.


Anyways... there has been a fire ban in a lot of places all summer due to lack of rain.  Please be careful.

The petanque court has not been used all summer.  Where are you guys?  I was used to the horn/announcement going off.

This is the court now. (Click image to enlarge)

The bottom left is a few corn plants, the top center is a sunflower plant ha ha ha.

The roads have been good this summer.  Very few potholes.

The river is nearly dry... whew.

Time to get your fall chores done.  I considered gardening and weeding but... I...  just ... didn't ... get... to ... it. 

Crickets and grasshoppers and white cabbage butterflies everywhere!  I've only seen two monarch butterflies all summer.  :-(

The new Salto gate system is working well with only a few glitches the first week.  Don't forget to turn your old fobs in for a $10. credit on your account.

Marg and Larry's owl has not been found.  K&M's compressor has not been found (that I have heard).

If you are looking for any missing shoes, flipflops, sandals...  go to Royce's lot and check the fence.  A certain feline drags them home.  ha ha ha.

According to the Used Trailers for sale page (  most of the trailers have been sold... except for one.

Some long time residents are moving out (sad face).

I've been here for almost 20 years!!  People are coming and going constantly.

If you see a Toronto Star at the entrance to the park on Saturday (any Saturday).  Please do NOT pick it up.  I had to cancel it for the summer as people kept picking it up and either taking it to the office or putting it in their car and keeping it. 

I hear from the farmers that it is going to be a BRUTAL winter. 

Must stock up on wine... heh heh.

Go walk your dog.  I'm assuming you have one as I think there are more dogs than people here these days.   It's lovely that everyone picks up after their dog too.  The dog run got a LOT of use this summer.  We have frisbee dogs !!