Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Winter, spring, winter.....

 

 

Our Location: Tehkummah, Ontario

 

Just a quick little photo show. Winter doesn't want to let go here, this morning was -13C/ 9 F but we've been going up and down from just above freezing to  just below until the last couple of days which have been consistently COLD. Add to that the wonderful north wind and well, you get the idea. 

 

Sunrise March 20.
 

 

Sunrise March 23



 
 
Sunrise March 23

March 25, a new snow fall.

Not massive but enough, wet and heavy.

March 26, early morning, freezing rain.

Later in the day March 26, now just muddy roads.

As you can see from the photos, in one week we had some interesting weather, today the road in the last photo is frozen and no mud in sight. Cold but no wind makes a difference here, although living on a big rock in the middle of Lake Huron insures that at some point there will be wind during any 24 hour period. Hopefully it's from the south and remains so for the next number of weeks. The snow banks are melting quickly at times but new ones are showing up too.  Freezing rain in the forecast for tomorrow as well.  Ah spring, it is the season.

 

The sunrise photos I changed the colour tint to match closer to the actual colour in the sky that the camera just can't seem to pick up. All photos were taken with my phone of course. 

 

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. 

 

Until next time, 

take care, be safe, stay healthy

 

Deb



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Spring is coming to Manitoulin Island......

 

 

Our Location: Tehkummah, Ontario

 

It's been a while since my last post but I thought I'd catch up today. The winter has pretty much ended here, although we still have some snow and more will come but it won't last long. In the past week the ground is starting to show in places, the creeks and rivers are running, the fields are showing water laying everywhere and a few spots are showing a hint of red in the far off distance of tree tops. The now present mud is everywhere and if not careful one might find themselves wallowing in a mud bath. 

 

A few fru fru's sis and I assembled at work. 


 The winter has been long here, bleary, dreary and cold. A few medical issues with Riley and I as well as the Dogsled. However things are moving along and we are hopeful that getting back into the Igloo and the summer will do the trick. (for us, not the Dogsled) 

 

Sunrise on a morning walk.

Crisp and cold on these mornings.

Around mid Feb the Dogsled just wasn't feeling well, nothing exactly but something was off. Long story short, a flatbed took him from one garage to another where he sat for about two weeks waiting for a head gasket to be delivered, and eventually he came home, full of pep and doing well.  More expensive than paying my rent for the winter but oh well, we can't move the Igloo without him. A big thanks to Dad for the loan of "Marion" his car during our time of need.


Last week this road was just one long mud lane.

The local dairy farm.

 Work at the little Inn has been very quiet although it's picking up again as spring makes its entrance.  I currently do a little light housekeeping for a couple of elderly couples to help with the boredom of winter. The general agreement is spring can't arrive fast enough. 

 

It's beautiful in the right light, isn't it?

But it's cold and damp, chilling to the bone in fact.

 A few things to mention for my own future 'remembering' . Middle daughter Bradey and her hubby David are set to welcome their second child at the end of May. A brother for Auston. Nephew Jason enjoyed his trip to the far west coast of Canada where he spent about 5 weeks sledding in the mountains with friends.   Get well wishes to Connie. The entire family is doing well, healthy, happy and for the most part glad we can see spring. I've enjoyed my morning coffee with Joan this winter. We are about 6 weeks from moving back home in to the Igloo. Looking so forward to that. 

 


Looking back the way I've come.

 I will admit I've been slowly catching up on my blog reading, I just couldn't seem to read them over the winter for some reason. I'm envious of all you folks out there living the dream, soaking up the sun and scratching the hitch itch.  Al's (Travel with the Bayfield Bunch ) neck of the woods are much closer to spring than we are, but we're moving right along trying to catch up. Lorne and Sue (  A place called away )  Harold and Pat down in Mexico look to be just living the high life with daily outings and tempting food. Deb and Tom (  Celebrating the Dance   )  are teasing me with all the views they are enjoying. Thanks for the emails throughout the winter, brightened the day for sure. Doug and grandson Nick ( Miss Adventure Travels  ) are doing some great exploring and I've enjoyed all those views a great deal. Sorry to hear about the WL issues but hopefully a quick fix and you'll be on your way once more. Bill ( On our way )  and Patsy ( Chillin' with Patsy ) seem to be filling their days enjoying friends and family as well as introducing their newest family member young Master Gibbs to the RV community.  Ivan ( Road Trip )  and Hailey seem to be keeping a low profile out there in the grasslands.  Ken and Shirley ( Seeing America with Ken and Shirley ) are making me tired just reading about their busy days!  Colin and Contessa (5C's Que Pasa ) are also enjoying their new family members, a set of chocolate Doxies which they are enjoying introducing to the sights, sounds and smells of Mexico. Jim and Barb ( Jim and Barb's RV Adventure) are just wowing me with all their energy and making me chuckle often with their wit. Nice new wheels folks. Mz Kissack ( Kissack Adventures  ) is on uphill learning curve but I have no doubt you will breeze to the top with no troubles. Congrats on the big step and I'm sure you will enjoy the freedom. Rick and Kathy (It's about time ) seem to be doing well down there in the Windsor area, hopefully things continue well and you will once again be back on the road out of the cold.  I miss George and Suzie very much and think of them often. I think that about ends my reading, if I missed anyone I'm sorry. 

 



So that about sums up this post. I hope to stop in to your blogs on a bit more regular basis but can't promise. Summer is coming and I'm truly thankful for that. I may celebrate a "thanksgiving" just for that fact alone. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the visit. 

 



 Until next time, 

 Take care, stay safe, be healthy, 

 

Deb

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

 

 

Our Location: Little Stone House, Tehkummah, Ontario

 

Merry Christmas (although I know I'm a day late, but better late than never) and Happy New Year to one and all. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and didn't find too many lumps of coal or whatever Santa is giving the naughty this year in your stockings or under the tree. 

 

A view of the Colorado River while on a jeep ride with friend Jerry!!!

 

Things are quiet here in the village of Tehkummah, the local little general store/beer/liquor outlet was busy right up until closing time on Dec 24 but other than that not much is happening. Coffee time with family is still the highlight of the days. Snow has been falling and melting, temps have been as low as 7F/ -14C and as warm as 39F/ 4 C. Of course sun and wind play a big factor in how warm those temps actually feel. 

 

The Badlands, a really nice view. 

 

I purchased a new iPad Air recently and while I love Apple, I hate trying to learn new things such as sharing photos, having all of my devices recognized by each other, etc. Both my old iPad and my computer (a very old MacBook Pro) still work but are too old to update and my iPad just will not recognize either of them.  So it's been a big challenge for me, and to be honest, I'm not winning the battle. I still may have to use my computer to do my blog instead of the new iPad, which is one of the reasons for the purchase. OH well, it is what it is.  Riley also got a new device but opted for a new Tablet instead of an iPad. We also both upgraded our phones a couple of months ago and while I wanted to go for an Apple, none were available so Samsung won out. Ever try to mate a Samsung and an iPad Air or even an old MacBook Pro? It would be funny if it weren't so darn frustrating. 


 Picacho Peak, also taken on the ride with friend Jerry. 

I am trying to work myself into posting more often but truly folks, it's very quiet here and there isn't much of anything going on that would interest anyone.  On a personal side I'm going to make a couple of  mentions for future reference. Nephew Jason is once again getting himself all ready to head to BC for a month of sledding with his buddies. Although I think he seems to be dragging his feet a bit and I think that may be due to the fact that he now has a son that will be turning one in February and I'm sure while he missed his beautiful bride Leah a great deal she wouldn't change much in the month he was gone! Hudson may actually be walking by his return.  So he's delayed leaving by almost a week. Nephew Jesse (Jason's younger brother) bought a new Chevy 1500 just a few weeks ago. Nice truck!!!
 
Sunrise in the back yard here at the little stone house. 
 
 
The first little snow fall we had in November, the Igloo looks cold and lonely there.


 

 This is our summer spot view but  not very summery looking is it?


 So on that note, I'm going to call it a post and sign off. Thanks for stopping by. 

Until next time, 

Take care, stay safe and be healthy, 

Deb
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Moved into the little stone house......

Our Location: Little Stone House, Tehkummah, Ontario

 

As you can see from the title we've moved from the Igloo into the little stone house again. It was an easier move this time, we already knew where to put everything. We moved in Sunday, October 24 in the afternoon. Why wait until the afternoon you ask? Pretty much most of the North Shore (Manitoulin Island, Espanola, Spanish, Birch Island, parts of Killarney, and Whitefish Falls) were without power that day. It was a scheduled outage to replace some 'stuff' by Hydro One.  When that happens the small community of Sheguiandah (Shag -a -winda) puts it's generator to use at the Community Hall and cooks up breakfast. For the cost of $12.00 each we (Dad, Riley and I) enjoyed eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, toast, coffee/ juice and small fruit cups. I drove, Dad treated us.  Our seating time was 10:00 am. We were home just before noon. So that's why we were late getting started. 



Heavy frost at our summer location this morning.


Since we have been slowly packing things away the outside things for the past month, there really wasn't a lot left to do except hook up and store things for a usual travel day. We were backing into the driveway at the little stone house shortly after 1 pm. We worked all afternoon emptying the rig (except our big chairs) and all evening putting things away. Monday morning we carried in the last few things, chairs and mats, hooked back up and had the Igloo back down to the pit before noon. Winterizing was accomplished later in the week.

 

Ice pellets and frost at our summer location.

This year we brought more of our own stuff as most of Pat's things were sold over the summer.  A bathroom reno is just being finished, new tub/shower was finally hooked up Thursday night, washer as well, the dry wall mudding has been going on for a number of nights but all is well in the world of us. We spent most of Friday afternoon and evening doing laundry. Who knew we had so many clothes and linens! 


The Igloo is parked for the winter.


Halloween was quiet here, 10 kids came along and Riley handed out candy while I made some potato soup. Riley and Dad both like potato soup and so I made huge pot of it. I delivered some to Dad various family members, keeping enough for Riley and soon the pot was empty.


The local dairy farm spread some liquid manure this spring and I do believe it made this mushroom grow to a massive size. 

 

So as you can see, we've settled in for the winter and will be watching all of our friends on their adventures south of the border or borders as some may be the case. We shall soak up all the warmth we can from the photos and the musing of all of you fine folks. So don't be stingy, share lots ! 

 

I wear a size 5 ladies shoe just for reference. 

 

 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

 

Local dairy farmer close to the little stone house.

Until next time, take care, be safe, stay healthy, 


Deb

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Fall photos

 Our Location: Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario



Some fall photos taken today on my walk. (All photos taken with my phone)


This photo is taken on Lakeshore Road, the leaves are falling rapidly these days.





A small piece of maple forest on the farm shows off a carpet of fallen leaves.



Once this was a mighty birch tree that could not be circled by any less three or four people linking arms. Now sadly it is a very small piece of history on the farm. 

 

 

 My grandfather (on the right) and a neighbour standing in front of the birch tree many, many years ago.  When I refer to the 'farm' it is property that once belonged to my grandfather's father and this tree stood very close to the sight of one of the houses on the farm. It was sold (out of the family) but my father bought it back a number of years ago. Except for the first photo of Lakeshore Road ( the farm is on the left of Lakeshore Road), the remainder of the photos were all taken on the farm property.

 

 


The Sugar Shack where Rick and Dad make maple syrup every spring.






Thanks for stopping by, I hope all is well with you fine folks out there. 

 

Take care, be safe, stay healthy, 

 

Deb

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Fall has arrived....

Our Location: Summer Spot near South Baymouth, Ontario 

 

 

There is a crispness in the early morning air on my way to coffee these days. The night's darkness fades quickly as I carefully watch the path ahead of me for critters of all kinds. A few black and white long tailed critters (or perhaps it's the same one each time) have crossed my path a few times over the summer, a porcupine or two as well. A few deer and rabbits have also been noticed moving away as I wind way along.  (written a couple of weeks ago) Now it's totally dark when I'm strolling along the path for morning coffee. 



With winter closing in and no definite opening of the US land crossing Riley and I have had to make a decision regarding our winter digs and so we have once again agreed to rent the little stone house for the winter. Yes I know the border can open at any time but since we are in Northern Ontario our decisions must come a bit quicker than others.  So as of this writing we will once again be staying in the north for winter. Happy to be able to get the same house again, but not happy to be in the cold all winter. Enough said. 

 



I thought I'd just post a few photos to update the blog. Please enjoy. 






 


















Take care, be safe, stay healthy, 


Deb