Friday, July 31, 2009


I just never get over the terrible weather we are having this summer. The first photo is the storm coming in from the west. It was like a white blanket was being pulled over the lake.

The water turned dark dark blue, the sky was this white sheet and the wind was fierce as you can imagine. It rained for about 4 hours, with the eaves troughs so full the water was overflowing them. Unbelievable rain.

The other photos are what the lake usually looks like on a clear day.

Of course it all happened just before we had dinner planned for a barbeque and our friend Bob had finished putting a stain on the front of the cottage. Change of plans and the stain stayed put on the siding.

We have a generator at the cottage. A most useful tool when the power goes out. Now this storm lasted a long time and we were amazed that we didn't lose power...called Hydro here in Ontario....and with the wind howling, the docks rocking, the rain coming sideways at times, that's
when we usually lose power...

So around 9:30 the lake is calm, the rain is calm compared to about an hour before when the rain was so heavy it was overflowing the eavestroughs. That's when the power went out....and I had no idea where the flashlights were, the candles were somewhere and the matches, when I found the candles wouldn't light because it's so damp right now....or they don't make wooden matches like they used to.

Anyway, we decided that it was late and the generator could be used in the morning for coffee, flushing toilets and water to sustain us. So we sat by candlelight, watching the lightning across the southern sky till it was decided to go to bed.

So this is another day, and we are expecting the gang of teens tonight with the weather for the weekend to be quite warm and clear skies for at least Saturday night. That's when the two marinas on this lake put on a spectacular fireworks display!

There is usually about 400 boats sitting in the dark of the night till the fireworks start. It is quite a scene, as we sit in the water, periodically pushing off each other as we continue to drift a bit in the waters. Everyone is usually quite quiet till the first display! Quite the night for all.

Then, after about an hour, it is over, the boat lights come on, the whole lake is red and green from the lights and all one can see is a huge line of boats coming down the lake to their cottages.

This year, with the gang we are having we will be two boats full of people with even the neighbours loaded in because of their own numbers.

Doesn't this sound like a fun weekend?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Ok, I know that we were supposed to do only one patch a week, but since I am at the cottage don't you know, I only have so much fabric here!

So I started cutting and sewing and with the help of Alex, my granddaughter who is visiting, we put together a whole lot of nine patch squares.

The weather needless to say is wet....It seems that for a change we can blame the weather coming to us from the southern States. And you know that CNN ALWAYS says weather comes from Canada so this is a change .

Everything is so wet to the point that we must
off the feet of the dogs when they come in.

So what is a girl to do but sew! I even had a
cottager from down the way walk over in a
rain storm just to do something to do. We had
a lesson in free motion quilting. She was very
very happy and since her machine is a 6200
Janome she can do all the same steps as I do.

This is the first time I've purchased a Jelly Roll and I must say it was very exciting to be using Oh Cherry Oh! as it is very colourful and so easy to put together. I am definitely going to order from the Fat Quarter Shop again as the service was excellent and the delivery within a week to Canada.

Our daughter is coming and bringing kids! What can be better for the weekend that is supposed to be perfect weather than to have water skiers in residence! I expect a lot of food to be consummed so Mary (my neighbour from Whitby is here) and I are heading to Huntsville to shop for the gang that is arriving Friday night with instructions for homemade Pizza. I can do that and will probably double the recipe to accommodate 4 big really big eaters!

On a happy note for Mary, my sweetie is installing a 2 piece bath in the bunkie that they sleep in. You know when we get older we need the facilities during the night so we have made room in the bunkie and it is looking really really good. There will be beadboard on the walls and the sink is a small corner sink, just big enough to brush teeth, wash face etc. Photos will be forthcoming as I think this will be very cute and useful too of course. Mary has already brought the towels.

To finish on a happy note...the hummers seem to have multiplied to six. The males make the feeders very interesting and there is lots of swooping and diving....I'm happy!