Saturday, August 08, 2015

Cottage day 8: not long now

Another lovely day - not quite as lovely as yesterday though, when we finally got enough sun for me to break out my bathing suit and sunbathe for a bit. I'm not absolutely fish-belly-white anymore! I wouldn't go so far as to call it a tan though.

Thursday night Bob and Karen came for a visit - they live here year-round and have helped T and his family for a long time helping to maintain the cottage. They're good folks and I missed seeing them on our trip last year as schedules did not allow for them to visit while I was here. They've invited us to come up to the camp today, we're waiting to see if the weather will hold and if they'll be around, as we don't want to navigate there blind! Karen promised a good old-fashioned fish fry if we make it, and suggested we just hunker down and stay overnight on the boat (so as to drink as uninhibitedly as possible, I suspect!) - the boat is set up for that, but I don't know if I want to sleep on it, considering every single fucking deerfly in the area camps out in it!

Lastnight was a particularly late night, we didn't eat dinner until after 10 so movie/tv watching took us past 5am - well, took me past 5am anyway, T stayed up later than I did. All I know is there was a lot of light streaming in my deck door when I went to bed, and the moon wasn't that bright lastnight!

Oh, also: my backup erasable pen ran out yesterday, so now I have to do my puzzles in proper ink. You can't be as bold when you know you can't erase mistakes! And I do realize that makes me sound like a granny.

Home in two days. Melancholy will set in tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Cottage day five: The Cottagening

Today The Boy left to go back South (TFC was calling) so T and I went into Sudbury to get groceries. And didn't come back for 6-1/2 hours. That's what it is to go for proper groceries and lunch up here - either you get meagre overpriced pickings in town (perfectly understandable of course) or you drive out to get proper groceries, too many DVDs, cottage supplies, boating supplies, lunch and cheezies. We chose the latter.

It's absolutely gorgeous right now - the bugs are at bay, there's hardly a breeze, it's calm and sunny. This is the first evening we've been able to sit on the deck for more than a few minutes since we got up here actually. Mocha even came out, not that she's wandering much, just sitting on the steps waiting for her nemesis (one of the local chipmunks) to make an appearance.

Water level's still nice and high. If the weather's nice later this week we might go for a trip to Little Current, we haven't done that for a few years.

Can I tell you something? I bought a bikini last week. Yep. Do I have a 'beach body'? Hell no. In fact I will likely never wear it to the beach and maybe not even to my condo's pool. But I brought it up here anyway, thinking I might sunbathe in it if we get some really nice days. But I sent it home with The Boy - I still have my regular bathing suit here, just in case, although I doubt I will swim here this trip. I think the water's going to be too cold, I'm terribly spoiled by our pool.

Gonna break out the LawnGuyLands pretty soon, then figure out which of the horde of DVDs we just bought to watch.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Gloomy cottage afternoons

T and The Boy and I came up to the cottage on Friday night, driving through absolutely terrible traffic until past Barrie and rain just ahead of us most of the way, making our usual stop in Parry Sound (this time we needed lemon for our LawnGuyLand Iced Tea), finally docking at the cottage about an hour later than we'd originally planned - but the water! The water was so high we could almost walk from the floating dock to the upper dock! So nice to see, I've been coming up here since 2001 and I've never seen it this high - T says it's been about 30 years. Big difference from a couple of years ago when we broke not one but TWO propellers on the boat within three days.

We spent yesterday lounging around the cottage, mostly inside - the temperature wasn't bad, but it was so windy it was pretty much useless trying to do anything out there. That's OK though, that just meant a lack of deerflies and mosquitos. We started our drinking light, gotta ease into these things. Mocha seems very happy, hanging out and investigating.

We had a pretty hard storm around noonish today, pouring rain and some mighty thunderclaps, but then it all passed on. It's been pretty overcast since then. T and I took advantage of the calm to go into town to get a few things we'd forgotten (who forgets butter?) - and Killarney Mountain Lodge has really put in a lot of work! The lodge and the station have all new docks and new bright red deck chairs all the way along, really nice to see. I recommend dinner here, by the way, it's fancy :)

We just came back and docked about a half hour ago, and the water level's even higher - I quite literally walked from the one dock to the other with no effort - meaning it's about 2 feet higher than I'm used to seeing it. Nice!