Archive for September, 2015

Let’s Call It A Season

September 27, 2015

That’s right!  We are pulling, washing, bagging, nailing, and every other -ing you can think of these days!  It is a lot of work to wrap up for the season.  Fortunately the weather has been muy cooperative!  I took a few shots of an absolutely beautiful-but-foggy morning this week:

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Amid the madness of closing cabins I also took a few hours to attend a watercolor class.  This was my favorite creation and I think it may well be our Christmas card this year:


Our driveway is alive with color.  I’ll take the camera along if/when Gruper goes grouse hunting (hopefully yet today).

It is never too late to send us pics from your trip.  Gwin and Judy sent along a lovely sunset photo from their trip in early August:


I promised some pictures from Ron and Bob’s two-week fish-o-rama.  It gets a little boring, though…Ron, Ron, Ron…

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Not fair, Andrea!  Bob added a couple to the Conservation Awards Page!!  Plus, he has this great new Under Armor shirt in this pic:


Ann liked it so much she was waiting for him at the dock!


They, too, caught the double rainbow the same day as Neal and Marji:


as well as a great sunset:


This pic was from Ron and Bob’s spring trip, and I still love it!


I this this was awfully quick.  To add to your disappointment, I’ll probably not do an entry next Sunday.  I’ll shoot for later in the week when I believe I’ll have more fodder.  Yes, this is the beginning of the annual weaning…

Take care.

Good Morning!

September 20, 2015

and it is a truly beautiful morning up here!  It’s calm and quiet and supposed to get near 70.  I think there’s a good chance of doing some fishing!!!  We went out a couple of days ago…

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It was fairly windy but very pretty out there.  Thank goodness ’cause I almost got skunked:(  I caught one walleye seed; Gruper caught many nice eaters and a northern, giving him first, biggest, most and variety.  We kept two for me, and he was rewarded with fried chicken (I think that’s the 2nd time I’ve made fried chicken in 20+ years).

I’ve added some big walleye pics to the Conservation Awards page.  I think Bob caught most of them…I’ll share his and Ron’s pics next week.  Bob  never ceases to amaze.  He released a 25″er, a 26″er, a nice northern, and a host of others!

Blueberries are done, and I am blue about it.  I attended another sign-making class to help alleviate my sadness:

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A couple of coats of sealer and we’ll be ready to hang it!  I still need to make a laundry room sign.

Murray has completed 1/3 of his special project.  It is incredible.  I’m hoping to wait and share pics when it’s all done.  Stay tuned.

It’s time for Marji’s Foto Fest!  She takes a lot of pics during their two-week stay.  I sort through them and pick my faves for the blog:)  I hope you enjoy!

Look, in the sky, it’s a bird…


it’s a plane…


it’s a double rainbow…


no, it’s Neal’s tree stand!


Neal took a bear during their first week.  I shared some pics but Marji always has a different perspective;)  Warning:  these are a bit graphic:

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It’s odd how a thick coat of hair is all that really separates us from the other mammals.  Well, that and a thumb.

Neal is a bit pouty in this pic:


Maybe it’s ’cause Marji caught this


and he caught this


Not fair, Andrea!  Neal put a couple of nice northerns on our Big Fish page and also catches respectable walleye:


They did not catch this red horse, though.  Brandon and Lee brought it in to clean, thinking it might be a lake trout:)  It was a teachable moment, and the guys were good sports about it!

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The two of them thoroughly enjoy getting away each year!  We enjoy that they get away to us!  Marji often takes interesting pics.  She had a few dew-soaked cobwebs this year.  This was my favorite


If you zoom in on this daisy-ish flower, you can see the dew on it too!


She and I thought this cloud looked like a dove.  Neal did not see it…


I think this cloud resembles an upside-down duck head a la Ducks Unlimited:


I thought these rocks looked like a mama duck coming out of the water followed by a bunch of babies…a la mergansers


I loved this pic of a great mossy tree:


and this one of a great gnarly (would that be gnarly gnarly?) tree:


Neal and Marji typically stay for two weeks.  When they first arrived these loons still looked like spring babies–all tan and fuzzy:


By the time they left, the fluffiness was leaving and the tan was being replaced by whiteness from the bottom-up:


Marji always takes some good scenery pics:

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She captures rocks, trees and water in super reflections!  Here is one that is all reflection.  I absolutely love it!


This pic was taken in the bush when Neal went to recover his bear:


She found a fungi-tree, too:


She caught Tom and Marg sailing.  I’ll have to send the pics to them:)

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I liked these photos:


as well as her great sunsets!

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I love silver sunsets!

As you can imagine, blog fodder is running low.  I’ll share Bob and Ron’s pics next week.  I’ll try to take some photos of the lovely fall colors we’re getting.  I’d love to take a photo of a nice walleye I release today!  Cross your fingers for me!

Time for a Quickie

September 13, 2015

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

I’ve begun some intense fall work, i.e., shutting cabins down, and I want to pick some blueberries this afternoon as a reward for my hard work, so this will be a shorter-than-usual entry.  Speaking of blueberries, look what I made in glass class:

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Freya was so excited that she decided to take a nap:


We had another pretty good week at Tall Pines Camp!  I added Neal’s two northerns, Brandon’s northern, and Frank and Lee’s walleyes to the Big Fish page (!  Nice work!!  In addition, most everyone seemed to be kept in eaters all week.  Mike and Laura were new to the Wabaskang game, so their week was a bit tougher; however, they seemed to be finding their groove by week’s end.

This is Frank:


He and his buddy Bender just returned from a lovely trip to Alaska with their wives!  Now it’s time for their annual trip to Tall Pines Camp!  Frank loves to fish, especially Wabaskang Lake:


They don’t like to make waves, but

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he and Bender catch a lot of fish!

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and they enjoy the fall scenery:

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Oh…that last pic isn’t exactly scenery.  It’s more like a fall fixture around here:  Ron and Bob are back for their annual fall trip as well!  Oh, wait…they were here for a spring trip, too.  If they keep it up, they might have to apply for residency!  I hear Bob released a 26″ walleye…we’ll have to wait and see.

Bender took a shot of Camp with the new Bear’s Den roof:


Murray’s doing some fancy stuff on the other side now…we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out before I get a pic.

Bender got some great sunset shots last week!  We had some beauties!

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Frank has already promised a 2016 trip.  He’ll probably run into Ron and Bob again.  Maybe he’ll run into Curt and his buddies again…


If I can take time away from cabin closing and blueberry picking, we’ll do a Photo Fest with Marji’s pics next week!  Until then…


September 6, 2015

Yes, that’s right:  September.  Suddenly we find ourselves nearly at season’s end when we didn’t think we would survive June!

I’d like to thank Hanna for filling in for me last week.  She does a super job with the help of Mary’s photos!  I just needed some time to recuperate from birthday week:)  We’ll get to that in a minute.

Last week was OK.  Our guys from home kept themselves in eater walleyes, as did Neal and Marji.  Kyle and company began having luck later in the week.  The lake was turning over, the heat and humidity were borderline awful most days, and as a result fishing was tough.  Our guys were nailing huge smallies in the 1st narrows for fun!  Someone has a pic or two of that.  Here’s Ben with a nice stringer of walleye early in the week:


Gruper and I were able to get out for a little bit.  This was our second time fishing together all season.  The first was the previous week on my birthday.  During the birthday outing, we took all points:  first, biggest, most and variety (the man shows no mercy).  Last week was pretty much the same…Here he is with a good walleye (please pardon my foggy lens).


I’m still having trouble with the fall bite.  I do every year but hope to adjust this week!

Neal got his bear Thurs. evening!  That gives he and Margi a whole week to just fish and hang like normal people!


This is the second bear he’s taken with us over the years.  Congratulations!  He released a 37″ northern as well last week.  They say luck comes in 3’s…I wonder what’s next for Neal???

The Bear’s Den’s new lid is in place!  The green shingles look good from the lake but really show how badly our house needs a roof now!


Murray’s putting some trim pieces here and there to add finishing touches.  It looks very, very nice!

During our monthly road trip to Dryden I was able to pick up some fused glass pieces made by my friends and me during birthday week!

I made hangy things and a night sky over the lake:


My friend Wanda made a cool inuk-shuk:


Speaking of inuk-shuks, we had an evening of inuk-shuking during birthday week.  I created this one with Dawn’s help:


I believe a total of three were created that evening(?)  Here we are hard at work:


Jenny, myself and Sal are hard at work.  Who are those other clowns???  Here’s a hint:


Can you see it?  It’s a Red Hat!  Three of them were here for birthday week; Rich stood me up for more important family matters.  Jim, Lee, and Jr. returned, though, and brought friends:


Curt, 2nd from left in the front row, shares my birthday.  It was good to have another Virgo around all week to keep things in order.  It’s the little things that drive us nuts, like Lee using MY wine glass.  He was forgiven, though.


Gruper did a fine imitation of Lee flexing his muscles during the group’s first-ever visit.  Dawn thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment!


You remember Dawn, right?  She’s the pervert…


Her glass consisted of a birch tree in the four seasons:)  Beautiful!


She hung out on their last night:


Jenny and Kraig were here for the 2nd week during birthday week–it’s become a kind of tradition.  They are building a new home and Jenny needed something beautiful to hang:


She picked berries with us and hung out on the last night…




Those other two gals are in these pictures because they, too, were here for birthday week!  Pat is our matriarch and Sal is my BFF.  Here is their glass, respectively:


We had a lovely week together!  Pat made eggs benedict for Gruper and Murray; Pat and Sal made me a lovely birthday dinner of salmon and invited Jenny and Kraig to join us!  We spent a lovely day in Dryden, visiting the suspension bridge and mosaic building.


and we picked blueberries!  Pat caught me and another worm with an angry stinger on camera!



My birthday potluck was quite fun as well!


It was mostly fun spending a week with so many great people!

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and Freya…


and seeing my summer world through the eyes of others:



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and knowing they miss it already…


and maybe they even miss us already:


I’ll close with a pic from Jeff and Sue a few weeks back…pause for reflection:)