Cottage on the Bay

Deja vu. All over again. Funny how much can change in a year- and how much stays the same. The weather gods are, once again, messing around up there. It was unseasonably warm for a stretch (after a colder-than-is-normal summer) and now, with the annual cottage weekend approaching, the temps are about to plummet. Again.

Nevertheless, I will be heading north Friday morning for some good times on the Bay. The reading material is different this year (was hoping for Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam’s memoir- but it’s not out until next Tuesday, so I’ll pick out something in its stead), and the cast of characters will be slightly different- due to other commitments and that whole life thing.

But there will be music, catch up chats, silliness and tranquility (and that Risk tourney- but I’m pretending that won’t be happening). And the lake. And the stars. And friendship. A chance to just relax and reflect and absorb the past 12 months- the good, the bad, and the life-altering.

Oh- and extra firewood this year. LOTS of extra firewood. Have to avoid the hypothermia at all costs. Flying off on vacay next week…

All things for which I am thankful. I’ll be holding onto that anticipatory feeling tonight as I watch the POTUS address an increasingly distressing international situation.

One last summer weekend… Bring it on!


What’s up with the weather gods in TO?


Tuesday and Wednesday we were dealing with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees (that’s about 100 degrees Fahrenheit if you’re still using that quaint means of measuring) when the humidity was factored in.

Today?  Chilly north wind.  Tomorrow?  CHILLIER north wind.

And I’m going to be on a rock in the middle of the Bay.  About 2 degrees Celsius overnight.  TWO DEGREES.

I’m not ready for summer to end, so, despite the less-than-ideal temperature, I will do the true Canadian thing and head north this afternoon for an annual pilgrimage with some of my best peeps.

We try to do this every year.  A couple of nights away, sans spouses/significant others, to just hang out and catch up a little.

We have known each other for decades (as I both date myself and make myself feel old) and have been hanging out…

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5 comments on “Cottage on the Bay

  1. Have a great weekend at the cottage! It looks beautiful.

  2. Which bay? Georgian Bay? I’ve always wanted to visit both Georgian Bay and Thunder Bay, though I know they’re not close.

    I stopped at Lake Huron about 15 years ago toward the end of summer. It was blustery, there were whitecaps on the water and it seemed unseasonably cool. Of course, living in the Deep South, this time of year anything below 80 F is unseasonably cool.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    • colemining says:

      CBC- that’d be Georgian Bay. And it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I highly recommend a visit. Thunder Bay is a different animal, altogether (my sister spent 4 years there as an undergrad. Still think she’s crazy).

      It’s chilly here in downtown TO today, so I will be packing lots and lots of layers for the northland tomorrow. But… it’s the Bay, and some of my favourite peeps, so what’s a little chill in the air? For all my complaints about the cold, I am Canadian. I can take it. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

  3. […] One of my favourite bands has a song that’s all about visions of the literal end of the world that strikes some of that balance. Spending whatever hours might be left in conscious awareness of the minutes passing, with gratitude for what we have. I love listening to this song as the sun sets over the Big Lake on that rock at the Cottage on the Bay. […]

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