Happy Belated 85th Birthday, Dad! #HaliburtonHighlands #Cottage

Ξ June 15th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, events, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, me, Ontario, personal |

It’s raining buckets–high winds with few real breaks between storms for days now but it is slated to stop any hour, so we can get the stuff–and ourselves in the car to Canada.

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect--for leaving ... CR: maplelakeontario.com

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect–for leaving ..

…because it is sooo hard to pack up to go if it is a beautiful day. I always drag my feet when I should be rushing to get on the road, haha.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

But, ya know, it is 110 degrees where R. is living and working right now. He says. “It saps you.” He’s right, even though he’s riding 10 miles on a bicycle in it 4 days a week. Once it’s 110 F or 10F  for that matter, it’s not fit for any living being, period. That is why places like Maple Lake Ontario exist.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com Got some beach, finally! (Photo by me--effects auto-generated by Google+.)

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com
Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

This trip I have who R and I affectionately call “the Boy” (above) with me. All 6’4″ of him to “help open”. In truth, do most of the “big” opening tasks which include “putting in the water” (the. most. fun. you can have when opening–unless like this year, you hear that your door blew off, then anticipating the results is even more fun to be had prior to getting there).

Also, Obi is coming along.

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer at the Lake). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Obi, like all dogs, loves Maple Lake.

So, see ya.

Seven-hundred-mile road trip, here I we come.

 

Maple Lake Ontario – June 2015 Update (PHOTOS) #maplelakeontario #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ June 14th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Maple Lake Photos, me, My dog, Obi, Ontario, personal, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

Here’s where we left off last American Labor Day weekend when R. and I closed up for the 2014 season at Maple Lake (in photos) in the few breaks between the rain and wind:

 

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2

The weather was bleak and so was my mood.

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

How many more of these fog-on-the-lake-sunrise-reflected pics do you wish to see? I’ve deleted many, the point being sans cannabis, I’m an insomniac and so it is not hard to catch the sun coming up from our vantage point on the Lake, which is north. They would be far less spectacular without the lake effect but sunrise on a lake is always pretty, right?

My handsome husband in the porch of the cottage, Labour Day Weekend 2014.

My handsome husband in the porch of the cottage, Labour Day Weekend 2014.

The news of our future is ever-changing. Looks like R may have claimed a week in August for Maple Lake in the course of his boss enquiring if Roger planned to go to the cottage this August. R. has been working insanely long hours–voluntarily, but everyone needs a break. I was sort a of planning a week there in August depending on our moving situation, but since he’s going it’s defo on (as much as anything in ours lives atm, is “defo .”

I’ve completely defocused from work-related stuff–OK 90%, and focused on having lived in this 2-story, tiny place for over 15-years,  finding boxes that didn’t get opened from the last move (!) Too much stuff!

I think I’m really learning the value of donation, especially to the very amiable Goodwill down the street, as well as repurposing, recycling and (let’s face it, some stuff is just plain garbage) sorting and tossing.  I knew I reach the point of  utter loss of sentiment when I threw out my baby book. Really no big deal because I’ve scanned thousands of photos of everyone, fixed almost all of them, enlarged them, framed them, gave them gifts. Digital has changed everything, though. Most sharing of images via family and friends gets filtered–one way or the other through the internet.

Obi is excited about a trip to Maple Lake!

Obi is excited about a trip to Maple Lake!

Obi's human brother is excited to help open the cottage.

Obi’s human brother is excited to help open the cottage.

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Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

Watch a Porcupine Go Head-to-Head with a Pride of Lions (VIDEO)

Ξ November 6th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ nature, Photography, video, wildlife |

When you’re outnumbered, surrounded by an angry horde that is licking its chops at the thought of feasting on your defeated carcass, this is how you respond. On display in the video above—is a porcupine, and it shows its exemplary resilience by single-handedly fighting off a pride of 17(!) lions.

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 Captured on camera at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa by guide Lucien Beaumont, the encounter looked, until the very end, to be lights out for the prickly rodent. But the little guy just would not go gentle into that good night. While the circling pride had every advantage—size, numbers, top-of-the-food-chain status—the would-be victim had a combination of some serious tail-shaking (called a “rattle”) and impressive fearlessness, and the porcupine was helped by a general reluctance on the part of the lions to take a face full of barbs. That all kept it alive and off of the dinner menu.As you’ll see, contrary to common belief, porcupines don’t actually shoot their quills, but that clearly doesn’t matter much in confrontations like these. Per Beaumont, “if the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills, as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close.”

In addition to quills likely being exactly as painful as that sounds, quills can break off, leaving parts embedded in the skin of the predator and often resulting in major infection. Apparently, that was ample motivation for the lions to ultimately retreat, stomachs empty.

That, and a valiant display of heart. Lots and lots of heart.

 

 

Suburban Chicago Sunset (PHOTOS)

Ξ October 31st, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, fall colours, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, me, nature, Ontario, personal, Photography, sunsets, United States, winter |

Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

Went to get my flu shot–which was a snap. Came out of the store and walked around the corner to my car and was nearly blinded by the vivid shades of orange, gold, pink and purple contrasted against the ever-more-intense blue hues of the cloudy sky at sunset. It was awe-inspiring. The pharmacy where I got my flu shot happens to be at the top of what is called a “hill” in these parts. We live down the street–and I do mean down so I almost never get a chance at a shot like this. I should get out more at rush hour, right?

Actually, I will as of this week, when certain upside-down-turn-your-world-around life changes go into effect. This is my last winter in Chicago–with any luck whatsoever, my last cold winter ever. Have only waited 30 years to exit stage left. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.

What has this got to do with Maple Lake?

Everything.

Hint: Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

 

Maple Lake Ontario PHOTO Post #MapleLake #Ontario

Ξ October 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, blogging, cottage country, Haliburton, Maple Lake Photos, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, personal, Photography |

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Gandhi

White Birch Maple Lake - 2014

White Birch Maple Lake – 2014

Obi - Maple Lake - 2014

Obi – Maple Lake – 2014

Maple Lake - 2014

Maple Lake – 2014

Maple Lake - 2014

Maple Lake – 2014

St Peter's Church - Maple Lake - 2014

St Peter’s Church – Maple Lake – 2014

 

 

I see that the weather today was much nicer at Maple Lake than it was here in the Chicagoland area. That is always nice to see.

I’m still working on forgiveness (see above). I read recently that if you love someone, you can forgive them. Not sure if that is entirely true. I find myself thinking, Why? Why would I forgive them? The answer is, for me. For me to stop running over in my mind the events that transpired. I’m inclined to just let the pain run its course. Life is too short to dick around with people that I’m not sure ever really did love me and I’m pretty sure give no f@cks about me now.

I never, never, never thought I’d be estranged like this. I used to say I couldn’t understand how that could happen. Now I do. I can see when someone lacks a moral center, that there’s no way for me to connect with them. There’s just nothing there. And as sad as it is, facts is facts.

When I left my abusive husband when I was age 25, I felt no remorse. I never missed him.

Going to continue to try to follow Gandhi’s advice. To honestly say, they cannot hurt me because I have no connection with them. It is a step in the direction of letting go of the pain which is the only way any semblance of forgiveness may be attained.

Update: Done and done. One reconciliation initiated by me and welcomed by the other party.

One toxic person gone forever from my life. I feel so much better on both fronts.

It is such a waste of time to dwell on things you can’t control. Letting go means letting in the good stuff.

 

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