Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo PHOTOS #zoolights

Ξ December 19th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, family, maplelakeontario.com, personal, Photography, United States, winter |

Phoenix Zoo Captures Holiday Spirit

Have you ever seen zoolights? I have actually, at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, but they were not nearly as pretty as the ones currently up at the Phoenix Zoo.

It was by corporate invite that we said, Why not? as like almost all the things not-shopping, eating or service-related–those things are 5-15 minutes, depending, the zoo is but 20 minutes away from us.

First, we stopped at our new favorite fast-food joint: In and Out, then, on to the zoo.

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

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Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands

Ξ December 18th, 2015 | → Comments Off on Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands | ∇ flower porn, home, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, me, personal, Photography, sunsets, United States |

Back online. Still here. Woo-hoo!

Been gone for the better part of a year, but I’m back. Spent only three days at Maple Lake in May 2015 and it was opening so–work, no play! Moved to the foothills of Phoenix. Happy. Hope to figure out a system of staying with our mutt at the cottage during the three months here in Arizona each summer when you “don’t go outside.”

Best to all in 2016!

Please enjoy and laugh at some snaps from the latter part of 2015.

My backyard in AZ at #sunset #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

My backyard in AZ at #sunset. #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Love the hashtag “#nofilter,” as it could be a (partial) description of me. Hee.

Dana Point with Catalina Island. #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california Cr: maplelakeontario.com

Dana Point with Catalina Island. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california

Went to the Pacific Ocean for my birthday this year. Just a long weekend, but there will be more to come.

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Beach-combing at The Strand in Dana Point. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #thestrand #beach #CA

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Catalina Island looms in the background in the first shot. What a perfect November day!

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’ll end with another Arizona shot or two:

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

It’s a pain because way too much to clean!

(Thank goodness for one-year leases!)

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

What comes next? Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

What comes next?
Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Mother: Clean It Up and Share It (PHOTO) #oldphoto

Ξ July 20th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, family, maplelakeontario.com, me, Ontario, personal, Photography |

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My mother, Margaret Victoria Adeline (Dereham) Lamb. CR: maplelakeontario.com

My mother, Margaret Victoria Adeline (Dereham) Lamb.
CR: maplelakeontario.com

I have to decide about all my possessions: Do they stay or do they go w/me SOON to AZ?

Can I throw away this 1955 paper-clipping announcing my mother and father’s marriage?

As the queen of putting off uncomfortable choices, the answer is obvious:
Clean it up and share it.

xxC.

 

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

 

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