Blissful, Beautiful Maple Lake Ontario Summer PHOTOS #flowers #ducks #lake

Ξ July 29th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, gardening, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, me, nature, Ontario, personal, weather |

 

Maple Lake Ontario ‘Flower Porn’ (Photo) #cottage country #flowers #lake

Ξ July 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, gardening, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, home and garden, image, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime |

Flower Porn (our view)

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Maple Lake Ontario 7.28.14 – View out living room window.

 

Maple Lake – Our Adventure Begins #holiday #ontario #photos

Ξ July 27th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, image, Maple Lake Ontario, me, My dog, nature, Ontario, personal, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

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Maple Lake Ontario 7.27.14

We had a very late start for the drive from Chicago so did not arrive until 7:15 am, which wiped out Friday. Not to be too long-winded but the day prior, the host of the server for this blog and my other, popcultureplayground.com, elected to close both blogs from public and private view, despite assuring me it was a ‘temporary issue’ that they failed to identify beyond that I was using ‘too many resources’.

After two sleepless nights and outing #Hostgator on Twitter, they finally shared that ‘bots were over-crawling, and that I needed to add some simple code.

If only the problem had been identified in a timely and business-like manner. Instead, they offered to sell me an overpriced dedicated server. Turns out, HostGator was bought out in 2012 and the service has gone south–way south. I already have a Typepad blog and though there have been glitches, they’ve never left me hanging out to dry, deliberately disabling my websites.

In hindsight, I’m glad this happened as I was going to drop #Typepad and just use Hostgator.

Now I will do the opposite once I’m well-rested. It’s a real task to move a blog, in this case, blogs plural but I do trust Typepad. Bonus too, instead of paying Hostgator for me to do the heavy lifting, I’ll be spending a total of $5 less per month to upgrade and have everything in one place. Bonus too, all I have to do is choose a design and write and leave the under-the-hood work to TypePad. Thanks for reading. <exhale>

This has been a really inauspicious beginning to summer break. I am looking forward to getting some lovely snaps while here and otherwise enjoying myself.

Edit: Oh, a storm came in as I was writing this (outdoors on my phone, natch) and I got some good snaps, I think!

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Screenhouse goes up, Raven explores.

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Dawn on Maple Lake – July 26 2014

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Raven 7.27.14

 

Father’s Day Mini Golf in Hoffman Estates #minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

Ξ June 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, family, holiday(s), me, personal, Photography, United States |

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#minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

 

Chicago Gardens Spring Blooming #Chicago #gardens #blooms

Ξ June 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ gardening, health/happiness, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, personal, Photography, spring, United States |

Beautiful Friday the 13th Spring Day in Midwest Condo Garden

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Purple Smoke Tree in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Purple Smoke Tree in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

This is what I miss most when I’m at Maple Lake–our Chicago gardens, which have taken shape over a nearly 15-year period. Despite being constrained by the shared ownership of condo property, my husband has transformed our otherwise rather cookie-cutter surroundings into a lush, inviting suburban oasis of vibrant life.

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Calibrachoa hanging basket in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

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Plantain Lily Hosta in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Plantain Lily Hosta in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)
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Coleus in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Coleus in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

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Edge of our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Edge of our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Japanese Maple in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Japanese Maple in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Calibrachoa in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Calibrachoa in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Coral Belles in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Coral Belles in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Hydrangea in our Chicago condo garden
(June 13 2014)

Hydrangea in our Chicago condo garden
(June 13 2014)

 

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