Maple Lake Madness (Too Many Labour Day Sales!) #myhaliburtonlife #maplelakeontario

Ξ September 2nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, me, nature, Ontario, personal, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

I want to dedicate this post to my friend “M.” who I spoke to shortly after coming home from Maple Lake. She is probably the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I’ve met but boy, does she have my back! Grrr. She set me real straight about THE WAY IT IS. I love you, M.

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Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

As I mentioned, Roger has been in a protracted job-hire scenario. Wednesday is the uber-big meeting with, as the HR lady describes, a “high-mucky-muck” in this international company. The fellow just happens to be in the country visiting from across the pond. Normally, there may have been a teleconference, but I think face-to-face is good. We are feeling pretty darn positive. But, depending on how the interview actually works out, it could further delay our leaving (it already has). Only about 36 hours before we know, so packing will commence tomorrow.

Our plans for the cottage include the final coat of paint for the completely stripped and repainted porch window and then a climb up to one of two windows that were wisely strategically placed to allow air flow straight through the cottage. Since this is our second go at this type of work, we are prepared to have to replace the panes of glass as well as strip, repaint and re-caulk.

Roger got a “great deal” on a hand-held paint stripper at Canadian Tire–just $35 is probably cutting the stripping time to about one-third of what it would be otherwise. All-told, just a single window took 10-hours in total.

I’m kinda warming more to the idea of refurbish rather than replace whenever possible. We will remain on a a shoe-string budget so we need to be creative. The first window came out beautifully and as long as we don’t run out of time, window #2 should as well.

Time just flies when we are at the cottage–it always seems to run out pretty darn quickly, so we need to start to really focus on what the cottage needs most versus what I’d like to do next. And so, getting the trim around the windows looking new again it is.

Of course, we’ll be closing the cottage for the season too, which makes me a bit sad. Though with this trip I’ll have spent portions of May, June, July, August and September on Maple Lake, September is one of my favourite times of the year and I would gladly spend the whole month there. It’s just not feasible this year.

We decided to change up our closing scenario so we can get on the road a bit earlier (we hope!). A big time-c0nsumer is waiting for the hot-water tank to drain so we decided to do it the day before and just sort of rough it the next day when we leave. Roger is also going to drain the second toilet the night before…details that cannot be overlooked.

Anyway, I wonder if the bears are still populating the Maple Lake dump due to the dump expansion’s need to take down the electric fencing? These (below) were among the last bears Roger saw before we left but he has seen them every time he’s gone, as have I. It does make for a hasty toss and jump back into the car!

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Bearz at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

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Bear at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

 

Invitation

Ξ August 24th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, family, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, me, opinion, personal |

 

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Late summer 2014

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Late summer 2014 Self portrait

Communicate directly and clearly with others and the big thing, the biggest thing is to be honest with yourself.

 

The Last Time – Part Deux – Maple Lake Ontario – Late Summer 2014 #myhaliburtonlife

Ξ August 22nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Maple Lake Ontario, me, Ontario, personal, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Late Summer on Maple Lake Ontario (cont.)

So…The Civic Holiday is over and “everyone” has gone home…except us. We are trying to get as much done as we can under the circumstances, before we need to be home for multiple you cannot miss appointments/occasions.

The dog has died and been properly “disposed of.” But, the task which come hell or high water was to be addressed, hasn’t.  It’s an outside job but the weather has only sporadically cooperated. Not coincidentally of course, the conditions we are working with are not optimal. Specifically, we need to fix this:

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The glass panes shattered–there was no removing the old caulking, paint and god-knows-what without replacing the glass.

Putting up new trim on our cottage on Maple Lake in the Haliburton Highlands would be a big job no matter what, but it is made even more impressive by two facts. The bottom layer of 15 or so layers of paint was original (lead-enhanced). The cottage, with its at least 15 coats of white paint, hadn’t been painted in at least 25 years (maybe more) and never, to our knowledge, been stripped of old paint before new was put on. Also, 3. We are starting with the areas of worst peeling and unfinished wood-exposure–the side of the cottage that faces the lake, about 20 feet from it.

Some positives:

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The window latch works again!

Glass windows panes don’t have to be fearfully expensive!

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Dude is a perfectionist.
Which is why this cottage is in excellent hands.

It is not actually done-done. Needs another coat of paint, which Roger will put on during Labour Day/closing week.

And this isn’t even the window that was “supposed” to get done (a bunch need doing–all the trim, actually).

The window with a cracked pane and many years of paint must be accessed by a long ladder and…my man has a fear of heights. I don’t, so in this lovely little window of time (pun not intended) I’m gonna learn how to do it or at least the worst of it, then let Roger do the parts that are important ascetically (later).

As some of you know, Roger’s life situation took a turn and just as I was content to spend more and more time at the Lake since it has what I need to work when I want, the man put the kibosh on Roger’s just-earned month-long breaks. It’s ultimately a waste of energy to try to do the crystal ball-thing but if I had to guess, I’d say it will be me and hired help getting stuff done on the Maple Lake cottage for the next few years. The paltry two-weeks vacation that he will be juggling just won’t do it.

 

The Last Time – Raven Spends 3 Weeks at Maple Lake, Then Dies #deaddog #myhaliburtonlife

Ξ August 22nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, me, My dog, Obi, Ontario, personal, Photography, Raven, Travel/Vacation |

Do All Dogs Go The Heaven? Never a Doubt for Raven.

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August 11 2014 – the day Raven died.

 

I posted here just over a week ago as life got quite intense in our last few days at the Lake. And, a week later, it is just beginning to settle.

As I mentioned, our 18-y.o. Schipperke dog Raven, died while we were at the Lake. She had been aging rapidly in the past few years so, since I know the breed (they don’t really age until old, old, age and Raven was roughly 17-18 years old (found her in 2000 at about age 2-4), I realized she could die in the three weeks we were at the lake. Three days before we left to come home, she got sick. By just after midnight the next day, she’d died.

I’ve never watched any mammal die in my home before and the two excruciating hours it took at the END, before I went and woke up Roger, were gruesome.

Poor Roger. He cared for Raven for the last 10 minutes. She had already stroked out so many times, I asked him to hold her so she wouldn’t knock her head. It all happened so quickly. If it hadn’t, I would have asked him to stun her with a whack to the head. (Later, he said he doubted he could have done that.)

I called my Dad after we got home to tell him. It’s a pretty straight line with the men in the family tree line that I’m attached to. What would Frank have done, what would my Dad have done, what would Roger do? Take care of it in a responsible way is  the one and only answer.

It rained on and off all day. It wasn’t cold or windy–just bleak.

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Raven, summer 2014 – age about 17-18.

Now we are home it is more obvious what her absence means.

No more Kleenex being picked from the small garbage bins. (Like my mom, I keep Kleenex in every room of the house for my “allergies”. In truth, they are reactions to my meds., which include multiple vasodilators.)

No more need to keep bathroom doors shut all the time (see above).

No one lagging behind sniffing stuff on our nightly walks. Guessing it is the same on the early a.m. walk, too.

No one to demand baby carrots.

No one needing to be carefully watched for accidents.

No more need for baby gates to prevent falls downs the stairs.

A chance to see Obi be himself instead of the invader on Raven’s turf (she was well into her teens when Obi showed up, an unannounced refugee from a neglectful home).

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Raven and Obi at the back door. Obi had been with us about three weeks.

No more Raven. What a concept.

 

Maple Lake: So this happened… #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands #highlandslife

Ξ August 12th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Education, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home, image, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, personal, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake cottage two summers ago but haven’t finished the trim (around doors and windows, windows everywhere)

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Raven treed a chipmunk back in the day. My mom would yell at her to “leave Chippie alone!” All the chipmunks were “Chippie.” Raven liked chasing them equally. ;)

 Update 8.11.14:

Our little Schipperke dog Raven died tonight. At about age 18, she was ancient–we’d adopted her in the late summer of 2000.

All-in-all it was pretty quick, stroke then massive heart attack.

RIP RAVEN

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Putting up new trim on our cottage on Maple Lake in the Haliburton Highlands would be a big job no matter what, but it is made even more impressive by two facts. The bottom layer of 15 or so layers of paint was original (lead-enhanced). The cottage, with its at least 15 coats of white paint, hadn’t been painted in at least 25 years (maybe more) and never, to our knowledge, been stripped of old paint before new was put on. Also, 3. We are starting with the areas of worst peeling and unfinished wood-exposure–the side of the cottage that faces the lake, about 20 feet from it.

Nitty-sand-gritty.It is sandy place to live here in the cottage so close to the lake. Right now,  sandy and paint-chippy:This is pretty much what was and is. Some very fun times in 2.5 Weeks.
Have to finish the window before we go as we don’t know how long we’ll be able to stay next time (Labour Day). Come on up/over and help!First, a couple of these these ancient glass window panes broke when Roger tried to remove old paint. I told him that the paint was the only thing keeping it together.Now we both know.Good news. Panes of glass are not really expensive at the local hardware place.I have a notion that they will be a bitch to get in properly.

EDIT: Roger says they should be “no problem.” Hopin’ he’s right!

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