On Holiday in the Haliburton Highlands: Maple Lake Ontario Sunset PHOTOS

Ξ August 27th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ beach, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunsets, Travel/Vacation |

August 27 2011 Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sunset


Obi - swam out and jumped on the raft and then... what?


The clouds are part of my favourite thing about Maple Lake...I'm aware that I'm supposed to worship sunny days but some clouds make for a prettier picture!

'Giant Water Bowl'

More to come!



Haliburton Highlands Colourfest 2011! #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ August 27th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ art/crafts, Canada, community, cottage country, entertainment, events, fall colours, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario |

Summer is almost over and it is time to look forward to the many fun fall events in the Haliburton Highlands. Among the most anticipated is the 2011 Colourfest in Haliburton Village. In a continuing quest to offer something for everyone year-round, Colourfest is but one very fun-for-all-ages activities to look forward to.

Besides the awesome performances, one of the Colourfest offerings that excites me most is the

OPP Golden Helmets. Put a uniform on a guy on a bike and ooh-la-la! –I’m entertained.

Hellooo officer! 🙂

Get the full scoop at www.colourfest.ca.


Fed Up With Your Cellphone Provider? Time For Straight Talk About An Alternative!

Ξ August 25th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ maplelakeontario.com |

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

For those of you who have a pay as you go contract that you are happy with I say fantastic! However, for someone like me and my family with our family’s monthly cell phone bill (to which we are contractually obligated for more than another year) that seems to get bigger each month, we would really be interested in a fantastic alternative.
I think I may have found it in Straight Talk(!)

I wish that were the worst of my problems with my cellphone service provider–but it is not. The reception is awful. From everything from an important business call to being able to call a friend and have a friendly chat I must stand by either a window in the front of the house or one in the back. It infuriates me that we pay through the nose and can’t even be sure that important calls won’t get ‘dropped.’ And they do–especially if we need to be on hold for a few minutes. It’s further galling because our provider claim our ‘area’ is covered for reception’ but they can’t guarantee for example that I’ll be able to use my phone when I’m inside my home.
An ‘surfing the web’ because the reception issues impact that too, so it is hardly worth the effort to wait for the slow page load and then have the whole thing just freeze up and then start over…and over again.

I’ve learned my lesson: when this contract is up I will never again ‘sign my life away’ to another cellphone company because they have me like a fish: hook, line and sinker.
Herein however lies the beauty of Straight Talk. It’s everything you need in a cellphone without a contract. It’s that simple. And ever bit as importantly, they are affordable!

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Have a look at some of the options that are offered to you through Straight Talk:

The ‘All You Need Plan’ meets even the needs of very active cellphone users by including 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data.

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In addition your 411 (information) calls carry no extra fees and you don’t ever have to pay for activation, reactivation, or termination fees.

It would totally thrilled me to enjoy that NOW as I so wish I could just toss our current provider.
Each month we currently pay nearly $200 a month for the same type of services!

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Another thing I really like about Straight Talk is their International Long Distance Service in which through using a flexible prepaid calling service you have the freedom to make international calls from your home, cellphone or office phone–all at low rates.
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My family is counting down the days until I can break free of my dumb, expensive,restrictive cellphone contract with it’s terrible service and have a go at Straight Talk. I am anticipating especially that my household budget is going to be far impacted by our cellphone bill. The money I don’t spend on my current cellphone service I can sock away for our family vacation to California next year or to do some household repairs and improvement we’ve been putting off (not quite as fun as Disney;land but fun results all the same). All good things, right? Take it from me–mom knows best! So why not check into Straight Talk–right now!?

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Our Trip To Maple Lake Ontario – Long Weekend & Weeks After – Christopher’s 19th Birthday PHOTOS

Ξ August 21st, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |


Chris's 19th - Roger, Chris, & Jim - August 20, 2011


After tomorrow it is officially vacation for Roger and me:

Chris has to go to school and work and Jim has a still-new job clocking in 6 or 7 days a week–and a real-no-excuses boss. Fortunately, Jim had a trip back east my see his grandparents not too long ago. <3

Chris is flying into Buffalo, N.Y. –20 miles from the Falls– on Friday morning—leaving Sunday evening. My mom’s memorial is on Sunday August 28th …with folks coming in to the Haliburton Highlands so we decided to make it more vacation-y and stay overnight at a close to everything place in Niagara Falls. Three stars that my oldest son helped me very much in finding–for cheap–check out the topographic map of how easy it is to walk to the Falls! Excitement!


Niagara Falls Ontario--topographic & map view

:)… then the next morning at 11 a.m.–perfect-ish for a night owl like me…pick up Chris and do something by the Falls before heading back to Maple Lake  until Labour Day… is the plan.

PHOTOS: Chris’s birthday at Fridays’ tonight- He refused the singing. (boo):

Chris 19th birthday aug20-2011-fridays-schaumburg-il-by cyn-mccrackan

– Plus:  No one* takes my picture – further proof

*only me

August 19 2011 - Son's 19th birthday Fridays with entire nuclear family!


Some Friday's decor that made me nostalgic and I was already _in_ that frame of mind! * On another note: Was I the only chick that thought Linda Ronstadt was hot like 'this'--versus her hot pants-period (later)? I thought so. She's got really soulful eyes.



Happy 19th birthday, Christopher!
After dinner we saw this film:

Saw on August 20 2011

It was just OK…not great. A couple of the science-based plot holes really distracted me from the film. Also, they wasted Frieda Pinto (sp?) other than as eye candy.



‘Peggy McCrackan Gathering August 28’ – Directions To Maple Lake Ontario #haliburtonhighlands #maplelakeontario

Ξ August 14th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Nope, not a lawn chair in sight--we'll make do... Mom did! 🙂 (Though I DO covet those Adirondack chairs in the background!)

Peggy McCrackan Gathering’ To Be Held August 28, 2011  at Maple Lake Ontario at 12 noon:

Frank’s Way – Take gravel road until sharp left, drive until you see cars can parked at the top of the hill with the Lake below – walk down gentle hill to bottom until just before you walk down into the lake–turn left–2nd white cottage, named  ‘Catawompus.’  Stop. You are there.

Directions To Maple Lake Ontario Canada – Frank’s Way – Margaret Victoria Adeline (Peggy) McCrackan’s Memorial Gathering:

Link to lake:

Or, click small link below map.

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Peggy McCrackan - Fall at Maple Lake (mid late 1950's)

Thanks to my spouse for putting the  directions to my mother Peggy McCrackan’s, memorial  together.  He’s been a real sweetheart of late with all things Maple Lake Ontario.  She passed on January 12 of this year.

He and our younger son Chris, opened up the cottage last month and spouse and I shall return soon.

Dad is going to be there before us–so go say ‘hi’ to him.


Peggy McCrackan - Obiturary (Arpil 9, 1927 - January 12, 2011)


Me and some of my kin at Maple Lake--years ago...

Above – Maple Lake Ontario Slideshow for 2008, 2009, 2010 & beginning 2011:


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