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, Ontario |

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, My dog, Obi, Ontario, 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

 

Maple Lake Ontario PHOTO Post #MapleLake #Ontario

Ξ October 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, cottage country, Haliburton, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, 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.

 

Maple Lake: One-Minute View From Under and Atop The Swim Raft (VIDEOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands

Ξ September 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, video |

Pretty Beach Day on Maple Lake – August 2014

The sunlight is playing with the sand, the shadows and the many bits of flotsam floating by in this 20-second clip, on the lake shot from atop the raft, through the gaps in the wood. There’s no skill involved to get your shot other than to hold the phone steady. The winds were picking up and the water was getting pretty rough–and I was very close to shore! You can hear the bumping of the raft. (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

Stormy Weather - Late summer 2014 - Maple Lake

Stormy Weather – Late summer 2014 – Maple Lake

The waters are getting very active in this shot, with the winds picking up and an eventual storm coming in, crossing over and moving on– all in the space of maybe 2-hours. The weather this summer was mixed. If you had long enough to be able to deal with a “bad weather” week followed by a nice one then you were OK. About half of the 5 weeks I was at the cottage were good or better days weather-wise. We have so many projects going I’m almost thankful when the weather isn’t great. Otherwise, we get less done! (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

 

Duck Butts on Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #maplelake #myhaliburtonlife #canada

Ξ September 26th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, fall colours, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

 Twice-daily visits from the ducks of Maple Lake

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, 2014 Maple Lake Ontario, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall on Maple Lake, 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall,  2014 #cottagecountry

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Life goes on.

Life goes on. (Sept. 2014)

First time back since the dog died here, a few weeks earlier.

 

You know how in your memories, as time goes by, the good times seem vivid and the bad times recede into that vast space of the dimly remembered?

That.

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“There are some things you can`t cover up with lipstick and powder
I thought I heard you mention my name, can`t you talk any louder?
Don`t come any closer, don`t come any nearer
My vision of you can`t get any clearer”

(“Girls Talk”  – E. Costello)

 

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