Road Trip Plannin’ – Maple Lake Ontario Summer 2016 #LakeLife

Ξ May 11th, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator's death was named "Frank's Way," then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current "Frank's Lane." Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator’s death was named “Frank’s Way,” then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current “Frank’s Lane.” Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

(1/5) Where I wish to be, now.  Maple Lake, I miss you so much! Time to make travel plans for summer 2016!

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(2/5) I treasure Maple Lake memories but making new ones is my goal, too! I very much appreciate all the beautiful ones I carry with me, especially with these guys. xx

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(3/5) Am I the only person that has favourite stone steps? My grandpa built these… yes, I am a sap.

Ducks at dawn on Maple lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Ducks at dawn on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(4/5) Last time spouse and I were at the lake together, our 18 y.o. Schipperke dog, Raven passed suddenly. The weather preceding her passing–and in the two days remaining of our holiday, seemed to echo our sadness. Dogs are a fixture in our life and indeed, in “Lake Life.”

Raven - Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Raven – Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(5/5) Here is our sweet girl, Raven. She spent her last moments at Maple Lake. At age 18, she was old, old, but only seemed so in her last year or so. This summer, date TBD, Obi, our 2nd rescue (Raven was our first) dog, will ride shotgun with me on a cross-country road trip to Maple Lake, Ontario. Getting very excited!

 

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.

 

Instagram That Sh*t! – Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands #ontario #maplelake

Ξ September 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake Shots That Must be Shared

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Take that Shot and Instagram It. Eventually.

Ironically, nearly none of these shots are Instagram re-gramming material because they are not proportional squares, nor do I wish them to be.

TBH, I hate carving up Maple Lake shots for Instagram but I like sharing and looking at others’ stuff so it must work for me on some level.

You don’t have to wade through them, though. These photos from spring through early fall 2014 at Maple Lake are all altered to some degree so if you are a purist…you are probably on the wrong blog in the wrong century.

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Oh, the places you'll go! (Sept 2014)

Oh, the places you’ll go! (Sept 2014)

"Under Renovation"

“Under Renovation”

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The work Roger got done on the tight schedule we had to work with was super. About 10 man-hours per window. They look perfect(ly) restored but do call attention for the need to continue the work. Should be interesting.

 

My hero:

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Auto Enhancement by Google +

Sept packing up.  Weather was horrible.

Sept. packing/closing up. Weather was horrible.

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We work on the bank and the beach every year. This year required a bit of creativity as a huge swath of the formerly brown sand bottom of shore was now covered in sharp-edged stones.

Love the stone effect. You can just see where the sand ends and the stone begins.

Team effort with Roger doing most all of the heavy stuff.
Roger is a recycler by habit so he’ll stop at the side of the road for a “just-right” rock that has fallen. It was his notion to incorporate “stoning” the bank with flowers, plants and trees. Defo a long-term project. I really like the rough-hewn, natural utilitarian aspects of what is shaping up.

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Colours were artificially enhanced.

 

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The rock steps nearest to our cottage.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

RIP RW Though I'm sure many admirerers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams' sudden-seeming suicide is something I'm still processing as "real." It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

RIP RW
Though I’m sure many admirers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams’ sudden-seeming suicide is something I’m still processing as “real.” It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

Message in a bottle:

 

Maple Lake – When You Don’t Want To Be There #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake

Ξ September 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

This hastily-planned trip to Maple Lake Ontario was to be a week of little time for fun and instead, trying to get a lot accomplished: We had mixed success and a couple of surprises.

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Roger, fixing up one of the uppermost windows, one of two that are crucial for good airflow.

Google+ auto-added the old-fashioned finish to Roger (above) and strung together a series of across-the-lake shots I was attempting (below). Pretty sure the lake GIF has a duck “moving” in it as well.

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It’s been said time and again that Maple Lake is a great place for kids (of a certain age) and dogs (of any age). And “retired” people as well, I suppose.

But as an adult trying to get outside things done in a very narrow time frame … when the weather just won’t cooperate long enough…it’s a bit frustrating–ultimately out-of-one’s hands.

Didn’t get done this year?

“Next year,” is our motto.

By necessity.

Leaving a day late and leaving in the evening sucked. We were very expedient in our driving –11.5 hours is good time for us for the 700-miles between here and there–and we needed to make good time. So that didn’t suck.

 

This time I drove from the cottage, south to the Sarnia-Port Huron Blue Water Bridge crossing, and to Lapeer, Michigan. Exactly halfway.

We made this round-trip three times in 2014: this spring, summer, and almost-fall–for a total of 5 weeks–staying for 3 weeks, a week and-a-day, and 5 days. Zee Business matters called us back to the States but I hope to have that all worked out by next summer. As I’ve said previously, I wish to be the old lady of the lake.

Roger has no love for my swim raft so he was happy (he cheered!) when a barrel came off, enabling him to tie the thing most securely to a section of the bank. My idea for next year is a raft-ramp-to-storage-thingie. Haven’t worked out the details yet. Defo having a third person helping would make a huge difference and cut back on (basically superficial) injuries.

The refurbishing sort of happened based on “need to be done” to preserve the cedar wood, which the cottage is made of both without and within. Aesthetics mostly is taking a back seat until the maintenance work is caught up. I’m kind of excited tho, that we’ve settled on a labour-intensive but otherwise cheap restoration of the outside wood areas that are currently in need of much TLC.

Next summer, no ladder for Roger– I’m only requesting that he refinish and/or repaint the outside kitchen window. The two windows in front were a time suck at about 10 hours apiece.

I’m going to take on the the small bathroom window. I’m sure the stripping and sanding is harder than it looks, and know I’m not well-suited to painstaking tasks, but the lack of getting it done is driving me up a wall. Also, putting on the new glass panes hasn’t in fact, been a pain as I figured it would. Once the old glass goes out and the next in,it really makes everything brighter and cleaner with the old paint and caulking gone.

Now, if we could just find some time to paint some walls on the inside of the cottage!

And then it got colder...

And then it got colder…

As Roger was trying to finish the upper cottage window refurbishment, the weather got really active and became unpredictable. Winds got high, skies considerably darkening and storms were visible and active in the distance. The storms pretty much passed us at first but the day and night before we were to leave were COLD, rainy and windy. We were both in the lake to get the swim raft tethered, Roger was in for the water line as well. And bloody hell, it was bloody cold.

I totally wanted to go to my (winter) home.

So all was simultaneous at the end. Getting the window finished for winter before we could leave. The clean-up after and with all the stripping and sanding and actual sand tracked-in is always a consideration.  The clean-up wasn’t so bad, mostly because it was an effort by the two of us, obviously with Roger doing all the really heavy lifting. I did the heavy brooming. And covering and uncovering things to protect them. And pic snapping. Always that.


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(Above) The most aggressive ducks I’ve ever encountered!

Ducks that obviously miss the many free lunches that the summertime tourists provided. These guys came out of the water, pecked at and chased me!

Yeah, baby!

Yeah, baby!

 

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Duck butts!

More to come, including: Reveals Of Surprises!

 

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