Happy Canada Day Weekend! Happy Independence Day Weekend! #Summer2016!

Ξ July 1st, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, #OntarioHighlands, Canada, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, Ontario, United States |

Happy Canada Day! Happy Fourth Of July!

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Happy First of July, my dear country of birth!
I’ve spent quite a few Canada Days at Maple Lake due to the US Fourth Of July holiday. They bookend one another perfectly. Coincidence, I’m sure <wink>.

Not really a fan of fireworks unless they are done by pros (except for sparklers–they are awesome!) Anyway…Maple Lake gets noisy sometimes over the long weekend holiday(s) and I love the place most when it is quiet. Like to be there before and/or after holidays.
Regardless of your preference for peacefulness or high-volume activity, I hope you have a right great weekend, my Canadian and Canada-bound friends!

Happy Canada Day!
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Also,  (because why not?) Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Everyone, stay safe and have a blast!

Happy July 4th, America!

Happy July 4th, America!

 

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo PHOTOS #zoolights

Ξ December 19th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, family, maplelakeontario.com, Photography, United States, winter |

Phoenix Zoo Captures Holiday Spirit

Have you ever seen zoolights? I have actually, at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, but they were not nearly as pretty as the ones currently up at the Phoenix Zoo.

It was by corporate invite that we said, why not? as, like almost everything shopping, eating and service-related, entertainment is also a short drive away.

First we stopped at our new favorite fast-food joint: In N Out Burger, then on to the zoo.

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

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Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands

Ξ December 18th, 2015 | → Comments Off on Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands | ∇ flower porn, home, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, Photography, sunsets, United States |

Back online. Still here. Woo-hoo!

Been gone for the better part of a year, but I’m back. Spent only three days at Maple Lake in May 2015 and it was opening so–work, no play! Moved to the foothills of Phoenix. Happy. Hope to figure out a system of staying with our mutt at the cottage during the three months here in Arizona each summer when you “don’t go outside.”

Best to all in 2016!

Please enjoy and laugh at some snaps from the latter part of 2015.

My backyard in AZ at #sunset #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

My backyard in AZ at #sunset. #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Love the hashtag “#nofilter,” as it could be a (partial) description of me. Hee.

Dana Point with Catalina Island. #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california Cr: maplelakeontario.com

Dana Point with Catalina Island. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california

Went to the Pacific Ocean for my birthday this year. Just a long weekend, but there will be more to come.

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Beach-combing at The Strand in Dana Point. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #thestrand #beach #CA

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Catalina Island looms in the background in the first shot. What a perfect November day!

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’ll end with another Arizona shot or two:

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

It’s a pain because way too much to clean!

(Thank goodness for one-year leases!)

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

What comes next? Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

What comes next?
Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Suburban Chicago Sunset (PHOTOS)

Ξ October 31st, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, fall colours, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, United States, winter |

Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

Went to get my flu shot–which was a snap. Came out of the store and walked around the corner to my car and was nearly blinded by the vivid shades of orange, gold, pink and purple contrasted against the ever-more-intense blue hues of the cloudy sky at sunset. It was awe-inspiring. The pharmacy where I got my flu shot happens to be at the top of what is called a “hill” in these parts. We live down the street–and I do mean down so I almost never get a chance at a shot like this. I should get out more at rush hour, right?

Actually, I will as of this week, when certain upside-down-turn-your-world-around life changes go into effect. This is my last winter in Chicago–with any luck whatsoever, my last cold winter ever. Have only waited 30 years to exit stage left. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.

What has this got to do with Maple Lake?

Everything.

Hint: Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

 

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

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

#minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

#minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

 

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