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I’m a fan of freeware. Here, The Daily Post at WordPress, offers an insider view and user tips for two free sites. Check it out. I will be. Would love to hear what you think about Canva and Pablo.  Bye the way, there are a number of other links in the post, including PicMonkey, which I’ve been meaning to explore …

The Daily Post

Getting Started: To use Canva, you need to sign up for an account. Pablo, on the other hand, doesn’t require an account — just visit the Pablo page and start tinkering. Both are free to use, but note that Canva includes images you can buy for a small fee, too.

Given the popularity of our posts on designing custom image widgets and headers, photo apps, and free-to-use image resources, here’s a peek at two free tools that can help you create customized widgets, headers, and other extras for your blog: Canva, a program to make images and designs of all kinds and sizes; and Pablo, a tool to build social media posts, created by Buffer. I’ve been using both recently for design and image purposes: each have their pros and cons, but overall are great tools to try.

We’ve published tutorials using other free design and image…

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A wonerful pal came for a few days recently and wrote this entertaining piece on Otter Lake from a rather unique viewpoint … a retrospective on the noble and enduring Muskoka chair.

You just gotta scroll through Mary’s delightful photos. You won’t be disappointed.

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Lounging on rustic Muskoka chairs is as popular in central Ontario’s cottage country as moose art, canoes and loon calls. The chair’s unmistakable design, which originated in New York state in 1903, is a knock-off of the famous Adirondack chair.

I visited a friend’s home on the shores of Otter Lake, a short drive from Parry Sound beside Georgian Bay. We packed a lunch for a mid-lake picnic while boating around a tangle of bays and rocky islands. My mission was to photograph Muskoka chairs that dotted the shoreline like spilled Smarties.Today’s lightweight chairs are brightly coloured, weather-resistant composites, but traditionalists prefer stained or painted cedar.

Watching an awakening day at Otter Lake, Ontario: June sunrise at a rocky point with traditional wood Muskoka chairs, listening to bird calls ... swatting mosquitos Watching an awakening day at Otter Lake, Ontario: June sunrise at a rocky point with traditional wood Muskoka chairs, listening to bird calls, watching the mist rise … swatting mosquitos

I did not see a lone chair. Chair-lounging in cottage country is a sociable act. And it’s permissible for loungers to read books side by side, as long as they agree to…

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You just have to check out Matilda Magtree’s unique take on touring Chicago!!

Matilda Magtree

Drive to the GO Station.
Leave your car.
Take the train to Toronto.
Sit next to a guy who works for the TTC and who has an intercom system in his house so he can contact his children when it’s time for dinner. Discover this and other details of his life. He is a wonderful travelling companion and once at Union Station knows the way to the shuttle bus for Porter Airlines.
Get on said shuttle.
Get on ferry to Toronto’s Billy Bishop tiny island airport.

Make mental note to write a letter. “Dear Porter Airlines: I’m very cross with your greedy antics in trying to expand the island airport. It, and you, happen to be perfect as is.”
Although arriving an hour early, be the last one to board the plane. Blame the free salted almonds and comfy armchairs.

Fly into Chicago’s [also perfect in its smallness] Midway…

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