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Photo Friday: Chicago, The City that Works

Comments I heard: Ooooo!  I never saw it from this angle. before. Is it new? It looks like people from the neighborhood are here. People are hardcore urban here. Look, Look, Look. People actually live and work here. Let’s sit down and talk a while. I love this city. Related articles The Chicago Out of Towner’s Rulebook Chicago To Host Largest Architectural Exhibition In North America Next Year

Photo Friday: A Michigan Cliché

I saw the Michigan bird (Robin) building a nest among the Michigan blossoms (Apple.) Michigan, My Michigan.  (Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.)   Sometimes you grab my heart in ways unexpected. (I saw your white-tailed deer standing on my irises, too.)

A Gift of Time

The greatest gift we have is our time. – Meditation from St. Francis Xavier

It’s cold and winter is here; summer still clings with all her might.  Sometimes, that’s the way I feel.  I love summer.  Still, there’s something invigorating about a brisk walk in crisp air.

St. Pat's 3

My friend Geri gifted me with a day in Chicago with friends. Of course I can go anytime, but I don’t.  I wait for a reason. What better reason than time with a friend.

First we visited the French Market.  I never knew

STEM A Fathom Event The Day of The Doctor

 

The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct...

My first Fathom Event:  Dr. Who Day of the Doctor in 3-D.  Was it worth it?  Heck Yes!

Loved-One is a fan of Doctor Who.  Not a Johnny-come-lately fan, Loved-One can name all the companions since Romana I, Roman II, who came out of nowhere with no explanation, and K-9, Loved-One’s favorite companion.  And what about his favorite Doctor?  Tom Baker, hands down.  Tom Baker and his crazy 10 foot scarf.

I’m a late comer.  I started with Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor and Rose (Billie Piper)  as his companion.  The Empty Child pointed out a big difference between British television and American.  British children die.  Lots of British children die.

I’m crazy about Doctor Who; my favorite re-generation is David Tennant.  I cannot decide which companion I like the most:  Is it Rose, or Amy and Rory, or Clara, or maybe Martha.  Jack Harkness

A Partridge in a Hawthorn Tree?

You can’t always get what your want,

But if your try sometimes,

You might find,

You get what you need. – The Rolling Stones

My bonus mother, Marilyn, the mother Loved-One gave me, gifted us with flowering trees from the Arbor Day Foundation:  two Washington Hawthorns and a Crab-apple.   The trees were tiny, little seedlings that fit in a sandwich bag. All Together.

SQUIRREL IN TREE
The Crab-apple last fall. You can see the thorns of one Hawthorn growing behind.

 

Loved-One and I nurtured them, took pictures of them and gave progress reports to Marilyn.  The Crab-apple made her home beside our water garden with nary a worry.  The next spring,

Photo Friday: Foggy Morning Bike Ride

I snapped these photos while I was pedaling.  Love my iPhone!  A little bit of blurriness is from the fog and some is because I of the pedaling.  No retouching.  Oh that was peaceful.  I think I’ll do it again tomorrow.  The bike ride, not the pictures.  

Between Clean Sheets: The Hampton Inn and Suites

September is now the number one month for weddings.  Loved-One, Ducky and I went to Nashville late last month to attend out lovely neice, Megan’s wedding.  On the way, we stopped in Effingham, IL on my way to Nashville.  Have you heard of Effingham?  Me neither. It’s a smallish town, about halfway between Chicago and Nashville; where Interstates 57 and 70 meet. My family traveled there on our way to a beautiful fall wedding in Nashville.  Our niece got married that weekend. The signs in the Hampton Inn and Suites elevators took me by surprise.  Yes, the sheets and duvet…

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