Saturday, November 14, 2009


I was feeling kind of yuck this morning.  There are some things going on in my life, that made me feel just "eh".  It was going to be a beautiful Fall day and was already 65 degrees, so I decided to go for a walk.  Oh, by the way, days like this are a GIFT in the Midwest.  I love Fall and am so glad I got out of the house.  I had my iPod with me, but decided not to to plug in just yet. I also had my camera, which I take everywhere. The air smelled like Fall.  If you're from the Midwest, you know what I mean.  As I began to walk, there was the strong smell of leaves.  

You know the smell, right?
A little more than a mile into the walk was the smell of Christmas. The path was lined with pine trees.

Then there was the smell of burning wood. I love that smell.  I love the smell of burning leaves too, but we can'd do that anymore.
About 3 miles into my walk, there was the smell of manure.  Probably made by this guy.

There was a farmer harvesting the last of his crops.

His field was lined by these "dusters". 

There were lots of trees that still had their leaves. 

This guy was getting his bird feeders read for winter. He reminded me of my dad.  My dad always fed the birds and would definitely be outside "putsing" around in the yard on a day like today.  God I miss him.

I came upon these abandoned train tracks.
I guess I could have stopped for lunch, but this combination laundrymat/restaurant my my only choice.  I passed.

It looks like nature is getting ready for Christmas too.  These trees are planted next to each other and the berries seem to be reaching for the pine trees.

It's been 8 miles and I can't believe the things I've seen and smelled. Seriously, this day is a GIFT.  Honestly, I am just amazed.  
I had a half mile to go and I look down and saw this.

So what I didn't tell you is that I didn't sleep much last night.  So about 5:00am I said a prayer and asked God for "peace".  I'd say my prayer was answered and then some.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Thank you doesn't seem like nearly enough.  Please
know it is said with my deepest appreciation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


11.10.09 Time can stand still, I'm convinced
of it.....    - John Banville

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


All this picture needs is me and a good book!

Monday, October 26, 2009

True Story!!

Caption:  It looks like someone is reminding us it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As I was getting ready for work, I noticed the sky was beginning to brighten.  I looked out the window and saw the sun was just barely coming up.  A minute or so later I noticed the sky was a bit brighter and was a very, very pale pink.  I got my camera, went upstairs, removed the screen from the bedroom window, leaned out and snapped this picture.  I closed the window and went back downstairs.  I then decided I should get a safety shot.   I grabbed my camera and went back up stairs.  Although it had been less than a minute, the sky was now grey.  There was no hint of the pink sky I had just photographed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

365 Project/October 2009

I got a bit behind in posting my 365 pictures. Blogger can be a bit persnickety with pictures, but I'll do my best. Think it'll be easier of I categorize them by month. Enjoy!

11.1.09 It's an apple tree with no leaves,
but a lot of apples.

10.31.09 Beautiful Halloween Sky!

10.30.09 It's raining again.  In fact, it's rained 19 days
in October.

10.19.09 This was taken at the Peninsula Hotel in
Chicago.  Tomorrow is the last day of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.  Maybe this will be the year for a cure.
Special thanks to Christine Hearne for tell me about these ribbons.

10.28.09 I hope I'm not boring you with all the Fall pictures,
but soon all of these colors will be gone and I'll miss them.

10.27.09 All this picture needs is me and a good book.

10.26.09 Looks like someone else is reminding us it's
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

10.25.09 It's a ladybug.

10.24.09 Shhhhhhhhhh.........Myles is sleeping.

10.23.09 It looks like a photogram.....sort of.....

10.22.09 My boss had a birthday and we had cupcakes.
Yes, this tasted as good as it looks.

10.21.09 The people at the Wrigley Building
want to remind us it's Breast Cancer Awareness

10.20.09 This building is across from my office.

It's so odd looking, in a cook kind of way.

10.19.09 Everyone is enjoying Grant Park today.
What a beautiful day.

10.18.09 Pink and white balloons that represented the
finish of a 5 mile walk for Breast Cancer. (Walked for
a friend's husband who was recently diagnosed).

10.17.09 Wish these Fall colors lasted longer. They're
so beautiful.

10.16.09 Trying to figure out why they had all of
these popsicle sticks in the doctor's office.

10.15.09 Here's what I learned today.

10.14.09 Two months ago I didn't know what this was,
but now I do.  It rolls up the hand wraps I wear for
kickboxing quite nicely.  Who knew?

10.13.09 Fruit and fun lighting.

10.12.09 The Republic (Golden Lady). She's 24 feet high,

gold leaf on bronze replica. The 1893 original was 65 feet leaf on plaster.

10.11.09 It must be a good book. He's been sitting here
a long time.

10.10.09 I'm sure this is the last rose of the year.

10.9.09 It's me, in the morning, at the Bean, in the rain.

10.8.09 It's all about being coordinated, 
even in the rain.

10.7.09 Beautiful Fall Day. Hard to decide on
the picture of the day today.

10.6.09 This is actually what the sky looked like
this morning.

10.5.09 I pick up pennies.

10.4.09 Reading & eating candy corn. (Feeling better).

10.3.09 It's Saturday and I'm sick. :(

10.2.09 I was going to wear this to the Chicago Olympic
celebration, but I think it works for Rio too.

10.1.09 My ruffled blouse.