Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Somethings Old, New, Green, Redo!: OUR REALITY-Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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OUR REALITY-Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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To all those out there, preparing, cleaning, shopping, scurrying for the the holiday, my spirit is with you!

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I'm pulling photos from years past--because very little is being done here because I'm still recovering from my knee replacement. I'm doing well---and GIVING THANKS!


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There have been no fun kid projects this year!

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And no new goodies to share......but I GIVE THANKS to my readers, friends, doctors, therapists besides my wonderful friends and family!

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The important part isn't shiny windows, or sparkling glassware---it's gathering together with those you LOVE and sharing that LOVE!

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Of course there is all that good Food!

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But, family heirlooms are still packed away (I can't get into the basement!)


But I love the warmth and joy of the images of Thanksgiving!

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The bounty of our countries farms, and homemade pies!

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The recipes...And THANKS to all the people who share their love and knowledge  on their blogs!

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We did get up our Tom Turkey up in the yard, but no pumpkins are out....with the frost and snow we have already had!

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Other favorites are lurking in downstairs bins....

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Dinner this year will be on paper plates and a buffet-streamlined, store-bought pies,(shudder), and no fuss!
We are calling it, Rustic and Informal....
But most of all We give Thanks for the LOVE 
Family and Friends will gather and share!

Thank you all for your well wishes, and best to you and all your 'families'

And have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Thoughtful Moments #4 Turn, turn, turn....

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During the the season of Autumn, 

I'm reminded of the song/poem/verses...to every thing there is a season.

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

music Pete Seeger for this post my context comes from recording of Turn, Turn, Turn, -The Byrds 1965. 

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I don't do Twitter, I really don't do Instagram, I peruse Facebook to keep up with family and some scattered friends--which has been lovely, but basically while I am gregarious in public, I'm actually can be quite the introvert. I thought I could blog and not let too much of my real self leak on the page.


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My last blog post was on October 19th, two days before my knee replacement surgery. That week had been hideous with multiple doctor visits, paper shuffling, scrambling to make the home safe and easy to function in, and just an all out chaos scramble. Life as well as blogging took a back seat as we muddled through the 'have to's', sterilizing the bedrooms and bathrooms, making sure we had everything I would need before the surgery. Yard work was interrupted all week with high winds and insistent rains, making just keeping the leaves off the walks and front porch total chore, and leaving poor hubby with all the pick up and put away---in our yard.


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The last of our squash finally came in. We got two bushels of gorgeous butternut squash. I hardened them off on the table on the back porch. Hopefully they will hold in my vegetable trays in the cabinet. 
Luckily my kids took some off our hands...they are so sweet this year.



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Anyway finally thinking we had LIFE under control.
So, Sunday the 20th---we went for a short ride---color had been elusive here in Chicagoland, trees were either bare or still deep green and just not cooperating with the normal season of FALL. I finally downloaded the few photos I took that day. The scenery is slim and the light was gray to October nasty with a bit of sun now and then.


I knew a selection of hardwoods and many maples were in our favorite park, Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, Illinois. Huge old oaks are stubborn to colorize in any year, and they were their usual browns and some deep mahogany color. Even there the usual yellow colors were elusive. The pond was still filled with geese and of course their chattering discourse. Late on a Sunday the park was quite empty.


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A series down the center of an empty parking lot...put on quite the show. You can see in the background though really nothing as far as colors from the bushes or grasses.





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Even the gutter collected this beautiful array of leaves...more than just the maples--you can see many of what I call Nature's Potpourri.





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Looking close the leaves aren't just red, but every shade of crimson, orange to even some yellow green.


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We never really had a golden autumn...and with below freezing temps dipping across most of the country...who knows.
This photos is my 'HOLIDAY FRENZY' of green and red, that we are being assaulted by everywhere NOW. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving occupy my November calendar.

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)


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Squirrels know this, and are very busy in the yard cleaning up under the bird feeders. This little guy---stands guard on the porch.

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Even the Marsh grasses were beige to green still trying to dry. 


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Little touches of red in a sea of green---such was Fall in Chicagoland. Since then we have had 6" of snow and more snow twice. The temp was 17 degrees tis morning. This has just has been one heck of a crazy year. 

My surgery went well, I start heavy duty PT this coming week. Each day is an improvement. My son and daughter-in-law are coming for a short visit and dinner tomorrow. I'm starting to feel like I want to reattach to the world. I confess I had TV binged on Halloween bake-offs and Oak Island and had to laugh at the disasters and the amazing accomplishments of such creative people. 
It all comes around in a circle, we keep turning---and the world moves at the same pace, no matter how fast we wish to hurry it up.

Turn, turn, turn, 
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep


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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Halloween Magic!


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Ghouls, Goblins and Witches....Gather
it's time for Outdoor Magic....

Halloween from archived photos. 

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Time to drag out the old light up pumpkins, leaves and don't forget the Spiders!

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And Spiders everywhere!

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and even creepier spiders!

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And kitty-cats chasing the spiders.

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Add some bats, witches and of course pumpkins... 

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The porch witch guards the front door! 

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more pumpkins...watch out for more black cats!


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A spooky train and more pumpkins...

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And even MORE pumpkins...

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It's time for pumpkin magic.....Bibbedy-Bobbedy--BOO!

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What Magic are you creating for Halloween?

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Today in History: October 8, 1871

Sunday October 8th through Tuesday, the 10th, 1871 over three square miles of the center of Chicago burned relentlessly.
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Chicago in 1868 
(All that is shown burned plus more to the north (right) and south(left)

A bustling metropolis and manufacturing city, as well as the transportation hub to the west, Chicago was still a boomtown of sorts. The Chicago River had been linked to the Illinois River and connected to the Mississippi River. This linked Chicago to most states via waterways in the Union. 

Railroads criss-crossing the 'booming' country provided access to the East and all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Chicago was primed to be the greatest of American cities...and then She burned.
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Burned Districts in Red

More than two-thousand acres burned of prime and not so prime Chicago land. 
A dry summer and fall, wailing winds, overcrowded residential districts built of wood with wood fences and wooden walkways fed the flames of the fire that started in the south part of the city. 
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North Branch of the Chicago River

It quickly reached the Chicago River mouth reaching tornado like conditions feeding the flames. People fled in every direction, streets filled with fleeing victims as 'fire-proof' buildings crumbled behind them. Bridges clogged and quickly as the fire came from the West and the South riding howling winds.



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Randolph Street Bridge


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Chicago Harbor

Victims fled to the Lake Michigan beach, to boats and piers...with only the clothes on their backs, dragging animals and carrying children and the elderly in their arms.

Tuesday morning rain drizzled and then rained, but the fire had burned and then ran out of fuel to the north with fewer homes and walkways to feed on.



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Above the remnants of the new City Hall are in the background as a shell.
Only known loss of life was set at approximately 300. Many panicked survivors poured onto the Lincoln Park Beach and into the Lake. A cemetery on the lakefront housed many for days as they waited for everything around their oasis to cool. 

Property losses totaled 17,500 buildings destroyed, dollar losses were estimated at  $222 million dollars. 

The center of the city buildings were all of stone and brick and most were reduced to a baked powder. Some had been advertised as 'fire proof'.



As far as the eye could see...nothing was recognizable.  Eventually the rubble was dumped into the lake to surround what had been the all the railroad's central depot. 100,000 of the residents of Chicago were homeless, and many more fled. Massive relief efforts were organized in cities across the nation and supplies shipped to Chicago to help. Winter was only 6-8 weeks away.

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The only municipal building left standing was the 1868 Water Tower now located on North Michigan Avenue. Today it is the iconic symbol of Chicago's tenacity and a tribute to the CITY that rebuilt after the Great Chicago Fire. 

All these photos are historic and all over the internet and Pinterest. So, I have chosen not to show a source as they are long out of copyright, except for the Water Tower photo! 

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