Yesterday’s fog…

…rolled in and out throughout the day.

Take a look…and just enjoy!

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On my walk back home, I took this shot of the top of the recently renovated Farcroft building’s north facade.

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That statue in the lower middle always looked like a camel to me until I walked farther east on Fargo Avenue, zoomed in as far as I could, and caught this:

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Phoenix?  Goony bird?  I do know it’s not a cockatoo!

I’ve found no documentation as to what it is, but it’s definitely a pretty incredible, huge sculpture sitting atop that thirteen story building!

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Last Sunday at the lake

Finally, today we have somewhat of a cool-down with only 76 degrees F. at 8:00 AM (CDT)…and I’m very happy, because the excessive heat really did me in!

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time preparing walls for painting (when it gets cooler!), which means taking down ALL artwork, cleaning it, and patching holes…it’s a lot of stuff that takes time and energy.

So I took my vitamins early this morning, with my third cup of coffee, and now I’m ready to go at it…again…but first, I thought you might like some images from this past Sunday at the shore of Lake Michigan.

Touhy Beach was crowded...

Touhy Beach was crowded…

 

...and the lifeguards had their boats ready in case of any mishap.

…and the lifeguards had their boats ready in case of any mishap.

 

The cool waters beckoned, but I didn't go in...it's enough for me to see these beautiful waters, and watch the kayak race markers bob up and down in gentle waves.

The cool waters beckoned, but I didn’t go in…it’s enough for me to see these beautiful waters, and watch the kayak race markers bob up and down in gentle waves.

 

I walked over to my favorite spot at Leone Beach to just sit on a rock and watch the movement of the waters.  The beach ball belonged to two little girls, perhaps of Indian descent...

I walked over to my favorite spot at Leone Beach to just sit on a rock and watch the movement of the waters. The beach ball belonged to two little girls, perhaps of Indian descent…

 

...who were spending their time not swimming, but building these delightful sand castles!

…who were spending their time not swimming, but building these delightful sand castles!

I’ve so many more images, but this is it for today.

Hoping to find/make some time to get into my e-mail to look at some of your posts!

As I mentioned…

…in the previous post, I am celebrating LIFE today!

I awoke long before sunrise, and this is what I saw from my studio window, which gave me hope for the day!

5:37 AM (CDT)

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Just before 8:00 AM, the warm morning (such a curiosity!) beckoned, and I walked over to the lake.

8:03 AM (CDT)

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Walking around this early was splendid…I stopped at Leone Beach Park and photographed the NOT-snow”–petals from the crabapple trees…

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…and some more NOT-snow” at the Loyola Park baseball diamond–just lowly dandelions here, gone to seed all at once!

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The temperature was in the high 70s (F.)–hot for early morning, but there was a moderately strong south wind…just so perfect for the first anniversary of LIFE!

Saturday haiku

(N.B.:  I published this on Saturday, but WordPress decided to dump it for some reason (as they have done in the past!)

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so long-awaited

spring skies of blue trees of green

blossoms ev’rywhere

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New Oak Leaves, the first

New Oak Leaves, the first

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New Oak Leaves, the second

New Oak Leaves, the second

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Sherwin Avenue Holly, the first

Sherwin Avenue Holly, the first

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Sherwin Avenue Holly, the second

Sherwin Avenue Holly, the second

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Floral Pinwheels in the Garden, the first

Floral Pinwheels in the Garden, the first

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Floral Pinwheels in the Garden, the second

Floral Pinwheels in the Garden, the second

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Potted White Blossoms

Potted White Blossoms

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Deep Pink Magnolias

Deep Pink Magnolias

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Lily of the Valley, the first

Lily of the Valley, the first

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Lily of the Valley, the second

Lily of the Valley, the second

Yesterday…

…the temperature hit around 85 degrees F. in Chicago, though it was about 10 degrees cooler at the lake shore.

That didn’t stop these people from spending a wonderful Tuesday afternoon at the beach!

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So much for the ordinary beach shot…I much prefer this image!

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I’ve neglected to give you…

…an update on the Farcroft apartment building long enough!

For about a month, there have been tenants moving in, and here’s a sample of what their spaces look like:

View of the 13 story Farcroft from The Jarvis Avenue "L" station platform

View of the 13 story Farcroft from the Jarvis Avenue “L” station platform

At the entryway is a leaded-glass window, flanked by two caryatids...

At the entryway is a leaded-glass window, flanked by two caryatids…

...one of which is 'the keyholder'...

…one of which is ‘the keyholder’…

...and the other seems to have lost what he originally held! Quite distinctive, aren't they?

…and the other seems to have lost what he originally held!
Quite distinctive, aren’t they?

The original door of this 1928 building was sent out to be restored, and the craftsman did an absolutely wonderful job of it!

The original door of this 1928 building was sent out to be restored, and the craftsman did an absolutely wonderful job of it!

Here's the lobby, about five steps down from street level.  This was taken before the building opened...that's the reason for the still-wrapped furniture.

Here’s the lobby, about five steps down from street level. This was taken before the building opened…that’s the reason for the still-wrapped furniture.

Everything was done right with this gut rehab...all the floors are oak, newly installed.

Everything was done right with this gut rehab…all the floors are oak, newly installed.

All the spaces were reconfigured.  Here is a north-facing wall of one of the highest floors' apartment...

All the spaces were reconfigured. Here is a north-facing wall of one of the highest floors’ apartment…

...and the view from that window!

…and the view from that window!  The thing hanging in the middle is the cordage from white-painted wooden blinds, which are installed at each newly-replaced window.

A typical kitchen, wonderfully appointed, with loads of workspace...

A typical kitchen, wonderfully appointed, with loads of workspace…

...and a typical bathroom--nothing fancy, but larger than those usually found here in Chicago's older buildings.

…and a typical bathroom–nothing fancy, but larger than those usually found here in Chicago’s older buildings.

The view looking south along the lake shore to downtown Chicago, taken from a twelfth floor window.  Oh, what I wouldn't give to wake up to this!

The view looking south along the lake shore to downtown Chicago, taken from a twelfth floor window. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to wake up to this!

If you noticed in the first image, there is a turret at the top of the Farcroft.  This is the entry to the apartment directly below--it's called the 'turret room'.

If you noticed in the first image, there is a turret at the top of the Farcroft. This is the entry to the apartment directly below–it’s called the ‘turret room’.  See that rectangular object in the wall?  That’s a radiator—very new technology and extremely practical, don’t you think?

Enchanting, isn't it...and check out the view to the north and west!

Enchanting, isn’t it…and check out the view to the north and west!

Finally, here is the 'turret room' apartment's kitchen...ready for any occupant who loves to cook! Note that in these kitchens, the stoves are NOT placed next to the refrigerators...that's called 'doing it right', because it ultimate saves electricity as the fridge does not have to run as long as it would being 'warmed' so often by the heat of the stove!

Finally, here is the ‘turret room’ apartment’s kitchen…ready for any occupant who loves to cook!  The fellow on the right is Bill Tentler, the Chief of Maintenance, who graciously allowed me to tour the building before it opened.
Note that in these kitchens, the stoves are NOT placed next to the refrigerators…that’s called ‘doing it right’, because it ultimate saves electricity as the fridge does not have to run as long as it would being ‘warmed’ so often by the heat of the stove!

At some point, I’ll present more details of this beautifully executed gut rehab/restoration of the Farcroft apartments, but for now, just dream of what it would be like to live in the tallest building in the Rogers park neighborhood of Chicago!