On Washington Street just west of Michigan Avenue, Toni’s La Patisserie windows are filled with Christmasy edibles!
Okay, you can all stop drooling!
(I think I gained five pounds just taking these shots!)
After working on these for several hours, I figured it would be a good thing to post the entire batch!
Just click on any image, save it to your Pictures folder, then e-mail it …and (hopefully?) it will brighten someone’s Christmas season!
If you so desire, you can also use these to print your own cards–and the copyright is suspended, temporarily, so no worries there!
My gift to you and yours!
Last Saturday, my trek to downtown Chicago included a quick stop at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) on State Street to view the Great Tree in The Walnut Room restaurant.
I had finally warmed up, and just had to get away from the crowds but…
Ooooh! Merry Christmas to ME!
[[I have NO IDEA why this post didn’t show up…I published it the evening of the 9th of December!]]
Today, having to make a pharmacy run yet again, I figured I’d walk a bit and get some good shots.
As soon as I turned the corner of the building, I knew that would be futile–the temp was 19 F. and falling, with a steady west wind which also happened to be gusting to 24 mph!
By the time I arrived home, I was frozen!
Though bundled and layered (I’d even been wearing ‘leg warmers’, which I haven’t done since the late 80s!), the wind had increased and shelter was difficult.
By 4:00 PM, the temp had dropped to 15 F. (that’s -9 C.) with a wind chill making it feel like -1 F. (-18 C.)–BITTER!
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I did get off one last shot at Loyola, which I turned into an E-card for any of you who wish to use.
Monday’s outing to the pharmacy (again!) chilled me so thoroughly, it took all evening to warm up, resulting in not feeling very well for the following several days…and the leg cramps were really cutting into valuable ‘sleep time’.
Friday’s visit to the doctor (to check how an outbreak of eczema was responding to treatment) revealed that there is no blood clot (YAY!), but some problem in the lumbar vertebra #5…so I will be scheduling an MRI for (hopefully?) some day this week.
The muscle cramps are excruciatingly painful, as that muscle running along the exterior of the legs contracts quickly and feels as hard as stone, and until I have the MRI, I won’t know if there will be therapy, more pain-killing drugs, or even an operation on my spine.
I haven’t exactly had much holiday spirit, or energy, or interest in posting…until this evening.
Today, I awoke early, and looked out the studio window into the darkness…and saw it was snowing!
I took a few shots after it became daylight.
Just before noon, I went out to return a few DVDs to the library, and found more gorgeous snow!
As I waited at the bus terminal, it began coming down a bit heavier, and a little bit of Christmas spirit returned.
It has been snowing most of the day, and is supposed to continue as ‘light’ snow tonight, so perhaps tomorrow, if my back and legs cooperate, I’ll get out and walk over to the lake?
For several days last week, my spare time was spent getting the Christmas decorations together.
This is just one of the results:
It had been quite foggy for several days, but yesterday’s was the thickest.
Thrilled with being able to take the time to go out and photograph a few things, I walked over to Sherwin Beach to see the effect of fog at the shore.
Just to the south is the veranda of 1205 W. Sherwin Avenue, a beautiful spot to look at the lake which had virtually disappeared.
Finally, I headed back home, but not before photographing my own window.
…that WordPress has brought back its “snow” this season…and it’s falling just about at the rate it did here in Chicago a bit over a week ago!
See for yourselves.
But…it did make for some interesting patterns in the now-empty lot next door!
I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to shoot from my north window, as I’ve been doing the past six winters, but the maintenance man came and removed the screen (a temporary one that really didn’t fit!), and I have a clear view to the north until Spring–or whenever it will warm up here in Chicago!
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I finally had a somewhat ‘slow’ day!!!
After a short run to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, I actually walked a few blocks out of the way and did some shooting–a rare thing of late!
I hope to have a few of those 121 images up either tonight or tomorrow, so thanks to all for your patience!
It seems I’ve been running to and fro, hither and yon, to get this place totally back to ‘better than it was’!
No sooner than I feel I can rest, a prescription runs out, or the laundry piles itself so high, that I have to get out of my ‘paint clothes’, gussy up, and hop a bus or train in one direction or the other.
It’s hard work…and very tiring!
I did manage to get a few images processed, however, after walking over to the small park to deposit my ever-overflowing bag of recyclables (though Chicago has a city ordinance that all buildings of this size must provide recycling containers for the tenants, my building does not).
And…I’m off again, to return “Chicago” and “Titanic” (which I hadn’t ever seen!) DVDs to the library, drop my winter coat (haven’t worn it in several years!) at the cleaners, and stop at the hardware store for some spray paint (a little project for a Plexiglas (TM) small shelf I want to put up), and probably, because it’s close, a quick stop at my favorite little Morse Market to pick up a few things like Krinos Greek Yogurt, a jar of pesto for tonight’s pizza and some fruit…which always seems to run out too quickly these days!
I hope to return later, with some images from last month’s tour of the Emil Bach House, but unlike our politicians, I’m not promising anything!