Just like this bee…

…going ’round and ’round, I have been systematically pushing forward to success in getting rid of the dreaded, nasty bedbugs!

Bee on Sunflower-Diffuse Glow White BKGD

Each morning, I’ve made the rounds checking walls and ceilings, dismantling sheets, blanket and pillow cases, then shaking them out over the tub–NOTHING!–not one ugly bedbug since the exterminator visited for the third time last Thursday.

My hard, strenuous work patching and caulking has really paid off–but the exhausted feeling is still there, unfortunately.

He punched quite a number of holes in the walls, and pumped in some powder; I then immediately patched the holes, hoping and praying those nasty beasties are stuck in the walls and will soon die–well, they CAN live for one to three years without ‘nourishment’, but I’m hoping and praying just the same!

So…my life is somewhat back to normal–whatever THAT is, and I can finally afford to take some time to post and go through all YOUR posts (though there were so many, it’ll take quite a while, so I began with the newest).

RE: the computer:

Now that I’ve had to reinstall Adobe CS4 and have all the current updates, I’m planning to spend some time learning new ‘ins-and-outs’ in Illustrator (TM) in hopes of enhancing the images I present.  Though I’ve had it for over four years, I’ve never really ‘worked’ in it, so I do look forward to that new challenge, perhaps doing more ‘composite’ images and such.

I still have a monitor resolution situation to conquer, but it looks as if we have a warm, sunny day ahead–so I will probably go downtown to the Harold Washington Library, then walk around and shoot for a bit, as I’ve gotten pretty bored with my neighborhood and haven’t been downtown in several months!

Thanks to all for your kindness and patience while my life has been in such upheaval the past month–you probably might not understand just how much your comments mean to me, but they are what keeps me going at it!

Drinking lots of coffee…

…so I can stay awake to watch election returns tonight, and feeling a bit patriotic, as I already voted a week ago Friday.  Just thought I’d present a few flags of the United States of America…to get in the mood.  You may hum “America the Beautiful” as you see fit!

Flag in a flower pot, outside my building

Flag at Lake Shore Nursing and Rehab facility, across the street and also the local polling place

The lake winds have left this flag in tatters…it is only two years old!

Flag in the lobby of the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago’s Loop

I went to the Loop today…

…to the Harold Washington Library, and took along my camera, intending to spend the entire afternoon roaming and shooting.

ALAS!  The wind that hit me on Van Buren Street, westward from Michigan Avenue to State Street, nearly knocked me over several times.

Today’s weather stated SSW winds 25-40 miles per hours, but between highrises is quite a different story.  I am neither small nor light…and I must use a cane.  I was bent into the wind at least 25-30 degrees, and sought shelter a few times in pilasters along the way.  Exhausted, I entered the Popular Library on the first floor, chose three new books, and stood in a line of 25 or so people (UNUSUAL!) before checking out.  I then walked across State Street and waited for my bus, stopping along the way to shop a bit, and finally came home to a totally-aired out apartment.

In lieu of nothing new today, I’ll treat you to these (from 1982) three canals of Venice.

 

 

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