Putting it (back) Together

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).

The Lake…Diffused

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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!

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Ch-ch-change…

…followed by c-c-cold!!!

Wednesday's Lake Michigan was quiet and gentle, very appropriate for the Day of Rdmembrance.

Wednesday’s Lake Michigan was quiet and gentle, very appropriate for the Day of Remembrance.

 

Temps hovered in the low 90s F. but the beaches were empty, except for a few sunbathers.

Temps hovered in the low 90s F. but the beaches were empty, except for a few sunbathers.

 

Thursday, an abrupt weather change brought choppy waters, northeast winds, and 2-3 foot swells...

Thursday, an abrupt weather change brought choppy waters, northeast winds, and 2-3 foot swells…

 

...as the waves roared all night long!

…as the waves roared all night long!

A mighty harsh north wind blew all day today, and the high temp was only in the low 60s F. throughout the city.

Although officially Autumn does not arrive until another nine days have passed, it seems as if it pounced on us in less than 48 hours!

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!

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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Sorry, running behind…

…but then, so is Spring!

Yesterday, I washed down (with TSP–Trisodium Phosphate) the kitchen ceiling and walls, plus a few others that needed it…that’s the reason there was no post yesterday–it took NINE hours (with breaks in between where I was busy with other cleaning), but…

…except for the two large windows and their blinds, the Spring cleaning is complete!

Give a cheer for the old gal, who can still climb a ladder (though slowly and carefully!)…she worked her bum off, just to get ready for painting, which will not even be attempted until warmer weather (whenever that decides to show up!)!

We were supposed to be “inundated with snow” today…then those crazy weather folks knocked it back to “two inches”, and finally succumbed to “snow flurries”…and guess what?

Nary a flake fell all day!!!

The wind has been pretty vicious all day, so I thought I’d show you Lake Michigan…from last Sunday, the 17th, another windy day.

Five Piers

Five Piers

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Gull Trio

Gull Trio

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Rough and Tumble, the first

Rough and Tumble, the first

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Rough and Tumble, the second

Rough and Tumble, the second

Back tomorrow…I’ve simply got to rub some Neutrogena into my poor, dry hands!

After doing quite a bit of Spring cleaning…

…you know, the easy stuff like a closet, floors, a shelf unit, sorting paperwork.

Bored with that, I decided to take a walk to the lake shore.

Silly girl!

Though the sun had popped out a bit earlier, the biting wind was straight off the lake, blowing about 12 mph, and the waves were roaring!

I made my way to a red canoe which was somewhat out of the wind, thinking,

“Someone’s a bit early preparing to get out on the water, aren’t they?”

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It looked so pretty against a bluish sky, so I walked on over.

Much to my surprise, it looked like this:

Quite full of water!

Quite full of water!

 

REALLY quite full of water!

REALLY quite full of water!

Well, at least it doesn’t leak!

Before the ‘storm’

Last Sunday was bright and beautiful!

Pine trees shade the leftover snow in the parking lot below

Pine trees shade the leftover snow in the parking lot below

After seeing this from my window, the inviting sunshine gave me an excuse to take a break from Spring cleaning and go for a short walk to the lake.

My favorite place, backed by huge hills of frozen wave splash, and faraway clouds looking like mountains!

My favorite place, backed by huge hills of frozen wave splash, and faraway clouds looking like mountains!

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Though it was moderately cold, even the gulls basked in the sun, which had gone missing most of the Winter!

Though it was moderately cold, even the gulls basked in the sun, which had gone missing most of the Winter!