Ornamental Cabbage…

…is quite beauteous in autumnal floral displays, don’t you think?

Orn Cabbage-WM

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It seems to become an even more attractive plant when it is combined with another delightful Autumn tradition: the simple, yet always gorgeous, Chrysanthemum!

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Orn Cabbage and Mums-2-WM

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Orn Cabbage and Mums-1-WM

NOTE:  The above images were processed in Photoshop (TM) utilizing the Watercolor filter overlaid with the Diffuse Glow filter (using pure white as the glow color).

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It occurred to me the other day…

…while walking to the grocer’s, that I hadn’t kept you informed of the progress in the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House here on Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The west and south facades

The west and south facades

Lots of building supplies clutter the front yard, and the scaffolding remains while the fascias are being strip-sanded and repainted, and the walls are being prepared for the application of a new layer of stucco.

The west facade

The west facade

A pile of rubble next to an already-full Dumpster is all that remains of the old roof–I don’t know if this was the original.

Mr. Wright did have a reputation for creating leaky roofs, such as those at the Johnson Wax Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The front Tulip garden

The front Tulip Garden

I’m not certain if the fabulous Tulip Garden will be brought back, but the garden will be smaller with the addition of about six feet of sod laid as a buffer between bushes and the rich-looking soil.

The deck and rear entryway

The deck and rear entryway

The former sunroom walls have been removed to expose the original deck, which at the time of construction (1915) overlooked the shore of Lake Michigan.

Sadly, the lake was filled in, and the rear of the Bach House is now a half-block west of the shoreline.

The backyard

The backyard

This was a complete and beautiful surprise!

A curving hand-laid stone pathway now surrounds a short retaining wall and flower beds.

This area was originally several feet high and quite ‘wild-looking’.

The structure on the right (a guest house?) is not original to the property–it was built, if I correctly recall, in 2008 and is attached to the two-car garage, which I also think is not original.

The building permit

The building permit

It’s posted on the temporary cyclone fence at the alleyway, and gives you a pretty good idea of what is being added/renovated By Tawani Enterprises, Inc., which is headed by billionaire J. N. Pritzker.

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Tawani Enterprises also has bought the parking lot just north of my own building and the Shambhala Meditation Center just north of that.
Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished--I don't look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished–I don’t look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure...except that this rendering is in very forced perspective--the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the four-story Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure…except that this rendering is in very forced perspective–the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

That’s my building sticking up behind the structure–I hope I don’t lose my view !

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!

Out with the old!

After a harrowing, hot weekend, the power supply in my desktop was finally replaced late yesterday afternoon…HOORAH!

Thanks to “Kris at Quest” (located on the first floor of my building), everything is running smoothly and very quietly.

I was offered the old power supply and took it, merely to photograph, and shall recycle it promptly.

'Dead' Power Supply-Front

‘Dead’ Power Supply–Front

 

'Dead' Power Supply-Back

‘Dead’ Power Supply–Back

The black ‘thing’ at the top of the photos is another exhaust fan, which Kris also replaced, as that was what was causing a whining sound which worsened as time went on.

I urge everyone to clean the inside of your computers regularly, thoroughly and carefully by vacuuming out all vents and, if it’s a desktop model, take off the side or top, and carefully (again) clean out all the dust and dirt from the inside.

Your computer will thank you for that!

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First, I’d like to thank all of you for your patience, as it became too difficult and time-consuming to post anything on my poor old laptop, which, as I told you earlier, was prone to ‘falling asleep’…the blinking on and off became very irritating, so irritating that I couldn’t really get into my e-mail to even look at your posts and comment on your work.

I promise that will be accomplished over the next few (very HOT!  Low 90s F.–near mid-30s C.) days, as I sit drinking icy cold herbal teas with a huge fan blowing on me!

Here are some images I took late last week…boy, do I have a lot of catching up to do!

While walking a new route from the hardware store on Friday, the lighting was perfect for some truly ‘chiaroscuro’ shots.

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the first

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the first

 

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the second

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the second

Fallen Mulberries litter the walkway beside Leone Beach Park.

 

Mulberries and Shadows, the first

Mulberries and Shadows, the first

 

Mulberries and Shadows, the second

Mulberries and Shadows, the second

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For those of you in heat-devastated areas, please stay cool and drink lots of water…and for those of you where it’s Winter now, please keep warm and cozy!

Something quite wonderful!

NOTE:  I published this post on the 8th, But WordPress dumped it!  I found the Draft, so here it is!

The other day while walking to the train, I kept looking for something…something different.

I had taken an alternate route, as it was a warm, sunny day, and I needed some of that ‘sunshine vitamin’!

This is what stopped me in my tracks!

This is what stopped me in my tracks!

The owner of the house was in her side drive, doing some spray painting of a wrought iron piece.

I quietly asked if she could tell me what kind of tree this was.

“Oh, it’s a Tamarisk!”, which she then spelled out for me., and allowed me to take some shots after we talked a while and I gave her my card.

I took more!

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It's set off beautifully against the Yucca blossoms, don't you think?

It’s set off beautifully against the Yucca blossoms, don’t you think?

Before getting back to her project, she added that it was a pity more people didn’t plant these lovelies, with which I fervently agreed, then took one last shot.

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When I got back home, I googled, and here’s a bit of what I found:

Tamarisk Tree

The genus Tamarix (tamarisk, salt cedar) is composed of about 50-60 species of flowering plants in the family Tamaricaceae, native to drier areas of Eurasia and Africa.

 The generic name originated in Latin and may have referred to the Tamaris River in Hispania Tarraconensis (Spain).

You can read more about Tamarisk trees here.

It’s always good to learn something new, isn’t it?

Fit for a…

DOCTOR!

During my last appointment, I mentioned to my doctor that I was again baking bread, and made a ‘mean Challah‘.

He is Jewish, and quickly retorted, “I LOVE Challah!!!”

Well, yesterday was a warm, dry day–perfect bread-baking weather, and as his birthday was two weeks ago, I decided to give him a belated birthday gift!

And, I did–with these!

I took the pix quickly, as I wanted to get them delivered while the Challah was still warm, so they're not the greatest!

I took the pix quickly, as I wanted to get them delivered while the Challah was still warm, so they’re not the greatest!  But he was impressed, and thanked me twice!

 

The loaf at top left is the one I presented to the doctor. The smaller loaves were baked in little oval pie pans--I gave each of the nurses one, and also gave one to the wonderful phlebotomist who draws my blood every month! She dove right in, proclaiming the Challah excellent, and asked for the recipe, which I will print out for her!

The loaf at top left is the one I presented to the doctor.
The smaller loaves were baked in little oval pie pans–I gave each of the nurses one, and also gave one to the wonderful phlebotomist who draws my blood every month!
She dove right into the loaf, proclaiming the Challah excellent, and asked for the recipe, which I will print out for her!

Of course, I had my camera, and took advantage of the lovely small Hibiscus in the center planting of the circular drive of the building, which I processed today and turned into Watercolors!

Small Red Hibiscus-1 Watercolor

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Small Red Hibiscus-2 Watercolor

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Small Red Hibiscus-3 Watercolor

N.B.:  I am so behind in viewing blogs I follow, so I ask you to please excuse my tardiness.

The breads were kneaded by hand, and required three risings, so a lot of time was spent on that, which is very hard on the fingers.

I found that by 7:00 last night, I had no energy left to do much of anything, and typing became very painful…so I’ll get to your blogs ‘little by little, bit by bit’–thanks!!!

Patience

Perhaps, in another month or so, I’ll return and ask the owners if I could possibly pick a dozen of these…

New Grape Leaves, the first

New Grape Leaves, the first

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New Grape Leaves, the second

New Grape Leaves, the second

…so I can make a small batch of dolmades!