Category Archives: Photos

Is it Really Spring?

The garden yesterday evening.

The same spot this morning.

12 hours.

Spring = dramatic changes.

At least spring snow melts quickly.



Sign of Spring

A dog that plays in the mud

should expect

to be hosed clean.

Making a face won’t distract Kitty.

She’s very thorough.

But if you look sweet and cooperate with her,

she’ll leave your head dry so you don’t look thin and limp all over. 🙂

You certainly have an expressive face!

Winter in the Country

Before Rose went back to college, she and I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon driving in the country.

It was an ideal winter day:

bright, fresh snow;

crisp, cold air;

a bit of blue sky peeking through fluffy clouds ( some dull gray ones, too!);

and the hushed quiet of the sleeping countryside.

Oh, wait a minute.

Perhaps the quiet was due to more than the sleeping countryside.

Yes, that is a cemetery.

It’s the type of cemetery I could choose as my final resting place:

small and cozy,

great site (at the top of a hill)

abundant trees nearby,

and a beautiful view.

Well, I may not see it then, but I would know it is there.

How could anyone not be at peace with this little red barn and its evergreen guardians to look at?

Another view.

Recognize it?

Hint: see my November posts.


An almost Wordless Wednesday post with a bit of an explanation.

Last Saturday, as we were walking toward the school at which Kitty and Zip’s music competition was being held, we heard a jingling sound. And what to our wondering eyes did appear? A charming horse-drawn sleigh!

The sight was something to wonder at because that spot isn’t exactly the most scenic part of the city, as evidenced by the ordinary, non-disguised garbage can.

But that isn’t the worst of it. Just after I took these photos, an elevated train screeched noisily past. Now, if you were going to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Chicago, would you want to include in your experience the screeching noise of an elevated train passing overhead?

I didn’t think so. Perhaps that’s why this sleigh had no passengers?

To their credit, the men were only one block away from Michigan Avenue and the great vistas available there. I hope that they spent the rest of the day in that more aethetically pleasing environment.

The Wonder House

Every once in a while we drive past a house that makes us wonder.

We wonder who designed this house?

We wonder who built this house?

We wonder how many rooms are in this house?

We wonder who lives in this house?

We wonder where one finds a closet in this house!

And, yes, this is a real house.

The Basics – and More

Yesterday’s photo theme was water, one of the basic necessities of life and something that I very much take for granted. Today, on this national day of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for living in this beautiful country where I enjoy not only the basics of life – pure water, clean air, and fresh food – but so much more than the basics. To paraphrase a well-known hymn, among other things I’m thankful

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Glory of the Skies

For this land of our birth,

which has had great leaders who have remembered that all good things come from God above.  The Lincoln Memorial and The Washington Memorial, which are in the last two photos, honor two of our Presidents, both of whom issued proclamations calling for a National Day of Thanksgiving.

(I took the top two photos a few weeks apart at opposite ends of the country. It is a beautiful land, isn’t it?)

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thankful (Wordless) Wednesday


Notice a theme?

(I’m thankful for him, too!)