Monday Marginala – We Visited The Kids

Here we are on the road and wondering if the little dark cloud up there near the Batman building in Nashville is following over someone.

Here we are on the road and wondering if the little dark cloud up there near the Batman building in Nashville is following over someone.

Well hello there!  I know, I know blog fade got me as RL intruded.  But yet again I’m back just like a bad penny.  So shall we carry on as if nothing happened.  Yes why don’t we…

Over the 4th of July weekend we went to North Chicago and stayed in the Navy Lodge at the Great Lakes Naval Base to visit our son Aaron and his fiancee Sara.  Aaron home at their apartment in Kenosha after a lay off at the civilian job and then injury during his Army National Guard drill weekend.  So he was free to hang with us and Sara was free Sunday for a tour and Monday for dinner. Continue reading

Wildcard Wednesday – Alice The Corpse Flower

Oops! That's not Alice the corpse flower but Molly the dog.

Oops! That’s not Alice the corpse flower but Molly the dog.

Okay back in the Fall Alice the corpse flower at the Chicago Botanical Gardens bloomed. Mike and I went to see her when we had a weekend free. Sadly I have lost the photos of her. Also sadly when we got there she was going to seed and the stink was gone. I offer pictures I did find of Alice’s neighbors. Do enjoy after the cut –

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Stand Back – Photo Dump Approaching

For Memorial Day I went down to Tennessee to spend time with my parents.  My has gotten into Greene County history and doing posts on Down Home Greeneville on Facebook with a short historical write up about each.  While I was there I took her around to make photos.  Needless to say I made more than a few of my own.

Then I got home with my camera chips and realized I’d not loaded up all the photos from our trip last July to Williamsburg Virginia and the Norfolk area.  I know I’m not done with the cruise pictures.  Oh and winter – there’s been a really hard winter in there with shots of it, snow sculptures and such.  Any way it turns out I have a few thousand pictures to upload.  Okay maybe not multiple thousands but definitely over a thousand.   So hold on to your hat for a few photo posts as real life time permits.  There will be….

July of last year the trip to the beach, Williamsburg, and Mike’s Navy graduation (that I didn’t get to see due to flight booking, my agent ahem named Mike booked my flight before the ceremony not after)….

Mike enjoying a dessert while on vacation - Oct in Orlando

Mike enjoying a dessert while on vacation – Oct in Orlando

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Life is a beach when on vacation in Virginia in July.

The brutal winter here had us all thinking of the tropics.

The brutal winter here had us all thinking of the tropics.

Yes I actually have over 400 photos from Williamsburg.

Yes I actually have over 400 photos from Williamsburg.

Oh you know there were pet pictures even after losing Rappy and Mo.  We still have the furry boys and Aaron added his cat Ashe to the family.

Oh you know there were pet pictures.

Holidays in Tennessee.

Holidays in Tennessee.

Did I mention it was a nasty winter here?  It was and we did all we could to make the best of it.  Ice sculpture contests and such.

Did I mention it was a nasty winter here? It was and we did all we could to make the best of it. Ice sculpture contests and such.

Of course more beading and craft sales...

Of course more beading and craft sales…

Going about Greene Count Tennessee making pictures with Mom.

Going about Greene Count Tennessee making pictures with Mom.

Yep and more on the cruise adventures.

Yep and more on the cruise adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So over the last three days I caught up on my uploading to Flickr. Yes over 1800 photos uploaded. Raw just off the camera no adjustments images. I’ll improve a few for future posts – maybe if time permits.

Also for my birthday I got a droid tablet (no Apple stuff for this girl) so now I can easily take stacks of comics with me to read. Expect that sometime there will be catch up on those too.

In the meantime you have been warned – photos are coming. Be prepared.

What I Did Over The Holidays by MLE

Drive up banking in the winter - when you make the passenger get out and knock the ice off the card slide

Drive up banking in the winter – when you make the passenger get out and knock the ice off the card slide

Let me first start by stating the obvious – IT IS COLD OUTSIDE!  Yes it was -16F when I woke up.  No that IS the actual TEMPERATURE you don’t wanna know the wind chill – somewhere in the -30sF.  I don’t plan to go out until afternoon when we are supposed to warm up to about oF. Okay formalities taken care of I’ll start on my post now.

Due to work I didn’t go down to see the folks (mine and his) until after Christmas.  It worked out just fine.  Aaron and Sara came down later and stayed after us as they wanted to celebrate New Year’s with their friends here.  Ahh I remember when we actually stayed up in dressy clothes and partied with others.  Now just staying up is the challenge.  Funny as I get older I get more like a baby routine keeps me from being grumpy.

Any way here are a few photos from the trip.  Not much as I only had my phone.

New Year in TN

We visited my parents for a few days. Here’s Mike and my folks outside a Mexican restaurant in their town. Yes we had to show our support for the Tennessee Volunteers – all graduates of the University of Tennessee ya know. Dad is a golden grad and got his 50 years since graduation pin.

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Mom’s kitty Sylvester – I have two black cats, Mom has one, Aaron has one, and my bff Patricia has two – do you have a black kitty?

New Year in TN

The house shoes my parents gave Mike – yes they are slippers!

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That’s Greeneville Tennessee the town to where I grew up out in the county. I’m setting a novel (urban fantasy with a rural setting) centered right on the corner where that church is.

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The view of the Smoky Mountains from my in-laws neighborhood. As you can see there was snow on the mountain but it was still nice enough in the valley to go golfing.

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Jellico Mountain area of Kentucky on the drive home. The roads were clear the whole way just a long drive.

Driving in Chicago in Snow

The snow just started as we hit downtown Chicago.

Kenosha in Winter

Back home to typical Wisconsin Winter views.

Okay tomorrow and Thursday I work so hopefully I’ll get another post in the pipeline for those days – maybe about the great YWriter and a postcard from the past… or maybe swamp tour or Colonial Williamsburg… or maybe not…   Until next time!

Yes We Did Another Museum

Lincoln statue outside the museum in a park

Lincoln statue outside the museum in a park

So on the long drive home from Ft. Leonard Wood we needed to stop and stretch our legs.  We chose to stop in Springfield, IL and see the Lincoln Library and Museum.   We were there for about two hours seeing the museum and having lunch.  Here’s some photos for you…  want more?  Click on one and head over to my Flickr.

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Mike and Lincoln have a lively discussion.

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The notes the statue was holding.

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External view of the museum and library complex.

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Another statue of Abe on the way to the museum.

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Mike photobombs the first family on the White House lawn…

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John Wilkes Booth leans on the White House

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Young Abe Lincoln

Areas where I could take pictures was limited in the museum. Outside was cold as we drove snow from Missouri to get there!

Until next time!

Views From A Car

View of downtown Chicago

Here’s the trip south. Chicago doesn’t have traffic early on Sunday mornings. This was about 7:30 am. There’s the WIllis tower (formerly the Sears tower) in the center. It’s rare to see the interstate so empty.

Mike drove most of the 13 hours to my parents.  I drove the 9 hours to Montgomery Alabama from my parents.  Needless to say last week doing the trip there and back plus the driving about to cemeteries and peoples homes – I spent a lot of time in the car.  No matter how great the audio books are or how many channels we got on Sirius, it gets boring being the passenger or driver.  I must acknowledge as a passenger I did more than my share of sleeping.  Still when I got bored I picked up my camera when a passenger and at stops to share the experience with you.  Here’s the photo gallery of 44 hours on the road.

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Restored Home in Waukegan

Victorian home painted in a goldenrod, trimmed in olive green and red, porch ceilings painted sky blue

Now we return to our Waukegan Trip.  The Haines Museum in Bowen Park opened and we got to tour it.  It’s operated by the Waukegan Historical Society.   This home was originally built as a one room cabin to go with the farm that is now Bowen Park.  Over the years with various owners it was added onto it until it because the Victorian home you see now.

Mayor Hull of Chicago and his family lived there as their summer home until the great fire then lived there full time.  I learned that back then there were yearly elections for mayor.  CAN YOU IMAGINE YEARLY ELECTIONS? Always being bombarded by the campaign trail, all the calls from the various parties and interests groups.  The constant ads… it’d never end.  The mayor would never be a leader but a figure head and it’d open up for another machine that stayed in tact to actually run the city.  Oh wait… that’s what happened in the Chicago Political Machine.

Information poster shows a young boy from the 30s in a zippered sweater and dungarees holding a small bouquet of wildflowers

Okay back to the house, it’s restored to its Victorian period to go with the architecture.  It was the center of the Bowen Country Club.  Here is where the children would be taught the ways of society.  It was thought part of the barrier of improving oneself was not understanding the societal  norms of table manners, dances, polite conversation, etc.  I think honestly some that still holds true today knowing how to behave in the boardroom as well as the local bar is key to advancement. Today there is a room dedicated to the club and those kids it helped in so many ways not just the social graces classes in the house.

None of the items in the house are from the original owners.  They are from the correct time period and exemplify the types of things the home would have contained in this 1870s time period.  The last addition was the red parlor, a more formal parlor, and the master bedroom.  The master bedroom now contains a bed and settee set that Abraham Lincoln used during his visit to Waukegan.  The room is dedicated to him.

Servants entrance with will worn torn screen door and dirty clapboard, still painted red

There were exhibits to the Waukegan area residents Alfred Gustafson and James Elsbury who died on the Titantic.  There was an exhibit honoring Waukegan son Jack Benny, which explained why there was a Jack Benny art center (where the unhelpful lady was).  There was also a time line of Waukegan events including when their town got curb side recycling!  YAY!  From there I’ve added the Genesee Theater as a place I want to visit for a photo post.

Also I noticed that all their doors were painted red.  I had to get photos of each one to add to my red door collection!  Heck some day I might make a poster of doors to sanctuary – all red doors I’ve photographed.  I have to say of all the doors my favorite one on the Haines Museum was the servant’s door with the aged screen.  Some doors to sanctuary aren’t ornate but are well used.

Enough explaining – now for the photos.

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