We, Karen and Mary included this time, walked down Michigan Avenue to Millennium Park today so Karen could see the bean, otherwise known as Cloud Gate, and a bit more of the city. It was a great day for a walk. Cold out. Forecast said a high of 20 today and it felt like it out there. Colder actually when the wind was blowing. But man oh man was it beautiful. The color of the sky was amazing. I think I took about 220 photographs during our two or three hours out. Not bad considering I took this same walk a few days ago and took photos then as well.
We are having an excellent time here. Karen is doing much better. Still improving all the time. I think the walking we’ve been doing, in moderation of course, has been good for her and for the lungs. Opening them up, stretching their capacity a bit.
Today Becky, one of the bridesmaids, and Ulf, a friend of Mary and Martin’s from England, who is actually German, and moving to Chicago for a year, arrived. We had a really nice dinner out with them at Vong’s Thai Kitchen. It’s Mary’s favorite Chicago restaurant and it’s closing in it’s current location tomorrow. Nice that we got in and were able to get some tasty vittles before it shut it’s doors.
Tomorrow a lot of family starts to arrive. It will be great to see everyone. Only four days to go….
Wandered around Chicago with Martin yesterday briefly while Karen and Mary went in search of boots. We, meaning Martin and I, were more successful. We found photos. The boots remained elusive.
It is beautiful though. I have to admit. And… we’re going out anyway. Thor, as our car is now known after the last storm, can handle a mere couple of inches of snow. Besides… it’s already melting. I’m just whining… a little. Slightly. A small whine.
Now… the power is back on and everyone is surfing on their individual laptops or computers. It’s snowing. It’s quiet. It’s kinda cozy.
Our neighbor, Doug, came by this morning offering to give us some wood for the woodstove. We have enough for a couple of days so we declined. He’s such a sweet guy. He’s the one who let us cut a Christmas tree down on his property because we couldn’t get out to a tree farm to cut one down. We gave him Karen’s home made plum jam. We will have to get a basket of things together for he and his wife. He’s a sweetheart.
I took this shot standing in our backyard on Monday. The sky was such a beautiful color blue.
Lunch at Henry’s Tavern after Christmas shopping – $33.00
Christmas presents purchased while shopping – $ ????
The view from the fifth floor stairwell – Priceless
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