Neighborhood beauty

I’ve been trying to get out of the house and exercise a little more regularly. The area around our home is so beautiful it is a pleasure to be out and about!

Lilies

I think playing Animal Crossing has given me a new appreciation for lilies! They have all just burst into bloom around the neighborhood, and I just love the variety of color when I’m out for my morning walks.

First peony!

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First peony of the season!

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These purple flowers are tiny but incredibly fragrant.

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I love the subtle touches of color on these.

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We now have over a dozen flowers – they exploded into bloom overnight!

Full bloom

Our crabapple is in full bloom.

We still have many daffodils, and the tulips are starting to bloom.

First tulips!

And a new Spring bouquet in the kitchen.

The azaleas

Our purple azalea is just about to burst into bloom.

The white one is a bit further behind, but coming soon.

Daffodil assortment

I just love these …

We have never had a Spring garden quite like this before. It is such a pleasure to go outside, and see all the beautiful new flowers. I had no idea that there are so many varieties of daffodils, or that they smell so amazing! I bring in some cuttings every few days and it has really helped me focus on all the positive things that Spring represents.

Spring blooms

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It is such a pleasure to watch the changes in our garden as the days go by.  I think it’s so important to see the beauty, to appreciate the incremental changes, and to realize that – for most of us – life goes on as our Winter turns into Spring.

Also, I did not realize that our peonies (in the last photo) are so ugly at this time of year?!

Lunches at home

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One of the real pleasures of working from home is that I don’t have to get up super early to pack all my meals.  Since I am doing intermittent fasting at the moment, I block some time on my calendar at 10 am, and I make a meal from the leftovers we have on hand.  Lately that has involved a lot of salad, which I vary with radicchio, endive, and other greens, as well as whatever meat we have left over.  I often mix in with radishes, peas, sliced tomato and some delicious new cashew cheese that adds a wonderful bit of salty taste.  It’s really satisfying, healthy, and beautiful too!

Die-cut hearts

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Over the winter I have been exploring some new crafts.  These are photos of a few cards I made with a new die-cut machine.  It’s the same paper and pattern, combined in three different ways.

Orchids

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The Chicago Botanic Gardens has a spectacular orchid show in the late winter each year.  We haven’t in awhile, but I thought I would share these pictures from years past.

Ripples

A grate near the new Veterans’ Park in Evanston Illinois. Since taking metalsmithing classes I am definitely seeing things like this in a new way. To me this looks like the ripples created on the surface of a lake when it rains …

Garfield Conservatory

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This looks like a Dr. Seuss plant to me.  🙂
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After an inspiring field trip with his day camp, our little one requested to visit the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago again. We had good fun visiting with turtles, participating in the scavenger hunt, and feeding the baby goats. And of course I loved the opportunity to take lots of pictures.  August 2019.

Nursery beauty

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My dad passed away earlier this summer, but he would have been 81 this week.  I am visiting my mom in Connecticut with my family, and trying hard to find beauty where I can.  Our trip to the nursery certainly helped …

Enjoying a peaceful summer evening at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. August 2017.

I love the landscape here.  Hilton Head Island, July 2017.  

I love the landscape here.  Hilton Head Island, July 2017.  

Summer Solstice sky.  Lake Michigan always inspires … 21 June 2017. 

Proud to Run Chicago today.  I love celebrating the diversity that makes America great!  #lgbtq #pride

I got caught in a major rainstorm last week on my commute home. The car ride was better than the walk to the garage (with no umbrella or raincoat!).  June 2017

Happy place, aka Lake Michigan from Gillson Beach in Wilmette IL. #nofilter 19 February 2017.

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