May 31, 2016

May in Pictures

"All things seem possible in May." ~  Edwin Way Teale


May 31, 2016 (152/366)

"Flowers construct the most charming geometries: circles like the sun, ovals, cones, curlicues and a variety of triangular eccentricities..."  ~ Duane Michals
May 30, 2016

Never Forget

May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day (151/366)

"They are gone, but they live in each patriot’s breast 
and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” 
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
May 29, 2016


May 29, 2016 (150/366)

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
May 28, 2016

Chardonnay Pearls

May 28, 2016 (149/366)

"Life is full of surprises." ~ John Major

We love our new home, but were disappointed with the landscaping (or lack of it). On the bright side, it was a clean slate for us to do what we want, but that's a work in progress. However, there were a few nice surprises, like this Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' aka Chardonnay Pearls (who knew) in front of the garage. I love them!
May 27, 2016


May 27, 2016 (148/366)

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." ~ Brad Henry

May 26, 2016

Exclamation point

May 26, 2016 (147/366)

“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight 
like short-lived punctuation marks in a
stream of consciousness...” ~ Haruki Murakami

[Just an exclamation mark from my 
3rd annual field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum. 
More butterfly photos in May 2015 and 2014.]

May 25, 2016


May 25, 2016 (146/366)

"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words." ~ Plautus

Facebook & Instagram are telling me it's National Wine Day...again! Wasn't it just National Drink Wine Day on February 18th? Well, who am I to argue? Cheers!

May 24, 2016


May 24, 2016 (145/366)

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image 
of a fuzzy concept." ~ Ansel Adams

[Does anyone know what these pink fuzzy flower are?]

May 23, 2016

Coeur | Heart

le 23 mai 2016 (144/366)

« Voilà mon secret. Il est très simple: 
on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. 
L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. »
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

[Here is my secret. It is very simple: 
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; 
what is essential is invisible to the eye.]
May 22, 2016

Wright Plus 2016

May 22, 2016 (143/366)

"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. 
He must be a great original interpreter 
of his time, his day, his age." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

William E. Drummond House, 1910 (my favorite)
559 Edgewood Place River Forest 
The Isabel Roberts House next door to Drummond 
(Frank Lloyd Wright 1908) - wasn't open this time
Next to the Drummond House (also designed by Drummond & Guenzel)
Charles J. Barr House (1912 - Drummond & Guenzel)
7234 Quick Ave. River Forest
A very early FLW commission
Winslow House (1894 - FLW's first private commission)
515 Auvergne Place, River Forest
River Forest Women's Club
526 N. Ashland Ave. (now a private residence)
(Drummond & Guenzel 1913)
First Methodist Episcopal Church (1913) 
(Drummond & Guenzel) 7970 Lake Street, River Forest
Windows representing Communion
What a shame that they replaced the original art glass with these stained glass windows in the 1960's!
FLW Home & Studio (1889) 951 Chicago Ave. Oak Park
May 21, 2016

Hemingway Slept Here

May 21, 2015 (142/366)

"Where a man feels at home, outside of where he’s born, 
is where he’s meant to go.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

"Hemingway slept here..." -- it's almost another cliché. I've been to homes in Key West, Paris, the South of France, Spain -- all places where Hemingway slept, and don't get me started on the "Hemingway drank here" signs. But this is where "Papa" was a baby. Ernest Hemingway was born here at 339 Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899 and lived here for the first six years of his life. 

After a lovely walk through several of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed and -inspired homes in Oak Park and River Forest today (more on that tomorrow), we had lunch in Hemingway's neighborhood. I would have loved to tour the home and museum, but we ran out of time. This is on my list for our next visit!

Yes, it is spelled wrong...on purpose!
May 20, 2016


May 20, 2016 (141/366)

"The biggest cliché in photography is sunrise and sunset." ~ Catherine Opie
[And yet, sometimes, I just can't resist.]
May 19, 2016

Pretty in Pink

May 19. 2016 (140/366)

"It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green, when buds ripen and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness." -  Sir Thomas Malory
May 18, 2016


May 18, 2016 (139/366)

« Tout objectif sans plan n'est qu'un souhait. »

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
May 17, 2016


May 17, 2016 (138/366)

“It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald
May 16, 2016


May 16, 2016 (137/366)

"Monday mornings are ruff!" ~ Piper Marie Larson-Horne

I had such a busy weekend visiting my grandparents and cousins and playing with all of my friends: Roxy, Sadie, Owen, and Lucky. It was so hard to get up this morning. I really wish my mom and dad could stay home and snuggle with me, but Mom says that this is the last full week of school before the "dog days of summer" begin!
May 15, 2016


May 15, 2016 (136/366)

“No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.” ~ William Osler
May 14, 2016


May 14, 2016 (135/366)

“Now not day only shall be beloved, 
but night too shall be beautiful and blessed” 
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
May 13, 2016

Light, texture, shadow, and form

May 13, 2016 (134/366)

"Light defines texture and color – shadows define form."
~ Howard Pyle
May 12, 2016


May 12, 2016 {133/366)

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." ~  e. e. cummings

May 11, 2016


May 11, 2016 (132/366)

"Everything is blooming most recklessly"
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

May 10, 2016


May 10, 2016 (131/366)

"Rain is grace; 
rain is the sky descending to the earth; 
without rain, there would be no life." ~ John Updike
May 09, 2016

Perpetual astonishment

May 9, 2016 (130/366)

"Every spring is the only spring, 
a perpetual astonishment." ~ Ellis Peters

[Every spring, the Door County woods are carpeted with trillium,
yet during today's drive up north, I still gasped when I saw them!]

May 08, 2016


May 8, 2016 (129/366)

cosmos [ˈkäzˌmōs] noun:

1. the universe seen as a well-ordered whole.
2. a system of thought.
3. short for cosmopolitan; pink cocktails made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice.
4. an ornamental plant of the daisy family with single dahlia-like flowers.
5. a lovely Mother's Day gift from my mother-in-law. Thanks, Lynn!