Monthly Archives: June 2010

More pillows!

Posted by Katie on June 26, 2010
Sewing / 5 Comments

After my recent sewing project, Maggie commissioned me to make some pillows for her.  These should brighten up her new college apartment quite nicely.

The fabrics she selected are beautiful, but I now have a million tiny silver shreds over every surface in the apartment.  Next time, Maggie, cotton.  Please.

I’ve spent more than enough money at Joann Fabrics recently, and have all the supplies for a couple upcoming projects.   I’m graduating from pillows to aprons and skirts.


Posted by Katie on June 23, 2010
Chicago, Summer / 7 Comments

One more stormy summer night in Chicago.

And one more rainbow.  This time from our back deck.

Are these things good luck?  Because we could use a little good luck.

Welcome home

Posted by Katie on June 22, 2010
Chicago / No Comments

We were greeted with this view of the city as we returned from our trip last week. 

Once again, Dave was driving fast while I was snapping pictures.

Dave Brubeck was worth the trouble

Posted by Katie on June 20, 2010
Chicago, Famous People, Weird / 5 Comments

It was Friday afternoon, and I had left the office early to get ready for the weekend.  Sandwiches and a bottle of wine were packed away.  Despite the predictions for rain, we were going to Ravinia to see Dave Brubeck.

I was driving east on Chicago Avenue.  As I drove past a fire station, I noticed that all of the firemen were pointing up at the sky.  The view from the rear view mirror seemed ominous, but it wasn’t raining at all.  I turned right onto Milwaukee Avenue and suddenly felt a terrible wind jerk the car to the right.  The car in front of me was struggling to stay in its lane.  All of the trash and debris from the city street was suddenly 30 feet in the air.  Trash cans and newspaper stands were dancing around.  A very large sign for the Chicago Dramatists theatre company was ripped off a building and whipped behind my car and then around the front of it, cracking as the wind tossed it around.  Something unidentifiable shattered the window of The Matchbox, a bar across the street.

I didn’t think tornado.  Strangely, I thought of how horrible my face would look when something smashed a window in the car.  Vain, maybe.

At the same time, Dave was working away at his office, waiting for me to pick him up.  The sky grew green.  And then it grew dark green.  He could hear hail hitting the windows, and then pounding, and then booming, almost like glass breaking.  The building emergency system screeched an announcement to move to the center of the building.

I reached Dave on the phone.  He recommended a few places under bridges to pull over, but as I drove by they were already full of cars.  I kept driving as the rain started and the wind died down a bit.  When I reached Dave’s building we switched drivers in the POURING rain.  I was tired of driving.

Tornadoes are exceptionally rare in the city.  They can’t properly touchdown because of the buildings.  There were no tornadoes associated with this storm, but this was a storm that blew out windows of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) as well as Dave’s office building.  This storm was not messing around.

And thanks to my (more accurately, my guardian angel’s) expert driving skills, nothing bad happened.  The car was perfectly fine.

Despite the excitement, Dave Brubeck was to be heard.  The jazz legend is getting old.  We had to go.  We started driving north in hopes of nicer weather.

Luckily, we had a tarp to cover the ground for our lawn seats.  And miraculously, it cleared up perfectly for the concert.

Yes, Pinot Noir tastes lovely from a plastic wine glass.  And it cures stressful situations quite nicely.

Dave Brubeck was cool.

There were four sets of musicians for the evening concert, with Dave Brubeck being the second.  After the third set a very meek Ravinia attendant announced on the microphone in her best NPR voice, “We are tracking a line of thunderstorms that will be at Ravinia at 9:45.  Thank you.”

The whole lawn audience collectively glanced at their watches and noted the current time to be 9:38.  The next artist started to sing, “It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance”, while hundreds of people frantically packed up blankets and candelabras.  We made it to the car just before the sky opened up again.

Weird date night.

Dave likes driving in Canada

Posted by Katie on June 18, 2010
Cars, Travel / 1 Comment

How does the metric system work again?

#16 – Done

Posted by Katie on June 18, 2010
101 in 1001, Travel / No Comments

#16 – Leave the country.

Canada totally counts, eh.

Keeping with the tradition of getting the heck out of town to celebrate Dave’s birthday and our anniversary each year, we decided to go north…and east.  Neither of us had visited Niagara Falls before (Mom, when I was 4 months old does not count).   We discovered a little town north of the Falls in Ontario called Niagara-on-the-Lake.  It sits on Lake Ontario, right at the point which the Niagara River joins the lake.   It was an easy 25 minute drive to the Falls, and it provided the opportunity for us to discover the local area, including wineries, hiking, biking and lots of other fun things.  We stayed at a lovely bed-and-breakfast, and fully enjoyed a little time away to relax.

Rainy day at Niagara Falls.  

Vacation was good. 

More pictures to follow.

Baby Daniel

Posted by Katie on June 16, 2010
Family & Friends / 1 Comment

Daniel James was born into the world on Tuesday June 15th at 1:30 AM.  He started his life in the most curious manner.  Mrs. Pickles delivered Daniel at home…oh and not on purpose.  Mama and baby are healthy and happy…resting peacefully in the hospital now.  I can not put into words the level of amazement I have that Mama stayed calm and was able to handle the delivery herself before the paramedics were able to reach the house.  Bravo, Mrs. Pickles, bravo!

As my godson, it somehow seems fitting that the little guy has started to cause problems from such an early stage.  And as my godson, I will pray extra hard for the little guy.  Looks like he might need it.

Welcome to the world Daniel!  You knew EXACTLY when you wanted to join us.

Where’s the Stanley Cup?

Posted by Katie on June 12, 2010
Chicago / 5 Comments

From his office on Washington and Dearborn, Dave had a pretty cool view of the party that was Chicago yesterday.

Oh, there’s the Stanley Cup.

An estimated 2 million Blackhawks fans showed up for the ticker tape parade.

Can you even imagine the pandemonium that would be a Cubs World Series celebration?  Someday.

Wind farm

Posted by Katie on June 11, 2010
Travel / 1 Comment

This is the scenic view of Indiana farmland from our trip to last weekend, with a serious spring storm rolling in.

I’ve driven by this wind farm a countless number of times, and while I’ve always intended to stop to take pictures, I never have.

Guess the 70 mph view will have to do for now.

The end of an era

Posted by Katie on June 10, 2010
Family & Friends / 2 Comments

Little Morgan graduated from high school last weekend, and is soon off to the University of Southern Indiana to study nursing.

And after only 32 years of parenting, my parents are about to be empty-nesters.

Good luck kid!  We are very proud of you.

Oh, and dear parents, go on vacation.  You deserve it!