Sunday, November 21, 2010
"Enjoying the Weekend"

Walking along Gateway Park trail towards West Wetland Park

It's been a lovely weekend, full of diversions. Julia and I enjoyed a funny play, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” with good friends. Then Saturday, I wanted to go to the balloon festival. Julia demurred at first, saying "It's just the same thing year after year." So I thought it would be good to get photos with a different perspective. We started at Gateway Park and walked up the trail to West Wetlands park.

I did get a few good photos. I never tire of the balloons, for it always gives me a thrill as they rise. The winds must have been iffy Saturday, for not all were able to lift off. But many did.

"Time Peace" balloon, which I also saw on Friday morning, visible even from my sewing table...

Saturday evening, Julia and I enjoyed a meal at Ciao Bella, a fancy restaurant we haven't been to in ages. Julia had eggplant parmagiana, and I had butternut squash risotti, which we followed up with creme brulée. Not only is the food supremely tasty, the environment gives a feeling of a mini-vacation from our mundane lives. Perhaps it would be better to dine out half as often, so we can indulge in the fancyness. We deserve it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"Spirit as Balloon..."

Spirit as Balloon, ascending the heavens...
Original was pen and ink on printer paper. This digitally colored image sized to 5x7"

Sunday, November 28, 2010
"Leaping Rabbit"

The Leap of the Rabbit, 1911
Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Portuguese, 1887–1918
Oil on canvas, 19 5/8 x 23 15/16 in. (49.9 x 60.8 cm)
Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection, Art Institute 1931.514

Julia and I won't be doing much leaping today. Julia's bug started with a headache, mine with tummy troubles. Both with the hot, cold spells, alternatively shivering and sweating. The warm bed awaits for the shivering phases. And Julia's feeling some better today, so I have hopes the bug won't last long.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"Non-Leaping Ribbit"

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