The ducks have almost all of their adult plumage now. I’ve dug potatoes and onions. The green beans are nearly finished producing. My carrots and sunflowers are blooming. Plus, the lotus continues to bloom. It’s a really pretty place to be right now. Out in the garden. I wonder how Avi has been doing with the garden while I’ve been gone at IOLI. . .
I know these magazines or pamphlets might not have seemed important to the person who donated them to Goodwill. I’m sure the person who donated them just wasn’t a crafting person. He or she looked at those old magazines and saw junk. I looked at them and saw treasure. A little digging yielded a lot of fun things and I think I picked up the whole lot for $1-2. I bought a few other books and things so I’m not sure what the price of each item was as they were sold in bulk.
The crochet magazines aren’t really my thing, but I know someone who will appreciate them. I’m excited about the ideas that will spark from reading these old magazines.
The timing couldn’t have been better either as I’m at IOLI this week. It will be fun to share ideas with so many like-minded lace makers.
I’m picking a lot of green beans, cucumbers, and zucchini now. I’ve been sharing vegetables with everyone, even the UPS guy. I’m still waiting for my bumper crops of eggplants, peppers, melons, and tomatoes. It’s so hard sometimes to tend the garden all summer long and wait for the literal fruits of my labor. I am not really pleased with the purple green beans this year. The beans are bigger (wider) than I wanted and they go woody too quickly. They also aren’t as prolific or tender as the yellow or green. I think next year I will either try a different purple or skip planting the purples.
The damnable squash bugs are still causing problems. I’ve been picking eggs off and squishing bugs for weeks and we finally resorted to insecticide. Still. I’m killing squash bugs and trying to keep them from killing my plants. Insidious, evil things.
The Field Museum is always worth a visit. It takes hours to really see all of the exhibits. Honestly, you should just plan to go for 2-3 hours each day over 3 or 4 days. We really enjoyed the China exhibit that was an add-on as well. Plus, the gem collection and the jade collection? Amazing.
Navy Pier and the Tall Ship Windy were next. We had dinner at Bubba Gump’s because it was close-by and handy. Then we took a skyline dusk cruise on the Tall Ship Windy. It was ok, but I really preferred the Architecture Boat Tour. Now, I have to say that I didn’t enjoy the speedboat portion of the SeaDog Architecture Tour, so maybe I wouldn’t take that specific tour again.
We spent time on the 360Chicago floor of the John Hancock building. It was ok, but I think the SkyDeck in the Sears Tower is better. Really, we just went up, up, up and walked in a circle looking out. There wasn’t much history or information to be enjoyed. Then we took a Big Bus tour around town. That was much better. I think next time we go, we’ll just do the Hop On/Hop Off Bus tour for a couple of days and check out all of the spots that it stops. I like the architecture and history that is included with those kinds of tours and even though it was the 4th of July weekend, the tours weren’t terribly crowded.
We went to Soulard where I picked up some blackberries and blueberries. Then we wandered over to the Botanical Garden again. They have some lovely glass exhibits as part of the “Garden of Glass” plus the flowers are always stunning. It’s hard not to appreciate the koi, the Japanese garden, the rose garden, the statues, and the easy walking. I think it might be my new go to place with visitors.
Oh, the squishy faces and little warm bodies. I do adore the baby bunnies. It’s the best part of breeding and raising rabbits. I’m always looking forward to what might come in the next litter. Sometimes I am rewarded with a truly remarkable show rabbit. Mostly, I find babies that end up with another purpose in life. It’s the constant hope of the next generation that keeps me going.
From the sunflowers to the lotus, I have blooms everywhere. I’ve even been bringing in a few sunflowers. I left most of them in the garden, to encourage the bees to pollinate all of the vegetables too. Yet, I couldn’t resist bringing in a few to decorate the table. Now, I probably should have considered whether the blooms would decorate the table with pollen instead of just whether they looked pretty. . .