Sunday, November 11, 2012


 The beautiful Auditorium Theatre, designed by Adler & Sullivan
Photo from the Auditorium website

Last night a friend organized a small group to see A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago (she always has such good ideas).  It was so much fun, and there was a surprise guest in the cast - our very own governor Pat Quinn, who turned out to have perfect comic timing.

I'd seen another live taping of A Prairie Home Companion in New York in 2000, when Gerrit and I spent a long weekend there.  This was just as good as twelve years ago.

We're having a warm weekend of high sixties (soon to change to rain and snow tonight), and today was very blustery while still warm.  Oscar and I walked the neighborhood to enjoy the mild air and the bits of color still left.

 Golden in the intermittent sunshine.

 Burning bush (I think?)

 I don't know what kind of tree this is, but I love the variation in color.

 Crab apple - I love them at this time of year,
when the leaves are gone
and just the deep red fruit remains

Oscar doesn't care if his hair gets mussed.  
Though sometimes he has to squint his eyes to keep the dust out.

And I can't resist including this picture of a single leaf, 
suspended in air,
from last year on an equally blustery day in late October.
It took me scores of shots before I captured this one.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

America Recycles Day

Who knew?  Thursday, November 15 is America Recycles Day.

And because recycle is preceded by "reduce, reuse..." here is a link to opt out of catalog mailings.

At the Zero Waste Home (Béa Johnson is busy writing a book now, 
but her past posts are interesting and instructional, and an interview with the family is here),
they've added "refuse" (as in "turn down") and "rot" to bracket the "reduce, reuse, recycle" slogan.
Since reading her info, I've been purchasing more foods from bulk bins, as that cuts down on packaging, whether recyclable or not.

Gerrit and I have been recycling-conscious for years, and prior to him needing disposable supplies to deal with incontinence, it took us a month to fill a garbage can.  

Now that it's just me (and Oscar), our trash is even less.  Because our village has an option to pay for trash with a purchased sticker (as an incentive to recycle for free at the curbside) rather than a flat monthly fee, it's been almost three months since I've put out the trash.  When the can is full, I'll put it at the curb with a sticker - but I think I'm still a few weeks away from that.

What are you doing to recycle?  Anything to share?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Autumn flowers

 Chrysanthemum koreanum ‘Sheffield Pink’, aka Dendranthema morifolium
 I love these chrysanthemums - very late to bloom, 
they add color to the garden at a time when most of the trees 
have lost their leaves.

 Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’
This is the first year I have had beautiful fall foliage color 
on this plant.  In summer, the leaves are deep purple, 
with tiny yellow flowers.

Aster Peter iii
Even when tumbling over, they make a colorful show.

Added to a bowl of apples and pears, 
along with some Northern Sea Oats.

 Flanked with pie pumpkins for a Halloween dinner.

The occasion was a visiting cousin who couldn't get home to
New Hampshire because of Hurricane Sandy 
so spent several days with my parents
and dinner here on Wednesday night 
with my parents and another cousin.  
It was a nice reunion.