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.


  1. Dear Ginnie.
    It is so good to hear from you. Thank you so much. I send love. That darling Oscar is something else. I do know that he takes such good care of you.
    I send love, E.

  2. Hey, Ho!, Ginnie! How wonderful to see the Prairie Home Companion live! Some years ago Garrison Keillor used the song the Goatmother's mother's wrote, 'Hello, Love' as his theme song, so we have a special place in our hearts for him. :) Plus he's just awfully funny. :) Glad you had a good time and your photos are awesome. By the way, those Peanuts were just super, if I do say so myself, and the Goatmother loved finishing up her teas. Thank you!

  3. Funny, as I read this I was thinking of the first time I commented on your blog - when you caught a picture of a blowing leaf. And then there it was again! (Definitely worth re-posting.)

    That tree might be a big-tooth (or large-tooth) aspen.

    I've also seen two live tapings of PHC - one in Ohio and one in Madison - both great fun. I love watching the sound-effects guy, and also Garrison as he paces back and forth doing the News from Lake Wobegon, improvising as he goes. What a talent!

    Hope you and Oscar are staying warm - it was about 20º here when I got up this morning.


Thank you!