They are still in the middle of sprucing up their new-to-them hundred year old house. Sue painted on Friday and I fixed a couple of dripping faucets and did some other miscellaneous chores. Saturday was a birthday luncheon for Renee’s niece, Kira, then a late afternoon trip downtown to see a photo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Once again we learned not to be too invested in what we want as what we get is often much better. We had read on the Internet about an exhibition of historic photos at the Cultural Center that sounded interesting. When we asked the lady at the info desk where the pictures were she looked at us like we must be from really far out of town and said she had no idea what we were talking about. Turned out the exhibition was February 2012, not 2013. As Rick Perry so famously said, “Oops!”
We decided to stay anyway and wander around looking at the architecture and were completely blown away by the two beautiful glass domed rotundas.
This one, called Grand Army of the Republic Memorial, was commissioned in 1896 to honor Union Civil War veterans.
This building was originally the main branch of the Chicago Public Library. The great hall where patrons checked out their books is roofed with the largest single piece of stained glass artwork the Tiffany Company ever produced. The dome is composed of 2848 individual pieces of glass covering more than 10,000 square feet. It was just stunning.
Sunday we regained our tropical vibe, for a few hours at least, at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
We spent Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning with old friends living in Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago. Reminiscing about old times, we calculated we had started hanging out together 42 years ago.
A long day of driving got as far as Huntsville, AL before stopping for the night. Visited the rest area again with the big rocket pictured in the my very first blog post written last December. Arrived at the kids’ house in Enterprise Wednesday afternoon and took the grand kids William (5 mths) and Luke (26 mths) to the park this morning.
I think my grandchildren are cute and can’t resist posting this picture of Luke picking Dandelions for his Grandma. So sue me.