It seems like months since I've posted but I checked...it's only been 16 days. Two weeks ago, M & I went in to the city for a delayed anniversary celebration. My membership at the Art Institute of Chicago was expiring in late June so we spent some time there, walked along the lake (beautiful day) and ended up at Star of Siam, one of our favorite Chicago eateries. (Thanks for the tip, so long ago, Emily...we've eaten there many times over our time here.)
Polychrome jar, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, 1880s.
Events have been swirling here.
- We sold the house. No exclamation point, because I'm...what...superstitious? If I had a nickel for every time one of our realtors has qualified a statement or a situation with 'in this market...', I could enjoy, well, something very nice.
- Nine days ago, I drove to Cleveland to start househunting. (Mini-stop in Shipshewana. True.)
- We took a side trip to D.C. to share a wonderful event with someone special who prefers ultimate discretion. For once I thought of the perfect gift to commemorate the occasion and was able to find and have it overnighted from an Amazon seller, though with no time to remove the library stickers before wrapping. Still, highly satisfying. And appreciated.
- We took a side trip from the side trip to spend a night at my sister's in Baltimore. She has the most gorgeous hydrangea in her yard that she purchased years ago in an 8" pot at her grocery store.
- On the return drive to Cleveland Saturday, we were alerted to a new listing by our Cleveland realtor and stopped to see it on the way back. Loved it. For several reasons, decided to ponder it for a few days.
- On Sunday, we drove back to Chicago. Upon our return, situations developed that gave us pause. M mowed the lawn, I did a post-trip wash.
- On Monday morning, the 4th of July, we climbed back into the car and returned to Cleveland. Toured the house for more focused consideration, made an evening offer.
- Tuesday morning, I drove back to Chicago and got a call en route from our realtor that our offer was accepted.
- Wednesday (yesterday), coma.
Sorry for the bullet points. I'm straight out here. And have to crawl back into the car tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. to drive back to Cleveland(!) to attend an evening wedding, and then our house inspection. So in just a few days...yup...I'll drive back to Chicago, for several weeks of semi-normalcy before our move. That is, if all goes as planned, because you know, 'in this market....'
While we were at the Art Institute last week, we stumbled on this exhibit in the basement textile galleries. The kimonos at the beginning of the exhibit were very traditional and while lovely, I cruised by, not prepared to be absolutely blown away as I turned a corner to witness the true gems...a large gallery of bright, graphic kimonos made from exquisite fabrics that while clearly Japanese were highly influenced by Bauhaus design. I didn't notice the *no photographs* sign and wasn't fast enought to get off a shot before being cautioned. Sadly, there's no catalog either. However, if you're in Chicago this summer, it's a must see! I'm not sure why they chose that kimono for the poster. Most are much more dynamic in color and design.
I'm hoping that soon we'll return to regularly scheduled broadcasting here. And a regularly scheduled life, if I can remember such a thing! Thanks for your kind notes and emails. It's nice to know you're all still here.