In 2009, I was encouraged by my friends to give the 365 photo project a try. I love taking photos, and was excited about participating. The daily posts paint a brief picture of my year and open my eyes to the beauty around me. It is challenging to post a photo daily. I was successful in 2009 and 2010, but fell a few short in 2011. I'll be continuing my quest for daily photos in 2012 and look forward to sharing them here.
It seems a bit strange to be away from home on Halloween. But, I did find this great spider web to photograph! It was spun between the rails of a fence along a wooden walkway between our condo and the pool. This little lagoon has fish, turtles and even an alligator!
We left our friends' house this morning to continue our trip. We stopped in Gatlinburg, TN to tour an area for a possible family reunion. The fall colors are gorgeous at this time of year in Tennessee!
Scott and I started off on our road trip down to Hilton Head, SC today. Tonight we stopped to visit friends who have retired to Tennessee. They have a lovely home and not only welcomed us with a great dinner, wonderful conversation, and a comfortable bed, but they even had us on their their chalkboard! Thank you Craig and Pat! It was so nice to see you!
I still meet some of my school friends for lunch once a week. Several of them got to meet Blake today! Top left is Michele, who is a terrific teaching assistant at the school where I retired from. Top right is Sue S., who is also a retired teacher. Lower left is Betsy, who was at my school, but who was moved to another school a few years ago. Lower right is Sue M., another retired teacher friend. Three of these beautiful friends are also grandmas and the other hopes to be in the near future!
There are two of these horse statues outside of a popular restaurant in a mall in our area. They are great for helping one find the best place to park to be close to the restaurant in this mega mall. I met a friend from lunch here at P.F. Changs for lunch today. I hadn't seen her for awhile, so it was fun catching up over a leisurely lunch.
These are the newlyweds! We were able to share more time with them this morning at a little brunch in the hospitality suite. It has been fun to get to know Joe and his family. Bekka and Joe won't be going on their honeymoon until December, so it is back to work for them next week.
There is nothing cuter than a bare baby! Our grandson has added some adorable 'creases' in the last month. In this photo, Auntie Kristin is holding him. She flew in for Bekka's wedding. Today, she has been watching Blake while his mom is off with the other bridesmaids primping for the wedding. Kristin is having a FUN day!
While out for a walk with the dog this afternoon, we walked by this spooky Halloween decoration in the yard of a neighbor. Our dog is usually quite brave, but this guy really spooked her and she wanted nothing to do with it!
One of my friends is working as a Housing Director at a sorority house at Northwestern University. Several friends and I drove out to visit her today. The house was decorated for Halloween in true "Judy style"! I'm glad you are now closer to home, Judy!
Today was a lovely day for a Fall walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden! I was surprised that there were still quite a few plants blooming. Scott and I toured the model railroad while we were there. It is really neat how they make the railroad look real with the natural plants, rocks, etc.
I had another nice day of subbing at Ivy Hill today. I liked being here all week in the same position and connecting with the kids. This is the school I was teaching at when I retired and it is always fun to see my colleagues.
I was subbing at Ivy Hill today and stopped to admire these great water color bird paintings created by the third graders. I love the way our art teacher brings out the talent in kids. I wish I had had an art teacher like her when I was a kid!
Cassie was a special education teacher in our district who I subbed a lot for last year when she had team meetings and planning time. This year, she has moved down to Tennessee to teach. She came up for a visit this week during her Fall Break and met us for a drink. Nice to see you, Cassie!
My husband, Scott, has now been out of work for 18 months. When I came home from subbing today, he had cleaned out the cupboard that houses ours spices. Do you think he is bored? :-) I will try to keep the spices in alphabetical order! Love you, Honey!
These are mums that I potted for our patio to add some fall color as our other potted plants are no longer blooming. The pot sits on a table outside our kitchen bay window, so we can enjoy the flowers from inside as well.
We have a season subscription to the plays at our local theatre, the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Today was the first play of the new season, Spelling Bee. We had seen this play in Chicago a few years ago. Today's performance was every bit as good and so funny! We're so lucky to have quality theatre so close to home!
What a gorgeous fall day! We took advantage of the weather and took Lucy out to the Forest Preserve for a long walk. I took a lot of photos. This is one of my favorites. I love the colorful reflection of the beautiful fall trees in the calm lake. We're lucky to have such a nice place to walk just a short drive from home.
Our Book Club meeting is at my house this evening. The books for our December meeting will be handed out tonight. I got to choose the book. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like a good read for the holiday season of giving. Has anyone read 29 Gifts by Cami Walker?
Another beautiful fall day! This looks very much like a blue 'Colorado sky', but the photo was taken right here in our suburban Chicago neighborhood. I would be very happy if the weather could be like this year-round!
What a lovely fall day today! However, this squirrel was scolding us as he sat in the pine tree behind our patio. He was not at all happy that the squirrel feeders were empty! He has come to expect his free meal!
Today I attended a lovely bridal shower given for the daughter of my dear friend and neighbor, Chris. Before the gifts were opened, each attendee was asked to share a story about Chris or Caroline. Some stories were funny and we all enjoyed laughing together. All the stories were full of love for these two beautiful women and the bond we all share. I'm so grateful for the friends I shared this lovely afternoon with!
Yesterday, I went to the Apple Store to help a friend buy her first iPod. Today I went to her house to help her set it up so it syncs to her PC. Since I'm a Mac girl, I was very happy to see that the iPod works just as easily with the PC version of iTunes! I'm sure we'll be sharing games of Words with Friends on our iPods soon!
I got this license plate about 18 years ago when I was appointed as the BTA (building technology advocate) at the school where I was teaching. Parents and students in the school community still recognize my car when I drive through the neighborhood or come to sub at the school. This afternoon when I subbed at Ivy Hill, I was greeted warmly by staff, students, and many parents who had seen my car!