Chuck laughed when I unwrapped my best Goodwill purchase of the day. But what does he know? My eyes popped out of my head when I saw this unique bowl mixed in with the dessert plates, platters and cereal bowls at the Yorkville Goodwill. My best guess is that it's a Halloween-themed owl, but no matter. I'm going to put it on my desk as a year-round receptacle for paper clips, batteries and other small homeless items. I love it!
Chuck did it. He tossed us into the World of Wii, where our avatars are determined to make us thin and physically fit. They're demanding little creatures who want to run, ski, stretch and bend. Once I weighed in, my little avatar plumped up like a butterball and wanted to know how much weight I'd commit to losing in the first couple of weeks. I'm going for 2 lbs. just to get this thing off my back and then I'll commit to the big poundage. Run, avatar, run!
These tourists were treated to quite a show as a cute little penguin tried its best to get away from some killer whales. He (or she?) finally jumped right into the boat and then perched on the side as if to taunt the whales. Be careful little guy!
Notice there was NO SNOW in Cincinnati during last week's visit ... and none of that dreaded "wintry mix" which has made me so weary. Jay's new residence is on the National Register of Historic Places, with a wonderful nighttime view of the Holy Cross Immaculata Church all lit up on Mt. Adams.
Rory and I were looking gleeful inside the Ludlow Skyline Chili parlor because we knew two five-ways would soon be plopped down in front of us. The server told us that Sarah Jessica Parker left the building just a few minutes before we arrived.
Anybody remember making snow ice cream as a kid? Pretty tasty stuff, although I guess with the pollution and particulates in the air today it may not be a good idea to whip up a batch. The view outside my office window, below, reminded me of how exciting it was back in Terre Haute (during the '50s and '60s -- Lord, am I that old?) to see the snow pile up. It meant snow ice cream time!
Pay no attention to that dog in the window. He's perched in his favorite place, watching for a bird or bunny to venture into the yard. To make snow ice cream, someone was sent outside with a big mixing bowl and spoon. The idea was to pack as much snow as possible into the bowl without dredging up any dirt. Not a problem as long as you found a good, deep drift in the yard. Next, the bowl was brought inside where we quickly added some milk, a few tablespoons or more of sugar and a couple capfuls of vanilla. After stirring all ingredients into the snow,the mixture actually resembled ice cream. We added a little more sugar or milk as needed and then dug in, everyone with a spoon, straight from the bowl. Pretty tasty stuff back in the day.
Oh wow. Love this story of Tarra and Bella from the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, a refuge for sick, old, needy elephants. I've seen other stories about this place and it surely makes me sad for the way humans treat "circus" animals who deserve a better life. Many thanks to the good-hearted souls who founded the sanctuary and to my good friend Cathy for sharing this video clip.
Across the street from Millennium Park is the Chicago Cultural Center, which I had somehow managed not to visit until yesterday. What a spectacular place, built as the city's public library in 1897 and covered with gleaming mosaics and art glass. Less than two blocks from the Art Institute of Chicago, it's a great place to visit and especially inspirational in its architectural adornment that references knowledge, learning and diversity. Arches display mosaic scrolls and rosettes with symbols of 16th century master printers. The hall's east and west wings are accessed through large arches decorated with the names of great writers of the western world. Inscriptions in ten languages display the wisdom found in books.