A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘diversions’

The PO’s “New” House

On Sunday Pete and I were invited to the PO’s house. As I’m sure you know by now, the PO was our neighbor for over 17 years (even longer for Pete since he lived in our previous house before I came into the picture). We never really socialized much while he lived here outside of…

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Christmas Recap

I thought I better get these Christmas photos up before 2008 is over! I’ve been around, but just either too busy or too lazy to post lately. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday —— we certainly did. Thankfully, despite nasty weather on Tuesday, my stepdaughter and her husband managed to fly in from the…

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Where Does the Time Go?

Another week has gone by already and unfortunately I don’t have much to say (at least about the house). We are nearing completion of the basement fixes. The only thing left to do is cut and install the baseboard for the wall sections we had to replace. The door has been hung and the trim…

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My Kind of Town

Last Saturday night we were on board the Evening Star, cruising up and down the Chicago River and out to Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful night — a little cool for August, but pleasant nonetheless. There are so many things I love about Chicago, and the view of the skyline is just one of…

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Weekend Wrap-up

Pete and I enjoyed a well-deserved four-day 4th of July weekend. On a very chilly Thursday night we strolled over to the Morton Grove Days Festival, an annual event complete with carnival, live bands and the all-important beer tent. Although one of my good high school friends only lives a few blocks away from us,…

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Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues*

The Chicago Blues Fest took place over the weekend in Grant Park, a free event which is scheduled every year over the first weekend in June. If you ever plan a visit to Chicago, Blues Fest weekend would be a rockin’ good time. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it downtown to see the likes…

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Dining in Prairie Style

One of my favorite fancy places to dine in Chicago is North Pond Cafe, nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park, and like the name, situated on the North Pond. It was built in 1912 as a warming hut for ice skaters, eventually becoming a storage shed for the Chicago Park District. It was remodeled…

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Excitement Abounds

I don’t know if this weekend and the beginning of next week can be surpassed, at least not anytime soon. Not only is our dining table being delivered, but our roman shades are being installed in the living room and dining room. AND to top it all off, there’s this: Oh yes, friends, it’s Wilco…

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How We Spent our New Year’s Eve

We really don’t like to go out on New Year’s Eve, so we spent a nice, quiet evening at home: a little fondue, a little sparkling wine, a DVD (The Simpsons Movie), a blanket and a cat or two. And of course, the first new year in our house. Perfect. So Happy New Year to…

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Christkindlmarket

My sister is one of “those people” who gets up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday to get their Christmas shopping done. I’m sure they get some great deals, but a) I can’t stand crowds; b) I hate shopping; and c) I haven’t even thought about Christmas at this point. So you won’t…

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