Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chainsaws and Chippers... All around me

A faux bois picnic basket in my garden. They are busy spreading rather than blooming. 

Seeing sky behind this house for the first time. Most of the debris  has been taken away today.

On Saturday night a huge storm hit my city. The sound and the lightening told me this was going to be serious. Straight line winds wreaked havoc on my neighborhood & city again!

 It is hard to see but it tore the driveway up.

Again... Sky over a house that used to have huge trees all around and behind it. 

 When I moved here 20 plus years ago it was like living in a forest of enormous very old oak trees. Finding a place to plant something that needed sun was difficult.
In 2003 another storm ripped through the city. The destruction was devastating, thousands of trees fell. It was heartbreaking. They fell on houses cutting them in two all around me. The whole city came to a standstill.  I had no power to my house for three weeks in July. That is when the temperatures usually range from 90 to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit . There was no getting out by car or on foot because hundreds of trees blocked the streets. I was so happy to see the firemen. They knocked on every door to see if anyone needed help. For weeks and weeks all I heard were chainsaws and chippers. I was lucky my house was not badly hurt. My poor neighbors were not so lucky. Most of them had to move out for as long as two years while the repairs were made. Blue tarps covered most of the rooftops.

So you might understand why I cringed when the chainsaws started here on Sunday morning. I am still hearing them and the chippers that they feed huge limbs into.

Today I got out and walked around my neighborhood. I was a little wary because big limbs are still dangling from huge trees that managed to stand. I was happy to see most of the houses were OK.

My neighborhood of 300 homes was built around this private
lake & park. Most of the houses were built in the 1920's.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Larder

I love the idea of a well stocked larder/pantry which can be seen through an open doors in the kitchen. Beautiful baskets hanging from ceiling beams, braids of onions, garlic, peppers and hanging herbs. 
Today I wanted to see what all this will look like through a door. Though the shelves will be very different. Much older deeper and going from floor to ceiling.
On the back wall of the kitchen in the center will be a fireplace surround over the cast bronze stove I made. Then on both sides, closet doors.
I was very disappointed that Tiny Ter Miniatures (Teresa Martinez) was not going to be at the Tom Bishop Show this April in Chicago. Her work is just beautiful.  I wrote Teresa when I got home and ordered three more of her canned goods. They are pictured here on the second shelf. From left to right...  A jar of cauliflower, carrots and green beans,  a jar of pears in wine sauce and sliced carrot sticks.

Taking photos gives me an idea where the holes in the collection are. I may be missing a couple of dead rabbits hanging from their back legs! ;-O Also I don't like this spiffy clean look!