CFFC: White

Cee is doing a color series for her CFFC and this week’s color is white.

soap with bubbles
white lilies
Queen Anne’s lace macro
hydrangea macro
Flowering tree at Chicago Botanic Gardens
Waterfall – CBG
Snowy footprints
ceramics ready for decorating
leaves in frost
VW in Bethlehem
bride and groom
patio chairs in January

CFFC: Painting of Many Kinds, Times & Places

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is anything painted.

Roof decoration on Hualapai Center, Peach Springs, Arizona
Appropriate for the 4th of July! Patriotic painted car, Seligman, Arizona
Train mural, Kingman, Arizona
Painted figures on a maypole next to a painted church, Wurzburg, Germany

Frescoes on the ceiling of a cathedral in Passau, Germany – I took this one year ago today!
Pharaoh offers food to the god Amun. Although in poor condition, the paint on this mural has lasted 3,500 years! Hatshepsut’s Temple, Egypt
Hanging on a wall in a hallway at the Moorings of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Depicted are the parts of a cashew tree.
VW in line for 4th of July parade, Arlington Heights, Illinois – I took this photo 3 years ago today!
Birdhouse, Des Plaines, Illinois
Painted chair, Highland Park, Illinois
Gospel Singers, by American artist Charles White, exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago, August 2017
Realistic looking mural covering an entire wall in Quebec City, Canada

Pull Up a Seat in Poulsbo, Washington

Attending our niece’s wedding recently, we stayed in the town of Poulsbo, WA, with a population over 11,000 and a Norwegian flavor (its heritage is Norwegian, so there are Norwegian flags everywhere). An early settler, an immigrant from Norway, actually had the surname “Paulsbo” but the pen he was writing with was kind of scratchy and so the “a” looked like an “o” – this is how the town got its name, according to the docent at the local history museum. Residents do pronounce the name as “Paulsbo.” The main street is touristy but quite pretty with interesting shops and great restaurants.

I photographed these for XingfuMama’s weekly Pull Up a Seat challenge.


Identical bright blue benches like this one were available for taking a load off all down the main drag.


We just moved and need patio furniture for our screened porch, so I briefly considered how these would look….but since we live in Illinois, I figured shipping them from Washington would be more expensive than the chairs themselves!


Lots of comfy places to sit and drink coffee or eat ice cream at a coffee shop in downtown Poulsbo.


Outside the same coffee shop, another of our nieces drinks coffee and checks social media while her sister hides herself from being photographed! (I got a good shot of her when she wasn’t paying attention!) The empty chair was soon occupied by the girls’ mom.

Pull Up a Seat in Holland

For XingfuMama’s weekly Pull Up a Seat challenge, here are some seats in Amsterdam and Kinderdijk, Holland.

AMSTERDAM: My husband checks his email on his phone on the balcony of “our” apartment in the dePijp neighborhood.
AMSTERDAM:  Luza’s, where we had breakfast one day in the de Pijp neighborhood
KINDERDIJK: On the 2nd day of our river cruise, we visited this town in the Netherlands which has a lot of windmills. People live in many of the windmills, but the one we visited was more of a museum, with period furnishings.

Open House Chicago 2018-Part 2

This post continues our brief tour of Open House Chicago 2018. The second building we toured was right across the street from the Gunder House.
20181013_130955It is the Conway House, now the property of Sacred Heart Schools as the Driehaus Center20181013_131527
The home was designed by the architect William Carbys Zimmerman in the Tudor-Revival style, and built by Richard Francis Conway for $40,000.  Conway’s paving company also built Lake Shore Drive. The architect also designed several of the Chicago Park District’s field houses.
Richard Conway, the house’s owner, was a widower with 11 children (good Catholics!). He also had a houseman and two servants. In early 1922, the house was sold by the Conway estate for $78,500, a considerable sum in those days.
The restored building is a survivor from the days when Sheridan Road was a millionaire’s row. This is the front entrance of this building which is rarely open to the public.
In the 1950s it became the North End Women’s Club. In 1959, Sacred Heart Schools purchased the house and Hardey Preparatory classes were held there until 1972.
This landmark home now hosts events on the main floor and has offices for Admissions, Communications and Development on the second and third floors. It has a third-floor ballroom, Ionic columns, mahogany woodwork and even lion gargoyles guarding the drainage outlets on the porch.
The first floor is lavishly decorated with period furniture.
The staircase was carpeted with floral patterns.
Interior paneling
The interior design, windows and fixtures in this curved room were beautiful.
An alcove with beautiful stained glass windows

Miniature chairs – there were two of these. I took a photo of my husband standing next to one of them to get perspective on their size.

Embossed wallpaper detail
Upper floor window seen from the outside of the building
Since 1972, the house has been home to the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Parents of the Heart activities and an early childhood intervention program for families in the neighborhood.