Frayed Laces

A city diary.
A country diary.
A little northeast Illinois, a little southeast Kentucky.
(All photos & art are my own unless otherwise noted.)
going deep
must.  remember.  to come up.  for air.  sometime.

going deep

must.  remember.  to come up.  for air.  sometime.

Summer………………..it’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

And here I thought the cold came & took it all away.  With the return of the warmth is also the return of the skeeters.  

My cheap Canon Powershot didn’t do too bad with the turtles.  That was using the 20X with no tripod & then a photoshop crop job.  Four little slider turtles soakin’ up the rays.


If you’re going to San Francisco Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you’re going to San Francisco You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
~~ lyrics by John Phillips of ‘the Mamas & the Papas’

The little bear is actually in Mount St. Marys Park in St. Charles, Illinois, however, but I’m sure she dreams of hitching a ride to San Francisco.

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

~~ lyrics by John Phillips of ‘the Mamas & the Papas’

The little bear is actually in Mount St. Marys Park in St. Charles, Illinois, however, but I’m sure she dreams of hitching a ride to San Francisco.

angelclark:

99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

(via appalachianandrew)

Chainsaw art pics I took awhile back that I felt were appropriate in honor of the corn harvest this year…………

This year, 82 percent of the Illinois corn is rated good to excellent while only one percent is considered very poor.

Pat Brady, contributor to Amboy Illinois: First 150 Years 1854–2004:

“On June 1, 1999, disaster struck the park when it was hit by a violent thunderstorm which left parts of the city and the Green River City Park virtually destroyed. Between 50 and 60 trees were destroyed and another 50-60 were severely damaged.

“The city was devastated by the loss of so many of its venerable oak trees. It took weeks to clean up the damage, but some of the trees were saved by the insight of a local man, George Kaleel. Kaleel suggested hiring Marie and Bob Boyer, former residents of Amboy, who were known for their chainsaw work. The Boyers came in with their chainsaws and made beautiful works of art out of many of the damaged trees. […] The park now contains dozens of beautifully carved works of art and has become quite a tourist attraction.”

Come Dance With Me, said the spider………….
or
Doctor Who Seduces a Dalek………….

(that’s just what it says to me — myself, I’ve never seen anything that Steve Tobin, the artist, didn’t title ‘Untitled’ so I take the liberty) 

Come Dance With Me, said the spider………….

or

Doctor Who Seduces a Dalek………….

(that’s just what it says to me — myself, I’ve never seen anything that Steve Tobin, the artist, didn’t title ‘Untitled’ so I take the liberty) 


Marlin:  Crush, wait.  How old are you?
Crush:  Hundred and fifty, and still young, dude.  Rock on.
          ~~ Finding Nemo, the movie

Sea Turtle
Mount St. Marys Park, St. Charles, IL

Marlin:  Crush, wait.  How old are you?

Crush:  Hundred and fifty, and still young, dude.  Rock on.

          ~~ Finding Nemo, the movie

Sea Turtle

Mount St. Marys Park, St. Charles, IL

After days & days of soaking rain……………finally the sun blesses us with its presence.  Woohoo!  Great hike this morning!  Cold but bright!

Wussy Shihtoodle at Morton Arboretum’s ‘Tails on the Trail’ event yesterday in Lisle, IL.   Top photo is Wussy with his free bandana.  One-size-fits-all, which was kind of unfortunate for the poor Newfies & Great Danes at the event.  It’s one of only a couple of times a year that dogs are welcomed into the arboretum.

It was a cold, sunless day, but that didn’t stop the dawgz.  They had a blast.

Wussy is a pretty darn happy camper in the pic because we’re sitting right next to one of the Gingko Grill chefs.   No four-leggeds allowed inside the arboretum’s restaurant, so the chef brought the grills outside to the four-leggeds.  That’s what the two-leggeds & four-leggeds in the bottom photo are waiting for………………….lunch! 


If I could jus’ get my paws on the real live chippiemunka outside it’d be soooo much funner than my stuffed toys, I jus’ know it would be…….
~~ Wussy Shihtoodle

If I could jus’ get my paws on the real live chippiemunka outside it’d be soooo much funner than my stuffed toys, I jus’ know it would be…….

~~ Wussy Shihtoodle