Sunday, June 29, 2014
Lovely little Yellow Warbler
Red Admiral butterfly
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Had such a wonderful walk on Saturday.....a little cloudy at first and then the sun came out...and not too many bugs. So good to be back on the trail again.
All God's creatures were there for me...except no butterflies or dragonflies. Will be out this week looking for them.
Tiptoe through the wild flowers
Cutest squirrel ever
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Yesterday was the first day of summer...yea! I spent the morning walking at Kensington Metropark and what a wonderful morning it was. I have lots of great photos to edit and post.
I have been posting about my house and in some ways my house gets in the way of life. I have spent the last 6 weeks cleaning and doing yard work as the wonderful world of nature passed me by. I have to live what is left of my life getting out and doing what I love. Although I want a clean house is it really worth giving up the wonderful month of May? Please remind me of that in October...my fav month of the year...where again I will want to clean, do yard work and get ready for Winter. OK, so tap me on the shoulder and tell me "Carol, get out and walk.....get out and chat up all the little creatures, plants and flowers"
I take medication that keeps me going, I have had my carotid done and a stent put in to unblock an artery in my heart....if I hadn't had all this done I would probably be dead by now. So.......keep reminding me to enjoy my life, worry less and stop eating at McDonald's ;-)
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When I pulled up a corner of my living room carpet and saw beautiful hardwood I decide then, that I would make my Sears home look like my grandparents home. They had a 4x4 (4 up 4 down) that was built in the late 1920s and all the woodwork and floors (yes, hardwood was the thing back then) were stained a dark mahogany. I could see that at one time my woodwork and floors were also stained the same. I had the floors refinished and then my son changed out my switches to push button. I decorated and furnished my house in a traditional fashion that would be timeless. Previous owners had updated the kitchen and bathroom in an absolutely hideous and cheap fashion. I had the kitchen gutted and got rid of the awful drop ceiling. I never did get around to the bathroom other than a new vanity and have learned to live with it.
I love my house and you could say that it is my hobby and I enjoy making little decorating changes seasonally. My favorite is when I go all out for autumn and for Christmas. It looks beautiful.
Shooting from the living room into the dining room...note walk-out bay window and hardwood floors.
See floor plan below.
This switch plate was bought from an ad in a decorating magazine and when I ordered it, I found out that the company was in Southgate (at that time). The owner told me that this was a replica of a switch plate from his grandparents old Victorian home in Wyandotte.
6 over 1 wood windows (restored)
Phone niche.....my son discovered a phone jack (well not a jack exactly) that he could hard wire my phone into. The phone is actually a push button candlestick phone that I got from QVC
Friday, June 20, 2014
I love, love, love my front porch. It makes me so sad in the fall when everything gets put away for the winter. I love sitting out in the summer and watching my little world go by. About 10 years ago, my neighbor, Clara, gave me her old glider when she moved (she has since passed away). I try to make the porch homey and keep it clean so that it is like another room of my house. I love taking afternoon naps on that glider! I read, listen to the ballgame, knit and crochet and just enjoy being outside. No outdoor patio or deck can compare.
I often think that our world is so stressful and filled with strife and conflict and that living back in those days would be a simpler life....but would it? The great depression and WW1 were just on the horizon. Not something that I would want to live through....plus I would have to give up my smart phone ;-)
Check back next time when you will see the inside of my Sears Kit home.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Lincoln Park became a village in 1921 and than a city in 1925 and 6 years later my house was built. Pagel Ave. was a dirt road and there was only one other house on the street beside mine. My imagination invisions my house with a dirt or gravel driveway or one of those drives with 2 stripes and grass down the middle. No garage of course and I wonder if they even had a car. Very little traffic on my street...maybe a horse and wagon and a car like the ones pictured above.
After the war all those returning military needed housing so subdivisions were built around my little house....1950, I believe. My beautiful walk-out bay window in my dining room that once overlooked an apple orchard, now looks out at my neighbors driveway and side door. My house is hemmed in.
So I can't help wondering what it looked like sitting on the front porch and looking up and down the dirt street. Did they have parties, did they mow their grass with a push mower, did they have a glider on their front porch with canvas awnings around the porch? I wish that I could contact the descendants of the original owners.. I do know that the lady of the house donated a glass dish to the Lincoln Park Historic Museum......I will start my investigation there.
thank you Lincoln Park for the pictures that I borrowed from your website.