Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ABC Wednesday O is for O'Laughlin

One of the things I acquired when I married was the ability to tell people I am "IBM"....Irish by Marriage! I am American and there you have it.....anyway....It's ABC Wednesday...O is for O'Laughlin ...Americanized from Ireland from O'Loughlin to O'Laughlin at Ellis Island. The crest stands for the anchor of salvation and the O'Loughlin's come from the County Clare. I think this means they were archers when they were fighting or whatever they were doing! Please stop by Mrs Nesbitts and see what wonderful things others came up with for the letter "O"!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jack Frost has returned

When I went out to get the newspaper, the sun was reflecting on the frost that Mother Nature left last night. I think my tulips have had more than they can handle.Hit with freezing rain yesterday and now the frost....just when I thought it was going to change!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Slow but Steady

You can tell that the buds on the trees are starting to appear. There are four of these signs throughout our tells you when you enter our town....they all look alike and the daffodils are coming along slow but steady!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weeping Cherry Trees

I posted these a few weeks ago when it was raining....this is what they look like today! Spring is coming slowly but definitely it is here!

Friday, April 25, 2008

A walk to the train

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You can ALMOST see the buds on the tree!!! After today(it is supposed to rain and be very warm) I am sure it will be greener! This is on the way to the Palatine Train Station. I take the train (usually) when I go downtown and I love how they make it so quaint!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spring has Sprung

I go away for 4 days and it was still cool temperatures. I come home and Spring has definitely Sprung. This house has the most beautiful landscaping in our neighborhood. They have flowers for every season and I love how they always look.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday N is for Nephews and Neva

It's ABC Wednesday and it's the letter "N"....I could not resist posting my 3 nephews and great nephew I was with over the weekend. I was visiting for an engagement party for nephew number 2...the one in the middle with the NAMETAG of groom! ....and since I am in the photo....N is also for NEVA....hope you have a chance to drop over to Mrs. Nesbitt's place to see all the choices for "N"!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Redbud tree

This is my sister's redbud tree in her backyard. Her tulips were lovely and when I got back to Inverness from Manassas, it is like God has decided to grace us with some buds of our own but not to the degree of this tree yet!

Monday, April 21, 2008

A bunch of bikes

I was in Manassas, Virginia over the weekend (a suburb of Washington D.C.) and I have always found this fence of bikes intriguing. This yard is unbelievable in its varied art work through out the yard. I also found the trees to be in full bloom and you well know that not much is happening in my part of the world (Inverness) in the way of flowering anything!

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Going just a few hours east and south of where I live, spring is in its prime! These tulips are in my sister's backyard and it was so nice to see such lovely signs of nicer weather. It is so GREEN here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Painted wall

This is on the wall at the student Symphony hall at Roosevelt University. I actually got reprimmanded for taking this picture by the usher...and may I point out that it was BEFORE the concert even started??

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Yard Ornament

I am out of town for the to Wahsington D.C. So I am trying to post via Flicker......This is a yard ornament that will be barely visible once spring Arrives!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

ABC Wednesday M is for Muirfield

This is the sign into the subdivision I live in in Inverness. Muirfield of Inverness A MacIntosh Property....That is what the sign says. There are actually bulbs coming up here so spring is on its way!
It's ABC Wednesday! Make sure you stop over by Mrs. Nesbitt's place and check out all the participant's.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Winged Victory...

I actually have seen this in the Louvre so I was surprised to see this replica of Winged Victory in an office building lobby while I was downtown last night.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Washington Hawthorn

These are some SERIOUS thorns on this Washington Hawthorn tree. We have one in our front near our dining room window. It is not a tree you want out in the yard or where someone could unwittingly walk into or onto one of these thorns!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Weeping Cherry trees

It seemed appropriate to show the weeping cherry trees in the pouring down rain! This is my neighbor's side yard.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

April Showers bring May flowers

At least I HOPE April showers will bring May flowers. It is raining these last few days in my part of the world. Everything is water logged and overflowing. A typical spring!this is what it looks like outside of my window at work.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

ABC Wednesday L is for Lemur

When I was out in San Francisco, I met up with Avcr8teur and we went to the Zoo and spent all day shooting animals and getting to know each was great fun! I remembered I had a few photos of lemurs from then and this is one of them.
I hope you have a chance to enjoy ABC Wednesday over at Mrs. Nesbitt's place.

A pretty picture

If you walk past the bench with bears, this is the room you enter. It is a guest room and is done in greens and pinks. Definitely has a cabana feel to it. the picture on the wall is actually a table cloth. Thought you would enjoy seeing this.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spring has Sprung

You'd think that since I planted it, I would remember what kind of bulb this is....but I don't! All I can say is......yipee! A sign of Spring is here!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A down staircase

This is the staircase that was in yesterday's photo. Can you see the Santa's? (You might need to click to enlarge so you can see them!)

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Keyhole ceiling

If you turn around from the hallway from yesterday, this is what you see.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Another Inverness hallway

This is the upstairs hallway of this house. Very Victorian.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ABC Wednesday K

"K" is for Kirkwood, a street in Inverness near me. All the street signs have the "castle" on them.
Make sure you stop by Mrs. Nesbitt's to see what everyone else came up with for "K".....they are getting harder for me!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Theme Day : Water

It's Theme day!
This is a wetland in my subdivision. In the summer, there was so much rain that the water kept rising. Clancy, our dog, was certainly enjoying his own personal swimming hole!-- Try and visit all the participants for Theme Day and see what everyone posted.
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