The past month has been warm and sunny most of the time here in DC as we've had this lovely extended autumn. In fact I can hardly believe it's December. The marigolds just kept flowering, and a few times it was warm enough to make sun tea in a jar on the porch. In fact with Winter Solstice in three days it's hard to believe that the days will in fact start getting longer again! I'm not sure what to make of this except to be glad that I'm not falling down icy front steps, or losing umbrellas in rain storms or turning up the heat in the house.
Welcome to my blog!
I used to blog here mostly using local photos about my neighborhood or Washington DC or other places I visited. But I took a break from the blog for a few months and then found myself posting about crafts and sewing projects I have done or are doing. These involve fabric recycling or re-use and refashioning of clothes, or other frugalities. I've left up the previous blogs and may occasionally revert to those topics again. May your days be blessed with miracles, surprises and creativity too!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
|big hole at 11th and H st NW|
|Just one of the concrete trucks|
Thursday, December 8, 2011
|U.S. Archives Building|
|North side of Archives Building|
|The first blossom opens|
|Amaryllis almost fully opened|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|snow on marigolds|
|snow the rose bush|
|soft snow flaking down|
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
PT Cruiser with the miracle of my cell phone camera while we stopped off at a restaurant in Pennsylvania recently. It had a shiny spoiler, the moon window and trim all over the place that was shiny metal, including all around the wheel hubs, the running board, on the front hood and just about anywhere where there was space for some more decorative metal bits. It was parked in a "handicapped" parking space and I think there was a Vietnam Veteran sticker somewhere on the back. A guy limped out of the diner a few minutes later and got into the PT cruiser and drove off with his girlfriend with a smile on his face. I think this toy gave him a great deal of pleasure. You can probably tell I like PT Cruisers too and in fact own a couple of them myself.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Ronald Reagan national airport in DC? It's now the Terminal A building that has airlines like Jet Blue, AirTran and Frontier. It's curved front and Art Deco feel, shining white paint with gold leaf decorations evoke another and perhaps less complex time in Washington, DC.Apparently it was designed in late 1930s and opened in 1941 according to the summary history I found of the airport that is nearest to me. I'm not sure when it was named after the 40th President, Ronald Reagan, but who remembers what it was called before that?
|on RI Ave NW|
|on First St at T & RI Ave NW|
|on First St NW|
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
|Golden Asiatic lilies|
|June back garden with day lilies|
|Very loud music playing on these earphones|
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|View of Sphinx Club from bus on K Street NW|
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
|Lining up for lunch at the food truck|
|Pigeons ready to pounce|
|Interesting gnarly tree|
|View from K Street across the park|
|Pansies hanging in the balance?|
|View towards the White House over Adm Farraguts Shoulder|
|Diagonal path across Farragut Square park|
Monday, May 9, 2011
On the SE corner of Rhode Island Avenue NW and 9th Street stands this decaying building that you just know is going to get bull-dozed out of history one day. I think they are trying to sell it as it's been painted over sort of to make it look more like one building. It used to be a lot more interesting looking as it had writings and Egyptianesque paintings in bright blue and green painted on its walls. At one point a lot of people lived in the building and it was clearly a religious sect of some sort, with women in full habibs going in and out. But these days you just look at it and say to yourself "that's going to get bull dozed over" one day and a nice new block of brick front condos is going to get thrown up there that won't look a bit like this old building. I wish I had taken a photo of the mural that used to be on the side of the building that had a quote in French that said "bienvenue a Shaw, slum historique" alongside some renderings of Carter Woodson, an African American historic figure.He's the guy known as the Father of Black History, if you didn't already know that! One of his most famous quotes used to be painted on the side of the building too: "We should emphasize not Negro history but the Negro in history..." (see other view of this quote here). But this month is when I finally got to photographing this building and it's the best I could do to capture some local history.Nearby, at 1538 Ninth St NW, is the Carter Woodson home, where there will be the 135th Birthday Anniversary Celebration on December 18, 2011. There is little doubt that history is all around us all the time. And thanks to others for preserving the colorful quotes and images that were on the building previously!
- How many honors did Carter G Woodson earn (wiki.answers.com)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
|reading & emailing|
|ear buds in|
|blackberrying and i-tuning|
|along Massachusetts Ave NW|
This condom was hanging in the yew bush in the tree box beside the sidewalk on my way to work one morning. You just have to wonder how it got there. Did someone chuck it out of a car window? Was it pitched out from a nearby bedroom window? Was it left by some kids fooling around with dad's stuff and then tossing it? Did it blow there in the recent high wind? I really didn't spend too much time on this but it did make me wonder if the prostitute is back on the corner of First St NW and if this is something to do with her and her business.And then there was the discarded radio or tape deck appliance right near the condom. Did someone get mad and just chuck that there too? Since they were in the same tree box sidewalk area, were these items connected? Was someone cleaning out their car and thought they'd unload their private life leftovers onto the rest of us? This stuff stayed there for about two days until someone unknown picked it all up and it was gone.It's a strange world we live in and strangers all around us.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
|Pink blossoms on V St NW|
|Narcissus in Crispus Attucks Park|
|These houses look like cakes|