Between EvanstonMade and preparing for the pop up and gearing up for August’s events, my art life has been quite busy.
Nonetheless, I do make sureÂ to stop and smell the flowers, observe butterflies, and stroll in nature.
I blog outdoors when I can to soak up the sun.
Here are some of the snapshots of my downtime in the past few months.
The grocery store’s passion flowers are a special memento of the person who first introduced me to this flower.
I stroll around the neighborhood and love looking at the indoor and outdoor bunnies.
The new Taco Place is plotting its grand opening.
I noticed this lovely little lending library that is twinning on the big house it belongs to.
I danced in the Custer Fair’s flashmob in June.
Then I cheered on my Hip Circle friends during their World Arts and Culture Fair performance.
The Collage Cafe continues to host workshops in the new space, and our last Grown*UP Girls project was weaving paper strips that we shared amongst each other after painting them.
I spotted a yellow butterfly on the way home recently.
Someone in the neighborhood has a Clueless license plate.
I splurged on an empowering movie on a half price Tuesday.
Angel frolicked in the Merrick Rose Garden last weekend.
When I am weary of the walking and doing, I spend reading on the sofa. Angel’s geneaology is fascinating.
It is a thrill to see monarchs take advantage of all the milkweed patches both the city and Evanston gardeners have planted.
They are not as abundant as a few summers ago, but spotting butterflies of any kind gives me hope that we aren’t killing them off just yet.
I hope we can reverse the damage humanity has done to nature.
I continue to monitor my outdoor dragonfly, and I think it is safe to keep my stakes in the garden.
Meanwhile, there are still a few other things I want to do.
- Walk the Openlands Long trail (I found the short trailhead but couldnâ€™t tell where the long path merged, so I will be using the southern entrance next time)
- Watch Despicable Me 3 on a half-price Tuesday
- Find trailmaps for Harms Woods so I can return there again
- A cabin retreat to write (2 night stay-the pop up opening had me postpone my July 19 trip)
- View Takashi Murakami at MSA (I have until September 24)
What’s on your summer bucket list?