I have been away from blogging for the past two weeks because I have been enjoying time with my far-flung sons. I have played with my granddaughter in Florida,
visited the oldest continually inhabited town in North America,
and helped my oldest son start preparing to move. The last week, I have spent time in one of the most beautiful state parks I've ever visited (Ludington in northwest Michigan); they have miles of trails, which I hiked with my younger son and his fiance, enjoying every minutes of the beauty and solitude.
We saw a beautiful sunset over a windswept Lake Michigan.
I saw art created by an artist (Nellie Durand) I've gotten to know through the wonders of the web- what a pleasure to see it in person rather than on a computer screen!
Today we visited the city- I'd forgotten what a huge, bustling city Chicago is.
We topped off a day of walking around the city with a late lunch at Rick Bayless's Xoco restaurant- Mexican street food, unlike any I've had before. It was delicious, and the authentic hot chocolate was superb. It tasted of chocolate, not sugar!
Tomorrow night I fly home, back to the routines of work and home. It has been a wonderful two weeks, some of which I hope to incorporate into my art. And, I'll have many more pictures to share. But there you have the quick and dirty scoop on what I've been up to!