So we got some snow. You might have heard.
Dale got out of work early on Tuesday and had Wednesday off–as did most of Chicagoland. Even our local Starbucks was closed.
A fella pushes into the wind. With my old building in the background. What a dump that building is!
So we went on a little adventure on Wednesday afternoon once the storm had died down.
- A lovely Victorian around the corner from our house.
My favorite house on Kennilworth.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Knee-deep in snow at Austin Gardens…
He took quite a few photos so if you’d like to see the rest click here.
I started volunteering at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park this summer. It was quite the intensive training process but all I’ve got is time, right? Anyway, at the end of the summer they throw a party for volunteers and I got my graduation certificate. And now I volunteer to give home and neighborhood tours one day a month.
Let me know if you want to take my tour!
Very creepy thing happened today and since I can’t stop thinking about it, figured I’d share…
Dale was taking some laundry out on our back porch when he found our neighbor and a police officer on the neighbor’s porch (it’s all connected). So he stopped and realized that our neighbor had been burglarized! Scary! And we also realized the screen to our bedroom window was pushed up…
Dale noticed that we had two strange marks on our door frame. It appears a dastardly burglar attempted to wedge a screwdriver into our lock to pop the door open! The burglar pushed the screwdriver (allegedly, heh
) in the space between the door and the frame and gouged the weather seal, as well as the wood on both the door and the frame.
The small, blurry divots show where the thief attempted to pop the door open!
On the outside of the window was a big hand print! The burglar likely pushed up our bedroom screen and then tried to push the window itself up. The outside window is very dirty (oops). The officer attempted to get prints off the window but he said it was more likely that the thief lifted dirt off the window as opposed to left prints behind. I took this photo from inside the house with my flash on the camera to show the dirt/smudge marks. It WIGGED me out. Go away creepy thief!
Anyway, we’re VERY thankful the criminal did not make his way into our little home–and that I’m paranoid enough to keep windows locked (side effect of growing up in Flint, Michigan). Had the window been unlocked it would have been easy for the thief to get in–and our kitty cats to get outside! I’d be deeply upset if someone broke into our home but I would deranged if my baby kitties were roaming the streets due to some asshat that can’t make his own way in the world without trying to take our stuff! That said, we’re also very sad for our nice neighbor. The dirty thief broke the window out of his backdoor (we have a windowless back door) and made off with some money and his son’s X-Box. Boo! Hiss! I hate thieves!
To scrub that disturbing hand print image out of my head, I will close with this adorable picture of Monty snuggling on the sofa…safe and sound!
And don’t worry about us! Crime in our neighborhood is actually very, very low! All of the crime for the ENTIRE city in the month of September can be found on this map. And we didn’t have a single crime on our block last month. So while we are freaked out about this, we know it’s an unusual occurrence. We’re just going to be extra vigilant about locking doors and windows.
And Dale is considering high-tech safety options, of course.
We don’t like to admit but we are creatures of habit…
and we habitually visit these places!
This is the cafe at Borders, just around the block from our apartment. We usually stop in here on the weekends, have a coffee, and browse some magazines and books before finally buying a Buffy comic book, a photography magazine, and something the Martha Stewart magazines family.
This is the bar at one of our favorite restaurants, Cucina Paradiso
. They suffered a fire last year but are now back and better than ever! If you come visit, we’ll likely take you here (or if you’ve already visited you might have already been here).