Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Fall offers a magnificent display of colors as the trees start preparing for winter. Last night we had a frost making the vibrant colors in the trees quickly fade. The steady winds blow through the tops of the trees making the leaves fall, streaming towards the ground. Tonight offers a bright blue sky, temperatures are cool but not cold, and our desire to squeeze in as many rides as we can get in the convertible before the car goes into storage.
Sit back, put on your seat belt, turn on the car heater, and enjoy the quietness and beauty of the farmlands near where we live. After the ride we will stop along the way and grab a hot bowl of potato cheese soup. Enjoy and thanks for coming along.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I think my mowing time will be cut by 100% because I will not be able to get him off of the machine, which might not be such a bad idea. I did get a chance to try out the mower but had some difficulty when I tried to initiate turns. Screaming in fear did not help the mower go where I wanted it to go, definitely felt like the mower was in charge. Didn't Stephen King write a book about this? No, I remember now the story he wrote was about was a car named Christine.
Friday, October 26, 2007
She is growing so fast, picking up new words each day, and is such a delight to be with.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Cyndi went inside to check us in, then came back to the van mentioning that there was a slight problem at the hotel today. When checking in she was told at the front desk that the air conditioning for the hotel was out of service and wasn't expected to be fixed until that night or the next day. We were offered two options: (1) Staying at the Latham at a lower rate, or (2) reservations at another hotel could be made and we could stay there. With rush-hour rapidly approaching and not knowing where the other hotel might be, we decided to stay at the Latham. After all, three out of the four of us grew up not having air conditioning and figured one night wouldn't be a problem. Oh how wrong we all were! The windows in our rooms opened but only let in not cooler fresh night air but hot, humid, stuffy air, and street noise. The temperature of our room that night was 86 degrees; poor Cyndi and Danilo's room was even hotter. They called down to the front desk, requesting a room change, in the wee hours of the morning when the temperature in their room reached up into the mid 90's. Their request was granted and they spent the rest of the night in a room with a much cooler temperature -- in the mid 80's. I always have said that everything in life is a learning experience: lesson learned.
We all meet in the morning for breakfast and shared with each other our horror stories of last night's stay in the oven rooms. After having breakfast it was time to head out into the city of brotherly love (not sure why it is called this) and see some sights.
Quaker Meeting House
We saw all of the main historical sites that we had planned on visiting. At the end of day two it was time to pick up the van at the parking garage and start driving to our next destination, DC. Heading out of town, I looked back at the city and, thinking about our visit back in history, knew that I wanted to come back again.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the world's most prominent and influential architects and to this day he remains America's most famous architect and a favorite of Danilo's. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural career spanned seventy-five years. By the time he died, he had created 1,141 designs, of which 532 were completed. Fifty years after his death, Frank Lloyd Wright continues to be recognized as the greatest architect of the Twentieth Century.
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House, located in Oberlin, Ohio, is a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House designed in 1948 and completed in 1950. It sits well back from the street on a three-acre lot. While the home was being built, design changes and problems increased the budget from $15,000 to over $50,000. This was the first of nine Usonian homes to be built in Ohio and has all of the typical features of the Usonian style: a flowing floor plan with distinct public and private wings; concrete, grid patterned slab floor with radiant heat; flat roof and cantilevered carport; masonry fireplace; board and batten walls with simple built-in furniture; and tall glass walls; and doors opening to the landscape.
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House has several distinctive features, including the hundreds of stained croquet balls forming the roof. It is the only Usonian built outside California that used redwood in its construction.
The Weltzheimer family lived in the house until 1963, when the property was sold to developers. In 1968, Art History Professor Ellen H. Johnson purchased the home and began restoring the house. When she died in 1992 the house was given to Oberlin College to serve as a guest house for the Art Department and the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Knowing that the house was open to the public, we stopped a local person and asked for directions. The smiles on our faces soon faded as we were told that the house was closed today as tours were not given on Mondays. She did suggest that we drive over and we could walk around outside and peek in the windows. This news was little disappointing, OK really disappointing--so close and yet so far--but we decided that if we couldn't get inside we would settle for a walk around the property, and headed to the house. I let everyone out at the street and we were all awed as we looked at the beautiful house positioned at the back of the lot. I drove the van around the block and parked in the driveway and waited for the gang to catch up to me.
While parking in the driveway I noticed that a car was there and wondered if I was at the right place or sitting in someone's private driveway. A short time passed and I saw my three traveling buddies walking up toward the house. With big smiles on our faces we stood outside of the house and started taking pictures. After taking pictures outside and walking around awhile I decided to knock on the door, thinking that the owner of the parked car might be inside. As luck would have it the curator was inside showing the house to a man from Texas who had scheduled this visit with the curator. She graciously invited us in! We put special coverings over our shoes to protect the floors and were invited to have free run of the house, taking pictures of anything we wanted, visiting all rooms, and when we were done, she said, she would answer any questions we might have. It doesn't get anybetter than this!
The L-shaped home features an open main living/dining area separated from an adjoining kitchen by narrow brick pillars.
Three small bedrooms and a corner studio are accessed from a gallery hallway.
Standing in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.
Sitting in one of the three bedrooms in the house.
Looking into a mirror in the master bedroom; notice the built-in dresser on the wall.
Cyndi and Danilo in the master bedroom.
My family and I want to give a special thank you to Palli Davis, curator of the Weltzheimer/Johnson House in Oberlin, OH, for letting us visit the Frank Lloyd House. Never in a hurry for us to leave, she answered all of our questions and offered information on where we might visit other homes. Knowing we needed to leave this beautiful home, we slowly walked out, hardly believing that the last few hours were spent in a home we didn't think we would get to see. In our appreciation a donation was made by both of our families; this goes to the preservation of the house.
For those who are interested in a visit or would like to make a donation, the Weltzheimer/Johnson House holds a public 'Open House' on the first and third Sundays of each month, from 12 pm until 5 pm. It is closed on major holidays-New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Christmas.
Admission is $5.00 per person. For further information, program dates, or to schedule a tour, call 1-440.775.5999 or email Palli Davis Holubar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit web site: http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/flwright.html
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Cara dancing with Grandpa and the bride
That evening our family headed to one of our favorite restaurants for my birthday celebration. Cara enjoyed being taller than me and had so much fun tapping the top of my head.
The following day Cyndi, Danilo, Ameridad, and I headed east for a week-long vacation. The last vacation the four of us were on was when we visited Italy two years ago. Danilo was a great travel host and now it was our turn to show him a little of our country and history. Before we left on our trip we met Scott, Emily, and Cara for breakfast.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
One of Cara's favorite things to do is look at pictures of babies. She knows that grandpa's computer has a lot of pictures of babies, not too surprisingly they all look like Cara.
While sitting on grandpa's lap checking things out she must have decided that it was time to change the wallpaper on the computer. Without grandpa realising it his settings were changed and a new picture appeared on the computer screen. Somehow Cara managed to hit all of the right keys in the right order changing the settings to make this happen.
Original wallpaper photo, picture taken in Chicago the end of July.New wallpaper photo, picture taken in Carasburg in September.
Now some of you might think that this was just a random act of hitting keys, but as her grandparents we know that she knew exactly what she was doing. What a smart little girl!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
It is such a delight to watch her grow, explore, and learn new things each day. We are so fortunate that she and her folks are a car ride away from our home and we can visit often. Every time we see her she is doing something new. Wonder what she will be doing new next time we see her?
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I am so honored that with four grandparents in her life that I was the first one to be called grandma. I can hardly wait to hear her call me again and also have her call her other grandparents.