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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Madison on top of Mt. Evans

My niece Madison has had juvenile diabetes since she was 18 months old. She is now 11. It's something she deals with bravely every day of her young life. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF’s largest fundraising events is the Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2007 at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Madison, her sister Sam and their mom, my sister Suzanne and will again be walking together as a team. Their team name is The Power of Three.

I would appreciate any support that you could give. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so online. Go to www.jdrf.org and under "Get Involved", click on "Donate" then "Trying to donate to support a walker" and follow the instructions from there.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Rosemary & Bob

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I'm very excited to tell you that my painting of the street corner "Piazza Sedile del Campo, Salerno" exhibited in the Rehoboth Art League‘s 69th Annual Members‘ Fine Art Exhibit sold recently. This was the first of my watercolors from Italy to be exhibited publicly. The show continues through September 9, 2007. For further information about the Rehoboth Art League, visit www.rehobothartleague.org

Back to Sullivan, Illinois

A few of Rosemary's snapshots from our trip to Sullivan to visit our daughter and see "La Cage aux Folles" in summer stock, the final production of The Little Theatre on the Square.

Big Red Cow. We just had to grab a shot of this giant red cow making its way across the interstate highway!

Colorful farm buildings near more sedate Amish farms in Sullivan

Fields of corn seemed to fill every square inch of farmland in Illinois

We woke up to the most amazing sky one day and had to run around snapping photos.

Incredible sky over Sullivan, Illinois. Believe it or not the rain only lasted a few minutes but the build up made us wonder if we were going to witness a tornado!

Colombus, Ohio

It’s pouring rain this morning as I write. It’s been raining since Sunday afternoon, a much needed drenching for this area which has been experiencing drought conditions all summer. I’m really enjoying it myself and it’s wonderful to have the windows open, as it is quite cool and lovely and listen to the sound of the rain beating down.

We recently passed through Columbus, Ohio on our way to Sullivan, Illinois to visit Jessica again and see "La Cage aux Folles" in summer stock, the final production of The Little Theatre on the Square. Our daughter is a professional stage manager and she spent her summer working in this little town in southern Illinois. The performance was wonderful and we really enjoyed meeting some of the people she worked with this summer especially Angela, her assistant stage manager and John Ramsey, one of the talented young actors who spent their summer dancing and singing their hearts out to audiences who come from quite far away to attend.

Columbus, strangely enough, was named for Christopher Columbus. This fact, which I had never really thought about before, came as a surprise to me. (I know this sounds silly, but nevertheless, there it is.) This should come as no surprise to anyone who lives there, as the likeness of Cristoforo is everywhere to be found. The plaque I photographed explains it all and I place it before you now as exhibit A. Just a few facts for you. Columbus is the capital and the largest city of Ohio. It has a population of over 712,000 people and due to its ethnic diversity and mix of urban and suburban areas it has been considered a “typical” American city, which explains why it is often used as a test market for new products. It was founded in 1812 and was apparently named 8th best large city in the U.S. to live in by Money Magazine. Who knew?

Exhibit A:

The Ohio State House

A mix of old and new.

The LeVeque Tower just left of center, is a lovely 47-story Art deco skyscraper built in 1924. Until 1977, it was Columbus’s tallest building. Apparently until then no one was allowed to build anything taller but that seems to be changing as the glass and steel crowd reaches ever higher. Until the 1960s you could take an elevator to the top for what must have been a very cool bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding area.

A replica of the Santa Maria, the largest of the three ships Columbus used to sail the ocean blue. It was surprisingly small in fact, only around 82 feet long. Amazing to think that it carried 40 men who lived and worked on it during its voyage to the new world.

Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1869

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A few shots from the beaches of Delaware

Hello from Delaware. It's a sizzling 96 degrees F (36.8 C) today with 45% humidity and we're just staying inside with the A/C on! They are predicting rain and I hear some thunder as I write, watching big clouds building outside my window. We stopped at Rehoboth Beach this morning while we were running some errands and we could tell it was going to be a hot one. We've spent a good deal of time at the beach these past few weeks, loving every minute. Even on some days that were a bit foggy. Our son Chris and his girlfriend Lisa came to visit with our granddaughter Kyla for a few days and that was a lot of fun. The waves were a little too rough for her at Rehoboth but she really loved the "quiet beach" at the Delaware Bay in Lewes.

Here are just a sampling of a few of our beach days:

We got to watch the lifeguards compete during the Lifeguard Olympics at Rehoboth Beach

Blue beach chairs on a foggy day - the beach was quite deserted on a foggy, overcast day

Bob is always happiest at the beach

Our granddaugghter Kyla having fun in the sand

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunflowers! (no, this is NOT Italy!)

Bob had to screech on the brakes when we passed this field of sunflowers on a country road in lower Delaware, not far from where we live!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

While not the log cabin Abraham Lincoln grew up in, this is actually the last home his parents lived in. His father died here in 1845. By the time they lived here, Abe was a lawyer living in Springfield but he often visited them here. We passed near this area driving back from Sullivan and couldn't resist a visit.

Views of the farm and homesite (www.lincolnlogcabin.org)

Our brief visit to Milwaukee

A few images of Milwaukee, during our brief visit earlier this summer

The harbor along Lake Michigan

Milwaukee's Public Market, downtown in the Historic Third Ward

Milwaukee street corner

The dome of the County Seat (government office) in Sullivan, Illinois - a very tiny town where Jessica is working this summer at The Little Theatre

A quick stop in Chicago

Earlier this summer we drove to Milwaukee to see our son-in-law Nick and pick up some of the boxes he and Jessica had been storing for us while we were in Italy. Jessica is stage-managing summer stock at The Little Theatre in Sullivan, Illinois and we drove down to see her too. On our way we stopped in Chicago for lunch and a walk around this really cool city. The last time we were there it was the dead of winter and we nearly froze to death. The cloudy sky was a bit foreboding but we managed to stay dry long enough to eat outside and then had to run to our car before the rain came pouring down.

A view of Chicago

Very cool sculpture you can walk under and around. The distortions are really fun.

The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 of Joliet limestone blocks quarried in Illinois and survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.