Is This a Suspended Reading Room?

Chicago is full of surprises. You can walk down a nondescript street staring at the cement sidewalk so you don’t trip, round a corner, glance up, and find yourself starting at an unusual crevice or building. I have captured many images of Chicago over the years, some …

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Super Duper Fudge

Many of us have seasonal holiday treats we make annually. Then one year, the recipe is given up in favor of another that is easier or cheaper to make, and a tempting delight is left behind. This is one such recipe. It’s easy to make, too good to not eat all of it, and too expensive to make often. This year I decided to resurrect Super Duper Fudge and share more of the wealth with family…

When Two Go In and One Comes Out

It’s been a rough year with all the difficulties and changes in the world and in the US. But this article isn’t about that. All that is just too hard to bare, yet alone adequately discuss in a light hearted blog. It’s about one thing that never changes. It’s about something we all or most…

Great Old Fashioned Mom’s Homemade Chicken Soup

Growing up Mom made the best chicken soup. If I was sick with a cold or flu, I knew what food I most wanted. Her chicken soup was fresh, flavorful, and soothing. Over the years I tried to duplicate her recipe, but was never quite satisfied with the result. And Mom always said the same…

Thwack Goes the KnickKnack

We collect these knickknacks when they are handed down to us, many times after family passes away. One such item I received after my grandfather died. It rests on my home office desk, as it has for many years. I move it from side to side, across the desk when it is in the way of whatever I am doing, and out of the path of coffee cups each morning. It, at times, also serves as …

You Called Me for This?

I recently purchased entertainment for my little dear and placed it in the front window – in spite of the fact others warned me birds would not want to feed so close to the house. It was worth a try I thought and, based more on optimism than planned logic, I placed my little dear’s mini bed on a stool near…

Eating Whole

I have a friend who does my hair every eight weeks or so. She adds highlights which adds a little bounce. On my last visit, I gasped at the dramatic difference in the way she looked since my previous visit eight weeks earlier. She was so thin comparatively. At first I was afraid something was wrong. She must have suddenly fallen ill I thought to myself. She was so thin, I was afraid to ask. Instead, she smiled and said (paraphrasing), “Do you want to know how I did it?” Yes, I said. Yes, PLEASE. She said, “I only …

Waiting for Real Spring

Weather has been teasing us lately. First came the tornadic weather. Then we had a week of pleasant skies, then a week of cold weather. Now we are back to tasting Spring. It’s so close. It’s time to start checking the status of local parks, gardens, and arboretums!

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Smoky Mountain Twist

Many years ago I visited a restaurant, a local diner, in the Smoky Mountains and experienced a delicious new take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. They served it with a cheese I didn’t care for at the time (Swiss), crumbled bits of crisp bacon, and small chopped green onions. To my surprise, it was…

To Every Thing There Is a Season

Spring is slow in the Midwest, at least compared to the coasts in my opinion. Every year I see beautiful images of flowering cherry blossoms on the East coast and flowers from the West weeks before postings of Spring arrive here. And about this same time each year, I head to my local garden store,…

Never Photograph Flowers

New photographers tend to photograph things around them. You get that new camera. You walk outside. Your eyes cast themselves at what is around you, if only to see if that paragraph you just read on how to set your aperture, shutter speed and ISO really works.

Ah ha! There it is…

Hungry Anyone?

Sometimes I try to eat healthy. I don’t always succeed, but this was one attempt – fresh strawberries with vanilla Greek yogurt, enticing me to consume the entire bowl, just lightly resting on top. Quite good for the early morning GI track.

Changing Times

It’s been a long time coming, this change. Still, letting go was difficult, full of mixed emotions. It had been in my family for years, first in the home of a dear cousin who passed away too young. She learned how to play on it. When she died, I inherited it. I too learned to…

Hello World!

This is my very first post on a new blog using a new theme and a new name. Try saying that fast three times. Whittleweb-Whittleweb-Whittleweb!