Mary Kay could not resist purchasing these asters. I hope to be able to keep them alive.
The temperature said fifty degrees and I looked in my closet for my favorite Botanic Garden jacket only to not manage finding it. I know that one of my sons was wearing it in the house the other day when he was cold and it was not in its usual place so I am guessing…
I wore my light winter jacket that actually works no matter what the temperature. Mountain Hardware makes it. I got it when I was working and travelling from place to place, it allowed me to easily go from warm weather to cold and stuff that puppy in my luggage with ease.
I guess I have given in to the weather. I actually needed the jacket. I was still wearing shorts though and despite the October-ness of it all, I still am pretty dark with a summer tan that I never attempt to get.
Stewie was a great dog yesterday. We were gone from around 3:00 PM until 11:00 or so, having gone downtown to meet with our good friends, Jack and Carolyn, and having a bit to eat before going to the Chicago Symphony with them. Despite it all, he went without dinner and behaved like a trooper. He has been really good of late, perhaps I should not say this, but I even had him in the front yard with me and he stayed with me despite the dogs and humans walking by. I am hoping that he will adjust to being like his predecessor and only stay in our yard.
Traffic on Friday night was really bad, from entry into Chicago to even leaving after the Symphony was done. We took Lake Shore Drive in, which is usually pretty smooth, but it was not. We had allotted a lot of time so that was not at issue. Even departure was a bit slow as we accessed the highway going west. That always seems odd to me since we live north of the city but the highway is mainly an east-west one (I94). It was a little scary as several drivers on the Express Lanes were not going the proper speed, they were driving very slowly and refusing to move over. That almost caused accidents.
Dinner was at Tesori, right next to Symphony Hall. We had a delightful dinner with wine, good friends, and conversation. It was wonderful to have dinner and walk through a door into the Concert Facililty. The music was Beethoven, Mozart, Hindemith, and Prokofieff. I must admit that I would order my enjoyment in the following order: Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofieff, and then Hindemith. I do not recall ever hearing the music we heard from Prokofieff or Hindemith, but it was wonderful getting to experience them.
All in all, a wonderful evening. All this was preceded by a finishing up of the windows as MK and I attacked the main level of the house. I found it to be tough since some of the windows had a gooey substance on them. I then put away a hose or two and cut down the hosta. Transition is moving well as little by little we get prepared for winter. Saturday is a theatre day in the city and then dinner with friends. I am hoping to accomplish a few things outside, once again, as we slowly batten down those hatches for the coming cold.