Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Tagore

Monday, February 25, 2013

I'm heading out soon for my walk
with the goal of today's photos being 
fresh and flowers, trees, churches, old houses
Wonder what I'll see?

Here's what I reaffirmed
My neighborhood has trees, flowers, homes and churches
And that why I love it.

This is what I saw today
It was a short walk
I'll capture more on another day

 Laboratory of State Air Resources

Sunday, February 24, 2013

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

 Cottage Gardens

 The color yellow and all things lemon

 Any kind of bread
French bread in France is a special treat
They just call it bread (pain)

 Country Lanes

Chunky jewelry

Friday, February 22, 2013

Is it Winter?

Took lite rail to 29th Street Station
Walked to 29th and J for 9:30 a.m.., appointment

29th Street Station Sidewalk Art

 Sign in front of Blimpie's  

The day was so perfect I walked the 2 miles to home
 Sutter's Fort

 John Sutter in front of Sutter Hospital

 Pioneer Congregational Church on L across from Sutter's Fort

 Walking up Capitol Avenue between 23rd and 28th

On the alley

  Capitol Avenue (M Street) was the premier address in late 1800's until mid-50's
The further you got from M Street in either direction the small and more modest the homes

 Back on Q Street


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beautiful Day Following a Very Stormy Day

I walked to lab today (2 miles)
Beautiful sunny day
after yesterday when it was raining so hard
I thought I was in the Midwest. It snowed in
Cameron Park (30 miles east)

On the way home after a stop at Starbucks 26th and J Street
I got my liquid energy for the day and
 could again appreciate what a
lovely neighborhood
I live in.

 St. Francis Catholic Church

 First Baptist Church
Friend Betty says,
"my first wedding was there"


 Looks like instead of hiring a brick layer, a retired church member decided to make the repairs

 Baptist don't believe in "graven images" or stained glass images I guess.
An organic look is apparently approved


 I changed my walking route today and saw this Key West style house at 23rd and N.
I'm sure I've passed by it many times, but this is the first time I've SEEN it

 Walking up Capitol Avenue from 23rd to 17th

 I don't recall what kind of church this was originally
Now it's The Center of  Praise

 This camellia is as big as the cottage

 Sidewalk stenciling for non-artistic taggers

 I like the winter shadow patterns

 I lived in this building at 21st and Capitol in 1965-1966
with Zelda and her niece, Gayla.  We didn't have bars on the windows
in those days, nor did the building have a name

 We were surrounded by funeral homes

Gormley and Sons is still in business in the same location
 I like this vintage sign
The sign's shape and font for the words,  "W.F. Gormley and Sons"
looks so cheerful
An interesting choice for a "sorry your mother died" business

 The building looks suitably somber

 Restaurant Row
 Recalling a Sunday afternoon brew and burger here with the Don, Jr., family in approximately 2001.
I've been back a few times since, once with Jackie
We'd been to the Crest Theater for the grossest movie I've ever seen
and walked the 10+ blocks to the Rubicon
I remember the movie, yikes
and the 10 blocks walk.  That's nothing now but way back then, I was huffing and puffing

 Great Garlic (S)mashed Potatoes

 Good to Know

 Back in the 70's several of these prison like "old folks"
apartment buildings were built in mid-town without any 
consideration for the flavor of  the neighborhood
I wish the city would let mural artist have a go at these
boring building

 The old and the new...all housing, those are lofts in the background

 Zacalo's Mexican restaurant
used to be a car show room in the 40's and 50's

 Paesanos where my nephew, Sean worked in his youth.
He's an arboritist now with his own successful business in Woodland


 Almost to Grocery Outlet at 17th and Capitol
It was Capitol Market when I lived nearby in the 60's

 I love the porch details


 Picket fence and lofts across the street

 Bike racks at Hot Italian


 Tried a  new product
Probably good as a 
delivery system for that yummy looking
topping with tomato and fresh basil
They don't stand alone very well