Monday Escape: Something Cool On A Steamy Day

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Happy Monday! A week spent off just dealing with administrative things was quite well-spent (granted, I’m an organization geek), but returning to my routine is quite soothing.

In addition to my cleaning things up on the hard drive and so forth, we also drove up to Detroit to visit my family, including my grandfather, who had major surgery recently, so of course I wished to check up on him. As everyone knows, the inability to be there for family is the worst part of living far away. He seems to be doing quite well, though, and we had a good time visiting, especially hearing my grandparents’ stories about their trips to Europe years ago. The travel bug really does run in my family!

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Columbus’ T&OC, the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station

Toledo & Ohio Central RR Station As part of my continuing effort to photograph Columbus’ architecturally significant buildings, abandoned or otherwise, I today offer you the very handsome Toledo & Ohio Central railroad station, or the T&OC, as it is called by natives. This marvellous place stands on Broad downtown—surely no one could drive by the first time without at least wanting to stop and take a closer look! This is the only remaining Columbus station, the last jewel in a crown that once held three. Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad Station, Columbus Designed by the well-regarded Columbus architecture firm of Yost & Packard (some of their buildings here), the T&OC was built in 1895 for the Toledo & Ohio Railroad. Though I know you are thinking “Asian design!” just as I did, the architects stated that it is actually based upon French and Swiss feudal architecture. Lantern Love at the Toledo & Ohio Central rail station Continue reading

Just go outside!

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“Opportunity Grasped”

I’ll be honest: I’ve got nothing for you today.

Thus your mission: Go outside. Bring nothing, a book, a cocktail, a radio, your work, your embroidery, whatever, but just…get out there to simply enjoy being enveloped in the gloriousness, the fresh air, the breeze (however warm), the birds, the grass or sand or soil beneath your feet.

Life is brief, too brief. Being able to admire and enjoy creation is one of the things that makes it worthwhile, whether it’s a picnic table at the office, your backyard patio or apartment balcony, the beach, a state park. Continue reading

Monday Escape: Apparently, this is called a “Dagmar”

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Or so a fellow classic car buff was excited to tell me, and I’ll buy it. A lifetime of loving these rolling beauties and I’d no idea!

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A very reflective dagmar on a Packard 400.

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“Dazzling”

We actually own a dagmar (though not the car to go with it just yet)—found it at the same tiny antiques shop behind which this (dagmar-less) ’55 Bel Air hid in a garage:

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The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth

…the Declaration says there is no divine right of kings, no absolute power of government. Instead, all rightful power in government derives only from the people. The Declaration makes it clear that we are born with these rights, which means that every person has equal rights.    — Alfred S. Regnery

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I am all decked out in my patriotic best (Hubby is not home, so sorry, no photos—and Ben is just all thumbs with the camera, you know), and as always on days such as this, very reflective.

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Vintage Kroger Delivery Truck

Vintage Kroger delivery truck. Pinning to this page is okay; copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images. All rights reserved.

Last week it was Velvet Ice Cream; this week it is another Ohio company, Kroger. The supermarket chain is spread far and wide, the largest in the United States (by volume) and one of the largest companies in the world; it hails from my husband’s home town of Cincinnati, so I feel as if I ought to know something about it. (By the way, Kroger sells Velvet. Local love.)

As luck would have it, this handsome old Kroger delivery truck was at the Velvet festival and though obviously about to leave, I managed to catch her just in time. Though she’s being loaded up onto an un-photogenic trailer, I’ll admit that it was rather nice to be shooting a classic automobile without having to drag my hem and roll around in the dirt to get my shots.

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