It’s Monday, and it’s almost February, and we currently going through the annual “January Thaw” here in Chicago, which means the worst is yet to come…
But for now, I will give me love and thoughts to my world. In Chicago there is a neighborhood called Humboldt Park – which houses one of my favorite places in the world… Humboldt Park :) Sadly Humboldt is also known for really terrible crime, which seems to have surged recently – and the reason it breaks my heart is because I love this place so much (and it’s not even my neighborhood!) I spent my Sunday in the area and just loved it and I can’t wait until spring and summer when the flowers will bloom, and ill pick new garden plants at Adams and Son and ride my bike to the Boathouse at the (Humboldt) Park. So this Monday, i give it to you Humboldt Park Chicago
Sally Ryan for The New York Times 9/23/08 Chicago, IL Division Street between Western and California avenues in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood is framed by large sculptures of the Puerto Rican flag. Author Saul Bellow grew up near the park, which figures into his writings.
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 10: Revelers celebrate while walking down Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 10, 2012 in New York City. The Puerto Rican Day Parade draws hundreds of thousands and was first celebrated in New York City in 1958. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
A few months ago i was reaching for my glasses and WHEW! flew right off the table onto the floor and broke in two. Ever since then I’ve been MacGyvering it back together with tape and hot glue (so cool, I know) because I had too much going on to save up for some new ones and a new eye checkup.
Luckily, I have an amazing human in my life who was willing to push me forward and help me take care of myself – I should be getting my brand new glasses in a couple of days :) So Today’s MUCH LOVE MONDAY is: Seeing Beautiful
This past week I had a very stressful move (which is a little redundant, since 99% of all moves are stressful) but for real… I am so glad it’s over.
My move is an adjustment, it’s a smaller place, new people, different set of rules, but as the days pass and I start to clean and unpack and spend time, I am really enjoying and appreciating it.
My new place is in my old neighborhood that I lived in years ago. There are some things I get to go back to, old hangouts, routes etc. But there are also a lot more new things that have really been keeping me exciting, so it feels like a new place.
Either way I had some kind people and lovely friends keep me company over the weekend to really bring down my stress level and lift my spirits. So this Much Love Monday is all about: Finding home and enjoying your space –
This week I am celebrating what a lovely time I was able to have with people I care about. Eating with friends is one of life’s biggest blessings, especially when it’s with someone you really enjoy and makes your life better :)
This week’s Much Love Monday is loving eating together <3
Large Hispanic family in kitchen preparing food
Two young women chatting, having coffee and cake, (B&W)
YEARS ago… YEARS I’m tellin ya, I used to participate in this blog thing called Much Love Monday, started by Anna from Much Love Anna. I loved it – it was so positive and really made me think about the things I was thankful for. I feel like I really need that again in my life (there is so much negativity on the internet these days. )
So I am bringing back Much Love Monday for this blog, starting with the beginning of May: May 1 2017. May Day, Beltane, Merryiest Rabbit Rabbit Day.
So on this first Much Love Monday, I love spring, Beltane flowers, festivals, fetes. Happy Monday :)
Ive been having an extra hard time drawing my most recent comic – usually i can throw down a page in less then a day, but this week’s was very emotional for me to draw so i would just sit at my drawing table and stare at the page. Yesterday was so beautiful, i wanted to be out and about but everyone was busy and I was left alone. SO INSTEAD – i rode my bike to a grassy corner of our tiny town and sat in the soft green grass until i FINISHED. My only company was Karen O. and the tree i was sitting under, shading me from the heavy sun. When I finished I layed down under the tree and closed my eyes contently – and that is why this week’s MLM is dedicated to that soft grass – couldn’t have done it without you!
Yesterday i went on a 6-mile bike ride for the first time since last summer and it was AMAZING. Im in Vermont, in the mountains, and its 40 degrees in the middle of February? Heck YES i am going to go on BIKE RIDES! IM going to keep riding too, for as long as i can
That's my baby - Miss St. Clair - lookin out over the Connecticut River on the Upper Valley Trail