Monday, May 28, 2007

Time for Rejuvenation

And I'm not talking about light fixtures this time! This Memorial Weekend was just a little different from last year. If anyone recalls, last year we spent Memorial Weekend removing all the trim from the 2nd floor. Such began the story of the wood pile...

Steve and I went to Galena, which is a nice historic small town in Jo Davies County in Illinois. It's about a three hour drive from Chicago. Unlike most of Illinois, it's quite hilly and has lovely countryside.

We went canoeing, horseback riding, had massages, went antiquing and had some nice dinners out.

Of course, we had to check out the local architecture. Here is me in front of the oldest home in Galena. In Chicago, we have virtually no buildings this old because of the fire. Most of the homes were on the smaller size, but very charming nonetheless.

I really really love old ironwork.
Here you see the native and wild phlox, which was flowering everywhere and smelled beautiful. I wish I had taken photos of some of the gardens because there are some really great flower gardeners in Galena.

Unlike last year, we weren't working on the house, but I can assure you, we aren't going anywhere in that regard.

I'll be posting soon on the Front Door Re-Painting and the awnings.

Also, I keep noticing that the solid oak stairs to the basement have only one or two layers of paint on them. It is tempting me to relieve them of this brown paint. You know what they say about us strippers don't you? It's really hard to stop once you start on that road.


Peg-woolinmysoup said...

What a great weekend you had, and we all need breaks like that once in a while or more often!
We are in the process of painting our house and, of course, that will include the front door. Our house is only 30 years old, but even at that we need to replace one of the windows. We get lots of rain here in Winter (Vancouver Island) and this window is behind a large shrub and gets very little wind and sun, but lots of rain! Oh well, it seems when you do anything on a home, old or new, that the "while we are at it" mode kicks in and the job grows!!

merideth said...

good job you...i'm a huge fan of taking breaks...looks like y'all had a lovely and relaxing time...

Mindy said...

Niiicccceee..... that looks like a really lovely town. And how cute are you? ;)

Thank you so much for the newspaper article - you're right, that house is very similar to ours. Right down to the color and trim. Thanks for the inspiration! said...

A vacation. Sounds good to me! Id never heard of Galena before. I have some relatives in a small town about 50 miles south of there called Morrison, IL and they said its a great lil city. If I ever get a chance to visit my cousins, I'll make sure to stop in Galena. Thanks for the tip!