Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thank Heavens for Water Towers!

One of my many shortcomings is that I am directionally challenged. Moving to Illinois has totally turned my internal compass upside down. I’m not sure if I’m going south or north, east or west. It doesn’t help when I am driving on a road and then the road’s name changes. In Utah I know which way I’m heading because of the mountains and when I was living in California I had several external landmarks that would aid as my directional compass. I want you to know that Illinois (and probably most of the other Midwestern states) have local landmarks that have helped me immensely. They are a city or town's water towers. These unique and special landmarks hover like a spaceship or hot air balloon over the skyline, through the tree limbs, and even housetops indicating a particular town, city or township. I have noticed that each city’s water towers are unique and special. I am posting a short slide show of Aurora’s water towers along with some of the water towers or towns that are close by Aurora. Thank heavens for water towers! To make sure I don’t get lost and find myself somewhere in Iowa, Lynn broke down and bought us a GPS. The GPS has opened my world to a whole new adventure and another way to travel through Illinois. No matter where we go we will always be able to find our way back home.

Rosemont, IL had a water tower that resembled a rose, stem and all.

(I met my nieces Cori and Kim in Rosemont a few weeks ago) Rosemont has had the most elaborate and fantastic water tower yet.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Springtime in Naperville, IL

Today was a picture perfect day! To prove our point, here are just a few of the pictures we took of Naperville's riverwalk parkway and downtown Naperville. The warm weather brought out the two and four legged animals along with our webbed footed friends. :)
Even though we are in Aurora, Naperville is a hop, skip and a jump away from us.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spring: Think Some New Thoughts

"...spring is just beginning, the robins are back, the crocus, daffodils and tulips are beginning to bloom and the leaves on the trees are just starting to emerge. New life is everywhere. Is there newness coming alive in you?

As we rake away the old leaves in the yard from last year or watch the street sweepers clean away the sand and salt of winter, take time for yourself to clean away old habits and thoughts that are keeping you from your potential. Spring forward now into the life you long to live.

Remind yourself of the dreams of your heart, write them down and start taking the small steps to bring about the major goals you desire."

Written by: Gretchen M. Stein, Ph.D.
Editor of The Sandpaper

Lynn and I are wishing you wonderful blessings and the new beginnings spring and summer offer us all.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Vacation Photos! :)

Here are some of the pictures Lynn and I took on our trips throughout the USA, Mexico, Canada, England, France & Spain. We are looking forward to more adventures in the future, but not just now!


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pictures of Aurora

Here are a few pictures of downtown Aurora. The Fox River runs through the middle of town as well as the historical district. Lynn and I live about four miles northeast of town.