It's been two weeks since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry.
Wait, wait, wait . . . that's not what I'm trying to say. Those aren't even the right lyrics to the song. I got distracted again.
My point was this: I have yet again abandoned this site for real living. Not reporting on living but actually doing it. A lot of it. So much living, in fact, that I'm reduced to summing it up in pictures and bullets . . .
- I saw the play Outlying Islands with our Culture Club (a.k.a. my bestie Leslie). It was okay. Heavy on metaphor with an odd ending we've not been able to understand since viewing it. That said, I'm glad we were adventurous and saw something that doesn't often make the St. Louis theater circuit, like say A Doll's House or The Importance of Being Ernest.
- I toured the first Frank Lloyd Wright house built in Missouri with ttmac and The Carpenter. My favorite period in American history and my favorite style of architecture is Arts and Crafts. I love the aesthetic, I love the philosophy and, as such, I love Frank Lloyd Wright. Yes, he was difficult. Yes, he was foolish with money and women. But damn that man knew how to design amazingly beautiful structures. The house we saw is a Usonian built for a local man and his wife. There are only TWO right angles in the entire house! Wright designed the house using only equilateral parallelograms and hexagons, EVEN IN THE DRAWERS:
The guest bed.
The dining/living area.
All of the 60/120 degree angles throughout the house give it a sense of motion, almost like you're on a ship:
All of the interior lines continue to the exterior, AND THEY ALL LINE UP.
I could go on for days about this house. This topic probably should have been its own post but who knows when I'll be back here. Just one more picture, because I was mesmerized by this roof line:
Do you see how far that sharp, sharp roof line juts out, creating the sense of motion?
Take a closer look: THERE ARE NO EXTERNAL SUPPORTS! None. It's all done with framing. FLW tickles my brain.
- I visited my High School Bestie and her two boys, went to my first estate auction, and had coffee with cows:
- I was awed by sunsets like this:
- I made sure to look up when I took walks:
- I built a Kat Phort and filled it with catnip:
- I had a night out on the town with the girls that, for a couple days, made me regret nights out on the town with the girls:
- And I gardened. Oh boy, have I done some gardening. Since we last discussed the garden I've re-vamped almost every inch of it. I installed new solar lights along the walk, I thinned and transplanted hostas to create the border of the new bed, I moved almost every plant that already existed, I gave away a bunch of plants and added some new (more interesting) plants, I rearranged the patio furniture, I tended the seedlings . . .
- This is what success looks like.
- . . . I started potting the containers . . .
This is what "welcome to my home" looks like.
. . . and I added some new architectural features like this one:
Now I just need to find some whimsical fairy statues to sprinkle around the beds. More shopping! Yay!
And finally . . . it's been about a month since I published the "Early Spring" photo overview of the garden so let's do our first comparison:
April 6, 2010
May 1, 2010
This is what progress looks like.
One more week and the whole place is going to EXPLODE in blooms. You should come over. We'll make a fire in the fire pit and talk about how awesome I am at creating beautiful spaces. Fine. We can talk about you, too. Sheesh.