Give Me Freedom to Roam Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday so here are the Hodgepodge questions for this week. Thank you to Jo From This Side of the Pond!

1. What do you wish you’d done more of last year?

More meditating on God’s Word, the Bible. Remembering what the Lord has done for us.

Less of? 

Less watching of mindless TV.

2. What’s the tallest building you’ve ever been in?
The Sears Tower was the tallest. The photo at the top of this post is of some of the Chicago skyline.
The Sears Tower is now the Willis Tower. Other tall buildings I’ve been in: Empire State Building, The Space Needle, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Statue of Liberty.
Do you have a fear of heights
No but I do have a fear of edges. Edges of cliffs, open edges on winding mountain roads.  A nice handrail or some sort of barrier between me and the edge is always comforting to me.
3. Do you have a word for the year? Elaborate if you’d like to elaborate. 
No word for the year as of yet and don’t know if I’ll choose one. I was considering Perseverance.
4. January 11 is National Milk Day…are you a milk drinker? What kind? Your favorite recipe that calls for milk (cereal doesn’t count)? 

I like milk but milk doesn’t like me. I can enjoy it in moderation. Give me whole or 2% please. Our family favorite, Swedish Pancakes, calls for milk.

5. What excites you most about the future?

That the Lord will return to gather us up to be with Him.

Seeing our grandchildren grow.

What do you miss about the past? 

Freedom to travel without masks and restrictions and having all the resources of travel available like open restaurants and attractions.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of watching our grandchildren grow. I will cherish all the moments like this one.

Thank you for visiting, fellow hodgpodgers and friends, you make me smile.


…along the Chicago River.

So many of you recommended this cruise and I found myself on an almost empty boat to make the voyage. We started just east of Michigan Ave.

The tall building on the left is the Trump International Hotel and Tower. It is the tallest structurally all-concrete building in the world.

We went under 21 bridges on the cruise.

This is Marina City, highly innovative when they were completed in the 1960’s by Bertrand Goldberg.

See how the corner of this building really isn’t a corner. This type of construction yields 4 corner offices instead of just 2 bringing in more revenue. Wouldn’t you prefer a corner office? I would if I didn’t have to pay for it.

The brochure says that this is 333 West Wacker Dr. Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Chicago debut and that it is a good example of contextualism, with a curved, shimmering, green-tinted facade flowing in harmony with the river’s hue.

The center building in this photo is now called the Willis Tower. It used to be called the Sears Tower. It was the world’s tallest building for 24 years.

A three-story art deco statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture (particularly grain), caps the Chicago Board of Trade Building which has been given a National Historic Landmark designation. Here’s the full building way at the end of this street.

Here’s what a full boat looks like. I was happy to be on our boat with only about 10 other people.

The building on the right with 2 parts, one shorter and the other tall is the Boeing Headquarters.

This is the Centennial Fountain on the North bank of the Chicago River. Every hour, for ten minutes, the fountain shoots a massive water arc across the river from a modernist tiered waterfall.

The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. It is 140 Ft. high.

This center building is called Aqua. It was designed by and it is the tallest building the the U.S. designed by a woman. It has unique wave like balconies. The next photo is a view of the building looking up at it.

There is still so much to show from Chicago. Tiffany glass dome, the Art Museum, Graceland Cemetery oh my!

We are on our second day of sunshine here in the Seattle area. People are smiling everywhere I go. Yesterday after church we were able to get all our yard work done so now we can enjoy the weather. I’m still taking in everything we heard at our conference on the weekend. One theme that was woven through the talks by the 3 major speakers was the pure undiluted Gospel. So refreshing…