Sunday, June 03, 2007

Our Last Post from Oak Park

First of all, many thanks to Carol for sending me an emergency copy of the Kai pattern, and many thanks to all of you who offered as well. And, of course, a big round of thanks to Franklin for exploiting his sheer volume of readers to help me out. I am forever grateful. For the record, I am almost to the back neck steek now, and I'll post pictures once I kitchener the front and back together.

Meg and I spent the evening playing for the Hyde Park contra dance. It's one of our favorites, and we had a wonderful time as usual. Extra otter Martha was in town, so she joined us on fiddle, making us a fiddle duo backed by guitar. It was held in the historic Shoreland Ballroom on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Here's some silly dancers hamming it up at the head of the line.

So it's nearly 1 a.m. now, and the movers are coming at 9. It's a scary thought, since many things that should be in boxes by now aren't. I feel a bit like Niggle, though I really hope they don't haul me off to an institution for being so unprepared. It's all a bit surreal, and I don't think it's really sunk in yet that I'm leaving Oak Park.

Luckily, Angus helped me pack dishes this morning. He loves bubble wrap.

There will be a lot more pictures of the new house, but for now, I will give you a preview picture of our backyard.

Big ass lawn

There is a very good reason that the lawn isn't mowed, which I may get into another time. Just to let you know, we're not moving to the suburbs. It's actually the country. The suburb police disqualified us because they found out we have a private well and septic system.

Fare thee well, Oak Park! Until another time.


Matt said...

Something tells me i'm going to get a phone call tomorrow asking for some degree of help.... But thats fine, because you carried a piano up a flight of stairs for me!

LaurieM said...

That meadow is just crying out for a couple of sheep. And maybe an alpaca to guard them.

Lisa said...

That photo of your new back yard looks eerily like Van Gogh's painting of the park you can see at the Art Institute. (

Lanea said...

Ooh, good luck with the move.

Katie said...

Angus looks so serious in that picture! "Now listen, Fool, you have to use enough bubble wrap to make sure your plates don't break!"

Hope the move went well!


the fiddlin' fool said...

Katie, it's a good thing we used that much bubble wrap. Maybe Angus was trying to tell us that he was planning on knocking over three boxes stacked on top of each other, the highest one being a box of glasses. It went crashing to the floor with a wham last night, yet all of the glasses were unharmed.