Monday, September 14, 2020

The Body of Nilla Vanilla Wafers


One of the few things that I have left from my folks is my Mom's silver candy dish (I called it a chalice).  And I'm not sure it's silver - plated, or just stainless steel.  Anyway, it has pride of place in my lair.

One of the reasons that I keep it is for this particular childhood memory.  Enjoy the sharing.

I grew up Catholic.  And like any good Catholic mom, mine probably dreamed of me being a priest.  She made me a vestment out of an old bath towel (basically a terrycloth poncho) and let me use this chalice as a...well...chalice.  So in went the Nilla Vanilla wafers and I said "Mass".  It was easier back then since the Mass was in Latin and I just mumbled a few unintelligible words, lifted up the chalice and that was that.

However, I'll always regret drafting the kids who lived next door into receiving "communion." For they were, after all, Baptists.  I think they humored me for the Nilla Vanilla wafers.

Which makes me think that the Pope should just change to Nilla Wafers.  And milk instead of wine.  I'll shoot him an email in the morning.  

World Famous Frazier Studio
Elgin, Illinois

September 12, 2020

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Chevrolet Fire Engine

Dayton, Illinois 41.384605, -88.793102
August 26, 2020

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Daisies Worship the Goddess

 

Lower Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855368, -88.154613

July 10, 2020

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ansel is Unhappy

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Ansel likes to "hide" on top of the cabinets in the laundry room.  I've never seen him get up or get down, but it's a pretty long jump.  I'm always impressed by his leaping ability.

Yesterday, I was doing laundry and looked up to see him looking at me with what can anthropomorphically be  described as a forlorn expression.  I wondered what the problem was.  Then I realized that I had piled baskets on his landing pad.

I moved them, but not before I took a few pictures.

The Frazier Castle
Elgin, Illinois 

September 4, 2020

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Monday, September 7, 2020

I'm doing a webinar for the Wheaton Public Library


Take Great Photos with Any Camera    
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Whether using an expensive SLR or a cell phone, learn tips you can immediately apply to take better pictures. Cantigny Park volunteer photographer Jim Frazier will coach you in how to improve your compositions and take advantage of the best light for your subject.

Life Finds a Way

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This abandoned railroad car was probably converted to an office or dormitory for track workers a really LONG time ago (it's on a concrete foundation).  And then it was eventually abandoned.  It's now appears to be a squat for...urban campers.  Alas, they are not particularly creative when it comes to graffiti.

I looked it up on the web and there are a couple of videos and pictures.  The car has been really overgrown even in the last few years.  Life does indeed find a way.

Peru, Illinois 41.327294, -89.106071

August 26, 2020

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My Little Teapot

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World Famous Frazier Studio
Elgin, Illinois
June 8, 2020

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Honeysuckle

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Upper Display Garden
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois 41.855321, -88.154966

August 6, 2020

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Allium 'Millennium'

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Ornamental Onion
Visitor Center Area
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855022, -88.155712

August 6, 2020

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Cantigny Sunflowers!

Lower Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855522, -88.154622
August 24, 2020

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