Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), Feeding the Ducks, c. 1895, Drypoint and aquatint, with monotype inking, in color on cream laid paper
Spring finally reared its head in Milwaukee this weekend, and the city was out in fully force. The new apartment is steps away from both Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, which runs along Downtown’s Milwaukee River, and the Hank Aaron State Trail, which though 10 miles in total, is also a perfect shortcut from our apartment to the city’s Lakefront. I love that despite the fact that we’re in the middle of the city, we can still catch a glimpse of our agrarian neighbors. This week’s sighting, the most delicate, Cassatt-worthy duck’s nest, right on the river boardwalk.
Émile Bernard (French, 1868–1941), Iron Bridges at Asnières, 1887, Oil on canvas
It’s been three weeks since the big move, and the new apartment is starting to feel like home. We’ve made the compulsory ‘new apartment Ikea expedition’, have nailed down the best local take-out restaurants, and are unpacking those last few neglected boxes. Bernard’s painting, Iron Bridges at Asnières, reminds me a great deal of our new neighborhood, industrial yet tranquil. This Sunday we spent the morning exploring the area, with a stroll along the river, through Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, and a little grocery shopping at the Milwaukee Public Market. The Public Market hosts a selection of independent merchants with artisan and ethnic products, where the husband and I picked up some dinner staples for the week, along with a little inspiration (goat cheese & asparagus stuffed chicken breast? yes, please.) I think we have a new Sunday tradition in the making.
We finally saw our first flurries of snow, on our ride home from the husband’s office Holiday party last night. It is officially beginning to feel like the holidays!
Rockwell Kent, Snow laden pines, 1950, Gouache on board
Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, 1848-1884)
The Acorn and the Pumpkin, 1881
Watercolor on ivory wove card
How on earth did October sneak by so quickly? Happy Halloween all!
Fog on the Chesapeake Bay, 1979
Ink and pastel with fixative on paper
I enjoyed a befittingly ghostly October run this evening. Four days and counting until the big Lakefront Discovery Run, 15k! I’ve made an attempt at training for the past few weeks, but my race day goal is simply a graceful finish!
Feel free to share, all you runners out there, if you have any race day advice, for before, during or after the run!
- 15k (goodoldmodern.com)
- Reflecting on my first half marathon (fitgirlhappygirl.com)
- Best T Shirt Ever (karinconway.wordpress.com)