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Sunday, 10 July
Had a lovely sail on the lake. Good strong wind and not a lot of power boat traffic.
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Monday, 11 July
We had a wicked storm blow through early Monday morning. The worst of it lasted less than ten minutes but in that time, many trees up and down the north shore were snapped, knocked over, blown down and ripped out of the ground. Power for 800,000 (including me) was knocked out. We were lucky and had ours restored after 18 hours. Some went without for days.
I took this shot a few hours after the storm. A 100-year-old oak tree, brought to a quick end.
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Tuesday, 12 July
JD and I played the Name Tag Game, my ingenious idea for getting her to practice writing. The week before, she'd attended a summer camp where she had to wear a name tag. I came up with the idea to have her make name tags for her "friends" and she ran with it, putting name tags on over a dozen stuffed pals. Then, we spent a few hours playing Hide and Seek with them.
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Wednesday, 13 July
Hot days call for popsicles on the back steps.
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Thursday, 14 July
Attending storefront theater, a Chicago institution. Saw Northwest Highway at The Gift Theatre. A hyper-local play set in the neighborhood where the theater is located.
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Friday, 15 July
Waiting underground for the el heading north, while a violinist serenaded us with "Ashoken Farewell."
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Saturday, 16 July
Back on the boat, floating around waiting for the wind that never came. We motored out as far as the Wilson crib and back, put up the sails for about 13 minutes and then bailed when what little wind there was died. It's amazing to be out on the lake when it's that glassy.