Thursday Doors – Home Again

Following our return from our Glacier Nat’l Park trip, we had a few days back home to unpack, reacquaint ourselves with our kitties, do laundry, etc. etc. etc. Then we did a quick repack and headed to northern Illinois for my sister’s retirement party! She was always the SMART one… she is retiring with 2 pensions!! When I asked her what she was planning to do in retirement, she replied. “Art!” Just awesome, I would say.

After the party, we drove to Starved Rock State Park where The Mrs had made an overnight reservation for us in a cabin. We have stayed there a few times in the past, both in a cabin and in the Main Lodge. We have enjoyed our visits there, and of course, an old CCC constructed lodge is cool all in all. The cabin we stayed in turned out to be the exact same one we had stayed in previously in 2016 (and I posted the door from outside in Thursday Doors back then). Here is the door from INSIDE this time.

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The entryway doors to the Lodge always impress me. These are to the lodging check-in  foyer…

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Parked outside this entry way was another stunning door…

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Thursday Doors happens every week, on Thursday (some kinda conspiracy it seems to me.) To see what doors are in store now & evermore, just go visit Norm 2.0 HERE!!!!!

Another case of… Water-Dooring!!

It is Thursday, and I am actually going to post my Thursday Doors on a Thursday this week! Awesome, right?!

The Background…. We launched The Mrs’s pontoon boat this week! I had to buy a new battery for it first, but everything else was ready to go (for the most part). So we took a nice putt-putt around our end of the lake, into a couple coves, and I snapped a few pictures of doors that are only visible from the water. Hence, Water-Dooring!

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Log Boat Cabin – It’s a Two-fer!!

 

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Cute, but has seen Better Days….
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The Blue Heron House… See the visiting Goose (from Canada no less)?
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A 4-fer?? or Quad-fer????

My Hilu ended up in the rip rap at this house the time I fell off and the Hilu sailed away all by herself…

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We decided the white gourd thingies are also Purple Martin Houses…
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These don’t count as doors, I assume…

Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-enlightened souls (even if we are water-logged) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

Thursday Doors – Chatham Railway Station

Yikes…! It’s Saturday already, not Thursday? Blame it on retired-timekeeping…

This week I am featuring the doors of the old Railway Station located in Chatham, Illinois. Railroad construction and travel were becoming quite significant in the state of Illinois by the mid-19th century. Roads were dirt and became impassably muddy ruts during the rainy seasons of Spring and Autumn. Railroads provided reliable passage all year long. The original station was built in 1852 a short distance from the current station house, and the first passenger train passed through Chatham on September 9, 1852. The route was from Springfield to Alton. The original station house burned down in 1902, and the current one quickly went up that same year. This rail-line would eventually carry passengers and freight trains from Chicago to St. Louis and Kansas City. The station was finally closed in 1972. It was restored to its present condition in 1991. It serves now as the Chatham Railroad Museum.

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Street side door
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North end of the station and Time Capsule
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Time Capsule
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West (street) side – 3 doors!
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1902 photo of rail-side station

In the early 1900’s, 12 daily passenger trains passed through Chatham, with 2 each direction stopping at this station a day.

Finally, I was able to get a couple pictures of the interior through the windows (the Museum is not open during the week).

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Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-enlightened souls (even the railroad loving kind) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

Want more info about the station?

This is a good source: Chatham Railroad History

JAWRD – Just Another Water Related Door

Last Thursday I posted a couple pictures of a boat house on Lake Springfield, Illinois from the lakeside perspective. This week I stumbled across another water-related door. It is the entry door to a small little brick building on the north side of Springfield, IL. The signage above the door reads, “Village of Riverton Water Pumping Station”. The little building is in a sad state of disrepair, what with broken windows, and the door does not appear to be capable of closing anymore. I can relate some days! Hang in there, Buddy!!

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As always…Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button at Norm 2.0 .  Look for this guy at the bottom of Norm’s page

 

UPDATE: March 31, 2017

I drove back out to the location of this little building with my digital camera to get a good picture of the door…. hope you enjoy it!!! kev

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Thursday Doors-Water Side

This past Sunday afternoon, The Mrs & I took advantage of the incredibly warm weather and launched the kayak! Neither one of us had ever kayaked in February before! We did not go very far, being our first time since last fall that we were on the water and the affected muscles involved are not tuned up yet. We paddled to the first cove north of us then went back to the first cove south of us, and stopped at my Mother-In-Law’s house and peeked in the windows (she was not home at the time)…

My door(s) this week is on a boat house situated in the cove north of us. The right side door is mostly bust-i-cated, but a small remnant still sits in the upper right hand corner.

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What more can I say, except – Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button at Norm 2.0 .  Look for this guy at the bottom of Norm’s page 

Hope’s Happy Birthday

I have been silent for over a week now, both on my blog and in my “real life”… I have been laid low with what I thought at first was just a cold, but it quickly transmogrified  into the flu. Blahhhhh… I did get my flu shot, so I am certain that is why I got the flu, right?  😉

That said, just a couple days ago, The Mrs posted Her Movie on YouTube! It is a real live indie feature length movie that she wrote, directed, starred in, edited, copyrighted, and released. It is titled,

HOPE’S HAPPY BIRTHDAY

You can also read more about the film at the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) HERE

The movie was filmed in Illinois (Springfield area) and Texas (Austin area).

I was going to do a summary , etc, but am still not feeling well, and just want to nap… maybe when i feel better…

Thursday Doors – Spencer House Barn

The building known as “The Spencer House” is situated on the northeast corner of the campus of the University of Illinois – Springfield. The Spencer House served as the home of the university presidents in days of old, later serving as the offices of the Campus Alumni Association. Before the State of Illinois took possession of the land in 1969, the property was a 465 acre farm belonging to the McClelland family. The original McClelland home on the farm was a walnut 2 room, 2 story log cabin, built in 1836. The log cabin was eventually expanded to a total of 8 rooms, 4 downstairs and 4 up. This home was torn down to be replaced by the Spencer House.

My doors today are the three doors on the McClelland barn (the doors on the Spencer House are plain and boring modern jobbers…).

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West side of barn.

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South side of barn.

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East side of barn.

One final historical note…one of the McClelland nephews, Thomas McClelland, was a volunteer in Company C, 114th Illinois Infantry, during the American Civil War. He was captured at the the battle of Guntown, Mississippi, on June 11, 1864, and spent four months in Andersonville prison, where starvation reduced him from 160 to 100 pounds.  If you read my previous post, you might recall that I am a private in the Reactivated 114th Illinois Infantry… And I am not on starvation rations and weigh above 100 pounds.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 for more doors and details.

Thursday Doors – Strawbridge House

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The Strawbridge-Shepherd House is situated on the southern edge of the University of Illinois -Springfield. Originally built in 1845, the house was listed on the National Park Service  National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

This first picture shows the original 1840’s Greek Revival building. A Queen Anne styled addition was added to the rear of the house around 1865. More about the house HERE

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This next photo shows a couple tents of the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry as viewed from inside the house during Old Settler Days on the grounds of the Strawbridge-Shepherd House.

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I need to point out that the only soldier without stripes on his sleeves is visible to the right. I am usually very well supervised!! (…and closely watched!)

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 for more doors and details.

 

Lapsang Souchong… oh YEAH!!!

It has been described as:

  • A campfire in your cup! This remarkable tea has a crisp character with the heady aroma of pine and oak wood fire.
  • The Tea of Mystery – The entrancing, smoky character of this tea is achieved by an elaborate process. The hand-picked leaves are smoked over pinewood embers, for a distinct and mysterious cup.
  • Lapsang Souchong, also referred to as smoked tea, is one of the worlds’ oldest and most distinctive black teas.
  • Lapsang souchong is the tea of campers who like to position themselves in the direction of the campfire smoke. It’s intensely smoky and also a favorite of bartenders, thanks to the layer of sultry nuance it adds to the glass.
  • The flavor is very assertive and appeals to those looking for a bold cup of tea. In recent years, Lapsang-Souchong has begun to grow in popularity and has become the favorite tea of many who also appreciate single-malt Scotch whisky and fine cigars. It was once known as a man’s tea but more and more women are drinking it as well.

All that … what more can I say? Oh, yeah ~ I introduced The Mrs to Lapsang Souchong way back in 2004 and it has been our collective Favorite Tea ever since. Now for the sad part of the story.  A couple years ago the flavor intensity of the available LS in our area diminished most dishearteningly (dang that would be a good Boggle word!). We tried some from a nice little tea shop in Champaign, IL, home of the University of Illinois. No go. We tried importing it from England. Nope, still too mild. We bought Stateside via Amazon.  Same thing, no smokey flavor to encircle the palate.

And now the Happy Part of the story!  Just yesterday (Nov. 22nd), the blogger sustainabilitea,  published a post, and in it she mentioned that she worked part-time at a tea shop, SereneTeaz, and gave a link to it. I, of course, clicked the link to check it out, and they sell Lapsang Souchong tea!  I emailed the tea shop and inquired about the intensity of their LS. I had a reply within an hour, and based on that reply, I placed an order right away.

Here is what hooked me, “It’s very strong, you can actually use it as a marinade if you wanted to cook with it. If you’re looking for a touch of smoke try Russian Caravan. Our lapsang  is very smokey. It stays with you after drinking it. Hope this helps.”

Happier part ~ The LS tea parcel arrived via FedEx THIS MORNING!! As a disclaimer, I will confess that both SereneTeaz and I are located in Illinois, but STILL!!!!!!

Happiest part ~ I opened that parcel of LS tea and took a good loong whiff, then insisted The Mrs do the same. Joint verdict…. good strong fragrance! I proceeded to make a cup for myself to try out the flavor, but none for The Mrs cuz she is caffeine sensitive and does not drink anything with caffeine after 11 or so in the morning.  (Not an issue for me…Caffeine+ is my blood type…) I took a sip after 4 minutes of brewing and insisted The Mrs try it as well. OH YEAH! This is the Lapsang Souchong we have been missing! Thanks Janet and Serene Teaz!!!

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Only 2 regrets about this picture: First, my camera phone is not that great so pic is a bit fuzzy. Second, I wish I had a SMELL-aphone so you could enjoy the incredible fragrance of this tea!!!