Sunday was a picture perfect day around here. It was sunny with temperatures hovering near 80 degrees. Ideal weather for my one day off. As expected, I did some wandering around Chautauqua. I have lots of photos which I’ll share with you over the next couple of days. On the docket today: more of the cottages of Chautauqua.
This yellow house is charming with two large porches. But what I really loved is the green and white gingerbread detail near the roof.
Small, for sale, and…note tree growing through the awning.
This house faces the lake. Oh my goodness. Look at all the detail. Victorian at its best.
The houses that face the lake are rather palatial. Apparently most of them are still inhabited by single families and haven’t been divided into separate apartments. Wouldn’t you like to sit on that porch?
Love this house and the simplicity of its design. The hanging ferns are perfect.
As far as I can tell, this might be the funkiest house here. It looks neglected and in need of repair. I had a brief fantasy that someone would admire my work on A Raisin in the Sun so much that he/she would feel compelled to seek me out and reward me with this house. A little rehab would be involved, but if the house was free….
A girl can dream.
As I was walking, I noticed this cat walking toward me.
I pulled out the camera, thinking that surely this fellow would run off when he saw me.
Nope. He calmly walked right up to me and proceeded to lay on his back. Apparently, he was in need of some belly scratching.
When he had his fill of affection, he got up and walked off.
Of course, I forgot about my encounter and my allergies flared up. Whoops!
Today will be a twelve hour day. Lots to do before we go into tech and dress rehearsals next week.
Tony Gwynn died yesterday. Don broke it to me over the phone. Tony Gwynn was the reason I grew to love baseball. When we were living in San Diego, we started to watch the Padres games on television. Before that time, I had never had any interest in our national pastime. Tony Gwynn changed all that. Here was an amazing athlete and, even more important, an amazing man. He was a role model for everyone in and out of the game. He worked hard, had time for everyone, helped others and stayed humble. He turned down offers for more lucrative contracts in order to stay with the Padres his entire career. He lived life with integrity and joy. He simply loved the game of baseball.
I became a big, big fan - such a big fan that when I couldn’t see his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, my father-in-law recorded it for me and sent it to me all the way from San Diego.
We lost him way too soon. He was only 54.
Thank you, Tony Gwynn, for making baseball exciting for me. For showing me how to play the game with class and humility. For being an incredible role model in these days of inflated salaries and egos and multi-million dollar deals. For being the reason I love baseball.