Sunday, July 14, 2013

ANOTHER TYPE OF INVASION ... NO DEMENTORS TODAY ...

Hi, All,

Well, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. For the past few days Chicago sport sunny skies, mild winds, and high/dry temps.... YAY! The Dementors have finally left! AND, it's about time!

But since we no longer have dismal skies, a new invasion hit Chicago this weekend. Can you guess? Think summertime ... Think leisure time ... Think vacation. YES! You guessed it! We've been invaded by SUN SEEKERS. This is a breed that sheds EVERYTHING to worship the sun. And the best place to do that is at the BEACH.

It still astonishes me, even after nine years in this city, that Chicago has beaches, and miles of sandy lakefront. The waves roll into the beaches that line Lakeshore Drive, complimenting the massive skyscrapers.

The SUN SEEKERS were out in DROVES since Friday. Not on inch of sand was present all weekend. I had to have superior moving skills to keep up my power walks. Joggers, cyclists, walkers, roller bladers ... all coasting for miles up and down the lake front. CRAZY. Music blaring from everywhere. Voices in several languages rode the balmy breezes.

I must admit, I did enjoy it though. It was nice to see the masses having a good time after our oppressive winter and spring. I just hope this beautiful weather continues for the rest of the summer.

Sorry I haven't been around as often, but I've been really busy. I'll only be posting twice a week now for the summer. I need to query my second novel and work on my projects for the rest of July. In August I will have a bit a news for you guys. Something I hope you'll all be happy about. No, it's not a contract or signing with an agent, but it does have to do with writing, so stay tuned.

Here's a visual for you... I hope you enjoy it.


33 comments:

  1. We are still getting the hot weather and at night I awaken perspiring having to get up and have a wash, Yesterday was the hottest day of the year.
    Enjoyed the post and hope your weather stays warm.
    Yvonne.

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  2. So glad you are enjoying the good weather. Here in the UK we are also suffering, oh sorry, enjoying, a mini heatwave - moaning as we British do that it is now too hot! Masses of people on the beaches must mean traffic jams as well?

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  3. Glad you're having better weather. Too bad you're having to wade through crowds to enjoy it.

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  4. Hooray for sun! We're supposed to get some this week too.

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  5. Look at all the people - whoa!
    Ready for your good news.

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  6. Congrats on being ready to query. Everyone is slowing down blogging for summer, so don't feel bad.

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  7. Also READY for the GOOD news :)

    PS... I guess the Cubbies and the White Sox were playing away on the day of this picture:)

    *You really *HAVE* to come to Hawaii, Michael... how about experiencing miles and miles of OPEN, empty beaches :)

    We're here until Sept. '15 ... me casa, su casa, brah :)

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  8. I be there's a lot of sunburnt people today!

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  9. I never think of Chicago having a beach but I'm glad the dementors left. They were here last week too.

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  10. The beach was probably my favorite part about Chicago; that there could be this massive city with all that culture right next to a huge beach. Kind of like the best of both worlds.

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  11. I've never really thought of Chicago as a beach city. In fact, having never visited the Great Lakes, it's hard to imagine them as having beaches. But I love this picture!

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  12. Like Diane, I've never thought of Chicago as a beach city -- though I can remember going to Lake Michigan and viewing a huge slab of ice towering from its icy depths. Have fun with life this week.

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  13. Good heavens! That's waaaaay too many people for me to handle. I'd be avoiding the area for sure, or looking for a quieter place to walk. I love to swim and being in the water but not with people that close. All you can do is stand or tread water. ew. So, I'm glad we have those areas here with few people or none when I'm wanting water time.

    I hear you on busy. July is a month I will be scarce and I'm thinking next summer I will be also lessening my blogging to a couple times a week. It's hard to get everything done during the months of warm sunshine and usually that sort of work involves a very tired body and mush for brains.

    I'll have to stay tuned for your news.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  14. I did NOT know Chicago had beaches! I'm glad it's sunny now and that you're enjoying it. Looking forward to your good news :)

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  15. If I had to run away to one city, I think it would be Chicago. It doesn't get much better than the city and the beach all in one. :)

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  16. Glad to hear that you're getting better weather!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  17. That's an awesome picture. I didn't imagine Chicago had such sights.
    Sooo good news? I can only wonder...

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  18. I had no clue about the beaches! How cool is that? :) I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying the weather!

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  19. Wow, the close proximity of beach and city seems so strange. Like a visual oxymoron.

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  20. talk about crowded! come here and it is way more scattered and relaxing

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  21. Hi Michael - yes the beaches here are pretty full .. as are the roads coming down and going back - thankfully I can stay put.

    Lovely to have the sun though .. and glad you're out and able to be about in it while the sun is out ..

    Steamy view! Love the colour of the water .. cheers Hilary

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  22. They look like Penguins waiting their turn at the water from this distance, lol.

    Our weather here has cooled down considerably from all that oppressive heat, and its nice to get outside. Though I really hate yard work.

    Good luck finishing your projects :)

    .....dhole

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  23. Wow that is a lot of sun seekers!

    Don't worry about a summer slow down...the beautiful weather only lasts so long...we have to take advantage of it, right?

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  24. I'm glad the weather's improved. :-)

    Best of luck with querying! Can't wait to hear your news.

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  25. Summer should be slow. That's why we have it. Good luck on that query.

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  26. I never knew that Chicago was a hustle-and-bustle beach city... what a great picture!

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  27. Ohhhh... so glad you finally have sunshine! Today it was overcast & rainy so we're both happy! LOL. Thanks for sending your dementors this way ;-)

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  28. I miss the beach. It's hard being a coastal transplant in a landlocked state.

    Best of luck with the queries.

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  29. I love the fact that you guys have beaches! We tried to copy you... they trucked in sand to Old Montreal... put up some really expensive umbrellas with our tax money... and now they're charging 8$ to get in!
    Ridiculous!
    Looking forward to your news :-)

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  30. That water looks quite tempting, although I'm definitely not a sun seeker - I'm already pink enough.

    Good luck with your queries!

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  31. Great pictures my dear! I am NOT a fan of this hot weather. Give me my 50's and my clouds LOL

    Chicago does have great beaches even though I can't stand looking at half naked people. They give me the creeps with their tanning. ;)

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  32. Oh, I didn't know Chicago has beaches :) But I do approve :) Lots of hot people in beach outfits :)
    I'm with Melsy above on the weather preferances....

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  33. OMG-reminds me of Hawaii!
    I hope you are enjoying your summer~

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