|Liquid amber or sweet gum tree's colorful leaves today. Dec. 6th, 2012|
|besides the sold sign, another surprise was a new redbud tree planted by the city last week you can see it there in the shadow of the telephone pole in the foreground. Also notice our huge rosemary bush at the side of the stair railing.|
|4 unit garden apartments built in 1930's needs some work|
It was a different story the last time we had to move. Initially we were told by the buyer 9th St. NW to stay put that she was not going to change anything except paint the front facade. On 9th St. NW across from the vintage O St. Market and Giant food grocery store it had a mixed use commercial/residential zoning so the cards were stacked against us. We were asked after a couple of months to move out in 2 weeks. The rent was legally doubled to help us hurry up and get out. This turn of events was done so the new owner could gut the entire building and remodel and upgrade the space into a restaurant which took over a year to complete. It took Keith and I three months from the day we got that notice to vacate the 9th St. apartment and garden. We were lucky to find this garden apartment that is even better than the one on 9th St. Living near Logan Circle and the Convention Center our 9th St. neighborhood was hip, cool and fun but Brookland is more like a home and as we get older it fits better than hip, cool and fun. We have been very happy here and endeavoured in many ways to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Gardening and doing neighborhood watch has added to the safety around here where drug dealers used to sit on our stoop and meet clients. We also have some great neighbors in particular a lot of poets which is a really new experience for me as a visual artist. So we are going to do our best to stick it out. We won't know if we get to stay until the sales negotiations are complete and we get to plead our case with the new owners but we are very hopeful that we can continue to call 10th St. and Brookland our home.
In other news: Some flowers started showing up in our house recently and I thought it was time to share some images with my readers. Not so much quilting this month worth showing at this point. The actual work of making all those stitches to bind the backing, batting and quilt top together isn't quite as exciting as making the colorful top pieces. I am trying to get back in the swing of piecing and getting ready to go to a group meeting of the DC Modern Quilting Guild Saturday for some inspiration. I did find a neat trick for basting using a product that is like water soluble spray glue. I am going to try it on my Seminole quilt so stay tuned for reports of my success or disaster in the coming weeks.
We also had a bird of prey catch one of our many sparrows for a luncheon and pause to eat in our white cedar tree by the bedroom window! Not sure what it was but some sort of hawk we think. It did have long legs and seemed kind of small for a hawk but had the right colors of ruddy red and white breast feathers. Sorry the bright sun against white across the street turned these into shadow representations.