Milk and bread. That’s all my mom wanted before the winter storm hit and I was braving the grocery store. Dropped things off and chatted for a good while, having one of those conversations you may find yourself lucky enough to have with a parent. Thinking out loud over the challenges and joys of life and trying to wrap your collective arms around it all.
Her cat Shadow seemed more interested in grooming than our chat.
When my mom and I go out for lunch, we often pass by this mansion in College Hill. I pulled in as the sky was clear and wanted to make a mental not to find out more about the house.
An excerpt from CincinnatiViews:
This mansion is called Laurel Court. In 1894 Peter G. Thompson founded what is now called Champion International Paper Company. The home was completed in 1907, constructed of gray Alabama granite that was shipped to the site by a railroad spur built specifically for this task.
The home contained an elevator, a retractable roof, a central vacuum system, and a plumbing system that delivered hot, cold and rain water. there is a swimming pool faced in Rookwood tile, a conservatory, and two gardens, one Japanese and the other Italian style.
Thompson lived here until his death in 1931. The property was then acquired by the Cincinnati Archdiocese in the 1940s as the residence for Archbishops. In the late 50’s the land was divided so that McAuley High School and the Mother of Mercy Convent could be built. Laurel Court was then sold to Donald “Buddy” LaRosa in 1977 for use as a corporate headquarters until 1990. LaRosa secured the mansion’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979, restored the home and grounds, and bought back many of the statues that had been in the home but had been sold by the archdiocese.
In 1990 Roger Loth bought it and resided there from 1991-2000. Judy and Larry Moyer purchased the home in 2000 and are the current caretakers.
In addition to hosting events, there are also tours available. When the weather warms, I’ve a mind to head back and take a look inside.
Maury’s. Burger night. Recreating scenes from the movie Carol.
I think the new Volvo XC90 is quite handsome. It’s totally not in my price range, and the cost of ownership and service alone would push it even farther over that line. But it feels so decidedly restrained and not over-designed like so many vehicles of late, with their floating rooflines and swooshy lighting elements.
In other news, made another trip to IKEA to pick up things measured.
Literally, these are just rocks in the IKEA parking lot.
I didn’t have the wherewithal to snap a proper photo inside, because it was absolute mayhem.
Things I love about the Sony RX-100 IV — the camera that is almost always in my pocket:
- The size. I love that the telephoto lens collapses compactly. Plus? no large buttons sticking out to get snagged on things.
- Articulating screen. Goes all sorts of directions for low, high shots and self-facing shots.
- WiFi connection to smartphone. It’s a little fuddy, and I don’t use it terribly often, but it’s a great feature when you’re out and about and want to share.
- Image quality. I had the first generation and it was very, very, very good. This one is just a bit better.
Room for improvement:
- Focus adjustment. I don’t like the focusing system and prefer to use the Olympus OM-D for more intentional photography because it’s so much better at selecting a focus point.
I figure having a separate device for shooting photos has numbered days, but it’s still a part of my desire to capture a moment. For now? This Sony scratches the itch quite nicely.
* This photo was taken with an iPhone 6 ;-)
Some Gary Baseman toys in the entryway of Tom & Wendy’s farmhouse. Always a fine greeting before giving the dogs some rubs as they wake up from their naps on the couch.