Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Views From The Clare, 12/30/08

Yesterday I entered my new apartment at The Clare for the first time! I loved it. Here are my first pictures; I'll wait until the furniture is there before posting any more. Of course the place still looks empty.

The top picture shows part of my view to the east: a bit of Lake Michigan, the Water Tower Place shopping mall and Macy's on Michigan Avenue, other buildings. Had I been able to venture out on the balcony (not a good idea on the 35th floor in Chicago's winter), I could have shown the old Chicago Water Tower and other buildings closer to The Clare. It's a fine view, and there are others to the north.

The second photo shows part of my kitchen. The refrigerator is off to the right. It's not a very big kitchen, but I have my usual stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. I learned to love them in my condo. Since I don't cook anyway, the size of the kitchen doesn't matter.

There are big floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere, with blinds to cover them, of course. I think I'll like living in a high-rise building. Perhaps that's because I grew up on a Wisconsin farm. Anyway, moving day is creeping up (January 9), so watch for further reports.

A move to a senior building is a big event for anyone, but I'm glad to do it before I need assisted living or nursing care. It's comforting to know that those sections exist in the building should I ever need them--and I probably will.
Photos by the author.


Barbara said...

What a wonderful place to live. You're living one of my fantasies. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Alice said...

Beautiful new home, Marlys! I'm looking forward to discovering all the new things you'll soon share from it. Welcome to 2009!

naomi dagen bloom said...

Marlys, Been following the many sides of your eventful December and admire your gutsiness and determination.

I look forward to hearing more about your shift in housing styles. Your experiences/reactions will be important to others of us considering change. Here's to a very satisfying new year!