Well, it’s not quite the end of the year, but as the growing season winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and share what all we’ve accomplished this year.
Autumn view of nearby Douglas Park
People and Pets!
We started out the year with three new members — Saba, D’Avon, and Astrid. We also were happy to welcome Wally, a Chihuahua pup that Glenn and Noreen rescued from the neighborhood. We also said farewell to our tenant in R2 and have been busy getting that unit ready for sale. We look forward to selling that unit and introducing a new member (or more) soon. Also – some of us are hoping to bring in new pets in the spring – chickens!
John brings the bedroom walls back to life
Jayson & Corrie make the windows shine
D’Avon makes the stove glow
Pavement & Planting
Our biggest achievement of the year was in April, when we ripped out a bunch of pavement in the courtyard to make way for a new style of gardening. This was an expansion of a project that started years ago, which created the wonderful container garden beds we were starting with. Over a few days this spring, we removed the concrete between our existing planters and the fence. Everyone had a blast trying the different tools, though we definitely learned our lesson, that the jackhammer got us the best bang for our buck. Jayson’s dad even came down from Wisconsin, and we have named our friend Anthony an honorary Hubbie for his commitment to the project.
Maybe next year, we’ll be able to use more of the courtyard that gets the best light for native and edibles gardening. In the meantime, we are pretty happy with the results of this latest phase.
We used some of these enormous pieces to make a concrete table, and to line the fence
Until we got the jackhammer, our progress was slow and taxing
Remnants of the container garden, now expanded to be a walkable growing space
Jim & Jayson celebrate a breakthrough against the concrete.
…And it was all worth it!
Butterfly and herb garden
Places, Protests, and Potential!
All told, our members traveled to Mexico, Argentina, California, Georgia, Ohio, New York, and probably a few other places this year. We also participated in advocating for bike lanes in the neighborhood; protested in solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson; watched many hours of the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Agents of Shield; and worked to build community in Chicago through the bicycling, Buddhist, hacker, artist, and activist worlds.
Members & friends at the fall fire party
We are in the process of finding the perfect person or people to be the next HUB members, to move into R2. We are hopeful that the next member(s) will bring lots of energy, skills, fun, and a certain amount of nerdiness to join us for the road ahead. Know someone who would be a good fit? Send them our way!