oh ed it is picture perfect. i especially love the dormers, and if i read you right, you did 'em - right? and the porch. you should be very proud. wish we could see the garden, but just knowing it's there makes it that much better. just perfect.
the other pic you posted was my old stomping grounds. i can remember walking up and down that walk next to the lake in february with icidles on my nose. youth will make you do crazy things.
all told, you almost make me feel i could live in chi area again . . . almost.
oh - the lap dog looks like you.