Friday, November 30, 2012

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THE RED TREE


Each year,
about this time,
a neighbor covers 
the same bare tree
with thousands of red lights.

It marks the beginning
of the Christmas holidays
for all of us.

Bravo!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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MY MORNING SMOOTHIE

I start each day
with a liquid breakfast,
full of fruits and veggies,
and when available
something local,
something home grown.

Just before our first "hard freeze",
my daughter, Maggie,
picked the last of her wild
native passion fruits.
Also called maypops,
these small round passion fruits
contain edible seeds 
surrounded by sweet gooey pulp.

This smoothie contained . . .
4 native passion fruits
juice of one orange
NAKED Green Machine juice
1/2 apple
1/2 banana
pineapple slice
blue berries
4 strawberries
4 small carrots
1 kale leaf
fresh spinach
1/2 avocado
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tbsp flax seeds
1/4 cup protein powder

A delicious way
to start the day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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MY BARISTA
MADE ME A PIE

My favorite barista
(@ Kaldi's Coffee in St. Louis)
served me more than a coffee today.

Emily is also a great cook,
and baker of pies!

She brought this in
while it was STILL HOT.
Her invention, baked from scratch.
It's Apple Caramel Walnut Pecan!

YUMMYNESS!

(Thanks, Emily.)




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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A SEASON FOR WREATHS

Nothing says Happy Holidays
like a wreath at the front door.

Round boughs of fresh holly
or evergreens . . . dressed up
with pine cones and ribbons,
winter berry and sleigh bells . . .
dried flowers and nuts,
whatever smells good
and says an old fashioned
Christmas.

Wreaths have a long history of
greeting and celebration,
and they always say "welcome"
however simple or grand.

'Tis the season.

Monday, November 26, 2012

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ELOPING
UNDER THE ARCH

Here's a wedding idea 
that's catching on . . .
eloping!

Short, sweet, simple.
(And so affordable.)

And if the weather's perfect
(like this lucky couple),
you can choose your spot.

. . . like under the famous
 St. Louis Gateway Arch.

Wedding planners are recognizing
this simple alternative
can be elegant and special
(like Carolyn Burke in St. Louis.)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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LINCOLN
COMES TO LIFE

Daniel Day-Lewis becomes
Abraham Lincoln in the long awaited
Steven Spielberg movie,
"LINCOLN."

I highly recommend this amazing film.

The screenplay, the cast
and the historical accuracy of the 
last four months of Lincoln's life --
give an accurate account of the
battle for the deciding votes
for the 13th Ammendment,
which led to the end of slavery
in the United States.

Day-Lewis gives the performance
of a lifetime, and captures the soul
and courage of this great President,
at a time when our country
was terribly divided by the Civil War.

Here come the Academy Award nominations . . .

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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ON SANTA'S LAP

The day after Thanksgiving
marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

It's also the day that little ones
can sit on Santa's lap
and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Smile for the camera!
(. . . or maybe cry for the camera.)


Friday, November 23, 2012

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THANKSGIVING DAY 2012

Lots of love and good food
when my daughters came home
with their men (and babies.)

A family feast
that made Thanksgiving Day
a reason to be thankful.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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FINDING THANKFULNESS

What I needed
was to work on my gratitude list,
and remember my blessings.

There's great power and grace
in being thankful.

My daughters,
their families and children,
will be here today
cooking and baking with me
for a family feast
this Thanksgiving Day.

So grateful for this day.

And thank you to all
the wonderful friends I've met
while blogging.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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SOMETIMES
MY PICTURES
SAY IT ALL

As they say,
"a picture is worth 1,000 words."

I'll just let this PIC-A-DAY
do the talking . . .

Bloggin's just not in me right now.

Putting my camera down.
Taking a break. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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A SHOT IN THE PARK

It's so much fun
to stroll through Laumeier Park,
discovering new and unusual
outdoor sculptures.

To see each piece,
in a natural setting.
In the woods, on the green.
Great fun to decide how to frame,
how to view and compose.

It's all about the light.
And composition, of course.

How to see the world.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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FINAL COLORS OF THE SEASON

Now that freezing temperatures are here,
the last splashes of color will soon be gone,
with leaves covering the ground.

Time to find sweaters and gloves,
and take that last autumn hike
through a technicolor woods.

Animals are preparing their winter homes.