Sunday, May 31, 2015

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SUMMER FLOWERS
IN THE RAIN

Drinking in rain drops.
Waiting for sunshine.

To color the neighborhood
with summer's bouquets.

Can't miss the show.
(And tomorrow it's JUNE.)

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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HOME GROWN
STRAWBERRIES

. . . not to be confused with
those giant, tasteless factory-farmed
grocery store berries from California.

These beauties are just-picked
sweet, ripe, local strawberries
that make everything
"right with the world."

How about a bowl full
smothered in cream?
or filling the center of 
a ripe melon?

Mmmmmm!

Friday, May 29, 2015

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THERE WAS A LUAU
AT BAR LOUIE
LAST NIGHT

Sort of.

(At least the weather
felt like Hawaii.)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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SUMMER'S
SIMPLE BEAUTY

How can the simple daisy
hold so much beauty?

Wild daisies always surprise me,
popping up in unexpected places,
putting on a powerful show.

Yellow buttons,
surrounded by perfect white petals.
Such perfect design.

For centuries, 
they've symbolized purity, innocence,
simplicity, patience and love.

Put some in a vase, a bottle, a jar.
Guaranteed to make your day brighter.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Annabelle and Jordan's final night here,
so we took them to a Cardinals baseball game.

Maggie came along,
  so sisters got to have fun together . . .

while we watched the St. Louis Cardinals
beat the Arizona Diamondbacks
6 to 4!

Great game.   Great time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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RIVER CABIN RETREAT

Cabin on the Meramec River
was the perfect retreat
this Memorial Day weekend.

Away from civilization,
down private country roads,
where springs flow cold and pure,
into "trophy trout" crystal streams.

Both daughters in town
to enjoy the weekend, together.
Maggie, with Eli and Metta.
Annabel with her freshly married husband.
(Welcome, Jordan.) 

No television, no phone.
No air conditioning.
Just quiet.

Neighbors up the hill
who bring fresh-picked strawberries.
(Thanks, Carolyn.)

And fresh made S'Mores on the beach.

(Heaven on earth!)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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GONE FISHIN'

Taking some time off
for the Memorial Day weekend.

Be back early next week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, May 22, 2015

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PLANTING
SEEDS OF HAPPINESS

Meet Mark Borella,
(good friend, neighbor and entrepreneur)
who hands out smiles
a handful at a time.

His company, Seeds Of Happiness,
makes little smiles out of clay
(hand formed, painted and fired
at his studio in Kirkwood, Missouri).

His "seeds" are sold at hundreds of retail shops
around the world, and passed out
to friends going through hard times,
who need a little smile.

It's a beautiful story.
(Read more at www.seedsofhappiness.com)

His latest project is painting large murals
of smiling faces (of course), 
and donating them to children's hospitals.
(The one above is a 6' x 10' oil painted canvas
soon to be hung at Boston General Children's Hospital.)

The world needs a lot more smiles.
Thank you, Mark.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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NEW LIFE
FOR A DEAD TREE

Q:  When does a dead tree
        turn into a jungle gym?

A:   When Eli finds it. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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HEALTHY IS BEAUTIFUL

Our spring bounty includes
daily harvests of 
kale and Swiss chard.

I never cease to wonder
how healthy is so beautiful.

(It's delicious too,
sautéed in olive oil
with onion & garlic.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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PERFECTION IN PINK

Now the national flower of Mexico,
the dahlia is perfection from the
moment it blooms.

Absolute symmetry, with long lasting
flowers from Spring through Summer.

A stunning beauty.


Monday, May 18, 2015

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FOXY FLOWERS

There are two flowers 
in the Spring garden
which are very foxy:

Fox Tails
also called the chenille plant,
with its brilliant red fox-like tail,
and

Foxgloves
with their trumpet like blooms,
source of the important drug, digitalis,
an effective treatment for
congestive heart failure.

Two beauties,
and very foxy in their own right.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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GRADUATION CELEBRATION
"ROGUE STYLE"

4 lucky students were treated to
a very special Graduation Celebration,
which included a private gourmet dinner
prepared by Rogue Underground Dining Society.

Parents and friends joined them
(and picked up the tab)
for a 6-course meal,
themed on local cuisine from
their own home towns.

(I doubt if their meals
were anything close to these
fantastic dishes
while they were studying 
and working on their degrees.)

Hooray.  Congratulations.
(Now go get a job!)