Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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 SHOPPING FOR FIREWORKS

More and more states are outlawing
the sale of fireworks . . .

but not in Missouri!

And with the 4th of July
just one week away,
there are lots of road-side tents
selling every kind of firework

. . . to crazy people LIKE ME!

(I love fireworks.)

Monday, June 29, 2015

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WELCOME LAURA
TO AMERICA

Finally met Laura last evening,
who moved to St. Louis
from Malaga, Spain
to marry cousin Alex,
and join the family.

Sister Liz, hubbie Jeff,
along with Maggie, Metta & Eli 
(and Toby the cat)
welcome you to America.

Bienvenida!
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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RONNIE'S
AMAZING BLUEBERRIES

I always look forward to Saturday mornings
at the Kirkwood Farmers Market,
when Ronnie drives up from southern Missouri
with his just-picked organic blueberries
and heirloom tomatoes.

Nothing better than his beautiful organic produce.
In-season, hand-harvested, no sprays.

(His free range organic eggs
are the best I've ever tasted.)

Support your local, organic farmers.
Healthy, delicious, responsible.
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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31 BRACELETS

Such great design,
   so beautiful . . . 

how 31 silver bracelets
can look so "right"
on a lady's arm.

Well done, Madame.
Well done.

Friday, June 26, 2015

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THE POWER OF
RED

Nothing as dramatic
as a flower in perfect bloom
in full-throttle red.

It will always steal the show.

Ka-Pow!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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SPIKED SPEEDWELL

Pink and blue spikes
in the garden,
called Spiked Speedwell.

Native Americans used this flowering herb
as a medicinal tea,
to relieve bronchial congestion,
asthma and allergies.

(I guess it worked fast,
earning its common name, Speedwell.)

Its pink and blue spikes
add a splash of color
in the summer garden.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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THE BEAUTY OF
AQUATIC PLANTS

Cold flowing spring water
always seems to support
beautiful plant life.

(Trout, too.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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EMPTY NEST,
EVENTUALLY

"They fly away.
It is what fledged birds must do,
and she's always known that.
The nest can't always be full."

-- Susan Fletcher, "The Silver Dark Sea"


(Empty nest, found after last week's storms.)


Monday, June 22, 2015

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MULCH LOVING FUNGI

With all our recent rains,
mulch, lawns and wood chips
are soaked with moisture.

Ripe growing media
for mycelium
(a.k.a. MUSHROOMS!)

They're everywhere.

Some edible, some poisonous.
(It's good to know the difference.)

Otherwise, don't be adding them
to your favorite stir fry recipes.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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CABIN SURVIVES
TROPICAL STORM BILL

As the rains came up from Texas,
Missouri took a direct hit
and the Meramec River flooded
its banks, and access to the cabin.

Hiking in, with cars left behind,
I'm happy to report
the cabin was left high-and-dry.

Hopefully, the rains will move on
and the river will return to
its crystal clear trout stream status.

Whew!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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THE RAINS HAVE STOPPED

For now.

Local rivers and streams
have flooded.
Many roads are impassable. 

But the rains have stopped.

Thank, God.

(Today, I drive down to
the river cabin.
To see how bad things are.)

Fingers crossed.


Friday, June 19, 2015

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CHEERY SIGN
ON A RAINY DAY

All this heavy rain,
day after day,
is getting everyone down.

Saw this old tile sign
on a building downtown,
and it reminded me:

CHEER UP! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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WET DAYS AHEAD

Rainy days have been with us
for the past week,
       but the worst is yet to come . . . 

tropical storm "Bill" is now
headed our way,
making a bulls-eye for St. Louis.

Heavy rains, thunder storms,
flooding in the forecast. 

(Above is a view of downtown
St. Louis from my right car window.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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ANOTHER ARTIST "SELFIE"

This is Sir William Orpen,
Irish artist in his studio
(oil on canvas, 1913),
a self portrait he created
standing in front of a large mural,
work in progress.

With furrowed brow,
his painter's smock 
and black skull cap,
looking quite serious.

Orpen was a prominent
Irish academic painter,
who died in 1931.

(This large oil painting
hangs in the main gallery
of the St. Louis Art Museum.)
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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WORLD'S FAIR PAVILION
FOREST PARK
ST. LOUIS

One of the few remaining structures
of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis,
the World's Fair Pavilion.

An important landmark
at the site of a grand exposition,
111 years ago;
and last evening, a playground
for Maggie, Metta and Eli.

(And a rainbow, for good luck.)
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

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GETTING THE BLUES

. . . high bush North American blueberries,
that is!

They're here.
The blueberry season has arrived.

Picking blueberries is a sensual pleasure,
one berry at a time.
(I love 'em when they're firm,
 a little tart, almost crunchy.)

They're loaded with vitamins
and very high in anti-oxidants.

Yum!
 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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BEE BALM

Add this beautiful flower
   to your garden . . . 

and the bees will find you.

Bees love bee balm!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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CRAZY 'BOUT LILIES

This is a good year for lilies!

The colors, the shades,
the petals, the tones,
 the stamens, the symmetry.

What a show.
More hybrids than ever before.

(So, which is your favorite?)