Thursday, December 31, 2015

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NEW YEAR'S EVE
CHECK LIST

Here's what we need
      to celebrate New Year's Eve . . . 

1.  Twelve grapes.

2.  One bottle French champagne.
    (With one in reserve, if necessary.) 

3.  Pad of paper.
  (To write down 2016 resolutions.) 

There's a hispanic/latino tradition
of eating 12 grapes at midnight
for good luck in 2016.
1 grape at each strike of the bell at midnight.
(12 grapes for good luck)

The champagne, so we can toast the new year,
hopefully with someone special.

And the pad of paper, so we can write down
our resolutions for the new year,
promises of change for 2016.

But remember,
   resolutions are a bit like babies . . . 

"fun to make, but difficult to maintain."

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ! 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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WHEN RIVERS GET ANGRY

10-inch rainfalls have turned
Missouri streams and rivers into 
torrential flood waters,
covering roads and highways,
driving people from their homes
and businesses.
 (Unfortunately, accounting for several deaths.)

The beautiful Meramec River has been 
especially hard hit, unable to handle the
unrelenting rains and runoff.

The last 2 images show Maggie (daughter)
and Andy's river house, and our
  historic riverview cabin . . . 

1) View from their 2nd floor bedroom window,
overtaking their river home, and

2) Hillside overlook of the cabin (see the roof?)
surrounded by the Meramec River waters.
(It's as close as we could get.)

Most rivers crest on Wednesday.
No way to tell how much damage
until the waters recede.

People's lives and property suffer
when "rivers get angry."

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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HEAVY RAINS AND WINDS
FLOOD MISSOURI

It's bad.

Heaviest rains have caused
record flooding throughout our state. 

Hundreds of roads and highways
are underwater, and closed.
Virtually every river and stream
is overflowing, and dangerous to all traffic.

Crazy weather.
Never seen it this bad.

Monday, December 28, 2015

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FAR TOO MUCH RAIN

Suddenly, torrential rains
dampen the holiday season.

Non-stop storms and flooding
forecast for the next 3 days.

Weather man calls for 5-8" of rain.
(That's too much, too fast.)

Just when I was planning on
welcoming the New Year
down at my Meramec River cabin.

(This should all be snow!)
 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

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MY HOLIDAY CONFECTIONS

It's important to create something special 
this time of the year, a personal creation
fresh from the kitchen, from scratch ...
preferably something sweet,
to bring to a holiday party
or Christmas dinner.

Here's what I created this year . . .

1.  Christmas Jello (my own invention)
with 3 different layers/flavors of gelatin,
mandarin oranges & mini-marshmallows.

2.  Two-layer white cake, iced with
   Italian Merinque Buttercream
    and red raspberries on top.*

*made with my new Kitchen-Aid Artisan mixer,
   discovered and claimed in a nearby dumpster.
    (Really.)

Guess which one was the "crowd favorite?"
 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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SKATING AND PROPOSING
IN FOREST PARK 

A beautiful sunny Christmas Day
in Forest Park.

Perfect weather for
ice skating at Steinberg Rink.

And proposing marriage
at the top of Art Hill.

(She said "yes.")
 

Friday, December 25, 2015

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MY CHRISTMAS MORNING BARISTAS

These are the beautiful ladies
who make my daily morning coffee
at Kaldi's Coffee in Kirkwood.

Cheers to these talented baristas,
and thank you for putting up with my
moody mornings, and starting my days
with the best estate coffees in town.

Here's hoping Santa brought you
something special.
(You deserve it.)
 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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MOTHER AND CHILD

Spent a beautiful day outside
yesterday . . . shooting family pics.

Enjoying our crazy warm weather
(it's Christmas Eve!)
when it's supposed to be CHILLY.

And so,
shot some outdoor pics
of 2 beautiful girls.
(Hi Maggie, Hi Metta)

Stunning beauties.
(Like mother like child.)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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NEIGHBORHOOD
NIGHT LIGHTS

I love how the neighbors
dress up their front yards
with Christmas lights.

We're definitely ready
for Santa.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

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CHRISTMAS LATTE

It's fitting this week
    my morning coffee should be festive . . . 

I'll have Kaldi's Coffee
fix a holiday latte.

After all,  in 5 days
it's Christmas!

(Maybe with a slice of pumpkin pie.)
 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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IT'S CHRISTMAS COOKIE TIME

One of the many pleasures about
this time of the year are
Christmas cookies!
(Mmmmm.)

Plain ones, fancy ones,
ones your grandma used to make,
ones from the "old country,"
ones from the bakery,
    or the very best ones of all . . . 

the ones you make at home,
from scratch! 

(Go find that recipe, right now.) 
 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

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DO YOU BELIEVE?

Christmas is fast approaching.

  Santa is checking his list . . . 
and "checking it twice."

"To see if you've been
naughty or nice." 

 Well ? ? ? ? 

Friday, December 18, 2015

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POINSETTIAS
THE CHRISTMAS FLOWER

Native to Mexico,
the poinsettia is also known as
"the Christmas flower."

Propagated to bloom this time of the year,
poinsettias are widely available
during the holiday season.

Best known in shades of red,
varieties are also available in white and pink,
with some variegated leaves in
white-and-red.

Now, to pick out the perfect one
    to take home . . .

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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MAKING CHRISTMAS BIGGER

. . . and much more fun!

Drive around the neighborhood,
and you'll see something new this year
in holiday yard decorations:

Huge, inflatable, blow up displays.

What fun!