Thursday, March 31, 2016

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WANT TO FIND 
MOREL MUSHROOMS? 

Now's the time
to start hunting!
(They're early this year.)

Here's my secret spot.

(Can't tell you where.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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OH, THE CORKS
I'VE PULLED

I've been fortunate enough
to learn (and taste)
the great wines of Bordeaux.

Lafite, Margaux, Latour, Mouton, 
Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion.
Years ago, when they were affordable.

I got in the habit of saving the corks
of these truly memorable wines.

Today, these same wines command
stratospheric prices.

Fortunately, there are many good wines
from great producers that fit my budget.

(Whew.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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CRYSTALS BORN
FROM THE EARTH

Some of the natural and beautiful
gems and minerals shown at our
recent Gem & Mineral Show.

Not just "pretty rocks"
but rare gem quality crystals
from around the world.

Pictured here:

Beautiful crystals
to wear or carry
(some quite powerful.)
Quartz and Amethyst
of every size and purity.
The blues and greens of
Chrisocolla and Malachite.
And hollow geodes
lined with spectacular crystals.

A beautiful show
that always draws the
most interesting people.
 

Monday, March 28, 2016

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THE END OF LENT

Easter dinner was a feast
of carbohydrates!

Creamy, cheese casseroles;
pastries, cakes and chocolates.

Exactly the foods I've been avoiding
and giving up for Lent.

I can hardly move.
 Ugh.

(I don't think I'll be eating today!)
 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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HAPPY EASTER
EVERYONE

However you celebrate it,
wishing you a peaceful
Happy Easter.

(And I hope you find all your eggs.)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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EASTER EGG COOKIES

These beautiful Easter Egg cookies
  were hand made (and decorated) 
by Kaldi's Kirkwood "master baker" Maria.

They are so beautiful,
and indescribably delicious!

Gracias, Maria.
And Happy Easter everyone.

Friday, March 25, 2016

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MAGNIFICENT
MAGNOLIAS

 . . . from start to finish,
pink magnolia trees put on a show.

Delicate buds,
exploding into pink blossoms,
and then covering the ground
with their fragrant petals.

A joy to behold.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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THE BRILLIANCE OF FORSYTHIA

Always a predictable sign
    that Spring has arrived . . . 

that blast of brilliant yellow:
blooming forsythia! 

Here's a tip
if you want some
outside your door:

1.  Find a forsythia shrub.

2,  Go snip a fresh branch,
      6-8 inches of a top shoot. 

3.  Stick it in soil, or potting soil.

4.  Keep moist.

Give it a month or two,
while it takes root.

You now have a forsythia shrub.

(Share the brilliance of Spring.)
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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ROCKS FROM THE RIVER

Missouri's Meramec River is known
for its caves and rock formations,
stalactites, stalagmites, geodes
and gravel bars.

So it's no wonder 
rocks from this beautiful river
are as beautiful as the spring fed waters.

(Found these during Spring Break.)
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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BUTTERFLY'S FAVORITE HOST

No mistaking  forsythia's yellow blooms,
Spring's first flowering shrub.

Here a milkweed pod,
protected inside a sweet yellow forsythia,
 disperses its seeds for a new season.

As favored host plant for the
threatened Monarch butterfly,
the milkweed is an important feature
in the home garden.

A beautiful combination.

Monday, March 21, 2016

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BEAUTIFUL START
TO SPRING

Spring got off to a snowy start.

After a glorious, sunny, warm
week of beautiful weather,
the "first morning" of Spring
covered the neighborhood
with huge flakes of snow!

It was so beautiful
and surprised us all
with how fast it 
made everything white!

It was beautiful.
(And gone as fast as it came.)

Welcome Spring.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

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SPRING BREAK
AT THE CABIN

A wonderful early Spring escape
   down to the river cabin . . . 
  warm sunny days, beautiful skies, 
enjoying the peace and tranquility
following the heavy flooding
from the previous month.

But nature has a wonderful way
of recovering and re-adjusting,
    with some surprising benefits . . . 
like the mountains of fine white
river sand left behind,
and the fallen dead trees
left for a new season of fire wood.

Camp fires, grilled vegetables,
the most beautiful clouds,
millions of stars at night 
and sleeping on the porch!

I don't sleep that well
anywhere else!

(Happy First Day Of Spring.)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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BLOG IS ON
SPRING BREAK.

Gone to the river.
Be back Sunday.

(No phones, no computer, no TV,
peace and quiet.)



I'll collect my 
St. Patrick's Day kisses
when I get back.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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MAGNOLIA PERFECTION

Magnolias are in bloom right now.
I'll let their perfect beauty
speak for themselves.

(Wow.)
 

Monday, March 14, 2016

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CHICAGO TURNED GREEN
THIS PAST WEEKEND

. . . as it does each year
    for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

   For the past 40 years, 
  the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers union 
 dye the Chicago River GREEN 
on parade weekend.

And partiers help celebrate this
very Irish holiday,
  whether they're Irish or not! 

The green dye is actually a secret formula,
thoroughly tested, and proven safe
for the environment.

(The green color disappears by Monday morning.) 

Photos: Courtesy of Huffington Post