Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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HOW I FEEL THIS MORNING

 Actually a 1961 portrait
by Jean Dubuffet, but matching
what I see in the mirror these days
after my accident and recuperation.

(At least they let me out of the hospital.)

  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pic Today 2/19/18



WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS

Be grateful.

(This beauty is one
of the last ones
to be harvested
from my indoor
Meyer Lemon tree
this winter.)

 
 What a great plant to grow!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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ICE CIRCLES

Pond ice always thaws
in circles,

 And the promise of Spring.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

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MY KIND OF BOOK STORE

Old books, used books,
from floor to ceiling.

Quiet and warm.
With comfortable arm chairs.

Subjects that make you smile.
It even smells good in there.

With a cat that leaves you alone.

(They're becoming an
"endangered species.")
 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pic Today 2/16/18



THE WOODS ARE AWAKENING

So are the buffalo!

(It was 82˚ yesterday.
That's crazy warm
 for February.) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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LOVE & REPENT

Today we celebrate
Valentines Day
and Ash Wednesday,
the day of fasting
and the first day of Lent.

(Mixed message
if you ask me.)

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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I COLLECT HEART ROCKS

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.
Have you found your heart rock yet?


Monday, February 12, 2018

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LAST DAYS OF WINTER

Warm sunny days
are soon to green the fields,
and fill the trees with
rustling leaves.

I'm ready.

 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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IT'S TIME FOR KING CAKE

The King Cake tradition has been
associated with Mardi Gras,
since the tradition came to New Orleans
from France in 1870.

This pastry oval is always decorated
in purple (justice), green (faith) and
gold (power), resembling the crown 
honoring the Wise Men who visited
the Christ Child on Epiphany.

A tiny baby is usually baked inside the cake,
and whoever gets that slice is
named "king" for the day!


 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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HAPPY MARDI GRAS

It's Mardi Gras weekend in St. Louis.

The second largest celebration and parade
in the U.S. (2nd to New Orleans.)

Once again, it's freezing cold here. 

(That's never stopped us before.)

"Laissez les bons temps rouler." 

Friday, February 9, 2018

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MAGGIE'S
ESSENTIAL OILS

Living with my daughter
is good for both of us!

She knows, sells and uses
Young Living™Essential Oils.

For every possible need, cure,
allergy, scent, health, mind or
benefit . . . you've got a problem?

She's got the oil!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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OLD RELIABLE
POT BELLY HEAT

Pot belly stoves are nothing new,
providing safe radiant heat
in general stores and railroad stations
for hundreds of years.

Cast iron wood-burning stoves
drawing customers round 
on the coldest of days,
like the antique shop above,
on Cherokee Street in St. Louis.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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WINTER BARN

I love old barns, 
especially in winter.

How they last,
beyond the seasons.

Keep on going.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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FIRE FROM DOWN UNDER

From a mine in southern Australia,
a hot dry desert land
where few things grow or live,
there's a hole in the ground
called Lightning Ridge,
where few miners have been
lucky enough to pull out
the finest black opals every found.

Lightning Ridge black opals!

The top specimen is mine.
To hold it
you'd think there was a battery inside.

The next one down
is how beautiful the fire can be,
and worth tens of thousands of dollars.
On display in a museum.

Mighty pretty rock, heh?



Monday, February 5, 2018

Pic Today 2/5/18






HALF TIME WITH J.T.

The 52nd Super Bowl football game
was highlighted by the incredible
Justin Timberlake for a
non-stop show on the field
and in the stands.

. . . including a duet performance
with the late Prince,
saluting his hometown Minneapolis,
the site of this year's game.

What a show!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

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WHY IS MY FINGER PINK?

While spending an unexpected
night in the hospital,
I woke up to find myself
entangled by wires
connected to various parts
of my body.

I was especially startled
to find my index finger tip
glowing a brilliant pink.

It didn't hurt,
so I quickly found my pillow
and returned to sleep.

This morning, my nurse
explained it was the latest
in pulse oximetry.
A device that passes harmless
wavelengths of light
through the finger to
 measure accurate concentrations 
of arterial hemoglobin.

(E.T. phone home!)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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BEHOLD THE
SACRED LINGAM STONE

These lingam stones are harvested
once a year from the banks of the 
muddy Narmada River in the
central western part of India.

The lingam shape represents the
power of Shiva, the Lord of Creation,
the manifestation of masculine energy.
The purple markings, called Yoni,
represent feminine energy,
wisdom and intuition.

The lingam stone is a very sacred icon
of the Hindu tradition, and relates to
the heart chakra and the
manifestation of love.

The shape of these stones
make them unique objects for
meditation.

Friday, February 2, 2018

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YOU KNOW
WHAT DAY IT IS

Let's just hope
"you know who"
doesn't see his shadow
this morning!

(We don't need
  6 more weeks of 
this weather.) 

Punxsutawney Phil
is another year older.

Nuff said.
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pic Today 2/1/18



THE QUIET STREETS
OF SOULARD

will soon be transformed
into the 2nd most crowded
Mardi Gras celebration
in the U.S.

(The Big Easy will always be #1.)



The first parade (for Dogs)
is 3 days away,
Sunday, Feb.4.
And the big parade is 6 days later.

Yikes!

(Let the good times roll.
When it's freezing cold.)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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MY DAILY SMOOTHIE

Every morning,
I head to the blender
for my daily vitamins.

Whatever's in my fridge.
Fruits, veggies, nuts, 
yogurt, and of course
Joy Stinger's bee pollen.

My way to start the day!

 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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KING LOUIE
STANDING GUARD

King Louie IX of France,
the namesake of our fair city,
stands guard atop Art Hill
in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.

40-feet high, solid bronze,
a majestic sentry overlooking
Forest Park on a foggy morn.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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WINTER
WATERCRESS

After our bitter cold winter,
a visit to Richard Spring
reveals a healthy winter crop
of healthy watercress.

Spring waters never freeze
close to the source,
so we're assured of a 
bounty crop of
sweet, tangy cress
this coming year.

Yum.

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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3 WHITE SYCAMORES

Upper Meramec,
 warm sunny weekend.

Quiet river beauty,
waiting for Spring to begin.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pic Today 1/27/18


WARM ENOUGH
TO TRAVEL UPSTREAM
TODAY

With temps in the 50s,
it's time to check out the cabin
and the upper Meramec.


AND CHILLY ENOUGH
TO BUILD A FIRE

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pic Today 1/25/18



COCK-EYED HOUSE
IN KIRKWOOD

Not your traditional 
3-bedroom home
for this conservative
Victorian neighborhood.

I love it.

(And it's for sale!)
Asking price $415,000!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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CHIHULY'S
HANGING MASTERPIECE

Renowned glass artist,
Dale Chihuly,
has many installations in
and throughout the 
Missouri Botanical Garden.

His Tour de Force 
at the 79-acre horticultural estate
is easily the 928-piece
Blue Chandelier (2006)
which hangs at the entrance
in the RidgwayVisitor Center.

Comprised of 928 unique 
hand blown pieces
and suspended in mid-air,
visitors walk beneath it
as they enter the garden.

(It is lowered twice each year
for a thorough dusting.)
 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pic Today 1/23/18



THAWED ICE:
DANGEROUS BEAUTY

Our recent warm and sunny days
create ice conditions that
 are downright dangerous. 

Thawing ice, especially
on lakes and ponds,
accounts for more breakthroughs
and drownings than any other
time of year.

Look for ice porosity and bubbles
which occur when slabs are
floating just beneath the surface.

Even when temperatures are well
above freezing, frozen ice melts slowly,
and hardly supports its own weight.
Much less a person!
 

Monday, January 22, 2018

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FLOWING FREE

The lower Meramec River,
Kirkwood, Missouri.

Our recent warm spell has
sent the remaining ice
downstream.

Hope it lasts.
(Doubtful it will.)


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pic Today 1/21/18



WARM ENOUGH
TO SAY HI
TO THE GREAT EYEBALL 

A warm sunny weekend
was enough to fill our local parks.

And pose with "the great eyeball"
at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pic Today 1/20/18




WINTER
FADES AWAY

Warm days
and sunshine
are finally erasing
winter's hold.

40's and 50's
are removing winter's
icy white coat.

Farewell ice and snow.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Pic Today 1/19/19





ALBUMS, CDs, CASSETTES

With over 10,000-square-feet
and stacks and stacks of vintage vinyl,
albums, cassettes, videos,
you're likely to find an old favorite here
at the Record Exchange in St. Louis.

"This is the largest collection of vintage 
vinyl in the U.S.," so says Jean Haffner
who founded the Record Exchange in 1977.
He also has a huge collection of amps
and turntables to play them on.

You'll get lost for hours!

recordexchangestl.com
(Buy, sell, auction)