Monday, April 30, 2018

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THE COLOR
OF FRIENDSHIP

In fact, yellow tulips have
come to mean
hope and closeness.

How about they just mean
Happy Spring?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Never take a child
with you
into a pastry shop
when you're hungry.

Ever!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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TIME TO TIPTOE

 "Earth laughs in flowers."

             -- Ralph Waldo Emerson



Friday, April 27, 2018

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CHECKING THE
GROUND WATER

One of the best things about
our river cabin
is the million*-gallon-per-day
natural spring at our doorstep.


The Missouri Department of Natural Resources
measures and evaluates flow and quality
of hundreds of natural springs
throughout the state.
And it was our turn to get tested this past week.


Daily Flow, early 1960
1,080,000 gallons per day


Daily Flow, April 25, 2018
4,273,800 gallons per day
Water quality -- excellent

That's a healthy increase
in water output.

*(Time to redo the sign.)


Thursday, April 26, 2018

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BEHIND THE CABIN

Took the day off yesterday.
Chores to do
down at the cabin.

Fix the plumbing leaks,
from the winter freeze.
Replacing the propane tanks,
behind the cabin.

Haven't walked back there,
2 maybe 3 years.

Wow.

The moss covered rock wall
was a beautiful surprise.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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INDUSTRIAL RELICS
FROM AN OLDER ST. LOUIS

Down on the northern riverfront
there's a graveyard of 100-year-old
power and warehouse buildings,
a St. Louis that once was.

Vacant, but still standing.
Testament to another century
of smoke stacks and riverboats.
Warehouse walls of giant graffiti.

Mostly unused, but still standing.
Waiting to be discovered
and repurposed for
something new.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pic Today 4/23/16






REQUIEM
FOR A
CHOCOLATE LAB

Those most amazing
chocolate lab retriever
I've ever met.

Porter!

He was so protective,
so loving, so sweet.

He became a "regular"
at morning coffee,
especially with young Maya.

He died suddenly, and
devastated everyone who
knew him.

And so . . .
we celebrated this
lovely dog's life
and spirit.
On Earth Day, 2018.


Pic Today 4/22/28











ROGUE 68

Coinciding with Shake 38
and a performance of Macbeth
downstairs in a great old building
on O'Fallon Street in St. Louis,
the Rogue Underground Dining Society
held its 68th gourmet dining event
last evening.

The first 24 responders
to an invitation announcement
earned a spot at Sunday evening's
7-course affair.

Good job dedicated chefs
and support staff.

And in honor of Macbeth
King of Scotland,
a toast of fine Islay whiskey
to salute the evening.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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HAMILTON
AT THE FOX

I was lucky enough
to see the Tony "Best Musical"
Broadway show, HAMILTON,
at the Fabulous Fox theater
in St. Louis.

Impossible to get tickets
are touring at select theaters now,
for a second U.S. tour,
including the amazing Fox theater.

This rapped through musical
about the life of founding-father
Alexander Hamilton
features music and lyrics by
Lin-Manuel Miranda
and color-conscious casting of
non-white actors as the
founding fathers of the U.S.

Such an amazing theatrical performance.

Worth every bit of its critical acclaim.

Wow!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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A BRIDGE
WORTH RECYCLING

The old Chain of Rocks bridge
spans the Mississippi River
just north of St. Louis.

For 3 decades, this was the landmark
for travelers driving on Route 66.

It's hard to forget a 30-degree turn
midway across a mile-long bridge
60-feet above the mighty Mississip.

Closed to auto traffic in 1970,
the bridge remains open for
hikers and cyclists to this day.

Check out this vintage pic
from 1929.

(Can you imagine 2 way traffic
on this narrow beauty?)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pic Today 4/17/18



OLD VICTORIAN BEAUTY

Even in disrepair,
and no longer occupied,
I love these old Victorian homes.

Especially against a winter sky.

They don't build 'em
like they used to.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pic Today 4/15/18



GARDENING
ON MY MIND

Started some of my veggies indoors,
and on a heated pad.
(What a difference.)

They're all up.

Now if the weather
will only cooperate!

(Possible cold spell forecast for today.)


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pic Today 4/14/18




THE WORLD
IS IN BLOOM

A great weekend
to get out
and enjoy the yellows
of Spring.

Friday, April 13, 2018

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WATER, WATER
EVERYWHERE

No fire damage
from upstairs blaze,
but too much water
from the sprinklers.

Not fit to occupy,
so off to the Holiday Inn
while they tear out my
floor, my carpet, my sanity.

Do you know how much noise
5 dehumidifiers make?

(And of course, the forecast
for today's weather ... RAIN.)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pic Today 4/12/18





GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

The good news:
The fire upstairs was put out,
and no one was hurt.

The bad news:
The automatic sprinkler system
extinguished the flames,
and the water went straight down
to my apartment.

The really bad news:
I'm not allowed back in
my apartment, until the
building inspector says "ok."