Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pic Today 10/31/19








CAN YOU IMAGINE?

80 mph winds blowing hot embers
towards your home.
Sudden mandatory evacuation orders.
Northern California, and now moving
closer to Los Angeles.

What would you take with you?

Poor helpless homeowners, farmers,
ranchers, vineyards.

God bless the thousands of firefighters
and residents who are facing
this State of Emergency.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Pic Today 10/30/19



CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES
SPREAD THROUGH WINE COUNTRY

Northern California is bracing for
another windstorm that has
already evacuated 200,000 residents
and wiped out whole vineyards
in Sonoma and Napa Valleys.

The Storm Prediction Center warned
of "extremely critical fire weather"
beginning today, amid an unprecedented
wave of power blackouts by 
Pacific Gas and Electric.

Estimates predict the fires to burn
until November 7.

State officials link the increase
in wildfires to climate change.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pic Today 10/29/19



PERFECT SEASON
FOR HIKING IN THE WOODS

Timing is everything.

(Pack a camera.)


Monday, October 28, 2019

Pic Today 10/28/19



THE BEST PART OF AUTUMN

The magical transformation
from summer to fall,
waiting for the colors,
the cooler nights.

Enjoy the light, the feelings.



Sunday, October 27, 2019

Pic Today 10/27/19



THE COLORS OF AUTUMN

Leaves turn, then fall.
Adding color to our neighborhood.

The show is definitely in the trees.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Pic Today 10/26/19



SWEET TREATS 
AT KALDI'S COFFEE

Thanks, Phoebe,
for my "trick or treat"
for joining the neighborhood
Halloween visits this week.

(Almond Joy is my fave.)



Friday, October 25, 2019

Pic Today 10/25/19



GET OUT INTO THE WOODS

This is the weekend to enjoy
the fall foliage.

Enjoy the colors, the smells,
the crisp cool nights.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pic Today 10/24/19





PERFECT DAY
AT THE
SCULPTURE PARK

Warm sunny day
at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

And a chance to pay homage
to the Great Eye Ball.

Last warm day of the year,
so they say.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Pic Today 10/23/19



COME SEE THE MASTERS
OF DUTCH PORTRAITURE

Come stand eye to eye
with the perfection of Rembrandt.

70 masterpieces of Dutch painting
from the 17th-century,
now at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Lifelike captures, blushed cheeks,
weathered skin, starched linen, 
stiff black fabric, fur trim.

On loan from the famous collection
of Dutch portraiture, at
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


 Rembrandt up close.
Don't miss it.

Now through January 12, 2020.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pic Today 10/22/19



LOVING THE COLORS
OF AUTUMN

Especially the faded reds
on old barn wood.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Pic Today 10/21/19



REFLECTIONS
ON THE MERAMEC

Hard to see the rainbow trout
with all these autumn colors.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pic Today 10/20/19



FINALLY

The leaves have started turning.
And the days are warm and dry.

Enjoy!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Pic Today 10/18/19



TIME TO BUILD A FIRE

Now that nights are cold,
tis' the season to fire up
that great old fireplace
at the river cabin.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pic Today 10/16/19



THE POWER OF ONE ACORN

"The creation of a thousand forests
is in one acorn."

                             - Ralph Waldo Emerson



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pic A Day 10/16/19



SKELETONS IN CLASS

A Kirkwood High School
science teacher
set up a science classroom
in his front yard.

So fun!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pic Today 10/15/19



PRETTY IN PINK

Good day for a drive in the country.

This beauty parked in the shade.

I love old Dodge trucks.
That divided front windshield.

(My still life for today.)


Monday, October 14, 2019

Pic Today 10/14/19



HISTORIC ROUTE 66

Starting in 1927,
motorists could "get their kicks"
driving from Chicago to L.A.
on Route 66.

Mostly a 2-lane paved highway,
it was promoted as an
adventurous way to see the USA.
Eventually made obsolete by 
an interstate highway system,
there are still sections that remain
including stations and outdated motels
(as the original motel in Cuba, MO,
seen above.)

Cozy, huh?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pic Today 10/13/19



BIG RIVER
CEDAR HILL, MO

The old mill washed out
long ago, but still worth a visit.

One of Missouri's free-flowing streams.
The Big River is one of our 
greatest natural resources.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pic Today 10/12/19



WARM DAYS ARE BEHIND US

B r r r r . . . cold snap is here.

Time to bring the plants inside.
Freeze warning tonight.

(Go Cardinals.)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Pic Today 10/11/19



HOW TO LOVE BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Harvest fresh sprouts off the stem.
Cut in half, toss lightly oil
and fresh ground pepper.

In a separate pan,
dice a thick slice of pancetta.
Saute until crisp, and drain.


In a roasting pan,
spread evenly in a
400˚ oven for 30 minutes
until edges are crisp.

Season with fresh ground nutmeg
and parmesan cheese.


And serve.


You now love brussels sprouts.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pic Today 10/10/19



STARTING TO TURN

Finally . . .

River trees are changing colors.

My favorite season of the year!


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Pic Today 10/9/19




PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS
EVERYWHERE

Got yours yet?

They come in every color,
and every size.





Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pic Today 10/8/19



ROUND BALES

Harvest is late this year.
But certain.

Remember when bales
were rectangular?

(Is so,
you're older than me.)



Monday, October 7, 2019

Pic Today 10/7/19




PERFECT EVENING
FOR LOCAL ARTIST

Brian Haynes art reception
at Kirkwood Train Station.

Perfect night for Brian's
wonderful paintings.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pic Today 10/6/19



SAVORY OKRA

Late summer harvest
at the Farmers Market
gives us just what we need
for stewed okra and tomatoes.

Slice okra, dredge in flour,
mix with egg mixture,
sauté with chopped tomatoes
in hot oil.  Add hot peppers 
and garlic, and stew for 5 min.

You've got a classic creole favorite.

Try it, you'll love it.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pic Today 10/5/19



INDIAN CORN

A fall favorite, used mostly
for seasonal decorations,
Indian corn is another name
for maize, a hard shelled corn
grown by Native Americans
for thousands of years.

It's the same variety used
in popcorn.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pic Today 10/4/19



PERSIMMON PERFECTION

They're here, 
they're ripe,
their juicy.

Get 'em while you can.
The new crop is in.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pic Today 10/3/19



WHERE I NEED TO BE

October temperatures in the 90s.

Much too hot for autumn.

The cool clean waters of the Meramec
is where I need to be.



Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pic Today 10/2/19



BEST KEPT SECRET

Acoustic music lovers,
acoustic artists,
have discovered 
Wildwood Springs Lodge,
in Steelville, Missouri
(1 hour west of St. Louis.)

Beautiful setting on the
Meramec River,
in the Missouri Ozarks.

Intimate stage setting,
overnight rooms in this
100 year old resort,
great country food,
with world famous acts.
America, Poco, Taj Mahal
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
just to name a few.



www.wildwoodspringslodge.com






Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Pic Today 10/1/19



CARDS CLINCH CHAMPIONSHIP
ON LAST DAY OF SEASON

Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna
congratulate Matt Carpenter
on his 3-run homer in yesterday's
final game of the season.

The Cards pounded the Chicago Cubs 9-0
grabbing their first post-season championship
since 2015.

They play Atlanta on Thursday
for Game 1 of the NLDS.

Go Cardinals!