Monday, December 31, 2018

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HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE
THE NEW YEAR

All you need are two things
(besides your loved one):

1.  Some bubbly* to toast 2019

*( Champagne or sparkling cider)

2.  Twelve green grapes
at Midnight

And as the clock strikes 12:00,
the tradition is to eat all 12 grapes,
one for each month of the year
before the clock chimes stop.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018

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BEST PANCAKES
IN TOWN

We're lucky here in St. Louis.

3 locations.
The Original Pancake House.

Blueberry Pancakes
for the holidays!

(with warm maple syrup)

Yum!


Friday, December 28, 2018

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KITCHEN AND BUTLER'S PANTRY
MAGIC CHEF MANSION

Built for Charles Stockstrom
in 1908,
the Magic Chef mansion contains
the original kitchen and side pantry
of this famous estate in St. Louis.

Once the largest stove maker
in the world,
it is said that in the 1930's and 40's,
one out of every two stoves
in America were Magic Chefs.


Our river cabin 
(built in the 1930's)
still has its original
Magic Chef stove.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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BLEVE

2 cute kids
playing with their
sign making toy.

(Thank you, Santa.)

They came up
with the message.

Do what they say!


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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SURVIVING
CHRISTMAS MORNING

Thanks, Maggie,
for keeping order
(or at least trying to.)

Maybe there's another way
to do this.

(Probably not.)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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DON'T FORGET

Leave milk and cookies for Santa.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 24, 2018

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SANTA COMES
TO THE SYMPHONY

Nothing like attending
the St. Louis Symphony's
holiday concert ...

to help us get in the
Christmas spirit.

It's Christmas Eve.
Are you feeling it yet?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

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MY FAVORITE LAMP

So many wonderful things
at the cabin.

Original furniture,
vintage kitchen,
fixtures, details, the works.

(Note the framed photo,
before the front deck washed away.)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

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AFTERNOON SUN

Winter sun
charging feathers hanging
on the cabin wall.

The energy's everywhere!

Friday, December 21, 2018

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HOORAY
CAROLYN IS CANCER FREE

Our dear friends
(and cabin neighbors)
Walt and Carolyn
are celebrating the best
possible news 
for the holidays . . .

Carolyn is cancer free.

Having suffered through
two painful bouts
of chemo therapy,
the good news has just come in.

The best possible gift
for the Christmas season.

We are so happy!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

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RIDIN' THE RAILS

Kirkwood, Missouri
was established in 1853,
and an important suburb
of St. Louis.

As the first planned suburb
west of St. Louis, and an
early railroad commuter destination
west of the Mississippi River,
the city built its train station in 1893,
which continues to serve as 
a major rail stop, with
daily Amtrak service east and west.

The station is staffed and operated
by volunteers, who are avid
train enthusiasts.

All aboard!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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NEON ART:
PAST AND PRESENT

An exhibit of advertising
art, electrified.

The beautiful art
 of neon signage.

(At Laumeier Sculpture Park
through January 13.)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

One week to go,
till jolly St. Nick
comes down the chimney.

But until then,
it sure is nice to get
to the cabin,
away from the hustle and bustle.

Chilly nights, 
but warm quiet days,
With a fire in the fireplace.

Wishing you all a
quiet, peaceful holiday
season.



Friday, December 14, 2018

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CANDY CANE LANE

Festive lighting helps
"make the spirits bright."

How inviting.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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WREATHES
FOR THE HOLIDAYS

One of my favorite traditions
at Christmas time.

A symbol of celebration,
and welcome.

Wreathes represent continuity,
and were worn as crowns
in ancient times.

So many creative ways
to salute the season.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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CATCHING THE 815
KIRKWOOD TO KANSAS CITY

Holiday travel from downtown Kirkwood
to the heart of Kansas City.

We're lucky to have Amtrak
and the beautiful Kirkwood train station.

All aboard!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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TERROR 
ON SANTA'S LAP

Not every child
enjoys visits
with Santa Claus1

Monday, December 10, 2018

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CHRISTMAS IS BIG
THIS YEAR

It's irresistible.

Join in.

It's contagious!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

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TORTIERE NIGHT
AT CHEZ PILON

Making French Quebec
meat pies.

And celebrating with good friends.
It's a holiday tradition.

(Duck fat makes all the difference.)

Yum!


Saturday, December 8, 2018

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MY CHRISTMAS
MORNING SMOOTHIE

How I start my day
during the holidays.

In a blender, mix the following:

1 freshly squeezed orange
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 ripe avocado
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh peeled pineapple
1 peeled and cored apple
1 tbsp. Joy Stinger's bee pollen
2 tbsp. protein powder

Keeps me full for the day.
Yum.

Friday, December 7, 2018

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are shops that sell
Christmas decorations,
ornaments, lights, candies,
collectibles, antiques,
and nothing else?

All year round.
In almost every city
and tourist destination
around the world?

Villages, stores, 
shops, emporiums.

Happy Holidays.
(Bring your wallet.)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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JOY STINGER
LOVES CHRISTMAS

A visit to Joy Stinger's
(famous local bee keeper)
is a celebration of an
old fashioned Christmas!

I love stopping by
for fresh jars of honey
and her "over the top"
holiday decorations!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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GENTLE SNOW

Soft beautiful snowfall.

Perfect, crystal flakes,
all day long.

I love snow like yesterday!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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LOVING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Decorating with holiday lights
is contagious.

Looks so good in the 'hood.