MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, DAY 338 OF 2013: Some days I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. That will teach me not to get wrapped up in folding more than one origami challenge in a day. So I mistakingly posted today’s material yesterday (Tuesday) and forgot that I hadn’t posted Tuesday’s material on Tuesday. So now, I have to go back and post the material I didn’t post yesterday. I hope you’re not as confused as I am. Welcome to the world of Déjà vu!
And more trees, too!
YOU KNOW WHEN SUMMER IS OVER … I was dusting the furniture in my bedroom when I discovered this on the window sill …
I sure hope you don’t get the impression that I’m a slacker when it comes to dusting around here. Since there are no trees along this side of the house, I never open the drapes on the window. Wouldn’t want any Peeping Toms or Tillys getting salacious on the common ground between houses.
MY WEEKEND CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY/SUNDAY, DAYS 334 AND 335 OF 2013: And when I logged on to WORLD PRESS today, I discovered I’m celebrating my third anniversary writing about my rather uneventful life here in the Wicket City. I failed to write an entry here yesterday, and I spent the day loafing around the house with Mlle. Renee in my pajamas. Mlle. Renee wasn’t wearing my PJs, I was.
Today the temps got up into the 60s and I decided that the day called for a walk in Forest Park. I planned on walking through the Kennedy Forest, but I went to the Art Museum instead. I took photos of the three bas-relief panels over the front entrance of the museum, but only the third one was fit for displaying.
I’ll reshoot the other two another time. Still haven’t discovered when or why the panels were cut in half. Inside the museum I climbed up to the front balcony to shoot the Grand Sculpture Hall from the same position as the original 1904 photograph.
And if you’ve got a real keen eye, you should be able to see this piece of sculpture hidden in the photo from 1904.
Harriet Hosmer was one of the first female sculptors in the United States. You can read the DESCRIPTION CARD by clicking twice on the photo to enlarge it.
I also checked out my favorite cat at the Museum.
It’s a carved wood CAT by Calder who is a little more famous for his mobiles.
And a couple of fighting roosters.
Then I went home to play with Renee in the backyard.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, DAY 333 OF 2013: Today, I slept in with Mlle. Renee to recover from two Thanksgiving dinners to two days. Hey, I have two brothers with families. But my real secret to survival is to never take more than spoonful of everything on the menu. That way you won’t offend anyone who prepared any dish being served. Also you won’t be overeating. Even though you’re really tempted to go back for seconds of turkey, stuffing, mashed and candied sweet potatoes. Why is it that you never have the urge to go for seconds of the green bean casserole? Also limit yourself to one micro-sliver of a single type of pie. And trust me… that really is hard. But it’s really not the food that makes you sluggish the next day, it the late hours you spend yammering with all the family. Obviously, we don’t communicate by phone often enough. So it really felt great to lay in bed and turn the alarm off when it rang. I would have stay in bed even longer, but I remember I had to go buy dog food for Renee, and sliced turkey breast for myself. OK, I’ll admit it, I’m a roast turkey addict and the deli counter of Dierbergs carries sliced roasted turkey breast. So at least I can have turkey sandwiches next week for lunch … even though I don’t have any leftover stuffing or cranberry sauce to put on them. So I braved BLACK FRIDAY, and went shopping. You realize that the only empty stores on black Friday are grocery and pet stores. Anyway, in addition to my food and Renee’s food, I also had time to buy Renee’s Christmas present at Black Friday prices. Don’t tell her though.
I also decided that I didn’t feel like cooking for dinner, so I decided to stop in SUBWAYS to try their new Sirracha Melt Steak sub. I told the woman at the counter not to toast it because I would do that when I got home for dinner. And she said, “Would you like me to put the veggies in a bag so you can add them after you toast your sandwich.” I then replied that was amazing because she was the first person to offer that service in all the times I had ordered a carry-out sandwich. That girl is going to go far!
When I added the veggies, the sandwich looked like the ones they show in the TV commercials rather than the ones you usually get in the sub shop. It was quite good, too. But I could only eat half. So I wrapped the other half up for tomorrows lunch. But I guess I’ll have to eat it cold.
Actually, it kind of looks like water.
Since I had limited myself to slivers of dessert for the past two evenings, I had really been craving a thick slice of pumpkin pie. But there was no way I was going to buy an entire pie just for myself. So I decided to pass until I saw this in the dessert section of the store.
Well, it really didn’t taste like pumpkin pie because the skimped on the pumpkin pie spices. This tastes like Sweet Potato Pie. And when I turn the box over to read the ingredient list, I discovered it actually was …
You can’t trust a bakery located in North Carolina to make a Pumpkin Pie without adding SWEET POTATOES … even though they were dehydrated. Also, never trust a pumpkin pie that uses more than flour, salt, shortening, water, pumpkin, sugar, condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spices.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – THE RETURN OF LITTLE BOXES:
VOILA, THE FANCY BOX!
Did you notice that the puzzle was presented by a new, very tall doggie? I cashed in my CHARTER CABLE rewards to get him last month and he arrived today. He doesn’t have a name yet, and Mlle. Renee thinks he belongs to her. I’m not too sure about that though, because he seems very comfortable hanging around my work area.
TALKING ABOUT MLLE. RENEE: I think she’s gay. I was watching the Barbra Streisand Return To Brooklyn concert on PBS tonight and reliving the last 50 years of my life, when I looked over at Renee’s sofa …
I guess I really shouldn’t start worrying until she asks me to play some of the Barbra albums in my collection.
Did you know that early in her career, Barbra appeared several times in Saint Louis’ Gaslight Square. I couldn’t go see her, because I was under-age. And I’m two years older than Barbra is. That’s life!
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, DAY 331 OF 2013: Tuesday was spent watching my inside/outside weather fluctuate between snow, rain and snow and rain. Guess that could be shortened to SNAIN. We were lucky and none of the options were realized. It was extremely cold though, and I didn’t see one witch out flying around the neighborhood to test the accuracy of the forecast. Today the forecast is for cold, Colder, or COLDEST. Guess you could say we’re having fowl weather.
Anyway, I spend most of yesterday cooking. I baked crusty sesame seed dinner rolls and I also unearthed my mother’s recipe for her carrot and pineapple orange gelatin salad as a traditional family Thanksgiving dish. That meant I spent a goodly amount of time scraping carrots. Couldn’t figure out why everything had an orange cast until I took off my glasses and noticed the coating of carrot juice specks on them. Hmm, specked specs? Shredding the carrots was easier because I was finally able to use my mandoline. And boy did I get thin shredded carrots! I know, you can buy pre-shredded carrots at the grocery. But they were thick shreds for salads and slaw. Unfortunately, I was to busy cooking to photograph my work. Also I didn’t want to wash my hands to pick up the camera. I did wash my hands before I started cooking, and I wore food-service gloves to knead the dough for the dinner rolls. I’ll take photos of the Thanksgiving dinner table.
It really didn’t make any sense to waste time on craft class project pretending to be origami. Especially since we have some beautiful ceramic napkin rings to use on the napkins. So I decided to fold a more colorful top turkey than the one I did yesterday.
If you were following my blog back in May, you’ll remember that I actually folded a pajarita on Day 126 (http://smilingbagel.com/2013/05/06/daily-calendar-challenge-126-may-6-2013/)
The pajarita is a traditional paper fold in Spain, and it is supposed to be a little bird or parrot. So, guess who get’s to introduce today’s …
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 330 OF 2013: All reports from the weather wizards indicate that the massive snow bearing storm currently on a north easterly path will completely bypass the local area. Mlle. Renee and I sure hope so. She bruised her front paw last week and she was limping around for a day or two. For some reason, she thinks I’m the great medicine man of the house. So, she always comes to me and shows me all of her ouchies and expecting me to rub medicine on them and make them better. At least she doesn’t expect me to kiss them. Now, if she gets a cut or scratch, I can clean it and rub in a bit of Neosporin Ointment. If she develops a summer rash on her tummy, I have an anti-itch cream to rub on. But what do I do when she comes to me with a bruised paw where I can’t see any visible damage? Probably what most doctors do with their patients. Commiserate with her, examine her paw, wash it off with warm water and tell her it will be better.
Now my grandfather would have treated her in a completely different manner. With one exception, he did not believe in doctors or medicine. His one exception was patent medicine known an SLOAN’S GREEN LINIMENT. It was an elixir that was made in Saint Louis.And the basic ingredients were cayenne pepper extract, methyl salicylate, camphor oil, turpentine, and pine oil. According to my uncles, it burned like hell when you rubbed it on the skin. Now, my grandfather used it for all aches and pains, and cuts and bruises on himself and any of the many animals who called him their friend. He never saw a doctor and he lived into his nineties. Hey, it worked for him.
But I would never use anything on Renee that wasn’t recommended by her veterinarian. And I keep all of her meds in her own bag, so I don’t get them mixed up with the ones I use on myself.
But when my grandfather raised turkeys when I was little, this is what they looked like.And they would run up behind me and peck me on my hienie. Bad birds! But they weren’t that bad when grandma roasted him for dinner after my first communion.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, DAY 329 OF 2013: I just realized, Christmas is only a month away! Where has 2013 gone? Is it just me, or do the pages of the calendar turn faster the older you get? Mlle Renee comments: “Relax, take multiple naps every day … and life will all slow down.” Also, I’ve only have two days to complete my cooking assignments for two Thanksgiving dinners. (Two batches of my classic assorted dinner rolls, Grandma’s Carrot and Pineapple Gelatin Salad, and Pumpkin Bars.) Hopefully I won’t sample too much while preparing it. Ditto for two dinners.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – A SIX POINTED STAR:Amazing! Finally a practical origami challenge! And it actually works. And since Thursday’s holiday is shared by Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the six-pointed Star Of David fits in too! I used a specially printed piece paper for making my star, and it worked perfectly.
We know who is the star around here, don’t we? NOTE: I did make a couple of minor adjustments in to make final result work with the pre-printed paper. I also used a slightly thicker presentation paper for a sturdier star.
A PRE-HOLIDAY SNEAK PEAK AT THE SMILING BAGEL CREATIVE CENTER:This a photo of the work center in my office. Notice today’s origami star has been affixed to the computer. Also the Renee screen saver is the same as what I printed on today’s folding paper. Pay no attention to the kitten climbing the lamp shade. That belonged to my mother.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 328 OF 2013: Renee and I got up this morning … looked at the outside thermometer … saw it was 19 degree and we jumped back in bed and pulled up the cover. Renee did not pull up the cover, she serves as the cover that keeps my legs and feet warm. And she does a very good job, thank you. When we finally got up at 10:00, I went right to the freezer and got out the ground beef that was going to become my evening meatloaf and also the last bag of the frozen French toast I had made a week ago.
Since it was the weekend I decided to create my own Origami Challenge. I had just about settled on doing this Koala Bear … when I saw that it took eighteen folding steps.I decided that it would be best if I devoted my time to cleaning up the house for Thanksgivingskah. Hey, the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. What was the television show where they celebrated Christmakkah every year? First person to tell me wins the Koala bear … whenever I finish it.
Mlle. Renee kept moving around and taking a nap wherever I want to vacuum the carpet.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 325 OF 2013: If Renee and I thought yesterday was bad, today is even worse. It was so dark and dreary this morning, we actually slept in until 10:30 to allow the house to warm up to a comfortable degree. As of noon, the outside temp is up to 50, but the rain is still coming down steady. Renee says, “Grrr-rummist-arf … why are dogs stuck with outdoor restrooms on rainy days.”
Not a day goes by that Renee doesn’t do something to make me love her even more. This afternoon I was in the kitchen scrubbing the roasting pan I used to roast yesterdays roast beef dinner. I admit I was too lazy to do it last night when I washed the other dishes. [I used the excuse that I was soaking the sides of the pan.] Anyway I was standing by the sink scrubbing the pan when she walked up behind me and nudge me behind the knee with her nose. This is Renee talk which means she wants me to follow her some where. So I dried my hands and followed her out of the kitchen and into my bedroom where she stood and looked at my bed. I hadn’t fixed my bed after we got up this morning. She won’t get up on the bed unless the covers are all pulled up, and her fluffy towel is on top. I swear sometimes that she has the reincarnated spirit of my mother inhabiting her. So I pulled the covers up into their proper positions, and made sure her towel was in middle.
I pulled my legs up onto the bed, and she immediately nuzzled up to them. So I said, “The roasting pan can wait to be cleaned.” And I took her advice to take an afternoon nap. Now tell me she isn’t one smart dog! So we napped until she heard the mailman come up on the front porch to deliver the mail.
Unfortunately, the roasting pan didn’t wash itself.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 318 OF 2013: Well, it wasn’t as cold today as it was yester day, but the leaves continue to fall on the back lawn … from all the neighbors’ trees. My two maple trees are leafless, and the illegal alien leaves are creeping over the chain link fence borders of the back yard. And they’re doing it in broad daylight. Big ugly sycamore, and catalpa, sweet gum and locust.
Look how the dwarf thew petite maple leaves. If it doesn’t rain on Saturday, they’ll soon be gone, gone, gone!
And speaking of being gone …A seriously deflated and somewhat haunting birthday balloon fell to the floor this afternoon … and couldn’t get up. A clique of clowns were called, but they were unable to resuscitate the fallen balloon. After a brief service the ghost balloon was interred for his trip to the helium heaven.Farewell flightless friend, and don’t make any plans about sneaking back during the night. Mlle. Renee will be watching for you!
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – PARROT: Today’s puzzle was yet another two-day folding project. And since it is quite complicated, I am taking two days to fold it.
Tomorrow, I take on Part 2! Hopefully!