Mlle: Renee always lets me know when our mail carrier is approaching the house to deliver the mail. Actually, she knows he’s coming when he’s two houses away. When he’s walking up the steps to drop the mail in the box, she’s standing at the front door. She always has to sniff the mail and let me know it is safe to bring into the house. The President should have security like I do. Today the mail was delivered and I brought it into the house. Only the mailman returned fifteen minutes later with a parcel delivery. It was a package for Mlle. Renee.
Naturally, she had to sniff it out with her personal security system. And she alerted me that she smelled doggies within! I told her that I doubted if anyone was sending her a puppy in a cardboard box. So, I opened the box …
And to her surprise we discovered the box contained three handcrafted doggie pillows that was made by Renee’s favorite person from Texas, Miss. Becky. Renee was really happy to get a gift, but she didn’t know what to do with them. She had never owned her own pillow before. At first she shook the smallest one up. Then she throw another on into the air.
According to some new APP that analyzes photos for smiles, Saint Louis, followed closely by Kansas City, is the happiest city in the United States. I find that really strange since we live in such a miserable state filled and run by some of the bigoted, repressive, gun-totingest, Bible-belt politicians outside of Kansas and Arizona. In order to test this Smile APP Theory, I decided to review some of my Saint Louis photos for smile content.
I guess that APP was right.
Well, today was the first parade of the Mardi Gras revelries and as usual Mlle. Renee decided to sleep in. It was the annual Beggin’ Pet Parade in Soulard.
Actually, Mlle. Renee really isn’t into playing dress up. She’d be willing to nibble on a piece King Cake or even a Beggin’ Strip, but in the middle of a parade of canines (and cats) I’m sure she would rather play run, roll and chase. GAD-ZOOKS! I have visions of being pulled through the streets behind a pack of wild and crazy parade pets.
Besides, on Sunday, I like to sleep in, too.
So Happy Valentine’s to all of visitors to the Smiling Bagel’s online home.
Today is also the fifth anniversary of me and Mlle. Renee. I adopted her on Valentine’s Day 2009. And I think it was the luckiest day ever for both of us. She knew it was a special day, and she came into my bedroom about five in the morning. Actually, she was probably cold and wanted to sleep at the foot of my bed and keep my feet warm. It was a cold and gloomy day so we slept in and didn’t get up until eleven. She heard the mailman come up on the front porch and she had to wake me up to go get it. We actually received a Valentine card from Marika and Dash who live in Arkansas. Here she is checking it out.
We just discovered that Marika and I share a distant family relationship. Her mother was born in Alsenborn a village in the Rhineland of Germany where my Great Grandfather Franz Edler was born. Not only that, but one of the remaining Edlers in Alsenborn (all Edlers are related in Alsenborn) is married to her great-aunt. So that’s almost a distant family relationship, isn’t it?
For our anniversary dinner I made a cheese-burger pizza (no onions or garlic) which we shared. As you probably know already, cheese is Renee’s favorite food. Well, right after butter that is. The fifth anniversay is the Wooden anniversary. So I guess I’ll give her a stick as soon as the snow melts.
IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURE SOMETHING YOU TREASURE.
It was Valentine’s Day …
Five years ago today. And I was looking for a friend.
And a sweet young girl named Sally caught my eye,
Since I already had a best friend named Sally.
I asked if she would be my Renee.
And today she is my Treasure.
And I think the ball is hers!
Woke up this morning and when I discovered that it was just THREE DEGREES ABOVE ZERO outside, I picked up a book … actually, it was my Kindle … and decided to have a read-in morning. It was definitely much warmer in my bed. Especially since my personal bed warmer, Mlle. Renee, was curled up on her fluffy beach towel next to my legs. My book of choice this morning was author Armistead Maupin’s The Days Of Anna Madrigal, the ninth and concluding volume in his TALES OF THE CITY series.
I have been an avid fan and follower of the TALES ever since they first appeared as a daily serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. Now this was not an easy task, since I have been a life long resident of the Wicket City, better known to all as Saint Louis. Luckily, I worked in the in-house advertising agency of a shoe company with retail stores in San Francisco. So we got the paper on a daily basis, and only a week after publication. A couple of years later the original newspaper serials were re-edited into six novels. The first three books were also adapted into three television miniseries. In 2007 Maupin published the first of three books that would revisit characters of the original series as they are today. The Days Of Anna Madrigal is the concluding chapter of the TALES.
After spending an hour or so reading in bed this morning, I thought it was fitting to discover that Saint Louis made the TOP TEN LIST of America’s Most Literate Cities In 2013 – Drawing from a variety of available data resources, the America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States. This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and newspaper circulation. Dr. John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, is the author of this study. Research for this edition of AMLC was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at CCSU.
CITY FINAL RANK 2013
Washington, DC 1
Seattle, WA 2
Minneapolis, MN 3
Atlanta, GA 4.5
Pittsburgh, PA 4.5
Denver, CO 6
St. Paul, MN 7
Boston, MA 8
St. Louis, MO 9
San Francisco, CA 10
Five days into February and the weather isn’t getting any better. Curses, Mr. Groundhog! OK, so we didn’t get the possible 9 to 12 inches they were predicting. But Mlle. Renee has had to trek through 4 to 5 inches and that goes up pretty high on her canine paws and legs when she has to go outside. Never could find a pair of snow boots that satisfied her fashion tastes. It also didn’t get much higher than 20F outside either. But I still bundled up and went out to sweep the snow from the front steps and the back deck. I also put out the last of the salt and calcium chloride mix. Don’t want to take another Bob-sled trip down the deck ramp again.
Other than that, Renee and I spent most of the day either sleeping-in, eating, catching up with now out-of-date periodicals and napping. That was until Stan my resident Demon showed up sporting yet another inspirational button for me.
And wouldn’t you know, he also brought the Origami Instruction Manual. That’s what I get for creating an Origami Demon! Who knew they keep coming back to
annoy encourage you to continue your creativity. Well, I knew I wasn’t going to try that blasted kangaroo that I screwed up on my last four attempts. And I didn’t want to make another Star Wars origami … because Stan and his Demon relatives always want to make them fly. So Stan suggested, that since I was feeling blue today to make something happy like a bluebird of happiness. He even had the book opened up to the pattern.
Do you know that I’ve lived in Missouri my entire life and I’ve never seen a BLUEBIRD … which happens to be the Missouri State Bird. Guess that’s because all of the Dogwood Trees (the state flower) I planted for them always died. So I attempted to fold a bluebird. And this was the result –
It could have been better, but it was very hard to fold. Would you believe a dozen thicknesses of paper and 26 different folds? Each leg alone was 12-layers of paper. Sure, I’ll try it again, but I’ll have to get thinner folding paper. Stan at least was happy. He’s trying to teach it to fly.
And about being in the dumps. The weather wizards are predicting we’ll hit 1F or lower tomorrow. Thanks, again, groundhog!
That title for today’s post was supplied by Mlle. Renee who has spent the entire day either sleeping in my bed with me or on her sofa in the living room.
“Warm is good. Snow is bad!”
TOAD IN THE HOLE AND FACON
The Toad In The Hole, which is not related to the British breakfast dish of the same name in any way, shape or form, is just an egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread. The Facon is just fried strips of sliced ham. It was quite colorful and tasty.
MY MUG OF THE DAY: Well, I guess we’ve reached the bottom of the mug tribute.
This is not the original reproduction of the Ball Caning Jar with a handle. I broke that jar/mug a long time ago. This is just a cheap imitation. The coffee is a decaf Breakfast Blend. It does go well with cinnamon chocolate chip crescent rolls.
What do you expect for a cold and snowy day other than warm and cozy food. Chili for supper, tonight?
While Mlle. Renee and I slept in this morning, someone had to go and wake the poor groundhog from his winter slumbers so he could see his shadow. Though I don’t know how he could see his shadow on a sunless day like today. So now we can expect our current weather patterns to stick around for all of February and half of March. But then, that’s what the weather wizards had been predicting anyway. Did you know that the groundhog is really a woodchuck? And if a woodchuck could a woodchuck would have preferred to sleep-in chucking wood like Mlle. Renee and I did this morning. Anyway, we’ll be sleeping in a lot this week with two more winter storms moving in on us … first Tuesday and then Friday and Saturday. Brrrr humbug, I say, very brrrr!
Since we did have a dusting of snow over night, I decided to use my SNOWFLAKE MUG this morning. Though it was almost afternoon before Renee and I got out of bed. And the mug was filled with Van Houtte Chocolat Belge Café or Belgischer Schokoladenkaffe (since they speak both French and German in Belgium) and just a touch of light cream. (Actually very light since it was 2% milk.) It was a very hearty brunch beverage though I should have eaten Belgian Waffles withe strawberry syrup instead of whole wheat toast and strawberry jam.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI PROJECT: Well, I was going to try to fold an origami groundhog, but the closest I could come was his close rodent cousin the flying squirrel. Unfortunately, the final product looks like a groundhog that walked in front of a speeding semi on Route 66 or an extra in a Road Runner cartoon. Enough already, Mlle. Renee says it’s time for her nap. So Happy Groundhog Day to all … Despite his dire prediction.