MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, DAY 340 OF 2013: Would you believe that the worst of the giant snow storm that was forecast for yesterday and today actually ended up moving east to the south of most of the metro area. Yes, we did get a bit of sleet right before midnight on Thursday follow by sprinkle of snow. That was followed by a light snow late this morning and over the afternoon. But the two-day total accumulation in West Walnut Manor didn’t even reach the one inch mark. South of the city there was a four to six-inch accumulation with even more as the storm moved into Tennessee and Kentucky and further east. So now, we have to wait for the third part of the storm to drift in sometime on Sunday. BUT, it is as cold as NOME right now [17F] and dropping. Here’s some snow pictures I took last night.
The photos aren’t that great, I only posted them to give people who never see any snow a chance to ooh and aah.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 339 OF 2013: Let me start by noting that the high temperature for Wednesday afternoon was 67 degrees farenheit. According to the weather wizards … we should have enjoyed it while we could because today is going to be below freezing. That means when the rain starts falling around noon, it will start freezing accumulating as ice followed by snow. So like every other local I rushed to the supid-market to stock up on bread, milk and ice melter. Then when I go home I moved my recycling cart down the drive and outside the gate so I will only have to move it a short distance to the curb for Friday morning’s pickup. Black top drives get very slick and slippery when covered with ice followed by snow. As for Mlle. Renee and myself, we’ll get up before the ice and snow starts so she can take care of her morning yard business. Then we’ll both jump back in bed and sleep-in until the house warms up. And if it doesn’t ice and snow, we’ll still sleep-in.
To prepare Mother Nature’s children for the bad weather, I put a dish of whole grain bread bits and seed out for them yesterday to tide them over for when the ice and snow starts. They all roost in the tall spruce tree or the thick cedar trees in the yard so they’re sheltered by the foul weather.
Mr. Nibbles also stopped by for a few bites, too. He and the birds share their common food dish without pushing or shoving. Except for the mourning doves who just want to sit in the middle of the dish and pig out.
I have no idea what the light brown bird sitting on the dish is, but the starling is going to push him off shortly.
EUREKA! Now what can you put into it?
SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CALENDARS RUN OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTH?
But SUDOKU puzzles don’t translate very well into a daily blog post.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 337 OF 2013: If you’ll remember, I started yesterday’s post by saying …but the only meat on hand was sliced deli turkey in the fridge and six hot dogs in the freezer. So what did I fix for dinner last night? Nothing else by a blast from my childhood. Good old comfort food … BEANS AND WEENIES! And thankfully there was enough leftovers to get me through the impending snow storm heading my way on Thursday and Friday.
And this one is a tough one. I only figured out 2 and 6 so far.
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 DAILY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, DAY 336 OF 2013: Today I did a bit of Christmas and a lot of grocery shopping. Hey, I was out of meat. Plenty of veggies in the pantry and freezer, but the only meat on hand was sliced deli turkey in the fridge and six hot dogs in the freezer. And I didn’t think the Food Network would have any recipes for that combination. So even with the larder fully stocked again, I still have no idea what I’m fixing for dinner tonight. Time will only tell.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – THE SCRUNCH TREE:
That’s a dumb name for a tree. Guess they couldn’t call it a Christmas Tree. But since I’m doing the folding, that’s what I’m calling it.
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 THURSDAY, DAY 332 OF 2013: Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or The Last Thursday of November … or whatever you’re celebrating today. I actually celebrated Thanksgiving with my brother and his three generation family yesterday evening. It was a rather large gathering with 13 adults and three little ones. I was there as Uncle Bob, the first son of the first son of the first son and the oldest living member of our branch of the family tree and name. And that will get you absolutely nothing. As a single gentleman, I get a lot of invitations to family gathering. And for that, I’m very thankful.
That was not our Thanksgiving Table. That was the toy modern update of the first Thanksgiving my great-niece was playing with on the floor before dinner. This was the setup for our dinner. And we only had to join four tables to do it.And this was the turkey my brother and sister-in-law prepared.
All the sides and extras were prepared by the other members of the family at the dinner. I made the dinner rolls and my mother’s heirloom Thanksgiving dish … Carrot and Pineapple Orange Gelatin Salad. It was featured at all the family Thanksgiving dinners of the past.
And it was a great family gathering and a really blessed Thanksgiving.
Pretend that it is opening and closing. Thank you.
TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY …
HAPPY THANKSGIVING / HAPPY HANUKKAH
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 …