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.
On February 14, 1764, a 14-year old Auguste Chouteau and a couple of dozen of Frenchmen stepped out of their boat in the Mississippi River, and began building a shelter on the shore for a fur trading outpost in the name of Laclede, Maxent & Company of New Orleans.
In April, his stepfather, Pierre de Lacléde Liguest, arrived and officially named the settlement Saint Louis, in honor of the medieval French monarch and later saint, Louis IX. And this is the exact spot where they build their settlement …
CELEBRATING THE WICKET CITY!
You’re not only a great place to live …
You’re a great place to visit, too!
That means the guttering around the roof is full of ice and snow. Guess who isn’t going to climb up there and break it out? Actually, it warmed up a bit today. It almost got above the freezing point. You know, if they would have had the Winter Olympics here, they wouldn’t have to make artificial snow. Or save up last year’s snow either. Did you know the first Olympic Games held in the United States were actually held right here in the city. It was the 1904 Olympics, they didn’t call them Summer Olympics back then, because they didn’t have Olympics for gold weather sports.
Guess what? Since it was the first time the games had been held outside of Europe, not many countries sent teams to compete. It figures, hold a party in the Wicket City and the World does come. It wasn’t a complete fiasco though. It did have unique competitions like a tug of war and the hop, skip and jump. And it probably would have done better if they had TV coverage. But Bob Costas didn’t live here back then.
Surprise! A dramatic YODA In A Box! Just to announce that I did a Origami Project today. It was a Star Wars Origami Project and I folded a paper Yoda from a single square sheet of paper. All folding and no cutting either!
In case you’re wondering, it was Spicy Baked Beans over Mashed Potato Cakes with a Grilled Bratwurst. Sort of sounds like leftovers, doesn’t it? It was, except for the brat. But I still had to cook all of them. I also had a cup of Hot Cocoa with Vanilla Marshmallow Snowmen. And it was so good, I forgot to photograph it before I drank it. Yes, Virginia, my Keurig makes hot cocoa, tea and apple cider in addition to coffee. So, I didn’t get the unit that also makes iced beverages.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 348 OF 2013: Guess what? It snowed last night! And there on the breast of the new-fallen snow I beheld …
Saint Louis in the snow on Art Hill in Forest Park!
A great performance!
And a totally enjoyable day!
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, DAY 324 OF 2013: Woke up to a rather chilly, dreary morning that soon promises to proceed on to drippy. Thankfully the furnace has started to warm the house up. Currently trying to decide what to have for breakfast. Oatmeal would be a good option, if I hadn’t used all the oatmeal to make pumpkin spice cookies. Drat! I knew I forgot something at the stupid-market on Saturday. Maybe I’ll make a quick batch of …
And I was only away from the computer for about and hour. And that included mixing, baking and eating breakfast. It did not include washing the dishes though … one bowl, one grandma fork, and two pans. Two pans?
Yes, I made a pan of cinni-mini swirls with the trimmings of dough left after cutting out the biscuits.
Now, that’s what I call getting the day off to a GRREAT DAY!