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!
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 323 OF 2013: Woke up this morning to the sounds of the clock radio and what to my wondering ears should I hear, but that some idiot has decided to make a sequel to the classic motion picture IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
The premise would have the woman who played George Bailey’s daughter Zuzu in the original, return as an angel who shows George’s snarky and unlikable grandson (also named George), how much better off the world would have been had he never been born. Yes, it’s a twist, but it’s also the dumbest movie sequel idea I’ve ever heard since someone wanted to make a sequel to GONE WITH THE WIND! Do we really need Clarice meets Ebenezer Scrooge? Please, Clarence, as the spirit of Christmas past, say it isn’t so. Besides, could any of today’s acting class compete with these greats?
I could never place where this sandwich shop was located in the city. I could not find a Carp Lane Ave in the city directory. Yesterday, a kind reader of this blog wrote to tell me that the location was actually CARR LANE AVENUE. She also attached a link to a page that had a more currently trendy modified version of the photo.
From this information, I was finally able to deduce that this shop was at Carr Lane Ave. and Chouteau Ave. Also if the photos had shown the other side of the street, we would have seen the big Pevely Dairy sign …
And that would have placed the location at just off Grand and Chouteau. Wouldn’t have made much difference though, since the old sandwich shop was torn down over 40 years ago.
It’s part of the Saint Louis University Medical Complex.
You just feel like laying in bed and staring at the ceiling. Mlle. Renee walked into my bedroom a little after six … no, she didn’t want to go outside because she and I could hear it raining. Instead, she came in and woke me up to ask if she could jump into bed with me. She’s a very polite dog. “Come on, get in!!” I said patting the bed. And in a blink she was snuggled next to my legs … and snoring. I should be so lucky. Mlle. is a very loud snorer. So I just stared up at the ceiling day-dreaming about what I would or wouldn’t be doing that day. I’m a side sleeper and when I rolled over I was probably soon snoring … until the clock radio went off. Even though I don’t any reason to get up, why does the clock radio wake me up every morning? So I’ll be up and ready to answer the phone when Rachel, Louise, Mary, Ann, Mad Max and all the other robo-callers start making their daily calls. Mad Max is the gruff old man who starts shouting at you the minute you pick up the phone. “IF YOU’RE OLD, YOU NEED A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM!!!” What I need is for all robo-callers to be banished to the third level of hell.
THE AUTUMN LEAVES HAVE STOPPED FALLING: Well, my Wordless Wednesday post this morning said it all.
In case you’re wondering, “Les Feuilles Mortes” was the original French title of Roger Williams’ classic AUTUMN LEAVES. Really? The DEAD LEAVES? I thought the French were romantic and poetic. Anyway, the early morning rains stripped the all the leaves from the maple trees in my yard. Leaving a colorful carpet of even more Dead Leaves or to be poetic … “Les Feuilles Tombées”
Now all I have to do is wait for all the other trees in the neighborhood to finish dropping their leaves on my lawns.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – FROG MAN:For some reason, I always thought a FROGMAN was a man in a rubber suit … sort of like Lloyd Bridges. This guy actually reminds me of an alien. So I added a couple of touches of my own in the folding.
But if I had used green paper, it actually would have looked like Kermit T.F.
HOW TO TREK ALL OF FOREST PARK: In a lot of my posts here, I talk about trekking around Forest Part in Saint Louis. But since the Park covers 1,371 acres, I doubt if a lot of tourists to the city would enjoy trekking through all of the park’s key attractions in a single day like I did … ONCE! And although the trolley that went CLANG-CLANG-CLANG as it took Judy Garland to the park in the 40s movie is long gone, the city does provide a way for visitors to get around the park and all of its many attractions. Enter the new FOREST PARK TROLLEY …
You can get on the TROLLEY at the Forest Park METROLINK STATION or at any of the 18 stops in the Park for $2-Adults and $1-Children 5 to 12 and your ticket is good for the entire day. Naturally, you can also get around the park by car, but free parking is limited and if you plan on visiting more than one attraction very impractical because you’d be doing a lot of walking. (There is also pay parking at the Zoo, Art Museum and Science Center.)
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 307 OF 2013: Also known as National Sleep-In Day, if you remembered to move your clocks forward and hour last night. Being totally dumb, I decided to adjust my clocks early in the afternoon rather than waiting until before going to bed. Hey, I have twelve clocks around the house, but I only have to change ten because two are the atomic clocks that get changed automatically in the middle of the night by satellite signal. This also gives me a chance to replace the batteries in all of them. ALSO the smoke detectors! A little later in the afternoon I realized that it was still staying light out, then I realized that it is not Fall Forward to get back to Standard Time, but FALL BACK! Then I had to change all the clocks again. At least I think I got them right.
ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE:
The ? letter was G which gave you ugliness and monogram.
MORE BYWAYS OF YESTERYEAR: Yesterday I posted a photo of the old red brick sidewalks that used to be the city standard. Today I’m featuring the cobblestones that used to pave the streets and cause the walkers to hobble (to walk in an awkward manner). The levees and streets along the river still look like this.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 306 OF 2013: Thought you might like to know the secret of one of the photos in yesterday’s post.
It wasn’t a giant, it was the classic tower section of Saint Louis’ historic Union Station. And as you can see from this photo I took standing in the middle of Market Street, downtown St. Louis is a real mixed media of architectural styles that just about covers the entire history of the city.
So, ready for a paper bulletproof vest?
OLD AND FORGETFUL: Granted I am growing old…ER, but the old memory is still working at almost full output. Though occasionally the input does get a little scrambled … like where I set my cell phone down, where I took off my watch and most importantly, where I last used the scissors. So a couple of weeks ago I placed the scissors in a place where I would never loss them. And I haven’t been able to find them ever since. Guess what, they were in plain sight all along.
Hanging on the door of the kitchen cabinets over the kitchen sink. DUMB!
SATURDAY’S BLAST FROM THE PAST - Saint Louis’ Red Brick Sidewalks of Yesteryear:
In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo which means HORIZON to you!
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 286 OF 2013: Sunday, sweet Sunday, with nothing to do. Lazy and lovely … and what else is new? (Lyrics purloined and adapted from Oscar H.) I was scheduled to go to the open house of my nephew’s new home today, but I was still sniffling so I sent regrets. So I made flaky biscuits for breakfast and I’ve been trying to decide what I would fix for dinner this evening. I really thinking about smothered beef steak and pan-fried potatoes. But if I want that, I better go get the meat out of the freezer. [Pause for food prep] I had a nice chuck steak that will be perfect for some slow cooking. I also realized that I didn’t have any onions fresh or frozen, so I’m rehydrating some chopped onions I always have on hand for emergencies. I think I’ll add diced tomatoes in the sauce, too. (With a splash of bourbon and Louisiana Hot Sauce.) And I changed the pan-fried potatoes to a baked potato.
And it’s juicy,savory and fork tender. My green vegetable will be broccoli.
Hint … the first word in the quip is CAN and the last is PAWNSHOP?
SUNDAY BONUS: In place of an origami offering, I offer you this Fall Photo Treat.
CITY SIDEWALKS ON A FALL AFTERNOON IN SAINT LOUIS
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 285 OF 2013: It rained last night. Didn’t hear it, but the ground was wet this morning. Well, not all the ground since it was still as dry as a bone under all of the trees. Not a surprise, because the weather folks said we’re technically back in drought condition due to the lack of late summer and early fall rainfall in our area. Sure, we’ve had a number a heavy rain falls. But when the rain comes down heavy, it doesn’t soak into the ground … it runs off into the storm sewers. So, I guess one of the causes for our drought conditions is because our forefathers and mothers built storm sewers. You can’t win sometimes.
While we’re in the midst of the major league baseball playoffs, I thought it might be nice to give the local team a bit of time in the old blog. I just realized that the last time I went to a baseball game was about twenty years ago.
But for the most of my growing up years it was called SPORTSMAN’S PARK. It was on Grand Avenue and for my first fourteen years, I lived about two blocks away from it. I should confess that during those years I was a Brown’s fan. I guess I should tell you that my dad was the ultimate Browns fan, so I really didn’t have any other options. The Browns were the other team in town, and I was a member of the their Knothole Gang. We got free tickets to the games through my grade school. The Cardinals did give free tickets.As their years in Saint Louis dwindled down to a precious few, the team tried to attract new fans with the Brownie logo.
It didn’t work, and in 1953 the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. And the local beer baron who owned the Cardinals bought Sportsman’s Park and changed the name to Busch Stadium. The next year my family moved to the suburbs. Guess there was nothing left in the city for my dad.
I will occasionally watch a baseball game on TV, but I’m not a rabid or even avid fan. Too slow. But then so is football. And don’t get me started on golf. My sport is trekking around town and writing about my journeys and adventures on these pages. Dream on!
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE: Well, since it is the weekend I really wasn’t expecting any new challenge on the calendar. But I do have hopes of better origami projects for next week. But NOSHI? It sounds like some Jewish-Japanese hybrid.
It’s the anniversary of the day his three ships landed in what he called the New World in 1492. And before you start bitching about him, remember he got screwed, too. He didn’t find a new route to India. The new world he thought he discovered wasn’t named Columbia. He didn’t become Admiral Of The Seas. He was fired by the king. He didn’t get his rewards. He was thrown into jail. And he died 14 years after his voyage, and nobody knows where he’s really buried.
He did make it onto a stamp though.
But who could afford a five dollar stamp in 1892?