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Let me start by noting that in all her seven-years of living with me, Renee has chased dozens of bunnies that have ventured into “her” yard and never came close to catching a single “hare” on their chinny-chin-chins or bunny tails.

Opossums she can catch and shake up until the go limp. (Though she has no idea how they get manage to get resurrected and disappear if she turns her back.

Well, at Walgreen’s after Easter clearance sale I bought her a stuffed “realistic” bunny. (After I cut it open, removed the squeaker in its bunny belly and sewed it back up. If I didn’t remove the squeaker, she’d rip the stuffed animal apart until she was able to remove it herself. Anyway, she had a great time playing with her bunny all spring.

I knew it wouldn’t last in the house, because she has a tendency to sneak her toys out of the house and into the backyard when I’m not looking. And sure enough, last week I went outside and discovered … DSC02433.jpgon the back lawn.

I’m quite sure she left it there to trap any real bunny that dared to trespass through “her” backyard.



Today, I’m going to share  the recipe for a one-dish dinner I might or might not have created. It’s based on a dish my mother used to fix for family dinners when I was a kid … Baked Beans and Pork Chops.

My mother’s dish was rather time consuming involving soaking dry Great Northern Beans for a couple of hours  and then cooking them for additional hours on the stove until they got tender. I cut a lot of her prep time by buying two cans of low sodium Great Northern Beans from my local stupid-market.

I empty the beans into my Pyrex bake dish … add a pinch of ground white pepper, and a half-teaspoon of celery seed. Then I chop a medium white onion and mix it into the beans.

My pork chops are the ones sold in meat markets as Breakfast Chops. They’re a thinner, boneless pork cutlet. I season them with a bit of salt and cracked black pepper, and place them on top of my beans.DSC02424.jpg

I used my toaster/oven to cook my dinner. TEMP 300/350 – for about two hours until the cutlets are brown and cooked through. The beans take care of their self. If the chops are a little thicker, you might want to turn them over halfway to brown on the other side.

This dish should serve four with the addition of a green salad and perhaps a glass of Moscato wine.

Since I usually cook for one, leftovers stored in freezer containers will provide three additions meals.

NOTE: Great northern beans are a low-fat, cholesterol-free, low-calorie source of iron, dietary fiber, potassium and protein. Tastes so good, and good for you too!


Well, Renee and I survived two heavy hail storms, three thunder storms  and a hell of a lot of rain last night and just a little water leaked into the basement.

And most of all, surprisingly, the roses in full bloom weren’t ripped to pieces…DSC02189



DSC02111 (1)What is now the St. Louis Art Museum was the only permanent building constructed for the Saint Louis World Fair of 1904. At that time it was the central structure of the Palace Of Fine Art. After the Fair closed all the wood and plaster buildings that surrounded it were demolished.  And last week I was able to take these close up photos of the grand old (112 years) building.

In order to take this detailed photo of uppermost part of the structure, I had to go across Fine Art Drive and brace myself against the base of the Statue of Saint Louis.                              DSC02111 In case you’re wondering, there are four female and two male figures in the group.

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As you can see from the close-ups of the sculptures, each one represents some aspect of art. Yes, I think the first naked guy is holding a small sculpture of the Sphinx.

DSC02112The dedication inscription right below the six sculptures reads … DEDICATED TO ART AND FREE TO ALL … which has been the guiding motto of the museum for 112 years … so come visit.  It’s free!

And right next to the grand old building is the new modern addition. While it has the art, it doesn’t have the charm. It does have a great restaurant with good food and ceiling to floor windows that overlook Art Hill and the Grand Basin.DSC02164


OK, so I slept-in a bit this morning and got up a little later than usual. (OK, so it was rather close to noon.) But that was because I was reading a great mystery on my new Paperwhite Kindle Reader. (It’s the one with the backlight feature.) And I really didn’t get to sleep until a little after midnight. DSC02129

Anyway when I woke up, I discovered Mlle. Renee missing from her usual spot at the foot of my bed … and this photo in her place.12931094_10207688281516358_518521886590772717_n

I don’t know, but I think she’s trying to tell me something. It might be a neat idea, but who would keep my feet warm at night?

Oh, yes, it’s yet another cold and rainy April day. What happened to SPRING!




Yes, I know, if you want to get a detailed view of the very top of the St. Louis Museum Of Fine Art from the middle of Fine Arts Drive you’re going to end up with a very stiff neck or get run over by a car!  So I’ve decided to make photographing the entire upper reaches of the classic building my summer photo project.

I took a quick shot of the center section last Friday. It was the perfect day for shooting photos … bright, but totally overcast so I was able to capture the details  of the building without any shadows.

Hopefully, I’ll have more days like this throughout the summer.  So drop in occasionally to see how my project is advancing.


Well, another year has past and it is again time to return to the St. Louis Museum Of Fine Art to discover more works of art reinterpreted as floral displays.DSC02042





And as you can see, some of the Museum’s works of  art come with their own floral displays. Others need a little help.


While some of the floral interpretations work, others are a bit iffy. (Alright, I’ll admit that this painting of the sidewalks of New York on a rainy winter day is one of my favorite works.) 


But then, it’s also hard to compete with a classic building that has been around town since 1904 when it was built for some kind of World’s Fair. In case you’re wondering, the tables and chairs are being set up for the evening crowd to sit and sip a drink or two and listen to the string quartet.

Well, that’s it for this year’s Art In Bloom. And I’ll leave you with a quick look at my favorite staircase in the building.




My photo countdown to the celebration of Christmas … Day Two! While simplicity dominated the outside of the front door, I sort of went overboard with the inside … from an oversized stocking (hung with care) to a special guest appearance of a frosty snowman.Interior Door

And yes, Mlle Renee thinks the Snowman should be one of her play toys.

I Painted A Door!


And I was able to finish before the three days of rain started.


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Just when I was about ready to yield the battle of the endless falling fall leaves … VICTORY is in sight and the trees  that surround the backyard are almost bare. (Thankfully, the wall of cedar trees don’t have leaves to drop.) But VICTORY over most of the tree leaves did make a very colorful fall photo.