Monday, January 21, 2013

Bamboo (021/365)

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TIME:  4:33 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Bamboo placemat

It’s always something new and exciting at our house.  Case in point…these new placemats I purchased today!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Car Wash Blues (020/365)

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TIME:  1:45 PM
PLACE:  Car Wash
SUBJECT:  Rotating brush on windshield

I was in church this morning (did you feel the ground shake?) for MonkeyBoy’s Confirmation Rite of Enrollment.  Afterwards, we went out to lunch then, HH kindly drove the Jeep thorough the car wash and after that, he even filled up the tank for me.  Whatta guy!
Shout out to my bro John in Cali – he turns 47 today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cereal Circles (015/365)

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TIME:  7:06 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Cocoa puffs

Looks like the aliens are moving from farmers’ fields to my cereal bowl.  I’m not sure what this means to the human race.  Probably nothing.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bruised (014/365)

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TIME:  7:53 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  Bruise on SD

This is the remnant of soccer practice last Thursday.  It happened when she ran into the coach’s elbow as they were gathering together before they even began practice.  My poor baby.  On the plus side, it is turning a lovely shade of yellow.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

One of The Nine Circles of Hell (012/366)

TIME:  1:03 PM
PLACE:  Guess!
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

We sold Girl Scout cookies this morning.  We were outside of this fine establishment.  After our shift, SD wanted to go in and play.  Can you guess where we were?

I’ll pull back from this top photo, maybe that will give you another hint.

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Have you guessed yet?  It’s a place of pure evil for parents.

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It’s Chuck E. Cheese.  I’m glad to have escaped after only having only to buy an order of fries and 10 tokens.  I definitely dodged a bullet.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Night at Fridays (011/366)

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TIME:  10:55pm to 11:43pm
PLACE:  Fridays
SUBJECT:  The bunch, signs, and bottles

I went out and met up with the old group at a local tavern this evening.  Back in the day (1989 until about 1995), the four of us would all go out at least one of the weekend nights (if not both) and maybe even a Tuesday night at quarter beers.  We were much younger then.  And single.  And child-free.  Fridays was one of the bars we would patronize.

And just for the record?  I only had 3 of those beers and one Kamikaze shot (equal parts vodka, triple sec and sweet and sour mix)

Then I drank soda.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday (010/365)

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TIME:  Nov 7, 1934
PLACE:  Illinois
SUBJECT:  Wedding party of Mayme Kosar, age 33 and Edward Dolansky, age 30

My other set of grandparents married 79 years ago this November.  It was the first marriage for both of them.  My Grandmother was the youngest child and was born in 1901 when her mother and father were 39 and 42 years old respectively.  My mother told me that my Grandmother had promised her parents that she would take care of them and would not marry until after they passed away.   Her mother died in October of 1932 and her father in May of 1934.  Six months later, she and Grandpa tied the knot. 
From the newspaper….

Kosar-Dolansky Nuptials/Witnessed by Many Friends/And Relatives Wednesday
Proprietor of Eddie’s Market Weds Miss/Mayme Kosar At Impressive Ceremony/At the Blessed Sacrament Church.

The wedding of Miss Mayme Kosar, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kosar of 20 North Seventy-eight street, and Edward Dolansky, took place Wednesday morning at the Blessed Sacrament Church.  Rev. Louis F. Ell, pastor, read the nine o’clock nuptial high mass and performed the double ring ceremony in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends.

The altars were banked with masses of white chrysanthemums and cybodium fern, providing an appropriate and pretty background for the impressive ceremony.

Miss Kosar chose her niece, Miss Emily Kosar, as her bridesmaid, while Jerry Jakes, an intimate friend of the couple, served as bestman.  Jerry Ulch and Oliver Kosar acted as ushers… (illegible)…little Miss Patricia Kosar, a niece of the bride, was flower girl.

The bride was most lovely in a gown of pearl white satin, the full, gored skirt cut to include a slight train.  Small satin covered buttons marked the center back from the high neckline to the waistline and sleeves shirring added soft fullness above the elbow, extending in tight cuffs to the wrist.  Her veil d’illusion was worn cap style, with small satin ribbon rosettes and orange blossoms at either side, and the extremely long train fell in soft, billowy folds.  She carried a shower bouquet of bridal roses and lilies of the valley.

The bridesmaid appeared in a simple frock of wine colored transparent velvet, a center back opening from the neck to the waistline adding a chic and attractice (sic) touch.  Wine colored slippers and a close fitting turban of silver were pleasing accessories and her arm bouquet was composed of wine colored chrysanthemums.

The little flower girl wore a pert little frock of pastel blue crepe, a pink taffeta sash marking the high waistline.  White slippers and blue hairbow and socks completed her costume and she carried a basket of varicolored fall flowers.

Mr. Dolansky and his attendant were attired in dark blue conventional suits with boutonnieres to match the bouquets of the bride and her maid.

Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bridegroom and in the evening a reception was held for three hundred guests, including the members of the Kommunity Stores, a foods retailers’ organization of which he is treasurer.

He is proprietor of Eddie’s Market at 16 North Seventy-eighth street, and a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dolansky of 22 North Seventy-eighth street.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Morning Drive (009/365)

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TIME:  7:15 AM
PLACE:  Highway
SUBJECT:  Fog and trees

While we had beautiful skies to view yesterday on the way home, this morning’s drive into work was quite different.  A thick fog covered the area.  This was taken blind  - I kept my eyes on the road! – but I wish I could have stopped and taken pictures.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Drive Home (008/365)

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TIME:  4:28 PM
PLACE:  Highway

Another beautiful sky to look at on my drive home from work.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Magic Bars (007/365)

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TIME:  6:29 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Dessert

I wasn’t feeling well this evening so DramaQueen was in charge of making dessert.  She made these.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Growing (006/365)

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TIME:  8:43 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Amaryllis

Here is the status of my 70%-off-Smith-&-Hawken-Bulb-kit I picked up at Target on New Year’s Day.  I figured if I kill it (there is a strong possibility -  my thumb is not the greenest when it comes to indoor plants), then I will only be out $4.47 and I have a pretty white pot with which I could to try to torture grow another plant.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Manicure (005/365)

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TIME:  9:18 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  DQ’s nails

DQ and her cousin talked me into taking them to the mall this evening so they could get manicures.  Seriously?  The mall?  On a Saturday night?  I’d rather stick a rusty needle in my eye.  We were out of rusty needles, therefore I ended up chauffeuring them to where they wanted to go.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Chopsticks (004/365)

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TIME:  8:31 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Bamboo chopsticks

Chinese food was on the menu this evening.  Friday night is usually take-out night because I am usually tired and I refuse to cook after working all week. 
HH wants to know when do I ever cook…he’s so funny. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Throwback Thursday (003/365)

TIME: January 3, 1928
PLACE: St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT: Wedding Party of Ignazia “Edna” Tedesco, age 20 & Michael Capone, age 23

Today is the 85th wedding anniversary of my grandparents.  They were married here, in town, but had their wedding photos taken in St. Louis, MO.  From the newspaper at the time…

St. Peter's Cathedral was the scene of a beautiful wedding this morning when Miss Edna Tedesco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Tedesco of 121A West Main street, became the bride of Mike Capone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Capone of St. Louis.
The ceremony was performed at 9 o'clock in the presence of a large assembly of friends and relatives.  Msgr. J. H. Schlarman officiating.  A nuptial High Mass was celebrated.
The bride was attended by Miss Edna Mercurio, Miss Anna Bova and Miss Agnes Capone.  Miss Mercurio, as maid-of-honor, was attired in a gown of peach pink taffeta made with a tight bodice and full skirt trimmed in gold lace.  Miss Bova was dressed in a Nile green robe-de-style, maline ornamenting the skirt of uneven hemline.  The second bridesmaid wore a dress of orchid taffeta with a full skirt of maline.  They all wore large black velvet picture hats with metallic crowns and velvet streamers of hem line length.  Their shower bouquets were of pink roses. [Grandma had a rainbow wedding! :) ]
Miss Tedesco, who was given in marriage by her father, chose white satin and Spanish lace daintily trimmed with pearls for her wedding gown.  A beautiful long train of white satin was worn with a Henrietta style veil of Spanish lace, pearls and rhinestones.  Pendants of pearls were affixed to the veil at the side of each ear.  The bride carried white roses and lilies of the valley tied with ribbon in a shower spray.
Groomsmen were Bartolo Busalachiof [sic], St. Louis, Charles Mercurio and Frank Tedesco, Jr., brother of the bride.  Little Peter Vivian [sic] of St. Louis served as a ring bearer.  He wore a suit of black velvet with a white satin waist and a cape set off with rhinestones.
[Sadly, Peter would be struck and killed by an automobile, near his home, 4 months later on May 29, 1928. He was 6 years old.]
Immediately after the ceremony a breakfast was served in the home of the bride's parents.  A large number of out-of-town guests attended the nuptials.  Mr. and Mrs. Capone will make their future home in St. Louis.

Originally, they were to be married in November of 1927, however, my grandfather’s uncle, Charles Palmisano was killed on the 10th of that month by members of the Green Ones gang for refusing to pay extortion money to Vito Giannola.  Due to the tragedy, the wedding was postponed until January of 1928. 
Interestingly, I found out that my grandfather had been arrested in 1922 for striking a carriage while driving a car owned by Vito Giannola.  Hmmmmm, the plot thickens.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Painted Sky (002/365)

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TIME:  5:02 PM
PLACE:  Target parking lot
SUBJECT:  Sunset sky

It was tough going back to work.  I’ve had about 10 hours of sleep combined the last couple of days and I am ashamed to admit that I did some head-bobbing at my desk.  But I made it through the day and had to stop by Target to pick up some kitty litter and some shelves to help organize my kitchen cabinets on the way home.  When I left the store I was treated to this view. 

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TIME:  5:09 PM
PLACE:  Frontage road
SUBJECT:  Trees against the sky

I turned the car around so I could go back and take this shot.  A very pretty way to start the new year.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Aftermath (001/365)

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TIME:  10:30 AM
PLACE:  Front porch
SUBJECT:  Horn and silly string remnants

There was a lot of silly string and party popper streamers in my house as well. *shakes head*  After the boys left for home about 12:45am (all the girls spent the night)  I told DQ that I wanted it all cleaned up by the time I woke up in the morning.  Besides the giggling, occasional screeching, heavy footsteps and other loud noises, I did hear the vacuum going around 4am.  I give her a lot of credit – it was clean when I got up this morning. 
The porch and sidewalk outside?
That’s a different story.