Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Water Tower (211/365)

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TIME:  1:47 PM
PLACE:  St. Clair Square Mall
SUBJECT:  Water Tower

Went to the mall on my day off to cross another item off StellaDella’s bucket list (picture tomorrow!).  I have no idea what is going on with the water tower.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Broken Rule (209/365)

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TIME:  9:03 PM
PLACE:  Bathroom
SUBJECT:  Doorknob

One of my religious beliefs is that there is a special place in hell for those people who paint their door hardware.

Honestly, if you are painting a door, take the time to remove the damn things from the door and the frame.

As part of the never-ending bathroom remodel, I stripped the old bathroom door of 4 layers of paint – I’m pretty sure the bottom one was lead-based.  No precautions were taken, so I’ve probably lead poisoning as well. 

Then I stained it - Twice!  The first stain was waaay too orange – I re-stained it with an Ebony stain.  It looks much better and almost matches the vanity base – Bonus!
Finally, I boiled, scraped, stripped and scrubbed off the paint from the hinges, knobs and plate hardware.
Alas, after I removed all of the paint, the metal underneath looked horrible could not be saved.

So, I confess, I will be joining the painting heathens in their eternal life of hell and brimstone.

In my defense, however, I did use a metallic spray paint to match the sink and shower fixtures. 

So there

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Homecoming (208/365)

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TIME:  6:53 PM
PLACE:  Troy Homecoming
SUBJECT:  Merry Mixer Sign

I, DramaQueen and StellaDella walked in the Troy Homecoming parade, throwing out safety suckers for my work.  At the finish, we met up with my sister, niece and nephew.  The kids wanted to stay and ride a couple of the rides.  First up, the 41-year-old Merry Mixer, because I care not for my children’s safety. 

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TIME:  6:53 PM

DramaQueen rode with cousin David.

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TIME:  7:08 PM

They rode the swings, then we stood in line for the Ferris Wheel.  DQ purchased a funnel cake and we ate it while we were waiting.

TIME: 7:099 PM
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Powdered sugar or illegal drugs?

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TIME:  7:31 PM

After a bit, the two girls made it on the wheel.

TIME:  7:36 PM
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Can’t sleep, caterpillar will eat me.
(None of the kids rode the creepy caterpillar.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Another Friday Sky (207/365)

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TIME: 7:43
PLACE: Greenmount Cemetery, looking west

On my way to Lowe’s and the dreaded Wal-Mart, I passed by the cemetery and stopped to visit Mom. 

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TIME:  7:45 PM

Some people find cemeteries creepy and eerie, but I’ve always felt that they are beautiful, peaceful places.

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TIME:  7:48 PM

I don’t know why, but whenever I get to feeling that everything is just too much, I can go walk around a cemetery and feel better.  It’s quiet and helps me put things into perspective.

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TIME:  7:49 PM

Greenmount Cemetery is located at the top of a hill, and looks over orchards and farmlands.  It has some wonderful views, especially at sunset.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Baseball (204/365)

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TIME:  7:32 to 10:06 PM
PLACE:  Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT:  Sights at the ballgame – Cards vs. Phillies

DramaQueen and I went to the ball game courtesy of tickets she received from school.  We were in Section 344 – Infield Pavilion…high up but an awesome view.

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Molina broke his bat and grounded out to the shortstop in the bottom of the 1st.

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The setting sun cast a glow over downtown.

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A beautiful breeze was blowing all evening here in the upper decks.  It was lovely.

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We saw a winner!
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1

Monday, July 22, 2013

Walking the Hall (203/365)

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TIME:  7:05 PM
PLACE:  High School
SUBJECT:  StellaDella, MonkeyBoy & DramaQueen

We registered MB for freshman year this evening.  DQ led him on a quick walk-through of his class schedule.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Numerically (202/365)

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TIME:  9:21 AM

Before DQ and I set off for the flea market, we stopped at the ATM.  Nothing like freshly minted bills!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caturday (201/365)

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TIME: 1:47 PM
PLACE:  The living room

Just relaxing and hanging this weekend.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Setting (200/365)

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TIME:  8:04 PM
PLACE:  Around town

The sun was huge as it was setting tonight.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Countdown (199/365)

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TIME:  5:24 PM
PLACE:  DramaQueen’s room

Her door is a chalkboard.  She’s counting down the days until we leave for Florida.  I think she’s excited about it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Backseat Driver (198/365)

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TIME:  8:03 PM
PLACE: Jeep-High School fields

It was time to pick up MonkeyBoy from soccer practice.  She watched me from the living room as I gathered my keys and purse.  I opened the back door, turned to face her and gave a small nod.  She ran through the house and was out the door like a shot.  Can you tell she loves car rides?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Energy (197/365)

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TIME:  1:59 PM
PLACE:  Work
SUBJECT:  5-hour Energy

Sometimes?  I can use all the help I can get.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Morning (191/365)

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TIME:  6:36 AM
PLACE:  Work

My day starts waaaay too early.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Airport Stalls (189/365)

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TIME:  10:28 PM
PLACE:  Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT:  Restroom

Dad was on vacation last week, visiting my brother in San Francisco.  I was supposed to pick him up from the airport on Saturday evening.  He was on his way to the San Francisco airport when the Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed on landing.  Needless to say his flight home was cancelled.   He couldn’t get another flight out until today.  Via Cleveland.  And his plane was late departing San Francisco.  The good news?  His connecting flight in Cleveland that was coming in from Philly was late too!  He finally landed in St. Louis at 10:43pm.  Welcome home Pop!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Chocolate (188/365)

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TIME:  7:54 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Hershey Bar with Almonds

I had to celebrate “National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day”.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Power (188/365)

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TIME:  8:13 PM
PLACE:  By the White Cottage
SUBJECT:  Electric Substation
(taken with cell phone – I hate taking pictures with the cell phone.)

After spending the day sanding and stripping woodwork for the bathroom, I needed ice cream. 
I went to the White Cottage and ate a Concrete with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate syrup.
It perked me up.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

“Sorry For Any Convenience” (187/365)

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TIME:  8:26 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  City Sewer & Trash Billing

Maybe the wording is intentional. 
After all it *is* more convenient this month to have a lower bill. 
Next month? 
Not so much.
Gotta love my city.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Norfolk Southern (186/365)

TIME:  5:31 PM
PLACE:  North Belt East

I was first in line at the crossing.  As you can see, it was a very short train.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Crossed Off the List (185/365)

TIME: 6:53 PM
PLACE: Six Flags Over Mid-America
SUBJECT: StellaDella

First item crossed off the Summer Bucket List : #1 – Ride everything at six flags. (Well, every ride we could fit in…close enough!)

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I love her face on the American Thunder rollercoaster – the boy next to her is all “Yahhhhhhhh” and she is so nonchalant.

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Good times…

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TIME:  7:46 PM

Here are all three on the last ride, the Xcalibur…they look a bit grumpy.

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The ride starts by spinning them horizontally.

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…then starts to rise in the air while spinning vertically.

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They are now fully vertical and spinning.

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Coming back down – still spinning!!

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Back down and stopped.
Hmmm…they’re expressions don’t look any different.
Time to go home.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bare (184/365)

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TIME:  6:49 PM
PLACE:  Dad’s
SUBJECT:  Refrigerator

The inside of my Dad’s refrigerator. 
This is considered normal for him.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Umbrella Fort (183/365)

TIME:  10:19 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

SD constructed an umbrella fort in front of the TV in the living room.  She informed me that her plan is to spend the night sleeping under it.  She looks well prepared.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Small Visitor (182/365)

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TIME:  3:28 PM
PLACE:  Front porch

This young robin landed on our porch.  It then pooped several times, hopped down the steps to the sidewalk and fluttered away.