Thursday, April 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday (120/365)

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“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.”
Jean Paul Richter (German Novelist and humorist, 1763-1825)

TIME: April 1968
PLACE:  My parent’s kitchen
SUBJECT: My first birthday

My grandfather, Michael Caponi Sr. is standing in the doorway.
My cousin, Bobby is wearing the plaid shirt.
Standing on the other side is his older sister, my cousin Cindy.
I think that’s my cousin Lisa, facing away from the camera.
The best part of the picture?
My mom is cradling my head in her hand.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I Whisk I Was Younger (119/365)

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TIME: 7:23 PM
PLACE:  10th St. Bakery

Another year.
Another birthday.
I am now 8 and 40.
(it sounds better that way)

We had sushi for supper and stopped for ice cream.

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A mother-daughter selfie.

We then went to 10th St. Bakery for a drink and birthday donuts.
What more could I want?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Rabbit and It’s Foot (118/365)

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Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
-R.E. Shay

TIME:  5:49 PM
PLACE:  Yard

I think this is the rabbit that the dog chases each time she goes into the yard.
The rabbit is much faster than Oreo.
I don’t think there is much chance of her ever catching it.

Monday, April 27, 2015

We Scare Because We Care (117/365)

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Henry J. Waternoose: Our city is counting on you to collect those screams. Without scream, we have no power. Yes, it's dangerous work, and that's why I need you to be at your best. I need scarers who are confident, tenacious, tough, intimidating. I need scarers like... like... James P. Sullivan.
Monsters Inc., Pixar Animation, 2001

TIME:  3:24 PM
PLACE: East St. Louis, IL
SUBJECT: Metro East Industries
(Railroad Equipment Supplier)

 Every time I drive by this building, I think of the Monsters Inc. logo.


I am always disappointed when I do not see monsters entering the building.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Greenhouse (116/365)

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“Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.”
William Cowper (English Poet, 1731-1800)

TIME: 3:54 PM
PLACE:  Garden Center
SUBJECT:  Plumed Cockscomb

The husband and I made a visit to the garden center late this afternon.
I am ready to plant some flowers.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Caturday (115/365)

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“Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”
Winnie the Pooh

TIME: 4:08 PM
PLACE: Living room

A perfect Saturday includes a nap.
No matter how awkward the sleeping position.

Friday, April 24, 2015

I Tried (114/365)

"Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try.”
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons, “Burns’ Heir”, Season 5, Episode 99, Apr 14, 1994 

TIME:  5:30 PM
PLACE:  St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT:  Center for Advanced Medicine Sign

I had an appointment to donate platelets after work today.
I drove to St. Louis.
Filled out the questionnaire.
They pricked my finger to get a hemoglobin level.
It wasn’t high enough!
It was a 12.0 and the minimum to donate was a 12.5
That really upset me.

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So, on the way home, I bought these.
I am re-scheduled me for next Friday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hawk (113/365)

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“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw”
“Hamlet,” Act II, Scene 2. William Shakespeare

TIME:  4:03 PM
PLACE:  Work parking lot
SUBJECT:  Cooper’s Hawk

As I was leaving work, I saw this guy in the grassy area between the parking lot and the highway.
I had passed him, but decided to take his picture and slowly backed up.
I fumbled for my camera which was lost in the black hole that is also known as my purse.
Finally, I found it and was able to take this one shot.
Then, a co-worker’s car drove past me.
He quickly flew away before I could snap anymore photos.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Employee Meeting (112/365)

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People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. 
~Thomas Sowell

TIME:  9:18 AM
PLACE:  Sheraton Hotel
SUBJECT:  Water Glass

I attended our quarterly All-Employee Breakfast/Meeting this morning.
No Kindle Fires were given out this time.
That’s okay.
I’m good with the breakfast.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lumber Ends (111/365)

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“The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.”
Dave Barry (American Writer and Humorist best known for his weekly newspaper column. b.1947)

TIME:  6:04 PM
PLACE:  Front porch

Cedar - on the left - and other lumber has been purchased in order to replace some rotten steps on the front porch.
I spy an exciting weekend ahead.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some Days… (110/365)

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Calvin: “You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help.”
– “Calvin & Hobbes” Bill Watterson

TIME:  7:35 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Broken Fiesta and broken vintage Pyrex

Poor Stella.
Her day started out with the dog eating her breakfast (an omelet)
School wasn’t that great.
It ended with 2 broken plates and 1 broken bowl.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Evening (109/365)

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“You’re only as deep as your most recent inspirational quote”

TIME:  7:42 PM
PLACE:  Target parking lot
SUBJECT:  Sky and parking lot lights

Another trip to Target.
Another evening sky.
Another Monday morning tomorrow.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prom 2015 (108/365)

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“I own prom!”
–Blair, Gossip Girl

TIME: 5:50 PM
PLACE:  Grand Basin, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT:  Prom goers

They all clean up so nicely.

Claudia’s date is Tom S. – he is an exchange student from India.  His host family lives down the street and he attends her high school.

Friday, April 17, 2015

House Sparrow (107/365)

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TIME: 6:47 PM
PLACE:  Jack-in-the-Box Drive Thru
SUBJECT:  House sparrow

I may or may not have purchased the 2 for 99 cents tacos at Jack-in-the-Box tonight.
While waiting in the drive-thru line, I snapped this picture of a sparrow.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday (106/365)

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TIME: 1925
PLACE:  Lake Christine
SUBJECT: L-R, (sitting) Mary Mercurio-Tedesco, (standing) Saverio Tedesco, Rose Sansone-Capone, Joseph Capone, (peeking L-R), Edna Tedesco-Caponi, Teresa Capone

Love this photo of my paternal grandmother as a teenager being silly with her parents. (Edna, Mary and Saverio).
It looks like my great-grandmother Mary is pregnant with her youngest daughter, Marie.
Great-Aunt Marie is celebrating her 90th birthday this year.
Joseph Capone is not only my 2nd great-grand uncle on my paternal grandmother’s side (he is Mary’s maternal uncle), but he is also my 1st cousin, 3 times removed through my paternal grandfather’s side.
It’s a twisted family tree.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

T-Rex (105/365)

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Rex: I'm going for fearsome here, but I just don't feel it. I'm think I'm just coming off as annoying.
Toy Story (1995), Pixar Animation Studios

TIME:  6:21 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Dinosaur & flower

It’s Tax Day, so here is a photo of a T-Rex with a dandelion.
You’re welcome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A 1 And Some 2s And a 3 (104/365)

“Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.”
Rene Descartes (French Mathematician, Philosopher and Scientist, 1596-1650)

TIME:  4:45 PM
PLACE: Flying J
SUBJECT:  Gas pump totals

I had to stop and get gas on the way home.
My fill-up numbers made me strangely giddy.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Parfait (103/365)

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Donkey: You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait."? Parfaits are delicious!
Shrek (2001), DreamWorks Animation

TIME: 6:26 PM
PLACE:  School
SUBJECT:  Fruit & yogurt parfait

The Juniors are working on their “Simple Meals” badge.
Tonight, they made a simple breakfast – fruit & yogurt parfaits.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Transom (102/365)

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“You've gotten in through the transom
and you can't get out
till Monday morning or, worse,
till the cops come.”

Philip Levine (b. 1928), U.S. poet. To a Child Trapped in a Barber Shop (l. 1–4).

TIME:  6:36 PM
PLACE: Kitchen
SUBJECT: Transom window

It was overcast, but otherwise a fairly nice spring day.
I opened the transom window to let in the fresh air.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Schlafly (101/365)

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“Blessed is the mother who gives birth to a brewer.” 
Czech saying

TIME: 11:00-11:48 AM
PLACE: Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO

The husband and I were invited to go on a tour of the Schlafly Tap Room facility.
There was tasting of several varieties of beers involved.

Friday, April 10, 2015

It’s Been One Week (100/365)

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It's been one week since you looked at me
Cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry

Barenaked Ladies – “One Week” 1998, Stunt.

TIME: 6:07 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT: Crabapple blossoms

It’s amazing what a week of warm weather will do.
I’m not angry about the weather anymore.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Circles (099/365)

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"Nōlī turbāre circulōs meōs!" 
"Do not disturb my circles!"
Reportedly the last words of Archimedes, said to a Roman soldier who, despite being given orders not to, killed Archimedes during the conquest of Syracuse; as quoted in World Literature: An Anthology of Human Experience (1947) by Arthur Christy, p. 655.

TIME:  5:45 PM
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT:  Bank building windows

I always liked this building’s windows.
My kids always called it the “Bubble window building”
I do not know when it was originally built.
However I know that it’s been around since at least 1965.
I found it in that year’s city directory as a listed as Citizen’s Bank.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blooming (098/365)

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"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." 
-  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

TIME: 6:33 PM
PLACE: Library
SUBJECT: Capital Pear tree

This pretty tree grows in front of the library.
I bet the blooms won’t be like this for long.
We are suppose to have storms the next few days.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finally at Home (097/365)

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“You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."
Steve Martin (American Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor and Musician. b.1945)

TIME:  7:08 PM
PLACE:  Lincoln Theatre
SUBJECT:  Stella

It was her last day of spring break.
We finally made it to the movies.
Better late than never!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Caged (096/365)

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“Cages are good. My heart is in my rib cage, and love is in my heart. We should put more things in cages, like politicians.”
― Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

TIME:  5:43 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Sprouting Peonies

More signs of spring!
The peonies are growing taller.
Time to place the tomato cages.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bunny Ears (095/365)

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TIME: 1:13 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  The kids

The Easter Bunny left bunny ears in all of the baskets!
Oh how I love my kids.
They put up with all of their mother’s idiosyncrasies.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Beginning to Bud (094/365)

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“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
― Millard Kaufman, Bowl of Cherries

TIME:  11:37 AM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT:  Crabapple

It is finally budding.
About time.

Friday, April 3, 2015

No Parking Anytime (093/365)

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TIME:  8:23 PM
PLACE:  Around town
SUBJECT:  “No Parking” sign

I liked the shadows of the words painted on the window.
We parked there for about 15 minutes while we procured our ice cream
No window is going to tell us what to do.
We are such rebels.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog (092/365)

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Tim: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit.
King Arthur: Ohh.
Tim: That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Sir Robin: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
Tim: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

TIME:  6:06 PM
PLACE: Supermarket
SUBJECT: Rabbit cake

I would never buy this cake for Easter.
I’d be too afraid it would kill me.
And my bones would be strewn about its lair.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

20 Years (091/365)

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"The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret".
Henry Youngman

TIME:  9:31 AM
PLACE:  Work

He sent these to my work today.
And tonight, we’re going out for steak.
He’s a keeper.