Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hubcaps (151/365)

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“Do you sell hubcaps for a '72 Pinto hatchback? Ooh, Mini-Trucker Magazine!”
Clerks, View Askew Productions, 1994

TIME:  8:58 PM
PLACE: James’ room
SUBJECT: Hubcaps

I had picked these up at thrift store about 18 months ago with the intent of hanging them on James’ wall.
I finally crossed it off my to-do list today.
Better late than never I guess.
Or, I just need to get off my duff once in awhile.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Your Opportunity (150/365)

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“America is another name for opportunity.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist, 1803-1882)

TIME:  5:18 PM
PLACE:  Centralia, Illinois
SUBJECT: Sign and storefront

The husband and I drove to Centralia to have dinner with friends.
I managed to find a couple of interesting things to photograph.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hatbox (149/365)

TIME: 4:06 PM
PLACE:  Front porch
SUBJECT:  Shriner’s hatbox

The annual Shriner’s parade is this evening.
I volunteered to ride with the husband, but he told me he already asked a friend of his. 
(I dodged a bullet there!)
All three kids had their own plans, so I met my cousin and an old grade school/high school friend for beers instead.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Objects Are Closer Then They Appear (148/365)

TIME: 8:07 PM
PLACE:  Front steps
SUBJECT:  Broken mirror

Just like Claudia, we bought James a car for his 16th birthday.

From the proverbial little old lady’s car who only drove it on Sunday.

Except we knew the little old lady.

The vehicle was well-maintained and the price was exactly what we had paid for Claudia’s car, so we jumped on it.
So far, so good.  Well, except for the passenger’s side mirror glass which fell off and broke.
Still, not a huge issue…we ordered a new one from eBay.

Today would have been Mom’s 73rd birthday.

How I miss that woman.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Happy Dog (147/365)

If you want to be happy, be.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Russian moral Thinker, Novelist and Philosopher,1828-1910)

TIME:  7:24 PM
PLACE:  Front Porch

She loves sitting on the porch with us.

It makes her so happy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memories (146/365)

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Eudora Alice Welty (American, Author, 1909-2001)

TIME: 7:19 PM
PLACE:  Front porch

Stella sat on the front porch this evening and paged through my Project 365 book for 2009 and 2012.
She is the same age now as Claudia was when I started this photo-a-day.
Now Claudia will be a senior in high school this fall.
Time files.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day (145/365)

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The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.
Aaron Kilbourn

TIME:  9:45 AM
PLACE:  Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
SUBJECT:  Veteran’s graves

The husband and I drove over to Jefferson Barracks to pay our respects to a couple of friends who are buried there,.
The volume of white stones marking the graves of this countries veterans always gives me pause.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ornament (144/365)

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TIME:  1:49 PM
PLACE: End of the bike trail, South Side Park
SUBJECT:  Christmas ornament

James and I joined my dad on the bike trail today.
Damn. I’m out of shape.
But I did it – 15.5 miles!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

No Diving (143/365)

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Chlorine is my perfume.
  ~Author Unknown

TIME:  3:50 PM
PLACE:  Pool
SUBJECT:  Stella

The pool is open.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Theater Seats (142/365)

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TIME: 8:17 PM
PLACE: The Edge

The girls and I went to see the remake of “Poltergeist”
I remember watching the original on HBO when I was 15.
The remake was not as good at the first one…although, I did think Sam Rockwell did a great job (loved him since his role as Wild Bill in “The Green Mile”)
I need to get them to see the original.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday (141/365)

TIME: 5/20/2007 11:57 AM
PLACE:  School picnic
SUBJECT:  Claudia, Me, Stella & James

Eight years ago, the four of us attended the school picnic.
Claudia was 9 (and 1/2).
James was (almost) 8.
Stella was 3.
I just turned 40.
We all rode the slide.

James won.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dad (140/365)

TIME: 1945/1946?
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT:  Dad and his Uncle

This little guy turns 73 years old today,
I made him a strawberry and a chocolate pie.
He made an apple and a cherry pie.
We had quite the pie feast at his house.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mac (139/365)

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TIME: 9:37
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT: Claudia and her artwork

She created a collage of Mac Miller.
That’s smoke from his cigarette under his nose.
Her art teacher framed it for her.

Monday, May 18, 2015

School Picnic (138/365)

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“I once asked my father for a dollar for the school picnic. He told me how he once killed a grizzly bear with his loose-leaf notebook.”
―Bill Cosby

TIME:  10:10AM – 12:56 PM
PLACE:  Park
SUBJECT:  School district picnic

The annual parade and school picnic was today.

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This is my 11th year and I have sunk to sitting at a table under a pavilion.
I established
a base camp, while my youngest child ran around, spending an ungodly amount of money on carnival rides, food and beverages.

Seat holder and personal ATM.
That’s me.

One good thing.
I had the perfect spot to take this picture of them on the slide without having to move from my seat.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Camping-Day 2 (137/365)

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau

TIME:  Morning
PLACE:  Camp
SUBJECT:  Hiking Views

We woke up to more rain this morning.
The girls were supposed to do some archery, but it was too wet.
We went on a (muddy) hike instead.

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The girls called this area “The Desert”
Massive rocks covered the ground.
Once we re-entered the forest though, mud was the name of the game.

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An old root cellar was found.

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The roof had collapsed and it was filled with water.

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This graniteware pot was near the cellar, a spot of blue among the green and brown.

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The trail ended on the main camp road.
We saw a turtle making his way across.
He hid when we caught up to him.

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On the way back to our camp, we passed the cabooses where the Cadettes were staying.
Stella had the option to camp here, but she stayed in these last fall and wanted to try the tree houses this time.
Of course, as we were leaving, the sun came out.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Camping–Day 1 (136/365)

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“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”
Dave Barry

TIME:  10:32 AM to
PLACE:  Camp Butterfly, Farmington MO
SUBJECT: Scenes from Camp

Stella and I went camping with the Girl Scouts.
It was raining when we arrived.
And it rained off and on pretty much all day.

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Stella found this guy in the bathhouse.

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During one of the breaks in the rain, it stopped long enough for the girls to go canoeing.
Stella and her friend Devin paddled while I rode in the middle.

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After we returned to shore, they gathered clay and mud from the shallow water.

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Stella gave my feet a mud treatment.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stormy (135/365)

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“If there was a terrible storm outside, but somehow this dog lived through the storm, and he showed up at your door when the storm was finally over, I think a good name for him would be Carl.”
Jack Handy (American Writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991-2003. Famous for his Deep Thoughts comedy sketches.)

TIME:  2:35 PM
PLACE:  Work
SUBJECT:  The weather

We had a big storm blow in this afternoon.
The wind blew strongly, it rained heavily and in about 30 minutes it was over.
It’s supposed to rain all weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Get Off My Lawn! (134/365)

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“Go, Ah say go away, boy, you bother me!”
Foghorn Leghorn

TIME: 12:10 PM
PLACE:  Work
SUBJECT:  Bored hawk and an upset swallow

The swallow was not happy that Mr. Hawk is hanging around.
It was flying around the larger bird, sometimes making contact.
The hawk didn’t move from its perch for quite some time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Crushes Fade (133/365)

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Please don't go now, please don't fade away
My Heart, Paramore, All We Know Is Falling, 2005

TIME: 7:02 PM
PLACE:  16th & West Main St.
SUBJECT: Orange Crush sign

According to the 1925 City Directory, this building (1522 West Main St.) housed a bakery owned by a Louis C Seifferth.
Back in the early 1970’s, a bakery still operated there.
(although I do not remember the name)
I remember going inside with my mom while she bought pizza crusts.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Contrast of Grass (132/365)

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Willy Wonka: Do you like my meadow? Try some of my grass! Please have a blade, please do, it's so delectable and so darn good looking!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros., 2005

TIME:  6:18 PM
PLACE:  Around the neighborhood
SUBJECT:  Grasses

When I was younger, I thought that grasses were a lame thing to plant in a landscape.
Now, I think they are pretty cool.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Chieftain (131/365)

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TIME: 7:31 PM
PLACE:  Down the Street
SUBJECT:  Pontiac Chieftain

While walking home from the last official Girl Scout meeting of the school year, Stella and I passed our neighbor’s automobile.
I think, but don’t quote me on this (unless I’m right), that it’s a 1958?
No matter what year it is, it’s a cool car.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I See That It Is Mother’s Day (130/365)

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TIME: 6:22 PM
PLACE: Front Porch

It was a good Mother’s Day.
The kids made me breakfast.
I lazed around.

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Claudia and I went to the cemeteries and left flowers for my mom, grandmothers, a great-grandmother and an Aunt.

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And Stella blew bubbles that sat on the porch rug and looked like peppermints.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cherokee Street (129/365)

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TIME: 12:15 to 2:37 PM
PLACE:  Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT: What we did

Claudia wanted to “do something” today. 
We briefly contemplated going to the Botanical Garden, but it began to rain fairly hard.
We decided to to to Antique Row on Cherokee Street.

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One of the shops we visited was a used bookstore.

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We stopped and had lunch at La Vallesana (The Taco Stand)

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Our seats were outside, sheltered from the rain on the covered patio.
I thoroughly enjoyed my veggie burrito.

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I thought this a very creative use of zip ties.