Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
At the Collinsville Progress meeting yesterday the board presented the Business Associate of the Month award to Charlene Welch, a longtime employee of the local Schnucks. For many years Progress held its meetings in the Schnucks Station Restaurant where Charlene began her tenure and was often our server. When the store was remodeled and the restaurant eliminated, she became a checker and now works behind the front desk while filling in at check out lines when needed.
Charlene has always been one of the most cheerful and friendly of the Schnucks employess, efficient and caring to customers. This award is well deserved. To say she was shocked and bewildered when she was brought in to the meeting is an understatement.
She had no idea what was going on as Progress corresponding secretary read the award.
Then laughed in surprise.
A fantastic person.
In case you didn't realize this, Schnucks has a meeting room right next to the front desk, filled with tables that the store staff uses for meetings but is also available for other groups. It was nice to be back where we spent so many last Thursdays of the month.
This morning I saw a dead raccoon on Vandalia St in Collinsville not to far from our street turnoff. I try not to wish ill on any creature but my first thought at seeing the animal was that I hoped it was the last raccoon making a home under our deck. With our luck, this is probably not the same guy.
Just before Christmas we paid the Critter Control final bill for the capturing of 19 animals in Collinsville. Most of the 19 animals were raccoons with a couple of possums and one groundhog thrown in for good measure. Yesterday we found these tracks in the snow next to our house.
We're not sure what they are, but know they aren't dog prints because they're 4 inches wide. How big are deer feet?
Celebrated the 5th anniversary of our adopting him by taking him to Collinsville with me, the place his life began. I have to say, he has never been overly thrilled about going there, but does not want me to go without him either.
There he was at the door watching as I got ready to go to a Collinsville Progress meeting.
And, on the way back to St. Louis we went through Danny's Car Wash. His first time for this.
This month I've been digging through boxes and bins of things which have been sitting stacked up in closets for a number of years. My purpose is to purge things that we have no use for, are totally out of date (clothes from 1981) and disperse sentimental items (to the kids).
Yesterday after all the boxes were cleared out in one closet I came across these at the bottom.
Tennis rackets from the 60's! At least the wooden Davis Tad racket dates back that far. I loved racket, having a Davis Tad was such a coup back then. I don't know about the aluminum one though.
Speaking of old things, the Collinsville Habitat for Humanity ReStore put up a picture on Facebook asking what these are. Anyone who could correctly identify them would get a ten dollar store credit.
The were described as 1/4 inch thick brass with tiny nail holes at each point. Click to enlarge if you can't see the entire photo.
Yesterday morning as I drove down Collinsville's Main Street I was amazed by all the big earth moving equipment being used to move all the snow. All the snow from the past weekend had been pushed to the curbs and sidewalks in order to get the street open, but the mountains of snow kept people from being able to get into the stores and restaurants. So the city public works guys went to work in a big way to haul off all that snow. I took a picture as I was stopped to let backhoes (I think that's what they were).
And then I watched a Fox2 News report on the same Collinsville story. And, as interesting as it was, I was really pleased at how good Main Street looks these days. Many people realize this, but it was great to see it confirmed in a news report, snow and all.
And hey! Oh hi Bill and Leslie Jourdain who are seen eating in the Sandwich Shop during the news report!
I came over to Collinsville today with more than a little anxiety over whether or not the sub zero temperatures this week might have frozen our water pipes. It wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility since our basement bathroom gets pretty cold. But thankfully everything is fine, water running at normal pressure.
But. Oh boy, the snow really drifted across our deck and driveway.
There's no opening the back door and it is really just too much to try and remove because the sun has begun to harden and soften until it is like moving a ton of bricks. But it is supposed to rain and that should help .
On the front porch snow was piled up but not nearly as deep as the back. I did see, darn it, animal footprints in the porch snow and a bit of what is most likely...RACCOON pee.
After Critter Control trapped and took away 19 animals from our property we still have them! What is the deal with this anyway?
Bill for 19 animals trapped in Collinsville by Critter Control in October and November in our yard, under out deck and below the front porch.
We finally stopped having them set the traps because it became laughably ridiculous and...Critter Control was getting a little weary of carting off all those animals. We know we still have at least one more living in our back yard and under our deck because his tracks are plainly visible in the snow. For now I guess we live with it, but Ferdie is very very on the trail of some animal or other when we get here.