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.
Here we go for the final push. Brought in a mulching company to mulch around the many trees and beds on the main campus. This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. they come in a couple of big hauler trucks, pull out long hoses and shoot the mulch into the right spot. It goes so fast, so much better than the last company we had who used men pushing wheelbarrows of mulch around for days.
As I mentioned the other day, the seminary lost its lawn service company and many people around here have been pitching in to make the outdoors look good for Wednesday's Call Day, the biggest day on campus, the day when second year students learn where they will be vicaring (interning) next year and the graduating class finds out where they will be pastoring their own congregations.
Yesterday I went out and edged the sidewalks around main campus. Here's what the entrance sidewalks look like now without grass overlapping.
With an edging machine, things work fairly easily and makes the area look so much better.
As an aside, Mary! Would you tell Ruth her edger is still in business and still doing its job. Just not on Tillotson anymore!
And, at the end of last week we agreed to terms with another lawn service company who will be able to take over the first week in May. This will be Top Care, the company which does Wash U's properties so we're confident in their abilities.
Earth Day. Smile. Here at the seminary we just received our flowers/vegetables and herbs all grown from seed in New Baden Illinois greenhouses by Lutherans. :) No trucked in plants from who knows where.
Students helped unload
And there's Ted Ahner of Ahner's greenhouses. We get part of our campus plants from them and the other part from Creekside in Collinsville. Both sell quality plants which they grow themselves.
Now comes the hard part, getting everything planted starting today with the seminary's kitchen garden.
First it was raccoons with the isolated possum and/or groundhog/neighbor's cat which we trapped endlessly for several years in Collinsville. We have the opinion we may have ended the raccoon run, but now we've a couple of groundhogs making themselves home in our yard.
I saw one walking down the driveway last week and when he saw me he ducked under our next door neighbors' deck. But today while working in the yard I came across two freshly dug deep/big holes which can only mean...groundhogs.
You can see the hole and all the kicked back dirt.