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.
Our Collinsville house is located under the Scott Air Force Base flight path and yesterday afternoon one huge tanker aircraft after another flew over our roof. Some so close we could almost see the crew.
What's with bananas these days? You buy them not yet ripe, but the next morning they have become over ripe. There seems to be no in between and who has the time or interest in making myriad banana breads to use up these too ripe fruits.
Today the Holy Cross cornerstone gave up its time capsule box thanks to last week's use of a metal detector. The detector was exactly right, even down to the fact that the box would be copper. The masonry guys got it out and it was carried off by George Madigan to a fireproof safe inside the church. It will not be opened until the September 13th afternoon service, but we are checking with a historical documents archivist to know the best way to handle whatever is inside.
This has been so fun, and it's even better finding an actual box, we'd have been really disappointed if nothing had been in there. We had to go by old documents since no one who was around 100 years ago is still here today.
Then the masonry men went to work filling up the brickwork that was taken off the wrong side last Thursday. The time capsule opening will be covered temporarily until the box is refilled with current items and replaced.
Here's what the box hole looks like.
Ferdie came with me today and got to meet some Holy Cross people. I don't think he's ever been at church before.
If anyone reading this has any Holy Cross memorabilia of any kind, we'd sure like to see it and maybe put it in the display case.
Holy Cross will be celebrating the anniversary of the 100th year of the current church building. The congregation was founded in 1848 and saw two previous buildings before this was constructed in 1915. As part of a committee for the anniversary, one of the things we wanted to do was open the cornerstone and see what church ancestors felt was important enough for us to find. Let's just say those German Lutherans 100 years ago did not make it easy.
After getting the go ahead from the board of properties and church council, a stone mason company was brought in to see if they could uncover what we believe to be a box of some sort in the cornerstone. We know this because of a church history booklet relating that items were put into the cornerstone. It was not easy as we found out on Thursday morning. In the end, we had to call for a couple of men who own metal detectors to see if the exact location could be marked before any more cuts were made in the brickwork.
And sure enough, the detectors worked perfectly even down to recognizing that the box inside was probably copper. On Monday we'll have the stone people back and give it another try. Should the box be found and removed, the contents will be removed at the September 13th anniversary service.
Here's one look at the first cuts into the brick on Thursday morning.
A limited run of a new beer being unveiled beginning the 26th in Minneapolis St Paul. That beer is called HefeWheaties, the result of a collaboration between two Minneapolis companies: cereal-maker General Mills and brewer Fulton Beer. As the name implies, the beer is a hefeweizen, the German style that relies on wheat for its base.
It looks like IDOT will begin the final 159 paving today, as they close everything but one lane from the Catholic Church to Wickliff. One lane means one lane, not one lane in each direction which is what has gone on for two years. I'd advise avoiding that area for most of today. But much more paving has to be completed before the area is finished.
This has been an exhausting two years of road work for everyone who has had to drive Vandalia or lives along that route. Actually, getting around Collinsville as a whole has been an ordeal for some time. Someone who lives on the west side of town told me recently that she had to be at the Vandalia end and just did not know how people have stood that every single day. It's been hard, some days better than others some days just ridiculous. It will be a relief to have all that over with but I'm curious about how difficult it will be to turn left out of our street once things are cleared away.
Also, there is a digital sign on 55/70 Westbound in the area where drivers can head onto the Martin Luther King Bridge which warns that beginning Monday road work will begin. This can't be true! Surely IDOT won't be doing something along the road leading to the Poplar after many months of backups thanks to MoDOT work on its side of the bridge. Please please say this isn't going to happen.