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.
It's been raining most of the night and looks like it will continue most of the day. Frankly, if I had to choose, I'd take snow over this wet rain. Especially having a dog who does need getting out periodicaly during the day. I told Ferdie this morning that he better make good use of the time he does get out because it won't be often.
Yesterday afternoon Ferdie got a visit from his best buddy, Booj. Booj has been out of commission for several months after having undergone knee surgery. They were so happy to see each other and have a bit of a romp and a long walk/run across the soccer field. They ended up sharing a big drink of water.
They had the biggest smiles on their faces the entire time.
Last night the O'Fallon city council voted down an ordinance which would have allowed backyard chickens. This vote has mobilized the many chicken fans in that city to begin a petition drive in order to get the question on the April ballot. What's odd about this denial (7-2) and the comments from the mayor afterward is that backyard chickens is such an old story and acceptance of the fowl has been pretty widespread across the region. I posted about Clayton's chicken debate several times with the result that the chickens may remain in that town's backyards. Most arguments similar to the O'Fallon mayor who later commented on feedback he received from some anti chicken residents before the meeting have long been shown as incorrect.
"I think it was the noise. It was the waste. They just don’t want chickens in their backyards,” Mayor Bill Hennessy said. “I heard, ‘ if they want fresh eggs, they can go to a farm and buy fresh eggs’." Actually, reading the comments to this news story on Facebook, it looked to me as though the vast majority of people there were in favor of chickens.
Moving on in St. Charles County there stands this new billboard:
It's freedom of speech, no question or argument. But it just seems weird out there in St. Charles County.
Dogs we have had over the years are always shocked and kind of overwhelmed when the real Christmas comes into the house. Most of the time they stay way away for a few hours, maybe because to us humans, the fragance of the tree smells like Christmas but to a dog's smeller, it carries the scent of every creature who ever walked by it in the woods. But his dog below is happy.
A couple of weeks ago, Ferdie and I were out for a walk and while in the quad came across one of our student families having their pictures taken by a professional photographer. They asked if Ferdie could get into some photos and of course he did. This one turned out so great.
Thanks for the pic, Andrew, Anna and Malachi Noble!
Yesterday I spent some time in Collinsville after church and as I walked into the garage I was shocked to see most of the old baseboards and other long pieces of lumber which we had stored in the rafters, all piled up on the floor. And, half the items we had on the shelf along one wall had either fallen onto the floor or were tipped over.
All this meant to me was: "We've got more raccoons." A squirrel could not have done all this. Then, standing on the deck looking at the backyard I suddenly noticed the biggest, fattest, furriest groundhog I've ever seen sitting in the back lilly leaves. He just sat there looking around and then waddled slowly into what must be a big hole in the ground.
Every October we go through this! I guess we have to call Critter Control again. I'd not worry about the groundhog, but raccoons have got to go. They are destructive and will maul a dog if given half a chance.