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.
Yesterday afternoon 4 of us climbed up to the top of Luther Tower to put new lights on, and crank up the large Christmas star, which will be turned on in December. It's always best to get this job done before the bad weather hits. Two new students who have been working on grounds/landscape this fall got their first trip to the top of the tower. Both of these students are from other countries, Christian from South Africa and Walterson from Paraguay.
And, there they are 2/3's of the way up and looking at the bells.
And on the trickiest portion of the climb, the iron spiral.
But the climb is so worth it, the view is astounding.
Ok, Gayle finally got everyone to work replacing the old lights and attaching the new.
And then the cranking up of the star. Uh oh, we forgot the winch to actually crank it. It's such a long way down and a long climb up to even thinking about going back to the shop and getting the winch. But! Yay! Dan Maske to the rescue. Called him and he graciously agreed to get the winch and carry it up to the top of the tower. And his wife Jenny came along.
The winch was attached and the pole cranked.
Great job guys
The view was pretty spectacular yesterday.
Here's what Luther Statue looks like from up top.
The the south wall of the tower looking down.
And, no, I did not hang out over the edge to get this picture, just held the camera out pointing down and hoped for the best.
Beautiful day for this work and a good thing we did this when we did. Cold air coming in today and for the rest of the week.
This hasn't been the prettiest Fall so far, some random trees are showing brilliantly (Sugar Maples, Burning Bushes) but the rest are still green or turning brown and dropping their leaves. I went around yesterday trying to get some color. Hopefully in a week or so we'll have more of a panorama of color.
This was basically the best color shot I got, one of our students heading home after class. While there's a lot of good color, you can still see how much green still dominates the landscape.
Reflection in the chapel windows, so much green.
There's Ferdie's friend, Max. He was looking for Fall color too.
The entrance to Werner Auditorium with the frustrating vines growing up the wall and everywhere. Their saving grace is that in Fall they turn color.
The Burnng Bushes are spectacular this year. Good for them.
According to a survey done by the National Confectioners Association, it is people over 60. Of all the demographics surveyed, those 60 and older are most likely to hand out candy and, homes of the 60-plus generation will have a sizable stash, according to the survey. While 50 percent of the general population reported running out of candy, only 37 percent in the 60-plus group reported emptying their candy collection.
IMO, the reason for this is that people over 60 have had a lot of experience with local Trick or Treater numbers and they are also more likely to know their neighbors. So they're ready.
Another Halloween factoid from the same survey. "Women are more likely to decorate their homes with a Halloween theme compared to men. Sixty-four percent of women said they plan to haul out the cob webs, witch hats and orange-and-black décor for their holiday trimmings."
Halloween decorating is something I never do other than carve a pumpkin. But this decorating has become very trendy as anyone who shops has seen entire store areas filled with Halloween decor. It's catching up to Christmas as far as store floor space goes.
"Men, on the other hand, are more likely to attempt to scare others during the Halloween season. While about 15 percent of men admitted they would try to scare this year's trick-or-treaters, they are more likely to play scary music and jump out at unsuspecting visitors."
One thing not mentioned in the survey but one which I'd guess all age groups agree on, is local municipalites giving specific hours for trick or treating. This lets everyone know there will be an end to it.
Boy, September went by fast. Here it is October, still very dark outside at 6:30 in the morning and getting dark by 6:30 at night. Gardens are fading, ready to give it up.
I don't know if anyone else has this first world problem, but this is also the time of year when bananas act strangely. I buy them when they're yellow with some unripened green showing. By the next morning they're well overripe. What causes this?
Time to check those furnance filters if you forgot about them during air conditioning season...which you shouldn't have, but it happens.
August is the time when spiders start spinning cobwebs everywhere. You go to bed at night and see nothing then wake up the next morning to see the gap between your screens and window panes filled with cottony webs.
They're also across doorways, in the arms and legs of outdoor chairs, across ceilings and in branches of trees. Many days you'll find yourself walking right through one big web.
And also wasps.
But this may be a good indication it's time to get the Hummingbird feeders out, summer's beginning its farewell.
By working hard to protect local neighborhoods and the people who live in them near Forest Park, St. Louis officials have pretty much trapped residents on their own blocks. There are so many streets closed or almost closed around here that it will be a huge effort to even get out, much less get back in.
They may have gone just a bit too far in trying to be fair surrounding areas.