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.
The Post Dispatch has a supplement in the weekend paper with many gift ideas. Sometimes these ideas are a bit off the wall, kind of like making stuff up just to fill the pages. This idea is one of those.
A gold hanging flame crown featuring gold keys and clips to hang your favorite photos.
Tonight the Missouri Botanical Garden will open its second annual Garden Glow mile and a half walk through Christmas lights. It looks amazing. The KSDK video report shows how absolutely gorgeous this must be. I'd love to see this, just don't know if we can fit the time in when tickets are still available.
It is a bit pricey for families, however. 16 dollars for adults, 10 for kids. If you're a member it will be 12 dollars for adults, 6 for kids.
November 22 to December 18 the Glow is open from 5:30 to 9:30
December 19-January 3 open nightly except for December 24, 25, and January 31.
Here is a story on the Worst Toys for Kids 2014 put out by group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H for short.
Most of the toys on this year's hazardous list have some sort of injury possibility built in, such as the Bottle Rocket Party game. Pretty obvious. The one toy on the list which surprises me is the colored Hedgehog plush stuffed animal. No story I can find tells exactly why this sort of innocuous looking stuffed animal is dangerous.
Maybe the green fur falls out and can choke a child, I don't know.
With the seminary on quarter break, some of our students who have stayed around have been helping to get the outdoor Christmas lights in place. It usually a lot of hard physical work because we put out a lot of lights and scenes, but it's been much more difficult this year because of the bitter cold. That hasn't stopped the students from going about this work cheerfully, however. They're having fun? It seems so.
We've have about 6 guys working at various times this week, here are the 3 who put lights on trees near Demun.
Late yesterday afternoon a few students rolled up to Luther Statue with the hope of lighting him up. Problem was Luther is so tall and wide, logistically it was a muddle to figure out just how to do this.
Discussion of various options
Ok. Noah was picked to climb the ladder with the string of lights on a long pole and somehow get the lights over Luther's head with the extension cord dropped down the back.
Turned out to be impossible, Noah's vision of the head was blocked by the rest of Luther. So down he came and another conference took place. It was decided he'd get the string up there, hold it in place and those on the ground would take the bottom end and walk it around the statue til the lights were in place.
For some reason this didnt' work either, one of Luther's shoulders is higher than the other and his collar and book caught the light string.
In the end, the guys gave up on wrapping lights around Luther's neck and lit the base. However, they'll be back to give the top another try because with only the base lit, the darkness totally hides the fact that there is an actual statue on top.
The students who were able to do this last year are on vicarage right now, so their advice is not available. But our current students will get this done, they have the will and the determination.
Let me just repeat how awfully cold it was out there.
Bird Flu threat to 10 million turkeys...and 6000 infected ducks face being culled
Thanksgiving on the horizon and we get this kind of story, but fear not Americans, this is, so far, happening in England. I did not know people in England celebrated Thanksgiving. In the US, we're about to be treated to scary stories about how to avoid salmonella when we cook our turkeys.
I've been seeing many Facebook/Twitter/blog posts lately on the huge number of deer, dead or alive, on or near roadways. Or deer clipping cars and worse. This is the scary time of year for drivers as deer are mating (I think) and moving moving moving with no regard for their own safety along highways and surface streets. They're being hit by the scores in this area.
When you stop to consider the possiblity of deer jumping out at you as you drive, it makes you more cautious and alert, but it's also a white knuckle time of year to be on the road, especially in the early morning or at dusk. But anytime of day is deer time in November.
Last year we drove home from Katie and Charlie's house in Maryland and I wrote this when we got back: "but happy to be back safely with no deer jumping out in front of our car on the way back. We did see I-70 through Pennsylvania and western Ohio littered with deed deer, but thankfully no live ones on the road. I mean, seriously, there really were scores of deer laying off to the side of the highway and in the median after having been hit by vehicles."
The images of all those dead deer on the interstate stays with me and makes me just a bit intimidated on the road this fall. Lots of folks cheering on the hunters this year.
My dad was a marine during WWII, spending most of his time in conflict with the Japanese on one south pacific island or other. My mom was a nurses aid at the Chicago Veterans hospital during those years.
This was taken just before he shipped out.
Five years ago my mother died on Veterans Day. I had been at the Collinsville Veterans Day parade and service and learned of her death later in the day. Oddly, my memory of that year's parade is of a cloudy, cold dark day. This morning, looking at the pictures I took, I see that the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
No parade this year because of the road work along that route.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Also my grandfather got himself into the Spanish American War with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders by lying about his age. He was around 15/16.
I spent more than 4 hours yesterday driving around from St. Louis to Collinsville to O'Fallon Il, back to Collinsville to St. Louis looking to buy some outdoor Christmas trees for the seminary campus Christmas display. After first checking to see what the Collinsville Walmart had (not much) I stopped in at Home Depot where they had exactly what I wanted but only had 2 and we need 3. Off to what I thought was going to be Garden Ridge in O'Fallon but turned out to be At Home.
Uh oh. I figured I made the trip for nothing but At Home is pretty much exactly the same as the former Garden Ridge. No idea why the name change, but the store seems brighter and freshened up. Same items for sale. But they did not have what we wanted. In the end I got the 3 trees at the Hanley Home Depot where 3 employees went out of their way to help and were the nicest store people ever.
Really ready to get the Christmas lights and other displays up. But it is a bit too soon.
"There is more computer power in some of this year's top Christmas toys than the first moon mission, experts said.
The 12 toys predicted to top children’s wish lists feature the most advanced technology available, including voice recognition software, photo editing and video, while some connect directly to the Internet and can be controlled via mobile phone apps and iPads."