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.
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.
This is going to be tricky. The instructions from Fair and local officials regarding which streets will be open, closed, or partially closed are many with some requiring passes to get onto others not. We're hosting Dale's family reunion from Thursday to Sunday on the campus and most from out of town are staying at the Cheshire. This seems easy until you read all the passable and unpassable streets. Our campus will be a soft closed with only one entrance and exit. We've even hear, although I can't find information anywhere, that the Clayton Skinker exit off 64/40 will be closed to westbound traffic. If true, that could be a major problem.
It will be interesting to see how the fair attendance goes, it will either be a major jam up and lots of people who want to experience the fair Forest Park or many will stay away and go to more local city celebrations.
With Fair St. Louis moving to Forest Park this Fourth of July because of Arch grounds reconstruction work, it's beginning to look as though fair goers will be facing a parking nightmare. No parking on the park streets will be allowed which means using the current 7 lots and two makeshift lots. Two of those 7 are at the zoo and officials will attempt to keep them reserved for zoo patrons.
It does appear as though city, park and fair officials have not completed a final parking plan for the 4th and the logistics are daunting. But on the other hand, even with all the parking garages downtown, parking for Fair St. Louis at the riverfront was always daunting as well and somehow people got to where they were going. Hopefully the same will hold true for this year.
St. Louisans need to get their minds around the concept of "shuttles" in 2014.
This is a hoot. Meal deals you can bring home, or take mom out to, for Mother's Day.
Hooters: includes a complimentary entrée up to $10 with any drink purchase at any of the 345 Hooters locations across the U.S. Yeah Mom! We're taking you to Hooters! Sounds more like it should be a Father's Day deal
White Castle: for those who are really on the cheap. Customers can buy a sack of 10 original sliders for just $2.50. That's only 25 cents per slider. (Online deal only.) Not sure about the online only thing, do they ship them to mom?
KFC: wants to help you celebrate Mother's Day with a nice gesture. Get a free family-sized cake (rich double chocolate chip or sweet lemon flavors) with the purchase of a meal, through May 25
Boston Market: Buy any Individual Meal, and get one Individual Meal free for mom at Boston Market on Sunday. Valid with any Individual Meal, Whole Sandwich, Whole Sandwich Combo, Salad Bowl or Market Bowl.
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis: Tulip giveaway for those who don't want to buy real flowers.