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.
You just have to laugh. I got into Schnucks early this morning to get the Christmas dinner food we needed and again I found myself in the cracker aisle looking for Triscuits. Another woman was there too and she was standing in front of all the Triscuits just staring as though she was told to find the winning number in a lottery. Finally she noticed me and turned around and said, "This is just so overwhelming. All I want is the original Triscuits and all I see are box after box of bizarre flavors."
I agreed with her and we went over some of the weirdest ones, which by the way, were not selling at all. Here are a couple: Wasabi and soy sauce, Balsamic vinegar and basil, Sweet potato and roasted onion. And many many more all of which had full shelves. I took a picture and the only empty spot was for the original Triscuits.
Also, this particular Schnucks, Richmond Center, constantly has men stocking shelves but today there was not one carton of Eggnog. That spot was empty. There must have been many many office parties in this area recently and all the popular stuff was swept up.
Actually, we've attended two Christmas programs, the first was with Nick's pre-school on Thursday night and yesterday was pre-school through 6 during the late service at the Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens.
Here is Nick before his program began:
There were a lot of pre-schoolers to keep under control
Yesterday, Sunday, was filled with expected and unexpected things. We woke up like everyone around here to numbing cold and a frozen dusting of snow. But it was the cold, oh man, the near zero temperatures were painful. So it was when we were getting ready to go to the late service at the Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens to see our grandsons' Christmas program, we realized the furnace was not working.
We had been remarking all morning on how much warmer the upstairs was than the main floor til all of a sudden, oh no, the thermostat was much lower than what it had been set for. I ran to the basement hoping the pilot light had gone out, but no, it was still flickering away which meant it was something else we wouldn't be able to diagnose and fix. We had to get to church so left a message with a couple of people who we hoped could look at it.
After church still no heat, a couple campus services men were looking at the system but trying different things without any change. They then called in our guy who's the furnace specialist and after a bit of checking he determined it was the transformer in the furnace. Luckily he was able to get one and change it out. We got heat back slowly beginning around 3.
We're very thankful for the seminary guys who gave up most of their Sunday to help.
Fox2 had a good refresher segment on what can be recycled and what cannot. This is probably a good time to go over these items because Christmas see a ton of disposable stuff and not all can go into recycling. But, some things you would not expect can be recycled.
Wrapping paper of all kinds including the shiny type and tissue paper
Glass bottles, aluminum cans of all types
Empty milk/eggnog/Swanson stock cardboard type cartons
Again, this is a photograph St Louis photographer Sid Hastings took while he was on campus Monday night. This is the fountain next to the library which is filled with solar balls which charge during the day from the sun, and then begin glowing with changing colors at sunset. Also included in this shot are the icicle rods hanging from the trees which move with light and the angel/shadow.
The other day I posted that I would put up a picture of our side yard's Tiny Town and thanks to the wonderful work of photographer, Sid Hastings, here it is. Sid is the former photo editor at the Post Dispatch who now works free lance with much of his work for Wash U and the St. Louis Archdiocese. He came Monday night to walk around the campus with us while we celebrated all the outdoor Christmas lights. His work is amazing. These shots look better if you click or tap to enlarge them.
Dale built each of these buildings over the past eight years and it's really a fun spot during this time of year. He even built a moon which shines in the background. Small kids come almost every day and evening to play with the farm equipment toys we put outside the barn.