Publix, the grocery chain traditionally puts out a Thanksgiving commercial which is pretty darn heart warming. We don't have a Publix in the St. Louis area so don't get to see these. Here's the 2013 Publix commercial.
With Thanksgiving looming ahead next week two news stories may cause you a bit of panic or merely annoy you.
1. There's going to be a turkey shortage. Yes, fewer turkeys weighing over 16 pounds are available this Thanksgiving. Which means that since this story broke Sunday night and the info trickles down there'll be a run on turkeys the next couple of days.
2. Global wine consumption has risen and worldwide production has decreased so that means a worldwide wine shortage this year. Oh No. A run on wine shops and turkey sellers. But fear not wine drinkers, Missouri wines are in good shape, lots of production.
Do you know what Thanksgiving shortage we always have? Oven shortage. Once that turkey goes in there is no room for anything else and the timing for the side dishes gets totally thrown off.
Like most Metro East communities, Collinsville observes Veterans Day on the actual day, November 11th. Many St. Louis city and county municipalities observe the weekend before. The day began with a parade down Vandalia from Woodland Park and ended at the American Legion. After the parade a ceremony was held inside the Legion with music by the high school band and various speakers. Then a lunch was served.
The weather was as it often is in November, gray, chilly with a touch of rain. But that did not stop a rather large crowd from coming out today.
The front of the Legion with its various armoured vehicles.
There were cars parked all over the lot and down the street.
By the time the lead police car and honor guard marched by there were lots of people up and down the street.
About this time I realized they were going to turn down the street to get into the Legion so Ferdie and I took off.
There are the Township folks, Terry Allen waving.
As each boy scout and cub Scout troop passed us, one of the kids walked over and offered me a piece of candy.
And here comes the large middle school marching Trailblazers.
It's a big band for a middle school, so I wanted to show it off.
The motorcycles, or hogs, really.
The a tracter with a scoop, don't know what this meant for the VFW, but here you are.
The lady on the back wanted to make sure I saw the army doll she had covered in plastic.
Inside the legion was the man who each year dresses in authentic WWI Doughboy uniform. He's looking at his iPhone. Heh.
Here he is a bit later, standing at attention.
The room was filled
The Mayor, John Miller (left)
A number of public safety personnel were also there.
Every year a couple of websites get a hold of the black Friday ads for just about any store you can think of and beginning posting them ahead of the official newspaper inserts on Thanksgiving Day.
BFads has also put up a daily drawing which anyone can enter just by signing up. Each day in November there will be several prizes given away. The site also has up to the minute postings of ads they find.
This time change thing? Maybe it's 'time' for giving this twice a year forward and back an hour habit the boot. There's a Twitter named, Toddler Council, and it said today, "The Toddler Council does not recognize Daylight Savings."
I can vouch for this as we are out with our Maryland grandsons who woke up this morning without paying any mind to the "fall back" business. They were awake as normal, hello 5:30.
Do we as a country really need to keep doing this to ourselves every spring and every fall? I vote no.
Here they are at 6 am helping Opa learn his sermon for today.
At some point I stopped caring about Halloween, maybe it was when I realized I didn't have the same creativity in costume design as other mothers when my kids were young. Or we didn't have the money to spare to keep up with the cleverness of other parents. Since many years have passed I can confess without too much guilt that many years I just kept putting on layers and layers of odd clothing until they looked like they were in a costume. In any event, it hasn't been my favorite day. I sort of feel like this:
Some years I am merely resigned to Halloween.
And yes, sometimes the fun of it rubs off.
I mean how often do we get to see a dog dressed as a racehorse?
What will tonight bring...other than lots and lots of rain?
It seems that the one Halloween costume item which is sold out nearly everywhere are fake beards in the manner of Duck Dynasty and the Boston Red Sox players. That just goes to prove my own impression that these beards are frightening and creepy and have found their rightful place in Halloween.
Because it can get really cold on the roof of Luther Tower, it's always a good idea to set the large star up when the weather is half way decent. It was cold today and windy, but this was the day Gayle had 4 student workers willing and able to make the climb and crank up that star.
Kevin, Casey, Craig and Adam get to work on the strapping lines.
There it goes as Kevin cranks the pulley, Gayle guides, Adam claps, and Casey and Craig (who I cut off) watch. Last year was the final Christmas for Larry, the seminary's "can do anything" guy. He retired in the early spring, but made sure this star procedure would go smoothly.
Casey and Craig, either both or one, may have to do this next year when Kevin and Adam are gone on vicarage.
Such a great group of guys we have on this campus.
It never gets old looking down from way up high.
Downtown Clayton. There doesn't seem to be a tree canopy problem here do you agree?
Wash U creeping closer and closer to taking over everything.
Downtown St. Louis in the far distance with the tall Skinker high rises dominating the horizon.
The sem library
The circular old iron staircase which is the last set of stairs to the roof. This is looking down. Actually as long a climb as it is to the top, these stairs are certainly unique.
Those iron stairs lead down to the halfway point-the bells.