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.
Fox2 weatherman, Dave Murray, put up this story last night:
"THREE WEEKS WITHOUT SUNSPOTS: The sun has been blank for 21 straight days--a remarkable 3 weeks without sunspots. This is an almost decade-class event. The last time the sun lost its spots for 21 consecutive days was in the year 2009 coming on the heels of an historic solar minimum. With the current stretch of blank suns, solar minimum conditions have definitely returned."
After reading this, are you like me, wondering the age old question: What does this mean? There is no explanation of what solar minimum means or the difference for us between no sunspots and sunspots.
Tonight at 7, PBS, Channel 9 in St. Louis, will feature St. Louisans getting their antiques evaluated. I'm not sure that show, which has been on for ages, has ever been here so it might be interesting to see what is brought.
The weather has been pretty unbearable lately with single digit temperatures. It makes us not want to go out at all and the effort of pulling on and off layers of clothes is tiring. Living on a campus means doing more walking from place to place out doors as opposed to going out of the house into a car and from the car into an office or store. Having a dog who rather likes the cold and wants to be out walking doesn't make it easier.
But yesterday I got unpleasant surprise when I went to start my truck. It went click click silence. Oh nuts. The battery was dead and the truck was facing the wrong way to get another car in front of it to jump it. So I went down to our wonderful maintenance guys to ask if they had any advice. Did you know there was such a thing as a portable battery jumper? Well there is and they had one. Two students who work part time with maintenance were sent over to the house and hooked that thing up and the truck started immediately. I'm thinking of getting one of these things, imagine how many times you could help someone start a battery if you had one or get your own started.
The other advice I got was to get a new battery so we did that. Now I just hope this weather doesn't interfere anymore, it's tricky enough driving around these days as it is.
In other news, Chip and Joanna Gaines are having another baby! Must be why they decided this was the last season of Fixer Upper.
A press release from the Hallmark Channel announces their Christmas movie programming which begins on October 28 and continues each day until December 30. Yes, you read that right, Hallmark will begin broadcasting Christmas movies 3 days before Halloween. The link gives you what movie will be seen each day and frankly, I've never heard of any of them.
There's rushing the season and really rushing the season.
I've been watching HGTV for years. Seriously. Our daughters were in grade school when I discovered that network. But recently it's become obvious that about the only kind of show on at night and even weekend daytime, are all about people looking to buy a house. Or, having one fixed up after they buy. Or fixing up a house before they buy. But always we watch them look at homes until they choose. Even the latest additions to the real estate line-up, Beach Front Bargain Hunt, Island Hunt, Tiny House, etc are all about looking at 3 or so properties until they choose one. And the Property Brothers! How many times are they on the air in a week? Too many.
I've enjoyed House Hunters from its beginning, but I really miss the shows that had some personality. Like-Candice Olsen who had the Divine Design show. Or, Sarah's House, Curb Appeal (What happened to the "garden" in the HGTV?) And, Design on a Dime, Holmes on Homes and on and on.
I miss the variety the network used to have along with learning a lot about design.
Dale preached in Waco this weekend and when he had some free time he paid a visit to The Silos and Magnolia, a decorating store and bakery owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper show. This program which has them renovating a home for buyers has made Waco a tourist destination. The Gaines are so popular and so nice that the Silo area is crowded with tourists even when the place is closed which it was yesterday.
The interesting thing about Waco is how many places close on Sunday, kind of like the old days. Dale walked through Baylor University for old times sake because Katie did her graduate work and we'd been there then. Even the bookstore was closed.
"The best places to watch: https://www.ncaa.com/marchmadness or the NCAA March Madness Live app. All the games will be there, regardless of where they are televised.
CBS is televising 24 games, including the national championship and the Final Four. These games won’t require a cable or satellite password through the app or website, but they are viewable only on phones, tablets and computers — not streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku or Fire TV."
This is kind of a big deal, at least for me. Even though we have cable and the required apps on the iPad, I have not been able to make viewing work. For some reason Charter will not accept the password I set up a couple of years ago. I've tried everything, even going through the steps on their website and nothing works. They make it impossible. I've debated calling but anyone who calls a cable company knows how convoluted that is.
We have tv's to watch, but last year we were in Collinsville where we have one tv and I was tired and wanted to watch the end of the Syracuse regional final in bed but could not make that system work. A small thing I know, but this happened again here in St. Louis. We were watching one thing and I wanted to look in on something else and again, charter would not accept the password.
So to see that this won't be needed is good news. Great news for people who have cut the cable cord.
On January 25, 1949 the first Emmy Award ceremony was held. If you're like me, your first instinct was to think back to the early days of television and you are surprised there was even television in that year. 1949?
But yes, there was enough programming and a very small handful of people who had a television to justify having awards. Part of the reason for creating the Emmy Awards was to foster interest in this new type of entertainment. The name “Emmy” was a feminized version of “immy,” the shorthand term for the image orthicon tube that was used in TV cameras until the 1960s.
The very first Emmy winner (for outstanding television personality) was Shirley Dinsdale, a 20-year-old ventriloquist who starred in the children’s show Judy Splinters. Ever heard of this show? Me either. But, this was a puppet show in which Shirley Dinsdale dressed in a cowgirl outfit to match that of her puppet, Judy Splinters.