Archive for March 2011

Another Spring Snow March 27, 2011   Leave a comment

It started snowing yesterday around 11:00 AM.  The temperatures were above freezing but since it was snowing hard it wasn’t long before the snow began sticking to trees, grass and cars, the roads were slushy.  Our total snow fall was around 6 inches. 

 Woke up this morning and headed to Forest Park to take advantage of the snow fall and sunny skies.  Gotta love these spring snows; almost all of the snow has melted already (@5:000 PM less than 24 hours since it stopped snowing).  “They” are predicting more snow on Tuesday and opening day for the Cardinals is Thursday.  Do you think they’ll play in snow this year?

Snow on the fence – Back Yard

Wishing for spring – Forest Park

 

Winter Reflections – Forest Park

 

Park in Snow B&W – Forest Park

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Posted March 27, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

March 20, 2011 Frist Day of Spring!   Leave a comment

St. Louis missed the ‘Super Moon’ event Saturday night due to a super cloudy event that covered the sky.  Thought I’d plan a minor super moon; arch with moon.  I gathered up my gear and stopped by the computer to find out when moon rise would occur.  After a bit of internet research I quickly discovered there would not be a ‘Minor Super Moon’.  Since it was such a beautiful day and warm evening we headed down town.

Bill and I discovered a great place to photograph the St. Louis sky line and arch at the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park.  Drive to the Casino Queen and turn left at the river front, you can’t miss the observatory.

Posted March 22, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

Surprise Snow   Leave a comment

Our first snow was Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010.  It appears that our last snow of the season will be March 14, 2011.  We woke to several inches of “flurries that won’t stick because the ground is above freezing”.   Not only were people surprised by the snow, they were just plain angry.”I thought we were done with this!”

Our high temperature a few days later broke records.  It was 83* on Thursday, March 17, 2011, Saint Patrick’s Day.

Crazy whether this winter; accumulating snow in November, New Year’s Eve tornado, several incidents of freezing rain.  March came in like a lamb and in a few days will find out if it’s going to go out like a lion.

Taxi picking up neighbor from next street over.  Picture taken from 2nd floor bath.

Posted March 21, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

18th Barkus Pet Parade Feb 27, 2010   Leave a comment

Additional photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjaaron/

Posted March 20, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

NY City Visit Montage   Leave a comment

Posted March 20, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

NYC February 20-23, 2011   Leave a comment

Saturday night NY City had 60 mph wind guests. Listening to the news Sunday morning we discovered the wind had pushed over trees and knocked down scaffolding http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/45960/northeast-high-wind-event-into.asp  Daily News take on the weather event: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/02/20/2011-02-20_walkers_blown_away_by_a_day_of_wild_winds.html

Sunday morning we had breakfast with Sue and Ken before they headed back to New Jersey. New York Diner’s know how to make the perfect egg! It was great spending time with Sue and Ken and we can’t wait for their visit to St. Louis. After breakfast Bill and I headed over to B&H. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ If in NY you need to stop and shop. Good deals with GREAT customer service. Thanks Cookie and Tommy for taking me here the last time we visited NY. We walked back to the hotel to meet up with Tommy, Cookie and Logan. Sunday afternoon we walked around at Home Show that was in NJ at the Meadowlands. Of course we walked away with more ideas to add to our ‘To Do’ list. Next we stopped at IKEA to look at kitchen cabinets. We liked what we saw – after Tommy’s suggestions and seeing a few additional cabinet ideas, we’ll be re-designing. Thanks Tommy, your suggestions resolved several concerns. before the day was over, Cookie and I made plans for shopping on Monday.

Monday morning we woke to a beautiful blanket of snow that made me giggle. I knew many in NY were sick sick sick of snow, but Monday’s snow made everything look so very pretty. Yes it was messy to walk in, yes it got dirty fast but I still loved it! Bill and I stopped for breakfast on the way to CCI’s NY office. NY Diners = Great Breakfast! It was nice seeing a few of CCI’s NY team again. I enjoyed the view and took advantage of the large windows and ‘deck’.

I hopped on the subway and headed to Queens to meet Cookie. Cookie, Logan and I went to Roosevelt Field. On the way to the car we stopped at a little store around the corner from Cookie’s apartment. I bought a blue, leaded glass, candy dish. It looks great in the living room with the other blue glass and will remind me of our NY visit. I didn’t make it past J C Penny’s at the mall because they were having a great sale. I ended up buying two coats and a couple of turtle necks. Thank goodness I brought a large suitcase that was under-packed.

After the boys got off work, Cookie, Tommy, Bill and I had dinner in Queens. Tommy and Cookie drove us back to our hotel which kept us from schelping computer bag, camera bag and shopping bags – THANKS! Tuesday would be back to reality day with an early flight and a working afternoon.

We had a GREAT time in NY. It was great meeting the men working on Penn Station, please visit St. Louis! Cookie and Tommy, you have been special friends for 30 years and I’m looking forward to another 30 years of friendship and visits! We need to start planning our next ‘get together’. Sue and Ken it was great seeing you in New York and can’t wait to see you on ‘Our Turf’. Sue when you visit, I’ll check the shop’s schedule for a class and/or try to schedule a basket session with the ladies.

Next: Montage of favorite NY pictures.

Posted March 16, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

NYC February 19, 2011   Leave a comment

NYC found us up early to meet Sue and Ken for breakfast.  Bill and Ken met through NYSOMH project.  Their work relationship has turned into a friendship.   Last fall we met Ken and Sue in Kentucky for breakfast at Lynn’s. Today found us eating breakfast at Andrew’s Coffee Shop at 35th and 7th Avenue.  Breakfast seems to be turning into a theme.  After breakfast we walked down to Times Square to decide on a show Half Priced Tickets.  Bill got first choice since this would be his first Broadway Show.  He picked Million Dollar Quartet:  http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com   WOO HOO Six seats together still available for half price!  Standing outside was windy and the temps were dropping!  It was going to be a cold NYC day with promises of dropping temps and blustery winds. 

We made arrangements to meet Cookie and Tommy outside the Theater near show time.  We had a few hours to kill so Ken and Sue and Bill and I decided to take a trip to Grand Central.  WOW! http://manhattan.about.com/od/historyandlandmarks/a/secretgrandcent.htm  http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/info/restored.cfm  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Central_Terminal 

After looking around and marveling at the workmanship, we took a train downtown to try and see the abandoned section of City Hall station that I had read about  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/10/the-hidden-abandoned-city_n_781669.html#s179141  We didn’t stay on the train for the ‘tour’ of City Hall.  We will try again next time we’re in NY. http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?5:979

The temperatures continued to drop and the wind got stronger and stronger.  After lunch and a quick stop at the hotel to change into warmer clothes, Sue, Ken Bill and I hopped in a taxi and headed for the Nederlander Theatre http://www.nederlandertheatre.com/  to meet Cookie and Tommy.  About a year ago Bill and I had met friends in Memphis and toured Sun Studio’s http://www.sunstudio.com/   We heard Sun’s version of the “”Million Dollar Quartet”. Neederlander is a small Theater and we really enjoyed the show.  I can’t wait for our next trip to New York and more shows. 

After Million Dollar Quartet the six of us had dinner at Trattoria Dopo Teatro  http://www.dopoteatro.com/about-us.html  Great Food and even better company.  It was a special day spending time with friends. We had talked about walking over to M&M’s store after dinner but once outside phew the wind, THE WIND.  It was just too cold and way too windy to walk the few blocks.  Tommy and Cookie headed home, Ken, Sue, Bill and I jumped in a taxi and headed back to the hotel. 

After two long days and little sleep, I was sound asleep by 6:30 or 7:00.  I know, I know New York City and asleep so early???   I did wake up a few times because of the sound of something crashing outside.  The wind was relentless. 

  

Grand Central The hall where the past meets the present with furute in view.. 

Amazing workmanship! 

Sue, Ken and Bill checking out the ceiling.

Meet me at the clock in Grand Central…

Posted March 15, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized