Monday, April 14, 2014

Cakes again

 This cake is in my own backyard. Found it at Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, Mo. This is the park that has a Christmas light display every year.
This is the cabin at is painted on the cake. It has been in the process of being rebuilt for several years.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bit o' the Irish part 3

 After a lunch at Maggie O'Briens consisiter of Irish stew and Irish coffee we drove to the Irish part of St. Louis known as "Dogtown" a wonderful little neighborhood. After visiting the church our last stop of the day was at Pat's Pub to watch Irish dancing.
 Yet another church; St. James the Greater. DogTown has been called a "province of the Republic of Ireland and host the annual St Patrick's day parade of the Ancient Order of Hiberians. The church was founded in 1861
 another sighting of a birthday cake in Dogtown
 
The last cake of the day in Turtle Park across the highway from the St. Louis Zoo.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A bit o' the Irish part 2

 The Pro Cathedral of St John the Apostle and Evangelist was another church we stopped to tour.
 A High Cross stands outside
 the beautiful altar. This church served the families moving to the first suburb of the original village/city of St. Louis, founded in 1847. The Archbishop's chair is on the right which designates this church as the Archbishop's Catherdral
we also stopped to shop for Irish goods.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A bit o' the Irish

 Went on a day trip with my city again and sighted another cake! We visited places that have a Irish connection in St. Louis. This is in front of the Shrine to St Joseph in the city of St. Louis.
 The shrine was founded by the Jesuits in 1843 on land donated by Ann Mullanphy Biddle and dedicated in 1844.
 The inside is being renovated. A group of lay people saved the shrine from being razed. This alter is called the "Altar of Answered Prayers".
 The church is also called the "Church of Miracles" and is the only Vatican-authenticated shrine in the Midwest. In 1864 A man near death was blessed in the church by a relic of Peter Claver, noted for his work among slaves. The man was immediately healed and walked out of the church on his own. In 1866 there was a cholera epidemic and the priest asked the parishioners to make a vow to St. Joseph that if they could be spared from more deaths, the would build a monument to him. All who signed and their family were spared.
view of the Gateway Arch between the buildings.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

250/250

 This year is St. Louis' 250 birthday. Our history museum has a exhibition called 250/250. 50 people, 50 places, 50 objects, 50 moments, 50 images of St Louis. Lindbergh's flight suit used when he flew non stop to Paris
 Stan Musial, local sports hero, played for the St Louis Cardinals. He played the harmonica and was beloved by the people of St. Louis
 Chuck Berry's "Black Widow" guitar. He was born in St. Louis and still performs here occasionally
My first birthday cake sighting. There are 250 four foot fiberglass birthday cake placed all over the area in historically or interesting places. I hope to photograph as many as I can this year. The cakes are decorated by local artists.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jake (from State Farm) the new granddog

 This is Jake (from State Farm, Jakes name is based on a tv commercial from State Farm Insurance)
 He is sporting his new fashion accessory and he hates it. He managed to get it off the last time I was babysitting and it was a fight to get his head back thru it.

don't think he is going to fit in this chair too much longer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

art class

we had an art class a few weeks ago, anything to break up the cabin fever. Our weather has been so bad, we are not able to get out with the ice, sleet, snow and bitter cold. This is my first attempt at drawing, better than I thought I could do but I won't be quitting my day job!!! I like the tree best. We used black magic marker and white out for the snow on the tree and house.