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Attention Louis! Yesterday Dale decided it was time to do something more effective with our vegetable garden and so drew up some plans to fence it in. He went to Home Depot and got several big rolls of chicken wire,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at respublica
There has been a ladder on the road on 364 since Friday. Mattresses 62 Ladders 60 Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at respublica
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Each Monday the Post Dispatch normally runs a column called, "Ask the Road Crew" in which readers can ask for answers about various issues on local roads. Today a question came from someone wanting to know if MoDOT will ever... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at respublica
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We haven't had much trouble getting things in the garden to grow this year, things are lush. Now, keeping the voracious rabbits and squirrels and possums etc from eating the produce is another issue. The lushest plant going is the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at respublica
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I spent the past two days digging potatoes. Let me tell you, that is very hard work. The term, "back-breaking" must have originated by a potato farmer. But in the end, it's pretty darn satisfying to look at all the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at respublica
Yesterday I drove over to Collinsville for the first time since IDOT closed two lanes on the east end of the Poplar. I've driven since they've started, but it's always been on a Sunday or Saturday when no work was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at respublica
Not a mattress or ladder today, but this was unexpected enough to mention. A big Amazon box fell on to route 364 and Highway K. Also, St. Louis is weird in its name some highways with just a letter. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at respublica
The Wall Street Journal (June 17) had a story on the biting gnats we've been dealing with for several weeks. Things have not gotten any better, these buggers are still around and swarm each time we walk out the door.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at respublica
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Yesterday, Father's Day, Dale and I drove out to Venedy, Illinois for St. Salvator's annual Chicken dinner. St. Salvator was where Dale began his ministry and where our children were born. It's always a joy to go back there. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at respublica
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Here at the seminary there were two trees on the east side of our house, one on each corner. That side is where our bedroom is located. One tree was a huge thick pine that was about 70 feet tall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at respublica
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Came across an article today on Wild Parsnip and the burns it can cause on contact. This was an eye-opener for me since this plant look a lot like the ones which grow wild around here. Wild parsnip grows in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at respublica
This morning I came across an online post from USA TODAY Sports in which their hockey experts made their predictions on who would win the Stanley Cup game 7 championship. Here are their guesses: Kevin Allen, Bruins 3, Blues 1:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at respublica
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This Stanley Cup championship is one of the more thrilling and satisfying things to happen to St. Louis in a long time. Talk about bringing almost everyone together! The Rams Super Bowl win back in 2000 may compare, but can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at respublica
To begin with I want to make it clear I'm thrilled with how far the Blues have come and want them to win tonight. But there has been way too much celebrating since they won last week and went ahead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at respublica
There has been a rash of mattresses hitting our highways in the past week. Must be moving season. Mattresses 61 Ladders 57 Also a wheelbarrow last week on 255 near Horseshoe Lake Road, but this is just an add on,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at respublica
The old Germans must have believed that any word worth its salt is even better if it's longer. I came across a new (for me) German word today: Torschlusspanik And it means, "gate-closing panic" a sense of anxiety or fear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at respublica
We've had quite a bit of work done on our house in Collinsville over the years we've mainly lived on the seminary campus and we're now down to basic painting and flooring in the upstairs bedrooms. But this is not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at respublica
After two years of Poplar Street Bridge lane closures and backups, MoDOT finally completed the work of adding a new lane this past December. There are still backups going west due to whatever is going on in lanes heading toward... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at respublica
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Gately's People Store, an institution for decades on MIchigan Avenue on Chicago's southside neighborhood of Roseland, is enveloped by a massive fire this morning. I can't even begin to list all the memories I have about Gately's. Everyone who lived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at respublica
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I was doing a few things on the campus this morning and as I walked up to the Walther Arch which holds the big bells, this is what I saw. Yes it is what you think it is. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at respublica
There have been a number of mattresses and ladders which fell on St. Louis highways since I last posted. The tally now is: Mattresses 58 Ladders 57 Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at respublica
I guess we may as well just stock up on beans and other vegetables because now some new study has found that white meat chicken is just as bad for your cholesterol as red meat. Saturated fats increase the concentration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at respublica
Vegetable gardening is more than fertilizing and picking the fruits of your labor. It's also working every day to keep all variety of animals from making the garden their own personal dinner table. On early Sunday morning as I walked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at respublica
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Every morning there are crashes on St. Louis highways and I've driven most of them frequently enough that I can picture how these accidents occurred. Living on this side of the river for almost 15 years I've been on 64/40,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at respublica