Sunday, January 29, 2012

mid-winter musings

unreal sunset tonight. straight out of camera.

Where did January go? January and February are at the heart of winter, and we're halfway through. Not that you can call what we've had in Saint Louis a winter....highs in the 60s for the next two days. February used to be the dreariest of months for me, but here it always brings the promise of spring that is coming.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

waiting for winter

(last winter)

Today has been a rare wintry day....cold and rainy. Just a few degrees above freezing. Which is annoying because a good amount of freezing rain and sleet can usually warrant us a snow day or at least a late start. But this winter has been my mildest in Saint Louis yet. I'd say on average it's been in the 40s, with quite a few days pushing into the 50s. This is quite fine by me. But I do want a snow day (or two). Barring a really poor February, it won't happen. By March, we're in spring here. Which is also fine by me. January has flown and I'm 6 weeks out from spring break. Brilliant.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This weekend I finally made it to the Monet exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum - just in time, as it leaves this weekend and is now sold out. There were several of his water lily paintings, but the highlight was seeing the Agapanthus Triptych, which brought together three of his paintings (each normally at a different museum) to create a 50 foot long piece. This is only done every few decades. It was truly breathtaking. I hadn't been to the StL Museum in years and forgot how nice it is - and free! (other than special exhibits). We went only to the Monet exhibit. I can't wait to go back to the rest of the museum soon.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Everybody has the blues.
Everybody longs for meaning.
Everybody needs to love and be loved.
-Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's been so, so cold the past two days....from unseasonably warm to highs of about 20 degrees (0 with wind chill). I've become weak since leaving Michigan winters....I ponder now if I could make it through a full one without going crazy. Praise the Lord, it's warming up again tomorrow.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

mason jars pt. 2

Love this. Maybe I'm obsessed with mason jars? One trend I can get and stay behind. Maybe I'm just dreaming of summer - the 50 degree january weather has me all confused. I'm dreaming of going beyond lemonade with orangeade, iced tea, arnold palmers...