Saturday, August 4, 2012

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Twisted Rain Toes

The slide at the small aquatic center in our town. This may be the small aquatic center, but it's got the best tube slide, all twisty and turny, and oh so much fun!

Twisted: August Photo a Day 4 on 365 Project

I had to share this. It started about 3:00 a.m. with a very loud and wild thunderstorm. There are people without power and a few trees down. But, it slowed down to a nice soaking rain that has kind of come and gone for about 4 hours or so, looks like it's been about 3 inches of rain total. Everything is wet and we actually have a little bit of mud! It's over now and I really wish it would have just done this all day, but we had rain, and hopefully, this will help our atmosphere create more.

We Got Rain!!!! on 365 Project

I'm thinking I'm in need of a pedicure, or at least new polish on my toes.

Needy on 365 Project

Friday, August 3, 2012

Round and Puppies

My hometown at one time was a railroad town. The Katy Railroad ran across Missouri into St. Charles. There are still sections of track, but most of the bed from that railroad is now a state park. The Katy Trail State Park runs the width of Missouri. It's long and skinny and meant for biking, hiking, walking. It also runs through one of our city parks; Frontier Park which is on our park on the riverfront of the Missouri River. There are two train cars that sit down there as tokens of that era in our history. This is the wheel from one of those train cars.

Round: August Photo a Day 3 on 365 Project

Typical Little Sisters:

Typical Little Sisters on 365 Project

Izzy decided if she sat between my feet to chew on the favored antler, that maybe Livvy would leave her alone and not take it away from her.

Protection on 365 Project

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Things That Other People Do

It bothers me the way people just throw things out of their car windows. This cup was laying on the road in front of our house today. It makes me wonder if people do not realize that when they throw something out of their car windows that it does not cease to exist. It is left to someone else to pick it up and dispose of it.

On The Road: August Photo a Day 2 on 365 Project

his man kayaked on the Missouri River from Kansas City, MO to St. Charles, MO. That is over 300 miles. They left Kansas City on Tuesday, July 31st and made it to St. Charles, today, August 2. According to some of the family members of this man, he averaged about 3.5 mph this year. That is because of the low waters. Last year the average speed was 5 mph. This picture was taken from the riverfront in Washington, MO where they kayakers stopped for a break, before finishing their journey to St. Charles which is about 40 miles from Washington.

Kayaker on 365 Project

This is me waiting at the service department for my van to be inspected. As you can see I was not the only one in the waiting room. Actually, it was almost full.

Waiting for My Van on 365 Project

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


One of my favorite parts of summer is watermelon. I love, love, love watermelon and I am a goddess at picking out a good one. This is our freshest watermelon yet this season. It is so sweet and juicy and I've almost eaten half of it in two days time. 

This is for the August Photo a Day Challenge posted in discussions here:

Fresh: August Photo A Day 1 on 365 Project

I am still working on my four generations picture. This is one of my options for the two youngest generations (my daughter and me).

Two Generations on 365 Project

Another view of our County Fair that does not include my feet. It's taken from the top of the Ferris Wheel, so it's more of a "from where I sit" than a "from where I stand" but that wouldn't be the first time I did a sitting position picture for this.

From the Top on 365 Project

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lines and Curves

A view of the bridge overhead that goes across the Missouri River from St. Louis County to St. Charles at 364.

Bridge Above on 365 Project

A picnic pavilion at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO

Big Top on 365 Project

Ok, today's 'From Where I Stand' is not looking at my feet, it's looking up from where I was standing, because that view was much more interesting

County Fair on 365 Project

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ducks, Challenge, Wet Feet

Ducks in a row on the ledge to the fountain lake at Tower Grove Park in South St. Louis, MO.

Ducks in a Row on 365 Project

My entry for the WWYD 60 challenge at 365project.

WWYD 60 on 365 Project

I love getting my feet wet.

More Wet Feet on 365 Project

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Even MORE from County Parks

My daughter sitting on a stone frog with the windmill fed water spigot in the background at Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles County MO

♥ Her So Much ! on 365 Project

The spiral staircase in the look out tower at Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles County MO.

Looking Down on 365 Project

Walking down the spiral staircase inside the look out tower at Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles County MO

Going Down on 365 Project

Saturday, July 28, 2012

More from County Parks

This man was painting a picture of the greatly depleted lake at Quail Ridge Park in St. Charles County, MO

Painter Man on 365 Project

This is the giant water faucet that is fed by the windmill at Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles County, MO.  It is located in the playground next to the lake.

This picture won an award on Pixoto.

Giant Water Facet on 365 Project

The concrete floor of one of the picnic pavilions at Indian Camp Creek Park in St. Charles, County, MO

Imitation Fossilization on 365 Project

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Day at County Parks

Caught this little guy while out at one of our county parks.  We were at Indian Camp Creek Park by the lake.

Paddling Forestry on 365 Project

I thought I'd try to give an idea of our drought situation around here. This is a collage I made of the lake at one of my favorite parks. On the left is a photo taken on July 26th, 2012 of the lake. On the right is a photo taken in the beginning of August of 2011. 

There has been no SUBSTANTIAL rain here since March. We've had a few spot showers, but nothing that can even begin to repair the damage of so many weeks without rain. This collage really does not do this poor lake justice. It made me so sad when we went there today. It's really starting to concern me. They have even taken down the fishing regulations sign as there is no fishing allowed at this time.

Quail Ridge Then and Now on 365 Project

Lately we are taking every opportunity we can to get wet, even if it's just our feet.  This was taken at Indian Camp Creek Park on the playground next to the lake.

Wet Feet on 365 Project

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Playing in the Fountains

We had a lot of fun playing in the fountains at Tower Grove Park. I was a little disappointed that the wading pool was not completely full, but I'm sure they're trying to conserve water." alt="Fountain Play on 365 Project" title="Fountain Play on 365 Project" width="404" height="404" border="0" />

One of the pop up jets in the water fountain/wading pool at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO.

Pop Up Jet on 365 Project

My daughter and I standing in the fountain part of the wading pool at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO

Cooling Off the Tootsies on 365 Project

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Paddle Boating

The kids and I went to Forest Park (St. Louis) today and rented a paddle boat. We got to spend an hour out on the water ways in Forest Park. It was really hot, but we still enjoyed ourselves. At least there was a strong breeze.

Paddle Boating on 365 Project

This is another picture taken while we were out on the paddle boat. I had a little bit of fun processing it.

A View  on 365 Project

When we went out on the paddle boat, I sat in back and let the kids have control over driving the boat. That meant I got to just snap pictures at my leisure.

When we went out on the paddle boat, I sat in back and let the kids have control over driving the boat. That meant I got to just snap pictures at my leisure.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stars, Husband, Son, Daughter

My entry for the Street Photography Now challenge this week on 365project.  The theme was "under the stars."

Under the Stars on 365 Project

I did not make top five, but felt it was kind of bogus because the person who was supposed to pick didn't do it so the one that hosts this stuff did and picked his own as one of the top five, which I thought was not a great photo.  But, what do I know?

My husband and son at the end of the lane watching my daughter swim.

Dad and Brother on 365 Project

I had to take my daughter to the doctor today. She's been complaining of ear pain. Turns out she has swimmer's ear. She is not allowed to swim until the end of the week. She'll be missing practice all week, but at least she'll be able to participate in the end of the summer season all county meet at our local recreation complex on Saturday.

Waiting Room on 365 Project

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last Summer Swim Meet

I usually work the ribbon table at my daughter's summer swim meets. This gives me a pool side seat during the meet. So, I get a different view of swimmers at times. This is one of the boys that my daughter swims with not only in the summer but also during the school year. He's an amazing swimmer and such a great kid. This is during his butterfly event.

Back of a Fly on 365 Project

Caleb entertaining himself before his sister's swim meet.

Pre-Meet Entertainment on 365 Project

The plaque at the base of our Lewis & Clark statue.

A Bit of History on 365 Project

Sunday, July 22, 2012


A sculpture from our sculpture park. Michaela and I both think it looks like the Cornucopia from The Hunger Games movie. Where's Katniss and Peta?

Cornucopia  on 365 Project

My entry for the WWYD challenge on 365project for this week:

WWYD 59 on 365 Project

It did not get picked for top 5 (pout)

Found around the Lewis and Clark Statue on the river front in St. Charles, MO.

Memorial Brick on 365 Project

Saturday, July 21, 2012


You think you're the first person to point a camera at me today? This is all old routine for me.

What? on 365 Project

Some editing to create a patriotic bald eagle

Patriotic Eagle on 365 Project

Found around the Lewis and Clark Statue on the river front in St. Charles, MO.

Memorial Brick on 365 Project

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pool Day

Today was pool day.  We got there early enough to be first in line.  So, we had about a half hour wait for them to open the pool.  One of my daughter's best friends went with us today.

So, it's been so freaking hot here most of the summer. This week has been no exception, that is, until today. Of course the one day this week we make it to the pool it's cloudy, windy and never even got up to the mid 80's while we were there. Thankfully, since it's been so hot, the water was far from cold.

This is this morning when I was waiting for the pool to open.

Waiting In Line on 365 Project

Photo A Day July for today; Day 20 was eyes.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wild Bird Sanctuary

The kids and I went to the Wild Bird Sanctuary today.  It's the first time I've been there, so it was a new experience for all of us.  It was nice.  Of course it's another day of HOT, but it's a small place so we were not out in the heat too  much.  A lot of it is shaded, too, which helped.  We really enjoyed seeing the birds.

A couple of the workers at the bird sanctuary taking some of the birds in for the evening.

My Dodo birds

Saying goodbye... me standing next to my husband's truck right before he's getting ready to go somewhere.

Photo of the day for July 19: Animal