Friday, November 10, 2017

Fall Report

Bright color everywhere we look.
We can smell Fall in the air.
Crabby Appleton is preparing for winter.
Good Times for Pupsters.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

old house

took several photos of this old house
I'm doing sketches
while listening a lecture

No one lives here.
It's kept up by County Park Services
Sits along two trails
"hawk" and "fox run"
so, we pass it sometimes

I know the property was given to the County
and many people enjoy it
Always grateful we have such a lovely place to enjoy
often wonder who lived here
Hope their lives were happy.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday Mornings Are Special

Wednesdays are our longest days
Thursdays we make sure to do something special
We enjoy Nature Walks A Lot
There was traffic, it was overcast and a little rainy, BUT
we finally made it
Which way should we go today?
She chooses the "coyote path"

It's got hills and fallen trees
and we haven't taken this path for a while
We can get pretty worn out
Time to head home

See ya later!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Something New . . .

I've been neglecting Waitingle . . . sad.
This bench is across the pond we pass on many of our nature walks.
maybe I'll carry a sketchbook and see if i can capture it.
Better yet, we could carry some biscuits and a book and hang out here.

Oh yes, That's a good idea. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mercy Center

The Mercy Center Retreat House sits on a large parcel of land, 
tucked away in a suburb outside of Saint Louis, MO.

It is a Roman Catholic Center that serves people from all disciplines of faith.
Individuals and groups might stay for extended times.

Some courses are offered by outside interests,
some by the sisters themselves.

I used to visit an artist friend of mine in her studio there.
It has grown A LOT over the years . . . 
Today I want to show you the labyrinth.
It's tucked away towards the back of the property.
I think walking there is the fun part. 
Imagine living in a place, surrounded by gorgeous trees . . . 
a little sign gives tips
a little walk-about removed from the world
strolling back to the car - there are sights of hope - here and there
the center may be busy,
filled with all kinds of chatter

but quiet corners can be found,
if one wants to "get away"
"call home" 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sappington Cemetery

Tiny cemetery sits along a well trafficked road in Crestwood, MO.
Looked after by the City of Crestwood and Daughters of the American Revolution.
The oldest grave dates 1811
Sarah "Sally" Sappington Glenn
wife of Hugh Glen
great grand daughter of Sarah Pottenger
Sarah Pottenger's father immigrated from England around 1665-1685-ish.

There are veterans here from the American Revolution, 
War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and World War I.

Recently there was a ceremony to honor
John Sappington
recognizing his service as George Washington's body guard 
at Valley Forge.

Many of the markers were made of limestone.  Time has worn them, some still stand with no embellishment, some have broken off and look like stones on the ground. 
I read there are more than 300 buried here.

City of Crestwood
Sappington Cemetery
intersection of Watson Industrial Drive and Watson Road 
Crestwood, MO

Saturday, February 18, 2017


 Early in the morning, before crowds arrived, I managed a walk and found moss.  That wouldn't seem strange if you knew me.  A few days before I was thinking about moss and how beautiful it can be.

This was a crisp morning.  I passed photographers.   Professionals come and go as early as possible.

Passed a lone walker bundled in warm clothes.  We silently nodded to one another.

In the far south east corner, where shade would give protection, fields of Moss spread out.  
Seemed a True Treasure.