Friday, January 2, 2009

City Sky Scrapers

Continental Building In St. Louis

When Bob and I went downtown to see the Oz Concert last weekend, I was taking lots of pictures. Many of them did not turn out, but this one did. There is an interesting story behind this building. If you click on the caption below the picture, it will take you to a sight about it. I also found a site by this architect, Michael Leland.
I enjoyed the first article about it because it told the story of how it seemed hopeless at times to try and rebuild it. I am not much of a "city girl", but this building is very impressive to look at. I was glad that Bob pointed it out to me and I found out a little more about it.
I really like the sky in the back ground. I don't often take pictures of the sky, but I did that day.
We have several buildings that I could do some posts about if anyone is interested. I would enjoy reading about places in your area also.


I had bought a photo editing program awhile back and today I finally got around to doing something with it. It allows you to take a photo and turn it into a pencil drawing and various other things. Here is my first model. Baby Maddie. Katy has taken some really nice pictures of her this past year, and I may be trying some of these techniques out on some of her photos or mine, with my new camera.

Strolling Down Memory Lane

This morning I woke up and decided to try and go through every year of my life so far and see if I could come up with just one event or one sentence about each year. I wasn't able to finish it yet, because I had to do some other things, but each morning while I drink my morning coffee I will try to finish it. I think I got up to age 18....only 40 more to go.
The rest of the day was spent trying to go through old photos. I was looking for a couple of ones I was thinking about this morning but since my photos are a disorganized mess, it took me all day to just find one or two. I never did find the main one I was looking for.
I ran across the photo above of me at a computer and had to ask my husband if he remembered what this was. He said it is an old Apple computer that we borrowed for a short while. I am going to take a wild guess and say the year was 1982? Aside from being many years older and not anywhere near that skinny, that represents what I do now. Sit at my kitchen table and do computer stuff. Blogging mainly. I am trying to figure out the best thing to do with all of our old photos. Should I put them in books, as they are all just loose and in boxes. Should I scan them and put them on cds. I think I just answered my own question. I should do both.
We also had a nice visit from our son. He works crazy hours and it is hard for us to spend time with him. So we appreciate every little bit we can get. He is our baby even though he is 25.
Looking through old pictures is fun but emotional.
I have not made any New Years resolutions. I just don't feel like committing to very much of anything right now. I would rather take each day for what it is. The Good the Bad and The Ugly. I will keep my eyes peeled for the Good though.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

One of my favorite things to do when I was a child was to lie on the grass and look at the clouds. If I had time, I would most likely still do that. Hopefully, I will be able to experience that with our grand children again someday. My mind needs quiet times to simply think my own thoughts and connect with my higher power. This year I hope to try some new things, and think outside of the box. Creativity in trying something new just makes me feel good. A sense of accomplishment! Last year I tried applique quilting and knitting, and love both! Many blessings to anyone reading this and have a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Very Thoughtful Christmas Present

Katy and Brian gave us tickets to go see "Wizard Of Oz" with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for Christmas and we saw it today. It was a very special day. You would swear I never get out to do anything fun, because I was snapping pictures like crazy, and taking every little thing in, just like a kid in a candy store!
The program started at 3:00 in the afternoon, so it was still light out and the sky was beautiful. I'll show those pictures later.
We have never been to one of these before, but when I came home and started researching how they do it, I found out this is not new. Many places have been doing this for 10 years. They showed the film on a big screen and then have the Symphony play all the music. I just couldn't figure out if they played with the music in the film or took the music out. I am still somewhat confused about it, but I think they edit the music out and keep the sound effects in.

We used to have season tickets several years ago to the Chamber Orchestra but have not been there since. This production had every instrument you could imagine. Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration but the entire stage was full! They all had on ruby slippers. Makes me want to go out and buy a pair myself.
The movie was restored in 2005, but I am not so sure I liked it. Some parts were much better looking than the original, but then some parts I thought the colors were overdone. Especially the reds. It reminded me of when I try to "fix" photos that I take in Picasa I feel like I overdo it sometimes. It seems to look fine on my laptop but then when I see it on someone elses screen it doesn't look as good. The reds were definitely too red for me in the film. I have never watched this movie with anyone other than my family so that part was a little different, with all the laughter and clapping at certain parts. We have seen this movie so many times we have it memorized. It is one of those movies though that you can watch that many times and still find it fascinating or see some little thing that maybe you didn't see before.
I sat there trying to remember what year I first saw the movie and couldn't remember. I also can't remember how many times I have seen it. I remember my Dad saying he went and saw it 3 times when it first came to the movie show in 1939. He must have been about 20 years old, since he was born in 1919.
This time watching it, I found I had to really pull myself away from the film at times and pay attention to the symphony and all of the talent there.

Here is picture of the chandeliers in the balcony of Powell Hall.

Right down the street from Powell Hall is where Katy and Brain got married.
The church is called St Francis Xavier College Church.
They both graduated from St. Louis University nearby.

This was a shot of the church at night.

Thanks Katy and Brian for a very special gift!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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