Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 23 - Dr. Wanda Gray

Retired school principal Wanda Gray reacts to a birthday gift from her friends, a $90 gift certificate to a hair salon, on her 90th birthday.

Wanda Gray and her sister, Colleen McBride, look at a birthday gift. Most of the women wore pink because it's Dr. Gray's favorite color. "[The party] means so much to Wanda because she loved the school and teaching so much," McBride said.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 22 - restaurant

A place to eat in Lebanon, Mo. Wish I had a passerby in this shot, but I didn't see a soul.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 21 - Carolyn Jessop

Carolyn Jessop during an interview at the University Plaza Hotel. Jessop wrote the book, Escape, a fascinating autobiography about growing up in the FLDS, and how she escaped with her 8 children in 2003. She's a very brave, strong woman, and it was an honor to meet her.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 20 - daffodils

I copied Bob and shot daffodils today, too.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 19 - pretty in pink

Phillip George and Anita Gayler stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 18 - chicken stock

It's been a pretty boring, rainy day so far, but rainy days are good for making chicken stock. Jamie once taste tested mine against canned chicken broth when he was on a clear liquid diet and said he would never go back to he canned stuff. Here's how I do it.

raw or cooked chicken bones from one or two chickens. (I used some of both. I just freeze them until I'm ready to make stock.)
one onion, quartered (leaving the skins on is supposed to give it a richer color)
a few carrots, whole or broken in half
a few celery stalks

Combine everything in a stock pot and fill it up with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4 hours. You can also add salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, dried herbs, or even a bouquet garni, if you want to get fancy. Cool in the fridge overnight (or 2 days at the most), strain with a mesh colander lined with cheese cloth and then freeze in one cup portions. I use plastic cups, yogurt containers, glass storage containers, etc. Once it's frozen, you can store the portions in a freezer bag. You can also do it in a crock pot, but I haven't tried that method yet.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 17 - flea market

Bathroom window at Downtowner Flea Market.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 16 - Rural Missouri

This one's for Meredith. I was driving from Greenfield to Stockton Lake on Hwy H, when I saw this scene and had to pull over.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 15 - phlox...

...about to bloom.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 14 - friendly firefighter

I went to a car fire at an auto body shop today, but by the time I got there it was all over. "We work fast," said firefighter Robert Davidson. "Why don't you take my picture with this old fire truck? It was the first one I ever rode in."

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 13- Captain America

I had to chase this guy down today. I got a kick out of asking people, "Have you seen a guy dressed up like Captain America?"

Allen Mullins, 28, walks east on E. Kearney St. dressed as Captain America on his way to Jefferson City from Austin, Tx. on Monday, March 21, 2011. Mullins, originally from Dalton, Ga., is walking to every state capital in the contiguous United Sates to raise awareness for homeless veterans. Since January 2010 he has been to 27 capitals. Mullins is not a veteran himself, but said 33 percent of the U.S. homeless population has served. "In order to get the attention necessary to make it work, you have to go beyond your comfort zone," he said. "I had to become homeless." Donations can be sent to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 3800 West Oak St. Palestine, TX 75802 or call 903-723-8120.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 12 - park day

The lovely weather we were expecting finally showed up today, so we took the kids to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.

Malory and Weston loved milking the "cow."

Weston shows off his moves on stage. Later he met another 4-year-old and they performed feats of strength throwing sticks around. "He's my best friend," he said. Monica: "What's his name?" Weston: "I don't know."

Meredith and the babies before we left.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 11

Butterfly Palace and Incredible Pizza

"Everything's so big!" Malory said.

Weston was terrified of the butterflies landing on him.

Ashlyn makes her rabbit face.

Presley loves the bee game.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 10 - more family fun

Malory resists Monica's affection. Malory hates this picture because she's making a whiney face. "Do not put that picture on facebook," she said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

day 9 - family visit

My sisters and the kids are here for the next few days! It's chaos, but in a good way.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 5 - subtle disappointment

Nolan Epstein, right, texts a friend and Neil Harrington, left, and Josh Evans, center, react after seeing that Missouri State didn't make it into the NCAA tournament at Boomer's on Sunday, March 13, 2011. "It hurts more when you're that close," said Nolan's father, Larry Epstein.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 4

We went to Lake Taneycomo today and on the way back were arguing about where to eat when we passed this place in Forsyth. Finally! No compromise necessary! Guess who had mexican and who had chinese.

What a gorgeous day! This guy was chirping up a storm in the backyard this morning.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 3 - another sprout photo

"It looks like a sea turtle," Jamie said. I'm not thrilled with this one but, whatevs. I was off today, and I thought I would shoot more, but somehow the day escaped me. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 2

Lots of rural driving again today. Not much chance for cool outtakes, but this happy face made me happy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 1

My coworkers, Bob Linder, Nathan Papes, and I are challenging each other to post a photo every day for the next month. I've wanted to do this for a year or so, ever since some of my MU friends did it for their their picture story class, so I'm glad to have coworkers who want to participate.

Today I went out to the boonies, and stumbled upon this weird group of signs.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Last Saturday I started some seeds for the first time, and most of them have already sprouted. It's so exciting! After buying worms for the worm composting bin I made yesterday, I messed around with the "poor man's macro" this afternoon. Arkansas Traveler tomato


pineapple tomato

Artichoke. Just kidding! This is a chick from my hen and chicks plant.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Opening Day

of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Mo.