here are not necessarily final.
September 13, 2004
Big Weekend Report
We had a big weekend. Earnie had spent the
day on Friday in St. Charles. We enjoyed living there for a year
or so when we first moved to the St. Louis region but didn't like
the congestion. And when we lived there, the Foundry
Art Centre didn't exist- this is a great space for art. lots
of natural light and expansive spaces.
It is a great place for a studio as well-
Earnie got to talk to several of the artists that were there on
Friday but they must have been at the St.
Louis Art Fair Saturday when I showed up.
Activities in Historic St.
Charles the weekend of Sept. 11 were focused on traditions,
music and pageantry that are rooted in American history.
The show was put on by quilters, Civil War
era re-enactors and bluegrass bands.
The quilt show featured hundreds of handmade
quilts, which were hung from windows, balconies and in alleys. We
entered a dozen or so raffles so we will be quite cozy when we win
Only saw a couple of things (and they were done
in the thirties) that rivalled the stitchery of Ma Smith. Most had
4- 8 stitches per inch. She says a great quilter will get 18 stitches
to the inch- she only gets 14 herself so you can see she has pretty
high standards that she herself cannot keep up with at age 93.
There was a Civil War encampment re-enactment
on the banks of the Missouri river as well.
|Here is Earnie with the quiltmobile. Wouldn't want
to take that sucker down I-370 at 55 mph.
||Saw this cute puppy that decided to roll-over down
a 45 degree incline. Then he did it again, and again until he got
to the bottom of the hill. And the crowd literally cheered while he
cratched his back and soaked up the sun. We should all be so blessed.
|We went to a couple of music stores and then ended
up with some frioends at the GreekFest in Belleville. It was a clear
84 degree day and a bit of a breeze- my favorite time of year.
||I had a gyros and spinach pie. And OK- the important
stuff- here are the treats- galatabouriko, kadaifi, baklava, and something
the lady who was manning the booth could not identify- sort of a honey-nut-
cinnamon cookie. Earnie had sort of a Greek version of lasagne- Pastitso.
Here's a recipe.
|We had dancers of all ages and Earnie opted not
to join in this year- I know her leg is hurting if she is not up for
dancing. The music is very festive and the only male involved was
about 7 years old.
||Here are band members warming up on the clarinet
and bazooki (rhymes with Paduky).
|When we got home we realized our local GlenFest
was happening as well. We got to see the firworks from our small front
porch. By then the air was much cooler and Earnie got eaten by mosquitoes.
||By the way the Sunflowers are still in full bloom-
nice to wake up to on Sunday morning.
We got over the first hurdle
last night at church- we were affirmed and recommended by the church to
attend seminary. So I will go the the next step - I will be sending out
the recommendation forms and getting the transcripts ordered this week.
I had been thinking about it all day and when the chance came to share
my vision with the church, nothing memorable came out. Kinda anticlimactic.
Pastor Mike (executive pastor) told me this was no big deal but I was
I note that Piper
recommends Southern Seminary and RTS as best seminaries to go to.
RTS gets the thumbs up on online offerings.
The Weeping Room
"Although it hardly sounded like a room I wanted
to be in, there was a cry in my heart that said that if that is where
the Lord spends His time, then that is where I want to go. I asked Him
if I could go down there with Him, and He responded ³Very few will choose
to go down there, it's not extravagant like this room, it's lonely, it's
not comfortable, and you have to get very low to fit through the door.²
I told Him that I didn't care what the conditions would be like; I just
really wanted to be wherever He was."
I'm not sure this is an accurate
picture though I agree with the sentiments involved.