No Joy in Mudville

No Baseball

A couple of days ago the Saint Louis Cardinals lost to the LA Dodgers in the National League Wildcard Game. I’m still processing my grief. If they had won, then they would not yet be done, but since they lost, they were one and done. At least they made it to the playoffs, I just wish that they could have gone a little further. The related photo was taken in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The full sign listed a plethora of thing that you could not do. Prohibiting baseball caught my eye, because it seemed so unusual. Oh well, there is next year.

Falling Into Fall

STL Emblems Throughout History

Red October has arrived! The Saint Louis Cardinals postseason playoffs begin today. Having snagged a wildcard berth the Redbirds must endure the single elimination Wildcard session to advance. Today, the Cards face the Dodgers in LA. The winner of tonight’s game will go on to play in the divisional playoff series. I hope that Saint Louis is victorious, otherwise it will be a very short post season this year.

Meanwhile back on the ranch, cooler weather has ushered in more of a Fall-like feel. We’ve turned off the AC, at least for a while and opened some of the windows. After we went to bed last night, through the relative stillness of the night, we both heard the short chirp of a police siren, probably pulling over someone. I joked to Anne that the cops were coming for her, because (wait for it) she sewed a crooked seam. She has been working hot and heavy on the MAD quilt, for which she only has a week left to work on it. Last week she had assembled and quilted all sixteen approximately 24” square block sandwiches. Because of the quilt design that she has selected these were only open-faced sandwiches, there was no backs on them. As of today, she has combined those sixteen smaller blocks into four mega-blocks that now also have the back applied. Her next step will be to combine all of the blocks into one king sized. The steps after that will be to first fashion and then attach a border. I’m sure that there is a myriad of other steps, but I am not privy to all of that. If only she would speak to me about her quilting. If only …

All Stars

Anne’s New Bedazzled Converse All Stars

Jay sent Anne this photo of Anne’s newly bedazzled Converse All Star sneakers. Jay has glammed shoes for Anne, Jane and herself. All three sisters plan on wearing their stunning and coordinated Chucks together for Maren and Dave’s wedding next month. Anne went with high tops, while Jay and Jane went low tops. Anne had to ask if her high tops would make her taller than her sisters? It was really generous of Jay to do this project, because Anne’s crafty dance card is pretty full these days. Number one on her plate being the MAD quilt, which as of Saturday Anne had finished quilting the front face of all sixteen blocks. She still has the backside to do and then a border to be complete. Sunday though she switched projects and began working on the canopy for the chuppah, which she should knockout pretty quickly.

Saturday night, we took Joanie out to dinner for her birthday (It was a big one for her!).  For the restaurant she chose Cunetto’s House of Pasta, which is definitely not Weight Watchers friendly. I must admit that I was more than a little leery about her choice, because of Covid. Cunetto’s is always crowded, which usually results in a long wait in the bar before you are seated. Back in the day, the bar was always very smoky too. Thankfully, at least that is no longer a problem anymore, but the prospect of waiting in the bar seemed to me to be rather problematic. To prevent this circumstance, we showed up early, half-an-hour before the place even opened. we were first in line and were seated first. We got a table in the corner, where we enjoyed a scrumptious Covid free meal.  

Speaking of All Stars, how about those Cards? On September 12th we attended a Cardinal’s ballgame at Busch. The Redbirds won, which kicked off a winning streak that became the longest winning streak in the club’s almost 130-year history. They have become red hot the second half of this month, peaking just in time for the playoffs. On Sunday, they won their sixteenth game in a row and return to Saint Louis to finish the regular season. The Cardinals magic number is down to one now, for a wildcard playoff berth. It looks like a red October.