Thanks for the Memories!

Wainwright and Molina take the Field

It has been too long since I have actually written a post…

We had a block party, which was nice. As near as I can tell, we have cracked the top five of longest in-residence households on our street. It was a nice little party that was held right in front of our house. The weather was perfect that night. It has been dry, and talk has turned to that of drought, but we are expecting rain. 

The Cardinals made the playoffs, but then promptly bowed out after only two games. Their postseason hopes died shortly after in the bottom of the ninth Yadier Molina got a hit in his final at bat of his career. Years ago, in 2004, we were actually at the game where Molina first came up to bat in the majors. The scoreboard announced his batting average as 0.000. Yadi got a hit at that at bat, his first, so that the next time that he came to the plate his batting average was 1.000. He has come a long way since that first game. Also departing the Cards this year will be ace pitcher Adam Wainwright and all-star Albert Pujols. Pujols returned to Saint Louis for his last season here. Instead of coming home to die, Pujols went on a homerun hitting streak and topped 700 career dingers.

We have guest coming to visit this week, which means we have been desperately trying to clean up our act. In preparation for entertaining, we have cleaned out a lot of the boy’s old stuff that has been languishing upstairs. We learned at the block party that we had just missed the city’s annual yard sale. We could have unloaded there a lot of what we eventually just threw out at that sale.

Catching the Moment

“C” from the Alphabet of Songbirds, Tony Fitzpatrick, 2012

We decompressed enough to visit the Saint Louis Art Museum and see their summer art show, “Catching the Moment.” This exhibit is composed of contemporary artworks from the personal collection of Ted Simmons and wife Maryanne. Ted Simmons was a Hall of Fame catcher for the Saint Louis Cardinals from 1967 to 1980. This show is in honor of the Simmons donation of some 800 works of art to the museum. Collecting has been a lifelong and collaborative pursuit of the Simmons. Initially, they collected antique furniture, but since 2000, they have been collecting contemporary art, primarily prints. This show was centered around their more recent collecting. Many of the pieces are strikingly evocative and are sure to be posted on this blog in coming days.

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 …