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Surviving Winter

cm-2Winter weather in the St. Louis area has been like a yo-yo. St. Louis has 4 months of potentially rough weather, (November through February). November, we had a lot of snow. December was mild. January was very cold with an artic vortex visiting us in mid-month. February was more normal winter conditions with some snow mixed in with mild temperatures and mild days. Now that winter is waning, we’re hoping spring is not too far away. It’s been a joy to see the bird feeders busy and I’ve had fun watching my beautiful, red cardinals.

This year I plan to get to know St. Louis better and am planning visits to a number of the city’s major attractions.  I want to return to the iconic St. Louis Arch, the Gateway to the West after a brief visit I had there late last year. The National Park attached to the Arch grounds underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and showcases a magnificent museum which displays the history of St. Louis.

Other attractions on my list to visit are:

1)    The Science Center
2)    Fabulous Fox Theater
3)    St. Louis Symphony @ Powell Hall
4)    Forest Park (which includes the Museum of Art, History Museum and the St. Louis Zoo)

The St. Louis Zoological Park, commonly known at the St. Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation and education. However, the best for me, it’s FREE!!! No admission charge.

MaggieLinda and I so enjoy our granddaughter, Maggie, who is almost 8 months old now. It is great to see the changes in her personality and manner. How she reacts to her toys and my foolishness is so endearing. Linda is such a wonderful grandma and loves to hold Maggie who also loves to be held by her grandma. She makes me smile and brightens my day.

I am truly grateful for your purchasing of my CD’s and triple feature DVD.  The “Store” page will provide you with the selections of CD’s for sale that are in hard copy as well as the ones that are available for download.

At this time, I have no plans on visiting any Highland Games other than the one held in St. Louis in late September.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my VA Volunteer, Jeff Paul.  Jeff’s been with me for three years and is a great asset for helping me with my memoir and performing “honey-do” list work for Linda.  I’ve even gotten him hooked on football/soccer though he gets itchy sometimes, when he’s here, to push me forward with work that I tend to procrastinate on.  Jeff has become a good friend and I look forward to his visits every Tuesday and Thursday.

As always, thank you my dear friends for your continuing support.

Love,
Alex

There are 4 comments .

James Jones —

Nice to hear from you again.

Don’t be such a stranger, There are a lot of us out here who miss hearing from you.

More than you know.

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Sandra Zaninovich —

As the gentleman stated above, there are many of us who think of you often, and all the joy you brought and continue to bring to us through your beautiful music. I hope you always know that you have enriched countless lives, and that your music is listened to on a daily basis in so many places. I am so very grateful that I discovered that music a long time ago in some galaxy far far away that I no longer remember, and I just want to quote Abba and say “thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing, thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. Who could live without it, I ask in all honesty, what would life be, without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say, thank you for the music, for giving it to me.” And whenever I read on here about the selfless love you and Linda have for one another, I am filled with admiration and envy. Very few are given that greatest gift of all. Maybe there are those who might feel pity as they read of everything you two go through during the course of each day; I, while of course wishing it might be different for you, feel envy that you both were able to find such love and devotion, loyalty and trust. It’s the rarest thing to find. I frequently think of you and am so grateful for the presence you have in my life. And your granddaughter is so damn adorable, I don’t know how you keep from eating her up!

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Susan Wallace —

Thank you for sooo many hours of enjoyment listening to your songs and stories! You made the Ventura Seaside Games for me and family. We all miss you but are so glad of all the times we enjoyed your entertainment! I have two of every one of your CD’s now, so I always have one ready to use as a gift! I watch the DVD of your three tours of Scotland over and over. I love it! Take care, dear Alex!

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Leslie —

Alex – My parents both grew up in St. Louis and one of my sisters went to Washington University. So I’ve spent a fair amount of time there. Other things to do include Grant’s Farm and Busch Stadium, in addition to tours of the Budweiser factory. And you absolutely must try St. Louis pizza and toasted ravioli. I recommend a visit to Cucinelli’s for both. Best wishes for a lovely Spring.

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