Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fishtown district in Leland, MI

Continuing with the vacation theme.  Julie and her family recently traveled up to Michigan.  I might add that she left the morning after she most graciously opened her home to 25 guests for a girl scout party celebrating the end of 9 years of scouting.

Julie's astute architect eye spotted this mansard melee in the historic Fishtown district of Leland, MI.  Thanks Julie!

Up next!  Mansards from Europe.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

this mansard is no butte of any joke

The theme for bad mansard this summer is vacation pictures.  My neighbor Kent sent me this beaut from Butte, Montana.  Kent loaded his family up in the family van and road tripped to Oregon in what could have been one of the longest road trips ever attempted from Soulard.  He was nice enough to send me this picture of the Hotel Finley.  Up next:  mansards from the European motherland.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saddest shovel in St. Louis

As seen in the doorway of the Union Trust building at 705 Olive (7th street entrance).  It's supposedly going to be renovated into a boutique hotel.  Yay!  It's a neat building

I worked in that building from 2009-2011.  I had an enormous office with a chandelier and lumpy couch.  My boss had a bar in his office.  Good times.

Hopefully this shovel gets some work soon. It's been sitting there about 2 yearss.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Little Shorty

I generally don't like to post out-of-season pictures like this pairing, clearly from the late winter.  But, alas, I'm forgot to post this picture when I took it so enjoy.  And be thankful the days of wintering grass and gloomy skies are behind us.  Today is going to be sunny and great.  

Friday, April 21, 2017


A quick trip to Phoenix for spring break.  Sorry for bad photo quality.  On 16th Avenue.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Central West End

Just before the cold air returned and ruined the Saucer Magolia tree blooms. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017


SWIK = SomeWhere in Kansas.  Thanks to my friend JPW for sending the pic, and for picking my kids up from school once a week, carpooling for various sports, and for throwing great parties & other gatherings.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Marshfield, MO

What can you do with an old mansard Pizza Hut?  Put a State Farm office all up in that mansard fabulousness.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Medical mansard, for sale or lease.  Eureka, MO.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Going a different direction

My running bud Otto in Lafayette Park.
I don't have an easy time with change, and especially change of routine.  I don't feel bad - routine is the only was to run a household of 2 adults, 4 kids, 2 cats, one dog.  I've used the same mascara since I was 15 years years old.  I hate trying new recipes - they usually fail.  I run the same routes I've been running since we moved to Soulard 14 years ago.  I swim a mile the exact same way - 35 free, 10 breast, 10 back, 10 free - as long as I can remember.  My minivan is 10+ years old.  My laundry system makes no sense at all, and yet the baskets remain the same haphazard way.  Why is that chair/vase/picture where it is?  I have no idea.  That's just where it "goes."

I buy the same apples (Gala at Schnucks, Jazz at Aldi, Honeycrisp sliced at Sams), juice, ceral, bagels and yogurt I've bought since the kids were little.

My current hairstyle is entering year 18.  I use the same begonia, geranium and tulip color every spring.  I had the same job for 20 years.  Notice I said "had." Earlier this month, I took a leap and left the firm where I started when I got out of law school.  Actually, I did work at Neiman Marcus holiday 1996 so I could get a discount on a lawyer lady wardrobe before I started.  But I left the firm and now my routine is definitely different.

And I also took a new running route, running through alleys and weird side streets where I found this groovy neato attached pair of houses.  About those alley runs.  Don't worry.  I run with a very large dog.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 NHL Winter Classic

We love hockey in this house and the last week (and the next week) are all about the 2017 Winter Classic festivities here in St. Louis.  Bridgestone ran an ad with PK Subban and, what do I see?  An NHL mansard.  Hope you enjoy these pictures are much as we loved the activities.