Transmogrify: “to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”
I have to admit this word stumped me. I guess I’ve heard the word before and even though I was a fan of Calvin and Hobbs, I don’t remember the transmogrifier, the cardboard box that Calvin used.
I took this photo a couple years ago on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. My husband and I were sitting on the veranda of our cabin and watched as the sky steadily changed and darkened and harkened the oncoming storm.
It’s funny when you see a photo you haven’t looked at in a while. I stared for the longest time at the left side of this photo wondering what the heck I was seeing. I kept thinking the shiny pointed object was the blade of a knife and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how a knife had gotten into the picture. It was only after zooming in on the image and studying it for a while, I realized it was the light reflecting off the top of a deck umbrella. Phew. Solved that problem. I thought I had a gremlin or something! Perfect for a Freddy Kruger Halloween!.
The southwest area of St. Charles County hosts beautiful rolling hills and is populated by a number of wineries, from Defiance to Augusta. This photo is a view from the Chandler Hill vineyards in Defiance, Missouri.
I’ve written many times about my love of the northern part of St. Charles County. State Route 94 North is a two lane highway that runs through this part of the county and along the way, just outside the small town of Portage des Sioux, is the AmerenUE Sioux Power Plant.
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I see these barns sitting alone in a field and I wonder what became of the homestead; was it near by and fell down or for some reason was the barn built farther away? I think about the life that was lived around that barn; the animals it may have housed or the tractors it kept out of the weather. I imagine myself walking those fields and into the trees and thinking about what life was like 50 or 75 years ago; a time long before technology changed our lives forever.