Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Meanderings.

Another cold morning, Donna couldn't have her coffee, this morning as she was having a stress test today. So I had mine just the same.No snow yet but they are still saying  now that it will start this afternoon and have 2-4 inches, Just what you need when everyone is trying to get home.

Yesterday, DONNA, from the Cave Dwellers, asked what happened to our pond in front. I know I posted some pictures last year but, there are a bunch of people who are now reading that weren't then, so I will post it again. When we moved to Dardenne Prairie it was a small Village and all farmland, that was in 1989.

Here is what it looked like then.

Feise Rd02-93a

View from about 1993.Pond is in center..

During the next 20 years the small Village became a small City and incorporated and people started moving out here.

Around 2006 we found out a neighbor that had a pond, had been visited by their Insurance company and their home owners insurance doubled due to the liability of having a pond in what was now residential area, and no longer zoned agriculture.


So in 2007 when the County was widening the highway in front I made a deal with the Contractor to use the pond for fill and I had it filled in. A win-win situation for both of us as he didn't have to truck dirt out and I got it filled free. Also my homeowners didn't go up $3000.


This is the Google map of our country dream house in 2010. Some difference..

So even though we are not crammed together like the subdivisions that were built on both sides of us it is not the country home we had originally.

So that's the story Donna. But it was great for about 15 years. I could see cows out behind the house in the morning.

The up side is I can still keep my trailer on the pad next to the house because it is Grandfathered and when it was farm zoned it was allowed and we are not in any HOA or Subdivision group with rules against it.

There are good things that come with being megalopasized, We have a shopping Center, and WalMart close now, and If  we want I can get a pizza delivered, I remember when we first moved out here, there was no such thing as pizza delivery like we had at our first house in St Louis County. We probably waited about 10 years for that to happen out here.

Plus we still have an acre & a half for the dogs to run on, so it's got good and bad points.

Before I forget like I did yesterday, I want to welcome my newest follower,

MacTrailer, RELATO DE VIAGENS / INFORME DE VIAJE /TRAVEL REPORT /CONSEILS AUX VOYAGUERS Mac is from San Paulos, Brazil and it looks like he has a class B motorhome. I am sure glad he publishes his blog in English as I am not very good at Spanish and worse in French. I will have to limit my Canadian travels to the English speaking provinces Welcome Mac & family and I hope you enjoy our family escapades and hopefully one of these days we will be on the road in our 5th wheel..

Now the big decision for the day, what to make for dinner when Donna comes home, I am leaning toward Spaghetti and red sauce, I just have a taste for it and I can time it for it to be ready when Donna hit's the door.

That's about it for today, Hope all is well with all your guys out in blogland. Donna, up in Sandwich, don't be confused that's way south of Chicagoland.

Be safe out there, Sam & Donna..


  1. Thanks for the shout out again...Thank God Blogland IS South of Chicagland...I want to live in Blogland for the winter...Can I keep my "uniforms" when I move to Blogland???
    Hope Donna does well on the stress test...I "stress out" when I think of it...

  2. That was a win-win situation for you and the contractor, to fill in your pond. Great thinking!

  3. Beautiful place you have there Sam and Donna. Progress, you just can't get awau from it.

  4. Wow, Sam. A follower from Brazil! You've gone intercontinental. I'm impressed. I like your pictures better this year than the last time you talked about the pond. :)

  5. we are not in any HOA or Subdivision group with rules against it.

    At least not Yet! Here's hoping it stays that way.

    Since your follower is in Brazil, wouldn't he be speaking Portuguese?


  6. no coffee, a stress test, a follower from Brazil and filled in pond!...what a day in Dardenne Prairie!!

  7. Hi Sam, I lost your blog somehow yesterday but found it this morning! It was nice to see those aerial shots of your home to give us all some idea of where you lived. Nice looking property and good idea about getting that pond filled in for free.

  8. Good aerial shot of your place. Have to make sure there is a spot for us to park! LOL

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard