Monday, April 25, 2016

NO MORE EXCUSES...

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies.

Well, I have no more excuses.  It has been far too long since my last post.  I have been on-the-road... but that really isn't an excuse.

What I have found, however, is that road trips can bring some very interesting little tidbits.  I am going to share a few with you here today.  Without further ado...

RED LIGHT?  AT A TWO-LANE BRIDGE?  TO CROSS THE RIVER???  WHAT?!?!?
Okay.  So they were working on the bridge and it was down to one-lane for a bit.  Still... it was funny to see a red light coming up on a 65-mph highway... at the bridge!

There is NO question what the driver of this vehicle does for a living!!
And sometimes it is fun to go somewhere "just because."  That was the case with Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas.  If you don't watch the HGTV program "Fixer-Upper", I urge you to check it out.  This is the city where it is filmed.

The Silos at Magnolia Market
Cute Momma Goat with her Kid  :)
There was a LOT to do at Magnolia Market besides just shop.  There was a HUGE area of faux grass where kids (the human kind) could play all sorts of games.  There was a big cage full of all kinds of balls... footballs, soccer balls, little kicking balls... and things like frisbees with a sign advising the little ones to enjoy but please put the item back when done playing.  The activity on this area was ridiculous!  Kids were playing all kinds of games.  There were swings and picnic tables surrounding the area.  It was a great place to have the young'uns wear themselves out!  There was a garden area that is currently under development.  There was an entire collection of food trucks!  (My crepe was excellent, by the way.)


Sometimes, however, the interesting tidbits happen at home.  When the spousal-unit was opening a little snack, he began laughing.  I had to ask what was funny?  He showed me.  I am still wondering exactly where the 20 grams of protein would be found considering the number of... well... look for yourself.


So... that's pretty much all I have for you.  Nothing fascinating.  Just the same old stuff... but hopefully with enough interest for you.  :)

Until next post...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!?!?

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!!

As has been credited to the ever-so-dry Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain), "The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."  (Note he never said exactly that phrase... but it doesn't matter here.)

So... I am still around.  The beginning of 2016 has been a little challenging.  The "grawdoo" or "creeping crud" that apparently hit every household during the first part of this year attacked me mightily the third week in January and lasted nearly two weeks.  I thought I was out of the woods by February 1st... but I was wrong.  :(  A quick relapse followed which knocked me down another two weeks.  Sigh.  I am very fortunate and am rarely hit by any of the things "going around" so it was quite a surprise... and an unpleasant one at that.  By mid-February, I was back up and running.  There was a lot to catch up on after that much time away from my normal duties.  Factor in working on taxes for two households plus getting a real estate deal closed in early March... well, I have just slacked off tremendously on posting.


While I can't provide you with anything truly fascinating, I did want to check in.  I have encountered a few things I considered blog-worthy so will share them with you.

Someone decided the single word on the marquee as one entered the local airport property was too boring.  He (or she) decided to change it.  See what was put on the marquee.  For bonus points, comment with the single word that is formed from these letters.  :)  And no... I don't believe "Cow Meel" is actually a thing.


This past Sunday morning was quite foggy.  During my morning walk, I saw the sun surrounded by the fog making it look more like the moon.  I took a couple of shots to see if they turned out.





Finally, I had some paperwork I needed to copy right away for a transaction taking place that day.  I was happy there was a FedEx store very close by where I could get multiple copies done quickly and relatively inexpensively... until I got there and found...



Now then... there was NO time put on this... there was no clock on the door with the big hand and little hand pointing to numbers that would give me a clue... you are seeing exactly what I saw.  I sat in my vehicle for ten minutes (yes, I did time it) before deciding that "right back" apparently had no real meaning to the party at the store.  This was not close to lunchtime or any other thing one would expect to cause a need to close... but I understand the occasional need to leave during normal working hours.  I just would truly appreciate you giving me ENOUGH INFORMATION to know whether I should wait for you to return!!!!  AARRRGGGGHHHHH!

There has been some fun recently, thank goodness!  One of my friends here and a friend of hers, who I have met and know, decided to go to the nearby Casino for all-you-can-eat crawfish!  Yes.  That is a big deal here in south Louisiana.  When crawfish season begins, there are mad dashes to places that sell them (bring your own cooler to contain the little critters until you are ready to boil them!) and to places that cook them up for you to enjoy without the work.  I was invited to go along for the fun.  I was more than happy to oblige!!  Yes... I do love me some mudbugs.  So... we headed off for the festivities.  Arriving about an hour before serving began, we found a bank of penny slots to occupy our time.  Lots of fun but not a lot of winning.  That was okay.  Just before it was time to eat, however, my little pennies got benevolent and hit a lovely bonus round that ended up putting me $80 up at that point.  Made dinner taste even better!

I won't go into great detail but I will tell you that the crawfish buffet was quite a spectacle.  We were joined by a fourth friend at this point.  The system was as follows: get a round tray with high sides and wander down the line while the server behind the counter scoops a huge bunch of mudbugs into a giant bucket and sets it on the tray.  Then one carries the whole mess back to the table where the mudbugs are poured out of the bucket into the tray to begin the chowdown.  Let the peeling and tail-popping begin!!  We sat there for nearly 90 minutes, eating and eating and eating.  Two of the four of us at the table returned for a second full bucket!!  The other two (I was one of these) split a second full bucket.  Yummmmmmmmm!  So, so good.  So, so messy.  And worth it all.

After dining and a trip to scrub down like a surgeon before entering the operating theatre, our fourth headed elsewhere while the three of us looked for more slots to enjoy.  We found two side-by-side that were the same and were such fun to play!  We had no idea how long we were there until we had finally let the house take our limit and were ready to leave.  So worth it!  Most fun I've had here in a VERY long time!

Alrighty.  While this isn't a lot to report, I hope you at least know I am still here... and I will try to be better about posting!

Until next post...

Saturday, December 19, 2015

SO RANDOM...

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Sometimes I find myself with a few photos that didn't really fit into any of the posts I have published.  But I still think they are "blogworthy" so I'm going to use them to end this year!  I hope you find them interesting or amusing... or at least worth a peek.  There is a video, also.  If it doesn't work in your email, go to the actual post at http://louisianatown.blogspot.com/2015/12/so-random.html and view it there.

Without further ado...

The night before Halloween, we had quite a bit of rain... as evidenced by the "moat" around this house down the street!
A couple of weeks later, I caught a glimpse of these on my morning walk.
A closer look revealed really interesting "dots" on the 'shrooms!  Does it remind you of Alice in Wonderland, too?
And three days later, they had flattened into little umbrellas!
The spousal-unit provided a few shots that we really had to chuckle over.
In all fairness, it does say "Driving" center... not "Parking" center!!!  Sigh.
"Dispatch... did you say we are supposed to guard the shopping carts... ?
... or the soda machines?
On a recent visit to a land far, far away, I encountered a couple of things I found bewildering and interesting.

Look!  The arrow says Sushi is down this way on the left!!!  Yum!!
Ummmm... the only thing down this way on the left is a fence... uh... hello?

VIDEO FOLLOWS

On a morning walk in the far, far away land, I encountered a most interesting way to remove piles of leaves.  Apparently the residents are completely in synch as most had raked theirs all the way into the street neatly along the curb!  Most excellent!!  Be sure to click the expand screen icon in the lower right corner of the video to be fully amazed!!
video


So... as a new year approaches, I can't promise any further 2015 posts... but I will definitely return in 2016.  If I don't manage more this year, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas or a Bah Humbug (your choice) as well as a Safe, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

Until next post...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

TWO LEGS TO FOUR LEGS AT THE FAIR...

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Well, I wanted to get this post out sooner than now... but we all know how that goes.  :)

This one is just for fun to show you a few more of the fabulous farm critters that were judged at the Beauregard Parish Fair in October.  You have seen the poultry review previously.  We're moving from two-legged to four-legged now.

Momma and her two "kids"  :)

My newest friend

This little guy was wreaking havoc in his pen!!  First, he turned his feed dish up and nearly over!  Then, he tried jumping into the water trough!!

Anyone remember Billy Goat Gruff??  Found him!







And... just for fun... on a completely unrelated note...



I DO love a sense of humor!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next post...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHICKEN... IT'S WHAT'S FOR THE FAIR!

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

November started beautifully... then slowly took a spiraling nose-dive.  :(  I hope your November was wonderful.  I will be glad to see December on Tuesday.

What I have not gotten to share with you yet (and intended to do so in early November) were some photos from my trip to the Beauregard Parish Fair this October.  I thought I would start you out with the Chicken pictures.  Honestly... I had seen some "exotic" chickens when I went a few years ago... but nothing compared to the variety I viewed this year!  I have other photos to share and will try to get back on track with posting for you ASAP!


Please enjoy this plethora of magnificent poultry!



Seems like there is a 4-way mirror here!

Lotsa' colors on this handsome one

Whole new picture of "feather duster"

An assortment of feathers

And more feathers

Anyone need a powder puff?

Any idea which end of the chicken you're seeing?

A late '60s "Beatle" chicken?!?

About as pretty as can be

Competition for the one above

Is this a Yin-Yang thing?!?

Ready for Trick or Treat with the Devil's Mask!!
Hope you enjoyed the poultry-fest!!  I have more critters to show you next time.  Will try to get that out in a few days!!

Thank you for your patience with me.  I will try to do better.