Monday, July 20, 2015

JUST THINGS

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Wow.  Time has flown by.  There have been a few things going on that have caused me to not sit and check in with you.  I'm sorry about that but I'm here now.

I thought I had a pretty good handle on the word "hot" and what it meant referring to weather.  This July in southwest Louisiana has created a whole new meaning, I think.  Between the temperatures and humidity, both at very high levels, it has been nearly unbearable.  Of course, we know about that down here near the Gulf of Mexico... but knowledge does not make it easier to bear!!  My biggest fear?  August.

I have had some friends send me some interesting photos and I know many of you enjoy seeing the things that make day-to-day different or fun.  Without further ado:

#1 - From my friend, Susan S., the tiniest Domino's she has ever seen... in Butte, LA.  Any of you seen anything smaller?  Send me the pic!





#2 - The Beauregard Watermelon Festival took place recently.  A couple of the contenders, with their weights displayed proudly, were photographed by my friend, Debbie J.  Yummmmmmmm!  They look like the famous Sugartown Watermelons!



#3 - On a recent morning walk, I ran across this little fella' (?) headed somewhere of which only he knew the location!  He very kindly stopped but remained "out" so I could capture him for you.  We parted friends.  :)


I apologize for my delay in posting but am hopeful there will be some things of interest happening soon... maybe?  Never know.  But I will keep my eyes peeled!!

Until next post...

Monday, June 1, 2015

A LITTLE STEP BACK IN TIME...

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!  Welcome back.

Last October, there was a Re-enactment of the WWII-era Louisiana Maneuvers at the local airport.  If you've never heard of them, take a moment to click on the link and read about them.  They were quite an undertaking!

The group that put the Re-enactment together decided to host another historically-themed event, similar in nature.  There was a "Hangar Dance" held in the WWII-era hangar at the local airport on Friday night.  The band was well-versed in 1940s music.  Folks who had attended the dance last October returned in full costume for this year's event.  A short session before the dance provided a little instruction on "swing" dancing.  An era-specific airplane and motorcycle provided some prime photo opportunities.  With all of this said, I provide the photos taken at the Hangar Dance.


"Gen. Patton" had to cancel... but, fortunately, "Gen. Eisenhower" (left) was available to fill in!

Two young ladies in the spirit of the era pose in front of the motorcycle.

A lovely young lady posing with some "nose art" on the 1940s-era plane.

The band was really excellent!

Some brave souls danced and were joined later by more!

A great pair taking the floor first to get it started!

Camera speed not fast enough to capture the raging speed of these dancers!  Lovin' the "zoot suit" he's wearing.

So... fun was had by everyone there.  Hard to not enjoy good music and fun folks!

Next time you hear about a local event in a little town, consider going to see what it's all about.  You never know what you might end up seeing... and doing!

Until next post...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

EVEN MORE PICTURES

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!  Welcome back.

So it's been a little while since my last post.  I have been busy so I ask your forgiveness for the delay.

I find myself, once again, with a lot of photos to share.  Since there hasn't been anything really worth "reporting" to you, I will just show you what's been happening.  :)

One evening in mid-April, I heard a little tree frog "calling" much more loudly than usual.  Believe me, they are loud enough at a distance!  Could not really imagine one being very close.  Well... based on the volume level, I knew this little guy was close.  Didn't realize exactly HOW close until I headed for the door to step out onto the back patio to look for him.  Didn't have to leave the house.  He kindly remained on the glass door for me to take a few quick shots!!  Check out his throat area where the action was really happening as he called and called!


The morning of April 22nd was one with heavy clouds but some breaks in them.  I saw what I hoped would be a really great picture even though I'm NOT a photographer nor am I an excellent cellphone camera operator!  I did like how the two shots I took turned out, though.  These are untouched directly from my cellphone camera.




That same day, at lunchtime, I visited the Aunt.  The caregiver there pointed out a little "friend" that was hanging out in the enclosed back patio area.  Her biggest question was whether I knew if it was poisonous or not.  It's not.  Since then, it has shown up several times, sunning itself happily in peace.  I'm a fan of keeping it around as it will keep "critters" away without causing a problem itself.  REPTILE ALERT!

During an early morning walk in another state recently, I came upon the following.  I saw the color first, absolutely glowing fiercely in the early morning sunlight.  As I got closer, I noticed it continued all the way down the fence to the back of the lot.  Even closer inspection revealed the "head."  I just loved it and hope you appreciate it, too!  Reminds me of something we eat around here!  :)




Finally, some of you probably remember my penchant for fresh, wild blackberries!  I am happy to report my "stash" locations (more than one) have produced again although the berries seem a little smaller than usual.  Notice the red berries in the background of the first picture.  Those will be turning black soon.  YUM!  Did someone say "cobbler?"


And yes... I do simply eat them straight off of the vine... unwashed.  As much dirt as I ate growing up, I don't think a little speck more will kill me!!

So... hope you have had a little fun on my walks.  I always find something fun or interesting.  This morning, I came across three cottontail rabbits.  Two were together enjoying a morning grass munch.  The third was hopping in and out of some grasses.


Until next post...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MORE PICTURES

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

It has been raining here long enough to put us all underwater!  Looks like we still have a couple of days of the wet stuff coming.  If you like to canoe or kayak, you might want to think about doing so soon.  Should be plenty of water running to help you scoot along!  :)

As mentioned in my last post, I find myself with more pictures for you.  Nothing too fascinating... but perhaps interesting?


So... those of you who know me know I love real estate.  On one of my morning walks recently, I got quite a chuckle.  With all of the rain, the crawfish had been very busy.  While making the "chimneys" that they build above ground during the excavation of mud beneath, this group of "homebuilders" had done something very real estate oriented.  They had built on the golf course!!!  :)




Now then... I do have a pretty good knowledge base about plants.  I do NOT know a whole lot about trees.  I can identify the basics... pine tree, oak tree, maple tree... but I don't know much at all about more "decorative" trees.  I have this really tall specimen in the front yard that puts on these "nearly-invisible until you are right on top of them" flowers each year.  If any of you can identify this tree for me, I would really appreciate it.  It's very interesting.




Finally, the tire garden has been planted and the tomatoes are really getting busy.  The jalapeno plants are having quite a rough time with whatever it is that wants to dig in that particular tire although they are still hanging in there.  The basil has gone berserk, more than doubling its size in just two weeks!  What a great time of year!  :)


Just planted

Two Weeks Later!  Teeny Tomato #1!!

Jalapeno plants

Basil headed for Pesto!
So now you are caught up on the Spring world in SW Louisiana... at least my part of it.

Oh... if you haven't checked in on the Decorah Eagles lately, you might want to take a peek.  All three eggs hatched (3/27, 3/29, & 4/2) and the little ones are already HUGE and moving about the nest.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Spring!!


Until next post...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TOO MANY PICTURES!!!

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!!

I don't know exactly how it happened, but I suddenly find myself with a TON of photos I have been taking to share with you all.  You know how it seems like one or two just aren't enough to share so you set them aside to wait for a few more?  Well, apparently I have been setting aside one or two several times!  With that said, here is the explosion of miscellaneous pictures for you to peruse.  :)

A foggy February morning at the golf course.
The sun starts to peek through!
Hmmmm.  March can be foggy, too.
Beatles fans, sing it with me... "Here comes the sun..."

Okay... enough "dreary" for you.  Let's try a little color, shall we?  Signs of Spring!!!

"Wild" wisteria growing anywhere it wants!
Looks like Easter is coming up soon.  Fund-raising, anyone?
My neighbor's gorgeous yard.  Excellent job, Marty!!!
Finally, on our recent road trip to Petal, Mississippi to visit the spousal-unit's folks, we ran across this place while driving through Natchez, Mississippi.  Unfortunately, we had already eaten.

YUMMMMMMMMM!

There are actually more photos of the just-planted tire garden but I'm going to stop today.  This is enough for you to have to view.  :)  I'll try to get those for you in a day or two.

With the weather improving, I hope you all are able to get out and enjoy it.  Amazing how the sunshine can give you a little added "spring" in your step!  I have had the first visitors to the hummingbird feeder so have been keeping my eyes out for more.  With all of the blooming going on, I'm guessing they will have better choices than my sugar-water... but hopefully they will stop by periodically.  I know they will be busy at the feeder by late summer.  I'll wait.  :)

No, I have not yet been up in the Blue Bird although it is getting a little exercise.  I am hoping to make my first flight in it before the end of April.

Until next post...