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Dec. 12th, 2010 | 02:57 pm

Hit forward and place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have no

(x) Shot a gun
(X) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
(X) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Alaska
( ) Been to Cuba
( ) Been to Europe
( ) Been to Japan
(X) Been to Las Vegas
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been on a Cruise Ship
(X) Served on a Jury
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to New York City
(X) Swam in the Ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played Cops and Robbers
(X) Played Cowboys and Indians
( ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(x) Made prank phone calls
(x) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose - other than alcohol??
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced/Strolled in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles (all the time, actually!!)
(X) Gone ice skating
(X) Gone skiing
(x) Camped out under the stars
(x) Seen something so beautiful that it took your breath away
(X) Have children
(X) Have/had a pet
(X) Been skinny dipping outdoors
(X) Been fishing
(X) Been boating
(x) Been water skiing
(x) Been hiking
(x) Been camping in a trailer/RV
(X) Flown in a small 4-seater airplane
( ) Flown in a glider
(X) Been flying in a helicopter - doors ON..
(X) Been flying in a hot air balloon
( ) Been BUNGEE-jumping
(X) Gone to a drive-in movie
(X) Done something that should have killed you
( ) Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
( ) Been to Africa
( ) Ever rode an elephant
(X) Ever eaten just cookies for dinner
( ) Ever been on T.V.
( ) Ever steal any traffic signs
(X) Ever been in a car accident
(x) Had a nickname
(x) Ever been in the local paper
( ) Ever been to Asia
( ) Ever been to Australia
(X) Ever been in a parade...
Favorite drink: COFFEE, WATER
Tattoos: NO
Do you drive a 4-door vehicle: YES
Favorite number: 37
Favorite Holiday: Mardi Gras
Favorite dessert: MINCE PIE
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Sunday afternoon

Sep. 19th, 2010 | 02:37 pm
location: North of New Orleans
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: soft hum of the a/c

Vegging out, not much happening, we were going to go rock hunting in Arkansas this coming week, but Jerry's arthritis is painful and leaves motion unpredictable, so we scrapped that plan maybe next week! Canoe sits in the shed, I know the water is warm enough to paddle in, but getting from here to there is always a challenge...too bad we aren't friends with someone who owns a camp on a bayou, whoops we are, but don't see Jerry going to visit there, we drove over once, but, he will not bother, I figure if you bring some fried chicken and a six pack you will be welcomed.

Bro might visit, or might not, depends on whether he can catch a bus to get outta town. Current lady is getting to be a real drag, she has more problems and health issues than he has, no income unless she works and has been a non paying boarder for several years, with a 12 pack a day beer habit this is not so good for someone working on sobriety. She got a job, pays well enough for part time, but she can't get her butt there even for part time. He is longing to get back to New Orleans, for many the city casts a spell over people and they must return to her steamy, seamy bosom for succor and comfort.

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Denver was GREAT

Sep. 7th, 2010 | 11:15 pm
location: United States, Louisiana, Gonzales
mood: happyhappy

If you go, especially from the flatlands and swamps of Louisiana, bring your body lotion, chapstick, lipgloss, neosporin, Hall's coughdrops for those dry throat tickles...the humidity is low, and it really zings your body. The people were great...from 19 year olds to 93 year olds and the spunk, the energy that some of those senior seniors exhibited amazed me.

More tomorrow...it is late, and it's been a long week.

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Next week Denver!

Aug. 29th, 2010 | 10:47 am
location: Louisiana USA
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

Off to the Women Marines Association Conference in Denver on Thursday, should be interesting.
Due to one of the speakers getting sick at the last minute, our chapter will do the First Timers Presentation, I was planning to kick back, enjoy Denver and see what there was to see.
Surprise, our chapter because of earlier success will be presenting the first timers meeting and I will be one of the speakers...Thankfully, April did a script for all of us...I should only have about a five minute speech, about my experiences and what was happening culturally in the 60's...WHAT wasn't happening in the 60's?

Will try to write more often, seems like life remains same old same old and summer in the South is consistently HOT, and people know that...so there's not much to say, it was so hot this summer the garden had sun dried tomatoes, hopefully the fall garden is better. Cucumbers did well, we made pickles.

Started the summer with a visit to Florida Daughter in the camper, 1/2 way through, she came and visited. Younger daughter got a job promotion and is traveling many miles to her store.
Son is among the missing, haven't heard from him since mother's day. Kids keep life interesting, but don't depend on them for care in old age!

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Feb. 27th, 2010 | 09:07 am
location: Prairieville, LA
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: CNN Quake info Chile

The Balloon Man I use as one of my icons was sent to me by a friend who was teaching there several years ago, yesterday, outside the buildings where stayed, close to where this man was walking, were massive explosions killing people there to help the Afghan people with medical needs and other services. This picture has always brought joy to me, and to think that war over differing views of the world have made this a disastrous place.

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Feb. 23rd, 2010 | 01:54 pm
location: South Louisiana
mood: coldcold
music: TV-Toyota mea culpa

Saturday Marine pals and I cleaned up the original statue of Molly Marine, the sun came out, and we made quick work of it. We were concerned that after Mardi Gras she might have lots of trash around her. There was some but not as much as last fall.

We then read the Marine Corps Commandant's letter, had a brief ceremony, laid a wreath at Molly's feet, and headed off to lunch or other tasks.

There was a group who went to the "world famous" Mother's Restaurant, she had several children in the Corps including one daugter during the WWII era. Busy, interesting place, Ham sandwiches are great, breakfasts looked super all served super fast!

On the way to New Orleans we were treated with a hot air balloon siting upclose just west of the highway. Coming hoome the marsh on the western end of Lake Ponchartrain was blazing and smoky as the dry marsh grass roared.

Not much else exciting happening, hate waiting for people to return calls to set up meetings eventually it WILL get done.

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Happy Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is here,

Feb. 16th, 2010 | 08:01 pm
location: United States, Louisiana, Geismar
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Tomorrow will probably be a gumbo day, though I think then the last 5 months have been the coldest South Louisiana weather in the past 20 years!!!!

Not much to write about....went to the boat today, lucky me won $80.00 bucks on the penny slots...guess I should deduct the $10.00 I put in...it was gratifying to go home with more than I went with! And beads too...the boat folks were giving them out!

Riding in the Selene parade was fun, arms are almost back to normal.

Have fun my friends, next year MUSES!!!!

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Talk about procrastination....

Mar. 5th, 2007 | 07:47 pm
mood: happyhappy
music: James Taylor - October Rain

Mardi Gras week I was sick as a dog and I did not drink anything, I did however have a peanut butter sandwich or two from the batch number with the verboten numbers. If what I had was salmonella...YUCK...if it was a transient stomach, double yuck, whatever it was I wished I had partied so there would have been a reason for feeling so bad. Of course I got well. I have been to Jackson, MS twice in the past week, will go again on Thursday...hubby had some weird thing happen to his surgery site...so they are going in and "fix that" tomorrow...six hours of driving for a 2 hour visit is not fun, dogs are being good about it...yes, dogs, adopted a stray just before Thanksgiving, some one dumped the poor little guy off down by the creek, and he followed us home...I get the blame cause I petted him...though my fierce husband, said go home so patiently, I think the pup thought it was an invite!

At any rate Red Dog has joined us, and he is a total character, he is part Golden Retriever, part Hound with a bit of Chow for good measure. Sweet, lovable and goofy describes him, and smart enough and large enough that since the 1st week, not accident one, which is a real blessing when training a pup. His is now taller than Mrs. Murphy, she has lost 10 pounds racing and tearing about the yard with him, that's right gals, get you a younger man that likes to frolic and watch those pounds melt away!

That's about all that's happening in my little swampy world.

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Ahhh, Canada

Aug. 24th, 2006 | 11:44 am

What can I say, the temperature was moderate, and lovely...too cool for my spoiled bones to want to swim in the pool, but great for hot tubbing! There was such joy, happiness in the air, even with all the pre-wedding weirdness, making sure tux fit, getting the liquor, preparing the food, gathering the flowers, getting the music right, hanging the disco ball, and co-ordinating what seemed like hundreds of details, a wonderful file, known as the bitch box, had the lists, recipes, to-dos, that got posted daily with sticky notes on doors, mirrors, dashboards; all came together to be one of the most memorable weddings I've attended in a long while. Lots of love, caring and work went into making it a wedding that everyone that attended will always remember.

Most of the guests were from a group of women that still hold get togethers, long after high school, and were known as the P A girls (P A standing for Port Alberni, the quaint mill town that Lynn grew up in., most had been friends since grade 1 or 2)
The gentleman that gave Lynn away was her old neighbor, Jim Rutherford, he was 90 years young, danced with everywoman at the reception, and out lasted me, who quietly slipped off at 11:30, with dancing still going on in the loft.

The loft was decked out wonderfully, checked by the fire marshal, all the flowers came from Ann Marie's gardens, which were abundantly prolific. Plants from a local nursery, adorned with Christmas lights twinkled, fabric panels adorned with shell dangles floated, the servers were relatives and students of the hosts.

The food was great, native grilled salmon, grilled chicken strips, salads, desserts, veggies,
sausage roils, mini quiche pies, nibbles and bits, and two cakes. No one left hungry...and the only reason I stayed up, was to let all that I ate settle down...oink, oink.

The brides looked great in their matching tux, and a happier couple is hard to imagine. The wedding commission was great, turned out she was an old friend of Rick Kallstroms+and he was going to recommend her to perform the ceremony, but Ann Marie had all ready asked her.

Ann Marie and her husband John hosted the event at their 5 acre farm in Sydney, BC. Ann Marie teaches music, at her music school in the converted bottom section of her barn, it has several sound proof studios for students to practice with instructors...each room is specially designed, with double doors for the grand piano room, there is also a grand piano in Ann Marie's living room. Lots of wonderful fresh food served, the only time we ate out was in Port Alberni, when Jim took us out to dinner on Thursday evening.

I tasted the blackberries, Marian berries, sweeter than black berries, a pale raspberry that is just beginning to ripen, apples, strawberries, it was just an enchanting home and farm. Some people may love their large luxurious homes, but the charming log home, and warm hospitality were greatly appreciated. So was the lovely blue skies and pleasant temperatures. And for some reason, all of the Canadians I met thought the US was bonkers to elect Bush a second term...hadn't he made a big enough mess the first time out?

Glad to be home in my own warm bed.

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Off we go into the wild blue yonder

Aug. 14th, 2006 | 07:26 pm

Well, I'm hoping they rounded up all the wild ones! At any rate bright and early...I mean disgustingly early, I'm off to BR airport to jet away to Victoria,BC...excited but apprehensive this time, usually some says plane ticket and I'm ready to go, this time with all the stuff you can't take, I'm annoyed...yeah, yeah, better safe than sorry, I wonder if the Nazi's told the Jews that as they hustled them off to concentration camps...I really don't feel safe with their crazy restrictions...just figure that the higher power that watched over me...will be there again this time. Should be fun, am packed into one carry on sized bag, that I will check...that way I'll just need to worry about essentials, and make a stop at a drug store before or after we reach our destination. Will be cousins I've never met..from US and Canada...as well as some I know...or least email. Should be lots of fun. I have a couple of fast moving Grisham books to pass the time, ones I was gonna read, but set aside...now, I can read on plane. I am unhappy about not being able to bring my own water...I like my friendly reasonably priced stuff...now I have to hope that the airline provides enough so the old kidneys don't get weird.

Hubby will stay home with the dog, I have asked him each week if he wants to go...and the answer is no, too long to sit around, he'll be just fine at home. So, the fridge is stocked, he has a few coins, so he won't starve. And plenty of dog food and treats for the spoiled Mrs. M.

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