Anniversary Halftime: 42 Down, 42 to go? Tuesday, May 28 2019 

Last year on this blog, I resolved the following: “From this date forward, I resolve to commemorate this day [our anniversary] on this blog, hopefully for many years to come.”

Today, I honor that resolution!

We celebrated anniversary 42 today.  Soileau’s Supper Club in Opelousas provided a fried oyster po’boy for me and a soft-shelled crab platter for Sarah.

For gifts, we exchanged new Garmin fitness watches.  Thankfully, our son-in-law Brandon is not only a knowledgeable consultant in fitness technology, but he’s also our retail source.

Both of our kids shared us well-wishes early this morning, along with hundreds of Facebook friends and well-wishers.  We are fulfilled!

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Soileau’s in Opelousas knows po-boys!  This monster provided both lunch and supper.

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Country Roads, Louisiana: Flood’s a comin’! Sunday, May 26 2019 

We crossed Ol’ Man River coming out of Baton Rouge last Wednesday on the rustic 190 bridge.  The angry current, swirling and agitated like muddy water boiling in a giant caldron, appeared stunning, awesome, even frightful.

The banks are full on both sides with the River level approaching the brinks of the concrete-reinfoced outer levees.  Between the inner levee and the outer levee, landscape features that are typically high and dry are completely submerged, except for the taller mature trees whose branchy tops look weird protruding from the water, their sturdy trunks invisible beneath the flood.

FloodWe could only see from the perspective of the elevated highway bridge, but I imagined one could sit on top of the levee and practically dangle one’s toes in the water’s of the Mississippi, which laps seemingly just a few feet below.

The River’s appearance reminds me of 2011, the flood I chronicled in this blog in the days preceding Ann’s undergraduate graduation from LSU.  That was the record-setting flood of the modern era since the Corps of Engineers built the control systems and emergency relief spillways upstream following the devastation of the legendary floods of 1927.  The flood of 2019 is going to rival if not surpass 2011, it appears, since the worst won’t arrive downstream until the first week of June, one to two weeks away.

Fortunately, no flood impact threatens our neighborhood, but folks up and down the Mississippi, the Red, and the Atchafalya Rivers from north Louisiana to New Orleans are nervously eyeing the River gauges as they stand ready to execute their evacuation and property protection plans in case the worst materializes.

The outcome teeters treacherously in the balance of Mother Nature’s impersonal, uncaring scales of fate.   From the appearance of the River, she looks pissed off !   And it appears she will  likely stay pissed off for the next few weeks, at least along the lower reaches of the mighty Mississipi.

Marley the Dog Loves His Leash! Monday, May 20 2019 

What’s Marley’s favorite toy?  The leash!  This act is the cutest trick any of our dogs has ever done.  Since we go for a workout almost every day, this routine has become a household ritual.

Faisons un pique-nique! Thursday, May 16 2019 

60364169_10218911160631417_610536773721784320_nOur picnic outing yesterday at City Lake reminded me of a line from a corny dialogue we had to remember for French class in college: “Le temp fait beau. Faisons un piquenique!”

Such is the joy of retirement.  Freedom to do on a casual weekday morning: Burgers on the grill at 11:30, the park practically all to ourselves—- no noise, no competition for facilities, and certainly no need to hurry.  

Marley the Dog had a doggy blast.  On the way home he said he wants to go back for another pique-nique—–and really soon.

Patio Dwelling: The Evolution Saturday, May 11 2019 

IMG_0359The  picture to the right comes from cerca 2009, evoking memories of how our concept of patio dwelling has evolved.  I bought that  22 inch flat screen TV and an inexpensive RCA digital antenna with the idea of using the TV on the patio on summer Saturdays to watch sports and shows while grilling.  How radical!  I’d set up the TV on the patio dining table in the morning and put it back in the house after supper.  The little antenna picked up five or six local stations–not much to choose from (on some Saturdays the only viewing options  were soccer or golf–ugh!).  And the low-tech box of matches reminds me that we used a wood-burning cheminea for grilling.   Low tech or not, we were  excited to move the living room outdoors on balmy spring and summer days.

IMG_0361I took the next picture to the right this morning.  It shows that ten years later, we’re set up to live out doors day in and day out.  Weather permitting, in fact, we spend as much time outside as we do inside.  Observe now that the TV is permanently installed on the patio.  It’s still hooked up to a local digital antenna, but it’s also connected to wifi to stream programming from the Internet.  And it’s a smart TV with the apps and more modern features of the more contemporary technology.  Over the years, we’ve also enlarged the patio, added furniture, outdoor carpets, a Webre gas grill, fans, a security camera, and other aesthetic appointments that make patio dwelling pleasant and comfortable, from morning to dusk and season to season.

If we ever move from this house, we must find some way to move the patio with us!

Country Roads, Texas: Gas out! Monday, May 6 2019 

Two posts in a row from Texas: this one from a taco/wings joint in Arlington that we visited on our weekend Texas trip to watch Payton’s cheer squad competition.

IMG_0350What causes the most gas?  Beer, food, or the gasoline pump?

I can’t answer the question because I never visited Fanny’s.  I suspect any of the three have potential.

Regardless, Fanny’s sign is interesting if not entertaining.

“Signs”of folk art? Wednesday, May 1 2019 

58756917_10218773821358021_1698278116637540352_nI’ve posted pix of home made store door signs occasionally over the years.  The homespun rhetoric of  convenience store clerks and cashiers can provide  examples of folk art that are amusing and colorful, if not sometimes provocative.

This one from east Texas may be tops.  Wallets and purses, please!

Its caustic (and blunt) insinuation is that the customer is NOT always right!

Who would disagree?