Prune at Your Own Risk

Granted, this isn’t about my townhouse, but it’s still home maintenance so I’m throwing it into the home section.

Learn from my mistakes people!!!!

Spring Clean-Up Week is still a thing in my hometown.  Everyone collects all the random junk that’s been floating around the house, and tosses it out on the curb for strangers….or the city….to collect.  This is a small town thing, and it’s sorta a sight to behold.  Just piles of stuff on curbs as you drive around town.  At our house this is always prime yard clearing time.  Everything gets pruned, raked, and dug into submission.  This year I came home to help do the basic yearly stuff, as well as take down two trees that were dead.  We got the big flower bed that runs the width of our backyard all cleaned up, and I even got a bunch of old tree stumps dug up and thrown out into the junk pile.  Once the back was all done it was time to move onto the trees.  Tree removal came with the promise of a chainsaw, however that plan didn’t really end up working out all that well…

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Needless to say….we were off to a great start…..

To start with, I know little to nothing about plants.  They are pretty much either alive or dead.  Anything that needs any appreciable amount of maintenance is not at all the plant for me.  Things like woody shrubs, boxwoods, yews and the like are easy.  You basically leave them alone, and prune them up a bit if they start to get a little out of control…..but that’s achievable for me.  Flowers, privets….which apparently grow a million miles a year….., and apparently trees which need constant pruning off the roof are not for me.  I was however, looking forward to using some high powered cutting force and putting it to work.  Usually, trimming and cutting down trees at Momma’s is a sawzall level activity….and it kinda sucks, in a brain rattling sorta way.  Yesterday though, I got a brain rattling that I wasn’t prepared for.

Like almost everything that we’ve inherited from Grandpa’s house in the course of my life, the chainsaw had seen better days.  Now, I’m not anything close to a chain saw expert, but I think the chain was too long, and possibly installed backwards on the saw.  At the very least, it was incredibly dull.  The saw only got through one branch, mostly by burning instead of cutting, before a massive intervention was required.

To our credit, we did really try and get it fixed, unfortunately, the Ace here in town doesn’t sell the proper chain for it, and the techs who do the sharpening of old chains are all off until Monday.  Skirting around the fact that it seems strange to have your machine techs all off during the weekend….ya know when most people have time to be wielding their chain saws around….Momma and I were still left with the slight issue of the two dead trees.  The clear solution was to obviously tear them down by hand.  Clean up week only lasts so long, and loading up the branches and then paying to toss them at the dump just seems dumb when you have the option of not having to deal with them past piling them up on your lawn!

Since they were mostly dead, I discovered that any of the branches I could reach I could mostly pull down by hand.  This worked fine until I had to start jumping to reach some of the higher branches, this again worked out just fine…but we started on the smaller of the two trees.  Eventually we got to the central, more vertical, thicker, trunky type branch.  This required some sawing…..the battery for our sawzall is basically shot, so we were left with the hand saw.  I now understand why people used to just crawl into caves, live in tepees and tents, and why the sod house had such an appeal…

CUTTING DOWN TREES BY HAND SUCKS MAJOR ASSBUTT!!!

These guys are badasses, and my hat’s off to them….but I’m apparently a weakling and I’d rather live in a tent than have to saw down trees and make lumber to build myself a cabin.  Anyway, that’s sorta besides the point, but we had to put in a fair amount of work to get these two, realistically small trees down.  The last branch of the smaller tree eventually gave way after one warning crack and sorta whipped Momma across the mouth on it’s way down.  We weren’t really prepared for it, but she was fine, and so we just sorta carried on.  Once we got that tree piled up on the end of the driveway, we turned our attention on the second, larger tree.

The obvious solution was to try and see what was dead and could just easily be pulled down.  So, I picked out a fairly small branch, although all of these branches required jumping to reach…..this will become important.  So I sorta hop up there and grab onto this little branch…..and then there was a crack…..then I was suddenly falling to the ground….and I landed, and took a rather large section of tree to the top of the head.  Apparently, the smaller branch I had been after didn’t feel like breaking, but the whole side of the tree felt like giving way.  So….there I am…..laying on the ground…..eyes watering….and somewhat trapped under a tree.  Momma sorta wanders over and pulls the branch off me, and I promptly declare that my arborist services for the day are done.  Fuck this tree and this whole situation….it can sit here until it falls down naturally.  10-20 years outta do it I think and that’s frankly fine with me at the this point…..

 

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The offending section of tree…I was attempting to break off that piece up the trunk and to the right……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For scale…..in case you think it’s more of a twig…..that’s my size 11….big enough to make even some men quake in their child-sized boots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, my parents didn’t raise me to be a quitter….so I was forced to rally and show that stupid dead tree who was boss.  While Momma did some pruning of the branches I pulled down….apparently the city has strict length requirements on their pick ups…..I proceeded to saw and pull down the rest of the branches.  I began utilizing a sort of “half cut,” jump, pull, and move technique.  I was unwilling to spend anymore time than necessary using the stupid hand saw to try and get anything done.  So I’d saw just until I thought I could jump and use my body to pull them down.  It worked fairly well until I once again was down to the largest, central branch.  This involved having to scamper into the tree, sit on a couple of the broken off branch stumps….cuz that seems safe, and sawing most of the way through.  This was mostly unpleasant because I ended up down wind and at eye level….less than ideal honestly.

Eventually though I did get everything down, and we got everything piled up on the curb.  Hopefully, once the chain for the saw is sharpened, Momma will be able to get the branches cut into smaller pieces for pickup.  A working chainsaw should be able to make simple work of whacking the branches into chunks.  Eventually, we will have to cut the trunks off closer to the ground and then into pieces, but again….hopefully a working chainsaw will make easy work of that!  Momma has plans of turning the larger trunk pictured below into a sort of plant stand holder which I think should work well.

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A days worth of worth of hard work I suppose!

Things that Go Crunch: Part 1

THIS WAS NOT HOW I WANTED TO START MY WEEKEND!!!!!

I mean, not that anyone ever wants this to happen…..but I was amped to have finished a good workout and start out what is planned to be a good party weekend.  I won a VIP table to a concert for 10 people and a $100 party tab, so fun party plans have been in the works for a couple days.  A crunched front end on my Terrainy girl wasn’t exactly part of my previously scheduled fun! :/

Ugh…I’m just so annoyed.  And I’m still cold hours later…..a lingering byproduct of having to stand out in the chilly SoDak spring wind for two hours while we waited for everything to get sorted out and settled.  Thank goodness it wasn’t winter…..I would have frozen in a post -Yoga Sculpt sweatcicle!

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Doesn’t take much of a collision to crumple plastic into submission…….

Other than being cold, and a turn signal that is currently on the fritz, all is fine.  I’m fine, and the Terrainy girl will live to see another day.

Things to be grateful for are good things I suppose.

 

 

 

Shenanigans and Malarky

I spent another long weekend in the Black Hills last weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of my favorite people and foods!  Although, I did switch up the food choices significantly this trip, which caused my coworker to wonder alarmingly……”Were you not feeling well or something while you were out there!?!?”  I assure you, I was fine…..didn’t even wake up with a hangover any of the mornings!  Whoop whoop for partying like an adult!!

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First things first, I’m not going to attempt a 6 hour drive without a coffee the size of my head.  Yes, I know, this is just going to cause potty breaks somewhere down the line….something my father would be very disappointed in me doing….but desperate times call for desperate measures sometimes.  Luckily, Yankton entered the 21st century years ago with a drive through coffee shop…..much to my cousin’s snobby dismay.  Maybe more on this later, it’s not the theme of today’s story!

Upon my somewhat tardy arrival to Rapid City…..mostly due to potty breaks and extreme gas use due to hurricane force head winds…..I proceeded directly to my beautiful Russian Bestie’s house!  We were starving, so I didn’t even really stop to say hello to her beautiful, baby girl!  The sushi was calling our names!  We tried Jane’s favorite place, but there was apparently no one home.  The sign said OPEN…..but the doors were all locked up.  So, off to the new mall we went for Fuji and some baby clothes shopping!  I haven’t had an oppertunity to see the Russian in a bit over a year, so it was so good to just catch up and hang out like we did in college.  Ugh college…..the good ol days I guess!

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To quote my Russian, “Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support!”

I’m usually not much on babies, but the Russian and her Hubby have a very cute, very happy little one!  She even let me hold her for awhile without doing that ‘sensing the fear’ thing that bees and babies seem to have in common in response to me!  Plus she’s got a super stellar wardrobe that I had a fun time shopping around and adding too.  In addition to sushi and baby cuddles I got to try some wine from Moldova and a fancy Russian cake that basically had the taste and consistency of tiramisu without the addition of espresso.  All in all, a great way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon!

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Om nom nom nom!

 

After shopping and snacks I headed up in the Hills to Lil B’s house.  We initially had grand plans of getting Lewie’s…..but no one ended up feeling hungry.  Actually….I didn’t even make it out to Lewie’s this trip, which was a bit sad but I mean there’s always next time I guess!  I spent the night drinking. chatting, dancing around, and attempting to deter the girls from wanting to do makeover parties on my face.  My makeup brushes still haven’t recovered from the last blush heavy makeover! 🙂

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Blurry pic….but there’s wine, so life’s good!

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Bright eyed and bushy tailed….ready to start the day.  If you look closely at the picture, you’ll notice the BFB joining in on the coffee times!

Saturday morning Lil B and I had some nice quiet coffee time.  I suppose that’s what happens when you can hear the kiddos playing in their room until way past their usual bedtime.  Nothing wrong with letting them sleep in on a Saturday I suppose.  Eventually the littlest one climbed out of the blanket fort style sleeping situation they built for some breakfast.  This was shortly followed by all of us going out to meet Heinz for brunch, and much to my surprise…..the littlest one pounded down a second breakfast of toast and an egg.  Child after my own heart right there….no such thing as too much food….particularly breakfast foods!

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I will say, nothing much beats milling around and waiting for a table at the Hickok House to get a heaping plate of chile rellenos, hashbrowns, and eggs.  I’m not sure how they make the chili that they smother those little cheese stuffed puppies in, but I need to know.  Do you ever have that urge to get a job at a restaurant just so you can figure out some of the secret recipes and then quit?!  No…..!?  Maybe that’s just me.  The peppers seemed to be stuffed with extra cheese this time…..which made them especially amazeballs!

Saturday night we finally got up to some shenanigans, which may or may not have involved drinking in the street….which is allowed on St. Patrick’s Day…..and getting kicked out of a bar.  Now, I wasn’t the one who was kicked out, but when you’re out with your people and one of you gets told to leave…..proper protocol dictates that you all leave. I wasn’t in the bar to see the events that led to removal….I was of course in the street getting beer…..but I did hear about it the rest of the night.  Drama…..drama…..drama…..I tell you what.  St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood is a bit like New Orleans all the time…..just constant booze and beer all day long, wherever you want to be drinking it.  It’s fine in small doses, but honestly isn’t a life I’d want any part of in the long term.  Does that mean I’m becoming old and finally growing up?!

Sunday afternoon I had lunch at the Loud American in Sturgis…..which I haven’t been to in years.  So long in fact, that the whole thing had been remodeled since the last time I was there.  Apparently it’s been done for at least 2 years….clearly I need to get out way more often.  I was also somewhat bummed that they have taken chicken tip tacos off the menu…..I guess things can’t always stay the way they were in the good ol’ days!

Sunday night, Lil B and I decided to take the girls to Spearfish for Taco Bell and Beauty and the Beast.  Don’t judge us on our Taco Bell habits…..it’s Lil Bs favorite fast food, and I have no problems at all pounding down a chalupa or two.  So bad….but so so good!  The new movie was good, although maybe a little long due to the addition of some new songs.  IDK, maybe I’m just an old school purist…..but I just wanted a live action version of the OG cartoon…..not some new and improved version.  Oh well, it was still very good, although it meant that the girls got home past bedtime on a school night.  Whoopsy!

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Laying in bed, formulating a plan…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Movie night prep….which maybe caused me to teach a kindergartener how to read a PBR can….which maybe caused her to run around the house singing, “Pabst….Blue Ribbon Beer!” for several minutes…..which maybe caused Lil B and I to giggle about her possibly receiving a call from school the following day.      This….this is why I shouldn’t be trusted with children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Them Taco Bell Snap Chat moments….

Monday morning Lil B and I got the girls off to school, stopped and got Starbucks, and then headed off to college.  Yes….I snuck into Anatomy class with B at BHSU.  Now this was weird for several reasons…..firstly, as a tried and true, dyed in the wool SDSMT heritage student, it felt wrong……very wrong to be on the BHSU campus.  It’s just not a thing that’s done honestly.  Second, I was less than impressed with her professor.  She assures me he’s very good and that this was just a test review day so he wasn’t really teaching…..but I’m skeptical honestly.  Thirdly, ALL THE THE GIRLS WERE TINY AND TOTALLY ADORABLE!  Was I that cute and adorable when I was in college?!  I’m trying to think back and remember that I was, that we all were, but I really don’t think that’s the way it was.  Maybe I can blame the fact that we all wore actual clothes…..jeans and shirts….and not just “athleisure” wear and maybe thats why?  High waisted yoga pants will do slimming wonders…..so honestly I think that’s what I’m just gonna go with.  I could have looked cute and little….fashion just wasn’t on my side!

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Lil B’s handwriting….vastly superior to mine!

I spent most of the rest of the day with Lil B at the hair salon while she got her hair done.  It was nice to just hang out and chat some more, plus there was the added benefit of making her go to Subway with her head all full of foils.  Ahhhh small town living….you’d never think of doing it at home, but out there, stuff like that just feels normal.  I ended up headed home much later than normal, but that’s fine by me.  Extra time spent in the Hills is never bad time.  Plus, now that Spring has sprung, the threat of driving home in the dark on crappy snow packed roads has mostly left us.  Now that I’ve written that, I’m sure we will get some sort of late season snow.  I’m sorry….don’t hate me.

It was, like all my trips West, a very good time.  Even though I didn’t get my jalapeño bacon cheese burger or phillies….I got steak tips, sushi, and Taco Bell and that works just fine for me!  I didn’t spend any of my time nursing a hangover which is nice but also slightly depressing at the same time.  Some of my best times bonding with my girl friends have been the times we’ve all been lying on beds or the couch hungover, laughing, and feeling like absolute butt hole.  It’s how we spent more Sunday’s than I care to talk about in college, and how we spend a rare weekend together now.  I say weekend now, because those mid 20 something hangovers linger!  If you’ve had one you know…..it’s not longer hours of hangover….it’s days!

I Know this is Late, But Hear Me Out

Yes, yes, yes I know what you’re thinking……”You’re not even in school anymore girl….get your shit together!”  Okay, I get that, but I had a lot going on this weekend, I’ve worked late every night this week, and there was no way that this was going to get put together on time.  Epic things happened that deserved time and dedication!

On a totally random side note, I bought a cute keyboard cover for the MacBook….so I’m typing this out all stealthy and silent.  You wouldn’t even know I’m working, it’s amazing!

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Okay….so….onto the main event.

LIL B’ CAME TO VISIT AND WE HAD A HOUSE PARTY!

She got here Friday afternoon and it was basically all the food and all the drinks all weekend long.  Sometimes you’ve gotta let it all go I guess.  Friday night we all had dinner at the BFB and Hubby in Law’s house.  Then of course BFB made dipped strawberries….cuz that’s just how we roll…..FANCY!

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I take only the best pictures of my friends….it’s how they know I love them!

Post dinner we played board games….cuz we are adults!  #sorrynotsorry…..but literally, we played Sorry.  Does anyone else remember that game taking hours?!  I think we must have been doing it wrong cuz it took forever!  Also, everyone discovered that I have problems when Skittles are in my presence…..like black tar heroin level addiction problems if they appear within arms reach of me!

Saturday morning we had “Crepe Bar” at the BFB’s….like I’m really not sure you’re really grasping the level of fancy we roll with when we are together!

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This plus bacon and Crepe Bar….what could even go wrong?!  BFB even bought fresh flowers!

We girls went to the mall  after breakfast.  The mall on a Saturday is always a bad idea, but we did get through Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Pink.  If you’re wondering why we had to go to both Victoria’s Secret and Pink…..it’s because I’m a diva and insisted on it.  Under roos are cheaper at Pink, and this is important to me since the Scout a Roo continues to eat them given even the smallest oppertunity.  It’s a bit of a problem, but she’s old now so I doubt it’s going to change anytime soon honestly.  Plus side, I guess she is always keeping me in the season’s latest fashions, under roo wise anyway!

After shopping it was time to start cooking.  The cooking started with maybe the best question quote that has ever left Lil B’s mouth…..

Is your tomato sauce…..tomatoey?!  Like does it taste like tomatoes?  Is it like Prego?!”

WE…MADE…SO…MUCH…FOOD!!

I had 7 friends over for Pasta, Pino, and Pizza.  We opened up Maximus, the 5 liter bottle of wine I received for Christmas, and all went to town.  Between us, we drank most of it.  Probably about half of a normal sized bottle was all that remained the next morning when I was cleaning up.  To go along with Maximus….we made way too much food….which is a thing we tend to do every time.

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A busy stove top is a happy stove top!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The party begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alright, the run down!

  • Erik’s Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Chicken
  • Red Sauce with Hamburger…..homemade by me!  (Yes, it’s tomatoey)
  • Chicken and Pesto Pizza
  • Pepperoni Pizza with Onions and Green Peppers
  • 2 Pounds of Dry Pasta
  • 1 Large Spaghetti Squash
  • A Whole Loaf of Garlic Bread
  • Gluten Free Pasta for the BFB

After we all got silent and shoved our faces full of yummy Italian and wine, we basically just bummed around, chatted and caught up with each other, and played a couple rounds of Cards Against Humanity.

Yes, you saw that picture right, Maximus required buddy system pours for probably the first half of the bottle.  He was just so heavy, it wasn’t a one man job.  Also, uncorking him wasn’t a one man job either.  Lil B had to help hold the base of the corkscrew while I leveraged the arm up.  Once the cork got started it went alright, but the initial part seemed a little questionable.  There was even a brief discussion of whether or not power tools might be necessary.  We were all maybe a little concerned about the quality of Maximus, but all things considered he wasn’t half bad at all!  The night was another successful dinner and booze party!

Sunday morning I made breakfast and we had our “Girl’s Morning Coffee Sesh”.  Sometimes it’s the littlest things you miss when your besties aren’t around all the time, and for us….morning coffee is that thing.  We also learned that pancakes made with coconut are delicious, but literally pancake flat!  They don’t puff up at all….and yes, before you ask, I did add plenty of baking powder.

After breakfast, we decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and go wander the boutiques downtown.  Between breakfast, the bakery, and lunch….we basically ate all morning long….and I’m totally ok with that!

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Macaroons and Ham Croissants anyone?!

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Jalapeño margaritas at my favorite downtown restaurant with my favorite people!

All in all it was an amazeballs weekend, and given the amount of alcohol consumed over the three days….it’s a Christmas miracle that no one woke up with a hangover!  I’ll take that as a win and get to planning the next bestie weekend.  Actually, the next bestie weekend is gonna be in a couple weeks, except that we will be short the BFB. :/

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I’ve Got a Brand New Bowfriend!

So….do you all remember when I said the other week that I was making a large purchase!?!

 

Well….I’ve gone and done it!

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I’ve wanted a compound bow for quite sometime, so when I got my 5 year anniversary bonus from work I put that money towards a bow.  After trying out a few different makes and models, I settled on a Hoyt Powermax.  I have learned that there is no such thing as a bad bow, you just need to find what feels comfortable and works for you.  I purchased him all set up and ready to go at Dakota Archery.  He was just hanging up on the wall waiting patiently for me.

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I’ve only taken him….and yes I call him him, all the time…..out shooting a couple times.  Slowly but surely I’m getting everything set up on him.  I still need to spend some time adjusting the pins on my sight, but I’m shooting fairly consistently and that’s the main thing.  In typical girl fashion I’m maybe overly concerned about everything matching, so I picked up some new grey arrows with lime and white fletchings at the range the other afternoon!  I’ve also added a wrist sling….of course in lime and black!  The next thing will be a case to hold all of my stuff and probably an annual pass to my local range!

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Taking the bowfriend out for a little afternoon shooting date!

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Ignore the death grip….the sling should help that a bit….and practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This kids…..is why you keep your elbows relaxed.  The bow will tell you if you’ve got bad form!  Maybe should add an arm guard to the “To Purchase” list?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m glad that I’ve gotten back into archery, and that I’ve got a hobby I can put some time and energy into.  Sounds weird, but it’s oddly therapeutic to go fire some arrows down range.  It’s probably calming because you have to settle your breathing and focus, but it’s easy to block out the world and just focus on the target.  A couple hours pass pretty quickly.  Plus, once it warms up there are plenty of outdoor ranges and small local competitions to attend.  I’ve already got one scheduled with some friends…..so I guess I better get to practicing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Takes A Lot of Water….To Wash Away New Orleans

I know I missed last week’s blog…..but I was on vacation!  We took a trip to New Orleans with my Daddy’s side of the family.

I have some….thoughts…..about NOLA, but let me show you some of the sights we saw around the city.

We stayed in a large rental home on the North side of the Gentilly area on an inlet from Lake Pontchartrain.  The Wi-Fi was non existent unless you were at the bar, and it was quite far away from the French Quarter so we had to Uber in and out everyday, but it was a lovely house with plenty of room for all nine of us.

Stop one on morning one was Cafe du Monde.  Wait in line and commune with the pigeons while you shove steaming hot beignets covered in powdered sugar into your mouth.  This is the way every morning should start.  Coffee and sugar covered beignets can never be a bad life choice.

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We maybe went to Cafe Du Monde……a few times……..

The French Quarter is beautiful….if you can get around the overwhelming amount of people and ickiness that that many people in a small space create.  There were small glimmers of time when there would be on one else on the streets and you could see the buildings for the beauties that they are, but the crowds and craziness takes a lot away from it.

Most of the food we ate was underwhelming.  Maybe we all just had really high expectations of what Cajun and Creole food was supposed to be.  Even Momma, who isn’t widely known for her love of spicy food, was adding hot sauce to most of her dishes.  One place I would go back to anytime if given the chance was Jacque-Imo’s!  It’s a ways out of the French Quarter but still easy to walk to using the Green street car line through the Garden District.  Also, apparently dessert is complimentary!?  We had no idea, but even though we were all exploding with food we did manage to power through creme brûlées and bread pudding.  I don’t even really like bread pudding, but I’d willing eat huge plates full of theirs any day!

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Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake

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Duck and Andouille Gumbo

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Seriously…..get in my belly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s vacation without a few selfies?!?!  Most of them include alcohol because you can drink anywhere you want in the city.  Most restaurants and bars have tables or shelves of plastic cups by the exits for you to transfer your drinks into when you leave.  This probably contributes to some of the ickiness of the city, but I guess it’s all part of the vibe that is New Orleans.

 

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The humidity was surprisingly fine.  I was expecting much worse but my hair has seen much worse days!

The trips out to the plantations were maybe my favorite part of the trip, but I just like that sort of thing.  It was a little weird to learn that the plantations weren’t as wide apart and open as the idea everyone has in their brain.  The plantations were all located on the river, so most were quite thin areas of land that extended back from the river several hundred acres.  It’s very possible that you would have been able to see your neighbors from you house, which wasn’t the vision I had in my brain.

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The Whitney Plantation—Photo by my Sister

Exterior stairways are also something you’d never see in the North!  The Whitney is only one room deep!  Large doors on the front and back of each room can be opened to allow the strong river breezes to blow through and cool the house.

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The Laura Plantation

Raised up almost 6 feet off the ground to protect the living areas from the nearly continuous floods of the Mississippi River…..again, something you could never do in the North….you’d never be able to keep it heated!

Oh the crowds!!  We were all told this parade would be very risqué and worth the crowds.  Once again, I think we were all just a little bit underwhelmed.  It was a good experience and we all had a good time, but I think it was a bit over hyped.  Maybe this is just what happened when you’re hanging out in a high tourist destination??

We took a cemetery tour, and more to the credit of our guide than anything else, learned quite a bit about the history and founding of the city.  Not that the cemeteries themselves are all that interesting, but they are an interesting thing to see.  That’s probably confusing, but wandering cemeteries where you don’t “know” anyone isn’t necessarily the most interesting.  However, seeing the different styles of burials and frankly the totally random layouts of the old cemetery was interesting.  Also, we saw Nicholas Cage’s purchased eternal resting place…..a white pyramid…so that was a thing I guess!

We also swung through a few famous locations through out the Quarter.  We had drinks at the Carnival bar, although the bar was too full for us to sit and spin around.  We caught some local jazz and zydeco music at The Spotted Cat, and had drinks at the oldest bar in the country, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.  On a side note…. the Carnival Bar hotel had these flowers planted outside in their window boxes…..anyone know what they might be!?!?!

 

The whole French Quarter was full of these gorgeous gas lanterns.  I had never seen anything like this, but I’m quite sure that at some point in my future I’m going to have these!

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While I was away seeing new sights, Scout-a-Roo was staying with the BFB and the Hubby in Law.  I’m so lucky that they don’t mind having her and that she’s comfortable staying there.  I’ll leave you with some pics of my nugget in her home away from home!

S🐾S: Pleaz Sendz Halp

Herowr!

iz in need of reskue!

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Feeling highly suspicious!

 

Mumma made me take a bath after calling me “stink butt”.  i do not know dis term “stink butt” but my little life waz most certainly at risk.  Just becuz iz seeing furands next week iz no reason to try and make me klean.  My furands do not mind and i wurked hard to collect all the dirtz.

Mumma iz currently trying to bribe back my luvs with tomatoes and kale but iz going to try and remain strong.  If someonez could pleaz sendz halp, i would luv youz furever.  im clearly being tortured and abuzed, so i can not stayz here, but inz the meantime i will plot revenge by finding and eating all da underroos.  Pay back iz a bitch!

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So upset I can’t even look at you…..

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….but I mean if you’re giving away tomatoes…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luv,

Fluffy, pisst, and dezperate

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