Thursday, November 21, 2019

Holidailies 2019

December 1st is right around the corner! 

Holidailies is celebrating it's 20th year of existence.  Wow.   I first learned of it back in 2008 and it has become a tradition. 

If you're looking for a fun blogging project during the month of December, join us at Holidailies for a month long blogging project.  No obligation to post every single day, although many do.  (You'll find some great holiday posts to read also.)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The band kid

While Veronica and I were off on our All-State Honor Choir adventure....

Valerie had a full week of daily band practice as the big finale was approaching - Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State competition in Lafayette, LA.  Earlier in the month, there was some band drama at a local competition and issues with the show. After that incident, major parts of  marching show was re-worked.  In just three weeks, they re-learned several major segments of the show.  The music stayed the same, but they added more visuals and changed parts of the drill completely.

Clint and Valerie left very early Saturday morning for the competition. All 30+ bands perform and are scored, then the top ten are chosen.  Those ten perform again to vie for the grand champion spot.  The rival school, Lafayette High, has won the championship title 16 (yes SIXTEEN) years in a row.  That is a long, long winning streak!! 

I was on pins and needles all day.  Luckily I was able to catch videos of their performances on Facebook.

For the first round:  (1 is superior)
Band - 1
Auxiliary - 1
Percussion - 1
Drum Major - 1 1st in Auxiliary
1st in Percussion

Class AAA 1st place State Champions
Most Outstanding Percussion

That put them in the top ten and they were performing again at 10:30pm.  

 I fell asleep about 9:30 (so tired from our choir trip.)  I woke up about 11pm and checked my phone.  No text messages, so I checked Facebook and the award ceremony was being live streamed by several people.

They counted down to the top two spots.  It was between us, Central Lafourche and Lafayette.

Reserve Grand Champions:  Lafayette High

Grand Champions:  CENTRAL LAFOURCHE!!  (pronounced La-Foosh for everyone north of here!)

The band and crowd went nuts.  I was so excited I couldn't go back to sleep.  After sixteen years, somebody finally beat Lafayette and it was US!  This is a huge, HUGE win for the band and the school.  And for all the other band kids in the area.  It has been all over the news.  There has been a huge outpouring of support from all over - newspaper articles, free pizza parties, and endless congratulations from businesses.  These kids put in about 400 hours of practice and this is definitely a moment in history.   I'm so glad Valerie has the chance to be part of such an awesome music program.  I can't wait to see what happens next marching season!

Here is the winning performance by our State Champions!  Central Lafourche Trojan Lancer Band and "The Last Straw."

The choir kid

It's been a whirlwind of excitement the past few days.

First, last Wednesday Veronica was invited to the monthly school board meeting to be awarded a plaque for being chosen for All-State Honor Choir.  Very proud of my girl!  She worked so hard to learn the audition piece of music.  I know it was hard for her to find the courage to sing for the audition, but she did it.

The next day, Thursday, Veronica and I headed to spend three days in New Orleans for All-State Choir rehearsals and performance.  Thursday night was a 3 hour rehearsal.  Friday was an all day 8-5 rehearsal.  I sat in and listened for a while, then I wandered around the Riverwalk to kill some time.  Long day of waiting around! Saturday was another full day with a morning rehearsal and the concerts were in the afternoon.  There are several choirs that perform from children to high school age, so the event pretty much lasts all day long.  We were able to catch a few of them and all the groups we were able to watch were just fabulous!  It is amazing how these kids learn the music on their own time, and how it all comes together so well.

The Mississippi River

All Youth Mixed Honor Choir (7th, 8th, and 9th graders)
Circa Mea, which was also the audition song

We returned about 5pm on Saturday to an empty house because....

Meanwhile, back at home marching band was in full swing for Valerie as the end of marching season was days away, as was the big state competition.


Sunday, November 03, 2019

For Red Rose Alley / Sheri - a rosary

A while back, Red Rose Alley asked about pictures of my Mom's rose petal rosary.  It's made of real rose petals.  The petals are crushed and mixed with clay the molded to form beads.  This one is heavily scented with rose oil.  It's probably 25 years old and it still has a strong rose scent.  My Mom and I had saw them for sale somewhere and they were crazy expensive.  I bought this one for my Mom online shortly after for her birthday or Mother's Day?  From eBay perhaps?  I also want to say it used to be a dark rosy-pink.  I could be wrong, but it seems the beads have faded over the years.  It hasn't left the box, so I'm not sure why it would have faded.

Friday, November 01, 2019


What a cold Halloween night it was!!!  The wind made it feel so much colder than it was.  At least the rain was over by mid-afternoon so it was dry.  The cold didn't stop us... or anyone else.  We had droves and droves of kids in our neighborhood.   I was going to wear a skeleton costume that I picked up at Dirt Cheap for pennies, but it was just not happening in the weather.  Instead, I put on two pairs of leggings.  Two shirts.  Two scarves.  Gloves.  A warm knitted hat. My leather jacket.  And a cat woman mask. 

Veronica was supposed to be Lydia from "Beetlejuice."   I made her put on leggings.  Two shirts.  A dress. Two shawls.  A scarf.  Gloves.  A knit hat under her wide brim hat. 

Clint set up our candy table and put two heaters outside to sit by.  Valerie decided she didn't want to go trick-or-treating at all.  (insert sad face.) 

Veronica and I walked the two blocks in our subdivision and it was crazy crowded in a few spots.  There were even LINES at some of the trick-or-treat stops.  Lines!! 

All in all, it was a fun night.  The cold temps were unusual for us, but we managed.  Today was a scavenging day!  Half price candy - yes.   Half price new decorations for the light show - yes, yes! 

Who else shops the day after a holiday sales??  (December 26th is my favorite day of the year!)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Boo (hoo) Wordless Wednesday.

Halloween looks to be in da dumper.  39 degrees and damp?  Sad face. 

At least we'll be lit up no matter what. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Happy Halloween Weekend!

Our Halloween show has been in full swing for a few weeks now.  We were a little late setting up Bayou Blue Dancing Lights this year.  I blame band!!  This is our fifth year putting on a Halloween show. We originally had no intention of doing Halloween.  Our eyes were on Christmas!  We wanted a dancing lights show like the few we had seen around town and online.  Back in 2015 Clint ordered the Light-o-Rama controllers, and we started looking for ideas.  (Ohhh Halloween!  We can do a test run for Halloween?!  CAN WE??  We won't have to wait until Christmas to see how all of this works.....    so Halloween it was. ) Honestly, I like our Halloween lights way better than Christmas lights.  Everybody does Christmas but so few do Halloween and we are the one and only local house with a singing pumpkin.

This year has been rather quiet.  A few cars here and there, but no where near was it has been in the past.  We'll probably have some visitors this weekend with Halloween a week away.  I guess the hype is dying down and it's not new any more. We're thinking it's time to revamp and make some big changes for 2020....we shall see!   

Without further ado...    here's some better clips of our Halloween 2019 show.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I Am Not A Dog

Only a few people know this, but just before he died, my Dad started a blog.  The title "I Am Not A Dog" came from decades of jokes about being named Jack Russell.  He was a lonely, bored old man, so I thought maybe having a place to tell some of his "funny" stories and jokes would give him something to do.  I figured the world would probably get a kick out of a 78 year old man blogging.  So, I set him up with a space on Blogger and showed him how to use it.  Sadly, there are only three entries as his story ended shortly after.

Even after eight years, today is a sad day. October is always a sad month filled with memories of the lasts. My Timehop app and Facebook memories are full of hospital check ins and doctor visits.  I found myself looking at the calendar trying to ignore this day was coming.  I still think about the last real conversation I had with him.  I still miss him terribly and wish I could talk to him once more.  Most of all, I wish my kids still had their Poppi.  How they loved him so.

Thinking of my Dad today on the 8th anniversary of his passing.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Yesterday was a busy day!  Valerie went to her first high school homecoming dance last night.  We bought the dress and shoes weeks ago and scheduled the hair and makeup appointment.  She made plans with a group of friends to meet for dinner and head to the dance after. 

Where did my little girl go?   Val does not wear makeup at all or do much with her hair.  Seeing her all made up - wow.  She looked so grown up. 

Excuse me while I cry in the corner and bombard y'all with pictures of my beautiful, smart, and talented daughter. 

We dropped her off at the dance and waited at a nearby piano bar.  Just before eleven, she texted and said she was ready to leave.  We picked her up and I asked the loaded question, "How was it?"

 "Kind of lame," she says. 

Lame.  She didn't even take a dance picture.

Then back at home, we had to un-do all the glamour, and she said all of that was too much work.  Too much to put it on and too much to take it off!   (She ain't lyin'!)   

Val did say she had a little fun and it was nice seeing everyone all dressed up.   At least it wasn't all lame.  I guess that isn't too bad for a first high school dance experience. 

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Fall Walk Around

Fall is here!!  Hahaha!  81 and low humidity is much better than the 90s we have been feeling.  For a few days....  then record heat will return.  Then it will cool off again and be much cooler, or so they say.  In lieu of driving across town to hit Planet Fitness this morning, I decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood.  It saves me some time and I can work on catching up on some much needed housework.

"some people are like clouds.  when they disappear, it's a beautiful day"

It IS a beautiful day.  Not a cloud in the sky.

My neighbors boarded up for Hurricane Dorian in August and left it like that.  How can they stand being all shut in like that??  It would drive me crazy to have all my windows completely covered.  I've been telling the kids we should sneak over and put up some "do not enter" police tape, spider webs, etc.  to make it appear they are decorated as an abandoned/haunted house for Halloween. 

At the entrance of my neighborhood where the cars are parked is a pharmacy.  It's a great little place with fast, friendly service.  It's very convenient when the kids are sick and you need a quick prescription filled. 

Hardly anyone is decorated for Halloween.  Usually there are a few who put up some neat stuff.  Not yet this year, but it is still early.  I did spy this random pumpkin on someone's walkway and a few small yard decorations.

This was the last phase of our subdivision when the street was extended way to the back.  It was supposed to be only phase one and two, then a phase three was added, and this is phase four.  It stayed empty lots for a long time, but now there's quite a few houses.  The lots are very small back here in comparison to ours up front, and much more expensive than they were 17 years ago when we bought ours.  There is also a big retention pond way back there.  I've only gone to look at it a few times.  Sadly, we lost our next door neighbor when he drowned in it 2012.  He was 56.

Not  a soul in sight.  Just me and my shadow. 

Funny story:  When we were building, we drove all around looking at bricks on houses.  I found a house that I just loved the colors of.  We looked all around trying to identify the brick.  We were going to give up and pick something else.  We came one day to check out progress of our house, and the noticed this house around the corner was almost complete.  The way the sun hit the bricks....  And it was THE bricks we were looking for, so we stopped and asked what were they called.

I didn't even care about being a copycat.  I wanted those variegated red bricks and a green porch. 

Almost home. 

Now I'm off to catch up on some housework...  Happy Wednesday everyone!!