Mardi Gras-The Ride.

Whew, I made it through another one. I must really be getting old because I don’t have the carnival season stamina that I used to have.

Maybe I was just too tired with school, work, decorating purses and coconuts and everything else.

I had a fabulous season though and my ride this year was EPIC!

 I thought we had a large crowd last year (and we did), but this year it was HUUUGGEE!  I had the most fun ever!

Most people who ride in carnival krewes say that once you ride on a float, you never want to get back on the ground. I never felt that way. I love being on the ground as much as being up on the float. I love to flex my “bead-catching muscles” and see how many throws I can get my hands on. This year was the first time that I actually loved being on the float, more than I loved being on the ground.

Everything about that day was fabulous…from the pre-party to the end of the ride.  The weather was gorgeous! I think it was about 65 degrees when we hit the street. And the crowd was out in full force.

I really am proud that the krewe is doing so well.

Looking forward to many more years of riding with such a great group of women.

February 7,2018… we get to do it again!

 

CHECKING IN!

CHECKING IN!

It's a long day, so we eat before we head out. I really like this set up.

It’s a long day, so we eat before we head out. I really liked this set up.

Inside of the pre-party 2,900 women!

Inside the pre-party 2,900 women!

pre-party fun time.

pre-party fun time.

The lady who runs the entire ship, our Captain Julie Lea and a few Nyx Sisters.

The lady who runs the entire ship… our Captain Julie Lea and a few Nyx Sisters.

 

Nyx Goddess VI and a Nyx Sister

Nyx Goddess VI (Zenia Williams) and a Nyx Sister

 

Goddess VI, The Grand Marshall and Captain are the judges of the headdress competition

Goddess VI, The Grand Marshall and Captain are the judges of the headdress competition

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After the pre-party, we were taken to the staging area. Here we are on the floats, getting throws ready for the crowd.

A float full of Nyxsters ready to roll.

A float full of Nyxsters ready to roll.

The crowd was amazing!

The crowd was amazing! They really showed us so much love…I love my city!

Seeing the kids like this makes it all worthwhile

Seeing the kids like this makes it all worthwhile.

Hail Nyx!

  • Pardon the errors…I need new glasses..darnit.

 

 

 

 

 

Randoms

Being a grandmother is everything people said it would be. I can’t spoil my grandbaby enough. I get to do all the loving without all the responsibility.  It is thee best part of the second chapter of my life.

Look at that beautiful face! Lawd, my pockets are gonna stay empty fooling around with her.

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with one of my most favorite bloggers (even though he gave up the ghost and no longer blogs) Reggie of Reggie’s Rantings.

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Reg, NavySeal and moi.

This picture was actually our second time meeting. Reg is such an awesome guy. I’m glad that we were able to finally meet and that I can call him a friend. Blogging has introduced me to some pretty amazing people.

NavySeal and I are both back in school. I feel old walking across  the campus. Not because I’m surrounded by young folks,but because you have to park your car so darn far away from the buildings that I’m tired before I get there.  They need to have geriatric parking on campus.

I am so ready for this cool weather. My electric bill took a huge hit this summer. Summers in the deep south are murder. I don’t think I paid less than $400 a month the entire summer. My electric bill needed a break.

My neighbor’s gardener cut the roots to my morning glories and killed my entire living fence. Rat bastids. It was so pretty…butterflies would visit every morning. Now, I have to start her all over again.

 

My living fence that is now dead. SIGH.

My living fence that is now dead. SIGH.

My  92-year-old aunt is in hospice care. My dad had 9 siblings and only my aunt and my dad are left. It saddens me to think that when he crosses over, my family will have lost an entire generation and we will become the elders of the family. I can’t wrap my head around that.

In addition to decorating purses, I also have to decorate coconuts this year. My brother and a few of his friends are riding in Zulu so I have a few hundred (yes, a few hundred…like 900) coconuts to do. This is my first time decorating coconuts.

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A tribute to Prince coconut! 🙂

This year is almost over and I feel as if I’ve gotten nothing accomplished.  I’m so ready for 2017.

I’m still a member of the Krewe of Nyx. I think Mardi Gras 2017 will be my last year as a member though. NavySeal and I want to ride in a Krewe together.  We’re looking at the Krewe of Orpheus which  rolls on Lundi Gras. It will be a totally new experience for me. And I get to ride with NavySeal…which is the best part of all.

Why is 10 lbs so hard to lose? I didn’t realize how much I love to eat til I decided to lose 10 pounds. The struggle is real.

What’s going on with you today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Madness…Crutches?!

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Yeah, I’m walking around on crutches right now…sigh. This is definitely old people problems because I don’t think I would have had to get crutches if my ligaments were in their younger days.

How’d it happen? Cleaning up.Standing on one leg while on a chair. When I brought the leg down I missed the chair and jarred it on a cement petition. I actually felt the pain shoot up my leg. So now I’m out-of-commission…sorta. I’m supposed to be on bed rest, but there was no way I was missing Wicked on Tour. I managed to hobble around the theatre on one crutch…which I actually prefer. I’m gonna end up with a leg cast fooling around with both crutches. And I’m getting really creating when it comes to hiding the splint. Can’t wait to be off of these things though.

Grandbaby Creole(GBC) …I just blog named her 🙂 decided to show out for her birthday and took her first steps in front of everyone. It was awesome!

My 86-year-old dad was in his glory watching his great-granddaughter walk.

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4 generations strong. Purple Knight,Me,Dad,Yellow Jacket and Grandbaby Creole.

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My dad and his girls.

My kids just about grew up on this blog. Yellow Jacket was 13 when I began blogging and she’ll be 22 next month. I’m still trying to figure out where the time went.

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Yellow Jacket 2008

I guess I’ll have some time to catch up on all of my blogging now…since I’m laid up for a minute. That’s a good thing because I miss blogging. Facebook saps all of the creative energy out of me because it’s so quick. With Facebook,Instagram and Twitter around,blogging has become the dinosaur of social media. I still like it though because it’s my space to get whatever I want to out of my head without having to deal with all of those “judgy-wudgies” on those other sites.

And I miss you guys. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop…I may slow up a bit, but I’m gonna hang around as long as possible. Besides, the grandbaby will give me all sorts of new  stuff to blog about.

So, let’s catch up! I have so much to cover!

 

All Because It’s Carnival Time!

Well, I’ve made it back! I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve hardly have time to sleep.

I wasn’t going to leave my readers hanging around carnival time though.

No way would I do that!

Because y’all know good and well, I’m going to those parades. Yep, I’ll be out there in full force…weather permitting of course.

I’m not hanging out in the cold and rain.

But so far, the weather has been BEAUTIFUL! Lets just hope it stays that way.

So much as been going on.  The first predominately African-American female krewe hit the streets last Sunday.

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale.

I’m gonna put that on the back burner for a minute because I have folks looking for the 2015  Mardi Gras Parade Schedule so here it is,

February 6 2015
French Quarter
Cork 3:00 p.m.
Uptown
Oshun 6:00 p.m.
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m.
February 7 2015
Uptown
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m.
Choctaw 2:00 p.m.
Freret 2:30 p.m.
Sparta 6:00 p.m.
Pygmalion 6:15 p.m.
Bywater/Marigny
‘tit Rǝx 5:00 p.m.
Marigny
Chewbacchus 6:00 p.m.
February 8 2015
Uptown
Carrollton Noon
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
Alla 2:00 p.m.
Femme Fatale 3:00 p.m.
French Quarter
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 11 2015
Uptown
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 12 2015
Uptown
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 13 2015
Uptown
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
February 14 2015
Uptown
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Tucks Noon
Endymion 4:30 p.m.
French Quarter
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
February 15 2015
Uptown
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Thoth Noon
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
February 16 2015
Uptown
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
February 17 2015
Uptown
Zulu 8:00 a.m.
Rex 10:00 a.m.
Elks Orleans Follows Rex
Crescent City Follows Elks Orleans

And it you can’t make it to the parades, the parade cams will be broadcasting live so, you can still see me when I roll with the fantastic Mystic Krewe of Nyx! The link to NOLA.COM parade cam is here.

The audio and video is really great this year on the NOLA.com parade cam(when it isn’t going out on them) so I’m gonna give them shout out and if you can’t make it to the parades, tune in to those guys.

Also, for my Purple Knight family and followers, the St. Augustine Marching 100 will be in the following parades,

Cleopatra,Alla,Nyx,Muses,Hermes,Endymion,Mid-City,Bacchus,Orpheus and Rex.

Today is a very busy day for me because,

THE MYSTIC KREWE OF NYX ROLLS TONIGHT!!

I’m rushing and getting all of my last-minute stuff together. It’s pretty hectic.  My purses are ready to go though so that’s a good thing.

If you’re going to the parades tonight, I’ll be on Float 20, sidewalk side, bottom. Just yell Bayoucreole and I’ll hand you a purse! They are my babies…it’s gonna be hard to part with them, but I’ll have more babies next year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Nyx is all about sisterhood.

 

 

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A Tardis (front)

 

A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)

A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)

 

Zeta Phi Beta purse (front)

Zeta Phi Beta purse (front)

Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)

Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)

The very last purse I created this season.

The very last purse I created this season.

I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn't see them. Here ya go!

I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn’t see them. Here ya go!

I am really excited about my second ride with the krewe. We’re supposed to have a wonderful night. I’m expecting a ton of people out there…I hope I have enough throws.

The Krewe of Muses rides tomorrow. I’ll be out there cheering my friends on and taking pictures for you all to see. If I can get a few videos to put up, I will.

In fact, I’ll take a lil 30 second video of me on the float riding down St. Charles Ave. so you can see what it’s like up there.

It’s gonna be a long day so, I better get moving.

BUT!!

If you made it this far, leave a comment or two because,

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

See how I threw that in there?

I wanted to do a king cake giveaway but, I decided against that one because they use UPS and the person has to be home when they deliver it or UPS will probably leave it at the door. I don’t want them leaving folks king cake at the door all willy-nilly.

So, I’m going to do a $50 gift card one. It’s just my way of saying thank you for sticking with me…even when I take a break for a few months.

I really appreciate it.

All you have to do is check for my blog posts,leave a comment and I’ll put your name in the hat!On Feb.17th (mardi gras day), I will have Navy Seal pull the winner.

I’ll announce the winner on Ash Wednesday.

Tomorrow, I’ll  talk about my ride and I’ll post a few videos of St. Aug and Landry-Walker for my out- of state- folks who are feeling homesick right about now.

Then we can catch up on what’s been going on with the Bayoucreole Chick!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS Y’ALL!!

 

 

The Dead Has Arisen.

Lawd, hammercy…I’m back. It’s been 6 months since I’ve blogged about anything. I was contemplating putting ole’ girl to rest but, I’m glad I was able to fight through the fog and return. I’ve decided to take the “Seinfeld Approach” to this thing and let it be a “blog about nothing.” So I’ll be posting about any and every little thing my heart desires…NOLA,family,birds…whatever.

I’ve missed being in my own little corner of the world. I’d been spending a lot of time on Facebook. Facebook is cool but, I get tired of seeing so much drama fly through my timeline. Sadly, so many bloggers that I follow have given up the ghost. I totally understand why. It can become taxing trying to figure out what to blog. That’s why I’m taking a page from Seinfeld’s playbook. I think it’s going to free my mind to just come over here and write whatever hits me at the moment.

I’ve missed you guys! Lawd…is anyone here?lol. I might have to shake this thing up a bit and get some readers over here.

Well, let’s start this thing and try to catch up.

What’s the goings on in my world?

It’s cold as heck here in New Orleans! Right now, it’s 36 degrees! Now, I know that’s not cold for northern parts of the USA but for us deep south folks…that’s cold! I’ll be fixing some homemade eggnog today and hunkering down most of the day.

The holiday season is in our back door. My family has requested their standard Creole Thanksgiving Dinner so we’ll be having,

Turkey,Ham, Baked Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Stuffed Crabs,Potato Salad,Cornbread Dressing, Candied Yams,Veggies,Dessert ( don’t know what yet),Dinner Rolls and…GUMBO!

I feel like I’m forgetting something on that list. It may come to me later.

This time of year without fail, I get a lot of hits from people trying to fix a ruined roux. You cannot fix a ruined roux. Just throw it out and start over. It’s only oil and flour so, throw it out and start again.

Here is the problem with your roux…you probably aren’t stirring constantly for 20-30 minutes or until your roux become a nice dark color so before you start again,

go use the bathroom, put on whatever want to watch on the telly, have your cell phone right by you for when it rings because, once you start your roux…

you are stuck there for 20-30 minutes…constantly stirring until it’s done. Here’s the color you’re aiming for,

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Happy Rouxing!! 🙂

We are 3 months away from Mardi Gras!

Yay! That means 2 months to King Cake! I really could use some king cake in my life right now. I’ll be in that line on Jan 6th in front of Randazzo’s with the rest of the addicts folks.

Even though I love this time of the year, it’s crunch time for me. Being a member of the Krewe of Nyx, I usually create 30 purses to throw off of the float and then another 10 or so for family and friends. And while I love challenging my creative juices, trying to juggle it all (work, holidays,creating purses,etc) is the real challenge.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything though. Here are just a few that I’ve created this year.

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I can’t wait to ride again. It was such an amazing experience. We roll February 11th…I hope it isn’t too cold.

The Bald Eagles are still here. It seems that we have 3 active nests in the area. One at the 3-10 split near Kenner, one in Algiers and one here in New Orleans. I’ve watched the one in the city for almost a year now. I’ve learned so much just by watching them. They’ve got the nest all spruced up so hopefully, they will mate again. Since I follow them so closely, I’ve named them Falstaff and Dixie….yeah, I know…that’s beer. Well, this IS New Orleans. Here’s a pic of them taken this month.

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They actually let me get pretty close to the nest. I think it’s because they don’t have any babies in the nest yet. I’ll be posting about them frequently…since it seems that I’m a bird watcher now.

Speaking of babies and stuff, my kids are doing fine. Although they aren’t kids anymore. They’re in their 20’s …time is moving so fast. I can barely keep up anymore.

Navy Seal has decided to return to school and get his Ph.D in Public Policy. I’m so happy for him. That dude rocks. I guess I’ll have to call him Dr.Navy Seal when it’s all over. 🙂

My dad is doing fine now. I almost lost him a few months ago. He’ll be 85 in 3 months and though it hasn’t always been easy, I’m glad that I listened to you all and hung in there when the going got kinda rough.

Next year will be the 10 year anniversary of Katrina. Still feels like yesterday…still looks like yesterday in a lot of areas.  I love my city but, we have a lot of work to do.

I’ve needed new glasses for the longest. It’s time I made the dreaded appointment.

Yeah, I know that was random as heck…just getting it out of my head.

I have to get out and get my eggnog stuff so, I’m gonna wrap this post up.

 Hopefully, I still have a few readers around because I want to do a king cake give away and a Mardi Gras madness give away in a few months so stay tuned!

I’s back y’all!!!

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