Happy Birthday To Me!

 

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Today I get to celebrate my 55th birthday…the “double nickel.” It’s also my daughter’s birthday, but if she wants to talk about hers, she better start blogging.  LOL

It is not lost on me that this is another milestone in my life and I’m very grateful to be able to see this day. Many of my friends didn’t get to see 55 years of age.  I may not have everything I’d like to have in this world, but I have to say for the most part, I’m very happy.

I never thought that the best times of my life would be in my 50’s yet here they are. My kids are grown and following their own paths in life. I have a beautiful and smart granddaughter who is so loving, she would melt your heart. A great career (even though I’m ready for something new), I’m a float lieutenant in thee best all-female Mardi Gras Krewe in all of New Orleans, and my partner for life is the most amazing man. He is the perfect man for me in every way.

I’ve always been a late bloomer so, I guess this puts me right on schedule.

I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I’m going to try to make it as interesting as humanly possible. Who knows, I may still be blogging and will be able to tell you all about it.

This year will be my 10th year blogiversary…never thought I’d make that one…yet here I am.  See y’all on the flip side…I’m going to celebrate with NOLA and all the people in town for the Essence Fest. Should be interesting…and crowded. 

Love y’all.

 

 

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9 Year Blogiversary!

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Soooo, today I received a notification that I’ve been blogging for 9 years now.

Wow! 

When I began blogging I had no intention of hanging around this long. I just wanted a place to air out the voices in my head.

I’ve met some fabulous people in the blogging world.Sadly, most of them no longer blog and I miss tuning into their blog posts. But I totally get how they gave up the ghost and put it away. I’ve thought about doing it many times.

Sadly, most of them no longer blog and I miss tuning into their blog posts. But I totally get how they gave up the ghost and put it away. I’ve thought about doing it many times.

I can’t lie, it’s been a “struggle bus ride” for the last few years. Blogging has become the dinosaur of social media. Everything is so fast paced today that no one really wants to read a bunch of paragraphs. 

Give them a video, a bunch of pictures and a few tweets and they are good to go.

I don’t think I’ll ever totally give up this space though. I like having a quiet spot to call my own to air those voices out.  I probably won’t have much of a following, but that’s fine with me.

I never did have a bunch of people over here and it made those who did tune in, more special to me.

I’ll be back. 

And I’m going old-school…blogging about whatever crosses my mind.

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TO ME!!

Thanks for being here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s cold as heck out there! I’m home where it’s warm and toasty. This is the 2nd year that I opted not to get grandstand seats and it’s been cold as the dickens out there both years.

I’m just beginning to feel like my ole’ self since my ride….which was totally amazing!!

The Krewe of Nyx took over the city on Wednesday, February 11th with over 1,500 women riding!

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It was an absolutely gorgeous night. No rain and it wasn’t cold at all. I only needed 2 shirts under my costume and I was quite comfortable.

And we weren’t cramped on the floats.

I love that we aren’t  forced to be packed like sardines.  I looked at a few other krewes and they were packed kinda tight. I don’t see how they had room to move on some of the floats I’ve seen.

My float mate and I were in this little section by ourselves and it was heavenly!

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I wanted to get a video of my ride but, they has so many people out there. I was a throwing fool!I didn’t even have time to get a bite of a sandwich.

My kids (well, they’re young adults now)Yellow Jacket and Purple Knight always come out on the route to support me and the krewe. Seeing them and Navy Seal out there is the highlight of my ride.

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And they always managed to get a shot of me in action on the float,

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I want to say thank you to all the readers who came out and supported the krewe. It really means a lot to me.

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Krewe of Nyx throws 2015

 

But as much as I loved my ride, I really want to give some attention to a new krewe that hit the streets of New Orleans this year. The first predominantly African-American all-female krewe,

the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale (MKFF).

Actually, two predominately African-American all-female krewes hit the streets this year.

The other krewe is the Krewe of Athena,Inc. but they ride in Metairie. I’m really happy to finally see black women riding in such heavy numbers. It’s been long overdue.

Congratulations to MKFF and the Krewe of Athena!

You are now a part of Mardi Gras history.

Here are a few pictures of MKFF.

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They’re gonna have to have a meeting with their members about keeping those masks on their faces though. It’s a violation to ride unmasked and I saw a few women riding without their masks on.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’m gonna watch all the parades on the internet so, I have to go!

This is the last day of the giveaway! I’m gonna have Navy Seal pull the winner this evening and I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

Y’all be safe out there!

Have a great Mardi Gras!

 

It Was An AMAZING Night!

I’m gonna tell you all about it tomorrow.  The floats are getting ready to come out of their dens and I have to get uptown before I can’t get past them.

Just another wonderful hazard of living in the city….float traffic.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world though.

Here are a few pics from yesterday…

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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!!