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.
Soooo, today I received a notification that I’ve been blogging for 9 years now.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Cork 3:00 p.m.
Oshun 6:00 p.m.
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m.
February 7 2015
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.
‘tit Rǝx 5:00 p.m.
Chewbacchus 6:00 p.m.
February 8 2015
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
Alla 2:00 p.m.
Femme Fatale 3:00 p.m.
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 11 2015
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 12 2015
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 13 2015
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
February 14 2015
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Endymion 4:30 p.m.
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
February 15 2015
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
February 16 2015
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
February 17 2015
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.
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.
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!