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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras 2013

a wet mardi gras day

a wet mardi gras day

Zulu 2013

Zulu 2013

Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls

Rex's Butterfly Float

Rex’s Butterfly Float

My coconuts!

My coconuts!

Hand carved! It's a keeper!

Hand carved! It’s a keeper!

Coconut from The Big shot! My mojo must have really been kicking!

Coconut from The Big shot!
My mojo must have really been kicking!

 

I’m pretty tired, but I had a great season.  Although, I’ve heard of two incidents where riders on the floats were assholes.

Someone riding with the Krewe of Thoth apparently was throwing “Mamie Dolls” at older black women on the route and they were exploding on impact.

Also, a fool riding with the Krewe of Bacchus hurled a jug of urine at a guy. At least this guy went to the end of the route and filed a complaint. The link is here is you want to read up on it.

No word on the mamie doll throwing mf’er.

As much as I love Mardi Gras, there are people riding who are complete assholes.

A lot of racists up there too ( my next post).

I guess it doesn’t dawn on them that, they’re standing targets up there on those floats. It will though when someone pulls one of them off of the float or shoots one of  them for messing with their family member.

Mardi Gras is a wonderful time in the city for the most part.

But yeah, a lot of assholes view it as an opportunity to practice their racists views…

or as a time to simply be a jerk.

Punks.

Still looking forward to next  year though.

Because for every ass riding,

there are five who aren’t.

They’re the ones who make the krewe special,

and help make Mardi Gras

something to look forward to.

 

 

 

 

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

Since it’s not midnight, I can still say that to my blog peeps…HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

I just came home from all of the hoopla and this has got to be the biggest carnival season since…I can’t remember when.

NavySeal and I left the house around 7:30 this morning. Found a parking lot and paid the $30 for the day which, isn’t bad considering its mardi gras day.  Also, I don’t have to worry about being towed being in a lot.

We coughed up the price to sit in the grandstand seats again this year. Even though they raised the price, it was worth it. We got there at 8 a.m. and found our perfect lil spot in the front.

The most amazing thing happened this mardi gras….ZULU STARTED EARLY!!

Wow.

NOLA folks know that, Zulu is notorious for starting late…and breaking down.

Not today though…

they were too busy trying to beat the rain that was threatening to put a damper on the day.

They hit Gallier Hall at 9 a.m.

And before I forget, I have to talk about the Mayor of New Orleans

Mitch Landrieu.

Mitch had a ball today! I love the fact that, Mitch is so down to earth….his energy is magnetic!

After he rode in on the horse, he went to Gallier Hall and when Zulu passed, I was looking for him to be in the stands.

The mayor was on the street with the Zulu Walkers dancing his lil tail off!

Way to go Mayor!

Zulu passed quickly and had  really nice throws this year.

I was able to get 7 coconuts from Zulu!

Coconuts are hard to get and being able to get 7 “golden nuggets” is really something.

That’s what happens when I’m my cute, bubbly self…it rains coconuts.

I gave three of them away.  One to a young lady standing next to me,one to an elderly lady and the other to an elderly man. The elderly folks were both with an international club that had come to NOLA from England.

Rex followed about 15 minutes later and the truck floats were right behind Rex.  Most of the people in the grandstands left after Rex so, they had maybe about 30 people in our area after that.  That was fantastic because, we had beaucoup room to move around after that.

We headed home around 3 p.m.   We were around a fantastic bunch of people and I gotta say, those elderly people hustle more than the younger ones for that stuff!

I don’t like to bring all of that stuff home but, I do love to catch it!

Once I catch it, I usually give it away but, some I just had to keep.

Look at my Katrina beads!  It has the fema trailer, the blue tarp roof, the stinky fridge with chocolate city on it and a looter!  They’re awesome!

 

Here are my other favorites…surprisingly enough, they all came from Zulu.

 

 

As much fun as I had this season…and I really had a wonderful time this year,

I’m glad it’s over.

I’m tired.

Tomorrow, I plan to rest and recoup.

I’m really going to miss those king cakes though.