I've let most of February and some of March
slide into memories without a post,
so I'll indulge in an ancient history recap that hits a few highlights.
February saw us reconnecting with life at our church.
The necessity of painting and staining on Sundays was past
and it was time to get back into the groove of regular attendance plus
and taking part in special services and talks.
|Atta in the Church Courtyard (Last Fall)|
Sure enough we're hearing quite a bit of "Are you folks new or visiting?"
It's pretty embarrassing to reply that we've been members for almost 18 months!
While everyone in Louisiana was celebrating Mardi Gras,
I went to a Shrove Tuesday brown bag lunch.
Shrove Tuesday with it's pancake suppers is a sad substitute for Mardi Gras!
|Sunset from the Kitchen Window|
We're still unpacking and working on the house,
but we're finding time to cook up a storm in the kitchen in order to have friends over,
play cards, go to concerts and talks
and in short do everything we'd like except ride our much neglected horses.
Hopefully this will be the month that we'll make time to get back in our saddles again!
Proving that you can indeed "go home again" (or at least almost home again),
I made a solo trip back to Louisiana in February
for the annual high school "girls" weekend at Carol B's camp.
|Field at Carol B's Camp|
I missed last year's reunion and haven't been back to Zachary since the move,
so I stretched the weekend into a full week's vacation!
Flying INTO New Orleans on the day after Mardi Gras
is a sure way to score a last minute cheap ticket!
It was a week long virtual marathon of eating
(BBQ, catfish poboys, crawfish, beignets, trout.....)
and talking until I was hoarse.
I haven't stayed up until 1-2 AM so many nights in a row since I was taking finals in college!
I truly regretted not having time to see more friends.
But I hope everyone knows that the planes fly both directions!
And I'm sure I'll be back.
I was so busy that I rarely remembered to get out my phone or camera for photos.
So no photos of people here, because like an Oscar speech,
I don't want to be guilty of leaving anyone out!
|Eye of the Donkey @ Ada's|
I didn't go by the old house.
Although I'd come 1,000 miles,
I stayed in the front of the neighborhood
and didn't venture that last half a mile down our old street....
I'd be delighted to hear from the new owners,
but they haven't contacted us, so dropping in or planning a short visit wasn't an option.
And besides, this trip was all about reconnecting with friends,
not visiting my camellias!
Hmmmm, guess they aren't "my" camellias anymore!
I did a lot of wheedling and twisting of arms
trying to convince friends to visit us here in Virginia
Time will tell if I was successful!
The forecast is for snow tomorrow!!!
I'm about the only person in the county who is thrilled
because I still feel that my winter experiences here have been shortchanged!
Three measly snows does not a Virginia winter make!