Great Smokey Mountain Railroad: NEW VIDEO up now on YOUTUBE!

Hello there, pals!

It’s TRAIN RIDE time once again!

Here is the video I have been promising from the adventure Mr. Smith and I took a few weeks back. We had been talking about doing this train ride pretty much since we met almost TWO years ago. When you click to the video there is more info on where and how to order tickets and my advice on what train and car to ride. You should check it out!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!

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Be sure to watch the OTHER train video on my channel from when I took the Amtrak to New Orleans. I just know you’ll enjoy both!

Victory Garden Update #7: Feeling Meh

 

Welcome to another update from the Victory Garden!

Just LOOK at these DREAMY limes!!
{I totally did NOT grow these, but a victory gardener can dream, right?!}

These slipped through my New Orleans posts somehow so I had to share them with my garden update. All through the Bywater (and also at the Whitney Plantation) there were lime trees EVERYWHERE! The limbs were aching with the weight of these small, dark green limes. There were plenty of these trees on the sidewalk, so it seemed like fair game for me to pick some. A bunch. I would have picked a five gallon bucket full if my mom hadn’t been so mortified. Y’all, one of my life goals is to have citrus trees. Maybe this will go on the 2018 To-Do List.

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The limes are actually Tahitian limes, so far as I can tell. This variety is described as having thin, dark colored skin with orange inside instead of green. Also, this next bit may have more to do with freshness than anything else but these are SO JUICY!!! Like, they have at least as much juice in ONE lime as two store bought one. No exaggeration. Too bad I’m down to my last 2 😦 Seltzer, beer, and tomato salads will be much more boring once they’re gone.

 

To tell the truth, things haven’t been so great in the victory garden. The tomatoes in buckets experiment has proved to pretty much be a bust. While I am pretty bummed, learning is learning so I’m taking it as it is. Even after moving the pots the plants didn’t really spring back. I guess I let them go too long to recover. Next year I will plant in the ground.

Fortunately, I DO have two very happy brandywine plants that have a fair amount of fruit on them! As you can see from the pic below, I am trying to protect these precious plant from the dreaded jerk birds with netting. Of course the netting is something I had on hand in the Doom Shack, so it’s yellow and green. You can’t really see this from the picture, but after whining about the net blowing off my mom suggested clothes pins strategically placed. Which I did because my mom is a genius.

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I am probably going to pull up the plants from the right side of the bed so I can get garlic in the ground in the next little bit. The buckets down that way are pretty much done and just taking up space. I’m planning to work the dirt and add some compost and left over potting soil.

To the left you can see the chocolate cherry tomatoes are about over.
That’s a brandywine in my hand–now if only the birds leave them alone!!!

I’ve also given up on my mustard that was planted well over a month ago. The only thing it will be good for is TINY TUESDAY (how sad!) I have one bit of lettuce left that I’m going to harvest and serve with the potatoes I pulled 2 days ago. YES! More potatoes! That has been a success. The good thing about all those tomato buckets is that I can use them to grow potatoes next year! Stay tuned for a YOUTUBE video of the potato harvest!

LAST LITTLE LETTUCES 😦
{and a few random weeds}

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Pretty much everything is done on the deck, too. I’ve still got one pepper plant plugging along with two yellow bells just waiting to mature. I’ve also still got some very happy purple basil and a pitiful scraggley mint. The green buckets on the left (where the potatoes grew) are turning into a little compost area. Instead of throwing my vegetable scraps in the ditch I’m going to layer them in the bins with green and brown material to try to work some more soil.

NOT MY GARDEN!
(This is at Mr. Smith’s mom’s house)

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photo credit, C.L.Smith

Just look at how GIANT these plants are! That’s two rows of okra on the left and several tomato plants on the right. At least this is some proof that I have a talent in starting seeds! My mom’s plants look beautiful, too! I should have just put the poor things in the ground.

One thing I HAVE been doing which isn’t exactly a garden thing, but has been a huge success is HUMMINGBIRD FOOD!!! Mr. Smith bought a little feeder for us to try out and we have been going through a feeder-full a week! I’m not sure how many birds we actually have, but there are at least 2. They raise cane, flying and playing (maybe mating, lol), zipping around our porch and front yard. It has been a delight.

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How has your garden been doing?

What are you harvesting this week?

What do you have planned for winter?

Do you have hummingbirds?

Holler and let me know!

TINY TUESDAY #29: last bits of summer

Hello TINY fans!
Welcome to a rather TINY edition of TINY Tuesday!

I’m trying to get a bunch of posts and videos queued up for when I start back to school. I mentioned in the 2017 To-Do List Mid-year Update post that I am going to try my very darnedest to keep up with things even after I go back to work. TINY Tuesdays seem to be everyone’s favorite day of the week so I’m going to do my best to at least keep up with that, plus garden updates while I still have things growing. This week isn’t super full, but I think it will satisfy your TINY needs! ❤

TINY!!
PITIFUL!!
MUSTARD!!

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Boohiss. Y’all will get to read more about this in my next victory garden update that will come out Thursday. Things are slowing down and I am pretty bummed. The mustard is good for nothing but TINY Tuesday now 😦

TINY!!
DOLL-SIZED!!
TELEVISION!!

How stinking cute is this teeny tv?! I snagged this a few weeks back at the doll show me and Jamie went to in Raleigh. It’s actually got a button on the bottom of the set that you can push and then you look through the hole and there are little slides that change the picture! I wish there was a way for you to see the different pictures–they are so 1960s! This must have been a tourist trinket back in the day. I can’t wait to put it in the doll house!

TINY!!
CAJILLIONS!!
{tiny candy}!!

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I totally impulse bought these at the checkout aisle of Walmart last week. I was there looking for planners (none fun OR practical enough) and instead bought a Lisa Frank folder with puppies and kittens and GLITTER on it and a t-shirt with elephants and hearts. The checkout lady was like, “Oh it looks like it’s back to school time!” and she surely thought the items were for my 5th grader but they were totally for me. So I bought some TINY candy too. They looked like Nerds but were super chewy and tangy. They kinda made my jaw hurt but were worth trying another flavor of–especially watermelon!

TINY!!
HUMMING!!
BIRD!!

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I’ll tell y’all more about the humming bird colony in Thursday’s garden update but I just HAD to sneak in a picture today! SO TINY! SO FAST! It only took about 57 pictures on my phone to FINALLY even sort of capture this marvelous creature. I am so excited to have them around.

That is all for this edition!
Stay tuned Thursday for the latest in the Victory Garden 2k17
!!!AND!!!
another TRAIN video will be out this week, too!

Potato Harvest! NEW VIDEO!

AlsoHullo everyone!

I made a video of me harvesting my buckets of potatoes! I’m pretty pleased overall with how many little potatoes I got! Watch the video to hear me ramble on about what varieties I planted and what I plant to do next year! Be sure to ask questions in the comments section here, or on YouTube and I will be sure to answer them!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!!!!

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Also, I’ve got a victory garden update coming in the next day or so–be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that to see how the rest of the garden is holding up!

New Orleans, Part 3.

New Orleans, Part 3.
“For Mr. Smith”

Mr. Smith was sitting across the kitchen table from me as I edited photos and wrote witty captions for the previous two vacation posts that you’ve surely already read and enjoyed. I was on my laptop and he was on his (probably ordering bike parts, scrolling past food p0rn, and possibly reading boring business articles that he so dearly loves). It dawned on me after I showed him 3 or 4 pictures that there are a lot that I took with him in mind. I texted him a few of them while I was gone, but the majority stayed on my phone unsent. I decided that it might be fun to wrap up my adventure tales with this series of pictures for him. I hope you all enjoy it!

METAL STUFF:
{because Mr. Smith loves metal work}

A light fixture made from pipes made to look like trumpet bells!
And beautiful blue orbs in the back–these were at the entrance to a hotel parking area!

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This reminds me of something Alec Steele would make!
[He is one of our favorite blacksmiths and is on YouTube — check him out!]
I saw this in the window of a collectible weapon and coin shop on Royal Street.
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‘Quilted Metal’ seen at Pizza Delicious 
…because, neat metal work and pizza are the best combo!
But seriously, click to zoom in and see the detail in this incredible piece.

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Speaking of pizza and metal:
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This GIANT light up BEER sign reminded me of something that another one of our YouTube favorites, Jimmy DiResta might make! Metal+Light-up-sign+Pizza+Beer=FUN! [You should ALL check out DiResta on YouTube –he is one of the most inspiring makers we watch.]

BIKE STUFF:
{because Mr. Smith loves & lives for bikes!}

 

The bikes on the left are outside Flora, a coffee shop in the Bywater. There was a whole row FULL of bikes from coffee shop customers. And if there is something Mr.Smith loves more than bikes and metal, it is COFFEE 🙂 To the right is a line of bikes outside a restaurant–prolly belonging to the kitchen & wait staff.  I love the green rims (? what are those called?) and matching green pedals!

Giant pile of white bikes off St. Claude!
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One of MANY scrapped dead bike frames left locked up.
“At least they left the kickstand!”

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UGH.
I hate this picture is so blurry but just LOOK at how crazy the bike is!
What a chopper!!!

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RANDOM STUFF:

A wall of lit up clear glass bottles.
I thought this was really beautiful and worth showing!
This is at SoBou–remember the place I mentioned sometimes has movies in the pool?
ALWAYS PACK YOUR BATHING SUIT WHEN YER IN N.O.

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I have no idea why these made me think of Mr. Smith but  I thought it would make him laugh. I’m honestly not sure if he’s ever even watched SpongeBob. This was taken at the Mardi Gras bead store I mentioned before.

A bin full of giant stuffed Patricks.

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These are 2 things I think Mr. Smith would have picked out for me.
Left: the most perfect t-shirt ever!
Right: a room of vintage bar wear!

I’d like this last post to serve as one more HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Smith for taking care of Patti Smith and Duckie for me AND for taking care of Fraidy for my mom. You deserve ALL the souvenirs for your care of the critters.

This wraps up my THREE PART travelogue-blog on my adventuring in New Orleans! I hope you enjoyed coming along with me! I still have some video footage that I would like to edit into to some more little movies but my computer is having a really hard time having enough memory to edit projects as big as these. Unfortunately they are going to have to get saved for when I have a faster machine. If you have any advice on this problem PLEASE leave me a comment below. Stay tuned! They will turn up!

Be sure you’ve checked out:
New Orleans, Part 1.
New Orleans, Part 2.
the Amtrak adventure!

❤ Thanks for reading! ❤

TINY TUESDAY #28: SUMMER FUN edition!

OH HAI THERE!
Looky at what day it is!
TINY!!
TUESDAY!!
Aren’t you just the most excited ever?!

I’ve been collecting a bunch of TINY fun for you for TOO LONG and it’s time to let you have it! I’ve got pics from the past few months that I keep meaning to include in a TT and the time has finally arrived. TODAY you get a GIGANTIC episode of Tiny Tuesday!

Here are some TINY!!!! things I saw in New Orleans:
TINY CHAIR!
also: “beware of strange dog” sign

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TINY!!
MINI BOTTLES!!
(these were at the Food and Beverage Museum I mentioned here.)

There was an even bigger display behind the bar at a place called Liuzza’s but I flubbed up the pictures. {If you go there, be sure to try their crazy good Bloody Marys}

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TINY!!
GREEN METALLIC!!
KING CAKE BABY!!
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I got this at one of my favorite shops called, “What’s New” in the French Quarter. I reallllly wanted one of these necklaces but didn’t have those kinds of funds. I opted for this shiny green alien king cake baby instead–she only cost 50 cents instead of 50 bucks.

AND NOW FOR SOME SUPER RANDO TINY THINGS!

TINY!!!
ORCHID!!!
{and lovely thumb nail!}

My totally talented internet fraaaaand  Kim Bui posted this picture on her IG back in May and saved it on my laptop and forgot all about it. She actually made this TINY delight for her mama for mother’s day! Isn’t it the TINY cutest?! Kim does all sorts of rad nail design and she posts pictures of tons of wonderful things like: NAILS (duh), coffee, and TINY stuff! Be sure to check her out and follow her!

TINY!!
KNOT!!
in weed-eater string!!

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My weedeater has been sucking my will to live lately. It does ridiculous things like tie a TINY know in itself. I think something is wrong with the mechanism that automatically releases the string. I ran through SO MUCH string at my mom’s house that I ran out before I finished the job. In an effort to save myself a trip to the hardware store I tried a DIY hack that seemed ridiculous BUT WORKED!!!

HENCE, this TINY!!! MIRACLE!
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That is a ZIP TIE you see sticking out of the string hole! While this would be a major pain to use to trim an entire yard, it DEFINITELY worked in a pinch. It took three zip ties to cut about 30 feet of driveway. If you want to learn more check out YouTube–there are several tutorials that explain how to try it.

And some naughty toy purchases…
Y’all know I cannot resist blindboxes.

Waffle Cat came in a blind box!! You can find them here at Hot Topic or here at Amazon. I found mine at Barnes and Noble in Hickory. I snagged another Tricky Cat by KidRobot. They are seriously my favorite blind boxes ever! What is it about a blind box that is so thrilling? It reminds me of being a kid and getting a grab-bag for a dollar at the auction barn!

TINY!!
ERASER!!
FOXES & BUNNIES!!

Adorable woodland miniature erasers!
There’s nothing quite like TINY school supplies.

Hope you enjoyed this rather HUGE edition of TINY TUESDAY!
Keep coming back for MOARRRR Tiny!

New Orleans, Part 2.

New Orleans, Part 2.
—or—
Noms & Dranks, of course.

A preface:

New Orleans is a touristy place. As someone who is from a touristy place (Asheville) I understand just how miserable it can be to deal with tourists. I try to never act like a tourist even when I am one.

It is also worth noting that I pretty much ALWAYS look like I’m on vacation. I wear bright, bold, tropical colors, lots of beads, big earrrings, boho bag bedecked in dangling key chains, and I carry a fan. I’ve been at this as long as I can remember. {Also, since when did tourists start carrying fans? Dang jerks have copped my doom-hippie style. I digress.} It’s okay to be a tourist. It’s NOT okay to go to place that is not yours and expect it to cater to your needs. If you want “normal food” just go to Applebee’s. Don’t get wasted-face and act like you’ve never been to a bar before. Over-tip your servers, even if they seem distant–they’ve likely been dealing with jerk tourists.

There are like one millions great places to eat and drink in New Orleans. Just ask someone–they will tell you their favorites.  Ain’t nobody got time for Pat O’Briens. You ARE allowed to go to Cafe DuMonde. It really is worth it. (FYI just grab a table–DO NOT stand in the stupid line!!!) Unless you’re going to LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop you can pretty much bypass Bourbon Street. Or you can walk down it to gawk at those 8 blocks of horror. Anyway… I’m going to tell you about some places that I love. If you go there, you better not act like a jerk. Okay? Okay. Now take notes because you’re gonna want to remember these.

[Don’t forget, all text in BOLD ITALICS is a clickable link to more info!!!}

LaFITTE’S BLACKSMITH SHOP:

It’s the oldest bar in America. You should go there.

Get a margarita or a Purple Drink. Don’t ask, just do it.

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Margaritas are made with out that NASTY mixer stuff–very refreshing.

BUD RIP’S

Located in the Bywater.

Kinda hipster but welcomed my mom and people with dogs.

Great daily drink specials ($3-$5) and fresh flowers on the bar.

Free oysters {and set ups!} on Saturday afternoons.

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Always tip yer shucker, sucker.

HANSEN’S:

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You get to sit on that metal bench and destroy your frozen delight.

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{photo credit, MOM <3}

Here is what my mom posted on Facebook after her first Sno-Bliz:

“There Are No Shortcuts to Quality” is the motto of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz. Today was the day I had my first sno-ball ever. It was fluffy. It was pink. The softest shaved ice ever. Cream of nectar syrup, crushed pineapple, vanilla ice cream buried in the shaved ice, marshmallow fluff. The “Jr Atomic” looks like a mushroom cloud and is perhaps an immature thing for a woman my age to order, but I will do it again…and again…given the chance! Oh, and a cherry on top. (This was a recommendation from The Book.)

I would wax poetic about this but really just go to their website and read their story. Then at your very next convenient moment, you should go there. Like, drive from Texas or North Carolina or Oregon and don’t even stop at your hotel, just go immediately there. Get the Junior Atomic with Nectar. If you tell them it’s your first you *might* get a tiny American flag tooth pick and sprinkles on your. Or maybe I just looked like such a tourist fangirl that I got those things.

Southern Food & Beverage Museum 
also home of the Museum of the American Cocktail

This museum has a little section on food from all southern states.
You can get a drink at the bar and drink it while you browse.
You encouraged to TOUCH a lot of the gadgets/items on display.

There were even DOLLS, y’all.

You may (probably not, LOL) remember the doll on the left from this post. I tried to buy a doll just like this and had drama (click to read about if ya wanna). At least now I know “who she is” and can try to buy one someday! The doll on the right is a Chiquita banana promotion. Aren’t they both just dreamy?

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From the Museum of the American Cocktail.

There is also a pretty major cocktail napkin collection (way more than what you see here) and y’all know how much I love paper napkins.

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CENTRAL GROCERY
Muffulettas y’all.
HOT TIP: you can get them without meat–hooray!

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photo credit–MOM ❤

Now let’s talk about Po-boy’s.

There are two places that I have had magical po-boys. It is possible that I was spoiled/warped by having the sandwich at these two places early on in my NO tenure. I’m sure there are other great places out there, but after several very mediocre experiences I would rather just get to the source and bypass sadfaces.

If you want to take the sandwich to eat on the grass by the river:
VERTI MART
{FUN FACT: I love this sandwich so much I have considered naming a child Verti}
The fried oyster seems a bit pricey but you will not regret it.

If you want to eat at a table with a plate:
COOP’S
I’d advise to go early or for lunch (they get slammed and there’s a line).
It’s worth noting that you gotta be 21 to enter, even to just eat.

 

A couple of more places you might want to check out for drinks:
In the Quarter:

Molly’s at the Market: cold AC, cheap drinks, across from the market (obvs)
Erin Rose : cheap drinks, superior juke box, po-boys (heard they’re good)
SoBou : fancy but great happy hour, sometimes pool is open to public

In the Bywater:
Mimi’s: restaurant with bar menu & “trust me” order option, great happy hour
Marie’s: cold AC, CHEAP drinks, old bar flies

And if you need some PIZZA—->Pizza Delicious…lawdy.

AND 2 MOARRRR THINGS:

There are two places I went on this trip that were pretty random but SUPER fun. One was a gourmet soft drink store and the other was a giant mardi gras bead warehouse. The soft drink store is called Rocket Fizz and is a chain that sells weird drinks and candies. My doll club likes to get strange soft drinks to sample so this was a gold mine of delight. Once we drink the ones I bought I will report back on the flavors I got–they included: Churro Burro, Faygo Rock & Rye, Peanut Butter, Grass, Ranch, and Fog. Yup. You read those right. I took some suggestions from a little boy who was about 8 years old who had come in several different times with his family. He seemed like an expert.

The other place was called The Mardi Gras Spot which is a GIANT warehouse of all kinds of beads and stuff to throw in parades. If you love beads and parasols you gotta get there. A lot of store warehouses like this charge admission just to go shop (like $15 >:P ) so this one is a great place that you can go for free. The prices are very reasonable and CHEAP when compared to out of town shopping. They also carry glass beads!

WHEW!
That’s a LOT of info but I hope you enjoyed it!

Be sure to check out New Orleans, Part 1. and my YouTube Amtrak video!

See you soon with the last post about the trip:
New Orleans, Part 3: For Mr Smith

New Orleans, Part 1.

New Orleans, Part 1.
The train, “The Book”, and the Trinity.

As you know from THIS post, I recently took the Amtrak to New Orleans to vacation with my mother. The last time I took a long train ride like this was in 2004 when I went with my mom from PA to NYC after I graduated from college. So it had been a minute since I traveled this way.

The picture below doesn’t really do justice to JUST HOW WEIRD IT WAS to go at 2:30am to what seems like an abandoned train track and feel like it was either a murder in the making or an episode of candid camera. Big props to Mr. Smith for taking me there, staying with me, and not being too weirded out! After the boarding time came and went with NO TRAIN, I checked the Amtrak website and discovered the train was delayed by an hour. And sure enough, pretty much right at 4:15am, a GIANT train with at least ten cars stopped in Gastonia for just little ol me.

It felt straight up like the Knight Bus in Harry Potter.

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They were out of cheese pizza.

The train trip was AWESOME. I absolutely recommend traveling this way if you have some flexibility in your travel time (ie, don’t need to get somewhere in a short amount of time). The trip took about 17 hours (that went SO FAST) but would have taken at least 11 by plane (with the tickets that I could afford–one way tickets were over $400). The coach seats were VERY big and reclined way more than the 1.5 inches on a plane. The staff was really helpful and friendly. The bathrooms were a little gross, but so are most public bathrooms, right? I’m calling it $135 very well spent. When I travel this way again the only thing I will do differently is to pack some sneaky beverages of my own and more food from home. As long as you eat in your seat and not the dining car, they don’t mind you bringing your own noms. I’ll also check for delays before I leave home.

Let’s talk briefly about what has become known as “The Book.” This is not to be confused with “The Good Book”– it is a delightful love letter to the food and drink of New Orleans and the people who make it possible. I stumbled upon The Book on an end cap at the public library in Gastonia. The cover caught my eye and the book flap blurb sounded like it might be worth a read.

In all honesty, I get nervous about books that have to do with New Orleans, and really, Louisiana in general. Cliches abound and are both powerful and painful. The Book, Gumbo Tales ended up pleasing me in a way that only James Lee Burke has in recent years. My nerves quickly melted in to relief as I read and knew that author Sara Roahen “got it”. That’s all I will say about The Book besides that if you are a n00b or a native, Roahen is likely to show you some places that will make your face, taste-buds, and tummy smile.

Carrying on!

Besides the obvious food & drinks, my favorite parts of New Orleans can be described as The Trinity. Graffiti, cats, and people are probably my other favorite things about New Orleans. They are everywhere and they are like no where else. Here are some pictures and snippets of The Trinity from this trip.

GRAFFITI:

There were a few tags that my eye kept seeing all over town. While I didn’t get pictures of any of them they’re still worth a mention so you can look for them if you’re around. DUKY (while I wish it was pronounced “Duckie” like my cat, I imagine it’s “dookie” like Green Day but whatevs), REZNOR (again with the 90’s ref), ACHOO and READ. I’m not sure if it’s by the same person as the READ around town but you gotta check this out—–>  This piece is freaking huge–seriously, click here to see it.

Now for some I saw and documented!

I kept seeing these wonderful clusters of koi all over the Bywater.

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I know that is NOT a Horn Worm, but I totally thought it was at first glance :O

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CATS!

Y’all all know how much I love puds, and to be totally honest, I thought I’d end up bringing a batch of swamp kittens home with me. Mr. Smith better be glad I didn’t find any! Unfortunately, the pictures I got of the Bywater cats are pretty far away. These are definitely feral cats that wouldn’t let me get ANY closer. I gave them plenty of space and they seemed to enjoy being talked to.

While feral cats give me little bit of a sad attack, I was glad to see that in most of the groups I saw at least a few had notched ears (a sign on spay/neuter). If you don’t know much about TNR (Trap/Neuter/Realease) and feral populations you really gotta check out The Kitten Lady. She is one of my s-heroes and her outreach has helped me feel better about ferals.

I circled all the cats in yellow so you could find them! If you don’t see them in the circle it’s because they were behind posts. The red circle is a pile of leaf trash and not a cat 🙂

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I DID get to pet this cat! Doesn’t she look like she could be Patti Smith’s sister?

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PEOPLE:

While I don’t take pictures of too many people, I do love the less obtrusive art of watching/hearing/seeing/smelling them. Not everyone is friendly all of the time, but most people are helpful, even the street car drivers. Once people can feel your affection for their city you are likely to be brought in to the fold–I won’t wax poetic about all that–if you know it, you know it. Speaking of, it was so good to see my old pal Hedges who is a transplant from Chicago but has been a tour guide down in the quarter for years.  Be sure to check him out here! He will let you in on lots of interesting facts AND the best places to eat and drink. You’ll want to put him on speed-dial…wait, is that even a thing anymore? Oh yeah, he also does plays.

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People filing in for the ‘Theater of the Absurd’ at The Mudlark.

20170715_175237_LIStay tuned for the next installment of my New Orleans adventuring. I’m trying to convince my mom to do a guest post or two telling about her nearly month long adventure down there. What do you think? Wanna hear from her? Comment down below!

If you CLICK HERE you can see my Instagram account where I posted a BUNCH of pictures from the trip. I’m trying not to re-post the same stuff across all these accounts, so definitely go check out the stuff I have posted there.  Also, I am WORKING HARD at trying to edit a little movie of video footage I took so stay tuned for that, too!

Victory Garden 2k17: Update #6

Hello garden pals!
How adorable is this picture I found while in New Orleans?
You KNOW I love the little girl with her DOLL in the dang garden 🙂
And their hair-dos!
I just HAD to share this in a garden update!

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I told y’all I was about to go on vacation–
–here is what the garden looked like right before:

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Here is what I harvested!

When I got back from my trip the tomato plants on the deck were looking pitiful and NOT because Mr. Smith wasn’t doing a good job. They were already starting to struggle before I left.

Soooooooo…

After some more research and advice from my horti-pals, I am pretty sure my tomatoes are splitting from not holding enough water in the plants. I water everyday but I think it pretty much just runs through the bottom of the buckets. I started the pots with the hope that I could put them in a (to-be constructed) small green house and keep them through the winter. I still may do this, but at the suggestion of a friend I have moved them to the ground in the hopes that the water holds better and the fruit stops splitting.

HENCE:
Old Location.

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New Location.

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I left the chocolate cherries on the deck because they seem to be doing just fine where they are. Fingers crossed the move for the rest will help the plants not be so stressed. Stay tuned for updates on that!

ALSO:

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The mystery pepper/tomato plants are DEFINITELY tomatoes. While the leaves are looking a little more “tomatoey” they still look more like pepper leaves to me!!! When I was giving away seedlings they looked JUST like peppers. There is a dang tomato on the plant tho so they are brandywine after all!!!

And in other garden news:

Y’all. I finally decided to dig up some of the potatoes. After The Great Horn Worm Incident of 2017 I was worried about what, if anything, was lurking below the dirt’s surface. I was also getting ready to be gone for a week on that vacation so I just went for it. Below are the results!!!! All the potatoes you see came from the pot that had been attacked. I just put the reeeally tiny ones in a tiny bowl to be super cute.

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There is actually video footage of me digging up the potatoes and it is SO FUNNY but I’m honestly not sure if I can post it on my youtube channel because it also has a CONSTANT almost panty-shot of me. You never actually *see* anything at all but I’m not having much luck getting it to blur out in editing without it seeming to look even worse than it really is! LESSON LEARNED!!! There IS another pot of potatoes to harvest and the next time I will do better with my clothes. I promise.

How are your plants doing as the temps keep rising?

Have you grown Brandywine tomatoes before?

What are you harvesting this week?

Stay tuned for more!