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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt. 4 (Re-run)

This is the last leg of the journey. Mom finally had a washing machine and washed that darned sweater and they took it pretty easy for most of the day. They did however jump on a trolley and ride up and down Canal St….a main street in Nawlins’ Now these two get happy at the strangest things! Mom was so delighted to get on the trolley for 40 cents…seniors rate. At the end of the line in one direction was a huge Casino and the Mississippi River and another trolley station to the Farmer’s Market. Just walking around, one picked up the flavour of the city. The residents of this city were all so polite and nice. That southern charm made everyone around them feel happy and welcome.

narrow streets with shops everywhere

Narrow streets with shops everywhere

There were sex shops mixed in with Voodoo shops….lots of variety.

The only tour they took was a City Tour. The sights were awesome. Nicholas Cage has a lovely house on a quiet street in one of the richer areas. They didn’t see him…so no big deal. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina was still evident in the badly hit areas. Some of the houses had the body count on the outside of the wall by the front door….makes one feel ill…other houses had the high water marks. In other neighbourhoods, the outside of the house had been fixed up in accordance with city bylaws but the people could not afford to renovate the inside.

Devastation beyond words.

Devastation beyond words.

They also went to a cemetery. New Orleans is at sea level and some of the city is actually below sea level, so burying in the ground is next to impossible as the coffins would float to the top with a big storm or hurricane. The crypts and mausoleums were unbelievable. There were beautiful crypts, that are well cared for….very expensive. They found out Nicholas Cage has reserved one for when he passes. These crypts could hold masses of people…if you had a friend that didn’t have a place to go in the afterlife…you could have him in your crypt. The plots are dug up after about 10 years and the remains are compacted to a smaller area. So you could hold many.

Crypt

Crypt

There were rows upon rows of the crypts.

Crypts for rich and poor

Crypts for rich and poor

At the far end are the less expensive crypts. Anyone who dies and will remain in New Orleans is in one of at least 7 other cemeteries.

The next stop was for a bathroom break but there was also a grocery store there. Mom proceeded to look for southern spices and herbs. Creole spice is about the only spice that was different that she found. The only peculiar item she found was dehydrated green onions. Why? Green onions are cheap, even in winter and easy to grow. Perplexing.

Mom and dad were hungry after their excursion and enjoyed another lovely meal that evening. A separate post will give you a few details on some of the dinners they ate while visiting this extraordinary city..

Off to bed about 10:30pm as tomorrow would be another active day. About 1am the partying started….it was Friday night in Nawlins’ and the partying went on and on…with the music and laughter getting louder by the hour. Finally, all the racket peaked with car horns blasting from 4:30am to after 5am. Needless to say, the pawents were not rarin’ to go come 8;30am. Dad was giving one of his talks about, “a learning lesson” and mom was looking ticked off again. Good idea not to be as close to the action as they were just off Bourbon St.

Here they come for a night of celebration.

Here they come for a night of celebration. Notice the necklaces thrown about.

They decided to rent a car for a few days to see some of the outlying areas. Then headed off to Baton Rouge and Livonia. Dad took a hazardous waste course many, many years ago in Livonia, and wanted to see what it looked like after about 30 years. Dad set the GPS and away they went. They only went to the outskirts of Baton Rouge…The GPS would get upset each time they got off of the freeway. They did stop at Hooter’s in Baton Rouge and got me a small Hooter’s duck. Mom says it was to remind me of ducky boobs.

Ducky Boobies!

Ducky Boobies!

Mom was amazed with the scenery. They stumbled on a bayou called the Irish Bayou. They just had to have a look much to the GPS’s dismay…it kept saying, “Make a u turn at the next light.”

Raised house.

Raised house.

The majority of houses in the bayou were raised.

Imagine looking in your backyard and seeing an Egret

Imagine looking in your backyard and seeing an Egret

Getting back on the freeway….this made the GPS happy, they didn’t seem to go too far and there was Livonia.

Livonia's water tower.

Livonia’s water tower.

Mom was amazed at the water towers. BC doesn’t have any. We have well water or river/lake water. Is this because Louisiana and most southern states are so flat?

Mom also spied a Magnolia Tree….she had never seen one….only on TV. Amazing, all flower and no foliage. It must get its foliage after the flowers are finished. Like our Japanese Cherry Trees.

Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

On the trip back to New Orleans they crossed the Mississippi River and down one side was refinery upon refinery. Quite a blight to the natural scenery.

Refineries, supplying many jobs but a blight on the landscape.

Refineries, supplying many jobs but a blight on the landscape.

When they got back to the condo they were tired and not very hungry so ate in the condo. The internet was out due to the construction so they decided this was a sign to go to bed early. They were woken up this Saturday night by party-goers again. This time they were louder and the bass was stronger. They had to take pictures, mirror and plants off the walls and put ornaments on the floor or they just rattled until they hit the ground. The morning’s festivities ended with the fire alarm going off for a half hour around 5:30am. Another unrelaxing nights sleep.

Sunday they took the car back and went to the Farmer’s Market. There was something for everyone. In fact, it was too overwhelming for mom. These two decided to walk about. Stopping first at a pet store where mom finally found Silvervine Catnip and some Silvervine toys for Kali and I. Her and dad hurried over to Marie Laveau’s voodoo shop, Mom was disappointed. She said the voodoo stuff was mass produced junk for tourists, She had promised to get me something but said it wasn’t worth it. After this disappointment they went to the Café Du Monde, suggested by June and Jim Thompson. They had something called bayonets. Mom said they were delicious! They were like fried doughnuts with icing sugar all over them. They both were covered in icing sugar when they left the Café.

Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde

We passed this landmark building each time we came back to the condo.

They passed this landmark building each time they came back to the condo.

Mom and dad headed to a Walgreen’s the following day for some stuff to take home to Canada. For instance dental tape….Prince George grocery stores and drugstores have decided not to carry the stuff anymore. Mom…being dainty and all walked into a man…she excused herself and the man shook Bill’s hand heartily saying…..”Your wife came shopping with you. good job….mine just sent me out with a list and said come home when you finish the list!” They laughed and moved on. What an open honest man. They then went to a grocery store called Wynn Dixon and mom asked the deli person for 100 kilograms of Black Forest Ham. The girl got upset and said…,”Kill who?” Then mom got upset because she could not convert it to ounces immediately but figured it out finally. Think fast mom….hehehe.
They raced back to the condo with their goodies.

Monday was another trolley day. They jumped on the St. Charles Ave. trolley and headed for what turned out to be a rather ritzy district.                                                           

They decided to hop out at an Audubon Park. The birds were so relaxed around them and they didn’t beg for food. A lazy afternoon as the weather was turning warm and humid.                                                         

There were two universities that mom and dad saw on their Trolley ride. Loyola University and Tulane University. They sat side by side on St. Charles Ave.

Loyola and Tulane Universities were side by side!

Loyola and Tulane Universities were side by side!

Then it was over to the WW2 museum. They were outside the Louisiana wing of the museum and found bricks formed the sidewalk, red bricks with the name of those Americans that gave their life to assist Britain to keep the Nazi’s away from Britain. There were so many bricks….it made one tear up to think of the families that had been devastated by war.

They decided to end the exploring for the day and headed back to the condo.

Their final day in the big city of Nawlins’ started with packing their suitcases and then they decided to go visit the Civil War Museum so they jumped back on the St. Charles trolley and actually knew where to get off the trolley. The trolleys were neat and clean and younger folk let the older peeps sit down. Very polite….not a case of every kit for her/himself.

Mom said it was almost unbelievable how these very young soldiers fought with poor, ratty clothing and basically next to nil to fight with except their love for the Confederate way of life.

They both left with visions of horrific battles in their minds.

Time for the pawents to leave this wonderful and unique city. They caught a plane to Denver and then to Vancouver and finally to Prince George where I gave mom hell for half an hour for leaving us. Kali would not have anything to do with these two gadabouts. It has been 2 weeks and she is just starting to let mom pet her tummy and is purring when she does.

There you have a pretty good description of what mom and dad were doing for over 2 weeks.

We hoped you enjoyed their travels and had the odd laugh.

Sunday Selfie

It’s Selfie Sunday with The Cat On my Head.So click on the blog host and zip over there to see our anipal friends posing.                                                         

Mom and I are still playing and I am so tired afterward that I fall asleep on the condo.  Here I am giving mom some exercise.                                                  
I got it…..it’s MINE!

I leaped so fast, I’m just a blur.                                              

Here I am posing for my selfie. I have the remote button for the camera under my right paw.

Ok, I’m done…you try leaping over a tunnel and see if you’re not tired. MOL

Before we leave let’s hear it for Madi of Madi and Mom Down Home in NC  .  Madi is Sweet 16 today.                                                          

Buried by Friendly Friday Fill Ins

It’s time for Friendly Friday Fill Ins with our co-hosts Ellen from 15 and Meowing and Annie from McGuffy’s Reader.                                                        

1. If someone were visiting my area, I would recommend a visit to…..THE LANE.  THERE WE CAN VIEW THE WILD FLOWERS, MOUSE HUTS, OTHER FRIENDS AND MANY NAPPING SPOTS IN THE SUN.                                               

2. My favorite room in my home is…THE LIVING ROOM.  THIS IS WHERE MY CONDO IS AND I LOVE MY CONDO.  I CAN SEE OUT THE WINDOW AND TALK TO THE CROWS.                                                        

I’ll answer the last two Kali.  Thank 

you sis.

3. Back-to-school time makes me think of…SHADES OF NAIL POLISH……  YOU SEE WHILE SHOKO WENT TO VIRMIN COLLEGE, I WENT TO FINISHING SCHOOL.  SO MY EDUCATION IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN SHOKO’S.  THIS IS WHY SHOKO HAS THE MANNERS OF A PIG AT TIMES.                                                              

4. My favourite year of school was…..THE SECOND YEAR, because….. WE STARTED LEARNING ETIQUETTE.  MY WORLD CHANGED WHEN I COULD ACT LIKE A SOUTHERN BELLE BUT HAVE THE TEMPERAMENT OF A NORTHERN CANADIAN CAT.                                                         Have a great Fish Day.                                                          

Shoko and Kali’s Lucky Pot Pawty

Let’s move that table Kali so there’s room to dance and play, *herd of elephants*.  Crap it’s heavy Shoko!  I know but I couldn’t ask mom and dad to move it before they left. I guess not.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE                                                                                       What kinda food should we put out Shoko?  That’s no biggie Kali….we’ll put out what we like for the cats, the others may be a bit more difficult but we’ll figure it out.                                                                           Chickens, roasted with powdered nip and silvervine  stuffing.  Geez databbiesotrouttowne are not going to be pleased with a berd around.  Well, it’s not alive or pecking at them and many of our pals love chicky.  We can’t please everyone Kali, I wish we could but we’re all different

We have a dish called Sashimi.  Sashimi is used to cleanse your palette  between different courses.                                                                        Salmon fresh from the Pacific.  We had some Sockeye Salmon filets shipped in from Prince Rupert to tempt the taste buds of the fishy fanatics like YOU.  hehe

We will grill the salmon to perfection  right in front of your eyes.  For those more daring we have salmon sushi.                                                                    Wow Shoko where did you get this stuff?  It’s delicious but we didn’t have any money.  Well, the chicky was in the freezer and the salmon was sent down to us from our friends in Rupert.  We don’t have any friends in Rupert Shoko. Do you hafta be so picky Kali?  Did you do something dishonest for it Shoks?  No, I got the salmon from the freezer too.  So, you’re just a big wind bag Shoko!  Nope,  these things are perfectWhere do you think mom and dad got the salmon?  Prince Rupert?  Exactly.

We have some Green Goblin drinks for all.  The main ingredient is nip and this nip is fermented…woohoo!                                                                              

Now when our pals bring their lucky pot dishes, we’ll have a tasty set up.  Why the name lucky pot?  The police will be alerted to our activities.  Let them be!  We’re lucky to have a pot of anything from our friends.  That’s what I mean.

Gracie lent us her favourite condo playground to play and have herd of elephant games.  It’s a massive tree.

I “borrowed” 2 diffusers to play. “Name That Stink.”                                                          What do our friends win if they guess the right stink, Shoko?  Ummm…I never thought of that Kali.  What toys do you have Kali?  Toys that don’t have teeth marks in them like mine? I got a wind up mouse but I slobber on my toys.  It’s rude to give a bitten or slobbered on toy.  I know!!  Remember those straws that mom found when she went out for coffee with her friend.  You mean the ones from Starbucks and Tim Horton’s?  Exactly!  There must be 70 of them there.  Mom goes out for coffee a lot.  Those can be take home prizes.                                                      Is Nellie coming Shoko?  She figures she can sneak away for a few hours but will be home when mom goes to visit.  Nellie wouldn’t say a word about our pawty to mom, I know it.  She is the Queen of The Cat From Hell so she won’t say ,”nip.”  She can get on her cell phone and let us know when mom’s coming home.  Then we can have everything shiny and new looking.

We’re ready for a pawty.                                                         May your light shine through
the haze of nipadoodle.                                                                                       

 

Artsy Saturday

Wouldn’t you know it.  Son of a seacat. Kali was flaked out in her basket with a big smile on her face.  I was on my condo chattering at the crows.   Kali disappeared and I figured mom was giving Kali a once over like she does every now and then.  Mom came back and blabbed at me, picked me up and put me in my little cardboard box.   Kali and I were then whipped off to the vets.  Well Kali was some upset and let mom know it in no uncertain mews.  She was swearing at mom in cat mews.  I’ve never heard Kali swear but she did and let me tell you, she came up with some meows that I hadn’t heard before.  Actually I don’t know why Kali came to the vets with us.  The vet looked Kali over, took her temperature…..Kali then swore at the vet.  Then she went back in her carrier.  Perhaps she was suppose to keep me company and instead taught me swear words.  I on the other paw was subjected to a thorough exam.  Mom was chattering away like she was talking to crows and the vet was chattering back.  I then got a horrendous jab in my hip and one in my leg.  What a sadist!  Those drugs were going to kill me,my fur was standing on end.  Then  this terrible pill that was forced down my throat….no talking or cooing, just shoved in my mouth.  I was shocked by such crude behaviour so the pill slid down my throat before I could scream at the vet.

Vet Dr. Sandy Jamieson

Vet Dr. Sandy Jamieson

Dr. Jamieson wasn’t our pet physician or Kali would have enjoyed seeing him. She has a crush on him but she won’t admit it. Mom forgot the camera and we had to re-post old pictures.
We came home and I told Kali about my fears of passing from this nip haven, she smacked me on the head and told me I had the same shots last year. Oh yea. I forgot. Guess I’m going to be sticking around for awhile.

Athena and Marie are having their artsy, fartsy post today so I am posing in a frame.
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Come view all the other anipals posing for you. They even cleaned up for you. Simply click on Athena and Marie’s Blog and be pulled into a wondrous world of pets.                                                                 Kali and Shoks

Hallowed Eve

Twas the night before Halloween and all through the house, a creature was stirring, I think it was a mouse.                                                              mousecropped

We were off!  The mouse tore up to the top of the condo, I went on the inside and up the window sill, landing at the platform on top of the condo.  There we stood, six inches apart and eye to eye.  Mousie faked an outside run at the window and instead  took a flying leap to the easy chair.                                                                       DSCN4462

bugeyed Shoko

Kali quit eating the kibble and rushed into the living room to help Shoko catch this devilish rodent.                                                               Kali'stailSorry Kali, didn’t mean to get the first shot of you after you saw the mouse.

sm Kali closeupThat’s much better, Kali.
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Mousie assaulted the black cat on the mantel and a wheezing mouse sat on the pumpkin for a rest.  Kali  balanced herself on the mantel and glared with her baby blues at this vermin. Mousie started to twitch and squeak, from the mantel he ran, knocking over the pumpkin lights with a clatter.  Mom rushed inside to see what was the matter.  As the door opened  out mousie speeded with nary a look back .

Be safe and bring us felines in at noon so no one can give us nip and lure us away or any such scary event.

 

Sunday Selfie and more

What a yucky day….nothing but rain, rain and then more rain.

It’s just as well Shoko is off at the Cat Scout carnival today or she’d be wanting to play, “chase and bite butt.”  I really don’t like that game but Shoko insists we should play it on rainy days.

In the past look at the toys I have been trying to entice Shoko with.  She finally got all soft and kissed me instead.

Shoko didn’t want me to say anything to you but yesterday mom was so angry with Shoko that I thought mom would burst!  It was a beautiful day here yesterday so mom opened the screen door to the deck, so Shoko and I could go in and out at will.  There are no mosquitos or many flies so she thought it was safe.  Mom was busy blanching some beans for freezing and Shoko came rushing in and headed straight for her condo,  Mom saw Shoko throwing something in the air so went over to investigate.  There lay a small bird, its heart just apounding.  Mom hollered,”NO, NO, NO…get away!” several times.  Mom doesn’t say no often so Shoko listened as mom picked up the little bird.

She put the wee one on a small dish and walked out on the deck.  The bird quickly flew away.  Mom breathed a deep sigh of relief.                                                                        This bird is an Immature Ground Finch and looks just like the bird Shoko had but it wasn’t as fat as this bird.  Now, Shoko doesn’t jump for a bird so this bird must have been running around on the ground.  This is also Shoko’s first bird….it took her 7 years to find one on the ground, I guess.

Now for my secret about Shoko.  Shoko is afraid of the Cat’s Meow.  You know, that fun toy.                                                                              Mom brought it out of the cupboard where it was out of Shoko’s view.  I was excited…..this is me being excited!  MOL

Mom put the Cat’s meow in the living room for a week without turning it on.  Shoko was sniffing it and sitting beside it.  It was time to turn it on.                                                                        Where’s Shoko?  She’s behind the chesterfield poking her head out to watch it. MOL  This is the big fierce hunter we’re talking about here!

Now, on to our Sunday Selfie.  The Cat on My Head has a blog hop for all us anipals.  Just hit the blog name and you’ll find yourself viewing other  selfies.                                                                          I love my box and nobody tries to take it away from me.