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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.

Thankful Thursday for Tyebe

Mol *hic* You’ll never guess what happened today Budd and Shoko. The tooth fairy visited me. She did, really she did no pooping ya.. I told you she was real Tyebe. She left my baby teeth and said in a note that mom may want to keep them. Great, I know mom wants to keep them.

Did you see her? Well, no but she left goodies for me. You sure it wasn’t just mom trying to freak you out? No, not our mom cause these toys were made from the tooth fairy’s home. There is a truly awesome blanket that must have nip in it cause it smells out of this world. You gonna try and tell me mom sews? No, I barely see mom lift a needle.  She did mention something about an allergy.                                                              

Me’s so happy. I’s don’t know what to do first.

What’re you doin’ Tyebe? You’re going craz…ier!                                                             

Do ya need some help white one? Nay, me’s good.

Tyebe, that looks like fun. Can I play too? Sure. Grab a toy. I wanna roll all over that blankie. Well, I don’t know Budd.

 

It’s also Thankful Thursday at Brian’s Home so shuffle on over and observe all the thankful anipals. Just click on Brian’s Home badge and we’ll take you there.

We are all thankful today for the Tooth Fairy’s gifts to us. I’s must stress that these toys were given to me’s Budd and Shoko. So me gets first dibs.                                                            

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
BUDD…..SEASICK GREEN

Canadian Thanksgiving Day with Shoko, Tyebe and Budd

Budd and Tyebe it’s Thanksgiving Day.  This is the day all cat and hoomins’ give thanks for the blessings in their lives.  Who decided to have a Thanksgiving Day, Shoko?  A long, long time ago the forefathers of this nation decided we should give thanks for the bountiful harvests we get from the gardens each year.  It turned into Thanksgiving Day.  Do mice celebrate Thanksgiving, Shoko?  I guess they do in their way, Budd.  They don’t have a garden of their own but maybe they share with the hoomins’.                                                            

Got an idea Budd? Me? I’m just so happy about this house and all the fun things in it. Have you seen this, Tyebe and Shoko?

Listen, the box is starting up.                                                                    

See, paper comes out the top of the box. I can’t figure out where it comes from. It’s like magic.

Speaking of magic.  There is something happening in the water, again.  It looks strange.  Bubbles are coming out of the fountain.                                                           You know Budd, I think they’re trying to drug me.  I saw something about it on TV.  It’s called, “date rape.”    The guy slips something into the woman’s water and then takes her home and plays with her.  That doesn’t sound so bad, Tyebe, I play with you.                                                               

You got a point Budd.  I guess some peeps just don’t play.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.

NOTE:  We are not trivializing date rape.  This is a serious crime.

We are also participating in Awww….Mondays.  Simply hit the badge and visit Awww…Mondays.                                                         

SHOKO…..BLACK
BUDD…..SEA GREEN
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE                                                         

Sunday Selfie with Budd

Tyebe, knock it off.  Budd likes you, you don’t have to hug him.  Really?  Control yourself.  He is just so nice, Shokos.  Me’s can’t help meself.  Well, try.  You look like a loose female cat throwing yourself at male cats.  I only do it with Budd and he understands I’s just havin’ fun, Shokos.

Shokos! You’se likes Budd and that’s why you’se are so persnickity.  Aha…. Me’s caught ya. No, no, no…I like Budd as a potential friend. Well, me too black face.                                                         

Hey, you two it’s Selfie Sunday  at The Cat On My Head’s blog. I am going to pose as you two are much too busy bickering.

That was fun! Come one and all, watch your friends taking their selfies or join the blog hop.

We must tell you my man Einey’s 4th birthday is coming up.  Let’s wish him a great one.  Simply pop over to Tomcat Commentary By Tim. and raise the roof with us.

Happy Sunday.

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
BUDD…..SEA GREEN

Sparks of power

Hey Budd, you getting tired of waiting for snack time?  No, it’s nice sittin’ with you here on the deck, Tyebe.                                                          

It sure is sunny and warm. Time to space out. mol *hic*

We can’t space out Tyebe it’s the day we give inspiration to start the week. Do you need inspiration some days Budd? You bet I do. Living on the streets is hard and I may not know where my next meal is coming from so I try to stay positive.                                                        

I see myself as a kitten when I feel overwhelmed with the daily struggles.

Me sees meself as a big wild cat able to do anything me wants. So the way we see ourselves can make us happy and able to do anything. You’se got it, Budd!                                                            

mol *hic* Let’s play “IT”….gotcha…you’se it Budd.

BUDD…..SEA GREEN
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

Thankful Thursday

A ha….what are you doing, Tyebe.  Who me’s?  Well, I’m happy I can jump on the hamper and now I can walk on the rim of the hamper. mol *hic*                                                                             

Whoops!! Me’s not very steady on such a thin rim. How will I’s get out, Shokos?

Try leaping out. Ok, Shokos. *several leaps later* It’s not workin’ Shokos. I guess you’ll have to sleep in their Tyebe. It will be quiet tonight around the joint with you tucked in the hamper.  No!!  I don’t wanna sleeps in here.                                                                       

Maybe I can dig my way out. Whatcha doin’ in the hamper Tyebe? Here let me help you out. There you go little one.

It’s Brian’s Thankful Thursday today Tyebe, what are you most thankful for today.                                                                  I’m most thankful for mom’s help in getting out of that hamper.  It was kinda stinky in there, Shokos.  I didn’t want to sleep in there….P.U.  It’s more fun leaping on you. mol *hic*                                                       I’ll ignore that, Tyebe.  I have hissed on and on about it but you never listen.  Friends, go to Brian’s Home and visit the thankful anipals.  Click on the blog host and be on your way.                                                                                                                                Have a great Thursday friends and we’ll see you on the flip-flop.  What’s a flip-flop Shokos?  Sssh….that’s a story for another day Tyebe.

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
MOM…..MAROON                                                                   

Angel Kali’s 16th Birthday

 

Shoko it’s a special day today.  It would have been Kali’s 16th birthday.  A real landmark.  She is celebrating in heaven now but we won’t be unhappy cause she shared so many good times with us.

MOM…..MAROON
SHOKO…..BLACK

Do you remember when you first came to live with us?  I remember some things mom.  You made Kali’s life a lively place.

MOL…I remember that. I thought Kali was going to eat me! mol

She was a knockout.  A cat that was born to be beautiful.  She spent hours on her fur and paws.                                                    

She hated bugs and would come inside at the slightest sound of a bug.  The one exception was if I brought her a stunned fly.  She liked those.                                                 

Remember how she loved oregano! She rolled in the oregano and then the dirt. MOL She loved it. You’re right Shoks.                                                      

What a mess she was.  She was happy though.

We grew so very close.  We would lay on the bed and listen to our Bedtime Story.                                              
So many memories. We are very fortunate to have such happy memories, Shoko.

Look at the lovely card that Buddy Budd of Tomcat Timmy’s Commentary made up for Kali’s birthday.                                                     

Fantastic card right from the heart… Kali will love this.

Let’s gobble up this strawberry cake that the guys and Miss Fitz made over at Timmy’s Commentary.  Kali’s favourite cake was strawberry.  It tastes pretty darn good. Mmmm  Go visit Timmy’s place and share your feelings.

Buddy, we want to keep you here on earth for a few more years.  You will be with Kali again and forever.