What weird times we find ourselves in. It is surreal to me. That’s the best word I can think of to describe this state in which we find ourselves, which makes me think I’m in the pages of a dystopian novel. Is that how you feel?
So I guess I am now confessing to the world, via this post, that while I have stayed home for weeks at a time, I have occasionally been around family members; but for me, this is necessary to keep my sanity. Yes, I live in a beautiful place with interesting wildlife and birds to view from home, and it’s conducive to sheltering in place; however, I miss my kids and grand kids, as I’m sure you all do.
We all exercise caution with the general public, plus practice all the other safety measures. So, we feel relatively safe seeing one another on occasion; although please note that we have never been more than five of us together at a time, ever. I promise. I swear. Really.
Meanwhile, GDK, (my first grandchild) has turned three, celebrated with a birthday drive-by parade. She loved it! While watching the parade via FB “live”, I thought what a great way to have a party. More folks can attend, no food, no mess, no muss, no fuss, and WAY MORE gifts than if she had had a regular party! Don’t know if that means I’m cheap, lazy, greedy, all of those or what, but it was a neat thing to see for the first time ever. Not sure any child would want to resort to this every year, though.
I’ve also gotten to spend time with my second granddaughter, Ky, (20 months old), and got to hear her say my name for the first time ever. What a joy, and while she is a true mixture of her mom and dad, she is very much like Termite was as a toddler. Termite’s family news is that they have moved away from the bayou and bought a nice, new house, so he is TRULY all grown up and loving fatherhood!
We recently took a nice, long hike into the Tickfaw State Park bottomland hardwoods. It was gorgeous! Quite different from the swamps and marsh down here. There’s no saltwater influence up that way.
I’d never been to this state park before, and I have nothing but great things to say about it. It’s well taken care of and the natural beauty is awe-inspiring, with the river flowing under and around boardwalks and suspension foot-bridges. The bathroom facilities were nice and clean, and they even had a few fending machines. Ky ran and ran to her little heart’s content, while my heart swelled just watching her discover the great outdoors. There was no one at the drive-through window, but the sign said come on in, free of charge, just be sure you leave by 5 p.m. How nice! A free visit! Thank you, Louisiana State Parks!
Another bit of news is that my middle son, Capt. Dan, is now “high captain” of a nice big tug boat at the ripe old age of 32! I’m so very proud of this guy. He and his wife are doing really well in big BR, I’m happy to say. (waiting on photo from him!)
And the last bit of news I have is that my oldest son, D.W., married in February right before all this humbug showed up. We welcome Lida into our big family! And now D.W. his living in the big BR, as well. In other words, all but Miah have moved away from the bayou. At least they’re only about two hours away. Thank goodness! Miah is still happy making Houma Grown salsa and pepper jelly that is sold at grocery stores like Rouse’s and has gained lots of faithful fans!
And that’s about it for a capsule version of bayou happenings. Bring on the chatter about how you are surviving the shutdown with your sanity in check!!!
Until next time,