What is LOWA, anyway? — 16 Comments

    • Ha ha! I remember that commercial! Ain’t it the truth. It’s kind of weird to backtrack through everything and see things in a timeline. Gives me a new perspective on how things came to be the way they are. But I’m sure it’s that way in everyone’s life . . . we just don’t usually take the time to sit down and write it all out. So glad you’re still here with me!!!!

  1. It’s good to know more of your story. It is encouraging to read about women who make a difference in the world, as in your case using your home and interest to motivate others to enjoy the environment and to preserve it. Keep telling us more!

    • I’m not sure how much of a difference I’ve made, but I keep on trying! Since you’re relatively new here, you may have some catching up to do if you have some idle time, and you’re not busy clipping your nails or something equally important and thrilling. But up there on the menu, click on About BW, from there select “My Bayou Life” and start with Chapter 1. I’ve written 12 chapters about how I came to be here in 1978 or so up to the birth of my firstborn. I haven’t written a chapter in a while, and regular readers have asked me to, but I hope to get back to it. I can’t imagine that reading about my life is any more interesting than one’s own life, so I stopped. Maybe I’ll revisit Chapter 13 and see what comes about. Thank you for still being here!!

      • Thanks for point that out. I will enjoy reading more about your bayou life and I do encourage you to finish that book!
        I don’t have time to clip my nails since I am completing a book myself and busy planning a community event to celebrate family caregivers in November, National Family Caregiving Month. Since I wrote a devotional book, A Promise Kept, after caring for my mother for several years, I have been busy writing articles, book signings, etc. and advocating family caregivers. When I see your blog, I stop to read because it brings back wonderful memories of fishing, hunting, and enjoying outdoor sports with my sons. If I were still teaching, I would probably share information about you with my students, especially 4-H’ers. Finish your book, it will be good reading for us Louisiana women. By the way, I just chatted with some of my lady friends about planning an adventure trip to the bayou.

        • Your last line gave me chills! Y’all come on down!! Just let me know. Where can one purchase your book? I’d like my readers to know. Will you send me a private email through this site, please, so we might have a little conversation? Thanks!

  2. I believe I still have my copy of La. Sportsman with “Cajun Sleigh Rides”. I knew then that you’d amount to something in the literary world! Just kidding with ya, lovely Cuz. You arrived eons ago.

    As always, I await your blog posts to read more about your adventures!

    • Well, fuzzy cuzzy, I’m not even sure I have a copy! I need to find a really good friend with time on her hands who loves to scrapbook and turn over what I do have so it can be put into some kind of binder for my for my grandkids. Everything is here and there in boxes, for pete’s sake. Might as well be in the trash, right? You are still my No. 1 fan and supporter! I miss your face! Gorge’s here we come . . . one of these days . . . . sooner than later . . . .

      • What you need to do, pronto, is get a copy of everything you’ve ever published and put it into pdf format, so you’ll have it when you query someone and they say, “Please attach pdf files of previously published material.” I could happen.

        • Of course, that would be, “It could happen.” I suppose “I” could happen, too, but nothing’s going to happen if I don’t get out of this house and get to work!

          • Does that mean scanning and saving as PDF? I guess that’s way better than a scrapbook, right? I assume you are experiencing fall-like temps too? Very conducive to working outdoors for a change!

  3. Friends, I have been asked via social media why I’m not commenting on or writing a blog post about the 10th Anniversary Katrina. Well, first off, hundreds of others who were directly impacted/flooded by Katrina in New Orleans and other coastal towns are doing a fine job of that. The 10th anniversary that impacted our family and community the most was Hurricane Rita, one month later. This blog was not being written back in 2005 when all that happened, however, I did mention Rita once this blog got underway in 2007. If you want to read those posts, please type Hurricane Rita in the search bar and go from there. Just wanted to clarify all that . . . .

  4. I remain fascinated by your site and like you we were impacted by Rita when we still lived in Orange, Texas. We sought refuge at the farm near the southern parts of Toledo Bend and still had one heck of a blow 90 miles inland. I am certainly not slighting those directly impacted by Katrina but we felt like we survived through the
    “forgotten storm.” In our kitchen hangs a little piece of art called “Twisted Sisters” who were Katrina and Rita, of course. We had lots of folks from the great state of Louisiana staying in the recreation building of our church who vacated for points west at the thought of another hurricane.
    I just want to say thanks for keeping it interesting to visit your pages. Congratulations on your writing success!

    • I’m very interested in knowing more about your piece of art called “Twisted Sisters”. Can you tell us more? I’m sure you did have one heck of a blow at Toledo Bend. We, too, feel like we survived the forgotten storm, and again in 2008 for Hurricane Ike, which flooded us as much as Rita, if not more. How long have you been following the blog, Bob? I did a lot of posts about Gustave and Ike back in 2008, in much detail with photos. Your evacuation experience, etc. may have been very similar to ours. Thanks for the kind words, too!

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