Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to my blog friends.

Love you all.

Thursday, December 22, 2005


It's official... we're certifiably insane.

Things have been too hectic to even BLOG and I have missed everyone, especially on picture Sunday!!!

Our dear friend, Norm, gave me airline tickets to Vegas for my birthday in October and we took that trip December 8. Our return was at 2:30 AM Thursday morning (12/15). When the alarm sounded again at 7 we were up and running. Unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, house cleaning and cooking because we were having our annual Christmas party on Saturday the 17th. Yes, we are completely nuts! We lived to tell about that... but wait, let's have the Uncle and his wife and granddaughter over for dinner on Sunday and include my mother and sister. OK, but he eats early so Sunday we spent the day preparing for a 5 PM dinner.

On Monday I was expected at work until 5, THEN came home and cooked Norm's favorite meal... pork chops, homemade gravy, biscuits, and asparagus with peppermint ice cream... to celebrate his 94th birthday. There were only 5 of us for that. Tuesday was another work day after which we met friends for dinner out. ::deep breath::

Wednesday evening (yesterday) we had another dinner party for a group of 10 we dine with weekly, again to celebrate a couple of birthdays in the group. Wait, there's MORE.

Wednesday my dear husband made a trip to the animal rescue and brought home a 6 month old kitten with all the trimmings! This afternoon we spent $$$ at Pet Smart for her Christmas gifts and necessities.

You can see why I am way behind in blogging. Whew... we're mad I tell you, TOTALLY MAD!

This is a picture of our new little girl.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Best Holiday Display

Lakeside Mall demands 'blue roof' Christmas display be taken down

07:31 AM CST on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Stacey Plaisance / Associated Press

METAIRIE -- Frank Evans thought the tiny blue-tarped roofs, little toppled fences and miniature piles of hurricane debris he included in the Christmas display he builds every year for a suburban New Orleans shopping mall struck just the right humorous tone.

Lakeside Mall management told Frank Evans to dismantle a Katrina-themed Christmas display. Mall management decided otherwise and told Evans, a landscape architect from nearby Gretna, to dismantle it.

"Although most people did enjoy the decorations, a few customers found the display to be in poor taste," said a statement issued Tuesday night by Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

Evans videotaped the display before dismantling it. The creation had sat since mid-November among a grand, more traditional display of gleaming Christmas trees, colorful gifts wrapped in holiday paper and Santa's elves on carousel horses.

Situated in a large open plaza in the heart of the mall, the display was 60 feet long, circled by a miniature train that children rode after sitting on Santa's lap. Plush stuffed animals sat atop hills with model trains running on tracks and through tunnels -- and a rescue helicopter circling above.

Bob and Jill Patin of Gentilly liked the "You Loot, We Shoot" graffiti on one of the ruined refrigerators.

"It's priceless," Jill Patin said. The couple, who are rebuilding their home that had wind and flood damage, came to the mall just to see the display, she said. And they weren't alone.

Kim Koster heard about it and brought her camera. "It's like putting Christmas lights up on your FEMA trailer. It just makes you feel better," said the Uptown New Orleans resident, whose home was inundated.

As children rode by on the motorized train, Ray Smith and his wife, Marcia, chuckled at the "Caution -- Operates Only in Good Weather" sign next to a model of a Jefferson Parish pumping station. It was a wry reference to a decision by Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard to evacuate pump operators before Katrina hit on Aug. 29, inundating the area.

"At times like this, you need a little humor," Ray Smith said.

Evans has long thrown political humor into his displays. "It's fun for the adults," he said.

When former Gov. Edwin Edwards was facing racketeering charges in 2000 (he's now serving a 10-year sentence) Evans' Christmas scene included a model of a federal prison with a sign that read: "Louisiana Politicians' Retirement Home." It also featured sharks walking upright carrying briefcases.

Following the 2000 presidential race, Evans included two model trains representing each candidate. "The Bush train crossed the finish line, and the Gore train was derailed," Evans said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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