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Crecent City Connection...

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I wanna go back someday real soon . The food, oh the food....divine. Anyplace, anywhere. You can find the best food... on the delta. What better place to experience the good life than in the "Big Easy"? Some would probably know that we're just a hop, skip, and a jump from Cajun Country. First, let's talk a bit on pronouncing some of the items you'd see....in N'awlins!! [New Orleans]. For instance, here in our household we call the delectable, nutty treat filled with pecans, caramel and chocolate...PRAY-leens. By the way, the nuts: [I say pah CAWN, Bud says pee CAN] But, if I travel a few hours just northeast of here around the BY yous and the Miss e sip ee...it'd be PRAW leens instead of pray-leens. Muffulettas [a super sized sandwich that is heeped with cheeses and cold cut meats] - I call 'em muff a LET tahs. In the Big Easy they're Moo fa LOTTAs. Honestly, I dare you to eat just one. They're humongous. A gris gris. That&#

Rockin' Robin....

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He rocks in the tree-top all a day long Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singin' his song All the little birds on J-Bird St. Love to hear the robin goin' tweet tweet tweet Rockin' robin (tweet tweet tweet) Rock, rock, rockin' robin (tweet tweet tweet) Well, go rockin' robin 'cause you really gonna rock tonight Every little swallow, every chickadee Every little bird in the tall oak tree The wise old owl, the big black crow Flapping their wings sayin' go bird go Rockin' robin (tweet tweet tweet) Rock, rock, rockin' robin (tweet tweet tweet) Well, go rockin' robin 'cause you really gonna rock tonight INSTRUMENTAL CHORUS AND WHISTLING A pretty little raven at the bird's last dance Taught him how to do the bop and it was grand They started goin' steady and bless my soul He out bopped the buzzard and the oriole He rocks in the tree-top all a day long Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singin' his song All

Got Sugar Water?

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the feeders were cluttered with hummingbirds [link] and occasionally some of the Baltimore Orioles would show their beauty. Well, they've pretty well left the area. It's been about a week now that there has been any Oriole activity in our yard. But, when they WERE here, I took photos of them - through the glass patio doors. They, too, like the sugar water mixture I make. By the way, someone a while back asked me what I use in the feeder. I don't use any artificial colored hummingbird mixture that you buy already prepared. The red food dye is something that scares me for the use with wildlife. So, I make my own ---and it's easy. If you have a feeder like I do, use a 2 cup measuring container. Always mix the ratio of 1 to 4 parts. By that, I mean: 1 part sugar and 4 parts water. [1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water or for me and the larger feeder - 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups water]. The birds go absolutely bers

Sum, sum, summary....

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Of all the hibiscus plants we have in our yards [front and back], most of them have suffered terribly through the last year. First, the heavy ice storm that froze them ALL [one of my favorites in the front yard, the beautiful yellow, never recovered from the freeze], most are just now beginning to show green again....only to have the insufferable heat and drought. They're tropical plants that thrive in lots of moisture. Not to be seen this summer. But, one that keeps on going and going, and going, like the Energizer Bunny, is the one my sister had delivered to me for Sister's Day a few years back. This blossom is of the same. I thought the stamin showed off a great shadow for today's meme. This particular bush is three hibiscus in one --it has three different colored blossoms to the one plant. Shadow Shot Sunday meme link button on sidebar SUNDAY'S SUMMARY Yep, I'm gonna begin my summary with the genealogy project. I think I'm about three quarter

A Big o' Texas Howdy to y'all...

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...and still I am getting more work done on the family tree. Progress has been slow, but fruitful. This morning, early, as I am cropping scanned photos of ancestors' headstones and getting them ready to add to my growing 'stack of pages' to be published, I had an assistant. Of course, he quickly got bored with it all - the mouse wasn't moving across the screen - so, Winston decided to lay down. Notice the grumpy look on his face? That's 'cause I had to slide him off the keyboard!! He loves to prop his furry noggin' up on the head ...keyboard. Then, I have to stop and readjust and realign all the tools and taskbars since they are either messed up with his weight or they totally disappear. Once again, I must add my thanks and appreciation for all those who visited with me over the last few days....I appreciate your leaving me comments and encouragement. But, I must confess...I truly feel guilty to not return your visit-------I'll get around to per

Long time....no see

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This photo is of one of our trips to the Grand Canyon when we lived in Tucson Arizona. The shadows of sightseers and of the canyon are perfect for the weekend meme. GRAND CANYON ARIZONA, USA [photo is kinda off kilter, it's taken right from the scanner --no adjustments or alignments] Yet another 'photo' of shadows for fun... Have you ever wondered what the 'backside' of Mount Rushmore looks like? Never been? ----well, you're in luck!!! I happened to fall upon a picture of the reverse side of our presidents' faces carved in stone. Remember, you saw it here first. LOL [ Just kidding of course. This was sent to me via email ] SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY meme button link on my sidebar SUNDAY'S SUMMARY [a day early] Another long, but busy week for me here. Composing and adjusting photos, adding the photos to the blog and actually, I spent a day doing more research to find the LDS Center here in town. Probably not much there, but wort

Ready, Set.....ACTION!!!

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I guess the migrating season has started already? Guess so. Afterall, it IS nearing mid-September. Doesn't feel like September here tho, yesterday a record breaking high of 100 degrees. Hot and dry here. So, what's new with that? But, the hummingbirds are in the yard like there was no tomorrow!! I have been having to fill the feeders [ I have two ] each day now for the last week or so. We've also had an influx of Baltimore Orioles [ I have some pretty good photos of them also, through the window 'cause they're skittish when it comes to someone outdoors ]. Keeps me busy mixing the water/sugar mixture. I tellya....it's like the word is out: "Hey...have you tried the new restaurant in town?" "No, where?" "Follow me!!!" ---and they show up.... TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MEME Linked buttons on sidebar.

Shadows of 9-11

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It wasn't just Americans in the Twin Towers [and the Pentagon and Flight 93 also] and on Ground Zero [in the rubble and destruction] the fateful day ---- In the distance, shadows still linger Memory of a decade past... Shadows of our former lives Shadows from back when were cast! Today, we will not fail For we find strength in those shadows afar... We stop, we fall silent; but -- we shall prevail. Our people, foreshadowed, the world... In history, none of us will ever forget. Amongst debris and dust, those shadows fell Amidst the chaos; 'n' disbelief as well. Shadows of what was yesterday... Stop and remember. Remember those who perished for our freedom All our lost heroes, and those who saved; --- And those who conquered America's threat Our hearts open as one...as a flag in the wind In unification, our hearts'll be UNFURLED!!! SHADOWS OF YESTERDAY ~Hootin' Anni © 2011 Twin Tower images courtesy

Funny...it's all realtive[s]

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It's one of those weeks where I don't know what day it is, and don't care. I have been working diligently on my genealogy blog. Started posting some images and charts only to have Bud call me from another room to show me he found some MORE old photos!! And some baby pictures of Clint and Dillon [and their late father who just passed away a couple months ago.] Dang. Talk about an organized mess!!! It's all about seniors and what I call half-heimers. So, thought I'd share this old dude's tale with you--------- A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?' 'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'

Blond roots showing up fast and furious now....

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...not really, but oh the confusion is setting in. I tellya, if I hadn't started with the easy ancestors first, and began with the older generations [from the 1600s up to the late 1800s], I probably would be bald right now after pulling and tugging at my hair... just for the fact that everyone named their children the same Christian name!!! Bud's side....everyone from Europe, the immigrants, up to about the mid 1800s were given the name. Named the same as father and his father, and the father after that and so on and so on !!!! And on his other side, all the boys/men have the name of their fathers/grandfathers/great grandfathers and so forth!!! My side, the immigrants also, it's loads/tons of guys with the same given name on one side...and on the other side of mine...they're all named the same. Generation after generation!! Lord love a duck!!! They had to be insane!! I know, I know, it's probably a 'privileged' thing to be named after such and suc

Love is a many splendored thing...

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An old photo of my paternal grandparents... shadows of late afternoon SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY Linked Button found on my sidebar SUNDAY'S SUMMARY First I would like to add a response comment to those that have visited here with me in the past week. I HIGHLY APPRECIATE AND VALUE YOUR VISIT AND LEAVING A COMMENT. Tho, I've not had online time this past week to reciprocate with a visit to you. Soon, I hope, I will be back to regular blogging on Hootin' Anni's. I've just not been working on my personal blog. Instead, if you follow me, you'll know of my newest project I'm working on daily...my genealogy blog that I have the idea of having it published in hard cover book form when it's complete. In all intents and purposes, I've been working day in [nearly sunrise to sunset] and day out for the past week scanning, editing, and resizing old photos and documents that I have collected, researched, and saved for the past two and a