Friday, May 29, 2009

Make my Day

On Monday morning, I let the cats out on the balcony while the coffee brewed. I heard some strange noises and went to investigate. It took me a while to understand their issues (note that coffee was still brewing and yet to be consumed). Then I looked up. Millie and Annie were dreaming of city squab for breakfast, rather than kibble. It was reeked of Sylvester and Tweety. No animals were harmed in the filming of this scene.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rainforest Climate

We have had rain every day for about the last 2 weeks. The river is rising, our cars are dirty, but the plants are thriving. This is one of two hibiscus I have on the balcony that are exploding with blooms.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Memorial Day from Vicksburg

Yet another signature short & sweet parade down Washington Street. It was great to see people out on the streets supporting soldiers and veterans on this important day. Rob and Twitch, aka Lobby Cat, watched from the window, wishing they had a balcony. She wanted to jump, for sure. I would, too, if I lived with that emotionally unstable Dog.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let the AWWWWWWWWWsss commence

Thanks to Nate Pate for sending me updated pictures of the Tennessee nieces and nephews. Shown here are Donovan (4), Mya (2) and Brionna (4 mos).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Summer Intern returning soon...

Another year older, the curriculum for the intern will be more advanced this summer. She will be driving, working, and saving her money to purchase her first four wheels.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Night at the Ballpark

It was my first game of the season, rain threatened us all day, traffic was backed up on the interstate, but we would not be deterred! The Braves started a 5 game homestand against the Mobile Baybears and we made it for Thirsty Thursday. There was the customary dizzy bat races, guess the attendance, but the racing eyeballs was a new one for us. Braves hit a couple of homers and won the game 8-2. It was a great night at Trustmark Park, thanks to all those who joined in, and look for details next month.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Friends show up when you least expect it

I was in New Orleans for work last week and texted Jenny about something to do with shoes. She replied back that she couldn't chat because she was in New Orleans for work. I said "huuuuunhh?" and we were able to meet up at Pat O's for some hurricanes and smiles. Life can surprise you sometimes, always be ready!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer Grillin...

The season is here, and we have had a good start so far. The guys are nice enough to share their gas grill on the sidewalk & I have old school Weber and charcoal on my back deck. Cobia, steak, shrimp, pork tenderloin...I LOVE SUMMER!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Making Lemonade

Buffalo River was out of reach because of weather, but the group rallied and decided Black Creek was our Plan B. I soloed a canoe full of gear, so not a lot of pictures to show. I am counting on the rest of the gang to share more interesting photos. Here is the fire tepee created by Al while Kurt and John went in search of firewood. They brought several trees back. Winston, the camp dog, greeted them warmly.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

To the mom and grandmother who can do it all, somehow. Thanks for all that you do. Much love!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rain, Rain GO AWAY...

Forgive me, all you farmers and gardeners who love the rain, but this weekend's Buffalo River trip is in peril. Yesterday we pondered high water levels thanks to previous rains, and those have managed to come down to reasonable levels (real time data provided by USGS) Now we are worried about flash floods and the overall unappealing notion of soggy camping. Who knew precipitation would break my heart again?

Field work in grad school was always in jeopardy, Delta Diners is usually plagued by torrential rains, possible tornadic activity and frogs (on the road, not falling from the sky.) Heartbreaking weather projections provided by weatherunderground.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Clash of Cultures

This weekend was the Miller Lite Crawfish Boil in Jackson, and the acts were numerous & varied to appeal to as many people as possible. And I think it may have worked. Performances were brief and gratifying. LL performed and played to the crowd, bringing 20-30 people on stage to help out with a few songs. He played newer songs, and a few crowd-pleasing classics, including "I'm Bad" and "Rock the Bells." Skynryd came on and did not disappoint with familiar sounds of "Call Me the Breeze" and "Tuesday's Gone" with far reaching favorites of "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Freebird." It might be trite, but I think it is something special to see those songs performed live.
Thanks to Todd and The Ware House for securing tickets and Party Deck passes!