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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

January 7, 2006

Willy Nelson is Comin! (Has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog entry)

Another exciting weekend here in Blues Town.  #2 son is coming up today to pick up some bedroom furniture we bought for him at a Rhodes Furniture close-out.  It’ll be really good seeing him, even briefly.  (Eat your heart out, TS!)  He’s due in in about an hour.  I hope he’s hungry, ‘cause we plan on taking him to Outback for supper.

The weather is constantly changing here.  Warm, then cold, then warm…  Yesterday it was snowing (albeit flurries) when I got up to walk Maynard at 5:30.  Today started out with some frost on the ground, then temps climbed into the 50s.  Tomorrow is forecast for upper 60s.  I’m not complaining!!  Great riding weather, and there are lots of scenic roads around here.

We should be heading to New Orleans next weekend, as it is a long (3-day) weekend.  Then I promised Fr. John that I would come back for the following weekend to help out a visiting priest from Virginia, I think.  He is from a parish that is “twinning” with Holy Name of Mary, giving the parish assistance as it recovers from the storm.  Fr. John is going to VA to visit that parish, and the priest from VA is coming to NOLA to visit HNM.

Daughter-In-Law (DIL) is returning from an unscheduled trip to San Antonio for business.  I know that H1 (#1 Son, one of the “hummer twins”) will be happy to have her back home.  Whenever Linda goes away for whatever reason it leaves me home alone and lonely.  It’s always a relief when she returns.  I guess love does that to you.

It looks like Linda’s sister in NY, and her husband, will be coming for K&E’s wedding.  I haven’t seen them in like, forever, so it’ll be really great to see them again.

It looks like people are trying to take advantage of the situation at home to make as much money as possible.  I hate to see unbridled greed win out and potentially destroy our neighborhood.  Linda was reading online about somebody who is trying to buy some properties only two blocks from our house.  One of the properties is a large two story building that he wants to turn into apartments.  According to the article, it is large enough for eight apartments according to city codes, but he’s asking for a variance to allow him to build 15 apartments.  What is he thinking?  And add to that that there is no parking around this building for all these potential tenants and we’ve really got a mess on our hands.  I hope the residents of Algiers Point put up a fight on this one!!

Maybe it IS time to consider moving out of New Orleans.  The news today showed scenes of “Funny Forty Fellows” in New Orleans parading yesterday and commented that although it will be slow, New Orleans WILL rebuild.  But what kind of city are we creating if we throw common sense to the winds and allow a few individuals who have the means to buy up properties to take advantage of the situation to gouge the people who are trying to rebuild for all they can take?  What kind of neighborhoods will be created as people are crammed into every available nook and cranny?  And what will happen to all these dwellings once other areas are rebuilt and people begin to move back into their own homes?

On that note, I have to go offer up prayers for my fellow citizens of New Orleans.  Please remember  us all in your prayers, as I will remember you in mine.  God bless.

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Blogger Hannah said...

#1: H2 and Outback?? LUCKY!!
#2: To hell with New Orleans, everything is better in Texas (and, for some reason, you are not supposed to mess with Texas?) so come live with us.
#3: SNOW?? Yeah, we will see you guys in the spring.
#4: Miss you guys terribly and love you much!!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

We'll move to TN if you can find us a house near yours in TN, and pretty good paying jobs, AND Catholic school, AND (just kidding)...

4:10 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

No, No, No ... not TN, TX!!!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

TN, TX...whatever! Does it have regular store hours, can I go INTO a fast food place instead of drive through, and can I get a haircut without taking time off from work?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

You wanna haircut?? We have at least 5-6 spas within 2 blocks of our house. One even called Hallelujah Hair. Now that must be one Hell of a haircut if you come out screaming, “Hallelujah!!”

Sooooo, bring your body and them chir-ren!

3:33 PM  

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