hey all you animal lovers ...

Yes ... YOU

My Sister who is an animal lover (and whose sweet Ally passed about a week ago) sent me the following in an email ... I do have the button for this over there on the right ... waaaay down there .. look for it ....

Now read this ... and please click and donate!

Hi, all you animal lovers.

This is pretty simple... Please tell tenfriends to tell ten today!

The Animal Rescue Site is having troublegetting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (how about 20 seconds?!) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free.

This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animalsin exchange for advertising.

Click here for their website

Pass it along to people you know.

thursdays in the hood

Looking up through the branches of the Ailanthus Tree (interestingly also known as the Tree of Heaven) at the tower of the First Baptist Church on the corner of Broadway/79th Street

wordless wednesday


30 years later
(NOT our apartment! We asked B to take this; its his & D's place)

30 years ago today ... that handsome man took this hippie chick as his wife

what a day!

What a day, indeed.

Its my first day back to the office after my week away and thankfully the piles of junk on my desk have mostly been handled and are gone.

I am sort of caught up and went to do a bit of blog reading ... I got to bearnaked and discovered I was one of 5 lucky woman who received this from bear (via bobbie).

How special is this?! Very! Go over to bear's den and see who else got this really terrific teddy duo.

odd shot monday

If you'd like to see more Odd Shots, visit Katney's Kaboodle

New Orleans skulls for sale

reaching out

I was just catching up on all my bloggers and when I got to Bubblewench I was brought up short by a post about Pulmonary Haemosiderosis that she wrote/posted for Jo Beaufoix whose friend Marie is dealing with this rare and painful disease.

If you or anyone you know has this disease or has any information about it, please contact Jo.

As Bubblewench so eloquently put it .. 

Lets get the word out across all the internets and see if someone can help. That's what we're here for right? To be there for each other?

I hope so.

I hope so too.

creative photography #7

psychedelic stairs

visit the other Creative Photography entrants hosted by Roger 

N'awlins ... revisited

The last time I saw New Orleans it was the end of March 2005. Since then the city has in many ways resurrected itself. Although most of 'downtown' is as it was pre-Katrina the overall population has dropped and many shops and restaurants have not come back
because the owners moved having lost their homes.

The Lower Ninth Ward almost 3 years after Katrina remains pretty much a disaster .. while the houses 'had water' (this was a oft repeated remark during a tour we took of the city) and are now totally unredeemable due to black mold and rotted foundations they have not all been razed so we saw the devastation first hand. We also got to see Lakeview which literally sits on the levees along Lake Pontchartrain where homes 'had water' but also had what the Ninth Ward didn't .. insurance .. so they are rebuilding right on top of the levees hoping I imagine that they hold if there is another hurricane.

But I digress ... go .. get something to nosh .. hit the loo .. this is another LONG post ...

I had a 7 a.m. JetBlue flight to N'awlins on Monday morning ... the streets of New York are eerily deserted at 5 a.m. when the car arrived to take me to JFK ... a contrast to the scene in 

JetBlue's terminal
MANY MANY people waiting to jet off on holidays or business trips ... the line for security was very long but moved very quickly. 

And once through the check point I wandered the shops .. 

saw these
and thought of BearNaked immediately ..

The flight was uneventful and pleasant ..  New Orleans temps were in the mid 70s .. that was at 6 a.m. ... by the time we landed it was into the 90s where it stayed most of the week.  Whoever it was that mentioned MOSQUITOS? .. I never saw any ... and I am a bug biting magnet.

My nemesis were the broken streets of the Quarter .. I promise I stepped into each and every one .. luckily I didn't break my ankle.


at Toulouse & Bourbon .. once the

and retains that old world charm ... the rooms are modern with free WiFi ... housekeeping leaves a bit to be desired .. but over all its a nice place in the best possible location for eating and shopping ..  lets face it that is what holidays are about, no?

After dropping luggage with the concierge we took off to wander the Quarter and get some lunch .. first stop Acme Oyster House on Iberville St where we had a Fried Peacemaker Po Boy (oysters AND shrimp)

Po Boy all gone

followed by the house special
fried in butter parmesan covered oysters

... ooooh my .. then we wandered to walk off lunch and see some galleries ... we also found a wonderful gift shop that we scoped out and made plans to return to ...

Back to the hotel to check in .. unpack .. and decide on where to go to dinner. We had gotten recommendations from bogger and 'real life' friends .. we Googled them and decided on The Palace Cafe on Canal.

After dinner we walked back to the hotel .. the sky was amazing ..

Being the party animals we are .. we spent the rest of the evening in the room talking and planning the rest of the week activities.

Tuesday morning we woke to the sunshine streaming in the windows of our 'courtyard' facing room

as you can see from this photo didnt actually face the courtyard .. in fact this was not at all a problem since a room is a place to sleep and refresh its not about - to me anyway - the view. We planned on taking a tour of the city .. but first we walked to Decatur to Cafe du Monde and had

cawfee and beignets ...
under whirrling fans hanging from the exquisite planked ceiling
sipped iced latte

deeee-vine ..
then we walked off the beignets by shopping and taking photos ..
Jackson Square and the Cathedral
sometimes you can't lead the mule to water ... you must bring it to 'em
giving new meaning to hanging plants

and then went to The Court of the Two Sisters on Royal for brunch ... to sustain us before the tour.

The tour left our hotel at 1:30 and took us through downtown

and out to the Lower Ninth Ward ... it was heartbreaking to see what was left of this area ...

not even seeing what Habitat for Humanity was doing to restore some of the area takes away from the impact of seeing what is left ... Harry Connick Jr is responsible for bringing Habitat to the Lower Ninth .. and Brad Pitt has contributed over $5 million to kick start more rebuilding. The two of them have done more than any level of our wonderful government.

We also stopped at an above ground cemetery,

the City Park, and Lakeview before heading back into town ..

After some more shopping .. photo taking

.. we went back to the hotel, dropped off our loot, freshened up and headed out to dinner .. the tour guide had recommended The Bistro Maison de Ville on Toulouse and we'd looked over the menu earlier and decided it was the place to go ..

sipping a lovely Malbec
that was a really yummy crab salad

We did try to get a reservation at Galatoire's which Lizzie raved about but they were booked! Next trip.

Dinner and the lovely Malbec we had were perfect ... and again we headed back to the hotel to relax ... plans were made for Wednesday .. and we were feeling sad that the trip was wrapping up so quickly...

We had a cold breakfast in the hotel

.. a 20% off coupon seemed like the way to go .. it wasnt .. the buffet offered 'hot' food but it was all pretty much room temp .. and in N'awlins room temp is ICY cold .. after eating we hopped a taxi to Magazine Street intending to wander the antique shops and boutiques we'd heard so much about ... we walked about 2 blocks before the rain hit .. Hurricane Dolly had passed over the city on its way to Texas but before it left completely it dropped a LOT of wet ... we took refuge in a neat shop and spent about an hour waiting out the rain .. when it didnt look as if it would end any time soon we called a cab and headed back to the Quarter .. we had the driver drop us at a Walgreens .. bought two umbrellas and continued our day side stepping major puddles and enjoying the cooler temps .. that didnt last long .. as soon as the rain ended the humidity returned but by then we'd shopped The French Market and wandered some of the smaller side streets of the Quarter getting some nice photos .. and wandering in/out of shops ..

then back to the hotel to drop off the loot again .. freshen up and head out to dinner .. our last meal was another obscenely early meal at Ralph & Kacoo's where the waiter convinced me to have a Hurricane Katrina .. a combo of many juices and some nice vodka ..

By now I am sure you know the drill .. yup, we went back to the hotel to pack ... I know it sounds dull but we had not seen one another for a long long time and getting to spend face time with a dear friend is far more fun than sitting in a club .. not that music isnt wonderful but that wasnt what we wanted to do ...

Anyway .. Thursday morning came all too soon and we had to head home ... I know we will go back again .. and maybe next time we'll take in some music .. but I have to tell you I had a wonderful time and I hope you enjoyed the recap and the photos.

housekeeping stuff

name the cloud

Thank you to everyone who entered this clever contest.

I have named the cloud: ... wisps

The winner is: JC 

Email me and I will send you the prize!

what's in a name?

Well .. I am many of those things .. and none of them .. and I am totally laughing that leendaluu and I are the same person ... I knew that!

Dianne .. I spent sooo many years spelling my name and then even more explaining I am NOT a man ... sigh ..

Lizzie .. all that IS true .. I am always getting into trouble BUT I also have this side of me that goes WHOA! Because I also see what might/can happen ... it grounds me but not too much ..

Selfish? Holly .. maybe it said you like Shellfish?

ScrappySue .. that blog roll thing isnt always accurate ..

And the rest o'youse .. I missed you all like crazy!


YES .. these are ALL true .. not a single word is made up .. 

This was taken on Tuesday at one of the above ground cemeteries in N'awlins. We took a tour of the city which I will post about in great detail soon ... but the story behind this is we got to the cemetery and within 2 minutes those clouds moved in and it began to rain ... the rain was part of Hurricane Dolly which moved across the Gulf to Texas ...we were lucky on Tuesday but less so on Wednesday .. but you'll have to wait for the whole story of my trip ...

Its great to be home!

Head over to see the new home of Sky Watch Friday hosted by Tom, Sandy Carlson and IMac!

what’s in a name?

As you read this I am either on the way to the airport, in the airport, on the airplane, or very possibly on my way home from the airport.  Meanwhile I am posting using Bloggers clever post options thingie.  Next week Thursday in the Hood will resume.

segue ... 

Lizzie over at Snootyprimadona did this and it looked interesting. I was sure they wouldnt have "Daryl" defined ... after all I spent my entire childhood being left out of all sorts of things that came 'personalized' OR worse they'd have the male spelling - Darryl, Darrell - on them ... so I went to see ... and guess what?

What Daryl Means

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.

You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.

People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

If you're interested in what your name means ... click on that link just above ...

if you want to see more Odd Shots .. click on over to Katney's Kaboodle

I am on my way to New Orleans right now or maybe depending on what time you read this I might be in New Orleans ... a little business, a little pleasure ...

Blogger has that clever Post Option of writing it now and posting it at a later date which is what I have done for this week ... so please dont take offense if I dont come visit you this week ... I promise that once I am back home I will be back commenting.

This is the self proclaimed 'last hippie' on Sausalito .... took his photo while waiting for the Ferry back to San Francisco this past April ... he and his dog were truly a hoot!

photographed/posted by daryl


Okay .. so look over there ... on the right (excuse  me, but Husband has just looked at this and says to tell you to scroll down on the right .. way down .. he says it doesnt look like a cloud so he hopes you can find it.  I would Toon this but really this is funnier) ... do you see my cloud? OH Bob, I have wanted a cloud for SOOOO long ...

And I have the amazingly talented technically saavy brilliant and beautiful inside AND out Holly to thank ... she has spent countless hours working on this for me ... and its just perfect ...

Thank you Holly!!!!!!!!!

So ... what to call it ... submit your suggestions and the winner will be awarded something wonderful .. Name the Cloud!

sky watch friday!

if you would like to see more Sky Watch photos, still now hosted by Tom, Sandy Carlson and IMac ... click over to the new SkyWatch page

photographed/posted by daryl