I am back from New Orleans. The washer and dryer are going full force. The Boys (Quincy and Daegan) are back from the Ranch and all of us are exhausted. How is it that you can sit all day in a cab, in an airport, on a plane and then the reverse and feel like you have done a full marathon?
My sightseeing adventures in the state of Louisiana were amazing. The people were proud of their state and their recovery from the devastation of Katrina almost 5 years ago.
Houmas House was a fabulous example of a traditional Southern Louisiana Belle, built on the riverfront almost 200 years ago
The collection of antiques was amazing and the tour guide Judy, fabulous. We were treated to the extended tour including a lovely song sung and played by Judy of Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, a theme from the same named movie filmed in 1964 at the home starring Bette Davis.
I try to bring something back from each of my travel experiences. Usually it is in the form of photography. I must admit however that the camera was not brought out more than a few times.
What I did bring home this time was more experiential. The people, the places, the sights and the sounds of the soft-spoken people are what I will remember most from this trip. Bourbon Street is anything but soft, but rather totally all about who can out sound who. It is lights, music and yelling. I think in my mature years, I am most preferring the quiet.
Now that I am home, I am realizing there are not enough hours in any day! A catch up in my day job has left piles on the studio tables and an overwhelming need to clear out the dregs and start fresh. I need space that is conducive to creativity. Mess and clutter don’t cut it.
My wonderful in laws are here for 5 days from Southern Ontario. Mum is a wonderful knitter and her fabrics are near perfect in every way. I have always known her to have needles in hand so was surprised to have her admit to having none this trip. We fixed that in a hurry with a “shopping trip” to my embarrassing mess of a studio. Her knitting these days has been more charitable. It wasn’t long before I had her combining a deep brown pencil roving that I found at a thrift shop, with a ball of ginger merino handspun for a pair of slippers. These will be given to a local school so when the kids dump their boots, they will have something dry and warm to put on for their classes. I am hoping to send her home with the remaining roving that has been collecting dust and hording space for almost a year now. I can’t think of better use for it.
I promise I am back for the long haul. I have many projects to finish for Christmas and many yarns to dye for sale in the coming weeks. If anyone has a suggestion on how to make my days longer of more productive, please send them! I look forward to every one of them.