Tag Archives: Recreation

A-Z Archive: E! Challenge

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “E” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “E” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

A-Z Archive: E! ChallengeExcitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm, Exuberance

A-Z Archive: E! Challenge...Excitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm...

 Durango Mountain Resort…Lower Styx…E! Challenge

The A-Z Archive: E! Challenge Trackbacks….












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Wordless Wednesday…Birds

Week 1: Wordless Wednesday continues into 2012… Birds!!!

Wordless Wednesday..Week 1


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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Things are just getting started and I am already in desperate need of a coffee break…For the next 15 days I will be up to my ears in banquet planning, ordering, organizing, decorating and overseeing of certain responsibilities having to do with 8 nights of banquets.

I am also moving forward with a dream I have had for several years…I have rented a space in a local antique center.  I move in tomorrow… I had decided that it would be best to wait until the first of the year and then a premium space came available.  With timing being what it is and location being everything.  Having total support and encouragement from my hubs, I have decided to take a huge leap of faith.  I move in tomorrow!!!

Wish me luck and a coffee break!


Filed under Made in America, postaweek2011

Meet Mugsy…attack cat!

Attack Cat…Mugsy!

This past weekend I met Mugsy…attack cat!

Mugsy is one of many cats that call Frenier Swamp home.

Mugsy shares his home with lots of swamp wildlife. 

He has developed a bit of an attitude toward one species in particular.

Mugsy’s antics have landed him on youtube and he has become a youtube sensation

 You just have to see it to believe it! 

Meet Mugsy!
Attack Cat…Mugsy!


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Dance of the Hummingbirds

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The Dance of the Hummingbird

A beautiful ballet

The beating of tiny wings

Flitting… Flying

Flying … Flirting

Flirting … Chasing

Chasing … Darting

Darting … Hovering

Hovering … Drinking

Drinking … Resting

Resting … Hovering

Hovering … Drinking

Drinking … Dashing

Dashing … Chasing

Chasing … Flirting

The beating of tiny wings

A beautiful ballet

The Dance of the Hummingbirds


Filed under Nature, postaweek2011, Snapshots of Life

A Rose-Colored Memory…

Have you ever taken a trip down memory lane?  I don’t know about you but my trips are far more romantic in nature than the reality ever was.  Everything is remembered through rose-colored glasses.  The house was bigger, the trees were taller, the colors were brighter and of course the people were younger.   However, when I have had the opportunity to actually stop by the place remembered, it turns out that memories are usually a far cry from reality.

My Memory!

My Dad grew up on the bayou with his Parents and three brothers and five sisters.  He and my Mom met in highschool, married and moved to the city.  I grew up a city girl, but I spent plenty of time on the bayou. 

One of my Uncles and his family lived on the bayou when I was growing up.  It was a wide meandering slow-moving bayou surrounded by swampy marshland, two lakes and a river.   I spent plenty of  time with my cousins along the banks of that bayou;  fishing, crabbing and playing. 

The old house was sandwiched between the bayou and the railroad tracks.   The house had a screened in porch and was tall enough for someone to walk under.  During the summer months we slept with the windows open and I would lay awake listening to the lonesome sound of the train whistle and the  splash of the fish on the water. 

At night the swamp would come alive with the sounds of nocturnal critters moving around and the glowing red eyes of the gators as they searched for their evening meal.  And sometimes I would scare myself thinking about what else might be lurking out there in the swamp.


Recently, I was in NOLA for an extended weekend.  My husband and I decided to take a little detour from our route just to see what we might see.  I could hardly believe that it had been 20 years since my last visit to this place where I spent a wonderful part of my childhood.

My cousins still own the house but now it is referred to as “The Camp”.  The house is much smaller than I remember.   The only person that might be able to walk under it would be a two-year old and the screened porch has been enclosed. 

The bayou seems much more narrow and not nearly as mysterious as I remember it.  There are twice as many homes or camps on the bayou these days.  I noticed that the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has taken up residence in the area.  And I couldn’t help but also notice that there were several homes and camps that were destroyed by the most recent hurricanes.   But life on the bayou continues today much as it did all those years ago when I was a little girl living, laughing and loving my time spent on the bayou.

It was quite, not too much happening on this particularly hot August afternoon.  The place was incredibly peaceful not a soul in sight.  There wasn’t a breeze to be had and the water on the bayou was as smooth as glass. And although it doesn’t look very much like I remember it…it sure was a sight to see!


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Weekly Photo Challenge…Wildlife

The WordPress weekly photo challenge for this week is wildlife…and this is the wildlife in my life!

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my GPS has an attitude…

girl please stay on they hightlighted route

 I have a GPS and I use it!  My husband bought it for me when we moved to the country.  I could not get my bearings.  Oh I could get where I needed to go but I couldn’t “see” how I was getting there.  I always felt like I was driving in circles.  So for my birthday he gifted me a cute little companion for my car.  And lo and behold I could “see” again. 

Now, I rarely need it.   However, from time to time I will plug-in an address that I am very familiar with just to see if my friendly car companion knows a quicker route.  Inevitably I do not take her suggestion because I know better.  This keeps her busy “re-calculating” the route. 

 There are times when I think my cute little GPS gives me just a little too much attitude.  As she is re-calculating the directions to compensate for what I am sure is deemed pure ignorance on my part she cops a little attitude and demands that I “return to the highlighted route” “return to the highlighted” “re-calculating”, “re-calculating”.  Over and over and what seems louder and with a little more persistance each time.    I do get a kick out of the hoops my little GPS jumps through trying to keep up with my meanderings. 

I have in the past taken an off ramp or two in life.  I am sure God was not surprised by my change in direction.  As patient as the LORD is with each of us and the choices we make in life, HE may have whispered to me on many an occasion “re-calculating”  “return to the highlighted route”.  I am very thankful that I have found my path in life and it is highlighted by God’s grace and mercy and unconditional love. 

 If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


Filed under encouragment, Life..such as it is, postaweek2011

weekly photo challenge… refuge

refuge- noun; anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

Refuge from the cold

The jetted spa tub  is a refuge of relaxation for your tired achy muscles after a full day on the slopes!


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birds + birdseed + binoculars = birdwatching…birdlady…

We live in an area that is home to large variety of bird species.  I have always enjoyed watching birds in their natural habitat.  However that isn’t easy to do when you live in suburbia.  That is not the case now!

Since moving in we have encountered a variety of wild life.  We have been visited by deer, hogs, possum, raccoons, squirrel and armadillo.  The bird variety is just as varied.  However, I am not as familiar with my avian friends. 

I know that we have had cardinals, downy or red bellied woodpeckers as well as a pileated woodpecker, northeastern blue birds, nuthatches, meadowlarks, hummingbirds, mourning doves, bluejay, owls and red-tailed hawks.  Not to mention the homely vulture and the common blackbirds. 

I have just recently discovered that I can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  The GBBC will take place February 18-21, 2011.  The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4 day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.  Anyone can participate, from beginner birdwatchers to experts.  You can spend as little as 15 minutes are as much time as you would like to spend each day of the event.  It’s free, fun and easy!  Well at least that’s what I have read.

I think it would be fun if a few of you joined me in the GBBC.  We can meet back up here the week following the count and share our bird watching experiences.  And for you Home Schoolers this would be a great science project for the kids.  Check out the link for the Great Backyard Bird Count for all the information you need to participate in this free, fun and easy event!


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