Monday, February 22, 2010

"What The Heck????" or "Last Time I Checked This Was Still the Deep South"

I've already filled you all in on the unique traditions that take place when winter weather strikes in the deep South, so I won't go into all that again. If you happened to have missed that post, you can read all about it here. I did want to mention, however, that I've heard quite the wide variety of rationales for the bizarre weather we've been experiencing. Here are just a couple of the most annoying ones:

Rationale #1: The Saints won the Super Bowl, so hell has, in fact, frozen over. I happen to reject this theory, primarily because I happen to like living in the South very much and flat refuse to refer to it as hell. (don't throw this back at me in August, when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees and the humidity hits the "wet blanket" level. I'm not a big fan of sweating, and tend to get grouchy when my clothes start sticking to me.)

Rationale #2: "Must be global warming". Now mind you, that phrase has been thrown around hundreds, if not thousands of times this winter. Moreover, every single human being who utters those words thinks he or she is the only one who has come up with something so uniquely clever.
If I had a penny for every time I've heard this comment I'd be sitting on a nice little nest egg today. Generally speaking, I'm just not a big fan of snide politically-based sarcasm unless, of course, it's coming from me. Yes, that is a double standard, and that's all I'm going to say on that topic.
The bottom line here is, that this winter things have just been weird all over. We had another snow day last week. This time it snowed pretty hard all day, which was really beautiful, since down here we usually look at grey skies, brown lawns and bare trees all winter.

A fat, crimson cardinal has set up residence in my backyard. He hangs out on my back porch every morning, looking for bugs that were attracted overnight by the back porch light. He is rather anti-social, though, and won't cooperate when I try to get his picture. On the recent snow day, I spotted him sitting in the tree like a bright red dot in an expanse of white, and decided to get a photograph of him. I stalked that little critter all morning, and every time I thought I had gotten into a good position to get his photograph, off he would fly. I finally gave up and settled for a couple of photos from the back porch.

Who knows what the remainder of the winter will bring? Last night we had a hailstorm, so we're beginning to become somewhat accustomed to having ice fall from the sky in one form or another. One thing is a given though; before too long the weather will warm up, the humidity will rise, and our clothes will start sticking to us again. When that day comes, I for one will quite likely find myself flinging snide politically-based sarcasm and longing for the weird winter of 2010 again.

Monday, February 15, 2010

One World One Heart Winner!

First, I would like to thank you all for stopping by to visit my blog. I've had a blast participating in this event! A huge thanks also to Lisa for her inspiration to start this project, and for her willingness to take on such a huge task. You've made the world a more intimate place for all of us.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the winner of my blog giveaway is.....KATHY from Vegas! Kathy has a great shop on etsy and goes by the username of Calkat! Her blog is
Calkat The Jewelry Junkie. Kathy is also a Saints fan, which is always a plus in my book!
I'll be emailing Cathy to let her know that she is a winner. Thanks to all of you again for visiting, and hope you'll stop by again. I will definitely be participating in this one of a kind event again!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pray For Kate!

This little girl is Kate McRae. Kate is six years old. She has a Mom and Dad who love her very much, as well as an older sister and younger brother. Kate is fighting the battle of her life against a very grown-up disease. She was diagnosed last summer with a very malignant, aggressive brain tumor called a supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor or sPNET.

Kate has already undergone surgery and 5 rounds of chemotherapy. However, these procedures failed to completely destroy the tumor. Yesterday Kate was checked back in to the hospital for her 6th and most intense round of chemotherapy treatment. The treatment is so intense that they’ll need to be in the hospital anywhere from 4-6 weeks. They’ll be taking her system down to a place where they can reintroduce good stem cells that they harvested months ago and the hope is to reset the body with positive, healthy, cancer free cells! It will be one of the longest stays in the hospital since her brain surgery last July and they will all need huge prayer and huge encouragement during this time.

I'm asking for your help with a couple of things:

1-Kate is in desperate need of the miraculous healing that can only be provided through our Lord Jesus. Please join me and countless others in prayer for the complete healing of this precious child of God. You may visit Kate's website here:

2-Please copy this photo, and any info that you might need, and use it to spread word of this child's needs to your own online network. Put it on your blog, twitter messages asking for prayer for #KateMcrae, and post the prayer request on your facebook page. Be sure to add a link to in all messages.

I do not know this family personally, but learned of their situation through the Twitter page of a local pastor here in Hattiesburg (Tony Merida). I've been praying for Kate and her family, and following this child's progress for several months; through this journey I cannot help but be grateful that our God, through modern technology, has seen fit to make it possible for us to be touched by others who we would otherwise never know, and also to reach thousands for good.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Well, the wonderful "One World One Heart" event isn't over yet, but I just wanted to add a huge thanks to all of you who took the time to stop by and leave a comment on my blog! It's just been delightful reading your comments and also visiting your blogs.

As you may have noticed, the "Houx Dat" Nation is electrified tonight, in anticipation of tomorrow's big game! We have gumbo at the ready, and tons of munchies on hand, including a big black and gold King Cake ! I even designed shirts for our family to mark the occasion. All we need now is a great game, hopefully ending with the Vince Lombardi trophy going home to New Orleans where it belongs!

I'm still going to send out a set of these photographs to a lucky camper at the end of the event, but have also decided to add a "mid-event" drawing Monday, Feb. 8th for an additional set of these photos... IF the Saints come through with a big win tomorrow night! So, everybody, put on your black and gold and give a big cheer. GEAUX SAINTS!!!!

****UPDATE**** Woo Hooo!!!! In honor of the big win, I submitted all names to this morning. The winner of the Super Bowl mid-event drawing is...drum roll please......Monica of! Congratulations, Monica, and thanks for commenting on my blog!