The Causeway

 

 

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This is the causeway.  It is the longest causeway in the world!  It crosses Lake Pontchartrain, The distance and expanse bothered me at first.  Then I realized it is a straight shot, you can almost put your vehicle on automatic pilot and use the time to relax, listen to good music and enjoy the views.  When first entering the causeway you cannot even see New Orleans.  It is like entering an endless highway suspended over the lake.  Even that aspect of the causeway has become a friend to me.  You have to get from one side to the other.  Yes, there are places one can turn around if need be, but to remain on course is better.

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We’ve learned the hardway to check conditions before heading out for early morning appointments.  If there is fog or an accident you don’t want to take this route.  Sitting for hours while suspended over the lake is not my favorite thing.  Especially in bumper to bumper traffic!  But I’m learning that “it is what it is”.  Life has taken on a different complexion for me now that I am caring for my parents as well as Tom.  I have a different “take” on life, if you will.  I am literally being forced to take each moment as it comes.  I wouldn’t trade this time for anything, as difficult as it is.

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This overview will give you a sense of how things are laid out here.  The white line down the middle of the lake is the causeway.  The area in which we live is referred to as the North shore, for obvious reasons.  I like having the option of city life or country life.  The city of New Orleans is not so big that one feels overwhelmed by crowds, but a city feeling is there that I feel surpasses some of the larger cities I have visited or lived in.  I feel we have the best of both worlds here!  It’s a beautiful lifestyle.  People who love to celebrate, who parade at the drop of a hat, and care for each other in ways so rare in today’s world.  Color me happy!  I’m glad we’re here!

Let It Be!

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A new day is dawning.  A time to focus on shining your light for all to see.  If each of us let today be filled with love and understanding we can change this world….making it a better place.  Join me?  Wipe the canvas of your mind clean, take a deep breath and let’s do this!

Simple Sundays

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Hello dear readers!  I have taken a very long and unexpected hiatus from blogging, but I’m back!  Dealing with health issues and having my laptop that holds ALL of my writing, photos, music…basically my life as a blogger….crash and require a new hard drive has been a challenge. Yesterday was the fourth anniversary for The Permanentt Tourist. Cause for celebration!  I’ll be sharing so many things with you over the next few weeks.  Today I just want to wish each of you a wonderful relaxing Sunday.  Sit back and enjoy the music I’m sharing!

I selected this piece, “Transformation” because it spoke to me and, I felt it reflected  so much of what I have been experiencing in my life.  I considered using the Beatles “Long and Winding Road” since life has been all too chaotic lately!  But I chose this piece since  a complete transformation has been necessary for me to keep going!  I think you’ll enjoy it!

It’s About Time!

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There comes a time, after major changes in ones life, when you just have to start living again.  – major move and health issues top the stress charts but you have to decide to get on with things no matter what!

The photo I’m featuring is by my dear friend, Nancy Kirkpatrick.  She is one of the rocks that have stood beside me through this major transition.  I treasure my friends from the island and always will.

Our move to Louisiana has not been an easy one.  I have hesitated to write about it and share it with my readers because it is not the bright, positive scenario I like my life to be.

That said, we are turning corners and a bright light shines before us.  The unforeseen has visited me in a big way with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.  I am having a full right hip replacement the day after Thanksgivimg and have informed my surgeon that I expect to be bionic!

We”re preparing to move into the lovely Acadian style home we have bought and planning on so much goodness!  I’m back and I would love to hear from you all!  I’ll be sharing our transition into the new home and so much more!

Happy Monday….send me a message…drop me a line!  It’s good to be writing again!

Simple Sundays

 

I have not disappeared off the face of the Earth!  I could spend this entire post discussing health issues and everything else we have been facing since moving to Louisiana but what fun would that be?  A new friend recently told me that I have no idea the positive impact I have had on her life.  She said that my perseverance and positive attitude are like a light shining in the darkness. Her words touched my soul and I began to think of how very lucky I am.

So I want to share one of my most favorite songs with you today.  Josh Groban performs it.  I think you’ll recognize it and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

My father, when asked how he handled everything back in the day, replied that he just did what had to be done and kept on going.  I carry that advice with me each day now as I  now the “parent” to him.  It is sad but an honor as well to care for ones parents.  I just what what has to be done and keep on going.

Deep peace to you on this lovely Sunday!  Enjoy the music of life and make a tune or two of your own!

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It’s hot, hot summer time and the perfect day for watching one of my favorite “feel good” movies!  P.S. I Love You is  lovely romantic comedy that I know you’ll enjoy.  Here’s a bit of music and scenery to entice you!


 

 

Wednesday Word

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I chose today’s word because we need to practice it daily.  Kindness is essential to our well being.  With today’s current political battle emerging it is even more important that we be kind to one another.  I find it shocking how low people can go with name calling, lies and downright hatred.   I am not pointing a finger at anyone, just watching it all and sadly shaking my head.  If we all concentrate a bit more on kindness and sending it out to everyone we meet each day it might just make a difference.  And, yes, it can be that simple!  The most important things in life tend to be.

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I’m running late!  Reuniting with old friends, family and having our kids arrive yesterday made the past week a fun one!  I’ve been lazy today but can’t miss my Simple Sunday post so I chose one of my favorite simple songs from long ago to share with you!  It’s perfect for lying on the beach or relaxing on he front porch with a pitcher of iced tea.  Enjoy! (more…)

A Taste of Mexico

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My family loves Mexican food anytime of the year.  I find the dishes I prepare during cooler months to be much to heavy in the summer.  I have created a method for building, literally, loaded nachos that will stand up to what you will find on any Mexican menu!  We love these and with loads of seasonal fresh vegetables they are so healthy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Good tortilla chips, we prefer white corn chips

1 small box heirloom cherry tomatoes

1 bunch fresh radishes

1 purple onion, peeled and chopped

2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

2 fresh jalapenos, seeded and sliced

2 avocados, peeled and sliced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup corn kernels, frozen or freshly cut off the cob (if using fresh you’ll want to steam them lightly to soften)

1 bunch fresh cilantro

1 package velveeta shredded cheese

1 package Colby/Jack shredded

Sour Cream for Garnish

To assemble:

Place a layer of chips topped with a third of the two cheeses sprinkled on top.  Place another layer of chips with the rest of the cheese on top, Pour the black beans and corn over this and top with the remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about five minutes.  Top with all of the sliced veggies, fresh sour cream and serve your favorite salsa on the side!  Easy breezy and so delicious!  Enjoy!

Wednesday Word

Flexitarian

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I am a Flexitarian!  People tend to laugh at me when asked what that means so I decided to use this word for today’s post.  As a flexitarian I choose what I want to eat.  I believe it means that I am a conscious eater.  I want to know where my food comes from and how it was raised.  I prefer organic produce, locally grown and in season.  I do not want to buy scallions from Mexico or fruit from any place that is not within 100 miles of our home.  In the instance of meat, which I very rarely consume any longer, I want to know how and where it was raised.  Grass fed beef that did not go through a slaughterhouse is my preference.  I can hardly bring myself to eat pork any long but will on occasion.  Chicken is still on the regular menu…one to two times a week.  But my favorite form of lean protein remains fish and seafood.  Living in the mecca of extraordinary food makes my choices very easy.  I have learned how to make a mean black bean burger and all sorts of meat substitutes that are easy and delicious.  I’ll share more about my choices and the impact they have on my overall health.  I feel great so something must be working!  Here’s to healthy eating!