Monday, November 20, 2017


Mr. Rudy Rooster  and Mr. Randy Rooster
(We are the guest writers for this blog today. We wanted our side of the story to be told.)

Rudy:  Wow, can you believe???  We are bloggers.  Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Randy:  HELLO!!  We are on the road to being the most famous roosters on the web.  We have been living right around the corner from Minnie G, Vannie, and Dave.  

Rudy:  Who knew???  I am so glad I hit it off with this Minnie G character.  She was more than happy to let us spill our guts on her blog.  I think she was just ready for a break.  She said it has been difficult to settle down and write.  Vannie left every morning for her subbing job, and Dave was hanging around watching Perry Mason or working on some part of her.  She said she could not concentrate when someone was being murdered on TV, or Dave was patching something under her belly, or he was working on her new water tank, or fixing Vannie's bed so it would not slope down on one side.  The list could go on and on.

Randy:  I'm with you on this, Rudy.  Let's get busy writing.  Finally our chance for the big time.  People think that all we do is strut around singng..."Cock-a-doodle-do".  We know some stuff, and we are ready to shout it to the rafters.

Rudy:  "This is Us."

Randy:  Isn't this a name of a very popular TV series.  "This Is Us"...OMG it's happening...I can already see my name in lights.

Rudy:  RUDY...RANDY...I'm geting the vapors.!!!

Rudy:  OK...Just got to get this off my heart.

Randy:  I think you mean"chest".  Don't say the word "heart".  I can hardly say that word without thinking of what Vannie did during one of her subbing lessons.  How could she?  It makes me quiver all over just thinking about it.
  Minnie G spilled the beans one morning while we were strutting around.  Dave had gone for a walk, and Minnie just let it out.

Randy:  It seems that Vannie dissected a sheep's heart one morning with her students. 

Randy:   It was a very involved lesson that included knowing all the parts of the heart as well as their functions.  Minnie G overheard her talking about it with Dave.

Randy:  That part wasn't so bad, but THEN...Vannie had this bright idea to let the students dissect chicken hearts and then cook and EAT THEM.  I was appalled and sickened at the very idea of taking "our people's hearts"...mutilating them and, heaven forbid, eating them.

Rudy:  This is beyond my comprehension.  But Minnie G said that it was true.  She even had the pictures to prove it.

Randy:  I don't know if I can get beyond this.  It breaks my heart to know that this is actually going on in this world.  Vannie was able to order 5 pounds of chicken hearts from Adrian's Grocery Store in Lafayette. 5 pounds!!!  And there is only one heart per chicken.  Goodness Gracious...I have no more words.!!!

Rudy:  I think we need to move on to a more positive subject.  This is giving me palpitations.

Randy:  Minnie G said that Vannie would come home so excited about lessons involving icons.  It seems her students will be going on a field trip to San Antonio in the spring and will be touring the McNay Art Museum.  The McNay has a religious art Vannie decided to try icons with the students.

Rudy:  Vannie lightened up the lesson when she talked about "patron saints".  There is a patron saint for many many things.  So the students were asked to collect labels of drinks or food that they were passionate about.

The Patron Saint of Bubble Gum

The Patron Saint of Dove Chocolates

The Patron Saint of Arizona Green Tea

...and this is Vannie's...
The Patron Saint of Tea Drinkers

Randy:  Collections included candy wrappers, water bottle wrappers, soft drink wrappers.  Vannie said not a single broccoli or cauliflower or Brussels sprouts wrapper was brought in.  I love these.  They are so much fun.  I think the subbing job was a huge success for Vannie.

Rudy:  On another "note" pun intended...Vannie and Dave were blessed a second time by getting to experience Chorale Acadianne Choir at St. Anthony"s church in Lafayette.  They said it was delightful.

Chorale Acadianne Choir

Randy:  AND...the Centenary Choir from Shreveport performed, also.  These were students that attended Centenary College.  Such fresh sweet faces and voice like angels.  Sure wish we had been invited.  We could have slipped in a "cock-a-doodle-doo" to liven things up.

Rudy:  I have a cousin the lives near that church, and he said that no chickens are allowed inside the church.  This rule is sooo out-of-date.

Randy:  I peeked in Minnie G's door the other day, and spotted this scene.  I asked Minnie about it, and she said that adorable little pillow arrived in the mail for V and D.  It was their BFF, Carole Ann.  She had made it with her own two hands.

Rudy:  I love it...and it fits perfectly under the New Mexico angels and the smashed Texas Peace Tea can that V and D found on one of their morning walks and next to the "LOVE" sign and the mini camper night light, and the grandkid's pics. 

Randy:  And...speaking of grandkids...V and D and Ashley, Diane, and Cooper headed to Austin, Tx Friday to spend an early Thanksgiving and little bit of Christmas with Emilie, Roy, Vincent, and Maddie.

Rudy: Vannie said it was a beautiful weekend.  The new boardwalk along Lady Bird Lake is gorgeous.

Randy:  Looks like Emilie and Vincent are posting for an Austin Magazine Cover.

Rudy:  A skate boarder, a bike rider, and a beauty queen...
and the people that love them.

Randy:  Dave said that these 4 had an awesome "grown-up" evening.

Randy:  And guess who got to spoil the grandkids...Yep...V and D.

Rudy:  ...and then the next day...Christmas happened...

Rudy:  Friends, Audra and Jett, helped Maddie decorate the tree.

Randy:  Emilie, with help from Vannie, Diane, and friend, Brooke,  created a spectacular window with paper snowflakes. 

Rudy:  Vincent seems to be taking a break...waiting to open some present.

Randy:  Maddie is so excited about her new backpack.

Rudy:  ...and then Thanksgiving happened.
So glad "turkey" was on the menu.  Ashley is the official carver.

Rudy:  Looks like everybody was getting in the action.

Randy:  I think this picture says it all...
"Happy Thanksgiving"
"Merry Christmas"

Rudy:  Guess we need to wrap up this blog.  It's been so much fun getting all this off our hearts (oops, I mean chest).

Randy:  Yes, I feel a hundred percent better.

Rudy:  psst...can you keep a secret?

Randy:  Sure...what's up?

Rudy:  Well, Minnie G told me not to tell a soul, but I have to tell you.

Randy:  What???  Let it out...

Rudy:  OK...This is V and D"s 50th anniversary year...sooo, they are going on a Viking cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean...NEXT WEEK.   Now, that's something to CROW about.

Rudy and Randy:  Cock-a-doodle-doo

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Minuet in G
(a 1979 Argosy made by Airstream enjoying Halloween in the deep south)

Being in Lafayette is so amazing.
There are so many fun activities every weekend...
the list is endless.
Sweet Dough Pie Festival...
Taco Festival...
Farmer's Markets around every corner...
Black Pot Festival at Vermilionville...
Louisiana Steampunk Festival...
and, of course,

The weather was a perfect cool (almost cold) weekend.
Dave and Vannie and their Lafayette kids, Ashley, Diane, and Cooper
decided on Boo at the Zoo.
The place was packed with kids and adults.
There was trick or treating, costume contests, and

This "little" guy didn't need a costume...for sure.!!!!
We screamed and hollered at him, but he just kept his cool.

The best kind of pumpkins...blow-up...never rot.!!!

Stretch that neck, Baby...
Don't you just LOVE that color.
I have lots of friends with have flamingos in their yards...
you know, the metal ones or the wind-chime ones,
or the painted ones on a flag.
V and D haven't gotten the "flamingo" bug yet.
I'm sure it's coming sooner or later.

Grrrr, that's plum adorable.

The giraffe's stole the show.
Mama was so friendly and loved having her picture taken.
She had a couple of babies, but they didn't come up close.

Vannie got a quick selfie with mama.

This is a happy bunch.
Cooper, Ashley, Diane

The colors are beautiful, but the spookiness is out the wazoo.!!!

Vannie said that even the ghosts came out to greet them during the broad daylight.

After all was said and done...
Dave said that these guys had the right idea.
Enough "Boo at the Zoo" for today...


Saturday, October 21, 2017


Minuet in G
(a 1979 Argosy, made by Airstream, excited to be on the road with Vannie and Dave...again.)

Hi, Folks, it's me, Minnie G.
I've been in Hillsboro, TX waiting and waiting and waiting
for Vannie and Dave to return from New Mexico in my adopted mama, Gypsy Rhapsody.
Gypsy and I were side by side for only a short time
while V and D unloaded Gypsy
and loaded me to head for Louisiana.

What excitement was in the air.!!!
Gypsy was ready for some R and R,
and I was ready to Roll.!!!

Here we are together.
Vannie and Dave loved having 2 bed/2bath accommodations...
for a little while.

Long drive to Louisiana...
but that rainbow greeted us as we approached our destination.

Look at me...all happy and sassy.
This is our favorite spot...Youngsville, LA...
corner of Church and 2nd.
Youngsville is a small community just south of Lafayette.

Vannie has the grill going.
Perfect Louisiana weather.

My old friends, Mr. Rooster, and Mrs. Hen,
are still in my backyard.
They are always protecting the area
and waking up everyone at the crack of dawn.

Vannie says, "come on, Dave, we are
shoveling in the food while we are here in Louisiana.
Gotta exercise."
But where is Dave.!!!....Hmmmm

Grandson, Cooper Harris...
Saxophonist extraordinaire.!!!

Vannie and Dave love eating supper at Ashley's house.
Ashley is V and D's son, and he always has a garden.
These are homegrown eggplant frying in the black-iron skillet.

The fried eggplant paired with a nice shrimp salad...

Ashley's adding some delicious grilled sausage and chicken
to the menu.

Hub City Diner
A Lafayette Staple
Vannie, Dave, and Cooper headed here for
dinner before a big show at the Cajun Dome...Crystal Cirque Du Soleil.

Fried Shrimp and curly fries
Vannie said they had to keep I can see why.

What a Show.!!!
All on ICE...


Vannie said it was another Cirque magnificent experience.

St. Pius X Catholic Church
St. Pius has been in Lafayette since 1959,
but it has recently been rebuilt.

Vannie and Dave's friend, Gordon Bilello, gave them tickets,
and friend, Shielah Wright, picked them up
for a performance by Chorale Acadienne.
Dave said that the church was beautiful,
and the Chorale's performance was equally as beautiful.
The performance included Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach
and Five Days that Changed the World by Bob Chilcott.

V and D loved the mosaics of the stations of the cross
featured on the walls of the church.

The Pieta
Michel Angelo
This was a replica that was donated to the church.
It is displayed in the lobby.
Vannie said that it was like seeing an old friend.
She first saw the original at the 1964 World's Fair.
She later saw the Pieta again during a European visit in 1973.

Vannie started a substitute teaching job as soon as
she arrived in Louisiana. 
This is her route to work in the wee hours of the morning.
Quite different from her drive to work from Questa to Red River in New Mexico.

Teaching at EAM in Lafayette has brought back lots of memories.
V and D's kids attended EAM during their 5th through 8th grade years.
The Harris' lived about 2 blocks from the school.

Vannie said it was so much fun seeing
the Evangeline Maid Bread truck pull up to the school cafeteria.
Evangeline Maid Bakery is a bread company in Lafayette
that has been since 1919.
Vannie said she used to take her elementary students on field trips to this bakery.

Dave looks happy.
He is cooking breakfast in a BIG kitchen for the next 2 weeks.
V and D are house-sitting for a friend in Lafayette.
I miss them, but Dave comes out to see me always
everyday.  He has replaced a water tank
and painted the floor under the tank
and drilled a hole through my wall (he promised me it wasn't a mistake).

Vannie and Dave are getting to
see lots of old friends and family while in Louisiana.
Always a fun place to be.!!!