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Alligators In Our Yard!

 

You have to look real close, but the gator is resting behind the sago palm and the water’s edge.  Needless to say, I too these photos from inside the house and did not go out to get a closer inspection.

The Alligator Trapper caught “the big one” which was 12 foot plus.  Here he is taking him away in his little boat.  Hooray!

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Ahhhh, the joys of living on the river, or is there danger lurking in the shallows?  Just thought ya’ll would find the attached photos interesting of our alligator visitors, yes, plural alligators.

There have always been gators floating and swimming past our yard and dock since we have been here, but they typically don’t bother anything or anyone.  However, recently a couple of our neighbor’s dogs were playing in the shallows off of our yard (our yard is not bulk headed like the ones on either side of us) as we were sitting down to watch the evening news when Bob spotted one of the gators (the large one) making a bee-line for the dogs and moving at a very past pace.  I ran out the back door and called to Missy, one of the dogs.  Luckily she is very obedient and came out of the water immediately and ran up on the yard.  The black dog from one street over followed her.  The gator came to a dead stop in the water, about 6 feet from where the dogs were playing.  We figure they had about a few seconds left before attack.

After contacting the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (on the Alligator Hotline), they issued us a case number then issued a permit to the alligator trapper assigned to our area.  He came out the next night and chased “the big one” from the end of our dock, across the river, and into the forest preserve, but couldn’t catch him.  We had gone to Jacksonville or Saturday for our anniversary and to do some shopping.  It just so happened that just as we arrived home, the gator trapper called to see if we had seen any sight of the gator.  As I was telling him that we had not seen him for a couple of days I looked out the window and lo and behold, a gator was sunning himself on our back lawn.  YIKES!

The trapper came about 30 minutes later but by then the gator had gone into the water.  He set a bait hook at the end of our dock and told me to keep an eye on it and call me when the bait had been taken.  YIKES again!  It is very interesting that they put a big hunk of chicken or turkey on a big hook suspended by a long metal pole off the dock.  Attached to the hook is a rope with plastic floaters, like a bait jug and liter bottles from soft drinks at intervals along the rope.  That way when the gator takes the bait and swims off, they just follow where the line of bottles are.  Think of the scene from “Jaws” where they attach the large yellow barrels to the harpoon that they try to catch the shark with.

The bait was still there at 9:00 that night from what I could see from the patio deck, but the trapper said not to come out at night with flashlights to check the trap, just in case the gator was lurking near by.  You think I would go out there at night?  NOOOOOOO!

But at early light at 6:30 the next morning I could see that the bait was gone and I called the trapper.  He came out ASAP and scoured the shoreline of the river in his boat then finally found the gator across the river deep in a cedar creek shoal.  He had to call in reinforcements as his boat was too small to drag him out.  I spoke to him by cell phone and he said the gator was already dead, apparently they swallow the hook and that’s all I will say about that.

The trapper was kind enough to bring the gator across the river so that I could get photos of it, but he had to hurry and get it to shore once it gets out in the sunlight.  The trapper said this was a 12 foot plus gator, and that this was “the big one” that he chased the other night, and the one that most probably came after the neighbor’s dogs.

Page 2 of the story:  The gator you see in the yard he said was only a 7 to 9 footer, based on the photos I took, but was feeling at home enough to come up on shore to relax and sun himself, so he would need to go as well.  I called the Alligator Hotline again and added one more gator to the permit, as the trapper said he was only allowed to catch the one gator on the permit.  So we will be gator hunting again very soon!

Well, so much for excitement in sunny Florida!

Back Again After a Short Break

Dear Family, Friends, Subscribers, and Visitors,

I’ve been remiss in not posting very much since Thanksgiving of 2011, and I know you have wondered where the “Hot Flashes in the Pan” videos have been.  You will be glad to know that I will be focused more on bringing all types of new information, articles, videos, photos, and a whole new array of projects in 2012.  I took  a short hiatus to work over at my Church, tend to our business of forensic work, went through the holidays, preparing the taxes for the IRS submission, etc.

Featured on my blog will be some of the projects I worked on at the Church which can be applied to all other situations & locations, including your home.  My husband and I also put together a website for the church which I think is pretty phenomenal, if I do say so myself.  It’s a tiny little church, about 80 members, but you just can’t imagine all the things that this little congregation does and gets accomplished.  If you would like, please go to the site:  www.sanmateopresbyterianchurch.com and see all the events, activities, projects, and everything that this church does.  The previous church that we were members of has over 1,200 members, and they don’t do or accomplish anywhere near what our little San Mateo church accomplishes.  Hope you enjoy seeing our “little” church.

I thank you for your patience and understanding while I was away, and really appreciate you keeping up with my blog.  So get ready for a New Year, 2012 will be an fun, exciting, & beautiful time for us all!

Yours very truly,

Agnes

Shepherd in a Manger

Shepherd Dog in a Manger

Shepherd Dog in a Manger

 

Found on the Internet / Facebook:

A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard.
During the night, someone came across this.
An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort.
No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night.
We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus’ lap from time to time.
This is too sweet not to share.
No one mentioned that the dog breed is a “shepherd!”

Holy Smoke, You’re Awesome Day!

From one gorgeous gal to another ……. Today is National ‘HOLY SMOKE, YOU’RE AWESOME’ Day!  Just thought you would enjoy some cute signs sent to me via email from a friend of ours.  It’s GREAT to be a woman, lady, and especially a “La-Di-Da Lady”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t Afford a Porsche? Buy the $900 Jeans Instead

My husband is a big car buff, and for the past 45 + years he has worked in the automotive field in one way or another.  So he thought this would be an interesting article to pass along to my readers that I am reprinting from the internet that was written for USA Today by Chris Woodyard.  Enjoy!
 
Sep 08, 2011
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 

Always dream of owning a pair of Porsches? If that goal is a little out of your price range, than considering own a pair of the jeans instead.

Porsche Design specializes in jackets and jeans — but they don’t come cheap
 
Porsche Design is showing off its latest styles tonight at a swanky, invitation-only event at its boutique in Beverly Hills. A pair of Porsche jeans will run you $390 to $590 unless you want the “celebrity edition.” That will cost $900.

Of course, “Fashion’s Night Out” wouldn’t be complete without at least one celebrity. In this case, it’s Kaley Cuoco from TV’s Big Bang Theory.

Porsche Design’s fashion collection includes a new denim line. The label, which apparently has a dotted-line relationship to the famous German automaker, says its autumn/winter season 2011 is its most extensive ever as it expands into women’s wear, especially jeans. At $900 a copy, we’d expand, too.

Still, it’s cheaper than a Panamera.

Marineland, St. Augustine, FL

Marineland of Florida

From Wikipedia, the free enclyclopedia.
 
(We live about 45 minutes from this fascinating place, but have only recently had the opportunity to visit.  This article printed from Wikipedia tells about the history of the original Marineland.  No it is not the flashy Disney World mega attraction, but a quiet, peaceful retreat to see the beautiful dolphins and learn a lot about them as well as other sea creatures, a bit of “Old Florida”.  Marineland teaches conservation and educates the public on the world of the sea and the magnificent creatures that inhabit that part of our globe.  Hope you too get to visit one day.) 
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2008)
Marine Studios

Marineland of Florida is located in Florida

 

 

Location: Marineland, Florida
Coordinates: 29°40′6″N 81°12′46″W / 29.66833°N 81.21278°W / 29.66833; -81.21278Coordinates: 29°40′6″N 81°12′46″W / 29.66833°N 81.21278°W / 29.66833; -81.21278
Built: 1937[2]
Architect: John Walter Wood and M.F. Hasbrouch[2]
Architectural style: Moderne style[2]
Governing body: Georgia Aquarium
NRHP Reference#: 86000831[1]
Added to NRHP: 01986-04-14 April 14, 1986

Dolphin Show

Dolphin Show

Dolphin Show

Marineland of Florida (usually just called Marineland), one of Florida‘s first marine mammal parks, is billed as “the world’s first oceanarium“. Marineland functions as an entertainment and swim-with-the-dolphins facility, and re-opened to the public on March 4, 2006 (charging the original 1938 admission price of one dollar).

On the first day of 2011, the park was purchased by the Georgia Aquarium for a reported 9.1 million dollars.[3] The seller was Jim Jacoby, an Atlanta developer and member of the Georgia Aquarium board of directors, who bought the park in 2004 and redeveloped it.

History

Marineland was first conceived by W. Douglas Burden, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Sherman Pratt and Ilya Tolstoy as an oceanarium that could be used to film marine life. A site was selected on the Atlantic Ocean south of St. Augustine, eventually known as the town of Marineland. The site of Marineland is within a 20,000-acre (81 km2) grant given to London barrister Levett Blackborne in 1767. The well-connected Blackborne, grandson of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London, never settled his grant (nor even visited Florida), and eventually Blackborne’s plantation was regranted to John Graham, a Georgia Loyalist fleeing the Revolutionary War.[4] Ultimately, the land that is today Marineland was broken up over the years into smaller parcels.

Financing and construction presented challenges as Marineland was the first attempt at capturing and sustaining sea creatures. These challenges were overcome. Construction and engineering was carried out Arthur Franklin Perry Co. of Jacksonville. On June 23, 1938, “Marine Studios” (the name “Marineland of Florida” would later be adopted) began operations with its main attraction as a bottlenose dolphin. Unexpectedly, over 20,000 tourists clogged Highway A1A to visit the new attraction. For many decades Marineland consisted of not only the oceanariums but several amenities including a motel (Marine Village Court, Marineland Motel and Quality Inn/Marineland); Dolphin Restaurant and Moby Dick Lounge; Periwinkle Snack Bar and Sandpiper Snack Bar; Marineland Marina; plus fruit shop and gift shop; and a pier at the north end of the facility. A Texaco service station was adjacent to the Periwinkle Snack Bar and Greyhound Bus Lines stopped regularly during its St. Augustine to Daytona Beach run.

The total property area consisted of 125 acres sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Originally planned for the St. Augustine area, residents of that community did not look favorably on the attraction being located there; thus the new site south of Matanzas Inlet was chosen.

Having the grandson of Leo Tolstoy involved in the project helped Marineland become a very fashionable destination in its early days, prompting writers Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, John Dos Passos, and Ernest Hemingway to visit Moby Dick’s Bar located there. Ms. Rawlings was married to Norton Baskin who at one time (1950s/early 1960s) was the operator/manager of the Dolphin Restaurant/Moby Dick Lounge. The park’s facilities were very popular with tourists and also used for numerous movies, including Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Revenge of the Creature (1955). Trained dolphins became an additional attraction in the early 1950s as Marineland became one of Florida’s major attractions, attracting over 900,000 visitors per year with peak attendance in the mid-1970s The opening of Walt Disney World Resort in 1971 giving a major boost to the attraction’s annual attendance. However, Sea World’s entry into the Florida market eventually had a very negative impact on Marineland from the late 1970s through the 2009. Many publications unfortunately note the peak attendance at 300,000 which is erroneous. The break-even admission point was 400,000 even during the 1950s.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney who was the major stockholder of the private company opted to sell the marine park in the mid-1980s to a group of St. Augustine businessmen. With declining attendance the norm, the group was unable to meet its loan payments and the attraction was again put on the market. Ownership change was the norm from that point.

Eventually, the maintenance demands of the old park became too costly for the real estate investment group who owned it at that time. The facility began to sink into disrepair as the owners desperately sought a buyer. Finally, through a convoluted deal involving junk bonds, the property was sold. The buyers planned to build time-share condominiums on most of the ocean hammock land but were unable to bring the plan to fruition. This effort resulted in bankruptcy for the buyers. In addition, the already-strapped oceanarium had been reconfigured as a non-profit foundation as part of the sale and was responsible for its own sustenance as well as repayment of the bond issue. Needed monies were not invested in repairs, and the shabby condition of the park offended even the most loyal fans. With no direct ownership, no funding, and the financial burden of bond interest payments, employees were left to cope with equipment failures, no marketing, loss of credit, bounced paychecks, government inspections and the custodianship of the marine mammals, fish and birds. During this era, many devoted individuals and businesses contributed materials and services to help employees keep the place going. In the end, the foundation repaid the bondholders pennies on the dollar, a large part of Marineland’s dolphin population was sold off to Orlando, and the current owner came in and picked up the pieces.

Hurricanes Floyd and Irene in 1999 forced the park to close for two months. In 2003, all of the park buildings west of Highway A1A were demolished leaving only the original structures along the Atlantic Ocean. In 2004, the park closed completely for renovations, and re-opened on March 4, 2006.

During the renovations the original 1938 Circular Oceanarium (400,000 gallons) and Rectangular Oceanarium (450,000 gallons) were demolished. The age of the Dolphin Show at Marineland is now over as the park reopened as a hands on educational facility. Future plans for the area include a condo development on former park lands. The rest of the old Marineland property wound up in the hands of Flagler County and now make up the River to the Sea Preserve one of the County’s many parks.

With a gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney of slightly more than 3 acres (1.2 ha) of land together his donation of about half of the total constructions costs, on January 30, 1974, the University of Florida opened the Whitney Marine Laboratory adjacent to Marineland. This laboratory’s purpose was the experimental study of marine animals but was separate from the lab that was once operated by Marineland. Marine Studios through its Research Facility contributed greatly to the understanding of porpoises from 1938 thanks to Arthur McBride, Forrest Woods and other marine biologists. The staff at Marineland was a “first responder” for hundreds of whale strandings along the southeastern Atlantic Coast during its existence.

Marineland had three bottlenose dolphins born at the newly constructed Dolphin Conservation center in July 2008. Two of them were males and one was female. The calves were named in November 2008.

In January 2011, Marineland was sold yet again and is currently being operated as a subsidiary of the Georgia Aquarium.

References

  1. ^ “National Register of Historical Places – Florida (Fla.), Flagler County”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 1986. http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/FL/Flagler/state.html. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c “Marine Studios”. Florida Heritage Tourism Interactive Catalog. Florida’s Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. http://www.flheritage.com/services/sites/fht/record_t.cfm?ID=272&type=c&index=18. Retrieved 17 August 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa (3 January 2011). “Georgia Aquarium buys Florida’s Marineland”. ajc.com. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/business/georgia-aquarium-buys-floridas-794147.html. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  4. ^ “Town of Marineland Sustainable Tourism Comprehensive Plan Element”. law.ufl.edu. University of Florida Conservation Clinic. http://www.law.ufl.edu/conservation/pdf/marineland.pdf. Retrieved 4 January 2010.

Louisiana State Bird

PelicanThe Louisiana state bird is the Eastern Brown Pelican.  Found from South Carolina all the way to Brazil, it is famous for its large bill.  The bottom part of its bill has a pouch that can be greatly enlarged.  This is useful because when they go to catch a fish to eat they scoop up the water the fish is swimming in, making it easier to catch.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana’s State Reptile

Louisiana AlligatorIf you go to the lowlands and waters of Louisiana you might bump into the state’s reptile, the alligator.  Found in the southeast portion of the U.S., the alligator’s colors range from dull gray to dark olive.  Despite its vicious reputation, this large “lizard” takes better care of its young than other reptiles do.  However, if you see one you’d better stay out of its way because grown males can weigh up to 550 pounds and grow to 12 feet in length.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana’s State Crustacean

Crawfish PlateCalled “crawdads” and “mudbugs” in other parts of the U.S., crawfish are Louisiana’s state crustaceans.  There are so many in Southern Louisiana that this region is commonly referred to as the crawfish capital of the world.  Although may crawfishermen still use swamps and marshes as their main hunting grounds for these small, lobster look-a-likes, the crawfish industry has become so big in Louisiana people have developed crawfish farms.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana State Flower

January 11, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Magnolia FlowerHave you ever noticed how many Magnolia trees there are in your neighborhood?  Well, in 1900 the Louisiana Legislature did.  Because of the large number of these trees found in Louisiana, they decided to make the white blossom of the Magnolia tree Louisiana’s state flower.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana’s State Fruit

January 10, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

StrawberryStrawberries have been grown in Louisiana since the 1860’s, but it wasn’t until 2001 that the strawberry became the state fruit, replacing the cantaloupe.  The city of Ponchatoula is most known for its production of strawberries.  In 1999, the United States Postal Service even introduced a strawberry stamp, and held its opening ceremony in Ponchatoula.  Approximately half of the money that the state earns from fruit comes from strawberries.  The strawberry has its own commissioner, and most importantly, its own festival held every Spring in Ponchatoula.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

You know you’re a Floridian if….

January 5, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

FloridaThis article came to me via email from several people:

You know you’re a Floridian if….

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You’re younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly. … Continue Reading

Stuff You Might Not Know

January 5, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Interesting trivia sent to me via email from several people:

Stewardesses is the longest word typed only with the left hand.

Lollipop is the longest word typed only with the right hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Dreamt is the only English word that ends with the letters ‘mt’.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. … Continue Reading

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895

January 4, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments
8th Grade 1895

8th Grade 1895

This article came to me via email from several people:

This is interesting… What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895…  Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education?  Well, check this out.  Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA.  It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam:  Salina, KS – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.

2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.

3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph

4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie,”play,’ and ‘run.’

5. Define case; illustrate each case.

6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.

7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. … Continue Reading

Louisiana State Freshwater Fish

January 4, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Also know as “sac-a-lait”, the white perch is Louisiana’s state freshwater fish.  This fish is green or brown on its back, and bright silver to white on its belly.  Easiest caught when using live minnows as bait, The largest one caught in Louisiana weighed in at a whopping 6 pounds!  Did you know that after the female white perch lays her eggs, it is the male that guards the nest to make sure they are safe?  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Human Statue of Liberty

January 4, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments
Human Statue of Liberty

Human Statue of Liberty

This article came to me via email from several people:

I find it amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, actually still exists! And now, someone has put it on line for all of us to see

This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918. It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Des Moines,  Iowa. EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!

What a priceless gift from our grandfathers!

FACTS:

Base to Shoulder: 150 feet

Right Arm: 340 feet

Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 f eet

Right thumb: 35 feet

Thickest part of body: 29 feet

Left hand length: 30 feet

Face: 60 feet

Nose: 21 feet

Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet

Torch and flame combined: 980 feet

Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000

Number of men in torch: 2,800

Number of men in right arm: 1,200

Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000

Total men: 18,000

Louisiana’s State Vegetable

January 4, 2010 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Sweet PotatoThe official state vegetable is the sweet potato.  Louisiana is the second largest sweet potato growing state in the United States and the sweet potato is the most valuable vegetable crop grown in Louisiana.  It is worth about $65 million to Louisiana farmers each year.  People call sweet potatoes grown in Louisiana “yams”.  Sweet potatoes have a bright orange flesh color.  Native Americans were already growing sweet potatoes when Columbus arrived in America in 1492.  Today, people enjoy sweet potatoes in casseroles, desserts, salads, pastries, cakes, pies, side dishes, and soups.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Well-Planned Retirement – “From The London Times”

December 29, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Well-Planned Retirement – “From The London Times” (sent to me via email)

Outside the Bristol Zoo, in England, there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 coaches, or buses.  It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging cars $1.40 and coaches $7.00.  This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25 years.  Then, one day, he just didn’t turn up for work.

“Well”, said Bristol Zoo Management, “we’d better phone City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant.”  “Aahhh…no”, said the Council, “that parking lot is your responsibility.”  “No”, said Bristol Zoo Management, “the attendant was employed by the City Council.  Wasn’t he?”  “NO!” insisted the Council.   “We thought he was your employee all of these years.”

Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or on a white sandy beach somewhere, is a bloke who had been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at about $560 per day at the Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years.  Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million. And no one even knows his name.

Louisiana Mardi Gras

December 24, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Mardi Gras“Throw me something Mister!!”  For a lot of families in South Louisiana, those are the words babies learn after they master “Mama” and “Dada”.  A long standing tradition in the state, the Mardi Gras celebration brings fun, laughter, color, and “throw” to all who participate in its festivities.

A festival brought to Louisiana from Paris, France, the first daytime parade held in New Orleans was in 1838.  Although most think of floats, beads, and costumes, Mardi Gras is in fact a religious celebration.  The Carnival season was created as  time when people have fun before beginning the Lenten season of fasting which leads to Easter Sunday.  During the Lenten season, followers of Catholicism are not supposed to eat meat on Fridays.  Traditionally, on the Tuesday before Lent begins, they celebrated by eating all the meat they had in storage.  This is why it is called Mardi Gras, which means ” Fat Tuesday”.  The colors associated with this annual festival are purple (symbol of justice), green (symbol of faith), and gold (symbol of power).  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana’s State Vegetable Plant

November 6, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

TomatoThe Creole Tomato is the state’s official “vegetable plant”.  The Creole tomato plant was developed for our state’s hot muggy bayou climate.  It is known for disease resistance and productivity in hot weather.  It’s fruit, the Creole Tomato, is used in sauces, soups, salads, side dishes, and even desserts.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana State Cuisine

October 30, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Gumbo is the official state cuisine of Louisiana.  Gumbo is an African word that means okra but gumbo doesn’t always have okra as an ingredient.  It is a spicy, thick, soup-like dish made with a roux (browned flour and oil or butter), vegetables, and meat, seafood, or both and served over rice.  There is even a gumbo made with eggs!  Some people use file’, the ground leaves of the sassafras tree, to thicken and flavor gumbo.  This dish is so popular that several festivals and cook-offs are held each year from North to South Louisiana to celebrate this Louisiana food.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana’s State Jellies

October 23, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Louisiana has 2 state jellies.  They are mayhaw and sugar cane.  The mayhaw fruit grows on trees from Texas to Florida.  It is a member of the hawthorne family and is a cousin of the rose.  Grant Parish is listed as one of three areas with the most mayhaw trees.  The fruit resembles a crabapple.  Cane jelly is the first new product created from sugar cane in more than 200 years.  The jelly comes in a variety of flavors, including barbecue and pepper.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Louisiana State Meat Pie

October 21, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Louisiana is known for its delicious food.  That is why it is no surprise that the state has an official state meat pie.  It is the Natchitoches Meat Pie named for the oldest town in the state.  The pie, which is filled with meat and seasonings and fried, has been popular in Natchitoches since the 1700s and was sold by street vendors.  Today you can find them in restaurants and at the annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival held in the month of September.  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

Hot Flashes in the Pan YouTube Videos

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Critter Corner

Alligators In Our Yard!

July 17, 2012

  You have to look real close, but the gator is resting behind the sago palm and the water’s edge.  Needless to say, I too these photos from inside the house and did not go out to get a closer inspection. The Alligator Trapper caught “the big one” which was 12 foot plus.  Here he […]

Back Again After a Short Break

February 2, 2012

Dear Family, Friends, Subscribers, and Visitors, I’ve been remiss in not posting very much since Thanksgiving of 2011, and I know you have wondered where the “Hot Flashes in the Pan” videos have been.  You will be glad to know that I will be focused more on bringing all types of new information, articles, videos, […]

Shepherd in a Manger

November 20, 2011

  Found on the Internet / Facebook: A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night, someone came across this. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there […]

Tale of the Missing Socks

September 17, 2011

My cat Penelope wears socks.  Yes, you heard correctly, socks.  She’s a little over 15 years old now and has arthritis in her back legs.  This causes her to be a little unsteady when using the litter box.  Sometimes, not always, but sometimes after she tinkles she looses her balance and steps in the clump of […]

Pets and the Joy They Bring

September 16, 2011

Having a pet, be it a cat, dog, bird, fish, horse, pig, or whatever furry creature you relate to, is a positive and healthy experience.  Studies have proven that they can extend our lives, lower our blood pressure, and pretty much make us feel good all over because they give us unconditional love. You may […]