Sunday, January 31, 2010

She Finally Got Snow

So many false reports this season. So many near misses. Finally Elise got her wish...the snow hath cometh! Elise, Holden and Beignet couldn't wait to get out and play.

Holden needed a little coaxing to stay outside...Elise loves her ole girl....

Beignet..our baby doughnut loves to hang with her girl!

So the dogs aren't black and gold by chance... Geaux Saints!

Hope this is the last of the snow for this year....

Saturday, January 30, 2010


An explanation of the title. Creole vocabulary gives us male and female goes phonetically like this: female cousin: koosin/(kouzin) and male cousin: koosan/(kouzen). I grew up with my Father talking about his kouzin/kouzen very affectionately. I am hoping my children and grandchildren feel the same.

We finally got the cousins in a group photo. Like all children and babies they of course complied with the photographer and smiled and posed on cue!

Lily had a lot to ponder...

No one wanted to say cheese! Looks like Lily was working on giving the boys the raspberry...girls gotta start young...

Trey is taking his role as the eldest of the cousins and the protective hero seriously...
Peter just wanted to go back to sleep!

My wonderful grandchildren...I love you!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Really! Really? REALLY! Wow, growing up in New Orleans it is almost unbelievable that the Saints are finally going to the Superbowl. If you check out the picture of my nephew, you can tell there is nothing tame about family allegiance to the Saints. I know we have relatives in heaven dancing a Second Line as I type! 

The irony does not evade me however, that the person that could burst the Saints bubble is one of Archie Manning's sons. Usually I am all for the Manning boys. I watched them grow up and enjoyed in their success. But now, Peyton, I am putting a voodoo on you son! I really, really want the Saints to win.

So instead of 'Pants on the Ground', or 'Favre on the Ground', it now must be 'Manning on the Ground'!  Shucks. Another year, Peyton.

Rest up everyone. In two weeks we will have the New Orleans Saints in the Superbowl...Look out Colts... Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In~~~!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

You've Got To Have Friends

There's a song Bette Midler sings called, "You've Got To Have Friends". Now some of the words in the actual song may not match the title, but I feel very strongly about how important my friends are in my life. I have a core group of friends that have been here for me since I moved to North Carolina.

We have seen each other through many things. Watched our children grow up together,  even vacationed at one time or another with some of them. Life has been good having them in my life. I've even had one of them move away for a time. I refused to believe she had moved, just gone on a long vacation. Fortunately, they moved back and I was able to feel like my dream had become the reality. Welcome home, Marilyn and Enrique.

One of my friends is another New Orleans transplant. We are able to keep our traditions alive. I have to admit we haven't gone visiting the local cemetery on All Saints Day with doughnuts in hand since we first moved, but Geaux Saints!!! Debbie and Al, my hand to gawd, friends forever dawlin' hawts!

Another friend is our fashionista. She keeps us on our toes and our shoes in style. Becki is even now on the television and radio as a political advisor. Without her advise on things political and fashion we would be out in the cold.

Another transplanted couple, Jeannette and Jimmy arrived here from Louisville. Another town with strong southern traditions. Jeannette's brother just happens to be married to another of our group so they are not only friends, but family as well. J is our talented faux finisher...has designed many beautiful walls of fame in town and all over the south.

And Laura and Mike, hometown heroes. They have lived here the longest. Laura actually longer than Mike since he moved here for college. I have had the good fortune to not only have her as my friend, but as my boss. Worked with her for quite a long time until the back broke. Wasn't her fault, honestly. In fact, it snapped at the wedding reception for Becki's oldest daughter. Was dancing my heart out and the hip went one way and the back another...sproing!!!

Okay, so you have some history here. Our friendship goes back for a long time. Our kids have grown up together even dated one or another a time or two. Some have been each other's roommates in college and beyond. Stood by our child's side when married. Yep we are each others extended family in a lot of ways.

Last night it came crashing down on me how important they all are to me. One of us had a birthday to celebrate and the news of her child's engagement. One of us had to put a beloved pet to sleep. And most heart breaking, one of us is having to face the reappearance of her cancer. As we sat around a table at a local restaurant, listening and sharing in each others woes and blessings, I realized in a flash how blessed I am to have these strong, caring and loving women in my life. We have each other for support in good times and bad. And really, that's what friends are for.

I love you girls, I really do.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Warm Weather

Yes! The weather has finally made a change for the better. It has defrosted and made it up to the sixties. Two fur balls in residence in our house are benefitting from the warmer weather. Elise bathed them both and they seem to be happy for the shampoo and shine! Holden and Beignet are soaking up sunshine, I guess storing up vitamin D for when gray days return.

Steve had MLK day off. Well, he did go in to work for half a day for meetings and conference calls but then came home. I can hear him outside working ,we all are happier with sunshine and warm weather.

Tomorrow Elise starts her last semester of college. While I am thrilled for her, I will be missing the companionship we had over the break. Good thing for me she has an internship in town so I will get to see her twice weekly. Yay!

Sunshine beckons...excuse me while I go enjoy the warm weather! Ciao!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

How Do I Thank You

Friday was not one of my favorite days. In fact it was one I had been dreading for two weeks. The tooth in my head that had been repaired, root canaled, posted and every other bandaid possible done to it, expired. New Years Eve day it started acting up. I waited until after New Years Day to call our family dentist. He prescribed an antibiotic and set up an appointment for me first thing that following Monday.

No magic left in his hat...tooth had to come out.

Next call, our family oral surgeon. OH NO...he was out for back surgery! Now, I am a creature of habit and  familiarity. I don't like to have strange doctors treating me and when the procedure is one like this, I REALLY don't care to see anyone new. After much discussion with his receptionist we agreed to put the tooth on hold since I was on antibiotics and it wasn't hurting and wait for his return. A week went by with no phone call that he was back in the office. Long story longer,  I called the family dentist back for another referral. Just as I was working up the nerve to call the 'unknown surgeon' creepy music in your head...I got a phone call from my hero oral surgeon's receptionist...he' baaaaaa aaaaaaacccckk!!!

I was offered an appointment for Thursday, but my daughter was not going to be in town. We are each other's driver and nursemaid, cheerleader, you name it. Did not want to attempt to have oral surgery without my very special gal pal to be by my side. Life was good, they gave me an appointment for the next day.

So yesterday I had my tooth out. Not fun. Most of us in my family don't do well with drugs. I had the nitrous gas...did relax me thank goodness, but also ended up making my stomach almost hurl. The Dr, not wanting to endure that, I'm sure... switched to just oxygen for the last bit of the procedure. Saving us all from the atrocities of hurling stomach.

 All of this took two hours. My sweet daughter waited for me all this time, drove my shaking bones home, got me in bed and comfy. Next she went to the pharmacy and filled my prescriptions. Elise then returned home and made sure I was doing ok and kept her watchful eyes on me. I have mentioned to you my, dear readers how wonderful this young woman is. Never will it be too many times and never will I be able to express how much I love her. She is my comfort and blessing. I love you Goog. Always have...always will.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Best of the Best

We have always told our children they are the Best of the Best. Last weekend was a good example of why we know this. It was their Dad's sixtieth birthday. The siblings consulted via emails flying madly back and forth and planned a wonderful birthday surprise.

For a while now we have lived with attic stairs that do not function completely. We had to pull them half way down and then use a ladder to climb up the the half way point and then up the stairs to the attic. Needless to say it has been a long while since I have been in my attic.

The kids banded together and purchased new attic stairs for their Dad's birthday. The Best of The Best part is they all came over to not only give their Dad his gift but they then installed said attic stairs. Those that were not working on the stairs helped work on repairing the master bedroom wall that was damaged in the flood from tropical storm Ida. What a wonderful gift. We are much further along on wall repairs and we have wonderful, working attic stairs. I do want to make note that our daughter Elise was as involved in the repairs as any of her brothers. Looks like her summer school studio Urban paid off in construction skills.

As this was an all day and well into the late night affair, I sincerely want to thank my most wonderful daughters-in-law as well as my sons and daughter. If they weren't the loving women they are, our sons wouldn't have had the time or opportunity to install and assist on home repairs. I love you all!

So turning sixty was to coin a Martha Stewart phrase, 'A Good Thing'.

PS Dad tuckered out before the kids left and they let him sleep...the best keep getting better!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Big Daddy's Big Birthday

Happy Birthday to the man of my dreams. Today is Steve's sixtieth birthday. How did the time go by so fast? I remember as if it was yesterday when we met. He with his charming smile and brilliant blue bedroom eyes! He was 19 going on twenty. I had just turned eighteen. Wow, a college guy was going out with me. Way Cool! And he was....and is.

I can remember lying out on the LSU football field (not during a game), and we were planning our life together and thinking of all the children we wanted and what we wanted out of life. I hope his dream has come true, because I know he has made mine come true.

Happy Birthday Man of My Dreams...sixty years young and still kickin'!

I love you...Susie

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pickled Okra Salsa

For holiday gifts this year for family and friends I made a new salsa. It was a big hit and really easy to make. The recipe makes not a large amount so I doubled it as I went along. Ended up making quite a few batches .

Adapted from:

I usually don't duplicate recipes, I always try to tweak them to give them my individual twist.
Here's my adapted version:

 Makes about 1 1/2 cups if following recipe

5 whole pickled okra sliced I used jar variety
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
4 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 (14.5 oz can) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, drained

1. Pulse first six ingredients and half of the tomatoes in a food processor a few times or until throughly combined. Stir in remaining diced tomatoes. Serve immediately or cover and chill. Store in refrigerator up to seven days. If refrigerated, let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving.

For my friends that enjoy a spicier salsa I added the following.

1. Replaced the pickled okra with Hot Pickled Okra
2. In every batch, even the less spicy I added Crystal Hot Sauce...more drops for the spicier version and less drops for the milder. Season with the hot sauce to taste.
3. I also added a teaspoon more of fresh lime juice to every batch.

C'est Si Bon!

The Great LSU vs Penn State Throwdown

My husband and I are avid LSU fans. Having gone to many games in Tiger Stadium in our college days, we remain staunch Tigers. I was proposed to on the golf course outside Tiger Stadium after a home game. That isn't part of this story...just a personal aside.

One of our sons married into a family that is as rabid about Penn State as we are about LSU. I will state in full disclosure...with knowledge of aforementioned Penn State loyalty, we welcomed the marriage.

For the bowl season this year, who would have ever believed that LSU would be playing against Penn State for the Capitol One Bowl? Once I heard the news, I thought it would be fun to have a throwdown between the two families. The winning team would have an ornament displayed on the front of their Christmas tree for the 2010 holiday season and place the losing team's ornament on the back of the tree.

So I guess by now you may have heard the results of the big LSU vs Penn State throw down. Yeah, we lost. And we now have a BEAUTIFUL PENN STATE SNOWMAN ORNAMENT for the front of our tree. I have sent a Beautiful LSU ornament for the back of the tree to the winners. I have two LSU ornaments for our house, in 2010, one will be at the back of my tree. Sorry, Mike.

So instead of eating snow as in the last posting...I will eat some crow.

Here's a picture of the ornament on our it a test run for next year.

Oh well, you win some you lose some....Congrats Penn State Nittany Lions....Maybe next time!!!

Corrections to We Got Snow

A correction on the We Got Snow posting. Uhhh, after you see these pictures from my son's house in the Washington, D.C. area and our son that lives in Richmond, VA., I have to say, "Maybe not so much". But I still say as pretty as that is to watch coming down and play with the first and perhaps second day...after that it is just cold and hard and slippery white junk to be avoided. I am glad I know people who live in places where it snows like that so I can have pretty pictures to post.
And here are some pictures from the Richmond, Va area...


However, I prefer to have my snow in the form of flavored snowballs...