Musings

Things can change when you keep moving

Light fixing

I almost titled this “Sin papas,” which is Spanish for without potatoes, which is how I ordered my breakfast—in English—and actually what the order-taker told the cook. Delightful veggie scramble bowl, I had. Sin papas.

More mundanity: traffic light being fixed. Under solid overcast.

Lake buchanan dam

Sky is clearing as we pass below Buchanan Dam, holding back the Colorado. Which today looks blue not colorado, Spanish for reddish, dark rusty brown, I think.

Rio Concho lake statue

We needed to stretch our legs and stopped in San Angelo. Immediately when we opened the doors, we heard a band playing across the lake, another dammed up section of the Colorado. We walked toward the band shell and found this lady posed with her own shell.

Bandstand event

Band was playing piece after piece of band standards, mostly several together in medleys. Is this what bands typically do? The musicians were separated into two groups, each with its own conductor. The upper conductor was leading the whole thing, I’m pretty sure. There were active duty folk in the audience, several dignitaries on stage (one in uni), and I think the event was to honor a group that works with wounded warriors.

We are standing as requested for the final song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Windplants

On the road again, and the scrub oaks we had seen most of the morning disappeared and we saw wind plants on the horizon.

Cotton rows flooded

Continuing westward, the skies became almost clear and we got into irrigated cotton lands. However, they have had some rain, and we saw puddles here and there, and water in the creeks/dry washes. For a time.

Cotton harvest

Cotton harvest. Round bales and large rectangular stacks. I think the four-digit numbers may designate which farmer is to be paid for the cotton.

Mountains afar

Another gorgeous sunset, this one with a line of peaks in the far distance across a valley. We lost another hour and I’m rather discombobulated. And tired. G’night.

Bayou territory glimpses

Bayou reflections

Turns out our word bayou is from a Frenchified Native American word. Most I’ve seen are like this—dredged and channelized.

Palmetto moss

Photographically, the high point was a morning walk in a wildlife preserve also known as a swamp. Lots of Spanish moss but no Spanish.

Showy egret Mandalay

The trail took us back to open water—a lake? This bird kept its distance yet still was curious about us. Snowy egret.

Little blue heron

Closer was this little blue heron, busy hunting and mostly ignoring us.

Roadside shipbuilding

Back on the road we drove through an area with lots of ship-building, which appeared to be roadside but was really in nearby channels.

Cane harvesting

Later we got into a cane-growing zone. It is harvest season and a few guys and many machines were active. Lots of trailers, full and empty, moved the chopped plant material to…to…I assume presses?

Arching bridge

Many bridges, a few high enough for ships to pass.

Horse in traffic

Much later we were in a traffic jam (no alternative routes), and the Guru made a new friend. Kinda.

Sunset phone

And another spectacular sunset. Life is darned good. We sleep in Texas tonight. [Those two sentences not logically connected.]

NO is an aging, somewhat ravaged matron

Lower nine abandonment

Coming in from the east, we began our New Orleans wander in the Lower Ninth Ward. It’s mostly still abandoned with some pockets of trash remaining.

Lower nine bridge

The Claiborne Avenue bridge crosses the flood control levees and a shipping canal, hence the section that will rise out of the way.

NO riverboat

Downtown, finally. River. Riverboat.

NOLA emigrants

Statue honoring emigrants to New Orleans. I might have chosen “immigrants.”

NO StLouis church

Jackson Square, with statue in the middle. [We won’t discuss which Jackson.] Cathedral named after Louis IX of France, the only French King who is a saint, so the name is Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France. Seems strange to have saint and king linked. So New Orleans.

Café du Monde lovelies

New Orleans means beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde. Yes, the business has changed greatly since I first came here in 1967, but it’s still beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde.

NO streetcar

New Orleans means street cars.

Joan of Arc

New Orleans means the maid of Orleans…here Joan is gilded.

Balconies adjacent

New Orleans means upstairs balconies and architectural detail.

NO balconies two Tier

Sometimes the balconies are double-tiered.

Market bow

Down at the market we found this gigantic bow, so large it takes multiple loops of chain to hold it.

Tipitinas side

Then we shifted neighborhoods and walked past legendary Tipitina’s. I was surprised to read it opened in 1977; I thought it was older. Must be the archaeologist in me.

NO other quarter

Random building in the Touro quarter. It is quieter and very residential compared to the French quarter.

And, as my dear friend KW sometimes writes, that is all. 😀

Clean lines

Clapboard lap siding

I finally found the upstairs maid (hahaha) and got her busy. Three loads of laundry and lots of miscellany. Still: odds and ends remain for tomorrow morning.

I think of this as both clapboard and lap siding. Turns out both terms are used. Here, in the yew-ess of ay, anyway.

Flag convention

Sunny and warm for my walk. Found this blue flag convention, but not the blue flags of spring. Sewer lines? Buried cable? A mystery.

Parallels

Fennel seed heads

The parallel I’m suggesting is that these are the dessicating seedheads of our fennel. They succeed the plant’s main event—the green phase.

Today, we followed our main event—Wednesday early T-day dinner—with lovely, wonderful, tasty left-overs.

Of course, some people might argue that left-over day is its own version of a main event—sooo, sooo easy!

Good harvest

Georgia bug

My dad, the Botanist, called these, as I recall, Georgia bugs, meaning he saw them here and did not associate them with the Midwest. This one hung around the back door this afternoon, but was not admitted to our early T-giving. We had a good harvest this year, albeit from assorted grocery stores.

Feasting: not yet

Sweet potato pile

Raw materials are in place…

Turkey roasted

…and some have been prepped. Or partly prepped.

Holly jolly

WF stools decorations

Out buying our T-giving bird, we found decorations for the succeeding standard US holiday. I pondered sitting and waiting for the holly-jolly holly-day, but I’ve got a meal to prep. For THIS week.

Apologies for the grumpiness, but how many people in a GROCERY store are buying for Xmas????

On the other hand, the trees, wreaths, and other greenery out front of the store smelled piney-lovely.

Complicated choice

Leaf raindrops

Or is it an easy one?

Tree window raindrops

Watch the rain fall…or watch the bread cubes for the dressing dry?

Preparations

Pansy planter

Nice organic loaves have been cubed to dry, preparatory to incorporation with sautéed veg and butter (mmm) and stock and summer savory to make dressing. Days from now.

Meanwhile…pansy season has commenced.