My friend Robbie wrote about my birthday party in his blog today. He reminded me of my Bucket List Louisianne. I wrote about it when I first moved here. I worked on it awhile and then got distracted by everyday living. I noticed today that I’ve crossed off quite a few in the short time I’ve been here. Some I planned to mark off the Bucket List, and others I just happened to do without any intention other than having an invitation. There’s a few more I need to cross off this list this year.
Take a swamp tour
- Drive Highway 1 to Grand Isle
Tour Laura Plantation
- Teddy’s Juke Joint for Blues
- Chase a Chicken (the real Cajun Mardi Gras)
Paddle to the Queen Bess Island Rookery
- Tailgate at LSU on a Saturday night
Discover the Tunica Hills/Clark Creek
Dance at the Magnolia Cafe in St. Francisville Discover my roots at the Rural Life Museum & Burden Center in Baton Rouge Catch my own fish and cook it (Deep sea fishing)
- Sleep in a four-poster bed in a plantation
- Wander Windsor Ruins on a fall day (Port Gibson MS)
Ride the St. Tammany Trace by bicycle Take an early morning walk in the French Quarter
- Take a sunset cruise on a Biloxi Schooner
- Friday lunch at Galatoire’s in New Orleans
- Drive your own Boudin Trail – Sampling boudin all over the state
- Visit Afton Villa when the azaleas are in bloom
- Abita Springs Opry
- View photographs from Natchez chronicling the years 1850-1950 at the Stratton Chapel in Natchez
Watch the sun set on the Mississippi River
- Take a cemetery tour
Zydeco breakfast at Cafe’ Des Amis in Breaux Bridge Visit the Huey Long statue at the State Capitol
- Find a Conrad Albrizio Mural
Eat an original muffuletta at Central Grocery in New Orleans Christmas Eve Bonfires
- Paddle Virgin Cypress at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
- Take a ferry ride West to Algiers
This evening a friend of mine in Memphis sent me a link to an article that the New York Times published on Baton Rouge’s blues scene. I had no clue the area was once known for Blues Music, and it seems that I live two blocks from Phil Brady’s, a place where live music abounds. Teddy’s Juke Joint is on my Bucket List, so I guess I’d better make a date to check it out. I already know about the Red Dragon Listening Room which hosts a lot of live music in a theatre-type setting. I get their emails with their scheduled performances, but I rarely go. I don’t know why, other than the fact that last year’s budget cuts kept me engaged in free or really low-cost activities. At $20 – $50 a show, it’s not really expensive – especially the $20 ones – but I cut it out all the same. I need to look at their schedule again and get some dates on the calendar. I can always go indoors to listen to live music in July and August!
This weekend has been a mix of fun and feeling a little bit off. I had a fabulous time on Saturday. You can read yesterday’s blog for more on that. But this morning I woke up in a real funk. I felt down and extremely sluggish. I felt the same way on Friday. I hope to settle in for an early night. I took a long walk on the levee today with a new friend and had brunch at Another Broken Egg. I was hoping the sunshine and the walk would perk me up, but I didn’t shift emotionally. This evening I headed over to the Red Shoes for a sacred circle that I attend on Sunday evenings. I felt very quiet, but I was very happy to be among friends and fellow spiritual travelers.
I’m settling in for a quiet evening listening to some soothing music. There’s a dog snoring gently beside me and a cat purring in my lap. I’m sipping some Chinese herbal tea, and I’m hoping they will do their magic. I’ve slept like a dead person Friday and Saturday night, so I hope for more of the same deep sleep tonight. I’m off tomorrow for MLK day. I hope it will be a quiet day, but I do really need to get some intense exercise. Hopefully, I’ll wake up feeling energetic first thing. I was supposed to run the half marathon today in the Louisiana Marathon, but my knee injury late last year canceled that. I had to watch the runners running by my house with some jealousy. But, congratulations to my friend Tracy who completed her first half marathon today! That’s a huge accomplishment, and it’s not ‘half’ of anything. It’s a challenging race distance on its own!
I’m already thinking about Mardi Gras. I downloaded my parade tracker last week, and I want to attend some of the earlier parades as well as the ones the weekend before. I plan to chase a chicken at the old time Mardi Gras this year. It was on the calendar last year, but our plans got derailed by frozen bridges across the Atchafalaya Basin in a freak cold spell. We’ll hope for better weather this year!