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    Ten years ago, on August 29th a powerful storm saved New Orleans. I know that sounds twisted curious, but ‘save’ the City, it did.   Backstory: We were still living in Ohio. Reinventing ourselves Relocating to New Orleans had not yet come into our future plans.   The entire world knows what happened […]


  • carollynn - Yup, yup, and yup. You’d never know I was a college grad by my language skills πŸ˜‰ I agree with everything . single . thing . you. wrote.

    I have loved NOLA for many years, (pre and post Katrina). While the devastation of Katrina was beyond words, it forced the US of A to re-evaluate the treasure that is NOLA and bring in resources to ensure it would survive and ultimately THRIVE.

    What is lost is lost, (and undeniably A LOT was lost) but from the watery grave has emerged a new, energized, better NOLA.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes! It really is amazing to see how the city has/is re-building, however, the street up-keep is deplorable. We just got a notice in the mail that said all of the roads should be fixed by 2018- so there’s THAT! I hope I can wait- so does my car.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - We keep talking about getting back to NOLA. I was there right after 9/11/01 and not since. It’s on our list. In fact, it’s top of our list. Happy that so much has re-emerged. I love NOLA. I just need to get thin enough to eat some beignets. Just sayin’;.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Good luck! I’ve gained at least 15 since eating my way through this town.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Such a positive take on what happened AFTER the horrors! I hope to one day see the reinvented NOLA. I never got to see the old one, but this sounds like it may be even better. Except the roads. πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There is SO MUCH to be positive about! And the people are so charming. You’d love it!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I had read some of that, but I did not know the rebuilding had been as thorough as you imply. I do hope they can keep the corruption down, but then there is human nature.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - The last time I was in New Orleans was 10 years ago right before Katrina. I loved visiting and one time I even ended up on a Mardi Gras float!ReplyCancel

  • Nora - Such great news!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is Nora. I can’t imagine a World without NOLA. Thanks for dropping by.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - You alone has made me want to visit New Orleans with all your colorful posts about the city. I remember the horror and that my we often watched from the hospital where my Mom was in her last days.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We;;, you know where you can get a room- for cheap! And cocktails!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Amazing how such a tragedy can turn into such a blessing! That’s life…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s a Cinderella story. But we both know not every tragedy is. Fingers crossed we have another Hurricane free season.ReplyCancel

  • Thefamilyjewlz Pembo-Bohning - I have had so little time to read any articles in the blogs that I follow. *sad face* I do like to visit yours because of course NOLA is where my soul resides. I have enjoyed many stories here on your blog, and I thank you. So yesterday I saw the Katrina one & loved it! Here’s why…it was short (like me) ;o), factual, and made me think…O my gosh, 10 years already?! Where is the time going?! Anyway, what you said about the roads…my doctor is on Napoleon and I go every 4 months. Each time I think…not yet?! And Magazine from the river??…don’t get me going!! LOL! Great little article shug. Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

  • Quirky Chrissy - I was there before, and I was there after…and I didn’t notice too many changes, but I sure do remember loving it both times. Would love to return soon. Please send pralines.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - A lot of the improvements are in the infrastructure, but so many homes have been renovated, and Magazine St. has never been more vibrant. Pralines are on the way. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDianiel - I was there both before and after as well. I actually learned more from you in this post than I learned watching all of those hours of TV before and after! A great explanation. The memorial is so touching.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The memorial is in a far-off place, down the southeastern edge- a fishing area. A friend of ours has a fishing ‘camp’ (raised house) down there. We went down to go out on the boat for the day and as we turned on the road I saw this amazing ‘thing’ out in the water. I inquired and went closer. It is absolutely beautiful- just standing there in the middle of a place hardly anyone goes to. It’s only about 50 yards off the land. And it’s huge! Amazing!!ReplyCancel

    When we’re young we have no fewer questions then when do we eat and what’s happening down there?   This morphs into who do we let touch it and why won’t they leave me alone?   Eventually, we start to question the wisdom behind jumping off a cliff.   The primordial urge to […]


  • Abby - Some serious stuff here again! Loved it! But hey Cheryl, what would you do if you had Trump’s hair? I mean there are only that many choices for people with half-head-hair!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I’m dyin’ here! LOL Not literally, of course. Well, you know, everytime I see “life ends” I always want to say, “No! It doesn’t!” But I can wish for the end to the wait for the last season of Downton.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why do they do this? Make us ‘wait’ an entire year? Couldn’t they have just filmed it all, at once, and released it into my television??? For my personal pleasure? I would have shared it, of course, but charged admission. I’m a ‘giver’.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - …What will I watch when I’m done bingeing on “Game of Thrones?” That’s serious stuff.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I have to start all over again with Game Of Thrones. Last year it interfered with something else and now I’m lost. Story of my Life.ReplyCancel

  • 1010ParkPlace - “Game of Thrones”… What do I watch now that MadMen’s over? Great post, Cheryl. BrendaReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hey Brenda! I loved Mad Men too. I’m currently hooked to Scandal, House Of Cards, VEEP, Call The Midwife, The Last Ship, Grace & Frankie… So much good television. So little time.ReplyCancel

  • Toni McCloe - We’ll they may not be the top questions on my list but I do wonder sometimes why I have to wait so long to watch Downtown Abbey and how long it will be before I get to watch Donald Trump again with my mouth wide open. I read The Notebook for the first time this year and I loved it. Why did I wait so long?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Loved the book, and even though I usually think the movie version sucks I think they hit it out of the ballpark with this one. I heard McAdams & Gosling didn’t like each other. I wouldn’t have guessed that. The chemistry was electric. I want some of that chemistry…. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Judy Krell Freedman - I’d run to “The Notebook” too!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - hahahaha! How did you know that I ask myself some of those very same questions? Especially the one about Thom’s shoes! Thanks for helping me laugh about them…. KathyReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - Funny questions and some to ponder. Yes to #7, it has to be or a small well trained animal?ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - The Donald lives in an alternate fantasy world in his mind where he truly believes he’ll be the greatest president in the history of forever and that no one notices his hair issues.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He certainly is confident. ANd so is the small woodland creature on his head. Hahahaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - LOL now that was a very well written and funny post Cheryl!! Really enjoyed reading it πŸ™‚ Yes, the Notebook is one of my favorites as well!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I want to put a computer chip inside your brain to learn more about your thought processes, my dear. As to #7. Whatever is growing up there it fits The Donald’s personality to a tee. Unmanageable, unreasonable and ill-mannered,ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL Calm down. Those questions really don’t have an answer. Just go with the flow. Oh, Lanny once told me never to put his boots or anything else away. I said, “You got it, Cowboy.” He was the neat freak. Years later he admitted it was one of the dumbest things he ever said.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Seriously funny questions Cheryl! Comb over / stray squirrel / spun dryer lint…. One in the same. You crack me up. Every. Single. Time!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - I love how our questions escalate with age – I’m already wondering what I’ll leave behind. Why am I wasting my time wondering that when I could be wondering whether another piece of chocolate would make me happy? I do love your posts πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - One must prioritize the wondering. I think having an additional piece of chocolate would be right up there, because, really, why not. Unless they can bury me with a box and a few pieces hanging out of my mouth? Hahaaa Thanks for the support! I love seeing you here!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDianiel - So many questions so little time. I bet he uses a Dyson on his head every morning.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you imagine? It’s a good thing He’s omnipotent! And has unlimited electric.ReplyCancel

I’m not the kind of gal that wallows in Debby Downer sweatpants with unwashed hair, while searching on cable for the secret pleasure of a Golden Girls rerun… … only rolling her ass off the couch long enough to add more ice to her drink and hi-5 the cat, while moving past his empty bowl, […]


  • William Kendall - Obviously the Girl Scouts have branched away from cookies!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Not your mother’s scouts anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Yup. I’ve still got the Girl Scout in me too. I don’t have a thin mint skin, I’m Do-Se-Do-ing my way through life with a Savannah Smile on my face, having a Toffee-tastic time. No more samoas-samoas, making lemonades outta lemons. Wanna Taga-along? πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Now, how do I reply to that? Ding-A-Ling.ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - I was my daughter’s GS leader. In middle school I took them to NYC and taught them how to buy designer rip-off purses and how to hail a cab. Important stuff.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - All very important stuff. I knew I liked you.ReplyCancel

  • K. Lee Banks - That’s quite the entertaining list! Thanks for sharing your sense of humor.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I wonder if the GS have a badge for smartass?ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - Hi Cheryl.

    Really enjoyed your post today thank you! I suppose there is a girl scout in all of us πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Truth: I just liked the uniforms.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Which Girl Scout are you?Seems to me you are their jeweled crown: thin mints. Yup. Delish, unbeatable and to-die-for. Are they funny like you too?ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Sorry for being slow (I’m low on hormones again so my brain doesn’t work as fast) but I didn’t get the Montreal part?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Nothing to ‘get’- just that she’s from France, was in school in Montreal, decided to see NOLA, stayed with our foster son ( on advise of a mutual friend), and then they took off together. True love don’t ya think?ReplyCancel

      • Abby - Now I “get” it:) See, menopause isn’t funny at all, since I thought there was a deeper meaning to that, like a double story, whatever. I think I need a double Martini to wake up my brain:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - I brush my teeth in gin- saves time.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Good post! When my daughter was little I was a troop leader too and it was a blast. Times I will never forget for sure.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I was NEVER troop leader. My daughter didn’t even want me to know she was IN GS! HahahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I was never a Girl Scout. I was in the 4 H Club though. That is why I had to make that apron for a County Fair. Considering all Mama had has a Singer Treadle, third prize wasn’t bad against all the farm women that sewed and sewed. So no cookie sales for me.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I know it’s shocking but I was a leader for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. We did things totally our own way so I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when I asked the girls to repeat the Girl Scout motto and they said, “Don’t whine.” Sigh …ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Ok, seriously? Hubby and I had a middle of the night insomnia discussion about girl scout badges. I only wish I could remember the content of the conversation!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Random. Odd. A little spooky with the ‘timing’. Totally normal if you ask me.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - good grief – you deserve the Queen Scout (or Queen Guide as it is in Oz) badge for navigating all that! Time for an iced tea I think πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  When I was younger I l-o-n-g-e-d to live in Manhattan. How can I get there? Who do I have to kill? Where will I live? Can I have a penthouse, please?   Well, I got there, for a while, and I didn’t like it: too big, too impersonal, too expensive, blahblahblah, and I returned […]


  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - I can honestly say I’ve never wanted to live in NY ever since my mom told me there are lots or rats running everywhere. Except for a Chanel sample sale, then I’d visit, but leave immediately. Open space, no buildings, lots of sky, that’s what this SoCal girl needs!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I agree Princess. It all seems so exciting until you come to value a ‘quality’ of life, and then NYC seems not such a bargain.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I live in a large city, and I do love big cities, especially in Europe. NYC is fun to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there,ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I LOVE cities- big, small. The intensity, the vibrancy.. its’ the suburbs that drive me crazy! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I can relate…I dreamed of New York while growing up in Dayton, Ohio….not fond of the city after I visited.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’m STILL dreaming of visiting NYC and all the places surrounding it. Actually, any place out east… or west… or overseas. Eventually. I hope.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, if you’re ever in New Orleans you know who to look-up!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Me too! I grew up in Kentucky and always dreamed of NY. I went there, but within a couple of days I was ready to head back home. To busy, to many people and the buildings sent my claustrophobia into overdrive. I love going for short visits, but I wouldn’t want to live there (I wouldn’t want to live in KY either, SC will do for now!)ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I love to visit, but I also love to go back home to Southern California. I’ll have to check out that restaurant next time I’m there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - My mother was born in B’lyn and we visited each summer, in the heat of the summer, walking 5 flights up to my great aunt’s hot, sticky apt with an El train running outside the window. Oh yeah. Brooklyn. It brings back memories!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You have way toooo much fun! My one brother tried New York City and hated it. He fled to San Francisco. Any place but Iowa. I really don’t care for huge metropolitan areas; except for Phoenix. I will admit the restaurants are far better. It doesn’t matter what large city.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love visiting NYC-of course I live very close to it. I think one’s experience of the city is very different depending who you share it with.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I lived in Manhattan in my early 20s and there’s no place I’d rather have come of age in. However, I did return to Ohio, just like you, tired of the rat race. I had plans to return to the city, all refreshed, with more money and ready for action. Instead, I formed a rock band and ended up touring the country. Got a little side tracked. Now I am content to live an hour away, going in from time to time to visit friends, sometimes day tripping it and sometimes staying over. I love the place. It’s my happy place. And I’m so stoked we get to hang out there together in a few short weeks!!! Yahoo, that’s going to be fun!

    Brooklyn is amazing. I love it. The winery, the brewery, the whiskey distillery…oh yeah, and the cafes, the shopping, the Brooklyn Flea…all of it. It’s really become a happening place.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I got ‘side-tracked too. Stayed in Ohio for the next 20 years (no regrets) but jumped at the chance to move to NOLA. Now I just visit the Big Apple and stay in hotels- with people like you!!! Can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - I love Brooklyn too – great to visit – xxooReplyCancel

  • rosie k - http://www.bravotv.com/odd-mom-out/season-1/ep-5-brooklandia

    Cheryl Babe…

    Amazing new funny show on Bravo…Odd Mom Out…not to worry, it’s NOT a reality show but scripted with by a great comic…
    Jill Kargman…
    a recent episode was all on Brooklyn…connection above…hilarious but be warned…she lets it all out…no filters!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - On Bravo? I’ve heard of it! I’ll tune in. And I miss you! XXOOO Next time I’m up North….ReplyCancel

    When I was a little girl I didn’t know what was happening two blocks over, let alone on the other side of the world…   then I grew up and suddenly I was responsible for tempering the weight of my angst against every global problem with a bottomless solution.     One night […]


  • Cary Vaughn - And I just want donuts but can’t because I’m on a “fitness challenge” diet of clean eating and exercise. The crises is real.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It truly is… on. And I have a beignet joint down the street. And it’s calling me!!! Holy Shit.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Agreed! I’ve been guilty of mentioning all the hungry street kids in India when my kids don’t finish their plate of food and then wondering how the hell that could be relevant to them!
    It’s true that problems in the first world are real but when someone whines about not being able to buy the latest iPhone because she just blew up her bonus on a Fendi purchase, I do cringe!!
    As you say….perspective!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - People can be their worst enemies, but you know what I’m taking about here *wink* Last weekend I heard a 26yo complain about not being able to go on a trip to Mexico this year, b/c she is in Grad School, and her parents are paying for that. I shake my head too sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • MJM - Awesome piece as always my friend, you gave us a hearty laugh at times, and lots of food for thought at other times.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks MJ. Food- Laughter- Food- Laughter. All good stuff! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Matthews - Thank you for making me laugh and reminding me of my mother simultaneously.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My pleasure! On both counts. Splendid!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - It is all about perspective isn’t it? We all make choices based on what has our attention at that moment. Your attention just happens to land on choices that are simply much funnier things than mine :)! Thanks for cracking me up yet again!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If I don’t find the irony in things I won’t get out of bed. I WILL eat in bed- just not get out of it. And then that leads to other problems…. do ya see the slippery slope in it all? Of course, you do.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - What matters to each of us really does matter β€” even if it matters to no one else. BUT, my matters are so freakin’ trivial most of the time, I need to make them not matter so much. Great food for thought here, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - – even if it matters to no one else (sooooo true and well parsed. I wish I had said that) and as for ‘trivial’ we all need to put our ‘issues’ in perspective. Almost separate issues- no?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You really are hilarious. Don’t let me miss you when we next visit NO!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - Wow great post and enjoyed so much! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - Thanks for validating concerns of women on both sides of the spectrum. I have befriended women with even greater resources than mine, and I learned that they have their own challenges that stretch them mind, body and soul. Not every problem can be solved by throwing money at it. I know this as a middle class person, but my few friends who are super rich also hit the wall, and I learned to give them compassion (well, most of the time. It’s hard when they complain about problems while traveling abroad extensively. That’s tough for me because I want to go!)ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thank you for having me stop thinking about my stresses for a moment! I totally enjoyed reading this great post!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Your so welcome and whatever your ‘stresses’ are they’re REAL and important Mary, but I’m glad I could ‘Calgone Take ME Away’ for a moment! remember that commercial? So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Thanks for this – I suppose we all should be permitted to feel like our problems matter, without having to relate them to the larger problems of the world, right?ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Oye! If I had to think about all the things that bother me each moment of the day or dish I washed, or shower I took – I’d go bloody raving mad! Of course, we have to be responsible and do what we can to help out each other and our planet, but I can only worry about one thing at a time or I crash and burn!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - SO true. In reverse, I think many people get stuck on the BIG problems and can’t get resolution to their own. There’s a balance- right?ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - Starving children, child trafficking, child prostitution, terrorism, brutality……our world is going to hell in a handbasket & it’s nice to hear someone say that it is okay to not be able to fix everything – thank you for that πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We’ve gotta give ourselves a break from all the guilt for not being superhuman, for the love of God. Hopefully I can ‘fix’ the things around me- sometimes in the neighborhood, if I’m lucky in the metropolitan area. But the WORLD? I wasn’t born with a cape. Thanks for chiming in Leanne. I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You have a skewed view of things, but then so do I. Some problems people must solve on their own. Other times, you are able to really help someone. (No, not saying what. That was between them and my husband and me.) Fortunately, Mama never told us about starving children in Africa. I had to read that in the paper for myself. I knew I couldn’t do anything as a child. Not sure I want a cook. It is one of the few household chores I do like.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - This is exactly why every crisis is inflated to a global level. Political correctness and guilt. We don’t have to feel guilty for worrying about if HELL IS ABOUT TO BREAK LOOSE. I for one want a national effort to get rid of my post-menopausal belly fat. HeLLO? Can you say TRAGEDY of NATIONAL proportions? Thank you my NOLA friend for putting it all into the appropriate perspective.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Post-menopausal belly fat is of the most urgent of crisis’. If I didn’t think the UN was such a piece of SHIT I’d demand something be done about it! We could show up together and convince them I think? Yes- we could. XXOOReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Hell to the yes on all of this, and in particular, the yard sale thing resonates. We always donate. My SIL, God love her, she can do what she wants, non uh mah biznez…but she has a yard sale every time her kids grow out of a pair of shoes. God forbid she doesn’t see a return on her investment. I hate to be judgmental, but I kinda hate that shit more.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Don’t you just LUV the people who try to make Yard Sales a retail operation. I want to find their hose and water the whole thing done. Idiots.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - A lot of serious stuff there, wow! Life can be overwhelming at times, can’t it Cheryl? :))) But there is only that much stuff one can take, right? I’m pro saving though- the liver, the dog etc because we never know when we might need somebody’s help:)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh, I’m ALL ABOUT waste not-want not. No reason to be frivolous. My cats will probably save me anyways. Meow….ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I think of all these things and more. I am dreaming of a our truck filled with stuff to donate so I have room for more stuff or maybe not. All I want this week is to not be cut off over and over from multiple customer service centers and an answer to my important how-to update my computer so I can work problem. Love this whole post!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Those are truly concerning. I’m NOT kidding. Those kinds of ‘issues’ are the real deal baby. Life, and all of it’s crap, will be here l-o-n-g after we’re all gone.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I remember liver and onion night my mom would say the exact same thing and invariably one of the boys would ask if he could mail it to them. This was so hilarious, CherylReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The larger Global question is: Who the HELL serves liver & onions to little kids and expects them to like it? Jeez!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - The challenges in my life escalated considerably last night: the Pizza house had run out of stuffed crust!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - See- stuff like that! Important! HahahaaaaReplyCancel

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