Tag Archives: Neighborhood

I just love a good mystery, and when you weave it with lost treasure, or lost tourists, I get almost spastic- in a good way.Here in Louisiana we have several great mysteries, like, why do tourists stand in line for h-o-u-r-s at Cafe Du Monde to drink bitter chicory coffee and eat deep fried beignets […]

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  • Art and Sand - Thanks for bringing back a memory of the fantastic 36 hours we were able to fit into a weekend when we went to our nephew’s wedding in Biloxi. New Orleans was a lot more fun the Mississippi.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Jean Lafitte buried his treasure in the last place anyone would ever think of.

    Then he forgot where that was.

    Your city politicos at least don’t spend their time smoking crack, hanging around with criminals, and making an ass of themselves every time they open their mouths… unlike, oh, the moron who thinks he’s the mayor of our largest city, mind you…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes, Mr. Ford is a train wreck I just can’t keep my eyes off of. I’m surprised he’s so loved as he doesn’t represent the most lovely of cities- Toronto. I Love Toronto. One of my favorite in the World.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - I am bamboozled as to the answers to your first few questions…. but holy crap is that Lafitte’s something awesome to behold!!!!! Those stairs!?!? Wicked!ReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - I love your slice of life NOLA perspective. We went to Lafitte’s recently and found it to be quite remarkable. Glad you included it!ReplyCancel

In pagan times, with such little knowledge about how the world worked (it’s diseases, finding fresh water, what lightening was, why it wasn’t a good idea to live under an active volcano), people adopted a set of protocols that attempted to explain their lives, which were seemingly out of their control, very short, often painful, […]

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  • bethteliho - hahahaha! I have so many favorite quotes from this post, I ended up almost rewriting the whole thing so I ditched the idea of telling you my favorite line! This was hysterical…warts and all! 🙂 will be sharing it all over the place!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank You Beth! I’d really love to know how you’d do a rewrite- I’m sure I could learn a lot! Maybe in some spare time- like we have any! Love ya gal!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson H. - I think I need to move to New Orleans.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That is definitely a heck of a tree wart!

    Belgium is one of those things rumored to exist. No one’s really sure it’s there.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, the Belgian ambassador would like to have a word with me.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’m actually laughing out loud! I’ve been to Belgium once- or was is Bruge, or Brussels? Something with ‘B’ probably BS.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Cheryl, you have a wicked way with words! My mind is now spinning with images of boobs and warts and stuff. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Timothy Hecht - I would have liked to visit New Orleans with the Burgundy Campaign. Maybe next year.ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - Very funny. Now I am not a Double D nor am I blonde. Is there no hope for me?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - No, there is no hope for US. It has been this way since the beginning of blondedom. Sadly cast aside in favor of the dumb ones because of idiot men. But secretly we rule.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Regione - Am I number 1000? Great post, as usual. I bow to your wittiness, if that is a word.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes- you’re # 1000!!! You win a prize- you have my permission to visit every day and bask in my wisdom- and make up words to adore me by.ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Dude. You’re kinda brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Google, Prozac, and no respectable huts! Loved this pagans of the past and present post. Have to go share now.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Wow – cool post Cheryl. (I’m sorry it took me all week to get over here. I don’t have my shizz together.) Interesting stuff and that tree? That’s creepy to the Ent degree. (see what I did there?) 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahahaaaa (funny) and no problemo- I don’t actually EXPECT ANYONE to visit- much (This I am not laughing about- maybe crying a little). HA!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - “This usually failed, thereby identifying the brunette as a witch and burned at the stake.” I laughed so hard I think I peed a little. Brilliant post as usual! You absolutely crack me up!ReplyCancel

When I first visited New Orleans, many years ago, I was struck by the the shear force this place has on one’s senses- the smells, the sights, the sounds, the flavors. I was like a kid in a candy store- “I’ll take one. No, make it two of each. Oh yea. I can handle it”.And now […]

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  • Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design - New Orleans can be overwhelming but I miss it. It is the most “alive” place I have ever been. There is an energy there that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Yes a bit crazy at times but never boring.
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    • A Pleasant House - Exactly! There is a buzz here that I’ve never felt anywhere else. The culture seems to be authentically inclusive- live and let live. You never know who’s coming for dinner, or when a party will just spontaneously pop-up! I’ve become a little spoiled- when I travel I have to remind myself that wherever I am- it’s not NOLA. Thanks for stopping by Patty!ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Makes me wish I were there!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I really must get down there and see it for myself someday.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - I got through reading an Anne Rice novel one day, called my friend Tena and said “Pack your bags, I’m tired of reading about New Orleans, I want to go. Oh, and we are going to eat everything”. So we packed up and left at night. We stayed in the French Quarter and I kissed an oyster shucker and sang Christmas carols in the middle of the road with two people I don’t know (It was February), had a totally incoherent conversation with a elderly street trumpet player, made a life long friend with a random woman on a boat, made friends with two bartenders I still keep in touch with, there is a vague memory of a red pool table on the night I wasn’t the designated taxi grabber, and we documented our entire trip in pictures of food that we ate around the clock (They will deliver food right up to your hotel room from most restaurants any time of day or night!). I want to go back. I want to live there actually. That one week was not enough. I get an ache when I read about it as though I’ve actually lost something that belongs to me, LOL. Thanks for the view from your balcony. I’m coming back, when I do I’ll look you up!ReplyCancel

  • conniemcleod - One of my favorite things to do is to sit on a New Orleans balcony, drink in hand and enjoy the view. And if I’m on a covered balcony, rain is a nice touch.ReplyCancel

It’s Friday.We have people coming for dinner.The pantry is bare.A trip to the store and…. there are 30 empty parking spaces, upfront, but I park in the w-a-y back. Perfect.But wait! I see a car pulling into that ‘sweet spot’. She gets out.She trots to the door in yoga pants, happily chatting on her phone. Downward facing dog can […]

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  • kblakecash - We actually have “mother with children” spots at some stores here. I guess I can’t use them because I’m a father. And my kids are in their thirties.

    There are a variety of reasons one may be allowed to park in a handicapped spot, not always obvious to the naked eye. My parents in law, who should park in handicapped spaces on their own right, have a sticker because my brother in law is in a wheelchair (does that make any sense? It’s no more difficult for him, he has wheels). If he’s not with them they will not use a handicapped spot, even though they could, and should.


    • A Pleasant House - I get ‘wheelchair’ ‘crutches’ ‘MS’ chronic leg/back pain. But broken arms, and just being over 60 should not count.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I look it when they are caught, but it’s a common practice.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Too common Marie. That’s my point. Abused I’d say. My mother is 82 and doesn’t have a tag. She wouldn’t dream of NOT giving-up that space to a more ‘needy’ person’ even if it was a 25 year old with three kid’s in tow. I don’t know you IRL but I suspect you are of hardy stock and not a an entitled AARP member- which I could be if I paid the dues!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Another Clean Slate - It is frustrating when I’m going somewhere with my grandma (who needs the help and close spot) and can’t get it because of people who don’t need. But then again, i suppose we never know if something is wrong we can’t see.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - My mother, before she passed away, spent ten years with arthritic knees and really should have had a tag. When she moved to their last address, her new doctor got the arrangements made right off.

    The previous doctor spent years saying, “oh, you don’t need that.” Among many, many, many other reasons he was a lousy excuse for a doctor.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Isn’t that ironic- that someone like my father could scam a tag, but not your Mom? What a shame. Wrong on SO MANY levels.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I see a lot of people taking those Mother with children spots or the pregnant moms spaces. Burns me up. I think it would be fun to put a diaper (not used – I’m not THAT evil…;) ) on the windshield under the wiper. Just to let ’em know i’m onto them.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Oh – and love the tennis elbow line. Bwahaha!ReplyCancel

  • UP - I park as far away as I can, better for the waistline.


We live in a world of out-of-control, in-your-face, over-my-dead-body, I dare ya, extremism salted with flagrant I’m-not-doing-that, I deserve better, where’s mine? kinda chumps.Lovely.So glad to know you.I prefer in-control, space respecting, join me won’t you?, inclusionism (is that a word?) sugared with fragrant I’ll handle-that put your dogs up, you deserve better, let’s share […]

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  • michelle - Inclusionism? Is that a word? Well, it is now (if it wasn’t before, and I’m too lazy to Google it…)
    Ha! You made me feel kinda guilty with mention of those things to remember to do… which is a good thing…

    • A Pleasant House - Well, you’re a busy beaver here this morning- and I’m THRILLED! GUILT is a powerful tool don’t ya know! Hahahaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Giving back is my motto!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - When Ben and I adopted a young man at age 17, I thought maybe we had filled that glass full, and yet, here I am working with high school kids in an afternoon program and saving the animals around town. Guess it’s just in my nature. Women.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - I want those shoes, in purple.

    • A Pleasant House - Aaaaaghhhhh. PURPLE? Yuck! I love ya Nat but PURPLE!!!! Though, with your gorgeous coloring, maybe. PS: Read your post today. Glad you got away and recharged, I know the feeling. I think I left a comment. I hope so. XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Lucy Pireel - Love those shoes! And the attitude! My kind ‘a woman 🙂ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I must know the story of those shoes!!ReplyCancel

  • Blogwati Gee - Oooooh, my last piece was on eclectic shoes too. Happy to be here. And yes, hear you loud and clear. So many things TO DO, so little time. I need to get my act together. Will strike some of them, asap.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - You really don’t wear those shoes, do you? lol I’m afraid the world is passing us by. The type of people you talk of to begin with is the “Me” generation and are taking over the sanity of the world with their insanity. The have no tolerance for others and are only selfish in their interests. They’re everywhere! Very scary. It reminds me of the society in which an old movie, “Soylent Green” described … one that would send anyone over 40 to the factories to be turned into food for the youth of the day. It’s amazing to me that with this being the Age of Communication, how little the youth of today actually see and hear. Good post!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’d like to craft a witty retort to your thoughtful comment but I think between the two of us we could rule the world! And of course I wear those shoes (heheheeeee). Hugs & Kisses Rich! Your my man!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That shoe is an invitation to being attacked by a cat.ReplyCancel

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