Traveling Journal: Walking New Orleans

Day 2

As soon as we drove in we immediately jumped on a trolley to take us sight seeing. They were pretty noisey but it took us where we needed to go.

We wanted to see Bourbon Street and French Quarter, that’s exactly what we saw. There were musicians scattered out on the street too, NO-style. We walked around and captured the beautiful architecture of these buildings!

Most are French and Spanish influences. They dominated the area the 19th century. Interesting fact, “New Orleans was founded in Spring of 1718 by the French as La Nouvelle-Orleans. The French intended New Orleans to be an important colonial city.”(1)

The styles above are the American and Creole Townhouses which have Spanish influences in the architectural detail. (2) Just gorgeous!

The French Quarter has all different styles of cottages, just gorgeous! We did a lot of walking but the weather was amazing

The above buildings were the ones my kids were amazed at. Our favorite show is NCIS: New Orleans. And these are Agt. Dwayne Pride’s bar and NCIS headquarters on the show. It looks like they are private residences. We were star-struck! 🤩

We ended the day with some dinner on Bourbon Street, some alligator and gumbo!

Making memories! Priceless!


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Hello Courageous 2018!!



Courageous Lips n Looks

So my new endeavor for 2018 is a small business! I’m so excited and just love the product! There are too many things I’ve thought up, many ideas but never followed through because of different reasons. But life is too short and I want to share a different story. I’m not getting YOUNGER and retirement is close.  So, I’m doing it now!

So if you love make up and lip color, then check my Facebook story, link is above. I think you will love it too!  This will not be a “selling” platform, I promise.  This baby, “Life is a Beach”, is my personal, creative, “just me” place!  My “Lips” have a different place in the cyber world.  🙂

But what I do want to do here on my “Lips” journey is share what I learn as I go.  I’d love to have you come along too.

Have a blessed day!

Letter by FIFTY GIRL

Dear Diary,

YES, girl is a good title for this entry, because I don’t completely feel like anything else in this writing right now. Today marks number 5-1! Half a century and 1! I’ve gone through my 5oth year. It sucked, I’ll say. I say that from the perspective of health. While my health was not one of a terminal or yet chronic condition that I know of right now, but it was definitely an eye opening year. My hip, thigh and leg were seriously irritable this year. They spent a good portion of the year reminding me that I’m 50! Please rest assure, this is completely from my perspective. I realize we all have different experiences but I always looked upon aging as just a passing thing. Didn’t really worry about it. But we really have to pay attention to our health. The earlier the better.

On an emergency tour to my orthopedic doctor, he gives me the wonderful news (my sarcastic thinking voice) that my X-rays look fine, my blood work has no sign of arthritis.😐 However, blood work was not looking for diabetes, etc. but there’s no severe arthritis.😐 Then why have I been feeling like crap! (Thinking to myself) While I had some minor signs of arthritis visible, it is early and further damage can be stopped. How? Loose weight! 😬Now, I have heard this before. I see how it can really mess up your health now, if you don’t take care of yourself! As always I learn this, really learn this,  in the moment! Well, at least I know I can’t or SHOULDN’T get bigger!

The problem is, it’s hard! For me, it’s time. I just have to manage my time right and stick to it. Well, I know I have to do something, or else!

On the lighter side, my 50th started me on a ride to a new job. New district! It’s a nice change but it’s very demanding and more clerical work, and physically demanding too. I feel I won’t last long there. I may go back to prior district after a couple of years here. But, to new colleagues, new PRINCIPAL, which I could deal with for another 5 years till retirement.

So there’s my last trimester plan. Sounds weird putting life into pieces but I guess you start thinking of that when you get in the fifties.

While my kids are a very special part of my life, I know they will have lives of their own. They will not be thinking of me all the time. As much as I want them to at least REMENBER me, but I don’t want them to make their life worrying about me. Life is too precious for that. The Lord knows I’ve lived my life in abundance in many ways. I’m blessed I’m still here. Seriously, kiddos, think of me on holidays, birthdays, and when I miss you, call me. 😊

I’ll end this entry on a strong and blessed note, my partner in life. I seriously cannot imagine going on this journey without him by my side. Even in my fifties, I look forward to fun times, retirement, trips with my love. Through sickness and health, I know he will love and care for me as I will for him.

But it’ll be better, if I loose weight! 😉❤️😄💜😊 That’s my plan. I’m a good planner BTW, carrying them out is another story, or entry!

Fifty Girl

Hello Blogging World

It’s 2016! A new beginning and new resolutions after much evaluating of the prior year. One being coming into blogging world more often.  I’ve been away awhile.  Tonight ends my winter break and I’ve had a chance to recharge and refuel! It was wonderful!

My day ends with a daily devotion of PRAISE.  Praise can be song, words, dance, writing, poems, stories, testimony!  I will begin my year with words and songs of praise. As I write in my journal which I’ve finished tonight, and ready to begin a new one, my spirit rejoices when I meditate on what praise means. It means to fill with joy for tomorrow, for work, for the weak and the struggling– to be strong for them. To be the light of the world they need, we need, our town needs, our country, our world needs! We need it, cannot be without it, it’s a gift, it’s amazing!

So let’s write a story, a poem, a song, and hug a friend. It’s a great way to begin the new year! It will be great!