Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Most of you in the United States have counties as sections of your state. We in Louisiana are the only state in the union that is still governed by the Napoleonic code of law. Accordingly, we have parishes instead of counties. A neighboring parish had their annual fair this weekend. In fact, it was their 100th Washington Parish Fair. I'm told it's the best in the state and I believe it. There was a huge agricultural showing. For a city girl like me, it was really something to see the many different kinds of cows there. Who knew? lol
The main event for us was the Crescent City Celtic Band, who have become dear friends of ours. Following their show was Grandpa Elliott and Stoney B. If you don't know either of these acts, Google or YouTube them. Crescent City Celtic Band is in the midst of pre-production of their second CD. They were so kind as to schedule the live show for the new CD around my husband's schedule so that he'll be home from his ship at the time they record the CD in an Irish Pub in the French Quarter. How cool is that?!! Grandpa Elliott can be seen on the unbelievably powerful projects put together by Playing for Change. Stand By Me was their first video and, by far, the dearest to my heart.
This is the Crescent City Celtic Band (Frank Williams, Casey Crosby, and Jeff Shaw)
These three are of Grandpa Elliott and Stoney B on stage. If you have FaceBook and have me or my husband (CaptainCookie here on SP) as friends there, Bill posted a video he took of Grandpa Elliott singing Old Man River a Capella. It was so moving, just broke your heart to hear it. We who were born in New Orleans, nestled in the first crescent of the Mississippi River, have a special bond and affinity for the Mississippi River. It's hard for us to hear it without crying. Grandpa's rendition did me in. Oh! Bill just came in and reminded me that he posted that video clip on his SparkPeople blog. Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Here's our crew in the audience (PepperLeah far left and CaptainCookie far right). Next to Leah is Pepper, then our dear, dear friends, Vernon and Randie, and next to Randie, my youngest, Melanie (14).
My honey is an incredibly good photographer. Before we left for the day, we had some lunch (seriously yummy smoked chicken that filled the entire fairgrounds with mouthwatering aroma). As I looked up when we blessed the meal, I was filled with joy. The beauty of the blue skies, the sunlight dappling through the trees that were bursting with pine cones, the cooler temperatures, the low humidity (true cause for rejoicing in southeast Louisiana!) overtook me and brought praises to God to my lips. If you've followed my blogs, you know that my honey takes extraordinary photos. Some of the photos he takes from his ship are truly breathtaking. I've wanted to caption so many of them, "The heavens declare the glory of God," that Bill now just says in a singsongy voice when these kinds of shots present themselves: They're declaaaaarrrriiiiinnnnnngggggg aaaaaggggaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnn!! lol So these next three shots are those heavens declaring again!
If Saturday weren't enough of a grand time, we got to visit with our little grandson, Heath, yesterday afternoon. As most of you know, my stepdaughter is not allowed to see him, so our visits with him are few and brief and so very cherished. He has recovered from the trauma and abuse he suffered at our daughter's hands and for that we are so grateful. He truly returned to us from the brink of death. He'll be three in February. He is so bright, already knowing his colors, shapes, numbers, counting, ABCs, and about 15 different signs. Cool, huh?!!
I love sharing our fun times with you. I hope you weren't bored to tears! You are all SO dear to me. *hugs*