Thursday, December 5, 2013

News from New Orleans (Friday Fragments)

Half-Past Kissin' Time Mrs4444 hosts our weekly frag party. 


It's been one month since I arrived in New Orleans, Lousiana. I am taking a  three month furlough from ministry in Honduras. For most of this month, it's been foggy and chilly in the Big Easy. I don't mind the chill. The fog? I could do without it, but it's better than snow and ice, I suppose. As we say in Cajun French, c'est la vie.

Yesterday, I harvested all of the satsuma oranges from my mom's trees. I picked over 50 sastumas, which needed to be harvested as we are settling in for a colder and earlier winter than normal. Her navel orange tree is full, too, but the fruit is not quite ripe. The bigger oranges are hardier, so we can wait on that harvest a bit longer.


Yesterday, I published an update on ministry news. We are collecting school supplies once again. School is out for "summer break" in Honduras. In February, school will open once again. We purchased over 80 school bags, and I hope to collect items to fill them this month.



While I have been busy with family business, personal business, and ministry affairs, I have spent a fair amount of time doing not much of anything. I spent 2 days with family in the woods north of New Orleans during Thanksgiving week. The rocking chair was quite comfy.


This weekend,  I am headed north of New Orleans to take part in the audience of a live worship event at the Vineyard Northshore Church.  I am a terrrible singer, so I suppose I can fake it if the mikes are turned toward the audience at any point. Also, this weekend, I am cooking breakfast at a local food bank for guests needing a hot meal and a bag of groceries.

Late breaking fragment! My friend, Kathy, sent a picture that she thought resembled me. What do you think?


19 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

Ride that bronco, gator-girl.

Traci Shannon said...

That rocking chair is calling my name. Sometimes, there is great value to sitting and allowing your spirit to be refilled.
And I love the gator-girl pic.
Happy FF!
:-)
Traci

John Calypso said...

I think that is a very strange pet.

Laurie Matherne said...

My high school's mascot was the gator. There are part of the landscape where I grew up, but I know them to be malevolent, ugly creatures.

Laurie Matherne said...

Traci, I spent little time actually in that chair. The day I took the picture it was cold so I spent most of the day near the fireplace, indoors.

Laurie Matherne said...

I knew the gator pic would speak to you, Steve.

lisleman said...

Hopefully that gator was stuffed. Growing your own oranges - now that's something you can't do around here. Do many family have their own gardens for food in Honduras?

Laurie Matherne said...

In my city, Tegucigalpa, it's very common to have mango, banana, or coconut trees. Lots of my friends grow veggies like tomatoes in the yard, or have vines for melons, too. Corn is grown in empty lots, even in the middle of the city, too.

Andean said...

good guess… LOL

Andean said...

Why did we all wear sailor outfits at that age? The photo is adorable, and that little hat. And the gator--not your typical marine shot.

Laurie Matherne said...

It's not me, thank God. I wore jeans and t-shirts. I never had a gator as a pet, as I consider them to be dangerous beasts.

Traci Shannon said...

Oooh! I love sitting by a fire
:-)

jodaley said...

I would love to have oranges ripe for the picking. I live in the Northeast so not likely to happen : )

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Those sastumas look amazing!

Laurie Matherne said...

The raccoons think so, too. Another reason to harvest.

Laurie Matherne said...

The oranges in my mom's yard are as big as grapefruit. I can't wait for them to ripen a bit more.

Kim G said...

I just wonder if somewhere, in an alligator's den, there's a picture of a baby gator, dressed in her Sunday best, perched atop a taxidermied young woman. It'd be a perfect Gary Larson reprise.



Saludos,


Kim G
Boston, MA
Where the favored late19th century animal prop is the moose.

Laurie Matherne said...

Kim, I can't think of a reply that equals your comment. Excelente!

unknownmami said...

I am so glad you are getting some downtime to do nothing. You deserve it.