Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hodge Podge

Our first stop on the brochure run...we could not service this kiosk. The flood waters have been drained into Lake Pontchartrain, flooding Lake Road.

I really like this castle. Somebody must have a queen to live here.

Last year it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  

It looks good now.

Our work this past week included repairs to the boardwalk at Bogue Chitto refuge. Bogue Chitto is a Choctaw name meaning big stream.

We don't want anyone falling through on these rotten boards. We replaced a total of 15 with 7 more to go.

The runners underneath are getting bad too. With some of the good ends of the rotten boards we replaced, we secured some of the runners as well. Not an easy feat. 

This kind of work is unacceptable to us. It has now been fixed. This was done by our predecessor. I will show you why in the next photo.

Sometimes to get a board in right, you have to remove a top runner, then drill a hole in the board to insert a long bolt back through to secure it.

Wallace gets to do all the hard part of this job.

Sometimes you just have to get creative as some of the bolts are a little rusty and you have to pry them out!!!

Before going out, I cut the replacement boards to size in our nice work shop while Wallace trudges them out to the truck.

Cooling off my smoking hot drill.

While Wallace is struggling with some of the harder work, I get to secure the boards to the boardwalk.

This was replaced with a nice new board at one of the overlooks at the same place.

We replaced several of these boards last year on this same overlook.

Isn't this a pretty entrance? We had passed it up several times hoping to get a photo of it before they took them was the day.

While out and about, you have to be mindful of these kinds of critters. A cotton mouth snake, and we have seen several lately.

When we make our brochure run which includes several stops, we check things. There have been a couple of signs with graffiti. Here I am painting over it.

The brown wasn't quite the right brown, but it looked good when I finished and now the graffiti is history...for a while.

Last blog, I showed you Fritchie Marsh...what it looked like before and after the mess was cleaned up. This week when we went back, it still looked great with only a little bit of trash to pick up. Hooray!

This is what it now looks like!!!

There is a tradition around Mardi Gras time that includes a King Cake. There is a plastic baby hidden inside and whoever gets the piece with it gets to bring the next years cake. Ours had cream cheese filling.

While out at the mall yesterday, just had to stop for this photo.

Our granddaughters birthday is today, she is eleven. We HAD to go shopping for that.

You might notice, the shirt Wallace is wearing was given to us for donating blood. It has the Fleur-de-lis design on it. He now has two of them as those shirts are always X large. We donate all around this country and proud to do so.

That has caught us up on our doings, so, until next time!!!


  1. Good work on the boardwalk. We love those kinds of projects as you can see the immediate improvement and know that it will last for years!

  2. Glad to see your post! I was wondering about you guys and how you were doing with all that water coming your way! It's been cooler than usual for us down here and even a little stormy once in awhile. Good to catch up by reading the blog! Keep up the good work! :)

  3. You have been working really hard. Replacing those boards is tough work. Be careful of those snakes.

  4. You're sure keeping busy... I'm sure they really appreciate the two of you and all you do. Looks like the weather is great there.