St. Louis Cathedral & Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States, and is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This stunning structure sits facing Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. St. Louis Cathedral survived Hurricane Katrina; however, she did tear a hole in it’s roof and water damaged the pipe organ which was later rebuilt.
The St. Louis Cathedral features a statue of Jesus, and at night, you can see his breathtaking shadow appear on the back.
Jackson Square is a historic park that sits in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. In 1803, this was the site where Louisiana was made part of the United States territory through the Louisiana purchase.

Today, this beautiful park is home to local artisans selling their creations, and of course, amazing jazz performers!
Snapped this picture of Tuba D honking his sousaphone at Sheena!
While the band was performing, I did a Facebook live so this video isn’t great, but at least you can hear the amazing music we heard!

A Year of French Knots

My own hobbies are rather quiet. I like to read and do needlework, and I love animals. – Betsy Byers

Month One – January 2019
31 days x 10 French knots per day = 320 French knots

All throughout 2018, I watched one of my favorite embroidery instagrammers, adamsela, worked through a year of French knots, and I knew that once 2019 rolled around, I wanted to give it a try. French knots are one of my favorite stitches, and I absolutely loved the piece of art it turned out to be. I’m doing 10 french knots a day for 365 days, using all 6 strands of DMC floss, with each knot being wrapped around the needle twice. I chose random colors, and typically chose a week’s worth at a time to make it easier. So, month one is now complete, and I am already loving how it’s turning out! And you know my OCD self had to start a dated spreadsheet to keep track of the colors I am using, you know, so I don’t use a color twice.

DMC colors used: 14, 340, 731, 600, 758, 677, 3801, 3812, 825, 794, 955, 702, 761, 725, 333, 3328, 535, 3886, 3961, 3832, 806, 3819, 956, 26, 3753, 919, 3607, 701, 742, 3607

The Journey Begins

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be savored. — Earl Nightingale

Hoar Frost – 12.2018
a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

So here I am, starting yet another brand new blog. Years ago, I was an avid blogger, and since my very first blog, I’ve tried starting a couple more but unfortunately life took over and I failed. I really enjoyed it though, so I thought I’d try this again. I think what is different this time around is that I have more time. Jeff and I are empty nesters now. We have a lake home, and traveling is in our future. I mainly want this to be a place to share my thoughts and experiences through images and words; to have a virtual scrapbook and journal of sorts for my kids and grandkids. I’m not going to set a goal of how many posts I will do, I am not going to set any expectations. I am just going to do whatever inspires me. But, I am going to blog past trips, because honestly, I have so many beautiful pictures to share; and it’ll hold me accountable to finally do something with them instead of them sitting on my Amazon Drive. You can hold me to that. I also want to share my embroidery, crafty things, photo editing tips, and lots of pictures of my puppies. Anyways, I’d love if you subscribe, leave comments, follow along.