Creative Living in Tangipahoa Parish

I finally left Florida on April 10th and made my way to Hammond Louisiana to the home of my friend Sandra Blair. Sandra and I met a number of years ago when we were both selling our respective art at street festivals. It was my first art fair, we were in Birmingham Alabama, and staying at the home of fellow artist Joe Decamillis. Although he was out of town for his honeymoon, Joe and Allison were so gracious as to let a bunch of us stay at their art filled home. This was also when I met Paul Andrews, outstanding connections, both – thanks Joe! While in Birmingham, Sandra and I bonded over strong coffee (and some alcohol), while doing some serious porch sitting in the post show evenings. Since then I had kept up with Sandra via Facebook and watched as she continued to add to her fur family, stopped doing art fairs, started making decorative masks, entertained her grand-boys and posted all kinds of food related photos and recipes (always with notes on how she would adjust them if she were ever to make them). When I started to head towards Louisiana, I knew I wanted to spend time with her and her many dogs. From our time together on Joe’s porch, I had known how talented she was and how varied her creative skills and her love of dogs and food. What I didn’t know was how truly fantastic she was as a cook! Here is where I would love to include some amazing recipes to share with all of you, but alas, Sandra does not use recipes and once she has made a dish she doesn’t quite remember all that went into it. I will say that, I ate well, really, really well! Not only was a large portion of each day with Sandra devoted to cooking and eating highly delicious food, but she also knew the very best places for oysters (Guy’s Oyster Bar in Amite), and it was oyster season. We also did a fair amount of exploring, thrifting, bargain hunting, coffee, beer and cocktail drinking (some of which happened whilst sitting on her porch), discovering DIY storage solutions for her mask making supplies (extraordinary, elaborate, colorful and amazing masks – sorry no pictures), admiring an abundance of live oak trees and laying about covered in furry friends. It was a spectacular time. There is nothing better than great food with great friends and great dogs, in my humble opinion.

green and shady road

spindly trees 1

roadside plane2

bridge 1

tunnel

waiting for something to drop 2

lulu2

lester3

weegee

velveeta

tator and velveeta

cows

cemetary

dash board life

guys oyster bar amite3

inside guys 1

inside guys 2

oysters at guys2

ferral house

out for a stroll

pineapples

nice building

gazebo

fishing

yellow coke

midway jam

winners

small loaf2

patriotic pigtails

machine guns

kiss me

whac a mole2

would you like to play

in it to win it

ducks

dragons

blue sky carnival

strawberry fountain

princes

models

lost something, what?

polka dots

red fence

live oaks

not so super

toy horses

totem

private collection

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2 comments

  1. WOWSIE LIZA, these pics are absolutely wonderful, and I realize that a lot of them were taken while I was going around 60mph, so even MORE impressed at the irony of them and so wonderfully composed!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a great time getting to know you better and your wry sense of humor as well, and the dogs are STILL sitting by the window, waiting to see you pull up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again, right?

  2. Thanks Sandy! I had an amazing time, you were a super tour guide even at high speed! Tell them furs I’ll be back to visit, tell ’em count to 10 and I’ll be there. That’ll keep those puppies real busy, I know how good they is at math.


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