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Small Stuff #72: Casting a Vote for a Hero April 10, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: casting my vote for a true Louisiana hero.

Hey y’all, Jenga Mwendo is a finalist in the Cox Conserves Heroes contest. Jenga returned to her native New Orleans after Katrina and immediately began working to revitalize gardens. She has converted the Laurentine Ernst Garden into a vibrant space and secured the donation of a storm-damaged cottage next door for garden use as a storage shed and library. She is also transforming the Guerilla Garden from an overgrown lot used as a dumping ground into a beautiful centerpiece for the community.

The Cox Conserves Heroes contest will award $5000 to the winner to donate to the charity of his/her choice. If Jenga wins, she will use the money towards renovating a blighted cottage next door to the community garden for use as a storage/education garden center.

Please help Jenga, the Backyard Gardener’s Network, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association Garden Committee and the entire Lower Ninth Ward community make this a reality. Please go to:

http://www.coxconservesheroes.com/new-orleans-la/votingform.aspx

and cast your vote a true Louisiana hero and a most worthy endeavor.  Spread the word.

Thanks!

Small Stuff #69: Good Easter Hunting April 4, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: After a wonderful meal with good friends and thoroughly enjoying watching five little ones scour the backyard for Easter eggs, I stumbled upon these four little ones that looked like they were on a hunt of their own.

Small Stuff #65: Joyful Beginnings March 18, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Delivering the first bunch of planters and elevated garden boxes made by some truly amazing young folks for some truly amazing seniors! Seriously, no words can express the joy of today. You really just had to be there.

Bonus: Being serenaded by Mister Jose! I’m still crying! I’ve had some AMAZING days thus far in 2010, but this might just be the most amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our team for Iowa State University/Memorial Lutheran Church, Miss Effie, and our wonderful seniors in Smithridge. And to my NIU team–as David Hasselhoff would sing in the most bizarre fashion imaginable–“I’m hooked on a feeling…I’m high on believing.”

Small Stuff #61: Planting a Harvest March 9, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Big Fun on the Bayou, Coastal Restoration, Friends.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Planting all 7,000 spartina plants!

Bonus: Playing at the beach after a hard days’ work!

For more pictures of our adventures, click here.

Small Stuff #60: Playing in the Mud March 8, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Playing in the mud.

Bonus: The Refuge team from Northern Illinois University/Immanual Lutheran Church of DeKalb, along with students from Viterbo University and BTNEP, were able to harvest 7,000 marsh plants for a restoration planting tomorrow at the Maratime Ridge in Port Fourchon. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

For more images of our adventures at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center in Galliano, LA, click here.

Big Stuff #55: 3:07:47 February 28, 2010

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Big stuff that I am grateful for today: Finishing the Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 3:07:47. More. Later. Tired. Sore. Hurt. Pain. But so worth it!

Bonus: Completing the marathon with my inspiration for doing it in the first place. Way to go BS!!!

Not a bonus: The spiral staircase that leads to my bed at the hotel.

Small Stuff #54: Sharing My Bayous February 27, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Sharing the wonders and mysteries of my bayous with good friends.

Big Stuff #53: My Midland Team February 24, 2010

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Big stuff that I am grateful for today: The amazingly wonderful folks from Midland, MI. I gave them a workout and they came through brilliantly. They roofed…

built steps and ramps…

built shelves…

drove heavy equipment…

framed…

climbed a whole lot of ladders…

hauled Christmas trees to save the coast…

moved furniture, mudded, sanded, painted, plumbed, installed bathroom fixtures, showers, lights, molding, stove tops, and the list goes on and on…and most importantly, they touched the lives of many wonderful bayou folks and moved them leaps and bounds towards recovery and closure.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I love you guys!!!

Small Stuff #52: Feeding Frenzy February 23, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: All of the many wonderful bayou folks that have fed my wonderful volunteer folks during their stay.

Bonus: The team has had to work twice as fast to burn off all those calories.

Small Stuff #48: Yankee Girl Arrivith! February 18, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Yankee girl arrivith!!!