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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!

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Small Stuff #71: The Restorative Power of Plants, Power Tools and Laughter April 7, 2010

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Small stuff that I’m grateful for today: Getting to watch this…

…while I get to do this.

I love my job and I love gas-powered tools! Thanks, Boss!

Small Stuff #70: Tax Man Cometh April 5, 2010

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Small stuff that I’m grateful for today: When my trusty tax-preparer hit the magic button on her computer to assess the damage, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It wasn’t great…but, it wasn’t as bad as it was in my nightmare last night which involved Kenneth from 30 Rock, a pirate, a life-sized crawfish, kumquats, and my Kindergarten teacher Miss Smith. Don’t ask. Seriously, you don’t want to know.

So, I definitely didn’t run to get my taxes done this year as soon as my w-2s and 1099s hit the mailbox. I knew I was going to owe Uncle Sam and I figured if I could earn an extra 2 cents of interest by holding off, I’d hold off. But alas, deadline time is closing in and I decided it was time to face the music.

So unfortunately, what I owe the Feds is almost exactly the rate for a nice extended weekend retreat at that little beach house I’ve had my eye on. Oh well. But, ya know, it’s not all bad. As I wrote out that check to the IRS, all I could think about was the fact that for the first time ever, the Federal budget is dedicating funds for the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration program. So if my little chunk of change can help protect and restore  this…

…so people can keep doing this…

…and this…

well, that’s pretty darn cool.

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 #68: Good Gator Friday April 2, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: seeing a very playful (or a very hungry) young gator.

So Spring has sprung on the bayou and, as my good friend BW can tell you, the gators have been out in full force. BW and tour de force saw 18 gators (and numerous snakes) yesterday! Check out the most awesome pics here. Yikes on those snake pics! Termite–you got the gift, buddy! Just super!

Well, I don’t think I saw 18 gators today, but I definitely saw a few. Including this either very playful, or very hungry, tike.

Small Stuff #67: More Raptors and Reptiles March 28, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: more encounters with juvenile bald eagles. Seriously, these birds are soooo cool. I could watch them all day.

And a little up close and personal time with a juvenile gator. So cute! Wish I could get this close to the eagles.

Small Stuff #66: Back to Reality March 26, 2010

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Geez…looks like I’ve been gone a while. All good stuff–Spring break volunteer season has kept me on the run and filled my heart with much joy, but it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Small stuff that I am grateful for today…one adult bald eagle…

…one juvenile bald eagle…

…two juvenile bald eagles…

…and two angry alligators.

I love the bayou!

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 #64: Painless Purchases March 14, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: A fairly painless trip to Home Depot in preparation for a great team of volunteers from Iowa State/Memorial Lutheran Church (although this should probably be classified as big stuff since 99% of my trips to Home Depot are typically anythng but painless.)

Bonus: A beautiful Spring day enticed me to take the long way home and enjoy a few more encounters with Louisiana wildlife and landscapes.

For more Sunday in the Marsh images, click here.

Small Stuff #63: Creature Comforts March 13, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: After a week of hanging out with some pretty cool Illinois creatures, I enjoyed a day of hanging out with some pretty cool Louisiana creatures.

Bonus: Yesterday, I got hang out very briefly with this pretty cool creature.

For more Saturday in the Marsh photos, click here.