Misc Update…..


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Marly sitting on a patio chair (yes she chewed up the cushion).

 

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well.  I have been a bit under the radar lately.  Actually I was thrown into a depression and just hanging on so as not to take a leap into that black pit of suicidal thoughts.

How did I get here?  Well it turns out  that the landlord even after I got a personal trainer for the puppies wants me to move out after all.   I can’t really talk about that yet as I am still residing in the same location but when I am moved out I will write about the details.

Yes, that was the last straw for me.  It was a depression in which I would stay up till 4 am watching episodes of the “L Word” fast forwarding through all the sex scenes and then I would get up at 1 or 2 pm because I had to.  But all I really wanted to do was hide under the covers from the world.

It is the panic of being on the streets homeless with 3 dogs and 2 cats.  Business has been slow and my bank account rather than increasing has slowly been decreasing.  I don’t even have the money to move if I found a place.

I have till the end of summer at the latest the end of the year to move out.

So first priority is hiring new performers.  And that has been frustrating because I have hired and trained 4 people in the last 3 months and then they have flaked out on me–so frustrating.

Hiring is top on the list–then saving money to move out.

I am doing better–at least I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel–as long as I don’t get pounded again and I am left in a bit of peace and quiet to go about my business.

Maddy has her eye surgery on Monday.  I tried doing the holistic route with eye drops and massage but to no avail.  Surgery it seems is the only way to fix her cherry eye.

I usually turn down credit card offers but since her surgery is going to cost $900.00 I said yes to one credit card offer.

So, that where I am at in this moment.  I am just hanging on and working on moving forward in a positive way.  And as many of you know that is quite the challenge in and of itself.

I will try to catch up on my blogging. I would like to finish the cruise and New Orleans stories, I know I have some awards that I am so behind on as well, and a poem I promised to write.

So tonight I bought some lottery tickets.  Someone does win after all every couple of months or so.

And as part of the healing journey I will start reading tonight, “The Betrayal Bond”-Breaking free of Exploitative Relationships.  I am almost afraid of what I will learn in reading that book, but I think it’s time.

I love all of my readers and followers–you guys keep me going.  You have been that life saver for me in a sea of turmoil this past year.  I am blessed to know all of you and to share in your stories as well.

lots of love,

Ivonne and the girls…..

Christmas Caribbean Cruise…….Canal St, New Orleans.


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After exploring the water front I started to explore Canal St.

Canal Street is a major thoroughfare in the city of New Orleans. Forming the upriver boundary of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter (Vieux Carré), it acted as the dividing line between the older French/Spanish Colonial-era city and the newer American Sector, today’s Central Business District.

Canal Street, looking away from the river, 1920s

English: Canal Street in New Orleans in Decemb...

English: Canal Street in New Orleans in December of 2005. View from center of neutral ground, near Chartres Street, looking towards the river end of street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Canal Street, looking toward the river, December 2005 (post-Katrina). Though downtown largely escaped the catastrophic destruction that occurred elsewhere, for months after Katrina it, like much of the city, was a veritable ghost town.

Canal Street and S. Rampart

Up until the early 1800s, it was the French and Spanish who lived in the French Quarter. When the Louisiana Purchase was made, a large influx of new cultures began finding their way into the city via the Mississippi River. A number of Americans from Kentucky and other Midwestern states moved to the city and settled uptown.[1] Along the division between these two cultures, a canal was planned to be constructed. The canal was never built and the street that took its place was named in its honor.[2] Furthermore, the median of the street became known as the neutral ground acknowledging the cultural divide. To this day, all medians of streets in New Orleans are referred to as such.[1]

One end of Canal Street terminates at the Mississippi River. Often called “The foot of Canal Street”, at the riverfront the Canal Street Ferry offers a connection to the Algiers Point neighborhood, an older, 18th century portion of the larger Algiers area across the river. Canal Street’s other terminus is in Mid-City at a collection of cemeteries. Slightly offset from Canal Street’s Mid-City end is the beginning of Canal Boulevard, which extends to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain via the Lakeview neighborhood.[3]

The street has three lanes of traffic in both directions, with a pair of streetcar tracks in the center. Canal Street’s downtown segment serves as the hub of the city’s mass transit system, with numerous streetcar and bus line terminals.

Canal Street is often said to be the widest roadway in America to have been classified as a street, instead of the avenue or boulevard titles more typically appended to wide urban thoroughfares.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Street,_New_Orleans

You can find everything on Canal St, from theatres, to souvenir stores, restaurants, shopping and high end hotels.  Yes, lovely High End hotels unlike the simple hotel I was staying at.  And there were these amazing Christmas Decorations.

Here are some of the pictures I took on Canal St.

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