I love to walk the coast line and hear the ocean, sometimes in a whisper others in a triumphant shout. It dances along the shoreline. I also like to head to the area state parks and walk the trails in search of wildlife.....and Marie Leveau. That is huge with my children. It is a must when we go down to go to a swampy area and search for "her". Please don't read more into it than what it is and give me a tongue lashing. Marie Leveau, while she was an actual person involved in "bad things", to the children-as she was to me as a child- she is something of "Boogie Man" persona. Haven't you heard of Marie Leveau? I loved the Bobby Bear song as a child, as I was always (and still am) drawn to mysteries. She is a mystery of great folk lore and legend. I always found the song to be mysterious and kind of spooky. Much like I did "The Witch Doctor". Both of these tunes from my childhood, are also a part of my children's childhood memories. Thus, it is where the hunt for Marie was conjured up. It is also a great way to get the kids to join me in a day of exercise, but they haven't caught on yet. Many times they now pull me down the trail. My children were listening to the song about the swamp as we made our way for a day of hiking. Then while we were hiking on a swampy trail and the younger two decided to were on the hunt for Marie. My oldest had to stir the pot by making shriek noises in an attempt to scare the younger ones. Thus is routine now. It is memories we are making, traditions. It is moments like these that I love to be on the coast.Here are the lyrics of the song. My children find it very humorous. Marie Leveau
Down in Louisiana where the black trees grow lives a voodoo lady named Marie Leveau She got a black cat tooth and a mojo bone and anyone wouldn't leave her alone She go (greeeeeee) another man done gone She lives in a swamp in a hollow log with a one eyed snake and a three legged dog She got a bent bony body and stringy hair And if she ever seen you all messin' round there She go (greeeeeee) another man done gone And then one night when the moon was black into the swamp come Handsome Jack A no good man like you all know when he was lookin' around for Marie Leveau He said Marie Leveau you lovely witch gimme little charm that'll make me rich Gimme million dollars and I tell you what I'll do this very night I'm gonna marry you And it'll be ummmmmmm another man done gone So Marie done some magic and she shook a little sand Made a million dollars and she put it in his hands Then she giggled and she wiggled and she said hey heyI'mgettin' ready for my weddin' day But ol' Handsome Jack he said goodbye Marie You're too darn ugly for a rich man like me Then Marie started numblin' her fangs started gnashin' Her body started tremblin' and her eyes started flashin' And she went (greeeeeee) another man done gone So if you ever get down where the black trees grow And meet a voodoo lady named Marie Leveau If she ever asks you to make her your wife Man you better stay with her for the rest of your life Or it'll be (oheeeeeee) another man done gone
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Leigh discusses home decor, thriftiness (its an art) road trips and life as a stay at home mom. Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer, writer and wanna-be roller derby queen/rock star. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the south with her three children and husband "Big Daddy".
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of s*&t."
Words of Wisdom
"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain