Sunday, November 30, 2008


So on our last camping trip, we came upon this really small plant with bright red flowers on it, and I have no idea what it is. Boudreaux and Thibadeaux are pointing at it in the picture above for scale, it was attached to a very large tree which had fallen over, taking the earth surrounding it with it, so it was (I am assuming) a ground flower of some sort. In the picture below, I tried the Macro setting on my Sony Cyber shot 7.2 megapixel camera, and this is the best i could get. Anyone have a clue as to what kind of flower it might be? It almost looks like a little berry, doesn't it?

It was in the North Mills River area of Pisgah National Park, first weekend in November, and seemes to do rather well in cool to cold weather. Maybe I need a plant guide, ya think? Wish my Macro pic had come out better, but I suppose sometimes, even digital photography can go awry.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Unable to see, unwilling to quit

Feeling Sorry for yourself are ya?? Well dear friends, read the following story and maybe you wont feel like you've been wronged. It's all in your mind! Really, I'm not lying to you! Just read on, and maybe then you'll realize it's all in your mind.

Charlotte man completes 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail without his eyesight or the guide he'd expected.

By Clay Barbour

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Look down, you gods, And on this couple drop a blessed crown

8 years today! If the only problem we ever have is money, then I think were doing all right!
Seriously though, in retrospect I look back at all the girls I ever dated, all the....train wrecks I was involved in, and I cant believe I found The One! People always say "never say never", but I can tell you that I will NEVER find another gift like my Cajun Princess, and I'd NEVER want a replacement for her. she is The One, and that's just it! She is THE one!

At any rate, Happy anniversary sweetness!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Outdoors Radio

For all you outdoor junkies out there in the ether; There is this great show on 1110 WBT every Saturday morning at 5:00 AM called...Well, it's called the Carolina Outdoors Show, and it's hosted by Bill Bartee and Don Yeager, who: "bring their passion and years of outdoor experience to the airwaves of WBT each Saturday morning at 5am. If it's an outdoor adventure, they've done it, or they know someone who has, and they spend an hour each weekend sharing those adventures with you.". I love their show, it's always entertaining, informative and quite frankly, it gives me the impetus to get up, get dressed and go outside to do something with my Saturday, instead of frittering it away on game after game of Call of Duty 4. the only problem I have with it, is the timing; Saturday morning is my only morning that I can be afforded the luxury of sleeping past 6:30. I already wake up to keep the Cajun Princess company while she gets ready to go to work, but once she's gone, I dearly want to fall back into a deep slumber. So, Im already awake for most of the show, but due to my delerium, I oftentimes miss a sizable chunk of it. Well no more friends and neighbors, because I just found out they have a podcast!!

Now I still listen to S.Eastern Backpackers, and ATHiking and all, but check these guys out, their show is really top-notch, and well worth your time to find.

Now, the question this has all posed for me is this; when you are camping, hiking, whatever you do in the great outdoors, do you listen to an Ipod or other MP3 player? What do you listen to? What types of music or podcasts do you find to be entertaining?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This is one of my favorite pictures of the boys and me.

It's a little over 2 months old, but already I can tell that it will always mean a great deal to me. We'd spent the weekend with the CubScouts, & after everyone had left camp, we decided to just meander around the N.C. mountains for a while. We drove all over, getting out of the car when the mood struck us to look at whatever caught our interest; peering over cliffs, investigating hulking old barns, collecting leaves that were so bright, they looked as if theyd burn you to touch them. We climbed on rocks, made grass angels, gladly offered to take pictures for strangers
-thats how we got this picture,we took a photo of their family, and they returned the favor-
and just in general enjoyed being together. my only regret to the entire day was that my wife wasn't able to be with us. Nevertheless, it was a special day, and as long as I live, I'll remember it.

This picture makes me wish I could spend all my time with my family, doing great things. the reality however, is that I have to work, I have to fulfill my obligations to society in order to spend these precious moments with my blood. It also makes me realize I have a responsibility to my family to keep myself healthy and fit,so I can have many more moments like this with them.
It's amazing, how things that at one time were so fleeting to me have all of a sudden become so essential.

Winter Haiku 2008/2009

Good morning! Albeit a chilly one, it is still a wonderful day to be alive! My only regret is, that I am not in the mountains right now. But then I suppose if I spent all my time in the mountains, they wouldnt be so special to me, eh?

At any rate, I have set up Winter Haiku 2008/2009 . To be invited to this blog or to continue being a contributor, send your:your email addressyour nom de plumea link to your blog or websiteto Steve at songofnovember@gmail.comIf you participated in the previous seasonal blog, and all the information is the same, just let Steve know that fact.If you don't receive an invitation, check your TRASH or BULK or SPAM mailbox, in case the invitation ended up in those folders.You will need to register with Blogger in order to contribute to the blog. You can register with your email address; you don't need to get a gmail address.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I haven't had a whole lot of time to write anything new, but the first reading from this past Sundays Mass has me thinking about my wife and all the great things she does for me:

"When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates."

Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

Now maybe the passage has a different meaning than my interpretation, but essentially, they are one in the same. My wife does a ton of stuff for our family, for the community, for our parish, a whole bunch of people aside from myself and the boys rely on her for different things. My point? Sometimes we take the women in our lives for granted guys, and we need to step back, reflect on their impact on our lives, how they help us to grow, how they support us, and we need to return the gift in kind. Not just on birthdays or Mothers day, but every day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008


So last weekend was our camping trip to Pisgah with Boudreaux and Thibadeaux's Uncle; all in all, a very nice camping trip I thought. The boys seemed to have more fun on this trip, and even seemed to like hiking a whole lot more. This hike was more one-on-one, and the boys even learned how to make a lean-to (as illustrated above), and absolutely embraced the outdoors this time. I dont know what the difference was, but the change in their demeanor was evident, and a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

alles ist defekt......

I am at a loss for words...Well, ok, so I'm not really at a loss for words (Im never really at a loss for words as my wife will readily tell you), but the words I have are heavy handed, and somehwat irrational. In short, I fear for our country right now, I cant help it. It seems to me that Obama has won based on WHAT he is, rather than on WHO he is, and I fear that some of the ideas and plans he has for us are going to hurt the country rather than heal it. I guess I ought to be praying for him, instead of worrying, huh?