“We go down to the bayou to go fishing; but really, we are going to be catching,” Benny Jeansonne of Natchez, Mississippi, explained when we sat down to talk shop and fishing on the bay in Cocodrie, Louisiana. Located in Terrebonne Parish south of Houma, Louisiana, this fishing, shrimping, and crabbing village is home not only to exceptional salt-water fishing but also to a booming oil industry.
This time of year, a drive down Highway 84 west into Louisiana, will pique your interest as the fields on both sides of the road flourish with the excitement of harvest time. The farmers have been harvesting corn, soybean, sorghum, wheat, hemp, and field peas all summer; but the crop that is just now beginning to attract attention is cotton.
I was vacationing in Florida this July and went into a Publix grocery store to buy groceries. As I wandered through the store, I started noticing patrons with leashed dogs. At one point, there were five different dogs, representing a variety of breeds, within a fifty-foot area.
It’s a Man Thing
I think I’ve mentioned before that we grew up spending time together as a family; and with a family of girls, Dad was a little outnumbered when it came to extracurricular activities. Aimee and I never made him attend too many dance and piano recitals, but he was always front-row center for every Historic Natchez Tableaux performance over the years.
Coming On Fall
September is the opening month of the fall hunting seasons. Dove hunts are the highlight of the month; and the after-hunt gatherings are much anticipated by the hunters, their families, and guests.
Mountain to Table
I was not an outdoors person. I like to walk; and as a child, I played house outside but that was it. As far as yard work and gardening go, you can count me out. Don’t get me wrong; I want my yard to look nice, but I don’t want to have anything to do with getting it that way. I don’t like getting dirt on my hands, nor do I like to wear gardening gloves—it’s just not my thing.
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