Online Traveling #18: Louisiana…

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~ It is time to get back to me. I have started traveling across America online and I have learned that there are some good places as well as some bad places in America, my country. Just like a person no one is perfect and no country is perfect, but I am still proud to be able to be called an American.

I know there was a bad storm in Louisiana and a few people have suggested I bypass this state, because of that. I thought about it, but then I realized why am I listening to those who as far as I know haven’t read my blog. 

If they had read anything I have written, they would know that I like to stay positive about all things, and one cannot do that if they are focusing on the bad things. Yes, I know bad things happen, but do we focus on that and NOT try to move past it to make things better or do we just stay where we are at?

I only know of a few things about  Louisiana  other than Mardi Gras and Louis Armstrong. I am looking forward to learning more about this state..

{} Louisiana US State

Description   Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico. Its history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun cultures. The largest city, New Orleans, is known for its colonial-era French Quarter, raucous Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, Renaissance -style St. Louis Cathedral and wartime exhibits at the huge National WWII Museum. – Google   {}

I just remembered a movie I once saw a long time ago that was set in Louisiana.  Brad Pitt( who played Louis) and Tom Cruise (who played Lestat) in the movie called, “Interview with the Vampire”, which was based on a book by Ann Rice.

After I saw this movie back in 94’ I read the book (and as I read it I saw Lestat or should I say Tom Cruise as  brought Lestat alive on screen) and the six books that followed. I read  “Queen of the Damn”, and was highly disappointed when I saw the movie. It had nothing to do with the actors, but it wasn’t like the story I read.

{} city of New Orleans  – The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in all of Louisiana, including the city of New Orleans. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition). Mardi Gras in New Orleans – Wikipedia › wiki › Mardi_Gras_in_New_Orl… {}

~ Sorry, no picture for this kind of party isn’t really to my taste….

 {} Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.   He was raised by his mother Mayann in a neighborhood so dangerous it was called “The Battlefield.” He only had a fifth-grade education, dropping out of school early to go to work. Biography – Louis Armstrong Home Museum

Louis Armstrong – IMDb

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Louis Armstrong Archives! Sep 5, 2021

Louis Armstrong House Museum   On September 5, 1991, the Louis Armstrong Archives was dedicated with a special ceremony in Rosenthal Library on the campus of Queens College. Hosted by then-QC President Shirley Strum-Kenny, the event featured trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Jimmy Owneds, Nabate Isles, and Donald Byrd (the latter representing QC’s Aaron Copland School of Music) and was attended by many luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Arvell Shaw, Marty Napoleon, Phoebe Jacobs, Honi Coles, Then-Armstrong House Director Julian Euell and future Armstrong House Director Michael Cogswell, who had just been hired two months earlier to put together the first exhibit for this event.

For the 30th anniversary, we’ve reached into our Archives to share a 17-minute video compiled by Queens College of the Dedication! The first 10 minutes is footage from the ceremony, climaxed by a full performance of “St. Louis Blues” featuring many of the trumpeters in the house. The rest of the video complies TV news coverage of the Dedication, featuring even more interviews and glimpses from a memorable day.

Today, our Archives–the world’s largest Archives for any single jazz musician–have been completely  digitized thanks to a $2.7 million grant from Fund II Foundation and are searchable online  at https://collections.louisarmstronghou…

And don’t miss the curated virtual exhibits from our Archives on our “That’s My Home” site here:  https://virtualexhibits.louisarmstron… {}

#1  It is always nice to remember those who came before us and their GREAT music. I wish that sound where you can relax to or even get you off of your feet and simple d.a.n.c.e …….   Dance……..

{} Baton Rouge City in Louisiana                                                                    Description  Baton Rouge is a city on the Mississippi River, and the capital of Louisiana. Antebellum landmarks include the castle-like Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole house. LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of refurbished buildings illustrating 18th – and 19th-century life. On the river, the USS Kidd is a retired WWII destroyer that is now a museum. – Google 


BATON ROUGE  BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – The TOP 10 Places you NEED to see. June 16, 2021

601 TRAVELS   We’re discovering cities. States & points of interest, one at a time! Subscribe & join us as we see what there is to do in your favorite destination.{}

#2  I like the old capitol building. It reminded me of a romance book or two, it looked cool. I wouldn’t care for the outdoor or water parks, but they have some nice museums I would like to visit.

I went to Addis, Louisiana and found more than five videos, but nothing with talking information. They showed buildings, a zoo, a restaurant, and well I was looking for something else. Here is a site if you want more information:….


OUR NEW FRONT PORCH   Checkout Fontainebleau State Park near New Orleans, Louisiana. Fontainebleau State Park was once called Tchefuncte State Park. The property records indicated the area was known as Chifonta from the nearby river.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      {} 

#3  This is a nice park to visit. I could see myself sitting with a book for a while. 

I was in Addis ,Harahan, and Youngsville, but there wasn’t anything that caught my attention.  I am going to look for more cities to visit….   I am done looking for something that’s not about food, places to live, or  –    Things to do in Louisiana you can find out more info on this site.

Bye IV Now, LD*

Skip or Not?

I found a Gin Rummy card game on my phone and now I cannot stop playing it. I was going to go to my next state, which is Louisiana. I was told I shouldn’t, because of the bad storm.

I don’t want to skip over it, because it would have still happened even if I come back in a few weeks, (if I remember to come back) but then again I don’t want to seem like I don’t care.

I am going to put it aside from now and think about it some more. Once again I am at a loss at what anime I am going to watch. I remember watching..

{} Kamisama Kiss Mango series

Description   Kamisama Kiss is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Julietta Suzzuki and serialized by Hakusensha in the shojo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The series is licensed for regional release in North America by Viz Media as part of their Shojo Beat imprint. Wikipedia

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I  remember the first season, but I don’t remember how it end or if it did. So, I asked that question and google gave me an answer….

{} For manga fans, the Kamisama Kiss extended a scene that many could not be upset with. In both the anime and the manga, Tomoe and Nanami get married….. Except for a quick flash to the future, the anime ends after this wedding scene and it was perfect. July 11, 2020 {} 

I decided to watch it again, but after I watched the first season. I got to thinking. Did that really air, because sometimes a book isn’t always turned into an anime. I am going to go to the last chapter in the second season to see if it happened that way.

I know that is like reading the last chapter of the book, and yes I have done that. Sometimes it was for the best and I got to see how it came to that ending and other times I was glad I didn’t  waste any more of my time.

I was hoping I could get a cup of coffee and continue to watch this and then work on my pastel project. I am a little confused, because Tomoe did say he would merry Nanami, but that was when she was a child. The story ended with a New Years Eve party and NOT a wedding.

I am glad I went to the last chapter, but two days and part of this day was wasted. I NEED C.O.F.F.E.E!!!!!


Online Traveling 17: Kentucky…

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{} Kentucky US State

Description  –  Kentucky is a southeastern state bounded by the Ohio River in the north and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, with Frankfort the state capital. The state’s largest city, Louisville, is home to the Kentucky Derby, the renowned horse race held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. The race is preceded by a 2-week festival and celebrated in the Kentucky Derby Museum year-round – Google {}

{} #horses​​ #equestrian​​ #GoPro  Helmet Cam: 2021 Kentucky Three Day Event (Let IT Be Lee/CCI-S 4*) Apr 24, 2021 

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# 1 I had no idea what this video was about. I clicked on it, because it was a weird  picture. I never thought I would see the point of view of a person on a horse. I like to look at a horse (on TV) and it doesn’t look like something I would ever do.


BROWNSVILLE  Brownsville Kentucky January 2021/ Mar 8,2021

jimerado We stumbled across the great little town of Brownsville Kentucky recently! {} 

#2  This video was a little short, with some good information, but I couldn’t tell which build he was talking about. It looked like a  quiet town. Then again it wasn’t a long video and seemed to be in one area.

*** sidenote This is another state that has a lot of sports. Time to get back to searching for things to do inKentucky, that doesn’t have anything to do about sports…..

I think I will take a different direction for now and see what I find out:


{}  – Lost River Cave,Bowling Green,Kentucky,Sep, 2021

Mr Cha 


#3  I chose this video, because of the two boys ,(Couldn’t get the picture with the sign, so no pic) because kids have a way of finding interesting things adults do not always see at first. 

I was right the young one kept on touching stuff and the oldest one didn’t keep his mask on.  The cave was surrounded by nature’s beauty and it was enjoyable to watch. I wish they could have stayed longer, but with kids it doesn’t take them long to want to do something else. A cool video….


601 TRAVELS   We’re discovering the BEST places to live in the United States, The WORST places to live and where you might want to visit and take a vacation. {}

# 4  This video not only had some good information, but pictures to go with it. I found myself wanting to go to a few of them like :

#8 Raven Run Nature Sanctuary – I would LOVE walking through all the trees and cannot even imagine how many pictures I would have by the time I am done. I know I wouldn’t be able to walk for long, but I am Smiling just thinking about how much fun I would have.

#3 The Ark Encounter – A museum about Noah’s Ark. 

{} Ark Encounter: Life-size Noah’s Ark   Experience the life-size Noah’s Ark Encounter is one-of-a-kind themed attraction the whole family will enjoy, located in Williamtown, Kentucky. {} 

{}  Ark Encounter Promo – June 2021 

Ark Encounter Come visit the world-class Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky. Visit to start planning your trip today! {}

#5 This would be a cool place to visit if there weren’t so many people. If I had a lot of money, I could buy it almost out for one day and really enjoy walking around a living biblical story.

It is time to say, “Good – Bye” to Kentucky…..BYE  IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling 16: Kansas

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I am laughing, because if I were to ask , ‘ who was Dorothy and Toto?” I know anyone who has seen the movie “The Wizard of Oz”  would automatically think about a girl and her dog who came from the state of Kansas and taken to a magical place called Oz. 

Yes, I am on my way to Kansas, but I am looking to see what this state is about. What is there to do and see? (At least   beyond the world of sports) …..

{} Kansas  State of the United States of America

Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita Kansas is bordered by Nebraska… {} 


Hidden Gems in KANSAS/Things To Do In Kansas  Jan 30, 2021

Kristen and Sam  Day 3-5 of our road trip to Dener brings us to see some hidden gems in Kansas! Our first stop is in Wichita Kansas to see the Keeper of the Plains! Day 4 brings us to see Mushroom Rocks State Park (Brooksville, KS), Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park (Oakley, KS), and Monument Rocks State Park (Oakley, KS). We hope that this video gives you slime ideas on things to do in Kansas! This is one of our favorite videos that we have EVER shot! {}   

#1  When I first typed  Kansas on youtube a musical group kept on popping up. Never heard of ‘Kansas the band’. Then there were sports and more sports. I really was ready to stop my search, but I am so glad I didn’t do it. This video started with  a short and sweet information about who they were and what the video was going to be about. They talked about a statue called ‘The Keeper of  the Plains,’ and saying it’s a COOL  statue doesn’t say it is strong enough. (at least for me)

I agree with Kristen, when she said she never saw anything like the rocks in  Mushroom Rocks State Park ,’ but those were some interesting rocks. And, the tree that grew on top of a big rock?

They did show some of the driving to and from places, I would have liked to have seen a little more, but some was better than none. They did say it was a lot of dirt roads.

** If I ever decided to go visit this state. I know I wouldn’t want to go in the summertime, because it may be  too hot.  So maybe around April or early May. I was about to go search out another video, but it is after 10am and I haven’t had my coffee yet, so I am done for now.

I like that statue so much I thought I would get a little more info on it…

{} Sculpture by Blackbear Bosin

 Description   The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of  the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center.  Wikipedia {}

Olio in Iowa

Find Inspiration When You Explore Public Art in Wichita, Kansas Images may be subject to copyright.


A Kansas Road Trip Idea, Nine Stops Worth Your Time  Jan 7, 2021 

Road Trip Daydreams  This video is on a Kansas Road Trip Idea nine stops worth your time.  This trip travels East and has travelers stop in Kansas City, Fort Leavenworth, Western, Topeka, Wamego, Nicodemus, Castle Rock, and Fort Wallace. This road trip can be done in three or four days. {} 

** I was still curious about the state of Kansas when I looked at one more video, but now I am going to fix my coffee and watch ‘One Piece.’  I haven’t given up looking for a new anime, but until then……

What can I say, “I am crazy about one Roronoa Zoro – The Pirate Hunter.”

{} du=3000&sqp=CNL4rokG&rs=AOn4CLAq7ZSc10T3yHsqrW7Oj6ntOwDxGg  Leawood, Kansas Town Center and Park Pace Shopping Drive April 21, 2021 Cadillac National{}

#3  It might be a girl thing, but can you tell why I clicked onto this video? One little word – ‘Shopping.’  I really haven’t been  able to shop like I would like to and I no longer like window shopping, because I feel sad when I can’t buy anything. It is different when you are online and looking at places one can’t actually shop there. 

I saw a few retail stores and a restaurant that are in my area as well as new stores. I was amazed that the first shopping center was so big. One could get lost there, but what a cool place to get lost in. 

The neighborhood in between shopping centers had nice looking buildings and the different areas one could walk, was nice as well. This video didn’t have any music in it, but that was cool. I was able to continue to listen to my gospel music as I worked on a granny square watching the shops I wish I could go in…

{}  Taps Across America 2021 – Emma S- Leawood, KS, Usa May 31, 2021

Taps For Veterans Events Taps Across America {}

# 4  I know this video is only about 30 seconds, but this young lady was brave enough to play a song for something she believes in. I wish I could press LIKE a 100 times, but it only allowed me to do it once. 

** I am going to stop and fix myself a cup of tea and read a Jude Deveraux book called, “The Maiden,” and come back to Kansas once again……

(Wed Sep 1st) The book I was so into, “The Maiden,” was a book I had read before. I just wished I remembered I didn’t care for the ending. I  haven’t been to the library in a minute, but I may have too. Anyway it is 8 o’clock time for 1 more video before I call it a night.

** I also wished I hadn’t drunk that hot tea knowing it will make me sleepy. One of these days I am going to figure out why I get more tired after drinking a cup of hot tea. Oh it was ginger & strawberry….


KANSAS STATE CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER State Capitol in Kansas, USA 2021//Wandering in Topeka City Feb 5, 2021

 Khristine MyxWorld   Visiting one of the historical places in Topeka Kansas the State Capital. This state is a museum inside, but due to the pandemic we’re not able to go inside since it was closed when we went there.{}

#5  It took me 18 minutes to find this video. I could have done without the music. The ride to the capital was okay, I liked it best when the camera showed what wasn’t on the road. There were some cool trees in front of the Capitol Building. 

***Side Note – I was thinking about looking for another video, but my eyes are so ready to close. The price one pays when one has to get up early to go to work, but I am going  to sleep early….

I am done trying to find a video on interesting things to do in Kansa, so I decided to ask google a question: What is there to do in Kansas in 2021?

  1. city#:~:text=Taking%20place%20virtually%20in%202021.%20Head%20to%20Kansas,live%20demonstrations%2C%20music%2C%20vintage%20cars%2C      –     Taking place virtually in 2021. Head to Kansas Speedway for fast-paced NASCAR action  — plus, with two weekends each year, fans get a double dose of high-octane fun. Held in Excelsior Springs, this event explores the culture, glamor and history of the Roaring ‘20s with street artists, live demonstrations, music, vintage cars, fashion and more. 
  2.  > blog > things-to-do-with-kids 
  • Great Wolf Lodge. Check in at Great Wolf Lodge and water park, where kids can explore and adults can kick back. Offering so much more family fun than a regular hotel could ever provide, our Kansas City location boasts 8 water slides, plenty of kids activities, free wifi, a fitness center for adults, and so more. LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE. These big-name attractions  are a big deal, and if you’ve never been, you should go! Located  next to each other, the  LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers a factory tour, rides, building opportunities, and opportunities, and a 4D theater with lego movies.

It’s time to end my stay in Kansas. I found some interesting places to see and some videos fun to watch. Time to get to reorganizing my room…. One doesn’t have to buy something new to always make a place look new. It’s funny just by changing the furniture can get a totally new look….

Bye IV Now, LD*

**** One day I am going to figure out how to get what I type in google doc to look the same on wordpress, but until then I hope my heart comes through anyway. I really need some coffee and get back into reality… May everyone have a safe and fun weekend….

Online Traveling #15: Iowa..

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{} Iowa US State

 Description  Iowa, a midwestern U.S state, sits between the Missouri and   Mississippi of rolling plains and cornfields. Landmarks in the capital, Des Moines, include the gold-domed, 19th-century State Capitol Building, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and Des Moines Art Center, noted for its contemporary collections. The city of Cedar Rapids’ Museum of Art has paintings by native Iowan Grant Wood. – Google {}

I am a little curious about this state. I am NOT a sports person, but I hear people talking about Iowa State and I wonder if they are talking about basketball or football – a college team or a pro team?  I don’t think there is a baseball team. (let me ask google that question?) 

“Wow,” I am surprised there isn’t any major pro sports team in the state of Iowa. I just learned something new. I did see more videos  about sports and fairs. When I first saw the word state fair. I automatically thought of two movies  – 

  1. State Fair – Yes, I know this movie was out before I was born, but thanks to  TCM – Turner Classic Movies. I can enjoy these old time movies.  I want to say this movie is about neighbors. The guy comes back from college and takes his not so tom boy neighbor to the state fair. I could be wrong.
  1. Meet Me in St. Louis – I LOVE this movie from the songs to each sister and the dad is so funny. I believe I will watch this again tonight. This will be a nice way to end my stress free weekend.

** For some reason I couldn’t add the pictures to these two movies and I am done trying…. Time to move on…..


Iowa City and The University of Iowa/ 4K drone footage  Oct 24, 2020

PrimoMedia – Chris Biela  Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa. Quick drone tour of downtown and the campus. The Old Capitol Building, the state’s first capitol, now houses a museum of local history. The University of Iowa is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest and the second-largest university in the state.  All captured with DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and Edited in Premiere Pro. Music licensed with Artlist   

#1 This video was taped in the air. Yes, there were a lot of cool buildings, but I would have liked to see the names of the buildings etc. It is a nice and relaxing video to watch. It may be a year old, but since it was mostly for the view  and no info it was okay….


Iowa’s Oldest City: Dubuque, Iowa 4K. Mar 26, 2021

Chris Harden One could make a strong argument for Dubuque being Iowa’s most unique city. What’s undebatable is that Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa, as it was a city before Iowa was a state. To this day, Dubuque remains to be an attractive place to live and to visit.{}

#2   This video is too long-winded , with good information, and I enjoyed the view. I may have only got through a little over 16 minutes, but it is a good video.

** Side Note –  My mind is going back to the book I started reading yesterday and I am having a hard time focusing on this video. Just like this video (which I don’t believe was taped in one day) I am going to go back to my book, with a cup of coffee in hand and come back to the state of Iowa.

{} The Iowa State Fair is an annual state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa in August. It began in 1854 and has been on the Iowa State Fairgrounds since 1886. It is based in the state capital Des Moines, Iowa over 11 days in August. With over a million visitors it is one of the largest and best known state fairs in the United States. {}

{}  Splash Art in Urbandale, Iowa Jul 22, 2021


City of Urbandale  Splash Art is the newest endeavor by Urbandale’s Public Art Committee (PAC)! PAC works to enhance the appearance of the City of Urbandale through the integration of art in the public environment. {}

#3    The pretty picture captured my attention before I could even look at another  video. Art around the city not only  makes the area beautiful, but will always make someone Smile 🙂

** side note : I went to three other cities in Iowa and didn’t find one that wasn’t sad, too long ago, or anything that caught my attention. I am ready to enjoy the rest of my night with one of my favorite animes. I have already seen this once, maybe twice before, but I Love it. It’s called ‘My Roommate is a cat’.


Rogue Shogunate –

My Roommate is a Cat’ and the importance of character arcs – Rogue Shogunate Visit

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I came across this blog site and I am like  WOW  and I can’t wait to read more…  

I believe I am going to leave Iowa today and call my time there done. My next place to visit online is  Kansas. I am hoping for some fun videos. I am sure there are more things to do and see in Iowa, just not enough on video. 

Well after a nice day of work, it’s nice to relax with a good anime  to watch or something interesting to read. I was thinking about a cup of coffee, but I promised only one a day. Well, I do two, but that is still better than six..

Bye IV Now, LD*