I was a little nervous about what I would write about the local hood once I moved to the innocence of small town living.  An old friend invited me to join a group on Facebook "Ruston Rants".  He assured me there would be plenty of writing fodder.  

A closed group of an intimate 14,198, you are not allowed to be a part of the fun unless you have Ruston or Lincoln Parish ties.  I would write about it, but I don't  even know where to begin.  There are some ANGRY people here in small sleepy North Louisiana.  Not only are they angry, but they also feel the need to publicize all their grievances on this Facebook page.  I am astounded!

The big news in The New Hood is the land behind this small neighborhood has been clear cut.  In case you are from the city and do not understand--ALL the beautiful trees have been cut for acres.  The logging company leaves no sign of green behind.  What once was a beautiful curtain shielding us from the outside world has been systematically cut down.  We are exposed!  The neighbors are not happy--but what can you do?  If you own the property, you can do as you will. Sadly, it will take years for there to be any semblance of the beauty of the forest.

Halloween is approaching and signs of the approaching free for all have begun to appear in the neighbor's yards.  I'm no especially fond of this holiday, but always have candy on hand for the visiting parade of ghosts and goblins.

Hero, The Wonder Dog, is still psychotic, but he is slowly adapting to his new home.  He recognizes his house and turns in the drive and heads for the door when we go for walks.  Not so sure we are making friends and impressing the neighbors since we ALWAYS have a hissy fit when we see their dogs and cats.

The calendar may say Fall, but the temperature is still summer.  Thankfully it is a LITTLE cooler at night.  Will I ever get to use the outdoor fireplace??

Sure do miss these little people.  We facetime a couple of times a week, but that doesn't make up for the hugs and kisses I am missing!

If you see me, give me a hug and tell me it's for the grands!



  1. Hey Lulu ... it will take time to settle down in your new town and home.

    As for Halloween ... here the shops are full of monsters, witches and ghosts ... and that's only the serving staff! The customers look even worse. Also, the shops are full of fireworks and other things to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day on 5 November, (a UK tradition celebrating the Gunpowder Plot of 1605). A failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. Also, the shops are full of Christmas goods too.

    And ... it is getting cold even though it is sunny today. I have some more gardening jobs to do before it starts raining.

    God bless.

    1. I need to Google Guy Fawkes Day. Somehow in all my reading I have missed that tradition.
      Happy Gardening & Weekend, Victor!

  2. I am under no illusion that small towns are innocent. We live in a small town of only 9,000 folks...far from innocent...all towns have issues, Lulu...and believe me when I tell you, something that my mil or bil haven't figure out, but everyone knows everyone's business. Gossip is king.

    As for Halloween, I love seeing the decorations about town...and I love the witches legs in your photograph, lol. We have had some darn right cooler weather here in western NY, the Weather Channel states it is suppose to be 75* today...I'll believe it when I see it, lol.

    Have a beautiful day friend. smiles

    1. Enjoy that wonderful cool weather!
      Blessings, My Friend!


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