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Thankful I am definitely headed toward one of the busiest weeks of the summer. The week will consist of health/wellness appointments, work meetings, voice/acting classes, a concert, and my annual scrapbook convention with my girlfriends. What is a girl to do? Celebrate with gratitude! I am so very thankful to have the opportunities to take care of myself, stretch myself (classes), and rejuvenate myself. I am so very thankful for moments to be creative and explore my potential.

While my summer break seems to be passing by rather quickly, it has been wonderful. Andrew had Orientation this past week at SLU and is officially registered for fall classes. I have spent a fair amount of time preparing for my scrapbook convention by organizing layouts, ordering pictures, and buying supplies. I have also been prepping scenes weekly for my Saturday audition class and regularly practicing my song for my weekly voice lesson. Sprinkle in some reading, tv/movies, and other enjoyable events and I’d say I am blessed.

The only activity that would make my summer perfect is exercise which I should be able to incorporate starting the week of June 24th. I had a little accident this past Monday. I slipped on the step getting out of the tub, fell hard on the floor (ceramic tile), and bruised my big toe (right foot) really badly. At first, I thought I broke it along with my knee. I could barely walk. I consulted with Dr. Shelly (my BFF) and opted to ice it and take some Aleve. Thankfully, it was just bruised. I am so very thankful that I did not break any bones.

Before signing off, let’s not forget that today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day Blessings to my sweet Daddy, my hubby, my godfather, my uncles, my cousins, my brother-in-laws, my friends who are fathers, my friends’ fathers, new fathers, priests, all the fathers who have earned their angel wings, and all the men that have stepped up to fulfill the role of father. Hats off to YOU!

It’s time to bid you adieu for today, dear reader. I hope you are having an equally wonderful summer. If you seem to be having some unusually busy days or weeks, try stepping back and appreciating the opportunity to be involved in the tasks or events that you have scheduled. It may help approaching those moments seem a little less daunting. Happiness!

“The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dad and KatHappy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who have earned that phenomenal title “father” in some form or sense of the word. A special shout-out goes to my daddy, Milton Walters, who I think is absolutely AWESOME. Yesterday, he, my hubby, and I spent some time celebrating him. Barry and I drove to River Ridge to pick my daddy up and take him to lunch. He chose Bobby Hebert’s restaurant on Veteran’s Blvd in Metairie. We started off with an appetizer, Fried Eggplant Sticks. My daddy and I both ordered the Bobby and Deke’s Mardi Gras Pasta (shrimp, crawfish tails, bell peppers and onions in a creamy alfredo sauce), and Barry ordered the Cajun Cannon Redfish (sautéed redfish topped with crawfish & mushroom cream sauce; served with vegetable du jour). Everyone enjoyed their lunch choices. Next, we visited Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream: Coffee Lovers Only for my daddy; Strawberry Blonde for me; and Peanut Butter Cup Perfection for Barry. YUM! Afterwards, we headed over to PJ’s for coffee and conversation. As a Father’s Day gift to my daddy, Barry made reservations to take him on a tour in July of the PT-305 in New Orleans. That particular boat also holds special meaning to Barry because of his own dad who is no longer with us. Apparently, he did some work related to that type of boat during World War II.

 

Kat & Barry 2018

@ Superior Grill

The other man in my life that needs some Father’s Day love is Barry. He is the father of my two incredible sons, Andrew and Barry, Jr. and works hard to provide for his family. After we dropped my daddy off at his house yesterday afternoon, Barry and I drove to St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans and checked into the Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn. Surprisingly, we were not celebrating him for Father’s Day. I wanted to see the author Matthew Pearl at Octavia Books last night, so Barry volunteered to take me and suggested we spend the night since we could get a free stay using his travel points. After the event, we went back to the hotel and walked over to Superior Grill which is on the corner next to the hotel. Since we had eaten huge lunches and ice cream earlier with my daddy, we opted for chips and salsa with our margaritas. It was a low-key and relaxed evening. It was a terrific way to end an already amazing day.

 

This morning, Barry and I woke up early, ate breakfast at the hotel, and traveled back home. He is spending today relaxing. Our boys have decided to get Barry an accessory for his grill which he uses all of the time. In fact, he is grilling burgers this evening for dinner. I hope, dear reader, that those of you who have a father or father figure in your life get to spend some time with him this weekend or in the near future. And, for those of you who have had your father called to his heavenly home, I hope you get to spend some time in remembrance of him. He will always be a part of you, and his memory is worth celebrating. Happiness!

“Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place, especially for their children.”   ~ Hillary Lytle

 

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