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February 2, 2017
I think the formerly sick Sister is gonna need another dose.
I had the sinking feeling she might when I gave her the first one.
She was coughing a little bit again this morning.
But I didn’t see any Colt’s Foot on my morning adventure.
I saw a gang of Rosemary though.
The blossoms really caught my attention.
I see Rosemary all throughout the year but seeing all those little blue flowers was a special treat.
I was shocked to see the honeybees drinking their nectar.
Why Not? 🙂
I was even more surprised to see a rustling in the bushes and these beautiful little yellow birds flew out and into the trees.
They were amazing.
I had never seen any birds like that before.
They reminded me of pajaritos pero amarillos y pequeños como humming birds.
Sorry, sometimes I feel like speaking in other languages.
Just copy and paste it into Google Translate.
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So, I don’t know about the Sick Sister.
I really hadn’t planned to go get the Colt’s Foot the first time.
But I told myself the night before, if I happened to be in the area I would get her the ALOE VERA. And I was so I did.
Not so today.
Allah Told Me To Keep The FIRST BATCH, and I disobeyed.
Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah!
(That means “Allah Please Forgive Me” in Arabic)
In Sha Allah, it was just a little leftover cough and will go away.
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So, I ended up getting on the bus to Century City this morning on my way to the Library and Century City is nice so I was thinking about staying on.
But the last time I went out there it was kinda boring, so I was going to get off and go to the Library anyway, but Zawji told me to stay on. So I did.
It was a different route than the last time I went so I wasn’t so averse.
However, we passed this area that I knew to be the “Grove.”
(I still think “The “Grove” of Anaheim” whenever I hear The Grove. 🙂 )
So, since I have never been and my son goes there all the time, Zawji told me to get off and check it out.
So I did.
When I was in fifth and sixth grade, we used to go on field trips every Friday, if you got good grades during the week, and one of the places they used to take us was The Farmer’s Market where The Grove is attached to now.
So, since I’ve only been there one time since then, it felt really good going back.
It’s been there since 1934 and hasn’t really changed.
I always liked the sign that reads, “Meet me at 3rd and Fairfax.“
I used to see that when Hakim and I used to go to Whole Foods across the street, but I never went.
My son told me a few weeks ago that he saw Common there, so I thought maybe I would see someone famous too.
So, the first thing I see when I really hit the Market is this restaurant specializing in Gumbo. It was sooooo New Orleans. They even served alligator. SMH
So anyway, the chef had just finished mixing up the Creole Seasonings and I asked him what was in it. I thought Paprika since it was so red, but he said it was Cayenne. He had some fish on the grill and I asked what kind it was although I should have known it was catfish.
So, then I’m walking along and I see this big purple, gold and green sign with a saxophone and other mardis gras designs announcing the line-up they’re going to be having for Mardis Gras week.
Okay, so now I’m thinking, Okay, this is a little strange. I mean I haven’t seen anything about Mardi Gras ANYWHERE in L.A. until now. And this is the second New Orleans thing I’ve seen and I’ve only been here two minutes.
So, then I come around the corner and there’s this restaurant called “Cafe Marmalade” and I’m like OKAY! I get it! New Orleans! Dang!
If you don’t get the connection, Patti LaBelle has a song about New Orleans where she talks about “Creole Lady Marmalade.” I cannot think of the title but I think it’s because it’s a filthy song and Zawji doesn’t want me to.
I notice there are some tracks on the ground and I asked the security guard if they were still operable. He said, Yes, it should be running later.
I’m thinking like one of those little open train thingies for kids.
So, I keep walking and I notice the logo for the Grove is almost identical to New Orleans’ symbol – The Fleur de lis – like the Saints. But it has five leaves instead of three.
And it is so crazy because I saw the exact same symbol last night on my walk home and I studied it for a while, just in case I wanted to recreate it.
But the Grove symbol doesn’t have the tails.
It looked more similar there up on the wall.
But you can still see the similarities.
So, anyway, no sooner had I seen the logo, then I see the “train.”
By now, nothing surprises me anymore.
So, when I saw a double-decker streetcar, I was like, “It figures.”
It’s almost as if they deliberately designed it to look like the New Orleans’ St. Charles Streetcar
So, we got the two restaurants, the Mardi Gras sign, the Grove logo and the streetcar (they call it a “trolley”)…
All screaming New Orleans.
Not to mention I had a long conversation with a Sister at the Marmalade restaurant all about New Orleans.
I’m ready to go. Zawji gets me mentally and physically prepared before I make a run. He Wants To Make Sure I Really Go. You know how I am. Unpredictable. In Sha Allah, I can get a ticket that leaves sooner rather than later. I don’t want to miss my appointment but I’m going regardless.
I gotta go say bye to Zawji and then I’ll be ready to head out.
I didn’t see my son the whole time I’ve been in L.A.
Apparently downtown is too far to ride his bike, but he can ride to the Grove.
That’s aight tho.
He gon’ be calling me next time I post some jewelry on FB. 😉
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I hope this New Orleans dentist doesn’t try and put gold fronts on my teeth.
It’s cute on other people but I’m too conservative for something like that.
I thought about it and decided it’s not for me.
Zawji has perfect white teeth, what I look like – his wife – with gold fronts?
I ain’t the one.
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I hope nobody stole Lulu.
I’m thinking about riding her this weekend while I take care of my business.
It’s almost like I buy bikes for somebody else.
I’m on my third bike in about as many months.
It’s funny because I met a man who was telling me that he had had the same bike for six years.
At the time, I was like, “And?“
I had just gotten my bike and didn’t realize what a hot commodity they are.
Especially the type of bikes I get.
Sometimes, I park and sit and watch all the passers-by eyeing her hungrily.
I see them checking out the apparatus I have her tied up to, trying to figure out if they can free her.
I can’t help it, I just attract attention, so I have to have a bike that suits my personality. So, inevitably, she attracts attention too.
It’s just, I feel so violated when they steal her.
Once, they couldn’t steal her, so they stole the seat.
I was like, Seriously?
But, I’m from Compton, we ride bikes without a seat. LOL
I’d never seen anyone do that in New Orleans until I did it. LOL
Gotta keep it crackin’!
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