New Orleans. Just the sound of those words has magic in it. I’ve wanted to live in New Orleans for as long as I can remember. Everything about the city intrigued and excited me. I’ve even been a Saints fan starting way back in the ’80s when we were the sad sad ‘Aints.
I realize tons of people visit NOLA, fall in love with it, and never leave. But that’s the kicker for me … I never visited NOLA before moving here. Oh, the family passed through it once on a trip from New Mexico to Florida. I remember turning around in the seat to watch the city’s light fade away in the station wagon’s back window. But that’s as close as I got to visiting. So back in June when I moved, not knowing a soul, most people thought I was crazy. Me, heck, I just looked at it as another awesome life adventure.
The city spoke to me and drew me in. It felt familiar and safe from the moment I got here. And it feels like I’ve lived here forever even though it’s only been a tad over a month now. Why is that, I wonder. Maybe it’s along the lines of why I can’t sit with my back to a window or door. Past life experience? Intuition of some sort? Not sure, but I do know the deja vu has been incredibly strong and frequent since moving here.
Gibbs and I found an amazingly little cute apartment in an old Victorian house on Napoleon Avenue only three blocks from all the shops and restaurants and bars on glorious Magazine Street.
There are only five apartments in the house, so I don’t feel closed in by too many people. lol Want to know the best part of my apartment? It’s on the Mardi Gras parade route! I can sit on my little balcony and watch the whole parade go by. No fuss, no muss.
Yeah, construction is on-going in the neutral ground. A pain in the ass, but it’s to help the flooding issue so we deal with it. After November 2016 it’ll be green space again.
Life is so good here. My business, Roses and Gargoyles Gardenscapes, is starting to take off already. I’ve met some really cool people. Gibbs and I are having a ball exploring the city. It’s very dog friendly, btw. There’s so much beauty and history and architecture and diversity here, it just makes my heart sing. I want to share all of that with you, and this blog is going to help me do just that.
So stay tuned cause we’re gonna have us some fun now.
Jeanni and Gibbs