We are now starting our 2nd week here in SW Louisiana visiting family and friends. We've decided to stay here until March 9 then head over to Austin TX where we start a NOMADS project on the 12th.
Last weekend we spent a bit of time with our daughter Cassie and her four:
During the week I found some work for Leonard to do. One project was thanks to Lauren and George from Owensontheroad. George and Lauren also have a Montana Fifthwheel. Upon examination George found the panel under the fridge hid an empty space. He removed it, installed hinges and now they store pots and pans in that area. I had Leonard do the same. In it I store my cookie sheets and cake and muffin pans. Ideal for those items as I sure don't use them much!
Our model fifthwheel has a computer station as you walk in the door. That is one reason we chose it. In the cabinet next to it I kept two plastic file boxes with the handle on the lids. They were bulky and the lids kept falling off when lifted causing the contents to fall out. I hated this set up. So, we decided to get a file cabinet. We shopped several stores - Lowes, WalMart, Home Depot, office supply stores. All they had were metal cabinets. We wanted wood.
Finally an office supply store directed us to a store about 30 miles away in Beaumont TX, called The Sawmill that sells unpainted furniture. We took a drive and found the perfect cabinet. It was more than we (I) wanted to pay but we are quite happy with it. Len spent the next few days staining and then applying two coats of polyurethane. It fits perfectly next to the sofa.
We will use the end table it replaced as a coffee table. It looks nice there.
Last night we went to dinner with our friends Diana and Don (Teaux Teaux or ToTo) Johnson. Diana is a childhood friend of Len's whom he had not seen for many years. They reconnected a few years back when we attended the church where they are members. Whenever in the area, we spend some good times with them.
Diana told us about a new restaurant they wanted to try in Lake Arthur, LA about 40 miles from their home. We are camped only two miles from their house.
The Regatta sits on piers right on the Lake.
Diana and ToTo split a combination seafood. They selected asparagus and some type of regional corn dish as their sides. In addition to what is on the plate, there was a bowl of crawfish gumbo.
Len had catfish topped with crawfish etouffee. His sides were a mixed green salad and cornbread dressing.
I had crawfish etouffe with a green salad and sweet potato fries.
Although we were filled to the brim, we could not resist their bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Each couple split an order. An order consisted of two large squares of the one of the most delicious bread pudding's I've ever had.
Today we will be going to Len's brother and sister-in-law Royce and Susie's for a "sibling" get together. Royce is smoking ribs as I write. Too bad the weather is so cool today. Only in 50's and windy. Time to head out to the grocery store.