Thursday, March 4, 2021

What Is Happening on the Bayou?

                          We Survived the Texas Deep Freeze

   Hey! It’s been two weeks since we last posted and I first want to assure y’all that we are fine and survived the deep freeze that left much of Texas in the dark. We were without  power for about 32 hours during that time our outside temperatures dropped to 10°f. Ugh! Luckily, we spent a lot of our younger years camping and know how to rough it. There were “rolling blackouts” for the next couple of days which is something we’ve never experienced. It is strange knowing the power is going to go out, you just don’t know what time. We have an electric couch and mine was stuck reclined every single time!  

   Since we didn’t have power, there was no heat and no way I was going out to play in the snow! I am just not a fan of the cold although it was beautiful. Plus, we were trying to keep the doors closed so no cold air would rush in. The boys have only seen snow a few times in their lives, so they weren’t too sure of it at first. After taking care of “business”, they began to romp and play. It was fun to watch them acting like puppies.

Changes are Coming to Barking from the Bayou

   I mentioned in an earlier post that we were going to be changing some things here on our blog. Don’t worry, the boys will still be barking but Skipper and I are going to be sharing more of our adventures in retirement.

   Over the past two years, we have renewed our love of bicycling. Due to the pandemic, cycling is the fastest growing sport for adults over 50 years old. We have talked to many retirees that have taken up biking. It has really gained popularity with all ages due to the pandemic and people have many questions. Skipper rebuilt both of our steel Raleigh bikes and maintains our Cannondale bikes we are currently riding. We will be sharing some “Biking from the Bayou” tips and must-haves.

   Our diet also changed and we eat low carb keto meals and snacks. We cook all of our meals, so it is easy to count carbs and calories. The food we eat is delicious and not just for the keto lifestyle. You will love our chocolate chip cookies and they are easy to make. Get ready for some yummy recipes you’ll want to prepare over and over. That’s when we will be “Baking from the Bayou”.

   It is an exciting time for us as we embark on a new adventure with y’all. We have a lot of work to do and will be taking the next few weeks off as we redesign our blog for more fun and adventures.

The Pet Parade ~ Thanks for the Memories

   I have been honored to be a co-host of the weekly Pet Parade since March 2014. That is a lot of hopping but I have enjoyed every minute of it. It was a pleasure working with the two hosts I began with, Leah Mastilock and Jenna Drady. Neither of them is still blogging but I keep in touch on social media.

   Marjorie Dawson and Cathrine Garnell are amazing bloggers and great friends. I appreciate them allowing a couple of dogs continue to march in the Pet Parade with them. If you aren’t following their blogs, you are really missing out. Marjorie at Dash Kitten has incredible tips for photography and making movies. She can help you become the photographer you have dreamed of being. You can find Cathrine at Bionic Basil & the B Team. She always has fascinating features, and her cats are adorable. Don’t miss her Mandala Mondays coloring fun. She is an incredible artist, and you’ll love printing and coloring her mandalas.

   We have decided that next week will be our final Pet Parade. Since we will be busy reworking Barking from the Bayou, I will say thank you to the thousands of blog posts you have all shared with us. I’ve discovered some wonderful writers and fallen in love with countless dogs and cats through your blogs. Let’s continue to visit each other and share our love for pets.

Thanks for the memories!

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  1. we are so happy that you made it through that snowmageddon ...and we look forward to new adventures of your pawrents...

  2. We love the cold and snow, but it would not be fun if the power was out for long periods of time! Glad you all survived the tough time. Your area is just not made for our kind of weather. Good luck with your new blogging direction. Things have changed so much over the years. It is rather sad, but everything changes in time. We look forward to seeing what you do next.

  3. It is good to know you came through safe and sound. We wish you all the best on your new journey, it sounds "just right" for you and yours and no doubt many of us will enjoy and benefit from traveling this path with you! Stay safe ...
    JUNE and Ann

  4. We're glad you made it through those black-outs. Stay warm now!

  5. Glad to hear you survived Snovid2021 and (hopefully) things are back to normal now. Looking forward to the addition of bicycling tips!

  6. Pierre and Bentley you Texans do things bigger and better or perhaps I should say cold, colder and coldest. So glad that horrid weather has passed
    Hugs cecilia

  7. Exciting! Can't wait to see what's up in the new Bayou posts.

    Love and licks,

  8. It was so strange seeing Texas get our Michigan weather. We're used to guys must have hated it! Glad you survived! And we look forward to the changes on the Bayou.

  9. So glad you made it through all that crazy weather!

  10. We're glad you survived that cold weather ! Can't wait to see your next posts ! Purrs

  11. I'm so glad you got through that crazy weather OK! We are waiting for spring here - I am so tired of being cold! I really look forward to your new direction. As retirement is not too far off for my hubby and I, I know we will need an exercise plan, and we both need to get back to healthier eating (now). We used to bike when we were younger, so maybe that's something we'll take up again at some point. I am hoping you two will inspire us! :)

  12. We're so glad you survived that weather and lack of power! Thank you for hosting the Oet Parade all these years. We are looking forward to seeing all of your new adventures.

  13. We are glad that you are all doing well after that unheard of deep freeze that hit Texas. We are excited to see the yummy recipes and the new look you will have for your blog. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day and see you soon.
    World of Animals Rittenhouse

  14. It's like they say, the only constant is Change! I love these ideas and I look forward to reading about your great biking adventures and healthy eating. I am hoping for a bicycle for my birthday, which is coming up soon, but they've still been sold out and it's tough to find the one I want. See ya soon my dear friends!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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