Put all those factory outlet “savings” on our credit card

The weather on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was uniformly gray, windy and uncomfortably cold for the duration of our “mini-vacation”. By the time you read this, we’ll be back in Houma and maybe at our house on Bellaire Drive.

When did our positive tests for COVID-19 last week made it necessary to leave Terrebonne, we didn’t expect to find entertainment near Gulfport, just an affordable place to stay until new tests found us negative and acceptable among friends and relatives.

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Our search for a decent hotel found nothing affordable near Houma. A possible hotel near New Iberia lacked activities to interest us nearby.

Factory outlets: Our Mississippi hotel accepted our Cali dog and was close to clusters of so-called “outlets”. We could leave her in our room and drive out to shop or just explore. At a nearby Belk store, we saved, my wife said, a colossal $234.

It sounded like a fantastic deal, until she admitted the “savings” cost us $207.

And all that shopping drained my energy. Thorough shopping is hard work, so I do a quick reconnaissance of the store and find a chair or bench to wait on while the woman scans each row for bargains that “saved” us over $200. I would retire to the car, except that my presence in the store is necessary to finalize purchases with a credit card.

Tips for dogs: Cali, our mixed breed rescue dog, has more than once succeeded in providing examples of frightening excitement. We didn’t dare let her go in the middle of the traffic around our hotel, but twice she escaped from our room and ran off in all directions.

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At 78, I made no attempt to chase our pooch. Cali is way too fast and too lively for me. So we watched her run at full speed to the far end of the hotel property to “do her business” and “check pee messages” left by other dogs, leaving her own messages before Carry on.

Eventually, Cali returned to the bedroom or car and entered. If she had any idea how relieved we were, she gave no sign of it. She ran straight to the water and food bowls, refueled and then curled up to rest. I congratulated her on her comeback and didn’t fuss at all about the trouble and fear she caused.

Student Art Exhibition: Sponsored by the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild, a show next month is open to all students, grades 1 through 12. The show, at Downtown Art Gallery 630, 630 Belanger St., Houma, will run February 19-26, with a reception and awards ceremony on the final day.

The guild’s Dawn Koetting said prizes will be awarded at each grade level and three “Best in Show” prizes will be awarded in the elementary, middle and high school categories.

For more information on registration and deposit of works, visit the Guilde des beaux-arts de Terrebonne on Facebook or at terrebonnefineartsguild.org. You can also email [email protected] or call 859-3400.

Respondent? Contact Bill Ellzey at (985) 381-6256, [email protected], [email protected] or Bill Ellzey, 312 Bellaire Drive, Houma, LA 70360. My submission deadlines are early Monday for Wednesday columns and early Friday for Sunday columns. Send all details about a week before your event or announcement.

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