We left around 8am to head over to Alicia’s house to begin what was a day long project (and possibly the rest of the week). Alicia lives at home and is caring for both of her parents. Her father was a Lutheran minister who served at the same church in New Orleans for forty years, but now is suffering from dementia. Her mother has cancer and Alicia’s daughter, who is a college student, has or had (I don’t know the full story) cancer, too. Life has moved so fast that her property has been left unattended and now the city has gotten involved. Our goal was alleviate the pressure from the city.
The backyard could have been a scene out of Jurassic Park. There is no grass in the backyard, it is just leaves, ferns that run underneath your feet, ivy growing all around the fence, and elephant ears that were taller than we were. We immediately started taking all of that vegetation out. Mosquitoes had become a concern of the neighbors. After bagging the vegetation, we hauled it to the dump. That haul filled the entire trailer!
After clearing the greenery, we found a backyard full of items that had been placed out there, but had no purpose. We began separating things into three piles: Keep, Salvage Yard, and Dump. We don’t have bathroom facilities at the house available to us so we have to use some of the local stores. Each time we took a trip to the dump or the salvage yard, we would take two or three that needed a bathroom break. That would kill two birds with one stone! We ended up filling the trailer full of scrap metal for one haul and then returned to the dump three more times (total of four trips there). Each trip had the trailer packed to capacity.
After work we came home to clean up and then headed back to the French Quarter. We ate dinner at Bubba Gump’s and then took a Haunted History Tour through the area. Our team wanted to go back to Cafe Dumonde before we headed home for our share time.