reading my kel's latest entry at "the monkey heart discourses" i am reminded that it has been a year since she and kev picked up lock, stock, barrel and kitties for the move to the "big easy". can it be? only a year? that means that it's been almost that long since i laid eyes on the two of them and their trusty sidekicks, oliver and alice. "ya'll come" she says, but you might want to wait until it cools off. november would be good. the gulf of heat and humidity are a force to be reckoned with, it's true. this dry land cotton farmer's son has been baked nutty brown by the south plains sun and lived to tell about it. but that was dry heat. still, november, that's five months away and edging toward a second year anniversary. moth to flame. such is the lure of lady nola, for some. the lure for me is family, pure and simple. i need me some kel and kevin time. i'm feeling it bad. to borrow a phrase, "how long has it been since you had a heaping bowl of family time"? "well that's too long now!"