01.29.19 Introducing our new blog theme “BECAUSE HE LIVES”

We started writing this blog years ago under a different name, Dora and the Explorers.  There will be no more posts about Roy and I traveling with Dora since Dora moved to California.  That move lead to a change in the site’s name and the look.

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In this new blog we will focus on our life in Louisiana, about living a Christian life, updates as my dementia progresses, along with some Wild and Wacky posts from time to time.

Because this new blog is about our future life, I thought a good bit about how that should be expressed in the blog’s new name.

The new theme is BECAUSE HE LIVES….. I can face tomorrow!

Some of you will know what that means and some will not. If you do Praise God!  If you do not I hope you will read and learn!

As I was thinking about the new name, the thought that stood out in my mind is that I don’t know what my future holds.  Whatever it holds, I know my future is in God’s hands because I am a Christian.

After Christ died on the cross, He was buried and rose from the dead so, HE LIVES.  Because of this I have the reassurance of Christ walking by me through every storm and joy that comes our way.  Therefore I can face anything that the future brings.

BECAUSE HE LIVES I can face tomorrow is the first two lines of the chorus in the amazing song written by Bill and Gloria Gather in 1993. I will share an audio version of the song and the lyrics below.

Back in the mid 1990s I was in a particularly dark place in my life.  One Sunday during that time in our Worship Service we sang a new song called Because He Lives.  My attention was immediately grabbed by the first verse.

God sent his son, they called him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives

When we got to the chorus I felt something come over me that couldn’t be ignored.

Because He Lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He Lives
All fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just Because He Lives

When we sang the second verse it hit me hard because it talked about the calm assurance that this child can face uncertain days Because He Lives.  During this dark time my main concern was  the well being of my children. I felt like God was talking straight to my heart giving me the assurance I needed.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day Because He Lives

I had to sit down I was so overcome with that amazing assurance from God.

And then one day I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know he reigns

Oh how I needed to be reminded of this guarantee for true Christians who get to live with God in Heaven for all of eternity!

This song reminded me that Christ came to earth for the purpose of giving Christians the assurance that we are able to face tomorrow, with all of the uncertainty that it brings. God holds the future right in his hands and makes life worth living for all who trust in him.

I shared with my mother why that song grabbed my heart so much.  After that time whenever we sang Because He Lives we’d look at each other and hold hands while we sang.  It became our favorite song. Since she passed away, whenever we sing it I think of Mama and how Great our God is!

Here is a You Tube video of the song with the lyrics included.  I hope it will speak to you as it did and always will to me.

Songwriters: Gloria Gaither / William J. Gaither

Because He Lives lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

There is a much newer version of Because He Lives.  It’s a beautiful song but the original speaks to my heart with such comfort.

I look forward to sharing fun, meaningful and even silly moments with ya’ll.  When I am having a great brain day my favorite thing to do is to write.  When I’m not, well I just don’t write.  It takes me much longer to put together a post now but I push through it since I know it’s good for me.
Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

06.04.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – May Update

I truly had forgotten how much time and effort is needed to grow vegetables. And just when some are starting to ripen, the temperatures soar to the 90s which makes being out there really difficult.

The only fruit that has required anything has been our blueberries. Since those are necessary for my brain health plus I love them, picking them is a joy. Except for the pain in my back that picking them cause. Oh well!

Starting with the main garden. Each of the vegetables growing in the main garden is labeled below and above plants. Click on that picture and any of them to enlarge it.

Roy’s tomatoes on the right in the photo above are ripening and are delicious! However, only half of the tomatoes that ripen are good, without bad spots. The other half either have a worm in them which he has sprayed for but a few got through. The other problem is the blossom rot. Roy has just added some lime to the soil to help prevent that. The tomatoes below were picked in one day. We are having to pick them early in their ripening process so they avoid the bad spots. They are delicious also!

We have enjoyed a tomato and cucumber salad with our meal every day this week and love that!

My cucumbers are producing a couple of nice ones each day which are being added to the tomato and cucumber salad. These young cucumbers are nice and tender! I love seeing new baby cucumbers like in these pictures.

.The cucumbers at bottom of the vines have an odd shape since they hit the ground in their growth and curve around upward. Those growing further up on the vine have a perfect cucumber shape.  Either shape is delicious!

Green beans are closest to the bottom of the picture and cucumbers at the other end.

Green bean bushes on the left and cucumber vines on the right.

I haven’t grown green beans before. It was quite a surprise to me how quickly they produced and how many! The beans growing in the main garden produce the most. They produce enough every day to have a meal of them. I’ve fixed them with potatoes and bacon and also with bacon wrapped around the beans. The rest have been blanched and frozen for future meals.

The turnips are another surprise for me. They grow quickly and are delicious. I had too many planted together in a few spaces which crowded the size of the bottom. We are only growing them for the bottoms which is a good thing because the green part had a lot of bug holes thought I never could find a bug on them.  I just picked another batch of turnips today to cook.

 I planted more turnip seeds in two other locations and they are slowly starting to sprout but just barely. Our first turnip side dish was served in butter salt and pepper. It was delicious. I buy turnip bottoms from the grocery sometimes and these tasted so much better! Several of my Facebook friends shared their turnip cooking recipes so I think I’m set for more turnip growth.

Okra plants are strong and growing well. I’ve picked four so far. I took these photos late last week. When I went out there this morning to pick they were already much bigger.

The bell pepper plants have flowers and some have tiny tiny bell peppers growing on them. The plants in the upper right corner of the photo above are some of the bell pepper bushes.

Eggplants are in varying sizes and the biggest two have purple flowers which precede the tiny eggplants themselves. Nothing to harvest yet but the plant looks great!

My seven cherry tomato bushes are loaded with tomatoes and are starting to ripen a few at a time! Mine were planted a month after Roys so they are maturing later.

The garden down by the pond:

The green bean plants produce a few green beans each day though they appear to have been enjoyed by some animal from time to time.

Roy’s second set of 11 creole tomato bushes are doing extremely well. He picked the first one this week and we can see hundreds more

The “dog cage garden”

Several turnip seeds were added this week in the middle of this garden. They are already sprouting! Three of my cherry tomato plants were also added to this garden.  From the time they were taken out of their pots until now (being in the ground), they have at least quadrupled their size. They are not as big or as far along as their brothers and sisters in the main garden but where they are planted is an experiment to see how that area does for tomatoes.

The potatoes have several bushes growing which is really all you see until it’s time to dig up the potatoes that are underground!

The green bean plants down there are doing about the same as the ones in the garden down by the pond. They are producing, just not as much as the main garden.

Carrot seeds were planted early this month and the green leaves that come out of the ground are doing well. There are two rows of them. In the photo below the watermelons are at the top and the two rows of carrots are at the bottom.

The red meat watermelon vines are growing really well and have flowers on them which will eventually become watermelons. The yellow meat watermelon vines are not doing as well but they are growing and look healthy. Watermelons are something we didn’t do outstanding with last year so this new place to grow them is so far promising. In the photo below the watermelon, vines are on the right and the carrots are on the left.

Fruit trees

Pecan tree is growing well but no pecans yet, too young.

The two fig trees are loaded with green figs which will probably give us around a hundred figs.

The plum tree is pretty but not bearing fruit yet, too young.

Like I said at first, the blueberries are just going to town and I am enjoying them every day.  A lot of them were put in the freezer and I get to put them in my oatmeal or yogurt every day fresh from the garden! We are over half way into them all ripening. A few more days and they will all be gone.

It has been fascinating to see a bunch of little green one a branch one day and the next one of them has exploded into this beautiful deep blue plump ripe blueberry.   The in-between stages going from small green to ripe plumb blue is a bluish pink stage.The bluish pink stage will be the ripe ones the next day. Of the eight bushes, one does not have any berries on it and I am going to figure out why before next year’s crop!

I love enjoying fresh blueberries right off the vine in my breakfast yogurt or oatmeal!

https://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/20200525_105015.jpg Roy’s grape vines are growing. No grapes on those vines yet!

I think that’s about it for the month of May. Some observations want to note.

Each row is not full of that row’s vegetable.

The turnip seeds I planted at this end of that row came up very well and quickly. The ones I planted at the other end of the row aren’t hardly doing anything. Not sure why!

Even though this years rows are further apart than last yer it is still difficult to get down the aisles as the plants get bigger.

Most important is that we purchased most all of our seeds from the Seed Plant online company. Thiswas a change from previous years.

 

06.01.20 Our precious little ones are gone

Roy went down to check on Bo and Peep and their four little ducklings a couple of days ago. He found these four precious little ducklings dead. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened Roy and I were.We were warned that male ducks are known to sometimes do harm to the babies. Because of that we kept Bo from the others at night for several days and watched them carefully when they were all together during the day.  After several nights apart Bo spent his first night with Peep and the babies and that is when it happened. We are really sad about this.   We’d fallen in love with the little ones.

Before this happened, Roy spent a lot of the day nursing a newborn duckling that wasn’t doing well after it hatched.  He named the precious little one Pip and kept him warm and fed with sugar water. Pip was just not strong enough to make it even with all the loving care Roy gave him.

We hope that if Peep lays more eggs that there is a much better outcome.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

05.30.20 Seeing through the bedroom window! and a little pressure!

This is one of those blog posts that is written to help us know when Roy did a couple of projects and what it looked like!  The first project is the replacement of the glass in one of our bedroom windows.  The second is pressure washing all of the exterior and touch up painting those places that need it.

Roy’s been on a roll taking care of projects around the house and I want to acknowledge his hard work that I greatly appreciate!

First is a window replacement project. One of the windows in our bedroom has had a broken seal from what we think was a rock hitting it while the grass was being cut a few years ago. It’s the top half of the window below.

 

When we moved into the house I wanted the view from that window to include blueberries, lantanas, azaleas, crawling daisies and more. It will take a couple of years for the view to be what I want it to be. Before it can get there the ugly window from the broken seal had to be replaced.

Roy went to Gabriel Building Supply in Amite where we purchased all the house windows back in 2015. They looked back in their records and ordered the glass for us. A couple of weeks later the glass came in and Roy began the process of changing out the glass. After a long way into the process, Roy realized that the glass was too big. Grrrrr…..

He thought about it for a while and remembered that when we originally purchased the windows they sent out several wrong size windows. That’s the ordering info they looked at when ordering this glass, not the reordering information of the correct size windows. Roy went through putting the original broken glass back in. Once that was done Roy brought back the wrong size which was a Covid experience because Gabriel’s was really closed except to commercial customers. They helped Roy anyway and got the right size ordered!

Alas, two weeks later Roy picked up the new correct size glass and when through the whole process again to replace the glass.  Look at how nice and clear the top part of the window is!Now I can easily open the window and most important can see the growing flowers and blueberries through the beautifully clear window glass! It will take a while for the flower plants to grow big enough to see easily but I look forward to how beautiful it will be!

Roy does not do anything halfway.  The bottom portion of that bedroom window has always been difficult to raise to open. The window in Roy’s office is easy to open but we never open it because it’s behind the desk. I open my bedroom window as often as I can to let in cool breezes. So, he removed the bottom portion of the bedroom window and swapped it with the bottom portion of the office window!

The second project was the annual and sometimes semi-annual pressure washing of our home’s exterior.  We have a large pond in the back and a gravel road in the front where dust is kicked up whenever someone drives a bit to fast down our road.  Those two things cause a layer of dirt to collect on the outside of the house making it look nasty. Some may never notice it but we do!

It’s unbelievable that I failed to take any pictures of Roy working so hard to clean the exterior but I did. I know, right?!!  This is the only one I took and Roy was taking a short break in it!I did take some photos of the house after it was washed and here they are. Here’s our small little home all shiny and pretty! Roy touched up any place that needed it on all the white trim.

Roy worked hard on each of those projects as he always does. I’m not sure what project he will be taking on next, maybe finishing the old rocker restoration. Maybe he will get some rest now!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

05.27.20 The most amazing thing happened at our house this week!

I was in my craft room painting rocks and Roy walked up outside to the window. He said “Come outside now and bring your camera!” He had a big smile on his face!

I knew (or hoped I knew) right away what happened.

Bo and Peep are now proud new parents and we are very proud grandparents of a new baby duck!

Our first photo of the precious little one in the yellow circle. There are several eggs in there with him that will hopefully hatch soon!

Isn’t he adorable! Tiny little new creation of God!

After about 30 eggs that Peep laid over two nesting times this year, with none hatching, this batch has at least produced one and he is adorable! Look at him following

I took several videos and my phone died before getting any more still pictures but these are two of the best videos I was able to get. Roy opened their cage and let them all out. I was worried about how a newborn baby duck would handle our pond but that little thing did great. Mama and Daddy protected him when he took a tiny tumble and it was precious to see him swimming near the shore in the pond!

I was very worried about them leaving the cage and following their parents down by the pond. I just read something that I wish I had read before that. Buff Orpington baby ducks are “capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.”

And now we are proud to announce baby chick number 2 that Roy discovered when checking on them this morning! Another little miracle!

They were let out and quickly began following mama and daddy around!

Mama Peep here getting back on her nest of eggs!

Peep thought they would follow her inside but the babies discovered the small space below the cage where only they could fit in! Here’s Roy down on his knees being the wonderful grandfather that he is, working on getting them out!

Before we left them down there Roy put Peep and the babies back in the cage with the nest. Bo is staying outside in the bigger cage just to make sure he doesn’t harm the babies since that is something the males sometimes do. While all of that was going on Peep was just a squawking away. When it was over Peep was nesting inside and was very quiet!

These three videos are the best of all the ones I took. I couldn’t narrow it down to one so here’s the three best!

Baby found a way to escape the cage through a hole. More protection will be added so that doesn’t happen in the future!

Baby following parents to the pond

Baby swimming with parents

Baby’s brothers and sisters in law were notified of the birth! The ex parents (who still love them) were also notified of the birth!

I don’t plan to introduce each and every one of the newborns but we are discussing a gender reveal party when that information is known!!! You will be invited to that event!

Right before I was going to publish this the third baby duck was born!!

05.26.20 An Empty New Orleans – Photography by Douglas Adams

It is so very unusual to see the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans without people enjoying all that New Orleans offers. I’ve never seen that before, even after Katrina.

This photographer G. Douglas Adams has taken some really cool photos of the emptiness of New Orleans during the Stay at Home order having to do with the Covid-19 pandemic.  There are way more photos on his website than I am sharing below. His website is at www.gdouglasadamsphotography.com if you would like to see more. I recommend it!

I asked for permission to share these photos with ya’ll and was granted permission.

 

  Central Grocery where the world’s best Muffuletta’s are made! I truly hope these scenes will be changing soon!

Douglas Adams’ contact information follows:

504-444-8670

gdouglasadamsphotography@gmail.com

His website is:www.gdouglasadamsphotography.com

Ya’ll have a Blessed week! We have a very wonderful developmentat our home that we’ll share with you next time!

05.24.20 A quiet thought, By Bro. Bob Adams

A quiet thought from Sunday, May 17th, By Bro. Bob Adams

Church is not like it used to be! Neither is shopping, sports, business, travel, medicine . . . the list is endless.

The ground beneath our feet has convulsed and turned the old paths into rubble. Everything has an odd feel to it.

It is tempting to long for yesterday to come again with its familiar routines and predictable ways.

It is a vain longing, an empty hope.

Tomorrow will not look like yesterday!

What shall we do in these changing days?

Let us not spend the time longing for the way it used to be, singing the screeching songs of a frightened world, looking for someone to blame, justifying arrogance and pride.

Rather, let us clear our throats and sing . . .

“In my church, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my home, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my work, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my travel . . . buying . . . resting . . . playing . . .!”

The goal of the Christian life is not to have things as we like them but to be transformed into the image of Jesus and bring Him joy – regardless of what life is like on the outside.

What a beautiful and freeing truth! Grace to you!

By Bro. Bob Adams

Thank you so much Bro. Adams for your weekly Godly words that you share with us. Each week they speak deeply to me. I hope you never stop!

Have a great week!

05.20.20 Kindergarten First Day of Class in 2025

Since I have dementia it sometimes takes a while for me to “get it.” Like this video. It’s a teacher in the year 2025 teaching all the kiddos born this year 2020 during the pandemic

.  Okay, so I am sharing what I “got” after watching it a couple of times. Now, if you are brain challenged like me, you will also “get it!”

Yall have a Blessed Week!

05.18.20 Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday to my mama, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor!

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Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.

She would have been 100 today.

I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence. She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church. She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church. She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in the church. She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.

While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right. Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway! God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds. We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!

I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing. Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary. She was truly a hoot and quite a character, all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.3

I miss her all the time. When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been 13 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven. What a peace I find in that.

I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above. Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here. Thank you for indulging me when that happens.

Written today 2020: One last thing. We all know that what you write on Facebook or in your blog reaches those in Heaven. hahahahaha!  She would be so happy to know that Trinity’s Family Life Center is one inch from being complete. She always wanted that for our church and it’s now a reality. That would put a big big smile on her face! I love you my sweet little mama!

05.19.20 Were you alive during the pandemic, Grandpa? by Taylor Greene

I hope lots of young parents will get to read this. Please share with them if they are not my Facebook Friend or a follower of my blog. It really made me think of how important it is for parents to really make an effort to create memories with your young ones during this pandemic.  Spend more time with your child and make sure it’s quality time! Here we go!

Child – “How old are you, Grandpa?

Grandpa – “I’m 81, dear.”

Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”

Grandpa – “Yes, I was.”

Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.

They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.

They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.

They said that the summer holidays were canceled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.

They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.

That must have been so horrible, grandpa!”

Grandpa – “Well, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of BBQs.

I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.

I remember making forts and learning how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family.

I remember Mom’s favorite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’

Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.

I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right. But I remember it differently.”

Remember how our children will remember these times.

Be in control of the memories they are creating right now so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.”

– Author unknown 💕

Shared on Facebook by Taylor Greene