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 will 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 in church 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!

06.13.21 June 6 to June 12, 2021 Trinity Church Worship, Charlies Restaurant, Smoke on the Mountain, Jonah Kyle, Buddy’s Teeth, Dora Burning :( , Becky’s letter, Annie’s Crafts, Organized documentation, Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, Buddy groomed, Buddy and Benny collars, Flowers in our yard, Butterflies on the fence, Istrouma baseball, grandkids, dinner at Jason’s Deli

What a week this has been. A really bad loss and some great times. But life goes on and we gotta keep kickin’!

I’ve been trying to write about each day’s events on that day but this week it is Friday and I am just starting to write about Sunday. So much happened Sunday that it could be its own post but I’ll summarize it here like I try to do each day.

Sunday’s Sunday School (which they now call Bible Study) was great. We started a new quarter and are learning about the book of Job first. I’ve read Job several times and most of ya’ll know about it but each time I learn something new about how it applies to my life. God’s good like that!

Our Worship Service was lead by the Youth and College folks. 56 of them went to a Discipleship Now conference in Tennessee. We saw a video showing lots of what they did and experienced there. A second video was of four of them singing Amazing Grace in the old white church in Cades Cove. They lead us in singing it after and my heart was so happy to have Jesus as my Lord and Saving.

Then a Youth age guy, a College age guy, and Ms. Jeri Bankston one of the chaperones all shared with us what the week meant to them. One of the youth sang a beautiful song and our Pastor had a short sermon.

At the end of his sermon, Bro. Avery said he wish we could do this whole Worship Service all over again. I wholeheartedly agreed. Seeing young people love the Lord and seeing them grow in the Lord is one of the highlights of being a mature adult Christian.

Our Pastor Avery was loving getting wear the camp t-shirt in church!
Jonah Kyle, Mia, Courtney, and Aiden are on the screens from when they sang Amazing Grace in the old white church on Cade’s Cove in Tennessee. And they lead us in singing it in person!
Brock, one of our college age guys sharing about his experience that week.
One of our youth singing and anothe playing the piano. It was beautiful.

After that wonderful Worship Service Chip and I went to Charlie’s Restaurant in Springfield in the pouring rain. Their food is delicious!

Then on to the play I’ve written about, Smoke On The Mountain, staring one of my favorite young men, Jonah KyleTraylor. Click on the link to read all about it if you haven’t already!

Monday sweet Buddy was put under anesthesia to have his teeth cleaned (remember the first vet charged us for it but did not clean them), two teeth pulled, and the torn skin on his eye removed. I surely hope our dogs understand that when we put them through things like that we are doing it because we love them. Here’s his brother Benny patiently waiting for him to come back to us! I never expected a $300 price tag on his teeth cleaning, 2 teeth pulled and his eye skin snipped. I guess I should have but I was calling Buddy the Million dollar puppy the rest of the day!

Their new neck collars came in. Benny’s is light blue and Buddy’s is yellow!

Tuesday was possibly my second most awful experience only topped by Roy dying last year. We learned that on Monday evening our beloved motorhome, Dora, was involved in a fire and burned to the ground. I plan to write about that as soon as I know a lot more. For now, she was in a KOA Campground storage building with fifth wheels and trailers. Don’t know yet how it started but my heart is having a hard time believing that Dora is no more.  I am working with the couple who had Dora in California for a while, the Fire Investigators, our Insurance company, the bank that holds the note.  The KOA management will be involved also. Now it’s just a time of waiting to see how it all turns out.

For once I’m happy Roy’s in Heaven because if he was still alive it would crush him like it is crushing me.  I think the first couple of days I was pretty much in shock over it but the reality is starting to sink in. She was so good to us carrying us all around the United States and we loved it. I would have had a hard time understanding it is real if they didn’t have the video.  Before this video started I’ve been told there were several explosions.

There is an eight minute video of the fire taken by the local TV station  I’ll share that when I write the blog post about this devastating event. I really did write more about the fire than I thought I would. This was the last photo of Dora inside. She has her slides drawn in but you can still see how pretty she was.

Wednesday I gathered all the papers and documentation together that I keep and cleared out a lot that is not needed anymore and organized what was left.  I realized I needed to do that when I had to find information on Dora for the various people involved. We have a new folder called Buddy and Benny to keep track of them as they grow. I was able to reduce from four expanding folders down to three and they are all well organized now. I was able to do that in between speaking to the bank, insurance, etc.

My sweet friend Becky sent me a letter about Roy passing. It was so kind and made my heart happy. She even said nice things about me! That letter meant so much to me, I will cherish and keep it. Thank you Becky for reaching out!  The third time did the trick!

I joined Annie’s Craft Kits and received my first kit. I’ll get one each month for $20. I am hoping to learn to do different types of crafts this way. Here’s my first kit.

Chip cooked what we call Chicken, Soup, and Rice for our dinner after making a 4-quart container of ice cream that tastes exactly like Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty.  It is so much easier to make this and it’s perfect! One can condensed milk, one 8 oz cool whip, and a half-gallon jug of chocolate milk. Put it in the ice cream maker and let her rip!

Buddy got groomed on Thursday and seemed to lose half his size! His eye is doing so much better!

Friday was very quiet around here with Chip and Rick out tubing and me home with the two doggies!  One of my bottom front teeth fell out today and my toilet backed up. Chip came home sunburned and still recovering today on Saturday! I took some photos of how some newly blooming flowers and plants are doing. And of course, I am sharing them here!  We are enjoying seeing bluebirds and squirrels enjoying the corn and bird seeds we now put out there all the time.

Red Bopple Nuts that my friend Cindy gave me (she called them something else) have sprouted and the green leafy vine is growing up the birdhouse pole. It will be really pretty as it grows taller.

 

These metal butterflies live on the wooden fence Roy built by our motorhome. They were getting worn so I sanded and repainted them. I think they came out nice!

On Saturday I went to see three of Chad’s children play baseball at Istrouma Baptist in Baton Rouge. Chip was unable to come out in the sun so I pulled my big girl parties up and drove myself there. Only took two wrong turns on my way there. All that didn’t keep me away from the games that were so much fun to watch.

The two youngest girls play on one team and our grandson on another older boys team.  Our very youngest granddaughter (in the first photo below) is playing for the first time and really impressed me by how she paid attention, hit the ball, and did well running the bases! I was a few minutes late and missed our middle granddaughter hitting a home run!

My youngest granddaughter
The pitcher is my grandson
My middle granddaughter at bat

After the game, they took me to eat at Jason’s Deli where I had a delicious muffuletta and had some nice visiting time with Chad. Since he was one of the coaches for the boy’s team it was really nice to get to visit with him and all of them at the Deli. I learned today that potato chips taste really good with ice cream. That’s the kind of thing you learn when you go out to eat with little ones!

I drove home from Baton Rouge with no problem, Yay! When I got home I don’t think I moved from the sofa until bedtime! That wraps up my life this week!

06.09.21 Smoke on the Mountain, The play I hope everyone goes to see!

This post has been ready to publish since Monday. However, our motorhome, Dora, burned down Monday in California and has consumed all of my attention and energy. I will be writing about that soon and ask for prayers for my heart that has lost Roy and our dear Dora, both all too soon.

The most amazing young man I know, Jonah Kyle Traylor, just got more amazing!

I am proud of him every Sunday when he leads some of our song singing, whenever he preaches, and for all he’s done growing our youth group and his part in us having a great College and Career group at Trinity. He also has more energy than anyone I know!

I took several pictures that you’ll see as you read along!

When I saw his performance in Smoke on the Mountain, a play at the Swamplight Theater in Ponchatoula I can’t begin to tell you how high his amazingness shot up to! I loved him in the play so much I may splurge and go back to see it again this weekend! Yes, it’s that great!

I think a great actor is someone who can play a part that is so very not them and be convincing. Jonah Kyle, as Pastor Oglethorpe in ‘Smoke on the Mountain” was the most hysterically convincing old-time Baptist preacher. All of the actors were superb. A lot of it was singing old hymns which they did beautifully. The only little one in the play was young “June Bug” and she was adorable.

Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.

There are more performances next weekend and then NONE, so go and your heart will thank you for it.

Here’s a link to the theater’s web page where you can reserve tickets. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smoke-on-the-mountain-tickets-154873116661?aff=erelexpmlt

I have not laughed that much in years. Imagine two straight hours of laughter and happiness. That’s good for the soul and my heart and soul came out of there shining so brightly.  I smiled so much my cheeks hurt!

They even fed us Mississippi Mud Pie, which is talked about in the play, for free during the intermission.

There are several hymns that the audience gets to stand and sing with the actors. The words were in the program but Chip and I both found we didn’t need that help, we knew these songs so well! I especially loved that part. Really made us feel like we were in church with them as part of the play’s story.

I wrote about Jonah Kyle’s preacher ordination not too long ago so you know him from that. I’ve known him since he was born and taught him in my 3rd and 4th Sunday School class so I’ve been knowing and loving him a long time! His parents and brother are some of the strongest Christians I know so only a little bitty part of him do I get to take credit for! The rest is his family and mostly God!

Chip’s comment about the play was “If you love church and Jesus you need to be there.”  I really hope ya’ll will go see it!

Our church’s secretary Sandy Berthelot had a part in the play as well and was perfect! The 1930’s clothing they all wore looked precious on her!

That’s the end of my gushing over Jonah Kyle. I love you, young man! I’m so glad you remember that I taught you the Books of the Bible! Love your whole family too!

We ate at Charlie’s between church and the play and it was all delicious!

This information is from their website:

Swamplight offers a live intimate theatre experience. Depending on the production and configuration of the stage, maximum capacity is approximately 80 – 100 patrons. As a result, we encourage purchasing your tickets in advance in order to reserve your spot. Swamplight offers a safe online option to purchase advance tickets through Eventbrite. You may still purchase “walk-up” tickets at the theatre the night of the performance, if space is available. But why risk it?

Swamplight Theatre is home to The Kay Butler Performing Arts Project, a not-for-profit, performing arts organization inspired by the works of Kay Butler, and carried on by those who learned from her teachings and inspirational belief we all have something beautiful worth sharing. Swamplight is a labor of love – love for the arts, love for community and love for life. Housed in the old Southern Exposure Photography studio next to Acadian Hardwood and Cypress, Swamplight is an intimate theatre experience producing live theatre and offering workshops camps and artistic opportunities for all ages.

This video has nothing to do with the play but it was on the theater’s website and I thought it was really cute so I am sharing it here.  The young man that kids are hanging on was in “Smoke on the Mountain” and was exceptional!

 

 

06.05.21 May 30 – June 5, 2021 old folks luncheon, seafood gumbo, Thanks Leanna, I love God, plumbing problems, homemade Wendy’s frosty, BUNN tea urn, Buddy and Benny, pulling weeds, Buddy’s vet visit, blueberries, Roy’s email, my selu.edu email, haircut, second tomato, new pots for plants, and more!

My love for my God has grown so much lately and I have to give him Praise and all the Glory for what He has done in my life. This was originally the last sentence in this post but it is the most important sentence so I moved it to the top. My relationship with God is the only thing that has kept me from sinking into a deep depression since Roy died. I’ve learned to give Him all my pain and sorrow and ask for joy and peace. He always provides.

We’ve had problems with our plumbing here at our home in Amite since we first moved in. Roy tackled it a few years ago by replacing the underground pipes with bigger, more sturdy pipes and creating two access points to get into the pipes when they get clogged up on their way to the septic tank.

What a lovely way to start off this week’s blog post! Chip worked and worked and worked on it but finally figured out that the septic tank needs to be emptied. That is not a cheap adventure but we had an appointment on June 10th to get that done. Last Friday Chip figured out that the electricity was turned off to the system and that was the cause of our recent problems. Now that it’s turned on we can cancel the appointment! Yay!

Sunday – I drove myself to church and back and even stopped at Walmart to get the last ingredient I needed to make seafood gumbo. I don’t remember ever making seafood gumbo before so I got my friend Leanna’s recipe so I’m sure it will be great! And it was especially after it deepened its flavor overnight. Thank you so much Leanna Traylor. I’ve found a new favorite meal!

I bought an ice cream maker a couple of months ago. Chip made a version of Wendy’s chocolate frosty ice cream!

I’ve tasted the ice cream and had a bowl of the gumbo and I do believe I love both! We are thinking that gumbo with shrimp, chicken, and sausage (with okra of course) would be a nice new gumbo tradition. We’ll see how that turns out! The ice cream has been in the freezer which we watched Beetlejuice and Evan Almighty. Both good old movies!

The BUNN tea urns that I wrote about last week now have pretty flowers in them!

Both Buddy and Benny (I’m changing Bennie to Benny and I just hope he doesn’t care!) had a bath and had their hair blown dry and they stretched out for a good nap feeling all handsome and snazzy!

Monday  The gumbo does taste better the next day. My friend Cindy V came over to visit and we had a nice, though all too short, visit!

Seems like some of my best photos lately are of me sprawled out on the grass.  The grass and the Gravel are supposed to, in my mind, form a straight line but they don’t so I have to make them be straight by pulling weeds and grass and adding gravel along the edge. When Chip posted this picture on Facebook he wrote, “My mom lives for God and pulling weeds.” Someone noticed the baseball bat on the ground… Perhaps that’s how I landed there!

Tuesday – Chip took Buddy to the vet since his cough has come back once the steroids ran out. He’s back on steroids again, got his nails clipped and has his dental cleaning and the little eye skin removal scheduled for next Monday morning early.

I picked four cups of blueberries off the bushes today. Last year I didn’t bake anything with them but this year I am determined to do that.  A blueberry pie is planned for those blueberries. UPDATE: The blueberry pie was sooooo delicious!

We had a long and hard rain today. As always I hear the plants and grass singing the Hallelujah chorus!

Wednesday – Found out that I really will have to change my rosalyn@selu.edu email address as it will no longer exist at Southeastern due to some data security thing they are doing. If you’re not a current student, faculty, or staff your account will be deactivated sometime this Summer.  I’ve created a new one at rosalynchauvin1@gmail.com. Please use my rosalyn@selu.edu until around July 1st as the new one has a couple of kinks that need to get worked out.

I closed Roy’s email account, roy@rchauvin.com, today which set off my heart hurting and tears. I haven’t had to deal with things like that in a while.

Thursday our church, Trinity, had a Senior Adult Luncheon today. I drove myself there and did really well! Here’s a link to the post I wrote about the fun time we had. I did some shopping in Hammond since I was there and drove myself back home!

I am working slowly to be more independent and truly want to get back to having a settled, more normal life. I hope you all can see that in my writings about my life now.

Friday  I got my hair cut, a bit shorter this time.  Seems to be a trend and I love it! Do not ever expect my hair to ever look like this when I am fixing it! Harriett, am I looking more like you?

Benny and Buddy are learning to live with each other and are so precious! 

Buddy is sharing his bowties with Benny! We had some seafood gumbo juice leftover and some cooked drumsticks in the freezer. I pulled the chicken off the bones and added it to the seafood gumbo juice and it was delicious! I love experimenting like that!

Saturday was supposed to be a family day at the baseball field in Baton Rouge. The rain made them cancel the games. I miss my little ones in Baton Rouge so much and was really looking forward to seeing them and visiting with their mom and dad. Next Saturday there are games so I’m hoping we can see them for those.

I enjoyed my coffee and breakfast out on the patio and listened to some gospel music out there. Several days ago Chip made me 8 cheese omelets and I’ve been enjoying them one each morning since they do not cause my blood sugar to go up!

Our second tomato from my one tomato plant! I picked three cups of blueberries off the bushes today.

Yesterday I bought pots for two plants and this morning I worked on replanting those in the new pots this morning.

That wraps up this week in Rosalyn’s life!

06.03.21 Trinity’s Old Folks Luncheon

Our festive event today was not actually called “Trinity’s Old Folks Luncheon,” but it is a cuter title than Trinity’s Senior Adult Luncheon. Right??

We were treated to a Thanksgiving meal and it was delicious!  Turkey, dressing, green beans, rolls, and desserts.

There were a bunch of us old folks enjoying the meal and some really great conversation. Our guest speaker was Pastor Mark Goree, Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Someone brought checkers because, well you know that’s what old folks do, play checkers. These first two photos are of our young pastor and one of our old folks quite intent on a big game of checkers. Later I asked Bro. Avery, our pastor, who won and he didn’t want to talk about it! Guess that means Tony Martin won!

The group at our table included the sweetest craziest woman I know, Johnnie Whisenhunt, her not nearly as crazy husband Mike Whisenhunt, Ron Traylor, David Taylor, and little ole me.  We talked and laughed. We figured out that we all worked at Southeastern at some point and we are all Southeastern Alumni. We know a lot of the same people from the university which was nice to find out.  At some point we were talking about my mama, Jo and Ron figured out that his Aunt Jo was my mama Jo Traylor. She was married to Mr. Vivian Traylor for several years in their older age and went with him to many Traylor family gatherings. I really enjoyed visiting with these folks and others throughout the day.

Here are some pictures I took.

I always enjoy these old folks’ luncheons and appreciate our church doing these special events for us. A special thanks to Derek, Koree and Randi Wall for the delicious Thanksgiving feast!

Before heading home to Amite I did some shopping in Hammond and enjoyed myself. Even drove home in the rain and did really well!

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.
– Lucille Ball

 

06.02.21 Roy’s email address

Roy’s email account, roy@rchauvin.com, has been closed. Such a small thing but it is just another thing that had to end.

We both loved having our own domain and website at rchauvin.com which we used for a few years.  That’s been gone for a while but Roy’s email account still existed as did ghostlee@rchauvin.com which was a fictitious person Roy created to use in playing online games. Ghostlee even had his own birthday which was April 1st, April Fools Day!

It’s times like that make me realize how very much I still miss him and these little things that made him my Roy.

My rosalyn@selu.edu will be changing soon to rosalynchauvin1@gmail.com so please make note of that.

See ya’ll next time, Rosalyn

 

 

 

05.31.21 “Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen,” by Dan Doyle

This Memorial Day, tell your children and your grandchildren about the men and women you may have known that gave their lives for the privilege of this country’s freedom. While COVID still may prevent major gatherings at Memorial Day events, you might be able to visit a local cemetery or National Cemetery to spend some quiet, respectful moments with the fallen. You will see that their graves are festooned with American flags. You could watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, where you can hear inspiring stories about the fallen and hear some great music.

In any case, take time to remember those whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to keep the gift of freedom alive and well in this country for 245 years.

We all pray for the day when we will go to war no more. But we must never forget those who lived in times when the terrible scourge of war forced itself upon us in many ways, for many reasons and had the courage to put on the uniforms of our Armed Forces and go to the front to defend the walls of freedom against those who would threaten it. We remember those who gave their lives in those efforts…for the rest of us.

We Remember!

  • Excerpts and a video from Memorial Day: Remember the Fakkeb b Dan Doyle.

I always ask for prayers for the families of soldiers that served with Chad in Iraq in 2005. The list below are those young men who gave their life that year serving our great country. Thank you gentlemen.

Freedom Is Not Free

…in memory of our fallen comrades

Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers

Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry

Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs

Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Please pray for their families and all the other families of military men and women who died serving our country.

05.30.21 May 22 – 29, 2021 Church, plants, planting grass, pulling weeds, moving bulbs, Roy’s truck, squirrel sightings, DISC in Covington, low blood sugar, white trellis cleaning, Bennie joins the family, neurologist visit, BUNN tea urns, and floating in the pond!

This week started on Sunday when we went to Sunday School and Worship Service at our church, Trinity Baptist. I’d love to have ya’ll join us there on Sundays to learn more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Find out what all the fuss is about and how much we love being Christians.

I usually spend a lot of time making my blogs make sense, in good order and as cleaned up as can be. I will still try to do that somewhat but it’s getting harder so please forgive whatever errors or mistakes I make!

Sunday – I did not feel well before we left for church last Sunday. This not feeling well was having trouble breathing, feeling bloated and something else I don’t remember. Chip recommended that I take a sip of water and then burp. I did that several times and started feeling well enough to get on the road to church.

My Sunday School class moved to a bigger classroom and we almost filled up this bigger room. Isn’t that great!

I had to sit down during a couple of hymns that were sung during our worship service but felt fine otherwise.

After church, we went to Lowe’s for me to do some browsing and I came out having purchased a few flower plants and some new cucumber seeds. Two plants that I’ve never bought before.  The first plant is a pink guara and the second is a lavender plant.

This one I’ve had before and loved it.  It is a Mandevilla vine-like plant. Buddy likes getting in as many pictures as he can!

I think these new plants will mostly be planted in the garden I can see from my bedroom window. That’s always been the plan to be able to view lots of flowering plants from that window where I hope to eventually have a comfy chair facing that window where I can relax and enjoy the beauty.  Right now my blueberry bushes that are right outside that window are starting to pop some big beautiful blueberries. I love it and love this aspect of our beautiful property.

I don’t know if you noticed but I am having a difficult time remembering to say “my” this or that instead of “our” this or that. Roy was the other part of “our” and I am trying to get used to just “me” so I type whatever comes to mind when that happens. That’s hard to do when I was part of an “our” for 47 years.

Several daffodil bulbs were stuck under a large boulder by the road so Chip moved the boulder and I dug up the 8 bulbs there. I replanted them between the knock-out rose bushes by the front porch.  Next year we will have daffodils growing between the rose bushes in the early spring! I crawl around on the ground getting from place to place while doing all the work.

Monday – I went to my friend Cindy Vernon’s home to play in her yard some more pulling up weeds. I forgot to mention in the last blog that she worked on her herb bed while I pulled weeds last week. She gave me a bag of fresh clipped oregano and a bag of fresh clipped rosemary. She also gave me some oregano plants that I planted in one of my pots outside. The bags and plants she gave me smell sooooo good! I can’t wait to use them in my cooking!

Cindy’s home is quite unique. You can see it in the photo below of me and the garden I finished weeding today. Three sides of the house are underground. Only the front is above ground. It’s a very large house and when you’re inside you don’t realize you are underground. I love it!

Tuesday – The man who bought Roy’s truck was going to come here for us to go to a notary for something having to do with the truck’s title. They got hit with a tire that blew off an 18 wheeler so they had to turn around and go home and will come to do that on Friday.

I decided to clean the white trellis that the grapevines grow up. I also planted some new cucumber seeds there to have more since the seeds I planted by the house didn’t do well and the only one that is growing is pretty pitiful looking.

I placed the flowers I bought where I think they should go to see how they do before planting them.

When we were living in Dora our motorhome, I always enjoyed watching the squirrels around here gather and eat in the middle of the front yard where the birdhouse is.  A couple of weeks ago Chip put up on the birdhouse pole a white swing that I ordered. We are putting bird feed in it and corn on the cobs to attract squirrels. We don’t see them but they are eating the corn and some pretty birds are eating the seed..

Chip went over to Cindy V’s house to cut her grass today so she wouldn’t have to do it since she recently had surgery.

Wednesday – Look what I saw out my bedroom window when I got up this morning. There were two of them and when this one was finished his snack they scurried up the big pine tree. Absolutely what I wanted this feeder for!

My blood sugar went down to 55 today and thanks to my Dexcom I was notified of that. I was busy doing little things around the house and started to feel weak at the same time the monitor told me it was low. I ate/drank some maple syrup and some cinnamon sugar. Right now it is back up to 86.  I know this is not good but it was really nice to get to drink something so sweet and it be okay!!

Our neighbors asked us today if we would like to have their Maltese dog, one year old Bennie. I was quite shocked and delighted. He’s such a sweet dog and is already Buddy’s friend. They are not home enough to give him the attention he needs.  They love him and since he will right next door when he lives here he can go visit whenever he wants to. Having had Samson, Misty’s teacup Maltese living here for a while and loving that cute little ball of white hair so much we are very excited about expanding our Chauvin household to welcome Bennie Chauvin!  I actually think one of Roy’s uncles name was Bennie Chauvin!

Not quite sure how this is going to turn out with Benny. He slipped out of his harness/leash a couple of times Friday and we couldn’t get him to come back. I tried a few times and Chip tried many dozens of times to get him to come back. As soon as he sees us he takes off running for his life. We didn’t torture him or anything but he runs away from us like we did!. He will not come back. We’ve seen him several times so we know he’s okay, but cannot catch him. His family, our neighbors, are away for the weekend so we’re hoping we can figure out some way to keep him here so he can start being our precious Bennie.

A little update: Benny is now home with us! Both he and Buddy got a bath and are happy little men!

Thursday – Chip took me to my neurologist Dr. Zapata in Hammond to get the result of the Neuropsych testing I had about a month ago. You may remember that was done in Baton Rouge and I only learned from the Neuropsychologist that I’ve had a significant decline from the last testing in 2015. Here’s a link to what we learned at today’s visit. Neuropsych testing results

Friday – Cindy V picked me up and we went to Dirt Cheap for a big shopping spree! I bought a 5 cent USA necklace in red and blue! I am quite the big spender!  After that Chip and I went with the man who bought Roy’s truck to have my signature notarized for the title and some other paperwork about the truck. I was kinda concerned about the fact that the truck was in Roy’s name but he’s not here to sign the title over to the buyer.  It wasn’t a problem at all since the Notary said that as long as the “next of kin” can sign for it that is legal. The man who bought it put a new engine in it and already has it sold! I did some shopping at Walmart after that and got some red, white, and blue flowers for my Patriotic summer decorations.

Saturday was a great day. Spent time in the yard pulling up dead grass runners and planting healthy grass runners where the dead ones were.

These two stainless steel BUNN tea urns were given to us by the couple that previously rented our house from us. I’ve been using them for plants down by the fence line. I decided to move them up to the patio a few days ago and today new plants were planted in them as well as plants from other pots.  I like them better where they are now!

Chip, Buddy, and I went tubing around our pond today and really enjoyed it. This may have been my biggest adventure since we lived on the road and had an adventure every other day then! Chip bought a tube a few days ago and ventured out to discover what all could be seen from the water. I bought a tube yesterday and got in for my maiden voyage today going from almost one end of the pond to our end just relaxing and enjoying the views from the pond. There was no breeze today so we had to paddle using our hands/arms to go forward or just stop and enjoy the beauty in one place. Buddy doesn’t have any work today and enjoys it too!

This is Chip and Buddy floating around yesterday.

We just enjoyed a good old springtime rain soaking! That’s the end of this week!

From previous weeks that I forgot to include then:

I forgot to include in my last post that a lot of what contributed to me working too much included that on Saturday I spent 6 hours straight picking rocks out of the front yard, pulling up weeds and grass runners, and replanting the runners after cleaning and snipping them into a place where the runners were needed in the side yard and replanting several daffodil bulbs. Something killed two areas of grass in an area around 3 feet across in both the left side yard and the right side yard. The dead grass had strong roots and took me twice as long to dig up as the new runners took the plant. If I didn’t pull up the dead grass it would affect the new ones trying to establish themselves. We have no idea why the grass died that was there. All around it in both places are healthy thick grass.

I forgot to share in my last blog that Cindy Vernon took me with her to her surgery follow-up appointment in Covington.  How I could forget that when I wrote about last week I don’t know. Well, I do know how, I have dementia but it is those big chunks of forgotten events that are very irritating. There were statues in the waiting room that were so cool I’m going to share them all in another post.

Here’s one of the statues just to tempt you to want to see more! Two different views of the same statute.

Cindy V and I ate a delicious lunch at Cracker Barrell and enjoyed shopping there! Thanks, Cindy for inviting me to tag along and for buying me lunch!

I’ve got to find some way to not feel like I need to share every single thought that comes to find about each day’s events.  I hope I do!

05.29.21 Neuropsych testing results

Thursday Chip and I went to my neurologist’s office in Hammond to get the complete testing results. He basically told me the same thing that the neuropsychologist did which is that there has been a significant decline since the last series of tests in 2015.

I started to type all of the details from the report but it was just too much.

In each of the following areas, the report showed significant decline or impairment SPATIAL/CONSTRUCTIONAL, LANGUAGE, and OVERALL HIGHER COGNITION, PREMORBID FUNCTIONING, ATTENTION/CONCENTRATION, PROCESSING SPEED, FLUID REASONING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING.

Dr. Zapata explained that since the cause of my Vascular Dementia is the several TIA’s (Transient Ischemic Attacks) I’ve had It may stay at the stage it is now unless I have more TIAs.

Vascular dementia (also referred to as vascular cognitive impairment) is the term used for cognitive decline caused by reduced blood flow in the brain.

Dr. Zapata explained to Chip and me that one way Vascular Dementia is different from Alzheimer’s is that when Alzheimer’s starts it is a downward slope. Vascular Dementia is a “stepwise” progression of symptoms, meaning that the symptoms stay the same for a while and then suddenly get worse. What this means for me is that I may be just like I am for a while. This explains why I am still doing fairly well and have been for a while.

Dr. Zapata is increasing the amount of Galantamine I take from 4 mg twice a day to 12mg twice a day since that is what I use to take before Dr. Valdes took me off of it.  He talked to me and asked several questions about the jerking episodes I had three mornings in a row recently. I still have no idea what caused it but both he and Dr. Valdes believe it could have something to do with grief, he wants me to see Dr. Linden at New Leaf Psychiatry. I don’t have an appointment yet but hopefully will soon.

I have written about having dementia so much that I feel the need to stop writing publically about what I’m feeling and experiencing. There is not anything more that can be done since I take medicine for dementia already.  Hopefully, I will stay at the level I am now and if it progresses it will do so slowly.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We just came inside from floating around our pond in a tube. What an amazing experience that was! Will share more soon!

 

05.23.21 A busy two weeks!

I think I may start writing about my week at the end of each week either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. It will help me remember what when on and when!  This is a lot of stuff that I’m just now catching up on.

I begin every week by saying I’m going to not do too much that week and I always just go ahead and do too much anyway!

I like to be productive and get things done but these last two weeks I think I overdid it! I may have been trying to conquer the world when I should have been relaxing!

I took this selfie this week and it turned out nice.  My hair is shorter than it’s been in years and I like it.

A friend of mine, Cindy Vernon had surgery recently. Since she was not able to pull weeds in her garden, guess who was happy to help. The weed lady, that’s me! I went over there a few times these past few weeks, pulled weeds, got filthy, and loved it! I call it playing in her yard! I’m planning on going back this week to finish up a long bed I started on. She said I could have some of her lilies that she has in a variety of colors. Chip took a picture of me the first time I went to play in her yard. Buddy got in on the picture too!

In one of Cindy’s gardens, there were lots of blackberry vines growing throughout the lilies. I thought she would want to keep them so I weeded around them. Well, it turns out Cindy did not want to keep the blackberry vines. So I dug them up, clipped them back, and planted them along the fence at my house. I hope they grow next year and provide blackberries. I’ve been picking blackberries from the fence along the road but it will be nice to have my own!

One day last week I decided to eliminate a lot of my Facebook friends, over 200 eliminated. Having people as friends that I don’t really know or haven’t known for a long long time was just confusing me. Not that I don’t like those people but I don’t need everyone in Facebook land appearing on my feed. Hopefully, now I’ll see just people who care about me or that I care about.

Chip took on the job of improving the looks of the front of my car. The headlights were badly faded and the front bumper was dull. I am so thankful for all that Chip does for me. Roy taught him well!

I went to the dentist Friday to finish the root canal and fill a tooth. It all went well. They are so friendly I feel like I’ve made new friends! I couldn’t find my partial dentures to put in before going to the dentures and still can’t find them…………………  I’m still looking!

After the dentist, I did some shopping at the large Dollar General in Independence. One of my purchases was an American flag and metal pole and holder. Chip did a great job putting it up for me on the corner of the front of our house.  Our neighbors put a flag on the corner of their pool’s deck and it looks so nice and now we both look so nice!  Thanks, Chip for a great job! If that sounds like something you’d like go to Dollar General. The flag, pole, mounting bracket, and eagle are only $10 and it looks so nice. I’d love to see America with flags on every home!

A young new friend of mine is Lisa Watts.  She had serious brain surgery recently. We have never met in person but have developed a friendship from seeing each other online for prayer meetings, ladies’ Bible study, and talking on the phone. She is Chip’s age and went to high school with him. Today in church we actually met in person, had a big hug and her sister took a  photo of both of us.

Lisa and her parents just moved into a new home. She loves landscaping so I gave her lots of daffodils and purple lilac bulbs to add pretty color to their garden.

I’ve been thinning out my flower bulbs and moving some to new locations. Several of mine haven’t finished blooming yet so I’ll be waiting patiently for that to happen before I dig any of those up!  Chip thought I looked cute while planting some bulbs yesterday and took a couple of pictures. My dear sister in law, Linda gave me the hat I’m wearing and I love it!

A young couple and their two kids came to visit recently. We really enjoyed having Jaffen and Allison and the two little ones! Here they are paddling around in the pond!

Anyone we know is always welcome to come hang out at our house. You’d love the peace and quiet, the hammock, the paddle boat, picnic tree, the pond for fishing, and who knows what all you can get into here! I love nothing more than having friends come enjoy our little slice of heaven!

Chip did some work for our neighbor, Brandon. When Chip was finished he brought me over there to show me what he had done. I got to see his work but also got to see the pond from a different view. We are at one end and Brandon’s house is near the other end. The view from there is beautiful!

Cindy Vernon (I have three dear friends named Cindy so I always have to add the last name so I know which one!) gave me two deep purple azaleas that Chip dug up (it was not easy!) and replanted for me by the picnic area near the pond.

Wow, this just keeps going on and on! Last but certainly not least, my Sunday School class had a crawfish boil outside at the church. It was really nice getting to fellowship with this great bunch of people!  Chip brought me there and went to his friend’s house nearby while we ate and he got to eat when he picked me up later.

Three of my ladybug rock creations. Decided to add some bling to these cuties. They are now living in the pine needles by the mailbox!I really did have a lot of catching up to do! This week I go to my neurologist, Dr. Zapata in Hammond to get the full report on my neuropsych testing. Chip will go with me to that one to help me remember what he says.

Ya’ll all have a blessed week, Rosalyn