Our very first RV adventure blogging post!

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As of September, 2016 we have finally visited all of the 48 connected states in the US!

The blog below was the first blog that started documenting our travels and the experiences we’ve had.  A lot has happened since this first blog.  We were such newbies in the RV world and over the past 3+ years have gained so much experience not only with RV life but in our own lives.  God has been so good to us leading us through this journey.  Hope you will read through the various posts to learn about RV life and about the silly couple that are the Chauvins!


Hello world! Welcome to my first blog about Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots’ adventures exploring the United States. We won’t start exploring for a while, other than an occasional trip to locations around Louisiana and a Christmas trip to Disneyworld! At least, not until our sticks and bricks house is sold! Please someone buy it!

This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!
This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!

If you’re wondering who Dora and Boots are, no they’re not our new grandchildren! They are TV characters our granddaughter Madisyn loves and consequently we’ve seen many episodes of Dora. In her show, Dora is an explorer and we learn all sorts of things through her exploring. Since our RV adventures will take us exploring throughout the United States, we thought it fitting to name our RV “Dora”. Our truck we are towing behind the RV is now named Boots, Dora’s trusty side kick who follows her everywhere! Our Dodge Dakota truck that we will tow is called our “toad”, in RV lingo. That means Boots is our toad!

I am married to my best friend, Roy Chauvin! Roy and I are a regular every day Southern Baptist Christian couple living in Hammond, Louisiana. I am a young 58 years old, born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana. Roy is a slightly older 63 year old who just turned the Social Security retirement age in January, 2013 and was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We met in 1971 and were married in 1972. Our first son Chad was born in 1979 followed by his brother Chip in 1981. They are both grown men now with wives and children of their own. All that’s a story for another day but we wanted you to know a little about the folks going on this journey. We moved to Hammond, Louisiana 25+ years ago and have lived here since. It’s a small college town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We both currently work at Southeastern Louisiana University. Roy is the Computer Fix It Guru (of course not his official title) and I am the Telephone Billing/Work Order Coordinator which is my official title. We are die-hard New Orleans Saints fans. We’ve loved them since they became a team in our teen age years and have supported them faithfully ever since.

Our adventure began back in August of 2012. I started keeping notes as we began the journey, making the decision to undertake this total lifestyle change. Instead of a daily blog, at first it will be a monthly blog for the months August, September, October, November and December 2012. From here on out I’ll post as I have the opportunity to or when enough experiences have occurred to be interesting.

We hope anyone considering the full time RV lifestyle will learn a little from our experiences as we have learned so much from others experiences. Ask us questions if you want, if we’ve experienced it we’ll let you know what happened with us! If you’re experienced full timing RVers and you see we’re making mistakes please, please shout out to us and share your sage advice with us newbies! We’ve been so happy since we made this decision that we are hoping some of our family and friends will get the itch and come join Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots on our great adventure!

The blogs below are in newest blog first order. If you’d like to read about our experiences in order start at the last one in the list from August and read up to the current date. You may have to click on OLDER POSTS to get to the August one. Please click the FOLLOW link on the right if you’d like to receive an email whenever a new blog is posted!

02.16.17 While sitting down by the pond

gods-blessingsThursday, February 16, 2017 – While sitting down by the pond just now reading, it struck me the amount of blessings God gives me each day.  My little world has lots of beauty to see and lots of quiet to enjoy. Some days I fuss and fuss about the quiet, when it gets boring, but I shouldn’t.  I need the peace and solitude our life gives me.  As much as I have always loved interacting with people it is now something that wears me down fast because it takes a lot of brain power.  I still do it dad gum it and will continue doing it till I can’t!  But it takes some down time afterwards for things to get back to normal.  So the solitude of our little world here in Amite (or wherever we travel to) is something I’m sure God has blessed me with!

Our oak trees have shed enough leaves for me to rake up and create piles around the base of our fig and satsuma trees.

Sitting by the pond reading and soaking up sunshine several fish jumped up out of the pond and back down in creating amazing circles of water.

The book I’m reading by Nora Roberts, Genuine Lies, just unveiled a plot twist I did not see coming.  This is a little how I looked when I read the twist.

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I’m still recovering from the shock and if time permits will get back to the book.

My balance is not always really good (brain thing) so going out to the pond is a bit of an adventure for me when I’m by myself.  Having the rake with me gave me something to lean on.  Lots and lots of tiny limbs are all over the place from the recent strong rains and wind.  I raked up a bunch into a few piles to keep the walking trips down to a minimum.

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The flowers are starting to bloom more and lots of the bulb are shooting up out of the ground.  Fig trees (see one below) and satsuma trees are blooming fresh green leaves.  The rose bushes are getting fuller and fuller with fresh leaves. I love the blooms and sprouts that signal Spring is on its way.

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I spent some time pulling weeds from around my flower gardens and rewrote names of states on our medium sized rocks we’ve collected in our travels.  It got down into the 30s last night so I’m glad I piled pine straw on lots of the delicate plants. Click on the photos to see the rocks with all the states names on them.  This is one of my favorite adventures when we travel, collecting rocks!

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I enjoy watching  the news throughout the day on Fox News, Dish Channel 205, not the local Fox channel.  Their news is very fair and balanced.  They are supportive of President Trump and share truly good and true news while always allowing the opposition an opportunity to share their side. Later I watch the local and national news channels.  The select snippets that these channels share are always negatively slanted while rarely sharing the great strides this administration has made to fulfilling many campaign promises.  I’ve always believed that if it is on the news it is true.  I don’t believe that any longer.

Roy and I went to the remote control flying field Sunday after having a wonderful lunch with our son Chip’s family at China Palace. Roy’s getting pretty good at flying his new birthday present plane.  He did crash it last week but ordered replacement parts and it’s back in the air this week!

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What a wonderful Sunday worship service we had at Trinity last Sunday.  Take a look at this beautiful congregation! We met yesterday to celebrate the love of God and His love through our lives. Our pastor, Rev. Bob Adams, went down into the baptismal and took a group photo of all of us there Sunday.  We had a great crowd for our Celebrate Love Sunday.  Lots of us wore red which shows quite well in the photo!   Roy and I are on the fifth row from the front.

trinity-celebrate-love-sundayI know this wasn’t a tantilizing post about somewhere we’ve traveled through but it is our life!  And documenting it here helps me remember it!

Thanks to all the wonderful people in our life who keep life interesting for us!  We’re heading to St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans (Uptown New Orleans) Saturday to ride a streetcar, see the beautiful homes in the Garden District and catch some beads and doubloons at some Mardi Gras parades.  Mardi Gras is a season in New Orleans of over two weeks having multiple parades each day.  I’ll share with you all the sights and sounds we experience this Saturday.  Chauvin Family Time in New Orleans!!!

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02.06.17 The Chauvin Ladies Visit Oak Alley Plantation

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oakalleyhistoricsignMonday, February 6, 2017 – This past Saturday Chip’s wife Misty and his daughters Kallie and Madisyn and myself drove to Vacherie, Louisiana to visit Oak Alley Plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River. I hope to share the fun we had that day with you as well as information about Oak Alley for those followers who may come to Louisiana some day.  When coming to New Orleans I believe this should be on the “must see” list since it represents so much of Louisiana’s heritage, plus it’s quite pretty!

All of the photos are clickable to enlarge.  Go ahead, click on some!!

A map showing “some” of the many plantations along the Mississippi River southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

20170204_125052OAK ALLEY HIGHLIGHTS

• Enjoy a professionally guided tour of the Big House
• Visit the Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent
• Witness the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit’s reconstructed slave quarters and learn about those who made plantation luxuries possible
•Learn about sugarcane and it’s impact on Oak Alley then and now at the Sugarcane Theater
• Explore 25 historic acres using an interpretive map (self guided) and see the legacies left by those who once resided here
• See newly planted pecan trees commemorating Antoine, an enslaved gardener who grafted the first paper shell pecan
• Visit the blacksmith shop which houses the plantation’s original forge
• Stroll the magnificent alley of 300 year old live oak trees leading a quarter mile to the Mississippi River
• Dine on Cajun/Creole Cuisine in the restaurant or enjoy a quick snack or ice cream in the Plantation Cafe
• Stay the night in one of the overnight cottages located on the grounds of the plantation

We enjoyed the ride to Oak Alley along the winding River Road in Vacherie.  The levees (seen in the picture below) were much lower in olden times which made sitting on the front porch an amazing thing to see the riverboats going past!20170204_115330It was past noon when we arrived and we were all a bit hungry so we went first to the Dining Room for lunch.

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We all enjoyed traditional Southern Cajun/Creole dishes like: Seafood AuGratin, Crawfish Etouffee and Fried Fish and Fried Shrimp.  Didn’t stop eating long enough to photograph the food……….
This link will take you to information about their HOURS AND COST for the tour of the main house.
A video from their website shows more about this beautiful plantation than my pictures ever could.  Click on the photo below to get to the video.
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With our tummies full we strolled through the gift shop stopping to try on hats and oogle over the cute things they sell there.
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20170204_130153 20170204_130137 20170204_130005 20170204_125451 We then walked through the slave quarters.  They are not originals but were carefully replicated many years ago with a lot of original items displayed inside each.
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Leading up to the main entrance of the plantation is the Alley of Live Oaks the plantation is named after.  One of Oak Alley’s mysteries is who planted her magnificent Live Oaks. While we know the approximate era, 1725-1750, why they were planted or by whom remains a question. They are the way you can tell Oak Alley from any other plantation.  Everyone takes pictures just like those below!
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Finally we get to the tour of the main house.  This is the part you pay for.  All the outside stuff is free but the tour was quite informative so I recommend doing that while you’re there.
Some of the original bricks used in building the house can be seed in this framed cutout.
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The mirrors were covered in black vail in this room where they laid out their dead, so that the soul of the dead person could not leave them and get trapped in the mirror.  Ooooooooooh!img_0608 img_0606
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A couple of great quality photos I got off the internet show the interior of the plantation:
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Back outside we went to tour more of the grounds including the Sugarcane Theater and the Confederate Officers Tent.  The young man, dressed in authentic period clothing gave us a really nice over view of the tent we got to see and its contents.
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With aching feet, but happy hearts we made our way back to their home in Ponchatoula for the end of our wonderful day!
For those who would like to visit Oak Alley Plantation, here is their contact information:
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road), Vacherie, Louisiana USA 70090
Phone: (225) 265-2151 or (800) 44ALLEY
We are planning to go to New Orleans in two weeks on Saturday as a family to watch a Mardi Gras parade in Uptown New Orleans.  If anyone would like to join us, let me know!  Uptown New Orleans is NOT downtown New Orleans.  Same parades, just more family like environment uptown!
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02.02.17 Walk Slowly, Mama by Amanda Conquers

Thursday, February 2, 2017 – I read a lot.  Books, articles, things on the internet.  Every now and then something passes by that I can relate to so fully that I immediately feel compelled to share with ya’ll!  Today my friend Kelley O’Connor shared the following on Facebook.  Kelley is an amazing mom whose two daughters are amazing moms as well.  Kelly doesn’t live near either of her two daughter’s families, yet she manages to be part of their lives all the time.  I admire that.  I’ll read things posted by folks I admire.  This was one of them.

Walk Slowly, Mama  By

There is an old Indian proverb: Children tie the feet of their mother. And if you are a mom, you might know this to be true. So walk slowly, Mama.

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There is an old Indian proverb: Children tie the feet of their mother.

And if you are a mom, you might know this to be true.

The slowing down starts with your swollen belly, duck-waddle walk, sleep deprivation from peeing in the middle of the night every hour and a half like clockwork and things like heartburn, shortness of breath, and calves that seem to have swallowed ankles whole.

It continues with a labor and delivery that rarely goes as planned. And no matter how that baby comes into this world, it leaves a warrior’s mark on your body. You will be a woman who hunkered down, who pushed through, who thought she couldn’t, who with much pain and sacrifice (and maybe even collar-grasping and screaming into your husband’s ear) brought life into this world. And when they lay that fresh-skinned baby on your chest for the first time, you will never be the same.

Mom. Warrior.  Sacrifice-Maker. Nourisher. Boo-boo kisser. Taxi-car driver. Expert snuggler. Storybook reader. Silly-song singer.

That baby will wrap himself around your heart and your legs, and you will never be the same. 

Children tie the feet of their mother.

You will answer baby cries at all hours of the night. You will read up on how to get a baby to sleep through the night, and just about the time you think you’ve got it figured out, they will have a growth spurt or drop a nap, and everything you thought you knew will go out the window.

Your arms will develop car seat muscles. Your perfume will be baby spit-up, and your shoulders will seem to always be covered in a mix of snot and drool.

Your life will revolve around things like feeding, pooping, and napping. You may have a moment where you cry because all you want in life is a shower.

No matter how much you have desired to be a mom, it will grate against your independence and your pride. You will at some point feel like a failure. You will at some point long to have something in your life that you feel like you are good at or an expert on.

Children tie the feet of their mother.

That child will grow older and faster. You will find yourself saying things you never thought would pass your lips in your lifetime: things like, “We don’t strip down naked at the park,” “Please, don’t wipe your boogers on your sister,” or “Ew! Don’t lick the dog back.”

You will delight in their distinct personality and cringe at their defiance. You may also want to hide behind the Coca-Cola display when your child goes all flailing arms and legs and screaming on the floor of the grocery store. When you watch your toddler rip the plastic shovel from his playmate’s hands and yell, “Mine!,” you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt, we didn’t learn our sin nature; we were born with it.

You will discipline and mold and shape. You will wonder if you are doing it all wrong.

Your days will move slowly–either at work counting the hours till you can get home to your babies or at home counting the hours till your husband comes home to help you. You will pick up toys only to pick them up again a few hours later. You will know how painful it is to step on a Lego or a miniature stegosaurus. You may have days where you feel like all you do is clean up messes.

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And then there are those moments when you are making your way towards the McDonald’s drive-thru because your day just seems to need an easy button. In that feeling of guilt for not making the pb&j on whole wheat bread, the apple slices and the carrot sticks, your 4 year old glances up at the big blue sky as though he’s seeing it for the first time and asks, “Is that where Jesus lives, Mommy?”

If you don’t live slow enough, tied-up enough in the wonder of those small years you could almost miss it.

Holiness.

Yes.

In that moment.

And you tell your little one how Jesus lives in your heart when you ask Him to. And maybe, without missing a beat, your baby will stop and pray, “Jesus. I want you to live in my heart.” And just like that, in the midst of your mundane, God invades that moment, and it is Holy.

I know a man in the Bible who walked with a limp.

Jacob—whose name meant one who fights for his own way—wrestled God one night. God touched his thigh and changed his name. With a limp, Jacob became Israel—God Prevails. Because the only way to live like God prevails is to lean on Him.

Children might tie your feet. You may have to make more sacrifices of your time and your dreams and your way than you thought possible. You may feel inadequate, not-good-enough, like you yell too much and you don’t keep the house clean enough.

You might feel like you limp as a mother.

But that is the place God prevails.

Lean, Momma. Lean on Him at the hospital when confusion clamors, and it’s not going how you envisioned. Lean on Him when that baby is up all hours of the night. Lean on Him when your toddler has peed on the floor for the fifth time in one day. Lean on Him when your little one is screaming because he’s shoved a Tic-Tac up his nose. Lean on Him when you discover things like rashes or ticks or high fevers. Lean.

You might feel tied up, but you are wrapped up in the abundance of God’s Grace.

And that place of spills and kisses? It’s Holy ground.

If I could say one thing to the young momma behind me: Your feet are tied up for a reason.

Walk slowly.

The years are precious and fleeting and littered with the gifts of His grace. Let those babies tie you up with their chubby arms around your neck. Know that your kids don’t need you to be perfect, and they don’t actually need Pinterest-inspired anything.

And, Momma, it’s okay if you limp.

Because if you are leaning on Jesus, your kids don’t see your limp; they see Jesus walking with you. 

Amanda Conquers

Amanda Conquers is a cop’s wife, mom to 3 kids, and a cheerleader for weary women. Most days, she wants to hide in her closet with her secret stash of chocolate because she feels like she’s not quite enough. But Amanda lives holding on to the hope that in spite of all her failings, God grace is sufficient for her and she shall be called an overcomer yet. You can find her writing her broken stories on her blog, instagram and facebook.
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01.31.17 Baptist Men’s Day, flowers, hot dogs and Celebrate Love!!

233122-goodbye-januaryTuesday, January 31, 2017 – Wow, end of the first month of the year 2017.  And 17 full years since we crossed the 2000 mark.  As I get older time goes by way to fast.

I mostly resist the temptation to share every Sunday’s Worship Service with ya’ll, but this week I just have to!

This Sunday was Baptist Men’s Day at Trinity!  An annual event where the men are the whole choir, a couple of men give their testimony and men read the scriptures.  This year we had the addition of Caroline playing the piano, Sean reading scripture with his dad Philip and Lilly singing with her granddaddy Teddy! Our church has a long music history and it is always makes me smile when I see the next generations showing the same gift from God.

Our wonderful interim pastor Bro. Bob Adams and his always wonderful wife Janice were back with us this Sunday.  Bro. Bob has been very ill for the last month but was looking peachy perfect today!

The Men’s Choir sang

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Philip and Sean reading from the Bible

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The Men’s Choir Sang “I’d Rather Have Jesus”

Precious Caroline played “When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there!”

Mr. Jim Crain gave his testimony

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Teddy Forrest gave his testimony

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Teddy and Lilly’s song

Obviously every Sunday is not like this but but we always Worship the Lord with song and are blessed with a meaningful sermon.  If you don’t have a home church, I invite you to come worship with us at Trinity Baptist Church, 42062 Pumpkin Center Church, Hammond, LA.  We don’t bite and mostly we behave!  We love each other but mostly we love Christ who died on the cross to save us from our sins.  Come learn about this Jesus who puts smiles on our face and in our hearts.  Who makes us able to get up and face this world every single day.  We’d love to have you join us! Here’s a link to the church’s webpage to learn more about us.  http://www.pumpkincenter.org

16113287_1342025062496318_5021457598747499606_oSunday, February 12th is a day when we will “Celebrate Love”.  Celebrate Love is day where our community is invited to celebrate the love of God. we have 2 special services this day at 10:45am & 5:00pm. everyone is invited to weat red on Sunday morning and join us for time of worship through music & message. Our adult & Kid’s choir will be singing! Sunday night join us for a jambalaya fellowship and special service of music. Invite family & Friends!

A friend of mine Joyce and her family have started coming to Trinity and love all the Christ centered activities we have for children and youth.  Come find out about what’s going on at Trinity. I’d love to welcome you to our church!

The flower bulbs we planted last year are starting to sprout up and bloom.  Even the azaleas are starting to bloom early with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this January.

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Does anyone have any idea why the hot dog bun manufacturers and the hot dog manufacturers do not get together and give us equal numbers of each.  This week’s purchase of 7 hots dogs didn’t match up with the 8 hot dog buns.  Crazy right?  One little old hot dog bun not needed and not used.  Our fish like the extra bread at least!20170126_171647 Here’s the fish in our pond reacting very happily to being fed!  The water is very high right now so they come very close to where we sit.

oak-alleyI think that’s it for now.  My daughter in law Misty, granddaughters Kallie and Misty are planning a day trip to nearby Oak Alley Plantation in Vacharie, Louisiana on the Mississippi River this Saturday.  We’re also going to be having a nice southern lunch there so I’ll be sure to share that adventure with you all!

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01.24.17 Hey honey, Climb back out the RV window. Okay honey!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Last time I wrote about Roy working on the roof leak.  The first sealant dried and the second sealant was applied and dried.  Yet, during the last big rain, water came inside.  Roy went back up on top of the pulled out passenger slide and found a tiny tear in the vinyl covering away from the area that was sealed.  He fixed that tear and rolled the awning out over the slide again.  Saturday night it rained hard and no moisture came in!!! Sunday afternoon I climbed back out the RV window and held up the awning roll while he attached each end.  Here I am!

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Madisyn came to stay with us Friday night and Saturday!  Fun times!!!!  She came armed with six little babies in her baby bassinet.  She’s such a sweet little mama with those babies.  They have adorable clothing which she changes at the appropriate time.

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We had a lot of fun with her!  We all went to White’s Seafood Friday night.  She lined all her pajama clad babies up alongside her in her bed!  Such a cute sight!!  Saturday we did some crafts 20170121_113451 20170121_113326 20170121_101131

We went on an adventure trek alongside the pond checking out the high water levels.  Red mud gets very slippery when wet which resulted in both of us slipping and getting our buts wet and red!  20170121_094808 20170121_094722 20170121_094558 20170121_094519 20170121_094423

Madisyn and Paw Paw made blueberry jello with fresh blueberries in them.  Roy also made orange jello with mandarin oranges! Since blueberries are great brain food, those are mine!!  Madisyn wasn’t sure about fresh blueberries but when she tried them she kept popping them in her mouth!  I always tell her, “Hang with me girl and I’ll show you some stuff!”  She just laughs and shakes her head!

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Roy spent some time last week building an amazing box to keep his new remote control plane in.  The options for keeping it inside the house were just not pretty.

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I’m so proud of President Trump, off to a great start Making America Great Again!

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President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday

Earlier today he signed three executive orders:
1. Withdraw the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP.)
2. Reinstate the Mexico City Policy dealing with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and abortion access.
3. A complete freeze on federal workforce hiring – with the EXCEPTION of our United States Military.

I have a lot of thoughts about the embarrassing Women’s March in Washington this past weekend.  Briefly, in no way do I agree with those women and they absolutely do not represent me or most of the women I know.  When I can get all the thoughts down on paper I’ll post a blog.  Mostly I think they need our prayers as they are so misguided.

That’s about all of the exciting and non-exciting things going on in our life right now!  Roy’s at work in Baton Rouge today and I am enjoying the beautiful weather with my windows all open.  Winter in Louisiana can be amazing!

We don’t have a date yet for our move to Baton Rouge (off O’Neal Lane) but it should be in the next 3-4 weeks!!!!! If you’re familiar with that area of Baton Rouge, it’s right off the interstate the block past Walmart!  I can walk to Walmart and the Dollar Tree!!! My life is complete now!!!

The situation in our life that I asked for prayers last time is ongoing.  However, it is a beautiful thing when you get to actually see God’s hand at work in a difficult situation. I see it so clearly right now, and am so thankful to have a God who loves us and is always working on us.

The scripture graphic below is the firs one I created.  I’m going to try a few different layouts as time goes on.  I want God’s word to be the main focus and I hope to learn more about creating graphics in the process!

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01.16.17 One thing NOT to do!

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Near the end of today’s adventure Roy said to me, “One thing NOT to do is ………….. try to cut the grass with the riding lawnmower near the pond.”

That was a little too late.

While comfortably sitting inside our motorhome, Roy came in and said to me, “Honey I need your help keeping the lawnmower from going into the pond.”  This, from my usually oh so smart in oh so many ways husband.

I followed him outside where we got in the truck and drove down to the pond.  Sure nuff, Toro, the lawnmower, was perched right on the edge of the pond.  Roy did not drive her into the pond, it was just so wet there that Toro eased her way down the slope!

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What should have been an easy rescue was complicated by wet dirt that the truck’s tires dug into and spun like crazy, pine trees in the way and a large oak plus several satsuma trees in the way.

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Inching our way out, going to the side, back in, back out, to the other side, running into a tree, etc. etc. Boots, our truck finally pulled Toro, our lawnmower, out of the grasp of the pond! A couple of videos show what was finally a successful pull out!

Toro, our lawnmower and Boots, our truck are now far far away from the pond.

Before this afternoon adventure Roy put the final sealant on the strip near the left side of the photo where the slide meets the roof.  The first sealant he used was this one – it’s black:

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You can see the awning rolled up on top.  It normally covers the slide hoping to prevent water from getting on it and finding someway inside.  This is what had to be stopped.20170116_101038

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While I was up this high I thought I’d share with you a couple of things that are on top of Dora.  First is the two air conditioning units. Bigger black boxes with vents in it.

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Our Dish access to the big world of television!  It is a Travel Star 1000!20170116_105142

A couple of views of our house and pond.

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At least it was sunny and nice outside today!  I hope to not have many more adventures to report for a while!

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01.15.17 Hey honey, climb out the RV window. Sure honey!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017 – We have a leak in the top of the passenger side slide out in our motor home.  It’s only a problem when we have day after day of driving hard rains. The water leaks down to the carpet which winds up being wet.  Leaks in an RV are not something to mess with so Roy set out this morning to tackle this and put an end to the leak.

While working on it he knocked on the window and asked me to climb into the window putting my butt on the bottom of the frame and sticking my head outside.  I did that and held the rolled up awning so he could roll it back and expose the top of the slide.  Here I am doing my helpful helping!

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This is where the covering of the slide comes into the RV.  When it gets wet the moisture goes on down to the carpet20170114_125046

Here’s Roy cleaning the top of the slide prepping it for sealing.

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Roy will be putting a couple of different sealants on the top of the slide to stop future water from coming inside. He’s a cool guy like that!

Some of the TLC that our amazing gift of a riding lawnmower needed

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Look at Roy’s super cool birthday cake!  Brown’s Cake Shop in Amite is the bomb! They are just a little hole in the wall shop with odd hours, no advertising, and they only accept cash, yet I counted at least 10 cars pulling in or out just in the short while I was there picking up the cake!  The quality of their product speaks loutly!

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I’ll close with this adorable king cake baby!  Only in Louisiana would someone think to do this!

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I have a very personal unspoken prayer request that I ask you all to raise up to the Lord when you read this.  He’s knows and only He can make a difference.

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01.14.17 Take the Wife to Work Day and a Visit to Tony’s Seafood Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Friday, yesterday, Roy needed to check on a construction job in Baton Rouge so he asked me to join him.  Therefore, Friday was Take the Wife to Work Day! This little lady woke up at 5:30 am. I never am awake at  5:30 am!  We drank our coffee, got ready and left at 7 am.

We checked on a few jobs around Baton Rouge and all were making good progress.  One was getting new windows and the ceramic tile grouted, one was in the process of having the cement stained and another was moving right along also. We met up with Roy’s boss Henry, at some property he’s buying.  Nice!  There is room on the property for Dora to park so in the next few weeks we may be moving her to Baton Rouge off O’Neal Lane and I-12!  It will help Roy tremendously in that he will not have to drive over an hour each way getting back and forth to work!  Henry’s a good guy thinking about us like that!  Do you see any pictures so far??? No.

bg_flagNot until we stopped at this over the top cool place Tony’s Seafood Market 5215 Plank Road in Baton Rouge did the camera come out!  And boy it flew out!  Roy said as we pulled into the parking lot “This is a place you have to see.”

They had any kind of Louisiana seafood you could think of there.  Catfish fresh in the water can be prepared right there.

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Lobster in a tank.

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Cooked seafood galore, served hot or in the freezer.  This place is huge and the cleanest seafood market I’ve ever been in! No fishy smell!  They even sold King Cakes!!! The worst thing was that we had other places to go to and couldn’t buy much to take with us.  We did get a dozen crawfish boudin balls to enjoy! We will be back!

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A little bit about Tony’s Seafood Market

Tony’s Seafood traces its roots back to 1959 when Donaldsonville, LA native Tony Pizzolato opened a small retail and wholesale produce business in the city of Baton Rouge. Realizing Baton Rougean’s love for fresh seafood, Tony added crawfish, shrimp and crabs to his selection of produce. By the early 1980’s, long lines of eager seafood buyers were becoming a common sight. Lines grew even longer during the crawfish season, when Tony’s Seafood had been known to sell as much as 50,000 pounds of live and boiled crawfish in one day.  The business has expanded to include Louisiana Fish Fry Products, Ltd.

Today, Tony’s Seafood still sells the absolute best live and boiled seafood in Baton Rouge and is the largest seafood market in the Gulf South. Their deli and delicious plate lunches have become local favorites. One taste and you’ll know why people from all over keep coming back for more.

Well that about wraps it up for our adventure on Friday!

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01.12.17 P – NU – MONIA

Thursday, January 12, 2017 – Last time I wrote about how on Christmas weekend Roy started feeling congested and slept most of the time.  On Monday and Tuesday after Christmas he felt well enough to go to work.  On Wednesday the congestion got much worse and he went to our family doctor’s office on Thursday.  He saw the Physicians Assistant for this visit.  Acute Bronchitis was the diagnosis and he was given antibiotics, steroids and a cough medicine.  For the next few days he slept constantly and coughed constantly and got no better.  There was no recheck appointment available at our doctor’s office so they recommended he go to the North Oaks Walk In Clinic.

20170103_123948Dr. Foster, at the Walk In Clinic, was wonderful and very caring!  They checked him for Strep and Flu and both were negative.  He had a chest xray and two breathing treatments while we were there.  He was given five prescriptions for stronger antibiotics, stronger steroids, stronger cough medicine, an inhaler and another medicine.  During the appointment Dr. Foster felt Roy’s diagnosis was asthmatic bronchitis.   The following morning I received a phone call from Dr. Foster.  The radiologist read Roy’s chest xrays and found pneumonia in the bottom of both lungs. So we then knew it is pneumonia.  Roy calls it P – Nu – Monia, hence the title of this post.

As God is always overlooking our welfare, we already had an appointment with our regular doctor for the end of last week on Friday.  The appointment was suppose to be for us to get refills on our multitude of medicines we take.   As it turns out, 20170106_125737both of us were sick and needed to see our doctor that day for sickness.  Mine turned out to be quite minor compared to Roys but since I live with Roy in a rather confined space I was put on an antibiotic so mine didn’t turn into what he has.  Our always amazing doctor, Dr. Hugo Valdes (handsomest doctor in Hammond),  checked both of us out really well.  Roy was given even stronger antibiotics to take when the second round is finished. We have a breathing machine since I have asthma and have needed it in the past.  We didn’t have any usable medicine to go in it so Dr. Valdes gave Roy a prescription for that.

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Dr. Valdes has some concern about the spots seen on the xrays in Roy’s lungs.  He gave Roy a follow chest x ray order for a month from now.  If all is clear then we’re good to go.  If there is something still there, Roy will have to address that.  This sickness gave Roy a good reason to stop smoking and I ask that everyone pray he will be able to stick to that resolution.

Finally on Monday of this week, Roy felt well enough to go back to work.  Praise God for getting him through this.  He still coughs a bit and regularly uses the breathing machine but his color and energy level is greatly improved.

Roy’s 66th birthday was Tuesday of this week.  Chad’s children called Roy to sing him Happy Birthday and Madisyn called wishing him a Happy Birthday.  Both very special phone calls!  Sunday after church we will celebrate his birthday with Chip’s family.  His birthday present is a new remote control plane, an Apprentice.  Much larger than the one he’s been flying. I’m hoping to see him fly it really soon!

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My cough lingers and I’d like to slap it out of me often.  At our recent visit Dr. Valdes prescribed an additional dementia medicine, Namenda, for me.  It works with Aricept (which I already take) to provide clearer thinking and clearer memory.  It’s not going to stop the dementia, it just allows me to be more like me while it is working.  Any delay that can slow down the decline is quite welcomed! At 62 years old I’ll take that! Please pray that it works for me like it is suppose to.

The owner of one of the houses Roy is working on gave him a zero turn radius lawnmower!  It needs some TLC but Roy is more than able to handle all of that. Big thanks to this generous man!

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Just one week until President Elect Donald Trump takes office!!!!  Whoot, whoot!!!

On Wednesday our youngest son, Chip, came to Amite and took me out to lunch at the Chinese Buffet on his day off!  We don’t often get to do that so it was very nice to spend some quiet time just visiting and catching up!  Thanks Chip!

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