11.28.14 Two new blogs, a house update, and good friends coming to visit!

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If you didn’t catch Dora’s blog post about dividing up the blog into three separate ones, here’s links to the new ones.

Friday’s Alzheimer’s blog is located at:  http://rosalynsalzheimersblog.wordpress.com

Wednesdays’ Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog is located at: http://wackywonderfulwednesdays.wordpress.com/

If you go over to those sites please consider “following” them by clicking the “FOLLOW” button on the right side of the page so you will receive an email when a new one is published.

Everything that needs to be done is done and we’re just waiting on the call saying come on over and let’s transfer this house to the new owners!  The act of sale for both the house and the land should be early next week!  Yeah!!!

Last thing that needed to be done was going to the health department to request an inspection of the mechanical treatment plant.  We did that, they came and inspected and all is good!

Roy cut the grass for again hopefully the last time and blew massive amounts of leaves off the driveway.  All his tools are now out of the garage and back in Boots, our truck.  My three storage bins below Dora got emptied out, disinfected and organized as everything was put back in!

I took several small samplings of my favorite plants from the house gardens and put them in a big Rubbermaid tub filled with dirt.  We’ll be bringing a little prettiness with us to the new house!

We went granite shopping for the new house’s kitchen counter top and the bathrooms and picked out something we both like.  We also decided on the color for the kitchen cabinets and it goes quite nicely with the counter top.

We are really enjoying the beautiful Louisiana winter weather, sitting outside whenever we can.

You may remember me talking about our dear friends, Annie and Russ, that we met when we worked at Northern Lights Resort in Minnesota summer before last.  We went to visit them earlier this year in Florida where Annie was having cancer treatment.  Well, Annie is now finished with her treatment and is cancer free!  Praise God!!  They are leaving Florida this coming Sunday and will be passing through here during the next week.  Don’t know exactly where we’ll be living when they get here.  Wherever it is, they will be parking their new RV near us and we’ll have a wonderful opportunity to catch up and enjoy each others company!

Roy and I hope that everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Since the CHRISTmas season has begun, here’s an early Christmas greeting!

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11.20.14 Dividing up the Blogs!!!!!! It’s begun!

Dividing up our original Dora and the Explorers into three separate blogs has begun!

Hopefully by next Friday everything will be complete.

A blue “FOLLOW” button is on the right side of all the blogs near the top.  Click below to go to the new blog and then click the ‘FOLLOW” button to receive an email each time a weekly blog is published for the two newer blogs.



If you want to follow the original Dora and the Explorers blog about our travels throughout the US and various other topics click on the “Follow” button to the right side of this page.

Friday’s 11.21.14 post about Alzheimer’s and next Wednesday’s 11.26.14  Wacky blog will come from the original Dora blog but future posts for those two will come from their own blogs after that.

I really hope that everyone who follows our original Dora and the Explorers blog will choose to follow the others.

Everyone can use a midweek giggle or smile and I hope that Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays will provide that to you.

Also, I hope you will choose to follow the Alzheimer’s blog since most of us will have a family member or other loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (or just someone you know).  I plan to cover a lot of different things about about this disease and a lot of it may apply to when you just come in contact with some one who has it.  Please FOR THEIR SAKE, read this blog and share with others.

Okay, enough blog stuff.  The weather in Louisiana today (Thursday) is amazing.  Sunshine and in the 60s.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those in other states who are being more affected by the deep cold weather.  All of our bushes and plants at our sticks and bricks house that normally freeze in late January have already frozen (earlier this week).  Roy said they all died so they’d look ugly when we left and I wouldn’t miss them so much!  They were all my babies but I am very grateful I will not have to do the maintenance on them any longer!  One huge perk of RV life.

Before I go, here’s a link to a news article in Southeastern’s Lion’s Roar about the Thanksgiving Servolution we helped with last Saturday.  Our son Chip is the guy in red serving.  The rest of us were there but are hidden by the workers in line filling up trays to distribute.   I’m so proud of the Godly man Chip has become.  I’ll still beat him badly if he slips up but I love the path he’s on now!


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11.17.14 Dora’s Blog Changes and other stuff!

I now write and publish three different themed blog posts each week.

(our travels and what’s happening in our world)


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I am working with WordPress on a way to separate them so that they are not all under Dora and the Explorers.  So far it seems it may not be as clean of a differentiation between the three as I want.  You may see things look a little different or act a little different but please be patient as I try to get this worked out.

It may end up requiring my followers to have to sign up to follow each one.  If you’re not interested in each one it’s certainly not a requirement.  If you read any of them from time to time please go ahead and select follow on the right hand side and enter your email address.  WordPress will send you an email each time a blog post is published so you can stay current with all our travels, all the funny and heartwarming Wednesday things and learn all you can about caring or just loving someone with Alzheimer’s.

give thanks scrabble lettersI just left Roy up in the attic of our sticks and bricks house.  The home inspector report gave our house a pretty good the lord is my strengthreport but there were a few things they recommended we do and we agreed to do them.  The house is 26 years old so we’re pleased (and I’m very thankful Roy can do most all of the work) with our short to-do list!  It is costing us money and a lot of hours work on Roy’s part, but I guess it could be worse.

I joined Roy in the attic for 3 hours cleaning off the duct work insulation so the new duct tape would stick.  I then re-duct taped many seams and tears and am quite proud I didn’t fall through the floor/ceiling or fall out of the attic opening which was my biggest fear!  I just kept saying to myself “Be a big girl and you can do it, you can do it.”

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Last Wednesday I cooked a big pot of Chili and brought it to Chip’s house for everyone to enjoy.  Precious Madisyn met us at the door with a big smile.  We had a wonderful time visiting with them. Here’s some pictures from our time with them.

Madisyn coloring at the counter. They display her creations under a plexiglass sheet on top of the counter top. She loves it!

We have a couple of weeks (less if all goes well) before the act of sale when we’re officially no longer Hammond homeowners.  That’s my update on our world!

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11.16.14 Thanksgiving Servolution 2014

-serve-god-serve-others Imagine a couple hundred Christians from several churches and all walks of life standing together under a giant white tent shouting as loud as we could “JESUS” on the count of three, and you can imagine a wonderful start to a beautiful Saturday morning.  It was one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard.

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Our son Chip, his daughter Madisyn, his girlfriend Kim and his mom, ME volunteered to help serve free hot meals to 2400 Hammond residents.   The event was called THANKSGIVING SERVOLUTION.  Serving 2400 hot meals seemed to me to be a monumental task, but they were so very organized, thanks to Jason Granger from Soul’s Harbor, that everything went quite smoothly throughout the whole day.

This is Jason inside the old Schwegmann’s building, the new Soul’s Harbor location.


Lots of men were there at 4 am Saturday morning fixing smoked chicken and a Christian catering company, El Shaddai Caterers, cooked the jambalaya.  Lots of other worked on getting everything ready for the actual distribution starting at 11 am.

Chip’s church, Soul’s Harbor will be moving soon into what us locals call the “Old Schwegmann’s Building” in Hammond.  It’s been vacant many years and I wrote about them moving there recently.  The new Soul’s Harbor church building served as the distribution site Saturday.  They just put up the banner on the old grocery making it official.  That’s some of the workers gathered in front early in the morning.


An assembly line was formed and over 100 of the volunteers made their way through the line at least 20 times during the course of the day getting a hot meal box filled up.  1000 meals were delivered throughout the city with the remaining folks receiving theirs through a drive through distribution line that came through for a couple of hours.

20141115_110508  20141115_112942  20141115_124734It was such an amazing thing to spend so much time with Christians serving the community by showing God’s love to them.  No one was cursing, everyone was loving and caring to each other and I met people from several different churches. Of course, as much as I like to talk, I shared all about us and our RV life and learned lots about each of them!

The most special thing of the day was seeing so many children serving the Lord.  Chip and Madisyn, and a bunch of other Soul’s Harbor children and parents, spent the first part of the morning putting together bags of teacher supplies and surprises for the teachers at one of Hammond’s school.  SHCkids serving

Then the children and their parents came over to the distribution site and got right in line filling up box after box.  They made their way down to the end of the line and grabbed a new empty box and started all over again.  Our granddaughter Madisyn added a sucker on top of the paper we inserted into each box on top of the hot food.  That was my job all day putting that all important paper in.   She was near me with Chip and Kim who were putting utensils in each box. You can see her in the pictures of the serving line.

There was also a Bible distribution by the Gideons (that wonderful group of people who helped us in Minnesota put Bibles in the Northern Lights cabins).  I tried several times to get a picture of them but my phone is new and I have trouble taking a picture on it and that was one of those times.

After the distribution at the church, Chip loaded up their trunks and car with hot meal boxes and lots of serving godBibles.  We headed over to a Senior’s Village of homes in Hammond and went door to door offering them a hot meal and a Bible.  All who were home were very happy to receive our gift.  We even got to visit some ladies playing bingo in the Resident Center.  They were so cute and just loved Madisyn.

I have no pictures from that stop or our next stop and I can’t say how sorry I am that I didn’t take some. The last stop was at Landmark Nursing Home where we visited with the residents in the community dining room where they were setting up for Bingo. Madisyn was a little timid at first but when she saw the effect she had on them she blossomed and became the Landmark darling!  She distributed Bibles until she ran out.  Then she went table to table introducing herself to the senior folks and the joy on each of their faces as they were hugged and kissed on by our little darling was a gift from God.    They were all sitting up and smiling, waving to her as we left.   I wish I could have captured all that with my camera but it was probably best that it was just a naturally wonderful time for all of them without my snapping pictures.

When Kim dropped Madisyn and I off at our RV she went over to her little friend Michael’s house across the street to play.  They’ve played together since they were little and get along great.  They posed for this picture when Chip and I picked her up.

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Well that’s a wrap on our wonderful Saturday.  I crashed when I got home and rested on the sofa all afternoon followed by an early bedtime.  Didn’t realize until I stopped all the excitement how pooped I was!  This old lady can’t do this type of stuff too often but I am so happy when I get to!

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11.09.14 Thank You to all our Veterans!


We all know men and women who have served or are serving now in our military.

I hope you all join me in saying a big


Thank you soldier for your time spent away from your family serving our country and preserving our freedom.

Thank you soldier for laying your life on the line by serving our country and preserving our freedom.

Thank you to those who were able to share God’s love and saving grace with those in foreign countries while you served.

I especially thank those soldiers who served in the Vietnam War and were never thanked properly by those you were fighting to protect.

To all the men and women I know that have serve, you are all Heros in my eyes.

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Below are some videos I thought were especially appropriate to convey my appreciation for all Veteran’s service.  Look at the faces of these young men and women as they train, as they prepare to leave their loved ones, as they serve and as they return.  These are our true American Heros.  They are all short videos so take a break and be reminded of their service and sacrifice.

The last video is not necessarily just for Veterans but when I stumbled across it I thought it was something that young and old parents might want to gather their children around the computer to watch and listen to.  Too many of our American traditions are being compromised and Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance is important for our children to hear and learn from.


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Click on each picture to connect to the video.

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 SO GOD MADE A SOLDIERso god made a soldier


When I heard the last few sentences it gave me chills.  We must always keep God in every part of our American life.

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