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

The second sealant he used was this one – it’s white.20170116_100912

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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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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.  our oldest son’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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