07.31.18 Rosalyn’s Partial Right Knee Replacement Surgery

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – At around 10:30 to 11:00 this morning I am having partial right knee replacement surgery at Ochsner Surgical Center Covington.  Dr. Peter Blessey is doing the surgery.  Roy and my sister will be there with me.

I’ll be able to come home this afternoone or evening and will have home health to care for the wound and check my blood since I’ll be taking Coumadin which I started this evening.  I’ll be getting around with a walker for a while and am right now thankful for our stained concrete floors which will  make it easier to get around.  Having a small house is another benefit!

According to Ochsner Roy is considered my “Recovery Coach”.  Iv’e been cooking  to make it easier on Roy while he’s caring for me.  I don’t know when I’ll be back out and around but I’m looking forward to the pain going away and the waddling walk I’ve developed to go away!

Your prayers are welcome and very much asked for.  My God is a big God and I know with him looking over me and the outcome will be exactly as He wants it to be.

I’m hopeful this will be my motto after the surgery!

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08.01.18 Roy and I are Louisiana Residents once more!! So is Boots! Dora is slowly getting there!

No automatic alt text available.August 1, 2018 – In April of 2013 Roy and I gave up our Louisiana drivers licenses, vehicle registrations and voter registration. When we lived fulltime in our motorhome we really lived in all the states we visit.  Because of that we were allowed to choose a state for our domicile that had the best benefits for us.  A domicile state is the state used for voting, Dora and Boots insurance and motor vehicle registration, jury duty, health insurance, inspection stickers.  I had to go back to the original blog I wrote about this subject because I really don’t remember all that was taken into consideration back then.

Because Louisiana had one of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and South Dakota had one of the lowest rates, we chose South Dakota for our domicile.  Several other factors were in South Dakota’s favor so once the decision was made we set out to find a mail forwarding service there.  We signed up with My Dakota Address in Madison, SD.  There are other ones but since this one is in Madison and our little granddaughters name is the same but spelled Madisyn we chose that one!  The mail forwarding service give you a physical street address to use for all these things since that’s a requirement on most of them.  They receive your mail at their address and at either predetermined times or when you ask for it send your mail to you wherever you are.

Now that we are actually living in a house in Louisiana we decided it was time to become Louisiana residents again.  Our address here is in Amite, Louisiana.

We decided to get Louisiana insurance quotes for our truck Boots and our motor home Dora.  We were quite shocked to see that now the rates in Louisiana were almost the same as in South Dakota.  Not sure what’s changed but we were happy with that finding!  We also found that the annual registration we were paying in South Dakota was five times what we will be paying in Louisiana.  South Dakota is not a state that refunds the remainder of the year’s registration fee so that stunk.

We now have our Louisiana Drivers license.  We were happy to find out that the DMV now handles voter registration so Louisiana now has two new registered Republicans!!! No more voting by mail!

Boots, our truck,  is sporting a new Louisiana license plates.  Its taking a bit longer and a dozen phone calls Roy had to make to the bank and the Hammond DMV to get Dora’s transferred.  We learned in this process that the DMV in Hammond is not owned or operated by the State of Louisiana but rather by a private company.  The DMV in Amite is operated by the State of Louisiana.  The DMV in Amite is working with Roy to do something for us that the DMV in Hammond couldn’t do. If you ever run into a problem in Hammond, go to the one in Amite.  It’s not nearly as nice looking as the one in Hammond but they are very helpful and can do more.

South Dakota did not require an inspection sticker (known by us native New Orleanians as a brake tag!) but Louisiana does so Boots has her cute little inspection sticker now.

We also cancelled our mail forwarding service with MyDakotaAddress in South Dakota after making sure all companies we do business with have our current address and you have it now also!

We got an email from MyDakotAddress just a couple of days ago that the business is closing as of July 31 and all mail will be returned to sender.  I am so happy we were already closing our account and had gone through notifying everyone of the new address.  It may not seem like such an awful thing to have the mail forwarding service closed.  However, they provided you with a physical street address for all legal things (registration, voting, etc.)  Now all of those people have no legal physical address.  We have no idea what happened that caused it to be closed so quickly with such little notice.

Most of our traveling is behind us and sometimes that is a little sad.  We’re mostly very happy to be settling back in as Louisiana residents and all that includes!

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07.30.18 – When Language Fails in Dementia – AND – Dementia Medicines, by Teepa Snow

Monday, July 30 – Here is Teepa Snow with another amazing video that covers oh so much valuable dementia information.  She doesn’t just cover one aspect, there’s lots in this one.  I can already see some of the things I do in this and some that I hope are a long long way off.  The second video below is about three of the dementia medicines available today.  I’ve taken all three and am currently on Galantamine. Namenda is the fourth medicine but I think it is considered for midstage dementia and the three she talks about are for early stage dementia.  For me it’s been difficult to tell when I’m taking the medicine if it is doing a lot.  However when I’ve had to get off of any of them the decline in my thinking and being able to communicate is drastic.  I hope you will learn something from these two videos to educate you in taking better care of your loved one with this horrific disease.

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When Language Fails in Dementia

Dementia in the middle-to-advanced stages diminishes communication & language. Watch Teepa Snow convey the power of music. See her demonstrate how to use rhythm and movement when language fails.

The left hemisphere of the brain processes language (left for language). The right processes signing, rhythm and curse words. How can dementia caregivers use these facts to help people having trouble with words and thinking? What is the best way to suggest a word? Or is it better to let someone struggle and figure things out on their own? Watch Teepa Snow offer tips on how to do your part with empathy, compassion, and concern.

What Do Aricept, Exelon & Razadyne Do?

See Teepa Snow talk about the top medications for Alzheimer’s & dementia. In plain English, she explores what they do and how they work. Get clarity on Aricept, Exelon and Razadyne (generic donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine).

On the web page that I found the video on there is a table explaining the various medicines.  Here is a link to the page with that table.  It’s a little ways down the page past the video.  http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2013/04/what-do-aricept-exelon-razadyne-do.html

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07.28.18 OUR NATION URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR PRAYER, BY BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION

Our Nation Urgently Needs Your Prayer

Our Nation Urgently Needs Your Prayer

God’s Word is clear—Christians from all walks of life are called to pray for “all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life” (1 Timothy 2:2, NKJV). President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a powerful reminder of how important it is to lift up America’s leadership in prayer. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh could affect our nation’s laws on everything from abortion to religious freedom right now—and for future generations. It’s critical for God’s people to pray. Here are a few ways to pray:

• Ask God to give the men and women of the Senate Judiciary Committee wisdom and guidance as they meet with Judge Kavanaugh—and to deliver them from opinions that are contrary to His Word.

• Pray that the Lord will bless Judge Kavanaugh—and his loved ones—with strength, endurance, and stamina during this intense process.

• Let’s thank God for the opportunity to have a Supreme Court that adheres to Biblical values and pray for a smooth confirmation process.

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07.24.18 HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE

Heaven’s Grocery Store

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago. One day I saw a sign that read `Heaven Grocery Store’.

As I got a little closer, the door came wide open, And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels. They were standing everywhere. One handed me a basket and said, “My child, shop with care.” Everything a Christian needed was in the Grocery Store. And if you couldn’t carry them, you could come back for more.

First I got some PATIENCE. LOVE was in the same row. Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you need that wherever you go.

I got a box of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH. I couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost, for He was all over the place. I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me win the race And though my basket was getting full, I remembered to get some GRACE.

I didn’t forget SALVATION, for salvation, that was free. So, I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me. Then I started up the counter to pay the grocery bill, for I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in, For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run into SIN. PEACE and JOY were plentiful, they were on the last shelf. SONG and PRAISES were hanging near so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, “Now how much do I owe?”

He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go!”

Again I smiled at him and said, “How much do I really owe?”

The Angel smiled again and said, “My child, Jesus paid your bill a long time ago.”

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07.23.18 Private pre surgery class

Monday, July 23, 2018 – Never have I ever heard of a private pre-surgery class, but we went to one this week.  Dr. Peter Blessey is doing my partial knee replacement.  I got a call from his office to schedule a presurgery class for myself and Roy who will be accompanying me the day of the surgery.  He’s called my “Recovery Coach”!  I thought it would be a class with multiple patients but it turned out to be a one on one class!

The surgery will be at Ochsner’s Covington Surgery Center and that’s where the class was held.  They called it Joint Camp at Ochsner Covington!

It started with a meeting with Penny, the surgical nurse, in one of the rooms in the pre-surgery area.  She went over everything that will happen there before and after the surgery.  We reviewed all of my medicines and I was told what to take and not to take before the surgery.  One thing is that the Plavix I take will be stopped one day before surgery and I’ll be put on Coumadin starting the day before and lasting for three weeks.  She explained a lot of things to me and it was very comforting to see where I’ll be and meet the nurse that will take care of me.  I wish I could remember her name but I don’t. I learned that my surgery is scheduled for 8:45 am and we have to be at the hospital for 7:30 that morning.

Once that was all reviewed we were taken to meet Troy who is the Registered Nurse Navigator of the Ochsner Total Joint Program.  We met with him in a conference room where he gave us a folder with lots of information and walked us through a presentation covering everything the surgery will involve, what not to do after the surgery, the exercises to do after the surgery, how to prepare our house to make it easier for me to get around, pain management, post surgical care, physical therapy and other groovy stuff!

Troy went over the equipment I’ll need which include a raised potty (oh something every girl wants!!), a walker and a tub bench.  They order it for me then so it’s ready when I need it!

They said the surgery is around 2 hours and when I come out from the anesthesia they’ll get me up and I’ll be walking.  I’ll go home the same day!

We were both so impressed with this personal class and feel very prepared for the surgery!  July 31st here we come!

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07.21.18 The Awakening, by Sonny Carroll

 

The Awakening
Sonny Carroll

 

There comes a time in your life when you finally get it … When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out “ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.” And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world from a new perspective.

……….This is your awakening.

You realize that it is time to stop hoping and waiting for something or someone to change, or for happiness safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that there aren’t always fairytale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you. Then a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

So you begin making your way through the “reality of today” rather than holding out for the “promise of tomorrow.” You realize that much of who you are and the way you navigate through life is, in great part, a result of all the social conditioning you’ve received over the course of a lifetime. And you begin to sift through all the nonsense you were taught about :

how you should look and how much you should weigh,
– what you should wear and where you should shop,
– where you should live or what type of car you should drive,
– who you should sleep with and how you should behave,
– who you should marry and why you should stay,
– the importance of bearing children or what you owe your family,

Slowly you begin to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin re-assessing and re-defining who you are and what you really believe in. And you begin to discard the doctrines you have outgrown, or should never have practiced to begin with.

You accept the fact that you are not perfect ,and that not everyone will love appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK… they are entitled to their own views and opinions. And, you come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a “perfect 10″…. Or a perfect human being for that matter… and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head or agonizing over how you compare. And, you take a long look at yourself in the mirror and you make a promise to give yourself the same unconditional love and support you give so freely to others. Then a sense of confidence is born of self-approval.

And, you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” hungry for your next fix, a new dress, another pair of shoes or looks of approval and admiration from family, friends or even strangers who pass by. Then you discover that it is truly in “giving” that we receive, and that the joy and abundance you seek grows out of the giving. And you recognize the importance of “creating” and “contributing” rather than “obtaining” and “accumulating.”

And you give thanks for the simple things you’ve been blessed with, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about – a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, the freedom of choice and the opportunity to pursue your own dreams.

And you begin to love and to care for yourself. You stop engaging in self-destructive behaviors, including participating in dysfunctional relationships. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and exercising. And because you’ve learned that fatigue drains the spirit and creates doubt and fear, you give yourself permission to rest. And just as food is fuel for the body, laughter is fuel for the spirit and so you make it a point to create time for play.

Then you learn about love and relationships – how to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving, and when to walk away. And you allow only the hands of a lover who truly loves and respects you to glorify you with his touch. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say, intentionally or unintentionally, and that not everyone will always come through… and interestingly enough, it’s not always about you. So, you stop lashing out and pointing fingers or looking to place blame for the things that were done to you or weren’t done for you. And you learn to keep your Ego in check and to acknowledge and redirect the destructive emotions it spawns – anger, jealousy and resentment.

You learn how to say “I was wrong” and to forgive people for their own human frailties. You learn to build bridges instead of walls and about the healing power of love as it is expressed through a kind word, a warm smile or a friendly gesture. And, at the same time, you eliminate any relationships that are hurtful or fail to uplift and edify you. You stop working so hard at smoothing things over and setting your needs aside. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right to want or expect certain things. And you learn the importance of communicating your needs with confidence and grace. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that eventually martyrs are burned at the stake. Then you learn to distinguish between guilt, and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to Say NO. You learn that you don’t know all the answers, it’s not your job to save the world and that sometimes you just need to Let Go.

Moreover, you learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be, and you are careful not to project your neediness or insecurities onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name. You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love and relationships, and that that not everyone can always love you the way you would want them to. So you stop appraising your worth by the measure of love you are given. And suddenly you realize that it’s wrong to demand that someone live their life or sacrifice their dreams just to serve your needs, ease your insecurities, or meet “your” standards and expectations. You learn that the only love worth giving and receiving is the love that is given freely without conditions or limitations. And you learn what it means to love. So you stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn that “alone” does not mean “lonely” and you begin to discover the joy of spending time “with yourself” and “on yourself.” Then you discover the greatest and most fulfilling love you will ever know – Self Love. And so it comes to pass that, through understanding, your heart heals; and now all new things are possible.

Moving along, you begin to avoid Toxic people and conversations. And you stop wasting time and energy rehashing your situation with family and friends. You learn that talk doesn’t change things and that unrequited wishes can only serve to keep you trapped in the past. So you stop lamenting over what could or should have been and you make a decision to leave the past behind. Then you begin to invest your time and energy to affect positive change. You take a personal inventory of all your strengths and weaknesses and the areas you need to improve in order to move ahead, you set your goals and map out a plan of action to see things through.

You learn that life isn’t always fair and you don’t always get what you think you deserve, and you stop personalizing every loss or disappointment. You learn to accept that sometimes bad things happen to good people and that these things are not an act of God… but merely a random act of fate.

And you stop looking for guarantees, because you’ve learned that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected and that whatever happens, you’ll learn to deal with it. And you learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time – FEAR itself.  So you learn to step right into and through your fears, because to give into fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. You learn that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophesy and you learn to go after what you want and not to squander your life living under a cloud of indecision or feelings of impending doom.

Then, YOU LEARN ABOUT MONEY… the personal power and independence it brings and the options it creates. And you recognize the necessity to create your own personal wealth. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. And a sense of power is born of self-reliance. And you live with honor and integrity because you know that these principles are not the outdated ideals of a by-gone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build your life. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful opportunity and exciting possibility. Then you hang a wind chime outside your window to remind yourself what beauty there is in Simplicity.

Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you TAKE a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

A word about the Power of Prayer: In some of my darkest, most painful and frightening hours, I have prayed, not for the answers to my prayers or for material things, but for my “God” to help me find the strength, confidence and courage to persevere; to face each day and to do what I must do.

Remember this:- You are an expression of the almighty. The spirit of God resides within you and moves through you. Open your heart, speak to that spirit and it will heal and empower you.
My “God” has never failed me.

 

Copyright © 2001 Sonny Carroll. All Rights Reserved
Reprinted here with permission

Introduction to The Awakening by Sonny Carroll

I actually began writing this piece in 1996 shortly after coming out of a long drawn out and painful break-up. I was a total mess. My life was in shambles and as I tried to make some sense of what had happened, and why, I began to write The Awakening. This piece is a compilation of all the lessons I learned and the observations I made about myself, about other people and their relationships, and of the wisdom that my most dear friend, Drane Uljaj, has shared with me over countless cups of tea.

2007 Note for those trying to contact Sonny Carroll:
Her website, Wake To Life (www waketolife com) is now no longer in existence and she is not contactable.

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Artwork by Alan Ayers

I save articles or words of wisdom when I find them to use at a later date.  When I came across the version I had saved of The Awakening I was going to share it here.  Then I began reading through it again and found it had no mention of God and the huge part He plays in any Awakening.  I started to Google The Awakening to find pictures to add to the original and I came across this version.  As it turns out this is the original version and over time someone had taken references to God out of it.  You don’t take God out of anything and still have something worthwhile.  I am thankful that today God gave me a little window of very clear thinking to figure this out and put this together.

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07.17.18 When You’re Tired of Pretending Everything’s Okay, by Ann Voskamp

As always, Ann Voskamp reminds us about “The One” who is always there for us!

So you can look up at the calendar today and exhale:

It’s okay to feel bone tired — you have One who gives His bone and His body for you and beckoned: Come Rest.

It’s okay to feel disillusioned — you have One who destroys cheap illusions of perfection and offers you His.

It’s okay to feel done — you have One who listens to the last nail be driven in and proclaims all the hellish things finished.

It’s okay to feel battered and bruised — you have One who storms your battles, takes back everything that needs a comeback, and proves His side won.

It’s okay to feel a bit like a fool — you have One who proves that real love always makes anyone the wisest fool who gives more, lives more, forgives more, because love defies logic, because love is the self-giving, cruciform foolishness that is the ultimate wisdom of the universe.

It’s okay to feel behind — you have One who is the Head and the Author and the Maker and the Finisher and the Carrier and the Warrior and nothing is over until He carries you over the finish line.

It’s okay to feel on the outside — you have One who is passionate about you on the inside, who wants to be with you so desperately, He moves into you, gets into your skin, so you’re never alone, dwells in you, moves into your empty places, your rejected places, your abandoned places and fills you with chosenness and wholeness and withness — because He knows the fulfilled life is an inside job.

It’s okay to feel spent — you have One who pays you all His attention, who says you are worth costing Him everything — and then He bought you back from the pit because you are priceless to Him.

It’s okay to feel whatever you feel — “because you don’t judge your feelings; you feel your feelings—and then give them to God.”

“Feelings are meant be fully felt and then fully surrendered to God.”

“Pain begs to be felt—or life will beg you to feel not one emotion at all. Emotion means movement — and emotions are meant to move you toward God.” ~ The Broken Way

It’s okay to not feel okay — because you have One — who made you His one.

You have One who left the clamor of the 99, to find you, remind you, remake you, rename you, release you.

You have One who is more ready to forgive what you’ve done, than you are to forget,

One who is more ready to give you grace, than you are to give up,

One who is more than ready to always stand with you, than you are to run.

One who is a greater lover, rescuer, saviour, friend— than you have ever imagined Him to be even when your love for Him is most on fire.

This week, these worries, this world, may leave you feeling a bit depressed — but you have a God who is obsessed with you.

His love for you is magnetic, His welcome of you is galactic, His purpose through you is cosmic, His commitment to you is stratospheric, and His hope in you is meteoric.

It’s beautiful how that goes:

Whatever the story is today — it’s okay. Because we know the ending — and how it will be the beginning of the truest happily ever after.

Whatever the story is today — it’s okay. Because the Writer of the story has written Himself into the hardest places of yours and is softening the edges of everything with redeeming grace.

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07.16.18 What’s Dora Been Up To???

Monday, June 16, 2018 – Our sweet girl, Dora (our motor home) went out on her first vacation without us in Mid June.  A sweet family from New Orleans took her to Tennessee and Arkansas where she enjoyed a week with them.

When they came back they left us with Haagen Dazs Mango Sorbet, Blue Bell Peaches and Cream, Blueberry Eggos, two white nectarines and two bags of river rocks for me to paint!!!! I’m kind of looking forwards to the renters returning from now on! The bar has been set high!!

I’ve painted rocks for each family of renters and gave them theirs when they brought Dora home.  I hope to have many painted rocks give to renters over the next months and years!

We had a 24 hour turn around before Dora left with the next renters on a trip all the way up to lobster country in Maine and New York before coming back through Texas and arrived back home on Thursday evening.  Theirs was a 17 day trip.  When leaving for home at the end of their reservation, these renters said how much they will miss Dora and that she was a big flirt with the big rigs!!  They too brought me some rocks that they collected along their vacation for me to paint.  These renters own a successful business and were kind enough to give us some very useful suggestions of things we can add to our free list to make future vacations even better for upcoming families.

Dora leaves our home here in Amite Monday morning for the beauty parlor at Dixie RV in Hammond. Here she is with Boots hooked up to her once again.

We have almost two weeks before the next renters arrive to take Dora out west for 14 days.  We’ll probably show before and after photos when she’s finished with her appointment.  They kept her today at Dixie RV to do what work they can get done before she’s needed back on the road.  When we left I asked them to please take good care of our girl!

We are learning so much about this RV rental business with each reservation.  One thing we’ve learned is that we are making some lifelong friends with the renters who are getting to live in Dora during their travels.  We have gotten to know them well enough that we know what their prayer needs are.  They are prayed for everyday now.

We’ve added to what we provide our renters, a small ironing board and iron; bath towels, wash clothes and hand towels for six; a big trash can for the kitchen with bags; and shampoos for the dispensers (salon quality, kids no tears and head and shoulders).  I’d like for it to be very easy to take a trip with our Dora.  The less they have to bring the easier it will be on them.  Bring your clothes, your camera and some food!  That’s where we’re going with this.  We learned that while we thought the price we started out asking per day was a lot, Dora is worth much more than that per day, so her price has gone up.  There is an RV Owners Facebook group page for both companies we have Dora listed with.  That’s where a wealth of information is available and someplace I check out each day.  All of our rentals except one have been through RVShare and that one exception is a three day weekend rental with Outdoorsy.  This three day weekend rental include our first delivery to their home and pick up from their home so we’ll learn from that first.  If the three day weekend thing (she’s going to an LSU game) turns out well we may put together a three day football game package to attract rentals for those.

That’s what Dora’s been up to and what her near future plans are.  The video below has nothing to do with RVing but I found it so fascinating I had to share!

While we were in Hammond today I saw my family doctor, Dr. Hugo Valdes for a knee surgery preop and also to have my a1C checked one more time.  I T   I S   6.9  W H I C H  I S  A M A Z I N G  T O  M E!!!  I give God all the glory for working this very amazing miracle in me!!

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