03.04.21 Six months and this week’s fun

I didn’t think it would hit me so hard when I realized earlier this week that Roy died six months ago today. But it did. It is really hard to accept that he isn’t coming back.  Our favorite time of year was spring when we would spend most of the day outside working in the yard. I miss doing that with him. I think about the moment that Roy died sitting on the sofa in our living room. I wish I had been there with him as he died but that’s not the way God chose for it to happen.

I’ve been reading through our blog beginning back in September 2012 and going forward until the current time. We had so many wonderful life-changing adventures in our travels. I am so thankful that God made it possible for us to do that for so many years. I believe those years were our very happiest, stress-free times as a couple. Reliving those experiences through reading those blog posts makes me smile and cry. We had no restraints other than money!), lived in a wonderful motorhome, saw all of our amazing country that we could, and were happy and smiling most all the time.

I am thankful for that!

I am sitting here with 25 electrodes and lots of goopy stuff on my head wrapped in what looks like the mesh thing that sometimes is on pears when you buy them in the grocery and then a blue bandana covering it all.  The electrodes are attached to wires leading to a thing that is recording the information the electrodes are gathering of what’s going on in my brainwaves. It’s called a 72-hour ambulatory EEG. I go back on Thursday to have all that removed. They will process the information they are collecting and send it to Dr. Zapata, the neurologist.

After the visit to the hospital to get all cute with that on I went to my diabetes doctor, Dr. Corey Majors. All month, since I saw him last, I have been taking my blood sugar four times a day and writing it down on a glucose log that I brought to him. I had to do that so that Medicare will pay for a Dexcom G6 CGM System. I don’t know that much about this system now but when I get it I’ll share what I learn.  Since I was a good girl the system is ordered and we’ll see how it goes with insurance. The one thing I know is that it checks my blood sugar every 5 minutes and I never have to do that myself again!

Chip pressure washed the concrete and patio structure in the back. It looks so much better. I decoupaged a small trash can for the patio and I like how it came out.

He also brought home a small refrigerator/freezer that he used at work. It will be wonderful to have when we have family and friends over and don’t want to go in and out of the house to that refrigerator.

We sold the tall heater that we were using outside and hope to sell the coffee table also. We’ll buy a fire pit for the patio when we find the right one.

All of the plants on the baker’s rack have been redone and look great!  The flower gardens in the front yard are shaping up nicely with old flowers blooming and new flowers added!

This year’s vegetable garden fits into a large tub I purchased. One red beefsteak tomato bush and a few cucumber vines!

I created some extra fancy ladybug rocks.  Here’s two of them!

For the second time, we ordered groceries online at Walmart. So easy and the pick-up was again very quick and painless! The fun that Roy and I use to have while grocery shopping just isn’t there anymore so online shopping may happen more now.

Today is Thursday. We are going to the hospital to have the EEG equipment, electrodes, and wires removed. Can’t wait to wash and scrub my hair clean!

I hope ya’ll have a great Thursday!

 

 

 

02.28.21 Red Bluff in Foxworth, MS and Buddy Before/After

I recently learned about a cool place to visit not too very far from here. Chip and I headed out on Tuesday to explore and have a big adventure! Since hiking is not something I long to do or can do to any extent we knew we’d just be enjoying the drive and getting to view Red Bluff in Foxworth, Mississippi.

Buddy got to experience his first time on a leash and it didn’t bother him at all. On the left side of the picture would be a perfect place to sit and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. There was a lady sitting there watching her children climbing up and down the rocks across the canyon.  She said they do this from time to time. I ventured over to where she was and the view was amazing. In the picture below you can see people (mostly young people) climbing up the rocks and then sliding down the crevice that runs down the rock. I probably would have been one of those young people back in the days before worries of breaking a bone came into my life!

Some comments I found online from visitors to Red Bluff:

“One of the state’s best-kept secrets is referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Mississippi.”

“The geological formation created by millions of years of erosion from the west bank of the Pearl River is one of the most beautiful places in Mississippi. Once you reach the top of the bluff’s 400-foot incline, it’s easy to forget you’re in Mississippi. The gorge is over 150 feet deep, half a mile wide and nearly a mile long.”

“I’ve been coming out here since I was itty bitty,” says Colvin-Hibley, 22, a Foxworth native. “It’s a peaceful place to come and get away from everything. It looks different every time I come out here.”

A view upward from the bottom of the canyon

Since we didn’t hike down or up or anywhere we missed seeing the two beautiful sights in the photos below. Had I know these were down there I might have just jumped down there.  We may go back and explore this area more. It is so beautiful and so close to home!

This is the Pearl River that caused the washed-out rock formations that is Red Bluff in the pictures above. I’ll need to do some research to find out if boats can be rented for use on the Pearl River or if there are picnic areas there.

The map below shows where the Pearl River is located.

Little Mr. Buddy had so much fun that when we were finished he curled up and slept the whole way home! Look at how curly hairy he was before he was groomed. His after grooming picture is below. And yes he has a black and gold (Saints) tie on!

Thanks to Bro. Avery Dixon for sharing their experience going to Red Bluff!

Have a Blessed week!

 

02.23.21 All about that Amazing Worship Service

I want to start off by saying I’m not an authority on the things I am going to share. I have been a Southern Baptist all my life so my thoughts come from past experiences. I like to help others understand our beliefs and why we believe what we do. So please read on knowing I’m not a perfect authority of these things.

This past Sunday morning’s Worship Service at our church (Trinity Baptist in Hammond, Louisiana) was very special from beginning to end. All Worship Services at Trinity are special because it is when we gather to learn more about God’s Holy Word through preaching and music. God’s presence was strong in that place this past Sunday

Jonah and Courtney leading our song service

This Sunday included an amazing Ordination sermon from Dr. Cyril Antony (an amazing preacher from India), followed by a Preacher ordination of Jonah Kyle Traylor and a Deacon ordination of Mark Traylor, Sr.

Dr. Cyril preaching the Ordination sermon

Dr. Cyril Antony’s Ordination sermon can be heard here:

For those who are not Southern Baptist here’s a little info:

Every Southern Baptist church is autonomous and establishes its own policies. However, there are some traditional practices that seem to be followed by most of our churches. Each local church determines who they will ordain. Associations, State Conventions, or the Southern Baptist Convention do not ordain.

At our church, Ministry Candidates and Deacons meet with an Ordination Council of ordained Ministers and Deacons. From what I understand the candidate for ordination is asked to tell of his conversion experience and also his call to the Gospel Ministry. Other questions may be centered around Biblical theology, ethics, morals, personal beliefs, etc.

This Sunday after the Ordination sermon all ordained men formed a line and laid hands on each of Jonah and Mark. During this time as we watch man after man bend over the candidates to lay their hands on each man while praying over him.

Mark Traylor on the left and Jonah Kyle Traylor on the right
Dr. Cyril and Bro. Avery laying hands on Mark and Jonah
Father and son

Mark’s older brother Ronnie Traylor giving Mark a huge brotherly hug. Strong men of God seem to run in that family!

I have witnessed a few ordinations over the years and this one was very special to me. Leslie Hendricks and I taught Jonah Kyle in our 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class and I’ve been blessed to watch him grow up in the Lord. He is now serving as our Youth Minister.  His dad, Mark Traylor has been a dear close friend of our family for decades. He and his wonderful wife Sonya have raised two outstanding young Christian men that I love very much.

Jonah Kyle with his mom Sonya

I cherish the fact that there are generations of families in our church. Some of the strongest Christians I know were born in the years after their parents began our church.  Their children and those children have been raised here, learned about Jesus, and accepted him as their Lord and Savior.  This is not found in a lot of churches and I am thankful it is strong at Trinity.

My emotions were all over the place Sunday thinking that this would have made Roy so happy.  I cried and cried because of that and because of the wonderful meaning behind the Ordination service for two men I love.

I asked some folks at Trinity to share their thoughts and feelings about the ordination service today. They kindly agreed to do that and here they are.

Crystal shared this, “One thing I have noticed is there is a strong presence of multigenerational families in our church. Getting to witness a father become ordained as a deacon and his son ordained into ministry together is a testimony to the importance of rooting your family in Christ. It was truly a blessing to my family and me to witness their ordination.”

Chip (my son) attended today’s service with me and has known Mark and Jonah all his life. “All of us have been charged to fulfill the plan and purpose God has created us for in whatever capacity that may be. The extreme importance of implanting Godly Christian Biblical truths and values at a young age is the most important thing that parents can do for their children. Because in my older age it is mostly the reason that I have the relationship that I have with Jesus today. 

Deanna (our pianist) shared this, “The worship service was amazing. I felt the Lord’s presence there from the moment I walked through the door. For me, personally because of my piano position a lot goes on before and during the service but yesterday was different. It was smooth and flowed perfectly. The message had so much meaning. The laying of hands for the ordination was an emotional time for me because I watch people I love dearly participate in such a beautiful event. I will say again, Surely the presence of the Lord was in this place.”

Lisa shared this, “I wasn’t physically in the sanctuary as I was watching online. However, I could feel the Holy Spirit even at my own home. The entire service was like a sweet melody of a sonata that flowed beautifully; from the music to the preaching, to the laying of hands on Mark and Jonah Kyle. I had cold chills throughout Dr. Cyril Antony’s sermon. It was spirit-filled, powerful, and full of truth. It was clearly obvious “that surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.”

Totally not about the Ordination service but still about Jonah Kyle. I painted rocks for him as our Youth Minister and Courtney as our Children’s Minister and gave the rocks to them after church. They said the rocks show they are official church staff now! I think they liked them!

I love that family, Mark, Sonya, Mark Everett, and Jonah Kyle. I love the people in my church family. They have loved my family, Roy, me, Chad, and Chip. They’ve been there for me since Roy’s death. Mark’s mama Rosa Mae was my mama’s Sunday School teacher. Mama loved learning from Ms. Rosa Mae. So many memories like this have come to mind while I’ve been writing this.

I need to bring this one to a closing point so I’ll stop now! There is a lot going on in Chauvin Land right now and I’ll be writing about some of that next.

Have a Blessed Wednesday!

02.20.21 A Day With Us Chauvin Girls

If you’ve read my blog throughout the years you know that our darling granddaughter Madisyn had Roy and I wrapped around her little finger with her kindness and love.

She was off school for their three-day Mardi Gras holiday even though there was no Mardi Gras this year. Here’s my sweet girl and her Grannie!

I picked her up around 11 am from her home and we didn’t stop all day. The movie theater AMC Palace 10 is in our Hammond Square Mall.  We stayed at the Mall all day going from shopping to eating to movie watching! The mall is quite spread out but Madisyn helped me navigate driving from place to place.  All throughout the day she took care of me and was so gentle and caring.

We shopped at several stores for her birthday presents and some extra things Grannie wanted her to have! She went home loaded down so that part of the day was quite successful.

We stopped at a new shop called Poke City. The Mango Bubble Teas we got were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. Very very different than anything I’ve ever tasted. There are lots of pieces of mangos, mango juice, and milk with bubbles at the bottom. The bubbles, called Boba Pearls, are about the size of a big blueberry and have little taste but they add a lot to the uniqueness of the drink.

 

We talked and talked and talked all day about everything we needed to catch up on which was a lot as I haven’t seen her since Christmas. The movie we saw was The Croods: A New Age.  It was really good and had a wonderful storyline. We were two of five people in the theater and all of us sat in the very top row.  It’s a great movie for kids and adults.

 

Throughout the day we talked about her Paw Paw Roy whom she loved a lot. She knew him so well it was wonderful to talk with her about him. Few people had a relationship with Roy like Madisyn did. She asked me if she could have one of his jackets and any other things of his that she could have. I was so touched by that and will be putting some things together for her. I hope to spend another day with her over her Easter school break. We talked about going into New Orleans for the day.

We ate at Santa Fe restaurant in the mall where the food was delicious. Again, we talked and talked and laughed a lot during the day. She’s known that I have dementia probably longer than anyone and knows I need help with things and reminders of what I’ve said. Mostly she knows her love is one of the most special things in my life.

I’ve always loved spending time with Madisyn and this preteen Madisyn was delightful to be with. When I dropped her off at home I wished I could have kept her. When I got home I was wiped out and crashed till the following morning!

That is it for our day together. I love you my dear Madisyn and your Paw Paw loved you to the moon and back!

02.19.21 Children, School and Covid by: Christine Derengowski

I haven’t written much about COVID and the difference in our lives this past year. I haven’t had it but know dozens of people who have had it and a few who have died from it. I have many friends who are Healthcare Heros and are still giving 150% of themselves daily to take care of the sick and dying. I got my first vaccination yesterday at Thrift Town Pharmacy! Yes, I am that old!!!

A friend shared this on Facebook and it touched my heart so I am sharing it here with you.  So many lives are different now than they were a year ago. This story is about the littlest among us whose lives have been greatly affected and deserve recognition.

I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school, and I’m done.

My seven-year-old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences.

But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.

I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences.

He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.

And it hit me.

Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom.

I said “you won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.”

He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief.

I said, “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom, watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.”

A visible weight lifted from his seven-year-old shoulders, “What does that mean?”

I told him it means I haven’t given him nearly enough credit for rolling with the punches. I told him how proud I am of him and his friends. That kids this year are doing the impossible and they’re doing a really great job.

I apologized for not saying it sooner and more often. A little tear fell down his cheek.

We’ve thanked everyone from healthcare workers to grocery store employees but we haven’t thanked the kids enough for bearing the burden of what we’ve put on their shoulders this year.

We’ve said kids are resilient, and they are. But they are the real superheroes in this whole scenario for having ZERO say in their lives but doing their best to adjust every day.

We closed his school-issued laptop and spent the rest of the day playing. This was supposed to be temporary and here we are a year later still trying to hold our head above water.

This is our home and I won’t turn it into a battleground anymore over something we can’t control. Something that no longer makes sense.

Hug your little superheroes today and don’t forget to cut them the slack we’ve given everyone else.

I don’t have any little ones living with me to see the struggles they have gone through. Most of my grandchildren are homeschooled so their lives haven’t been affected nearly like these precious children who are used to going to sit in a classroom. This article woke me up to what’s been going on that I don’t see. I hope if you haven’t seen it like me or if you are the parent dealing with this with your child it may awaken something that may help your child deal with this very unusual event in a softer, more gentle way.

Have a Blessed weekend and enjoy this sunshine we are having right now!

02.14.21 Wacky Wonderful Valentine’s Day

I originally put this together in 2015 when my love, Roy, was very much in my life. He’s still my love in a different way, just now he’s in Heaven. I hope you enjoy all these cute little Valentine’s Day stories, pictures, and videos! Rosalyn

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LOVE IS A GIFT
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When you say I love you, know you are making and building an emotional contract that doesn’t have a witness.

When you say I love you, you must know you are willing to share with someone your inner part.

When you say I love you, be willing to change to someone else’s personality.

When you say I love you, know you are willing to live with two hearts.

When you say I love you, know you are willing to share dreams, happiness, sadness, jokes and your future.

Love is a way to graduate in life characterized by happiness, sadness, pain, dreams and tears.

Love is a gift.

Love is you.

Feelings are not love, because feelings are what grow and things that grow have an end.

The heart is not where love resides, because love comes from conscious being where God intervenes.

Love is not a decision you take alone because love is a decision that includes God.

Imagination is not love because it’s something that doesn’t exist.

Build love, build yourself, be love.

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We love because He first loved us 1 John 4:19

The scriptures in this beautiful video are somewhat paraphrased, but I can assure you that the overall message is truly God’s Love Letter to His Children – Christians. It’s called The Bible – God’s Holy Word. If you don’t know him as your Father and want to know more about His amazing love and grace I urge you to open your Bible or ask me for one. Your life will be forever changed!

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Click on the photo below to watch the video!

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The Bible teaches us a lot about the relationships in our home,
about how wives are to submit to husbands and husbands are to love your wives,
children obey your parents,
parents don’t exacerbate your children and provoke wrath.
It goes on to instruct us outside the home as well,
when it says employees and employers should honor each other as unto the Lord…
This entire section (Ephesians 5) is giving us insight and admonishing about what mutual submission, with the right perspective and the right heart, looks like.

It touches on all these relationships, but if you break it down, in essence it‘s talking about mutual submission throughout. In other words, God is not asking or calling for any relationships to be one-sided. God wants equity in your relationships, and a relationship starts breaking down when one person is making more withdrawals than deposits.

Here’s what happens when one person in a relationship starts making more withdrawals than deposits: What happens to your ATM machine if you deposit a thousand dollars in the beginning of the month, and you pull twelve hundred out? By the time you get to the two hundred its got to either kick your overdraft in gear (which you pay a price for), or it’s going to be negative two hundred or when you drained the one thousand. Either way, it’s saying, “this account is empty, you’ve taken too much and not put enough in.” A lot of marriages today are shocked when they find themselves coming up against ‘account empty’ as if it’s unfair to not be able to make a one-time deposit and then withdraw, withdraw, withdraw, take, take, take.

What’s happening? Simply put, you’re trying to withdraw way more than you’re willing to first put into the relationship. That’s not how God began His relationship with you. He loved us so much, He gave (His only begotten son). So God started the relationship with you by loading up your account so high, He put something in you that was so big and so valuable, you could never out give His giving. When I have a lot of good days in a row and a string of successes, I can weather the storm of a bad day, a bad decision, a bad experience, because the good, the successes, outweigh the failures and disappointments.

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LOVING COUPLES – THEN AND NOW PHOTOS!

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Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

02.12.21 Fun around the pond

Our pond is my favorite part of the property here in Amite, Louisiana. Every year the water level goes down for a few months and then we have rain like we had today and it goes back up. The flowing water comes from our neighbors’ property and goes down a creek then into the big culvert Roy put in years ago and on into the pond.

Chip and I decided to put the paddle boat in the water and paddle around the pond a bit. Everything looks so different from in the pond. These pictures and videos are from that ride. We hadn’t intended to bring Buddy with us but once he jumped in the water and was swimming to us we let him in. All three of us enjoyed our little ride.

The last couple of days we’ve had heavy rainfall which makes its way to that creek and into our pond. I love how it looks and sounds when it does that.

This first video is of the creek that then flows into the pond which is the second video.

The next few days till next weekend here in Southern Louisiana are going to be frightfully cold. One night the temperature will drop to the low teens. I’ve got everything covered with mounds of pine straw outside. The plants on the patio will get covered in a bit.  I guess we will hibernate until it gets warm again! I’m cooking chicken and dumplings tomorrow for the weekend! My favorite food and Chip loves it too!

My rock flowers got repainted and clear coated so they are pretty for the spring! This is half of them. I’m making a new one for my sister Harriett and I’d love to make one for you if you’d like it! Each color you see are flower petals or the center of a flower.

I don’t know if I shared here that I’ve had two teeth crack and half fall out within the last two weeks. I also can’t find my partial dentures so I’m just the cutest looking thing ever! Can’t see the dentist till three weeks from today.

I saw the new neurologist, Dr. Zapata again this week to get results from the various test I’ve had recently. I have more tests planned for March. Will share more on that later.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! Rosalyn

 

02.10.21 Grief and Crafts

I haven’t written in a bit specifically about the grief I feel since Roy died.

Somedays I experience all the stages of grief in one day. That is new.

I like the stage of denial because in that stage I can pretend he is still with me here on earth, just outside or another room.  That may sound silly but it keeps me from losing my mind some days.

I don’t think I’ve tried to bargain but if that would get Roy back I’d bargain! I know he wouldn’t trade Heaven where he now lives to return to this messed up world we live in, even for me.

I can’t even imagine what he thought when America decided to vote Joe Biden for President.

Sometimes I still get very angry and feel like spitting BBs, about losing him in my life. Not nearly like I did at first though.

I am a happy person by preference and the depression associated with grief is something I thought I was handling well until my primary care doctor said he thinks the seizure type episodes were partly a result of losing Roy in my life.

The acceptance stage is something that is taking over more and more, I am so thankful to God as the One that walks with me and comforts me through all of the stages.

Some of Roy’s favorite foods have stayed in the pantry and as time goes on they get used or they leave. One is Roy’s favorite Cheese and peanut butter crackers. This last lonely pack is still hanging around.

I still have two of his belts hanging in our closet. I am right now wearing his Saints puffy slippers.

I am a very different person now. I’ve had no choice but to change. I eat what I want whenever I want to eat, not what Roy and I want to eat at a time best for him. This is very small but Roy always filled up the salt and pepper shaker when needed. He always got the mail from the mailbox. I sometimes now go for a few days without getting it. Roy fixed the coffee pot for the next day and now I do that.

I may have shared this before but if I did I’m sorry. It is difficult for me to now go to Thrift Town Pharmacy. because the hospital that Roy was at last where we were able to view his body is right across the street.

I am still lonely often during the day. Not having someone to talk to is a killer for me, ya’ll know how I love to talk.

I play in my rock room much more than I used to when Roy was alive. I have been able to go back to hiding my rocks and a lot more people than used to find them and post photos on Rosie Rocks Facebook group.

God is healing my heart a little more each day while He continues to wrap His loving arms around me.

I’ve started dancing around the house again a bit with the music on (loud!!).

The things I write in my Angel Catcher’s journal are not so full of anguish like they were at first.

I am very thankful that my youngest son Chip is living with me and that I have my sweet dog, Buddy. Chip helps me with everything he can around here and contributes financially.

When we have a decent dry sunny day here or there I will begin my spring cleanup in the gardens around here. There will only be one tomato bush and one cucumber vine this year but I have decided to plant some potato sprouts down by the fence line. They don’t require any maintenance until they are ready to dig up. I’ve not found any tomato bushes or cucumber vines yet but I am ready to plant them in the big black pot I bought at the 15-mile yard sale last year.

Dead leaves and branches will be cut, weeds can begin being pulled and some garden decorations are being worked on. My rock ladybugs and rock flowers are being cleaned up, repainted, and/or resealed.

I found the photo I took of Cindy and my meal from last week at The Real Deal in Hammond. This is fried fish covered with crawfish etouffee and potato salad, yum!

This is the box of Mothers Day cards my friend Cindy V. gave me to stamp out tags and just cut various parts I’d like to use from them.

Here are some of the tags I’ve punched out from these cards and some of the wood embellishments I’ve added some bling to!

The little snowflakes started out like the undecorated one on the right hand side. I painted them white or silver added glitter and a tiny stone.

These are some of the small wooden Christmas Trees about an inch high) that I added glitter to and tiny beads as ornaments.

I am still working on what to do with the wooden reindeers. Haven’t found the right bling for those yet!

We’re watching the Super Bowl which I always think that our Saints should be in. Again, not this year. I’m not sure I really care who wins this year. I am however happy they are able to have it since Covid is still hanging around. I hope to get my first Covid vaccine this upcoming week.

We’ve had a good bit of rain the last couple of days but I think it only raised the pond’s water level by an inch maybe! Oh well!

I really hope ya’ll have a Blessed week! Rosalyn