Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Several days ago we picked up our granddaughter Madisyn to go see two of our other granddaughters dance revue. They were so adorable and we really enjoyed seeing what the girls had learned. Madisyn enjoyed being with her cousins and even danced around on the stage with her girl cousins after the revue.
We recently learned that a couple, friends of our oldest son and his wife, are also friends with two young couples we know that moved from Louisiana to Texas. Such a small world we live in! Alanna was our student worker at Southeastern and married Matt, a young man from our home church. They now live in Texas and through their children made friends with Christina and her husband. When we walked into the dance revue there was Christina and her children sitting with our family! She and I took a photo together after the revue while we were getting reacquainted.
Mother’s Day was a wonderful day and I’ll write about that in a separate blog post.
The monthly doctor visit to have my A1C checked went pretty well. In case you haven’t been following us here lately, our orthopedic doctor in Tennessee won’t do my partial knee replacement until my A1C is down to 7.0. It’s not perfect yet or down all the way to 7.0 but Dr. Valdes is very pleased with me being down to 7.6. A few months ago it was up to 10.2, three months ago 9.1, then 8.1, then 8.1 again and now 7.6! I also lost 9 more pounds this past month. That is what happens when you only eat three small meals a day with as little carbs as possible. I aim for 30 carbs per meal but can have 45.
I wrote a paragraph here yesterday about something and then my computer shut down because it was unplugged and the battery wore out. I didn’t remember what I wrote when it happened and still don’t. This is part of the frustration that comes with having dementia. I do, write or say something and then almost immediately don’t remember what I did, wrote or said.
Further on in my writing here I remembered what I forgot I had written so I’ll add it here. After seeing Dr. Valdes and getting the A1C result I called Dr. Schrader, the Tennessee orthopedic doctor, to plead my case for having the knee replacement done with my A1C being 7.6. They said to ask Dr. Valdes to fax the results to him for his consideration. It was late Friday so I will not know until next week what the decision is.
We had a busy day Saturday. Our only grandson had his last baseball game of the year early yesterday in Baton Rouge at Istrouma Baptist Church. They have a really nice set up there where at least 8 games can be played at the same time. It’s qui te a big church league with lots of happy little boys and girls playing ball! We got to play with two of our granddaughters while our grandson played ball. He got on base twice and was very attentive to the action going on on the field. I was very impressed that such a young boy was so focused on the game. We got a big smile and hug from him when he came off the field after the game. The league had its end of the year event after the games and we were able to attend that as well. At our oldest son’s request, there are no photos of the grandchildren.
From Baton Rouge we went to Hammond to Camping World. We always purchase our outside fabric covered rocking chairs there. Two of them have started coming apart at the seams and on one the arm rest collapsed. I know we are not small people but they are rated to hold 300 pounds so it was a defective product. We usually buy a warranty when we think we need it and thankfully we had it on all three. We replaced two of them with this rocker that we hope will look nice on the front porch of our house when we move in!
This is our local Dixie RV and Camping World. If an RVer has never visited a Camping World they haven’t lived yet! So many RVing ideas all throughout the store. This is their busy time of year so this was where we had to park far away from the door. We’re usually parked right up by the door at other times of the year.
From there we went on to the Hammond Park Flyers Club field on Fagan Drive where Roy and his flying buddies fly their planes and drones. Roy’s cousin Chris pulled up shortly after we did and cranked up his music to play the Beach Boys. Oh how cool and fun that was listening to lots of oldies and rockin out to the music while the guys and gals flew their planes. It was terribly, terribly, terribly, hot out there in the 1 pm sun and Louisiana heat. Even in the shade it was sweltering. We stayed a couple of hours and were quite drained by the heat by the time we left.
Chip and Misty let us go to their house in Ponchatoula and recover from the heat before our next event. It was wonderfully cool and their nice huge new sofa gave Roy and I plenty of space to lay down and cool off. they have new furniture and we helped break it in!
They have two adorable kitties, Milo and Lilly who came to visit us while we were resting. Actually I should say they visited Roy. I let them out of their room and loved on them but they went to lay by Roy! He didn’t seem to mind that! Milo has the dark ears and Lilly has the light ears. They are precious!
Once we recovered we went to meet Chip and Misty at their church, The Harbor’s, church wide crawfish boil. A thousand pounds of crawfish along with potatoes and corn were served and served and served. The temperatures were much nicer under the huge white tent with fans blowing and oh what a wonderful smell all that crawfish gave off!!! We were given a nice size tray piled with crawfish corn and potatoes, not the small bowl in the picture! Delicious!!!!! They have a wonderful church family and we enjoyed visiting with several of their meembers. New friends of Chip and Misty’s, their precious baby and little son were there. Oddly the baby took a look at me and burst into screams…..!! I did visit with the baby later and got precious smiles. There was another couple that Roy and I got to spend some time getting to know, Pedro and Louise. They are around our age and we really enjoyed visiting with them after we had all eaten as much crawfish as we could hold. Well Roy went on to eat two more trays after we ate but that’s Roy. This was our first time having crawfish this season and we loved it! Before we left we got to visit with their Pastor Marvin who knows us through our blog and being Chip’s parents. He’s a great preacher of God’s Word and a special pastor for Chip and Misty.
That ended our long Saturday. I was so wiped out by all the fun it would have been very easy to fall asleep on the way home. Knowing Roy had to stay awake to drive I kept my eye lids open to be his backseat driver that I am so good at!
I’m sharing this photo so my sister Harriett can see how well the gerber daisy plant she gave me is doing! it is so pretty, thanks sis!! The Ivy you gave me for inside is doing really well and seems happy here! The begonias are taking longer getting settled but they are starting to grow!
This turned into a long one. We’re hopeful that this coming weeks takes us no where away from home! The last few days my brain has been fairly mushy with all we’ve been doing. I don’t feel as creative as I like to be and am enjoying sleeping a lot. I’m going to try writing about things the day they happen so I remember more of it. I shared one of our blogs on RVillage and one of the members told me “I just have to say (after reading your ‘first decision’) there is something about your writing style that makes me feel that you are a very dear longtime friend.” That made me feel like I can still do this and that makes me happy!
Here’s Madisyn after her awards event at school. with Chip and Misty End of third grade and on to fourth! A friend made her the cute shirt in the second picture and the bow to go with it. It says “Third grade is so last year…. 4th grade here I come!!!”
We just heard from our renters that they have found a new place to move to. We will be able to move our things (what little there is!!) into the house on June 4th. That’s two weeks and we have a lot to do between now and then!
God, as always is so good to Roy and I and blesses us abundantly each and every day. Whether it’s a lesson we need to learn or a measure of His grace that I don’t deserve, or a reward for something positive, it’s all part of Him growing us into what he wants us to be.
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