11.09.19 ‘Be Kind! Just Try It! I Will!’ 98-Year-Old Leads Glenwood Minn. Kindness Movement

It started as a way to counteract things going wrong: A small-town movement to be kind to everyone. Now, it’s the goal of young and old in the city of Glenwood, near Alexandria. The movement is led by 98-year-old Margaret Pederson.
a group of people standing next to a person“You can’t read very much in the paper until you know that there’s a wrong thing going on in the country,” Pederson said.At Minnewaska High School, it’s a senior that’s leading the way.“I had that in my bones when I came here,” Pederson said of kindness.

Not many 98-year-olds start a movement but when it comes to the younger generations, Pederson is front and center.

“We probably haven’t done a very good job as seniors to give them what they should have gotten from us,” Pederson said. “So start right now. Don’t wait a minute longer.”

They aren’t. And who would have thought that finger-knitting would bring people together?

“It takes a pretty special person to bring 60 football players together, teach them how to finger knit and keep them all as a group and engaged all night long,” said school counselor Britt Rose.

People as young as 3 years old up to 98 have helped knit Margaret’s “Be Kind” chain.

“We made a long chain. We have about a mile long,” she said.

The ‘Be Kinders’ joined forces with Rachel’s Challenge, named after Rachel Scott who was killed in the Columbine Shooting. She too believed in simple acts of kindness.

“This idea of a chain reaction, that of if one person was kind everybody would follow,” student Annika Stensrud said.

It’s easy to say that Pederson’s chain created a chain reaction at the school. It led to kindness notes in the hallways and reports of students reaching out and helping each other. And through it all, Pederson became a cheerleader.

Her “Be Kind! Just Try It! I Will!” chant became as accepted as a good deed. So now, whenever she visits the school, students and adults alike let her know that she, too, is special.

“I shouldn’t say that no one else could have done this, but she is an inspiration,” said retired police chief Ivan Fossen.

“To work with all of our kids, from our kindergartners all the way up to our football team, and to make an impact with all of them is a pretty incredible deal,” elementary school Principal Sarah Suchy said.

Pederson credits people throughout the county for helping with the movement.

“As long as you remember that you have to keep going,” she said.

A Glenwood business even made the “Be Kind” shirts which can now be found in 35 states and 13 countries.

So if this small town can create a kindness movement, maybe your town can do it too! I tried to find an image showing the Be Kind finger knit chain but couldn’t find it. This is what a finger knit looks like! Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

 

11.05.19 Two weeks of Chauvin activities!

So many things to get down in writing here before I forget about them!

We don’t know what size Roy’s aneurysm is but this graphic helped me understand where and what the aneurysm looks like.

Most recently, yesterday, and most important is a visit to a new orthopedic doctor Dr. LaFleur who did back x-rays on Roy which surprisingly showed he has an aortic aneurysm. We were not expecting that and were shocked. Roy was referred to a vascular surgeon for that. Waiting for that appointment to be made. That has to be addressed before we go back to Dr. LaFleur. The aortic aneurysm can be causing the pain or not! An MRI and ultrasound are ordered so that will be done on Nov. 12 at 8 am at North Oaks in Livingston. We’d like to ask for prayers for this health situation.

We early voted yesterday in our gubernatorial election at our courthouse!

Our sweet new grandpuppy Samson got his first grooming and a new bowtie!  I’m not at all biased (haha) but I think he is the cutest puppy ever. Am I right? Over 100 pounds of preciousness in a less than 2 pound package!

Tuesday, I went to visit my dear friend Cindy LeBlanc that I worked with at Southeastern for many years. Cindy has breast cancer yes she has such a positive spirit.  Please pray for Cindy as she goes through dealing with this disease and treatment. She and I don’t usually get time just the two of us and I really enjoyed our visit.  Cindy has a “She Shed” which made my jaw drop. I could have easily moved into that She Shed and spent many happy hours creating with all the craft supplied she had. She very generously gave me some top layer of several napkins for me to try decoupaging on my rocks! Oddly enough I did not take one picture of anything that day. Her house was flooded back in 2016 and the renovation they did was outstanding.  I especially love both bathrooms and the bedrooms, well I kinda love all of it!  We’re already planning on a follow visit for some of that fun in the “She Shed.”

Wednesday, we also went to visit our four grandchildren from the son and daughter in law we cannot name. It was our oldest granddaughter’s 11th birthday and what a wonderful visit we had. This young lady has written a book, drew her own illustrations and even typed it herself.  I am very proud of her talent.  The kids put sparkly stickers all over us (even my face and Roy’s cane), sang hymns to us, ate sweet goodies, heard all about their family trip to the Auburn/LSU game and basically couldn’t get enough of their preciousness! They are going to learn the tune and words to my favorite hymn Because He Lives so they can sing it for us at Thanksgiving! I left there exhausted but so full of Grannie happiness!

Thursday, we had a visit from two dear friends John and Donna Mollere. The purpose of the visit was for Roy to check out and fix John’s computer but as always Donna and I spend the whole time visiting. She is a wonderful painter but I got brave and showed her my version of painting on my rocks! She was kind and did not laugh at my feeble attempts! They are the friends that told us about how Dr. LaFleur helped Donna so much.

Chip, Madisyn, Misty

Sunday evening we went to our church’s Fall Festival were the children enjoyed a climbing wall, inflatables, a country store, games, selfie photo booth, free hotdogs, and much more. They also had a Trunk R Treat for the kiddos!  Chip, Misty and Madisyn dressed up and joined us. I loved introducing Misty to lots of our church folks. Madisyn came dressed as Eleven from Stranger Things. If you, like me, had never heard of that character Eleven is a girl on a Netflix show called Stranger Things.

More pictures from the Fall Festival

This precious little man in so many ways reminds me of Chip when he was little. The other day he crawled under the pews at church and that clinched it for me! He’s a tiny Chip!

Three generations of Chauvin’s Rosalyn, Chip, Roy, Madisyn
Our exceptionally talented pastor’s wife, Misty, painting faces for the kids!
Young Mia painting faces. Look at the precious children waiting in line!

 

Bo and Peep, our new ducks are settling in well and we LOVE THEM!! They are making their way out into the pond a little bit more each day. I find it odd that they do not try to leave our property. I’m thankful for that though! They have discovered we live in the house so a lot of the times they set themselves by our back door. Since the weather is so nice our windows are open and I talk and sing to them through the window!

Meet Droopy and Duke!

We have a new 10′ x 10′ dog cage that currently our RV space renter’s two beagles live in.  If we ever get our own dog (which is a deep wish of mine) and when the sweet beagles don’t live here, we’ll use it for our dog.  Roy has a desire to have chickens and the cage could be used for that.

On Saturday Roy and I made many stops on the annual 15-mile yard sale along highways and side roads in our area.  We tried to stop at locations where 4 to 5 houses had sales in the same areas. We were still worn out when we finally stopped shopping. We did make some wonderful finds.  A brand new office chair for Roy. I got his old chair for my rock room so we both did well on that purchase. A four-shelf baker’s rack with three glass shelves. I’m planning to put flowers in pots on it somewhere in the back of our property. I got a cool metal bright blue pot to put flowers in for the rack! I also got 5 lighthouse statutes to use back in the picnic area. Oh, and the jewelry I bought was really nice and only cost pennies! We sifted through lots and lots of stuff before finding what we purchased. We spent hours out there and collapsed with exhaustion when we got back home. Next year we plan to go when it first starts at 7 am.

We had two heavy rainstorms that filled our pond up to overflowing.  It was at least 5 feet low before those rainstorms. Since these pictures were taken we’ve had more rain and the turtle head in the first picture is barely out of the water!

There were no LSU or Saints games last weekend but our very own Southeastern Lions beat Stephen F. Austin at home 47 to 30!

I shared with ya’ll previously how I’ve hand pulled up specific types of weeds all around our property.  A sweet young friend Tricia Hill shared with us a specific spray her dad and she used that worked. Imagine all the time I’d have for other things if I wasn’t constantly crawling around on the ground pulling those weeds! We’re buying some of the weed killer and will hopefully get rid of those pesky weeds soon! It’s supposed to be safe for our St. Augustine grass which is a plus!

Before all of Roy’s back pain started he began a project of fixing some rot that we found at the bottom on both sides of our back door.  Here he is working on this first part of the project.

After Roy dug out the rotten area.
Roy found an epoxy mix that hardened and he painted it white. He’s so smart like that!
My view the whole day while the door was being worked on!

The remainder of the items to finish the project have been acquired and are patiently waiting for Roy to be able to finish the project.

I have been painting a lot of TRUMP 2020 rocks in preparation for helping to get him re-elected next year! This may sound terrible, but my fear about these Trump rocks is that someone will use it to throw through someone’s window and blame it on Trump. That’s crazy but unfortunately, that’s the world we live in. Please pray that doesn’t happen.

Here’s a couple of those and other rocks that were hidden yesterday in Hammond.  The big Saints one was already found and a picture posted on my Rosie Rocks Facebook group! I’d love it if you would join that group so you see when people find my rocks! 

Another work buddie Sandy is coming to our house to visit tomorrow so we’ll see what kind of trouble we can get in!

I’ll end with two pictures I just took. These are our neighbors cows.  They are rarely all together like this.

Wow, that turned out to be a really long one. Ya’ll have a really Blessed week!

 

11.04.19 A Thanksgiving Garden

A THANKSGIVING GARDEN

Plant three rows of peas

  • Peace in our hearts
  • Peace in our schools
  • Peace in our world

Plant four rows of squash

  • Squash gossip
  • Squash indifference
  • Squash grumbling
  • Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of Lettuce

  • Lettuce be faithful
  • Lettuce be kind
  • Lettuce be obedient.
  • Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips

  • Turnip for lessons
  • Turnip on time
  • Turnip to help another

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme

  • Thyme for study
  • Thyme for friends
  • Thyme for family!

I hope ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

11.03.19 A quiet thought for October 27th, by Rev. Bob Adams

Wind. Pneuma. Spirit. Breath. The Spirit, Breath of the God-head, moves on and in us as HE desires carrying us ever deeper into the riches of the grace and truth of Jesus.

What a glorious way to live: ushered through every day by the gentle nudging of the Spirit of Jesus!

Sometimes the Spirit blows us into beautiful places, calm spiritual harbors where all feel safe and well.

At other times He carries us out to sea and we find ourselves lost in the vast, unendingness of the will of God. Now and then He takes us into storms for purposes we cannot see.

What a glorious way to live!

However, on too many days I assume I have arrived and there are no more new, eternal places He wants to take me.

On those days I never set the sails of my heart to catch the Wind of the Spirit but remain anchored to yesterday’s glory.

But, oh, in those hours and days when I yield to His leading!

May the wind of His Spirit blow across your heart today.

Grace to you!

Written by Rev. Bob Adams

 

10.31.19 Ex-drug addict baptized at church he vandalized 6 months earlier

‘God is real & answers prayers’

Mike Lefler, the associate pastor of ministries at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Ark., prepares to baptize Brenton Winn during a Wednesday night service in September.

Church goers were left praising God after a former drug addict was baptized at a church he broke into and vandalized just six months earlier.

Brenton Winn, 23, caused $100,000 worth of property damage at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, and was arrested in February.

Winn is described to have destroyed everything in sight at the church when he broke in, smashing laptops, cameras and various other pieces of expensive electrical equipment used by the church. He also vandalized an area of the church with a racial slur, and set fire to the church’s family center.

Senior pastor of the church, Don Chandler, told KTHV: “I really don’t know what would possess a person to do this — maybe anger with God, maybe we were just too near to him at a point in time when he decided to break in and do something.”

It was revealed that at the time of the break-in, Winn was homeless and high on methamphetamines.

He has since admitted he was angry at God after he relapsed in his addiction to methamphetamines despite attending a faith-based addiction recovery program.

Following his arrest, Winn was facing a list of criminal charges, however, Pastor Chandler spoke to prosecutors and requested the man be shown grace and forgiveness rather than be judged or prosecuted.

Chandler told the Baptist Press: “You can’t preach something for 50 years without practicing it, especially in front of your whole church. Had we not shown some grace to him, everything we’ve talked about and encouraged would have gone by the wayside. It was simply the right thing to do.

“This was not a hardened criminal. This was a young man who had made some mistakes. He was on drugs and alcohol when he did what he did. But he was redeemable.”

The judge took the pastor’s request into account and opted to offer Winn a choice; to either spend the next 20 years in prison, or to voluntarily attend a 12-month rehab and recovery program operated by Renewal Ranch, which is a Christian-based ministry.

Winn embraced the opportunity awarded to him, and after spending time on the course, he came to accept Jesus Christ as his savior and redeemer.

The young man has spoken of his wayward past, and even though he grew up in a Christian household, he came to struggle with drug addiction. He has said, “My life was nothing but chaos, suicide attempts, and brokenness.”

Six months after he had broken in and vandalized Central Baptist Church, Winn returned to be baptized and to dedicate his life to the Lord.

He has testified: “As I’m starting to understand how God works, I’ve realized I didn’t pick the church that night. God picked me. If it had been any other church, I think I’d be sitting in prison right now.

“I used to think it was a coincidence [that I chose to break into the church that night], but now I call it confirmation that God is real, and He answers prayers. What was weighing on my heart was that I needed a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

10.28.19 Bo and Peep…. hmmmmm… quack quack!

We are now the proud parents of two beautiful ducks, Bo and Peep!  Peep is a girl and is around six months old.  Bo is a boy and is around a year old.  They are Buff Orpingtons, a medium-size domesticated duck, with lovely fawn buff feathers, a brownish-orange bill, and a sweet personality.

A very sweet family at our church, Tony and Bonnie contacted us last week asking if we’d like to have their two ducks.  Roy and I talked and sight unseen we said yes!  We had several ducks when we lived on Hinson Road in Hammond and loved them. Not necessarily the poop they leave all over but everything else!

When Tony and Bonnie and their two precious girls brought the ducks to us we were delighted to see how beautiful they are.  Even if they hadn’t been beautiful we’d have loved them.  When we lived in Hammond we had a really ugly duck that we actually called “Ugly Duck!”

Bo and Peep were originally Faith and Peep.  Since Faith turned out to be a boy we decided to change his name to Bo.  Thus we have Bo and Peep!

Bonnie and Tony recommended leaving them caged for the first few days before introducing them to living uncaged on our property.  We decided to leave them in there a week and have been visiting with them several times each day so they can get used to us and our voices. Plus we love visiting with them! I sing to them sometimes! And Roy quacks with them!I love seeing them twist and contort their necks to clean themselves.  They lay eggs (or ours would if they were girls) and their meat is what’s eaten when someone eats duck. I have no intention of eating them and we’ll see what happens with Peep laying eggs. This photo doesn’t show both of them entirely, it does show close up their beautiful feathers.  We’ve been giving them fresh water each time we go visit and they seem to love it! Roy fed them some tiny pieces of watermelon.  He said Peep really liked it and at all of it. It was just 5 small pieces. At Bonnie’s recommendation, we’ve both Googled what to feed ducks and have learned a lot. 

They only lived where they are in this picture on the first day. Since they need a cage of some sort we purchased one of our renters used dog cages. We moved the cage to behind our storage shed so they could stay in the shade and are more protected from nighttime attackers.

We learned that their cage needs to be covered at night in a way that will give them a place to keep away from those nighttime attackers.  Even when they get to live outside the cage during the day they will be protected in their cage at night. Roy being the person who always gets the best thing he can for any situation researched covers for their night-time cage. He found and ordered this cover.

It wasn’t very expensive, but is made of very good quality waterproof material and covers all four sides and the top.  Two sides are rolled up in the pictures so the ducks can enjoy the view. It even has a window and each side zips up to make it more secure!

We gave them a week in the cage to get used to where they live and get used to Roy and I taking care of them. Here they are experiencing their first taste of freedom

They headed for the water’s edge first thing and spent a good bit of time their first day out paddling around.  They didn’t go very far in, just on the edge. The recent rains brought a lot of pine straw to our end of the pond.  They cleared out a circle and played in that circle.

After spending most of the day in that area they came up our hill and hung around our back door. 

They go back in their cage at night. It’s been all cleaned up with fresh pine straw! We both thank Tony and Bonnie for giving these precious animals to us to love!

We’ll keep ya’ll updated (or as my friend Deborah said, duckdated!) on Bo and Peeps escapades!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

 

10.28.19 Christmas Cookies

Roy and I were at the grocery last week and saw a Blue Bell ice cream called “Christmas Cookies.”  We passed on buying it but after reading Chris Field’s delightful 2017 review of Christmas Cookies ice cream we will definitely be trying it our next trip to the grocery!

This young man, Chris Field, is so much more than a great writer. In a future blog post, I hope to write about his non-profit that helps rescue kids from slavery.

Here is my independent review of Blue Bell Ice Cream’s Christmas Cookies ice cream which was rolled out this week as a seasonal special. Please note: I am in no way affiliated with Blue Bell other than being a Texan that eats (a lot of) their ice cream.

Christmas Cookies ice cream is described by Blue Bell as being “Sugar Cookie Flavored Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, and Sugar Cookies, Red Sprinkles and a Green Icing Swirl.” What Blue Bell should have said was “if you love baby Jesus, Santa Claus, puppies wearing Santa hats, or the sound of children laughing on Christmas morning–you need this ice cream in your life.” It’s just that good.

Let’s start with the sugar cookie flavored ice cream. Are you kidding me? We could hard stop here and still have a very Merry Christmas. Starting with sugar cookie flavored ice cream is like finding the perfect Christmas tree. You don’t even need to add ornaments. You can. But you don’t have to. But Blue Bell sure did. Hallelujah, they sure did.

The proverbial ornaments here are the bits of chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and sugar cookies in every bite. Every. Bite. In other words, every bite of this ice cream is the hark that made the herald angels sing. Biting into it feels like the moment when Clark Griswold finally gets all 25,000 of the Christmas lights on his house to come on. And we’re not even done yet.

The red sprinkles are honestly a little forgettable, but the green icing swirl is the star on top of the tree. It is the giant handmade bow on the most beautifully wrapped gift. Imagine a jolly grandmother, with an apron covered in flour, who smiles and hums jingle bells and makes homemade icing all day. This is what Christmas tastes like.

Buddy the Elf is probably involved somehow in making this flavor. Kevin McAllister eats this when he’s not fending off bad guys. And the only thing the Dad in the Christmas Story likes more than his leg lamp is a big bowl of this next to the fire.

I will not be surprised if Santa’s note back to the kids this year is to ask for a bowl of this next time he comes down the chimney.

This ice cream is probably why Rudolph was running. And mouths full of this may have been the reason the night was silent. And while I can’t say for sure that a half-gallon of this was one of the gifts the wise men brought to the stable that night–I also can’t say for sure that it was not.

So get on over to your local freezer section and grab a half-gallon or two to try for yourself. Because Christmas Cookies just came to town.

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More from Chris: Two years after writing the most viral ice cream review on the internet, my friends at Blue Bell have sent me 12 coolers worth of Christmas Cookies ice cream to go disrupt for good and bring smiles to some faces. This is so fun!!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

10.25.19 Beautiful weather and two crazy old folks working outside!

Parts of today’s blog post were written to help us remember what and when we did some things. Many times we’ve come back to search through our blog posts to find out what and when we did something, went somewhere, etc. Please read it with that in mind.

Southern Louisiana’s summers are long and painfully hot. We’ve worked outside on our property during the summer but mostly for just an hour or two at a time.

Last week we had two days with lows in the 50s and highs in the 60s!  We worked hard outside all day both days.  This week every day has been nice and cool as well. Our windows have been open all day the last few days! Open windows weather is my favorite time of the year!  Fall has finally arrived here in Southern Louisiana!

My projects this past week were all about pulling weeds!  First I pulled them out of our gravel driveway and our renter driveway. On my butt I scooted up and down the driveways to pull all the weeds out by their roots. Many large piles of pulled weeds were thrown away!

Roy regularly sprays weeds with weed killer but there is always a dead weed left there.  I don’t like how that looks so when I can I pull those dead ones and pull the fresh living weeds up!

These are some of the weeds growing in the gravel.  These type weeds are also scattered throughout the grass and I’ve hand pulled a lot of those as well! Each of these groups of weeds is around 30 individual weed plants with individual roots. Lots of picking and digging around in the rocks and dirt!

Other than the weeds project in the driveways I crawled around on the grass at the new picnic area and pulled several hundred weeds. Getting rid of those weeds will help the St. Augustine back there spread better.

The weeds below are the same as the ones above but since they were in the grass they have gotten cut each time the grass was cut and their roots and stalk got tougher and tougher.

I bet you didn’t think you’d be seeing two pictures of weeds in today’s blog!  Well maybe, knowing me, you are not surprised!

I also raked gravel from the middle of the driveway where it tends to pile up, to along the edge which had been missing rocks for a while. That was a massive project and while doing it I found a couple hundred great rocks for painting!!! The rocks were bleached and are now being painted!

We started out with two spider-like plants when we first moved here. Over time I’ve been able to divide those into sixteen separate spider-like plants. On these two workdays, I used four of them to pretty up more places around our property. I raked pine straw from the driveway and several places around the property. They were used around several bushes and plants. Our vegetable garden desperately needed some work so lots of weeds were pulled and several plants were pruned back and cleaned up!

Other than spending two full days pulling weeds there has been a continuation of our “Creating a Picnic Area” project!

Only one out of the five dying azaleas, that we talked Chip into not throwing away but giving to us, is still living.  They must have been truly dead when we planted them but I had to try! Roy dug up the dead four and last Tuesday we purchased eight Azalea Encore Autum Empress from Bracy’s Nursery, the company I use to work for in Amite.  Encore azaleas are the ones that bloom spring and fall instead of just spring like regular azaleas do. We also purchased one Desirable pecan tree and one Santa Rosa purple plum tree. Bracy’s Nursery is a wholesale only nursery so I am very happy that they still allow me to purchase from them!  Thanks Bracy’s Nursery!

 

Roy’s new garden cart, that he pulls behind our lawnmower, filled with our new plants.

He dug 10 holes and planted the 8 azalea bushes along the fence leading back to the picnic area.  After he planted them I fixed them up with pine straw all around the bottom.

The first photo shows two of the dead azaleas that were pulled up and some of the new azaleas.

The plum tree is in this photo and the azaleas are along the fence on the right-hand side of the photo.

The plum tree is a Santa Rosa Plum. It’s about 6-7 feet tall.  Roy planted it near the satsuma tree that we believe will not produce so it will be removed in the next year.

The pecan tree is perfect and is planted in a perfect location. Every now and then something makes Roy and I really happy and this little pecan tree does it! It’s behind our house a little bit down and to the left of our vegetable garden. It is a Desirable type Pecan which is a paper shelled long pecan.  The type Roy and I grew up eating and loving!

When digging the hole for the pecan tree Roy hit rock hard ground halfway down to the depth the hole needed to be.  He filled the hole up with water to help soften that hard ground.

He filled the hole with three bags of tree planting material around the plant roots.

Ya’ll know how hard my husband works around here.  He went to the orthopedic doctor last week because his left knee hurt.  They did x-rays and gave him a cortisone shot in his left knee. The good news was that the x-ray shows his left knee is not in the same condition his right one was when he needed knee replacement surgery. He got a shot in his left knee where he thought the pain was originating from.

The next day was when he dug the ten holes for the plants.  He had to go back to the doctor Tuesday because the pain was worse from his back, hip and down his leg, so they did Xrays of those areas and he got a shot in his hip and back.  He was given pain medicine and a muscle relaxer.  If he’s not better when the medicine is all gone they will do an MRI so we’re praying for him to be better before anything else needs to be done.

He is now required by his wife to stop all that work and get rest. He’s right in the middle of repairing our back door but that project is stopping also until Roy’s back, hip and leg are better.

So on a lighter side, the weather here is magnificent right now and every day is an invitation to work outside all day.  We’ve been too busy lately to do a lot outside but today I got back to pulling weeds and Roy cut the grass. That’s about as strenuous as I’ll let him get for now!

Next blog post will be about Bo and Peep! Come back to find out who they are!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

 

 

 

10.19.19 Weekend fun for Madisyn, Chip, Misty, Grannie and Samson!

Last weekend I was blessed to spend time with Chip, Misty, and Madisyn.  Lots of love in that hug between Madisyn and her daddy (our son) Chip.

Saturday morning Madisyn climbed in bed with me and we had a wonderful visit! There is nothing better than one of those Madisyn and Grannie talks!

Roy came in to open our bedroom windows because the temperature outside was a beautiful temperature in the 60s.  We loved it!

Here she is while making cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They were delicious!!  That’s Madisyn’s “Grannie’s taking another photo, look.”

Here’s our beautiful Madisyn, growing up way too fast for this Grannie’s liking!

We saw the new Addams Family movie. I was so surprised by the renovation Hammonds AMC Movie theater has undergone. One of the big changes is their new comfy fat recliners for chairs!

Before the movie, we went shopping at the Fuller Shop in Hammond. Lots of second-hand goodies there! Roy and I will have to go sometime when we are in Hammond.

Meet Misty and Chip’s new teacup Maltese puppy, Samson. Quite a big name for a less than 2-pound puppy! Look at how tiny he is all wet.  He’s really loving this! 

Here he is having his hair blown dry! 

Madisyn immediately fell in love with her puppy brother and he fell in love with her!

Madisyn baked brownies for us Saturday evening.  She’s quite a good cook!

We decorated the front of their home and the mailbox for Halloween. It looks great!

Best of all, our weekend ended with Madisyn coming to church with us at Trinity. Lots of people remember Madisyn from when she came here in her younger years.  They were all glad to see her!

I love these weekends with Madisyn.  My brain on Monday and Tuesday was mostly mush but Grannie keeps on going!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!