06.06.20 Brain update

I don’t think I have written about the wicked disease that is living in my brain in a while. I do really well for a few days and then the good times go away. Today I am able to write about it, so I will give an update.

Lately, I’ve been experiencing a lot of lightheadedness (seriously lightheaded, not just little oops dizzy) and passed out one day a couple of weeks ago. Last time I was experiencing being lightheaded like that it turned out to be the dementia medicine I was taking was causing it. Over the last several years I’ve been on Namenda, Aricept, and Exelon Patch. My doctor prescribed Galantamine a couple of years ago.  Galantamine has worked really well until lately when the lightheadedness started again.

Right now I am slowly getting off of Galantamine. I am in the second week of reducing slowly the amount of Galantamine I take.  Next week will be my first week without any Galantamine.  Already the dizziness has stopped!  Yay! Yay! It will take a while for all of the Galantamine to be out of my system. I will know then if the Galantamine was still helping my dementia or if it is time to stay off of it if it is not helping me.

That’s my brain update. I always appreciate your prayers. Mostly need them for me to be able to handle this and for Roy to be able to handle what is happening to his wife. God’s got this and we know He will be beside us all the way. Thanks guys for following our blog!

 

 

 

 

06.01.20 Our precious little ones are gone

Roy went down to check on Bo and Peep and their four little ducklings a couple of days ago. He found these four precious little ducklings dead. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened Roy and I were.We were warned that male ducks are known to sometimes do harm to the babies. Because of that we kept Bo from the others at night for several days and watched them carefully when they were all together during the day.  After several nights apart Bo spent his first night with Peep and the babies and that is when it happened. We are really sad about this.   We’d fallen in love with the little ones.

Before this happened, Roy spent a lot of the day nursing a newborn duckling that wasn’t doing well after it hatched.  He named the precious little one Pip and kept him warm and fed with sugar water. Pip was just not strong enough to make it even with all the loving care Roy gave him.

We hope that if Peep lays more eggs that there is a much better outcome.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

05.30.20 Seeing through the bedroom window! and a little pressure!

This is one of those blog posts that is written to help us know when Roy did a couple of projects and what it looked like!  The first project is the replacement of the glass in one of our bedroom windows.  The second is pressure washing all of the exterior and touch up painting those places that need it.

Roy’s been on a roll taking care of projects around the house and I want to acknowledge his hard work that I greatly appreciate!

First is a window replacement project. One of the windows in our bedroom has had a broken seal from what we think was a rock hitting it while the grass was being cut a few years ago. It’s the top half of the window below.

 

When we moved into the house I wanted the view from that window to include blueberries, lantanas, azaleas, crawling daisies and more. It will take a couple of years for the view to be what I want it to be. Before it can get there the ugly window from the broken seal had to be replaced.

Roy went to Gabriel Building Supply in Amite where we purchased all the house windows back in 2015. They looked back in their records and ordered the glass for us. A couple of weeks later the glass came in and Roy began the process of changing out the glass. After a long way into the process, Roy realized that the glass was too big. Grrrrr…..

He thought about it for a while and remembered that when we originally purchased the windows they sent out several wrong size windows. That’s the ordering info they looked at when ordering this glass, not the reordering information of the correct size windows. Roy went through putting the original broken glass back in. Once that was done Roy brought back the wrong size which was a Covid experience because Gabriel’s was really closed except to commercial customers. They helped Roy anyway and got the right size ordered!

Alas, two weeks later Roy picked up the new correct size glass and when through the whole process again to replace the glass.  Look at how nice and clear the top part of the window is!Now I can easily open the window and most important can see the growing flowers and blueberries through the beautifully clear window glass! It will take a while for the flower plants to grow big enough to see easily but I look forward to how beautiful it will be!

Roy does not do anything halfway.  The bottom portion of that bedroom window has always been difficult to raise to open. The window in Roy’s office is easy to open but we never open it because it’s behind the desk. I open my bedroom window as often as I can to let in cool breezes. So, he removed the bottom portion of the bedroom window and swapped it with the bottom portion of the office window!

The second project was the annual and sometimes semi-annual pressure washing of our home’s exterior.  We have a large pond in the back and a gravel road in the front where dust is kicked up whenever someone drives a bit to fast down our road.  Those two things cause a layer of dirt to collect on the outside of the house making it look nasty. Some may never notice it but we do!

It’s unbelievable that I failed to take any pictures of Roy working so hard to clean the exterior but I did. I know, right?!!  This is the only one I took and Roy was taking a short break in it!I did take some photos of the house after it was washed and here they are. Here’s our small little home all shiny and pretty! Roy touched up any place that needed it on all the white trim.

Roy worked hard on each of those projects as he always does. I’m not sure what project he will be taking on next, maybe finishing the old rocker restoration. Maybe he will get some rest now!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

05.27.20 The most amazing thing happened at our house this week!

I was in my craft room painting rocks and Roy walked up outside to the window. He said “Come outside now and bring your camera!” He had a big smile on his face!

I knew (or hoped I knew) right away what happened.

Bo and Peep are now proud new parents and we are very proud grandparents of a new baby duck!

Our first photo of the precious little one in the yellow circle. There are several eggs in there with him that will hopefully hatch soon!

Isn’t he adorable! Tiny little new creation of God!

After about 30 eggs that Peep laid over two nesting times this year, with none hatching, this batch has at least produced one and he is adorable! Look at him following

I took several videos and my phone died before getting any more still pictures but these are two of the best videos I was able to get. Roy opened their cage and let them all out. I was worried about how a newborn baby duck would handle our pond but that little thing did great. Mama and Daddy protected him when he took a tiny tumble and it was precious to see him swimming near the shore in the pond!

I was very worried about them leaving the cage and following their parents down by the pond. I just read something that I wish I had read before that. Buff Orpington baby ducks are “capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.”

And now we are proud to announce baby chick number 2 that Roy discovered when checking on them this morning! Another little miracle!

They were let out and quickly began following mama and daddy around!

Mama Peep here getting back on her nest of eggs!

Peep thought they would follow her inside but the babies discovered the small space below the cage where only they could fit in! Here’s Roy down on his knees being the wonderful grandfather that he is, working on getting them out!

Before we left them down there Roy put Peep and the babies back in the cage with the nest. Bo is staying outside in the bigger cage just to make sure he doesn’t harm the babies since that is something the males sometimes do. While all of that was going on Peep was just a squawking away. When it was over Peep was nesting inside and was very quiet!

These three videos are the best of all the ones I took. I couldn’t narrow it down to one so here’s the three best!

Baby found a way to escape the cage through a hole. More protection will be added so that doesn’t happen in the future!

Baby following parents to the pond

Baby swimming with parents

Baby’s brothers and sisters in law were notified of the birth! The ex parents (who still love them) were also notified of the birth!

I don’t plan to introduce each and every one of the newborns but we are discussing a gender reveal party when that information is known!!! You will be invited to that event!

Right before I was going to publish this the third baby duck was born!!

05.24.20 A quiet thought, By Bro. Bob Adams

A quiet thought from Sunday, May 17th, By Bro. Bob Adams

Church is not like it used to be! Neither is shopping, sports, business, travel, medicine . . . the list is endless.

The ground beneath our feet has convulsed and turned the old paths into rubble. Everything has an odd feel to it.

It is tempting to long for yesterday to come again with its familiar routines and predictable ways.

It is a vain longing, an empty hope.

Tomorrow will not look like yesterday!

What shall we do in these changing days?

Let us not spend the time longing for the way it used to be, singing the screeching songs of a frightened world, looking for someone to blame, justifying arrogance and pride.

Rather, let us clear our throats and sing . . .

“In my church, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my home, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my work, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my travel . . . buying . . . resting . . . playing . . .!”

The goal of the Christian life is not to have things as we like them but to be transformed into the image of Jesus and bring Him joy – regardless of what life is like on the outside.

What a beautiful and freeing truth! Grace to you!

By Bro. Bob Adams

Thank you so much Bro. Adams for your weekly Godly words that you share with us. Each week they speak deeply to me. I hope you never stop!

Have a great week!

05.20.20 Kindergarten First Day of Class in 2025

Since I have dementia it sometimes takes a while for me to “get it.” Like this video. It’s a teacher in the year 2025 teaching all the kiddos born this year 2020 during the pandemic

.  Okay, so I am sharing what I “got” after watching it a couple of times. Now, if you are brain challenged like me, you will also “get it!”

Yall have a Blessed Week!

05.18.20 Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday to my mama, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor!

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Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.

She would have been 100 today.

I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence. She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church. She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church. She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in the church. She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.

While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right. Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway! God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds. We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!

I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing. Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary. She was truly a hoot and quite a character, all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.3

I miss her all the time. When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been 13 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven. What a peace I find in that.

I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above. Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here. Thank you for indulging me when that happens.

Written today 2020: One last thing. We all know that what you write on Facebook or in your blog reaches those in Heaven. hahahahaha!  She would be so happy to know that Trinity’s Family Life Center is one inch from being complete. She always wanted that for our church and it’s now a reality. That would put a big big smile on her face! I love you my sweet little mama!

05.19.20 Were you alive during the pandemic, Grandpa? by Taylor Greene

I hope lots of young parents will get to read this. Please share with them if they are not my Facebook Friend or a follower of my blog. It really made me think of how important it is for parents to really make an effort to create memories with your young ones during this pandemic.  Spend more time with your child and make sure it’s quality time! Here we go!

Child – “How old are you, Grandpa?

Grandpa – “I’m 81, dear.”

Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”

Grandpa – “Yes, I was.”

Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.

They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.

They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.

They said that the summer holidays were canceled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.

They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.

That must have been so horrible, grandpa!”

Grandpa – “Well, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of BBQs.

I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.

I remember making forts and learning how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family.

I remember Mom’s favorite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’

Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.

I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right. But I remember it differently.”

Remember how our children will remember these times.

Be in control of the memories they are creating right now so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.”

– Author unknown 💕

Shared on Facebook by Taylor Greene

04.26.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 6

Sunday morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website.

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is.

https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music!

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!