05.30.21 May 22 – 29, 2021 Church, plants, planting grass, pulling weeds, moving bulbs, Roy’s truck, squirrel sightings, DISC in Covington, low blood sugar, white trellis cleaning, Bennie joins the family, neurologist visit, BUNN tea urns, and floating in the pond!

This week started on Sunday when we went to Sunday School and Worship Service at our church, Trinity Baptist. I’d love to have ya’ll join us there on Sundays to learn more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Find out what all the fuss is about and how much we love being Christians.

I usually spend a lot of time making my blogs make sense, in good order and as cleaned up as can be. I will still try to do that somewhat but it’s getting harder so please forgive whatever errors or mistakes I make!

Sunday – I did not feel well before we left for church last Sunday. This not feeling well was having trouble breathing, feeling bloated and something else I don’t remember. Chip recommended that I take a sip of water and then burp. I did that several times and started feeling well enough to get on the road to church.

My Sunday School class moved to a bigger classroom and we almost filled up this bigger room. Isn’t that great!

I had to sit down during a couple of hymns that were sung during our worship service but felt fine otherwise.

After church, we went to Lowe’s for me to do some browsing and I came out having purchased a few flower plants and some new cucumber seeds. Two plants that I’ve never bought before.  The first plant is a pink guara and the second is a lavender plant.

This one I’ve had before and loved it.  It is a Mandevilla vine-like plant. Buddy likes getting in as many pictures as he can!

I think these new plants will mostly be planted in the garden I can see from my bedroom window. That’s always been the plan to be able to view lots of flowering plants from that window where I hope to eventually have a comfy chair facing that window where I can relax and enjoy the beauty.  Right now my blueberry bushes that are right outside that window are starting to pop some big beautiful blueberries. I love it and love this aspect of our beautiful property.

I don’t know if you noticed but I am having a difficult time remembering to say “my” this or that instead of “our” this or that. Roy was the other part of “our” and I am trying to get used to just “me” so I type whatever comes to mind when that happens. That’s hard to do when I was part of an “our” for 47 years.

Several daffodil bulbs were stuck under a large boulder by the road so Chip moved the boulder and I dug up the 8 bulbs there. I replanted them between the knock-out rose bushes by the front porch.  Next year we will have daffodils growing between the rose bushes in the early spring! I crawl around on the ground getting from place to place while doing all the work.

Monday – I went to my friend Cindy Vernon’s home to play in her yard some more pulling up weeds. I forgot to mention in the last blog that she worked on her herb bed while I pulled weeds last week. She gave me a bag of fresh clipped oregano and a bag of fresh clipped rosemary. She also gave me some oregano plants that I planted in one of my pots outside. The bags and plants she gave me smell sooooo good! I can’t wait to use them in my cooking!

Cindy’s home is quite unique. You can see it in the photo below of me and the garden I finished weeding today. Three sides of the house are underground. Only the front is above ground. It’s a very large house and when you’re inside you don’t realize you are underground. I love it!

Tuesday – The man who bought Roy’s truck was going to come here for us to go to a notary for something having to do with the truck’s title. They got hit with a tire that blew off an 18 wheeler so they had to turn around and go home and will come to do that on Friday.

I decided to clean the white trellis that the grapevines grow up. I also planted some new cucumber seeds there to have more since the seeds I planted by the house didn’t do well and the only one that is growing is pretty pitiful looking.

I placed the flowers I bought where I think they should go to see how they do before planting them.

When we were living in Dora our motorhome, I always enjoyed watching the squirrels around here gather and eat in the middle of the front yard where the birdhouse is.  A couple of weeks ago Chip put up on the birdhouse pole a white swing that I ordered. We are putting bird feed in it and corn on the cobs to attract squirrels. We don’t see them but they are eating the corn and some pretty birds are eating the seed..

Chip went over to Cindy V’s house to cut her grass today so she wouldn’t have to do it since she recently had surgery.

Wednesday – Look what I saw out my bedroom window when I got up this morning. There were two of them and when this one was finished his snack they scurried up the big pine tree. Absolutely what I wanted this feeder for!

My blood sugar went down to 55 today and thanks to my Dexcom I was notified of that. I was busy doing little things around the house and started to feel weak at the same time the monitor told me it was low. I ate/drank some maple syrup and some cinnamon sugar. Right now it is back up to 86.  I know this is not good but it was really nice to get to drink something so sweet and it be okay!!

Our neighbors asked us today if we would like to have their Maltese dog, one year old Bennie. I was quite shocked and delighted. He’s such a sweet dog and is already Buddy’s friend. They are not home enough to give him the attention he needs.  They love him and since he will right next door when he lives here he can go visit whenever he wants to. Having had Samson, Misty’s teacup Maltese living here for a while and loving that cute little ball of white hair so much we are very excited about expanding our Chauvin household to welcome Bennie Chauvin!  I actually think one of Roy’s uncles name was Bennie Chauvin!

Not quite sure how this is going to turn out with Benny. He slipped out of his harness/leash a couple of times Friday and we couldn’t get him to come back. I tried a few times and Chip tried many dozens of times to get him to come back. As soon as he sees us he takes off running for his life. We didn’t torture him or anything but he runs away from us like we did!. He will not come back. We’ve seen him several times so we know he’s okay, but cannot catch him. His family, our neighbors, are away for the weekend so we’re hoping we can figure out some way to keep him here so he can start being our precious Bennie.

A little update: Benny is now home with us! Both he and Buddy got a bath and are happy little men!

Thursday – Chip took me to my neurologist Dr. Zapata in Hammond to get the result of the Neuropsych testing I had about a month ago. You may remember that was done in Baton Rouge and I only learned from the Neuropsychologist that I’ve had a significant decline from the last testing in 2015. Here’s a link to what we learned at today’s visit. Neuropsych testing results

Friday – Cindy V picked me up and we went to Dirt Cheap for a big shopping spree! I bought a 5 cent USA necklace in red and blue! I am quite the big spender!  After that Chip and I went with the man who bought Roy’s truck to have my signature notarized for the title and some other paperwork about the truck. I was kinda concerned about the fact that the truck was in Roy’s name but he’s not here to sign the title over to the buyer.  It wasn’t a problem at all since the Notary said that as long as the “next of kin” can sign for it that is legal. The man who bought it put a new engine in it and already has it sold! I did some shopping at Walmart after that and got some red, white, and blue flowers for my Patriotic summer decorations.

Saturday was a great day. Spent time in the yard pulling up dead grass runners and planting healthy grass runners where the dead ones were.

These two stainless steel BUNN tea urns were given to us by the couple that previously rented our house from us. I’ve been using them for plants down by the fence line. I decided to move them up to the patio a few days ago and today new plants were planted in them as well as plants from other pots.  I like them better where they are now!

Chip, Buddy, and I went tubing around our pond today and really enjoyed it. This may have been my biggest adventure since we lived on the road and had an adventure every other day then! Chip bought a tube a few days ago and ventured out to discover what all could be seen from the water. I bought a tube yesterday and got in for my maiden voyage today going from almost one end of the pond to our end just relaxing and enjoying the views from the pond. There was no breeze today so we had to paddle using our hands/arms to go forward or just stop and enjoy the beauty in one place. Buddy doesn’t have any work today and enjoys it too!

This is Chip and Buddy floating around yesterday.

We just enjoyed a good old springtime rain soaking! That’s the end of this week!

From previous weeks that I forgot to include then:

I forgot to include in my last post that a lot of what contributed to me working too much included that on Saturday I spent 6 hours straight picking rocks out of the front yard, pulling up weeds and grass runners, and replanting the runners after cleaning and snipping them into a place where the runners were needed in the side yard and replanting several daffodil bulbs. Something killed two areas of grass in an area around 3 feet across in both the left side yard and the right side yard. The dead grass had strong roots and took me twice as long to dig up as the new runners took the plant. If I didn’t pull up the dead grass it would affect the new ones trying to establish themselves. We have no idea why the grass died that was there. All around it in both places are healthy thick grass.

I forgot to share in my last blog that Cindy Vernon took me with her to her surgery follow-up appointment in Covington.  How I could forget that when I wrote about last week I don’t know. Well, I do know how, I have dementia but it is those big chunks of forgotten events that are very irritating. There were statues in the waiting room that were so cool I’m going to share them all in another post.

Here’s one of the statues just to tempt you to want to see more! Two different views of the same statute.

Cindy V and I ate a delicious lunch at Cracker Barrell and enjoyed shopping there! Thanks, Cindy for inviting me to tag along and for buying me lunch!

I’ve got to find some way to not feel like I need to share every single thought that comes to find about each day’s events.  I hope I do!

02.14.2015 For a house that wasn’t going to see construction today – WOW!!!

K9iRdEXceThis has been quite a day.  Yesterday we thought that there wouldn’t be any construction going on today.  Man were we wrong! I have to say the following in big letters, so pretend I’m standing on the roof shouting this to the world:


The transformation from yesterday to today (sheetrock and columns) make the house look much more finished and much more what we dreamed it would look like.

The sheet rock crew showed up early this morning,instead of Monday, and by the time I woke up already had the ceiling sheet rocked!  By 2 o’clock they had the sheet rock hung in the entire house!  The purple sheet rock in the pictures is where water might affect it so it’s water resistant. We can see rooms take shape and really love it even more.  All of the rooms are good size and we couldn’t be happier!

s1 s2 s3 s4 s5s6 s7The vinyl siding and columns guys game back this morning so there were trucks everywhere with every one working inside and out!  Our contractor Ronnie came to check out things before he leaves for Disneyworld with his family for a week.  Our concerns about the window header yesterday have been resolved.  We compromised.  We kept the headers which will now be painted to match the real white of the window wrapping.  Also the space between the header and the large board of wrapping will be caulked to close in that space making it all look like one piece.   I wanted the piece along the top of the window to be removed to but the header against the large board but that would cause a problem with water getting behind the header so like I said we compromised.  Floyd our vinyl siding guy is on a plane right now heading to Colorado so the “fix” will happen when he return.

Yesterday there were sticks holding the porch up, today there are beautiful columns.  I’ll say it again, I LOVE THIS HOUSE!  Sure wish the sheet rock trailer wasn’t in the way but you can see how great it’s turning out!

a1 a3ex1 ex2 ex 4Roy bought some 10 inch massive nails to nail into trees for hanging my new bird feeders on.  I just love these feeders and hope they attract lots of happy birds to come visit us!


Madisyn will be here soon so I want to wrap this up and get ready for the fun and activity we’ll have with her!  A campfire and Smores are on the agenda!!

Ya’ll have a LOVELY VALENTINES! and Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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02.13.15 Beautiful bushes, vinyl siding and wall insulation!

wondeerful day Thursday, February 12, 2015 – I went to a local wholesale nursery, where I use to work, to buy all the shrubs for the front of our house and to hide the air conditioning unit and the water well shed.  I bought 6 Encore Azaleas (they flower all summer unlike regular azaleas that only flower for less than a month.) Also bought 3 Knock Out Rose bushes, 6 Camellias and 3 Adagio Grass. The Adagio Grass is the three dead looking tall grass things on the end.  The grass plants be cut back shortly and will come out beautiful, green and luscious! All the bushes are all lined up on the RV’s patio waiting for the yard to be graded and beds prepared.  We hope to have the grading done soon which will give the freshly planted bushes a while before we leave to take hold.

20150214_13150020150213_093028 20150213_093010 20150213_092938 20150213_092933 20150213_092618While I was out I stopped at Brown’s Bakery on Highway 16 where I purchased some bavarian cream stuffed cupcakes.  Oh my what a treat that was!  I also bought some decorative bird feeders to hang on the trees, including on that is shaped like an old time camper with a pink flamingo out front.  That one will be hung by our RV patio!

20150213_092954Roy built the roof for the water well shed and installed it.  Probably not something he should have tried to do by himself but he did it well.  Tomorrow it should be painted and will be finished.

Roy is showing the removable beam and the raised roof to Ronnie. This is so that if there is a need for the well pump to come up the roof doesn’t have to be torn off but can just be raised!
An up close view of the stop Roy made so the roof doesn’t fall over to the back when it is raised. He’s is just sooooo smart!
This is a switch Roy ordered to turn on the heat light when the temperature goes below 32 degrees. It kicks off when it goes back over 37 degrees.

20150213_123815 Friday, February 13, 2015 – The vinyl siding installers came back today.  The wall insulation man also came and did his thing. Here’s pictures and a short video of the insulation guys doing their thing!

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20150213_091155 20150213_091207 20150213_104948 20150213_094553 20150213_094630Lots of pictures of the vinyl siding guys.  They wrapped the windows with an exterior 2 x 4 wood frame which is then covered with vinyl to match the windows.  It creates a more substantial looking window than just a regular window.  Only the front four at our house are being wrapped because it ain’t cheap!  We’re leaving the shutters off because we really like the look we chose. You’ll see the process throughout the pictures and I warn I took lots of pictures of this!

Ryan our insulation guy and Floyd our vinyl siding guy!

20150213_091318 20150213_103850 20150213_103857 20150213_103931  20150213_105053 20150213_10521420150213_134358The sun is setting now and the columns are not finished so I’ll not try to take a picture of anything now, but take them in the morning and post the finished result then in the next blog. Earlier, Roy had to ask the guys to stop putting in the window headers since they are narrower than the windows and not connected to the top of the window.  They just look weird so we’ll have to wait for larger ones to come in before the whole exterior is finished.  There is a picture below that has the weird looking header installed but remember it’s going away!  I also took a picture of one of the side windows without the window wrapping so you could see the difference between regular and wrapped.   Once the columns are finished, the house exterior will be almost finished except for the correct headers and the porch railings.  Roy will be installing the railings soon.


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20150213_170537Roy rarely just sits around lately but this morning was so cold and he didn’t want to be in the way of the workers so we built a campfire and I took a shot of him actually chillin!   There is also a picture of the flower bed I created next to the RV patio with all the little clippings I brought with us from our Wardline house!  There are regular azaleas, orange/yellow lantanas, gardenias, ferns and other random small plants!  Most are hidden right now by the pine mulched I covered them all with.  By the time we get back here later this year or next they should all be growing well.  Might even happen before we leave!  Check out the signs of green rye grass starting to FINALLY sprout!

20150213_09581700 20150213_093200 20150213_093132The sheet rock was just delivered ready to be hung, etc. etc. next week!  Yay for walls!

20150213_142157There will be no building going on this weekend but we will have a special visit from Madisyn for Valentines AND she’s going to church with us Sunday!  Yahoooooooo!

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02.08.15 Fun with Madisyn, white trim and yellow siding!

wanta hangI attended church today at River Rock Church in Loranger with our granddaughter Madisyn and her mom Liz.  For those who know our past, don’t be so shocked, yes we sat together in church and the building didn’t fall down around us!!! We both know that it’s in Madisyn’s best interest for us all to get along so we try!

I’ve been to River Rock several times over the last few years.  One thing their pastor said today that I want to share love of godis “Unless you know the Love that only God can give, you really don’t know Love.  How true that is!  God’s love is so big, so unconditional, so forgiving, so uplifting, so deep, so healing. and so much more.  Agape love is the kind of love God has for us.  It’s not a romantic love but a God love! Until you’ve given your heart and your life to Him and entered into this kind of agape love there’s just no way to truly know love.

This is where our weekend with Madisyn ended when we brought her to her mama Liz at church.  We had two very special nights and a whole fantastic day playing with her yesterday.  We decorated heart shaped cookies, painted rainbows, flowers and us on a piece of roofing shingle while sitting down by the pond dipping our brushes in the flowing water, practiced skipping rocks, planted flowers near the RV patio, ran around A LOT, dug dirt from the big piles and hauled it in the wheelbarrow to the plants, watered the plants, searched for colored rocks in the ditch, watched Princess Diaries, made banana and mayonnaise sandwiches (ick!), mud pies, rolled down the hills and loved on each other a lot! She is growing up so fast and is so very independent at almost 6 years old.  We hope to have her some during the Mardi Gras holiday when they have a week off of school – more fun and exhaustion!!!!!!


My phone went dead (too many pictures) about this time so there’s only one more pictures – awh shucks!


Yesterday evening Roy and I took Madisyn to White’s Restaurant, not far from here.  We’ve never eaten there before but always hear our friends talking about how delicious all the seafood and everything on their buffet is.  Madisyn has been there before so she showed us around and picked out her snow crab claws while we filled up on fried fish, boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, onion rings, okra, boiled crabs, mushrooms, turnip greens, and on and on!  Madisyn ate well and even cracked her own crab legs and got the meat out!

Yesterday morning the vinyl siding men started their work which was interesting to see how it was coming along.  It took hours to do all the white trim work yesterday. Today they started the soft yellow (I call it banana cream color) siding. When I pulled up after church they were finishing for the day and hopefully will be back one day this week to finish it off.  Three of the sides are done about 5/6 way up and the part over the front porch is done with the octagon shaped vent set in.  I love how it looks and how the various components we chose are really coming together! The porch columns, railings, and decorative window headers will be in soon and I hope will nicely finish off the look just right.


20150208_125604 20150208_125619 20150208_125721 20150208_130156 20150207_112820The roofers didn’t put the drip edge on the storage building roof in the correct place so Roy had to do that himself on Saturday.

20150208_125856Tomorrow morning Roy Bankston will be here to start the stained cement work.  I’ve never had that before but am really looking forward to seeing how it’s done!

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02.01.15 Family Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Our Sunday was full of family!  Sunday morning we worshiped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn.  Chip is a “Connect Group” leader.  Their connect groups are small groups based around a common interest of that group.  Chip’s is Softball.  The picture below is of all the Connect Group leaders in front of the church.   The church moved into it’s new building (the old Schwegmann’s building) in Hammond.  It is huge and very nicely done.

a1On Saturday Chip’s church created a video of three of their family members (Chip was one of them) sharing their testimonies of turning to God from their addictions, and how their lives have been changed forever. They showed the video during Sunday morning worship.  I’m so proud of Chip being willing to share his darkest times so that others can see the amazing work God has done in his life.  The video was great and if I can get a copy of it, I will share with ya’ll.

Chip treated us all to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Eating out with two little ones under two years old and a five year old is quite eventful.  It sure makes Roy and I eating out alone seem quite boring!  We loved it!

a2They all followed us to Amite where we showed them the progress we made on the house and in clearing out all the brush and trees.  Here’s some pics of the little ones and big ones checking it all out!

Chip, Braxton and Madisyn checking out the path along the pond.
Chip, Braxton, Kim, Bentley and Madisyn making their way across the temporary path to the other side of the culvert.
Madisyn, Kim, Bentley, Chip, Braxton and Roy making their way down the hill.
Chip and his little buddy, Braxton
Chip and Bentley checking out the view from the rear guest bedroom window.
Madisyn crawled inside the return air space after seeing her daddy crawl in there.
Bentley and Braxton with their “Superman” rain boots Grannie Rosalyn bought them!

Braxton and Bentley are very active little guys now.  After hours of play and activity we put on the TV “Bubble Guppies”.  This is the stillest you will ever see these little ones.  They and Madisyn made themselves comfortable on the floor and for 30 minutes there was calmness and quiet in the Chauvin household!  As soon as it went off they were ready for a nap and then more fun!

a9We all watched some of the Super Bowl together which was eventful with three little ones playing around.  It rained for most of the day so we spent a lot of time inside.  They left in time to get Madisyn home for bedtime so she’d get a good night sleep and be ready for school tomorrow.

It was so wonderful to have this time today to spend with all of them.  We hope to leave here by early to mid March so time for this is growing short.  I’m certain we’re off to a good start making the most of this time.

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01.26.15 “You are my All in All” and more house framing!

i am a child of godSunday, January 25, 2015 – During our Worship Service this morning one of the songs we sang was You are my All in All.  The lyrics for the verses are below (without the chorus)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

prayTaking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

This was originally a choir special, so we sang it often while practicing it.  When I first heard the words that I bolded above, I felt as though those words said exactly how I look at God as my Heavenly Father.  When all in life is void of meaning and I am running totally on fumes, only God can lift me up, fill my cup and give me strength, just like the song says.  Those few small words say so simply what God means to me.  I am never so low or so dry that he is not my all in all.  No one else can do that, only God. It means so much to me that I had to pass the words of this amazing song along to you.

After we got back to Amite from church we had a wonderful visit from my sister, Harriett and brother-in-law George.  This was their first visit and they loved it out here which made Roy and I very happy!  It was a beautiful sunny day perfect for showing them all around and sitting outside visiting and eating King Cake!

Monday, January 26, 2015 –  Roy started early cutting in half the wood stakes used in the slab forming so we can use them for firewood in our new campfire pit. He got a lot cut up.


#60122 -kitchenThe cabinetry and counter top company, D L Cabinetry, sent us a picture this morning of what our kitchen will look like.  Yes it is small but it has everything and since we enlarged the pantry to much larger size we will have all the storage we need.  The only change will be to the end cabinet on the bottom which will go from a 12″ to a 21″ cabinet because we found some more room!!!

The framers arrived again at 7 am this morning. All the interior walls were framed by lunch.

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A friend of ours said he couldn’t tell there was a fence between our property and the property next door where the cows are.  That’s because Roy cleared off the property line so well!  I took a new picture today from a different angle where you can see the fence.

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I made two more batches of the haystack snacks to go in the Thank You tins for the construction workers. I wanted more in the tins but I had to replace those I nibbled on the last couple of weeks. They are very good and addicting. Plus peanuts and peanut butter are very healthy for my brain!

Roy built a big mound of trees, bushes, and thorny vines on our land just past the culverts and set it on fire. We are sitting out here by the fire right now, enjoying watching it burn and watching the construction workers work on the house.   There are several men working on the house and hearing them shout measurements to each other and discussing their work just warms my heart!

b4 a2a1 a4When the framers stopped working for the day at 3 pm they had sheets of boards (plywood?) around most of the exterior and the ceiling joists are going up also. Here’s pictures from their work today.  Great progress made and they say they will start on the roof tomorrow!!  With the interior walls studded and the exterior walls closed in you can get a better idea of the room sizes and they are not as small as I thought they may be!  It will be a  house before we know it!

a3 a5 a6 a7Brain Note: North Oaks Hospital called this morning to say they dug deep into their storage and found my brain MRIs from 25+ years ago so I’ll be picking them up and bringing them to Dr. Shamsnia (brain doctor) for him to use as comparison to the more recent two!

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08.09.14 Prayers for Marcus

Pray2In a blog post a while back I told ya’ll about a visit we had from Marcus McMillian.  He’s a young man we’ve considered one of our own sons since we first met him years ago.  On July 4th at a family gathering a pot of hot grease was accidentally knocked over on to Marcus legs.  He’s had surgeries, skin grafts, etc. and yesterday his church held a fund raiser to help with the growing medical expenses.  Ya’ll may not know Marcus but I have a lot of prayer warrior friends who read our blog, and I’m asking those of you who will to add Marcus’ healing to your personal prayers and your church’s prayer list.  We have a picture of his injuries but I won’t share that.  Just know it’s really bad and it’s on both his legs.

The picture below is of Marcus, his mom Mynyon and his fiance at the time, Jessica.marcus

I can’t tell you what an amazing young man he is.  He FINALLY got married last year and they are expecting their first child soon.  When we were selling our house on Hinson Road in Pumpkin Center,  Marcus showed interested and bought it.  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that such a fine Christian man will be raising his family in that home, just as we did.

I could write a short book about Marcus’ accomplishment in his young life but I’ll just share that he won Southeastern’s Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service award last year.  This is a BIG DEAL to be chosen for this.  He’s dedicated countless hours to serving the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office in a reserve capacity (which sometimes was almost full time), hours in service to his God and hours giving of himself to all his friends who have called on him in their hour of need.  I know from times in our life we’ve called on him and he’s always come through.    The picture below is about him earning the Southeastern award.

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Like I said, we love this guy and obviously I can’t say enough good stuff about him.  Please keep Marcus’ recovery and his little growing family in your prayers as he goes through this difficult time.  He just recently left Southeastern for an new job opportunity and I think also praying for his job to stay open to him wouldn’t hurt!  If you’d like to donate to help with the medical expenses let me know and I’ll get info about that for you.







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08.02.14 Oddities in looking for an online jobs – not your normal job search!

10372772_10152428449723903_4041537508783919441_nI found that the best type of work for me is work I can do online from wherever we travel.  The work I do with RVillage is perfect since it’s only 15 hours a week and can be done mostly any time of the day.  I usually tried to work 3.75 hours a day 4 days a week but if I needed other days off I’d just increase the per day hours.  I still feel blessed to have this job even though right now the number of hours I work each week is very little.  It should pick back up soon so between now and then I decided to see what else is out there as far as a “virtual” job is concerned.

Two websites that I know of featuring these types of jobs are oDesk.com and Elance.com.  I’veelance odesksigned up with both, completed my profile and searched for jobs.  There are some things that I’ve learned during this process that I’m going to share.

First is that at least half the jobs online pay as little as $1-2 per hour.  This may sound odd to us until you consider that the jobs are open to people around the world.  In the Philippines $2 an hour is top pay and most of these jobs go to people in countries like that.  Americans can’t live on that low rate of pay.  On these websites you see feedback from people who have worked for the company and what they thought about working for them.  it also shows their total pay and how many hours they worked.  Most of them show a days work for $8.  After having applied for some of these jobs and finally figuring it all out, I stopped pursuing those.  People from other countries can apply for any job, even the higher paying jobs.  Because of this there are not a whole lot of jobs paying more than $8-$10 per hour. Most of the jobs require that you state how much you are willing to do the job for so there’s always a mixture of $1-2 per hour bidders for any job.

Since I originally heard about RVillage through Workamper.com and Workamper.com is an extremely reputable RVer employment company I never had any doubts about the interview process with RVillage.  Other companies on these sites are totally unknown and there is much to be leery about.  They have a wide range of ways they use to see if you qualify for their open position.  One very unique process I went through asked the applicant to do the following:

-Download a zipped file with directions.

-First direction was to go to a specific web address which they provided to the Gettysburg address.  Find the word brave and using that as word 1 and the following word men as word 2 go to what would be word 10.  Go to the 7th letter in word 10.  Assign a number value to that letter as it would be where A=1, B=2 and so on.  My letter was R so it was = 18.

-Next go to a video on a different web page where several actors read parts of the Declaration of Independence.  You were to first Google the actor Edward Nelson and familiarize yourself with him so that when you see him in the video you will know it.  Of course I thought two of the actors was him so I had to work a little harder to narrow it down!  Once I came to him I was to skip the first time he talked by himself.  The second time he talked I was to find the 18th word (because my R equaled 18.  This required me listening a couple of time and then writing down each word he said and figuring out that the word was “the”.

-Next you went to a different website and after the web address:xxx.xxxxxxx.xx/ you were to insert your word.  If and only if you had done each part of it perfectly would you access the webpage with the next step in the process.  I did it an was terribly proud of myself!

=The next step was to post a youtube video of myself talking for 30-60 minutes about what wonderful things I could do for his company.  Once you post it on youtube and send him the url to it he’ll let you know if he wants to interview you. I didn’t create a video and that’s where I am now, not really sure I want to go that far. This is the only job process I’ve come across like this one.

It looks like these weird processes are used to see how detail oriented you are and how willing you are to stick something out.

The other, not so wild, process I did was to download a zipped file containing a Word document and a photograph.  I had to take those and put them in to a WordPress blog.  What you are reading is a WordPress blog and of course I know how to use Word and work with photographs. I did what they asked which was to copy and paste the words from document into the blog, formatting the words by bolding specific ones and making sure spacing was correct, add the photo resized to 500 x 200 from a much larger size and center it.  That sounded easy enough as this is exactly how I do a lot of my blogs, so I did it.

Only problem was that the grammar and a lot of things about the document wording were quite, quite bad.  One thing you always have to keep in mind on these virtual job websites is that since foreigners are sometimes writing the job posting their English writing is very odd so what we might immediately think as suspicious here may possibly be the translation to English so I’ve had to overlook some of that.  I don’t think this was the case with this document, however. I actually think the article needed to be taken apart and put back together in a way that provided some continuity and having a lot of spellings and grammar corrected.  I did what I could without totally redoing the article even though that was never mentioned in the instructions.  I’m thinking they may want to see if you’d catch that.

I submitted my proposal for this one (that’s what they call your application which also includes you telling them the lowest price you will do the work for – another oddity) and explained that I corrected as much as I comfortably could change in the document without totally redoing it.  Haven’t heard back from them yet!

The next blog will be about a job application process I’m in that I truly believe is an employment scam.  I haven’t found another job yet but my days are filled with going through the many different processes these people put you through and it’s opening my employment seeking eyes quite a bit.

We had a family tour our house earlier this week week and it rained before they came for the first time in two weeks.  I water every other day but can’t reach many plants who have been pitifully sagging so we just knew the rain was God’s gift so the flowers would all be perky!!  The family stayed an hour and a half and we were so hopeful we’d get an offer right away from them.  We got good feedback but were also told they are still looking at other houses.


Our Saints play their first pre-sesason game this Friday night!  I saw this picture/quote below today.  It’s me all the way and I want you to share with ya’ll!  Roy said many times he could hear me through our outside walls in our sticks and bricks house when he was outside during a game.  Can you imagine what people must think when we’re in our RV.  Roy’s right up there with me these days cheering and doing what he can to encourage and fuss at our boys too!



Last year we were in Minnesota for preseason games with very little coverage of Saints games that far north. We even watched one of the games last year over Skype watching the game on my son’s TV in Louisiana.  We’re quite pleased to have such good TV coverage here and be in Black and Gold land right now, if just for three hours this Friday night and weekly until the house sells!!!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week  – REMEMBER – God loves you!


06.25.14 Crystal Meth – yes that’s what today’s blog post is about.

I was very touched by the openness and accuracy of this young lady’s poem/story about her journey with Crystal Meth.   The far reaching effects of a meth user’s addiction are so deep that I believe everyone should be well aware of this horrible drug.  Not only do houses blow up but lives are destroyed when this drug and/or cooking of this drug enters your household or life.

This was written by a young girl *Micki) who was in jail for drug charges, and was addicted to meth. She wrote this while in jail. As you will soon read, she fully grasped the horrors of the drug, as she tells in this simple, yet profound poem. She was released from jail, but, true to her story, the drug owned her.

They found her dead not long after, with the needle still in her arm….

Please understand, this thing is worse than any of us realize…

My Name Is “Meth”
I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.
I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
If you need me, remember I’m easily found,
I live all around you – in schools and in town.
I live with the rich; I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.
I’m made in a lab, but not like you think,
I can be made under the kitchen sink.
In your child’s closet, and even in the woods,
If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.
I have many names, but there’s one you know best,
I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is crystal meth.
My power is awesome; try me you’ll see,
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.
When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie,
You do what you have to — just to get high.
The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms,
your lungs your nose.
You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad,
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.
But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate friends.
I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
I’ll be with you always — right by your side.
You’ll give up everything – your family, your home,
Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.
I’ll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned – this is no game,
If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.
I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind,
I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed,
The voices you’ll hear, from inside your head.
The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see,
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part.
You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do,
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.
You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I’ll be your master, you will be my slave,
I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell,
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.

If you care enough, please forward this profound poem and share the deadly outcome of this drug that is killing our young kids young and old…
please look at my picture what it did to me!!!


When I was trying to find out about crystal meth I had to go to several different sources, so I hope having this here in one place might be helpful to someone.

Crystal meth signs and symptoms are often related to the drug’s impact on the body as a function of its stimulant nature. A single sign may not determine an addiction, but several signs seen over a short period of time can mean an addiction. Signs to look for to see if someone you love  or someone you know is using meth and hiding it from you include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Eye twitching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Repetitious behavior
  • Hyperactivity

People with an addiction to methamphetamine can also stay up for days at a time followed by an extreme crash, where they sleep for long periods. They can also go into a manic phase, where they have compulsive and obsessive needs for cleaning. I believe that secretive activities and them freaking out when you show up at their house unexpectedly are big signs that need to be looked into. Those addicted to crystal meth for an extended period may show signs of extreme weight loss, seizures, rotted teeth and sores on the mouth and face.

Some of the ingredients commonly used in cooking meth include (but not limited to because I certainly don’t want to be providing a grocery list to some addict for what they need)

muriatic acid
Lye Ephedrine
decongestant pills like sudafed
battery acid
drain cleaner
lantern fuel

Here’s some images showing what meth looks like when it’s crystallized.  Sometimes they color it to disguise it but if its basic form looks like this don’t be fooled.

  meth-crystal-form crystal-meth meth and pipe



The most important thing is not to be in denial that someone you love or know could be doing this.  That doesn’t mean however that you should go on a witch hunt trying to find someone doing it.   If someone who knows them well shares their concerns about possible use PAY ATTENTION.   There’s probably a lot more information available but this is just one blog post and I’ve covered all I know.

I know this hasn’t been the most positive, inspiring blog I’ve ever written but I felt compelled to do so.  Next blog will be about our wonderful road trip to Walters Peach Town last Friday.

Roy started his job yesterday and now works 10 hours a day, 4 days a week for the next 3 months. We’ve been very busy lately and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down any time soon.

I was very blessed to be able to go to choir practice last Sunday night for the first time in many years.  My asthma got so bad that I couldn’t sing in the choir any more because it required repetitive singing which wore out my lungs.  I’m thinking that singing for just 3 months won’t do me in so I’m going for it.

It was a joy to sing with my friends in the choir during practice and I can’t wait to sing praises to our Lord Sunday morning when we sing Indescribable (Chris Tomlin’s song).  Some of the lyrics are:

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Please catch on right away that I will probably write about each and every special we sing while I’m home.  Christian music sung by a Christian choir is uncomparable in the message it shares and I love it with my whole heart just like I love God with my whole heart.

From crystal meth to God – wow!  He’s really the ONLY place to turn when you want to get away from drugs of any kind! Now that we’re switched to a little lighter note, I’ll close.